Friday, February 12, 2016

FOOTBALL NEWS SEASON WRAP-UP 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE “FUGITIVE” COMMISSIONER


Hello Football Fans,

Didn't intend to kick out any more "lengthy" newsletters this season, but I got a bit long-winded for one last letter for the 2015 season. And my one last football controversy*.


I'll be back prior to the NFL Draft to be held in Chicago April 28-30.

Enjoy,

The Fugitive Commissioner of the FFHL

SUPER BOWL 50 REVIEW

THE SCORE: DENVER 24, Carolina 10

FIRST HALF
Denver took the opening kickoff and mounted an impressive first drive of the game, with QB Peyton Manning completing 18 and 22-yard receptions. But the drive stalled and the Broncos had to settle for a 34-yard FG and a 3-0 lead. Next, both teams punted after 3-and-out possessions, giving Carolina the ball at their own 15-yard line. The first play was a beautiful pass by QB Cam Newton over the deep middle to WR Jerricho Cotchery, who bobbled the ball, regained possession, and then bobbled it as he was going to the ground but ended up gathering it in. The call was “incomplete” on the field, challenged by Panthers’ HC Ron Rivera, but the ruling was not overturned. Two plays later, Denver OLB Von Miller stripped the ball from Newton, the pigskin bounded into the end zone and was recovered for a TD by Broncos’ DE Malik Jackson. Denver led 10-0 with 6½ minutes still remaining in the first quarter. It was a lead that would never be relinquished.

After another exchange of punts, Carolina put together a 9-play, 73-yard touchdown drive early in the 2nd quarter to fight back. And then it was another exchange of punts, with the CAR Panthers punting to the Denver 25-yard line, where the Broncos’ Jordan Norwood scampered 61 yards on the punt return to the Carolina 14-yard line. But the Denver possession was unsuccessful and the Orange & Blue had to settle for a 33-yard FG to go ahead 13-7 with seven minutes remaining until intermission.

After the ensuing kickoff, Carolina was at midfield after a 14-yard pass completion and unnecessary roughness penalty called on DE Malik Jackson. But FB Mike Tolbert fumbled on the next play (his first lost fumble of the year), and Denver got great field position. The Broncos moved to the Panthers’ 24-yard line, but Manning threw an interception that killed the drive. The teams once again exchanged 3-and-out punts, giving Carolina one last chance to score in the first half with 1:55 on the clock. But the Panthers could not advance into FG range and the half ended with Denver ahead 13-7.

SECOND HALF
Carolina started the 3rd quarter with an impressive 10-play, 54-yard drive that stalled at the Broncos’ 26-yard line. The Panthers’ 44-yard FG try boinked off the right upright – “no good”. Denver responded with an excellent drive to the Carolina 12-yard line, but had to settle for a 30-yard FG to take a “two-score” lead of 16-7. That was the only scoring in the third quarter.

Early in the final period, Denver had crossed midfield but Carolina’s DE Kony Ealy caused a Manning fumble as the Broncos’ QB dropped back to pass. Six plays later, Carolina settled for a 39-yard FG to get within “one score”, trailing 16-10 with plenty of time remaining in the game (10½ minutes). Three subsequent drives ended with 3-and-out punts. With 4 minutes remaining in the game, Carolina had the ball on its own 25-yard line facing 3rd-and-9; QB Newton had the ball knocked away from him by LB Von Miller, he stared at the ball lying on the ground but didn’t dive into the pile to try to recover the fumble, and Denver earned its fourth turnover of the game. That gave the Broncos 1st-and-goal from the Panthers’ 4-yard line, but the offense couldn’t punch it into the end zone on 3rd-and-goal from the 4-yard line…hold on, Carolina CB Josh Norman was called for defensive holding, Denver got a 1st down and ran to paydirt on the first play after the penalty, taking a 22-10 lead. The 2-point conversion was successful, and the lead expanded to two touchdowns at 24-10. Both defenses continued to dominate for the rest of the game, as they had done for most of the Super Bowl. Denver hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.

Key stats:
Both defenses were stout, but the DEN Broncos forced 4 turnovers, while the CAR Panthers’ defense caused only 2 turnovers.

