Kirk Cousins has been topic of discussion every year for the last 3-4 off-seasons. Most of the news was centered around his struggle with Dan Snyder and the rest of the Redskins organization for them refusing to commit to him as their long-term franchise quarterback. Kirk cousins decided to gamble and play his way into a contract whether it was with the Redskins or somewhere else. Today his gamble paid off. Kirk Cousins just became the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, YOU LIKE THAT!?
Business Insider – In 2015, Ndamukong Suh signed one of the biggest contracts in NFL history, agreeing to join the Miami Dolphins on a deal worth $114 million over six years, with $60 million guaranteed.
However, like many contracts in professional sports, the numbers aren’t exactly as they seem.
While speaking to Business Insider to promote his investment with emoji app Genies, Suh said that most people don’t understand that when players sign eight- and nine-figure deals, they should really split the number in half. He used his rookie deal as an example.
“Off of my rookie deal, which I’m not hiding anything, you can go and look at my deal, I had $40 million guaranteed, it was 6 years for $40 [million],” Suh said. “And you take the $40 million that was guaranteed and you swipe that in half because of taxes.”
Everyone, please take a moment and say a prayer for Ndamukong Suh. The poor guy only made, in his estimation, $20 million dollars off of his rookie contract. How is someone expected to live on such meager wages? Especially in Detroit, where some houses can cost upwards of 8-whole-dollars. I really don’t know how he pulled it off. It’s a good thing he took a massive deal in Miami where there’s no state income tax so he could keep food on his family’s table. Continue reading
Breakups are never easy, but they’re a fact of life. Not every relationship is perfect. Not every relationship can last forever. When you get dumped, it hurts. When you see your ex with someone else less than 24 hours later, it’s devastating. That’s what poor Papa John’s is finding out right now. As my good friend Mac pointed out Tuesday, the NFL has decided to part ways with Papa John’s as it’s official pizza sponsor. In a brutal move, the NFL announced a deal with Pizza Hut less than 24 hours after dropping Papa John’s. I bet Papa John hadn’t even gotten a chance to collect his toothbrush and phone charger from Roger Goodell’s apartment yet.
ESPN – Papa John’s is no longer the official pizza of the NFL.
CEO Steve Ritchie said on the company’s earnings conference call that the league and the company mutually decided it was in their best interests for Papa John’s, which became the official pizza of the league in 2010, to give up the designation.
As first reported by resident nerd Darren “Dan” Rovell at ESPN, the inevitable has happened. Papa John’s is no longer the official pizza of the NFL. It’s been a rocky relationship over the past year or two, leading to Papa John himself being replaced as the CEO after he blamed the NFL’s anthem protests for his drop in pizza sales.
Let the record show: Sunday, February 18th, 2018 is the day I finally quit. I’m sick of the constant letdown and disappointment. Its my fault, honestly. I could just become a bandwagon fan like I’ve seen so many people do. I could be a Duke basketball fan, Alabama football fan and alternate between the Patriots and Steelers, whichever was winning the most at the time. Yankees too? Why not? If I’m going all in, I might as well wear a pinstriped Aaron Judge jersey and spit on people as I scream about 27 rings.
Instead, I’ve remained loyal to my Cincinnati roots. I even refuse to root for an NBA team with one of the best players that ever lived simply because they’re in Cleveland. Rooting for the Cavs would be so easy, yet I would rather be caught watching Lena Dunham make out with Jake Paul by my grandma than Witness anything King James is doing up north. Sure, I have my on-again off-again relationship with the Denver Nuggets, but we’re like Ross and Rachel from Friends. Will we end up together when it’s all said and done? I guess you’ll have to buy the box set to find out.
Well, it is official AJ McCarron has won his grievance case against the Bengals and this means he is officially a free agent as of March. This also means that the botched trade with the Browns, as if it wasn’t bad enough, will sting just a little bit more. Continue reading
When I woke up Tuesday morning Josh McDaniels was set to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Greg Schiano was reportedly replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Now, just over 24 hours later, all that has changed. McDaniels will remain in New England as offensive coordinator and Schiano is staying at Ohio State. According to a 2017 study conducted by Milliron Sports, the average millennial will switch jobs at least 3 to 4 times during a standard work week, and that lack of commitment has clearly seeped into the football coaching world. Kids these days just sit there chewing their bubble gum with their hats on backwards playing their video games, and they think it’s okay to just renege on a commitment because of what type of mood they happen to be in that day. Back in my day, if you gave someone your word on something, you stood by it. Some people may call that old-fashioned. I call it integrity. Sad.
There are several schools of thought as to why McDaniels would change his mind about taking the Colts job. One theory is that he found out that Andrew Luck’s shoulder still isn’t healthy enough to play. Without a talented, well-established quarterback, that job becomes much less desirable. They haven’t been the most well-run organization of late, so having a QB like Luck would have been one of the few bright spots in that deal. Others are speculating that he was told that Bill Belichick will be retiring within the next year or two, and that he would be the replacement as Patriots head coach when that time comes. That would be a much more attractive job than Colts head coach, especially if Brady plans on hanging around a few more years. There are a few others who think this was just Robert Kraft’s way of sticking it to the Colts’ organization as payback for the deflategate ordeal. Personally, I believe it was the promise of replacing Belichick that coaxed McDaniels into staying, but it’s possible that all three of the above theories have a bit of truth to them.
The Schiano decision was a little bit more of a mystery to me. Most of that may be due to timing, since the news just broke this afternoon and the rumor mill hasn’t quite gotten into full swing. My first hunch is Schiano just doesn’t like Josh McDaniels and once he found out McDaniels was staying in New England, Schiano said “No thanks.” There’s nothing worse than working with a coworker that you can’t stand. Schiano is obviously no stranger to sudden changes when it comes to coaching jobs though. Just last year Schiano was rumored to be taking over the Tennessee Volunteers head coaching position until Vols fans bullied the athletic department into going back on the deal. Maybe he wanted to return the favor to somebody else. Or maybe he just knew his best shot at a championship was in Columbus working for a real football coach in Urban Meyer. I hope for his sake that he has a long, successful career at Ohio State though. It’s going to be tough to explain to potential future employers why he has three different jobs over the course of a four month period listed on his resume. Just like those damn millennials…
All this wishy-washiness does give me hope as a Bengals fan though. Most people in Cincinnati weren’t too thrilled when Marvin Lewis decided to stick around as the Bengals head coach, especially when he had reportedly expressed a desire to move on late in the season. Maybe Schiano and McDaniels will inspire Marvin to change his mind once more. It’s okay Marvin, there’s no shame in going back on a promise. After all, everyone’s doing it.
I’m kind of tired of the standard championship tattoos people get every season when their team wins the big game. Is that because I’m partially jealous that they are getting to celebrate a championship and I’m not? Probably. But this isn’t about me. It’s even worse when fans get the preemptive celebratory tattoo just for attention on Twitter and the annoying Darren Rovell tweets. Continue reading
Well, it is sad but football is over for a while and for the rest of the winter and spring 31 of the 32 fan-bases are stuck scratching their heads wondering about what could’ve happened. Experts will immediately start/ continue to analyze the next batch of superstars that will bring glory and championships to franchises. One franchise has some time to celebrate before they have to refocus. Was it the team everyone expected? No, it was a team most of the sports world counted out from week one. The Philadelphia Eagles are the best team in football and it definitely didn’t happen by accident.
No matter the outcome year to year I am a lifelong Bengals fan, I have no idea why at times but I love them. I don’t have all the answers as to how they can fix their woes, nor am I going to run through my ideas because no one cares. I am simply going to say to the Bengals, hopefully, you took notes. The Eagles were the hottest team in free agency, they also have a young coach willing to take chances, and they survived injury with the next man up approach. We were preached change with Marvin Lewis 3.0, I just want them to prove it. The Eagles have a franchise I would try to emulate for years to come!
Mac and Whitty have a lot of similar interests. One thing they almost universally agree on is what makes a uniform good or bad. In the spirit of the NFL Divisional Round Weekend, they decided to power rank the NFL uniforms. Each genius made their list, 32 being the worst, 1 the best. In the event of two teams’ rankings average being a tie, the city with the lowest elevation got the nod, because low man always wins. Here we go…
8. Los Angeles Chargers (Mac: 10, Whitty: 7)
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Mac: I like the Chargers uniforms for the same reason I like the Vikings uniforms while hating the Bengals’ look. They incorporate the lightning bolt perfectly without going overkill. The switch to white helmet was fine by me, but I didn’t hate the dark blue look either. Everyone always calls for the powder blue to be the primary home uniform, but I’m ok with it being an alternate. Too much of a good thing can ruin it.
Whitty: The Chargers are another team that does a great job of incorporating unique uniform aspects into their jersey that are actually relevant to the team. The lightning bolts for stripes look good, and I love the powder blue alternates. My one complaint is that the pants stripe is curved, which seems unnecessary even if it is a lightning bolt.
7. Green Bay Packers (Mac: 3, Whitty: 11)
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Mac: Green and yellow isn’t a combination that you would typically look at and say “wow, that really works” but for some for some reason it does in Green Bay’s case. I love the number font with no drop shadow or outline and the stripes in the neck collar remaining a staple while we’ve seen other teams go with a solid color on the new Nike template.
