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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.

 

 

YGAF:JT Barett Leads Ohio State to a Helluva a comeback victory over Penn State.

It all started so well. Saquon Barkley took the opening kickoff to the house. Ohio State fumbled the ball setting up the Nittany Lions for another score to go up 14-0. In fact the Lions dominated the majority of the game leading by 18 two separate times. But in the end Sr. QB JT Barrett came up big with 16 4th quarter completions. Not only did Barett keep his team playoff hopes alive but he has clearly injected himself into the Heisman race.

There’s your lead now we go a little faster.

  • How good is Ohio state that they started out that poorly and ended up winning the game.
  • It probably shouldn’t be considered an upset anymore-this year anymore- when Big 12 teams lose to Iowa State at home.
  • I think we all knew Georgia was going to beat Florida but who expected that. Utter domination. Georgia may be the only team in the country that can give Bama a game.(apologies to Ohio State).
  • Norte Dame passed yet another test besting NC State but didn’t leave unblemished as QB Brandon Wimbush left the game with an injury. It’s unclear at this point how serious the injury is.
  • Florida’s season has been less than ideal but given the injuries and suspensions is following Head Coach Jim McElwain the right move. Are they going upgrade if they do?
  • Oklahoma State beat WVA in impressive fashion and look ready for bedlam next week vs Oklahoma.

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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Protect Yourself at all Times:How the Business that is Boxing will Inevitably delay another Marquee Match up

Before I start this let me first say that while I find the outcome of Saturday’s Canelo v Khan fight funny, in actuality there is nothing funny about such a brutal knockout. With that being said, combat sports in general always run the risk of harm to the competitors for the sake of entertainment and I am glad that Khan is at least functional as of this writing Now let’s get to the point, this fight should have never been made. I’ve said that from the announcement, all the way through the promotion, and even in the final seconds of Amir Khan concussed body hitting the canvas. I consider Amir a 140lb fighter who was moonlighting at 147 because that’s where the money was. Prior to taking this fight Amir had only fought four fights at the welterweight limit of 147 lbs. Of those four none where top 10 fighters, as a matter of fact the last top 10 fighter Amir Khan faced was Danny Garcia in 2012, a fight that ended in a stoppage by the ref after a dazed Khan was picking himself up off the canvas for a second time that night. So all things considered how the hell does Amir Khan get to fight the best 154lb* fighter in the world for the MIDDLEWEIGHT championship? Let me say that again, a guy who typically fights at 140-147 just got knocked out by a guy who is 154lbs* but has the middleweight belt, a belt that rightfully belongs to the men in the 160lb division.

“How Sway? “

The story on how Canelo obtained the middleweight belt is another article in and of itself so for this particular discussion we are going to focus on the sham tonight. You see there is the “new” stigma in boxing where every fighter has to establish themselves to a certain side in the negotiations. There’s the A side where we see the money being made. These are your headliners on the pay per view and the one making 8 figures for the fight. Then there is the B side which in today’s boxing negotiations just means that you take the blame for the fight if it doesn’t go through. Somewhere between Oscar De la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather , this A-side title became the “one ring to rule them all” type title. Oscar honestly started this when he set up the first fight with Floyd Mayweather and Floyd took it to a whole other level remaining undefeated and collecting almost 10x as much money at one point in the latter part of his career than the actual fight with Oscar De La Hoya. The title of PPV king has taken priority over the roots of boxing and self-preservation is a necessity for a PPV king. And that’s what we get nowadays fighters who are afraid to look bad or lose for fear that after a defeat fans and networks won’t tune in anymore. And the craziest part about that logic is that there are countless examples of boxers who have loss but still remained attractive to fans and networks. So how does this pertain to Canelo? Canelo is being groomed to be the next big thing in boxing. Much like GGG is being groomed to be the next big thing. When you break down their success over the last few years the only advantage Canelo has is his opponents have name recognition. As far as the sport goes both men essentially dominate a dead division but guys like Cotto, Mosely, Mayweather, Khan sound better and look better on your resume than Stevens, Macklin, Geale, Ouma. Hell the last person that Gennady fought was an 18-0 kid from Maryland and honestly I’m not even sure how he got the fight.

The Ruse

Canelo v Khan was always made to have Canelo look really good in front of an audience so that he can use this fight as leverage when he tells GGG he has to come to 155 lbs if he wants the belt. As the junior middleweight-middleweight champion Canelo has more victories versus welterweights than any other division. All signs point to Canelo aging out of the 154 lb division completely. He’s 25 years old and hasn’t’ fought at his normal weight class since 2013. Granted it’s just 1lb but if you can’t make the weight you have to move up or agree to a catch weight. They don’t make belts for a 155 lb champion so Canelo either has to move up to 160 or get guys from 160 to agree to a catch weight and have it sanctioned. The sanctioning hasn’t been a problem but getting the names to come down has been and this is where we will see the Canelo v GGG fight stalled for all eternity.
That is Canelo’s side of the story but let’s not act like GGG is without his faults in this spat. GGG has stated he would come down to fight Floyd Mayweather as low as 154 pounds but he won’t fight Canelo at 155 pounds for his belts? And why hasn’t he fought any of the top contenders in the middleweight division? The new baddest man on the planet has fought has beens and bottom level “top competition.” What I mean by that is he’s made a living off avoiding top 5 fighters in his division somehow. GGG has been active since 2006 in the middleweight division, and in 2006 Miguel Cotto (the man who beat the man for the middleweight belts) was still a small welterweight making his impact on the sport. In the 10 years since then the middleweight division has seen its share of worthy champions like Paul Williams, Kelly Pavlik, Sergio Martinez, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins but GGG hasn’t added not one of those names to his Resume in a 10-year career. Unfortunately, in the end he has nobody to blame but himself, and the idea that someone is actually running from GGG in that division just isn’t accurate. There has been plenty of time for GGG and his handlers to make moves if he’s as good as everyone makes him out to be and yet he’s chasing smaller guys trying to lay claim to the division, much like Canelo.

For now….we wait

This fight will be a negotiating nightmare for fans. It has all the makings of Mayweather v Pacquiao and the “what could have been” talks. Honestly the Mayweather v Pacquiao fiasco might not be as bad as this because while many say Floyd waited til Pacquiao “slowed down” the reality is that it didn’t necessarily benefit Floyd to wait until his reflexes declined through age either as he was slightly older than Manny. Regardless of which spectrum you’re on with Floyd v Manny they were closer in age than Canelo who is 25 years old and GGG who is 34 years old. Time is not on GGG’s side and that might be the only thing that will force him to concede to the Canelo camp’s demands and the fight gets made. He won’t really have much choice unless the sanctioning bodies strip Canelo, and well I don’t want to start a conspiracy theory but Mexican champions hardly ever get stripped by a sanctioning body especially the WBC. I often talk about the levels of boxing and how there is a right way to make a name in the sport and a wrong way. The way everyone goes about it now is the wrong way, many of these self-entitled fighters aren’t really drawing the “A Side” type numbers they think they are. Canelo is definitely a bigger draw than GGG but you can argue that’s more due to the fact his opponents were established names rather than he himself being the established name, and the opponents have hardly ever been evenly matched usually giving up 8 lbs most of the time or in Angulo and Kirkland’s case, inactive for about two years prior to the fight. So buckle up fight fans we’ve got two spoiled children about to sit down at the table and negotiate. I for one , won’t get my hopes up.

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.