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By now, you have heard that Denver Broncos corner Aqib Talib literally snatched the chain off the neck of Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree.
For this he was not penalized.
For this Crabtree did nothing.
Think about that for a minute…….
My guess is that most will think about one of two things: 1) What the hell is the matter with Talib?; or 2) What the hell is the matter with Crabtree?
Can you imagine anyone doing such a thing to Raider legends Jack Tatum, Lyle Alzado, or even mild-mannered Cliff Branch? It would have NEVER happened. And if it did, Talib would have been dealt with on the spot! No one bullied the old Raiders….they were the bullies as “The Autumn Wind” confirms.
On Talib, in the era of football when it is most difficult to be a good corner, he is a great corner.
That’s the end of the contextual accolades for him.
He is also a first class jackass.
We know he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. You can’t be if you shoot yourself, which he did. But I would like to think his deal is more complex than simply being an idiot.
I don’t know if the root of this is a bad upbringing, mental illness, or any of the other usual suspects. Frankly, after people hit 25 years of age, I don’t especially give a damn about the “why”. We are not talking about a child, but a grown damn man running around daring someone to check his ass. If he goes up against the wrong dude in a night club, he may be obliged and blown away. If this ever happens, some will lament about how “misunderstood” he was when in fact he is on the short list of professional athletes most likely to be mourned the least in the wake of such a tragic ending.
That very foreseeable ending for Talib is the most important reason why Crabtree needed to do something! Bullies are never bilingual. They understand one language and one language only, and that is their own. By doing nothing, Crabtree contributed to the embolden of Talib making the tragic ending I or anyone else can foresee all the more likely.
I am not saying that it was Crabtree’s obligation to save Talib from himself. I am saying that in the larger scheme of things, it would have been better for all parties involved, had he retaliated in the one language Talib understands. Not out of some inflated sense of machismo or superficial notion of manhood, but out of a need to do his part to keep the world around him in balance. When we allow anyone to get away with mistreating us without accountability we allow a dangerous imbalance that will inevitably demand correction. That correction almost always comes in the form of loss….be it loss of face, profession, freedom, or life.
Crabtree’s failure to respond will only encourage the Talibs of the NFL to continue along the same pattern and sends a message to the rest of the league that they can treat Crabtree any way it chooses. Can you imagine what the likes of Pacman Jones will do to Crabtree now?
Whatever the ensuing melee that would have resulted from a justified Crabtree response would have been, we all know it would not have ended in anyone being shot to death.
In the streets or at the club, not so sure.
I’ve been watching College Football since I was about 5-years-old. In that time so many great players have come and gone, but time and time again the players continue to remind me how much they shaped my ideal College Football player regardless of system, team or coach. Until unseated, these 5 players are my All-Time best. #CollegeFootball
Both Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette have chosen to skip their bowl games in preparation for the NFL combine and draft.
Their basic reasoning is risk/reward analysis: the risk being another Jalen Smith or Marcus Lattimore cautionary tale by getting hurt and losing millions by dropping out of the first round of the draft, where virtually all of the guaranteed money is. The reward: a pat on the back from your pimp…ah I mean coach and athletic director for leading your team to a victory in a game that is all but meaningless to everyone except those who collect the TV revenue, and that ain’t the players.
From some corners we hear the same old tired responses such as, “they signed a contract” or “they are quitting on their teams.”
Let’s address both.
On the contract, it would seem to me that a natural evolution of the student athlete organizing movement would be to challenge just how legally binding are these contracts? After all some are with 17-year old minors. My Judge Mathis law degree says such are not binding. Even if they are, who really thinks that a 17-18-year old fully understands all the parameters of such a commitment? The most compelling response to the contract piece is the fact that highly sought after coaches routinely break their contracts for the cash and greener pastures after having “promised” their recruits in their parents’ living rooms that they will be there for the duration. If the college experience is truly an educational environment and coaches are themselves educators, then both McCaffrey and Fournette have learned well.
As for quitting on their teams, yep, that is exactly what they are doing. No way around that except to say that many of those same teammates that they are quitting on would do the exact same thing if they were in that position. And what position is that? The position of coming to the reality that all college athletes are not created equal. If the 3-year starting left tackle at Ohio State or Alabama can’t see that his value is higher than his teammate who is the 3rd string tight end and occasional special-teams player in his fourth year, he is an idiot.
