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Engine Joe Says #2

Posted in Football, NFL with tags , , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by A-Train

And now…it’s time for another edition of “Engine Joe Says!” If you can’t understand what he says, you never will. This is all from his mind, his heart and his writing.

Hit it, Engine Joe.

So the NFL executives and cantankerous owners finally decided to reach an agreement with the refs yesterday. Big whoop! Are we supposed to give a rousing standing ovation? Does it warrant us to give them a bag of cookies? Should there be a carnival and then throw a huge parade worthy of a team that just won the Super Bowl?

HECK NAW!!!

Over the last three weeks I heard fans, former NFL players and revered sports journalists alike saying if we really want to force the NFL owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell to reach a deal with the NFLRA and get the legitimate officials back on the field than we the fans should just stop watching NFL games. While that sounded great in theory, just how realistic was that?

It’s not realistic at all.

It’s totally implausible. No matter how disgusted leatherheads may be with the inferior on field governance of these rent-a-refs it doesn’t really matter. There was no chance there would be a large, calculated, nationwide organized NFL TV viewing boycott to force the NFL offices hand. And the NFL and its owners knew that. So in reality that theory as well as our viewership input is really negligible. 

It’s just like NFL Hall of Famer QB Steve Young said, “It’s just doesn’t matter. The NFL doesn’t care.” Over the past several years since Goodell took over as commissioner, he, and the league offices have vociferously pontificated that the integrity of the league and protecting the shield is of the utmost importance. They’ve also said they’re number one concern is player safety. Yet, Goodell and the owners are aggressively pushing to expand the regular season to 18 games. How does that enhance and protect the personal welfare of your on-field employees?

Let me help you…it doesn’t.

And the retired players? To quote legendary OutKast emcee Big Boi, “Boy Stop!” The NFL continues to blatantly disrespect and spit in the face of the trailblazers and forefathers of the gridiron whose blood, sweat, tears, crippled bodies, irretrievably damaged brains and even lost limbs upon which this NFL conglomerate is built on with insufficient pensions. The lack of consideration is absolutely deplorable.

That’s what’s so infuriating. The league’s executives profess to be so concerned about the players and the overall good of the game, yet you bemire the on-field product with substandard officials. NFL owners continually insult our intelligence, as well as diminish the integrity of their own game. You quibble frugally over a few measly dollars out of a $9.5 billion enterprise, not wanting to dispense a few extra dollars to the NFLRA when the cash they wanted to retain in the pension is really infinitesimal in comparison to your unlimited treasury of funds.

Over the next five years according to ESPN columnist and First Take debater Stephen A. Smith, the NFL is projected to rake in between $12-16 billion. With that type of annual revenue generation conceding a few extra dollars is nothing. NFL referees $149k salary for this season is a night on the town at a swanky restaurant with a group of friends and few bottles of Cristal and Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam. Yet, they still chose to be petty and needlessly refractory, holding up the negotiation process. At the end of the day, this impasse really wasn’t even about the officials. It was about as Yonkers, New York hip hop group, The Lox said in 1998, about “Money, Power, Respect.”

The NFL owners are quintessence of Wu-Tang Clan’s classic 1993 song, “C.R.E.A.M. – Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” The owners know what a powerful goldmine they’re sitting on. The inescapable truth is that after families return home from church, or stay at their abode watching the NFL pregame shows they’ll inevitably come to worship at the Church of Pigskin every Sunday.

Each football fans across the country will enter the gates of the sanctuary with thanksgiving. We’ll offer earnest prayers and exultation, while paying out offerings and tithes for the exhilarating service in our best Sunday garb of our favorite teams jerseys, sweater and ball caps as we read from the book of remarkable QB prophets Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. And for the truly exuberant and faithful, revivals are held outside the stadium in the form of succulent tailgating feasts, burning the fattened calf of hot dogs, brats, burgers and steaks.

This past Monday during the disastrous the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks debacle 16 million viewers tuned in, garnering a 12.9 rating. That’s the third highest rating of the year for any cable produced programming behind only the 2012 BCS National Championship Game and the 2012 Rose Bowl. The owners know that no matter what as long as NFL football is being played fans will fill up stadiums and run to their boxes to see the action.

That’s why they’d have no qualms about putting inferior, Division III, NAIA and high school fake refs on the field to legislate the games. I don’t blame the replacement officials. They’ve obviously unfamiliar with NFL rules, and severely ill-equipped to call the blinding speed, athleticism and physicality of the NFL’s supreme athletes. It was a formality their incompetence would show and terrible officiating blunders would be made.

