NFL Hypocrisy

The hypocrisy in the NFL has hit an all time high. All we the fans have heard about for the past 2 plus years was PLAYER SAFETY. Commissioner Roger Goodell has been fining people at an alarming rate and suspending players for where people have been getting hit. Defenders literally have a smaller hit zone than MLB players have a strike zone.

So what does good ol’ Goodell want to do to remedy the situation?

Adding two more regular season games.

Expand the number of playoff teams (Water down the playoffs)

Now he wants to add more Thursday night games.

All 3 of these things will only hurt the game and the product of the game.

It’s a ludicrous thought to think by doing these things player’s will not be hurt more. Come playoff time do you really want to see your team playing a good majority of 2nd stringers and guys off the streets?

Injuries are inevitable in this game but doing these proposed things will CERTAINLY mean more injuries and high profiled players being on Injured Reserve.

If you’re an NFL fan you can’t like what Goodell is looking to do to the game.

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Roger Goodell- Has Too Much Power

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is far too powerful than what is best for the league and the players in it. His ability to suspend players for any amount of time is ridiculous. The discrepancies in the suspensions he has handed down is far and wide. He keeps pushing for the league to go to an 18 game regular season schedule which is absolute bull. It will water down the season and make having even a remotely healthy team next to impossible. Then he keeps pushing for a franchise in London. There are a million reasons that’s a terrible idea but the most obvious one is no player born and bred in the United States of America dreamed of playing NFL football in the United Kingdom.

Both the 18 game schedule and the London franchise is all about one thing, more money. I just hate to hear these things because I have seen first hand how a league can get too big for itself and ultimately wind up not generating the money they once did. Heck it’s already happening people much rather watch the game on their HD television where they can buy a 12 pack for roughly the same cost as 1 beer at the actual stadium.

I have to blame the NFLPA though when it comes to how much power Goodell has, they should have fought for an independent third-party to review all suspensions and fines but they backed down because the players didn’t want to lose any game checks. Now Goodell and the NFLPA are in a fight over HGH testing. They seemingly had a deal until Goodell decided he did not want an independent third-party to go over the hows. whens, and the punishments if a player is caught using human growth hormones.

I understand Goodell is the owner’s puppet but I believe his ego is highly involved in everything that comes up in the league.

If he knows what’s best for the NFL and himself he will look to get Los Angeles a team or two and finally end the 18 game garbage. If not he may become the man who ruined the NFL.

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The Great Debate…..Comparing Era’s, Don’t Do It

So awhile back I was listening to Detroit radio host Matt Sheppard talking about Miguel Cabrera‘s season. He brought up Joe DiMaggio and how as a rookie he had something like 33 strikeouts THE ENTIRE SEASON. He pointed out the leader of strikeouts at that date was Mike Napoli who was close to around 200 strikeouts in August. No doubt what Joe DiMaggio did was incredible but I got to thinking in his time he faced 1 pitcher the whole game everyday. He never had to face middle relievers, specialists, or closers. I think it’d be fair to say his strikeout numbers would’ve been higher. How much higher? Nobody knows.

You take the NHL for example a player like Gordie Howe faced Goaltenders who wore next to nothing in padding. Compared to today’s goalies their padding probably takes up 65% of the net. Advantage Old School.

You look at the hockey stick itself and Howe played with essentially a piece of tree. Whereas today’s players play with composite graphite sticks that are ultra light. Advantage New School.

The NFL you can only breakdown by the decades otherwise the gap is just too enormous to justify. From how it was a running league to the current day wide open passing offense’s.

The rules in the NBA and NFL in particular have changed the games almost completely. You can’t really play defense, at least the way we grew up knowing defense, anymore and it’s saddening and a big adjustment to both the fans and players.

Joe Montana is the best QB who ever played in my opinion but many want to argue that Tom Brady is. Brady is great but EVERY Super Bowl he won was off the foot of Adam Vinatieri.

The debates are what make sports fun though but for me I want to stick to debating the same era’s. Barry Sanders v Emmitt Smith, Mario Lemieux v Wayne Gretzky, and so on.

So consider the factors of each player from their era’s to play a real role in these debates.

