Super Bowl

S3, Ep. 3: Arif Hasan, Optimum Scouting/Zone Coverage Minnesota


Arif Hasan of Optimum Scouting and Zone Coverage Minnesota joins me for a special 2018 NFL Draft edition of the Because of Sports Podcast for a special! In today’s episode we discuss the upcoming NFL draft, give our takes on the top prospects, what it was like having the Super Bowl in Minnesota, where teams go wrong in the draft process, and much more.  (more…)

Super Bowl 51: The New England Patriots Won, And The Atlanta Falcons Only Have Themselves To Blame


Matt Ryan played at an MVP level in Super Bowl LI, but the Falcons came up short to the New England Patriots in Overtime. (Getty Images)

They had it.

I keep repeating that phrase over and over again as I go over the many ways the Atlanta Falcons cost themselves their first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history. (more…)

AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers A Tough Test For New England Patriots


Le’Veon Bell had 149 yards from scrimmage the last time the Steelers and Patriots played. With Ben Roethlisberger playing this time, expect that production to increase on Sunday.

73-101. (more…)

NFL Playoffs 2016: It’s Time For Matt Ryan, Alex Smith To Change Their Playoff Narrative


Alex Smith has guided the Chiefs to three playoff appearances in four seasons.

I’m currently reading the book “Rebel Yell”, written by S. C. Gwynne, about the life of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Early in the book it describes a time in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) in which Jackson established himself as a worthy war general and tactician to be reckoned with. He was unassuming, disciplined, and boring by personality, but was as gifted as any in field tactics. (more…)

Super Bowl 50: Thoughts On The Panthers, Broncos, Cam And Then Some


Peyton Manning and Von Miller brought Denver it’s third Super Bowl title in franchise history. (Photo: National Sun Times)

Week 8.

That was when my decision was made that the Denver Broncos had a defense we all needed to pay attention to.


Super Bowl 50 Preview: Broncos, Panthers Could See An Epic Finish


If this is Manning’s “Last Rodeo” adding a second championship to his resume would be one heck of a way to go out. (Photo: Bleacher Report)

I struggled trying to figure out who had the edge in this game. (more…)

2015 NFL Playoffs: AFC Championship Will Come Down To Efficiency


Demarcus Ware is just one of the many defensive stars that make up the Denver Broncos number one ranked defense. They will be tested this Sunday against the New England Patriots. (Photo By: Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Last week I mentioned how important the coaches would be in determining their teams fates. In the case of the Steelers and Chiefs, that was the case.  (more…)

2015 NFL Preview: NFC Division Predictions

I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Division and playoff predictions are tricky in the NFL.

Every week a team can look like a “team to beat” or the worst team you’ve ever seen. With the NFL only playing 16 games, one could put themselves in a situation to be roundly criticized for picking the wrong team without the benefit of hindsight.  (more…)

About Last Year: Previewing The Carolina Panthers 2015 Playoff Outlook

(Photo by: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

Consistency plagued the Panthers in 2014. Will Cam Newton get this team to the heights expected of them in 2015? (Photo by: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

Leading up to the start of the 2015 NFL season I will be previewing last year’s playoff teams and their chances for making it back to the postseason

2014 Overview:

Record: 7-8-1 (1st, NFC South)

Key Additions: Devin Funchess (41st Overall Pick, 2015 Draft), Cameron Artis-Payne (174th Overall Pick, 2015 Draft), Shaq Thompson (25th overall Pick, 2015 Draft) 

Key Losses: Thomas Decoud (Release) (more…)

NFL 2015: Is Russell Wilson Worth $25 Million A Season? If You’re The Seattle Seahawks The Answer Is “Yes.”

Russell Wilson, 26, is set to make $1.5 million dollars in 2015. That's 5% of Cam Newton's $30 million dollar compensation this season(Getty Images)

Russell Wilson, 26, is set to make $1.5 million dollars in 2015. That’s 5% of Cam Newton’s $30 million dollar salary this season(Getty Images)

I tried to stay away from this conversation. Trust me, I tried really, really, REALLY hard not to put my two cents into the ongoing (and unnecessary) saga that is the “Russell Wilson Contract Situation.”

I’m done doing that, now. (more…)