NFL Careers Decreasing?


Over the years, we have discovered the short and long term health issues with players who played in the NFL. I haven’t seen the movie “Concussion” yet starring Will Smith (it’s on my “to-do” list) but one of my good friends has. In a nut shell, he decided that his son won’t be playing football. Since the new year, we found out Calvin Johnson plans to retire, Marshawn Lynch put a picture of his cleats hanging on a telephone wire on Instagram, and Jerod Mayo became the latest to announce his retirement. Not only are these big name stars that’s retiring, but they’re retiring at a young age.

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson is 30. Marshawn Lynch and Jerod Mayo are 29 years old. 2 of the 3 have won the Superbowl and all of them have been Pro Bowlers. All 3 of them are in the prime of their careers, even though all of them have been dealing with injuries. The fact is each one of them can compete at an elite level, but they are choosing to leave on their own terms. Barry Sanders retired at 30 and he wanted to leave before his body got taken apart (and that’s before we found out about the multiple health issues with football nowadays).

Marshawn Lynch

After hearing about Junior Seau’s unfortunate death, I believe current NFL players are starting to pay attention to their long term health. Seau died to a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest in 2012. However, it was discovered that he had suffered brain damage from playing football. I’m not saying that was the cause of his death but you never know if it played any part of it.

Junior Seau

When you see plays like this (click here), you start to wonder how much of an impact is that really having on a human. Adrian Coxson, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, retired last summer. He was carted off on an ambulance due to a severe concussion. He said his next hit could be his last and therefore retired. He’s 23 years old. At this rate, the only positions with longevity is going to be quarterbacks (because of the rules), kickers, and punters.

Adrian Coxson

If I were the NFL, I would be concerned with the early retirements that has occurred within the past month. I know Roger Goodell has attempted to make the game safer by adjusting the rules but there’s only so much you can to make a physical sport “safe”. Only time will tell what’s going to happen next, but I expect this trend of early retirements to grow.



Hall Of Fame Debate: Marshawn Lynch

The past 2 off seasons, in addition to this one coming up, Beast Mode will be contemplating retirement. Coming over from the Buffalo Bills in 2010, Skittles has helped rejuvenate the city of Seattle after the days of Shaun Alexander (who!?). Besides that MVP season where he broke the rushing touchdown record within a single season, Alexander wasn’t productive with injuries being the main reason. Lynch also achieved what Shaun Alexander, Matt Hasselbeck, and that Superbowl bound Seahawks team couldn’t do, and that’s win it all in 2014.


His first four full seasons in Seattle, Marshawn Lynch was flat out dominant, including the berth of Beast Mode in the first round of the 2011 playoffs against the New Orleans Saints (WATCH IT HERE). Even though Lynch hasn’t eclipsed 10,000 rushing yards for his career, it’s moments like that have left even a fairweather fan in awe.

Probably the most memorable is his moments with the media (WATCH IT HERE). He has been the workhorse for city and the engine to their car. The Legion Of Boom has solidified their defense while Skittles has stamped his legacy into the Seattle Seahawks history books. Will his contributions be enough to get into the pro football hall of fame? What do you all think? Leave your comments below!


Top 10 Sports Moments Of 2015

We have finally arrived! 2015 went by with a blink of an eye, but so many moments have happened along the way. Several weeks ago, I let you all submit your nominees for your favorite sports moment of the year. Then, I let you all vote for your favorite moments from the final list. This past Sunday, I was on “The Come Up Podcast” for my monthly visit. I announced the order of the results (that you’ll see in a second). Below, are the results of your votes. Thanks for participating!!


10) Michigan Fumble

9) Colts Epic Fail

8) Warriors Title

7) Serena Slam

6) Blackhawks Stanley Cup

5) Down Goes Rousey

4) The Interception

3) Leah Strong



2) Bat Flip

1) “You Know Why I’m Here”

Fantasy Football Week 4 Preview (A Nino Brown Story)

Entering week 4, I am sitting at the top of my league at 3-0. Gronk has been the MVP for my team and Cam Newton is making a serious case to take the crown. As you see below that my roster is slightly different from the one entering week 1. Marshawn Lynch has been my worst RB through the mist of the season. Fortunately for me, Latavius Murray, Carlos Hyde, and Danny Woodhead have been exceptional. Initially, I felt my WR core was above-average with the ability to be great. Randall Cobb and Jarvis Landry have played well. The resurgence of Larry Fitzgerald has catapulted my core into something dangerous. Granted I don’t have Julio Jones, AJ Green, or Antonio Brown, but my core as a whole makes my team respectable. The Bills defense has played strong, despite that debacle against New England. My quarterbacks have played better than I thought, and it’s well needed. Teddy has had his moments, but I’m still shaky on him. Cam Newton has been playing like the superman that he has always imitated. And Gronk… well… he’s Gronk.


