NBA Dec 23 Lineup Advice

Last nights lineups hit in 50-50’s and GPP’s with a final score of 270.7!  The big plays were Matt Barnes(6x value), Will Barton(6x value). Take tha and combine it with solid plays from Marc Gasol, and Kyle Lowry and last nights lineup was a success. In daily fantasy it’s all about mixing your lineup with stars, and value plays who are low owned that go off for big performances. Now that we’ve reflected on yesterday, let’s look forward to the top plays for tonight’s 13 game slate.

Tim Frazier has an excellent matchup tonight facing the Pelicans who’s defense has been shaky at best this season. In his first start in replace of Lilliard, Frazier played every single minute putting up 12 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds. With his price tag so low, this is a great value play tonight at the PG position. 

Will Barton has been a stud so far this season. He has been running with the second team all year, but due to injury he got the starting nod last night, and absolutely showed he should stay there. You always have to be careful with recent bias with players, but I do believe Barton will perform tonight just as he did last night.

Matt Barnes vs Washington tonight seems to be the perfect matchup. He has such a low price tag for someone who can give you 30 or more FDP’s daily whether it’s from scoring, rebounding, assists, as he tends to fill the stat sheet.

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The NFL Over-30 Team Part 2

Yesterday was all about offense and today is now defense. There is a reason teams are selecting defensive line and corners earlier on in the draft, with a offense friendly league you need shut down players on defense to win games. Again this list is made up of active players 30 and older who make the biggest impact.

Defensive Line:

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1)Kyle Williams, 32, Buffalo Bills

 “Rex Ryan must be licking his chops using Big Kyle and 3-4 DE, where he’ll flourish as he did in 2013.”-Antonio D’ Arcangelis(Fantasy Football Articles) Williams is one of the best in the league and in a great spot to be the leader of a top 5 defense this year. With Rex coming into town the defense might actually get even better than it was before(if possible).There is no doubt to the skill of Williams and the Bills defense and with Tom Brady possibly serving his full 4 game suspension they could very well be in the mix for the division crown. If the Bills get good quarterback play this could be a team to watch this year and maybe end the NFL’s longest active streak of not making the playoffs.

2) Cameron Wake, 33, Miami Dolphins

Coming off an impressive 11.5 sack and 3 forced fumbles season Wake keeps proving that he’s one of the best. He may not be as fast as he was coming into this league but he has a knack for getting after the quarterback and thats what puts him on this list. The Dolphins are another team thats starting to get better and all of a sudden the AFC East may be an exciting division to watch this season.

Honorable Mention: R. Ninkovich, D. Ware, J. Tuck

Linebackers

1) Paul Posluszny, 30, Jacksonville Jaguars

Paul-Posluszny-Jacksonville-Jaguars-PP came from linebacker U and has been around this league for awhile and has made a name for himself. On one of the worst teams in the NFL his defense gets a lot more playing time on the field than wanted but he’s done everything he can to help his team win games. Since being with the Jags he has over 100 tackles each season except when getting injured. Paul is one of the few players in this league who can reach 150 tackles and chances are this next season that he does.

2) Derrick Johnson, 32, Kansas City Chiefs

Johnson had his 2014 campaign robbed from him when he got injured at the beginning of last year, however sources have said he looks sharp and will be good to game come week 1. In 2013 he had 95 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions and looked great over there in Arrowhead. Along with others on this list Johnson may not quite be what he was coming into the league however he is still one of the best at his position even being 32 years old. Heading into 2015 the AFC West could be up for grabs with Manning turning 39 and a new coach and several key players leaving including more than 50 percent of the line from 2014. This might give Johnson a chance to get Manning on the ground and help his team aim for a division crown.

