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Man the energy is electric, in my apartment, because my favorite day of the year is here:  Super Bowl Sunday!  I have been in long favor of making this day a holiday and making the day after an off day for the country, but sadly enough until we get Peyton Manning or Tom Brady to become President it won’t happen.  Now everyone remember after today, please still keep getting together with your friends to do something.  Studies have shown (right here it’s real) that after football season fans go through a bit of depression and sluggishness.  Enough of the public service announcement on to the keys to unlock the Lombardi trophy.

*Disclaimer*  I dislike the Seahawks, because I’m a 49er fan (granted I do like Beast Mode, Russell “Last Name” Wilson, and The LOB, ok I kinda like the team just have to hate them because of fandom), and I’m not a Peyton Manning fan at all, to much credit for not enough playoff wins (before this season).  So I have no real bias unlike last week (I picked the 49ers!).  *Disclaimer*

* Denver Offense Key: Make the Seahawks Safeties have a bad game

The key for this offense will be how Peyton can minimize the effect of the LOB’s safeties.  I know for the last two weeks we have spoke about Richard Sherman and how he is the greatest, but he is only so great because his safeties (Thomas and Chancellor).  They are the best in the League.  Can Peyton confuse Thomas in single high safety formations (which they run a lot).  How much can he get the safeties to come and help in the run game to set up play action.  Chancellor has shut down 2 top 5 Tight Ends (Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis) in the playoffs, if Chancellor can go 3 for 3 by stopping Julius Thomas it will hurt Peyton and the offense.  So Peyton has to move these safeties and create match ups he can exploit to free WRs or at least make the reads difficult for Thomas and Chancellor.

* Seattle Offense Key:  Feed the Seahawks WRs Skittles and abuse Champ Bailey

It hurts to say this but you have to make Champ Bailey pay.  It’s no way in hell the Broncos should let Lynch go off, if they do the game is already over.  If they stop Lynch the Seahawks need an answer, enter Harvin, Tate, Baldwin, and Kearse.  These WRs need to go Torrey Smith on Champ Bailey (Here is what I’m talking about).  Last year we saw Bailey can’t keep up with speedy WRs anymore and his time off this year with injuries doesn’t help that.  You have to get the Broncos in man 2 man looks with little safety help and exploit it.  You may only see that look 7-10 times in the game and for the Seahawks to win they have to make them pay at least half of the time they see that look.

*Denver Defense Key:  Don’t let a bit player become a star

You know you have to stop “Beast Mode” Lynch, you know you have to keep “Short Stack” Wilson in the pocket and not let him turn into Russell “Houdini Tarkenton” Wilson.  What will cost you is if you let a role player beat you, ala Desmond Howard (Super Bowl XXXI), or Timmy Smith (Super Bowl XXII).  Keep the role player just that “role players”, no rising stars allowed.  The Seahawks Offense is not as dangerous as other offenses the Broncos have faced, so don’t take them lightly.  If I had to choose who would be the player to step for the Seahawks I would say it would be Baldwin with the extra attention Harvin will get.

*Seattle Defense Key:  Let Peyton be Peyton

I know I have lost a lot of you with this one.  Or I might have lost all creditability now, but hear me out.  We all know the thought of Peyton choking during big games, but when I say let Peyton be Peyton I mean pressure Peyton to make quick decisions, or errant throws.  Take advantage of Peyton’s hate of a clustered pockets by getting pressure up the middle.  Now it wont effect Peyton in the 1st-3rd quarters, but if the game is close down the stretch you will start seeing the effects of that pressure.  When it’s close in big games Peyton has a tendency to get ultra conservative which you can use to your advantage and jump a route ala Tracy Porter.

So there you have it.  Lets see what happens at 6:25pm.  I’m choosing the Denver Broncos to win, because I just think with John Elway’s mentoring and confidence it is Peyton Manning’s year and he wont show the old Peyton attributes.

The best thing that could happen is if Richard Sherman jumps a route and takes it to the house!  OMG!!! We might get another Promo about Peyton throwing “ducks”.  Or if Richard Sherman jumps a route and misses a badly thrown “duck” and the Broncos score the game winner.  Either way “Are We Ready For The End of Football…  This Year”.

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As the Denver Broncos start the real season this weekend (We know the regular season means nothing to Peyton) the Broncos and Peyton are going for a mythical journey to capture the franchises 3rd championship.  So naturally all eyes are on the hero #18.  The Broncos changed their future from the disciple (Tebow) to one of the football gods in Peyton Manning.  Leading me to say out loud What Would Peyton Do?

