Friday 4 Downs With Chris
The good news is that football is back in full swing. Last night the College Football season got underway in an entertaining fashion. I want to share my thoughts on last nights games, the Brady suspension being uplifted and of course some Ravens talk. We have a ton to talk about, so let’s get into it.
1st Down: Last Nights Games
The most entertaining contest of the evening was probably the border battle between South Carolina and North Carolina. It was a defensive stranglehold that the Gamecocks won 17-13. A long touchdown run by Shon Carson was the difference. But two end zone interceptions, giving up a fake punt and dropping a would be pick six did not halp the Tar Heels
Jim Harbaugh lost his debut as the Michigan head coach. That said it was a tough battle against Utah. Utah won the game 24-17. The Michigan offense was incredibly limited because of the poor play of Jake Rudock. Rudock had no accuracy. He failed to connect on any deep balls that were honestly their for the taking. The Woulverines went to the short passing game but that was just as dissapointing. One thing is clear though this Michigan team fights. The hard nosed attitude of Harbaugh was reflected in his team.
TCU won a tough game agaist the Minnesota Golden Gophers. It looked like the same explosive Horned Frog team. The number 2 TCU team did not rack up style points so they have to hope that Minnesota has a good season.
2nd Down: Down Goes Goodell
In this “Deflate Gate” scenario, both Tom Brady and Roger Goodell are villians. Its like a battle between Darth Vader and the Sith Lord. Let me be perfectly clear, Brady is by no means innocent but the suspension was rightfully uplifted.
Roger Goodell loses every case in federal court because he is an asinine ego maniac who employs nothing but yes men. The owners don’t care about his inadequacy and they will not care until it hurts their bottom line. Roger Goodell though is his own worst enemy.
Based on a very weak and vague report by Ted Wells, the league put together a Tom Brady witch hunt. They put together a case with only circumstantial evidence and bogously compared Brady’s alleged infraction to performance enhancing drugs. The rules merit a fine, Goodell tried to hammer home a four game suspension.
Judge Berman did not say that Brady was innocent. He ruled that the process in which the NFL investigated Brady was faulty and unfair. Roger Goodell is essentially the bigger jerk in this situation.
There has never been a sentence more laced with BS than “We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game.” If Roger Goodell had a single ounce of integrity he would give up the fight. But nope, we need to talk about this for another calender year… great.
3rd Down: Goodell Is A Coward
Okay, you already know how I feel about Goodell. But that spineless leader of the NFL isn’t even going to attend the NFL season opener in New England. Are you kidding me?
Roger Goodell goes to every season opener. He was certainly there with bells on when he stole the opening game away from the reigning champion Baltimore Ravens. On the NFL’s big night he is going to be absent.
We get it. New England hates you. We understand that it is a hostile enviorment. But you’re the commisioner of the NFL. Take your boos, trust your security team and grow a pair, Mr. Goodell.
4th Down: Predicting the 53 man Roster of the Ravens
QB: Joe Flacco, Matt Schuab
RB: Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Buck Allen
WR: Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, Micheal Campanaro, Perriman, Darren Waller, Marlon Brown
TE: Crockett Gilmore, Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle
OL: Eugune Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Marshall Yanda, Jeremy Zuttah, Rick Wagner, Ryan Jensen, James Hurst, John Urschell
DL: Timmy Jernigan, Brandon Williams, Carl Davis, Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson, Lawrence Guy, Kappron Lewis-Moore
LB: C.J. Mosley, Daryl Smith, Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw, Elvis Dumervil, Za’Darius Smith, Arthur Brown, Zachary Orr, Albert Mclellan
CB: Jimmy Smith, Ladarius Webb, Kyle Arrington, Rashaan Melvin, Tray Walker, Asa Jackson
S: Kendrick Lewis, Terrence Brooks, Will Hill, Brynden Trawick, Anthony Levine
Sam Koch, Morgan Cox, Justin Tucker