Domestic Violence and the NFL

Posted: November 8, 2015 in Sports

Once again, I know it has been awhile since I’ve written a post in my blog but I felt it was time for me to talk about the topic that has been blowing up social media sites over the last few days, domestic violence and the NFL aka Greg Hardy’s woman beating ass. A few days ago, a picture was released of Greg Hardy’s ex girlfriend with bruises all over her body. As a woman, I was beyond outraged to see this disgusting picture. The anger I already had towards him had just gone to a whole new level.

There’s a few things here I want to cover but let’s start with the NFL. Before I get into my NFL rant, something that was said to me the other day by someone who has known me all 47 years I’ve been on this earth, really and truly bothered me more than anything else. He posted on my facebook that my hatred for the Cowboys is stronger than my love for the Eagles and that’s why I’m going on this rant about Hardy. I was really hurt by that because really, this has nothing to do with the Cowboys or Eagles. Being a woman and a diehard football fan, the NFL has showed me that they don’t give a damn about me. Oh, let me rephrase that. They do care about me one month out of the year and that is when they are promoting Breast Cancer Awareness in October. But then again, that is all about making money for themselves and the owners. Ok, so we’re back to them not giving a damn about me and the millions of other women football fans across the world. How dare you allow a man who beats on women to continue playing and at the same time expect us to keep supporting the NFL? My friend Jessica Harpel (@jharp02) said it best last night, “I’m so pissed because it feels like the NFL is forcing me to either be a football fan or a woman fan, and I can’t pick both.” This is not fair. I have been a football fan for over 40 years. I have bought tickets to your games, I have bought NFL merchandise, hell I even set my schedule around football but guess what, I’ve been a woman longer and I’ve witnessed domestic violence against us and just knowing you don’t give a damn that one of your players beats a woman like Hardy did and you say it’s ok that he continues to play, makes me ill to my stomach. Ever since Ray Rice knocked out his then girlfriend and I saw how the NFL handled the whole thing, I have not given them one penny of my money. Ok, I actually did when I went to the game in Atlanta this year but besides that, in the last 2 years they have not gotten anything from me and guess what, until they take domestic violence seriously, they won’t get my money.

Now on to the next topic, dumbass Dallas Cowboy women fans who support Greg Hardy and make sure everyone on social media knows they support him. Are you really this stupid or are you just looking for attention? I just cannot wrap my head around the fact that women actually support this man. You are a woman, supporting a man who beat a woman, why, because he is on your football team. I’ll be damned if I’m cheering for any player on the Eagles who put his hands on a woman. Hell when Brett Myers got into a fight with his wife in Boston years ago, I never, EVER cheered for that man again. I don’t even cheer for Riley Cooper after the “mistake” he made a few years ago at a concert. Sitting on Facebook and Twitter reading women say, the ho got what she wanted from him and that was money and another saying we are just hating on the Cowboys and Greg Hardy. Please someone explain to me how any of this makes sense. These are just 2 examples of what I’ve seen from women fans and believe me, there were worse.You ladies are an embarrassment to women all around the world and people I wish not to associate with.

It’s not just women fans that have made me angry over the last few days, it’s all fans of the Cowboys who have come out in support of Hardy. I’ve had Cowboys fans say to me, “Well, you supported Mike Vick.” How dare you compare what Mike Vick did to what Greg Hardy did plus Vick served his time in prison for his actions and has been a model citizen since. Hardy served a 4 game suspension and is still out here victim blaming. I just do not understand, how you can look in the eyes of your mother, wife, sister or daughter knowing in a few hours you will be cheering for a man who beats the hell out of women. I pray that the day never comes that one of the ladies in your life, never comes across their own Greg Hardy.

Since I Started This Blog

Posted: July 6, 2015 in Sports

I was sitting here reading my old blog posts since I’ve started INeverBooedSanta and all I can say is, my God Philly sports have been miserable for the last 3 years. That last positive post I wrote was May 2012 when the Sixers moved on in the playoffs. I mean seriously, how did none of you tell me that my blog was such a downer? Hell reading all this makes me wanna head to the Walt Whitman Bridge and jump off, that’s how bad it’s been.

