By Ed Kracz
Maybe Monday night’s primetime NFC East matchup between rivals Philadelphia and Washington will be easier on the eyes than what took place around the National Football League on Sunday.
Don’t look for any offensive short-outs between the Eagles, who are the only team in the league with only one loss at the moment, and the Redskins, who are trying to prevent being swept by the Birds this season after losing the season-opener on their home field back in early September.
At least hope for some offense. That was very much a missing ingredient in Sunday’s full slate of games.
There were six teams who failed to score an offensive touchdown. That’s just simply offensive.
There were another five teams who scored only one touchdown. That’s just mystifying in a day and age where the rules are tailored to encourage points.
The Titans and Browns slogged through 60 minutes of football where neither team was capable of finding the end zone. Tennessee won an all-field-goal game, 12-9. And it took overtime to decide. Fans should demand their money back for having to watch that slop. Of course, Cleveland fans are used to watching such anemic offensive play after failing to draft an NFL-caliber quarterback in forever.
Sunday was no different, with head coach Hue Jackson deciding to start DeShone Kizer again after benching him last week, only to change course during the game, yanking out Kizer for Cody Kessler. The Browns are now 1-22 since trading away the No. 2 pick of the draft last year to the Eagles, who selected quarterback Carson Wentz. There aren’t enough thank-you notes in the world for Philly fans to send Cleveland for that deal.
The Chicago Bears won their second straight game to get to 3-4 and did so with their starting quarterback, rookie Mitchell Trubisky, completing just four passes in seven attempts. The Bears held the ball for just 21 minutes, 25 seconds, gained a paltry total of 153 yards and yet still found a way to beat the Carolina Panthers 17-3.
Three teams had big fat zeroes next to their name – the Colts, Broncos, and Cardinals.
The last time three teams laid goose-eggs on the same day was back in December 2012.
OK, Arizona lost it starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, to a broken arm, and he will miss the next eight weeks at minimum, so maybe they get a pass – no pun intended.
The Broncos need to think about making a quarterback change, before it’s too late. The Broncs are swimming in a sea of mediocrity at 3-3 and Trevor Siemian is at the helm of an offense going nowhere. They have scored 108 points in six games. Only three teams have scored fewer, and, yes, the Browns are one. Denver’s defense is too good to let this season slip through its fingers.
Then there are the Colts, whose offensive line allowed 10 sacks to Jacksonville – or should we say, Sacksonville.
It’s a wonder that Indy QB Jacoby Brissett managed to escape injury. And isn’t that why Brissett is playing quarterback in the first place, because Andrew Luck could not stay healthy behind an offensive line that has more leaks than Donald Trump’s White House?
So cross your fingers and hope the Monday nighter at least delivers some touchdowns, and some drama.
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A federal appeals court overturned a district court’s decision in the Ezekiel Elliott case Thursday, meaning the Dallas Cowboys running back’s six-game suspension has been reinstated.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of the NFL that the district court did not have subject matter jurisdiction in Elliott case after hearing oral arguments from the league and NFL Players Association lawyers earlier this month. The decision vacated the preliminary injunction and directed an order to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to dismiss the case.
“Earlier today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy,” the league wrote in a statement. “The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union’s lawsuit which was filed on Elliott’s behalf. As a result, Elliott’s suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, November 24 following the Cowboys’ Thursday, November 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”
The NFLPA also issued a statement on the court’s decision: “The NFLPA is reviewing the decision and considering all options. The appellate court decision focuses on the jurisdictional issues. The failure of due process by the NFL articulated in the district court’s decision were not addressed.”
Elliott’s lawyer, Frank Salzano, released the following statement to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport regarding Thursday’s ruling:
“We are currently exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days. Until that time we have no further comment on the 5th circuit’s decision.”
The NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in order to keep Elliott playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program. The Cowboys have a bye this week and there’s a chance Elliott might not miss a single game if the NFLPA refiles the case and is granted a TRO or preliminary injunction.
Elliott and the NFLPA have other legal options as well. They could seek an en banc hearing with the 5th Circuit or refile an amended lawsuit in Texas, according to Feldman.
“So the Players Association could ask the district court in New York or perhaps some other court to reinstate the preliminary injunction, which would put that suspension back on hold,” Feldman said on NFL Network’s TNF First Look. “So this is not over yet, particularly with the bye week, that Elliott will not serve the suspension.
“Again it’s an uphill battle but it’s possible to get that ruling in eight days,” Feldman said. “Just because they get a ruling though doesn’t mean it’s a favorable ruling, but it’s certainly in the realm of possibility.”
Unless lawyers for Elliott and NFLPA can get the suspension put on hold again, Elliott will miss games against the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers. The next game he’d be eligible to play in would be against the Redskins at home on Nov. 30.
In it’s majority decision, 5th Circuit judges Edward C. Prado and Jennifer Walker Elrod did not weigh in on the merits of the NFLPA’s case. Rather, it ruled the lower court lacked “subject matter jurisdiction” because the union filed a “premature” lawsuit before an arbitration decision was made on Elliott’s suspension.
