Archive for April, 2014

Draft Rewind – Dallas Cowboys

April 30, 2014

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The 25 year window on the 1989 Draft will end this year and I think it is hard to screw up an overall #1 first round pick; Troy Aikman will not make the Cowboys list.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Emmitt Smith, RB, Florida. 1st round, #17 overall in 1990.

Jimmy Johnson wanted James Francis, and Jerry Jones (more…)

Draft Rewind – Detroit Lions

April 29, 2014

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With the NFL draft dominating the sports landscape, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma St. 1st round, #3 overall in 1989.

There was plenty of talent on the board when the Lions were on the clock at #3 (future Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Derrick Thomas); fellow RBs Tim Worley and Sammie Smith were also tapped as top-10 picks.

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Draft Rewind – Cleveland Browns

April 28, 2014

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This current version of the Browns started drafting in 1999 as an expansion team. Let’s take a look at why they only have one playoff appearance since then. (more…)

Draft Rewind – Baltimore Ravens

April 25, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Ray Lewis, LB, Miami. 1st round, #26 overall in 1996.

I’m not a fan of his antics (or that he may have helped butcher someone the weekend of Super Bowl XXXV in Atlanta…allegedly), but Ray Ray has undeniably been the best MLB of this generation.

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Draft Rewind – Chicago Bears

April 24, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Devin Hester, CB, Miami. 2nd round, #57 overall in 2006.

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Draft Rewind – Carolina Panthers

April 22, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Steve Smith, WR, Utah. 3rd round, #74 overall in 2001.

Ten WR went ahead of the feisty Smith in the 2001 draft, but only Reggie Wayne has been better. He missed a yr with injury, but has otherwise averaged about 70 catches, 1,000 yds, and 7 TD. As you will see later, the Panthers were otherwise dreadful finding competent WR in the draft from 1997 to 2007. (more…)

Western Conference Playoff Preview

April 19, 2014

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Odds to win the West Conference

There are 7 teams with 50 wins and the 8th seed has 49 wins. Every team is capable of winning one, if not two, series depending on the match ups, but what team has the best chance to get to the Finals? (more…)

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

April 18, 2014

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A month ago it looked like Miami and Indiana were neck and neck to come out of the East. Unless this is just some big set-up, this is the Heat’s to lose without much trouble. If there is a dark horse, it’s Brooklyn…although the Bulls can never be completely overlooked.

Miami – 10/13 odds to win the East

Not a lot has changed from a year ago; Lebron is still the most complete player in the league, D Wade is rested and relatively healthy, and Bosh is good enough when they need him to be.

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Draft Rewind – Atlanta Falcons

April 17, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

I went back and forth on whether to include future Hall of Famer Brett Favre on this list. Ultimately I didn’t, for two reasons: Jerry Glanville was against drafting Favre in the 2nd round in 1991 and once stated it would take a plane crash for him to put Favre into the game; although the Falcons did acquire a 1st round pick (#19 overall) from Green Bay for Favre, they wasted it (more on that later).

1. Deion Sanders, CB, Florida St. 1st round, # 5 overall in 1989.

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What Happened to all the Black Superstars in Major League Baseball?

April 17, 2014

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Every year around this time, baseball does a great job of highlighting the impact Jackie Robinson had on baseball and sports in America (if you have a teen, do them a favor and show them the movie 42). Recently, another talking point has evolved: the steady decline of African-Americans on MLB rosters.

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Draft Rewind – Arizona Cardinals

April 16, 2014

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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, lets take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Aeneas Williams, CB, Southern. 3rd round, #59 overall in 1991.
A recent Hall of Fame inductee, Williams was a class act on and off the field. Despite playing just one year in college, he had an immediate impact and tied for the league lead with six interceptions his rookie year. 8 Pro Bowls, 4 times an All-Pro, and a member of the 1990s All-Decade team. 1991 was a historically bad draft class; I could go on for a while listing bums that went ahead of Williams. Suffice to say there were a bunch of teams that regret passing on him.

2. Anquan Boldin, WR, Florida St. 2nd round, #54 overall in 2003.

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Final Four Preview

April 4, 2014

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Four unique teams are in Dallas on college basketball’s biggest stage. Florida arrives unbeaten in four months driven by a core of seniors and a deep bench. UConn rides in on the strength of a dominant guard and stone-cold execution down the stretch. Wisconsin has paid their dues after plenty of failed tourneys, make teams play their game, and are led by a hard-nosed coach; and Kentucky storms in with teenagers playing at a level as high as their pre-season expectations.

Let’s take a close look at each team and explore what got them to within two wins of a National Championship. (more…)

NCAA Tourney Review

April 3, 2014

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We’ve gotten 68 down to four, so lets take a look back at some of the things that stood out the last two weeks.

The play-in games (I refuse to refer to it as the “first round”) continue to be a potential springboard for an unlikely tournament run.

For the fourth straight year since its inception, a (non – 16 seed) team has buoyed a win in Dayton into an upset a few days later. In 2011, VCU famously stormed their way to the Final Four as an 11 seed after dispatching Southern Cal in a play-in game; South Florida beat 5 seed Temple before being knocked off by Ohio in 2012; last year, La Salle beat Kansas St and Ole Miss before losing to Wichita St in the Sweet 16. This year, Tennessee scraped by Iowa in OT in Dayton and then took care of UMass and Mercer. Only a dodgy officiating decision kept them from the Elite Eight. NC St easily could have made it two teams from Dayton advancing even further; the Wolfpack couldn’t close out St Louis, despite being up 11 with a little over three minutes to play.
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