If you want an example of why with all the shenanigans the NFL pulls I still come back year after year, look no further then Canton and that first week in August every single year. Yeah, chances are that I still won’t watch much, and most likely it’ll be on in the background while I’m doing something else, but Canton is well worth the time.
NFL HOF Speeches. Seven inductees, five hours. A bit much, but for this class? Oh hell yeah!!! I take my inspiration where I can get it, and the stories they had going in were incredible.
- I had the opportunity to read up a little more on the story of Kenny Easley and why he left the game so early, but when I heard him talk about wearing the Gold Jacket with the dignity and pride of those who came before him – I felt a sense of pride!
- LaDanian Tomlinson had a powerful speech talking about race and advocating “Team America.” He’s right – let’s choose to be for one another. Great words, will America listen?
- To watch Kurt Warner be so eloquent, so humble, so grateful. His thanks to Trent Green was so amazing and I was glad to see it because like Warner said, it could very easily have been Green on the podium Saturday Night.
- I missed Morten Andersen’s speech and while his career was incredible, I’m told his speech was funny.
But with all the good, you know I’m gonna drop a criticism – and that would be NFL Network spending much of their post-speeches show with the one guy who I have a problem with and his knob-gobbling sidekick Michael Irvin. Could you not bring in one of the players?
NFL Camp Notes.
- Pittsburgh extended Mike Tomlin out until 2020. I personally think this guy is the most underrated coach out there. He really deserves more credit than he gets.
- While it’s not in the grand scheme of things, I’m curious about who will be the Cleveland starting QB. My hope is that its Osweiler if for no other reason then he at least has some experience. My hope is that they don’t rush Kizer. Let the kid learn and don’t throw him into the meat grinder known as Browns impatience.
- Props to the Seattle Seahawk players for having the guts to stand up for Colin Kaepernick. It seems to me that they are the ONLY folks standing up for him.
- As a brother veteran, I’d like to give a shout out to U. S. Air Force Captain Ben Garland. You might know him as Atlanta Falcons Offensive Lineman Ben Garland. He still serves in the reserves and makes up his time in the off season, with a desire to return to Active Duty upon completion of his NFL career. He’s a qualified F-16 pilot (at 6-5, 308), and so to you sir I say thank you – how you are able to juggle both an Air Force Reserve and NFL career is amazing.
- Speaking of veterans in the NFL, it seems as if the Baltimore Ravens held a practice at Navy Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis and while that was really cool, who I’m rooting for is former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds to make the roster. I think the kid has something special (some kind of an “it” factor) and can contribute in some way to the Ravens.
Well yeah, finally we have to have a little bit of fun too. Camp gets tired for everybody, so to let off a little steam Baylor (yeah, THOSE guys) had a coach race one of those automated tackling dummies. The coach won, but the tackling dummy had his revenge. Just watch.
Well, we’re now moving away from Canton and the HOF and well now settle in and be focused on camps. My hope is that we can get to hear about ALL the teams and not just a few. Let’s see what’s going on throughout the NFL and not focus on the same three or four teams. That’s my goal – to find something fresh and different each day.
Enjoy your Sunday and make the most out of it.