The old and the new.
A few weeks ago, there was a rumor that the Patriots would be changing their wordmark. It wasn’t confirmed until the team sent out a press release on it. As you can see, gone is the cursive and in with the generic mid-serifs.
I am not on board with it. I liked the previous wordmark and the changes don’t really stand out to me. Does that mean their uniform will undergo a change at the collar?
This new wordmark is very unimaginative. The serifs don’t appear on two of the letters and I think I’ve seen this font before. Where? Oh I know. I saw it all last year. The tails look pointless and it reminds me of this.
Change for the sake of change. Not needed and not a fan.
Aaron Hernandez was arrested this morning and later charged with murder.
There’s a sad running joke among me and my friends who are fans of the NFL. During the offseason, we joke among ourselves about who would be the next player to get into some off-field trouble. It’s funny for a bit but it sadly shines a great light on a serious issue: NFL players are getting into trouble way too often.
Today’s arrest of Aaron Hernandez is another example about how the NFL offseason has become a dangerous time for the players. It isn’t injuries on the field that’s hurting players, it’s the offseason.
The problem athletes face today is the hardships of balancing fame, fortune and free time. Many of these players have never been taught how to handle all three at once. In fact, so many of these players are so inexperienced that they have leechers ready to pounce on them at any moment. That’s what sometimes gets these players in trouble. Without any idea how to handle the fame and fortune, the free time is used trying to figure out how to do it.
Darren Rovell of ESPN tweeted this out and I have to disagree. He of course works for the company that gave us Jets campout last year, a Tim Tebow birthday party and engulfed our screen with his name 137 times at last night.
I highly doubt us, the audience, wanted that. In fact, we want none of it.
Listen, there is intrigue about him. I understand that, but not to the level of what ESPN has given us. In fact, any outlet is at fault. I mean, what is CNN doing at Patriots camp today?
The media keeps feeding us Tebow. The people just want an appetizer of him, but the media forces a 10-course meal. So I don’t understand how it’s the audience’s fault. They influenced it, but the media can limit it.
This was tweeted right now and I have every reason to agree with it. I would like to say that I wouldn’t be racist and I would view people all equally, but that’s now how we’ve been trained in this society.
The black athlete comes from a violent background and they have no structure of responsibility. That’s the mentality we’re expected to accept from all black athletes. It’s unfair but the above tweet made me realize that this is the way we’re wired to think.
Obviously what Gronkowski is doing is irresponsible no matter who the athlete is. But somehow, someway, we’re giving him way too much leeway based on the color of his skin.
Can we ever get past the skin color and treat every athlete equally? Unfortunately we won’t. There will always be a certain image the general public and the media will perceive black athletes and I don’t know if it will ever go away.
Who’s going to the Super Bowl? Check out my predictions below.
Can Frank Gore run over the Falcons?
SAN FRANCISCO (2) VS ATLANTA (1)
After what the 49ers did to the Packers last week you’d think they would steamroll their way to the Super Bowl. But the Falcons are tougher than most people give them credit for. Their secondary isn’t that great which might be the 49ers’ best chance to score. But their front seven is pretty solid (if John Abraham is healthy) and the 49ers need to figure out how to run against a well-coached Mike Nolan defense.
On the other hand, the 49ers will have their hands full trying to stop the Falcons offense. Jacquizz Rodgers is turning into a great backup for Michael Turner and the 1-2 punch could give the 49ers some problems. The biggest concern is the passing game. Tony Gonzalez continues to play at a high level and the wide receivers of Julio Jones and Roddy White have caused matchup problems all year. The 49ers have to be careful on the intricate passing routes they have.
The biggest factor will come down to Colin Kaepernick. He was able to bounce back after an interception last week. Can he avoid that and play well from the start? That will determine if the 49ers can silence the loud home crowd early in the game.
Ultimately, the 49ers defense likely will set the tone for the 49ers here.
He’s called Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo as “KJ and Hondo.” He once called Wes Welker “Wes Weckler.”
But give us more info on “Vince Wilcock” and the injured “Gonk” if you please.
Seriously, why is he so clueless?
Round 2 of the playoffs are here! With that said, here are my quick predictions on today’s games.
Beast Mode will destroy the Falcons.
SEATTLE (5) VS ATLANTA (1)
The Falcons have all the pressure in the playoffs to get that albatross off their back. Their past playoff failures will be magnified with a microscope as they are the #1 seed. Can their passing attack beat the Seahawks? Matt Ryan has all the tools to have a fantastic day but the running game is the concern. Michael Turner has not been used as much and this time with Jacquizz Rogers is looking more split.
But the Falcons have a fantastic defense themselves and that will be a challenge to stop a very dangerous Marshawn Lynch. But I won’t forget that rookie Russell Wilson has played great ball this year and has developed this passing attack very well. Sidney Rice could be a big factor in this game.
However, I will take the popular pick in Seattle because they are playing the best football in my opinion right now and I just don’t think Atlanta has shown enough to prove that their past failures are behind them.
Aldon Smith may not have recorded a sack, but his interception and the defense held their own against the Patriots.
As I watched last night’s epic battle between the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots, I couldn’t help but realize that I was witnessing a fun football game. Not often do we get a chance to witness two very talented teams in a meaningful game like the one we had Sunday. Unfortunately, the top-billed matchups from earlier in the day did not meet the hype. This game though met all of the hype and a lot more.
After watching the game, I kept thinking about how much this game somehow seemed so familiar. In fact, it seemed like I had just watched the 49ers and Saints in the playoffs 11 months ago. I know the situation was different and the results were different, but it didn’t seem all that different to me.
Then again, maybe it’s the kind of feeling that I get when I see the 49ers play a game like this.