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WHISENHUNT SACKED BY TITANS

Posted in NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NFL, SACKED, TENNESSEE TITANS on 03/11/2015 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt was sacked after 23 games in charge of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt had a record of 3 wins and 20 losses while in charge. The Titan’s 2-14 record last year allowed the team to draft Oregon quarterback marcus Mariota in the first round of the NFL draft this past April. Mike Mularkey who has coached the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars this century will fill in as interim head coach.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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DALLAS, WE HAVE A PROBLEM

Posted in BRANDON WEEDEN, DALLAS COWBOYS, DEZ BRYANT, MATT CASSEL, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, TONY ROMO on 12/10/2015 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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[If you are a rabid Dallas Cowboys fan you might want to stop reading now.–G.R.M., Copy Ed.]

Cowboys Country

As most of the loyal readers of this blog know I am a big time sports girl. My spouse Victoria a lifelong soccer fan knew only one NFL team in her first life growing up in Baranquilla, Colombia, the Dallas Cowboys. When she was very young there was Roger Staubach. In her teens there was Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. The Cowboys were America’s Team and then suddenly they fell on hard times in the late 1990s.

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Now with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Tony Romo, and the best player in the NFL Dez Bryant both out of commission the Dallas Cowboys and their legion of fans in the United States and all over the world find themselves gasping for breath after starting the 2015 campaign 2-0. Since their departure the Cowboys have gone 0-3 losing to the likes of Atlanta, New Orleans and New England. The team that SanJeans, the largest sports book here in Hell had picked as the odds on favorite 1:2 to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50, despite the whispers about their defense, now finds themselves being helmed by Brandon Weeden and currently 2-3.

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That puts the Cowboys one game behind their opponent in a fortnight the New York Football Giants. By the way, Eli Manning is looking like he wants a third Super Bowl ring after his amazing performance last night against the San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys have played their NFC East rivals the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles once each, but have yet to play their archnemisis the Washington Redskins. As of this morning the Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins are all 2-3.

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Fans don’t really have an ability to analyze what’s wrong with a team they adore. With Weeden at quarterback throwing to the likes of Devin Street, Terrance Williams, Lucky Whitehead the offense isn’t clicking– especially on 3rd down. The Dallas Cowboys have converted on 18 of their 55 third down chances this season for a rate of 32.7%. Miami, St Louis and Denver [yes 5-0 Denver!] are the only teams with a worse conversion rate. Couple this with no north south running back [somewhere DeMarco Murray has got to be laughing despite wearing an Eagles uniform and playing for a coach who doesn’t know how to utilize him.] and a fourth from league bottom giveaway/takeaway of minus 5 [Carolina, Atlanta and Arizona are plus 8, plus 6 and plus 5 respectively.] and things look bleak for a team that appeared destined for greatness just two months ago.

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But there is hope, well sort of, in the form of the signing of Matt Cassel as Weeden’s backup. In his defense, Cassel does have playoff experience having taken the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs as AFC West division winners in 2010.[Cassel threw three picks and no TDs in a 30-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in that playoff game by the way.–F.S.] Aside from that all the Cowboys, Jerry Jones and the fans can do is wait and hope for the return of their two stars and pray that Greg Hardy doesn’t implode before Thanksgiving.

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By all of our metrics all the Cowboys have to do is win two of their next three games and be 4-4 when Romo is expected to return. All of the insiders I’ve spoken to feel Dez Bryant will return on 1 November 2015 against the Seattle Seahawks at home; while Romo is expected back 15 November 2015 to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa. If those return dates are accurate SanJeans has the Cowboys finishing 10-6 and winning the NFC East and playing the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game. If there is a delay or another injury to Romo, Bryant or both the Cowboys record drops to 8-8, 7-9 and 5-11 respectively with Weeden at the helm, those numbers increase to 9-7, 8-8 and 7-9 with Cassel at quarterback. If their season goes that way many may ask why Kellen Moore wasn’t given a shot?

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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AN OPEN LETTER TO NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODDELL: IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THE NFL MORE EXCITING, GET RID OF PUNTS

Posted in NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, ROGER GOODDELL, RULE CHANGES with tags , , on 22/01/2014 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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American football commissioner Roger Gooddell is bored with the certainty of the point after touchdown. And yes the kicks have become more automatic over the past decade with the introduction of the special ball for kicking. The NFL is looking to eliminate the PAT to make the game more exciting. Really?

