Hall Of Fame Debate: Andre Johnson


From the 1990’s to the mid 2000’s, “The U” (University of Miami) has produced NFL stars that have turned out to be present and future Pro Football Hall Of Famers. This list includes Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, and Devin Hester. Another player that can potentially join that list is Andre Johnson.

The 3rd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft finished his career with 1,062 receptions (11th all-time), 14,185 receiving yards (10th all-time), and 70 receiving touchdowns. Johnson was a 7-time Pro Bowler, 2-time first team All-Pro, 2-time second team All-Pro, 3-time Wide Receiver of the year, led the league in receiving yards twice and holds just about every Houston Texans’ franchise records. He spent his first 12 seasons with the Houston Texans. Johnson spent 2015 with the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennesse Titans in 2016.

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Even though his most memorable moment was probably the fight with Cortland Finnegan in 2010 (he had it coming), Andre Johnson has been a true professional on and off the field. His foundation, the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation, has provided kids with toys in the Houston community for years.

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When it’s all said and done, I believe Andre Johnson should be in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame one day. I don’t think he’s a “first-ballot” caliber player, but he definitely deserves a spot in Canton. He has always been consistent and underrated over his established career. The best quarterback that he’s ever played with was Matt Schaub (that’s not saying a lot). The Houston Texans may have not gotten over the hump during his tenure, but Johnson has always come to play every game.

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Super Bowl LI


Today is bittersweet for the NFL. Even though this is the biggest game of the year, this is also the last game of the NFL season until the summer time. I do enjoy other sports that are active during the NFL offseason, but not having Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Football, and even fantasy football leaves an unreplaceable void. With that being said, let’s hope this game ends with a bang.

At 39 years old, Tom Brady is making his 7th trip to the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots have looked dominant the whole season, even with Brady being suspended the first 4 games of the regular season due to “Deflate-gate”. Even though New England has been without their superstar tight end Ron Gronkowski since November 13th, the additions of Chris Hogan, Martellus Bennett, and Michael Floyd have given the offense more depth. Already having Julian Edelman, LeGarrette Blount, Danny Amendola, and Dion Lewis, the New England Patriots have never lost a step.

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This season’s league MVP, Matt Ryan, has led his team to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999. Ryan is the ringleader to this high-power offense, who was the highest scoring team in the NFL (33.8 points per game) 2nd in the NFL in total offense. Center Alex Mack has been the unsung hero of this offense. Atlanta arguably has the best 1-2 punch at running back with Devonta Freeman and Tevon Coleman. Atlanta finished top 5 in the NFL in rushing this season. The Atlanta Falcons have improved their wide receiver core by adding speedster Taylor Gabriel and possession receiver Mohamed Sanu. I forgot to mention that Atlanta already has arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL with Julio Jones.

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It’s kind of hard to bet against New England. They have had consistency at the coaching and quarterback positions between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Also, those 2 individuals had plenty of experience in the Super Bowl. Their offense is good because of their versatility. Their defense has played well at times, but it’s not as consistent as their last Super Bowl appearance 2 years ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if New England wins today for these reasons alone. However, I believe Atlanta’s offense will be a problem. Once this offense gets rolling, it’s almost impossible to stop it (I think of it like a snowball running downhill). New England has never scored a touchdown in the first quarter of any Super Bowl. This will probably be the toughest offense New England has ever seen in the biggest game. As good as Malcolm Butler is, I don’t think he can stop Julio Jones by himself (if he is to cover him). Atlanta’s defense has stepped up in the playoffs, getting consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. I’m officially going with the “underdog” tonight. I have the Atlanta Falcons defeating the New England Patriots 27-21.

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Road To Houston: Final Four


What a tournament so far! My bracket was sabotaged when Michigan State went down (I’m sure I’m not the only one who went down with me). There were quite a few upsets that left us in awe and disbelief.

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North Carolina has played to their potential and are the clear favorites to win it all. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson is making it look easy.

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Villanova has surprised me this year even though they were a 2 seed. This is their second final four appearance since 1985. In their recent history, Villanova usually chokes and disappoints (similar to Georgetown). Beating Kansas was the definite eye-opener.

