What would you do with a $120 mil contract? Joe Flacco went to McDonald’s.

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Now that can be a little deceiving in that I don’t mean that he went there and spent nine-figures all at once, i’m pretty sure you’d have to buy hundreds of locations to achieve that. Joe Flacco was just a couple hours into his brand new six-year, $120.6 million deal with the Ravens and the QB was seen in the drive-thru at a local McDonald’s. What did the elite quarterback order? 10 piece McNugget meal, fries and an unsweetened ice tea. Now, i’m not a “mickey d’s” person myself, I prefer the likes of Whataburger when it comes to fast food but if the quarterback wants to eat, let him eat what he pleases. Flacco doesn’t appear to be the type of person that’s going to let a Super Bowl MVP or a shiny new contract go to his head, at least for now it doesn’t. Even though he signed the new contract, many NFL fans and experts immediately began the debate of whether or not Flacco deserves that kind of money.

When using the word “deserve” in any sort of debate or conversation, there are lots of gray areas and thus lots of different stances that can be taken. Do I think Flacco deserves that kind of money? Yes, Flacco deserves a max contract after a great playoff run that eventually led to a Super Bowl victory as much as any other top tier quarterback. Remember, there are only seven starting quarterbacks in the NFL that have a championship and it’s not easy to get on that list no matter how talented the team around the QB is. Chances are that he’s not going to see the entire amount of his contract but for now he’s received a $29 million signing bonus with another $52 million guaranteed over the life of the contract going forward. It’s almost certain that the final couple of years will be restructured to have more flexibility in spending on other players but for now Flacco deserves this max deal and should enjoy it.

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Bozz
Bozz

if I have that much money, I'm contacting the mafia to beat the shit out of the referee who ruined the Manchester United vs Madrid game. fucking hell.

johnconnor777
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@Bozz with that much money I think you should produce a movie, hire Leo to play his main character and get to spend 12 hours a day with him for at least 6 months...

Gabbo
Gabbo

@Bozz  I think the foul was somewhere between a yellow and red. Either was just as likely. Nani screwed up. He made a blind flying kick, but it didn’t even look like he was going to get the ball. And he didn’t even get to the ball spot first. If the RM guy didn’t try to chest the ball, he would have ate studs up and had his face gashed.

I was surprised SAF went with the old man lineup, also no Kagawa/Jones. Vidic and Giggs played great. ManU dominated 1st half, but the question was always what would happen in the 2nd half. RM didn’t play well until Kaka came in. Modric ate Carrick and Cleverly for lunch.

Bozz
Bozz

@Gabbo 

"ManU dominated 1st half, but the question was always what would happen in the 2nd half."

A red card happened. That thing changed the game. 

I don't know if you have seen the replay of the incident but Nani's eyes were clearly on the ball all the time, he didn't realize that Arbeola (it was Arbeola right?) was also trying to get the ball. And then BAM! the collision happened. At worst it was yellow, never a goddamn red. The atmosphere of the game was great but when the fucking ref pulled the red, the moral of United's players (including the staff and the fans) was totally ruined. United's players was in shocked and then Madrid took advantage of the situation and made 2 goals. But they only have like 10 good minutes. United had the game, they locked Ronaldo up, like did you even see him in the first half? nope. If it were a fair 11 vs 11 players game, the result would have totally been different. Also benching Rooney was a great decision as Welbeck has the stamina and speed to guard Xabi Alonso. Jones wasn't in the team cause he's still  recovering from injury. And props to Diego Lopez, he did an excellent job replacing Casillas. United could have equalized from Vidic's header but Lopez brilliantly saved it. A red card ruined what could have been a brilliant game. 

PS. I lost a bet with Bowser and now I have to use Pepe as my avatar until Madrid got knocked out of CL. 

Gabbo
Gabbo

@Bozz Of course they are going to be stunned, they are the home side. I read reports that he did consult the other refs before giving red. Lopez and goalies generally get free reign in the box. Keane is kind of weird, but he's a very vocal 'call it as he sees it' guy. The qualities ManU fans enjoyed when he was on the team, now hate when he's not. He's still the same guy.

