Does the NFL have a discipline double standard?

I guess smoking pot is much worse than beating a woman

(The NFL Came down hard today on those with drug infractions, went light on wife abusers and the jury is still out on owners who drive drunk - What's going on Mr. Goodell?)

By Rich Winter

      The sports world is alive today buzzing over the curious decisions and punishments handed out by the NFL today.

       Twitter is abuzz over a two-game suspension for a football player who beat his wife unconscious and a noted pot-smoker who lost his livelihood for a whole season.

  To add to the mystery of how and why these decisions are reached, the sports world is still waiting to hear what the punishment is for Colts owner Jim Irsay who was pulled over earlier this year for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

   The controlled substance was found to be prescription drugs. The drugs were not associated with any prescription bottles in the vehicle. 

   So Irsay was arrested in March and initially NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell didn't take action because he said he wanted to wait for due process. That due process was court in May where Irsay was charged with the above crimes. Well, of course he had another hearing on June 19, so Goodell could put off any NFL fines or suspensions or loss of draft picks until after that.

 Well, the hearing has come and gone and still no word.

  So, today the NFL handed out some curious suspensions.

  Troubled Browns wide receiver, Josh Gordon got the max, a one-year suspension for his failed drug test earlier this year. Of course, this was not the first time Gordon has run afoul of the NFL Drug policy. To add to Gordon's woes, was a DWI arrest earlier this month in South Carolina with a blood alcohol level of .09. 

   I went on record a few weeks ago marveling at the outrage over Josh Gordon being tossed under the bus for 'just' smoking pot. At that same time, I also noted that I was glad he was arrested for the DWI so that he could understand the full danger that drinking and driving has to offer. 

    With the arrest for DWI, people came out of the wood-works, expressing concern for Gordon, who some thought seemed to be a lost soul.

D'Qwell Jackson, a linebacker who now plays for the Colts but was Gordon's teammate in Cleveland the last two years, wrote on Twitter that he's concerned about Gordon's ability to manage his life after Gordon was arrested for DWI.

"If you're close to Josh Gordon please help this kid, it's not about football anymore it's about picking up the pieces of his life," Jackson wrote.

    Picking up the pieces of his life, eh?

    From where I'm standing, I see a guy that has made some poor choices. I abhor drunk driving and know of too many innocent people who have lost their lives to drunks on the road. 

     I also see a guy that likes to smoke weed once in a while.

    Gordon is appealing his suspension and gets his date with Roger Goodell on Aug. 1. 

     Double standard of hypocrisy: 

So, about a week ago, I wrote a blog about a bunch of NFL players that included Marcellus Wiley and Richard Dent, who publicly came out and said the NFL handed out narcotic, pain-killers like they were candy. The suit and the comments from the former NFL players says if you weren't feeling practice or were having a down day, all you had to do is ask someone in the training room and they would hook up up.

     How is that ok but smoking pot is not?

    As the countries views change on the usage of marijuana, isn't it time the NFL differentiate between hard drugs, prescription drugs and light use of marijuana.

    I guess weapons charges are no big deal: 

    And then you have the curious case of Aldon Smith who had a DUI, a potential bomb threat to his name and a whole mess of felonious weapons charges against him.

   No action from the NFL and this is all he has to do to get out of his jam.

According to Tracy Kaplan of theSan Jose Mercury News, a judge has sentenced 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to12 days in jailon gun and DUI charges.  He gets credit for one day served, and he'll serve the remaining 11 by participating in a work crew on Mondays, starting July 28.

It means that he'll typically miss one day of work each week until the 11 days are served, exposing Smith to a fine from the 49ers.  The bigger consequence as it relates to Smith's job comes from the decision to reduce the three weapons charges from felonies to misdemeanors.  That gives the outcome far less sting, from a legal standpoint.

  Someone explain to me how this is possible, I just don't get it.

   You smoke pot and you're done for a year but you brandish automatic weapons at a house party, take part in a weirdo bomb threat and get a DUI and you get ten days in jail, to be spread out over a few months with one day a week.

    I'm seriously confused.

The Final Straw - It's not all that bad to hit a woman: 

(I guess the pink ribbon of Breast Cancer Awareness is more visible than the purple one that is used to promote no more violence against women)

    About the same time as Gordon was getting the news that he was done for the year, Ravens RB, Ray Rice was getting the news that he will be facing a two-game suspension for beating his wife unconscious in the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel. 

       Since then Rice and his girlfriend have married and Rice has apologized for his actions profusely.

      I'm baffled on this one and I'm surprised that women's groups everywhere don't come unglued.

     Isn't the NFL a big sponsor for Breast Cancer Awareness? 

