Forbes article paints a bleak picture


Forbes came out with its annual evaluation of the worth of all 32 franchises in the National Football League.

After reading the article one can only assume one ugly collective bargaining negotiations are one the horizon.

Overall the league as a whole their value decreased  by two percent, but it was the lower end teams that took a big hit.

Teams like the Buffalo Bill, Saint Louis Rams, and Jacksonville Jaguars franchise’s were devalued by double digits numbers. The reason being that the teams have too many expenses.

The main culprit is the amount of money that goes towards players salaries.

On teams like those those mentioned above the amount of money that goes to players can equal over 70 percent of their overall revenue.

Owners know that this trend has to stop, which is why they opted out of the current collective bargaining agreement early as it was just a terrible deal.

In the end, unless players realize that owners aren’t going to budge from their position there won’t be any football in 2011.

The reason why the NFl is a money monster


The National Football League is the biggest sports league in the United States earning more than six billion annually.

Now, we finally know the reason why.

The main reason is that the NFL is innovate and gives what their fans want.

Fans, especially guys, love to deck out a room to show their love for a certain team.

Due to this one fan could drop several thousands on merchandise alone.

Also, a lot of the merchandise is reasonably priced. For example, the shoes in the picture costs $20.

That’s not bad considering that some Nike shoes cost as much as $150.

In the end, the NFL simply knows how to keep us fans coming back for more.

It don’t matter how long you play


National Football League players have been griping for a while about the fact that the schedule is going to increase soon from 16 regular season games to 18.

The fact of the matter is that no matter how years or how many games you played by the time your done with football something is going to be wrong with you.

Of the core six, that is off the top of my head, players that played four years or more of football in my high school class only one made it through without major injury.

Now, we aren’t just talking about broken bones here. We are talking about major injuries like torn ligaments, dislocated knees, disc bulges, and concussions.

Everytime I hear a NFL player whine about the fact that they are going to sustain mor injuries with 18 games that will affect them later in life I laugh.

So, if a NFL player has played 10 years he will now have to play 180 games instead of 160.

That doesn’t include the 40 games in college and 32-48 games played in high school.

Why do you think teams have doctors at the NFL Combine?

The reason it is very rare to have a player enter the NFL without a major injury at some point.

In the end, shut up and play already would you.

Hecklers got what they deserved


According to the Buffalo Bills website, via Pro Football Talk, Bills head coach Chan Gailey after Tuesday’s practice walked over to some teams ans lectured them as they were heckling some of the players and also instructed the team to skip signing autographs for them.

To put it bluntly, those yahoos got what they deserved.

Now, don’t get me wrong as everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

However, when someone is working give them the courtesy of allowing them to focus on their work.

The reason being there are many ways to voice your displeasure about certain athletes of your favorite sports teams. For example, calling in to a talk radio, email a media outlet, message boards, or even email or write to the team itself.

If you want to voice your displeasure over something you see at practice like an interception then boo, but just don’t go overboard with it.

In the end, there is a right place and right manner to go about things, but the way they did it was flat out wrong.

Pats and Jets rivalry goes to new level


It has been known for a while that the New England Patriots and the New York Jets don’t like each other very much.

However, today their rivalry has gone to a whole new level.

In years before both teams were relatively quiet when it came to making comments about the other team.

That has changed this year with the Jets being on HBO’s Hard Knocks as according to the Pro Football Talk both New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan have professed their hatred for each other.

So, what does this mean?

It means that when the two play each other things are going to get nasty as you can expect several fights, scrums, and maybe even some cheap shots.

At least National Football League fans don’t have to wait long as the Patriots and Jets square off against each other in week two of the regular season.

In the end, stay tuned as with Ryan’s mouth you never know what is going to come out of it next.

Will the Bills be ready?


The Buffalo Bills ended tight end Michael Mathews season as he was waived/injured, which means that if he is not claimed he will go to the injured reserve list.

That begs the question will the Bills’ offense be ready for opening day of the regular season?

