by Sean Dillon
posted Sep 17 2014 9:23AM
The Minnesota Vikings proved once again that money reigns supreme. After losing their largest sponsor Radisson and several tersely worded letters to the NFL, Adrian Peterson is on the Commissioner's Exempt list until his court case with his son is over.
But let us look at it from another point of view.
Actions not words.
Radisson hotels have been wrapped with the Minnesota Vikings for years. They have a successful and meaningful partnership with the team. But could they sit there and accept their logo and reputation being sullied because of the anger of a "good man"?
No, they took action and said "Enough's, enough," suspending their sponsorship.
Now other NFL sponsors have taken the route of sending tersely worded letters.
HAVE SOME BALLS GUYS!
What sponsors needed to do was say was, "We aren't going to associate ourselves with a league that accepts the conduct of its teams and players that conducts itself this way. We would rather lose money in the short term, then be the brand that accepts violence versus women and children."
But many sponsors chickened out.
They sent letters that said things like, "We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league."
Yup, that's going to make me want to drink a Bud now.
The NFL Owners have a commissioner that is supposed to be making them money. Now, Roger Goodell must go. It should be not about words of "disappointment" but ACTIONS that matter.
Send a message NFL that you want to turn over a new leaf. Fire Goodell, cancel Pinktober because nothing you say or do will not scream, HYPOCRICY than caring about Breast Cancer Awareness but not caring about a woman getting beat by your employees.
Otherwise be prepared for the lull of ticket sales like Major League Baseball suffered after the 1994-1995 Baseball strike. It took me until the year 2000 to go back to a baseball game.
I may never drink a Bud again.
by Sean Dillon
posted Sep 16 2014 1:46PM
This season was a total disaster, but what was the major cause of the implosion of the team that a couple of years ago was in the World Series?
1. Nolan Ryan leaving - He is the soul of the team, someone young pitchers could look forward talking with. But because of personality conflict with Jon Daniels he left to go work with Houston. What's the bet that Houston continues to develop faster than the Rangers will in the future? I won't take it because betting against Nolan is a sucker bet.
2. Injuries - Yup, there were alot of injuries
3. Ron Washington quitting - Did Ron take the blame for this year? Did the pressure get to him?
4. Jon Daniels - young punk who has run off an ownership group, Nolan and let Rangers stars go to other teams to shine while bringing in banged up replacements.
Who cares, this season is over and we have to now wait for next year, for this team will have to do the dreaded rebuild.
Good Luck Rangers, you are going to need it.
by Sean Dillon
posted Sep 15 2014 9:00AM
I let a day go by after the game, trying to think of the nice way to put it, but it is time to rip the band aid off this season.
The Red Raiders aren't that good. Yes, they seem to be good against Little Sisters of the Poor and Miscellaneous State but when it comes to any school from any Power 5 conference, they just aren't that good. They are young, undisciplined and have a quarterback who just isn't Kingsbury, Harrell, Joe Barnes or any of the other leaders that have taken the Red Raiders to greatness.
The bowl game versus Arizona State was an aberration. The team had a month to study and prepare for a matchup. They had a week to prepare for Arkansas, knowing that the Arkansas QB wasn't good either, but the Razorbacks run game was amazing. In the end, mental mistakes the team made compounded again into a frustrating day for the Red Raiders. Where was the jumping around, the energy from last year?
We all love the Red Raiders, it is when they play below all of our expectations when our feelings are worn on our sleeves. Because we love this team, we've been there in cold, wet, snow, dust storm games. We've cheered for them when they were coached by Spike, Mike, Idiot and Kliff. We just want to see improvements otherwise the $95 ticket prices for games like Saturday will be laughed at in the future.
To become a champion, you have to cheer, play, coach and have an organization that is dedicated to winning.
The fans showed up, for as long as they could. When the game got ugly, they left. They left to go talk about things that mattered, not mentioning the embarrassment on the field. "We got dressed up for THAT?" I heard from a fan after the final gun fired.
The team looked lost, on assignments, on routes, everything. It could have been 63-14 without a couple of lucky bounces.
Kliff is young and will have to mature and season more for the fans to look past "Hollywood".
As long as Texas Tech Football is a beauty pageant for some fans, coached "Hollywood" style, played at a second tier level with swagger rather than substance and have an organization WILLING to let traditions go, this team won't EVER be a National Champion.
It is a matter of attitude and the Red Raiders have the future working for them. They have an incredible facility, great recruits and a good coach, they need some seasoning, experience and LUCK to win.
Good Luck Red Raiders!
by Sean Dillon
posted Aug 21 2014 5:58PM
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by Sean Dillon
posted Aug 15 2014 12:54PM
The Dallas Cowboys announced that starting QB Tony Romo will start in the Cowboys’ preseason home opener vs Baltimore tomorrow night.
I’ve been watching the Cowboys pussyfoot around this issue. LET TONY PLAY! If he isn’t ready to get hit by now, this season is over. The herniated disk has been fixed and the Boys need him badly.
I want to see Tony lead the first team down the field to a touchdown… otherwise this is going to be a LONG painful, nowhere near a playoff team season.
What do you think will happen Saturday night?