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NFL Week 8 Fantasy Winners and Losers

by ANDREW HORN

WARNING: INCLUDES GRAPHIC CONTENT

Week 8 in the NFL was possibly one of the craziest weeks I have ever seen in my life. There were injuries on a scale we have not seen in a long time. Franchise players were dropping left and right. Offenses tallied insane amounts of yardage and points as defenses seemed to have forgotten how to play. Still perfect on the year, my team avoided the injury bug this week. There are a lot of moves that need to be made if you lose a key player and need a replacement, starting with these winners and losers:

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NFL Draft: How did the Redskins and Ravens do?

by DANTE EVANS

1st Round (26th Overall) Ravens: WR Breshard Perriman, UCF. The leading receiver for the UCF Knights is a key asset to a Baltimore Ravens team that lost their top wide receiver in Torrey Smith and top tight end Owen Daniels. Perriman lead the Knights with over 1,044 receiving yards last season. The 6’2 wideout will give the Ravens a bigger target than what they had with Smith and the 4.24 40-yard dash speed of Perriman will cause havoc down the field against corners, giving him the capability to be a deep-ball threat. Joe Flacco is going to need a reliable receiver to throw the ball to, and despite Perriman’s history of dropping catches, he will be one of the go-to targets for Flacco throughout the season.

Courtesy: www.cbssports.com
Courtesy: http://www.cbssports.com

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NFL Made The Correct Decision Suspending Greg Hardy (Opinion)

by LIAM BEATUS

After receiving harsh criticism for the way the NFL handled the Ray Rice domestic violence issue, Roger Goodell announced yesterday that the league would be suspending defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games next season.

The NFL released a statement saying: “Commissioner Goodell noted that Hardy engaged in conduct detrimental to the league and that a suspension of this length would be appropriate under any version of the Personal Conduct Policy or its predecessors.”

In May 2014, Hardy was arrested for assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. Continue reading NFL Made The Correct Decision Suspending Greg Hardy (Opinion)

NFL Free Agency Frenzy

by DANTE EVANS

The NFL free agency period has exploded out of the water within the first few hours of the period starting. A fairly new aspect of the NFL industry, originating in 1992, hit the headlines harder today than in years past with the mobility of players. Stars from all across the league are shifting from team to team by the minute. Not only are there many players that are being traded to various teams, there are some stars that have hung up their uniforms for good.

By the time the preseason starts for the 32 NFL teams, the rosters may be unrecognizable from a year ago. Some of the biggest names out there that have made major changes moved before today. Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle and more commonly known for dirty antics on the field, was among the first to make his move. The former first round draft pick was drafted by Detroit in 2010 and instantly became a wrecking ball on the defensive line.  Suh has 36.0 sacks since 2010, the most by a defensive tackle . His move to the Miami Dolphins can be considered a high-risk, high-reward acquisition by the Dolphins. If Suh keeps himself out of trouble and on the field, he will be playing on the same line as Cameron Wake, creating one of the most formidable defensive lines the Dolphins have ever had. Continue reading NFL Free Agency Frenzy

Baltimore Ravens terminate Rice’s contract

Ray Rice
Ray Rice

by ASHLEY MARTIN

Breaking News: The Baltimore Ravens have just announced the termination of their starting running back, Ray Rice. This morning, TMZ leaked a video of Rice attacking his fiancee in an elevator. Below is the video (Warning: Disturbing Violence).

Once the video was out, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell claimed to not have seen the video before it was released today. According to ESPN, Rice’s teammates also noted that they were not aware of the contents of the video before this morning as well.

The Ravens made the swift reaction in cutting the player, despite the two game suspension Commissioner Goodell imputed after the first video was released.

UPDATE: Commissioner Goodell has indefinitely suspended Rice.

JMan’s Super Bowl Observations

1. Legitimately feel bad for Peyton, he’s a really good guy. I would’ve rather seen this happen to Tom Brady than Peyton Manning if I’m being honest. The worst part is this could’ve been his last game ever. According to some commentators, Peyton has an appointment on Tuesday to check how his neck is doing and if it’s in bad condition, then it’s over for one of the greatest to ever play the game. On another note, it’s really sad that talented players get classified based on the amount of championships they win even though most talented players usually play no role in making personnel decisions. Championships are won by TEAMS not individuals.

2. With all that being said, no one can EVER say Joe Flacco isn’t elite after tonight.

Joe Flacco in the SB last year – 22/33, 287 yds., 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 93.4 QBR
Peyton Manning tonight – 34/49, 280 yds., 1 TD, 2 INTs, 24.4 QBR

Who was the better QB when it mattered?

3. Don’t know how Percy Harvin didn’t win MVP. His return TD cemented Seattle’s win and put a dent to any chance the Broncos had to come back at all. To be honest, the whole team should’ve won MVP, no one really stood out…..it was DEFINTELY a team effort. The Seahawks defense was just as dominant as the 2000 Ravens and almost reached the heights of the 1985 Chicago Bears.

4. Bruno Mars was amazing! Performances like those separate good artists from the greats. Surprised the performance wasn’t more planned out though, it was relatively short compared to other SB halftime performances. Past halftime shows have had many different dimensions (surprise appearances by other artists, amazing technology, cool fireworks and graphics etc.) to it while this show was very predictable. Despite it’s predictability, I expect him to get way more recognition now that he’s performed at such a big event.