Let’s take a look at what has happened since then. The Phillies have gone from being bad to being the worst team in baseball. Like how does that even happen? I would love to tell you how but it might get me fired so I’ll just shut up for now. Did you ever think though, that in 2015, Chase, Ryan, Chooch and Cole would still be here? I didn’t. I had them traded in 2012. Do you remember the Big 4 pitchers? Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt? Now we have, Hamels and some other guys I have no clue who they are. Everytime a pitcher comes in the game, I say to myself, “Who the hell is that?” I know I’m not the only one who says that so don’t even try lying. It takes everything inside of me to not sit on twitter and cuss and tweet stuff about this team when I’m home watching. Y’all know how vocal I am during games. It really upsets me being at CBP and seeing it half empty. Never thought we’d see those days again. Do you know what else upsets me, knowing I’m about to see Jimmy Rollins in blue tonight when his Dodgers play the Phillies.

On to the Eagles. Since 2012, the Eagles have changed coaches, made the playoffs 1 time and lost in the first round, traded the best running back in the league, let their best wide receiver go to sign with a division rival, did not re-sign their other receiver, kept the grand wizard of the KKK, got rid of a bunch of other pro bowlers and got players who if you put them all together, have 2 good legs between them. With all that said, I’m supposed to be excited about the team this year? I’m just gonna let it at that because, well, I might get fired if I go any further.

So then there is the Sixers. They traded the #2 pick of the draft from a few years ago, traded, Jrue Holiday and Thad Young, oh and the rookie of the year 2 years ago in MCW. For 2 seasons, I’ve been told there is a plan. Trust the process blah blah blah. In Hinkie we trust. I don’t know about y’all but I don’t have time for this 10 year plan they got going on. This drafting players with injuries and drafting players and stashing them away for a few years just isn’t working for me. I will say this, they have been the most exciting team out of the 4 to watch over the last 2 years.

Ok Flyers, I can’t really comment on you because I don’t know much about hockey so I’ll just say hey!!!

Boy oh boy these last 3 years have been rough on us and all I keep thinking is, it has to get better, right? RIGHT???? Regardless of how bad it is, I will be sitting in front of my tv, every night, watching these teams, yelling and cussing at the tv like they can hear me.

PS. Just so you know, I’m still hurt the Phillies traded Grady. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.

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This is not something that I really wanted to write about because for one, I know it is a very sensitive subject for a lot of people.  I know, last week I wrote a post about Rangers fans using the N word on twitter towards Wayne Simmonds but that’s as far as I wanted to go on the subject of race.  Over the last week, since hearing the tapes of Clippers owner, Donald Sterling and with his lifetime banned from the NBA and soon to be sale of the team, I have witnessed so many ignorant facebook posts, tweets and callers to our local sports radio stations.  These people are angry because this man made remarks (that some do not find racial) in the confinement of his own home to this V. dude and because of this he is being punished with the stiffest penalty ever given by the NBA. …

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Five Stages of Grief

Posted: March 14, 2015 in Sports

Can’t believe it’s been 7 months since I’ve written in my blog.  I went through a whole NFL season without going on a rant, especially after the Eagles epic collapse at the end of the season. What is wrong with me?  Well, here I am and it took NFL free agency to pull me back in.  Let me start off by saying, over the last week, I think I’ve had like 25 anxiety attacks, 3 heart attacks and the five stages of grief.

It started off well when I heard the Eagles cut Cary Williams.  I think I even stood up and did a dance when that happened.  The next two announcements totally ruined that happiness; Todd Herremans and Trent Cole had been released. Ok, ok, these are sad moments because these men have been Eagles forever!  They were the heart and soul of the offensive and defensive lines.  I understand they were getting up there in age but it was just really hard to see them go.  So, the sadness of Todd and Trent leaving is finally letting up.

