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A Great Pic!

Posted by JDIN827 on March 25, 2017 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Perhaps the two BEST Coaches in college/pro football!


But RAD, MINE is telling yours How To!  LOL!


OH!  IO!

bracket breaker

Posted by the immortal scurds on March 18, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (6)

there goes villanova! hahahahaha! kind of tough on the old bracket eh? just might be gonzaga-ucla

RAMS optimasm

Posted by the immortal scurds on March 16, 2017 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (5)

 well, i was fond of the fisher hire for the most part. and i was glad to see him go. the hewregime is trying to get it done thru free agency for a change:

 connor barwin arrives. hes an elite olb in his prime and a great move for wade phillips 3/4.

Barwin spent 2011-2012 with Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who held the same position with Houston at that time. Phillips helped coach Barwin to one of his best seasons in 2011, with Barwin racking up 11.5 sacks a year after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 1.

 

Since his injury in 2010, Barwin has not missed a game, making 96 consecutive starts for the Texans and Eagles. Barwin signed with Philadelphia in 2013, putting up a career high 14.5 sacks in 2014 for the club. He finished 2016 with 5.0 sacks and one forced fumble before being released earlier this month.

 

In all, Barwin has played 113 games with 50.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in his eight-year career. he is in the conversation for best olb in the game today. great pick up.

and he goes nicely with wade philips protege kayvon websterb at db who just arrived from denver.

 they also got whitworth for vet lt, which puts robinson to rguard and upgrades the whole oline.and they await the arrival of c ryan groy from buffalo.

bring in lance dunbar as depth for gurley.

robert woods at wr.

can a superbowl be far behind? barwin!! yeah!



Optimistic

Posted by JDIN827 on March 15, 2017 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (14)

Optimistic

 

Yes, you read that right. I’m optimistic. We in Cleveland are optimistic. As you know from our history, that’s not how we usually are. However, I am optimistic about ALL of my sports teams! Imagine that! In Cleveland!

 

The most amazing feeling is about the Browns. Yep, those Browns. The cant draft, can’t assess talent, can’t keep a front office, can’t pick Veterans, have no QB and basically stink Browns. For the first time since I can’t remember, I think the Browns are doing things right. I like their Free Agent picks. I can only hope they are just as smart come Draft Day. There isn’t one team that has as many total picks as we do in the next two drafts. Hopefully that means a good draft and trades. I think we have the right Coach too. (Not so sure about that front office, but I am willing to give them this year’s draft). We’ve received lots of positive press about our recent dealings, the “baseball guy making a basketball-like trade for a football team”. Yeah, that’s Cleveland!

 

The Indians went farther than most thought last year…and I really think they can go back to the World Series this year. The team certainly made a splash with the signing of Encarncion. We have a solid pitching staff too, and Brantley is moving forward and on his way back from injury. I hear Andrew Miller will be used more, in the 7th/8th inning too. Bring it on! Just as my Cavs the previous year, my Indians have “unfinished business”. It led my Cavs to a title…….

 

The Cavs have made some good moves too. And I think Sanders will eventually contribute too. I like both Williams, and Korver. Love is coming back and JR is back. Shump will add a three or two, and the bench will step up. Not to mention Double T, Kyrie and all he has done, and this guy named Lebron….

 

Which brings me to my Beloved Buckeyes (sorry folks, I don’t know hockey, I don’t care about hockey, and I don’t watch hockey). What happened in the Playoffs will NEVER happen again under Urban. He said it after the game. We continue to recruit just as good, if not better than Saban. We continue to have strong and highly-rated recruitment rankings. We just reload and reload and reload, as we seem to be becoming the “Kentucky of college football” with young guys leaving early. I definitely see another National Championship coming. Not this year….but……

 

Optimism is a good thing, especially after a snow storm in March!

 

And Lastly, here is the vid after we won, our first in any sport in 52 years!  Rad, you'll never know what its like to wait so long and only have one team do it.  I'd rather have 5 SuperBowls, 2 recently NHL Crowns, 2 recent WS wins and a NBA Championship!  Fer Sure!

