So what did we be taught from Week 1 of this NFL season?
For starters, it stays troublesome for QBs to finish downfield passes whereas throwing off their again ft as unimpeded defenders assault inches from their rib cages. Does not matter in case you’re Joe Flacco, Joe Namath or Mighty Joe Younger, it is not simply accomplished.
And it is not simply practiced. In any case, it might be each inhumane and counterproductive to have your QBs rehearse being crushed.
Subsequent, there’s Robert Saleh. The second-season Jets coach this week appeared pissed off Jets followers in PSL Stadium, Sunday, booed his group after they have been booing their feckless group for a lot of the final, oh, 50 seasons.
“Subsequent, there’s Robert Saleh. The second-season Jets coach this week appeared pissed off Jets followers in PSL Stadium, Sunday, booed his group after they have been booing their feckless group for a lot of the final, oh, 50 seasons.”
Moreover, he positioned the media, which up to now has been light and even sympathetic towards him, on discover that he’ll precise a horrible vengeance. However what would Saleh have reported in regards to the Jets’ Week 1 residence opener?
Shifting on, TV’s NFL pregame exhibits proceed as pro-forma wastes of time, until one enjoys overstuffed panel discussions of issues that doubtless will not matter and compelled stomach laughs that are not price a smile.
This 12 months’s NFL season opened to what pregame exhibits ignored: The preseason induced extra accidents than rookie revelations. Groups opened further skinny, with confirmed gamers out, changed by spare components who do not essentially match.
Throughout Ravens-Jets, CBS sustained — as in 12 years — of offering its ritual senseless photographs of senseless followers at Jets and Giants residence video games: beer in a single hand, pounding the field-side padding with the opposite.
This idiot-magnet shot solely precedes massive performs — third-and-goals, fourth-and-shorts — thus when it makes essentially the most sense to remain on the sector, TV bolts. It is a inconsiderate behavior, like littering or inviting your sister-in-law for Thanksgiving.
As for ESPN’s Monday night time Broncos-Raiders, lifelong pal Lloyd Stone requested, “Is there any option to watch this in black and white? Seattle’s garish inexperienced uniforms must be restricted to prisoners on trash patrol alongside the Jersey Turnpike.”
ESPN, as a matter of dim-witted behavior, stricken the telecast. Clearly, its first precedence clearly was to point out Seattle coach Pete Carroll as usually as doable. At one level within the first half he appeared 4 occasions over 4 consecutive performs.
What wasn’t anticipated was that ESPN went mild on show-and-speak photographs of the “new,” 20-years-on-Fox duo of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, maybe realizing we have been conversant in each. And each have been downright palatable.
However when it most counted — the sport about to be determined, 20 seconds left and Denver with a fourth-and-5 from midfield — ESPN could not merely permit Buck and Aikman to be heard discussing it; ESPN needed to lower to the sales space so we may watch them focus on it.
And as we watched and heard them moderately presumed that rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett would go for a primary down behind “Final Minute” Russell Wilson, we missed each the sideline dialogue — if there was any to see — then the stunning sight of Denver’s area purpose group taking the sector, preface to a missed, game-ending 64-yarder.
Simply earlier than that Buck candidly admitted, “So we have been on digicam and so they switched within the huddle after they introduced [kicker Brandon] McManus out.” However he and we could not see what ESPN needlessly selected to cover.
So, Mr. Large Shot Lounge Chair TV Critic, you assume you possibly can do higher? Sure, sure, I do. Most everybody may!
Rutgers-Wagner mismatch a humiliation for each faculties
Rutgers, Saturday, might have established a brand new commonplace for profitable ugly, a 66-7 stomping of NCAA second-division Wagner, a pay-to-slay quantity.
For openers, the afflicted-by-hysterics radio voice of RU soccer, Chris Carlin, incoherently screamed after each RU rating all through the deliberate mismatch. He sounded as if RU was profitable the nationwide championship, an insult to listeners effectively conscious that his was a bogus remedy of a predetermined bloodbath.
Subsequent, the DoorDash Scarlet Ink Knights, after final 12 months operating up a $73 million athletic division deficit to be shared by taxpayers and non-athlete college students, paid Wagner about $500,000 to make the brief journey from Staten Island to make this “recreation” occur.
UK, not too long ago revealed to have spent $450,000 on DoorDash deliveries to soccer gamers in the course of the pandemic, agreed to pay for transportation, meals and 50 in a single day resort rooms for Wagner.
This “recreation” pressured RU season subscribers to pay for tickets and parking even when they selected to go on such a “competitors.” As for Wagner, it took the dough to have its student-athletes stomped. This recreation was a two-college shame that the NCAA and compliant media each permit and ignore.
However the humiliation served a goal. It artificially allowed UK to crawl nearer towards six-win bowl eligibility.
UK final season turned “bowl eligible” regardless of a 5-7 season after Texas A&M pulled out of the TaxSlayer — satire-proof! — Gator Bowl in opposition to Wake Forest as a consequence of COVID. Desirous to be the substitute, RU misplaced 38-10, however coach Greg Schiano, already with a base wage of $4 million per plus tens of hundreds in annual perks, earned a $75,000 bonus from RU for a bowl recreation invite.
LeBron’s Suns double commonplace
Those that seize the massive cash to affix the Saudi government-funded golf tour must be made to attend a Saudi authorities beheading of an accused political dissident or non secular infidel.
Those that eagerly seize Nike dough, faculty coaches particularly, must be made to work a full week in a Third World Nike manufacturing unit.
That is referred to as, “Keepin’ it actual.”
And never that there is anybody in LeBron James’ retinue to speak him off his self-assigned throne and Nike hypocrisies, however somebody ought to at the very least attempt to inform him: the fair-minded now not take him critically.
James’ newest selectively blind, race-based messages, attacking the NBA for a mere one-year suspension (and $10 million fantastic!) as going mushy on Suns’ proprietor Robert Sarver for utilizing the identical language as does James’ N-wording, women-degrading rapper buddies, have turned him right into a Rev. Al Sharpton.
James’ one-way imaginative and prescient and lose-lose allegiance to double-standards — his silent indulgence of the persevering with epidemic of dead-on-arrival black-on-black homicide in our cities — has destroyed his credibility among the many logical.
Regardless of its out of doors set weekly surrounded, primarily by invite, by obligatorily rowdy and sometimes crude sign-brandishing, beer-for-breakfast college students — safety was elevated after a full can was thrown at panelists — ESPN noticed match to rent ex-NFL punter Pat McAfee full-time for its “Faculty GameDay” present.
McAfee’s not too long ago ended SiriusXM gig emphasised his three strengths: Entry to Aaron Rodgers, his acts within the common make use of of Vince McMahon’s sleazy professional wrestling exhibits, and his eagerness to spit vulgarities into his satellite tv for pc radio microphone.
Yep, I’ve met all of the ESPN necessities!
Reader Len Geller on the complete frontal stats assault on the great senses throughout Yanks and Mets telecasts: “In my final electronic mail I used vowels 34.7% of the time. That is up from 31.4% in my earlier electronic mail. In August I used to be right down to 29.8% vowel utilization. In July, I used to be at 32.2%.
“Please — PLEASE — make them cease!”