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I Love the Cold Hard Football Facts

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The excellent blog, Cold Hard Football Facts, calls on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to “back down or step down.”

I say: “Permutation–Do both.” (All you ex-policy debaters probably never thought you’d see someone ranting about football advocate a permutation, did you?)

CHFF really knows their facts. If you love football, you should bookmark that blog.

And Roger Goodell shouldn’t merely step down, he should come and personally apologize to all NFL fans, particularly Packers fans. Now, I am a Vikings fan, and I really don’t like the Pack, but they got royally hosed last night and deserve, all of them, the chance to hit Goodell in the face with rotten produce.

UPDATE 1–More good bitching by Bill Barnwell at Grantland.

UPDATE 2–Even more bitching by the readers of Grantland. The second best of these emails tells a sad, sad truth: “If this ending doesn’t lead to the real officials being brought back, Gary Bettman could travel the country and physically shit on every NHL fan and still not look as terrible as Goodell.”

Hungry Fan in Bedford wrote the best of these emails (and apparently I like shit references): “Can you imagine if another company treated its customers like the NFL does? It’s like if Apple were to respond to complaints about software glitches in the new iPhone by saying “Oh yeah? Well we’re going to force every iPhone owner to have their wallpaper set to a picture of a naked fat guy taking a dump. A couple weeks of that and you’ll quit your bitching.” Only for the NFL the glitch is concussions and the refs are a naked fat guy taking a dump.”

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September 25, 2012 at 15:57

NFL Incompetence

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Slate goes off on the League for allowing the travesty to get worse.

I couldn’t agree more.

Fuck Goodell right in the ear.

UPDATED–This excellent post at Grantland says everything I sputter about in the first paragraph: Goodell is putting the players at risk to satisfy his ego. He’s a corporate lawyer–that is, a mouthpiece for rich pricks–making $20 million a year, and he really is fucking over the consumers of the game whose interests he is supposed to secure. Fuck ’em right in the ear, the ass, and his wallet.

UPDATED 2–As much as I enjoy watching Green Bay lose, Goodell’s decision to puff up his chest and distract the rest of us from the NFL’s coming legal troubles over head injuries has caused a travesty to happen in Seattle. That was a bullshit ending to an ugly game in which the officials couldn’t pull their heads out of their asses and manage the game properly. This is total bullshit. And hopefully Goodell will pay for this for a long fucking time. Goodell has made the NFL a joke, which, given its status, is indeed an accomplishment. 

UPDATED 3–There’s this from ESPN’s “NFL Nation” blog. Key sentence:

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of the NFL’s deep and nuanced rule book, not to mention the speed of the professional game, knew that recruiting low-level college officials, Arena League castoffs and Lingerie League part-timers was destined to fail at the highest level of the game.

And then there’s this collection of Tweets.

Goodell should’ve just lubed up his butthole and then dropped the soap in a prison shower rather than carry on with this fucking fiasco. On the other hand,  watching the press fawn over that douchebag has made me sick for a couple of years, and  I am therefore glad that his persona has been shattered, that he has been revealed as the unutterable cocksucker he so obviously is.

My problem with the whole “it takes two to tango” of, uh, reasoning is that…Goodell locked the regular refs out! “Eat my shit or else,” he might have well proclaimed to them. This has been an asymmetrical situation from the get-go and unless there is compelling evidence that the officials have not been negotiating in good faith, it is a total cop-out.

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September 24, 2012 at 14:33

Heyward-Bey Needs an Attorney

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I think he may have a legitimate claim against the NFL for failing to protect him adequately, for the League still insists replacement refs do the job the real refs would be doing. But that clearly wasn’t the case in the Steeler-Raiders game, where Heyward-Bey was injured on a brutal an illegal hit.

Fuck Roger Goodell, fuck the owner, fuck ’em all for compromising player safety just so they can break the ref’s union and save a few fucking dollars. I mean, seriously, they insist they need publicly-financed stadiums to make their profits, but they won’t pay the refs?!?

Fuck ’em right in the ear.

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September 23, 2012 at 16:18

Jim Harbaugh Proves Being a Prick Pays Off

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People always ask me why I am such a prick. I shrug and say, “Who cares? I am an accurate prick, so go fuck yourself.”

At any rate, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh proved me correct in my prickishness today. Even though he had no basis to challenge plays at the end of the Vikings-49ers game, he was TWICE given a review by the (hapless, shitheaded, suckwad) replacement refs because he acted bad-tempered, boorish, and was a total prick about it.

Thus, I conclude that being a prick gets you what you want.

Hence, I will remain a dickhead.

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September 23, 2012 at 13:47

Still Not Enough Offense

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There have still been far too many punts this season and not nearly enough offense.

Thursday, for example, we saw lots of offense from the Giants, but (a) too many field goals, and (b) waaaaaay too many punts (and overall offensive incompetence/futility) from the Panthers. though the Giants’ D-line is pretty disruptive and dog-gone good.

But I still gotta’ say: C’mon Man!

I want to see actual, you know, shoot outs, with that feeling that the last team with the ball will win because (1) no D can stop the O, only hope to slow them down a bit, and (2) the games are close, close, close.

*Sigh* I realize this is asking for a lot, but the whole reason I pay attention is to be entertained and blowouts and punts are not entertaining. Now, if every punt return could go the distance for a TD, now that might be interesting.

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September 22, 2012 at 13:37

Posted in Football

“When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead….”

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“…and the white knight is talking backwards…”

You know the rest and you know what the dormouse said: “Feed your head.”

Anyway, times look so surreal all around us that I wonder if I should start looking for the hookah-smoking caterpillar.

I mean this regarding the national and international news, and I what I mean is more a question: While there has long been a feeling that “the centre cannot hold,” has the deluge of information made it seem that everything is falling apart faster at an increasing rate?

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September 15, 2012 at 13:54

Packer Pass D

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So, the Packer GM has a lot of credibility with me.

Confession: I am a Vikings fan, so I want the Packer GM to be an incompetent fool.

However, I am a realist who believes the evidence of my senses. Last night, I saw that the Green Bay pass D looks like it did in 2010 rather than 2011. He had spoken in the off-season of the need to generate a better pass rush, so he acquired a couple of rookies (DL Worthy–of Michigan State–and LB Perry, who lines up outside opposite of Matthews).

Two other things to note.

One, evaluating pass D solely on the basis of passing yards allowed is…stupid. You need to use a rate stat, not a counting stat to do that (anyone who is into baseball sabermetrics knows exactly what I mean: it’s the same thing as saying that RBI totals are not indicative of player quality but rather opportunity). So, you use passer rating.

Anyway, that is the less important thing. The important thing is that lack of a consistent Packer pass rush last season was the core cause of the apparently porous pass D. They had a devastating pass rush last night, and their pass D looked pretty non-porous.

One caveat that is import to make is that the Bear O-line isn’t good. How they can consistently fail to protect the passer is beyond me. Oh, wait, it’s because the Bear GM isn’t as bright as the Packer GM.

*Sigh* When the Bears roast the Vikes secondary–’cause despite appearances, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffry are damn good–I am going to be sick.

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September 14, 2012 at 13:40