https://www.outsports.com/2017/6/20/15835374/ryan-ocallaghan-gay-nfl-new-england-patriots-kansas-city-chiefs

I don’t know what it’s like to be gay nor have I ever tried to kill myself. My stance on human beings is that they should not kill themselves. Most especially if there is a chance they can live a life not filled with suffering.

Ryan O’Callaghan was a millionaire/professional, world-class athlete who started for two NFL teams. He was not afraid of the crushing workload that accompanies being an NFL starter. The thought of openly discussing his sexual orientation with friends or family, however, was too daunting.

After his Football career, O’Callaghan said he was planning to end his life because he could no longer use football to hide his sexual orientation from others.

O’Callaghan eventually met with a specialist who encouraged him to come out to his friends and family.  O’Callaghan has been away from football for many years and has created a life not shaped by hiding his feelings or lifestyle. “I love life now” He said after having told his friends and family about his struggle.

I don’t really know how to help people struggling with suicidal thoughts. The reality of O’Callaghan being as hard working, intelligent and successful as he was, and still had fears he felt he could not navigate is telling of the seriousness of societal rejection from close friends and family. I definitely haven’t been the most accepting of people in my life who’ve chosen not to continue the same course that I have. I think I still don’t entirely understand what it is like to be on the other side of that fence. Listening to Ryan talk about his experience, and others share about their challenges, have helped me to understand a little better the gravity and darkness others may feel.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett – DE, Texas A&M – Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller says Myles Garrett is far and away the number one guy in the draft.
  2. San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas – DE, Stanford – John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan both went to school out west, and I think they would prefer one of the Pac 12 passers for 2018 (i.e. USC’S Sam Darnold or UW’s Jake Browning) over QB’s Trubisky, Kizer, or Watson. Thomas has been compared to Justin Smith, a 49ers pro bowler for many years before his retirement.
  3. Chicago Bears – Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson – I don’t see how the Bears don’t draft a passer here. Mike Glennon is not a starting quarterback. It’s possible Watson may not pan out, but the Bears have to try and compete. Watson’s a top competitor who will bring a refreshing enthusiasm to the QB position in Chicago.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette – RB, LSU – Bortles took a step backwards last season. If Jacksonville can create a strong ground presence to gel with their defense Bortles won’t feel the need to force so many passes. Fournette is a devastating runner that can move Jacksonville up in the AFC South.
  5. Tennessee Titans – Jonathan Allen – DL, Alabama – Allen lining up next to Jurrell Casey would be a glorious sight to behold in Tennessee. Tennessee looks like a team on the verge of making the playoffs with Marcus Mariota and their defense performing well last season.
  6. New York Jets – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State – The Jets signed stopgap qb Josh McCown and want Christian Hackenberg to learn on the bench. The loss of Revis will hurt, and HC Todd Bowles will want a strong defense for his brand of football. Lattimore’s a star cornerback who can compete with Brandin cooks and the other young receivers in the AFC east.
  7. Los Angeles Chargers  – Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State – I like Garett Bolles for what Philip Rivers needs. His perceived value for San Diego will not be a top ten player. Hooker can take over for Dwight Lowery and ultimately replace the departed Eric Weddle. Hooker may not be polished and ready to start on day one but HC Anthony Lynn will want a defense like the one Hooker can help build with his size and playmaker potential.
  8. Carolina Panthers – Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin – The Panthers can only ignore their needs at tackle for so long. Michael Oher’s been passable at best and right tackle Mike Remmers is a patchwork option. Ramczyk has played top college talent and gives the Panthers the best shot at stabilizing on offense.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan – The Bengals have other needs but had serious trouble closing in the red zone in 2016. If they believe they can solve their offensive woes from 2016 with the guys on their roster right now, I could see Cincinnati looking closely at Solomon Thomas, DE at Stanford if he is available.
  10. Buffalo Bills – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson – Unless the Bills fall in love with Jabrill Peppers or one of the remaining safeties, Williams looks to be a steal here at number ten. The Bills have a need at wide receiver and apparently liked Clemson WR Sammy Watkins to give up two first round picks for him. Dalvin Cook would also be a value pick at number ten.
  11. New Orleans Saints – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC – Drew Brees is 38 years old.
  12. Cleveland Browns – Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama, – The Browns can go several directions here. Foster should help the Browns play the run better, allowing 143 yards a game on the ground last season. Foster was part of an Alabama defense that allowed 35 yards from the super-productive Leonard Fournette with only 2.1 yards per carry.
  13. Arizona Cardinals – Jamal Adams, FS, LSU – Signing Antoine Bethea is not a replacement for losing Tony Jefferson. Adams has been compared to Darren Woodson and could reassert the cardinals secondary as the best in the league.
  14. Philadelphia Eagles – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama – The Eagles have plenty of help for Carson Wentz after signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Philadelphia needs fresh blood at corner now that former starter Nolan Carroll is with Dallas and Leodis Mckelvin is a free agent. Humphrey has been praised for his toughness and athleticism.
  15. Indianapolis Colts – Haason Reddick, LB, Temple – The Colts have all sorts of issues on their roster. Forrest Lamp, the top graded guard could slot well here and provide a significant need for the Colts. Dalvin Cook, an excellent back from Florida State could be the top back for Indy. Reddick is a worker at linebacker and should help begin to turn around Indianapolis’s defense.
  16. Baltimore Ravens – Garett Bolles, OT, Utah – The Ravens have needs at running back, offensive guard, tackle, and maybe receiver if Brett Perriman doesn’t show up to play this season. Bolles is a little raw after playing one year of division one football, but he’s excelled at every level of football. The Ravens’ brand of football requires a physical presence on the offensive line. They lost Ricky Wagner to Detroit and don’t have a suitable replacement. Bolles has potential to be great at right tackle.

2017 NFL Mock Draft (First 12)

Posted: February 22, 2017 in Football, New entries, NFL
  1. Cleveland BrownsMyles Garrett – DE, Texas A&M – Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller says Myles Garrett is far and away the number one guy in the draft. The Browns need all the help they can get. 
  2. San Francisco 49ersJonathan Allen – DE, Alabama – GM John Lynch is in charge of drafting for the Niners. If this pick isn’t traded, the 49ers can create the Jets west on the defensive line with Allen. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan both went to school out west, and I think they would prefer one of the Pac-12 passers for 2018 (i.e. UCLA’s Josh Rosen or UW’s Jake Browning) over QB’s Trubisky, Kizer, or Watson.
  3. Chicago Bears Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson – I don’t see how the Bears don’t draft a passer here. The Bears are actively shopping Cutler. Barring a pickup of Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins, or Tony Romo (I think are unlikely) they need someone to lead the team. Watson came up huge against college football’s top competition and has the potential to start week one.
  4. Jacksonville JaguarsLeonard Fournette – RB, LSU – Bortles took a step backwards last season. If Jacksonville can create a strong ground presence to gel with their defense Bortles won’t feel the need to force so many passes. Fournette is a devastating runner that can move Jacksonville up in the AFC South.
  5. Tennessee Titans Marshon Lattimore – CB, Ohio State – Tennessee struggled against the pass while simultaneously ranking 6th in the league in total sacks created. Lattimore’s a top cover guy who can be that nickel man they need. Lattimore is young but highly productive at Ohio State.
  6. New York Jets Marlon Humphrey – CB, Alabama – The Jets have no QB, but went to the playoffs with Mark Sanchez under center. The loss of Revis will hurt, and HC Todd Bowles will want a strong defense for his brand of football. Like Lattimore, Humphrey is young but showed up big against division one’s toughest competition. 
  7. Los Angeles Chargers  – Garett Bolles – OT, Utah – The Chargers are struggling at offensive tackle. King Dunlap isn’t performing at the same level he was since 2014, and Joe Barksdale has been a weak link on that line. Bolles is a fast riser at a program the Chargers have liked in the past. He can compete for right tackle and eventually take over for Dunlap in the coming seasons. Bolles, in his first and only year in FBS football was an all Pac-12 first teamer at left tackle.
  8. Carolina Panthers Ryan Ramczyk – OT, Wisconsin – The Panthers can only ignore their needs at tackle for so long. Michael Oher’s been passable at best and right tackle Mike Remmers is a patchwork option. Ramczyk has played top college talent and gives the Panthers the best shot at stabilizing on offense.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals Corey Davis – WR, Western Michigan – The Bengals have other needs but had serious trouble closing in the red zone in 2016. If they believe they can solve their offensive woes from 2016 with the guys on their roster right now, I could see Cincinnati looking closely at Solomon Thomas, DE at Stanford.
  10. Buffalo Bills Mike Williams – WR, Clemson – Unless the Bills fall in love with Jabrill Peppers or one of the remaining safeties, Williams looks to be a steal here at number ten. The Bills have a need at wide receiver and apparently liked Clemson WR Sammy Watkins to give up two first round picks for him. Dalvin Cook would also be a value pick at number ten.
  11. New Orleans Saints Sidney Jones – CB, Washington – The Saints have multiple holes on defense. They may hesitate to pull the trigger on another young pass rusher with Hau’oli Kikaha and Sheldon Rankins still waiting to make an impact. They have a definite need at starting corner and Sidney Jones has elite instincts. If Jones can put on some weight he can give the Saints a fighting chance against the NFC South’s giant wide receivers (Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Mike Evans, Julio Jones all 6’3” or taller)
  12. Cleveland Browns Reuben Foster – ILB, Alabama, – The Browns can go several directions here. They could look at Center with Ethan Pocic, Running Back with Dalvin Cook, Safety with Adams/Hooker whoever is available. Foster should help the Browns play the run better, allowing 143 yards a game on the ground last season. Foster was part of an Alabama defense that allowed 35 yards and 2.1 yards per carry from the super-productive Leonard Fournette.

