Hold On Jim Kong

Per the Daily Mail US.

US officials are concerned that a North Korean missile test launch will take place today.

Government sources in South Korea told the Yonhap News Agency that transporter erector launchers carrying ICBM launch tubes in North Pyongan province have been moved by North Korea.

Speaking anonymously, a US defense official said if a test was to go ahead it would be of either an intermediate-range missile or North Korea’s ICBM – known as a KN-20 or a Hwasong-14, and would take place ‘probably’ today as North Korea celebrates Victory Day – the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement

Experts assessed it could have put Alaska in range, bringing Pyongyang’s long-held dream of a missile that can deliver an atomic warhead to the United States within reach. 

A South Korean government source told Yonhap: ‘Movements by transporter erector launchers carrying intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch tubes have been continuously observed in North Pyongan.

‘There is a high possibility that the North may carry out (the test launch) around the July 27 armistice day.’

A second US defense official confirmed the fears, adding: ‘They’re setting up for something.’ 

If the launch goes ahead, it would be the second time Pyongyang has tested an ICBM after its July 4 rocket launch. 

State-run news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported a threat to strike the US on Tuesday in response to comments CIA Director Mike Pompeo made last week. 

He said Trump’s administration needs to find a way to separate the country’s Supreme Leader from their nuclear weapons, CNN reported. 

Pompeo said: ‘As for the regime, I am hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system.

‘The North Korean people I’m sure are lovely people and would love to see him go.’ 

Though he did not say that the administration was actually working on that, KCNA said the comments are ‘over the line’. 

 ‘It has now become clear that the ultimate aim of the Trump Administration… is the regime change,’ the agency added.

According to KCNA, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said: ‘The DPRK legally stipulates that if the supreme dignity of the DPRK is threatened, it must preemptively annihilate those countries and entities that are directly or indirectly involved in it, by mobilizing all kinds of strike means including the nuclear ones.

‘Should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time.’

The report comes as US officials are saying North Korea could be capable of launching a nuclear attack on other continents within just one year. 

Independent experts said today that the missile that was launched by Kim on July 4 isn’t capable of carrying a nuclear payload across the Pacific – but that may not hold for long, officials told The Washington Post.

The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) says that North Korea is on track to build a nuclear-equipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) within the next year, shaving two years off the previous projections. 

Both the DIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) declined to respond to the Washington Post about the classified assessments.

However, the ODNI’s national intelligende manager for East Asia, Scott Bray, did say that the July 4 launch was ‘one of the milestones that we have expected would help refine our timeline and judgments.’

‘This test, and its impact on our assessments, highlight the threat that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose to the United States, to our allies in the region, and to the whole world,’ he added. 

‘The intelligence community is closely monitoring the expanding threat from North Korea.’

Ok, so as you read the article despite the  most deceiving headline ever!

Yeah, Kim Jong Un who will now be referred to as Jim Kong (crediting Barstool Heartland for that name) is not the brightest guy out there and probably shouldn’t be messing with nuclear bombs.  But we knew that already.

My first thought when I read that headline, which was followed by laughter, was “Fuck no football season is too close”.

I don’t know what would be worse; No football season at all or a nuclear bomb that takes out multiple cities in the United States.

Taking out multiple cities would suck but not having a football season would literally kill me.

So, I am here today to give Jim Kong some advice and maybe meet halfway.  If Jim Kong wants to bomb us go for it I guess (even though this thing is probably going to end up in the Sea of Japan) but lets agree on a time frame of when we should do it.

Today I will give Jim Kong the best times of years to bomb us.

Christmas

I would prefer it to be a couple weeks before Christmas.  Like December 15th.

Every year you go through the same traditions.  You listen to the same songs you’ve listened to every year since you were a kid.

If you are in a relationship or married you have to buy your significant other a gift with money you most likely don’t have.  Think of all the money you would save because you don’t have to by gifts.

If you are single you no longer have to walk around; all the malls, restaurants, movie theaters, or where ever couples go for the holidays, a lone and you are dodging all the couples, like you are a NFL running back just to get from point A to point B.

You also don’t have to call your Mom to ask for money to get your Dad a present and you don’t have to call your Dad for money to get your Mom a present.  Also, you don’t have to explain to your siblings why you gave them a $10 gift card to some department store for the third year in a row.

I know what you are thinking, “But Will we would miss the playoffs” I know that would suck, but for most fan bases in the NFL know their season is over anyway.  Now you don’t have to watch your teams arch rival make a deep run into the playoffs.

This isn’t the most ideal because some people for whatever reason like Christmas, and everyone enjoys the playoffs but at least you got some football.

Has your team ever been knocked out of the playoffs by week 10?  It sucks watching your team in December.  Half your team is rookies or guys that are just trying not to get hurt.  Your home stadium is half empty and the other half is filled with opposing teams fans.  IT SUCKS!  The world ending by Kim Jong would avoid all of this.

After the NBA Regular Season

Listen, I love the NBA and despite how bad the playoffs have been the past couple years I still enjoy them and watch whatever game is on.

But, I would rather die than watch the Warriors win another NBA title.  Can you imagine a world where Swaggy P is an NBA champion, and JaVale McGee is a two time NBA champion?  Just right there is a reason to end the world.

We don’t have to go through a boring NBA playoffs where the Warriors boat race everyone and we don’t have to hear FS1 argue Lebrons legacy.

I would say we don’t have watch the Cavs dominate the East, but we don’t know how that is gonna go…. Thanks Kyrie

To sum it up we eliminate Warriors fans (who were Lakers fans 10 years ago), a boring NBA playoffs, and the dead time of summer where only baseball is on.

The Day After the Super Bowl

The day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday anyway.  It is celebrated more than any other holiday anyway.  We all gather at someones house, drink a bunch of beer, eat lots of food, and celebrate the last minutes of the football season.

I am almost certain that absolutely no work gets done on this day.  Everyone is tired from their Super Bowl party, everyone is talking about the result of the Super Bowl, people are traveling from the actual game, and people are depressed because football season is over.

This would be a great time for Jim Kong to end the world.  Because, you don’t have to go to work the next day.  We can finally have that day off we have always been asking for.

Doing it on the day after the Super Bowl means we don’t have to go through the rest of the NBA season where we argue about what Lebrons tweets mean.  We don’t have to listen to sports talk shows scramble for hot takes, don’t have to watch the Warriors win another title, and we don’t have to go through the time where only baseball is on TV.

Odds are this bomb is just going to land 40 miles off the coast of Japan, because Kim Jong failing is more of a tradition than the Masters.

But if he is going to do it please let us get through football season we have been waiting too long.  I have invested too much time in researching the Week 1 lines, scouting for my fantasy team, thinking about the foods I am going to eat, and praying that the Browns win more than one game.  If you think about it if he is going to end us this close to the season, all the breathing I have been doing since the Super Bowl has been pointless.

Just let us have football Jim Kong.  Don’t be an asshole.

 

Hugh Freeze Resigns

Per Bleacher Report:

The Ole Miss Rebels announced Thursday that head football coach Hugh Freeze “resigned effective immediately” before elaborating on the details in a press conference.

Dan Wolken of USA Today reported Thursday Freeze made a one-minute call from a school-issued phone “to a number associated with a female escort service.” The call came to light as part of a federal lawsuit former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed against the school alleging it violated his severance agreement.

Athletics director Ross Bjork said during the presser, “We proactively looked into the rest of (Hugh Freeze‘s) phone records & found a concerning pattern,” per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

For those of you who didn’t know Ole Miss was under NCAA investigations already for many rule violations.  Last week as it says above former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed a lawsuit against the school for violating his severance agreement.  The article goes on to explain what they found in this lawsuit that forced Freeze to resign.

According to reporter Brett McMurphy, Bjork said Freeze “admitted the (personal) misconduct” before resigning. 

This all came after Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday, per sources, Freeze’s position was “in immediate jeopardy” after “explosive new information” came to light.

“Nutt’s attorney, Thomas Mars, sent an e-mail to Lee Tyner, the school’s general counsel, referencing a ‘phone call Coach Freeze made that would be highly embarrassing for all of you and extremely difficult to explain,'” Wolken wrote.

Freeze couldn’t explain the reasoning behind the call but raised the notion it could have been a misdial.

“I’ve got no idea, to be honest,” Freeze said, per Forde. “I was in an 813 area code and that was a 313 number, I think that might have been a misdial. I don’t think there was even a conversation. There’s nothing to it.”

Forde noted Yahoo Sports obtained the coach’s phone records, confirming the call lasted a single minute “raising the possibility” it was a misdial.

Wolken explained Nutt’s lawsuit alleges Freeze and Bjork were among the Ole Miss officials who “conspired to smear him” by telling reporters off the record many of the violations in the ongoing NCAA infractions case against the Rebels happened under Nutt.

However, Forde noted the NCAA’s updated Notice of Allegations charged the program with 21 violations with 17 involving Freeze’s tenure.

To sum all of this up, Hugh Freeze tried to hire a hooker using his school issued phone and he got caught.  Why? because he did it using his school issued phone!!

Listen, I believe college sports is very dirty.  I think most programs out there are doing illegal things to get ahead of their rival schools and the coaches are doing it to get an extra pay day.  I also think Freeze isn’t the only coach who has ordered a prostitute.  The difference is Freeze got caught and when you get caught doing illegal things you have no option but to face the punishment.

We all knew OleMiss was shady back in 2013 when all of a sudden they land the number eight recruiting class in the nation.  A 7-6 team from the year before landed the top high school player in Robert Nkemdiche, the top high school Lineman Laremy Tunsil, and the top high school Wide Receiver in Laquon Treadwell.  Anyone with a brain knew that their was no way Hugh Freeze was getting these guys to go to Oxford, Mississippi with clean hands.

Ole Miss should have fired Freeze right when the NCAA opened its investigation, their was no way they were going to get off with no punishment.  Especially after Laremy Tunsils draft night disaster where text messages were released of him illegally talking to agents.

The prostitution argument brings a political voice to this conversation.  Some believe it should be legal.  People believe if the sex is consensual men should be allowed to pay for sex.  People also believe that it is wrong to pay for sex and the law shouldn’t promote such thing.  Regardless of your political view we can all agree he was an idiot for using his school issued phone.

Last January Freeze signed an extension that would make Ole Miss pay him $5 million a year.  $5 million a year and this guy couldn’t go out and buy himself a new phone that only he knew he had.

Lesson of the day if you are going to do dirty stuff, don’t be an idiot like Hugh Freeze.

Ohio State and Michigan to FOX

Eleven Warriors-So long to the annual showdown between Ohio State and Michigan at noon on ABC.

The Game is officially going to be broadcasted on FOX this fall, as Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet for the third time on the gridiron on Nov. 25 at Michigan Stadium. FOX confirmed the news during its upfronts on Monday.

Growing up a Ohio State fan there are very few things I hate more than Michigan.  I actually despise everything about Michigan, I hate their colors, that stupid fucking fight song, and that stupid stadium that is filled with Red every time Ohio State comes into town.

As much as I hate That Team Up North, there is nothing I love more than TTUN and Ohio State week.  I spend all week watching old games whether it is the 2006 game or the 1968 game.

As if the Meyer vs Harbaugh storyline and the way last years game ended wasn’t enough excitement for this rivalry.  We can now hopefully add a new man to the rivalry and that is Fox head broadcaster Gus Johnson.  With Brent Musberger gone Gus Johnson is easily my favorite broadcaster.  I can’t think of anyone who has more excitement in his voice than Gus.

Here are some videos of  Gus and if you don’t get pumped up by his voice I think it is reasonable to believe you do not have a pulse.

After watching this I feel like I could kill a bear with my bear hands after running through a brick wall.

Gus is exactly what this rivalry needs.  20 years from now I hope to be watching old Ohio State TTUN games with Gus Johnson absolutely losing his mind at every huge play.

It isn’t official whether Gus and his partner Joel Klatt, who is also one of the more underrated Color Analysts in College Football, will be calling this game in November but it is hard to believe Fox wouldn’t put their A-team on what most believe to have huge implications on the College Football Playoff.

As a reminder to all I am writing this on the evening of May 15th and Michigan STILL SUCKS!

Browns Draft in Review

The Draft is finally over, after months of mock drafts and speculation General Managers, coaches and fans now have an good idea who will be in training camp and for the most part who will be in uniform for the first game of the season.

On the other hand Browns fans have been filling out mock drafts since they traded away the number two pick in last years draft, which ended up being Carson Wentz.  Today I am going to give you my opinion on how the Browns did in this years draft.  This years answer is a little different than years past.

Myles Garrett-A

Lets give the Browns credit where it is due.  Unlike most drafts there wasn’t a Quarterback that stood out to be the number one overall pick so the Browns were “stuck” with taking Myles Garrett out of Texas a&m.  The Browns didn’t overthink this one, it also could have been very easy for them to take the hometown boy Mitch Trubisky. Taking Trubisky would have won the press conference, sold some jerseys, and maybe would have sold some tickets.  All of those reasons are why it was a good decision to pass on Trubisky.  The Browns need some stability, they need playmakers and unfortunately there was too many question marks with Trubisky to take him number one.  Garrett gives you a pass rush off the edge and you pair him up with Ogbah on the other end and Danny Shelton in the middle the Browns now have a solid young Defensive line to grow under new Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

To sum it up whenever you are able to get the best player in the draft it deserves an A.

Jabrill Peppers-B

As an Ohio State fan I have to get all the hate I ever had for Jabrill Peppers and begin to start rooting for him.  This hasn’t been the easiest transition I’ve had to go through in life and quite frankly it may be the worst.  How do you go from hating someone so much to having to like him?

I give this one a B for a few reasons.  The Browns passed on tremendous talent like, Malik Hooker, Jonathon Allen, OJ Howard, and more to swap picks with the Texans. Houston got the Browns 12th pick and the Browns received their 25th pick this year and the Texans first rounder next year.

On a side note, what a offseason the Browns and Texans have had! Real quick here is the summary of the Browns and Texans interaction this offseason.  Essentially, the Texans traded a first round, second round, and Brock Osweiler for a Fourth rounder and Deshaun Watson.

Back to the draft.  At 25 the Browns took Michigans all-purpose man Jabrill Peppers.  My only concern about this pick is where is he going to play?  Peppers was seen all over the field on both Offense and Defense, even though he is technically listed as a Safety it will be interesting to see where the Browns put him.  After rewatching all of his games from this past season my guess is he would be a Strong Safety and would be utilized more towards the line of scrimmage sort of like Troy Polamalu was for Pittsburgh.  You also could see him used as a hybrid linebacker kind of like Arizonas Deone Bucannon who is athletic enough to cover backs and Tight Ends and can even put pressure on the Quarterback.

In summary I don’t love the pick because in my opinion they passed up better players at 12, but you got a first round pick for next year and if a guy like Gregg Williams likes him I guess I can’t complain too much.  After everything I give the pick a B.

Deshone Kizer-A

I absolutely love this pick and I love it for many reasons.  First off I love it because the Browns got him at 52.  If the Browns drafted him at 12 I probably would be writing how we screwed up the draft, but because we got him so low it was an absolute steal and it was because of the Browns being patient and not reaching for something that wasn’t there.

Kizer is a guy out of Notre Dame who had some big games two years ago and showed first round talent, but a down year this past season at Notre Dame made some people second guess his talent.  Kizer is a big guy sitting at 6’4″ 234 and has a big arm and has the ability to make plays with his feet.

Before we go on lets take a look at all the other quarterbacks in the AFC North

Ben Roethlisberger- 6’5″ 241

Joe Flacco- 6’6″ 245

Andy Dalton-6’2″ 220

What all these guys have in common is, that they are big guys with big arms.  To play in the AFC North you need to be durable and have the ability to push the ball down the field.  That is one of the reasons why the Steelers and Ravens have been successful in the postseason.  No matter what the elements those teams have had Quarterbacks that are able to effectively throw the ball in any condition.

Kizer has that potential, he showed it at times while at Notre Dame.  Maybe it was good for Kizer to get out of Notre Dame and get under NFL coaching to tap into the potential he has.  There will be a three way competition in Berea this summer and Kizer has every opportunity to win the job this training camp.  If he does and turns out to be the Quarterback the Browns have been looking for this Browns regime will look like geniuses, and if he turns out to be terrible the Browns are in position to draft another Quarterback out of a class that looks to be much stronger than the on this year.

As low as the Browns got Kizer and the upside he has I have to give the pick an A.

All of the rest-B

I am not going to dissect every draft pick the Browns made, mostly because I don’t know anything about them.  Because I don’t know anything about most I am just going to tell you about the ones I do know.

Zane Gonzalez- Arizona State

For those of you that don’t know about this guy, just know he is a stud.  As someone who goes to Arizona State and went to multiple games this year, this guy was one of the few bright spots for the Sun Devils this past season.  ASU was awful but you could always rely on this guy to put it through the uprights.  Gonzalez, who holds the NCAA record for most made Field Goals, fills a void the Browns have had since they let Phil Dawson walk in Free Agency a few years back.  Zane will probably be the Browns kicker come September, so how can you not love a guy who you drafted in the seventh round who is going to contribute day one?

Caleb Brantley-Florida

This pick really makes no sense to me.  This guy is under investigation for hitting his girlfriend and most scouts were saying to stay away from this guy.  Not only that Sashi Brown in his press conference said that he may not stay on the roster because of this legal issue.  So my question is why waste a sixth round pick on the guy?  The guy could be in jail come September and it is a subject management will be asked questions on until this gets solved.  It seems like an unnecessary distraction the Browns put on themselves.

Things to think about

If Trubisky or Watson turn out to be great this draft will be considered a failure.  I don’t think either will be top 10 Quarterbacks in the future, but it is worth noting if either of these guys turns out to be the next great Quarterback, the Browns will be remembered for passing on both of these guys.

Overall- A

I have to give this draft an A, you got the best player in the draft with Garrett, a player who Gregg Williams loves, your possible Quarterback at tremendous value, and a quality kicker late in the draft.

These are not words I am used to, but I think the Browns had a great draft.

 

 

 

 

 

Time to Stop Hating Romo

Yesterday, Tony Romo retired from the NFL to join Jim Nance in the broadcast booth with CBS.  With Romos move to the booth that means we no longer have to hear Phil Simms do the game of the week for CBS.  Thank GOD!!

Tony Romo finished his career throwing for 34183 yards, 248 touchdowns and had a completion percentage of 65.3.  All pretty solid numbers.  2014 was his best year when he finished with a completion percentage of 69.9.

Tony Romo grew up in the small town of Burlington.  From there he played his college ball at Eastern Illinois.  Romo was then a un drafted free agent when the Cowboys signed him in 2003.  Romo was given a $10,000 signing bonus and finished his career in the middle of a contract that was worth $108 million.  Romo eventually finished as the Cowboys all-time leader in yards, completions, and touchdowns.

Romo accomplished the American dream.  You start from nothing and work your ass off to eventually become one of the best in your craft.  The Kurt Warner story of him stacking cereal boxes to Super Bowl champion is the only story that tops it.

Why does everyone hate Romo?  He isn’t Sam Bradford, who signed a $100 million contract just for being drafted.  He isn’t Johnny Manziel who was an entitled ass hole with a bunch of talent that he let go to waste.  He isn’t Jay Cutler who has tons of talent but has zero drive and determination.  So what is their to hate about Tony Romo?

The answer is you hate him because he was a Cowboy.  Most of you don’t even hate the Cowboys.  You hate the guy at work or school who is an obnoxious Cowboy fan who brags about the 90s even though he isn’t even old enough to remember them playing.

If you didn’t like Romo because he was a Cowboy that is fine.  As a Browns fan I hate all the Quarterbacks in the AFC North.  Although, just because he was a Cowboy and you hate him doesn’t mean you are right for calling him a failure.

I’ve been hearing people say over the past two days calling Romo a failure.  Why is he a failure?  Is he a failure because he never won a ring?  So does that make Trent Dilfer better than Romo?  The Ravens offense once with a month without scoring and still won a Super Bowl.  Think about how bad that is, four weeks of not one touchdown.

Flash back two years ago.  What if Dez Bryant had caught that ball in Lambeau?  The Cowboys were more than capable to beat the Seahawks if they beat the Packers.  So are you going to let a Dez drop affect the way you look at Romo?

I guarantee if Romo had played on the Vikings or the Chiefs or any other team that isn’t named the Cowboys you actually wouldn’t mind him.  The hate for Romo is just stupid and over played.  He never raped anyone (Roethlisberger), never quit on his team in the biggest game of his career (Cutler) and he never sent dick pics to a female reporter while married (Favre).

Stop calling Romo a failure and start appreciating that he is the definition of what sports are all about.  He defied all odds and became one of the better quarterbacks of a generation.  If Romo is the definition of a failure, all of us are failures.

 

All stats are from:

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/R/RomoTo00.htm

Russell Wilson is truly the worst

I woke up this morning and started my morning off by listening to Barstool Sports, Pardon My Take and it was brought to my attention that Russell Wilson is at it again and proving why he is truly one of the most insufferable athletes out there.

Before all you Seahawks fans get butt hurt, it is ok to admit that you have a complete insufferable douchebag on your team.  As a Cavaliers fan I have probably the worst on my team and that is of course Lebron James.  You can even argue Lebron is the most insufferable douchebag in not just sports but the world.  Him and Beyonce have been going back and forth fighting for the title of who can be the biggest douche on the planet.  It is ok to admit it, no one will judge you.

Back to my boy Russ,  Russell Wilson is that guy in your group of friends or at work who tries waaaayyyy to hard to be cool.  Russ is notorious for his god awful postgame interviews, they are boring, played out and completely pointless.  I’m pretty sure you could ask him what he had for lunch that day and he would go on for five minutes about how his lunch made him a better athlete and how he is going to get better day by day and how his teammates are the best and how they are working hard.

Russ may not be the most insufferable athlete but HE IS THE WORST on social media.  Lets just take a moment and recognize some awful social media post by @dangeRussWilson.

Yeah, I’m sure its a great thing to be engaged at all but just imagine if your friends or even worse one of your parents posted a picture like that of their significant other.  You would feel so uncomfortable looking at it and you would make fun of them for posting a picture to clearly get attention.

This next one is by far my favorite!

THANK GOD Russ you took the time out of your busy schedule to post a picture of you sitting and doing nothing to let us know you take zero days off.  I’m going to call bull shit and say you take at least one day off before the start of next season.  Maybe change the hashtag to #1dayoff or #2daysoff.  Honesty goes a long way bud.

If you have zero life like myself take some time and look through his twitter page and see he loves to make stupid hashtags.  Like #mondaymotivation or #notime2sleep.  His newest one may take the cake though. #DangerTrain.  Russ will now post highlight videos of him throwing the football around and will post it with a #DangerTrain.  Maybe he is trying to raise awareness of how dangerous trains are, maybe he is telling us football training in the offseason is dangerous, OR he is just an insufferable douchebag who needed a new stupid fucking hashtag to post his stupid fucking videos.

Here are some of his tweets with the #DangerTrain

Hey Russ how bout you squat that weight without a bench at the bottom.  I thought training was supposed to be dangerous.  Do you even lift bro?

To finish this off I would like to send out the message that Big Cat and PFT from Barstools Pardon My Take sent out in their recent podcast and that is to go on twitter and raise awareness to dangerous stuff that happens on the train.  As someone who rides the train everyday things can get pretty dangerous.

I will leave all of you this tweet from Russ to give you some extra motivation for today.

 

We need to JUST WAIT with Colin Kaepernick

In case you have been living under a rock for the past 8 months Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem.  Kaepernick, the once rising star of the NFL is now a free agent and has been the talk of the NFL more for his controversy than his play.  Before we go any further, my goal to this blog when it comes to subjects like this is to try to get an objective point of view out and you the readers can make the decision on your own.

We have been arguing whether Kaepernick was right or wrong for taking the knee for eight months now and odds are whatever opinion you have on it is set in stone.  Was him kneeling right or wrong is not the question tonight.

Tonights question- Is Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem last season resulting in him being black balled?

My answer to that is: JUST WAIT!

Here is why, before we go any further just sit back and try your hardest and remove any political or personal opinions you have about the subject and look at the facts.

1. Colin Kaepernick was at one point a rising star in the NFL.  How good was he you ask? “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever,” said ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski.  Kaepernick was just five yards away from winning a Super Bowl against the Ravens back in the 2012-13 season.  Not many quarterbacks can say they played in a Super Bowl, let alone were five yards away.

2. Kaepernick clearly isn’t what he used to be.  You can blame it on Jim Harbaugh leaving, or injuries but you can’t deny he is nowhere near the quarterback he once was.  During that Super Bowl run Kaepernick had a QBR of 75.3 this past season he had a QBR of 55.5.  Stats can be very deceiving,  If you look at his numbers at the here  they actually are not terrible compared to that run.  The noticeable one is for me is how his completion percentage has consistently dropped over the years.

3. Kaepernick had a job.  He chose to leave the 49ers to test his worth and value as a free agent.  The deal he opted out of had $16.5 million of non guaranteed money this year.  If he doesn’t have a job next year whether he is being black balled or not he is part to blame.

4. It is only March, the draft still hasn’t happened yet and teams want to see what they can get in the draft.  It is also not uncommon for a quarterback or any free agent for that matter to sit back and see what happens around him.  Ryan Fitzpatrick last off-season waited until July 28 last off-season to sign his deal.  He put his offer on the table and he held out until he got the deal he wanted.  He didn’t get the exact deal he wanted but he still got a favorable deal.  Last training camp Teddy Bridgewater broke his leg and the Minnesota Vikings gave up a first round pick for Sam Bradford.  Free agents wait and see what happens to maybe up their value.

A report today from ESPN.com reporter Dan Graziano says Kaepernick is doing just that.

We know from multiple sources that Kaepernick isn’t just looking for any job. Two people to whom I spoke last week say he’s looking for a place that offers him a chance to compete for a starting job and a salary befitting a high-end backup quarterback or a low-end starter. Think something like $9 million to $10 million,”  said Graziano.

6. Their is no way I am paying Kaepernick $10 million.  Your reasoning for signing Kaepernick is because you are taking a waiver on him.  You are saying lets try it and if it doesn’t work out it doesn’t work out.  It is one thing to take a waiver on a guy who is cheap and if he doesn’t work out you can just get rid of him or sit him because you only spent $5-8 million on him and it’s no harm no foul.  For example Robert Griffin III signed with Cleveland last year and got $6.75 million guaranteed.  He was recently cut by the Browns and the cap hit is only $1.75 million.  A $10 million waiver is not a waiver anymore it is an investment.

7.  If you look at the landscape around the league their isn’t a lot of QB jobs available.  Lets not forget their is only 32 starting QB positions in the NFL.  If Kaepernick really wants to be a starting quarterback their is only a few possible landing spots for him to at least compete.

  • Los Angeles Rams- The Rams offense was terrible last year and it can’t get much worse.  The problem is the Rams traded their future to get Jared Goff and they have to find out how good he is actually worth.  This would be a great spot for him to be a back up, but again no backup is worth $10 million.
  • Arizona Cardinals- Palmer was brought back down to earth after last season and Bruce Arians has been good with QBs his whole career.  The problem is Arians sounds like he is set on Palmer and again  too expensive for a backup.
  • San Fransisco 49ers- The 49ers quarterback right now is Brian Hoyer and low key my favorite Browns QB ever.  The problem is Kaepernick clearly doesn’t want to be in San Fransisco because he turned down more money and left.
  • Houston Texans- This might be one of his best shots to start in the NFL next year.  The problem is it sounds like the Texans are waiting by the phone for the release of Tony Romo or the word that the Cowboys will trade Romo.  The thing is Tom Savage didn’t look awful last year when he got on the field.  I wouldn’t be shocked if Houston was comfortable trotting him out on opening day.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars- Jacksonville has its doubts about Blake Bortles but feels he deserves one more year to see how good he actually is.  Again, If Kaepernick was willing to take less and possibly come off the bench this could be an attractive destination.
  • Cleveland Browns- I’ve been asked this a few times and my answer is NO.  I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I didn’t say a portion of me not wanting him was because of the extra attention.  The Browns just got over Manziel and still have Josh Gordon on the roster and still don’t know what they are going to do with him.  Ultimately I say no because the Browns can not sell its fan base on a what people call a “bridge”.  A bridge is where you take a guy and he sits in the spot until you find “your” guy.  The Browns have done that with RG3, McCown, and even Brian Hoyer.  In my opinion the Browns need to find their guy in the draft.  Also, if you think about it Cody Kessler might be that guy anyway.
  • New York Jets-This would be Kaepernicks best shot.  The qbs on New Yorks roster right now are: Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, and Bryce Petty.  McCown was signed by New York because he was cheaper then Kaepernick.  McCown signed a $6 million deal and may be the starting qb come September.  If Kaepernick lowered his price he may have been a New York Jet.

After going through these scenarios you can see Kaepernicks options are slim and his demands make them even more slim.  For the record I thought Kaepernick was dumb for leaving San Fransisco but I also think he is playing it smart here.  Come August some teams starting qb may get injured in a preseason game or training camp and his value and worth could sky rocket.

This is the main reason why I don’t think Kaepernick is being black balled.  I think HE is waiting and I just don’t think their is really a destination right now for him.  You can argue how Mike Glennon gets $15 a year from Chicago and the Browns paid $16 million for Brock Osweiler is an example of him being black balled and you may be right.  All I can say to that is sometimes less tape is better then more tape and it seems like people know what they are getting with Kaepernick and people don’t necessarily know with Glennon.  As for Osweiler I believe the Browns have so much cap room and they value picks so much they were willing to take his contract off the books and get a second round pick in return.

To wrap up this article we all need to JUST WAIT and watch things play out.  What Kaepernick and teams are doing are not all that uncommon.  Depending on the situation this September maybe we are having a different conversation.

 

 

Prayers for Oakland and lets go to Vegas

March 27, Today ESPNs Adam Schefter reports that NFL reports that the NFL owners approve the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas.  The owners voted 31-1 with the Miami Dolphins was the lone no vote.  Growing up a Browns fan and hearing the stories of Modell moving the Browns to Baltimore I hate it when teams move.  It sucks to see a fan base lose its team, especially Oakland who have the reputation of the leagues most loyal fan base.  On top of that unlike Cleveland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, or even Oakland for that matter it is hard to believe Oakland will ever get another NFL team.  The Davis family and the city have been fighting over a new stadium since like the 80s.  So lets just sit back and have a moment of silence for the Oakland fan base for a moment.

Ok now lets talk about how incredibly awesome having an NFL team in Vegas is going to be.  As someone who rips the NFL apart as much as I do this is a great move by the league.  Vegas is Vegas, if you have ever been to Vegas you know it is just awesome.  Anyone who has ever grown up with a pulse knows Vegas is the SHIT.  We have all seen The Hangover, we’ve all seen those cheesy what happened in Vegas stays in Vegas commercials.  Adding an NFL franchise just adds to Vegas.  Now you don’t have to make up some dumb excuse to your significant other of why you “need” to go to Vegas with the guys.  You can now play it off as just going to the game.  I am already looking forward to going to Vegas whenever the Browns play there.  Side note, Dad you will not be invited to this trip.

However, this does create a problem because Vegas is the definition of a two night town.  If you try to spend more then two nights in Vegas their is a good possibility you will go broke or die.  Imagine spending Friday night at the tables, Saturday day drinking with a mix of more gambling then trying to wake up the next day and get yourself ready to go to the game and their is a good chance you have to find your way out of Vegas so you can get to work on Monday.  After writing this paragraph on why Vegas is bad for you I am just even more excited to go in 2019.  It works out for both sides, whether you are a young gunslinger like myself or some old, boring, middle aged man whose definition of fun is going to see some kids movie with your family, this creates the ultimate challenge to the young gun slingers and the ultimate solution to any mans mid-life crisis.

To sum this move up we should all feel really bad for Oakland, but this move to Vegas brings only good things.  MAYBE the worst that could happen is you become broke, dead, or divorced.