The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy to a new contract.In case you didn’t know,Hardy was accused of domestic violence against his girlfriend,choking her and threatening to kill her.The charges have been dismissed because the victim failed to appear in court. He’s currently on the Commissioner’s exempt list and is waiting to see how long he will be suspended.People are going nuts saying Hardy should not be allowed to play and the Cowboys are being villified for signing him.Let’s understand something here.The only reason Hardy was signed is because he’s still a very good player.Two years ago he had 15 sacks for the Panthers which lead the team.The difference between him and Ray Rice is that Rice isn’t a very good player anymore.The Minnesota Vikings want Adrian Peterson back because he’s still one of the best running backs in the league.As long as a player can still perform at a high level there will be a team out there ready to throw millions his way,public relations be damned.Jerry Jones,the Cowboys owner,doesn’t care what Hardy allegedly did,all he cares about is the ability Hardy has to rush the quarterback which his team had trouble doing last year.Even the fans of the team just care about how Hardy can help them win.So while the NFL has a big problem of domestic violence to deal with,if a player is very good like Hardy,it doesn’t matter.That’s my opinion.
Chris Borland,the 24 year old fast rising star linebacker of the San Francisco 49ers,has decided to retire from the NFL after only one season because of the concussion problem that has rocked football.While I have absolutely no problem with Borlands decision,I do have a problem with the idea that parents will now look to not let their kids play football.Look,for every Chris Borland out there,there are also a hundred or so players that would jump at the opportunity he just walked away from,to play professional football in the National Football League.The concussion problem is a serious one and I applaud the NFL for the steps it has taken to make the game safer.While I never played football in college or even high school I have suffered two concussions playing in pickup games.I have a scar on the side of my head from one and I had severe headaches after the second one.I thank God that today I don’t have any lingering symptoms but the scar is noticeable.I’m old enough to remember the days of the legendary Dick Butkus and SamHuff,when if you got banged in the head you just tried to shake it off and keep playing.If you didn’t you got the reputation of not being tough.My second concussion I was playing in a league that was called touch but was anything but.I was the quarterback and got hit from the blind side just as I threw the pass.My head hit the pavement and I knew I was hurt.I didn’t loose consciousness but my ears were ringing and my head was spinning.The opposing coach leaned into me and said, “you know the tough guys in the pros get up” so naturally I tried to get up but everyone was saying no don’t.The ambulance came and took me to the hospital.That was my last game but the league continued on.So while Chris Borland made the right decision for himself,the National Football League will continue to thrive because players will keep coming to live their dream.That’s my opinion.
If you haven’t seen the video of the Los Angeles Police Officer shooting a homeless man,you should.It is one of the most disturbing scenes I have seen in recent memory.There were at least 3 policemen who wrestled with this man and had him down on the ground.Although the homeless man continued to put up a fight,the police were in no danger because he was being pinned to the ground.Then suddenly six shots are fired (I counted them from the video) and you can hear people yelling that the homeless man is dead.Then you see a Black Policeman emerge to keep the angry crowd back and he’s being yelled at as the shooter.While the video doesn’t actually show the Black Officer shooting the victim,there is no doubt six shots were fired and the Officer is standing over the dead man.This was a senseless and blatant overreaction.They were in no danger,the man was on the ground.And why six shots? He emptied his gun into this mans body.It’s acts like this by policemen that turn the public against them.This wasn’t a White cop killing a black man,it was a Black cop.This is not a race killing like Missouri or the choking on Staten Island.What it is is a cop who did not want to deal with a man that was putting up a struggle and decided enough is enough and took the man’s life.If he’s not prosecuted for manslaughter then it means a policeman can shoot you six times if he has you on the ground and you pose no threat physically.Be careful.That’s my opinion.
February is traditionally the slowest month in the sports calendar.The football season is over,basketball and hockey still have alot of games left before the playoffs,college basketball’s tournament starts next month and baseball just started spring training.You know there is nothing happening when the NFL combine garnered big ratings.The biggest sports news at the moment is Alex Rodriguez reporting to Yankees camp after his one year suspension.Derek Rose,star point guard for the NBA Chicago Bulls,is injured yet again with a torn meniscus in his knee and will miss the rest of the season.It should remind all of us who follow sports just how easily a player’s career can be short lived.Great players like Gail Sayers,Sandy Koufax,and Bo Jackson all had great careers cut short due to injury.I was fortunate enough to see all of them play and a testament to their greatness was Sayers and Koufax being inducted into the Baseball and Football Hall of Fame,respectively,having played no more than six seasons.Jackson was a two sport marvel who dominated baseball and football until he injured his hip and just like that it was over.We who follow the teams and love the games should take this lull in the sports calendar to appreciate the athletes that play it because they could be here today and gone tomorrow.Enjoy them while they’re here.That’s my opinion.
