The A-Train Rant 18.0!!!

 

Ranting-Homer

Time for another edition of The A-Train Rant…

  1. I want to first say thank you to the people at Fox and MLB for completely dropping the ball during the All-Star Game. No mention of Tony Gwynn at all. I understand everything was meant for Derek Jeter but hell, give credit to one of the greatest hitters our generation has ever seen. Damn sure didn’t help when Ken Rosenthal tried to explain the situation later.
  2. I wonder why Erin Andrews got the NFL on Fox gig over the now departed Pam Oliver. Was it hair? Race? (No, not the race card) I see why the people at WEEI went completely in on her. It wasn’t right to say but hey, I didn’t make the comments.
  3. The MLB All-Star Game is ALL Bud Selig’s fault…he made an exhibition too serious. (Was slated in my rant about the All-Star game)
  4. The Los Angeles Lakers are not going anywhere next season. Great job adding Carlos Boozer (laughs)
  5. July 17th was the worst day this year for sports…they weren’t any. If you want to count golf, cricket and the WNBA, go right ahead.
  6. The Miami Heat have a better chance to win the East over the Miami Cavaliers (aka Cleveland).
  7. Adam Wainwright should learn to keep his mouth shut.
  8. Kevin Love is not going anywhere.
  9. Derek Jeter is hated so much…Deadspin went this far.
  10. Kevin Durant is going to Washington in 2 seasons.
  11. Stuart Scott is the greatest. Just watch his ESPYs speech.
  12. Shoutout to Dr. J, straight chin-checking Stephen A. Smith on First Take.
  13. When does football season start?

More to come.

The A-Train

Engine Joe Says #2

And now…it’s time for another edition of “Engine Joe Says!” If you can’t understand what he says, you never will. This is all from his mind, his heart and his writing.

Hit it, Engine Joe.

So the NFL executives and cantankerous owners finally decided to reach an agreement with the refs yesterday. Big whoop! Are we supposed to give a rousing standing ovation? Does it warrant us to give them a bag of cookies? Should there be a carnival and then throw a huge parade worthy of a team that just won the Super Bowl?

HECK NAW!!!

Over the last three weeks I heard fans, former NFL players and revered sports journalists alike saying if we really want to force the NFL owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell to reach a deal with the NFLRA and get the legitimate officials back on the field than we the fans should just stop watching NFL games. While that sounded great in theory, just how realistic was that?

It’s not realistic at all.

It’s totally implausible. No matter how disgusted leatherheads may be with the inferior on field governance of these rent-a-refs it doesn’t really matter. There was no chance there would be a large, calculated, nationwide organized NFL TV viewing boycott to force the NFL offices hand. And the NFL and its owners knew that. So in reality that theory as well as our viewership input is really negligible. 

It’s just like NFL Hall of Famer QB Steve Young said, “It’s just doesn’t matter. The NFL doesn’t care.” Over the past several years since Goodell took over as commissioner, he, and the league offices have vociferously pontificated that the integrity of the league and protecting the shield is of the utmost importance. They’ve also said they’re number one concern is player safety. Yet, Goodell and the owners are aggressively pushing to expand the regular season to 18 games. How does that enhance and protect the personal welfare of your on-field employees?

Let me help you…it doesn’t.

And the retired players? To quote legendary OutKast emcee Big Boi, “Boy Stop!” The NFL continues to blatantly disrespect and spit in the face of the trailblazers and forefathers of the gridiron whose blood, sweat, tears, crippled bodies, irretrievably damaged brains and even lost limbs upon which this NFL conglomerate is built on with insufficient pensions. The lack of consideration is absolutely deplorable.

That’s what’s so infuriating. The league’s executives profess to be so concerned about the players and the overall good of the game, yet you bemire the on-field product with substandard officials. NFL owners continually insult our intelligence, as well as diminish the integrity of their own game. You quibble frugally over a few measly dollars out of a $9.5 billion enterprise, not wanting to dispense a few extra dollars to the NFLRA when the cash they wanted to retain in the pension is really infinitesimal in comparison to your unlimited treasury of funds.

Over the next five years according to ESPN columnist and First Take debater Stephen A. Smith, the NFL is projected to rake in between $12-16 billion. With that type of annual revenue generation conceding a few extra dollars is nothing. NFL referees $149k salary for this season is a night on the town at a swanky restaurant with a group of friends and few bottles of Cristal and Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam. Yet, they still chose to be petty and needlessly refractory, holding up the negotiation process. At the end of the day, this impasse really wasn’t even about the officials. It was about as Yonkers, New York hip hop group, The Lox said in 1998, about “Money, Power, Respect.”

The NFL owners are quintessence of Wu-Tang Clan’s classic 1993 song, “C.R.E.A.M. – Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” The owners know what a powerful goldmine they’re sitting on. The inescapable truth is that after families return home from church, or stay at their abode watching the NFL pregame shows they’ll inevitably come to worship at the Church of Pigskin every Sunday.

Each football fans across the country will enter the gates of the sanctuary with thanksgiving. We’ll offer earnest prayers and exultation, while paying out offerings and tithes for the exhilarating service in our best Sunday garb of our favorite teams jerseys, sweater and ball caps as we read from the book of remarkable QB prophets Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. And for the truly exuberant and faithful, revivals are held outside the stadium in the form of succulent tailgating feasts, burning the fattened calf of hot dogs, brats, burgers and steaks.

