Jersey Girl Sport fam ‘Patriotism’ is real in the NFL. It’s the pass given to a very accomplished team ripe with accusations and proof of cheating–but successful nonetheless. When it comes to the New England Patriots, it seems they can do no wrong-even when their players are overtly and intentionally wrong.
This weeks game was very evident of this ‘ism’ when infamous Patriots tight end and ‘bad boy’ Rob Gronkowski purposefully drove his 256lb frame and elbow into the back of the neck and head of Tre’Davious White who was out of bounds. This late hit was egregious, at best. Gronkowski should have been ejected from the game, but he wasn’t. Today the NFL issued a one-game suspension.
Yep. Just one game, and guess what, he’s appealing the suspension. The Shadow League adequately summed up the leagues indifference to the Patriots bad behavior.
“Patriotism” (and not the nationalist kind), and some would say racism, prevails in the League. It has also now given full credibility to the “Gronk being Gronk” clause, allowing it to thrive and thereby excusing what should be viewed as something akin to a criminal act.
“It’s an intense game.”
“It’s just ‘Gronk being Gronk’.”
“Players are emotional, and White was ‘holding’ him. Gronk was frustrated.”
These are all the excuses I heard and/or read regarding this particular incident and it’s all crap. With what we know now about CTE, what Gronk did was inexcusable, and if the NFL is serious about deterring this behavior, he should have received a 3-4 game suspension. Truth be told, while Gronk is responsible for what he did, all of this doesn’t fall in his lap.
He’s been coddled, excused and given a pass, so the NFL needs to step up and hold the Patriots and its players to the same standard they do other players in the league. Gronkowski did apologize as did coach Belichick, but the damage has been done.
Let a player hit Gronk like he did and injure him. There would be hell to pay.
The may be “America’s Team” but the Dallas Cowboys aren’t the most valuable. In fact, among Forbes list of most valuable sports teams, soccer teams made up 4 of the top 10 – a bold reminder of how lucrative and profitable soccer is in the world, and it’s potential to growth in the United States.
Here’s the the top ten most valuable sports teams in the world:
1. Manchester United – Soccer $2.3 billion
2. Real Madrid – Soccer $1.88 billion
3. NY Yankess – Baseball $1.85 billion
4. Dallas Cowboys- Football $1.85 billion
5. Washington Redskins – Football $1.56 billion
6. L.A. Dodgers – Baseball $1.4 billion
7. New England Patriots – Football $1.4 billion
8. Barcelona – Soccer $1.31 billion
9. NY Giants – Football $1.3 billion
10. Arsenal – Soccer $1.29 billion
While baseball only accounted for two of top 20 spots, to no surprise football (American football) held 11 of the 20 spots. This is indicative of the NFL’s increasing popularity. The quest to take the NFL ‘across the pond’ to England is still an annual game with the goal of driving more international fans.
Don’t hold your breath. Soccer still reigns as king among sports fans globally, but the NFL may be slowly but surely gaining ground. What’s also not surprising is the lack of the MLB’s presence. Baseball is still a popular sport, but is no longer ‘America’s favorite pastime’.
The other opportunity is the chance for soccer to become bigger in the United States. MLS is growing in presence and with the most major cities having or acquiring an MLS team, it may not be long before soccer finally becomes a popular U.S. sport.
In the meantime, the NFL is king in the U.S. and soccer may be the only sport able to dethrone it.
So you’re at work as a security guard and the New Patriots just beat the home team. You see the star quarterback for the other team, you snap a picture, post it online and then you get FIRED.
According to KHOU 11 News in Houston, security guards Joel Williams and Christopher Moore took pictures with the three-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady after New England’s 34-31 win. Williams said that “immediately” after posing with Brady, a supervisor tracked him down and fired both of them.
“I wasn’t threatening anybody. The sideline experience was over the game was over. I was just really congratulating the winning team. There have been times before when I’ve taken pictures with other people that weren’t Tom Brady, or winners, somebody who just defeated the Texans, it was perfectly okay,” Williams told WHDH-TV 7News in Boston.
Contemporary Services Corporation, the company the runs the security at Reliant Stadium, released a statement saying employees aren’t allowed to take pictures with players.
“It is strictly against CSC policy for its employees to request photos or autographs from players. CSC stands by its decision to terminate the two employees who violated this policy,”the statement said, per KHOU 11.
How crazy!?!?!? I do understand the firing, but really. How many of us have been at work and taken a picture or gotten an autgraph of a celebrity or athlete while on the clock.
After losing four wide-receivers to injury, the Patriots know it’s time to move. Today they signed wide-receiver Austin Collie. Collie was cut by the San Francisco 49ers at the end of training camp and has been looking for one last shot.
The issue, however, is his past issues with head trauma. The recent lawsuit against the NFL by ex-NFL players have left some teams shaky about signing players with a history of concussions. Collie is willing to take the risk and he said he’ll sign something to prove it:
“I’ll sign a waiver, all right?” he said. “They’re not going to have to worry about me suing. I’ll hold myself to be accountable.”
Considering the situation, this is his best chance back on the gridiron and with his best season being in 2009, he’ll have to work hard for a permanent stay in what is probably a temporary stop.
This situation with the New England Patriots is not looking good. They barely beat the Buffalo Bills and while they got the win against the Jets, it was an ugly one. The Patriots team we once knew doesn’t seem to be as great. Key missing components are some good wide receivers. Wes Welker is gone, now receiving passes from Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos.
In an interview with the Boston Globetalked about the possibility:
“Obviously the situation with the Patriots, they are starting out with a lot of new guys,” Owens told the Boston Globe‘s Gary Washburn. “You never know how management is thinking, what their process is as far as bringing in veterans.
T.O. also understands that at 39, he’s considered ancient:
“I understand they may look at my age as an issue but I’m not your average 39-year-old. I think if you watch me work out, I’m not really concerned about injuries or anything like that. Plus, I’ll be getting paid the vet minimum, so it’s not like I am asking for any extra incentive in my contract.”
That is the truth, but let’s talk about his performance. In 2012 he lasted only 12 days with the Seattle Seahawks and had more dropped passes than receptions. Since then, he hasn’t played with a team. Owens feels it’s not missed passes, but his past that’s the lingering problem:
“I think it’s the reputation of the things I’ve done in the past,” he said. “People won’t let my mistakes die. It’s just puzzling for me. I’m just keeping my faith, staying patient, and praying I get another opportunity.”
Prayer is what Terrell Owens will need to get this comeback, and since he’s teaming up with Iyanla Vanzant to get his life “fixed” the T.O. of the past may be history. I just hope it’s not too late.
Seeing Terrell Owens play again would be worth watching.
I’ll guess we’ll just have to wait. What do you think?