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

Top 10 Rants in Sports of All-Time

There is honestly nothing better than seeing a coach or player just go bananas on the media after a tough loss or just an outrageous question. These moments create some of the best in sports, and can help create a culture around a player or coach. When you look at most of these coaches and players they seem like calm, collected people. But when they get angry, watch out! They might turn green and you know what happens after that. 

I thought I’d take a look at these moments and rate the top 10 rants of all-time. From baseball to college football, to woman’s college basketball, the list is complete with some of the most hilarious moments of all-time in sports rants. Just looking back at some of these makes me want to become a coach someday. I can see it now: an umpire makes a bad call in my son’s little league game, and I come flying out of the dugout like George Brett and just go Lou Piniella on their ass.

10) Joh McEnroe “You can’t be serious!”

A class act who was always good for one or two rants every time he was on the court. You could make an entire list of his rants and rank them 1-10. One of my favorite outbursts of his is when he made the cameo in Big Daddy. Also check out the hair and headband look, just excellent.

9) Mike Gundy “I’m a Man! I’m 40!”

One of my favorites, not only because of what he says but because it is the most recent on the list. Gundy goes off on the media after they attacked his players in the press earlier that week. I like how he was supporting his players, that definitely got him some brownie points.

8) Herm Edwards “You play to win the game!”

As long as I’ve played sports I was always told that you always try to win. Herm was just reminding us all of that fact. He didn’t like the question from the reporter so Edwards proceeded to explain that winning is why you play football in the first place.

7) Hal McRae “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!”

He was just sick and tired of the reporters dumb questions, I get that. What I didn’t get was why he threw half of his desk across the room, it looked like some pretty nice stuff.

6) John Chaney “I will kill you!”

John Chaney explodes at a press conference with the then-babyfaced, still cheating, John Calipari. Chaney tries to fight through a mob of reporters as he “tries to kill” Calipari. He even goes as far as to threaten to have his players go after Calipari’s.

5) Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson one of the most quotable athletes of all time, even though you couldn’t understand him half the time. Tyson was asked a question but decided to talk about what he wanted to talk about. And when he was asked a second time, he again didn’t care and talked about God knows what. Great stuff.

4) Allen Iverson “Practice?!”

Possibly the greatest sports sound bite in history, ever. Iverson will be know not just for his ability to play basketball, but his ability to talk about not a game, but practice. Any basketball fan will never forget this one.

Another classic NFL coach getting fired up taking questions from the media.

3) Jim Mora “Playoffs?!”

Possibly the most popular out of the bunch, Mora came in a little upset to his press conference that day. Many people today only say “Playoffs” the way Mora does in this video and it never once gets old. Just a gem.

2) Bob Knight fires a chair

Known for his craziness and short fuse, Knight doesn’t disappoint with this one. Apparently, Knight was a little upset with a call the ref had made, so he decided to fire a chair at him while a player from the other team was shooting free throws. Just classic.

1) Phil Wellman loses his skull

This guy is just insane. Should be in a mental asylum or something. He truly went bananas. He brought out all the stops. The coach’s tirade has to go down as one of the most comical displays by anyone in managerial history. I would also like to remind you this is in a minor league baseball game, imagine being there, seeing that, absolutely worth the price of admission.

NFL Decides to keep the Pro Bowl… Unfortunately

Although it may be a joke, the Pro Bowl is here to stay for another year.

The New Orleans Saints’ Twitter account made it official on Wednesday with this tweet:

The NFL announced the 2013 Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, Jan. 27

Earlier in the year many reports stated that the NFL might cancel the Pro Bowl. For too long, it had failed to attract the game’s biggest stars, most of whom would rather not make the long trek to Hawaii to play in an exhibition game. Now, like many other NFL fans out there, I could care less about the Pro Bowl. Just a bunch of great players(not even some of the superstars) giving about 11% and going half-ass throughout the entire game. Now I understand why the players don’t go 100%, they don’t want to get hurt. As a player I wouldn’t want to get hurt either, but at least try and make the game entertaining. Over the years, the Pro Bowl has become to look like a basketball game. Offenses going up and down the field while the defenses just sit back and kick it. Occasionally you can get a player such as, Ray Lewis, who may bring a little intensity to the field, but to most players it is all just jibber-jabber.

The NFL has given the game a little incentive for the players this year. Like baseball, who has awarded the winning league home field advantage in the World Series, the NFL is now awarding the winning players just a bit more than the losers. The winners will receive $53,000 and the losers will receive $26,000. As a normal, everyday citizen in the Untied States of America, that money may seem like a good chunk of change. But, to NFL players, that’s exactly what it it, change. They don’t care if they get $53,000 dollars for winning, they’ll spend that that night in Hawaii on strippers and cocaine. I digress, but still, NFL players are not going to see this money as anything special. Roger Goodell and co. are trying to make this all-star game less of a joke, I’ve yet to see any progress.

The Pro Bowl is widely considered to be one of the most unsuccessful all-star events in all of professional sports. It’s often seen as a chore rather than an honor, but perhaps Goodell is out to change that. As a fan, I am ashamed to say that this all-star game is the worst of the three major sports. When you look at the atrocity that we call the MLB All-Star game, how can the Pro Bowl be any worse, and I’ll give you one reason why: The Players. The MLB and even the NBA are able to lure the best and most popular players every year to come to the All-Star game and the All-Star weekend festivities. The Slam Dunk contest is brutally bad now, the Homerun Derby is about as good as going to my backyard and playing wiffleball, and what does the NFL do? A Passing Competition, I mean come on now, the most popular sport in the U.S.A. is having trouble getting fans? That’s when you know you have a problem.

The Pro Bowl may be on for 2013, but how much longer will it stick around after that? The game isn’t gaining any popularity among fans or players, so if the 2013 edition fails as badly as the 2012 game, you’d have to think that either a new format or a cancellation will be introduced.

This could be the Pro Bowl’s one last chance… Thank goodness.

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

Tough Move: How the Patriots Replace a Legend

It’s hard enough to replace a New England Patriots legend. It’s even harder when you’re stepping into one of the most important jobs on the team. That is the situation facing the Patriots’ new starting left tackle, Nate Solder. The 2011 first-round pick is entering his second season and first as the full-time protector of quarterback Tom Brady’s blind side. Solder will have the tough task of replacing Patriots legend, Matt Light.

Matt Light was known as one of the best lineman to ever play for the New England Patriots. Light was drafted in the 2nd round in 2001 out of Purdue University. Light was able to make an impact immediately with the Patriots. He started 12 games and played in 14, making sure he protected the extremely important backside of QB, Tom Brady. Light started 153 total games out of a possible 155, showing just how important he was to the organization. Of the 5 Superbowls that the Patriots have played in, Light is one of the only Patriots to start in all 5. Light retired this year after 11 seasons. He started in his fifth Super Bowl last season, capping a great career. Tom Brady called Light, one of the greatest teammates he has ever had. Head Coach Bill Belichick went on to say, “Matt has been the definition of a dependable, durable, consistent player who has held one of the toughest positions in the game for a long time and made it a strong point on our team. It’s been a pleasure to coach Matt for these 11 years.” The future Patriots HOF member, Light was known for his consistency and his ability to defend Brady’s backside from some of the best defensive ends in football. The biggest question is, how will the Patriots replace such a great player? Their answer is Nate Solder.

Solder, drafted by the Pats in the 1st round in 2011, did a little relief work for injured tackle Sebastian Vollmer this past season. Solder did a good job in relief last year. Solder showed good movement and footwork in pass protection, and New England’s elite offense didn’t miss a beat. This year, Solder will be on the left side, which is more challenging. Solder will have the job of protecting the most important man in Foxboro’s blindside. Solder will be facing the best pass-rushers the NFL has to offer. Brady will be 35 in August and needs to take as few hits as possible. Solder was taken in the first round to eventually replace Light. That time came a little sooner than expected, but Solder has to be ready. And I believe he will. Although he was on the right side last year, he still was able to do a great job and keep the top-notch Patriots offense moving. Solder has a tougher task this year but it does not mean he will do a poor job. The Patriots need him and he will step up.

