I've mentioned it in previous blogs the last weekish, but ICYMI, #TooManyLegs makes its triumphant return on Sunday.....BUT, there's a game tonight. I don't hate teasing Bucs down to -3, but with Ravens dropping like flies and COVID still a factor for the foreseeable future, I'm opting to wait until gameday to release my picks.
That being said, it's Ed Sheeran opening night, baby! You know, Ole Dozo's gotta have a little action on the game.
Now everybody has their gambling strategies. Call me crazy, but I love big payouts. That's why I play the inside in Roulette. I'll bet a spread or point total at -110 like everybody else, but I'm a huge teaser/parlay/prop guy. In those situations, you can afford to have a losing record and still be profitable. Like how TML went 6-10 last regular season at +47 units.
As of now, I'm not touching the spread or total, but I LOVEEEEEEEE this Tom Brady prop.
In 17 week 1 starts (we're excluding 2008 when he tore his ACL), Tom Brady has thrown three or more touchdowns eight times. Three of those eight games were banner nights (2002, 2004, and 2015) like tonight. If you want to get cute, Brady threw 4 TDs in week 5 vs. the Browns in 2016, which was technically his first start of the season.
Last season, TB12 threw 40 touchdowns. While a regression wouldn't shock me at all (that was his 2nd highest single-season total), I still think 30+ is a fairly safe assumption. Between the Opening-Ring-Night juices flowing and a packed house for the first time in his Tampa career, I love this bet. You know Old Man Brady still has a giant gluten-free avocado chip on his shoulder. He knows all about Peyton's 7 TDs vs. the Ravens in 2013. With the Sherriff getting inducted into Canton a few weeks back, it wouldn't shock me to see Brady go after his NFL lore moment as a "lol, I'm still dominating in mid-40s" moment. TBH, I might sprinkle a little more cheddar on this over. The Bucs ground game worries me about a potential vulture situation, but that's why they call it gambling!
Brady OVER 2.5 Touchdown passes. LOCKED IN.
Best of luck in your wagers this season (unless they conflict with mine).
I wouldn't hate to see a couple of Brady's 3+ touchdown passes go to Gronk, FOR FANTASY PURPOSES ONLY. I took a 10th round flyer on my guy, sue me (I picked 10th overall).
SEMI-RARE TRIPLE P.S.
I haven't bet on sports since Game 6 of the NBA when I took OVER .5 three pointers for Giannis and that hit. I also crushed the Super Bowl to end an Arctic Monkeys like cold streak. I'm low key hot rn, just spread out over seven months.
Screen shot from the video.
Right around this time last year (September 4th, 2020), Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 dropped on PS4 and Xbox whatever. I still play it regularly; I just beat the game with Rune Glifberg, NBD.
Like many people around my age, I grew up on THPS and the growth of "extreme" sports in the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s. For my money THPS, is one of the best video game series of all time (I had it on three different formats....PS, N64 and Gameboy color...and that's not even counting downloading the iOS version in 2011); it's responsible for bringing skate culture to the mainstream and shaping an adolescent Dozo. People who never stepped foot on a skateboard loved that game. Ik it played a massive role in my development (although I did skate, I just sucked and was too scared to go balls to the wall in fear of getting hurt...still wish I tried to drop in Middle School).
THPS was much more than completing crazy combos and finding secret tapes, but the music made the game IMO. I remember being in daycare after school playing on a PS1 going fucking nuts whenever "Bring the Noise," or Guerrilla Radio," came on. Everybody talks about "Superman" by Goldfinger as the best song from the soundtrack, but "No Cigar" is my favorite song from the first two games.
Last week Tony Hawk and Steve Caballero, along with Mikey Howdon (it's on his YT channel; Mikey and His Uke), former Goldfinger drummer Darrin Pfeiffer and Millencolin bassist Nikola Sarcevic covered the 2000 skate rock classic for no reason in particular other than making a bunch of late 20s-early 30s dudes happy for like three and a half minutes.
