It’s good to be back.

So I have been gone for a long time. Nearly a month, in fact. My computer crashed, but it only took three days for me to get it back. So that’s a crappy excuse. I’ve had a lot of work to do for school, but I rarely take the time necessary to do it all. So that’s a crappy excuse, as well. Truthfully, I haven’t posted in almost a month because I’m just lazy. But at least I’m back now, right?!
So, we’ve got the Steelers potentially throwing away the next five to ten years, the NFL Draft, the NBA and NHL Playoffs, Tiger entering more tournaments AND South Park’s 200th episode. So much to discuss. Let’s dive right in…

-Ben Roethlisberger’s been suspended for 4-6 games by the NFL after “violating” the NFL’s player conduct policy. I haven’t said too much about this for two reasons: First, because I haven’t blogged in forever. Two, because I didn’t want to speculate about everything when I knew almost nothing. But since I last blogged almost a month ago, I’ve read a lot of things about the situation. Here are some that make this ridiculously sketchy (at least to me):
1) The girl’s friends were trying to stop this from happening because she was too drunk to do so.
2) It apparently took place in an employee bathroom where only employees can go.
3) The security tapes were conveniently taped over (maybe by some of those employees who should have stopped Big Ben from going to that bathroom? That’s speculative).
4) This is the second time it’s happened.
Now, I understand all the charges were dropped. I also understand it wouldn’t be shocking to see a woman claim a famous athlete did this for attention or money. What I don’t understand is how Roethlisberger even puts himself in this situation. Terry Bradshaw ripped Big Ben, and rightfully so. This clip is of Bradshaw talking about his relationship with Roethlisberger and his advice for him. I’m not sure if it’s from after his motorcycle accident, after the first allegations arose, or just recently. I am sure that Bradshaw makes some great points, especially at the end. Whether he likes him or not Big Ben should listen to Terry Bradshaw.

And the Steelers were entertaining the idea of trading the two-time Super Bowl champion at the peak of his career for some unproven college QB. I think it was just an attempt to scare him by acting like they’d send him to a team like St. Louis or Oakland. They already sent a shot over his bow by trading Santonio Holmes. Maybe the threat of working with that crazy old man in silver and black will help him get his act together.
I stopped watching the draft tonight after about the 12th pick, so, as was probably evidenced by my statements above, I don’t think Big Ben’s going anywhere.

-A police officer who was there that night isn’t going somewhere, too. He’s not going back to work for Big Ben. The Pennsylvania police “condemned” Trooper Ed Joyner for his work as Roethlisberger’s assistant. Apparently, on the night of the incident, one of the drunken girl’s friends was trying to tell Joyner to let her go get her friend from the restroom. He refused to acknowledge her by not making eye contact and repeatedly telling her he had no idea what she was talking about. And all charges were dropped. Suspicious and sketchy? Yes.

-Enough Ben Roethlisberger. I can’t stomach any more Steelers.

