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Podcast: Doughnuts and Adrenal Fatigue over Black Saddle Bourbon in Southie

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Podcasts | 1 comment

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Welcome to the first Drunken Sportsmen podcast of Summer 2014. Listen below or on iTunes. This wild ride includes:

 

Black Saddle Bourbon

Black Saddle won the 2014 Double Gold at the San Francisco World spirits competition. We do our best to discern its flavors and quality with an in depth break down of the aesthetics of the bottle and label.

Espolon Tequila

Our first and everlasting love.

Adrenal Fatigue

It’s real and if you drink lots of coffee and alcohol, you probably suffer from it to some degree. Don’t worry we got your back.

Twitter spam

Why Anthony had to take down his tweet about hitting the trifecta at the Preakness.

George Gershwin, Geniuses, and Malcolm Gladwell

Drew drops some riveting Gershwin knowledge and explains his (Drew’s) inability to appreciate nuance in food and drink. Anthony delves into the myth of genius per Malcolm Gladwell and expresses disdain for Gladwell’s effect on pseudo-intellectual cocktail party talk. I come to Gladwell’s defense because his books are fucking awesome even if they enable superficial folks to glean some nuggets to make themselves look smart.

Do We All Lack Depth?

Are we all a mile wide and an inch deep?

The World Cup – Was this progress for US Soccer?

Did Jurgen Klinsmann cause some of USMNT’s injuries? Is America becoming more into soccer? USA bars and watching parties say so. Anthony’s broadcast strategy for growing soccer in America.

Doughnuts – An Exploration of Their Role in Our Society

In depth discussion of the best doughnuts and why no one ever orders doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts. Introducing our new Doughnut Truck. Devolves into a discussion of why sliders are better than burgers.

The Worst Thing I’ve Seen on TV This Week

Hint: both were on ESPN. Only one involved humans guzzling soggy buns.

Abbreve of the Week

“Seg” – thanks Anthony.

Spontaneity Exercise – What would your last words be?

What sage and meaningful thing would you say as your last words?

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2014 NFL Draft Recap AFC South, AFC West

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in NFL | 0 comments

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The NFL Draft never goes as draftniks predict and 2014 was no different. Here is my assessment of how each team fared.

AFC SOUTH Draft Recap

Indianapolis

The Colts didn’t have a 1st round pick due to their 2013 trade for RB Trent Richardson. With the five picks the Colts had they did little to excite. They had a big need for help in the secondary that went unaddressed and none of the players selected look to contribute in 2014.

Jacksonville

The Jaguars were all in on QB Blake Bortles, whom they selected 3rd overall, while many thought they would take a pass rusher and address the QB issue later. Bortles had all of the protypical QB measurements that some of the other QB prospects lacked which helped convince Jacksonville he could be their QB of the future. To that end, the Jaguars hope to let Bortles develop behind Chad Henne for a season. In the 2nd round the Jags selected two WRs, Marquise Lee from USC and Allen Robinson from Penn State. Both of these players should be able to help a team that has lacked weapons on offense and that will be without former 1st pick WR Justin Blackmon (suspension) for a portion/all of the season. The Jaguars also took a chance on CB Aaron Colvin who tore an ACL during practice for the Senior Bowl and will likely need the season to rehab.

Houston

By selecting DE Jadeveon Clowney to pair with J.J. Watt, Houston has to have QBs throughout the league worried about their personal safety. There is some thought that Clowney didn’t give full effort last season at South Carolina but the Texans believed in what they saw on film and apparently have a plan for keeping Clowney motivated. The Texans also addressed needs at OG ( Xavier Su’a-Filo) and TE (C.J. Fiedorowicz). Additionally, they may have lucked out by grabbing DT Louis Nix in the 3rd round, a player who had a 1st round grade. The big question that still remains for Houston is who will be their starting QB in 2014?

