Today on News, Notes and Rumors Podcast

Today on News, Notes and Rumors Podcast

On NNR Today I was joined by John Tuvey Senior NFL Analyst at TheHuddle.com. We previewed 2014 Fantasy Football. Topics included the impact of fewer franchise RB candidates, Top players and potential stars under the radar. The podcast is up on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Please join Mr. Moohead and Michelle at 5 PM EDT on http://mooheadradio.com/2.5/.

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That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday podcast. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports joins me to dissect the first two weeks of preseason games including the Browns/Redskins game and decision on the starting QB. The podcast will be up on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/after 6 PM. Join Mr. Moohead and Michelle at 5 PM EDT on http://mooheadradio.com/2.5/ then check in with FSP at 6.

Tomorrow night I will be joined by John Tuvey Senior NFL Analyst at TheHuddle.com. We will be previewing 2014 Fantasy Football.

Thanks

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday podcast. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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News, Notes & Rumors for 08/19/14

News, Notes & Rumors for 08/19/14

The radio version of NNR is a podcast while we look for a new broadcast host. Check out last night’s show reviewing week 2 and previewing the Browns/Redskins game.

News:

Thank heavens that the stupid extra point from the 15 yard line is over. The only thing that would be similar to this dumb move would be to move the free throw line to the 3 point distance. Somebody in the NFL office has WAY too much time on his hands.

It was Flag Day weekend again this week. Someone in the NFL office has to get the zebras under control. Every time a pass hits the ground both the QB and WR involved campaign for a flag. The refs are getting more camera time than a senatorial candidate.

There were a number of serious injuries this week. The Falcons lost their starting LT Sam Baker (PCL) for the year. The Jags have lost WRs Cecil Shorts (hamstring), Allen Robinson (hamstring), Tandon Doss (ankle) and RB Toby Gerhart (hip) for several weeks. The Rams lost OL Barrett Jones to back surgery. He is out indefinitely. They also lost RB Isaiah Pead to a ACL injury. He is expected to miss the season.

Several rookie QBs showed promise this week. Titan rook Zach Mettenberger was outstanding again this week. Third pick overall QB Blake Bortles continues to out preform Jags starter Chad Henne. Bortles has made very good progress in tightening up his footwork. Vikings Teddy Bridgewater looked good again.

All pro Chiefs RB Jamal Charles hurt his foot moving out of his training camp dorm. You would think the team would provide their stars some help.

Notes:

Pats 42 Eagles 35 – It looks like QB Jimmy Garoppolo has moved in front of Ryan Mallett. Forget talk about a Mallett trade. Despite the number of teams that need a QB, Mallett has little trade value. Pats’ running game will suffer with the loss of LeGarrette Blount. Eagles will take a step back due in part to the loss of WR DeSean Jackson. Teams have a plan against the Eagle O—Pressure Nick Foles. They still win the NFC Least.

Saints 31 Titans 24 – The rookie QB that has impressed me the most is Titan QB Zack Mettenberger. He has thrown 3 picks but 2 of them bounced off the hands of his WR. He has more arm strength and talent than any rookie QB. When QB Jake Locker suffers his annual injury, it should be Mettenberger that replaces him. Saints look like their #1 O is in regular season form. There is no threat to them to win the NFC South.

Seahawks 41 Chargers 14 – Hawk QB Russell Wilson continues to be incredible. He still suffers from a bad O line but avoids sacks as well as anyone while looking down field for a target. The Chargers look OK and might earn a playoff spot this year rather than stumbling backward into it like they did last season. That says more about the weakness of the AFC more than it does the strength of the Chargers.

Texans 32 Falcons 7 – This was a game between two under-achievers last season. As bad as the Texans O looked the Falcons O looked worse. The injury to LT Baker will not help at all. The Falcons bet on a comeback from RB Steven Jackson who was used up by the Rams. Without a running game, the O will depend on a badly protected QB Matt Ryan. Ryan was just 3-7 for 37 yards. Neither of these two teams will be going anywhere although the Texans D will make the AFC South fun to watch.

Broncos 34 49ers 0 – The rumor that the 9ers have renamed Levis’ Stadium to Titanic is not true but that is the way their first game in the new digs went. Payton Manning did surgery on the 9er D and the patient died. Colin Kaepernick was harassed on nearly every throw. Some believe the 49er O line is great but it crumbled against the Bronco 4 man pass rush. Neither team is a it looked in this game. The 49ers played their 2nd D against the Bronco 1s after the 2nd possession. The refs did no favors for the 49ers. Multiple hits to the head were ignored by the zebras.

