As of this writing, it’s just one hour before the NFL announces the winner of the right to host Super Bowls L an LI, and the tension and excitement here is thick. (Original post at Zennie62.com)
But with that, it feels like a win for the San Francisco 49ers and the SF Bay Area, especially if the smiles on the faces of Jed York and his father John York as they walked by me are any indication.
As of this writing the NFL Owners are having lunch, having finished the presentations. Now, it’s a matter of time – just a few more moments.
Until then, some news.
New England Patriots Owner Bob Kraft talked to the media and said that while he thinks the New England Region would be perfect for a Super Bowl, especially since New York’s hosting the next one, he would much prefer to see the Patriots back in the Super Bowl.
Dan Marino, the face of the Miami Super Bowl Bid, is not here, leaving many to conclude that the South Florida Super Bowl Bid effort is a lost cause – I’m not so sure about that. Remember, it’s not over, til it’s over.
I ran into former San Francisco Giants Enterprises head Pat Gallagher, who said that the SF Super Bowl Bid work “was tough,” and they had to do a lot of arm twisting to get people who manage hotels and other venues to realize that they were needed as part of the bid, otherwise there was no bid.
That’s exactly what I said in the Oakland Super Bowl Bid context.
Chad Johnson, the NFL free agent wide receiver has done some crazy things, like running naked in public, but over the last year, his actions have taken a turn for the worst. First, there was the allegation and conviction of domestic violence, and now, second, comes his violation of probation stemming from that incident.
Chad needs to get out of this and then work to focus on building an internet social media startup, since he’s on Twitter so much. That’s not a joking remark. If you follow his tweets, as I do, he seems unfocused without football. He’s not going to be picked up by a team with this issue now, so he’s got to reinvent himself.
According to sources on Twitter, the deal is to be for $40 million for two years, paid out $20 million for each year. While the numbers aren’t different, what’s new is the insurance clause protecting the Broncos.
Star Trek: Into Darkness is dominating social media, and now even the National Football League’s jumping into the act. Today, NFL.com has matched up stars from the latest Star Trek movie with popular NFL stars.
..has Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprising the roles of Captain James T. Kirk (who really still is William Shatner) and Mr. Spock (who really still is Leonard Nimoy), and leading a cast punctuated by Benedict Cumberbach, who plays John Harrison / Khan and the impossibly hot Alice Eve (pictured) who plays Dr. Carol Marcus.
In the NFL world Spock is Peyton Manning (“Spock is the calm, collected and highly logical first officer of the Starship Enterprise, who uses his intelligence to guide the Enterprise to safety. Similarly, Manning has arguably the best football mind in the NFL, and he uses his knowledge to guide the Broncos to victory on Sundays.”) while Kirk is Tom Brady (Both Kirk and Brady can walk the walk and talk the talk. Kirk doesn’t believe in “no-win scenarios,” and neither does Brady, as he captained the Patriots to three Super Bowls in four years.)
Now if you’re looking to determine who to blame for this, look no further than Alex Gelhar at NFL.com
Ah, I’ll skip the comparisons. But as a Raiders fan, I can’t think of Tom Brady as Captain Kirk. And Amy Trask as Lt. Uhura?
Well, that just means the NFL lacks black female executives, sadly.
Mike Silver is the one NFL writer, currently with Yahoo! and a friend of this blogger since 1986, who is not afraid to tell the truth about the racism that led to no African American head coaches being hired during last fall’s large turnover of NFL team bosses.
“This is the biggest travesty that’s taking place in this league, and every black coach is well aware of it,” said one anonymous African-American assistant for an AFC team. “They don’t promote you from running backs coach or receivers coach to offensive coordinator. When guys do get coordinator titles, they have to be position coaches at the same time, and they don’t get paid as much as other coordinators, because they’re not the play-callers. And in a lot of cases, guys believe they’re really there for locker-room reasons, to ‘take care of’ the minority players.”
Though the rare minority assistant has broken through to become his team’s primary play-caller in recent years, most notably current Bengals assistant and recent Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, most have been stonewalled by a system that has some glass-ceiling characteristics.
Here’s hoping that Mike keeps on covering this issue until it goes away.
This Charles Woodson update from his Agent Carl Poston has it that the free agent Green Bay Packers defensive back and former Oakland Raiders legend is visiting the same Silver and Black team this coming Tuesday.
While Mr. Woodson has not made a decision yet, Woodson does have an offer from the Broncos and an interest from the New York Giants.
Chad Johnson, the former NFL wide receiver for the Bengals and the NewEngland Patriots, in criminal legal trouble again, after The Broward County District Attorney’s Office in the county which contains Hollywood, and Ft. Lauderdale issued a warrant for his arrest for violating the terms of his probation which grew from his domestic violence conviction concerning his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada in 2012.
The reports have it that Chad failed to report to his probation officer, and also because of that did not offer proof that he had enrolled in and completed a “Batterers Intervention Program.”
Meanwhile Chad is not even in Florida, according to his Twitter feed. But looking through them, Chad himself says at one point that he has a $30,000 check and it was in his mail for two months before he realized it. Then he called himself an idiot via hastag.
The only way Chad could get out of this without jail time is his lawyer, and the basic reasons for allegedly avoiding his parole officer are soung.