With that being said, I’m headed into week 4 playing against Hustle Gang GDOD. As shown below I’m projected to win, but he hasn’t changed his RB spot yet. My main concern is Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton exploding against Jacksonville. If that happens, things can get interesting.



Fantasy Football Week 1 Preview (A Nino Brown Story)

Fantasy Football

I start the season off going against Team Air It Out. Last year I made it to the champion game and…… lost (That unfortunate DeMarco Murray ankle injury). This season, I’m ready to get my crown back (I won 4 years ago). As shown below, my opponent has a slight edge according to the projections

Week 1 Starters

(I have the Bills Defense and K Dan Bailey. He has the Dolphins Defense and K Justin Tucker)

Week 1 Bench

My QB situation isn’t the best, but I feel like I should be able to get by (for now). I’m solid at RB and especially at WR. I’m still debating who I should flex (Markus Wheaton is looking appealing). Hopefully Gronk can do what Gronk does best (make plays and score touchdowns!) I have a couple of “home run hitters” in the lineup (Cobb and Murray). If either one of those goes off, I might be in luck. All in all, I feel like O’dell Beckham Jr is the x-factor for this week’s match up. If ODB goes has 100+ receiving yards and 2 TD’s, I might be in some serious trouble. Dallas secondary isn’t amazing either so that could. actually happen (just my luck). If anything, I’m just excited to see some football again, starting tonight!


Are You Ready For Some (Fantasy) Football?


As we all know, the NFL regular season is right around the corner. Quite a few things have happened between now and my NFL Preview post that was shared about a week ago. Kelvin Benjamin and Jordy Nelson (allegedly) both torn their ACLs, Reggie Wayne taking a physical and SIGNING with New England, RG3 gets a concussion, and Randy Moss hints on a possible return. Drafting RG3 and Reggie was never an option but Jordy and Kelvin were on my radar.

I play in multiple fantasy football leagues (FFL) every year. Some are recreational and some are competitive. I have about 3 or 4 leagues that ate considered my “main leagues”, and display one of them in a few.

Fantasy football allows you to pick your own team from all the players in the NFL. You score points based on the performances of the players every week in a head to head match up. In a standard league, you would start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (WR RB or TE), 1 D/ST (Defense and Special Teams), and 1 K. In the league I’m showcasing, majority of the rules are the same except you have to start 2 QBs and it’s PPR (Points Per Reception).

When drafting, you usually want to take RBs first because the position is scarce and there’s not enough productive players at that position. You really shouldn’t draft a QB until the 6th round, a D/ST until the 13th round, AND A KICKER SHOULD ALWAYS BE A TAKEN IN THE LAST ROUND AND NOT BEFORE!!

There are a few exceptions. When you have all pro players like Aaron Rodgers, Gronk, and Antonio Brown that’s ranked high on the draft board, it’s hard to ignore them. Here’s an example:



I am the commissioner of this league and have been for 5 years. My team name is Nino Brown. If you watched “New Jack City” you would understand the name. I had the 4th overall pick and I ended up taking Marshawn Lynch which is solid considering Le’Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson, and Jamaal Charles were gone. Now the way the draft was shaping out, somehow Gronk was still available when it was my turn to pick again. Knowing the WR is the deepest position, I took him because TEs are a hit a miss 9 times out of 10. He’s the 1 out of 10.

I really like my team because there’s no real weaknesses, like last year. Cobb, Bridgewater, Hyde and Murray should have a fantastic year. I have a few sleepers and all-star talent. I will this league updated every week on here so you can follow along. If you want any FFL league advice or anything football related, just let me know!