Tennessee

This was a curious draft for the Titans. With their 1st selection they chose OT Taylor Lewan, despite having LT Michael Roos and newly signed FA Michael Oher already on their roster. Roos is in the last year of his contract, so I can appreciate the Titans need to plan for the future, but I still think they should have used this pick on an impact player to help them now. In the 2nd round the Titans selected the first RB of the draft, but not who everybody expected to go first at that position as they took Washington’s Bishop Sankey.  Sankey finds himself in a great position considering the Titans need to replace departed RB Chris Johnson. Additionally, with QB Jake Locker in the last season of his rookie contract, the Titans took a late round flyer on former LSU QB Zach Mettenberger, who his coming off an ACL injury from last season. Mettenberger has the skills to replace Locker if the Titans decide to let him leave after the season.

AFC WEST Draft Recap

Denver

The Broncos filled many of their needs through free agency including DE DeMarcus Ware, S T.J. Ward, and WR Emmanuel Sanders. This allowed the Broncos to select players for the future and both CB Bradley Roby and WR Cody Latimer are high upside guys that could use some time to fully develop. Roby slipped in the draft due to off-field concerns and Latimer surged up the board leading up to the draft.

San Diego

The Chargers filled their biggest needs with their first two picks. TCU CB Jason Verrett is a tough man coverage corner who will help the San Diego secondary (which was one of the worst in the NFL last season). The Chargers also grabbed a pass rusher in round 2 in Jeremiah Attaochu from Georgia Tech. Attaochu is considered a relentless pass rusher with a non-stop motor.

Kansas City

The Chiefs’ strength last year was their pass rush, led by Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.  This made their selection of DE Dee Ford was somewhat of a surprise, especially since Kansas City had bigger needs to fill at other positions (such as WR and TE). However, the Chiefs did fill an immediate need in drafting a replacement for Dexter McCluster with their selection of Oregon athlete De’Anthony Thomas. With QB Alex Smith in the last year of his contract, KC also took a chance on former Georgia QB Aaron Murray. Murray is coming off and injury from last season and should get some time to learn as the 3rd stringer behind Smith and backup Chase Daniel.

Oakland

The Raiders were happy to see LB Khalil Mack fall to them at pick 5 as Mack could be the impact player the Raiders having been looking for on the defensive side of the ball. In the 2nd round the Raiders got a player they had been linked to leading up to the draft, QB Derek Carr. The Raiders, under GM Reggie McKenzie, have made some good personnel decisions and may finally be a franchise moving in the right direction.

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Tight End Could Be An Issue For New England

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in NFL | 0 comments

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It seems like such a long time ago that the New England Patriots were thought to have the best tight end duo in NFL history with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Fast forward to 2014, and the position is now a weak spot for the Pats.

The Patriots still have time to figure things out before the fall, but they would like to give Tom Brady as many options as possible and time to develop a connection before the season starts.

It goes without saying that the Patriots have moved on from Hernandez.

The Patriots would like to see Gronkowski on the field consistently, but injury issues have kept him from being a productive player in real football and, perhaps more devastatingly to many people, in fantasy football. Gronk has plenty of talent, but he will be bouncing back from last year’s late season knee injury. Right now, he is penciled in, along with Michael Hoomanawanui, as the starter.

Since the offense in New England revolves around tight ends being able to catch passes, the Pats are trying to find other options. Justin Jones is a possibility — he has the size to be a very special player. Yet, so far he has been underwhelming to say the least, and he might never figure things out.

Asa Watson and DJ Williams are 2 other players New England is currently considering adding to the depth chart. Both players come with quite a bit of doubt surrounding them as well. Watson went undrafted because there were some medical concerns surrounding him, and Williams played very sparingly last year. Watson and Williams will need to focus and work hard to make sure that they even see the playing field at all in 2014.

Finally, New England tinkered with James Develin in certain situations last year. He is a fullback, but was used as a move site last year. He is still working with the tight ends during the off-season, but he is not a long-term solution.

Between now and the start of the regular season, New England could go after someone like Jermichael Finley as he is still on the open market. In fact, there are several tight ends who could at least bring some value to the table if they are signed. Brady needs as many targets as possible so that the aerial attack will be strong.

This is a guest post by Michelle Millen.

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2014 NFL Draft Recap: AFC East and AFC North

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in NFL | 0 comments

NFL footballThe NFL Draft never goes as draftniks predict and 2014 was no different. Here is my assessment of how each team fared.

