Friday, November 12, 2010
A funny day in the world of the league
So what's been happening this week? -- Rex and Rob Ryan have exchanged some funny ass press conferences. Not sure how it will pan out but Rob looked mighty pissed off. -- The fine flurry in the NFL went into ridiculous over load this week. Kenny Phillips was fined $5,000 for a facemask. Bart Scott was fined $20,000 for a breach of the uniform policy (he left his chin strap unsnapped during live play). But the best two are cleat related. I sh!t you not; cleat related. Bernard Berrian claims he was fined $5,000 for wearing yellow cleats on Sunday. But with the bizarre logic and sense of fairness that is possessed only by those in the higher ranks of the NFL, Chad Ochocinco was fined $20,000 for wearing gold cleats. $20,000. For gold cleats. Are you f***ing kidding me? When, when, did it become ok to fine players for wearing the wrong coloured cleats? A warning maybe, but $20,000? That's ridiculous! I know it's not fashionable to stick up for players on stuff like this. After all they're multi-millionaires and deserve to get squeezed for every cent right? But come on. This is just beyond stupid. Never mind the CBA, the players should just go on strike now against this ridiculous policy of fines for such petty crap. It's making a joke of the NFL. And the cumulative effect of these fines is really starting to grate on the nerves of many fans. -- Oh, and there was a game last night. Baltimore Ravens 21 @ Atlanta Falcons 26: Someone please explain this to me; the Falcons had the lead for almost the entire game, yet Michael Turner has just 17 carries and Matt Ryan threw the ball 50 times (completing 32 for 316 yards and 3 TDs). Have the Falcons not heard of burning the clock and trying to avoid throwing away a lead (literally). Luckily for them Matt Ryan has earned a reputation for being ice-cold under pressure and even more luckily he came up good once again in the dying seconds. Atlanta scored an absolute gem in that one. As did I, kicking off the week pick wise at 1-0. Talking of which, I'll be back a little later with the rest of my picks for this week. By later, that could potentially mean tomorrow, but such is the joy of work/sleep/necessary chores. Have a great day everyone.