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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Matt Mosley Deserves One Squarely in the Nuts

And I hope he reads this (actually, it'd be helpful). I've sent my fair share of hate mail to writers/bloggers/blowhards throughout my time on the net but Mosley strikes me as the kind of guy who simply wouldn't respond to such attacks (Note that folks like Jemele Hill or Gene Wojo...whatever actually do respond...I actually called Wojo a retard once and to his credit, he responded with class). So instead I'm giving you the "rant" on the virtues of Mosely's Cowboys blowing...err...blogging.

Look ESPN, I know they're a big name team, "America's Team" and a decent draw, but so is the rest of the NFC East. Just off the top of my head, I'm fairly confident that the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins represent 3 of the top 5 most valuable franchises in the NFL. But to then bring in Mosely as the NFC East "Blogger" (because he's a fucking writer), a former Cowboys beatwriter, award winner for the Dallas Morning News and Baylor University (In Texas!!!). Seriously, the only way you could be more biased in hiring is if you added Dave Campo (because we know he's unemployed...oh you say he's Terrence Newman's chauffeur now?).

Since ESPN started this "blogging" endeavor, its been one Mosley horseshit Cowboy lovefest piece after another (and that was just today). Sean Salisbury hated(hates?) the Eagles, but at least he had the decency to keep picking the Panthers. Merrill Hoge does too, but Jaws is right there to twist his nuts. Mosley's got no one to keep him in check. He's like a reverse GCobb with spellcheck.

So let's ban together, Cowboy haters (lookin at you 'Skins and Vagiants fans) and stop Mosley before the poison spreads to far!

And while we're at it, Let's talk about this tidbit in Mosley's most recent piece: "I get the feeling the controversial wide receiver has moved on with his life. I'm not so sure about his former team."

Which would be real fine if Terrell Owens did just respond (talking about the past mind you): “I think the fans and just the excitement of me coming there and being there, it became too overwhelming for Donovan. Other than that, I think at one point in time I will say that we had a good relationship. I think I got too big for Philly, too big for him."

Too big for Philly? Really?

A Responsive Daily "Linkin' Logs" (9/11/08)

First of all, I'd be (probably) soulless if I didn't mention 9/11. Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families of the September 11th attacks. Certainly, the United States hasn't seen such a catastrophic attack since the days of Roosevelt and we, regardless of our thoughts on the war in Iraq or Afghanistan, support our troops in their endeavors. God Bless America. Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian or any independent, please remember to get out and vote if you want your voice heard.

On to less serious things, Scott M of Sox and Dawgs provided some support regarding Rodney Harrison and the Tom Brady Injury Reaction ("Kneegate"). Please note that this was taken from Reiss's Pieces, a blog

"That reaction is normal," said Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. "Anything that happens to us people, they get excited about. Obviously, they don't care for us much around the league. But I understand it's a competitive league. Teams, as well as fans, are looking for any edge they can possibly get and if that means us losing our star quarterback, guess what, they feel like that gives them an edge. At the same time, you still gotta get it done on the field.

Harrison later added: "People sometimes lose sight that we're brothers, we're fathers, sons. They look at us like machines. A lot of times, people really don't consider that we're human-beings, we have feelings, it hurts. We go through a bunch of different things, but they get so wrapped up in the game, that it's not real life... We're sacrificing, away from our families... as a football player, you understand it's a part of the deal. You're going to get hurt playing football. It's just how you respond."

The Schadenfreude that Mike Reiss speaks of isn't really all that uncommon and is partially why I don't understand the outcry. Maybe its because, unlike some of his predecessors, Tom Brady isn't really an asshole (I don't know him personally, but he seems like a nice guy...even though he went to Michigan). Michael Irvin, Joe Theismann, Eric Lindros, and the like were treated with the same vindication amongst their hated rivals. So forgive me if you think somehow the world's really against the Patriots. NFL fans just got sick of Spygate, 19-0 (18-1!), Bill Belichick and (personally) the dirty play of one Rodney Harrison. Tom Brady is just collateral damage in the delight of each NFL fan that the Patriots got just what (every other NFL fans feels) they deserve.

As for Harrison's comments, I felt his humanizing quote certainly rings true, but, its truly the Pot and the Kettle with Harrison. He is the all time leader in Personal Foul Penalties, he once landed a devestating helmet-to-helmet hit to the greatest receiver of all time (if you don't know that is, stop reading) and he's been named the dirtiest player in the league by both players and coaches. Harrison admonishes the title, but the fact of the matter is the bulk of the players and coaches in the league see him play and watch him play and believe his garbage on the field is a travesty. When Harrison lays out an opposing player with a spear, does he think about said player's wife? I somehow doubt that. He is correct in stating that players in the NFL will get hurt, but other NFLers don't need players like Rodney Harrison eschewing them out of the NFL.
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