The Future Hall of Famer has been here before plenty of times actually, with a 9-11 playoff record including 8 one and done.  Peyton has a chance to conquer some demons, gods, and the unexpected so to speak.  First challenge the Demon, the power of the SUPER BOLO TIE CHARGERS.  A lot of analysis are picking the Chargers to win this game.  The Chargers are a current division foe that has eliminated Peyton several times (0-2 vs. Chargers in playoffs) while with the Colts.  The Chargers are hot and facing Denver coming off a bye, sounds like the Ravens of last year.

Second the other god, with a victory Peyton will play his greatest foe, Football’s greatest god Tom Brady, and the Patriots.  We all know of the history of these two competitors.  We also know Brady’s 3 rings to Peyton’s 1, or that Peyton is 1-2 vs. the Patriots in the playoffs.  If Peyton can find the Herculean strength to conquer 2 of his biggest adversaries the third one is the greatest of all.

Final adversary the Elements, and the Unexpected.  By elements I mean COLD WINDY WEATHER, and the unexpected NFC opponent.  The Super Bowl is in NY/NJ in the cold weather.  Peyton has played some of his worse games in cold weather (8-13 in games with temperature under 40 at kick off).  Since Peyton has returned from neck surgery it is noticeable that Peyton is uncomfortable in the cold weather or rather windy cold games.  Not to mention the three teams left in the NFC are huge defensive teams (Legion of Boom Seahawks, 49ers, and Panthers) and none of them seem to have Rex Grossman as their starting Quarterback.

Peyton has a huge football world to conquer.  Is it fair to say that a loss vs. the Chargers, Patriots, or the NFC representative would tarnish Peyton’s legacy?  So I say out loud again WHAT WOULD PEYTON DO?  Or should I say WHAT SHOULD PEYTON DO?  Only answer is Ascend and WIN!

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By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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So while I was watching Peyton Manning, on Monday night, carve up Oakland’s D as if they were Florida International.  I took a look at his numbers so far this season 12tds, 0ints, almost 1,200 yds and a crazy QB rating and thought to myself “man how will Peyton blow it this time”.  If you think it sounds harsh tell me why?  Peyton has made defenses look softer than Charmin and made coverage look weaker than a Chad Pennington hail mary; yet, his playoff record leaves much to be desired at 9-11.  Big Ben and Eli have combined for 4 SB but yet are currently a combined 0-6, and both never seem to perform great in the regular season, which has to make Peyton just throw up sometimes.  So let’s see…  the Broncos go 13-3 or 14-2 and will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs right!  We already know that no starting QB has won a SB with two different teams.  So which scenario that we have seen before dooms Peyton this time:

1.  Weather: Peyton just can’t get a good grip on the ball, which makes him inaccurate, see the Ravens playoff game last year.

2.  Raheem Moore/Defensive Letdown: does what Raheem Moore does and reads a play, or reads a pass as well as Stevie Wonder reads books.

3.  Peyton blames someone: the O-Line on some communication issues (sorry Jeff Saturday), WR running poor or sloppy routes (sorry Reggie Wayne), Game plan was too conservative (Dungy, and Fox).

4.  Bad refereeing:  A few bad calls or no calls disrupt the offense or cost the team the victory (They won’t call holding every play, right Belichick).

Look Peyton is one of the best QB’s I’ve ever seen play the game, and will go down as the Greatest Regular Season QB f All-time.  Peyton is way to good to be so average in the playoffs, so we will sit back and enjoy this great regular season, because we know doom and gloom awaits in the Postseason.

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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“He is a thief. They need to bring him up on federal charges. If a man robs you with no ski mask on, he’s gonna kill you. Exactly what he’s doing — he’s killing the franchise.”- Travis Johnson comments on Tony Romo. 

     This Travis Johnson outburst is just another example of the criticism, excuse me I mean HATE that Tony Romo receives.  Ladies and Gentleman Tony Romo is not a bad Quarterback.  He is actually a good Quarterback and a top 10 Quarterback.  Romo has just been placed in a bad situation which is called the “Star on the Helmet Frenzy”.  Let’s look at Romo and tell me what you think.

“Tony Romo is not that guy”- Travis Johnson

     Being a Cowboy QB is a lot of pressure.  You have to follow the shadows of Staubach, Aikman, and even Danny White was great for the moment (he did lead the Cowboys to 3 NFC Championships), but everyone seems to forget the QB’s that “Donned the Star” between Aikman to Romo.  Well let me remind you Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Steorner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testerverde, Drew Hensen, and Drew Bledsoe.  I know this list is full of great Qbs.  Yet people think Romo is killing the Franchise.  This list shows the inept the Cowboys have been showing at the Qb position.  We would be calling Romo the savior of this Franchise if he played in Tampa Bay, or Jacksonville, but he has that darn Star on his helmet so the criticism abounds, but Tony Romo is that guy.

