Unexpected (and expected): Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft

The drama in the final day was short-lived as Matt Barkley was the first player off the board in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Oh, in case you missed it, he went to the Philadelphia Eagles. I know, right?

Unexpected (and expected): Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft

NEW YORK — Did you have Manti Te’o being drafted before Geno Smith? Because that’s exactly what happened on Friday night. Let’s take a look at the expected (and unexpected) from Friday night. ————————————————————————————————————————————– Is it really a quarterback league? ————————————————————————————————————————————– One quarterback in round one (not the guy you expected) and then Geno Smith stopped the skid in round two when he was selected by the Jets. Smith avoided controversy earlier in the day when he came to his senses and chose to stay in New York. Could you imagine the controversy Geno would have caused if he had left New York, only to have to return because he was drafted by the Jets? Why, that would be worse […]

Unexpected (and expected): Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft

NEW YORK — The experts said this was going to be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory. And you can easily say that was the case for Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft. There were some surprises and disappointments. Speaking of disappointments, no “Fandango” humming in the first round? The “What?” chants sort of hung on for another year. Thought we could get “Fandangoing” got at least. Ah, let’s get to it. ————————————————————————————————————————————– First things first ————————————————————————————————————————————– Mike Mayock called this fat-boy draft. He said Eric Fisher was going to be the first overall selection. So there were no surprises. Luke Joeckel went to the Jaguars with the second pick. That was expected. (And our style correspondent […]

NFL Tax Write-offs: Tebow, Decker and Leaf

It’s the end of tax season. Here are the write-offs every NFL team needs to make before it is to late.

Torrey Smith’s WrestleMania XXIX predictions

World champion Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens stopped by Studio 66 this week to talk a little football but the conversation quickly turned to WrestleMania XXIX where he and I broke down the card. The following are Smith’s picks, along with my analysis.

The Real World’s missing season: Real World NFL

“The Real World” debuts its 28th season on Wednesday night. But what would happen if seven NFL players were picked to live in a house, stopped being polite and started getting real.

NFL Fantasy Football: RG3 ahead of schedule

Let the wild speculation begin: Robert Griffin III is ahead of schedule. Blow up your draft boards

Tom Brady Contract Demands

Tom Brady restructured his contract to help out the Patriots salary cap situation. But he worked in a few special requests to sweeten his side of the deal…

NFL fantasy football: James Jones ready to be No. 1 receiver

Green Bay Packers WR James Jones was on “NFL AM” on Tuesday morning and he said he was ready to be the top receiver for the team, if needed. “I’m ready. … I’m ready to take in that role if we don’t get Greg [Jennings] back,” Jones said.

A Brief History of the USFL

Adam Rank gives a humorous retelling of the brief history of the USFL.

The Cardboard Bio – Ray Lewis

Hey, you might have missed this story but Ray Lewis is going to retire. Yes, you can take a moment if you need it. I understand this will come as a complete shock to you.

Moments that defined them: Andrew Luck, RG3, Russell Wilson

The story of the 2012 season can’t be told without the dominating narrative of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson. But there came a point during the season when these guys went from “nice story,” to, “I can’t believe it, these guys can lead their team to the playoffs.”

Unexpected (and expected) Year in Review – 2012 NFL-ballooza

The 2012 regular season has come to a close and what a year it was. Here’s a look at the most Unexpected (and expected) outcomes of the year. ————————————————————————————————————————————– Week 1: Tim Tebow starts ————————————————————————————————————————————– When the New York Jets took the field for their first play of the season, Tim Tebow was out on the field with the starters. Well, it’s not what you think. Tebow lined up as a receiver for the Jets’ first offensive play, but starting quarterback Mark Sanchez didn’t look his way. Tebow later joked, “I felt like I was open too.” All in all, Tebow appeared in only nine offensive plays and didn’t account for much. Oh, and he was booed off the field, […]

Top Ten NFL Pop Culture Moments in 2012 – 2012 NFL-ballooza

1. Rex Ryan: Oscar Nominee? What was the biggest bit of acting from the Jets this season? Rex Ryan in the Adam Sandler vehicle “That’s My Boy” or the Jets masquerading as a playoff contender deep into the season? 2. Donald Driver wins Dancing With The Stars Years after he perfected the Lambeau Leap, Donald Driver took his dancing shoes to ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Like Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward before him, Driver took the mirror ball trophy. Does a Lombardi loom in his future this year? 3. Heinz Ward and the Steelers in The Dark Knight Rises Associated Press The Dark Knight had many unbelievable moments. Like why did the Gotham City Police Department walk in a […]

The Cardboard Bio – Eric Dickerson and Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has a chance to break Eric Dickerson’s hallowed single-season rushing record. The Los Angeles Rams runner rushed for 2,105 yards in 1984, in just his second season in the NFL. With that in mind, we take a look back at the careers of Dickerson and Peterson through trading cards in a little feature we like to call The Cardboard Bio.

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