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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Get It Together, NFL

I’m not pleased there’s only one Sunday left for delicious snacks & Bloody Marys before noon. Disappointment is inevitable after the Superbowl concludes; regrettably, this season coming to an end feels different. It seems some of the magic was sucked out of the whole NFL experience this season.

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Roger Goodell and anyone else who was part of the hypocritical madness that was the 2014-2015 football season.

The plethora of pull-out-of-a-hat punishments that were handed down this season is outstanding. No rhyme or reason. No consistency. No accountability when questioned.

Fans: just throw your blinders on and enjoy the games. 

That’s what I feel it’s come down to.

I’m fully able to make sense that the NFL is a business; a big fat money-loving business. I grasp the concept that life isn’t fair & sometimes shit happens that people need to “just deal with”.

The latest mockery shown by the National Football League exceeds the ordinary, meh-it-happens, bologna.

The NFL fined Marshawn Lynch $20k for grabbing his groin, but the league is selling prints of the photo.

What?

I’m not surprised Marshawn Lynch keeps his mouth shut, can you blame him? No wonder he doesn’t trust the media. He can’t even trust the organization who makes up all these rules and regulations & in their next breath, attempt to achieve some sort of monetary gain from the “offensive-misdeed”.

Grabbing your crotch for .5 seconds in celebration… is not family friendly. That seems to be the the argument.

Guess what? Neither is the Viagra commercial that comes on 3 times per game. I’d rather explain Marshawn Lynch grabbing his junk to my 8 year old, before I explain what erectile dysfunction is.

Richard Sherman & Doug Baldwin explain NFL hypocrisy the best.

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By The Way… Go Seahawks!

Misunderstood Marshawn

Some people seem to have a bad taste in their mouth about Seattle Seahawks Running Back, Marshawn Lynch – aka: Beast Mode.

Ya know…

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Him. He’s the one making all the plays, in case you weren’t sure.

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– Marshawn Lynch [Disclaimer: I made that quote up – He never said that]

Perhaps you’re one of those people talking about how rude he is & being all judgey-pants…

Let me try to change your mind.

I enjoy Mr. Lynch’s style [which I say very broadly]. I wish the team I cheer for on Sundays had this guy on our team. I won’t get into the fact that he’s a pretty good football player [#understatement] – because…nobody seems to have a problem with that.

The only “problem” is that he doesn’t enjoy the media’s company.

But, he did say this…

More recently…

It’s not personal guys. He’s not trying to make Mr. Media Man or YOU angry or annoyed.

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He’s a quiet dude & I like him, just the way he is.

We don’t get any more interview time than you get with him.”

He doesn’t talk with us, and doesn’t talk to you really.

On this football team, and all teams, there’s people that are more available than other people because they’re comfortable with that.

Seattle Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll

Yes, it is in NFL player’s standard contract to address the media. Yes, there are consequences for not following the guidelines of your contract. If Mr. Lynch wants to boycott the media – is it not his right to choose to pay that fine for not “fulfilling his media obligations”?

The media seems to have plenty to write about when he’s not talking… eat it up guys & stop bitching. There is no serious problem here.

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LET IT GO.

Let me educate you on a few things about Marshawn Lynch you may not know, the things that don’t make it to the media…

Marshawn Lynch has a buddy he played football with in College, named Justin Forsett. Rumor has it when Forsett was the backup running back, Marshawn would pretend to get tired so his buddy could get some plays in towards the end of the game.

To take that one step further…who’s to say Forsett would have made it into the NFL without getting a little help from his friend – or brother as they refer to each other.

Marshawn Lynch found a mans wallet in a Seattle gas station and drove to his house to return it to him.

He’s polite… Obviously – I mean…watch that second video. He says, “Thank you” and “I appreciate that” more than I’ve said it all year.

Marshawn Lynch is the co-founder & Vice President of The Fam 1st Family Foundation; “The foundation’s mission is one of empowerment and education, aiming to build self-esteem and academic learning skills in underprivileged youth.” [Such a rude thing to do.] He even took some time to talk about it at a charity dinner…

Not Saying, Just saying…

And while I’m at it…Not to get all uppity or pretentious but if I worked for the NFL this year…I wouldn’t want to put myself in the limelight either.

Marshawn Lynch has never given a crap – and you shouldn’t either.

Go talk to Russell Wilson & lighten up.

Random Act Of Kindness: Ponder Edition

It has been quite some time since I’ve been able to jot down something good  about anyone on my squad of purple convicts…[Minnesota Vikings…if that’s not clear].

Here’s a story Minnesota Viking’s fans can be proud of.

A grieving father brought his two young daughters, Brianna and Emily to the mall a few weeks after their mother tragically passed away in an automobile accident.

He brought them to his late wife’s favorite store to purchase new headbands, trying to lift their spirits. While making their way through the mall, Brianna recognized a familiar face. Minnesota Viking Quarterback, Christian Ponder & his wife Samantha were also shopping at the mall that day.

The girls told The Ponders what brought them to the mall that day, chatted & took a photo.

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via: cbs

What happened next is heartwarming. While the girls browsed, the Ponder’s got busy talking with the store manager. After while, the manager approached the family & told them that the girls could pick out whatever they wanted … at no cost to them. They did not put this families tab on theirs for publicity.They didn’t want to be the ones to tell the family of their generosity.

They did it because they are nice people.

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Afterwards, when each girl walked out with a personally tailored outfit – Brianna said:

I’d tell him thank you for what you did, and that I felt like my mom was doing this.

Class act… that Mr. Ponder & his lady.

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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! 

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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.

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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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