Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:13 pm

Michael Vick

Let Michael Vick back in, Mr. Goodell.

Thats my thought on the matter. We have a killer playing in the league in Leonard Little, who actually murdered two human beings when he hit and killed a pregnant woman while driving drunk. HE KILLED A HUMAN BEING. Mike Vick killed a few dogs.
Don't get me wrong, I love dogs. I am a dog owner, and they are my favorite pet. But in no way, ever, should dogs be considered like humans. If you kill a human, you are scum. You are evil. I don't care if you are drunk or not. You killed a human. So how is it fair that Little gets to make money playing the game he loves when he KILLED A PERSON, but Mike Vick loses everything when he kills a few dogs. He's lost all his money, his profession, and all his supporters. Little is a fan-favorite for the St. Louis Rams and is considered a great player, but Vick is one of, if not the most, hated player in the league. Disgusting. If Little plays, Vick plays, in my opinion.

This is ridiculous.

Posted on: July 18, 2009 10:14 pm

2009 Training Camp Power Rankings

OK, so training camp doesn't officially start for all teams until the third of August. But, the first one (the Bills) starts next Friday, and I'm craving some football. So, without further ado, my 2009 Training Camp Power Rankings:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers- As much as it pains me to put them first on the list, I have to say they are the best team. They do not necessarily have the best, or most talented, team. But they do have the fewest weaknesses and the best young quarterback in the game. So there you go, Steelers fans. A little love from one of your most avid haters.

2. Tennessee Titans- OK, so maybe a little high. But last year I thought for sure that they were going to be the AFC champions, and with some playoff experience, I think it again. I would have them one, but Albert Haynesworth is gone.

3. Indianapolis Colts- Before the Patriots? Yeah, Peyton Manning is better. You heard it here, and, well, probably only here. I expect rebound seasons from Bob Sanders and Joe Addai. And expect the defensive line to wreak havoc.

4. Philadelphia Eagles- My early pick for NFC champs. Donovan McNabb will enjoy having a target like Jeremy Maclin, and Brian Westbrook has a young back in LeSean McCoy to give him some rest. So, with the help of rookies, the Eagles earn my fourth spot.

5. New York Giants- Expect Brandon Jacobs to have a huge year, with the loss of Plaxico Burress. They, again, would be higher, but the loss of Plax was huge. Therefore, they will rely heavily on their defense and ground game.

6. Baltimore Ravens- A perennially great defense combined with the growing skills of a young quarterback, they will be back in the playoffs. Keeping both of their big name linebackers (Lewis and Suggs) was big for them.

7. Arizona Cardinals- A lucky run when they hit the playoffs got them to a superbowl. Cue the confetti and the streamers. I'm not saying they won't be a contender next year. I'm just saying I don't expect superbowl. But I like the addition of Beanie Wells, who will definitly help in the ground game along with Hightower.

8. New England Patriots- I know what you are thinking: "Finally!" However, I find it ridiculous to put them first, second, or third on a power rankings list when they didn't even make it to the playoffs last year. Where was the run game when Brady went down? Answer: nonexistent. But Brady to Moss will be back, and that's something, I guess.

9. Chicago Bears- Man oh man. First the Steelers, then the Pats, now the Bears?!? I feel so.... dirty. But seriously, I think the Bears will win the NFC North and threaten for a serious playoff run. I'm guessing their defense will return to dominant form. Jay Cutler and Matt Forte in the backfield; just sounds pretty, eh, Chicago fans?

10. Carolina Panthers- I expect them to repeat as NFC South champs, but I don't think Steve Smith will be that productive. Expect a HUGE year from DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. They would be higher, but I'm not a fan of Jake Delhomme. Not one bit.

11. Atlanta Falcons- The NFC South will be competitive once again this year. I'm excited to see Matt Ryan's sophomore campaign, as well as Michael Turner's as a starter. The addition of Tony Gonzalez was huge, but I am prone to wonder about their defense.

12. New York Jets- A suprise at 12, I think Rex Ryan has implemented a winning strategy into the Jets. Even with a rookie (or close to it) quarterback starting for them, I think the improvements on defense will be monumental. Monumental enough for a wild card, perhaps.

13. Cincinatti Bengals- My sleeper pick. I think Chad Ochocinco, erm, Johnson, uh, whatever, will have a comeback season. He is definitely still one of the most talented wide receivers in the league, in my opinion. I think Palmer and Ochocinco will lead them to a winning record, maybe even a wildcard spot.

14. Minnesota Vikings- Hmmmm... Interesting situation here. I'm amazed with the talent in their running game. Their defense is spectacular. Their special teams is terrific. What does that leave? Oh yeah, that all important position behind the center. Quarterback. I'm not impressed with Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels. But, and I used this last year, they aren't that Favre away. Yikes... still as bad as last year.

15. Miami Dolphins- Great season last year. I'm looking for a letdown, though. Chad Pennington kind of fell off after good seasons in New York, and I don't know what to expect from him this year. I also don't know if the wildcat will work again, but I love the addition of Pat White.

16. New Orleans Saints- Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Marques Colston, Darren Sharper... a lot of stars. But will it translate to wins this year? Is the defense improved enough? As many questions as stars.

17. Houston Texans- A lot of talk about playoffs in Houston. But I'm wondering about Matt Schaub. Will he be healthy enough to get the ball to Andre Johnson and Steve Slaton?

18. Kansas City Chiefs- Another sleeper pick. I really like the Cassel-to-Bowe connection, and their defense improved just with the addition of Mike Vrabel. I'm sure Pioli has at least gotten the boat particially turned around.

19. Seattle Seahawks- Defense: improved. Check. My only questions are the running game and health. I don't believe my team is on the decline. Rather, we were just a team riddled with injuries. I think this is a fair judgement, and a fair placing, for my power rankings.

20. San Diego Chargers- Talented team, but they just seem to crumble when the season starts. Its like they never play to their potential. I don't know what to expect from the Chargers this year: 10-6 or 6-10? I have no idea.

21. Green Bay Packers- Could be a surprise in the NFC North, but its maybe the most improved division in football. So Aaron Rodgers will have to work extra hard, and Ryan Grant needs to step up. I mean, was he even on the field last year???

22. Buffalo Bills- T.O. A good acquisition, in my opinion. I think it'll be a rough start with Marshawn Lynch being suspended for four games, but they could hit their stride towards the middle of the season. But I think the AFC East is just too tough.

23. Dallas Cowboys- Another interesting team. They could go 15-1 and win it all, or they could have the number one overall pick in 2010. Its teams like this that make me think that power rankings shouldn't be made a week before training camp.

24. Tampa Bay Buccanears- I'm looking for another average year for the Bucs. Quarterback troubles ripple through the whole franchise and they will make it hard for anything to get rolling in Tampa.

25. Washington Redskins- This is a team that I get to number 25 in my power rankings and say to myself, "Hmm. How'd they slip this far? Wait... How'd they do last year?" Kind of a lackluster team. A lackluster quarterback, a lackluster set of receivers, a lackluster coach. But then again, they always seem to overperform. So the jury's out on this one, but for now, they are 25 due to the lack of reason to be higher. If that makes sense.

26. Oakland Raiders- I could see them making a splash in the AFC. But most likely they will have about three great players (McFadden, Miller, Asomugha) and then the rest will be mediocre to awful. I had high hopes for Russell last year, and he was bad. So, I'll say they'll be bad again.

27. San Fransisco 49's- A good team talent-wise, but I still consider them a weak team. Until they find a permanent solution at quarterback, they will struggle. And I'm just gonna through out a guess: Shaun Hill isn't the answer.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars- Another team like the Redskins. I don't think they'll do enough to make a splash in the tough AFC South. David Garrard: will he live up to his contract?

29. St. Louis Rams- Steven Jackson will be O.K., I have a feeling. Marc Bulger, however, won't be. Maybe next year they'll have Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford, but for this year, they need a QB.

30. Denver Broncos- Yikes. A disaster in Denver. First Shanahan, then Cutler, and now Marshall is disgruntled. And I'm not sad to put them at 30, because they gave up their first round pick next year to my team. Yikes. Yikes, yikes, yikes.

31. Cleveland Browns- How do they have two capable quarterbacks, yet they don't win? How do they pass on two good runningbacks this year in the draft? Do they want to lose?

