If you are a college football enthusiast like myself, chances are you know kickoff for this season is a mere 73 days away. Tailgate Saturdays and prime matchups are so close you can almost taste it. However, this season will be without the big named prospects such as Leonard Fournette and Deshaun Watson, names that millions of fans have grown to love. So, who is going to dominate the spotlight this year? In this article we will take a look at quarterbacks and a few running backs to keep an eye on this fall.
Only a day removed from our first Sunday without football for a while, you are probably already starving for your next dose of pigskin. Well, you won’t have to wait that long as the NFL offseason is starting to pick up.
Down 28–3 in the third quarter, facing a white hot Atlanta Falcons offense, they did the unthinkable.
I’m a dope. I get far too excited for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament each and every year. I treat the opening weekend like bacchanalia and neglect all adult duties. I inevitably end up with basketball fatigue if *my team* is eliminated. Yet here I am again. Like a virgin on prom night (and thousands of nights after because I’m the type of guy who has a tendency to become obsessively enthralled with all measure of nerd-dom) full of a fervor that can only be described as hormonal.
A few short years ago, ahead of the 2012 NFL Draft, there was one name that was all the rage. This name was none other than prize quarterbacking prodigy Andrew Luck out of Stanford. Not only was the pedigree supposedly there, being the offspring of another former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, but according to every scout, pundit, coach, and analyst that salivated over the prospect, the talent and natural ability was there also. This football player, this man, this quarterbacking “GOD” was sure to be the next big thing in the NFL and surely the best quarterback in the league someday.
There is nothing — and I mean nothing — like college football. If you have ever been on a college campus around the time of a big rivalry game (or any big game in general), you know exactly what I’m talking about. Hopes of the playoffs can be dashed in one game. I need some Jim Harbaugh khakis in my life now. Which had me thinking: who are some teams that can make 2017 their magical season? To make the playoffs you need a lot of luck, but that's not the only thing. You need a decent schedule (not too hard because two losses basically takes you out of it), you need to stay healthy, and you need to pass the eye exam (how much fun is this team to watch). This year should be fun. Teams like Auburn and Georgia should raise the SEC back to the level we are all used to; Florida State could be a legit opponent to Clemson in the ACC; Penn State is going to battle with Michigan and Ohio State for the Big 10 title. But who are the actual dark horses for the 2017 college football season?
Moving on from a general manager in the NFL is never an easy thing to do. It usually involves a slight rebuild period and is preceded by a series of events that make it all but inevitable.
To begin, I must note an author disclaimer. In no way, shape, or form am I suggesting my personal beliefs about the system of the College Football Playoff. I am simply making a case for something different. With this in mind, let’s begin.
Adrian Peterson is still a free agent. At an initial asking price of reportedly $8 million per year, is anyone surprised? This comes after Peterson had the worst season of his illustrious and undoubtedly HOF career, but he is nowhere near the guy that once rushed for 2,000 yards and carried a Vikings franchise. Peterson is hitting the trail, shaking hands, and figuratively kissing — well, not babies in hopes of gaining a job that resembles a decent salary. But will he get something he deems respectable? I can’t say on the monetary end of things but at this point in his career considering the money he has earned and accolades he has accomplished, isn’t it time to chase a championship?
Guess what guys? Colin Kaepernick is back in the news again, even as nauseating as it may sound to some. No need for further pleasantries though, let’s get right to it.
Eddie Lacy is a Seahawk. After you get a kick out of the fact that Pete Carroll wants to keep Lacy “big,” your brain probably shifts its focus to the Green Bay Packers. With only three true halfbacks on their roster — two fullbacks and half running back half wide receiver Ty Montgomery — the Packers definitely need to address their own situation. With Lacy out of the equation, where will Green Bay turn to find someone to lead their backfield?
As you may have heard by now, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is making headlines yet again. This time, it is for allegedly breaking someone’s nose in a bar fight at a Dallas area sports bar. This incident isn’t the first incident that the Cowboys’ young star has been involved in; he was spotted in a marijuana dispensary on the west coast during last season, involved a domestic situation prior to that, and most recently the guilty party in revealing a woman’s breast publicly during a parade.