What’s egregious and unpardonably pathetic is that the league’s offices and NFL owners would allow these marginal refs to defile the sanctity of the game and determine the outcome of contests with their ineptitude. They take the public for mindless suckers. Franchise CEO’s look at us like coke fiends, who’ll always go to the crack house to get a hit of the unparalleled ecstasy of the irresistibly accosting pull the mesmerizingly barbaric violence, physicality and amazing athletic prowess these modern day athletic Trojans exhibit in our version of the Roman Coliseum; NFL stadiums. All the while, they’ll continue profiting monumental mozzarella like JD Rockefeller laughing all the way to the bank, cause no matter what happens they’ll always win because they’ll always get paid.

So no, NFL and the organizational bosses, you DON’T deserve a standing ovation. You’re efforts aren’t laudatory. They’re litter and disingenuous. You’re didn’t agree to a deal for the refs, the players, the coaches, or the fans. You did this to cover your own hypocritical behinds. It took a colossally direful, cataclysmic gaffe causing social media outrage, discussions on “The View,” CBS “The Morning Show,” NBC’s “The Today Show” and from our illustrious President of the United States just to get you to reach the compromise that should have been done weeks ago. And it could potentially cost the Packers a playoff spot.

But the gluttonous totalitarian skybox bosses continue to reel in absurd astronomical amounts of dead presidents and the congregation will keep giving their offerings and coming to service. Isn’t that really all that matters? We’ve got football. LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN! TOUCHDOWN!

Engine Joe

Thoughts? Comments? Concerns? Post below.

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THE A-TRAIN RANT 4.0!

Posted in Football, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on September 21, 2012 by A-Train

The following rant for this week is dedicated to one particular quarterback that I have lost of respect for…Robert Griffin III.

Before this incident, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor University (first in school history) was already on the verge of becoming one of the most humble players that would have never seen the word “diva” be near him. I was wrong.

Reading from a report from ESPN saying that the Rams were unprofessional by saying, “They were doing a lot of dirty things. I still think they have an extremely good team, that doesn’t take anything away from them, but the game was unprofessional,” Griffin said. Pause. So you just cleaned it up by saying that the “game” was unprofessional. Then responded by saying, “Who am I to talk?” Exactly, WHO ARE YOU TO TALK? Right now in the NFL, you’re still a nobody. That may sound harsh but he hasn’t earned his stripes…not even close. Now, I don’t know what happened with #1 overall pick Andrew Luck or if he has any problems with how he has been treated…after just 2 games. But hell, who are you? Just because you have gotten endorsement deals and made some pretty good finances…YOU’RE STILL A CRAB IN THE LEAGUE!

He then said, “I’ve barely been a pro for very long, but from what I experienced against the Saints, compared to that game, it was definitely unprofessional and it does need to be cleaned up.” 

Now, crap was being done everywhere on the field. And I know that other players around the league experienced that. But I don’t hear any complaints from them. Now while he may the 1st to speak up about this issue this season, but it just goes to show how much this league is putting up quarterbacks and wide receivers on this high pedestal and the high possibilities of them being protected by team owners and of course, Mr. Goodell. That’s why these replacement refs are horrible. But that’s the price that is paid when a union can’t get it together with the league. Just goes to show you how much the real ones are needed.

RGIII, you think that the RAMS (OF ALL TEAMS) will play dirty with you…wait until you play the 6 games within your division. Did you forget what division you are playing in? It’s totally defensive-minded and they don’t give a damn about what you think or say. Especially what YOU said about how the Rams players were saying that they were going to hit you after every play. As a matter of fact, you better licking your wounds now because these teams are making a promise to put you on your ass after every play. So see if youI’ll look forward to each division game. Looks like you need a valuable lesson on being an NFL pro. I don’t care who you are off the field. You can be a great individual but on that field, you’re nobody to me. I’m still wondering if John Madden is becoming old and senile for saying those “great” comments about you. BUT’ THAT’S WHAT THE DEFENSE IS SUPPOSED TO DO! IT’S WHY US FANS PAY THEM…AND FOR YOU! You keep asking for protection like it’s a cry for help. You sound like a punk. I’m going to talk like you did, “What do I know? Who am I?” I’m a fan. I’m a blogger. I cheered for you. You are a member of the Big 12, a conference that I despise. I can’t stand that conference. Sorry, got personal.

But this is personal, sort of. And now to finish off this rant to RGIII…I want you to remember this one thing and I’ll quote The Rock.

“BOOTS TO ASSES!” Remember that. Because that’s where YOU will be every week until YOU retire from the NFL. WELCOME TO THE NFL, ROOKIE!

