Goodell gets it , when it hits his Wallet

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In a secret bunker, the CEO’s of Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and Coke met on Monday. On Wednesday, the three cash cows that the NFL suckles from, marched into the NFL offices in NYC and told Roger Goodell: Do you want to see our ads at this years Super Bowl? Wake Up.

Now, did this actually happen? I doubt it. Or in a round about way, did it? I do think the commish felt the pressure of consumers and feared the backlash from advertisers. Why else would he do a 180 on these statements he made in Canton:

“Our policy is clear on this, we have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL and that there will be consequences for that.”
“When we’re going through the process of evaluating the issue and whether there will be discipline, we look at all of the facts that we have available to us. Law enforcement normally has more – on a normal basis – has more information, facts, than we have. We’ll get as much as we possibly can. And then we also have the opportunity to sit down with the individual, and maybe others, to determine how that individual is reacting to it.”

And

“I think what’s important here is that Ray is being accountable for it. He recognizes he made a horrible mistake and he knows what he did is unacceptable by his standards and by our standards”
All of this was said with his normal, I’m King Of the World tone. His “who the hell are you to question me” attitude.

Yet today, not so much:

“I Got It Wrong “ sorry

In a 2,000 plus word thesis he outlined HIS new policy towards domestic violence and sent it off by bike messenger to each NFL team. It read like a county sheriffs get tough on crime speech – just before reelection.

A player will now be suspended for six games for a first offence, and a lifetime ban for a second (or just a year if he’s still valuable to the league). There are provisions where Goodell can use offences that occurred prior to the player joining the league to add to that “first offence” – again at HIS discretion.

The Problem with this new rewritten policy is the same problem that got Goodell and the NFL in trouble in the first place. It’s the one-man judge-jury-executioner system. Goodell wrote the policy, Goodell would be the only person to listen to, read or hear any evidence or testimony that has been gathered. There needs to be more people in place to deal with issues that are this egregious. There needs to be some form of disciplinary board that hears cases like this and others that players face.

Another problem I have is what constitutes an offence? Do charges have to be filed? Or is an accusation enough. What happens if charges are filed and then dropped? Or if a jury of their peers finds the person in question not guilty, of any crime (And actually isn’t). I know, shocking right – but that does happen. Does Roger still get to be tough Sheriff Roger and toss someone out of the league for six games or life? Is there a system in place where an investigation can be launched if a third party brings concerns to the league? I ask these questions because without a more transparent system, without checks and balances in place, young women may still be in danger and young men unjustly accused may lose their way of life. This is too much power for one man to wield; this issue to complex. It’s too easy for one person to make the same mistake twice. Many are applauding Goodell for his statements and the rewriting of NFL policy on this matter… I’m applauding you in forcing his hand.Im applauding you in waking up Coke Pepsi and Budweiser, i’m applauding you for hitting the NFL in the only way it matters.

Their Bottom Line…

But as far as I’m concerned there wont be a standing ovation for the commish, not from this writer.

Murph

Patriots Trade All Pro Logan Mankins

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Logan Mankins has been a cornerstone of the Patriots offensive line since the patriots took him thirty-first over all in the 2005 draft. He was the last pick in the first round; taken just before and just after, Mike Patterson and David Baas, and well after 25 or so others who quite frankly I know haven’t had the careers Logan Mankins has had with the Patriots

But Six trips to the Pro bowl doesn’t mean a lot when you’re on the wrong side of thirty, soaking up 10 million dollars a year in cap space and have three years left on a deal you practically had to bring a shot gun to work with to get.. That’s the reason Logan Mankins is no longer a New England Patriot.The Money. Many people not just myself had said there was a good chance Mankins would be a cap causality this season. Past performance doesn’t mean a lot to Bill Bellichick, when The Hoddie is done with you he is done with you, when he feels he can get as much out of someone else at half the price you can bet your last dollar he will. And Bill thinks he can do that with what’s left on the roster. Sebastian Vollmer and the often injured and underachieving Nate Solder are ensconced on the outside, Ryan Wendell, Josh Kline and Dan Connelly are breathing a bit easier this morning and will make up the interior backed up by a bunch of rookies taken with various mid round picks in last Junes draft. These are the gambles bill has chosen to make with the health of Tom Brady. To save a few bucks.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that 10 mill is a lot of money to spend on an OG even in his prime, which Logan is not. But this line has not exactly looked amazing this pre season under the Pats new OL Coach, “Googs”. Nor is it lost on me that Mankins didn’t leave without getting something in return. Tim Wright TE out of … drum roll please. Rutgers.. Yes the second year converted wide receiving Scarlet Knight who did show a lot of promise in his first season in the league catching 50 plus balls for close to 600 yards, from god knows who in Tampa. Wright is a huge target 6’2 and is quick, for a move TE. IF <~~~ see that big if ? If He can pick up this playbook in short order Wright could be the answer to the pressing need created by the incarcerated one, giving Tom a much needed slot presence that isn’t the size of a high school sophomore..

