La envidia es un sentimiento muy común y exacerbado en estos días, tanto por las redes sociales como por la competencia de tener, o llegar más lejos, que otros.

Sales a comer con tus amigas cuando una dice “¿Te enteraste que María se comprometió? El novio le pidió la mano de la manera más original posible. hizo… ”  Y tú, con dolor de estómago de la rabia, solo llegas a sonreír y decir ¡Qué bien por ella! Y por dentro “Esa &%$# (añade un insulto en el espacio).  Te ha dolido en el alma porque llevas 5 años con tu novio que no se anima al compromiso.

Como dice Seth Godin: el Internet es un amplificador de la envidia. Abres tus redes sociales y ves un montón de fotos felices: vacaciones, niños perfectos, amor a la vista, días fabulosos en el trabajo, entre otros. Mientras observas este festín de felicidad sientes un vacío en el pecho por todo aquello que no tienes todavía.

Estos dos ejemplos, que puedes extrapolar a cualquier situación de envidia, te pueden llevar a voltearte al lado oscuro:

  • Esos %&$# (inserta insulto de tu preferencia), les voy a demostrar que yo también puedo. [Sentimiento: Venganza]
  • Con que María se comprometió, pues ojalá la dejen plantada en el altar [Sentimiento: Maldiciones y mala yuyu]

May 10

NFL cheerleaders will settle for $1 in exchange for meeting with Roger Goodell

If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will have a meeting with a group of cheerleaders, the two former cheerleaders who recently filed discrimination claims will settle those claims for $1 each.

The settlement proposal by Sara Blackwell, the lawyer representing the cheerleaders, asked that Goodell and league lawyers have a “good faith” meeting with at least four cheerleaders to create binding rules and regulations for all NFL teams. Also, teams that currently have cheerleading squads would not be allowed to disband them as retaliation for at least five years.

After two batters reached in the first inning, Tillman retired 10 straight before allowing a four-pitch walk to Victor Martinez with two outs in the fourth. He did not allow a hit until Jose Iglesias lined a one-out double in the fifth.

Ole Miss refutes those claims, and thus objects to the players’ request to waive the NCAA’s normal transfer rules. Patterson’s attorney, Thomas Mars, said he remains optimistic that the NCAA will allow Patterson to play this fall, but does not know when a final decision might come.

Patterson announced his plans to transfer to Michigan less than two weeks after the additional sanctions were levied against Ole Miss. Michigan submitted paperwork for the waiver request in late February.

The league’s investigation included formal reviews and reports from every team that interviewed Guice, as well as interviews with the player, his agent and others, per a source. The league could not confirm that any club made the reported inquiries.

The league spent weeks trying to figure out who had asked Guice these questions. At least one team said Guice admitted that he “made up” the statements that led to a lengthy NFL investigation, according to a source.

What’s acceptable has evolved from the early days of hockey through Scott Stevens’ then-legal crushing blow on Eric Lindros in 2000 to today, when checks to the head are parsed frame by frame to determine if they are illegal. The NHL, too, is still facing a federal class-action concussion lawsuit filed by former players alleging it failed to warn them about the health risks associated with head injuries.sl_cardinals_004

May 07

Jon Gruden runs first NFL practice in almost 10 years with Raiders

Jon Gruden yelled out instructions, called out plays and ran an NFL practice for the first time since leaving coaching nearly a decade ago in Tampa Bay.

This was the day Gruden had been waiting for ever since he was hired for a second stint as Oakland Raiders coach.

The Raiders opened their first voluntary minicamp under Gruden on Tuesday with optimism that a change in coach can alter the fortunes of a team coming off a down season.

“He threw everything at me,” Carr said. “He tried to get me to see if I was listening to him in the meetings. We had a lot of fun doing that. It’s always fun to accept his challenge and hopefully do good at it and look at him or wink at him or something like that. We have fun together because we both have the same goal of putting the ship in the water and hitting this thing running.”

