NFL Knee Jerkers..Lesnar to be Tested..BCS Baloney..Mid South DVDs..Kenny Powers..Goldberg..OU-Mizzou..Sauce It!

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Lots of random thoughts to cover from our Q&A's and from Twitter.....

If the NFL officials simply enforce the rules that are written and not over burden the game officials with more judgment calls and suspend flagrant offenders for helmet to helmet hits the issue will be managed just fine. Getting national newscasters and politicians involved is useless and unnecessary. Please don't try and over legislate the game of football because of knee jerk reactions. And for goodness sakes, keep politicians out of the game.

Damn right Brock Lesnar will be tested Saturday night in Anaheim during the next UFC PPV. Cain Velásquez is fighting for a cause,or so it seems, his heritage, but more importantly Velásquez is a great athlete who has won at every level of amateur and professional  competition. Plus, any heavyweight in UFC is always only one punch away from ending his  night's work. I see Lesnar winning Saturday but not without having a great night of stand up defense and using his size advantage appropriately. Lesnar  being already at 265 and shredded is a scary thought for any human being who has to deal with the baddest man in MMA. 

What does being voted #1 in the BCS poll mean in mid October? Nothing. 

Thanks to a few obnoxious Texas fans who Tweet me that OU is undeserving of their #1 BCS ranking and that Texas deserves the credit for OU's success. I actually predicted that Texas was going to beat Nebraska last week plus I am not a Texas 'hater' but I do dislike burnt orange ignorance. Thank goodness all UT fans aren't delusional. 

If you want to know when WWE is coming to your city, simply contact your local arena and not me. I can help you however order some BBQ Sauces, Chipotle Ketchup and Beef Jerky. 

Michael Cole does not deserve to be piled on like many are doing. Michael is fulfilling a role on a fictional, TV show. He has been 'cast' to play this role as best as he can. For those that have never sat in that particular seat, let me assure you that it isn't easy. Cole's new persona must be working because never before have so many fans, for better or for worse, commented on Cole's work.

Since debuting in pro wrestling in 1974, no organization has afforded as many opportunities for minorities than has WWE. The reason that I bring this topic up is some Twitter followers are questioning same. Trust me, WWE is so far ahead of any organization in the history of the business in this realm that it's not even close. I remember the days when the territories had unwritten quotas to have only one black wrestler full time in their territory. Sad. Plus, the names that the Caucasian promoters would give the black wrestlers usually screamed of racial stereotype.

We're getting too many emails from fans who are 'offended' by what they see on TV wrestling shows. Do you know what I do when I'm offended by a TV program? You got it...I change the channel. TV viewers should not become overly concerned about what they cannot change regarding a TV broadcast. 

The WWE isn't planning on any WWE On Demand tributes to Mid South Wrestling because WWE doesn't own the footage of Mid South and that's not because WWE hasn't tried. If you are interested in seeing Mid South content or UWF content then check out www.universalwrestling.com. I hear that their young, emotional PXP guy wasn't too bad. :)

For me to be a part of the recent WWE image video was both a surprise and a true feel good moment.  I am very proud of my work in WWE over the years, the great people that I have worked with there and the company as a whole that has provided my family with a great quality of life. It's cool to know that my grandkids can hear my work as the years roll by thanks to www.wweclassics.com and WWE On Demand.

Kenny Powers, HBO's East Bound and Down's central character, is so old school, wrestling territory-like. Always looking for one more 'break,' convincing himself and whoever else will listen that he still 'has it,' and playing the ever present 'con game.' This is one of my favorite shows and could just as easily be about an aging pro wrestler as it is about a washed up baseball player.

If you follow me on Twitter, @JRsBBQ, please understand that many of my Tweets are intended to elicit a touch of controversy and much of what I Tweet about is with tongue in cheek. In other words, I don't see Twitter as a platform to explore serious issues at least in my world. I do promise you, however, that you won't be bored. 

Yes I do think that Goldberg could be a nice edition to WM27 in Atlanta if all the stars were aligned correctly. Bill is still in good shape and certainly n adequate enough shape to go out and have a solid match with the right guy. (No, I don't know who the right guy is but I do know that it isn't the Undertaker.)  I get asked Goldberg questions several times a week for the record. 