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NFL Whip Around

After 2 weeks of NFL games here’s a little of what we know.

You’re A Mess

These teams are either ravaged by injuries or just don’t have the talent where it matters. QB mainly but Jacksonville has nothing to work with on any level.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Washington Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers

New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers

Cleveland Browns

Heading The Right Way

These two teams are finding out what they have at QB and could really have both found their guy’s.

Oakland Raiders

Buffalo Bills

Somewhere In The Middle

These teams aren’t overly impressive but should be watched because they have the talent to make some noise,

Tennessee Titans

Arizona Cardinals

Detroit Lions

St. Louis Rams

Philadelphia Eagles

Indianapolis Colts

Very Impressive (so far)

These teams have looked good so far and for Miami and K.C. in particular the improvement is noticeable.

Miami Dolphins

New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks

Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

Chicago Bears

The Unknowns

These teams all have the talent to make the playoffs and ultimately win a Super Bowl but as of today. They haven’t been good enough to separate themselves yet.

Atlanta Falcons

Cincinnati Bengals

Green Bay Packers

Baltimore Ravens

Houston Texans

New England Patriots

The We Don’t Care About You

These teams pretty much have given us the same thing for years now and that doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon.

Dallas Cowboys

San Diego Chargers

New York Jets

ALREADY ON THE HOT SEAT

Greg Schiano– His Rutgers mentality is going to land him back in the college game very soon. I think, he’s already lost this team and I expect it to only get worse.

Ron Rivera-Not giving Cam Newton any help will be his undoing.

Jim Schwartz- He is in straight up denial if he truly believes this isn’t the Same Old Lions. Since he’s been the Lions coach they have been league leaders or towards the top in both passes dropped and penalties. He is not willing to put guys on the bench that are hurting the team either with penalties or bad play.

Rex Ryan– The writing has been on the wall for a while now and Rex knows it.

Jason Garrett- The ginger has never been a good coach and it’s not getting any better with his play calling been stripped away from him.

 

 

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NFL Training Camp- Shattered Dreams (Literally)

If you seen tonight’s episode of ‘Hard Knocks‘, you seen what happened to undrafted free agent defensive tackle Larry Black. On a play in practice he was being blocked his cleat got caught, he got leg whipped on accident by a teammate and broke his leg and dislocated his ankle all at once. Now he may be able to come back from the injury but it’s a long shot at best.

I’m writing this piece because it brings me back to training camp last season for the Philadelphia Eagles. A young man from my hometown was on the team WR Ronald Johnson. He had this exact same injury last year, as Black did this year.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-eagles/Ronald-Johnson-carted-off-practice-field-with-apparent-ankle-injury.html

This was probably the most talent kid to come from Muskegon, Michigan since Curtis Adams. Ronald, also known as, RoJo was recruited by EVERYBODY. Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Florida, Alabama, ect. RoJo ended up playing for the University of Southern California. Played his full 4 years for the Trojans and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011. They cut him and he was picked up by Philadelphia almost immediately, He spent the season on the practice squad and really put in the work to make the 53 man roster in 2012. Sadly I doubt he’ll ever fulfill his NFL dreams. Being a wide receiver your legs are your livelihood. I don’t know as a fact but I’m guessing football is no longer an option for Ronald but he’s a good young man and got his degree and I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to whatever community he chooses to live in.  It’s the tough reality of the NFL and the injuries that come along from it.

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An In Depth Look At The Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule

Sun, Sept. 8  VS Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Fraizer record 16-22

2012 record 10-6 NFC Wild Card berth

Key Losses- LB Jasper Brinkley OG Geoff Schwartz WR Percy Harvin

Key Additions- QB Matt Cassel WR Greg Jennings

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 23(23) S. Floyd DT Florida
1 25(25) X. Rhodes Florida State
1 29(29) C. Patterson WR Tennessee
4 23(120) G. Hodges Penn State
5 22(155) J. Locke UCLA
6 28(196) J. Baca OG UCLA
7 7(213) M. Mauti Penn State
7 8(214) T. Bond OG North Carolina
7 23(229) E. Dawkins DT Florida State

 

 

 

