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Well as all NFL fans we always want to blame the refs for the outcome. Well this time the fans may be right. Special thanks to Kent Sterling http://kentsterling.com/ for the following Article.
NFL Official Jeff Triplette Is a Disgrace to the Game and Should Be Fired
by Kent Sterling
Incompetence is tough to hide with cameras following every move from multiple angles, and ironically it was the work of the cameras on a play at the end of the first half of the Kent Sterling game that both gave Triplette the supposed indisputable visual evidence to overturn a call and be outed as inept.
‘The integrity of the game’ is a phrase that is bandied about liberally by people in the NFL’s New York office in levying fines and suspensions for players and coaches, but who has a more direct effect upon the integrity of professional football than a bad referee, and for the second consecutive assignment, Triplette has revealed himself to be a clown.
In his hands, the result of a play and thus a game cannot be trusted.
On fourth and goal from the Colts one yard line with 1:14 left in the first half, the Bengals opted to go for the touchdown. Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis was ruled down by contact short of the end zone by the side judge.
The booth decided that it was close enough to warrant the use of replay, and Triplette retreated under the hood to take a look. Despite obvious contact with Colts defensive lineman Josh Chapman that tripped Green-Ellis causing him to fall a foot short of the end zone, Triplette reversed the call and awarded the Bengals a touchdown that made the score 14-0 at the half.
CBS announcers assigned to the game, Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf, called the reversal “unexplainable,” and at halftime, Boomer Esiason said that Triplette needs to find another line of work.
In the second half, Triplette blew another call when Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a ball away under pressure. Triplette ruled that Dalton was outside the pocket before releasing the ball. Replays showed that not only was Dalton not outside the tackle box, but he was two steps to the left of the spot on the right hash where he received the snap. It wasn’t close, and Triplette blew it.
One call led directly to a seven-point difference in the score that could not have been accounted for otherwise, and the other caused a fundamental change in the flow of the game although the drive ended with a Bengals punt.
Replay is supposed to be used to ensure that the officiating is as close to perfect as possible, but Triplette actually used replay to negate a sound call. Combine this week’s awful performance in Cincinnati with the train wreck non-first down that harmed the Washington Redskins chance to beat the New York Giants, and the a clear and consistent pattern appears. Jeff Triplette cannot be trusted to officiate another NFL contest.
Not only is there a reason to suspect that a game will not find its just result with Triplette officiating the contest, there is genuine well-reasoned doubt that it’s possible.
Google “Jeff Triplette” and read the litany of inexcusable gaffes for yourself. But somehow the train that left the track of righteousness and reason keeps on rolling week after week, NFL season after NFL season.
The office of the commissioner is always quite eager to flex its muscles at the expense of the players and coaches, but what stand will Roger Goodell take to manage its own employees? Anything short of firing Triplette will send a clear message to fans, teams, and the media that integrity is not a goal of the NFL, but a term of convenience invoked only when it’s easy.
If the media, who are controlled by the NFL about as closely as any professional league, has no choice but to claim a call is blatantly wrong and calls for the job of a referee, the time to act has long passed.
Should the NFL allow this chowderhead to continue his career as a chaos producing dunce, the next misstep could cost a win, season, and championship.
It’s easy to look at the 42-28 final score of the Colts vs. Bengals and make the determination that as bad as Triplette’s calls were, they didn’t cost the Colts the game, but who’s to say?
As if the reversal of the call wasn’t bad enough, this dunderhead’s explanation to the pool reporter who spoke with Triplette after the game is even worse:
- Were there differing views among the officials about whether BenJarvus Green-Ellis was down initially?
- Triplette: There was discussion about whether the runner was touched down at the goal line or not.
- What did you see in the review?
- Triplette: When we reviewed the video at the goal line, there was nobody touching him there, and then he bounced into the end zone.
- What about the nose tackle? It appeared he might have had a shot at Green-Ellis?
- Triplette: I don’t know about that, what position … There was nobody that touched him at the goal line.
- So you didn’t look at whether anybody touched him in the backfield?
- Triplette: We looked at the goal line, (those) were the shots that we looked at.
- There was a question about whether the nose tackle initially swiped at him and started him tripping?
- Triplette: We reviewed the goal line.
Donate a toy or nonperishable food and a take a lap at MIS
BROOKLYN, Mich. (Nov. 19, 2013) — The holiday season is quickly approaching. So take a lap around the fastest track in NASCAR to get into the holiday spirit.
MIS Cares, the non-profit arm of Michigan International Speedway, will host the fifth annual Charity Track and Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather dependent.
Guests may take a lap in their personal automobile around the track in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy or a bag of nonperishable food. All items will be donated to the Brooklyn Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Mich., and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots.