-The first round of sports’ most over-hyped and over-covered event ever was last night. The first 32 picks of the 2010 NFL Draft were announced in prime time for the first time ever. Now don’t get me wrong. The draft is great and all, but I don’t need three days of it after hearing about it since mid-January.
Even though the first round is over and this is now completely irrelevant, it’s still kind of amusing. Bill Simmons, aka “The Sports Guy”, did his first ever mock draft.
And even though the NFL Draft is somewhat annoying to me, I will give some quick analysis anyway:
Can’t blame the Rams for the Bradford pick. The kid has everything you’d want in a franchise QB. Reminds me a lot of the Matt Ryan pick for the Falcons a few years back. A solid, marketable quarterback with no character issues who looks a lot better because it’s a mediocre group of QBs in the draft. The Rams can sell tickets with Bradford. They may have been able to do it with Suh, but Bradford was the better business pick, hands down.
The Lions are righting the ship. (But how can you not after going 0-16?) They’ve now got franchise players on both sides of the ball in Matt Stafford and Ndamukong Suh. My co-host on The 5th Down (Thursday nights, 6-8 p.m. CT on kcou.fm) made a great point: the NFC North is a running league. The Bears (Matt Forte) and Vikings (Adrian Peterson) are two teams that like to and are able to run the ball. The Packers are more pass-oriented, but still get a good amount of production out of Ryan Grant. Suh is a great run stopper. That’s big. On top of that, he can rush the passer and demands double teams almost every snap. That frees up some of the less-talented guys around him to have more chances to make plays. And Ndamukong means “House of Spears”. Awesome.
Gerald McCoy is my favorite player drafted last night. Not because he’s an absolute stud (which he is) or because I’m a Tampa Bay or Oklahoma fan (which I’m not). Rather, it’s because of the reaction. The genuine emotion we saw out of that kid when he got the call was genuinely touching. Tears rolling down his face as he hugged his family and closest friends. A big bear-hug for the commissioner. If you think about all the kids who put on the pads for the first time and the dreams they all have, you can relate to Gerald McCoy. That was an awesome moment.
(Some great emotion from Dez Bryant, as well. After getting shafted by the NCAA last season, you’ve gotta feel good for the kid.)
C.J. Spiller going to the Bills at #9 sent Jimmy Clausen to the second round. I said it last night on air right when it happened. I’m sure it’s recorded if you don’t believe me.
The Giants got the guy who was, in my opinion, easily one of the most underrated players in the draft. Jason Pierre-Paul out of USF is a great pick-up. The G-men struggled with tackling last year and have always prized pass rushers to make their secondary better. If you get to the QB quickly, you can keep a mediocre secondary from being exploited. And it makes Justin Tuck a bit of an outsider. I mean really…which one of these linemen’s names just doesn’t seem like it fits: Umenyiora, Kiwanuka, Pierre-Paul and Tuck.
Sean Weatherspoon was originally projected as a second or third round pick. I said from the beginning he was at least an early second rounder. After the Senior Bowl and the combine, people were finally sold on the guy. Maybe it’s because I saw him play for three years at Mizzou, maybe it was bias, maybe it’s because I’m right…but I said early on that whoever got this kid was getting a playmaker. Spoon always finds a way to get to the ball and make a play. He’s a smart player, a great tackler and an overall good guy. Having Sean Weatherspoon in your locker room will be something valuable as he spends more time in there. Good pick by the Falcons, and congrats to a good guy in Spoon.
The Denver Broncos trade down to get Tim Tebow? The guy’s a proven winner, sure. He could be a good NFL player, sure. He’s not a first rounder. His “new mechanics” have been tested…against no defenders on a high school field. How does that vault a guy from the fourth round to the first round? I’m not saying Tebow’s going to be a bust, but I’d be very wary of picking him so early. But let’s take a look at the Broncos’ QB depth chart: Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow. That’s interesting. I think Mo Egger summed it up pretty well:

“I’m rooting for Tim Tebow to do well and all, but what the hell were the Broncos thinking? Pair Tebow and Quinn together to start the NFL’s version of a boy band?”

-How much do those people who watch the draft in person have to pay for the tickets? I’d think the NFL would actually have to pay people to come sit there for three hours and watch a bunch of 20 year-olds make more money than they’ll ever see. I just don’t understand how it could be exciting. Have you ever been there? Would you ever want to? Please…explain this to me. I have no idea how anyone would ever want to attend the NFL Draft.

-That’s all I’ve got for the NFL Draft. To move things along, I will show you one of the top five commercials in recent memory…”It’s okay, I got this.”

-Tiger’s playing in the U.S. Open in June at Pebble Beach. He submitted his entry a little over a week ago. This past week, he also announced he’d be playing in the Players Championship and the AT&T National, as well. Needless to say, I’m excited. The guy played like a bum off the tee on Sunday at Augusta and came home with a 69 for a T4. Regardless of what the guy’s done off the course, when he’s inside the ropes, it’s a blast to watch. If you’re still hung up on his personal life, stop it. We’re seeing something out of this world when he steps on the course. Enjoy that. It doesn’t happen every day.

-I’ve never been a huge fan of women’s sports. I don’t mean to be sexist by any means, but I’ve always found the male side to be more entertaining and enjoyable. I feel like this is probably the feelings of most people I’d come across. As a result, I’m sure everyone has seen a series of male athletes slipping up. But because no one watches women’s sports, you never see a series of women’s “fails”…until now.

