Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

The New York Jets sure know how to draw attention to themselves. But for all of their bravado, if reports are true, they’ve gone too far.

The Jets should know better. They’ve drawn a gigantic bull’s eye on their backs with their mouths, added to it with their appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and then supposedly behave as if they live in a cave. The latest news is that members of the organization harassed a female reporter.

If true, they — the Jets — were dead wrong. But they aren’t the only ones to shoulder blame.

From what published reports are detailing, the Jets, led by assistant coach Dennis Thurman, overthrew passes intended for defensive backs so that the balls would land near Mexican television reporter Ines Sainz. Later, head coach Rex Ryan joined in as did linebacker Jason Taylor. Taylor decided he needed to learn a new position. My guess is “Dancing with the Stars” wasn’t enough.

It didn’t stop there. Once in the locker room, the purported harassment continued. When another reporter checked to see if Sainz was OK, big nose tackle Kris Jenkins yelled something along the lines of it being the team’s locker room, suggesting it can do as it pleased.

But also at fault is Sainz.

This is the same person who once had a pair of Indianapolis Colts carry her around on their shoulders at Super Bowl Media Day to draw attention to herself — not her work.

Before anyone becomes indignant with me, understand that Sainz (yes, that’s her AT WORK below) is a reporter. That means that she, like any professional, should approach her job as such.

Showing up to report on Mark Sanchez or any other subject, sports or otherwise, you show respect for yourself and for your assignment. Wearing jeans a few sizes too short is inappropriate.

This is what she claims to have been wearing Saturday. Just to be clear, that picture was not taken Saturday. There are Web sites that have that photo posted as far back as April of this year.

Listen, my trunk is bigger than average, but I’m not going to show up anywhere wearing clothes in which I couldn’t smuggle air. And I don’t think she can only find clothing at Baby Gap.

There are two extremes. A colleague of mine believes in arriving late to assignments and wearing clothing that is equipped with armpit stains or with holes. None of those are acceptable, so it isn’t a case of gender discrimination. If my colleague and Sainz switched wardrobes, it would still be unacceptable.

There are some who might point to what is culturally acceptable for Mexican television opposed to in the States. But if someone were to go to another country to report, you should follow the guidelines or norms of that culture. For example, had Sainz dressed as she’s known to at a soccer, er, football match in Saudi Arabia, she would have been in hot water. The excuse of this is what is acceptable in Mexico wouldn’t fly — and it doesn’t here, either.

The Jets’ players and staff, who were apparently aware of what happened, were 100 percent out of line and should be punished. And I can understand that maybe they found Ms. Sainz distracting, still she deserved to be treated as a person and not some piece of meat.

While I can’t tell you exactly what she was wearing, her track record of leaving little to the imagination in what is supposed to be a professional environment disrespects everyone.

It’s just a shame that neither Sainz nor members of the Jets believed professionalism mattered.

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NFL Predictions

We take a look at the start of the NFL season, predicting where teams will finish and who has what it takes to reach Dallas in February.

NFC East
1. Dallas
2. Philadelphia
3. New York Giants
4, Washington

NFC North
1. Green Bay
2. Minnesota
3. Chicago
4. Detroit

NFC South
1. New Orleans
2. Atlanta
3. Tampa Bay
4. Carolina

NFC West
1. San Francisco
2. Arizona
3. Seattle
4. St. Louis

AFC East
1. New York Jets
2. New England Patriots
3. Miami Dolphins
4. Buffalo Bills

AFC North
1. Baltimore
2. Pittsburgh
3. Cincinnati
4. Cleveland

AFC South
1. Indianapolis
2. Houston
3. Tennessee
4. Jacksonville

AFC West
1. San Diego
2. Kansas City
3. Denver
4. Oakland


Minnesota at San Francisco, Philadelphia at Dallas
Minnesota at Green Bay, Dallas at New Orleans
Dallas at Green Bay


Pittsburgh at Baltimore, New England at San Diego
San Diego at Indianapolis, Baltimore at New York Jets
New York Jets at Indianapolis

Green Bay over Indianapolis

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Jim McMahon, the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, took a few minutes out of his day to chat with me about football, golf and his charitable endeavors.

He’s not involved much with football except when a friend asks for his assistance. But he certainly has opinions on some of the topics of the day.

With all of the high-profile stories including players carrying guns, strip club fiascoes and drunk-driving homicides, it’s a different world than the one McMahon was part of.

“I don’t remember too many guys getting thrown into jail for homicides and dog fighting and whatever else is going on these days,” he said. “It just doesn’t seem like it either didn’t happen or things have changed.”

