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Boycott the NFL

I’m boycotting the NFL for the rest of the season and I encourage you to also.  Consider this a “call to action” for the masses of NFL fans to boycott the NFL.

I’m boycotting the NFL because the referees are deciding the outcomes of games to cover their Vegas bets or for whatever personal reasons they have.

I just returned from the Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals games where for the second week in a row the referees handed the game to our opponent by sustaining drives with defensive pass interference or roughing the passer penalties.

In the Ravens vs. Bengals case three pass interference calls with less than two minutes to go to hand the game to Bengals and cover or beat the odds in Vegas.

Although a big NFL fan and heavily invested in the Ravens with season tickets since 1999 I’m done other than Ravens home games.

Hey Roger there are plenty of entertainment options out there besides the NFL for me to choose from.

Since I’ve paid for season tickets I will continue to go to home games. However I will not watch any games on TV the rest of this season.  Not on Sundays, not Sunday Night, not Monday Night, not Thursday night nor on Thanksgiving NFL football.  I also won’t be watching any more NFL TV or listening on Sirius NFL network.

Guess I’m kind of old school in that I think a fumble is a fumble and I don’t need instant replay to see if a knee is on the ground and that the play of the players should determine the game not the referee bias.


October 11, 2009 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Fans Never Sell Your Tickets If Your Team is Playing the Shittsburgh Squealers

I watched the Washington Deadskins game against the Shittsburgh Squealers and felt bad for the Deadskirts fans last night. A very unusual situation because the Deadskins deserve every bad thing that happens to them but not all those piss yellow jerseys in the stands last night.  As usual a stadium, in this case FedEx Field in D.C., which is relatively close to Shittsburgh was over run with a large amount of Squealers fans.

As a Ravens fan I run into this problem regularly.  Squealers fans are dedicated I’ll give them that and they travel to see their team.  As a matter of fact I think that’s great.  However for the home team it is disappointing to see large amounts of Squealers fans cheer the visiting team in your house.

slide1This problem could be fixed easily.  If you’re playing the Shittsburgh Squealers at home don’t sell your tickets. NOT TO ANYBODY FOR ANY REASON. Even if you can’t go it is better to eat the ticket price than have Squealers fans in your seats.  That’s the only way to ensure that your stadium isn’t looking piss yellow on game day.

Now your Shittsburgh Squealer fan comes in two varieties.  The good kind is the die hard unemployed Shittsburghin who luckily scores some tickets to a local game and goes to cheer their team on.

The other and by far the worst is the transplant traitor.  This is a Squealers fan who left Shittsburgh for a number of reasons but usually because the city is historically economically depressed and the person can’t get a job.  This person assimilates into his new community usually living until retirement even cheering for the home team.  But when the Squealers come to play they break out their piss yellow jersey and go the game cheering for the Squealers.  If you talk to one of these “Manchurian” fans they’ll aways give you some line like this; “I grew up in Shittsburgh as a kid, bla bla bla.”  Come on get over it you moved away 20 years ago.

So what is the point: NFL fans and ticket holders if you’re playing the Shittsburgh Squealers at home don’t sell your tickets. NOT TO ANYBODY FOR ANY REASON.

For some good old fashioned NFL rivalry check out 🙂

November 5, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

NFL Sticks It to Baltimore Again

Well once again the NFL has screwed the Ravens and the city of Baltimore.  If you haven’t followed the saga of the NFL’s hatred of Baltimore here’s some background.  In March 1984 I was an Officer Candidate at the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA.  As a candidate contact and news of the outside world was limited to short updates from fellow candidates before certain classes.

So while sitting in Building Four, commonly called Building Snore by anybody who ever is or has been unfortunate enough to work or attend classes there, I heard the “sports update” from a fellow candidate that the Colts had moved to Indianapolis.  WTF was about all I could think as the next droning class began another day in the Army.

Of course throughout the rest of 80’s and 90’s NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue as well as the Redskins owner Jack Cooke (much like Orioles owner Peter Angelos worked for years to keep a baseball team out of D.C.) actively worked to ensure Baltimore did not get another franchise when the NFL announced expansion plans.  Tagliabue even stated that Baltimore should build a museum and not a football stadium or words to that effect.

Of course the NFL kept changing the competition rules until Tagliabue awarded franchises to Jacksonville and Carolina instead of Baltimore.  Then when Art Model moved his Brown’s franchise to Baltimore the NFL had a new team in Cleveland within three years.  (Cleveland fans are just as deserving of a NFL franchise as Baltimore or any other NFL rabid city.)  But that little ditty still makes you wonder about the NFL’s leadership’s views towards Baltimore.

Fast forward to this week and the Texans vs Ravens game is cancelled by the NFL due to hurricane Ike and rescheduled for our bye-weekend.  With all the other options available the NFL decided to stick it the Ravens.  The game could have been played in Baltimore.  Clearly the Texans would cry like stuck pigs but that was an option.  That wold have been like the generosity that was afforded the NY football Giants recently in adding a home game to their schedule.

Other options could have been to play the game in any reasonable-sized college or other pro-football stadium in the Houston area and let the Texans have the gate revenue.  That would have satisfied the Texans need for a home game as that’s all they really are worried about when they talk about a home game.  It might have even given the Texans a chance to win over some new local fans by having a home game someplace else.  Also a swap of games with the Oakland Raiders was an option because both teams played the Raiders and it could have been worked out that it wouldn’t have affected the number of home or travel games for either the Texans, Raiders or Ravens.  But no, none of these options was good enough for Goodell.

So now Ravens get to play a 5 out of 6 road games without a bye week on Nov 9th during a time of the season most teams are thankful for a bye.  Thanks for nothing Commissioner Goodell.  Without even researching I bet no other team in NFL history has ever had to play 5 out 6 games on the road.

Well, at least we all know Tagliabue must have been hot enough to fuck when the Ravens won the Superbowl XXXV in 2000. lol

Yes I know some you will say but hurricane Ike happened; nobody could have anticipated that!  Nobody except the rest of planet who watched the hurricane move ever slowly towards Texas on television news and NOAA’s website.  And you know what, I’ve got disaster and especially hurricane overload.  I don’t care anymore.  Don’t live in a flood plain and expect my tax dollars to rebuild your home or city so it can be flooded again and again.  Instead of buying a 60 inch flat screen TV try buying flood insurance if you live in a flood plain.  There I said it.  The truth is out there.  Two rules to live by; don’t live in a flood plain and if you are stupid enough to live in a flood plain buy flood insurance.

Oh and speaking of getting screwed how does Georgetown’s football team start the season with 3 road games?  I mean really, that’s bogus.

And congrats to the Terps for their big win over California this weekend!

September 15, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brett Farve How Sad

Johnny U, Baltimore ColtJohnny U, Baltimore Colt

Well as a Pro Football fan I can’t not comment on this.  Brett, are you out of your fricking mind?  I remember when the great Johnny Unitas went to Bolts in San Diego for one last chance at glory.  What a disaster.  Johnny U never looked right in anything but Baltimore Colts Blue.  That Chargers uniform looked terrible on him.  As I recall Johnny U didn’t play well that year and retired at the end of the season.

Brett, my fickle friend, the same will happen to you.  You turned your back on the Packers, the fanchise that made you a star, after you officially retired. (see video) The J E T S Jets uniform, although also green, will never look good on you. You’ve been a streaky QB the last couple years; hot or cold.

Johnny U, Charger?????

Johnny U, Charger?????

The Jets are a weak team and the Man-genius is going the way of Billick-the-Brain. Even if you’re hot the Jets outlook is dim at best this season.  If you’re cold it’s a disaster for you personally, the FANS and the franchise.  We’ll get to watch your fall from grace in slow motion instant replay in Hi Def 1080I or P.

Will we be treated to another boo hoo retirement press conference? My gosh the Jets don’t even have cheerleaders do they?  Barbaric in this age of enlightenment.  Well I don’t think the Packers do either so I guess that doesn’t matter.  Just ignore this paragraph.

Brett Farve, Jets?????

Brett Farve, Jets?????

You could have gone out on top.  Nobody doubted your decision to retire on top of the QB heap; one of the best of your generation.  But now you’re staking that all on the Jets? J E T S Jets.

I wish you well unless the Jets are playing my Ravens.  You’ll need all the luck you can get with the Jets.  But we all know how this is going to play out this season. Thanks for the memories good and bad.  Too bad the bad memories are the ones you’ll leave us with this season.

Broadway Joe where are you?  Tell Brett how this story ends.

August 12, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment