Same Old Pete Carroll

The most disgusting, immoral, crooked, vile and deceitful person in sports, Seattle Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll, known to us who endured his years running a criminal enterprise in Los Angeles as “Uncle Petey”, has struck again, and again the powers that be, this time the NFL, let him off with a slap on his reddened though unbroken wrist.

Uncle Petey, following the team’s elimination from this year’s postseason, announced one has to assume unwittingly in trying to defend the below avenge performance of star

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cornerback Richard Sherman, that Sherman had played the second half of the season with what he described as a “significant” MCL injury to a knee.

In direct violation of NFL rules, this was never disclosed in injury reports regularly released throughout the season. In fact, injury reports blatantly lied about Sherman’s status, Continue reading

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Boy Was I Wrong Yesterday About the Rams – They’re Even Worse Than I Thought

With only ten-and-one-half minutes left to play, one much maligned and underachieving quarterback playing on a bad team whose coach had been rightly criticized throughout a blisteringly horrid season saw his team down by 14 points, took control, passing and rushing and completing key passes and scoring himself, and brought his team back with not just two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but also carrying the ball across the goal line for a game-winning two-point conversion.

The other much maligned and underachieving quarterback playing on a bad team whose coach had been rightly criticized throughout a blisteringly horrid season, after seeing his

team’s lead disappear in the closing minutes, returned to the field with little time – less then a minute on the clock – but in decent field position, needing only 20 yards to put his excellent place kicker in position for a game-winning field goal attempt. This second much maligned quarterback threw on incomplete pass, and followed that with a very poorly thrown second pass, right into the hands of a rookie defensive back, for all intents and purposes, a game-ending interception.

Thus is the story of the 2016 Los Angeles Rams and quarterback Jared Goff, Continue reading

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No Joke, The Hapless LA Rams Could Win a Game Today

Only because they play the San Francisco 49ers, a team that has not won since they outplayed and outclassed the LA Rams in week one of the season, smashing to bits Jeff Fisher’s pack of talentless underachievers, 28-0.

But Fisher is gone and the Rams have now had a few days to learn NFL football from interim head coach John Fassel (as if THAT mattered). NO, the 49ers have fallen on the worst of times, possessing both the worst of run defenses and pass offenses seen in ages

around pro football, and any kind of effort today could well result in the first W for the overrated future journeyman QB of the new-look Rams, Mr. Goff.

Let me digress a moment. Who among us saw the fabulously talented Carson Wentz play so brilliantly Thursday night against the Giants, puling off one of the biggest upsets of the season? Continue reading

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Are Angels Planning Left Field Platoon With Two New Question Marks?

Back on November 4, after the Angels had traded for Detroit Tigers’ outfielder Cameron Maybin, I wrote “Angels Make The First Trade of The Offseason – Why?”. In the post I wrote about the vast wasteland that was left field for the 2016 Los Angeles Angels and predicted that a left field entrusted to Maybin would be no better in 2017. Well, today the team acquired what appears to be the left-handed half of a very potential platoon with Maybin, 28-year-old free agent and lefty hitting Ben Revere. In looking at the careers of

the two, they appear to be absolute mirror images of each other, and not just because they hit from opposite sides of the plate.

As I wrote last month, the 29-year-old right-hand hitting Mabyin, once a super-prospect, had suffered through a horrid nine-year major league career as an underachieving journeyman, Continue reading

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Fisher Gone, But Rams Remain a Disaster

The LA Rams took a gigantic step forward this past week with the firing of incompetent trojan scum Jeff Fisher, replacing him for the last three games of this season with placekeeper John Fassel as interim head coach, but it’s still those same Rams on the field, with much the same schemes to screw up and overrated personnel to misuse all over and over, despite a couple of new wrinkles from the temporary head coach.

Former Special Teams Coordinator Fassel showed quite a bit in his first game in charge, and it was not pretty. I had commented somewhere earlier this week that the Rams’ Special Teams were the single most effective element of the team, producing far better results than the offense or the defense, inferring that Fassel might have had a bit to do

with that. However, in a effort to show that he might have some good ideas as a head coach, Fassel even screwed up the special teams, adding a fake punt/punter pass play that was, well, shall we say ineffective? Or is laughable a more accurate description? Continue reading

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“Insanity” in Los Angeles as Jeff Fisher Gets Extension

What a week for LA Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher. Following the Rams’ embarrassingly horrid wipe-out by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, 49-21, Fisher took to the airwaves to continue his pattern of lying to the LA and national media and to fans everywhere. As I previously wrote about, two weeks earlier he stated explicitly on Monday that Case Keenum would continue as the team’s starting quarterback, only to announce a few hours later the next morning that Keenum had lost his job to first round draft disaster Jared Goff. This time, he began an ugly and continuing feud with Rams legend and perhaps the

franchise’s greatest player ever, Eric Dickerson, by lying to the public by saying that he never told Dickerson that he was not welcome on the sidelines at Rams’ games.

Dickerson was outraged at this blatant lie, Continue reading

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Duplicitous, Incompetent Fisher Picks Goff to Save His Job

There is no question but that Jeff Fisher wants to see Jared Goff fail today.

Three interesting things occurred this past week in LA Rams’ football:

  • Monday afternoon – Fisher tells the media that Case Keenum is the LA Rams’ quarterback and that the team’s continued miserable offensive performance is not the fault of the quarterback;
  • Tuesday morning – Fisher announces that Keenum is out and Jared Goff will start the Ram’s next game, Sunday afternoon against the Miami Dolphins at the Coliseum;
  • Thursday morning – every political bigwig in the Los Angeles area gathered in Inglewood on the site of the late, lamented, iconic Hollywood Park to see the billionaire Ram’s ownership break ground for construction of the largest, most expensive sport’s stadium ever to be built, which the Rams, with or without Fisher, will call home beginning, they hope, in 2019.

