Lebron Should be Named NBA MVP

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After watching the NBA Playoffs my opinion was solidified even more as to why Lebron James deserves to be named the NBA MVP and not James Harden or anyone else as a matter fact. Let’s look at the ups and downs of the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

The Cavs started the season with Derrick Rose, who turned out to be a total head case. Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder were big disappointments. Isaiah Thomas was out with an injury and when he returned, it’s obvious that he had the Kyrie Irving syndrome. JR Smith, refused to get along with Dewayne Wade, who was nothing but an asset to the team but petty jealousy and the inability to move past Lebron and D. Wade’s friendship fueled that fire. Tristian Kardashian has done nothing but shine a big spotlight on the team with his shenanigans. Tristan nor JR were major factors during the season and their play during the playoffs has been subpar. K. Love and his panic attacks have kept him from being a factor but at the end of day, he’s making millions of dollars and needs to start performing. Kyle Korver can’t play defense or want so if he’s not making 3-point shots, he’s a waste of space on the floor and a none factor.

Luckily, Koby Altman looked at the mess and decided to shake things up and got rid of some of the problems. By doing so he brought in some good young players, who understand the importance of being a role player. However, these new players haven’t totally gotten up to speed but through it all Lebron has placed the team on his shoulders and carried it through the season and now through the playoffs. Lebron has done a lot with a little and that is what an MVP looks like to me.

You can’t say that about James Harden. Harden will collapse every time the spotlight is on him to take the team the next level. He’s not Magic Johnson, who told the team in the locker room when Kareem was out, and the championship was on the line, “No Fear 32 is here.” Harden is not Michael Jordan, who had the flu and was throwing up during a critical playoff game but goes out and gets’ the job done. He’s no Larry Bird, plagued with chronic back pain and is lying on the floor but took hit upon himself to get back in the game and win. Hell, he’s not even Steph Curry so can someone explain to me why Harden or anyone else is being considered over Lebron for the MVP award? Lebron is all of the players I mentioned and more because he’s had to do it alone in a number instances, whereas Magic, Jordan and Bird all had great supporting cast and very good coaches. Lebron has lacked both (i.e. a good supporting cast and a good coach) except for his time in Miami. He’s is averaging 34.1 points per elimination game this playoff series, which is more than Jordan and Chamberlain, he’s averaging more minutes and he’s 33 years old.

At the end of the day, Harden, Curry etc. have other people they can rely on and Lebron has only himself and that’s why he should be MVP.




Should Professional Football Players take a Pay Cut?

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Now that football season is over, and many teams are looking to make trades and/or cut players, the question becomes should a professional football player accept a pay cut in order to continue playing in the league? For instances, the Chiefs traded Alex Smith to the Redskins for a third round draft pick and corner Kendall Fuller.  The Chiefs are looking for a fresh face at quarterback, possibly Patrick Mahomes but will a fresh face be the answer to the Chiefs woes during the playoff but I digress.

Back to the issue at hand and that is should an NFL player we willing to take a pay cut? The Muse says, “absolutely not.”  I’m asking this question, because Dez Bryant is probably on the chopping block and will face this question as will many players not in their prime any longer.  In Corporate America, we’re “at will” employees, which means we can leave a job on our own accord or the company can layoff and/or terminate an employee “at will.”  If that employee has not planned properly financially, he or she could be up the creek without a paddle.  Also, if that employee is being paid a handsome salary, it could be difficult to find a job for the same salary for some time and a pay cut may be necessary in order to continue to live.  If we apply this same scenario to a professional football player, some might say, if he wants to continue to remain employed as a professional football player, he will have to take a pay cut because he’s no longer in his prime.

Some might argue that professional football players have a very special skill so they shouldn’t have to take pay cuts. Another argument is that NFL owners are making a lot of money off of the players “special skills” and that’s why they shouldn’t take pay cuts.

My argument for NFL players in this situation is to fight to retain their current pay scale. Simply because, of the big three professional sports Baseball, Basketball and Football, football players have the worst contracts, the worst health insurance and it is the most violent sport.  Until NFL players are more on par with the ownership, they should fight for every single cent.  That’s why it’s important for professional football players to be good stewards of their finances because if they’re not, they could be on the unemployment line with no marketable skills.