    So they care about women with cancer but not about women that are beaten unconscious. 

    Dear Mr. Goodell, if you're not familiar with Domestic Violence, let me toss out some numbers to fill in the blanks for you.

Domestic Violence Statistics:

* One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991).

* Three to four million women in the United States are beaten in their homes each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, or male lovers.

* There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters

  • A battering incident is rarely an isolated event.

  • Battering tends to increase and become more violent over time.

  • Many batterers learned violent behavior growing up in an abusive family.

  • 25% - 45% of all women who are battered are battered during pregnancy.(Want more, and there are plenty - Visit this site...(                                        Rich Winter thoughts: I just cannot even begin to wrap my head around the events of today. Clearly the message sent from Commissioner Goodell is that smoking pot is worse that beating a woman. Clearly. How else do you explain these types of punishments. You can go on and on and on telling me, 'Well, it's Josh Gordon's 3rd offense and blah..blah.' At the end of the day, Gordon's use of marijuana is not beating his wife, it's not smoking crack and it's not ingesting illegal narcotics by the handful just because he doesn't feel good.            

  • I would seriously like some answers as to why pot smoking is worse than brandishing automatic weapons and threatening an airport with a bomb.

  • And then you have to wonder how all of these players are getting fined and suspended and Irsay is probably sitting there eyes glassed over, doing a shot with not a worry in the world.

  • Get it together Roger and let's stop the double-standard and let the punishment fit the crime.

  • Has Martellus Bennett matured into a top-tier Fantasy TE?

    By Rich Winter

        When you play behind Jason Witten at the same position on the Dallas Cowboys, it's hard to get a lot of balls thrown your way.

        For the first four years of his NFL career, Bears TE Martellus Bennett toiled in anonymity behind Witten putting up solid but not spectacular numbers.

    2008 - 2011 - 85 catches 846 yards and four touchdowns with all four of those coming in his rookie season in 2008.

      His highest catch total during that span was 33 in 2010.

      Following the 2011 season, Bennett left the Cowboys, joined the Giants and suddenly his numbers shot through the roof.

    2012 - 55 catches, 626 yards and 5 td's.

      And then, Bennett left for the Chicago Bears where those numbers got even better.

    2013 - 65 catches, 759 yards and five scores.

       As Bennett heads into his 7th NFL season, I gotta say I'm more than intrigued about his progression over the last two seasons. 

         If those numbers continue that upward-bound trend, Bennett is going to move into some pretty rare air regarding Fantasy Football production from the tight end slot. 

       Speaking of air, I remember being impressed with Bennett's athletic ability last season as I caught him several times leaping over would-be defenders. But make no mistake, this is a big guy, 6-feet-6 and 265 pounds that would just as soon bowl you over as make you look silly by jumping over you. 

        The Bears offense is expected to be prolific this season and I'm guessing Bennett will be a big part of that. 

     So, where do you look at him if you're thinking tight-end for Fantasy Football?

    The Experts:

    CBS - Jeremy Eisenberg - No. 14

    CBS - Dave Richard - No. 16

    Yahoo - 12th

    ESPN - 12th

    Fox - 11th

    Rich Winter analysis: 

      Let's see where he ranked in yards and TD's for last season against those other big boys.

    Yards - Tied for 9th (759) with Miami TE Charles Clay

    TD's - Tied for 12th with five.

        So why am I talking about Martellus Bennett? He probably figures in there around the No. 10 tight end or so and taking him or not taking him won't make or break anyone's Fantasy draft.

      Unless of course, he continues that progression.

      And don't forget Jay Cutler likes this guy:

      "With 16 seconds remaining in regulation and the Vikings clinging to a six-point lead, Cutler took a shotgun snap on 3rd and 10 and dropped back to the 25-yard line. With tight end Martellus Bennett in single coverage on his left side, Cutler threw a pass toward the pylon. Bennett turned his body, reached up to catch it and fell into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown."

       With Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall being though of so highly and defenses being forced to pay attention to them on the outside, I think Bennett finds some room in the middle and is a big part of what the Bears hope to do this season.

    Rich Winter projections:

    70 catches, 800 yards and 8 touchdowns. Should that scenario unfold, you're looking at the No. 6 - No. 8 TE from a guy that most people in your league won't consider.

     Cutler likes this guy and the NFL finally seems to have figured out how to use this big guy.

      Don't reach for him early, but if he goes off the board in the 9th or 10 round, feel secure that you'll have a guy that shows up and produces every week.

