Thursday, April 14, 2016

Los Angeles Rams Trade for First Pick in NFL Draft

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After agreeing to a trade with the Tennessee Titans, the Los Angeles Rams will select first in the 2016 NFL Draft. There is no doubt the Rams will be taking a quarterback with the first pick, the question becomes Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. A team doesn't trade the house to move up in the draft to take an offensive lineman. The Titans traded the first overall pick, their fourth round pick (113th), and their sixth round pick (177th. The Rams gave up their first round pick (15th), two second round picks (43rd and 45th), third round pick (76th), and their first and third round selections in the 2017 draft. This is obviously a clear win for the Tennessee Titans, they will are going to get four of the top 76 players in the draft, and they are set up perfectly for next years draft. If they somehow fail to make the playoffs with the talent drafted in the next two years, everyone should be fired, and I mean everyone from the ball boy to the general manager. Every hole should be filled on the Titans team over the next two years, and it won't cost the big money that free agents demand year in and year out.

As for the newly minted Los Angeles Rams, they are taking a huge gamble on either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. They pretty much mortgaged their future in order to get the quarterback of their choice, look how good that worked out for the Redskins with RGIII. Everything revolves around the quarterback in the National Football League, just look at the Patriots with Tom Brady, you could stick anyone in the Patriots offense and succeed. The majority of teams are always looking for the next great QB, and more often than not, most teams fail to find their quarterback for the next 15 years. They better make the right pick between Wentz or Goff because if they don't the decision to trade up to the first overall pick will haunt them for the next five years, at least. I don't think the move to LA had anything to do with the move, the Rams had no quarterback whether they played in St. Louis or LA. Hopefully the Rams will make the right decision when it comes to their quarterback of the present and future.

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 28th at 8PM ET.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Villanova Wins NCAA Chanpionship at the Buzzer!




Unless you've been living under a rock, Villanova won the Men's National Championship last night. It was a wild and crazy game from start to finish, and it was punctuated by a buzzer beater three from Kris Jenkins. It was a great play design by Villanova head coach Jay Wright, all eyes were on Ryan Arcidiacono, but dished it at the last moment to Jenkins for one of the best shots in NCAA tournament history. 


Anyway, that's another great tournament with tons of upsets, exciting games, and nail biting finishes. Just in case you were wondering, Duke is the early favorite to win the 2017 National Championship according to Vegas.  

Here's Charles Barkley's reaction to the game winner last night. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Tiger Woods Won't Play in the Masters



Tiger announced today that he will be skipping the 2016 Masters. For all Tiger fans out there, this is a good thing. Here's how it would've went down, Tiger would have said he is playing in the Masters, but he certainly wouldn't have been ready. There is nothing more sad than seeing one of the greatest golfers of all time grabbing his back after every shot, or just completely spraying the ball all over the golf course. Tiger not playing next week is a good thing for golf. Instead of Tiger grabbing the headlines, the focus will instead be on all the young studs that could win the tournament. I will certainly root for Tiger Woods whenever he plays in a tournament, but I want to root for a healthy powerful Tiger who could actually compete in the golf tournament. The injured shell of the big cat is not fun for anyone, and it forces all of the writers following the Masters to write about the demise of the most intimidating golfer that ever played.

My prediction for the Masters is that Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory Mcilroy, and Jordan Spieth will break away from the pack, and make it an exciting four way race. There is no hotter golfer on the planet than Jason Day, he has won in back to back tournaments, including the grueling match play event last week. However, it is the Masters, and you never know if big old Angel Cabrera will wake up on Thursday on a mission to win the Masters. 

Is there anything better than the upcoming week, baseball is here, the Masters is here, and warm weather is right around the corner!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pablo Sandolval Just Became a Very Expensive Bench Player

 



Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell announced today that Pablo Sandoval will not be the starter on opening day. Just before last season, the Red Sox signed Sandoval to a whopping 5 year deal worth 95 million dollars. Sandoval will be replaced by Travis Shaw who hit 13 home runs last year in just over 200 at bats. It remains to be seen if Shaw can duplicate the success he had in the limited opportunities last year and at the beginning of the spring this year.