In addition, guests will have the opportunity to visit with Santa in the Michigan Room. So don’t forget your list. Photos with Santa will be available from Cori B Photography from $5.
The speedway has even thought about the children to make it a true family day. Children are invited to color a holiday card that will be sent to active military members.
“We are happy to be part of this great event and help the local community,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “We don’t just work here; we live here and we’re happy to be part of this community. We invite all our race fans and friends to help us support this event as we look to make the holiday season better for those who need it.”
The event has been an overwhelming success in its first four years and continues to grow, thanks to the support of the community.
“The Charity Track and Toy Drive has been very successful in years past and has benefitted some great organizations,” said Jayme Bicknell, fan services manager at MIS. “It has provided a significant impact for a number of families for the holiday season. We hope our efforts provide a lift to those that need it and make their holidays a little better.”
In 2013, the Charity Track and Toy Drive helped numerous families throughout the area. The overwhelming support from fans near and far allowed the track to fill a 15-foot truck twice with food for the Brooklyn Food Pantry and a 26-foot truck with items for Toys for Tots.
Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for the special someone? MIS Cares is selling a holiday edition “I Drove the Track” t-shirt. In addition, guests will have an opportunity to drive laps on NASCAR’s fastest track on five Tuesdays in July in 2014. You can purchase your ticket to take a lap as a stocking stuffer before they sell out.
Track drive participants should enter the speedway through the tunnel gate off of Brooklyn Highway and follow the signs to the infield entry point. Guests will be directed to enter the racetrack via the Pit Road Suite Building underpass, where they will take a controlled pace lap around the two-mile oval.
Toy and food donations will also be accepted at MIS during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Toys for Tots and Food Pantry collection boxes are located in the speedway lobby.
All donated toys must be unwrapped and new. Donated food items should be nonperishable. The Food Pantry is also seeking soap products, paper goods, canned fruits and juices.
Competition Tire will donate a Goodyear vehicle for storage and transportation of all donations collected during the event.
The employees of the speedway and Americrown Corp. will provide support for the event and also make a donation to the two organizations with personal support.
MIS Cares is a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501 © (3) non-profit entity. MIS Cares’ mission is to create a lasting, positive impact on our community through charitable giving and volunteer efforts that cultivate community growth and advances quality of life. MIS Cares in 2013 alone awarded $76,469 in cash donations to local charities through its grant program. Another $60,000 was awarded through sponsorships and tickets those groups raffle off, also to raise money.
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest track and the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.
Keep up with Michigan International Speedway via Twitter @MISpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MISpeedway. Android and iPhone can now download Discover MIS, the official app of MIS, on Google Play and iTunes.
Join our Mobile Fan Club by texting MISCLUB on a Sprint Handheld or other mobile device to 69050. Standard text message rates may apply.
2014 Michigan International Speedway Schedule
Saturday, May 10 – Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson
Friday, June 13 – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Sprint Cup Qualifying
Saturday, June 14 – NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sunday, June 15 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400
Friday, Aug. 15 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice and Qualifying
Saturday, Aug. 16 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Michigan National Guard 200
Sunday, Aug. 17 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400
Brad Kuhbander, manager of Media Relations, 517-592-1204, bkuhbander@MISpeedway.com
INDIANAPOLIS 10/18/13 Noted drag racing engineer Lee Beard has announced his retirement as an active crew chief in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Beard, whose most recent victory as a tuner came at the 2013 NHRA Ford Performance Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. in June with Steve Torrence at the controls, has a total of 55 wins to his credit, with a remarkable 12 different drivers, including a trio at the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals. No crew chief has led more drivers to victory in drag racing than Beard. Beyond his national event wins Beard captured three series championships, the first as the crew chief for the late Gary Ormsby in 1989, with two additional titles having come as a team manager in 1992 and again in 2009.
Sixty-six times Beard-tuned dragsters and Funny Cars sped to the Number 1 qualifying position during his stellar career, with the number of national elapsed time and speed marks set under his guidance being well up into double digits. Beard, with driver Larry Dixon at the controls of the Rapisarda Autosport International dragster, set the Australian national record earlier this year, and is credited with the quickest and fastest times ever recorded outside the United States. Their 4.50-second elapsed time and speed of 332 MPH eclipsed the best ever seen Down Under by a considerable margin.
