The Jimmy Johnson Draft Choice Value Chart is Worthless

Tweet The Eye of the Beholder.     In the early 1990’s, then Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson devised a trade value chart for draft choices according to their place in the draft order. His idea, while on one hand completely ridiculous, also held some merit, but only for bad general managers. The genuine worth of a given draft choice depends less on its place in the roll call and…

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NY Times has NFL Smokin’ Mad

Tweet NFL plays football and the blame game. One day two little girls sat together eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. One girl noticed that her sister had a peanut butter smudge on her cheek, and in an effort to be diplomatic, asked “Do I have any peanut butter on my face?” Her sister told her no, but then asked “Do I?” and was told “Yes, you do.” Indignantly, the…

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Will the right coach make a Starr of Hackenberg?

Tweet Can Hackenberg hack an NFL offense? The knack of finding great quarterbacks falls into four categories, although many of the all-time great ones belong in more than one category. The first category is the Johnny Unitas type. These quarterbacks possess so much talent as quarterbacks they rise above their coaching and organizational circumstances. Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, and John Elway join Unitas as those who would have been great…

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Forgive me, media, for I have sinned. Making a show of contrition.

Tweet Sports get “Dick Young-er” all the time. Some people suggest the constant circling of media members around athletes started with New York sportswriter Dick Young, a guy who worked the sports beat the way gossip columnists used to work Hollywood.  Until Young began report every little thing about the New York athletes, the players got away with boorish or irresponsible behavior.  Married ballplayers carried on affairs without worrying about their extracurricular…

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NFL Bills Buffalo for a New Stadium?

Tweet The Art of the Steal. If the people of Erie County and the city of Buffalo feel a strange tingling in their pockets, it should set off alarm bells. Team owners in all sports learned to play the local taxpayers for fools years ago, but no group of owners mastered the art of the steal more than the NFL owners. Josh Alper, a dear, dear friend of the After…

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Why Did the Rams Huddle with the First Openly Gay Player?

Tweet A Prevent Offense? A dear, dear friend of the After Drafter Clock, Howard Balzer, (Hbalzer@sportsxchange.com) reported that when the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam out of Missouri in 2014, they chose him as a favor to the league as a whole. In exchange for choosing Sam, the NFL agreed to not force the Rams to appear on the reality show “Hard Knocks.” The league worried about offending the…

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Jerry Jones and CTE: Green matters more than gray matter.

Tweet The Rise and Fall of Reye’s Syndrome.   If anyone bothers to read the warnings on a bottle of aspirin, they will notice a warning about giving aspirin to children and teenagers who are recovering from illnesses like Chicken Pox or even common colds. At some point someone noticed a correlation between recovering sick children and Reye’s (rye’s) syndrome, a disease that causes the liver and brain to swell….

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One College Champion is Too Bad: An Argument for Arguments.

Tweet Getting Down to a Choice of One. In the baseball of my youth, the Major Leagues crowned two champions every year, one from the American League, and one from the National League. Until 1969 playing in the World Series proved that a team accumulated the best record in its respective league after one hundred sixty-two games, so people gave them proper respect for a true accomplishment. When baseball went…

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Opening Up an Iphone of Worms

Tweet     Will Goodell do the thinking around here? Roger Goodell attempted to assume the role of ultimate authority in the NFL, and now finds himself losing the authority he thought he had.   His troubles parallel those of the Republican Party. Is there a rule book? In the movie Bridge of Spies Tom Hanks played attorney James B. Donovan, a private attorney the State Department recruited to act as…

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The Son Also Grates: The White Sox execute a squeeze play.

Tweet Little League Blues My two older sons played their first season of baseball together.  Their coach tried hard to instill some minor measures of discipline including his request that the players not eat on the bench during the game.  Of course, before the first inning of the first game the dugout looked like a picnic area.  Any time a boy asked his parents for a hot dog or a…

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The Law and the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Tweet Whose Your Sheriff?   If humility came too late for Roger Goodell then this post would be remarkably different, but humility never came to him.  He asserted his authority with increasing vehemence until it reached the point that he saw himself as a particularly incisive voice of wisdom.   He fell in love the habit of referring to the NFL as “the Shield,” and in protecting the Shield he saw himself as the…

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