A 28-year-old woman from New York is set to become the first female to be given a try out for the NFL. Lauren Silberman had never kicked anything more than a soccer ball in an organised game before she started practicing long-range field goals. Now she has been given a chance at an NFL regional scouting combine on Sunday at the New York Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Now I know I was supposed to write a single post analysis of every NFL team separately, but NFL Sunday is approaching and it would be very difficult to fit it in to my schedule this week. A few unexpected things happened this summer that stunted my ability to post more frequently. So here I will do a quick analysis of the rest of the teams in the NFL that I did not already write about.
*I’m going out of order just for the fact that the New York Giants played already and I’m falling behind on my posts. By the way, this was written before this past Wednesday’s game.*
This is MY TEAM right here. From as far back as I can remember I have always been a diehard Giants fan. After winning the Super Bowl last season the main question that is being asked about the Giants is: Will the Giants inherit a Super Bowl hangover in 2012?
Skittles: Taste the Rainbow. The Seattle Seahawks had a fairly interesting season in 2011. They were strong in certain places and lacking heavily in others. Even though the Seahawks did not make the playoffs in 2011, they did make a big enough splash to cause some concern in their opponents in 2012. But not like a fat man jumping off a diving board splash; more like a squirrel landing in a puddle after it jumps off a tree type of splash.
St. Louis Rams fans saw a lot of this throughout the season. Matter of fact, they saw their QBs (Sam Bradford, A.J. Feeley, and Kellen Clemens) sacked a combined 55 times: a league high. The Rams QB woes echoed the theme for the whole team while going through more starters at that position than wins. The pitiful 2-14 record marked their 7th straight playoff-less season.
Looking back on the 2011 campaign of the Arizona Cardinals, the lone symbol that resembled their season was a V. The team started out consistently horrible in the first 7 games of the season, only winning 1. In those 7 games the Cardinals allowed 27 points per game and were looking like the favorite in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. After the Cardinals hit the lower vertex, they shot right up like the other side of the V. The Cardinals won 7 of the last 9 games and was able to salvage their record and end at .500.
If you are a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you know exactly where I am going with the picture above. The Eagles made a lot of top flight free agent signings last offseason and were deemed the “sexy pick” (pause) in the NFC East by almost all analysts. Backup QB at the time, Vince Young, went as far as claiming the Eagles were the Dream Team. Let’s just say the Eagles went from the Dream Team to the In Your Dreams Team.
”CAM! WHOOOAAA CAM!” I remember the first time I heard that was when Deion Sanders gave his Cam Newton rendition of R&B Group’s, Guy, “Teddy’s Jam” on NFL Network. When Deion Sanders makes a song about you, you know you are doing something right. Mind you that this was at the beginning of the season. QB Cam Newton became the face of the Carolina Panthers during his rookie campaign and put up record breaking stats. Unfortunately, the numbers on the paper didn’t result in numbers in the win column.
It was a shame that this was the best part of the game for Buccaneers fans to watch: the ceremonial handshake by the head coaches at the end of each game. About every time the Bucs stepped on the field, it was like watching old people playing shuffleboard on a senior cruise. The Bucs went an abysmal 4-12 this past season and ending the year on a 10 game losing streak. There was so much promise going into the 2011 season with the Bucs because in 2010 they barely missed the playoffs. In 2011, they barely missed having the number 1 pick in the draft.
The latest chapter in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Former Saints DT, Anthony Hargrove, has been identified as allegedly participating in the bounty program in a video discovered by the NFL. If you are unaware of the situation here is a quick synopsis:
The NFL found out that former New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator, Gregg Williams, were administering bounties for intentionally knocking out and/or injuring a player on the opposite team for certain amounts of money.
It was also discovered that multiple players and coaches knew about the bounty program and did not report it. Including Head Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Respond with what you think should be done to Hargrove, if anything. As well as any other opinions relating to the bounty scandal.
Who would have thought that cutting a bracelet off could result in this type of emotion? You would not even imagine what this man went through. NFL fans probably have heard his name sprinkled here and there over the past few weeks, but never knew the whole story. Let’s just say that this is the first time ever that he, Brian Banks, has been a free man.