LaDainian Tomlinson Ends a Hall of Fame Career

LaDainian Tomlinson will officially end his excellent 11 year career on Monday afternoon as a San Diego Charger. Tomlinson spent nine years with the Chargers and his final two with the New York Jets. LT finishes with 13,684 rushing yards ranking him fifth all-time. He also finishes with 145 rushing touchdowns ranking him second all time. The future Hall of Fame running back was consistently dominant throughout his tenure with San Diego, leading the league in rushing in back to back seasons (06 and 07). San Diego selected Tomlinson #5 overall in the 2001 draft. That fall as a rookie LT rushed for 1,236 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had one of the greatest stretches we may ever see out of a running back in NFL history. From 2001-2008 he averaged 1,470 rushing yards, and 15.75 rushing touchdowns a season. Tomlinson’s most impressive season came in 2006 where he earned MVP honors. He rushed for a career high 1,815 yards and set a single season record with 28 rushing touchdowns.

LaDainian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson

That’s just with his feet. What made Tomlinson so great was his versatility. LT is known as one of the best receiving running backs of all-time. He became the second running back to catch 100 balls in a single season in 2003. LaDainian got a lot of respect around the league for his versatility. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sent out a statement shortly after Tomlinson decided to hang em’ up by saying “LT changed the way the running back position is looked at. You think about him being a complete three-down back and using that as a receiver as well. You hadn’t seen that many backs have that type of versatility. He was one of those backs that you had to get in position on all downs on the ball. I think that’s the way he really changed the game.” Tomlinson also received praise from former teammates and coaches. Philip Rivers said he had “the best seat in the house every game”. Former head coach Marty Shottenheimer said “The more I was around him, the more I became convinced he is the best I’ve ever seen,” Schottenheimer said. “My timeline goes back to probably Jim Brown. I imagine that there were some terrific backs before that, but Jim Brown was the guy I always viewed as being the best all time.”

My favorite LaDainian Tomlinson statistic is his passing stats. Tomlinson ends his Hall of Fame career 8 for 12 passing. 7 of those pass completions resulting in a touchdown. In 2005 LT threw 3 touchdown passes.

Tomlinson ends his career at a young age of 32. Although LT is now known as one of the greatest running backs of all time he, much like every other running back, couldn’t avoid wear the wear and tear a full workload puts on the human body.

LT was one hell of a running back and simply electrifying whenever he touched the ball. He is a sure fire Hall of Famer and will be inducted come 2017.

Conner “Country Breakfast” Patch @connerpatch68

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Country Breakfast’s Fantasy Football Big Board

It’s never too early to begin preparing to dominate your upcoming fantasy football season. Mini-camps are just starting up and sooner than later fantasy football preparation will be in full swing. So why not get ahead of the game, start crunching numbers and evaluating players for the 2012 season. I have put together the beginning stages on my “Big Board”, remember it is early so a lot could change from now to opening kickoff. These rankings are for a league with a PPR format, also, 6 points for a passing touchdown.

Arian Foster Ranks #1

1)      RB, Arian Foster, HOU– For the second season in a row Arian Foster ranks number one on my big board. Foster fought through a hamstring injury early on in 2011 where he missed 3 games however, he still put together a great season statistically. Foster ranked number three in points for running backs behind Rice and McCoy. I like Foster this season because he gets some weapons back in his offense, let’s not forget the Texans were without Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson for a majority of last season. I went back and forth here with Foster and Rice for the number one spot and I went with Foster because I think he has more potential to put up big game numbers. In the postseason Foster rushed for 285 yards in two games against two tough defenses (Baltimore/Cincinnati). Foster will go into the 2012 season healthy and with a healthy offense.

2)      RB, Ray Rice, BAL– Rice is coming off of a stellar 2011 campaign where he ranked number one in points for running backs by 43 points. The Baltimore Raven back also has the most points in the last three years for his position. He is consistent and that’s why I love him, along with the fact that he catches the football. Rice caught 76 balls out of the backfield and tallied a league leading 2068 total yards. In the past three seasons Rice has caught an average of 72 balls, the next closest running back to that total is Darren Sproles with a 63 reception average. To top it all off the Rutgers alum scores touchdowns, he is coming off of a career high total with 15 scores.

 

3)      WR, Calvin Johnson, DET– “Megatron” emerged onto the scene in 2009 with his first 1,000 yard season, he became elite in 2011 when he put up dominant numbers. Calvin finished the season with 96 receptions, 1681 yards, and 16 touchdowns, leading the league in yards and touchdowns. A huge reason why Johnson had great success is because his quarterback Matthew Stafford stayed healthy all season long giving the Lions a killer QB/WR connection. The only reason I have Johnson behind Rice and Foster is because I see more depth at the WR position, meaning I could still snag a WR later in the draft whereas the running backs wear thin. Calvin is un-guardable and defeats any one-on-one coverage there is no slowing this beast down.

 

4)      QB, Aaron Rodgers, GB– 45 touchdown passes, 4,643 passing yards, need I say more? Rodgers is the closest thing to what I like to call in fantasy football as a sure thing. A-Rod will keep your team afloat regardless of who you put around him, if you can add some nice talent there is no reason to why you won’t win you fantasy football league. You do have to have a great quarterback in order to win it, he’s your guy.

