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Tim Tebow is on the Market for a New Team

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Tim Tebow was a New York Jets for only one season before being released from the team. The Jets released Tebow early Monday morning after acquiring a few other quarterbacks this off-season.

In 2007 Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in Florida. Then he was picked 25th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 draft. During the 2011 season Tebow showed the world he had God on his side. Tebow was not the best quarterback in the league but he led some miracle comebacks that season. Tebow took the Broncos to a division title and a chance to play in the 2011 playoffs.  The Denver Broncos were the AFC wild-card and played the Pittsburgh Steelers who were favored to win. Tebow led the Broncos to a miraculous win in overtime, 29-23. Tebow threw a surprising 316 yards on 10 completions during that game. In college Tebow would wear bible verses on his eye-black stickers for everyone to see, his favorite being John 3:16. During the Broncos vs Steelers game Tebow was not wearing his stickers but Palm Beach Post reported that 92 million people searched that verse on the internet after that game. From that night on Tim Tebow had fans of all kinds, football and not, cheering him on.

The Broncos didn’t make it to the championship, and Tebow was traded to the Jets during the offseason. Tim Tebow became the Jets backup quarterback behind Mark Sanchez, neither doing much for the Jets in 2012. The Jets tried to get Tebow to play another position but after trying a few out he was not up for it. So during this offseason the Jets decided it was time to let Tebow go. Monday morning Tim Tebow went to the training center but before he could make it to the weight room he was called into the office.

Tim_Tebow_John_316Tim Tebow is not the best quarterback in the league, but he is definitely a player I would want on my time. Tebow is a great leader that supports his team. Personally I am a fan of Tebow and fully support him as a person, what he stands for, and as a pro football player. I think Tebow should be more open to playing other positions, but if he wants to focus on the position he loves and grow as a quarterback, then who can blame him? I am anxious to see what team picks him up if any, and at what position.

Resources:

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/jets_release_tim_tebow_twHFvSOgnkbGMj45xHPzeK

http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/76596/new-york-jets-release-tim-tebow

http://www.biography.com/people/tim-tebow-20786869

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/john-316-tim-tebow-bible_n_1195221.html

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/9222870/new-york-jets-cut-tim-tebow

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Keith McCants Shares His Story

Keith McCants has accomplished a lot in his life and is starting his mission to make a difference in the world today.

Keith_McCantsMcCants was born in Mobile, Alabama on April 19, 1968. In high school he was the talk of the state because of his great athleticism in both football and basketball. Keith McCants was great at both sports but his love was always football, so he proceeded on with his chosen career as the linebacker for the University of Alabama. McCants continued his greatness in college so much so that even coaches from other teams were giving him compliments. Billy Brewer, former Ole Miss head coach described McCants as, “The best football player I’ve seen since I came into the conference”. Dennis Erickson, former Miami head coach said McCants was “comparable to Superman I and Superman II”. Impressive compliments! McCants was All American in college as well as Defensive Player of the Year in 1989. In 1990 McCants was drafted 4th overall in the 1st round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCants played in the NFL for teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Houston Oilers, and the Arizona Cardinals improving more and more with each team he played for. McCants retired from the sport in 1995.

But it is not his greatness during his NFL career that he is sharing with people everywhere today, it is what happened after. After McCants retired from the NFL he became addicted to pain medications and was victim of substance abuse and legal problems. Behind all the glory during his college and the NFL he was dealing with lots of pain from his knee he had hurt in college and other injuries he had sustained. In football McCants had a total of 29 surgeries and 6 concussions. In order to keep away the pain and keep McCants on the field the organizations he was a part of would give him multiple pain medications including shots of morphine and shots of cortisone. All this is legal in the NFL and happens a lot. Teams want their players to be able to play; they do not pay them the money they do to just sit on the bench. None of this really presents a problem till after football is over as McCants explains. When McCants retired from the game of football all the pain medications are stopped and no longer legal, so eventually he turned to street drugs to take away the pain. Keith McCants never realized how addicted he was to all the pain medications during football. McCants spent all his money on street drugs along with some being taken from his family and friends, McCants soon became broke.

Keith McCants interview on 105.3

Eventually Keith McCants realized how bad his situation, got cleaned up, and is now sharing his story to help prevent it from happening to someone else. McCants is traveling to many different high schools and colleges to share his story and to help athletes everywhere become more aware of addiction and the importance of managing their money, so that what happen to him does not happen to them. McCants also has a book coming out soon.

