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NFL 2017: Five things that sucked this season.

By no means is this an exhaustive list but it’s a list all the same. This season has sucked on many levels and I’m here to chronicle some of it.

1. Lots and Lots of injuries

Before the season began we had a will he-won’t he drama in regards to Andrew’s Luck’s status. Spoiler alert: he won’t(or he didn’t whichever your prefer) Then there was a JJ Watt, Odell Beckham got hurt in the preseason and then again in the regular season. But it was ok, the football gods gave us a new hero. Rookie Deshaun Watson burst onto the scene electrifying the league in a way we haven’t seen a Qb do since RG3(God please don’t let this kid wind up like RG3). But as with most things this NFL season; Watson’s story didn’t have a happy ending. In a cruel twist of irony Watson didn’t even get hurt in a game, a handoff in practice took him out.

2. Collin Kaepernick’s unemployment 

I’m an agnostic as far as Collin goes. I don’t think he’s a modern-day version of Rosa Parks. However, I appreciate what he is trying to do and I know he’s good enough to make an NFL roster and probably start for close to half the teams in the league.

This saga sucked because it became political and quite frankly I don’t want that in my football. I’m well versed in politics, 99 percent of the players, commentators, and announcers speaking on this issues arent.  The owners were very political by not hiring Kaepernick, the response to the snub has been political. I love politics and the analysis of it but I go to people qualified to do so. I don’t need every conversation about QB play in the NFL to devolve into a conversation on civil liberties sorry, I like sectioned plates so my food doesn’t touch.

3, Donald Trump

I have a firm belief in the separation of politics and sports. I don’t even like the White House visits for winning teams anymore.(Thanks, Obama) All of this shit was dying down though, ESPN had run out of topics and FS1 even seemed to run out of ways to race bait on the matter.  Then the fucking president of the United States had to weigh-in, calling players who kneel “sons of bitches. The 45th president of the United States also opined that the players who participated in kneeling should be fired.

The problem with fighting Donald Trump(besides the fact that he gives no fucks) is that he gives you so many targets it’s difficult to focus your efforts. The players responded in force to Trump but the lasting image from their protest was Jerry Jones kneeling BEFORE the anthem. Mission far from accomplished.

4. The play isn’t sucky the teams are.

Five years ago the Ravens would’ve been a 6 win team, but this year they were an Andy Dalton miracle pass away from making the playoffs. The Titans actually made the playoffs with a guy under center that threw more picks than touchdowns.  And please don’t get me started on the Bills. Hell the talented Steelers sleptwalked through the season and still finished 13-3. Did I mention the Browns didn’t win a fucking game???

5. No one knows what the fuck a catch is.

This isn’t fucking new. We’ve debated and simultaneously been confounded by the so-called “Calvin Johnson rule” since 2010. The NFL hasn’t been able to clearly established what a catch is for 7 fucking years!! 2017 seems to be a new low with the New England Patriots benefiting from this bullshit not once, not twice, but three fucking times this season. In order to enjoy any game from Monopoly to fucking tiddlywinks, the rules have to be clear to all involved it’s amazing that the NFL can’t figure out something so simple.

 

 

The RC Report with special guest Ross Tucker

Ross and RC preview the upcoming NFL Season.

0:00- 2:45-Ross’ trademark podcast intro

2:45-6:00-Free Agency and Josh Norman

6:00-7:55-Bosa holdout

8:00-10:20-Will the Panthers and Cam Regress?

10:21-12:45-Breakthrough teams

12:45- 13:46-Are the Cowboys legit Contenders?

13:46- end-NFC contenders(Green bay, Arizona, Seattle)

Tucker is the host of the popular Ross Tucker Football Podcast as well as the Fantasy Feast: Eatin, Even Money, and The College Draft podcasts all available at RossTucker.com

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RC Report with guest Maureen Ryan

RC Report w/ Maureen Ryan of Variety Magazine

Maureen Ryan and I discuss Game of Thrones, the impact of social media(on tv shows), diversity in Hollywood and more.

0:00-3:15 How Mo got her start as a writer/reviewer

3:15-7:52 The Golden Age of TV and its current expansion.

7:52-12:00 The impact of social media.

12:00-25:45 Women and diversity in television.

25:45-28:40 Under the Radar Shows.

28:40-End Game of Thrones

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Maureen lists a bunch of great shows for you to check out. I made of list of them and linked their IMDB pages.

Peaky Blinders
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jane The Virgin
Fresh off the boat
BoJack Horseman
Mr. Robot
Catastrophe
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2234222/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Coach Nick of BBall Breakdown

Coach Nick of BBall Breakdown

Coach Nick has dedicated himself to preserving the fundamentals of basketball. By using NBA footage, he breaks down the games with freeze frames, arrows, and slow motion to explain the intricate details of what is happening on the court. By paying close attention off the ball, he opens up a whole new way to watch and analyze the game.

Coach Nick joins RC to discuss the crazy OKC-Spurs finish (6:26), his coaching background(8:20),the origin of bballbreakdown (10:22), the state of fundamentals(13:11), Is Steph curry bad for basketball? (14:46), Changes in the game(17:13),What do the analytics guys get wrong (20:30), Why are the Warriors so good(22:48), Are the Cavs built to win a title?(26:00), What is OKC missing(28:30), Westbrook’s flaws(32:11),Where goes Kobe rank all time(35:14)Pet Peeves (36:52)Shooting system(abrupt end)

Had to end the interview rather abruptly at the end, sorry about that folks.

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Concussion Author Jeanne Marie Laskas

Concussion Author Jeanne Marie Laskas

Jeanne Marie Laskas is the New York Times best-selling author of Concussion (Penguin Random House, 2015) and the 2009 GQ article “Game Brain,” which inspired the Golden Globe-nominated movie, Concussion, starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin.

Jean Marie joins RC to discuss the NFL’s deliberate campaign to hide information on concussions from its players and the public. As well as the NFL’s reaction to the movie and meeting Will Smith.

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The RC Report with Special Guest Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock is one of the most controversial sports writers in America. His polarizing writings cause consternation on the left and the right. Jason joins the RC Report for a no holds barred interview. We discuss The Rise and Fall of the Undefeated,His second go around with ESPN,Deadspin, Race in America, Donald Trump and why the Wire is the Greatest television show of all time.

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Author Jonathan Abrams on the Prep-to-Pro Generation and the Legendary ’96 NBA Draft

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The definitive, never-before-told story of the
prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA.

Over that decade-plus period, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the modern era—Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable “busts” who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pro generation.