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Johnny's Vegas Vacation
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Johnny Manziel Vegas Cleveland Browns Cleveland Sports Media



The Cleveland media has lost it's goddamn mind...They are shocked...They are upset...They frustrated...And very few of them are smart...or at least they just are trying to get listeners, or page views, by harping on the fact that Johnny Manziel spent this past weekend in Vegas...

Now, to be clear, just about every fucking idiot member of the Cleveland sports media, wanted the Browns to draft Johnny Manziel...We all knew his background...We all knew he parties...Dude went to Texas A&M...and showed up at a Texas frat party drunk, just to talk shit...We all know he's cocky, and he does what he wants...That's why I thought drafting him was a horrible idea...Along with the fact that he's short, and I don't think he'll last in the NFL...

So why the hell are all of you people shocked?  Why are you ranting and raving that this dick-bag went to Vegas on his weekend off?  You sound like assholes...Whimpering, jealous, douchebag, assholes...This is what Manziel does...He's brash...That's what you wanted...You got it...Deal with it...Shut the fuck up!

As a Clevelander, I've decided the tables need to be turned...I want to know what the Cleveland sports media members did this past weekend...How did you spend your weekend Kiley and Booms? Hey Rizzo, what did you do? Did you get drunk, again? Did you rough up your wife again Rizzo? Tony Grossi and Mary Kay Hack, what did you do this weekend?  How many times did you diddle yourself Mary Kay, as you drooled over pictures of Manziel?  Stupid Jim Donovan, what did you do this weekend? Did you fantasize about a threesome with Kris Pickel and Betsy Kling?

The media now being a 24/7 thing, with the help of Twitter and Instagram, seems to harp on the nonsense and ignore any real substance....Manziel went to Vegas...He's 21, got money, had the weekend off...I'd be more concerned if he didn't go some where and enjoy himself...

Grow the fuck up Cleveland.

The Beeze.

Sports Friday with Hal: Memorial Day Weekend
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football Free agency draft news notes NBA NBA Draft

Happy Friday!


Hope everyone is gearing up for a great holiday weekend. Memorial Day may seem to be a day off, a car dealership sales weekend, or just an excuse to grill meat, but it is a solemn holiday and probably the most poignant holiday on the calendar.  Be sure to take some time to reflect on our freedom and rights that so many sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for each and every day.



The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the third time in four years despite a less than 2% chance of getting the top pick. FIRE UP THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES.


My first thought was “Gotta make up for David Stern putting a gun to LeDouche’s head and moving him to Miami” “Gotta give Cleveland another #1 to make up for losing LeBron James”.  


So do teams win by being in a location welcoming to free agents (Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, etc), the best head coach/GM duo maybe ever (San Antonio), or lucking out in the lottery (Oklahoma City and Cleveland with LeBron). Of course, since LeBron checked out of Cleveland, the draft has hardly been kind to Cleveland. Add in teams like Minnesota (ten straight lotteries!) and Sacramento (seven straight lotteries!) and it can be a flawed system without a little luck.


This year it was Milwaukee and Philadelphia who engaged in one of the LEAST-engaging battles in NBA history for the most ping-pong balls.  Despite both of them blatantly throwing the season, neither was “rewarded” for “winning” with the most losses and chances for the #1 pick.


Of course, this led to much debate (as always happens) about changing the draft pick lottery system. Of course it is flawed, but then how would the league Commissioner be able to shuttle the best players to the team’s he has chosen worthy of succeeding?






The Patriots brought in former Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas for a workout this week.  Thomas is easy to root for having had torn his right ACL in both 2011 AND 2012 and came back strong last season. Thomas started slow (predictably) but by the end of the season he had some excellent games playing the slot cornerback position.  Last year (per ProFootballFocus.com) he only allowed two touchdowns in the last nine games after allowing four in his first five games.


