i love peyton manning a lot

News Mash: Peyton Manning feels the love…While Matt Schaub? Not so much!

As any NFL football fan will tell you?

Depending on the quality of the quarterbacks…

A football team either rises or falls from glory.

Sadly, for Matt Schaub?

He is taking the full brunt of this truth from some extremely scary, and misdirected, Houston Texan fans:

[via CBSLocal]Fans Accost Matt Schaub At His Home

Houston – (CBS HOUSTON): A source close to law enforcement told The Fred and Ted Show late Tuesday evening that Houston Police were contacted by the NFL after fans approached Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub at his home and berated him for his recent poor play.

No arrests were made.

“A fan went to his house and told him off,” said the source, adding that another person “took pictures of his family,” which were allegedly posted on Facebook. Fortunately, neither Schaub nor anyone in his family was hurt.

The irate fans left on their own accord before police could respond, and it’s believed Schaub and the Texans contacted NFL Security which asked for assistance from the Houston Police Department after the incident, according to the source.

Schaub has been under intense scrutiny following the team’s disastrous 2-3 start which has included the much maligned quarterback throwing a Pick-Six interception in an NFL-record four consecutive games. The Texans return home to Reliant Sunday at noon when they welcome the St. Louis Rams to town.

…[Read More]

Whereas Peyton Manning?

Yeah…

He is experiencing just the exact opposite, when it comes to fanfair reactions to his playing of late.

So much so?

His fans…

Are putting their money where there mouth is:

[via AP] Broncos biggest NFL favorite ever in Vegas books ~By TIM DAHLBERGi love peyton manning a lot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It looked like a mismatch even before Peyton Manning hooked up for his first touchdown pass to Wes Welker and the rest of the NFL found out just how bad the Jacksonville Jaguars really are.

But now it’s official. The Denver Broncos are the biggest favorite ever in an NFL game in this gambling city, a whopping four-touchdown pick Sunday at home against the hapless Jaguars.

Sports books in and around Las Vegas make Manning and the Broncos a 28-point favorite over Jacksonville, unheard of in an industry where half-point swings can be huge and most teams are rated within a few points of each other. But even the big line hasn’t stopped people from betting money on the Broncos, even after they didn’t cover the spread in Sunday’s 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

“It didn’t take people long to jump on the Broncos bandwagon, which is at its capacity now,” said Jay Kornegay, who runs the sports book at the LVH hotel. “And we expect that to continue.”

…[Read More]

Big, GLARING, differences between these two quarterbacks.

So much so?

Yes…

THIS (me) Houston Texan fan is rooting for the Broncs to win it ALL this year!

And all because?

It’s so very inspiring to watch a team being led by a quarterback who gives the game 100%…

Every. Single. Game!

Unsurprised

News Mash: The Cowboys really ARE America’s Team…Could be why Americans are FAT!

Ah yeah…

The new football season approaches.

Are YOU ready for some football?

Bet you are…

And given the academic weight of THIS (below) study the chances of YOUR team being the Dallas Cowboys…

Are better than most;

[via DailyMail] The Cowboys really ARE America’s Team: Study ranking NFL’s most loyal fans shows Dallas come out on top – and the Oakland Raiders finish last ~By Michael Zennie

The Dallas Cowboys have worn the nickname ‘America’s Team’ as a badge of honor for 35 years, and now two university professors have given some academic weight to that title.

A study from Emory University in Atlanta found that the Cowboys, long a fixture on America’s TV sets, have the most loyal fan base in the NFL.

The study measured fan attendance on game day and controlled for factors like the size and wealth of the market and whether fans still turn up when the team isn’t performing so well on the field.

The Cowboys came out on top in that equation. The perennial powerhouse team the New England Patriots came in second and the hapless New York Jets ranked third.

The Oakland Raiders, a team plagued by mediocrity, comes out at the bottom of the ranking, having the least loyal fans in the league, according to the study.

…[Read More]

But please, keep this in mind when rooting for your team this year?

Losing NFL teams?

Have fatter fans!

[Which makes sense, a lot of sense actually, considering Americans are notoriously overweight.]

[via BDLSports]Losing NFL Teams Have Fatter Fans, According To Study ~by Jared

Losing is the path to the fat side. Losing leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to donuts. Donuts lead to getting fat. I sense many donuts in you.

That’s the finding from a study in the journal Psychological Science, which took a look at what happens the day after an NFL game. In many cases, it’s not pretty.

One would think that more binge eating occurs after your team wins. But that’s not usually the case, according to the study.

The journal, Psychological Science, took a look at what happens to fans the day after an NFL game and found that supporters of the winning team tended to eat healthier foods, while the losing team fans tended to eat more saturated fats and sugars.

And, on average, fans ate about 16 percent more than they usually ate on Mondays, according to researchers from the Insead Business School.

Researchers said that it didn’t much matter if the fan was male or female.

So why does this happen? Researchers think that when a team wins, it boosts fans’ self control. When they lose, people are more likely to eat because they feel an identity threat.

…[Read More]

Huh.

I would say I was shocked…

But honestly, have you been to any sports bar lately, when Dallas is playing?

Explains a LOT.

Unsurprised

I want one person who needs me

Is there an escape from threatened destruction, a rescue coming for me?

“For someone who needs refuge, a key is provided.”
― Anna Keesey, Little Century

I want one person who needs me

[Source]

“Anxiously you ask, ‘Is there a way to safety? Can someone guide me? Is there an escape from threatened destruction?’ The answer is a resounding yes! I counsel you: Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls, ‘This way to safety; this way to home.”
Thomas S. Monson

I can do modeling

News Mash: Tim Tebow is out of a job. Hmm, maybe he should try modeling lingerie for men!

Aww…

Poor Tim Tebow!

Did you hear?

Apparently the unlucky Heisman Trophy winner from 2011…

Has been released from the Jets training camp!

Wha?!

Oh, no!!!!!!

[via NYPost]Jets release Tim Tebow ~By BRIAN COSTELLO

Tebow Time is up.

The Jets released popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday morning, The Post has learned. The move comes three days after they drafted Geno Smith in the second round to compete with Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy for the starting quarterback spot.

It ends Tebow’s 13 months with the Jets that were more memorable for all of the headlines than anything that actually happened on the field. The Jets acquired him from the Broncos in March 2012 for a fourth-round draft pick (the two teams also swapped later draft picks).

The Jets confirmed the news with a press release that included a quote from coach Rex Ryan.

“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Ryan said in the statement. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”

Tebow reported to the Jets training center in Florham Park to work out this morning, according to a source. Before he made it to the weight room, he was summoned to general manager John Idzik’s office where he was informed of his release by Idzik and Ryan.

…[Read More]

Poor boy needs another job!

But as much as I love the guy, (all for purely athletic appreciative purposes, of course)…

The chances of him getting picked up as a free agent?

Slim to none.

No worries though, Tim!

Anguished Repose has found just the job for you:

[via Metro]Lingerie firm launches women’s underwear for menMen's lingerie, underwear

HommeMystere are hoping their new range of lingerie for males, which includes thongs and padded bras, will change the landscape of men’s underwear.

The Australian firm said their under garments include ‘comfortable men’s panties that really do fit, bra straps that don’t fall off the shoulder, teddies that don’t ride up halfway through the night and quality soft fabrics that feel great for all day wear’.

The label already has a UK seller so men this side of the world can look forward to more ‘enjoyable’ pants.

And the company are keen to stress the garments are not just for gay men.

They added: ‘We provide our lingerie for guys.

‘We are not concerned if you are gay, straight, vegetarian, republican, anglican, martian or any other persuasion.

‘We just design and manufacture attractive luxury underwear for men.’

…[Read More]

Oh, come on….

What?

Tim Tebow is a good looking man.

Can’t you see him in a cute little pink nightie?

No?

Hmmm.

Just me then.

I can do modeling

Good to know

News Mash: Poverty rates spike for all Americans… Who are NOT Tony Romo!

No matter what the White house might say to the contrary?

If you actually LIVE in the U.S. & do not benefit from making 400K a year…

Oh, excuse me, I mean 380K a year? (Cause yeah, Obama took a whopping 5% salary cut to “help out”. *rolls eyes* Woo freaking hoo.)

YOU know just how hard times are, these days:

[via YahooNews]Help shrinks as poverty spikes in the US ~by Steven r. Hurst, Associated Press

…The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels not seen since the mid-1960s when President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the federal government’s so-called War on Poverty.

As President Barack Obama began his second term in January, nearly 50 million Americans — one in six — were living below the income line that defines poverty, according to the bureau. A family of four that earns less than $23,021 a year is listed as living in poverty. The bureau said 20 percent of the country’s children are poor.

…[Read More]

That is…

Unless you are a crappy quarterback who can’t get his team to the super bowl.

Cause then?

Oh, yeah…

Economic times are just coming up ROSES for you!

[via ATR.org]Tony Romo New Highest Paid NFL Player After Taxes

Texas Further Demonstrates Its Economic Prosperity With No State Income Tax

Over Easter weekend, franchise quarterback Tony Romo signed a 6-year $108 million contract extension to remain with the Dallas Cowboys. While the estimated $18 million per year makes Romo the fifth highest paid player based on salary, he is actually the new highest paid player after taxes in the NFL.

The Cowboys QB now claims the top spot previously held by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints because of no state income tax in Texas. With Romo’s income tax burden being 39.6 percent – the top marginal federal income tax rate in the U.S. – and estimated tax liability of $7.12 million, he still stands to earn $752,000 more than Brees.

…[Read More]

My, oh my.

How wonderful it must be for those precious few, who can totally FAIL at your job?

And yet still you are rewarded.

Jeez.

Good to know [Source]

suck

News Mash: It’s enough to cause a brain aneurysm…$120.6M for a football player? Seriously?!

I’m a football fan.

I adore the pageantry, the violence, and all those cute, burly men, running around sweating and in tight, bright spandex pants.

Honestly.

What’s not to love?

But I must say, it’s news like THIS (below)…

Which makes me love the sport a little less, than oh I don’t know, say discovering I have a brain aneurysm, which will likely rupture in my near future, killing me dead:

[via USAToday]Joe Flacco: $120.6M made me feel ‘like I was respected around here’

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Joe Flacco takes issue with the notion that winning a Super Bowl MVP factored heavily in his new $120.6 million contract, the most lucrative in NFL history.

Said the Ravens quarterback, upon signing his six-year contract Monday afternoon: “I’m worth what I’m worth.”

He added: “I think I bring to the table what I bring to the table. The fact that we won the Super Bowl just comes with that. If we didn’t win the Super Bowl this year, I still think I’m worth the same. It may not be seen that way, but that’s the bottom line. I think I give this team the best chance to win moving forward, whether we won or lost.”

…[Read More]

I’m sorry…

No.

I don’t care how good they are with the ball, how good they are in offense, how good they are in defense, how many points they make for their team; I don’t care if they can crap balls, shoot defensive lasers from their fingers or speed down the field via little in-born roller blades on the bottom of their feet…

NO PROFESSIONAL SPORTS PLAYER IS WORTH THIS KIND OF MONEY!

In today’s day and age, people are getting their butt kicked by the bad economy & THIS (above) scumbag thinks he is WORTH 120 million dollars?

Pffft.

I got news for you, honey, NO ONE is worth 120 million dollars.

Well, except maybe the guy who finally gets the U.S. out of the present economic hole it has dug itself in, but I don’t see THAT guy anywhere in my near future either…

Which sadly pains me, just as much as my proverbial brain aneurysm.

Dammit, I tell ya, its enough to make me wanna do THIS (below):

A lizard that squirts blood – from its eyes? Just watch, it might save the lizard’s life.

*shoots blood from my eyes*

“I’m worth what I’m worth.”

120 million dollars a year!

Pffft.

You have GOT to be kidding me?

Jeez.

suck

without a man card

News Mash: If Obama’s “man card” gets revoked? He needs to get this ring to help get it back!

Revoking a dude’s “man card”?

I get that you disagree with his politics and all…

But whoa, dude. *shakes head sadly*

Is this really necessary?

[via Mediaite] Glenn Beck has taken it upon himself to officially “revoke” President Obama‘s “man card.” Beck was responding to the president’s comments to CBS News’ Scott Pelley during a pre-Super Bowl interview that he’d “have to think about it” before letting his hypothetical son play football.

Beck played a clip from the interview on his online show and interjected the word “girl” in between the president’s statements, before switching into a “female” voice to mock him. When Obama was finished making his rather cautious comments on the matter, Beck began his full-on attack.

“His man card has been revoked by me, and that’s saying something” Beck said. “When I’m saying you’re a girl, you are absolutely 100% girl power.” He proceeded to slam the president for getting too “philosophical” and “complex” in his answers to questions, which according to Beck was further evidence of Obama’s femininity.

Referring to Obama’s nuanced approach to the football issue, Beck continued, “You’re a full-fledged woman. I never heard anybody but a woman say that.” He explained that only women are concerned about the dangers of football and “every guy, even me, says ‘relax.’”

Taking a stern tone, Beck said, “Stop being such a chick, Mr. President. Stop it. You’re commander-in-chief. Not chick-in-chief.”

…[Read More]

Answer: No. It Is Not.

Look…

Not a big fan of Obama’s myself, but the “man card” needs to be left the heck alone.

It is, after all, how they “identify”.

What is a man, WITHOUT his man card?

without a man card

And because he is?

Decided to do what I could to up Obama’s man-points, since  Glenn Beck harshly decided to take some away and all for his foolish football comments.

[Though woosie-fied they may be.]

Here you go, Obama…

The perfect ring for you, to up your much dwindling man-points:

[via The Blaze] Although jewelry might be on a lady’s Valentine’s Day wish list, it’s likely not a No.1 seller for the relationship-celebrating holiday when it comes to men. But this titanium “man ring” might be an exception.

BooneRings Man Ring Reveals Hidden Tools Like an Unfolding Swiss Army Knife

The $385 ring by BooneRings on Etsy has the following tools hidden inside of it that unfold like a Swiss Army knife:

It has a working bottle opener, a straight blade perfect for cutting packing tape or fishing line, a serrated blade for tougher things like nylon strapping or those tough to open electronics heat sealed packages, a saw for cutting plastic and wood, and it has a comb! Although the comb is tiny, it actually does a surprisingly good job on the ‘stache or head! You would be amazed at just how handy this ring is.

…[Read More]

Now…

Wear it proudly.

And please just ignore football all together.

Thanks.

If you're not alive

I’m alive and love this city – Save Me, San Francisco…And Colin Kaepernick!

Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco.
~Gene Fowler

If you're not alive

[Source]

San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.
~Paul Kantner

Man I wish I had fake girlfriends

News Mash: Sure, fake girlfriends are bad, but real girlfriends are expensive..Just ask Tiger!

The people who actually ask:

“Why would creating a fake girlfriend be necessary?”

I’m pretty sure…

Are not asking the RIGHT question.

[via The Blaze] The Manti Te’o mystery isn’t getting much clearer.

After the Notre Dame linebacker’s tragic, heartwarming story about playing through the death of his girlfriend was revealed to be an elaborate hoax, Te’o — and the university — insisted he had been the victim of a cruel prank.

Te’o and Notre Dame said the star player learned on Dec. 6 that “Lennay Kekua” was not real — but that’s odd, because Te’o talked about publicly at least twice after the fact.

“I don’t like cancer at all. I lost both my grandparents and my girlfriend to cancer,” Te’o told reporters before the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City on Dec. 8.

Then in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 9, Te’o said of the decision to play a game days after Lennay Kekua supposedly died: “She made me promise, when it happened, that I would stay and play.”

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick cast Te’o as having been tricked into an online romance with a woman using a fake name, and then being fooled into believing she had died of leukemia the same day his grandmother — really — died in September. Te’o became a campus hero for leading Notre Dame to its best season in decades after battling back from the devastating dual losses, even coming in second for the Heisman.

Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that some Notre Dame administrators actually pushed for a public disclosure last week, but were pressed by Te’o’s agent to hold off until Monday so the linebacker could “release his version of events.” That didn’t happen, and the story broke on Deadspin.com Wednesday.

Deadspin.com also cast serious doubt on the idea of Te’o as a victim, speaking with sources who attested to Te’o’s closeness with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man believed to have posed online as Lennay Kekua. A woman who was Facebook friends with Tuiasosopo told Deadspin, “Manti and Ronaiah are family, or at least family friends,” while another friend of Tuiasosopo’s said he was “80 percent sure” Te’o was “in on it” and said the two had schemed to create Kekua’s death for publicity.

…[Read More]

No.

The question should not be so much “Why?”…

As much as it should be “Why the Hell NOT!?!?”

I mean, just ask Tiger Woods.

A man who?

Would have benefited from a fake girlfriend or two…

Instead of sexing it up with like a million of REAL ones:

[via Jezebel] Tiger Woods Re-Proposes to Ex-Wife Elin Nordegren with $200 Million Prenup Because OH, SURE, WHY Man I wish I had fake girlfriendsNOT ~ by Lindy West

Well, this can only go well. I mean, the only thing Tiger Woods is better at than golf is fucking up marriages to Elin Nordegren. So why not give it another go-round, eh? You could go two for two! Win a fine blazer! For the wedding theme, they’re wavering between “Best Idea-Havers in Sports History,” “Fucking That Ass That I Own,” and “lolololololololooololllololooloollol.” The bridesmaids will wear matching dresses in golden-showering-upon-a-porn-star-yellow. Best wishes to the blushing lovebirds.

The shamed sportsman, who was exposed for his serial cheating behind Elin’s back in 2009, is desperate to win her back, the magazine claims, offered a $200 million prenup to the stunning Swede.

And she is said to be considering the proposal, but only if he includes a $350 million anti-cheating clause.
Elin, 33, who had children Samantha, five, and three-year-old Charlie with the ace, won a $110 million settlement when she divorced Woods.

Now she is said to feel the new deal, worth more than half of Woods’ $600 million, would be enough to keep him from cheating again.

…[Read More]

So…

When it comes to fake vs REAL?

Fake does have its benefits.

Cause I have never heard of a fake girlfriend costing ANY man 200-350 million dollars.

Just something to think about.

Media Ignores

Poetic Celebrity Parody – This Bit Of Celebrity That I’m Makin’ Edition!

Don’t be bitter
Don’t be hatin’
This bit of celebrity…
That I’m makin’

I’m your girlfriend
You should be proud
That I’m this beautiful…
Surely no dowd

So suck it up
My quarterback chump
You are now the boyfriend of a celebrity!

Oh, you should be SOOO happy!

Media Ignores[Source]

[via The Superficial] Thanks to Brent Musburger‘s pacemaker rocketing out of his penis during the BCS Championship, Katherine Webb became an instant Internet sensation which apparently pissed off her boyfriend, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, who thinks everyone should be talking about how awesome his football team is and nothing else. NOTHING ELSE! I’m sorry, baby, coach’s been riding me and keeps giving me these pills… TMZ reports:

McCarron made it clear to her — he’s not happy that the media is ignoring his accomplishments on the field. We’re told Webb is taking her relationship seriously and thinks the publicity could torpedo things with A.J.
In fact, we’re told one major media outlet showed up to Webb’s front door this morning looking to speak with Katherine … but she turned them down. We’re told she also backed out of several interviews that were already scheduled.

You’re probably thinking, yeesh, the only thing that could make this thing worse is a forced statement that makes you think he hit her, so here’s a forced that makes you think he hit her: …

…[Read More]

but he can run

News Mash: When it comes to Tim Tebow? Hope is about all fans have left.

Poor, poor Tim Tebow.

Is he the best quarterback out there?

Pffft, not even close.

He’s marginal (though extremely pretty) at best.

Nevertheless…

He doesn’t deserve THIS:

[via CBSLocal New York] NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Once the Jets’ season wrapped up in disappointing fashion against the Buffalo Bills, it seemed almost certain that it was the last time Tim Tebow would ever wear the Jets’ colors.

It turns out that might not be so.

As the season progressed, and Tebow’s playing time continued to be limited, reports came out that the Jets would release or trade Tebow in the offseason. Reports then indicated that Tebow, who was leapfrogged by third-string quarterback Greg McElroy when Mark Sanchez was struggling, would request to be let go by New York.

Many pointed to the Jaguars, Tebow’s hometown team, as a logical destination for the former first-round pick.

Jacksonville, coming off a disastrous 2-14 season, had expressed interest in bringing the backup quarterback back home.

But then general manager Gene Smith was fired, and on Thursday the team announced that head coach Mike Mularkey will be relieved of his duties.

Dave Caldwell is the new GM in Jacksonville, and he doesn’t appear to be on-board with bringing in the unconventional quarterback.

Speaking at his introductory press conference on Thursday, Caldwell said, “I can’t imagine a scenario where (Tebow) will be a Jacksonville Jaguar.”

Caldwell went on to say that even if Tebow is released, he doesn’t see himself bringing the 25-year-old in.

…[Read More]

For s former first round draft pick…

It must be hard to watch all of the break-out young quarterbacks, this year, strutting their stuff.

Tebow, despite the fact that his passing is notorious bad, does have ONE thing in his favor…

The boy can run.

And considering that is the way the NFL is leaning these days, towards quarterbacks who can run their butts off?

I hope that means at least there is SOME hope left for this young man.

[via NFL]Are running quarterbacks the wave of the future?but he can run

Quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers don’t come around all the time, and for every Andrew Luck that does, there are far more top-10 draft picks at the position that don’t pan out.

It’s incredibly difficult to neutralize that advantage a team has with an elite passing QB. You have to find the right guy, have the patience to develop him and keep a core of veterans in place to help bring him along.

Pure pocket passers are fewer and farther between in the college ranks now, which makes step one above – finding the right guy – a tough enough task. Then it’s even tougher for that player to have a realistic chance to win early.

The Vikings spent the 12th overall pick in 2011 on Christian Ponder, and if he hadn’t finally put it together in the final month of his second season, the Vikings would have been playoff-less for two straight years having made a major draft investment in a franchise QB. Ponder was the fourth QB taken in that draft and the only one to lead his team to a playoff berth thus far.

That’s where the running QBs come in. Maybe the Panthers aren’t letting Cam Newton, the No. 1 pick in the ’11 draft, run enough. Look at the immediate success RGIII, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have enjoyed upon getting their chance. Those zone-read option plays give the defense more to think about, and that in effect simplifies the passing playbook because there are only so many exotic defenses a team can throw at a young QB and stay sound against that college-style stuff.

If the complex NFL game is simplified a bit, it gives a young QB a better chance.

…[Read More]

That last line sums it up…

the one thing Tim Tebow hasn’t had this past year:

A chance.

Will there be a team out there to give him one?

A fan can only hope.

Heck…

It’s all we have left.

Stupid Man Tricks – Patriot’s Tom Brady Is Scared of 49ers Chris Culliver, Edition!

Duh!

I mean just look how fast he put on those ‘brakes’…

Big ol’ weenie didn’t even MAKE the attempt, but instead just flapped his hands in fear, as he backed quickly away.

Ugh.

