Becoming The Bar

In life, it’s easier to fail than it is to succeed. In sports, it’s easier to lose than it is to win. You have to have talent, skills, chemistry, motivation and willing to put the team first. Dominance is not achieved by accident. Consistency doesn’t happen overnight. Gregg Popovich and Bill Belichick have set the bar in their respective sports for almost the past 2 decades.


There are plenty of similarities between the two in my eyes. Both have won 5 championships as head coaches (Popovich: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014. Belichick: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017). Each coach has had a transcending and iconic player during their championship runs (Popovich: Tim Duncan. Belichick: Tom Brady). Both coaches have established a culture to where it’s about the name on the front of the jersey instead of the back. When it comes to the media, both of them have had unique responses to questions asked.


Even with the success, both have had their share of scrutiny. Popovich has been criticized for being “short” with his answers to questions about basketball. However, he’s opinionated about questions outside of the sport, like politics and social issues. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it because life is bigger than the NBA, but I understand the frustration of the media at times. Belichick and the New England Patriots were under fire for “Spygate” and “Deflategate”. Spygate occurred in 2007 when the team was caught filming the New York Jets play-call signals. Deflategate happened in 2015 against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship game where the Patriots were accused of having slightly underinflated footballs.

What I do appreciate the most about both coaches is their consistency over the years. Since the NBA lockout shortened-season in 1999, the San Antonio Spurs have won a least 50 games each season and are on pace to extend the streak this season. The Spurs have been able to demonstrate their winning culture with different players over the years. It started with the “Twin Tower” era with David Robinson and Tim Duncan. Then it changed to the Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili era. Now Kawhi Leonard is the face of the franchise with LaMarcus Aldridge next to him. The common denominator has been Gregg Popovich and his ability to adjust his coaching with the personnel around him.

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Since becoming the head coach in 2000 for the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick has won 15 division titles and has won at least 10 games since 2003. Like the San Antonio Spurs, the Patriots have been able to continue their winning culture by plugging in players around Tom Brady that fits the system. Brady went from having Troy Brown as his favorite target to Deion Branch, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman.

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When you set the bar for excellence, you eventually become the bar. Gregg Popovich and Bill Belichick have done just that. With respect to Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson, and Pat Riley, I believe Gregg Popovich is the greatest coach in NBA history. I firmly believe the same for Bill Belichick in the NFL. You don’t have to be a fan of either, but you have to respect their greatness to keep this longevity of excellence up for almost 20 years.


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.


NFL Week 8: Tips and Fantasy Picks

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JGood (Green) 

13 New England
12 Denver
11 Houston
10 New York Jets
9 Minnesota
8 Carolina
7 Washington
6 Jacksonville
5 Dallas
4 Atlanta
3 Kansas City
2 Oakland
1 Seattle

D.Reed (Blue)

13 New England
12 Tennessee
11 New York Jets
10 Seattle
9 Minnesota
8 Cincinnati
7 Oakland
6 Dallas
5 Denver
4 Carolina
3 Detroit
2 Kansas City
1 Atlanta