Sun, Sept. 15 AT Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians 9-3 as Interim for Indianapolis Colts in 2o12 technically a rookie

2012 record 5-11

Key Losses- RB Beanie Wells WR Early Doucet

Key Additions- QB Carson Palmer RB Rashard Mendenhall

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 7(7) J. Cooper OG North Carolina
2 13(45) K. Minter LSU
3 7(69) T. Mathieu LSU
4 6(103) A. Okafor DE Texas
4 19(116) E. Watford OG James Madison
5 7(140) S. Taylor RB Stanford
6 6(174) R. Swope WR Texas A&M
6 19(187) A. Ellington RB Clemson
7 13(219) D. Jefferson TE Rutgers

 

 

Sun Sept. 22 AT Washington Redskins

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan record 21-27

2012 record 10-6 NFC East Division Winner

Key Losses- OT Jammal Brown

Key Additions- WR Devery Henderson WR Donte’ Stallworth

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
2 19(51) D. Amerson North Carolina State
3 23(85) J. Reed TE Florida
4 22(119) P. Thomas Fresno State
5 21(154) C. Thompson RB Florida State
5 29(162) B. Jenkins Florida State
6 23(191) B. Rambo Georgia
7 22(228) J. Jamison RB Rutgers

 

 

Sun, Sept. 29 VS Chicago Bears

Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman Rookie no record

2012 record 10-6

Key Losses- LB Brian Urlacher WR Johnny Knox QB Jason Campbell

Key Additions- TE Martellus Bennett OT Jermon Bushrod

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 20(20) K. Long OG Oregon
2 18(50) J. Bostic Florida
4 20(117) K. Greene Rutgers
5 30(163) J. Mills OT Louisiana Tech
6 20(188) C. Washington DE Georgia
7 30(236) M. Wilson WR Washington State

 

 

 

Sun, Oct. 6 AT Green Bay Packers

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy record 74-38

2012 record 11-5 NFC North Division Winner

Key Losses- WR Donal Driver WR Greg Jennings RB Cedric Benson

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 26(26) D. Jones DE UCLA
2 29(61) E. Lacy RB Alabama
4 12(109) D. Bakhtiari OT Colorado
4 25(122) J. Tretter OG Cornell
4 28(125) J. Franklin RB UCLA
5 26(159) M. Hyde Iowa
5 34(167) J. Boyd DT Mississippi State
6 25(193) N. Palmer Illinois State
7 10(216) C. Johnson WR Grand Valley State
7 18(224) K. Dorsey WR Maryland
7 26(232) S. Barrington South Florida

 

 

Sun, Oct. 13 AT Cleveland Browns

Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski Rookie No record

2012 record 5-11

Key Losses- WR Josh Cribbs TE Ben Watson

Key Additions- DE/LB Paul Kruger LB Quentin Groves WR David Nelson

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 6(6) B. Mingo DE LSU
3 6(68) L. McFadden San Diego State
6 7(175) J. Slaughter Notre Dame
7 11(217) A. Bryant DE East Central Oklahoma
7 21(227) G. Gilkey OG Chadron State

 

 

Sun, Oct. 20 VS Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis record 79-80-1

2012 record 10-6 AFC Wild Card

Key Losses- None

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 21(21) T. Eifert TE Notre Dame
2 5(37) G. Bernard RB North Carolina
2 21(53) M. Hunt DE Southern Methodist
3 22(84) S. Williams Georgia
4 21(118) S. Porter Texas A&M
5 23(156) T. Hawkinson OT Kansas
6 22(190) R. Burkhead RB Nebraska
6 29(197) C. Hamilton WR Arkansas
7 34(240) R. Fragel OT Ohio State
7 45(251) T. Johnson South Carolina

 

 

Sun, Oct. 27 VS Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett record 21-19

2012 record 8-8

Key Losses- RB Felix Jones

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 31(31) T. Frederick Wisconsin
2 15(47) G. Escobar TE San Diego State
3 12(74) T. Williams WR Baylor
3 18(80) J. Wilcox Georgia Southern
4 17(114) B. Webb William & Mary
5 18(151) J. Randle RB Oklahoma State
6 17(185) D. Holloman South Carolina

 

 

 

BYE WEEK

 

