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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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It Finally Happened

Well despite what I thought before the replacement referees made a game changing mistake.

Last night the Green Bay Packers played the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The Packers were up 12 to 7 with just 8 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Seattle had the ball, and with such little time left the quarterback had to make a long pass to a teammate in the end zone and hope they are open to complete a touchdown. Well Seahawks  #81, Golden Tate was not open. He had 5 Packers around him all hoping to intercept the pass. When the call was thrown Tate pushed one of the Packers out of the way, but the foul was not called. Then all the other players jumped up to catch the ball, making it hard to get a good visual on who caught the ball. But what you could see was that Packer #43 M.D. Jennings pulled the ball to his chest indicating to others that he made the interception and had the ball, and Tate just had his hand in there and the other around Jennings. The referees called the play, well one called a touchdown and the other called a “touchback” which means he believed it was an interception. When there is two separate calls like this from referees it is up to the “white hat” official to hear both sides and make the call. If they cannot make a clear decision, the officials can look at the replay, if they still can’t decide the ruling on the field will stand. If the officials decided Jennings and Tate both had the ball it would have to go to the offense. Well The “white hat” was nowhere to be found to mediate, so they went to the replay and decided it was a Seattle touchdown. Seattle Seahawks won 14-12. UNBELIEVABLE!

Many are in shock with the outcome of this game. It is awful one of the referees called a Seattle touchdown. I am not saying that would be an easy call to make but that referee should have made sure before he made the call. Very sad for the Packers because they should have won that game, but do to a bad referee call they went back to Green Bay with a loss. Now even more are speaking out against the Replacement Referees. Players are posting on their twitter, media and fans are talking out, and even coaches are stating their opinions.

Here are some professionals on this issue:

NFL Analyst Herm Edwards on Mike and Mike in the Morning ESPN Radio Click Here .

  • This is the one you must listen to! I agree with Herm Edwards completely; the replacement referees do not have control, referee calls are inconsistent, players are acting out because they feel they can get away with it, coaches are not being responsible for their players.

Long time NFL Referee, Jerry Markbreit on Mike and Mike in the Morning ESPN Radio Click Here

To read more tweets from Packers players Click Here

Even though I completely agree that this was a really bad call by the replacement referees and it changed the outcome of the game, which I did not think would happen, I must say I still believe people are over reacting. Players are speaking out because they believe they can and will not get into trouble. These replacement referees are not in control and need to be stricter with these players and coaches. The original NFL referees made mistakes as well but they were in control and ejected, penalized or fined any one that approached them in the wrong way. Coaches also need to get control of their players as well. There is no stopping the media or fans from saying what they think but the NFL needs to control themselves. These replacement referees will make mistakes, yes, so teach them more about the game or give them more resources, or email your team owners to encourage them to get a contract done. It is getting out of hand.

Resources:

http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article-1/Rodgers-spoke-for-all-It-was-awful/1722adf3-45ed-4015-b587-56c4519a6418

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/roger-goodell-nfl-office-phone-number-posted-irate-wisconsin-state-senator-replacement-refs-job-green-bay-packers-article-1.1167760

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/green-bay-packers-blow-twitter-complaints-replacement-refs-controversial-loss-seattle-seahawks-article-1.1167619

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NFL 101, Understanding the Game

Today I will take you from start to finish of an NFL game explaining it as best I can.

Coin Toss:

About 3 minutes before the start of the game, the captains from each team will meet an official in the middle of the field for the coin toss. The visiting teams’ captain will call the coin (heads or tails) before it is tossed. The winner of the coin toss with get to decide if their team will receive the ball or kick it first, and which goal his team will defend.

The team that starts the game kicking off will start as the defending team. The team that starts the game receiving will start as the offensive team.

Start – Kickoff:

An NFL game always starts with a kickoff. The football is placed on a kicking tee at the defensive team’s 30-yard line. The defensive team’s kicker will kick the ball down the field. When the ball is kicked the defensive players will start to run down the field to tackle the offensive player with the ball. The offensive team’s kick returner will catch the ball and run up the field as far as possible, while his teammates try to hold off the defensive players and make a clear path.

When the kick returner is tackled, where ever the ball lands will be the yardage it will start from for the next play. If the kick returner catches the ball in their end zone he can 1.) run it out of the end zone and as far up the field as he can, or 2.) take a knee to stop the play, which means the ball will then be placed at the offensive 20-yard line for the start of the next play.

Offense:

A team is considered offense when they are in possession of the ball. The offensive team has the job of keeping control of the ball and trying to get past the defensive players on the opposing team to complete a First Down or get a touchdown. Wherever the ball lands the play before is where the next play will begin.

