National Signing Day. You know…..”The Decision”. Kids all over the country are signing letters of intent to play college football at the nation’s best universities. Some kids are relieved the day is here and others are silently wondering if they’ve made the right decision. Some coaches are wondering why the hell their star recruit switched to the rival school in the 11th hour and other coaches are like toddlers on Christmas. Today is National Signing Day and here are my thoughts on it.
1. Your national championship starts here. Your coach has to be more than just an Xs and Os guy. He has to be a salesman. How good can he sell? The NFL is all about the coaches and the quarterbacks. College football is all about the athletes. You get the best athletes and you’ll have a chance to win it all. Nick Saban is a great coach and he’s turned Bama around…..but Nick can recruit his ass off and that’s really why he’s winning.
2. Just because you’re a 5-star recruit doesn’t mean you’re going to the league. Mike Huguenin has done some tremendous reporting at NFL.com on 5-star recruits. Check it out here. Look at these numbers,
288 recruits were given five-star status from 2002-11. The 2002 class had the most five-star recruits, with 38; the 2003 and 2004 classes had the fewest, with 25 each. The average number of five-star recruits in a class was 29.
123 of the 288 five-star recruits were drafted (42.7 percent), and 45 went in the first round (16 percent).
3. Some of the NFL’s dopest player didn’t have a signing day. Jordy Nelson, Clay Matthews, Antonio Brown, J.J. Watt, etc all were walk-ons at one point in their college careers.
4. I love the crazy stories about recruiting like these from Barry Switzer.
5. These are life changing decisions man. Where would Desean Jackson be had he signed with USC over Cal. What about if Adrian Peterson chose Texas over OU. What about Gunner Kiel…is he going to the NFL Draft right now if he signed with LSU? What if Teddy Bridgewater stuck with his original Miami commitment, would he have made it to the NFL?
6. My top places to play college football would be…..
Texas – The city of Austin is amazing and beautiful. The weather is great. The campus is gorgeous and the school is great. I wouldn’t call Austin a college town as much I would call it a young city. Right now, the Longhorns aren’t the same, but Charlie Strong will turn things around sooner than you think.
UCLA – It’s located in the second biggest city in the country. The football program is riding high. The girls are hot. It’s minutes away from Beverly Hills. The campus is cool and it never rains is Southern California, what more could you ask for?
USC – Read everything I said about UCLA, just take out the Beverly Hills distance.
Arizona State – It’s one of the top party schools in the country. The campus is marvelous and the football team is winning. And the weather….yeah, it’s not too bad either.
LSU – There’s nothing like SEC football. The Tigers are always in the hunt for a national title and they’re always putting athletes in the NFL. It’s truly a great college town and if you want more New Orleans is only an hour away.
Alabama – College football is like having a job. College football isn’t fun when you’re not winning, but when you are…the city, not just the university but the city…is yours! Also, Saban’s got a pretty good track record of kids getting drafted that play for him.
Florida State – Winning. Girls. Party. Good weather. FAMU is down the street and so is Panama City. Options are always a good thing.Read more
Marshawn Lynch. He’s about that action boss. He’s only here so he won’t get fined. He’s here, and you know why he’s here. Lynch is only making media appearances this week because if he doesn’t, the NFL will obviously fine him. He’s been fined a few times for not talking to reporters. The media has made this a thing. Lynch really wants to just keep to himself, play football and promote his Fam 1st charity. The media just keeps asking Lynch questions, the interviews become more redundant, and somehow get more attention.
People want what they can’t have, which is exactly why the media continues to try this man. The problem is that they’re never going to get a Marshawn Lynch interview while he’s playing. Why? Because they’re white. No, it’s not a race thing, well it kind of is, just stick with me and I’ll explain.
Okay, so here’s how Lynch has been with the media this past season…
Thanks For Asking Interview
This is where my step mother fell in love with Mr. Lynch.
I’m Thankful Interview
…makes sense, this was during the holiday season.
Tuesday’s Media Day
…he’s more ornery than a bad rich kid.
Yesterday January 28, 2015
So yeah….he doesn’t talk to media and he doesn’t really care for it. Why? I’ve heard it all, from he’s always been quiet, to he doesn’t like the media, he’s got social anxiety, he’s just about that action and more. But here are some commercials and more loquacious interviews he’s done recently.
2015 Skittles Press Conference commercial
We’ll look at that. He cracked a smile and has some personality.
2015 Progressive commercial
Okay, this is funny.
Michael Robinson/NFL Network interview
He looks very comfortable here.
2015 E! News Interview (right after his “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” interview)
See! Look, this man is singing his heart out for Michelle Williams.
Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day with Deion Sanders
He clearly didn’t want to speak at last year’s Super Bowl media day, but he was more than accommodating to Deion Sanders.
E:60 Feature with Jeffri Chadiha in late 2013
He seems pretty comfortable talking here too.
