Commercial Success? – Broowaha

Writing for a new site called Broowaha.  Click the link to read the whole article.

LeBron James continues his campaign to reenter the good graces of public opinion.

Commercial Success? – Broowaha.


The Art of Sport Podcast: Episode 13

Recorded October 19, 2010. We are joined by Ryan and Nate to discuss concussions in the NFL and the league’s new suspension policy towards illegal hits.

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Bill Simmons, Randy Moss, Twitter

If you are on twitter (which I am) and if you follow ESPN’s Bill Simmons (which I do) you may have seen an interesting tweet last week. It simply said “moss Vikings.” Several minutes later Simmons tweeted that his previous tweet was supposed to be a direct message to someone. Nevertheless the inadvertent tweet sent rumors swirling of a Moss trade to the Vikings. Eventually this rumor was confirmed and the next morning the deal had been done.

While much of this has been documented, The Sports Guy’s column this week explains the behind the scenes of how it all went down. Like a typical Simmons piece it’s pretty wordy, but good.  It provides a very nice insight to the inner workings of ESPN and insider information.  Follow the link to check out the column.

Source: ESPN Page 2

The Art of Sport Podcast: Episode 12

Recorded Oct. 8, 2010. We use the new format to discuss various rule changes in sports.

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Extreme Measures

As a fan there isn’t a whole lot you can do to actually help your team win.  Apart from cheering loudly to give some semblance of home field advantage, you can feel helpless watching your team lose.  This is the case with the New Mexico State University football team.  Currently winless this season, students  have decided to take a proactive approach to help their team, sort of.

Fliers were spread around the campus urging female co-eds to refrain from sexual relations with any member of the football team until they record a win.  Sports by Brooks has the story including images of the fliers which campus authorities are trying to dispose of.

From a fan’s point of view I love the enthusiasm but it seems like a pipe dream.  In an environment filled with girls with low self-esteem and alcohol, I doubt any football player looking to get some is going to have too much trouble.

Source: SportsbyBrooks

The Curious Case of Jay Cutler

The only two things i took away from last nights dismal Bears – Giants game were:
1. Can the NFL cancel any remaining games the Giants have on primetime?
2. Will Jay Cutler every live up to his potential?

I loved Cutler coming out of Vanderbilt in the same draft as Vince Young and Matt Leinhart. I made it a point to say that he would be the best of the three. And a few years into their respective careers I looked right. I would have told you that Jay Cutler was on the path to becoming the best QB in the game. He was young, had a cannon for an arm and had already made a pro bowl. But the past couple years have seen him regress. He’s starting to look a lot more like Jeff George than Tom Brady.

I was one of his biggest apologists last year during his interception laced debut season with Chicago. “It’s a new system,” “The have no receivers,” “The Bears rely to much on him.” But then seeing him play this year I don’t see much improvement. Even under new offensive guru Mike Martz, every time Cutler drops back to pass you just know it’s going to be a bullet pass into tight coverage. Can you think of another QB whose every pass seems to be a pick waiting to happen? I can, it’s Cardinals’ Derek Anderson (who seems to have lost his job after another awful performance Sunday.) Anderson is a similarly strong-armed quarterback who repeatedly fires the ball all over the field. Not a good comparison if are Jay Cutler.

The conventional thought on Cutler is he has too much confidence in his arm and thinks he can make any throw. Often referred to as Brett Favre syndrome. Maybe he doesn’t think he can fit it into any window, maybe he just doesn’t know how to be a quarterback. Several times last night (even though he only played one half) the broadcasters pointed out open receivers that Cutler flat out didn’t throw to. Granted he was under pressure whenever he dropped back, but most of the time it was because he was holding on the ball too long. You’d think after the third or fourth sack in the first quarter he would begin to realize he wasn’t going to have all day in the pocket to make his reads. That’s what smart quarterbacks do, that’s what good quarterbacks do.

The NFL has seen tons of guys with crazy talent who never lived up to their potential, so this is nothing new. I still love Cutler’s raw talent and even though his career will probably be more successful than Young or Leinhart’s (and that’s not saying much), he can be so much more. Luckily he is young enough to where he can put it all together. But this Benjamin Button style progression of his could lead him to the Pop Warner league known as the UFL.