Carolina committed 12 penalties for 102 yards, while Denver committed 6 penalties for 51 yards.
Denver generated only 194 yards from scrimmage for the whole game, as compared to Carolina with 315 yards from scrimmage.


Denver sacked Newton six times for 64 yards of losses (plus one sack of WR Ted Ginn Jr. on a “trick” play for another 4-yard loss). Carolina had five sacks for the game.

THE GAME RESULTS

Carolina -5h               LOSS, as the Panthers lost outright as the favorite
Denver +5h                WINNER, the underdog Broncos won straight up

Total over/under 44h:      UNDER, only 34 total points scored in the game

CAR over/under 24h:   UNDER, way under as Panthers scored only 10 points
DEN over/under 20:     OVER, when the Broncos scored that late TD in 4th quarter

SUPER BOWL MVP was Denver LB Von Miller, who tallied 2½ sacks and six tackles, including two forced fumbles of QB Cam Newton that led to critical Broncos’ touchdowns and momentum changers.
See Quiz Question below.



SUPER BOWL RECORDS
Denver set at least three all-time Super Bowl records on Sunday.

Surprising record:
The Broncos’ punt returner Jordan Norwood returned only one punt during the game, and it was questionable whether he should have called for a “fair catch”. But with three defenders in his space, he didn’t signal for protection, caught the ball and ran it back 61 yards (not for a TD) to break the Super Bowl record for longest punt return (as Carolina defenders stood around and looked stunned that he hadn’t called for the fair catch).
I would have expected there to have been a longer punt return in a previous Super Bowl.

Dubious record:
The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl despite generating the least number of yards from scrimmage (only 194) in Super Bowl history for a winning team.
Carolina produced 315 yards from scrimmage for the game.

Another dubious record:
Denver broke the Super Bowl record for most consecutive failed 3rd-down attempts for a 1st down. In the 4th quarter with five minutes remaining in the game, the Broncos failed to convert on third down for the TWELFTH consecutive time in Super Bowl 50.
(Factoid: Denver only recorded 11 first downs in the whole game; Carolina had 21)

Record tied:
Denver recorded seven sacks in the game, which equaled the previous Super Bowl record for one team in a single game.
[The two teams combined for 12 sacks in the game, which set a new Super Bowl record.
Carolina’s DE Kony Ealy’s three sacks in the game tied the Super Bowl record. See Quiz Questions below.]

Other “firsts”:
Peyton Manning is the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises (IND-2007 and DEN).


Denver HC Gary Kubiak is the first person to win a Super Bowl as a player and head coach for the same team.

RESULTS OF SUPER BOWL PROPOSITION BETS

ALTERNATIVE POINT SPREADS (other than the straight bet above)
CAR -7h             +140 LOSS
CAR -10h           +200 LOSS
CAR -14h           +350 LOSS

DEN +7h             -160 WIN
DEN +10h           -240 WIN
DEN +14h           -420 WIN

CAR +3h             -400 LOSS
CAR +7h             -650 LOSS
CAR +10h           -900 LOSS, Panthers couldn’t even cover the spread getting 10+ points

DEN -3h             +330 WIN
DEN -7h             +475 WIN
DEN -10h           +600 WIN, a 6-to-1 payoff even with Broncos giving up 10+ points

OTHER PROP BETS

Will there be a missed extra point (PAT) in the game?
YES   +325 (3.25 to 1 odds)
NO     -450 (1 to 4.5 odds)
RESULTS: the heavy favorite “NO” won; the Broncos even converted the two-point conversion late in the game.

Will there be an earthquake during the game?
YES    +1000 10-to-1 odds
RESULTS: there probably was a “trembler” of some magnitude during the game; these quakes occur frequently, but are most often not strong enough to be noticed.
I think the “YES” bet was probably a loser at the sportsbooks.

Will there be a special teams or defensive TD scored in the game?
YES    +150
NO     -180
RESULTS: the underdog “YES” won early in the game (1st quarter) when LB Von Miller tore the ball away from Carolina QB Cam Newton in the pocket and the ball rolled into the end zone where DE Malik Jackson recovered the fumble for a Denver TD and 10-0 lead.

First team to score a TD?
CAR    -150
DEN   +120
RESULTS: slight underdog was the winner – “Denver”; see explanation directly above.

Jersey Number of Player to score 1st TD of the game:
OVER 22½     -130
UNDER 22½     +110
RESULTS: the winner is “OVER” (way over), as Malik Jackson (see explanation above) scored the first touchdown, and his jersey number is “97”.

Player to score first TD of the game:
CAR RB Jonathan Stewart          +800 (8-to-1)
CAR QB Cam Newton                +800
CAR TE Greg Olsen                   +800
CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr.                +1000
DEN WR Demaryius Thomas     +1000
DEN WR Emmanuel Sanders     +1000
A bunch of other names relatively large odds
“THE FIELD” (everyone else )  +600
No TD scored in the game          +20000 (200-to-1 odds)
RESULTS:
“THE FIELD” won, as DE Malik Jackson scored the first TD (see above).

Will either backup QB take a snap in the game?
YES    +200
NO      -300
RESULTS: the winner was the big favorite “NO”

Will first team to score win the game?
YES    -160
NO    +130
RESULTS: favored “YES” was the winner; Denver scored first (and more often than Carolina) in winning the game 24-10.

Former NFL referee Mike Carey will be a consultant in the broadcast booth, giving his opinion on challenged calls during the game. Will he be wrong about a challenge?
YES     +110
NO       -150
RESULTS: slight underdog “YES” was the winner. The first red flag challenge of the game (by Carolina) was controversial and was instrumental in determining the early momentum in the Super Bowl. The CBS broadcast team brought in Mike Carey to opine on whether Carolina WR Jeriricho Cotchery had caught a pass, or if he juggled it to the point of being ruled “incomplete”. Carey believed the “incomplete” call on the field would be reversed, but the initial ruling stood (supposedly not conclusive evidence to overturn; I agreed with Carey and so did probably the majority of the viewing audience; it was a catch). Officially, Carey was “wrong”.

Note: CBS never brought Carey back for the rest of the game, not even to comment on various penalty calls on the field. He wasn’t even given any air time on the 2nd “red flag” challenge that Carolina had to throw to correct an obvious blown call on the field. Strange.

Which quarter in the game will have the most points scored?
1ST      +500    (5-to-1)
2ND     +160    (8-to-5)
3RD     +450    (9-to-2)
4TH     +250    (5-to-2)
RESULTS: The winner was “4th quarter”, but it was close. Ten points were scored in each of the first two quarters, only 3 points were scored in the third quarter, and then 11 points were scored in the 4th quarter, including Denver’s successful 2-point conversion late in the game to make the “4th quarter” bet the winner.


Largest lead of the game by either team:
OVER    13½      -190      Bet $19 to win $10, payout $29
UNDER 13½     +170      Bet $10 to win $17, payout $27
RESULTS: the favorite “OVER” won because of the fourth-quarter successful 2-point conversion. Denver’s biggest lead had been “10” until the Broncos scored a TD with 3 minutes remaining in the game to take a 22-10 lead (still not “over” 13½), and with the 2-point PAT conversion took the lead by 14 points to make the “over” bet the winner.

Longest TD of the game by either team:
OVER 43½       -110
UNDER 43½    -110
RESULTS: This one wasn’t even close to the over/under of 43.5 yards. The “UNDER” was the easy winner, as the longest TD of the game was a 2-yard rushing TD by Denver’s C.J. Anderson with 3:08 remaining in the 4th quarter to give the Broncos a 22-10 lead. The only other TD’s in the game were a 1-yard run by Carolina and a fumble recovery in the end zone by the Denver defense.

Longest pass completion by Peyton Manning?
OVER 34½      -110
UNDER 34½   -110
RESULTS: The winner is “UNDER”. Manning completed an 18-yard pass on the first play of the game, and later in the same drive threw a 22-yard pass, but Denver settled for a FG on its first drive of the game for a 3-0 lead. On Denver’s first play from scrimmage in the second half, Manning completed a 25-yard pass, but that would be his longest completion of the game.

Will Peyton Manning throw an interception?
YES      -220
NO       +190
RESULTS: the favorite “YES” was the winner, as Denver QB Manning threw an interception with five minutes remaining in the first half.
This errant throw represented Peyton’s first interception in his last 164 postseason passes.