Defense:

A team is considered defense when they do not have possession of the ball. The defensive team must hold back the offensive team and try to keep them from getting a 1st down or touchdown. The Defense must protect their team’s end zone and keep the other team’s offense away from it, so they do not score a touchdown.

Switching Rolls:

The offense and defense switch from team to team all throughout the game. There are many different ways teams can switch roles:

  • No first down – The main way is to keep the other team’s offense from completing a first down. If a team’s defense stops the other team’s offense from getting a first down in 4 plays then the defense will become offense.
  • Points scored – If a team’s offense scores points from a field goal or touchdowns they will then become defense.
  • Turnovers – When a team’s offense accidentally turns over the ball to the other teams defense from either an interception or fumble.
    • Fumble – If the offensive player that has the ball drops it, all players on the field work hard to be the one to recover it. If a defensive player recovers it, the defense will become offense.
    • Interception – When an offensive player throws a pass to a teammate but a defensive player catches the ball.

First Down:

All movements or progress on the football field during a game is measured out by yards. Wherever the ball lands after the starting kick off, 10 yards is measured out from that location. You will find two orange and black markers on the side of the field held by two officials and mark each first down. The offense gets 4 downs/plays/chances to get past those 10 yards with each new down starting wherever the ball lands from the play before. Between the two first down markers on the side of the field you will see another marker with a number on it that indicates the down that is being played.

  • They did it. If the offensive reaches the 10 yard mark, they complete that “1st down” and it starts again with 10 yards being measured from where the ball landed.
  • Couldn’t do it. If the offensive team does not get close enough to the first down mark by the 3rd play, they have the option to either punt it or run it during the 4th play. If they punt (kick) the ball it will travel further down the field pushing the defensive team further away from the offensive team’s end zone. If the offensive team runs it in hopes they cross that line, they only have that one play to do it, or the defensive team will get the ball where it lands for the next play and become the offense.

Points:

The object of the game is to score as many points as possible. There are different ways to get points in football:

  • Touchdown = 6 points. A Touchdown is the best way to score the most points. This is when a player carries the ball crosses the goal line of the other team’s end zone. When a touchdown is scored by a team they are also given the chance for extra points by 1.) kicking a field goal for 1 extra point , or 2.) run the ball into the other team’s end zone for 2 extra points (much harder to do).
  • Field Goal = 3 points. A field goal is when the offensive team kicks the ball through the defensive team’s goal post. The ball must make it over the crossbar of the goal post, and in between the upright posts. A field goal is usually kicked when the offensive team is unable to complete a first down by the 3rd down, but feels they are close enough to make a field goal (usually about the defense’s 45-yard line or closer).
  • Safety = 2 points. A safety is when a defensive player tackles the ball carrier of the offense in the offense’s end zone. The two points are then given to the on defense.

Time:

Each NFL game is divided into 4 quarters that are 15 minutes each. In between the 1st and the 2nd quarter there is a 2 minute beak as well as between the 3rd and 4th quarter. There is a 12 minute break between the 2nd and 3rd quarter that is called the “halftime”. The 2nd and 4th quarter begin where the game left off the last play of the quarter before, while the 1st and 3rd quarter start with a kickoff.

During a game the clock is stopped for each time a player goes out-of-bounds with the ball, when an incomplete pass occurs, when an official calls a penalty, and when a play ends. At the end of each play the offense has 40 seconds to strategies, call a new play, and snap the ball to begin the play. If the offense goes over this time an official will call a penalty known as a “delay of game”.

When the game is over the team with the most points wins. If there is a tie the game goes into overtime which is 15 minutes. Overtime begins with a coin toss to decide which starts with possession of the ball. The first team to score wins the game.

Resources:

http://www.nfl.com/rulebook/cointoss

http://www.nfl.com/rulebook/beginnersguidetofootball

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Who is RG3?

This week everyone in sports has been talking about RG3, but if you did not attend Baylor and do not watch much sports you may be wondering…Who is he?

Robert Griffin III (RG3) is the new quarterback for the Washington Redskins and played a spectacular game last Sunday September 9, 2012 against the New Orleans Saints. The Redskins won 40-32. Griffin was 19-of-26 for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns. This means Griffin completed 19 passes out of 26 that all together added up to 320 yards, and two resulted in touchdowns. Griffin also rushed for 42 yards in 10 carries. With this being the very first regular season NFL game for Griffin, those stats are very impressive. Last week there were 3 other rookie quarterbacks that combined threw a total of 10 interceptions and none of their teams won their season starters. Mike Jones posted in the Washington Post, “Griffin became the first player in league history to pass for more than 300 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in his NFL debut.”

