"One day after billionaire business mogul Sheldon Adelson pulled the plug on his financial backing of the proposed Raiders stadium in Las Vegas, Goldman Sachs — the next chief financial backer — followed suit.
A source familiar with the $1.9 billion stadium deal told NBC Bay Area that the investment bank is not committed to financially supporting the stadium deal unless future proceedings seat Adelson at the table.
The latest twist in the East Bay franchise's attempt to head to Las Vegas puts the proposed exodus up in the air.
The Raiders, who officially submitted relocation papers earlier this month, have committed $500 million to the stadium's construction. Las Vegas has chipped in $750 million via hotel tax revenue. Adelson had promised $650 million to fund the Las Vegas stadium, before abruptly ditching the deal Monday." -NBC Bay Area
When shit hits the fan it really makes a mess. We learned that lesson when rich racist d-bag Sheldon Adelson backed out of the deal, and then Goldman Sachs followed suit. Now Mark Davis is left with a huge mess to cleanup before the owners vote in March. Davis won't be able to fix this, the plan to move to Vegas was already somewhat a long shot, now it's definitley not happening. I'm thrilled by this news, the Raiders are Oakland, they need Oakland, and if they moved to Vegas that was all going to change. The Raiders are the bad asses of football by default, any team that wears black in silver, plays in a run down shit stadium, and has the most mentally unstable fans in the world is of course going to be looked at as the bad boys of the NFL. Even when the Raiders were trash, which was basically every year for the last 15 years before this one, they still had that aura around them. The only thing that could be worse, and the rumors are already spreading like wildfire, is a move to San Diego.
If the Raiders moved to San Diego, there'd be so many things wrong with that situation I'd lose respect for all the NFL owners. First off, San Diego just lost their team because they couldn't get approved to build a stadium, so why on earth would a new team move there, makes absolutely no sense. That was the logical reason for why that move makes no sense. The other more irrational reason is that going from Oakland to San Diego is like going from Hell to Heaven. You can't be the bad boys of the NFL and play in sunny vacation town San Diego, it just doesn't work. Raiders need to stay in Oakland with their shit stadium, their dope jerseys, and their awesome fans that make any visiting fan fear for their life when they enter the Oakland Coliseum. This is a blessing in disguise and it's a great day for Raiders nation.
A lot and I mean a lot of skeptisim and scrutiny goes along with the John Lynch to San Francisco hiring. Jed York, shocked the bay area when he announced John Lynch, former All-Pro Safety and color commentator for Fox, would be the 49ers next General Manager. I'm sure the fan base was not too thrilled with this hiring after so many years of Trent Balke fucking up the franchise. Instead of going with a safe hire, you know someone that has any experience whatsoever in an NFL front office, they decided to go with a former NFL superstar that has never been apart of an NFL front office. I'm not going to get too caught up in the experience aspect of this hiring, one because this guy has played and watched a shit ton of football games, so he clearly can evaluate talent, and knows what works and what doesn't. Secondly, the job isn't something you really need a degree for, you either get football or you don't, and as a guy that was apart of many successful teams, he knows what it takes to win. Lynch was also probably one of my least favorite color commentators, now that we never have to hear him on television on Sunday's is also a win for everybody. The only red flag that really shot up at me with this decision was the fact he was one of the hardest hitting safeties in NFL history. No one wanted to meet John Lynch across the middle back in the day because he'd decapitate you. The thing is, the harder you're hitting people the more likely you're to get concussions, and fuck your brain up. A guy like John Lynch is almost certain to end up with CTE since he played the game with such reckless abandon. The fact the league didn't acknowledge concussions back then as a serious thing also isn't going to help his case for a sturdy brain. All kidding aside, who really knows how the hiring will turn out, no one, just let the man make some moves before you start shitting on Jed York's unconventional decision. He's a former defensive star that won a Superbowl with a great defense, so I'm guessing his goal will be to rebuild the 49ers atrocious defense. The 49ers can't get much worse, so Lynch is in a situation where basically all he can do is go up. He's set up for success essentially. As long as Lynch isn't totally brain dead and incompetent when it comes to building a team, the 49ers will be just fine. I refuse to have a conversation about John Lynch without reminiscing on his pure savagery, so here's a look at the 49ers new GM's resume.
