Jerry Jones would make a great politician…

Yes, I know this is a redundant statement, be patient with me…

So Jerry Jones finally broke his silence today after 109 days since the death of George Floyd.  He said he expects his team to display “grace” related to the national anthem when the season begins next month, or whenever it starts.  I read the articles today regarding his comments from both ESPN and NFL.com.  I was taken aback because he failed to show any support for his players, he managed to use political speak to avoid taking as firm stand on what he and his platers will do to honor George Floyd and what they will do to honor BLM.  Now, I understand the Cowboys and Jerry Jones aren’t required to do anything, but because Jerry took such a strong stance in 2017 stating that any player that did not stand for the National Anthem would not play, and he reiterated this stance the following year as well, his comments today were relevant to the times.

He stated he had “nothing to prove regarding my players and my support of our players.  What I do want to show and want us all to be a part of is a word called “grace”.  not only grace in our actions, but grace in our understanding, where they’re coming from.”

He was vague, he was not transparent and he failed to take a definitive stance on what he will do or would do if one or all of his players decide to take a knee during the anthem.  He talked about understanding, he talked about perspective, and he talked about understanding the perception and where they were coming from regarding the flag.  To quote NFL.com:

And I want our fans to understand, and better do, because of what’s gone on over the last few months. I want them to understand where our players are coming from there, and they do not feel like that the ones that want to basically do that, kneel, they do not feel like they’re dishonoring the flag. I’m going to have grace. I’ve had grace.

What took him so long?  it’s been over three months… he has plenty of time to come out with a definitive position on this issue, but he takes three months after pressure from fans and the media to finally come out and state his respect for the players feelings, about social justice, about how “proud” he is of Dak and his plea to the governor of OK to stop the execution of Julius Jones, a black man on death row for murder. 

I’m sorry Jerry, your history and past behavior is a more of a reflection of how you actually feel.  You consulted Donald Trump before making these comments, you are a friend to the racist in chief, and I am sorry but it going to take more than lip service to prove that you are going to respect whatever your players will do come opening day of the NFL season.  As America looks for a different path come November, you , as perhaps the most visible owner in the NFL, will have the spotlight pointed directly in your eyes this upcoming season.

Whatever “grace” is…  Let’s hope it is an act of understanding, an opportunity to show you have changed, and proof that you have actually changed your point of view…

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Sports Nerds 8.9.2020

The State of College Football–with apologies to Jon Olson

So a huge announcement today from the Big 10 Conference and the Pac 12 Conference.  They have canceled the fall football season for both conferences due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the safety of their players.  We discussed this situation and the possibility on The Sports Nerds Sunday night and I was very vocal on my opinion and feelings on the possibility of the cancellation of games this year.  It was thought at the time that the BIG 10 might just do this exact thing, but that a couple of schools might go “rogue” so to speak and go out on their own to play the season anyway.  Well, here we are 48 hours later and both conferences have decided to cancel the season, but there are a few schools that continue to hold practices on campus and do not appear to be deterred from maintaining a regular schedule, THE Ohio State, Nebraska, and that team up north, who shall not be named by this Buckeye. 

Look, I know we live in unique and unprecedented times with COVID running rampant across the country, over 5million infected, 164,000 dead…  a do-nothing administration saying it will just go away… 31.8 million unemployed as of July 4, with the unemployment rate at about 10%, there is no end in sight, because we don’t know when it wil be over, we don’t have a vaccine and there is no indication that we will actually have one by the end of the year let alone the first quarter of next year.  but to stay on topic, don’t think for ONE SECOND that the NCAA cares one iota for these kids… 

They are UNPAID amateur athletes enrolled and on scholarship for one reason from the perspective of the universities, and that is to make these institutions and the NCAA as a whole, as much money as they can off the hard work and sweat of these kids.  The NCAA has always been about exploiting these players for dollars, they do not allow them to earn anything off of their likeness, and the NCAA penalizes universities for any discretion when a kid earns or gets paid so much as one dollar for an appearance, a signature, or if they merely get a job at McDonalds.  Child trafficking is making big news these days, with trafficking rings being busted all across the US.  My opinion is that the NCAA is the ultimate in sanctioned trafficking when they won’t allow these athletes to earn from their likeness, because they want to maintain the “integrity” of the universities and the amateurism of college sports.

The NCAA is worried about one thing and one thing only…  Liability… they are afraid a kid is going to get sick and sue the school for damages.  They earn millions of dollars as an institution off the talent and performance of these athletes yet do not compensate the players themselves  for showing their faces in NCAA advertising, promotion and recruiting tools.  Don’t give me any static or shit about how a the scholarship provided to them is enough compensation for using them in their propaganda, I don’t buy into it…  basically they believe that simply because they give these kids a free education that they have the right to use their likeness in any way they see fit…  no.. they don’t.  It is sanctioned exploitation and this has been the normal for decades.  I am glad to see a lot of these athletes begin to allow their voices to be heard, because now maybe changes can begin to be made.

