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IK Enemkpali Breaks Geno Smith's Jaw

No word yet on whether or not the Raiders have picked him up:

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles announced Tuesday that the team’s quarterback, Geno Smith, will be out for “at least” six to 10 weeks after teammate IK Enemkpali “sucker punched” him and broke his jaw. “There was an altercation in the locker room [Tuesday morning],” Bowles said. “It had nothing to do with football. It was something very childish. And he got cold cocked, sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, fractured jaw, requires some surgery.” Bowles added that Enemkpali, a second-year outside linebacker, has been released from the team.

It'll be interesting to see whether or not Enemkpali signs somewhere else or, through collusion, is denied a roster spot in the NFL. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but if this had nothing to do with football, where's the police report? Has Enemkpali been charged with anything?

Somewhere, Peter King is getting ready to write an insider story on how the NFL really doesn't like it when players fight, but the demonstrations of intensity show that guys care and you want tough men to play tough, and show that they care about their positions.

Heads Are Buried In the Sand at the NCAA


There are more than a few scandals brewing in the NCAA right now. John Oliver, who is English and makes jokey-jokes on the television box, has the NCAA's number. It's a clown-like conspiracy of epic proportions. It is raking in an un-Godly amount of money that, if it were to dry up, would cause untold numbers of universities in the United States to collapse and have to begin using their massive endowments to continue stealing money from students.

I mean, tuition is up, everywhere, and the price of a college education is skyrocketing. And yet, students are continuing to flock to the games, unaware of the link between the money their school makes on athletics and the lack of any measurable decline in their own personal costs for going to the same school. It's a circle jerk extraordinaire.

Duke Basketball ignored a possible rape scandal. Don't mention it!

North Carolina spent years tricking people into thinking they were actually in classes. Shh!

Kentucky is perfect this year. How much do you want to bet someone's ineligible and none of those wins are gonna count? Whoops!

Money, money, money. Anybody getting educated? Nope.

The Wonder of Ronda Rousey


Ronda Rousey is used to having to answer stupid questions. She's used to be doubted. She's used to the sexist bullshit that gets thrown her way.

In what may be a viral sensation that will be viewed a billion times, here's her answer to the doubters and the haters. You will see a woman who weighs 135 pounds use her skill and ability to drop a clown like a sack of old potatoes.



And what happens at the end? She expresses genuine concern for the clown she just pantsed in public. This is the age of Rousey, and you're just living in it.

Manufactured Outrage in Hockey


The hit sustained by Patrick Kane warranted a penalty, and the scrutiny that it got, and nobody is happy that he's going to be out of hockey for the next three months. The era where headhunters and goons deliberately injured scorers is long over, and the game isn't about that sort of thing anymore. This is the modern era of the NHL, which is a faster game played by skilled puck handlers. It's physical, but it isn't like we see chiclets on the ice every night.

I mean, the guy apologized. In the olden days, which nobody remembers, who cares what they did? These are millionaires who hop from team to team.

A fear of revenge would mean nobody would ever get on the ice. Come on.

Richie Incognito is the Face of the Buffalo Bills Now


This is not how you want your tenure as a head coach to start--with a Richie Incognito issue.

I don't know what Rex Ryan thinks he's going to get out of a player who has uniformly been considered a detriment to good order and discipline. You might get a renewed level of effort out of him, but you'll never get him to buy in and contribute in a positive way. The NFL has failed to deal with poor player conduct and now Incognito is the face of the Bills.

How much do you want to bet that they will cut him in August?

Don't Forget to Feel Bad For the Fans


What's this nonsense?
Owners of two rooftop businesses overlooking Wrigley Field in Chicago went to court on Thursday hoping to stop the Cubs from installing a scoreboard and advertising signs that will block views into the stadium, reports the Chicago Tribune.
The owners of Lakeview Baseball Club and Skybox at Sheffield sued the Cubs and owner Tom Ricketts last month claiming that the team broke their agreement of a 20-year sharing contract and accused them of fixing ticket prices and violating the federal Sherman Antitrust Act.
The plaintiffs say the Cubs actions have created "life-or-death situation," claiming their businesses will suffer if the case makes it to trial.
The new ownership of the Chicago Cubs doesn't care. They want a new stadium but they're never going to get it because tradition and bullshit outweigh common sense. Wrigley Field, you're done and you don't know it yet. You were great when it was the 1950s and the games cost nothing to go and see.

