Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Stepfan Taylor (pictured above) has officially entered the Heisman conversation.
By Josh Kramer
America, meet Stepfan Taylor. He has officially taken over the role of the Stanford “Trojan” killer. Anyone who did not know the Stanford running back should be more than aware of the Cardinal star after the show he put on Saturday night at the expense of the USC Trojans. The senior running back out of Mansfield, Texas is a perfect 4 and 0 against the mighty USC Trojans during his collegiate career.
After spending three years in the shadow of stars such as Andrew Luck, Jonathan Martin, and David DeCastro, Taylor is shining bright in his senior year. Taylor is really a jack of all trades. He does everything well, but nothing great. This leads to great results, but not too many highlight reel moments. The Cardinal running back really reminds me of former University of Cincinnati and current St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead. A very good running back who entered his senior year as a likely second-day draft pick. That is not the case anymore. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of nbcsports.msnbc.com. Many remember when Tony Romo (pictured above) bobbled the snap in Seattle back in 2007. Expect to see a different Romo as he returns to Seattle Sunday.
By Josh Kramer
The date was January 6, 2007. Dallas was taking on the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC Wild-Card round playoff game. The Cowboys quarterback was a player who had replaced Drew Bledsoe as the starter earlier in the season. Sound familiar (Tom Brady replaced Bledsoe in 2001)? It was a memorable afternoon. Just not in the way that Tony Romo or the Dallas Cowboys would like. I am of course talking about the infamous “bobbled snap” that cost Dallas the game against the Seattle Seahawks. And thus began the unrelenting criticism of Tony Romo. That was then though and this is now.
Since that fateful day in Seattle, Tony Romo has established himself as one of the premier quarterbacks in football. Unfortunately for Romo, people don’t forget. The scrutiny of Romo’s supposed “inability” to win big games has lingered, despite all of the accolades he has acquired over the past six years. People always bring up that game at Qwest Field and how Romo’s blunder blew it for the Cowboys. Romo has been invited to three Pro Bowls, set numerous franchise records, and won many games, but the sting of that loss still lingers. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Rob Gronkowski (pictured above) and the New England Patriots will redeem themselves on February 3rd with their fourth Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
By Josh Kramer
It has been 208 days since the New England Patriots and more specifically Wes Welker let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers. For those of you in need of a refresher, back on February 5th in the house that Peyton Manning built (Lucas Oil Stadium), the New York Giants once again shocked the New England Patriots in a very closely contested Super Bowl game. That was then though and this is now. America’s most popular sport is just five days away from its official kickoff. Who is ready for some football?
AFC East Champion: New England Patriots
I am sure you are all shocked at this pick. New England has only won three straight divisional crowns and qualified for the playoffs eight of the past nine years. People are already comparing this year’s squad to the greatest team to ever grace the gridiron, but fail to win the Lombardi Trophy (2007 Patriots). With Brandon Lloyd added to the mix, it is hard to say these comparisons are all that far-fetched. However, it should be noted that the defense has some flaws, and the offensive line will have its fair of struggles due to the absence of Matt Light (retirement), Brian Waters (possibly retirement), Logan Mankins (ACL tear), and Sebastian Vollmer (back injury). Luckily for New England, the Jets appear to have taken a step backwards with the acquisition of “God” Tebow, and the Miami Dolphins appear to just be a horrible team (Hard Knocks has provided clear evidence of this). Buffalo is improved, but does not have nearly the firepower to stick with New England throughout the duration of a grueling 17-week season. Continue reading
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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. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost an overtime thriller to the Denver Broncos back in January. Peyton Manning (pictured above) will do all in his power to get Denver another victory over the Black and Yellow in Week 1.
By Josh Kramer
Opening night is still well over a month away (September 5th), but anticipation for the 2012 NFL season is mounting. With training camps, fantasy drafts, and more, people are all ears in regards to the 2012 NFL season. The following is a guide for the upcoming season with a game a week to have circled on your calendar regardless of your fan allegiance.
Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
The Word: What transpired on January 8, 2012 left a bitter taste in the mouths of Steeler Nation. Tim Tebow may be gone, but Peyton Manning has arrived. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Jake Ballard (pictured right) adds to an already loaded tight end group in New England.
By Josh Kramer
The New England Patriots and the word winning have become synonymous over the past decade. It is also no secret that a key to New England’s winning formula this past season centered around their tight ends. If last year was the “Year of the Quarterback” in the NFL, this very well could be the “Year of the Tight End.” Not only did New England have two very good tight ends, but arguably the two best in the NFL. Well yesterday, they added a third very good tight end.
Meet Jake Ballard. The third year former New York Giants tight end out of “The” Ohio State is the newest member of the defending AFC Champion Patriots. After suffering a torn ACL, the Giants placed the talented youngster on waivers. In typical New England fashion, the Patriots swooped in and nabbed the 6 foot 6 275 pound up and coming star from Springboro, Ohio. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Drew Brees (pictured above) and the New Orleans Saints are struggling to see eye to eye in regards to a new contract. Things continue to get worse for Who Dat Nation.
By Josh Kramer
5,476 passing yards? 46 touchdown passes? The leader of a franchise for the past six years that was a key cog in reawakening a franchise and uplifting a city? Priceless.
Yet no long-term deal?
The New Orleans Saints still have not signed the rock of their franchise to a long term deal. After all Brees has done for the organization and the city of New Orleans, ownership is going to try to give him the shaft via a franchise tag? Give me a break.
Money does not grow on trees. The NFL does have salary restrictions. Drew Brees is 33-years-old. Also, being the general manager of a professional sports franchise is no easy task by any means. But this is a no-brainer. Currently, New Orleans is having more problems than O.J. Simpson was back in 1994. The franchise is a mess from top to bottom. Yet, they haven’t signed their star player and team leader? Continue reading