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Odds & Ends-Volume 48


GronkTDI am getting pretty tired of players who are healthy enough to play in an actual game that aren’t playing in games.

First it was Derrick Rose who, at 100-percent, decided to start being one of the biggest cowards in all of sports by not suiting up for the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs when they could have used him the most. Now it is Rob Gronkowski who, despite not being cleared to play by a third party doctor, has looked awesome in practice. Gronkowski’s absence on game day has created a lot of ire among his teammates because with the lackluster play the Patriots have had on offense all season they could really use his presence.

It is not just in the professional ranks, look at the SEC where South Carolina junior defensive end Jadaveon Clowney keeps missing games with minor injuries which put into question whether or not he is sitting out in order to protect his potential NFL future.
My take on all of this is that these guys should be playing. Not when they are totally hurt, but when they are healthy enough to play. If you’re sitting out to protect your future, you’re hurting it. If you’re not going to play, there will be someone else who will play and eventually take your position. Also, players who are less than 100-percent that choose to play don’t want to hear about tomorrow. Fuck tomorrow, play for today!

Really,Texans fans? Texans

I hate to say it,but I think cheering when any player gets hurt on the field whether you are satisfied with that player or not is pretty sour.
In Houstons 38-13 loss to St.Louis on Sunday, a large group of fans cheered when quarterback Matt Schaub left with a leg injury. Schaub has had his slough of struggles this season which have angered fans to the point of burning his jersey outside of the teams stadium and even being harassed outside of his home in Houston.

“It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up that they would do something like that,” Texans receiver Andre Johnson said. “It just shows no class. It wasn’t all the fans. But those are the same people that you’re out somewhere with your family and you tell them they can’t have an autograph right now, those are the same people that tell you you’re rude. You don’t cheer about nobody being injured — I don’t care who it is. Guys lay their bodies on the line out there on that field. Some guys get injuries, and it affects them their whole lives. To cheer about something like that, it just shows they have no class.”

The cheering was even louder when back-up quarterback T.J. Yates replaced Schaub in the game.

“We appreciate you loyal fans and the fans that stick by us — I want to put that out there first,” Texans left tackle Duane Brown said. “But for the fans that cheered when he got hurt, that’s disgusting. You can feel how you want about him as a player, but this is his livelihood. This is how he provides for his family. When a man goes down and he’s not able to get up and you’re cheering, that’s bad. It’s all bad. You don’t know what’s wrong with him at that point. That could be the last play of his career. You don’t know that. And for you to cheer and applaud that, I have no words for that.”

I understand that fans are frustrated with the teams poor performance and with Schaub as quarterback,but cheering him being injured is downright harsh. I get it,it sucks to be losing when lately it has been all gravy. Two AFC South titles, trips to the playoffs, and hopes of a Super Bowl have been kind to you Texans fans, but cheering when a guy who has been a big part of that is hurt is pretty awful. And by the way, what makes any of you think Yates is going to be better? Did you not see how he picked up where Schaub left off? You know,the pick six to Alex Ogletree?

The Texans need to figure out where to go at quarterback. Yates is not the answer and neither is cheering on injury.

CampbellHurtAlso not okay is doing the wave when a player gets hurt as 49ers fans did when Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was laying hurt on the field with an injury,which is what happened in the 49ers’ 32-20 win over Arizona.

Campbell was on the field for several minutes while trainers were on the field attending to him and the cart was on its way to get him off of it. Meanwhile many 49ers fans were doing the wave while the injured Cardinal was being attended to.

It even led to hush sounds being made over the public-address system at Candlestick Park to even 49ers players asking for fans to knock it off.

“That was classless,” Cardinals linebacker John Abraham said. “Very classless. It’s one thing if you think a guy is faking an injury. But there was a cart on the field. Obviously, it was something very serious. And as you could see, the 49ers players were even trying to quiet the crowd.”

Even 49ers CEO Jed York had something to say about it on Twitter.

“To say I’m disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while Campbell was down is (an) understatement,” York said. “Hope you get well soon Calais.”

Later when asked by a Twitter follower if the 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium, will be quick to eject fans who do the wave, York simply replied “Yes.”

First of all, the wave sucks. It’s so played out and all fans need to stop doing this. There is a time and a place where you can do it if you absolutely must, during a lengthy injury timeout is not one of them whether it is a visiting player or home player. When your home team is asking you to stop, you stop.

York made a bold move by testing his customers when they move to Santa Clara next year,but it just goes to show you that just because you buy a ticket it doesn’t mean you get to do or say whatever you want.

If there was a candidate for coach who next is going to be fired, Greg Schiano could be the guy.Schiano

Schiano,who came to Tampa Bay after a successful stint at Rutgers University in 2012, is now asking for fans to be patient with his team and also him.

“The only thing I can say to the fans is, if they can hang in there, we’re going to be good,” Schiano said. “If they can’t, we’re still going to be good, and they’re welcome back. I’m not being smart; I mean that.”

Really,Coach? You’re going to be good? How? You just got rid of Josh Freeman. Your players continue to get MRSA infections and your squad is 0-5 and keeps losing games that they should be winning.

I have not been a Schiano fan ever since he came to Tampa Bay. He is arrogant and kind of a bully,especially with his defense blitzing when the other teams in the victory formation. I will say this,when a member of the Backstreet Boys is calling for your job, it has to be bad,and in Tampa it’s all bad.

GatesRiversI’ll close with this question to ask the San Diego Chargers: Why don’t you guys wear your powder blue jersey more often?

For the past quarter of a century, the Chargers have mainly worn navy blue jerseys with gold trim at home, but every once in a while they have rolled out their powder blue jerseys when a big game has come up on the schedule or during a national television appearance, much like their Monday Night Football match-up against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.

I once ranked this team’s powder blue uniforms as the second best uniform in NFL history and it is currently being wasted in the closet, all because their owner, Dean Spanos, likes navy blue better.

I think it is time that Chargers fans, and also NFL fans, petition the team and the league to get the powder blue jerseys to be worn in every home game and every road game where they are forced to wear a dark jersey. The navy blue jerseys need to be ditched,yo!


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