Packers 21 Rams 7 – The Packer O was in regular season form. QB Aaron Rodgers went 11-13 128 yards and a TD. The Packer D looked improved. They held the Ram O to 3 of 13 third down conversions and 2.9 yards per rush. While Rams starter Sam Bradford looked good, the team is doomed if he goes down.

Redskins 24 Browns 23 – Neither Johnny Manziel nor Brian Hoyer deserve to be named the starter after 2 games. The only Browns QB that didn’t stink was undrafted rookie Connor Shaw who drove the team 90 yards to a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. Despite a good D the Browns are doomed to a 5 or 6 win season. The Skins have to be wondering if QB Robert Griffin will ever be the same. He is not progressing in his reads. He tends to check his first read and if covered he runs. That is a prescription for another injury filled season.

Rumors:

Several coaches have gotten the “win or else” memo from their owners. Dolphin coach Joe Philbin probably has to win 9 games to keep his job. That will not happen. Raider coach Dennis Allen is there too but is expected to win the division. He is good as gone. Jets coach Rex Ryan is well past his due date. He was able to eek out last year to get a return. That will not happen again. Another bad year for the Falcons will mean the firing of coach Mike Smith. That is too bad because he is a good coach with a bad team. Even Bears coach Mike Trestman’s seat is a little warm. If he gets the team to the playoffs he should be fine.

The one coach constantly talked about as being on the hot seat is the ever under-achiever Dallas Cowgirl coach Jason Garrett. He is safe only because no decent coach will want to put up with the GM/Owner/Pain in the Butt Jerry Jones.

While the Giants talk positively about the offense and QB Eli Manning, behind the scenes there is worry. Eli had the worst season of his career with 27 interceptions last year. He and the O has not looked good at all so far in the preseason. Given that teams play very vanilla defense in the preseason, the struggles of the O are particularly troubling.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is open to trading back up QB Mark Sanchez. The problem is that starter Nick Foles is not proven. While he had a remarkable 2013, he has not looked consistently solid this year. There is also a limited trade value for the Butt-Fumble QB.

Manziel was accused of giving the Skins bench the finger. I am sure he was just indicating the Browns were #1. Our Johnny wouldn’t do that…Never mind.

I was asked what would I do if I was in Mike Pettine’s position. I would ask the Bills for my old job back.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports joins me to dissect the first two weeks of preseason games including the Browns/Lions game and preview the Browns/Redskins game. Our podcast should be up on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ AFTER 9 PM Tonight.  Also join Mr. Moohead’s show on http://mooheadradio.com/2.5/.  Thanks

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 PM Eastern on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Browns Offense is not ready for prime time.

Browns Offense is not ready for prime time.

Quarterbacks:

Brian Hoyer is still having problems with his plant leg. High throws over the middle usually come from the inability to plant properly. That should improve with time. Hoyer found the open receivers when they were there but that was infrequent. His timing was OK. He got the throw off on time on most of his throws. The one time he was late was the long throw to Austin to start the 2nd quarter. He showed good accuracy but does not have the arm strength you would like. The failure to get the TD when he had 1st and goal from the 8 was not acceptable particularly with the 1st string against the 2nd team of the Lions. To win in the AFC North you need 7 not 3. He also did not covert a single 3rd down.

Johnny Manziel does not make reads and that limits his pocket effectiveness. When his pre-snap choice is available he is effective. When that player is covered, he tends to run rather than make a 2nd or 3rd read. He doesn’t anticipate the receiver coming open. As a result he is often late on passes. That is a big problem he will have to overcome before he can be a quality NFL QB.

Coach Pettin felt like he had to add Rex Grossman to teach both Hoyer and Manziel the offense. That is a bad sign for the development of the team. The Browns should have added Rex June 2 (after it would no longer affect compensatory pick calculation) if they felt that the QB duo was having trouble picking up the system. While Rex will help the QB teaching, he does not provide any help with the wide receiver situation.

Offensive Line:

New LG Joel Bitonio played very well. RG John Greco did OK. The only issue with the 1st team was RT Mitchell Schwartz as usual. He was responsible for penalties and leakage against the pass rush. The second unit was a sieve. G Paul McQuistan looks like a solid player but everyone else is expendable. The O line depth is an issue.

Receivers:

If Josh Gordon is suspended, the Browns will have a bunch of 3rd or 4th wideouts but no 1 or 2. Miles Austin did not show anything and has a history of injury. Andrew Hawkins is a slot guy that is not a threat outside. Nate Burleson, the pizza delivery disaster, did not play. Charles Johnson caught 3 passes but did not show the speed or elusiveness I had hoped to see. He is recovering from an ACL so he might get better. Taylor Gabriel showed some promise but had a critical drop. Marlon Moore has return skills and the size and speed to become a player. TE/FB MarQueis Gray looked good but also had a bad drop. The rest of the group are just guys and have not shown they deserve to be on the 53. The Browns will not see how good the QB duo can be without out a decent receiver corps. They do not have one now.

