We’re back! Welcome to Volume III of Mail-it-Friday, where we accept your comments and questions and answer them to the best of our ability.
Looks like you guys were all fired up this week. We tackle the issue of the NFL schedule, international games and then let you vent about Justin Bieber. Because really, who doesn’t find him insufferable?
Remember, if you have any questions or comments, go ahead and send them to [email protected]. OK, let’s get to work.
With all the offseason trouble that players get in. I think we need to look at a 52 week NFL schedule! Keep em busy. Sent from my iPhone
You know, I would agree with you whole-heartedly if you didn’t send an email from your smart phone. You better not have been behind the wheel while firing off your missive. That’s probably illegal in your state! Take a look in the mirror before you start judging, you hear me Barry?
But yes, NFL players do seem to get into an inordinate amount of trouble during their free time. FOXSports.com has an entire gallery dedicated to just player arrests. Seriously, check it out here.
But is a 52-week schedule really the answer? How many more things can teams put players through? From offseason conditioning, to OTA’s, to minicamps … players might be lucky if they get a month off. You really can’t, in good conscience, cram any more things.
Maybe we just need to accept occasional player mischief as a by-product of the NFL. These guys are getting paid a lot of money and have more opportunities to get into trouble. God only knows what I’d be doing if I had that much skrilla (I’m hip!) in my pocket. It wouldn’t be pretty, folks.
I believe in the inherent goodness of people. Most NFL players are OK dudes, just trying to make some money and stay healthy. Hopefully nobody does anything too bad, but if they do, deal with them accordingly. I see no need to punish the majority of guys who are doing it right.
Allow me to step off my soapbox now.
Am I the only fan who doesn’t care for the International Games? I wouldn’t want my favorite team to have to fly all the way across the pond to England to play a very non-entertaining away game. The NFL is a huge revenue machine. Why don’t they keep the money here in the US? They could play these games in States which don’t have their own professional team. How about having games in Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada (Vegas), Oregon? They would be huge moneymakers for those States.
P.S. What was with all the Tebow bashing? He hardly played last year. Why not spread the love (or should I say hate)? There were plenty of other QB’s who completely sucked last season. Want proof? Just check out any footage from the Chiefs, Cards, Jags, Raiders or Browns in 2012.
I agree. International games are the worst. Look, I understand the NFL is trying to build its brand on an international stage. Playing regular season games overseas is a good way to accomplish that.
BUT … could the crowd at Wembley Stadium be any more dead? It’s like a mausoleum in there. People! You’re allowed to cheer. I always feel the English chaps in the stands are watching the action on the field through a monacle and saying things like:
What’s worse, the NFL has given the British some bad football to watch.
2007: Giants 13, Dolphins 10 … that would be the Dolphins team that went 1-15. 2008: Saints 37, Chargers 32 … Fine, this one was good. 2009: Patriots 35, Buccaneers 7 … Pbbbbt!! 2010: 49ers 24, Broncos 16 … that would be the Troy Smith-led 49ers, not coached by Jim Harbaugh. Coma. 2011: Bears 24, Buccaneers 18 … Jay Cutler and the Bears hung on to beat a Tampa team that finished 4-12 that season. 2012: Patriots 45, Rams 7 …. Second time the Patriots blew out a team across the pond. 2013: Jaguars vs. 49ers … A game that could feature Blaine Gabbert. Eww, gross.
So, let’s recap. The past six games featured one that was watchable, three close but boring games and two Patriots blowouts. By the way, anyone else think the Patriots playing two games in England is a secret dig at the British?
It’s like Goodell was saying “Remember that war you lost to us way back when? We have a whole team named after our soldiers! Haha! Put that in you crumpet and dunk it!”
So, yes … I do feel it would be nicer if the NFL would play regular-season games in domestic markets that don’t have a team. But the NFL won’t listen to me. They’ll keep doing what they’re doing.
P.S. People bash Tebow because he sucks.
Umm … does anyone know what really happened?
Umm … no. But if you ask me, it was Colonel Mustard, in the hall, with the lead pipe.
Are those parolees’ getting paid big bucks to get high or play football?
Listen, the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals are private companies. They are both free to be as restrictive with drug policies as they wish. It’s just a little strange, that’s all. But, the Honey Badger seems to be fine with all of this, so who am I to argue?
But as far as the parolees are concerned … can’t they get high AND play football? That’s probably why they are parolees in the first place.
HATE ON BIEBER TIME!
Here we go, it’s time to vent. Remember that story about Keyshawn Johnson trying to chase down a speeding Justin Bieber? It got you and many other people all geeked up. Get after it, readers!
Sundance Mail wrote,
Beeeper is a arrogant little (rich) bastard, did you see the attitude when he received his awards on the Billboards show.
OK, I’m writing this and eating lunch at the same time. And when I saw “Beeeper,” I spit-taked my crunchy taco from El Pollo Loco all over my computer screen.
I also like how you grudgingly gave him props inside the (). Yeah, he’s arrogant, little and a bastard, but he’s also rich. Sigh.
And no … I didn’t see his attitude during the awards show. But I heard Selena Gomez didn’t clap for him. Poor guy. That would give me an attitude, too.
He needs a father figure. He’s a punk.
Short. Pithy. To the point. For that, you get the Golf Clap of the Week:
why isn’t the police doing anything about this pop star driving before he loose control of his car or before he end up killing someone I ‘m glad that there are some people that are standing up to this singer I just think he need to get a wake up call
Joanna, a little less coffee next time. You’re so full of emotion right now, you’ve become a runaway run-on sentence. Grammar and safety first! Be gone with you.
Since he is not American, the State Dept should just deport the worthless [expletive deleted] and be done with him.
Oh. My. Lord. I never realized this … Justin Bieber is … (urggg, vomit) … Canadian?! This whole story just got way worse. No wonder he’s (allegedly) speeding. He’s probably thrilled to travel by anything besides moose or ice skates. He can’t help himself.
You know, maybe I was wrong about that kid.
6 foot 4 inch 200 pound NFL superstar versus a 5 foot 7 inch 110 pound pop singer in the Octagon, Boxing ring, MMA ring, Squared Circle, or even the mat would be a perfect place to settle a dispute
Well, maybe not the squared circle. Because if the WWE has taught us anything, it’s that David can beat Goliath:
But in any other venue, this is a squash job.
You don’t hear about Peter Gene Hernandez aka Bruno Mars pulling childish stunts like this. Probably because he’s too busy practicing the five instruments he can actually play writing songs. Bieber needs to be deported back to Canada.
Wait … Bruno Mars’ real name is Peter Gene Hernandez?
Bieber is a terrible singer, unproffesional person, and a geek.
OK, this is getting very personal. Let’s stop this before someone gets their feelings hurt.
END OF BIEBER HATE!
The reason Tim Tebow can’t throw an accurate pass is very simple. When he brings his arm back to throw he turns his palm face down. this makes him rotate his hand during the throwing motion (180 Degs.) Rotating his hand has a negative impact on his accuracy. He should bring the ball strait back over his shoulder and then forward to complete the throw. If he would quit rotating his hand , we might see him playing in the NFL next season!
And if I was just better with a chisel, I’d be Michelangelo. Unfortunately, my attempts at sculpting are very similar to Homer Simpson’s attempt at home masonry:
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You’ve just seen the only thing worse than spam mail. That would be spam mail … in French. Lord, take me off this planet immediately.
That does it for this week, folks. Keep sending those emails to [email protected] See you next time!
Hello again and welcome back to the second edition of Mail-it-in Friday. Our debut brought a lot of attention on Tim Tebow and you readers flooded our inbox with thoughts and questions. However, in the interest of everyone’s sanity, we won’t turn this into another bash-Timmy session. But we’ll include some and move on to some other topics. Remember, if you want to submit a question, send it to [email protected] Let’s dig in, shall we?
Is there anything more painful in spectator sports than watching Timmy try to throw? Soccer maybe?
Don’t you dare insult soccer! We at Laces Out live to watch midfielders kick balls back and forth like hacky-sacks on a small-college quad! We truly hope Real Madrid bests Lower Tottenham for the British Squireship championship! Those are real things, right?
Actually, we agree with you. Nothing is worse than soccer (except the Champions League final live on FOX!). We would much rather watch Tim Tebow not drink at a frat party than watch soccer.
