THE NFL DRAFT: WHO CARES?

Money, Fans, Fun & Fortunate Sons

My family members have been involved in sports, specifically baseball, for several generations and this has given me an objective view of professional athletes. Most fans have an illusion that the game is easy. They may know the rules and watch hours of play, but until they become close to a player or actually attempt to play the game they are never fair in their judgements.

Most of the players who make it to the pros have spent more than a decade playing the sport. Less than one percent of all Little Leaguers make “The Show,” the nickname pros have given Major League Baseball (MLB).  Less than eleven in a hundred, or about 10.5 percent, of National Collegiate Athletic Association senior male baseball players will get drafted by a Major League Baseball team. Approximately one in 200, roughly half a percent, of high school senior boys playing interscholastic baseball will eventually be drafted by an MLB team. Since 1871, out of a total of 19,966 players only 333 have been voted into the Hall of Fame. In other words, only 1.6 percent of all MLB players are considered the “greats.” To further appreciate the difficulty of playing professional baseball, realize that those same great players were unsuccessful at the plate 65% of the time.

This weekend we are experiencing one of the grand traditions of American sports, the drafting of eligible players into the National Football League from the college ranks. Unlike baseball, professional football doesn’t have minor leagues from which to draw new players, so they deploy an organized, rule-based system to obtain the greatest college players into the league. To put it in layman terms, the worst teams get the first choice of available players. This process is designed to bring parody to the league, make competition fair and eliminate the advantage of rich teams in large cities. For the most part it works well but doesn’t stop a well-financed team trading for a higher draft pick by giving another team more than one player or a really great player they would have no chance of getting in the draft.

Even with such cunning skullduggery, there is no guarantee that having the best new players will get a team to the promised land of football, the Superbowl. For example, Tampa Bay had a decent team but when they added Tom Brady, a guaranteed hall of famer, to their lineup – BAM! — they won the big game. However, that achievement also depended on good plays, excellent coaching, and oh yeah, did I mention, a really good quarterback.

Some people put down players by calling them “cry-babies” or “spoiled millionaires,” without considering they worked their asses off for more than ten years to get where they are and they must continue to stay in shape and remain sharp or they will get deleted from the roster. Tons of money supports professional football and the sport demands as much perfection as humanly possible. The resulting pressure has pushed some players to take performance enhancing drugs or seek advantages in the strangest ways. Even the great Tom Brady was accused of asking for the football to be slightly underinflated to give him a better grip. Hey, it’s short of steroids but still not right.

When the 2020 Covid-19 crisis threatened the college football and basketball seasons, many were concerned about the potential damage that would affect players trying to make the pros. Basketball teams are smaller in numbers and the shutdown of March Madness last year was bad for the players. College football finally got up to full speed and championship games were played, giving potential pros a chance to strut their stuff. This weekend’s draft will bring us the results of that play.

The number one pick in this year’s draft was Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and he was taken by the team with last year’s worst NFL record, Jacksonville, Florida.  The Jaguars will probably give Mr. Lawrence a contract worth nearly $37 million, and if he produces and the team has a winning year the investment will be well worth it. Not all number one picks go on to be Hall of Famers. Injuries, underperforming teams and mishandling fame and fortune have dethroned many in the history of football, but such things give the fans lots to talk about.

Trevor Lawrence #1

My hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, always look for great players. I was happy to see them get some good ones this year, but it’s a big business and all the other teams are trying to do the same thing. Beyond the money and fortunate sons, there is a desire for city pride, intense excitement and the glory of a championship. The word “fan” came about when someone called them “fanatics,” and such obsession is not purely American. All over the world people are more than fanatical about their “football” teams. It’s just FUN! Stop complaining about how much money they make. Well, maybe complain a little bit. Have you seen the prices of the tickets today? WTF? Why do they make so much? Oh yeah, because someone pays them that much. Chill, it’s out of your hands.

Every new season brings rebirth and a fresh start. May the best teams win, especially my team, and should that not happen I’m sure the fans will be yelling, “Hey, open up your checkbook and buy some good players.” So, you see, we are the problem.

