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Last Call for Tebow Time

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“I will not write about Tim Tebow. I will not write about Tim Tebow. I will not write about Tim Tebow.”

I wrote those words after the news broke that Tim Tebow was expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet here I am.

I have spent the last few years actively avoiding writing about Tebow. I have always felt it was pandering, it is click-bait. I try to be better than that.

So why write about him now?

Because it will be the only time (unless he actually does something of note on the field), the last time.

Tim Tebow is an interesting case study of success at the NFL level. Regardless of what the national media would have you believe his absence from the playing field has little to do with his actual ability on the field. Players with far less actual talent have had chance after chance in…

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Miami Dolphins: Free Agency Targets

Officially the NFL free agency period begins Tuesday at 4pm. That does not mean we cannot look ahead.

I already wrote about Ndamukong Suh here. Suh clearly was the biggest target of this offseason not just for the Dolphins but for free agency overall. It has been widely reported that he will sign with Miami.

So what is next?

These are my targets, not necessarily the Miami Dolphins targets. No inside information. Simply thoughts on what would work for me.

Dan Williams, DT: Yes apparently Ndamukong Suh is coming. Why would you need another defensive lineman? Because you still need a nose. At 6’2 and 327lbs Williams can eat up space, allowing the linebackers to make plays in the running game. A.J. Francis may be able to man this spot but an extra body is always welcome.

Mason Foster, ILB: Speaking of linebackers. Foster could help shore up the middle linebacker position freeing Koa Misi to move back outside where he belongs. Anyone who follows me knows I am very high on Erik Kendricks from UCLA in the draft so this would be a luxury signing.

Patrick Robinson, CB: I have heard that Robinson will sign with the Dolphins, http://www.phinmaniacs.com/news/cornerback-patrick-robinson-expected-to-sign-with-the-miami-dolphins. It makes sense. Someone needs to lineup across from Brent Grimes. Robinson would most likely compete with Jamar Taylor for the starting position.

Clint Boling, G: The 25-yr old former Cincinnati Bengals would go a long way to shore up the guard position which has been an albatross for years. Signing Boling would set four of the five starting positions across the offensive line, no reason not to take a shot.

Andre Johnson, WR: The 33-yr old receiver is going to be a popular target. Would he come home to Miami(he played for the U in college) or is he looking for a more sure shot at the playoffs? His presence would be invaluable for the young receivers in Miami and he should easily fill the number one position for at least a couple of years.

Andre Holmes, WR: At 6’4 and 210lbs Holmes would give the Dolphins some much-needed size at the wide receiver position. He is a restricted free agent so the Oakland Raiders can match any offer but there is no draft pick compensation to worry about. This would be one of the smaller signings that end up looking big when the games actually matter.

There are many other moves that could be made in the coming weeks. There is no crystal ball. Should be a fun time.

Four o’clock Tuesday cannot get here soon enough.

 

 

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Father’s Day Football.

My traditional Father’s Day post. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there
-miss you dad.

4th Down and Forever

Once in a while an idea will find me all by itself. This Father’s Day I saw a post on Facebook of all places suggesting that Father’s Day should take place in the fall so we could spend our day with or fathers and sons watching football.

Sounds good to me.

Then I thought why does it have to be in the fall. From 1934-1976 the Chicago College All-Star Game took place between departing college players and the NFL champions. What is wrong with beginning that tradition once again. Very simple have a team of college all-americans play against NFL pro bowl athletes, have the game coached by the head coaches of the defending National Champions and Super Bowl champions. Nice and simple.

Have all procedes go for charity, I’m thinking Big Brothers.

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Someone Else’s Privacy.

Wednesday at the SEC media day the big story was Johnny Manziel and the Manning Passing Academy Camp.

ESPN reported the story about Johnny Manziel leaving the Manning Passing Camp: Johnny Football leaves the Manning Passing Academy early.

So when Manziel appeared on Wednesday he had to answer a lot of questions and he answered them…to a point. When asked if he was hung over he quickly answered no. However, when asked if he had been drinking that weekend he chose not to answer. There are some in the public and the media who felt that was not good enough. Felt that they deserved more from this young man.

That’s the thing. They don’t. We don’t.

No one has the right to someone else’s privacy. I understand with social media and reality tv it often feels that we do. But that is a false assumption.

Through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter among other outlets many people live their lives in the public. It gets worse when you are an athlete or celebrity. So many people want something from you. Anytime you go out in public you are on display. Every move you make may be dissected and analyzed. You still are allowed to decide what parts of your life you want to share with the world.

If Manziel decides to share his life with us that is his choice, not ours. He can share whatever he wants, all or nothing. But if he decides that one little, tiny, insignificant part of his life is his not to be shared that’s ok too. He is allowed his privacy, it is his life not ours.

Johnny Football has made some mistakes, he is allowed to. Like he reminded us he is only 20 yrs old. He isn’t out getting DUIs, getting into fights, he is simply acting like a college kid. If he wants to share his life that is up to him, we don’t have a right to it.

Hopefully he learns from his mistakes as he finds his way. It is his path, let him follow it.

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Father’s Day Football.

Once in a while an idea will find me all by itself. This Father’s Day I saw a post on Facebook of all places suggesting that Father’s Day should take place in the fall so we could spend our day with or fathers and sons watching football.

Sounds good to me.

Then I thought why does it have to be in the fall. From 1934-1976 the Chicago College All-Star Game took place between departing college players and the NFL champions. What is wrong with beginning that tradition once again. Very simple have a team of college all-americans play against NFL pro bowl athletes, have the game coached by the head coaches of the defending National Champions and Super Bowl champions. Nice and simple.

Have all procedes go for charity, I’m thinking Big Brothers.

What better celebration of fathers across the country than having a football game used to raise money for those children among us that live there lives without a father.

It is an idea.

Oh, and before I forget Happy Fathers Day!!!

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Super Bowl wishes and a squirrel under the tree.

The Super Bowl takes place this Sunday between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. For many fans this is their Christmas. So in that spirit I thought I would ask for a few Super Bowl wishes.

Wish #1:

Usually when the game comes around I simply wish for a good game. That will not do it this year. This year I want great. I want big plays, stunning moments. I want crushing hits that give Commissioner Goodell pause. I want a game that each and every one of these players can tell their grandchildren about. All I ask is that these two teams make us proud, proud to be fans of the NFL and of the Super Bowl.

Wish #2:

I want both brothers there at the trophy ceremony. I know this is unlikely and unheard of, two opposing coaches standing in front of the world while one is crowned the champion and the other simply is not. It sounds a little crazy, but the Harbaugh’s are a little crazy. In big moments we always want to celebrate with those closest to us and the profession they have chosen it doesn’t get any better than this.

Wish #3:

Earlier this weekend the Baltimore Ravens announced that they would be announced as a team on Sunday. While this represents the ultimate selfless action by the team as fans we will miss out on the last chance for Ray Lewis to do his outrageous dance as he is introduced. He has become as well known for the ‘Squirrel’ as he is for his fantastic play. On Saturday it was reported that during practice, Ray Rice performed the ‘Squirrel Dance’ for Lewis. For my last Super Bowl wish can someone, anyone please find me tape of ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ doing the squirrel dance. I am sure that I am not alone in wanting to see it…Someone, anyone, Please….

And finally since we are on the eve of the Super Bowl, my Super Bowl pick:

In a Hey Diddle Diddle Ray Rice does the squirrel upset special Baltimore by only two measly points.

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And then there were two.

And then there were two.

Four became two. One future hall of famer heads towards retirement, another continues on his fairy tale path into history. Two brothers make history facing each other seeking the Lombardi Trophy.

Two franchises live on. Thirty others are sitting at home.

For many a team making the playoffs seems like a success. The chance to play in the Super Bowl still exists. The dream is still alive. For others, they have to think of next year. That is the reality for thirty teams. After February 3rd one more team joins that list.

Only one team can be the champion. Second place is simply the first loser, a harsh reality, but still very true.

For the rest, they sit back to celebrate what has gone right over the last season while lamenting the failures. That is no easy task. Ultimately, unless you make it to the Super Bowl the whole season is a failure.

Each of these teams simply need to put the season behind them so they may concentrate on getting to the last weekend next year as players and coaches not just spectators.

