I just want to take a minute to wish my good friend Marvin Lewis a happy birthday. The Bengals head coach celebrated earlier this week by firing long-time assistant, and most recent Bengals’ offensive coordinator, Ken Zampese. He followed it up by letting the team know that Zampese didn’t get himself fired, the team did, and if they don’t turn things around soon then they may be next. While I admire the motivational tactic, I think Marvin may be the next one on the chopping block if the Bengals fortunes don’t change soon. It seems like at least one NFL expert agrees with me. A few more ugly losses and Marvin may not make it past the bye week. So, like I said, Happy Birthday Marvin! And now that we’ve gotten things off to such a positive note, welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty…
Zeke’s Still Playing…For Now
A U.S. Appeals Court has agreed to hear oral arguments from both sides of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension case on October 2nd. This means that Zeke will be eligible to play for at least the next two weeks. The NFL is looking to have Zeke serve his suspension immediately while the NFLPA is seeking to have it overturned altogether. This is starting to feel a little bit like the whole Deflategate ordeal, which felt like it dragged on forever. Here’s hoping this gets resolved sooner rather than later.
If I’m Dallas I think I start lobbying the NFL to allow the suspension to start retroactively in Week 2, because Zeke may as well have not played in the Cowboys’ 42-17 loss to the Broncos last weekend. Elliott rushed for just 8 yards and was caught on camera walking towards the sideline mid-play after a Dallas turnover. Not the best look for a guy whose maturity and discipline have been called into question several times throughout his college and NFL career. Zeke did apologize for the lack of effort, so at least he owned up to it. The next step is to finally get his shit together, on and off the field.
Stick to Politics?
Roger Goodell and Donald Trump may have a little beef brewing. The NFL commissioner recently fired back at the U.S. President for comments he made regarding NFL players and their social justice demonstrations. (Yes, that is a real statement and not some bad WWE storyline). Goodell came out and said that Trump’s comments showed a lack of respect for the NFL and its players and said they’re at they’re best when the players are able to create a sense of unity in our country.
I’m not here comment on the players’ demonstrations, and I’m not here to comment on the President or his politics. The internet is full of people’s opinions on both, and I’m not interested in adding to the cacophony of digital arguments and outrage. I just want to comment on the absurdity of the situation in general. I like my sports and politics like I imagine most parents like their kids: as far away from each other as possible. I realize in this day and age it isn’t possible to tell both sides to stay in their own lane though. For better or for worse, that’s the era we live in. But 3 or 4 years ago I never would have imagined we’d be talking about a professional sports league’s commissioner calling out our country’s President for comments he made about the league’s players. Somehow, I feel like millennials are to blame for all of this.
Oklahoma State and Ohio State have reached an agreement on the use of the “OSU” acronym. As I mentioned earlier this year, Oklahoma State had filed a dispute against Ohio State’s trademark request for rights to use “OSU” on merchandise and advertising. It was agreed that due to the teams’ different logos, nicknames and color schemes, it was unlikely that one school would be confused for another, so both teams retain the right to use the acronym nationwide. There are several caveats though: neither team can use it in conjunction with the other team’s nicknames or color schemes, and neither team can use it to disparage or belittle the other (aka, no calling the other team the “fake OSU”).
I’m glad they were able to get that resolved, now I can finally sleep at night. I am a little disappointed that I’ll never realize my dream of owning an officially licensed orange and black Buckeyes T-shirt with a cowboy on it, but that’s the way she goes sometimes. Since it’s not explicitly forbidden, I assume that it’s mandatory for both teams to bash Oregon State (aka “The Real Fake OSU) every chance they get. Sorry Beavers fans…
Thank you for joining me for another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. Last weekend I declared my hatred for all things sports, but after seeing the Buckeyes bounce back against Army, and (hopefully) with a confidence booster against UNLV, they should be able to iron out some the issues that did them in against Oklahoma and I can go back to liking sports at an unreasonable level. The Bengals still haven’t given me much to be optimistic about, but beggars can’t be choosers. At least hockey season is right around the corner. Be sure to leave a comment if you liked what you read, and make sure you check out the rest of the site and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. See you next weekend.