Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen
Amid all the National Felon League talk about woman beaters, baby beaters, and druggie players, there is an diabolical plot brewing in the background of all these stories, and because I know how the large corporations work, I realize that corruption in sports is prevalent almost as much as it is in politics. In the case of Adrian Peterson there is a much larger sub-plot brewing here.
But first, lets address my personal opinion and thoughts on his recent child abuse allegations. Let me preface my comments by saying that I do support corporal punishment, I support physical discipline upon children (not in excess), it is certainly vital in society. I endured several “whippings” with all sorts of objects including rulers, belts, extension cords, and many other objects. But there are multiple angles in which we must look and evaluate Adrian Peterson before judgment is handed down.
Physical abuse is far different than physical discipline. Adrian has publicly described his upbringing and why he personally feels that “whipping” his child is needed. The entire country is split down the middle in regards to this matter, where some feel it was excessive, others supported Adrian claiming similar tactics were used in their upbringing as well. The first thing we need to draw attention to are the marks that were left on the child’s legs. There were several identified “slashes” that appeared from a photo released up and down his legs. Now before we condemn him as THE ABUSER, let’s pump the breaks. Myself, being a fellow fair skinned male, knows the ease in which marks show up on a fair toned body. In other words, a hard foul in a pick-up game could look a lot worse than it actually felt. If all we are using the pictures as our only tool to assess Adrian as an abuser, than that is not enough.
The second theme that I have heard uttered frequently over the past two weeks has been an emphasis on the child’s age. In my youthful opinion it is imperative that a child receives an adequate amount of discipline as soon as they are able to comprehend right from wrong. Adrian is attempting to establish the tone for his son and understands that once a child reaches a certain age, physical discipline will no longer be efficient. So although the force behind the punishment may be in question, intent cannot be.
Without diving too deep in Peterson’s personal life, there also lies a cultural issue here that may be purposely ignored. The mother of Adrian’s son is a Caucasian woman. I am highlighting this not to say discipline is not accepted across racial demographics, but to highlight that Adrian's joint-custody of this child impacts the level of leniency that he may have been allotted under the care of his mother. What this means is that the black child lives with his white mother for the majority of the time and merely visits his father at times. We do not know the extent that his mother uses physical punishment, but we can assume that the parenting styles of Adrian and his white ex-wife could indeed be far from the same. Thus giving Peterson the notion that he feels he must make-up for time not spent with his child--which could lead to excessive punishment at times.
Let’s rewind the tapes to the Jerry Jones/Adrian Peterson phone scandal. This is what was said on the phone
Jerry: "Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen”
[Possibly in response to Adrian saying he would like to be a Dallas Cowboy]
Jerry: "Hmm hmm ... I'd like that, too ... Well, we're talking pig Latin here, but let's see if we can do that ... We're talking pig Latin here, but let's see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks."
Little by little major sponsors of both the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson are attempting to remove/cut ties with the organization and superstar. This will inevitably lead to the roster cut of Adrian. Although Peterson may be arguably the most valuable player on any given team, sponsorship money trumps all, and if enough Companies withdrew their sponsor dollars in the team, the Vikings will part with their star running back. There have been reports of other baby mothers (of children fathered by Adrian) who are popping up sporadically claiming their child was also abused. Could Jerry Jones be behind this hiring a private investigator looking into Adrian’s Past? This would be the power move that could land him in a Cowboys uniform next year. The Panthers have utilized their “exempt” clause on Hardy and it is possible under the new player behavior rules that Peterson could also be placed on the exempt list. The Adrian Peterson abuse scandal must be monitored closely, because not only does a career hang in the balance, but a possible franchise merger may be in the making behind the scenes.
America’s team has not exactly lived up to its title as of late, a few 8-8 seasons, a couple of low ranked defenses, and 1 playoff win in the last decade works against you. This is a division that is usually won by the first team to 9,10 wins. Outside of their two almost accidental Super bowl runs, the Giants have been an enigma, and recipe for disaster in the east. Eli continues to have up and down seasons and provides no consistency at the most important position. The Eagles have been heavily marketed as the elite team in this division headed into this season, but lets pump the brakes on a Quarterback in Nick Foles who I doubt will only throw 2 interceptions this year. The Washington [Racial Slurs] have been under scrutiny as of late in regards to their team name, this type of dark cloud can shadow over a team throughout a season. But with additions on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball, RG3 and new Coach Gruden will have all the opportunities to return to prominence.
