The Bad Boys Club in the NFL has been in the news quite a bit this year, led by
• Someone please tell me why
After an electric start that had Johnson on the the verge of being a shoo-in as Offensive Rookie of the Year, it seems he's sunken into the La Brea Tar Pits of fantasy obscurity over the past two weeks. Chicago and Jacksonville haven't exactly been teams opposing running backs go extinct against, but that is what happened to the Tennessee ground attack. The Jets are in town this week and they've been pretty stingy, allowing only 81.3 rushing yards per game, so it certainly won't be getting any easier.
• Some have said we're seeing evidence of Johnson hitting the rookie wall. I'm not buying it; neither am I buying him as a good start this weekend. The same goes for
• I'm beginning to wonder if the
• Continuing this train of thought, as soon as I snagged
• The Buccaneers will travel to Detroit this week without
• If you have
• Last week,
• If you've been patiently sitting on
• On the other hand, those of you who were anxiously awaiting the return of
• A word to the NFL: For years we've seen a glacial approach to making much-needed corrections to the replay system, with you always falling back on the excuse that you are protecting the integrity of the game. As a fan, I can tell you that we aren't buying that pitch, and in fact it really makes you sound pretty stupid.
• Here's the thing ... when we fans can see what really happened over and over and over again in High Definition, the referees need the same courtesy. Stop with the little monitor with the hoodie on the sidelines. You are destroying the credibility of some really good refs. If you don't believe me, just look at the castigation of
Everyone knows the refs are human, but you can mitigate the vast majority of animosity directed at your officials by providing them with the same technology that we fans enjoy. Otherwise you mock your own words before they leave your collective mouths. If it's integrity you are truly searching for, get them a 65-inch Sony High def screen, a leather La-Z Boy, and a remote control, so they can see exactly what we see and how we see it. They'll make the right call every time. Just keep the beer vendor away.
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