The NFL’s Wake-Up Calls

Quotes of the Week

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“I was a kid who made some goofball decisions. That’s been part of my journey. Maybe it’s part of the whole Johnny Football deal that I’m trying to get away from. I’m trying to show people I’ve grown up, and I’ve learned from my experiences. I feel like you’re a stupid person if you continue to make the same wrong decisions. I don’t want to hear, ‘Oh, anybody in his situation would have been doing the same thing.’ I’m 100 percent responsible for my actions.”

—Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback who wants to be the first pick in the draft to the Houston Texans, in an interview he clearly hopes will be image-altering with John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

II

“Bob McNair and Bill O’Brien. Those are the two guys I really want to meet.”

—Manziel, to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. McNair owns the Texans. O’Brien coaches them. This was in response to a question about whom the famous Manziel really wants to meet.

III

“So many paid their rubles to see the home team win. Not this game. Not tonight.”

—NBC hockey announcer Doc Emrick on Saturday, when the U.S. hockey team beat Russia, 3-2, in Sochi.

IV

“In light of the Incognito/Martin story, people would have you believe that you have to be some raving lunatic to play in the NFL, wound so tightly that the slightest spark will insight an insatiable inferno. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I’m 48 years old now and about the least confrontational person you’ll ever meet. My fists have never found purchase on the flesh of another man’s face. I’ve never been in a fight. Yet I succeeded for many years in the trenches of the NFL, in which there are several confrontations on every play. It can be done—through focus, effort and discipline, not through unbridled rage and hair-trigger emotional outbursts. I’m left with this conclusion about the Dolphins organization from the coaching staff on down: They were either complicit, incompetent or, worse, both.”

—Former NFL guard Mark Schlereth, in an excellent column written for ESPN.com about how, from his experience, he feels what happened in Miami is more of an outlier than common. 

Stats of the Week

I

Combined compensation for commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Network czar Steve Bornstein in fiscal year 2013: $70,244,000.

Combined compensation for Super Bowl quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson in 2013: $25,526,217.

II

Florida State closer Jameis Winston’s first outing of the baseball season Saturday in Tallahassee, in a 4-1 victory over Niagara University:

  IP H R ER BB SO Pitches
Winston, S1 2 0 0 0 0 1 20

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

So now that LA-loving Steve Bornstein is leaving NFL Network this year, isn’t it time for NFL Network and NFL.com to leave the city that has no team and might never have one, Los Angeles, and come east?

I am still trying to figure out why NFL Network and NFL.com are based in Culver City, Calif., and not in either Mount Laurel, N.J. (home of NFL Films) or Manhattan (home of the league office).

I don’t buy the it’s-good-for-business-to-have-a-West Coast-presence thing. You mean it’s good for business to be 3,000 miles away from the capital of the capitalism world, New York? Let’s say the whole operation was moved to One Sabol Way in Mount Laurel (yes, that’s the address of the huge office park that contains NFL Films). On a Monday after a big weekend, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles or Giants receiver Victor Cruz could be in studio to dissect big wins on the set, and they could cycle through NFL.com to be grilled by one or two of the writers on site. Let’s say the Ravens are the hottest team in football, with the best defense. On Tuesday, the entire Haloti Ngata-led defensive front comes in to do the car wash on TV and the website.

This would be possible because of the proximity of the players to Mount Laurel, as opposed to the proximity of Culver City to the rest of the NFL. Take a look.

Culver City to:
San Diego 129 miles
Santa Clara, Calif. (S.F.) 345 miles
Oakland 371 miles
Tempe, Ariz. (Cardinals) 393 miles
Denver 1,028 miles
Seattle 1,137 miles

Mount Laurel to:
Philadelphia 17 miles
New York City 83 miles
East Rutherford, N.J. (Giants) 83 miles
Florham Park, N.J. (Jets) 88 miles
Baltimore 119 miles
Asburn, Va. (Wash.) 179 miles
Foxboro, Mass. (N.E.) 282 miles
Pittsburgh 321 miles

So: seven teams and the league office are within 330 miles of Mount Laurel. One team is within 330 miles of Culver City.

I just don’t get it. Never have.

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week

Worst part about going someplace warm for three days and flying back into New York in February: When you return, you fly low over inlets and small fingers of water that are either frozen or ice-capped, and you get off the plane and walk back into the freezer and think there is no way spring is coming. Ever.

Tweets of the Week

I

“According to Dolphins OL ‘fine book,’ being subpoenaed by the FBI carries same $ penalty as a failure to bring candy & is equal to 10 farts”

@brian_mcintyre, the NFL reporter.

II

“Greg Cosell: Sammy Watkins best WR prospect since A.J. Green, Julio Jones.”

@caplannfl, NFL analyst Adam Caplan, on the universally respected Cosell’s opinion of the Clemson wide receiver.

III

“Dempster is a real character. Wore a t-shirt around the clubhouse with a picture of Shakespeare. ‘This **** writes itself’ it said.”

@peteabe, Boston Globe Red Sox beat man Pete Abraham, on pitcher Ryan Dempster, who announced Sunday he was walking away from a contract that would pay him $13 million in 2014 for physical and family reasons.

IV

“Without a space program that discovers, tracks & deflects killer asteroids, our extinction is assured by one. Have a nice day”

@neiltyson, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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501 comments
RICKJAMESwasCOOL!
RICKJAMESwasCOOL!

Do I become a superhero if I announce I only date large women? 

Better yet I only have sex with large women.......Now I am immortal!

RICKJAMESwasCOOL!
RICKJAMESwasCOOL!

Leave the NFL alone.  Go after the foreign corporations like this.  We love our football!!

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NELSON1
NELSON1

So if you are drafted as a TE you will always be considered a TE?  70% of the plays he was in he was a WR.  How does that mean or account for less than what he was drafted as?  So if you draft a WR and then play him at qb 70 percent of the time he's still considered a WR?  


If you apply for a job as a video coordinator in the NBA, but you are on the bench drawing up 70% of the plays during a game and doing the job of a head coach should you still be considered a video coordinator?  


I don't understand Peter's logic that because he was drafted as a certain position player that counts for more than what the guy is actually doing in a game?  It's classic management taking advantage of their employees, getting them to do more than their title suggests so they can still pay him less.  Peter you are an idiot.

Bearclaw
Bearclaw

So sick of liberal journalists like King whining and pandering to every faction. Listen Peter (and everyone else who agrees with him) verbally insulting and teasing people is NOT bullying, you pantywaists. Bullying involves physical abuse and/or intimidation, which does not include calling someone a name. It is people like King that try to co-opt and redefine terms that are wussifying America...and it has to stop.

BY
BY

Richard Sherman I'd like to introduce you to TJ Oshie

clrovers
clrovers

The "heretofore unknown T.J. Oshi", a former 1st round draft pick, is tied as the leading scorer for the St. Louis Blues, who in turn are currently tied for the second best record in the NHL. Anyone with a passing knowledge of the NHL knows who TJ Oshi. Rather than an astute observation, I think you're showing a very limited knowledge of another sport.



Buck2185
Buck2185

Peter, we do not need the 44 million a year business owner to set standards in his business. If he did, we wouldn't have murderers, bullies or loud mouthed punks hopped up on Adderral doing post game interviews. Without them, what would our children look up to???

thomasoverley
thomasoverley

How many of us are already sick of both of these stories, yawwwwn

jhc8974
jhc8974

Isn't there enough east coast bias in sports already?  It's in football, baseball, hockey, and basketball.  ESPN is headquartered in CT.  I know that there's also an ESPN office in LA but that's for the west coast people when all the easterners have gone to bed.  In my experience (and I've been around the world), the people further west of the Mississippi seem to have more interest in all the teams for their chosen sport because they have the opportunity to see all the highlights and catch all the games.  Easterners seem to only care about the teams in their divisions until it comes playoff time.


What's wrong with having a show on the west coast?  Let's look at Mike and Mike in the morning.  Their show starts at 4 am Mountain time which is 3 am Pacific.  If I want to listen to Mike and Mike live, I have to wake up extra early or try to catch snippets of their show on the radio on the way to work.


Is it completely necessary to have a player be physically present for an interview during the week when they should be at their team facility preparing for the next game?  The internet works just fine to have the interviews that NFL Network wants to have with players.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Incognito has already served an 8-game suspension, more than most of the NFL's felons ever serve.  Get a sense of proportion.  Deal with the murderers and wife batterers first.

Frotoon
Frotoon

Your haikus suck King. Learn what the basic elements are before embarrassing yourself.

FakeHero
FakeHero

Although I admire your talent Mr. King... you have it wrong on this subject matter. Trust Me... you are not getting 100% honesty from your usually reliable sources.


American Football is the last (because of the corruption in Boxing) true Gladiator Sport. 


For most young men in American (and increasingly other) cultures, it is a Rite Of Passages in to adulthood.


You have been lied to Mr. King. They are ALL Lying, for fear of losing their jobs, or being ostracized for speaking the obvvious truth. A heterosexual feels uncomfortable in the showers or locker room with homosexual present just as a woman would feel uncomfortable with a man walking around and watching them when they were in the showers or locker room.


