College football was in it’s third week and it was pretty eh, but the NFL was in it’s second week and there were a ton of great games. Here are my quick hits and jukes from this weekend’s football action.
Oregon vs. Wyoming – Nope. Didn’t watch a lick of this game.
Southern Miss vs. Alabama – So is Blake Sims the “guy”? I still think Jacob Coker should have the job.
Tennessee vs. Oklahoma - I watched all of this game. Oklahoma is the most complete team in the country but they are certainly not the fastest. They’ve lost a lot of offensive speed. Tennessee is one year away from being a threat to teams’ national championship hopes. And oh yeah, Jalen Hurd is the third best back in the SEC. Todd Gurley and Derrick Henry are the only two backs with more juice. Yes….he’s better than T.J. Yeldon.
Georgia vs. South Carolina – Oh Georgia. I swear Mark Richt is college football’s version of teflon.
Rice vs. Texas A&M – Kenny Trill is no fluke. Manziel is gone and the Aggies’ offense has gotten better.
USC vs. Boston College – Technically this game was an upset, but it really wasn’t. USC had an emotional victory on the road last week over a top 25 team and rival in Stanford. Then the next week, they have to travel 6 hours across the country to play a unranked team. Sounds like a recipe for disaster…which is exactly what took place on Saturday.
UL Monroe vs. LSU – I’m not paying attention to LSU until October 4th when they play Auburn.
Purdue vs. Notre Dame – Notre Dame is scary and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they make it to the college football playoff.
UCLA vs. Texas – The Bruins traveled East two time zones, lost their starting QB and still found a way to win the game. Great road win. They still aren’t as good as advertised. Message to Charlie Strong, it’s got to get worse before it gets better.
LA Lafayette vs. Ole Miss – I’m tired of these SEC teams and their Charmin soft schedules.
Army vs. Stanford – Zzzzzzzzzz
Arizona State vs. Colorado – I was definitely more impressed with Colorado than I was with ASU. It’d be nice to see the Buffaloes back as one of the more dominant teams in college football.
East Carolina vs. Virginia Tech - This is a pattern for Virginia Tech. Beat a top 10 opponent, lose the next week. No really, it’s the fourth time in the last five home games after beating a ranked team.
UCF vs. Missouri – Finally, an SEC team plays an out of conference opponent that I’ve heard of.
Louisville vs. Virginia – The Cardinals jerseys looked dope, but the play on the field….nah.
Kent State vs. Ohio State – You’re supposed to beat Kent State by 66 points.
Steelers vs. Ravens – Amidst all the controversy last week, a win is exactly what the Ravens needed.
Dolphins vs. Bills – ……..Umm the Bills are pretty damn good.They beat a good Bears team last week and completely dominated a Dolphins team that beat the Pats last week.
Jaguars vs. Redskins – Damn RGIII, get well soon bro.
Cowboys vs. Titans – The Boys looked great yesterday. Jake Locker isn’t it man.
Cardinals vs. Giants – Bruh, the Giants were beat at home by 9 points….by a backup QB.
Patriots vs. Vikings – Once the Vikings lost their modern day Egil Skallagrimsson, they didn’t stand a chance against the 0-1 Patriots.
Saints vs. Browns – The Saints have lost two games in the final minutes by less than five points total. They’ve got to fix their defense. Brian Hoyer….you can stay for a while.
Falcons vs. Bengals – The Dirty Birds don’t have the same fight outside of the dome.
Lions vs. Panthers – Cam’s 2014 debut looked great. We’re only two games in, but Kelvin Benjamin is ahead of Sammy Watkins right now.
Rams vs. Buccaneers – I have a question. Why in the HELL is Mike Glennon NOT starting? Why….not? Also, you’ve got to be a terrible team to get beat by a third team QB.
Seahawks vs. Chargers – Philip Rivers is a bad man and did y’all see Antonio Gates in the DeLorean with one hand on the wheel and his seat leaning back yesterday.
Texans vs. Raiders – Textbook ball control football. Ryan Fitzpatrick goes 14-19….only 19 passes. Arian Foster runs the rock 28 times. 16 point win on the road.
Jets vs. Packers – The Jets had the lead. How did they lose it? The Packers are in trouble, because if that was any team other than the Jets they’d be 0-2.
Chiefs vs. Broncos – Why in the hell was the line +12.5 points? This is the NFL not college.
