BUSY NEW YEAR! Since the Show debuted on January 6, 2006, every New Year begins another year. And in 2008, I vow to keep the pedal to the metal even more than in 2007, reporting on Poli$port$Biz issues for a third, consecutive year. Let's go!
NFL vs CABLE vs FANS The NFL blacks out games, so that NFL fans cannot see games of their home team. And on the flipside, the NFL Network is trying to enlist the help of NFL fans to help them fight cable companies, by "taking action now," "clicking here" and "writing letters to newspapers." You know what's wrong with that picture.
DAWG, COUGED! There are "football fans" and then there are football fans. "Jeff Aaron The Fish" swears he's a football fan and accuses me of being a "football fan." Now I know I'm a FOOTBALL FAN! And when my Huskies "Couged it" against WSU, as a U Dub football fan, it came back to BITE ME IN THE TAIL!
GREEN MACHINEThe Boston Red Sox just won the World Series in a sweep. The New England Patriots appear to be rolling through the NFL enroute to another Super Bowl. And the Boston Celtics might be the team in the East that plays for the NBA Championship. Two words: Global Warming!
ENGAGED! Last Friday, Seattle Sonics owner, Clayton Bennett emphatically stated, "We believe it's time to engage." Clayton Bennett's resolute statement meant he was seeking arbitration to get out of the final two years of the lease. In response, yesterday Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr, announced the filing of a lawsuit which will seek to enforce the Sonics' KeyArena lease.
OVERSIGHT COMMITTEELook closely at the picture. Of course it's Gene Upshaw, Roger Goodell and Mike Ditka speaking to Congress. But they're talking to the wrong group. They should be talking to a Committee of NFL fans.
In this situtation, NFL fans watching games on TV, with the remote control in their hand, have more REAL POWER than the U.S. Congress!
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THE RACE DECK We've all read the plea and now know what Mike Vick has been doing since 2001. So what were all his corporations doing? By reading the same plea agreement, we now know what
they weren't doing; their jobs.
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NO MORE GAMES By signing the plea, Michael Vick has finally answered the questions we've all been asking. And now a whole bunch of new questions need to be answered. The BIGGEST one in my book, who really dropped the due dilligence ball?
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BLACK CRUSH 2008 The Black CRUSH
is back! The Black CRUSH
is in its sixth season. The Black BLACK CRUSH
is what launched the Show two seasons ago. The Black CRUSH was designed to change the NFL's blackout policy. The Black CRUSH has the POWER to change any policy. The Black CRUSH
is the perfect Internet/TV collaboration. The Black CRUSH begins and ends with "a click!"
MOFA VIAGRA! Not only are NFL teams gearing up with the preseason, so are the advertisers. So get ready for a season-long-chorus, by a room full of Richard Limpies, getting each other excited, singing "Viva Viagra." What kind of way is this to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' death? Don't answer that! Bottom line, Dr. McCoy never mentioned "ED" to Captain Kirk once in the 23rd Century. So why do NFL fans have to hear about it during every timeout in the 21st?
JOHN CLAYTON HOF In case you're just joining the Show, ESPN's John Clayton was inducted into the Writer's Wing, of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as the Winner of the 2007 Dick McCann Award.
I'm the Webmaster of the ONLY John Clayton Website on the Internet. A number of his buddies and colleagues stopped by and paid respect to "the Professor" via video. In reality his HOF year is 2007, so virtually John Clayton rolls through his 2007 Tour of NFL Training Camps in '007 Style. That makes me "Q," right?
YOOOOOOUUUUU'RE OUT! Those are two words umpires love barking, right? So are the ushers the umpires in the stands? Now of course, they should facilitate comfort, help curb obscenities and watch out for outlandish behaviour. But isn't it outlandish to get thrown out, by an usher, for "cheering too loud" for your team? It happened to a buddy of mine and his friend, last week at Safeco Field, during the series with the Pirates. You're NOT going to believe this story!
THE CONVERSATIONWho knows when the last time Seattle Soincs owner, Clayton Bennett and Seattle mayor, Greg Nickels actually spoke. Or who should have called whom?
