View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Compton roots for Abueva in Gilas stint: ‘Hopefully he’s doing a great job’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Up 8-6 in the second frame, Balipure used a quick 6-0 sprint to pull away for good.Janisa Johnson led the Water Defenders with 17 points while Faith Nisperos added 13.Amporn Hyapha delivered 13 markers for the Fighting Warays. Justin Robert ValenciaADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The win, however, had no bearing with BanKo-Perlas and Pocari Sweat already through to the semifinals, joining Creamline and Pocari Sweat.Despite their failed bid, the Water Defenders’ stint in the PVL had served its purpose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It was a very productive season for my team because it is the first time that a high school team was fielded in the league and we were able to go in step with the seasoned players,” said Balipure-NU head coach Babes Castillo.Tied at 15 in the third set, Water Defenders unloaded a huge 10-1 run capped by an Alexis Matthews ace to ice the victory. BaliPure-National University steamrolled Tacloban, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16, in its final game in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT
Dear Editor,Influenced as I am and have been since my early career as a school teacher — that the focus of our basic educational pursuits should be both academic and attitudinal — I was recently impressed by a publication I chanced upon in my daughter’s home in Toronto (she herself is a School Superintendent with the Toronto District School Board). It is titled: “Roots of Empathy”, subtitled: “Changing the World Child by Child” and written by Mary Gordon.The following reviews of the book provide a good synopsis of its essential messages, which I firmly believe are quite deserving of attention by our own Guyanese educational community and political leaders and parents:“Every so often in the life of a civilization, there comes a book that can literally change the way we are in the world. Roots of Empathy is such a book—With violence, anti-social behavior, bullying and aggression among our young children escalating at a frightening rate, it is clear that we need to develop a new understanding of childhood”.“— In clear and lively language, Mary Gordon introduces us to the wisdom of babies, and shows us how they can teach us —and our children—what it is to be human—I have learned that the human capacities for empathy and respect must be fostered from earliest childhood to reduce violence in the world and build a truly civil society”.“This book describes the extraordinary value—probably the best program of its kind to support optimal early childhood development, and to help communities build tolerant pluralistic democratic societies”Nowrang Persaud
– Regional Chairman calls for disaster preparedness managementThe body of a Linden woman who plunged to her death off the Mackenzie- Wismar Bridge in the RegionRegion 10 Chairman Renis Morian(Upper Demerara- Berbice) community on Tuesday morning was recovered on Thursday morning.E Division (Linden- Kwakwani) Commander Calvin Brutus confirmed on Thursday that the partly decomposed body of the victim, identified as 24-year-old Tabitha Small of Central Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden washed ashore at the Demerara River and was discovered around 06:00h in the vicinity of the Wismar Municipal Market.A Police source in Linden confirmed that the woman was diagnosed with tuberculosis approximately two years ago and was on Monday admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) around 15:10h after experiencing a series of fainting spells. This newspaper understands that she was discharged from the Hospital at approximately 08:30h on Tuesday and went straight to the Bridge.Meanwhile, Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian has made calls for systems of disaster preparedness management to be put in place in the community, so as to deal with such issues which may arise in the Region.He noted that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and Police in the Region were unprepared to deal with such a tragedy since they were not properly equipped to assist in retrieving the body. Morian said he would be requesting funding to have the Region get on board with disaster preparedness management, emphasising that it was an important component, at which the Council needed to take a serious look.
