Tagged: NFL

National Football League, 2013.

fine.i admit it.
i am *somewhat* piqued by the nfl this year.
NOT the jerk players, mind you, and DEFINITELY not the goodell-wishes-he-could-hold-tagilabue’s-jock ‘league’ but the fact that some good football is starting.

i like:
kaepernick. i’ve come around. disliking him soley because of the hat was really petty, even by my standards.
cam. just emailed you separately.
peyton. brady. brees. rodgers.
adrian peterson.
wide receivers with the stickiest gloves in history.
the SEAHAWKS, especially their coach.
the niners, and a west coast renaissance.
players that live and die by madden.
giovani bernard.
fantasy football.
pick ’em leagues.
whatever happens with the jets.
alex smith. seriously.
marshawn lynch.
detroit lions offense finally firing on all cylinders because of
reggie bush.
eli manning. two rings!
raiders drafting jedeveon clowney.
the raiders dropping $49 million off the books heading into 2014.
hgh getting swept under the rug (again)
the super bowl in new york. in the middle of winter.
finding out if andrew luck is for real.
bo jacks- nee, cam newton.
smokin’ jay cutler.
the cowboys being average AGAIN.

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Week 5: UCLA in the NFL

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Cornerback Alterraun Verner had eight tackles (plus one on special teams) and an interception return (12 yards) to the one-yard line that set up a Tennessee touchdown to five Tennesse a 27-20 lead in the Titans’ 34-27 win at Dallas.

Defensive end Dave Ball had three tackles and tipped the pass that Verner intercepted in that win.

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Marcedes Lewis had two touchdown receiptions and 54 yards receiving in Jacksonville’s 36-26 win at Buffalo. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries and made two receptions in the victory.

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Linebacker Spencer Havner had five tackles in Detroit’s 44-6 win over St. Louis.

In Cleveland defensive tackle Kenyon Coleman made four tackles, recovered one fumble and had one quarterback hurry.

Brian Price had a quarterback hurry in Tampa Bay’s win at Cincinnati.

In Oakland Bruce Davis played but did not make a tackle. He signed with the Raiders on Tuesday.

Washington safety Chris Horton played but did not make a tackle.

Denver receiver Matt Willis played but did not make a reception.

Minnesota (punter Chris Kluwe) plays tonight.

Week Five Inactives: Arizona Safety Matt Ware; Washington tight end Logan Paulsen (Washington); Green Bay linebacker Brandon Chillar; Chicago running back Kahlil Bell.

Week 5 Byes: New England safety Jarrad Page; receiver/kick returner Matthew Slater.

Thank you once again UCLA Athletics for the information on the Bruins’ NFL exploits over the weekend.

UCLA Players: NFL First Weekend Update

UCLA Bruins NFL Week One. Thank you @uclaathletics.

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For Arizona, cornerback Matt Ware had two solo tackles in a 17-13 win over St. Louis.

For Chicago, running back Kahlil Bell was inactive.

For Cleveland, defensive tackle Kenyon Coleman made four tackles.

For Denver, wide receiver Matt Willis had a special teams tackle assist.

For Detroit, fullback Spencer Havner made one special teams tackle.

For Green Bay, linebacker Brandon Chillar tied for the team lead with seven tackles in a 27-20 win over Philadelphia.

For Jacksonville, tight end Marcedes Lewis made touchdown receptions of 21 and 10 yards in a 17-14 victory. Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 98 yards on 23 attempts and made three receptions for 15 yards, giving him 113 all-purpose yards.

For Minnesota, punter Chris Kluwe averaged 43.3 yards on seven kicks with two inside the 20-yard line. Three were returned for a total of two yards.

For New England, Matt Slater made two special teams tackles (one solo, one assist).

For Tampa Bay, rookie defensive tackle Brian Price made two solo tackles in a 17-14 win.

For Tennessee, rookie cornerback Alterraun Verner made two special teams tackles in a 38-13 win. Defensive end Dave Ball started and made three tackles and broke up two passes.

For Washington, safety Chris Horton had one special teams tackle in the Redskin win. Tight end Logan Paulsen was inactive.

Linebacker/special teams standout Brendon Ayenbadejo (Baltimore) and safety Jarrad Page (Kansas City) play tonihhyt.

NFL Draft: Seriously?

This blog appears courtesy of Guest Blogger Dave Denicke of Untapped Potential:

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“I want a hamburger. No, I want a cheeseburger. I want a hot dog, a milsha….”
“YOU’LL GET NOTHING AND LIKE IT!”

