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Draft Rewind – Cincinnati Bengals

June 4, 2014

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With the NFL draft recently completed, we continue to take a look back at each team’s hits and misses over the past 25 years.

FIVE BEST PICKS

1. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia. 4th round, #120 overall in 2010.

An astounding 13 DTs were drafted ahead of Atkins, and only Ndirtykong Suh has matched his production. He was a starter and Pro-Bowler by his second year, and an All-Pro in year three. Atkins gets to the QB at an alarming rate, notching 26 sacks in his first 40 starts as a pro. He was on his way to another great season in 2013, before tearing an ACL in October. (more…)

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Draft Rewind – Green Bay Packers

May 21, 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. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal. 1st round, #24 overall in 2005.

Rodgers was draft day fodder in 2005, but has since had the last laugh. One has to wonder his fate, had Cowboy CB Nate Jones not knocked Brett Favre out of the game on a Thursday night late in the 2007 season;

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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 – 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…)

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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NFL Mock

April 24, 2012

1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III, QB,  Baylor      (more…)

Commish for a Day

March 29, 2012

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Baseball’s new Wild Card format got me thinking – if I could change one thing in each major sport, what would it be?

MLB – Problem: I am sick of 162 games not meaning anything and Wild Card teams winning the World Series. The regular season used to mean something; the new one-game playoff helps even the field a bit, but it’s not enough in my mind.     (more…)

Sporting Hedonism is Upon Us

March 13, 2012

In a few hours, the NFL free agency frenzy begins. And with it, five days of sports euphoria.

Am I being too dramatic? (more…)

Let’s All Feel Sorry for the NFL’s Golden Boy Peyton Manning

March 8, 2012

Peyton Manning was released by the Colts yesterday. Poor lil fella. Predictably, ESPN led the crotch-nuzzling.

You would have thought he retired, with all the attention he is getting. I heard an ESPN voice (and former QB) say he “deserved better”.

He deserved better? He was paid $25 million this year to play quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts sit on the couch like you and me.

He talked Indy into NOT putting him on IR in September. Instead of a 53-man roster, the Colts operated with a 52-man roster the ENTIRE YEAR. That’s not selfish at all.    (more…)

Offense Wins Championships Too

February 4, 2012

Some of the more memorable title teams of the last fifty years have been characterized by their tough defenses.

The ’86 Bears and the 70’s Steelers. The Bulls of the 90’s and the Spurs of the 2000’s.

Perhaps this has fueled the notion that a team needs at least a very good defense to win on the biggest stage. In fact, offensive performances in championship games have been just as important. (more…)

Welcome to The Cult

January 20, 2012

The primary purpose of this blog is to discuss sports; focusing mainly on the

NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA football & basketball, & international soccer. My hope

is that we can keep this original and thought-provoking; and that this will be a

place that sports junkies can come to the get their fix.


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