Posted on: August 11, 2012 9:29 pm
Baseball fanatics and experts alike have already agreed that the we have already seen our last 300 game winner in Major League Baseball. With that statement, and admittingly not a huge baseball fan, there was still a lump in my throat from pure sorrow. With the many advances we have seen in sports, the farther away we are going away from historic achievements we have all admired as youngsters. While this is happeningin baseball, could this happen in football as well?
The NFL RB has become an unreliable injury player in the NFL. The one-back system has almost been eliminated. The new talk is a two-back system where two running backs share the 20-30+ carries per game. Add that to the fact that new NFL rules have made the game more pass friendly and we may have a new NFL with RBs that are not future Hall of Famers. We may be watching NFL football from here on out that does not have a Hall of Fame RB. Scary though unless they change the standards of what a Hall of Fame RB is.
Ladanian Tomlinson is likely a Hall of Fame RB who just retired this past season. Lets examine possible Hall of Fame suspects in todays game. Sadly, the list is very short.
Adrian Peterson is coming off a devestating knee injury. Currently he has 6700 yards rushing. He is a likely candidate for the HOF if he can recover from his devastating knee injury. He is still 1000 yards short of Terrell Davis' career total. Why do I bring up Davis? Davis is a huge reason why John Elway has two super bowl rings and Davis is one of six players to record 2000 yards in a NFL season. Davis has never been seriously considered for the HOF after his career was shortened from significant knee injuries. Even if Peterson were to gain more yards than Davis, Peterson doesn't look to have a super bowl or playoff appearance in his near future. While Davis isn't being considered for Hall of Fame status, the very fact that he isn't in the hall of fame will be used against other RBs in the future.
Maurice Jones-Drew may have a lot of personality hosting radio shows and being fan friendly, but he is a long shot for the hall of fame. He has 6800 yards after six seasons, but he didn't have a good start. He was a back up for Fred Taylor for a few years, but Jones-Drew didn't see his first 1000 yard season until his fourth year. With the longevity of a RB and the winning factor, Jones-Drew has a lot of work to do to garner HOF status.
There may be a few young RBs in the league that have potential, but injuries have been far too common to say they have a great or even chance. There is one RB that I think has a good chance at the Hall of Fame in the league right now. Stephen Jackson, St Louis Rams, should exceed the 10,000 yard mark this season and if you look at his career, it may have been the toughest 10,000 yards ever gained. Jackson has played on some very bad teams. While his TD total is low, his yards and yards per carry show that his heart cannot be challenged.
I am hoping that this blog is just a pessimistic view of current football. If you think it is, please do not refer to NFL stats from the 1990s or beforeas they reveal how blessed we were watching the ground pounders in the NFL. Change is an inevitable fact of life in every aspect, but I hope the NFL game hasn't changed to the point that the NFL RB is just a dime a dozen.
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:59 pm
Here are my predictions for the playoffs...
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:04 pm
The Indianapolis Colts have had a hard season to say the least. Nobody knew the extent of Peyton Manning's uinjury during the lock out and by training camp, the worst came to life. Peyton Manning was out indefinitely...with a neck injury.
I know Peyton Manning is a great QB, one of the greatest I have ever seen play the game, but if you would have told me before the season started that the Colts would be 0-12, I would have called you explicit names. Well, Week 14 is here and what do you know, the Colts are 0-12 and have a two game lead for the first pick in the 2012 draft. Many NFL experts are saying Stanford's QB Andrew Luck is the no brainer first pick of the draft. Even the vice chairman of the Colts, Bill Polian, has already stated the Colts will take Luck with the first pick. That means the Colts are willing to spend their first round draft pick on a QB to play with Peyton Manning. Manning, however, has a clause in his contract that will require the Colts to extend his contract by March, before the draft, or release him. Manning can help the situation by moving that deadline back.
This situation will make for the NFL's top story this offseason. I find it hard to believe, even with Manning's greatness that the Colts would go 0-16 without him, or even 1-15. There are so many holes in the defense and even the offense that the Colts need to address. The Colts taking Manning's replacement would not address these holes. Manning wants to do one thing and that is win. Manning will not be on board with a rebuilding program that will be at the end of his career. If the Colts take Luck with the first pick, they are telling the world they want to rebuild. In a perfect world, Peyton Manning and Andrew could coexist, but this is Manning's last few years and he doesn't want to end his career as a mentor for the Colts new future. If the Colts truly believe Manning is fully recovered and will be ready to go next year, they cannot afford to take Luck with the first pick. With the new rookie wage scale, the first pick isn't an ugly fat woman it used to be. It is a perfect 10 model. The risk with the first pick no longer will set a franchise back 3-5 years. It is a worthy investment. The Colts will have many opportunities for trades which will mean extra draft picks which they are in dire need of. Andrew Luck is a quality player that is capable of starting his rookie season.
So the Colts have two options with a healthy Manning...Either trade down for more picks and compete for a championship in Manning's last years (and they still can draft another quality QB that would be mentored) or they draft Luck and either let Manning walk or trade Manning to another team. Of course, trading Manning would get more draft picks but a trade for Manning, believe it or not, with his unknown health status, will not get as many draft picks as the number one pick. I don't see Manning getting traded before the draft.
I feel for the Colts. It's one thing to have a possible 0-16 season after so many great seasons, but the misery will not end as the Colts will be the main story heading into the draft. It is a possibility that the Colts fans may have already seen the last game Manning plays ina Colts uniform. That thought makes me sick and I'm a Cowboys fan. I can only imagine how that makes Colts fans feel.
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:56 pm
It is over. Finally over. Like your best pal with four legs struggling with hip arthritis, getting meaner and meaner every day, a lovable dog that is something you never wanted to see, Division I-A college football is over and dead. You kept holding on like the great owner you were, she'll get better, it is only a temporary problem. Yet, every day went by and she got worse and worse. You could have ended the misery with a friendly needle, but you kept holding on and you suffered even more than she did because you are now filled with guilt. That is the BCS system.
We were trained to believe a computer system will fix the wrongs that have happened before yet the Auburn Tigers, Utah Utes, Boise St Broncos, and Texas Christian Horned Frogs had to suffer the same fate as previous pre-BCS teams have suffered, never playing in the big game. The BCS has fixed nothing. The BCS can best be compared to a figure skating contest. It judges teams in the same manner and defeats teams in the same manner with a biased and idiotic point system. It's a damn shame that every other level of college football, other levels with better education, have playoff systems. Now college fans are subjected to a rerun between two teams that have over hyped defenses with terrible QBs battling for a "championship" after playing the worst game in college football this year. There is a solution to this travesty.
I don't have anything wrong with fans supporting their teams to include the LSU and Alabama fans. Support your college football teams. However, fans of college football, and fans that are not affiliated with LSU and Alabama, should NOT watch the BCS "championship" game. I am calling for a national boycott! Hit these BCS clowns where it hurts, in their pockets. Plan an event with your family and make sure your TV is not tuned into the main game. Lets make this game what it should be, the worst rated game in modern history.
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:05 am
There has been so much uproar over Tim Tebow in the NFL, it has been ridiculous. The main reason is because of how flamboyant he is with his religion. Who cares what his religion is? Religion has nothing to do with sports. People need to evaluate him as a NFL QB and that is it. So here is a real assessment of Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos QB.
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:58 pm
I'll admit that I am a "Favre hater" amongst fans because that is what "Favre lovers" label me. But et me climb atop my mountain again and preach to all who want to listen, Favre has no legacy. Brett Favre is an empty soul that is trying to find its way because the door before his existence and the door after his existence has closed. The worst part, Favre closed his own door.
Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons and then traded by them because of his party antics to the Green Bay Packers. He showed his great abilities but was never able to get over the 90's hump, winning in Dallas (0-6 career record in Dallas). Once the Cowboys dynasty fell, Favre had his chance. Favre led his Packers to the championship, but wasn't named the Super Bowl MVP. It was Desmond Howard who was named the MVP. But don't worry, Favre's legacy will forever be enshrined in the NFL folklure. His image of him holding his helmet up high will forever be used depiste the fact he wasn't te Super Bowl MVP and another sad fact...the play where he raises his helmet being proud of himself, was the second play of the game.
