Myles Garrett Promises More Mayhem

While talking to the press after signing his $125 million contract with the Browns, Myles Garrett said:

“I am just going to play the game how I have always played it, and that is not dirty.”

Sound familiar? That’s exactly what Garrett said after being fined $42,000 after the Jets game in Week 2 of the 2019 season:

“…just gonna play the game like it’s supposed to be played.”

And we all know what happened eight games later in the Browns’ first game against the Steelers: Garrett was suspended indefinitely. Garrett’s attitude translates into more penalties, fines, and suspensions. So, Brown’s fans, brace yourselves for another disappointing season.

Even after the second-longest suspension for on-field misconduct in NFL history, Garrett is still unrepentant. How is that even possible? I guess all the therapy and discussions with NFL officials didn’t take. And this all reflects badly on Browns’ new head-coach Kevin Stefanski, and owners, Dee & Jimmy Haslam who have failed to get Garrett to recognize the player-safety goals of the NFL.

Last week, former NFL scout, John Middlekauff said on his podcast that he would never bet on the Browns because of their bad ownership. Browns fans are ecstatic about the upgrades made to the Browns roster, coaching staff, and front office for the 2020 season. But you have to wonder; is there any amount of talent that can overcome bad ownership? Are the Browns doomed to being the most-talented mediocrity in the league?

In any case, the Browns should start thinking about using their #1 draft pick in 2021 for a defensive end; probably not what they are thinking right now. But with Garrett all but promising further suspensions, Browns management needs to be focused on a Plan B. Because last year’s Plan B was a disaster with the Browns going 2-4 in the last six games of the season, which were supposed to be the easy part of their schedule. The Browns defense just fell apart without Garrett.

Garrett is a great player. But depending upon him to be available to play is just bad management.

NFL Virus Strategy

Imagine two Super Bowl contenders: one team has all COVID-19 virgins on its roster; the other team has nothing but infected players. Which team would you bet on to win the Super Bowl? If you bet on the first team, may I suggest that you are an imbecile? Obviously, the second team has players with antibodies, while the first team’s players are sitting ducks, several of which will likely test positive during the season and have to quarantine for two weeks, at best.

So, antibodies are a hot commodity for the 2020 NFL season. And while it may one day be possible to suck antibodies out of a recovered person, and inject them into an uninfected person to convey immunity, that has yet to be accomplished. So, the only reliable way to get antibodies is to get them the old-fashioned way: by surviving an infection. So, fans should be rooting for their team to get mild infections now, in order to prevent infections during the season.

But, will NFL coaches leave this to chance? Might there be a coach out there who will deliberately infect his players? Let’s see…which coach can be relied upon to cheat at every turn? Hmm. I won’t mention any names, but I will give you a hint: the guy I have in mind is currently missing a third-round draft pick. Let’s keep an eye on him, shall we?

The NFL is striving to keep all things equal between teams when it comes to practicing. But is there anything they can do to make sure that all teams suffer the same from the coronavirus? I don’t think so. The only possible method would be to infect all players now, and that is simply not ethical.

If a coach did deliberately infect his players, he could be brought up on attempted-murder charges. But what if all the players secretly signed consent forms? Or decided amongst themselves to self-infect? If they wanted to recover before the season started, they would have to do it now. And then they would have to explain away the sudden “outbreak” on the team: “Gosh, somebody didn’t wash his hands, and now we’re a hot-spot. I hope we can all recover in time.”

While there is an opportunity to cheat here, the most-likely scenario will be that the coronavirus is simply treated like any other injury. You get it, you miss a few games, and then you come back.

And there are more virus-strategy issues. What if your team doctor, or local medical systems, refuse to treat players with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for political reasons? Or if they do give HCQ, do they first screen the patient for Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD)? That might be a big factor considering how many African-American players there are in the NFL.

This all begs the question? Should the NFL regulate the treatment of COVID-19 infected players?