Although New England has a very good slot cornerback in the much-maligned Kyle Arrington (he can’t play outside but he is fantastic inside), they resigned him at a premium price. If Thomas can provide quality play at ⅛ the price, he is a shoo-in to steal a roster spot. New England has to think about clearing cap space for Darrelle Revis long-term and Arrington could be a victim.




Draft pick signings have gone from high drama to nothing exciting.  With the new CBA there just aren’t any issues anymore and players get slotted and signed quickly. For the league it is a huge win as teams do not suffer through long, drawn-out contentious signings with way too much money tied up in unproven players. For the players, it’s a huge win as they get the playbook and get practicing asap. For the fans, it’s less drama but a better product on the field.




ProFootballFocus.com did their top 101 players (based on 2013) and it was a very interesting list. Not sure if its “premium content, but screw it, here’s the list:

1.  J.J. Watt

2.  Robert Quinn

3.  Peyton Manning

4.  Gerald McCoy

5.  Lavonte David

6.  Richard Sherman

7.  Evan Mathis

8.  Lesean McCoy

9.  Andrew Whitworth

10. Marshawn Lynch

11.  Jamaal Charles

12. Joe Thomas

13. Jimmy Graham

14. Robert Mathis

15. Trent Williams

16. Michael Bennett

17. Ndamukong Suh

18. Darrelle Revis

19. Calais Campbell

20. Earl Thomas

21. Justin Houston

22. Devin McCourty

23. Brent Grimes

24. Patrick Willis

25. Josh Sitton

26. Kyle D. Williams

27. Jurrell Casey

28. Kam Chancellor

29. Marcell Dareus

30. Dontari Poe

31. NaVorro Bowman

32. Brandon Marshall

33. Antonio Brown

34. Jason Peters

35. Calvin Johnson

36. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

37. Eric Berry

38. Adrian L. Peterson

39. Jordy Nelson

40. Cameron Jordan

41. Greg Hardy

42. Jordan Gross

43. Philip Rivers

44. Tyron Smith

45. Louis Vasquez

46. Cameron Wake

47. Anquan Boldin

48. Russell Wilson

49. Keenan Lewis

50. Terrance Knighton

51. Andre Johnson

52. Thomas Davis

53. DeMaryius Thomas

54. Joe Staley

55. Randy Starks

56. Brandon Mebane

57. Tamba Hali

58. Patrick Peterson

59. Karlos Dansby

60. Drew Brees

61. Donte Whitner

62. Stephen Tulloch

63. Keenan Allen

64. Chris Harris Jr.

65. Aldon Smith

66. Jason Hatcher

67. Larry Warford

68. Von Miller

69. Elvis Dumervil

70. Eddie Lacy

71. Nate Solder

72. Derrick O. Johnson

73. Alshon Jeffery

74. Josh Gordon

75. Joe Haden

76. DeMarco Murray

77. Brian Orakpo

78. Jason Kelce

79. Desmond Trufant

80. Luke Kuechly

81. Sheldon Richardson

82. Alex Mack

83. Michael D. Johnson

84. Tyrann Mathieu

85. Vontaze Burfict

86. Will Hill

87. John Sullivan

88. Trent Cole

89. DeSean Jackson

90. Tom Brady

91. Damon Harrison

92. T.Y. Hilton

93. Alterraun Verner

94. Cliff Avril

95. Troy Polamalu

96. Eric Weddle

97. A.J. Green

98. Phil Loadholt

99. Jake Long

100. T.J. Ward

101. Marques Colston


Very interesting, and it’s clear that PFF loves the big, fat linemen. J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn over Manning is a definite surprise. How many people have Tampa’s  DT Gerald McCoy and LB Lavonte David as top 5 players?  Cincinnati G/T Andrew Whitworth and Philadelphia tackle Evan Mathis as top 10 talents?  Not exactly the NFL.com top 100 players for sure.




Ravens running back Ray Rice has skated and is now avoiding prosecution for knocking his fiancee/now wife unconscious and dragging her through the casino. Today (Friday) they are supposed to have a joint press conference to announce he went through a “diversion program” and the team is bending over backwards to slobber praise all over Rice. Hopefully the NFL manages to suspend the woman-beating scumbag for at least a few game checks.  It sends a bad message to let him get away with it after such a prominent display of aggression off-the-field.