I really didn't understand the Sandoval contract to begin with. He put up stud like numbers during the 2009 and injury shortened 2011 season, but other than that he has put up pedestrian like numbers. The power numbers were down over the previous three seasons before he signed the deal nobody thought was even plausible. Nothing about this contract makes sense for the Red Sox, paying an average third baseman that has had a history of weight problems for the next four years. Who knows, maybe the Red Sox will try to cut him, and Sandoval can cut a deal like Bobby Bonilla did with the Mets (Google it). On the other hand, can anybody be more content to ride the bench? Sandoval will still be more widely known to the baseball world on the bench than Travis Shaw will be, and Shaw will be playing day in and day out.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Masahiro Tanaka Uncertain for Opening Day



UPDATE 3/31/16 : Joe Girardi Announced today that Masahiro Tanaka will in fact be the Yankees opening day starter. Unless there was something wrong with Tanaka's arm, there was no way clipboard Joe would be crazy enough to go with someone else.


Masahiro Tanaka is still a question mark for the Yankees opener. Tanaka took the hill in his last spring training start today, but it apparently wasn't enough to convince manager Joe Girardi he is good to go. Tanaka threw four innings, struck out five, and gave up one run on seven hits. Listen, spring training numbers don't mean very much to anyone, and it seems that Girardi is looking more at Tanaka's stuff than his numbers. He did strike out five in four innings so he is getting the swings and misses. I think clipboard Joe will eventually have Tanaka take the hill next Monday against the Houston Astros. If not, I hope he goes with Luis Severino because he is going to be a stud this year and for years to come. Either way, I pumped for some baseball! Are you?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Are NFL Owners Dellusional?

 
 





I am not sure where the NFL owners are getting their information about concussions, but it seems to be some whacked out front when the rest of the world is confirming that concussions cause long term damage. First you had Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones coming out and saying that he is not convinced by the data that shows a link between CTE and football. For those of you that don't know CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalophy) is a degenerative brain disease linked to hits to the head. The symptoms include memory loss, impulse control, confusion, impaired judgment, and depression. Just two weeks ago, Jeff Miller, the senior vice president for health and safety of the NFL confirmed the link between CTE and playing football. Dr. Ann Mckee has studied numerous brains of former college football players and NFL players and of the brains she has examined, 90 had signs of CTE. That does not mean that most players that have ever played football will have the disease, but obviously they thought there was something wrong with their brain when they were alive so the former players donated their brain to science. Unfortunately, CTE can only be detected after death, CTE was found in former NFL players Junior Seau and Ken Stabler's brains. So it is absolutely absurd for Jerry Jones to sit there and say that he is not convinced that the link between CTE and football exists based on the data.


Today, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had this to say about the risk of playing football:
"I believe this: that the game has always been a risk, you know, and the way certain people are. Look
at it. You take an aspirin, I take an aspirin, it might give you extreme side effects of illness and your body ... may reject it, where I would be fine. So there is so much we don't know." Hey Jim, maybe your body rejects the aspirin because it isn't the hard drugs you are used to. This is a pretty ridiculous comparison by Irsay, I think you would have to take 50 aspirins in order to do any harm to yourself. In the NFL, all it takes is one play to have a damaging concussion, a broken neck, a mangled leg, or any other injury to the body you can think of. There is certainly a big risk to playing football, and the players are certainly compensated for the risk, but at what point does the risk become too much for players? There has been a slew of NFL players retiring in the prime of their careers due to health concerns. There is no doubt that players will continue to retire earlier, especially if they have had a few concussions over the course of their career. A prime example of the life after football for some is Jim McMahon, former quarterback of the Chicago Bears. A couple of years ago, McMahon was interviewed by ESPN, and he mentioned that he forgets how to return to his house, or if he had any weapons in his house that he would be dead. There are plenty more former NFL players like McMahon, and it is really going to be a problem as more research on CTE is available.