Notice how I never even mentioned the comments he has made recently about Aaron Rodgers. I don't need to. True football fans know what I am referring to. Usually players get buried by the old hands of time. But Favre, buried himself. Favre is dead. Rodgers is alive. And as far as I can see, Rodgers is alive and well. In my existence, 30 years plus, I have not seen a QB as good as Aaron Rodgers in my life. The Green Bay Packers fans are blessed with Ted Thompson who made a courageous move. Hand the helm down to a better player. Brett Favre was no longer going to hold this franchise hostage. Longevity really means nothing when you don't win super bowls, Aaron Rodgers was the new man. And Ted Thompson ,made the greatest decision in franchise hisory. TT made Aaron Rodgers the new QB.
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:43 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 5:25 pm
I'll try to follow up my Packers 31-17 Super Bowl prediction over the Ravens prediction of 2010 with a familiar set of predictions this year. Enjoy!
Philadelphia Eagles- 11-5 - Philly improved their secondary,
Dallas Cowboys- 10-6 – Romo needs to utilize his young
Washington Redskins- 7-9 – Redskins inconsistency at QB will
New York Giants- 7-9- Giants should have learned from the
Green Bay Packers- 14-2- Packers were a 12-14 win team last
Chicago Bears- 11-5 – Bears start the season off with the
Detroit Lions- 10-6- The playoffs will be early for the
New Orleans Saints- 13-3- Veteran team with some hungry
Carolina Panthers- 1-15- Cam Newton is getting paid more
St. Louis Rams- 7-9- Things don’t get better or worse for
Seattle Seahawks- 4-12- Season ticket holders who call
San Francisco 49ers- 3-13- That won’t be “suck” you are
Buffalo Bills- 5-11- Bills will be one of the most exciting
Pittsburgh Steelers- 12-4- Easiest schedule for defending
Baltimore Ravens- 11-5- The Ravens weak off season will come
Cincinnati Bengals- 1-15- Record will be reflection of
Houston Texans- 11-5- Texans finally live up to experts
Jacksonville Jaguars- 3-13- Not sure why Coach Jack Del Rio even
San Diego Chargers- 12-4- QB Philip Rivers will have huge
Denver Broncos- 6-10- Broncos defense will again destroy any
Oakland Raiders- 5-11- Raiders will still be playoff killing
Falcons @ Cardinals- Matty Ice finally wins a playoff game and the Falcons look like a team on the verge like the 2010 Packers. Kevin Kolb gets his feet wet in the playoffs and the Cardinals future will be looking good despite the loss.
Jets @ Texans- Revis Island looks more like Shutter Island. Andre Johnson plays the
Ravens @ Steelers- Ravens steal the show and doesn’t
Bears @ Packers- The Bears will get a chance to avenge their loss to the Packers in last year's Championship game, but Rodgers will prevail once again. A lack of a possession WR will be the top of the Bears list for the offseason. A year too late.
Ravens @ Patriots- Revenge game comes through for hungry
Texans @ Chargers- Great battle will result in home playoff
Saints @ Packers- The Saints march right into their
Chargers @ Patriots- Revenge plays a factor again and people
PACKERS vs. CHARGERS- Experience trumps inexperience as QB
MVP- QB Aaron Rodgers- Packers’ Rodgers is no surprise and
COACH- Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy will follow his QB and
OFFENSIVE PLAYER- WR Andre Johnson, Texans, won’t receive
DEFENSIVE PLAYER- DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions, will be mentioned
ROOKIE- WR Julio Jones , Falcons, will not disappoint the
Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:24 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 7:00 pm
The NFL is proving again why it's America's sport. NFL teams truly do start 0-0 and have a chance of making the playoffs. The short season makes every game count. There is no time to relax during the season and there are always storylines to keep us talking on even the boringest of off days.
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