A homosexual's lifestyle is a personal (and I am sure many wish private) choice; No one should be forced to work in an environment that makes them feel exploited or uncomfortable. This needs to apply to both heterosexuals and homosexuals the like.


AND IF I READ ANYONE COMPARING THE PLIGHT OF HOMOSEXUALS  TO THAT OF PEOPLE OF COLOR OVERCOMING SLAVERY AND RACISM TO A CERTAIN EXTENT I AM GOING TO SCREAM... PEOPLE OF COLOR NEVER HAD THE OPTION OF SIMPLY KEEPING THEIR PRIVATE LIVES PRIVATE AND BEING TREATED EQUALLY... and they never will

zonkeriah
zonkeriah

@RICKJAMESwasCOOL!  I don't know...are there any states saying you can't marry a large woman? Are there any states passing laws saying businesses are allowed to keep you from buying products or using services because you date large women? Are there people out there verbally and physically attacking you because you date large women? 

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

@Bearclaw

Ah, yes. Anonymous forums certainly encourage thought posts.

BY
BY

@clrovers  Most of the US has a very limited knowledge of hockey.....

ChadCollins9
ChadCollins9

@thomasoverley Its the medias duty to push as much gay stuff on the public as possible.  Thats how laws get passed.  Once you normalize things, people become ok with it. 

FakeHero
FakeHero

@psychsports  THE PLIGHT OF HOMOSEXUALS  SHOULD NEVER BE COMPARED TO THAT OF PEOPLE OF COLOR OVERCOMING SLAVERY AND RACISM TO A CERTAIN EXTENT.... As a person of color I know all to well that these two plights are different universes 

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@RobertSmith It's a good point.  It's as if this situation is worthy of a death sentence. The behavior was terrible, that being said, I agree, some perspective would be nice.

RICKJAMESwasCOOL!
RICKJAMESwasCOOL!

@FakeHero Sir indeed you are a real American hero.  I have to pass by a gym near my house because it's for ladies only.

Yet we want an openly gay in the shower?  Why can't I go in the ladies shows?  Why can't I join the this gym.

ryanaammess
ryanaammess

@FakeHero  Keep your fat wife in the barn then. Nobody wants to see that. KEEP YOUR PRIVATE LIFE PRIVATE. 

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

@FakeHero  


That might be one of the most ignorant posts that I have ever read on an SI board.  You really don't get it.  You and your ilk are pathetic.

drudown
drudown

@FakeHero  


What irony. You sound like such a b$&*h in saying so.

ChadCollins9
ChadCollins9

Blacks are born black, gays are not born gay.  Science has proven this 3999999 times over and over

Rocky777
Rocky777

@FakeHero @psychsports  Good point FakeHero.  While one's skin color is morally neutral or, doesn't belong in a category that considers morality, sexual behavior of course does.  Comparing racism to homosexuality is a category error.  But while tolerance should also apply to us who deem some sexual behaviors as immoral--including homosexual acts--no one should be mistreated for how they feel they are oriented.  

Tom52
Tom52

@ryanaammess @FakeHeroIt would appear that he already does. you don't know anything about who he is so his private life is being kept private. all you can do is call names proving your lack of intellect.

Tom52
Tom52

@JimSmith4 @FakeHerotypical intolerant post from one who lacks intellect. Nothing thoughtful about your post whatsoever. What is there to get in your world. You refuse to explain your ignorance.

FakeHero
FakeHero

@JimSmith4 @FakeHero  as a Real Pro Athlete, I can assure you I "get it". 


"pathetic" is a statement that you are not qualified to make of a person you know nothing about.


Although you clearly do not like the message shared, this does not take away from the truthfulness of it.... 

FakeHero
FakeHero

@BillRobinson @Ilovemesomeme @FakeHero @ryanaammess  Sir. Because of the obvious emotional association to the subject matter, I shall share only these statements; The plight of people of color, in terms of murder (40,000,000 slaves never even survived the brutal journey to America). Dehumanization, and institutionalized racism separates the two dramatically. Although you have a person of half-color sleeping in the White House, I challenge anyone to summit evidence as to how he has used his powers to crush any of the institutionalized racism that still prevails today (Trayvon Martin). To compare the plight of LGBT to the plight of people of color is to compare a drive by shooting to the holocaust  As shared earlier, (although both or deplorable), the scope and magnitude of pure pain and suffering place them in different universes.

