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Browns Choose Hoyer Over Manziel

Is “Johnny Football” Ready?

Before the NFL preseason began there were high hopes for Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel was the 22nd pick in this year’s NFL draft and was also the 2012 College Football Heisman Trophy winner. However Johnny Manziel for the most part hasn’t been that impressive in the NFL preseason.

In his two preseason games with the Browns, Johnny Manziel has a passer rating of nearly 77 and  completed just 51% of his pass attempts. He has scored just 1 touchdown and rushed for just 26 yards. However his most memorable moment in the preseason has actually been this unsportsmanlike play against the Washington Redskins. Many sports analysts believe that the play resulted in veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, being named the starting QB for the Browns in week 1 of the NFL regular season.

Hoyer’s preseason stats aren’t really that impressive either, as he has completed just 40% of his passes and has a passer rating of just nearly 58. The positive about Hoyer is that in the three games he started for the Browns last season, Cleveland won. Hoyer has mainly been a backup in his 6 year NFL career and has scored just 7 passing touchdowns. Browns head coach Mike Pettine is still has confidence in Hoyer’s knowledge of the Browns playbook and his leadership.

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As for Johnny Manziel, the rookie will look to learn from the sidelines at least for the moment. Many sports analysts believe that he could start for the Browns this season. However the fact that a Heisman Trophy winner would be a former “Backup’s Backup”,  isn’t what Cleveland Browns fans had in mind.

Should Bortles Start?

Jaguars Rookie Seems Ready

In the 2014 NFL Draft, Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles was selected as the 3rd overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Though Bortles was a top 5 pick in the draft, many sports analysts believe that he will sit on the bench for the  majority of this upcoming NFL. The question is why?

Blake Bortles at listed at 6 ft. 5 and weighing nearly 230 lbs, has excellent size to play at the quarterback position. Bortles had an excellent collegiate  career at Central Florida University. He combined for 7,598 passing yards and 561 rushing yards in his collegiate football career. He also completed nearly 66% of his passes, while throwing just 19 interceptions.

Bortles had his best season at Central Florida last year as he led the Knights to a 12-1 record. Bortles completed nearly 68% of his passes but he did throw 9 interceptions. Bortles also rushed for 272 yards and had 6 rushing touchdowns. He scored 25 passing touchdowns and had a passer rating of nearly 163.The Knights also  won the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl over the Baylor Bears, who were favored to win the game. The Knights won the game 52 -42  and Bortles was responsible for four if UCF’s touchdowns in the game.

In his first preseason game with the Jaguars Bortles completed 7 of his 11 passes for 117 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his second preseason game Bortles completed 11 of his 17 passes for 160 yards against the Chicago Bears. Even though Bortles has had a good preseason and a great collegiate career, he could possibly be playing behind veteran QB Chad Henne.

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The Jaguars had a horrible record last season of just 2 wins and 14 losses. Chad Henne was the team’s starting quarterback, throwing just 13 touchdown passes but threw 14 interceptions. Henne also had a passer rating of just 76 and doesn’t have the rushing ability that Blake Bortles has. The Jaguars can only improve from last season but should Blake Bortles be the team’s starting quarterback?

 

The WNBA Playoffs: Part 2

An Interesting Conclusion to The WNBA Season

While WNBA teams  the Atlanta Dream, the Phoenix Mercury, and Minnesota Lynx have all clinched their way into the WNBA playoffs, there are still many teams who have yet to clinch playoff berths. The standings  are very close, especially in the Eastern conference where 4 teams are currently in the playoff hunt. Each WNBA team currently has either two or three  games remaining on their WNBA schedules.

The Washington Mystics are currently in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Mystics have a record of 15-16 and have  three games remaining on their schedule. Wednesday they will face Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky, who currently are in 3rd place  in the Eastern Conference standings.  The Mysitcs also have a game against the Connecticut Sunn and will close out the season against the New York Liberty on Saturday.

The Chicago Sky, who have played a lot of games without their star in Delle Done, are currently sitting at 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. The Sky have been led by rookie Jamierra Faulkner, who has emerged as a great point guard, as well as All-Star Jessica Breland. The Sky currently have a record of 14-17, with games against the Indiana Fever and San Antonio Stars also.

