Wake Up With Whitty – 12/25/2017

Ho ho ho and welcome to a special Christmas edition of Wake Up With Whitty. We’re in the part of the sports year where the NHL and NBA seasons are starting to pick up, there’s an obscure bowl game on TV every single day and we’re getting the weird Saturday evening NFL games. Yesterday we had a small Christmas miracle in Cincinnati when the Bengals beat a Lions team that had playoff aspirations heading into the weekend. The Negative Nancies will point out the fact that the Bengals only managed to hurt their draft position by winning, which may be true, but I’d still rather see a win than a loss any day. Call me old fashioned.

With the holidays in full swing, what better time than now to start a new Christmas tradition? You’ve got your family gathered together as you unwrap presents beneath the glow of the tree while listening to crackle of the fire coming from the Yule Log app on your TV. Sure, you could have made a real fire but who wants to go through that hassle? Plus your stockings have all been hung by the chimney, presumably with care, and that’s a fire hazard, so Netflix will have to do. So what better way to keep up the festive atmosphere than by reading some random blogger’s thoughts on a few obscure sports topics? Gather up the fam and check out the latest edition of Wake Up With Whitty!

Breaking News: Cleveland Isn’t a Desirable Destination for QB’s

The Cleveland Browns may have a new quarterback on their Christmas list this year, but they may soon find that if you suck at football bad enough, Santa doesn’t always bring you what you want. With their loss to Chicago on Sunday, the Browns (0-15) have locked up the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. The Browns, 1-30 over their past 2 seasons, are setting records for futility. They have a chance to join a very exclusive club next weekend if they can somehow manage to lose to the division-leading Steelers. That would make Cleveland only the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16. Yikes.

While fans in Cleveland are trying to make the best of the situation by planning a “perfect season” parade if Cleveland finishes 0-fer, not everyone is as enthusiastic about a potential winless season. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, regarded by some as the top QB in the upcoming draft, has expressed his preference to play for the Giants over the Browns. He went as far as saying he would consider returning to UCLA next year if he thought the Browns were committed to drafting him. This is the same Josh Rosen who at the beginning of the year stated that football and school don’t go together, and that trying to do both is like having two full-time jobs. That’s still better than playing quarterback in Cleveland, apparently. Unfortunately for Rosen, I have a feeling the Browns will be drafting pretty high next year as well. Plus you can’t just come out as a college prospect and demand that you play for the Giants over some other shitty team. It doesn’t work like that. I do understand Rosen’s feelings though. In fact, I’m going to officially declare that if Cleveland drafts me this year I’m going to remain at Milliron Sports instead of joining the Browns.

Earl Thomas Looking to Defect to Dallas?

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas apparently has a move to Dallas at the top of his Christmas list. After the Cowboys loss to Seattle, Thomas was seen running down Jason Garrett as he was heading to the Cowboys locker room. Thomas had apparently gone to talk to Garrett and Dez Bryant. A video caught Thomas yelling to Garrett to “come get him” if they get a chance. He later explained that he wants to be in Seattle, and feels he’s still in the prime of his career, but once Seattle decides they’re done with him he wants to play in Dallas. He also added that he was a Cowboys fan as a kid. Thomas grew up in Orange, TX and went to college at UT, so it makes sense that he would want to finish his career in his home state.

I can’t hate on a guy for wanting to go to his favorite team from his childhood, especially if it means moving closer to family and friends, but I feel like this is an odd way to go about it. I’m all for lining up your next job before you leave your current one, that’s just common sense, but I’m not sure it’s a good move to go publicly pleading to your prospective future employer for a job. I mean I’d love nothing more than to leave Milliron Sports for a more prestigious gig, but I’d never say that publicly. And I certainly wouldn’t reach out to the leader of a hypothetical competing blog and tell him that I would love to hypothetically join his New York-based internet sports media company even if it meant relocating or taking a pay cut. Hypothetically. I would never do that. But Earl Thomas would. SMH.

Injured Reserve-Gate

The Green Bay Packers may have found themselves on the “naughty” list this year, and if they’re lucky the worst they’ll come away with is a lump of coal. Apparently the NFL IR rule requires that a player suffer a new injury that would sideline him for at least 6 weeks in order for him to be eligible to be placed on injured reserve. Some teams are complaining that the Packers violated this rule with Aaron Rodgers. After suffering a broken collarbone, Rodgers returned from injured reserve to play in the Packers’ loss to the Carolina Panthers. Rodgers threw 3 touchowns and 3 picks during the game. Once the Packers were officially eliminated from playoff contention, Green Bay placed their star quarterback back on IR, ending his season. The problem in most people’s minds is that even though he said he felt soreness during the game, Rodgers did not suffer any apparent new injuries against Carolina, which technically is a violation of the rule.

The penalty for violating this particular rule? The Packers would be required to release Aaron Rodgers. There’s not a chance in hell the NFL enforces this rule against the Packers, even if they were in violation. I’m not sure you can really prove that Rodgers didn’t suffer some sort of injury during the game though, so I think Green Bay is safe. But could you imagine if they actually had to let him go? State Farm would take a huge hit to their ad campaigns. Fantasy owners everywhere would throw fits too. Actually, if this happens, fantasy owners should have to release Rodgers too. It’s only fair. Sorry Mac. Maybe he can go to Cleveland since Josh Rosen doesn’t want to go there. Then everybody is happy. Except the Packers, I guess. Lucky for them it’s probably not going to happen. Another Christmas miracle!

Parting Thoughts

Thank you for joining me for another Wake Up With Whitty. I hope you had a Merry X-Mas and that you got everything you aksed for. Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of this week’s post, and be sure to check out the rest of the blog as well. Keep up with the latest from Milliron Sports on Facebook and Twitter. And make sure you check out The Nati Boys podcast, now available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. See you next week!

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