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Just What The NFL Needed

August 27, 2015

In the wake of recent multiple public relations nightmares, the NFL was back in the news over the weekend for some controversial comments made by Hall of Famer Cris Carter while he was advising the 2014 rookie class.

Someone attending the rookie symposium released a video showing Carter addressing the rookies with the following statement.

“Because all you guys aren’t going to do the right stuff. I need to teach to you how to get around all of this stuff too. If you have a crew, one of them fools need to know that they’re going to jail. I know a lot of you aren’t going to drink, I know a lot of you aren’t going to use drugs but still get yourself a fall guy.”

Say what?

A league representative advising players to not take responsibility for their own actions.  To hire a “fall guy” to take the hit for any of the player’s transgressions that may be unlawful. 

Yes, the NFL came out with a statement denouncing Carter’s comments. Even though the video has been on the league’s website for over a year.

This league has revenues of more than $10 billion a year. You would think they could do better than have Carter as a spokesman advising rookies to have a “fall guy.”

Integrity Consultant Cris Carter

But you know, Carter was right in some respects. Athletes in their early 20s with million dollar salaries and entering the world of professional sports for the first time are not always going to do the right thing. They are going to make mistakes, and their lives will be more complicated than many of us can imagine. And even though a high majority of them have been pampered since their youth, I would think sounder advice could be given. How about advising them to employ a designated driver who has good instincts for when it’s time to leave the club.

And while I am at it, what about Carter’s co-speaker on the video in question, Warren Sapp?

Sapp was one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the game, Sapp was arrested after the 2015 Super Bowl on suspicion of soliciting prostitutes and then assaulting them (he entered into diversion programs to avoid charges). More recently, Sapp was charged with domestic battery for an incident involving his girlfriend.

Again, you would think the NFL could come up with some better choices on speakers. Sapp must have lost his “fall guy” after he retired. He clearly does not know how to be responsible for his own actions.

Most NFL players last only a few years in the league. Players come and go. The fame is short-lived for most. As is the money. Using Carter and Sapp as exemplars of wisdom for how best to make it in pro football didn’t make much sense.

Warren Sapp

Of course, commissioner Roger Goodell is still busy with Deflate-gate. Can you believe this is still going on?

If Goodell really cared about the players, do you think the league would have left the Carter video on its website. Only public outcry got the video removed. And I have yet to hear Goodell  apologize for allowing the league to trot out Carter without having a clue to what kind of guidance was going to be given.

Benjamin Injury Hurts

The Carolina Panthers chances of capturing a third straight NFC South title took a severe hit last week when Kelvin Benjamin suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The news is devastating as wide receiver is one position where the Panthers have little depth and not a great deal of talent.

It is not just that Benjamin, as a rookie,  was the team’s leading wide receiver in 2014, hauling in 73 passes for 1,008 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns. It is that he is basically the team’s only effective wide receiver.

Kelvin Benjamin

The injury leaves veteran Jerricho Cotchery as the team’s top receiver. He would be a number three receiver on most NFL teams at best. After him, there are names like Devin Funchess, Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, Brenton Bersin, and Jarrett Boykin.

Hardly inspiring names or talents.

It is time for Cam Newton to make the players around him better if Carolina is to have a successful 2015 season.

College Football Polls Are Out

Even though my regular readers know I am against pre-season polls, they are out. The only good thing about them in my eyes is that it means the season openers must be close.

Here are some of my early thoughts on this season’s first polls.

Yes, Ohio Sate is the first-ever unanimous AP Pre-season No. 1 team. But did you know of the six previous teams to get 90%+ of AP Pre-season #1 votes, none of them when on to win national championships?

The SEC dominated the poll again. Check these numbers out. Again, file this in the “did you know” file. Did you know that the SEC, both this year and last year, placed eight teams in the preseason top 25, six in its top 18, and three in its top 10.

