Netflix premiered in 2017 showcasing top High School QB senior season before going to college. It shows them on and off their football field and allows you to see how each kid goes day to day. The series shows how theses athletes handle injuries, pressure, hardship, and regular High School drama. The follow the QB because they are the biggest names/stars on most teams and often the guy everyone knows on the team. QB is looked as the most important player on the team. Season 4 has confirmed their 3 QBs but don’t have a released date yet. The 3 studs are Carson Beck committed to Georgia, Bryce Young committed to Alabama and Anthony Richardson committed to the Gators.
Jake Fromm (Georgia)- The man with the best career in college so far is Jake Fromm at Georgia. In the series, you could see how hard Fromm work at his goal to break the Georgia passing record when he was rushed to the hospital with a full-body cramp from his workout. Jake Fromm took over for injured Jacob Easton and stayed the starter since then, Easton a 5-star QB transferred as while as Season 2 star Justin Fields transferred from Georgia. Jake Fromm has played in an SEC Championships game every year and during his freshman season a college football Championship after beating Oklahoma in double OT. Fromm’s future is up in the year if he will enter the draft or return for his senior season at Georgia. His future looks bright in the NFL likely to be an early draft pick with currently having over 7,000 yards with 67 Touchdowns and only 16 interceptions.
Tate Martell (Ohio State/Miami)- Tate was highly ranked as the number 1 player in the country as Bishop Gorman won back to back national championship never losing a game he started and winning National Player of the Year. Tate was not a fan favorite for his cockiness on and off the field. Tate went to Ohio State and redshirted and was suppose to be the guy after Dwayne Haskins left for the draft until Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State. Tate then transferred to Miami and got immediate eligibility but didn’t win the starting job. Tate then switched the wide receiver but saw limit time, now back to QB and listed as the 3rd string QB. Tate started dating Instagram star Kiki Passo and social media has been blaming her for Tate not playing and his leave of absence from the team. The one time big HS stud career is up in the air and his time is running out in college.
Tayvon Bowers (Wake Forest)- Bowers is the forget one in this season despite throwing for 4,000 yards his first season as a starter in HS. He lost many of his weapons but still had a strong senior season even though he got injured to finish the season. Many believe Tayvon had a chance to be a starter as a true freshman at Wake Forest but wasn’t listen as the top 3 QB even though he lost 25 pounds and was in great shape. After he redshirted he still listed as QB 3 behind season 2 Sam Hartmann and with only 2 years left Bowers may look to follow Tate footsteps and find a new home.
Justin Fields (Georgia/Ohio State)- Fields was one of the most highly recruited players in history with ESPN covered one of his game where neither team was nationally ranked. During Fields time on the show where he was going to play was the biggest issue and committed to Georgia in the last episode. Many believed it was a mistake since QB1 star Jake Fromm just led the team to a National Championship but Fields wanted to play for his home state. After seeing limited time at Georgia he transferred to Ohio State and got immediate eligibility using baseball players were calling him a racial slur. Fields won the job and have led Ohio State to a 13-0 record, Big Ten Championship and into the college football playoffs. Fields has thrown for almost 3,000 yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 1o rushing touchdowns, and 1 interception (yes only 1). Fields is a Heisman finalist and has had an unreal first season as the starter. Fields future also looks bright at Ohio State and will likely be a top 15 pick when he enters the draft.
Sam Hartmann (Wake Forest)- Hartmann’s family moved from North Carolina to South Carolina for his senior season where he would play for Oceanside who is only in their second season of the football program. Their first season there were 0-8 and with Hartmann leadership, they went 7-3. Hartmann went to Wake Forest and won the starting job, throwing for 1,986 yards, 16 touchdowns, 8 interceptions before breaking his leg. Hartmann lost the starting job to Jamie Newman who took over after Hartmann broke his leg. Hartmann decided to redshirt his sophomore year and has seen time in the last 3 games of the season with Newman being injured. Hartmann looks to win the starting job next year and should be the guy after Newman is done next year.
Re-al Mitchell (Iowa State)- Re-al was looked at as a receiver or safety and not a QB but he wanted to stay at QB at St. John Bosco (Powerhouse in Cali). Eventually, in the show you see him get a bench for sophomore DJ Uiagalelei who has committed to Clemson now. Re-al moved to safety his freshman year but redshirting, and now has switched to QB. Despite Brock Prudy winning the job as a true freshman. As the backup, he has run the ball 10 times for 100 yards and a touchdown, as while throwing 1 pass for 9 yards for a TD. Re-al has said he staying patient and will have special packages to use his speed.
Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)- Spencer has been compared to Season 1 Tate Martell with his attitude and cockiness for football and basketball (played with Arizona Wildcat star Nico Mannion). Spencer was the number 1 player in the country and look to break Arizona passing record. Despite Spencer consent pressure on backup JD Johnson (Michigan commit) who broke the record. Spencer was suspended for the end of his senior year in which the family has kept the reason private, and spencer has been ineligible for his freshman year for violating a school policy. Rattler was publicly upset when transfer Jalen Hurts came to OU but it allowed Rattler to learn the program. Rattler saw time in the opener against South Dakota going 4-4 for 50 yards and a touchdown. With Jalen Hurts graduating hopefully Rattler grows up and takes over for Lincoln Riley offense for years to come.
Nick Scalzo (Kentucky)- Nick is a daredevil as he was shown sky diving and cliff jumping. Nick is also tough injuring his knee in the state semi-finals limping on the sideline and finish the game. After Nick found out he tore his ACL and will miss the state championship in which his team won (joining Tate as only state champs). At Kentucky, Nick tore his ACL the day after season 3 was released, and took his medical redshirt. With two major knee injuries, Nick’s future is up in the air. Hopefully, for this young man, he can stay healthy and led the Wildcats.
Lance LeGende (Maryland)- Lance grew up in a small town in New Orleans with his single mother. Lance was injured his junior year and committed to Kansas to “jump on a roster”. Lance help led his game to the State Championship in the Superdome and lost 30-28. During the season Lance decided to un-commit to Kansas and with his new confidence committed to Maryland a week after the championship game. Lance was listed as the 4th QB on Maryland depth chart and should redshirt his freshman year. Lance hopes to improve and look to be the man for Maryland one day.
The best debate in college football is the best college football quarterbacks of all-time are and I want to give these small Division 1 schools some love and noteworthily. Many of these guys get forgotten because they didn’t play at Oklahoma, USC, or Alabama. Many of these guys didn’t have careers in the NFL but, we shouldn’t forget how good they were in college. I left small schools great Ben Roethlisberger, Blake Bortles, and Alex Smith because they are all pretty big names and were first-round draft picks. My rankings are looking at since 2000 since that’s all the football I have seen and the college game as changed over the years. In my top 10 rankings, I will talk about each guys stats and achievements and the most important reason which put them on this list.
10. Brandon Doughty
Brandon Doughty was a 3 star QB that was going to go to Florida Atlantic but switch to Western Kentucky. Doughty redshirted as a freshman year, then he won the starting job after playing in the Navy game throw 12 for 21 for 102 yards. Then the next game he only played in three plays before he went down with a knee injury and some limit time in his sophomore year. He then won the starting job again in his junior year he set many records with 2,857 yards passing, 65.8 completion percentage, and single-game completions and passing yards. Doughty threw for 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in that season. In Doughty senior season, WKU moved into conference USA and he broke his single-game completion and passing yard record and only had one game with a completion percentage below 58.3 and passer rating below a 119.9. Doughty was named Conference USA MVP, and the first Hilltopper and 3rd Conference USA QB to win the Sammy Baugh Trophy. Doughty also found out the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility since he missed his freshman season due to injury. Doughty threw for an FBS-lead 4,830, 49 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. In his final season at WKU, he threw for 5,055 breaking his single-season passing record and threw for 48 touchdowns. In his last two seasons, he threw for 97 touchdowns most by any QB in two years in NCAA history. Doughty finish top 25 in NCAA history for career passing yards (12,855), passing touchdowns (111) and completion percentage (68.6). Doughty was drafted by the Dolphins in the 7th round of 2016 draft where he spent two years on the practice squad and later cut by the Cardinals. Doughty is one of the college best-underrated QBs and will be remembered at WKU for a long time.
9. Jordan Lynch
Jordan Lynch played for Northern Illinois from 2010-2013 and became a Heisman Finalist his senior year. As a backup his first two seasons he threw for 179 yards, two touchdowns, rushed for 608 yards and six touchdowns. Then when he took over as QB1 his junior season he threw for 3,138 yards, 25 TD, 1,815 rushing yard (QB record) and 19 touchdowns. That earned him 7th in the Heisman voting and he won the Vern Smith Leadership Award, which is the best player in the Mid-American Conference. Then his senior year he threw for 2,892 yards, 24 touchdowns, rush for record 1,920 yards and 23 touchdowns. That earned him third in the Heisman voting and first-team All-American. Along with his rushing yards in a season by a QB record, Lynch holds rushing yards in a game by a QB, and most 100 yards rushing in a game by a QB. Lynch went undrafted and spent training camp with the Bears as an RB, then spent a couple of season for the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL where he scored to game-winning touchdown to help them with the Grey Cup. Lynch retired from the CFL in 2017 and became a running back coach at NIU and now is the Head Coach at his alumni Mount Camel High School in Chicago.
8. Keenan Reynolds
Kennan Reynolds will never be forgotten in Navy history with his jersey retired and becoming the only QB to go 4-0 against Navy. Reynolds started his freshman year as the 4th string but once starter Trey Miller got injured, Reynolds took over for the rest of the season. His Sophomore year he rushed for 7 touchdowns against San Jose State which is a QB record, and finish the season with 31 rushing touchdowns; QB record. Reynolds never slowed down breaking the rushing touchdown record by any player with 88 and most yards by a QB with 4,559. Reynolds also holds other quarterbacking records including the most career rushing attempts, touchdowns, most rushing touchdowns. Reynolds finished 5th in the Heisman vote which is the highest by a service academy player since Staubach since 1963. Reynolds class won a total of 36 games which tied the 1909 class for wins and he won the Pat Tillman Award. Reynolds got drafted by the Ravens in the 6th round and made the practice squad. Reynolds bounced around from practice squad to practice squad before finally being cut. Reynolds was selected by the Seattle Dragons for the XFL league.
7. Timmy Chang
The opposite of Kennan Reynolds is Timmy Chang who threw the ball for then NCAA record 17,092 yards. In high school, Chang threw for 8,001 yards and 113 touchdowns as a three-year starter. Chang started 50 0f 53 career games at Hawaii, 117 touchdowns (11th), 1,388 completions, 2,436 attempts (record), 2,587 plays (record),16,910 total offense yards (2nd), and 80 interceptions (record). Chang had 6 rushing touchdowns and a 4-time All-Western Athletic Conference player. Chang was named the 2003 Hawaii Bowl MVP, 2004 Co-Hawaii Bowl MVP, and a Johnny Unitas finalist. Timmy Chang went undrafted and was on some NFL preseason teams, was sent to the NFL Europe league and spent some time in the CFL. Now Timmy Chang has been coaching for 7 years currently with Nevada as a Tight End coach. Timmy Chang struggled to land on an NFL roster but showcase his throwing ability in college breaking many records and led the way for Colt Brennan to become a legend.
6. Colin Kaepernick
The most notable name on this list for his role in changing the NFL read-option game and kneeling for the anthem to protest police brutality. I’m not talking about any of that I’m sticking with what he did in his 4 years at Nevada. Despite getting drafted in the MLB he went the football route and was dominate as a back-up in 2007 and as a starter in 2008. Kaepernick won the WAC player of the year as a sophomore in 2008 and as a senior in 2010 was a co-winner with Kellen Moore. In Kaepernick’s final game he broke Boise State 24 game win streak and as a senior 2nd QB behind Tebow to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20. Kaepernick also became the first QB to throw for 10,000 and run for over 4,000 and tied Tim Couch for rushing touchdowns by a QB. Kaepernick finished his career with 10,098 passing yards, 82 passing touchdowns, 24 interceptions, 142.5 passer rating, 4,112 rushing yards, and 59 rushing touchdowns. The 49ers traded up in the second round to select Kaepernick and proved that Kaepernick made the right choice choosing football over baseball and the rest of his career is history. Kaepernick will always get remembered for his protest but his college years shouldn’t be forgotten.
5. Dan LeFevour
Dan LeFevour led Central Michigan University to a final AP ranking his senior year and 3 MAC Championships. LeFevour became the second player in NCAA history (Vince Young) to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a single season as a sophomore. In LeFevour Career he was awarded, MAC freshman of the year, Motor City Bowl MVP, 3-time MAC first-team selection, 1-second team, 2-time MAC offensive player of the year, 2-time MAC Championship MVP, GMAC Bowl MVP, and Senior Bowl North team most outstanding player. LeFevour records in the MAC are career completions, attempts, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total touchdowns, and total offensive yards. LeFevour is the only player in NCAA history with over 12,000 passing yards, and 2,500 rushing yards, and currently 2nd in yards. LeFevour 150 touchdowns (102 passing, 47 rushing, 1 receiving) was a record in 2010 but, he is now 3rd behind Baker Mayfield 153 and the guy that number 1 on this list. LeFevour finished his career with 12,905 passing touchdowns, 102 passing touchdowns, 36 interceptions, 142.9 passer rating, 2,948 rushing yards, and 47 rushing touchdowns. LeFevour was drafted by the Bears in the 6th round and bounce around the NFL and CFL league before retiring in 2018. LeFevour will be a CMU legend and his stats will always be up in the all-time list.
4. Rakeem Cato
Rakeem Cato had a successful career at Marshall and was placed ahead of LeFevour for his passing yards and touchdowns. In his career, he was named C-USA Champion, C-USA MVP, 2-time C-USA offensive Player of the year, 2-time First-Team all-C-USA, Military Bowl MVP, Boca Raton Bowl MVP, and Hardman Award. As a sophomore Cato led the entire NCAA in passing yards per game throwing for 4,201 yards and 37 touchdowns. In Cato’s career, he broke Chad Pennington record for touchdowns in a season with 39 and broke that with 40 the next season. He also broke Russell Wilson record for consecutive games with 1 passing touchdown with 39. In Cato’s career, he finished with 13,079 passing yards, 131 passing touchdowns, and 44 interceptions, 839 rushing yards, and 15 rushing touchdowns. His 131 touchdown passing touchdowns lands him tied for 4th all-time with Baker Mayfield and the next guy on this list. Cato played a couple of years in the CFL but will be remembered for all his touchdowns with The Herd.
3. Colt Breenan
The 2nd Hawaiian QB on this list is Colt Breenan who had the best 3-year span of any college QB. Colt started his career in Colorado but after an incident was dismissed from the team and transferred to Saddleback College in Cali. There he was named honorable JUCO All-American and state offensive player of the year. Breenan replaced Timmy Chang and didn’t miss a beat breaking or tying 11 school records. He led the entire country in total offense (4,455) and passing touchdowns (35). His showcase game was against New Mexico State he threw for 515 yards, 7 passing touchdowns, and 38 completions. His sophomore year he threw for 5,549 yards and NCAA record 58 touchdowns, as while as finish 6th in the Heisman voting (3rd senior year). Colt Breenan finish his career with 14,193 passing yards, 131 passing touchdowns, 42 interceptions, 167.6 passer rating, and 15 rushing touchdowns. Colt was a 2-time first-team All-WAC, 2-time WAC offensive player of the year, 2-time O’Brien award finalist, Sammy Baugh Trophy, Unitas Golden Arm finalist and 2-time 3rd team AP All-American. Colt Breenan is all over the record book despite only starting 3 years, 6th all-time total passing yards (14,193), 4th in career touchdowns (131), 2nd all-time completion percentage (70.6), 7th passing efficiency (186.0), two-season record for touchdown passes (96), single-season passing touchdown (58), Tied for career touchdowns by a QB-WR combo (39 to Davone Bess), most points in a season (385), and most 400 yard games (20). Colt got drafted by the Redskins in the 6th round and had a great preseason but never got his chance. Breenan then played in the UFL, CFL and AFL for the LA Kiss where he got cut because of a brain injury from a car crash. Breenan didn’t have the career he wanted after Hawaii but his time for the Rainbow Warriors was one for the history.
2. Kellen Moore
Kellen Moore finished his Broncos career with a 50-3 record and gave Boise State national recognition. In High School, Kellen Moore called his own plays his last 2 seasons and won Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington. He also broke records for completions (787), Touchdowns (173), single seasons for completions (317), yards (4,600), and touchdowns (617). As a redshirt freshman, Moore led Boise State to an undefeated regular season and first of 4 WAC championships and was awarded WAC freshman of the year. In his next season, Moore led Boise to another undefeated season throwing for a school-record 39 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions, was WAC offensive player of the year (1st of 3) and got revenge on TCU (TCU beat Boise his freshman year in the bowl game). In the next two seasons, Moore led Boise to two more great seasons becoming the first QB to win 50 college games and finish 4th (Newton) and 3rd (Luck) in the Heisman voting. Moore finished his career with 14,667 passing yards, 143 passing touchdowns, and 28 interceptions. Moore ended up undrafted but signed by the Lions where he rode the pine for a few years and then went to Dallas where it was the same story. In Moore last season, where he broke his leg when the season started he was the only lefty QB in the NFL. Moore retired in 2018 and join the Cowboys coaching staff as a QB coach and now the Offensive Coordinator for the Boys. Kellen Moore could be the next great Offensive Coordinator in the NFL, but his career at Boise State deserves a statue for making them relevant and winning more than anyone else in college football history.
1. Case Keenum
This is an easy choice to pick who the best non-Power-5 QB is and has a case (get it) to be up there with Tim Tebow for College QB, its Mr. Minneapolis Miracle Man Case Keenum. First I’m just going to go through his NCAA records, career completions (1,546), career passing yards (19,217), career passing touchdowns (155), career games with 300+ passing yards (9), games with 300+ passing yards in a season (Tied-14), seasons with 5,000 (3), seasons with 4,000 (3 Tied with 4 others), career total yards (20,114), and career touchdowns responsible for (178). Now let us look how he got there, he redshirted behind NFL QB Kevin Kolb and won the QB battle couple weeks into his freshman year. As a sophomore, Keenum finished 2nd in total offense behind Graham Harrell, was awarded Conference USA MVP and won Houston first bowl game since 1980. As a junior, he led the Cougars to a 10-4 record including wins over #5 Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Mississippi State. Keenum finished 9th in the Heisman voting as he had over 5,800 offensive yards and 48 total touchdowns. In the third game of Keenum senior season, he tore his ACL ending his season but the NCAA granted him a 6th year of eligibility. In Keenum senior season he broke all the records mention above, was Conference-USA MVP, Sammy Bough winner, and finished 7th in the Heisman. Keenum went undrafted and began his journey as an NFL QB with the Rams. After a few seasons Case ended up with the Texans, then back to the Rams, then back to the Texans, he led the Vikings to a 13-3 record when Bradford went down and made the greatest play in NFL playoffs history. After his year of starting, he went to Denver and started the whole season there but after the Broncos got Joe Flacco, Keenum got traded to Redskins and was the starter until he got injured. Keenum NCAA records may not be touch for a long time as he was of college best for 4 years and as an NFL QB will also be remembered for his season with the Vikings.
Are you sick of seeing Minnesota basketball players not in Gophers jerseys. Ben Carlson a top recruit from East Ridge High School who is another MN kid that committed to Wisconsin in early October. Before you watch the Minnesota Gophers take on Cleveland State on November 5th check out my potential gopher lineup. This lineup is kids from Minnesota that chose to go other places in the country. This lineup also involves guys that Minnesota also landed. I wanted to see and show all what the Gophers roster could be like if kids stayed home. This lineup could be a top 25 team and make them a big ten contender.
PG: Tre Jones
To start with the biggest name in Minnesota basketball history is the Jones. If you watch Minnesota high school basketball you heard of these names as Apple Valley has dominated since Tyus played as a freshman. Tyus Jones went to Duke and won a National title and had a decent career in the NBA. Tre followed in big bro’s footsteps going to Duke and join the phenomenal freshman class. Getting overshadow by Duke’s other freshmen by showcasing his great defense and passing abilities. Tre is back for his sophomore year at Duke with more talented freshmen, but what a career he could have leading the Gophers.
SG: Gabe Kalscheur
A home town kid from DeLaSalle Kalscheur started every game as a freshman and was better than expected. Shooting 41% from three and averaged 10 points a game help draw attention from Coffey and McBrayer. Since Jelly Fam Isaiah Washington never played up to exception Gabe took over his minutes forcing Washington to transfer to Iona. Gabe is a core player for the Gophers for this season.
SF: Amir Coffey
The biggest name to ever go to the Gophers is Amir Coffey, who dad played for the Gophers, the Hopkins star who became a high school legend hitting a half-court shot to win the State Championship his sophomore year. Coffey made an impact his freshman season and during his career was the Gopher’s second star behind Jordan Murphy. After a strong March madness game, Coffey entered the draft and was sign by the Clippers. After a great Summer league and some quality play in the preseason. Coffey will be a solid two-way player this season with the Clips. Selfish wish Coffey stayed for his senior year but glad he is having success in the NBA.
PF: Matthew Hurt
Another Minnesota kid that would be playing for Duke this year is Matthew Hurt. Hurt was Minnesota Mr. Basketball and the 10th ranked player in the Country. Hurt been a star from John Marshall in Rochester, MN who average 36 ppg, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assist a game. Hurt brother is currently a senior on the Gophers but not as talented as Matthew who is listed at 6’9. Tre and Hurt will be key pieces for the Duke season just image if they both stayed home and got other Minnesota kids to be Gophers.
C: Daniel Oturu
Daniel Oturu the Cretin-Derham Hall legend who the all-time leader in points (over 2,000), rebounds, blocks and helped win the state championship with a dunk at the buzzer over Tre Jones Apple Valley team. One of the top players in the country chooses to stay home. As a freshman averaged 10.8 points, 7 rebounds a game and had 46 blocks earning him where he was one of big ten best freshman. Oturu will be a force down low for the Gophers this season and more to come.
Eric Curry- Curry who showed a promising career his freshman season before having knee problems. He then redshirted as he had a knee surgery, and returned last year and saw limit time coming back from injury. Curry will miss the season with another knee injury, he was a projected starter for the Gophers this season.
Jarvis Omersa– The other hometown kid that stay last year from Orono High school. Jarvis didn’t see as much play time as AUU teammates Oturu and Gabe, but I expect more this year from Omersa.
Micheal Hurt– Matthew Hurt brother, currently plays for the Gophers.
Isaiah Ihnen– The 6-9 small forward German 4-star recruit is our biggest recruit and will make a immediately impact on the current gophers team.
Tre Williams– The 6-4 Utah 4-star recruit guard is another big time recruit for the gophers who will play right away with Dupree and Coffey gone.
Zeke Nnaji– The Hopkins 4-recruits is off the Arizona instead of staying home and playing with the Gophers. The 6’11 center would be nice next to Oturu but i’m sure Nico Mannion will love Nnaji in AZ.
Alihan Demir– The 6’9 transfer from Drexel sat out last season and is ready for his senior year. He will give Oturu rest when needed during games.
Mckinley Wright– Wright from Champlin Park who was once committed to Dayton then change in to Colorado. Wright have proven to be a star averaged 14.3 freshman year and 13.0 last season in the Pac-12. Wright who was a first-team all-conference would help with life after Coffey, Dupree, and Jordan Murphy.
Wisconsin- Brad Davidson, Nate Reuvers, Davidson from Maple Grove is a leader for the bad guys in Red. Davidson made All-freshman first-team averaging 12 points a game and 10 last year as a sophomore. He will be a key player for the Badgers this year. Another key player for the Badgers will be Nate Reuvers from Lakeville North. Reuvers who emerge as a star for Wisconsin last season as a 6’10 post can shot threes and block shots.
The NFL season is half way over after Week 9 and their have been plenty of surprises in the league. Many starting QBs been bench or injured for significant time. Well half the season have been filled with Antonio Brown drama and complaints about the referees. My Midseason review i’ll go through what I got right in my preseason prediction, what I got wrong in my preseason prediction, and a personal letter to Jimmy G and the 49ers.
What I got Right
Young QBs- This season is defiantly been a season to watch for young QBs in the league with many QBs injuries, and Mariota, Dalton benching. Many young Qbs are playing well enough to not worry about there job next season but with many struggling and other getting younger, it only time till the QB class keeps getting younger and younger.
Vikings– The Minnesota Vikings started 2-2 and the state of Minnesota was up in arms with Kirk Cousins. While Dalvin Cook was running his way to the top of the league in rushing yards, Kirk wasn’t getting the job done. Since then Kirk has the highest QBR in the league and has been dominating secondaries. It will be a close race with the Packers for the Divison Title but Vikings new dynamic offense and stud defense will give them a chance.
Saints– The Saints lost their star QB Drew Brees for 5 weeks and many thought they would fall out of the playoff race. Luckily for the Saints Teddy Bridgewater filled in nice going 5-0 and with the Falcons being bad, the Bucs, and Panthers playing around .500, Drew Brees and Kamera will be able to cruise to another Division Title.
Cowboys- This one is close with the Eagles playing well enough to make it a race with them boys. I’m still going with Dak, Zeke, and Cooper to win the division but this one could be decide in the last few weeks of the season. The Cowboys started out strong with huge wins but then fell back to the middle of the pack.
Seahawks- Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have been great this season but will likely be a playoff time since the 49ers are looking unstoppable. Russell Wilson is making his case for MVP and the defense is usual Pete Carroll defense and the Hawks will be back in the playoffs.
Patriots- The Patriots are looking unstoppable like their 2007 undefeated season. The Patriots defense is playing better then anyone in the world and with Tom Brady on offense they are good. The Patriots will be the first team to clinch playoff berth with their terrible division.
Chiefs- I pick the Chiefs to make the playoffs and they will easily win the divison again. I didn’t think Mahomes and the Chiefs weren’t going to be unstoppable like last year but they have been pretty close. Chiefs defense is bad and hasn’t been able to help the offense much, and Mahomes missing a few weeks will hurt them but they will still cruise into the playoffs.
DROY- I pick Nick Bosa, who I said was the best player in this draft class and has been living up to the hype. Nick Bosa will receive every vote for this award playing on the best team in the NFC and racking up sacks. If him and his brother Joey can stay healthy they will terrorize lineman for years to come.
What I got Wrong
Browns Hype- I was all about the Browns before this season with Baker Mayfield and OBJ coming to town. The Browns have turn into unwatchable this season despite all their stars and Myles Garett playing. I do believe that Baker is still the guy just need to go through a learning curve with new coach Freddie Kitchen. Baker stats doesn’t look good but if you watch all his interception, you can see that some are miscommunication and others been tipped or deflected. Baker is just going through a sophomore slump and will be back next season.
Giants Offense- The Giants offense has been better then what I expected with so many injuries and Eli Manning/Daniel Jones at QB. They aren’t great but they aren’t the worse thing to watch this season. The Redskins, Dolphins, and Bengals have been awful to watch and shouldn’t be allowed to be on TV.
MVP- I picked Drew Brees to win MVP, but a broken thumb will put that to rest. The Saints have been good and the 40 year old QB will go another year without the title. I was right that Mahomes isn’t putting up the numbers like last year but he still playing at a Elite Level. My new pick for MVP is Russell Wilson who is playing spectacular up in Seattle and leading that team to a playoff spot.
OPOY- Ezekiel Elliot hasn’t been bad this season, but hasn’t been Player of the Year good. Christian McCaffrey is no doubt offensive player of the year with his catching ability and running style in the open field. McCaffrey should be getting MVP votes and unlike the Defensive player of the year award, this one isn’t up for grab.
OROY- Dwayne Haskins has not taken over the job in DC, even with Case getting injured. The Redskins has been bad, bad and even fired their coach already. The Race is now between Josh Jacobs, Kyler Murray and unsung hero Gardner Minshew. Minshew a 6 round pick that has taken over the world with Minshew Mania. Murray and Jacobs have been good as while but on bad teams and not having the hype like Minshew. I’m all about Minshew and he is my pick for ROY.
Chargers- I was high on the Chargers despite all the injuries and Melvin Gordon contract disagreement. I thought Phillip Rivers, and Joey Bosa could led the Chargers until they got healthy and the Chiefs wouldn’t be unstoppable like a year ago. I thought they would be better the Raiders and compete for the West title.
Rams- I picked the Rams to win the West, and they have been bad. I didn’t expect the team that was in the Super Bowl to be outside of the playoff picture in Week 9. I thought they weren’t going to be as good as last year with Todd Gurley beat up and Jared Goff being overrated but not in third place in the West.
Bears/Steelers- The Bears and Steelers are the same story, I pick both of them to make the playoffs with a wildcard spot. I didn’t think either would be that good but thought they would be good enough to make the playoffs. Steelers got rid of Antonio Brown, and Le’veon Bell and I thought their problems would go away but with Roethlisberger getting injured it will be a long year. For the Bears their offense isn’t as hot as last year and the defense hasn’t been able to hold the leads. Trubisky has been bad this season, and a miss field goal cost them another game.
Colts- I wrote the Colts off when Andrew Luck surprise retirement but, Brissett has prove me wrong. This team isn’t the same as a few years ago when they went 4-12. Quentin Nelson has help improve the o-line by a ton, and Darius Leonard is the leader of the Defense. The Colts and Texans will be a close race for the divison title.
I’m Sorry…………Jimmy G
I’m sorry to Jimmy G and the 49ers, for giving them the love I wanted to. I wanted to pick them to win the west over the Rams and the Seahawks but, I didn’t believe it was the year it was going to happen. I pick Jimmy G to win Comeback player of the year after tearing his ACL a year ago and currently 16-2 as a starter in his career. I also pick Nick Bosa to win Rookie of the Year and he been playing above that level even considered a favorite for defensive player of the year. George Kittle, Trevor Coleman and newly acquired Emanuel Sanders with help Jimmy G offense. Dee Ford, Deforest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Jimmie Ward, Richard Sherman along side Nick Bosa will continue to be one of the best defense in the league.
ESPN College Gameday is a pregame show that broadcasts live outside of a stadium hosting a game that day. In 1993 they made their first show outside South Bend for the Notre Dame vs Florida State game. Since 2006 when the analyst, along with the celebrity guest (athletes, school mascots, singers, actors & celebrity personalities). pick games for the day and Lee Corso ends the show when he puts on the mascot head of who he picks for the game they are at. Gameday is known for Corso pick, Gameday signs, and random school flags in the background. On October 26 the Gameday crew visited Brookings, SD population of 24,000 for the big FCS game between North Dakota State and South Dakota State. In this letter to Gameday, I will explain why the show is so special, thank you ESPN for picking Brookings, SD, and why they should return to the midwest November 2nd for the Minnesota Gophers game.
Why Gameday is Special
On a weekend when Auburn played LSU, Wisconsin played Ohio State, Michigan played Notre Dame, College Gameday picked to host their show in Brookings, South Dakota for an FCS game. They have been to FCS games before in Fargo, ND for NDSU and Harrisonburg, Virginia for James Madison University. What makes Gameday so special is they try to go to the best environment and not just the biggest game each week. Gameday has visited Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Boise State, UCF, Temple, Air Force, and been going to Army-Navy game since 2014. Gameday in Brookings was special with many analysts after the day stating what a great atmosphere it was in the crowd and how they had a great first-time experience in South Dakota. They had a Mount Rushmore segment since it is in South Dakota, had the state governors make their picks for the game, gave NDSU fans got moved to the front row to show off their titles, and plenty of jokes of SDSU stands for San Diego State; not South Dakota. The celebrity guest was Pat Mcafee which may seem strange but there is a connection to the school. Pat Mcafee’s teammate in the NFL was South Dakota State Legend and current SDSU kicker uncle Adam Vinatieri since Adam couldn’t make it because he still plays for the Colts. Pat Mcafee, the icon flew into Brookings on his Jet with a cut off Jacks’s Hoodie. Mcafee brought plenty of juice to the show with each segment he was apart of and made SDSU fans love him with he said to excuse his dumb friend Kirk Herbstreit picked NDSU and Mcafee was in distraught when Corso put the Bison head-on. Mcafee has been a longtime fan favorite with his podcast and #FortheBrand branding he often tweets about and has a deal with ESPN as a host and should permanently be on Gameday or Monday Night Football. Thank you College Gameday for going to the Dakota Marker game and giving SDSU fans a memory for a lifetime.
Why Gameday at Minnesota
The Minnesota Gophers are currently 8-0 for the first time since 1941, 5-0 in the conference for the first time since 1961, and their rank at 13 is the highest since 1999. PJ Fleck is doing magically thing in Minnesota and the Gameday show should recognize and come to Minnesota for the first time. Last season Fleck Gophers were the youngest team in division 1 which ended the year with a win against Wisconsin to get the Axe back, and beat Georgia Tech in the bowl game. I understand the Gophers barely made it out of non-conference undefeated but there last 4 games have been Big 10 blowouts against Nebraska, Illinois, Rutgers, Maryland and running back Rodney Smith just broke the Gophers all-time purpose yard record. The Gophers play historic program that was selected for HBO show 24/7 Penn State who is also undefeated and will be a top 25 showdown. I know LSU plays Alabama who are ranked 1 and 2 in the country and both undefeated in the SEC. Like PJ Fleck said in his press conference you can go to LSU-Alabama every year which they been to both sites 13 times and Alabama has made a record 46 appearances. Why not go to a Big 10 showdown instead of another SEC game. The Twin Cities has recently held the Super Bowl and Final 4 and why not College Gameday visit the only Division 1 school in Minnesota. Another potential matchup Gameday could come to Minnesota for is the Minnesota-Wisconsin game to end the year. This game could decide who goes to the Big 10 championship as while as the border battle for the Axe in which the Gophers won it for the first time since 2004 last season. Wisconsin coming off two consecutive loses is hurting there ranking which hurts this matchup. The Celebrity Guest could be legend coach and former Gopher player Tony Dungy or my pick would be former Gopher Wrestler Brock Lesner. ESPN College Gameday come to Minnesota you won’t regret in, it not that cold here yet and the atmosphere will be just as excited as the LSU-Bama game. There is a big thing going on in Minnesota and ESPN needs to showcase that they care about the little guys and not just the football powerhouses.
The NBA season begins October 22nd with the New Orleans Pelicans with rookie phenom Zion Williamson (injured) vs the defending champs Toronto Raptors, and the battle for LA with the Lakers vs. the Clippers. With many teams having All-star duos or young rising stars it makes this season one of the most anticipated in years past. The balance in the NBA was restored when Kevin Durant left the Warriors to go to the Nets. The NBA being a Lebron James Cavs team vs the Warriors Dynasty is over and every NBA team has a chance now. In this preview I will go through the young cores in the NBA you need to follow and a few teams to not watch. I will select my NBA awards predictions and will also select my NBA playoff teams and pick my NBA finals matchup.
Teams to watch: Young Cores
AtlantaHawks– The best young core in the NBA are the Hawks even though I like the Pelicans more after Trae Young rookie season and the youth movement (except for Vince Carter) in Atlanta is a good one. Next to Trae is Kevin Huerter who also had a solid rookie season a year ago. John Collins going into his third year is ready to make another leap in his game. Add this year 2 top 10 picks with Deandre Hunter and Cam Reddish Hawks future looks bright.
New Orleans Pelicans- Life after Anthony Davis might not be too bad in New Orleans with the young core they have now. In the big offseason trade, the Pelicans got Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. In the Draft, the Pelicans got Phenom Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. As while signing JJ Reddick and Derrick Favors the Pelicans have a great core and could make a run for the playoffs in the tough tough west.
Chicago Bulls- If the Chicago Bulls could stay healthy they would have playoff expectations in the east. In the Jimmy Butler trade, they got Khris Dunn and Zach Lavine have been battling injuries in their young career but when they are on the court they show promise. The Bulls also added big man Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen in recent years who have shown to be young stars. They also added North Carolina guard Coby White to help the Bulls future.
Grizzlies/Kings- The last young core I chose is two teams that have their guard/big man combo for the future and trying to find the right pieces around them. First, the Grizzlies who now in the Post-Conley era after drafting Ja Morant with the 2nd pick. Grizzlies last year drafted Jaren Jackson Jr. who was a first-team all-rookie player a year ago. The other young duo to watch will be De’aaron Fox who proved that can lead a team last year and his big man Marvin Bagley III who also was a first-team all-rookie player last year. Both of these teams will struggle in the west but one day these Duos will dominate the league.
Teams not to watch: Questionable teams
OKC Thunder- Since Damien Lillard ended OKC season last season they blew up their roster with trading Paul George and Russell Westbrook. OKC has also been trying to trade Steven Adams and Chris Paul. OKC has plenty of draft picks to build around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who was a key player in the Clippers playoff run last season. OKC will be good after they used all these draft picks but this year and next year will be rough to watch.
Phoenix Suns– Suns do have a good young duo to build around in Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton; another First-team all-rookie player from last year. But other than that the Suns have nothing. In my draft recap, I said they made some interesting moves and moves that didn’t help them. If the Suns landed D’Angelo Russell they would be on the young cores to watch list instead of this one but, the Suns got Ricky Rubio. It will be another long season down in AZ.
New York Knicks– I like RJ Barrett on this team with Knox, Robinson, and Trier who were all surprising stars from last year’s draft class. I don’t like the Knicks signing 4 power forwards to big contracts with Randle, Portis, Gibson, and Morris. I get they wanted to make big moves but overpaying for a bunch of bigs isn’t the best move. Dennis Smith Jr. is ready for a new start in his career and the Knicks mix of young payers and veterans could allow them to get into the playoff mix in the East. If I am a Knicks fan I’m waiting for these contracts to run out and Barrett and company develop in a couple of years.
Washington Wizards- Since John Wall feel down his steps in his house and tore his Achilles it has not been good for the Wizards. Bradley Beal is an NBA All-star but he can’t do it on his own which is the case right now. Wizards drafted Rui Hachimura who should help a little bit but that’s tough to ask for from a rookie. Wizards need to hit the restart button and get why they can for Beal.
Cleveland Cavaliers- Don’t expect too much from the Cavs with a new coach during a rebuild with veterans contract. Veterans include Thompson, Love, Dellavedova, and Clarkson to go with the future of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland will make it another long season since Lebron departure.
Charlotte Hornets- Kemba was the only team last season and Terry Rozier is trying to fill his shoes. Monk and the other young stars who haven’t pan out yet needs to step up. Except for Michael Bridges, I don’t except any of these guys to step up and it will make people think if Micheal Jordan should be an Owner.
Kia NBA Most Valuable Player– Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo, Giannis is going back-to-back even though his exceptions are high he will live up to them with the shooters around him. With Kawhi out of the East Giannis is easily the best player and will dominant every team the Bucks play. If I had to make another pick I would pick Steph Curry, With KD gone and Klay hurt Curry has to take over again and get back to his MVP seasons to give the Warriors a chance. All other MVP options are in powerful duos which will hurt their numbers and their MVP chances. Lebron should be MVP every year but his exceptions are through the roof.
Kia NBA Rookie of the Year– Pelicans Zion Williamson, Anyone that doesn’t pick the Duke Phenom Zion is lying to themselves. Zion took over the college basketball world a year ago and became the 1st pick in the draft. I want to go with is Duke teammate RJ Barrett since he will be the Knicks’ best player and their sole option. While Zion exceptions will be an All-Star from the start which is hard to live up to. Zion dominated in college and I except the same in his rookie season. With Zion being sideline for 6-8 weeks will make it difficult for him to win, but I think Zion will be able to win it when he returns. If he doesn’t i’m picking RJ Barrett.
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award– Nets Spencer Dinwiddie, It seems like Lou Williams wins this award every year but with Paul George and Kawhi coming to town, I believe too much attention will be on LA which will allow someone else to win this award. I’m picking Spencer Dinwiddie who was 2nd a year ago in the voting and is the perfect backup for Kyrie Irving.
Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year- Clippers Patrick Beverley, Beverley locked down Durant in last year’s playoff series and with defense studs Kawhi and Paul George coming to LA it will allow Beverley to lock up every guard in the league. It’s hard to pick Rudy Gobert is going for a three-peat in this award and Lakers Anthony Davis needs to stay healthy and guard opposing teams best post with Cousins hurt.
Kia NBA Most Improved Player– Pelican Lonzo Ball, Say what you want about Ball and his family but with him not wearing BBB shoes; which he had to change every quarter, a fresh start with the Pelicans and video of his new jump shot will allow him to become the star everyone excepted out of UCLA. My other pick would be the guy drafted after Ball who had a rough second year after a great rookie season. With Kyrie gone I believe it will allow Tatum to step up.
NBA Coach of the Year– Clippers Doc Rivers, Doc Rivers, and the Clippers battle hard against the Warriors dynasty and added Finals MVP Kawhi and MVP finalist Paul George to the roster. Doc Rivers is the best coach in the league and now has one of the best lineups in the league. My second choice would be Jazz Quinn Snyder replacing Rubio with Mike Conley helps Utah became a quiet contender in the league and Snyder can lead this team to the top of the west.
Playoff teams- Without getting too much in-depth I will go through why I pick each of these teams to make the playoffs and a quick recap of the teams that haven’t been mention in this article yet. To start with the Bucks have the best player in the East in Giannis and shooters. The 3 other Finals contenders are 76ers, Celtics, Nets. 76ers lost Butler but with adding Richardson and Holford with Embiid and Simmons puts them back in this group. Celtics with Kemba, Tatum, Brown, and Hayward make them a contender for a while. Lastly, the Nets who with Durant would be the favorites, still have Kyrie with Dinwiddie, Levert, Jared Allen, Deandre Jordan, and Joe Harris are still a top option in the East. The rest of the playoff teams are the Pacers, Raptors, Heat and the Hawks. The Pacers with Oladipo and Turner have a good enough supporting cast to almost be a contender in the east and will cruise into the playoffs. The defending champions Raptors will struggle without Kawhi but still will make the playoffs. The Heat added Jimmy Butler and rookie Herro will be better than expected will allow the Heat to easily make the playoffs. Rounding out the playoff with being the Hawks with there young core and Alex Len, Evan Turner, and Allen Crabbe will make the playoffs in the weak East.
Others- 2 playoff teams from a year ago that I have missing the playoffs this season is the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons. With the Magic having question marks with Markelle Fultz ability and D.J. Augustin getting older. They need to rely on the there big man of Aaron Gordon, Mo Bamba, and Nikola Vucevic. Detroit has a similar problem with stud big man Blake Griffen and Andre Drummond but struggling guards of Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard. The Pistons are expecting big things from former MVP Derrick Rose who should he had some left in the tank a season ago.
Playoff teams- Without getting too much in-depth I will go through why I pick each of these teams to make the playoffs and a quick recap of the teams that haven’t been mention in this article yet. The wild wild West is loaded with teams and many good teams will miss the playoffs. First the two biggest contenders the teams in LA. The Lakers landed Anthony Davis and Danny Green this summer and with Lebron James that makes them automatic Finals contender. The Clippers landed the two biggest names in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to go along Beverley, Lou Williams, Zubac, Harrell, and Green who played tough against the Warriors last season. The next two contenders are smaller markets team with the Jazz and Nuggets. The Jazz with Mike Conley, Mitchell, Gobert, Ingles, and Bogdanovic make the Jazz a playoff-bound team. Next, the Nuggets with the “Joker” Jokic and Murray surrounded by plenty of talent are another playoff lock. The biggest question mark team going to the season is how former teammate Westbrook and Harden going to play together now that they both are MVP players. I believe they both want to win now and will gel nicely to make the playoffs and make a run. The next two teams are led by a powerful duo that will carry them in the west into the playoffs. The Trail Blazers led by Lillard and McCollum added Whiteside to get them a physical presence. The Mavericks led by Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic and the unicorn Porzingis will them another playoff team. Lastly, the Pelicans for all the reasons listed in the teams to watch list will sneak into the playoff with Star Zion.
Others- I know where are the Warriors, missing the playoffs. Hear me out KD is gone, Klay is out till February, D’Lo and Curry have to learn to play together and neither play defense, Iggy and most of the key bench players are gone. With all of that being in the West I believe that they are watching the playoffs on the couches in their new stadiums. Another shocker the Spurs, hear me out on this one too, even with Aldridge, Murray coming back from his ACL, DeRozan, Gay and coach Pop I just think the playoff run the Spurs have been on is coming to an end. They could easily make it instead of the Pelicans but I’m going with Ball and Zion. Lastly the Wolves, with no more Jimmy Butler drama and adding Culver will help the Wolves improve but with questionable play from Teague and Wiggins will make the Wolves miss another post-season.
Finals Matchup: Clippers vs Bucks
I’ll keep this one short and simple, the Bucks will make it easily out of the east with Kawhi going to the west, Giannis will be Lebron-like walk to the finals. The biggest playoff series will be the battle for LA with the Lakers and Clippers. I’m going with the Clippers with the deeper bench, better defense and Kawhi and Paul George are both in there prime right now. Lebron will put up a good fight with finally having an offseason since they miss the playoff and his teammates with another star in Davis. Doc Rivers Clippers will be too much for the King and LA will become Clippers town. Wish the Lakers vs. Clippers could be the Finals but they are both in the west so Clipper vs. Bucks. Kawhi with another finals MVP and championship with two different teams will keep him trending in the All-time players’ list. Finally note: at least the Warriors Dynasty is over and the NBA is finally great again.
Are you kidding me is a segment where I find 3 or 4 ridiculous storylines that the sports world is currently talking about. These segments could be monthly, or weekly all depends on what goes on in the sports world. These storylines are ones you can’t make up or are unpredictable that makes you think are we really discussing these topics. This edition I will discuss three NFL players that made public comments that came back and made them looked bad. What you take away from this article is if you are going to talk trash then you better back it up or make sure their not video evidence of the situation you are talking about. If you don’t you end up being a clown and it was a bad month if your last name is Brown. I will explain how these 3 NFL players became clowns and how they could have put themselves in a different situation.
Richard Sherman is the first clown on this list because after his situation nothing happened to him except him looking bad. After a Monday night win keeping the 49ers undefeated and the Browns struggling Sherman told NFL.com Michael Silver, “What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush-league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that’s gonna get us fired up.” After multiple videos came out the next day that showed the pregame coin toss and showed that Baker did shake hands. Sherman then tries and twist in to after the coin toss that Baker snubbed him and walked away from him, which Baker was just heading to the sideline ready for the game. Then Sherman was surprised the story got so big and thought this was football and not a soap opera and he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. While Sherman you got Clowned for all of these quotes, Baker said it best with that’s one time the camera has recorded something in Baker favor. Baker is one of the most talked-about QBs in the league that the cameras always following and if you didn’t think it was going to draw much attention you are lying Sherman. Of course, you want to be done talking about because you look like a fool trying to make Baker look bad; off the field, and after the videos came public you should have made a publicly apologize to Baker instead of trying and twist it. Sherman is known for his trash-talking and back in 2014 when he ranted about the 49ers putting a sorry receiver Micheal Crabtree on him. Sherman saw the wrong side of this feud and looked bad, but his 49ers are 5-0 and looking like one of the NFL best teams. For Sherman to avoid being clowned again maybe don’t say a situation went a different way then it did and especially when its a guy that camera always seems to find.
Life hit Zach Brown fast this week when he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. Last week he made public comments about Vikings QB Kirk Cousins saying, “Cousins, I think every defense is going to want that guy to throw the ball. For me, that’s probably the weakest part of their offense is him. Everything else is good. They’ve got a good running game, probably one of the best in the league. They have real good receivers. You just want them to pass the ball. You want Kirk Cousins to get it in his hands…. I was at the Redskins with him so I know about him. That’s my viewpoint on him.” Then Kirk threw for 333 yards, 4 touchdowns and led the Vikings to a 38-20 win. After the game when asked about Cousins he replied with “I’m here to talk about the game. Any other questions besides Kirk Cousins?” After all, being embarrassed by the Vikings and being wrong about Kirk, Zach Brown got cut the next day. Even though he will get picked up by an NFL team, and who knows what the real reason for him being cut. If you are going to talk a big game like that in the NFL you better not let the player walk all over your defense. Zach Brown should have more respect for Kirk because he was a key player for the Redskins success and he not lost his job on the Eagles a playoff potential team. Hopefully, you learn your lesson Zach “Clown” and whatever new team you play you don’t make public comments before the game.
Now the biggest clown of them all Antonio Brown. If more and more players become clowns as fast as these 3 did, I’ll have to make a 1 to Antonio Brown scale. First, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he started drama within their organization which involved throwing furniture out of his apartment window and almost hitting a 22-month old child. Also getting cited for speeding in excess of over 100 mph on the highway. Then an argument with QB Roethlisberger led Brown to skip practices and getting benched for the Week 17 game in which the Steelers lost and missed the playoffs. Brown upset about his role with the Steelers demanded a trade and led him to the Raiders. Steelers were close to a deal with the Buffalo Bills until Brown protested on social media. On the Raiders the drama didn’t stop, first Brown got frostbite on his feet during a cryotherapy session causing him to miss most of training camp. Then the whole helmet issue that made Brown make the first R U Kidding me article. Brown then was fined by GM Mayock a combine $54,000 due to missing practices and posted the letter of the fines on Instagram. Then the next day at practice Brown confronted Mayock with reports of Brown calling Mayock a “cracker”, being held back by Vontaze Burfict (suspended for the year), and then punted a football and said, “fine me for that”. Then Mayock fined Brown 215,000 for the altercation and Brown decided to post a phone conversion between him and Jon Gruden. Brown made an apology in the team meeting and said he’s excited to be a Raider. The next day Brown demanded a trade and was sent to New England. Only spent a week in New England due to sexual and personal misconduct allegation toward him. He was cut after allegedly intimidating text messages to one of his accusers. Now Antonio Brown says he wants to get back in the league which isn’t likely since he will likely be suspended and the league is done with him. Ryan Clark said it best when he said give him money, you’re going to create a monster back in 2012 before he got a new deal in Pittsburgh. The 7-time pro bowl found his way from one of the NFL best to out of the league in a few months. Antonio Brown thought he was bigger than the league and all the drama he causes made every time even the Patriots to pass him.
The best debate in college football is the best college football quarterbacks of all-time are. In my list will be only Power-5 QB (will also do non-power 5 QBS) and look at a QB career. Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel had unbelievable season but were one year wonders. To me it show more from a guy that dominated for 3-years or 4-years. In my top 10 ranking I will talk about each guys stats and achievements and the most important reason which put them on this list. In a few years i’ll have to add Clemson Trevor Lawrence on the list who went undefeated as a true freshman and won the National championship. My list is since 2000, since before that I have little knowledge of those old days and the game as change so much since the 90s. Guys who just missed the list are Robert Griffin III, Luke Faulk and Aaron Murray. Who all could easily make an argument for this list but RG3 got replaced by Lamar Jackson. Luke Faulk and Aaron Murray numbers aren’t quite as good as Graham Harrell.
10. Graham Harrell
Texas Tech best QB ever Graham Harrell lands at number 10. Yes, Harrell, not the NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes who is the best QB currently in the league who threw 11,252 yards in college, 93 touchdown, 29 picks, and holds the NCAA record for 734 passing yards in a game. Graham Harrell 15,793 passing yards (4th), 134 touchdowns (3rd), holds 8 NCAA individual records, Heisman Finalist, and the first player to throw for 5,000 yards in a season. The Big 12 record-breaker that was co-player of the year with Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy only played 3 seasons but his name is all over Texas Tech, Big 12, NCAA record books for throwing the ball. The current USC offensive coordinator was one of college football best passers after not making it in the NFL he got into coaching in 2014.
9. Landry Jones
The guy that took over for Heisman winner Sam Bradford when he went down with a shoulder injury was freshman Landry Jones. Jones’s career was shaky sometimes and won a big 12 conference championship and a share of a one in his senior season. Jones had some rough games in his career following in Bradford shoes but he put up big numbers in his 4-year career. Jones finish with 16,646 (3rd) and 123 touchdowns (7th) in his OU career. Jones made this list throwing for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns each of his last three seasons allows his stats to skyrocket even though he didn’t win many awards. Jones benefited playing for a Big 12 offense and having a big arm. Jones was the Steeler’s backup for 4 years before being cut and after a couple of other quick stops, he became the first player to sign with the XFL.
8. Lamar Jackson
The only guy that didn’t go to a big-time school on this list is Louisville Lamar Jackson. At Louisville Lamar threw for 9,043 yards, 69 touchdowns, 27 picks, ran for 4,132 yards, 6.3 per carry, and 50 touchdowns in 3 years. Lamar became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, as while as youngest to start a playoff game in the NFL. Louisville struggled his junior year but his stats allowed him to finish third in the Heisman voting. Lamar Jackson is one of the most dynamic players in college football history with his running and throwing ability. His Sophomore year debut against Charlotte 49ers he scored 8 total touchdowns in the first half. NFL teams suggest he switch positions but he stayed at QB and got drafted with the 32nd pick by the Ravens. The playmaker Jackson took over for Joe Flacco to finish his rookie season and putting any doubt that he can throw the ball away this season throwing for 5 touchdowns to start this season.
7. Colt McCoy
The man that won the starting job after Vince Young won Texas a National Championship was redshirt freshman Colt McCoy. In McCoy career, he threw for 13,353 yards, 112 touchdowns, 45 picks, rushing for 1,596 yards, and 20 rushing touchdowns. McCoy became a household name after a historical freshman year throwing for 29 touchdowns (tied record) and being the Big-12 Freshman of the year. McCoy finish 2nd in the Heisman voting his junior year and third in his senior season. The two times Big 12 player of the year brought Texas to the National Title game his senior year and injured his shoulder the first series and miss the game losing to Alabama. McCoy was 45-8 as a starter which is the 2nd most wins by a QB in his career and his number 12 is retired by Texas. In his senior year, he won 13 of the top 15 major college player awards including Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien, Manning Award, and many other honors. McCoy holds most of the school’s records and some Big 12 records will always be remembered as one of Texas all-time greats. McCoy was drafted in the third round by the Browns and got playing time but never played up to what the Browns needed. He later landed on the Redskins in 2014 where he still on and has been the starter this season since Keenum injury.
6. Deshaun Watson
The man that started Clemson dynasty in 2015 led them to back-to-back championships was Deshaun Watson. Watson had little playing time as a freshman but became the starter in 2015 and never looked back. Watson passed for 10,168 yards, 90 touchdowns, 32 picks, and he also ran for 1,934 yards, 4.4 per carry, 26 touchdowns. The Clemson legend led them to a 12-0 start and a number #1 ranking going into the playoffs. After beating the Sooners they came up short in the National Championship against Alabama. After the season Watson was named ACC player of the year, Consensus All-American, Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award and finished third in the Heisman voting. In his junior year, Watson got revenge against Bama and threw a last-second winning touchdown to Hunter Renfrow ending Clemson’s three-decade Championship drought. After his junior year, he was voted Best Male Athlete ESPY Award, Manning Award, Davey O’Brien award, Second Team All-ACC, ACC Athlete of the year, and Heisman runner-up (Lamar Jackson). Watson pass on a senior year and was drafted 12th by the Houston Texans and looks likes one of the best young QB in the NFL. In 27 starts Watson has 56 touchdowns, 7,228 yards, 18 picks, and 10 rushing touchdowns. Watson holds some NFL and some Texans records early in his career and hopes to continue his success in the NFL for years to come. While you are watching Watson on Sundays, don’t forget about his superior Clemson career which tops off with a game-winner to defeat Bama for the Championship.
5. Baker Mayfield
The first former walk-on Heisman Winner, number 1 pick, 2 time Big 12 player of the year, Maxwell award winner, Colin Cowherd most hated player and lastly the legend that planted Oklahoma flag in the middle of the “O” at Ohio State after a victory Baker Mayfield. Mayfield’s career started with him walking on at Texas Tech and becoming the first walk-on true freshman to start a season opener. In two games baker had 780 yards and 7 touchdowns already but injuries and losing the job to Davis Webb. Baker then announced that he would be transferring because of “miscommunication” in the coaching staff and he enrolled at Oklahoma in the spring but didn’t contact the coaching staff. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirm he was walking on but he was ineligible for 2014 season and would lose a year of eligibility for transferring within the Big 12. In 2015 Mayfield beat out Trevor Knight for the QB job and led Oklahoma to the college football playoffs where they lost to Watson’s Clemson team. Mayfield finished with 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns which help him finish 4th in the Heisman voting. His junior year in a battle with future NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes who threw for 734 yards and 5 touchdowns while Baker threw for 545 yards and 7 touchdowns in a game that broke many passing records. A Sugar Bowl win and another trip to the Heisman ceremony (3rd) with teammate Dede Westbrook finish out the season. The “Baker Mayfield ” rule allowed him to play another season, Baker argued that he shouldn’t have to sit out when he transferred because he was a walk-on not a scholarship player and he shouldn’t lose a year of eligibility. Even though Baker lost his appeals, in 2016 the Big 12 voted and approval 7-3 vote that players without scholarship offers can transfer without losing a year of eligibility. Baker senior year he led Oklahoma to their 3rd straight Big 12 title, another college football playoff lost to Georgia and he finally won the Heisman Trophy. Baker in the NFL broke the rookie passing touchdown record in 13 starts and looks like he could be the QB of the Browns future. Baker had a historical career at OU finishing with 14,607 yards, 131 touchdowns, 30 picks, 21 rushing touchdowns, and many awards.
4. Vince Young
Vince Young career isn’t like many on this list for being a 3/4 year starter with many awards and I know I said no one-year wonders but Vince could have came back his senior year after ending USC Dynasty. Vince Young shared time with Chance Mock before winning the starting job his redshirt sophomore year. Young with 11-1 (L to Oklahoma) and defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl finishing with a top 5 ranking. Vince senior season Texas change from the I-formation to the Shotgun allows Vince to take over the offense more. Texas went 11-0 and was ready to face off against USC on their 34 game winning streak. In the game of the decade, Vince Young accounted for 467 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns including the game-winner on 4th down with 19 seconds left. Vince Young finish 2nd in the Heisman voting to USC Reggie Bush, won the Davey O’Brien Award, #10 retired, many BCS/Texas records, and finish with a 30-2 record as a starter. Young finish with 6,040 yards, 44 touchdowns, 28 picks, 3,127 yards, and 37 rushing touchdowns. Vince Young became the first player in Division 1 to pass for 3,000 and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Vince decided to enter the NFL draft and not return to Texas which allowed Colt McCoy to take over. Vince was the third overall pick (over USC Matt Leinart) to the Titans and his rookie season went 8-5, won rookie of the year, and selected to the Pro Bowl. Then he was on the Madden Cover of one the best Madden of All Time Madden 08. The Madden Curse then got him with throwing 17 picks compare to 9 touchdowns the next season, and then a knee injury lost him the job in 2008 season. After going 0-6 Young took over and won 8 of the last 10 finished 3rd in Comeback player of the year and making the Pro Bowl after some injuries. After a 4-5 start Young had a thumb injury eventually ending his career after a few camp stops and official retiring in 2014. Vince will always be an all-time legend in college with his running and throwing ability and despite not playing his senior year his career will never be forgotten for dethroning USC.
3. Marcus Mariota
The Oregon legend, Heisman winner, Manning award, unanimous All-American, Player of the Year, 3x First-Team All-Pac 12, Pac-12 Freshman of the year, and even though he was heavily recruited out of Hawaii he only had 2 scholarships offer. Mariota took over as a redshirt freshman in 2012 where against Arizona State he showcase his abilities caught a touchdown pass, threw a touchdown, and run for a 86 yard touchdown with 12 minutes left in the first half. In his Junior season Mariota led Oregon to the playoffs where they defeated Winston Florida State team. In his last game a lost to Ohio State Mariota was set to clinch the All-time lowest interception record until Eli Apple picks it off with 27 seconds left. Mariota then enter the draft forgoing his senior season after going 36-5 in his career. Mariota finish his carer with 10,796 passing yards, 105 touchdowns, 14 interceptions (only 4 each of his last two years), 2,237 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns. Mariota holds the Pac 12 record for total touchdowns:135, single season total offense:5,224, single season touchdown record:58, freshman passing touchdown:32, and the best one to have passes without an interception:353. Mariota became the 2nd pick to the Titans after Winston went to the Bucs. Mariota has set many Titans franchise record and some NFL records. When you are watching Mariota with the Titans you can’t forgot his Oregon days when he brought Oregon to the next level and everyone wanted one of Oregon flashy jerseys. If you picked him off in College hopefully you kept it because it didn’t happen often.
2. Matt Leinart
The man that took over for the USC Dynasty and was 37-2 and won a Heisman Trophy, and a National Championship. Leinart won the starting job after Carson Palmer won the Heisman and went to the NFL. In his first season as QB led USC to an 11-1 record and was left out of the BCS Championship game and defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl and Leinart was named Rose Bowl MVP. He also finishes 6th in the Heisman voting. In Leinart Junior season they played Oklahoma with Heisman winner Jason White which is the first time two Heisman winners face off. Leinart and Reggie Bush were too much for the Sooners and USC won the championship and their 22nd in a row. Leinart returns for another season and once again got to the title game against Vince Young Texas. Leinart finished third in the Heisman voting being Young, and Reggie Bush and we know how the Texas game went with Young Walk-off ended Leinart and USC 34 game winning streak. Leinart finished his college career with 10,693 yards, 99 touchdowns, 23 picks, and 9 rushing yards. Leinart was drafted with the 10th pick by the Cardinals and was suppose to take over for Kurt Warner but never performed up to standards. After a couple of other stops, Leinart was officially out of the league and is currently a studio analyst for Fox Sports college football with former teammate Reggie Bush. When you think of college football greatest Dynasty you think of USC streak and their great offense led by #11 retired jersey of Matt Leinart.