 

 

5)      RB, LeSean McCoy, PHI– I have LeSean McCoy ranked here at number five but I’m not sure how long that’s going to last, I’m a little concerned. There have already been reports lurking throughout the media that McCoy’s touches will drop significantly in order to keep him fresh. Last season “Shady” McCoy carried the ball 273 times, 64 more than his previous career high. If you take away his touchdowns in his last five games of the season he really struggled, he averaged 58 yards on the ground. You can’t deny McCoy put together a great 2011 season he scored 20 touchdowns and he catches the football at a consistent number every season. I’m just concerned, how concerned? Time will tell.

6)      TE, Rob Gronkowski, NE– GRONK! Rob Gronkowski put up easily the best numbers for a tight end of all time. 90 catches, 1,327 yards and 18 touchdowns. If Gronk were listed as a WR he would have ranked number two overall behind only Calvin Johnson. Gronkowski is even more valuable because he plays the tight end position, a position that takes a huge drop after him and Jimmy Graham. My only concern here is that other weapons in the offense take targets away but he is too talented to not kill it again this season. More weapons just means it will be harder to double team him.

 

7)      TE, Jimmy Graham, NO– Wait this guy committed to the University of Miami to play basketball? New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham is a stud and he proved that last season. Graham had an impressive sophomore season where he caught 99 balls, 1,310 receiving yards and finished with 11 touchdowns. Although the Saints will be without Payton and that is a little bit of a concern I still think Graham will put up numbers much like these next season.

 

8)      QB, Tom Brady, NE– Tom Brady might be a “pretty boy” but he gets the job done. If Brady didn’t already have enough weapons with Gronkowski, Welker, Hernandez, the Patriots add another solid talent with Brandon Lloyd. Brady is clearly a stud in this league and has proven before that he can be atop the fantasy world after throwing 50 touchdowns in 2007 when he had great weapons. This offense is going to be comparable to that this season I believe. Last season Brady threw 39 touchdown passes and I believe this season he will throw just as many if not more.

9)     WR, Roddy White, ATL– Rowdy Roddy White is my number two ranked WR and deservedly so. The guy just does it every single season. He averages the most fantasy points in the last three seasons for wide receivers. Coming into last season there was concern that Julio Jones would steal targets from White however; he led the league with 181 targets once again. Roddy ranked number four in points in 2011 in a season in which he fought through injuries all year long. White finished with 1,296 yards, 100 receptions and 8 touchdowns.

 

10)   WR, Andre Johnson, HOU– If he could just stay healthy… When Andre Johnson is healthy there is no question he is one of the best receivers in the league it is just about keeping him that way. In 2009 the last season in which he played all 16 games he ranked number one among wide receivers. His health issues and the fact he doesn’t tend to score a ton of touchdowns puts him #3 on my WR board, where he will be in a constant battle with Wes Welker and Larry Fitzgerald.

 

Conner “Country Breakfast” Patch @connerpatch68

Top 10 Hottest Wives/Girlfriends in Sports: 3-1

Here is the continuation to my Top 10 Hottest Wives/Girlfriends in Sports, like I said in my last piece this isn’t easy to narrow down, however I did do a lot of research and put a lot of time and consideration into my rankings. Below are my top 3 and after that are beautiful women that just barely missed the top 10. Enjoy!

3) David Nelson’s girlfriend Kelsi Reich: Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson is dating his high school sweetheart Kelsi Reich who is a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Ironically the Dallas Cowboys played host to the Buffalo Bills on November 14th. On that date Nelson scored a 7 yard touchdown check the video below to what came next. It was a perfect opportunity for Nelson to propose to his long-time girlfriend but that’s just me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qigEsJlcFvo

2 a) Mike Fishers wife Carrie Underwood: Sorry hockey fans I don’t know too much about Mike Fisher, what I do know is his wife is a dime. Underwood is a country singer whose claim to fame came in 2005 after she won American Idol. She is a three time CMA female vocalist award winner. Underwood was ranked #60 on Maxim’s annual hot 100 list in 2009.

2 b) Petr Nedved’s ex-wife Veronica Varekova: Petr Nedved a former professional hockey player, sure did screw up this one. Nedved’s ex-wife Veronica Varekova is a hottie. Veronica is a Czech model, she has been seen in Vogue, Gap, Guess, Victoria’s Secret, Marie Claire, and most popular of all Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. In 2004 Varekova found herself on the cover of SI’s coveted magazine.

2 c) Ryan Tannehill’s girlfriend Sarah Hinton: Ryan Tannehill is living the dream. Tannehill got drafted in the first round this year by the Miami Dolphins, more impressively he dates Sarah Hinton. Hinton is a Hooter’s model. Tannehill has his  hands full, a lot of distractions while he is trying to master the Dolphins playbook.

1) Kyle Boller’s wife Carrie Prejean: Kyle Boller is married to the best looking wife/girlfriend in sports and that is quite remarkable, at least something is going right for that guy. Boller is an NFL quarterback currently without a job. The California grad was drafted in the 1st round of the 2003 draft by the Baltimore Ravens. More importantly who is Carrie Prejean. Carrie is an American Model and former Miss California and Miss USA in 2009.

Below is the honorable mention, women that just barely missed the list!

Honorable Mention:

Tom Brady’s wife Giselle Bundchen

Andy Roddick’s wife Brooklyn Decker

J.J. Barea’s wife Zuleyka Rivera

Lane Kiffin’s wife Layla Kiffin

Janko Tipsarovic’s girlfriend Suncica Travica

Russell Martin’s wife Marikym Hervieux

Cole Hamel’s wife Heidi Hamels

Lamar Odom’s wife Khloe Kardashian… NAHT!

COMING SOON (Late May/Early June): Top 10 Best Looking Female Athletes!!!

Conner Patch @connerpatch68