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A Little Less Chaos for the Redskins

28 Aug

The Washington Redskins have released popular tight-end Chris Cooley or Captain Chaos. Cooley has been with the Redskins since he was drafted back in 2004. He has a popular blog called “The Cooley Zone.” The two-time Pro Bowler will be remember for his big personality and wild hair. The Redskins released Cooley because of a serious knee injured that kept him sidelined for most of 2011. It has been reported that he doesn’t want to play for anybody else. But because of his personality he primed for television.

-M

 

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My First Fantasy Football Draft

27 Aug

You may have noticed I was missing in action yesterday. My absence was in part because of recovering from a night of drunk debauchery but also because I was preparing for my first ever Fantasy Football Draft. Like any good student I had waited till the last-minute to study. A guy friend, who has mastered fantasy gave me this advice:

1. Draft Philadelphia Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy first. I was pick number 4, McCoy went as number 2 in our draft. So  I failed at that one.

2. Make sure to get the San Francisco 49ers as your Defense Strategy. It took me about half-way through the draft to figure out how to pick at team for defense strategy so I failed at one and evened up with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

3. Whatever you do don’t draft Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo. Okay this one I definitely didn’t do. I instead went with Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick.

My grade so far would definitely be an C.

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Preseason Death Match: Luck VS RGIII

25 Aug

If you missed all the insane hype the Washington Redskins took on the Indianapolis Colts today. It was the battle of the rookies quarterback between Colts’ Andrew Luck and Redskins’ Robert Griffin III(RGIII). There were t-shirts being sold ”QB Showdown.” It was basically the most exciting thing to happen in the preseason thus far. It ended with the Redskins winning, 30-17. So how did the boy wonder quarterbacks do? Both quarterbacks played into the third quarter. Luck completed 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards. He also threw a touchdown that was carried by rookie T.Y Hilton. Meanwhile Griffin completed 11 of 17 passes for 74 yards and had a touchdown. In terms of being sacked(tackled by a large man) Luck was sacked twice and Griffin managed to evade sacking entirely.

Both rookies performed well but since the Redskins won I guess that means Griffin wins this battle. Despite the fact that Luck had a better QB rating and more yards.  While everyone else was focusing on Luck and Griffin, another rookie was stealing the spotlight. Redskins’ running back Alfred Morris ran for 107 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown.

So it was a good game as good as you can expect from the preseason.

-M

 

 

 

 

The Season of the Rookies

21 Aug

The Miami Dolphins wisely choose rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be their starter over veteran Matt Moore. That’s makes the fourth rookie quarterback to be starting this season. Tannehill joins Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck, Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III (aka. RGIII), and Cleveland Browns’ Brandon Weeden. Everybody expected stand out stars like Luck and Griffin  to win starting positions, Tannehill and Weeden had to prove they deserved it.

For Tannehill, who became a stand-out star in part because of his hot wife, this is a big step-up. Tannehill only started 19 games while playing at Texas A&M. Now he is expected to carry a whole team. If the Dolphins don’t fix their offense than Tannehill is going to have an even tougher time. It is debatable who has more work to do the Dolphins or the Browns. The Browns haven’t been in a playoff since 1999. Weeden is dealing with a really young team and has a lot of rebuilding to do.

The one rookie who seems to be living up to expectations is Luck. The Colts didn’t manage to win their preseason game against the Steelers but Luck managed to help them lose honorably, 26-24. Luck pulled the  Colts from a losing by 14 to winning by 3. Having played only two preseason games Lucks stats are look good having 25-for-49 passes for 363 yards.

So far Griffin hasn’t proven to be as amazing as Luck. Griffin was the number 2 draft pick and a media favorite. So far in the preseason he played one quarter in the first game making 4 of 6 passes for 70 yards which included the games only touchdown. Than against the Chicago Bears, Griffin played the entire first half. In that half he completed 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards.

The media will get a chance to compare Griffin and Luck directly when the Redskins take on the Colts, Saturday August 25th.

-M

 

 

 

Ryan Tannehill or Matt Moore: Who Sucks Less?

20 Aug

If you caught any of the pre-season match-up between the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers you know that the Dolphins were struggling. The Dolphins lost the game 23-17. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, 8th overall draft pick, started the game off. Tannehill was 11 of 23 passes for 100 yards. He was also sacked(tackled before he could throw a pass) three times and had four passes deflected(the ball was caught by the other team). Compared to Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton who made 8 of 11 passes for 119 yards and had a touchdown, Tannehill didn’t look good.

