I feel sorry for Antonio Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers traded star wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. Last season Brown had 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and notched 15 touchdowns. If there was a better receiver last year, he played exclusively in a video game.Continue Reading

Raiders trade Khalil Mack to Bears for two first round draft picks

The Oakland Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears for a 2019 and 2020 first round draft pick. The Raiders will also get the Bear’s 2019 sixth-round and its 2020 third-round draft pick. I have to wonder though, what’s the point? The chances they’re able to find a player as good as Mack is slim at best. He will be the best player they’ve ever drafted for some time.

Khalil Mack will be the last great player the Raiders have for a long time

Mack was drafted fifth overall in the 2014 draft. The following year he made NFL history by being named first-team All-Pro at both outside linebacker and defensive end. In 2017, he was named Defensive Player of the Year.

The Raiders exercised their fifth-year option on Mack’s contract. It would have paid him $13.846 million this season, but he’s been holding out. He hasn’t attended any of the voluntary workouts, nor did he attend training camp this season. He also didn’t meet with incoming Raiders coach Jon Gruden, but who can blame him for that? I wouldn’t want to speak to Gruden either.

The Oakland Raiders are a joke

The Khalil Mack Nike Elite jersey. It sells for only $324.99 on ShopNFL.com.

As a former Raiders fan, I feel bad for the Raider fan base. The Raiders had one of the best players in the NFL and they let him get away. How many millions of dollars have Raiders fans spent on Khalil Mack number 52 jerseys?

What a travesty. I hope the Las Vegas people enjoy having the Raiders play home games in their fine city until the Raiders up and move to San Antonio, Oklahoma City, or some other city offering shiny trinkets and empty promises. It’s one of the few things the Raiders organizations excel at: leaving town.

The NFL doesn't care about gay people

The Oakland Raiders traveled down to Mexico City to play a home game against the Houston Texans Monday night. The Raiders beat the Texans 27-20, but the real loser that night was the NFL.

To schedule a game in the cesspool of a stadium known as Estadio Azteca is to embrace the homophobic chants from Mexican fans. In soccer, Mexico fans chant “puto” at opposing goalkeepers. The word is a derogatory slur for a gay man, specifically, one that has sex with other gay men for money.

FIFA, the corrupt organization that governs international soccer, has fined the Mexican football federation five times in the past 11 months for the chants. Their fans still do it. They do it at soccer games, and they do it at American football games. They did it Monday night, and they will surely do it the next time the NFL plays a game in Mexico City.

The NFL just doesn’t care. What are a few homophobic chants compared to the billions of dollars the league wants to make internationally? The NFL isn’t content with the billions it makes here in the United States. It wants to increase its already bloated revenue streams by marketing the game internationally.

The NFL plays games in London so that the games will air in China during primetime. Why settle for only selling overpriced replica jerseys in America when you can also sell them to football fans in China? Personally, I think this is why NFL jerseys are now made in Honduras and not China. It’s a lot harder to make quality fakes in China if the actual product is not also made there. If you’ve seen any of the fake NFL jerseys coming out of China lately, you know what I mean.

They’re really bad.

We know the NFL cares about fighting breast cancer because they sell pink colored merchandise with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. We know the NFL cares about honoring US service members because they make military-inspired merchandise with a portion of the proceeds going to various military non-profits. We know the NFL doesn’t care about gay people because they play games in Mexico City.

Redskins bench Robert Griffin III, name Kirk Cousins starter

It’s been a bad couple of months for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. First, the world finds out that fellow Subway Sandwiches pitchman Jared Fogle is a child porn loving pedophile. Then, Griffin’s signature shoe from Adidas started showing up on the shelves at discount outlets like Ross and Marshall’s. Now, Kirk Cousins has been named the starting quarterback for the 2015 season. Griffin, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, and the second overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft will be either Cousins’ back-up, or more likely, Cousins’ back-up’ back-up.

The Roman numeral three on the back of Griffin’s jersey may just end up serving the dual purpose of identifying his pecking order on the depth chart, as in third-string.