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DONALD TRUMP & BASEBALL

A Diamond is a Boy’s Best Friend

Baseball is America. Organized, professional baseball has been around since 1869, the same year that H.J. Heinz started his ketchup factory which produced an important condiment consumed at most baseball parks. Over the 150 years, the national pastime has seen everything that America has seen. Another season has now ended, and we are ready for the playoffs that will lead to the World Series.

Baseball has had some terrible times and disgraces. We had the Chicago “black sox” scandal where some players took bribes to throw a World Series. The league once banned African American players, which continued for 78-years after the Emancipation Declaration. Baseball has been accused of breeding bastions of drug users. The Pittsburgh drug trials of 1985 revealed that many Major League Baseball stars were not only using cocaine but were involved in trafficking. In 2001-2003, we learned that many stars, including Alex Rodriquez, were using performance enhancing drugs. In those same years, many records had been broken and now players are drug tested, like racehorses.

Baseball suffered through and survived many players strikes but came out of those downtimes stronger and better. Annual player salaries range from $550,000 to $35 million, and most people cannot imagine making that much money, but for years players were taken advantage of by fat cat owners who “owned” players for their entire careers. Those players were emancipated by labor strikes.

This brings us to Donald J. Trump. Most presidents had an affinity for the sport and understood that “baseball, apple pie and mom” were sentiments of the common man. Most presidents have taken pleasure in throwing out the first ball on opening day of a new season. Every president since Woodrow Wilson has done so. Trump ended this 109-year-old presidential tradition, most likely because he doesn’t want to hear the boos from the crowd.

Trump had his battle with the National Football League players who protested racial inequalities, but he doesn’t seem to connect to baseball, America’s game. Trump once played baseball and claims he was scouted by both the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox in high school but decided to attend college. There is no reason to doubt this, although his stats from high school seem to have disappeared. And isn’t it interesting that just a few years later his bone spurs kept him out of the Vietnam war but didn’t seem to hurt his “stellar” baseball career? Trump is a decent golfer and gets a lot of practice, therefore one can believe he probably could hit a baseball.

Why has Trump never engaged with Major League Baseball? Perhaps the sport has too many immigrants for his taste. As of this year, there were 21 nations represented in the league. Players have defected from their home countries just to play here. Most players have no problem getting a work visa, green card and eventual citizenship. After all, they posses a specific skill, which helps to expedite their entry and immigration. But Trump doesn’t seem to care about great baseball players from other countries, even if they come from Mexico (20) or Cuba (20).

Trump seems anti-American at times and I don’t mean that in a joking way. He seems to be more comfortable with dictators and known enemies than our allies. As American troops traveled the world, they taught the locals our national pastime. Most Japanese baseball players were taught by their fathers and grandfathers who picked the game up from US soldiers. Baseball is its own melting pot.

The Caribbean players were schooled in baseball as a result of the early days of America influence in the region. The Dominican Republic currently has 84 players in the league and has provided MLB with more infielders than any other. One could argue that these immigrants are taking American jobs, but baseball has a level playing field. If you can hit a curve ball or pitch a ball faster than 90-miles-per-hour, it doesn’t matter what country is on your passport.

Maybe Trump has a fear of throwing out the first pitch. Any president who does gets booed by half the crowd. It’s just good sport. Remember both George H.W. and George W. Bush were baseball players and have pretty good arms. George W. Bush was a managing director and owner of the Texas Rangers team before he got into politics. Obama had a good arm and he threw out the first pitch at Washington Nationals games. Even with the boo birds out, Obama had the balls to don a Chicago White Sox cap doing it. Then there’s Clinton. He usually threw a strike when he took on the task.

Trump seems to be too busy to be involved with baseball, probably because it doesn’t give him a political edge. He is detached until there’s a winning team, which he hosts at the White House. He just wants a photo-op with the winners.

We don’t see him in the stands. We don’t see him eating a hotdog. He’s simply M.I.A. with our national sport. He’s pissed off a lot of people in America, but this devout baseball fan is glad he doesn’t interfere with the spirit of the game. After all, baseball was here long before Trump and it will be here long after him. Trump is entering his ninth inning and without a major rally he will be on the losing team. Those who have been cheering for him, may have to throw out their little red baseball caps after the season is complete. Maybe they will finally see Trump for the bum he is, a traitor at worse, a fake at best.