But it sounds as if they'll be speaking soon. And of course, that will be a private conversataion. But from what has been heard publically, here's "our version" of how the conversation probably will go.
GRAND JURY JERKDuring Episode 3, May 11th on the Show, I said, "...I really don't care if Barry Bonds took steroids. In the overall scheme of things, I'm more interested in the politics of the Grand Jury leak." Fast forward four months, Barry Bonds is five home runs away from 756 and PRESTO!
GRIFFEY! There's hasn't been as BIG of a buzz about anyone coming to Seattle like this week, in anticipation of the return of Ken Griffey, Jr. The Mariners' All-Time, BIGGEST Superstar returned to a king's welcome, eight seasons after being traded to the Cincinatti Reds.
FIVE YEARS LATER If you've ever wondered (which I highly doubt) where my "logo picture" came from, here's the deal. Five baseball seasons ago, when MLB players were threatening to go on strike, Craig Hill wrote a story about "Fan Activism" for The News Tribune.
SANTOS & SONICS Like many other Seattle Sports Fans, I was listening to Bob Santos detailing his effort to broker an arena deal between the Sonics and the Muckleshoot Casino. And right when he got to the good part; his phone call with NBA legend and Seattle resident Bill Russell...
TIME!!!! January 19, 2007, Seattle Sonics vice chairman, Lenny Wilkens, the NBA's winningest coach, who's specialty is BASKETBALL not politics, sat before Washington's State Legislature. My take was, Weak Front. Today, July 6, 2007 it comes as no surprise he resigned. CONTINUED>>>
NFLAST CALL With "Reggie Hammond flair," the commissioner of the NFL continues making the statement, "There's a new sheriff in town. And his name is Roger Goodell." In "Coors Light fashion," Goodell shot a silver bullet of his own. Ironically, he fired it point blank at Coors, Miller, Budweiser, et al. PROHIBITION IN THE NFL!
How does this affect NFL fans? In my book, if it's not good enough for the NFL, it's not good enough for the fans!
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2 OUT OF 3? Can you tell who's missing from this photo? On the left, Bud Selig, MLB commissioner/owner. On Selig's left is Don Fehr, MLB players' union representative. When is an MLB fans' union rep going to get in the picture? Congress could never do what a unified and organized body of fans should do!
THE NUMBER 23 Maybe there really is something about the Number 23. I actually thought it would be a much higher number. I was thinking it would be closer to 36 months. For once I beleived the hype. But 23 or 36 aside, the bottom line is, MICHAEL VICK DID NOT HAVE TO GO TO PRISON! Let me repeat that, MICHAEL VICK DID NOT HAVE TO GO TO PRISON!!
THE RIGHT THING The right thing as far as the Official Sports Fan Union is concerned, is for NFL fans to DEMAND that the NFL settle the NFL Network fiasco, with a healthy percentage going to Gridiron Greats. Otherwise NFL fans have the leverage to blackout Super Bowl commercials in protest.
DEAL ME IN! Now that the NBA season has commenced, the game behind the games in Seattle has really begun. A day after Sonics owner Clayton Bennett filed for relocation, Dennis Daugs, a player in the former Sonics ownership group, stepped to the table.
FOUR MORE DECADES The plan Brian Robinson laid out on September 25th is the most practical for keeping the Sonics in Seattle and saving Seattle Center; for all of Seattle. The Sonics open their 41st home season where they should be for at least the next four decades. A Deal is a Deal is done, but "the purpose behind the proposition" is still alive and kicking. KeyArena is the key.
DUPER BOWL LThe day the NFL plays the Super Bowl in London (or anywhere outside the United States of America), is the day the NFL needs to become the IFL or WFL. NFL stands for NATIONAL Football League or "Not For Long" if you're talking to Jerry Glanville. And if the Big Game for what has become America's BIGGEST SPORTS HOLIDAY is played outside the country, the NATIONAL Football League will forever change for the worse.
