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NY Times Room for Debate: Alex Rodriguez Is An Easy Target

The NY Times once again let me express one of my strong opinions for their “Room for Debate” blog. This week the topic was the MLBs attempt to suspend A-Rod for life. I was asked if I think A-Rod is a scapegoat. The answer is yes.

Since this piece had to be short I didn’t get to spend an awful lot of time explaining how much I think it negatively impacts a sport for it’s greatest stars to be reviled. If that happened in the NFL I would be DEVASTATED. I also ended the piece by mentioning that PEDs should be integrated into the sport in a science-based fashion. 

I think that weeding out all cheaters is not only a huge time and resource drain it also seems like an attempt to turn back the hands of time and try to get people satisfied with production that isn’t affected by drugs. Now maybe this won’t have a substantial impact on, say, whether there’s another home run race or attempt at breaking the record, but what if it does? Then what? 

Just something to think about. Check out the piece, and let me know what you think. Feel free to disagree, scream, or of course tell me how I great I am! 

[Alex Rodriguez is an easy target. NY Times: Room for Debate]


Where to Follow Me On Social Media

I realized earlier today that I have never done a post on where I am on social media. So I’ll just take a few seconds to list out my accounts. Mainly, I’m doing this because right now my account names aren’t consistent across platforms. I’m working to fix that. In fact, today I tried to get a new you tube channel started and google hated on me because I didn’t want that dumb google plus crap they’re trying to push on us. I was livid! 

Anyway, here’s the list: 

Instagram: NFLGoodwitch

Facebook: Playerperspective 

Facebook: NFLGoodwitch

Tumblr: NFLGoodwitch

Twitter: NFLGoodwitch

Youtube: Playerperspective

Google Plus: NO NO NO NO NO! I refuse! 



Want Me to Livetweet or LiveBlog Your Podcast or Video Cast?

I do a lot of things in blogging community right, but my biggest fail is my support of other bloggers, vloggers and podcasters. I’m not stingy with linking to other folks or praising their work, but I get so tied up in my own stuff I rarely comment in the comments sections of other folks’ blogs or listen to fellow sports bloggers’ podcasts and video casts.

But, I want to be a better digital person. I figured one way I can get myself on the right track is by offering to live tweet or live blog other people’s pod and video casts. 

I had this idea as I was listening to the PFF guys Alessandro, Austin, and Tyler talk snake drafts. I live tweeted their episode and I had fun with it. 

If you’d like me to livetweet or liveblog (my choice, not yours!) your show then leave your show in the comments and a sentence about what it is. And I’ll go check it out.

Full Disclosure: Like KD, JD is not nice, so I will give my real opinion without being rude or disrespectful. I’m obviously not going to bash anyone, but if you’re getting your Skip Bayless when you comment on sports I’m gonna side eye for sure.

I’ll also post the show to my blog with an overview in case readers want to check it out. You can see the PFF guy’s videocast below. Great stuff. I’ve embedded some of our tweets below. 







Sports Bloggers: How About #31WriteNow? One Post Per Day In August. Join Me!


Jessica Danielle - NFL Goodwitch

Here’s yours truly posing in front of my stand up desk in between vlogging and blogging.

Yall know I take a break during the summer and I mainly write for other publications and blog sporadically. But now that football season is back I will be regularly blogging again so what better time to do one of those cliche post challenges. You know the ones where you challenge yourself to tap into your deepest blogging work ethic and post something everyday. 

One thing sports bloggers always ask me is about how to build traffic. And although there are many ways to do so (social media, events, free lancing, radio/tv appearances) the best way to do so remains to do the work. Post at least once a day and try to make it as substantive and concise as you can. My friend Luvvie over at Awesomely Luvvie talked about how her blog traffic doubled the last time she took on one of these challenges. 

I think it’s certainly worth it to try the challenge and later look at your google analytics, stat counter, site meter and any other analytics you use and give some serious thought to what draws folks to your blog, what posts are the most popular, and whether you find yourself in a better traffic situation September 1st, than you did today. 

I wish I would have gotten a post up about this early on during the day so those of you who want to try this challenge out have more time today to get your first post up but…it’s 4pm EST in America so you still have some hours to make it happen! 

Also, don’t forget: If you’re a binge writer and tend to do 4 or 5 posts at a time, go ahead and schedule them ahead of time. Luvvie covers that in her blog post as well. 

Finally, try to remember to use the hashtag #31WriteNow. I’ll be trolling it and randomly tweeting folks encouragement cause, you know, I’m a GOODWITCH.


Eagles RB LeSean McCoy Keeps It Very Real on Riley Cooper + My Thoughts


Since yesterday when the video surfaced of Riley Cooper getting his Rush Limbaugh on at a country concert, I’ve been intermittently ranting on this subject. I HATE ranting but issues of race really get me going, but of course yall know that. I figured I needed to stop flooding my poor twitter followers’ timelines with my IMPORTANT thoughts (lol) and act like a real blogger for once.

Right after Cooper was caught red handed hurling the word nigger at a black security guard and threatening to get violent, Cooper held a press conference where he apologized for his actions and claimed that it was the first time he’d ever said the word. Meanwhile everyone else was debating what his punishment should be (the team fined him) and whether or not it was a big deal.

Let me put the debate about the latter thing to rest: YES IT’S A BIG DEAL. Cooper didn’t just say the N word like some hip hopper at a Watch the Throne Concert. He used the word nigger the way that racist white folks intended for it to be used from the beginning - as a threat, as part of a violent display, and as a mark of his white superiority. I stand on the side of folks who know that any time a white person says nigger it’s wrong. I also believe that NO ONE white or black should use hip hop as an excuse to say nigger, I also believe white people know that fact, and any argument to the contrary is willful ignorance on their part. Further, I believe that white people who WANT to use the word nigger are seriously disturbed and need psychiatric evaluation. I would definitely seek help if I had some overwhelming urge to use the word “faggot” a term I despise as a straight person. 

To quickly touch on the whole “hip hop made me do it excuse,”  I am APPALLED at the recent spate of black folks like Stephen A Smith, Don Lemon, and Roland Martin who suggest that black people are responsible for the moral leadership of white people. That everything we do - how we dress, how we speak or live our lives should all be done with setting an example for white folks in mind. As if we should, before making any choice ever, first consider how it might affect or influence white people. What a disgusting set of beliefs to hold. For God sakes, where is your pride fellas!

When it comes to the Eagles, I was very upset at folks rushing to congratulate guys like Michael Vick and LB Demeco Ryans for immediately expressing forgiveness. I want people to realize something very important — in these situations players have very little choice. As I stated on twitter, black folks have been raised since birth to suppress rage and anger at injustices for some ambiguous greater good. Black people have to be careful when criticizing white folks actions or else they will end up being called “angry” and told that “nothing ever pleases” them. And that’s a very unfair. Moreover, athletes are taught to ignore all “distractions” and to do anything necessary to neutralize media attention on a subject even when it hurts them personally and professionally to do so. I understand it, but in some instances, like this one, I find it to be rather inhumane. When Vick and Ryans mentioned Cooper as a brother and a friend I could tell they were hurt but wanted this situation over with and for people to stop asking about it. Sometimes public forgiveness is the only option presented to you. 

That’s why I was glad when my personality soul mate LeSean McCoy spoke up and provided the media with a perspective that was much needed. And I must say he did it very eloquently saying that he can’t respect what Cooper did and wondering aloud whether Cooper had allowed his “true colors” to show. 

As a fan of this team, I understand the need for a united public face. But I am hoping that behind closed doors, the players’ true feelings about Cooper’s inexcusable behavior are taken seriously. 

Read Geoff Mosher’s post that captures all of Shady’s comments to the media. 



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