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    David Tyree's hire as DOPP for New York Giants under fire from Human Rights Campaign

    By Rich Winter

    East Rutherford, New Jersey -  David Tyree is most famous for the Super Bowl catch where he trapped the ball against his helmet in one of the most improbably moments in recent Super Bowl history.

           Tyree was recently hired by those same New York Giants as the Director of Player Personnel, but that hire is coming under fire from the Human Rights Campaign for Tyree's past comments in which he expressed anti-gay views. 

           In 2011, Tyree said he would trade in his Super Bowl, helmet catch if could stop homosexuals from being married. 

          That same year, Tyree went on a tweeting rampage that drew criticism from numerous groups. The essence of his tweets was 'There is no scientific evidence to support the claim of being born gay' and that he has met 'former homosexuals.'

       One of the Tweets:

        '@ronbachar there are many former homosexual men & women in this country & no scientific data to support the claim of being born gay.

    11:51 AM - 18 Jun 2011'

      The Human Rights Campaign came out Tuesday and blasted Tyree and the Giants for the hire.


         According to the statement from the Human Rights Campaign, Tyree's claim "has been debunked and condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the country, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and many others."

    HRC President Chad Griffin Tuesday publicly criticized the hire.

         "When did Tyree decide to be straight?" HRC president Chad Griffin asked in the statement. "The idea that someone can change their sexual orientation or gender identity is ludicrous, and the New York Giants are risking their credibility by hiring someone who publicly advocates this junk science. His opposition to basic legal equality aside, David Tyree's proselytizing of such dangerous practices goes against the positive work the Giants organization has done in recent years."

    The Giants said in a statement Tuesday evening that Tyree "was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization."

       Tyree, was excited about getting hired by the Giants on Tuesday. 

         ""I'm overwhelmed with joy," Tyree said, via the NY Post. "I guess you could say it's a second homecoming. ... I'm grateful to be an example and hopefully represent this great organization in the same light and continue the great atmosphere and tradition of a wonderful organization with a premier culture."

         Immediately after the hire, the Human Rights campaign released these statements of what Tyree has said in recent years. 

         "This will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy," Tyree told the anti-gay group, the National Organization for Marriage, three years ago when talking about marriage equality. "How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country."

    In 2013, he said this.

    "I don't agree with [gay marriage] because God doesn't agree with it. As a Christian, I don't agree. Society may be changing but God is not," Tyree said. "This is not personal. I could still be in a locker room with a gay man and still love him as a teammate. I can be tolerant, but the problem is people aren't tolerant of the views people like me have. If you don't agree with that lifestyle, you're a bigot. I'm not a bigot. I have different viewpoints."

        Following the criticism of the hire, the Giants released this statement.

         "The Giants said in a statement Tuesday evening that Tyree "was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization."

         Following the hire on Tuesday, Giants coach Tom Coughlin remarked that he thought Tyree was ideally suited to do well in his new position. 

         "Player engagement has become extremely important in any franchise," Coughlin said. "It is the working relationship with the players to aid them in their continuing education, their development as young men, the opportunities in the business world and in networking in the city that they happen to be playing in. It is there to help instruct them, make them aware of the issues and the problems that exist out in the community and the world to try to keep them focused on their job and not fall into trouble.

    "[Tyree's] ability to function on many, many levels is extremely attractive. Anyone who's ever spent time with him or heard him speak publicly knows the quality of his work. We thought he was the best guy for the job."

    Rich Winter analysis: Dang these things get messy!

         I wanted to share the title of "Is it ok the New York Giants hired a homophobe as DOPP but always hate the backlash from readers when they see a strong word like that. Make no mistake, David Tyree is a homophobe.

         Is it good enough that the Giants said David Tyree's personal views do not reflect the views of the New York Giants?

           Well, if you hired him then you sort of support his views don't ya?

           Should people not be hired based on their position on gay marriage or gays in general?

          Does having a homophobic attitude from a boss in a position of power cause an atmosphere of intolerance in the work place?

    To answer that question, I'm going to borrow the answer from this website:

    How homophobia hurts workplaces
    Sexuality discrimination and homophobia are usually hidden, ignored and brushed aside in our society. However, most of us have seen and heard people - at work, at home, or elsewhere - demonstrating their intolerance of people with a different sexual orientation or gender identity, or people who are perceived to have a different sexual orientation or gender identity. 

    This kind of discrimination can damage people's job security, work performance, and their health. It violates their right to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness. Sexuality and gender discrimination can also affect other employees, managers and employers because it contributes to reduced productivity, increased drop-out rates, stress levels, absenteeism, resignations and loss of precious skills. 

