Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Alex Smith (pictured above) outplayed reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers as the 49ers got a huge victory in the opener at Lambeau Field.
By Wesley Kaminsky
Last season, it was Cam Newton who dazzled us all, throwing for 422 yards in his NFL debut. One year later, Robert Griffin III went into the Superdome, threw for 322 yards, two touchdowns, and beat the Saints. It took awhile Washington, but your quarterback has finally arrived. The Redskins will make some noise in the NFC East this season.
Griffin was just one of many stories through Week 1 of the NFL season. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap.
Taking over this weeks number one spot in the power rankings are the 49ers, who marched into Lambeau Field and beat the Packers. Another team that made a statement was Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Manning finished 19-26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Steelers.
Ah, so much to get to. Where does your team rank after Week 1?
1. San Francisco 49ers (4): 1-0. That was a statement win for the 49ers in Green Bay. Alex Smith outplayed Aaron Rodgers. Impressive. (Next game: vs. Detroit on SNF) Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Robert Griffin III (pictured above) made things look very easy in the Big Easy on Sunday. Will he continue to play this way all season?
By Josh Kramer
Sports played a prominent role in helping our country cope with the unthinkable terrorist acts that occurred 11 years ago to the day. Our nation holds sports near and dear to their hearts on a daily basis. The USA has grown stronger as a nation since the horrific terrorist acts of 9/11 and sports are still doing their part.
RGIII was made for DC
Maybe Robert Griffin III is football’s version of Superman. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner put on a debut performance for the ages on Sunday, leading the Redskins to an opening day victory over the Saints. Now sure, one could argue that Matt Ryan put up slightly better numbers on Sunday. Or that Cam Newton threw for 422 yards in his rookie debut last September.
Let’s focus on reality though. Matt Ryan has far more experience and an outstanding supporting cast. Also, exactly one year ago, Cam Newton passed for an astonishing 422 yards, but he also tossed an interception, and his team lost the game. With five rookie quarterbacks starting on Sunday, I think much of America forgot just how hard it is to be a rookie quarterback in the NFL. By Sunday evening, everyone remembered after four of the quarterbacks went home losers and tossed a combined 11 interceptions (and just two touchdowns).
RGIII on the other hand made things look easy as he outplayed future Hall of Famer Drew Brees in front of a hostile Saints crowd. Continue reading
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Tagged All England Club, Andrew Luck, Billy Gillispie, Brandon Weeden, Cam Newton, Denver Broncos, Drew Brees, French Open, Heisman Trophy, Jordan Tolbert, London 2012, Matt Ryan, New Orlean's Saints, NFL, Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III, Roland Garros, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Serena Williams, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Tim Tebow, Troy Polamalu, US Open, Washington Redskins, Wimbledon
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Are Jay Cutler (pictured above) and the Chicago Bears poised for a big year in 2012? Our very own Wesley Kaminsky thinks so.
By Wesley Kaminsky
The NFL off-season always seems too long, doesn’t it? In an off-season dominated by Tim Tebow and the New York Jets, it’s that other team in New York who are the reigning Super Bowl champions. They shocked the NFL world a season ago, getting hot at the right time, beating the likes of the Packers, 49ers, and then eventually the Patriots. That takes guts.
With teams such as the Packers, 49ers, Bears, Saints, and Falcons, just to name a few, the NFC is becoming a powerhouse. I didn’t even touch on the NFC East.
In the AFC, the Patriots look like the clear-cut team to beat, as they added more weapons to an already lethal offense and revamped their defense.
Can the Ravens finally get over the hump? Will Peyton Manning return with a vengeance?
These questions will be answered in due time. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Jake Locker (pictured above) will be the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback in the season opener against New England.
By Josh Kramer
Preseason NFL football has turned into “Quarterback Gossip Central.” Where is the media attention for the cornerback competitions? Or how about the many wide receiver battles? I guess it makes sense though. There is no position of more importance to a football team than the quarterback. Plus, there can only be one starter per team. Let’s go around the League and delve into a couple of the current “Quarterback Controversies.”
Recently, it was announced that Jake Locker will be the starter in Tennessee for opening night against the New England Patriots. Is anyone really surprised though? Sure, Matt Hasselbeck has been in the League since 1999, but Jake Locker was a first-round draft pick. When a quarterback is selected in the first-round, they are expected to start within two years of being drafted. It’s the way it is. Hasselbeck can still play, but he is far past his prime at the ripe age of 36. Plus, Locker is 24-years-old and oozing with talent. Continue reading
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Tagged ACC, Bret Bielema, Buffalo Bills, Chad Johnson, Danny O'Brien, David Garrard, Heisman Trophy, Jake Locker, Joe Philbin, Kirk Cousins, Lebron James, Maryland Terrapins, Matt Flynn, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins, Michael Jordan, New England Patriots, NFL, Randy Edsall, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Seattle Seahawks, Shawn Merriman, Tennessee Titans, Terrell Owens, Washington Redskins, Wisconsin Badgers
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Matt Flynn (pictured above) is going toe to toe with Russell Wilson for the starting quarterback job in Seattle.
