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.
6Magazine: Explain the tryout.
Garvin: It’s almost like being a college walk-on. I mean, you have to be invited. You’re almost like a camp body. We’re all at camp together and practicing together. I was making a lot of plays out there. I ended up getting signed to the 90 man roster.
6Magazine: What are the odds of someone making the team from a tryout?
Garvin: Really slim. One of the other people inside the organization that’s been around the team for a long time said he’s never seen anyone make the team from a tryout. I worked really hard though and focused on my craft. God has a plan for everybody, and He just made my story a little bit different.
6Magazine: From the time, when you went undrafted to the time when you made the 53 man roster last September, did you get better as a player or were you just overlooked?
Garvin: Kind of both. I changed positions my last year of college. I went from safety to outside linebacker. The Steelers then moved me to inside linebacker. I just go out there and try to make plays. I started getting in our nickel package. I always continue to grow. You want to grow everyday. You really don’t know when it’s going to be your time, so you always need to be ready for it.
6Magazine: Going into camp this year, were you more relaxed since you made the team last year?
Garvin: You don’t ever have time to take a breath. You can never take a breath. The moment you take a breath is when you get got. It made me even more hungry. I saw that I could do it and I want to go all the way out. It actually makes me work that much harder.
6Magazine: What advice would you give younger athletes that want to make it to the NFL
Garvin: You’ve got to work. You need to go in the weight room and work. You can’t go halfway. You need to take care of your body. You need to be drinking your water. You need to be doing your pushups when you’re at home and working on your core. It’s just about always doing something. You can’t stop working. In college they tell you what to do, in the pros, you have to be a professional and do what you’re supposed to do and the extra stuff on your own.
Making to the NFL isn’t easy. It requires hard work and a lot of luck. Garvin could have had a tryout with the Raiders, Bucs, Browns — organizations notorious for making terrible front office decisons. If Garvin lands at tryout with one of those teams, they probably wouldn’t see his talent and he might not be in the NFL. As luck would have it, one of the best organizations in all of sports gave this kid a chance. Then Garvin….seized his opportunity. The average NFL career is 3.3 years. Garvin is in his second season. He’s already beaten several odds and obstacles in his life to a pulp. I wouldn’t bet against him.Read more
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
Washington State vs. Stanford – Finally, Stanford brought their offense to a game.
FSU vs. Syracuse – The Noles were on cruise control and you could see it especially on defense. I don’t blame them, they were looking ahead to their game with Notre Dame this week.
Auburn vs. Mississippi State – A Gus Malzahn team held to only 23 points? Yeah, the Bulldogs are for real this year.
Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M – That Ole Miss #1 recruiting class of 2013 is making a huge impact on this team.
TCU vs. Baylor – Okay now this Arena Football league also known as the Big 12 is getting out of hand. Why was the final score 58-61?
North Carolina vs. Notre Dame – The #6th ranked team in the country should not be giving up 43 points to a terrible UNC squad.
Alabama vs. Arkansas – What is wrong with Bama? I think A.J. McCarron was right.
Michigan State vs. Purdue – Easy win for Michigan State. I don’t like that they gave up 31 points though.
USC vs. Arizona – Great win for USC on the road no less. The Pac-12 is still up for grabs.
Texas vs. Oklahoma – This now makes two games in a row that Trevor Knight hasn’t played very well at all. He’s got to step it up if the Sooners are going to make it in the playoffs.
Oregon vs. UCLA – Wasn’t this supposed to be UCLA’s year?
Georgia vs. Missouri – Georgia never makes any sense. They lose to South Carolina and let Tennessee stick around and then they shutout Missouri.
I didn’t catch a like of the Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech or East Carolina games.
Colts vs. Texans – Are we going to enter T.Y. Hilton into the top 10 WRs discussion soon?
Patriots vs. Bills – Brady looked great. He’s finally starting to get adjusted to his new WRs.
Panthers vs. Bengals – A tie?!?!?!?
Steelers vs. Browns – The Todd Haley experiment just isn’t working. When are we going to acknowledge this?
Packers vs. Dolphins – I’m assuming Aaron Rodgers heard all those comments about him not being clutch.
Lions vs. Vikings - Don’t trip Teddy. The Lions have the best defense in football hands down.
Broncos vs. Jets – Why sign Chris Johnson if you’re only going to give him the ball three times?
Ravens vs. Bucs – The boys from Tampa got destroyed again. Not surprised.
Jaguars vs. Titans - You couldn’t pay me to watch this game.
Chargers vs. Raiders - The Bolts played a close game finally and pulled it out. Looking forward to their matchup with the Broncos in two weeks.
Redskins vs. Cardinals - Wasn’t Kirk Cousins supposed to be better than RGIII? Also, Bruce Arians might be getting his second Coach of the Year award this year.
Bears vs. Falcons – The Bears have won three of their four games on the road this year.
Cowboys vs. Seahawks – The Cowboys Big 3 2.0 is making noise and their defense is finally behaving also.
Giants vs. Eagles - My thoughts and prayers go out to Victor Cruz.Read more
We’re five weeks into the college football season, and the NFL season just ended its first quarter. This weekend looked like Fashion Week in various stadiums across the country. As I perused from game to game, I noticed no one individual getting his fresh on to the most maximum of levels, but several teams were rocking dope alternate uniforms. Here are football’s freshest from this past weekend’s football action.Read more
Brandon Marshall has been through some ups and downs throughout his NFL career and he’s certainly no saint, and that’s what makes his latest web series with GQ so interesting. You get the see the human side of one of the NFL’s best wide receivers as he opens up about his life on field, his bouts with bi polar disorder off the field and so much more.Read more
I found this gem on YouTube today and watched all of it. It’s great. Cam Newton is often misunderstood in the media. This webseries by Under Armour really helps fan get to know who Cam Newton really is. My biggest takeaway from this series is that the kid is a leader of men and it’s effortless.Read more
They say some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, and it’s true. Take any trust fund baby and you’ll see a platinum Tiffany spoon carefully placed in their mouths being held by the nanny or butler. However, there are also kids born with golden genetics, and it has nothing to do with their faces or their perfect bone structure. It’s all about their bodies and the freakish things they are able to do with them.
Think about LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Think about Calvin Johnson. These genetic freaks are born with the perfect height and weight combination, pros that go beyond to become something more — entertainers, a show all to themselves. Their DNA has been custom tailored for them to be top flight athletes. Their quick twitch muscles are faster than email, they are completely unaware of their own strength, and it just proves that sometimes life isn’t fair. You can work all you want. Do push-ups until you can’t lift your arms. Run until you’re ready to throw up. Study film until your eyes hurt. None of it will matter. Could you ever catch Prime Time? Nope. Could you ever jump with Jordan? No way. These cats are untouchable. True legends. Real-life transformers.
With the NFL in full swing and the NBA just around the bend — the two leagues that are probably littered with the most incredible all-around athletes in sports today — are the most physically gifted athletes in sports today and don’t be surprised if one day in the future these athletes are discovered to be Transformers, Decepticons, Superheroes or Mutants. Here is Calvin Johnson and the All-Tranformer Team.Read more