The 49ers and their HC Jim Harbaugh have not been winning any popularity polls lately. Darnell Dockett fired the first flames last year by admitting he hated the Niners. But that was when Arizona was considered a contender, not a last place team. Last place teams don’t have the right to command attention and hiss.
But this offseason, both the Rams and Seahawks have taken to the Tweet waves to express disparaging remarks about Harbaugh and the team. Vernon Davis responded by saying the Seahawks are an up-and-coming dynasty, but Harbaugh was less kind, calling them cheaters.
It’s going to be an interesting year. We might actually see some blog-like brawls break out.
The arrest of New England TE Aaron Hernandez for first degree murder inevitably stirs memories of the 1994 arrest of OJ Simpson for double homicide. Both events occurred in June, for you woo-woo fans. The OJ freeway chase/escort and subsequent lengthy trial captured the fascination of the entire country, but we’re quite a bit more jaded these days and Hernandez is only drawing morbid interest in the football world.
Some say Reality TV began with the OJ case, and now we have shows all over the tube featuring people willing to demean themselves to almost any degree in order to get on TV and acquire their 15 minutes of fame.
As yet, we have no idea what egregious sin the slain fellow, Odin Lloyd, committed against Hernandez that provoked him to throw away his NFL football career, multi-million dollar lifestyle, and freedom in order to reap the momentary pleasure of pumping five shots into his alleged friend and boyfriend of his fiancé’s sister. Respect for life was definitely nowhere to be found in Hernandez’s value system. Did Lloyd sell a piece of Hernandez memorabilia and not share the profits? A TMZ photo surfaced Wednesday, showing a Hernandez self-pic proudly holding up his Glock. Did Lloyd steal that pic off Hernandez’s phone and sell it to TMZ?
Of course, murdering someone and getting convicted for it are two different ballgames. If you’re poor, the gavel comes down rather easily. If you’re rich, you can get creepy lawyers with the capability of subverting almost any legal process. As a lawyer once candidly remarked to me, “That’s an interesting case. How much justice can you afford?”
In OJ’s first trial, quite a bit of “justice.” In his second trial, not quite so much. In his third, none at all.
Which just goes to show the one thing money can’t buy is intelligence. You have to get that the old fashioned way: by working at it. If these NFL athletes spent as much time exercising their brains as they do their bodies, the colleges and universities would be turning out a nation full of brainiacs. And most of them would be in the unemployment line.