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My Letter to NBC Regarding Mike Florio

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To whom it may concern,

I remember the fall of 1998 with eerie clarity. I remember sitting by the bedside of my dying grandmother and reciting chapters of healing from the Qur’an. I remember staying up all night reciting, praying, and reciting again. The vibrant and dynamic woman who helped raise me lay unconscious on a hospital bed for days with an IV and a host of technology keeping her alive. My grandmother died from breast cancer that October. There are still chapters in the Qur’an I have difficulty reading without re-living that experience.

Imagine my horror, my dismay, my anguish when a man I respected for all his grace, philanthropy, and charity was exposed for having little real care for his fans in need. When Mr. Florio posted his piece on Aaron Rodgers on ProFootball.com, I was completely dismayed. The perception, the respect, I had for my team’s quarterback wavered. I thought back to all the stories of his charitable work, of his support for the MACC fund, of his support of the Boys and Girls Club, to the stories one hears from Green Bay and Wisconsin natives of his behind the scenes philanthropy. Could all that have been a lie? Could all this be another Brett Favre: a cold, calculating person manipulating his image into something he is in fact quite different from? Worst of all, could he be so cold to someone much like my grandmother?

When I saw Mrs. Cavanaugh’s face as she turned away from Rodgers, my heart broke. I remembered that my grandmother, especially after my grandfather’s death, felt like she had nothing to live for. I remember her telling my mother in a soft, anguish filled voice, “let me die. It’s enough.” After reading that article, after seeing Mr. Florio’s perspective, I saw all that in Mrs. Cavanaugh’s face, a woman for whom the Packers are obviously intertwined with the very word life. Could Aaron Rodgers have been so cold, so heartless to a woman who so easily could have been my grandmother? My entire respect and admiration for him as a person was close to shattering.

Until, of course, Mr. Florio’s article was exposed for what it really was: a well orchestrated character assassination not even a day after the best performance of his career. Mrs. Cavanaugh’s face wasn’t that of anguish and hurt for being rejected and humiliated: it was that of disappointment that Aaron Rodgers didn’t sign her hat after he had signed other things for her the week prior and years before. Aaron Rodgers did not, in fact, “refuse to acknowledge her existence” and treat her as an unimportant non-entity as Mr. Florio suggested. It was something he needed to do to maintain his concentration for an upcoming game. He did not treat her pain and the pain of all those like her and surrounding her unimportantly. My pain, and the pain of all those who survive cancer victims, was not disrespected by Aaron Rodgers. It was disrespected by Mr. Florio.

Mr. Florio played with my emotions–played with the emotions of all survivors, their families, and the families of those who didn’t survive. Mr. Florio is either guilty of a sloppy character assassination attempt or criminal incompetence in journalism. How dare he-how dare he- use such painful memories to advance his goal–that of either destroying Aaron Rodgers’ image or to gain publicity for his trashy celebrity athlete gossip site. As a credible news organization, as a respectable source of news with standards of journalism, it is your duty to discipline such action and to make it clear that playing with such terrible emotions for personal gains will not be tolerated. It is deplorable, despicable journalism at its very best, and you, as his sponsors, have the responsibility to make a clear statement against it.

Sincerely,

Muhammad Saad Yacoob

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January 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Half Time Thoughts From Packers vs. Giants

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Offense:

  1. McCarthy needs to remember that, yes, the secondary might suck, but he can only take advantage of that if he can contain the defensive line consistently, which he obviously can’t. ┬áHe needs to stick to shorter routes and running (since the center of the line is doing so well) and come to quick deep throws off play action.
  2. Aaron Rodgers is having some sort of game. He’s taking his frustration out on the Giants D.
  3. The running game is winning between the tackles and losing off them. Stay in between, since Wells, Sitton, and College are eating up the Giants DTs.

Defense:

  1. Mathews is still being contained despite his practice time. Needs to shake the pocket up a bit
  2. The Giants aren’t running very much for two reasons: they’re not doing it well (credit Raji and the D-Line), and the Packers O which scored tons of points
  3. Pass D has to clean things up. Stop making penalties, tackle, and put your hands up to bat down balls (that’s you, Tramon. I don’t care he pushed off).

