Here are a few things I have been thinking about recently:
1. I highly doubt the Arizona Cardinals are going to move Anquan Boldin. They’ve been seen as a poorly run franchise for years and trading away a top-10 receiver in the league would reflect poorly on them.
They are a pass-heavy, offensive-minded team and Boldin is an integral part of their success. Furthermore, he has two years remaining on a contract that was restructured only a few years ago, so his negotiating power is minimal.
2. How different would the draft look if St. Louis took Michael Crabtree with the second overall pick?
Yes, the Rams' offensive line is decimated, but so is their wide receiving corp. Gone are All-Pros Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Crabtree would stretch the field and defenses would not load the box with eight to stop Stephen Jackson.
3. Rookie contracts. The amount of money that unproven players are demanding is ludicrous. A poor draft choice can cripple a franchise for years, turning them into cellar dwellers (see Detroit Lions). The cap hit that NFL franchises have to take makes it difficult to sign proven veterans.
In baseball, small-market teams pass on the best players due to their inability to sign them (see Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, and Kansas City Royals).
Solution? A rookie salary cap. Or, if a hold-out is longer than three months, then the players receives a lifetime ban.
4. Cry Baby of the Year Award. Terrell Owens is perennial a favorite, but not this year. Instead, this prestigious award is going to none other than Jay Cutler.
You’re immaturity has gotten you traded from a team built on offensive, a coach who likes to throw the ball, and two great wide receivers, to a defensive-minded team that prefers a smash-mouth, run-it-down-your-throat style.
Hope you enjoyed your last trip to Honolulu, because you’re not going back for a few years.
5. NBA playoffs. A Lakers/Cavaliers NBA finals is looking imminent, but I am slightly concerned with the Lakers' defense. Down by 22 at one point, the Jazz were able to chip away and close the gap to nine.
The Lakers better start playing better defense. After all, it’s defense that wins championships.
Lasting memory. Today is the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy that shook a nation. May they always be in our hearts. Columbine High School, we will never forget.
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