I Love Football, Which Is Why I Despise The NFL

I always find it interesting when I meet someone from the North East area of this country and ask them if they are football fans. It is a set-up by me, as I know what they will say. They invariably talk about the NFL and expect to get in a jab at me by mentioning the Dallas Cowboys. The looks on their faces when I tell them I don’t follow the NFL, because I love football, is priceless.

I love football, which to me means high school and college. The NFL is just Hollywood and is as equally morally bankrupt,

I will elaborate, and whether you agree with me or not I think you can at least follow my reasoning.

My interest in football began fifty nine years ago. Football then was very different than today in terms of the rules, popularity and the player’s size and speed. Regardless of those changes it is still a physically violent game based on team goals.
As a young boy I admired the best players and teams at every level of play, and while the NFL was still in its infancy it too was played by men who loved the game and not money, as the sport didn’t pay very well.

As time went by the game has gotten more popular, at every level, and the potential for a very small group of men to make enormous amounts of money at the professional level has made it an attractive goal for the youngest football players.

I followed the NFL from the mid 1950’s until the NFL finally turned me away in 1993. I saw the very first nationally televised NFL Championship game between the NY Giants and the Baltimore Colts in 1958.

I can no longer support the NFL because of what it is, a morally bankrupt organization that I refuse to contribute to, as I will make no purchase of any product that displays the NFL’s official logo, nor will I watch their games. On what has become a national holiday of sorts, “Super Bowl Sunday,” I always tune into the “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet channel.
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Belated Execution Watch: Robert Ladd(TX)

Not going to use the standard format for this murderer, as his execution took place on 29 Jan 15.

I knew he was scheduled for that day, but based on the number of stays the courts have been issuing lately and his defense teams motions claiming Ladd was “mentally incapable” of understanding his pending execution, I thought this would be another delay. After all, it was already eighteen years since he murdered this victim, Vickie Ann Gardner.

Unfortunately, by the time I discovered his execution would go forward, after clearing the last court hurdles, I was away from the computer and busy.

Ladd had a lengthy criminal history which included the murders of a woman and her two infant children. In 1980 he received two forty year sentences for murder and one sentence of twenty years for arson, then in 1984 he received another forty year sentence for murder. A total of one hundred forty years of sentences by 1984, and yet he was free to murder again twelve years later.

This trash should have been taken out long ago, but for reasons we can only speculate, he was repeatedly released from prison for committing violent crimes and as expected he continued with his murderous ways causing needless suffering to an untold number of people.

In my view, the people responsible for continuing to release this creature from prison should have been strapped down on the gurney next to Ladd.
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EXECUTION WATCH: Arnold Prieto(TX)*UPDATED*

arnold*Thug: Arnold Prieto(age 20 at time of murders)
*Date of execution: 21 Jan 2015
*Date of crime: 9 Nov 1993
*Victims: Rudolfo Rodriguez 72, his wife Virginia 62 and Paula Moran 90.
*Last meal: TBA, no special requests allowed.
*Final words: TBA.

*UPDATES*
*Last meal-For his last meal, Prieto was served barbequed chopped beef, pinto beans, and carrots, with the usual choice of tea, punch, or water to drink. (per Last Suppers Book)
*Final words-“There are no endings, only beginnings. Love y’all. See you soon.” Then, as the injection began…”whoa.”
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For the first execution in Texas for 2015, after two earlier stays this January, comes one Arnold Prieto. He will finally face justice for his part in the murders of three elderly people twenty two years ago.

It’s difficult to understand why it has taken so long, perhaps the fact that there are two other defendants in this case contributed to the numerous and time consuming legal procedures.

There is some conflicting information about the crimes Prieto is being punished for, some say it was his elderly relatives that were murdered, but I will rely on the Texas OAG as the factual source.

The OAG provides the following info:

The Hernandez brothers, Lupe and Jesse, were friends of [Prieto]’s who supplied [him] with free cocaine. The Hernandez brothers, particularly Lupe, would often mention a rich uncle in San Antonio, Rodolfo Rodriguez, who was married to the brothers’ aunt, Virginia Rodriguez. They told [Prieto] their uncle was a loan shark who kept a closet full of money.

[Prieto] and Lupe began taking cocaine early on the day of the offense which occurred in September 1993. Lupe repeatedly asserted that he wanted to go to San Antonio to get his uncle’s money. [Prieto]’s confession claimed Lupe “pressured” [him] into going to San Antonio to get his uncle’s money. The Hernandez brothers and [Prieto] set off from Carrollton in [Prieto]’s car for the victims’ home in San Antonio. They took cocaine throughout the trip.
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During the penalty phase of Prieto’s trial, jurors learned that Prieto was federally indicted in January 1994 for engaging in organized criminal activity and stealing 163 laptop computers – worth approximately $676,000 – from his Dallas-area employer. Prieto was associated with an organized-crime ring involved in the theft and resale of various products: tires, chemicals, furniture, and computers. The jury also heard evidence that, while incarcerated awaiting trial, Prieto was disciplined for multiple instances of disobeying orders, violating security rules, possession of contraband, yelling, and changing television channels without permission. Finally, jurors learned that Prieto was arrested and confessed to the 1990 burglaries of a Lincoln, two trucks, and two vans.

Some time after 6p.m.CDT Prieto will finally pay the debt he owes the state of Texas for murder. His short, but menacing criminal ways will come to an end.

My Dear, Sweet Momma’s Theme Song

It has been ten years ago this day that my dear, sweet Momma went to her Heavenly reward.

Unlike five years ago, this sad anniversary didn’t ambush me.

Love you Momma.

NCAA Rushing Record Broken: The Perine Effect

I mentioned young Samaje(Sa-mah-jay) Perine(Pee-rhine) this past summer as the OU Sooners were preparing for the 2014 season.

He’s big for a RB at 5’11” and 245lbs, and also has excellent speed in the 4.4 to 4.5 forty yard dash range.

Not many had heard of the young man before his breakout game at WVU. He had offers from every D-1 school, but finally committed to OU over Bama during his Senior year of high school.

On Saturday November 22, 2014 in a driving rain at OU’s historic Owen field he set a new NCAA rushing record of 427 yards that I hope can last longer than the seven days the previous record stood.

Here are the records that he set on Saturday:
1. FBS Single-Game Rushing Record: previously held by Melvin Gordon, 408 yards
2. FBS Single-Game Rushing Record by a FRESHMAN: previously held by Marshall Faulk, 386 yards
3. Big 12 Single-Game Rushing Record: previously held by Troy Davis, 378 yards
4. University of Oklahoma Single-Game Rushing Record: previously held by Greg Pruitt, 294 yards
5. University of Oklahoma Rushing Touchdowns by a Freshman(19): previously held by Adrian Peterson, 15 TDs
6. University of Oklahoma Rushing Record In One Half: previously held by Adrian Peterson, 210 yards

It was truly an historic day, adding to the legacy of great RBs at OU, who now hold the single game rushing record in the NCAA(Perine), the NFL(Adrian Peterson) and the NFL RB with the most 100 yard games to start a season(Demarco Murray).

Congratulations to Perine, his blocking fullback Ripkowski and the entire offensive line for making this game historical.

**See also**
A fanstastic collection of photos from the day HERE.

NCAA Award Season Has Begun: OU Football

In the weekly Monday noon press conference, it was announced that Coach Bob Stoops and WR Sterling Shepherd have been awarded the Disney Sports Spirit Award. They will be the nineteenth recipients of the award which began in 1996.

The award will be presented at the 24th annual The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN, December 11.

For those not familiar with the Stoops/Shepherd story it is one that is heart warming, sad and uplifting, all at the same time.

There is an excellent video below that was shown on ESPN a few weeks back when Game Day was at Starkville that will be posted at the end of this piece. For a fuller story on these two award winners and why they were chosen, please click here.

Also, Sterling Shepherd is a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the nations top wide receiver.

The words in the song “Sooner born, Sooner bred and when I die I’ll be Sooner dead” have never rung more true.

Grand Jury Decision On Officer Wilson Due Today

I spoke with a lady a few days ago who is from St. Louis and her husband is a judge. The folks in the St. Louis area are expecting the worst sometime after 4p.m. Central today, as no one (other than Michael Brown supporters and race baiters) believes that Officer Wilson acted improperly.

I wish those good folks in that area the best after the announcement.

I also wish the best for decent citizens across the country as those who are motivated to violence take advantage of the situation to act out.

For a brief primer on how we have reached this point Ben Shapiro sums it up nicely.

For those who can, arm yourselves. For those who can’t/won’t, don’t run to those who can/will.

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