The 25 Best Nicknames in Sports: 15-11

15) “Pistol” Pete Maravich

If you are talking basketball, you should know who the “Pistol” is. I don’t think I have ever heard someone just say Pete Maravich, the “Pistol” is always thrown in front of it.  It is as iconic as they come and I think Sports Illustrated does a pretty bang-up job of summarizing the nickname:

“As with many things about Maravich, it’s hard to know where the truth about his nickname ends and its legend begins. It was either given to him at age 12 by a reporter or when he was in college at LSU. It was either because of his shooting motion (from the hip, like unholstering a pistol) or because of his dead-eye accuracy. But, like all good legends, it makes no difference, as Maravich will always be the supreme talent and showman known simply as the Pistol.”

14) “The Mailman” Karl Malone

The only good “mail-delivery” nickname of all time. Malone was a stud when he played for the Jazz. Malone was one of the greatest power forwards of all time, and his nickname followed suit. He generally delivered, having scored the second-most points in NBA history with 36,298 points in his career. Then again, if we are talking about championships, the nickname may not be so apt. He ran into a guy named Jordan quite a few times and we all know how that ended up.

13) Deion Sanders “Prime Time”

One of the most known nicknames in sports. Deion epitomized “Prime Time”. It was the way he played football and the way he lived his life. Even as a studio analyst today, he is often referred to as “Prime Time” or simply “Prime.” It stuck. Deion Sanders was two things—flashy and talented. He was cocky as hell, but he almost always backed it up on the field during his Hall of Fame career. He never let anyone down when he would make crazy remarks. He stood by his word and was always truly “Prime Time”.

12) Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway

Hardaway’s grandmother called him pretty, because she thought he was very handsome. However, she had such a thick Southern drawl that his friends thought she was saying “Penny.” The rest is history. Not once have I ever heard someone call or refer to him as Anfernee. It was always Penny. One of those nicknames that people get during their childhood and it sticks.

11) Julius “Dr. J” Erving

Arguably the most iconic nickname in basketball history, “Dr. J” will always be known.  There have been “docs” throughout history, so this one isn’t the most original. Still, as many “docs” as there are out there, there is only one doctor. He gets a lot of credit for this nickname because no one refers to him as Julius Erving, it’s “Dr. J”.

The 25 Best Nicknames in Sports: 25-16

What is in a nickname? As of late most nicknames have just been a piece of the first and last name of a player (ex. A-Rod, D-Wade). Leaving us with boring nicknames and no creativity. A truly memorable nickname should be three things: It should be original, it should become synonymous with the athlete to the point that the nickname itself is iconic and it should reflect the personality, style or abilities of the player in a clever way. It should fit the athlete and fit the person to the point where you don’t even know the athlete’s real name.

25) Eric “Butterbean” Esch

“Butterbean” is a well knwon boxer, commonly known for his huge knockouts or his fight against Johnny Knoxville on Jackass. I mean how can’t you love a nickname that fits somebody so well.

24) Bryant “Big Country” Reeves

He was gigantic (7’0”, 275 pounds) and from the country.  It should be self-explanatory. Reeves’ Oklahoma State teammate Byron Houston started calling Reeves “Big Country” after Reeves took his first-ever plane ride to New York. Luckily for Reeves the flying metal bird finally landed in New York, where he was able to go coon huntin’ in Central Park.

23) Jerome Bettis “The Bus”

This is a very fitting nickname for a great running back. Bettis was a big guy, who was quick but would run you over without a problem. In this video you can see why he was called “The Bus”, players trying to tackle him, and Bettis making it look like they are stepping in front of a bus.

22) William “The Refrigerator” Perry

Fits perfectly for this behemoth of a man. Perry, a defensive lineman turned running back for the Chicago Bears, was a touchdown machine in 1986. This is also a great nickname because people refer to him as “Refrigerator” Perry rather than his actual name, William Perry.

21) Robert Parish “The Chief”

Parish apparently had such a stoic demeanor that his teammate, Cedric Maxwell, gave him this nickname in reference to “The Chief,” a character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

20) Billy Butler “Country Breakfast”

Heard this one from Conner Patch, fantasy sports insider, a few days ago and fell in love with it. Fits Butler to a tee. A Country Breakfast is known for being big with many different items in it and Butler is a big human being. Talk about a clever, creative nickname that just fits.

19) Reggie Jackson “Mr. October”

Possibly one of the most famous names in baseball, Jackson truly was “Mr. October”. He is the one and only, and everyone knows who “Mr. October” is. He pretty much sealed the deal on this nickname when he blasted three home runs on three pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, leading the Yankess past the Dodgers.

18) Peyton Manning “The Sheriff”

Apparently this has been Peyton’s nickname for a long time. But, I first heard it when Jon Gruden was talking about him in his FFCA segments on ESPN. He is called “The Sheriff” because of Manning’s pre-snap routine. It is one of the most recognizable and parodied in sports. The Indianapolis Colts’ almost exclusive use of the hurry-up offense led to Manning using an array of gestures and verbal commands to call the play at the line of scrimmage rather than in the huddle.

17) George Gervin “Iceman”

There is only one “Iceman”. Every basketball fan knows who George Gervin is, and most just know him by “Iceman”. He was honestly one of the first people I thought of when I wanted to compile this list. With his trademark finger roll and his ability to finish both around the rim and with his jumper, Gervin was about as cool as they come.

16) Michael “Air” Jordan

Short, simple, and unique to him. All hail “His Airness.” He had a line of shoes named after this nickname (or was it the other way around?), which are probably the most famous brand of shoes ever. I’d say that’s pretty iconic. It works, though it actually undersells Jordan’s game. He was so much more than a high-flyer, but “Air” stuck. The way he levitated in the air and the amount of hang time he had truly is a testament to this name.

Why I’m Taking Newton Over Rodgers and Brady

If I was starting an NFL franchise tomorrow and had the opportunity to have any player in the league, I’m starting my club with Cam Newton. Remember, I’m starting a franchise, I’m not picking who I think is the best player in the league. Therefore, you have to put into account age, talent, and potential. That’s why I’m taking Newton over Rodgers, Brady, Brees. Newton was excellent in his rookie season with the Carolina Panthers, he threw 21 touchdowns and broke the record for most passing yards by a rookie quarterback with 4,051 yards. What makes Newton so valuable is his ability to use his legs. The 22 year old rookie rushed for 706 yards and tallied 14 touchdowns on the ground. There was only one other player in the league to record more rushing touchdowns in 2011, his name, LeSean McCoy. Cam also ended his rookie campaign with the highest rushing yards per attempts with 5.6, the highest! More than any running back in the league. Killer Cam posted these godly statistics with a short training camp, which is a tough task for a rookie quarterback learning a new offense that quickly. Newton has great individual stats but he also makes other players around him much better. Take WR Steve Smith for example, in 2010 (without Newton) Smith caught 46 balls, and finished with 554 receiving yards. In 2011 (with Newton) Smith had 79 receptions and had 1,394 receiving yards. Smith also totaled 5 more touchdowns with Newton. More impressive than any statistic, is Newton’s leadership skills. The Panthers struggled to close out games early in the season, while beating the Houston Texans 21-0 the Panthers started to let the game slip away. Newton got into the huddle and fired up his troops, his Panthers held on and finished out the game with a 28-13 victory. The Panthers locker room has taken Newton’s leadership by storm. Along with great leadership skills you’re going to get someone that is going to work his tail off and get the best out of other players on his team. He is the kind of guy that enters the weight room/film room first and is the last to leave. So you ask, why take Newton over Brady, Brees, Rodgers, etc. when the Carolina Panthers finished the season 6-10? Of course you’re going to take your lumps with a rookie quarterback, just like Peyton Manning. The great Peyton Manning had a brutal rookie season, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns and his Colts finished the season with a 2-14 record. Just like Manning, Newton will continue to improve, the sky is the limit. When it is all said and done Newton will be known as the best quarterback in the history of the National Football League.

Conner Patch @connerpatch68

Rookie QB’s: Early Impressions

Each Rookie QB, Luck, RG3 and Tannehill, have had a week of Rookie Minicamp and have each made impacts on their respected teams. All 3 of them have been happy with what they have gotten done and are happy to see the progress they have been making.

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts:

Luck has been happy with the reps he has been getting at camp. He most enjoys working in the red zone, especially after he heard a very important stat from his coach, Bruce Arians. “Most games in the NFL are won or lost by an average of 4 points, and that is the difference between a field goal and a TD.” Luck has emphasized that he is excited to be throwing some touchdowns in camp and not throwing many interceptions. He believes he has made leaps and bounds, progress wise, and believes the most important thing is the amount of practice reps he has been getting.

