Posts Tagged ‘Oakland Raiders’

I feel sorry for Kyle Orton. He’s in a no-win situation. As starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos not only is he on a not very good team but every time ha has a bad play the entire stadium starts screaming for Tim Tebow. It’s enough to make a player want to request a trade.

In last night’s 23-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Denver fans were quick to start the “Te-BOW, Te-BOW!!” chant. I can only imagine what was going through Orton’s mind. I’m sure at one point he must have thought, “Why didn’t I go to Miami when I had the chance?”

The Broncos have a tough decision to make. They have to either trade Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow. They have to give one of them a chance to play without constantly looking over their shoulder. They owe it to the players, the team and the fans.

And if Tim Tebow is good enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL he would be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Remember, he is THIRD on the depth chart for the Broncos. So, I ask all Broncos fans this: Do you really want to turn your team over to a third string quarterback?

In a recent interview with ESPN, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis stated that if there is no NFL season this year it will surely lead to an increase in “evil” in America.

“Do this research,” he said, “if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game.”

While Lewis may know something about crime, (he was famously indicted on murder charges in 2000 but the charges were dropped when he decided to testify against his friends) but he may not know much about the cause of crime. To think that fans are going to go on a crime spree if their favorite team is not playing is ridiculous. It may happen out in Oakland, but I submit to you that Raider fans were probably going to commit those crimes anyway.

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he told ESPN. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

I think Ray Lewis is vastly overestimating his, and every other professional athletes, importance in people’s lives.

I understand that NFL players have to make a case for ending the lockout and getting the 2011 season started, but this argument doesn’t pass the Laugh Test.  Of course, maybe he is talking about the NFL players going on a crime spree if there is no football to occupy their time. That may actually make some sense considering some of the high profile arrests of pro athletes that have been made in recent history.

But I doubt that is what he was talking about. His argument seems to be, “Let us play and nobody will get hurt.”  Which sounds more like a threat than anything else.

Fear mongering to get your way will most assuredly backfire for the players. America will not descend into a Mad Max post apocalyptic terrorscape just because there is no football on Sunday. I want football back as much as the next guy, but I’m certainly not going to go out and wreak havoc on society if there isn’t.

Now, if there is no NBA season, that’s a different story.