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OK, that’s it for today! Have a great long weekend all!


Deep Thoughts 5-21-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: San Antonio Spurs Olivo takes a bite of Guerrero Tony LaRussa back in baseball Allen HS football stadium is closed for repairs NFL sued again
















Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts.  I have been slammed at work and have been doing a bit of traveling to look at JUCO baseball opportunities for my son. I have not been too busy to enjoy the great weather we have had this month. I can't recall a May that has been as pleasant as it is has been in Austin this year. Of course we have had a few humid days in the 90s, but more in the 80s with cool evenings. If we can just get a bit of rain in the hill country, it will be perfect.

I caught a bit of sports radio on Tuesday and found myself nodding my head as I drove along. The guys were talking about the perception that the Spurs were an old team that played the game at a slow pace. If you caught any of the OKC vs San Antonio game this week, you were probably surprised how efficiently that the Spurs deposed of the Thunder. The Thunder tried every combination imaginable and it simply did not matter. The talking heads commented that the Spurs motion offense looked very similar to the offense that the Harlem Globetrotters used to run. That is a bit of a stretch, but his point was valid. San Antonio executes their offense and at times it does look like they are playing the Washington Generals. The beautiful thing about watching the Spurs is the lack of selfish play. There is no ego or look at me in this team…it truly is basketball played the way it was meant to be played. A comparison to the NFL’s Patriots would not be far off. They have it figured out in San Antonio; it is just a shame that more do not appreciate the greatness of this team. Oh well…maybe history will shine a brighter light on the Spurs than we currently see. Of course, I get the feeling that the Spurs really don’t care what everyone else thinks. They play for themselves and Pop…which is really pretty cool. Here is a very good tribute to the Spurs…it takes a few minutes, but is worth it.








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I read that Mike Tyson made an appearance at the Albuquerque Isotopes game on Tuesday night. Okay, it was not Mike Tyson, but only a Tyson imitator. Apparently hot shot Cuban prospect Alex Guerrero said something to Miguel Olivo that Olivo took offense to.  A brief skirmish began at the mound as pitchers were being changed. This was quickly broken up, but evidently cross words were continued in the dugout. Word is that Olivo took a huge bite out of Guerrero’s ear. This was not a small nibble, but a man sized chunk. Guerrero was to undergo plastic surgery late Tuesday. I wonder how the Dodger brass will resolve this. My money is on Guerrero. Olivo is a 35 year old journeyman catcher, while Guerrero signed a multi-million dollar deal in the offseason. Whatever the outcome, it is tough to imagine any circumstance where biting off an ear is acceptable. Reports are that police are investigating. No word if Olivo will be quarantined for 10 days…



So much for Tony LaRussa’s retirement from baseball…it was announced this week that LaRussa would take a position with the Arizona DBacks as Chief Baseball Officer. That may be his title today; but I doubt that Kevin Towers (GM) and Kurt Gibson (Mgr) are very comfortable with LaRussa looking over their shoulder. I am really surprised that Arizona has played so poorly this year. There is no doubt that injuries have had a play in their poor beginning, but with the payroll they have…I guess it figures that something had to change. It only seemed to be yesterday that Arizona was a team loaded with young talent. My guess is that it won’t take long for LaRussa to make his presence known. Any bets that he finishes the season on the field?