The second question is would Goldberg be a nice addition to the WWE Hall of Fame TV presentation in Atlanta? Absolutely and particularly if he were wrestling the next day.  While on the subject of the WWE Hall of Fame class for 2011, I haven't heard any hot rumors recently so it would seem as if this year's inductee list is still wide open. I do wish the TV show aspect of the induction ceremony was longer than an hour. 

How many times do I have to reiterate that I am NOT retired? I still work for WWE. Hitting the road 51 weeks a year plus fulfilling the other commitments required of me would be a daunting challenge. Of course I miss the adrenaline rush of broadcasting a live, TV show but not so much that I want to commence traveling every week. I am and always will be a team player and have no issue packing a bag if I were ever to be called upon, which I don't expect to happen BTW.  It seems as if some visitors to this site or who follow us on Twitter are oblivious to this matter and are perplexed as to my job description. I'm not perplexed and nor should you be. I'm grateful to be in the business that I love and more importantly to be healthy. 

I'm heading to Columbia, Missouri via Kansas City this Friday to attend the showdown between Big 12 unbeatens Oklahoma and Missouri. Then, on Sunday morning, I'm flying from KC to Minneapolis to attend WWE's Bragging Rights PPV and provide what help that I can prior to the show going on the air. Once the PPV starts I will enjoy it from the arena/locker room area as a fan. I plan on watching it with Joey Styles and company. It's always good to see my many, old friends at these WWE PPV events. As usual, the King and I will meet up on Sunday and ride to the arena together just like old times. Some things never change and for that I am thankful. 

Naomi is so much better than her opposition on NXT, in my opinion, that it's not even close from an athletic stand point. I'm not saying that the other Divas might not make it in time but Naomi has the athleticism to be a big time player in the years to come. If Naomi isn't a future Divas Champion then I don't know BBQ Sauce and we sell the best Sauce in the world.

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Few other promotions have existed since the WWF took over the United States as its 'territory' in the mid-1980s, and the world since.  Looking back to the 1970s (which you more or less have to in order to make the claims about racism you are) is simply an inadequate excuse for the racial stereotypes the WWF/WWE has perpetuated in its history.  Ahmed Johnson, Saba Simba, "The Natural" Butch Reed, Mexicools, Muhammad Hassan/Shawn Daivari, Flash Funk, "Sexual Chocolate" Mark Henry, the Nation of Domination, virtually any Samoan (including Yokozuna), The Headshrinkers, Kofi Kingston, Rodney Mack/Jazz, Shelton Benjamin's "momma," Triple H subtly referencing "people like you" to Booker T in the buildup to Wrestlemania X8 (give or take a year or two), and so on.  That's just off the top of my head.

Today you also have "Crime Time," a tag team of black wrestlers who were introduced to TV in a series of "Cops"-esque vignettes that reinforced the Black=criminal stereotype.  They've since broken up (but WWE's capacity to either put the tag titles on a tag team or simply break them up in the past decade is another issue unrelated to racism), but that's beside the point.  They tagged together in 2010, *this year*, getting fans to cheer for Black criminals who espoused the virtues of "Money, Money (Yeah, Yeah).

On top of that, you have the character of R-Truth, who is a shucking and jiving dancing charicature of Minstrel shows of the early 20th century.  Not to mention Teddy Long..."playa." 

Out of respect for the departed, I'd be remiss to fail to point out Los Guerrero's "lie, cheat, and steal" banners.  And good lord don't let us forget Chavo's whitewashed gimmick of "Kerwin White."

WWE's programming relies on characters that are paper thin and lack complexity, reinforcing the perspective of White American ethnocentrism.  That's, perhaps, why, since WWE can't let people use their birth names (really now, what's wrong with "Rycklon Stephens"?), they elect to give the ring name of "Ezekiel Jackson" to a man instead of "Husky Harris," or "Daniel Brian," or "Seth Rollins." 

You have a man who speaks perfect English by virtue of being raised in the states, but is from Ghana by birth.  What does WWE do?  Tell the viewers he's Jamaican.  We're given the easily digestible and pronouncable name of Yoshi Tatsu, because the producers don't think viewers will cling to Naofumi Yamamoto.  12 years ago, ECW had enough respect for the viewer to let me know that Tajiri had the first name of Yoshihiro, yet WWE didn't have enough respect for my ability to read, let alone pronounce, a whopping four-syllable name for the years that followed that (not that ECW, or any wrestling promotion for that matter, is innocent of reinforcing racial stereotypes).