“Tony Romo has not earned a dollar he has been given in this league.”- Travis Johnson

     We need to look at what our expectations of Romo.  Are we forgetting that Tony Romo was an undrafted player out of Eastern Illinois.  What are/were we expecting out of him?  Here is a list of Undrafted Qb’s that were worth a damn.  Out of that list only Moon and Warner were show stoppers, I know you will say that Delhomme played in a Super Bowl, but let’s not forget the terrible life with Delhomme after that Super Bowl.  So basically undrafted Qb’s don’t do well and you kind of have to exclude Moon from the list because he was undrafted because of race issues not because he couldn’t play.  Again I ask what did you want or expect.  From where he started until now I think Romo has done a great job for himself and has earned way more than his fair share of money in this league.

“Tony Romo was given everything he has gotten.”- Travis Johnson

     Look around the league at the best QB’s in the game and you will notice a great correlation, good/great coaches.  Brady/Belicheck, Brees/Payton, Eli/Coughlin, Ryan/Smith, Peyton Manning is his own coach according to everyone, but even Fox has had a Super Bowl appearance with Delhomme as his QB.  Also outside of the Saints, all these QBs have had stable organizations.  Romo had Parcells for a year and half, then the “Stay Puff Marshmellow” Wade Phillips, and “I Have No Control” Jason Garrett.  Romo has never had a stable organization or a dominate coach during his time in Dallas.

“At one time, he had five Pro Bowlers on the offensive line”- Travis Johnson

     We all talk about the talent he has/had around him, I dare you to really look outside the paper of that talent and look that the real footage of it.  What running backs has he ever had that were outstanding?  Marian Barber? Felix Jones? Julius Jones? Come on, really…  and Murray can’t stay healthy to save Romo’s life.  The Wide Receivers have been a bit better, but not great, T.O.? Miles Austin (had some good years)?, Patrick Crayton? Terry Glenn (past his prime)?, Sam Hurd?, Roy E. Williams?, and Dez Bryant (who is becoming a stud but is a knucklehead)?  Romo’s best weapon has and will always be Jason Witten.  Minus Brady, and maybe Brees (but don’t forget the talent he had in San Diego and then Brees didn’t put up great numbers) all the “Elite QB” have had “Elite” type WR, and decent run games.  Also look at the offensive line Romo has had to play under, we give a lot of love to Flozell Adams, but he was a walking Offsides, and holding penalty don’t believe look it up (2008 14 penalties, 2009 13 penalties, 2010 8 penalties, but his season was cut short because of injury).  Adams damn near lead the league every year in those categories.  The last 2-3 years the O-line has been horrible.  In 2012 and 2011 Romo was the 6th most sacked QB, in 2010 43rd most sacked QB 2009 9th most sacked QB, so I wouldn’t say those “five Pro Bowlers” were doing great protecting Romo.  Lets not forget Romo’s ability to avoid being hit and sacked.

“Matt Schaub will get the job done,” …“I believe in him. I played with him [Schaub] and I’ve played against him. He [Schaub] can take this team to a Super Bowl”- Travis Johnson

     That’s funny because Schaub has the same amount of playoff wins as Romo does 1.  Now I know your asking “how is he going to defend the bonehead plays and playoff misfires.”  Honestly I can’t really totally defend it all, but a good chunk of it I can defend by saying BRET FAVRE!  That was his idol growing up, and let’s be honest Favre has had plenty of choke worthy games in his career.  Romo didn’t get blessed with the rocket arm of Favre but he might have gotten cursed with the gunslinger mentality of Favre.  Also we harbor on his 1-3 playoff record, well if you take away one great play run from a lot of “Elite” QB’s they are just normal.  Take away Aaron Rodgers 3 playoff wins in his Super Bowl year and he is dreadful.  How about Rodgers going 15-1 and getting knocked out of the playoffs.  We are not even going to mention Peyton’s below .500 playoff record.  Even as we stand Matt Ryan is 1-4 in the playoffs, with playoff blow outs on his resume.  All I’m saying is if Romo makes one Super Bowl run, then his record would become 4-3 and he is a different QB.