AFC East

New England

As stated in my Mock Draft, nobody knows what to expect when it comes to the Patriots draft strategy. Their first round pick left many scratching their heads with the choice of undersized  and often injured Florida DT Dominique Easley. While at Florida, Easley tore both ACLs and whether or not he can regain his speed will be a big question as he rehabs. He doesn’t fit as a Vince Wilfork type DT so he may be used as an interior rusher on 3rd downs or eventually move to DE.

The Patriots then selected their possible future QB, small school star Jimmy Garoppolo. Backup Ryan Mallet was already certain to leave after this season as a free agent if he isn’t traded before then. Choosing a QB to groom makes sense and the Patriots are essentially admitting the Tom Brady era window is coming to a close, but neither of their first 2 picks did anything to help Brady win now.

The Patriots needed some help on the O Line/D Line and 3rd round pick C Bryan Stork seems to be the only member of this draft class with potential to make an immediate impact. Additionally, what is their contingency plan at TE as Gronk returns from yet another injury?

Buffalo

The Bills focused on offense and were busy wheeling and dealing as they traded away some future picks including their 2015 1st rd pick to select Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. They then acquired  RB Bryce Brown from the Eagles and traded WR Stevie Johnson to the 49ers. Watkins, Brown, and CJ Spiller will give the Bills a lot of speed on offense.

The Bills also selected 3 OLs in Cyrus Kouandjio, Cyril Richardson and Seantrel Henderson. Despite the fact that both Kuoandjio and Henderson have first round talent they fell in the draft due to injury (Kuoandjio) and off field incidents (Henderson). Bills fans should be happy with this draft but the Bills should still address the TE and FS positions.

Miami

After last season’s Dolphins O Line played out like a sequel to “Mean Girls” they needed to focus on rebuilding the unit. Miami addressed the need by selecting Tennessee OT Ja’Waun James (whom they must have felt was the best OT available as he was taken a little ahead of  pre-draft projections). Its also interesting to note that Miami selected five players from lower division schools. Coastal Carolina WR Matt Hazel has potential to be a 3rd day steal.

New York

I was pleasantly surprised by the Jets draft. They addressed team needs at S (Calvin Pryor) TE (Jace Amaro) and CB (Dexter McDougle). They could definitely use an upgrade at WR opposite Eric Decker but I’m not sure the 3 WRs the Jets drafted to compete with Stephen Hill for playing time will be much of an upgrade. The selection of Clemson QB Tajh Boyd was interesting considering the Jets drafted QB Gino Smith last season and have since signed FA Michael Vick .

 AFC North

 Cincinnati

The Bengals were lucky that arguably the best CB in the draft, Darqueze Dennard from Michigan St, fell to them at pick 24 . CB was a need for them as their current unit has dealt with both injuries and aging over the past few seasons. The Bengals raised some eyebrows by selecting RB Jeremy Hill to complement Giovanni Bernard while top RB Carlos Hyde was still available. Andy Dalton is in the last year of his contract and will have some competition after the Bengals stopped the draft fall of former Alabama QB A.J. McCarron. Some teams deemed McCarron too cocky but when you win 3 National Championships and have a smoking hot girlfriend who gets more TV time than you do, you’re going to have some confidence and swagger.

Cleveland

The Browns started off by picking up a 2015 1st rd pick from the Bills who traded up for Sammy Watkins.  Regardless of how you feel about the Browns pick of Johnny Manziel they had a pretty successful draft. Cleveland got CB Justin Gilbert, filling a major need for someone to play opposite Joe Haden . Then the Browns traded up from pick 26 to 22 to take Manziel. Allegedly, the Browns paid 100k for a study that identified Teddy Bridgewater as the best QB for them to select. Why did they take Manziel when Teddy was available? Seems like an owner pick to me. He’ll sell some jerseys and put some butts in the seats, but will he win any games?

I like the pick of OL Joel Bitonio who can play OG or OT. The Browns have strong depth at RB after signing FA Ben Tate, drafting Towson RB/Bulldozer Terrence West and signing high risk/reward UDFA Isaiah Crowell who was SEC Freshmen of the Year before being dismissed from Georgia for off field issues.

Baltimore

The Ravens focused on rebuilding a defense that looks quite different than the one that won the Super Bowl 2 seasons ago (they have Joe Flacco’s contract to blame for that). Alabama star LB C.J. Mosley fits the team’s need for a leader in the middle. Undersized Florida St. DT Timmy Jernigan was too good to pass up up in the 2nd and his college teammate FS Terrence Brooks filled another big need on defense that will allow last year’s 1st rd pick Matt Elam to move to his stronger position of SS. The Ravens added a TE, WR, and RB, none of which should make immediate impacts.

Pittsburgh

The Steelers passed on some good CBs which was their #1 need, but Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier is a fast, athletic player who moved up draft boards in the weeks leading up to the draft. Raiders owner Mark Davis must have blown a gasket when the Steelers selected the fastest player in the draft, Kent State RB Dri Archer. He is fast but is diminutive size may prevent him from touching the ball more than a few times per game. I like their 4th rd pick, Clemson WR Martavis Bryant (6’2-211), who was overshadowed by teammate Sammy Watkins. Bryant has better size and is faster than Watkins but is considered more of a raw talent.

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2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 17-32

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in NFL | 2 comments

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The 2014 NFL Draft class is one of the best we have seen in years, which means this draft is much more difficult to predict. The quarterback class is the great unknown. Just like every other year, many teams are looking for their next franchise QB, but is he out there?

Many 2014 mock drafts have 4 QBs going in the top 10 picks. While many GMs still have the 2011 draft fresh in their minds where QBs taken in the first round (Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, & Christian Ponder) have not offered much return on investment with the exception of  Newton in Carolina.

To give you an idea of the quality of this years draft eligible QBs, many scouts believe that 2013 2nd round pick Gino Smith (Jets) would have been the top QB prospect in the 2014 draft. My feeling is that teams in the top 10 are going to pass on the QBs early and take a talented player from another position, then look to take a QB by trading back in to the bottom half of the first round or with their 2nd round picks.

See picks 1 – 16

17. Ravens – Jimmie Ward – Northern Illinois

The Ravens are looking for a safety to pair with 2013 1st round pick Matt Elam. Ward had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and with Clinton-Dix, and Pryor off the board Ward fits for the Ravens.

18. Jets – TE Eric Ebron – North Carolina

The Jets have a lot of holes to fill, as mentioned in Part 1 of my mock draft Ebron while athletic has turned some teams off with his lack of desire to go over the middle and questionable hands. So this seems like the type of guy the Jets would grab.

19. Dolphins – OT Cyrus Kouandjio – Alabama

After the Martin/Incognito disaster from 2013, the Dolphins need help at both OG spots and RT. The Dolphins would have already missed out on the top OT prospects and would be over-drafting for need here. Kouandjio looks the part of an NFL tackle but some teams were worried about an arthritic knee condition discovered during his combine physical exam.

20. Cardinals – ILB C.J. Mosley – Alabama

The Cardinals need a replacement for the departed Karlos Dansby and Mosley is the best ILB prospect available. Well rounded player that can help right away

21. Packers – ILB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State

Mosley could be an option for the Packers if still on the board. The Packers need to get faster at LB and Shazier is athletic, relentless and possesses 4.3 speed.

22. Eagles – WR Brandon Cooks – Oregon St.

I have Odell Beckham Jr, falling in this mock draft and I like Marques Lee better but I feel like Cooks is the right fit for Chip Kelly’s offense. Not a big WR but great athlete with big time speed.

23. Chiefs – WR Marques Lee – USC

Lee was considered a top WR prospect after big freshman and sophomore seasons but struggled with injuries this past season. Talent wise I would put him right behind Watkins and Evans in the 2014 WR draft class. KC has been looking for a WR to play opposite Dwayne Bowe for a few years now.

24. Bengals – CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State

The Bengals have aged at CB and Dre Kirkpatrick hasn’t been healthy since being drafted. Roby was involved in a legal matter recently which is never a good thing so close to the draft.

25. Chargers – DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

Here is where things can get interesting, a team looking to get ahead of the Browns to choose a QB could trade up to this spot (Houston? Bortles?) If the Chargers keep this pick they need a Nose Tackle to replace Cam Thomas who left as a Free Agent. Nix is a better fit than Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan due to size.

