Category Archives: NFL

Excessive Football Celebration


There is something to be said for celebration.  It’s a way to express emotion.  To mark an achievement.  To announce to society that you have something that your proud of. But, when it comes to NFL Football, things are getting out of hand.  Between the excessive end zone buffoonery and the even more ridiculous fights, NFL football is becoming a little less entertaining to watch.  When we see players obviously stomping on opposing team members, that’s just disrespectful.  To your sport, your team, your fans, your fellow players and yourself.  Maybe, pro athletes should command a little less attention, fame, and money.  Maybe then they would recognize how lucky they really are to have made it to the pros.

Although, we might miss highlight reels like this in the future…

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Looks like the police in San Diego don’t like Jets fans.
Jets fan gets arrested at Qualcom

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Reasons to be excited about this NFL season part 1

I have contributed twice to Emptybackfield and both times, I have written about hockey. Now like Christopher Nolan doing the commercial hit “Batman Begins” after less mass appealing (but still strong) films “Memento” and “Insomnia”, I take a break to talk about another sports passion of mine that is shared by innumerably more people than ice hockey: the National Football League. So I bring to those who are still not in NFL mode, 10 NFL Storylines to Look Forward to, Part 1:

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Goodell suspends Stallworth indefinitely

Today Roger Goodell announced the indefinite suspension of Dante Stallworth. Earlier this week Stallworth pleaded guilty for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Stallworth was handed down a 30 day sentence with 8 years probation. Stallworth will only have to actually serve 24 days in jail.

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Meh, I guess killing people isn’t that much of a biggie

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and will serve a whopping 30 days in jail……yeah that is not a typo.

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Breaking News: Sanchez uses blue steel to get contract

Mark Sanchez has agreed to terms with the New York Jets according to Sal Paolantonio of

Sanchez signed a 5 year deal with $28 million in guarantees. Sanchez the form USC QB was the 5th pick in this years NFL draft.  

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Vince Young with another meltdown

I love Vince Young. His stock took a meteoric rise when he was the National Championship. Was a top pick, media darling, king of the world! Then he went nuts, started taking his shirt off at clubs and needed a suicide watch. We all thought the worst was behind him. “All I’m doing this year is shutting up, shutting up and working. I’m going to smile, shut my mouth and continue being Vince Young, a happy, smiling guy.” Well that tune just changed yesterday

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The Green zone: never too early for an NFL power poll

Our NFL correspondent Ozz has been traveling all over the country visiting NFL OTA’s, interviewing coaches and players, and dissecting game tape. After going over all this information with a fine toothed comb he is finally ready to impart his knowledge on us. (Editors note: the above might not be entirely factual) Regardless, here is Ozz!

NBA and NHL seasons are winding down and we’re still a couple of months away from when the MLB starts to matter, so naturally now is the perfect time to look at football. Here’s one, very uninformed opinion on how NFL teams stack up post-draft.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers: They’re the champs and they deserve to be here. However, don’t let the trophy distract you from a season that saw Ben Roethlisberger running for his life constantly. Big Ben’s numbers saw a huge drop off from 2007 to 2008. Although he threw for more yards last year, he threw 4 more interceptions and 15 fewer TDs on a career high 469 pass attempts. The D remains one of the best, but if the Steelers don’t improve up front on offense, a repeat might not be looking too good.

2. New England Patriots: Honestly, I can’t put together an early season power poll without the Pats on it. Apparently, it’s illegal. So here they are at #2. They get Brady back and it’s very questionable that he’ll be able to return to pre-injury form in a reasonable time. Still, a gimpy Brady is better than probably 24 of the league’s starting QB’s, including Matt Cassel. We got Brady, Moss, and Welker involved, so you know the passing attack should be potent.

The real question for the offense is if they can have a “go-to” back or will the coaching staff continue using their… six-headed monster? Really, I’ve never seen more disdain on the part of a coach towards the concept of starting running back than Bill Belichick. In an era where even those in a running-back-by-committee scenario find themselves rushing for north of 1000 yards, Bill Belichick still finds a way to limit his top rusher to 700 yards and some change. Message to Bill: Even Jamal Lewis found a way to crack the 1000 yard club wearing an ankle bracelet while Derek Anderson was cashing checks on the sideline.

3. New York Giants: The Giants like to believe they were one piece away from being a dominant team. Well, more dominant than their 12-4 season suggested anyway. Perhaps overshadowed by an abysmal performance in windy conditions in the playoffs and the constant Plaxico circus, Eli actually posted his best statistical season yet as a Giant and finally finding a way to limit his INTs. The problem for the Giants last year was the red zone. The Giants made their way into the red zone 69 times this year. Tops in the league and their best mark in a decade. However, their 51% TD conversion rate ranked them 20th overall in the NFL. This, the Giants hope, will be remedied by the addition of Hakeem Nicks (who possesses Chris Webber-like hands apparently) and Ramses Barden (who’s apparently really tall). The defensive unit should see a boost with the return of Osi Umenyiora.

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Anquan Boldin Fires Agent

According to news outlets Arizona Cardinal and Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin has fired his agent Drew Rosenhaus. Boldin has been at odds with the Arizona Cardinals front office for more then a year over contract disputes. Boldin has two years left on his deal after Rosenhaus secured a new contract in 2005, but when Larry Fitzgerald signed his new contract making $10 million a year Boldin started pushing hard for a new deal or a trade.

We will now see who is the “bad guy” in all of this now. Was Rosenhaus just the sterotypical greedy agent who was pushing for a hold out or trade or does Anquan think that his agent wasn’t doing enough to get him out of Arizona? Looks like we will soon find out.

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