$100 Million Dollar Contracts

In the NFL they seem to give $100 million dollar contracts to anyone who has a good season. These contracts should be reserved for players that are Quarterbacks only. Mainly because they impact the game in ways far greater than any other position on the field.

JJ Watt is having a Defensive Player of the Year season, but look at the records for the Texans. Trade Watt and Andrew Luck and see which team goes to the playoffs. Luck has a bad roster around him. B- receivers, C running game, worst offensive line in the league and an OK defense at best…..playoff team.

The Texans have a Pro Bowl wide out in Andre Johnson, Pro Bowl running back in Arian Foster, a bevy of pretty good defensive players….they won’t make the playoffs. There is a huge drop off from Watt and the next best defensive player. Watt is a huge contributor on defense, but this is a quarterback dominated league and without a good one, let alone a decent one, you can’t make the playoffs.

Now the biggest problem teams have is in the rebuilding phase. The average fan can see a quarterbacks ceiling. Andy Dalton is average, at best, but still got a $100+ million dollar contract. Is he deserving of that contract…..#$#% NO!

BUT you gotta look at it like this. Do you start over OR try to build around him and hope he doesn’t #$#% up. So the Bengals were trapped in a situation of “pay the man” or “start over”. And the Bengals are just good enough to screw themselves out of a good quarterback draft pick.

Unless you have an impact guy…..then move the #@$% on. That simple. Now not to discredit Watt, he is a hell of a player, but a defensive player isn’t going to get the Texans into the playoffs.

You don’t need a max guy to win it all. That’s one of the main problems with professional sports today. Teams and fans think you need max contract guy to win it all. In salary cap leagues, you cannot….CAN-@$%#ING NOT overpay for a guy who won’t win it all for you.

Dez Bryant wants a big payoff this upcoming off season. Would you sink $80 million into a guy who can’t impact that game unless the quarterback is giving him the ball? Larry Fitzgerald screwed himself with a $100 million dollar 7 year contract.

The Texans are one quarterback with an above average IQ and arm away from making it to the Super Bowl. Watt is playing his absolute hardest and they are just barely surviving in this league. Without him nobody cares about the Texans, but with him they are less than nothing. They are nothing now, but would be less than nothing if they lost Watt.

Smart players take less to build around themselves and their team. Salary cap leagues are meant for teams to go 8-8. Same money to spread around, better draft picks to losing teams are two key reasons.

Texans need a quarterback, plain and simple. They don’t need a $100 million dollar defensive end who you can double team and add some extra blockers to deter him who most importantly take a big chunk out of the salary cap.

Joe Reyes

Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Bosh VS Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no question that these two men have Hall of Fame talent. When Bosh was on Toronto he had incredible numbers and was one of the best Power Forwards in the league. Fitzgerald has had up and down seasons because he had some terrible Quarterbacks around him. When Kurt Warner was giving the reins, Fitzgerald and the Cardinals went to the Superbowl. But with Warner retiring and Bosh taking a step back in Miami, both men have had subpar seasons at best.

The question is, do both men end up in the Hall of Fame? Fitzgerald has incredible talent and is a tough man to cover, but he doesn’t have a Quarterback. Without the Quarterback, you can be the most talented man on the planet, but still not get the ball.

Bosh took a cut in pay to play with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade and has also taken a step back in performance. Bosh knew his place on Miami. He was the 3rd best player on that team and played his role perfectly to achieve 2 championships.

The criteria for Hall of Fame isn’t “how good you can be” it is “how good you were”. Playing with a career with bad Quarterbacks do hurt your stats. Bosh does have rings, but came at the expense of his numbers going hysterically down.

Both men are deserving talent wise, but I think if you have to pause and look over their careers, then it’s a no. The Hall of Fame isn’t a collection of What Ifs. They are of players that were the man on their teams. Huge fan of both men, but can’t see them making the Hall of Fame. If they do, it won’t be on a 1st ballot.

Joe Reyes

Justice

When I prove someone wrong, I do it to where there is no point of a rebuttal. And when I’m done ripping apart your points, if you say a response, it’s only going to sound dumb. When I heard what St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said during his reading of the Darren Wilson, it sounded exactly how I would’ve said it.

