Sunday, September 14, 2014

SNP's Dallas Cowboys Pre-game Show Week #2 @ Titans




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Shame.

Shame is what any Cowboys fan should feel for thinking that this Dallas team had a chance against a superior foe in Week 1. Dustin Copening and Jeff Feltman are back to lick their wounds for daring to go against the tide and predict a Cowboys win over the 49ers.

The guys break down that Week 1 disaster, looking at the pivotal plays that doomed the Boys. Was this just another bad game for Tony Romo, or is it a sign that he will never again return to the form that brought him acclaim and scrutiny?

This week's matchup looked like a probable win several months ago, but Tennessee just handled the Chiefs on the road, and they are pumped to begin their home schedule this week in Nashville. Titans coordinators Ray Horton and Jason Michael give their take on what Dallas will bring in to LP Field on Sunday, and Rod Marinelli expects to use a defensive set that could spell doom for Dallas.

Opposing players once admired the allure of the Cowboys, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore, and Dustin may have unearthed the worst fight song ever made.

Finally Copening and Feltman try to rebound from last week's illogical pick of Dallas to win by using their brains to deduce what the noon kickoff will bring for a Dallas squad fighting to get to .500 on the season.

Thanks for tuning in and share the show with a friend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Your Mid-Week Sports Update


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When football season begins, The Sports Narrative Radio Show kicks into high gear with 2 shows per week! Join us Wednesday Nights at 9pm CDT for 90 mins of jam-packed sports talk then again on Sat nights for our Cowboys/NFL Preview show! On tonight's episode:

- Roger Goodell continues to twist in the wind over this Ray Rice situation. We recap all the happenings and give our hot sports opinions on the whole issue

- With all the stories off the field, oh by the way Week 1 in the NFL happened. We fly all over the NFL landscape with a new segment called "Giveaways/Takeaways"

- To round out the first hour of football talk, we discuss the college football slate of games including the collapse of the Big Ten, a long season in Austin, UNT ends another QB's season and more

- We gotta wash down all that meaty football talk with a drink at Mick's Pub. The Mick will catch us up on celebrity hacked photos, new IPhones, Dr Who and so much more!

- My Rangers fandom is held by a tenuous thread with the resignation of Ron Washington. Was it JD or something far more sinister?

- We finish with news and notes including more NBA racism, Tennis, EPL, hockey and whatever else we can get in.

So give us a listen and tell a friend or two. LIVE Wed Sept 10th from 9-10:30p CDT or anytime after on Itunes or at www.thesportsnarrative.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Advice for Roger Goodell


By Jeff Bowers

Back in the Spring when Mark Cuban made his bold claim that the NFL Empire, much like the Romans, was nearing its fall from atop the sports landscape (link here), I and many others thought he was merely jealous or mistaken or both. Six months later, it seems Rome is indeed burning with Commissioner Goodell presiding with fiddle in hand. This Ray Rice fiasco is merely just the latest case of incompetence by this league in recent years. From concussions to Bountygate to misbehaving owners and inconsistent punishments, Goodell's tenure at the helm has been rocky at best. So here is my advice to the Commissioner to not only help his league, but also possibly save his job in 3 easy steps.


Step One: Give Up Some Power 


It has become abundantly clear that the responsibility of doling out punishment for naughty players, coaches, officials or owners is too much for one man to handle. The amount of investigation and due diligence needed to properly maintain a level consistency and responsibility far exceeds the effort displayed by the league in the past few years. From the early overreactions (like Bountygate) that were overturned by the courts to the massive under reactions (like Spygate or this Ray Rice situation), it seems as though Goodell's objective is like defending a Hail Mary: just knock it down as quickly as possible.

Therefore, I would advise the Commish to set up a special council charged with administering justice for wrong-doers. This council of 3 to 7 people would be made up of former players, execs, law enforcement and coaches (I'm looking at you, Tony Dungy) and would have a staff to help fully investigate transgressions and would write briefs on each case with dissents also included. The Commissioner would retain his power to hear appeals, but this takes the burden and the blood off of his hands and thus the league's. Showing the humility to give up a chunk of this power would also probably help him keep his job as well.


Step Two: Use It or Lose It 


Step Two is referring to the NFL's "non-profit" status (details here). An organization that produces as much money as the entire GDP of the country of Malta should either be an amazing force for charity in this country and around the world (as opposed to merely promoting its own product and convincing moms that their violent sports is "safe") or should voluntarily give up that tax break. Given the black eyes the league has suffered recently, I might recommend going with the former.

Might I advise a somewhat "biblical" solution: take 10% off the top for external charitable organizations (starting here) before distributing it to a bunch of billionaires with fixed labor costs.


Step Three: Universal Healthcare 


Even with all the vitriol around this Ray Rice situation, the biggest threat to the NFL's future is still the health and well-being of its players. The concussion issue is no where near resolved, despite the settlement reached in the lawsuit, and the safety of the game has become an issue in homes around America. To keep football from going the way of boxing due to it's violent nature, the Commissioner must take some bold action. But this issue is perhaps the easiest to solve by doing what every other corporation in America is required by law to do: provide healthcare! Not team trainers, but actual healthcare plans. Once a player gets tenure (maybe 17 active games?) he is enrolled in the league healthcare plan FOR LIFE. I figure, if Congress can do it, anyone can. These players deserve this for the sacrifices they make on the field and puts the responsibility for their health on them, thus absolving the league from any long term effects incurred from their game. By giving these players an outlet and incentive to care for themselves and their future, the NFL can truly be said to "care" for their players with financial support.


With these 3 easy steps, perhaps Commissioner Goodell can put out the torches the villages are carrying to the league's doorstep and preserve the future of the NFL for years to come.



[UPDATE: Given Roger Goodell's insistence on pleading innocence or at least innocence, I can no longer find a way for him to retain his job. However, that does not mean that the next commissioner shouldn't heed this advice. Please NFL, fix this game that we love so we can enjoy it without one eye closed!]





Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Pre-Game Show Week 1


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Strap your helmet on and get ready for another action packed and insightful year of The Sports Narrative's Dallas Cowboys Pregame Show. The expectations for the Cowboys are as low as they've been since the Jason Garrett era began. Even Jerry Jones has expressed his pessimism about the Boys season.

It all begins Sunday afternoon in Arlington against the favored San Francisco 49ers.

Dustin Copening and Jeff Feltman are here to guide you through Week 1, with expert input from Jeff Bowers. The guys bring back the staples from last year, with the Coach's Slant and a look Inside The Numbers.

Finally, they give their predictions for Week 1 and the Cowboys season as a whole, and then take a look at other matchups of note in the NFC East and the rest of the NFL.

Welcome back for another year, and thanks for listening.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Madden Special Part 2


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Jeff Bowers, The Mick and Jeff Feltman invade the humble abode of Dustin Copening to challenge his crown as Sports Narrative Madden Champion, and diversify in Part 2.

Feltman takes his battered pride on the air with Bowers, as they talk about the college football action of the weekend. Who do these football experts feel will match up in the new playoff? You'll find out.

Then, The Mick and Feltman find each other with Mick's Pub all to themselves. They shed light on the secrets of Dr. Who, while trying not to get the show kicked off the Internet.

Finally, baseball makes it's appearance as Dustin and Feltman look at the evolution of Mike Trout, and how the MLB can add more post season excitement.



Madden Special Part 1


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Jeff Bowers, The Mick and Jeff Feltman invade the humble abode of Dustin Copening to challenge his crown as Sports Narrative Madden Champion.

The gang opens with discussion about several of the newer features in Madden 15, and then the competition begins with Feltman and The Mick facing off.

Bowers and Dustin discuss the breaking NFL news of the week, including the Jerry Jones OTL story, and the league's new domestic violence rules.

Then Bowers goes to battle Feltman and The Mick joins Dustin for his annual sports segment. The guys talk Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys. Just what does 0-4 in the preseason really mean, and how does NostradaMick see the Cowboys' campaign playing out.

Which brings us to the end of Part 1 of the Madden 15 Special. Will anyone challenge Dustin as the Sports Narrative's defending Madden champ? Check out Part 2 to find out.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Sports Narrative Edict #1: Coaching Matters


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Listen to The Sports Narrative Radio Show for the best 2 hours of sports talk on the entire internet! On this week's episode:

- We preview the AFC and NFC East divisions and promo our upcoming Madden Show next week

- Speaking of football, the college ranks get fired up THIS WEEK! So excited. We thumbnail each conference and give our picks on the season

- The baseball world is on it's head with some big teams faltering and soem big players getting hurt. Mr. Feltman guides us through the tumult

- Mo episode of The Sports Narrative is complete without a stop into Mick's Pub as he is counting the seconds until the Dr. Who premier

- We finish with news and notes including" Thank you, USA Basketball, Still no Tony, No Rafa either, Big EPL Doings and more!

All that and your calls at (347) 308-8637

Listen LIVE Sat Aug 23rd from 11a-1p CDT or anytime after on Itunes or at www.thesportsnarrative.com