Will Cam Newton score a touchdown (TD pass doesn’t count)?
YES      +140
NO         -160
RESULTS: the favorite “NO” won this bet, as Carolina QB Newton didn’t really even get a sniff at the end zone. “YES” bettors were probably hoping he would score with a quarterback sneak when his Panthers’ had 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line (but he didn’t get the call; RB Jonathan Stewart jumped over the line for the TD in the 2nd quarter to reduce the Denver lead to 10-7 at the time.

Total rushing yards by Cam Newton:
OVER 37½       -110
UNDER 37½      -110
Note: the Super Bowl record is 64 yards by Steve McNair in XXXIV
RESULTS: QB Newton already had 46 yards rushing at halftime, but the “OVER” bet wasn’t guaranteed because he could have recorded enough negative yardage in the 2nd half to finish the game with less than 38 rushing yards. In fact, he lost one yard on his first carry after intermission, but then didn’t have another rushing attempt for the remainder of the game. He finished with six carries for 45 yards and the “OVER” bet won by 7 yards.

Gross passing yards in the game by:
MANNING      OVER/UNDER of 235.5 yards        -110
NEWTON        OVER/UNDER of 240.5 yards          -110
RESULTS:
MANNING was “UNDER” with only 141 yards passing, 13 of 23, 0 TD, 1 INT
NEWTON was “OVER” with 265 yards passing, 18 of 41, 0 TD, 1 INT
That means there were ZERO touchdown passes thrown in the game.

Color of liquid poured on the winning coach:
ORANGE              +125
BLUE                    +300
CLEAR                 +400
YELLOW             +400
RED                     +600
GREEN               +1000
PURPLE              +1000
RESULTS: it looked “ORANGE” to me, kind of a putrid orange that almost looked yellow. I’d say the favorite “Orange” won the bet.

COLDPLAY’s first song at halftime:
Adventure of a Lifetime          +200
Fix You                                   +350
A Sky Full of Stars                 +450
Viva La Vida                          +500
Clocks                                    +750
Speed of Sound                      +900
Head Full of Dreams             +1000
Paradise                                +1000
RESULTS: I’m told by a pretty reliable source that “VIVA LA VIDA” was the first song played at halftime. That’s a bit of an upset, and the winning bet got paid 5-to-1 odds.

Color of BEYONCE’s footwear at halftime:
BLACK                         +150
GOLD/BROWN            +250
WHITE                          +275
SILVER/GRAY              +475
OTHER                          +700
RESULTS: I believe the favorite “BLACK” must have been the winner, as she was wearing black calf-high boots with gold laces.

FFHL PLAYOFFS – FINAL RESULTS

FFHL Week #18 concluded on Sunday with the conclusion of the Super Bowl.
Following are the final results:

FANTASTIC BOWL
YO MAMA vs. THE FUGITIVE
Results:
YO MAMA          4-3 ATS      The FFHL Champ
The Fugitive          1-6 ATS      Sad-sack didn’t “validate”, so gets only 3rd place

CONSOLATION BOWL
Results:                                           Used home field advantage to win tiebreaker and
Kid Rust             3-4 ATS                  get 2nd place when Fugitive didn’t validate

The Rounders     3-4 ATS               4th place         Won tiebreaker with Pick#1 victory
Wild Man           3-4 ATS               5th place
Moore Money    1-6 ATS                6th place

BFD BOWL
Results:
1-800-Opposite       4-3 ATS         WINNER of the six non-playoff teams
Mighty Duck            3-4 ATS
Tommy Boy             2-5 ATS         Home field advantage didn’t help

Six of us FFHL handicappers made a pick in the Super Bowl:
4 of us selected CAR
2 of us selected DEN

FFHL Week #18 began with the NFL Wild Card playoff games and the CFP title game and ended with the Super Bowl (7 picks out of 12 total games).
Overall, we FFHL’ers posted a lousy record of 33-51-0 ATS (39.3%). We selected 25 underdogs and posted a pedestrian record of 11-14-0 ATS (44.0%), meaning that our “favorites” picks were horrendous at 22-37-0 ATS (37.3%).

2016 NFL MOCK DRAFT - UPDATE

The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, IN begins on February 23rd. A new NFL rule prevents any college football player who has been convicted of domestic violence or sexual assault from attending the Combine and the NFL Draft. Plus, the NFL will refuse to allow entrance to an NFL-sanctioned event for any player that chooses not to submit to a background check. These players would only be allowed unrestricted access to NFL activities after they have been drafted into the league.