 

 

Sun, Nov.10 AT Chicago Bears

 

 

 

Sun, Nov. 17 AT Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin record 63-33

2012 record 8-8

Key Losses- WR Mike Wallace RB Rashard Medenhall

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 17(17) J. Jones Georgia
2 16(48) L. Bell RB Michigan State
3 17(79) M. Wheaton WR Oregon State
4 14(111) S. Thomas Syracuse
4 18(115) L. Jones QB Oklahoma
5 17(150) T. Hawthorne Illinois
6 18(186) J. Brown WR Penn State
6 38(206) V. Williams Florida State
7 17(223) N. Williams DT Samford

 

 

Sun, Nov. 24 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers Head Coach Greag Schiano record 7-9

2012 record 7-9

Key Losses- RB LeGarrete Blount TE Dallas Clark WR Arrelious Benn

Key Additions- S Dashon Goldson CB Darrelle Revis

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
2 11(43) J. Banks Mississippi State
3 11(73) M. Glennon QB North Carolina State
4 3(100) A. Spence DT Illinois
4 29(126) W. Gholston DE Michigan State
5 14(147) S. Means Buffalo
6 21(189) M. James RB Miami (FL)

 

 

Thu, Nov. 28 VS Green Bay Packers

 

 

 

Sun, Dec. 8 AT Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly rookie no record

2012 record 4-12

Key Losses- CB Nnamdi Asomugha DT Cullen Jenkins

Key Additions- CB Cary Williams S Kenny Phillips

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 4(4) L. Johnson OT Oklahoma
2 3(35) Z. Ertz TE Stanford
3 5(67) B. Logan DT LSU
4 1(98) M. Barkley QB USC
5 3(136) E. Wolff North Carolina State
7 6(212) J. Kruger DE Utah
7 12(218) J. Poyer Oregon State
7 33(239) D. King DE Oklahoma

 

 

 

Mon, Dec. 16 VS Baltimore Ravens

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh record 52-26

2012 record 10-6 AFC North Winners

Key Losses- WR Anquan Boldin LB Ray Lewis S Ed Reed C Matt Birk FB Vonte Leach S Bernard Pollard

Key Additions- DL Chris Canty DE Elvis Dummervil S Michael Huff

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 32(32) M. Elam Florida
2 24(56) A. Brown Kansas State
3 32(94) B. Williams DT Missouri Southern State
4 32(129) J. Simon DE Ohio State
4 33(130) K. Juszczyk FB Harvard
5 35(168) R. Wagner OT Wisconsin
6 32(200) K. Lewis-Moore DE Notre Dame
6 35(203) R. Jensen OG Colorado State-Pueblo
7 32(238) A. Mellette WR Elon
7 41(247) M. Anthony California

 

 

Sun, Dec.22 VS New York Giants

Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin record 151-121

2012 record 9-7

Key Losses- RB Ahmad Bradshaw WR Domenik Hixon TE Martellus Bennett

Key Additions- TE Brandon Myers LB Dan Connor

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 19(19) J. Pugh OT Syracuse
2 17(49) J. Hankins DT Ohio State
3 19(81) D. Moore DE Texas A&M
4 13(110) R. Nassib QB Syracuse
5 19(152) C. Taylor Richmond
7 19(225) E. Herman OG Ohio
7 47(253) M. Cox RB Massachusetts

 

 

Sun, Dec. 29 AT Minnesota Vikings

NFL Free Agency, NOT As Lucrative As It Once Was

In the past, NFL players used to wait with bated breath until the day they became an unrestricted free agent. Then they could essentially go to the highest bidder. A look at this years free agents tells us that free agency is no longer the best way to get the best deal. For example, Greg Jennings passed on an offer in 2012, when Jennings was near his bargaining  peak, a source said talks on a multiyear extension ended when he turned down $11 million per year from the Packers, which was far less than the $15 million that he told the team he was seeking. He ended up taking an offer with the Minnesota Vikings that averaged about $9 million. He received a $10 million signing bonus and guarantees worth $18 million. Jennings was far from the only player to pass up a much better deal. Cliff Avril passed on the Detroit Lions offer of  a 3 year $30 million deal, with $20 million of that guaranteed. He ended up signing a  deal in Seattle worth $13 million, with $11 million in guaranteed money and a little over $2 million available in incentives and escalators.