Bills head coach Chan Gailey has already stated that with the injuries to running backs Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson they are unable to try their two running backs set in preseason games.

Now, with the injuries to tight end Derek Schouman in last Thursday’s game and Mathews injury the Bills will most likely be unable to try their two tight end set this Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals, which is most likely the core of their plays.

National Football League head coaches want their teams able to execute the base playbook on a consistent basis going into the regular season.

To make matters worst the Bills open with a tough schedule for their first four games the Bills are facing an impossible mission of getting a win.

In the end, we will find out early what kind of team the Bills really is.

Bills finally have players on IR


Last year the Buffalo Bills within a couple days of the opening of training camp placed a player on injured reserve.

This year things are different as finally after almost a month of training camp the Bills have placed two players on injured reserve.

The Bills announced today that linebacker Danny Batten and wide receiver Marcus Easley’s years are done as they have been placed on injured reserve.

Both players were hurt ealier in camp, but the team was hoping that they would both return at some point.

Even though this is a dose of bad news for the Bills they can look at the positive side of things as most of the injuries suffered at camp besides the two have been twisted ankles or strained muscles, which are natural.

In the end, the way things are going this actually could be a good year for Bills fans.

NFL has only itself to blame


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco inadvertantly brought trouble to the National Football League he posted a pic on his twitter account of the note tapes to his locker requestion a urine sample, which apparantly isn’t the correct protocal by the World Antidoping Agency standards.

The only people the NFL has to blame are themselves.

“I cannot believe at this day and time, and after all the attention that drug testing has received, that they are doing this,” World Anti-Doping Agency official Dr. Gary Wadler told the New York Times, via Pro Football Talk. “I just don’t believe it — it jeopardizes everything drug testing stands for.”

Where the problem lies is that it gives the player advanced notice that a test is being conducted.

That would allow the player an ample amount of time to use a diluted sample, someone elses, or whatever other measures the player has planned to make sure that he is not caught.

Major League Baseball informs playerd faxe to face and if they cannot go a person follows them around to ensure the sample isn’t tampered with by the player.

I wouldn’t doubt that this is the very reason why multiple NFL players each get suspended for failed drug tests. They simply think that with this flaw they can beat the test.

In baseball since they have instituted testing very few players have been suspended after the initial wave of players. The reason being they know not to even dare try as the testing is solid and the penalties are harsh.

In the end, the NFL needs to reform it’s drug testing proceedures as if there is one there are bound to be others.

Karma can be a you know what


Well checking out Pro Football Talk as usual for content a headline grabbed my eye in ??”Jay Mariotti arrested on a felony charge in L.A.”¬† The reason being I remember hearing that name before and if it is who I thought it was this one was going to be interesting.

After reading an old article from 2008 when Mariotti worked at the Chicago Sun-Times as the saying goes karma can be a you know what.

Mariotti was arrested for felony domestic assault in Venice, CA, which is ironic considering the way he left the Sun-Times.

In the article by movie critic Roger Ebert it is written that Mariotti signed a new contract, had the company pay a trip to Beijing, China, and then sent an email stating he is resigning.

He used and abused the Sun-Times and now his antics has finally caught up to him and if he is found guilty he is going to be the one that is going to be used and abused in jail.

In the end, as the saying goes treat people the way you want to be treated.

Who will blink first?


New York Jets cornerback Darrell Revis wants to become the highest paid cornerback in the National Football league, but the jets don’t want to pay that type of money.

The question is who will blink first?

According to reports Revis turned down a 10 year $120 million contract from the Jets. Revis is looking in excess of $165 as Oakland Riaders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha makes $16.5 million a year, which is tops in the National Football League.

With no word coming out from either side about how contract talks are going along one can only assume that talks have stalled.

If Revis’s holdout continues into the regular season and the Jets continue to win games then Revis loses all his leverage.

Then again if the Jets are not as good on defense then Revis would gain leverage.

In the end, it all comes down to how the Jets perform this year.