The New England Patriots have been known as cheaters in the NFL for over a decade now. Their latest scandal is “Deflate Gate”. Here are my thoughts.
1. So the Patriots’ balls were a little deflated. Big deal. Well technically, this is cheating…even though it’s minor. Cheating is knowingly breaking a rule in order to gain an advantage, which is what they did.
2. A wise man once said, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.”
3. Head Coach, Bill Belichick, would have nothing to do with this, so save your “Belicheats” please. The only people that would even know about this would be Tom Brady and the equipment managers.
4. The Patriots played better in the second half when they were forced to use the properly regulated balls.
5. Last time I checked, Brady still needed time in the pocket to throw the deflated ball. His wide receivers still needed to get open to catch the deflated balls and the Colts only scored seven points.
6. Dwayne Allen of the Colts said it best,Read more
Trent Richardson. Remember this guy….
Yeah..now he’s this guy….. 3.3 yards per carry guy.
Trent Richardson can’t be as bad as everyone says he is. Here are my thoughts.
1. Alabama has had a stable of running backs over the past seven years — Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry with probably more to come. Ingram and Richardson were first round picks in 2011 and 2012, and Lacy was a second round pick in 2013. Between the three that have been drafted, everyone expected Richardson to be the best. They, including myself, have been wrong thus far. Richardson has been the worst of the Bama trio of backs in the NFL with Lacy actually being the big dog.
According to Pro Football Focus, Lacy was the 8th best back in 2014, Ingram was 13th and Richardson was 41st.
2. Richardson did lead the Colts in rushing this season with 519 yards, but Ahmad Bradshaw and Boom Herron performed better.
The numbers don’t lie, Bradshaw and Herron were getting more yards per carry than Richardson, who had far more rushing attempts than either of his backups.
3. Trent was inactive this past weekend also. A first round draft pick and someone that the Colts traded for a year ago…inactive. The team did not play him and did not plan to play him going into the game. And Richardson was perfectly healthy. Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano explained Richardson’s benching,
“Michael Hill was a special teams player and Trent — it’s not any knock on Trent — but Trent’s never been asked to be a special teams player,” Pagano said Monday, via The Indianapolis Star. “He was doing everything for a period of time to try to get himself ready. But Michael was more ready to go out and be the third back and contribute on special teams.”
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com points this interesting fact out,
“That makes sense. But it doesn’t address Richardson losing the No. 2 job to Zurlon Tipton, a hybrid back with 10 career rushing attempts entering the postseason.”
4. The talk around sports talk radio is that the Colts have the worst offensive line in the league and that Andrew Luck is the savior of the NFL. So….bad offensive line means bad run game right? Well then how do you explain Bradshaw and Herron having better success running the ball than Richardson? Also, the Colts’ line isn’t that bad. According to Pro Football Focus, their line is ranked 15th in run blocking and 7th in pass protection.
5. What happened? Really? Richardson averaged 5.2, 6.2 and 5.9 yards per carry in his three seasons at Alabama. I guess it’s because college football is easier than the NFL and Bama probably had the best offensive line in college football while he was there.
6. Richardson has the talent and it’s obvious. Lacy has done well in the league, but Mark Ingram struggled his first few years in a pass heavy offense. Hell, Ingram didn’t break the four yards per carry mark until his third year in the league. Maybe Richardson is a slow learner, for his sake I hope so. Richardson could also have just gotten comfortable. Motivation and want to is the key to succeeding in the NFL as a running back when you have all the physical tools as Richardson does. For some, it’s hard to be motivated once you’re making millions of dollars, and the game finally becomes a real job. If Richardson’s not a slow learner, then he’s a bust and it’s more than likely his fault.Read more
Cardale Jones is interesting. He’s only a redshirt sophomore. He went from being the third string QB to start the season at Ohio State to helping the team win their last three games and the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship. The problem is Ohio State has three big dogs at quarterback who are all uniquely talented. I’ve heard of a two quarterback system, but never three. I’ve also heard that if you have two QBs then you don’t have any, but Ohio State has definitely proven that theory wrong.
Let’s assume that Braxton Miller, who is going to graduate and still have eligibility left, transfers to FSU, Duke or somewhere. That leaves J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones fighting to be the starter. According to everyone who’s not Urban Meyer, the job is J.T. Barrett’s already….so let’s say they are right, what’s Cardale Jones going to do, STAY at Ohio State….SIT out for a year and tranfer….JUMP to the NFL?
