No suspension makes sense

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Many National Football League fans are outraged over the punishment that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in regards to the sexual harassment claim against him by former New York Jets employee Jen Sterger.

The thing is if you actually think about it not suspending Favre makes sense.

What many people forget is that Favre has been adamant about retiring after the 2010 NFL season. With his consecutive starts streak ending, along with the numerous other injuries that Favre has suffered, there is no real reason to believe other wise.

The Vikings have also been eliminated from making the playoffs with a 6-9 record. That means Favre’s last game is Sunday, so with those in mind it makes no sense to suspend Favre.

However, the amount of the fine, which was $50 thousand, is absolutely outrageous.Favre’s base salary this year $11.6 million, so $50 thousand is nothing to Favre. The amount should have been equal to four game checks and that amounts to $2.9 million as Favre makes $725 thousand a game. Even that would be fortunate for Favre as people who aren’t famous suffer much more severe penalties.

In the end,  if the NFL wants the government off their back they need to stop making boneheaded decisions like this.

One wrong move can set a franchise back

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The Miami Dolphins in 2008 had the chance to select any prospect they wanted that was eligible for the 2008 National Football League Draft, which they used on offensive tackle Jake Long.

The thing is though one wrong move can set a franchise back for many years, especially when it comes to the quarterback position.

That year many NFL experts were calling quarterback Matt Ryan a sure fire lock to succeed in the NFL.  That has happened since then while the Dolphins on the other hand are still average at best.

If the Dolphins would have taken Ryan they would be pushing the New England Patriots for the AFC East division title and maybe even the top seed in the AFC conference as the Dolphins have a top notch defense. For whatever their reasons were not taking Ryan, the Atlanta Falcons are very thankful for it as they currently have the top seed overall in the NFC conference.

According to ESPN’s Tim Graham, the Dolphins are only one of seven teams that have not taken a quarterback in the first round since 1998. The others are the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and the Seattle Seahawks.  Everyone of the group besides the Dolphins and Panthers have a franchise quarterback.

In the end, unless you have that franchise quarterback you should never pass on the top quarterback in the draft as doing so could set you back for years to come, especially one that is a sure fire lock.

An example of media members go through

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On Tuesday the editor of the site FireGaryKubiak.com has decided to take down his website due to all the hate mail and threats he had received from other Houston Texans fans.

The story is a good example of what members of the media goes through.

Like many other things there is a negative side to freedom of speech. That being people are free to call you every single name of the book for whatever they don’t agree with.

I distinctly recall last spring watching a video of a speech that WGRZ Channel 2’s Marisa Bailey gave to a class at Buffalo State College.  She stated gets all sorts of hate mail like your hair sucks, along with other various other degrading comments.

It is just a part of the business, because some people just refuse to hear anything else but their own point of view.

In the end, as the saying goes if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen.

NFL made the right call

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The National Football League and the Philadelphia Eagles have been catching some fodder from rescheduling Sunday’s New York Giants versus Philadelphia Eagles game to Tuesday.

After what many saw nation wide earlier this month the two made the right call.

Earlier this month many Buffalo motorist were stranded on the I-90 after a tractor trailer tipped over in a snow storm. With the snow piling up fast many motorists were stranded for over 12 hours.

So, what do you think will happen if an accident happens in the middle of a snow storm? Many motorists would have been stranded and it wouldn’t of been just for a matter of several hours, but most likely a day or two due to the volume of traffic going to or from the game.

In the end, the game being moved may have been inconvenient, but not as inconvenient as being stuck in a car for hours on end.