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.

BASEBALL:

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.

FOOTBALL:

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.

Basketball:

Celtics:

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.

Thunder:

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.

Cavaliers:

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.

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