“When Tony Romo got to Dallas he had everything around him and is a loser,”- Travis Johnson

     I’m glad a guy with a 55-38 record is a loser.  Still we focus on the terrible with Romo on his “lack of Clutch” people don’t realize that Romo engineered 18 fourth quarter comebacks since 2006, five of which came last season.  He has the 5th most 4th quarter comebacks among active players.  Also among active players Tony Romo has the highest passer rating in the 4th quarter (102.1).  In this whole argument I have never uttered a word about the numbers Romo puts up every year.  Look at Super Bowl Champion QB Joe Flacco, we give him a lot of credit, but he has won playoff games throwing for 36 yds.  He also has had dreadful regular seasons, but all is forgotten because of his playoff run.  Eli Manning went through a stretch of 5 games without a touchdown thrown.  Even everyone’s new darling Matt Ryan last year had two games of 3 ints and 5 ints, but we forget because the Falcons won the game.  Yes Romo will self destruct sometimes, but so does every QB.  The better question to all the haters is find a better QB out there right now that can do a better job?  Not a starter, but a back up or free agent.  I doubt you can, but with Romo you know you are getting between 4100-4900 yards, 25-31 touchdowns, and 13 ints a season.  So we are looking at a 25 to 13 td to int ratio, so here is a list of other Qb’s in that range Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flaco, Matt Schaub, and Philip Rivers.  Again the expectation of the “Star on the Helmet” and playing in “The House that Jerry Built” changes our image.

“it’s frustrating that the average fan doesn’t recognize how good a quarterback the Cowboys have in Romo”.- Troy Aikman

“I think Tony Romo is a championship quarterback… He can take a team to a championship. He can’t do it by himself, but I really believe he can do it.”

– Roger Staubach

“Do the Cowboys have a Super Bowl quarterback? Yes. Do they have a Super Bowl team?  No.” -Danny White

     Hopefully I have convinced you to lay off Romo, he is a good QB, and deserves better.  If he ever gets one ring on his finger the whole media will once again be saying “How Bout Dem Cowboys! and Romo”

P.S. I’m a Niners fan so this defense is in all sincerity, so I must really mean what I’m writing.

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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Remember in all creative genres it goes through stages.  From creation, the silver age, the golden age, mass produced saturation, and return to creativity.  As a 29 year old I grew up in the “golden age” of hip hop and Quarterbacking.  Looking at the NFL landscape and where it has been, I didn’t realize how privileged I was to witness the “Golden Age” of NFL Quarterbacking in the 1990’s.  Also let’s not forget the 1990’s birthed some of the best hip hop and MC’s ever.  So lets go over this “golden age” and now this new era.

The ’90’s had some of the greatest QB play ever.  No! you say, well look at the list here.  Joe Montana (I know he was near the end of his career, but he was still in the ’90’s and we didn’t buck when he came back against the Broncos in the playoffs),  John Elway, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Phil Simms, Brett Farve, Randle Cunningham, Boomer Esiason, Peyton Manning (ok I cheated on this one but he was drafted in ’98), Jim Kelly, and Drew Bledsoe (before you say WHAT!! look up those Patriot numbers and he did lead them to a Super Bowl).  I’m not even going to include Vinny Testaverde, or the wildly talented but dysfunctional Jeff George.  The point I’m making is in the ’90’s a league where it was still run, by the running backs (pun intended) we had 9 Hall of Famers, and at least 13 good/great QB’s in the league at once.  Like I said the “Golden Age”.

In hip hop it was still fighting for position in the music world, but by the time the ’90’s hit, Hip Hop had arrived.  Just think back to some of the ’90’s artist the ran the radio waves.  Biggie, 2Pac, Nas, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube (before the kids movies), Snoop Dog (before he became a Lion), Big L, Redman, Common, Eminem (taking my Peyton Manning liberty with this one and don’t forget Slim Shady LP was feb. 1999), DMX, Big Pun, and the list could go on and that is not even including groups that were awesome.  I mean Wu-Tang loved the kids, the Fugees, the immortal OutKast, and on, and on, and on.  But with all things, once it gets popular the levee breaks and we got saturated copycats.

In the 2000’s we fell into the trick of ranks and saturation, or should I say the word everyone wants to utter “Elite”.  Who’s ELITE!  I never heard this uttered in the 90’s, probably because it would have started a conversation that we all would still be arguing.  So after those great players retired, we were left with Manning, and Farve.  We had some new comers to the party, hell instead of me going over this list I’m going to let Bleacher Report do it for me….  I will give you a second to go over it.

