Training camp time!!!

We remember those who have passed:

The memorable Dennis Green has passed. He was 67 years old. Because of this, all teams in our league will wear this commemorative patch all season. 

One last time we pay our respects:

Rest well, coach!

Bozo of the week 

There’s a good amount to choose from. Could it be the whole DNC for all of their cloak and dagger emailing and obvious sabotaging of Bernie Sanders and pushing of Hillary Clinton? This has left them scrambling and blaming Russia for the hack. That claim has been denied by Julian Assange, owner of WikiLeaks, where the emails were posted.

Is it Debbie Wasserman Shultz for presiding over this whole mess, then resigning ONE day before the DNC in Philadelphia begins?

Is it Facebook for admitting to blocking Wikileaks links to the DNC email scandal? This, after Facebook already had an issue with former staffers saying that conservative leaning political news was suppressed on their ‘trending news’ window.

Perhaps it’s Chris Sale, pitcher for the White Sox, for destroying throwback uniforms that he didn’t want to wear. Wait, what? It’s a uniform. What could have possibly been so awful about the 1976 uniforms that they were scheduled to wear that he would take a KNIFE to his and all of his teammates’ uniforms? Ask yourself, does this look THAT bad?

I kind of like them. The collar is funky, but I can dig that.

These are the uniforms they wore. I remember watching Tom Seaver (oh, god, I’m getting old) pitch in these to Carlton Fisk (good lord, get me a walker).

The Bozo of the week goes to: The Rio Olympic organizers!!!
I know you’ve probably heard all about how terrible it’s going to be down there. A list of all of the things going wrong is enumerated HERE. BUT, just this week, the Australian athletes refused to be housed in the Olympic village because of plumbing and fire concerns!! Nothing like water flowing down the walls after flushing the toilet or seeing exposed wiring. 19 of the 31 athlete apartment complexes haven’t passed safety inspection yet!  I’m sure that the mayor of Rio was completely embarrassed by such poor living conditions for athletes that will be competing in just under 2 weeks, right?

Maybe not…

Despite Russia having a state-sponsored doping plan for Sochi, the IOC somehow decided NOT to ban all Russian athletes from the Olympics. They passed the buck on to the sport federations to make the determination on how they want to handle each Russian athlete and their eligibility. Way to take a stand against doping!

I know what images NBC is going to feed you for 3 weeks: tons of women dressed in Carnival costumes, but just know that THIS is also what Rio is. Have a nice trip! Good job Rio and Rio organizers, you had 6 years and this is the best you could do! You are the bozos of the week!!!

This… THIS is the world we live in?

In the College Game:

Faith Ekakitie, DL for Iowa, was mistaken for a bank robber and had 4 guns pulled on him by the police. The incident happened 10 minutes prior to the case of mistaken identity. Well, was Faith carrying around big bags of money with a cartoon $ on them? No. He was playing Pokemon Go on his phone. Good job and crack detective work by Iowa City PD. A very level-headed article describes what happened, and maybe, perhaps, why you should turn down the headphones from 11 to something where you can still hear what’s going on around you.

Soccer Haircut of the week: 
Lionel Messi who is going with the Blonde Ambition/Justin Bieber look

The Summer of Gronk:

Maybe he’s branching out into the finer arts, like the Miami Ballet?

Need a new ice cream vendor? Gronk’s got you covered. Yes, that was an ice pop he spiked.

Would you like to take part in his Zumba class? Yes, that was a bag of beef jerky he spiked!

Maybe you’ll see him at your next Paul McCartney concert!

or perhaps you’ll see him throwing out the first pitch to David Ortiz, his good Dunkin Donuts buddy at a Red Sox game:

The man sure knows how to enjoy himself, while STILL not thinking about his long-term future one single, solitary bit!

Around the League:

(# = number of games, SA = Substance Abuse, PED = PED Policy, BS = BullShit)

Le’Veon Bell (RB, Pit) – suspended for 4 games for MISSING a drug test. Smart…

Josh Gordon will be eligible to return from suspension for a week 5 matchup v. New England… the same day Tom Brady comes back.

Tom Brady (QB, NE)  – 4, BS
Martavis Bryant(WR, Pit) 16, SA                    Johnny Manziel (QB, FA) 4, SA  
Karlos Williams (RB, Buf) 4, SA                      Marcel Reece (RB, Oak) 3, PED

Nick Boyle (TE, Bal) 10, PED                           Tim Wright (TE, Det) 16, torn ACL.

Stedman Bailey (WR/KR, LA) reserve/non-football injury list – shot in head
Silas Redd Jr. (RB, Wash) suspended indefinitely, SA

Other News:
Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Dal)Was implicated in a domestic violence incident. His girlfriend claims that he attacked her, Ezekiel and other witnesses claim that he didn’t. Stay tuned to see if anything comes of this.

JJ Watt had back surgery and is a question as to whether or not he will be available when the season begins.

Darnell Dockett after 10 years in the NFL is going to retire. He is quite the character and I would read up on him if I were you. (Trying to steal AJ McCarron’s girl and his obsession with exotic pets)

Greg Jennings (WR, GB/Min/Mia) – Announced his retirement 7/25.

Tom Jackson – Will not be back at ESPN. Reports are that he is leaving prior to the season and will not be on ESPN Countdown & Primetime in this, Chris Berman’s last year at ESPN. The Worldwide Leader put claimed that Berman would retire, but that is something his agent denies vociferously. If you’ve been following ESPN at all, and how Bill Simmons, Jason Whitlock, Colin Cowherd, Mike Tirico, Skip Bayless and Keith Olbermann left, smear campaigns and pre-emptive press releases and leaks are the modus operandi for them. Watch your back, Bob Ley.

The Great Roster Freeze:
If you’d like to see everyone’s roster, please CLICK HERE. You can also see the history of the league’s statistics fully updated.
Draft Order

The season begins Thursday 9/8 (less than 2 months), so I will be looking to schedule something on Wed 9/7 at Hooters in West Springfield. I will let all of you know when there is something solid for draft night.
Here is your draft order for the 2016 season:
1)      Jodie
2)      Marc
3)      Doug
4)      Brian
5)      Kim
6)      Greg
7)     Chris
8)      Ed

9)      Norm
10)  Dave
11)   Mike
12)  Dan

Good Luck to All!!!

The Commish



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