Great Article. Always good to learn about great players from before my time.
It is good to see that Matta has the confidence to try new things, both with the lineups and coaching strategy. 2016 is a clear rebuilding season but finding success with these tweaks (and growing from the struggles of this season) should really help this team over the next couple of years.
Another issue is backlog of candidates. There is a limited amount of space in each class. Very few people (especially non-QBs) make the first ballot because these electors have to play catch-up on deserving candidates that were left off of previous classes.
Correct but the argument is that he should have been inducted as a first ballot HOFer (or inducted immediately upon his retirement)
Arguments between Browns and Bengals fans (especially when alcohol is involved) are amazing things to behold.
I completely agree about watching a great defensive game and both QBs were under extreme pressure. It was also true that Cam overthrew a bunch of passes when he wasn't pressured and Peyton looked like he was throwing a nerf football into strong headwind.
The only thing worse than the commercials was the quarterback play. Pretty brutal 4 hours.
Not tOSU success levels but they did have 8 top 25 finishes, including a couple top 10 finishes, in the 10 years prior to be added to the Big 12. That's a better record than a lot of P5 schools.
Excellent use of 'shade' Mr. Ginter.
I completely agree. It took about 10 years of football success and increased fan support for TCU to get a Power 5 invite. Houston (including the fanbase and administration) will probably need to do a lot more before they get an invite.
Not in Philly, but LeGarrette Blount was successful (when on the field) in college.
I agree with that but every QB gets criticizes about their personality/demeanor. Philip Rivers got roasted for being "too fiery and out of control." Romo got criticized for taking a vacation. Eli gets dumped on for making weird faces and he used to be called out for not being a leader. Cam's criticism is that he doesnt "act like a QB." His critics are only louder now because he's winning.
The difference is that nobody is asking / demanding that fans like the Falcons (or any other player/team). Nobody is calling people cowards or chickenshit for being annoyed by idiotic dances. Every team does it. It's just silly when Cam supporters get pissy when he is criticized.
Greg Hardy being a terrible person isn't a new revelation. That disqualify people from talking about a completely different subject. But if we're playing that game, Panthers fans should also take a seat since he committed those crimes while in Carolina.
I agree with part of what you're saying. Cam does have irrational haters that should move on from his Florida/Auburn problems. Professional sports is littered with players (staff, coaches, owners) that have done worse. But people (especially opposing fans) aren't going to like him when he's stomping on logos, dancing in the endzone, and celebrating EVERY SINGLE first down. This hating isn't a new phenomenon. People didn't like Michael Irvin or Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens for "having more fun" than anyone else. The NFL can be boring and actively tries to inhibit individualism. Personally, I loved watching them celebrate like idiots. The difference between Cam and those "Divas" was that people never tried to claim they were anything other than attention seekers. They owned that they were villains. Cam's talent is new and he's exciting to watch. But let's not pretend that showmanship and smiling is new. Let's also not pretend that being annoyed by it is new either.
They played defense once (granted, the only time all year) and handed the Panthers their only loss last year.
I agree about JT. I think the only way he leaves early is if he wins the Heisman and/or a National Championship. Though both are possible in 2016.
I understand why casual fans like him. He is one of the most physically talented QBs we've ever seen. None of the Touchdown/First Down/Big Play celebrations would bother me if he wasn't so thin skinned when other teams/players do the same thing. Maybe it's because we're division rivals but Newton and the Panthers were pretty classless before and after both our games this year (and most games every year).
Freshman/Sophomore players should get to transfer if a coach quits/get fired. Situations like Southern Miss has to be really hard on the young players in that program. Players have no idea when a coach or an administration has sold them a bill of goods.
Those were important courses for a guy that planned to make it to the NFL and was probably getting his share of strange.
This picture is the official rear-window graphic of pickup trucks across Ohio.
1998 was a great sports year in general. The (fraudulent) Maguire/Sosa home run chase, Jordan's last season with the Bulls, and the Dirty Bird took hold of Atlanta.
I currently live in Atlanta. They are shutting everything down today at Noon (I work at a mortgage office and we're clearing out at 11). One station is reporting that the governor wants the roads clear by 3pm. It's not supposed to snow or freeze until 2am Saturday morning.
So true that its all about expectations and perspective. Loving will never be viewed favorably compared to Sullinger, Craft, Oden, Russell or even Evan Turner.
My first thought was that Urban is taking this Slob thing way too literally.
Purdue is also on my 'replace list'