Colorado born and raised, Beard first came to prominence as a Top Fuel driver in the Seventies, but soon came to realize his real talent was in making the cars go fast, not in driving them. After graduating from the University of Southern Colorado in 1974, Beard teamed with Jerry “The King” Ruth on a Top Fuel dragster, a car with which they captured the Number 1 qualifying position on the way to a Beard’s first major victory, which came at Bandimere Speedway outside Denver. In addition to Ruth, the dozen drivers Beard has led to victory include Whit Bazemore, “Hot Rod” Fuller, Cory McClenathan, Kenny Bernstein and Ed “The Ace’ McCulloch.
In a move to honor the barrier-breakers, major aftermarket companies sponsored a series of special “clubs” to recognize those who’d done something special first. Only Beard and legendary tuner Dale Armstrong have resumes that include drivers with memberships in both the Cragar Top Fuel and Funny Car Four Second Clubs, while both can also point to drivers they’ve helped achieve membership in the Slick 50 Top Fuel and Funny Car 300 Mile Per Hour Clubs. The other honors they have in common include a host of championships and membership on the Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Team in the Crew Chief categories. Being named to the All-Star Team is the result of balloting among the publication’s 400,000-plus readers, but each has also been named Person of the Year for their accomplishments, those honors being decided by the staff and management of the publication.
During the height of his career as a race engineer Beard’s peer group included drag racing’s most noted tuners, including Tim Richards, Dick LaHaie, Austin Coil and Dale Armstrong. These five have been correctly credited with having developed and put to use the most innovative concepts ever witnessed in drag racing, concepts and parts that are still being used in the 21st Century.
As the Team Manager for Don Schumacher Racing from 2009 through 2011, Beard worked with six different race teams on various technological projects that included everything from wind tunnel development work through the in-house design and development of their own race-cars. More recently he guided Cruz Pedregon to five Number 1 Funny Car qualifying efforts, including a stunning 3.99-second elapsed time at the Maple Grove, Penn. national event. Beard is one of a very few tuners to have notched a three second elapsed time with a Funny Car racing to 1,000 feet. Along with those stellar qualifying results Beard guided Pedregon to an impressive victory at the season-closing AAA Finals in California in 2012. Beard began the 2013 season working with Dixon and the Rapisarda Autosport International operation, but left that part-time position to work full time with Texan Steve Torrence. Under Beard’s guidance Torrence set three track records and earned runner-up honors in both the Traxxas Shootout and the NHRA U.S. Nationals. During Beard’s tenure with the team Torrence moved from 15th to ninth in the standings, easily qualifying for the 2013 Countdown to 1 championship run.
Although Beard has yet to formally announce his plans for the future, he knows he’s going to stay involved in drag racing in some capacity, but not as a full-time touring professional. The grind of the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello series has, in Beard’s words “seriously cut into my fly fishing time.” Maybe he’s just given us a hint as to what he’ll be doing in 2014.
One of our favorite guests on The Balance is our good friend, Walter Cox. He’s a pit reporter for ESPN on NASCAR race weekends, but on his time off he’s on his farm in TN. He’s a country boy at heart! Check out this video starring Walter Cox. It’s titled Back to the Country.
By Jared Calhoun
Second Half Heroes and Injury Replacements
You may have just experienced the same types of line up losses I have. Some seasons have been ruined already by the injury bug and under performance. Whether it is Vick, Doug Martin, C.J. Spiller, Randall Cobb, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Steven Jackson, and David Wilson and now Jimmy Graham, you still have hope.
Players you should be high on.
Terrance Williams WR – Dallas
If you haven’t noticed. All this guy has done since the week he stepped in the lineup is produce. He is out producing Miles Austin and will continue to play ahead of him. WR3/Flex
Jarrett Boykin WR – Green Bay
It isn’t exactly easy to fill Randall Cobb’s shoes, but when Aaron Rodgers is throwing you the ball, things get a little easier. He could easily be a WR2 the rest of the way out.
Zac Stacy RB – St. Louis
People will be low on Stacy this week if he gets shutdown by the Seahawks without their QB Sam Bradford. Many people may return him to waivers next week, but if you’re dealing with a replacement who is out for the year I like him better than MJD.
Jordan Reed TE – Washington
The performance speaks for itself. If he is still on waivers you need to pick him up. Even Jimmy Graham owners should be in pursuit with Graham in question for this week.
T.Y. Hilton WR – Indianapolis
Many people think Darrius Heyward-Bey is going to the get the boost with the Reggie Wayne injury, and he very may will, but the guy I am after is Hilton. He needs consistent targets. The only knock on him before was the amount of opportunities he was getting. This is a huge opportunity to establish himself with the colts long term. He is a WR2 or Flex going forward.
Marvin Jones – WR – Cincinnati
He may not play this week, which is better for people reading this. He will probably be dropped because he is injured but this is a more than bye-week fill in going forward. Dalton has produced great numbers since Jones’ emergence. Look for him to be solid when he gets healthy again. WR3-WR4
I was disgusted to notice the Indy Star chose feature Peyton Manning on both the homepage of www.indystar.com and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on the front page of Friday’s Indy Star as the Colt’s prepare to face the 6-0 Broncos off a short week and tough loss to the San Diego Chargers.
We all know Peyton’s past accomplishments and accolades from his time in Indy, but his departure alluded to anything but that. Yes, Manning rescued the colts from the cellar of NFL football and put the Colts on top of the AFC South for the last decade along with a Superbowl Title, to join his MVP awards. He did not however, get an Oscar or even a nominee for his role as Irsay’s victim as the saga of “Peyton’s Neck” developed for over a year in Indianapolis.
Yes, the Colts, Irsay and the Colt’s fan base appreciate all Peyton did while he was in Indy, but Peyton owes Irsay an apology. Think about it from this angle, Irsay paid Manning almost $30 million dollars while not playing a game in 2011, just to allow him to walk and receive another $100 million from the Broncos with a chance to win Superbowls in a team that is ready now. Peyton should be the most grateful human being ever, or maybe when you have so many millions in the bank $30 million isn’t just what it use to be. In the real world, if you don’t perform at work you’re out the door without a pay check. Receiving millions of dollars to get your skill back while rehabbing just doesn’t make sense. The idea that Peyton had any animosity towards his employer is absolutely ridiculous. Would you’re employer want you back after losing 30 million on you?
Every story needs a villain and hero, unfortunately this situation left Irsay with a 30 million dollars loss and the villain stigma. “How could you let the icon go” headlines resonated throughout media headlines. Maybe they just blew this up for a good story. I think it could be the media that owes Irsay an apology as they still attempt to stir the Manning-less pot in Indy. I think Green Bay was sad to see Brett Favre go, but you wouldn’t know that with Rodgers now at the helm and his token “discount double check” on every other commercial. If you go to a Colt’s game or walk around downtown Indy on Friday at lunch time you won’t see #18 jerseys, but what you will see is a newly embraced sea of blue #12s. Luck is Indy’s new darling and they are looking forward to 10-15 more years as perennial division winners.
So if the fans are over it, why is the story front page news?
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JOSH TIMMERMAN ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL INDIANA
NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA September 13, 2013 –When late model driver Josh Timmerman returns to action at Lucas Oil Raceway on September 22 in the Top Speed Fabrication Champion Racing Association powered by Jegs (CRA) Late Model Sportsman Series, it will be with a new partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
“We’re very proud to have Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana partner with us for one of my favorite races of the season,” remarked Timmerman. “I’ve been matched with my ‘little brother’ Alex for a year now, and while I set out on this journey hoping to make a positive impact in the life of someone else, I discovered that it also has made a lasting impact on my life.”
Timmerman hopes to introduce short-track racing to “Bigs” and “Littles” at the “McGunegill Engine Performance Fall Brawl” event at Lucas Oil Raceway which begins on Saturday, September 21 with practice and qualifying, followed by five exciting feature racing events on Sunday, September 22. “I am so very pleased that CRA has extended its support by offering free admission for all ‘Littles’ who attend the September 22 race with the paid-admission of his or her ‘Big’,” said Timmerman.
Timmerman is sponsored by Families for HoPE, Inc., Fisher Fabrication, Schumaker Performance, The Balance and Speed Talk. To learn more, visit JoshTimmerman.com. Additional information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) can be found at www.bebigforkids.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI)
Every year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana provides more than 1,200 children ages 8-18 with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 adult-to-youth relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSCI partners with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community to help children facing adversity achieve: educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.
By Jared Calhoun
Why you shouldn’t draft Patriot’s RBs or WRs and Week 2 Buy Lows and Sell highs!
The preseason does not matter.
Patriots ruin your fantasy team. (Except Tom Brady)
I only drafted two Patriots players this year through 5 leagues. I drafted Rob Gronkowski in a league where I got him in the late 4th round and Kembrell Thompkins as a late roun pick in a very deep league. Our most recent example over hyped Patriots players, Thompkins and Sudfeld, had ‘breakout’ preseason performances against 2nd and 3rd string defenses had only to fall on their face in their week one preview. There was so much hype on both those players you would have through it was the next Gronkoski and Megatron themselves.
