Does Double Dipping Mean Double Trouble for Washington and Detroit?

Tweet After the Lions chose one Florida player, shouldn’t they have said “Won’t see you later, Gators?”   In 2001 the Chicago Bears drafted wide receiver David Terrell out of Michigan with the eighth pick in the draft.  Terrell proved to be a train wreck, an absolutely terrible receiver.  Thirty picks later the Bears drafted running back Anthony Thomas, again out of Michigan.  Thomas played some decent NFL football, although…

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The Trubisky Trade: Hail Mary or Hell, No?

Tweet A Tru(bisky) blue & orange test for the Bears’ faithful. This is the tale about the scouting of three quarterbacks, the good, the bad, and the mediocre.    Consider first the scouting of Steve Fuller.  In 1979 Bill Walsh took over the woebegone San Francisco 49ers, a terrible team in desperate need of a quarterback.  The 49ers sent a team of scouts to Clemson so they could work out…

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When it Comes to Drafting Running Backs, Penn State is the Back Draft Leader

Tweet Linebacker U also deserves to be called Running Back U. in the Super Bowl era. Which school qualifies as Running Back U.?  In the Super Bowl era, twenty-one schools sent twenty or more running backs into the NFL on draft day.  All backs, whether listed as halfbacks, fullbacks, or running backs, were grouped under the umbrella term of “running back,” a fraternity that includes one thousand four hundred eleven…

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Notre Dame and USC Battle for Tight End Supremacy

Tweet The Irish have the luck, but do the Trojans have the horses? What school would you assume to be Tight End U.?  In the fifty years of drafting since the NFL and AFL began the one, combined draft, the NFL drafted eight hundred sixty-seven tight ends by my figuring.  This total doesn’t count Shannon Sharpe, for example, who graduated from Savannah State as a wide receiver.  The Broncos switched…

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Which School Deserves the Nickname Linebacker U.?

Tweet Think calling Penn State “Linebacker U.” is a lot of bull?  Whatsamatta U.? Is Penn State really Linebacker U.?  If we assess schools by the number of linebackers they’ve seen drafted since 1967 and the start of the Super Bowl era, Penn State ranks first, slightly ahead of USC.  On the other hand, USC’s linebacker alumni played in a total of 3,841 NFL games, or 819 more than Penn…

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Why Does Belichick Win by the Thinnest of Margins?

Tweet The Falcons had the Patriots dead to rights.  Did Belichick cheat death?  He has a history. Bill Belichick is a great football coach.  I’m not claiming that he is anything less than great.  I wish he’s would have spent the last decade coaching the Bears instead of the Patriots.  The Bears would have achieved more, although I suspect nowhere near what New England achieved with Belichick at the helm. …

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Which team can claim the best three wide receiver draft picks?

Tweet The Bills drafted three wide receivers who played 160+ NFL games, the Giants drafted two, the Lions drafted one, and the Saints never drafted one. Roddy White, the great Falcons wide receiver, recently announced his retirement.  White played in one hundred seventy-one games over eleven seasons, meaning he missed only five games in that span.  It might not sound like the greatest of accomplishments, but since 1967 only sixty-one…

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The Better Teams Know X-actly What They Want Early on Draft Day

Tweet The last three Super Bowl champions chose sixteen defensive players and only one offensive player with their earliest draft day picks in the five years leading up to their Super Bowl victories. Over the last ten years eight different franchises won the Super Bowl, with the Giants and Patriots both winning twice.  The Giants beat the Patriots in their two victories, meaning New England played in four of the…

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S&P is the new IRS

Tweet Meet the new tax boss.  Same as the old tax boss. “The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather We live in the era of corporate governance.  Centuries ago kings made life miserable for the poor by taxing them on such everyday necessities as matches, glass, and salt.  They made it almost impossible for peasants to save…

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Dr. Smallglove: How Trump Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Tweet Trump’s terrifying way of winning friends and influencing people. Nobody likes Donald Trump. He has no friends.  Trump likes to stand before cameras and declare his admiration or disregard for other people, but the greater reality involves his own desperate need for approval.  He aims for a higher level of approval than the garden variety “good man” that most people earn as a byproduct of living a good and…

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Am I My Brother’s Zookeeper? A Story Well Worth Telling

Tweet Remind me again, what does courage look like? Years ago my sainted mother, speaking in her sweet Irish brogue, calmly mentioned that “an Italian will steal the eyeball right out of your head.”  My cousin and I exploded in laughter at sheer inappropriateness of it, and because we didn’t share her opinion.  We both attended an all-boys Catholic high school that consisted of 25% Irish, 25% Polish, and 25%…

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