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NFL 2012 - The Good, the Bad and the Depressing

December 13, 2012 - Al Stephenson
The 2012 NFL football season is entering the stretch run and despite some exciting playoff chases, this season has been one that will go into the record books - and not for the reasons that we would prefer.

Let's start with the good news. Quarterback play has bordered on brilliant. The Colts have rebounded with rookie Andrew Luck and can clinch a playoff spot this weekend with the right chips falling into place. Not bad considering their woeful 2011 season. Peyton Manning has come back from his neck surgeries and has the Broncos primed for a return to the playoffs. I'm happy for the Colts and Manning. RG III is the real deal and even Cleveland fans are getting excited as the Browns have won three in a row behind another rookie QB Brandon Weeden.

Then there is the bad news. The Saints Bountygate Case has been an ongoing soap opera with the latest twist having former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue rescinding the suspensions of four players by current Commissioner Roger Goodell. The whole thing has been alternately frustrating and comical depending on who you talk to. In any other year this would have been the biggest black eye for the league. Not so in 2012.

The last two weeks have been sad for any football fan as death rocked the NFL. On Dec. 1 Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed the mother of his young child and then went to Arrowhead Stadium. In front of the GM and head coach Romeo Crennel, Belcher killed himself. The incident shocked the sports world and led Bob Costas to rant about the "gun culture" prevalent in professional football. Though his remarks created more controversy, he didn't back down, suggesting that something needs to be done.

A week later Cowboys lineman Josh Brent was driving drunk when he hit a curb wrecking his vehicle. Teammate and best friend Jerry Brown, a passenger in the car, died from his injuries. The NFL and the sports world was sent reeling again.

Death is not limited to the NFL. Several unfortunate deaths have taken place this month in our own little part of the world. It happens and it makes us all sad.

The view from my seat suggests that I wish I could comment on just the good things in the NFL as well as life in general. Sadly that is not the case.


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