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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

No news on Ricky Williams is bad news

[Armando's Note: Before I begin, let me congratulate everyone because Dolphins Indepth is again The Miami Herald's No. 1 sports blog, with over 120,000 page views in October. Eye on the U was second with 114,000 page views. So thank you for your response to my blog. Thank you for visiting even during this difficult season. And tell your friends and enemies about the blog so we can continue building on this success despite my obvious flaws. Now to the news and opinion.]

It should strike a curious chord with Dolphins fans that while the NFL is settling many matters of personal misconduct at the season's halfway point, you've not heard a peep about the Ricky Williams matter.

While Tank Johnson's suspension expired in Dallas, Koren Robinson was allowed to return from suspension in Green Bay, and Chris Henry's suspension is over in Cincinnati, Williams' indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse program has not been publicly addressed although Williams applied for reinstatement in October.


This clearly means Williams likely will not be reinstated anytime soon because, if things were sailing along smoothly and there were no issues with the reinstatement, it likely would have been addressed by now. The Dolphins were hoping Williams would be reinstated before the mid-October trade deadline so they could trade Williams. That obviously didn't happen.

ESPN reported Sunday the NFL was actually doing the Dolphins a favor by not reinstating Williams before the end of this season because that would help the team avoid a public relations problem. NOTE TO ESPN: Miami's PR problem has little to do with Williams and everything to do with 0-8.

Anyway, this delay in being reinstated (and rest assured, Williams will definitely be reinstated at some point) doesn't affect Miami now but could lessen the running back's value on the trade market after the season.

What market, you ask? There will almost definitely be one and the Dolphins may very well get a fifth or sixth round pick for Williams. Don't be surprised if the Patriots come calling about Williams as former Miami coach Nick Saban loved the player and almost certainly will pass that fond opinion to friend Bill Belichick -- just as he passed along his love for Wes Welker.

Finally, a lot of you keep asking about the $8-plus million judgment Miami won against Williams, the one that practically forced Williams to return to Miami after he retired in 2004. Once he's reinstated, the Dolphins will temporarily invoke their claim to that money. Then they'll trade him, or failing that, terminate Williams while simultaneously dropping the claim. I am unclear whether that claim will pass to Williams' new team, assuming he's traded.

The Dolphins could continue to pursue collection of the judgement if they want. But they are likely to drop it as a way of effectively closing the book on the Williams saga. And, if you ask me, it is definitely a saga that begs a finale.


Anonymous Christian - Sydney Australia said...

This is a tough situation. On one hand I think Miami needs to sevre ties with Williams and move on, however I'd be suprised if anyone gave up a draft pick to trade Williams. Also given the type of injury to Ronnie Brown, whose to say he'll be 100% come training camp, I personally doubt it. So we may end up needing Williams, especially seeing as Lorenzo Booker is not going to make an impact for the Dolphins at running back (maybe at receiver??)

3:14 AM  
Anonymous PJK said...

Onterrio Smith wasn't reinstated after his yearlong suspension. Why are you so confident Ricky will be?

Tank and Henry didn't have to apply for reinstatement. They didnt have the 3 strikes Ricky has.In fact,Tank signed a contract with a new team in the middle of his suspension. Why compare Ricky's case to those guys? Compare him to Onterrio,who was suspended for a year for drugs and was denied reinstatement by Goodell.

The bigger picture is Ricky has no trade value. He was last seen playing in the CFL,getting outplayed by John Avery. He is 1 failed test away from a lifetime ban.Even if he can stay clean,he only has a year or 2 left in the tank. The Dolphins have no leverage in trade talks because everyone knows they don't want him. Why would any team give up anything for him?

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should the NFL be in any hurry to reinstate Ricky, when every time he's given a chance, he betrays the trust that's placed in him? He's already had a second chance, and I'm sure commissioner Goodell is going to stew long and hard before he lets Mr. Williams embarrass the league again by pulling yet another disappearing act. If he even thinks he's worth the rehabilitated...

My $.02.

Go Dolphins,

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, it's early still.

If he even thinks he's rehabilitated...

Go 'Dolphins!!!

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny to me. I understand that the rules are the rules, but watching the Monday night game last week with the Packers and the NFL's love affair with Brett Favre. He was addicted to class A pain killers, went to rehab, and didn't miss a game...yet Ricky's career is practically over. Injustice I tell you. Injustice.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pain killers aren't illegal. Marijuana is. Doesn't get any simpler than that.