 I am not a "Bigot", or even homophobic. I have a gay 1st cousin, whom I love like a brother, but as he is gay, I would feel uncomfortable to shower in-front of him, as I would feel uncomfortable showering in-front of my sister.. I am a heterosexual pro athlete whom is only speaking the unspeakable truth. Personally I do not care about ANY adults sexual preference, just so long as it is consenting, and does not involve a child. That is the most perplexing thing that has always dumbfounded me; Why does any group of people feel a need to announce their sexual preference? I mean 90-95% of all men most likely watch a little porn for example, this is a form of sexual preference, yet they do not feel a need to publicly announce, My name is Sam Martin and I love Swedishbikinivolleyball.com (fake site)... because as we all found out with Bill Clinton.... No one really cares, but what they did care about was he was a good president 
Has there been gays in the NFL?  Of course there has. Will there continue to be in all sports at every level?  Of course there will be. All that I am saying is that American Football is OUR Sport. WE invented it. I would hate for it to not continue to be so, and if you force your sexuality upon the last true Gladiators on this planet, the sport could lose. The NFL locker room and  showers are not where the LGBT should fight their cause

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@BillRobinson @Ilovemesomeme@FakeHero@ryanaammess So you didn't say that a gay man make "shake his head" at the discomfort of a straight man?  As for fake hero, I think his point was valid and easy to understand.  Black people can't "hide" the color of their skin.  Gays are very capable of "hiding" their sexual preference. 


Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@BillRobinson @Ilovemesomeme@FakeHero@ryanaammess I don't know why anyone would turn their nose up at the discomfort of someone else.  For someone who has been preaching empathy you seem to be very picky as to whom deserves it, and who doesn't.  Why is a straight man who feels uncomfortable around gay people any less worthy of your empathy, or deserving of a "shake of the head" as you say?  It's difficult to understand because the message is so wildly inconsistent.  Just as it is with the Martin/Incognito situation. 

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

@Ilovemesomeme @FakeHero @ryanaammess  


@llovemesomeme - We have exchanged numerous posts on this subject, and this is the clearest statement from you that I have seen. There is no question that some men feel uncomfortable being naked in front of other men in general. Or that some men feel particular discomfort if they know another man is gay.in the locker room or shower. If you participate in a sport or use men’s athletic clubs, you know that in all probability you have showered or changed in front of a gay man.

As you acknowledge, there is no practical solution for this discomfort because barring gays from locker rooms or participating in men's sports is not an option. Nor is attempting to build separate facilities for gays and straights an alternative.

As you suggest, honest discussion might be of some help in addressing the feelings of discomfort you mention.

From a gay man’s perspective, he is likely to shake his head at the discomfort you mention, because he is likely to feel that it pales into insignificance compared to the abuse he has experienced in his life from a large segment of our population. This abuse includes physical, mental, and religious abuse from many people and groups. He has also experienced inequality that affects him financially, legally, and socially. Perhaps one of the greatest problems has been the lack of acceptance for marriage equality that provides him perhaps the greatest opportunity for a complete life of acceptance and social equality.

Your comments on @FakeHero’s Point B are welcome and show sensitivity to gay concerns and perspectives.

@FakeHero 


It is hard for me to understand how, as a black man, you cannot see the very obvious parallels between the fight for racial equality and equality based on sexual orientation. In addition to the physical and mental abuse gay people have suffered that is a direct parallel to that experienced by blacks – such as physical abuse including assault, torture, and murder and mental abuse based on supposed inferiority and legal inequality on something as fundamental as marriage – there is a very special abuse a gay person has experienced that is unique.

With all the horrors black people have experienced here in the United States, I am unaware of blacks experiencing the isolation and hurt that comes from being turned on by members of your own family, including beatings and being thrown out of the house at a time when you are especially vulnerable – your teenage years. Nor am I aware of blacks experiencing being rejected by their own church as being an abomination in the eyes of God and being required to either try to change something that is not a choice and not changeable or at the least to be celibate and be denied of their sexuality. Those are extraordinary burdens that are not part of the black experience.

@llovemesomeme

On your last point, I think persecution is not an apt choice of words for admitting they are feeling uncomfortable. The stronger attacks they are receiving are for comments that really are expressions of bigotry and attempts to deny the equal rights and respect all people are entitled to.



usameos6
usameos6

@Ilovemesomeme @ryanaammess  I've been in the Broncos locker room along with the one at the University of Oregon and if anything - there was a distinct lack of naked people walking around.  I think that the majority of people that make these comments are still thinking back to their high school locker rooms - not to today's state of the art facilities with private showers, huge dressing areas, reporters of both sexes, etc. etc. etc.

Tom52
Tom52

@ryanaammess @Ilovemesomemebut that isn't what fake hero said. You and the other moron ryanaammass put words into his mouth and completely missed his very valid point.