This insane love affair with an outdated ballpark is threatening revenue streams. I get that people want to sit on some roof and look down into the ballpark from too far away--what's not fun about that?

Surely, there are 15 or 20 acres of abandoned property in the hell known as Chicago where they could build a domed stadium made of plastic to play in? Why not?


Deion Sanders and Prime Prep Academy


Deadspin reminds us that Deion Sanders is still a self-licking ice cream cone:
In only the last few months, that school, called, appropriately, Prime Prep Academy, has endured one series of embarrassments after another. Sanders has been fired as head football coach not once but twice. He's been accused of choking two fellow employees. Students havewalked out in protest in the middle of class. Hundreds of laptops have disappeared overnight, most likely stolen. His elementary school—Prime Prep is K-12—was recently named by non-profit Children at Risk as the worst academic institution in North Texas, finishing dead last in a ranking of more than 1,000 schools. And not long ago, the local press got hold of a secretly recorded audio tape in which Sanders could be heard telling his administrators that he not only wanted a significant pay raise, but a new job title, too: "HNIC," short for "Head N*gger in Charge."
Yeah, that's the way to run a school.

That's No Way to Run a Franchise


Now, this could turn out to be a hoax of some kind--something that wouldn't surprise me in the least. It could turn out to be something written as a draft and sent by accident or created entirely in someone's attempt to speak with Dolan's authority.

But, if it is as authentic as advertised, the NBA has another owner to get rid of. The New York Knicks should be taken away from Mr. Dolan, just as the Los Angeles Clippers were taken away from Donald Sterling.

Evander Kane Wears Sweatpants When He Wants To


I don't know what to make of this--is it the nineteen somethings again? Are we really going to rehash how important conformity and self-sacrifice are to the ethos of professional hockey? Would The Great One ever wear sweatpants when there was a rule about suits and does this mean that Evander Kane is the devil and a blistering, pus-erupting cancer on the ass end of a reconstituted franchise on the edge of nowhere?

Winnipeg has hockey again, and the sport has always struggled to figure out how to send professionals to the hinterlands to play a team sport in a socially acceptable way that will satisfy the puritan nature of the sport.

Sweat pants? Good God, man. At least wear khakis.

Everybody Hates to Waste a Draft Pick


Johnny Manziel is making a laughingstock out of the Cleveland Browns franchise. There are some players who have dumped on him and some that are cautiously optimistic that he'll be able to solve his issues and be the quarterback next year.

Manziel's drinking and alleged drug abuse are the equal of Tim Tebow's Christian beliefs? Should we expect them to get a reality show together and talk about what they've learned because the NFL doesn't think they have what it takes to win football games?

It's all a sickening mess.

The Biggest Choke Ever


Today was a "win" for the New England Patriots.

However, the Seattle Seahawks lost today's game with the worst decision possible--they turned over the ball on an interception on the one yard line without handing the ball to the most powerful running back in the NFL.

Seattle threw this game. There are gamblers right now screaming hell back down into their souls over this call. Someone, not me, is convinced there was a fix in on this game. Holy hell.

Tom Brady was once drafted as a catcher for the Montreal Expos. He chose football instead. Today, he became the greatest quarterback in NFL history. When he retires, which I suspect won't happen for another couple of years, he will pass Manning and Favre's records and walk away from the game with all the marbles.

The Mainstreaming of Problems in the NFL


This is the way it starts.

When they are discussing your major and minor controversies on entertainment shows, you're in trouble. And this year, the NFL borrowed more trouble than it knows what to do with.

It's not enough to name bullshit committees and dump a little money on research and give out pithy payouts. It's not enough to run a few Public Service Announcements. It might not be enough to simply break a player and drive them out of the league.

