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The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:14 am
Edited on: September 1, 2011 7:27 am
 

OPENING HIT: The cross-pollination of politics and sports has long existed. One year before Don Shula's Miami Dolphins had their historic perfect season, Shula was preparing for his Super Bowl against the Dallas Cowboys. One day that week, at 1:30 in the morning, President Richard Nixon phoned Shula in his home to talkabout the game. Nixon played three sports in college and constantly interacted with coaches believing himself to be a sort of coach-in-chief. He once invited Washington coach George Allen to the White House.

Nixon suggested a play call to Shula: a slant to wide receiver Paul Warfield. Suggesting that play was akin to saying it'd be smart to hand the ball off to Rashard Mendenhall. Obvious.

Fast forward to now. President Obama has moved a major speech on jobs on the same day as the NFL's season opener between Green Bay and New Orleans. For an incredibly brilliant man this is truly a dumb move. If the president wanted a significant chunk of Americans to actually pay attention to his speech, he wouldn't schedule it against the NFL.

This is the part where you say that's what TiVo is for. How many football fans will watch the game and then, at midnight, turn on the speech? If a fan switches back and forth then he/she won't fully absorb what the president is trying to say.

The White House is saying the speech won't interfere with the game but don't see how that's possible. Even if they move the speech to an earlier time, say, 7 p.m., to avoid the game, that's pretty early in the evening. There will still be a number of fans who just want to focus on football for the night.

There are going to be tens of millions of people who, for just one damn night, will want to enjoy some football without all of the politics and division and ugliness that exists in today's politics.

They want just one damn night of football to themselves.

Nothing beats the NFL these days. Nothing. Not even the US presidency. The president, a Bears fan, must know this. It's really puzzling.

Well, at least the president isn't calling up the coaches on Thursday morning and suggesting plays. So, there's that.

WONDERLIC: So, here we go again with these stupid Wonderlic scores. This dumb, morbid fascination with the Wonderlic when it means very little. This year's victim is Terrelle Pryor. It was reported Pryor scored a seven. He says he scored much higher. He might have taken the test twice. Who knows. The important fact: the Wonderlic doesn't mean much.

It certainly doesn't mean what one journalist suggested that Pryor's alleged low score is an indicator of why he made so many bad decisions at Ohio State. The Wonderlic doesn't test that. It never has.

The Wonderlic has never been, and never will be, an indicator of football success. It's one of many tools teams use and after 20 years of covering the sport one of the more meaningless. Example A of why it means nothing: Dan Marino, the best pure thrower of all time, had a low score on his Wonderlic.

The Pryor Wonderlic snafu is a case of people wanting to pile on Pryor. It's another chance for critics to take a shot at him. That's all.  

MYSTERY: Danny Woodhead had the 22nd most popular jersey in NFL from April through August. It sold more than Matt Ryan's, according to sports finance expert Darren Rovell.

The question is: why?


 

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:32 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

Obama has spent way too much time with sports while he has been in the white house.  I know it cost over 40 million dollars to shut down highways, rent out hotel rooms and for all the security for him to throw out the first pitch at the all-star game in stl a couple summers back.  Who gives a fly-f what he thinks about sports or what he does when their is a game on.  And by the way, nixon's slant route was batted away!



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:26 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

"For an incredibly brilliant man" you got to be kidding me. How can anyone take you seriously when you make a comment like that?

 



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:36 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

Doesn't matter too much. Obama has as much chance t getting re elected as my bungles do of winning the super bowl



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:13 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

He's schedling his speech during the game because he doesn't want people to watch it. He is still clueless as to what to do to save our economy and create jobs. People will just see the bits and pieces that make the speech seem decent the next day on the liberal news, which is exactly what our government wants. 



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:09 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

oops, I meant if the Bears or Steelers were Playing



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:02 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

obama must really be brilliant... How else would anyone explain the fact that he hid his socalist agenda, and muslim ties from so many Americas back in `08. If it was the Bears, or Steelers paying that night, he`d probably want to create some kind of a "Day of worship" for them.

It`s true that the wonderlic test doesn`t prove success at the NFL level, but, it does prove just how much universities will overlook the "student" in student/athletes, as long as they can play, who cares if that they don`t anything...



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:48 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

The President will probably miss the message anyway.  He's not a very "smahrt man" anyway. 




Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:29 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

Danny Woodhead had the 22nd most popular jersey sold. more than Matt Ryan's

The question is why?

Clearly its because New England has a greater fan base than Altanta
The more championships the greater the fan base



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:36 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

Our President could not get a significant chunk of Americans to pay attention to one of his speeches even if it was on opposite "106 and Park".




Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:34 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: President versus the NFL

actually a pretty funny article there Freeman. and very true. I simply don't care what the Pres has to say about the job situation until something actually gets done. Tires of speeches from all political people calling for change and progress and working together and making decisions when they all know they hate each other and will never truly work toward any goal but their own parties'. 

Have fun realizing how tired people are of EVERYONE in washington. Let's start some football 


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