Birdman's on lead vocals in a live video that incorporates THPS gameplay, and Steve Cab is shredding a skate-deck guitar for this nostalgic ass cover. Tony's no Jim Morrison, but he holds his own. Enjoy :)
I know Andy Mac wasn't in THPS (I always found that odd since he was Tony Hawk's vert doubles partner at the X-Games for YEARS), but 20 years ago today, I made this flip book of him doing a street run at the X-Games and shared that with my favorite skating song on IG.
Love the pantomiming of a cigar by Tony around 1:55 mark. We're talking AT BEST a C+ effort.
Personally, today is incredibly bittersweet. Bitter because I return to long-term subbing in one of the worst school districts in America; feeling guilty for being part of a problem that is sooooo much bigger than me, but sweet because the NFL is back! Hopefully, this is my last NFL preview while faking it as a teacher!! :) #HireDozo
As we embark on the 102nd season of the National Football League, there are plenty of significant changes to recap:
-This is the BIGGEST season ever as the regular season is now 17 games (with 18 around the corner).
-The NFL drastically altered its jersey number policy. You could theoretically see six single digits on offense and up to nine on defense depending on the personal package.
-As of 9/8/2021 at 7:37 PM, future HOF vets like Frank Gore (NFL's third all-time leading rusher) and Larry Fitzgerald (NFL 100 All-Time Team Member) remain unsigned. Gore debuted in 2005, Larry in 2004.
-The new taunting rules fucking SUCK and are the most anti-football BS I've ever seen. I hated taking violence out of the game, but at least I understand it...we gotta be safer, but it's a fucking game played by grown men....let them talk their shit, flex, all of it...IT'S ENTERTAINMENT. John Mara is a cuck.
Even though football is about moving forward, it's important to remember the past. Here are my predictions from nearly every season since I started DOL in 2016.
2016: I still can't believe the Cardinals were such a disappointment.
2017---I guess I didn't do an NFL preview blog this year. Must've been too busy getting verbally abused by 8th graders in Nashville.
2018: I had the Chargers beating the Pats in the AFC Championship lololol.
2019: I called Christian McCaffrey going 1000-1000 NBD.
2020: I was right about Russell being MVP for like 7 weeks.
For the sake of time and math I'm not going to go over all the standings and records and instead give my playoff teams, award winners and Super Bowl champ. That being said there's 18 teams that aren't going to make the playoffs so here's a few quick takes about them with a few predictions about the good teams peppered in.
-Urban Meyer will fail in Jacksonville. He makes it through year one, but there will be no year three.
-Mac Jones throws 30 touchdowns.
-The Texans will be lucky to win multiple games.
-Dan Campbell doesn't make it to 2022.
-Daniel Jones loses his starting job; Joe Judge gets fired.
-Derek Carr has a great fantasy season, but the Raiders miss the playoffs again.
-Dolphins take a step back.
-Steelers miss the playoffs and Big Ben retires after the season.
-Falcons go 4-13.
-Taysom Hill ends up making at least two starts at QB.
-Carson Wentz is a disaster in Indy.
-Cliff Kingsbury doesn't make it to week 12.
-Rob Gronkowski scores double-digit touchdowns for the first time since 2015.
-Joe Burrow looks great in Cincy, making all 17 starts.
Now let's look at who I think will make the playoffs.
AFC Playoff Teams:
#1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-3): Chalk as it gets, but as long as Patrick Mahomes and his two favorite scummy targets (Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce) are healthy, you can pencil in the Chiefs as AFC West champs. The Super Bowl showed the importance of a stable offensive line, something the Chiefs addressed this offseason by signing former All-Pro Guards Joe Thuney and Kyle Long.
#2. Buffalo Bills (12-5): This may be the final year of me low key liking the Bills as the Patriots look to contend again in 2021, but it's tough to not love this roster. I think Sean McDermott is a top 5-7 coach in the NFL. Don't forget this team has Manny Sanders! As long as Cole Beasley doesn't give the entire roster COVID, the Bills will be a first-class AFC team.
