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Why Old Man Raincloud isn’t a fan of the NFL Draft

 

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The NFL Draft has been dominating our television screens over the past few days.  It’s been a cavalcade of dreams come true for so many young men that have finally gotten to this point.  They have worked tirelessly since Pop Warner and finally get the chance to have their moment in the sun.

And at the risk of making it sound as if I’m raining on their parade, I guess that’s why I hate it so much.

In all fairness, it’s not the players’ fault.  It’s more the fault of the league who builds these guys up as if all of them are going to be stars.  The assumed positivity of the ESPN network has almost gotten out of control.  Sure, they’ll mention that a guy had a sub-average 40 time or that he tested positive for marijuana at the combine.  But they’ll also roll over it within seconds and then show one of their ridiculous over the top montages that Michael Jackson would have wanted during the “Dangerous” tour.  Which seems like it’s a little much for a dude that gets taken in the seventh round.    Continue reading

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The Cowboys are the Kardashians of the NFL

The Dallas Cowboys have slowly become more of a circus in the NFL than a team with a winning tradition. It seems when the Cowboys are mentioned on TV, it is because of some off the wall statement by Jerry Jones or from something not football related. Jerry Jones recently said the Cowboys are part of “the highest rated show on TV”. Um, Jerry, I didn’t think the NFL was a show, I thought it was a sport.

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The Sports Blog Movement Grading Breakdown of Week One of the 2014 NFL Season ‏

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The 2014 NFL schedule was released Tuesday, and I had planned on doing a column about which games would be the best on the lineup.  But then I realized two things:  1)  Somebody on this site will probably already be doing that, and 2) That’s not going to be as ruthless as me bagging on some of the other things that were going on in the league.

Thankfully, I never had to do that research.  The reason for that is because week one in the NFL is just about as big of a joke as one can find anywhere.  So without further ado, let’s take a look at just how weak week one is actually going to be.    Continue reading

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Obscure Spotlight: Vincent Brisby

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brisby Vincent “Ultimate” Brisby was one of the pre-eminent figures of the Patriots teams I grew up watching, which threw the ball around the sandlot before all the cool kids were doing it. These Parcells-led, Bledsoe-quarterbacked teams, however, were always in the hunt for greatness but never broke through to win it all.

Parcells’ first draft at the helm of New England was in 1993, and he picked Bledsoe with the first overall selection. The Pats had three second-rounders, and with the 56th pick, the last of the second round, they went with Brisby. A Houston native, Vincent went to UL-Monroe (then known as Northeast Louisiana), where he stood out, though the school was small and relatively unsuccessful.

Brisby’s best seasons came in 1994-95, his second and third seasons in the league, respectively. In 1995 he started all 16 games for the Patriots, catching 66 passes for 974 yards, along with…

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The 2014 NFL Offseason Has Proved That Free Agency Hyperactivity Is At An All Time High, and Two May Soon Be The New Three…

Former Giants Defensive end Justin Tuck looks forward to another explosive sub-.500 season

Former Giants Defensive end Justin Tuck looks forward to another explosive sub-.500 season in a different jersey

Now that NFL free agency has kind of slowed down, we’ve really had the opportunity to sit back and let it soak in. We’ve seen franchise guys move around, and with every passing year it seems to surprise us less. As very well that it should, because free agency is crazy these days.

As you very well may know, I am a diehard New York Giants fan. The Giants had their most active offseason in recent history where they made some decent acquisitions, even garnering a B+ rating from their beat writer on NFL.com. They have brought back WR Mario Manningham, signed corner Walter Thurmond from the Seattle Seahawks and acquired a big name in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to help him try and repair that less than impenetrable New York Giants secondary amongst several other players. For the first time in as long as I remember, they really impressed me by going out of their way to make bold moves.

But as Dubsism would say…Here’s the $64,000 question: Did the Giants finally decide to make moves based on the way that they are going to run their own franchise for the next ten years; or did they make moves based on the way that they rest of the league seems to be losing their patience with players who do not perform? I personally think this is a case of monkey-see, monkey-do. The New York Giants will never be trendsetters; the franchise is just simply too old and doesn’t have what it takes to stick their neck out and lead the way due to their football-oriented conservative fanbase and ownership. So I believe that they have finally just caught up with the rest of the league, but in their defense the rest of this league has moved really fast. Just think about what’s happened this offseason already… Continue reading

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DeSean Jackson to the Washington Redskins: A Step in the Right Direction or a Match Made in Hell?

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It’s official – the word came down late Tuesday evening that former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson will now join forces with Robert Griffin III in the D.C. area as they will both try to help the Redskins recover from a dismal 3-13 2013 season, and attempt to get them back to the playoffs and atop of the NFC East like they were the year before.

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SBM Exclusive: The BLAST-CAST – Volume 14: Remembering Ralph Wilson

SBM Blastcast HeaderOn Tuesday, the NFL lost an important figure, and the story simply isn’t getting the coverage it deserves. To fix that,  Ryan Meehan from East End Philadelphia and J-Dub from Dubsism take a look back at the contributions made to the NFL as we know it by the former owner of the Buffalo Bills, the late Ralph Wilson.

Click here to listen to or download the Blast-Cast (MP3 format)…The Blast-Cast is also available on Itunes; just search “SportsBlogMovement.”

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