I just wonder how much Tyler Sash had to drink, before going for a ride on his Scooter. A ride that would quickly turn into a case of the police chasing down a Drunk Man on a scooter. According to the police report, Sash evaded Oskaloosa, Iowa Police for about four blocks-before fleeing on foot. it was about 1:30am, and apparently the former New York Giant was asked to pull over after police observed him riding with his lights off. The Best Part is that Police found him hiding behind a tree. Sash was shot with a Taser, after he allegedly refused to come out from behind the tree. OMG. He was charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts. Tyler Sash was a Sixth Round Pick in 2011-he was cut after being suspended for Performance Enhancing Drugs found in his system in 2012.
As crazy of a season 2013 was, 2014 is already promising to be just as unpredictable-if not more. While there's no major "break the bank" player out there in this year's Free Agency Class, there are still several difference-makers out there that could help a team suddenly become relevant-if not maybe even claim the Lombardi Trophy. One of the two top players is already off the board, as The Seattle Seahawks have signed Michael Bennett to a multiyear contract extension said to be a four year deal worth $28.5 million (with $16 million guaranteed). Meanwhile several veterans were unformed today that their services are no longer needed (LaMarr Woodley-Pittsburgh Steelers, Santonio Holmes-New York Jets, Antonio Cromartie- New York Jets). Julius Peepers & Carolina Favorite Steve Smith are not far behind. Buckle your seat belts, this could get interesting...
THE UNDISPUTED TOP PRIZE OF FREE AGENCY
Jarius Byrd racked up 48 Tackles, 4 Interceptions, 1 Forced Fumble & 1 Sack before going down to injury last year. He probably would have gotten a bigger payday last year-if the Buffalo Bills had not tagged him. As of right now, the Philadelphia Eagles - Cleveland Browns - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - St. Louis Rams & Miami Dolphins are all lining up for the chance to get Byrd's name on the dotted line...
YOUNG GUNS SET FOR A BIG PAYDAY
VETERANS THAT MAY JUST HAVE A LITTLE MORE TO PROVE...
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Another BEAST of a Talent, coming out of The University of Miami, Sean Taylor was one of the greatest hitters of this generation. Sadly, he was gunned down in a failed home burglary attempt-just as he was quickly evolving into one of the Best All-Around Players of his generation. Like many other defensive players, from "The U," Sean Taylor could bust your chest in, or jump over you to take the INT & more. His impact was off the charts; and the defense in D.C. has come close to fielding anything like it since 2007.
Earlier this month, 23 year old Eric Rivera Jr was convicted of Second-Degree Murder & Armed Burglary. Four others are awaiting trial at this time. The crew of then-teens thought that Taylor would be away; but were unaware that he was at home with an injured knee.
In just a 3 & 1/2 Year Career, Free Safety Sean Taylor recorded 299 Tackles, 8 Forced Fumbles, 12 Interceptions & 2 Sacks. For those too young to remember, I've added three visuals. As short as the first one is, it clearly shows how intense this cat was. The NFL Pro Bowl has always been treated as an exhibition game (i.e. all offense, nothing serious, no real hitting, etc.); but Sean wasn't hearing any of that. Lol.
His real name was Walter Payton; and on October 7th 1984, he broke The Legendary Jim Brown's NFL All-Time Rushing Record. On that particular Sunday, Payton rushed for 154 yards-which was 88 more yards the previous record that had stood since 1965. Two years later, Walter P. retired with a total of 16,726 yards. The record would stand until 2002, when Emmitt Smith claimed the record. It is of HIGH IMPORTANCE to note that Emmitt would have NEVER won the rushing title had the Detroit Lions found themselves competent enough to build a team good enough to make Barry Sanders stick around for another year or two. There. I said it. Woosah.
In just a few more days the most popular sport in the United States will finally return to its perch at the forefront of the Sports World. So here's Part Two of our daily series of NFL Power Rankings. Part One was for the Quarterbacks, and now we move on to the Running Backs.
The ratings below are based on the intangibles that each player brings to the game (i.e. what the player did last year, this year's expectations, what the player means to his team, and overall dominance). Each day we will update the list, by each individual skill position, just in time for Sunday's Big Jump-Off.
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1. Adrian Peterson
His durability was doubted, coming out of college; and all he did was run wild over one of the toughest divisions in football. He suffers a horrific injury, in Week 10 of the 2012 Season; and returned to dazzle the football world with a near record-breaking performance. All of this on a sadly mediocre team. Is there any doubt as to who should be Number One???
2. Marshawn Lynch
Many may disagree with Marshawn being placed so high; but the sheer power & ferocity that he runs with speaks volumes-while the Back ranked Number Three has his name show up on the Injury Report a little too often. There's a reason why this cat is called "BEAST MODE." Nuff Said...