#3. Cleveland Browns (11-6): Expectations are sky-high in Cleveland, which makes me think they're in for a major letdown, but after destroying the Steelers in the playoffs last year and nearly beating the Chiefs, I believe the Browns take the next step and win the AFC North for the first time. Perhaps they already exercised their demons by embarrassing the Steelers at the Ketchup Bottle. I drafted Nick Chubb 10th overall in fantasy, so I wouldn't hate seeing Kareem Hunt getting in trouble again. Oh, and Cody Parkey isn't their kicker anymore, which has to be great for Browns fans. I still can't believe they kicked an XP to make it a 9-point game against the Chiefs in the playoffs.
#4. Tennessee Titans (10-7): Lost Corey Davis but replaced him with arguably one of the greatest WRs of all time in Julio Jones. I do get worried about the number of carries Derrick Henry has had the last two seasons, but if he stayed healthy, this is the Titans division to lose. Tannehill has been one of the best QBs in the NFL since taking the job midway through the 2019 season. The defense looks to be improved with guys like Bud Dupree and Denico Autry to help out one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL. I obviously love Vrabs and have a soft spot in my heart for the Titans, even though they technically ended Tom Brady's Patriot career.
#5. New England Patriots (11-6): Semi-biased, but the Patriots will be #good this season. 7-9 with arguably one of the worst rosters in the NFL last season. Between the guys returning from Covid opt-outs (I'm pretty sure at this point it's just Dont'a), the free-agent signings, and what looks like a great rookie draft class, the Patriots will win double-digit games. Mac Jones is my OROY. I cannot wait for Week 4 when Brady and Gronk return to Foxboro—still debating spending 30% of my net worth on tickets. P.S. it's FUCKED up that the Pats gave Tre Nixon #87.
#6. Los Angeles Chargers (10-7): Anthony Lynn is gone. Justin Herbert is the real deal and starts winning meaningful games. Chargers are back in the playoffs for the first time post-Bolo Rivers. I love the addition of Jared Cook to replace Hunter Henry, and Corey Linsley (FA signing from the Packers) is one of the best Centers in the NFL.
#7. Baltimore Ravens (10-7): Much like Stephen A., I don't think Lamar Jackson is an elite QB. He's a freak athlete who can win you games, but I still don't "truss" his arm. Gross weapons around him outside of Mark Andrews, but I must tip my hat to John Harbaugh. He's a great coach, and the Ravens are always in the mix; it's a tough division, but they sneak into the 7 seed. Look out for Justin Tucker to score 141 points for the 5th time in 6 years after a minor dip last season.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Since the season hasn't officially started and the Ravens just lost two key players (Gus Edwards and Marcus Peters) to torn ACLs I am updating my AFC 7th seed.
#7. Denver Broncos (10-7): Despite an appearance on the OG Fraud List (IYKYK), I'm a Teddy Bridgewater guy and think he can win games in this league (especially on a team that compliments him like this). Despite a 4-11 campaign in 2020, he's still three games over .500 as a starter. Denver has some weapons on offense; Courtland Sutton is back to pair up with Jerry Jeudy. In my eyes, Noah Fant is a top 10ish TE, and I fw their RB combo too; Melvin Gordon ain't dead yet! On defense, the Broncos have two Top 100 players in Bradley Chubb and Justin Simmons, not to mention the return of future HOFer, Von Miller. It's put up or shut up time for Vic Fangio, and with zero playoff appearances since sinning Super Bowl 50, I believe this Denver roster can capitalize on one of the easiest schedules in the NFL (even though the AFC West is a solid division).
NFC Playoff Teams:
#1. Los Angeles Rams (13-4): One of the best defenses in the NFL, just made a massive upgrade at QB. This could end up being a 2018 Vikings-like disaster prediction for Ole Dozo (had them going 14-2 with Kirk Cousins as MVP), but if Sean McVay could trick Jared Goff into an NFC Championship, I think Matt Stafford will be a borderline MVP candidate. I hope Sony does well in L.A. Hopefully, there isn't too much tension from his slicing of the 2018 Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
#2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-5): The Bucs 2020 season was straight out of what Brady's been doing for the last twenty years. Slow start, bounce back, struggle, get hot and win the Super Bowl. Okay, so that is really only the blueprint of the 2001, 2014, and 2018 Patriots. Tampa is the first defending champ since the 70s to bring back all 22 starters. Let's see how that works out. I'm sure nobody will get complacent!
#3. Green Bay Packers (12-5): The Packers face one of the toughest schedules in the NFL; it's hard for me to see them only lose three regular season games like they have the last two years. That being said, This team should've been in the Super Bowl. People forget that Brady threw interceptions on three straight second-half drives, but the Packers could only capitalize like three points off those turnovers. I am a little worried about their offensive line after losing Corey Linsley and David Bakhtiari is on the PUP list recovering from a torn ACL late in the 2020 season.
#4. Dallas Cowboys (9-8): Someone has to win this division. Dak looked phenomenal last season until his cramp (h/t Tony Romo). I stopped watching Hard Knocks after the 2nd episode, but this offense has too much talent not to win this division. They added some guys on defense too. Micah Parsons is the favorite for Defensive ROY. I don't think the Giants or Eagles are close to competing, and the Football Team isn't going to the playoffs back-to-back years. That hasn't happened since three straight appearances from 1990-1992.
#5. Seattle Seahawks (11-6): I used to hate this organization with the fire of 1,000 suns, but now I'm sort of a Seahawks sympathizer. I was at a dinner party during their playoff loss and only saw like 18% of the game, but I still can't believe they lost to the Rams. I expect them to be right back in the mix with fans back in Seattle and one of the most explosive offenses in football, and enough guys on defense to make the occasional stop. It wouldn't shock me if they won the division.
#6. San Francisco 49ers (10-6-1): The 49ers were the most injured team in football last year and are finally healthy. I don't know what will happen at QB, but with Kyle Shanahan, I expect them to be back in the playoffs. There's always a worst-to-first team in the NFL, and they're one of the best bets, even though I clearly have them finishing 3rd in what I believe is the best division in football.
#7. Minnesota Vikings (10-7): Since Mike Zimmer became the Vikings Head Coach in 2014, the Vikings have made the playoffs in odd years and missed them in even ones. The last time I checked, 2021 is an odd year. This is all contingent on unvacced Kirk Cousins not fucking over his team.
MVP: DT Aaron Donald-----no DT has won the MVP since Judge Alan Page in 1971....50 years seems like a good time to break the streak, and if there's anybody to do it...it's Aaron Donald on the NFC's #1 seed.
OPOY: QB Josh Allen-----stud on a great offense. My Mahomes bias is showing, and I don't careeeee. I can totally see 45+ total TDs (thinking like 39 in the air and 6 on the ground) for Josh.
DPOY: DT Aaron Donald------best player at his position in the NFL. I once heard the gap between Donald and the 2nd best DT is the most significant gap between the 1st and 2nd best player at any position.
Coach of the Year: Bill Belichick------I've predicted him multiple times; he's won the award thrice, but none since 2010 when the Patriots went 14-2. Usually a narrative-driven award, but the narrative of the Patriots being all the way back with a rookie QB should get BB the hardware. I didn't wanna be a basic bitch and say Kyle Shanahan like everybody else.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: QB Mac Jones-----I'm drinking the Mac Jones kool-aid, but I genuinely believe in him. I was not too fond of the pick at first because I wanted Justin Fields, but Mac is the perfect fit in New England. I think in three months, the NFL is going to be soooo mad they let him slip to the Pats.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: EDGE Kwity Paye-----gotta show the local boy some love. I think he's going to have double-digit sacks in Indy.
Comeback Player of the Year: QB Dak Prescott------safest bet; if the Cowboys make the playoffs and his QB rating is above 90, it's his award to lose.
AFC Wild Card:
2. Bills over 7. Broncos
3. Browns over 6. Chargers
5. Patriots over 4. Titans
5. Patriots over 1. Chiefs
3. Browns over 2. Bills
5. Patriots over 3. Browns
NFC Wild Card:
2. Buccaneers over 7. Vikings
6. 49ers over 3. Packers
5. Seahawks over 4. Cowboys
6. 49ers over 1. Rams
2. Buccaneers over 5. Seahawks
2. Buccaneers over 6. 49ers
A5. Patriots over N2. Buccaneers.
Super Bowl MVP: Devin McCourty
No team has won back-to-back Super Bowls since the 2003-04 New England Patriots. In the ultimate narrative bowl the Patriots beat Tom Brady and the Bucs to stop the repeat; cementing Belichick as the greatest coach in NFL history.