“The procedures provided for in the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA were not exhausted. … At the time the NFLPA filed the complaint, it was possible the arbitrator could have issued a final decision that was favorable to Elliott. Elliott cannot show it was futile to wait for a final decision simply because he believed the arbitrator would issue an unfavorable ruling.”
The majority found Elliott was “required to exhaust his contractual remedies” before filing a lawsuit that accused the NFL of an unfair grievance process.
“The NFLPA takes issue with the outcome and fairness of the arbitration proceedings. However, for the repudiation exception to the exhaustion requirements to apply, the NFL would have had to completely refuse to engage in the process.”
In his dissenting decision, judge James E. Graves concluded the district court “properly executed subject matter jurisdiction” and the “NFL is unable to show a likelihood of success on the merits of any irreparable injury for purposes of a stay.”
The NFL’s appeal was part of an attempt to enforce Elliott’s suspension this season and confirm NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s authority to issue punishment based on “conduct detrimental” to the league as mandated in Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.
U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III issued the preliminary injunction last month after agreeing with the NFLPA that Elliott didn’t receive a fair suspension appeal hearing from Goodell-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson.
Goodell suspended Elliott after a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. The league found he violated the league’s conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations. In a letter sent to Elliott informing him of suspension in August, the NFL stated it believed he used physical force against Thompson three times over a span of five days in July 2016.
Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.
Elliott, who set a Cowboys rookie record with 1,631 rushing yards rushing last season, has 393 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season. He had a season-best 116 yards last week against the Green Bay Packers.
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What’s The Deal With USA Soccer?
The title is the question for this article… Well, this isn’t going to be much of an article, it’s really more of a question for you to comment on. So what’s the deal with USA soccer, more specifically, the USMNT? My thought is (money). I feel that our talented players go to Europe where they pay huge money for soccer, and they develope players on a different level than we do. My second thought is mindset and culture. What I mean is, we know that we’re not going to win the World Cup, but we’re perfectly content on just making it to the World Cup. (Example) – Indiana football knows it can’t win the National Title, but they’re perfectly happy with just 8 wins and a bowl game. I’m not saying the USMNT is the IU Football of the world, but I feel like as a soccer fan, that’s where the mindset is. So what needs to change as far as mindset/culture, and money/development? Our current coaching and mix of old guys and young guys clearly isn’t working. Feel free to leave a comment here, or tweet @Riggin_Rick or @Flipping_Field.
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Miami Beach is set to host a jam-packed month of events for athletes and sport lovers from across the globe. From Olympic-style games to competitive fishing and masterful karate, Miami Beach is ready to kick the competition into high gear and welcome all who’ve traveled to attend fun and furious events throughout the month, while taking advantage of the fantastic weather, miles of beachfront and a wealth of entertainment activities.
“Miami Beach is known for its active lifestyle, and this lineup of athletic events further showcases the city’s love of sports,” says Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “We open our arms to athletes, guests and residents to celebrate the spirit of friendly competition with us and experience why Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world.”
Miami Beach takes the global stage with events including the World OutGames. From May 26 to June 4, the OutGames will bring more than 450 events to the warm sands of Miami Beach. Hosted in a U.S. city for the very first time in history, the World OutGames joins competitors and spectators from all backgrounds and walks of life. Whether participants are seasoned professionals or novices playing for fun, the games are committed to being non-discriminatory and offer events for every skill level. Along with sports, the 10-day event features a range of arts and social events, including a main Festival Village at Lummus Park, live performances at the Colony Theatre, and a human rights conference featuring speakers from the United Nations.
“As a leading destination for LGBT-inclusiveness, Miami Beach is the perfect place for the first ever World OutGames in the U.S.,” says Grisette Roque, Executive Director of the MBVCA. “We’re honored to host the games and show athletes and dignitaries from around the world what makes Miami Beach so vibrant and extraordinary.”
Showcasing fierce competition on the water, the Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfish Tournament is returning to the Miami Beach Marina on May 4 and 6. For those in it to win it, the Top Boat Prize winner receives a grand sum of $30,000 and participants can raffle for a new speed boat. On May 6, the tournament wraps up with a Dock Party and Baywalk festival during the day and a silent auction at night.
Sparring on the competitive world stage, the Masters Karate Tournament is headed to the Deauville Beach Resort on May 13. Hosted by Master Manny Reyes, this year’s tournament is adding a new discipline, Judo Kickbox, and is drawing over 500 competitors from more than eight countries.
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World OutGames Miami 2017
The World OutGames consists of more than 450 events spanning sport, culture and human rights at the Miami Beach Convention Center May 26 – June 4. Highlights include:
Beach Volleyball, May 30 – June 2
Marathon | Half Marathon, June 3
Basketball, May 29 – June 2
Main Village, May 26 – June 4: The Festival Village at Lummus Park will be open throughout the duration of the games. With two entertainment stages, a women’s space, a family area, an adult zone, food and drink, and a variety of vendors and entertainment, the village welcomes thousands of athletes and spectators from across the globe.
