Monthly Archives: April 2012


“You got only one guy getting stronger, and one guy breaking down before our very eyes.” Rose “chose poorly” and “#shouldasignedwithNIKE #GWS (Get well soon).” – Jason Petrie, SENIOR Footwear Designer, NIKE

These were sentiments uttered by Mr. Petrie Saturday on twitter, after last season’s NBA MVP Derrick Rose, fell to the floor painfully after tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls NBA playoff series against the Sixers.  Stay classy Jason.

Twitter is not only a harbinger for pending asshat-dome (dumb) for professional athletes, entertainers and politicians.  It also provides an opportunity for virtually unknown individuals, to open their mouths and insert their entire ass (starting of course with the foot and working it’s way up… or down).  Now you may read that and say, gee, that’s social media as a whole right?  There are all forms of idiots persons in the world, that choose to spew their opinions with absolutely no filter.  It’s their God given right, that just so happens to be protected by the Constitution.  Fortunately/unfortunately (depending on how you choose to look at it), these very same individuals fail to acknowledge one very simple fact that comes with social media and all of its infinite glory.



But, wait, here’s the best part.  After Mr. Petrie made his freakishly insensitive and ill-timed comments, he of course was attacked by individuals on twitter.  First he played the position of (paraphrasing): “you guys take things too serious, I never want to see anyone get hurt…” but once the attacks kept coming, he became indignant and on the defensive, (paraphrasing): “I’m a man and I stand by my comments… grrrrrrrr.”  At one point going as far as to say, “Just to set the record straight- if you ain’t with me you against me, and if that’s the case I don’t give a F about you!”

OF COURSE Mr. Petrie has since apologized, but I guaran-damn-tee you it was after the suits at NIKE caught wind of the growing uproar bubbling due to the idiotic comments made by one of their employees.  If you ever needed a reason as to why, designers design and not speak for companies/products… TA DA!!!

Brian Strong, a spokesman for “the Swoosh”, had this to say:

“As a brand that is passionate about sport, we recognize the intense level of play that every athlete has engaged in during this basketball season and respect the dedication it takes to compete. One of our basketball footwear designers posted comments online that we feel are inappropriate, and he has since apologized. We wish anyone who is injured a speedy recovery.”

For those not in the know, Derrick Rose re-upped with Adidas last year, on a multi-year deal (10+ years), worth in excess of $185M+*. There have been countless athletes, that were linked with brands in the past that have switched companies after their initial deals (i.e. Dwyane Wade leaving Converse for Jordan Brand) — Derrick, chose not to be one of those individuals.  So why Mr. Petrie decided to make such a tongue-in-cheek comment, as though his pockets were personally hurt by D. Rose’s decision is beyond me.

To be quite honest, I’m a NIKE guy.  And I must admit, I found it quite interesting to see countless commenters say that they too wear NIKE, but are contemplating a switch to another brand, due solely to the comments made by a non-decision maker at the company.  That in and of itself is taking it overboard in my opinion.  Yet then again, outlandish replies are sparked by outlandish initial statements.  And no matter how cute or harmless he thought it was initially, the fact that he is an employee for the competition automatically makes him more than a random individual voicing his opinion.  A piece of advice Mr. Petrie, when in public… scream NIKE until you become hoarse.  But keep the competition and those associated, out of your mouth.

That’s what us other random idiots persons in the world that choose to spew our opinions with absolutely no filter do.  When talking about work related things anyway.  SMH, unbelievable.

Get well soon D. Rose!  Not really sure why Petrie’s tweet couldn’t just say that.
* – the particulars found for Derrick Rose’s new contract with Adidas have been said to be worth “around” $200M ($185-$200M), w/incentives that could push it to upwards of $260M.

I Refuse to Understand (NFL Ed.)

You can call me a regular guy who will never understand being a young man, who just so happens to be a professional athlete.  You can say that I’m some guy who is jealous of professional athletes and all of which they are afforded because of their gifts and hard work (you’d be wrong, but you could say that).

You could even say, I’m just another in the long line of individuals that finds negative stuff online about people–and proceeds to blog about it as some expert, because my life is insignificant.  In other words, you could label me a hater.  Also, wrong, but you could label me as such.  And I’m sure there are more than a couple individuals that would read what I’m about to say and refer to me in such a way.