Non-biased (even though I do think that's gonna happen) pick: Buccaneers over Browns.
Most importantly, TOO MANY LEGS TEASER OF THE WEEK returns on Sunday. Let's get rich watching the greatest sport on earth!!!
Song: Tuesday's Gone (1973)
Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Album: (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
Tuesday and Summer break are gone :(
My educated guess as to why Tuesday's Gone was on the Clear Channel Memo would be that 9/11 was on a Tuesday and that Tuesday was certainly gone. Talk about a day ruiner.
This story is not exactly fresh off the presses, but I do not care. It makes me laugh and I want to share it with my millions of loyal readers.
Saturday, I had a fantasy football draft that I am not super thrilled with the results of. I took Mike Davis in the 5th round...but what do you expect with no research and a year away from the game?
At the draft, I was checking in and bull shitting with some friends I had lost touch with, so of course, I had to bring up Ted Lasso. I hate going along with the masses (I'm SUCH a rebel!!!!), but it truly is one of the best shows I've ever seen. I'll talk about it to anybody. I've already seen every S2 episode at least thrice, but I'm wasting valuable reader-attention getting to my point.
So Saturday night, after the draft had ended and everybody went their separate ways (Journey, 1983), I did something I rarely do and texted someone first...about Ted Lasso. This is where I learned one of the silliest conspiracies I've ever heard.
IMO this tweet should have thousands of likes.
Coach Beard's mother has shown up how fucked up the internet and conspiracies can get, so naturally it's a tad refreshing to see something as harmless, yet hilarious as this. There's a select group of people who don't actually think Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) is a human-being. Perhaps he's too perfect to believe? He's here, he's there, he's every-fucking-where...because he's CGI....ROY KENT! ROY KENT!
Last Thursday (I told you this wasn't hot of the presses) the very real and alive Brett Goldstein took to IG to set the record straight once and for all.
He's just a regular guy who buffers and transfers data like the rest of us. You're gonna get dropped like a hot biscuit if you can't accept that.
It's NFL kickoff eve which means we're about to enter the second season of Tom Brady playing professional football for a franchise that is not the New England Patriots. Despite legitimately believing the 2021 Pats can win the Super Bowl, of course, it kills me to see Brady play elsewhere. As a child of divorce, I've known my entire life that nothing lasts forever and people you care about might not care enough about you to work it out, but it bums me the fuck out that Tom Brady is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. It should've NEVER gotten to this. It's wild to remember the 2019 Pats started 8-0. After seeing what happened with Joe Montana, you'd think he'd wanna be a career one-teamer, but I guess 20 years of love from five and a half states wasn't enough for Tommy. It's fucking gross that he's gone and should've never happened like 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory, but alas, this is our reality.
No longer under the shackles of the Patriot way, Florida Brady has not given a fuck. He's openly bashed NFL rule changes, treated the Lombardi like a Bud Light can, and clearly gotten more work done. Now it looks like he's getting into Crypto and trolling us poor Patriot fans along the way. Haven't we been through enough? Brady, Mookie, and Rondo all won rings elsewhere in the last year.
As someone with two worthless degrees, I like to consider myself a quasi-intelligent person. I know what Crypto and NFTs are, but not nearly enough to make any money off of them. In this latest Tom Brady ad, he pressures people into joining FTX Official, which I guess is a Crypto exchange service.
Apart from that being the most random assortment of @ mentions in Twitter history, Florida Brady continues to poke the bear, making fun of heartbroken fans who still can't believe he left us for one of the least important franchises in all of sports.
Can a microscopic part of me laugh at that? I'm not going to put that on the record, but more importantly, it just confirms what we all know...Brady knows the power he holds over us New Englanders, and can he just not? Go be in Florida. Stop bringing us up. Don't share Patriots posts. Stop twisting the knife, Tommy! He's like the ultimate ex that you say you're over but still in love with and the whole world knows. I'd take him back with open arms like Steve Perry in an instant. Mac Jones can run plays with his girlfriend somewhere else, as far as I'm concerned. I'd love to see what Brady can do with Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith for the three games they're both healthy. Fuck, I miss him and hate every part of him playing in Tampa even though I profited off it.