Now… the other side of the coin…  Those of you that have either watched The Sports Nerds Live or watched the replays have seen the banter back and forth between myself and co-host Jon Olson regarding college sports.  He has stated on more than one occasion the exact rant I posted above, he is not a fan of college sports for most, if not all, of what I just said in the above paragraphs… I agree with all I have said, and have had this opinion for decades, yet he wil come back and say… if you feel this way, why do I continue to support college sports, to include Football and Basketball, the two sports that are the most exploited and bring in the most money in all of the NCAA.  He’s right, he has a valid point and I am the first to admit that I continue to watch and will always watch both NCAA Football from September through January up to the National Championship, and will watch NCAA Basketball during March Madness through The Final Four. The reason first and foremost is because I enjoy watching both for the intensity these kids play the game and how much they sacrifice to reach their collegiate goals when it comes to athletics. 

I don’t disagree it makes me appear as a hypocrite, I get that, but I am proud to say that I have never, to my limited memory, (I’m old) recall a time when I have spent my own money on any NCAA merchandise no matter how much I love the school I am rooting for.  That includes THE Ohio State University or Florida State, the two schools I follow religiously.  That’s a pretty lame excuse, I know, but it is a way of kinda-sorta going out of my way to not finance the exploitation of these athletes.  It’s weak…  VERY WEAK… and I accept your criticism and accusations of hypocrisy, but despite all of that I will watch for the excitement, for the last minute victories, the agony of defeat… the thrill of sport and the entertainment.  I love college football, I am passionate about watching college football, and will continue to watch until my last breath.  But in the same breath I will also be an advocate of these kids being able to benefit from these colleges using their likeness to promote the universities.

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The Sports Nerd


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Sports Nerds 8.16.2020

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Fighting my Demons… One Word at a Time

Figure if I just start typing a solid thought may come out of me.  I have bene so stonewalled for these past few months, unable to come up with good content, despite all of the drama going on in the sports world as well as the non-sports world.  Life is simpler when you have 3 or 4 other friends that can carry the show and bring out what I have to say, as opposed to having to come up with content on my own.  Call it writers block, call it laziness, whatever it is it doesn’t feel good and I hate it.  It could also be that every time I am ready to sit and write I am so afraid of it not coming out right, or saying something that is taken the wrong way I give up and go back into my shell and let the feeling go away so the anxiety doesn’t affect me.  Maybe it is anxiety, fear of failure, fear of not being respected by my peers, or whatever BS excuse I can come up with.  I admit I am not a great writer, I have a HS diploma, with some college, but I was never great at writing despite the fact I love doing it.  I guess I need to get over feeling sorry for myself and stop being such a wuss… or… stop giving a shit what others think and just put words to keyboard and go with the flow…

So…  there are many topics revolving around my head, NFL and the start of training camp…  MLB and the start of the season where the Marlins are screwing it up for the rest of us… NBA and the bubble which seems to be working quite well, as does the “wubble” for the WNBA and MLS, all coming back with little to no positive testing…  NHL and the pending start to the season with all teams being in either Toronto or Edmonton inside their own bubbles…  but to come up with a solid post that sounds coherent and like I know what I am talking about (baby steps…. hush).

Let’s begin with the biggest cluster-fu** in the sports world at the moment, and that would be Major League Baseball…  The Florida Marlins, as of this writing,  now have a total of 17 members of their organization that are positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to cancel all of their upcoming games through Sunday.  This has affected the schedule of several teams , including the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and the defending World Series Champion Washington Nationals.  The Orioles were scheduled to play a three game series this week in Miami, but were told to go home while the Marlins were quarantined in Philadelphia after their series with the Phillies.  The Yankees were scheduled to play the Phillies on Tuesday but because of the risk of Philly’s players being exposed they have now been moved to Baltimore to play the Orioles.  Meanwhile, the Nationals were supposed to begin a three-game series in Miami on Friday, but that has now been shut down by both MLB and the Nationals.  Apparently the Nationals players all voted to not play the Marlins no matter what the MLB decided.  I have no idea who to point fingers at for this mess, but the Marlins have a lot of explaining to do and the league needs to somehow get a handle on it.  MLB doesn’t have the benefit of a “bubble” like the NBA or MLS, the teams wil be traveling for the 60 games scheduled and that leaves a lot of opportunity for exposure.  I can honestly see the season being cancelled if it gets any worse moving forward if other teams start experiencing the same conditions and positive results.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is the NBA, the WNBA, and MLS (for those that like “Futbal”) they have moved their players into a “bubble” or a sequestered area where they are not allowed to leave the designated area for the course of the season and playoffs.  The NBA has been the most successful with the way they have approached the bubble concept.  No positive tests in the last week in that bubble and it appears they are doing it right, but one bad egg can ruin it for everyone… see Lou Williams and his visit to a gentlemen’s club just to get some wings…  those better be some damn good wings to risk being placed in quarantine.  Williams has been placed on 10 day quarantine and cannot return to the team until that is over, provided he tests negative.  With all of that being said the NBA seems to have done it the right way and the season will resume this week, and for all appearances seems to be on the road to success. 