Ben Roethlisberger, the superstar quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is considering retirement after 13 seasons in the NFL. On Pittsburgh's local radio show "The Cook and Poni Show" Big Ben said, "I'm going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options. To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there's going to be a next season." A lot of cliche older quarterback going into the offseason talk from Roethlisberger, but " if there's going to be a next season", is what people are going to hold on from that statement. There's no doubt Ben Roethlisberger has taken a beating over the course of his 13 year career. No one has come close to being sacked quite as much as Ben since entering the league in 2004, Ben has been sacked 505 times, the next closest is Phillip Rivers at 383, not even close. Out of his 13 seasons in the league, only three times Ben was able to play all 16 games, so we know he's battling injuries almost every single year. I can only imagine what Big Ben feels like when he wakes up in the morning these days, he probably doesn't enjoy feeling 65 at 34 years old. With all that being said, I still give Big Ben retiring a 0% chance of happening.
Big Ben despite the beating he has taken is still a top 5 QB in this league without a doubt, he can still compete for championships, and he definitley still wants too. His team might not feel the same urgency to do so as him though, he saw it all season long, and has spoken out about throughout the course of the season. Early in the year when players were dropping with injuries left and right, Ben spoke out about the practice conditions and the way they were practicing. Just last week when Antonio Brown and the Facebook Live drama went down, Big Ben questioned his maturity. Finally, to top it all off, he took a shot at the younger players on the roster saying the moment may have been too big. Ben is clearly not happy with what's going on in Pittsburgh, so to solve it he's going to make the front office panic a little bit, so they can really commit to pushing for another championship run. Don't worry Steelers fans Big Ben will be playing in 2017, but this is a wake up call that he isn't going to be around for much longer. Time to start looking for the next guy in Pittsburgh regardless of what Big Ben's plans are.
No surprise here, the Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl after kicking the shit out of the Steelers in the AFC Championship game. Steelers were a worthy opponent, offense is obviously a force to be reckoned with, we saw that all season, but LeVeon Bell went down with an injury early, Belichick took away Antonio Brown, and Big Ben wasn't goin to be able to beat Brady in a shootout. Normally I'd like the Steelers chance in a shootout, but not against the Patriots, especially when Tom Brady is in the zone like he was last night. Early on I thought this might turn out to be a competitive matchup, something we haven't seen besides from Green Bay-Dallas all playoffs, so when I saw the Patriots pulling away I was disappointed along with every other casual fan. Apparently Pittsburgh forgot Chris Hogan was playing because I'm pretty sure he was wide open on almost every play. Even after he had burnt them several times they still wouldn't put a body on him, stupid zone defense. Playing a zone defense against Brady is just asking him to meticulously pick your defense apart. Patriots are clearly the class of the AFC, love them or hate them, everyone knows the AFC runs through Foxborough. Patriots ended up winning 36-17 in a demolition of the AFC's next best competitior.
Patriots once again have put themselves in position to win a Lombardi trophy, this time it's a little different though. No QB has ever won 5 Super Bowls, so Brady is looking to cement his legacy as best quarterback leaving nothing up for discussion. Brady is also seeking revenge, deflagrate is still very much on his mind, and he won't stop till he gets to receive the Lombardi trophy from Roger Goodell. You don't piss off the sleeping Giant, which was Brady and the Pats since he hadn't won a Super Bowl in about 10 years until Goodell started the deflategate scandal. Then, Brady immediately wins a Super Bowl, and now he's seeking even more revenge after being suspended earlier this season for deflategate. Thanks Goodell, for pissing off the dynasty that had been dormant for so long.
Belichick looking at the AFC Championship trophy like he was about to throw it in the trash as soon as they walked into the lockerroom was an all time great Belichick moment. The guy can't even get a little excited about winning the AFC that's how routine it has become to him. It's an expectation not a goal.
If we could go back in time to week 11, the Packers were 4-6, and the Falcons were 6-4, who would've thought just 7 weeks later that they'd be playing for the NFC Championship. The Falcons hopes at that point in time were a lot brighter than the Packers. Falcons were in a division with the underachieving Panthers, the overrated Bucs, and the Saints who haven't been competitive in 4 years. So, the Falcons despite looking like a very average team, their playoff chances always looked pretty bright. The Packers on the other hand looked like 2 day old roadkill, but somehow, someway, they were able to pull their shit together, and run the table. Now two teams that no one with a rational thought processs thought would be playing in the NFC Championship when it was late November, were now doing the unthinkable. That's why they play the games though, anything can happen, and it certainly was a minor miracle. We had two very hot and confident teams about to play for a spot in the SuperBowl, the game was highly anticipated after a horrible postseason thus far, two high powered offenses about to get after it in a shootout, and then the game began.