1. Tim Tebow
The Man, the myth, the legend, without a doubt number 1 on any college football All-time list Tim Tebow. Tebow was featured in an ESPN documentary “The Chosen One” in high school and featured in Sports illustrated “Face in the Crowd”. Tebow already with many eyes on him going into the college at the University of Florida. In his freshman year, Tebow would contribute off the bench being behind senior Chris Leak. Tebow would go on to help the Gators win the National Championship where he would throw a touchdown and run for you. Tebow rush for 469 yards second-most on the team and ran 8 for a score. Tebow then became the starter and finish the season with first-team All-SEC, consensus first-team All-American, and became the first true sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. Many questioned his throwing ability but he finished 2nd in passing efficiency in the nation with 177.8 while averaging 4.3 per carry. In the next season, Tebow broke Emmitt Smith’s career rushing record at Florida. After beating Alabama for the SEC championship, the Gators would go on to beat Oklahoma Sooners for Tebow 2nd National Championship. Tebow finish the season third in the Heisman voting, won the Maxwell award (2nd player to win the award twice), and at the national championship celebration, he announced he was coming back for his senior year. In his senior year battling through sickness and injuries, Tebow led the Gators to the SEC Championship once against Alabama but came up short this time, losing their chance at another national title. At the end of Tebow career, he held 5 NCAA, 14 SEC, 28 Florida records. He was SEC all-time leader in passing efficiency (170.8), completion percentage (67.1%), passing touchdown to interception ratio (5.5 to 1), rushing yards by a QB (2,947), rushing touchdowns any position (57) total touchdowns (145), and most consecutive games in which he threw at least one touchdown and one rushing touchdown (14 games). Another guy that had a rule named after him the “Tim Tebow” rule called by the media banned messages on eye black after Tebow wrote John 3:16 on his eye black in the National Championship. The verse had over 90 million google searches the next 24 hours after the game. Tebow was drafted with the 25th pick by the Broncos and had a roller-coaster NFL career, and has been trying to make it to the MLB. When Tebow not hitting dingers he can be seen broadcasting on the ESPN network. Tebow NFL career didn’t go as planned but Tebow Mania took over the college football world in Gainesville and is a college football icon.
The MLB season is coming to an end, and what a year it has been for some players and teams. We have seen more home runs than ever before the season record for a team was 267. The Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees will finish the season with over 300 home runs and many teams will finish past the previous record. I will go through each of baseball post-season awards and who I believe will win each other. I won’t select Gold Glove winners or Managers of the Year. I will also make my World Series prediction and who will win.
AL MVP- Mike Trout
Mike Trout is the highest-paid player and prove why he is all season long. Mike Trout should be a unanimous winner because there is no player close to him. Before Mike Trout had his season injury, he was hitting .291, 45 home runs, 104 RBI, and had a .438 On-base percentage. Even though the Angels won’t make the playoffs without Trout they may be on the Detroit Tigers level. Mike Trout is the Lebron James of the MLB, he can do it all, is currently the face of the league and deserves to win MVP every year.
NL MVP- Cody Bellinger
The NL MVP is as close as it can get between Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich. Bellinger currently batting .302, 46 Home runs, 114 RBI, and more walks and fewer strikeouts then Yelich. Yelich is currently batting .329, 44 Home runs, 97 RBI, 30 stolen bases (14 Bellinger), and a better On-base percentage, and Slugging percentage. This is the hardest award to pick, both guys deserve it and been having an unbelievable season. I want to give it to Yelich but his injury and the Brewers are having some success without him makes it hard to pick him. Bellinger has been the best player on the best team and his WAR (wins above replacement) is at an 8.6 (Yelich 7.1), which is even higher than Mike Trout (8.3). Bellinger will walk away with this awards since he plays for the best team in baseball and having a great season.
AL ROY- Yordan Alvarez
I wanted to give Vlad Guerrero Jr. this award but after show casing his power in the MLB All-star Derby, he has had a disappointing season. Yordan Alvarez got thrown into the Astros lineup in June while they were having injuries problems and he never looked back. Yordan since his MLB debut June 6th has been hitting .326, 27 Home runs, 77 RBI, and a .422 On-base percentage. Alvarez had all the pressure hitting in the middle of one of the best team in baseball lineup. Alvarez is just the next star out of the Astros farm system and will help the Astros to try and win their 2nd title in 3 years.
NL ROY- Alsonso
The Home run Derby was the Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Joc Pederson show with them trying and breaking records early, but the former Florida Gators Pete Alsonso came out of it as the Winner. Pete Alsonso has been dominating pitchers in his first year in the league as he is leading the MLB in home runs with 50. He also is hitting .264, 115 RBI, .363 On-base percentage and 1 stolen base. He is struggling when he doesn’t hit it out of the park with 172 strikeouts and only 151 hits. He deserves this award being the home run leader as a rookie but needs to work on his contact and not strike out as often to become one of the baseball All-stars.
AL Cy Young- Justin Verlander
It’s not often that the Cy Young award comes down to teammates but that’s the case this season with Houston Astros Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. Tampa Bay Charlie Morton tried his best to keep it in Tampa with Blake Snell winning last year, Morton has a 15-6 record, only allowed 15 home runs, 231 strikeouts, and a 3.15 ERA. Former Minnesota Twin Lance Lynn is also in the conversation even though a year ago with the Twins he had 5.10 ERA in 20 starts. Lynn current has 3.76 ERA, a 15-11 record, and 236 strikeouts. This race between Cole and Verlander is up for grabs, and I’m giving it to Verlander. Verlander has 17 more innings and a 2.57 ERA (Cole 2.61), 20-6 record (18-5) has a better WHIP and fewer walks. Cole has more strikeout in fewer innings but has allowed more hits. Verlander has been more dominant this season, but this 1-2 punch the Astros have has dominated all season.
NL Cy Young- Jacob DeGrom
Back to Back for Jacob DeGrom for the Cy Young, the Mets will miss the playoffs again but they have the best pitcher in the National League. DeGrom has a 10-8 record (bad team) a 2.51 ERA, 248 strikeouts, 19 Home runs allowed, and a 0.99 WHIP. Nationals Teammates Scherzer and Strasburg both have a argument, as Strasburg has a 17-6 record and a 3.37 ERA. Scherzer has a 10-7 record, 2.81 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 233 strikeout in only 166.6 innings. The Dodgers have a talented duo as while with long time ace Kershaw and new man Ryu. Kershaw having another solid season but not Cy Young worthy, with a 15-5 record, a 3.20 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 181 strikeouts in 171 innings. Hyun-Jim Ryu would have won this award if he had more strikeouts, Ryu has a 13-5 record, 2.51 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 24 walks, and a 156 strikeouts in 176 innings.
World Series- Astros vs. Dodgers
The playoffs are all set and the Wildcard games will be the A’s and Rays for the AL and Nats and Brewers in the NL. The A’s will advance to play the Astros, and the Nats pitching will get them to play the Dodgers. Dodgers and Astros will cruise into the LCS round. The Twins will once again be defeated by the Yankees and the Braves will cruise past the Cardinals. Yankees and Astros will be a long series and a competitive one but the Astros dominating pitching of Verlander, Cole, and Greinke will get them to the World Series. Dodgers will cruise past the Braves and make it to their third straight championship. Dodgers and Astros will meet in the World Series a rematch of 2 years ago but this one will go differently. Dodgers with Ryu and Kershaw against the Astros trio pitchers will make this series go to 6-7 games. The Astros fatigue from the Yankees series and for the Dodgers the third time is the charm and Kershaw can finally add World Series Champion to his Hall of Fame resume.
This book is a 3.5/5 if you play fantasy sports or ever heard about it Matthew “Mr. Roto” Berry is the Guru of Fantasy, he even was a cameo in Avengers Endgame. This book Matthew Berry goes into his career of him trying to be a movie writer and how the “Talented Mr. Roto” got started. When Matthew Berry started his page fantasy wasn’t as popular as it is today. Matthew Berry became the fantasy expert when he was hired at ESPN and continue to help it grow. Throughout the book, Matthew Berry tells stories that people have told him about there fantasy leagues and all are a good laugh. This book got a 3.5 because it gets a little long and some off the stories is repetition. But, if you are a fantasy player and loves reading about fantasy stories, look back at some of the craziest moments in fantasy, or want to learn more on how Mr. Roto came to be, then this book is a must-read.