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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”

 

 

 

The year is 1928.

  • Charles Lindbergh was presented with the Medal of Honor for his first transatlantic flight.
  • Joseph Stalin announces the first ‘five-year plan’ resulting in the average non-farm  wage (for soviets) dropping by about half.
  • Fats Domino, Ariel Sharon, Jim Lovell, Ennio Morricone, Bo Diddley, Adam West, Eddie Fisher and several other celebrities were born.)
  • British inventor John Logie Baird demonstrates the world’s first colour television transmission.(All copied and pasted directly from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1928)

Who is the best team in American Professional Football in 1928? Why the Providence Steam Roller of course, finishing with an 8-1-2 record, only losing to the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

Established by writers for the Providence Journal, the Steam Roller were an independent team until the ’30s when they became part of the National Football league.

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Although the logo may look like the prince of darkness, the Steam Roller mascot was a husky.

 

The Steam Roller finished the season 8-1-2, whose first three games came against the New York Yankees, the Frankford Yellow Jackets, and the Dayton Triangles.

After 1928, the Steam Roller was never the same. Key players departed for pursuits in wrestling, insurance, and coaching football.

Wikipedia claims the lack of interest coupled with the debilitating effects of the great depression caused the owners of the team to turn it over to the NFL.

The Providence Huskies,  a ‘successor’ to the Steam Roller (after it’s demise) went undefeated in 1933 and is the only pro football team to ever not allow a single point scored by an opponent during an entire season.

The 1928 Steam Roller perfectly embodied what makes New England special. Enduring challenging circumstances (the great depression), winning (they finished the season as the top team in the country), and beating the Yankees (the Steam Roller played the New York Yankees twice in ’28 and won both times).

Your music video for this post is Pearl Jam’s Sirens . The music video is just them performing the song. Which is one of the reasons I respect Pearl Jam so much. They don’t do pretentious horse-shiz, they just play rock music.

The Cardinals have an explosive offense mostly known for their passing offense: QB Carson Palmer, WR’s Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and small-school burner John Brown.  What football fans outside of Arizona are beginning to see is their rushing attack come to life. The Cardinals were the 8th-ranked running attack in 2015 with new free agent hires OG Mike Iupati, LT Jared Veldheer, and RB Chris Johnson chipping in. All those guys are still there, and so is OG Evan Mathis, the former Bronco and Eagle who ranked as the third ranked guard in football last year, as well as the number one run-blocking guard (according to profootballfocus.com.)

The Cardinals bevy of running backs (David Johnson, Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson) will give Arizona plenty of opportunity to run all over defenses. January’s contests between Arizona and Seattle and Arizona and Carolina might look very different had Arians’ offense been able to get more of a push at the line of scrimmage. The addition of the best run-blocking guard in football should change that. In their playoff game against eventual NFC champs Carolina, the Cardinals top-10 rushing attack was limited to 60 yards rushing, forcing Carson Palmer to turn to the passing game and eventually throw four interceptions.

Arizona faces Carolina again this coming October 30th, where the Panthers will no longer have literally the easiest schedule in football and l̶o̶u̶d̶m̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ talented cornerback Josh Norman to help them build momentum.

The Cardinals were a very strong roster before this offseason. They should compete again among the NFC heavyweights, among which I expect Green Bay and New York will resurface.

The addition of Mathis also means drafting David Johnson in fantasy is now a viable option. He was a viable option in fantasy last year as well, when he collected over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 4 receiving).

The music video for the day is Andra Day’s Rise Up. It may not make you feel manly, but the video was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the man behind Sixth Sense and the confusing but hilarious(ly bad) The Happening.

 

These are the guys on the Jets roster listed at the QB position:

  • Geno Smith,
  • Bryce Petty,
  • Christian Hackenberg.

Geno Smith has played 31 games of NFL football. He played so well the Jets brought in journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to replace the former 2nd round pick. Fitzpatrick is a free agent and doesn’t want to play for New York at the 8 million he was offered.

Bryce Petty is a 2nd year player and has zero games of NFL experience.

Christian Hackenberg is a rookie who completed 53.5% (that’s bad) of his passes in 2015 for Penn State. NFL pundits predicted Houston could draft Hackenberg because O’Brien worked with the passer at Penn State. The Jets drafted him because Mike Maccagnan had downed enough whisky by pick 19 (round 2) that doing so seemed like a good idea (probably).

The Colts had (entering the NFL draft) a pressing need for a running back. The team hasn’t had a 1,000 yard runner since 2007. So GM Ryan Grigson responded by not drafting a running back at all. To be fair to the Colts, they did invest heavily in offensive linemen, blocking being a major issue for the team in 2015. Instead they’re relying on 32 year old Frank  Gore and former Marshawn Lynch backup Robert Turbin to accept fake hand-offs from Andrew Luck.

The Colts made the playoffs in the past without a strong run game, but the AFC South is more competitive now. They’ll face stiff competition with a vastly improved Houston and Jacksonville clubs.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted a kicker in the second round. In the 2000 NFL Draft, NFL legend Al Davis drafted kicker Sebastian Janikowski in the first round. That’s something Al Davis can get away with because of his reputation. Aguayo will need to have a career like Janikowski for this pick not to look silly in years to come.

Special teams is a big part of the game, the Buccaneers could have gotten a replacement kicker later in the draft. The Bucs could really use an upgrade at the safety position, Ohio State standout safety Vonn Bell was available at pick 59 when Tampa picked Aguayo.

The San Francisco 49ers traded back up into the first round to draft….a guard. *Cue the Keegan-Michael Key voice* “Why? But I ask again. Why?” Josh Garnett is one of the top rated linemen in the draft. Trading up into round 1 would make sense to get QB Paxton Lynch, or even a game-changing wide receiver like Laquon Treadwell. The move implies Kelly wants to emphasize defense and the run game, a recipe the 49ers relied upon heavily prior to 2014.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, Radiohead’s new single: “Burn the Witch” was just released. It’s wicked. The music video is a stop-motion, claymation 3 and a half minute remake of The Wicker Man. You can find it on youtube.

Remember to call your mom this Sunday and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.