Announcing you're leaving New England with "FOREVER A PATRIOT" is still soooo fucked up. I remember seeing that and thinking for a split second that it meant he was staying. It's like getting down on one knee with a small box in your hand to break up with someone. Life has no meaning :)
I just came across this tweet and got a quick chuckle.
I miss when social media was in chronological order, or at least I say I do when in reality, the algorithm knows me better than I know myself. It was designed just for me; I should consider myself lucky!
Even though 93 minutes passed between these tweets, I scrolled for maybe four seconds before I saw this tweet that scratched my "well, I wonder who the captains will be?" itch:
Last season the Patriots had eight captains: Matthew Slater, Devin McCourty, David Andrews, James White, Cam Newton, Lawerence Guy, Ja'Whaun Bentley, and Jason McCourty.
Cam and Jason McCourty are no longer on the roster, so their absence is pretty understandable. Dont'a Hightower returns from his COVID opt-out and is not a surprise whatsoever; this marks his 4th season as a captain. That man is a leader, and he's one of the few guys left from the Super Bowl teams. Plus, Dont'a is only responsible for two of the most important plays in Patriots history. No brainer here.
James White and David Andrews have been captains before (Andrews even served while out with his heart issue) and resigned with the Pats this offseason, so their selections are not a shock either.
I don't even need to waste my time with Slater or D-Mac. Both are the heart and soul of this team and have been captains for the last 11 seasons.
What I do find a little interesting here is the drop from eight to five captains. Eight does seem like a lot; maybe it was factoring in COVID? I just wonder how this will affect Guy and Bentley? They're pros and will be fine, blah, blah, blah, but I'm pretty curious about how that goes over from a locker room standpoint. They were captains last year but are no longer. I'd imagine it's a lil awk. I'm sure their voices still matter in the locker room, but it is sort of strange to see. The Patriots are one of the few teams who don't rock the C patch on their uniforms, so it's not like they're getting it stripped off their jersey, but I thought this change for the 2021 season was worth noting.
As for the soon-to-be Super Bowl champs line in the title, I truly believe this team can compete for the Lombardi. I've been saying it for months, but this team gives me major 2001 vibes with its construction. People forget this defense was 7th in points allowed last year and only got better. If the offense can be middle of the pack or better...watch out. We know how much I love this backfield. Plus, I know Bill is not happy with Brady winning the Super Bowl and will be out for blood. Watch out, NFL.
Song: Doctor My Eyes (1972)
Artist: Jackson Brown
Album: Jackson Brown
I am legitimately devastated that I have to go back to school/work tomorrow. I'm not at all mentally or academically prepared for another year pretending to be something I'm not. To quote many-a-mad child, "I don't wanna go to school!"
I've spent the last week or so truly embracing summer vacation by not working, but we're already a quarter of the way through the month, and I still haven't blogged yet. That changes today; I'm using my last day of Summer break (which admittedly goes late into the month, but when your last day was June 25th, I think it's still too soon) to blog my flat ass off. It's September, as you likely already know, and this September is frankly a big September. It marks 20 years since 9/11 (and the return of the Too Many Legs Teaser). In my six calendar years of blogging, I've undoubtedly referenced that day a couple of thousand times, but it is the line of demarcation of me being able to remember my life. I have a handful of memories from pre-9/11, but that day in 4th grade changed things forever.
One change in the wake of 9/11 that I'd be curious to see if most people knew/remembered is the Clear Channel---which is now iHeartMedia---who owned Live Nation at the time (but no longer does if my Wikipedia research served me right) memo.
We all know the devastation that 9/11 caused not only on the day but every day since; what people might not realize is on September 11th, Clear Channel released a memo of songs that DJs probably shouldn't play because of their lyrical content or title. Now I'm not a censorship guy, especially with art, but I understand the necessity of strong suggestions such as this in the wake of a national tragedy. Nobody wants to hear the local station play "BOOM" by P.O.D. as people jump to their death to avoid being burned alive.