32. Detroit Lions- Until someone dethrones them, the Lions are the worst team in the league.

So, there it is, in all its glory. Thoughts?
Category: NFL
Posted on: April 20, 2009 7:49 pm

Mock Draft v. 3.0

So, with one week left until the real thing, here is my (hopefully) final mock draft:

1.      Lions- Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

            I’ve had Matt Stafford slated into this pick since Sam Bradford announced he was

            staying in college, but why not take the sure thing here and take Bradford or

            McCoy next year?

2.      Rams- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

            They need a tackle, and with Smith gone, they go with the second best available.

3.      Chiefs- Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

            I’m thinking this is as close to a lock as there is in a draft. That is, if Detroit or St.

            Louis don’t take him.

4.      Seahawks- Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

            I just don’t see them going QB here, and a Crabtree-Houshmandzadeh-Burelson

            would look good for Hasselbeck. However, if Smith, Monroe, and Curry go

            1-2-3, I could see the Hawks trading down and looking for a RB.

5.      Browns- Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

            This pick hasn’t changed since my first mock. The Browns need help on defense.

6.      Bengals- Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

            Protecting Carson Palmer is key for this team, but Maclin could be an option here.

7.      Raiders- Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

            Maclin is the second best receiver in the draft, and the Raiders will complete a

            Russell-McFadden-Maclin trio.

8.      Jaguars- Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia

            If the Lions take Smith, there could be a very long wait for Stafford and Sanchez.

            The Jaguars take the possibly best value pick of the draft in Matt Stafford.

9.      Packers- B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

            This guy is good. The Packers will take advantage of Raji’s mistakes, and stop his


10.  49’s- Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

            The 49’s made a push for Kurt Warner over the offseason, and Sanchez will take over the most disappointing position on this squad.

11.  Bills- Aaron Maybin, LB, Penn State

            Maybin is a good, versatile player from Linebacker U. I have had this pick happening from day one.

12.  Broncos- Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

            With the first of their two first round picks, I think the Broncos will go with Brown after their top two choices (Sanchez and Raji) are off the board.

13.  Redskins- Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

            The run on defensive front seven players affects the Skins drafting, and they go with Ayers.

14.  Saints- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

            This is another pick I’ve had, and I’ll keep with it. I think the Saints’ biggest need is at corner.

15.  Texans- Clay Matthews, LB, USC

            His uncle Bruce Matthews is a linebacker coach in Houston, so Matthews could blossom in a perfect environment.

16.  Chargers- Rey Maualuga, LB, USC

            Maualuga seems to be a perfect fit for the Chargers, and he could be a boom-or-bust type of player.

17.  Jets- Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

            Freeman isn’t necessarily a great QB, but he is better than Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge, or Brett Ratliff.

18.  Broncos- Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss

            This may be a bit of a stretch here, but the glaring need for a NT is Denver is inescapable.

19.  Buccaneers- Brian Cushing, LB, USC

            I’ve had Freeman going here, but if the Jets take him, look for the Bucs to replace (or attempt to replace) Derrick Brooks.

20.  Lions- James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State

            The Lions need a fearless, big-time MLB. Laurinaitis will bring that intensity back to the Lions defense.

21.  Eagles- Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

            The future of this pick is unsure with Philly contemplating another deal for a big name WR, but with Westbrook turning 30, this is the pick if they stay put.

22.  Vikings- Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

            Heyward-Bey could be the pick, as well as Oher. For now, however, I think Harvin will really complement Adrian Peterson.

23.  Patriots- Connor Barwin, LB, Cincinnati

            Barwin is the most versatile player in the draft, and some have compared him to Mike Vrabel. Who better to have a Vrabel-like player than the team that once had Vrabel?

24.  Falcons- Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

            Pettigrew is an exceptional talent at the TE position, and Matt Ryan will quickly find just how exceptional.

25.  Dolphins- Malcom Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

            Jenkins has had a pretty huge fall from glory since January. I could see him teaming up with Gibril Wilson in Miami.

26.  Ravens- Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

            Heyward-Bey could go one pick ahead of Baltimore to Miami, but if he falls this   far, Baltimore would be delighted to have him. I have had Laurinaitis at this pick, but it seems like the Lions will take him at 20.

27.  Colts- Evander Hood, DT, Missouri

            With the top two DTs off the board, the Colts look to improve the inside of their line with Hood.