Gruden takes over a team that fell from 12 wins in 2016 to just six last season, leading to the firing of coach Jack Del Rio and a second stint for Gruden in Oakland. The Raiders’ facility looks far different than it did during Gruden’s first tenure from 1998 to 2001 thanks to a workout center that Del Rio initiated and new fields.

The team needs plenty of work after last year’s disappointment.

“I got pretty lucky,” Williamson said. “I felt fine then and I feel fine now. I’m sure once the adrenalin wears off later tonight, tomorrow we’ll see how the body feels. I’m sure I’ll be a little sore.”

Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run in six games, Joe Panik added three hits and scored twice, and the Giants won their third straight and fourth in the last five.

One night after hitting a 464-foot homer in the series opener, Williamson hit a first-pitch solo shot to center off Roark with two outs in the sixth inning that bounced off the top of the wall and broke a 3-all tie. It wasn’t as far as Monday’s clout — this one went 423 feet — but was just as pivotal for the Giants.

“We’ve talked about what a shot in the arm he’s been and he’s more than that,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He came through again tonight. Good for him because he’s worked hard at it.”

Williamson’s deciding home run came one inning after he stumbled over the bullpen mound in foul territory and crashed into a low wall near the stands while trying to chase down Bryce Harper’s foul ball. Williamson stayed down briefly as team trainers rushed out before getting to his feet.jets_052

May 05

Devin Hester retires with Bears, doesn’t want to see kickoffs ousted

Devin Hester, who officially retired with the Chicago Bears on Monday, said he’s not happy about the possibility the NFL could soon eliminate one of his fortes — the kickoff return.

“Kickoff and punt return is one of the key aspects of the quality of football,” Hester said. “You’ve got to let these guys play football. It is what it is.

Not included in those 20 returns is his most well-known — the 92-yard return for a TD on the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI in February 2007.

Whether a special-teams player should be in the Hall is a question for voters, but Hester pointed out that kicker Morten Andersen recently made it.

“I don’t really look at it like, ‘Will he make it as [the first] return man?'” Hester told reporters when asked about his chances. “Sometimes you’ve got to put guys in the Hall of Fame for being the most dangerous person out there on the field.”

Travis Shaw added a three-run homer for the Brewers, while Zach Davies (2-2) pitched six innings of four-hit ball. Ryan Braun had two hits, walked twice and drove in a run.

Matt Albers, Dan Jennings and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Just about the only negative for Milwaukee was a thumb injury for first baseman Eric Thames, who left in the ninth inning. Counsell said he would know the extent of the injury after tests on Wednesday.

“It’s a ligament issue we’re concerned about,” Counsell said.

Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City in his return from the disabled list, and Alex Gordon doubled and scored in his return from the DL, giving the slumping Royals their only offense.

“It’s nice to get their bats back in the lineup,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Ian Kennedy (1-3) left after allowing four runs over three shaky innings. He took a liner off his ankle in the third but finished the inning before leaving the game.

He had precautionary X-rays taken on his right foot that came back negative.jets_104

May 02

Lorenzo Alexander: Josh Allen may have to answer for insensitive tweets

Buffalo Bills linebacker and team captain Lorenzo Alexander encouraged his teammates Friday to keep an open mind about quarterback Josh Allen but acknowledged that the No. 7 overall pick might have to answer to racially insensitive tweets that surfaced this week.

“What I’m gonna do is extend some grace and wait to get to know the kid and see how he develops,” Alexander told the Bills’ official radio program. “And that’s how you got to approach it.

“Now, everyone might not have that same approach. I would encourage every teammate in our locker room to do that, but he’s gonna have to at some point, whether he does it in front of the whole team or one-off. Somebody’s gonna ask him, ‘Why did you say that?’ or ‘Why were you quoting those words?’

“It’s something that I’ve considered,” Allen said. “It’s something when I get to meet the guys, I get a sense of how they feel and what they say to me. I definitely would consider doing that. It’s something that I wouldn’t be afraid or ashamed of doing. But I wouldn’t know until I got to meet everybody and got a feel for how they feel about it.”

Alexander noted Friday that Allen was raised in Firebaugh, California, a city with about a 1 percent African-American population.

