Let All Day Play

I may have some bias here because A-Pete is on 2 of my fantasy teams but there will be some valid points provided throughout this post on why A-Pete should be able to play football before season’s end.

SwitchWhat happened:  Adrian Peterson abused his 4 year old son, Tyrese, with a wooden switch (pictured).   Marks were left as seen in the picture directly below.

Tyrese Peterson Injuries


Immediate Quote from Peterson lawyer Rusty Hardin:  “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours…
Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

childabuseThe Law:  Corporal punishment is legal in every state. The Texas Attorney General’s Office notes that belts and brushes “are accepted by many as legitimate disciplinary ‘tools,'” but “electrical or phone cords, boards, yardsticks, ropes, shoes, and wires are likely to be considered instruments of abuse.”

Legal experts say the final determination of what is reasonable discipline will be based on the standards found in the local community – and Texas law offers no definition of what that is. It says the use of non-deadly force against someone younger than 18 is justified if a parent or guardian “reasonably believes the force is necessary to discipline the child or to safeguard or promote his welfare.”


What Happens Next?  Peterson’s lawyers are asking to move the trial up so A Pete can defend himself earlier than the December 1st date set.  The job of Peterson’s lawyers is to convince a jury that this is corporal punishment and not child abuse.


What I Think

Adrian Peterson in CourtThousands of children are beaten by their parents every year (this number is a guess and it may be way more) and Adrian is so high profile that this hoopla has to surround the incident.  I certainly don’t condone the behavior but I earnestly believe that this type of discipline is much more culturally accepted in the South than other areas.  My dad used to spank me when I was around 4 years old and as much as it isn’t the ideal method of discipline, I learned the lesson.  Of course hitting a child with a stick and beating him across his legs (and I’ve read in other reports genitals), that’s overdoing it.

Adrian’s potentially faces up to two years in state jail and a fine if convicted, but also could get probation and/or agree to undergo counseling on child discipline.  Wat?  2 years in prison for this?  We all know what he did was wrong but there are millions of people committing way worse crimes than hitting your own child for disciplinary reasons.  You could have this happen to 99% of the players in the NFL and it’s not a story.  Because it’s Adrian Peterson, it’s different.  That’s not fair.  It’s making an example and I’m pretty sure he won’t be doing it again.  Forgive and forget.  Not this time.

What I think will happen is the trial will be moved up, A Pete will be found not guilty, and life moves on.


By |2014-10-08T19:14:51-04:00October 8th, 2014|My Brain|0 Comments

Awe Crush – Football Edition

People may consider an awe crush a man-crush, however, I do believe they are a bit different. When people use the term “man-crush”, I get the feeling people are crazy enough to be a servant to a celebrity and do absolutely anything they ask. Anything. An awe crush has more to do with respect. I respect these athletes because they are the best at what they do. If you don’t respect the absolute best then your value system may be a little skewed and that’s perfectly acceptable. Everyone has different perceptions of what the best is or what they like, but liking mediocrity says something about yourself. However, liking a guy like Reggie Evans or Rasheed Wallace just shows how closely you follow your sport and your idea of awesomeness, which is almost better than liking the best. Back to the point, the following list are not men that I actually have a crush on but who I admire because their ability is a level above everyone else. I may actually use this idea for another post but for now we’ll stick to football.

Tom Brady
His personal life has nothing to do with why I like him although it is still interesting enough to put him over the top. He ended a relationship with Bridget Moynahann shortly after he found out she was having his baby and then started dating Gisele Bundchen while Moynahan was pregnant. That is such a bizarre move to find out you impregnated a hot chick and then leave her for another supermodel during the process. That aside, I salute Tom Brady for what he does on the football field. His passes are accurate and sharp and he rarely throws interceptions. He brings an aura of confidence that is hardly found in any QB aside from maybe Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning. My feeling is that he’s the smartest player on the football field at all times. In 10 seasons he’s been to the Superbowl 5 times, won 3 times and probably should have won the other two. He went from an approx 2:1 TD to INT ratio for the first 6 seasons of his career to a few staggering totals in recent years:
2007: 50-8
2009: 28-13
2010: 36-4
2011: 39-12
2012: 30-6

Tom Brady just owns life.

Cam Newton
I like Cam strictly for Fantasy value. I tout Cam as the best fantasy QB and I was glad to see him finally live up to expectations at the end of the year. Cam’s ceiling is higher for fantasy points than practically any other QB. Sure the Panthers suck and he has a major attitude problem but one thing is for certain, this guy wants to win. I think it’s great that he cops a major attitude when he loses games. Somebody who doesn’t give a shit that they are always losing isn’t the guy you are looking for to run a team. I’m not arguing that Cam is that guy because he showed how inconsistent he can be early in the season. I just think this guy has the ability to be around for a long time and will put up numbers that will break NFL records. He’s young and will continue to dominate.
Carolina Panthers v Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson
A-Pete is the best running back in the league, period. I heard that on third and fourth and 1, when the other team knows he is getting the ball, he was averaging about 8 yards a carry. The guy is unstoppable. He has a speed unlike other backs in the league. Once he gets in the open field he is gone. He’s also amazing at making something happen on plays that look like they should have ended. The fact that he was trying to chase down the single season rushing record is amazing after, hold on, he recovered from a torn ACL/MCL at the END OF THE LAST SEASON. He is unquestionably the best back currently and potentially of all time if he keeps it up.
San Diego Chargers v Minnesota Vikings

Other guys who are shooting up my list and a few who have fallen off:
Rising Stars:
Dez Bryant
Michael Crabtree
Russell Wilson
Colin Kapernick
Percy Harvin

Fallen Off:
Jamaal Charles – He’s still great but he’s too hit or miss. Get him on a better team and he’ll prevail.
Darren McFadden – The injuries just prevent me from liking him too much.
Antonio Brown – I still expect big things out of Antonio but an injury plagued season never helps.

By |2012-12-26T13:11:58-05:00December 26th, 2012|Sports|3 Comments

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