Seriously STFU: Ignorant Football Fans

There are two things I talk a lot about: ignorance & football. I was lucky enough This year they seemed to go hand in hand. Football players showed plenty of ignorance – entire organizations did the same.

What irritates me more are the normal, everyday people/fans who throw words like, Thug out there. The people who cast overall judgement while they sit back & simply absorb what the media chooses feeds to them.

That’s lazy.

“All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.”
Will Rogers

I keep my mouth shut if I’m not confident contributing. If I must open my mouth, I ask questions; it’s a valuable habit to have. My favorite thing about having that ability is that I don’t come across as an idiot. Priorities.

Why didn’t this enter into my thought process at any point? I never put that together.

Can we just all talk about how talented these guys are?

Gosh, it sure is fun to watch Richard Sherman intercept a ball.

Gee, how amazing was that run Marshawn did last Sunday?

I’d love to participate in that conversation, but unfortunately there’s a group of people who want to judge actions that… let’s be honest:

AREN’T THAT BIG OF A DEAL. 

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Is Richard Sherman the only outspoken NFL player? Other players who passionately run their mouths, they don’t get talked about in the same manner as him. Is Mr. Sherman a bad person? Does it make him uneducated? Is he a thug?

Richard Sherman had a 4.2 grade-point average in high school. Received a football scholarship to Stanford, where he also ran track and earned a degree in communication. A DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with his manner or choice of communication on or off the field. I do expect people, especially football fans to know what they’re talking about if they’re choosing to harshly judge someone.

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As far as Marshawn Lynch goes… he explained last year why he doesn’t enjoy talking to the media. marshawn

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His one-answer press conferences weren’t intended to be amusing… initially. Of course, as time progressed and the media & a bunch of other people, had their way with it… I’m sure he’s having a great time with it now [and so I am].

#LEAVEMARSHAWNALONE 

Wednesday January 29, 2015 - Marshawn Lynch Media Day Statement
Wednesday January 29, 2015 – Marshawn Lynch Media Day Statement

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Josh Gordon? What are your thoughts on him? He’s a drug addict. A bad person? A thug? I encourage you to read the open letter he wrote.

Dear Sir Charles, Stephen A., Cris and other interested parties

Most importantly, I have failed myself. Again.

But you know what, Charles, Stephen A., Cris and everyone else? I also have succeeded.

Truth is, I have not smoked marijuana since before I was drafted by the Browns in 2012 — and there are years’ worth of drug tests to prove it.

Josh Gordon Open Letter Medium

There are no rules or regulations when it comes to being ignorant. No one is directly punished for being uneducated and opinionated all at once… but they should be. The amount of resources available to research…whatever it is you want to be vocal about is fairly extensive. Utilize it. Don’t put your foot in your mouth by doing something stupid like calling Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch or Josh Gordon a thug.

Ignorance Is [NOT] Bliss

Seriously…STFU.


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Adrian Peterson Barred From All Viking Team Activites

Onside Chick: Vikings Vs. Packers Prediction

The last time the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers dueled, it ended in a 26-26 tie. Prediction: That will not happen again… 

Offensively Speaking…

The Minnesota Vikings have a lot to be excited about after Sunday’s win against the Falcons.  Rookie QB, Teddy Bridgewater threw for 317 yards and ran five times for 27 more. His calm demeanor and mature movement in the pocket, certainly doesn’t scream, Rookie! 

Teddy Bridgewater
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As good of a game as it was for the Vikings on Sunday – Let’s not forget that the Green Bay Packers are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against the Vikings at home &… they do not need stellar performances by a rookie quarterback to get their fans excited; they have Aaron Rogers – who recently told fans:

R-E-L-A-X…He’s got this.

Aaron Rogers
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Since Adrian Peterson has been out dealing with his legal woes, Viking running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon have had a good run… (pun intended).  McKinnon exploded out of the backfield for 135 yards last week and Asiata added three rushing touchdowns against the Falcons. This week, these two get to go against the less than stellar Green Bay defense – who has given up 175 yards on the ground… per game.

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Packers running back, Eddie Lacy rushed into the end-zone for the first time this year securing 1 out of the 4 touchdowns Green Bay scored against the Chicago Bears last Sunday.  It’s safe to say, Green Bay may not a running team… but they don’t need to be to get a win.

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Because, the Packers have him & Jordy Nelson… & Randall Cobb.