This one's for you Rad.  Waited 52 &^$%$##@! years!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o82QlJsOcI





The Gut-Feel Rankings

Posted by Radatz on March 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (8)

 

Rash predictions in the midst of organizational turmoil are the perfect thing to stay away from, and here's one more reason to think that way. We're partway through FA with an initial flutter quieting down but big moves still happening. The draft is coming with teams' picks still to be determined due to trades... which means trading is ongoing. NFL.com has listed its latest mid-frenzy power rankings. In most cases they're not shocking, but some are. That's an inspiration to do our own midstream-swami act, isn't it? The premises are, of course,

1. look at what's happened so far,

2. go with your gut instincts, and,

3. of course, don't put money on it.

 

As usual, we're sticking to divisions. Picking anything else at this stage is too silly for... well... for us. Everybody else is doing it. Fake news. At least we're less fake. Maybe.

 

AFCE: No highly anticipated changes here. I'll list 'em anyway.


1. NE: They likely could lose Butler and Hightower both. At least we'll presume that. Probably Blount and Long too. Vollmer was cut. Ryan, Bennett, Sheard... all gone. They've made acquisitions. Gronkowski coming off IR (again) will add to that. Looks like a quasi-rebuild year on paper for the champs. Like most years. So why are they here? Same reason as usual... they seem to know what they're doing better than anybody else. BTW NFL has them at #1 in the power rankings, ifs notwithstanding.

 

2. MIA: The Fins have made a little noise, Timmons for example. They think they're on the way up. Could be. They've sputtered to a one-year illusion a couple of times in the recent past. Is this time different? Could be. Or not.

 

3. BUF: What have the Bills done that's good? They lost Woods. They got Brown. They resigned Tyrod and Alexander. Are they rebuilding or debuilding? Why are they ranked 3rd? Well, they seem to be working on maintaining their position.

 

4. NYJ: The Jets probably ought to be stockpiling picks. They dumped Mangold. Marshall went crosstown. They give the impression of going into what seems to be a much-needed rebuild. Then they apparently get serious about Hightower. He's not old, but he's expensive. Are they serious? Is it just a move to weaken NE by either signing him or driving his price up? Sure, but they have two other teams to worry about first.

 

AFCN: No reason whatsoever to go into specifics. This division is as it was. Wake me up when you see something. For now it's

 

1. PIT

2. BAL

3. CIN

4. CLE.

 

AFCS: Ah haaa. Something changing? Could be. Or not.

 

1. TEN: Could be close. The Titans have been stocking up to bolster their defense. Might put them over the top. It could happen. A lot depends on Mariota. He has to keep improving, running game or not. I don't like Mariota. But so far he's better than what the other guys are flashing. Houston's gotten a respect-bump by virtue of their performance against NE in the playoffs. Good grief, they lost by 18. They even trailed after a first half they seemed to own. The afterglow is wearing off.

 

2. HOU: With everyone seeing the Titans on the way up, we note that they already have their QB. The Texans dumped theirs and now have Savage. We assume that's not the grand plan. We also assume JJ will be back. Those two moves alone could push them over Tennessee. But what if it's Savage after all? Well... they don't seem interested in free agency so far. They never seem interested in quarterbacks, and they play poker like Pee Wee Herman.

 

3. JAX: The Jags have lost some guys and I know I'm going to kick myself for doing this, but there's one reason for it...

 

4. IND: The wheels have fallen off. And you know what that means. The league will facilitate sending Andrew Luck to Denver. Why hasn't Elway done anything to fix his QB problem? Because he knows. Betcha. You watch. Conspiracy theory #1 of 2017. You saw it first. Don't clap, send money.

 

AFCW: It's tough to figure some of this, but we'll try. This is all pending no rigged monster move (like Luck) in Denver. Most unstable division in football. LA? LV?

 

1. Oakland: Yeah, I picked KC at the top in my 'objective' rankings. Yeah, Oakland looked like trash without Carr. No, that shouldn't have happened. But there's a method to this and it has nothing to do with the offseason...

 

2. KC: The more I think about Andy and Alex, the less I think the Chiefs can change their spots. Gut feel, right? Caveat: Raider move to Las Vegas flips the teams. And it seems to be happening.