But you couldn’t be further from the truth.  I’m a realist that refuses to understand how someone, anyone, who gets paid for something they have done since they were children…and gets paid handsomely, would continue to jeopardize that very livelihood.

Brandon Meriweather, you just signed a 2-year $6M contract with the Redskins last month as a free agent.  With your sheer talent alone, I like the odds that you would probably be guaranteed to win the starting job at SS for the upcoming season.  Explain to me how you got pulled over on I-66 two days ago on suspicion of a DWI.  You haven’t even played a down in Washington, and you have already found a way to get to one of our many fine entertainment establishments, party and then drive home under the influence.

How does one fix their brains to do something that damn stupid?  You haven’t even made a play to have an apologist stand up and say, “Hey, we all make mistakes, cut the kid some slack.”  We don’t even know your damn number yet and you are acting out.  Now, before I get too far off-base, Brandon, this isn’t all about you.  Although, seeing as I am a die hard Redskins fan you definitely were the catalyst for this posting.  Let’s just look at a few of the dumb ass “mistakes” made of LATE by NFL players.

Lions DT Nick Fairley is arrested for marijuana possession.
Detroit Lions Running Back Mikel Leshoure doesn’t show up for arraignment on Marijuana charge.

WTH is going on up in Detroit, sh!t.

Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is arrested for DUI.
49ers LB Aldon Smith is arrested for DUI.
Jaguars DT Nate Collins is arrested for possession of marijuana.

And for shits and giggles:

Bears WR Sam Hurd is arrested on federal drug charges.
^ this bastard here wanted to be Scarface, smh

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is arrested for indecent assault and battery.
^ Okay wait, WTF is indecent assault?  No seriously?

Hell I guess the real question should be, what is the deal with marijuana and NFL players.  Got damn!  In my mind, there should never be a situation where you are driving to the club, knowing you are going to party…and then you decide you’re going to drive home.  DISREGARD THE FACT THAT IT’S JUST DANGEROUS AS HELL TO DRINK AND DRIVE… but you are almost always going to get caught (if you’re a professional athlete).  The same with the mary jane.  Why don’t you have a supplier that comes to you or a flunky to bring the greenery to you.  Where’s your middle man?  I don’t… I mean I can’t…

College players have hurt their draft stock, because of alcohol, weed, more than 1-2-3 baby mommas.  NFL players have killed the potential for lucrative deals, because of the types of things that they themselves can control.  Seriously, there are enough pitfalls and evils that materialize on their own, because of the celebrity that comes with being a professional athlete.  Why invent more? When you start throwing in variables that you can control, that negatively impact your draft position… that hurts your pockets, point blank period.  You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to get that.  This is 1+1=2 math.

Here’s our most recent, DUDE WTF case.  Janoris Jenkins, whose on the field exploits alone make him the #2 cover corner in this years draft.  Some may even venture to say his cover ability is on par with or better than Morris Claiborne (this year’s #6 pick in the first round, DAL).  But because of COUNTLESS run-ins with the law at the University of Florida (resisting arrest and weed, to name a few), he was kicked out of school.  Got a second chance at North Alabama, where he balled out, but got popped for smoking and swinging on a teammate.  PLUS, he has 4 kids w/3 different women.  DUDE!!!  WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?

And somehow some way, there are rumors that teams are still looking to draft him in the 2nd round tonight.  I think this is nothing short of a PR nightmare.  He’s Antonio Cromartie 2.0.  Hopefully he won’t try to catch ‘Tonio in the baby-making department (10 kids w/8 different women– w/twins set to be born later this year, bringing his total to 12 chirren), but hell he’s off to a nice start.  At least with AC, he only really has had a problem with not strapping up before groupie hopping.  Jenkins on the other hand continues to show that he’s a ball of bad decisions.  But somehow because of his talent, he’ll be afforded an opportunity to make a living.  Doing something he has been blessed with the ability to do.  Something that he loves.

But does he love it enough to finally, GET IT?

I don’t like his odds, but I would LOVE to be proven wrong.


links used in the above posting were found at NFL Crimes NewsBlog