The proper way for the New York Jets to utilize Tim Tebow is to reinvent Paul Hornung, Notre Dame quarterback and Green Bay Packers halfback, by using Tebow strictly as a halfback. Tebow is bigger and faster than Hornung and surely he is competitive with "The Golden Boy" in passing. When a defense encounters a quarterback who can run or a halfback who can throw (and is called upon often to use this option), then it has a more difficult task. Difficulty in decision-making by corners, safeties and linebackers also significantly increases the likelihood of errors by the defense. Any team that can utilize two effective ball-tossers will have an advantage over the defense substantially greater than a team that employs only a single ball-tosser. That seems to be common sense. Further, this ability ought to spread defenses, confuse defenses and importantly tire defenses, hastening the opponents collective demise.
As I drive about in the Washington, D.C. area, I usually am tuned-in to a radio station that provides traffic, weather & news. Traffic updates are plentiful, so I'm forewarned. The service provided is good.
However, the news part suffers from a basic lack of "news sense." It's a station that desperately wants to inform about "lone wolf" terrorists around every corner, especially "home-grown" terrorists. When not reporting on "lone wolf" terrorists, it likes to focus on the "Iranian threat." Often Israeli "experts" provide balanced assessments. It also likes to talk about anti-semitism and "hate-crimes" against Blacks, Hispanics and Gay-Bisexual-Transgender people. Anti-abortionists are presented in terms otherwise used for Iranian leaders.
The sad case of Trayvon Martin has been featured lately. The man who shot him was originally described as "white" and subsequently as "Hispanic" and "Catholic." Because the shooter graduated from an area high school, there have been some effort to unearth data about him from locals who knew him.
In the reports that I've heard on this radio station, the shooting took place in a "gated community." It occurred at night. The weather was rainy. Trayvon Martin wore a black hoodie, carried candy, carried a cup of tea and was talking on his cell phone to his girlfriend.
He was spotted by a community "watch guard" and followed. The spotter was George Zimmermann, who alerted police that a suspicious Black man was in his community. Against the advice of authorities George Zimmerman, who was armed with a hand gun, followed Trayvon Martin. The latter noticed Zimmermann and informed his girlfriend that he was being followed. Apparently, some brief confrontation occurred just prior to the fatal shot.
A material piece of information was left out of all the reports to which I listened. Did Trayvon Martin intrude into the "gated community" or was his home part of that community? Because of the rainy weather, did he decide to take a "short-cut? Had this "gated community" suffered from crimes committed by intruders? Were there instances of previous intrusions in which the police were called but slow to appear? Were there any signs indicating that the property was "for members only?"
To understand the shooting better, the reporters should have developed such information. As far as I can learn, they did not, preferring to "talk up" the racial angle.
Incidentally, this station - last I heard - was owned by a group of Mormons. 40% to 60% of its news reporters and "experts" seem to be Jewish. It was previously owned by the reprobate The Washington Post Company. Hence, there is a sort of historical imperative in its reporting to "explain what's important" to the "great unwashed" of D.C.
It will be interesting to see if the concept of "gated communities" falls under attack as elitist and undemocratic.
Today, I made a delivery to an office in north Arlington (VA). The item happened to be a blue truck with flowers. It wasn't a subpoena or any other legal document. I didn't feel obliged to be grim and terse. In fact I decided to be a bit flippant, composing a fictional origin for the sender of the item I carried.
My destination was a business that styled itself "Imagine Schools" (or some such). I took an elevator to the appropriate floor and entered the office of Imagine Schools.
"Here is a gift from Yoko Ono and the spirit of John Lennon," I announced to the young woman at the front desk. As she looked at me with a deadpan expression, saying nothing, I further ventured, "It is intended for L--- E---. Does that ring any bells?" She replied, "Yes."
I had her sign for the gift as a proof of delivery and left. As I waited for the elevator, I saw her walking from her front desk area, holding the blue truck bearing flowers.
Later, I was to learn that she had emailed the source of the blue truck with flowers to complain that she had suffered a racist remark from the delivery man who, she alleged, called her "Yoko Ono."
I assured the source that that was not the case, accurately repeating the expression I had used to humorously preface my delivery.
I explained to the source that "Imagine" is the title of a song by a famous singer, John Lennon. His wife and soul-mate was Yoko Ono. They had declared that they were two bodies with one soul. They were really tight.
Hence, I thought that a business that styled itself "Imagine Schools" might find some humor in my referencing Yoko Ono and the spirit of John Lennon (he's deceased now). For all I knew, the business title may have been a homage to Lennon's famous song. No way Jose! (Oooopps!)
The woman manning the front desk was deeply offended and down right pissed. Hence, her email to my business associate who was the source of the gift.
Incidentally, guess what this woman's last name was? Sing! I kid you not.
Once again, the Washington Redskins experienced defeat. This time, the Minneapolis Vikings proved to be the scalpers. Furthermore, the Vikings failed to start Donovan McNabb, former Redskins quarterback, depriving the fans of a target to jeer. As usual, the media and fans denounced the 'Skins quarterback, Rex Grossman, for failing to bring the team victory. They pointed out that he had thrown another interception, keeping his eleven game streak alive. They talked doggedly about drafting a messiah to quarterback the Redskins to the Super Bowl.
