Tag:Ines Sainz
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:44 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 2:47 pm

Assessing the X-factors: Super Bowl hopefuls

Posted by Andy Benoit

Only four teams are still standing in the 2010 NFL season, and each believes they’re destined to hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Feb 6. The Steelers have hoisted the trophy a record six times. The Jets have hoisted it zero times but only because the stingy NFL does not hand out hardware for self-proclaimed preseason titles.

The Bears have won gobs of titles, but only one of them has been in the Super Bowl era (1985). The Packers have won three times that many Super Bowls (’66, ’67 and ’96). Neither the Packers nor Bears ever had to go through the other during the postseason to claim their title. In fact, they’ve only met in the playoffs once – and that came a week after Pearl Harbor. Yet, many fans have acquiesced to the television executives and marketing gurus telling them to view this as the best rivalry in football. In the spirit of Championship Week hype, we’ll go with it.

It will stoke the Bear-Packer rivalry when one of the teams ruins the other’s Super Bowl chances this Sunday. We’ll assume the same concept will also lay the groundwork for a Jets-Steelers rivalry (so far it’s been a bizarre love fest between those two teams).

So what are all these teams’ chances at actually making it to Arlington and having a shot at the Lombardi Trophy? Well, technically, 50 percent each. But vagueness disguised as mathematics is no fun. And neither is breaking down the same key matchups a million times. So, instead, we’ll drum up some Super Bowl appearance odds based on various X factors.

*taking the opponent’s factors into consideration

Green Bay Packers

Known to Football Fans for:
Offensive weaponry, aggressive 3-4 defense
C. Woodson (US Presswire)
Known to Non-football fans for: Cheeseheads

Most dangerous X factor: Charles Woodson

Most subtle X factor: Mike McCarthy’s occasionally questionable clock management

Injury factor: Nothing new this week (a nice changeup for a team that’s been a mash unit all season)

External conditions factor: Must adapt to the unfamiliar and unstable Soldier Field surface

Favorable karmic factor: Taking a hard line against Brett Favre’s wishy-washiness three years ago by turning to Aaron Rodgers
Unfavorable karmic factor: Stringing Rodgers along for three years before that (though to be fair, that Favre guy was pretty darn good)

Overall factor impact on Super Bowl chances*: +8

Final Super Bowl appearance chances: 58 percent

Chicago Bears

Known to Football Fans for:
Black and blue offense that we’re all still trying to remember is actually more of pass-first Mike Martz offense now. Also, known for classic Cover 2 defenseJ. Cutler (US Presswire)

Known to Non-football fans for: Da Bears

Most dangerous X factor: Devin Hester

Most subtle X factor: The offensive line’s ability (or inability?) to diagnose blitzes before the snap

Injury factor:
Safety Chris Harris missed practice earlier this week with a sore hip

External conditions factor: Haven’t faced an above .500 team in the postseason since losing to the Colts in Super Bowl XLI

Favorable karmic factor: Jay Cutler and Mike Martz have been able to put their big egos aside and get along just fine

Unfavorable karmic factor: Cutler and Martz are only here because so many others got sick of dealing with those big egos
Overall factor impact on Super Bowl chances*: -8

Final title chances: 42 percent

New York Jets

Known to Football Fans for:
Complex defensive scheme, run-first offense led by young quarterback and brashness
Known to Non-football fans for: Hard Knocks, Ines Sainz, foot fetishes and, before those things, being that “Oh that’s right, there are TWO teams from New York” team
R. Ryan (US Presswire)
Most dangerous X factor: Brad Smith

Most subtle X factor: The unheralded defensive line’s ability to get penetration against the run.

Injury factor: WR/KR Brad Smith (groin) practiced this week after sitting out against the Patriots; OLB/DE Jason Taylor did not practice (concussion)

External conditions factor: Attempting field goals in Heinz Field is unsettling. Attempting field goals in Heinz Field with a bewilderingly up-and-down kicker like Nick Folk? Downright nerve-wracking.

Favorable karmic factor: Their confidence

Unfavorable karmic factor: Their arrogance

Overall factor impact on Super Bowl chances*: -13

Final title chances: 37 percent

Pittsburgh Steelers

Known to Football Fans for:
Being the consummate NFL franchise

Known to Non-football fans for: Being the last true remindB. Roethlisberger (US Presswire)er that Pittsburgh once had a burgeoning steel industry

Most dangerous X factor:
Troy Polamalu

Most subtle X factor: Nose tackle Casey Hampton’s immovability against the run

Injury factor:
SS Troy Polamalu once again rested his sore Achilles; CB Bryant McFadden sat out with a strained abdomen; DE Aaron Smith (triceps) practiced for first time since October but will not play Sunday.

