Lauren Silberman: Former soccer player set to make history as first woman in the NFL
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.
Read: Mail Online
What will happen first: First openly gay player or First Female NFL player?
Ray Lewis is definitely going to be missed in the NFL after he retires at the end of the season.
Rest of the Teams
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.
New York Giants
*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?
New York Jets
The New York Jets are probably the most talked about team in the NFL. Every time I turn on ESPN all I hear is Skip Bayless expressing his emphatic and unconditional love for newly acquired QB Tim Tebow and Stephen A. Smith yelling at him for being “RIDICULOUS!” And what I have noticed is that the Jets have literally done nothing and are still getting all of the media attention. The Jets had a legitimate shot in making the playoffs in 2011 but collapsed in the last 3 games of the season by losing all of them.
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
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.
The fullback position might be becoming obsolete. The short neck, tough, and rugged gene must be a dying breed.
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.
The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.
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.
Kansas City Chiefs
2 seconds after this picture defined how nothing went right for the Kansas City Chiefs at all this past season. Star RB Jamaal Charles ended up slipping on a first down marker and tore his ACL; his season was then over. This was in week 2 but the 3rd torn ACL at that point in the season: all being key players. First, starting TE Tony Moeaki tore his ACL in the last week of the preseason. The next week, Pro Bowl S Eric Berry tore his ACL in the 1st quarter of the 1st game of the season. Then Charles. The first 3 weeks were full of mishaps and misfortunes that set the tone for the rest of the season.
Brawls aren’t that serious in training camp, it’s regular. The media is blowing this up.
New York let off some summer steam as about 20 Jets players brawled today.
Video of the incident.
Bills WR Stevie Johnson’s parody celebration of the 2008 Plaxico Burress shooting incident (who was at this time the Jets WR watching this celebration on the sideline) pretty much defined the 2011 campaign of the Buffalo Bills. They started off flying high with a surprising 5-2 record, then constantly shot themselves in the leg. The Bills ended the season going 1-8 in the last 9 games and ended up with a lowly 6-10 record.
Should NFL Players Participate in the Olympics?