Honorable Mention: K. Dansby, AJ Hawk, T. Hali

Cornerbacks:

1) D. Revis, 30, New York Jets

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrates with  Darrelle Revis #24 after defeating the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 01: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrates with Darrelle Revis #24 after defeating the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Being the cornerstone of the Super Bowl champion Patriots secondary last season Revis did what he seems to do year in and year out. Talk trash, back it up, win games. Now after landing back as a Jet for the second time only time will tell if Revis Island is still the same. He won’t have the same help that he did while up north in New England and by that I’m not saying the Jets defense is bad, but I’m saying he will be on the field possibly twice as much as last year with Geno being his quarterback and not Tom Brady. Revis had 14 pass breakups last season along with 41 tackles and 2 interceptions which is a very good season. Lets hope that Revis lets his game do his talking and see if he can bring leadership to that locker room and take his team to the next level, or at least to a .500 season.

2) Brent Grimes, 31, Miami Dolphins

Since landing in Miami at the beginning of 2013 Grimes has shown that he’s a shutdown corner in this league. He is the leader of the Dolphins secondary and last year had 57 tackles and 13 pass deflections. Last year Grimes had one of the top plays of the year when he had a one handed interception in the end zone and he is on record saying he believes it was the top play of the year over OBJ one handed touchdown against the Cowboys. They say defense wins championships and Grimes and Miami are headed in the right direction.

Honorable Mention: T. Newman, W. Gay

Safeties:

1) Eric Weddle, 30, San Diego Chargers

san-diego-chargers-safety-eric-weddleLast season Weddle was the rock of the Chargers defense and finished 6th in tackles amongst all players along with 8 pass deflections and 1 interception according to NFL.com player stats.He plays with the best of them, is a leader, and a fan favorite and is just a hustle guy which is what every team wants. Not only is he on the over-30 team but he’s a top 5 safety in the league if not higher. Phillip Rivers and Eric Weddle are the faces of this San Diego franchise and are both in contract years and neither have a deal coming into OTA’s and while Rivers publicly states he won’t bother till the season is over, Weddle has been very outspoken about the Chargers not respecting him and thinks that he is not in the teams long term plans. Only time will tell what can happen here, but with Los Angeles creeping ever so close for this team the faces and location of this franchise could look very different come next offseason.

2) Antrel Rolle, 32, Chicago Bears

Freshly landed in Chicago Rolle hopes to continue his success there as he did while in New York. 87 tackles and 3 interceptions last year landed him as one of the better safeties in the league. Rolle doesn’t stand out with lightning fast speed or aggressive coverage but his game is well rounded as he plays excellent pass coverage, and solid run support and ran the teams defensive backfield last year quite successfully. Now on the back half of his career Rolle hopes to play a significant role in getting the Bears defense back to what it used to be.

*Stats provided by: Pro Football Focus, NFL.com*

The NFL Over-30 Team Part 1

After seeing all these posts about this upcoming season relating to best and worst teams, sophomore slumps, up and comers, and the list goes on and on. I decided to take to the chalk board and do some research and come up with an All Star team of players older than 30. No hate on offensive linemen because we know without them, nobody else would be good however they are not on this list. It’s split it up into two pieces and this first one will be offensive players only.  

Quarterbacks:

1) Aaron Rodgers, 31, Green Bay Packers

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If there was ever a tough choice this was it. Quarterbacks these days usually don’t drop right into your hands especially ones that will land in Canton someday. “Highest-rated passer of all time” The NFL adopted the QB rating system in 1973 and at the time the top rater was Len Dawson and since that day only 9 players have been at the top of this list and back in 2010 Rodgers took over as number 1 with a rating of 104.9. Yes 104.9 which is more than 8 points higher than second which is Hall of Famer Steve Young. Since 2008 Rodgers has averaged 8.13 yards per pass attempt which is good enough for first, behind him is Philip Rivers at a close second with 8.11 YPA. The list goes on and on for #12 and there are so many reasons to think he’s not slowing down anytime soon. So Lions, Bears, and Viking fans just sit back and hope your defenses find a way to slow him down because there’s no stopping him.