Marshawn Lynch is the number one problem in the NFL right now, if you're an owner trying to control the labor pool. Lynch is the one thing that the NFL won't tolerate, and that's a star who defies the League's inviolate rules on maximizing revenue streams and exposing the players to good publicity. So, of course they're going to do whatever they can to make him worse than Hitler and eliminate his defiant pronouncements from the public consciousness.

The problem is, Lynch is not being unreasonable enough and the popular culture has latched on to the excessive zeal that the NFL has used to break the man. This is the unexpected outcome that exposes the NFL for not only being unfair and ridiculous but overly punitive as well. The NFL is an owner's league and operates as if the rise of powerful stars is anathema to the business model. Stars are fine, so long as they do nothing to impact revenue streams.

I just can't figure out what Marshawn Lynch's refusal to mouth cliches is doing to hurt the league. If anything, congratulate him on being thoughtful enough to hold back, right? No, the NFL can't do that. Lynch is breaking through to the fans by refusing to play along with the need for sports writers to fill their columns and their wire stories with what amounts to little more than moral lessons and conformity. Lynch, being a Millennial, sees through the phony world of sports writers and their magnification of inane details (those gold shoes are a distraction! you can't be a cancer in the locker room! we have to establish the running game!) and he represents a modern threat to the outdated morals of the game.

Bud Selig Has a Terrible Legacy


If you're a billionaire who owns a baseball team, everything you will read below is absolutely true:
Bud Selig is the greatest commissioner in baseball’s history. I and some others first claimed that about a year ago, and I see no reason to change that assessment. The executive summary of the Case for Bud, keeping in mind that his job has been to serve baseball as a sport and the owners as a favored constituency, not to make the general citizenry happy:
  • Since the 1994-95 strike, he has reigned over two decades of labor peace, with multiple collective bargaining agreements being ratified without a work stoppage;
  • Baseball’s attendance has skyrocketed, with teams averaging over 2.5 million tickets sold a year, whereas when he took over half the teams didn’t even draw two million;
  • Tremendous revenue growth. Baseball is now a nearly $10 billion a year industry. Revenues were just over a billion a year when he took over. More significantly to the owners, the value of franchises — the appreciation of which is how these guys make serious money — have gone through the roof;
  • A near complete turnover of the ballpark inventory in the game. With a couple of exceptions, every team that has wanted a new ballpark has gotten one and damn few of them have had to pay for most or, in a lot of cases, any of these palaces;
  • The successful adoption and exploitation of online media and online platforms which is unmatched in professional sports. Indeed, MLB Advanced Media serves as the digital platform for many other sports and entertainment outlets;
  • Innovations like the wild card, interleague play and expanded playoffs which, while distressing to baseball purists, have helped drive those revenue and ticket sales increases and — maybe more significantly — shook baseball out of the mindset that nothing can be changed in the game without an act of God and the ghost of Honus Wagner appearing to 18 of the 30 owners in a vision on the top of a mountain; and
  • The taming — relatively speaking — of the performance enhancing drug scourge that peaked in baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s.
If you are a fan of baseball, congratulations for surviving the Bud Selig era. The game has abandoned many fans, especially anyone who considers themselves an actual fan of how the game was intended to be played.

Miami Marlins fans still don't show up to watch their team play. That's an accomplishment?

The game has robbed the public blind. The building of publicly-funded ballparks all over the country has come at the expense of local governments. They now have less money for education and infrastructure. Congratulations, baseball owners. You have looted the public treasury in order to make your franchise more valuable. Threats of contraction were concocted in order to throw up monuments to folly. No one who thinks rationally could conclude that having a city build your ballpark for you so you can watch the value of your franchise balloon up is an achievement. You didn't build that has never been more apt.

Instant replay? Really? That's an "achievement?" That's a cop-out.

Bud Selig has managed to move the Milwaukee Brewers from the American League to the National League while moving the Houston Astros into the American League. The fact that Selig used to own the Brewers is irrelevant--baseball has been improved by these shenanigans, don't you see?

And steroids are consigned to the history of the game. You can see that in the fact that nobody hits that many home runs anymore. All that has been confirmed is this fact--cheating was far more rampant than previously understood. Congrats, baseball. Your record book should come with asterisks on the front.

Baseball is now a game played in front of white middle-class Americans by Hispanic players. You have to be fairly wealthy to see more than a few games in one season. And the diversity of the game has been all but eliminated.

Hail Bud.

The NCAA Quietly Forgets What Happened At Penn State


There is absolutely no reason to "restore" 112 wins for the Penn State Football Program, other than to prove that all that matters is winning in college sports and not, ahem, all of the sexual abuse carried out against children.

Someone somewhere must really hate Bobby Bowden. They took away twelve of his games because an academically ineligible player played in those games. They took away 112 of Joe Pa's wins because he tolerated the sexual abuse of children in his facilities by not wanting to know about that sex stuff or whatever.

The NCAA knows what's worse, and shut up, that's why.

Penn State's football program is synonymous with blind allegiance, willful disregard of the law, and Jerry Sandusky having his way with young boys in the shower. Why would the NCAA make a move like this? Oh, money, you say?

Well, that's exactly it. Penn State is betting that, with the restored wins and the scholarships it can now offer prospective players a chance to play for a school that allowed the old ball coach to dictate to everyone how things were going to be and who was going to get away with sexually abusing minors. Joe Pa has that much power, even after his death? Really?

I would think that we would have waited at least a generation before trying to cover up what happened and forget all of that child sexual abuse carried out on Penn State property by a Penn State employee. I guess not.

You Can't Hate Chris Christie Because He's a Cowboys Fan


Joan Walsh is a of a mind to spank Chris Christie for being an avowed Cowboys fan, and there's something weird about this that brings to mind the current state of NFL fandom.

NFL fans don't care about these three things--politics, concussions, or winning. They want to see their team and that's the tribe they identify with. If their team is losing, and is staffed with losers, they will rail about the owner or the coach but they'll still buy the gear and they'll still come back to the games. If the old timers come on and complain about being hit in the head twenty-six times in one week, they'll nod sagely and flip over to the other game and do nothing.

Nobody cares about politics so if Chris Christie is seen putting a body on Jerry Jones, so what? It's a free country. You can like whatever team you want.

Don't Forget About Ol' Roy


Of course they're firing all the crooks and the dishonest people...
UNC has dismissed an academic counselor and is attempting to fire a professor involved in the school's academic fraud scandal, in which athletes and other students were able to take fake classes with the knowledge of faculty members. The school has also accepted the resignation of another faculty member, according to the Associated Press.
School Chancellor Carol Folt said that efforts to terminate philosophy professor Jeanette Boxill began Oct. 22, the same day that former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein released his report into the scandal.
"[Boxill was named] in light of the extraordinary circumstances underlying the longstanding and intolerable academic irregularities described in the Wainstein Report, as well as her role as the chair of the faculty council during a period of time covered by the report," said Folt.
You have to hand it to the University of North Carolina. Instead of firing the athletic director or Roy Williams or anybody responsible for telling the athletes to go take fake classes and fake tests, they're going to fire the academic faculty and hope the NCAA doesn't dig any deeper.

Because, well, you know:
Wainstein's report found that the fake classes, offered from 1993 to 2011, enabled 3,100 athletes and other UNC students to earn artificially high grades. The classes were limited to the African studies department, but the report revealed that multiple individuals at UNC were aware of them and did nothing to stop the offerings.
I sure hope some of those "multiple individuals" are held accountable for their actions, but I'm not holding my breath.

Johnny Manziel and the NFL's Tired Old Cliches


So the kid wasn't so great in his NFL debut. So what?

Now that he has prostrated himself so that NFL writers can lecture all of us about teamwork, maturity, and practice (we're talking about practice? Not a game, practice? - thanks NBA), I would expect that, between now and this time next year, running Johnny Football out of the game will be the blood sport of the post-Tebow era.

Sportswriters project their worldview onto athletes and, in so doing, can crank out between one and five columns that they wouldn't already have had to write. All they have to do is look for a kid like Manziel and get all serious and tell everyone about the sanctity of the team sport.

This is all bullshit because if Manziel had won and not gotten hurt, he'd still have three girls on his lap before and after "practice."

If you win, you get to keep doing whatever you want. If you lose, take a knee and kiss the ring.