Week 7 Points and Results
JGood: 81 pts (8-6) record; Overall: 475 pts (53-53)
D.Reed: 78 pts (9-5) record;  Overall: 533 pts (61-44)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥
Jameis Winston (Oakland @ Tampa Bay)
“Famous Jameis” is fresh off of a solid outing on the road against San Francisco, tossing 3 scores and 1 INT!! I expect for Winston to duplicate his solid performance this week against a very exploitable Oakland secondary. The Oakland defense has allowed 13 touchdown passes this season, therefore, the “Winston to Evans” connection will be in full effect!!! In a week where a total of 6 teams are on bye, Winston is a great streaming option at QB!!!
Matt Ryan (Green Bay @ Atlanta)
Last week against San Diego, Ryan posted a subpar stat line of 273 yards through the air for 1 TD and also threw 1 INT, but I expect for Ryan to bounce back against Green Bay at home. “Matty Ice” has been one of the most consistent and productive fantasy QBs this season, and I expect that production to continue against an injury-ridden Packers secondary!!! If this game turns out to be the shootout, and I think it will be, Ryan may very well be in for one of his best games of the year!!!
Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay @ Oakland)
In the two games since taking over the starting backfield in Tampa, “Quizz” has a whopping 62 total touches for 292 total yards (255 rushing, 37 receiving)!!! With that type of usage, Rodgers is a must-start this week against an Oakland defense allowing 5 yards a carry to opposing running backs!! With Doug Martin listed as doubtful for yet another week due to hamstring injury, all signs are pointing to another solid outing for Rodgers!!!
Christine Michael (Seattle @ New Orleans)
Christine Michael was in an old-fashioned defensive battle on the road last week against Arizona where he managed only 52 yards on 16 carries!!! It was a tough week not only for Michael, but majority of the Seahawk offense!! This week Michael is matched up against a Saints defense that has been awful against the run this season. With such a favorable matchup this week, Michael could be in for a very productive day!!!
Brandon Marshall (New York Jets @ Cleveland)
What’s not to love about Marshall’s week 8 matchup against an 0-7 Browns team!!!?? For the past two weeks, Marshall has been in a mini slump, but with Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center, I expect Marshall’s production, or lack thereof, to make a full recovery!! Plug Marshall in at the WR1 spot this week with confidence!!!
Randall Cobb (Green Bay @ Atlanta)
Cobb is coming off of his best fantasy game of the season with 11 grabs for 95 yards and a score! Cobb also tallied 5 rushes for 21 yards!! Cobb gets an Atlanta defense who has been far from stellar this year, therefore, I predict that Cobb will have a very productive day on the road in week 8!! All receivers in the Packers’ receiving corp could be in for a fantastic outing, but I believe that Cobb will be the most productive since he does most of his damage out of the slot!!!
Jimmy Graham (Seattle @ New Orleans)
Jimmy Graham has been targeted at least 8 times in four games, and with Russell Wilson looking his way early and often, Graham could be in for a productive day on the road against the Saints. I’m thinking that Jimmy Graham would love nothing more than to get into the end zone against his former team and do his signature slam dunk on the goal posts!!! Graham could be in for his best game of the season!!!
New York Jets (vs Cleveland)
Last week, the Jets defense posted their best defensive game of the season against Baltimore, forcing 2 INTS and forcing a fumble!!! Five D/ST units have scored at least 10 fantasy points against the Browns this year, therefore, I expect for the Jets defense to build off their performance from last week and log in another solid defensive outing!!!

What’s Not❄
Tyrod Taylor (New England @ Buffalo)
Even though Taylor faired well (17 pts) against the Pats in Foxborough, I expect it to be different this time around! With injuries to his top play makers LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins, that could lead to New England putting all the pressure on Taylor and his group of unproven skilled position players (not to mention Tom Brady off suspension this time around)!!! Taylor looks to be in for a rough day against the Pats who looks to avenge their week 4 loss!!!
T.J. Yeldon (Jacksonville @ Tennessee)
The Jacksonville backfield has been in disarray as both T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory failed to make a fantasy impact over to the last few weeks. It’s tough to start a player on a team that uses the dreaded “running back by committee”, and to add more insult to injury, the Jags have a tough matchup on the road against a tough Tennessee Titans defense that’s been stingy against opposing RBs. If you can help it, stay away from both RBs in the Jags backfield this
Alshon Jeffery (Minnesota @ Chicago)
Alshon Jeffery is having a very disappointing fantasy season so far, and things don’t seem to lighten up for him as he gets a brutal week 8 matchup against a Vikings defense that has held every WR they’ve faced in check this year!!! Jeffery may get a slight bump if Cutler plays this week, but I don’t believe it will be enough to overcome such a stout defense!!! Temper your expectations with Alshon this week!!!
Coby Fleener (Seattle @ New Orleans)
This week, Fleener gets a Seattle defense that currently allows only five fantasy points per game to opposing TEs and has yielded just one TD all season!!! Fleener put up a stinker last week (4 pts) against Kansas City and could be in for the same, as he looks to rebound against a top notch defense. Fleener should be avoided if possible!!!
Buffalo (vs New England)
The last time Buffalo played New England in week 4, the Bills scored 15 fantasy points, but they played against a Tom Brady-less Patriots team!!! With Brady back under center, it will be a long day for the Buffalo Bills defense as Brady will look to keep his hot streak alive in this divisional showdown!!! I’m sure you can find better options at D/ST this week!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 2 Tips and Fantasy Picks





JGood (Green) 