    The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act requires that Tasmanian work places are free from discrimination. This includes discrimination based on 'sexual orientation or lawful sexual activity'. With the rising awareness of the effects of homophobia, more and more people are wanting to know how they can contribute to making their workplace as free from discrimination as possible. 

    Rich Winter again: I was visiting with some friends of mine yesterday who work at "The Inclusion Center" in Salt Lake City. (they are a group that promotes healthy relationships and tolerance of race, creed, color and sexual orientation among other things)

       I asked them about the Tyree hire and here is what I heard back.

       "That is a terrible hire and it will force people in the Giants work place to become INVISIBLE."

        By invisible, they meant that people that are gay or are in support of gay rights or gay marriage won't be expressing their views anytime soon around Mr. Tyree.

        I hope Mr. Tyree is really that solid, Christian man that he claims to be. While it is too late for him to come out and apologize for his views, not that he would even want to do this, but I hope he isn't one that promotes his views loudly through slanderous remarks and derisive comments about gays. 

         Definition of discrimination from Wikipedia:  Discrimination against is when a person is treated unfairly or badly because of something about that person. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that all persons must be protected any kind of discriminations and even its inciting.

    A person might be discriminated against because of their racesexpoliticssexual orientationgender identityreligion, the way they look, a past criminal record, the person'slifestyle, their choice of clothing, their age or their disabilities whether they are a member of or fit in with a social clique (group), social classsocial status or caste, and many other reasons.

    Sports Bettors TV - The Biggest Show in the World launches daily show

    Sports Bettors TV launches daily show...

    By Sports Instigator, Rich Winter

        By popular demand,and with an increasing thirst from the sports community, Sports Bettors TV is now pod-casting daily.

        If you haven't followed these guys, ya gotta check the sports betting advice these guys are dishing out, now on a daily basis. 

    Chronology: Sports Bettors TV burst onto my radar during the NCAA tournament where Robert Letskus picked UCONN to win the NCAA title before the tournament started.

        I laughed at him until the second week of the tournament when the Huskies just went on a roll.

    NBA - The Dream joined Rob during the NBA playoffs, and the sports and betting knowledge collaborated together for a spot-on commentary of the games, the futures and the monies to be made as they broke down the playoffs round by round by round.

         While the guys missed on the finals prediction saying the Heat were going to win, as Rob said to Dream on the playoff recap show, "You came on and absolutely wrecked shit," Rob said. 

    Here is a look at that specific playoff recap show:

    Baseball: So Dr. Dan and Rob hooked up last week as the Biggest Show in the World laid out futures, predictions and World Series, win-it-all betting odds for MLB.

       Dr. Dan laid it down like no other, breaking down each of the divisions, from no-chance to a good call to a must throw some money down on this team.

       Not only do the ladies love Dr. Dan, but the big fella has Rob watching baseball now, and that's dangerous because Rob has strategy and when he watches ball games, he produces quality betting information that you can rely on.

    Here is a look at that baseball show:

      Sports Bettors TV goes to daily show:

      So, Saturday, July 19 was the launch date for this daily show. I called the show and yacked with the guys about football and basketball for a minute and even launched my play of the football season, telling folks to lay some money down on the Oakland Raiders winning more than four games which Vegas currently has them doing.

       Why should ya check out this new morning show?

       It's run, it's refreshing and it's full of solid daily plays. On today's show, Rob and Dream talked about everything from baseball to WNBA to recapping the scores from the night before.

       Rob commented that it was a tough night in the MLB's last night bud did mention the guys that called the show yesterday and laid out some tips had won big money.

        What I love about these guys:

    1. They aren't trying to sell you stuff. Seems like everyone on twitter or the internet wants you to look at your stuff in the attempts that you'll read it, invest in it or buy something. Not a peep of buy anything comes out of these guys mouths. They do this because they love doing it and the goal is to become the biggest show in the world, along with the friends that took them there.

    2. It's not just about the hosts - If you're like me and you get tired of fantasy football experts like Dave Richard and Jeremy Eisenberg being the 'only' experts that matter then the Sports Bettors TV, daily show is for you. Callers are welcome, plays and theories are discussed and at the end of the day if you make a good call, SportsBettors TV is gonna give you a shout out galore.

    3. It's fun - I get so tired of watching ESPN as they go through the repetitive stuff day after day after day. I want real talk, real people and a fun, fresh way to get the day started. Rob, Dr. Dan and Dream have you covered from all angles. The show is fast, fun and full of great betting advice.

    Here is the link to the daily show: Check it out man you'll be glad you did.

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    Where is the Fantasy love for Russell Wilson

    26 td passes in each of his first two seasons, what will Russell Wilson do next?