The NFL is a lot like Judge Smails’ kid in the beloved classic Caddyshack. A spoiled brat without limits, and as a result a waste of a golden opportunity to succeed. The league has the advantage of being the most popular sport in the United States, not just with devoted team supporters, but also with gamblers and fantasy sports savants. They are the 600 pound gorilla when it comes to sports television, and they know it. The NFL was the first US sport to launch its own cable channel, and its championship event is a ratings mainstay– not just in the US, but around the world– thus commanding ridiculous price tags for potential advertisers. And yet, you get the sense that, despite all of their success, the NFL is not satisfied with their reach, to the point that they are shooting themselves in the foot.

What made the NFL so unique about ten years ago was that the vast majority of the games took place one day out of the week. Sunday might be the Lord’s day, but he’d better wrap that Gospel up before kickoff, because professional football is not to be trifled with. It was a beautiful marriage between sport and fan, as people were able to line up the rest of their week in order to clear their calendar for Sunday afternoons. Kids leagues, home improvement projects and dates– those are all well and good for a Saturday. But Sunday had been the one day a sports fan needed to have to him (or her) self.

However, the NFL has tinkered with spreading the wealth across the week. Monday Night Football was once incredibly successful, which led to late season Saturday games, and then in turn to Thursday games. Soon enough, a sports fan had to keep 4 evenings a week free in order to keep up with the league. This is to say nothing of the impact on fantasy football, where teams have to make player decisions 72 hours before most of the games get underway.

No, the real problem with the NFL is that they got greedy, and in the process, messed with success. And the same holds true for the NFL Draft. The draft technically used to last two days, but realistically, the first two rounds are where most of the action takes place. By the time Sunday afternoon rolls around, teams are taking more flyers than a lonely man on the Las Vegas Strip.

So rather than consolidate the action, and make it easier for the sports fan to digest, the NFL has gone in the opposite direction, and stretched it over four days. The NFL Draft will now last longer than the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Of course, the intrinsic problem with the draft is that the first round takes waaaaay too long. Teams have 15 minutes to make a pick? These are businesses that have spent the past four months (if not longer) pouring over statistical data, scouting reports and interviews, all to select, on average, seven employees. Do they really need 15 minutes? Try taking half that long at your fantasy draft this fall, and tell me how that goes over. Five minutes. This gives teams enough time to look at their draft board, make a call, and hand in a card to the commissioner. Done and done. This isn’t medical research, its a middle linebacker from Alabama.

In sum, NFL–don’t sell yourself short. You’re a tremendous slouch.

2010 Pro Bowl Rosters. . .two Raiders

2010 Pro Bowl rosters

Rosters by position

* Asterisk denotes starter

AFC
Offense
Position Player(s)
Quarterback * Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
Philip Rivers, San Diego
Tom Brady, New England
Running back * Chris Johnson, Tennessee
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
Ray Rice, Baltimore
Fullback * Le’Ron McClain, Baltimore
Wide receiver * Andre Johnson, Houston
* Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Brandon Marshall, Denver
Wes Welker, New England
Tight end * Dallas Clark, Indianapolis
Antonio Gates, San Diego
Tackle * Jake Long, Miami
* Ryan Clady, Denver
Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Guard * Logan Mankins, New England
* Alan Faneca, N.Y. Jets
Kris Dielman, San Diego
Center * Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets
Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis
Defense
Position Player(s)
Defensive end * Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
* Robert Mathis, Indianapolis
Mario Williams, Houston
Interior linemen * Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
* Vince Wilfork, New England
Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh
Outside linebacker * Elvis Dumervil, Denver
* James Harrison, Pittsburgh
Brian Cushing, Houston
Inside/midde linebacker * Ray Lewis, Baltimore
DeMeco Ryans, Houston
Cornerback * Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets
* Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
Champ Bailey, Denver
Free safety * Ed Reed, Baltimore
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo
Strong safety * Brian Dawkins, Denver
Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Shane Lechler, Oakland
Placekicker Nate Kaeding, San Diego
Kick returner Josh Cribbs, Cleveland
Special teamer Kassim Osgood, San Diego
NFC
Offense
Position Player(s)
Quarterback * Drew Brees, New Orleans
Brett Favre, Minnesota
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Running back * Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
Steven Jackson, St. Louis
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina
Fullback * Leonard Weaver, Philadelphia
Wide receiver * Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
* DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
Miles Austin, Dallas
Sidney Rice, Minnesota
Tight end * Vernon Davis, San Francisco
Jason Witten, Dallas
Tackle * Jason Peters, Philadelphia
* Bryant McKinnie, Minnesota
Jonathan Stinchcomb, New Orleans
Guard * Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota
* Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Leonard Davis, Dallas
Center * Andre Gurode, Dallas
Shaun O’Hara, N.Y. Giants
Defense
Position Player(s)
Defensive end * Jared Allen, Minnesota
* Julius Peppers, Carolina
Trent Cole, Philadelphia
Interior linemen * Kevin Williams, Minnesota
* Darnell Dockett, Arizona
Jay Ratliff, Dallas
Outside linebacker * DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
* Lance Briggs, Chicago
Brian Orakpo, Washington
Inside/midde linebacker * Patrick Willis, San Francisco
Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans
Cornerback * Charles Woodson, Green Bay
* Asante Samuel, Philadelphia
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Arizona
Free safety * Darren Sharper, New Orleans
Nick Collins, Green Bay
Strong safety * Adrian Wilson, Arizona
Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Andy Lee, San Francisco
Placekicker David Akers, Philadelphia
Kick returner DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
Special teamer Heath Farwell, Minnesota