DORI PUNK'D DAVEI'm a Dori Monson fan. I listen to Dori Monson all the time. Dori Monson is one of the most informed people on Seattle radio. Dori Monson is one of the fairest talk-radio hosts around. Dori Monson always lets people have their say. So I was really excited about speaking with Dori Monson on the Seahawks Post-game Show; right up to the point Dori Monson treated me like a punk.
SECOND TERMThe last order of business before the NFL season starts is naming the 2007 "Queer Tie for the Sports Guy" poster guy. And so I'm glad to announce Jimmy Kimmel's second term and the renewal of the UNknot Jimmy Kimmel Campaign.
PETA = PTTPPower To The People played as big of a part in the politics and business of the Mike Vick case as anything. "Poli$port$Biz" as I put it; politics, sports and business. What if NFL fans got as rabid over the NFL blackout policy, as PETA people over Mike Vick's policy? Black CRUSH that's what!
ROLLIN' AGAINALL ABOARD! Now that the NFL season is rolling, the Black CRUSH Bus is officially back on the cyber road enroute to Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix. WeTheFans.com starts this season where it left off last season; reving up the NFL Blackout Petition. Are you MAD AS HELL about the NFL pension plan of former players? Then your ride is here and the countdown is on.
WRATH OF CONSay the leader of the planet "ALLtheDAMNedPILLS" popped up on the Enterprise's screen. And let's say he told Kirk they were hell bent on forcing a pill (with lots of beer) down the throat of every man's mind. What do you think Captain James T. Kirk would do, just sit there or "Put phasers on high?" I put it another way, "WE CONTROL THE REMOTE."
PLAYING FOR DITKA On the other end of the Canton-excitement-spectrum, Hall of Famer, Mike Ditka. The coach boycotted this year's ceremonies in protest of the NFL's pension policy of the Elder Statesmen of the league.
We all watched Coach Ditka and Harry Carson on HBO's Real Sports back in January. And I'm with Coach Ditka now that he's "drawn the line of scrimmage" with his Canton stance. Howard Stern wasn't Sirius enough and GoDaddy's Bob Parsons was ready to go. But whether it's NFL blackouts, freedom of speech or "lining up with Heroes of the Past," the Black CRUSH has the POWER to change policy. Put me in Coach, I'm ready to play!
FIRST STRIKE On July 26, 2007 a press conference was held at the Mainstage Comedy Club for "A Deal is a Deal:" Initiative 93. That was the beginning of a grass-roots Seattle Sonics fans/Business owners/Taxpayers/Voters effort to generate 18,000 signatures for getting I-93 on the February Ballot. WeTheFans Internet Radio Network has the ONLY full-length video of the press conference.
MY MOMMA SAID! A federal indictment is the most pressure Michael Vick has ever faced. So who's going to make the Michael Vick call? Roger Goodell? Arthur Blank? Vick's agent? His attorney? Michael Vick himself? My money is on Michael Vick's momma! She has more power in this situation than all of the others combined. The power of a "Mother's Love" can emphatically tell Michael Vick, "YOU ARE NOT PLAYING FOOTBALL THIS SEASON!"
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CHEW ON THIS "Over 450 million pouches later, Big League Chew® celebrates its 25th anniversary!" That's what it says on the back of the pouch, but take a very close look at the player on the front.
TAKING THE INITIATIVE Since the Ken Griffey, Jr. Returns Lovefest ended, the BIG BUZZ in Seattle has been the Save Our Sonics crew generating support for an Initiative, that would "legally force" the Mayor of Seattle to not accept a KeyArena lease buy-out from Sonics owner Clayton Bennett.
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AND THEN... A couple of days later, WeTheFans.com got some airtime on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption. Fast forward five years and I STILL want Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald, to apologize for referring to me as an "outraged Internet dork." So if you run into him, hold him and call me!
WNBA BEEF If Dewayne Wade has to watch tape on Sir Charles in those "tight shorts" to get into his Five, then the WNBA should start wearing tight shorts to market the game. And this isn't just about Barkley's Five. What about the millions of NBA fans who were subjected to the torture of 40 years of men in tight shorts? NBA fans paid the price and earned the right for the equal treatment of watching the WNBA play in tight shorts for at least 20 years!
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