16 Carolina
15 Arizona
14 Oakland
13 Green Bay
12 New York Giants
11 New England
10 Denver
9 Detroit
8 Jacksonville
7 Kansas City
6 Seattle
5 Pittsburgh
4 Chicago
3 Baltimore
2 New York Jets
1 Washington

D.Reed (Blue)

16 Carolina
15 Arizona
14 New England
13 Green Bay
12 Denver
11 Detroit
10 New York Giants
9 New York Jets
8 Oakland
7 Philadelphia
6 Baltimore
5 Kansas City
4 Washington
3 Jacksonville
2 Seattle
1 Pittsburgh

Week 1 Points and Results
JGood: 73 pts (8-8) record
D.Reed: 90 pts (10-6) record 

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

Eli Manning (New Orleans @ NYG)
Much like Derek Carr Last week, it is now Eli Manning who ends up with a tasty matchup this week. With a plethora of pass catchers at his disposal, mixed in with the Saints porous secondary, you have the makings of a wonderful fantasy day for Eli and company!!!

Matthew Stafford (Detroit vs Tennessee)
No Calvin Johnson??!! No problem!!! Many feared that Stafford would flop this year without his recently retired, future Hall of Fame WR, Megatron. But Stafford gashed the Colts secondary to the tune of 3 TDs, zero interceptions, and 340 yds passing!! Seeing how this is a home game, and Stafford is usually pretty good at home, I see this matchup being similar to his week 1 numbers.

C.J. Anderson (Indianapolis @ Denver)
Anderson dazzled in his week one matchup against a brutal Carolina defense, running for 92 yds and TD and adding another score through the air on 4 catches!!! Anderson was heavily involved in the offense, that was rolling on all cylinders, and did more than hold his own in this Super Bowl rematch. Now he draws a matchup made in heaven against a poor Colts run defense!!! It looks like C.J. is shaping up to be the RB we expected him to be in his 2015 campaign!!!!

Ezekiel Elliot (Dallas @ Washington)
“Zeke” called his first career game against the New York Giants an “average” one. Elliot rushed for 51 yds and a score in week one, but I expect his matchup with Washington to be anything but average. Washington was gashed by DeAngelo Williams Monday night for 143 rushing yds and 2 scores!!!! With Washington playing off a short week and battling that great Cowboys offensive line, I see one heck of a game in the works for Elliot!!!!

Kelvin Benjamin (San Francisco @ Carolina)
Last week I had Benjamin on my “Whats Not” list and. . .BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! The “big fella” had no problems giving the “No Fly Zone” fits as he caught 6 balls for 92 yds and a TD on a whopping 12 targets!!!! With his size and high target volume, I see Benjamin giving any opposing defense problems. If he could best one of the league’s top secondaries, what do you think he’ll do at home versus San Fran???

Jordan Matthews (Philadelphia @ Chicago)
I love Matthews this week for the same reason I like Kelvin Benjamin and that’s volume!!! J-Matt was targeted a ridiculous 14 times and turned that into 7 catches, 114 yds, and a score!!! He seems to be the clear first option in the passing game for rookie Carson Wentz so I can definitely see stellar performances in the near future for Matthews!! And with Philly drawing a very suspect Chicago defense this week, that stellar performance may come sooner rather than later.

Travis Kelce (Kansas City @ Houston)
The 6 foot 6 TE, with great speed, seems to be a matchup problem for anyone who dares to contain him,  especially for Houston in particular! In the last two meetings against Houston, Kelce combined for 14 grabs, 234 yards, and two scores. I think that alone is enough reason to give Kelce the nod at your TE slot!!!

Carolina (vs San Franciso)
San Francisco was able to move the ball quite well against the Los Angeles Rams Monday night, but it’s safe to say that won’t be the case this week!! I smell trouble for the 49’ers on the road against Luke Kuechly and company as Carolina’s defense is definitely among  “the crème de la crème”!!!

What’s Not❄️

Ryan Tannehill (Miami @ New England)
Tannehill could have ended up with a better stat line last week against a tough Seattle Seahawk defense if it wasn’t for Kenny “Butterfingers” Stills dropping a sure “would be” touchdown!!! I can see this week ending up much worse for Tannehill as he travels to Foxborough to face the Patriots where he hasn’t played particularly well. In 4 career games there, Tannehill has just 3 TDs and 7 interceptions!!!! I see a rocky road for Tannehill this week!!!

