One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure right? For every beautiful woman in the world, there’s a man tired of looking at her. Well, the NFL combine is a beautiful woman that I’m just tired of looking at.
When the NFL began to televise the combine in 2004. I went bat shit crazy. I called Cox Cable about a gazillion times to see if they could carry the NFL Network. No dice. All I wanted to do was watch my OU Sooner friends compete in the NFL combine. I wanted to see what it was all about. What drills were they doing? Would they show the interviews? What the hell was going to happen, because the combine to me was some mythical thing. It’s been around since the 80s but no one has ever seen it. Is this shit even real? You heard the rumors of Deion Sanders running a 4.2 40, Bo Jackson running a 4.12 40, Reggie White bench pressing Indiana and then holding a prayer meeting for all the NFL teams that didn’t draft him.
When I could finally watch the combine in 2005, it was dope. You got to see what all the hype was about. It was a televised Star Wars convention for football junkies. The 2007 combine was great. You had Adrian Peterson, who’s brother died the night before his workout, perform and demolish his entire workout running a 4.38 40. There was Calvin Johnson who, rumor has it, wasn’t going to run the 40, but was taken over by the spirit of competition and borrowed someone else’s shoes and chopped out a 4.35 40 yard dash at 6’5″ 239 lbs. Oh yeah, he jumped 42.5 inches too.
I was very very very very wrong about Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez. Stafford was too good to throw at the combine, Sanchez said “let her rip!”. I feel in love with Sanchez. I thought he was a competitor, I thought Stafford was soft. The Lions would be crazy to select Stafford over Sanchez right? Well, we’re in the middle of their careers and right now Stafford was the right choice.
I don’t know what it is though. This year, I’m just over it. What is the combine telling me that film already hasn’t? Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the same act for nine years now. Players run, jump, lift, twist, turn, spin, etc. Mike Mayock explains football so eloquently that my African step mother can understand what a zone blitz with a single high free safety is. A no name player becomes the hot new girl on the first day of school. Rich Eisen runs a sub 6.1 40 yard dash. I’ve seen it all before.
If you want to improve the NFL Combine broadcast, open up the doors of those interview rooms. What makes the Patriots great? What kind of questions are they asking? What makes the Browns suck? What kind of questions are they asking? Who cares about the Wonderlic scores, what questions did the players get wrong? I’m not saying get rid of the combine. It’s a necessary evil. But as a lover of football it’s like watching the Division II football playoffs. I’ll watch it because it’s football and there’s nothing better than football to watch, but I won’t be entertained. NFL combine….been there, done that.Read more
What is two tenth’s of a second?
It’s the difference between a 4.24 and a 4.54 40 yard dash.
A top ten pick and a second day maybe.
A $20 million dollar signing bonus and the league minimum.
One jersey is worn by everyone in the stands,
and the other is only worn by his mother.
When the gun went off,
the player sprinted, his fate floated, the tape broke
and it was over just like that
in 4.28 seconds.
Just two-tenths of a second.
Proof, the smallest difference can make the biggest difference.
The NFL combine….for the undaunted underdog.Read more
The Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond owned more than just the court during All-Star Weekend. The two rising stars also brought the heat to New Orleans with new head-to-toe looks courtesy of NBA stylist Rachel Johnson and Footaction.
Rachel worked closely with the players’ to elevate their styles for their first big weekend by incorporating key pieces the brand, one that provides consumers and stylists with the newest gear including classic pieces (Levi’s jean jacket) and some trendy elements (dress sweats and perforated leather).
Checkout Michael and Andre get fresh with Rachel below.Read more
I’m tired of talking about this. The only reason I’m doing it is because Richie Incognito in the news again. Earlier this week, he tweeted this “Dear Jon Martin….. the truth is going to bury you.” Well today, the Wells Report was released and it revealed that Richie Incognito, Maurice Pouncey, and John Jerry did in fact bully Jonathan Martin. Here are my thoughts.
1. Richie Incognito is wrong. Just look at his track record. He’s been kick off several teams, voted the dirtiest player in the league etc.
2. The Dolphins knew all of this was going on. They just looked the other way.
3. Let’s not just act like Jonathan Martin is a complete and total victim in this situation. People have to want to change. Martin admits he’s been picked on since he was a child. Sooner or later he’s going to have to defend himself right? Check out these excerpts below from a great DeadSpin.com article.
On April 22, 2013, Martin wrote to his mother:
I figured out a major source of my anxiety. I’m a push over, a people pleaser. I avoid confrontation whenever I can, I always want everyone to like me. I let people talk about me, say anything to my face, and I just take it, laugh it off, even when I know they are intentionally trying to disrespect me. I mostly blame the soft schools I went to, which fostered within me a feeling that I’m a huge pussy, as I never got into fights. I used to get verbally bullied every day in middle school and high school, by kids that are half my size. I would never fight back, just get sad & feel like no one wanted to be my friend, when in fact I was just being socially awkward. Most people in that situation are witty & quick with sarcastic replies, I never have been. I’m awkward around people a lot of the time because I simply don’t know how to act around them . . .
His mother responded:
My first thought is that I am glad you wrote this down as a way to start figuring it out. There are people in the world with their own insecurities and they tend to be bullies and confront people. Dealing with them can be a challenge. I think when you feel really good about yourself they won’t bother you as much because you won’t let them define you. This fits into wanting to please and be liked. Some people out there are not worth it. W e do live in a bubble. Financial and professional success is sheltering. W hich is both good and bad. I think the NFL has a disproportionate share of people who are obscure but masking it with aggression. Your profession is really difficult with measurement and evaluation every week. So we need to build up you liking you. This is where some professional help would be good. They can help you structure your thoughts. And that whole brain chemistry thing is real. You may need some additional seratonin. . . .
Later that day, Martin replied:
I care about my legacy as a professional athlete. But I’m miserable currently. A therapist & medication won’t help me gain the respect of my teammates. I really don’t know what to do Mom.
. . . I just always avoid confrontation, which is what I’ve always done, and that leads to [people] perceiving you as soft. I did it at Stanford, and didn’t gain anyone’s respect until I became a star. Same thing in high school. I had no respect til I became a prospect.
4. This happens in locker rooms. Face it. Speeding on the highway is wrong, but everybody does it. You get caught speeding you have no defense, you get punished. The language that Pouncey, Incognito and Jerry used was wrong, but it happens in most locker rooms. They got caught, therefore they’ll be punished.
5. NFL players reading this…would you rather be teammates with Michael Sam or Jonathan Martin?
6. I fully expect some team to sign Richie Incognito to a free agent contract next season.Read more
Michael Sam will go down in history a few times this year. He’s already made his mark by being the first SEC Defensive Player of the year to come out and admit that he’s gay. He’ll get more attention when he’s drafted this May and also when he plays his first regular season football game in September. Here are my thoughts on Sam’s announcement.
2. The kid has been through hell already with his upbringing so coming out and being gay shouldn’t be a problem for him at all.
3. I think it’s pretty amazing that he’s been “out” since the beginning of last season and the media never found out or ever reported anything.
4. I don’t think his draft status will be affecting by announcing that he’s gay.
5. People say some ugly things in the NFL, especially during the game. I wonder how many people come at him with homophobic slurs.
6. There’s a first time for everything. The courage that it takes to do this is remarkable. I wonder how many people will now feel comfortable and follow Sam’s lead.Read more
Here is what I thought about last night’s Super Bowl.
1. Joe Namath is a brother. He just has a melanin deficiency that’s all.
2. So basically, the two best teams in the NFL play in the same division, that being the NFC West. Dope. The NFC Championship was the real Super Bowl. Just like it was back from ’92 – ’94 when the Cowboys and 49ers played three years straight for the right to win the Super Bowl before they won the Super Bowl.
3. The running QB is here to stay. The mobile QBs, like Steve Young and Aaron Rodgers have titles, but our first “running QB” has his. Congrats Russell Wilson. Think about this, Colin Kaepernick gave the Seahawks more problems than Peyton Manning.
4. I hate to see this happen to Champ Bailey. He deserves a Super Bowl ring.
5. Can we stop all of the talk that this is the best set of weapons Peyton Manning has ever had. There’s no way in hell that Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, Brandon Stokely, Dallas Clark and Edgerrin James were going to go out like that. Decker couldn’t get off the line. Demariyus looked like he was playing JV ball and everyone was else was just plain out matched.
6. Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, and Pete Carroll. None of these guys were from the school of Bill Parcells, they lean a little more Jerry Glanville. Energetic, players coaches who were able to win it all in both college and the pros.
Did you see Earl Thomas’ kicks…man!Read more
Take a look at some of the Super Bowl commercials that are already available to see online.
I don’t understand this commercial in the slightest.
I get it. It hits the brief, I just don’t buy it.
…..eh…it’s okay, kinda.
Funny idea, but doesn’t do a good job of selling the product.
Best one so far. Good idea.Read more
I watched this last night. I’m already in love with this TV show. It’s dope! If you played little league it takes you back to that time when you were a kid and just learning the game. From your first hit, not getting to play, scoring touchdowns, winning games with friends, learning how to be a teammate, etc. it seems like this television series will have it all.
It features five teams in football rich Texas of course on their quest to be Pop Warner champions. The teams are all from San Antonio, which I wouldn’t have chosen. I would have opted for Houston or Dallas, but the show states that San Antonio ranks little league ranks have become the best in Texas in recent years. The five teams are the Colts, Broncos, Judson, Outlaws, and Preadators. The Colts have a young hot shot head coach, the Broncos have a crazy military-esque head coach, the Panthers feature a “players coach”, and the President, yes, President of the Judson team says on camera that their organization spent $16k on uniforms this season after being suspended from the league last year for recruiting players. I love football. I really do.
The show debuts tonight on the Esquire Network with a two hour special on the Esquire Network. The first episode is already streaming on EsquireTV.com, it’s titled “Weakness Leaving the Body”. It introduces all of the teams, players and coaches. It ends with the Predators playing the Broncos…and someone is crying on camera — and it’s not a mom or player.
This show is going to be great. Tune in tonight for the first two episodes Esquire Network at 8/9pm ET and check out the first episode below.Read more
Plus, the AFC Championship-bound Patriots have an IR that’s talented enough to win the Super Bowl and more officiating hijinks
Which impact player had the worst performance of the weekend, Jimmy Graham or Andrew Luck?
BOADU: If Jimmy Graham double and tripled covered, there’s not much he can do. It’s up to Sean Payton to find more creative ways to get him the ball. Now, Andrew Luck, the ball is always in his hands. He’s the leader of the team, so it falls on him whether or not the Colts win or lose. He’s played with bi-polar quarterback disorder the past two weeks. He was able to overcome it last week, but not this week. Worst Performance of the weekend goes to Andrew Luck in a landslide.
CARR: Hard to blame a player who’s being double and triple covered. Interesting, though, that Michael Bennett of the Seahawks noted that Graham can’t block and is only used on passing situations (because when he wasn’t, the run game was in trouble). That would have made things a lot easier for the already dominant Seattle defense to see what was coming. Still, this one is on Luck. Too many interceptions. But he’s a young guy, and I’m not worried that he’ll bounce back.
DUNSON: Before the game, Graham was real conspicuous. He was already the NFL’s most invisible 6-6 tight end, but he was wagging his finger in the face of Seattle’s defenders made him a target. They sent that man a message out there. Seattle has some big corners and Graham found himself unable to pick on somebody his own size. Once the game started Jimmy Graham disappeared like Barrett Robbins before the Super Bowl. Just one catch?
For the rest of Cover 3, check it out here.Read more