LA Chargers Clown Stephen A. Smith

Earlier today on ESPN’s First Take, Max Kellerman, Stephen A. Smith and Tedy Bruschi were discussing tonight’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the LA Chargers. With massive playoff implications on the line, the three began to talk about their impact players for the game. Stephen A. rattled off his players to watch with true Stephen A. confidence and boy was it cringeworthy. 

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Max was quick to correct him about Spencer Ware being ruled out for tonight, but held his tongue about Hunter Henry. If you did not know, like Stephen A. Smith, Hunter Henry has been out all season with an ACL tear. Safe to say, he will not be making an impact on tonight’s game. The best part was the look on Tedy Bruschi’s face. A true c’mon man look. But hey, Stephen A. is a smart guy and a real basketball mind. NBA is in full swing now and there is a ton of drama, so let’s give the guy a break. 

But give him a break, the Chargers did not. Wasting no time at all, the Chargers tweeted out the injury report with a couple additions. Ruling out LaDainian Tomlinson, Dan Fouts, and Lance Alworth.

This is so funny. I love Stephen A. Smith to death, but he is a little pompous and does like to talk from his high horse on a lot of subjects. It’s kinda nice to see him get clowned for a change. It’s like the nerd getting the easy math problem wrong in class. But seriously Stephen A., see who is on the Injured Reserve as well as the Injury Report and most importantly, STAY OFF THE WEED.

Things Announcers Love to Remind Us of

Announcers have a lot of time to fill during games. So much that they need some fun facts or little tidbits of information ready to go when there is a lull in the action. We all follow certain teams and make time to watch every game. If you’re like me though, you listen for how often these fun facts are recited and let it ruin your day. 

Willie Cauley-Stein played football in high school
As a Kentucky born, Kentucky raised, and Kentucky educated (I promise this article is readable) Cats fan, I watch every basketball game from start to finish. In Willie’s 3 years at UK, he played in almost 100 games. It was mentioned that he played Wide Receiver in high school every single one of them. If you have ever been told the same fun fact over and over again for 3 straight years, it no longer becomes fun. It is nice, however, to check up on him every now and again during a Kings’ game and see that his football legacy is still being honored.

Phillip Rivers’ Kids
He’s got 9 of them now. 9! Can you believe it? If you include him and his wife, you have a complete football team! Announcers love to talk about this for some reason. I wish they would have kept up the same energy with Antonio Cromartie.

Adam Thielen played D-2 in college
If you didn’t already know this, I don’t know how you wouldn’t, Vikings WR Adam Thielen did not play for a big time college program. He played for Minnesota State University, Mankato. Every game, commentators will mention this about 4-7 times. My favorite part is when they mention this and then send a heartwarming message home to the kids telling them to never give up on their dreams.

Phillip Lindsay went undrafted
Yes, Denver Broncos star Running Back Phillip Lindsay went undrafted after graduating from Colorado. They will only tell the story of how he didn’t hear his name called at the draft and how his mom convinced him to play in Denver over Baltimore once per game but they will pepper in the word “undrafted” just about anywhere they can. *Jukes- “great move by the undrafted rookie.” *Rush for no gain- “the undrafted rookie makes it back to the line of scrimmage.” *Long run- “Can you believe he went undrafted?”

How young some amazing players are
They love telling us which players are too young to drink. Christian Pulisic is already the best player in USA Soccer history and he is only 20 years old. And best of all, we get to be reminded of it for all 90 minutes. The NBA is not much better. They get a new batch of 19 year olds every year and still feel the need to tell me that Jayson Tatum is 20 every time he makes a shot. The NFL isn’t off the hook on this one either. Juju is young. We get it. 

Gordon Hayward was injured last year
The NBC Boston announcers waste no time at all getting to this little nugget. Especially if Hayward ever falls down, they feel the need to freak out and scare the hell out of the rest of us. It has been over a year since he snapped his leg in half and it still fills 15 minutes of air time every time he dunks.

Newest addition: Kyler Murray won a Heisman trophy
Have fun being reminded of this one 162 times a year for the next 15 years, Oakland.

Honorable mentions: James Connor had cancer, football is a physical game, John Elway used to play football, Leveon Bell isn’t playing, Tom Brady is 41 and Zion Williamson can do more than dunk.

Jeff Brohm Ended Three Careers This Season

Jeff Brohm is the best coach that no one talks about. Sure, he is no Nick Saban, no one is, but this dude can coach with the best of them. Since he has taken over as a Head Coach, Brohm has never had a losing season. He has immediate impacts on schools and take them from the laughing stock of their conference to contenders that deserve respect. 

At Western Kentucky, his first Head Coaching gig, Brohm took a team from consistent sub-par performances to records of 8-5, 12-2 and 10-3 with 3 bowl victories and 2 Conference USA titles. After that, he moved on to bigger and better things at Purdue and guess what happened to WKU. They stink now. Since Brohm left, they have had records of 6-7 and 3-9. 