Running backs:

Import Ben Tate has a great deal of talent but has never been able to stay healthy for a full season even as a backup in Houston. Now he is “the guy” but needs to hold onto the ball better. He should be showing better because he has experience in this system. I was a big Terrance West fan going into the draft. He has shown an NFL jump step and good vision. West uses his blockers like a pro. He is a fantasy sleeper that can be had in the late rounds of most drafts. Nobody else has impressed me at all.

The bottom line:

When the kicker is the team’s MVP the O needs work. At this point the Browns look like a 4 or 5 win team on offense. The D should be better in 2014 but the way the O looks the defense will spend a lot of time on the field. That is not a good sign.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 PM Eastern on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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News, Notes & Rumors for 08-12-2014

News, Notes & Rumors for 08 12 2014

The radio version of NNR will return Monday August 18th. I hope you will join us at 6 PM EDT on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

News:

In College football, the Federal court has decided that the NCAA is violating anti-trust laws by preventing players from profiting from the use of their images and names by their schools. Both sides will likely appeal but this decision is the first step to dismantling the NCAA which in my opinion is long overdue.

If the NFL refs continue to call holding on pass plays like they did week P1 it will extend games by 15-30 minutes. While usually they back off as the regular season wears on, we will see how the defenses react. In week 1 even with the first strings on the field the game was slow and jerky due to all the flags.

All challenges are now handled by New York. That should help provide more consistency in the calls. That will be a good thing but may slow down the game. I prefer to get the call right than get it fast.

Refs using head sets to talk with each other is a good idea. The Zebras need all the help they can get.

The extra point from the 15 is a dumb idea. Not only does it take the opportunity for a fake kick 2 point try impossible, it is a waste of time. Keep it the same or give the team a 7th point on the TD unless they want to try for 2. That will save time and reduce the opportunities for commercial breaks.

Notes:

Ratbirds 23 49ers 3 – SF RB Carlos Hyde is a beast. With RB Frank Gore wearing down look for Hyde to become the starter by 2015 if not this year. Ratbird WR Steve Smith will become the go to guy for QB Joe Flacco on 3rd down. He will be best in a PPR league. Don’t take the Ratbird first drive for the TD too seriously. SF had its 2nd D in. 49ers need an upgrade at #2 QB.

Chiefs 41 Bengals 39 – I suspect that the Bengals will be sorry to have signed QB Andy Dalton to an extension. I would not be surprised if RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis fails to make the 53. KC’s O line will struggle. LT Eric Fisher was not worth the #1 pick overall in 2012. He will give up a lot of sacks. KC QB Alex Smith has done well without a true #1 receiver but will not get the big $ extension he wants. New QB in KC in 2015? It is very likely.

Redskins 23 Patriots 6 – Pats QB Ryan Mallett did not increase his trade value with his performance in the game. If that was the plan it failed. He went 5-12 for 55 yards without a TD or pick. Rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo out performed Mallett going 9-15 for 157 yards and a TD. The Pats running game might struggle without RB LeGarrette Blount who signed with the Steelers. Both QB Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy looked decent. QB Tom Brady did not play and Robert Griffin played just 1 series.

Broncos 21 Seahawks 16 – Hawks O line is still a major issue. Denver put heat on QB Russell Wilson without a blitz. The poor play of the O line reduces the running game as well. Hawks need RB Marshawn Lynch. Bronco O line is improved with Ryan Clady back. Denver’s first team D looks improved particularly in the D backfield.

Jags 16 Bucs 10 – This was a battle of the top 2 defenses in the NFL. That was the way it looked based on the deplorable play of each team’s O lines. It won’t make any difference who plays QB for either team if the O line is that inept. The game was played in front of all 100 Jag fans. The London Jaguars will again end up at the bottom of the AFC South. And I hope some paint company gives the Jags enough to paint the entire helmet gold. The gold/black looks stupid.

Bears 34 Eagles 28 – The Bears may have pointed out the way to stop Eagle QB Nick Foles—Just put pressure on him. Foles threw as many picks in the first quarter as he did all last year. The two picks off Foles both came on bad throws when he was under pressure. That will be something to watch.

Lions 13 Browns 12 – Neither Browns QB did anything to get separation from the other. Brian Hoyer moved the ball against the 2nd string D but could not against the starters. Johnny Manziel completed the easiest throws a QB can make and is staring down his receivers. The biggest issue last year was the Browns inability to get touchdowns. That looks like the biggest issue this year as well.

