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Tazer Ball – Shocking

Tazer Ball When I first got wind of this and decided it was blog worthy I was immediately faced with a major dilemma. Would this be classified a sport or entertainment?

The testosterone fueled players certainly call it a sport. There is a ball and two goals which gives it all the appearance of a sport. But then there’s grown men chasing each other around a big field and poking at each other with tazers. That’s shockingly good entertainment. (Pun intended)

I mean think about it. The promotional video starts out with this disclaimer:

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WARNING — Do NOT try this at home! These are trained professionals. UTB Stun Guns can cause serious injury… or death! [/box]

How’s that for entertainment value? Like playing football with baseball bats and chain saws.

Okay, so the rules are simple.

There are two teams of four players and a great big soccer ball. You have a field of play with a goal at each end. Each player carries a low impact tazer (electrical shock device) they can use on whoever is carrying the ball.

Suddenly baseball and tennis sounds like the great American snoozefest.

There’s already a UTB league consisting of four teams – The LA Nightlight, The Philadelphia Killawatts, The Toronto Terrors and the San Diego Spartans.

UTB Teams(Franchises are available)

Hmmm…. I have this idea for a game involving Frisbees and crossbows. It’s got killer entertainment value!!

It’s official – The NFL is Dead to Me

It’s like a perpetual dead zone has been removed from that sports locker I call a brain. I don’t know why I didn’t see it year ago. Greed is very patient and subtle. I remember going to see the Titans and I would watch those guys buying $8 beers and $6 hot dogs. You could spend the national debt of a small Caribbean Island shopping in the NFL store.

Then it occurred to me. The game is not about the fan. Maybe it never was. The game is not even about the rivalry that develops between certain teams, certain communities. Like so many other things in our capitalist society it’s all about the money!

During the recent lockout where the players and owners kept watching the calendar, knowing full well the drop dead date for the season. They got serious about a week before. What do you think they were talking about?

They were talking about the money that we put in their pockets. They were talking about how to slice up that pie so that everybody gets their fair share. I don’t recall seeing any fans sitting in those meetings. Perhaps it’ll take a few Sundays of no fans sitting in those multi-million dollar playgrounds built from the pockets of the working man and the communities they live in, for the players and the owners to get the message.

It’s not about the money. It’s about the people who gave it to you.

I have seen my last Super Bowl. I’m okay with that.

I’m officially making Super Bowl Sunday movie night – not “The Longest yard.”

If they keep raising prices this could be Super Bowl Sunday some day.

 

 

NFL in Freefall

What was once the crowning achievement in U.S. sports is rapidly becoming a laughing stock of embarrassment for fans and other onlookers across the world stage.

At issue is the inability of the players, represented by the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and the owners to come to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

I remember back in 1982 and 1987 when the players went on strike. Remember the “Replacement Player” games where owners put hastily hired replacements on the field in place of striking regular players? If it was a game of chicken on the gridiron, the players blinked. Support for the strike faltered and within days collapsed in the face of dwindling player support.  Bewildered and angry fans of pro football took their ticket dollars elsewhere. It took a good three years for the league to recover from that nastiness.

Those were tumultuous times for the NFL and the NFLPA who suffered humiliating defeat in the courts in the aftermath of the 1987 strike. For more details see: 1987 strike and decertification at wiki.

So here we are twenty some years later revisiting old wounds and tailspinning off a players lockout. On April 25th, Federal Judge Susan Nelson sided with the players and ruled the lockout illegal, weakening the owners position. This sets up a battle that will be played out in Federal Court as the league tries to secure its position within the communities they operate in. In her ruling the judge effectively deemed the NFL — too big to fail.

League commissioner Roger Goodell, in an April 26th Wall Street Journal article, gave us a view of the NFL without a CBA.

Goodell wrote:

Under this vision, players and fans would have none of the protections or benefits that only a union (through a collective-bargaining agreement) can deliver. What are the potential ramifications for players, teams, and fans? Here are some examples:

• No draft. “Why should there even be a draft?” said player agent Brian Ayrault. “Players should be able to choose who they work for. Markets should determine the value of all contracts. Competitive balance is a fallacy.”

• No minimum team payroll. Some teams could have $200 million payrolls while others spend $50 million or less.

• No minimum player salary. Many players could earn substantially less than today’s minimums.

• No standard guarantee to compensate players who suffer season- or career-ending injuries.Players would instead negotiate whatever compensation they could.

• No league-wide agreements on benefits. The generous benefit programs now available to players throughout the league would become a matter of individual club choice and individual player negotiation.

• No limits on free agency. Players and agents would team up to direct top players to a handful of elite teams. Other teams, perpetually out of the running for the playoffs, would serve essentially as farm teams for the elites.

• No league-wide rule limiting the length of training camp or required off-season workout obligations. Each club would have its own policies.

• No league-wide testing program for drugs of abuse or performance enhancing substances.Each club could have its own program—or not.

Unlike days of old there are way too many options in the sports world to waste my time on the NFL as they continue to shoot themselves in the cleats. Between NASCAR, NCAA Football and Basketball, and The Food Network, my weekends can be easily shifted away from the greed and ugliness now entrenched in the players and the owners.

I’m convinced the arrogance of the NFL will be their downfall as fans depart en masse for other entertainment options. The Super Bowl could easily become the Super Dud and I wouldn’t shed a tear.