Defensively Speaking…

The Minnesota Viking’s overall #1 pick, Linebacker Anthony Barr seems to know what he’s doing with 2 sacks so far & Free Safety, Harrison Smith made his intentions clear in the 4th quarter against the Falcons by sealing the the Viking’s win with an interception.

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The Packers defense has struggled this season, but they managed to hold their own against the typically high scoring Bears offense last week. The packers have key players on their defense like Clay Matthews who intercepted Jay Cutler & Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix who had 5 tackles, all on his own last week.

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Prediction:

It pains me to say this as a Minnesota Viking Fan…but, I have to be honest. The combination of playing at Lambeau Field & Teddy’s minor ankle setback… I can not sit here and say I think The Vikings will come out victorious.

Green Bay Packers:  34
Minnesota Vikings: 27

I’m expecting Mr. Rogers to sling the ball & connect a few times. I mean, obviously…

I think Mr. Bridgewater’s game will be less smooth than his game against the Falcons. If he can stay as collected as last week & the offensive line continues to protect him though…

Who knows?

[Skol]

One more prediction…

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We will see this.

Fun Fact: The Packers–Vikings rivalry is noted for being very balanced. In the first 97 meetings, the total offensive yardage, points scored, wins, turnovers, and time of possession are all within 5% of each other; these are the closest margins for a rivalry longer than 15 years. 


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Adrian Peterson: Barred From All Viking Team Activities

I do not think Adrian Peterson is a child abuser & my opinion remains the same.

I woke up this morning and found out that the Minnesota Viking’s have banned Adrian Peterson from participating in any and all team activities & placed him on the exempt list while his legal woes are worked out.

This, coming after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released a statement calling Adrian Peterson’s actions, “a public embarrassment” to the Vikings and the state of Minnesota. I have to imagine Mr. Dayton is pretty upset over all of this considering the amount of money his state has invested in the new stadium – this can’t look good.

I’m so tired of the public jury, sponsors & ignorant people… playing judge. People continue to base their judgment on the shock value of one act of conduct. People so rapidly want to throw Adrian Peterson to the wolves & call him a child abuser – the public mob is out of control.

In my opinion, intent plays a role. If you believe that Adrian Peterson maliciously punished his child with a switch with the intent of nothing more than to abuse him (making him a child abuser) – that’s ignorant. His intent was to discipline him – and he went overboard. He has been honest & truthful about the event since it happened & agrees that the injury he caused was excessive.

I have never been punished with a switch, nor have I ever used one – but I’d like to meet the person who grew up in Texas who was & a mark was not left. Everyone is so tied up in the marks that were left on this little boy.  All over the place I see comments, “The pictures were FOUR DAYS LATER!!”  Flesh wounds develop over time – scabs form, bruises form… the amount of time that passed before the pictures were snapped don’t make them any more dramatic.

Shock Value – people love it.

For all we know, Adrian Peterson’s kid still views his dad as Superman. Who knows?!? You don’t. I don’t. Public Opinion it just black & white. This issue of phsyical discipline and child abuse in Texas is not black & white.

No one will convince me that Adrian Peterson is a child abuser.

If it is your own personal moral belief that physical discipline is wrong – that’s okay, you’re entitled to that. If Adrian Peterson believes in physical discipline… in Texas, where it is legal – he’s not a monster or a child abuser. He’s a dad who was disciplining his child how he saw fit – and took it too far unintentionally.

The real problem lies with the way the National Football League has been handling these situations. Just yesterday, I listened to Viking’s general manger, Rick Spielman and head coach, Mike Zimmer talk about how Adrian Peterson has a right to play football while the legal process plays out. Suddenly, sponsors start pulling out because of the public opinion & shock value… and suddenly Adrian isn’t allowed to participate in any team activity.

Money, Money, Money.

I took a similar stance regarding Ray Rice. He sat down with coaches & NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell shortly after it happened. He flat out said he punched Janay Rice in the face in that elevator – Goodell handed down a 2 game suspension. What happened after the video came out and there was public outcry?

These athletes are not in the right in their actions but they don’t deserve to be lynched and discarded as monsters by the public court of opinion. I want to know how many people who are calling Adrian Peterson a child abuser have educated themselves on the details behind it all. If you did…guess what? You still don’t know half of it… none of us do. We were not there, we don’t know the situations or actions that led up to anything. It’s not our right to play judge.