Now, what is about to happen next causes me to go through the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.  A couple days later I’m scrolling through twitter and start seeing tweets that go something like this.  “Nooooo, not Lesean!!”  “OMG, this can’t be real life!”  “Eagles, wtf are you doing, you can’t trade Lesean!”  I’m thinking to myself that some fake account tweeted that the Eagles traded Lesean and pulled one over on some of my twitter friends.  Yep, nope.  When I saw that the Eagles had really traded Lesean to Buffalo for a man who didn’t play a game last year, I’m not sure what happened but I think I fell off my couch and blacked out.  Lawd, help me.  This cannot be real life!  Why is the Chipster doing this?  Why did he just trade arguably the best rb in the league for a guy with no knee???  I pull myself up off the floor and sit on the couch and say, nope, this did not just happen. I don’t care what the reports are, this is some kind of joke. (denial) Well, when I saw it on CSN Philly and ESPN, I knew it was real.    I needed to understand.  People kept trying to tell me it was for the best, that his contract was too much and Kiko no knee Alonso was a beast when healthy.  YES, WHEN HEALTHY!!!  Why am I seeing people happy about this?  Now I’m yelling and threatening to fight people who are glad Lesean is gone. (anger)  They tried to convince me it was the right thing to do and all I kept thinking was, dammit Lesean, if you would have just restructured your contract, you’d still be an Eagle.  (bargaining)  You were supposed to be an Eagle for life.  Now I’m sitting on the couch remember how fun it was watching him play and remembering the snow bowl game from last year.  I want to cry. I mope around the house and work for a few days trying to make sense of this. (depression)

Ok, I need to get over Lesean not being here anymore. I mean at least we still have Sproles in the backfield and I know Maclin will be back, right?  I mean he is close to a deal with the Eagles so I still got that going for me, right?  WRONG!!!  Twitter has just informed me that Jeremy Maclin has agreed to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.  No, no, no, this is not happening again!!!  You cannot take Maclin away from me now!  Are you seriously telling me that in 1 year, we have lost Desean Jackson, Lesean McCoy and now Jeremy Maclin?  It was not supposed to be this way!  They were the biggest parts of our offense and supposed to lead us to a superbowl now they’re gone?  Who the hell is Nick Foles going to throw the ball to now?  Welp, I got the answer to that a few days later.  Nobody from the Eagles.  Yep, the Chipster finally pushed me over the edge by trading Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam One Leg Bradford.  I am now back to stage one of my grief for like the third time in a few days.  I am so glad that I have a prescription for anxiety pills because if I didn’t I’m not sure I would have made it through the last week.

The only thing that has made me a little happy about everything that has happened with my Eagles lately is, taking Demarco Murray away from the Cowboys.  There is nothing better in the world than sticking it to the Cowboys and watching their fans go through the same 5 stages of grief that I am experiencing right now.  Oh and don’t you think for one minute I’d rather have him than Lesean.

I’m not sure what this team is going to look like come September but one thing I do know is I will miss every last one of those guys like crazy.  They gave me so many great memories while on the Eagles and I am thankful I had a chance to watch them play.  Oh and one more thing, stage 5, acceptance, has not come yet but when it does, all of you will be the first to know.

No More Bullying

Posted: August 11, 2014 in Sports

Most of you know that I have a tendency of getting blocked by athletes on our hometown teams.  Players like Jeremy Maclin, Dom Brown, Jason Babin, Brandon Graham, Vance Worley (who I’ve never said anything to) and Fletcher Cox (I will get back to him shortly) have felt that it would be in their best interest if they just blocked me on twitter so they didn’t have to see my tweets to them anymore.  Some would say I bully Philly athletes.  I say otherwise.  Out of all the players I have listed, the only one who had a legitimate reason for blocking me was Maclin.  I will never forget the night I tweeted a 10 tweet rant to him on his comments about the fans.  I knew that would land me on the block list and I was ok with that, for a while.  For three years, I tried to win Jeremy over.  I apologized, I had other tweeters plead with him to unblock me and give me another chance.  Hell I even had Derrick Gunn tell him to unblock me.  Nothing worked until the day twitter decided to unblock everyone.  When I realized I wasn’t blocked by any of these guys anymore, I was as happy as a kid in a candy store.  That happiness was short lived because twitter fixed the problem and I was blocked by all again.  Well everyone but Maclin.  He didn’t just unblock me, he followed me!!!  I promised that I would not be mean to him anymore and so far I have kept that promise.

