Rihanna to the NFL: ‘F*** you!’

Rihanna to the NFL: ‘F*** you!’

Samuel:

What a messy situation. CBS pulled Rihanna last week as the league was going through the Ray Rice controversy. She didn’t like it and now CBS won’t use her at all.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

She does have a point as it looked like the NFL canceled her appearance last Thursday because she was a past victim of domestic who had reconciled with her abuser:

FWIW, the NFL said that she was cancelled not because of her past history, but because of the overall “tone” of the broadcast:

“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com last week of the decision to bump Rihanna’s intro, among other features. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”

Now the “tone” has changed an it’s…

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Goodell Under Siege

Goodell Under Siege

Samuel:

I’ve tried to give Roger Goodell the benefit of the doubt but it’s hard with all this new information coming in. But I do believe that the truth will be uncovered one way or another. Whether it’s through this investigation or not, we will know what really happened. I don’t want to see the NFL turn into a wild circus but it looks like it’s already reached there. I just want to see it get better soon.

Originally posted on The MMQB with Peter King:

NEW YORK — The Ray Rice tornado has been swirling for three days now, and the twists and turns have been fast and furious. Have you ever seen a story go so frenetic in three days? Wednesday evening began with one NFL owner telling me he didn’t think NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could survive the Rice scandal.

Four hours later, the NFL appointed a former director of the FBI, Robert S. Mueller III, to launch an independent investigation of the league’s handling of the Rice case. The league said the investigation will be made public when it’s finished, the same wayindependent investigator Ted Wells’ report on the Richie Incognito bullying scandal was made public earlierthis year. “Commissioner Goodell pledged that director Mueller will have the full cooperation of NFL personnel and access to all NFL records,” the NFL statement said.

Just before 11 p.m. Eastern Time, minutes after the league…

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5 Best Reactions to the NFL’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Superbowl Halftime Scheme

5 Best Reactions to the NFL’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Superbowl Halftime Scheme

Samuel:

Just give us Weird Al. This is ridiculous!

Originally posted on TIME:

The National Football League is planning to introduce at least one significant change to its halftime show at the Superbowl: in order to perform, superstar acts will pay for the privilege.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the league is considering three acts for its next halftime extravaganza in early 2015: Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay. But unlike in previous years, these performers have been asked to shill out dough in the form of post-Super Bowl tour income or another “financial contribution.”

The news was not received well in some quarters, but some met it with more humor than others. And so, we bring you: the 6 best reactions on Twitter to the NFL’s new “pay to play” scheme, based on no scientific rubric at all and entirely on this writer’s whim.

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Steph Curry says he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James

Steph Curry says he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James

Samuel:

I see nothing wrong with what he said. If he is, then he is. If he isn’t, nothing wrong thinking he can be. I don’t agree, but this isn’t news.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Stephen Curry emerged as one of the best guards in the league last season, making his first All-Star team and taking the Golden State Warriors to the playoffs. His 24 points per game were seventh best in the league, and Curry led the NBA with 261 3-pointers in the regular season — 38 more than any other player. In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Curry said that he’s a better offensive player than four-time MVP LeBron James.

Patrick: Who’s the better offensive player, you or LeBron?

Curry: A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question. Me.

OK.

Gotta be, right?

I don’t know. I’d assume you would think [that]. You’re a pure shooter. He can score, you can, too, but I think that, you know what, the correct answer is probably that LeBron is a better scorer but I…

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Tony Dungy ‘wouldn’t have taken’ Michael Sam in NFL draft

Tony Dungy ‘wouldn’t have taken’ Michael Sam in NFL draft

Samuel:

What Tony Dungy said wasn’t wrong. It’s a legitimate concern that every team had to ponder leading up to the draft. Michael Sam’s sexual orientation is a story that the media will follow and it can be a distraction. Plus, there was that Oprah show that was supposed to happen. Running a team is tough enough and with distractions, it gets tougher. This wasn’t Dungy saying he was against who Sam is. This is just Dungy looking big picture as a coach. I don’t find fault in what Dungy thinks because he’s right. It’s just that at this time, it was just bad timing. Say it a year from now, maybe the reaction would be different. But now, it’s a tough one to accept. I get what he said, but I don’t think he should have said it. At least not now.

Of course, I think if another former coach said this, that would be a different story. But this is Tony Dungy the mentor, the religious man, the minority coach. He should get it and feel for everyone and treat them the same, right? It’s just tough for him because he’s no ordinary former football coach. Then again, this is no ordinary situation either.

Originally posted on For The Win:

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

(USA TODAY Sports Images)

Super Bowl winning coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy told The Tampa Bay Tribune he wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam in the draft because of the potential distractions that will come from Sam being the first openly gay player on a NFL roster.

Dungy told Ira Kaufman:

“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Given Dungy’s 2007 support of an Indiana group hoping to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, some took the quotes as a repudiation of Sam’s sexuality. Others pointed out the hypocrisy of Dungy supporting Michael Vick after the quarterback was released from federal prison on dog fighting…

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NBA to release limited-edition sneakers to commemorate league’s 68th anniversary

What an interesting idea. I like the fact that the league is celebrating its anniversary, but I don’t get how we can commemorate that with a shoe. I get the appeal that because it’s limited, sneakerheads will jump on it. But I wonder if there is a better way to celebrate. I just don’t find the excitement in this.