Global Conference on Human Rights, May 26-29: Held in the Miami Beach Convention Center, the conference invites the most powerful global gathering of respected human rights activists, researchers, legal scholars and organizations. With more than 25 speakers from around the world — including Cuba, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Miccosukee Reservation and more — the conference opens discussion about supporting inclusivity in sports, health and wellness, and social justice.
Dance Now! Miami Presents: Out, May 29: Performing the 1988 landmark work of Edward Stierle, a commentary on the AIDS epidemic of the time, the ballet includes a feature presentation from the South Beach Chamber Ensemble.
Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfish Tournament
As one of the biggest sportfish events of the year, the Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfish Tournament will be held on May 4 and May 6, with a $30,000 “Top Boat Prize”. Additional attractions include:
Registration, Captain’s Meeting & Kick-Off Party, May 4: Inviting guests to enjoy appetizers from Flanigan’s and cold beer at the tournament’s main tent, the Kick-Off party serves a welcome reception for the tournament at the Miami Beach Marina.
Miami Sportfishing Tournament Official Fishing Day, May 6
The tournament and fishing will occur from 7 am – 4 pm with the official weigh in from 4 pm – 6 pm. The Dock Party and Baywalk Festival is from 3 – 6 pm, featuring artists, jewelry, marine products, cold cocktails, music, giveaways and more. The silent auction, beginning at 5:30 pm, is the perfect chance to catch great deals. Guests can enjoy discounts on a variety of items ranging from marine and consumer electronics, artwork, jewelry, trips and more.
The Masters Karate Tournament
Considered one of the most anticipated events in the South Florida karate circuit, the 4th Annual Masters Karate Tournament will be held on May 13 at the beautiful Deauville Beach Resort, attracting some of the best athletes in the field.
The tournament, which is rated by Florida Black Belt Association (FBBA) and the World Kenpo Federation (WKF), offers spectator tickets for as low as $15
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Recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App”, “Overall Spa Destinations| U.S and Canada” and “Overall Beaches Destinations| U.S and Canada” respectively, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!
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Miami Beach Invites Athletes and Sport Lovers
INDIANAPOLIS – Following an All-Star season on the field, Indians pitcher Frank Duncan will be recognized for his work beyond the ballpark. The right-hander has been selected to represent the Tribe as the club’s 2016 Pirates Community Commitment Award winner.
Duncan led all of the nearly 300 players in the Pirates organization by dedicating 54.5 volunteer service hours to the Indianapolis community. It marks his second consecutive year receiving the award, as he was the 2015 selection for the High-A Bradenton Marauders. One honoree is chosen from every affiliate in the Pirates farm system each season.
Among his many contributions, Duncan visited with patients at Riley Hospital for Children and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, played ball with members of the Brownsburg Challenger League, and gave one-on-one instruction as part of the Indians’ Special Needs Clinic in partnership with Autism Speaks.
Instituted in 2008, the Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP) helps each player in the Pirates organization understand the personal and professional growth opportunities linked to community service, as they are seen as role models or potential leaders.
The San Francisco, Calif., native enjoyed an outstanding year on the mound. He was named a Triple-A All-Star and selected by the coaching staff as the club’s Rookie of the Year after establishing career marks in wins (9), ERA (2.34), and WHIP (1.19). He posted the International League’s second-lowest ERA (2.08) after June 1 and logged the league’s top scoreless streak with 23.2 shutout innings.
Winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony at PNC Park in Pittsburgh prior to the Pirates hosting the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.
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MORRISON, Colo. (July 24, 2016) – Racers at the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals had to fight wind, dodge rain drops and overcome heat and altitude all weekend long at Bandimere Speedway and six of those racers won on Goodyear tires.
“It’s tough to go through so many conditions,” said Competition Eliminator winner Lou Ficco. “You have a little cool in the morning, hot in the middle of the day, moisture in the evening. The track was great and our Goodyear tires were awesome.”
The Goodyear Six included Ficco, John Baker (in Top Sportsman) and John Bianco (Super Street) in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers. The Goodyear-shod winners in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for professional teams were Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock).
Ficco, Wheatridge, Colo., won his eighth career national event, defeating Clint Neff in an all-Goodyear final round. Ficco’s car had a set of D2053 Goodyear slicks on the rear axle of his 1,350-horsepower, 2,545-pound full bodied race car.
“It’s a great short tire that we really like,” Ficco said. “That tire has worked well for us, we like to stick with it.”
Baker, Grand Junction, Colo., won in his first appearance in the final round of a national event and said, “I love Goodyear tires.”
Baker said Jim Whiteley, who has won multiple NHRA championships on Goodyear tires, is part of Baker’s team. Baker drove a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.
“The tires give us the traction we need to get from Point A to B,” Baker said. “I know it’s a good, safe tire to run.”
Bianco, Golden, Colo., said his 1955 Chevrolet weighs 2,850 pounds and generates 1,040 horsepower.
“It takes a good tire to work on this car,” he said.
Goodyear employs about 66,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 countries. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tire makers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.