26. Browns – QB Blake Bortles – UCF

If nobody trades up ahead of the Browns, I think they will have their choice of QBs originally thought to be gone by this point in the draft. Bortles has the prototypical size most teams look for but has also been compared to draft bust Blaine Gabbert.

27. Saints – Odell Beckham Jr. – LSU

I think this is where Beckham’s fall ends and he finds a home opposite Marques Colston, with Kenny Stills playing the slot. Catching passes from Drew Brees is a great place to start a career.

28. Panthers – OT Morgan Moses – Virginia

The Panthers will likely be disappointed having seen the top 5 WRs and top 5 OTs off the board at this point. They could reach for WRs Jordan Matthews or Kelvin Benjamin, but protecting Newton should be the priority and Moses can replace the retired Jordan Gross.

29. Patriots – DT Ra’Shede Hageman – Minnesota

We never know what the Patriots will do, more often than not they will trade this pick, possibly to a team still looking for a QB. With DT Vince Wilfork returning from an achilles injury DT should be the priority if they keep the pick. Hageman is tall but big and powerful, which again gives him the advantage over Timmy Jernigan.

30. 49ers – DE Dee Ford – Auburn

The 49ers are becoming just like the Patriots in they are a team that will pick someone nobody expects. But with the off field issues surrounding Aldon Smith, DE is a need this season. I give Ford the nod over Kony Ealy who is a former teammate of Aldon Smith’s at Mizzou.

31. Broncos – OG Xavier Su’a Filo – UCLA

The Broncos need a OG to replace Zane Beadles. Su’a Filo made 40 starts at UCLA and should help protect Peyton Manning right away.
32. Seahawks – OG Joel Bitonio – Nevada

It seems normal at this point that the Seahawks and rival 49ers are often fighting over the same players, they both have OG has a need. Bitonio was a college OT who impressed at the Senior Bowl practices at OG. I could easily see the last 2 picks flip flopping.

As the draft heads into the 2nd round I think the QBs will fly off the board, I would not be surprised to see Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Zach Mettenberger, Tom Savage and A.J. McCarron selected in the top half of the 2nd round. And QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Aaron Murray in the 3rd round.

Biggest drop has to be Florida St DT Timmy Jernigan who I didn’t have picked in the first round.

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QB or Not QB: 2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 1-16

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in NFL | 0 comments

NFL Draft Radio City

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The 2014 NFL Draft class is one of the best we have seen in years, which means this draft is much more difficult to predict. The quarterback class is the great unknown. Just like every other year, many teams are looking for their next franchise QB, but is he out there?

Many 2014 mock drafts have 4 QBs going in the top 10 picks. While many GMs still have the 2011 draft fresh in their minds where QBs taken in the first round (Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, & Christian Ponder) have not offered much return on investment with the exception of  Newton in Carolina.

To give you an idea of the quality of this years draft eligible QBs, many scouts believe that 2013 2nd round pick Gino Smith (Jets) would have been the top QB prospect in the 2014 draft. My feeling is that teams in the top 10 are going to pass on the QBs early and take a talented player from another position, then look to take a QB by trading back in to the bottom half of the first round or with their 2nd round picks.

1. Texans – DE Jadeveon Clowney – University of South Carolina

Houston has made no secret of their desire to trade this pick. The Texans biggest need is at QB, and new coach Bill O’Brien can’t be excited about the lack of depth his team has at the position (Keenum, Fitzpatrick, & Yates.) But as stated above, I think the Texans will wait until the top of the 2nd round to choose a QB. Clowney long considered the top prospect for this draft has been accused of being overrated based on his big hit in the 2013 bowl game vs Michigan, his perceived lack of effort during the 2014 college season and his refusal to work out for NFL teams to prevent injury. However the game tape shows when motivated Clowney is a player that needs to be accounted for, pairing Clowney with All Pro DE J.J. Watt will help the Texans rebound from last year’s disappointing season.

2. Rams – OT Greg Robinson – Auburn

St. Louis has this pick as a result of the trade with Washington that was used to select RG3. The Rams have some holes along the offensive line and LT Jake Long is recovering from a December ACL tear. Robinson is strong run blocker with an SEC pedigree.