    By Rich Winter

      As I sit in the man-cave and dig into the thousands of scenarios that lead up to draft night for my league, I can't say as I give very much thought to Russell Wilson of the Seahawks.

        At first glance, I think of him as a solid, NFL QB who wins a lot, is a great teammate, runs when he needs to and is vastly underpaid.

       Me thinking of him as an elite NFL QB or even a top-tier Fantasy Football QB just doesn't happen.

      But then, I look at those stats and the man has passed for 26 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.

       Hmmm, upper 20's in TD's with a few running TD's mixed in and he's not really even on my radar.

     Time to adjust the radar, I guess!

    Let's take a look at his stats over a brief NFL Career. 

    2012 - 3118 yards (64 percent completion) 26 td's and 10 int's - Rushing 489 yards and 4 scores

    2013 - 3357 yards (63 percent) 26 td's and 9 int's - Rushing 539 yards and 1 td.

     Before we get to some analysis let's take a peek at what some of the Fantasy sites are suggesting regarding Russell Wilson's fantasy value.

    CBS - Jeremy Eisenberg - 15th - 

    CBS - Dave Richard - 18th

    Yahoo - 14th

    ESPN - 8th

    Fox - 11th 

    Rich Winter analysis: I'm surprised that Wilson has been so consistent in his first two years in the league. Those 26 touchdowns last season ranked him 9th in that department. Add in those rushing of near or over 500 yards per season and he moves up a few notches because he's going to give you some points in that area.

       The Seahawks lost a couple of receivers from last season including Golden Tate who landed in Detroit. 

    Percy Harvin who was absent a year ago will take over the lead WR duties. When he's healthy, he's a good receiver, although he's never gone over 1000 yards.

    Doug Baldwin had nearly 800 yards last season.

    Tight end Zach Miller is probably good for 500 yards, although he had a bit of a down year last season. 

    The Seahwaks drafted Colorado receiver Paul Richardson with the 45th pick in the draft to add depth to the receiver position. 

      I'm not blown away by the Seahawks receivers, but I was even less blown away last year when Harvin missed most of the season.

       I've always liked Wilson's work ethic and I'm guessing he had the guys out to practice all summer like he did last year.

      If my thinking is correct here and QB's take a leap forward in the third year, then I would expect the Hawks signal caller to take that next step and that could elevate him into that tier just below the top guys. 

      For one thing, I think Marshawn Lynch is going to have a down year with that contract hold out. I see Robert Turbin getting a few more snaps and his pass-catching ability could give Wilson some more production. I also expect the Hawks to open up the playbook a little more to cater to the strengths of this young phenom that took Seattle to a super bowl win.

    Rich Winter projections:

    Russell Wilson - 3900 yards, 29 td's, 12 int's - Rushing 550 yards and 3 scores.

      A lot of Fantasy experts have Colin Kaepernick coming off the board at No. 5. While I don't have that kind of faith in Kap, I do rank Russell Wilson above him.

     The QB after Manning, Brees and Rodgers is incredibly deep this year.

     If you like Wilson, he might be sitting there in the 6th or 7th round or even later.

     The 26 td's in each of his first two seasons shocked me...What will he do if he gets even incrementally better?

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    Navajo Code Talker Edward B. Anderson will be buried on Friday, July 25

    By Rich Winter

         A few years back I posted a story about a Lakota code-talker by the name of Clarence Wolf Guts who had passed away. I posted it on the Todd County Tribune's web page and was astonished to see that a week later 8-million people had checked in to read that post.

         The World is interested in these code talkers and the contribution they had to the war efforts decades ago.

    WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA —  Some sad news coming out of Window Rock Arizona as the area and all of Indian Country, really, are mourning the loss of former Navajo Nation Code Talker, Edward B. Anderson who passed away at the age of 89 on July 20, while staying at the Banner Good Samaritan Center in Phoenix, AZ. 

        Navajo Nation President, Ben Shelly had these words in reflecting on the immensity of the loss. 

    "The Navajo Nation sends our deepest condolences and prayers to the family during this time of mourning," said Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.


    Anderson was born and raised on the Navajo Nation and was a lifelong Arizona resident.

    Born in St. Michaels to Josephine Gatewood and Edward B. Anderson Sr. of Sawmill, he was of the Honaghaahnii (One Who Walks Around) Clan and born to the Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) Clan.

          So here is the chronology of this Code Talker.

    * Anderson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 18 and served from 1942 to 1945, when he was honorably discharged.

    * A member of the 1st Marine Division, Anderson was stationed in the South Pacific and Australia. He saw combat at Guadalcanal, New Guinea and New Britain.

    * He was wounded in battle and was a recipient of the Purple Heart, South Pacific Ribbons and the Congressional Silver Medal.

