The NFL’s Rigged High Stakes Game

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Well, well, well look what fell into the well. The latest NFL rumor about the possibility the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas has grown some legs. Now Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has come out and said that he wants the Raiders in Vegas. So you already know what that means. That means that not only this rumor has legs, it appears to be walking upright towards the 702 area code. Wow it was only just four months ago before the curtain was pulled down and the St.Louis Rams went back home, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said,”I want to keep our franchises in their current markets.”

First off that was a blatant lie by the commish, but I’m sure that wasn’t the only fib that has eased across his lips. Just for example, his stating that all three stadium proposals were not suffice to keep teams in current markets 48 hours before the decision was announced back in January. Then he followed that quip in the first week February which I might have found funny however, the quip was delivered by a guy whose credibility is below sea level. “If Al Davis was alive today, he would slap the league,” said Goodell. Honestly the NFL hasn’t been slapped enough. This cluster of madness happened on his watch makes him an easy target for angry fans but, he’s insulated by a handsome salary and greedy lust for money by owners that pay him to basically take all the public abuse and outrage.

Which brings me back to his boss and the real commissioner of the NFL, Jerry Jones. He didn’t want the Raiders in Los Angeles, he sure as hell didn’t want them in San Antonio, Texas. And St. Louis was never an option. If we didn’t learn anything from this stadium kenundrum its that what Jerry wants he gets. It was his power his influence that was the key factor in the Rams going back to Los Angeles. The St. Louis Task Force didn’t stand a chance in this rigged game. Or just go back when the NFL had realignment over a decade ago. The New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons were moved to the NFC South. And that makes perfect geographical sense but, when it came to the Cowboys they stayed in the NFC East. Why? Cash money homie. The Cowboys staying in the NFC East blatantly spits in the eye of geographical realignment. Jones wasn’t having none of that. He got his way, notice how all the other professional teams that play in Dallas are either in the West or Southwest division?

Now back to this talk about the Raiders playing footsies with Sin City, the one caveat to this is Jones want Raiders owner Mark Davis to sell the team. Jones wants new ownership in Las Vegas. And he’s not concerned about the gambling and all the other fun that’s available in a city that’s chalked full of tourist and transplants from other parts of the United States. Davis who gained control of the franchise after his father passed in 2011 has refused to sell the Raiders. I recently talked with sports talk show host Melissa Ferris from GirlChatSports.com on a recent podcast and she had this to say; “I would go to a game, I would go to many games to watch what teams would come. Having a professional sports team here is like you never hear that.” It’s sounds more strong to be happening this year than in previous years, our Mayor Carolyn Goodman she’s behind it 100 percent,” said Ferris.

moneyWhat about the price tag? The Raiders would put up 500 million, Sands Corporation 150 million, taxpayers 750 million and the NFL will contribute 200 million. Only 750 million in taxpayer dollars, again we are witnessing the NFL looking to solicit taxpayer dollars from people that are for the most part struggling financially. I saw a familiar line that went that the NFL is not going to leave free money on the table. Hell they already did it once leaving 400 million on the table in St.Louis. Whose to say it won’t happen again? And the for those that still wonder why the NFL didn’t just expand, the owners didn’t want to share the revenue. Something they will never admit, but they don’t have too. The NFL will expand or allow teams to move, when Jerry Jones says so.

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The A-Train Rant 20th Edition!

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It’s not really the 20th edition of the “Rant,” I’ve done a lot of special rants for this blog as well. So there is more but this is my regular rant and I’ve done 20 of them. May not mean much to you but it means something to me. I’ve been able to break out and do this. So ladies and gentlemen…the 20th…A-TRAIN RANT!

  1. We may have seen the last of Stephen A. Smith on ESPN. It’s a shame too. Plus it goes to show you that we can’t speak our minds.
  2. The NFL will only protect the stars…if a bench player done this, he’s gone automatically.
  3. Women in media are not happy with the NFL.
  4. With that previous statement, Roger Goodell is officially the worst commissioner in sports.
  5. As a Bulls fan, I’m scared for Derrick Rose. Plus he needs to shut up and just play basketball.
  6. The Cardinals, Tigers and Athletics are the winners of the July 31st trade deadline.
  7. Dustin Johnson needs help.
  8. The NFL season is just around the corner.
  9. Shoutout to Aeneas Williams, well deserved member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also to the other inductees going in on Saturday.
  10. Who do you get when they holdout, get no new deal, return to camp and still not get a new deal: Marshawn Lynch. (UPDATE: He finally got a bump in pay)
  11. This is why people don’t watch baseball…the game is watered down.
  12. Dallas Cowboys continue to be the laughingstock of the NFL.
  13. Brady Quinn knows when to say, “I’m done.” Tim Tebow does not.
  14. Damn shame there will not be an EA college football game this season.
  15. The San Antonio Spurs will be back in the Finals next season.

The A-Train

The A-Train Rant 19.0!!!!

