Gestapo and Goodell aren't quite alike

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Gestapo and Goodell aren't quite alike

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Did you know that Wicked Good Sports is an educational site?

That's right, WGS has had a hand in teaching countless athletes and coaches life lessons. Today, we're having a special history class for Amani Toomer. You might remember when WGS gently taught Adrian Peterson the difference between the lives of slaves:

and professional athletes:

Now, let's take a look at the quote that earned Toomer this extra session.

I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this, the way hes kind of using his power, is like the kind of a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work, Toomer said Wednesday, in comments that were repeated on ESPN Radio Thursday morning. It rubs a lot of players the wrong way, and thats why you see a lot of players now lashing out at Mr. Goodell. Via ProFootballTalk.com

Christ on a bike! If only Toomer had come to us sooner.

Oh, well. Let's begin.

WHY COMPARING PRO FOOTBALL TO THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE NAZI POLICE STATE IS A DUMB IDEA

We'll use a simple identification exercise.
AGENCY OVERVIEW 1

ORGANIZATION: National Football League
LEADER: Roger Goodell

LEGACY OF DISCIPLINE: The NFL Personal Conduct Policy. As of April 2011, five players have been suspended for an extended period of time by the NFL due to conduct off the field.
STATEMENT: People associated with the NFL must avoid conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League.
PUNISHABLE OFFENSES:
Usethreat of violence; domestic violence and other forms of partner abuse; theft and other property crimes; sex offenses; obstruction or resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; fraud; racketeering; money laundering
Criminal offenses relating to steroids and prohibited substances, or substances of abuse
Violent or threatening behavior among employees
Possession of a gun or other weapon in any workplace setting
Conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person
Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, clubs, players.
SUBJECT TO JUDICIAL REVIEW? Yes. If discipline is warranted, the League can consult medical, law enforcement, and other relevant professionals about its investigtaion. The NFLPA is notified of the investigation and any results. As appropriate, the employee can address the conduct at issue. When it's all over, the Commissioner will have full authority to impose discipline as warranted.
REINSTATEMENT OF OFFENDERS INTO SOCIETY? Yup. And they're usually better off.

"Michael Vick wins Comeback Player of the Year"

AGENCY OVERVIEW 2

ORGANIZATION: Geheime Staatspolizel AKA Gestapo
LEADER: Heinrich Himmler

LEGACY OF DISCIPLINE: Overseer of the concentration camps, extermination camps, and Einsatzgruppen (task forces of killing squads) Responsible for the deaths of six million Jews, 200,000-500,000 Roma, prisoners of war, and possibly another 3-4 million Poles, communists, or other groups whom the Nazis didn't like.
STATEMENT: "We have always selected the highest and abandoned the lowest. As long as we maintain this principle, the Order (the SS) will remain healthy."
PUNISHABLE OFFENSES:
Treason, espionage, sabotage and criminal attacks on the Nazi Party and Germany
Making jokes about the Nazi Party (Make a Hitler joke and you die)
Being:
Jewish
"Work shy"

"Bibelforschers" (one who seeks guidance from the Bible)

Homosexual
Habitual criminal
Lots of other stuff

SUBJECT TO JUDICIAL REVIEW: No. In 1936, the Gestapo were a law unto themselves.
REINSTATEMENT INTO SOCIETY? No. Everybody was dead.

So, as you can see, there are a few more differences between Roger Goodell and Himmler's Gestapo than there are similarities. I hope this helps, Amani!

Quotes, notes and stars: Wright 'able to neutralize' top of Orioles lineup

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Quotes, notes and stars: Wright 'able to neutralize' top of Orioles lineup

BALTIMORE -- Quotes, notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Orioles.

 

QUOTES

"He was able to neutralize their top half (of the lineup) and that was the biggest thing.'' - John Farrell on Steven Wright.

"He never broke stride, continued in a full-out gait around third base. It was a good heads-up play on his part.'' - Farrell on Mookie Betts scoring all the way from second on a swinging bunt.

"It kind of throws them off because then if I leave one up, I'm hoping the difference in the speed will get them out front.'' - Steven Wright on changing speeds on the knuckleball.

"Yeah, I do. Off the field. Not when I'm at the park, but off the field, I do.'' - Xander Bogaerts, acknowledging that he does think about his ongoing hitting streak.

"It was amazing. Hitting my first home run and putting us ahead three (more) runs, it's awesome.'' - Marco Hernandez on his first major league home run.

 

NOTES:

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 23 games with two doubles.

* Marco Hernandez's three-run homer in the eighth inning was his first major league homer.

* Mookie Betts has now reached in 13 straight games against the Orioles.

* Betts has scored 14 runs in his last 11 games.

* In his last seven games, David Ortiz is 14-for-28 in his last seven games.

* Ortiz has seven homers in his last 12 games at Camden Yards and 12 homers in his last 16 games here.