2) Tom Brady, 37, New England Patriots

There won’t be a list out there with Quarterbacks that doesn’t have Brady on it, unless your looking at one for negative stats. For over a decade Brady has torched NFL defenses for stunning numbers and picking up 3 Lombardi Trophies and 2 league MVP awards and 10 Pro Bowls on the way. Not to mention more division titles than any other quarterback of all time. In 2007 we all saw the greatest offense of all time take the field and win week in and week out led by this man. Brady has over and over shown us that he doesn’t need the big name receivers or flashy running backs to succeed, just as long as the football is inflated correctly!

Honorable Mention: P. Manning, D. Brees, B. Roethlisberger, P. Rivers

Running Backs:

1) Adrian Peterson, 30, Minnesota Vikings

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 Six fastest player to reach 8,000 yards and thats saying something in todays NFL. Even With only 21 carries for 75 yards and no touchdowns and that whole circus of a year he’s had off the field, he’s still the best in the game. Why do you think no matter how much he complains publicly and says he wants out the Vikings say he won’t be going anywhere this year, because he’s the best in the game. This year AP has hit that “golden age” where running backs go to die and thats 30 years old. If Bridgewater and Co. want to succeed this year they need to hand the ball of to him 20 plus times and have a conservative pass game similar to what you’ll see in Orchard Park this season. I believe we will see the old Peterson because this for all intended purposes is a try out for him, because we know next year he will be somewhere else and if he wants one last deal he’s going to need to have a great year.

2) Reggie Bush, 30, San Francisco 49ers

This was a tough choice as well seeing as there are not many running backs still in the game over 30. However Bush has one thing that the rest of them really don’t and that is hope. He’s in the perfect situation for this upcoming season. On his fourth team Bush seems ready to prove that he was worth a top 2 pick in the draft 10 years ago. Statistically we most likely won’t see a 1,000 yard rusher again, and even that only happened twice (2011,2013) but he’s a great back out of the back field worthy of 40-50 catches and 500 yards with the ability to return kicks. He’s been set in the perfect style offense to compliment his game so only time will tell if he makes the best of it.

Honorable Mention: F. Jackson, D. Sproles, D. Woodhead, S. Jackson

Wide Receivers:

1) Brandon Marshall, 31, New York Jets

marshall_bears1Talk about making the best out of your situation. Marshall has had to deal with the sleepy Jay Cutler for the larger part of his career and still managed to crack 1,000 yards and 10 plus touchdowns almost every season. Also on his fourth team Marshall hasn’t really fallen into a receivers perfect situation now having Geno Smith as his gun slinger. The Jets however have improved and seem promising with their new head coach and additions on both sides of the ball. Geno hasn’t had much talent around him to start his career and Marshall might just be what he needs to start showing his worth in this league, because one thing is for sure if he doesn’t get him the ball Marshall will let him know publicly.

2) Larry Fitzgerald, 31, Arizona Cardinals

In his 12th season Fitzgerald has never missed more than 3 games and has played 16 games in 8 of them showing that he is truly an iron man. One of the most iconic moments in Super Bowl History came when we watched Larry running down the middle of the field looking up at the huge jumbotron in the stadium to see who’s behind him. Yes his stats have been down lately especially last season but you couldn’t put Dez Bryant into that system last year and have him succeed with the quarterbacks that played after Palmer went down. Your guaranteed about 70 catches and 8-1,000 yards with great leadership and what offense doesn’t want that. It does help that everyone loves Fitz and the fact that he’s a class act and always has been.

Honorable Mention: A. Boldin, A. Johnson, R. White

Tight Ends:

1) Antonio Gates, 34, San Diego Chargers

p1_gatesPart of the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2nd team All-200s Team, 8 consecutive Pro Bowls from 2004 to 2011 and widely considered one of the best to ever play the position. Gates came out of college as a basketball player converted to tight end and the Chargers took a gamble and its paid off now for over a decade. He’s the chargers all time leading receiver along with half a dozen other records. He serves as a mentor to his teammates and players around the league. He managed to get his second highest touchdown total last year with 12 and 800 yards at 11.9 per catch running around out there with fresh legs. He has said publicly that he does want to reduce his snaps during the regular season so he’s ready to go down the stretch for a playoff run and the Chargers have high hopes this year especially with the new addition Melvin Gordon at running back. When its all over Gates will be a first ballot HOF and the game will definitely miss him.