Adrian Peterson Is Not A Child Abuser

I again, am going to take an unpopular stance just as I did with the Ray Rice issue. Adrian Peterson has made it clear that his intentions were to discipline & admitted that he went overboard; the intent was not to injure his child. I’ve read a lot of comments from people who are saying, “That is NOT a spanking!!” – He never claimed it was.

He called it a whooping & flat out told the grand jury that no one will stop him from whopping his kids when he sees fit.  He told the child’s mother after it happened that all his kids will say that their daddy has the biggest heart – but He doesn’t mess around when it comes to acting right.

Perhaps you have never laid a hand on your child(ren) and you have your ways of parenting that work for you… that’s great; keep up the good work. You have that right, just as I feel a parent should have a right to physically discipline. If my 7 year old son says “Fuck” & I smack him in the mouth, the sincere intent behind my physical discipline is not malicious.

Yes, I saw the pictures & yes, they made me cringe. Would I punish my child with a switch? No… I didn’t even know what a “switch” was until this all came out. Do I spank my child? Yes, and it works for me. About a month ago, I started a draft…

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I’ve gone over this before – our job as parents is to raise functional members of society. How you choose to do that, is your business as long as your child(ren) are not in any real danger. Charles Barkley was quoted as saying, “Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.” Personally, I wish more attention would be focused on the parents who do not discipline their children.

There are 19 states in America where it’s perfectly legal for teachers or principals to punish students by hitting them repeatedly instead of just giving them detention. While many of the states do not enforce that form of punishment regularly, one Texas school district administered corporal punishment to more than 120 kids in 2011 alone.  If teachers are allowed to whoop a kid – parent’s should have at minimum – equal rights without being judged for it.

The Minnesota Vikings have placed Adrian Peterson as active for this Sunday’s game against the Saints in New Orleans … as he should be in my opinion. He was indicted for “reckless or negligent injury to a child.” – which he has admitted to, and has been cooperative since. He has not had his day in court & whether you agree with me or not I believe he loves his kids & wants well for them. I think he went too far – you think he went too far & he thinks he went too far.

He is not a child abuser.

Football Sunday! Minnesota Vikings @ St. Louis Rams

The Minnesota Vikings will be traveling to St. Louis to take on the Rams at Noon on Sunday for their first regular season match-up. 

Sam Bradford is out for another NFL Season after he tore his left ACLsame injury, new year. The St. Louis Ram’s will be counting on backup QB, Shaun Hill who’s 13-13 as an NFL starter but hasn’t started in an NFL game since 2010. His career ratio is 41 touchdowns to 23 interceptions…so, it could be worse? Ram’s head coach, Jeff Fisher says, “Shaun’s our guy. We’ve brought him here, he’s got experience, we’ve got all the confidence in the world in him.” 

Shaun Hill

Matt Cassel will start for the Minnesota Viking’s and while he only started 6 games in the 2013 season…He led the team in passing yards – completing 60.2 percent of pass attempts for 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns. Along with many other coaching shifts – the Viking’s brought on former Cincinnati Brown’s offensive coordinator, Norv Turner…who wanted the Browns to sign Matt Cassel in 2013. Interesting, eh?

Matt Cassel

The Rams were reasonably decent at home last season winning 5 out of their 7 total games at home…. while Minnesota hasn’t won a true road game since Week 16 of the 2012 season. 

Home field advantage has it’s perks…

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But…

Minnesota Viking’s, Adrian Peterson loves opening day. Last year he opened his first run against the Detroit Lions with a 78 yard touchdown.  St Louis Ram’s are hoping to count on defensive leader, James Laurinaitis to help stop Adrian. Laurinaitis has not played any preseason games due to an ankle injury – but he will need to be on top of his game if they want to stop the Viking’s run game. 

Other than Sam Bradford’s injury, the Rams also have a few other key players not playing. 

Rams Injury Report Week 1
St. Louis Ram’s – Injury Report – Week 1

The Minnesota Vikings injuries shouldn’t play much of a role this week.

Minnesota Vikings Week 1 Injury Report
Minnesota Viking’s  – Injury Report – Week One

If I was a betting gal, I’d put my dollars on the Minnesota Vikings to come out victorious on week one of the 2014 NFL Season. The Vikings have made notable, significant changes in their roster & coaching staff. I believe their confidence is where it needs to be while the St. Louis Rams have a few uncertainties that may hinder their game. 

But we shall see… 

Happy Opening 2014 Football Sunday, Everyone!

Originally Posted at Onside Chick