Thankfully Football Saves Us From Football

Stephen A.Smith

Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.

Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.

Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?

Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.

Football makes everything better.

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“Things Happened” under Tony Dungy, 17 Colts got arrested

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UPDATE: Tony Dungy releases statement in response to backlash against his remarks

“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

Michael Sam as member of the St. Louis Rams had actually ceased to be top of mind for me a while ago, and as news representation goes, it would appear the same for most of the sports media consumers. That’s a good thing. Normalizing the first openly gay NFL player via apathy of the general public is a step toward making an athlete’s sexuality a non-issue.

Tony Dungy feels otherwise. Besides being a noted homophobe, the former coach, current analyst, and guy tapped for tapioca public speaking and life-coaching books decided to make it known that coaching a player who is different or who he feels has potential to create a problem just isn’t worth it.

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Tony Dungy: The Man for the Open Penn State Job?

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The alleged atrocities of Jerry Sandusky have caused some heavy hearts around the country in recent weeks. The Bob Costas interview did little to engender public support for the accused. The public outcry has included indignation toward those in the Penn State family who allowed the supposed behavior to continue over a substantial period of time.

Joe Paterno has experienced unparalleled success between the lines as a football icon. Now, his image will forever be tarnished with this dark cloud hanging over his head. Urban Meyer has been constantly on the minds of Buckeye fans ever since the Jim Tressel termination. He may now be on the boosters’ radar in State College as well. He certainly would be a viable candidate for each job, assuming that he is in it for the long haul.

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Bright Spots for the Minnesota Vikings

There is plenty of bad news surrounding the NFL in the Twin Cities this fall. I will not pile on in this blog because it is plentiful from other sources. Instead, I will point out some of the strong points at this midway juncture of the season. It has taken some in-depth research and numerous hours of memory jogging exercises to delve into the positive aspects of the Vikings play.

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Detroit Lions: What if They Pulled Off the Ronnie Brown Trade?

The Detroit Lions attempted to address a major situation recently when they tried to bring in running back Ronnie Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles. It made sense for the team because Jahvid Best has recently suffered from concussion issues.

Brown also could benefit from a change of scenery from the most disappointing start in the league this season. He certainly hasn’t produced much with under forty yards on the ground for the entire season, but more carries could have gotten him into rhythm in the Motor City. Matthew Stafford and his downfield weapons would’ve also opened up some wide holes on the line for him.

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In NFL Coaching, Solid Consistency Better than Momentary Greatness

Jeff Fisher has come under fire this season for his relationship with embattled quarterback Vince Young. Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has an affinity for those players that come out of the University of Texas, so the coach is definitely on the hot seat at the moment. Fisher is in his sixteenth full season with the organization. He displays stability in the NFL, in an area where it’s otherwise hard to come by. Employment is a fragile thing in the league, but Fisher should be given the benefit of the doubt over a player who has demonstrated his penchant for instability through immature behavior.

Especially when you consider what Jon Gruden, Jim Fassell, and Brian Billick all have in common…

They all won Super Bowls this past decade, but are currently out of the league.

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What Brad Childress Should Do With His Contract Buyout

Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has been fired

According to the Delaware County Daily Times (PA) on November 22nd, the Vikings now owe Brad Childress over six and a half million dollars to walk away from a team that he left in shambles.

What follows is a list of suggestions for what he should do with this windfall. As Robert Downey Jr. or Vince Neil could testify, a lot of free time and mountains of money can be a dangerous combination.

By Patrick Herbert

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Gophers are the Same Team With or Without Brewster

Tim Brewster Fired

Changing coaches is an inevitable thing unless your name is Joe Paterno or John Gagliardi of St. John’s.  [Read more…]