Word out of the NFL today is that former players have filed suit against the NFL claiming that the NFL gave them drugs to keep them on the field. Broken bones were allegedly kept from players. One player had elevated levels of protein in his urine that the team doctors “overlooked” when doing his yearly physical. When asked about the law suit, Roger Goodell  said, ''Our attorneys have not seen the lawsuit and obviously I have been in meetings all day.'' Obviously Roger…



Some time back, I wrote about the magnificent football stadium that was built in Allen Texas. The stadium was state of the art…huge jumbotron with seating for 18,000. The total bill to build was $60 million. The Allen Eagles opened the stadium in August of 2012. This year, they will be playing their home games in Plano, Texas. The grand stadium has been closed due to deteriorating concrete that has been deemed unsafe for the public. The architect (PBK Architects) and construction company (Pogue Construction) have pledged to repair the stadium at no cost to the Allen School District. Of course, there is that small weekly amount of $5300 per game to rent the Plano field. I guess that $60 million just does not buy what it used to...


Carl Spackler reminded me recently of an old Johnny Monkey blog. Since the bad ass monkey has been MIA, I thought that it would be fun to remind us of our furry friend...wherever he is.


Hello my Gab friends. It has been awhile since I stopped by and I thought it was time to treat you to a few of my thoughts. Johnny Monkey has been compared to another and Johnny Monkey felt that it was time to "differentiate" an interesting man and a bad ass monkey. Here are a few items that you may find, "interesting"...


When Johnny Monkey eats at a restaurant, the waiters tip him.

Traffic lights turn green whenever he approaches the light.

Mimes can’t shut up around Johnny Monkey.

When there is a real emergency, 911 calls Johnny Monkey.

Wherever Johnny Monkey lives, the locals learn to speak his language.

When Johnny Monkey goes fishing, he does not need bait…the fish simply jump in his boat.

Johnny Monkey once made a bad man kick his own ass.

Life gives Johnny Monkey lemonade, never lemons.

Wilt Chamberlain read Johnny Monkey’s book about women.

 After the most interesting man in the world left The Virgin Islands, it was just called The Islands. After Johnny Monkey left, they were called The Satisfied Islands.

At birth, Johnny Monkey slapped the doctor.

Pilots allow Johnny Monkey to talk on his cell phone.

Johnny Monkey is friends with Big Foot and the Loch Ness monster.

Johnny Monkey can french in any language.

Rubik’s cube was a gift to Rubik from Johnny Monkey.

When Johnny Monkey met an alien, the alien asked Johnny Monkey to probe him…



Don't forget to keep eating your vegetables...


Since this is graduation season, I wanted to finish this week's blog with a tribute to graduates and veterans. At the University of Texas graduation on May 17th Naval Adm.Wiliam H. McRaven was invited to address the graduates. I will post this video for your viewing and I hope you take a moment to listen. The words he laid on this graduating class are invaluable. McRaven's speaks about his Navy Seals training and how important it was in shaping his life. He brings new meaning to making lemonade when life hands you lemons. It is my hope that on this week leading to our Memorial Day holiday that you can take a moment to hear McRaven's word...they are powerful. Also, if you know a veteran...thank him for his service. It is because of the brave men and women that serve that we are able to enjoy the freedom we have.






I happened to see a video and follow up fun of the Lance Stephenson flop. SportsNation asked fans to put the "sleeping" Stephenson in different places. This is really funny, but the NBA was not as amused. Stephenson was fined $5000 for flopping. No word if he was fined for "sleeping" on the job!


Here is the live "flop" and nap...







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Now that...is funny. Hope you enjoy as well!










That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…



"Don't ever get your speedometer confused with your clock, like I did once, because the faster you go the later you think you are."


It makes me mad when people say I turned and ran like a scared rabbit. Maybe it was like an angry rabbit, who was going to fight in another fight, away from the first fight.



Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…





Sunday Musings #147
Category: User Showcase
Tags: BostonBruins NBA WNBA NFL NewYorkGiants HighSchoolSports ClevelandCavaliers GoldenStateWarriors DetroitPistons BostonCollegeEaglesBasketball
While trying to keep my fingers attached as I've written a ton of articles this week...
And thus dies the hope for another Stanley Cup. The Bruins lost Game 7 this week to end their season. I have to wonder what the people who were raving about the Bruins winning the President's Cup think of that "honor" now that the IMPORTANT Cup will go to another team this year.
Former BC men's basketball player Ryan Anderson completed the process of transferring away from the Eagles this past week as he committed to Arizona. I'm not happy that he left the team, but I wish him well.
The interesting part of the draft for me was when I learned that former BC running back Andre Williams ended up going in the fourth round to the New York Giants. A lot was made about how Tom Coughlin loving former BC players, but I think Williams can be a plus to the team. I sent a tweet to Williams congratulation him and wishing him luck (except against the Patriots, of course).
Also, Williams has already signed with the team and you can check out an early look at what his Giants Jersey will look like below.
On the opposite end of the draft spectrum was San Diego State running back Adam Muema who let his cheese slip off the cracker by totally wigging out leading up to the draft. You can check out the details on the sad and rather pathetic story here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140515/adam-muema-san-diego-state-nfl-draft/
And then there was Michael Sam. After finally getting drafted in round seven, the video of him kissing his boyfriend was played ad nauseum. It got covered on Sportscenter like it was a championship moment or something.
And of course, the haters came out of the woodwork when players started sending out negative tweets about the video. Seriously, he kissed his boyfriend. Unlike the players attending the draft who seem to kiss a couple dozen people before they ever make it up onto the stage and slowing down the whole process. People need to grow up.
He was judged as a football player and found wanting in several areas, but the Rams took a flyer on him.
It would seem to be a good fit for him, staying in the same state where he'd already built up a support system while at the University of Missouri.
But the support is already eroding after it came out that Sam had a deal in place with Oprah Winfrey's OWN network for a reality show BEFORE THE DRAFT and didn't tell the NFL or the Rams. For someone who wanted to be judged solely as a football player, he now doesn't seem to understand the realities of life as a seventh round pick.
And when his agent claimed the NFL knew about the deal and approved it, he got smacked down when an NFL spokesperson refuted the claims and said that neither they or the Rams would be allowing logos or football footage to be used on the show.
The whole thing smacks of a great big bill of goods that was sold to the public and any sense of genuine joy or what have you was all part of the prepackaged events orchestrated by Sam and his cohorts. It may not actually be that way, but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...
You can read more about the story here: http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/15/michael-network/
But smarter thinking prevailed after all when it was announced on Friday night that the show had been postponed. The press statement played it up as if they were postponing the filming to let Sam focus on establishing himself as a football player, but reading between the lines you could tell that it was more about any chance of Sam making the team would evaporate if he had cameras around him.
It was a busy week in the NBA offseason. The rumors about the Boston Celtics trading Rajon Rondo got stronger AGAIN. But there were a number of other stories revolving around the coaches that took center stage.
Cleveland Cavaliers - The Cavs fired coach Mike Brown after just 1 season. Brown's second tenure with the team seems to have ended because he and the new GM of the team have different basketball philosophies. Brown's a defensive oriented coach while the GM wants the team running up and down the floor like their shoes are on fire. Another factor working against Brown is that he and star player Kyrie Irving were a mismatch as well. And if Cleveland wants to have any chance to keep Irving after his initial contract ends, they figured they had to make a change.
But that change seems to come at the expense of Brown's reputation. The Cavs were a bad team last year, but you can't lay it all at the feet of Brown. There were years of being bad management from the front office to overcome and you have an owner who is an idiot. I think firing Brown after just 1 year when you were so eager to get him back as the team's coach besmirches his reputation in a way that hurts his chances to get another job.
You can say what you want about Brown's coaching acumen (particularly on the offensive side of the ball), but the fact remains he made it to the NBA and was hired THREE times as a head coach. There has to be some quality to his ideas about the game.
The NBA may be a player's league but firing a coach because the player doesn't like playing for him is akin to letting the inmates run the asylum. So many of these star players come into the game with a reputation far beyond their actual skill set that they should focus on become complete basketball players and let the team be run by a COACH! As for the schism between game philosophies, yes it is important to have the GM and coach on the same page. However, if Brown HAD to go, there had to be a better way of going about things than this. All this has done is further the notion that the Cavaliers are a floundering joke of a franchise.
Golden State Warriors - After signing a 5 year deal for 25 million dollars, Steve Kerr is the new head coach of the team. 25 million dollars to a guy who has never coached before...hmmm...I coached for 25 years, how much would I be worth. Plus I coached children, which is essentially the same thing on an NBA roster these days.
Bitter sarcasm aside, the Warriors front office had better hope that Kerr quickly figures things out or there will likely be a player revolt. For Kerr, he stays on the West Coast and spurns the Knicks job that was his for the taking. I'm wondering how Phil Jackson's feeling of Zen is right now given how he had seemingly put all his eggs in the "Hire Steve Kerr" basket.
Detroit Pistons - Stan Van Gundy is back in the league and this time he covered his butt by not only agreeing to be the coach of the gawdawful Pistons but he's also the director of basketball operations. After being undermined by Dwight Howard in Orlando (despite being responsible for making Howard into a league power player), Van Gundy (pictured below on the right) will be the guy players would normally go to complain about the coach.
I don't know if he can make the Pistons relevant again but given the job he did in Orlando, he has a track record of coaching good teams. And boy it will be interesting when the Pistons play the Houston Rockets next season. Houston is the current resting spot for Howard. Here's hoping on those nights, that Detroit rises up and teaches Howard a lesson.