5. Peyton Manning is first QB since Kurt Warner (Rams/Cards) to lose the Super Bowl after switching teams. Russell Wilson, on the other hand, is the 2nd African-American quarterback to win it all (Doug Williams, Redskins) and the 3rd youngest quarterback to ever win the big game. Wilson surprisingly wins his first championship before Andrew Luck and RG3. Who would’ve thought that a couple of years ago?

6. God has truly shown favor to Tim Tebow. Tebow may not have an NFL job but he’s now a high profile analyst on ESPN, his Super Bowl commercial was well-received, really funny and the team that traded him for someone else lost in the biggest game of the year.

7. This Super Bowl, commercials-wise, was way too emotional, somber, patriotic and sentimental. There has been major criticism over the years about how the commercials have become way too sexualized and serve no meaning or purpose. While I would definitely agree with that sentiment, at least the sexualized commercials from the past offered some type of pizzazz and surprise which viewers didn’t expect. This year’s commercials truly did a great job matching the boredom and intensity (or lack thereof) of the game itself. In the age when sites like “Upworthy” dominate the internet, being sentimental and inspiring is always the cool way to go when trying to promote the positivity your product brings to society. But when EVERY single company attempts the same strategy, the format gets old and tiring. Not to mention, most of this year’s commercials ONCE AGAIN had no meaning and served no purpose. What a great way to waste $4 million.

8. The two REAL winners of this year’s big game were ESurance and the 90s. “Seinfeld” and “Full House,” two beloved sitcoms from the 90s, reunited in a series of commercials during the game. The commercials were slapstick funny and gave viewers a sense of nostalgia back to the days when television was actually good. Awkwardly though, their appearances prove that creativity is non-existent in Hollywood. There aren’t many new sitcoms which exist nowadays which are just as good as “Seinfeld” and “Full House” were. It was also weird to see a staple of NBC featured very prominently on Fox together with a major cornerstone of San Francisco, who were displayed during what would eventually be a blowout by San Fran’s fiercest rival Seattle.

9. ESurance definitely took a W when it comes to marketing. Their commercial featured a young, handsome guy sitting on a couch with what was presumably $1.5 million. The guy in the commercial made a couple of jokes and announced that the company was giving $1.5 million away to someone on Twitter if they used the hashtag, “#EsuranceSave30”. This hashtag is STILL trending as I write this post.

10. The person who deserves the MOST credit for Seattle’s Super Bowl win is without a doubt, Reggie Bush. If Reggie Bush hadn’t broken NCAA rules and accepted money while playing college football, Pete Carroll may not be the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. The NBA also played a role in the emergence of the Seahawks because without the league deciding to move Supersonics to Oklahoma City, there may not have been any sense of urgency on the Seahawks’ part to try and acquire a gamechanging leader like Carroll to take over the franchise. Before Pete set foot in Seattle, the Sonics were the city’s most beloved sports pastime by far. With this win, the Seahawks have now become Seattle’s favorite team. Biggest loser: Los Angeles, where USC now sucks and they STILL don’t have an NFL team.

11. Hillary Clinton MAY or MAY NOT win the 2016 Presidential Election but she definitely won Twitter during the Big Game just like Ronan Farrow won Twitter during the Golden Globes’ Woody Allen tribute:

Why I WON’T Watch the Super Bowl Tonight

By Teacher Heze

The Superbowl is the most watched event on TV. Your viewership gives it power in the same way that your vote on election day does. Tonight, I’m not voting. Even if you’re an avid football fan and still watch the Superbowl, I don’t blame you. Sports are a fantastic way to remind of us friends, family, and childhood memories. But please still consider the implications of the game. The NFL knows the damages it does to people, but they are a multi-billion dollar industry and don’t care. This needs to change and only will when the fans acknowledge that.

Instead of talking about the change in the rules on head-to-head combat and legal places to get hit, I want to focus on what I believe to be the most important issue: brain injuries. Older veteran players are suffering serious traumatic damage to their head and all the NFL can do is offer a $765 million settlement, which the judge thankfully rejected.

Even with the new rules, we still see players get concussions ALL OF THE TIME! What’s worst, the announcers downplay the injury because football is suppose to be entertaining, after all.

The information and research is out; the hard hits in football are causing brain damage, but still a fan’s natural defense is usually:

1.) The players know what they’re getting into

2.) That’s the way football is meant to be/has always been played

But actually…

1a.) Many of the old players were misinformed by the league and coaches. While they knew it was obviously not conducive to their mental well-being, they never dreamed of the actual repercussions, and serious injuries were taught to be shrugged off. In fact, players that got concussions would still play in the next drive and get consecutive concussions each time they were hit.

1b.) Has anyone handed you millions of dollars and made you an idol? Even though new players should be aware of the repercussions (not that all of them are), it still seems like a worthwhile trade-off to a 20-something kid.

2.) Football has adapted to the times with everything else, except this. And this is seriously the most important issue that should be dealt with. Mental injury deteriorates the very being of the person, just ask the ex-players’ wives that were strong enough to stick with their husbands. No sport or form of entertainment is worth the sacrifice of human lives.

It’s not just that $765 million isn’t enough, honestly, it’s that no amount of money will ever be enough. How can you a price tag on the value of life? You are your brain – never forget that.

Perhaps I don’t understand the obsession because I’d rather watch baseball or documentaries with my girlfriend than football. On the surface, that makes sense, but deep inside, I know that I simply feel for the players and am tired of ignoring the fact that the NFL is destroying lives. There’s a human-to-human connection that exists within us all and yours should be triggered, telling you that something is clearly wrong with this current system and it needs to be fixed.

What are you thoughts? Agree or disagree, we’d love to hear them in the comment section below.