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Sociological Commentary Saturday
M.D. Wright
9.20.2014

I’ll never understand people who get bent out of shape when others make generalizations about a group which they belong.

Just because a statement does not accurately describe you, does not mean it does not apply accurately to others — often the majority — in that same group. Why get offended? Guilt?

When people make generalizations about men, and even more specifically, Black men, when they are not applicable to me, I shrug them off. And often times, when it is true about the majority, I will go right along and agree.

My first response isn’t to get up in arms and lash out, particularly when I know the statement is true about many, if not the majority — just not ME. I guess the lack of guilt allows for this stance.

But what does it say about those who DO respond defensively to generalizations? Is it because they know the statement is true (even about themselves, deep down?)

I am in Sociology mode today. Excuse me.

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A Quick Blurb

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A Quick Blurb
M.D. Wright
9.20.2014

This is for the technologically deficient:

  1. Every app you use asks for the same permissions that Facebook Messenger asks for. They ALL have access to the same information that you are suddenly so protective of when it comes to Facebook messenger. I don’t care for the app myself, but at least inform yourselves.

  2. Take your phone number off your profile altogether or set privacy settings to “Only Me.”

It’s not that difficult folks. All the claims about what this individual app does are one thing, but you have 20-30 apps (minimum) elsewhere on your phone that do the same. Smarten up. And stop listening to fear mongering “news” outlets who profit exclusively from keeping people in a state of high alert.

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The Effeminization of the Black Male

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The Effeminization of the Black Male
M.D. Wright
9.19.2014

This has been brewing long before Kanye West broke out on stage in kilts or Young Thug paraded around at shows with lipstick, red nail polish, wearing young girls’ skirts and calling members of his entourage “bae” and “my hubby.” These last couple of years have just been the manifestation of what had been bubbling for decades. We have seen everything from men dressing in skirts and dresses in movies for years (Tyler Perry, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, etc.) for supposedly comedic purposes. However, as many with a functioning noodle know, imagery and the constant repetitive pushing of images emblazons the idea in the minds of both impressionable children AND some adults (sadly). You have seen Busta Rhymes dress as a geisha, Ceelo Green come out on stage in a reincarnation of the flamboyantly gay Liberace, and even Jay Z come out on stage in whatever people are calling those things other than “skirts” and somehow this is more accepted than guys wearing what many equate to the same gear that “menacing thugs” wear in the heart of urban areas throughout the United States?

Case in point, the NBA code of dress policy. The NBA and its sponsors had such a severe gripe with the way players were dressing in the late 1990s and early 2000s, that the league instituted a policy requiring the players to dress in nothing less than slacks, a button down shirt and hard bottom shoes (as opposed to white t-shirts, jeans, sneakers and general attire that most fans would wear to a game, or how players dressed in their casual time.) This was further veiled by the claim that players represented their respective teams and the NBA (and its whiny sponsors.) While that point is generally accepted as fact, the real reason behind this was for the league to assuage the concerns of its league partners following the melee in Auburn Hills featuring the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons in 2004 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqrFNRt80cI – and a series of off-court issues that many players had in the NBA at the time.

Fine. Protect your interests. It makes perfect business sense. It is just too often that the bottom line ($$$) is the motivation for doing things, not for social or responsibility purposes. However, the point here isn’t to make delineations or draw conclusions based upon racial and cultural differences, but to explore what has taken place as a result of the dress code changes that went into place in the season following the Malice at the Palace, which went into effect for the 2005-2006 NBA season.

Naturally, players felt they were being targeted and unfairly being forced to alter the way they chose to express themselves through attire. To be fair, some players showed up at games (particularly if they were injured, ill, or otherwise not active for a game) appearing slovenly and grimy. However, to counter this, the NBA did not care until the police blotter became a regular topic for discussion, which forced its hand in creating the dress code.