The dream lives on for a few this season, for so many more they must look to the future.

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The Comeback vs. The Farewell

Two Franchises.
Two Superbowl MVPs.
Two future Hall of Famers.
One dream. One singular goal. One victor.

It took two overtimes, 18 penalties, 73 points. And it took the football worlds breath away.

What began as the meeting of the Comeback vs. the Farewell, ended as one of the best games in recent history.

Peyton Manning came into this season wanting to show that he still could play, that his four neck surgeries did not bring his professional career to an end. The regular season did not matter; this offseason would be the real test.

On the other sideline stands Ray Lewis. The standard bearer for the Baltimore Ravens for the last 17 seasons, Lewis announced that he would retire after these playoffs. This would be his last ride.

So in Denver, in the cold (11 degrees at kickoff), these two legendary players met for the last time. The game had everything: kickoff and punts returned for touchdowns, interceptions, long passes, even ‘Hey diddle diddle Ray Rice up the middle’, and far too many penalty flags.

The flags marred an otherwise incredible game. So many times throughout the game a great play by either side would be erased by an inexplicable penalty. Fans for both teams vented across Twitter and Facebook.

This game did not bring one to the edge of their seats, it had fans standing up screaming, shouting, cheering right into the second overtime. On this day a first ballot hall of famer lost the game for his team, rather than winning it. With a pass that he still wants back, Peyton Manning threw an interception with 1:01 left in the first overtime. A few plays later Baltimore’s Justin Tucker kicked the game winning field goal.

The Farewell Tour gets to go on; the Comeback fell just a little short.

With tears in his eyes Ray Lewis looks towards the AFC Championship. Peyton Manning only gets to look towards home.

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Baseball’s Black Eye

Baseball waited.

Baseball gave Alabama their day in the sun to celebrate another National Championship.

Baseball waited. Wednesday was their chance to steal a little bit of the spotlight from football. Just a little bit of good news before the world turned back to the NFL playoffs. The BBWAA (Baseball Writers’ Association of America) had other plans. For only the eighth time the BBWAA did not choose one single candidate for Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Not one single candidate.

This vote could be seen as a condemnation of Major League Baseball’s ‘Steroid Era’, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are key figures of that particular controversy. But for the most part this was simply a black eye for the MLB. What should have been a celebration their long storied history instead is a reminder of a checkered past.

During the ‘Steroid Era’, many players are believed to have used performance enhancing drugs to help their careers. There was no drug testing program, no suspensions, nothing to dissuade players from doing whatever they could to make themselves better. No one truly knows how many players used PEDs, or anyway to know who did and who did not. There are only suspicions.

In the cases of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, they never needed the help. Before either player is believed to have begun using steroids they were first ballot Hall of Famers. First Ballot. Bonds was the best hitter of this generation and Clemens, ‘the Rocket’, may be the best pitcher of all time. Unfortunately, they may never take their rightful place in Cooperstown.

They call it the Hall of Fame, but it might be known more by those who are not enshrined within.

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Here’s Johnny

Johnny Manziel had a great 2012. Beat #1 ranked Alabama? Check. Win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman? Check. For many twenty year olds that would be enough. For Johnny ‘Football’, he was just getting warmed up.

Friday night he walked into Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas to lead Texas A&M against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. No chance to sneak up on anyone this time. Everyone knew his name. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had over thirty days to break down film and plan for Mr. Manziel. It simply did not matter.

22 of 34 for 287 yards and two touchdowns. For most quarterbacks that is a good day’s work, Manziel would not be satisfied with a good day. He added another 229 on the ground and two more touchdowns, setting a Cotton Bowl record with his 516 total yards. He delivered to Oklahoma their worst loss of the season, while putting to rest the notion of a Heisman-hangover. The worst part of it all, he makes it look so easy.

Johnny ‘Football’ will enter next season as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. After this performance it looks like he may have a real chance to join Archie Griffin as the only men to win the award twice. Griffin won the Heisman for Ohio State in 1974 and 1975. No one has come close to repeating since.

Johnny Manziel just keeps getting better, so Mr. Griffin may need to get ready for some company.

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