The Mind Of An Football Crazed Man

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tiger Woods

Many people are still talking about the Tiger Woods press conference that was held yesterday and for some reason are countinuing to take shots at Tiger which amazes me. Its like really? Your gonna continue to throw stones knowing good and damn well that you live in a glass house with major cracks in it? What Tiger did was wrong as I am sure everyone will agree with that, but to continue to critisize the man after his apology yesterday is absolutely ridiculous. Let it go I said yesterday on twitter (@theblackarigold), "All of you Tiger haters can get back to your minimum wage jobs, lives and relationships". There is more important things in live than kicking a man while he is down and despite his miscues, he has still accomplished more in his life than 90% of you people who are talking shit. Some of you say due to the fact his apology was pre written it wasnt sincere. WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE IS SINCERE IN THEIR APOLOGY?! The Bible says "No man can judge a man but God himself". Most therapist will tell you that if you have something important that you need to address with someone, it is best to write it down. Mainly becasue when you try to speak from your heart/mind you tend to let emotions creep into what your trying to say and at times you may forget to mention something that is vital to what your trying to say. So Tiger's pre written speech doesnt bother me, it shows intelligence. He wanted to make sure he addressed EVERYTHING in his statement and not forget something.

Days leading up to the press conference, many people asked "Why is he doing this?". Some people said "Tiger doesnt owe me an apology". Both statements show signs of ignorance and lack of morals and integrity which is something that is an severe problem in this country. Maybe you dont care if Tiger personally gives you an apology, but as a real man, (which are rare to find these days) its the right thing to do. Whether you are a Tiger Woods fan or not, most people if not everyone, including you respected this man. We all had a certain perception of who Tiger was a person, but as I have always said.....perception isnt reality. To most people who like to believe in perception and not reality, you guys were shocked to hear what he had done. To us realest or as some of you people like to call us "jaded", his affairs didnt shock us becasue we realize that he is human. So Tiger did in a around about way owe eveyone an apology due to the fact he dissapointed some people, especially those who have kids who looked up to him. Some of you people forget how many of our kids/future looked up to him. Tiger set a good example in my opinion of showing kids what a real man or woman should do when they mess up in life.........BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS!!!

Something else that some people fail to realize is that two more reasons for him doing the public apology is to repair/protect the Tiger brand and for his wife. Lets be honest here people, his wife was embarressed world wide. Unlike most people, when we have our relationship issues it isnt all over the news and tabloids, nor do you have mistresess on tv making your significant other relive the affair for weeks and weeks. As it has been reporteed Elin is going to try and work things out with Tiger. With that being said, him going to sex therapy and this apology are steps that they are taking to repair their marriage. Now some people are saying that she shouldnt take him back. Thats easy to say if you have never been in a marriage where sure spouse has cheated. Its easy to specualte what you would do if your girlfriend or boyfriend cheated, becasue being in a dating relationship is completely different than a marriage. You can up and quit a dating relationship easily, but a marriage is something different. So unless you have been in Elin's shoes, you cant honestly say what you would do. She at first was going to leave Tiger then she changed her mind. Im sure she understands the magnitude of marriage and realizes that yes Tiger did break a vow, but she would be breaking one herself by not trying to work on things and two wrongs dont make a right.

I know that Tiger's speech doesnt magically fix everything and gets him back in everyone's good graces, but its the first step in the right direction. It will take time, but just like Kobe's situation years ago. People will forgive him and forget that it ever happend. With that being said, lets just move on and let Tiger and Elin do what they need to do for their marriage and their kids in privacy and without ridicule.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Soooo When Does NFL Training Camps Open??

Welcome to my blog page and thanks for taking time to read my first blog ever. Most of them, if not all of my blogs are going to be sports related, and mostly on football both pro and college. So if you dont love sports or football you may not wanna read further. Although you may learn something if you choose to read further. I am a student of the game of football first and foremost and a sports fan second. I love the complexity of the game of football and the fact that its basically a chess match being played out on a field in front of millions of people. Its a thinking man;s game. So I will educate you from time to time on stuff that most people dont see or notice. I encourage people to voice their opinions on things that I say in my blogs becasue I love to talk about sports. If I could get a job doing it I would. Iam opinionated, but Iam logical and fair in my opinions on things and I dont let my personal feeling towards a team get in the way of my opinion. I dont wear the proverbial "rose colored glasses" that some fans or people do. With that being said, lets get to the opinionated part of this blog.

The NFL season has come to an end with the New Orleans Saints winning their first super bowl in franchise history. Congrats to the city of New Orleans and the New Orlean Saints. You guys had a great season and did something I didnt have faith that you guys could do. All year long I didnt think that their defense was as good as advertised and I still dont which the numbers prove that. They allowed over 475 yeards in the NFC Campionship and 430 yards in the super bowl. Those arent numbers of a great defense at all, unless its on XBOX or Playstation. I felt that their offense was their defense. The fact that they were able to get teams to scrap their game plans by mid second quarter helped make their defense look better than it was. Teams were forced to throw the ball more once they got down by 21 points or more which allowed the Saints defensive line to pin thier ears back and go after the quaterback and allowed the defense to play the pass aggresively which produced turnovers. That in turn made matters worse becasue then the Saints would score even more points and before you knew it the other team was out of the game. Now dont take these observations as me downgrading what they accomplished, I am just pointing out facts and why I thought a "complete team" ie; Vikings or Cowboys would derail them in the playoffs. The Cowboys showed everyone the blueprint on how to beat the Saints and the Vikings almost pulled it off. Unfortunately mental mistakes and turnovers stopped the Vikings from beating the Saints. The Vikings completely outplayed the Saints, the Saints only put up 260 yards and allowed the Vikings to gain 475 yards. If not for the turnovers, the Vikings would have won by 14 points at least. I think the Saints are a very talented team and did what they had to do to win by finding a way to close games out. They just did it in a XBOX/Playstation 3 kind of way, lol....