Robert Griffin III was born in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on February 12, 1990. Griffin has lived in Washington, Louisiana and Texas. Griffin went to Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas. As the starting quarterback for his junior and senior year, Griffin passed for more than 3,300 yards and rushed for more than 2,100 yards. Many colleges pursued Griffin in the 2008 recruiting season including Nebraska, Oregon and Tennessee. Tim Hyland of About.com wrote, “The recruiting service Scout.com ranked (Griffin) as the 12th-best quarterback in the nation, while Rivals.com listed him as the fourth-best dual-threat quarterback of the year.”

In the end Griffin decided to play for the University of Houston. After his decision Houston’s head coach Art Briles left to be the Baylor Bears head coach and convinced Griffin to go with him. During Griffin’s freshman year he had thrown for 2,091 yards with 15 touchdowns and rushed for 843 yards with 13 touchdowns, and was named Freshman of the Year in the Big 12 conference. Sophomore year season (2009) was not nearly as impressive. Not impressive at all. In the 3rd game of the season Griffin injured his knee and had to sit out the rest of the year. When he finally returned to play the next season Griffin throw for 3,998 yards with 36 touchdowns and rushed for 635 yards with 8 touchdowns. Then Griffin finished his final year at Baylor throwing 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns and rushed for 644 yards and 9 touchdowns. That year (2011) Robert Griffin III was awarded the most highest of honors when he was announced the Heisman Trophy winner, Baylor’s first ever. When given the award Griffin said, “It’s unbelievable because in the moment we’re all amazed when great things happen,” the history-making quarterback said. “But it’s believable because great things don’t happen without hard work. [Coach Art Briles] always says great things only come with great effort. We’ve certainly worked for this. That’s right — everybody associated with Baylor University has a reason to celebrate tonight.”

In the 2012 NFL Draft the Washington Redskins picked Robert Griffin III. Griffin was the number 2 pick overall in the draft and the Redskins were ecstatic to get him. Not only is Griffin known as a talented quarterback but he is said to be a great leader as well.  In past seasons the Redskins quarterbacks never amounted to much and they were in dire need of a good quarterback. With Griffin the Redskins got what they were waiting for and he proved it in last Sunday’s game. After the game the players and coach had nothing but great things to say about him, even the defensive players. Barry Cofield, Redskins nose tackle said, “He’s captivating. I’m always watching that kid, all week in practice. You can’t help but watch him.” Redskins’ defense is excited to have a good quarterback on the team, because it helps the offense to gain some yards up the field. Then the defense does not feel so much pressure, come their turn, to hold the opposing team as far back. Linebacker London Fletcher said, “From our standpoint, defensively, he’s a sight for sore eyes.”

Even when the pressure was on during the game Griffin kept his cool and made great plays. Fletcher said, “When you see a play breaking down and he’s able to roll out of the pocket, stay cool, be patient and turn it into something, that’s talent. He made some plays today where you see why we were so excited to get him.” With a great game and many compliments from his teammates, Griffin still remained humble and after the game said, “Nothing’s ever perfect. There are some passes I wish I had back, some plays I’d like to try again. But we won the game and we did a good job, so I’m going to be happy about that.” And yet the accomplishments keep on coming. This morning Griffin was named the NFC Offensive Player of Week 1.

RG3! What a great quarterback he seems to be for the Redskins. I know many Baylor fans are confident in Griffin and not surprised with his success. Yes I am sure there will be games that Griffin will make mistakes in because, after all, he is a rookie and this is his first season in the NFL. That is a given. I am not trying to take away from the great game RG3 had on Sunday. I did not get to watch it but from what I hear, Griffin was amazing. I look forward to watching him play in the Redskins next game this Sunday September 16, 2012 against the Rams at 3:04 PM (CT). I hope RG3 can continue down the path he is going, and the Redskins become a competing team.

Resources:

http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/schedule.html

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/42953/robert-griffin-iii-breathes-life-into-redskins

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2012/09/12/robert-griffin-iii-named-nfc-offensive-player-of-week-1/

http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14875/robert-griffin-iii

http://collegefootball.about.com/od/heismantrophywinners/a/Robert-Griffin-Iii.htm

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RIP Art Modell, Thank you for Monday Night Football

Art Modell was admitted into Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday on Wednesday September 5, 2012. Early this morning Modell passed away at the age of 87 from natural causes.

Even though Art Modell was a high school dropout, he moved on to become the majority owner of the Cleveland Browns from 1961 to 1995. Also during that time Modell was president of the NFL from 1967 to 1969. In 1996 Modell decided to move the franchise to Baltimore, and so the Cleveland Browns became the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore loved the move and Modell for the decision but Cleveland despised Modell for it. Cleveland hated Modell back then, and some even still, like they hate LeBron James now.  Cleveland was left with no pro football team for three years until 1999 when owner Alfred Lerner brought it back. Modell saw his team win 2 NFL Championships, one with the Browns in 1964 and the other in 2000 with the Ravens. In 2004 Modell sold the majority of the Ravens to Steve Bisciotti, but remained a minority owner.

Not only was Art Modell a great owner but he changed NFL football in a major way. In 1970 Modell was a key factor in the NFL and ABC contract that allowed Monday night games to be televised. Actually Monday Night Football being on T.V. was his idea. Modell took his idea to ABC and the contract was done. That same year the Cleveland Browns hosted the first ever Monday night football game in front of 85 thousand fans at the stadium and even more watching from home. So Thanks to Art Modell we can watch our favorite teams play on Monday nights in the comfort of our own homes.

In 2001 Art Modell was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and made it all the way to being one of the finalists. Modell was a semifinalist in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, but never received the votes he needed to actually get into the Hall of Fame. Maybe next year.

This morning Art Modell’s son, David Modell said,

“Sadly, I can confirm that my father died peacefully of natural causes at 4 a.m. this morning. My brother John Modell and I were with him when he finally rejoined the absolute love of his life, my mother Pat Modell, who passed away last October. Poppy’ was a special man who was loved by his sons, his daughter-in-law Michel, and his six grandchildren. Moreover, he was adored by the entire Baltimore community for his kindness and generosity. And, he loved Baltimore. He made an important and indelible contribution to the lives of his children, grandchildren and his entire community. We will miss him.”

Modell has left his mark in the NFL and will never be forgotten. Modell seemed to be a passionate and dedicated man who loved the game of football. Rest in Peace Art Modell, and thank you for giving us Monday Night Football.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/62739/art-modell-dies-former-ravens-owner

http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2012/09/former_cleveland_browns_owner_1.html

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The “J-Train” is back!

Last night the Miami Dolphins played the Dallas Cowboys and lost 13-30. Even though the Dolphins had an upsetting lose, it was a great night for all Texas A&M Aggies because the “J-Train” is back!

Jorvorskie Lane, from Lufkin, Texas, attended Texas A&M University and was an amazing tailback from 2005-2007. As an Aggie Lane rushed for 2,090 yards and scored 49 touchdowns. Then in 2008 the Aggies got a new head coach, Mike Sherman, who moved Lane to fullback for his senior year. Lane then rushed 93 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. When the season was over Jorvorskie Lane graduated but did not get drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Lane moved on to continue playing football in the Indoor Football League with the West Texas Roughnecks for the 2010 season. That season Lane had completed 326 yards and had 12 touchdowns. For the 2011 season Lane signed with the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League, but did not show up for practice and did not play football that season.

This summer the Miami Dolphins were having tryouts to help them find a fullback for the team. With no luck they extended their last tryout invitation to Jorvorskie Lane, who at the time was working in the warehouse at an Ashley Furniture Store. Lane attended the try out and really impressed the organization. On June 5, 2012 the Miami Dolphins signed Jorvorskie Lane to a 3 year contract, and he is now the team’s starting fullback.

When the Miami Dolphins played the Dallas Cowboys last night, Lane reminded everyone why he is called the “J-Train.” In the 2nd quarter when Lane got the ball Lionel Smith tried to stop him, but Lane ran right over Smith and just kept going. Smith will know next time to watch out for the “J-Train.”

As an Aggie myself, I am very excited to see Lane back in the game. I am sure Lane will fit in very well with this Miami Dolphins team because he will be playing for/with some familiar faces; Dolphins coordinator Mike Sherman was Lane’s old head coach at A&M, and Dolphins players Ryan Tannehill and Jeff Fuller are both former Aggies and were Lane’s teammates. I hope Lane continues to impress the team and they keep him as their starting fullback.