But again I don’t agree with this move. Why? Great question. Ill tell you. I don’t like moves ( By NFL Ownership ) that are made for the sake of a buck. This wasn’t about a slip in production it wasn’t about getting younger it wasn’t about new blocking schemes that Mankins couldn’t work in. its about nothing but “ Straight Cash Homie “ moving Mankins gives Bill more cap flex going forward. And just coincidentally pays for the new soccer toy Robert Kraft gave his son to play with.. “Jermaine Jones” enjoy your midfielder soccer moms….

Go Pats

Patriots are Trimming the Fat, guys: Anderson, Smith and Kelly? Oh My

Patriots are Trimming the Fat, guys: Anderson, Smith and Kelly? Oh My

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Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson were all unceremoniously cut by the Patriots yesterday. All three greeted at the door, told to take their playbooks and go meet with THE HOODIE – in the NFL world, this is not a great way to start your day.

When I heard that Kelly was let go, I was shocked. Anyone who saw this coming stand on your head…In a move that, on the surface might seem heartless, is anything but. It’s obvious that Bill’s game plan is for the Defense to be more versatile this year and unfortunately for Kelly, that isn’t a part of his game. By letting Tommy go now, he has an infinitely better chance of hooking on with another team – something that would be more difficult with each passing week. But please don’t confuse my understanding of Bill’s thinking with agreement. Tommy Kelly, just as he did last year, could have played a significant roll on this team. But with the health of younger players, notably Jerel Worthy, Tommy became expendable. I for one think this Patriots team will miss his love for this game, work ethic and leadership. Not to mention run stopping. Lets all hope he doesn’t end up a JET…Sláinte my Irish brother.

Cutting Will Smith, on the other hand, I for one did see coming. I mentioned it last week on Patriots Central Radio. Like his last two plus seasons in New Orleans, Smith was being used in the wrong way here. When I say the wrong way, I mean he wasn’t put into the situations he needed to be put into to excel, and Smith jut didn’t fit into what the Patriots wanted out of a depth player. When you are further down the chart, you had better be able to do more than come in on nickel packages. But some team will be looking for a edge-guy this season and cutting Smith now will again help him find work elsewhere.

James Anderson…I will miss Mr. Anderson, if for nothing more than the fact that I can’t use my Matrix Agent Smith voice every time I see him…“Mr. Anderson”, at thirty-one, was outdone by the youth and inexperience of others that, quite frankly, do what he does and more. Again the dreaded un-versatility toe tag has reared its ugly ugly head. But I’m going to miss doing that voice far more than the Patriots will miss Mr. Anderson…ok, now I’m pushing it…

Just to close things out, I won’t lose sleep over the Smith and Anderson cuts, but think the loss of Kelly will be significant come playoff time. Nothing tempts The Hoddie more than thinking/knowing he can do something without you. For some reason, he believes that he can get along just fine without Tommy Kelly. I don’t agree. This defense was one of the best in the league last year with Kelly, and one of the worst in the NFL last season at stopping the run without him. In this division, you need what Tommy Kelly brought to the table. Now if you will excuse me I’m going to go watch The Matrix.

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Sox Playing Money Ball With Rusney Castillo Signing

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Come my friends and listen to me spin the late 2014 wheeling and dealings of Ben Cherington. Yes, the Cubans are coming, the Cubans are coming. After dealing away the second best pitcher (Jon Lester) in Red Sox history in a deadline deal that landed the Sox Yoenis Cespedes, a power swinging corner outfielder they couldn’t grow at home, Ben went out and inked up the next big Cuban sensation center fielder, Rusney Castillo…to a 7 year, $72 million deal…we will digress in a bit over the dollars.

If you listen to the rhetoric, at 27 years old, Castillo is either a solid everyday centerfielder or Andrew McCutchen. I’m hoping for McCutchen, but I’ll settle for something in the middle. Before his coming out party in Miami last month, scouts said Castillo had an above average glove, below average arm, a solid stick and speed to burn. After he showed up to workout for half of MLB with 20 lbs of Gamma induced muscle added to his 5’9 frame, those same scouts reassessed their prior reports and the bidding began. Ben, unlike with the Abreu deal, wasn’t going to be on the losing end of this Cuban Missile Crisis, and outbid the Cubs, Tigers, and scared the Yankees so much that they didn’t even make an offer. How upset was Jay Z (Castillo’s Agent) over that? about as upset as i am happy.. I love this move LOVE IT.. But I promised to digress, so lets.

Castillo’s contract will pay him just over $13 million a year – about the same rate The Sox are paying Shane Victorino. Cespedes is inked up thru next season at $10.5 million and will be due a raise at the end of that deal, but at 30 years old its probably not much more than he is earning now – $15 million sounds fair.
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If we give Castillo a conservative MLB line of say .270/15/75 w 40 SB: $13 million a year sounds like a bargain. We know what Cespedes is doing at the plate and in the field so his 162 Game Average of .261/29/102 line is no puzzle to be solved – and even at $14 or $15 million would be stealing – At 10? It’s grand larceny.

Lets add in a mystery player whose lifetime numbers look like this – .294/15/71. Would you say mystery man is worth closer to the $13 million the Sox are gambling on 27 year old Castillo (the today 10, tomorrow 13 –15 Sox may sign 29 year old Cespedes too), or the $168 million dollars the Yankees are actually paying 30 year old Jacoby Ellsbury? for that very line..