* Ortiz has homered in each of his last three games, the 18th time in his career that he's done that.

* Steven Wright tossed a career-high 122 pitches.

* Wright became the third Red Sox starter to toss three consecutive complete games on the road since Roger Clemens in 1991-92.

 

STARS:

1) Steven Wright

Wright's third complete game of the season was a gem, with just four hits allowed - just three them into the outfield. He's got a 1.79 ERA on the road this season.

2) Xander Bogaerts

In addition to extending his hitting streak to 23 games, Bogaerts had two doubles and knocked in two runs.

3) Marco Hernandez

Hernandez's first big league homer was a big one, extending what had been a two-run lead to a five-run cushion with a three-run blast in the eighth

 

First impressions of the Red Sox’ 7-2 win over the Orioles

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First impressions of the Red Sox’ 7-2 win over the Orioles

BALTIMORE -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Orioles:

* Steven Wright had six 1-2-3 innings among the nine he pitched.

For a brief time in the second, after two were out, Wright battled command. Then, in the fifth, he yielded three straight hits and a sacrifice fly, accounting for the only two runs he allowed.

Otherwise? Wright carved through the Baltimore lineup, facing the minimum number of hitters in six of the nine other innings and one over the minimum in another.

He got a number of weak squibbers - including a couple he fielded himself and of the four hits he allowed, only three left the infield.

* Mookie Betts stole the first Red Sox run with some alert baserunning.

Betts was on second when Xander Bogaerts hit a tapped in front of the mound.

Catcher Caleb Joseph pounced on the ball about 15 feet from home plate, but then stood there after throwing out Bogaerts at first. With home plate unguarded, Betts got to third and alertly kept going, beating the throw home from first baseman Chris Davis.

Betts is the probably the Red Sox' fastest baserunner, but in instances like that one, he showed he's also one of their smartest.

* David Ortiz is a menace at Camden Yards.

There's a reason John Farrell waited to make out the lineup card, hoping that David Ortiz was available after missing Sunday's game with a sore foot. Ortiz usually makes his presence felt here and Monday was no different.

He homered to right to lead off the eighth, giving him seven homers in his last 10 games at Camden Yards and 12 homers in his last 28 games.

If Ortiz played for the Orioles, it's frightening to think what sort of power numbers he could put up playing half the time in a ballpark with an inviting right field porch.

* The Sox have gotten plenty of contributions from bench players.

Josh Rutledge (.830 OPS) has helped out in the infield, with Brock Holt relegated to LF, and more recently, the DL. On Monday, it was Marco Hernandez's turn. Hernandez supplied a three-run homer from the ninth spot in the eighth inning, turning a two-run lead into a five-run advantage.

Their contributions have allowed Farrell to make some moves around the infield, such as Monday's decision to give Hanley Ramirez a day off while shifting Travis Shaw to first.

Sean McAdam can be followed on Twitter @Sean_McAdam.

2017 NBA title odds are out, Celtics rank second in the East

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2017 NBA title odds are out, Celtics rank second in the East

Teams are still fighting for the 2016 Larry O’Brien Trophy, but the 2017 NBA title opening odds have already been released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Warriors unsurprisingly come in as heavy 3/2 favorites. The Cavaliers already punched their ticket for this year’s finals and are second, with 5/2 odds. Then there’s the Spurs, Thunder, and Clippers, as you’d expect rounding off the top five.

But then there’s the Celtics with 20/1 odds -- sixth-best in the NBA -- to raise Banner 18.

With eight draft picks and a chunk of cap space, the Celtics are in a position to capitalize on any opportunities that may come their way. There is a lot of uncertainty at this point in the NBA calendar, so Vegas must be hedging their bets on the Celtics making a leap towards contender status.

Celtics fans will also be happy to know the Nets have 500/1 odds to hoist the trophy next season, which ranks last of all teams. The Celtics have the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets in the 2017 draft, which could give them another swing at a superstar prospect.

For full draft profiles of players the Celtics could draft this year, click here.

Team Opening odds
Golden State Warriors 3/2
Cleveland Cavaliers 5/2
San Antonio Spurs 6/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 8/1
Los Angeles Clippers 16/1
Boston Celtics 20/1
Toronto Raptors 25/1
Miami Heat 25/1
Chicago Bulls 40/1
Atlanta Hawks 40/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 60/1
New Orleans Pelicans 60/1
Houston Rockets 60/1
Portland Trail Blazers 60/1
Memphis Grizzlies 80/1
Utah Jazz 80/1
Charlotte Hornets 80/1
Washington Wizards 100/1
Indiana Pacers 100/1
Dallas Mavericks 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
Detroit Pistons 100/1
Los Angeles Lakers 100/1
New York Knicks 100/1
Sacramento Kings 100/1
Philadelphia 76ers 100/1
Orlando Magic 100/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
Phoenix Suns 300/1
Brooklyn Nets 500/1