Let’s look at the facts on Tebow; the media destroye4d him. The media dogged him, his teams, his faith, his teams, his fans, his teammates, and his potential. He was and is the NFL’s version of Anna Nicole Smith. I believe that the Media would be pleased to dog him to death as well. Then a stupid poll like this could take place and question the content of his Christian Character. Sports media is a talking head pontificating speculating Joke; in the case of Tim Tebow is it NO laughing matter. He is a decent human being that the Media destroyed.
Dude! Tim Tebow is STILL ALIVE. He’s living, breathing and free to live a life of religious fulfillment. Stop talking about him like he’s lying in a gutter somewhere.
And sorry, not seeing the Anna Nicole correlation either, but you get partial credit for effort.
Bob Bolander wrote,
I would like to propose a couple different “new” NFL games be played the week before the Super Bowl, instead of the Pro Bowl.
The first I would call the “Almost Bowl.” It would match up the two teams from both conferences that came closest to making the playoffs, but didn’t. The victor would get an automatic Wild Card berth the following year if they finished with at least a 7-9 season. (I would have said at least an 8-8 season, but since the Seahawks once made it to the playoffs with a 7-9 record that seems to be the new lower threshold.) Yes, there would be a long lay-off from the end of the regular season to this game during which the players would have to stay sharp, but bowl-bound college teams often endure periods like that too. It would be a meaningful game that could be played in a colorful or overseas venue, if desired.
My second game that weekend would be the “Anchor Bowl.” It would match the two worst teams from each conference. What they would be playing for would be draft picks, let’s say two extra first round picks for the winner, and one extra pick for the loser if they lose by 14 or less points (in other words, they’re still in it until late in the 4th quarter). Now this game would be problematic in several ways, not least of which is the Embarrassment Factor. Also getting the best performance out of the players so that the team would have a better opportunity to replace some of them would be an issue, along with keeping losing teams from deliberately playing for the bottom in order to acquire those draft picks…but maybe those would be sort of counter-balancing factors. It would be a “post-season game” for two otherwise disconsolate NFL cities, and might help quickly rebuild some struggling franchises.
Just trying to come up with something other than that lame Pro-Bowl…which I would again reschedule until after the Super Bowl.
Wow. We thought figuring out playoff tiebreakers was complicated. Are you absolutely sure that the Pro Bowl wouldn’t be better than trying to watch the two games you’re suggesting?
Remember that Michael Douglas movie “The Game?” That was less confusing than the “Anchor Bowl.” Why would anyone want to watch the worst teams from each conference once the season ends? And what’s this about “one extra pick for the loser if they lose by 14 or less points?” Plus, do you really think this “post-season game” would “quickly rebuild some struggling franchises?” All this would accomplish is to shine a spotlight on two heaps of miserable failure, during a time when the NFL is trying to put its best foot forward.
Now, as far as this “Almost Bowl” malarkey, we here at Laces Out disagree. Listen, life isn’t fair. Sometimes you’re a Seahawks team that finishes 7-9 and beats the defending world champions thanks to an epic Beast Mode run:
Or, sometimes you’re a Patriots team that goes 11-5 in 2008 and ends up twiddling their thumbs on the couch during the postseason.
Look people, you gotta chill out. The Pro Bowl — for whatever reason — gets high ratings. Is it a terrible product? OK, fine, but it manages to fill our boring lives with something between Championship Weekend and Super Bowl Sunday.
Thanks for the email, though, Bob. Love it. Just next time, stop channeling War and Peace. Think pithy!
One completion does not make I good qb that’s only pass that was on the money all day tebow play tightend make the money
Sorry, Tim … these are the people that support you.
Do you care
I do, Birdie. I really do. More than you can ever imagine.
The Jets should get rid of Gino Smith NOW. Gino has, what I call a stupid gene, and there is nothing that can be done to correct the problem. Mark my words, it is just a question of when that the Jets and Gino part company.
Sigh, first of all … it’s “Geno” Smith. Let’s just get that out of the way. Second, we don’t see eye to eye on this “stupid Gene” thing. We here at Laces Out had the chance to meet Geno Smith recently and he came across as an intelligent and somewhat shy young man. I didn’t spot any faulty genes coming through in any of his comments.
Now, this is gonna sting: “Mark my words, it is just a question of when that the Jets and Gino part company,” is completely asinine. Geno and the Jets are GUARANTEED to part company at some point!! Even if he enjoys an illustrious 20-year career in New York while breaking every recognizable NFL record along the way!! Howard, you might as well have said “tomorrow we will all be breathing air.”
Come on, stop being a hater. Give the kid a chance to play. And stop trying to spot stupid genes.
First of all, props for rhyming. Second, this is an NFL mailbag. We here at Laces Out have no interest in the NBA playoffs, because the Heat are guaranteed to win it all. All these playoff rounds are just pointless. We’re more interested in OTAs, rookie minicamps and things that actually, you know, MATTER.
Do you think that Tom Brady of the Pats will last. If so, how long? He seems like he’s getting tired.
Good question. Tom Brady of the Pats might be getting up there in age, but he’s still firing on all cylinders. He still plays for the best owner and best coach in the league. He still has an undeniable desire to win. Sure, he might not have more than three, maybe four, seasons left in him, but we wouldn’t say that he’s tired, per se.
What could he be tired of? Maybe losing to the Giants in Super Bowl (still don’t know how that happened twice)? Maybe having a wife who could be TOO hot? Nah, no way.
Tom Brady of the Pats is doing just fine, rest assured.
Now, Tom Brady of Somerset County Plumbing and Playground Equipment? He’s all used up. I can’t believe he’s made it this far.
Sorry for living in the dark ages but this is the first time I have seen Laces Out. Now maybe I can occasionally get an answer where before, I had nowhere to go. Here’s my first simple question:
I can understand the NFL’s interest in going to an 8-team-per-conference play-off, to make more money and keep fans interested longer.
Money??? Hey, it’s the American way and if the people want it, give it to them.
Keep interest going??? Ahhh, here’s my big question. Why not make each team’s 16-game schedule like this: the 1st 10 games would be non-division with the last 6 being divisional, and the winner of the division goes. This way, even if a team starts 0-10 (at this point, most fans have given up on the season), they still have a chance to make the play-offs. Wouldn’t that keep fans interested longer, and keep teams playing honestly (and maybe for a perfect season, rather than saving players)? Play-off match-up would still be the same (best vs. worst), but no one would give up too early in the season. And if one division’s winner is also a top record team, the stray opening can still go to a next qualifying record, who must wait to see how the divisions clear up. How’s that for interest?
So, what’s your explanation as to why it’s not done?
I’m really sorry, but you lost us when you said you’ve never heard of Laces Out. We here didn’t think that was possible! I’m sorry, we’re deeply offended. But you’ll get an answer, because Laces Out is good like that.
So, you approve of a world where a 6-10 team could still make the playoffs? I’m sorry, but Laces Out doesn’t want to live in that world. Sounds like a horrible place.
BH Co, Ltd wrote,
I’ve been trying to reach you.
I find it amazing that the man is always the one arrested in a domestic dispute. If he is having problems with an outrageous amount of child support the courts should be working with those involved the solve the problem. Arresting the man does not solve any problem. It just demonstrates our discriminating system.
I assume you’re talking about Chad Johnson’s latest legal mess? Thanks, I’ll pass your thoughts along to Nancy Grace. Come on, keep your questions between the lines, if possible.
When are they going to get rid of these idiotic roman numerals for the Superbowl? Upcoming in two years is Superbowl XLIX. XLIX? Sounds like a porn TV station.or one that carries only shows about dogs.
And I know an xtremely perfect corporate sponsor for that, if they decide to put somebody’s name on the Superbowl. How about the XLAX Superbowl XLIX?
And the ultimate absurdity — 50th annual AFC-NFC championship will be known as Superbowl L. Superbowl L? Are you kidding me? How do you get excited and pumped about Superbowl L? and how many people will be totally confused at the designation “L”.
They’ll be wondering when the Superbowl switched to the alphabet. And even more, they’ll wonder what happened to/when did they play Superbowl “A”, and Superbowl “B”, and Superbown “C”, etc.
Superbowl L? It’s ridiculous.
when are they going to get rid of these moronic roman numerals?
Jim, we’ve never met. But I now love you. I hope this is the start of a long and fruitful relationship. Love, Laces Out.
Keep those emails coming, folks. See you next week.
LOS ANGELES — Remember that somber report in Sports Illustrated from 2009? The one that said 78 percent of NFL players are broke within two years of retiring? It’s a depressing number that spoke to the irresponsible spending prevalent among athletes.