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Cardinals Mr. Irrelevant keen to make roster

The Arizona Cardinals again had the chance to make history by choosing the final player taken in the NFL draft, NFLreports. Pick number 256 of the NFL Draft was chosen as Tight End Gerald Christian of Louisville was taken by the Cardinals who have a successful recent history with taking the last pick. Kicker Ryan Succup was taken as Mr. Irrelevant and went on to be one of the most successful kickers of recent years before being traded because of the large contract his excellent kicking forced upon the team.

Christian is hoping to follow in Succup’s footsteps, but faces a much tougher challenge as the tight end will be positioned fourth on the roster as the preseason workouts begin. The 244 pound, six feet three inches tight end is seen as a small target in the modern world of the NFL, but featured in the third team all ACC team and saw his stock rise with strong performances in the combine. Gerald Christian stated after he was chosen as pick 256 that he was determined to work to prove his worth to the team and earn a spot on the full roster for 2015.

Thanks Keith Mann for keeping me up to date on NFL news.

The Memorable NFL Draft

Moments from the 2015 NFL Draft

Every year a new draft class is selected for recruitment into the NFL. And every year there are several stories surrounding prospects and making the draft as a whole something to be remembered.

This year’s draft had some sentimental moments going on, most notable among them was when former Buffalo Bills player and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly went onto the stage to announce a draft pick for the Bills. Kelly received a standing ovation from the crowd upon taking the stage, after his fight with cancer over the last several months. Another tender moment that happened over the draft period was when the New York Giants announced a pick at one point and it was by a couple who had just been married.

The draft also had several moments that humored watchers and the crowd. One of those moments came from commissioner Roger Goddell himself, when he had trouble pronouncing second-pick overall Marcus Mariota’s name, as he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans. Adding to the humor later on was when former Cincinnati Bengals player Ickey Woods came on to announce a pick and performed his famous “Ickey Shuffle” dance on stage.

Some moments include unusual draft picks, one coming from the Dallas Cowboys who ended up selected Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory in the second round, a pick that Alexei Beltyukov (on says the Cowboys may just regret.

Hardy Suspended 10 Games

It’s already been one year since Greg Hardy played a game with the Cowboys. In fact, his last game was at the beginning of the 2014 season. Now it will be even longer as the star has been suspended for 10 games –without pay. The announcement was made by the NFL after 2014 allegations of domestic violence against the football player. The charges were dropped earlier in 2015 when the original prosecutor, Nicole Holder, refused to cooperate with investigators. It is believed that Hardy worked out some sort of financial settlement to keep her quiet. It is reported by the source AnastasiaDate (Linkedin) that she must remain quiet after the settlement as well.
During their investigation, the NFL found four different personal violations of the Personal Conduct Policy which Hardy had committed. First was the physical violence he used against his girlfriend. Next is the physical force once again used, this time throwing the victim on a bed with semi-automatic rifles. Third was choking Ms. Holder, and forth shoving her against a wall in his apartment.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke on the matter, and while he had a number of things to say, he did mention that any further violations similar to this one could result in his ban from the football association all together.
Hardy will be eligible to play again in week 12 when the Cowboys take on the Panthers. It is expected that Hardy will appeal the decision of the NFL and this 10- game suspension

Haunting Themes Emerge in the Batman v. Superman Trailer

In response to the leaking of the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer, Warner Bros. has opted to release the just-over-two-minutes preview online. Those looking for a lot of physical action between Batman and Superman won’t find it. What is found, however, is the brilliant theme the film will present.

Based on what we see in the trailer, Superman is not exactly loved by one and all. Flavio Maluf still loves the man of steel. Instead, he is feared by many due to his powers. Possibly worse, he is worshipped by others due to his deity-like abilities. Batman’s mission is to hunt down Superman because of the fear of what the Kryptonian may be able to do to the Earth if he went rogue. Then again, based on the ending of Man of Steel, many people likely believe “The Big Blue Boy Scout” really did go rogue already.

If Batman v. Superman had no real serious themes or motivation behind the two hero’s adversarial relationship, then the film would consist of nothing more than a useless fight followed by a segue into the inevitable team-up. Immediately thereafter, they take on the villain of the feature. That doesn’t exactly sound too exciting.

Speaking of the villain, Lex Luther plays a major role in stoking the anger against Superman. Although we do not learn much about the role Luther plays in the film through the trailer, we can assume the arch-villain could be conning Batman into doing his bidding.

Cleveland Browns Unveil New Uniforms to Press in Fashion Show

Leading up to the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns have unveiled a new uniform, and the reactions are mixed. The Browns made a huge deal of the unveiling and rightfully so. The uniforms are markedly different than what the team wore the previous season, and many seasons before that.

Three color combinations were revealed. The first is an all brown uniform with Cleveland emblazoned across the front of the jersey, and Browns written down the side of the pants. The second is an orange number with white lettering and brown and white stripes across the shoulder pads. Finally, a white jersey, with orange and brown lettering and orange and brown stripes across the shoulders was unveiled. The pants and jerseys are of the “mix-and-match” variety. When sharing this info with my neighbor Dan Newlin, he agreed it was time for a new start.