Here are my thoughts.
1. Life is hilarious. I know of two teams, the Indiana Hoosier and the Arizona Cardinals that were forced to use their third string QBs and both those teams went into the shitter. How in the world Urban Meyer and Cardale Jones kept the Buckeyes’ ship afloat is beyond me.
2. We actually interviewed Cardale four years ago.
3. Can we agree that Cardale isn’t ready for the NFL? He’s only played three games, albeit, exceptionally well, he’s only played three games. Andrew Luck who is an anomaly in and of himself played three full college seasons and he still struggles with the league, which is why he was third in the NFL with 16 interceptions. Stuggles are going to happen to any young QB, but those early struggles can make or break you. Why bring them on too early if they aren’t needed?
4. So, he could stay at Ohio State and “compete” for the starting job. I mean everyone has all but handed it to J.T. Barrett. My question is this…If Cardale Jones is the best “pro prospect” of the three Ohio State QBs then shouldn’t he be the best college QB also? Sure, Barrett is faster, but Cardale can move too and no one wants to tackle Big 12 Gauge in the open field.
5. Originally before all this NFL talk came about, I figured Jones would just transfer. If he goes to an FCS school he can play immediately for two more years. Sure the competition will be a step down but if he dominates then he should be fine. Or he can transfer to a FBS school, sit out one year and hopefully ball out. Too many bad things could happen if he transfers to an FBS school. He could get hurt sitting out one year per NCAA transfer rules. He could be the next Jacob Coker (Coker supposedly was barely edged out by Jameis Winston for the starting FSU gig….he transferred to Bama where the job was all but his and he couldn’t beat out Blake Sims).
6. Although Jones isn’t ready the NFL, it might be his best bet. He’s going to get drafted in the third or fourth round at best if he goes. The later he’s drafted the less pressure there is on him to start. If he sits two years and learns the system, he might be more ready to play than QBs who are thrust into the starting quarterback positions too early. Also, he can learn how to be a pro. And lastly, he can get paid doing it.
If he goes to the NFL he’s playing with better competition that should make him better. Depending upon where he’s drafted there could be less pressure on him to perform immediately. Ohio State and FCS experience could be cool, but he won’t be making six to seven figures. Yeah, it’s time for 12-Gauge to pull the trigger and hit the league.Read more
First off, this call didn’t lose the game for the Cowboys. Unless it’s the very last play of a game, I don’t think any one play loses a game for a team. The Cowboys had two chances to stop the Packers and get the ball back and they couldn’t. They also have the best line in football and the league’s leading rusher in Demarco Murray, could the Cowboys not run the ball for two yards?
Okay…did I cover all those bases? Cool. The catch was huge or non catch rather. The Cowboys would have most likely have scored and been in the lead with two to three minutes left to play. We’ve seen this controversial call before with Calvin Johnson.
Dez’s reversal was just as egregious. Here are my thoughts.
1. As humans, we just make things difficult. Why is this? I really have no clue. I’m guilty of it and more than likely you are too. Bottom line, a catch is a catch. How hard is this to comprehend? Dez Bryant caught the ball.
2. What’s making this catch so hard to comprehend is the Bert Emmanuel Rule. In the 2000 NFC Championship game between the Bucs and Rams, Bucs WR, Bert Emmanuel caught a pass. A small part of the ball touched the ground. The ball did not move and was controlled throughout the catch, but since a tiny piece touched the ground it was ruled incomplete. You can watch the play here. Either way, The Bert Emmanuel Rule was created.
Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 1 reads:
“If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.”
The NFL Head of Officiating, Dean Blandino, had this to say,
The referee of the game, Gene Steratore, in Sunday’s official pool report, said: “In our judgment, [Bryant] … continued to fall and never had another act common to the game.”
3. Dez took three steps. He clearly has possession of the ball. If anything, once he falls, he’s down by contact and fumbles the ball after he hits the ground.
4. The ball never touched the ground. There isn’t any evidence that shows any part of the ball touching the ground.
5. Dez handled himself very well in his postgame interview. Known for being an overly emotional hot headed player, I was pleased to see Dez handle himself with class.