Finally, what they won’t do is feed you or your family if you suffer a career-ending injury or worst in a meaningless game. Any bowl game short of the playoff means about as much as a professional pre-season game.
The stakes are even higher for a running back, which is the ultimate pro-sport disposable. They last on average of about 3 seasons. They cannot begin to draw their pension until 55 and the annuity at 35. According to a Sports Illustrated report in 2014, nearly 80% of NFL players are broke 3 years into retirement.
Against this backdrop, if Fournette or McCaffrey were your sons, can you honestly say you would advise them otherwise?
They are both making a sound business decision and showing that they have learned the valuable lesson of placing the proper value on their labor.
NCAA big-time college sports is as transparent an example of the American Capitalistic “pimp and ho” system as there is. If these two young men have learned to pimp themselves in their best interest rather than passively allow others to do so in their best interest, I say more power to them and hope and suspect more will follow suit.
The 2016 College Football regular season was as good as any, with big time games, upset specials, and dominance in Tuscaloosa ensuing. It is now time to honor some of the top players in the nation. The SEC was in full force yet again with the Big Ten and ACC also contributing in a big way.
QB: Lamar Jackson, Louisville
RB: D’Onta Foreman, Texas
RB: Dalvin Cook, Florida State
WR: DeDe Westbrook, Oklahoma
WR: Corey Davis, Western Michigan
TE: Jordan Leggett, Clemson
OL: Cam Robinson, Alabama,
OL: Pat Elflein, Ohio State
OL: Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
OL: Cody O’Connell, Washington St
OL: Dorian Johnson, Pitt
DE: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DE: Jonathan Allen, Alabama
DT: Ed Oliver, Houston
DT: Demarcus Walker, Florida St
LB: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
LB: Reuben Foster, Alabama
LB: Ben Boulware, Clemson
CB: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
CB: Adoree Jackson, USC
S: Malik Hooker, Ohio St
S: Jamal Adams, LSU
K: Zane Gonzalez, Arizona St
P: Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
KR: Quadree Henderson, Pitt
PR: Adoree Jackson, USC
QB: DeShaun Watson, Clemson
RB: Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego St.
RB: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
WR: Zay Jones, East Carolina
WR: James Washington, Oklahoma St.
TE: Evan Engram, Ole Miss
OL: Conner Williams, Texas
OL: Jonah Williams, Alabama
OL: Dan Feeney, Indiana
OL: Tyler Orlosky, West Virgina
OL: Braden Smith, Auburn
DE: Derek Barnett, Tennessee
DE: Malik McDowell, Michigan St
DT: Montravius Adams, Auburn
DT: Carlos Watkins, Clemson
LB: Zac Cunningham, Vanderbilt
LB: T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
LB: Tim Williams, Alabama
CB: Jalen “Teez” Tabor, Florida
CB: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State (Tie)
S: Budda Baker, Washington
S: Tedric Thompson, Colorado
K: Daniel Carlson, Auburn
P: Johnny Townsend, Florida
KR: Adoree’ Jackson, USC
PR: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
This past Wednesday was the 60th birthday of Larry Bird.
For those of you too young to have actually watched him play, trust me, he was a bad man. Not a
bad man for a white guy. A bad man, period!
I never agreed with the infamous Dennis Rodman statement.
He was not a basketball version of Adele.
Did he have more fans for being a stand out white guy in a “black man’s game”? Of course. But that
speaks to the popularity of white privilege in America. It is neither an indictment or validation of him
as a basketball player any more than Trump’s election is an indication of what kind of statesmen he
But in spite of being a life-long die-hard Laker fan, unlike a certain group of haters today, I have
enough emotional maturity to give credit where credit was due.
The Celtics win over a clearly superior Lakers team in 84 was among the most painful of my sports
life. It does not happen without Larry Bird.
That year would be his first of 3 straight MVP years. While I’ll go to my grave insisting that Bernard
King should have won the 1985 award, Bird’s place in the game was nevertheless secure.