All and all… we are in a world right now that has never been experienced.  There is a dangerous virus loose on the entire world with no end in sight.  There are two separate factions in the USA that will be determining the path of how the virus will affect us for the remainder of the year.  The realists who understand that masks and social distancing are the keys to beating this thing.  We know that the only way we can beat it is by being vigilant and wearing our masks when we go out, maintaining 6ft distance from other people, and staying home when we do not need to go out.  Then there are the deniers that believe it is either a hoax or not as dangerous as the media lets on.  These are the type of people that rage against businesses that require masks at all times and then there are those that decide they will wear masks, but have a swastika on them in protest.  Folks… please understand, I truly believe that this virus is dangerous, It has killed over 146,000 people in the US and I encourage you to seek out stories from actual health care workers that have had to deal with this virus on the front lines, they will provide all the information you need to understand how dangerous and heartbreaking COVID-19 is.  Read the testimonials of relatives that were prevented from spending their loved ones last minutes on this earth because of the tremendous contagious properties of this virus while their loved ones died alone with no comfort, no peace , and no love…

Thanks for reading…

Scott Wright “The Sports Nerd”

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A Fundraiser for Trudie…

I am not good at this…  this is the first time I have even tried doing something like this.  In this age of Trump and pandemics, race relations, the loss of our sports I cant help but look to individual stories and tragedies.  I have known Trudie Prime Knox and Steve Knox for 15 years…  We have not hung out regularly, specifically because I am in Lakeland and they are in Tampa, and I don’t get to Tampa very often…  Despite all this I always knew in the back of my mind that if ever I needed to reach out and talk to someone Steve was always there and he would not question my motive or wonder why I am reaching out to HIM, he would help if he could, or he would point me in the right direction if he couldn’t help me.  He wasn’t a huge sports fan that I know of, nor was he a part of my inner circle, but I know he would walk through fire for me or any of his friends.  His wife, Trudie has a warm heart, a quirky sense of humor and from what Steve posted on Facebook, a really good cook.  What I do know is how much she loves him, and how much he loved her.  They were the odd  couple, two people you would never think would get together and spend their life with each other, but there they were, spending years together and never losing the respect or love for one another. 

Now that I have presented the premise and the impression of how they feel for each other, the subject of this post need to be brought to light.  You see…  Steve passed away rather suddenly last month, in the home, non-COVID related, and Trudie is struggling.  Because he died in the home, and Trudie found him, she cant bear to live in the home anymore, she is lost without him, and she doesn’t have very much in the form of income or savings.  So I am reaching out to the “innerwebs” asking for help.  I started a GoFundMe for Trudie to possibly help with her expenses and provide a new start for her.  She really could use some help and I know of no other way to try and get as much help and peace of mind as she possibly can after going through such trauma and heartache.  If you are able to donate, thank you, but if you aren’t, I ask that you share this post with everyone that you can possibly think of that could help.  whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, The Blockchain or by picking up the phone and calling someone…  Please help get the word and finds this woman some help…

Here is Steve’s Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/steve.knox.129

Trudie’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/trudie.knox

And finally the GoFundMe page:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-for-trudie-knox?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

Thank you for whatever you can do….  she needs all the help and love we can give her…

Scott “The Sports Nerd”

So, there’s a lot going on in Sports…

Where do I start?…  Baseball, NBA, NFL NHL… PGA, MLS, NASCAR…  so much to discuss… lets do a post that encompasses several sports, instead of sticking to just one sport…  After all, there are so many different stories and events happening in the sports world, despite the fact that currently we have very little live sports to watch and enjoy… 

Lets begin with the PGA…  Bryson Dechambeau put on a show this weekend at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit this weekend with a 3-shot victory.  He is getting a lot of press recently because of his bulked up body and his diet which apparently includes 6 protein shakes per day and his consistent 350+ yard drives every time he pulls out the driver.  He has received plenty of criticism over the years for his “nerd” & ”Analytic” approach to the game of golf.  All of his clubs have the same shaft length and he has become famous for using math and science in his approach to the game of golf.  Because of this, he has been the recipient of many a criticism and eyerolls on the PGA tour, shunning the feel and finesse of most golfers on tour.  He has added 20 pounds in the offseason to add mass and yards to his game, and after this past weekend it seems to have paid off.  It seems to have worked, but with all of that success, criticism still comes his way.  Personally, I HATE this guy… Not since David Duval or Brooks Koepka have I disliked a player more than Bryson…  he has no respect for tradition, no respect for the feel of the game and from I can see, he has no respect from his fellow pro’s.  Bryson needs a fine dish of humble pie, and in my opinion once he gets to the majors, he will be served that pie with a side dish of shut the hell up… 

