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…checking out Yahoo sports this morning (ok first I mused about Mindy Kaling’s coolness…).  First article that caught my eye ‘Why Adrian Peterson, Vikings need to go in separate directions’.  What a stupid article.  Adrian Peterson is perhaps the best active running back in the NFL and you’re going to parts ways with him to be politically correct? 

Next, still on Yahoo Sports, I see ‘Kobe Bryant breaks NBA record for most career missed shots’.  I peruse the article which is a full length serious piece about Kobe and this daft stat.  I could understand a ‘haha… check this out… Kobe has shot soooo many basketballs he’s actually missed more shots than anyone else… haha funny sports trivia’ (single paragraph), end of story.  I see this kind of bad content on Bleacher Report all the time, but Yahoo Sports?  Bad Yahoo Sports… Bad!!!  (Yahoo, I know this is a one time thing.  You guys are super cool sports guys.  I have always enjoyed your articles and would love to even work for you (hit me up).   So, this is by no means an indictment on the general quality of your stuff.  Love you guys!)

Back to Adrian Peterson… here’s my beef with all the criminal crap going on.  Listen up, the NFL is not a legal or governing body (technically it’s a non profit organization, but don’t even get me started on that).  No players on any of the 32 NFL teams even work for the NFL.  The NFL’s job is to manage the game being played on the field.  Such things as how many players each team should have, what is legal or not legal during the course of a game, and to change aspects of the game to make it as safe as possible.  THAT’S IT.  Anything done by a player off the field is none of the NFL’s business.  If a NFL player or any other person living in the United States commits a crime, someone should call the police.  Let’s have them go through the legal system and deal with any consequences levied upon them for said crime.  If the outcome of this process is the incarceration of the player/person making it impossible for him to show up for work, then I’m thinking you’ve got a good reason to end their employment.  Otherwise, what are you waiting for?  Get back to work. 

If it were me and Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice became available, I’d sign them.  Twitter alert, “New Rams Head Coach Mark Peterson states his first order of business is the signing of Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice.”  Now assume the imaginary signings occur…  As I build a relationsip with these 2 gentlemen, I’m going to strongly encourage they seek out a whole lot of counseling, but if they never show up for a single session then what am I going to do?  Nothing.  Why?  Because it is none of my business.  Come on… say it with me… “it is none of my business”.  And for all of you knashing your teeth at me, of course if the distraction of having these players affects the locker room, then yes corrective measures must be taken. 

So it looks like Ray and Adrian will be coming back to the NFL fairly soon.  I think both of them should go back to their teams, have a few heart to heart conversations, and get back to the business of football.  Will this happen?  I don’t know.  Should the Rams sign either of these guys if they were to become available?  Yes, absolutely.  Is this something we could see coach Jeff Fisher pursue?  I’d say yes.  With the signing of Michael Sams via the NFL Draft Fisher has shown his main concern is football and not the often ridiculous opinions of the NFL community.  Fisher has just announced Shaun Hill will be the Rams starting QB going forward which is clearly a sign he’s trying to stave off the unemployment line.  Fisher has got to do something to get the Rams turned around.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Thanks for listening and GO RAMS!!!


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