More than a little can be learned about Bird’s mindset and mental toughness coming up when he
would go to Chicago playgrounds where he learned the “city game.” He always expressed
appreciation for being “allowed” to play with them.
Allowed is the right word.
If you know anything about the culture of inner-city basketball, be it in New York, Philly, DC, or Chicago, you know they do not let just anyone play on a regular basis. It’s a sports version of the Apollo and if you can’t cut it, no one is shy or sensitive about letting you know.
The Birdman could clearly cut it as the NBA would soon find out.
So here is an ode to one of the coldest assassin’s in sports history: Larry Joe Bird.
QB: 1st Team: Jalen Hurts, Fr, Alabama 2nd Team: Joshua Dobbs, Sr, Tennessee
RB: 1st Team: Derrius Guice, Soph, LSU 2nd Team:
RB: 1st Team: Rawleigh Williams III, Soph, Arkansas 2nd Team:
WR: 1st Team: Josh Malone, Jr, Tennessee 2nd Team: Christian Kirk, Soph, Texas A&M
WR: 1st Team: Josh Reynolds, Sr, Texas A&M 2nd Team: J’Mon Moore, Jr, Mizzou
TE: 1st Team: Evan Engram, Sr, Ole Miss 2nd Team: O.J. Howard, Sr, Alabama
OL: 1st Team: Cam Robinson, Jr, Alabama 2nd Team: David Sharp, Jr, Florida
OL: 1st Team: Ethan Pocic, Sr, LSU 2nd Team: Avery Gennessy, Sr, Texas A&M
OL: 1st Team: Martez Ivey, Jr, Florida 2nd Team: Dan Skipper, Sr, Arkansas
OL: 1st Team: Frank Ragnow, Jr, Arkansas 2nd Team: Isaiah Wynn, Jr, Georgia
OL: 1st Team: Braden Smith, Jr, Auburn 2nd Team
K: 1st Team: Daniel Carlson, Jr, Auburn 2nd Team Gary Wunderlich, Jr, Ole Miss
DL: 1st Team: Myles Garrett, Jr. Texas A&M 2nd Team:
DL:1st Team: Derrick Barnett, Jr. Tennessee 2nd Team: Carl Lawson, Jr, Auburn
DL:1st Team: Charles Harris, Jr, Mizzou 2nd Team: Arden Key, Jr, LSU
DL:1st Team: Jonathan Allen, Sr, Alabama 2nd Team: Darius English, Sr, South Carolina
LB: 1st Team: Tim Williams, Sr, Alabama 2nd Team: Reuben Foster, Jr, Alabama
LB:1st Team: Zach Cunningham, Jr, Vanderbilt 2nd Team: Richie Brown, Sr, Miss St.
LB:1st Team: Kendall Beckwith, Sr, LSU 2nd Team: Roquan Smith, Soph, Georgia
DB:1st Team: Jalen “Teez” Tabor, Jr, Florida 2nd Team: Tray Matthews, Jr, Auburn
DB:1st Team: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Soph, Alabama 2nd Team:
DB:1st Team: Jamal Adams, Jr, LSU 2nd Team: Tre’Davious White, Sr, LSU
DB:1st Team: Justin Evans, Sr, Texas A&M 2nd Team: Mike Edwards, Soph, Kentucky
P:1st Team: J.K. Scott, Jr, Alabama 2nd Team: Johnny Townsend, Jr, Florida
ST:1st Team: Carlos Davis, Sr, Ole Miss 2nd Team: Isaiah McKenzie, Jr, Georgia
QB: 1st Team: Jake Browning, So., Washington 2nd Team: Luke Falk, Jr., Washington State
RB: 1st Team: Myles Gaskin, So, Washington, 2nd Team: Phillip Lindsay, Jr., Colorado
RB: 1st Team: Christian McCaffrey, Jr., Stanford 2nd Team: Ronald Jones III, So., USC,