Jeff Brohm inherited some hot garbage in West Lafayette. In the four years leading up to his hire, the Boilermakers hadn’t won more than 3 games in any given season. Brohm led them to a bowl win in his first year. Now in his second year, Purdue is going back to a bowl game after going 6-6. I know a .500 season isn’t that impressive, but 1 of those 6 wins was a 29 point blowout to O-H, OH-NO… Ohio State (more on this later). That isn’t all from this season though. There is something that no one is talking about. That something is the fact that 3 Head Coaches no longer have jobs indirectly thanks to Jeff Brohm’s success. 

Bobby Petrino- Louisville
What a train wreck this situation was. Louisville has wanted Jeff Brohm for quite some time. They made this perfectly clear when they went all in on him after they fired Bobby Petrino. In all of his seasons with Louisville, Petrino only had one year where he won less than 8 games. That year was this year. You don’t fire a coach after one bad season unless you have a better replacement in mind. So, Louisville made room for Brohm only to have him turn it down. The decision was not handled well by Louisvillians.

Mike Sanford- Western Kentucky
Like I said before, Jeff Brohm’s tenure at WKU was the best the school has ever seen. He set a new standard for Hilltopper Football where they are expected to be contenders year in and year out. In his 2 year absence, WKU has only won 9 games including a 3-9 season this year. Mike Sanford is not living up to the WKU that once was and has been fired.

Urban Meyer- Ohio State
After failing to make the College Football Playoff, Urban Meyer announced his retirement as Head Coach of Ohio State. Urban pulled out all the stops to get the Buckeyes in the final 4. He argued their merit, resume, and even how they fought through so much adversity (THAT HE CAUSED). What what, oh what, was it that kept OSU out? Oh yeah, it was a 29 point loss to a 6-6 team. Jeff Brohm’s 6-6 team. It’s unclear whether or not Meyer would have continued to coach had he made the CFP, but I think he would have. “So after he want 82-9, went 7-0 versus Michigan and won a national title, Urban Meyer quit coaching because he got beat by Jeff Brohm despite his health concerns?” Yes. He has had health problems for a while and I think that, mixed with his the season-long controversy and most importantly missing the Playoff, was what sent him over the edge.

Kyler Murray Deciding Between Football and Baseball

Oklahoma Quarterback and Heisman hopeful, Kyler Murray, will be faced with the decision of a lifetime at the end of this season. Will he continue playing football and possibly enter the 2019 NFL Draft OR will he go a completely different route and play professional baseball? 

For those of you who don’t know, Kyler Murray is in a similar situation to what Russell Wilson experienced at the end of his college career. Not only is Murray an incredible football player, he is also a top prospect in baseball. In fact, he was selected 9th overall by the Oakland Athletics earlier this year. 

Murray’s football career has been great, especially this season. At Oklahoma, he has thrown for 4,053 yards and 40 TD’s this season (5,098 and 48 total). These stats put him firmly in the Heisman race and some analysts are even saying that he is the favorite to win. With those kind of stats, coming from the same system as Baker Mayfield and leading his Sooners to the College Football Playoff should make his a pretty high draft pick, right? Actually, no. Despite being one of the best dual-threat Quarterbacks in college right now, Murray is only 5’10”. Short Quarterbacks, with the obvious exception of GOAT of all time Drew Brees, typically don’t last too long in the NFL. 

While Murray thinks that he can overcome this, he knows that baseball is the far more viable option. When asked about his future in baseball, Murray said, “as of now, that’s the plan.” Being the ninth overall pick came with its perks. He agreed to a deal with the A’s that included a $4.66 million signing bonus. To me, this is the best plan. Playing baseball over football for just about anyone means a lot more money, a longer career, and significantly lower risk of injury. Can’t beat that. But, at the end of the day, it comes down to what you love. Obviously, Kyler Murray still loves football. That’s why he played this season and why he is finishing the season after his mind has been made.

Unlike his teammates and opponents in the College Football Playoff, he already has his plan and money locked down. But don’t think for a second that that is going to stop him from trying to score 100 on Alabama on December 29th. 

What Emmanuel Sanders Injury Means for the Broncos

It has been reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Emmanuel Sanders has torn his achilles during practice today. 9News’ Mike Klis also reported as an eye witness saying that Sanders cut in on a short route and collapsed to the ground immediately. More tests are being down to confirm, but trainers are confident it is an achilles tear. This is very sad to see, since he has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury from 2017 all season. Sanders has been the Broncos best receiver so far with 71 receptions, 868 yards and 4 touchdowns. With Denver still in the playoff hunt, a season-ending injury like this could spell trouble to those post season hopes.

Also losing Demaryius Thomas to a trade with the Texans, the Broncos will have to rely on rookies at receiver. Courtland Sutton has proven that he can be a reliable #1 WR option. That only leaves Tim Patrick, River Cracraft, and Daesean Hamilton. 

So what does this mean for Denver? Obviously, they will need a big game from their defense against San Francisco. On offense, Phillip Lindsey will have a heavy workload, but expect contributions from Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker especially in the passing game. This will be Case Keenum’s game to shine. He has been doing great considering that he has lost 3 tight ends and now 2 receivers. Keenum will have to rely mostly rookies to get the job done and I trust that he can do it. 

Luckily, the Niners are struggling just as much as the Broncos are when it comes to injury. We all know of the injury to Jimmy G, but they will also be without a crucial part of their offense with the loss of RB Matt Breida.

Possible Seattle NHL Expansion Team Names

Seattle has just been unanimously approved to be the home of the NHL’s 32nd team in the latest expansion. There are plenty of problems remaining like the expansion draft, coaching, money, etc., but I don’t care about any of that. Their biggest problem to me, a guy who doesn’t know what icing is, is that Seattle doesn’t have a name yet.

The way I see it, there’s a couple of ways that they can go about this. 

Old School: I have seen the name Metropolitans pop up quite a bit on Twitter recently. I am guessing from context that this was the old Seattle team’s name. Stop living in the past. Not only is there already a Big 4 team with this name (NY Mets), there is a division in the NHL already named exactly that. Imagine if there was an NFL expansion and they called that team the Las Vegas NFC Souths.

Ownership: Jerry Bruckheimer is a part owner for the Seattle expansion team. He has said “ever name has a chance right now.” I think he secretly wants the team to be named after one of his movies so might I suggest: Seattle Lone Rangers, Seattle Bad Boys II, Seattle Crimson Tide, Seattle Dangerous Minds, or the Seattle Pearl Harbors. Okay, maybe not that last one. I did not say the Glory Roads because I assume that it will be used over a billion times in promotions.

Corporate: If they want some serious money to get poured into the franchise very quickly, they should do exactly what the NY Red Bulls did in the MLS. Obviously, the Red Bulls are owned in some way by the energy drink giants and have loads of money because of it. Luckily for Seattle, there are a ton of wealthy Seattle-based businesses that are right around the corner. Possibilities are the Seattle Amazons, Seattle Starbucks, Seattle Costco Wholesalers, Seattle Microsofts, or even the Seattle Alaskan Airlines. 

Minor League Baseball:I’m not saying that Seattle should straight up jack another team’s name, but if they want a WOW factor, this is the type of energy they need to bring. Here’s how you create a minor league baseball team name: either take something that is not intimidating at all OR combine 2 words that have no business being together. Just some examples to get the ball rolling: Montgomery Biscuits, Akron RubberDucks, Modesto Nuts (my favorite), Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Fort Wayne TinCaps (yes, literally metal hats), or the New Orleans Baby Cakes. You can look all of these up if you want. I promise they are all real.

I hope Seattle goes as ridiculous as possible with their team name. I’d pay money to see the Top Guns play. Even though Seattle seems to be very happy with the decision and the new team, I am sure they just want the SuperSonics back.

Lamar Jackson: Better Start than Tom Brady

Back by popular demand: a Lamarticle. An article about Lamar Jackson. The internet seems to have come to a consensus that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback ever. Not only is this ludicrous, because Drew Brees is the GOAT of all time, but Tom Brady isn’t even better than Lamar Jackson (up to their first 3 NFL starts).

Let’s start with their college careers. Brady, at Michigan, threw for 4,773 yards and was responsible for 33 touchdowns. Jackson basically did that in his sleep. Having the ability to move his legs faster than a tortoise, Lamar had 4,132 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns and threw for 9,043 yards plus another 69 (nice) touchdowns. Obviously, Lamar Jackson was better in college than Tom Brady. If those stats weren’t enough to convince you, Jackson has 1 Heisman trophy and Tom Brady has 0.

Now, let’s look at the NFL. Since, Lamar Jackson has only started 3 games, we will compare those to Tom Brady’s first three starts. Tom Brady was 2-1 in his first three games. To help him out was a Super Bowl caliber supporting cast including Kevin Faulk, Ty Law, and Tedy Bruschi. Brady had 611 total yards including 2 total touchdowns in that span. Lamar Jackson is 3-0 so far accounting for 718 total yards and 3 touchdowns. Crazy to think he has done all of this with nowhere near the amount of weapons Brady had at the Pats. 

I know a lot of Lamar Jackson’s yards and 2 of his 3 touchdowns came from rushing. Brady only had 11 yards and no TD’s. That is because Lamar Jackson is a dual threat quarterback while Tom Brady is just a pocket passer. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 2 threats for Jackson and just 1 threat for Brady. Another point to Lamar. 

Speaking of rushing yards, Tom Brady’s career stats have been embarrassing. In what seems like his 30th season (19th), he just gained his 1,000th LAST WEEK. It only took him 265 games. Lamar Jackson, on the other hand, is already at 404 rushing yards with 265 in his last three games. At this rate, he will break the 1,000 yard mark by his 12th start. 

Lamar Jackson is better than Tom Brady (after 3 starts).