Thursday April 24, 2014
The NFL regular-season schedule has been released, and if you're one of those who likes to mix in a little partying with your NFL, you might want to start planning now.
We'll get to the whole schedule shortly, but right now here's a little taste. The first weekend is perfect for a NFL kickoff party. Great games and it will still be warm enough for some outdoor grilling.
The Kickoff Game features Green Bay at Seattle, Thursday, Sept. 4 on CBS. The Seahawks open their Super Bowl defense against a team capable of knocking over anybody.
Really, why not just stretch the party out the whole weekend?
Because on Sunday, the marquee matchups are San Francisco at Dallas and New England at Miami. A few hours later in prime-time, you've got the Colts at the Broncos. That means a possible future Hall of Fame quarterback, Andrew Luck of the Colts, against a certain Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning.
Then on Monday night, you've got a doubleheader: The New York Giants at Detroit - another Manning, Eli, for the Giants and strong-armed Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson for the Lions, and San Diego at Arizona.
Party on. Here's the whole schedule.
Now, back to the here and now, specifically the upcoming NFL draft. Here's a shot of reality for all those who are getting too excited: last year's first-rounders who sucked this past season.
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Monday April 21, 2014
Some - well, almost all - of the hundreds of NFL mock drafts going around remind me of when I used to be a travel writer.
When I did research on a place before going, I often read travel articles, many of which were found, naturally, in travel magazines.
To say that most travel stories are "fawning" would be an understatement of gargantuan proportions, with the obvious and notable exception, of course, of the About.com travel section.
Most of them were so over-the-top embarrassing and misleading, that I would choose the most flowery and ridiculous by singling them out in an attempt to humiliate the writers. It never did. These people prided themselves on being travel mouthpieces. They just wanted free trips, and they would do anything to get them.
Sportswriters aren't nearly as bad - nothing on earth is as bad as bad travel writing - but they do tend to be a little too positive about most of the projected first-round draft choices. After all, a lot of first-rounders fail. They can't all be can't-miss prospects.
Here's my mock draft, painstakingly developed with respect to whom I think teams should draft, according to my research.
It's fascinating enough, but right before the NFL draft on May 8, look for a story on those certain first-rounders who I think will fail. I think that one will be more interesting, or at least more fun.
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Thursday April 17, 2014
I see where some NFL fans are getting their team banners all in a wad over the Buffalo Bills situation.
Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson passed away recently, and the Bills are up for sale. One fear is that whoever buys the Bills will move the team out of Buffalo.
That is a possibility. It would be completely class-less, of course, but NFL owners will seriously contemplate the move. Making money hand over fist is never enough for these guys, and they are certainly looking at the fact Buffalo is only the nation's 51st largest TV market. That's where the money is, or isn't in this case.
The other fear is that Donald Trump will become the owner. This is not a possibility. Even NFL owners recognize Trump is a braying buffoon who would shatter the league's carefully cultivated public relations image.
Now, if it were the World Wrestling Federation Trump was interested in, that would be a different matter.
Bills fans: You're right to worry over a possible move out of Buffalo, but don't worry that your team will be sullied by clownish ownership.
Let's get back to the real game. Here is my profile of the league's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy.
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Monday April 14, 2014
So how much credence do you put into that NFL "personnel" man's slanderous comments about Jadeveon Clowney?
Clowney, of course, is the man/monster defensive end from South Carolina, the guy so many call "freakish" because of his extraordinary blend of size, speed and athleticism.
He is also the projected top overall pick by many draft experts in the upcoming NFL draft. Those who don't project him as the top pick sometimes question his, um work ethic.
The anonymous NFL exec in question said this about Clowney, according to NJ.com: "He's spoiled and he's lazy. He's never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you're going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard? I don't see it."
The question is: With the NFL draft scheduled for May 8, is this simply a ploy by some team to cause doubt in the minds of those picking higher, so that his team can grab him?
Or is this the considered opinion of a wise man with inside information?
My opinion: I think Clowney is so lazy that if he woke up with nothing to do, he'd go to bed with it only half done.
Now let's go to some hard workers, the best cornerbacks available in the 2014 NFL draft.
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