With the hiring of new head coach Jon Gruden, many fans in Oakland were expecting a change. Taking a look at the social media comments by some Raiders players and some in Raider Nation, I’m not so sure that they were expecting this kind of change.
Saturday morning ESPN’s Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) sent shockwaves throughout Raider Nation when he was first to report the news that the Raiders and Bears were finalizing a deal that would send Mack to the Bears.
The consensus from Raider Nation was that the move made the Raiders worse, not better.
Reports are the Bears are giving up two 1st round picks to acquire the all-star pass rusher from Oakland. The NFL rumor mill is buzzing with news that the Raiders never even tried to negotiate with Mack. A trade for the 27-year old has reportedly been the plan for the Gruden-led Raiders since February. Khalil Mack had 10.5 sacks and 78 tackles last season. He had 11 sacks and 73 tackles in ’16, and 15 sacks and 77 tackles in ’15. It’s pretty hard for me to see how any two first round picks will make up for this type of consistent production this season. Maybe the Raiders are looking toward the future and planning to tank this season? What do you think?
WR Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants have reached an agreement on a new deal for the all-star receiver. OBJ and the Giants reportedly agreed on a 5-year $95 million max contract. ESPN (@espn) reported, $65 million of that is guaranteed money. The staggering amount of guaranteed money is enough to make anyone say “Damn!” I agree….but I’m also saying damn for a whole different reason.
As a Philadelphia Eagles fan it’s my duty to stay in tune with the “haps” in the NFC East. The Giants have always been an issue for me, even during seasons they were bad. The Giants have always had a very strange habit of coming out of nowhere and making some major noise in the division. A happy (and paid) OBJ can become a huge problem for the NFC East and probably the rest of the league too. Even with the “human trash can”, that is Eli Manning throwing him the ball, OBJ is a major threat. He can single-handedly make the Giants offense extremely dangerous. A guy with Becham’s skill set doesn’t necessarily need the ball in his hands to make a difference. Defenses need to double team OBJ on practically every play. This leaves one-on-one’s all over the field. Even Eli “The Trash Man” Manning will find it difficult to f*ck that up!
Make no mistake about it, the Giants are a team we need to keep our eyes on this season. OBJ has always put up BIG numbers, especially against us. Most of this happened when he was upset or unhappy about one thing or another. Imagine a healthy, focused, and most importantly, happy OBJ out there on Sundays. So, Congrats to OBJ and the New York Giants on the huge deal, but this could turn out to be a bigger deal for the rest of the NFC East….and not in a good way!
Papa John’s just can’t seem to get out of their own way can they? In this latest episode of “As The Company Crumbles”, Papa John’s founder and chairman John Schnatter is accused of using the n-word during a conference call back in May.
According to Forbes Magazine (@Forbes), the call was reportedly between Papa John’s top brass and an outside marketing agency as they were ironically discussing how to fix their image after the scandal with the NFL. In that scandal, Papa John’s reportedly blamed the NFL’s player protest for their horrible 1st quarter sales. After Schnatter’s comments, the company was cheered and backed by numerous alt-right groups who latch on to racism, or suspected racism, wherever they can find it. Papa John’s was subsequently released from their contract with the NFL, who immediately named Papa John’s #1 competitor, Pizza Hut, the new official pizza of the NFL, leaving Papa J’s to watch the game (and money) from the sidelines with no major sports endorser.
“Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s”, were a few of the words that came fumbling out of Schnatter’s mouth during the conference call, before he went on to add how African-Americans were dragged by trucks until they died back in his home state of Indiana when he was growing up. Landry Service, the marketing company Papa John’s had hired to clean up their NFL mess, and who were also on the conference call when Schnatter went on his rant, reportedly terminated their contract with Papa John’s immediately.
Of course Papa John’s came out with a statement about how they condemn racism and insensitive language and blah blah blah. But the damage had already been done. Papa John’s stock prices took a hit this morning as the stock dipped down to around $47/share before late afternoon gains that brought the stock back up to around $49. Before this news was released, Papa Johns was trading comfortably above $50. Before the NFL debacle, Papa John’s was trading in the $70’s and $80’s.
Freedom of speech for every American…..unless you happen to be employed by the NFL. Under pressure from Donald Trump, and fearing that their rankings may be going down, the NFL decided that they needed to do something about the controversial topic of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. Scared people under pressure from bullies usually do something ridiculous that will make the situation worse, instead of doing what you know will be hard, but needs to be done if you ever hope to get yourself up from under the bully’s pressure. STAND UP TO THE BULLY. That’s the difference between a coward and a person who is willing to demand respect. Cowards, cower. While those who stand up for themselves are willing to face their bullies…..no matter the consequences. The move today made by the NFL and its owners makes it crystal clear that they are cowards. Their actions today is also a welcomed invitation for the bully to come take their lunch money seven days of the week if he feels like it.
ESPN (@espn) reports, NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance of the national anthem. But gives players the “option” to remain in the locker room if they prefer. The new rule was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The new policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other personnel do not stand for the anthem. That includes sitting, kneeling, and probably not singing along also. Real Nazi Germany type shit. Forced patriotism. The NFL does give the team the option to hand out in-house fines to any player or personnel to have been found to violate the new law.
“This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed. We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it, and on our fans who enjoy it.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. My question to Goodell is, if you want the focus to be solely on the game, why even have the national anthem before the game anyway? What’s the purpose? We know we’re in America even if we don’t hear the national anthem before a sporting event. If you think any of this is about “patriotism” you are sadly mistaken. A person can sing the national anthem all day long, every day of the week, and still not have America’s best interest at hand. THE NATIONAL ANTHEM DOES NOT DEFINE “PATRIOTISM.” If you think I’m lying…..look it up!