Dear Mr. Baalke,

Your team can best improve by signing/trading for displaced Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

WHY?

The San Francisco 49ers grade out at dead last in passing yards per game. And they have literally won one game this year. One game. (1-13).

Colin Kaepernick is on his way out and the other quarterbacks on the roster with starting experience are Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder.

WHAT OTHER OPTIONS DO THEY HAVE?

The 49ers can overdraft a talented but rocky young passer like DeShone Kizer from Notre Dame or Mitch Trubisky from North Carolina with no offensive weapons for miles to catch a pass, or an offensive line to block for them. It’s entirely possible that there is a quarterback who will be eligible for the 2017 NFL draft that can become a star. But the 49ers don’t have the offensive players or the leadership to grow said player.

Of course, there is always free agency. Kirk Cousins is set to be a free agent but will likely sign a contract with Washington. Jay Cutler may become available but is not worth the price of admission. The other available free agent QBs do not bring to the table what Romo does.

ISN’T SIGNING ROMO EXPENSIVE FOR AN OLD GUY?

Yes. Signing Tony Romo will cost about 20-25 million in cap space (according to spotrac.com). The 49ers have that space. 20 million plus is a huge amount of money to dedicate to one player. Signing Romo closes the door on signing other players at positions of need. So what would the Niners get in return?

  • A highly successful, veteran quarterback to show the ropes to a young passer (Brad Kaaya [Miami U.], Davis Webb [Cal], Deshaun Watson [Clemson], etc) much like Aaron Rodgers learned behind Brett Favre for three years in Football Harvard Green Bay.
  • A shot to compete in a very open NFC West. Seattle’s offense has struggled this season ranking 22nd out of 32 possible teams. From 2012 – 2015 the team ended the season as a top 10 offense in each of those four seasons. Arizona and Los Angeles are not competitive football teams either. The 49ers with some healthy talent on defense and a passing game can challenge in the weak NFC West.
  • Butts in seats. 49ers faithful living in the bay area can go to a game and watch a quarterback not only that they’re not ashamed of but who is actually really good and a major strength of the team.

AND WHAT IF THEY DON’T?

