Archive for May, 2012

Trouble in the Lions Den

May 29, 2012

Hello World,

Trouble is brewing in the Lions Den. The Detroit Lions are in a heap of trouble. The Lions organization cannot get a break from their football players. They are just a simply undisciplined football team. They are having a negative image across the National Football League. Lets take a look at the choices the Lions players have done over the year.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested on May 27, 2012 early Sunday morning. He was arrested in his hometown of  Alabama, for driving under the influence, and attempting to elude police. He was also cited for reckless driving, having an open container of alcohol, and for having no proof of insurance. He was also clocked in for speeding one hundred miles per hour in his Cadillac Escalade. He was also arrested on April 3, 2012, in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. The most disturbing part of Nick Fairley’s incident with the law, it is that it has been less than two months for his first run in with the law.


Nick Fairley, Mug Shot


Nick Fairley needs to get his act around quickly. Most likely he will have to face a two-four game suspension from the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell. The Lions are relying on Nick Fairley’s contribution on the upcoming season. If he does not get his act around, he might be out of a job. He was a standout at Auburn University. Arguably, the most important player on the Auburn Tigers football team. He was a first round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, by the Detroit Lions. He won the award for best defensive tackle in college football. He also helped Auburn win the national title.

Running Back Mikel Leshoure was cited twice for marijuana possession. While he was pulled over, he was caught with marijuana in his mouth in the state of Michigan. He will most likely be suspended by the league for a multiple of games. He was a second round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL draft. He was suppose to compete for the starting running back position. Also, offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath was cited for marijuana possession.

Wide receiver Titus Young has been punished by the Detroit Lions. Titus Young did not break any laws, but he did punch teammate, Louis Delma during practice. He has been told by the Lions, that he is no longer allowed to participate at the Lions facility. The Lions have not set a time frame for the suspension given to Titus Young. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes, “By all accounts, he was apathetic when coaches weren’t involved in workouts early this offseason, something that didn’t sit well with Lions veterans,” Birkett writes. “It’s unclear if he’ll be back this spring and how his petulance will be received once he returns, but he has the potential to be a dangerous No. 2 receiver.” Young needs to get his act together quickly. Because, receivers are traded all the time. Most top receivers are traded, as in the case of Brandon Marshall, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, etc. Titus Young was a star receiver at Boise State University, and was selected in the second round by the Detroit Lions in the 2011 draft.

The Lions 2011 NFL draft was seen as the best draft that year. Because, all the players were very talented. Now, it is starting to appear that they are falling fast. The Lions organization needs to get a handle on the team. They are coming from their first playoff game, since over a decade. If they have any aspirations of playing in the postseason again, they must have a disciplined team.


New life in Chicago

May 24, 2012

Jay Cutler is feeling good about his team, after having a great session during OTA’s

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Have you been too preoccupied with the NBA playoffs? Just saw the Lakers go down in five games. Witness the San Antonio Spurs start the NBA playoffs with first and second round sweeps over the Utah Jazz, and the LA Clippers. How about National Hockey League? Are you watching the Los Angeles Kings surprise the entire league. By advancing all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Well one place can careless about both sports. Heck, they can careless about their two professional baseball teams. The fans of Chicago are just buzzing over the Chicago Bears. Fans of Chicago are just waiting for the football season to start. Media in Chicago are all over the Bears. Local radio sports news station are skipping other sports and just going straight to the Bears. Even ESPN Chicago cannot help themselves from talking about the Bears.

There is just a surreal buzz going on in Bears camp. The Chicago Bears have not received so much coverage over Organized Team Activities, since the 1985 Chicago Bears. The 1985 Bears went on to win the Super Bowl. People in Chicago are expecting nothing less than a Super Bowl. After starting last season with a 7-3 record with quarterback Jay Cutler, people were thinking that the Bears were Super Bowl bound. National media outlets were selecting them as the dark horse to win the Super Bowl. But, after picking up their seventh win of the season, Chicago Bears quarterback breaks his thumb. With that injury the Bears season went down. That injury left the city of Chicago feeling cursed, and it did not help when their Bulls most valuable player Derrick Rose tore his ACL. It just made it worst.