Here are some of the “J-Train” College highlights:

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/12510/type/college/jorvorskie-lane

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

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_football_dolphins/2012/06/miami-dolphins-who-is-jorvorskie-lane.html

http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2012/08/from-ashley-furniture-warehouse-to-nfl-fullback-aggie-javorskie-lane-makes-his-dolphin-debut.html/

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-06-05/sports/sfl-dolphins-sign-jorvorskie-lane-060412_1_dolphins-sign-coach-joe-philbin-training-camp

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Terrell Owens returns to the NFL

Terrell Owens signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks Monday August 6, 2012 worth $1 million. In the 15 seasons of Owens NFL career he has caught 1078 total receptions (REC), ran 15,934 yards (YDS), and made 153 touch downs (TD). During the 2010 season, the last time Owens played in the NFL before now, Owens played in 14 games and caught 72 total receptions (REC), ran 983 yards (YDS), and made 9 touch downs (TD).

Terrell Owens, T.O, started his NFL career playing 8 years for the San Francisco 49ers from 1996-2004. In 2004 Terrell Owens joined the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons before he was released from the team, but it did not take him long to sign with the Dallas Cowboys. Owens was a Cowboy for 3 seasons then moved on to the Buffalo Bills for one season, and the Cincinnati Tigers for another. After the 2010 season Terrell Owens had a knee injury that scared teams away along with his off-field baggage from all throughout his NFL career. Although Owens is an outstanding and talented wide receiver, his attitude often gets him into trouble with the league, teammates, and incidences off the field. Teams did not want to take a chance on him so Owens did not play in the NFL for the 2011 season. Owens was forced to join the Indoor Football League and played with the Allen Wranglers. Owens also became part owner when he joined the team but it did not last long. T.O.’s outspoken attitude quickly came about when Owens refused to play in some of the away games, missed some mandatory meetings/appearances (one being at the Children’s Hospital), and much more. The Wranglers let him go as player and owner.

Yesterday morning Owens worked out with the Seattle Seahawks and really impressed them. During workout Owens ran the 40 in only 4.45 seconds. The Seattle Seahawks liked what they saw and signed him later that night. Owens went home and tweeted, “God is good. Thankful. Grateful. To ALL my new teammates & the “12th Man”… Let’s Do This!! ” The Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll also got on twitter last night and tweeted, “”@terrellowens welcome to the land of the #12thMan Terrell, see you in the morning… 8am meetings!!” They are all very excited to have Terrell Owens as their wide receiver.

I am very happy for Terrell Owens getting the chance to come back and play for the NFL and look forward to watching him play. Owens is a very interesting player to watch, but the Seahawks need to be careful of his T.O. personality. There is no arguing that Owens is a very talented player and in the past has been one of the best receivers in the league, but Owens can get very cocky, outspoken, and careless. My guess is that his T.O. personality will show almost immediately and it will cause the team to rethink signing him. It was smart of Seattle to only sign him to a one-year contract.

To see more of Terrell Owens highlights here are his Top 10 Moments according to NFL watch:

To hear and see more about Terrell Owens and listen to what people thought of him watch:

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp12/story/_/id/8240307/terrell-owens-signs-contract-seattle-seahawks

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19195399/terrell-owens-released-by-allen-wranglers

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19740597/report-terrell-owens-impressive-in-workout-seahawks-hope-to-sign-him

http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/1056/terrell-owens

http://www.terrellowens.com/bio/

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3 Cowboys Failed Their Conditioning Tests

On Sunday July 29, 2012 The Dallas Cowboy’s running back Felix Jones, safety Brodney Pool, and receiver Andre Holmes all failed their conditioning tests at the start of training camp and are unable to practice with the team until they pass. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, who was on the scene, each player has to run a certain distance in a certain amount of time to pass the conditioning test. Rapoport said, “Middle sized guys including running backs have to run 50 yards in seven seconds. Receivers and defensive backs have to run 60 yards in eight seconds. The players have to (run) two sets of 10 with rest in between.”

Although Felix Jones is recovering from shoulder surgery, he was cleared for practice and Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett does not want to make any excuses for the players. Garrett said, “I don’t want to get into the reasons why any of those guys were not able to do it. The fact is, they didn’t do it. We need to make sure they are physically ready to practice the way we want to practice before we put them out there.”

Holmes said, “Obviously I should have worked harder. I missed the last two sprints. Now we’re just going to basically get ready to take the test again (Tuesday).”

On Monday July 30, 2012 the players worked with team trainers to get back into shape. Jones, Pool, and Holmes will continue to work with the team trainers until they are able to pass the conditioning test, which the team hopes will be sometime today.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/8215275/felix-jones-two-other-dallas-cowboys-fail-conditioning-test

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82aecd1c/article/felix-jones-fails-dallas-cowboys-conditioning-test

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19690158/cowboys-rb-felix-jones-two-others-fail-conditioning-test

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