It’s not easy being a leader. Some teammates won’t respect you, and some fanbases will rebel and turn their back on you if you can’t deliver. When you get to this stage, some players just don’t want that responsibility, content to make their money playing a game while slinking into the background. And who can blame them after seeing the way some are treated through the media?
Today, with the recent unveiling of the Nike Field Generals Collection at Champs Sports putting the spotlight on five of the league’s best leaders — Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck — we’re taking a look at the very best in the NFL.Read more
Every time an NFL player steps on the field he’s got something to prove. Football is a man’s game. It’s organized machismo chaos. Football parallels life on so many levels. In both, you get knocked down and you get right back up. There’s always something to prove, because there’s no such thing as the perfect game and there’s always room to improve. Well, if you have a disappointing season, you’ve got a ton to prove and should have plenty of motivation as well. Check out the NFL players with the most to prove in 2014.Read more
Diva. Loud. Brash. Cocky. Those are the adjectives normally used to describe a wide receiver, but Andre Johnson isn’t your typical wideout. He’s quiet, consistent, and a likely first ballot Hall of Famer. Today is Johnson’s birthday and what better way to big him up than to highlight his best catches. Happy birthday, Andre.
Check out his Top 10 catches here.Read more
Tradition has always been a staple of college sports. Lately, the “new” tradition has been alternate uniforms. Of course, the grumpy old fans want to keep the same uniforms, but the younger fans want to change it up. Bottom line, these jerseys get the players and recruits excited. To win in college football you have to recruit and new uniforms are a huge recruiting tool.
Yesterday, one of the most traditional schools in the country decided to unveil their alternate jerseys. As a former Sooner myself, I like em!Read more
Majority will always rule when it comes to the court of public opinion. It’s divided on several things: vanilla vs. chocolate ice cream, iPhone vs. Android, Fallon or Kimmel. But one thing it’s not divided on is who is the best wide receiver in the NFL. It’s Calvin Johnson and it’s not up for debate.
He’s not as popular as Johnny Manziel, nor has he won any Super Bowls (let alone a playoff game), but I put money on it that your granny with the single gold tooth in her mouth knows Megatron is the best WR in the NFL.
If you want more proof on how revered CJ is, he just recently had his second signature sneaker drop, the CJ Trainer 2. With Darrelle Revis’ line fading, it’s by far the most popular line among football players.
We all know Johnson is the game’s top talent, but who’s coming in as the second-best WR? We took a look here.Read more
Calvin Johnson is an athletic genius. He stands 6-5 and weighs 240 pounds. He runs with the grace of a gazelle and the speed of a cheetah, topping out at 4.35 seconds in the 40. Let’s not forget to mention his 42.5-inch vertical jump.
Megatron has been in the league for seven years and has been the best wide receiver in the world for about nine.
I said he was an athletic genius, but I did not say he was super human. Every dog has its day. Michael Jordan missed some game-winners and Calvin Johnson has bad games. Although they are few and far between, there are some cornerbacks in the NFL that give Calvin a little bit of trouble.
I spoke with former Detroit Lions starting cornerback, Chris Houston, who faced Johnson everyday in practice for four years, and I asked who could stop Calvin Johnson.
“Really, nobody can hold him period without some help over the top,” he told me. “But I’ll say Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, and Patrick Peterson are your best bets because they are longer corners and have the size to match up.”
I agree with Chris and say the men for the job are those three corners. Here are their secrets.Read more
5’8″ 147 lbs is a tiny, tiny person. Way too small to play football right? Not if you’re ultra quick and very fast. The video above from a recent Miami Hurricanes football camp doesn’t show how fast Emmanuel Greene is, but it show’s that he’s quicker than annoying fly in your living room.
The kid isn’t all hype either, the Coconut Creek HS junior has received scholarship offers from Cincy, Clemson, FAU, Kentucky, Louisville, NIU, USF, TCU, Temple, Tennessee and WVU. Oh, but there’s a new player…the school that every kid from South Florida dreams of attending, The U, has offered a scholly. Maybe offers from FSU and UF are around the corner.Read more
Help The Harbaughs and Dockers fight the good fight against Dad Pants.Read more
by: Richard Boadu
Last night, The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of northern California paid for a “Proud to Be” commercial that aired during the NBA Finals last night.
I’m not really sure why this is even a discussion. Is the nickname, Redskins, offensive? Yes. Okay, so if it’s offensive why doesn’t Dan Snyder change the name? Why do some fans want to keep the name and why do others not care?
The team was founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves and changed their name to Redskins a year later. Now, I wasn’t born in 1932 so I can’t say this for certain, but I don’t think those were the most racially progressive times for America, just a hunch. A 2013 recent poll found that 79% of Americans didn’t have a problem with the term Redskins. Oh, that’s nice. I have a few questions though, who did they interview? White people, Black people, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans? Also, it really doesn’t matter who they interviewed if enough Native Americans feel insulted by the name. And even if some Native Americans don’t take offense to the nickname that doesn’t make it right. As a black male, I know better than to use the “n” word. I still use it at least 20x a day, and I know it’s not right, and I definitely will get offended if someone outside my race uses that word.
And why would you want to keep the name? Don’t tell me tradition. What does tradition even mean? “We’ve been doing this so long, we’re not going to change.” Women weren’t voting for the longest. Black people were enslaved. Had those “traditions” not changed we wouldn’t have a Black president now and the possible chance of our first female president in two more years.
I laugh when I read quotes from Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, stating that he’ll never change the name. Sure he owns the team, he can do what he wants with it. I’m still not sure why the NFL hasn’t just stepped in and done something, but let me not get on a tangent. On the surface, it makes sense why Snyder doesn’t want to change the name. He was born and raised in Maryland and more than likely sang “Hail to the Redskins” in his sleep. So it was possibly his childhood dream to own the Redskins and changing the name would distort his dream that’s become his reality. I get it. What I don’t get that as a Jewish man, Snyder, doesn’t understand why people would be offended and why he’s so stubborn about changing the name.
The nickname has been around for 81 years, that doesn’t mean it’s been right. Not all traditions are good. The nickname Redskins doesn’t honor Native Americans it disrespects them. I’m not surprised that Snyder and many other Americans don’t understand what the big deal is and want to fight idiots to keep the name. It’s our tradition as Americans to ignore other ethnicities sensitivities, be disrespectful, and live and lose by our “Get Over It” mantra.
Seriously, let’s just change the damn name. Doesn’t Washington Warriors have a nice ring to it?Read more
Remember when your mama told you to go outside and get a switch? You knew what was coming, a temporary eternity of wrist gripping and wood whipping on your bare flesh. And she made sure every part of your body felt the wrath. Yeah it sucked, but what sucked worse was the walk from the living room outside to the bushes to get the switch. Your imagination ran wilder than your too fast female cousin. Flashbacks of your previous spanking which was most likely earlier that morning ran roughshod through your brain.
It’s similar to the feeling I get when basketball season is almost over. My sports diet is as follows. I have a nice appetizer of preseason football, hearty helpings of regular season and post season NCAA football and NFL, a strong cocktail of March Madness to wash it all down with and NBA basketball for desert. The NBA is almost over, so according to my analogy I should be full. We’ll you see, the way my metabolism is setup, the shit is faster than email and as soon as the Heat win in 6, I’ll be starving again.
NFL Training camps open up in 43 days. The first preseason game is in 56 days. The first college football game is 81 days away and the NFL regular season begins in 88 days. Thank God summer is my favorite season or I’d be miserable. The only thing summer is missing is football.
So what do I do in less than a week?
I’m sorry but baseball sucks. The ball is no longer juiced and neither are the players. It’s only a good TV product during the playoffs and Yasiel Puig, the game’s best player is not allowed to flourish because of the “baseball rules”.
Bruh, I’m not watching the Tour De France for 21 days. Same with Nascar and Indy dogg.
Tennis…Is Serena playing?
Track & Field. If they could figure out a way to form a league I’d be interested.
World Cup? What am I supposed to do when the US gets ousted relatively fast? Watch the other countries? I barely watch soccer as it is, I’m not watching another country win something that could be ours if we cared about it.
Save me the bullshit sports. I want my football. Once basketball is over, I’ll go on a sports sabbatical until football returns. I mean it’s cool, but it’s not cool.
Football teaches you life lessons….
…..like never bet against Eli Manning in a Super Bowl.
…Nick Saban is a human being.
….Adrian Peterson is not.
….The NCAA is modern day tyranny and there’s nothing we can do about it.
….Roger Goodell is the shit and if you think otherwise you just don’t get it.
…Deion Sanders raised every fatherless child born from 1982 – 1988.
…if a college program isn’t endorsed by Nike then they shouldn’t be taken serious.
….the current hate towards Michael Vick has nothing to do with dogs.
…..”you have fun with “fast” women, you don’t marry them. You marry the good girl. You have fun with the running quarterbacks….but you don’t invest your fanhood in them. They’ll never win a Super Bowl, but pocket passers will.
Football is like going into the Library of Congress and expecting to read every book in a lifetime. It’s impossible. You’ll never know everything, which means there will always be something to learn.
Ever had your heart broken by a female. Friday night, the two of you are making sweet love. Saturday, you two are brunching with friends and Sunday Night after Game of Thrones she tells you that she doesn’t want to be with you anymore. It came out of nowhere right? Actually it didn’t. She broke up with you three months ago emotionally and mentally but you didn’t realize it, because you’re a dumb guy. You didn’t realize it until the words actually came out of her mouth.
It sucks right. Yeah, that’s how I feel when basketball season ends. Essentially, when football season ends that’s the equivalent of my girlfriend breaking up with me without actually doing it. I know it’s over deep down on the inside but I ignore it. I know football season is OVER. I simply mask it with basketball. I don’t pay attention to the empty Sunday and Monday nights. I ignore the warning signs of Valentine’s Day, the leaves changing and SXSW. It’s right in my face though…football is done. Amazingly, I think everything is okay with all NFL combine, free agency and draft talk. But I know shit is real when the NBA Finals have come to an end.
My ah ha moment is an epic oh shit moment. You wake up from a sports coma to realize that you haven’t been watching football the past five months…it was actually basketball and now that’s over!
Whether it’s the physical pain of a spanking from my mother or the emotional anguish of a girlfriend leaving me, pain is pain and it hurts. No football or basketball is pain. It’s okay, I’ll be fine. I’ll just drink a lot. I’ll party with friends. I’ll pretend that Sheeps Meadow is a beach and lay in the grass like it’s sand pretend the trees and surrounding buildings are gorgeous waves. I’ll countdown the days until football is back and August 3rd can’t come fast enough.Read more