28.  Bills- Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss

            The Bills took Maybin with their first pick, and a quality tackle is always a good way to spend a pick.

29.  Giants- Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

            The Giants need a WR, and there is a big possibility that they trade this pick for one. But, if they keep the pick, Hakeem Nicks or Britt would both be good picks.

30.  Titans- Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

            Nick Harper’s career is getting close to ending, and the Titans take the third best corner here.

31.  Cardinals- Chris “Beanie” Wells, RB, Ohio State

            The Cardinals are expected to release Edgerrin James, and Wells would be a great complement to Hightower. This would be a great value.

32.  Steelers- Max Unger, C, Oregon

            Unger would help with their offensive line’s depth. It’s about the only thing they can improve.




Category: NFL
Posted on: April 2, 2009 7:33 pm

Mock Draft v.2.1 (sorry on 2.0, POST-CUTLER DEAL)

Here is my revised version of my mock draft.

  1. Lions- Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia
  2. Rams- Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
  3. Chiefs- Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
  4. Seahawks- Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
  5. Browns- Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
  6. Bengals- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
  7. Raiders- Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
  8. Jaguars- Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
  9. Packers- B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
  10. 49's- Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
  11. Bills- Aaron Maybin, LB, Penn State
  12. Broncos- Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
  13. Redskins- Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
  14. Saints- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
  15. Texans- Clay Matthews, LB, USC
  16. Chargers- Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
  17. Jets- Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
  18. Bears- Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
  19. Buccaneers- Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
  20. Broncos (from Lions from Cowboys)- Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
  21. Eagles- Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
  22. Vikings- Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
  23. Patriots- Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State
  24. Falcons- Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
  25. Dolphins- Malcom Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
  26. Ravens- James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
  27. Colts- Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
  28. Eagles (from Panthers)- Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
  29. Giants- Brian Cushing, LB, USC
  30. Titans- Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
  31. Cardinals- LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh
  32. Steelers- Alex Mack, C, California
Category: NFL
Posted on: March 4, 2009 5:29 pm

My First Mock, 2009

Alright. The Lions are on the clock... here it is, trades and all.

(Seahawks in bold)

  1. Detriot Lions- Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia
  2. St. Louis Rams- Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
  3. Kansas City Chiefs- Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
  4. Seattle Seahawks- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
  5. Cleveland Browns- Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
  6. Cincinnati Bengals- Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
  7. Oakland Raiders- Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
  8. Jacksonville Jaguars- Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
  9. TRADE: New York Jets (from Green Bay Packers)- Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
  10. San Fransisco 49's- Malcom Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
  11. Buffalo Bills- Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
  12. Denver Broncos- B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
  13. Washington Redskins- Aaron Maybin, LB, Penn State
  14. New Orleans Saints- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
  15. Houston Texans- Malcom Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
  16. San Diego Chargers- Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
  17. TRADE: Green Bay Packers (from New York Jets)- Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
  18. Chicago Bears- Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Brian Cushing, LB, USC
  20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas Cowboys)- William Beatty, OT, Connecticut
  21. Philadelphia Eagles- Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
  22. Minnesota Vikings- Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
  23. New England Patriots- Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
  24. Atlanta Falcons- DJ Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
  25. Miami Dolphins- Clay Matthews, LB, Ohio State
  26. Baltimore Ravens- James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
  27. Indianapolis Colts- Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
  28. TRADE: Seattle Seahawks (from Philadelphia Eagles)- Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State
  29. New York Giants- Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
  30. Tennessee Titans- Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
  31. Arizona Cardinals- Alex Mack, C, California
  32. TRADE: Philadelphia Eagles (from Pittsburgh Steelers)- Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers


  1. Above.
  2. Traded to Philadelphia for the 28th overall pick
  3. Patrick Chung, SS, Oregon
  4. Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
  5. Jon Cooper, C, Oklahoma
  6. Brandon Gibson, WR, Washington State
  7. Thomas Morstead, P, S.M.U

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 27, 2008 9:15 pm

The Walrus

Mike Holmgren.

The name provokes emotion, pride, and honor. He is a leader among men, an all-time great. A Hall-of-Famer.

But, his Seahawks are currently 2-10. He is in his last season, and he is obviously far removed from the glory days of Lambeau Field, or even Superbowl XL in 2005.