The history of pro wrestling is the history of exploiting ethnic conflict.  Antonino Rocca was loved in some cities and reviled in others for his Italian and Argentinian backgrounds.  The name Stanislaus Zbyszko was met with cheers in some cities and booed out of the building in others.  It's part of the historical legacy of the business.  Let's not pretend that it's a relic of the past.

As for the current product, your company should truly be ashamed for approving "Crime Time" and their debut.  It's positively sickening.

I read on a wrestling web site that you think that the WWE is far ahead of other organization when it comes to race I disagree their has only been one black man and one black team that have been havey weight champion and no one who  dominate on the level of stone cold triple H or Cena

I LOVE Michael Cole's on-air personna!

In fact, I think Cole deserves all the credit for the e-mailing mystery Raw General Manager angle to continue to be of interest.  Without Cole's pompous and self-important presentation of the GM's emails, this angle would have been old and tired by now.

While noone can replace you J.R., Michael Cole's character has complemented The King well and made the King-Cole team entertaining.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Hey JIM!  Just wondered if you could give me some insight on Triple H.  Is he coming back?  Is he retiring like Shawn?   Thanks and love seeing you on the sidelines at the OU games.  Love me some Sooners!!! And sauce of course!!!!

HHH isn't retiring but is taking the time to get healthy. I do not know when he will return but I'm relatively sure that he isn't hanging up his boots without a huge sendoff which I feel will be years down the road. Attending Sooners' games is my favorite activity. Thanks for being a fan.

I thought both of James Harrisons' hits were clean, and Legal. He wasn't flagged on either hit. No Flag should = No fine. The hit on Massaquoi was a shoulder to helmet hit. A legal hit... The hit on Cribbs, which was scrutinized too, was a helmet to helmet hit, but Josh Cribbs was a Running Back on the play. The rule doesn't extend to RBs. What happens if Adrian Peterson blows up a Linebacker, like AJ Hawk with a helmet to helmet hit? Does he get penalized, and fined? Or does the league turn a blind eye to it, and deem it a great run?

This is gonna be the problem I have with over enforcing the rules in the NFL. I also think the NFLPA needs to really step up in the OffSeason when the NFL Competition Committee begins discussing these rule changes. Suits, and Ties who've never played the game shouldn't be making wholesale changes to how these guys play the game without the Players approval. The suits and ties have no clue on how to play the game, or how to tackle, let alone making a decision to enforce a Rule to make a guy pull up when he's already in the air, committed to the hit... How's a guy gonna change his direction mid stream in the air so the collision doesn't hurt the other guy? How's a Defender responsible for a helmet to helmet hit, when his initial angle was the Receivers' chest, but his teammate begins to bring the Receiver down?

These scenarios aren't simplistic as the rule states. One little change to an angle will lead to more fines, 15 yard penalties, and suspensions, even though factors can change in that play in a millisecond. That's my rant on the subject, as I don't agree with the fine levied against James Harrison. Have a good one, and go Steelers!

I thought both of James Harrisons' hits were clean, and Legal. He wasn't flagged on either hit. No Flag should = No fine. The hit on Massaquoi was a shoulder to helmet hit. A legal hit... The hit on Cribbs, which was scrutinized too, was a helmet to helmet hit, but Josh Cribbs was a Running Back on the play. The rule doesn't extend to RBs. What happens if Adrian Peterson blows up a Linebacker, like AJ Hawk with a helmet to helmet hit? Does he get penalized, and fined? Or does the league turn a blind eye to it, and deem it a great run? This is gonna be the problem I have with over enforcing the rules in the NFL. I also think the NFLPA needs to really step up in the OffSeason when the NFL Competition Committee begins discussing these rule changes.

Suits, and Ties who've never played the game shouldn't be making wholesale changes to how these guys play the game without the Players approval. The suits and ties have no clue on how to play the game, or how to tackle, let alone making a decision to enforce a Rule to make a guy pull up when he's already in the air, committed to the hit... How's a guy gonna change his direction mid stream in the air so the collision doesn't hurt the other guy? How's a Defender responsible for a helmet to helmet hit, when his initial angle was the Receivers' chest, but his teammate begins to bring the Receiver down?

These scenarios aren't simplistic as the rule states. One little change to an angle will lead to more fines, 15 yard penalties, and suspensions, even though factors can change in that play in a millisecond. That's my rant on the subject, as I don't agree with the fine levied against James Harrison. Have a good one, and go Steelers!