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     I bet after the list up top I presented you, this best of the 2000’s doesn’t look or feel that great.  I know right, I mean Mike Vick, who admitted he didn’t take his craft serious is ranked.  Even Chad Pennington made the list with the water pistol arm (no disrespect Ray “Big Play” Miller but it is what it is), I love Jeff Garcia, but he couldn’t make the league in the 90’s and had top play in Canada.  I know some of you will point to Warren Moon doing the same, but that was more of a race issue rather than an ability issue.  This also why we started to see the emerging Diva Wide Receiver, and other positions self promoting.  With no strong or overly talented QB’s; the NFL looked to any talented player to market the league.  Enter the T.O., Moss, Ocho, and every wannabe Cornerback that thought they are/were Deion “Primetime” Sanders (Fred Smoot, and DeAngelo Hall to name a few).  Look at the strong QB’s of the 2000’s Peyton, Brady, Farve, Brees, and Warner, how many of them had the “Diva” player on their team? NONE, because they were the team, point blank.  When we look at hip hip a lot of the earlier names, were getting older, richer, dying, or just stopped making music.  This led to the terrible Hip Hop of the 2000’s, it was still good Hip Hop, but now you had to find it and look hard for it.  This started the trend of the illegal download.  People didn’t feel comfortable buying a Hip Hop cd when its a huge chance it would be terrible,  It even prompted a lot of older artist to say “Hip Hop is dead”.

Now going into this new era everyone should enjoy this youth movement.  The league has made it easier for a QB to come straight out of college and be successful.  We have these young guns (Newton, Dalton, Wilson, Kaepernick, Luck, RGIII, and Stafford) who are breathing life back into the position.  Now we are seeing how to creatively use these new athletic QB’s to the best of their abilities.  In Hip Hop we are starting to see a new creative movement of cross genre music.  Lil’ Wayne with a rock album, Kanye West singing?  This is not my “Golden Age” of hip hop this is something new…  Something creative.  Even our pure Hip Hop artist are making some of the best music in 10 years.  Listen to a  Kendrick Lamar, Tech9, Lupe Fiasco, and again the list can go on.  They have figured out to be lyrically great, mixed with catchy beats, and know how to massage the mainstream, while staying connected to the underground.  If this generation pans out we will be debating what was the best generation of QB’ing and MC’ing for years to come.  Hip Hop and NFL fans, to steal a line from Jim Harbaugh “Who has it better than us? NOO-BODY!!!”,  “Since this is a New Era and I got a fresh new hat!”

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By: Maurice ” Cool Reece” Thomas

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     I’m the first to admit when comes today’s contracts in sports I’m quick to say “is that player worth that much money?”, especially in the NFL.  You have players like Tony Romo who just recieve an extension worth 108 million dollars but only have one playoff win and alot people feel he doesn’t deserve it.  Yahoo Sports reports that Tony Romo makes $6,302.52per hour, while Peyton Manning only makes 400 dollars more than Romo.  What about other celebrities that makes enormous amount of money like actors or musicians?  How come we don’t judge them on their money and performance?  As Chris Rock would say “Now that ain’t right!”

     Jason “Big J” Allen my fellow UnSportsMenMic colleague asked me “how can i be so quick to hate on Megatron, but not say anything about other entertainers?” Like Ryan Reynald from the movie R.I.P.D. had two bombs in the same week, and yet he probably made millions for just being part of the film.  Hell, he scored 9 million for Green Lantern, and according to “Big J” it was terrible.  Bottom line is he’s right, a lot of people do judge athletes more than actors and musicians including myself. But why?  Until this article I never thought about how much an actor or musician made.  I never really cared, but a lot of that has to do with the fact we don’t hear about the money  they make.  Mostly people care to hear about the drama they go through or what they wore on the red-carpet. 

     So i decided to google overpaid actors and the first link I clicked on was forbes.com and the actor they had first was Eddie Murphy.  I can only think well damn Eddie’s movies have sucked in the recent years.  And what’s funny is there were other websites saying he’s the most overpaid as well. Now for a second let’s compare him in athlete terms, he would be an athlete that came out the gates hot in his rookie contract, then got his pay day for his second contract and then decided to stop striving t be the best.  We would “Kill” that guy in the media and would want him to return the money, or in the words of Eddie Murphy “HALF! Give me half Eddie”.  Furthermore I decided to search for over paid music artist came up with very little info, but I was hoping to see Jay-z name somewhere especially after the recent album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”.  I’m not saying he’s overpaid, but if he comes out with more average to terrible material like that again then somebody will have to make a list just to add him on (I’m prepared for the black lash, holla at me @CR_Unsportsmen).