McCulloch obliterated every testimonial giving by “witnesses” to the Michael Brown shooting to the point where you don’t know what really happened. I said the exact same thing when I heard “witness” after “witness” to the shooting.

A key witness said that Brown was shot in the back….but all the bullets in his body where from the front of Brown. This eventually turned into an utter fiasco, where anyone who had a mouth said they saw something. Too many idiots diluted the testimonies by flat out lying.

Now to the riots that took place last night. Michael Brown’s Stepfather tells the crowd, “Burn This Bitch Down”. Clearly not the words of an intelligent human being. You can make the slightest argument about emotion and what would do in the same situation. I sure as Hell wouldn’t tell a crowd to burn the city down. I would never tell a crowd to set fire to cop car, shoot guns in the air, rob stores and more importantly not do thing to embarrass my RACE!

This is EXACTLY what is wrong with Black America. And last night was a perfect example what not to do. They lost the verdict, in a landslide it seemed. Scientific evidence provided by multiple examiners recreated this shooting with etude details.

There is no argument to support Michael Brown. In the day and age where EVERYTHING is caught on a cell phone camera, are you telling me that NOBODY caught this on camera. The shooting I mean, there are tons of videos of after the shooting.

And you can’t make the argument that people were too scared to take video. That they were huddled inside as the White Man killed one of Ferguson’s favorite sons. I remember there is video of the Boston Marathon Bombers in a shootout with police, where bombs were thrown and there is still video of that.

So you have 0 video evidence, testimonials like Swiss Cheese (full of holes is you didn’t get that), and the physical evidence is so telling that we know what happened, how did Black America think that Darren Wilson would go to jail, or even waste time with a court appearance?

75% of crimes are committed by Black individuals. So can that be why the police arrest mostly Black individuals. Just wanted to put that out there if people still make the argument that the police are targeting Black individuals.

Michael Brown is a criminal by definition. Brown robbed a store prior to getting shot. Brown assaulted an officer of the law. They have photos out of Wilson’s face after Brown punched him. It doesn’t matter if Wilson’s skull was shattered or a bruise on his face. Brown assaulted an officer. End of story.

Wilson did the right thing. Wilson shot Brown who kept coming at him after Brown first robbed a store and assaulted Wilson. The argument I keep hearing is why did Wilson have to shoot Brown? Couldn’t he have used other force to subdue Brown? The answer is yes. Wilson could’ve used his pepper spray, which may or may not have worked on Brown. Wilson could have used his police baton or try to fist fight Brown, both tactics still have glaring variables. So a gun is the only 100% person stopping idea that Wilson had accessible to him.

This morning, Jessie Jackson and Brown’s father (who dressed his best for the press conference. Brown’s father pulled out all the stops for this interview, wearing his favorite had with the sticker on it) addressed the media. They mostly deflected blame on Brown and threw it all on Wilson.

That’s what strikes me as odd. Michael Brown is a criminal. He robbed a store and assaulted an officer. Yet the story is about the officer that served justice. Wilson didn’t put down Michael Brown: Road scholar, Community Leader and all around great guy. Wilson shot Michael Brown: Thief, Criminal, and Scumbag.

The Brown family started their statement off perfectly. They said “We are highly disappointed….” And the rest is just nonsense. This is how a “logical” person would finish the sentence.

We are highly disappointed that our son is a criminal.

We are highly disappointed that we weren’t better role models for our son.

We are highly disappointed in the public our cry

We are highly disappointed that people use our son’s death as a reason to riot and loot

We are highly disappointed that Michael Brown’s stepfather called for violence

We are highly disappointed in our community that we turned on each other

We are highly disappointed that Reverend Al Sharpton made this story about race instead of Justice

The list can go on and on. I wish that Michael Brown was just an average kid that was shot by a raciest police officer, but he wasn’t. Michael Brown was a piece of crap that acted like a piece of crap and got shot…..like a piece of crap.

Justice has been served. Now just like Robert McCulloch’s reading of the verdict, I URGE a Michael Brown supporter to say something to disagree with my argument. Every idiot who is rioting and walking the streets with their hands up, I hope you read and “try” to disagree with me.

Joe Reyes

Sabotage

The biggest problem with this movie is that it tries too hard to be something else that what it is. The movie changes so drastically in a short amount of time. There are far too many sub plots and hidden agendas for a movie that is predicated as an Action movie.