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The Indiana Fever are currently sitting at 4th place in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-17. All-Star Tamika Catchings has played well since her return from an injury earlier in the season. The Fever have two games against the New York Liberty, in addition to the game with the Chicago Sky. Coach Lin Dunn will look to get the Fever to the playoffs in her last season of coaching in the WNBA.

Lastly the New York Liberty are currently in 5th place  in the Eastern Conference and have a record of 13-17.  The Liberty are led by All-Star Tina Charles, who has averaged nearly 18 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. In addition to the two games with the Fever, the Liberty have a home against WNBA’s best team, the Phoenix Mercury.

The  West doesn’t seem  to be as complex as the East, the Los Angeles Sparks and San Antonio Stars look to be the 3rd and 4th seeds in the Western Conference standings. The Sparks led by All-Stars Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker, have the 3rd best record in the west at 14-17. The San Antonio Stars,  led by Becky Hammon, have the 4th best record in the west  at 14-18. The only way things would get interesting  is if  either of these teams lost their remaining games and the Tulsa Shock or Seattle Storm win out.

This last week of WNBA regular season basketball should be very interesting and the atmosphere for these games should be playoff like. There will definitely be some playoff spots clinched by Sunday, as those games are the last of the WNBA schedule. With the playoffs near it is time for the stars of the league to shine.

 

 

 

Everybody Loves Raymond

Spalding the Future Cardinal

In the history of Louisville sports, there have been great high school basketball players who have went on to also join the University of Louisville Cardinals. Former Louisville players Darrell Griffith, Larry O’Bannon, and current freshmen guard Quentin Snider are all products of local Louisville high schools. U of L just recently added another great local high school player in Raymond Spalding.

Raymond Spalding who is currently a senior at Trinity High School in Louisville, is one of the most dynamic high school basketball players in the country. At 6 ft. 9 Spalding possess great shooting and ball handling skills that aren’t typical for a player his size.  According to ESPN, Spalding is currently  ranked in the top 40 of his 2015 graduating class and is ranked as the number 1 high school basketball player in the state of Kentucky.  Spalding averaged nearly 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game with the Shamrocks last season.

Spalding also played for Louisville’s National AAU basketball team. He led the Ville to the National AAU championship game pass the New Albany City Rocks. Spalding was named the MVP of the tournament and had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 steals in the championship game. I asked Raymond about his last year of high school and his future as a Louisville Cardinal.

Me: What are you looking to accomplish in your last year of high school?

Spalding: In my last year of high school I’m looking to improve as an athlete and as a young adult. I want to win a state championship and have fun, while still being focused. I am really looking forward to receiving my diploma as well and making my family proud.

Me:  What have you gained from playing AAU basketball?

Spalding: AAU basketball has helped me play harder and become more physical against different athletes from around the country. In AAU I was playing against the best competition in the country, which  has really helped me improve as a player.

Me: What made you decide to commit to the University of Louisville?

Spalding:  I decided to commit to U of L because I felt that it was the best fit for me. Louisville is also my hometown and it would be a blessing for me to play in front of my family. I also believe that U of L will help me grow in other areas outside of basketball.

Me: What parts of your game do you feel you need to work on the most?

Spalding: I realize that there is always room for improvement and I look to improve on my shooting skills. I also look to improve on my ball handling skills, my energy level , and just being an impact player on both ends of the court.

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Spalding is also a very smart student and has a cumulative GPA of 3.3. He is as solid addition to the University of Louisville and should have a spectacular senior season with the Trinity Shamrocks. If he continues to work on his game, Spalding could be on the long list of some of the greatest hometown basketball players to ever  play for the University of Louisville.

 

Russell Wilson

The NFL’s Most Underrated Quarterback

Before the 2012 NFL Draft Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, wasn’t highly thought of. The quarterbacks who attracted the most attention were Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III and Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck. Luck was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft and RGIII was the 2nd. Ironically Russell Wilson was selected as  the 12th pick in the 3rd round of the  2012 NFL draft by the Seahawks.

Russell Wilson listed at 5 ft. 11 and  weighing a shade over 200 lbs,  is viewed as undersized to play the quarterback position in the  NFL. However Wilson has went on to prove that notion wrong and that  size isn’t everything.

Russell Wilson was supposed to be a quality backup for former Seahawks starting quarterback Matt Flynn, however Wilson would eventually take over Flynn’s job as Seattle’s starting quarterback. In his rookie season Russell Wilson would be responsible for 26 of the Seahawks touchdowns. Wilson would also complete nearly 64% of his passes, while throwing just 10 interceptions. He led the Seahawks to a record of 11-5 and past the first round of playoffs. In Wilson’s  second season in the NFL he would lead the Seahawks to even more success.

In the 2013 NFL regular season, Russell Wilson would be responsible for 26 of the Seahawks touchdowns and only threw just 9 interceptions. Wilson also completed nearly 63% of his pass attempts and had a passer rating of 101. The most important thing Russell Wilson did last season was win. The Seahawks made it all the way to the Super Bowl and played against the Denver Broncos. The score of the game would be lopsided as the Seattle Seahwawks won 43-8. In the game Russell Wilson would throw 3 touchdown passes, no interceptions and had  a passer rating of 123 in.

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RGIII and Andrew Luck haven’t enjoyed the same amount of success as Russell Wilson. RGIII missed a lot of games due to injury and Andrew Luck only has a passer rating of  nearly just 81 in his two NFL seasons. NFL scouts may have been sold on RGIII and Luck, but Wilson has been just as good as both of them. Wilson will look to become better as he enters his 3rd season in the league and the Seahawks look to get back to the Super Bowl this upcoming season. I wonder if all those teams who passed on Russell Wilson are questioning their decisions now?

 

Why Teddy Should Start

Bridgewater is Ready

Although Johnny Manziel has been the most talked about rookie quarterback , to many football analysts he isn’t the best quarterback. Sure Manziel has the style, the popularity, and the athleticism, but rookie Teddy Bridgewater is probably the most “NFL Ready” quarterback. Bridgewater was selected out of Louisville by the Minnesota Vikings, who had the last pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Bridgewater didn’t have the best NFL Pro Day which caused his draft stock to decline for most NFL teams. In his three seasons with the Louisville Cardinals, Bridgewater famously wore gloves while  he was the team’s quarterback. On his NFL Pro Day Bridgewater decided not to wear the gloves, which led him to make uncharacteristic plays like this. Still even though Bridgewater didn’t have the best NFL Pro Day, his stats at Louisville are incredible.

First off Bridgewater never missed a game for the Cardinals in  his three seasons with the team. He also managed to only have 9 fumbles and  threw only 24 interceptions. Bridgewater had a Quarterback Rating of nearly 156, connecting on nearly 68% of his passes. Teddy Bridgewater was responsible for 69 of the Cardinals touchdowns  and was only sacked on average two times per game in his collegiate career.

Teddy Bridgewater’s most important ability is his desire to win. Through Bridgewater’s three seasons at Louisville the Cardinals held a record of 30 wins and just 9 losses. Louisville won back-to-back bowl games in 2013 and 2014. In this year’s Russell Athletic Bowl the Cardinals destroyed the Miami Hurricanes 36-9, Bridgewater threw for 447 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. In 2013 he led the Cardinals to a shocking Sugar Bowl win against the Florida Gators. Bridgwater again had great stats throwing for 266 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns, but his ability to recover from this vicious hit shows that Bridgewater is a born winner.

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As for the Vikings the other quarterbacks on their roster are Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder. The two combined for just 18 touchdowns and threw 18 interceptions,  which aren’t great stats for starting quarterbacks in the NFL.  In Friday’s Preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Teddy Bridgewater received majority of the snaps in quarters one through three. He threw for 49 yards and was 6/13 on pass attempts, but should continue to  improve throughout the preseason. The idea that Bridgewater could take over the starting quarterback job for Minnesota seems very realistic and highly probable to happen.

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