Go 'Fins!

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the painkillers Brett Favre was addicted to were illegal unless one possessed a prescription for them. Favre was never questioned about a prescription. There is video evidence of him drinking alcohol during Super Bowl week in New Orleans when he was not allowed to drink alcohol by league rules involving his addiction. Furthermore, a few years later, his wife threatened to leave him if he didn't stop drinking. For some reason this is all forgotten, and he is portrayed as a model citizen.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

Tank Johnson - back playing football after being busted with an arsenal...

Andy Reid owns a house that makes Mike Vick's residence look like Mike Brady's...

It took PacMan Jones months after a man was paralyzed to get suspended.

Steroids????? who cares....When a baseball player gets caught, they're ridiculed to no end....Football players???? Nominated for Defensive player of the year.....

Then there's Ricky...guys smokes a few joints and the NFL treats him like he's Satan......

Only in America.

This league is a joke.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Eugene Debs said...

Ricky has not embarrassed the league, Mr. Goodell has. I know football is a sport that builds blind patriotism with all its flag waving and soldiers marching around on the field, but the way Roger Goodell has demonized marijuana use is absurd. He has suspended players before they have even been proven guilty in court, ala Pacman Jones. The league is starting to disgust me as much as this country's government, which is a plutocratic oligarchy. For those that dislike verbosity, it is a government set up by the rich and for the rich. Enforcing rules to keep them in power, and Goodell is a staunch supporter.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Huh... I thought I was the only socialist NFL fan. I just can't break the childhood addiction of being an NFL fan, kind of like Ricky with pot.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous RickyFan said...

If Ricky can't play in the NFL, I hope he keeps playing in Canada, so that I can still watch him play. He's still halfman halfamazing.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Parmilee said...

A 5th or 6th round pick, why does it even matter?

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Noam Chomsky said...

Dan, I'm an anarcho-syndicalist. Is that close enough for you?

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Zach de la Rocha said...

I hear you guys. Up with football, down with capitalism! Let the workers rule. The players can run their own league.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Flatbush said...

Congrats on your blog kicking butt, Mando. I see Cote's cluttered crap was not in the top 2 you mentioned. That's funny because it seems your paper really pushes his blog for readers without much results.

Keep up the great work. You're always good for a chuckle or a good controversy or solid information.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good. I hope Commissioner Goodell denies Ricky's reinstatment. How many chances can one person get? Don't give me this crap about how "it's only marijuana." Ricky decided to break the rules, now he's paying the price. I have no sympathy for Ricky. Ricky, stay the hell away from the Miami Dolphins!

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Ben Starosta said...

In regards to everyone's socialist ideals on the chat today, I have an idea I have kicked around with about the NFL. What if the NFL was state owned? It would generate so much money for the government that taxes would be virtually eliminated and poverty would be nonexistent. All the government has to do to eliminate poverty in our country is take control of professional sports. On second thought, the U.S. gov't would only use it to conquer Iraq, I'd rather the Huizenga's, Jerry Jones', and Steinbrenner's just keep 'em.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those that say Ricky deserves what he gets, I guess all the flag waving the NFL that Eugene talked about does is workin on you.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

As I've said before 2 1st round picks and $8 million for 44 (non consecutive) games, was a pretty raw deal...Not to mention he's no spring chicken anymore. I couldn't care less if he comes back. He's betrayed us in the past for POT....What a loser. I just want the team to get the $$.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Realist said...

Sorry Starosta,
The government is run by big companies. If people in the government do something the big companies, like the NFL, do not like, such as take money away from them, then the companies will run them out of government. The rich will always rule. If you take the power away, someone will just step into their place. That is the way humans work.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He's betrayed us in the past for POT....What a loser." Marc says this as he sips on some alcohol. What a stud.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I think Ben is on to something here. The government should own professional sports, and then maybe I can have health care.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

You're absolutely correct. Last time I checked alcohol is LEGAL. Pot is for losers, and is ILLEGAL. This guy KNEW he couldn't smoke dope and KNEW he would lose his JOB, his multi-million dollar JOB, and still decided to light a spliff.....IDIOT!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Marc, I guess you sure don't believe in someone standing up for what they think is right. I guess your morals aren't that far developed. "Pot is for losers." Brilliant logic and reasoning you used there. With that reasoning you should be able to claim Miami is having a very productive season at 0-8.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You support fascism. Are you going to let this rampant display of free speech go on?