Fast forward a decade, and while the days of wearing jerseys of other sports teams, XXXL t-shirts, baggy jeans and Timberland boots are long gone from players on the bench during NBA games, you don’t see players wearing standard suits or business casual attire. Now you have players dressing like drag queens, cross-dressing fruitcakes and looking just as ridiculous as they did in “street attire” 15 years ago. Many pundits are jokingly taking bets on how soon it will be before we see players show up in a kilt or a skirt. Some, like Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook are on the verge of doing so, with their questionable attire at times. It goes right along with the times, as so many Black faces in music and entertainment in other areas of the public eye are pushing an effeminate image more and more frequently. Instead of this becoming a moratorium on attire, as it had become with the baggy jeans and construction boots, now it is public fodder and laughed off on shows such as Inside the NBA after televised games, and by members of the media on social media. It’s fine that players look like they are preparing for a stroll along Christopher Street in Manhattan after a game, but not like they just came back from/heading back to the block to pitch halves and chief on left hand smoke with their crew, apparently.

Grown men can dress any way they desire. This isn’t criticism of rather questionable attire choices, but rather questioning the absence of criticism from the same people who were so up in arms about how players dressed before the mandated dress code. Sponsors may no longer be offended by the way players dress, but many fans ARE. And at last check, fans are part of the constituency that enables sponsors to make their billions in partnership with the NBA.

This is part of a larger debate in general. The effeminization of Black Males through mass media. Everywhere you look throughout rap (no longer Hip-Hop, at least through the mainstream, promoted arena), Hollywood and elsewhere in pop culture, there are constant images of Black males being stripped of the “threatening” bravado and uber-macho image that was once prominent throughout actual Hip Hop, which also permeated throughout professional sports and Hollywood. This is not some wacked out, warped railing against “The Machine” and feeding Eugenics claims (as some would suggest in other areas of society), but rather to stimulate and seek answers to one basic question:

WHY IS SO MUCH OF AMERICA THREATENED BY A MASCULINE, POWERFUL BLACK MALE, BUT ACCEPTING OF AN EFFEMINATE, “DE-CLAWED” VERSION OF THE BLACK MALE, WHICH IS SO COMMON NOWADAYS?

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/19/dwyane-wade-credits-david-sterns-dress-code-for-improving-his-style/

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2014 NFL Week 3 Bettor’s Guide

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2014 NFL Week 3 Bettor’s Guide
M.D. Wright
9.17.2014

If you are like me, you are sick and tired of the way today’s NFL has gone. Whether you are a hardcore fan of one team, an avid diehard who watches every game possible, a fantasy football geek, or a bettor, the officiating and rules changes have led to wild swings in games that often affect the outcomes of games in the last few minutes. We had four games like that this week, after several in Week 1. For bettors’ this is crucial; particularly when point spread, over/unders, money lines and other props are effectively blown as a result of dubious officiating.

Last Week:
SU: 9-7
ATS: 9-7

Season:
SU: 19-13
ATS: 18-14


 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Falcons 12

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
My Call: TB +6.5
Over/Under: Over 44.5

Analysis:
The Falcons are decidedly better offensively at home on their fast track than on the road and/or in the elements. The problem is that their defense cannot stop anyone. The Bucs aren’t anyone, however. Tampa will definitely look to run the ball and exploit Atlanta’s relatively lightweight defensive front, but Josh McCown has not been the QB that he was in place of Jay Cutler last year. He will need to be, because the Falcons play faster and more wide open offensively at home. Tampa’s defense has the potential to be good, but they spend far too much time on the field to win shootouts. They’ll keep this close, however.

Call:
Tampa Bay                  23
Atlanta                        27
FINAL
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San Diego Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills
Ralph Wilson Stadium
Orchard Park, New York
Buffalo Bills 4

My Call: SD +2.5
Over/Under: Under 44.5

Analysis:
San Diego tends to beat the best teams and lose to the bad teams. Buffalo is no longer bad, however. This will not be an easy game, in the Bolts’ first 1 pm game/10 am body start. The breakdown here is the Bills’ relentless, attacking, ballhawking defense against the Chargers’ tempo offense. Ralph Wilson Stadium will be loud, just as it was in Week 2, so it may slow down San Diego’s offense just as much as the Bills’ defense.