Wareham Boys Track - The boys lost to Apponequet 74-62.
Wareham Girls Track - The girls closed out their regular season at 6-1-1 after winning twice this week. The record is their best in years and it was good enough for 2nd in the conference.
The first win was over Apponequet 88-42. Paige won the long jump with a leap of 14 feet 3 1/2 inches. She also won the mile in 5:48.1.
They followed that up with a 72-60 win over Dighton-Rehoboth. It was their first win in 6 years over D-R. Paige won the 800 meters in 2:36.9
ORR Girls Track - In a dual meet to close out their season at 8-0 (and claim the SCC title for the fifth straight year), the Bulldogs beat Seekonk 94-41 and GNB Voc-Tech 115-23. Rachel won the mile in 6:00 flat during the meet.
Wareham Girls Softball - The losing continued this week as the Vikings dropped 2 more games to fall to 0-15 on the season. They lost to Bourne 15-9 and to Pope John Paul II 6-2. Gina dropped to 0-4 on the mound.
Upper Cape Girls Softball 5 to raise their record to 135. I was supposed to go see the girls play yesterday but ended up not being able to make it the game.
The New York Liberty opened their season on Friday night visiting the Connecticut Sun. The Liberty took the game 75-54. There hasn't been much talk about the team worth mentioning, but here's hoping adding Katie Smith (pictured below from Media Day, photo from Getty Images) to the coaching staff can help pay dividends for them.
TV - You can check out my recap of the 3rd episode of 24: Live Another Day here: http://www.pop-topia.com/24-live-another-day-episode-3-recap/
The Fall 2014-2015 TV schedules were announced this past week and I've been writing up my reports on each network. Two of the articles have been posted so far. You can check them out below. I've also included a trailer for one new show on each of the networks that I'll be checking out.
Movies - If you haven't yet seen the trailer for the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie, you can check it out below.
Music- You can check out my review of the Adrenaline Mob CD Men of Honor here: http://www.pop-topia.com/cd-review-adrenaline-mob-men-honor/
You can check out the first song from the new solo album from Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe below. The song is called "Ghosts" and it is on the album Electric Wake. The CD is due out June 24th via Rat Pak Records. The song features ex-Dokken guitar maestro George Lynch.
Oh and I picked up the CD and DVD editions of the new Dio live release Live In London - Hammersmith Apollo 1993.
Sports Friday with Hal: NFL (Because the NHL Doesn't Exist)
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football Free agency draft news notes NHL Playoffs

Play that funky music right!

Happy Friday, everyone!


Hockey? Never heard of it.

NHL? What does that stand for?  

Bruins? Are you talking UCLA?

Stanley what?


