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On Monday, Roger Goodell said thatĀ  “[the league] need[s] to do more [to prevent cheating], including the inclusion of HGH testing”. HGH, Human Growth Hormones, is alleged to increase muscles, improveĀ  eyesight, and increase speed. Currently, the league has a rule against using HGH, but they are not allowed to test for HGH. This makes the rule unenforceable, unless the athlete admits to taking the drug. To fix this, Goodell is dead set on adding a mandatory HGH test for all players to the CBA deal, if it is ever put in place.

The players have very different feelings towards this, two of the differing opinions come from Derick Mason and Antonio Cromartie.

Mason said Wednesday that “[Goodell] needs to stop crying about blood tests and HGH. He needs to try to get a [labor] deal done, that’s what he needs to do. He’s been on this crusade about HGH, but he needs to be on a crusade about getting these owners together and trying to work out a deal. To me, he’s a joke, because every time I look, he’s talking about performance enhancements instead of talking about trying to figure out a way to make sure football is played in August.”

I agree with Mason, as the top priority at this point is getting a CBA deal in place. However, HGH testing would be part of the CBA, so, technically, Goodell is working on the Collective Bargaining deal. Although he is working on one detail of the deal, he is not working on the big picture, as Mason and I agree that he should.

Cromartie had a very different opinion Tweeting that he “Jus was reading an article about HGH testing in the NFL. I’m for it I’m not against it. If u against that mean you hiding something”. He later added, “i mean u shouldn’t have 2 cheat 2 get an edge just go out an play ball. God created us all differently so us the talents he blessed us with”.

Somehow I don’t think he is going to be nominated for any literature prizes anytime soon…

Once you get past the horrible grammar and just general ugliness of that statement, he has a point. If a player objects to the HGH testing, they will definitely be viewed as suspicious.

In a way, both Mason and Cromartie are right. Mason is right in the sense that Goodell should be focusing on the big picture before the details, but Cromartie is right in the sense that anybody already following the rules should have no objection to the tests.

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Super Bowl

Posted: 01/23/2011 in People Pick, Polls

Please tell me who you think will be playing in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV.

NFC Championship Game

Posted: 01/23/2011 in Polls, Predictions

The Green Bay Packers will be marching into Soldier Field with their high powered offense to face off against the Chicago Bears’ young and energetic defense. This divisional matchup will decide who will represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLV.

The Bears’ quarterback, Jay Cutler, has often been criticized for his inaccurate throws and hasty decisions. These qualities could hurt him on Sunday, when he will have to face two of the game’s best cornerback which are Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams. Williams has had two very important interceptions in back-to-back weeks . One sealing the win in Philadelphia and a defensive touchdown in Atlanta. If Cutler makes too many bad decisions with the football, this game could become a blowout in favor of Green Bay.

The Packers can also win on the strength of their offense. Aaron Rodgers is on a hot streak at just the right time. Last week, in Atlanta, Rodgers caught fire throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

The Packers have recently added a running game to compliment their explosive pass attack. James Starks has surprised defenses lately because the defenses game plan to stop Aaron Rodgers. However, the Bears defense will not give up rushing yards very easily. In comparison, Matt Forte has become a high-end running back as well. The Bears’ running game could be very important to keep the Packers offense on the sideline.

Due to the reasons stated above, I believe that the Pack’ will come into Chicago and knock off the Bears.

This weekend, four teams square off for that plane flight to Dallas. In the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New York Jets to see if they can pull off three road upsets in a row. Previously, in Week 15, the Jets came into Pittsburgh and knocked off the Steelers 22-17. However, in that game the Steelers were playing without Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller. Also, Ben Roethlisberger was playing despite his nose and foot being broken. The Jets have pulled off surprising wins on the road against two of the game’s top quarterbacks. Their defense shut down Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The Jets’ second year quarterback, Mark Sanchez, although he has been criticized for his inconsistency, has led his team to their second AFC Championship game in his first two years.

Enough of the background, time to predict the winner. When the Jets have the ball, they have some fairly decent weapons such as ex-Steeler Santonio Holmes and their tough ground game. However, the Steelers defense is very stingy against the run so the Jets could very well become one-dimensional very early in the game. One major question remains. Which Sanchez will show up? Will he throw three touchdowns and be an accurate passer? Or will he throw multiple interceptions and no touchdowns? The play of Sanchez will have a big impact on the outcome of the game. New York has an obvious advantage with their return games. Brad Smith had an opening kickoff return for a touchdown in the Week 15 meeting of these two teams. When the Steelers have the ball they will have to counter the Jets’ pass rush with their offensive line who is in bad shape due to countless injuries. Ben Roethlisberger may be the only quarterback who can be this good with his offensive line being this bad. Big Ben counts as lineman 6, 7 and 8 with his ability to escape. Even if the Jets do manages to get in the backfield, it will be very hard to get Big Ben to the ground. Luckily for the Steelers, Rashard Mendenhall will have the ability to slow down this rush with his threatening running. He can keep the Jets at bay if he can pound out some yards.

When Ben Roethlisberger throws the ball, his receivers will be covered by the Jets’ stellar corner-backs, Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Although, Roethlisberger can have some relatively easy success throwing down the middle to Heath Miller and his other receivers such as Antonio Brown who had a key play in the Steelers’ win over the Ravens. Overall, I believe that the Jets will have trouble moving the ball on the Steelers’ defense and Pittsburgh will move the ball very easily. Due to all of these factors, in my opinion, the winner will be…THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS.