This signing has been generating quite a bit of talk in St. Louis. I personally love this move. Titus Young is the perfect low risk high reward kind of guy. If we were still in the Spags/Devany era I would be nervous. They wouldn’t have taken a chance with this guy because of their “4 Pillars” approach which didn’t produce on the field. Jeff Fisher is a different animal. He knows how to handle problem players as well as anyone in the league. How often have any of his players tore apart a team? People can point to Vince Young but that had little to do with player/coach relationship as it was about coach/owner relationship. I think Fisher can handle Titus Young. If he doesn’t handle him I can promise that he won’t let Young tear apart the team, he’ll send him packing.

Goodnight Football Season

Lights out Super Bowl! Ravens make final stand to beat Niners for NFL title – Yahoo! Sports.

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis, head coach John Harbaugh (L), and owner Steve Bisciotti (R) celebrate after their team defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013.  REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES  - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Well another football season has come and gone. Now begins a somewhat slow sports news cycle until March Madness begins. To follow the lead of St. Louis Post Dispatch writer Bernie Miklasz  who does his random “Bernie Bytes”, I am going to go the same thing that I will give my initial thoughts, and revisit these ideas throughout the week.

Shannon Sharpe picked the 49ers to beat the Ravens during the pre-game show. I just couldn’t believe that he would pick against them.

The McDonald’s commercial with the player being presented with his All-American jersey that aired before the game had a neat message behind it. The kid finding out in the way he did that he was a “McDonald’s All-American” the way he did was a really cool and touching message. That part was really cool. Channeling my best Billy Madison I will just say the part I didn’t like is when the coach had his players eat McDonald’s. If you are a high school basketball coach the last thing that you want is for your players to be eating that garbage. I love that McDonald’s honors these players, but please, don’t ever take try to credit the “food” you serve as any type of benefit to them making it to where they are.

Good old “prop bets”  what better way for a guy to enhance his “entertainment value” with a few “milkshake” wagers on the big game. When some are feeling generous, they wager 50 milkshakes. You and your friends can wager all day long on these things. I kept a keen eyes on 6 things. The coin toss, what the first play would be, the over-under, the most popular commercial, how many interceptions, and the overall winner. Will report back on the milkshakes I will be collecting. Update… 3:42 Monday
I put 25 on the Ravens. Since they were the underdog, the odds weren’t in my favor, but it also paid more. I won 63 on that game alone. I correctly picked the coin flip (heads), the first play of the game (pass), and the over 47 1/2 points. I missed out on the over 1 1/2 interceptions in the game. I still have one pending waiting on USA Today’s final ratings meter on the best Super Bow Commercial. Being a homer I predicted the best commercial would come from AB.

The first 49er Quarterback to ever throw an interception in the Super Bowl was Colin Kapernick. How crazy of  a stat is that!

Wizard of Oz The commercial for the new version of the Wizard of Oz has me fired up. I loved the original movie, it aired once a year on CBS and we watched it every year. I cannot wait to see the modern version.

The Fake was the ultimate WTF moment of the Super Bowl. There has to be some sort of back story to why John tried that there. It could have cost him severely.

I missed “The Return”, as I was cleaning things up and getting the game back on. I personally hate when the returner return any kick in the end zone but this was what a real kick returner can do. Lightning flash.

Power outage during the Super Bowl? Congrats New Orleans for shanking the basics. No excuse for this happening during the Super Bowl.

John Harbaugh was hot following the delay. I cannot wait to hear what he was so upset about. The discussion was very animated. That was the only time in the game that he lost his cool.

With the lights going out in New Orleans, can the NFL top itself next year and have a blizzard in New York?

NFL=WWE… it is amazing sometimes how you can just read how a football game is going to go the same way we used to be able to pick up on how the WWE matches would go. It’s beginning to get eerie.

The handshake between the Harbaugh’s was great. All in all, it had to have been a great night for John grabbing bragging rights over his little brother.

Ray Lewis had all of his post game talks planned. He knew exactly what he was going to say and how he would say it.

Twitter was wildly entertaining to follow during the Super Bowl.

I cannot wait to see the epic QB Facebook smackoff that is upcoming. Update…3:54 Monday
Credit goes to http://www.profootballmock.com these guys do fantastic work. This stuff is hilarious!                     http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-finally-elite/

Second Graders Correct Tweets From NFL Players And It’s Magical

Second Graders Correct Tweets From NFL Players And It's Magical

Second Graders Correct Tweets From NFL Players And It’s Magical.

The NFL giving back to the community. Sure this isn’t what they had in mind but god bless em, they sure are helping out. Reminded me of the old movie “The Program”, where Alvin Mack was the big middle linebacker, and he wasn’t smart at all. His catchphrase from that movie was “All I gotta know is how to sign an NFL contract.”

My Favorite Super Bowl Team

Since it’s “the big weekend” or any of that other stuff that people say so not say the banned “SB” word, I have to post my absolute greatest postseason football memory…awesome

Beyonce National Anthem no lip-sync at Super Bowl XLVII press conference – NFL Videos

Beyonce National Anthem no lip-sync at Super Bowl XLVII press conference – NFL Videos.

This is how it’s done. Beyonce had been taking some heat for lip synching The National Anthem during the Presidential inauguration. Today she began her press conference in New Orleans by showing that although she did lip sync that day, she CAN still sing.

The reason I watched the Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl is possibly on its way out the door. There is discussion that there may never be another Pro Bowl game played ever again. I won’t be upset if the game does go away and is never played again. If the Pro Bowl goes away, my biggest wish is that it would take the NBA, NHL All-Star games with it. The concept of these games aren’t bad, but when it comes down to it, these are merely exhibition games. Major League Baseball’s All-Star game does decide which league gets home field advantage in the World Series so it technically counts, even though I don’t agree with it. There’s something fundamentally wrong to me about guys that play for the Kansas City Royals or the Pittsburgh Pirates could decide who get home field advantage in the World Series. Suffice to say, I am not a fan of All-Star games, and I usually don’t spend my time watching them. This year’s Pro Bowl was the exception.

Yesterday morning as I was thumbing through a local newspaper, I noticed the Pro Bowl rosters, and I knew I had to watch. Even though the Pro Bowl has become little more than a flag football game, it is still football. There has been much talk about the NFL lately being a”gladiator” sport, or a sport that only the “biggest,fastest, strongest” survived. That’s the reason that the game is so popular and watched by millions. On this day however the reason that I wanted to watch the Pro Bowl centered around watching a 5 foot 9 inch linebacker.

The 1999 football season was one of the greatest experiences that I have ever enjoyed as a sports fan. That year, my St. Louis Rams went from rags to riches to win the first ever Super Bowl title in the history of this city. There were so many people who defined this team and what this team was all about. Nobody defined this team more than their middle linebacker London Fletcher.  Here is a  guy that  went to a Division III school (John Carroll) and wasn’t even drafted into the NFL. He was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 1998.  He played well in 98 but it was during training camp before the 1999 season his name really started to generate some buzz. He was really impressing the coaching staff and pushing Lorenzo Styles to become the starter. I went to the first preseason game that year, and from that moment on I was a London Fletcher fan. When you first saw him on the field, he just didn’t look the part. Everyone towered over him, not exactly what a middle linebacker looks like. When play started though, it became pretty easy to see that he was ALWAYS around the football. Fletcher seemed to be in on every tackle. Fletcher did win the starting job during training camp and as they say, the rest is history.

During his first full season as a starter he anchored the Rams 6th ranked defense to help lead them to the franchises only Super Bowl championship. Two years later he anchored another, rebuilt, Rams defense to another top ten ranking and helped lead them back to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the Rams were upset by the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl which turned out to be the last game London Fletcher ever played as a Ram. During that offseason, the Rams had a big decision to make. Both London Fletcher and defensive end Leonard Little were set to hit the free agent market. Both were great players that were due big raises  on their next contracts. The Rams brass figured that replacing a middle linebacker would be easier than replacing an elite pass rusher so Little was signed and Fletcher was allowed to walk. He eventually signed that offseason with the Buffalo Bills. One player certainly doesn’t make a team, but I have always felt that letting the heart and soul of the defense walk away played a big role in the demise of the Greatest Show on Turf.

London Fletcher has enjoyed an outstanding career. In addition to his stop in Buffalo, he has spent the last six seasons with the Washington Redskins. Over the past 12 seasons (according to nfl.com)  Fletcher averaged 140 tackles per year. He has 37 sacks  and 23 career interceptions and he was just named to his 4th career Pro Bowl. London Fletcher still remains undecided if he is going to play again next year, or if he is going to ride off into the sunset and call it a career. On Sunday night, I couldn’t help but watch the Pro Bowl considering it might me the last time that this little giant plays professional football.

Zip

Secrets of Super Bowl Quarterbacks – ESPN

Secrets of Super Bowl Quarterbacks – ESPN.

Great find today on ESPN. Personal stories from quarterbacks that played in the Super Bowl.

NFC Championship Game gif’s

Thanks to the twitter feed @BuzzFeedSports for these wonderful images from an entertaining NFC Championship game. Enjoy!

Prediction time

NFL constant: Patriots have racked up wins before and since Spygate – Yahoo! Sports

NFL constant: Patriots have racked up wins before and since Spygate – Yahoo! Sports.

Great column by Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports. The “spygate” saga is one that hits close to home.

February 3rd 2002 is one of the worst days as a sports fan in my life. I had no doubt on that day that my St. Louis Rams were going to win their 2nd Super Bowl in three years. Of course we all know that isn’t what happened. I have never been able to describe what that feeling was like watching Adam Vinatieri’s kick end the game. When “spygate” was revealed a few years later I wanted to join in with many other Rams fans that I know and call the Patriots championships a fraud. I should hate these guys…right?

The reality here is that with or without spygate, the Patriots are the best team of the last decade. This team is a machine. They have the best coach and the best quarterback in the entire NFL. If you look back at the last decade and see the roster turnover around coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and then look at the consistency that this team has shown it’s pretty remarkable. In a league that trumpets parity, the New England Patriots are consistent frontrunners in the AFC. In the last ten years they have played in 50% of the Super Bowls. They are one of the NFL’s all-time greatest dynasties. It’s funny because I always thought Rams Head Coach Mike Martz was laying it on real thick leading up to that Super Bowl about how good the Patriots were. I remember him doing an interview after he left the Rams and someone in the local media brought that up and I will never forget that Martz just smiled and said “see, I told you that they were good.”

As a fan of the Rams I really wish that I could hate the Patriots. I can’t do that though. I cannot help but respect how good of a football team that they have been. It would not surprise me or bother me in any way if they won it all again this year.

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