2) Jason Witten, 33, Dallas Cowboys

You want a guy who won’t miss a single game…ever? This is your man, Witten has played in 191 total games in his career and hasn’t missed one since 2003 his rookie season. Four 1,000 yard seasons and only five fumbles in his entire career. Another class act who lets his play do his talking and is just a flat out hard worker. Another player who someday could be in Canton and it will be a tough day for all Cowboy fans when he decides to hang up the laces. Both Witten and Gates both seem to have a connection with their respectful quarterbacks and seem to know what each other are thinking and its fun to watch.

Honorable Mention: V. Davis, H. Miller

All these player here can just flat out play the game of football and of course there are dozens more that lead teams and are very successful. Stay tuned for all defensive positions and thanks for reading.

*Stats are provided by NFL.com & NBCSports*

When’s it time to say goodbye?

The quarterback is the most important position on the field. If your a fan of the NFL you probably remember the disaster of Brett Favre’s last few years, where he couldn’t figure out if he wanted to still play or just do commercials. That is the perfect example of “when it’s time to say goodbye” and the packers couldn’t of handled it any better. Let’s take a look a little deeper into a couple of the most recent goodbyes to franchise players.

  Brett Favre is undoubtedly one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. However those guys behind the scenes over there in the land of cheese are brilliant. They knew around year 14 with their quarterback that they should start looking for his replacement, and instead of waiting until he was gone they did it the correct way and found that next guy sooner than later. In 2005 they drafted this 6 ft 2 stud from Cal and his name was Aaron Rodgers. Coming into the NFL most guys want to immediately become “the guy” and lead his team to the promised land, however more times than not it doesn’t work out that way. Just for example Peyton Manning, another all time great did absolutely horrible in his rookie year(at least compared to the rest of his career). Aaron Rodgers ended up sitting behind Brett Favre for his first three seasons and became the starter in 2008. While behind Favre he sat their like a sponge and soaked in as much knowledge as he could from the future Hall of Famer and it clearly paid dividends because in 2010 Rodgers led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory and was then named SB MVP. Every seasons since then Rodgers is in the top 5 in practically every category and in the running for league MVP. If you look at the teams that are year in and year out competing for a playoff spot they have something in common, a leader at the helm, a solid quarterback. Also vice versa the teams competing for the worst of the league have something in common, a suspect quarterback who either doesn’t have the talent around him or was thrown into a terrible situation without the luxury of learning from an all star who was their before him. 

 Another reason you might let go of your franchise quarterback who’s in his mid 30’s is because of injuries. Let’s be honest, will you ever get your future gun slinger off the free agent market? Not if he’s any good. You never see a top 10, or even top 15 guy out there because teams hold on to the good ones for dear life.You don’t let go of someone who has the talent and the right mindset to lead you to playoff victories, you just don’t. A few years ago though, we saw one the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game out on the market no strings attached. That guy’s name is Peyton Manning. He led the colts to a super bowl victory and led them to the playoffs more times than not. Then old father time set in and Manning had a couple neck surgeries that sidelined him an entire season and the colts won 2 games that year just showing how important Manning was to a playoff team the year before. The colts were now sitting in a challenging position, do they get rid of the guy who’s filled their seats for over a decade and delivered them a victory in the Super Bowl or do they pay him millions and millions of dollars unsure of what he can actually produce on the field. What made their decision a little easier was the 2012 quarterback draft class including Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. As we all know they decided to let Manning go and draft their future guy Andrew Luck. When the colts let him go, the feeding frenzy commenced and for awhile there ESPN had their hands full with rumors and teams going crazy. For awhile we heard the 49ers, Seahawks, Broncos to name a few, not including all those teams with under .500 records begging for a gift from god to make Manning come to their city. It just goes to show you how a player of that caliber never makes it to the market. Anyway, he ended up with the Broncos and has led them to a Super Bowl appearance and a few of the best years they’ve had since the Elway days. The Colts and Andrew Luck didn’t have the luxury that Aaron Rodgers had, or Brady, or Rivers and that’s a proven guy ahead of him to learn from. Like I said before when you get thrown into a situation, with extremely high expectations more times than not you fail, or at least not meet the standards that are expected. What Andrew Luck has done is simply unheard of. With a suspect defense, and a subpar running game he has led them a couple of division crowns and a few playoff wins, including that hell of a game against the Chiefs a couple of years ago.