This past Monday during the disastrous the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks debacle 16 million viewers tuned in, garnering a 12.9 rating. That’s the third highest rating of the year for any cable produced programming behind only the 2012 BCS National Championship Game and the 2012 Rose Bowl. The owners know that no matter what as long as NFL football is being played fans will fill up stadiums and run to their boxes to see the action.

That’s why they’d have no qualms about putting inferior, Division III, NAIA and high school fake refs on the field to legislate the games. I don’t blame the replacement officials. They’ve obviously unfamiliar with NFL rules, and severely ill-equipped to call the blinding speed, athleticism and physicality of the NFL’s supreme athletes. It was a formality their incompetence would show and terrible officiating blunders would be made.

What’s egregious and unpardonably pathetic is that the league’s offices and NFL owners would allow these marginal refs to defile the sanctity of the game and determine the outcome of contests with their ineptitude. They take the public for mindless suckers. Franchise CEO’s look at us like coke fiends, who’ll always go to the crack house to get a hit of the unparalleled ecstasy of the irresistibly accosting pull the mesmerizingly barbaric violence, physicality and amazing athletic prowess these modern day athletic Trojans exhibit in our version of the Roman Coliseum; NFL stadiums. All the while, they’ll continue profiting monumental mozzarella like JD Rockefeller laughing all the way to the bank, cause no matter what happens they’ll always win because they’ll always get paid.

So no, NFL and the organizational bosses, you DON’T deserve a standing ovation. You’re efforts aren’t laudatory. They’re litter and disingenuous. You’re didn’t agree to a deal for the refs, the players, the coaches, or the fans. You did this to cover your own hypocritical behinds. It took a colossally direful, cataclysmic gaffe causing social media outrage, discussions on “The View,” CBS “The Morning Show,” NBC’s “The Today Show” and from our illustrious President of the United States just to get you to reach the compromise that should have been done weeks ago. And it could potentially cost the Packers a playoff spot.

But the gluttonous totalitarian skybox bosses continue to reel in absurd astronomical amounts of dead presidents and the congregation will keep giving their offerings and coming to service. Isn’t that really all that matters? We’ve got football. LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN! TOUCHDOWN!

Engine Joe

Thoughts? Comments? Concerns? Post below.

Engine Joe Says…

And now I present to YOU the fans, an illustrious gentleman who I have known for about 18 years now and he definitely gets his point across the best way possible. If you can’t understand what he says, you never will. This is all from his mind, his heart and his writing. Ladies and gents, I present to YOU…ENGINE JOE with “Engine Joe Says!”

On First Take yesterday, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless virtually echoed my sentiments on the Chad Johnson scenario that I shared with Blaqk Walker via text. From Chad’s stainless NFL track record in off the field conduct, his good character and volatility in his brief, whirlwind marriage with his in well-spirited, in-your-face, neck rolling, finger-popping, knock a b*%#h out, at times antagonistic, flame- spitting Basketball Wives star Evelyn. As, well as the impetuousness of Dolphins coach Joe Philbin pink slipping Chad without ascertaining all the facts to corroborate if the abuse allegations against Chad are true.

I get why Philbin did what he did. Miami is coming off an awful, trashbag season and he’s trying to change the culture of the team. The Dolphins also have some impressionable young players too who I’m sure Philbin doesn’t want contaminated. However, it’s painfully obvious Philbin doesn’t like Chad and had it in for the six-time Pro Bowler from genesis. 

While it’s an egregious allegation that should be taken seriously I still think it was kind of premature, reactionary suckboy move and unprofessional by Philbin to not at least give Chad the chance to explicate himself before releasing him. Yes, Chad has a prior domestic abuse offense for which he had to go to anger management in college. However, that was 12 years ago and there will be no other assault incidents. It’s a major deviation from his character. None of us were there and it’s a classic he said, she said situation. However, Philbin could have at least waited for the specifics to be released to either validate Evelyn’s claims or exonerate Chad of the charges. Philbin is already starting to receive some backlash from his vets on his team like Karlos Dansby. 

Hopefully Chad gets swooped up by some organization and has the opportunity to revitalize his career with singular focus, motivation and devotion. 

But when it comes to domestic disputes that escalate and get too animus and contentious and border on the edge of physicality, my motto as a dude is one thing: GET THE HELL OUTTA THERE!!! Nothing good can ever come out of hostile war of words that becomes physical for a man. I never espouse a man putting his hands on a woman outside of physical endangerment in which serious injury, a man’s life is at risk, or mortal injury could occur. 

Outside of that extreme scenario, it’s cowardly, hoe-poppish, inexplicable and unacceptable under any circumstances for a man to assault or whoop a woman’s head. Which is why as a man if you see it getting to the point where a prizefight could crack off you have to have the foresight and be cognizant enough to get da hell outta there before it happens. EVEN IF YOU ARE INNOCENT!! The invariable ending to that scenario every time is a dude walking with his head down and hands behind his back in cuffs being escorted to the police squad car. Whenever a spat gets that heated don’t imperil yourself. Do like Ghostface Killah said and “RUN! BUCK THAT! RUN! COPS GOT GUNZ!!! Trill words, dunny.

ENGINE JOE