I believe Luck is going to make a huge impact in his first year with the Colts. He has all the tools to be a great QB in the NFL, and I believe he will be able to do great things. Luck’s potential is through the roof, we just need to see if he will fulfill the potential.

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins:

Griffin stressed how much he loved working with the team. Griffin said he had some fun learning the offense, but in a week when he gets to play with the rest of the team, that’s what he is really looking forward to. He is excited to be working with all the players that the Redskins drafted. He loved working on the “Go” routes with the receivers. Overall, Griffin didn’t speak much about what he really felt about the minicamp. He is just preparing and getting ready for this season. RG3, even said it himself, “They drafted me for a reason and I plan on going out and doing what I’m supposed to do.”

RG3 has the potential to be an unbelievable QB. In this past years draft, you had 2 QB’s who have the ability to change their organizations. RG3 is going to be a breath of fresh air for Redskins fans and they should be very excited to watch him play.

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins:

Tannehill has had a great first week in minicamp. The GM of the Dolphins even said, that he wouldn’t be surprised if Tannehill was now truly competing for the starting job. He already knows about 80% of the offense because his offensive coordinator was his college coach. He is a little ahead, knowledge wise, of David Garrard and Matt Moore. But the Dolphins want to take it slow with Tannehill and understand that they truly want to develop him into a star QB. Tannehill has been saying he is enjoying getting out there and getting some good reps in. He likes the offense and feels comfortable after only a week, which is a good sign.

Tannehill has the size and arm strength to make an impact in this league. I don’t disagree with what the Dolphins are doing though, I think they should develop him behind Matt Moore and David Garrard, two experienced QB’s, and see what they can get out of him.

Does Goodell have too much power?

I think he has just enough…

An interesting article I read today on ESPN.com was about how Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, may have too much power. The players are beginning to question whether he is protecting them or if he is protecting the business. And I do think the players have a point. I understand the NFL is a multi-billion dollar business in America and you need to have it, but don’t you need the players to have the business? But what I have seen Goodell do is something that other commissioners in other sports do, and that is take control. He is a no-nonsense kind of guy, who will lay the hammer down on you to teach you a lesson. Look at the Saints for example. I think Goodell did the right thing, he is in a way protecting players, by suspending those who were trying to hurt others.

Osi Umenyiora said, “The stupidity of some people gets me sometimes.” “A lot of players think he’s trying to take away our game, but Roger really cares about us. He’s a regular guy.”

I think Roger Goodell does his job better than David Stern. Metta World Peace nearly decapitated James Harden when they played each other in April. The elbow was uncalled for and was absolutely meant to hit Harden, but all World Peace got was a 7 game suspension? I mean come on he should have been out the whole rest of the season for something like that. Especially with how careful sports are with concussions now.

Goodell may be a little harsh at times but I believe he has good reason to be. He is running the greatest business we have in America, and he has to take his job very seriously. Goodell clearly understands that such hostility comes with his job. What makes him so intriguing is his unwavering desire to forge a relationship with players who are at odds with his reign. Arizona Cardinals kicker and NFL Players Association representative Jay Feely said, “There’s a general distrust for him.” Goodell has had a tough time because the players don’t know what they’re going to get out of him, especially after the lockout.

Kansas City right tackle Eric Winston, who joined the Chiefs after six seasons in Houston, added, “He’s judge, jury and executioner. The joke around the locker room in Houston was that Goodell is like Xerxes [the ruler] in the movie ‘300.’ He can do whatever he wants. Obviously, he has the power to do that — and that’s partially our fault because we didn’t get it addressed in the [collective bargaining agreement] — but it also doesn’t make for a friendly environment.”

Goodell, in my opinion, has done a fair job, at times he may hand out a couple harsh penalties for players but he does them for the right reasons. Such as, when James Harrison nearly ended Josh Cribbs’ life on a crossing pattern this past fall. Harrison was fined $75,000 dollars for his hit and rightfully so. Like I said earlier in the article, concussions are a serious deal. We just had the suicide of Junior Seau, caused by an apparent brain disease caused by concussions.

Goodell is trying to protect his players, whether they are retired or currently playing. And I believe he has done a great job at his position. For the players, I can understand where they are coming from. They are sick of being suspended and fined, but they need to realize that it is for a reason. Goodell needs to keep doing what he is doing and he will be fine.