     In my opinion actors or music artist always get a pass for the money they make in comparison to athletes, because almost everyone has played a sport, or at least been around sports.  With that you feel like if you had just worked harder, had a better break, or just had more of God- given talent “we” could have been a pro!  How many times have you watched a game and could point out what the player did wrong before an announcer?  How many times have you said “Man! he should have done this…” “Man! I would’ve done this/that instead”.  I’m sure most if not all of you have, and that is where our “skepticism” or our harsh judgement comes from.  On the other hand, we all don’t feel like we can/could make it as an actor, or musician, so we have a habit of giving them a pass. .  Though they all have pre maddona moments, but athletes are the ones I hear the most about, because of sports media with “breaking news” of new contracts, contract disputes, or contract extensions.

     Maybe if I was able to watch Beyonce perform all her shows than I would probably have a different opinion on her.  The same if i saw how many retakes Denzel Washington had to have while filming a movie.  Then maybe I would have more of an opinion if they make too much money, but all we get is the finished product to judge them on.  So is it fair for athletes to be judged for how much money they make?  No, but there’s no editing in sports so I’ll be judging Romo every Sunday.  And just like unemployed Bart Scott “Cant Wait!”

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen, Follow Me @UnsportsmenBigJ

“Charges don’t stick to dude, he’s Teflon” Jay-Z “The Ruler’s Back” This is the NFL, John “Teflon Don” Gotti, nothing seems to effect the NFL image, EVER!  I have felt this way for a while but recently reading Joseph Haas (great follow too @JerseyHaas) Dings & Dents: The NFL Image Problem it made me think “Why can’t the NFL go the way of the MLB, and NBA image wise?”  What makes the NFL so untouchable?  At one time or another both the NBA, and MLB was considered untouchable, but boy how the mighty have fallen.  So what sets the NFL apart?  Why does the bad image never hurt the NFL?  One huge reason is the NFL is marketed as the “Ultimate TEAM SPORT!”

Let’s start with the NBA, during its heyday the talent was great and the technical part of the game was amazing.  Less athletes but you had more skill on the floor.  The first hurdle the NBA hit was a drug problem in the 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s.   Say what you want about the David Stern, but he spent a whole career as a Commish cleaning up that image.  Luckily with emerge of Magic/Bird, and later MJ he had the great thought to promote “SuperStars”.  Yes, come one come all and see these extraordinary men play basketball.  The NBA is the most “Star studded” league out of the majors three, and that was by design.  Stern basically said look at how my league just produces stars you can follow from college up to the big leagues.  Well eventually that backfired with straight from high school jumps, which lowered the skill on the court, and the adding of more franchises (less is sometimes more).  Also the drug image got replaced eventually over time with the “Thug persona”.  Who could forgot players coming to the arena looking like rappers?  So you marketed a league around individual SuperStars and when the SuperStars were not as talented, or represented a certain aspect of the society that the masses couldn’t relate to, the league, got a bad rap (no pun).  Now the NBA is making every player go Justin Timberlake “Suit and Tie” and we are starting to see the NBA fashion atmosphere come straight from the runway to the Press Conference.  I’m not to keen on the 1 year rule the league has mandated I think it should be closer to the NFL with 3 years so we can see these players grow overseas, or in college.  Also with the Stars actually being talented, and LBJ taking the spotlight to lead the league we are seeing a revamped image similar to the dare I say MJ years.

MLB is the perfect example of duality in image.  The MLB loved its status of “America’s Pasttime”, it had stars, excitement, and history.  The thing that hurt the MLB saved it all at the same time.  It’s history and reliance on numbers.  The MLB is probably the slowest evolving sport, look at its stance on replay.  Look how it refuses to put a better product on TV.  You have officially divided your fans MLB, the younger generation looks at you like a dinosaur because of your lack of technology and advancements, while the older generation looks at your PED issue as the destruction of the beloved stats.  When you have a drug problem that enhances performance, which enhances stats, it hurts the history of a sport that is so numbers and history orientated to a mockery.  Right now as I write your Home Run King was a PED user, and the league lacks the guts to do anything about it, because that would be change and we know the MLB is slow to do that.  So for the foreseeable future whenever we see a player jump in stats we will ask questions of how legit it is (Please let Puig be the real thing).  The MLB is directly responsible for its image of cheaters and old geezers, because it turned its head during the early reports of PED use.  The MLB turns its nose up at tech that can make the game better, or at least help get the call right (Angel Hernandez anyone).  Now because of the image you have made part of your culture you have a generation of kids growing up in the “Steroid era/PED era” and we are starting to see an apathy when it comes to cheaters.  Now the MLB is cleaning house and trying to slowly introduce technology, but it maybe a little to late to reclaim the #1 spot in America’s heart.