A 25-year-old man, who allegedly carried out a series of home invasions, was on Friday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Christian Webster appeared before Magistrate Leon Daly and denied the charges.The first charge stated that on September 10, 2019, at South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Jasmine Harris and stole a phone valued $114,000 and a gold and diamond ring valued $222,000, property of Ryan Smith.The second charge alleged that on September 10, 2019, at South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he broke and entered the home of Jasmine Harris and stole a laptop valued $354,000, the property of Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.The last charge stated that on the same day and location, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Jasmine Harris and stole four rings valued $442,000, the property of Harris.According to Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh, Harris secured her home and went to bed at about 21:00 on September 10. However, she was awoken by a loud noise and upon checking, she saw the 25-year-old man standing in her bedroom.The terrified woman quickly raised an alarm, which caused the defendant to jump through a window and made good his escape.Nevertheless, the woman and her husband made checks in their home and discovered the articles missing. A report was made and Webster was subsequently arrested.The prosecutor further indicated to the court that the defendant is being investigated for 10 other breaking and entering offences, and murder.As such, the prosecution’s submission was upheld and Webster was remanded to prison. The case will continue on November 8, 2019.
Showdown in National Assembly– questions put for details on emoluments, case load The much criticised hiring of special prosecutors is expected to be placed under the microscope during today’s sitting of the National Assembly, when Government will have to respond to several questions on notice from the parliamentary Opposition.According to the order paper, questions will be put to Attorney General Basil Williams by his predecessor, Anil Nandlall. The questions are derived from the fact that estimates show $109 million being allocated to the Attorney General’s Chambers in the 2017 Budget under programme 523.In addition, Nandlall contends that in the 2018 Budget, undisclosed funds were allocated for hiring special prosecutors, including foreign lawyers. He is therefore seeking answers on this issue.“Could the honourable Minister provide this House with information on the number of special prosecutors that have been hired, their salaries and benefits, travel and hotel costs, etc, incurred and the number of cases they have been handling for the period January 2017 to March 2018?” Nandlall questioned the State.In an interview with Guyana Times, Nandlall stressed the implications for the State’s involvement in retaining special prosecutors on a scale of this magnitude.PPP frontbencher Anil NandlallIn the first place, he pointed out that this practise is not supported by the law.“It is absolutely unlawful for (the State) to be paying special prosecutors. Since 1966, when we became independent, the prosecutorial functions of the State were taken away from the Attorney General office and given to an agency called the Director of Public Prosecutions.”“That agency is an independent agency and it ought not to be influenced in the discharge of those functions. Government has no role to play in the prosecution of criminal offences. That is not a function of the Government but the State agency.”The former Attorney General also noted that while serious offences like drug trafficking and murder are being prosecuted by Police prosecutor, the State shells out millions to prosecute members of the former Administration and perceived Opposition supporters on charges that are not even in violation of criminal laws.“Millions of dollars are expended to hire special prosecutors. And these special prosecutors are hired to prosecute us,” Nandlall noted. “They are not hiring special prosecutors to prosecute the serious offences being committed every day in this country, like robbery, murder, piracy, drug trafficking. These are the real oils of the society. So the public will judge whether that is the best use of taxpayers’ money.It had been reported that Cabinet appointed six Attorneys; Michael Somersall, Hewely Griffith, Lawrence Harris, Patrice Henry, Compton Richardson, and Trenton Lake as Special Prosecutors in the event that legal action might ensue from audit reports into the Pradoville 2 Housing Scheme and the 2007 World Cup cricket, among others.Attorney General Williams has long contended that nothing is wrong with Government’s move to hire special prosecutors to go after ‘State assets’ as similarAttorney General Basil Williamssituations existed in Guyana before.Williams had also highlighted that Government’s rationale for hiring special prosecutors was because the State prosecutors under the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were uncomfortable with handling such cases.Article 116 says “there shall be a Director of Public Prosecutions whose office shall be a public office.”Article 187 outlines the DPP’s functions which includes to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court and noted that the powers conferred upon the Director shall be vested in him/her to the exclusion of any other person or authority and that Director shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.Article 187 also notes that the powers of the Director may be exercised through other persons acting under, and in accordance with, the Director’s general or special instructions.In these circumstances, there has been no indication whether the DPP granted permission for the Government to establish its own prosecutions unit.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Through her experiences, the 17-year-old midfielder has gained a better perspective on not only soccer, but life itself. “It comes both ways,” said Fike, who has 10 goals and seven assists in 13 games for Desert Christian (16-1-1). “You just have to learn to go through the highs and lows. You have to expect the worst as well as the best. It’s made me stronger, mentally and spiritually, in so many ways.” Fike’s career began in storybook fashion, as she was a central figure during the Knights’ championship season, as well as their run to the semifinals her sophomore year. “(Winning a championship) is just a really great feeling, but so much has happened since,” said Fike, who shares team captain responsibilities with Alyse Alcaraz and Megan Couch. Megan Fike sees many parallels between her soccer career at Desert Christian High and the sport itself: exhilarating and rewarding one moment, frustrating and unforgiving the next. During her four years as a varsity starter, Fike has helped the Knights win 72 games, including the program’s first Southern Section title in 2003, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Milken Community of Los Angeles in the Div. VI final. She has also been selected High Desert League most valuable player, received All-Southern Section honors and will continue her playing career at UC Riverside this fall. For all the high points in Fike’s career, she has endured her share of disappointments as well. She was issued a red card in last year’s playoffs – forcing her to sit out Desert Christian’s 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Sage Hill of Newport Beach – and missed the first five games this season after rehabilitating her right knee following surgery in June. “I can still remember that day, being there with my teammates. That was an awesome experience.” Unfortunately for Fike and her teammates, those memories were overshadowed by forgettable playoff experiences the past two years. During Desert Christian’s 2004 semifinal match against Windward of Los Angeles, Fike had a breakaway opportunity late in the first half whistled dead as she was preparing to go one on one with goalkeeper so the referee could attend to an opposing player who had fallen down in the midfield area. During the second 10-minute overtime period, the Knights had the potential go-ahead goal disallowed as a result of a similar situation. After the teams played to a 1-1 tie after 120 minutes, Desert Christian lost 8-7 in a penalty shootout. In last year’s second-round match against Alverno of Sierra Madre, with the Knights leading 3-0 in the second half, Fike accidentally bumped into the opposing goalkeeper chasing after a loose ball near the top of the penalty box. Although she hadn’t been called for a foul the entire game, Fike was immediately given a red card, bringing a premature end to an otherwise brilliant season. “It didn’t hit me until a few seconds later that I would have to miss the next game,” said Fike, who could help her team secure a second-round rematch with Alverno, should the Knights defeat Villanova Prep of Ojai in Saturday’s playoff opener. “But I have to be thankful for it all. I’ve been tested, but it’s helped me grow as a person.” Fike was also forced to be a spectator in the early part of this season, recovering from surgery in June to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee, which she injured playing club soccer in May. Upon her return, it took Fike a while to regain her rhythm, even switching from her usual striker position to the defensive midfield to take advantage of her playmaking skills. “We were so strong up the middle, so it was like ‘if you move Megan here, then where do you play this person?”‘ said first-year coach Deann Lewis, whose team has outscored opponents 135-3. “She might have been a little discouraged at first, because she wanted to step up and play to the level she was used to. But it was cool to see her push through it.” Through all the obstacles and setbacks, Fike’s leadership hasn’t wavered. She hopes her final postseason journey ends the same way her first one did – as a champion. “She’s such a great asset physically on the field, but also spiritually with her leadership and how she relates to her teammates,” Lewis said. “A person of her character helps them grow and learn, and I’ve been really fortunate to have her around this year.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tottenham Premier League fixtures 2018/19 – full schedule Every single one of Liverpool’s 2018/19 Premier League fixtures REVEALED Chelsea and Liverpool is a very modern rivalry 5 REVEALED REVEALED The north London derby is always action packed REVEALED Here’s when the London, Manchester and Merseyside derby games will be played Who do Man City start against and when is Manchester derby? PL fixtures in full 5 Full 2018/19 Premier League fixtures list confirmed REVEALED Liverpool v Everton: 1 December and 2 MarchFamous for Fire and friendliness – Englands oldest top-flight derby is usually full of red cards and goals. Loud and at times mutually respectful fans (witness the Hillsborough solidarity). To some, it may not be the most important derby in the north-west, but there is still plenty of bite in the Merseyside fixture. Chelsea Premier League fixtures 2018/19 – full schedule 5 To Palace and Brighton fans, the rivalry is very real MORE FIXTURES REVEALED Liverpool v Man City: 6 October and 1 JanuaryFor talkSPORT.com, this is really just going to be an intriguing game because of last season. The Reds were the team that ruined City’s unbeaten run in the Premier League by beating them 4-3 in January and Jurgen Klopp then had the nerve to dump Pep and co. out of the Champions League. The champions will be gunning for revenge.Chelsea v Tottenham: 24 November and 27 FebruaryLike the north London derby, this rivalry is pretty historic and after Arsenal, Chelsea are the team many Tottenham fans would like to beat most. The two sides contested the 1967 FA Cup final, which Tottenham, boasting former Chelsea youngsters Terry Venables and Jimmy Greaves in their side, won. In recent years, Spurs reached the 2002 League Cup final at their rivals expense and also beat them in the 2008 final. Chelsea claimed victory in the 2015 edition and also took pride in denying them a place in the Champions League by winning the European Cup in 2012. A resurgence in recent years has helped stop White Hart Lane being referred to as three point lane, beginning with Tottenhams 2-1 win in 2006 that ended a 16-year run without a league win against the Blues. The Manchester derby is always a bit fiery Tottenham v Arsenal: 1 December and 2 MarchThe resurgence of Tottenham is the major factor behind reigniting an age-old rivalry that stretches back to when Arsenal moved from south to north London in 1913. Arsenal used to be able to celebrate St Totteringhams Day amid a lack of actual trophies the day when Spurs can no longer mathematically finish above them but even that is now dead.Man United v Man City: 10 November and 16 MarchA friendly camaraderie before the Second World War, then it turned ugly in the 1970s. It has been amped up since the blue half of Manchester won the Abu Dhabi lottery and notable moments from recent years include Citys 6-1 embarrassment of United at Old Trafford, Michael Owen scoring a stoppage time winner in a 4-3 classic, and Wayne Rooneys overhead kick in 2011. Its a much hyped game and rightly so, especially with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in the dugout. There’s nothing friendly about Merseyside derbies Cardiff v Wolves: 1 December and 2 MarchThey were vying for the Championship title last season, with Wolves winning it in the end, but in between there was the spat between managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Neil Warnock (of course there was). The Yorkshireman labelled his opposite number a ‘disgrace’ following Cardiff’s 1-0 loss to Wolves in April after Espirito-Santo raced onto the pitch at full-time to celebrate and ignoring the post-match handshake in the process.Watford v Everton: 8 December and 9 FebruaryWe could call this one the Marco Silva match. Everton supremo Farhad Moshiri had wanted the Portuguese to succeed Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park in October, but Watford rejected their Premier League rival’s advances and any potential compensation. Watford then sacked Silva in January, blaming an “unwarranted approach” from another club for a loss of focus and downturn in results. Should be a good one.Brighton v Crystal Palace: 4 December and 9 MarchThe two clubs are almost 50 miles apart and the deep loathing between them has existed for only 40 or so years, yet the hostility has never been diluted. To supporters there is a very real hatred even if it does leave outsiders scratching their heads. Animosity is normally credited to the 1970s when Terry Venables was in charge of Palace and Alan Mullery at Brighton; both of whom were rivals from their playing days at Tottenham. 5 Manchester United Premier League fixtures 2018/19 – full schedule Liverpool v Chelsea: 29 September and 13 AprilLiverpool, and every other fan, used to remind Chelsea they had no history, owing to their lack of memories and trophies pre-Roman Abramovich. Then the Russian oil money poured in and the old Blues fans as well the new ones drawn by the success of the club, can claim otherwise. There has been plenty of fiery moments since, including three Champions League semi-finals and the defection of Fernando Torres to London in 2011. They just wind each other up. 5 Finally, we can start planning our weekends around our favourite games.The Premier League have been revealed and talkSPORT.com sniffed out the most exciting ones immediately.These are some of the biggest matches we can’t wait to see.Liverpool v Man United: 15 December and 23 FebruaryThey are 30 miles apart and really don’t like each other as a city, which is said to stem from the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal in the 19th Century to bypass Liverpool’s financial control over imports and exports. It has been a deep hatred ever since, with the two cites’ clubs enjoying a period of dominance in England with some very influential managers.