Whatever faults Rex Grossman has as a quarterback, he has typically engineered 20+ points for the Redskins per game. That should be enough to win most games. The problem is that the Redskins defense has typically allowed opponents 24+ points per game. Even Washington, D.C. fans should be able to figure out where the most important problem resides. If the 'Skins defense can keep opponents from scoring more than 17 points, the 'Skins are in the play-offs.
Since anyone can run up the gut of the Washington defense, the defensive coaching staff should be scrutinized. How many 3/4 defenses have been successful at stopping the run? I hazzard to guess 3/4s are consistently weak in most categories of running defense.
As former Redskins coach, George Allen, might have said: "No defense, no victory."
Look for 'Skins owner, Danny Snyder, to seek more "big plays" on offense to compensate for defensive deficiencies, such as stopping the run.
The current impass between team owners and the basketball players union seems totally predictable. However, in so much as greed is justified, righteousness belongs to the players. I believe that the solution for the players is to be found in their formation of a new league that is totally owned by the players.
Certainly, there appears to be enough money collectively held by the players to start a league of sixteen teams. The league could be divided into an East Conference and a West Conference. A play-off between the top two teams in each conference would settle conference championships. The two conference champions would then meet for the title of league champion. The players on any given team would be paid on some formula composed of such items as seniority, accomplishments, playing time, and contributions to the enhancement of professional basketball in the eyes of America and the world. A solid health and retirement package could be structured. The players would select a board of directors. The board of directors would hire a professional management for the team. The management would hire the coaching staff.
With player ownership of the league teams would be better established to achieve skill parity and equality generally, although extraordinary players don't come by the gross.
According to the Bible "laborers are worthy of their hire." This concept would be best captured when the players collectively received all the income derived from their sweat and toil. Sharing income with idle rich owners does not make sense. If the basketball players owned the league, then they would be well-positioned to pay the hired administrators, managers, coaches, etc., their fair wage. A collective sense of responsibility could be generated that would bode well for basketball's future.
Most savvy professional basketball players understand that their sport enterprise has become an entertainment enterprise as well. Fan appreciation of basketball has led to the solid revenue from advertisers, as games became televised.
I believe that it is no secret that the great majority of professional basketball players are African Americans. I believe that it would only be natural to team up with Black Entertainment Television (BET) in producing a sport coverage of the new league of player-owned professional basketball. If other networks or cable television outfits wanted to pay for a piece of the pie, then that could also be considered.
However, realistically, the new player-owned league would have to compete with the remnant of the rich-people-owned NBA team condominium. Most major television networks and cable companies, such as ESPN, that have major sport programming will continue their coverage of the old professional basketball system. Many advertisers will also give priority to the "Our Crowd" networks presently televising professional basketball.
Initially, the players may have to use basketball courts that are less glamorous than the modern arena/malls constructed by rich people and politicians. The bells, lights and whistles will be missing.
Not to worry! When the kids begin to watch the players on the teams owned by the players, advertisers will perceive it and act accordingly. It is the kids who will set the professional basketball players free. It is the kids who will make the new league the most prosperous professional league to ever arise in America. Some day, some of them will even play for the new league they helped to succeed.
After the loss to Carolina Jags, all the sports reporters and fans were zapping the Redskin coaches, especially the Shanahans, for offensive ineptitude. With starter injuries to two-fifths of the offensive line, injuries to key skill-position players, and two clipboard-holding quarterbacks competing for starter, why would anyone be surprised?
No, the Redskins' situation only magnifies the fact that the defensive team hasn't shut down anyone. When called upon to "step up" and win the game for "ole DC," they have failed. Maybe there should be more attention paid to the defensive coordinator. No team seems to have trouble scoring on the 'Skins. The 'Skins play about as well as they talk - full of "hopefullies."
How is it that wealthy professional football players need to work on the fundamentals? After 12 to 18 years of organized, coached football - not to mention "how to" videos and books by coaches - what more in the way of fundamentals should they need? If they were trying to employ complicated plays rarely dreamed of by average folks in football, then maybe some extra work would be needed. These players are missing blocking, tackling and coverage.
Do any Redskins scouts ever ask the question: Can this prospects actually block, tackle, cover, etc? A professional prospect shouldn't be in the primer on fundamental football playing techniques. The fact that a prospect looks good in uniform, lifts 500 lbs., and runs a 40 yard dash in 3 seconds flat have no bearing at all, if he can't block, tackle, throw, catch, or cover. Instead of taking the "best athlete available" with a notion that you will turn him into a player, why not choose a player who has already proven himself to be player?
Another good idea to try to incorporate into scouting is durability. Some humans have stronger bones, cartilage and tendons (or more flexible). Players who don't break and tear should have priority in scouting, if you want a team full of veterans of your choosing from the getgo.