I don’t know what this hockey thing is that everyone is talking about.  Quite odd. Anyway, time for football.


The final result is in for the Robert Griffin III trade between the St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins.  Like the famous Herschel Walker Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys trade in the 1980s this is as one-sided as it gets. For the Redskins they got a dynamic quarterback who had a horrible second season as he was rushed back from a knee injury and this year is a huge turning point in his career.


For the Rams, this is the final haul:

DT Michael Brockers

CB Janoris Jenkins

RB Isaiah Pead

G Rokevious Watkins

LB Alec Ogletree

WR Stedman Bailey

RB Zac Stacy

OT Greg Robinson


That is not just a haul, it is just plain highway robbery.  The Redskins traded up for RG3 (three first round picks and a second round pick) which St. Louis turned into eight players and five picked in the top fifty picks. While running back Isaiah Pead is the weak link of the deal, Zac Stacy looks like a steal in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.  It was a great deal for St. Louis even if they did nothing with the picks and just stayed put. The NFL Draft at the end of the day is about maximizing the picks and the Rams are back in the NFC West race with San Francisco and Seattle thanks to the Redskins.




The best part of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement has been the elimination of the rookie holdouts (for the most part).  With cutting another two weeks off the rookie playbook learning and coaching time to have the NFL Draft on during primetime during sweeps week to increase revenue for NFL Network and the 4-Letter Network, holdouts take on more of a sense of urgency to get to work. It is nice to see that many first, second, third, etc round picks are already signing.  There really is not anything to negotiate, so these kids can get into the facility and get learning ASAP.




Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson, Travis Benjamin, and Miles Austin.  What is missing? Cleveland star receiver Josh Gordon.  With the news leaked he is potentially up for a one year suspension (what an idiot!) Cleveland is back to “Droppy”, “Ordinary”, “No Speedy”, “Punt Returny”, and now they brought in “Injury-Proney”.  Somehow that does not do much to inspire the masses in Cleveland as they try to replace Gordon, aka the best receiver (ok, Detroit, maybe second best) in the NFL.




The NFL Draft was also historic as it had the most special seventh round draft pick in defensive end Michael Sam who was drafted by Rams. Sam--as most all of the country now knows--is the first openly homosexual player to be drafted in the NFL.  For Sam, I said good for him for being comfortable enough with himself to come out to his teammates. Now can we just move on and get to football?



Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez is back in the news being indicted for killing two men prior to his current alleged murder incarceration.  While it may help keep him off the streets (which is good) if his high-priced legal team finds a technicality to exploit, it is no help for the Patriots salary cap.  Mike Florio indicates over at NBC Sports that had the Patriots made the league suspend Hernandez and did not cut him they could recoup the money.


I remember writing about it at the time somewhere, but I still agree with the Patriots decision cut him.  For a team to do the morally wrong thing to save money on the cap is so wrong. The Patriots made a statement about their organization’s moral code and actually put their money where their mouth was so to speak. The team could have kept him on the team suspended, but they did the right thing...they got rid of a mistake.




Speaking of the Patriots, there was a brief period of time this week where social media blew up because there was a rumor Houston was looking to trade wide receiver Andre Johnson (or, more likely he was upset about being on a rebuilding team.  For Houston (and first year coach Bill O’Brien) they have no reason to trade Johnson. They added no one. he is cheap this year (under $7 million cap charge, and they have a chance to bounce right back and challenge the Colts.




One last Patriots note: former receiver in 2006 Reche “Catch the Damn Ball in the AFC Championship and its New England beating the crap out of the Bears in the Super Bowl” Caldwell was arrested for the second time this year. This week was possession of a controlled substance (amazed he retained possession since he DROPPED THE DAMN BALL WHEN WIDE OPEN!) and earlier this year he was arrested for running an illegal gambling option (shocking since he was such a poor GAMBLE in 2006!).  Wow, lot of set-up for just releasing some pent-up rage that was almost a decade old.


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OK, that’s all for this week. Thanks as always for stopping by and have a super weekend!

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