What’s Going On in Football — Happy Holidays

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It has been awhile since I’ve had an opportunity to post a blog but that’s not because I haven’t been keeping up with what’s going on in the world of sports.  It’s because I have been doing a sports show Live on Facebook with the Muse and the Assistant each Wednesday night at 9:00 PM, Central Time.  Please check out the show. Now it’s time for some “What’s Going on In Sports”?

Honestly, I found football games to be extremely mundane and not very exciting and a lot of that has to do with the fact that the game has been declining over the years. The games get progressively worst each season and it’s partly due to poor coaching, bad calls by NFL Refs and management of the owners.  As a reminder, the ISH rolls down, not up and a number of these teams are poorly managed by the owners.

Poor Coaching:

Let’s start with “poor coaching”: The team that jumps out at me the most is the New York Giants, honestly Ben McAdoo should NEVER have been hired and Tom Coughlin should NEVER have been fired.  The Giants have struggled for a long time and bring in an inexperienced coach in the hopes of rebuilding a team that was already broken wasn’t going to help the situation in the least.  Eli Manning is a 2-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and to bench him in the middle of the season, when he really doesn’t have any help was just plain stupid and highlighted just how inept McAdoo was as a coach.

There is “poor coaching” and poor decisions made by a coach and that is the problem with most the of teams in the NFL particularly when it comes to the quarterback position. It really annoys me when coaches bench young quarterbacks for making mistakes.  Coaches need to stop listening to the media pundits and allow the quarterbacks to grow into their own.  If they won the starting position, then allow them to play through their interceptions, fumbles, misreads or whatever the case maybe but benching them allow destroys their confidence and ruins careers.  Also, stop blaming young quarterbacks for your inability to find the right people to develop the quarterback or your inability to develop a running game.  Hue Jackson coming out and publicly saying that he’s going to bench DeShone Kizer, who won the starting position, is an example of poor decision making.  What Jackson should have done was allowed RG3 to continue playing and develop Kizer along the way.

Poor Management:

The team that gets’ this honor is the Cowboys and that’s because of the antics of Jerry Jones with deciding to kneel with his team then threatening them with termination, if they exercise their constitutional rights. Seriously, he’s absolutely the worst example of a leader.  He should have been a man and continued to show solidarity with his team regardless of the President calling him.  As I’ve said time and time again the NFL has much bigger problems then players kneeling because of the senseless murder of African American men by ignorant, self-loathing, inept police officers.

Poor Calls by NFL Refs:

I’m a season ticket holder for the Titans and the constant calls by the refs make it very difficult to enjoy the game. I am a proponent of ensuring the game runs smoothly and that calls are made to protect players and the integrity of the game but I’m not a fan of nitpicking calls and that’s what’s happening with NFL refs.  I watch a lot of football and it’s the same thing across the League and something has to be done because it’s rendering the game unwatchable.  I’m also suspect of the lack of calls made against the Patriots but that could just be my distain for the team but I digress.

Now that I’m back writing my blog, I’m going to end this blog and encourage you to watch my show, Oneraregrl Live with the Muse and the Assistant on Wednesday nights at 9:00, Central time.


Happy Holidays!!!






The World of Sports: Cocktail Hour with 1raregrl, the Muse and the Assistant

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Normally, since it’s football season, I would analyze all of the NFL football games but there has been so much going on in the sports world that I decided to do something different for my blog this week and that’s give some tidbits about a couple of professional sports.


Let’s start with the Dodgers. This team went from languishing in the bowels of “never being great again” to making it to the World Series this year. Clearly, once the team was out of the clutches of an incompetent owner to more competent owners and better management success was just around the corner. On a side note: I was watching a football game on Sunday and an announcer said that “the Astros deserve to win the World Series because the people in Houston have been through so much.” Seriously, that is one of the dumbest statements I’ve heard from an announcer and they make plenty of dumb statements. News Flash, it’s may the best team win, whether it’s the Dodgers or the Astros, don’t look for the Dodgers not to play to win or the Astros.


The cream has not risen to the top for any NFL team. No one team is making enough waves for the media pundits to make any predictions at this time. Actually, it’s been a very interesting season and I’m glad that there are no real front runners. That being said, there are some really bad teams and honestly those teams have always been bad and will probably continue to be bad because of poor leadership from the top down to the coaching staff.

Albeit I am not a Patriots fan and never will be, the one thing I can say and will continue to say is that Belichick has gotten it right and what I mean by that statement is that his game plan is not built around a person, not even Tom Brady, it’s built around the team.

Cleveland Browns:

Let’s talk about Hue Jackson, who has become the new Jeff Fisher and Bill O’Brien of the NFL. Clearly, Jackson is having a difficult time communicating his vision for the Browns. He has a quarterback merry-go-round going on because he’s allowing the media dictate who the quarterback of the team should be. He should do what Dallas did when Troy Aikman went 1 and 15 his first year as a starter, they stuck with him and developed him and he turned out just fine.

Throwing DeShone Kizer under the bus in front of the media because he stayed out late on a Friday night and the game was on Sunday was unprofessional and classless. Besides, it was Friday night, young people are able to do that without a problem. If he had a problem with it, he should have discussed it with him privately and not told the world. Someone needs to communicate to Hue Jackson that great leaders inspire people and that’s not what he’s doing.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Big Ben’s head clearly is not in the game and it’s time for him to move on.

Atlanta Falcons:

What is it going to take for the Falcons to realize that Matt Ryan is not a leader in pressure situations? Why does the offensive coordinator continue to call for a pass play on short shortage instead of running the ball? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Matt Ryan is not that guy. This is why it’s important to win when you go to the Super Bowl, because you may NEVER get back there regardless of how much talent you have on the team.

Denver Broncos:

Defense wins games but the team still needs to have some semblance of an offense. Trevor Siemen is young and they just need to stick with him. I am all about giving the young QB’s an opportunity but the team has to have a coach that has the ability to communicate effectively with the GM.

Los Angeles Rams:

The jury is still out, I don’t care how many games they win.

San Diego Chargers:

Yes, I said San Diego Chargers. They need to return home. I don’t care how much of a media darling Philip Rivers is, he’s not a Hall of Fame QB. Honestly, it’s time for him to hang up his cleats as well.

Miami Dolphins:

They called Jay Cutler out of retirement, paid him millions of dollars and now he’s out for he’s season. Oh well those are the breaks, no pun intended.



Kyrie Irving wanted to be the “focal” point of a team and now he has the opportunity since Gordon Hayward is out for the season. The strange thing about him wanting to be the focal point is that he was that before LeBron turned to the Cavs and as Shaq put it “he didn’t do anything.” If the rumors are true that Kyrie was taking advice from Kobe Bryant, a man who was accused of rape and has no friends because he’s inept at fostering relationships, good luck with being the “focal point” of anything accept your ego.


The BIG three on this team will be amazing once they figure out how to ensure that everyone on the team gets’ involved.  The Thunder will be one of the teams to beat in the West.


There is a great deal of talent on this team and once they figure out how to play together, they will win another championship.  LeBron is the best player in the league by far.  D. Wade won a championship in college and won a NBA championship before LeBron so he knows how to win.  Honestly, T. Lue needs to improve his substitution abilities.  His substitutions suck and that’s real talk.

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NFL Weeks 3 and 4 Analysis

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This NFL season has started like a see/saw.  The games are going up and down and up and down. The only undefeated team is the Chiefs and they typically start off like that but falter in the end. In my book, Andy Reid is probably one of the top five coaches in the NFL and he has the ability to develop really good squads but it’s been hard for the Chiefs to get over the hump in recent years.  Hopefully, that will not be the case this year.

I realize fans are saying they are tired of the politics that’s going on in football but at the end of day, the players have a constitutional right to exercise their rights in the platform they chose. The are other problems NFL players need to address with the owners and the two biggest issues are the lack of guaranteed contracts and long term health insurance.  The players really should focus on taking a stand on those two issues.  It is my opinion that their causes have merit and warrant speaking out about but the players have to be careful about how they chose to be heard.  I applaud Jerry Jones for kneeling with his team before the National Anthem, because it showed unity and the Saints followed suit last Sunday.

The media has done a poor job of reporting the kneeling/not standing for the National Anthem. The media turned what Kap did into something negative, instead of placing a positive spin on the matter and highlighting the issue of police brutality against people of color.  However, Kap has to own that he came across angry and in some instances negative, which didn’t help his cause.  I purchased season tickets to the Titans games and no amount of kneeling, hats on or off will cause me to not attend games or burn my tickets.  I don’t care what politics are taking place on or off the field, I paid for my season tickets to see a football game and that’s exactly what I’m going to do, even if I’m the only person in the stands.

I will only analyze a few of the games because for the most part, things have been all over the place the past four weeks.

Week 3:

Patriots vs. Texans – The Texans should have won the game but this came down to experience from Brady and Belichick.

Week 4:

Patriots vs. Panthers – This came down to the Panthers proving to themselves that they can beat the Patriots after their Super Bowl debacle.

Week 3:

Seahawks vs. Titans – Allowing Mariota to be a dual threat will increase the Titans odds of winning. Oddly enough the Seahawks rallied back but the Titans defense held them off.  Russell Wilson was amazing in this loss.

Week 4:

Texans vs. Titans – The Texas manhandled the Titans 57 to 14. The Titans defense must tighten up and Mariota needs to be allowed to play his game.  Stop forcing him to become a pocket passer.  Additionally, the Titans offensive line must create openings for D. Murray.

Week 3 and 4: The 49ers, the Chargers, Browns, Giants, it is what it is.  The 49ers will be changing coaches and general managers in two years.  The Chargers need to return to San Diego.  The Browns should have retained RG3 to help this young kid and the Giants to get some help for Eli.




NFL: Week 2 Analysis

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I’m not going to analyze all of the games because this is just week 2 and teams are still getting the cobwebs out. Of course, there are some obvious problems with several teams across the league that are not performing as well as expected and I’m going to talk about a couple of them.

Seattle Seahawks vs. 49ers:  It’s obvious that the Seahawks management let a lot of their best players go because of money and it’s showing on both sides of the ball.  They barely beat the 49ers, one of the worst teams in the league.  Russell Wilson just put that game on his back and probably said to himself, “HELL NO, there is no way we’re losing to one of the worst teams in the league.”  John Lynch was quick to say that Kap would have been fired regardless of him opting out of his contract. Clearly Lynch was another bad hire by the 49ers management and he should fire himself.

Patriots vs. Saints:  All of the sportscasters and writers were quick to point out how great Tom Brady is and how quickly the team bounced back from the thrashing by the Chiefs.  People, they played the Saints who is in need of a new owner, head coach and defensive coordinator.

Bears vs. Bucs:  Da Bears are in need of a new owner, head coach and players.  This team has done nothing but lose since they fired Lovie Smith. Karma is a bitch.

Chiefs vs. Eagles:  This was the best game of the day because of the defensive pressure exhibited by both teams.  The Chiefs running game is clicking and it will only get better.  It is my opinion that Andy Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL and there are only a few.

Titans vs. Jaguars:  The Titans must allow Mariota to be a dual threat because he will stretch the defense and create plays for the receivers and backs.  The Jaguars have a good team but there’s a problem at the QB position and it’s possible that Bortles just needs to calm down and play his game.  Time will tell.

Panthers vs. Bills:  It is my opinion that the Panthers are another team that let a number of good players go, especially on the offensive side so now Cam is back to having to do it all.  It is totally unfair to expect the quarterback to do it all because all it does is lead to injuries and a short career.

Broncos vs. Cowboys:  The Broncos defense is unmatched by any other team in the league.  The media needs to stop with the chatter that Zeke became frustrated and stop trying, that’s nonsense.  Zeke was shut down by the Broncos, end of story.

