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FCC commish: Down with the blackout rule

FCC commissioner calls for an end to NFL blackout rules
www.sbnation.com

“Right now, the FCC is officially on the side of blackouts. We should be on the side of sports fans,” Pai said in his announcement. He said that he is going to ask the five-person panel that makes up the FCC to hold “an up-or-down vote ending the sports blackout rule.”

Damn straight.

Jokes about Raiders fans write themselves

Raiders fan swings helmet at Cowboys' B.W. Webb during fight
www.usatoday.com

Dallas cornerback B.W. Webb said he felt someone on his back, swinging a helmet at his head. Thinking it was a player, Webb spun around and swung his right arm. Webb told USA TODAY Sports he didn’t know it was a fan. Many of the Raiders fans brought helmets to get autographed by players after the practice.

Hell, the Spurs are so concerned about keeping Raiders fans out of AT&T Center that they're trying to keep the team from moving to San Antonio.

Great question!

Why did Texans pass on the chance to sign Peyton Manning in 2012?
sports.yahoo.com

“Some people said, why didn’t you sign Peyton Manning?” McNair said. “Well, we just couldn’t do it. We would have had to let go of two or three of our outstanding players to create enough room in the salary cap to do something with him. Those are the decisions you have to make as you go forward. You hope you make the right decision.”

You "couldn't do it," huh, Bob?

Keep telling yourself that, buddy. Oh, and thanks!

PFF: Quant shows off diverse repertoire

ReFo: Seahawks @ Broncos, Preseason Wk 1
www.profootballfocus.com

Smith produced four QB Hurries on 17 opportunities, ending with a 17.6 PRP. He showed that he was able to win with inside and outside moves and he isn’t just a speed rusher on the outside. The Broncos used Smith mostly on the left side, it will be an interesting development to see if this is a trend going forward, especially if Smith is used at the same time as DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.

It's not news, but it's encouraging for the tape to match the camp reports.

FWIW, Malik Jackson (+3.3) earned Denver's highest grade, while in his debut at right tackle, Chris Clark (-2.2) had the worst.

Missed the playoffs four years straight? Quick, wine and dine the head of officiating!

Is this the NFL ref czar on Cowboys' party bus? Irate NFL execs say yes
www.cbssports.com

Another veteran NFL official: “If I were another team owner, how could I not be irate? It gives the appearance of impropriety, and looks like a particularly cozy relationship between a team and the officiating department at a time when instant replay is being taken over more and more by the league office. You’re damn right I’d be irate.”

Some fun quotes here. Should be entertaining to see this story play out.

Health scare helped Wolfe find balance, perspective

Broncos' Derek Wolfe battles back from depression, scary injury
www.usatoday.com

“It was always, ‘How quick can I get back?’ That was really the issue,” Wolfe said. “And the crazy thing was, the quickest way to get back to football was for me to just forget about football and worry about my life, get my life together. In doing that, it made me love the game even more than I did before.”

It's great to see that Derek is in a better place, and has apparently grown from his tumultuous 2013.

U of M president to Vikings: Keep racist slurs out of our stadium

U-Minn. seeks to bar Redskins’ name at school’s stadium on Vikings game day
www.washingtonpost.com

In his letter to McCollum, Kaler said the Redskins name is “offensive and should be replaced.” Kaler went on to say that the University of Minnesota is “working with the Vikings to make every effort to eliminate the use of Washington’s team name” on game day.

Here comes another lawsuit from Daniel Snyder in 3...2...

Latimer: Put me in, Coach!

Broncos still on the hunt for returners
espn.go.com

Second-round draft pick Cody Latimer has also approached Rodgers about trying to return kickoffs…“I just feel like the more you can do, the better it is,” Latimer said. “I think I can do it with a little work.”

The idea of trotting out someone who hasn't returned kicks before is a bit discomfiting, but putting Wes Welker or Emmanuel Sanders (who may not play on Thursday) at risk is scarier.

This isn’t the same Marvin Austin from three years ago

Marvin Austin finally healthy in Year 4
www.usatoday.com

“Oh, my spine works now,” Austin said. “It feels great. I’ve been humbled throughout my career, so I know what type of opportunity I have. So, I’m just grateful to be here. I’m grateful to be able to say that I can still play football and especially at the NFL level.”

It's a far cry from what was written about Austin prior to the 2011 Draft, when many hoped the Broncos would take him in the first round. For all he's endured, Austin has become a great story. Let's just hope he's able to stay healthy.

John Madden won’t drink Goodell’s Kool-Aid on letting six-year-olds tackle

John Madden doesn’t believe in the Heads Up Football program
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

“I’m a firm believer that there’s no way that a six-year-old should have a helmet on and learn a tackling drill,” Madden said. “There’s no way. Or a seven-year-old or an eight-year-old. They’re not ready for it. Take the helmets off kids…Start at six years old, seven years old, eight years old, nine years old. They don’t need a helmet. They can play flag football. And with flag football you can get all the techniques. Why do we have to start with a six-year-old who was just potty trained a year ago and put a helmet on him and tackle?...We’ll eventually get to tackling.”

Why, John Madden? Why?

Because flag football is for sissies, and Roger Goodell, for one, isn't about to stand back and lose future customers to soccer.

Get your priorities straight, old man.