Category: Mistakes

Paying for Points

Paying for Points

If you’re a quarterback in the National Football League, you get paid. Quarterbacks average 3,840,017 dollars, 1.2 million more than the next closest position. Teams are paying for points, even if they overpay their comodity. On Wednesday, the New York Jets proved that mediocre play can still lead to excellent pay.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was laughing all the way to the bank on Wednesday. The Journeyman is making 12 million dollars next season. Eight of that 12 million dollars can be credited to his beard. Fitzpatrick has been on six teams in 10 years. Fitz has played in 112 games, throwing for 154 touchdowns, but giving up 116 interceptions.

Fitzpatrick is coming off of his best season in his career. The Jets quarterback passed for 3,905 yards, with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The team also had no leverage in the situation, not having a better option in the organization. All the ingredients were there for Fitzpatrick to have a nice payday.

Michael Bennett has championed the campaign against the pay disparity. Not with Fitzpatrick in particular, but quarterbacks in general. What Bennett says makes more sense with every quarterback contract signed.

“Quarterback is the only position in the NFL where you could be mediocre and get paid. At every other position, you can’t be mediocre,” Bennett said. “If I was Ryan Tannehill and the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get a $100 million for that? I guess that’s the value of the position.”

Why is that position so valued? The Houston Texans made the playoffs in 2015 with Brian Hoyer taking snaps. The Texans feature a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season in total yards allowed. The super bowl champion Denver Broncos top that list. The 2014 champion Seattle Seahawks led the league in total yards allowed the season they won the super bowl.

Several NFL quarterbacks make too much money for not doing too much. Matt Ryan makes $20,750,000 a year, and is 1-4 in the playoffs. Tony Romo makes $18,000,000 a year, and is 2-4 in post season play. At $16,000,000 a year, Andy Dalton is 0-4 after the regular season.

Defense can be linked hand in hand with successful teams. A team could focus their money on the opposite side of the ball and make average quarterbacks on opposing teams even worse. Every team is going to have flaws. It’s a shame that half of the NFL is over paying theirs.  Quarterbacks dont have to play well, but well enoguh to get paid well.

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Bartender, Fill Me Up

It takes patience to be a Seattle Mariners fan and right now, I’m running on empty. As of May 26, the Mariners were leading the American League west, with a record of 28-18. Since that day, the Mariners are 8-17 and have fallen 9.5 games out of first place. A potential roster move has me irritated with a pattern that is becoming far too familiar for baseball fans in the pacific northwest.

Rumors are swirling about the Mariner’s potential acquisition of right handed relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen. Wilhelmsen spent five seasons with the Mariners from 2011-2015. Wilhelmsen was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers after posting a 10.55 earned run average in 21.1 innings, allowing 38 hits, 25 earned runs, with 11 strikeouts and nine walks. The 32-year-old pitcher opted to test free agency rather than going to triple A Round Rock. A part from Wilhelmsen being atrocious this season, why does this potential move have me so upset?

 

Almost a year ago to the date, the Mariner’s hired an an all-time great in Edgar Martinez to be the teams new hitting coach. Martinez spent 19 years in a Mariner uniform, batting .312, with 514 doubles and 309 home runs. Martinez hiring came when the Mariners were 32-37, sitting 7.5 games out of first place. The argument can be made that Martinez did help the Mariner offense, but the move did not lead to more wins. The move was an attempt to distract fans from the terrible product that the organization was putting on the field.

The same thing will happen with Tom Wilhelmsen. Wilhelmsen is a familiar name, that the casual fan will be happy to see play for the Mariners again. The acquisition of ‘the Bartender’ will be a move that distracts the fans from the incredible dive the Mariners have taken.

The Mariners will need to go on an insane tear to reach the top of the AL West. At this point, the team is playing for the second wild card and is sitting 2.5 games out of a playoff spot. Don’t be fooled, Tom Wilhelmsen isn’t the Mariners answer. A nice run from the Mariners is desperately needed to refuel my tank for the remaining four months of the 2016 regular season.

Robot Referees Won’t Make Mistakes

Robot Referees Won’t Make Mistakes

I am so frustrated with authority figures making mistakes while officiating sporting events. Umpires, referee’s, line judges it makes no difference. We have the technology, why not make machines to enforce rules? Human error would finally be erased from sports. Could you imagine how much better the games would be? I can, and they would be much, much worse.

The University of Miami pulled off a miracle, 8 lateral pass, kick return for a touchdown to beat Duke on Oct. 31. At first, the world was in awe. Later the world realized the touchdown was awful. Referee’s made four total errors on the final play of the game, which would have taken the game winning points off of the board. In response the NCAA has banned the officiating crew for two games without pay.

That doesn’t change the the bogus fact, that the Blue Devils lost to the Hurricanes.

On Nov. 1, the Seahawks got away with something that could have altered the outcome of the one point game. Pete Carroll made the mistake of calling a second straight time out. This should have resulted in a penalty, giving the Dallas Cowboys a first down. Instead the referee’s told the world they made a mistake, and the game continued on.

Major League Baseball umpires never catch a break. Networks use pitch tracking technology to show if a pitch truly should have been a strike or not. Based off of that technology, those home plate umpires are the worst officials in all of sports.

Basketball referees turn to a monitor to decide if a players foot was on a line, to judge intent on a hard foul and to see if a game changing shot left a players hand before time had expired. It’s 2015, shouldn’t technology have been developed to where the court itself can alert the teams if a player is out of bounds, or on the three point line?

Every major sport uses reply to review crucial points in a contest. It seems that when authority figures go to the replay booth, is the only time they get a call right. I don’t even see the need for human referee’s anymore. Maybe we should get rid of them.

While we are at it, I am tired of seeing base running mistakes, fumbled snaps and turnovers. Let’s build machines that play the sports for us. I would be intrigued to see a Super Bowl match up between Tom Bradybot, and Arron Robo. Two perfect teams, with perfect officiating seems like the perfect sporting experience.

Perfection in sports would take away everything we love about them. I love seeing a hitter take advantage of a mistake pitch, and follow it by unleashing a bat flip that disgraces the pitchers entire family. The internet explodes every time Steph Curry puts a defender on roller skates. Stories of persevering over adversity wouldn’t exist. Even the mistakes made by referee’s get the attention of the viewing audience.

Mistakes lead to emotion. Frustration with referee’s, heartbreak for those affected, elation if your team benefits. As a sports fan, I want the events to be full of errors. Sports are unlike anything else, the imperfections are what makes them perfect.