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Syracuse is the ultimate shocker right now. They went from a team that didn’t even belong in the tournament to pulling off improbable wins to reach the final four (like being down 16 to Virginia). That 2-3 zone has bent but hasn’t broken.

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Buddy Hield is a monster and has taken the tournament by storm. I originally picked Oklahoma to get to the NCAA Championship game and they are poised to do so.

At this point I’m hoping for a stunning finish to cap off this amazing March Madness season.

JGOOD

NBA Preview Part 4: Southwest Division


Southwest Division

Dallas Mavericks
Key Additions: Wesley Matthews, Justin Anderson, Zaza Pachulia, JaVale Mcgee, John Jenkins
Key Subtractions: Monte Ellis, Tyson Chandler, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jameer Nelson, Rajon Rondo
Outlook: The Dallas Mavericks have continued to strike out in free agency when it comes to big name stars. That whole DeAndre Jordan situation was foul but slightly embarrassing. How much better did Dallas really get by adding Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews but losing Tyson Chandler and Monte Ellis? Honestly, Mark Cuban and that front office has to do better if they really want Dirk Nowitzki to make a run at another ring. They may be slightly better, slightly worse, or the same. Either way, they are not a real contender in a stacked Western Conference… not right now at least.

Houston Rockets
Key Additions: Ty Lawson, Sam Dekker, Marcus Thornton, Montrezl Harrell
Key Subtractions: Josh Smith, Nick Johnson, Joey Dorsey, Kostas Papanikolaou
Outlook:  This offseason James Harden requested that they find a point guard that could facilitate the offense, and ultimately take pressure off of him. The Houston Rockets found Ty Lawson. With that being said (and like the same question I asked about Dallas), how much better did the Rockets get? If this was the Eastern Conference, they would be favorite to go to the NBA Finals. James Harden led them to the Western Conference Finals with Dwight Howard on the shelf for a good amount of time. But seriously, are they good enough to be Golden State, San Antonio, LA Clippers, or Oklahoma City? We’ll find out if they are as seriously as a lot of people are making them out to be.

Memphis Grizzlies
Key Additions: Brandon Wright, Matt Barnes, Jarell Martin
Key Subtractions: Kostas Koufos, Nick Calathes
Outlook: Probably the one team that nobody wants to play in a 7 game series when completely healthy. They have perimeter defenders, paint protectors, scorers on the low block and a formidable sixth man. The only thing missing from this masterpiece is a consistent perimeter scorer. Matt Barnes isn’t that guy but he adds depth and another feisty defender. Can Jeff Green evolve his game to the next level and become that missing link? Their window is closing so it’s almost now or never for this team who plays in the toughest division in the league.

New Orleans Pelicans
Key Additions: Kendrick Perkins, Alonzo Gee
Key Subtractions: Toney Douglas, Jimmer Fredette
Outlook: I view Anthony Davis as this generation’s Kevin Garnett. His post game is not on par with KG’s but his impact on the court is definitely comparable. He can do it all (Inside, outside, rebound, pass, block, steals, etc). The only thing left is to elevate the post game, become more consistent from the outside and rack up some NBA hardware. This team will either continue to hover around the 8th spot  or climb up the latter to around a 5th seed. A healthy New Orleans Pelicans will turn a few heads this season but it is Anthony Davis or bust.

San Antonio Spurs
Key Additions: LaMarcus Aldridge, David West, Ray McCallum, Jonathan Simmons, Boban Marjanovic
Key Subtractions: Tiago Splitter, Cory Joseph, Aron Baynes, Marco Belinelli
Outlook: How often have we said that Spurs were done heading into the season because of old age (I’ll wait while you count)? To end that thought process, the San Antonio Spurs resigned Kawhi Leonard and lured in LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. The team still has it’s long established future hall of fame core as well. When this team is healthy and in rhythm, there’s no other team that’s better overall. They have the talent, the depth, the coaching, and the experience to win another title. Don’t be surprised if Tim Duncan wins ring number 6.