Then you have Danny Amendola who couldn’t even make it a half before getting hurt. No one denies his production, but I don’t want a player on my team that isn’t dependable. SELL HIGH WHILE YOU CAN! Julian Edelman comes in and vultures two TDs. He is obviously a reliable target of Brady’s mind. If you got Edelman in your draft or off of waivers, I’d start him as a number 3 or weak number 2 receiver. I would use him over the likes of Dwayne Bowe and Torrey Smith this week . Torrey Smith has the same match up Mike Wallace did last week in Joe Hayden where he put up an awful statistical day just last week. As a late round pick or a pick up there is some serious value here in Edelman.
Then you look at Ridley, yes he had a productive season last year. The key word here is last year. So he probably lost you your week because of his coaches lack of commitment and his performance. Shane Vereen comes in and plays hurt for the rest of the game over him. Ridley is lucky he will get his job back because of the lack of talent behind him and Vereen, but who is to say they run the ball at all because of their fumble worries.
If you have a top ten QB and Vick, see if you can pawn him off for a solid running back or receiver upgrade. This offense will put up huge points but he could also be out for the year tomorrow.
I’m not saying he won’t be awesome the rest of the year, but check with that Flacco or Freeman owner to see if they would upgrade you at running back. QBs are everywhere, including waivers. Maybe you could grab a player like David Wilson or Giovanni Bernand.
He absolutely torched the respectable Miami defense on the first drive and then they stacked the box, so the Browns played the odds and went to the air with Weeden. That didn’t work out too well for Richardson or the Browns. Look for them to lean on what works. Richardson has good historical stats against the Ravens, and now they are without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
This guy didn’t get much action and had 2 long plays called back on penalties. I knew the Browns wouldn’t make him the primary running back over Benjarvus Green-Ellis week one, but it will come. They took Bernard over every other running back in the draft because they believe he is special. This is a great time to give someone “safer” or an extra WR for Bernard. Green-Ellis averaged under 3 yards per carry on 33 carries. This isn’t a new trend for him. That screams replacement.
By: Jared Calhoun
This time of year, many preseason lists become out dated with injuries and depth chart adjustments. If you’re drafting this weekend like I am, here are some players that are guaranteed to help you win your league and some players that will sink you like an anchor. I’m interested in drafting players with as few question marks as possible.
Under Drafted Players
QB – Matt Stafford DET– Stafford’s touch downs dropped from 41 in 2011 to 20 in 2012. If he ends up with a happy medium around 30 or so and he will be leading you to glory considering you may be able to get him in the 8th round or later. Remember how bad his WRs outside of Calvin Johnson were last year? It can only get better. He will play this whole year at 25 years old.
QB – Andrew Luck IND – I really think Luck has the capability to be a top 5 QB with a year of experience. I would take luck in the first 6 rounds for 10-12 team leagues. This whole team is another year older and Ahmad Bradshaw will help keep Luck upright. I’d rather have him than Newton, Kaepernick, RG3, Ryan or Russell Wilson.
RB – David Wilson NYG – If you already drafted and you picked Wilson, you struck fantasy gold. His backfield counterpoint Andre Brown suffered a fractured leg this week. Wilson is explosive with top 10 back potential. Draft with confidence in the 2nd round. Look at his stats from the last couple weeks of the season in 2012.
RB – Giovanni Bernard CIN– I would draft this guy in the second round and be happy about it. He was drafted to take over for Green-Ellis and I think it is sooner rather than later. The Bengals drafted him in the second round for a reason.
WR – Torrey Smith – With the departure of Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta’s injury, Smith will have all the opportunity in the world to improve on his 8 TDs from last year. This will be his 3rd year and which is the year that we normally see a large jump in production from receivers.
WR – Josh Gordon CLE – The browns have a great offensive line with a great running back and an improving QB. This is a 12 round pick or beyond. Gordon is suspended the first couple games of the season and may even be able to be grabbed off waivers at some point.
Stay Away Players
QB – Robert Griffin III – This guy is still coming back from knee surgery, while he has big time potential, I will not draft a player who is a running QB that will be changing his style of play. I’m looking for a guy to take me to the playoffs, not someone who will be leaving games early or be out half of the season.
RB – Arian Foster – Foster’s yards per carry average has dropped each of the last three years. Enough said. He wasn’t healthy enough to play in the pre-season and Ben Tate is chomping at the bit. This guy will not be my 1st round pick. I would take him in the second round but I doubt he ever falls to that.
RB – Darren McFadden OAK – This guy could blow up in my face, but I want nothing to do with it. He is an injury risk and he plays on a bad team. The box will be stacked against him. STAY AWAY! Let someone else gamble.
WR – Andre Johnson TEX – Look out for this guy. As great of a career as he has had he has never had 10 TDs in a season. That is not what I want from a top receiver. They drafted DeAndre Hopkins and I believe he will benefit more this year from Andre Johnson’s double team than Johnson benefits from Hopkins presence.