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@FakeHero @Ilovemesomeme@ryanaammess


In regards to A, I don't think anyone is forced to work in an environment where they feel uncomfortable.  They can choose not to work in that environment.  That being said, I understand what you're getting at.  There needs to be honest, forthright discussion about the fears and feelings of the straight players who feel uncomfortable having gays in the locker room and if there is something that can be done to make everyone feel a bit better, than it should certainly be looked at.  But I think it comes down to this, there will be gay men in the locker room, and gay men should be allowed to be there.  I'm not sure there's a whole lot you can do other than have honest dialogue about it. 


In regards to B, I agree to a certain extent.  Persecution of any group of people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else is wrong, and I'm sure difficult to deal with if you're on the receiving end.  I don't like to compare degrees when it comes to something like this because ultimately it doesn't matter if one is worse than the other, because it's all bad.  I understand your point about gays being able to keep it private if they choose to do so, but why would anyone want to keep something like that private?  I don't think people should have to hide who they are just to fit in.  I actually thought what Sam did was smart and commendable because he's ensuring that whomever picks him has already had internal discussion presumably with the staff and team leaders and feel comfortable with bringing him into their locker room.  That's got to make him feel very good about showing up to work, without having to worry about people "finding out" about who he is. 


Lastly, as for the media, I agree.  I don't understand why people are persecuted for admitting that it makes them uncomfortable, and I don't believe that makes you a bad person or bigot. 

FakeHero
FakeHero

@Ilovemesomeme @ryanaammess  


thank you for your mostly accurate interpretation of my original post My Key points were


A) No one should be forced to work in an environment that makes them feel exploited or uncomfortable. This needs to apply to both heterosexuals and homosexuals the like. 


***But the current media culture burns any heterosexual person at the stakes for even having the audacity to admit that being forced to be exposed nude in a locker room  or shower to a homosexual makes them feel uncomfortable.


B) THE PLIGHT OF HOMOSEXUALS  SHOULD NEVER BE COMPARED TO THAT OF PEOPLE OF COLOR OVERCOMING SLAVERY AND RACISM TO A CERTAIN EXTENT.... As a person of color I know all to well that these two plights are different universes 

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@ryanaammess @Ilovemesomeme I took his comment more as a statement of fact that there are probably many straight players who feel uncomfortable with a gay man in the locker room.  I personally don't feel that's a real big deal.  I would think it would be pretty clear to everyone that having a gay man in the locker room would be just as uncomfortable as having a woman in the locker room.  Gay men find men attractive, just as women do.  I know personally I would feel a bit awkward walking around naked in front of women, gay men, or even straight men for that matter.  Not sure why that makes folks so angry.  As I said in my previous post, if we're to move past stuff like this, we need to be able to have honest discussion about it.  When people are being labeled as bigots for making statements like his, it makes it impossible to have an honest discussion.  If you read his post he doesn't even say he himself feels it should be private.  He said "I'm sure many wish it was private" and I'm sure that's an accurate statement. 


It's easy to bash people for admitting they're uncomfortable being naked around gay men.  I think if we're being honest most of us feel uncomfortable being naked around most people.  Not sure why such a benign comment is causing such an uproar.

ryanaammess
ryanaammess

@Ilovemesomeme  His point was this kid should have kept his mouth shut and hide who he is. The kid probably wants to lead as normal a life as an nfl can lead. Most people in relationships are in public together, he seems to think Sam should have to stay inside because the world cant handle a gay kid in the nfl.  My point is he doesnt want to see gays in public or have them lead any sort of public life but theres alot of people who arent interested in his fat wife so he should keep her inside as to not upset the public.

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@FakeHero @Daniel21   "A heterosexual feels uncomfortable in the showers or locker room with homosexual present just as a woman would feel uncomfortable with a man walking around and watching them when they were in the showers or locker room."


I 100% agree with this statement.........I'm not sure why anyone would disagree.  Just as hetero women are attracted to men, homosexual men are attracted to men.  That's just a fact.  And to pretend that having someone attracted to men, whether it be a woman, or a homosexual man, in the shower with men, or viewing men naked, wouldn't be uncomfortable for most, if not all, men in that locker room, is silliness. 


Now, I'm not saying homosexual men shouldn't be allowed in the NFL, they absolutely should be, but to bash this poster for stating the obvious just shows that some people have too much to prove.  The fact that some people admit to feeling uncomfortable doesn't make them bad people, or anti-gay, it makes them honest human beings.   And if we're going to move past issues like this as a society then we need to allow those who are uncomfortable to voice their concerns without acting as if they're bigots.  Grow up Daniel. 

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