The Falcons absolutely humiliated the Packers in front of the entire nation yesterday. I don't mean humiliate like look at us kicking your teams ass, I mean humiliate like you can't sit with us but give us your lunch money before you leave kind of humiliation. Matt Ryan showed the entire league that there's no debate when it comes to who is the MVP of the league. Many people were hopping on the Rodgers bandwagon ever since they ran the table, but Matty Ice kept quiet, went about his business, and when it was time for him to step up and prove he was more worthy than Rodgers, he did by throwing for 392 yards and 4 TD's. He also ran for a touchdown making him responsible for 5 altogether. Talk about stepping up when it matters most, meanwhile big bad Aaron Rodgers, the greatest quarterback ever apparently, struggled to put up points against a Falcons defense that allowed 25PPG during the regular season. Falcons led 31-0 at one point, granted you can't blame Rodgers for the secondary being decimated by injury, or the run game for not existing, and untimely fumbles, but 31-0 cmon man. Falcons ended up winning 44-21, that's what I call eating someone's lunch.
I just want to say as much as Aaron Rodgers is a beast quarterback, the fan boys really need to calm down. I was starting to hear Brady comparisons, please just stop right there, never compare a guy with 1 ring to a guy with 4 rings, they're not even in the same league. I don't care how magical some of the throws he makes are, being a quarterback in this league success is based off one thing, WINNING. Rodgers has 1 championship, if anything that's a pretty fucking big disappointment for the "best QB ever." He's only been to one Super Bowl in general, now I totally get the rest of team usually isn't very good, but if he's the messiah like the fan boys seem to believe, he should be competing for NFC Championships and Super Bowls every year like Brady and Manning. Aaron Rodgers is great, but he ain't no GOAT.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Indianapolis Colts have fired GM Ryan Grigson. Thank God, that's what all Colts fans are saying in the back of their mind right now. Before I tear Grigson to shreds for being a completely incompetent GM, let me say a few nice things about him. He did draft Andrew Luck, although he was essentially handed him, and their wasn't much of a decision to be made, but since he's GM he gets credited with drafting him. The Colts went 11-5 the first three years of Grigson's tenure in Indy, he won an executive of the year award in his first season as GM, and the Colts went to an AFC championship game under him in his third. That sounds great right, how could they fire a guy who showed consistent success? Well, Andrew Luck can be credited for Grigson maintaining his job for as long as he did.
Luck was a sure thing coming out of Stanford in 2012, no questions about it, everyone knew he was going to be a franchise quarterback. In his rookie season he prospered, setting records, and leading them to a 11-5 record that resulted in a playoff berth. The Ravens, who went on to win the Super Bowl that year, blew the Colts out Wild Card weekend. The following two seasons the Colts went onto to go a combined 22-10, winning two divisional titles, and 3 playoff games. Unfortunately for the they ran into the Patriots twice, and they never stood a chance. Colts were young and on the rise, until Grigson fucked it all up.
If they wanted to compete with the Patriots the following year, note the Patriots had just blown them out 45-7 in the AFC Championship game, Grigson was going to have to upgrade the roster in 2015. He signed former Superstars Frank Gore and Andre Johnson to put high powered weapons around their brilliant young superstar quarterback. This would've been a blockbuster addition, if it were 5 years earlier. Andre Johnson was a ghost in Indy, Gore has been average, but he's no future for the Colts. Grigson's biggest failure though, his ability to put a formidable offensive line together to protect his young entity. Luck got injured in 2015, and missed half the season. They went 8-8, but Luck didn't play the whole season, so that's why they weren't good, right? Wrong, and this season proved that. Luck did play all of 2016, and the problems we saw in 2015 were the same problems we saw from the Colts in 2016. Poor offensive line play, limited weapons at Luck's disposal, and a porous defense. Let's not forget the Colts play in the brutally weak AFC South, so to not win that division shows your team is pretty much awful. The Colts defense had always been a liability, the fact Grigson couldn't get some better personnel on that side of the ball after 5 years proves incompetence. Grigson failing to protect the one guy who had made his career, Andrew Luck, by putting a solid offensive line around him proves he's not worthy of the GM position. Colts took a step in the right direction today, now if they can hire a somewhat competent GM, the Colts should be back on the path to success.
