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The Feminization of The National Football League

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Only in the 2013 version of today’s NFL can a 6’5 300 pound grown man be considered a victim of bullying. What Richie Incognito did was certainly not appropriate but it was also ridiculous of the league to suspend him. Using the N-word and jokingly threatening a player’s mother is definitely in bad taste but does it warrant removing a player’s right to make a living? Jonathan Martin could have solved this problem the way most 300 pound lineman would have; by giving Incognito a taste of his own medicine. He could have lit him up in practice or popped him in the nose to let him know he wasn’t playing. These are grown men not 8 year old school children?

So what’s next is Richie Incognito supposed to make a public apology? Maybe tell the team and the media he will seek counseling and sensitivity training? Give me a break and more importantly, give Mr. Incognito a break as well.

The NFL over the past 10 years or so has really changed. The players are a lot bigger, taller, and physically stronger than they have ever been. There are linebackers now that can run as fast as receivers and quarterbacks that are faster than the fastest running backs. The game of professional football is changing.

New rules have slowly started to take over the game and have made it less violent and more cautious in the process. No longer on kickoffs can you have more than a 3 person wedge. No longer can you hit a quarterback above the shoulders or below the knees. No longer can you hit a defenseless receiver coming over the middle to grab a leaping catch. No longer can a running back lower his head and flatten a would-be tackler. The rules have gotten so bad many fans and even players are wondering if they should just put on mini-skirts and play two hand touch?

Back in the old days you could clothesline a guy and try to knock his head off. If you tried to make a leaping catch over the middle as a wide receiver you knew you were going to pay for it. The NFL back then had guys that would play with broken fingers, broken toes, even broken arms or legs. Now if one of these high priced Pre- Madonna’s has a hang nail or pulls a hamstring they are out for the rest of the game.

Football is a violent game. Players know and understand the risk that they take and get paid handsomely for it. The NFL is more of a business these days than a game of football. There are millions upon millions of dollars flying around on the field and the owners and the league are trying to protect their investments. Every time a player makes a vicious hit he is either fined or penalized.

The NFL in 2013 is a shadow of its former self. Political correctness and tolerance have now hi-jacked the ultimate tough mans game. It has become a corporate entertainment business much like Hollywood with the players playing the part of the actors.

Professional football is still a great sport to watch but it is less exciting now than in years past. The Super Bowl is still the largest and most watched sporting event in the world. Millions of people tune in to see the newest commercials and the elaborate half time performances; let’s just hope there remains more action and excitement on the field.

Politico’s Jonathan Martin Compares Romney to Gordon Gekko; Finds Obama’s Failed Eco-Crony Capitalism Uninteresting

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Gwen Ifill of the PBS Newshour hosted Jonathan Martin of Politico and Molly Ball of The Atlantic magazine in a left wing cuddlefest that bashed Romney over Bain, his taxes, and Solyndra on July 16.  Ms. Ifill was not the least concerned that this story is mere fodder for the Obama campaign to pivot away from its abysmal economic record, but nevertheless, started off the shooting gallery by asking Jonathan Martin to “help us explain this Bain back-and-forth.”

“At the end of this weekend, was there any more clarity about when he left and if he left Bain?” Ifill asked:

JONATHAN MARTIN, Politico: Well, no.

And I think that is part of the reason why there’s still questions out there about what exactly his status was at that company. Now, look, the Romney campaign wants to say this is purely a matter of President Obama’s desperation, his attempt to divert attention from the economy. But in politics, when you’re defending, when you’re explaining, you’re losing.

And for the last week, he has been doing just that. And it is a remarkable turnabout. Consider this. A week ago, we were talking about the second straight month of dismal job numbers. A week later, we’re talking about Bain and income tax returns. So the Obama campaign has had a nice run here keeping Romney on his back foot.

Next, Ifill  decided to ask Ball,  “what are the Democrats trying to do with this kind of multi-pronged attack on who Mitt Romney is and how much he earns, how much wealth he has?”

 Way to segue into the class warfare narrative.  Alas, it arrived to that juncture when the discussion about the taxes returns became the focus of attention with Ball stating “when Romney did put out a year of his tax returns before, there was a lot of stuff in there that was damaging. There was the Swiss bank account. You know, there was the tax shelters in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands. And so — and that information was damaging to Romney.”

Last time I checked, Swiss bank accounts were not responsible for killing jobs or depressing economic recovery.

Ifill then had the temerity to ask “why isn’t the cronyism charge, why isn’t Obama-Solyndra the same as Romney’s Bain? Why doesn’t that seem to stick in the same way?”

Martin decided to answer this question by comparing Romney to fictional character Gordon Gekko saying

Oh, I think because the question about Romney and what he did and how he made his money is slightly more exotic. It’s easier to sort of portray Romney as the sort of Gordon Gekko because of what he did, whereas I think on the Obama question about Solyndra, there are certainly clear-cut questions there that remain for the president that could ultimately be damaging. But I don’t think it cuts the same way to the average voter, who just sort of sees, well, politicians giving contracts, it just isn’t quite as vivid as Cayman Islands, Swiss bank account for Romney.

Is that why  Congress is trying to remedy the Solyndra problem up on The Hill?  However, Ifill stated on her show that “the cronyism argument.. seems to be an unusual pushback.” Molly Ball reiterated the press conference Romney had in front of Solyndra last May, but “the problem is, it is a pretty transparent attempt to change the subject.”  Yes, crony capitalism is certainly not comparable, a concern, or doesn’t “cut” the same way as having an account in the Cayman Islands.  The problem is the latter isn’t considered felonious activity.