Whitty: The Packers have a great uniform design, and there isn’t anything particularly wrong with it. The only reason I don’t have the higher is that I don’t love the green and yellow color combination. Even in spite of that, I still think it’s a great look and a classic NFL uniform.
6. San Francisco 49ers (Mac: 9, Whitty: 4)
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Mac: Much like the Detroit Lions, I’m glad they ditched the black trim. It was unnecessary and they will always look better with the classic combination of gold and red. Their helmet logo still has the black trim, but that’s something they’ve always had so I can live with it.
Whitty: When the 49ers went back to their more traditional look it was a huge improvement. When they had the black trim and the 3D drop shadow on the numbers they just didn’t feel like the 49ers. Their current uniform set is one of the best in the league. I love the red and gold combination. I don’t quite understand the all black choice for the Color Rush uniforms, but I’m not going to take points away from anyone for their color rush jerseys, which are almost universally terrible.
5. Indianapolis Colts (Mac: 5, Whitty: 6)
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Mac: The Indianapolis Colts are perfectly simple. The two shoulder stripes and helmet with a single stripe and horseshoes make me wish I was a Colts fan. I love the look, the crisp blue bouncing off the clean white… man, what a beautiful picture.
Whitty: The Colts manage to take a monochromatic uniform and make it look great. It’s not easy to do, and you run the risk of being boring, but I think the Colts manage to avoid that. Some would disagree with me there, but they’re probably the same people that think the Seahawks and Buccaneers uniforms look badass so they really have no credibility here.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (Mac: 7, Whitty: 3)
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Mac: The Chiefs have a classic look that will never go out of style. Just seeing these uniforms puts me right in the scene of a frigid game where Andy Reid is misusing timeouts. Bonus points for making all of the players wear the Chiefs turtleneck for team photos.
Whitty: I’m going to start to sound like a broken record here, but I love the simple classic look the Chiefs have. The red and yellow look great and they don’t have any gimmicky stripes or patterns that take away from the uniform. My one request is that they never wear the red pants with the red jerseys. These jerseys quickly got from one of the best to one of the worst in a hurry when you throw in the red on red.
3. Buffalo Bills (Mac: 2, Whitty: 8)
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Mac: Red, white and blue, the way it should be done. I don’t know if it’s because of the contrast of the way the Patriots and Texans do it, but the Bills’ take on red, white and blue uniforms really does it for me. The red and blue always look so bright and crisp. It was a great change from their 2000s look where they had two different shades of blue and a solid red helmet. I didn’t hate the red helmet, but I’m a much bigger fan of the white helmet with thick blue-red-blue stripe down the middle.
Whitty: The Bills went from being a laughingstock to having one of the best uniforms in the game. And in addition to looking respectable, their play on the field is almost respectable as well. But they’re going to have to get past the first round of the playoffs before anyone really takes them seriously as a team. The one reason I don’t have them higher on my list was because of their helmet stripe. It’s thicker in the back than it is in the front, which I really don’t get. Otherwise this is an almost perfect uniform.
2. Chicago Bears (Mac: 4, Whitty: 1)
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Mac: The Bears, another team using one of my favorite color combinations of blue and orange, hit a homerun with their uniforms. It’s a strong, classic look that will never go out of style. It’s plain, but has enough detail to always make you appreciate the little things (i.e. the sock stripes matching the sleeve stripes).
Whitty: This got tough for me. I had 4 or 5 different teams at the top of my list at one point or another. I finally settled on the Bears as my favorite though. The blue and orange combination looks great. All of the stripes on the sleeves, pants and helmets are uniform and don’t taper off or run in different directions. It’s amazing how simple it is to create a timeless, classic uniform style. And yet so many teams fail miserably because they try and get too fancy or they let a 12 year old kid pick the design (which is what I assume some teams do based on their look). Hell, I like the Bears uniforms so much, I’m not even gonna take away points for them blatantly ripping off the wishbone C logo from the Reds.
1. Oakland Raiders (Mac: 1, Whitty: 2)
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Mac: If someone asked me to describe the perfect football uniform, I’d point them directly to a Google search of “Oakland Raiders uniform”. Whether they’re wearing their white or black jerseys, it’s the perfect look. The color combination of black and silver allows them to be intimidating while keeping it simple. I’m a much bigger fan of the away white uniforms, but watching Oakland play under the lights in the black uniform gets my engine going too. I just hope the look stays the same with the move to Las Vegas. They need to avoid all temptations to incorporate a Vegas feel to the jerseys.
Whitty: The Raaaaaiiideeerrrrsssss</Chris Berman Voice>. Another incredibly simple design that works great. The black and silver looks clean and tough all at the same time. Maybe take a page out of The Black Hole’s book and add some spikes to the shoulder pads. Otherwise I’d say these are perfect.