Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

After more than a year of investigating, the NFL finally issued a ruling on the Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence allegations from July of 2016. The sentence? Six games for something Elliott was never charged for, never even arrested for. Throughout the past twelve months, the waters of this case have been more than a little muddied, even at one point seeing text messages between Elliott’s ex and some of her friends suggesting she asked them to lie for her and corroborate her story. In the end, the Columbus  District Police determined there wasn’t enough evidence to move forward with charges. A short time later, claims arose again about an incident in Florida where supposedly Elliott had gotten physical with his ex in a car with other people. Once again, however, witnesses declined to corroborate the woman’s story. Florida police would also decline to charge Elliott with anything.

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Pre-Medicated: A Plea to Shorten the NFL Preseason

By TD Berry
PSDC NFL Contributor

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For years, there have been grievances from NFL franchises and fans, about the length of league’s preseason schedule. The worry is players are overworking their bodies before season’s start, and often ending up injured, but you would want your team to develop as much chemistry together as possible, to give them an opportunity to compete. The NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement is more player friendly in terms of easing up on off-season workouts and practices, but there is still complaints about the four-game preseason. Unless there’s a real battle going on for the starter role in a key skill position, like quarterback, then four games, is too much. But be honest, when was the last time a team that had a quarterback battle during preseason won a Super Bowl?? I’ll wait… [Read more…]

NFL: Math Geeks Put Goodell On The Hot Seat For #DeflateGate

By Reid Kerr
PSDC Offensive Coordinator

Do the Patriots deflate their footballs before the AFC Championship game, and maybe for years before that?

Math geeks have spoken, and they say “yes.” Or “Bazinga,” or whatever math geeks are saying these days.

A new article from Slate goes back over the data that was posted last week, and shows how the Patriots have been a statistical anomaly when it comes to fumbles since 2007, when (because in no small part to Tom Brady and other quarterbacks lobbying the NFL) teams began to provide their own balls for games. [Read more…]

Chicago Bears Nuke Halas Hall

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Photo by John Biever /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Photo by John Biever /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

 

The list of 91-year old-women that are daughters of NFL founders that currently own NFL teams is really short. One. And she is pissed. Don’t take my word for it. Bears owner Virginia Halas McCaskeys’ son George told you so in a long press conference this afternoon. George McCaskey, son of Virginia and Chairman of the Bears organization, took the podium at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, IL this afternoon along with team president Ted Phillips. Let’s review… [Read more…]

No Way Around It: Roger Goodell Must Go

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer and NBA Insider

Ray Rice is finished.

Josh Gordon is done.

Junior Seau is gone.

All three incidents of different severity, all three handled terribly, and one thing in common: Mr. Roger Goodell.

And he must go.

Let me start off by pointing out that in no way, shape or form am I saying Goodell hit Ray Rice’s wife, drove Josh Gordon’s car intoxicated, or delivered the relentless blows to the head of Junior Seau over his career that ultimately lead to his tragic death.

I’m not saying that.

What I am saying is clear: Roger Goodell has mismanaged to almost criminal proportions the problems he has been faced with as commissioner of the National Football League. [Read more…]

Baltimore Ravens Cut Ray Rice, NFL Suspends Him Indefinitely

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

I’m watching the breathless ESPN coverage of the video depicting Raven’s running back Ray Rice giving his then girlfriend, now wife Janae a powerful introduction to his left fist on an elevator in an Atlantic City casino.

I don’t have the information that local police did, nor the NFL for that matter. The Ravens say that Ray Rice is a ‘good person’. The behavior he exhibited isn’t indicative of his long-term character. Hey Ravens! Yes it is. Choirboys need not apply for NFL jobs, we know there is inherent evil lurking in the psyches’ of a large portion of players. It’s what attracts many of us to the game in the first place. [Read more…]

Josh Gordon Suspension Adds Confusion to NFL Punishments

By Jay Cox
PSDC Writer

Don’t give me this “I’m happy Josh Gordon got a suspension. He needs to learn you don’t get a free pass because you’re an athlete” shit. You’re correct. You don’t get a pass because you are a good athlete, you get a free pass because you are good. Plain and simple. If you are good at something, people look the other way because they want you to continue to be good at something. If this were a CEO of a company that has turned a profit for the last five years and had grown their market share you think they’d be getting fired or suspended because they smoked weed? Wrong. What the CEO would get would be a trip to a luxurious place to get “clean” from his/her “addiction” for a month. And that would be paid by the way.

Is smoking pot the downfall of our society? Probably not but that’s a different argument for a different article at a different time. What I do know is that we as fans we need to demand one of two things. Either A) better transparency on who and how the length of punishments are decided or B) that we deserve to know ahead of time what punishments will be prior to the crime of the punishments are committed. [Read more…]

The NFL Needs to Reevaluate Itself

By Justin Broyles
PSDC Writer

When I first watched the video of Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé, it made me sick. It also made me cringe because I knew even I couldn’t take a punch like that. I’m sure all of you had the same reaction and, like me, were anxiously awaiting the NFL’s response. Well they responded today and to say the least, it was not a very good decision.

Ray Rice was suspended for two games. Two measly games. He hit his fiancé with the hardest uppercut I have ever seen, was caught on camera and admitted it but only got two games. Young men are taught for years not to hit girls in any situation and if they do, they will get a stern “talking to” by dad. Consequences just get elevated when a man hits a woman. Well, except in the NFL. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – The NFL Draft: Does This Sound Crazy?

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

It’s finally Draft Day, and tonight NFL fans all over will know the new faces for their team this fall.  Or, at least they’ll know one new face, as tonight is only the first round of the draft. The second round is tomorrow, and so on, with the final selections being made sometime in late July. I’m kidding! I think… [Read more…]

‘League of Denial’ is About More than the NFL Lying

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC NFL/NBA Editor

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Did you watch ‘League of Denial’ last night? If you didn’t, it’s okay, I didn’t watch either. But, I did watch the fallout on Twitter from the PBS documentary. According to everyone’s knee-jerk reactions the NFL is shutting its doors, and children will never be allowed to play this barbaric sport ever again.

Wait, you’re going to watch football on Sunday? And Monday? And don’t forget about Thursday? And NCAA football on Saturday? It’s okay, I’m going to watch too. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing: NFL State Department 9/17/13

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

Stephen Thomas’ brand new CD “Magic Wife Dust” is now available HERE! His sports-humor commentary can be heard nationwide, weekdays on The Nick Bonsanto Show on the Sports Byline USA radio network. You can subscribe to the Here’s The Thing podcast on iTunes and/or Podbean for free.  The transcripts will appear here.

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was suspended for one game by the NFL for a helmet to helmet hit last Sunday.  Now, he’s appealing that decision with the league, but I’m guessing he’s going to have as much success as someone telling a judge “Hey, I was just stealing my own memorabilia back!” All of the fines the past two seasons for player targeting hits have led me to one unmistakable conclusion: The NFL is more powerful than the US State Department. [Read more…]