External conditions factor: Because they didn’t lose them all in a row like their intrastate neighbors to the east, you don’t hear much about this: the Steelers have lost four AFC title games since 1994. All at home, by the way.

Favorable karmic factor: Management dumping bright star Santonio Holmes after his off-field transgressions

Unfavorable karmic factor: Management not dumping brighter star Ben Roethlisberger after his off-field transgressions

Overall factor impact on Super Bowl chances*: +13

Final title chances: 63 percent

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 6:21 pm

Sainz wants to stay out locker rooms

Ines Sainz will return to interviewing NFL players, but she will do so outside of locker rooms. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Ines Sainz, the Mexican TV reporter who was made to feel uncomfortable last month in the Jets locker room, which caused a multiple-week scandal that prompted the NFL to implement a training program on proper conduct in the work place, is planning to return to New York to interview more Jets players. She’ll also visit the Steelers and the Patriots next week.

The change she’ll make? She will conduct all of her interviews outside the locker room.

That’s what she said today during a news conference, saying the locker room wasn’t a good place for her.

“I don't want to be in there,” she said, according to the Associated Press.

Since some Jets made catcalls in her direction while she was in the locker room to interview Mark Sanchez, Sainz took about a month off work to let the story die down a little.

As for those wondering what she expected to happen when she wore tight jeans and form-fitting outfits in professional settings, Sainz had an answer.

"In the first moment, I didn't understand exactly what happened. It was very fast," she said. "When I returned back to Mexico and things started to calm down, a lot of media treated me very bad.

"If I dressed properly or not, I have nine years of my career making interviews with top players all around the world and I can't believe that someone says my outfit is not proper. It's unfair treatment. I believe the media thought they were going to find a victim but clearly I don't feel like a victim."

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 3:17 pm

Report: Ines Sainz offered 'Playboy' cover shoot

Posted by Will Brinson

Oftentimes, Playboy extends offers to sports figures (who are considered attractive women, natch) in the hopes of boosting magazine sales above what their excellent articles typically generate -- reportedly, Ines Sainz, the television reporter at the center of the Jets' locker room controversy, has been offered a substantial sum of money to appear in the mag.

That's according to a report from TMZ indicating that the TV Azteca reporter was extended a "pretty big offer" by Playboy to appear in the magazine.

However, the site also reports that Sainz' contract prohibits her from appearing in the buff and that she'll have to decline.

Speaking of decline, I believe this is where I refuse to speculate on what exactly would happen were Sainz to appear in Playboy , since it would clearly be a lot of angry screaming and probably involve inappropriate use of the phrase "asking for it." (Note that I'm not saying that, just that it would be a near certainty that someone would use were this hypothetical to actually play out.)

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 6:14 pm

NFL reaches conclusion on Ines Sainz

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the NFL won’t punish the Jets for their alleged harassment of female TV reporter Ines Sainz (we’ve been talking about it ad nauseum) , commissioner Roger Goodell announced this evening the league will implement a training program for all teams on proper conduct in the workplace.

It’ll also implement “an expanded set of best practices for media relations,” and all of these programs and practices are meant to work with the league’s current media policy.

Oh, and Jets owner Woody Johnson is the one who will be underwriting the program. So, I guess, in a way, New York is kind of being punished.

The program will be given to rookies beginning next season (assuming, of course, there actually is a season), and it will be given to the teams as a whole this year. The policy will have input from the Association for Women in Sports Media.

More from the release:

In reviewing the incident of Saturday, September 11 involving TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz during the Jets’ practice and open locker-room time for the media, the NFL interviewed 17 individuals that were present, including Ms. Sainz. Commissioner Goodell determined that while there was unprofessional conduct, Woody Johnson and his staff acted promptly to correct the situation, including a personal apology to Ms. Sainz and arranging a professional education session for the Jets on workplace conduct.