Here are some interviews with Marshawn actually enjoying the media’s company
YardBarker Road Trip Interview
Rookie year in Buffalo
Marshawn Lynch with NOC Sports (Vice Sports)
When he first arrived in Seattle
Rookie Year at the Super Bowl
Marshawn can talk when he wants to. Something happened after a loss on November 25, 2012 to the Miami Dolphins. From that loss until January 3, 2014, Lynch went the final seven games of the 2012 season and the entire 2013 regular season without speaking to the media. I’m sure he was in Heaven during that time. So who’s the reporter that pissed off Lynch? Through much investigating, I’ve turned up nothing. Through much assuming, I’ve figured it was a white guy. I mean, let’s face it, black faces in the sports media world are about as common black quarterbacks in the NFL. As in, it’s growing, but it’s not where it needs to be.
Am I calling Marshawn a racist? No. What I’m saying that it’s pretty clear that since November of 2012, the only people he’s comfortable speaking with seems to be African-Americans like himself. He smiles with them, laughs, jokes. His demeanor is inviting. When he’s dealing with the other media folk, he’s cold, annoyed, frustrated. Name one non-black person to interview Lynch one on one since November 2012? You can’t. No, Lynch isn’t a racist, he’s just more comfortable with his own kind right now and that’s fine.
So let’s say a white woman gets robbed at gunpoint by a black man in a dark alley. She’s not racist in any way shape or form either. But she’s gone through a traumatic event. When she sees a dark alley, she harkens back to being robbed. Dark alley to her equals black man with a gun. Doesn’t make her a racist, that’s just what she associates dark alleys to and she’ll continue to do that until she gets some therapy to move past that traumatic event in her life. She doesn’t trust dark alleys anymore. When Lynch sees a sea of reporters he thinks back to November 2012, his last cordial interview with the media. Now, whatever happened or was written about Lynch wasn’t as traumatic as getting robbed at gunpoint, but when he sees the sea of media reporters that’s what he remembers. He doesn’t trust the media anymore. Correction, he doesn’t trust the white media anymore.Read more
Josh Gordon is in trouble again. Big surprise right? My initial reaction was that this kid either has a true problem or he really just doesn’t give a fuck. Many other people in the media felt the same way I did. They were paid to voice their opinions on Gordon’s latest transgressions. They did and what spawned from that was a very well written, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-six word open letter from Josh Gordon to Charles Barkley, Stephen A. Smith and Cris Carter. In the letter, Gordon explains himself, admits guilt, and more. Check out the letter here and my thoughts below.
1. People stereotypically think of professional athletes as not very smart people. It’s not fair, but it comes with the territory. Reading this letter, you can tell that Gordon is a very intelligent kid.
2a. You can tell that Barkley, Stephen A, and Cris Carter have this young man in his feelings. All three of these men get paid to speak, so their opinions are fine. The cause of concern for me is that if they really are concerened about Gordon, why not reach out to him? If they care like they all publicly stated.
2b. Most players say they don’t pay attention to what the media says about them. Well, that’s not the case for Gordon.
3. I don’t for one second buy Gordon’s story about second hand smoke, but i fully believe his alcohol story.
4. He owns his baggage and that’s pretty dope.
5. Although he owns up to the error of his ways, the entire letter has a tone of justification as well. He needs to stop pointing fingers back at Chuck, Stephen and Cris for doing their jobs. Just focus on you bro.
6. I love the ending. I think Gordon is going to continue to “succeed” in life and get all this stuff figured out. He’s making a lot of excuses as most 23 year-old kids do, but this letter changed my perception of Gordon. I feel like I know him now, which was the point of the letter. Good job, Josh. Best of luck to you homie.Read more
The star WR of the New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. teamed up with Drew Brees and Visa to set a Guinness Book of World Record by catching 33 passes one handed in a minute.Read more
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?
3. Remember what they had before right? Eight straight seasons of missing the playoffs. Great head coaches and quarterbacks don’t grow on trees.
4. Is this a business decision or a personal decision? Like seriously. York doesn’t have to like an employee but if Harbaugh is helping York’s bottom line which is people in the seats and more wins than losses then, shouldn’t York stick with him?
5. How much is Harbaugh worth if he were to be traded? I’d say at least a 1st rounder and some cash. Bill Parcells was worth a first, second, third, and fourth round picks and $300k cash in 1997, Bill Belichick was worth a fourth round pick in 2000, Jon Gruden was worth two first round picks, two second round picks and $8M cash in 2002.
6. Oscar Wilde was a smart person. He authored these two quotes,
“With ages comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”
“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”
Jed York is 34 years old. Theo Epstein, Jon Daniels and Howie Roseman were all young GMs but they were more than qualified phenoms and ready to lead organizations. And granted, York isn’t the GM of the 49ers, it’s worse he’s the CEO. York was given the job by his parents, which is totally fine, in 2008. How qualified he is to run a professional football team? I don’t know. When the inevitable happens, which is Harbaugh being unjustly fired, Jed York is going to get some “experience” and hopefully he learns from it.Read more
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