In the end, what matters most in the NFL is having some under center who can control the offense and win you ball games. If you have an aging quarterback, especially one that has injury problems you need to think of the future. It’s never too early to find a backup that way you can groom him to be just what you want all the while he gets the best hands on training available in the game and thats a proven quarterback.

Sports Fans: What makes us, us?

We all know that one guy, you know that fan of their favorite team who knows “everything” about his team. He could tell you every highlight from his team’s most glorified season. He subscribes to ten apps that send him notifications of whats going on in the sports world, even though they’ll all say the same thing. I’ll be honest, I am that typical fan who’s absolutely crazy about his teams, although I am no longer 18 so I don’t really have the time to still follow 5 different sports so I mainly stick to NFL and my San Diego Super Chargers! ( most glorified seasons is a toss up between ’94 and ’07). Anyway back to the topic at hand and what makes us so crazy about our teams? Why do we plan our lives around a team that we have absolutely no affiliation with? Is it because we are ultra competitive and have a serious need to connect to similarly minded people and use it as a way to “fit in”? Is it a way to fit in with the local community? The possibilities are honestly endless but I am going to just dive into a few different possible reasons.

Let’s start off with a bang and dive into the most obnoxious, committed fans in all of sports. Oakland Raiders fans. I know they went to a super bowl not all that long ago, but what have they had to cheer for this past decade? To be honest, nothing, they’ve gone through more Quarterbacks than Adam Sandler’s gone through bad movies. However year in and year out, there stadium is packed to full capacity, roaring and making it difficult for any team that comes to the bay area. Outside of having an actual personal connection within the organization and those fans that have been around since the glory days why is it this way? I think especially with the Raiders it has a lot to do with identity. What I mean by that is wanting or needing to be a part of something bigger than yourself, have a strong identity that you can relate to with thousands of other people around the United States. We as humans since the early days have always stuck together in groups of people who are similar to us whether it’s our standards or interests and I think the same reasoning applies here. When you become part of a group, not only do you have an identity, you have a common goal and in this case its that Lombardi Trophy and that is another reason we tend to spend hundreds of dollars every year if not more on tickets and our teams gear. Don’t worry Raiders fans at least your not Bills fans who probably still have the words “wide right” stuck in their heads, at least you have something to look forward to (Derek Carr, and the retirement of Peyton Manning).

Another reason were so crazy about sports, which I think is my probably my favorite is debate. Who doesn’t love a good debate about who’s point guard is better, or who has a better defense, or heck even who has a tougher schedule? Whether your at home with your friends on a Sunday night or at the local bar, or at school, or work you can strike up a debate with one sentence and it could go on for honestly hours. For example when I was in the service back in 2010 on one monday, one of my old SSgt’s(boss) came in and knew that the previous friday a few of my friends and I had talked a lot of trash about who’s team is better and my team the Chargers were playing the Packers and I had said how Rivers was better than Rodgers and said we would win. Turns out the game was a barn burner and the Packers won on the final drive and the score was something like 45-38. So all he did was come in and say, “Go Pack Go” and at the time I just lost it! In a non threatening way and we talked literally all day long and I tried to convince everyone that the chargers should’ve won, and to this day my SSgt will message me and make a comment about that day.(Rodgers won the MVP that year) maybe even the Super Bowl as well! Just my luck.