Next up is NASCAR…  this past week it was announced that 7-time champion Jimmy Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19.  He was forced to sit out the Brickyard 400 this past weekend at Indianapolis, allowing Justin Allgaier to fill in for him.  Justin’s day was short-lived as he was caught up in a major wreck on pit road at lap 15.  With that being said, it appears that the top 2 drivers in this years NASCAR series is going to be Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.  Harvick got the better of Hamlin this week as with 8 laps to go, Hamlin blew a right front tire, allowing Happy Harvick to take the checkered flag, securing his third career win at Indy.  I watched the last hour or so of this race, while also multitasking during my show The Sports Nerds, and it was a good race.  With not much else going on at the moment in the sports world, I have been watching a lot more NASCAR and for the most part I have enjoyed it.  Still hate the staged racing, but it is better than watching replays of past Super Bowls or World Series on ESPN, MLB network, or NFL Network… It’s live sports and I am all in on this.

MLB continues to have issues with the start of the season.  Schedules were released today, but as I see the number of players and administration personnel contract COVID the more I am concerned with not only the start of the season, but the promise of a World Series continues to fade.  When you have the major stars in MLB decide to opt out (David Price) of playing this season the more I feel that it is going to be a shit-show of a season in MLB this year.  If Mike Trout decides to opt out of playing this year, that will send ripples throughout the entire league as to whether it is worth it or not to play a 2020 season.  The other major issue hitting baseball is with social justice being a huge issue, the Indians are now following the lead of The Washington Football team in looking at the possibility of changing their name.  If the Indians do decide to change, what does that say about teams like the Braves, who have stated that they will not cave to the PC culture and change their name.  As an Indians fan, I am torn between the impact the name has on our Native American population and tradition.  The Indians are contemplating and looking at a change, and should they decide to change, I am all for it.  Question is, what do they change it to?  currently the leading replacement for the Indians are the Spiders, Naps, Guardians, Buckeyes, Dobys,  Wild Things, and the Blue Sox.  Personally, I prefer them to go with Tribe, thus maintaining the history and colors, but I know that may be as controversial as Indians, but I like it.

The NBA is set to resume their season in Orlando later this month in a “bubble” on Disney property…  As they ramp up to resume camp, leading to the resumption of the season, there are still instances of players and administration people coming down with COVID.  Florida has seen an extreme increase in cases of COVID in the last few weeks, mainly because of the short-sided view of the governor of Florida.  He seems to think along the same lines as 45 does… well its here we have to deal with it, lets open up the state anyway and see what happens.  The way I see it, unless the NBA can unequivocally guarantee that the players will not contract COVID in the bubble, the season should not move forward.  It’s dangerous, it’s risky and I have a feeling that eventually the season will be cancelled because the amount of cases that will rise within the league and the precautions put in place  will not be enough to prevent spread of this horrible disease…

Finally the NFL…  Today is a day that will be remembered in the history of the league that no-one will forget.  The reigning Super Bowl MVP and 2018 NFL MVP got PAID today.  Patrick Mahomes signed a 10-year contract extension today that will provide him the opportunity to earn $503 million dollars, the richest contract in NFL history.  Now this contract is in fact incentive based and tiered depending on how he performs over the course of the contract, but the mere size of the deal is far beyond what the league has ever seen in its history.  I am reminded of the contract that Joe Namath signed in 1965, $425,000 for three years, unheard of at that time.  Namath’s contract was the catalyst that created the future of the NFL when it comes to how players are paid.  I congratulate “future hall of famer” Patrick Mahomes on this record setting contract, by all means GET PAID SON!!, you are only as valuable as the contract you are under, and he is the highest paid player in NFL history.  Good for him, I have no problem with him getting what he feels he is worth, and if KC is willing to pay him that much, then it is on them to pay him.  This has an impact on another QB looking to sign a big deal in Dallas…  Dak Prescott has still not signed a new deal with Dallas, instead he has decided to play on the franchise tag for 2020 in the amount of $31.409 million for the 2020 season, where does that leave him for 2021 and beyond…  Mahomes and the Chiefs set the bar…  only time will tell if Jerry is willing to belly up close enough to pay Prescott what he fees he is worth.  He may not get Mahomes $$$, but he is going to be paid…  His 2020 performance will determine just how much the Cowboys feel he is worth… 

Bring on sports…  we are hungry and cant wait for it to come back….

take care… and be good to each other…

WEAR YOUR MASK!!!!!!

Scott “The Sports Nerd”

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