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Rod Keaton’s latest, 0-5

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bills 26 – jagwires 36
 
…so catch this….
 
…it’s the worst start for the bills in 25 years …. they were 0-5 in 1985..when Bruce Mathison was QB…and Eason Ransom was the TE…(but that team also had Bruce Smith, Andre Reed,Joe Cribbs ,  Fred Smerlas, Joe D,Jim Richter,  Jim Haslett, Darryl Talley and other decent talent…so there was hope…)
 
 …and we didn’t even get to watch the History -tying debacle  here in B-Lo….the remarkable-under-the-circumstances  three year sellout streak came to an abrupt end with the appearance of the lowly and uninteresting  jagwires……and so the game was blacked out….at least it was beautiful, sunny , Fall day …..so I went for a long bike ride along the Tonawanda Creek bikepath………saw a lot of brilliantly colored trees…….most of the boats are out of the water………….not much rant material in that though…..
 
…so….to paraphrase Edwin Starr and  War ……Blackouts …what are they good for??…absolutely nothing!…. since there is no argument that bigtime sports , and the NFL in particular , is ALL about money,  I cannot figure out WHY there is still a Blackout Rule…..???….really…….it makes no Business Sense…
 
 
…so …does the NFL keep the Blackout  to “protect” the  Owners??……the Blackout Rule – in theory –  is designed to help the Owners  enhance game day revenues…..”Come to the game or miss out  on seeing your team!“……..but The Reality is that in all but about 6 or 8 NFL markets the Blackout Rule is not even an issue…..the sport  is so freakin’ popular that most NFL teams’ home games are sold out well  in advance  and have long waiting lists…. ……so, is it just the “small market teams ” that get screwed by this horrible rule ??….not always…Sandy Ego – which is about the 6th largest city in the country doesn’t sell out….atlanta  and phoenix when they  had bad teams didn’t sell out…….the Det-riot area is still huge …and they don’t sell out because…well , you know why…..because it’s the forever-rebuilding, Division II lyin’s ……….
 
………The Reality is that the Blackout Rule Appears To Protect Bad Owners….   that’s it.          …..and the operative word is “Appears
 
…the Blackout allows a few Bad Owners  like Ralph Wilson , and the Fords in Det-riot, bidwell in AZ , crazy al davis in choakland…… who consistently put out a bad product….to hold their vulnerable fan base hostage…
 
…but….the NFL as a business entity  does not  benefit by not showing their product to  several million fans every week just because a few  perennially inferior teams “only” sell 62,000 of its 71,000 seats………using the  Blackout  “belt” to punish and alienate fans ,who buy all that NFL-licensed  logo apparel and tune in faithfully to watch their team,  ain’t a good business move….
 
….the TV Networks – who are the REALLY BIG money suppliers to the NFL don’t win when a whole geographical area is blacked out….they lose advertising  fees…and the the local tv stations lose likewise…..bars and restaurants lose too ……I don’t get WHY the tv Networks Dogs  continue to let the NFL tail do this ..??…when the Networks   clearly call the shots on almost everything else football related … ( ie –  access to players/coaches for interviews ….ubiquitous pre-game shows…. Monday Night Football…Thursday Night Football…Sat Night Football…Sunday Afternoon Football….Sunday Night Football…..telecast-friendly starting times of 8:36 ….6:39….etc…ability to “flex” the start of “high interest” games  from afternoon to night  if they choose… games running until after midnight East Coast Time so that the west coast can see them.)
 
The Reality is  that ALL non-sellouts are the TEAM OWNERS fault…. if you have even a remotely decent team in the NFL – regardless of market size – your team’s game will sell out……….(see B-lo, cleveburg, sin city, kansas shitty, new orleans, phx…etc….) ……ok Sandy Ego and the three  former LA teams are an exception to The Reality….  because it’s Southern California….and everyone knows they’re weird people…. hey dude, like it is just not a pro football market despite it’s massive size ….so like chill….
 
…and The Reality is  the fans also lose out  because of this stupid Rule ….The Reality is that with the current costs of attending a game…$65-$400/ticket….$25-$100 to park …..$8 beers….$6 hot dogs…..$500 fines for DWI……a guy taking two offspring to a game will probably drop $200-$400 just to watch from the end zone…….a lot of  fans have literally been priced out the market in terms of actually attending games….yet they still love to watch and support  “their” team…..and tv broadcasts build team support…which translates to merchandising $$$
 
…also….an important point……I’m gonna guess that EVERY team in the NFL receives some kind of “public assistance” from the taxpayers in its community….mostly via lucrative stadium deals…the “pay back ” for accepting  this generous community handout  should be NO Blackouts ( hey Congress – wake up!) …..
 
…so ….if the fans don’t show up on Sunday( or Mon, or Thurs, or Sat) ….and game day revenue goes down ….too-effin-bad…… it’s The Owner’s fault! ….give HIM the incentive/penalty  to market a decent team by taking away the rusty axe he now holds over the fans’ collective  heads….EVERYONE will benefit…….gggrrrr…..
 
…ok…back to the blacked out game I didn’t see…..when you have a 3-0 advantage  in take-aways most teams probably win…..but..( play trump card) …..when the other team can go the WHOLE game without even ONE punt…your team  probably loses…
 
….when you get the ball inside the 3 yard line ..first and goalon two drives  in the first quarter…most teams  should probably get two TDs  and build up an intimidating 21-3 lead…..but ( play second trump card)….when you have sub-NFL quality offensive linemen who jump regularly offsides and hold on first down….your team  probably only gets two FGs….and only has a flimsy 13-3 lead….which they blow by halftime….
 