Google: “2005 San Francisco 49ers”

 

 

 

I’ve had a lot of job interviews after (and during) college. I’ve learned a thing or two and decided to share what’s worked for me with the rest of the world. Here is my seven step guide to guaranteed success at getting the job.

1. Arrive 15 minutes early with resume in-hand. Arrive too early and you look desperate. Arrive late or just before it starts and you give off an unprofessional vibe.

2. Maintain eye contact and firm handshake. First impression is key. Subtle details will go a long way in your interviewer’s decision to hire you. They will be confident in you if you are confident in you.

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The ancient Greeks understood the importance of eye contact and a firm handshake

3. Assume proper posture, be succinct. Keep your back straight and avoid words such as: “Uhh, and stuff, that kind of thing, etc.” Everything you say needs to exactly represent how you will be an asset to the company. Extra words that show a lack of confidence or preparation will encourage your interviewer to give another candidate the nod.

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4. Let them know you’re educated. Quote the great thinkers of the world. Nietzsche once said: “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”  They will be impressed by your superior intellect and want you working with them.

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Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche 

5. Jump on the desk, pound your chest like a gorilla while howling. Gorillas pound their chest to let all the other gorillas in the jungle know how big and strong they are. It scares off the competition. You’re in the jungle too. The CONCRETE jungle. You’re not going to lose your job to Becky.

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6. Demonstrate your passion through interpretive dance.  Insist on a 40 minute window with the interviewer to perform a solo dance routine to express how passionate you are about customer service, cleaning supplies, or solar panels (or whatever your company does). Interpretive dance shows true dedication.

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7. After the interview, strip naked and run through the building shouting lines from ‘Mary Had a little Lamb.’ This will show how comfortable you are. Companies need to know you will get along with their team. Sometimes that means making yourself vulnerable and expressing your love of poetry.

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After you get the job be sure to thank your recruiter and all of the people involved in your hiring process. A little gratitude can go a long way.

 

(All images courtesy of wikipedia.org)

If the businessmen drink my blood

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Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I’ll just begin again
You say, “Can we still be friends?”

If I was scared, I would
And if I was bored, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I’m not

All the kids have always known
That the emperor wears no clothes

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But they bow down to him anyway
It’s better than being alone

If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I’m not

Now you’re knocking at my door
Saying, “Please come out with us tonight”
But I would rather be alone
Than pretend I feel alright

If the businessmen drink my blood

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Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I’ll just begin again
You say, “Can we still be friends?”

If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I’m not
Now I’m ready to start

If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I’m not
Now I’m ready to start
Now I’m ready to start

I would rather be wrong
Than live in the shadows of your sun

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My mind is open wide and now I’m ready to start
Now I’m ready to start
My mind is open wide and now I’m ready to start
You’re not sure you open the door and step out into the dark
Now I’m ready

(All images courtesy of wikipedia.org)

“Off the field issues”

Posted: May 23, 2016 in New entries, NFL

This is by no means a comprehensive list of every awful thing a college or professional football player has done recently or ever. I also realize this entry can seem didactic, presenting a challenge without presenting a solution to it. I don’t know what solution may be necessary to fix human inhumanity. I love football and find myself fascinated by the athletic feats and tactical genius required to succeed in the sport at every level. I am also a human being who is troubled to think that my favorite players may commit wretched atrocities and get away with doing so because law enforcement, coaching staff and other community members overlook the violence, rape, and murder that players are occasionally willing to engage in.

Jameis Winston – Jan 26th, 2016 Florida State University settled with former student Erica Kinsman for $950,000 on a rape accusation involving the school’s former Heisman trophy winning Quarterback Jameis Winston. That’s an awful lot of money for a rape that “didn’t” happen. When Kinsman initially went to file charges against Winston, the officer involved reportedly told her: “This is a huge football town. You really should think long and hard if you want to press charges.” (Washington Post, article by Marissa Payne.) You can find a documentary on netflix titled: “Hunting Ground” that discusses Kinsman’s fight for justice, and the trial many other rape survivors deal with on college campuses. Kinsman didn’t wait 6 months to file charges. She literally spoke to police less than 24 hours after the incident took place. Winston’s DNA is sitting in a rape kit filed by Kinsman. Winston was never convicted or arrested for his actions. He is now the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being the first overall selection in the NFL draft in 2015.

