Johnny Cleveland


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Johnny Football should be the starting quarterback of the Browns without any question. He performed better in the preseason stats compared to Brian Hoyer. But even deeper than stats is common sense.

Hoyer is a five-year veteran while Manziel is rookie. Hoyer might have played good in the limited time he was the starter last year but it wasn’t a large enough sample size for some. Matt Flynn had one great game for the Packers and signed a huge deal with the Seahawks only to be beaten out by rookie Russell Wilson.

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What is More Important, LA or a Global Game?


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One of the proposed stadiums for a new team in LA.

Recent talks of getting the NFL in Los Angeles has me beginning to wonder if it really matters that the NFL is in LA. The NFL has a product that is not matched by any other professional sport. There are small market teams and large market teams and not only do small market teams contend with large market teams but they consistently win divisions and conferences over large market teams.

Plans to build the infrastructure in Los Angeles have been floating around for a while now and more recently a new stadium plan has been released in the midst of the recent push for LA. Building a stadium will either drawing a current team to Los Angeles or attract someone to start from scratch.

The NFL has been considering the options of either moving a team such as the local and former LA team, the Raiders, or the team that will be going for sale soon, the Bills. The other option that they could possibly look at is to expand the NFL and create a new team in Los Angeles. If they were to add a team into the NFL they would have to expand elsewhere. London?

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5 Steps To Take Your Fantasy Football League To The Next Level


With the fantasy football season around the corner, your fantasy commissioner should be looking to make their league better. For the next few week, I will be posting 20 tips to make your Fantasy Football League Better. Continue reading

The Union


The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that the Northwestern University football players can unionize. This is a ruling that will make massive waves in college sports. This ruling makes the football ball players at Northwestern University employees of the university under federal law, creating the first college athlete’s union. The lead of the unionization of  college football was former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter, with the help of  the United Steelworkers Union.

This is a huge leap forward in the college football world for those like me that believe that the college athletes deserve the right to earn money from playing their respective sport. The athletes that head the formation of the union say they are looking to receive better medical coverage, concussion testing, four-year scholarships, and are exploring the possibility of getting paid. It’s about time!

Northwestern University released a statement Wednesday saying that they will be filing an appeal saying that the players are students, not employees, but the government now does.

This is a huge move forward in college sports. This does not necessarily mean that players will get paid to play, but this does mean the players will finally have a say in new rules and regulations that are made by the NCAA much like how the NFL players use the NFLPA to have a say in rules made by the NFL.

It will be interesting how this plays out. Northwestern players will have to vote on seeing if the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) will be created but for the most part there is no doubt it will pass.  This will revolutionize college sports in the way it is perceived in the entertainment industry.

 

Heisman Hoax


The Heisman Trophy will be presented tonight to the best college football athlete. Yeah right, more like the college football player that got the most TV time during the season. A lot of “experts” are calling this Jameis Winston’s coronation, but there are other players that have a legitimate chance at winning the trophy. The 6 finalist are Jordan Lynch, Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, AJ McCarron, Andre Williams, and of course Jameis Winston. But here is my argument; do you really want to win the Heisman?

Jay Berwanger was the first Heisman winner but never played a game in the NFL

Jay Berwanger was the first Heisman winner but never played a game in the NFL

The Heisman trophy has been awarded to the best college football player every year since 1935 when it was awarded to Jay Berwanger, a senior running back out of Chicago University. He was drafted in the NFLs first inaugural draft by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1936 but demanded too much of the Eagles ($1,ooo a game) so he was traded to the Chicago Bears. He did not sign right away to try to make the Olympic decathlon team but when he didn’t make it, he and the Bears weren’t able to agree on a contract and so he got a job at a local rubber factory and never played a down in the NFL.

 
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The Coach Who Never Punts


The Madden-esk football scheme used by Palaski Academy head coach is very different from the norm, but it works! In one game they were able to score 29 points before the opponent even touched the ball.  With an onsides kick every time and never punting, It is an interesting way to play football, but it works. Watch and see the coach behind this scheme explain it using numbers.


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Seminoles Have a Record Day


With a 59-3 win over Wake Forest, Florida State set two records in one game. The first being the amount of points scored in Wake Forest’s stadium. The previous record was 56 points set in 1994. Jameis Winston had two touchdowns in just a little over two quarters, adding to his Heisman like stats.

But the offense was not the only one putting up big points. The defense tied Florida States record of interceptions in a game, 6. Nate Andrews returning one of them for 56 yards. The defense also scored on Jalen Ramsey’s fumble recovery. A defense that can score is always a good sign especially towards the end of the year.

Big games are determined by big special teams plays. Although Florida State was projected to win their special teams came to play. Late in the game Levonte Whitifiled took one back 97 yards on spectacular return. Plays like that could end up being the difference in a big game for the Seminoles.

After watching this game do the Seminoles deserve to be number 1? The answer to that will be determined by how well the Crimson Tide play tonight against LSU. With all the media tension that Nick Saban has been under can the Tigers pull off the upset and boost Florida State up to number 1?

Big Bully


WP-IncognitoMartinNFL players are looked on as big rough and tough guys, and they are on the field. But sometimes in the locker rooms there are players that will cross the line. Jonathan Martin filed player misconduct complaint after claiming he was being bullied by Riche Incognito. Rookie hazing has been a controversial topic from the beginning. But when it expands past that it becomes a problem.

Riche Incognito has been known to be a dirty player. In 2009 he was named the NFL’s dirties player. There has to be a switch you can turn on when your on the field then turn it off when you off the field. Players can’t be justified for racist comments.

Transcripts of voice mails and text messages left by Richie Incognito for teammate Jonathan Martin. On of these voice mails is as follows.

“Hey, wassup, you half n—— pieces of s—–. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s—– in your f—-ing mouth. [I’m going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”

This was received by Jonathan Martin in April 2013, a year after he was drafted. There is a difference between rookie hazing and bulling. Racism has no place in a work place where 80% of the league are minorities. Players and coaches in the Dolphins organization clam they did not know this was going on in the locker room, which is hard to believe seeing that teammates rely on each other on and off the field.

Incognito has been suspended indefinitely while the NFL does an investigation. Jonathan Martin left the team and is uncertain if he will return. it will be interesting to see the repercussions that the Dolphins and the NFL will receive.

What do you think? Drop us a comment to let us know how you feel.

Week 11 Rankings


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Alabama is once again first in the 3rd edition of the BCS Rankings. I personably believe that it is a legacy position and rightfully so, seeing that they have been the most dominate team in the NCAA. 

The Seminols were able to jump the Oregon Ducks to take No. 2. Florida State had a huge win against No. 7 Miami, 41-14 while Alabama and Oregon were on their bye week. 

Huge games are set up by the rankings. Alabama will have it’s arguably hardest matchup thus week when they go against No. 13 LSU. Oregon will have to face off against the other PAC-12 powerhouse in Stanford. All 4 teams are coming off bye weeks.

The Oregon, Florida State switch this week won’t stick around very long. If and when the Ducks beat Stanford, they will move back to No. 2. Florida State will have there work cut out for them is the want tone n the BCS Championship game when the bowl season rolls around.

Here are this weeks rankings, comment below with your reaction. Read ’em and weap.

Week 11 BCS Rankings
Ranking Team BCS Average
1 Alabama (8-0) .9797
2 Florida State (8-0) .9525
3 Oregon (8-0) .9435
4 Ohio State (9-0) .8720
5 Stanford (7-1) .7930
6 Baylor (7-0) .7745
7 Clemson (8-1) .7277
8 Missouri (8-1) .6890
9 Auburn (8-1) .6686
10 Oklahoma (7-1) .6084
11 Miami (FL) (7-1) .5246
12 South Carolina (7-2) .5111
13 LSU (7-2) .4525
14 Oklahoma State (7-1) .4395
15 Texas A&M (7-2) .4365
16 Fresno State (8-0) .3675
17 Michigan State (8-1) .3394
18 Northern Illinois (9-0) .3169
19 UCLA (6-2) .2904
20 Louisville (7-1) .2510
21 UCF (6-1) .2151
22 Arizona State (6-2) .1770
23 Notre Dame (7-2) .1662
24 Wisconsin (6-2) .1288
25 Texas Tech (7-2) .0986

NFL mid-season awards


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Week eight is now over and that means the NFL regular season is now half way over.  Which can only mean one thing the Brown,Bills,Buccaners and Jaguars all look to miss up another draft class in a few months. Well, alright maybe two things happen the bad team stuff and then everybody’s favorite thing MID-SEASON AWARDS so lets get started

MVP-Peyton Manning, QB, Denver- well this one is pretty obvious, Manning is on pace to shatter Brady’s touchdown recorded by 12+. he has the Broncos playing the best offensive football in the league and he deserves the award so far through 8 weeks he is on pace to break Tom Brady’s touchdown recorded.

Offensive player of the year
– Jamal Charles, RB, Kansas City- Charles is a big reason the Chiefs are 9-0, as he accounts for 38% of their total offense, The Chiefs have to be careful though as they just may over use him before the playoffs.

Defnsive player of the year– Tamba Hali, DE/OLB, Kansas City- Now the real reson the Cheifs are 9-0, Their defense led by Hall which has 37 sacks, thats 10 more then the Bills who are second in the league, Hall shows no signs of slowing down any time soon

Offensive Rookie of the year- Kendrall Tompokins, WR, New England- This undrafted rookie has quickly become Tom Brady’s favorite target and that takes a lot to do. Tompokis has a bright future ahead of him

Defensive Rookie of the year- Kiko Alonso,MLB, Buffalo-The 2nd round pick has over done his expectations as he leds all rookies in tackles with almost 90, he is a big reason the Bils D has improved