Let the "Johnny Football is back" talk begin, once again we've let an optimistic Johnny Football let his tweets convince us the second coming has begun. This isn't the first, second, or even third time he's said he was gonna change his ways, and we all know how those previous attempts went. I loved watching Johnny in college, I think we can all agree he was once a very electrifying player. We've seen this before though, so why believe him now right? Well, he had some follow up tweets to further try to prove to the twittersphere that he's a changed man.
I actually thought this tweet was very mature of the party animal king who continually refused he had a problem even after it had become evident to the public that he did. Nobody can change him, he has to do it himself, and he's got a great group of support around him, so a return is definitley possible if he wants it bad enough. They say when it comes to addiction that the first step is admitting... which transitions us into the next tweet...
When approached about being hacked because I don't think anyone believed Johnny 'party animal' Manziel was actually taking real steps towards getting better. He put the doubters to sleep quick, saying it's definitley him, and that admitting is the first step. Is Johnny Manziel finally growing up? No way, he must've been hacked while he's on a serious bender, and just hasn't realized yet.
Probably the most encouraging tweet I saw from this whole thread. Acknowledging that he's done this a million times before, and knowing he can say whatever he wants, but that no one should believe him until we see serious results. Last time I saw Johnny he looked like a full blown crackhead, so he's got a long way to go get back into NFL shape.
Then we get some vintage Johnny bullshit, necking a different success story trying to make it about himself. Leave the Joel Embiid cliches out of it, start your own slogan, and build your brand like your boy Embiid is doing. If I'm Embiid I'd support Johnny, but certainly would try not to be hanging around him all that often, we know the relapse is inevitable. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fooling me a third time though, I just won't allow Johnny Football to do that to my heart.
NFL comeback player of the year, an award no one player wants to be up for because it means you previously had a streak of misfortune, but hey, at least you made it back to the top right. This award is given to the NFL player who has shown perseverance in overcoming adversity, in the form of not being in the NFL the previous year, a severe injury, or simply poor performance. That's the best definition I could find to display who the award should go to, it shouldn't automatically go to the guy who overcame an ACL tear, was able to play 16 games even though his impact wasn't the same. I think there's a lot of misconception about this award, this award should go to the player that was once great, fell off due to an injury or just because he wasn't performing well anymore, and then returns to the great player he once was. That's where about 90% of the candidates for the award get eliminated, if you weren't great to begin with, you don't deserve to be up for the award. For example, last year the winner was an obvious choice, Eric Berry. Outstanding young safety, gets cancer, recovers, and comes back to play at an elite level, now that is what I'm talking about. That's someone that deserves the award. Anyways, here's my rankings for who should win NFL comeback player of the year.
Comeback Player of the Year: Jordy Nelson
Can't deny the greatness of Jordy Nelson, yes he has the greatest quarterback to ever walk the earth throwing to him, but Aaron Rodgers isn't the same quarterback without his favorite weapon. The numbers tell the whole story, in 2015 Aaron Rodgers numbers were way down from his career averages, I wonder why, maybe because his best receiver was out the duration of the season with a torn ACL. Not only is Nelson a great target for Aaron Rodgers, he also allows the other options to get more space to work with since he acquires so much attention. Nelson in 2014 put up remarkable numbers, 98 receptions, 1,519 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns. Well, a year removed from ACL surgery Jordy put up almost identical numbers, 97 receptions, 1,257 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns. Now if that's not consistency, I don't know what is because this guy misses an entire year with one of the most brutal sport injuries, and then comes back to being the player he was before the injury. Insane totally insane. Jordy Nelson, fits the exact definition of the comeback player of the year.
Runner Up #1: DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray was one of the most sought after free agents in history when he hit the market in 2015. He had just won offensive player of the year for the Cowboys, rushing for 1,845 yards, and seemed to be the premiere running back in the NFL. He signed with Philadelphia in the offseason and was never heard of again, well at least for the entire 2015 season. Murray didn't get injured, he just didn't fit the scheme, which wasn't his fault, apparently no one fits the Chip Kelly scheme. Anyways, he rushed for underwhelming 702 yards, averaging 3.6 YPC, and had 7 total touchdowns. After the season he was dealt to the Titans for virtually nothing. This year with the Titans the offense flourished with Murray as the center piece, he rushed for 1,287 yards on 293 carries, averaging 4.4 YPC, and he had 12 total touchdowns. He looked like his former self, although he did have 100 more carries with Dallas in 2014, so the numbers may look a little skewed. If it weren't for Jordy this year I would've said without a doubt that DeMarco Murray deserves this award, unfortunately that's not the case.