Now I know the NFL has had 30 arrest since the end of the Super Bowl, and right now one of the NFL’s stars is going through a trial that is revealing more horrendous acts every day.  Yet the Shield takes a bump, and like a good blacksmith the league continues to smooth it out.  Because the NFL is promoted as a team sport, and a next man up mentality its hard to associate the league with the acts of individuals.  Yes, the NFL promotes stars, you have your Peyton Manning who had a million commercials and SNL appearances, but did we forget that just 2 years ago we had a league with no Peyton Manning in it, and we still watched.  Imagine if the NBA lost LBJ for a year, would YOU watch?  Probably not.  In the NFL numbers don’t matter only wins Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning have some of the worse regular season stats of QB’s but yet they sit with 2 rings each.  We don’t call them a bum, because they win.  MLB you can have nasty numbers but turn up in the postseason and all everyone will point to is your average regular season’s when it’s HOF time (Curt Schilling is still not in HOF yet he helped revive and lead two snake bitten franchises to a World Series Championship).  Hell the NFL touted out Replacement players in 1987 and even Replacement Refs in two separate occasions (Fail Mary, the Nation will never forget) and we still watched.  This is all because the NFL never rests its head on one gimmick to be marketable.  The NFL never forgets its past, but always tries to push the envelope into the future, all while reminding America this is a team sport and one player will never destroy that image, even if its been 30 so far.  The NFL has Stars, the NFL has Stats, and the NFL has a image that everyone can get behind “Teamwork”.  So when it comes to an image to quote Lebron James and Lil’ Wayne the NFL “Ain’t got no worries!”

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

Birthday celebration week in the Boom Boom Room, birthday, it’s your birthday (2chainz voice).  We got shots of Crown Royal and Crown and cranberry cocktails on special.

The pressure of succeeding when you’re the second team in your own city, the Brooklyn Nets fired P.J. Carlesimo after his great run (35-19) and terrible game 7 finish as an interim coach.  It made me think if the Nets didn’t play in the same city as my Knickerbockers would P.J. be gone? heck would Avery Johnson be fired after being only (14-14)?  Would the White Sox be lovable losers, would the Clippers still have sellouts if they didn’t win 50 games?  I see it all the time in football. my Jets chase headlines because the G-Men own the city. They say you should never run your organization based on the fans and media, however all 2nd teams in big markets do.  Second teams trade for that player they shouldn’t have, signed a player to an extension they shouldn’t have, and etc etc. With the Russian billionaire wanting to overtake the Knicks it seems as they will possibly go the Jordan (Bobcat) route with coaching changes.
Onto my thoughts:

1. Ladies and Gents Craig Kimbrel is human 3 blown saves already (Happy day for the Mets, and Nats)
2. Matt “The Real Deal” Harvey is what I say THE REAL DEAL! The Mets have an ACE (Oh Happy Day Again)
3. Ryan Clark saying Tom Brady sees ghost is classic.  True statement, but remember what happened to Anthony Smith, who played for the Steelers, when he called out Brady (threw two touchdowns on him, so Nov. 3rd can’t come quick enough)
4. I love the way Joakim Noah plays, wish he was a Knick
5. Experts picking Grizzlies to make the finals.  I don’t know about that one
6. Safe to say Iman Shumpert is back!  What a DUNK (fun fact Shumpert and Rose had the same injury on the same day, I guess Shumpert is comfortable)
7. Charles Ramsey “I barbecued with the dude.  Should’ve known something was wrong when a pretty white girl runs to a black man”  True Statement, but at least Ramsey did the right thing.
8. A lot controversy around Geno and he ain’t even play a game yet. Good luck brotha
9. I don’t care if Peyton Manning can remember a play from college; can he remember how to throw the football in cold weather?
10. Tebow God Bless

 Once again its just my thoughts, right or wrong its how I’m feeling at the time.

 Ray “Big Play” Miller

@bprunsportsmenm

Ladies and Gents welcome back to the Boom Boom Room, where if your lady’s fine she can dine and if she tough she outta luck.  We have a two drink minimum tonight people and you ninjas over there in the back take your feet off my couch, cause you aint Rick James.  Shoulda never gave yall money.