Frank Gore (Indianapolis @ Denver)
Denver’s defense held Jonathan Stewart in check last week for a measly 64 yards rushing!! I think Gore is in for a similar outing against a very stout defense!!! I don’t expect too much out of Gore besides warming my bench if I own him. Play at your own risk!!!

T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis @ Denver)
Looks like Hilton has a date with both Aqib Talib and Chris Harris this week!! That should draw some caution seeing how they’re the best CB tandem in the league!! In my opinion, Hilton is no more than a flex play on the road against the suffocating secondary!!

Jimmy Graham (Seattle @ Los Angeles)
What ever happened to the Jimmy Graham that once wreaked havoc on all that came in his path?? He’s been working his way back from a knee injury trying to rekindle his old ways to when he was Drew Brees’ go-to guy in New Orleans. Only being involved in 17 plays in week one, I don’t see the old Jimmy returning to true form anytime soon.

Minnesota (@ Green Bay)
Defensively, the Vikings played impressively against Marcus Marriota and the Titans, but this week they’ve got a tough matchup against one of the leagues best in Aaron Rodgers!!! Don’t get me wrong, I like the Vikings D, but I rarely bet against Rodgers, who’s known for lighting up defenses like the end of December!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 1 Picks and Fantasy Tips





JGood (Green) 

16 Seattle
15 Arizona
14 Green Bay
13 Buffalo
12 Kansas City
11 Indianapolis
10 Carolina
9 Houston
8 Oakland
7 Pittsburgh
6 Cleveland
5 New York Jets
4 Tampa Bay
3 New York Giants
2 Los Angeles
1 Tennesse

D.Reed (Blue)

16 Seattle
15 Green Bay
14 Kansas City
13 Houston
12 Indianapolis
11 Los Angeles
10 Buffalo
9 New York Giants
8 Atlanta
7 Minnesota
6 Oakland
5 Philadelphia
4 Pittsburgh
3 New York Jets
2 Arizona
1 Denver

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot


Derek Carr & Drew Brees (Oakland @ New Orleans)
I expect this one to be a shoot out!!! Both offenses are equipped to throw the ball a ton while in rebuilding mode. So I expect to see fireworks in this one!

Andrew Luck (Detroit @ Indianapolis)
Luck is healthy and ready to roll against a defense that is no stranger to allowing a LOT of yards thrown in the air! With the emergence of Donte Moncrief, alongside established T.Y. Hilton and a healthy Dwayne Allen, I expect Luck to throw it early and often!!!!


Spencer Ware (San Diego @ Kansas City)
Last season, in relief of injured Jamaal Charles, Ware averaged 5.6 yards per carry and 6 TDs!! While Charles is nursing an injury and Charcandrick West is fresh off an injury, I expect Ware to be the main man in the backfield against a soft Chargers run D!!! I’m starting Ware with confidence!!!

Doug Martin (Tampa Bay @ Atlanta)
In five career games against Atlanta, Martin has averaged 81 rushing yards and 21.6 carries also adding four TDs!!! Martin is hot of a huge campaign in 2015 and I don’t see Atlanta derailing that productivity!!!


Amari Cooper (Oakland @ New Orleans)
The Saints Defense allowed the fourth most fantasy points to WRs last year so I look for both Cooper and Crabtree to find “pay dirt” in what is sure to be an old fashioned shootout!!!

Brandon Marshall (Cincinatti @ NYJ)
What can I say. .ummm. . he’s a 6 foot 4 wideout with a huge wingspan, and Ryan Fitzpatrick loves to throw to him. . .A LOT!!! Fitzy is back, and I see no problem with him finding his top target even against a pretty good Bengals defense.


Jordan Reed (Pittsburgh @ Washington)

Reed is coming off of a stellar year, and I think he will continue his hot streak in 2016. He’s a core piece of a newly pass happy offense with Kirk Cousins, chucking it to his plethora of pass catchers!!! I think Reed will be a matchup problem for a talented but young Steelers D!!


Seattle Seahawks (vs Miami)
The “LOB” (Legion of Boom) is one of a the leagues premier defenses against a team that struggled to move the ball quite often in 2015. . .nuff said. If that won’t rattle you, the 12th man will!!!

