Nati Boys #11: Football and Chicken Pox Don’t Mix

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On today’s episode we start off with a little Reds talk, including Mez’s most recent injury, Joey Votto doing Joey Votto things, and Scooter taking the mound.  We move onto the Bengals pre-season ESPN power ranking.  We also get into some Miami Dolphins news/injury talk, a couple short basketball segments, and end it with a fantasy draft of things that are taller than Aaron Judge.

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Countdown to Kickoff: 16 Days

16. JT Barrett will go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Ohio State history. He already holds a number of Ohio State records, including career passing touchdowns (69), career completions (529) and total touchdowns responsible for in a career (100). If all goes well this year he could end up with several more by the season’s end, including career passing yards and career completion percentage. While Barrett has been inconsistent at times, part of the blame for that falls on the offensive line and the play calling. A new offensive coordinator and a more experienced line should do wonders for Barrett and the Buckeyes this year. Barrett will likely be in the top 5 favorites for the Heisman Trophy this year, and he has the talent and the tools to land himself a spot at ceremony in Manhattan at the end of the year.

Fantasy Draft of TV Series

In the most recent episode of The Nati Boys Podcast, the Fantasy Draft was of their favorite TV shows of all time.  Make sure you listen to the podcast so you can hear our justification for the picks, and some honorable mentions not shown here.  The pictures below are of each persons pick.  Vote on twitter for who you think had the best overall draft!

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RAW Recap 08/14/17

Well folks we only have six days until the biggest party of the summer. WWE's pay per view SummerSlam is this Sundays, and it will be a joint brand show. You will have to  follow @MillironMac for all the updates on Smackdown leading into this jammed packed show. The build on both sides is clear though; we may possibly see the two top titles switch hands. Tonight's installment of RAW was all about the final push to  SummerSlam and it was a crazy show.

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Nati Boys #10: Football is Back(ish)

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On today’s episode we discuss the impact of the Bryce Harper injury, check in on how the Reds are doing and recap the Bengals first preseason game against the Buccaneers.  Roger Goodell remains consistently inconsistent with his punishment of Ezekiel Elliott.  We have more developments in the Kyrie vs. Lebron saga and The Ball family is making their presence felt again.  Finally, we wrap things up with a lengthy fantasy draft of our favorite television shows.

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It Turns Out Bryce Harper Isn’t Double Jointed After All

Bryce Harper is many things. Great ballplayer, fan favorite, spoiled brat with a bad attitude. Saturday night proved there’s at least one thing he isn’t, and that’s double jointed.

It’s pretty much Baseball 101 that you should step on the front end of the bag at first base. Too much can go wrong when you step on top of the bag, near the back, or side. I guess maybe Bryce missed that part of base running class while he was busy making sure his weird hair cut looked fluffy enough when he takes his helmet off.

The Washington Nationals are still awaiting the results of an MRI to determine the damage done to his knee by the poor base running and inability to look cool while falling down. Bryce is just lucky this happened when he still has a two seasons left to recover before his Unrestricted Free Agency off-season. I would’ve hated for him to have to settle for $350 million rather than the $425 million he’s probably going to ask for.

Breaking: Team Picks Kicker in 2nd Round, Backfires Terribly

Who didn't see this coming? It was a head scratcher from day one when the Buccaneers used their second round pick on Roberto Aguayo in the 2016 NFL Draft. Sure, reliable kicking can be hard to find, but unless they are a franchise changing kicker with a cannon for a leg (see: Sebastian Janikowski), there's no reason to use a draft pick, let alone an early round pick on a kicker. They're not even real football players, so in a way it's a crock of shit that they're even eligible for the draft.

Hopefully the rest of the NFL learns from the Bucs' mistake and in turn, kicking gets phased out of the game. Go watch soccer if you wanna see 5'8" 135lb men kick stuff. I'll stick to my 6'7" 285lb tight end colliding with a linebacker and a healthy dose of CTE.

Wake Up With Whitty – 8/12/2017

Welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty.  It’s mid-August which means football season is right around the corner. Even if it is just the preseason, it’s great to see football back on TV, and it’s even more fun watching everyone overreact to how a specific player performs during two series in a meaningless game. Last night the Bengals defeated the Buccaneers 23-12. Based on that performance I think it’s safe for Bengals fans to start booking hotels in Minneapolis for that first weekend in February. At this point I don’t see any way the Bengals don’t make it to the Super Bowl this year. And once you’re done finalizing your travel arrangements, be sure to come back here and let me know what you think of this week’s Wake Up With Whitty. Continue reading

Zeke Suspended 6 Games, Proving Once Again That Roger Goodell Has No Idea What He’s Doing

 

It’s hard to have any confidence in the NFL’s leadership when they are so wildly off-base with the bulk of their punishments.

NFL sees video proof of Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé in an elevator: 2 games

NFL hears kicker Josh Brown admit to physically abusing his wife: 1 game

NFL sees no charges filed against Zeke because of inaccuracies in the stories: 6 games

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Countdown to Kickoff: 21 Days

21.  This is Parris Campbell’s year to be the man on Ohio State’s offense.  With 12 career starts, he is the most experience member of the wide receiver group.  His 121 career yards on 13 receptions are far from impressive, but he has an opportunity to expand on that greatly.  Campbell looks to slide into the H-back role previously filled by Curtis Samuel.  Urban Meyer has been raving about Campbell this off season, and by all accounts he looks like he’s ready to be the featured man in OSU’s passing attack.  Campbell should get touches on special teams as well, as he was the Buckeyes’ main kick returner last year.  He’s going to have plenty of opportunities to make plays this year, and I’m excited to see what he and JT Barrett can do together under new OC Kevin Wilson.