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With fantasy draft day fast approaching, Pat Fitzmaurice is taking a team-by-team look at every key player’s fantasy value relative to his current ADP (average draft position). We continue in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans… Welcome to the Exotic Smashmouth Resort. Phillipe here will take your bags and handle them roughly. Please take a complimentary lei and a set of brass knuckles. We’re holding a poolside reception for guests tonight. We’ll be serving tropical drinks accompanied by knockwurst-and-onion sandwiches. We hope you enjoy your stay. The 2017 Titans could offer an interesting exhibition of the tug-of-war between efficiency and volume.…

With fantasy draft day fast approaching, Pat Fitzmaurice is taking a team-by-team look at every key player’s fantasy value relative to his current ADP (average draft position). We continue in the AFC South with the rather thin Jacksonville Jaguars… When Jacksonville selected LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth pick in this year’s draft, many of the Jaguars fans assembled for the team draft party at EverBank Field reacted as if they were in the throes of Beatlemania, shrieking their approval in much the same way thousands of teenage girls did when the Fab Four took the stage at Shea Stadium…

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.– Lou Holtz If I asked you how much of football is mental, what would you say? 50%? 70%? 90%? When I ask an athlete, these are usually the numbers I get back in response. But when I ask them how much they practice this aspect of their game, I usually get blank stares in return. “So you’re telling me you spend 100% of your time working on 50/30/10% of your game?” This makes no…

Think of Brock Osweiler as a giant bug. The Browns are that weird daredevil kid at school who says he’ll eat the bug – for a price. Members of the Texans’ front office huddled during recess, passed around a baseball cap, dropped in a couple of draft picks … and soon the bug was gone. The Texans squealed in equal parts delight and mock horror as the icky creature disappeared, and the weird kid walked away with his pockets full after ingesting an unconventional source of protein. With Beetle Brock in the belly of the Browns, the Texans hope…

White House press secretary/human piñata Sean Spicer will conduct his first on camera briefing today in over a week, a strange lapse from the highest pulpit of public information. President Trump’s chief strategist//supermodel Steve Bannon, speaking to a reporter from The Atlantic offered up this explanation: “Sean got fatter.” No. No. No. It is never ok to call a person fat, especially to a reporter from the bowels of one of the most toxic offices in the world. How evil must you be?  There is but one exception. One group of people who welcome your fat jokes. No, not Santa Claus.…

With fantasy draft day fast approaching, Pat Fitzmaurice is taking a team-by-team look at every key player’s fantasy value relative to his current ADP (average draft position). We begin in the AFC South with the somewhat perplexing Indianapolis Colts… When my son was a toddler, he had a bad habit of swiveling his head as he walked, looking around rather than focusing on what was ahead. This led to some collisions with walls and doors. (It also confirmed that he had inherited plenty of my genes.) Frank Gore advocates remind me of my toddler son in this regard. They’re looking backward,…

Head coach Kyle Shanahan wrapped up the 49ers’ offseason workouts last Thursday with a bouncy castle. It was a gesture both delightful and metaphoric. With the draft well in the distance and absence of, you know, actual games, this period of the NFL calendar is rooted in anticipation. Every storyline is magnified. Every quote is crystallized. We’re all drinking from the same rose-colored glass. OTAs and minicamps certainly have some semblance of importance. There are actual NFL players performing actual football moves – or non NFL moves in the case of Jets QB Christian Hackenberg, This version of offseason…

Season of Hope marks the whimsical period between the start of OTAs and training camp when the pads are off, the air is fresh and seemingly every player and team has a chance. Let’s dream of the storylines that would completely shake up the league. Quarterbacks that hit rock bottom are rarely resuscitated. Alex Smith, who endured seven offensive coordinators in eight mostly downtrodden years in San Francisco, is possibly the only current exception. But Smith could have company to the East. Haven’t you heard? The lens of OTAs has basically turned Brock Osweiler into a taller version of Aaron…

A few weeks into the 2011 NFL season, noted political extremist Hank Williams Jr. appeared on Fox and Friends and compared President Barack Obama to Hitler. When asked about Obama playing a round of golf with then Speaker of the House John Boehner, Williams replied: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.” ESPN quickly pulled Williams’ iconic “All My Friends Are Here on Monday Night” intro from its Monday Night Football broadcasts, presumably for eternity. Well, not so fast. Today the network announced that Williams would be back after this season asking the audience…

Imagine if every failed job interviewee received a notice specifically detailing the reasons for the rejection. Instead of generically stating, “The selected candidate was more qualified,” a company might say: Your salary requirements were too high. We don’t think your communication skills were strong. Your posture didn’t convey leadership. We really wanted a white male. Or all of the above. What the truth serum method might lack in comfort would make up for with clarity. The chances of Pete Carroll and the Seahawks disclosing their feelings about Colin Kaepernick — whom they reportedly are not signing after meeting with…

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