What’s Not


Cam Newton and Trevor Siemian
Not starting the MVP of the league last year?? Are you kidding me??!! Not quite. If you have him start him, just don’t expect much from either Siemian or Super Cam!! I see a low scoring game with both QBs turning it over!! The Broncos D is still as stout as can be (ask Von Miller), and even with the loss of Norman, Carolina D is no slouch either!


Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi (Miami @ Seattle)
Arian Foster was named the starting back in Miami, but there will still be some type of time share in the backfield. Both backs combined still won’t be enough against a hard-nosed Seattle defense!


Kelvin Benjamin
Many WRs have tried their best to expose Denver’s “No Fly Zone”, and more times than none, they’ve failed!!! As talented a receiver as Benjamin is, he’s no exception to the rule!!!


Antonio Gates (San Diego @ Kansas City)
In two games last year, Kansas City’s defense held Gates to 7 catches and 82 yards no touchdowns! Without LaDarius Green breathing down his back, I still expect him to have an “okay” year, but not stellar because Gates has been battling both injuries and Father Time!!!!


Miami D (@ Seattle)
Ohhhhh don’t do it!!! Please don’t do it!! (In my best Drake impersonation)
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JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Season Predictions 2016

My good friend D.Reed and I are making our predictions for this upcoming season. Make sure you check him and myself out on social media for NFL updates and Fantasy Football advice.
D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

Divison Winners and Wildcard

AFC North
Cincinnati – JGood
Pittsburgh – D.Reed

AFC South
Jacksonville – JGood
Houston – D.Reed

AFC East
New England – JGood
New England – D.Reed

AFC West
Oakland – JGood
Kansas City – D.Reed

Wildcard Spots
New York Jets/Pittsburgh – JGood
Denver/Indianapolis – D.Reed

NFC North
Green Bay – JGood
Green Bay – D.Reed

NFC South
Carolina – JGood
Carolina – D.Reed

NFC East
New York Giants – JGood
Washington – D.Reed

NFC West
Arizona – JGood
Seattle – D.Reed

Wildcard Spots
Seattle/Dallas – JGood
Arizona/Minnesota – D.Reed

Superbowl Outcome
Arizona 24, New England 21 – JGood
Pittsburgh 30, Seattle 27 – D.Reed


Carson Palmer – JGood
Russell Wilson/Ben Roethlisberger – D.Reed

Offensive POY
Antonio Brown – JGood
Antonio Brown – D.Reed

Defensive POY
Khalil Mack – JGood
Khalil Mack/Von Miller – D.Reed

Offensive ROY
Carson Wentz – JGood
Ezekiel Elliot – D.Reed

Defensive ROY
Jalen Ramsey – JGood
Jalen Ramsey – D.Reed

Coach Of The Year
Bruce Arians (Arizona) – JGood
Jack Del Rio (Oakland) – D.Reed

Comeback POY
Jordy Nelson – JGood
Kelvin Benjamin – D.Reed.



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.


My Favorite Superbowls

This list isn’t me ranking the all time Superbowl games but just me pointing out my favorites that I’ve witnessed over the years.

Superbowl XXXII Denver Broncos vs Green Bay Packers


Even though I grew up to become a die hard Chicago Bears fan, Steve Young and Brett Favre were my quarterbacks growing up. Seeing Favre and John Elway go at it made the first Superbowl I remember special. Even though the Packers had weapons on offense (Antonio Freeman and Dorsey Levens), but nobody was touching Terrell Davis that year. I remember that game came down to the wire with a Broncos win.

Superbowl XXXIV St Louis Rams vs Tennessee Titans


The “Greatest Show On Turf” is arguably the greatest offense in NFL history. Engineered by Kurt Warner, him, Issac Bruce, Marshall Faulk, and Torry Holt set were bobbing and weaving while setting NFL records. The Titans came up a yard short in the final seconds of sending the game into over



Superbowl XLI Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears


Even though my favorite team lost, just the fact they I’ve witnessed them being there (and Devin Hester run the opening kick off back for a touchdown) made it a special. My dad recorded and kept showing me the 85′ Bears Superbowl XX when they dismantled the New England Patriots. Hopefully one day they will win one in my lifetime.

Superbowl XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals


This game was very exciting. Kurt Warner revived his career in Arizona after disappearing when he left St Louis. Him and arguably the most underrated wide receiver tandem in NFL history (Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin) didn’t disappoint on the big stage. However, Santonio Holmes didn’t disappoint either with one of the best game winning touchdown catches in Superbowl history.