Shawn Oakman – April 3rd, 2016 Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was charged with sexual assault and arrested. Oakman admitted to sexual intercourse but claims it was consensual. His trial is still in process. Oakman was a defensive end for Baylor university who was expected to be drafted in the 2016 NFL draft prior to his arrest.

Tyreek Hill – December 11th, 2014, Tyreek Hill “was booked on probable cause for domestic abuse by strangulation, a felony, for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.” Hill proceeded to plead guilty in court the following August, approximately 9 months later, to “punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend and received three years of probation.”

Tyreek Hill was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Hill is currently serving three years probation and at the time of the arraignment was tasked with completing a “52-week batterer intervention course.”

Greg Hardy – May 13, 2014 Nicole Holder was assaulted by NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy. Deadspin released photos of Greg Hardy’s girlfriend after Hardy assaulted her. Photos can be found at nydailynews.com here. The original article on Deadspin is linked here. This is a conversation (via Deadspin) between Detective Faye Strother and Nicole Holder, Hardy’s girlfriend, after the assault took place.1507659556021475215Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys for the 2015 season. He is currently a free agent. Hardy was never charged formally, deadspin reports he and Nicole Holder settled out of court.

Dorial Green-Beckham – In 2014, April 6th, 2:36 am, a Sunday morning, a 6 foot 6 inch Dorial Green-Beckham forced his way into his girlfriend’s apartment and pushed “another female resident who was on the stairs ‘with two hands making her fall down at least 4 stairs.'” After which Green-Beckham’s girlfriend said (in a text message to the woman pushed down the stairs) he “drug me out by my neck and hurt me too.” Green-Beckham’s girlfriend stated she been talked to by the coaching staff at Missouri who urged her not to press charges as doing so would hurt Green-Beckham’s chances at being drafted.

Green-Beckham become a second round pick for the Tennessee Titans in the May 2015 draft. No charges were ever brought against him.

 

 

Ray Rice February 15th, 2014 Ray Rice and now wife Janay Palmer were arrested on ‘simple assault charges.‘ Video footage was released of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer out cold in an elevator. You can youtube ‘ray rice violence’ if you want to see the video. It is the first to show up. Rice was released by the Ravens since the video was released, months after the incident took place. Rice has not been on an NFL roster since.

Rice had been known, in part, for his charitable events working with local youth, prior to the incident.

Richie Incognito – Feb 15, 2014 Ted Wells released a report stating that Incognito, along with teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, subjected teammate Jonathan Martin to “a pattern of harassment.” Incognito spent a year out of football and is currently a starter for the Buffalo Bills. Jonathan Martin played another season for the San Francisco 49ers and then retired from football.

Aaron Hernandez – June of 2013 Former Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez shot and killed Odin Lloyd. Lloyd purportedly had knowledge of two other murders in which Hernandez had been a suspect. The former patriots tight end is now serving a life sentence without parole at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center according to his Wikipedia page.

Ray Lewis – January 31st, 2000 Ray Lewis, Reginald Oakley, and Joseph Sweeting were ” indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges after Richard Loller and Jacinth Baker had been stabbed to death. The fight took place a few miles away from the nightclub Lewis and his friends had been partying at that night. The white suit Lewis had worn that night has “never been found.” The prosecuting D.A. claimed that Lewis threw his suit away in a nearby dumpster. A knife found at the murder scene had no fingerprints. Lewis later admitted his two friends (Oaklay and Sweeting) had purchased knives the week before the SuperBowl. The blood of Jacinth Baker was found in Ray Lewis’s limousine. 

Lewis ended up bargaining for a deal where he received 12 months’ probation for obstruction of justice in exchange for a testimony against Oakley and Sweeting. Oakley and Sweeting were acquitted in June of that year for the crime. “No other suspects have ever been arrested for the incident.”

All information, data, quotes, etc are from wikipedia.com unless otherwise specified. Nothing is my original content or information.