Now the Chicago Bears are feeling confident, as well as the fans of Chicago. Why? Because, the Bears knew they were a great team with Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback. But, the biggest weakness of the Chicago Bears was their wide receiver corps, and their offensive line.  The Bears have fixed it. They made a weakness into a huge strength. With the off season addition of All-Pro 6-5 230 pound wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and the selection of Alshon Jeffery has arguably made the Bears host the best receiving corps in the National Football League. In addition, the signing of running back Michael Bush, has made the Bears have the best running back combo in the league.

Their are skeptics from the Media. Many NFL analyst claim that the Bears are awful on the offensive line. But, Bears management disagrees. New general manager Phil Emery defends the Bears offensive line with four points. The first point Emery argues is the different direction of the offensive philosophy they have among the coaching staff. By firing Mike Martz they have eliminated a lot of deep passes. Jay Cutler has permission to change plays at the scrimmage line, and they have erased many of the complex plays from the playbook. The second point is the addition of Brandon Marshall well create less defensive players in the box. They will be forced to double teams Brandon Marshall at times. He will help spread the field. The third point is that the Bears are getting two former first round picks back to the offensive line. It brings instant talent to the line. The last point is that the Bears “horrible” offensive line had helped the team rush for over two thousand yards. Which is an impressive feat.

People are discussing the topic of which quarterback will have a better year, Jay Cutler, or Peyton Manning. Some analyst from ESPN are expecting Jay Cutler to have a monster year. Which is shocking since many analyst have criticized Jay Cutler, no more than former super bowl winning quarterback, Trent Dilfer. Trent Dilfer said on NFL Live that Jay Cutler is going to have a monster year. Mike Greenberg, and Mike Golic believes that Jay Cutler is going to have an amazing season. Scott Van Pelt was on “Waddle and Silvy,” and he believes that Jay Cutler will have a better year than Peyton Manning. Even the local media in Chicago that has spoken so badly of Jay Cutler, have came around and realized how important he is. Bucky Brooks wrote an article on, and stated that Jay Cutler is the most important player coming back from injury. Read the article at this link.

People are thinking Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears, mainly because of the acquisition of two great receivers in Brandon Marshall, and rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Because, everyone in Chicago are aware of the great defense it has. They have a top ten defense with stalwarts such as Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, and the heart of the defense Brian Urlacher. They also have the best special teams in the National Football League. They have the greatest return man in Devin Hester, and Robbie Gold who is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history. Now, everyone in Chicago knows that they have a talented offense. This is arguable the most talented team, Lovie Smith has ever had while coaching in Chicago. More talented than the 2006 Bears team that reached the Super Bowl. Their offense consist of Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and backup running back Michael Bush.

Brandon Marshall explains the atmosphere in Bears camp as, “I definitely feel the sense of urgency around here, I understand the passion, and that’s the type of fans I want to be around. So hopefully, we give them something to cheer for.”

The Bears are clearly very talented. But, the football world are not completely convinced. Because, they view the Chicago Bears as being just in a tough division. They are in a division where the Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions are in. But, I still expect the Bears to win the division, and to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Skip Bayless believes that the Bears will win their division. The Bears are going bowling this upcoming season. Even Barack Obama is throwing the football around at Soldier Field.

Signing off

-Mansoor Paghmani

Vilma set to sue NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

May 19, 2012

Vilma (on the right), set to take on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (on the left).

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Those of you who are National Football League fans are aware of the predicament of the New Orleans Saints franchise. They have been investigated by the National Football League, for being part of “bounty gate.” What is “bounty gate?” The NFL describes why the Saints are charged with bounty gate. The NFL said that the New Orleans Saints defensive team operated a pay for performance program, also known as bounty gate. This program was mainly funded by players, and former defensive coordinator Greg Williams, from 2009-2011.  Under the program, players from the New Orleans Saints put money into a pool, and rewarded players for making good plays, and penalized players for bad plays. Players were also rewarded for injuring certain players, particularly at the quarterback position. It is speculated that bounties were placed on quarterback Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, Cam Newton, and Aaron Rodgers. However, the National Football League does not have any solid evidences for players putting money into a pool, and forming the alleged bounty program.

