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Lynch Final Day

Marshawn Lynch has clearly had enough of the media shoving cameras and microphones down his throat, as he gave his final appearance to the media before the upcoming Super Bowl this Sunday. Lynch has become notorious for not wanting to give any statements during interviews to the media and has pretty much made a mockery of it on a weekly basis, as he will come up with a term and simply repeat it every single time he is asked a question, regardless of what that question is. It is starting to get kind of ridiculous, because Marshawn clearly is not going to break and it would be pretty disgusting if he happened to break anyway. Fans like Paul Mathieson agree that the guy needs to be left alone, as he simply doesn’t want to talk to the media and have some stories spun about him. It has become obvious that he simply does not trust the media, as they attempt to make stories out of things he says and he would rather just play the game of football. He actually talked for several minutes on the final day with the media this week and just stated that he doesn’t understand why they keep coming back day after day when it is blatantly clear that he is not going to answer any questions. He says he understands that they want to ask him things and he is cool with that, but he doesn’t understand why they keep coming back when it’s clear he will not give them anything.

Wade Phillips To Handle Broncos Defense

The Broncos have brought in Wade Phillips to handle their defense. Fans like Brian Torchin view this as smart hire for a team that needs to develop its defense as fast as possible while it decides what it is going to do with the offense.

The Broncos want to have a place where they can rest, and they need to rest on their defense while they are trying to make their offense work properly. Wade Phillips has been in the league so long that he remembers where there was not a team in Denver, and he will be able to make quick work of the defense for the team.

This is the experienced hire that helps the Broncos improve, but it also puts an assistant head coach on the sideline. Gary Kubiak can run the offense, and he will never had to think about the defense because it is going to be managed by someone whose family practically invented coaching. We all know that Wade will not coach for very long, but he could put the Broncos on a path to greatness that they will need if they are going to compete for a championship or two in the next few years or so.

Jones Still Hopes to Keep Murray and Bryant

Dallas Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones is one of the richest owners of the NFL. However, he has to live within the salary cap rules just like every other team. This poses a problem when two of his star players are up for contract renewals in the same season. Namely the talented wide receiver Dez Bryant and this season’s league leading rusher Demarco Murray. So, who should Jones put his priority in and which can he afford to lose. Actually, this question is fairly easy for Jones and the Cowboys franchise. Most likely they will look to get an early contract with Bryant and put the franchise tag on Murray so they can handle his contract next year or vice versa.

But if the team had to choose which player to keep and which they could live without that would be simple as well. The team would need to stay with Bryant and let Murray face the uncertain waters of free agency. There is no doubt  to fans like Dave and Brit Morin of Greenweddingshoes.com, that he would bring a steep price to any franchise. But with the depth that the Cowboys have at running back, their offensive line could block for anyone they potentially put in the backfield. Also, teams may not necessarily be looking to bring in another running back with Murray’s injury history that persisted in prior seasons and kept him sidelined. Also, a new concern of this year was his inability to stop fumbling the ball.

Browner Sherman Conflict is Media Spin

According to Flavio Maluf’s home page, There were some interesting comments made  towards Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas by Brandon Browner of the New England Patriots the other day. Browner was one of the players that really started the legendary legion of boom in Seattle and helped them rise to prominence over the last few seasons. Browner is very close friends with all of the Players on the Seahawks, who he considers as brothers. He made statements to the media that he is going to encourage his teammates to hit Sherman and Thomas and try to break their arms. These comments were taken way too far and were spun in the media to make it look like Browner hates these guys and that he wants them to be injured in football and in life. This really shows how much spin the media puts on things intentionally, because Sherman and Browner are two of the best friends in the National Football League. Sherman responded by sending a text to Browner, laughing about his comments and stated that he made it harder for his receivers, which just shows the friendly banter that was being exchanged by those two. Who wouldn’t think that Richard Sherman of all people would not engage in friendly banter with one of his close friends that is now an opponent in the upcoming Super Bowl. People need to get real and stop believing the hype that the media is after every day. Maybe Lynch has it right after all.

Brady Addresses Team

 

Supposedly quarterback Tom Brady met with the rest of the players of the New England Patriots yesterday prior to his press conference regarding allegations that he was involved in the deflation of balls that occurred in their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. The media has absolutely exploded with the story and is very reminiscent of 2007 when the New England Patriots were caught up in another cheating scandal that the media dubbed Spy Gate. This time the scandal is being referred to as deflate gate and Tom Brady had to step in front of the media and answer a ton of questions about the situation after his head coach Bill Belichick participated in a press conference and basically through Tom under the bus. Brady was scheduled to do the interview with the media, but addressed his team beforehand and assured them that he had nothing to do with the deflated balls. The team has reported that they feel much better about the situation and cannot get prepared for the Seattle Seahawks next week. However, anyone with half a brain could tell that he was completely lying in his press conference which has completely caused Brady’s supporters like Lee Slaughter to lose faith in him. Texas Monthly even reported that stood there and smirked the entire time with the nastiest smug look across his face. He had the demeanor of someone who had gotten away with something big and was answering to someone that had absolutely no proof he did anything wrong and he was loving it.