 You would think that Roger Goodell and the NFL owners would have talked about what to say when asked about the risks of playing football. Goodell is too worried about getting Tom Brady his four game suspension for deflategate, and that is one of the reasons why everyone hates him. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

UNI with a Half Court Buzzer Beater



March Madness is officially in full swing! What a first round of games! Michigan State, one of the favorites to win the entire tournament went down to Middle Tennessee State.

In case you missed it last night, University of Northern Iowa took down Texas on a crazy half court buzzer beater. This is what March Madness is all about, people sitting on the edge of their seat, and waiting for the next huge play to happen.

Round two kicks off at 12:10 ET with 11 seed Wichita State taking on 3 seed Miami.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Martellus Bennett Traded to New England Patriots





Well, the rich get richer. Like Tom Brady needed any more weapons to catch the ball. New England sent only a fourth round pick to get Martellus Bennett in return. Now I'm not saying Bennett is what he used to be, but he is still 6'6" with enough speed to be make a linebacker play catch up. Bennett did have a down year in 2015, but he still showed flashes of being a top tight end in the game. Tom Brady, of course makes everyone better in any situation. Put him in the formation opposite of Gronk, and it gives the patriots favorable match ups across the board. Then you will have Julian Edelman in the slot. When healthy, the 2016 Patriots offense will be a force to be reckoned with.

As a Jets fan, I think we have become numb as to who joins the Patriots because you could stick anyone at receiver for the Patriots, and Tom Brady will make them have success. I guess you just have to pray Tom Brady loses the deflategate appeal so the Jets could have any shot at winning the division. As previously stated, the Jets have a lot to figure out before the 2016 season, namely resigning Fitzpatrick or finding another viable solution at QB.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dunk City in the House



Could this be the year that a one seed goes down? Probably not, but it is fun to watch the Florida Gulf Coast Basketball team play. I think they might get the doors blown off them on Thursday against UNC, but they are good for a couple alley oops and big dunks. At least they will entertain! Anyway, just watch the highlight reel, and marvel at how awesome it would have been to live on this campus.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick





Ryan Fitzpatrick led the New York Jets to a ten win season, set the Jets record for touchdown passes in a season, but due to the money that has been thrown at average quarterbacks, contract talks remain at a standstill. At the end of the season, writers basically didn't even consider the possibility of Fitzpatrick going elsewhere. The Jets are reportedly offering a contract in the 7-8 million dollar range, and Fitz is asking for above 15 million. Over the weekend, the Jets met with Robert Griffin III for two days, and this could be a ploy with Fitzpatrick or they may be legitimately interested. Knowing the Jets, there is legit interest because they are forever blinded by the circus lights. You would have thought that once Rex left town that the Jets would have learned their lesson, but the New York Jets are always seeking the spotlight. I hope that the RG3 meeting was just a ploy to get into Fitzpatrick's head because Fitz is clearly the better quarterback right now, even though he is only going to be main man for a couple of years at most.

I don't see any reason that the Jets can't repeat last seasons success on the offensive side of the ball. Yes, it is true that they are an aging group that has actually gotten slightly older (Matt Forte) in the first week of free agency. However, we're not talking about geezers in the old age home, we're talking about lower 30's and a group that is hungry for success. Speed and youth will come in the draft with either a running back or deep threat at receiver. At the end of the day, the offense is only as good as the quarterback under center. There is a significant difference going from Fitzpatrick and RG3. On one hand, Fitz has the chemistry with the receivers, and Brandon Marshall has made it very clear he wants to catch every pass from Fitz again this season. Then you have RG3, he came out of the gates blazing in his rookie year, but then what? He played like an average quarterback that got would have nagging injuries throughout the year. Griffin III didn't even play one snap last year! I am not sure how you justify signing RG3 to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets or any other team for that matter, except for the Cleveland Browns.