The question is whether San Diego can consistently cover all of Buffalo’s weapons: CJ Spiller, Sammy Watkins, Scott Chandler and Robert Woods. San Diego’s secondary is rather shaky outside of SS Eric Weddle. EJ Manuel has been safe with the football, so San Diego cannot necessarily count on turnovers. Dwight Freeney is going up against a big offensive line, as is DE/NT Corey Liuget, who is disruptive. This is a tough game to call, but there is no reason to think that Buffalo will suddenly begin fumbling and throwing away the football. San Diego faced Seattle on a 100-degree day, and on a day where the league’s best defense had an off game. However, the Bills are playing inspired football and are at home.

Call:
San Diego                         17
Buffalo                              19
FINAL
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Dallas Cowboys vs. St. Louis Rams
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Rams 3

My Call: Pick ‘em (STL)
Over/Under: Over 44.5

Analysis:
Dallas notched its first win in Tennessee on Sunday, and will look to build upon that performance. In recent years, Dallas has fared very well against St. Louis; partly because St. Louis has been inconsistent against the run, and hit or miss in pass defense. They have beefed up the interior of their defensive line, and added several college All-Americans in their secondary, which is noticeably faster. However, it was the poise of rookie Austin Davis at QB that helped the Rams achieve their first win of the season in Week 2. Teams have to play the Rams’ offense more honestly if Davis can continue his level of play. This opens up the field for Zac Stacy and others, while the Rams will have WR Stedman Bailey back, just in time to fill the void left by Tavon Austin, who was injured in Week 2. Facing a rather porous defense (Dallas), St. Louis will have the opportunity to make a few plays. This could be a shootout, and given that Dallas isn’t lacking offensively, one would think that they would hold their own in a shootout.

Then there is Robert Quinn, who can singlehandedly wreak havoc on any drive. Even with LT Tyron Smith in front of him. No one has proven to be able to consistently block Quinn since he became an NFL starter, including Smith. Look out for Tony Romo’s blind side late in this game. This could be the deciding edge. There is a reason that this game is a Pick ‘em on most boards.

Call:
Dallas                      24
St. Louis                  27
FINAL
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Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Eagles 4

My Call: WSH +6.5
Over/Under: Over 50

Analysis:
Had Robert Griffin III not been injured, the analysis on this game would be drastically different. However, with Kirk Cousins taking over for now, the Redskins’ offense is much more efficient. They still have Alfred Morris, despite losing Desean Jackson for at least the next 6-8 weeks, along with Griffin for about the same period (at minimum). Washington’s offense did not miss a beat despite those injuries in Week 2, racking up 41 points. They may need just as many to beat the pass rush-less Eagles. Washington will rely upon its pass rush to get to QB Nick Foles enough to disrupt Chip Kelly’s muti-gadget offense. At several junctures, it certainly will. Whether it is enough to win the game is another story.

Call:
Washington                     31
Philadelphia                     34
FINAL
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Houston Texans vs. New York Football Giants
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey
New York Football Giants 1634

My Call: NYG +2.5
Over/Under: Under 41.5

Analysis:
Despite the turnovers, dropped passes, penalties and still-subpar-but-improved-in-Week 2 offensive line, the Giants are yet again facing a tough pass rushing defense, led by all-world JJ Watt (who will be lined up at tight end at times in Week 3, according to coach Bill O’Brien). The Giants will struggle to run the football to the right side, however, they do get to avoid the nightmare matchup of Jadeveon Clowney (knee) against Will Beatty, who has been more of a perfect bullfighter than a left tackle protecting his QB’s blind side.

The Texans are heavily reliant upon the run game, which does help the Giants’ defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t a great passer, and hasn’t been asked to do much passing in either game thus far this season. The Giants will finally get off the schnide and notch their first win.

Call:
Houston                   17
NY Giants                 20
FINAL
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Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Saints 4

My Call: NO -10
Over/Under: Over 49

Analysis:
The Saints finally play at home, where they are virtually unbeatable. And without Adrian Peterson, Minnes… ehhhh, who are we fooling?

Call:
Minnesota                         13
New Orleans                     41
FINAL
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Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Bengals--Paul Brown Stadium

My Call: TEN +6.5
Over/Under: Under 43

Analysis:
The Bengals cannot be trusted with a touchdown for handicapping purposes. They are far too inconsistent and underachieving. Plus, they will most likely be without AJ Green (who, at best, will not be 100%). Tennessee has been all over the place offensively, so it is difficult to expect them to be too prolific offensively against a Top 5 defense. The Bengals will underachieve and keep the Titans in it, however.

Call:
Tennessee                   13
Cincinnati                    19
FINAL
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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Browns 3

My Call: CLE +1.5
Over/Under: Over 41.5

Analysis:
Baltimore is such a dull team offensively. It makes it difficult to handicap their games. The Browns appear to be a high flying act, thus far, under Kyle Shanahan; scoring 27 PPG. This is the ultimate pick ‘em. These AFC North matchups often turn on the head of turnovers. And both teams have been sloppy with the football (particularly in their one losses apiece.)

Call:
Baltimore                       23
Cleveland                       24
FINAL
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Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Lions 3

My Call: GB +2.5
Over/Under: Over 53

Analysis:
Let’s see here. Both teams have prolific QBs and offenses in general, neither team is any good defensively. What could happen?

I’ll take Aaron Rodgers over Matthew Stafford 9 out of every 10 games.

Call:
Green Bay                       34
Detroit                             27
FINAL
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Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
EverBank Field
Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Jaguars 4

My Call: IND -7
Over/Under: Under 45.5

Analysis:
The Jags finally make their home debut. Being on the road may have had some to do with them surrendering 78 points (while only scoring 10) in the past six quarters, but despite the optimism of many, the Jags have regressed to beyond the ineptitude that they exhibited for most of 2013. The Colts are looking to get off the schnide, and will.

Call:
Indianapolis                      34
Jacksonville                       10
FINAL
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Oakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
New England Patriots 11

My Call: NE -14
Over/Under: Over 46.5

Analysis:
Why bother? Belichick, the greatest defensive schemer ever, against a rookie QB?

Call:
Oakland                      17
New England              34
FINAL


San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Arizona Cardinals 3

My Call: ARZ +2.5
Over/Under: Under 41.5

Analysis:
This will be an ugly game; full of penalties, short drives, settling for field goals, and, ultimately an offense that doesn’t turn over the football (Arizona) versus one that has become a had trouble protecting the football dating back to the end of last season (San Francisco). Otherwise, the teams are virtual mirror images of each other on both sides of the ball. The 49ers catch a break, as they face career backup Drew Stanton, instead of Carson Palmer, who did whatever he wanted for the most part against the 49er defense last season. Despite Palmer’s absence, Stanton has Andre Ellington in and out of the backfield as a rusher and pass catcher, along with Larry Legend and Michael Floyd as receiving threats. Rookie John Brown figures to get some opportunities to exploit the lacking SF pass coverage in the intermediate flats. Patrick Willis is great, but he cannot do it all.

Call:
Arizona                        17
San Francisco              15
FINAL
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Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks
CenturyLink Field
Seattle, Washington
Seattle Seahawks 3

My Call: SEA -4.5
Over/Under: Over 48.5

Analysis:
Nothing has changed since the Super Bowl (other than the locale of the game being even louder than Giants Stadium was in February, which does not exactly help Denver), despite all of the hot air blown by John Elway immediately after the game.

Call:
Denver                  17
Seattle                  34
FINAL
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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Miami Dolphins
Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
Miami Dolphins 3

My Call: MIA -4
Over/Under: Under 42

Analysis:
The Chiefs have so many injuries, and a key one (Jamaal Charles) may be a bit much for them to overcome. The Chiefs have shown that they have little to nothing in the form of a downfield passing game. Most of what they do offensively is predicated upon what Charles (and, if Charles is unable to play, Knile Davis) does on the ground. Kansas City hopes to get defenses to commit to stop the run, and then allow Alex Smith the opportunity to find Dwayne Bowe, Travis Kelce and Donnie Avery downfield. That’s basically the Chiefs’ offense.

Because Kansas City is missing so many key starters on defense, the Fins should find their way to be a lot less imposing at home facing the depleted Chiefs than they found in Buffalo in Week 2.

Call:
Kansas City                13
Miami                         23
FINAL
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers
Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
Carolina Panthers 3

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
My Call: CAR -3
Over/Under: Under 42

Analysis:
It will be very interesting to see how Pittsburgh contends with Kelvin Benjamin. Ike Taylor cannot cover him. The Steelers catch a break with Greg Hardy deactivated for Week 3. The Panthers defense is still formidable — unlike the Steelers’. However, while Ben Roethlisberger is still worthy of constant focus of defenses, the Steelers struggled with the Browns defense (in the 2nd half) in Week 1, and all game versus Baltimore in Week 2. In Charlotte, things won’t be much better against a better defense than each of the previous two.

