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The Jaguars have been playing in front of some small crowds in Jacksonville.  That would all change if they moved to Los Angeles.  Photo by Jeff Lewis


By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
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Ndamukong Suh and Stevie Johnson just do not get it


There have been a lot of athletes who were just out to lunch.  Add Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson to that list. 

Johnson is the latest prima donna wide receiver in the NFL, but his act is just silly because he hasn’t don’t anything of note to have that type of attitude. 

After scoring a touchdown last week against the New York Jets, Johnson celebrated with a dance where he acted like he shot himself in the leg, which Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burris accidentally did to himself. 

Karma can be a funny thing.  Down 28-24 in the final moments of the 4th quarter, Johnson dropped a pass that most likely would have been the game-winning touchdown. 

This is not the first time Johnson has failed in the clutch.  Last year against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Johnson was wide open in the endzone for the game winning touchdown in overtime, and the ball bounced right off of his chest. 

Until Johnson becomes a clutch wide receiver, he needs to drop the antics and be a little more humble.  He has not earned the right to act like a prima donna receiver yet.

As for Suh, this is a guy who has dominated his position since he came into the league a year ago, but he is as dirty as they come.  Only problem is that he is the only one that does not realize that he is a dirty player.  Off the field he tries to portray a clean image, but on the field he is a loose cannon. 

Many people argued that Suh was not a dirty player, that he was just the biggest and baddest player at a position where players have to have a nasty streak.  But after the Thanks Giving game against the Green Bay Packers, when Suh stomped on a Packers player as he laid on the ground, nobody is backing Suh anymore. 

He is flat out a dirty player.  But for some strange reason, Suh is the only one that does not see it, and he even tried to defend what he did on Thanks Giving. 

Suh tried to argue that he did not stomp on the player.  Is he the only one that did not see the video?  He said that he was trying to keep his balance.  Yeah right, nobody is buying that one. 

Suh is a great player who is ruining his career.  After having a meeting with the commissioner a few weeks back, he is already up to his old tricks, and now he has been suspended for two.  

It is interesting that these two players are on teams who were hot early in the season, but now struggle to win a single game.  The Lions and Bills were feel good stories, but now they are back to being horrible. 

Chester McGlockton dies at the age of 42

The four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, and Kansas City Chiefs, passes away last night.  At this time the cause of death is unknown.   

McGlockton was a dominant force on the defensive line in the mid 1990s.  Over the past two seasons he was an assistant coach at Stanford University. 

This death is one of many former NFL players who have passed away at an early age.  Many players, especially linemen, struggle with weight and heart disease after their careers are over.

Jaguars sold, not moving to LA…yet

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been sold to Illinois businessman Shahid Kahn, who is a Pakistan-born entrepreneur. 

Former majority owner Wayne Weaver said that Khan has 100 percent control, and that he will keep the team in Jacksonville. 

The Jacksonville fan base will be happy to hear that, but how willing will Khan be to keep the team in that small market when they continue to struggle with low attendance at home games. 

About a third of the stadium in Jacksonville is blocked off to lower the capacity, which gives the team a better chance to sell out home games, which would lift the hometown television blackouts.  But that is not working, because there are still 10,000 unsold tickets for this Monday night’s home game against the San Diego Chargers.

This season the Jaguars rank 26th in the league in attendance, and since 2007, the best they have been is 21st, and the worst 30th. 

Khan will say the right things right now to continue selling tickets in Jacksonville, but that tune may change in the near future as stadium plans in Downtown Los Angeles continue to progress. 

Tim Tebow…yeah, Tim Tebow

All this guy does is win, and there is no getting around that.  His style of play is not conventional.  From a quarterback standpoint he does not have the tools that most others have, but he does a number of things that causes the team to win games.

Most people look at completion percentages, passing yards and touchdowns.  But there are a lot of quarterbacks who light up the stat sheets but end up losing the game.  There is one simple reason for this.  The more you pass the ball, the more interceptions you throw.  It’s pretty simple. 

Tebow has thrown eight touchdowns and rushed for three.  He has only thrown for one interception and lost two fumbles.  So that’s 11 touchdowns compared to only three turnovers.  Those are very good numbers. 

Turnovers puts the defense in bad positions, and it can stop the offense from putting points on the scoreboard.  Since Tebow has been the starter, the defense has played much better because they are usually well rested because of all the running plays that the Broncos are calling, and because they rarely have to defend a short field after a turnover. 

An offense that lights up the scoreboard is great for a defense, but so is an offense does not turnover the ball.  The 2000 Baltimore Ravens rode that all the way to a Super Bowl title.  They went to a run heavy offense, taking quarterback Trent Dilfer out of the game for the most part, and they just played great defense. 

Tebow will never be great from the pocket, but his will to win coupled with the low number of turnovers helps this team a lot more than a quarterback who has better skills.

Before Tebow was the starter, the Broncos were losing pretty much week-in week-out.  But now they are only one game behind the Raiders for the lead in the AFC West, and only one game behind the Cincinnati Bengals for the final wild card spot. 

Take Indy and the 20 points over New England

The New England Patriots are a 20-point favorite over the Indianapolis Colts, and a game that was supposed to be one of the year’s best has been taken off of NBC’s Sunday Night Football because the Colts have been so horrible without quarterback Peyton Manning. 

NBC used their rights to flex scheduling, meaning that they can swap out a bad game for a good one.  And this game has “bad” written all over it because the Colts have yet to win a game. 

The odds makers have set the bar really high for the Patriots, but bettors may want to rethink laying the 20 points on New England.  The last seven NFL games where a team was favored by 20 or more points, the underdog has covered every time, and over the past 20 years, only one NFL who was favored by that many points has covered. 

Don’t bet the house on this one, but going by the trends, the smart money will be on the Colts.  Certainly not to win, but not to lose by 20 points.



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