Do you remember the scene in Money Ball when Jon Henry is fawning over Billy Beane and how little Billy paid per victory? That’s the end game here people. To put the cheapest product on the field that will still compete, be exciting enough to fill Fenway and keep the NESN ratings rising. Even with the addition of Cespedes and signing of Castillo the Sox have just $93 million on the books for next year. With a stable of young promising arms and a loaded farm system at their disposal it will be easy to tempt teams who want to clear bloated payroll for the Sox more than digestible starting pitching contracts. Add $30 million to the top of the rotation, $20 million to the pen and John Henry is putting out an exacting product the masses wont blink an eye at paying the highest ticket prices in MLB to see and keep the NESN ratings in the stratosphere – for around $140 million dollars. So while the red headed stepchildren on the Red Sox propaganda payroll are applauding and the tourists and gnomes on the radio are grinning like fools at the cash being spent, just remember. Its all

East Coast Money Ball.

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Diva Fantasy Football

That time of year is coming up guys and gals! Make sure you don’t wait to join my Diva Fantasy Football league! This year the proceeds will benefit The Wounded Warriors Foundation! I’m really excited about getting the opportunity to have some fun with everyone, and help out a great charity in the process! Follow me on Twitter @SportyDiva to get all the details of how to join!

Think you can beat me? Try it! I double dog dare ya! DFM2

What A Fan Sports Conference

Calling ALL Sports Fans!!!

Come join the ONLY event held for you The fans! At What A Fan, We appreciate the fans, and understand they are the driving force in sports! Let us celebrate and honor you! Join in on the best weekend out of the year! Labor Day weekend at the beautiful Swan & Dolphin resort in Orlando, Florida! Go to Whatafan.com to check out our cool events! Celebrity golf, Masquerade ball, and of course the What A Fan awards show! Don’t wait! Make your plans to be where all the fun and excitement is! whatafan33

What A Fan Sports Conference

Labor Day weekend head down to Orlando Florida for What A Fan Sports Conference. Come hang with Pamela Michelle and Andrew “Fish” Fain. They will be there helping out our friends at What A Fan August 28- Sept 1st. Make your reservations now at www.whatafan.com The Swan and Dolphin resort is the place it all goes down! Bring the family to what will be an amazing weekend dedicated to You the Sports Fans. what a fan1

Ask The Diva! Charity Question Event!

Has there ever been a question you wanted to ask Pamela Michelle, but never had the chance? What if We told you that you could have that opportunity? July 14th at 9pm Eastern Standard Time. Listen to Sports Infusion for a special “Ask The Diva”: edition. All you need to do is click the donate button below. For $5.00 You can ask any sports question, such as The Diva’s Fantasty Football or baseball advice, For $10.00 you can ask something a bit more personal to Pamela. We however do have to inform you, that it can’t be too personal. As The Diva doesn’t kiss and tell.

So, keep it as clean as you possibly can, .Pamela will read the question live on air, and answer it! We are doing this event in hopes to raise money for The Pan Mass Challenge and a rider that is participating in the Challenge, Chris Villani. This year will mark Chris’s 5th year riding in this event. His goal for this ride is to raise 4’500 to help this amazing charity. At some point in our lives we have all known someone who has had cancer, and was fortunate enough to over come it, or wasn’t able to beat the disease. Money raised will help find new innovative treatments to help people increase their chances of fighting cancer.

The Pan Mass Challenge is an event held on August 2nd and 3rd that raises money to help find a cure for all types of cancers. 100% of your donation goes to Dana Farber Cancer Institution through The Jimmy Fund. We Urge to have some fun, and help at great cause by clicking the button below to donate. This is going to be a great night, getting to know more about our host, and helping Pan Mass is going to be the big winner. You can Also go to PMC.ORG click donate and type in CV0042 to donate to Chris Villani as well. To Sweeten the deal..when you make a donation not only will you be able to “Ask The Diva” a question of your choice, you also will be entered in a drawing to win a $100.00 Visa Gift Card courtesy of T2T Magazine. It’s a two for one deal you just can’t say no to! Thank you in advance for your participation. Sports Infusion Staff




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Pan Mass Challenge! Riding to find a Cure!

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Please take the time to donate to my friend Chris Villani, who is riding for his 5th time this year in the Pan Mass Challenge. The Pan Mass Challenge raising money for Life Saving cancer research! For Dana Faber Cancer Institution through The Jimmy Fund.

I have partnered with Double Overtime Radio and 12 for 12′s out of Seattle to help get the word out from East coast to the West coast! For every $5.00 you donate you, your name will be entered to win a $100.00 Visa gift card.

How Great is That? 5 can win you 100! Of course This is curtsy of my friends at Trend to Trendsetters magazine! How do I Donate?

Simple! Go To PMC.Org click Donate rider, type in Chris Villani, or his rider code CV0042 I appreciate all the support I have been given. I hope that everyone will help a fantastic charity! Go Now to PMC.Org to make your donation!

Thank You,

Pamela Michelle