Washington Redskins (10-6)
Jay Gruden has the magic needed to take this team to new heights, but he will have to magically manage the ego’s of DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Deangelo Hall, and not to mention RG3. A lot of egos, a boatload of talent, but will everyone buy in? What happens when DeSean doesn’t get enough touches? Is Ryan Clark at this age a liability? Jay Gruden has another good problem on his hands in his highly touted backup in Kirk Cousins. There are many teams favoring for the backup from Michigan State, so Gruden will need to decide if he’s content moving forward with RG3 or whether he should retain Cousins for one more year. The defense looks scary good so far in preseason. I expect Brian Orakpo to contend for defensive MVP, and as long as Brandon Meriweather can stay off the leagues radar for illegal hits I fully expect the Washington DC Football club to win this division.
Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Chip Kelly entered the NFL last year as a first year coach with a reinvented version of his collegiate offense. As a result Nick Foles threw 20 touchdowns and only a mere 2 interceptions, impressive to say the least but I’m not convinced he can repeat that performance. Teams will be prepared for anything Nick has to offer, and with Jeremy Maclin returning from a torn-up knee, and the absence of playmaker Desean Jackson, much will be placed on the shoulders of Lesean McCoy. Along with McCoy newcomer Darren Sproles will replace some of electricity lost from Jackson. If Chips' success with former small scat-back type of players; LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner is any indication, then Sproles will pick up right where he left off in New Orleans. The Eagles have been trying to build the defense for the past 4 seasons, and expect them to be a solid group this year. If they can learn to force opponents off the field on 3rd down, and shore up the pass defense in a pass happy division, then Philly may be set for another playoff visit. I doubt it though, especially in a deep NFC.
Dallas Cowboys (7-9)
Despite what media outlets may highlight, the Dallas Cowboys may be a tad better than expected. Jerry Jones has been on record saying that his primary interest is in making the Cowboys “box office” then to be a winning ball club. Although he may have not used those exact words, it remains that the Cowboys are staring a losing season dead in the face. Demarco Murray looks poised to be a top 5 rusher, and Dez looks great thus far in the preseason. The opposite side of the football is a totally different story, ranking dead last in defense, and historically one of the worst defenses of all time. Unfortunately the defense only got worse, losing cornerback Mike Jenkins and long time staple Demarcus Ware. Don’t expect Dallas to lose every game, but don’t hold your breath waiting on 8 wins.
New York Giants (4-12)
This very well could be the last season for Tom Coughlin as the Head Coach for the Giants. Regardless of the previous Super Bowl victories, this is a “what have you done for me lately” league, and Tom has not done much. Only producing 1 playoff appearance in the past 5 years will not cut it in the NFC east. Eli has to bounce back after ranking among the top 3 in interceptions thrown. Losing target Hakeem Nicks will not make a big difference in production being that Coughlin went out and drafted Odell Beckham Jr to replace him. Justin Tuck has left town, and Pierre is the only legitimate threat remaining from their Championship squads. The defensive line unit that has anchored the Giants for the last several years could now be the weak link. Look on the bright side, whenever Eli has led the league in interceptions he follows it up with a Super Bowl campaign.
The 6’2’’, 237 pound speedster at tight end is the piece that will take the Washington DC football team to the next level. In his rookie season, with a hobbled Robert behind center, he still managed to haul in 45 catches and 499 yards. Both of those stats were league leading for rookies last year. In addition to his solid contribution, he has the tangible assets in his game similar to Jimmy Graham which enables him to split out or line up in the slot especially in the red zone. If anyone will keep Gruden’s attack balanced, it will be Jordan Reed.
Odell Beckham Jr
The LSU receiver has been impressive in preseason practices. He hasn’t been able to put it together on the field, but with scouting focus primarily on Victor Cruz. Look for Beckham to be a breath of fresh air at slot for Eli Manning. Giants offensively have struggled running the ball which has forced Tom Coughlin to rev up the passing attack and allowed the emergence of Victor Cruz an Rueben Randle. There is nothing that will keep Beckham Jr. for making a name for himself with the 2 time super bowl winning Quarterback.
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