The other big story in the league — Brett Favre’s goal of making Green Bay pay for picking Aaron Rodgers over him a year ago — is something that McMahon spoke with the future Hall of Famer about last season. The two played together in Green Bay for two years and won a Super Bowl in 1996.

McMahon, who played for Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota, knows a thing or two about the rivalries in the NFC North (formerly Central) Division.

“I advised him a year ago that he should just retire,” he said. “What’s he playing for? He’s got enough money, he’s going to be a sure Hall of Famer and he’s a Green Bay Packer. That’s what I tried to explain to him. I said, ‘Why would you want to screw that up by playing for Minnesota?'”

Since retiring after the 1996 season, McMahon has spent plenty of time with his latest passion — Golf. He picked it up in college, thanks to a roommate, and he preferred playing over working at his summer job.

As much as McMahon loves golf, he’s not as competitive with it as he was with football.

“No, golf’s a hobby,” McMahon said. “To be good at golf, you’ve got to treat it like a job, and I don’t want to have another job. I just go out and enjoy it and enjoy being out in the Sun, being on different courses playing all across the country.”

More than relishing his football glory, the greens of golf and his golf clothing business called Swang Wear, the ex-Bear is focused on his charitable works.

A tireless supporter of St. Jude’s Children Hospital and of the U.S. troops at home and abroad, McMahon turns his endless energy into a positive.

He frequently visits camps and bases to express his gratitude. Through the Hope for the Warrior Foundation, McMahon continues his involvement with the military that began in the early 1980s. Through various events, he estimates he spends time with the men and women of the military at least once a month.

“I hosted a tournament in El Paso, Texas, and Fort Bliss is down there and they used to send the troops over to help us with the tents. I would go over and talk to them, they taught me how to shoot a bunch of weapons. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of the guys. I actually was in Iraq three years ago — I was there when they hung Saddam (Hussein). I wasn’t in the room, but we were pretty close. Just being around the troops as much as we can ’cause it doesn’t seem like our government does much for them.”
The lucky reader-submitted question came from Matt in Florida. Matt wanted to know if McMahon thinks his legacy would be any different had the 1985 Bears gone undefeated rather than had they lost to the Miami during the regular season.

“No, I don’t think so,” McMahon said. “That team is still one of the teams that everyone still talks about. We won the Super Bowl, that’s the key thing. Look at New England a year or so ago; they won 18 games and they lose the Super Bowl. I’d rather be remembered for losing one and winning the big one than winning all the regular season (games) and losing the big one.”

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Former Chicago Bear Jim McMahon

Ever want to know what it’s like to be the King of Chicago? No, not Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, but former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon.

Here’s your chance.

I will be speaking with the Super Bowl champ Friday and will ask select questions submitted by you, the fan. Send them in by 3 p.m. EST. I will post the winning questions and answers right here later in the day.

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We know that as a society we’ve taken a wrong turn when you can kill a man while driving drunk and the penalty is 30 days in jail (minimum security, I am sure) and 1,000 hours of community service.

That’s the penalty Cleveland Browns WR Donte’ Stallworth has to pay for killing a pedestrian in Miami. Maybe that he reached a financial settlement with the family of the victim, Mario Reyes, and Stallworth will be on probation for the next decade seems fair to some.

But it isn’t.

If you or I had a few too many, got into our Bentley and hit a man, we’d certainly see a longer stint in the pokie than Stallworth, who escaped jail time better than he does corner backs.

That’s just it. Stallworth has done well enough financially that neither the justice system nor Reyes family want to see jail time. They want the cash. I understand the urge to place a number on a man’s worth, especially when he had a family to provide for. That’s not to be questioned.

Nor should Stallworth be blamed for accepting the deal he received.

But had he been driving a Kia, lord knows where Stallworth would be going for a long time.

Don’t give me the argument of his being on probation for 10 years. I can behave for 10 years with my eyes closed. It isn’t really that hard. Call a cab every now and then. Don’t carry a loaded weapon into a night club. Better yet, give back to the community without a court order.

It’s a shame that the satte of Florida and the Reyes family believe Stallworth’s money is of far greater punishment than teaching a lesson of equality in the law. That’s where my biggest gripe sits.

Had the Reyeses pushed for a jail sentence they would have gotten it and money. Call it mercy, call it greed or call it indifference. The fact remains that the court and the attorneys are going to let a murderous millionaire essentially walk free after a month simply because he could pay his way out of jail.

People need to realize that life is not to be treated like Monopoly.

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