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THE QUICKSAND OF CORRUPTION

Trump Weighing Down America

I am very proud to be an American, but my faith is being tested by the unfit human in the White House. There is a principle of science that says an unstable surface can support only a certain amount of strain before it collapses and takes all that’s good with it.

There is something inherently wrong with a company who has been given an unreasonable amount of control over its own compliance. As I pointed out in my new book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs:

“The airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have cooked up an idea of “cooperative compliance” on rules and regulations. It’s a thinly disguised delay tactic.”

Donald Trump is so incompetent that he is unable to comprehend, let alone correct, this flaw in governance. It’s another reason why he and his cohorts must be stopped as soon as possible. The first job of any president is to keep the people safe, and mismanagement in this important regard can kill people.

And what’s up with President Donald Trump’s ongoing and rabid criticism of our fallen hero, the late great John McCain? His attacks are based on nothing short of envy and partisan needs rather than the good, fair and right treatment of a veteran. If members of Congress don’t stand up against this horrible verbal abuse and bullying of a veteran family, then those fat cats are in the quicksand and will sink with Trump in the end. Every Representative and Senator should state their disagreement of this continual flogging of another American.

Now we hear from Florida that Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and friend of Donald Trump, has been offered a deal in the case of his solicitation and payment of a prostitute. The pretrial deal is part of a deferred prosecution program offered to first-time offenders who concede the state would have been able to prove their guilt. Isn’t that the same as pleading guilty?

Call me stupid, but part of the deal is just as embarrassing as his possible $10,000 fine. Under Florida law, Kraft would also be required to perform 100 hours of community service, pay for and attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking and enroll in a sexual violence prevention education program. He must be tested and treated for sexually transmitted diseases. Why should this man be allowed to own an NFL team?

There is a precedent here. During an investigation into Jerry Richardson, the former owner of the Carolina Panthers, he was accused of sexual misconduct and racist language in the workplace. He was forced to sell his team and did so. If the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell gives Robert Kraft a pass, he too slides into the mud pit. Corruption in a monopoly is unamerican and should be investigated by Congress. This just in, Kraft and his legal team have announced they will not take the deal. We are going to court!

And finally, we have a very fat cow who has been in the quicksand pit with Trump from the beginning, Devin Nunes. This braindead Representative from California has taken a step that is a glowing example of someone who will get exactly the opposite of what he wants. Nunes has decided to sue Twitter and a few Twitter users because they said bad things about him. Poor baby.

According to the New York Times, “Mr. Nunes singled out Liz Mair, a Republican strategist who said on Twitter that she would not comment on the lawsuit, and two parody accounts: @DevinNunesMom, which was suspended last year, and @DevinCow, which is still active. The complaint says that Ms. Mair coordinated with the anonymous accounts on “a vicious defamation campaign” but did not offer evidence she was behind them or communicated with them, except for one tweet encouraging people to follow @DevinCow.”

Now most legal experts will quote statues claiming that internet service providers are not publishing companies but are simply accommodating users and giving them a platform to say practically whatever they want. You know, just like this @realDonaldTrump guy. Even if they were publishing companies, they would be protected by the First Amendment. This lawsuit is nothing more than bovine stupidity and Nunes just made the sites more popular with his legal action.

Trump Steps In Manure on White House lawn

@DevinCow had only 1,200 followers prior to the lawsuit, but the site now has more than 370,000 followers and it’s growing. Like the expanding udder of a cow that has been out to pasture too long, Nunes has just proven his complete ignorance about how the internet and social media work. The hind teat dragging in the mud is Nunes, not Twitter.

Those sites in his lawsuit are not unlawful and do not violate Twitter policy. Many large corporations have used anonymous sites to push slogans and create ideas with the goal of going viral. And now, like a viral germ spreading through the herd, those highly vocal want-to-be political critics and digital comics are ready to stampede. This generation of posters will do anything to stop those who challenge the power of a free internet. Devin Nunes has simply left the gate open and we are coming to get him, snorting and galloping all the way.

