Tag: National Football League

I always liked Gene Simmons despite the fact that all that makeup seemed kooky

And the more I hear the guy talk, the more I get the why. Gene is a no-nonsense guy, and considering how full of douche bag leftards the music industry is infested with, a welcome and fresh breath. Anyhoo, he just again showed how fucked up the left is in discussing the issue of Tebow and his religion.

As an agnostic I do not feel threatened by truly religious people, unless they come after me personally. I have far more fear of the new religions that collectivism spawned – state worship in whatever form – than I do of most of the old religions, with one exception. And that exception is because that one religion is not really a religion, but a very dangerous political system using religion as a means of global conquest. I do not like people that think they have to legislate my behavior so it suits their beliefs, be it because of old or new religion, and I despise the ones that demand I kiss their ass and worship their barbarism or have my head sawed off.

Tebow’s character, his work ethic, his personality should be and is inspirational, even to me. I think that’s one of the main reasons people hate this guy and want him to fail. You do not even have to think he is a decent, let alone good quarterback, and I think he is just so-so for the NFL, to respect the man and his ethics. Even when you don’t buy into religion. That’s precisely why the left, and the world of sports seems to be overrun with these leftists too, seem so bent out of shape about Tebow.

The Ref Mess

Non-political post this time.

If you haven’t seen it, go ahead and watch the end of last night’s NFL game. Youtube will probably take it down soon:

First, my thoughts as a Packers fan. When you give up eight sacks and score 12 points against the fricking Seahawks, you set yourself up for this kind of thing. Also, what the hell was M.D. Jennings thinking trying to intercept a Hail Mary. You’re supposed to knock those down! Ack!

Anyway, the replacement referee thing has turned into a debacle. Steve Young was on TV last night and had the best explanation I’ve heard: the game simply moves too fast for these guys. They are used to Division II and Division III and have never coached at the Division I level, least of all the pros. It takes experience to see thing happening in real time and figure out what’s happened.

But I would take it further. When I taught Intro Astronomy, I learned an important lesson. If I started out my term being a bit of a forbidding hardass, I could ease up and be more friendly as the term progressed. But I could always fall back on the hardass demeanor if I needed to. By contrast, if I started out with a friendly “call me Hal” attitude, I could never clamp down when I needed to. The students expected me to be slack the entire semester.

The referees are a small group of little men on a field with over a hundred massive bulked up guys. The only way the game works is if they command the respect of the players. It became obvious last Monday, with the Falcons-Broncos mess, that the players do not respect the replacement referees. And we’ve seen that manifest itself in chippy play, cheap shots, launch tackles, helmet-to-helmet hits and players barking and shoving after plays.

The NFL needs to either bring back the normal refs or quickly establish the authority of the new ones. I fear it’s too late for the latter. I fear that the players will never respect the new guys.

PS: While we’re on the subject, last night’s game feature a good performance by Bruce Irvin. You can read about him here. It really shows the difference that one person can make in a young man’s life.

Kluwe vs. Burns

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo recently spoke out in favor of gay marriage (it was legalized in Maryland by O’Malley but will be up for a referendum in November; it is very likely to pass referendum). Last week, delegate Emmett C. Burns sent a nasty letter to the Ravens on official stationary expressed how appalled he was that a Ravens player would dare support gay marriage and urging the Ravens to “inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions”.

If you thought the mayors were out of line to threaten Chick-Fil-A over their expression, you should think this is out of line too. I would write a retort but I don’t think I can match RavensVikings punter Chris Kluwe:

As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should “inhibit such expressions from your employees,” more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.

The rest of the letter is in that vein and includes several expressions that I have never heard before but will certainly steal in the future. Obviously, your opinion of the letter will vary depending on where you stand on the same sex marriage issue. But even absent that, pretentious politicians deserve this kind of public response.

To be fair, Burns isn’t actually threatening the Ravens right now. And the Ravens would be in a better position to ignore this sort of shit if they did not play in a taxpayer-subsidized stadium. But I do think they should respond to Burns’ letter the way they once did when they were in Cleveland.

Oh, and the NFL season kicks off tomorrow, so now is as good a time as any to say, Go Packers!