The NBA had its all-star weekend in Houston and despite the influx of celebrities and NBA stars there; the league is taking a hit for the lack of All-Stars taking part in competitions such as, the slam dunk, 3point contest, or the lack of effort giving in the skills competition. So how does the league change this?  With the amount of money these superstars make it’s almost impossible to entice any of them to risk injury for fans.  David Stern, who’s on the verge of retiring, has a chance to end his reign as NBA commissioner with a “Bang!”(Sorry Mike Breen).  What do superstars with money want?  That’s right more money.  Stern has to up the ante and pay these guys; maybe a million to the winners in the 3point and skills competition and 2 million to the dunk contest winner.  While having a percentage going to their respective charities and that should make it more enjoyable to fans and get the Stars to come out before Sunday.
Onto my thoughts:
1. Been a long time since I seen an All-Star play as bad as Chris Bosh did. DAMN!!!
2. Roger Goodell made $30mil from this past season and still telling folks what to do like he underpaid. Castro, Fidel
3. Of course Kate Upton got a boob job its cold as hell in Antarctica; need the extra mass for warmth.
4. Kentucky lost by 30 points to Tennessee, Calipari must’ve been shook by NCAA and did everything by the book, because this freshmen class is… OK? I guess he didn’t pay anyone but Nerlens Noel.
5. Kyrie Irving’s a BEAST, but LBJ made the Cavs a winner.  To tae the words from JD “just saying”.
6. Alicia Keys was terrible at halftime, still fine though
7. Happy as all get out that Blue Ivy look like her mama.
8. There must be a playoff team that Alec Ogletree (UGA) was going to be drafted by at the end of 1st Rd.  So to be dumb enough to get a DUI before the combine…  #ThrowTheFlag!
9. Dwight Freeney and Charles Woodson being let go by their respective teams is surprising, especially Freeney, but if they could let go of Peyton then they damn sure could get rid of his black ass
10. As for hockey (NHL), ah well haven’t seen any hockey yet seems I got bronchitis. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

As always these are just my thoughts, right or wrong, its how I’m feeling at the time.  Now what do you think, so follow me @bprunsportsmenm.

RAY

The Falcons should change the Georgia Dome to the Thunder Dome for Quarterbacks, and Mike Nolan’s Defense is Master Blaster most weeks.  Hold your horses ATLiens, don’t crown the dirty birds yet.  If the Falcons have home field advantage in playoffs can you really trust any quarterback, including Matt Ryan, in the dome?  Let’s recap!

Week 2 Peyton Manning threw 3 picks.  One of the worse games Peyton ever had.  I was actually at that game with end zone seats expecting to learn how to attack defenses from the future hall of famer… obviously I was disappointed.
In week 4 against the Panthers it was only one interception thrown but Matt Ryan got sacked career high 7 times and Cam Newton fumbled in the 4th quarter to lose the game.  Superman like right?! Wrong more like Bizzaro, but the Falcons still only won by 3.  In week 6 the tables turned, the dome struck the Falcons.

Matt Ryan throws 3 ints to the Raiders, which was a shock to everybody.  Oakland had only won one game at the time and the birds were undefeated. The Dome still helped in a sense because Carson Palmer threw a late pick 6 to Asante Samuels to seal the game for the Falcon.  Once again the Falcons won by 3.
In week 9 the Falcons faced another team with a losing record the cowboys. Even though there weren’t any turnovers, it was the only time this season Matt Ryan hasn’t thrown a touchdown. And of course Tony Romo plays bad everywhere so we can’t claim that.  Or can we? Falcons win by six.
When the Falcons played the Cardinals in week 11, I know the world was thinking, “How did Arizona lose this game?”  When your quarterback (Matt Ryan) throws 5 interceptions it’s a no brainer, but once the Cardinals made a Qb switch to a rookie, Ryan Lindley, who struggled (9-20/64yds, and sacked 3 times) and wasn’t ready for the moment.  Falcons only win by 4.
Week 14 aka The Phoenix Rebirth of the Falcons.  Drew Brees went 28 for 50 with 5 ints and his streak of 54 games with at least one passing touchdown was broken.  Now you would think it would be a blow out but the Falcons decided to have more of a balance offense and run the ball more so they only won by 10.
The next home game the Falcons face the champs and we all know how the Giants play late in the season. The Falcons haven’t been tested by a “Good” team all year; let’s see if they RISE UP! to the occasion.  As far as the playoffs I think the Falcons are Georgia Domed to fail. If Matt Ryan throws interceptions in the postseason a good team will capitalize.  If they go to the Super Bowl I have every right to join the bandwagon just because I live here.

Cool Reece Thomas

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