Who’s a woosy?

Tom Brady is One Tough Mamajama[Source]

Yeah…

Tom Brady is.

Kasandra Perkins

News Mash: When it comes to NFL’s Belcher, guns are not the issue…Domestic violence is the issue!

The tragic murder/suicide by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher…

Has inspired LOTS of commentary in the media.

To bad a majority of those in the media are missing the point entirely:

[via NewsBusters] Kansas City sportswriter Jason Whitlock loves to stoke controversy. So after he blamed Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide on the “gun culture” — inspiring NBC Sports lecturer Bob Costas —  in an interview with Roland Martin, he added fuel to the fire by claiming “the NRA is the new KKK.”

Apparently, black youths are “armed” by the NRA, and they’re also responsible for loading up black neighborhoods with drugs:

WHITLOCK: Sports gets so much attention, and people tune out the real world, that I try to take advantage of the opportunity to talk about the real world when sports lends itself to that and try to open people’s eyes. You know, I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture – I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].

I think it’s obvious if you’ve traveled abroad, and traveled to countries where they have legitimate gun laws, that we don’t have to have what we have in America, where people somehow think a gun enhances their liberty, and that people somehow think a gun makes them safer. It just doesn’t. A gun turns some kids listening to music into a murder scene. And uh, you know, if you don’t have a gun, you drive home. You know, kids listening to some loud music, you don’t like it, you go home and complain to your wife. But when you have a gun, you open fire, potentially, and take the life of a child.

That’s just bizarre — the NRA encourages people to shoot people who play loud music?

…[Read More - Click HERE to see video!]

Seriously?

Does the idiot above honestly believe that if Belcher wanted his girlfriend dead, and if he didn’t have access to a gun thanks to gun laws…

He wouldn’t have picked up a knife to do the job?

No.

In this instance guns are not the issue.

What should be the issue?

How violence by athletes is casually dismissed in the culture OF violence which is professional sports.

And for all of you idiots out there who claim, ‘What violence?” Complete with ‘duh’ face?

Let’s not go there.

[via Slate] On Saturday, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins to death. Then he Kasandra Perkinsdrove to the Chiefs’ practice facility, where, after thanking two of his coaches and the team’s general manager for all they had done for him, he shot himself in the head.

The Chiefs’ team captains and the NFL decided that Sunday afternoon’s game with the Carolina Panthers would proceed as normal, and, as an acknowledgement of the tragedy, the game began with a moment of silence for victims of domestic violence. It was a nice gesture, but considering the NFL’s serious domestic violence problem, it was sort of an empty one.

The San Diego Union-Tribune hosts a tremendously helpful database of NFL player arrests since 2000. I went through it last night, and determined that of the 32 NFL teams, 21 of them have this year had at least one player who’s been charged at some point with domestic violence or sexual assault. (I should note that some of these charges were withdrawn, and some of the players were acquitted. I should also note that charges are often withdrawn in domestic violence cases, even when the accused is almost certainly guilty. I should finally note that even though this database is thorough, it is likely not totally comprehensive.)

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In summation?

Guns are NOT the problem. They are merely a distraction.

The problem?

Is how the NFL dismisses violence perpetrated off the field, by its players, to make sure that the violence ON the field…

Continues to give the fans what they want.

Good games. [How else do you describe THIS: Ben Roethlisberger Beats 3rd Rape Charge]

And just how disturbing and horrifically twisted is THAT?

The NFL should be ashamed.

[via The DailyBeast]In the NFL, as soon as a man shows his weakness, he is replaced and no one sees him ever again. The other men learn to keep their pain to themselves, writes former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson.

The NFL’s decision to carry on with business Sunday, after Belcher killed Perkins and then himself Saturday, drives home the point.No matter what happens in life, there will be a football game on Sunday.

I am in no position to speculate as to why Jovan Belcher did what he did. Whether the constant frontal-lobe smashing made him more prone to lose control is a question I’ll leave to the scientists. But what I can say without any doubt is that the NFL is a breeding ground for mental illness.