If Gooddell really wants to put more excitement into the league he should leave extra points alone and consider eliminating punts. Getting rid of the fourth down boot would do two things that the NFL wants. One, it would make the games move more quickly without changing the amount of time devoted to TV timeouts. Punting leads to scattered players who take time to get off the field. Making teams go for the first down on every fourth down shortens the transition of possession. Two, scoring will go up. This is what the NFL really wants– more points, more great plays in the end zone.

Here’s how I would see the new no punt rule playing out. Let’s say Dallas is playing Washington on a Sunday night. The Redskins are leading by two touchdowns late in the third quarter. Dallas has been able to drive to about the Washington 40 each time they had the ball and their drives would stall. Now they have stopped the Redskins at their own 30 and can drive the ball in for a TD to cut the lead in half. On the kickoff the trap the kick returner on the Washington 10. Four plays later the Cowboys have the ball back on the 18. Two more plays later you have a tie game.

Gooddell get rid of punts for a more exciting game and leave the PAT alone.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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WHO TRULY PROFITS FROM AMERICA’S ILLS?

Posted in 2014 ELECTIONS, ABORTION RIGHTS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, AL QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, ASHLEIGH BANFIELD, ASHLEY JUDD, AURORA COLORADO THEATHER SHOOTING, BIG LABOR, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, BREITBART, BULLYING, CANNIBALISM, CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN AMERICA?, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, CLINT EASTWOOD, CODE PINK, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONTACT US, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, CPAC 2013, DAVID GREGORY, DAWN PATROL, DEATH PANELS, DENISE ODIE JOSEPH II, DINESH D'SOUZA, DIRECTAT JAVETH NATHUX, DOCTOR CORNEL WEST, DOOMSDAY PREPPERS, DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE, DREAM ACT, DRUDGE REPORT, ENTRY COURT, ERIC HOLDER, ERICK ERICKSON, FAIL, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, FASCISM, FAST & FURIOUS, FATWA, FEARSPEAK, FETAL PERSONHOOD, FREEDOM, FUNDAMENTALISTS ACTING BADLY, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GLENN BECK, GLOBAL ECONOMY, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, GOP MELTDOWN, GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HELLAC COURT SYSTEM, HERITAGE FOUNDATION, HERMAN CAIN, HILLARY CLINTON, HIZZONER BLOOMBERG, HOMOPHOBIA, HOT MESS, HOW HELL WORKS, HOW THE RIGHT SEES THE 47%, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, HUNTER S THOMPSON, JAMES HOLMES, JAN BREWER, JENNIFER GRANHOLM, JESSICA GHAWI, JIM DEMINT, JIM HOFT, JO ANN BAIN, JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, KATHERINE MANAAN, KEL'HESH'AR, KNIGHT CAPITAL GROUP, KOCH BROTHERS, L BRENT BOZELL, LAAL HETHRI, LIHEAP, LISTERIA, LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT, LUIS RUIZ, MADMAN MANIFESTO, MAINSTREAM MEDIA SHORT ATTENTION SPAN, MARK EDWARD NOONAN, MICHELE BACHMANN, MICHELLE MALKIN, MIDDLE AGED WOMAN TALKING, MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MITT ROMNEY, NADYA SULEMAN, NANCY LANZA, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NEOCON1, NEWSBUSTERS, NEWT GINGRICH, NIKKI HALEY AFFAIRS, OBAMACARE, OCCUPY DC, OCCUPY WALL STREET, PAMELA GELLER, PASTOR TERRY JONES, PAUL RYAN, PENN STATE CHILD SEX ABUSE, POLITICS, POOR WHITE TRASH, PUSSY RIOT, QUOTE OF THE DAY, RICK SANTORUM, ROCK THE SLUT VOTE, RON PAUL, ROSEMARY WATSON with tags , , , , , on 20/02/2013 by Majordomo Pain

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“Penn State shouldn’t have been given athletic sanctions by the NCAA for looking the other way during Jerry Sandusky’s repeated rape and abuse of young boys. If America were truly exceptional, the military should have been brought in and the entire county which worshipped at the altar of Joe Paterno would have been razed to the ground by all those leftover bunker busting bombs Bush bought for the Iraq war.”– Governor General Srindra Singh or Gilbesht in a debate about American exceptionalism with Sheol conservative MP Yancey Harrell on “Overdark” with Maarit Outi Pekkonen last night.

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The idea of American exceptionalism is not a new meme. The thought that the people who now live on this land, once occupied by the Human Beings; taken by violence in the name of profit, are more prosperous, more intelligent, cut from a more moral cloth and closer to the favor of their chosen Creator than any other has been clearly a concept of Faith for those who now call themselves “Conservatives” for the better part of the last one hundred twenty five Terran standard years. We, Ourselves, of the Collective and The Meditators have a problem with any such notion based simply on the statement expressed in the stripes of the flag above. One must begin to ask the questions of common men, the hoi polloi, and the oligarchs who now own your government and rule your media, “Who profits from this disaster?” and “What will be the spark that causes someone to give up their comfort in a revolution from which they may not reap a similar status to those they are fighting against?”