3. Jaguars – LB Khalil Mack – Buffalo

The Jaguars are one of the teams that missed on a Quarterback in the 2011 draft (Gabbert) and may be hesitant to use a high pick on another QB. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley came from Seattle last season with a defensive background and the Jaguars are looking to make this area their strength. Some scouts question Mack’s competition in the MAC, but he is an impact player who can step right in for the Jaguars and help the pass rush.

4. Browns – WR Sammy Watkins – Clemson

The Browns are another team that needs a QB but will likely use this pick on the most talented player they can get while addressing the QB position later. Sammy Watkins will be a nice complement to Josh Gordon and can also make an impact in the return game. A 2012 drug arrest is a minor off field concern.

5. Raiders – WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M

The Raiders old Al Davis way of thinking was take the fastest guy available and they would love to see Watkins fall to this spot. If he goes before them Evans is not a bad consolation prize. I actually like Evans better than Watkins he is a big (6-5, 231) WR that can create a huge mismatch with many undersized corners.

6. Falcons – OT Jake Matthews – Texas A&M

Atlanta needs a pass rusher, Anthony Barr is a possibility with Clowney and Mack off the board but they also need to protect Matt Ryan and Matthews is an elite OT they should be able to rely on. Matthews has great NFL bloodlines.

7. Buccaneers – OLB Anthony Barr – UCLA

The Bucs will be disappointed that the WRs (Watkins & Evans) are gone by their pick. They need an OLB and Barr who started his college career as a RB has developed into a top defensive prospect. Barr projects better as a 3-4 OLB because of his pass rush ability, but has the athleticism to play outside in a 4-3 for the Bucs.

8. Vikings – DT Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh

Vikings are another team who needs a QB but they should consider taking the best player available. Donald is a little undersized but has made a huge movement up the board this draft season after a strong combine workout. Donald would form a strong DT rotation with S. Floyd and L. Joseph, he could also get a look as 3rd down rusher as well.

9. Bills – OT Taylor Lewan – Michigan

The Bills could really use a TE here, but I can’t see them taking Eric Ebron this high. Lewan was a 4 year starter at Michigan he plays with a nasty streak that sometimes leads to penalties. Lewan is dealing with an off field assault issue that may scare some teams.

10. Lions – CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma St.

The Lions may be disappointed to see Watkins, Evans and Barr off the board but CB is a huge hole that needs to be filled. Gilbert offers good height (6-0) for a corner and great athleticism.

11. Titans – CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

I’m getting the feeling a lot of teams may be trying to trade up because their target players are going one slot ahead of their picks. The Titans would like Gilbert to be available but if he isn’t Fuller has been moving up the draft board and his brother Vincent played for the Titans. Fuller is a natural athlete who plays bigger than his 190 lbs.

12. Giants – OL Zack Martin – Notre Dame

Many Giants fans would like to see TE Eric Ebron taken here, while Ebron is considered a great athlete his hands and his desire to go over the middle have been questioned. The Giants are rebuilding their offensive line after a deplorable showing in 2013. Martin is versatile and can play all 5 OL positions but projects best at OG.

13. Rams – S Ha Ha Clinton Dix – Alabama

This pick by the Rams seems to make the most sense of the entire 1st round. The Rams need an athletic ball hawking Free Safety to play next to Strong Safety T.J. McDonald.

Editor’s note:  Theory on Ha Ha’s name – his parents thought it was funny that their last name’s when hyphenated brought forth memories of Bill Clinton’s ill-fated blowjob, so they named him Ha Ha. Just a theory…

14. Bears – S Calvin Pryor – Louisville

Good athletic Safety who projects as a tiny bit more physical than Ha Ha Clinton Dix and fills a huge hole in the back end of the Bears D.

15. Steelers – CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan St.

Dennard is a physical press corner the Steelers could really use to match up against Division rivals A.J. Green and Josh Gordon. Any corner that can contribute against the run is a nice bonus in today’s NFL.

16. Cowboys – QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M

The most talked about player in the 2014 draft, does his schoolyard style translate into the NFL? I don’t think so but Manziel is the type of player Jerry Jones falls in love with and could shock everyone by drafting Manziel despite having Tony Romo. I also like Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan as an option here.