Sadly, this is all part of what America asked for and got with the election of Donald J. Trump. Perhaps it is time to eliminate the Electoral College, but in the meantime, let’s get rid of Trump. Let’s send him back to the Southern District of New York where justice awaits this giant, overweight criminal. The quicksand will get him.

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FLY LIKE AN EAGLE

National Anthem and Flag Props

On June 20, 1782, the Bald Eagle became our national emblem, and those who made that selection felt strongly that the bird was a great example of long life, great strength and majestic looks.

The Bald Eagle of North America ran into problems due to hunting and the use of pesticides, like DDT, which almost wiped them out. In 1960, experts believed that there were only 400 breeding pairs left and they were put on the endangered species list. After lots of hard work by conservationists, the birds were back and removed from the list in 2007. If you’ve ever seen a Bald Eagle up close, they are indeed one of the most special birds in the world. Their wing-span can take your breath away.

Why are we talking about eagles? Well, they are the emblem of the football team from the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. After 57 years, the Philadelphia Eagles finally won the National Football League Championship game, the Super Bowl. In the U.S.A., the team winning that big game traditionally gets an invite to the White House to be honored by the Commander-in-Chief. And that was the plan, until Donald Trump learned that only ten of the Eagles’ players were going to attend the White House celebration. Professional football teams have between 60 and 80 players and personnel.

Like a spoiled child, Trump canceled the party and attempted to blame the Eagles for the last-minute change. This President, who prides himself on fast action and flexibility, seemed rigid with the requirements on this one. To say that the Eagles were not sending a big enough team for the photo op because they wanted to pull off some political stunt was not true. The Donald immediately put together a political stunt of his own by staging a patriotic song fest on the south lawn. It’s never his fault when things go wrong.

A Philadelphia TV journalist who attended the flag waving party at the White House had an interesting report. After asking six people at the event to name the Eagles’ quarterback, none could answer. In fact, most of the people on the lawn that day were not fans of the Super Bowl Champs, but rather command-performance extras from government offices — in effect, event actors. Trump once again showed his lack of tact and inability to let a setback rest.

And this has given the Great Orange Leader an excuse to resurrect one of his major campaign rally cries and false assertions that the players have a lack of patriotism. He stirs his base with the lie that professional athletes disrespect the flag, the country and the military. Perhaps what began as a way for football players to show that black players distrust the judicial system and are focused on police brutality against people of color has now kind of become a protest against Trump himself?

As we write this, the National Basketball Championship is underway. The star player of each squad, Steph Curry and Lebron James, have said that if they win it’s unlikely their team would accept an invitation to the White House.

So, we see that when someone protests the protesters, another protest ignites. The simple calculus of this president is to never stop fighting, never apologize and never attempt to hear what anyone is saying about the other side of an issue. America is dealing with this right now, and the President who knows not what he does.

Some strategists say Trump’s putting the flag, the military and the National Anthem between himself and the large number of African-Americans who play sports is actually a form of micro-aggression against a whole race. Some trained psychiatrists might offer that the real reason behind this farce is not Trump’s hyper-patriotism, but the Donald’s downright racism.

What’s truly weird is Donald Trump thinks he is doing African-Americans a favor by being President. In his quest for votes from minorities he said to a whole race of Americans, “What do you have to lose?” The answer is in. They lost a little bit of their freedom and First Amendment rights. Thanks Goofball.

Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, along with the owners of the 32 teams have come up with their version of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell.” They ruled that players on the field during the National Anthem must stand, but those who wanted to protest could stay in the locker room. That is like sending a surrogate to a protest march. If I cannot see you, how do I know whether you’re protesting or just taking a last-minute pee?

The President’s remarks hurt a U.S. business and industry. There is a cause and effect reality that fewer people watched the game to honor the President. He has created an anti-athlete bias among his followers on an issue that would have gone away had he simply ignored it. But the big mouth Orange Man has made it a problem. Now, this matter will be played out in the courts.

Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49er who started the take-a-knee protest, has filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion against him. Kaepernick claims that the owners of the 32 teams made a pact to keep him out of the game. Most sports fans know that when the San Francisco team dropped Kaepernick, he was more qualified than most of the back-up quarterbacks in the league. Despite that, not one team offered him a job. He was “blacklisted,” a term with double meaning in this case.

It is interesting that the word “collusion” is now a part of this situation and Trump has already taken a side. I am sure when Donald Trump talks to Roger Goodell, he tells him there was “no collusion.” In fact, the use of the word collusion here is entirely correct. Trump fixates on the word “collusion” because that was a major part of his business dealings to get a leg up on the competition.

However, collusion between Russian agents and a candidate, with the intent of them helping him to win the election in the United States, is treason. Donald Trump is his own worst enemy. I’ll predict that the NFL will lose the case against Kaepernick and will have to pay him large sums of money. Trump’s words will be used against the League, which means he will once again hurt the NFL, just like he challenged the same league when Trump owned the New Jersey Generals. Trump wants only to hurt his perceived enemies, even at the risk of wounding America.

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FIRE THE SONS OF BITCHES

Trump Protests Protesters, Huh?

At one of the ego-booster Trump campaign rallies in Alabama Friday night, Donald Trump weighed in on the kneeling protests we all see during the National Anthem before NFL games. Once again, the Donald wants to fire them all and, in effect, blacklist those players. Not only is he suggesting a walkout of the fans, but now he has disinvited the NBA Champs, the Golden State Warriors, who were scheduled to visit the White House.

The Donald is confusing the Pledge of Allegiance with the playing of the National Anthem. When we take the stand in court to testify, we have a right to simply “affirm” that we will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. No gods, Bibles, or anything else religious need to be involved. So, what is this all about really?

Donald Trump has a tender spot in his ego for the NFL. When he owned the New Jersey Generals of the USFL, he manipulated the owners of that upstart league to move their games to the fall to directly compete with the NFL. Trump convinced those same owners to sue the NFL in an attempt to force a government sanction monopoly to merge with his new league. That would have increased the value of the new league’s teams. The USFL owners won damages of only $3. Yes, three dollars. The jury saw through the ruse and signed a death sentence for the new league. Trump lost lots of money.

This latest harangue of our great Orange Leader is the latest assault against people he doesn’t like, the owners in the NFL. He was spanked by them and the court when he wanted to enter their club. Trump has made some really stupid statements about the value of teams in the past. According to the Washington Post (9-24-2017), he once tried to buy into the NFL, “In 1988, he made a bid for the New England Patriots but ultimately bowed out. In 2014, Trump said he offered $1 billion for the Buffalo Bills, but he was bested by a $1.4 billion offer.”

Donald Trump’s lack of business acumen in sports is glaring. He laughed when Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys for $140 million, a team that many experts believe is currently worth almost $5 billion. Who is the genius business person now?

But let’s get back to the political cloud over the President’s put down of players who are protesting under the loose banner of Black Lives Matter, and the obvious move of the Justice Department to the white side of the story with police maleficence and racial imbalance with incarcerations.

The President is now linking this process with disrespect of the flag. It’s not the flag we stand for, it’s the anthem itself. It’s showing respect for a song about America, a song rooted in war and blowing things up. Hey, I would prefer “America The Beautiful” be the National Anthem, but I didn’t get a vote on that one.

What is Donald Trump trying to do? Why would a President use such inflammatory language in the demand that the owners see things his way and fire the players who will not stand? We saw the reaction before every football game on Sunday. Players and teams locked arms and stood up for those kneeing on the sidelines. And it’s not surprising that the majority of the players kneeing are African-American. This is Trump’s problem and he does nothing to soothe or address the issue, he just makes it worse.

Trump has decided that pushing around black people from a stage in Alabama is more important than being a role model for all Americans. He is incapable of understanding the core of American ideals and the number of people who see black football players as heroes.

Donald Trump is truly like the chemical Agent Orange being sprayed into the air for white supremacists to breathe. I must say it’s apparent that the pronouncements of his White Nationalism are not just slams, they are little pills of truth we all must swallow.

The antidote for this poison in the White House is impeachment. The President doesn’t understand why people react so negatively to him. He is beyond tone-deaf, he is actually DEAF.

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