That’s if he doesn’t get cut or traded, not that I can imagine a scenario where another team would trade for Robert Griffin III.

Griffin will earn make $3,269,877 from the Redskins this season. Since that’s guaranteed, the Redskins will be paying him that much whether he’s with the team or not. Plus, his total salary represents $6,719,713 towards this season’s salary cap. That takes into account his base salary and his initial signing bonus of $13,799,344 spread out over four years. When an NFL team cuts a player, the remaining portion of his signing bonus is applied in full against the cap. This is not a factor with Griffin. Since this is the final year under contract, there are no more remaining years to apply to the cap.

Should the Redskins just cut Griffin? Yes. He’s not worth a roster spot. NFL teams are allowed only 53 players on the active roster. Keep Griffin on the team, and that’s one less player that could help the team win games.

Redskins bench Robert Griffin III, name Kirk Cousins starter - Bent Corner
Robert Griffin III sitting on the bench in full pout mode.

If the Redskins need someone to sit on the bench and pout, there’s no reason they need to waste a roster spot for it. They could just hire a 14-year-old girl, assign her a place on the bench, and take away her cell phone. Don’t let a teenage girl tweet or post crap on Facebook, she’ll act very much like Robert Griffin III sitting on the bench.

Hypothetically, she would provide the same value as Griffin, but she wouldn’t waste a roster spot.

The Redskins should just cut Griffin. Even if they don’t mind burning a roster spot on a player who won’t be positively contributing this season, having him stick around creates a problem for Kirk Cousins. At best, Cousins is an average quarterback in the NFL. There’s nothing wrong with being average. It’s just that there will be times when Cousins is going to fail. Keep Griffin on the team and I guarantee you eyes will turn to Griffin sulking sitting on the bench.

I’m not sure how that helps anyone.

The Redskins should just cut Griffin and allow him to go sign with the Oakland Raiders. That’s where first-round draft busts go when they’re cut. They go to Oakland and play on dirt.

How bad are the Washington Redskins?

The Washington Redskins lost at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, 27-7. Before Sunday’s matchup, the Bucs had only won one game.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin was especially awful. He threw 23/32 passes for 207 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception. The Bucs sacked him six times.

In case you’re wondering if the Bucs have a better defense than their record reflects, they don’t. Even including Sunday’s game into the mix, they rank 30th in a 32 team league in pass defense. Before Sunday’s game with the Redskins, the Bucs had only sacked the quarterback 14 times in nine games. As bad as the Bucs’ defense is, the Redskins should have been able to put some points on the board.

One of the biggest problems that Redskins have had is their starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III. He’s clearly lost a thing or two since injuring his knee during his rookie season. Insisting that he be the starting quarterback even though his backup quarterbacks outplay him on the field, just isn’t working. No matter how much the Redskins try, that square peg just isn’t going to fit in that round hole.

The damage the Redskins are doing with their fan base may be unrecoverable. It isn’t as it was in olden times when people were fans of their local team because that’s who they got to watch on TV or go to a game in person. NFL football games have just become too expensive to attend. Ticket prices, parking, and the cost of concessions have all become too expensive. Even diehard fans can’t afford to go to more than one a year. Now thanks to modern satellite, the internet, and cable TV technology, you can watch any team on TV, not just your local team. If going to the game in person has become so expensive that you can only go once a year, you might as well go to support the visiting team, a team you watch every week on satellite or the Internet.

Here’s a tweet by one such damaged Redskins fan, Tony Perkins, former Good Morning America weather broadcaster and current news anchor for the local Fox station:

The Redskins have a problem. If they don’t fix it, they’re going to end of being the east-coast version of the Oakland Raiders.

I hope Khalil Mack doesn't mind playing football on dirt

The Oakland Raiders, with the fifth pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, chose Buffalo linebacker, Khalil Mack.

He’s the guy they wanted from the get-go but didn’t think he’d last to the fifth pick. Thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars taking Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles at number three, and the Buffalo Bills trading up to number four to take receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson, the Raiders lucked out and got the player they coveted.

Expect this to be the last time the Raiders find themselves to be the recipients of good luck for the remainder of the year.