Mike Weber. I just feel like he's gonna be an absolute beast. A Maurice Clarett kind of back. I also believe Nick Conner has something special. If healthy, I think he'll be a starter at some point in 2016.
Listen, I was a big Newton detractor, and I still am to a certain degree. I grew up in the 1970's when Roger Staubach was the face the NFL. Staubach is the standard by which I judge how professional quarterbacks should comport themselves. Newton is far, FAR away from that standard on the field and I've always hated how he grabs attention... but he is taking such a lambasting today, deservedly so, that I essentially feel a bit sorry for the guy. It isn that he doesn't deserve it, or that I thought he acted appropriately during or after the game, but most of the football community is hammering him for his misdeeds so I guess I don't feel the need to pile on. I don't like where the league is headed, all the dances, celebrations, arrogance, etc., and Newton in particular and the Panthers in general are the poster children for this new league culture... but I think there are far worse examples of bad people in the league than Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel being prime example number one. Off the field, Newton has proven to be a solid citizen after problems, of his own doing, in college. Manziel is far worse off the field than on it, and he stinks on the field. There are others; RG III, Pac Man Jones, Vontaze Burfict, Greg Hardy (former Panther), LeSean McCoy. Newton, a still maturing 26 year old, erred last night. He did not carry himself like a pro and I understand that people love seeing Newton get his comeuppance, but for some reason I'm not loving it as much as most, or as much as I thought I would.
Not sure how old you are or if you have kids who are Newton's age... but trust me when I tell you that a 26 year old person is not emotionally or intellectually a fully developed adult. As I said, it's certainly NOT an excuse, rather an explanation. Now, as I said in my earlier post, I'm one of those on here who hates what the NFL has become from the celebration standpoint, and Newton is the poster child for that silliness. That I'm semi defending him is surprising, but I'm a 52 year old dad who has a 25 year old and I'm around her and her friends quite a bit. They are impressive at times... and they are very childish at other times. He's living his life in front of the American public and he failed last night, both on the field and off it, but some people take longer than others to mature. He's one of 'em, apparently... and now he's gonna get lambasted for that lack of maturity, and deservedly so.
If Nick Conner is 100% healthy, he starts, imo. He just has "it". Not knocking Booker as he seems like a very good, athletic player who will see the field... but Conner seems to have that special something. We'll see.
Yep, I hear you. Johnny Manziel has no character. Neither does RG III, JaMarcus Russell or Vince Young... but Newton certainly doesn't belong in that group, imo. Remember, the guy is 26. He's still a kid. That's certainly no excuse for how he acted, rather a partial explanation. My daughter is 25 and some days I'm so impressed with her professional ability and the clients her company entrusts her with... and some days she's still the 16 year old kid who can throw fits. Trust me, it's stunning, especially to me, that I'm on here defending Cam Newton, but he's done enough to prove his mettle to this point to at least get at a limited pass for last night's poor behavior. I will say this; if you want to be the life of the NFL party when things are going well then you should be professional enough to lead your team like a Boss when things aren't going well, both on the field and in the press room... even after a super bowl that didn't go your way.
Yeah, I tend to agree with Phoenix824. I'm one of the old school/old(er) members of this community. I'm not a fan of Newton's celebrations... but he does lots of things for kids in the Charlotte area and for that he earns some respect from me. He seems to go above and beyond in helping and/or surprising young fans in different ways; renting the ice cream truck and driving it himself to a little boy's birthday party last year is just one example. He handled the post game presser poorly. His whole second half demeanor was poor, to be honest, but the guy seems to have a special connection with young people and he nurtures that. Because of this I'm going to give him a break and ignore his immaturity this time... but those saying it's a bad look are correct. It's easy to be gracious in winning. It's not so easy when you lose, and Newton failed in being an example for the kids last nite after and during the unexpectedly tight game.
I read today that Lynch has made 49.7 million over his career and has saved every penny of it, living off "endorsements and other business ventures". Per Forbes, Lynch makes about 5 million a year from his endorsements with "Nike, Pepsi, Skittles, Progressive, and Activision". Obviously, Beast Mode is far, far, far smarter than I've given him credit for being...
Great memory. The very first big recruiting story of my lifetime was the Art Schlichter recruitment in 1977/78. Back then the only recruiting news you got was after February's NLOI day... a small piece in the Dispatch. Schlichter was THE biggest recruit in the country. The first national prospect I remember. The next BIG recruiting story was Spielman's. I remember seeing this Wheaties box for the first time. I thought, "this is the toughest, best linebacker in the country?" I couldn't believe how small he appeared. My concerns quickly faded the first game of the '84 season, I believe against Oregon State (maybe Washington State???). Thanks for sharing the photo...
My game day play list and Ted Ginn's game day play list are as different as night and day... Ted, where's the Van Halen, AC/DC and Black Sabbath?
Jim Harbaugh, as weird as he is, doesn't bother me 1/3 as much as his dopey kid, Jay. Talk about someone who would have been nowhere near being a position coach anywhere, let alone a traditional blue blood program like TTUN, if not for his dad hiring him. Be proud, Jay. You're the very definition of nepotism.