Rosters by team

* Asterisk denotes starter

AFC
Team Player(s)
Balimore (5) * Ray Lewis, inside/middle linebacker
* Le’Ron McClain, fullback
* Haloti Ngata, interior lineman
* Ed Reed, free safety
Ray Rice, running back
Buffalo (1) Jairus Byrd, free safety
Cleveland (2) Joshua Cribbs, kick returner
Joe Thomas, tackle
Denver (5) Champ Bailey, cornerback
* Ryan Clady, tackle
* Brian Dawkins, strong safety
* Elvis Dumervil, outside linebacker
Brandon Marshall, wide receiver
Houston (4) Brian Cushing, outside linebacker
* Andre Johnson, wide receiver
DeMeco Ryans, inside/middle linebacker
Mario Williams, defensive end
Indianapolis (6) * Dallas Clark, tight end
* Dwight Freeney, defensive end
* Peyton Manning, quarterback
* Robert Mathis, defensive end
Jeff Saturday, center
* Reggie Wayne, wide receiver
Jacksonville (1) Maurice Jones-Drew, running back
Miami (1) * Jake Long, tackle
New England (4) Tom Brady, quarterback
* Logan Mankins, guard
Wes Welker, wide receiver
* Vince Wilfork, interior lineman
N.Y. Jets (3) * Alan Faneca, guard
* Nick Mangold, center
* Darrelle Revis, cornerback
Oakland (2) * Nnamdi Asomugha, cornerback
Shane Lechler, punter
Pittsburgh (2) Casey Hampton, interior lineman
* James Harrison, outside linebacker
San Diego (5) Kris Dielman, guard
Antonio Gates, tight end
Nate Kaeding, placekicker
Kassim Osgood, special teamer
Philip Rivers, quarterback
Tennessee (1) * Chris Johnson, running back
NFC
Team Player(s)
Arizona (4) * Darnell Dockett, interior lineman
* Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, cornerback
* Adrian Wilson, strong safety
Carolina (2) * Julius Peppers, defensive end
DeAngelo Williams, running back
Chicago (1) * Lance Briggs, outside linebacker
Dallas (6) Miles Austin, wide receiver
Leonard Davis, guard
* Andre Gurode, center
Jay Ratliff, interior lineman
* DeMarcus Ware, outside linebacker
Jason Witten, tight end
Green Bay (3) Nick Collins, free safety
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback
* Charles Woodson, cornerback
Minnesota (8) * Jared Allen, defensive end
Heath Farwell, special teamer
Brett Favre, quarterback
* Steve Hutchinson, guard
* Bryant McKinnie, tackle
* Adrian Peterson, running back
Sidney Rice, wide receiver
* Kevin Williams, interior lineman
New Orleans (5) * Drew Brees, quarterback
* Jahri Evans, guard
* Darren Sharper, free safety
Jonathan Stinchcomb, tackle
Jonathan Vilma, inside/middle linebacker
N.Y. Giants (1) Shaun O’Hara, center
Philadelphia (6) David Akers, placekicker
Trent Cole, defensive end
* DeSean Jackson, wide receiver/returner
* Jason Peters, tackle
* Asante Samuel, cornerback
* Leonard Weaver, fullback
San Francisco (3) * Vernon Davis, tight end
Andy Lee, punter
* Patrick Willis, inside/middle linebacker
St. Louis (1) Steven Jackson, running back
Washington (1) Brian Orakpo, outside linebacker