Lastly, I believe that I could achieve better results coaching the Redskins than any of the recent list of coaches. In one year I would achieve a 50% victory rate. The next year the 'Skins would be in the play-offs. In one of the next three years the 'Skins would win the Super Bowl. Further, I would demand only $300 thousand the first year - plus travelling expenses. Owner Dan Snyder would even be allowed to call a play or two. Whats not to like?
President Obama has made speeches of late, chiding Republicans for not getting on the Obama bandwagon for the sake of the country. His hubris is noteworthy. However, his solutions weren't. He wanted businesses to spend more, hire more, and grow our economy. He noted they are sitting on a good cushion of cash. To induce such projected effort on the part of businesses, he talked about possible tax breaks.
Now, with 16-18 million people out of work, significant numbers of homeowners late on their mortgages, the stock market with a downward bias and exhibiting occasional tsunami-like waves, etc., it is no surprise that spending is down. However, if spending is down and confidence shakey, why would businesses risk their cushion of cash? They can alternately invest in relatively safe debt instruments, make some money, and await the return of the spenders to America the beautiful.
Furthermore, since one of President Obama's shrewd proposals was a new "free trade" package, intelligent observers will note and perceive that that is precisely the move which would lower job creation. It must be allowed that when politicians talk about "jobs," they are mostly alluding to the service jobs, which typically are very low-paying ones. As no one can survive on a service job alone, such people must have at least a part-time job in addition to the full-time service job. Maybe there won't be one available. Result: Work hard and still can't make it.
The U.S. Constitution has a well-conceived mechanism for commercially protecting native workers and domestic businesses. It's called a tariff. Apparently the Founding Fathers did not perceive a future population composed of suicidal citizens. Perhaps more accurately stated, they did not perceive that the citizenry would consistently elect people to public office who were enemies of the national state.
It goes without saying that "free trade" is the system of internationalists. Jews were its leading proponents, as their globally scattered, mostly urban communities provided a trading edge for Jews against non-Jews. Arbitrage of commodities was one trading aspect which Jews exploited successfully. The silver/gold trade between India and Iberia being a single instance of this.
Libertarians claim to approve of "free trade" as well. They envision a better world with little or no government. This thinking has a certain affinity with Marxian socialism, wherein the government has dissolved away like a vestigial part no longer needed, leaving the workers' paradise of Communism. It is a variation of the messianic period according to Jewish thinking.
"Free trade" strongly biases monetary flow toward the nation with the cheapest labor, other factors being approximately equal. That fact explains bankruptcies and "sending factories overseas." And THAT fact helps to explain joblessness. It is a PLUS/MINUS equation. Generally, if you are winning a trade relationship, your partner is losing. Naturally, the reverse is also true. Has anyone ever heard the term, D-I-V-O-R-C-E?
The Republicrats basically follow the Gospel According to the Rich People. Give the rich people a tax break, because they are "job makers." Although Capitalism is as international as Communism, Republicrats fancy that they are "conservatives."
Their "Tea Party Movement" is composed of people who elbow each other out of the way in their rush to the Israeli leadership for outward signs of approval. Sarah Palin, according to the usually correct American Free Press, wore an Israeli flag lapel pin on occasion while holding political offices in Alaska, including governor. Michelle Bachmann graduated from high school and then went to the Israeli state, where she lived in a kibbutz! She learned a lot, no doubt.
Mitt Romney has written a little book of his proposals for improving America. He claims that he brings a business acumen to the elective table, which, of course, Barack Obama does not. The President merely has Goldman Sachs advising him. (The advice so far has seemed to be: "You give us a trillion dollars; we will buy your better interstates and bridges, carefully constructing toll booths every other mile.")
Guess what? Mitt Romney favors "free trade." Yes, he's a rich capitalist. He wants to bring discipline and measure to the U.S. budget. He wants to cut the "freebies" to old folks and sick people. Perhaps he will propose some sort of Peas Corps that will hand out legumes to the needy.
Interestingly, Mitt Romney, as a Mormon, considers Jews to be brothers. Mormons believe that the Northern Kingdom of Israel went westward, and that Jews derive from the Southern Kingdom of Judah. It may then be no accident that Mormons such as Mitt Romney consider themselves to be fellow-travelers with the Jews in "free trade" and debt-mongering.
Parenthetically, I also believe that the Ten-Tribe Northern Kingdom of Israel plus the 200,000 of Judah that were taken into bondage by the Assyrians migrated westward, becoming the Kelto-Germanic people of Europe and England. Earlier migrations from Judah, Benjamin, Dan, and Naftaly had already colonized the "Western Isles." However, Jews undoubtedly are a mixed multitude (Biblically pronounced to be "thorns and nettles" to Israel), composed of the only lines-certain of Canaan and Esau. Through their Chazar bloodline may also have been introduced the "Gog/Magog" element.
Interestingly, talking about contemporary American politics and economy, even the richest and the most powerful men in the U.S.A. cannot escape the gravitational pull of the Bible. The debt-mongers will learn eventually that they have an ineluctable debt to pay for the harm they've done to the Promised Land.
Do you wanto make a deal? How does it feel? With a leadership of Fausts, the Devil sits at the counting house, wriggling his fingers together. "Gentlemen, will it be Puts or Calls?"