If the NFL is serious about giving back…

… it can start by requiring NFL-licensed goods to be manufactured in the USA.So I have new job.Those barcode labels?  That’s me.I hump boxes at a Walmart distribution center on a ten hour second shift, four nights a week.  How I got there is outside the scope of today’s topic — let’s just say a mix of wanting needing to unplug from the web for long periods and a modified Dewey Oxberger weight loss plan.  Man wasn’t made to sit on his ass but that’s what I’ve been doing for 30 years and no amount

Andrew Luck responds to Robert Kraft.

I’m ghostwriting for Andrew Luck today.  He’s got a lot to say and opted to hand it off to me to divine it.   After watching and reading and listening to Patriots fans and Patriots media sympathizers and, most disturbingly, the Patriots organization from the owner down claim that: They didn’t do anything wrong and; Even if they did it, it was...

Forfeit. (If true.)

Everything in the piece is caveated with “If the Pats are found to have altered the game balls…” Yes, I understand the investigation is proceeding.  No, I’m not going to preface every statement in the piece with that clause.  I’m going to trust you to know my intention and that I’m fully cognizant that the investigation is on-going and it is...

About our defense in yesterday’s first quarter…

That was a disaster and no mistake.  Five freaking first downs.  FIVE?!  Out-rushed 244-53.  One for ten on third down converts. It was the old Shurmur-ball snowball effect wherein the defense gets behind, the offense gives the ball right back, the now-tired defense has a harder time stopping the opponents, offense gives ball back again, and the now-gassed defense starts...

Jeremy Zuttah was 2014’s best UFA signing.

This started out as my essay pick for this week’s Cheddar Bay and graduated into a short post.  That’s because the Ravens are a story that no one is talking about yet and I love bringing the news first.  I noticed this when I re-did the 603POWER rankings today.  The Ravens are on top and on top by a lot....

#CheddarBay wk 9, Packers at Saints.

All-play game is Packers +1 at Saints on Sunday night. And yes, that’s my ticket to the right.  I’m coming to town for this here game. I expect to ramble into town Saturday evening,,, Hampton Inn Downtown bay-bee! See you all at the tailgates and probably definitely at the Barley for Fox-Lima-Jackson hi-jinx. (This also means the Saturday entries and updates will...

#CheddarBay wk 6, Bama at Ole Miss.

Bama -6 at Ole Miss is the all play this week.  Closest thing to a no-brainer we’ve had this year.  Kickoff is 3:30PM Saturday. What’s that?  You haven’t met Laquon Treadwell yet?  Well check him out.  This is what a WR worthy of top three picks looks like.  (Unlike Sammy Watkins.  And have to say it, unlike Mike Evans.)  Expect...

Ten wins. Six reasons why.

Browns preview time. I refuse to believe that they will suck this year.  No.  Nein.  Nyet. Oh yeah I saw the preseason games and oh yeah I’m reading the guys who spent their August (and their last decade of Augusts) watching this team and reporting the familiar “there doesn’t seem to be an offense” reports.  No touchdowns.  Cornerbacks playing 15 yards...

2014 AFC Quick Hits — Bet on, bet against, avoid.

Let’s wrap up our previews with the AFC today.  We’ll use the same format as used for the NFC and all the CFB teams:  grouping the teams into buckets of ‘bet on,’ ‘bet against,’ and ‘avoid.’  We aren’t too too concerned with predicting records or playoff slots; we are very concerned with profitable performances against spreads. I’ll use a lot...

2014 NFC Quick Hits — Bet on, bet against, avoid.

I enjoyed doing my series of quick looks at 128 college football teams a couple weeks ago but judging from the number of comments, maybe you all aren’t as excited about C-USA talk in August. Fair. Just remember who was way out front on the Terrence Broadway parade and when Marshall gets a BCS at-large berth it should surprise not...

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