Bears vs. 49ers – The 49ers beat themselves with too many turnovers and too many penalties.Read more
Keith Olbermann is arguably the best on air personality in TV, politics, sports, etc included. Why? He’s smart, articulate and most importantly, he has strong opinions. Last night he cooked Roger Goodell on the grill like an Earl Campbell sausage. Olbermann is none to happy with how Roger Goodell has handled the Ray Rice situation. He first lambasted the Commish in early August when Goodell made the decision to only suspend Ray Rice two games for domestic abuse. Then last night, after it was reported that authorities had given the NFL a copy of the elevator footage that shows Ray Rice punching his then fiancee. The NFL says they never received the footage. Someone is lying….the video above shows Olbermann’s thoughts from last night and the video below is from early August. Enjoy.Read more
The old saying goes, if you’re not cheating then you’re not trying. A better saying would be that if you’re not trickin’ on these pros then you’re not scoring. Getting in the end zone in the NFL has never been easy. In a game of size, speed, and strength, sometimes the team with the most “smarts” wins. Here are The 10 Best Trick Plays in NFL History.Read more
Roger Goodell spoke with CBS This Morning Co-Host, Norah O’Donnell yesterday. It was his first interview since the second TMZ Ray Rice video surfaced.Read more
There’s a saying in the NFL that “no player is bigger than the shield.” It sounds like something Roger Goodell would say, especially considering what some of the NFL’s quarterbacks are doing nowadays, but I’m not sure who said it. Whoever said it was wrong. There are players bigger than the shield. People watch the NFL for the superstars. Remember when the NFL went on strike in 1987 and used replacement players? I don’t, I was too young but I heard the football was scarier to watch than Friday the 13th.
Now, when it comes to college football, no player is bigger than the game. The fans, the tradition, the stadiums, the pageantry, and then the players all hold stake in the prodigious entity we call college football.
Have you ever heard anyone say I’d love to go to an Arizona Cardinals game one day? Have you heard anyone outside of Detroit talk about dreaming of one day going to a Detroit Lions game? I bet you have heard someone talking about wanting to go to a University of Michigan football game so that they can see what it’s like to hear the crowd explode after a punt return touchdown. I’ve never heard anyone say they’d love to watch the Indianapolis Colts play in Lucas Oil Stadium, but I’ve heard several people say they want to go to Notre Dame Stadium and revel in the presence of Touchdown Jesus. Even in the NFL, fans don’t feel like they have to watch the best teams in person. In college, it’s different.
You’re not going to a college football game JUST for the players. You’re going for everything that comes with college football. If you plan on taking a tour of college football games or you just happen to be in the area, here are some games, stadiums and rivalries you need to check out this college football season. These are The Best College Football Games Right Now.Read more
ESPN’s College Gameday ran a great piece this past Saturday on what it’s like to be a Walk-On and finally earn a scholarship. And after their 52-7 win over Tulsa this past Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners awarded their 5th year Senior Walk-On Linebacker, Caleb Gastelum, a game ball and a scholarship. Dope.Read more
Today, TMZ released footage of what went on between Ray Rice and his then fiancee inside of an Atlantic City casino hotel elevator. The events led to Rice being charged with assault and being suspended two games by the NFL.
1. The two busiest Mondays of the year are always in February and September. Those being the day after the Super Bowl and Monday after the first NFL Sunday in September. The timing of this video coming out after the first Sunday of NFL football is remarkable. TMZ knows exactly what they are doing.
2. I don’t buy that the NFL didn’t see this video. I just don’t.
3. As long as Ray Rice didn’t lie to the Commissioner, I don’t think he should be punished again. Whether the NFL saw the tape or not. They knew that Rice hit his then fiancee. They dropped the ball punishing him two games. You don’t need to see the video to add onto the punishment. They should have got it right the first time.
4. If Rice did lie about what happened in the elevator, then he should be suspended for the year.
5. If the NFL is lying about seeing that film, then Roger Goodell should be fired.
6. The Ravens just cut Ray Rice. Wow.Read more
Yes! Football is finally back. Every single Monday of the football season, I’ll be doing what I’ve been doing for the past several years. Monday Morning Cornerback. Just my quick hits and jukes from the football weekend.
College Top 25
Citadel vs. FSU – Florida State won of course, but the most disturbing thing about this game was Citadel offensive lineman, Victor Hill’s comments on Facebook.
“I played in the game last night and also contributed to the injury list and that was just the mindset going into the game,” Hill wrote in his post. “Me and my offensive line brothers preached to each other all week that we would be going for knees from the first play to the last play with the A-backs included. We saw it as if they [won't] respect us for blocking them then we’ll make them respect us for cutting them!”
He then backpedaled faster than Deion Sanders and apologized.
“I would like to sincerely apologize for my statements this morning,” Hill said in his statement. “I am both embarrassed and ashamed of my comments. They reflect in no way, shape or form how I am taught or coached to perform. I am truly sorry for my immature comments that were made out of frustration … I apologize to Coach Jimbo Fisher, his players and the FSU fans for my negative remarks.”
Florida Atlantic vs. Alabama – Shame on you for this cupcake game on your schedule Alabama.
Michigan State vs. Oregon – For Oregon to be down nine points in the third quarter and score the final 28 points is pretty damn impressive. Also, Michigan State is going to run away with the Big Ten championship and it won’t even be close.
Oklahoma vs. Tulsa – BOOMER SOONER all day. I’m a homer and I don’t care.
San Jose State vs. Auburn – Nice for you to finally join us Quan Bray.
Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State – The spread was +10.5 VA Tech and they won by 14…on the road. I’m not even sure if Braxton Miller could have overcome that Hokie defense on Saturday.
Lamar vs. Texas A&M – I didn’t watch a lick of this game.
Northwestern State vs. Baylor – (Read previous game)
Memphis vs. UCLA – It’s early, we’re only two games into the season but UCLA seems overrated.
Sam Houston State vs. LSU – You don’t do the Heisman pose when you’re playing Sam Houston State.
USC vs. Stanford – I could have sworn I was watching an SEC game and not a Pac-12 game. I became a Pat Hayden fan over the weekend. Why is Stanford not playing like Stanford? They’re getting too cute. They had six chances in the redzone and only came away with 10 points.
Ole Miss vs. Vandy – Ole Miss might not win the SEC but they are going to give a lot of teams headaches.
Michigan vs. Notre Dame – Brady Hoke is in trouble and Everett Golson is back!
Arizona State vs. New Mexico – Didn’t catch any of this game.
Western Illinois vs. Wisconsin – Games like these make me wish we could just jump into Week 5 of the season, you know when the really good games start and are played consistently.
McNeese State vs. Nebraska – McNeese State shouldn’t have been in the game with Nebraska to begin with, but this play made it all worth it.
Kansas State vs. Iowa State – Does Bill Snyder make the college football coaches Mt. Rushmore?
East Carolina vs. South Carolina – Yeah, after watching two games, UCLA and USC (University of South Carolina) are the two most overrated teams so far.
San Diego State vs. North Carolina – Didn’t watch this game either.
South Carolina State vs. Clemson – Come on dogg…why are they even on the schedule.
Missouri vs. Toledo – Maty Mauck is going to make some noise this year.
Murray State vs. Louisville – Again. Why are these cupcake games on teams’ schedules.
National Football League
Packers vs. Seahawks – ….Umm the Seahawks actually got better after winning the Super Bowl last season and it’s obvious.
Saints vs. Falcons – Well, I didn’t see this coming. I thought the Saints would win this one easily. They’ve got to play better defense, but give Matt Ryan credit, he balled out.
Bengals vs. Ravens – The Bengals have a better roster and this game shouldn’t have even been close. Andy Dalton has to start producing touchdowns and not field goals.
Bills vs. Bears – This wasn’t a bad loss for the Bears, they’re still going to make the playoffs. It’s just that the Bills defense if just that good.
Redskins vs. Texans – RGIII made Houston’s defense look amazing.
Titans vs. Chiefs – If Dwayne Bowe plays the outcome of this game is totally different. A.J. Jenkins is not it, and will most likely be released once Bowe is back. Alex Smith threw two jump balls to Green that turned into picks and neither of those were Smith’s fault.
Patriots vs. Dolphins – I really have no clue what to make of this game. I can’t tell if this is the beginning of the end for the Pats or if this is the Dolphins’ year. I need to see more of both teams. The Revis vs. Wallace matchup was fun to watch though.
Raiders vs. Jets – This game was just terrible. Ugly football from both teams.
Jaguars vs. Eagles – Well…It looked like the Jags were going to win the Super Bowl and then Philly adjusted in the second half and scored 34 straight.
Browns vs. Steelers – Le’Veon Bell is going to be a player.
Vikings vs. Rams – The plan was to stop Adrian Peterson. Job well done. They forgot about Cordarrelle Patterson though.
49ers vs. Cowboys – Welp…the Cowboys look like the Cowboys. Football is back, like for real.