Keith_McCants_NowKeith McCants has overcome a lot in his life and he has found a way to make a difference with his struggles by getting his story out there to others. I hope that his story goes a long way and helps many athletes today and in the future to be more aware of things like pain medication addiction and managing their money in the right way. So many times you hear of these things happening to athletes after their careers are over, it is nice to finally hear of someone coming out on top and taking action to prevent it from happening to others. In an interview on 105.3 the Fan Keith McCants said, “I feel the National Football League should put everyone through a rehab or wean them off of whatever they put them on.” I completely agree with him. I feel that it would greatly benefit athletes to be prepared for the real world before they enter it. You cannot just cut someone off of something they have done for many years and expect them to be fine. Now I am not saying things like this are fully the leagues fault, some players move on from the game and are just fine. Also it is up to the athlete to educate themselves and take care of themselves. Still I feel that some kind of awareness before and or some kind of program after an athlete’s career would be beneficial. I fully support what Keith McCants is doing and wish him the best! I look forward to reading his book when it comes out.

Resources:

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/audio/1007-rage-with-richie-greggo/former-football-star-keith-mccants-tells-his-story-of-addiction/

http://keithmccants.com/bio

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/more_studio10/celebrities/former-nfl-star-keith-mccants-talks-about-his-rough-life-after-football

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Ray Lewis Accused of using Deer-Antler Spray

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Ray Lewis, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, is accused of using deer-antler spray, a mist that contains a substance that is listed on the NFL’s banned list. Deer-antler spray is a product from Sports with Alternatives to Steroids, S.W.A.T.S. A S.W.A.T.S. co-owner, Mitch Ross claims that he talked with Lewis in the middle of October after the linebacker tore his triceps. Ross said that Lewis was interested in a speedy recovery that would have him back on the field by the super bowl, in which Ross proscribed deer-antler spray, a spray that also comes in pill form as well, along with many other products.

The spray is said to contain IGF-1, which is a hormone that stimulates muscle growth and is the substance that is banned by the NFL. Christopher Key, the other co-owner of S.W.A.T.S., explains it like this, “You’re familiar with HGH, correct? It’s converted in the liver to IGF-1. We have deer that we harvest out of New Zealand. Their antlers are the fastest-growing substance on planet Earth . . . because of the high concentration of IGF-1. We’ve been able to freeze dry that out, extract it, put it in a sublingual spray that you shake for 20 seconds and then spray three (times) under your tongue. . . . This stuff has been around for almost 1,000 years, this is stuff from the Chinese.”

A professor at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Roberto Salvatori believes it is not scientifically possible to take IGF-1 orally. Salvatori is quoted in a newspaper article, “If there were, a lot of people would be happy that they don’t need to get shots anymore. It’s just simply not possible for it to come from a spray.”

The Ravens vice president of communications, Kevin Byrne told ESPN, “(Lewis) denied using the substance discussed in the article, and we believe him.” Byrne also added, “Ray has been randomly tested for banned substances and has never failed a test. We have never been notified of a failed test. He has never been notified of a failed test.” Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh also supported this when he said, “Ray has worked incredibly hard to get back. I would hate to see anything diminish that. My understanding is that he’s passed every random Ray_Lewis_Baltimoresubstance test that he’s taken throughout his career.”

But it is interesting to know that Mark Schlereth explains in a blog on ESPN.com, “The NFL Players Association said the league does test for IGF-1, the banned substance found in deer-antler extract, but the NFL said it is not detectable with the league’s current testing methods.”

There are so many questions to this story. Is Ross making up this story to get publicity for S.W.A.T.S. products because Ray Lewis had a speedy recovery from an injury? Is Ross telling the truth and Lewis is just denying it because he is scared of what might happen – deny, deny, deny? Ray Lewis had an injury and worked hard to come back from this. It would be sad to hear that he took a performance enhancing substance to do it. If Lewis did make this comeback authentically and legally this is an awful rumor to start but I guess one to be expected because he is one of the best linebackers in the league, some would even place him as number one. I feel this story breaking in the time that it did, just days before the super bowl, is going to distract Lewis and play a part in his game time performance. I mean how could it now? There are now going to be a lot more eyes on him and a tremendous amount of pressure. Lewis is going to have to work even harder to stay focused during this important game on Sunday.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/8894127/super-bowl-2013-ray-lewis-baltimore-ravens-reportedly-connected-ped

http://www.ibtimes.com/what-deer-antler-spray-behind-swats-substance-ray-lewis-reportedly-used-1047388

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_22476762/ravens-ray-lewis-denies-using-deer-antler-spray

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130129/the-strange-lab-that-lured-numerous-athletes/

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Another Oops by Mayor Menino


On Wednesday the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino goofs on sports names yet again. Mayor Menino was having a phone conversation with the mayor of Baltimore in front of the media. They were talking about the upcoming AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.