The last point I am going to make is that sports tends to be a release or even a escape. If you have ever been to a professional sports game you have felt that adrenaline pumping through your veins, ready to explode at the drop of a dime, having the time of your life not caring about the $200 you just spent on your ticket. At the end of the day, its entertainment and nothing beats a great sports game. For some people it can be a release because they were that “if coach would’ve played me in high school I’d be pro” and they need to stick to their fantasy. Or for the more normal person it allows you to do something that I can’t wait to do in about 4 years when I am able to teach my son, Ryan how to throw a football and what better way to do that then to show him my favorite team. Not only do I get to teach my son one of America’s greatest past times, I get to try and convince him to hop on and join me as a fan of my favorite team(not mom’s). Sports can be a release for some because of so many different reasons good and bad. You might be depressed and the only way for you to get excited is to see your favorite team throw a no hitter, or to go see your favorite player sign autographs and get a picture. You may have relationship problems, might want to escape from your real world problems for 2-3 hours, or just want an excuse to go crazy every Sunday!

At the end of the day, do what makes you happy, live life to the fullest, and if that means go crazy for a few hours then so be it! Go Chargers!

“I’m Blind, I’m Deaf, I Wanna be a Ref”

Back in 2005 when I was a freshman in high school I was watching one of my very first Varsity Basketball games and heard this chant from our crowd that has stuck with me all these years. “I’m blind, I’m deaf, I wanna be a ref” and at the time of course I joined in and was yelling it too! Ten years later I now realize how hard of a job being a ref actually is even at a high school level. Not many people truly appreciate how difficult it is to make split second calls especially when you don’t always have a great angle, or have instant replay.

Never in my short 20 years of faithfully watching sports multiple times per week have I seen a penalty or flag be overturned from a player arguing with the official. So my question to you is why? what is the point honestly? I’m no professional nor am I clueless and I know that the right call isn’t always the call that is made. Whether your watching an NBA game, NFL game, MLB game, NHL game, all the way down to dodgeball at the local SkyZone you will see a player argue with the man in stripes.

There are young athletes all over the world watching these players every move, especially in today’s world with how the media is involved everywhere you look. Newsflash Russell Westbrook!! Your supposed to be a role model. So as most of you all know the NBA playoffs recently started and something happened in the last week of the regular season that I would love to bring up, and yes it does have to deal with Mr. Westbrook. One rule in the NBA is they only allow you to get a certain amount of technical fouls per year before they suspend you for “x” amount of games. Westbrook passed the allowed amount on the second to last game where he fouled a player, got into a heated argument with the ref, and got the technical foul. It was clear to everyone in the game, to the official, and probably to everyone watching that wasn’t a fan of Oklahoma City. So thats why I was very confused when later the next day the NBA announced that they were revoking the technical which allowed Russell Westbrook to play in the last game of the season. Now I can only really think of one reason that this could ever be allowed. That reason is TV Ratings! Sports, yes it is entertainment but even more important than that is that its a business. And what better way to get a boost in ratings than a 3 team race for 1 spot in the playoffs? So what I think happened is they realized who the Thunder were playing(Memphis Grizzlies) ¬†in their last game and they knew that if he didn’t play then 1) they wouldn’t attract as big a crowd, 2) They most likely wouldn’t compete and eventually would lose the game, 3) The NBA wanted the Thunder to be the last team to make the playoffs and wanted them to have a better chance. Could I be wrong? Absolutely, but just think about it for a second. If my 3rd option is correct and the NBA was trying to get a specific team in for whatever there reasoning, that opens up another topic that nobody wants to believe exists and thats “fixed games”.

Before I get way to off topic I want to switch my focus back to the men wearing black and white, or at least the people always yelling at them. So yes of course there has always been arguments between players and refs but I’d say for the last 15 years or so the number of altercations has only gone up. So what has changed? I would argue that one thing that hasn’t is the Refs. My opinion is the players playing these games at ALL levels have changed. So I understand every parent wants the best for their kids, and I know this first hand being one myself. I get that you want the best team, the best coach, the best shoes, and so on but I think as a parent you need to teach your children to respect people of “power”. I want to use that term loosely when talking about sports. When I say power I don’t mean the police, or the President, although I do agree that you should educate your kids about that, I’m not here to discuss that right now. What I mean is the teams coach, or for the sake of this article I am mainly talking about the refs. I have seen so many cases over the years about parents becoming delusional while watching their kids play.I think we have all seen those parents in the crowd screaming at the court when a foul is called on their kid right? Where do you think these kids are getting it from? It starts with their parents thinking that their athlete is untouchable, then he/she turns around and is watching professionals doing the same thing so I mean come on, why not do it? I think everyone needs to relax with all these accusations saying the refs are cheating, or calling fouls only on one team. Look I understand maybe it happens, I won’t say its not possible but not every cop is crooked, and not every ref is a fake.