Come back tomorrow for picks 17 – 32.

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NFL Draft Movie: Costner To Play Browns GM

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in NFL | 0 comments

Draft Day MovieOn April 11th, desperate NFL fans across the country will head to movie theaters.

My gut reaction:

This movie will be terrible.

BUT diehard NFL and draft fans will love it enough to keep it from bombing.

This is Moneyball for NFL fans. It’s a Hollywood depiction of the Cleveland Browns’ war room on draft day. You might get the sense when watching the trailer that this was filmed over a weekend. I thought it was an ESPN or SNL skit when I first saw it. Thankfully, it is not.  

The Browns’ head coach is played by Denis Leary.  At one point, Kevin Costner, the GM asks Leary if they do things differently in Dallas.  Leary’s response:

“Yeah, we win — a lot!

Wow, that’s horrible.  First of all the Cowboys have been, at best, middling for the last 15 years. So, yes, I think this will be an awful movie on the whole, but the subject matter will be interesting enough to desperate NFL fans everywhere. Cleveland fans in particular will likely feel a sensation not unlike sexual arousal while watching their team make a splash in this fictional NFL draft.

At one point, Costner the GM is accused of being crazy for his draft strategy.  Costner responds, “Haven’t I proven that already?” I appreciate the effort to resurrect Costner’s loose cannon character in Tin Cup.  Tin Cup was a great movie. I just don’t get the feeling that this will be a great movie. I believe in the ability to make snap judgments based on movie trailers a la Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink,  and I just get a bad feeling watching this trailer.

If nothing else, this is more content to get us through the NFL-free months. You have to give these guys credit.  No one else has tried to make a movie like this in recent years.

Thanks for the read. Interact with us @Wiliamwallis & @DrunknSportsmen or tell us if you’ll go see this movie in the comments below. 

The Untethered Soul, Sochi, Lulu & Lawrence, MA

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Podcasts | 0 comments

Sochi Olympics

The Russian people don’t seem excited about the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gorod-sky/

Back at Jerry Remy’s in the Seaport for a chilly Sunday night podcast (listen on iTunes or hit play below) in Boston. This episode is capped by a special guest appearance. Areas of exploration include:

Is Sam Adams the Starbucks of beer? Adjacent topic: Angry Orchard Cider

The triple threat of bar service.  The 2/3 rule.

Fan Duel — one day money fantasy leagues

Buffalo Chicken meatballs from The Parlour, West Roxbury, MA

Lawrence’s new Mayor — the great Dan Rivera

“.22 caliber mind in a .357 magnum world.”

The Untethered Soul – get control of your mind and emotions

Sochi – the destructive force that is Putin’s Olympics

Lulu – a great app to make guys feel bad about themselves

Boston Seaport: Jerry Remy’s, Gettin Up, Math = The End of Punting

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Podcasts | 0 comments

Boston Seaport

Boston’s Seaport. Photo courtesy of Stuck in Customs. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/

Drew and I sidled up to the bar at Jerry Remy’s in Boston’s Seaport on Friday night. Amongst many other mind-exfoliating topics, we talk about:

a great new podcast by an up and coming comic

a high school football coach that never punts

stepping back from your emotions

why statistics will improve your life

the trick to happiness in life

West Wing’s not so great moments

Bill Maher, Godzilla, and the Red Sox

Patriots talk – Can they beat the Panthers? The Broncos?

Did this podcast make you feel anything? Tell us here.

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World Series Game 4 – Fox’s Awesome Postgame Montage

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in MLB | 0 comments

Gomes Celebrates HR

Fox screwed up at the end of World Series Game 4 when they decided to show us a damsel in distress instead of Koji Uehara’s magic pickoff (or Kolten Wong’s tragic misstep depending on your perspective).

 

 

Then Fox did this and I completely forgave them.

 

 

The shot of Gomes running behind Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness is amazing. I get chills watching this. Ortiz’s impromptu huddle in the dugout looked like it was out of a movie (in a good way). This team has grit, heart, humor, and talent.

Whether the Red Sox win or lose this series, this is one of the best Boston sports teams — ever.

 

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