NFL Shows Its Double Standard

The NFL is willing to fine Marshawn Lynch up to $100,000 for not talking to the media, but they may not do anything to the Patriots over deflate gate. The stunning double standard is not only obvious but it is sad.

The NFL has turned into a caricature of itself. The NFL is turning into a product that is almost not worth watching. The games are being marred by bad officiating and even worse rules. The league fines everyone for doing anything, but they turn a blind eye when a team cheats twice in ten years.

The league is willing to ruin one player’s career over something that he settled in a court of law. The league is also willing to lie about what it knew when it adjudicated another case involving a player who has had his day in court. Both of those players might not play again because of the incompetence of the NFL.

Roger Goodell is turning in the worst commissioner in sports. It is as if he was sent by another league to ruin the NFL so that the unnamed league would be able to step in and take supremacy away from football. It is shocking to fans like Zeca Oliveira, sad, and signals the end of an era.

Packers Fans in Seattle

 

It has become a very interesting time and age that we now live in due to the influx of social media and technology that we have at our fingertips at any given second of the day. This has allowed stories to hit the internet and gain vast amounts of popularity in professional sports and a new story is hitting Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers fans. Richard Sherman has even commented on it, as his name and jersey were involved in the exchange that occurred at the game on Sunday when the Seahawks came back late in the game and shocked the Green Bay Packers, ending their season. There was a man and a son at the game sporting Packers jerseys and they were supposedly verbally attacked by a handful of people who were screaming vulgarities at them during the game. However, one Seahawks fan showed them a great deal of compassion and he joked it up with them throughout the game, even snapping a photo with them and offering to give them the Richard Sherman jersey that he was wearing. The story caught media attention after it gained a great deal of popularity as a feel good story on the internet and it has shed a good light on the typical brutal rivalries that some fans turn into fights and violence. I have noticed this kind of negative rivalry when I attend games with friends of mine like Marc Sparks.  Hopefully there can be more camaraderie rather than negativity at NFL games in the future.

Surprise Twist For Super Bowl Teams

 

The teams that made it to the Super Bowl this past weekend has left many wondering, What Happened? It appeared that the Packers had everything wrapped up and simply needed to hold on to their lead for the final minutes of the game. This was far from true, for the Seahawks were not ready to give up.

What is being touted as the biggest win in Championship history, the Seahawks eradicated their 12 point deficit to come back and take their rightful place at the Super Bowl. The turnaround is one that no one saw or expected. According to SF Gate, Russell Wilson obviously did his homework and got his team together to dig deep and take what hey wanted.

Fans of the Seahawks, like Dave and Brit Morin, were grim about the possibility of their team making it to the big game. Why not? They team had experienced four interceptions and five turnovers during the game. They had no score by half time, and the team had appeared to have given up.

After half time it was amazing how the rallying of the team led to an amazing and astonishing win over the Packers. It did not even seem as if the Packers could believe what was going on the field as they were playing. This win has also rallied fans ton hope big and dream for a second win at the Super Bowl by their team. Can it be done? Why not? No one even thought they would get the chance to try.

Kubiak Might Take Fox’s Place

With John Fox stepping down as head coach of the Denver Broncos and apparently moving on to the Bears, the Broncos now have an opening for the position of head coach. They are not letting grass grow under them. According to many reports, they are interviewing Baltimore Raven’s offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak, for the job this weekend. Kubiak had said just this Sunday that he would not seek a head coaching position during playoffs, but this was clearly too good an opportunity to pass up.

If he gets the job, it will be a little bit of a homecoming. Kubiak was a backup quarterback and spent 11 seasons as an assistant to the Broncos. Kubiak had been doing well as the offensive coordinator of the Ravens since January of 2014. Before that, he had been the coach of the Houston Texans for 8 years. He brings the Broncos lots of experience. We can all hope that he can go home again, and the Broncos will get a good match in a coach. Rod Rohrich is excited to see if Kubiak will be up for the job.

College Playoffs a Success

My friend Darius Fisher mentioned that he has heard, since the beginning of the college football season there has been great amounts of speculation regarding the new playoff structure that the NCAA has adopted, which is more like the National Football League then the traditional bowl games that were selected by a committee in the past. This year proved to be a massive success, much further than anyone could have expected. Two amazing things happened that really reinforced that the correct decision was made to make the change. First and foremost, over 28 million people tuned in to watch the first two games of the playoffs, setting a cable television record. Secondly, the Ohio State Buckeyes pulled off an incredible feat and knocked off the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oregon Ducks in successive games. They were drastic underdogs in both match ups and proved that a team that is ranked out of the top two should get a chance to prove their dominance at the end of the season. If it were a different year, either Oregon or Alabama would own this year’s title, but thanks to the much more fair change that was made, the national championship trophy is headed back to the state of Ohio. The National Championship game also set a new cable television record, making the entire thing a ridiculous success. At the end of the day, the Ohio State Buckeyes have become the winners of the first ever college football playoffs.