Superbowl XLIV New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts


This was probably the most meaningful Superbowl win for a team in recent memory. Just about 3 years removed from Hurricane Katrina, Drew Brees and that explosive offense handed Peyton Manning his first Superbowl loss.


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”

Week 11: What Did We Learn?

Another week in the books! We are getting closer to that final playoff push. Carolina and New England remained undefeated, Thomas Rawls is making the best of his limited opportunities in Seattle, and Matt Hasselbeck is undefeated this season as the Indianapolis Colts starter. What else did we learn?

Cam Netwon and Tom Brady

MVP Race
Almost 3 quarters of the NFL regular season is completed, and the MVP race is basically coming down to two players: Tom Brady (the favorite) and Cam Newton (the underdog). Tom Brady’s main argument is his stats (3,320 passing yards, 25 TDs, 4 INTs, 28 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and their team’s record (10-0). Another claim is that their team has looked dominant for majority of the year. Over the past few weeks, New England has started to lose their weapons; first Dion Lewis, then Julian Edelman, and now Danny Amendola. If they were to finish the regular season undefeated, that will show how impressive Tom Brady and this well-oiled machine really is. On the other side, you have Cam Newton. His stats (2,283 passing yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs, 382 rushing yards, 6 TDs) doesn’t tell the whole story. His best receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, hasn’t played a single snap this year due to a torn ACL. Besides Greg Olsen, I’m not sure anybody else on that offense that plays a skilled position would start on another team. He has done the most that he can with working with arguably the worst supporting cast on offense in the league…not mention that they are undefeated as well. Even though Tom Brady is still the favorite now, this race can get really close, really soon.

Brock Osweiler

The Brock Osweiler Era?
Brock Osweiler made his first start for the injured Peyton Manning this past Sunday against Chicago on the road. He didn’t look bad by any means. Actually, it was kind of impressive. He completed 20 out of 27 passes for 250 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs. Osweiler is listed at 6 foot 7, with a cannon of an arm. Denver has announced they he will make his second consecutive start next Sunday against New England. Manning hasn’t looked like the Peyton Manning that we are accustomed to, and he hasn’t made the best decisions either. This may be the end of number 18 in the Mile High City.

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston Ahead Of The Curve
For being the number 1 overall pick and being thrown into the fire, Jameis Winston has responded well based on the circumstances. Winston had his best game of his young career Sunday against Philadelphia (completed 19 of 29 pass attempts, 246 passing yards, 5 TDs, and 0 INTs). Over the past 4 games, he has 9 total TDs, 2 INTs, and most importantly 3 wins. Obviously, he still has PLENTY of room for improvement but compared to Luck’s Newton’s, and Manning’s rookies season (I won’t dare put JaMarcus Russell in that category), he’s in the mix, if not better. Fantasy football wise, he’s looked incredible during that span and moving forward.

Johnny Manziel

Baltimore has now without their top 4 players, with injuries to Justin Forsett (fractured arm) and Joe Flacco (torn ACL) this past Sunday against St. Louis. The other 2 players are Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith Sr.

Johnny Manziel allegedly partying over the bye week via video. His status on being the starter is now uncertain. UPDATE: Josh McCown is named the starter and Johnny Manziel is 3rd string.

Green Bay is now tied with Minnesota on top of the NFC North with Green Bay owning the tie breaker.

Tony Romo on Thanksgiving

Bonus: Thanksgiving Outlook
For the longest, Dallas and Detroit always host a team on Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, the NFL has added a 3rd game during the evening. First game is Philadelphia at Detroit. Sam Bradford has cleared the concussion protocol, but it has not been determined if he will start or not. Detroit hasn’t played up to expectations, but they have looked better the past couple of weeks.  Second game is Carolina and Dallas. Dallas is actually favored to win this game (and I don’t understand why). Having Tony Romo back under center has given “America’s Team” hope to make a final push for a playoff spot. Cam Newton and the Panthers are looking to continue their perfect season. If Dallas can’t run the ball, things can get rough in Dallas. Third game is Chicago at Green Bay. The NFL’s Oldest Rivalry will face off again Thanksgiving night. Jay Cutler hasn’t won a game at Lambeau Field in Chicago, and he may have to give it try without Alshon Jeffrey (hamstring). Green Bay is looking to get on a roll again after losing 3 straight prior to winning this past Sunday.