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December 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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Quick Fire: Packers vs Giants

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  • College got a good first block there for six yards
  • There’s Brandon Jackson’s toughness on display. Also worth noting: the Giants blitzed.
  • Another protection misque with Bulaga. That could be a problem all day. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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First Half Impressions

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Offense:

  1. Flynn is having trouble handling the blitz, mostly because Mike McCarthy is calling more vertical plays against them. Once he switched to shorter routes, however, Flynn’s been better against them.
  2. The O-Line is a mixed bag. Some run plays they dominate, some they get stood up. Some passing plays they hold well, and some they let Wilfork slice right through the middle.
  3. The receivers need to stop dropping balls.

Defense:

  1. Here’s an idea Capers: don’t rush three. Did it multiple times, got burned multiple times (especially on the TD)
  2. The Packers are getting pressure. It’ll be interesting how Billy B checks for it.
  3. The receivers aren’t having a great game for NE. It’s the TEs that’s killing the Packers. Capers has to find a way to stop them or this will turn into a shootout. Problem? The Woodson on Welker is working brilliantly and you really can’t change it.

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December 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm

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Quick Fire Reactions From Tonight’s Game

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1. Collinsworth on Packer’s chances: “let’s just have some fun.” That’s PC for “yeah, right.”

2. Look at Clay’s eyes. The Packers want this. This game could get interesting.

3. This officially in: Mike McCarthy has balls.

4. And MM starts with five wides against a blitz. Message? I’m coming for you.

5. O-Line already getting a good jump on the NE D-Line. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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NFL Gameday: Packers vs 49ers First Half Impressions

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Defensively:

  • The D-Line is owning the line of scrimmage. Getting good penetration vs. run and pass. BJ Raji has once again limited any success with the run by the opposing team up the middle.
  • When Woodson is not covering Vernan Davis, he’s open. He made an acrobatic catch over Peprah, but Woodson easily intercepts that if he’s covering him. During the zone play, he gets off the line free and Hawk doesn’t drop deep enough. Collins takes a terrible angle and can’t bring him down.
  • Troy Smith can makes plays on the run, but the Packers generally aren’t letting him. They are containing or coming for the kill.
  • Most of the Niners passing game has been short, and even that hasn’t been effective.
  • The Packers have given up two bad plays, and that’s why its 12-14. If they get that cleaned up, it’s not even a contest.

Offensive Impressions:

  • James Starks has come in and played well. He can “get small” and shows toughness.
  • That being said, he cannot pass protect.
  • B-Jax has only one carry, but has made three good catches–none more important than the thirty seven yard screen. He’s Rodgers’ safety valve.
  • When the Packers go no-huddle, they go with three wides, B-Jax, and Quarless.
  • Quarless and Jones once again showing their inconsistency. Quarless can be excused: he’s a rookie. Jones can’.
  • The Packers are passing mostly short, but the big ones are there. Look for McCarthy to throw more of those.
  • And look for him to run it more. It’s been there when he’s tried it, and it keeps you out of the second and fifteen situations.

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December 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

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The Gonzalez Non-Catch and Non-Challenge

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By request, here’s an uncut video of the entire fourth and 3 sequence. A few things to notice:

1. The Packers bring four: Mathews, Zombo, and two D-Linemen. They are actually quite effective at applying pressure. There’s a couple of places Matt Ryan might have been able to go to with the ball initially, but he has to get out of the pocket, and so he’s unable to.

2. The Packers have great initial coverage.

3. When Ryan rolls out, Zombo and Hawk do a kind of rotation. I don’t think it’s planned, but it happens that way: Hawk rushes the exposed flank, leaving his position, and Zombo heads into coverage towards the center of the field. He’s probably following Ryan’s eyes. If Zombo rushes a bit, he actually takes that lane away.

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December 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm

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