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Posted 26 Jul 2014
QuoteDarrelle Revis is enjoying his time with the New England Patriots, but that's not what he originally had in mind.
The All-Pro cornerback acknowledged to the New York Daily News on Friday that he originally had his agent reach out to the Jets about a reunion, but they weren't interested in taking him back. Still, though the Jets were his first choice, Revis isn't disappointed in where he landed.
"It really doesn't matter," Revis said. "It's an organization. They are going to run it how they want to run it and choose who they want to choose. There's no hard feelings. You got to move on."
Though Revis said the adjustment to becoming one of his former AFC East rivals has been "weird," he's settling into his role and has been building strong relationships with his teammates.
"It doesn't matter what color you got on," Revis said. "I always look at it as long as I'm playing the game that I love, it really doesn't matter. I was on that side. You're not supposed to like your rival no matter where you play. I'm here now. All that is in the past. Right now, I'm a Patriot. I'm excited to be here."
And in even more exciting news for Pats fans, Revis also said his surgically repaired knee feels great and that he's "in the best shape in (his) career."
"Last year was really tough coming off the injury, even though I played in all 16 games," Revis said. "But it was just tough. I wasn't where I needed to be. Now I'm a little bit more excited. I feel butterflies more. I'm just ready."
Posted 10 Jul 2014
QuoteSurvey: Most Republicans Who Bought Obamacare Coverage Like Their Plans
Dylan Scott – July 10, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT
About three-quarters of Republicans who obtained health insurance under Obamacare are satisfied with their coverage, according to a survey published Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund.
The survey found that 74 percent of Republicans said they were very or somewhat satisfied with their new coverage. Overall, 78 percent of Americans said they were satisfied: 73 percent of those enrolled in a private plan and 84 percent of those enrolled in Medicaid.
There was a minimal difference between the previously uninsured and the previously insured: 79 percent of the former were satisfied and 77 percent of the latter were, according to the survey by the group, which is generally supportive of Obamacare.
Those surveyed also reported being better off: 58 percent said that they were better off now than they were before, while 9 percent said they were worse off. And 81 percent said that they were optimistic that their new coverage would help them get the health care they need.
Some of the survey's broader findings, on the overall drop in the number of uninsured and the percentage of Obamacare enrollees who were previously uninsured, generally fell within other findings. It found that the uninsured rate for adults under 65 fell from 20 percent to 15 percent since Obamacare enrollment began. It also found that 63 percent of Obamacare enrollees had been previously uninsured.
The survey, conducted from April 9 to June 2, covered 4,425 U.S. adults.
Now just imagine how much they would love a single payer system like many other industrialized nations already have.
Posted 10 Jul 2014
QuoteMornhinweg: Jets have a first-ballot Hall of Famer in Chris Johnson
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 5, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT
New Jets running back Chris Johnson says he’s confident the team will keep feeding him the ball this season. Given the way Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talks about Johnson, that seems like a safe bet.
According to Mornhinweg, Johnson isn’t just a good running back. He’s an all-time great running back.
“He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Mornhinweg told ESPN.
That statement is, frankly, ridiculous, based on what Johnson has accomplished so far. Johnson has 7,965 rushing yards in his career, which is nowhere near enough to merit Hall of Fame consideration. (Jerome Bettis has almost 6,000 more yards than Johnson and has been voted down by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.)
Maybe Mornhinweg means he thinks the 28-year-old Johnson will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer after a great few seasons with the Jets. Johnson considers himself capable of another 2,000-yard season, which would make him the only player in NFL history to top 2,000 rushing yards twice. If Johnson does that, we can start talking seriously about his merits as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
28 is still a good age for a running back. So what was his problem with the Titans? Hopefully he can return to his old self and become a Pro-Bowler again for us before he turns 30.
Posted 9 May 2014Well Idzik certainly does have a type. Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle could be brothers they look so much alike.
Posted 15 Feb 2014
QuoteNFL Report: Incognito and Two Others Harassed Martin
By Tracy Connor, NBC News
The NFL's independent investigation into Jonathan Martin's claims that he was bullied has found that three Miami Dolphins starters — Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey — "engaged in a pattern of harassment" that included vile racial and anti-gay slurs.
The 144-page report by lawyer Ted Wells, which was released Friday, said the harassment was directed at Martin, another unnnamed Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
The Japanese-born trainer was the target of "racial slurs and other racially derogatory language," Wells said. Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey allegedly once donned "rising sun" headbands and threatened to hurt him to avenge the attack on Pearl Harbor.
"The other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching," Wells continued.
"Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments.” The report details Incognito, who is white, calling Martin, who is black, the N-word in a text and in person.
Incognito's lawyer said the report was "replete with errors" and there is no evidence that Martin's mental health or athletic performance was impacted by his teammates.
"It is disappointing that Mr. Wells would have gotten it so wrong, but not surprising. The truth, as reported by the Dolphins players and as shown by the evidence, is that Jonathan Martin was never bullied by Richie Incognito or any member of the Dolphins Offensive line," attorney Mark Schamel said in a statement.
Wells wrote that the harassment did contribute to Martin's decision to bolt from the Dolphins in the middle of his second season. But he said it does not appear the veterans — Incognito and Jerry joined the team in 2010, Pouncey in 2011 — were trying to drive him off or cause serious emotional distress.
Yet Wells said text messages that Martin sent to his parents and others — months before he walked off the team Oct. 28 and checked into a hospital for psychological treatment — corroborate his story that he was tormented by how he was treated.
The report, which is full of crude text messages, says that Martin and Incognito had an "odd but seemingly close friendship" marked by two-way "vulgar" communication.
"Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments."
Martin was especially sensitive to insults because he had been bullied in high school, and he contemplated suicide twice last year, the report says.
"To be candid, we struggled with how to evaluate Martin’s claims of harassment given his mental health issues, his possible heightened sensitivity to insults and his unusual, 'bipolar' friendship with Incognito," the report said.
"Nonetheless, we ultimately concluded that Martin was indeed harassed by Incognito, who can fairly be described as the main instigator, and by Jerry and Pouncey, who tended to follow Incognito’s lead."
Among the evidence: an entry in a notebook the offensive linemen kept to record each other's infractions and fines; Incognito fined himself $200 for "breaking JMart" and later asked teammates to destroy the book.
The other player who was harassed endured constant homophobic teasing that was not restricted to his teammates, the reporter said. When offensive line coach Jim Turner gave all his players inflatable female dolls as gag gifts in Christmas 2012, the "quiet and unassuming" young man got a male doll.
The report also faulted Turner for sending Martin text messages exhorting him to "do the right thing" and defend Incognito after word of the bullying leaked out in the fall.
However, Wells concluded there was no evidence the Dolphins' front office knew about the alleged abuse.
Text messages between Incognito and Pouncey showed they were furious with Martin after he left the team.
"Snitches get stitches," Incognito wrote. "Blood in blood out F------guy."
Pouncey's reply: "He’s dead to me."
The NFL Players Association said it was reviewing the report.
In a statement, team owner Stephen Ross called the language and behavior that the report said was directed at Martin "deeply disturbing."
"I told Ted Wells personally during my visit with him that we are committed to addressing the issues outlined in this report," Ross said. "We must work together towards a culture of civility and mutual respect for one another. ... I have made it clear to everyone within our organization that this situation must never happen again."
The report was released just two days after Incognito went on a Twitter rant against Martin, apologizing for rude language but insisting he was a "loyal friend and good teammate."
Dear Jon Martin..... The truth is going to bury you and your entire “camp”. You could have told the truth the entire time.
- Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 b/c he wasn't playing well. Told me he felt worthless.
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014
First published February 14th 2014, 11:40 am
Why am I not surprised that Pouncey was one of the tormentors?
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