 

Sure Mike Wallace received a big deal from the desperate Miami Dolphins but it’s easy to see free agency is no longer the way to “get rich”. The way to make the most money in today’s NFL is by agreeing to a deal with your current team. Unless you have leverage, which is rare, or you’re a proven quarterback you’re best bet is to stay put and take the money.

 

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How The Patriots Went Wrong

The New England Patriots for about the last decade have been the organization everybody else in the NFL looked up to. Well that has changed and dramatically but there’s a key turning point the Patriots took that led them to this road where they are today.

Starting in 2004 the Patriots brought in Corey Dillon who had a reputation in the league as a bad guy,bad teammate . Now he was never in trouble with the law, he was seen as a bad guy mainly because the team he played for his entire career until the trade to New England was the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals sucked and he was really their only true star player and the losing took a toll on him.

While a member of the Patriots he helped lead the team to a Championship and did well there because even if they didn’t win multiple Championships with him there, they were competitive more than the Bengals could say.

Then three years later the Patriots brought in Randy Moss. While Moss had one issue with a traffic cop, like Dillon, he was looked at as just a bad guy, bad teammate in NFL circles. Unlike he previous teams Moss was professional as a member of the Patriots and productive too. While he never did win a Championship as a Patriot this began the mantra, “The Patriot Way”.

Also included in “The Patriot Way”, was trading guys in their prime or not re-signing guys who had been very good players for them. Richard Seymour, Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, are all examples of this. The Patriots always did one thing right though, they drafted the right guys. They drafted football players who really cared about nothing else but the game.

In 2010 their draft approach took a different turn. Instead of taking solid players who loved the game, they started taking risks. They drafted 3 Florida Gators all with plenty of talent and a lot of warnings and red flags as well. They drafted Jermaine Cunningham, Aaron Hernandez, and Brandon Spikes.

In 2012, Cunningham was suspended for violating the NFL performance enhancing substances policy. In 2010, Spikes was suspended four games (the remainder of the 2010 regular season) for a violation of the NFL’s banned substances policy. Brandon Spikes reputation in New England is not very good, according to Tom Curran, Patriots beat writer.

In the 2012 draft the Patriots took another guy many teams had removed from their draft boards because of his trouble with the law. Alfonzo Dennard was a highly ranked cornerback going into the 2012 draft but his talent was overlooked by most because 3 days before the draft he allegedly punched an officer at a bar. He was ultimately found guilty of doing so and was sentenced to 30 days in jail in 2013 to be served in 2014. On July 11, 2o13 he was arrested for suspicion on DUI, a whole three months into his 24 month probation.

It’s one thing to bring in a guy who is thought of as a “bad teammate”, it’s entirely different to bring in guys with extensive criminal pasts and expect them to continue “The Patriot Way”.

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2013 NFL All Underrated Team-AFC

Baltimore Ravens- Bernard Pierce. While he didn’t play a ton last year he definitely helped keep Ray Rice fresh and should see more playing time this season.

Buffalo Bills- C.J. Spiller. Fred Jackson’s emergence combined with Spiller’s ineffectiveness his first couple of seasons made him the forgotten man. That is until last year when he showed why he was so highly thought of coming out of the 2010 NFL draft.

Cincinnati Bengals- Geno Atkins. Aside from A.J. Green Geno Atkins is easily the Bengals best player. For a kid who lasted until the 4th round of the 2010 draft he may very well be better than both Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.

Cleveland Browns- Phillip Taylor. Not a lot of people know of Phil Taylor but he is a strong DT/NT. He really plays his gap well reminds me of a younger lighter Vince Wilfork.

Denver Broncos- Ryan Clady. When protecting Peyton Manning’s blindside you have to take priority. While Clady is a name that is recognizable he is also a very good young player who doesn’t get many props outside of Denver.

Houston Texans- Kareem Jackson. Had a horrible rookie year but last year he really solidified the back-end of the Texans D. With 4 interceptions and 16 passes defended, he and Johnathan Joseph make a nice Cornerbacker duo.