PS-As for the Bergkamp picture, yes I've seen people do the jump cradle move before, but it was always going across the field or forward because you can watch the ball onto your foot. I can't even recall the last time I've seen anyone do a blind over the shoulder one. Defenders are told never to do it period. You're begging to be taken advantage of. It's like giving yourself a free yellow because someone is always going to be there.

Bozz
Bozz

@Gabbo I just don't get it, when the whole stadium and almost all audience watching in the house were left shunned you just knew that there's something unusual or shocking with the decision. 

Discuss it with another ref? pretty sure he didn't do it as I read that the linesman was also shocked with what happened. It's a big, if not one of the biggest match of the year so far and the ref should've more cautious about his decision making, he should've asked for 2nd/3rd opinion from the linesman and other ref, but he didn't. If you said that the 'kick in the chest' by Nani is reckless and dangerous, shouldn't Lopez got a card for punching Vidic too? Pretty sure Lopez didn't mean it too but it's still reckless and dangerous, no? The shame with this is that it's not supposed to be red, and I'm bitter and hurt cause we lose not because we played worse than them but we were actually better. 

PS. Roy Keane basically has this stupid feud with SAF and he hates the man now, pretty sure it affects his opinion toward the club since this is not the first time he said something against United.

Gabbo
Gabbo

@Bozz There's lots of players/refs on both sides, which shows that it could be one or the other. As for a history of red carding, it means he is more likely to give red cards for excessive force, so as a player you should be avoiding situations that would give cards. He called a foul, discussed with other refs, then gave the red, so it wasn't like he didn't think about it. I know it wasn't Nani's intent to injure someone, but he was very reckless and dangerous and that's all you need to give reds. Even Roy Keane/Michael Owen are on this. I myself would have given yellow, but I didn't have a problem with red.

Here's another interesting view. One guy thinks that it would be yellow in England, but a red everywhere else in the world. http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/05/graham-polls-view-of-nanis-red-card-highlights-the-england-world-divide/

Bozz
Bozz

@Gabbo I really have to disagree with you. a good call? never in my lifetime that is a good call. At worst that is yellow. How come just cause he's history of giving lots of red card, it is understandable that he must give this a red too? that logic is so weird, Gabbo. Nani has always tried to control the ball like that, he did it in the game and accidentally a Madrid's player also tried to get the ball, they both had collision. Lots of ex. footballer and footballer from the crazy Joey Barton, Boateng (Milan), Kompany, to Gary Lineker and Matt LeTissier who all can be considered neutral side said it was never a red card. As you can see from this gif, Nani's eyes were clearly on the ball. 

http://24.media.tumblr.com/25052a1f2ac55996d540a08330796703/tumblr_mj7zxuVn0r1qaorn7o2_400.gif

funny thing is look at the statue of Dennis Bergkamp that Arsenal will reveal. Looks familiar? 

http://i.imgur.com/ntbX1UN.jpg

My point is that it was a bad decision by the ref, the game could have been ended with much higher scoreline and of course more entertaining for both side, not just for one side. 

Gabbo
Gabbo

@Bozz I saw the game live. I sneaked out of work to watch at an Irish bar. There were about a dozen ManU fans. 

The foul could have gone either way. I wasn't surprised by a red. As for the ref, I thought he called a good game, and he also has a history of giving red cards in dangerous spots. Not giving a red there would actually be against his nature. 

The red card just about finished off ManU even though they were ahead. Old man lineup would be too slow to keep up now with extra gaps. I did say ManU played a good first half (and much better than RM), but the 2nd half was even before the card. My impression was that RM was going to score the equalizer and they'd go to extra time then PK's. Welbeck had a good game except in final 3rd. RvP too.

Bozz
Bozz

and after that I'm going to McDonalds

skilligan
skilligan

have a lot of respect for that