6. If the ground can’t cause a fumble, how can it cause an incomplete pass?Read more
The 49ers are 7-6 and their next three games are against the Seahawks, Chargers and Cardinals. The 9ers are more than likely to drop at least two of those games, meaning it will be Jim Harbaugh’s first losing season as a head coach since 2009, when he was the leader of the Stanford Cardinal. Jed York and Jim Harbaugh don’t get along and it seems as if York as been looking for a reason to fire Harbaugh since last year.
Here are my thoughts.
1. Who are they going to get better? No really? Defense isn’t the problem in San Francisco and it should be given how many injuries they’ve suffered. The team is ranked 3rd in yards allowed and 5th total points allowed in the league. They need an offensive mind that can get this offense out of a rut. They’ve done a poor job developing Colin Kaepernick, but who can fix it? The grass isn’t always greener on the other side so a new head coach might not be the best solution.
2. So Harbaugh is getting the boot after one bad season? Tom Coughlin’s New York Giants went three
seasons between their Super Bowl victories, not qualifying for the playoffs two of those years. It’s been another three seasons missing the playoffs since their last Super Bowl and they’re rumors that Coughlin might even be back. Mike Tomlin’s missed the playoffs two straight years and is in danger of missing a third. The Steelers and Giants are two of the best organizations in football. Would they fire Harbaugh after one losing season?
I haven’t done spatted up in quite sometime, but what Will Allen did this past Monday night on national television left me with no choice. This past week, the NFL designated all 32 teams to honor the branches of the military. The leagued honored our service men with camouflage ribbon balls, camo goal post wraps, camo wall banners, camo gloves and towels etc. And this was all very cool.
But what the Steelers’ starting free safety, Will Allen, did to honor the troops was dope. He rocked camo tights. I’ve never seen it done before and I loved it. I’m not sure if he was fined or not, but I hope he wasn’t.Read more
Every elite group has that one person you can’t remember. Destiny’s Child has those two girls before Michelle Williams arrived. I hate to say it, but not everyone knows who Ray Jackson of the Fab Five is and some don’t even know who Jimmy King is. Hell, I couldn’t name the Jackson Five if I tried. So, when you ask me to name all of the members of last year’s best linebacker’s core I get caught up on who is the last backer.
The first two are easy. They man the middle and anchor the whole damn thing, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. And then there’s Aldon Smith coming off the edge like he’s some reincarnation of Lawrence Taylor. Wait…who’s the other outside linebacker? Oh, yeah it’s Ahmad Brooks. No disrespect to the ACC Freshman of the Year, the All-American, the two-time All-Pro, the Pro Bowler, etc. Brooks has some weight behind his name, but he doesn’t have the star power of his three counterparts.
Patrick Willis was placed on IR earlier this week. Bowman still has yet to return from his knee injury last season. Aldon Smith made his debut last Sunday after serving his 9 game suspension for violating the NFL conduct policy. What does Brooks have that his counterparts don’t? His health and head on straight — that was until this past Sunday. Brooks removed himself from the game against the Giants this past Sunday, because he felt that he should be playing every down. Brooks was being rotated with rookie linebacker, Aaron Lynch and returning All-Pro, Aldon Smith.
Here are my thoughts.
1. Last year, the 49ers started Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks as their outside linebackers. So why are were they playing on the same side this past Sunday?
2. Also, the 49ers starting right linebacker, Dan Skuta, was out with an injury, so it would have been easy to just start Smith on one side and Brooks on the other right?
3. Brooks also had to share time with rookie outside linebacker, Aaron Lynch. Yeah, that’s not a blow to his ego.
4. What is Brooks’ contract situation right now? Per Rotoworld,
“2/28/2012: Signed a six-year, $37 million contract. The deal contains $8.25 million guaranteed, including a $7.5 million signing bonus and Brooks’ 2012 base salary. Another $7.5 million is available through incentives. Brooks is eligible for annual $100,000 workout bonuses throughout the contract’s life. 2014: $4.25 million, 2015: $6 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2016: $6.5 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2017: $6.95 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses), 2018: Free Agent.”
5. Did Jim Harbaugh, Vic Fangio, or Jim Leavitt mislead Brooks? Or was this a complete and total shock to him?
6. Bottom line, how mad do you have to be to quit on your team? I mean that’s what he did essentially. He was seen on the sidelines sitting down removing his cleats and getting the tape cut off his ankles in the middle of a game.
I certainly understand Brooks’ frustration. He balls out just as much as everyone else and gets none of the praise. He stays healthy and doesn’t get in trouble off the field. He saved the day last week against the Saints, and this week he’s splitting time with a rookie and someone who hasn’t played all season long. Nevertheless, he shouldn’t have quit on your team. Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. And Brooks didn’t react well at all.
So let me do some logic math. Brooks has three years left on his contract, he plays for a team that clearly thinks he’s replaceable and he quit on them Sunday. This should be the first and last time that Ahmad Brooks quits on any team, because the NFL is the United States’ ultimate at will employer and they will “quit” on you at any time. He needs the 49ers more than they need him. It could be much worse, he could be playing every down across the bridge in Oakland.Read more
Out of 100,000 high school seniors, only 215 will play in the NFL. Let me calculate these numbers, that’s less than 0 percent, it’s 0.2% to be specific. The odds are against you. Those same odds were against Terence Garvin coming out of Townson, MD. Garvin, a three-star player, was recruited by UCONN, Maryland, Syracuse and West Virginia. He ultimately signed with West Virginia and played as a true freshman in 2009. He had good sophomore and junior seasons playing safety and then with a coaching change was moved to outside linebacker his last year. His senior season was not one to remember. Garvin was left undrafted and unsigned with a steep hill to climb.
I caught up with Garvin recently to talk about how in the hell he made it to the NFL.
6Magazine: Talk about your journey to the NFL.
Garvin: I played college ball at West Virginia. I was there for four years. We were good too. I was going to leave after my junior year, but I stayed. My senior year, we had a coaching change and I had a position change. We weren’t that good on defense. I wasn’t invited to the combine, but I went to WVU’s Pro Day. I wasn’t drafted and wasn’t signed after the draft either. I had a tryout with the Steelers.
The Texas A&M Aggies won their last national championship in 1939. You know, when leather helmets were still around. This weekend adidas will honor the 1939 National Championship team by outfitting the Aggies in “Leather TECHFIT” uniforms. They’ll provide and old school feel to new school technology. Check out the pics below.Read more
The current ESPN 30 for 30 run is dope. It feels like the original set of films that came out four years ago. Playing for the Mob was great. I’m more than ready for Rand University and The U Part 2, but last night was all about Brian and The Boz directed by Thaddeus D. Matula.
I didn’t know what to expect going into the documentary. Sure, I’m from Oklahoma and a die hard OU Sooners fan, but I was in diapers when Brian Bosworth was teaching the country Sports Marketing 101. The documentary overall was on par with the rest of the 30 for 30 stable. It didn’t crack my top five, but it was definitely worth the watch. It was your typical story about fame, sort of like an “E! Hollywood True Story” dressed up in a football costume.
The movie opens up with Bosworth and his son riding to a storage unit. His entire high school and collegiate life is in that storage unit. It started with his upbringing and his dad, Foster Bosworth. Their relationship told the story itself. Military drill sergeant type father, who’s incapable of telling his son “I love you.” Perfection wasn’t expected of Brian, it was demanded. Insert an uber athletic son who’s playing not just for himself, but for his father’s deferred dreams and you have a recipe for an insecure kid looking for acceptance and love.
You can hear it on Bosworth’s voice as soon as he begins to talk about his father.
“My dad kept his own stats of the (high school) games. Why couldn’t he just watch the game and be proud of me.”
It’s nice to see Bosworth coming to grips with his upbringing in the presence of his son, Max, who is about as big as a go-kart while his dad looks like a pickup truck. Max Bosworth may grow bigger and taller…he could become a great athlete…but he’ll never be his dad or “The Boz”, and that’s fine because he doesn’t want to be him either.
As Bosworth is going through the storage, he stumbles upon his scholarship offers and letters. LSU, OU, SMU, Texas, all of the college football blue bloods of the ‘80s. What’s his son have to say?
“You could have gone to Harvard? Why didn’t you go there?” This kid is on the right track.
When you’re under the pressure of perfect parents, you take breaks and cut corners in life. You do so in order to set the bar low for yourself and accomplish something. Instead of challenging himself and going to Texas or Oklahoma, Bosworth took the easy way out and committed to Texas A&M. The commitment didn’t deter Oklahoma head coach, Barry Switzer though. The Arkansas Pimp strolled right into the Irving MacArthur high school “chow hall” wearing a mink coat and a his national championship ring. It probably was not a pinky ring, but let’s pretend that is was. Switzer walked in and began screaming Bosworth’s name. The Boz stood up. The student and pupil met. A verbal commitment was abandoned. A lifetime friendship was formed.