Indianapolis Colts- Robert Mathis. While playing in the shadow of Dwight Freeny for almost his entire career, Mathis is still a highly productive player and really a great leader.

Jacksonville Jaguars- NONE. Sorry Jacksonville but you’re team just doesn’t have a single underrated player. A few overrated but nobody underrated.

Kansas City Chiefs- Jamaal Charles. Charles’ value to his team really can’t be measured. without him in 2011 they were awful. While with him in 2012 they were awful too. That said, they may have went win less without Jamaal Charles in 2012. Fantasy players realize his worth but everyday fans probably don’t. He ran for 1.500 yards last year coming off a torn up knee. Adrian Peterson’s epic, unseen performance last year overshadowed many players who did well.

Miami Dolphins- Brian Hartline. White WR who is basically a possession type guy but he gave the Dolphins 48 first downs last season and kept the chains moving. Any team would take that.

New England Patriots- Chandler Jones. Moving forward Jones is set to be the team’s defensive leader. Jones possesses all the things you want in a 3-4 DE. Good strength, instincts and athleticism.

New York Jets- NONE. Nick Mangold, Santonio Holmes, are they really underrated? Sorry Jets fans but this team needs all kinds of help.

Oakland Raiders- Jacoby Ford. When he is healthy Ford is a terrific deep threat with world-class speed. He’s had some success but he can really be an impact guy if he can stay on the field this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers- Emmanuel Sanders. First is was Santonio Holmes, then it was Mike Wallace, then Antonio Brown, now it’s Emmanuel Sanders time to shine he has been solid as a 4, 3, and no.2 WR. This year he won’t surprise teams because they don;t know him, he’ll surprise them by how well he plays.

San Diego ChargersShareece Wright. While biding his time behind Quentin Jammer, Wright has been a solid contributor on special teams and in the dime package for the Chargers. Expect to see Wright play a lot more this year and really have an impact on the Charger’s D.

Tennessee Titans- Delanie Walker. While he’s better known for his blocking expect him to be highly involved in the passing game as well. Walker was highly underrated in San Francisco and should get more love in Tennessee.

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Aaron Hernandez- The Picture Gets Clearer

Seemingly every day that passes the news for, the former New England Patriots Tight End, Aaron Hernandez just keeps getting worse.

How does it get worse than 1st degree murder charges? Being the prime suspect in a double homicide, that’s how.

Hernandez is now under investigation for a double murder in July of 2012, in Boston. According to reports the double homicide happened when an SUV,with Rhode Island plates, pulled up alongside the car both were stopped at a stoplight. Then gunfire from the SUV riddled the car killing both the driver and passenger and wounding another passenger.

It all stems from a brawl that the two men killed were involved in with a group Hernandez was with. Apparently Odin Lloyd, the man Hernandez is charged with killing in “execution style”, knew about the 2012 killings and was talking with people Hernandez did not like. Thus giving the Prosecution a clear motive for Lloyd’s killing.

The amount of involvement Hernandez had, if any, in the 2012 double homicide case is still very unknown. Was he the driver? The gunman? Or just a passenger?

One thing is certain. Aaron Hernandez is going to have his hands full to ever see the freedom he once had.

Is Hernandez a cold-blooded psychopathic killer? Is he just a dumb ass?  I don’t know for sure.

What I do know is people like Geraldo Rivera need to shut their mouths. Rivera on FOX News went on about the NFL having a “gang culture”. That’s pure bull. He didn’t paint with a broad brush, he opened the paint can and just threw it against the wall. There are roughly 1.600 NFL players. How many Aaron Hernandez’ have we had? One. It’s just like any other profession you have some bad people but even the bad one’s aren’t killers.

I didn’t hear Rivera on this soapbox when O.J. Simpson was on trial. MOST athletes are from inner cities and crime and gang ridden places. Most of the time the kids who have good athletic prospects weed themselves out by either going all in, in the gang life or just letting sports fall by the wayside altogether far before they start receiving any letters or calls from college’s.

So there is no “gang culture” in the NFL and Rivera and other media types are simply flapping their jaws with zero facts to back up their claims and off the cuff comments.

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