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Let’s Get Real Green Bay

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Ok, so I know all of you are beyond miffed by this call that cost Green Bay the game on Monday night.

You can’t go anywhere online or turn on any channel without seeing a replay of M.D Jennings and Golden Tate fighting over a Russell Wilson hail Mary with two referees confused on which call to make.

It is comical and controversial and the exact kind of thing that everyone was afraid of when this referee strike began weeks ago. We were all afraid of officials swinging a game due to their ineptitude in understanding the rule book and on Monday night it sort of came true.

ESPN analysts acted as if a funeral had just occurred, Packer nation cried foul, Packer players sent out profanity laced tweets blasting the NFL and its referees and rightfully so.

Everyone has a right to be mad, to scream bloody murder and wish death on everyone in the NFL that doesn’t play on every down…

But can I please bring everyone back down to earth with some logical thinking and understandable banter…

THE GREEN BAY PACKERS SHOULD’VE LOST THAT GAME MONDAY NIGHT BECAUSE THEY LOOK TERRIBLE!!!!!!

We’ve been so caught up in the monster of media that is driving a story making the Packers look like they were robbed a victory when they weren’t worthy of victory before this whole thing happened.

Funny, I hear death threats loading my inbox soon.

Let’s stop talking about the last 8 seconds for at least an hour an talk about the previous 59:52. The Packers were not even a reasonable facsimile of a title contending football team. The Seahawks bruised and bullied Green Bay in every area of the game.

Their front four sacked Aaron Rodgers 8 times, all in the first half with Chris Clemons and the verge of challenging Derrick Thomas for the NFL single game sack record. When Rodgers did have time to throw the ball the Seattle secondary limited all gains and shut down Green Bay’s big play capability.

Even the uber-conservative Seahawks offense was able to find holes in the Packer defense with Marshawn Lynch rushing for 100 yards and Wilson throwing a few beautiful passes including a second quarter touchdown to Tate who beat a confused Tramond Williams on the play.

Throughout the game the Packers were beaten up, beaten down and had very few answers.

Here’s the funny thing though, that’s been the story of the Packers season so far.

This was supposed to be a team that would challenge for another Super Bowl crown with reigning MVP Rodgers expected to torch defenses like he did last year. Unfortunately that has been nothing like the case.

The Packers are 1-2 averaging 100 yards less per game and 14 points less per contest than in 2011. They haven’t been able to replicate their big play ability like last year and they have regressed in all offensive areas with their defense still weak in areas in the pass game.

In short this isn’t a championship contender but rather a middle of the road team fighting for a playoff spot.

The road doesn’t get easier, they have New Orleans this week, who are fighting for their lives as well, tough matchups in the upcoming weeks against a reenergized Vikings team, the best defense in the league in Arizona plus the Giants and Lions looming. That’s 5 playoff caliber teams over the next 8 games.

After watching on Monday night are the Packers for this stretch? Hell no.

“The Fail Mary,” “The Golden Gate,” and “The Immaculate Deception” (whatever you want to call it) did a great job of glossing over a simple fact that Packers fans and players alike know, this is not a very good football and have a lot of work to do if they want to make the playoffs.

So while everyone is crying foul and saying that Green Bay got hosed I want all of you to take a step back, watch some of those highlights and ask yourself a question; did Green Bay really deserve to win that game on Monday?

You might find yourself singing a different tune once you take it all in.

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Agreeing With Golden Tate

Golden Tate's tweets about NASCAR drivers athleticism started a little controversy last week.

Hey … I’m writing a blog on NASCAR!!!

 

Well sort of.

 

I’ve never fully disclosed this little tidbit of information to the world but I am not a fan of NASCAR at all.

 

Now let’s make this clear, I’m not one of those fans that just blasts NASCAR for being too hillbilly for its own good, that has never watched a race and judges it based on perception, or is just a flat out hater.