What happened on 9/11 isn't funny, but the prospect of people sitting in an office as it happened/hours afterward going over what songs shouldn't be played kind of is. There are only 165 "suggestions" (although one is the ENTIRE Rage Against the Machine catalog), but I am fascinated by how these songs were picked. Some are obvious, like "Stairway to Heaven" or "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit, but songs like today's SOD, "Doctor My Eyes," take just a little outside the box thinking come up with, which to my fucked up brain is funny. That selection makes sense in a way, but it doesn't hit you over the head or seem as apparent as something like "Free Fallin'."
I'm sorry, but the idea of people spit-balling what is and isn't okay to play on the radio after an attack on U.S. soil is funny to me, especially when you consider someone having to sing or go over a specific verse when someone else was like "why would we include that?". "Really, Johnson?, do I need to sing it out for you why we shouldn't play "Disco Inferno?" If you can't find the humor in a situation like that, then we'd never be friends. Honestly, I'm surprised they stopped at 165 because I could give you 10 more songs* that would've been a good idea to include, but when you don't have an iPhone in your pocket to cheat and look at your music catalog, I guess it's a little harder. This is my long-winded way of saying that every SOD in September will be a song from the memo.
*10 More Songs That Could've Been Included in the Memo*
#1. "Jumper" Third Eye Blind (pretty obvious)
#2. "Mr. Blue Sky" ELO (the sky was NOT blue for months at ground zero)
#3. "What's Up?" 4 Non-Blondes (existentialism was the enemy at a time like this)
#4. "Walkin' On Sunshine" Katrina and the Waves (too happy)
#5. "Jet" Paul McCartney and Wings (pretty much any aerial related songs were on the list; surprised by this omission)
#6. "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" Jimmy Buffett (too happy; nobody was in paradise)
#7. "Try Again" Aaliyah (this WAS the 2nd attack on the World Trade Center)
#8. "Livin' la Vida Loca" Ricky Martin (way too peppy and happy)
#9. "Dirty Work" Steely Dan (you're basically taunting those in the rescue and recovery efforts)
#10. "We Built This City" Starship (terrible fucking song and do I really need to spell it out?)
This Stat May Mean Nothing, But I Love What It Says About the **Potential** in the Patriots Backfield
I'm not a guy who remembers a ton of specific conversations, but I can remember being a freshman in college (in 2010) joking around with a buddy about how I wished there was a way to keep track of things like how many beers I'll drink throughout college or how many timed I've ever jerked off.
Nowadays, I'm sure there are a couple dozen consumption and masturbation tracking apps, but 11 years ago, data analysis like that was not readily available. This was an era where most RBIs were how you determined the best power hitter in baseball. Moneyball was still just a book at this point! Screen time didn't mean what it does now.
With advancements in technology, there are literally endless possibilities of who and what can be tracked. You can wear a bracelet that knows how many steps you've taken, your standing heart rate, and the last time you were asleep (and for how long). Your phone can tell you exactly how many times you've picked it up today. After you've stopped focusing on all the intrusive, 1984-like ways these technologies are utilized, there's no denying some good has come from all this data.
One of the pros of all this mainstream analytical data is the emergence of the brilliant, talented and gorgeous, Cynthia Frelund. She is a data scientist for the NFL Network, which is undoubtedly a position that did not exist in 2010.
But quite possibly, the best thing to come from all the data is the advancement they've played in how sports are played, coached, and analyzed. Sports are mostly (the shift has ruined baseball) better because of data; more information is a good thing! There is so much more to the games we love than run-of-the-mill "counting stats" like home runs or touchdowns. Analytics and data are responsible for creating entirely new industries in the sports business.
The release of Cam Newton and trading of Sony Michel will have the Patriots offense looking a lot different this season, but that is a great thing (they finished 27th in points). They've got plenty of RB depth and have two young guys who've played much better than expected this preseason....literally.
Rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson lead the preseason in rushing yards over expected, which essentially means based on blocking and hits, he gained more yards than expected than any other back in the league this preseason. Who finished second? His teammate J.J. Taylor.