“I’m not gonna be ignorant enough to assume that he understands the [N-]word as I understand it and a lot of people understand it,” Alexander said. “Because growing up in a culture, especially around a guy like Eminem, there are certain aspects of our culture that think it’s OK to say it, whether you’re white or black. I’ve actually witnessed some black kids allow their white friends to use the word and not think twice about it.

Darvish gave up nine runs, 14 hits and eight walks in his previous two outings, losses to Atlanta and Colorado. Maddon met with Darvish this week in Cleveland and told the 31-year-old right-hander to focus on one pitch at a time.

“Sometimes when you need to get out of your zone, you need to be reminded of it,” Maddon said. “That was above-and-beyond good stuff.”

Darvish said he felt like he was lapsing after Milwaukee starter Brent Suter singled off him in the fifth, but Maddon’s advice kept him on track.

“We talked about not worrying about the previous pitch and what happened in the past, but concentrating on the pitch I’m about to throw,” Darvish recalled. “Don’t worry about the past and keep going.”jets_140

Apr 30

Ravens will soon be signing Robert Griffin

Last year, the Ravens wanted quarterback Robert Griffin III, but Griffin opted not to sign with the team. This year, the offer apparently stands — and the acceptance could be coming.

We’re told that Griffin will soon be signing with the Ravens.

With the Jets now at No. 3, the second pick will be one of three things: a non-quarterback the Giants value in their quest to win in 2018, a quarterback to develop behind Eli Manning or a trade to a quarterback-hungry team like the Bills. Buffalo has done its homework on both Rosen and Josh Allen, but it likely would prefer Rosen. A move to No. 2 overall probably would require both of the Bills’ first-round picks this year (Nos. 12 and 22), their second-round pick this year and a 2019 first- or second-round pick.

The Jets’ bold move to secure a top-three pick is centered around a quarterback. New York with this trade clearly feels comfortable about which players are going No. 1 and No. 2, and it’s also excited about the franchise passer it will get at No. 3. If Rosen is available, he likely will be the pick. If not, Jets fans should hope the team selects the Heisman Trophy winner who can help New York win immediately as opposed to a project like Josh Allen.

According to Robert Klemko of, the Bills are bringing the Okalhoma quarterback in for a pre-draft visit, which will mark the fourth time he’s met with team officials.

They also talked to him at the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine, and put him through a private workout already. Making him one of their 30 on-site visits cements the fact they’re trying to find out everything they can about him as they prepare for the draft. (At least someone in the AFC East is thorough.)

Of course, they have plenty of competition.

Mayfield will also visit the Browns (who pick first), Giants (second), Jets (third), Broncos (fifth), Dolphins (11th), and Cardinals (15th).

So if the Bills want Mayfield, they’re probably going to have to trade up again. They have enough picks to make a deal (six in the first three rounds this year), but it’s going to be costly, and they may decide it’s worth the risk to get their guy, whichever one it happens to be.bills_065

Apr 27

Drew Brees says San Diego jeweler pulled “a scam” on him

Drew Brees said a San Diego jeweler pulled “a scam” by selling him millions in jewelry that appraised for $9 million less than he paid for it.

Brees filed suit against Vahid Moradi of CJ Charles Jewelry in San Diego. The Saints quarterback released a statement to TMZ through his attorney, Andrew Kim.

All in all, Collins has had a successful rookie season. He can struggle chasing stretchier power forwards, and brutes shove him out of the way for offensive rebounds — Collins rebounds by jumping, not boxing out — but those are typical problems for young bigs.

His defensive rebounding numbers are fine given his age and weight, and he is already one of the league’s bounciest and most active rim-runners. He’s also shooting 37.5 percent on corner 3s.

Jim Bob Cooter’s return and Patricia’s background as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator suggests that the Lions might have a setup that sees the head coach give Cooter a lot of responsibility to run the offense. That may be the case, but Patricia thinks that he can give quarterback Matthew Stafford a boost along the way.

“I would hope that maybe I could come in and give him a little bit different perspective,” Patricia said this week, via the Detroit News. “Maybe something from my point of view from playing against him a couple times, and just certain things that I look at when we’re going against other quarterbacks that might help him out. Maybe some different ways to look at defense, from that standpoint. Try to look at some different alignments or different coverages or different fronts, and then help him from that standpoint.”

Stafford has thrived since Cooter’s promotion in 2015 and his presence should benefit the first-year head coach at least as much as Patricia’s insight might benefit the offense.bills_053

Apr 25

Ex-Heisman winner Matt Leinart becoming real estate agent

After leaving the NFL, Matt Leinart did what a lot of retired athletes do: He became a television sports analyst.

That’s still his weekend job at Fox during football season, but now he’s trying his hand at something a bit further afield. Last April, he passed his real estate exam on the first try and became a licensed agent.

We could come close to an NFL record this year before any players take a snap. There are five quarterbacks who could come off the board on Day 1 of the draft, which would tie the 1999 draft for the second most since the merger. The only draft to post six first-rounders is the legendary Class of 1983, which delivered a trio of Hall of Famers in John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.

As much as the league seems to be struggling to pick between the prospects in this year’s class, though, the coaches and executives of 1983 weren’t able to separate the wheat from the chaff until well after the fact. Elway was the first overall pick, but the Chiefs still managed to draft Todd Blackledge seven picks before Kelly. Blackledge threw 29 career touchdowns. Kelly topped 29 in 1991 alone. Tony Eason was taken one pick after Kelly and 12 picks before Marino, who would post the greatest passing season in league history to that point during his second campaign.

The plan is for Luck to take part in all offseason activities and be ready for the season.

Giants co-owner John Mara backed off his once-definitive declaration that Beckham would get his money to be a long-term Giant when he said last month no player on the team was “untouchable. ” The Giants promptly received trade inquiries about Beckham, most notably from the Rams.

In response, Beckham’s camp let it be known that he does not plan to take the field again without a long-term contract, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

With that news, talk of a holdout — see: Le’Veon Bell with the Steelers in 2017 or Michael Strahan with the Giants in 2007 — heated up.

If Beckham’s feelings are hurt over a sense that he is not wanted or valued by the Giants — he reportedly told Rams players he would like to join them — and Giants’ brass still is angry over his decision-making , this week could be a chance to repair the relationship.

Beckham was given a clean slate by Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman, but he scuffed it in March when he was seen in a viral video with a woman later identified as a French model and  what looked like drugs.bills_037

Apr 23

Patrick Reed captured the 2018 Masters by one shot over Rickie Fowler and two over Jordan Spieth.

Patrick Reed was about to sink a 10-foot eagle putt that would give a stranglehold at the 2018 Masters , and hundreds of fans around the 13th green at Augusta National were doing something remarkable.

They were leaving.

He is also an American, and a proud one, too. He jumped at the chance to play in the  Olympics when Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson pulled out. He is a Ryder Cup hero, beating McIlroy 1 up in perhaps the greatest singles match in the recent history of the event.

Robinson, 30, joins Davis in another key veteran move for New Orleans’ back seven. When Robinson played for the Saints before, he was overwhelmed outside and gave up a ton of big plays. But he found his niche as a terrific slot cover man in Philly. Robinson, Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley make for a nasty group in New Orleans.

Oakland desperately needed better coverage at the second level and Whitehead provides that. He can also support Khalil Mack’s edge-rushing effort as a solid blitzer. He is solid in the running game. He was the best available linebacker of any kind and it’s clear the Raiders want to be much better in the back seven for Paul Guenther.

All of that was to be understood when I stepped into this realm. To me, that’s worth it. … I’m a Pro Bowl player, just won the Super Bowl. I should be able to get almost any endorsement that I want, but oftentimes we get to the table and someone says, ‘We don’t want to use him, because of all the things that are going on, maybe at a later time when it’s died down.’ I’ve heard that a lot.”

On the NFL’s response to Colin Kaepernick : “What Colin has had to go through is just not right. Whether he can prove it or not, everyone understands that his stance is the reason he doesn’t have a job. That said, this movement has to continue. We have to pick up the baton and run. Whether the NFL truly wanted to help, or whether they were concerned about the bottom dollar and wanted to move past the negative publicity, they leaned in.”

