The 2015 New York Giants Almanac is Out

Posted: June 28, 2015 by BSRadmin in Football, Misc
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The Giants expert himself, Ed Valentine at Big Blue View, has released his 2015 New York Giants Almanac..

The almanac covers everything you need to know for the upcoming Giants season: From a detailed season overview and schedule to an analysis of Giants opponents, rookie profiles, what to expect from Spags and more.
You can purchase the e-book at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/554713 

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Messi dazzles in the Champions League

Posted: May 6, 2015 by BSRadmin in Uncategorized

Lionel Messi and Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League Semi Finals. The goal Messi scored to open the scoring was a thing of beauty watch as he absolutely breaks Jerome Boateng’s ankles.

NFL Draft Grades: Part Two

Posted: May 5, 2015 by BSRadmin in Football
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Here’s the second part of the segment that was started yesterday: the NFL teams report card of how each did in the draft:

Miami Dolphins: Grade B+
Miami got their big name wide receiver in Devante Parker, who some see as the best WR in this draft. The pick that really stood out to me was Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, a guy I had as a second round grade drafted in the fifth and can really help the Dolphins run game this season and going forward.

Minnesota Vikings: Grade A-
The Vikings found value and need throughout the draft; whether it was the top corner in this draft Trae Waynes from Michigan State, Tj Clemmings from Pittsburgh in the fourth round, who some had going in the first round or Stefon Diggs, a wide receiver from Maryland who will be highly successful as a slot WR in the league. The best pick of their draft though was in the second round: inside linebacker Eric Kendricks who should come in and QB that defense on day one.

New England Patriots: Grade C
Defensive tackle Malcolm Brown from at the end of the first round is a player who should replace the recently departed Vince Wilfork in the defense. However, after that much like any other Patriot draft, Belichick drafts based on his system – a wait and see if he out-smarted the NFL again because the players drafted in rounds four through seven have a potential to maybe be special teams players.

New Orleans Saints: Grade B+
I get the need pick of Stanford tackle Andrus Peat in the first round, but fact is Peat is going to need a lot of work and there were bigger needs with the Saints at this point. Inside linebacker Stephone Anthony from Clemson will slide inside and have to contribute from day one. Garrett Grayson in the third round is a pocket quarterback from Colorado State, who with the time to develop behind Drew Brees can turn into a franchise QB.

New York Giants: Grade B+
The first two picks of this class were exactly what was needed for the Giants. Ereck Flowers, the tackle from Miami, can slide right in at right tackle this season and help further stabilize the Giants offensive line. Trading up for Landon Collins, the safety from Alabama, who is a perfect fit in the constant blitzing defense of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The unknown player from this group is Texas safety Mykkele Thompson who is going to have to play rotationally in the secondary – a tall task for a fifth round pick.

New York Jets: Grade A
When you get the top overall prospect, Leonard Williams, with the sixth pick and create a defensive line that has QBs fearful in May, an A is well deserved. Williams will now allow the Jets to move from a 3-4 defense over to the 4-3 which also will help the outside linebacking group that has struggled in recent seasons. Deep ball threat Devin Smith from Ohio State may not have flashy numbers this season, but once a true QB is found in New York, look out for this guy who flat out burns people. If somehow Bryce Petty, the quarterback from Baylor, turns into a franchise QB this draft class the Jets he’ll be known as the one that turned the franchise around.

Oakland Raiders: Grade B
Amari Cooper, the best wide receiver in this draft class, has been called a faster Reggie Wayne which has a mile wide smile on Raiders QB Derrick Carr’s face. Throw in defensive end Mario Edwards from Florida State who can help this defensive line that was down right dreadful last season. Great story from this draft comes from guard John Feliciano from Miami (Florida) who has a story that reminds many of Forrest Gump.

Philadelphia Eagles: Grade B+
Chip Kelly may have confusing free agent and trade moves, but his draft was done very well. Nelson Agoholar, the wide receiver from USC, is going to be a threat every time he’s on the field in this offense. Eric Rowe is arguably the most versatile secondary player in the draft being able to slide in at corner or safety. JaCorey Sheppard the corner from Kansas in the sixth round is somebody who under the right coaches can become a slot corner in time.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Grade A
It was one of those perfect drafts for Pittsburgh as BPA (best player available) lined up with needs. Bud Dupree from Kentucky is an edge rusher (That I had as the second best in this draft class) and he fell to the Steelers laps who have continued success developing strong edge rushers. Beyond that, tight end Jesse James from Penn State is a guy in the fifth round who will understudy Heath Miller and eventually replace him. Even the seventh round pick Gerod Holliman, the safety from Louisville, is a prospect with considerable upside something most teams don’t get in the seventh round.

San Diego Chargers: Grade B
First round pick Melvin Gordon, the running back out of Wisconsin, fills a definite need for the Chargers and will inherit the starting running back job. The pick that confuses me and causes the B is the second round pick Denzel Perryman, the inside linebacker out of Miami. San Diego seemingly has two starting inside backers with Teo and Butler, neither of which are old, so it’s difficult to see where Perryman will slide into this defense.

San Francisco 49ers: Grade B-
The Niners went Arik Armstead, the defensive end from Oregon, in the first round and it’s difficult to see why as he reminds many of Justin Smith, the recently retired 49er defensive end. Issue is this comparison isn’t supported much by the actual game tape and he doesn’t seem to have anywhere near the strength Smith had to rush in that 3-4 defense. The pick that saves this class from nightmare is the outside linebacker Eli Harold from Virginia in the third round who can line up opposite Aldon Smith and really get after quarterbacks.