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bah bah bah, Marc's bleating is making my ears bleed.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

I don't even understand what your argument is here. Are you saying that Ricky smoked the reefer because that's what he believed in? That's ridiculous. If he was fighting for what he believed in, then why does he want to come back, knowing he can't smoke? Why did he go to rehab? (BTW, what kind of person goes to REHAB for weed?)
I, myself, was a loser, and smoked my fair share of marijuana as a teenager, until, I got a job (the Army), that would FIRE you if you got caught. People still smoked, and I still feel those people are IDIOTS!
Here's the bottom-line:
HE KNEW it was WRONG, he KNEW it was ILLEGAL, yet he made a choice, to spark the bong, or light a joint. and he KNEW it would cost him his job. He cost himself, the franchise, his teammates, and us FANS much heartache, and more by making that silly ass decision.

10:07 AM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

I personally think Goodell is going to wait until the very last minute to reinstate Ricky. It really doesn't matter because Cam isn't going to recongnize the fact that he has been reinstated anyway!! For all we know Cam and Randy could've spoken with Goodell and asked him told hold off on reinstating Ricky until the last possible minute!!! Cam already gave away his locker,and publicly said he wasn't going to put any faith in this guy, so really it doesn't matter if he is reinstated or not!!

Now from a FAN standpoint I really don't care that Ricky smokes pot!! " To each its own"!! Meaning everyone is entitled to do as they please!!! He broke the rules now he must deal with the consequences, which is a boat load of crap!!! Pot smoking doesn't enhance your game performance!!!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous David said...

What the Dolphins' pathetic season has given us time to think about. Political Theory, apparently.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You just made half of the argument of why pot should be legal, it is not addictive, not requiring rehab. The second, and most important reason, the only danger it poses is lung cancer if smoked excessively. There are no negative side effects besides this.
You are dead on about Ricky not taking a definite moral stand on the issue. However, you cannot doubt that once he is done trying to work his debt off that he owes the Dolphins, he will admit that he believes it is his right to smoke marijuana if he wants to. Obviously, he must feel he can't afford to take that stand now.
However, you have to realize that your opinion that losers smoke pot is simply nonsense, which has no backing. You are just repeating those words, like an ignorant sheep. Stop believing what the army told you, and become your own person. Think for yourself.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Robert Fiennlow said...

If you feel that you were a loser, Marc, realize that weed didn't make you that. I work for an organization that helps people keep their homes when banks are foreclosing on them. I do a pretty good job of it. And yes, I smoke pot every once in awhile, which equals half of the nights each week. Does this make me a loser?

10:28 AM  
Anonymous t kwili said...

Oh snap son!
somebody called armando a fascist and marc a sheep. its going down today.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Couldn't agree more Marc... I don't care who smokes weed, but to do it at the expense of your several million dollar a year job carries only one name, STUPID. It's such short term thinking. A NFL career is maybe 5 or 6 years, Ricky could have made millions and then went off to Tibet and sat around the Hookah with the Dali Lama.

Ricky let himself and everyone around him, including us, down with his selfishness. His actions speak for themselves with his litter of children around the country to his girlfriends...

A team that is not desperate for a starting RB will give up a draft pick for Ricky. I for one have been burned enough by this guy to ever be a fan of his again. In a bigger sense the demise of the Dolphins can be traced back to the 2 first round draft picks Wannstedt gave up for a loser and a quitter. Don't believe for one minute that every player in that locker room was not aware of Ricky's penchant for the evil weed. They knew it, the coaches knew it and I wouldn't be surprised if Armando knew it. That means they purposely put the team's future in the hands of a man they knew was one toke away from suspension. And that Makes Wannstedt just as STUPID!

I'll take a draft pick for Ricky but I do not ever want to see him in a Dolphin uniform again.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous harold said...

You call it the evil weed, but it sounds like you think everyone should do whatever they can for money, the root of all evil. Get it right

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

All those players in the locker room pry smoke bud too. Maybe even Armando.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

Everyone in every company is always at risk of losing their job. Is gambling on a toker any different than gambling on someone who misses a lot of games (Ronnie), is old (Trent), or has problems controlling his rage (Joe Porter and Randy McMichaell)? Where should the line be drawn?

10:43 AM  
Anonymous mikey said...