3. Arian Foster
Previously-Mentioned Injury Concerns aside, Mr. Foster is so good that he looks like he runs in slow motion. It's almost as if it's too easy for this kid that somehow went undrafted out of The University of Tennessee in 2010. And all he has done is make the other 31 teams regret it, ever since.
4. Ray Rice
Versatile, Lightning Fast, Unbelievably Agile.
Super Bowl Champion.
5. Jamaal Charles
1,509 Yards Rushing. 5.3 Yards Per Carry. The Stats Don't Lie.
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013...
To die-hard football fans, Labor Day means one thing: The Official Start of New NFL Season. That's right, in just a few more days the most popular sport in the United States will finally return to its perch at the forefront of the Sports World.
Purposely shying away from Fantasy Football Rankings, The WANDERING EYES BLOG is rating the NFL's Best, based on the intangibles that they bring to the game (i.e. what the player did last year, this year's expectations, what the player means to his team, and overall dominance). Each day we will update the list, by each individual skill position, just in time for Sunday's Big Jump-Off.
So let's get started with the Quarterbacks...
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1. PEYTON MANNING
Quite simply the smartest player in the game. Peyton has accomplished So Much-with So Little. Scores of Receivers, Running backs & Offensive Lineman picked up lucrative free-agent contracts-only to be exposed for not being anywhere near as good as PEYTON MADE THEM APPEAR TO BE. Now with legitimate receiving threats, Wes Welker & Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos have to be a contender in the race to the Super Bowl. It doesn't even matter who else is on the team.
2. AARON RODGERS
Powerful Arm, Quick Feet, Huge Chip on his Shoulder & a Hugely Talented Roster. Need I say anything More???
3. TOM BRADY
Three-Time Super Bowl Champion, Two-Time Super Bowl MVP, Two-Time NFL Regular Season MVP, Face of the NFL, Accurate like a Surgeon. Nuff Said.
4. DREW BREES
Drew Brees is coming off of a disappointing season, last year; but still managed to throw for 5,177 passing yards & 43 touchdowns. Imagine what he will do now that Coach Sean Payton is back in the fold...
5. ROBERT GRIFFIN III
2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year. 102.4 Passer Rating. 3,200 Yards, through the Air, and 815 more on the Ground. Hopefully in position to throw more, and run less, Expectations are High for Year number two. Griffin is highly intelligent, has super speed, and a rocket arm. With his accuracy, somewhere down the line, Robert Griffin III should start to come up in MVP conversations.
Players to Watch In 2013...
So while I can't find the words that would accurately express how Happy the start of the new football season makes me; and I might add that the B'More Ravens defense looked pretty strong in their first preseason outing last night; I must admit that I am still mourning the loss of my FAVORITE football player. A STEELER Fan at Heart-I have been quietly living out the contradiction of having my most beloved football players in the world unfortunately play for their #1 competitor. Add in Ed Reed & Ozzie Newsome, the Best Executive VP & General Manager in the NFL, and I often find myself taking up a neutral position for the 2-3 times that the Steelers & Ravens face each other. SMH @ Myself.
All of that aside, before I can write any post about anything NFL, I first have to get this out of my system. So here we go with my tribute to the BEST LINEBACKER IN NFL HISTORY (sorry L.T.).
49er receiver michael crabtree tears achilles tendon-may be out for season...
Multiple sources are reporting that San Francisco Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree may have torn his his Achilles tendon during Organized Team Activities, earlier today. As of the time of this post, the injury has not yet been officially confirmed; but multiple news outlets are reporting that Crabtree may have already had surgery.
There injury, normally is expected to keep a player out for the entire season; however, last year Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Terrell Suggs & Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive End Da'Quan Bowers were able to return to the field before season's end.
Crabtree is coming off of his best season, as a pro, with 85 receptions, for 1,105 yards, and nine touchdowns.
This makes for an even more interesting & dramatic story-line for what has turned into an arm race in the NFC West. Both the 49ers, and rival Seattle Seahawks used this offseason to load up on talent (as if they weren't already among the two most talented teams in the league).
The Seahawks are currently dealing with recent news of injury to free agent acquisition Cliff Aviril & the four-game suspension handed down to 2012 1st round draft pick Bruce Irvin. That makes for at least three players who will likely be missing from Seattle's defensive line come Week One.
As to the 49ers, of course Crabtree's injury will make the acquisition of Anquan Boldin & the draft pick used on Louisiana Tech Wide Receiver Quinton Patton much more important. In Crabtree's absence, more will also be expected from Mario Manningham & A.J. Jenkins. Stay tuned...
While most NFL Drafts are a celebration of "WHO'S WHO," This year's draft will undoubtedly be remembered as a "WHO IS HE?" With that said, any attempts to accurately give Draft Grades to any team would be futile. So instead, I figured it would be better to just focus on the moves that are potentially exciting or at least provide some intrigue.