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Let Go Of The “Bad Apples”

By Cheval John

The Pittsburg Steelers demonstrated today why they are a first class organization.

The reason why they are a first class organization is because they released running back, LeGarrette Blount.

Blount left the field during the Steelers’ 27-24 victory against the Tennessee Titans before the game was over.

Blount’s reason for leaving the game before it was finished: “he did not get any carries.”

“We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in the statement to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.

Blount rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Steelers.

He signed with Pittsburg earlier this year after he spent three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2013 season with the New England Patriots.

This was the right move for the Steelers because Blount showcased that he was not a team player.

If he had stayed with Pittsburg, he would have caused problems and probably would have divided the team.

The Steelers are currently 7-4 and are a game behind the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North Division.

I strongly believe that Pittsburg will now be able to overtake the Bengals in the next couple of weeks because they will be more united than ever.

If a person or a business wants to go to the next level, then they must cut their association with anyone who are bad apples.

Even if it hurts to cut the association with someone who is holding you back from success, it will be worth it in the end.

You will be much better for it like the Steelers are right now.

Just ask Steelers center and captain Maurkice Pouncey.

“We’re fine,” Pouncey said to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette. “We have our starting running back. It’s probably a good thing that it happened. At the end of the day, if it was a cancer, he ended up leaving on his own. That’s a blessing for us. At the end of the day, we’re good. We don’t need him.”

Do you believe that the Steelers did the right thing in releasing LeGarrette Blount? Leave your comments below.

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College Football Playoff: The New BCS

By Cheval John

We are half way through the college football season and things are getting more interesting.

The committee for the newly implemented College Football Playoff (CFP) released their projected four teams that would make it in.

The teams that were projected this week were Mississippi State, Oregon, Florida State and TCU.

Though this is a small step in the right direction for a long overdue playoff system in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), it still has a long way to go.

What this playoff system does is benefit only the teams that are in the big 5 conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big 10, and the PAC 12) because the committee only focus on those teams that have a tough schedule and have a quality win against an opponent.

It also shows that even a convincing win against a quality opponent in their respective conference does not mean much.

For example, Baylor was ranked No. 7 in the committee’s poll.

Didn’t Baylor come back from 21 points to defeat TCU 61-58 on a last-minute field goal a couple of weeks ago?

Shouldn’t that comeback win have any validation on what type of team Baylor is?

Not in this type of playoff system.

What this shows is that you must win every game in your schedule and have a convincing win against a school that is in the big five conferences.

Also, you must make sure that if you do lose, that it should happen early in the season and not late in the season because that could come back to hurt your playoff chances.

Maybe, the top professional sports leagues in North America should model the CFP.

That way, it could give teams with pedigree like the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Lakers a chance every year to win a championship.

What are your thoughts on the College Football Playoff system?

Video Courtesy Of Baylor Athletics

There Is No “I” In Team

By Cheval John

Thank goodness you are not Kaelin Clay.

The senior wide receiver made what is possibly the bone headed play of the year that caused his team, the Utah Utes to lose against the Oregon Ducks 51-27.

The Utes had a 7-0 lead and had all the momentum going for them when quarterback Travis Wilson found Clay wide open down the field for what would have been a 78 yard touchdown pass.

However, Mr. Clay was so focused on celebrating the score that he dropped the football a yard shy before crossing into the endzone.

With a heads up play by Oregon’s defense, they pick up the football and returned it 99 yards for the touchdown and tied the score up at 7 after the extra point.

From that moment on, the Ducks steam rolled Utah en route to an important win that kept them alive for one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff.

The lesson from this: Always be a team player because it is not all about you.

Your actions can either elevate a business, organization, etc. or bring down them down very quickly like Mr. Clay’s foolish action brought down his Utah team against Oregon.

What are your thoughts on that wild play between Utah and Oregon?

Video courtesy of ESPN via BBA News

Texans Are On The “Right” Track

By Cheval John

The old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Well, the Houston Texans offense was very broken and it needed fixing.

And Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has “fixed” the problem as today he named Ryan Mallet as the starting quarterback in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Texans currently have a 4-5 record.

With a bye week, Houston have ample time to address the inconsistencies that the offense have produced under Fitzpatrick.

Naming Mallet as the starter was the correct step that they needed to take if they are going to make the playoffs.

However, Fitzpatrick seems to “dislike” the move.

“I don’t really agree with it, but I respect the hell out of Coach O’Brien.” Fitzpatrick said to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “It’s a hard thing, especially with me at this point in my career, to have to sit and take a back seat.”

Fitzpatrick have no choice but to take a seat as a backup quarterback because he had failed to lead the Texans to a winning record.

Though Fitzpatrick has 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, his inconsistencies with the offense has been a detriment to the team.

And since O’Brien believes that his team can make the playoffs despite the odds against them, he had to make the move of naming Mallet as the starting quarterback.

The lesson that people can learn from the Texans organization is this: If you are not making a contribution to your organization or in the case of the entrepreneur, not serving your clients/customers, you will be replaced by someone else who can do the job much better than you.”

That is the hard lesson that Mr. Fitzpatrick will have to deal with for possibly the rest of the season.

Do you think that coach O’Brien made the right move in naming Ryan Mallet as the starting quarterback?

Leave your comment below.

Video courtesy of NBC Sports

Clowney’s Commitment To The Houston Texans “Questioned”

By Cheval John

The Houston Texans are now 4-5 after their 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

First year head coach Bill O’Brien believes that his team can turn the season around and make the playoffs.

And since they have a bye (not playing football) this week, Mr. O’Brien will focus on fixing the inconsistencies of the offense.

I think he should really focus on trying to make sure that the No.1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney, is committed 100% to the team.

Many have question Clowney’s committment to the game of football after he “took off” from playing very hard in his last year at the University of South Carolina.

One could say that Clowney was more concerned about making the jump to the NFL and making millions of dollars in the NFL than helping South Carolina to make another run at a potential SEC title.

And it seems like Merril Hoge’s prediction about Clowney is coming true.

Since he was drafted, Clowney has only participated in two NFL games this season due to injuries and Sunday’s game to a flu.

It might be too early to tell if Mr. Hoge was right about Clowney about being a bust, but signs of Hodge being right is there.

And according to a report by ESPN, Clowney allegedly liked a photo on Instagram during the game on Sunday.

Even though it should not be a big deal, it is a big deal because it raises questions about Clowney’s commitment to the game of football.

Reports also suggests that the Texans, who in my opinion are a first class organization, are questioning whether they made the right decision to draft Clowney.

O’Brien denies the reports about questioning the commitment of Clowney to the football team.

“Yeah, he and I…like we tweeted back and forth last night.” O’Brien said to Pro Football Talk. “I went on Spacebook, he went on Twitter…I mean, I don’t know. This guy wants to play football. He’s trying to get better to get back on the field.”

One can hope that Clowney will be ready for their next game in two weeks and be very consistent in producing for the Texans.

If he continues to struggle with staying healthy and also his supposed lack of focus on the game of football, then Mr. Hoge’s prediction about Clowney will be right on the money.