A Tale of Three Cities, New Orleans, New York, and Houston

Tweet Donald Trump asks the United States to hold his beer while he attempts to under achieve George W. Bush.     It’s become a tale of three cities.  It started in New Orleans, a city crippled by a horrific storm with its troubles compounded by Conservatives ignoring the immediate trouble and the long term impact of global warming.  In a bizarre version of the crime of “driving while Black,”…

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Trubisky Belongs in the Pocket on Opening Day

Tweet Jordan Howard and a good offensive line won’t let Trubisky get bludgeoned the way Archie Manning got bludgeoned.   In my youth I watched Archie Manning get chewed up and spit out on Sundays because the New Orleans Saints drafted him but then added very few good players to surround him.  The eldest Manning probably stands as the worst case of a team wasting quarterback talent.  After the Houston…

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With Christians Like These, Who Needs Devils?

Tweet Waving the Confederate flag is an evil thing to do. A few years ago a woman I knew began talking about the symbolism of the Christmas tree.  She attended a presentation by a Catholic priest who explained that the wood of the tree represented the cross that Jesus died on, and the green of the needles represent the hope that people find in Jesus, and so on.  She explained…

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Cardinals’ History is for the Birds

Tweet The Redbirds rarely soared. If ever one football play defined a franchise for the worse, it was James Harrison’s one hundred yard interception return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in to end the 2008 season.  The San Francisco 49ers might have “the catch” by Dwight Clark to put them in their first Super Bowl, and the Green Bay Packers might have the quarterback sneak Bart Starr made…

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Washington D. C.* *Drafting Catastrophe

Tweet Good God, how bad would it be without Bobby Beathard? Years ago when I began playing in the NFL draft sandbox, I began an effort to score every draft choice, but wanted to do it without bias and strictly by the numbers.  For example, if I write that Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Joe Montana, the Montana lovers come out firing.  Montana never lost a Super Bowl,…

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The NFL Draft: Where Eagles Didn’t Dare

Tweet Wentz in a while you have to take a chance. Quick. What’s the single hardest thing for an NFL player to do in the Super Bowl era?  Apparently it’s to get drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and then earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Since 1967, the beginning of the combined draft and the Super Bowl era, the Eagles drafted exactly zero players who are…

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Do Montana + Young = Brady?

Tweet Does the math add up? Only four teams ever had more than one Super Bowl era, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and the New York Giants.   To qualify, a franchise needed to win more than one Super Bowl under the same coach, or with the same quarterback.  The Redskins won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks under Joe Gibbs, but none of the quarterbacks ever won two Super Bowls. …

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No Credit in the Cards for the Chargers

Tweet Does Jay Cutler see the ghosts of Junior Seau and other CTE victims? Is Junior Seau the greatest linebacker to never win a Super Bowl ring?  An impossible question to answer, it parallels another question that haunts me as I watch the NFL.  Which victim of CTE stands as the most tragic?  Professionals in all sports talk about the desire, even the psychological need, to win a ring.  CTE…

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Pittsburgh Steels the Show: Draft Day by the Numbers

Tweet Since 1967 the Steelers have easily been the best team on draft day. In the 1950’s the Los Angeles Rams first noted the importance of the draft and finding the right players.  Owner Dan Reeves and his general manager Tex Schramm took scouting to a whole new level although the greater emphasis never resulted in a string of championship trophies.  The Rams one a single championship in 1951, before…

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Al Davis: Maybe the Greatest Draft Day Performer Ever

Tweet In the Super Bowl era, the Raiders consistently drafted well. Raider Nation, let me begin with a couple of caveats.  Before 1967 the only rule about the NFL and AFL drafts was that there were no rules.  Both leagues cheated, they kept moving draft day to earlier and earlier dates, and changed rules on the fly.  Teams within one league colluded with each other to prevent certain college players…

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