I was just fine with the questionable and predictable play calling, the unemotional apathy displayed on the sidelines. Just fine. But, when I heard today from Fox Sports that the day before a Thanksgiving Day game against the Cowboys that Holmgren got 'choked up' during a team meeting in which he expressed his pride in the team and his thankfulness that they don't quit, I freaked.

"THEY ARE 2 AND FREAKIN' NINE!" I screamed at my television. Pathetic. How are you, Mike Holmgren, proud of the worst team you have ever put on an NFL field? How are you grateful that they don't quit? They do quit. Every game, you see guys give up on plays and "hope" that someone else will make the tackle or catch the ball. They "hope" that someone will make the play. But, in a player's career, there comes a point that they need to create an atomsphere for their team, one that screams, "Let's just play like we are capable of playing!" But, there is no one in the huddle that wants to step up, or even a player on the sideline. So, who does it come down to?

Head coach Mike Holmgren. But, when he says he is 'proud' of the way his two-and-ten team has played, I have a problem. He needs to tell his players they aren't playing well. If it isn't obvious already, that's were the head coach steps up. Thats were he needs to show toughness, not tears. Smack-someone-in-the-mouth emotion, not let's-share-our-feelings emotion.

Jim Mora Jr. will be a breath of relief on the sidelines for me. I am disappointed to say the least.

Posted on: August 20, 2008 4:44 pm

Pre-season Predictions

Here are my predictions for the upcoming NFL season:


NFC North- 1. Packers (10-6)   2. Vikings (10-6)   3. Lions (6-10)   4. Bears (4-12)

NFC South- 1. Saints (11-5)   2. Buccaneers (8-8)   3. Panthers (7-9)   4. Falcons (4-12)

NFC East- 1. Cowboys (12-4)   2. Giants (10-6)   3. Redskins (8-8)   4. Eagles (7-9)

NFC West- 1. Seahawks (11-5)   2. Cardinals (9-7)   3. Rams (6-10)   4. 49's (3-13)

Playoff Seeding: 1. Cowboys  2. Seahawks  3. Saints  4. Packers  5. Vikings  6. Giants

Wild Card: Saints beat Giants, Vikings beat Packers

Divisional: Vikings beat Cowboys, Seahawks beat Saints

Conference: Seahawks beat Vikings


AFC North- 1. Steelers (10-6)   2. Browns (10-6)   3. Ravens (6-10)   4. Bengals (4-12)

AFC South- 1. Colts (12-4)   2. Jaguars (11-5)   3. Titans (8-8)   4. Texans (6-10)

AFC East- 1. Patriots (14-2)   2. Jets (9-7)   3. Bills (7-9)   4. Dolphins (4-12)

AFC West- 1. Chargers (14-2)   2. Raiders (8-8)   3. Broncos (7-9)   4. Chiefs (3-13)

Playoff Seeding: 1. Chargers  2. Patriots  3. Colts  4. Steelers  5. Jaguars  6. Browns

Wild Card: Colts beat Browns, Jaguars beat Steelers

Divisional: Colts beat Patriots, Chargers beat Jaguars

Conference: Colts beat Chargers


League Awards-

MVP- LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers

Offensive Player- Tomlinson

Defensive Player- DeMarcus Ware, LB, Cowboys

Offensive Rookie- Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders

Defensive Rookie- Derrick Harvey, DE, Jaguars

Best Coach- Norv Turner, Chargers

Five Bold Predictions-

1. LaDainian Tomlinson will run for 2,000 yards.

2. JaMarcus Russel will throw for 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.

3. Reggie Bush will catch 100 passes.

4. Laveranues Coles will make the Probowl in the AFC.

5. So will Eli Manning in the NFC.



Category: NFL
Posted on: August 4, 2008 9:58 pm

Roger Goodell

Say what you want about Roger Goodell, but I'm impressed after 2 years.

Commish Goodell has dealt with a lot, maybe more than any other commish in their first 2 years. From Mike Vick, to Spygate, to Brett Favre, to Adam "Don't Call Me Pacman" Jones, Goodell has silenced critics with a strict, consistent form of discipline and action.

Now, Mr. Goodell, there is just one more thing I ask: put a cap on rookie salaries.

Roger Goodell could become one of the best commissioners in major sports leagues history. Thank you, Roger Goodell.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or