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Sunday, September 25th, 2016

ANTONIO DAVIS FOLLOW UP

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As valued reader PV pointed out in the comments of the earlier post, it seems that Mrs. Davis has quite a stake in what happened too.

So let’s say that the fan, 22 year-old Michael Axelrod of Chicago, was indeed cussed at and poked in the face. Does this warrant a one million dollar lawsuit? Not likely. But maybe fans like Axelrod have just about had it with the way athletes and now their families get a free pass in this society. I wrote the other day about Salivatin’ Sean Taylor and how his trial was moved back because there was a slim possibility he could have practice. It’s just ridiculous. Maybe Mrs. Davis felt that because her husband was playing in the game it was OK to stand the whole time and bother fans.

If I was poked in the face for every time I’ve yelled at a ref or player I’d be dead by now. That behavior is unacceptable. As Axelrod points out, “People can’t go out there and make up lies that are going to hurt me … and expect that it’s OK, because there are some athletes people will believe. There’s a good possibility I would’ve let it go, except for that. When I came home, all [Davis and the Knicks] were saying was, they were drunk and abusive fans. That crossed the line, because that’s not what happened. That’s one reason [for the prospective suit], and another reason is someone needs to be held responsible for this type of behavior.”

Maybe Mr. Axelrod is taking a stand for all fans. Athletes and their families shouldn’t be able to act like they are above the average fan. And if it’s true that she was cussing out the fan, does she kiss her little kids with that mouth? This reeks pretty bad. And I’d say someone is sleeping on the couch–and it ain’t AD.

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">Anonymous</span>

    I don’t think we can let Ron Turner off the hook. We had talked off-Blog about his pattern of opening the game passing, and while I understood the plan and even admired some of the aggressivebess, I expressed concern that they weren’t establishing the strength they had shown during their win streak: run the ball.

    So what does he open the game with? Not only three straight passes, but not even high percentage throws, a bomb and another deeper pattern. And of course 3 & out–in fact, I believe, 4 out of the first 5 drives were 3 & out. Unacceptable, especially considering the D was toasted early, and clearly not its dominating itself. They needed balance and some clock eating.

    And gee whaddaya know, during the middle portions of the game when they had their 3 scoring drives, there was more balance. They got the ball in Thomas Jones’ hands more. Someone said it earlier this year, that if Turner has a weakness it’s that he overthinks, and we saw that yesterday, and throughout the year at times. But when he keeps it simple, focuses on balance, he can do a very nice job of mixing plays–which is why I was happy he came here. All I want to see is an offense that can, you know, throw when the other team is thinking run and run when they’re looking pass! Simple and effective! Balance and rhythm! Turner can do this, if he would just stop making it harder than it has to be.

    Even before this game, in my mind the Bears top off-season priority is depth and talent in the secondary. Azumah is most likely gone, and appears to have a chronic hip condition anyway. Mike Green is so gonna be cut. Tillman was the weak link all year, and sorely exposed yesterday–in fact he was flat out pathetic (that’s a whole other posting, really)–so a future upgrade is needed. And if they can grab a CB who can double as a returner, all the better. Then look at WR, again, looking for someone who can return kicks as well if possible–though isn’t Randle El a FA? That would solve two holes and be a great pickup for this team. Then worry about TE, and then the overlooked need is really depth at LB. Briggs is most likely gonna bolt for more dough after next year, and I shouldn’t have to see Leon Joe as the first LB off the bench when Hunter got hurt.

    And really, seeing Chris Thompson, Joe, & Eddie Berlin out there at key moments, and what we saw collectively in the Minn game, this roster certainly could use some depth.

    And it would be nice if the defense had more than one look–this isn’t the first time Lovie’s been exposed like this (wasn’t it the Panther that did it in Stl as well)? Anyway, again, that’s a whole other topic…and I’m rambling…bad sports weekend in Chicago…and I’m crabby.

    PV

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    all good points. Things you can never have enough of: CBs and linemen. Randle El is indeed a FA. Green is indeed on the bus–he apparently missed his assignment on the Steve Smith 20+ yard end around.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/13441809988487585009" rel="nofollow">The Armchair Quarterback</a>

    I still can’t believe Grossman didn’t play last week. If there ever was a time to risk injury in favor of getting more reps in, that was it. I don’t know if it would have made a difference but it seems like common sense.

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