Greg Hardy and domestic violence

2908-custom-ribbon-magnet-sticker-stopdomesticviolenceThe ability of Cowboy’s defensive lineman Greg Hardy to say really stupid things about women got me to thinking … Why does the NFL care if women get breast cancer, but not care if they get abused by their intimate partner?

Considering the recent track record of the NFL’s employees (players), you would think the league might be concerned about both issues. But I have to assume they don’t care much about domestic violence, because I saw a sea of pink this weekend but no extra purple.

Pink is the color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month while purple is for Domestic Violence Awareness Month — both of which are observed in October.

This post isn’t anti Breast Cancer Awareness. Breast cancer is an insidious disease with 300,000 new cases each year, according to BreastCancer.org. If women are more likely to take part in early detection and prevention programs because of pink campaigns like the NFL’s — and statistics suggest they are — then that is awesome and the NFL should continue to wear pink in October.

But there is also room for purple.

Consider the staggering numbers for domestic violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control: “On average, 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 10 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story—nearly 2 million women are raped in a year and over 7 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year.”

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that one-third of all women in the United States is a victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

Why is the NFL not rallying to the Domestic Violence Awareness banner?

One of the main messages during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is that early detection and lifestyle changes to lessen risk are important and can save lives.

The same can be said for domestic violence; early detection and lifestyle changes can save lives. Plus, domestic violence is theoretically 100 percent preventable.

But first we have to get people to care as much about purple as the do pink.

Like the people who run the NFL.

I signed this petition to get the NFL to support Domestic Violence Awareness by wearing purple.

This is the Mariota draft

No matter what happens, I think Philly will always consider this the Mariota draft. The talk about whether Chip Kelly is willing to give up enough in a trade to get the quarterback of his dreams has had Eagles fans on edge for six weeks.

I have mostly avoided the subject until now — but today is Draft Day, so what the hell.

I think there’s a 50-50 chance Kelly is able to do the incredible and go from Pick 20 to high enough to get Marcus Mariota, and I think this is the most likely scenario:

Eagles trade Sam Bradford and a third this year with a conditional pick next year for the the No. 12 pick.

Eagles package first round picks 12 and 20, plus G Evan Mathis, CB Brandon Boykin, and DE Vinny Curry for Tennessee’s No. 2.

You can also throw in LB Mychal Kendricks in that mix of players, I just left him out because I think he has the most upside of the group and would love to see him stay in Philly.

Yeah, I know there’s really no chance, but it is fun to speculate. The weak link is Cleveland, because the Eagles don’t give up a lot for the No. 12 pick in my scenario, but the Browns really want Bradford. Also, Bradford’s agent Tom Condon is not on good terms with the Browns right now and he has said his client won’t sign an extension with Cleveland.

But who knows?

If my scenario happens, it would mean the Eagles gave up this year’s first and third round picks, next year’s second (for Bradford) and a conditional pick; Mathis, Boykin, Curry and QB Nick Foles (for Bradford) … all for Marcus Mariota.

Is he worth it? Only time will tell. But if you truly believe he can be a star-level quarterback in your system, then I think you have to give it a shot. Those type of players don’t come around often.

Whatever happens, it will be fun to watch.

Can’t wear green for the Eagles this year

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The NFL draft is approaching and that means I’m starting to get antsy.

Why? Because I’m an NFL guy and for 43 years the Philadelphia Eagles have been my team. When I talk about the Birds I use the word “us” regardless of what anyone else says, and if you cut me I swear I bleed green.

And this year there is another reason. I started something today that means I have to go a year without wearing any of my Eagles shirts … without my personalized jersey … without my beloved, worn, gray “division champs” t-shirts.

A year without green.

Because I am going to spend a whole year in blue.

Today — with an assist from the good folks at the District Attorney’s Office, the support of my wife, and help from my partner in crime Jeff Weinstein — I started the Go Blue 365 project. For the next year, I am going to wear a Go Blue t-shirt everyday to raise awareness of the child abuse problem in Henderson County.

And since the folks who deal with the aftermath of child abuse really need more than just our “awareness,” I’m going to ask at least 365 people in Henderson County to donate $100 for child abuse prevention. I am hoping to be able to present one of those big checks with a big number on it on Go Blue Day 2015.

By this time next week GoBlue365.com will be up and running and we should have something set up for the donations. I will be posting photos of me in blue on the site and I hope some of you will send me photos of you in your Go Blue shirts as well.

It’s going to be a long year during which a lot will happen. Unfortunately, among everything that happened in 2013 there were 252 confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect in Henderson County.

I think we can do better than 252 and I’m willing to Go Blue to try.