The media vultures are circling Alex Rodriguez and they’re just waiting for the opportunity to feed on his carcass.He literally wrote an apology to the fans acknowledging he used Ped’s and acted like a jackass defending himself.I can’t and won’t defend what he did but the idea that he should make himself available to the media so they can grill him like a steak is ridiculous.No one is going to believe anything he says anyway so why do it? The reason is that the media loathes Alex Rodriguez and wants to bring him down even further,as if that’s possible at this juncture.Rodriguez gave the federal government testimony into his Ped use and if he answered questions that differed from his testimony,he could wind up in jail.All he has left is his ability to play baseball and many people doubt if he can do that anymore.He’s been away for a year,is coming back from two hip surgeries,will be 40 years old and the Yankees don’t want him around.I’m not one of them.As a Yankees fan I hope he can hit and help them win,but I also hope he can prove all the so called “experts ” wrong.People want to see him fail so badly that he will have to retire and leave the game in disgrace.I’m really rooting for him to have a good season so he can make all the writers and talk radio gasbags who are so sure he can’t play anymore and want him to go away that he’s not going anywhere and he makes them all look like idiots.That’s my opinion.
Kanye West and James Dolan.Two guys who need to take a long walk and not come back.First Mr.West,who likes to run up onstage at the Grammy Awards and interrupt and spoil the moment for whoever is receiving the award because they beat out his secret crush,Beyonce.A few years ago it was Taylor Swift and this year it was Beck,who won the Album of the year over Beyonce.Mr.West even had the balls to say that Beck should give his award to Beyonce.Is he kidding me? What?First of all,how dare he say that someone should relinquish their award that they no doubt earned in the eyes of the Academy.Second,would he give up one of his Grammys if someone said another artist was more deserving? The answer is Hell No.He only does it to people who won’t throw his butt offstage.I’d like to see him do that to someone like Rick Ross.Now Mr.Dolan.He received an e-mail from a fan,Irving Bierman,who basically told him he’s done a lousy job of running the Knicks.He said Mr.Dolan has made stupid decisions and should sell the team.Mr.Dolan responded with an e-mail calling Mr.Bierman a sad and miserable person.And to top it off he called him an alcoholic.You can’t make this stuff up.Dolan has never met Mr.Bierman,doesn’t know what he looks like,yet feels comfortable calling him an alcoholic.Then he finishes the e-mail by telling Mr.Bierman,who has been a Knicks fan since the ’50s,to go root for the rival Bklyn Nets because “the Knicks don’t want you”.This is just unbelievable.I’ve got news for Mr.Dolan and Mr.West.There are many people out that don’t want them either.That’s my opinion.
The Seattle Seahawks lost Super Bowl XLIX on the dumbest play call in history.That is the general consensus of people around the league and fans.A quick recap,the Seahawks had the ball at the 1yard line of the Patriots with about 25 seconds left in the game down by four points 28-24.They had just given the ball to Marshawn Lynch the play before from the 5 and he almost scored so it was second down.What happened next was the most astonishing play call in football history.Instead of giving the ball again to Lynch,they called a pass.Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tried to throw a quick slant and got intercepted.Game over and the Patriots win.People were criticizing Bill Belichick for not calling a timeout with the clock running and the Seahawks looking they would definitely score,but I think he did the right thing because with the timeout Pete Carroll and his coaches would have had time to think and just might have changed the play and gave the ball to Lynch.Belichick decided to live or die with whatever happened and he came up roses.For the Seahawks this will haunt them and their fans for a long time.When you lose the championship on a play that most people felt never should have been run,there is no getting over it in spite of what Pete Carroll and the Seattle players may say.That play will be talked about forever as the dumbest play call ever made and the Seahawks will have to deal with it.That’s my opinion.