On bringing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie, to meet with Philadelphia’s police commissioner : “They wanted to know how they could support us and how we could work together. So we said, ‘Come see why we’re protesting; come see why we’re making all this noise.’ We said, ‘We’re not looking for permission to do anything. We’ve already been doing this on our own. But if you want to understand what we’re trying to get accomplished, we invite you to see for yourself firsthand.'”bills_005

Apr 21

Draft analyst reports Browns expected to take Josh Allen No. 1

The Cleveland Browns are in need of a franchise quarterback and are expected to select a QB high in the upcoming NFL Draft. According to one analyst, their pick could be Wyoming’s Josh Allen.

On NFL Network Monday evening, former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah reported that sources say the Browns are expected to take Allen with the top pick.

“All the pressure’s on him tomorrow,” he told the world on CBS after his magnificent 65. “He went to Augusta State. He’s got a lot of support here. I’m hoping to spoil the party.”

McIlroy was later asked if he “really believed that” part about the support, and he backed off the comments. If McIlroy completed the huge comeback to complete the career Grand Slam here, it will be an epic celebration — especially given the memory of his 2011 back-nine collapse.

Reed has a chance to make history, too. Nobody — not Jack Nicklaus, not Arnold Palmer, not Woods — have posted four rounds in the 60s at the Masters. The tournament record of 18 under par, set by Tiger in 1997 and tied by Spieth in 2015, is very much in play.

First and foremost, they could use better luck with health. Taylor Decker missed half the season, T.J. Lang was banged up a good chunk of the year and Rick Wagner and Travis Swanson both missed multiple games. It’s difficult to get chemistry established when the starting lineup is a revolving door.

But health isn’t something that can be controlled. Injuries are going to happen and you need to be able to roll with the punches. To improve the run game, it isn’t necessarily one thing. The blocking scheme could be better, the blocking execution could be improved — both at the line and on the perimeter with the tight ends and receivers — and the backs could be upgraded.

On the latter, we’ve already seen some effort there with the addition of LeGarrette Blount. He brings some much-needed size and physicality to the rotation. And, as we’ve discussed before, the team would be wise to continue improvements to that position group through the draft.rams_060

Apr 18

Of course they have a reason. Owners own their teams to make money, not to provide some free service to fans or free platform to activists.

If a potential employee’s actions may hurt the ability to make money, they have a very good reason to ask if they intend to engage in that activity.

I love how Florio clearly layed out a purely legal argument based on labor law yet every single one of the responses arguing against his finding are based either on personal opinion or anecdotes and no legal basis whatsoever.

Sorry but the owners/teams have every right to ask about the kneeling issue if it is going to be a distraction in the work place and impact business. Instead of making it some big activist thing let’s just strip down all the lawyer talk and call it what it is – it is work place etiquette/work place rules to abide by.

Maybe employers want employees (while on the job) to concentrate on what they are being paid to do and not an extra curricular activism

You said that asking about protesting the anthem is “no different than asking potential employees about religious beliefs, national origin, and (for female employees, obviously) whether they are or plan to become pregnant.”

If a player who intends to kneel has the potential to negatively impact the team’s profits through attendance and backlash from advertisers, the team in fact does have the same right to probe intent as they do alcohol or drug usage, domestic battery etc. The NFL is not a philanthropic endeavor catering to the SJWs and their sympathizers.
Taking that a step further, if I were an owner I’d have my lawyers write specific stipulations into the contract that prohibits and penalizes any actions or activities that can reflect poorly on the team. If a player doesn’t want to sign it, then he’s not for that team.

Every work place has rules and ways to act working at these businesses. NFL players don’t get they are employed and are expected to act in a certain matter. If you don’t like it on the outside you look for a new job exactly how many NFL players do this.

You can barely ask anything in an interview, in CA can’t ask salary history, you don’t hire someone your get served with a lawsuit claiming age discrimination and god help you if you have an underperforming employee…you’ll need a pile of write ups and counseling forms if you dare fire them.rams_005