    * He lived in Cornfields and St. Michaels for most of his life and was married to Ione Hillis Anderson, who preceded him in death. They had five children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

    * The funeral for Anderson will be on July 25 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ganado Presbyterian Church. He will be buried at the Veterans Cemetery in Ft. Defiance, Arizona, with a reception to follow.

    * The family will have two gatherings, the first of which will be held on July 23 at Cornfields Chapter House at 6 p.m. The second will be at St. Michaels Chapter House on July 24 at 6 p.m.

    Wells Fargo Bank account has been setup for contributions. It is under the name Edward B. Anderson Jr. and the routing number is 122105278 and the account number is 2261100214. You may also call 1-800-869-3557.

    The family sends thanks and appreciation for any contributions made.

    (Portions of this story were used from:

    Even in death, Tillie Black Bear's voice will be heard

    By Rich Winter

    In 1978, Tillie Black Bear was attending a wife-battery conference in Washington D.C. that was being hosted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Not content to just be part of the conference, Black Bear and a group of women who had gathered in the bathroom of the hotel where they continued talking about domestic violence and sexual assault vowed then and there to give victims of these most heinous crimes a national voice.

      She wasn't kidding!

      For 30 plus years, the Sicangu Lakota Nation/Rosebud Sioux Tribal member became not only an activist for the rights of women, but also gave hope to so many that previously had been too afraid to step up and take control of lives that seemed lost.

    So, it was with great sadness but fond memories that the sexual assault/domestic violence crusaders across the globe learned of Black Bear's passing this week.

    "She was so passionate about her work," daughter, Connie Brushbreaker said. "She gave so many women and children hope, but also an avenue to a better understanding of self worth and a better way of living free from domestic violence and sexual assault."

      Black Bear, who was a victim of domestic violence, helped form multiple organization that provide services for abused women and children in South Dakota. Her lectures across the country to increase awareness of these issues (NOFWF) are revered nationally and still used as training material.

    From the tiny origin of the 'Bathroom Sisters' in Washington D.C., Black Bear kept her vow and just a few short months after that meeting in Washington D.C., Black Bear was instrumental in helping form the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

    Her life's work might be summed up with the creation of the still-operating White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, Inc., which is the oldest shelter for rape and domestic violence victims abused on Native American Reservations.

      During her series of lectures and public speaking nationally, Black Bear often painted a picture of Lakota women and  the rights they had, even during long-ago times.

      " Early Lakota women owned property, kept their names after marriage, could "dehorn" a man who wanted to be chief, and even get divorced. "Tribal women, we had rights", says Black Bear, "We had our children with us. Our children belonged to the women."

    And this fiery Lakota woman, never afraid to speak her mind clamored for more severe penalties for American Indian men who battered or raped women.

    "Any Native man who battered or raped women, the penalty was death," Black Bear said in a 2010 interview. "It is difficult to make anyone fear the consequences from a legal system that delays and reduces punishment."

      But Black Bear wasn't a lone crusader, and she often pointed to powerful women from the past who had a Native voice speaking to them about rights for women.

      "Matilda Joslyn Gage and Susan B. Anthony got many of their ideas about women's equality from the Iroquois nation, because of the majority of those suffragettes being adopted by clan mothers," Black Bear stated prior to her death.

      But her message was always loud and clear that her purpose was to get back to the equality that existed prior to colonization.

      Her efforts did not go unrecognized.

    Twice, Black Bear received the prestigious "Points of Light" award from the U.S. Dept. of Justice for her work with crime victims. She received the Visionary Voice Award, presented by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. In 2000, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Bill Clinton.

      About the time she began campaigning for women's rights, 1978, Black Bear was diagnosed with lupus. While she was waiting for a kidney transplant in 2007-2008, Black Bear was receiving dialysis treatment for end-stage renal failure but she continued to work full time at the White Buffalo Calf Women's shelter.

      Born at St. Francis, Black Bear is a graduate of St. Francis High School – Class of 1965 – and spent her first two years after high school attending the College of St. Mary's in Omaha, Neb.

    A Mile high of respect as Broncos owner Pat Bowlen resigns citing Alzheimer's

    Broncos owner pictured with Peyton Manning and John Elway resigned his controlling interest of the Denver Broncos today citing Alzheimers.

    By Rich Winter

          With three decades of ownership, 300 total victories, six AFC Titles and two Lombardi trophies, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen's legacy in the NFL is secure.

          The Denver Post reported this morning that Bowlen resigned his position as CEO of the Broncos as he battles Alzheimer's. 

