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Monday, May 22, 2017

Handicapping the 207 Heisman Race

Two of the top 3 Heisman vote getters from 2016 are back including the winner Lamar "Action" Jackson.  But like last year Jackson came from out of nowhere to win the school's first ever Heisman Trophy for Louisville so don't take this list as the end all, be all.

Here is a look at the preseason candidates I feel have the best chance of hoisting the hardware in New York City.

THE FAVORITES

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: A playmaker with his arms and legs the reigning Heisman winner will have his work cut out for him this season as every opponent's objective will be to contain him.  He took an insane amount of sacks last year: 46.  Needs to cut it in half if he hopes to even walk to NYC.
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Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Wake n Bake has back-to-back NYC invites in his back pocket as a Heisman finalist.  If he wants to win one this season he has to beat Ohio State in Columbus.
Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Darnold seems to have the early momentum going for him in terms of preseason Heisman hype.  Not a starter at the beginning of the 2016 season, he led USC to 9 straight wins to close out the year.  If he puts up the numbers he did or exceeds them he's a lock for an invite.
JT Barrett, QB, Ohio State: It was a rocky up and down season for Barrett last year despite getting the Buckeyes to the College Football playoffs.  His QBR continues to decline as he gets older which is alarming.
Jake Browning, QB, Washington: After having shoulder surgery it appears the Pac-12 Offensive player of the year is ready to roll and get the Huskies back to the playoffs.  After finishing 6th last year in Heisman voting his main competition will be Darnold for West coast votes.

FOUR MORE

Deondre Francois, QB, FSU: Francois will get plenty of chances to make a Heisman push starting with week 1 in Atlanta vs Alabama.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: The Big Ten offensive player of the year appears to be the best returning back in the nation.  If Barkley puts up another 2000 plus all-purpose yards and has Penn State in National Title consideration he should "hurdle" to get an invite.

Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama: The SEC offensive player of the year as only a true freshman Hurts will need to improve his passing efficiency as teams will continue to stack the box in order to stop the run.

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: The rising senior had a spectacular 28 TD-to-4 INT ratio last year.  Perhaps one of the more underrated players in the nation, if Rudolph can get the Cowboys a Big 12 Championship he will be a contender for the Heisman.

BACK FROM INJURY

Seth Rosen, QB, UCLA: Coming off shoulder surgery the Rosen One will need to live up to his high school hype and beat the likes of crosstown rival USC in order to crack consideration.
Derwin James, S, FSU: James is coming off a meniscus tear in his left knee that caused him to redshirt 2016 season.  While he is a safety he is also a special enough athlete to garner recognition like Jabrill Peppers did last year for Michigan.
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama: Coming off a broken leg in the National Title game vs Clemson no Heisman list would be complete without at least one Bama running back on it.  Scarbrough will get plenty of chances to make a statement like Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry did starting in week 1 vs FSU.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT

QUARTERBACKS: Trace McSorley (Penn State), Luke Falk (Washington State), Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), Quinton Flowers (South Florida), Josh Allen (Wyoming)

RUNNING BACKS: Royce Freeman (Oregon), Nick Chubb (UGA),  Josh Adams (Notre Dame), Derrius Guice (LSU), Kamryn Pettway (Auburn)

WIDE RECEIVERS: James Washington (Oklahoma State), Calvin Ridley (Alabama), Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame), Courtland Sutton (SMU)

THE MULTIPURPOSE CANDIDATES

Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: Coming off nearly a 1000 yard season receiving Kirk also had 3 kick returns for TDs last season.  He's one of the most dynamic players in the nation and will be feared by all special teams coordinators.


NOTABLE NEWCOMERS

Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn: The Baylor transfer is already getting serious Heisman dark horse consideration talk down in Auburn because of his dual-threat capabilities.  If Stidham can lead Auburn to a SEC Championship game you better believe he can also make it to NYC for a Heisman invite.
Brandon Wimbush, QB, Notre Dame: The redshirt sophomore is the unquestioned leader of the ND offense now with Deshone Kizer in the NFL.  Wimbush has the same build and leadership skills of Brady Quinn who was a two-time finalist and also has plenty of offensive weapons around him to lead a potent Fighting Irish attack this fall.
Kyle Allen, QB, Houston: The Texas A&M transfer put up some impressive numbers in the SEC before suffering a AC sprain in his shoulder.  At Houston he will be given the chance to run Major Applewhite's offense that should put up points and contend for a New Year's six bowl.

DEFENSIVE LONGSHOTS

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston: Defensive players have basically next to none shot at winning the Heisman but I still gotta put Oliver on this list because he's that special.  As a true freshman last year he started all 12 games and despite the constant double teams he managed to sack the QB five times.
Arden Key, DE, LSU: Key is one of the top underclassmen's in Mel Kiper's 2018 NFL Draft position rankings.  Coming off a 12 sack season the rising junior will be a force to be reckoned with all year vs the Bayou Bengals.
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson: Still just considered a freshman Lawrence is a future #1 overall draft pick who is so great it would be impossible for me to keep him off this list.  While playing nine games as a true freshman Lawrence racked up 7 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two block kicks and a team-leading 20 QB pressures.  It would not be shocking to see Lawrence get double digit sack numbers this season.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

From Notre Dame to the Baltimore Orioles Trey "Boom Boom" Mancini Can Rake...Now Get the Boom Boom Shirt!

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Boom Boom has been on fire ever since the Orioles called him up late last season.  With 10 HRs in his first 83 professional at-bats he is the second fastest in MLB history to reach double digits.  Boom Boom is a Golden Domer who has taken the MLB stage on fire with his majestic shots.
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Monday, May 08, 2017

Is This Florida Head Coach Jim McElwain Naked, Humping a Shark?


It's one thing to be the head coach of the Florida Gators and look goofy as your team gets it's ass kicked once again in the SEC Championship by Alabama but Jim McElwain is taking it to a whole other level with this viral picture.  Now Florida and McElwain have come out and flat out denied it's him but we all know it's him.  If it walks, talks and looks like a shark fucker it's definitely McElwain.

You can't look at this face and say that's not a shark fucker:



Those teeth and that shit eating grin are dead give aways for a person who likes to catch sharks, get naked, and hump them.  These are stone cold facts just like Aaron Hernandez and Tim Tebow were gay lovers in Gainesville.  You can't fight what the heart wants and we all know Florida is filled with shark fuckers.


Gotta love the social justice warrior aspect of this.  How dare this man get naked and hump a man eating shark!



Check Out This New Aaron Judge Shirt called "Judgement Day"


I know what you are thinking.  How can any shirt be more perfect than this "99 JUDGEment Day" tee that SportsCrack is offering?

And the answer is no.  This is the perfect t-shirt for any New York Yankees fan or Aaron Judge fanatic.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Manny Machado Goes off on Epic Rant after Red Sox Throw At Him Again

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 SportsCrack NFL Mock Draft

Finally after months of conjecture, rumors and talking heads with their hot takes we are here: the NFL Draft starts tonight.
Here is my mock draft which mocks all the rest while wearing moccasins because that's what Johnny Moxon would do at West Canaan.

1.  Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE
This is the day all Cleveland fans dread.  The NFL draft is just further reformation your franchise is in a never ending shitter.  But I will say Garrett is the best pick here and could be the most "safe" pick.  He's a day one starter.  Don't fuck it up Cleveland and draft a QB.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Jamal Adams, S
This pick right here tells you how bad of a QB draft this is.  The Browns and 49ers are both in desperate need of a QB and neither will touch one.
3. Chicago Bears: Soloman Thomas, DE
Don't laugh but from all the videos I've seen I think Thomas is the better pick over Garrett.  Bears get themselves another Richard Dent with this pick.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB
I'm not high on Fournette and personally I would rather have Dalvin Cook if I'm picking a RB but the Jaguars seem to be all in for BUGA.
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5. Tennessee Titans: Mike Williams, WR
Titans need to get Marcus Mariota a legit receiver and if you watched the National Championship game you will have noticed Clemson's Williams dominate Bama's stellar secondary.
6.  New York Jets: Christian McCaffrey, RB
Ed's son can basically do it all on offense and will be called upon in the city that never sleeps.  No pressure... just don't fuck it up.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Jonathan Allen, DE/DT
LA's newest team gets a bit of luck as Bama's Allen slips to them at lucky number 7.
8. Carolina Panthers: Malik Hooker, S
Some people have compared this Hooker to Ed Reed which seems a little call girlish and premature personally.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Marshon Lattimore, CB
It's only a matter of time before Pacman Jones spits, kicks, punches, shoots or abuses some other person so you need a backup plan.  Lattimore grades out as the top corner in the draft.
10. Buffalo Bills: Kevin King, CB
The Bills want Lattimore to replace Stephon Gilmore but with him gone the pick before they go with the 2nd corner on their board in King.
11. New Orleans Saints: Haason Reddick, LB
Did you know that Reddick was a fucking walk on at Temple?  Crazy right?  Now here he is getting drafted in the first round.
12. Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB
We finally get a QB picked and of course it's the Browns who do it.  Poor little Mitchell Trubisky has no chance of winning in Cleveland.  At least he will have a lot of money to drown those sorrows.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis, WR
Fitzgerald is no spring chicken and Michael Floyd is still driving drunk somewhere so the Cardinals need to get Carson Palmer a player on the outside for his final season.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Barnett, DE
The Eagles need another edge rusher and the last time they drafted one out of Tennessee it seemed to pay off.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Charles Harris, OLB
Colts could be looking to trade down to get more picks but if they don't they take the best player available in Harris.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Reuben Foster, LB
Foster failed a drug test and was kicked out of the Combine because of his attitude.  Sounds like the perfect LB for the Ravens!
17. Washington Redskins: Dalvin Cook, RB
When all is said and done Cook will be the best RB in this class.
18. Tennessee Titans: Marlon Humphrey, CB
Titans are in desperate need for corners.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE
Jameis Winston gets himself another weapon.
20. Denver Broncos: Garett Boles, OT
Crazy to think the first offensive tackle taken in the draft would be this late but the Broncos get their guy in Boles.
21. Detroit Lions: T.J. Watt, DE/OLB
JJ's brother gets scooped up because the Lions are in desperate need of an edge rusher.
22. Miami Dolphins: Jarrad Davis, LB
Dolphins are looking for the best available LB and Davis fits the description.
23. New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, OT
The Giants want Boles so they could trade up to get him.  If not they take the next best offensive tackle in Ramczyk.
24. Oakland Radiers: Zach Cunningham, LB
25. Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes, QB
Texans surprise everybody by passing on Deshaun Watson to take a local kid in Mahomes.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Obi Melifonwu, S
Love this kid at safety.  Athleticism is through the roof.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Forrest Lamp, OG
The best guard in the draft gets scooped up.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Adoree Jackson, CB
Cowboys reach with this pick but even if Jackson never amounts to anything as a corner he could still be a hell of a returner.
29. Green Bay Packers: Joe Mixon, RB
The Packers got a puncher's chance here with Mixon.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeShone Kizer, QB
The Steelers know all about Kizer and have been scouting him extensively, more than any other team reportedly.  He will get a chance to be Roethlisberger's backup or maybe a starter if Big Ben chooses to retire.
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31. Atlanta Falcons: Taco Charlton, DE
As a Falcons fans I would be ecstatic if Taco falls this far to them.  Atlanta is in need of edge rushers and Taco certainly fits the description.
32. New Orleans Saints: Deshaun Watson, QB
Saints need to find an eventual replacement for Drew Brees and Watson is the best available if they decide to stick with this pick and not trade down.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chris Coghlan Pulls His Best Willie Mays Hayes Slide with this dive over Yadier Molina

I think it's safe to say Toronto Blue Jay's Chris Coghlan slide/dive last night in St. Louis over Yadier Molina is in the pole position for MLB play of the year.  If one of us mere mortals even attempted such a slide good chance we would end up with a broken neck.

Jim Harbaugh Gives Pope Francis a Pair of Air Jordans and a Michigan Football Helmet



I think it's safe to say we have reached peak Jim Harbaugh.  The Michigan football coach gave "His Holliness" Pope Francis a full size Michigan football helmet and a classic pair of Maize and Blue Air Jordans at the Vatican with his football team.

I'm actually more shocked Harbaugh didn't offer the Pope a warm glass of milk.

You gotta give credit where credit is due: Harbaugh is one of a kind.  Despite his winless record vs Ohio State he's getting people to talk about Michigan football around the world.  That in itself is a holy miracle considering they got one split national championship in the last 70 years!



Harbaugh doing God's work...



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Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game Highlights


Notre Dame football completed spring camp with their final practice, the 15th, in the annual Blue-Gold game at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday.  After the long 4-8 season of 2016 it was refreshing to see Notre Dame not lose.

In all seriousness there were a lot of bright spots for ND.

The two QBs, Brandon Wimbush and Ian Book, while wearing no contact red jerseys both performed admirably.  Wimbush is the presumed starter and he showed off some NFL throws to WR Chase Claypool.  Wimbush was a little inconsistent with a couple of turnovers but I think a large part of that was the red jersey messing with his routine.  Book was excellent and the rising sophomore looked very capable of handling the back up duties this fall.  I had to do a couple of double takes because I thought Johnny Manziel decided to come back to college and be the backup QB at ND.  Book was that good with his throwing (much better arm than I anticipated) and accuracy along with reading the defenses and making quick decisions.  The backup QB spot is in good hands with Book.

I also thought the RB trio of Josh Adams, Tony Jones Jr., and Dexter Williams provided a much needed balance to the offense.  All three ran with purpose and had individual highlight plays.

I was also extremely impressed with the receiving core.  Claypool, Equanemious St. Brown, and Miles Boykin all started at the X, Y and Z positions and caught everything from what I recall.  Each one of them is over 6'4 and I'm starting to get 2005 flashbacks with Brady Quinn throwing the ball up to the likes of Jeff Samardzija, Maurice Stovall and Anthony Fasano.  The tight ends also looked tremendous with Alize "Return of the Mack" coming off his academic suspension and basically being unstoppable.

The defensive line to my surprise provided consistent rush to the QBs accounting for 9 sacks total.  Remember the QBs had no contact red jerseys so as soon as the defender was close it was ruled a sack.  Rising sophomore Daelin Hayes was a monster and looked like the 5-star prospect coming out of high school.  Daelin had 3 sacks and Jay Hayes (no relation) also had a couple from what I recall.

The linebacking core played great and instead of engaging with blockers they actually played downfield for a change.  You can tell new defensive coordinator Mike Elko has made a huge difference in the mentality of the defense.  Guys like Nyles Morgan (tremendous trucking of All-American left guard Quenton Nelson) and Greer Martini were unstoppable at times and rover Drue Tranquill looked like a Harrison Smith clone out there.

The secondary also played well and picked up some turnovers.  It's refreshing to see ND have a lot of depth on the back end of the defense and despite some missed tackles I thought they played extremely well.

Also Jonathan Doerer, the freshman kicker brought in for insurance in case Justin Yoon can't kick this fall, showed a consistent leg and nailed all of his field goal attempts in the middle of the uprights.

One of the few knocks I had on the team was the play of the offensive line which is suppose to be a strength.  Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand looks like he has some problems on the right side of the line where DE Daelin Hayes was basically having a field day in the backfield.  They got plenty of time to correct those mistakes though as the season is still 120 plus days away.

Overall I liked what I saw from the glorified practice scrimmage.  You can tell the coaching changes have helped and I love seeing Chip Long use the tight ends more while also having the QB line up behind center and have some two-back sets.  I don't see any reason with the starting and second string talent why Notre Dame can't break many offensive records this year.  The tackling still needs work but I thought the defense played fast.  Still need to get more consistent effort from the likes of Jerry Tillery and Daniel Cage in the middle and I think with freshman Darnell Ewell coming in summer will help push their effort level.



Rickie Fowler's New Girlfriend is Internet Sensation Allison Stokke?

Well well well.  It looks like little Rickie Fowler caught himself a grand slam trophy of a girlfriend in internet sensation Allison Stokke.

If you recall Stokke went viral back in high school a few years ago for her incredible looks as a pole vaulter with this single picture:


Stokke went on to earn a scholarship and become an All-American pole vaulter at Cal-Berkeley and has since graduated.  Stokke never made the USA Olympic team but the internet never slept on her and continued to produce top pictures of herself from mostly her Instagram account.

Well this week she posted this Instagram picture with new boyfriend(?) Fowler at the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas with the caption "We tied?"


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Not to be outdone Fowler posted on his Instagram too a picture with Stokke with the caption "I won!"

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This is a match made in sports heaven.  You gotta a guy who is really good at getting his balls into a little hole with a woman who knows how to handle a long pole.  In the meantime lets take a look at some more pictures of Stokke for "research purposes."

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Strange Injury Report: Madison Bumgarner To Disabled List Due To Dirt bike Accident



Oh MadBum you crazy mother fucker.  It's bad enough the San Francisco Giants are sitting at 6-10 on the season but now they just lost their ace for 6-8 weeks because of a fucking dirt bike crash on their off day.  I'm sure the Giants and their fans are happy about it.

But honestly if you could think of one baseball player doing something like this I think one of the first names that would pop up is an admitted redneck like Madison Bumgarner.  He was probably riding the dirt bike and saw some harmless dude with a Dodgers hat smile at him and swerved while shouting "DON'T LOOK AT ME!" and BAM...shoulder AC sprain and his season is basically fucked.

Oh well.  Just gives me more of a reason to sell more of the #DON'TLOOKATME shirts!

By the way you can buy them here...just saying.




Vanderbilt Football Releases a Sorority Parody Video Worth Watching



Someone please remind me again how Georgia lost to this Vanderbilt team at home on homecoming?  A Vandy team that makes sorority parody videos during spring practice.  No lie I chuckled a couple of times at the Anchor Down lines and one of my littles but it didn't make me laugh nearly as much as watching LB Zach Cunningham tackle little guy Isaiah McKenzie on 4th and 1 for a loss instead of going to Nick Chubb or Sony Michel.  That's not smart football Kirby (pun intended).


WATCH THIS VIRAL VIDEO: Cubs Fan flashes the crowd at Wrigley Field (NSFW)


This is what happens when you win your first World Series in 108 years: the nipples are free in Wrigley Field.  You gotta love the title of the Youtube video of "drunk" woman.. I would say that's a tad presumptuous but we are talking about the bleacher bums here.  Drunk is a foregone conclusion especially when you are showing off your chesticles.  You know some kid named Johnny or Tommy got his first bare breast facial at the Cubs game and unlike the past when nothing was recorded he can actually brag to his classmates the next day and prove it by pulling up this Youtube video.
What a time to be alive.  Boobs and baseball.  If that ain't Americana then I don't know what is.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Freddie Freeman Sets Atlanta Braves Record By Reaching Base 12 Straight Times with the first SunTrust Park fountain HR


If you are a Braves fan this was the one highlight from last night's rout by the hands of Bryce Harper and the Nationals losing 14-4.

Freddie Freeman set an Atlanta Braves franchise record by reaching base for the 12th consecutive time by hitting a solo shot into the SunTrust Park fountain just beyond the centerfield fence.

Freeman's 6th home run of the year kept his scorching hot bat going where his OPS is at a ridiculous 1.453 while he leads the majors in batting average at .440 and on base percentage at .533.  Even with Freeman's 6 HRs, 4 doubles and 1 triple he only has 8, yes 8 RBIs, batting 3rd in the lineup.

Why only 8 RBIs?  Because the man batting in the 2 spot aka Dansby Swanson has been horrible the first two weeks of the season (155 OBP) and simply can't get on base to set the table for MVFreeman.
Brian Snitker gets paid handsomely to manage the Braves albeit only a one year contract so he needs to do the right thing and drop Dansby in the order while either putting either Nick Markakis (367 OBP) or Brandon Phillips (362 OBP) in the 2 spot in front of Freeman.  It's an absolute crime for Freeman to only have 8 RBIs.

With Matt Kemp coming off the 10-day DL today my hope would be the top of the order will be:

1) Ender Inciarte (started slow but slowly heating up)
2) Brandon Phillips
3) Freddie Freeman
4) Matt Kemp
5) Nick Markakis

Roll with this lineup for at least a week while dropping Dansby to 7 or 8 in the lineup and see where your chips fall.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SunTrust Park Might Have Produced It's First Offspring with these two dry humping fans

Christian McCaffrey Shows Off His Insanely Fast Feet

We are less than a couple of weeks till the NFL Draft and it's good to see that Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey had enough preparation time to skip his team's bowl game in order to compete for fastest feet in the draft.

Yes that is not a sped up video of any kind and yes McCaffrey seems to be really fast when running in one place.  It should work wonders for him in the NFL jittering like Tyrone Biggums on Red Balls.


Dave Chappelle - Red Balls Sketch by fruitycycling

Not sure what the point of McCaffrey () posting a video of himself running in place was but it gave me an excellent reason to post a Tyrone Biggums clip so all is right in the world.

Also good to see the Broncos Brady Quinn jersey framed up along with a Thrashers jersey in the background.  Like Quinn and the Thrashers McCaffrey should have a long and prosperous career running in one place.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dansby Swanson Gets Ice Bath After First Ever SunTrust Park Walk Off Hit

First the walk off hit...

Then the ice bath from Freddie Freeman and Bonifacio...

Now this is how you christen a new stadium!

The Braves opened SunTrust Park on Friday and finished their first 4-game sweep (still undefeated at home) in dramatic fashion last night as rookie SS Dansby Swanson delivered the clutch bases loaded single in the 9th inning.

Swanson who came in struggling with the bat even though he's hit the ball solid just right at people delivered the first ever walk off hit in SunTrust Park history.

Swanson joins Hank Aaron (1966 - Fulton County Stadium) and Andruw Jones (1997- Turner Field) in the first ever stadium walk off department hits.  With the win the Braves get back to the .500 mark at 6-6 and now welcome in their division rival the Washington Nationals.  Hopefully the only thing cooling off the Braves was the ice bath Swanson received last night via teammates.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

These New NFL "Blaze" Alternate Helmets are Awesome! Pre Order Here!




Next season every NFL team will play one game with an alternate helmet called "Blaze."

Basically they reversed the color schemes making the secondary color of the helmet the primary and I got to admit most of them look great.

Check out all 30 NFL Teams Blaze Helmets here and let us know what you think.

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Notre Dame Releases New Stadium Crossroads Renovation Video



Notre Dame's $400 million plus "Crossroads" expansion to fabled Notre Dame stadium is expected to be finished before kickoff vs Temple in early September.

First off thank god they are redoing the bathrooms.  While it may be charming to some to piss in a nearly 100 year old urinal I for one hated the smell of someone else's urine that burned the nostrils upon entry.  I don't want to taste the bathroom walls and floors when I'm taking a pisser either.  But hey that's just me.  The fact that they are renovating the bathrooms with new toilets but also keeping the 1930's charm is a nice touch.

I know the players will think it's cool but I'm a little disappointed they gutted the original home team locker room.  I've been in the locker room a couple of times and you can't help but get those chills/goosebumps on the back of your neck when looking at it.  And no I'm not talking about the creepy chills of a Penn State locker room.  Just the aura of knowing Rockne and Leahy and Holtz gave inspiring pep talks to their players before battle was one to make the hair stand up and become fully aroused.  Reminder again NOT LIKE PENN STATE SHOWERS.

At least the stairway to the tunnel from the ND locker room will remain the same.  That's a tradition unlike any other and the players will still hit the Play Like A Champion Today sign.  Also I think it's cool that the visiting team will come out of a separate tunnel.  Hopefully the home crowd can give them an intimidating welcome as they come out of the new tunnel.

All in all I'm looking forward to seeing all the new renovations to Notre Dame stadium.  The one I'm most looking forward to is the new video board which as you know ND has never had.

Go Irish!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The new IT trailer looks terrifying



No lie the original "IT" movie with Pennywise scared the living the shit out of me as a kid.  I literally went from being totally cool with going into sewers to get my Rawlings to a complete 180.  In fact I don't think I've been in a sewer since the early 90's and I'm a grown ass man.

This new trailer gets my jimmies all rustled.  It plays into not only my fears as a kid but now as a parent the worst nightmare of losing your child.  Blood sucking clowns exist.  I'm convinced.  They are called politicians these days.

Melo Trimble Declares for NBA Draft, Thanks Maryland


Classy gesture by All Big Ten guard Melo Trimble to thank the Maryland coaches, fans, and school.

 I remain torn on Melo's impact/legacy in College Park.  When he came to Maryland as a scrawny little freshman I got Juan Dixon flashbacks going in my head.  I figured Melo would lead the team to at least a Final Four if not a championship like Dixon did 15 years ago.  They had the same game and could hit daggers behind the arc and were both local products.  The problem was were Dixon continued to get better and his game progressed I really think Melo peaked his freshman season in 2014.

Melo did help take Maryland to 3 straight tournaments including their first sweet 16 in 13 seasons last year.  I'll give him a big tip of the SportsCrack hat to that.  But after finishing his junior season (first round loss to Xavier) no one can argue that Melo was a much better player three years ago.  He could have been a lottery pick if he came out after his freshman season but now I really don't see him getting drafted.  He's not a point guard and he's not a good enough shooter.  He's also sloppy with the turnovers.  His best shot is to go to Europe for a few years, hit some threes and bang some 8 and 9's.

Good luck Melo!

Tic Toc Irish T-Shirts Are Here! #TicToc


We got a ton of requests from Notre Dame fans and Alize Jones fans to make a Tic Toc Shirt.   If you haven't heard Alize started the twitter hashtag #tictoc and it soon went viral.  Now you can get the unofficial official Tic Toc t-shirt on our store page!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Notre Dame Practice Highlights from today reveal a LOT of poor tackling



When the smallest guy on the Notre Dame football team, Nico Fertitta, is the only guy showing proper tackling form and technique you know new defensive coordinator Mike Elko has his work cut out for him. Granted we are only looking at a quick highlight video courtesy of Irish Illustrated but it looks like the ND secondary has a LOT of work to do.

Maybe they should focus on the opposition's belt buckle and not their helmets.  Just a thought.

Senior captain Drue Tranquill looked like he was trying to tackle his shadow and not the ball carrier.  No wonder they went 4-8 last year.

The good news is it's just the start of spring practice and they got plenty of time to fix their fuck ups.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NEW SHIRT! Game ENDER Baseball Shirt


Baseball season is right around the corner and this is the perfect shirt for any Braves Fan!

Show your ATL pride with this classic "Game ENDER" t-shirt!

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Notre Dame Football Spring Practice Highlights March 8 2017

Notre Dame football officially kicked off 2017 spring practice today.  Here are some video highlights courtesy of BlueandGold.com



With a new strength and conditioning program led by Matt Balis and a revamped coaching staff minus head coach Brian Kelly who remains despite the 4-8 disaster of 2016 the team is looking to be more energetic, more up tempo and more fundamentally sound.  From most media accounts it did just that.

Kelly says not to take too much into account about the depth chart this early in spring practice as it will be fluid and of course change as new offensive coordinator Chip Long sees fit.  Fingers crossed Long gets to mold this offense into using more of a run game/get the ball to the tight end which was seriously lacking in 2016.  Tight ends combined for 13 catches all season in 2016.  That's unacceptable.

Here is how the offense lined up today in practice:

OFFENSE
FIRST-TEAM
LT: Mike McGlinchey; LG: Quenton Nelson; C: Sam Mustipher; RG: Alex Bars; RT: Tommy Kraemer
QB: Brandon Wimbush
RB: Josh Adams
TE: Durham Smythe
W: Equanimeous St. Brown
X: C.J. Sanders
Z: Chris Finke
SECOND-TEAM
LT: Aaron Banks; LG: Robert Hainsey; C: Tristen Hoge; RG: Trevor Ruhland; RT: Liam Eichenberg
QB: Montgomery VanGorder
RB: Dexter Williams
TE: Nic Weishar
W: Miles Boykin
X: Chase Claypool
Z: Austin Webster
THIRD-TEAM
LT: Hunter Bivin; LG: Logan Plantz; C: Parker Boudreaux; RG: Jimmy Byrne; RT: Sam Bush
QB: Ian Book
RB: Tony Jones Jr.
TE: Aliz'e Jones
W: Javon McKinley
X: Kevin Stepherson
Z: Deon McIntosh

First thing that shocked me was seeing Stepherson on the third team after his productive freshman season.  As Kelly mentioned don't be too worried this early about the depth chart but after hearing rumors all offseason about Stepherson possibly being in the doghouse/transferring this doesn't do much to dispel the notion that he could be on thin ice.  Guys like walk-on's Chris Finke and Austin Webster shouldn't be getting more reps at this point but then again Kelly did stress he wants to keep Stepherson at the X receiver slot and both of those guys play the Z.  

But overall if you look at the totality of the offensive depth chart it has to be one of the most impressive during the Kelly era.  The offensive line is stacked with experience, talent and depth.  Getting McGlinchey and Nelson back is huge for protecting the QB's blindside and both of those guys should dominate during their senior season with more strength and endurance with the help of Balis.  

The QB position should be excellent this season with redshirt sophomore Brandon Wimbush going into his third season of college football off season training and by most media and coaching accounts the most talented of the QBs during the Kelly era.  

Tailbacks are stacked with Josh "The Gazelle" Adams getting the majority of carries with Dexter Williams and Tony Jones looking to get 40% of the load.  

The receiving core which was inexperienced last season comes back as a strength especially with the tight ends included.  Any time you get talents like Equanimeous St. Brown, Chase Claypool and academic suspended tight end Aliz'e Jones back on the field it's a good thing.  Wimbush will have plenty of weapons to choose from.  Even though he isn't listed on the depth chart watch out for early enrollee Brock Wright at the tight end position.  Wright provided a lot of oh's and awe's today.

Overall the tempo and energy of the offense was improved from what we saw last spring and it appears to everybody that Wimbush is the clear cut leader at the QB position.  Hopefully this helps the team's leadership and cohesion because it was a clusterfuck last year with Deshone Kizer and Malik Zaire battling it out.

Here is how the defense lined up today in practice:

DEFENSE

FIRST-TEAM
DE: Andrew Trumbetti, Daelin Hayes
DT: Jerry Tillery, Jonathan Bonner
LB: Nyles Morgan, Green Martini
ROVER: Asmar Bilal
CB: Julian Love, Nick Watkins
SS: Drue Tranquill
FS: Nick Coleman

SECOND-TEAM
DE: Jay Hayes, Julian Okwara
DT: Micah Dew-Treadway, Elijah Taylor
LB: Jonathan Jones, Te'von Coney
ROVER: Robert Regan
CB: Troy Pride, Donte Vaughn
SS: Devin Studstill
FS: Jalen Elliott

THIRD-TEAM
DE: Khalid Kareem, Adetokunbo Ogundeji
DT: Pete Mokwuah, Brandon Tiassum
LB: Jamir Jones, Josh Barajas
ROVER: Devyn Spruell

If Notre Dame is going to field a legit defense under first year coordinator Mike Elko they got to get pressure and push up front with their big linemen.  Looking at the personnel it is clearly the weakest link on the depth chart.  Trumbetti has to have a break out senior season.  Hayes has to stay healthy and both turned heads today in practice with their performances.  Daniel Cage didn't practice and there are still concerns about his concussions even though he has been cleared to play according to Kelly during yesterday's press conference.   Not sure why he wasn't out there because he would start next to Tillery.  You can't really tell much about the defense early on especially with the linemen but it did appear to be a more physical unit and hopefully will get stronger under the tutelage of Balis and play better with Mike Elston now moving back to defensive line coach.

Bilal is the early leader to play the ROVER position and he looked OK out there.  His speed and athleticism is good enough for him to cover RB's and slot receivers but he still tends to over think instead of just playing.  The linebacker core is solid but not spectacular.  Morgan should be a beast but Coney and Barajas are too highly recruited LBs who need to step up now if this defense is going to be formidable.

I really like the secondary even though they are still considered young.  Watkins and Coleman made plays all over the field this morning which is great considering both struggled last year.  The corners on the outside of Love, Watkins, Pride and Vaughn are all great athletes who with the right coaching and preparation should excel.  The safeties of Tranquill, Coleman, Studstill and Elliott all have experience and smarts to play better than what they showed last year.

Overall it was a good first practice.  You never know how a team is going to respond after so many changes are made coming off one of the worst season's in ND history but clearly they are out there battling and hustling to leave it a distant memory.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kate Upton Makes Another SI Swimsuit Cover and Here Are Our Top 10 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Covers


"Kate the Great" Upton makes her 3rd Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover in her young career and it's good to see she regained her fastball.  Her velocity was sagging there for a couple of years but she clearly worked on her best assets and brought the heat while not stalking Justin Verlander.  With Upton making her 3rd cover it got me thinking about all the greats who have graced the cover.

Here are my power rankings for the 10 best SI Swimsuit covers.


10. Kathy Ireland 1992

While it's not a great cover shot Lucy from Necessary Roughness is the only one of these models I've actually met in person and I can say without a doubt she is a goddess.  I still get flustered when I think about those eyes.

9. Marissa Miller 2008

Miller is the Sandy Koufax of SI cover girls.  She was a shooting star who was here for a hot minute then vanished from the spotlight.

8.  Brooklyn Decker 2010

I present without comment...




7.  Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen 2014

What can I say other than I have a thing for threesomes.  While Teigen has no business being on the cover with her butterface Agdal and Aldridge saved this cover and made it memorable.

6.  Cheryl Tiegs 1975

No bottom.  No bottom.  My god the 70's were so much better.

5. Elle MacPherson 1987

It's a bit nippy in here.  Elle MacPherson was the total package back in the day.  She's still bringing the heat in her 50's.  She injured a lot of adolescent wrists in the 80's and 90's.

4.  Kate Upton 2012

Upton made her debut in 2012 and quickly shot to stardom via the internet.  She's parlayed her huge assets to being Mrs.Verlander and a horrible acting career.

3.  Bar Rafaeli 2009

I could belly up to the Bar any day of the week.


2.  Heidi Klum 1998

Heidi brought her A game in "F me/bedroom eyes" category for this cover.  I'm still all hot and bothered looking at it nearly 20 years later.

1. Dream Team Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, Rachel Hunter 1994

As I said before three is always better than one and this is a Hall of Fame cover by three of the greats.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mike Mayock's 2017 NFL Draft position rankings are out and worth arguing

No lie I miss me some Mike Mayock.  Mayock was the lead analyst on NBC's Notre Dame Football coverage for a few years and brought an understated expertise of the game that didn't exist since Cris Collingsworth left for bigger broadcasting pastures in the mid 90's.  Mayock was replaced with another Boston College alum in Doug Flutie who doesn't hold a candle to what Mayock brings to the broadcasting booth.

Anyways Mayock knows how to scout and judge college football players for their overall talent and abilities coming into the NFL draft.  Mayock's eyes and knowledge are probably ten fold to what I possess.

Let's take a look at Mayock's top 5 players by position going into the NFL scouting combine and I will give you my thoughts/arguments/agreements with Mayock's list.




Quarterback


1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
3. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
4. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
5. Davis Webb, California
My thoughts:
For all intended purposes this is a very weak year for QBs in the draft.  None of those 5 names Mayock mentions pop out to me as can't miss.  Kizer has the size, arm, and athleticism that makes scouts wet.  But he went 4-8 last season with a talented ND roster surrounding him and when he had chances to win the game in the 4th quarter he fell short numerous times.  Watson isn't the prototypical NFL QB size wise but he has the moxie, leadership and winning attitude that none of the other QBs have.  Trubisky is a complete wild card to me.  I've seen Trubisky play a few times and honestly I don't see why scouts are so high on him.  Mahomes tore up the BIG 12 conference but his lack of height is concerning while playing in a spread offense.  Webb has NFL size at 6'4 and an arm to match.  He was under the radar in Berkeley and had a great senior season coming back from an injury during his junior season.  But none of these guys scream out first round pick.  If anything I'm trading down to get a guy like Mahomes or Webb in the 2nd or 3rd round instead of taking a gamble with Kizer, Watson or Trubisky who most draft pundits have as first round locks.



Running Back


1. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
2. Leonard Fournette, LSU
3. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
4. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
5. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
My thoughts:
I love Dalvin Cook.  The guy does it all.  He can cut on a dime and take it to the house.  He can run between the tackles with power.  He can also catch the ball out of the backfield.  He's a matchup nightmare.  Cook is a can't miss type of player IMO.  I once thought the same with Fournette but his junior tape wasn't great.  Bama bottled him up again.  He took plays off, sat out the bowl game and did his best not to get injured so he could collect a big paycheck come April.  I don't blame him but I'm not sure I want that type of player on my team who thinks me first.  McCaffrey is a great college player.  He should have won the Heisman over Derrick Henry.  Put him in the right offense and he could be great but I'm concerned about his injuries and he too sat out the bowl game in order to collect a big check.  Kamara and Mixon are both headcases.  Kamara couldn't cut it in Tuscaloosa and Mixon knocks out girls in fast food joints.

Wide receiver


1. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
2. Mike Williams, Clemson
3. John Ross, Washington
4. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
5. Zay Jones, East Carolina
My thoughts:
I'm surprised Mike Williams isn't #1 on Mayock's list.  Nothing against Corey Davis but Williams was a game changer for Clemson and made Deshaun Watson look a lot better than he actually is.  I would probably put John Ross as my #2.  Ross is very intriguing and he reminds me a lot of Antonio Brown.  Kupp has come out of nowhere and is drawing comparisons to Jordy Nelson because he's a scraper, high motor, first one in last one out aka the white guy.  Zay Jones is another sleeper like Kupp.  No he's not white but the guy caught a million balls for East Carolina and at the very least will be a good #2 receiver in the NFL.




Tight end


1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
2. David Njoku, Miami
3. Evan Engram, Ole Miss
4. Jake Butt, Michigan
5. Gerald Everett, South Alabama
My thoughts:
Howard has the size, speed, talent and hands to be an excellent NFL tight end.  It's really just up to him because God blessed him with elite skills.  I would have Engram #2 over Njoku right now but I can see why Mayock is high on Njoku.  Njoku has developed into a matchup nightmare for linebackers and I think Howard, Njoku and Engram could all be 1st round draft picks.  Butt suffered a knee injury in the Orange Bowl but his hands and blocking are top notch.  I know absolutely nothing about Everett or South Alabama so I'm not going to bull shit you.  You can't go wrong with any of those first three names on Mayock's tight end list.

Offensive tackle


1. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
2. Garett Bolles, Utah
3. Antonio Garcia, Troy
4. Roderick Johnson, Florida State
T-5. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
T-5. Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M
My thoughts:
Mayock throws out his first hot take with no mention of Bama's Cam Robinson in his top 6.  Must be something to do with those pesky gun and drug issues he had in Tuscaloosa that were conveniently swept under the rug.  Big fan of Ramczyk and Johnson.  Both can play left or right tackle in the NFL.  The other guys on Mayock's list I'm not familiar with so I'll take his word for it that they will be earning millions in the NFL while going bankrupt in retirement.

Interior OL


1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
2. Cam Robinson, Alabama
3. Dan Feeney, Indiana
4. Ethan Pocic, LSU
5. Dion Dawkins, Temple
My thoughts:  Well I be damn.  Mayock has Robinson at guard.  Hmm.  Watch him drop to the 2nd round and the Cowboys pick him up and he becomes yet another elite offensive linemen for the Cowboys only to never win a playoff game.  Feeney would be my #2 behind Robinson.  Lamp has drawn comparisons to All-Pro Zach Martin which is why Mayock is so high on him coming out of Western Kentucky. In terms of talent the interior OL might be the strongest position as Pocic and Dawkins also have bright futures at the next level.

Interior DL


1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
2. Caleb Brantley, Florida
3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
4. Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
5. Chris Wormley, Michigan
My thoughts:
Allen is a boom or bust prospect.  Allen led Bama in sacks the last two seasons but he's also been surrounded by great players and rarely was double teamed.  Brantley is a little undersized but he can play with the best of them and is a high motor player.  McDowell could be #1 on Mayock's list but he has a tendency to be lazy and take plays off.  That shit won't fly in the NFL.  Not sure why Ogunjobi is in Mayock's top 5.  He's undersized and tends to get pushed around.  I would put a guy like UCLA's Eddie Vanderdoes over him who isn't even listed.  Wormley is just another Michigan guy who shouldn't be listed.

Edge rusher


1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
2. Tim Williams, Alabama
3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
4. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
5. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
My thoughts:
Not a fan of Michigan football by any means but I don't know why scouts are sleeping on Taco Charlton.  He was the best player by far on Michigan's defense but yet everyone talks about future bust Jabrill Peppers instead.  Anyways Taco should be on Mayock's list.  Garrett is the clear cut #1 overall pick at this point.  Garrett is a can't miss type of player unfortunately he will be going to Cleveland where clearly a lot of players wind up misses.  Williams is overrated and not better than Barnett, Thomas or Taco.  Williams is another guy with gun issues that got conveniently swept under the rug by Nick Saban.  Thomas is the whole package and will be a star in the NFL.  McKinley was great on a bad UCLA team and at worst should be a 2nd round pick.  Barnett is a guy scouts are high on but I never saw him dominate the college game.


Linebacker


1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
2. Haason Reddick, Temple
3. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
4. Jarrad Davis, Florida
5. Alex Anzalone, Florida
My thoughts:
Cunningham would be my #1.  That dude is all over the field and despite playing on a mediocre Vandy team he was the main reason they had a huge win at UGA.  Foster isn't a MIKE linebacker like Cunningham so he's going to be OLB but he seems a little small for the position.  Speed wise Foster is elite and I think he will be one of the better Bama NFL linebackers.  Temple's Reddick had an outstanding 22.5 tackles for loss.  No issues with Davis being up there but I would have JJ Watt's brother T.J. over Anzalone in the top 5. 

Cornerback


1. Sidney Jones, Washington
2. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
3. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
4. Teez Tabor, Florida
5. Tre'Davious White, LSU
My thoughts:
No objections here.  Jones and Lattimore are basically the same player.  Lockdown corners who you could flip spots and it wouldn't really matter.  Beginning of the season I thought Humphrey was the best of the bunch but he slipped slightly.  All 5 of these guys should at the least be serviceable.

Safety


1. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
2. Jamal Adams, LSU
3. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
4. Budda Baker, Washington
5. Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
My thoughts:
Same with the top two cornerbacks the top two safeties in Hooker and Adams have set themselves apart from the rest of the pack.  Peppers might not go first round because he doesn't really have a position he plays that he excels at but his ability to return kicks should help his draft grade.  I like Baker more than Peppers because he can play centerfield and not let anything get on top of him because of his speed.  I'm not familiar with Melifonwu.