I hope we all haven’t already forgot about that incident that happened only a handful of years ago in the NFL which should have resulted in everyone signing a thank you card to the refs of the league. For those who forgot or never heard, the refs went on strike with the league and we had to watch these second class refs try to look like they knew what they were doing out there and it was god awful. These professional refs are completely under-appreciated around the world. Hopefully I didn’t get too off topic here today and you were able to follow along! Oh yeah and if you wanna make a change in the sports world, go ahead and learn how to be an official and show us how its done! And get that extra pay check while your at it :)!

Brain Trauma

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of brain trauma? or even a head or neck injury? Some may say car crash, military maybe, we mostly link brain injuries with a major accident that has happened in our lives. When did football, something we have been doing for decades, find its way into this conversation? I have a strong opinion on the topic but I encourage you to give me yours because I don’t know if there is a one answer to my next question. Is football really as dangerous as the media has said it is?

So have major injuries really skyrocketed or is it all in our heads? If you follow the NFL then you know that they went to court and settled with a number of players from the 80’s and 90’s for millions of dollars(I think ballpark 6700 million). To me I cannot believe the players won this court case.Basically, a review of this case is the NFL agreed to pay all medical bills, research, and pain and suffering to over 18,000 players. I understand some of these retired players suffer from dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s and they are claiming it’s completely the NFL’s fault. They had accused the NFL of hiding the dangers of concussions and teams rushing players back from these injuries because they were making a killer profit from all the crazy hits and “highlight reel” plays. The NFL has denied these accusations from the start saying that safety is their number one concern and always has been. Some of the bigger name athletes involved in this case include Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett, Jim McMahon, and the family of Junior Seau who recently committed suicide. The settlement agreement made it so the max a player could get was 5 million and that was if they had Alzheimer’s disease, 4 million for players who were diagnosed with a brain conditioned called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Also any player diagnosed with dementia would be awarded 3 million. One condition the NFL had under these agreements was that they would not have to disclose internal files about what they knew, and when about concussion-linked brain problems.

So recently the NFL has made rule changes about kick offs, and where you can hit a player, and protocols to make the players and coaches more aware. Which is great and I am glad they have but let’s be honest, are you saying the players had no idea what they were doing to their bodies? You had no idea that these absolutely massive hits that bring you to the ground and cause you to see stars or go limp were actually doing long term damage? When you as a player in the NFL decided to sign a contract, which is worth MILLIONS of dollars I think you are completely aware of all the risks involved. I understand everyone wants to play and the doctors can give you their expert opinion but who knows your body better than yourself? Nobody. So when you’re sitting there hurting and can’t think straight maybe you should listen to the doctor and not play. Nobody is putting a gun to these players head saying you must absolutely play or you’re dead. Each and every player has a choice and our surrounded by the best personal trainers and doctors we have to offer in this country. I guess my point I am trying to make is that once you sign the contract, that is showing you understand the risk and you need to tell the team when you’re ready to go and when you’re not ready. While your a player I do believe you should have full medical coverage,but to say the NFL is at fault for about one third of the 18,000 retired players medical problems I think is silly. Unless the NFL made them play, or hid X-rays or medical information from these players I think it’s not their fault.

What do you think the rule should be? Do you think what I am saying is right? Or completely off and idiotic? We all love the sport and are glued to the television every year, and I absolutely hate seeing players go down with injuries, but at the same time they do know the risks and opted to play. It’s a touchy subject, and I am interested in learning more! That’s all for now, I look forward to hearing from you!