Thursday, April 3, 2014

Don’t Reach On Mark Ingram

The NFL offseason makes smart fantasy football players stupid.

Last year people were buying into Lamar Miller, David Wilson and Daryl Richardson. They were taking these young running backs as early as the third round. You would think they would learn from their mistakes. Instead, the fantasy football speculation continues to build as we get into the dark days of the NFL offseason.

We’re in the awkward time after the top free agents have signed and yet the draft is still over one month away. Now, Mark Ingram is being mentioned as a potential break out candidate with the New Orleans Saints.

Ingram, 24 was the first running back selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Saints traded up to draft him. The Heisman Trophy winner hasn't been the back the Saints expected him to be. In his three seasons he has rushed for 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has missed 11 games due to injury.
Can Mark Ingram (28) be the lead back in 2014, since
Darren Sproles (43) was traded to
the Philadelphia Eagles?

Now, with Darren Sproles’ departure some believe that this is Ingram’s time to shine. While he remains a solid buy-low candidate, it seems inevitable that he shoots up draft boards as the football season gets closer.
This is your warning. Don’t buy into the hype. If Ingram was ready to lead the Saints’ backfield don’t you think he would've done it by now?

Is the potential there for a big season? They did pick him in the first round. He is heading into a contract year so maybe he will be productive. But, do you really believe he has the talent to do so? The fact that Ingram was unable to overtake Pierre Thomas as the lead back last season speaks volumes.

Ingram is nothing more than a situational running back, who is missing the lateral quickness to be a top starting running back in the NFL.

Don’t believe the offseason hype that Ingram will inevitably bring. He’s an average talent that many could reach on. Just make sure you aren't the one doing the reaching on draft day.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Don't Worry LeBron, We Know You're Great

Does anyone really question the greatness of two-time
NBA Finals MVP LeBron James?

LeBron James must think he needs to point out how great he is.

"I'm going to be one of the top four that's ever played this game, for sure," LeBron James said in an interview with NBA TV. "And if they don't want me to have one of those top four spots, they'd better find another spot on that mountain. Somebody's gotta get bumped, but that's not for me to decide. That's for the architects."

Normally, no one has a problem with a great player expressing his greatness in an interview. But, James has a chance to be more than great, to be more than just a Hall-of-Famer. He can be in the top four to ever play the game. In fact, he can be right up there with Michael Jordan.

It is a universal thought in the basketball world that James will be one of the greatest ever. Why does he feel the need to talk about being "top four?"

Could he be jealous of Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant?

Durant, 25, is well on his way to his first Most-Valuable Player award this season. He is averaging a league-leading 31.2 points-per-game, 5.5 assists-per-game and has a player-efficiency-rating (PER) of 31.01.
The Thunder are in first-place in the Western Conference, while James’ Miami Heat are in second place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Indiana Pacers by 3.5 games.

Historically, James has been the only player than can score, rebound and pass at such a high efficiency. Durant was labeled as a scorer who couldn't rebound or pass like James. This season Durant is outscoring James by nearly 5 points-per-game (31.2-26.3), out-rebounding him (7.7-6.9) and is 2.16 points ahead of James in PER (31.2-28.85).

Naturally, James may feel the need to let people know that he is still the best player in the world. But, there is no reason to. He needs to look back at history to understand what is happening this season.
Should Lebron James worry about the great
season Kevin Durant is having?

In 1992-1993 Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were two-time defending champions. However, they finished second in the Eastern Conference standings behind the New York Knicks. Most believed the Bulls reign would end.

Jordan led the league in scoring that season and yet Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns was named League MVP. The Suns finished with the best record in the Western Conference.

Despite the doubters who believed the Bulls run would end, they knocked off the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals after being down 2-0 in the series. The Bulls then rolled over the Barkley and the rest of the Suns in the NBA Finals to win their third-straight championship.

James shouldn't care about the attention Durant is getting. Durant deserves it. But, we won't remember who won MVP if his team doesn't win a championship. We won't remember the Pacers being the top-seed in the East if they don't win a championship. We remember champions. History tells us we don’t care about the regular season. We only care about who wins the Finals.

Before James talks about the all-time greats, someone should tell him the architects of basketball’s Mount Rushmore look for championship rings, not MVP trophies.

Monday, February 3, 2014

James' Manning Rant

Is Peyton Manning one of the best ever after losing 43-8 in the Super Bowl? I answer that and you hear from Manning himself right here:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction: The Seahawks Fly High over Manning and the Broncos

I refused to buy into the Seattle Seahawks this season. I picked the New Orleans Saints to upset them in the divisional round of the playoffs. I also doubted this young team could make a Super Bowl run. Now, they face one of the best offensive teams in the history of football led by future hall-of-fame quarterback Peyton Manning. But, instead of picking against the Seahawks again, I've decided they will win Super Bowl XLVIII for a few reasons.

The Seahawks have the best defense in the NFL. They are confident and they back up their trash talk with stellar play. Some of Manning's throws in the AFC Championship Game were wobbly. He won't be able to make those same throws in this game. If he does, the Seahawks will make him pay for it. This Seahawks defense is going to make the 37-year-old Manning look ordinary at some point during this game, which is something no defense has been able to do all season.

The Seahawks defense gets all of the attention, but their offense deserves some credit. They are led by second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, who had a quarterback rating of 101.2 in 2013. He doesn't turn the ball over often. He only has 11 turnovers on the season (9 interceptions, 2 fumbles). To put that in perspective, Manning turned it over 13 times in the 2013 regular season.

The Seahawks also have one of the most physical running backs in the league with Marshawn Lynch. Lynch has rushed for over 1,000 yards five times in his career, including three times with the Seahawks. He seems to rise to the occasion in the playoffs and this year is no different. He is averaging five yards per carry, which is up from his 4.2 average in the regular season.

Wide Receiver Percy Harvin will also return to the Seahawks starting lineup after suffering a concussion in the NFC Championship game. He is a dark horse MVP candidate. He hasn't been in the lineup much this season, but he has the talent to explode at a moments notice. There isn't much film on him so the Broncos may have a hard time preparing for Harvin’s return. Look for him to make a few big plays whether it is receiving, rushing or kick returning.

 The Broncos defense has played well against the run, but Wilson will throw it if he has to. I think this game will come down to the Broncos offense versus the Seahawks defense. Can the Seahawks get a stop? If they don’t, Manning will win his second Super Bowl Championship. But, if Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the defense can force Manning into making a few mistakes, they will be victorious.

Bottom Line: This game is going to come down to the last possession. Manning is going to have the ball and he will have to take the Broncos down the field to win the game. Sherman and the Seahawks defense will rise to the occasion and get the stop when it matters most. I’m taking the Seahawks.

Final Score: Seattle Seahawks: 24 Denver Broncos: 20

Richard Sherman and the Seahawks will be
victorious in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Wes Welker Gets Videobombed... And It Is Pretty Funny

Wes Welker attended a Knicks game... I don't think anyone saw this coming: