Friday, November 30, 2012

Bounty This, Bounty That...

Bounty has become a bad word to me. I absolutely hate it. Why? Because it is all I have heard since March. I haven't seen any proof of a bounty system. Nothing more than the affidavits of a) a bitter ex-employee of the Saints and b) a man who has to follow Goodell's every command in hopes of coaching again. Every other piece of "evidence" Goodell has he kept under lock and key; not even allowing the accused to see it.

So, taking away the signed affidavits, and going solely on the type of play on the field I walk away with only one impression. The Saints defense was playing good football. How do I come to this conclusion? Easy. Look how other teams play. For example: the San Francisco 49ers. They are hard hitting and no nonsense when it comes to defense. But, it's okay for them to play like that. It's just good football. We touch another player in the same manner, it's automatically "Bounty!" No, we just want a fair chance to play defense like every other team.

So, that's my serious question here. Why is it okay for a guy like Aldon Smith be tough and aggressive? But, if someone on the Saints, any player on the team in fact, does the same thing it is wrong?

Now, in the San Francisco @ New Orleans game (11/25/12), there was an incident in the last two minutes that was not a good thing for the Saints.

If that doesn't work well for you, click HERE to see it on NFL.com.

Here are my thoughts on Bunkley's actions. San Francisco player A. Boone is laying on the ground. He is holding the ankle of Saints #91, W. Smith. B. Bunkley, #77 reaches down and tried to get Boone to release Smith's ankle. Boone then swings at Bunkley which provoked the kick in the back of the helmet. Was the kick wrong? Absolutely. No matter what, Bunkley should not have kicked Boone. Did Bunkley deserve a punishment? Yes. And I was honestly surprised he was not given a 1 game suspension. This behavior is out of character for Bunkley and he hasn't been in trouble since signing with us. That may have helped him in avoiding a suspension. But, I wouldn't have had hurt feelings if he had been. That type of action is not acceptable for our team. And shouldn't be acceptable for any team.

I am so tired of whenever our boys try and play football they get accused of having a bounty program. Yet, another team can come in and hit as hard as they want and it's all good. It should be fairness across the board. If hard hitting for us is considered a bounty, then it should be considered a bounty for every team. The truth about bounty-gate will be coming out soon. Hopefully, the four accused will have their chance to tell their side since they all so vehemently swear that no such program took place.

**EDIT: Bunkley received a $20K fine for the kick.**

An Open Letter to Arthur Blank

Mr. Blank,

    I am writing this to discuss a minor problem. You see, this problem's name would be Roddy White. I cannot for the life of me understand why you let this man verbally represent your "company" (aka team). Personally, if this man worked in any way, shape or form for me, he'd be under a personal gag order.

A) He has no class. At all. This is a man who said last year, on his Twitter account, that he wished another Katrina would come wipe out the city of New Orleans. Seriously? This is how much respect for human life this man has? He wishes for death and destruction on a city of people? This is probably the most heartless and cruel and hateful man I have ever had the misfortune of having to read comments from. Even more sad? You let him represent you and your team.

B) He makes himself sound illiterate and even diminishes the integrity of higher education. He doesn't know basic grammar or basic spelling. I seriously have to wonder about the state of the college education system of this country. I have to wonder if the team, as a whole, enjoys that their spokesperson portrays himself as illiterate.


  • Exhibit B1
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Last I checked, it's spelled CHAMPAGNE, not champaign. My auto correct wants me to fix that typo, so yes, I know his version is spelled wrong. And I HATE seeing that squiggly red line under words!

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This is one of my biggest pet peeves. This is elementary school grammar. You have their, there and they're. It's important to understand which one goes in a written sentence. I'm not sure why he used the plural when he was explaining where someone was from. Its should be THERE, not their.

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Again, possessive and plurals are elementary grammar. FAMILIES, not family's. However, perhaps I should give him some credit. He did use to and your correctly.

I really try to refrain from being the grammar police. However, in this instance something should be said. Children in this country look up to superstars. Incorrect grammar and spelling just shows them that college and education isn't all that important. How about hire him a tutor to help him out. Surely he KNOWS the basics and just doesn't employ them. If not, then University of Alabama - Birmingham is not ever on my list of acceptable colleges.

It is he alone that makes me realize why Atlanta fans are the way they are. Of course they are going to resort to such a childish prank as egging a bus of the opposing team or wishing a hurricane would kill New Orleans' fans. They have a childish leader in Roddy White. As the owner of the Falcons it is your job to ensure that the general manager is doing his job: Making sure the people that represent you are doing it with intelligence and class.

Although, I must say I agree with Roddy White on one thing. New Orleans does have some good food. The city of Atlanta has never had much to offer in my opinion.

Stay classy, Atlanta. Oh, look, I made a joke. Between Roddy's mouth and the egg throwing fans, Atlanta has lost any class it ever had.



Sunday, November 18, 2012

How the BCS should be determined....

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This blog post will probably make me a hated person in the NCAA Football world, but hey, it's just my opinion. I don't like the current BCS championship method. I also don't like the future playoff method either. So, how do I feel the BCS championship game teams should be determined? Simple. A variation of the current one.

In the current system, teams are ranked by a computer system and by human polls (see here for an explanation of the system). In my simple mind, BCS ranking should be decided strictly by a computer statistical method. Your ranking should be based on who you played and how you played not the popularity contest it is today. Some say I am wrong but to me it seems fair. I mean in these human polls, are they not voting highly for the schools they want to see at the top and less for the schools they don't want to see? Even though statistically another school was better just not as popular. Here's an example from the 2011 season when it was announced that University of Alabama was #2 over Oklahoma State:

"Alabama (11-1) finished second in both the Harris and coaches' polls by a wide margin to make up for the fact that Oklahoma State was ahead in the computer ratings." (Source)

Keep in mind that Oklahoma State was also 11-1 and their conference champions. Alabama had lost to LSU which was undefeated and ranked #1. LSU was also the conference champions in the same conference Alabama was in. 

Now, yes I am an LSU fan. They did lose to Alabama in the BCS championship last year. But, statistically should Alabama even had been in it? It was admitted that Oklahoma State lead Alabama in the computer rankings. But, were the human polls fair? Was Alabama voted in at 2nd because of popularity of the SEC? I guess no one will really know.