A team that is not desperate for a starting RB will give up a draft pick for Ricky.
Are you smoking that sticky icky Patrick?
If so hook it up.
I'll be waiting tables at Shula's tonight. You'll get excellent service. Talk to the bartender. He's my boy.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Wow, I didn't realize how sensitive you potheads are nowadays. Are you looking for my approval Robert? I don't give a damn what you do, but if you worked for me, you'd be tested, and if you smoked with Ricky, you'd lose your job, just as he did. To say that marijuana has NO SIDE EFFECTS, save lung cancer is IGNORANT! If Ricky chose to juice, I'd be more forgiving

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Harold, money may the root of all evil, but it can sure buy you a lot of weed if you are so inclined. Are you saying that money corrupted Ricky and that is why he was willing to let his team down for the sake of a few tokes. BTW, I bet he got some really good stuff!

Kurt, I agreed everyone is always in jeopardy of losing their job. Hell my boss just walked up on me while I was writing on this blog! But it doesn't preclude a person doing something blatantly illegal after being caught multiple times. It's just stupid man.

LOL Mikey!!! Maybe I'll head down there! What I was reefering (hehe) to was, that no team will depend on Ricky to be the guy they would bank on but if he were used as a second RB he would be worth the draft pick.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pot smoking doesn't enhance your game performance!"

Neither does Dog fighting, or shooting people in a strip club. but guess what?
you might disagree with the law - if so, try to get the law changed - but for right now, ITS ILLEGAL!
which part dont you understand??

11:40 AM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

Anonymous no need to get your feathers all ruffled, buddy we know its illegal, but so was alcohol at one point in time!! It still doesn't change the fact this doesn't enhance your game performance, further more the new streriods drug is undetectable and this drug really does enhance your game play!! These are the type of drugs the NFL should be most concerned with not some pot smokers! You getting all worked up like this effects you directly!!!

Last but not least " TO EACH ITS OWN" stop trying to say what someone else should be doing and worry about SELF!! And to the guy that said Pot smokers are losers you're an IDIOT!! Some of the worlds most sucessful people have admitted to smoking!! It effects everyone different so if you felt like a loser after smoking you probably where smoking some garbage!!!!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Not you too JDizzle....What a shame. Would you let your kids get watched by an admitted pot smoking baby-sitter? Would you let a pothead do your taxes? If so, more power to you. I wouldn't.

You know, it really doesn't matter what I think of potheads...People are accountable for their own actions. What matters is that Ricky violated the NFL's "Substance abuse policy" repeatedly, and by doing so SCREWED EVERYONE! So, it's as much about ME and every other FAN, as it is HIM.

For the record, I highly doubt that I was smoking garbage for 5 years....It lost it's appeal, as all it made me do was dwell of things like how TERRIBLE the Dolphins have become...

12:30 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

Your right Marc he violated the policy and is being punished for doing so!! As for me letting a pot head watch my kids or do my taxes , it doesn't matter to me what they do in their free time!! As long as they do there JOB!! And you may not want to believe it but I bet over half of the people you deal with on the daily basis smoke weed!

I have a question if weed wasn't on the NFL's substance abuse policy and it got leaked that Ricky smoked how would you guys feel then?? I ask because the only real ground you guys have is the fact that this substance is illegal!! How it effects everyone is different!!

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really Marc and everyone agueing against him, for the most part, both make sense. I see what Marc is saying by Ricky being an idiot by smoking pot KNOWING that the NFL banned it. When he smoked pot he made a choice that it was worth taking the risk. But with being a pro athlete comes responsibilites, since National sport leagues are their own governments within themselves. I myself think someone thats gives up millions and millions of dollars for pot is an IDIOT! and i bet all you arguing against marc would stop smoking pot for that much money.

On the other hand, i also see those of you arguing against marc's point. I for one think that marijuana being illegal is absurd. How can we allow cigarettes to be legal but not marijuana? I'll tell you why. "I BELIEVE" its because pot is easy to grow and nicotine isnt. So the government doesnt crack down on it. In the end its about who makes the money. Why do you think that the government cracks down on those who sell marijuana and not so much on those who smoke it.


1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Armando , you are the only writer who tells it the way it is. Vinny

1:54 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

It might affect people differently, TO A DEGREE, but that's the equivalent of saying that Tylenol affects people differently. Chances are, you, or anyone here, who has toked in the past A. Got the munchies B. Got cotton-mouth C. Got a little sleepy D. Got a little slow on the uptake E. Got a little paranoid, F. Got the giggles. So, while, it MAY, for some not have ALL those side-effects, those are the norm, anyone who DOESN'T get those are the EXCEPTION.

