Posts Tagged ‘jacksonville jaguars’

Professional Football is Imploding in Florida

November 4, 2013


It was bad enough that Jacksonville refused to take the locally charmed Tim Tebow and thus earn the complete distrust and disgust of their fans by producing a less-than-lackluster team, now the remainder of Florida has joined in the “Peninsular curse”.

But I don’t really think we can blame Tebow for any of this… can we? Unless the scriptures somewhere tell us that “the peninsula will be lost if one turns their back on the Man of God” or something like that.

Anyway, after Jacksonville buckled to the curse, Tampa Bay was beset with a scourge of virus and bacterial infestation… somewhat less than seven plagues, but you get the drift.

Some of their team have gotten very ill from the microbes and their coach (some say who has a brain the size of a microbe) is acting fairly odd in his decision making.

This mess might be entirely overlooked if either team had one win between them but they are – strangely enough – the ONLY two teams in the NFL without a win this season! This has Biblical connotations all over it!!

Still, there was one bright spot in this fiasco: Miami is sitting at .500 (4 wins, 4 losses) and are not the bearers of the golden goose egg shared by the other two Florida franchises but now it seems they have a mess the size of Texas. And maybe a bigger mess than the other two teams combined.

It seems Jonathan Martin (no relation to Trayvon) has gone AWOL from the team amid swirling rumors of hazing, practical jokes, and other good-natured football camaraderie. Perhaps the fellow just has thin skin.

Today, the story took a turn to the South and it seems that one player named Ricky (whose name will remain Incognito) has been badgering the fellow for some time now (like since last year) and has been using racial slurs, threats, innuendo, and half a dozen other nuanced behaviors that I thought were beyond the mental capacity of the one-who-shall-remain-Incognito.

It is a sad day for for Miami, a sadder day for Florida, and an even bigger dark day for the NFL.

Oh, did I mention Jonathan Martin is black? (That might frame the story in a different light.)

So, what looked like a simple case of an emotionally frail young man not being able to take some friendly ribbing, it now seems his teammate has been involved in criminal behavior of a very bad sort.

And the rest of the team seems to have known something of this and did nothing about it.

Sure, New England had Hernandez and the murder-thing – so very easy to see that sort of thing and handle it – but this does not bode well for anyone.

If the league cannot get this sort of behavior under control (and there were shades of the same sort of thing going on in Tampa just a couple of weeks ago, i.e. Freeman’s departure) they are going to wish their only problems were a few concussion cases, illegal tackle fines, and the racial slur contained in the names of their teams.

Maybe everyone in Florida should take a moment and do a little Tebowing?

And perhaps Tim could bring some salvation.

Or at least a little salve.

I’m Just Sayin’…

January 16, 2013

While it is a truism that no good deed goes unpunished, and equally true that sometimes you’ve only got one shot…

It is also true that a man is greater than the sum of his parts.

The new GM for the Jacksonville Jaguars – the team everyone assumed Tebow would next play for – has announced they really have no place in their organization for the man.

Most people have said that Tebow did miserably while at the Jets… but when was he given the chance? They used him sparingly over the season. The “brilliant” (a self-proclaimed moniker, I believe) coach Ryan would rather lose with Sanchez.

Tebow’s brother tweeted his side of the argument but he has no say in the matter. (If you missed that, he basically reminded everyone that the last playoff win in Denver was by none other than his brother, Tim.)

Analysts all claim that both Denver and New York have said he is a “terrible” QB.

If Tebow was such a bad QB, how could he take Denver on such a wild ride into the playoffs? Probably, had he gone all the way to the Super Bowl, they would still have said the same thing.


Because in practice, Tebow looks lousy.

Therefore he cannot play good enough for the NFL, right?

But practice is not the same as the game and some people are simply better when put in the right conditions.

A fine example of that is Kaepernick, the young QB who rallied the 49ers to beat the Packers, and that’s after he threw a pick-six on the opening drive.

Picking talent is a seemingly rare talent. There are too many stories about the “draft busts” over the years. Choices made by people supposedly good at judging talent.

Yet, as many people know, it is not always the quality of the stars that means the most. I remember a certain team out of Miami that was not full of the greatest stars in the NFL but they seem to have gone undefeated. Later greats like Dan Marino could not surround himself with a team like that.

What is that indefinable thing that causes some people to form into a great team, and for the individual parts to become better than they otherwise might have been?

Joe Montana was picked in the third round because they said he did not have arm strength that was NFL caliber. They said he couldn’t compete in the NFL.

Tom Brady was chosen in the sixth round because he looked positively horrible at the Combine. They said he couldn’t compete in the NFL.

And that shows you what their statistics and miles of “practice” footage will get you.

Tebow deserves a shot because he has already shown he can do the job.

But I don’t think anyone in the NFL is smart enough to know it. Or to look back at that footage.

What Is It With the Jets?

December 30, 2012

[Yes, yet another useless football-oriented entry… but don’t worry: the season is almost over!]

Sure we know that everyone ♥ New York but is the place becoming the “vacation year” for athletes?

Brett Favre came out of retirement and Green Bay immediately shipped the guy off to the Jets for one year. Then he was traded to Minnesota the next year and took them on a pretty good run into the playoffs.

Now Tim Tebow has gone to the same Jets for – apparently – only one year before being shipped off to who knows where… probably Jacksonville, where he wanted to go in the first place rather than… well, New York, which everyone ♥, by the way.

I know there is not enough data here to make any decent statistical analysis but what is going on here? Is New York the new sabbatical, or is it more of the new “Time Out” corner for slightly bizarre players? (Sure, you want to add “and coaches”… but Ryan has been there for more than a year.)

Maybe it is just some sort of jinx. I mean, two rather exceptional (though much maligned) quarterbacks have both spent their year in purgatory (i.e. New York Jets organization, not the city, which everyone ♥’s) in utter mediocrity before moving on to where they wanted to go in the first place.

Do the Jets just not know how to use talent when they get it or what? I mean, they did pretty good back in the days of Broadway Joe. He was able to take them places…

Ah, but that was in the days before Broadway Rex.

Don’t ya just ♥ New York?