-I was doing cut-ins today out at KOMU (when I come on the TV and give local headlines during The Today Show’s commercial breaks). We record one and do one live. I got home in time to see my recorded one air. As I watched, the Reds score scrolled across the bottom telling all of mid-Missouri that they had beaten the Dodgers. As a kid from Cincinnati in Cardinal country, it was awesome. Go Redlegs!

**Just replace “Griffey and Dunn” with “Dickerson and Bruce” and replace “Narron” with “Dusty”. You could even replace “brand new heroes” with “Joey Votto”. I know, I know…I’m exceptionally creative.

-Wednesday night was South Park’s 201st episode. It was the second part of the 200th episode cliff-hanger that managed to incorporate what seemed like almost every South Park plot ever. I thought it was funny. I think Trey Parker and Matt Stone do a great job with satire, even if some find it offensive. In my opinion, they make fun of everyone, so no one can really claim they pick on any particular group. At the same time, I guess people could still get offended because they’re being made fun of. And people did get offended.
Apparently, an Islamic group called “Revolution Muslim” told Parker and Stone they should fear for their lives. From the CNN article:

“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show,” the group said on its website. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality that will likely happen to them.”

The article cites the fact that South Park portrayed the prophet Mohammed in a bear suit. According to traditional Islam, the visual depiction of Mohammed is prohibited. BUT, the bear suit didn’t even turn out to be Mohammed…it was Santa. And to consider a black “censored” bar a visual depiction of anything makes zero sense. In my opinion, the uproar over the episodes is a little much. Then Comedy Central worried so much about it that the network added bleeps to the 201st episode originally sent to them by South Park Studios. They bleeped out every mention of the name “Mohammed” and used lengthy bleeps to censor the closing “what we learned” type speech customary in most every South Park episode. Initially, people speculated it was a joke satirizing censorship. Matt Parker and Trey Stone dispelled that rumor on the South Park Studios website. Their statement:

“In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle’s customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn’t mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.”

Religion is a touchy subject, but I’m going to address it anyway. To me, religion is something that teaches some great things. I was raised Catholic. Whether or not I practice my religion or consider myself a religious person, I feel like being raised Catholic taught me a religion that, at the foundation, is the same thing every religion teaches: the religion of being a good person. I understand people might disagree with different religious points of view of different religious groups. The thing that’s truly upsetting to me is the fact that different religious peoples allow those differences of opinion to blind them and forget that foundation. The first definition of “religion” on dictionary.com sums up what I’m saying. Religion is “a set of beliefs…often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.” So, whether or not you agree with someone else’s religion, it’s religion that’s supposed to give us a moral code to help us all get along. Why stray from that?

-Okay…I’ll get down off of my soapbox now. The 2010 FIFA World Cup is only 49 days away. I’m extremely excited. When soccer is played at its highest level, it’s impossible not to watch.
Even though they’re in the “group of death”, my team to win it is going to be the Ivory Coast. If they can get out of a group with Brazil and Portugal, this team can win it all. I also like the United States’ chances. There’s no excuse for them to not get out of their group. Even if they can’t beat England, they shouldn’t lose to Slovenia or Angola.
Regardless, I’m excited. So I will end today’s post with a few commercials that perfectly capture what makes the World Cup so special.


Both of those give me chills every time.
It’s great to be back. Altiora.

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~ by nchaney3 on April 23, 2010.

3 Responses to “It’s good to be back.”

  1. Hey Nick, This is the first time I ever visited a blog, I’m glad it was yours. It’s sure a long way from Price Hill Chili. Go Reds, Go Bucks
    Kevin McQuaide A.K.A. Jake’s Dad

  2. Nick,

    Enjoy reading your musings. Glad to hear all is going well for you. Feel free to check out my own musings: http://adamniemeyer.blogspot.com/

    Hope to hear from you soon. Go Bearcats

    Adam Niemeyer

  3. […] it returns with a passion! I’m back for already! The reason I’m back? Because, in my last post, I said I’d cover a little NBA and NHL Playoffs. I talked NFL Draft, Ben Roethlisberger, […]

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