         Now, Bowlen knew this day was coming, although that doesn't make it any easier for Bronco fans to stomach. In recent years, Bowlen took a reduced role. Although it looks as if he'll still be part of the team, he will no longer officially have control of the team.

        That responsibility now falls on the shoulders of Team President, Joe Ellis who had these words to say in the Denver Post this morning. 

    "It's a really, really sad day," Ellis said. "It's sad for his family, his wife and his seven children. It's sad for everyone in the organization. And it's sad for all the Bronco fans who know what Pat Bowlen meant to them as an owner. It's a day nobody wanted to see happen."

    Under Bowlen's ownership, the Broncos won a pair of Super Bowls with Mike Shanahan coaching and John Elway under center.

         Here is what the Broncos released in terms of a statement!

    "The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team's daily operations due to his condition. We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength," the Broncos said in a statement. "As Mr. Bowlen focuses on his health, the Broncos have announced changes to their leadership structure that will ensure the long-term stability of the franchise."

    Part of that structure will have Ellis serve as the team's steward moving forward, a plan NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged to the Post was fine, while also mourning the loss of Bowlen as an owner.

        And Goodell checked in from this perspective.

    "This is a sad day for the NFL. Pat Bowlen's leadership has been critical to the success of the Broncos and the entire NFL," Goodell said. "From building a championship team that is a pillar of the community to his important work for the league on television and labor matters, Pat's love of the game drove him and we have all benefited from his passion and wisdom. But the time has come for Pat to focus on his health and we fully support him.

    "Joe Ellis has been a trusted executive for Pat for many years after working with us at the league office. Joe's deep experience ensures that the Broncos will continue to have strong leadership."

         While Bowlen is stepping down, The Pat Bowlen Trust has been established to help assist in a succession plan, one that includes one of his children taking over ownership at some point. 

    According to the team's statement, The Pat Bowlen Trust was established in order to properly assist in a succession plan.

    It's "overseen by non-family trustees" and focuses on the goal of keeping "the Broncos in the Bowlen family."

    "Mr. Bowlen's long-term hope is for one of his children to run the Broncos at the appropriate time, and his succession plan will continue to be implemented by our organization in compliance with NFL ownership policies," the team said in a statement.

    "Going forward, Pat Bowlen's indelible contributions to the Broncos, the NFL and this community will continue to define his three decades of ownership and serve as the standard he has set for his franchise."

    Note: After watching the Clippers go through the mess with Donald Sterling this spring and his 'alleged' alzheimer's, it's kind of refreshing to see a fella understand that running the team when he's not at full capacity is a sign of strength, now weakness. I applaud Bowlen for coming forward and handling the matter with grace and dignity like he always has.


    Was Dolph Lundgren (Josh McCown) a one-season Fantasy Wonder?

    By Rich Winter

       For a guy that has been in the league for 11 years, mostly as a back-up, it sure  took Josh McCown awhile to get back to the starting QB position in the NFL. 

         I don't know if checkered is the right word to describe McCown's career or up and down or all over the place (Six different teams), but after coming off the bench for eight solid games last season, McCown finds himself as the No. 1 option in Tampa Bay.

    Josh McCown 2013 stats - 8 games, 1829 yards (65 percent completion), 13 td's and 1 int. 

    (I clearly remember having a solid lead over some duper in my league going into a Monday night game last year (Troy) and having McCown just go off which cost me a division).

    McCown started in Arizona in 2004 (best year) - 2511 yards, 11 td's, 10 int's. 

    2007 was a painful year for the Raiders and McCown - nine games, 10 td's 11 int's. 

    But other than that, excluding last season of course, it's pretty much been mop up duty for McCown.

    Career numbers: (8827 yards passing, (59 percent completion) 50 td's and 40 int's.

    The experts have this man as a complete after-thought in the QB rankings.

    CBS - Jeremy Eisenberg - 24th

    CBS - Dave Richard - 21st

    Yahoo - 18th

    ESPN - 25th - 

    FOX - 26th

       Normally, I'd be selling you on the idea that we've seen enough of the Josh McCown body of work to realize that he's nothing but a stop-gap guy until someone better comes along.

      While that's true, I'm intrigued by the talent on offense that is surrounding McCown down in Tampa.

      Vincent Jackson somehow caught 1275 yards worth of passing last season. 

       Cut in nearly the exact mold as Jackson is Texas A&M rookie Mike Evans who has been impressive this summer season.

     Think about it, two 6-feet-5 wideouts that are both around 230 lbs. manning the outside.

     Toss in a healthy Doug Martin who is a stud out of the backfield catching the ball.