Although, I personally frown on potheads, I think you all are missing my point....(Could it be from all the pot?)Ricky screwed up, and took us all down with him, regardless of the reason. I would be just as upset if he was a repeat-offender of ANY other substance. It's just magnified that he would do all of this for some weed....I mean, it's WEED. I do think that ALL OF YOU would stop smoking weed for a few million dollars, if not, that's just pathetic.

With all that said, I apologize for hurting all of the potheads feelings in here. I didn't realize smoking pot made you a pussy too! (I never got that side effect). And as far as Ricky, which was the topic, as I aslo stated, I couldn't care less if he comes back, or not, but I'd like to see the team recoup some $$. That's all I have to say about that.

2:03 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

Why is everyone getting so worked up. This is just a debate , no need for insults!! If you smoke fine , if not fine THE WORLD STILL GOES ON!!!! Ricky screwed up PERIOD!! I'm sorry me as a fan, I don't really care what he smokes its his business!! YES he's stupid for throwing all that money away, but it was the choice he made! No one on this blog is going to change that nor are you gonna make anyone stop smoking!! With that said everyone has made valid points and just as you stated we are going to just have to Agree to Disagree on this topic!!!

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe I should start rooting for the pats. All of my favorite players are going there.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, freedom. We ALL love freedom here in the United States. We love freedom for our own chosen pursuits, and we especially love the freedom to judge and restrict the freedoms of others, freedoms that we don't personally value. As drinkers love the freedom to drink and patients love the freedom to use anti-depressants, the alcohol lobby and the pharmaceutical lobby and perhaps many drinkers and Prozac users do not value the freedom of other citizens to choose their own intoxicant or sedative. We've all seen ernest crusaders who claim to stand up for the First Amendment, with words like, "I believe in free speec, BUT..." ... and then they tell you the kind of expression they DON'T believe should be protected. Ah, America, land of the ... hypocrites.

By the way, I don't mean to be anonymous, but my account is screwed up, so I'll sign my name: Scott Small, Libertarian and Libertine, Hermosa Beach, California

2:39 PM  
Blogger T. said...

I bumped into Ricky on the streets in NYC yesterday. He was in a suit, so I'm thinking he was in town to meet with the commish. He seemed to be in excellent shape (my hand hurt for about an hour after the handshake!) very peaceful and serene. I didn't ask him about football. We just chatted briefly. What a cool guy. I hope they reinstate him. To do otherwise would be an injustice.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Pretty cool T. You know Ricky has got to be at the point where he is hurting financially. I think that will drive him to walk the league line for a couple years to get some change back in his pocket.

Ricky is a good guy, he's a unique individual who thinks his personal freedom is more important than football or money. I can accept that now that we know his level of commitment to that freedom. But I wouldn't have him on the Dolphins again. We're way past the once bitten twice shy deal.

It is interesting to me how many people have given the impression that smoking weed is no big deal. In a political sense it seems the government is spending way too much money fighting against something people don't real care too much about. It could be one of those things where the adventure of it is caused as much by its illegality as any affect it has.

3:17 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

How about Don Shula said that if the Pats go undefeated there should be an asterisk next to their record in the Record Books!

4:33 PM  
Anonymous mjfin said...

So this is what the season has done to the blogs. A bunch of overage frustrated radicals having an adolescent college bull session while pretending to be philosophical about pot.
Well, some good has come of it - at least we don't have to listen to yet another moron bring up "selecting a punt returner in round 9" and other ignorant nonsense. Cam is bad enough without critizing him for one of the few good decisions he made this year.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's be honest with ourselves...could the phins use a thousand yard rusher right now? You bet your **s they could. Whatever else we all "know" about Ricky, the one thing we do know is that he is a 100% lock to rush for 1k+ per season. How snooty can we afford to be? How sure are we that Ronnie Brown will return to form? The NFL is a business. Did anyone really think Ricky was gonna be a great role model when we got him?

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you ever notice that people who claim marijuana is bad for you never cite studies to back up their claims? Of course you don't. You believe what big brother tells you. Marijuana has never scientifically been proven to be detrimental in anyway, and you to think it is because your government has told you so is ignorant. Learn how to think rationally. maybe someday you won't be a sheep.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a challenge for you. Try to find one piece of information claiming marijuana is bad for people that actually cites a study that shows this. You won't be able to because it has never been proven in a scientific study. People go around to schools speaking out against it, but kids keep doing it because what the speakers are saying is balderdash. If only a study showed marijuana was bad, maybe people intelligent people would be able to believe it is, but for now, only ignorant people can believe it is.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all you debating the legality of weed, you must understand that After RW 'retired', he was receiving LEGAL medical Marijuana for his anxiety. He now claims (months ago) that he hasn't been on it for some time. But EVEN IF HE HAD, he can obtain it LEGALLY for a medical condition.

