One player who can definitely relate to what Ezekiel Elliott is going through during his contractual dispute with the Dallas Cowboys is newly paid NY Jets RB LeVeon Bell. Bell himself held out the entire 2018 season after not accepting the franchise tag and ultimately betting on himself for a pay day that he ultimately got with the Jets during the offseason. Bell did not mince words regarding the Elliot situation
Now in the case of Bell, whether or not did he did the right thing in letting $14 million of franchise tag money go by the wayside is in the eyes of the beholder. I am however of the opinion that the Cowboys have no choice but to pony up the green for Ezekiel Elliott. He is by far their best and most productive offensive player. Unless Dak Prescott has a absolute breakthrough year the team really does rely on Zeke. It is in my opinion the difference between Dallas winning 10 plus games and losing 10 plus games.
I honestly don’t see this hold out going into the season. Jerry Jones will see the light. I’m sure of that.
Funny how the brain works sometimes.
On Saturday Night for some random reason I decided to look up Jonah Keri, one of my absolute favorite baseball writers on Twitter. For the record I do follow him. It’s just that he doesn’t tweet as much as he used to and in all honesty I have not seen nor heard much from him since he ended his CBS podcast “The Jonah Keri Podcast” back in February.
His Twitter was gone which felt that odd. My initial thoughts were that maybe he’s taking a hiatus from social media like I’m currently doing with Facebook.
Decided to look him up on in a search engine on Twitter.
Turns out he was arrested for both assaulting and threatening to kill his wife in mid/late July.
To say I am shocked would be an understatement. I say that only cause if you’ve ever seen, read or heard Jonah Keri’s work, alleged domestic abuser wouldn’t come to mind. Not by a long shot. In fact though the guy is supposedly a rather large dude, his demeanor on his once semi popular podcast comes off much more unassuming and quite frankly, a bit dorky. Which isn’t a bad thing honestly when you’re building trust with your audience.
I’m already two weeks behind the ball on this story but the backlash has already been in motion. So much that Keri has already deleted his twitter account.
It’s not for me to say whether he’s innocent or guilty although if you read his lawyer’s statement on the case, you can interpret that something happened.
If this story is true, it’s a career ender. He’s already lost two of his gigs and The Athletic has him on suspension pending the investigation.
Such a sad story.
We finally have a date.
Wednesday October 2nd, 2019.
The AEW on TNT.
After 18 years Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Entertainment are going to have actual competition for eyeballs. Now it’s not to say I expect the WWE to actually fall behind in the ratings down the road because the set up this time around is different. In the mid to late 90’s at the height of the Monday Night Wars both the WWE and billionaire Ted Turner’s WCW, both companies engaged in weekly warfare in the name of ratings on the exact same nights. On the exact same time slots.
There was blood in the water.
This time around I do not think it will have the same fervor. However it believe having a 2nd mainstream company to keep the McMahon family on their toes is healthy for business. It’s healthy for the rosters. Ultimately it’s healthy and beneficial for the fans.
I’ve spoken about this on this here blog that I’ve recently returned to watching the day present product and this is what I think about it thus far.
The in ring product is far superior than at anytime in the business. Hulkamania era. New Generation. Attitude. Post Monday Night Wars. These kids today has what it takes. From a talent perspective they are second to none in the ring. This includes the women as well.
Where’s the issue?
Well, they’re not interesting.
It’s not their fault either.
Vince McMahon has handcuffed his talent. The storylines are average at best. Mostly lame. And it shows in the putrid Raw ratings week after week. You know it’s horrible when a Reunion full of nostalgia with guys who haven’t even stepped foot in a ring since before Barack Obama was President are still getting major pop.
There in lies the problems.
The WWE does not have any stars.
Not that they can’t create them cause again the talent does exist. But when you handcuff and restrict your talent, the creative juices do not flow as naturally. I’m not even suggesting they should return to the gore and extreme of the Attitude era cause that was a one and done Hail Mary experiment innan attempt to save Vince McMahon’s company who was in that moment facing real and stiff competition from Ted Turner.
This is why the AEW is important.
Truth be told I’ve had a hard time watching their product thus far. Mainly cause they have not brought their product to TV. Ultimately storylines are what will hook me. You can’t do that with monthly Pay Per View events.
The game may change beginning this fall. Or maybe it won’t. The WWE have seen the warning shot. Now it’s on them to make the adjustments to continue keeping eye balls.
As of this writing both my wife and I have been off Facebook for 5 weeks and some odd days. Some days I can’t tell if I feel relieved or if I actually miss it. Everyone in the last few weeks have constantly asked me why I did it and if or when will I return.
I don’t know to be honest.
I kind of like the freedom of not being attached to something that everyone has access to. Not that I am some semi important personality. Trust me I ain’t important to no one outside my wonderful wife and my two sons. Believe me I am ok with that.
I stopped Facebook because I wanted to. Not because of what Facebook was doing to me. I am much more accountable than that. It is what I was doing to myself. I spent way too many man hours on the service and more than half the time I was not even posting. I’d just read and read. Sometimes be nosey and snoop around what others around me were up to. Not that is actually a bad thing. But when it takes time away from the things in my life that truly matters, yes it becomes a problem.
A few months ago I embarked on this journey to simplicity. I begun to embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle for myself and in hopes my own family would adopt some of the habits. I cannot say it has been easy or even totally successful. But again, Rome wasn’t build in one day. Part of that journey was looking at things in a more “less is more” point of view. Facebook was one of the things I begun to eye ball adjusting as one of my daily habits.
It was not enough for me to just delete the app on my phone. I needed to be a change that impacted the core of myself. My mental health. I needed to shock the system.
Five weeks later I can say I do feel some inner peace with it. I may go back at some point. Most likely during football season so I can banter with some of my friends and post my weekly NFL Power Rankings that many seem to enjoy and hate at nauseam. But as long as it’s on my terms, it’s all good.