With all of that said its time to look towards free agency, the combine and the draft. Now the biggest buzz is this talk about Terrell Owens going to the Bengals. Actually this talk was started and is fueled by the most overrrated wide receiver in the NFL......Chad Johnson. Close your mouth, yes I said it. Chad Johnson is the most overrrated wide receiver in the NFL. He is an above average receiver at best, but he isnt a top 5 nor a top 10 wideout in the NFL. He has made a name for himself by putting up good numbers and with his mouth. Ask yourself.....If you are a defensive coordinator in the NFL, are you really worried about Chad hurting you? My answer is NO!! I have seen him not make big plays many, many times. Like Darrel Reavis said on NFL Network, Chad and T.O. are slouches. Unlike most big time wideouts, he doesnt have a defining moment in his career besides his antics. No one can say " hey! do u remember when Chad had ...... yards and did this and that and took over the game?" So I dont see how an above average wideout and a former top 5 wideout in Terrell Owens who is showing signs of slowing down, is going to help the Bengals get to the top. I could be wrong but both guys dont have the most reliable hands in the league, and dont show up at times for big games. I do have to give credit to T.O. though becasue he has in his career, but can he still do it?

Other interesting things that have happened or are still happening are the coaching changes. Pete Carrol has left USC and is now in Seattle. I think this is a good hire and I think he will do well. He has already made a smart move by going out and getting top assistants such a Alex Gibbs. Another coaching hire that I think will payoff big is Mike Shanahan going to Washington. Along with Mike goint to Washington, he stole his son away from my Texans to be his offensive coordinator. Mike's great offensive mind and his ability to turn no name quarterbacks like Jake Plummer into a pro bowl quaterback will payoff big for the Redskins. Shanahan already inherits a defense that is probabaly better than any he ever had in Denver, even better than his two super bowl winning teams. I look for big things from the Redskins, I wont be surprised if they are in the playoffs in two years or even more.

Now can someone please tell me WTF the Buffalo Bills are doing by hiring Chan Gailey? I mean really? Do they think he is a better coach than Leslie Frasier in Minnesota or Brian Billick? What has Chan Gailey done that warrants him another shot in the NFL? In my opinion Buffalo has not done anything to move that franchise in the right direction and I am starting to wonder if they have the right people in the front office that know too. We will be seeing a press conference in 2 or 3 years announcing that they are firing Chan Gailey. I'll bet my left nut on that!!! Another WTF hire is Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator for the Bears.......(BLANK STARE) Two hot heads in Jay Cutler and Mike Martz will be interesting to watch. We all know the offensive line problems that the Bears have and to go along with that, Martz isnt known for creating offenses that protect the quarteback. So Cutler will continue to get hit like a pinata and after awhile Cutler will let Martz know how much he doesnt like it. Somebody is gonna get cussed the fuck out!!!! If punches are thrown on the sideline between these two, I wont be surprised. Lovie Smith could be unemployed come this time next year, I dont see anything positive coming out of that situatuion.

Now as far as draft stuff goes.....the combine is starting up on February 25th and I cant wait !!According to Charley Casserly, this is the deepest draft class since 1983. Personally I dont trust anything he says, just look at his career as a general manager/ talent evaluater. He completely messed the Texans up and the best pick he ever made possibly his whole career was Mario Williams. People like to say he put together those great redskin teamsthat won super bowls. What people fail to realize is that Bobby Bethard was in control of that shit in washington, not Charley. So this talk of it being the deepest draft class since 1983 is crazy talk if you ask me. It looks deep but we wont know til 3 or 4 years later. I am very impressed with some of the prospects in this draft, but none give me that "oooooooo weeeee!!" feeling like Brian Cusing did last year except for Suh. This is a very deep draft in several areas, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Iam excited to see what my two teams do since they both need defensive help. (Texans and Patriots)

Now the question is who should go number one? Suh?.... Gerald McCoy?...... or Bradford? Personally I would go with Suh. Oklahoma and Texas Players have an stigmatism attached to them as already have reached their full potential once they leave college and lazy at times. So the possibility of them getting better is rare. Just look at all of the Oklahoma and Texas players who have been dissapointments or have never taken the next step as a pro. Tommy Harris, SS Roy Williams, WR Roy Williams, Casey Hampton, Derek Johnson, Leonard I need to go on? Plus I think Sam Bradford will be a bust. I have seen him alot up close and personal for the past two years. Yes he is accurate, he has a strong arm and can make all of the throws. The problem is that he played in a spread offense and he has the some of the issues that Tebow is dealing with. Along with that, in the spread offense ur not forced to completely read a defense. Typically you only have to make two reads then throw. Everytime Bradford had to read a defense completely he struggled or lost. (National Champioship Game) I could be wrong but I have seen many quaterbacks with Bradfords resume who didnt do well in the NFL. I think Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy will be better pros than Bradford. We will see though...................

Well this is the end of my first blog which was long. I had alot to say though.............I hope you liked it. If not oh well, I am not going to please everyone. Feel free to hit me up on twitter @theblackarigold or email me at and give me your feedback.