This brings me back to Fletcher Cox.  Now, we’re talking about this big, mean defensive linemen.  He takes the field every game with the thought of ripping the opponents’ head off right?  What could a nice, sweet lady like myself do to piss him off so bad that when I asked him at training camp yesterday if he would please unblock me on twitter and he looked at me with hate and hurt in his eyes and yelled NO!!!!!  I tweeted one word to him, Omaha.  Can you believe that one word could bring out so much rage in one man that I thought he was gonna jump over the table yesterday and try to tackle me when I asked him to unblock me? LOL These players love, love, love when people praise them.  They always retweet the good things people say but if you criticize them…..BLOCK!  How can you play in this city and have such thin skin that you let something so stupid get you so angry. If you wanna play for a team where fans really don’t care about you, go to Jacksonville because this isn’t the place for you.   I have been called fat, ugly, a pig and so many things on twitter and I just laugh at the people and sometimes keep talking to them until they finally break down and realize I’m a cool person and he gets mad and gets his feelings hurt over Omaha?  This is the same guy who was mocking Peyton Manning with the Omaha during the game and now you’re mad that little old me tweeted it to you?  I’m not gonna just pick on Fletcher even though I think he was really rude yesterday about the whole thing but hey, whatever.  I want to get on all these players that don’t understand, we as fans, have never had an outlet to express our frustration with our teams/players when things aren’t going well.  Social media has given that to us.  If we are frustrated about a game, we want you to know. Now some people take it too far with their tweets to players, I mean, I hate seeing someone tell a player to kill themselves or they need to get out of town etc.  If I remember correctly, the only time I criticized a player for how they were playing was when I asked Jimmy if I could be his hitting coach so I could teach him how to not pop the ball up.  I wasn’t serious and I could tell he knew that by his response. 

So anyway, the point of this was, since the incident with Fletcher yesterday, I’ve decided I am only going to tweet positive things to these players from now on. I am done bullying these poor guys.  If they want someone to stroke their ego, I’m their girl. 

 

PS:  I might have over exaggerated Fletcher’s anger just a little.

 

 

Same Team Different Day

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Sports

Over the last few months, I’ve struggled with the notion that some of my favorite Phillies’ players probably wouldn’t be on the team as of July 31st but it has gotten so bad that I was at the point where I was praying someone would get traded in the middle of an at bat Every night I watched and paid close attention to the dugout waiting so see the obligatory dugout goodbye hug from somebody, anybody!!!
Ok, let’s fast forward to July 30th, I’m sitting at work listening to the Phillies getting pummeled by the Mets and thinking to myself, this has to be enough for Ruben to pull the trigger and start trading players. It has to be. Even though I was sitting at my desk laughing (and cussing at the radio) at the game and how bad this team is, I kinda felt sad knowing this was the end. The window of opportunity for these core players has come and gone and tomorrow I will be watching a bunch of players who I probably have no idea who they are take the field in Washington. Boy was I wrong.
I wake up on July 31st excited because this is the day of new beginnings for my Phillies. Yes I know I said I was kinda sad earlier and I still was but change is a good thing and the only way the team would get better. I get on twitter to see if there have been any trades yet and I see nothing. I plug in my earphones, turn on sports radio, I mean, I don’t wanna miss anything on my commute to work. Welp, I didn’t. I keep refreshing twitter every 2 seconds and I finally see the first big trade was made. Ok Ruben, it’s your turn, let’s do something. Noon comes, **crickets**. I think to myself, “Ok, he’s working on something big.” 2 o’clock comes, **more crickets**. It’s fine, he still has 2 hours. I’m checking twitter and I’m seeing all these players being moved then I see the Phillies have traded Byrd to the Yankees. YES!!!! We got a trade! NOPE! It was fake. So, here we are 3:59 and I am sitting here still holding out hope. Nothing! The deadline has come and it has gone and our awesome general manager didn’t make one move. Soooo, now I’m pissed. I mean, how can you not find one team to take one player off your hands? How does this happen? I cannot believe that they will be going into tonight’s game with the same exact team. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s about to get worse and here’s why.
So, ok we made no moves but there’s still hope because we can still move players at the waiver wire in a month. I’m pretty sure Cliff Lee will be the one player who will be moved then because some playoff bound team will need a good starting pitcher to add to the rotation for the playoffs. I love Cliff and I’m going to miss him but it looks like your time in Philly will be coming to an end in a few weeks. Here’s where the going from bad to worse comes in. I’m not even gonna go into the play by play leading up to this so let me get right to it. Cliff Lee gets hurts. Yep, he hurts the same elbow that has kept him out the last 2 months of the season. I sat there and stared at my tv like this is not happening. Our one player we could move is now basically done for the season. This could only happen in Philly. No one else could ever have luck like this. I now have all kinds of thoughts running through my mind and here’s where I’m at now.
Ruben Amaro Jr. has single handedly ruined what was once (a few years ago) a great organization. Free agents wanted to come to Philly and play because they knew they had a good chance at winning a championship here. Teams were lining up to make deals with the Phillies. Now we are the laughing stock of the league. Nobody wants to deal with Ruben who had the nerve to blame the other GM’s in the league for his inability to make any trades at the deadline. If that wasn’t enough, this delusional, worthless piece of crap GM, told Papelbon that this team will continue to contend over the next few years. WTF are they contending for, last place? Did he not realize when he made that comment that this team is 14 games under .500 and most of his players are old enough to get AARP? Does he have a fountain of youth hidden somewhere that he plans on bringing in and throwing magical water on these players for them to go backwards in age. Does he think he has a team of Benjamin Buttons? What? Someone please tell me what this man is thinking! Let me calm down because having an anxiety attack over this isn’t gonna do me any good. As long as Ruben is running this team and bringing in players like our CF who can’t even throw the ball to home plate and can barely get it into 2nd, they are not going anywhere. I mean, you know it’s bad when you have Mets’ fans laughing at you because your team is worse than theirs.
Oh well Phillies, I watch a lot of HGTV’s home improvement shows so you can hire me to remodel and redecorate the basement for you since, well, you’ll be there for the next several years.

