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Two Games for Ray Rice. 42 Months for Shaneen Allen

The horses are out and Roger is ready to shut the barn door.

Yep, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell got the message -that a two game suspension given to Ray Rice for slapping his then fiance around was another slap in the face to women everywhere and would do little to prevent domestic abuse by NFL players in the future.

According to the Washington Post, Goodell is considering a new policy that would result in a four-to-six game suspension for a first domestic abuse offense and a full season for a second.

That’s good news and bad news if you’re the wife of an abusive NFL player. It might serve as a deterrent and make it safer for you to live under the same roof with him.

The bad news is that, if he does beat you up and you report it, your household income could be reduced by a few million dollars.

If an NFL wife has already caused her husband to lose 25% or 30% of his salary, how hard would it be for him to talk her out of pressing charges the second time if it means not losing eight or 10 million dollars?

Have you noticed that discussions about the punishment fitting the crime come up a lot in the NFL?

If it’s not domestic abuse, it’s a DUI or an assault.
Sometimes it’s murder. Of course, Roger Goodell probably won’t have to suspend Aaron Hernandez.

If the district attorneys and judges were a little tougher on pro athletes who break the law, maybe Goodell wouldn’t feel compelled to increase the penalties.

For knocking his fiance unconscious and dragging her out of an elevator by her hair, Rice got two games from Goodell, but he got bupkus from the state of New Jersey.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio and and D.A. Jim McClain kept Rice out of jail by putting him in a diversion program for first time offenders.

They weren’t feeling quite as merciful when single mother of three Shaneen Allen was pulled over for a traffic violation and volunteered to the cop that she was carrying a gun, for which she had a Pennsylvania concealed-carry permit. (She lives across the river in Philadelphia.)

She didn’t know that New Jersey didn’t recognize Pennsylvania’s permit to carry. (We’ll leave the stupidity of that for another time.)

Allen was arrested and neither Donio nor McClain has been willing to dismiss the charges or send her to a diversion program.

Allen is looking at a mandatory 42-month prison sentence if she’s convicted.

If she is convicted and does the jail time, she probably won’t get a standing ovation when she goes back to any of her three jobs as Rice did when he showed up for the first day of Baltimore Ravens training camp.

Shaneen Allen decided to become a legal gun owner after she had been robbed twice. Her intent was to prevent herself from being the victim of another crime.
Ray Rice committed a crime and got a pass.

The media outrage over the NFL’s puny penalty was long and loud.
Do you recall hearing a lot of outrage over Rice avoiding jail time?
It’s time to direct some loud and long outrage at Judge Michael Donio and District Attorney Jim McClain.
Let’s make Shaneen Allen’s story as well known as Ray Rice’s.

Dr Seuss’ Lesson For The NCAA

“Everything stinks until it’s finished.”
Dr. Seuss.

The good doctor probably wasn’t thinking about the NCAA when he wrote that, but he could have been.

The NCAA isn’t finished yet and it sure does stink. I thought it would be a good idea to quote the author of “The Cat in the Hat” and other great contributions to American literature because I’ve seen few if any references to what effect the new Power 5 conferences will have on the academic integrity of their 65 members.

But I do remember seeing former University of Memphis football player Dasmine Cathey showing Bernard Goldberg of HBO’s Real Sports the stack of Dr. Seuss books he had under his dorm room bed. Cathey used those books to learn how to read after he had received his football scholarship.

I also know that a former academic counselor at the University of North Carolina has claimed that 60 percent of the football and basketball players she tutored read between the fourth and eighth grade levels.

One major college football or basketball player reading at the fourth grade level should interest the media more than any story about conference realignment or rules changes, but the media stopped paying attention to academic integrity about 20 minutes after the institutions of higher learning did.

In case you missed it, the NCAA has decided to allow the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC 12 and ACC to govern themselves.

It would be great if, when the announcement was made, your favorite college president had said, “We believe that the emphasis on football and basketball has compromised the stated mission of this great university for too long. The NCAA has failed. This partnership with the other four conferences will allow us to return to a healthy balance between academics and athletics, with the emphasis decidedly on academics.”

But the college presidents haven’t said much since the NCAA made the announcement. It’s been mostly athletic directors and coaches talking about how this is going to be so much better for the fans and, of course, the student athletes, who will be getting more money.

Meanwhile, the solution to everything that’s wrong with college football might be just two months away.

Minor league football.
You know, what Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams have been using for player development for the last hundred years or so.

The Fall Experimental Football League starts in October. The FXFL will have eight teams playing an eight game schedule. The 40-man rosters will be stocked with players cut from NFL teams. Players will earn between $1,000 and $1,250 a week.

The long term plan is to be a developmental league for the NFL, with players being eligible at any time to be called up to the big leagues. Just like baseball and hockey.

It could eventually be an alternative to college for football players who aren’t college material.

The idea has been endorsed by several current and former NFL general managers and personnel directors.

The NFL will be careful not to be too enthusiastic about the idea right away because it doesn’t want to jeopardize its free minor league system that has been provided by the colleges for the last 90 years.

Of course, the NFL would have no choice but to get behind the idea if the college presidents did their jobs and returned to the days when college football was for real college students.

Dasmine Cathey could tell them what he learned in Dr Seuss’ “The Lorax:
“UNLESS someone like YOU cares a whole lot, NOTHING is going to get better. It’s NOT.”

CHRIS MATTHEWS IN JEOPARDY

Here’s what Chris Matthews once said of Sarah Palin:

“Is this [vice presidential debate] about her brain power?… Do you think cute will beat brains?…Do you think she’d do better on the questions on Jeopardy! or the interview they do during a half-time?…My suspicion is that she has the same lack of intellectual curiosity that the President of the United States has right now and that is scary!”

“Senator, do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the United States?…If she were on Jeopardy! right now and the topic was national government, American government generally defined, would she look like an imbecile, or would she look okay? Does she know anything?”

“I’d like to see her on just a couple of episodes of Celebrity Jeopardy! or It’s Academic Mac McGarry to just see if she knows anything.”

Chris was on “Jeopardy” last night and made Sarah Palin look like Margaret Thatcher.

 

HELICOPTER PARENTS STRIKE AGAIN

I’m not proud of my generation.

The baby boomers have done a lot of good things, but they’re also the parents of the people who are now doing a really nice job of ruining the children of America.

Being obnoxious about your kid’s involvement in sports is bad enough.

I don’t know what it was that my generation passed along to the next one, but today’s parents seem to be convinced that their kids are so special that they can’t be allowed to do anything on their own.

Including taking part in an Easter egg hunt.

It used be that throwing a few colored eggs out on the lawn was good enough. Now the Easter egg hunt has to involve the local government or church and it has to be organized, which gives parents the opportunity to ruin it.

Forget the perils of global warming and radical jihadists.

Helicopter parents may be more of a danger to this great country of ours.

(Thanks to poster franji.)

MAYBE ZIMMERMAN ISN’T GUILTY

I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the Trayvon Martin story just because those stories don’t interest me all that much and, based on what I had seen, it looked like a slam dunk case of a stupid red neck shooting an innocent black kid.

I thought it was just a matter of time before he’s arrested, brought to trial and convicted.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson showing up has become a cliche and, no pun intended, they’ve become white noise.

They make a nice living looking for racists under every bed and have no credibility as far as I’m concerned.

It was a given that they would take this case and point to it as an example of how black people have no access to justice in America.

Kind of like their open minded approach to the  Duke Lacrosse rape case.

So, their involvement didn’t make me any more likely to believe that Zimmerman should be in jail.

Based on what I had seen, I had convicted him in my own mind.

But, it turns out that there is a witness who says he saw the whole thing and that Zimmerman did act in self defense after he was attacked by Martin.

Maybe the witness is a racist Zimmerman sympathizer and a liar.

But it’s also possible that the cops think he’s telling the truth.

It would probably be a good idea to let anybody but Al or Jesse sort it out.