Sabotage is about a semi-corrupt DEA unit lead by Arnold Swartzenager. The movie stats off with Swartzenager’s unit taking down a major drug cartel. In the cartel’s home, they discover a huge stack of millions of dollars. The unit takes a share of the money for themselves every mission it seems. The problem is the cartel is part of a bigger group and wants revenge on Swartzenager’s unit. Members of the group start getting picked off one by one.

Seems like a good plot so far, right? Then the problems start coming up. We are shown far too much backstory with these characters. There is a “hidden mystery” going on with a member betraying their fellow comrades. There is an FBI investigation going on into the murders and the movie becomes a “whodunit” type of movie that is so out of place.

Swartzenager has his own storyline of revenge that comes out throughout the movie. Personal events that happened to his family months ago now becomes the main storyline at times and that’s all we talk about.

I didn’t go into this movie thinking it was going to be a 5/5. I pictured it to be a relatively average movie that would be entertaining at times. But there were too many other things going on that it was a very below average movie that was boring at times.

I give it a 2/5. There were a few good gun battles and the cast was great. The movie missed the mark and was too complicated towards the midway point. I think it was odd to see Swartzenager back in movies that try too hard to not be action flicks.

With the cast that was assembled and storyline in the beginning, this movie could’ve been Expendables-esk. Probably even better than the Expendables because the cast of characters we much better actors. Sam Worthington is a way better actor than Jason Statham. Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Josh Holloway (Lost) and Mireille Enos (The Killing) were on some of the top rated shows of their years.

Quite simply, they dropped the ball with this movie.

Joe Reyes

Why “Avengers: Infinity War” Could Go Horribly Wrong

It mainly depends on how closely the writers will follow to series The Infinity Gauntlet. The Marvel franchise has been building up to the Infinity Wars after the first Avengers movie showed the villain Thanos at the end.

Thanos is a superpower villain who wants to acquire a gauntlet filled with the Infinity Stones. Each one has immense powers and when combined the wielder is unbeatable. That is the problem right there. I said the wielder is “unbeatable”.

In the comic book series, Thanos wasn’t defeated and he annihilated every hero that challenged him. Thor got turned into glass and was shattered. Wolverine had his bones turned into rubber. Iron Man got his head ripped off. The Hulk only survived because Thanos shot him somewhere else. I think Marvel screwed themselves by creating a gauntlet that can give a single person so much power.

In the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, we see “1” stone in action. There was a flashback that explained how powerful a single stone can be…..it blew up a planet. In the series The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos made half the people on Earth disappear with a snap of his fingers. Later he yelled and a nearby sun exploded.

So my problem is, there is no way to beat Thanos when he has the gauntlet. In the series they had to try to snatch it from him. The plan to assemble these heroes together wasn’t to beat Thanos; it was to survive long enough to snatch the gauntlet.

But there is more to my complaints than the gauntlet that has literally “infinite” power. The story itself I found to like a therapy session you are witnessing. Thanos, even though he is so powerful, came off as sad in the series.

Thanos was in love with Death herself and did things to try to impress her. He tortured people in front of Death and made half the world vanish just for her approval. Thanos even went as far to build a shrine to her out of a moon.

Death didn’t even speak a word in his direction. It just got sadder and sadder as the story went on because there was nothing he could do to make her happy. It was depressing at times and I wanted to scream “just love him you bitch!” but it didn’t happen.

Most of the series was about Thanos and his failed attempts with Death. Not really the action packed drama that you would hope to see in a Marvel movie, any movie that is about superheroes for that matter.

There is a final 3rd reason why I don’t think this movie will be great if they follow the book series. Thanos didn’t have an army. It was just him battling the heroes, mainly because he didn’t need an army. You’re just watching Thanos get bum rushed by the heroes and then die with little effort on the part of Thanos. In the Avengers movie, Loki brought an army with him that kept the Avengers that were not fighting Loki busy.

I don’t think the writers could follow most of the Infinity Gauntlet series. There is just too much boring dribble that will clutter the bulk of the movie. I would say ways to make the story better, but the fact that the gauntlet is that powerful is too much of a plot point to gloss over. They can’t make the gauntlet less powerful all of a sudden to make it an even playing field, so I think Marvel screwed themselves too early.

Joe Reyes