Bengals vs. Texans:  I’m a big proponent of the coach and management supporting their quarterback through difficult times and that’s what the Bengals have done for a number of seasons with Andy Dalton but his abilities have been an issue for some time.  Also Marvin Lewis has been the coach of the Bengals for 14 seasons and the time has come for him to show some mental toughness and move on from Andy Dalton or he’s out of a job.  By the way, his next quarterback is not currently on the bench.  He needs to go out and get Kap or RG3 in that order.  The people talking about the team not getting Kap are stupid and need to shut up and focus on winning.

The rest of the games were business as usual.


Football is Officially Here!!!

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Football season has officially kicked off and people are rooting for their favorite teams but the reality is most of the teams will be as bad as they’ve always been. Normally, I would do a blow by blow of each game but it’s too early in the season because the first game is really about getting the cob webs out with the exception of a couple of teams.

For instance, San Francisco fans just need to accept that fact that the four (4) years they had with Jim Harbaugh are a distant memory and things have gone back to the ten (10) years prior to him being hired. Another team is the Giants, if they don’t shore up that offensive line Eli will continue to be mauled. I was surprised by Cleveland’s tenacity against the Steelers.  It’s obvious why Brock Osweiler lost his starting position and should never have been anywhere but with the Broncos working on his skills.  It will be interesting to see how the Browns do this year but I like the fact that Coach Jackson is allowing the QB to be a duel threat because that can work to the team’s advantage.  I’m a big supporter of the QB moving out of pocket and being allowed to maximize his full potential.  This staying in the pocket is just nonsense and keeps the game stuck in the past.

The biggest surprise was the thrashing the Chiefs gave the Pats. Tom Brady didn’t throw for a single touchdown in the game, which is very surprising.  That being said, I want to remind everyone that this has happened to the Pats before and they still game back and won their division.  This season maybe the beginning of the end for 40-year old Brady.  Honestly, it’s time for him to go home and let a younger QB take over that roll.  Boy-bye, please take several seats!!!

The San Diego Chargers moved out of San Diego to Carson, California and to a sprinkle of fans as did the Rams. Southern California is not a football town so Rams go back to St. Louis and Chargers go back to San Diego.  It doesn’t matter that the Rams won, they will not fill any stadium in Southern California, new or old.






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The lack of respect displayed by NFL owners towards fans and players is manifesting itself in a way owners never envisioned in a million years. They’ve continued to increase the cost of tickets, force cities and fans to build new stadiums on their backs without any regard for whether or not it’s affordable.  Most of the fans in a city where an NFL team is located can’t afford to even attend a game, let alone afford the taxes assessed on them so that the owners can try and outdo each other with bigger stadiums because of their greed and egos.

In an article written by Royce Young on March 23, 2014, Mark Cuban made the following statement during a program interview when the conversation covering a number of topics turned to football:

 “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion.” “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

“I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule number one of business.”

Cuban was referring to the NFL grabbing more television nights and I am going to venture to say that Cuban’s words are coming true. Viewership and attendance at games is significantly down.  The NBA is on its heels and making a strong challenge.  Additionally, football fans are starting to prefer college football more and more now because most NFL games just plain BLOW.  It is my opinion that NFL owners started a smear campaign against Colin Kaepernick to try and explain away the low attendance and viewership by saying Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest has caused low attendance and viewership, give me a break one man doesn’t make a difference in people choosing to watch a football game.  Honestly, most fans don’t care and are much more forgiving than the media and the small minded NFL owners.

At the end of the day, the NFL has saturated the market and in doing so the product that is being produced is awful. Most of the games are not watchable because of the constant general manager and coaching carousel changes. The commentators are horrible and fans and cities are sick of paying for stadiums and getting nothing in return.  It is time for media outlets to write the truth about NFL owners. Media outlets only recently started writing about the Kaepernick situation in a slightly different light because fans have taken to the streets to protest Kap’s treatment by the owners.

We all know that Kap has been blackballed and now the chickens are coming home to roost on the NFL owners. Players on the Dallas Cowboys team are saying that Jerry Jones never told them that they had to stand for the National Anthem or they would not be working for him.  Seriously, what kind of cloak and dagger routine is that about?  He said it but his players are still being bullied by him so they’re running scared.  At the end of the day, the truth will be revealed and he will have to own what he said.  Players in the NFL have been bullied and threatened by the owners for years and it’s time for them to stand up and say enough is enough.  Stop allowing the media to deflect from what the real issues are and Colin Kaepernick protesting police brutality is a deflection.