 

3. DEN: Ware gave his 2-week notice. They mysteriously sit pat with two half-decent kids at QB. Something's fishy.

 

4. SD/LA: What could possibly help these guys? Their coach is gone. They've left lovely San Diego for the smog-ridden dregs of LA. They're resigned to the life of the Clippers, filling seats with fans who can't get tickets for the Rams.

 

NFCE: As usual, very interesting.

 

1. PHI: Say what? Everybody knows the Boys will dominate. Not so fast. NFL picks the Giants! Figures, but it tells you Dallas isn't the sure thing Dak lovers would have you think. Meanwhile, the Eagles have Wentz in year 2, and now with Foles returning home to back him up(?). How about the rest? Up in the air a bit, but presuming they manage to improve slightly while growing up on offense, this is doable.

 

2. DAL: Yeah, they're still pretty much loaded, but the OL has taken some hits. Romo hasn't gone anywhere yet. Dak suddenly has question marks all around him as analysts look at history and see pan-flashes. Could go either way. But Book One is out and he'll have to either get perfect protection or read those Ds. He'll need coaching. He doesn't know it yet. From a team owned by Buffalo Bob and coached by Howdy Doody.

 

3. NYG: Don't tell me adding Brandon Marshall is going to bring maturity to the Giants' WR Brat Pack. And how often do they have two good seasons in a row?

 

4. WAS: Gut feel, remember. Of all these teams, the one that gives the most tentative vibes is in DC. Could be wrong.

 

NFCN: Another division that defies upheaval. But there's some news.

 

1. GB: Are the Pack overrated? Probably. Are they overrated in their division? Probably not. Was Bennett a good idea? Good question. Got depth? Time will tell.

 

2. DET: They haven't done anything to make you think they can hold off Green Bay so far. But they do look poised to at least finish second, even with Caldwell, because...

 

3. MIN: The big news won't be Peterson leaving. It'll be Teddy staying on IR. Reports are he won't play this year. Maybe not ever. That would be a rotten ending for him, but it'll be just as rotten this year for Minnesota. Sam I am.

 

4. CHI: Maybe da Bears will improve enough to get past Minny. Nah. Ok, very maybe.

 

NFCS: Every year it looks like we have a winner, folks. Half the time we have a loser. Is Atlanta consistent enough?

 

1. ATL: The NFC is theirs to lose now. What could stop them? Super Bowl hangover? It's happened before.

 

2. TB: Much as I don't like them, what logical options do you have?

 

3. NO: Why would I pick these guys 3rd? They lost Cooks. But they knew that was coming. Payton's a smart guy and the GM surely won't make a move he doesn't like. Is Butler coming? Brees is back. That's good for something.

 

4. CAR: Isn't this their rebound year? They've been patching up the D. But one thing they can't patch up is Kuechley. He'll be back, but he's become concussion-prone. He's their hardest hitter and their best player, fan opinion notwithstanding. That's bad. Worse than losing Norman if it happens. And they're still led by a grinning tight end with a rocket arm who can't read defenses. Or take adversity. They've made him an institution. As he goes, so they go.

 

NFCW: A division in upheaval and general decline may undergo more of the same.

 

1. SEA: For all their issues they're in decline. Lacy isn't the next Lynch. But they'll win the division.

 

2. ARI: They finished a bad season strong. But the clock's ticking. Just don't see it.

 

3. LA: Hard to see 'em getting much better, but the remnants of a team built to beat its division (and no one else) will produce some wins. No Fisher. Could hit second if the decline above happens fast.

 

4. SF: They can't stay lousy forever. Will Shanahan stop the coaching carousel? Will they be happier without Kappy, their 'spiritual leader'? If you have money to spare, put it on them. Be like winning the lottery. In every way, including likelihood.


The Butler/Hightower Opera

Posted by Radatz on March 12, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (4)

 

With NE being so active in the market lately questions about how to handle roster attrition have slid to the back burner. So far they've lost Logan Ryan, Jabaal Sheard, Martellus Bennett and some others with more (Long, Blount etc.) no doubt to come. A number of their acquisition moves have anticipated or reacted to the situation. The two most visible issues are Hightower and Butler.

