What the NFL needs most right now is not a shyster, suit, businessman type running the show. Someone who is quietly savvy but can rebuild the trust lost with the fans; someone warmer than Goodell would really be endearing. Tagliabue was this way for those of you too young to remember. He was excellent. Made my childhood great. The league was great. Never even a fraction of all this garbage that has entered the game today, or conflict. You cannot blame it all on social media and the day in age we are in. Some maybe, but anytime someone is making $40 M a year (Goodell) corruption is right there with all that money and power. He is a slimeball; where are no two ways about this.
It’s Sunday. I spent all morning with my little boy, we hung out and watched Browns-Vikings in London. The Browns are of course; losing and going to 0-8.
Adam Schefter had a report when morning broke about the NFL Owners wanting that crook Roger Goodell out. Jerry Jones is heading this up, and it sounds promising.
I don’t know what is wrong with the NFL; but my interest has certainly waned since I started this blog. I’ve talked about it a little. The amount I post can probably express that. I think getting rid of Goodell would really help.
That said, huge game today between the Raiders and Bills in Buffalo. Huge game in Washington between the Cowboys and Redskins. It’s going to be a nice Sunday. My wife is making chicken tacos in the crockpot. Winner!
Dak Prescott had a big day today in San Francisco where they honored Dwight Clark and the Catch that took place in 1981. Take a look:
This was also the Zeke Elliott show. Elliott rolled up about 250 total yards and showed explosiveness that he has lacked in 2017 so far.
The throw of the day from Dak Prescott (16/25, 234 Yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 134 Rating) was the first touchdown to Jason Witten. Sometimes when I see this kid throw the ball, I say ‘man, what a stroke’.
Dez Bryant caught his franchise leading touchdown catch, passing Drew Pearson. It’s important to note the Cowboys had five sacks today and also forced a turnover with the 49ers starting CJ Beathard, who made his first career start.
This was really the type of performance you needed to see from the Cowboys.
It’s Sunday, and I’m not posting nearly enough (having a 14-month old and almost 3 year old will do that). But I am attempting to watch some football today.
Early on I am going to watch Brett Hundley and the Packers against the New Orleans Saints. For some reason it interests me. Something about Lambeau still has the throwback to it; it’s not imitation brand like so much in the NFL ends up being in present day.
Then at 4:25, Cowboys at 49ers. It’s like a throwback game, only it’s at Levi’s Stadium. Kind of reminds me of a hint of this:
The Oakland Raiders managed to deliver not only the game of the year for fans of the NFL; but saved their season with a last minute win.
Derek Carr went 29 of 52 for 417 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Raiders lost Marshawn Lynch to an ejection and overcame a 30-21 fourth quarter deficit. Amari Cooper went over 200 yards receiving.
There were about five plays at the end of this game that were dubbed the final play of the game. Flags continued the game with :00 left. The final play to Crabtree was pure magic, and you had the feeling; at least I did, that the Raiders were not going to be denied.
The Chiefs move to 5-2, and the Raiders move to 3-4 and snap a four-game losing streak. Their season and hopes in the AFC are kept alive after beating what was perceived as a heavyweight and with Denver suddenly looking in peril.
This was absolutely the game of the season and probably the game of the last couple years, possibly. I am immensely impressed by Derek Carr’s game.
Carr went 6-11 for 96 yards and the game winner on the final drive. For everything and more on this game, it’s here on NFL.com.
Ian Rapoport with the report:
Source: There is a decision on the 2018 @NFL Draft site — it’s Dallas, I’m told. AT&T Stadium will host it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 18, 2017
This is great! It should be a celebration of when the Cowboys did this.
The draft was held in Chicago for two years after always being in New York City. Last year, it went to Philly and the City of Brotherly Love blew the roof off.
I think the draft in Dallas will go down as the biggest and best ever.
It’s being reported that through six weeks of play, the NFL ratings are down 7.5% in 2017.
Here’s why I think it’s down.
It’s no one thing. I’m a 34 year old white guy. And I am going to dedicate this post to why I care less. And I have loved it since I was five. I used to watch from 7 AM pregame shows until it went off the air past midnight sometimes. Here’s why I am turned off or care less. I also think my age, gender, and race are the majority audience of the NFL. I am in the segment the NFL should work the hardest to maintain.
1) The Kaepernick/Politics in Football. Huge mistake. Just a turn off
2) It’s a flag fest. The product on field is just missing sizzle. It’s just a poor watch. Too many penalties, negated TD’s, negated big plays, bad calls. Officiating is terrible.
3) Injuries constantly to star players. I don’t want to watch the Raiders without Derek Carr. I’m not interested in the Packers without Aaron Rodgers. It’s a QB league. When these guys go down, unless I have absolutely no other sports to watch, I’m not tuning in.
4) NFL badly needs to develop or have new stars develop as ‘face of the league’. Brady and Rodgers are getting older. Prescott, Newton, Watson, etc. are all guys who make me want to tune in. They need these guys to work out.
5) Guys my age have young children. I have a one year old and near three-year old. I have to make deals with my wife to see a specific (usually Dallas) game. Otherwise, my kids won’t let me watch 3 games in a day. Many guys in my age bracket have young kids. It’s exhausting. A lot of times if they take a nap around those 1:00 games; if no one interesting is on; I’m taking a nap too. Has to be a marquee game or I’ll just let my kids win and watch bubble guppies.