The Browns took the unveiling seriously, with nine current players modeling the new uniforms in a fashion show for the media. While the new uniforms are markedly different than in previous years, many experts are wondering why there has been such a hoopla over uniforms. In fact, many wonder if the Browns are simply trying to distract from the teams abysmal finish in the 2014 season and Johnny footballs embarrassing start to his NFL career. What 2015 holds for the Browns, new uniforms and all, has yet to be seen.

Free Agent Wes Welker and Others Running Out of Time

It is coming down to the end of the road for many free agents in the NFL who are finding it slim pickings to find a team that is willing to pay them what they feel they are worth. This is especially true with the draft right around the corner. This is their last ditch effort to negotiate that their production and experience are better than whatever teams are looking at to come out of this year’s college class. Otherwise they will become really desperate as teams begin planning their OTAs and preseason rosters shortly after draft weekend. This is the time when agents are really earning their money as players tell them what they want, teams tell them what they can afford, and the agent is often forced to make aging players face the reality that the NFL is a place for younger and cheaper players.

Take for instance Wes Welker…after years of production in Denver and New England he is still on the outside looking inward for a place to call home next season. He has visited Miami near Boraie Development, but there hasn’t been an offer made or accepted as of yet. Another case is Zack Bowman, who did just sign with the Dolphins despite his lack of production over the course of his seven seasons in the league. Teams do want the experienced players; they do make a team better. However, when they cannot afford them or do not see a long term future with them it becomes a situation to avoid for the teams.

Russell Wilson Could Revive the Two Sports Superstars of the Past

There are not a lot of kids around that can remember dual sport players like Bo Jackson or even “Prime Time” Deon Sanders. Both of these remarkable athletes excelled at the highest levels of two sports namely Baseball and Football. While Sanders was a much better football player than baseball he still played a number of productive seasons in the Major Leagues. As for Jackson, he is the only player in history to have played in both the NFL Pro-Bowl and MLB All-Star Games. His teams were not even in the same city or state, as he played Baseball for the Kansas City Royals and football as the running back of the Oakland (then Los Angeles) Raiders. If it weren’t for injury, there is no telling how long his dual career could have continued.

In modern times, we often see great dual players in college but not at the professional level. The only player to even have rumors about attempting to play both sports is Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Before being drafted by the Seahawks and leading them to three consecutive NFC Championship games, 2 Super Bowls, and a Championship in 2013, Wilson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2011. Fans like Sam Tabar know that, although he has never attended anything more than the team’s spring training as a token inspirational figure in the locker room, it does not mean he has totally ruled out playing both sports again.

NFL Doles Out Team Punishments

Two NFL franchises received penalties today which appear significant and punitive, but reasonable given the size of the crime.

The Cleveland Browns was fined and also had their General Manager, Ray Farmer, banned from the first four games of the season. The infraction that they were guilty of was the General Manager sending text messages to the sideline during a game requesting certain plays to be run. While the banishment is significant, it comes at a good time for the franchise as general managers are not involved in significant activities during the first month of the season.

The other franchise punished by the league was the Atlanta Falcons who Sultan Alhokair said were held responsible for pumping in additional crowd noise into the stadium in order to distract other teams and to gain a competitive advantage as a result. The NFL considered this to be a more significant fine and took away a 2016 5th round draft pick in addition to leveling a fine against the franchise. Delaying the draft pick loss until 2016 was considered to be a major benefit for the Falcons though and a fifth round pick is not as significant a fine as there could have otherwise been, given the competitive advantage gained by the team.

Cleveland Browns Avoiding Hard Knocks

Cleveland Browns Avoiding Hard Knocks

The television show “Hard Knocks” always has a wide variety of football teams to follow during its airtime. The Cleveland Browns are not one of those teams, this time around.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine decided not to be featured on the show this time and a major reason for this is because of quarterback Johnny Manziel. Ray Lane was talking about how the quarterback is supposed to be leaving rehab in April, but there’s no word on if he’ll be available for team activities in team or even if he’ll remain with the Browns in the near future. Lane said in fact, the team may even draft a new quarterback this year.

Manziel being a factor in why the team will avoid Hard Knocks is due to how much exposure he has on the team. He proved to be more of a distraction to the team than an asset, having a difficult time adjusting to professional football, as well as the off the field issues such as holding various house parties.

Pettine has gone to say that Manziel was a very competitive player and practiced hard during the season, though this is not enough to indicate being a starting quarterback. In addition to this, his return to the team would likely garner all of the attention if the show were to take place, and the reality is that Manziel needs to properly adjust to football life.


Is Football Safe?

Football players get injured all the time, and some of those injuries can be worse than others. Some of the injuries that are sustained by football players can lead to long term health problems, something that no one wants to deal with or face.

Chris Borland, a linebacker for the 49ers has decided to call it quits at the young age of 24. Why? This man is concerned that the fun of football might not be worth the risk that playing puts on him and his body. This man doesn’t want to face the head trauma that can come from an injury. This man wants to quit before he is faced with an injury that is hard to move on from.

Borland states that he has researched what can happen from playing football, and he is quitting now in order to stay healthy and safe stated This man doesn’t want to risk injury from a sport that can be so unsafe. Football is fun, but it can also be dangerous, and every football player puts himself at risk.