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WEDNESDAY - September 10, 2014
Greetings once again from the West Texas Headquarters For Jingoistic Fed Up With The NFL Second Amendment Supporters

Where do I start?   OK.  How about with the over covered Ray Rice punch-out of his current wife, prior to their marriage?   First of all, it is my understanding that Rice has already pled guilty to this assault and has been put on some type of "Diversion Program".   BUT, that is not enough in the eyes of man as well as the Commissioner of the NFL OR the Baltimore Ravens organization OR a plethora of media folk or perhaps the majority of the general public and of course every Woman's Rights group in the solar system.
Here is my take on this incident from what I have heard and from viewing the video of the incident.  First of all, Rice's response to his fiancée's  advances was over the top.   Keep in mind, a fact which the video clearly shows, that the fiancée was coming at Rice and was already apparently very angry but of course you could not tell what was on her mind.  But it still appeared to me that Rice could have grabbed her to keep her from striking him, if indeed that was her intention.  So the assault charge was certainly proper.  But, of course this was the legal aspect of this over-reported event.
And I also believe that the NFL and even more properly the Baltimore Ravens organization had the power and the right to hand down to Rice additional discipline if so warranted and in this instance it probably was.
But here is where the question comes to my mind.  The NFL Commissioner initially handed down a TWO  GAME  SUSPENSION to Rice.   Then, the media and special interest groups began to make their voices heard and the NFL Commissioner announced that in the future, a more harsh punishment would be in store for whomever was guilty of the type of behavior exhibited by Ray Rice.
Then, before anyone could sort out all of the information involved in this case, additional video came out which showed the actual punch that knocked the girlfriend unconscious.  That had not been viewed by the public nor the NFL evidently.  Then when the actual punch was shown, the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens organization went into a panic mode and the Ravens basically FIRED  Ray Rice from their team.  And of course the NFL Commissioner fell right in line promising  grave punishments for future acts of this nature.

The first video only showed Rice pulling his unconscious fiancée out of the elevator and I mean she was out like Ingmar Johansson  at the hands of Floyd Patterson in their second fight.  For some reason, this first video showed enough to cause Rice some really serious problems.   The second video which put the Ravens Organization and the NFL Commissioner in a panic mode, while showing the actual punch, also showed a degree of aggression on the part of the girlfriend/now wife of Ray Rice.
AH, but that is not actually what caused all the panic on the Ravens and NFL.  NO!  It was the complete over coverage of the ENTIRE  MEDIA and we were forced to watch and listen to people, many of whom have either:
AND, in addition, have come up with some observations that border on complete stupidity.   I have heard many reporters (from every network) make the statement that  there is absolutely NO  REASON for A  MAN  TO  EVER  STRIKE  A  WOMAN.   Now, while I might agree that this is probably true UNDER  NORMAL  CIRCUMSTANCES,  most of these so called news people have never been in the middle of a situation and seen the damage that a female can cause to a male when properly motivated.
I can tell you right now that they did not grow up in our neighborhood in Houston where the toughest kid;  the best  football player;  the best baseball player; and probably the best overall athlete in the area was a girl whose first name I will call Kathy.  (The reason I will not use her right name is that she might get wind of it and come out to San Angelo, Texas and kick my ass.... again).   Kathy was perhaps a year younger than me and she had a pretty tough brother who was in my class in school.   I have seen her beat the crap out of him on more than one occasion and at some point in time pretty much every boy in the neighborhood had to face her one on one.  That was one tough girl.  I NEVER  SAW  HER  LOSE  A  FIGHT.
Also, in 45 years as a cop, I had the occasion to run across many females who were junkyard dog mean AND knew how to fight.  OF course it is pretty much built in most males do not have much heart when it comes to physical confrontation with a female but many of you will remember an Indian lady who lived in Hobbs, New Mexico that whipped damn near every man who hung out in a certain liquor establishment.  And she did not fight or hit like a girl.  She had a straight right that would rival Rocky Marciano.   FORTUNATELY, she liked Policemen and never gave us any trouble... Thank God.   But I have made many fight scenes where she had laid out several men, big and small.
Of course I am not putting Ray Rice's wife in either of those categories  and I do believe that his original 2 game suspension was way too light.  And I am no big fan of Ray Rice OR the Baltimore Ravens but I do believe that the Ravens coaching staff and management knew from the start what had happened, just as did the NFL Commissioner but they panicked when the second video came out and all the media and special interest groups appeared in a full whine mode.
Rice probably should have been suspended for a year and made to go through some type of public service program where he did menial tasks FOR  NO  PAY.
NOW that the Rice incident is behind me for sure one must wonder what action the league will take against Dallas Cowboy Owner, Jerry Jones who is being sued for sexual harassment  for  some alleged  acts against at least one female.  Of course there is no criminal trial going on there but apparently Jones will skate on this accusation... AS  HE  SHOULD  UNLESS  ACTUAL  CRIMINAL  CHARGES  ARE  FILED  AGAINST  HIM.  And I don't have any use for Jerry Jones.
While on the subject of behavior, I must say that I have never seen this many cases of discipline problems in the College Ranks in sports, particularly NCAA Football.  There have been players from major universities suspended and dismissed from various teams for a whole range of violations and/or criminal acts.
I am not sure when all this crap started but I can remember the first player I saw spike the football after scoring a touchdown.  His name was Homer Jones and he was a wide receiver for the New York Giants.   His spike was fairly  tame in comparison to the mega-spikes to which we are subjected today.  Then after the spike was made illegal in college,  Elmo Wright, a wide receiver for the University of Houston created a really stupid looking dance in the end zone after he scored a touchdown.   Then there was Billy "White Shoes" Johnson who played for the Houston Oilers and I believe Atlanta who did his "Funky Chicken" routine after one of his scores.   And of course we had "The Fun Bunch" from the Washington Redskins who did some really stupid routine  and let us not forget T.O. (Terrell Owens) and his end zone and sideline antics nor Chad Johnson (who later changed his name to Ocho Cinco) and his foolish behavior.
ALL OF  THIS  IS  DUE  TO  THE  COACHES  LOSING   CONTROL  OF  TEAM  DISCIPLINE.  When a defensive player makes a tackle now (which is his job) we are subjected to fist bumps;  chest  bumps;  head bobbing; and a whole host of other stupid tricks.  Isn't making tackles sort of like a defensive player's JOB?
AND, who can forget the first time Harry Carson dumped the tank of Gatorade on the head of Coach Bill Parcells'  head after a Giants win?  I have one question.   What would have happened to Harry Carson... or for that matter ANY  PLAYER  OR  GROUP  OF  PLAYERS who after a win would have unloaded the Gatorade barrel over the head of:
And this list could go on for pages.   I always respected players like Jim Brown,  Earl Campbell,  Alan Ameche,  and many others who simply handed the ball to the referee and went to the sidelines.   I always have a problem when I hear "Experts" talk about  the "Greatest Receivers" in the NFL and of course Jerry Rice holds damn near all the receiving records in the league.  But keep in mind that in many of Rice's years, the defensive backs were not allowed to touch him after five yards from the line of scrimmage.   I look back at Don Hutson and Raymond Berry and Charley Taylor who had to go up against some of the best defensive backs EVER and they could pretty well do what they wanted to a receiver until the ball was in the air then they had to release him or stop clothes-lining him... for a moment.  I know these are different times but the real class players did not act like fools for doing their job.
DISCIPLINE  IS  GONE from Sports and from our classrooms.   A damn shame.
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This week I have heard and watched several pieces on COMMON  CORE.  From what I have seen, this program which is being pushed by the Obama Administration AND  the Teacher's Unions could be the beginning of the end to our public education system.  From one piece I saw, the founders of our Constitution did nothing which did not promote slavery.  One lady was reading passages from one of the Literature Textbooks and the passage she read was actually promoting pedophilia. It appears that this is nothing more than a brainwashing of our students from the earliest ages through high school.  Of course, most of our colleges and universities are already in the clutches of professors like Ward Churchill and others of his ilk.  But I would urge all of us to fight against this Common Core curriculum with all our power.  The federal government has already way too much control of our public education system and this Common Core will nail the lid down.
OK.  Back to the NFL.  The media AND the NFL made way too much of the first "Openly Gay Player" in the person of Michael Sam from Missouri being drafted by the St. Louis Rams.  Then when the Rams finally cut him on final cut I was hoping that we could be free for awhile of the Michael Sam Saga.  AH, but I was confused on that matter.  When is the last time that it made national news when some player was signed to the "Practice Squad" of an NFL team?   Well I am glad to report that the Dallas Cowboys have signed Michael Sam to their Practice Squad.
We keep hearing about "GRIDLOCK" and "GOVERNMENT  SHUTDOWN" and all this stuff from primarily the liberals/Socialists.   Then I got to looking back at our Declaration of Independence AND our United States Constitution and came to the conclusion that  "GRIDLOCK"  was preferable to a bad law being passed.  AND I got the feeling that the ability to BRING  OUR  GOVERNMENT  TO  A TEMPORARY  STANDSTILL WAS  ACTUALLY  ONE  OF  THE  CHECKS  AND  BALANCES   THAT  WE  HEAR  SO  MUCH  ABOUT.... BUT  SELDOM SEE.