The Bears Don’t Have a Great Linebacker Track Record

Tweet Since 1967 only 2 teams drafted fewer linebackers who played 100 NFL games. With the recent drafting of linebacker Roquan Smith with their first round pick, the Chicago Bears generated a lot of positive media attention about the long “blue & orange line” of great linebackers in franchise history.  In reality, the Bears’ drafting of linebackers left a lot to be desired.  Using the standard of one hundred career…

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Trump Volunteered to Take the Oath of Office. He Deserves no Leniency.

Tweet Punishment for  violating the oath of office should be harsh.  Don’t let Conservative Republican attacks on Robert Mueller obscure how legally reprehensible Trump was in his efforts to gain the Oval Office, and has continued to be in the Oval Office. More than a decade ago in a wealthy suburb of Chicago a group of local teenage boys raped a girl at a party and captured the moment on…

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Ask not for whom the global warming tolls…

Tweet Like the deck of a glass bottom bridge, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean global warming isn’t there. About a decade ago, a friend approached me at a party, challenged me to cite one piece of evidence that global warming actually occurs.  The incident occurred in front of several people, and he assume I would not be able to respond off the cuff without preparation.  Instead I…

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Are Offensive Tackles Made, or Born?

Tweet 1,269 were chosen, but only 253 managed to play 100 or more NFL games, not always as tackles. From 1967 through 2011 the NFL drafted one thousand two hundred sixty-nine football players who came out of college labelled offensive tackles.  No offensive lineman played more NFL games the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans pick, Bruce Matthews.  He played nineteen years, but only three of those years at tackle.  Eventually Matthews played…

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Words Without Votes Never to Office Go

Tweet The only way to repair the American heart is to exercise your right to vote. Now the NRA wants doors to be the next blame-target, as if the reason for so many school shootings is an open-and-shut case.  Hollywood used to be blamed, but even the Happiness-is-a-warm-gun crowd grew tired of tossing blame at the movie screen.  Then they blamed video games, but blaming video games seems to have…

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Global Warming and God’s Plan

Tweet If you can’t stand the heat… Most people want to see themselves as unique, as someone special.  As a child I listened as people remarked upon the extraordinary nature of snowflakes, and how no two snowflakes were alike.  Then the observation became fodder for mystery novels and Hollywood movies.  We solved the murder using fingerprints because no two people have the same fingerprints.  More recently yet, the whole of…

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If Rodney Dangerfield Played Football, He’d Be a Tight End

Tweet Tight ends don’t get no respect. In the fifty year period between 1967 and 2017 the NFL drafted 891 tight ends.  The list includes Keith Fahnhorst, a tight end at Minnesota drafted by the 49ers in 1974, whom they immediately asked to switch to left tackle.  When the 49ers won their first two Super Bowls, Keith Fahnhorst anchored the offensive line for Joe Montana, played one hundred ninety-three games…

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All 269 DE’s With 100+ NFL Games Drafted Since 1967

Tweet Since 1967 the Saints drafted more defensive ends with 100 games played than any other NFL team. In 2009 the Washington Redskins drafted Brian Orakpo out of Texas.  He played on the defensive line for four years there, and the NFL listed him as a defensive end on draft day.  Pro Football Reference now lists him as purely a linebacker.  I don’t watch all that much Redskin or Titan…

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All 281 100-Game Wide Receivers Drafted Since 1967 are Listed Here By Franchise

Tweet So far, Jacksonville managed to draft only one wideout with one hundred games played. More evidence, in case anyone needed it, supporting the fact of Pittsburgh’s superiority on draft day.  Since 1967 the NFL collectively drafted two hundred eighty-one wide receivers who eventually played one hundred or more NFL games.  The Steelers drafted nineteen of those players, easily more than any other team.  In the modern draft era, between…

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Since 1967 Less Then 100 Drafted Quarterbacks Played More Than 100 Games

Tweet Only 95 quarterbacks reached the century mark so far. Ron Wolf, the general manager who led the Bay Packers to two Super Bowl appearances and one championship, famously recommended that teams draft a quarterback every year.  In 2018 the NFL drafted two hundred fifty-six players, thirteen of whom were quarterbacks, or slightly more than 5% of all the picks.  Of the thirteen chosen, four were chosen by teams that…

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At Last the White Sox are Wearing Well on Me

Tweet The White Sox are more interesting than ever. Back in 1983 it excited me to see the White Sox in the playoffs.  My baseball fandom closed in on twenty years at that time and neither Chicago team ever played a single post season game that I ever saw.  While always a Cubs fan first, I love baseball and the idea of not appreciating Major League Baseball because it was…

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