It's about that time once again. It's time to call out some people in the NFL. I don't think you'll be surprised at where we go this week. Nobody can get enough of the Andre Johnson / Cortland Finnegan fight video. There are a few different angles that have been taken on this topic, so I might as well throw my two cents in as well. Also, we'll get into why God made Steve Johnson drop the winning touchdown against Pittsburgh. Let's go!
Cortland "Glass Joe" Finnegan vs. Andre "The Miami Mauler" Johnson
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Let's start off by stating the obvious, nobody likes Cortland Finnegan. His momma even said that he got what he deserved. His pastor said he wish he could have done it. His kids went out and bought Andre Johnson jerseys after the beat down.
Cortland said that he wanted to be known as the dirtiest player in the game. Cortland got his wish as the wide receivers in the NFL voted him as just that. After the fight, Finnegan went on doing interviews and seemed as if he couldn't understand how fans could condone Andre Johnson throwing hay makers at him. This further shows you why he is the punk that people say he is. The guy wants to be able to take his hands to your face, talk trash, take cheap shots, and he's comfortable doing that because he thought he was safe in between the powdered lines.
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Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan, or as one brilliant twitter reader stated, "Cortland Innegan, because Andre Johnson beat the F out of him", have never been mistaken as friends. Last season the two mixed it up too and it's obvious they can't stand one another. Andre doesn't like Cortland because of his actions on the field. Cortland gets into a lot of skirmishes and you can tell he strives off of that. He wants to get into your head and make you lose your temper. He just never thought that a player would rip off his helmet and connect on two hooks and an uppercut.
Johnson started losing his temper the play before the fight. He started shoving Finnegan in the back and even pushed him in the back of the head, leading Finnegan to take his helmet off. After Cortland put his helmet back on, they started exchanging words. Anybody with common sense could tell that this was going to escalate quickly. The next play, Finnegan lunged at Johnson with both of his hands to Andre's face... and the rest is boxing history...
After you look at the step by step altercation, you start to realize that the officials are the most at fault. They knew that these teams hate each other and they knew the history between these players. Earlier in the game, Jacoby Jones ran out of bounds and started exchanging heated words with a few Titans players on the Titans' sideline. Jones and Jovan Haye seemed to be getting heated but on that occasion and on the play before the fight, the officials seemed content with letting them work things out on their own.
If officials step up and warn the players or even throw 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalties, then it gives the players time to cool down and allows the coaches to get in the players ear and let them know that they can't be costing the team critical yards. Maybe, cooler heads would prevail after giving them a moment of clarity instead of sending them right back at each other's throats on the next play.
The next problem I have is with Roger Goodell. How can a man who claims to be so worried about player safety and concussions, not suspend these players and Richard Seymour. I understand that Finnegan instigated the altercation but Andre Johnson threw violent punches at a player whose helmet he had removed. Richard Seymour threw an open hand right, to the chin of Ben Roethlisberger. If Goodell has such a heightened awareness about hits to the head of a player with their helmet on, how can he find that 3 punches to an unprotected player is only punishable by a $25,000 fine and no suspension? Don't get me wrong, I loved every second of Finnegan and even Roethlisberger getting dropped, but an NFL Commissioner has to run his dictatorship equally. He shouldn't fine a player trying to make a play during the course of action but accidentally hit the opponent in the head, more money than a player that purposely throws punches to an opposing players head! Does this make sense to anyone?
Let's get to the real reason why Andre Johnson wasn't suspended, Roger Goodell is worried about one thing. That one thing is the NFL striving and making more money than the year before. Goodell wants all of the league's ventures to be highly profitable, this includes the NFL Network. Here's the decision Roger was faced with. Who plays on the NFL Network this Thursday? The Andre Johnson led receiving corps vs. the Michael Vick led Eagles or the Kevin Walter led receiving corps. The Texans have a huge matchup and it'll be hard enough to upset the Eagles with Andre Johnson. What kind of market share would the NFLN get if AJ isn't playing and the Eagles jump out to a huge lead like they did against Washington on MNF. That's exactly what would have happened if Johnson wasn't allowed to play on TNF. Matt Schaub has struggled to get the ball to anyone other than Johnson and Arian Foster. Even though Foster has been great in the running game, it would be a pretty simple task to shut him down by loading up the box and make Schaub try to beat them Jacoby Jones, Kevin Walter, and David Anderson. If you disagree with me, that's fine...somebody needs to be wrong.
Steve Johnson vs. GOD
Going into Sunday's game against the Steelers, Steve Johnson might have been the most talked about and hottest fantasy receiver in the league. He has had an amazing year and his fans were stacking up. He could do no wrong. That was until the game against the Steelers got underway.
Buffalo put on another great performance and actually piece together a comeback to force overtime with the dominant Steelers. Johnson had a good statistical game to this point but he also had 4 dropped passes. When the Bills got the ball in overtime, it appeared that Steve could make up for all of those drops and keep the praise flying his way. He broke loose on what appeared to be the game winning touchdown in overtime and as his quarterback unleashed a beautiful bomb, Johnson was breaking further away from coverage. Johnson stuck out his hands to haul in the perfect game winning pass.....3 points for Ryan Fitzpatrick, because it went through Johnson's hand like a full court basketball shot, through the hoop to win the game in dynamic fashion. Unfortunately, Fitzpatrick and Johnson play football and no points were awarded, that is until the Steelers went back down the field and scored to win the game.
As I watched the play happen and up until the post game news conference, I admit I felt bad for the kid. I wish he would have caught the ball and kept up his impressive season. I like to see young players do well. That is until they give me a reason to want to see them fall on their faces. Rookie Brandon Banks, for the Washington Redskins did this a few weeks ago. As I was looking through my twitter account, I noticed Banks taking for granted his status as a NFL player and being privileged to have fans that support him. Banks stated on twitter to his Redskins' followers, "Stop talking me cause I wear a jersey! Where my real friends at??" It's these comments that let you know who players really are. Not the interviews where they have a mic in front of them and they try to say everything that they were coached to say. Steve Johnson had his twitter moment after the game but not until after the press conference.
The press conference after the game came on and there was Steve Johnson. At this point I'm still feeling bad for him but I'm wondering, why did he drop all of those passes, is he having a Dwayne Bowe faze where he takes for granted his abilities and quits working as hard? Then Johnson begins to speak and all that came out of his mouth is one of my biggest pet peeves, 3rd person references, You can always tell when a professional athlete, actor, or anybody starts to feel themselves too much, they always start to refer to themselves in 3rd person. I for one can tell you that Jayson Braddock hates when people do this. Jayson Braddock will instantly be turned off to you as a player. Jayson Braddock can't support anyone that Jayson Braddock feels has become too caught up in themselves.
This left a bad taste in Jayson Braddock's mouth (is it getting annoying yet). I thought that was the worst of it until I found out what he posted on his twitter page. When I first read it, I thought that I was reading too much in to it. He isn't implying...no, he wouldn't be that stupid, right? For those of you that missed his twitter entry, here it is, "I Praise you 24/7!!!!!! And this how you do me!!!!! You expect me to learn from this??? How???!!! I'll never forget this!! Ever!!! Thx tho..." All I could say was WOW! Did he really blame GOD for him dropping a pass that came right through both his arms, with nobody on him? Was it's GOD's fault for Steve dropping the other 4 passes in the game. GOD gave you the ability to run fast, run good routes, and have an opportunity to play a game for millions of dollars a year. GOD made him something from nothing. Nobody knew who Steve Johnson was a few months ago and now he has tons of fans and will get a huge contract off of this year's performance. That is if he gets back to his humility. Was he really arrogant enough to threatening GOD at the end of his tweet. "I'll never forget this!!" Does Steve Johnson really think he put the fear of GOD into GOD with that statement?
Steve needs to get back to the basics. Stay humble, work hard, and please quit referring to yourself in 3rd person. I don't think he's a bad kid but he is showing his immaturity and how quick he got caught up into believing everything that everybody is saying about him. Also, I have received a message a from Steve Johnson's fantasy owners that lost Sunday by 10 or less points, "I'll never forget this!! Ever!! Thx tho..."
I was told by my dad at a young age that you never want to meet your idols. I asked him why and he said you'll always be disappointed. It's crazy to see that 25 years later, I have to give my sons that same speech! To the few athletes that truly appreciate their fans and actually get that these are the people that allow them to live the lifestyle that they do, I commend you; to the majority of athletes that only live for self and contribute nothing back to their fans, cities, and a better society, . Jayson Braddock say uck you...looks like Andre Johnson beat the F out of that to.
Well that's another week of football therapy in the books. I hope I hit on some of the issues that raised your blood pressure. If you have something that bugs you, shoot me an email, if it set me off too we'll talk about it here. After all, this is your therapy as much as mine. See you next week, where I'm sure someone will have done something stupid and I'll beat it into the ground until I feel I've vented for everyone who was upset by it.
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Jayson appears on Sports Radio 790 AM in Houston, TX, every Thursday morning at 11:19 am CST as the football insider on the Dylan Gwinn show. He's a graduate of the Sports Management World Wide Football GM & Scouting Course and has been mentored by former NFL player / executive John Wooten and Sporting News.com NFL Draft Expert Russ Lande. His work is mostly appreciated by die-hard fans interested in every little detail about their team and not just watered down mainstream talk. - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or sports7910.com.
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