I appreciate advanced numbers and stats, but I will not act like I didn't take college math my senior year of HS; this article will do a much better job explaining what this stat actually means. TL;DR of Rushing Yards Over Expected is "the difference between actual rushing yards and expected rushing yards on an individual play or series of plays."
In my eyes, it means these guys run fucking hard. I love what they've shown this August. Every time J.J. had the rock in his hands, it felt like he got at least three more yards than he should.
According to the data, I was right. Taylor had 23 carries this preseason and ended up with 62 RYOE. 23 divided by 62 = 2.69565217 or as I like to call it...three more yards/carry than he should've had.
We all know the preseason doesn't automatically translate to regular season success; the 2008 Lions and 2017 Browns both went 4-0 in the preseason before going 0-16, but this is just me here...I'd rather have two young backs lead the NFL in rushing yards over expected than not. I am genuinely excited for the Pats...I said it earlier and I'll say it again...this team gives me MAJOR 2001 vibes. I cannot wait to see what Rhamondre and J.J. do in the real thing getting tackled by first-stringers.
Secret's out, Cynth.
It appears that the New England Patriots and Quarterback Cam Newton's time together has come to the end of the road, but unlike Boyz II Men, it seems quite natural to replace this:
Now, of course, this news broke hours ago, but my newly formed fantasy league group chat (after a year away from the game) hit the nail right on the head.
Officially, my day didn't start until around 2 P.M., but I've had plenty of time to think about this somewhat shocking transaction while fake-sleeping, trying to avoid the fact I have to go back to P***************** schools next week as I am still not #HireDdozo.
Last year, I wanted the Pats to take a flyer on Cam, I referenced in blogs, and when they did sign him, I was pumped. I was all in on Cam after a decent showing against the Dolphins in Week 1 and coming up a foot short from beating the Seahawks the following week. People forget he was in the MVP discussion 11.76% through the year. I may have even bought his jersey right after week one, but my stance on Cam changed as often as Sabrina Nichole's hair throughout the season.
Coming into the 2021 campaign, the Pats handled the Cam situation exactly how I wanted them to. Now whether or not that is a good thing remains to be seen, but I absolutely love the way they let it play out; they resigned Cam to a super-reasonable one year deal to give it another go (I was in the camp of bringing Cam back because of all the outside factors that played a part in his disappointing season), drafted a QB to compete, held a QB competition, determined a winner and have a direction going forward.
Now, I was like basically everybody else, I knew Mac was the future, but figured the Patriots would start Cam after how well he's performed this preseason with the intention of starting Mac once the time was right. I did not think they're straight up cut Cam Newton, although it makes a lot of sense (the lack of Mac insurance worries me). I definitely believe his unvaccinated status played a factor. It's just another distraction and hurdle that Belichick doesn't want to deal with.
Cam is not a guy who wants to be a backup, he competed well throughout camp, but the COVID-slip up may have ultimately done him in in Foxboro. It looks like the Patriots chose to release him instead of seek a trade partner out of respect (but I wouldn't be shocked if he didn't ask for his outright release). Via: PFT
"Per a league source, the Patriots did not attempt to trade Cam Newton before cutting him.
The move was made out of respect for Newton. If the Patriots had begun calling around in an effort to generate interest, all it would have taken was one person to say one thing to one reporter, and the news that the Patriots are trying to trade Cam would have become the biggest story in all of football."
Cam Newton has not remained silent throughout the process, telling people in his own way to not feel sorry for him and that he'll be fine.
If I were a gambling man (which I am, Too Many Legs is returning for Week 1), I'd say the Washington Football Team (Ron Rivera connection, currently going with Ryan Fitzpatrick), Houston Texans (DeShaun could get locked up any moment) or Dallas Cowboys (Dak insurance) make the most sense for Cam's next stop.
As for the Patriots, I love the message this move sets for the team; the Mac Jones era has officially begun and I cannot wait for this team to shock the league. I'm guaranteeing playoffs, but I'm getting major 2001 vibes with the way this roster was built. The Pats signed like 23 free agents that season to go from 5-11 to 11-5. As coach Belichick says, "it's not about assembling talent, it's about building a team" well, his team officially has one voice leading it and it's the right one. 12-5 here we come.
The moral of the story is just get the fucking shot.