In case you think I’m crazy for considering these things, imagine the long-suffering Cleveland Browns making it to the AFC Championship game in January, and then Baker Mayfield tests positive, ending his season. Would this not induce a mass-suicide in the Dawg Pound? If Baker could foresee this future, would he self-infect? I don’t know, but I bet he would think about it considering how rabidly competitive he is. And Baker isn’t the only rabidly competitive player in the NFL. This isn’t the NBA after all.

With luck, this may all be moot by opening day. The CDC just reported:

“Mortality attributed to COVID-19 decreased compared to last week and is currently at the epidemic threshold but will likely increase as additional death certificates are processed.”

In other words, COVID-19 is a stone’s throw away from losing its status as an epidemic.

Note: the CDC link above is for the week ending June 27, 2020. It may change by time you read this.

Don’t Let Fauci Take Your NFL

If you see an NFL player, you should not ask him for a selfie. Instead, you should recoil in horror, and shout at him to get back in his bubble. Or at least, that’s what a little troll by the name of Anthony Fauci might advise you to do.

For some ridiculous reason, the NFL asked Fauci for advice. Predictably, Fauci told them to close up shop:

“Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall.”

Fauci acts as if there is no such thing as antibodies. And while the jury is still out on the exact behavior of COVID-19 antibodies, I think it’s safe to say that they do indeed exist. Otherwise, we would have thousands of people suffering from multiple infections; something that has not been observed.

So, I personally wouldn’t be the least bit worried about taking a selfie with Ezekiel Elliott. Here is what he said about his battle with COVID-19:

“I would say I had maybe one or two days when I felt symptoms. Even then, it wasn’t too bad. I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. Now, I feel good. I feel normal.”

Hardly the end of the world, right? After all, this is football we’re talking about – a game that is literally the equivalent of being in a car crash – weekly. Broncos’ superstar Von Miller, who suffers from asthma, had it worse than Elliot, but even he will recover much faster than he did from the torn ACL he suffered in 2013.

So, which would you prefer? To be sacked by Cleveland Browns’ defensive-end Miles Garret, or get infected with COVID-19? Miles would snap my spine in two, so I would take my chances with COVID-19.

President Trump slapped down Fauci right after the bubble comment, so the NFL is safe for now. However, that may not last. First, kneeling players may cause Trump to withdraw his protection. Second, a Biden victory in November might spell the end of football mid-season. Third, the NFL Players Association may pull out the old “abundance of caution” and order its players to surrender. Fourth, the NFL might simply run up the white flag as the COVID-19 hype reaches deafening levels.

Which it will.

Prepare to be terrorized like you have never been terrorized before. Take a look at this official CDC map (click to enlarge):

The whole country is green, and considering the current media hype, green must mean that everybody is dying, right? Wrong. Green means that, statistically, nobody is sick enough to go to the doctor. Here is what the chart looked like back in February 2020:

Now that was a problem. But today? It’s smooth sailing.

Those maps are made from data collected by the U.S. Influenza Surveillance System – one of the fabulous things our hard-working government bureaucrats produce for us. Go to this page and play with the interactive map yourself.

The map probably won’t begin to heat up until around Election Day, when the weather gets cold, and people start staying inside and breathing on each other all day.

There is a lot of pressure on the NFL right now, during the summer when nobody is sick. Imagine how intense the pressure will get when flu season starts, and people get sick for real.

Furthermore, it’s entirely possible that the NFL will save more lives than it takes by playing the 2020 season. Back in May, doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California reported that they had more suicide deaths than COVID-19 deaths during the lockdown. It turns out that being isolated, locked-down, and terrorized by constant media propaganda takes a toll on many people who then look for a way out.

But, if you have the NFL to watch, you will at least be able to enjoy a few hours of your life every week during the inevitable second lockdown. And that will likely save some lives.

In other words, the NFL is likely to be medicinal. It should be provided to the public just like Vitamin D. And while players make more money than Trader Joe’s clerks, they should still be lauded for their service.

They will shut the NFL down if they can, so fans will need to fight for their right to party. Write to your congresspersons, your governor, and your mayor, and make sure that they know that the only way they can get your vote is if you can watch Nick Chubb trample DBs like they were so many bowling pins every Sunday.