COMMENTS…please place them below. Thanks.

The A-Train

THE A-TRAIN RANT 3.0!!

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Special, Sports, Wrestling with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2012 by A-Train

It’s time for another great rant coming from the A-Train…you should love this one. Here we go.

  1. Josh Morgan…you are “The A-Train Rant” DUMMY OF THE WEEK, WEEK, WEEK! Hope and pray that Mike Shanahan give you the pink slip and tell you, “Today is your last day as a Redskin, please turn in your playbook.”
  2. Speaking of football, good win for the Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams. Got that first win and RGIII took his first loss, also means that you shut up John Madden…at least for this week.
  3. Andrew Luck is a beast? Too soon???
  4. Good Sunday to have Cardinals at the end of it. The St. Louis baseball team beat the Dodgers keep a one game lead for the second wild card spot (may have meaning after all). Shoutout to the Arizona football team (too young to really remember the team being in St. Louis), going into Foxboro and knocking off the New England Patriots in their home opener. 1st time any team has beaten the Pats on their home field for their opener. Tom Brady still wondering, “We lost to Arizona? In our home opener?” Yeah, Tom. You did.
  5. Mizzou will be get the tar and feathers beaten off them for the next two weeks. They are about to learn what the SEC really feels like.
  6. Speaking of the SEC, one of those teams will be in the national championship, again. If not careful…it’s LSU/Bama part 2. People will hate that for life! I for one, would love it all over again. Just keep showing how flawed the NCAA system really is.
  7. After watching Peyton Manning against the Falcons, (BOLD STATEMENT TO MAKE) I think Eli Manning will be better than his brother. At least he’s got one thing on Peyton…more Super Bowls.
  8. The New Orleans Saints need some serious help. But thanks Roger, you screwed up not only them but the NFL as well with your patty cake approach to protect your precious golden-arm quarterbacks. In the illustrious words of Tia and Tamera, “GO HOME ROGER!” I know it was bad. So what!
  9. Back to the NFL, these replacement refs have got to go. I tried to support them last time and now I can’ t take it anymore. I think it was FoxSports.com columnist Jason Whitlock that said on Twitter…”the refs don’t understand the NFL philosophy.”
  10. LA Lakers center Dwight Howard had stated through “a source” on ESPN.com that he never wanted to be hated…Brother, that’s all you did was cause hate. People will hate you regardless. If you are successful or better yet, just because you are black. Yeah I said it. The race card still plays in this world that you and I live in. It’s sad, but true.
  11. Speaking of LA Lakers, Ron Artest (I refuse to call him Metta World Peace) said that he believes the Lakers can go 73-9. Hey Ron, why don’t you just say 82-0? I mean you got the right coach to do it, right? You got Phil…eh…Mike Brown to do it. Plus all those injury-plagued players on your team like Pau Gasol and hell, even Kobe Bryant. What other bums, I mean players do they have…well there is Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, and my favorites Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Looks like you got all the right pieces in place. All you have to do now is get past the Spurs and Thunder and the Miami Heat (paper champs) and you’re in. Well, that was a good dream to not see unfold. I know we have a season coming up but that damn sure won’t happen. Sorry Laker fans. Keep dreaming!
  12. Oh yes…this is a must. After watching Night of Champions I have come to the conclusion that the WWE wants CM Punk to fight The Rock at Wrestlemania. Just to give this idiot the main event he deserves. Otherwise, he’ll lose the belt at Hell In A Cell. (SIDEBAR NOTE) Good to know that Jerry Lawler is OK and released from the hospital. It would have been a sad day if it was more severe. Now lay off the ropes and just commentate.

ONE LAST THING…SHOUTOUT TO MY HOMEY Twillie Cottingham celebrating a birthday today! Make sure you follow her @MissESPN34…fellas, if  you looking for a lady who knows her sports…she’s one of them. Die-hard fan! (She’s going to hurt me for this)

I’m done. More to come soon. Hopefully a radio show soon. Stay tuned.

Please post your comments below. Greatly appreciate it. Bad comments (that will depend on how I feel) will get the boot.

The A-Train

AS A WINNER…LEBRON STILL LOSES

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2012 by A-Train

The Miami Heat knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder in 5 games to win their 2nd NBA title, the topic will always go around one man…LeBron James. LeBrick, who I love to call, played much better than he did in last year’s Finals. The primary purpose for this is to shut up his critics. Well…I got news for him. THEY WON’T and I WON’T! As a matter of fact, winning this “tainted” title (don’t thank me, thank the “god of basketball” David Stern), he still loses. LeBron haters will remain “the king” and not him. While Heat and LeBron fans will celebrate the title and proceed to try and shut up every hater. Some friendships will end when this happens. Just saying.

Switching to something every LeBron fan dislikes hearing…

THE DECISION: YES I’M STILL ON THIS!! I will not get over that. So what! You will live just like I will. Sorry. But for this man to be the BEST player in the NBA, he surely came off cocky for that ESPN program. People, understand why I’m upset at LeBron for this. LeBron and his agents (mostly his friends) milked the idea of putting together a one-hour special on ESPN just for 2 seconds of announcing his decision to play for the Miami Heat and run away from the Cleveland Cavaliers because he felt that he wasn’t going to get anywhere with them. FOR WHAT? That sounds like pure cockiness coming from an athlete. Now you know without shadow of a doubt this could have been handled much differently. YOU KNOW THAT! He didn’t need the ESPN cameras, he didn’t need Jim Gray, he didn’t need Mike Wilbon and whatever ESPN analysts to ANALYZE this decision. It wasn’t needed. I lost a lot of respect for this guy. POINT BLANK

He won a title…with an asterisk. The same way, the San Antonio Spurs did back in that shortened 1999 season. Look who they played in the Finals. They played an 8th seeded New York Knicks team with “I’ll Choke Your Coach” Latrell Sprewell, Larry Johnson and Allan Houston. I still wondered how they got there after beating the #1 seed, (the pre-LeBron) Miami Heat. But I respect them now because of them winning back in 2003, playing in an 82-game season.

Now, why did I see with asterisk? Oh, the A-Train is on something? He needs help. He needs to lay off the meds.

No, that’s not the case at all. This could lead to another thing but. LeBron played a 66-game schedule and won a title. Last season, played in an 82-game season and lost in the championship. So, it takes for him to play shortened seasons and win titles? It looks like it. In his 9 seasons, only this season he won a title.

WELL, THAT’S NOT FAIR. Sure it is. In his first 8 seasons, he has played in 82-game seasons and has come up short. Even last year, when he practically had the same team. LeBRON WAS DIFFERENT LAST SEASON. He wasn’t any different this season, just put up more statistics. There was nothing impressive about LeBron. He didn’t take over the last 2 minutes of a game like he’s supposed to do. HE DOESN’T HAVE TO DO THAT WITH THIS TEAM. But this is LeBron’s team now, right? Dwyane Wade has given it up.  Critical moments during these 2012 playoffs, he hasn’t shown up. Sorry.

However he did get some help from the black and white. Something about referees and their ways of calling games just boggles my mind. From Tim Donaghy’s nutty scandal some years ago to the old refs like Danny Crawford, Dick Bavetta, and Joey Crawford. The game that once was a game has now been tarnished. Once again, I thank the “god of basketball” David Stern.

Once last thing…stop with the comparisons of Michael with LeBron. They don’t match. MJ still is the GOAT. MJ won 6 titles and didn’t lose a single one of them. LeBron has been in 3 Finals and won 1. Tough luck for the kid. You not Jordan, never will be. Greater than he, forget it. HAPPY FAKE TITLE TO YOU, LEBRON! IT’S WELL DESERVED!

A-Train

The Tainted Title…Thanks Mr. Stern

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by A-Train

66 games. 2 teams. 1 championship. I see you looked at the title and are literally saying things like “What the hell?” or “He can’t be serious.” Something that will make you either stop reading or get mad as you read this. But the last time I checked, the full season was 82 games. Oh yeah, I forgot. Thanks to a lockout, the season was shortened by “the god of basketball” David Stern and Oklahoma City (formerly LA Lakers) point guard Derek Fisher. If you didn’t know, Fisher is the president of the Players’ Association. Yet, somehow he’s in the Finals…conspiracies??? Another time for that conversation.

But anyways,  here we are at the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Seattle Sonics aka Oklahoma City Thunder, which begin on Tuesday night at 9PM EST on your ABC affiliate. To many, this is going to be as good of a series since the Lakers/Celtics matchups of 2008 and 2010. The media (especially ESPN) are hyping this series as LeBron vs. Durant.

Why do I call this a “tainted title?”

I call it that because 1) 66 games for the regular season, it hurt a lot of teams and their postseason runs. 2) The scheduling. No way in the world that Stern thought playing 5-6 games a week would help the athletes do well on their respective teams. Some of them weren’t used to that. Many star players like Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard both have significant injuries and can’t even participate for the Olympic team in London. Those are two key losses to a team that just got back to prominence after winning the gold back in 2008 in Beijing. 3) Terrible officiating. Oh my Lord. I bet anyone on here that reads this can name the sorry officials from each game that made you throw something or even cuss at the TV. The way they put this season together made it seem like they went and got high school officials to call these games. I mean this was absurd and just plain ridiculous. It was like Stern meant to put those guys out there to get this outcome that we are at now. The NBA Finals. I almost swear this was a complete set-up from the jump.  4) Money. There shouldn’t be anything said after that. But that is what this whole thing was all about. Like any other sport, money is the key to having a season. This season was almost lost in its entirety. Stern and his staff had to rush through and put together which is what was supposed to be an “effective” season. All Stern thought about was those advertising dollars, the under the table deals (don’t act like there weren’t any), the TV contracts, the attendance for the respective games and IMHO nothing about the players’ themselves. Even though the players’ were just looking for their piece of the pie. While we get mad at them about their egos’ and all, they still go out and play every night. Am I ok? Am I really defending the players? The ones that tick me off so bad that they should play overseas somewhere and not in the States. I’m defending players like Carlos Boozer, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant…the names I can’t stand?? Really? Yeah I am. Because at the same time, they get a check cut every two weeks like you and I (the ones that have jobs).

My point is: This is not the real 82-game season, just like San Antonio back in ’99 which wasn’t a real title win with the 50-game season. Look who they played against in the Finals…the 8th seeded New York Knicks…with “I’ll choke my coach because I don’t like what he tells me” Latrell Sprewell on (LITERALLY) “Grandmama” Larry Johnson. So what about their banner sticking up in the AT&T Center being a title team. That season was a joke from start to finish. Just like that game on Showtime which was called “The Game on Showtime” where it featured 10 NBA players playing in Vegas for charity. I might as well just had that and didn’t need the season. The reason why all of this was going down…again MONEY!

Anyways, the match-up is great honestly (even though I still think it’s a set-up), these two teams do have effective teams that (believe it or not) provide championship experience from both sides. The Thunder are definitely young and Durant should enjoy this series win or lose. The Heat however are under a microscope…if they lose, they might as well dismantle that team. I want to see that happen, so bad. OKC’s legs should be fresher than the Heat’s after their 7 game affair with Boston. But maybe it was a blessing for those teams. This is what the fans have been really waiting for which is the top 2 players in the league right now going head-to-head for that picture, aka the Larry O’Brien trophy.

All from the destructive mind of David Stern. Thanks Mr. Stern for destroying the league that you have built up. You wonder why most sports fans wait for football season to come around. You’re an imbecile and an idiot. But I still will watch your sport till there is no more.

NBA Fan

The A-Train

 

Give The NHL Some Freakin’ Respect

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2012 by A-Train

Despite contractual media requirements for our friends at ESPN who cater their delivery of SportsCenter to the NBA,NFL, and MLB notably because they air these sports on theirs or sister networks. The NHL needs a bit of a spotlight, yes the NHL is understandably more appealing to the Canadian market however looking at this year’s intriguing Stanley Cup final between the two largest markets in all of the USA (L.A. Versus N.Y./NJ Mega metro area).

So what’s not to like about the match-up. No, it is not a David and Goliath matchup but a truly big market(s), big showcase event that (oh yeah) includes The Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America. So what does that tell you, GIVE THE NHL THEIR FREAKIN’ RESPECT!

Here in the STL, KMOX (aka our CBS radio affiliate) will always talk about our beloved (St. Louis) Cardinals as they should but still should be talking some more hockey or Stanley Cup. I mean the (St. Louis) Blues had a really awesome season, it was a shame though that the Blues didn’t have a chance against the Western Conference champs, and a reason that the Kings are in the Finals is because they had to go through STL to get there. But KMOX with their baseball obsession and ESPN with them obviously putting hockey inside a little box is a darn shame. Show some support for the league and this team showing known as the L.A. Kings with “The Great One” dropping the opening face-off last night some respect. FACT: Kings are the 1st Team in NHL History to Go 3 games to NONE (aka 3-0) in Every Round of the playoffs, that’s four grueling rounds that they had to do this. WHERE’S THE RESPECT? Oh yeah it’s a shame nobody in this town knows much about the Stanley Cup happenings this year. Ok, the Blues were beaten. SO WHAT! This town is great when it comes to hockey fans and its coverage. This year it’s not happening. They are clearly dropping the ball for this one. I wish hockey fans in St. Louis felt the same way I felt about this. Even though this isn’t as a great series as it is. It’s a great story for the Los Angeles Kings and I think that the many media outlets outside of L.A. and NY/NJ should still cover that.

Thanks to my man Tom for some factual credit in this article.

Bryan K.

Hockey Fan

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