Rumors:

Several coaches are upset with the number of flags for holding. Look for the refs to get the word to back off once the regular season begins.

The Jets have no interest in starting Mike Vick at QB. This administration drafted Geno Smith and they will live or more likely die with him. He is likely to fail and take the coaching staff and front office out of town with him.

Minnesota University has told the NFL and the Vikings that it will not allow any use or mention of the name Redskins in advertising or promotion for the game scheduled for Nov. 2 on the Gopher’s home field. They also want the Skins to wear throwback jerseys. Watch this one it should be interesting.

Several players are in danger of losing their starting spots. 49ER RB Frank Gore is wearing down. Look for RB Carlos Hyde to take a lot of his carries. Steeler RB Stevan Ridley is likely to lose his spot to RB LeGarrette Blount. Ratbird RB Ray Rice averaged around 3 yards per attempt last year. Bernard Pierce will start during the Rice suspension and may not give the job back. Colt RB Trent Richardson has just 1 more chance to prove he is not a bust. The team brought in Ahmad Bradshaw to challenge him.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Roger Goodell is lying again.

Roger Goodell is lying again.

First of all, the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell doesn’t have the guts to answer questions in a real press conference. He had to hide behind the noise of the wind and others talking around him to answer questions about the Ray Rice suspension. What was he trying to hide? The answer is that the NFL does not care about women as fans or give a rats hind end for their safety.

Here is what he said and my comments on those responses.

Our policy is clear.

The NFL policy on abuse of women is anything but clear. In 2010 Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual battery in Georgia. Although it was the second accusation of sexual abuse against him no charges were filed in either case. Goodell suspended Roethlisberger for 6 games. Under appeal it was ultimately reduced to 4 games. Until now that was the standard. Now that standard has been reduced to a gentle tap on the back of the hand.

In this case not only did Rice admit guilt (it is hard to deny when there is video evidence of the crime) but he was sentenced. Admittedly the penalty of a diversionary program is not sever. But it was a conviction and sentencing anyway.

The NFL has a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable.

Rog, you had a fairly firm policy but that was thrown out with the Rice decision. Now the NFL has told women they are own against NFL players. Before even an accusation was enough to generate a suspension. Now anything goes and the penalty will be just a couple of games.

You run through the process of evaluating the issue and if there will be discipline

There could not have been a lot of evaluating on the Rice issue. There was video inside as well as outside the elevator where the assault took place. I am sure that the NFL got video of the assault. Even so, they still let Rice off lightly.

You have an opportunity to sit down with that individual to determine how that individual is reacting to it.

Frankly, I don’t care how he reacted to his attack on his lady. Of course he is sorry that he was caught on video. He is sorry he had to talk with Goodell. But that does not diminish what he did.

Criminal justice system put him in a diversionary program with no discipline

By accepting entry to the diversionary program, Rice admitted he was guilty. The fact that he got off with next to no punishment should not have affected his discipline by the league. Could it be that Atlantic City likes having NFL players come to town. With a number of casinos shutting down, it looks like they can use all the visitors they can get.

We thought it was appropriate to have discipline.

Then Rog, why did you tap Rice on the back of the hand rather than making a point with a substantial suspension?

Ray has said he wants to make a powerful difference in this area.

Rog, he has made a powerful difference in the area of spouse abuse. Every future abuser will appeal the suspension claiming that the “Rice Principle” should be applied. You made sure that we will hear about the light suspension for years to come.

We have to remain consistent. We can’t just make up discipline. It has to be consistent with other cases.

I explained how consistent the Rice decision was in my article “Roger Goodell’s NFL Wheel of Misfortune!” which appears below this post. Rog, you seem to pulling the suspensions for abuse of females out of your …. You have been making up discipline as you go based on very little. This has to stop.

I heard from Ray and Janay.

Confronted with you, your staff, the management of the Ravens, and her new husband, Janay had no choice but to comply with the company line of what happened. She indicated she provoked him prior to the attack in their joint press conference earlier. But with all that impressive and imposing testosterone in the room, what choice did she have but to beg you for a reduced suspension for Ray?

The NFL has turned it back on retired players by doing everything they could to prevent having to pay for decent retirement or health care. The NFLPA does not even claim to represent the interests of retired players. Now the NFL has turned its back on women. I would not be surprised if a woman’s rights group would picket the Ravens home games this year. It is a sad day when a league that pretends to care so much about breast cancer allows players to knock their women out cold. The Rice Principle indicates the NFL refuses to punish the players involved.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 PM Eastern on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on http://www.justin.tv/papaburl.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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