Once the National Football League decided to convey to the public that the New Orleans Saints participated in bounty gate, they would have to penalize the Saints organization. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed out a severe punishment to the New Orleans Saints, and got the attention of the entire league. He fined the league maximum of five hundred thousand to the Saints, and docked two second round picks. He suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 football season, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games, interim head coach Joe Vitt for six games, and former Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams is banned from the National Football League. After fining the organization, and suspending the coaching staff, Roger Goodell promised to suspend certain players involved in the bounty program. He suspended four players involved in the bounty program. Roger Goodell handed out a three game suspension to Scott Fujita without pay. four game suspension to Will Smith (not the actor, the defensive end on the Saints) without pay, eight game suspension to Anthony Hargrove without pay, and a year long suspension to Johnathan Vilma without pay. Many people around the league views the punishment to be to severe. However, others thought that it was fair. Because, it would discourage others around the league from participating in a bounty program.

New Orleans Saints football player Johnathan Vilma was not happy with the suspension. Upon hearing the suspension, Johnathan Vilma addressees the suspension by making a statement, “I intend to fight this injustice, to defend my reputation, to stand up for my team and my profession, and to send a clear signal to the commissioner that the process has failed, to the detriment of me, my teammates, the New Orleans Saints and the game.” After weeks had gone by with the suspension being handed out, Johnathan Vilma is fighting the National Football League as he has promised. He hired an attorney outside of the National Football League Player Association, and is suing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for slander and defamation. He has file a sixteen page lawsuit against Roger Goodell. Claiming that Goodell had intentions of malice, and was seeking to ruin Johnathan Vilma. Johnathan Vilma is seeking unspecified damages against the National Football League. Some views this as being a long shot.

Johnathan Vilma’s attorney released a message regarding the lawsuit being filed, “Commissioner Goodell opted to enter into the public arena rather than proceed appropriately and deliberately within the confines of the NFL process,” Vilma’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg told “In doing that, he made a series of horrific and false accusations about Jonathan. The commissioner, having wandered into the public arena, is now being asked to answer for the damage he’s done in making those erroneous accusations. He made some serious accusations, which we will be able to prove in a fair forum, that were irresponsible.”

The New Orleans Saints had no comments for Johnathan Vilma’s decision to sue NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Johnathan Vilma issued a statement over twitter, “Maybe this will get some people’s attention,” and “As I’ve said before I’VE NEVER PAID OR INTENDED TO PAY ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY TO ANY PLAYER FOR INTENTIONALLY HURTING AN OPPONENT.” The NFL addressed a statement on the impending lawsuit they are facing, “We have not yet reviewed the filing. However, our commitment to player safety and the integrity of the game is our main consideration. We recognize that not everyone will agree with decisions that need to be made.”

The lawsuit Johnathan Vilma has filed against Roger Goodell has created a buzz around current NFL players. Click this link too see NFL players thought on this lawsuit. Johnathan Vilma is standing up for himself, and is trying to clear his name. Although he was docked an entire year salary. Vilma is more upset at the NFL for preventing him from participating in football games. Also, Johnathan Vilma understands that he will forever be remembered with bounty gate, and unfairly not remembered for his achievements on the football field. He was the defensive rookie of the year in 2004, named to the pro bowl five times, and is a Superbowl champion.

Fair or not Johnathan Vilma will forever be linked to bounty gate. I think that the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was too harsh with the punishments he gave out. One thing for suspending coaches, and fining an organization is one thing. But, bringing malice towards NFL players and preventing them from making a legal living is wrong. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison seems to agree with me. He even tweeted that the National Football League was so harsh, because of the lawsuits they face from ex players for player safety. I hope Johnathan Vilma wins his lawsuit against Roger Goodell. What do you think? Was the punishment by Roger Goodell too harsh, just right, or too lenient? What do you expect the Johnathan Vilma’s lawsuit will head towards? Do you think he will win, since the NFL has no hard evidence? Place your answers by commenting on them.

Signing off

-Mansoor Paghmani

Memorial held for star football player

May 12, 2012

Fans appreciating Junior Seau, by attending memorial at Qualcom Stadium


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On May 11, 2012, there was public memorial held in San Diego, California. The memorial was held for legendary linebacker Junior Seau. The public memorial was held at Qualcom Stadium, and was attended by more than twenty thousand fans. In attendance were fans who donned Junior Seau jerseys. The jerseys worn were from all the collegiate and professional sports teams Junior Seaus played for during his time  in College Football, and the National Football League.The fans wore Junior Seau jerseys from his playing days at  the University of Southern California, the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins, and the New England Patriots. Even his cousin made a custom jersey of all the professional teams he played for during his time in the National Football League. Among the people in attendance were his former teammates in start running back LaDainian Tomilson, Dan Fouts, former San Diego Chargers coach Bobby Ross, San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos, and former division rivals in John Elway from the Denver Broncos. Also Peyton Manning, and San Diego native John Lynch were in attendance.

During the memorial, San Diego Chargers Owner made it official, and announce the retirement of Junior Seau’s number 55 jersey being retired. Only two Chargers jersey were retired, in the franchises history of football. The two jerseys retired other than Junior Seau, were quarterback Dan Fouts, and Lance Alsworth. Both players wore the number nineteen, so only two numbers are retired in Chargers history.

Junior Seau took his life away on the second of May, 2012. It was shocking news, since Junior Seau always had such an upbeat personality. He seemed to always be so happy, and just loving life. Especially since he comes from a Samoan ethnic background. He was known for his catch phrase “buddy.” People close with Junior Seau, always mentioned how he used to say the word buddy to everyone. Even strangers in San Diego recalls him mentioning the word buddy to them. He just made everyone feel like they were friends. Even I have a story of Junior Seau. I was with my older cousin at a nice restaurant. It was a normal day, and out of no where we see Junior Seau walking into the restaurant. I told my cousin, “Look, it’s Junior Seau.” My cousin noticed, and tried to make it seem like it was no big deal. And my cousin looks at me, and say’s “watch this.” I notice my cousin shout out towards Junior Seau, and told Junior, “Aye yo Junior, whats up. Its Ehsan.” And then Junior flashes this huge smile and told my cousin, “What’s up. How’s it going buddy.” And that was it. My cousin came back towards me with the biggest grin. Before, my cousin could say anything. I asked, “Did he call you buddy? Junior tells everyone buddy. So please just sit down.” That was the coolest part of Junior. He was a great man on the field, but a way better man off the field. If you ask anyone who had an encounter with Junior Seau, most of the times they will say the touching experience they had with Junior Seau. Here are players reaction to Junior Seau’s death.

Tiaina Baul Seau Jr. (Junior Seau) was born January 19, 1969, in San Diego, California, the fifth child of  Tiaina Seau, Sr, and Luisa Mauga Seau. He lived a humble life in Oceanside, California. His brothers and Junior shared the garage as a bedroom. He later attended Oceanside high school, and lettered in three sports. He lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. After high school, he attended the University of Southern California, and played football for three years. After entering the National Football League draft, he desperately wanted his hometown team(San Diego Chargers) to draft him with the fifth overall pick in the 1990 draft. Junior Seau dream came true. He was selected with the fifth overall pick.

His career in the National Football League was absolutely stellar. He played in a impressive twenty years of professional football. Quite impressive, since the National Football League career average for a player is three and a half years. And if you look at rookies entering the league, then the average is six years according to the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Still quite impressive for all the years played in the NFL. Junior Seau was named to twelve consecutive pro bowls,  was an all-pro(best players in the NFL at respective position) eight times, part of the NFL 1990s all decade team, and posted a staggering one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine tackles, fifty-six and a half sacks, and eighteen interceptions in his career.

Junior Seau was heavily involved in his hometown community. He started the Junior Seau Foundation, during the early 1990s. His foundation have helped needed families in San Diego, helped develop recreational centers for youth, scholarships, and many more. He is beloved in San Diego California, since he was a hometown hero. He did everything for San Diego, through his playing days in high school, to his thirteen stellar years with the San Diego Chargers, and most of all through his effort in San Diego. Junior Seau will be remembered in San Diego.


Mansoor Paghmani