Colts vs. Broncos – Can I just say how much I love watching these two teams play. I feel like I’m watchingRead more
Yesterday, Houston Texans defensive lineman, J.J. Watt signed a contract fatter than your Aunt Tammy. It’s a six year, $100M dollar extension. Specifically the deal is for eight years and $108.8M with $51.8M guaranteed. If this were the NBA or MLB, then J.J. would see all of that money. This is the NFL and few things are guaranteed, and $100M ain’t always and often never is, $100M.
I did a little digging found all of the $100M NFL contracts to see how many of these contracts reached $100M or higher.
Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers – signed for S100M over 10 years in 2001. Favre had three years left on his remaining deal so it was really a seven year contract. Favre started his retirement games after the 2007 season, so he never fully played out his contract and only earned $62.5M.
Drew Bledsoe, New England Patriots – signed for S103M over 10 years in 2001. Bledsoe has to have the worst luck in the world. The year he signed his contract, he got hurt and Tom Brady took his job. After that season, he went onto play for the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, so he only played one year on $103M contract, only earning $15M.
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles – Signed for $115M over 12 years in 2002. McNabb’s deal was an extension, because he had four years left on his previous contract. He also restructured his contract in 2009. In total, he earned $62M of his $115M contract.
Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings – Signed for $102M over 10 years in 2003. Culpepper only saw an estimated $25M of his $102M thanks to blown up knee courtesy of Chris Gamble. He had a previous year left on his first contract, the next season he suffered his knee injury and was traded to the Dolphins in ’06 and out of football in ’09.
Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons – Signed for $130M over 10 years in 2005. He only played two years on the deal before he was suspended and released for dog fighting in 2007. Vick earned $39M from the deal, with a large amount of that being his $37M signing bonus.
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals – Signed for $122.5M over 10 years in 2005. Palmer’s deal was actually an extension on his rookie contract so it was really a six year extension. Palmer retired in the 2011 season because the Bengals would not trade him. Midway through the season he was traded to the Raiders. Palmer earned $74.74M from his deal and might have received all of it had he not retired.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – Signed for $102M over 8 years in 2008. Roethlisberger has earned $72.7M of his deal. He has two seasons left. Right now, the Steelers don’t have a QB of the future and at 32 years old, Big Ben can still play. He may be the first player to ever earn his $100M in a single contract.
Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins – Signed for $100M over 7 years in 2009. Big Al was the first player that wasn’t a QB to ever sign for nine figures. He was a head case in Washington and continued to be one in New England. As of 2011, Haynesworth is out of football and only earned $32M of his contract.
Eli Manning, New York Giants – Signed for $106.9M over seven years in 2009. The younger Manning has two seasons left on his deal, so he should see all of his contract. He struggled last season, but I don’t see the Giants releasing him after this season. So far, he’s earned $79.6M.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles – Signed for $100M over six seasons in 2011. Vick is the only player to ever sign two $100M contracts in NFL history. When you break down his contract it was really a 5-year $80M deal. Vick only had one good season in Philly and only saw $32.5M of his second big contract.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals – Signed for $128.5M over eight years in 2011. I love Fitz, he’s a great pro but he might not see all of his money. He’s WR not a QB so his body will break down faster. And he’s got four years left on his contract. So far, he’s earned $40.25M
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions – Signed for $132M over seven seasons in 2012. The second WR on this list. He signed in 2012 so it’s too soon to tell whether or not he’ll see all of the money. So far, he’s earned $17.25M.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – Signed for $100M over five years in 2012. Brees has stood the test of time. He’s one of the top four QBs in the league today. Barring injury, I have no doubt in my mind he’ll see all of his money. So far, he’s earned $40M and if he continues to play at a high level, he might even get another extension.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – Signed for $110M over five seasons in 2013, but the deal starts in 2015.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys – Signed for $108M over six seasons in 2013 but the deal starts in 2014.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – Signed for $120.6M over 6 years in 2013. Look what a Super Bowl can do for you. It’s way to soon to tell if Flacco, who’s only 29 will see all of the money, but given history it’s not likely. So far he’s earned $6.8M of his new contract.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – Signed for $103.75M over five seasons in 2013 with the deal starting in 2014.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears – Signed for $126.7M over seven years in 2014. Only time will tell if he sees it all.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – Signed for $126M over six years this past June.
So of all these big money contracts, no player has yet to see all of the $100M, but Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger just might. Even though they’ve both earned more than any other player on this list, it’s weird that Tom Brady or Peyton Manning never signed a $100M contract extension.Read more
You all know I love commercials, since that’s what I do for a living. Gatorade has a new campaign, “Sweat It To Get It” that were released online last week. The commercials feature Cam Newton and Peyton Manning. Check out the first one above and the rest below.Read more