 

When I was a kid watching a bunch of ESPN highlights and trying to do my best Chris Berman impersonation I actually attempted to watch a few races. Some Sundays I would kick back after the late Sportscenter and watch as stock cars sped around tracks at up to 200 mph in hopes of taking home a checkered flag. I knew about Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough and the other legends that graced the asphalt and knew a little bit of their history. I understood certain ins and outs and what the purpose of each race was… and I couldn’t get into it.

 

All sports are repetitive; throw the ball, score a touchdown, strike one, dump and chase, slam dunk, and so on and so forth. We see the same thing in each sport year in and year out. With Auto racing however, it’s pure torture.

 

Watching a car around and around and around for three hours gives me no redeeming factor. The crashes used to be cool until you saw people die on the racetrack. When Dale Earnhardt was killed after hitting a cement wall at 200 mph at the Daytona 500 I was done with NASCAR.

 

People say auto crashes are thrilling, me not so much.

I cant get into a sport where fans say the most fun part of it is the fact that cars crash into each other and there is the possibility of death. Ask Lamar Odom about how much fun auto wrecks are.  If that’s the fun in a race then I’ll pass.

 

(Funny story. I think it was my buddy Andrew who came up with the best way to describe how mundane NASCAR is to him and I.

 

Right around the time when NASCAR was taking over hockey’s spot after the lockout, which in hindsight is laughable now, and popularity was growing, he looked at me one day and said “if I wanted to watch cars go round and round and spend $8 on beer watching it I would buy a six pack and sit on the Capital Beltway and watch traffic.” To us this is all NASCAR is. There are no bone crushing hits, highlight catches or crazy goals, it’s drive, stop and go. Where’s the fun in that?)

 

So where does this whole rant come from? It’s courtesy of Seattle Seahawks WR Golden Tate.

 

Tate was watching the ESPY’s last week and when the category for Best Male Athlete came up he saw 5-time NCSC champ Jimmie Johnson’s name mixed in with Dirk Nowitzki and others. He decided to let his opinion of Johnson’s place in the pantheon of athletes be known on everyone’s favorite site, Twitter:

 

Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism.”

 

“I’ve driven a car on unknown roads at night at 90mph no big deal. No sign of athletism.

 

 “Guarantee he couldn’t in million year play any SPORT.”

 

 “Give me 6 months of training and I bet I could compete.”

 

Now could Tate compete in NASCAR as some bum off of the street? Hell no, he wouldn’t qualify for a race. But do I agree with him that Jimmie Johnson isn’t a real athlete? Yes.

 

Make no mistake, I’m not downplaying Johnson’s success. Winning five of anything in a row takes some serious skill. However, Tate is right when he says that driving a car shows no athleticism.

 

Johnson doesn’t show leadership qualities like a Dirk Nowitzki or an Aaron Rodgers, he doesn’t outwit defenders and make our jaws drop with his incredible offensive skill like Sidney Crosby or Rafael Nadal he just drives a car.

 

There is some skill in changing speeds and knowing when to pit and all that jazz, but are you really going to compare that to closing out an opponent like James Shields has done all year in leading the league in complete games or compare his 5 straight NCSC titles to Nicklas Lidstrom’s 7 Norris Trophies? No way.

 

Jimmie Johnson is a great winner, not a great athlete.

Johnson is good at what he does, but he is no athlete. There is no stamina needed to fend off an opponent in crunch time, no hop in his step to beat a defender off of the dribble, and no standing on his head to keep his team ahead in the final minutes of a contest. He just drives a car.

 

While Johnson shouldn’t be made to feel like he’s beneath other athletes, he’s not on their level.

 

I’m sorry if you’re a NASCAR fan and you feel a certain way about what Tate said or about what I’m saying, but to me it’s true.

 

I tried to get into racing but it just isn’t an attention grabber. There’s nothing special about watching a guy go around in a circle 300 times in a race. I don’t care how good Jimmie Johnson is; I’d rather watch Golden Tate catch passes every Sunday because that takes real skill and work.

 

That to me that is a real athlete.