      Doesn't that sound exactly like what McCown had last season with the Bears. Two big receivers, and an all-star RB in Matt Forte plowing for yards and catching balls out of the backfield?

       While McCown didn't take a snap in 2012, apparently former Bears coach and current Bucs coach Lovie Smith had seen enough and brought McCown over for the starting job.

    Rich Winter analysis:

       Josh McCown isn't going to win you fantasy football games like a Peyton Manning, but dang if he probably wouldn't look nice as your backup QB to use in situational weather games and bye week problems.

    Rich Winter projections - 3600 yards, 22 td's, 11 int's.

       My analysis here suggests look for this man as your backup QB in fantasy and realize that this is his last stop in the NFL and the Bucs are simply waiting to get bad enough to get a really good QB. 

    Sanky could be a steal for your 2014 Fantasy squad

    How with the first RB taken in the 2014 NFL draft pan out in Fantasy Football this season?

    By Rich Winter

       Don't ya just love evaluating rookie players for a potential landing spot on your Fantasy Football roster?

         Miss with a pick and you're saddled with a lonesome loser for six months.

      I have several rules about rookies on my Fantasy Football squad.

    1. I ain't taking a QB, PERIOD!

    2. I usually won't take a rookie wide receiver until late just because it takes rookie WR's a moment to catch up to the speed of the game and run routes confidently and at full speed with the amount of information and nuances they have to learn. (I'm seriously waving my rules on this for Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.

    3. Running back in my estimation is the most seamless transition into the NFL and a good rookie RB is likely to step right in and do some nice things.

      Stats in college don't always tell the whole story:

    2013 Bishop Sanky - 327 carries, 1870 yards and 20 td's, receiving 28 catches, 304 yards and 1 score. If I could take those numbers and put them in as my No. 1 pick, I'd do it...CHAMPIONSHIP!

     But, of course, we know those numbers aren't gonna fly.

    Although I think the 'experts' are too much of a bunch of wussies to do anything but pick low, let's have a look at them.

    CBS - Jeremy Eisenberg - 17th

    CBS - Dave Richard - 16th

    Yahoo -  20th

    ESPN - 26th

    Fox - 25th

       It is so hard to predict what a rookie RB will do. Then you toss in the Titans getting a new coach in Ken Whisenhunt, which only complicates matters.

     One thing I do like about Sanky is that he's one of  those built low-to-the-ground running backs kind of in the mold of Maurice Jones Drew (5-feet-9 and 210 lbs.) and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He had 28 receptions at Washington his senior year and 33 his junior year.

        If you can catch the ball, you've got a leg up in Fantasy Football because you're not coming off the field in third down situations.

    Here is how I'm looking at the rookie year for Sanky.

     I'm thinking he'll be as good as Chris Johnson was last season.

    2013 Chris Johnson - 1077 yards, 6 td's, 42 catches 345 yards.

         Teams with bad QB situations scare me in terms of a running back. Yes, you can stack nine in the box against Adrian Peterson and he might run wild, but do that to a rookie running back in the NFL, and the yards per carry and TD's scored could be abysmal. 

    Strange analogy - If Cleveland can be set on Brian Hoyer based off of a three-game sample, then I'm confident enough in what I saw from Jake Locker last year to think the Titans will be decent.

      Whisenhunt is an offensive genius, (Insert Norv Turner joke here) and I think he'll figure out a way to get his rookie involved in the game plan. They drafted him as the No. 1 RB off the board, now it's time to show up and play rook.

      Steve Sarkisian ran a pro-style offense up in Washington, and from that stand-point, I think Sanky is NFL ready. 

    Rich Winter projections: 

    Bishop Sankey - 1100 yards, 8 td's, 400 yards receiving 1 td.

     Although I usually don't agree with anything Eisenberg or Richard say, I'll give them props this go-around for putting Sanky about where he belongs.

       If you're drafting Sanky as your No. 2 RB, expect a slow start to the season which might frustrate you into dropping him. If you can get him as your No. 3 RB and not have to play him early, you could find yourself sitting pretty when October/November rolls around and suddenly Sanky is touching the ball 25 times per game. 

      Yes, Shonn Greene is No. 1 on the depth chart but I've seen enough of his body of work to realize he's a 2.5 yards per carry and a cloud of tacklers. Sanky will give this team some opportunities to have big plays in the running game and the short passing game.

      Be cautiously optimistic, but don't reach for this guy before the 8th or 9th round.

     WHRB out.

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    Note - One of my twitter buddies, Johnny Fantasy @oldcrawfish asked me what I thought of Bishop Sanky. Like to have a player profiled and see what the Sports Instigator Rich Winter thinks, give me a shout @panicgalore