Why would anyone want to watch the Browns try to play in an actual game, let alone watch them practice?
Ok, fair enough. Lets go sports analogy then. Calling Danny Clark a "soft commit" is like referring to Jim Harbaugh as "a little bit odd"... understatements, both of them.
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I'm curious... as of this moment, Ohio State's class is ranked as follows: Scout #2, Rivals #3, 247 #4 and ESPN #5. I'm not the ESPN conspiracy theorist that some are, but it SEEMS to me that every year ESPN rates Ohio State's class the lowest among the four major recruiting services. This year, at number 5, continues the trend. Am I correct in that recollection?
Yes, he did... but I've now lost track of how many consensus number one ranked classes Saban has had at Alabama. It's a recruiting run unlike any that I've seen since recruiting became a national competition unto itself. There's no need to defend Meyer to me. I wouldn't trade Meyer for Saban... but Saban, in part due to the built in regional advantage Alabama enjoys in the SEC, has excelled beyond anyone else in college football, Urban Meyer included.
When Meyer was at Florida he didn't recruit like Saban has at 'Bama. Meyer is a great recruiter, but Saban is in a class by himself. It's ridiculous to have to say that Meyer, as much as he's achieved at Fla and OSU, is not the best... but the data is what it is. At this point in time, Saban is better. A better recruiter. A better winner. Now, he's also more than 10 years older than Urban, so let's see what happens if, and I do mean IF, Meyer stays here another decade. The story hasn't been written for Meyer just yet... nor has it been for Saban, and that's scary.
Saban is THE best recruiter in college football. Urban Meyer is amazing... but Saban recruits like no one else. I hate to admit that, but it cannot be denied or debated. The results, number one class after number one class, say it all. It is beyond impressive... it really is.
I know every kid has his reasons for going to school X... but it will forever be a mystery to me how anyone could willingly choose to play for Jimbo Fisher over Urban Meyer. FSU Vs OSU? I get that. Two traditional powers (although OSU is FAR more traditional, but I digress...) consistently playing for championships... two great programs. But Fisher, for me, would be the reason I chose not to go to FSU. Meyer Vs Fisher? There is absolutely no choice there, imo. Meyer by a country mile.
I hear you... but I think there are more people who worry about people who they think worry about recruiting than there are actually people who worry about recruiting. In other words, I don't "worry" about any of this in the least, but I do opine about it. Because I share my opinion doesn't mean I'm worried, it just means I'm interested. When Hardman chooses Georgia tomorrow, which I believe is just short of guaranteed, I'll say, 'well that sucks', and then go on with my day. If he chooses Ohio State (shocking wouldn't a big enough adjective if he actually goes Buckeye) I'd be stunned, then pleased while I read all of the information sure to follow on Eleven Warriors... and then I'd go about my day. No worries here, just interest and enjoyment following all the goings on of Ohio State football. No study to prove anything, but I'd guess this is the spot on the recruiting spectrum where most fans of would fall.
Well, honestly, I tend to believe in the star ratings system. I think there are far more hits than misses with the ratings... but what is dumbfounding to me is this: what does everyone else see (Meyer, Saban, Harbaugh, Kelly, 247, ESPN, Scout, et al) that Rivals/Marc Givler doesn't?
I'd take Thomas over Miller if I had a need at receiver. Miller is the superior athlete. He's faster, quicker and more versatile... but Thomas is more durable, by a wide margin, and is a polished and talented receiver. I don't believe I'd take either player in round 1, but if in rounds two or three Thomas and Miller are still available and my need is receiver then I take Thomas. I just think Thomas will be more available to whichever team drafts him than Miller will be to his team. If you can't stay on the field it simply doesn't matter what your 40 time is or how many positions you can play...
Rivals has Fuller rated a 3 star. That dumbfounds me. How a kid with his film, talent, size and spectacular offer list is a 3 star recruit is beyond me... but he is according one of the major services. I realize that I have not only NOT enlightened you, as you asked, but I've probably confused you (and myself) even further.
Love the Scott Glenn piece. The best part of it was his assertion that MMA fighters (or football players) are not warriors... and they aren't. They're athletes, world class athletes, but still just athletes. When they go to "work" no one dies (typically, at least). Let's stop insulting the soldiers and police officers and firefighters of the world by calling Cam Newton (or pick a player, not singling out Newton) a warrior. I've been guilty of it myself once or twice, I'm sure.
I understand you want a "windows" machine... but before you make that mistake the MacBook is superior in build quality, functionality and warranty/tech support to anything you'll buy that is windows based, imo. It'll cost you more up front, but the least I've sold my Mac's for after 3-5 years of use has been $800.00. Almost any windows machine in your under 1k price range, after 3-5 years of use and viruses, will be worth next to nothing relative to the Apple. In addition, the ramp up/learning curve time from windows to Mac is negligible... and I'm computer illiterate. You get what you pay for and Apple provides quality. Ok, now go to Best Buy and hook yourself up with a windows computer.