But at least Tannehill looked better than veteran QB Matt Moore. Moore played against reserve players and completed only 5 of 15 passes for 57 yards. For the Dolphins it is really a question of who sucked less and the answer is Tannehill. The team is expected to announce within the week which QB will be their starter. The regular football season starts in three short weeks. And the Dolphins have a lot of work to do. They had no blocking from the offensive line which is really their primary job. The Dolphins had no running game which is probably because their offensive line is not blocking. So needless to say Tannehill is going to have a heavy burden if he is named QB.

-M

Luck is Looking Good

13 Aug

While Peyton Manning was getting so-so reviews after his first game with the Denver Broncos, his replacement at the Indianapolis Colts’, Andrew Luck, was shining in the spotlight. The number 1 draft pick proved he was worth every penny($22 million to be exact) with his first pass (63 yards) ending in a touchdown. Overall Luck had 10 of 16 passes complete for 188 yards(if you remember Manning had 44 yards on his debut with the Broncos). He ended the night with a passing rating of 142.6( a perfect passer rating is 158.3).  So not to shabby for his first NFL game. The Colts beat the St. Louis Rams 38-3. Not that beating the Rams who have almost no defense is anything to brag about.

So welcome to the big league Luck, now you’ll be expected to do even better.

-M

 

It’s a Four-Way With Dwight Howard

9 Aug

Just as I was giving up hope that the Los Angeles Lakers would land Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard trade talks have resumed. Of course it is a complicated four-way trade involving: the Lakers, Magic, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. In this proposed deal the Lakers would get Howard and Nuggets’ forward Al Harrington. Than the 76ers would give up Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets. Then Andrew Bynum would go to the Magic 76ers. The Magic would get Laker Pau Gasol and Nugget Arron Affalo.

Now of course it seems weird that the Magic would take Gasol rather than Bynum. But Bynum would only stay with the Magic for one season so they would rather take Gasol as an asset for future trades. I would be  sad to see Gasol go but my happiness of dumping Bynum might heal the pain. Bynum has regularly said that he doesn’t care where he plays and his lack of loyalty to the Lakers makes it hard to like him.

-M

They Call it a Nike Brow

16 Jul

Number 1 draft pick Anthony Davis is now endorsing Nike. What convenient timing Nike has. . . it’s not like Davis just took Blake Griffin’s place on Team USA. Davis has been known in the past to sport exclusive Nike shoes. I bet he is happy he is getting them for free now. This boy is business smart because he already trademarked his unibrow. Yes you can no longer say “Fear the Brow,” without ponying up some cash.

Not to mention he is already selling “Nike Swoosh Unibrow” prints. With all the money from his brow he is never going to shave it. Sorry ladies. Put down your tweezers.

-M

WNBA Draft: Yes It Happened Yesterday

17 Apr

As a former basketball player, I just gotta represent the ladies on this here blog. For those of you that don’t know, the WNBA draft was today.  That’s right, the WNBA. Keep reading, y’all.

The first pick this year was, unsurprisingly, Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike. The 6’2’’ All-American power forward will be a solid addition to the LA Sparks and teammate Candace Parker. While Ogwumike was the top player in her class, many wondered why this year’s face of womens college ball, Baylor’s Brittney Griner, did not enter the draft after the Lady Bears’ impressive 40-0 season and NCAA championship.

This would certainly never happen in mens ball. Players like Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Austin Rivers of Duke are ‘one and done,’ whereas women nearly always stay all four years. There is not as much money in the WNBA, but a player as excellent as Griner could have easily been the No. 1 pick and cashed-in after leading her team to victory. You can always go back to school and get your degree, but how often are you a lock for the best draft pick?

For example, Atlanta Dream center Alison Bales announced she was leaving the WNBA to enter medical school. Props to Ms. Bales, and props to Ms. Griner for staying at Baylor for the duration. However, when a phenomenal player like Griner comes along, she should start a new trend for the ladies and get those product endorsement deals a little earlier, as she isn’t allowed to get them as an ‘amateur’ athlete in the NCAA.

-K

Colts Get Sneak Peak at Luck

4 Apr

Andrew Luck the hot new QB out of Stanford worked out with the Colts Tuesday. The Colts who have been lusting after Luck for a long time now will be using their number 1 draft pick to hopefully secure him. Luck has the makings to be Peyton Manning number 2. Everyone is basically foaming at the mouth when you even mention him. If he goes with the Colts he will be starting right away not needing a “mentor” type like Tim Tebow has now in Mark Sanchez. For Luck’s shake I hope he is ready to fill some giant shoes, $96 million dollar shoes to be exact.