Oh, and the Panthers will continue to run the football every way they can, even without DeAngelo Williams or Mike Tolbert (should either or both not play), as they still have Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton, along with having Benjamin and Greg Olsen as receiving targets for Newton.

Call:
Pittsburgh                         13
Carolina                             23
FINAL
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Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey
New York Jets 4

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
My Call: CHI +2.5
Over/Under: Under 45.5

Analysis:
The Jets’ front seven is as good as anyone’s. Their secondary is the worst in the NFL. The Bears’ offense was the second best in the NFL (only behind Denver) last year. Their defense is about as bad as can be, particularly after losing CB Charles Tillman for the season (and possibly permanently) along with FS Chris Conte, from a defense that is already lacking. Something has to give. The Bears were able to shut down a tough San Francisco rushing attack, and make enough plays in pass defense to get the win. The Jets are about what San Francisco is offensively, which lends to a lower-scoring, messy football game, full of penalties.

The Bears have much more of an ability to generate big, scoring plays than the Jets, who came tumbling back to earth following a loss to Green Bay, where they blew an 18-point lead, following a premature bye in Week 1, which may have retarded some of their offensive growth. They hope to find their stride against the Bears defense, but Geno Smith has been somewhat careless with the football, and that cannot be the case with Jared Allen and Willie Young lurking.

Call:
Chicago                  20
NY Jets                   17
FINAL
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2014 NFL Week 2: What We Know

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2014 NFL Week 2: What We Know
M.D. Wright
9.17.2014

One thing we know for sure is that too many NFL players have issues with putting their hands on women (and sometimes vice versa in this situation) and children. The other thing that we have long known is that every team is going to deal with their share of injuries. 2014 is no different in that regard. We can only hope that the domestic violence and legal child whipping stories subside after Week 2.

– The Steelers better fix their leaky defense quickly. Their offense isn’t consistent enough to keep up with the damage that gets done to their defense every week.

– Bernard Pierce will make Ravens fans forget about Ray Rice by midseason.

– Both teams from the Thursday night game had authorities suppress, conceal or outright destroy evidence that would have readily implicated players from both teams from major crimes, yet one played for a decade and change without penalty, another went scot-free from two felonious acts as if it never happened, and one may never play in the NFL again. Strange.

– For all the hubbub about the loss of Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton was not impressive statistically. Considering how many drives the Giants defense kept going with inept defensive fundamentals and phantom calls from officials, one would have to wonder if the Cards should be worried if Palmer misses anymore time.

– The Giants have more dropped passes and turnovers thus far in 2014 than they  mustered points versus Arizona. Think about how virtually impossible that is to do at this level of football.

– Larry Donnell: The next of a line of tight ends made by Eli Manning who went from relative obscurity to a player who must be schemed around by defensive coordinators.

– Patrick Peterson gets beaten far too much to revisit his supposedly playful exchange with Richard Sherman about being the best cornerback in the NFL. Much like LeBron James circa 2007-2011 in the NBA, being the most physically gifted does not equate to the best, although it can portend to be so, eventually.

– EJ Manuel is the quintessential “Game Manager” in today’s NFL. Previous game managers usually were not capable of beating you with their legs outside of the pocket. Manuel is no blazer, and he is no Aaron Rodgers from the pocket, but he does not turn it over, and makes the plays that need to be made at critical junctures. This is a large reason why Buffalo is 2-0.

– CJ Spiller.

– Sammy Watkins just gave people a preview of what he is going to do for the next 12 years.

– The Jaguars have given up 78 points in the past six quarters, and scored just 10 in that same timeframe.

– The Redskins are being ravaged by injuries on the offensive side of the ball, which is their supposed strong point.

– Chad Henne led the Jags in rushing in Week 2 (17 yards). Needless to say, THAT won’t get it done (Bill Walton Voice).

– Kirk Cousins does not have Robert Griffin III’s arm.

– Robert Griffin III does not have Kirk Cousins’ accuracy.

– Dallas sticks with the running game, and found themselves on the left side of the W/L ledger. Who would have thought ball control was an important component of winning? /Sarcasm.

– Delanie Walker.

– Steven Ridley is annoying to fantasy football owners. You bench him after a 9 rush, 26 yard game, then he explodes for a 100 yard game, and reverts to nothingness the next game. For no explained reason.

– The Flying Mike Pettines finally seal the deal in the clutch, after failing to do so in Pittsburgh Week 1.

– Joe Haden gets burned an awful lot for a player who many suggest is a Top 3 cornerback.

– The Falcons are warmed over sewage on the road.

– Gio Bernard.

– Matthew Stafford reverted back to typical Matthew Stafford after facing a defense that did not spend most of the game trying to get out of its own way.

– Paging Reggie Bush.

– Austin Davis?

– Bobby Rainey is not going to loosen his grip over the bellcow title in Tampa anytime soon.

– Kam Chancellor and KJ Wright had nightmares (somehow) covering Antonio Gates all game, and, because of Gates’ exploits (three touchdowns), the Chargers defeated Seattle.

– Somehow, however, the focus was on Richard Sherman getting beaten on a slant pattern for 13 yards, and two other passes in man coverage yielding a grand total of 17 yards, along with a play where Keenan Allen made a quick move off the line and didn’t even get targeted with a pass, yet Sherman is “exposed” as not being the best cornerback in the NFL. Social media is both a beautiful and ugly thing at the same time.

– Speaking of Allen’s juke move at the line of scrimmage where he wasn’t targeted, this is what happened the last time someone beat Sherman off the line and DID get targeted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T589Mt7Tm2A

– Where was Marshawn Lynch for most of the first half?

– Arian Foster went out and had a huge game, and lambasted Anheuser-Busch for its hypocrisy afterward.

– James Jones’ entire career was encapsulated on this one play: http://s3.amazonaws.com/br-cdn/temp_images/2014/09/14/2014-09-1414_40_57.gif

– Only the Jets.

– Jordy Nelson torched the league’s worst secondary to the tune of 209 yards. Given the state of the Jets’ secondary, he should have had 300, with all the targets he received from Aaron Rodgers.

– The Broncos appear to be missing that extra gear offensively. They better find it before Sunday.

– Knile Davis is a fine running back, but he is no Jamaal Charles.

– Brandon Marshall abused the 49ers’ secondary, amid allegations that he abused his wife yet again in a previously unreported incident. Enough of this media vulture, yellow journalism. This, a day after an E:60 piece aired about Marshall missing contents that Marshall agreed and wished to have had shown. Too often ESPN resorts to such yellow journalism in order to capitalize on rating and page clicks derived from pushing ignorance, violence and controversy, rather than truth and positive subjects more than once in a blue moon.

– Colin Kaepernick turns the ball over more than Eli Manning, yet every network’s talking heads unconditionally talks about how he will be so “great” and “give him time.”

– He was also fined over $11,000 for an “inappropriate language” penalty (which is rarely flagged or resultant in a fine) in the midst of his second half meltdown to “christen” Levi’s Stadium in lieu of Super Bowl L (oops, Santa Clara officials hate the usage of “L” for Super Bowl 50, as “L” is culturally synonymous with losing, which is what the 49ers did, fittingly, to open their new stadium, which will host next year’s Super Bowl, which the 49ers won’t be any part of, other than hosting.

– Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice did not play in Week 2 for similar domestic violence issues, but the 49ers coaches and front office defiantly continue to play Ray McDonald? And more galling, the outcry has been null and void from most outlets (many of whom blindly crown San Francisco as a Super Bowl contender every year, much like they do New England?) Hmmmm.

– The ending of Week 2’s Monday Night Football capped off what was one of the most blatant weeks full of officials swinging the outcomes of games with phantom and flat out bogus calls/non-calls. The Colts went from being up by at minimum, 7 points, and as many as 10 or 14, with five minutes remaining, only to end up losing, after giving up 10 points in that same timeframe, due to shoddy officiating. The officials need to be held as accountable as players are being held for their on/off field transgressions.

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