…..despite not forcing any punts…and giving up over 200 yards rushing….there may be one bright spot on defense…..they only gave up 36 points this week!!…down from the past two weeks when they gave up 38…..#11 pick in last year’s NFL draft ….alleged LB  aaron maybe ….played TWO downs in the game!!!…..depite starting only 10 games in college at $tate Penn…..he was given a $25 million contract to be an “impact player”…….and cannot even get on the field for  a team that gave up 36 points over 200 yards rushing…to the lowly jagwires ….???..
 
….what can I say?….this is a weak  team with flaws everywhere….and few real bright spots…….tyne daley and co have not shown us anything in terms of coaching improvement over last year’s  inept, and boring , cadaveresque crew…….
 
…but  I hate that everyone around here seems to be “going French ” and already running up the white flag so soon….and  resigned / hoping of getting the #1 pick in next April’s draft….be careful what you wish for……I would NOT want the bills to get the  first pick…unless there was a Peyton Manning -type player avaialble…which there isn’t ….( more likely to get a jamarcus russell or alex smith )….
 
….The Turk came one day early this week( not Tuesday??) …former 2008 third round pick /alleged LB Chris Ellis got waived for non-pass rushing and non-tackling….( on the team , this is called  “aaron maybe disease” ) ….. and  yeah I barely heard of him too… .
 
 …fortunately the bills have a BYE next week….cooter &Co can step back and figure out why their guys can’t tackle…or block…or throw…or catch….or not commit penalties….and then they can tweek things……and in two weeks come out with a vengeance against the crows in bal-more…………… ( is $tanford QB  Andrew Luck going to be in the draft this year??)
 
..moving the chains…
 
Endangered Species Dept : three more QBs got wrecked on Sunday….gradkowski ( choakland) …..Rodgers( Green Boys)…and Wallace ( Cleveburg) …. but who’s counting??….
 
….I was listening to Colin Cowherd’s  radio show the other day …IMO he is the most entertaining /informative sports common-‘tater in the media …..he was discussing the paradoxical weekend strategy  known as the  “Victory Tax“….whereby, you as a fan, would be well -advised to bet a small amount of money AGAINST  your favorite team EVERY week....the reasoning being that IF your team wins you are happy.. ..because they are your favs….and IF your team loses you are happybecause now you have won some extra money to go out  partying away the blues caused by your team’s loss…….interesting….you are happy no matter what!!…..and who doesn’t want to be happy in America??
 
..Another Bad Sign Dept : it’s getting harder and harder  find a bar in WNY that has the NFL Ticket….( some sports bars still have it) …..it costs so much…around $8000/season  I was told ….and it’s not enough to just have all those games on in your bar in WNY …you need to also have some “drink specials” to lure in the frugal fans here in B-Lo….so,  you have to sell an awful lot of $2.50 Blue Lights  just to pay for that $500 / day  tv lineup….can’t really blame the bars….
 
minnie -soda and the new jersey j-e-s-t are on MNF  now..after a lightning delay ( would it have been ironic if sandy ego chargers  was playing there??) …..and it’s a downpour now…new jersey/nyc ??…nice weather…..WHO could live there??..
 
bert ..bert..bert….shoulda stayed gone  when you were The King…….j’accuse!!………….yeah ..I know all that crap about “presumed innocence ” blah blah blah…….but even o.j. simpson doesn’t buy bert farve’s  half-hearted denials of the sordid sexting claims by several women that just surfaced.( ..um..I …uh..don’t want to go..uh..into that…”  ….???…that’s it??…that’s all you got???………and having seen/heard the evidence on the website  I have to say that unless the CIA or Frank Caliendo is out to get bert…he is in a heap o’ trouble….if ben-rot got 4 games suspension for his adolescent sexual transgressions …this has got to be at least that much… ( plus he has got to be  in big trouble back home…yeow)…… judge for yourself….but Warning: it IS very explicit in places…( now you’ll check it out  for sure!) .  http://deadspin.com/5658206/
 
…BUT…..on the plus side…I hear that desperate “news” network  CNN  is talking about a new talk show gig for him ….teaming up with fellow uber-stud elliott spitzer…. they’re  gonna call it ” #4 and #9 “ …….
 
Favorite Player-Name O’ The Week…..green boy LB …Desmond Bishop “tutu”  ….
 
 
..it’s the only time of year I watch baseball…..but it’s a great tv sport in hi def….and there’s  been some really good games……so much strategy….I wish all pitchers worked  as fast as philly’s Cole Hamels….no wasting time ….I also wish the sport-ruining yankee$  to lose…….
 
Serious Question…(and I know from experience the Rantees usually have the Answers) ….: What’s up with those  rope-like colored necklaces that so many  baseball players wear??….no other sports guys wear those…??…………………………( and …um….where can I get one??….they are much cooler than those black nylon stretch- caps the football players wear…..and wouldn’t it be cool to text a pic of me wear……….nevermind…..)
 
….UB BULLS HIT …..Bulls coming off a BYE week play a mac game  at Northern Illinois …..that opponent appears to have  only one famous alumni of note…but he’s a pretty good one….Dan Castellaneta (Class of ‘79)….who is the Emmy Award winning voice of Homer Simpson !! ( D’OH!)
 
…FYI…..Baseball Sneeker strip  attached….
 
 
–  Hunter Mahan …..U.S. golfer / choker  that let us all down…..and cost America the beloved Ryder Cup last week …..(  damn …I wish I woulda bet a small amount of money against America…I’d be happy now!)  
 
 
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