Today a Federal Judge ruled in favor of New England Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady. I don’t need to explain why he went before the judge, it’s been overdone by the media for the past 8 or 9 months. If you don’t know about it, Google it. The “deflategate” fiasco has been around long enough that we all know why he was suspended for 4 games by the Commissioner. This sour and incorrect judgement will now open the floodgates for any and all who have received, or will receive, suspensions for criminal activity or violations of NFL codes. Just as Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson shouldn’t be enshrined in Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Brady should have been told he has to sit out his suspension. All three broke the rules. Putting Brady in the same class with Shoeless Joe and Rose is a bit absurd, considering the offenses, but all three broke the rules of the sport and should suffer the consequences of their actions. I am willing to bet my Mickey Mantle Rookie Card that this decision will open the door for the other thugs who wear a pro uniform, those who have broken the rules of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, et al…. and the civil laws of our country. Pro athletes have become demigods! And we have allowed them to achieve that level of shamefulness and prosperity by raising them above the law. They are no different than me and you. Unfortunately, for all of us it’s too late. We have let them get away with murder, in some cases, and we blindly have allowed them to make us all just as guilty for allowing these things to happen.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some team in need of a runningback hires Ray Rice to plug their roster hole. After all, Michael Vick got a second chance! Soccer anyone? Well, not yet, for me, anyway!!! How about Pro Wrestling? At least we know it’s rigged and phoney and funny and entertaining. Most of their so called athletes have rap sheets and their fans do too……..Only in America!
I am already tired of hearing all the cry babies spewing their idiotic garbage on talk radio shows. GET OVER IT, PEOPLE!! Tom Brady, like all other pro athletes, is human. He/they make human mistakes and cheat like other humanoids!!! The problem with the American sports fan is they idolize guys like Brady…Put him/they on pedestals like “false gods.” The “they can do no wrong” philosophy has gotta go. But, maybe it’s too late. Maybe most of you are so far gone that there’s no way to save your sorry asses…Sorry for the superlative, but this “stuff” is getting old….this love affair we have with our athletes. I know Pete Rose very well; was around him a lot back “in the day.” He cheated. He broke the rules. He should not be allowed to “share the benefits” of his athletic achievements, namely Hall of Fame enshrinement. Tom Brady is no different. Brady lied….concealed evidence… and.destroyed evidence when he broke up his cell phone. And, don'[t try and tell me this was the first time he had his “flunky fellows” deflate some game balls so he could throw the balls with more accuracy. Brady should be happy all he got is a four game suspension. He also should be fined enough money to pay the salaries of the two dudes fired who helped their “god” manipulate the “tools of his trade.” I could go on and on about this one. The bottom line is very clear—Play by the rules. Look for “the edge” by finding holes in the defense, not in the rule book. And, most of all, if you are playing a “man’s game,” act like a man. Don’t be afraid to look your fellow men in the eye and admit your wrong. We have all allowed too many rule benders to bend the rules the wrong way and get away with it. Whatever happened to “Playing for the Love of the Game,” the competition and spirit of the sport? Oh, yeah, I forgot…..MONEY! In order to keep the big bucks coming in you gotta win and you gotta have “your guy” making the big plays to put people in the seats so they can pay the high beer, hot dog and parking prices. Damn—it’s America…the new land of the “not so free…”
I like Bud Black and I liked his managerial tools. However, when you are losing, it’s pretty tough to “fire” the whole team! You could “smell it coming” when the club hired their new General Manager. I am surprised it took him this long to “make the move” on Bud. You see, General Managers want their “own man” in the dugout. The move also has to happen if your big money lineup is playing erratic, with “nickel and dime” moments that don’t belong with a multi-million dollar payroll. Dave Roberts will do okay as interim manager. He’s lucky he has the Oakland A’s in town for a few days. You and your half-lame sister could beat this club. Let’s just hope Black’s replacement is a dude with some fire. I don’t mean the Earl Weaver or Dick Williams personality type, but close! A little whip cracking from time to time keeps the “lions on their toes” and a “little more awake.” Bud was too mellow for this group. Even when he argued with the umps he did it with gentlemanly behavior. We’ll see…there’s plenty of time to get this freight train going in the right direction with a little more steam. Let’s just hope the players buy into Bud’s replacement. I, like you, am tired of the same old, same old!
Tom Brady is guilty and is getting a real sweet deal from the Commissioner. If you think this is the first time Brady had somebody “doctor” the footballs, then you probably think O.J. Simpson was framed! I spent most of my broadcasting life as a TV Sportscaster. I turned to news in the early 90’s because I got tired of things like this! Our pro athletes, in all sports, have been getting away with everything from deflating footballs to murder ever since fans started paying to see them play. You see, you gotta keep the “stars” on the field, on the court, in the ring, or nobody shows up to watch and pay exorbitant ticket prices and sip down over-priced beers while eating hot dogs that cost more than the best filet mignon at Donovan’s. I’m not going to say much more. It would be a waste of time. PLEASE wake up, America, and realize that you/we are being duped a lot of the time. Duped by multi-billionaire owners and multi-millionaire athletes who don’t care what you or I think. They just want you to show up and shut up…well, cheer or boo—you earned that right when you bought the over-priced ticket (s). Just stay out of their game. It’s a game of “get as much as you can, while you can.” Every so often the men that run these “pro sideshows” have to throw one or two of their ego-ridden jocks to the lions. They have to make you think they “give a “S_ _ _T.” Brady is getting off with a hand slap. Yeah, yeah, I know Commissioner Goodell let Ray Rice off the hook with a light sentence–but he’ll NEVER play in the NFL again. He’s too hot a property. You DON’T do what he did and NOT pay for it in some way. But, Tom Brady and the Patriots know what HE did. They also know he has been doing this for years. Don’t drop a tear or lose any sleep, sports fans, somehow he’ll get off the hook. You see, the box offices and Networks need him in the lineup. The ALMIGHTY DOLLAR WINS AGAIN! (((and, it’s all coming out of your pocket!!!)…AMEN…
I grew up a boxing fan. I always wanted to be a boxer. When I was a TV Sportscaster I sparred with some of the sports greatest. I always hated the “dark side” of the sport…the many punks and thugs and crooks and creeps who “walked the halls” of boxing arena’s coast to coast and border to border. When I lived and worked in Philly I got too close to the sport and had legal problems because of people like Don King and his many shyster pals. But, I still loved the “game,” the sport, and most of all the boxers. From Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier to Tex Cobb and so many others. Now, after the Pacquiao-Mayweather fiasco on Saturday I am finally “kissing the sport good-bye.” I purposely waited to write this blog so I could let the anger and other negative, hateful feelings subside. I was one of the millions who paid to see the circus. I have never liked the Floyd Mayweathers of the sports world. There are others like him, in other sports, as well. They play and participate ONLY for the money…One-time Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson once told me that when the “mob” ran the fight game ALL was good…but when the promoters and other slime got involved the sport began it’s slow slide into oblivion. There is NO Room anymore for the “clean,” honest promoters like my friend Bobby DePhilippis, here in San Diego. His dad once promoted the Ali-Ken Norton fight. But, those days are gone…I can see why so many have turned to those glove-less gladiators who mix marshall arts with a street fighting aura. Just keep the Don Kings and other slimeballs away from the sport, or better yet–use the boxing promoters as “practice meat” before they climb into the cages around sporting America to beat each other up! Tennis Anyone?
This is the first time in 17 years that Padres fans have a legitimate reason to be optimistic. I, too, believe the opening day roster has the signs of a real contender. However, they HAVE to play 162 games, and win at least one more than the next guy. The “next guy’s” are the Dodgers and Giants. I don’t believe the Diamondbacks and Rockies are “in the hunt.” The Padres ownership finally dug the franchise out of the mess created years ago by John Moores and Larry Lucchino. No reason to waste any more time looking back at what “was.” The future is bright if the money and logical thinking continues to flow from the management offices at Petco Park. The Padres overhaul is centered around 3 outfielders, led by former Dodger Matt Kemp, Tampa’s Will Myers and Atlanta’s Justin Upton. The biggest “catch” in this “financial fishing derby” might have been pitcher James Shields. The righthander helped Kansas City get to the World Series last year with a 14-8 record and a 3.21 ERA. Shields adds strength to an already “loaded” staff of veteran starters and relievers. With all this “new blood” the Padres still are picked. by Baseball experts and Vegas oddsmakers to finish behind the Dodgers. But, if the Padres can stay healthy, and perform as advertised, they should turn the Division into a legitimate “run for the roses.” If they are going to win this horse race they have to get out of the gate clean and quick! With our drought and the Chargers stadium fiasco tarnishing our lives this summer a Padres World Series “run” would certainly be the right remedy! Putting it all in the proper perspective would be in the expression left us by the late Jerry Coleman: “OH, DOCTOR!!!” Fasten your seat belts this could be a wild ride!!!
It’s been a while since we “crossed paths.” I have been retired, now, almost 7 years. I miss the “action” and the people and guys like you. You always impressed me because you “stayed out of the Fray,” so to speak. You hired people to do the work for you. Unfortunately some of those you hired were “NOODNICKS!!!” I’m not writing today to complain about coach or G.M. hirings. As a matter of fact, I think you might have a pretty good team with your current G.M. and head coach. The media types don’t like the coach because he doesn’t talk to them like they were “pals” or “roomies..” The media has always been like that. IF you don’t throw them the best quotes or occasional favors, you end up on their sh_T list…
I’m writing today to tell you that I have no problem with you looking to move your “business” to another location if this one doesn’t “pan out!” What the fans don’t realize is “their” football team is “Your livelihood.” The only team in the league that “owes it’s soul” to the fans is Green Bay. The Packers have been a “publicly owned” team since their inception. For over a dozen years you have been trying to get the city to erect a new stadium. For over a dozen years you have been turned back. You “stayed the course,” kept your “fight in the ring,” pushed, lobbied and begged for something to be done to keep your team in San Diego. You hired Mark Fabiani to be your Special Counsel, your “lead horse,” the muscle. Your “point man.” He has done his job. If the Lakers had Fabiani as their point guard they’d be headed for the playoffs.
Now, you wait for the Mayors task force to try and find the financial solution. I don’t agree with the Mission Valley location. I, too, think the stadium belongs downtown. What you decide to do is, and should be, your call. You are the proprietor. I don’t want to see the people of San Diego strapped with a huge payoff or taxes. After the Petco Park “heist” by John Moores, we’ll be paying “long into the century and beyond.”
As much as I love the Chargers and the people of San Diego, I also am a realist. I understand the business aspect of all of this. It’s like my friend Alfonso. His family has had a superb Mexican restaurant in La Jolla for 32 years. The landlord has “upped” the rent again…through the roof…so Alfonso is looking for a new location out of La Jolla. His “fans” don’t want him to go, but it’s all about business. Loyalty is not the key word here..It’s DINERO, my friend, and YOU have the same concerns.
Good LUCK in your endeavors, Dean. I know you will be the most hated man in San Diego modern history if you move the team. But, you gotta do what you gotta do. Your loyalty is to you, your family and your team’s fate.
Love & Kisses,