During the conversation mayor Menino says, “We have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here. He’s been our point person all season long. And Stevan Ridley, he’s been another great guy. And Wilcock.” Menino was referring to New England’s defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, #75, whose jersey he has on during the conversation. Menino is also holding a sheet of paper which I would guess has the names of the players on it. Even with the paper he still messes up the names of star players.

The conversation continues with Menino later saying, “We have it all. Hernandez is going to do a great job. He’ll step in for Gonk because Gonk’s hurt.” The mayor meant to say “Gronk,” which is the nickname of Rob Gronkowski who broke his forearm and will not play the rest of the postseason. At least he was closer this year than last year when he called him “Grabowski.”

The mayor joked about his mess up on Thursday when he tweeted out, “How could we have a championship season in New England without some new #Meninoisms? cc @Wilfork75 @RobGronkowski #PatriotsNation”

Mayor Menino cracks me up when he messes up like this. No one is perfect and it just makes for a good laugh when he does this because he has done it so many times in the past. I love that he shows his sense of humor and laughs about his “Meninoisms” with us.

To read about some of this past mistakes refer back to my past blog: Oops! Mayor of Boston did it Again.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/8853415/2013-nfl-playoffs-boston-mayor-thomas-menino-stumbles-new-england-patriots-names

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The Eagles hire Chip Kelly

Chip_KellyToday the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach.

The Eagles ended their 2012 season with a record of only 4-12, so on December 31, 2012 they fired head coach Andy Reid and began the search for a replacement. One of the main coaches Philadelphia was pursuing was Chip Kelly, head coach of the University of Oregon Ducks. Yes, this college coach is moving up to coach the big leagues. In his 4 years as coach Chip Kelly lead the Ducks to a 46-7 record, as well as just beating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl to end the 2012 season.

After the bowl Kelly was ready to be interviewed. Kelly said, “I know that people want to talk to me because of our players. The success of our football program has always been about our guys. It’s an honor for someone to say they’d want to talk to me about maybe moving on to go coach in the National Football League. But it’s because of what those guys do. I’ll listen, and we’ll see.” Kelly talked with Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Buffalo but decided to stay with the University of Oregon. Then Kelly changed his mind and agreed to move up to the NFL and coach for Philadelphia. Though I am sure Oregon is sad to see Chip Kelly go they are keeping it classy and wishing him the best. The university’s athletic director Rob Mullens said, “I want to thank Chip for his leadership and commitment to building on the Oregon Football foundation of excellence. We have enjoyed incredible success over the past four years. I have great respect for Chip, consider him a friend and wish him the best of luck in the NFL.”Chip_Kelly_oregon

The Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is very excited to have Kelly as the new head coach. Lurie said, “Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles. He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”

Chip Kelly has no experience coaching an NFL team so I would not expect immediate success, but with his “football mind” I bet the Eagles will have a much better season in 2013 than they did in 2012.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8849699/chip-kelly-bolts-oregon-ducks-coach-philadelphia-eagles

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NFL Positions 101

In the NFL teams must contain a 53 man roster at the start of the regular season. Each player in the NFL plays a particular position on offense or defense and has a certain job to do. There are only 11 men from each team allowed on the field, so there are 11 positions in offense and 11 positions in defense, and a few others for special teams. As I go on to describe each position be sure to refer back to the picture above and pictures below to get a better visual of where the position might be, but keep in mind that coaches design different plays that may place a certain player in a different location. Coaches can also run plays that have more of a certain position and less of another, so you may see more tight ends, more linebackers, or even more linemen to take the place of another position the coach will take out for a particular play.

Offense Positions:

Center (C) – The center is in charge of starting the play by snapping the ball to the quarterback. The center is also responsible for blocking defensive players on the other team to keep them from getting to the offensive player with the ball. The center is the player that is in the middle of the Offensive Linemen on the line of scrimmage.

