Once more, for the people in the back: there is no North Point Government Center “Park.” It’s the North Point Government Center Recreation and Parks “Facility”. And I also have folks in Florida who can write letters referring to it as such.
Washington Redskins fans learned last weekend, as PETA learned last year, that those guys who own a seafood restaurant know a thing or two about baiting a hook.
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood threw out their Twitter hook, and dozens of Redskins’ fans rose to take the bait.
It was almost cruel. I mean, haven’t those poor folks suffered enough with 20 years of Dan Snyder owning the team?
(Full disclosure: the Dallas Cowboys are one of my favorite teams, because I idolized Roger Staubach as a teen. So I don’t like the Redskins. Plus they knocked the Packers out of the 1972 playoffs, and I hold grudges.)
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood tweeted “Kirk Cousins has more playoff wins than the Redskins organization does in the past 14 years,” and then mocked Redskins’ fans responses.
Two of the attempted retaliatory tweets I found particularly weak: the frequent pointing out that the Redskins have three Super Bowl wins, and claiming that Ravens’ fans were rooting for the “Cleveland Browns.”
First, Baltimore does have three Super Bowls; that Colts win in Super Bowl V counts as ours, too. The Baltimore Colts have three NFL titles (the loss to the Jets in Super Bowl III was pre-merger) to the Redskins’ two.
Plus, Baltimore doesn’t hold the record for worse loss in a championship game (Chicago 73, Washington 0, 1940 NFL title game).
As for this “Browns” nonsense: there does exist a Cleveland Browns franchise, with its original team colors, logo and all of its history: the four NFL titles it won pre-merger, Jim Brown, Otto Graham, that all belongs to Cleveland.
(Unlike a certain mid-western city that thinks its football heritage includes “The Greatest Game ever Played,” John Unitas, Lenny Moore and Mike Curtis.)
When the football team owned by Art Modell moved to Baltimore, it left the Browns franchise in Cleveland and became a new team, the Baltimore Ravens.
So, try again, Redskins fans.
Or, we could play it your way: Washington Redskins, AKA Boston Redskins.
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I’m thinking of putting a remote-controlled turret housing a pellet rifle on the roof of my car. Then I’ll teach people to turn off those bloody high beams.
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And ... like high school officials ... the NFL is not really serious about enforcing the rules regarding player safety.
Jadeveon Clowney’s hit on Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz was spearing, plain and simple. Wentz was in a defenseless position, practically on the ground, and Clowney dove on him leading with his helmet.
Go to Youtube and look for “Darryl Stingley” and “Jack Tatum.”
Tatum speared Stingley in the back during a 1978 preseason game, leaving Stingley paralyzed for life and ultimately leading to his early death at 55.
In response, the NFL made spearing illegal, even if it didn’t involve helmet-to-helmet contact.
Clowney not only speared Wentz, he hit him in the helmet. A double-illegal play.
Clowney should have been ejected; he wasn’t even penalized.
As I’ve remarked several times concerning so many uncalled personal fouls in high school football, you don’t protect players if you don’t throw the penalty flag. Defenders won’t change if they’re not being penalized.
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I can just picture the little strategy session where they came up with the idea: let’s keep referring to it as a “park” and “parkland.”
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I’m not as concerned as to whether or not the Saints lost fairly, as I am their loss messed up my hopes for the NFC playoffs: the Saints win, sending the Seahawks to the 49er’s in the second round, and the Packers hosting Seattle in the NFC title game.
(I’m more confident of the Packers winning two games at home — one of them against a southern dome team with a 40-year-old quarterback at Lambeau Field in January — than I am of the Packers winning in San Francisco.)
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I’m sticking with my Clemson pick, by the way.
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Well, the Titans have certainly become the trendy upset pick, haven’t they? People don’t want to realize the Patriots’ 8-0 start was the aberration; the 4-4 finish was the real Patriots.
Other than the Chiefs, the Titans wins after Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback were against Tampa Bay, the Chargers, the Colts, Jacksonville and the Raiders before beating the Texans in a meaningless game for Houston.
However ... after the 2000 season, the Ravens were the wild card team (albeit one with a 12-4 record) playing at heavily-favored Tennessee in the divisional round. A blocked-kick returned for a touchdown and a Ray Lewis pick-six, and the Ravens were on their way to a Super Bowl win.
But these Titans don’t have that Ravens defense.
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Of course, it would help if a certain Baltimore daily newspaper could stop tempting fate for a bit.
Can we hold the front page stories about Ravens’ fans planning their trips to the Super Bowl until, you know, the Ravens are in the Super Bowl?
And can we not try to determine which team is better, the 2000 Ravens or the 2019 Ravens, until the 2019 Ravens win a title?
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Seriously, people, y’all need to start learning how to properly use your high beams.