What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
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Isn’t the NBA being a bit hypocritical in its’ dealing with China. How can you support human rights, free speech, and democracy and still get in bed with the Chinese?
~Silver Screen Pass
In a word…money.
This is going to be an unfolding story over the next few weeks, and J-Dub has a full breakdown of this situation coming soon, so I’m going to keep my comments on this to what we know now. You would think that if you were running a major sports league and were trying to walk the tight-rope between a politically touchy subject and the almighty dollar, you might want to have a plan ready for when it gets off the rails. In a world where we just watched the National Football League get torched for trying to balance the national anthem protests against plummeting TV revenue, it would seem obvious to have a “disaster plan” in place. I didn’t think anybody could have handled a situation like that worse than Roger Goodell did, but it seems NBA commissioner Adam Silver is having his “hold my beer” moment.
Here’s what I mean by that. How the hell does one think in a league full of people who aren’t shy about expressing political opinions which exists in a world where everybody has social media that getting into bed with the Chinese government wasn’t a risky proposition? It is abundantly clear the Silver and the NBA were wearing blinders made of Ben Franklins because this thing clearly took them by surprise, and where ever it goes from here is only adding layers to the “stupid” cake.
Rex Ryan said Baker Mayfield is “over-rated as hell.” What do you think?
Look, I love this kid, but Ryan isn’t wrong. Mayfield has a set of brass ones, and he’s not afraid to speak his mind. He’s also not afraid of his mouth writing checks his ass may not be able cash. I get that whole thing about if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk, but this league is so goddamn boring sometimes it needs a little zip. I love that brash, riverboat-gambler mentality. It’s entertaining as hell.
But that’s off the field. On the field…well, here’s the thing. I think in a lot of respects, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson are the same guy. They both have a ton of athletic ability, they both can throw the ball through a wall, and they both have a Heisman.
From everything we’ve seen on Sundays so far, they both make a lot of bad decisions with the ball and they both miss a lot of throws they shouldn’t. But just because one has a personality, and the other had one huge game against a complete-crap team doesn’t mean they both have a lot of room to grow. Despite those similarities, the dolts at ESPN treat one of them as “over-rated,” and the other is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I think we all know what the difference is…
Who are they going to get to take the Redskins’ coaching job?
I don’t the answer to that, but I can tell who it isn’t going to be. There’s no way in hell an established current head coach gets anywhere near this dumpster fire. Daniel Snyder is completely out of his goddamn mind if he thinks he’s going to “find a way” to get Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin. Who would want to take over a team which has no talent, an owner who meddles in everything and knows jack-shit about football, and is eventually going to get the interception machine known as Dwayne Haskins shoved down his throat as his quarterback? Besides, Mike Tomliin has problems of his own in Pittsburgh, where no matter how bad it gets he won’t get fired. The Steelers have had three head coaches in 50 years, they simply don’t fire coaches.
The only person they could get would be either somebody who just wants to be able to put “NFL Head Coach” on his resumé or a guy who is retired and desperately wants back in the game. That last one is a tall order because Joe Gibbs or Steve Spurrier ain’t walking through that door. Interim coach Bill Callahan may just end with the job because nobody else wants it.
But, I think there’s one guy who might be interesting…Rex Ryan. Yeah, I know he would be crazy to give up his soft-ass TV gig, and I’m not sure how you’d fit his ego under the same roof with Daniel Snyder. But Ryan is a guy who know how to take a team from lousy to not bad, and he knows how to get something out of team with no quarterback. Don’t forget, this guy got the sorry-ass New York Jets to two AFC Championship games with Mark Sanchez under center.
Besides, who else are they going to get?
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