These are serious matters, not to be taken lightly as they were at Blogs4Victory just this past week. The conservatives there simply wanted to throw red meat at downtrodden aging white men who see their fathers have lost their birthright of unchecked bigotry in the last few decades and left them nothing more than the onanism of “being white is better than being black or brown” along with their Bibles to cling to in these desperate times. And, yes, We, Ourselves admit these are desperate times– for Conservatives. Not only is their ideology, their worldview dying, they are dying. For the moment there are a few million ardent young whites out there who shout just as loudly as the over 50 crowd about the “many ills of President Obama” but let Us be honest with Ourselves, these young men and women in their twenties aren’t in this politics game to bring back the Reagan years, roll back women’s reproductive rights or to solve America’s debt issues. They are seeking a pool of like minded people who given enough familiarity will allow them to get laid; something they wouldn’t do in a similar setting surrounded by more attractive more intelligent Progressives.

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So who does profit from all of America’s ills? There are many who do profit some of these groups will shock you others are well known. All must give up something or the Union will be lost to time and to history.

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Income inequality is clearly profited from by those who really run the country the oligarchs. Not just corporate CEOs but hedge fund managers, the boards of large law firms who write the laws and then pimp them to Congress and of course the religious oligarchs who are desperately trying to remain relevant in an age where technology is nearing its ability to make deities out of Men. And in the end this is nothing more than a clearly visceral reaction to the short duration of the human lifespan manifest in the form of greed for all things material.

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Poverty has been used as a tool to keep the masses at bay since Time Immemorial. Poverty is profited from by the Church, the oligarchs and their corporate media. Poverty as an extension of bigotry feeds the furnace that drives the powerful to remain powerful. They do not care that a child is one day celebrating the reelection of America’s first Man of Color to the highest elected office and the next day a victim of gun violence. They do not care that children go hungry in the wealthiest nation on Terra as long as they are safe behind their gates and in their dens of luxury. Poverty is a prison sentence handed down by generations of greed and fear in the name of tribal purity.

An examination of these two ills shows how all the others are interconnected. It is time to drain their trough or America will be the soil where the seeds of failure of an entire species will be sown.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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THE NFL REPLACEMENT REFEREES BLOW IT AGAIN

Posted in FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, REPLACEMENT REFEREES with tags , , , , on 25/09/2012 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

I can say that as much as I complain about the need for goal line technology in the real game that most of Terra considers football, my beloved game isn’t in as bad a shape as the National Football League. I took a break from research last night after Hoops Green called me in veritable rictus after watching the end of last night’s Packers Seahawks game. Now I’m a Jets fan so this game being played in Seattle virtually didn’t exist for me but for millions of cheeseheads what happened in the last twenty minutes of the game was tantamount to grand theft or as Todd Akin would call it “legitimate rape.”

A hail mary was thrown a Packer defender caught the ball in the end zone touchback, game over right? No in the end zone one official was correctly calling touchback and stopped the clock the other raised his arms in the air in the universal touchdown signal. Okay. Send the play upstairs and it will be determined to be a touchback and the Packers win 12-7 right? Wrong after review the play on the field stood. And here is the problem NFL Commissioner Rogeer Goodell faces.

Every week the replacement referees have 16 chances to corrupt the brand that is the National Football League by not being able to keep up with the pace of the game. A few weeks back I was applauding Shannon Eastin the first woman to referee an NFL preseason game. Now instead of championing her ascension to the highest ranks of game calling in American football Eastin has been vilified, along with the rest of the replacement refs she is remembered in the all seeing eyes and all remembering mind of the Internet for her errors.


In Hindsight

The bottim line here is that these refs aren’t ready for prime time. Many of them including Eastin are doing an excellent job and have the physical capability to keep up with the fast paced pro game. Unfortunately more than half of them cannot. For every week I see a blown call at the end of a game that costs a franchise a win; the NFL brand is tarnished and pushed ever closer to not being able to recover. Alright we know that’s a bit of an exaggeration because fans came back after the misery of the replacement players in 1987 during the player’s strike. American sports fans are suckers but people who write about the history of sports, like me will never forget that Goddell hasn’t lived up to his promise to “protect the shield” by ending this labor dispute.

Pax Terra!

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