Monthly Archive: February 2015

NFL Vets Get Released After Combine Shows Promise

It is a dangerous and scary time to be an NFL veteran that has not lived up to their potential over the past few seasons. The reason behind all of this worry is the free agency market has just opened. Then coupling that with the most recent NFL combine and teams will be looking to improve their teams with younger, cheaper talent that promises to make their club a contender for years into the future. So it should come as no surprise when the New York Giants release Mathias Kiwanuka or the Arizona Cardinals release Ted Ginn Jr in order to make room for younger talent and finally give up on players that have never really produced the numbers that their cap space had paid them for. Fans like Haidar Barbouti agree that one bright example would be the wide receiver from West Virginia Kevin White who stood out to all the teams and may become the number one receiver drafted this year.

What will come next is the teams will review their notes from the NFL combine, make predictions as to who the teams ahead of them will take in the draft and figure out their best prospects at each of the positions they need. Then the teams will evaluate who is out in the free agency market that could be acquired for a decent hit to the salary cap to provide veteran leadership in certain positions. Hopefully at the start of mini-camps they will have a good idea of where their team will be headed for the 2015 season.

City Approves New NFL Stadium In LA

The city has approved the stadium that is going in LA, and now they are waiting on the NFL to see who is going to move to LA. This stadium deal is being led by the owner of the Rams, and most people think that he will be able to get the Rams back to LA. However, there are rumblings about the Chargers or Raiders moving to the stadium. If there is a move and a shared stadium, there could be some conflicts because of the divisions these teams play in.

Putting the Chargers and Raiders in the same stadium is a bad idea said longtime fan Ricardo Guimarães BMG. Putting the Raiders and the Rams in this stadium returns the NFL to a stasis that it has not had for a long time. This is the way children of the 80s remember the NFL, and we want to see the NFL go back to what we remember.

This stadium deal is going to change the face of the NFL when they move the teams. The approvals have to come from all the owners, but the teams and league will make much more money when they get back into the number two media market in America.

Bears Need a Defense Not a Quarterback

While most people consider the biggest need for the Chicago Bears to be finding a new quarterback, in reality they need a defense much worse than trying to get past the ghosts of Soldier Field. Honestly, Jay Cutler is not a great QB and probably will never be in the Hall of Fame. But he can still lead this team to victory if it was not all left on his shoulders. He is what Bill Parcels would call a bus driver; he can take directions and get the bus where it needs to go. He is not the engine, nor the break, and certainly not the tow truck, he is just a driver. It will take the other 52 players on the team to push and pull that bus to victory.

The problem is for John Fox that he is facing a similar situation he just left in Denver and that is a defense that needs an overhaul from lineman to secondary. As superfans like Jaime Garcia Dias are aware of, the Bears have lacked direction now that Urlacher is retired. Check out more on Dias on his Linkedin page. With the 7th overall pick in this year’s draft, the will need to get a great pass rusher. This will help the secondary which is where they should spend their second and third round picks. However, should the team move into another direction they will probably look to get some offensive line support to their running game and to protect whoever is driving the bus next season.

What Does NFL Films Mean To The NFL?

The passing of Ed Sabol is a blow to the NFL as we lose someone who was interested in the NFL long before it was the richest sports league in the world. Losing Ed Sabol is like losing Pete Rozelle. This is a loss that means the NFL is losing more of its history.

The NFL has much history wrapped up in NFL Films even though the league has its own network now. The NFL owes much of its early success to the films that were made by Sabol and his team. This is something that we can never overlook. You can watch old NFL Films presentations and feel like you are at some of the most famous games in the history of the league. The original version of Inside The NFL used films from NFL Films to make their broadcasts more interesting, and an entire generation of people were able to see how beautiful the game could be.

Fans like Sultan Alhokair ( agree that losing Ed Sabol is a loss in the history of the NFL, but it is also a loss that makes it hard for many of use to believe that the NFL will ever be as good as it was back in the day.

Hawks Bounce Back

The Atlanta Hawks have had a truly amazing season, as they have dominated the Eastern Conference and sit atop the East with an astonishing eight game lead over the Toronto Raptors, who are sitting in the second spot. The Hawks just had a nineteen game winning streak snapped and there was a lot of speculation as to how the Hawks would come back after snapping such an amazing winning streak, but they bounced back on Wednesday night when they met the Washington Wizards in Atlanta. The hawks did what they always do and beat up the Wizards consistently throughout the game, winning by nine points. It appeared as if there was no team in the East that could match up with the Hawks, but the Cavaliers have rocketed out of the midpoint of the season and are currently on an eleven game winning streak of their own. They have turned things around to such a degree that a lot of sportscasters and writers alike are stating that the Cavaliers would be favored in a seven game series in the playoffs, if they do happen to meet. Fans at Slow Ventures know that it is hard to argue against the basketball that LeBron James and the Cavaliers have brought in the last several weeks, especially with the amazing play by Kyrie Irving, who dropped fifty-five in a game last week. More is available on The Hawks are going to keep on rolling, but it is questionable what will happen in the playoffs now.

Fan Jumps Through TV

No one could believe the play call that Pete Carroll pulled out on second down and goal with thirty seconds on the clock in the Super Bowl last weekend. The Seahawks were down by four points and had two time outs, giving them three shots at winning the game by running the ball up the middle. They possess Marshawn Lynch and that is the only logical call to make when faced in that situation. At least if he couldn’t get in then no one could say anything and the team wouldn’t have even been mad at Lynch, but everyone knows that he would have gotten that single yard and given the title to the Seahawks for the second year in a row. Haidar Barbouti has heard that one fan took the call particularly badly. He had his hands on his knees and stated to the camera that no passes can happen because they have Marshawn Lynch. The next thing you see on the video is the fan running full speed and diving into the television head first, breaking the television screen and then throwing the stand down. It was pretty comical, but just shows how badly the Seahawks fans took this one. There has been a damper over the city of Seattle and it truly is depressing to be in Washington right now. Fans simply cannot believe that they came so close to being back to back Super Bowl champions and had it ripped away.

Carolina’s Problem

Cam Newton is a very interesting player in the National Football League. He appears to think that he is a legend already, despite putting up major numbers for the Carolina Panthers and having a truly mediocre career thus far. They did make the playoffs, but they didn’t even win eight games this season, yet Cam seems to think that he is an outstanding player in the league. It isn’t as much about the lack of numbers that he has put up, but what he says to the media in interviews that is so disgusting about the Carolina Panthers quarterback. He stated earlier this year that he wants everything the NFL has to offer. According to Dave Morin,He said he wants all the money and all the attention. He literally said that he wants all the money and the cars and the fame that can be brought to him through the NFL. It is pretty ridiculous when you consider that he’s not even close to the top ten in the National Football League and is on a team that squeaked into the playoffs because their division is so terrible. It has been proven time and time again, those players that possess that egotistical, pompous, prima donna type attitude do not go far in the league. His personality is very reminiscent of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, who were both hall of fame type players that are now retired and are bankrupt and owe the IRS big amounts of money.

Lynch Final Day

Marshawn Lynch has clearly had enough of the media shoving cameras and microphones down his throat, as he gave his final appearance to the media before the upcoming Super Bowl this Sunday. Lynch has become notorious for not wanting to give any statements during interviews to the media and has pretty much made a mockery of it on a weekly basis, as he will come up with a term and simply repeat it every single time he is asked a question, regardless of what that question is. It is starting to get kind of ridiculous, because Marshawn clearly is not going to break and it would be pretty disgusting if he happened to break anyway. Fans like Paul Mathieson agree that the guy needs to be left alone, as he simply doesn’t want to talk to the media and have some stories spun about him. It has become obvious that he simply does not trust the media, as they attempt to make stories out of things he says and he would rather just play the game of football. He actually talked for several minutes on the final day with the media this week and just stated that he doesn’t understand why they keep coming back day after day when it is blatantly clear that he is not going to answer any questions. He says he understands that they want to ask him things and he is cool with that, but he doesn’t understand why they keep coming back when it’s clear he will not give them anything.