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Rex Ryan Compares Himself to Babe Ruth Calling His Shot

Could somebody please get this guy a muzzle? Sure, a lot of us are tired of hearing about the current labor situation in the NFL, but I would rather listen to that never-ending issue than read about Rex Ryan repeatedly guaranteeing the Jets will win the Super Bowl in 2012. We know you’re confident. Good for you. Enough is enough.

Rex’s latest comments are particularly absurd — even by his ridiculous standards.  The Jets coach told the NY Daily News, via Pro Football Talk, that he likes to think of himself as Babe Ruth calling his shot.

“They talk about walk softly and carry a big stick,” Ryan told the NY Daily News on Monday. “I love that. I agree with that 100 percent. But I guess I feel more like Babe Ruth. I’m going to walk softly, I’m going to carry that big stick, and then I’m going to point and then I’m going to hit it over the fence.”

Has this moron ever heard the story about The Babe calling his shot in the 1932 World Series? According to the legend, Ruth stepped to the plate, pointed toward the center field fence, and belted a homer on the next pitch.  The pointing isn’t exactly as epic without the part about the ball going over the fence.

Rex has pointed enough.  Any baseball player who calls his shot is eventually going to be right.  The luster wears off a bit when you do it year after year and have yet to cash in.  If New York ends up winning the Super Bowl next season — assuming there is a Super Bowl — Ryan will get plenty of credit for winning a championship, but he shouldn’t get any for calling it.  If all 32 head coaches guarantee their team will win the Super Bowl in 2012, someone is going to be Babe Ruth.

Chris Kluwe Mocks Roger Goodell’s Letter, Lockout on White Board

The white board of Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is back, and that is good for everyone. In case you don’t remember, Kluwe took to his cartoon figures to point out the hypocrisy in the NFL’s punishments of hard hits. The former Bruin continued his critical ways when he tweeted that TCF Bank Stadium had an “unplayable” surface back when the Vikings were set to play there.

Now that he has plenty of time on his hands because of the lockout, Kluwe’s back to his creative drawings. He tweeted out the picture above on Friday and shortly thereafter this “letter” from Roger Goodell:

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Kevin Mawae Turned Down 49ers, Was Never Blackballed

Kevin Mawae is a 16-year NFL veteran who retired last year in September after being unable to find a job. The eight-time Pro Bowl center went so far as to accuse the NFL owners of blackballing him, believing that his status as the NFLPA’s president made teams unwilling to offer him a job. His exact quote on the radio last April was “It’s kind of befuddling to me that I just came off my eighth Pro Bowl and a 16-game season and I can’t get one phone call.”

At the time Mawae said that it may have been true, but that’s not the case. Speaking to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, Mawae said that he was offered a job with the San Francisco 49ers in August but decided not to sign with them. “It was a four-hour flight (each way) for a six-month season,” Mawae explained “I was going to be the starter, a team leader and coach on the field. All this — and it was for a one-year minimum (salary). Now, minimum for my age ($860,000) was really, really good. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t worth leaving my family.”

When Mawae announced his retirement in September, he said he got one offer but it came too late and he decided to turn it down. Now we know it was the 49ers that offered him the job. Also, his comment that the Niners wanted him to be a leader proves the point that teams care about winning more than player-owner beef. If that were such a factor, he wouldn’t have been offered a gig to come in and be a leader.

Jay Cutler Needs to Invest Himself, Trent Dilfer Says

Count former quarterback and current NFL analyst Trent Dilfer as the latest critic of Jay Cutler. The Chicago Bears quarterback was ripped to shreds after leaving the NFC Championship Game with a knee injury, and most people feel it’s because he’s not well-liked around the league. Cutler is full of cockiness and poor body language which makes a frequent target for the media and fans.

During a SportsCenter segment on Thursday, Trent Dilfer offered some level criticism of the quarterback. The topic of discussion was the Bears, and Dilfer said “Can they be as good or better? I can see this team going 8-8 if Jay Cutler doesn’t invest himself like the true pros in this league. He has to work the details. He has to go a whole other level to earn his PhD in quarterbacking for this team to meet their expectations.”

After someone else chimed in the roundtable discussion, Dilfer continued on Cutler. “He’s gotta be willing to do the boring things and that’s the thing. There is some glamorous stuff that any quarterback wants to do, but you have to do the boring things day-in and day-out. Footwork, the mental prep, the grind in the off-season that’s not fun at all, we need to see that investment for Jay Cutler and it will show on Sundays.”

I’m sure the Cutler supporters — including his teammates and coaches — will come out and defend the man, and possibly question Dilfer’s credentials to offer the critique. But you know what? What Dilfer said could apply to almost any quarterback on any team. They all need to invest themselves in order to maximize their abilities and have the best chance at leading their team to success. In Cutler’s case, I’m not around him enough to know how hard he does or doesn’t work. I sure hope Dilfer is informed about Cutler’s practice habits to say such things.

Nick Lachey: Cincinnati Bengals Are a Joke

Singer and performer Nick Lachey is a hardcore Cincinnati sports fan and actually almost bought the Reds several years ago. I used to call him a man-bander and think he was just a storefront fan posing as a hardcore guy, but I have to admit I was wrong. After reading his interview with SI’s Jimmy Traina earlier in the week, I have to say Lachey comes across as a true Cincinnati sports fan who knows his stuff.

The best part of the interview was when Traina asked what it’s like being a Bengals fan. As someone who has divorced from the team, I can relate and I agree 100% with Lachey’s answer. Here’s what he said:

“At one point, I tried to defend the team. But if you care about your city, your fanbase and ultimately your team, you can’t defend that ownership any longer. It’s a joke. I’ve been pretty vocal about saying there needs to be a change there. Quite frankly, I think Mike Brown would love nothing more than if this labor situation ended the season because then he wouldn’t have to pay any players, he can run scabs out there and make guaranteed money. For him, no season is a best-case scenario.”

It’s so true. You want to defend your team, but their ownership is a joke. They’re too cheap to get a new coach, too cheap to get a proper scouting department, and too cheap to get their first-round picks in camp on time. It is a joke there. I also agreed with Lachey about Ochocinco whose act in Cincinnati is played out. But the area I disagree with him on is Carson Palmer.

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Adrian Peterson Slavery Comment Obscures Important Message

There are some phrases and words that refer to such sensitive situations in American society they cannot be uttered without repercussion. Mention Hitler, Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, abortion, or The Holocaust as a basis of comparison for an unrelated subject, and you risk some serious negative backlash. It doesn’t even matter what you’re actually saying either — drop one of those phrases outside the realm of history class, and you could be in for a public beatdown. It actually reminds me of the scene from Meet the Parents where Greg says “it’s not like I have a bomb in the suitcase” while he was on an airplane. It didn’t matter that he said he didn’t have one, because once he mentioned the word “bomb,” everyone freaked out.

The same exact thing happened with Adrian Peterson.

In an interview Friday just after the owners locked out the NFL players, Doug Farrar spoke with the Vikings star running back who made the mistake of evoking one of these comparisons, and the valid points he was making is now obscured by the unfortunate reference. Here’s what he said in its entirety to provide you proper contest:

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Tom Zbikowski Boxing Again in 2 Weeks

Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski improved to 2-0 in his professional boxing career with a first-round win over Richard Bryant Saturday. If the first-round knockout didn’t convince you that Bryant was a bum, maybe the news that Zbikowski will be fighting again in two weeks should.

Zbikowski announced on both his twitter and facebook account that he has another fight set up for March 26th in Atlantic City. The card will be on HBO and feature the following four fights:

Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0) vs. Jorge Solis (40-2-2)
Miguel Garcia (24-0) vs. Matt Remillard (23-0)
Jorge Diaz (15-0) vs. Teon Kennedy (16-0-1)
Glen Tapia (8-0) vs. Eberto Medina (5-5)

Zbikowski will fit in on the undercard in some capacity, and I’m sure it will be another cupcake opponent. Like I said, Bob Arum is going to try and ride the Tommy train as long as he can until the NFL figures out its labor situation. He’s moving quickly.