The End of an Era

Posted: June 14, 2014 in Sports

Sitting here on my couch watching the Phillies in anticipation of Jimmy Rollins breaking Michael Jack Schmidt’s all time leading hits record, I started to get sad.  I realized that the end of one of the greatest and most exciting eras in Philadelphia Phillies history is probably coming to an end.  Over the last few months I’ve said on a number of occasions that it is time to get rid of the core players who have made this team so fun to watch.  I mean, Jimmy, Chase, Ryan and Chooch are all in their mid 30’s and it’s time to start rebuilding for the future right?  After seeing Jimmy make Phillies history a few minutes ago and seeing that infectious smile of his as he stood on first base waving to the fans and being congratulated by his teammates, it hit me.  I am not ready for these guys to go.  

I have been a Phillies fan since I was about 5 years old. I used to listen to the games in the summer, sitting on the front porch with my grandmom.  I watched through the Michael Jack, Greg Luzinski, Garry Lee Maddox and Larry Bowa years.  I remember running around my house like a damn fool when Tug McGraw threw that last strike to win the World Series. I remember screaming and dancing when Michael Jack hit his 500th homerun and cried the day he retired.  I remember watching the years when the team was just horrible and people would really love to forget most of the players on those teams.  I watched as the 1993 Broad Street Bellies led by John Kruk, Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra an Mitchie Poo took the NL East by storm and was first in the division from opening day and never looked back.  

I know all good things must come to an end but this Phillies team from 2006 til now will always be my favorite.  Watching Jimmy, Chase and Ryan get their first career hits seems like it just happened yesterday.  Hearing Jimmy tell the world the Phillies are the team to beat couldn’t have been 7 years ago.  Sitting at Citizen Bank Park when Howard hit 3 homeruns in a game was memorable and watching Chase run around the bases full speed after he hit his first career homerun, will never be forgotten.  How do I say goodbye to a bunch of guys who were the reason we won our first championship in this city in 1000 years (ok it seemed that long) back in 2008?    I’m just not ready to let them go.  I’m not ready to say goodbye to 3/4th of our infield and the players who have given me so much excitement over the last 7 years. Do I want the Phillies to get better?  Yes of course I do but damn this is really gonna suck.  

I wish this team could have won another world championship or 2 I mean because really, there is no reason they shouldn’t have but there’s really no reason to get into that.  They did bring us our last parade down Broad Street and for that, no matter where they end up, they will always have a special place in my heart that cannot be replaced.