The NFL’S judge,jury and minister of dicipline,better known as commissioner Roger Goodell, has suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns for the upcoming season for marijuana use and DUI.He has also announced that there will be a tougher penalty for everyone in the NFL,including owners,for domestic violence starting with a 6 game suspension for the first offense and a lifetime ban for the second.The NFL is having more and more problems with it’s players relating to drugs and violence that something drastic had to be done.Goodell screwed up the Ray Rice domestic violence by just suspending him 2 games.He admitted his mistake in a letter to all NFL personel.He finally got it right after much public outcry and criticism.As for Josh Gordon,everyone is saying he needs help but the only one who can really help Josh Gordon is Josh Gordon.I was a marijuana user when I was young and first let me tell you marijuana is NOT an addictive drug like cocaine or heroine.You can stop if you want to.Josh Gordon doesn’t want to stop because he has been a repeat offender.He appealed the suspension and was rejected.It’s been said by many former players that it’s a privelige to play in the NFL and make millions playing a kids game.Josh Gordon has had that privilege taken away and hopefully he’ll wake up and realize what he’s giving away.These penalties are needed to keep the game from becoming more about off field issues than play on the field.That’s my opinion.
I’m not a big fan of the Little League World Series but I have to say that watching Mo’ne Davis,the 13 year old girl pitcher for Pennsylvania,has made me watch more than I normally would.She has taken the sports world by storm and captured the minds and hearts of the whole country.She’s on the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated and has appeared on many radio and TV shows to give interviews.She is very mature and personable for someone so young who has all of a sudden become a national phenomenon.And if you haven’t seen her pitch,you are missing something extraordinary.She is dominating the opposing team with a good fastball,drop off the table curve and she has great control.She is pitching tonight to put her team in the championship game.She says she wants to play basketball in college for the University of Connecticut.Those of us who are over 40 remember the old saying “you throw like a girl”which was the worst thing a boy could hear if he wanted to be a ballplayer.Mo’ne Davis has brought new meaning to that phrase.Watch her pitch,she is better than many boys who have pitched in the LLWS.That’s my opinion.
The Entertainment industry lost one of its icons when Robin Williams committed suicide this week by hanging himself in his bedroom.Williams was suffering from depression and was in rehab for alchohol and cocaine abuse.Williams burst on the scene playing the lovable alien Mork on “Mork and Mindy” and then played in such well known movies as “Mrs Doubtfire ” and “Good morning Viet Nam”.Depression is a sickness and while we all go through days when we feel a little overwhelmed by life’s circumstances,taking your own life isn’t the answer.I’m going to tell you what is the answer.GOD IS THE ANSWER.I don’t know what Mr.Williams beliefs were but I can tell you that GOD loves you and he is the one to turn to for help when you have a problem like depression or drug addiction or whatever.The Bible says that Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law.Depression is part of that curse.So for anyone who reads this blog,if you are suffering from depression or any other problem,look to GOD first and you won’t end up like Mr.Williams.May he rest in peace.That’s my opinion.
With most teams having played about 112 games in this baseball season, it’s time to take our final look at where your particular team is in the standings.We took our first look at the 50 game mark and our second look at the halfway mark of 81 games.Now with about 50 games left,if your team is more than 5 or 6 games out of first place or the wild card,the chances of them making the playoffs isn’t very good.Right now the Oakland A’s and the L.A.Angels of Anaheim look like sure things in the American League,but the National League is wide open with as many as 10 teams with a chance.With the extra wild card team in each league added now it has created alot of interest for cities whose teams might otherwise be left out.I have always been in favor of having another team in the playoffs because it’s exciting to watch these teams battle to make it,although if your team is one of them the anxiety of hanging on every pitch and at bat can be very nerve wracking.So if your team is still in the playoff hunt,enjoy these games because you could be just waiting another month for the football season to start.And that’s a bummer.That’s my opinion.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has slowly become the worst commissioner of the major sports with his latest decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for only two games for hitting his girlfriend.I’m not talking about how much money the league has made or how popular the sport has become since he took over from former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, but from a disciplinary standpoint,he has handed out much worse suspension like Robert Mathis being suspended four games for taking a fertility drug so he and his wife could have a baby.He has made the NFL look bad with this decision and has not bothered to clarify why.Adolpho Birch,Senior VP of labor for the NFL went on the Mike and Mike radio show on Espn and gave an explanation that was,frankly,a bunch of baloney trying to justify the two games suspension.Goodell had a chance, to send a strong message and he failed badly.That’s my opinion.
Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts,and currently an analyst on NBC Football Night In America,has created a firestorm over his comments about Michael Sam,the first openly gay football player drafted by the St.Louis Rams of the NFL.Dungy said he would not have drafted Sam because it would cause a distraction by the constant media questions about the first openly gay player in the NFL.First of all let me say that,as a Christian,I don’t agree with same sex marriage or relationships.But I do think a person has the right to live their life the way they want and be allowed,based on ability,to make a team.What bothers me is every time someone expresses an opinion on this topic the media circles like sharks in the water.Dungy said the constant media questions would distract from the team concentrating and preparing for the coming season and he,as a coach,would not want that around his team .The media firestorm his comments created shows he’s right.Michael Sam should be judged solely on his playing ability but because he’s gay it puts him as the center of attention.If he’s good enough he will make the team and if he’s not he won’t.The media needs to stop making a big deal out of every comment on this.That’s my opinion.