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Kicking off  your weekend with this edition of The A-Train Rant…

  1. What the hell, Roger? WHAT THE HELL? 2 game suspension for an athlete beating his wife? But you can suspend a player for smoking marijuana and keep another from playing for 2 seasons because of dog-fighting. That’s why the NFL offices are so screwed up.
  2. Michelle Beadle wants to beat down Stephen A. Smith. She may have used her words but she sounds like she wants to use her fists.
  3. Someone help Sam Ponder…I see what she was trying to do but she got annihilated on social media.
  4. I feel bad for Tony Dungy, he spoke his mind then took back what he said. It’s like we can’t say anything about issues period before being scrutinized. Then again, he helped the person previously described in Statement 1.
  5. Kevin Love will be a Cleveland Cavalier. Regardless of what other “sources” or reports say. Chicago is giving up a lot to get him with. I can let go that Love won’t be a Bull. HE’S GOT TO BE EXCITED THAT HIS NAME IS MENTIONED EVERY DAY NOW.
  6. Despite losing 2 games to a 4th place AL East team, the Cardinals still has Milwaukee’s number and they will still collapse.
  7. NFL season is just around the corner. Can’t wait for fantasy football.
  8. Oakland A’s should be in the World Series this year. It’s a true “Moneyball” team again.
  9. James Harden and Dwight Howard will never win a championship as teammates. I’m being nice.
  10. Crazy as it seems, the Washington Wizards will be one of the scariest teams to face in the Eastern Conference. People will talk about Chicago and Cleveland but watch out for D.C.
  11. Big ups to “The Front Page” radio show for allowing me to come on board and talk sports. Catch them every day from 12pm-3pm CST on KFNS 590 AM.
  12. Shoutout to the St. Louis Surge and their owner Khalia Collier…women’s professional basketball in St. Louis. Yep, it’s real. Check it here.

Have a great weekend.

More to come.

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THE A-TRAIN RANT 16.0!

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Time for another edition of The A-Train Rant…16-point-OH!

I have a lot to say on this day. Here we go.

  1. Roger Goodell continues to kill the NFL. I feel indifferent if professional football should go away as a whole.
  2. Tom Brady is a sore loser.
  3. Bill Belichick needs his eyes checked.
  4. Ohio State really sucks along with my Tar Heels. I knew UNC would be bad this year after watching them BEAT Kentucky.
  5. Joel Embiid of Kansas shouldn’t look at being #1 overall in the draft. He has great game so far, a lot more to work on and doesn’t need to focus on the NBA. He doesn’t need to be a Ralph Sampson or Hasheem Thabeet.
  6. I think I may have found a new favorite team…it’s the Golden State Warriors. Yes, they lost last night. But at the same time, this is a young team with a great head coach in Mark Jackson and should make playoff/championship runs for years. I love this team.
  7. The St. Louis Rams should get Clowney or a signal caller to wake up Sam Bradford in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Not an offensive lineman. Work with the linemen they already have. Stop thinking that the next big draft pick is going to be the answer.
  8. Joakim Noah scares me as an NBA player. Last night’s Lakers/Bulls game indicated when he gets the ball under 2 minutes, he forgets how to play basketball. I like his energy but it seems like it spirals out of control when the game is on the line.
  9. Speaking of that Lakers/Bulls game…the Lakers got cheated in that game. Taj Gibson’s last second lay-up shouldn’t have happened the way it did. The clock didn’t start when Gibson got the ball.
  10. Clayton Kershaw deserves every bit of that $215 million the L.A. Dodgers gave him.
  11. Fighting in hockey is probably the reason why I watch it. Sad.
  12. What the hell happened to Serena Williams? She might be done with tennis.
  13. So far EA Sports is on point about the St. Louis Blues. They simulated their season and it came out that they would win the Cup. It would be the franchise’s first. I would love to witness that for real (on TV of course or downtown).
  14. Super Bowl 48’s matchup on paper looks like it’s one for the ages. The NFL is getting what they want by playing the game in it’s “normal” element.
  15. Carmelo Anthony needs to leave the Knicks. All he’s doing is bringing them down instead of building them up.
  16. Paul George’s 360 dunk was very impressive. To anybody that thinks it wasn’t…get a video camera, go find a court and do the dunk. If you can, the dunk wasn’t impressive. Point blank.
  17. Speaking of that dunk, George won’t be in the dunk contest. This is a great indicator that All-Star Weekend needs to die. Who can forget the ever-popular 2Ball competition? SMH
  18. I hope the WWE gets this new WWE Network correct.
  19. I can’t wait to see what the Ultimare Warrior says at his Hall of Fame speech.
  20. I will participate in Warren Buffett’s BILLION DOLLAR (yes that’s correct) bracket challenge. CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports’ bracket challenge’s better up their game. $1,000,000 means nothing anymore.
  21. FINALLY. This whole Richard Sherman thing indicates how silly, stupid and crazy us fans really are. I think we are worse than the athletes themselves. What Sherman did wasn’t right. But don’t dare call him a thug. A thug is a criminal. If that’s the case, Sherman robbed the 49ers of going to the Super Bowl. That’s the best description of what a thug is. People are getting mad that Sherman’s antics have been compared to Muhammad Ali’s antics. It has great comparison sports-related. Talk trash. Back it up. Ali did that. So far, Sherman has done the same. 20 interceptions in just 3 seasons indicates that. With that said…
  22. Justin Verlander needs to (in the words of Chris Jericho) SHUT…THE HELL…UP.

GOOD DAY EVERYONE.

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

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