Let’s take a look at one more early mock draft; this one comes from Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated (www.si.com) as of today (right column). In the left column are the picks from Chad Reuter of www.NFL.com on Jan 29th, prior to the Senior Bowl (posted in last week’s newsletter).

                        Reuter of NFL.com                                              Burke of SI.com
NFL Team       Position/Player                     College                   Projection Feb 10th
#1 TEN           OT Laremy Tunsil                  MISS                         OT Tunsil
#2 CLE           QB Jared Goff                        CAL                          QB Paxton Lynch (Memphis)
#3 SD             OT Ronnie Stanley                 ND                            CB Jalen Ramsey (FSU)
#4 DAL          QB Carson Wentz                   N.D. State                  OLB Myles Jack (UCLA)
#5 JAX           CB Jalen Ramsey                   FSU                           DE Joey Bosa (OH.St)
#6 BAL          DE Joey Bosa                         OH State                    OLB Noah Spence (E.Kentucky)
#7 SF             WR Laquon Treadwell           MISS                          QB Jared Goff (CAL)
#8 MIA          DE Shaq Lawson                    Clemson                    CB Vernon Hargreaves (FL)
#9 TB            CB Vernon Hargreaves            FL                             OT Ronnie Staley (ND)
#10 NYG       DE DeForest Buckner            Oregon                       DE Shaq Lawson (Clemson)
#11 CHI         OLB Myles Jack                     UCLA                        ILB Reggie Ragland (ALA)
#12 NOR       NT Andrew Billings               Baylor                       DE DeForest Buckner (Oregon)
#13 PHI         DT A’Shawn Robinson           ALA                          WR Laquon Treadwell (Ole MISS)
#14 OAK       OLB Jaylon Smith                   ND                            CB Mackenzie Alexander (Clemson)
#15 LARams  QB Paxton Lynch                    Memphis                   QB Carson Wentz (ND State)
#16 DET        OT Taylor Decker                  OH State                    DT A’Shawn Robinson (ALA)
#17 ATL        DE Kevin Dodd                      Clemson                    OLB Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame)
#18 IND        OT Jack Conklin                     Mich. St                     OT Conklin
#19 BUF       OLB Darron Lee                     OH State                    DT Jarran Reed (ALA)
#20 NYJ       ILB Reggie Ragland                ALA                           OLB Darron Lee (OH.St)
#21 WSH     CB Mackenzie Alexander        CLEM                        DL Robert Nkemdiche (MISS)
#22 HOU     RB “Zeke” Elliott                    OH.ST                        RB Elliott
#23 MIN      WR Josh Doctson                    TCU                            OT Taylor Decker (OH.St)
#24 CIN      WR Braxton Miller                  OH State                     NT Andrew Billings (Baylor)
#25 PIT       CB Eli Apple                           OH State                     S Darian Thompson (Boise)
#26 SEA      DT Sheldon Rankins               Louisville                   CB Eli Apple (OH.St)
#27 GB        DT Jarran Reed                      ALA                            OLB Leonard Floyd (Georgia)
#28 KC        DT Jonathan Bullard              Florida                        DT Sheldon Rankins (Louisville)
#29 AZ        OLB Leonard Floyd               Georgia                       DE/LB Emmanuel Ogbah (OK.St)
#30 NE        forfeited the pick due to DEFLATEGATE                punishment by NFL
#31 CAR    S Darian Thompson                BOISE St                     OT Jason Spriggs (Indiana)
#32 DEN    OG Vadal Alexander               LSU                            TE Hunter Henry (ARK)

Comments:
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated has a few differences with the NFL.com crew.
He has LB Noah Spence from FCS Eastern Kentucky going at #6 overall, while Spense is not projected to be a first-rounder by Chad Reuter of NFL.com. The talented edge-rusher Spence had a good Senior Bowl.

Both pundits have the same three QB’s being drafted in the Top 15 (the Los Angeles Rams are looking for a QB at Pick#15).
Both pundits have only one RB being drafted in Round 1 (HOU Texans at #22 overall).
Reuter projects only one WR being drafted in Round 1 (Burke has three).
The first round is loaded with defensive Front 7 players.