Offensive Linemen – there are 4 different types:

  • Left Guard (LG/G) – The guard must block the defensive players from getting to the quarterback or any teammate that has the ball. If the guard needs to he can “pull”. This is when the guard moves from his position beside the center to be near the ball carrier and block for him. A guard will only “pull” on certain plays like “traps” – when the ball carrier will run inside, “sweeps” – when the call carrier runs outside, or “screens” – a passing play. The left guard is lined up on the left side of the center on the line of scrimmage.
  • Right Guard (RG/G) – has the same responsibilities as the left guard but is lined up on the right side of the center.
  • Left Tackle (LT/T) – The tackle must block for both running and passing plays. The tackles must work hard to block the defensive players from getting to the quarterback. If the quarterback is right-handed it is the Left Tackle’s job to protect the quarterback from being hit from behind, also known as the quarterback’s “blind side”. This tackle that has to protect the quarterback’s “blind side” is usually they more skilled offensive lineman. Tackles can also “pull” during a running play if there is a tight end on his side. Left tackles line up on the left side of the left guard.
  • Right Tackle (RT/T) – A right tackle has the same responsibilities as a left tackle. But if the quarterback is left-handed it is the right tackle’s job to protect the “blind side”. A right tackle is lined up just on the right side of the right guard.

Quarterback (QB) – The quarterback has the most important offensive job. He must receive the ball from the coaches and talk to them about what play to run. Then the quarterback informs his teammates that are on the field in a huddle. Then the quarterback breaks the huddle and the team takes their positions. The quarterback can stand in two different positions: 1.) “Under Center” – the quarterback is directly behind the center so that he can receive the ball in a hand-to-hand pass or 2.) “In the Shotgun” – the quarterback is lined up at a distance behind the center for a small pass. After the quarterback has the ball he has 3 options: run the ball himself, hand it off to another ball carrier, or throw a pass to a player down field. The quarterback must think and act quickly before the defensive players on the other team get to him.

Wide Receiver (WR) – Those that run distances and get open to catch a pass from the quarterback. Wide receivers are considered specialists in pass-catching, but are occasionally asked to block sometimes too. Wide receivers stand on the far outside of the linemen near the sidelines to start the play.

Tight End (TE) – A tight end is a mix between a wide receiver and a lineman because they can block or catch passes. Tight ends start on either side of and directly next to the tackles on the line of scrimmage.

Running Back – players that line up behind the offensive line to receive the ball from the quarterback for a rushing play.  There can be from 0 to 3 running backs used for a play. If there are no running backs used the play is said to have an “empty backfield”. There are 4 different types of running backs depending on where they line up:

  • Tailback/halfback (TB/HB) – the player that is the primary ball carrier for rushing plays. They can also catch passes if necessary. Tailbacks line up behind the fullback.
  • Fullback (FB) – the player that is the primary blocker for the ball carrier. This player is usually larger and stronger than the tailback.  Fullbacks line up closer to the line of scrimmage than a tailback would so they can block. Fullbacks can also catch passes if needed.
  • Wingback/Slotback (WB/SB) – a running back that starts behind the line of scrimmage on the outside of the tackle or tight end. These players are only found during certain offensive alignments.
  • H-back – a modified tight end that lines up just behind the line of scrimmage.

Defense Positions:

Defensive Linemen – 4 to 5 types:

  • Defensive Left Tackle (LT/T) – can also be known as defensive guards. They are required to rush the passer, or in other words they must try to get to the quarterback and tackle him before he passes the ball. Defensive left tackles are lined up on the defensive line of scrimmage more to the left end side across from the offensive right guard.
  • Defensive Right Tackle (RT/T) – has the same responsibilities as the defensive left tackle but is lined up to the right end of the line of scrimmage across from the offensive left guard.
  • Defensive Nose Guard – A nose guard has the same responsibilities as a defensive tackle but is only used in rare formations. The nose guard lines up directly across from the center so that they are pretty much nose-to-nose.
  • Defensive Left End (LE/E) – The defensive left end must try to stop the quarterback from passing the ball or stop any offensive runners that were given the ball. The faster of the two defensive ends is usually placed on the side of the quarterback’s blind side. If the quarterback is left-handed their blind side would be their right side so the faster defensive end would stand on the left side (opposite of the quarterback’s right side). The defensive left end starts to the left of the defensive left tackle.
  • Defensive Right End (RE/E) – The defensive right end has the same responsibilities as the defensive left end, but starts on the right side of the defensive right tackle.

Linebackers – stand behind the defensive linemen and obtain different responsibilities depending on where they are standing.

  • Middle Linebacker (ML) – The middle linebacker calls out the plays and is required to react to any changes of the offense. The middle linebacker must also be able to stop any running backs that get past the defensive line, stop any pass plays through the middle, or rush the quarterback if given the opportunity. The middle linebacker stands in the middle of the defensive linemen and is like the quarterback of the defense.
  • Outside Linebacker (OL) – They are mostly responsible for covering the offensive tackles. Some teams refer to their outside linebackers as other names like “right outside” and “left outside”, or “strongside”/”Sam” and “weakside”/”Will”. They may also be asked to rush the quarterback, or cover a running back to keep them from catching a pass. Outside linebackers stand on the outside of the defensive linemen.

Defensive backs – Defensive backs are responsible for covering wide receivers and tight ends to keep them from getting the ball during a pass play, stop any ball carriers that get past the defensive linemen, and can attempt to catch any passed balls for an interception. Defensive backs stand behind the defensive linemen or outside near the sidelines. Defensive backs are also known as the “secondary” and are the last line of defense. There are 3 different types of defensive backs:

  • Cornerbacks (CB) – Cornerbacks must cover the wide receivers and keep them from catching the pass from the quarterback. The cornerbacks can swat the ball away or catch it themselves. During a rushing play the cornerbacks must tackle the ball carrier, direct him back to the middle to be tackled, or force him out-of-bounds. Cornerbacks mostly start behind the defensive line on the outside near the sidelines.
  • Safety (S) – Safeties help cover offensive players to keep them from getting the ball. There are usually 2 safeties on the field, one being the strong safety and the other being the free safety. The strong safety is stronger and larger to help stop/tackle the offensive players during running plays. The free safety is smaller and faster to help cover the offensive players that run a distance to catch a long pass. Safeties are the defensive players that stand farthest back from the line of scrimmage.
  • Nickelback and Dimeback (NB/DB) – an extra defensive back that will take the place of a linebacker. When a team feels they need extra help in pass coverage they will take out a linebacker and put in an extra defensive back, this formation is called a “nickel” because of the fifth defensive back. If there is six defensive backs the formation is called a “dime package”.

Special Teams:

Sometimes there are special plays coaches like to run or need to run. For these special plays there may be a special team or position that is needed. Some special positions include:

Kicker (K) – comes in only to kick the ball for kickoffs and/or field goals. The kicker will always kick the ball off a tee or from a “holder”. In rare occasions a team’s kicker will also punt.

Holder (H) – holds the ball in an upright position on the ground for the kicker to kick. The holder will normally be 7 to 8 yards back from the line of scrimmage. The holder is usually the team’s backup quarterback or punter.

Long Snapper (LS) – a specialized center that snaps the ball at a much further distance to the holder or punter during kicking plays.

Punter (P) – a player that catches the ball from the long snapper and drops it from their own hands to kick it a distance down the field. A punter is normally only used during a fourth down to push the opposing teams defense further down the field and away from the offensive team’s in-zone (touchdown area).

Punt Returner and Kick Returner (PR/KR) – defensive players that are put in to catch the kicked ball of a punter or kicker. After they catch the ball they will run it back up the field as far as they can. These returners are usually the fastest players on the teams.

Upback – used during punting plays and will be positioned 1 to 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage somewhere between the long snapper and the punter, but not directly in-between the two. The upback calls for the snap to begin the play. The upback is mostly used as a last line defensive blocker for the punter, but can also catch the snapped ball on fake punts and run it himself or throw it.

Gunner – is used on the punting or kicking plays to quickly run down the field to tackle the punt returner or kick returner on the opposing team. The Gunner starts by lining up near the sidelines were he is less likely to be blocked.

Now you know the positions in the NFL and their responsibilities. I hope this helps you understand the game more.

Resources:

http://www.fuzilogik.com/Sports-Library/Football-NFL/Player-Positions-In-Football.html

http://football.about.com/cs/football101/a/positionoff.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_football_positions

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/player-positions-in-american-football.html

http://football.about.com/cs/football101/a/bl_101downs.htm

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Kevin Love Shaved His Head!

Kevin Love, NBA player for the Minnesota Timberwolves, broke his right hand on October 17 doing knuckle push-ups in a morning workout. Kevin Love will be out for 6-8 weeks but he is not sitting around doing nothing. Earlier this week Kevin Love decided he would shave his head, but not just for fun. In thought of women everywhere going through chem0, Love did this because of breast cancer awareness.

Love asked the wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald to be his barber. Larry Fiztgerald was pleased to do this because he lost his mother to cancer 9 years ago. The two teamed up and filmed Kevin Love’s new look and together they posted this video. They will donate 25 cents to Brest Cancer charities for every video retweet and facebook “like”.


Fitzgerald said, “Kevin and I are here today to make sure nobody else has to lose a mother, a sister, a daughter to this disease.” So lets work together to share this, and make that happen.

Resources:

http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2012/10/kevin-love-shaves-his-head-for-the-ladies/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-400_162-57540541/watch-nba-star-kevin-love-shaves-head-to-support-breast-cancer-awareness/

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Pink Penalty Flags!

Due to an 11-year-old’s letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, The NFL announced yesterday that the penalty flags will be pink for October. This idea will debut during the Dolphins vs. Jets game Sunday October 28th at 12:00 PM (CT).

The 11-year-old is Dante Cano from Marlboro, N.J. While watching football one day with his dad, Dante thought that having pink penalty flags might help raise awareness. Dante said, “I wanted to do it because it would raise awareness for breast cancer. I thought it would be a good addition to the other things that raise awareness for (the disease).”

When Goodell received the hand-written letter he read it, talked it over with the NFL, and made the announcement. Goodell also invited Dante and his family to the game to see the first NFL game to be played with pink penalty flags. He then asked Dante to be the one to present the flags to the officials before the game. In a conversation with the press Goodell said, “Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action. Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation.”

Dante’s parents are very proud of him for having the idea and following through with it. His mother, Laura Cano said, “He thought penalty flags would be the most visible thing to bring about awareness of breast cancer.” Mrs. Cano explained that no one in the family has breast cancer but Dante’s older sister, Nikki, has Aicardi Syndrome. Due to this syndrome, 14-year-old Nikki is unable to walk and talk, and is cognitively slow. Mrs. Cano believes that Dante is aware of the seriousness of breast cancer because he has seen his sister go through a lot.

Sunday will be an exciting day for the NFL, the Cano family, and for breast cancer awareness. What an amazing story. Dante had an idea and followed through with the encouragement of his family. Also I am pleased with the NFL for reading Dante’s letter and making it happen the way that they have. Thank you NFL and Thank you Dante Cano.

Resources:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/24/sport/football-pink-flags/index.html

http://nflcommunications.com/2012/10/24/nfl-to-use-pink-penalty-flags-as-suggested-by-11-year-old-fan-for-dolphins-jets-game-on-sunday/

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8546579/nfl-use-pink-flags-dolphins-vs-jets

http://www.app.com/article/20121024/NJNEWS/310240103/Marlboro-boy-11-suggests-pink-penalty-flags-NFL-buys-in?odyssey=nav|head

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Ndamukong Suh’s ugly hit on Jay Culter

On Monday night the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions with a 13-7 win. During the game Lions’ Ndamukong Suh completed a horrific sack on Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler.

In the 2nd quarter with less than 5 minutes left the Lions were down 10-0 and the Bears had the ball. Suh busted through the Bears’ offensive line just to get close enough to grab Cutler’s sleeve. With a sleeve in hand Suh pulled Cutler closer so he could then put his other arm on Cutler’s shoulder and slam him to the ground. The sack looked dangerous and had the potential to hurt Cutler badly. The referees did not call a penalty and claimed the sack was clean. Suh, of course, also believed his tackle was clean. Suh said, “Simply a football play. I can’t control my momentum, especially at that high speed. I’m chasing him. He’s running away from me. My whole goal is just to get the quarterback down and make a play and get us off the field or move on to the next play.”

After a few moments Cutler got back up and ran off the field. Culter seemed to be fine and was only diagnosed with bruised ribs during halftime. That sack could have resulted in much more and Cutler was very lucky. Bears coach Lovie Smith said, “Most people thought Jay would get up. Unless it’s a broken leg or something like that, he’s going to get up. He is a tough guy. That’s what you should have as your Chicago Bear quarterback and he does it time after time. He was in some pain, but he fought through.”

When the game was over quarterback Jay Culter and coach Lovie Smith seemed to not have any problems with the sack. Coach Smith said, “No one’s trying to hurt anyone or anything like that. It was just a tough, hard-nosed game.” Teammate Brandon Marshall, on the other hand, did have a problem with the sack and felt it was wrong. Marshall said, “Last night the leg whip that Ndamukong Suh placed on our quarterback Jay Cutler, that was dirty. That was dirty. He can be one of the best D-tackles that ever done it, but he cannot do that that way. If you look at it, c’mon man, this is not wrestling. You don’t do that. That’s not clean.”

Today Sports Center confirmed the sack was legal by tweeting, “The NFL has determined that @ndamukong_suh’s violent sack of Jay Cutler was a legal hit, a source tells ESPN’s Ed Werder.” Also in Brandon Marshall calls out Suh for hit, an article on ESPNChicago.com says, “It was considered a worthwhile review and a close decision because Cutler is afforded the protections against roughing the passer, even outside the pocket, but Suh did not drive him into the ground so the hit was determined to be legal, the source said.”

While watching the sac my hands clenched. I though Cutler was hurt, maybe a broken collar-bone or something. I am so thankful that he only had bruising from a hit like that. I do not think that was a legal sack and if it is then the league should change the rules on sacks. I know there is a fine line in the game of football and rules have changed so much so it has changed the game of football, but I can’t help feeling that sack could have had an awful ending. Yes accidents happen in football and No I don’t think Suh was intentionally trying to hurt Cutler, but that sack was scary and Cutler is very lucky.

Resources:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1023-bears-lions-chicago–20121023,0,4249262.story

http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8540916/brandon-marshall-chicago-bears-calls-ndamukong-suh-detroit-lions-hit-jay-cutler

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Philadelphia Eagles Fire Juan Castillo

Today the Philadelphia Eagles announced the firing of their defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.

Juan Castillo started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995 as an offensive assistant. In 1997 Castillo was promoted to the tight ends coach, and one year later became the Eagles offensive line coach. Castillo was the offensive line coach till after the 2010 season, then the organization moved him to defensive coordinator. Castillo spent his whole career with the offensive side, so moving him to defense cause a lot of concern.

Last season the Eagles defense stated off with no chemistry. The defense was not good until late in the season and the Eagles ended with a discouraging 8-8 record. But somehow the Eagles’ defense leaded the NFL in sacks with a total of 50.

This season the Eagles started off looking somewhat good. Philadelphia began with three wins and only one loss in their first four games with the defense obtaining seven sacks in the first three games. Then everything went back downhill. The team continued on to lose the next two games and the defense has not made any sacks in the last three. The defense has been missing important stops, and they hardly seem motivated. On Sunday October 14, 2012 the Eagles lost in overtime to the Detroit Lions after having a 10-point lead in the 4th, now making their record 3-3.

To watch highlights from the Eagles vs. Lions game click here.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid said, “We’re six games into the season and average isn’t good enough. I know the potential of our team and insist on maximizing it.” Reid felt it was time for the team to make some changes. In his statement Reid said, “This was my decision and my decision alone.” Reid decided to begin with firing Juan Castillo.

Coach Reid said, “He has served this organization extremely well for 18 years and letting him go was a difficult decision. I know he will continue to be a successful coach in this league and wish he and his family nothing but the best.”

Castillo was replaced with the Eagles secondary coach Todd Bowles. Bowles was with the Dolphins’ last year and then came to the Eagles during the offseason.

I agree the Eagles need to make a change and firing Castillo, I believe, will prove to be a good move. Juan Castillo was not succeeding on defense. I disagree with the fact that Castillo was ever moved to defensive coordinator given all of his experience being with the offensive, and I am also not so sure that this should have been the Eagles first move. The Eagles offense has not been going well either. The offensive line is struggling to stay strong and have been allowing players to get by to sack their quarterback, Michael Vick. Vick has not been a star either with already 8 turnovers, and has lost 5 fumbles. Not Good! Maybe the Eagles next change needs to be somewhere in their offense.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8511166/juan-castillo-fired-philadelphia-eagles

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/10/16/juan-castillo-fired/index.html

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gclnxKql58a1BcHRT0eNXP37Ik4A?docId=226a551f715549139e442afb4d9365aa

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