[T]he sweep of Kansas’ statute is breathtaking. Any government employee is given explicit permission to discriminate against gay couples—not just county clerks and DMV employees, but literally anyone who works for the state of Kansas. If a gay couple calls the police, an officer may refuse to help them if interacting with a gay couple violates his religious principles. State hospitals can turn away gay couples at the door and deny them treatment with impunity. Gay couples can be banned from public parks, public pools, anything that operates under the aegis of the Kansas state government.
Yesterday was for the unapologetic bigots. Today is for people who think we should just stop talking about the hurdles faced by gay people, because talking about it is impolite, or something. I wonder what the venn diagram between those two populations looks like?
(And yes, I linked to a liberal blog post, because it was reporting on pertinent news. If you don't like it, you're invited to go piss up a flag pole.)
“You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We’re comfortable with that. You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!”
You wouldn't think some old sportscaster in Dallas (OF ALL PLACES!) would be the guy to put the Michael Sam situation in language that should make any bigot feel like an idiot, but there he goes.
Peyton Manning’s Legacy
When Tom Brady leads the greatest scoring offense in NFL history to 14 points against a defense that allowed 22 points per game during the regular season, it does not become part of his narrative. When Joe Montana leads the 49ers to just three points in back-to-back playoff losses to the Giants, those games are pushed to the footnotes section of his biography…
The Montana over Manning argument is simple: Montana is better because he went 4-0 in Super Bowls, while Manning is 1-2. Such hard-hitting analysis ignores the fact that in each of the four seasons Montana won the Super Bowl, the 49ers defense ranked in the top three in either yards allowed, points allowed, or both. For Manning, “only one Super Bowl” is a scarlet letter. The common argument goes, “How could the greatest quarterback ever only win one Super Bowl?” That’s a fair question to ask, but we know the answer: the playoffs are a single elimination tournament where random events happen.
Anyone who has been with IAOFM for at least a year knows we rarely put a lot of stock in small samples. Unfortunately, that's what the playoffs are. Chug down a few bottles of historical bias, and soon you're drunk with the idea that Peyton Manning's legacy is suddenly tarnished by last week's performance.
“All we did was play situational football,” Sherman says. “We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half.”
Two weeks may have given Denver's offense plenty of time to prepare for Seattle's defense, but it works both ways, you know?
The Failure Was Total
“That’s the way the start of any Super Bowl is: It’s going to be loud,” said receiver Wes Welker, who was playing in his third Super Bowl. “The fans are going to be yelling. They don’t really know why they’re yelling—it’s just the start of the Super Bowl. We didn’t prepare very well for that, and it showed.”
This is an odd quote from Welker, who appears to be throwing the coaching staff under the bus. Did he have unvoiced concerns going into the game, or did he speak up and was ignored?
People that I’ve talked to about me being on the list to sue the NFL say things to me like, “You knew what you were getting into.” Let me explain something to you: The hell we did. The hell we did. I knew orthopedically that I would have issues. I didn’t care. But no one ever told me if I get a concussion and I go back in and show my boys that I’m a tough son of a bitch that I’m going to mess myself up even more. No one ever told me that. No one ever told me that that could possibly lead to CTE that could possibly lead to suicide…
I mean, every guy who played in the NFL should have health insurance for as long as they live. And we don’t. I think that’s the premise of all of us getting on this lawsuit, because frankly I’m not on the lawsuit for any money…It’s more to tell the NFL owners, “It’s time for you to stop treating us like cattle,” for example. “Or a piece of meat. You know, we put a lot of money into your pockets.”
You greedy bastard, Mike Lodish. You socialist piece of $hit. How damn arrogant of you to suggest taking money out of the pockets of owners trying to feed their families, who don't even have guaranteed contracts themselves--wait a second, I guess they actually do.
I know more and more guys that are just lost. But guys are scared to try to get evaluated because they can’t afford it. It’s that cut and dry. They can’t afford it…It’s only a small percentage that makes that really, really big money, but the general public doesn’t understand that. They think all professional players make big, big money, and it’s not the truth.
Kennedy, of course, was on the receiving end of one of the uglier moments in Broncos history. It's probably not what any of us want to be thinking about with the SB a day away, but it's hard to ignore these stories.
PFF Pick’em: Super Bowl XLVIII
Sam Monson - Pick: Seattle Seahawks - The more I look at this the more I think the Seahawks are tailor-made to beat the Broncos. Denver’s offense is all about timing, and the Seahawks have the ability on defense to mess with that timing from both sides of the equation…I think the Seahawks come close to shutting that Denver offense down.
As for the rest of the staff, their reasons for picking Denver come down to Peyton Manning. We all know - especially the PFF guys - that football is the farthest thing from a one-man sport, but if anyone has ever been the exception to that rule, he's the guy.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell backed the Washington Redskins’ moniker Friday, stating that nine out of 10 Native Americans support the name. That remark came during Goodell’s annual press conference on the Friday of Super Bowl week. Goodell actually was asked rather contentiously if he “would call a [Native American] a Redskin to his face?” The commissioner mostly sidestepped that question, instead offering up the reasoning behind not forcing Washington owner Daniel Snyder to change his team’s name.
“This is the name of a football team … [and it has been] presented in a way that honors Native Americans,” Goodell said.
For those waiting for Roger Goodell to turn his back one of his own bosses, keep holding your breath.
As for honoring anyone, Washington could start by winning four games next season.
Under Pressure's Super Bowl Preview
Realistically, when playing against Manning, you’re looking to disrupt his delivery rather than bring him to the ground. He gets rid of the ball so quickly that it’s hard to count on getting more than one or two sacks over the course of the 40-to-50 passes he’ll throw in a game. In the playoffs, Manning has dropped back 82 times. He’s had his footwork or throwing motion disrupted in any way by a pass rusher seven times. Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones grabbed Manning’s shoulder pad to disrupt a throw on a third-and-goal in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game. That’s the only time Manning has actually been grabbed as he’s thrown. He’s not only not been sacked in the playoffs ... he hasn’t even been knocked off his feet.
If defense wins championships, then the Seahawks are going to have to do something no one else has been able to do. Of course, it's not happening.