Runner Up #2: Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck was the clear cut favorite to win the award before the season started and then the Colts ended up being a huge disappointment, so now he's kinda flying under the radar. When you think of Luck and his overall greatness, you have to take into account the pure dysfunction around him. Jim Irsay is the only NFL owner I'd say might actually be clinically insane, Chuck Pagano is yet to prove he can without Bruce Arians, and the GM hasn't been able to put any sort of offensive line, defense, or even offensive weapons around Luck. It's literally Luck against the world and he's still doing an above average job. If it wasn't for the fact that he couldn't win in a very weak AFC South I'd say he deserves it. The fact of the matter is when you're a quarterback the stats are nice and pretty, but no one cares about them if you aren't winning. I'm not saying that's fair, especially in Luck's situation, but that's just the way it works. Doesn't matter the talent around you, if you aren't winning as a quarterback in this league you aren't considered as great. For instance, Jay Cutler has all the talent in the world, should be a pro bowler every year with the god given talent he has, but he can't win, and he can't keep his shit poor attitude out of the way. Luckily, Luck doesn't have the attitude problem, but he does have the not winning problem. Luck is a great talent, but he'll never be respected until he starts consistently winning a division that's been the weakest in football for quite some time.
Today, the Los Angeles Rams finally made their first exciting move since moving to LA. They signed 30 year old Sean McVay, as their new Head Coach. The youngest Head Coach in NFL history as a matter of fact, I'm assuming many of you could've guessed that since it's crazy a man that young could get a job that prestigious. His first year he's going to be younger than a lot of players on the team,this raises eyebrows from fans as we've never really experienced what's that's like, or how that plays out. Mike Tomlin was 34 when he became Head Coach of the Steelers, but there's a big difference between 34 and 31, which is how old McVay will be when the season starts. Honestly, I believe age is just a number, it doesn't factor at all into someone's maturity level, and as long as he can gain the respect of his players it shouldn't be a problem.
As for his qualifictions, McVay is obviously very young, so one might think he doesn't have a lot of experience in the league.That assumption would be wrong. He's been the wide receiver coach for the Bucs and he's been on the Redskins coaching staff since 2010. He's been the offensive coordinator for the Redskins for the past 3 seasons. That means he's slightly responsible for the emergence of Kurt Cousins and we all know the only reason the Redskins won 8 games was because how good their offense was. If McVay can develop Goff, making him into the #1 pick the Rams hoped he'd be when they drafted him, and get this offense finally scoring some touchdowns, the Rams will be a very good team. McVay is inheriting a ready made defense that can matchup with the best of em, so it's not like he's coming into a tire fire personnel wise.The Rams hired McVay for his offensive genius, mostly, but I think some other things factored in as well.
After I watched part of McVay's press conference it was totally clear why they brought him in. Obviously so he can get this offense moving in the right direction like I said before, but I believe it's also a PR move. LA is exciting, Jeff Fisher was old, boring, and washed up. McVay on the other hand is young, exciting, and is a new face in the league so it drags in some interest from around the league. He could potentially end up being the JFK of Head Coaches, that's my prediction about this guy, he's going to be an absolute star, and the Rams made a great choice despite what the haters are saying.
The New York Giants have a lot to be proud of coming off an 11-5 season in which they made the playoffs. Clearly the team was not championship caliber and some moves will need to be made in order to achieve the ultimate goal of winning another Super Bowl. Well, the first thing we have to take care of in that process is resigning the players we already have, well at least the one's we wanna keep. Unfortunately, the Giants already have a ton of money tied down to players already on the roster for next year, so that means contracts will be either restructured or players will be cut. More often than not deals don't get restructured, only viable candidates for that would be Victor Cruz since there's no way the Giants are paying him $9.4 Million next season, and Eli Manning, which would only happen if he decided to be an extremely nice guy because he's obviously not getting cut. Keep in mind we're going to need money to sign free agents. Such as a left tackle to protect Eli and maybe another lineman to replace Jon Jerry as well. I'm going to split the players into three lists: Players we need to keep, the players we can potentially keep, and the players we need to cut into three columns below. The players that I felt were mostly irrelevant or interchangable I left off these lists for obvious reasons. Make sure to let me know if you agree, disagree, and what you would change in the comment section.