FOOTBALL NEWS and MINUTIA

2015 ASSOCIATED PRESS NFL POSTSEASON AWARDS

                                                            Votes                          Runner-ups
LEAGUE MVP


Carolina QB Cam Newton                   48                   QB’s Palmer (AZ) & Brady (NE)
(35 pass TD’s, 10 rush TD’s)               of 50

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carolina QB Cam Newton                     18                   WR Antonio Brown (PIT, 10 votes)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Houston DE J.J. Watt                             37                   DT Aaron Donald (STL, 7 votes)
(17.5 sacks led league; 3-time winner)

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
St. Louis RB Todd Gurley                       27                   QB Jameis Winston (TB, 17 votes)
(1,106 rush yards, 10 TD’s in partial year                       WR Amari Cooper (OAK, 4 votes)
coming off major knee surgery)

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Kansas City CB Marcus Peters              45                   CB Ronald Darby (BUF, 4 votes)
(8 INT including two Pick 6’s; Pro Bowler)

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kansas City Safety Eric Berry               38                   QB Carson Palmer (AZ, 6 votes)
(1st team All-Pro; fought Hodgkin’s
lymphoma, chemo in 2014)

HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR
Carolina HC Ron Rivera                         36.5               HC Andy Reid (KC, 6 votes)
(led team to 15-1 record and Super Bowl)

OTHER AWARDS

WALTER PAYTON MAN OF THE YEAR
San Francisco WR Anquan Boldin won the award for community service and playing excellence. His foundation awards scholarships and opportunities to youth in the following areas: Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida, and the SF Bay Area.

NFL TOP ASSISTANT COACH
1st Denver DC Wade Phillips (he earned this distinction; out of coaching in 2014)
2nd Cincinnati OC Hue Jackson (now Cleveland HC for 2016)
3rd Carolina OC Mike Shula

2016 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

15-man finalists list (only five max can get in this year):
QB Brett Favre
WR Terrell Owens
OG Alan Faneca
LB Kevin Greene
QB Kurt Warner
OT Orlando Pace
WR Marvin Harrison
HC Tony Dungy
K Morten Andersen
S John Lynch
S Steve Atwater
HC Don Coryell
RB Terrell Davis
OT Joe Jacoby
RB Edgerrin James

RESULTS:
The only player in the 2016 finalists to be inducted in his 1st year of eligibility:
QB BRETT FAVRE                  Green Bay/NYJ/MIN
The four others elected:
LB KEVIN GREENE               Rams/PIT/CAR/SF
OT ORLANDO PACE             St. Louis Rams
WR MARVIN HARRISON      Indianapolis Colts
HC TONY DUNGY                  Tampa Bay/Indianapolis

Players making the “Final 10” but not quite making it this year:
HC Don Coryell
OT Joe Jacoby
S John Lynch
QB Kurt Warner
RB Terrell Davis

One clear snub:
WR Terrell Owens has the statistics to clearly make the Hall of Fame, but he was not elected in his first year of eligibility (he didn’t even make the Top 10).
Stats:
15 years with SF, PHI, and DAL; 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards (2nd all-time) and 153 TD’s (3rd all-time).
Why not elected?
T.O. was considered by many to be a “cancer” to his teams with all three of his teams. He was certainly critical in public toward several of his head coaches and quarterbacks. Many voters probably believe that he was a detriment to his teams’ successes, even though his productivity on the field is indisputable (and he never had any off-field issues). He’ll be inducted eventually.

Plus, three Senior finalists were eligible (each needed an 80% “yes” vote):
QB Kenny “The Snake” Stabler                DA RAIDA’s (died July 2015)
OG Dick Stanfel                                         Detroit (died in June 2015)
Contributor Edward DeBartolo, Jr.           SF 49’ERS

RESULTS: ALL THREE WERE ELECTED

THE 2017 HOF CLASS

First-year eligible players in next year’s voting for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame will include: RB LaDainian Tomlinson, DE Jason Taylor, QB Donavan McNabb, WR Hines Ward, and S Brian Dawkins.

COLLEGE “MVP”

Ryan Brewer, an assistant professor of finance at the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, analyzed each major college football program to estimate its value on the open market, calculated using the football program’s revenue and expenses, cash-flow, risk assessments, and growth projections.

The Most Valuable Program (MVP)?
Ohio State, with an estimated value of $946.6 million (that’s almost a billion clams, folks).

The University of Texas football program came in 2nd place at $885.0 million; the Longhorns’ football program generates the largest annual revenue in the nation at $128 million (2nd in revenue was Alabama at $120MM).

Michigan placed a distant 3rd place in value at $811.3 million, but well ahead of 4th place Notre Dame at $723.6MM.

Following are the other schools in the Top 20:
#5      Alabama               $694.9MM
#6      Oklahoma             $674.3MM
#7      Florida                 $670.9MM
#8      Georgia                $636.4MM
#9      LSU                      $612.3MM
And a big gap to:
#10    Penn State             $481.4MM
#11    Nebraska               $444.1MM
#12    Iowa                      $439.6MM
#13    Tennessee              $402.0MM
#14    So. Carolina          $398.2MM
#15    Washington            $378.2MM
#16    Texas A&M           $359.1MM
#17    Wisconsin              $352.7MM
#18    Oregon                   $338.6MM
#19    Auburn                   $319.3MM
#20    Arkansas                $311.9MM
Others of interest:
#24    USC                       $277.3MM
#30    Clemson                 $237.5MM
#31    Stanford                  $222.9MM
#38    Utah                        $189.1MM
#42    Iowa State              $170.6MM
#44    Arizona                  $151.0MM

Overall, the average value of FBS teams dropped 1.8% from last year despite cash flow increases of 18% and revenue growth of 9.6%. The overall decrease was attributed to concerns about concussions and football’s safety, declining youth football participation, lack of resolution over pay-for-play concerns, and the scheduling of the CFP playoffs (ratings for semifinals dropped 40% when the games were played on New Year’s Eve as opposed to New Year’s Day the previous year).

NFL PLAYER NEWS

Seattle RB Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch is retiring after nine years in the league. He amassed 9,112 rushing yards and 74 rushing TD’s with Buffalo and the Seahawks.

NFL SCHEDULE – 2016
The Houston Texans will play a regular season game against the Oakland Raiders on Monday, November 21, 2016 …… in Mexico City.

FOOTBALL QUIZ QUESTIONS

QUESTION #1: There have been four linebackers to be honored as the Super Bowl MVP over the last fifty years, including Denver’s Von Miller in this year’s 50th championship game. Can you name the other three?

HINT: The other Most Valuable Player winners as linebackers were in Super Bowls #5, 35, and #48.

QUESTION #2: Carolina’s DE Kony Ealy recorded three sacks in the Super Bowl to tie the record. Name the other two players to get three sacks in the Super Bowl.

HINT: One is a big-name Hall of Famer; the other played for Arizona (2004-2014).

ANSWER #1:
Super Bowl V Chuck Howley (Dallas Cowboys)
Super Bowl XXXV Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens)
Super Bowl XLVIII Malcolm Smith (Seattle Seahawks)

ANSWER #2:
Reggie White and Darnell Dockett.

My last controversy* - The Top Ten Reasons For #Eli Manning Face

  1. He is an android and his Emotion Modulatron hasn't had a firmware update in months.
  2. He has loved having more Super Bowl wins than his much more talented brother. It was like an equalizing distribution of football wealth.
  3. He has very small headphones in and is too busy being captivated by Serial Season 2 and the story of Bowe Bergdahl.
  4. His dad has never stopped calling him "Not Peyton."
  5. Eli bet huge on Cam, and is going to have to get an advance from the Giants lest he end up on the IR with two broken kneecaps.
  6. Eli realized that his shipment of HGH is set to come to his house, but he chose the "require a signature" option and no one will be there to do it.
  7. Peyton promised his brother "the wet willy of a lifetime" if the Broncos pulled out a win. Eli's thinking back on the many wet willies his brother has given him over the years and worrying how one could possibly be worse than what he already suffered.
  8. That's not Eli Manning. Eli Manning died years ago. That's a clone that, though accurate in appearance, had some serious things go wrong internally during the reproduction process.
  9. Eli Manning never actually learned the rules of football, and so he is temporarily worried that the Broncos TD is a bad thing.
  10. He's high as balls.

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