Take 5… Jets vs. Patriots, Calipari cusses, Welcome to 2011 NASCAR, Lombardi cries, and the NFLPA gets desperate!

Here on Take 5… we’re going to give you a quick run down on the 5 most interesting sports stories (according to us) of the previous week along with our takes on each story.

After a lot of trash talk this past week, straight from the feet, ahh I mean heart, the Jets prevailed ending the Patriots season.  Did you enjoy the back and forth that ultimately ended in a warning from the NFL?

Henry:  I loved trash talk before this game.  Cromartie’s hate, Ryan’s personal throw down, and Welker’s witty counter.  No question the Jets trash talk worked as it resulted in the first series benching of Welker by Belichick.  The curtain call by Bart Scott after the game solidified this as one of the best exchanges of all time.

Ryan: Cromartie went too far but Wes Welker was the story of the week with one of the most brilliant press conferences of all-time where he mentioned feet 11 times without even a smirk!

Dallas: The teams talked a lot of trash, the NFL stepped in but they didn’t stop. They simply said the trash talk will be factored into any disciplinary action required for actions during the game. I loved it and so did the NFL. I definitely paid more attention to the games.

On Wednesday I received a Tweet from John Calipari, coach of the University of Kentucky, apologizing for his behaviour. Calipari was caught on tape calling one of his players a mother f’er. When was the last time you were motivated by cursing?

Henry:  I’m pretty sure I have been motivated by swearing both good and bad.  What age or league is this unacceptable though?  Can coaches of little league use this behaviour and be so quickly forgiven?  What if I do it?  Ryan you cocky piece of s*#@!  How does that make you feel?

Ryan: It happens in all NCAA sports because it is a business. Millions of dollars are on the line, for the coach with each win and the university, every time an NCAA team plays. This is so minute in comparison to what happens at practice…..BELIEVE ME!

Dallas: Ryan swears at me just before every show and it motivates the s*#@ out of me!

NASCAR changes scoring system, reads the headlines in every newspaper worth reading.  Ingeniously, they now plan on awarding points based on a teams finishing position. What were they doing before and does this contribute to your list of reasons for why you don’t watch NASCAR?

Henry:  I was under the impression that fans only watch NASCAR for the crashes, tailgating, and the excuse to get wrecked in a social environment instead of their front porch.  Why the attempt to legitimize the sport now NASCAR?  Why not cater to your fans and shoot more fireworks before and after the Kid Rock performance?

Dallas: I wish I could answer this question but seriously, what were they doing before? In a sport, and I use the term loosely (kidding!) that loves its spectacular crashes, why have they been awarding points based on consistency rather than wins? I am puzzled.

Ryan: NASCAR??? No I’m not answering a NASCAR question when we live in Winnipeg. NEXT!

A disputed goal was scored this week against the Los Angeles Kings that ultimately became the game winner.  The puck appeared to be contacted by a stick, well above the crossbar and yet the video review board awarded a goal, as did the officials on the ice.  L.A. King’s General Manager, Dean Lombardi, questioned the replay crew’s motivations because it was led by Mike Murphy, who was shot down for the Kings GM position in the off-season.  Should this have been a goal and should we question his integrity?

Henry:  I love that Lombardi said what everyone is always thinking.  Someone is out to screw me and it must be ummmm, you!  Don’t look internally at yourself or the organization that is falling apart.  Point your finger at the first person you see with even the weakest of motives and cry foul.

Dallas: I don’t want to answer that question. Instead, somebody answer this one for me:  is this a natural progression in a goal judge’s career, to become the GM of an NHL team? We should definitely question this guy’s integrity and I’ll bet he will no longer have a job come the weekend.

Ryan: This is a pretty intriguing story and I wish we’d get the NHL’s true findings on it but we never will. Lombardi getting a $50,000 fine makes me think he’s on to something.

The NFLPA launched a day of solidarity, January 18, 2011, on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.  The goal of the day was to block the impending NFL lockout.  What effect, if any, do you think this will have on the NFL and its owners?

Dallas: None at all. If the NFLPA is relying on winning the sympathy vote with the fans and having that as their “ace up their sleeve” come negotiation time, I would not want to be an NFL player right now because you’re about to get screwed!

Henry:  I agree, this won’t have any effect, but it was impressive nonetheless as they achieved a trending status on Twitter, something Brett Favre`s junk came close to, but never quite achieved.  This was a creative way to draw attention to their plight, but fans already side with the players against the owners, this just confirmed that.

Ryan: Absolutely none! The NFLPA is doing this because they know they have NO leverage when it comes to the CBA. This is a desperate attempt in what is about to be a rough ride for the PA.

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