Again, with a perfectionist parent you’re just seeking love and acceptance. Unlike Foster Bosworth, Barry Switzer loved Brian’s talent and accepted him for who he was. When this happens and the kid has success, the wave of confidence isn’t far around the corner. Bosworth was shy and quiet. Switzer was loud and loquacious. Brian Bosworth didn’t invent “The Boz”, Barry Switzer did. Never underestimate the power of believing in someone before they believe in themselves. Sure, it causes an ego boost that could be hazardous for your health, but it gives people an artificial confidence that’s unstoppable. And from 1984 – 1987, Brian Bosworth was unstoppable on the field and off the field. Bosworth has stated that he looked up to Barry Switzer more than he did his own father. A boy often gravitates towards what and who his father is. The bravado and machismo that was “The Boz” wasn’t Foster Bosworth, it was fostered by Barry Switzer. Brian wanted to be Barry, and on the field, he was.
Bosworth wasn’t ahead of his time. Athletes with big personalities were around before him with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Namath. Most things in life are cyclical and in the 80s, it was Bosworth’s turn to be the athlete that everyone loved or hated. It was Bosworth’s turn to be the household name. Whether you call him a marketing genius or just a lucky rebel, Brian Bosworth reaped everything he had sown good and bad. His trademark Mohawk, red bandana, billboard cleats, and fearless quotes were all prerequisites for the college football superstar. People began to pay attention to college football again. He was a star before he ever set foot on an NFL field. Before there was Deion Sanders and Ochocinco, there was Brian Bosworth.
As we all know, the untimely demise of The Boz wasn’t a good one. He was busted for doing steroids. He wore a t-shirt during the Orange Bowl that said “National Communist Against Athletes.” Switzer kicked him off the team because of that. He took the back door into the NFL by opting of the Supplemental Draft. Seattle picked him. He said he wouldn’t play for them, but of course he played. He called out John Elway and won. He called out Bo Jackson and got jacked. He penned a tell all book with Rick Reilly titled, The Boz, that essentially lit the match that led to the OU program receiving NCAA sanctions and Barry Switzer being fired. He flamed out in Seattle due to a bum shoulder, that was probably shot from steroid use.
Bozworth is known a bust on the field and a current day B-movie star off the field, but he looks like he’s at peace with his life. For everything that Bosworth got wrong, he got one thing right, and that’s being a great father. I love the way this film was directed. It’s different from most documentaries that just have people being interviewed in a poorly lit room. Most of the film takes place in the storage unit. Brian Bosworth surrounded by the stuff that doesn’t matter — the awards, the letters, the memorabilia and the things that made up his legacy as The Boz, but right by his side is what really matters — his son, Max — his REAL LEGACY as Brian Bosworth.
Random thoughts in my head while watching Brian and The Boz that didn’t fit into this story
By looks of his black Dodge Ram truck on a 9 inch lift kit with KC headlights perfectly in lined across the top, Brian Bosworth is the same person he was back in the ‘80s. He’s on the way to his storage unit with his son Max. Where is the storage unit? The city that the Boz resides in, Austin, TX. Being a Sooner myself, I have to be honest, you can’t deny the awesomeness that is Austin, TX. I don’t blame the man for living there at all.
Imagine if the Boz had attened SMU. He would have been there one year after Craig James and Eric Dickerson. He would have been smack dab in the middle of all the controversy. SMU would have gotten one death penalty and seventeen consecutive life sentences of mediocrity if Boz would have been a Mustang.
I’ve never heard of a cafeteria being referred to as a “chow hall” which is what Coach Switzer called the Irving MacArthur high school cafeteria. I love it. My kitchen shall now be known as “Dick’s Chow hall”.
Bruh…Jamelle Holloway is trapped in the 70s. He has to be because his suit is straight out of Studio 54. If he likes it, I love it.
S/O to Spencer Tillman for shooting it straight throughout this entire film.
No wonder the Sooners balled out in the ‘80s. Two of the greatest recruiters in college football history, Barry Switzer and Mack Brown were on the same coaching staff. Those two could have got Lebron to ditch basketball and play football if they wanted too.
R.I.P. Gary Wichard who passed away in 2011. I would have loved to hear the legendary agents side of the story about his relationship with Bosworth.Read more