This is what ESPN said this weekend regarding the matter, and it supports that assertion :

"the NFL likely would not approve Williams' return because of a difference in opinion regarding treatment of Williams' social-anxiety disorder."

So my guess is that what is happening is they can't decide wether RW actually violated anything IF he was on LEGAL medication. IF he was, the NFL would be wise to approve reinstatement. Not only can I see law suits....but it would also be dangerous precedent concerning a player being on LEGAL meds.

And as others have said, if players who have committed actual HARM to people can be given chances, than a guy who did nothing but self medicate should be a no brainer.

Oh and we need a RB in case you weren't paying attention.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Charles said...

Yes, there is a link at the top of Armando's blog that it is a government sponsored site that is supposed to give one the facts about marijuana. It is called the anti-drug, or something. However, it does not explain where it gets any of its information from. If it was a report being handed in at any University, the student would fail. They make claims without backing them up by explaining how they came to those conclusions. I can't believe weed is bad with that type of information. It said that marijuana results in a loss of balance, but I've seen my brother play bball on it, and he played good enough to take his team to state.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Kilgore Trout said...

Marijuana is only legal in particular states. It is not legal by the federal government. GODell is a fascist who supports the federal government, and like the federal government, does not pay much attention to state laws. The fact that he was smoking pot, which was legal in Cali, won't help him with the NFL. The NFL, like the U.S. government, is a plutocratic oligarchy.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Sherry said...

I'm impressed, Armando. An MIT professor who is known as the most respected intellectual in all the world took part in your chat. I didn't know Noam Chomsky was a Dolphins fan, or an NFL fan for that matter. I thought he used his time to think about more important things.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kilgore, while I wholeheartedly agree with your general contempt for the Guv, is it really illegal to take a prescribed drug even if it's not in a state where it's technically illegal? I mean I know that it's considered a controlled substance, but I can take my LEGALLY PRESCRIBED Percocets and Xanax that are alos controlled substances anywhere I want, I don't need permission from the state.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Kilgore Trout said...

The prescribed drugs that you take are legally allowed to be prescribed by the federal government. Marijuana is only legal in particular states because their governments have declared it legal, while the federal government has not. For instance, someone who has is certified to have medical marijuana in California can grow a certain amount in his or her home, and the state of California will not do anything about it. However, the federal government can still come in, and bust that person, as happened to Ed Rosenthal, who was growing large quantities for medical patients in Oakland.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Just another example of how the U.S. government does not make decisions for the good of its people. It declares Percocet, a highly addictive and dangerous substance, to be legal. While a drug that is not physically addictive and extremely safe, marijuana, is made illegal. This is just one small example of how big business, prescription drug companies in this case, run our country.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They actually pay you for writing this nonsense? LOL

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:51 AM  
Anonymous the Rooster said...

After reading the blogs here I have to add my 2 cents. Ricky can be a beast, and we could have a Ronnie backup or a starter next year if Ronnie's not healthy (hmmm..Duante C. injury ring a bell?). Or we could trade him if Ronnie's healthy. Anyway, the guy smoked and is getting help to overcome it. He also has his anxiety/personal issues that we don't have-so enough judging him. If you're not in his shoes don't judge him anymore. He screwed us a few times already, but I would still be willing to back him. What do we have to lose this season, another 8 games! Wow, that would lock us up for the number 1 pick then. If Ricky burns us again, at least it's during a wasted season. I'd rather find out now than next year. With this season done, let's give him one last chance! It won't kill us to trust Ricky one more time.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dvRicky never hurt anyone ...disappointed his teamates and fans definitely! Ricky has social anxiety disorder(a real condition) He interviewed wearing his helmet in New Orlean for gosh sake. Grant Wistrom killed his passenger in a car crash while driving drunk...and then later got a 2nd DUI, and he is still in good standing with the NFL(although not on a roster) Ricky's social anxiety condition while working around the NFL's media circus.. Is like being afraid of heights and working construction on skyscrapers. I wish the best for Ricky. In life and hopefully someday with the Dolphins! Shawn RN

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