I enjoy football and recently became a season ticketholder for the Tennessee Titans when I relocated to Nashville because I couldn’t remain a fan of the hapless 49ers any longer, talk about poor management, enough said.




It is time for NFL Players to stop being intimidated by the NFL Owners

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It is time for the NFL to become more in line with the NBA and MLB when it comes to its treatment of the players that risk life and limb to play the game. The NFL owners are not concerned about the players or fans they only care about  lining their own pockets.  Football is the most violent sport, yet it has the worst player contracts and health insurance.  It is time for the NFL players to say enough of being treated like chattel.

The only way change can or will happen is if key players like Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Richard Sherman etc. take a stand against the owners. Tom Brady needs to stop hanging out with Robert Kraft and be about the players.  Key players in the NFL tend to separate themselves from the rest of the players, which is stupid and not a “team” mentality. NBA and MLB players are about the good of the team, not management/ownership.  My recommendation is for key NFL players to sit down with key members of the NBA and MLB Players Associations and brainstorm about the best way to tackle this mess with the NFL owners.

One of the things they’ve got to do is put a plan in place to tear down the current establishment and it can’t be done on a whim. The players need to meet and develop a strategy for a lockout, which includes telling players to start saving their money and be frugal because they’re going to be in for a long fight.  The current leadership of the players association must be ousted and new leadership ushered in.

Another problem with the league is some of the players have the tendency to be very negative towards each other, which keeps the players association from becoming a more cohesive and strong organization for the players. The owners have created an environment of fear and intimidation and that has resulted in the players not having a voice.  Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles has challenged other white players to join in support of the protest that several African American players are engaged in with respect to the National Anthem.  Alex Smith was asked about the situation with Colin Kaepernick and he’s just as perplexed as everyone on the outside looking in as to why Kap is unemployed and Kap took his job.  What’s happening with the NFL is not about the National Anthem, it’s about being fair and just to the players and the owners refusal to do what’s right.

At the end of the day the players can’t depend on the owners for support, it’s time for the players to take control of their own destiny and fight for what’s right.  It’s time for the Joe Montana’s, Peyton Manning’s and Jerry Rice’s of the football world to take a stand and fight for the rights of players.




NBA Owners vs. NFL Owners

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It’s my opinion that NBA owners are more progressive than NFL owners. Some people want to say it’s “old money” versus “new money.”  It is my opinion it’s ignorance vs progression, plain and simple.  As the old saying goes “Ignorance is Bliss.”

It is blatantly evident that the NFL owners decided to blackball Colin Kaepernick because he openly expressed his displeasure with the police brutality taking place in this country against people of color by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. The Miami Dolphins chose to hire Jay Cutler, who had retired from football and was a mediocre quarterback at best, instead of giving Kap an opportunity.  The Baltimore Ravens sent a survey to fans and ultimately decided not to hire Kap.  This kind of blatant shunning of a player is sickening.  Colin has not committed any crimes, beaten his girlfriend or broken any laws but because he chose to exercise his constitutional rights, the owners have blackballed him under the guise of “fear of losing” fan support, which is garbage and we all know it.

I never approved of what Colin did, not because I felt that he was wrong but because I knew this would be the end result of not thinking his actions through. At the end of the day, a person cannot do what they want to do on their employer’s dime, without suffering the consequences.  That being said, NFL owners lack the mental fortitude needed to become more of a player oriented league and stand up for what is right.  NFL owners are greedy and don’t really care about the players or the fans.  They only care about lining their own pockets and to hell with everyone else.

Mark Cuban said it best when he was asked to provide his thoughts on the Colin Kaepernick situation, Cuban said: “I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players.” “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights….  Cuban’s statement reflects the difference between NBA owners and NFL owners.

I’m going to end this blog with Cuban’s statement because in my opinion that sums it up in a nutshell.