There are some new kids in town though. TCU and Baylor have their highest-ever preseason rankings, and Michigan State has its highest preseason ranking since 1967. And this is the first AP preseason poll without either Texas, Florida or Nebraska since 1957.















































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Deflate-Gate Revisited

The Smoltz Story

Ty Lawson Needs A Wake Up Call

Florida State Police Blotter

World Cup Win For US Women

Hornets Select Kaminsky

Goodell/Brady Have Their Meeting

LeBron & The Cavs Fall Short

ESPN Taking Heat

NBA Finals

Edwards Back In Winners Circle

NFL To Change Football Rules

Deflate-Gate Hits Pats Hard

NFL Draft News

What’s Up With Deflate-Gate

What? Tebow Again

Get Used To Spieth

Duke Claims Title

The Familiar Four

NCAA Tournament Continues

March Madness

Tark The Shark

Duke Is Gearing Up For March Madness

I Don’t Get It

Yankee Hypocrisy

Honoring Dean Smith

Common Sense

Get Your Mind On The Game

NFL Championship Sunday

Panthers Eliminated

Panthers Move On

Panthers Playoff Bound

Sid’s 2014 Bowl Predictions

Kobe vs. Michael

Where Did That Come From?

Goodell Takes A Hit

Fragile Cavs

RG III Needs To Look In The Mirror

Heels AD Still Has Williams’ Back

Bumgarner Saves The Giants

Optimism Abounds With The Hornets

An Unlikely World Series

Winston Off Field Turmoil Continues

Panthers Rebound

October Baseball

Panthers Facing New Questions

Reality With Rice

Panthers Win, Panthers Win 

Carolina Panthers Preview

College Football Preview

When Will Manziel Show Some Poise?

A Tragic Racing Moment

NCAA Football Talk

Got Off Easy

ACC Football Preseason Poll Is Out

LeBron Changes Image

LeBron Still Undecided

Game Effort By USA

The Decision II

Spurs Claim Dynasty Tag

Sour Grapes

Heat Make NBA Finals Again

Cavs Win Lottery (Again)


Panthers And The Draft

Not So Sterling

NBA Playoff Action

Phelps Diving Back Into It


Final Four Fodder

NCAA Hoop Madness

March Madness, 2014 Style

One and Done

Heels Heating Up

Setting The Record Straight

Martin And Incognito

Bobcats Appear To Be Moving Forward (This Time)

A Super Letdown

Super Bowl Preview

Broncos and Seahawks Reach Super Bowl

Panthers Were Not Ready

Seminoles End SEC Streak

2013 In Review

Sid’s Bowl Picks

Mack Brown Resigns

BCS Gets It Right

Did You See The Classic?

ACC Hoop Preview

NFL Coaching Hot Seats

Panthers Are The Talk Of The NFL

Ravens Not Flying So High These Days

A Jeff Gordon Sighting

World Series Preview

Craziness Within College Football

Dissension In Tar Heel Land

SEC Football Rules

Nickname Controversy

Panthers And Rivera Lose Another Close One


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Panthers Are Cam’s Team

Heels Sticking With Hairston

NCAA Hypocrisy

Does NASCAR Need Young Talent?

Crash & Burn?

PHIL-thy Good

An All Star Night

Charlotte Signs Jefferson

NBA Free Agency And Charlotte

LeBron vs. Michael

Major Problem For Tiger

Police Blotter Hits Tar Heel Hoop Program

NBA Finals Are Set

Irish Eyes Are Not Smiling

NBA Final Four

Tiger May Be Having His Best Season Ever

NBA Playoff Action

No Draft Buzz With The Panthers

NBA Playoff Preview

Tiger Should Have Been DQed

Baseball Is Back

Final Four Fodder

Sweet 16 Madness

March Madness

He’s Back

Kelly’s A Hero

Who Said Girls Can’t Race?

Danica Is On The Pole

King James

Flacco & The Ravens Hang On



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