By Jeremy Powers
They say competition is healthy. When NFL training camps open, the hot topic always centers on who will win the starting job. Not at running back, not at wide receiver, but at quarterback of course.
There are several teams with quarterback competitions at full speed as the second week of preseason approaches. Ironically, quarterback uncertainty is plaguing the same franchises every season. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and New York Giants, among others have had the quarterback position nailed down with their Pro Bowl throwers, making them oblivious to what it’s like to have a competition for the top spot on the depth chart. For other teams like the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, and Miami Dolphins, the coaching staff does not have that luxury and all they can do is hope they make the right decision.
These four situations may not be black and white, so here is my analysis of which quarterback is the best fit under center for their respective teams.
4. Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll has one of the more interesting competitions to focus on in the NFL. Management went out in the offseason and signed free agent Matt Flynn to a nice contract after he showed unique abilities in Green Bay. The question becomes, is Flynn really a franchise guy, or was he only the product of an efficient system under Mike McCarthy? The only way to find out is to put him to the test this preseason. The other player in the mix is rookie Russell Wilson, who on paper doesn’t look like a viable option (Tarvaris Jackson seems to have faded out of the race for the starting spot). But the more and more you watch him you see what kind of athlete he really is, and he really makes you want to give him the reigns. My prognosis, start Flynn. I think his abilities are sufficient, and if he really does fail to win games, then go to Wilson. The Seahawks defense should win them games anyway. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. It is finally time for LeBron James (pictured above) to win his first ring.
By Josh Kramer
Mark it down. The third time will be the charm for the King. Call this the championship of threes. It is LeBron’s third appearance in the NBA Finals. James is coming off of his third MVP award. While Kevin Durant is coming off his third consecutive scoring title. Each team is led by an outstanding “Big Three.” Plus the pressure seems to be three times what it was in the conference finals on the King. As much as I and the rest of the world hate to admit it, it is time for LeBron to acquire a ring. Oklahoma City is a great team. They have proved that since December. The Thunder are young, exciting, and have outstanding overall team chemistry. But Miami won’t be denied this time. Besides, if OKC somehow pulls off the impossible, there may be a nuclear like explosion in South Beach.
On paper, this matchup is about as even as it gets. That is why I have been calling it a dream matchup for months now. Both teams finished second in their respective conference. The Heat won 46 games and had an average scoring margin of six points per game. OKC won 47 games and won by an average of 6.1 points per game. Both teams are led by an outstanding “Big Three.” And they split in their regular season battles. It is safe to say that on paper, not too much is revealed.
One key in OKC’s favor is the fact that they have home-court advantage. The Heat were nearly unbeatable at home this year, but showed their fair share of flaws when traveling. Next, the last time an MVP faced off with an NBA scoring champion in the finals was 1997. The scoring champ (Jordan) led his team to a victory over the MVP (Malone). But Miami also played in the NBA finals last year, while OKC did not. In addition, the Heat did better than the Thunder overall this year when their “Big Three” were healthy. OKC’s “Big Three” is not quite at the level of Miami’s outstanding trifecta, though they are very close. The agony of last year’s defeat will be a major driving force for the Heat. Expectations in Miami are so high, that if the Heat lose, it will be as if they had a worse year than the Charlotte Bobcats did. If the Thunder are to lose, there will be disappointment, but also a ton of pride in a very successful season. Losing is not an option for Miami.
Finally, Durant is playing great, but nobody is even on the same stratosphere as LeBron James right now. The guy is playing like a hybrid of Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, and Magic Johnson. As his teammates said after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron has that look in his eyes. He won’t be denied. He can’t be denied. It is time for the King to finally take his seat on the throne. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of mysanantonio.com. Ryan Tannehill (pictured above) stole the show in a huge Big 12 battle yesterday in College Station as the Aggies routed the Baylor Bears.
By Josh Kramer
The halfway marker of the College Football season has come and gone. And despite the constant reminders of what a business college athletics have become due to the crazy rumor mill regarding conference realignment, this season has been full of excitement and great football.
Who is Robert Griffin III?
-In a huge Big 12 rumble out in College Station, a track meet occurred. Sadly, it was a very lopsided track meet. But we learned one thing. Robert Griffin III has been outstanding this year, but do not sleep on A&M senior QB Ryan Tannehill. The duel of the savvy veterans was won by the underdog yesterday. Continue reading
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Tagged Baylor Bears, Brady Hoke, Daniel Herron, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Jake Stoneburner, Kirk Cousins, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA Football, Ohio State Buckeyes, Perry Jones, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M Aggies, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies