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NFL Parity: Not So Loved After All

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Parity, n: the quality or state of being equivalent (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). Parity, esp. in sports: where all teams in a league can bring their fans with intense joy and hope one game and intense sadness and anger the next (see, “American Football Conference” – AFC – East Division).

In the 2012-13, Week 6 version of the National Football League, 11 of 30 teams have .500 records. Another five are one game under .500, at 2-3. All four teams in the AFC East are 3-3. Since the NFL merger in 1970 this is only the third time the NFL has actually achieved this type of equality after six weeks of play and only in Week 6 of the 2001-02 season were more teams – 17 – at or one game above or below .500.

And the football community of fans, writers, pundits, and fantasy team members are beside themselves in their attempts to assess the star of the league, or any given team.

How did we get here?

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October 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Recapping March: Articles and Commentaries Chronicling the Month

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aleibovitz.jpgWith LeBron, Gisele, Annie Leibovitz, and the cover of American Vogue, the making of Tyler Hansbrough’s college legacy, Brett Favre’s “retirement,” the revealing of Arlen Specter’s true mission behind Spygate, more steroid news, upping the ante on Geno and Pat’s continuing feud, and the remaking of John Thompson III and Georgetown’s basketball program through March Madness and revisionist history, it has been yet another crazy month for sports and sports-related news.

So, I thought I’d do something a little different and provide a little recap of March through the month’s commentaries and articles. I’m actually crossing my fingers and hoping nothing too crazy happens between today and tomorrow at midnight!

Anyway, thanks for reading SOMM….


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NFL Owner’s Meetings Notes: Herm Edwards, Carl Peterson and Short Hair; Byron Leftwich Being Blackballed?; Darren McFadden and the NFL’s All-Seeing Eyes

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willismaria.jpgHerm takes one for the league
This morning on ESPN’s First Take, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Steve Wyche reporting from the NFL Owners Meetings said that it was Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards who suggested the proposal for the NFL’s “no more long hair” mandate.

Of course it’s about race; not in the traditional, overt sense, but the late 20th early 21st century, subtle, psychological sense of: dreadlocks and braids present an inappropriate image, (whatever that image is) which is completely separate from and unrelated to, reality.  Because all but one player whose hair covers his jersey is black, race is involved. Additionally, the NFL let us know race is involved in this proposed mandate because of the race of the head coach they chose to be the front man for their cause. There are a number of prominent coaches and GMs with military ties, be they brother, father, or grandfather and father.

Of course Edwards is the front man for Carl Peterson. The former NFL cornerback has long played good soldier for the league and speaks of the league as the greatest thing since red beans and rice. Yet the reality of this situation is if Herm truly led the way for this proposed mandate it would have been reported from the beginning and certainly when debate concerning the issue ensued.

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Pacman Jones and “Limited Hangout”

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pacmanjones.jpgAdam “Pacman” Jones says he can’t say he’s never, ever going to strip clubs but he says he is staying away from the poled palaces for the next “three or four years.”

Jones is a fantastic athlete with that rare combination – for a human being – of absolute fearlessness plus the ability to see the field and get his body to do exactly what his mind is telling it do to that most men like to think they have but really do not. This makes for incredible football players but has no bearing actions and decisions made in the real world.

That Jones has encountered no problems since his suspension helps his cause in seeking reinstatement to the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell. That Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has stated that he is interested in trading with the Tennessee Titans for the cornerback and punt-kickoff returner also bolsters the argument for Jones’ reinstatement.

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Race and Sports: Maybe If the Cards Are Laid Out on the Table…?

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negroleague.jpgRacism, the 21st century version, is as insidious as it has been at any point in U.S. history. Gone are the days of knowing which side of the tracks to live to distinguish white and black. Gone are the days of knowing that for a black person, to cross those tracks is to cross at one’s own peril. Though those tracks do still exist, we are at a time when, at every turn, the tracks are purposely blurred and a black person is just as likely to be the defender of the white, male, Western power structure as is the white person for whom he works.

And, as it has been throughout the 20th century, racism is most clearly seen through the lens of sports.

Today, there are no segregation-mandated Negro Baseball League, no blacks-only American Tennis Association in reaction to all-white tennis. And the presence of Tiger Woods was to bring a glut of black golfers to the pro ranks.

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Spygate: What Arlen Specter Really Wants from NFL Owners and Roger Goodell

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spygate.jpgLet’s see, how does this go? The New England Patriots at New York Giants football game is scheduled to be aired on the NFL Network only. However, because the Patriots are undefeated and this is the final opportunity for another team to defeat them during the regular season, there is a groundswell to have the game aired on some channel other than NFLN, which is only accessible to satellite television subscribers.

Without warning, Senator Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) interjects himself into the situation and “formerly” challenges the NFL to air the game on another station.

Commissioner Roger Goodell acquiesces, and the game is aired on so many stations it saturates the airwaves.

There are issues between Goodell and cable companies. The NFLN is not a channeled offered as part of cable television packages. Cable TV says the NFL is holding them ransom. The NFL says they cable companies want NFLN for a wing and a prayer.

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Pettitte, Clemens, Bonds, McNamee, Congress – We Have Ourselves a Fine Mess Here

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stanloomis.jpgSo, Andy Pettitte gets the kid gloves treatment: my gaaawd, he’s a veritable hero because he kinda, sorta came clean – over time…. we think. Roger the ‘Roid Dodger Clemens might not even be indicted. Dang it, there’s just not enough evidence. Oh really? Well, there’s that little thing of the physical evidence turned over by Brian McNamee to BALCO superhero Jeff Novitzky over one month ago that more than likely has already been tested; and the results are probably privately known. But all we hear is it’s a “he said-he said” case at this point.

Oh really?

What’s up with the former Clemens nanny who placed Clemens at Jose Canseco’s home just like McNamee said? That was, after all the point Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, chose to hone in on to disprove McNamee’s veracity. But I bet by the time the feds get back around to her she’ll speak less English than Sammy Sosa in front of a 2005 Congressional inquisition. What’s up with Laura Pettitte? She didn’t misremember.

But hold on just a Texas by way of Connecticut minute.

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