Fisher, who as I’ve repeatedly written, should never have kept his head coaching job past

his last year in St. Louis before the Rams’ moved west, Continue reading

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PLEASE Let the Horrid Ram’s Season Mean the End of Jeff Fisher!

At the halfway point of the 2016 NFL season, the horrid LA Rams are only slightly better off than I predicted before the start of the season. I felt that the Rams would begin their “homecoming” by losing eight of their first nine games, but they surprised me with wins against Seattle and Tampa Bay. However, since, they have clearly rounded into form, with four straight losses including today’s home loss to a struggling Carolina Panther’s team.

The easy part of the Ram’s schedule is next week, when they play the dead-in-the-water New York Jets (whose off-season expectations led me then to think would be a clear loss for the Rams) and they may well get their fourth, and quite possibly last, win of the season. After the Jets’ game, the Rams then play a series of teams against whom they have absolutely positively NO chance of beating: Miami, New Orleans, New England, Atlanta and then the rematch against Seattle. Following that stretch, they play their second game

against the 49ers, who have now discovered if not winning ways at least an offense, behind Colin Kaepernick. That game is at best a tossup for LA, but after that they close out the season on New Years Day against Arizona. Whether or not the Rams have a chance in that one will depend on whether or not the Cardinals are in or out of a playoff race and on who is playing quarterback for Arizona. At this point, I’d say their second half record will be 1-7, Continue reading

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Despite the Fast Start, Did the Clippers Do Enough in Offseason?

The LA Clippers had their most impressive victory of the young season in a record-setting game last night in San Antonio, defeating the Spurs by 24 points, 116 to 92, behind the continued great play of Blake Griffin and a sterling performance from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who had by far his best game of the season. The start of the game provided little indication of what was to transpire, though, as the Spurs scored the games’ first eight points. But after that, Clippers’ defense reigned, and the offense was not far behind. Those

first eight Spurs’ points were soon followed by eight consecutive defensive stops, and a 8-0 deficit quickly became an 18-10 LA lead.

For the Spurs, who recorded a 40-1 home record last season, it was the second consecutive home loss of the 2016-2017 season, and the first time they have suffered back-to-back home loses in close to two full years. For the Clippers, it was the largest margin of victory against a Spurs team in their last 160 meetings. Continue reading

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Collusion and Deceit In Sports Broadcasting Faces Legal Scrutiny

The fiasco that has been SportsNetLA and the stealing of LA Dodgers’ baseball broadcasts from the airwaves for three seasons has now finally been given the scrutiny it has long needed, and the result is a federal lawsuit brought by the United States Dept. of Justice against DirectTV and additional industry giants AT&T, Cox Communications and Charter Communications for collusion and other illegal conduct in refusing to carry the TimeWarner/LA Dodgers’ joint broadcasting venture.

For three seasons, few Southern California residents – for the first one and two-thirds seasons well over 70% of the potential viewing audience – who did not live within the City

of Los Angeles had any access to the new network. Within the City of LA, joint venturer Time Warner Cable has had a monopoly on cable TV service, but outside of the City, virtually no one had access to their system. Then in late 2015, Charter Cable announced it’s intention to purchase TIme Warner Cable, and added SprotsNetLA to its system, Continue reading

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Angels Make The First Trade of The Offseason – Why?

It never ceases to astound me how a ballplayer, and not just a baseball player, but one in any professional sport, can have a mediocre career of several years, and then out of the blue have one good season, and suddenly years of bad performance are forgotten as teams clamor over the guy, either trading for him or throwing baskets of free agent money his way. Don’t they look back a few season? Don’t they suspect something when his current team is so willing to trade him, sometimes for relatively little in return? This is what happened with the Angels’ deal for Cameron Maybin, a one-time big-time prospect that never was much good, until 2016 and a solid half-season of success. Will he ever duplicate that? Doubtful, very, very doubtful.

A year ago the Angels tried to piecemeal their vast crevice in left field with the likes of

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Daniel Nava, Craig Gentry, Rafael Ortega, Shane Robinson and even Rule 5 first baseman Ji-Man Choi. How did that work out? COMBINED they hit .208 with seven home runs and 44 RBI, but Continue reading

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Heyward Rain Delay Speech Mere Hyperbole, Still Worst 2016 Free Agent Signing

On March 9, 2016, I wrote “2016’s Worst Free-Agent Signings” and number one on the list was the absurd signing of and repugnant contract negotiated that brought Jason Heyward to the Chicago Cubs for eight seasons, in exchange for the tidy sum of $184 Million. I wrote:

“It’s a good thing that the Cubs eventually re-signed Dexter Fowler, because until then the plan seemed to be to move Heyward to center, which would have become a total disaster. As it is, as I wrote months ago, this guy is no way, no how a $184 M player. Heyward is a good defensive right fielder who’s a .268 lifetime hitter and who doesn’t drive in runs (52 average RBI over the last three seasons). Eight years at $23 mil a year? Stupid is the only word that comes to mind.”

Linked to that, was this from an earlier article:

“Jason Heyward is an oft-injured mediocre hitter, who has a reputation as a great defensive right fielder… Yet, for reasons that defy logic, Heyward was the number one sought after non-pitcher free agent this off season, eventually garnering a massively overpriced eight-year, $184 million deal from the Cubs…”

Now, as the 2016 season has come to an end with the Cubs crowned World Champs – NO thanks to the mediocre Heyward – the deal can be more closely examined, and the numbers do not lie: Continue reading

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