 

Here are defensive players who've arguably made two of the key plays that enabled NE to win its last two championships. Butler's pick at the conclusion of XLIX stands out, but Hightower's strip-sack of Ryan in LI was just as important, if less dramatically timed. So you have two SB heroes. What do you do?

 

Butler's situation took a strange turn when, against all expectation, he wasn't dealt to NO for Cooks --- but NE got Cooks anyway with draft picks. He clearly wants big money --- how big being a topic for conjecture and possibly the key point --- but he's a RFA. His tender is at least historically unlikely to draw bidders. NE can keep him on board another year. He'd have to sabotage his NFL career to pout his way out of it. Still, they'd presumably like a signed and happy Butler to remain at corner, Gilmore notwithstanding. They won't want a malcontent, and likely won't tolerate one, even Butler.

 

Hightower is another story. Jamie Collins got overpaid by Cleveland and is Hightower's pal. But Hightower's got another ring. So it's money vs. success. It's amazing to us how, for a 15% salary hike, players with millions already will flock to oblivion. But they do it. It may be one factor NE uses to determine how much of a fit the guy is. Even without both Collins and Hightower, NE is pretty well stocked with linebackers. The current crew was shredded by Atlanta (along with the rest of the defense), but came up big when it counted. Still, NE would presumably like Hightower back.

 

Reports are that the Jets are the primary contender for him. Why the Jets would want him is a topic for conjecture as they seem to need a thousand draft picks more than free agents at this point. Thinking that (1) it would get him away from NE and (2) it would give them a guy to help get to Brady may be short-sighted. But it's the Jets, and whatever their reasons they are a threat to get him. The Patriots aren't pushing any panic buttons though. And why would they? The last time they let the Jets peel a key player away it was Revis, and he's become a waste of money. Are they actually using Hightower as a way to sink their rival further? Probably not since the Jets don't seem to need sinking at the moment. But it's possible.

 

Probably the only giveaway might be for NE to either draft a highly regarded LB or acquire one. But even without doing so, note that they acquired 3 of them in midseason last year and despite media anguish the loss of Collins wasn't felt. All three stuck with the roster and contributed. NE may have been anticipating the current situation early. May have been? Make that "clearly were." If Hightower goes to the Jets for, say, a 15% increase, it will tell a lot about his priorities. Bread on the table is light years away from the economics of scale here. All this may also be a reason for Hightower to re-sign. He may be balancing the same issues. Of course his agent will take the 15% and its increase in commission. They don't exactly work "for you."

 

The most likely answer of all is that, in the end, NE will do what they think is best for the team long-term. And why not? They alone know the inner details. And it's been working pretty well for 16 years. Revis isn't the only example of why you don't sink into the cap cellar to retain a player. Denver let their only remaining QB with PT slip away last year. Did it help them? Maybe not. But would the $70M alternative have been better? Who thinks that?


Trade Winds Blow in NE

Posted by Radatz on March 10, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (9)

 

Things looked far from certain for the Champs in weeks leading up to the start of free agency. They had too many contracts expiring, especially on defense, to assume the same group or even something resembling it would return. Some big names were involved.

 

Now two days in, uncertainties continue but they appear to have anticipated any carnage to this point. The news:

 

Colt TE Dwayne Allen was acquired for a 6th-round pick.

 

Bills DB Stephon Gilmore was obtained via free agency.

 

Panther DE Kony Ealy (plus a 3rd-round pick) was procured for NE's 2nd-round pick.

 

Saints WR Brandin Cooks (plus a 4th-rounder) was acquired for NE's 1st round pick plus a 3rd rounder.

 

So with everyone wondering about Garoppolo (who now asserts that his goodbye tweet was the result of a hack) and assuming that, with the arrival of Gilmore, Malcolm Butler would be traded for Cooks, both remain (so far) with the Patriots.

 

They also re-signed DT Alan Branch and S Duron Harmon. LB Hightower remains a FA, but supposedly with the 'lines open' to Foxboro. As for Butler, he has yet to sign his tender but likely will do so. Speculation is that he may still be traded. TE Bennett has gone to GB. DE Sheard is in Indy. DB Logan Ryan is in Tennessee. They threw good money at Gilmore but should still be way under the cap.

 

So the team that has spent many offseasons quietly locking up veterans has instead made something of a splash in its first two days. The wheels are turning in Foxboro it seems now.


whitworth/woods to the rams!

Posted by the immortal scurds on March 9, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (6)

rams have signed kevin whitworth! The three-time Pro Bowler has started all 16 games in seven of the last eight seasons, totaling 164 career-starts in 168 career games in his time with the Bengals. Whitworth helped the Bengals to five 10-plus win seasons and six playoff appearances. nothing wrong with a little all pro left tackle action. this is an immediate upgrade to the entire offense.

 and throw in robert woods. exactly the kind of marginal talent the rams love at the crucial wr spot. thank god they didnt go with ashlon jeffries before the eagles got him. went to jeffries? or goff to woods! yes!

Osweiller to Cleveland!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mac D on March 9, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (11)

Osweiller, 2nd and 6th for a 4th and no more contract.


As the great Bob Cole would say, oooooooh baby

Open Letter to Arizona Legislature

Posted by Ark_Razor on March 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (11)

March 8, 2017


 

The Honorable Steve Yarbrough

Senate President

Arizona State Senate

1700 W. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ 85007


 

The Honorable J.D. Mesnard

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Arizona State House of Representatives

1700 W. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ 85007


 

Re: SB1149, Commissioner Bettman’s Letter


 

Dear President Yarbrough and Speaker Mesnard:


 

I am a season seat holder to the Arizona Coyotes (2 seasons) but I live in Santa Monica, CA. I come to the Phoenix area probably half a dozen times a year. I have also been a season seat holder to the Los Angeles Kings since 1982.


 

I realize that I will not be voting for or against anyone in an Arizona election (and you may realize that I am more of a Kings fan than a Coyote fan!), so I totally understand if my letter to you is dismissed.


 

However, I do have enough of a fondness for the Coyotes to be a full season seat member and go to the inconvenient location (yet very nice arena) in Glendale whenever I can to support them.


 

I would also like to think that I follow the business side of hockey more than most fans. I have read Commissioner Bettman’s letter to you dated 3/7.


 

I am writing you to say that no public money should be used to build a new arena for the Coyotes per SB1149.


 

I grew up in the greater Houston area, and I know what it is like to lose a beloved team (the Houston Oilers). The Oilers needed to leave. Football is a lot more important in Texas than hockey is in Arizona.


 

Mr. Bettman’s letter can be construed as a thinly veiled threat that the Coyotes will leave the area unless a new stadium is built. This is after the City of Glendale nearly bankrupted itself (after the Coyotes did go bankrupt) to the tune of $50 million, plus unknown lease subsidies to keep the Coyotes in Glendale.


 

The debt capacity for the region should be used in other more important areas than subsidizing a lot of millionaires. I will let you decide what they are.


 

If “The Greater Phoenix region represents a strong hockey market which we are proud to have included in the NHL.” then why is public money needed to create jobs and increase the tax base?


 

How can a strong hockey market yield “a consistent economic loss” (especially with the combined efforts that include the NHL)?


 

The NHL has not tried everything. If the NHL wants public money (even from new taxes), have the NHL (not the Coyotes) guarantee the lease payments which will service the debt on the arena. In return, the legislature can provide abundant tax breaks to the Coyotes once the arena is built and is operational.


 

If Mr. Bettman is correct in his analysis, then the NHL should have no problem with this arrangement. Especially since it gives the Coyotes the flexibility to relocate if they feel it is necessary.


 

I know that the Suns also want a new arena. The arena could be dual purpose like we have with the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


 

Respectfully submitted,


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So, should I send this letter or not?

The NHL is committed to the Greater Phoenix area. Huh? That's what Bettman said today. Translation: give us a new arena or we are gone. Go. If the NHL is serious about hockey in the Valley, guarantee the lease payment or debt to build a new facility- not the Coyotes, the NHL.

 

 

 

 

 


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