It seems a little strange to be talking about football when baseball season is not even a month old, but some people have been watching the NFL lockout pretty closely. Especially for employees of the teams who aren’t necessarily paid the same way as the athletes are watching how the labor negotiations are cutting into their salaries.
Some of you may remember the name of William Perry. He was the large defense player for the 1985 Chicago Bears. Nicknamed “Refrigerator,” he led a charmed life as a football anamoly. He was a player considered to big for the fast game, yet he was able to take the football in to the end zone on short yardage plays. Of course, the most heartbreaking part of the story is not his career, but the life he has led since leaving. A story filled with alcoholism and disease leaves one aching for the once larger than life player.
I find this a little disheartening. Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, is wearing a different helmet that what the NFL regulates. It is this helmet that Rodgers claims prevented a concussion during the NFC championship football game against the Bears. With all the high school and college programs trying to prevent serious head trauma, they’re looking find out from Green Bay which type of helmet it is. Is Green Bay offering that information? No. My question: why not? Boo on Green Bay.
I waited a few days for the disappointment to subside from the NFC championship game before venturing out into the sports world to see what the media thought of the Bears game this past Sunday. I had my opinions and most of the people who study the subject seriously had the same opinion. The Bears just did not play well. No one player deserves all the blame; it was a team wide collapse. The coaches made questionable calls, it was just a bad game.
This weekennd looks to be a great one for football fans. Chicago faces off against old rival Green Bay. I am very happy to see tThe Patriots eliminated from the picture. These guys are the football equivalent of the Yankees with Belicheck acting as Steinbrenner. Anytime New England loses is a good weekend for me.
I’ll be honest, I only watch football to see what the Chicago Bears are doing this week. Since they won the division a few weeks ago, I haven’t had a need or desire to follow the rest of the league. It doesn’t affect me what other teams do. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the first round of the playoffs are set for this Saturday. I checked to see if hte Bears are playing, but since they aren’t, I’ll wait until Monday to see who they’re playing.
Congratulations to the Chicago Bears for accomplishing two things. The first being the NFC North division title. Sports analysts didn’t pick the Bears to do much this year except lose more than win, so it’s nice to see a Chicago team stick it to the so called experts. The second accomplishment was to hopefully knock some sense into Brett Favre and realize now is the time to hang up the cleats.
It might be safe to say that Favres’ career is like the Metrodome roof. It imploded. I honestly think he should have retired despite the stats he generated last year. I don’t know the specifics, but some say it was one of the best, if not the best, years statistically for him last year. More people seem to remember the soap opera-ish way he toyed with everyone more that his play. I hope that’s not what he wanted. This year, his play is not up to par, he has an injury affecting sensation in his hand, and the Vikings are officially out of the playoffs. I never make certainty statement when it comes to this guy, but the writing may finally be on the wall. Get ready to retire his number.
I wonder if some people will consider this karma having a sense of irony. Days after surrendering his Heisman Trophy, Reggie Bush has been sidelined himself with a broken leg suffered this past Sunday. Now, don’t worry, this isn’t one of those grotesque Joe Theisman breaks, Bush just planted his foot wrong and physics did the rest.
In a rare display of contrition amongst athletes, Reggie Bush has returned his 2005 Heisman trophy award. Now, some would say that the Heisman Trust lost an opportunity to set itself as an example of a morally upright organization by stripping Bush of the trophy when it became evident that Bush had received gifts to play football at USC.