When I played in the league, my moods were erratic. I was in constant pain, some days worse than others. I medicated myself with pills, alcohol, and marijuana. The substances were not a problem for me and were not the source of my pain. Football was the source of my pain.

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But as long as unbalanced, violent players continue to make the NFL money…

On the field?

The violence OFF the field will continued to be propagated.

And for no other reason?

Than the NFL does not deem fit to stop it.

tough as nails

News Mash: When it comes to football, anything boys can do…Girls can do better? Huh?!

Girls are often told…

When it comes to full contact sports, such as football?

That they cannot compete with boys.

Oh really?

[via PopSci] …Erin DiMeglio, the first female quarterback to play high school football in Florida, made a splash by taking a spot on her team. But some research indicates it’s an uphill battle.

It may be a borderline-offensive schoolyard taunt, but “throws like a girl” has an element of truth. Studies suggest that girls often don’t throw as well as boys. (Boys v. girls is a little diminutive, but it’s an important distinction; we’ll get to that.) In fact, the “throwing gap,” as it’s called, is one of the biggest differences between the genders. It’s not just the largest gap in physical activities–although it’s the largest gap in that field–it’s possibly the most salient gap. Period.

Before puberty, the physical differences between boys and girls (see?) aren’t enough to account for the throwing gap; structurally, their bodies should produce the same distance and speed in a throw. Nonetheless, girls are more likely to, for example, throw in a dart-tossing motion or step forward with the incorrect foot, which means a weaker throw. The age group from Hyde’s report still falls into post-pubescence, when those natural, physical differences in size and muscle can distort the data, but even at age 4, says Jerry Thomas, dean of the College of Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, the difference is three times higher than any other motor function. In the U.S., where we’re so proud of The National Pastime, the effect of doting parents vetting their boys while letting the girls slide on the skill has an effect–the same way it does anywhere baseball or other throwing-heavy sports are popular–but Thomas has researched this, too.

To account for the effects of nurturing, Thomas studied aboriginal children in Australia, who throw the same amount regardless of gender. The girls threw tennis balls at about eight-tenths the velocity of their male counterparts. In the U.S. that’s only slightly more pronounced, as The Washington Post points out, with girls throwing about 51 to 78 percent of the velocity. That suggests there’s some kind of explanation in addition to nurture.

Thomas pegs evolution for that, hypothesizing that throwing was the most important trait for hunting, and that the best (male) hunter was more likely to pass on his genes with the woman of his choosing. There’s no way to test that theory, of course–“It’s not one of those things you can go back and randomly assign people to groups and try to figure out”–but the other skills he studied, like running and jumping, would be more necessary for both sexes to use, so might account for why the gap is less pronounced today. Skills that might not be used as much by either sex, even ones as similar as underhand throwing, as opposed to ready-for-the-buffalo-slaying overhand, wouldn’t show the same difference.

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There are plenty of boys chasing this little girl but they are not after a kiss on the school playground – they are trying to tackle her on the football pitch.

Only problem is that nine-year-old Sam Gordon is too fast for them to catch, earning her the nickname Sweet Feet.

What started as a way to keep up with her big brother, has turned Sam into a star player in her local, all-boys football league in Utah, becoming one of the fastest children in the Salt Lake City area ‘Gremlins’ league as well as breaking and making tackles among the much bigger players.

After outrunning the boys in various speed and agility drills, Sam was made quarterback for her team.

Now a video posted online by her father Brent Gordon showing her play highlights has gone viral as people continue to be amazed at what the young, fearless girl can do and she has only been playing for a year.

Her coach Chris Staib was quoted by Yahoo!Sports saying: ‘She could cut and follow blocks like a college football player.’

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Just remember boys…

Anything you can do?

Sometimes she can do better.

Maybe not ALL the time…

But definitely some of the time.

So check the taunts, eh boys?

Cause there is always that ONE girl you taunt…

Who can back up her junk.