They brought it on themselves.

There’s Racing… And Then There’s Bristol

Article first published as There’s Racing… And Then There’s Bristol on Technorati.

 

Former Bristol Motor Speedway President Jeff Byrd, who passed away last year after a battle with cancer, will be honored for his contribution to NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Byrd’s wife Claudia and children Christian and Belton are the honorary starters.

Last season, Kyle Busch became the first driver to sweep all three NASCAR national series races in the same weekend when he swept the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup series at Bristol last fall.

Several fan friendly events are scheduled for Friday, March 18. Admission is free of charge. On tap: Food City will honor Richard Petty during on-stage ceremonies; a special Q&A session with Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, A.J. Allmendinger and David Ragan; a Wii Boxing Tournament featuring Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler, Marcos Ambrose, David Reutimann, Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne and Bobby Labonte; and a Newlywed Game with Kasey Kahne and crew chief Kenny Francis versus Brad Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe.

Milestones this week: David Ragan and Travis Kvapil will be making their 150th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts; Tony Stewart is going for his 40th win and 250th top-10 finish. If he succeeds he will be the 19th NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to reach 250 top 10s. Kasey Kahne is going for his 50th top five in the series.

Source: nascarmedia.com

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Daytona is Fast, Fast, Fast

Source: NASCAR.com

Congrats to Kurt Busch for winning last night’s kick-off race to NASCAR 2011, the Budweiser Shootout. The true winner was anybody in the stands or sitting in front of a TV to watch this race unfold. With new asphalt and nerves of steel, drivers grabbed a dance partner and two by two averaged over 196 mph during the first 25 laps. Two cars could run faster together than any single car, so the event was like a dance recital at 200 mph. Not a bad kickoff to NASCAR 2011.

Monday morning quarterbacking

Green Bay wins. Pittsburgh loses. And it didn’t snow.

It was a good game. I missed the cheerleadrs..

The Black Eyed Peas are a lot stranger than I remember.

Slash still wears that big hat. Usher still dances like Michael Jackson.

The commercials were just okay.

I may never eat another Dorito.

Rogers has a good arm.

Brett who?

NASCAR Season officially opens this Saturday with the Bud Shootout from Daytona!
(Not that that has anything to do with the Super Bowl)

Brett Favre officially retires – again!

USA Today Image - Favre Vikings

I contemplated going down this path for a few minutes before putting together this post. More than one reporter has been embarrassed since 2007 with the headline: “Brett Favre Retiring from the NFL.” The guy has retired more times than Johnny Olson shouted, “Come on down, you’re our next contestant…”

Favre set record after record as he played for Green Bay from 1992-2007. He ‘officially’ retired the first time on March 4, 2008, and in a teary press conference said, “I know I can play, but I don’t think I want to. And that’s really what it comes down to.”

Four months after throwing in the towel, Favre yanked that sucker back, only to be told by the Packers front office, “Thanks, but no thanks.”  The soap-opera between Favre, the Packers, and the Green Bay fans, culminated in his trade to the New York Jets for a 2009 draft pick. New York haven’t seen this kind of quarterback hoopla since Broadway Joe Namath guaranteed a win in the 1969 Super Bowl against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.  The Jets front office took the  keys to the Jets offense from Chad Pennington. Chad got the boot and Favre got the keys.

He had a better than average season with the Jets, including a solid win in the last game of the season against Pennington and the Miami Dolphins. Nearly two months later, Brett Favre again announced his intention to retire from football.

And then it was… “Oops, my bad!” In June of 2009, Favre announced that he was looking at several opportunities to return to the NFL and would likely join the Vikings organization, only to inform the Minnesota team on July 28, that he would remain retired. Perhaps money talks louder than aching bones, because on August the 18th, the Vikings announced that Brett Favre would be their starting quarterback for the 2009 season.

And what a season it was. When the Vikes met the Packers for the Monday night game on October 5th, Brett Favre became the only quarterback in NFL history to have defeated all 32 teams in the league. That game was the most-viewed television program, sports or otherwise, in the history of cable television. It drew an unheard of 15.3 rating and had 21.8 million viewers. The Vikings would go on to the playoffs and rout the Dallas Cowboys in a 34-3 embarrassment, the first time Favre defeated The Cowboys in the playoffs after three previous losing efforts as the Packers QB. The Vikings would lose to a solid New Orleans Saints team in the conference championship game.

Amid speculation of Favre’s retirement after the stellar performance in his first season with the Vikes, Favre’s ankle injury in the playoff game continued to fuel rumors and innuendo about his plans for 2010. That gossip was squashed when the organization announced on August 17, 2010, that Brett Favre would return as the starting quarterback for the upcoming season. His performance for the season was mediocre, at best, and marked by a couple of injuries late in the schedule. On Dec 2nd, he sprained his shoulder in the Buffalo Bills game. For this injury he was benched for the Monday night game on Dec 13th, ending his consecutive regular season start streak at 297.

With his list of accomplishments in the NFL, you could make an argument that this future Hall-of-Famer is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. (I would pick Joe Montana, but that’s another blog.) I don’t know, there have been some great ones. I’m afraid his legacy is not going to be how many TDs he’s thrown, or how many career starts he’s had, but how many times he said “I’m retiring.”

But then… there’s always next season.

 



“Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.” ~Don Shula