Heels & Helmets
Monday, March 29, 2010
Heels & Helmets
Monday, March 22, 2010
1. CBA – The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is going to expire after this year and this season is uncapped. I’m sure a huge portion of this year’s meeting will be about labor negotiations. In short, 60% of revenue goes towards player’s salaries and the owners want this changed. Naturally, the players feel like this is fair because they go out on the field and damage their bodies playing the game each week. Without them there is not a game. However, owners take all of the financial risk and have expressed that their profit margins are shrinking. They are responsible for managing an entire business, not just a single position. Without their investment, there is not a club, a stadium or game. This issue will not be finalized, but the Commissioner, Roger Goodell, will provide an update on how the negotiations are going with the NFL Players Association.
2. Overtime Rules – The NFL plays sudden death in overtime. So, the first team that scores in overtime wins the game. The team that gets the ball first is decided by a coin toss. Statistics illustrate that almost 60% of the teams that win the coin toss, win the game with a field goal. This has always been a point of contention, but since the New Orleans Saints won the NFC Championship Game in overtime, there has been a substantial amount of discussion concerning a coin toss deciding a playoff game. The Competition Committee completed their research and will propose a rule change to allow the other team to get the ball if the first team scores a field goal. However, if the team that gets the ball first in overtime scores a touchdown, the game is over and the other team does not get the ball. I don’t like Minnesota and Favre fans whining that a coin toss cost them the conference championship. (I like Favre, but remember that four quarters of football were played before overtime and Favre did throw a crucial interception.) But, if you are going to give one team another chance on offense, the other team deserves a shot.
3. Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) – The three finalists to host the Super Bowl in 2014 are Tampa Bay, Miami and New York City (Giants and Jets). If New York City wins, the Super Bowl will be played in an open stadium in a cold weather location for the first time. I love New York and I’m looking forward to visiting the new Meadowlands Stadium, but an open stadium in the winter will not be fun. I remember walking around Detroit for Super Bowl XL and the snow was miserable. I can’t imagine sitting outside for the game. I think that Kick Off Week should go to a team in the North and Super Bowl should go to a team in the South.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
NFL personnel finished interviewing and assessing college players at The 2010 NFL Combine. For the rest of the month, NFL teams will travel to selected universities for College Pro Days to continue evaluating players. This is all part of the process to determine whom they will draft and add to their roster, but adding players through the draft is not the only way that teams build their teams.
Monday, March 1, 2010
1. No QB Showdown - The top prospects at the quarterback position are Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen. Neither one them were able to throw because of injuries, so we did not get to compare the best.
2. McCoy and McCoy - Colt McCoy is a quarterback from Texas. He is a great athlete, but there is some concern about his height. Gerald McCoy is a defensive tackle from Oklahoma. Although he was shown up in the bench press drill, he is still a top prospect at his position. Pending what the Rams value, he could be the No. 1 overall draft pick.
3. Clemson had the fastest 40s - The drill that everyone talks about is the "40." Two of the top 4 fastest times came from Clemson University players. The top performers were: Jacoby Ford (Clemson Wide Receiver) at 4.28; Trindon Holliday (LSU Return Specialist) at 4.34; Jahvid Best (California Running Back) at 4.35 and C.J. Spiller (Clemson Running Back) at 4.35.
4. Tebow - Tim Tebow has been a standout college quarterback. However, he had a disappointing performance at the Senior Bowl in January and decided not to throw during the combine. Everyone questions whether he has the right throwing technique for the NFL. So, he has been working on it and will unveil his "new technique" at Florida's Pro Day in a couple of weeks. I don't think that it was a good idea not to throw, but from a PR standpoint, I think that it is great. It keeps the attention on him and everyone is going to be talking about Tebow until the debut of his new throw.
Now... How is work going on your 2010 Season? As you know, I went to work on my 2010 Season last week. Just like the NFL season starts with workouts at the Combine, I started my season off with strength and weight training from BetterFitness BetterHealth. Pete Leibman was great! We reviewed my fitness and nutrition goals for this season. He developed a personal training plan that will help me have more energy, strength, endurance and muscle. He also taught me exercises that are effective and do not require spending thousands of dollars on equipment. The best part about it is he came to my house! This is perfect for those of you who are concerned about working out in front of others.
It was a tough workout! I'm not happy about the pain that I feel. But, no pain, no gain. And I'm making it a great 2010! Plus, someone has already challenged me to a 5K. I think he is letting the heels in me fool him, but I'll be ready. See you at the finish line...
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