“I believe this is the most constructive approach,” Commissioner Goodell said. “There is no debate about the longstanding equal access rule of our media policy. The issue for us, like all organizations, is proper conduct in the workplace, whether it is dealing with the media, co-workers, fans, or others. It is our responsibility to provide a professional setting for members of the news media and other business associates that work with our teams and the league. We appreciate Woody Johnson stepping up promptly to properly manage the situation at his team and agreeing to underwrite this new initiative for all clubs.”

In a letter to Mr. Johnson, Commissioner Goodell said, “The conduct of the Jets clearly should have been better last Saturday, but your prompt action in calling Ines Sainz and Mike Tannenbaum’s subsequent discussions with Joanne Gerstner of AWSM have made clear the club’s commitment – and your personal commitment – to ensure a respectful and professional environment for all members of the media.”

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 5:51 pm

Lance Briggs gets into Ines Sainz discussion

The Ines Sainz situation simply will not fade away (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a story that just will … not … go … away, Chicago LB Lance Briggs said what probably many, many NFL players believe (including Redskins RB Clinton Portis): women should not be allowed in an NFL locker room.

I know you know this already, but this story started with Ines Sainz and a debate has sprung up across the football nation about whether female reporters – or any reporters at all – should be allowed in the locker room. Portis weighed in, only to have to issue a statement of apology a few hours later.

Now, we’ve got Briggs, who told NBC Chicago: “I don’t think women should be in the locker room. The locker room is the place where us guys, us football players, we dress, we shower, we’re naked, we’re walking around and we’re bombarded by media.  A lot of times I’m asking the media to wait until I’m dressed."

Most reporters who have jumped into the fray – including quite a few women (including well-done posts by Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post and Ashley Fox of the Philadelphia Inquirer – and the vast majority have defended why the media have the right to be in the locker room. One exception is CBSSports.com’s own Gregg Doyel, who wrote all media should be kicked out of the locker room.

As Doyel predicted, the media will disagree. Including me.

As somebody who’s been in hundreds of locker rooms and clubhouses, there is absolutely nothing sexual about the experience, and if you asked every reporter you’d meet, 99 percent of us would say that we’d rather interview athletes who are wearing clothes. I’m not going to lie and say I’ve never seen an athlete flirt with a female reporter, because I have. And I’m not going to lie and say I’ve never seen a female reporter who dresses inappropriately (I think she was a college intern, and she immediately got a stern scolding from her sports anchor boss), because I have.

But I think most athletes realize we’re there to work, and though most of them probably would prefer us not to be there (although for certain times during the day, the locker room/clubhouse is our workplace as well), they understand and respect it. I don’t think fans understand it or respect it, so many of them likely will agree with Doyel.

One last thing I’ll say about Sainz. Obviously, I wasn’t in New York when she allegedly was harassed by some of the Jets players and I’m unfamiliar with her locker room demeanor and her work in general (except her behavior at Super Bowl media days that wasn’t real reporter-ly), but if you look at pictures of her where she’s got credentials wrapped around her neck, it’s tough to argue that she doesn’t dress suggestively. She certainly doesn’t deserve the harassment, but you have to wonder if what she wears casts a poor light on other female reporters who don’t dress like that and display nothing but a professional attitude.

I think it probably does.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 3:37 pm

Portis: She's gonna want somebody

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just as the Jets and the NFL would like for this Ines Sainz situation to blow over as quickly as possible, Redskins RB Clinton Portis added his thoughts during a radio interview this morning with 106.7 The Fan.

Let’s just say, Portis’ views on female reporters harkens back to the days of Archie Bunker (not for the satired racism, but for the satired misogyny).

D.C. Sports Bog was kind enough to transcribe Portis’ most inflammatory quotes.

"You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can't interact and you can't be involved with athletes, you can't talk to these guys, you can't interact with these guys.

"And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's gonna want somebody . I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages. And you're just sitting here, saying 'Oh, none of this is attractive to me.' I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to. I'm sure they do the same thing."

UPDATE (2:08 p.m.): And Roger Goodell has spoken, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello: "The comments are clearly inappropriate, offensive and and have no place in the NFL. We have contacted the Redskins and they will discuss the matter directly with Mr. Portis."

UPDATE (3:29 p.m.): And the Redskins have spoken. From a news release, here's Clinton Portis' statement: "I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize. I respect the job that all reporters do . It is a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner. I understand and support the team on these issues.”

And from Redskins spokeman Tony Wyllie: "The Washington Redskins have a clear and unambiguous policy about being professional on these issues, and we will take the necessary steps to remind everyone about it."

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