WR: 1st Team: Chad Hansen, Jr., California 2nd Team: Gabe Marks, Sr., Washington State
WR: 1st Team: John Ross, Jr., Washington 2nd Team: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Jr., USC
TE: 1st Team: Pharaoh Brown, Sr., Oregon 2nd Team: Nate Iese, Sr., UCLA
OL: 1st Team: Trey Adams, So., Washington 2nd Team: Sean Harlow, Sr., Oregon State
OL: 1st Team: Scott Quessenberry, Jr., UCLA 2nd Team: Jeromy Irwin, Jr., Colorado
OL: 1st Team: Conor McDermott, Jr., UCLA 2nd Team: Isaac Asiata, Sr., Utah
OL: 1st Team: Garett Bolles, Jr., Utah 2nd Team: Damien Mama, Jr., USC
OL: 1st Team: Zach Banner, Sr., USC 2nd Team: Jake Eldrenkamp, Sr., Washington
K: 1st Team: Zane Gonzalez, Sr., Arizona State 2nd Team: Andy Phillips, Sr., Utah
DL: 1st Team: Hunter Dimick, Sr., Utah 2nd Team: Hercules Mata’afa, So., Washington State
DL:1st Team: Tak McKinley, Sr., UCLA 2nd Team: Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, Sr., USC
DL:1st Team: Elijah Qualls, Jr., Washington 2nd Team: Vita Vea, So., Washington
DL:1st Team: Solomon Thomas, Jr., Stanford 2nd Team: JoJo Wicker, So., Arizona State
LB: 1st Team: Cameron Smith, So., USC 2nd Team: Keishawn Bierra, Jr., Washington
LB:1st Team: Jayon Brown, Sr., UCLA 2nd Team: Azeem Victor, Jr., Washington
LB:1st Team: Jimmie Gilbert, Sr., Colorado 2nd Team: Kenny Young, Jr., UCLA
DB:1st Team: Budda Baker, Jr., Washington 2nd Team: Ahkello Witherspoon, Sr., Colorado
DB:1st Team: Adoree’ Jackson, Jr., USC 2nd Team: Chidobe Awuzie, Sr., Colorado
DB:1st Team: Marcus Williams, Jr., Utah 2nd Team: Tedric Thompson, Sr., Colorado
DB:1st Team: Sidney Jones, Jr., Washington 2nd Team: Shalom Luani, Sr., Washington State
P:1st Team: Mitch Wishnowsky, So., Utah 2nd Team: Matt Haack, Sr., ASU
ST:1st Team: Adoree’ Jackson, Jr., USC 2nd team: Dante Pettis, Jr., Washington
QB: 1st Team: J.T. Barrett, Jr, Ohio St. 2nd Team: Wilton Speight, Jr, Michigan
RB: 1st Team: Saquon Barkley, Soph, Penn State 2nd Team: Mike Weber, Fr, Ohio State
RB: 1st Team: Corey Clement, Sr, Wisconsin 2nd Team: Justin Jackson, Jr, Northwestern
WR: 1st Team: Austin Carr, Sr, Northwestern 2nd Team: R.J. Shelton, Sr, Michigan State
WR: 1st Team: Curtis Samuel, Jr, Ohio St 2nd Team: Amara Darboh, Sr, Michigan
TE: 1st Team: Jake Butt, Sr, Michigan 2nd Team Mike Gesicki, Jr, Penn State
OL: 1st Team: Pat Elflein, Ohio State 2nd Team: Kyle Kalis, Wisconsin
OL: 1st Team: Dan Feeney, Indiana: 2nd Team: Billy Price, Ohio State
OL: 1st Team: Ryan Ramczyk, Jr, Wisconsin 2nd Team: Jamarco Jones, Ohio State
OL: 1st Team: Erik Magnuson, Sr, Michigan 2nd Team: Beau Benzschawel, So, Wisconsin
OL: 1st Team: Mason Cole, Jr, Michigan 2nd Team: Ben Braden, Sr, Michigan
PK: 1st Team: Tyler Davis, Jr, Penn State 2nd Team: Tyler Durbin, Sr, Ohio State
DL: 1st Team: Taco Charlton, Sr, Michigan, 2nd Team: Tyquan Lewis, Jr, Ohio State
DL:1st Team: Malik McDowell, Jr, Michigan State 2nd Team: Ryan Glascow, Sr, Michigan
DL:1st Team: Jaleel Johnson, Sr, Iowa 2nd Team: Dawuane Smoot, Sr, Illinois
DL:1st Team: Chris Wormley, Sr, Michigan 2nd Team: Ifeadi Odenigbo, Sr, Northwestern
LB: 1st Team: Jabrill Peppers, Jr, Michigan 2nd Team: Vince Biegel, Sr, Wisconsin
LB: 1st Team: T.J. Watt, Jr, Wisconsin 2nd Team: Riley Bullough, Sr, Michigan State
LB: 1st Team: Raekwon McMillan, Jr, Ohio State 2nd Team: Josey Jewell, Jr, Iowa
DB: 1st Team: Desmond King, Sr, Iowa 2nd Team: Rashard Fant, Jr, Indiana
DB: 1st Team: Jourdan Lewis, Sr, Michigan 2nd Team: Delano Hill, Sr, Michigan
DB:1st Team: Malik Hooker, Soph, Ohio State 2nd Team: Gareon Conley, Jr, Ohio State
DB:1st Team: Marshon Lattimore, Soph, Ohio State 2nd Team: Sojourn Shelton, Sr, Wisconsin
P: 1st Team: Cameron Johnston, Sr, Ohio State 2nd Team: Kenny Allen, Sr, Michigan
ST:1st Team: Jabrill Peppers, Jr, Michigan 2nd Team: Desmond King, Sr, Iowa
QB: 1st Team: Baker Mayfield, Jr, Oklahoma 2nd Team: Patrick Mahommes II, Jr, Texas Tech
RB: 1st Team: D’Onta Foreman, Jr, Texas 2nd Team: Justin Crawford, Jr, West Virginia
RB: 1st Team: Joe Mixon, Soph, Oklahoma 2nd Team: Kyle Hicks, Jr, TCU
WR: 1st Team: DeDe Westbrook, Sr, Oklahoma 2nd Team: K.D. Cannon, Soph, Baylor
WR: 1st Team: James Washington, Jr, Oklahoma State 2nd Team: Jonathan Giles, Jr, Texas Tech
WR: 1st Team: Allen Lazard, Jr, Iowa State 2nd Team: Shelton Gibson, Jr, West Virginia
OL: 1st Team: Kyle Fuller, Sr, Baylor
OL: 1st Team: Con nor Williams, Soph, Texas
OL: 1st Team: Orlando Brown, Soph, Oklahoma
OL: 1st Team: Joseph Noteboom, Jr, TCU
OL: 1st Team: Tyler Orlosky, Sr, West Virginia
K: 1st Team: Clayton Hatfield, Soph, Texas Tech 2nd Team: Cole Netten, Sr, Iowa state
DL: 1st Team: Jordan Willis, Sr, Kansas State 2nd Team: Mat Boesen, Jr, TCU
DL:1st Team: Dorance Armstrong Jr, Soph, Kansas 2nd Team: Breckyn Hager, Soph, Texas
DL:1st Team: Josh Carraway, Senior, TCU 2nd Team: Aaron Curry, Sr, TCU
DL:1st Team: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Jr, Oklahoma 2nd Team: Vincent Taylor, Jr, Oklahoma State
LB: 1st Team: Jordan Evans, Sr, Oklahoma 2nd Team: Justin Arndt, Sr, West Virginia
LB:1st Team: Anthony Wheeler, Soph, Texas 2nd Team: Devante Averette, Sr, Oklahoma State
LB:1st Team: Travin Howard, Jr, TCU 2nd Team: Elijah Lee, Jr, Kansas State
DB:1st Team: Rasul Douglas, Sr, West Virginia 2nd Team: Donnie Starks, Sr, Kansas State
DB:1st Team: Dylan Haines, Sr, Texas 2nd Team: Kamari Cotton-Moya, Jr, Iowa State
DB:1st Team: Ryan Reid, Sr, Baylor 2nd Team: Ranthony Texada, Jr, TCU
DB:1st Team: Orion Stewart, Sr, Baylor 2nd Team: Patrick Levels, Sr, Baylor
P:1st Team: Michael Dickson, Soph, Texas 2nd Team: Cole Moos, Jr, Kansas
ST:1st Team: Byron Pringle, Soph, Kansas St. 2nd Team: Kene Nwangwu, Fr, Iowa State