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Pictured at the launch of the new Ulster Senior League App are Michael Kyle (Drumkeen Utd.), Niall Callaghan (League Secretary) and Paddy Farren (Mobileonix).The Ulster Senior League have launched a new App for iPhones, Android and Windows. Developed in conjunction with local firm Mobileonix, who are based in Gaoth Dobhair, the new App will enable soccer followers to keep up to date with League fixtures, changes to fixtures, view league tables and results and to contact the league – you can even keep up with the latest news from the World Cup!USL PRO Paul McGovern told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted to launch the new App in partnership with Mobileonix. “We see it as a great tool in this technological age for all soccer supporters to keep up with the latest news from Donegal’s Intermediate Division.“It will allow us to get information out to everyone that downloads the App in a quick and easy way.Paddy Farren from Mobileonix is a former USL player having played with his local team, Carndonagh for many years so he was very in tune for what we needed from the App.Paddy Farren said, “One of the main functions will be our “push notifications” that will act as a text service to those that download it from their app provider, but they can also check league tables, results etc. and other functions will be added over time. “At just €0.89 – a once-off payment – to download, it represents great value and we look forward to connecting with our players, officials, supporters and anyone interested in Donegal soccer through this fantastic advancement for our league.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE LAUNCH FANTASTIC NEW APP was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportUlster Senior League
The stack of NFL magazines and newspapers on the end of my desk stare at me as if I’ve done something bad, very bad, as if ignoring The League will get me on some international watch list. I’ll pick them up occasionally, look back at Tom Brady or Michael Vick on the cover, and think about turning inside, maybe get a chuckle at the latest Raider reprobates, then invariably ask myself why bother and put them back on the pile. I am kind enough to straighten the pile from time to time, just to make my indifference look neat. It’s now been more than 10years since the NFL played football in Los Angeles, and whatever antipathy I once felt for Paul Tagliabue and the other NFL mob bosses who have jerked greater Los Angeles around for a decade about a team of our own has now subsided into general apathy. Back when the Rams and Raiders played here, each announcement of the weekend’s limited TV schedule would be met with outrage because we were not going to get the games featuring Dallas or San Francisco, or Pittsburgh or Denver. With our expanded viewing options last Sunday, we were treated to Minnesota-Tampa Bay, Dante Culpepper versus Brian Griese; Denver-Miami, Jake Plummer against Gus Frerotte; and Dallas-San Diego, a reasonably viewable game with Drew Bledsoe and Drew Brees. Monday night? Vick and Donovan McNabb are terrific, but what does it say about the NFL of 2005 when the two most athletic quarterbacks in the game put together a 14-10 hum-drummer? Last season, only nine of the 32 teams in the league won 10 games or more, and just three of them played in the NFC. More than a third of all teams were pretty much eliminated from the playoff hunt and working on their draft plans by November. Twelve teams won six games or less. That which Bill Walsh created with the 49ers, a formidable forerunner to the West Coast Offense that worked so smoothly and ran up points like a bullish NASDAQ, has been diluted into a cookie-cutter offense that nibbles its way down field. The NFL always had a clean succession of great quarterback classes, with the most recent featuring Joe Montana, Warren Moon, Steve Young, John Elway, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman and a young Brett Favre. All those guys were active in 1998 except Joe Montana, plus a handful of others who were good then but would be outstanding now Randall Cunningham, Steve DeBerg, Dave Krieg, Vinny Testaverde and Steve Beuerlein. The 2005 canvas has the splendid Favre, Brady and Peyton Manning, and I defy anyone to reasonably predict anyone else out there will ever get a whiff of Canton, Ohio, site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bledsoe? Steve McNair? Marginal calls. Plus, Favre is 36, Trent Green 35, Bledsoe 33 and McNair an elderly looking 32, and most of the young quarterbacks aren’t even close to showing they’re going to be successors to this group. Most of the college quarterbacks that were first-round picks in last six drafts have been among the biggest underachievers in the league. The three first-rounders in 2002 have all been busts Houston’s David Carr (14-29 career record), Detroit’s Joey Harrington (14-30) and Washington’s Patrick Ramsey (9-14). Likewise for most of those in the class of 2003. Baltimore’s Kyle Boller (14-11), Jacksonville’s ron Leftwich (13-14) and Chicago’s Rex Grossman (never healthy) have been average, although Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer (6-7), the ex-Trojan, may be ready for a close-up. Then there’s Minnesota’s Culpepper (1999, 36-37), and the Jets’ Chad Pennington (2000, 20-14) and Chargers’ Brees (2001, 21-21), who need more than one surprising season to make one a believer. The stock is so thin that Dallas is recycling Bledsoe, who looked done last year in Buffalo; Arizona is gambling that 34-year-old Kurt Warner still has something left; and Miami is starting Frerotte (27-36), who is with his sixth team in 12 seasons. Trent Dilfer (Browns), Kerry Collins (Raiders) and Griese (Bucs) are still bouncing around, too, and at this point, Denver is playing Plummer (49-60), perhaps the most underachieving long-term starter in NFL history, simply because they have no one else. Besides Brady, the only first-round picks since 1999 who have acquitted themselves are McNabb (1999) and Vick (2001), and neither fall into the category of the classic high-yield thrower. A list of the five-best quarterbacks in the league today would have to include Carolina’s Jake Delhomme, who was an undrafted free agent. There’s hope for the class of 2004 Buffalo’s J.P. Losman, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and the Giants’ Eli Manning but we’re not going to know for sure until 2006 at the earliest. It makes me wonder exactly what gamblers are using as their main betting tool. How does anyone put money down on a team quarterbacked by Frerotte, Collins, Aaron Brooks or Matt Hasselback? Maybe if Manning, either of them, was playing in Los Angeles, I’d feel differently. But they don’t. At least to this old football fan, who remembers Chuck Knox losing playoff games to Minnesota and Davis sparring with Marcus Allen, they’re just pictures in a magazine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It’s hard for someone who was invested in what the Rams and Raiders did even if it was with a touch of evil, that anticipation of blaming Georgia Frontiere for the inert Rams roster and Al Davis for his puppeteering of the Raiders to look at the NFL and find some common ground. Former Ram Jerome Bettis is still in the league. I can find several former Raider coaches dotted on staffs here and there. After glancing at the roster of quarterbacks in 2005, I have to believe Vince Evans could still play if someone would give him a chance. It’s obviously not hard for others. There are thousands of NFL fans out there who wake each Sunday with a smile on their face and the remote in their hand, because an NFL-free L.A. means more games on TV. With fantasy football and all forms of bookmakers legal and illegal, the NFL’s constituency is on zealous par with the religious right. But if you grew up enjoying the teams that were here, and the games beyond point spreads, it’s hard to revive the feelings. It’s like dating an ex-wife the terrain is familiar but the feelings have long been divorced. I look at the NFL today and see a league that has been watered down to near beer. The league’s parity may be a boon to playoff races and attendance in December, but the NFL I once enjoyed had great teams loaded with great players who were worthy of that rich film stock used by NFL Films.