Sunday, May 13, 2012

Shots Fired @ Sanchez Already!

Mark this day in your calendars, smartphones, and tablets of whatever type cuz its on and popping Sunday May 13th 2012 - yes Black Sunday for Mark Sanchez. I always thought it would have been the NY Post to jump ship first or even the Long Island based Newsday but I was surprised to read in the Daily News this headline: Mark Sanchez’s turnovers come from ‘poor decision- making’, NY Jets QB coach Matt Cavanaugh says
Here is just a little bit of the article to give you the tone of the article: For all the coddling that Mark Sanchez has received by the Jets organization in his first three years, quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh has never sugarcoated the truth with the young quarterback. After Sanchez's uneven season that included a career-high 26 touchdown passes and a career-high 26 turnovers, Cavanaugh laid out his goals for the quarterback, including becoming an effective game manager in Tony Sparano's new offensive system. "There were turnovers that were not his fault that were credited to him," Cavanaugh told the Daily News in his first public comments since the Jets missed the playoffs at 8-8 last season. "But there were enough that playing that position he needs to cut some of those down. Most of them came from just poor decision-making." Read more: Now it is not a secret that I am not a Mark Sanchez fan in the least,although he has a fantastic first name, but you have to feel bad for the guy. Well actually I refuse to feel bad for the guy even though he is being "given the business" and there is nothing he can do about it but grin and bear it. I think back about all the other "qualified" quarterbacks the Jets could and should have drafted ahead of Sanchez. To name a few Josh Freeman, Josh Freeman and lastly Josh freeman. Its not a black thing folks the guy can flat out play. And lets not for get Detroit Lions Matt Stafford is just as capable as Josh Freeman. I am of the personal belief that either one of these guys would have placed the jets over the top. Here is a snippet from the argument John Clayton made for Josh freeman being the best of the 2009 class of quarterbacks.
I voted for Freeman and it wasn’t even close. I think the guy who took the Bucs from 3-13 to 10-6 in his first full season as the starter has way more upside than Sanchez and Stafford. I’m not trying to sell either of those guys short. Sanchez already has proven to be a solid NFL quarterback, but I don’t see him as the type of guy who can carry an offense on his own. Stafford’s had some bright moments, but hasn’t gotten his career firmly on track. Freeman’s so big and strong that it’s tough to imagine injuries ever having a big impact on him. More importantly, there’s no doubt Freeman can carry an offense. He already did it last year. He took the Bucs to the cusp of a playoff berth in a season where the team often was starting rookies Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn at wide receiver and LeGarrette Blount at running back. The Bucs also were playing a lot of young offensive linemen. Freeman still managed to throw for 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. Imagine what he can do when the players around him grow up?
Now its too late cry over spilled milk and wasted opportunities to take a deserving quarterback but hey Sanchez looks good in his GQ pictures and in a place like NY City who cares about wins when you can just hire a flamboyant coach to get you headlines on the back page while the cross-field rival stacks up the wins and Superbowl titles. Exercise your right to engage in meaningful discussions - say what's on your mind - leave a comment.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Obama to Jay-Z

The words have traveled and reverberated all throughout the internet and via regular media outlets, leaving readers and listeners stunned in its wake. Yes I am talking about Phil Mushnick viscous verbal assault to the business accumin, intelligence and person of Mr. Carter. For those of you who missed the actually article in the May 4th edition of the New York post here you go: Nets on Jay-Z track As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way! “I guess I won’t need my color TV anymore now that the Nets will be wearing black and white,’’ writes reader John Lynch. And reader David Distefano now wonders what’s left for the Nets to choose as “their alternate third-uniform to sell during nationally televised games.” Read more:
Funny thing though is that I am not surprised or even shocked by this article or the messages contained therein. We have been down this road many times before, just not with this stunning clarity. The nerve of this man top publish such things about a guy who fulfilled the American dream from rising up from poverty to be successful and charming. Trust me Mr. Romney didn't do this - his daddy had money and lots of it, nor did Mr. Trump who also likes to make it seem like he found the formula to wealth all by himself when it was daddy that built most of Brooklyn and the housing around Coney Island. It is funny how life works because if Donald Trump truly was a visionary and are real business man shouldn't it have been he who would see the value in the same borough that he father once controlled construction wise to make it into "trump land". But no Bruce Ratner saw that Brooklyn could be a mini Manhattan and be a central place for business and prime real estate while Trump Jr. is busy borrowing money from the very folks he speaks so demeaning of politically the Chinese by making deals with Chinese investors to take over his failed casinos and it was the Chinese whom saved him in bankruptcy twice. It was Bruce Ratner who opened his doors to Jay-Z and allowed him in to be a partner when he did't have to. I have never seen Trump make any such offerings when he had ample opportunities to from his CFL days to his many golf courses. You may have noticed that I have Obama in the title although this is a sports blog he is there because the case can be made that if Mr. Obama, who too suffers almost daily at the hands of sentiments and comments like Mr. Mushnick's, were a white man he would be considered wildly presidential, extremely competent and very fit for re-election in for lack of better words a -landslide.
I have to liken the two here because the central factor is the negative perception of African Americans as being something far different from American or even good. I can't nor would I use the word racist in this blog entry but you have to feel that something is amiss here and that old perceptions are hard to change. Sports are a microcosm of the real world this much is true. Because as we discuss this sad occurrence today from Mr. Mushnick, right down interstate 95 in Washington DC the city known as chocolate city there seems to be some seeds of decent growing.
Never before have I seen a team trade up in the NFL draft and give away so much to obtain the number two pick in the draft who is unquestioned in smarts, talent and ability and then you draft another QB soon there after. Huh? Really! talk about decention in the ranks. You have to keep an eye open especially from who it is coming from Mike Shanahan the Donovan Mcnabb killer is at the helm in Washington. Lets not talk about his record because I have a strong feeling a Raheem Morris should be coaching arugment is festering.
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