Seattle Seahawks: Grade D
The picks made by the Seahawks are ultra confusing as they overvalued guys who are going to need a lot of work. The most interesting part is how they failed to get a big body wide receiver to help Russell Wilson get more passes down the field.

St. Louis Rams: Grade C+
Todd Gurley the running back from Georgia is an interesting place to start for the Rams as they already had Tre Mason who had a great season last year. The second round pick of Robert Havenston, the tackle from Wisconsin, should improve the run blocking along the line, but still needs work in pass protection. This means new QB Nick Foles will be running for his life this season.

Tampa Bay Bucs: Grade A-
Florida State QB Jameis Winston and offensive lineman Ali Marpet is enough to make this a great draft class for the Bucs. In Winston, they get that franchise quarterback as he reminds me a lot of Ben Roethlisberger as far as pocket awareness and unreal arm strength with some great weapons on the outside to help him out. Ali Marpet is a guard who will be a staple for the Bucs next ten years.

Tennessee Titans: Grade A
Quarterback Marcus Mariota from Oregon will need to work on his pro-style throws, but is a guy I see as a franchise QB for the Titans – especially with QB guru Ken Wisenhunt as head coach. The other pick I really liked by the Titans is Dorial Green Beckham, the wide receiver from Oklahoma, who has all the talent and will be a scary connection for other secondaries.

Washington Redskins: Grade B+
Brandon Scherff offensive tackle from Iowa will give some much needed time to RG3 as he will be one of the premier right tackles as a rookie. Preston Smith, the defensive end from Mississippi State, is a raw talent but I feel will turn into a stud pass rusher once he gets that NFL coaching.

Agree/disagree on these grades? Comment below.

NFL Draft Grades Part One

Posted: May 4, 2015 by BSRadmin in Uncategorized

The NFL draft has now passed and it is time to give these teams report cards on how they did.

Arizona Cardinals: Grade: B, Cardinals get a B from me as they do nab DJ Humphries the offensive tackle from Florida who has tremendous upside at the tackle position coming out of Florida. But wasn’t really impressed with the other selections as I question second round pick Markus Golden at the next level in terms of lack of true speed rush.

Atlanta Falcons: Grade A-, Dan Quinn is looking like a great hire on paper and so is his team’s off season. Every pick in this draft was well thought out and really filled some holes on the Atlanta roster. My favorite selection was second round corner Jalen Collins who is a big physical corner that can develop opposite Trufant and really solidify the back end of the Falcons defense.

Baltimore Ravens: Grade C, This is one of those grades where I see the need in what they were thinking but just don’t see the prospects as impact guys. Breshad Perriman the Ravens first round pick struggles with drops something that the Ravens can ill afford as Steve Smith is nearing the end and Torrey Smith’s departure leaves a lot of pressure on a WR who couldn’t make the catches in college.

Buffalo Bills: Grade B, Buffalo as a result of the Sammy Watkins trade didn’t have a first round pick but they did manage to grab a player I believe will fit very nicely into there secondary in the second round. Ronald Darby is a speed corner who can start immediately covering guys in the slot to develop and with expanded offenses slot corners are becoming more valuable by the season.

Carolina Panthers: Grade C+, Carolina went BPA with the Shaq Thompson pick and need with with Devin Funchess. Issue is Shaq Thompson is going to have a hard time fitting into this defense at OLB and safety would be a big project something you never want with a first round pick. Funchess is a big WR but has no speed and with Olsen/Benjamin already running over the middle this team really needs the true fast slot or deep threat neither of which fits Funchess.

Chicago Bears: Grade B+, The pick that really sold me on this draft is the fourth round selection in Jeremy Langford the running back out of Michigan State.They got great value and have there guy to replace Forte should that situation get worse. Kevin White and Eddie Goldman will also be solid starters for the Bears as Jay Cutler will have problems trying to over throw White’s blazing speed and Goldman can help the Bears defense recover from an embarrassing showing last season.

Cincinnati Bengals: Grade A-, Addressed the need at tackle with Cedric Ogbeuchi from Texas A&M and then a real steal in the second round of tackle Jake Fisher from Oregon could address right and left tackle for the next ten years. Mario Alford the WR from West Virginia is the seventh round pick I’m betting on to end up making an impact in the league.

Cleveland Browns: Grade B-, They went need based with the two first round picks. However I’m not big on Defensive tackle who seemingly is a one down player at defensive tackle lacking any type of speed. Haynes Pullard and Duke Johnson were two picks that I really liked later in the draft as guys who can come in and help the Browns immediately.

Dallas Cowboys: Grade B, The Cowboys did it again got a player at great value that fills a big need. Defensive end Randy Gregory was a player I saw as a top ten talent that they were able to get in the late second round. While the character issues were the reason for this and now you have a motivated Gregory after the fall. The Pick that I’m skeptical of is that of Byron Jones in the first round yes Dallas needed a corner but Jones seems to me based off his tape like a “combine hero”. He had about as good a combine as someone can have but issue is it didn’t translate on his game footage at all.

Denver Broncos: Grade C+, The Broncos went BPA first round and got a great talent but I worry about him recovering from his foot injury and making an impact for a Broncos team that is clearly win now with Peyton Manning. The pick of Sambroilo the tackle from Colorado State is a solid fit as he has great upside. Jeff Feuerman in the third wasn’t a real fit for me as it seems he will come in third on the depth chart at tight end and the Broncos really could have addressed a more pressing need with the pick.

Detroit Lions: Grade B+, Alex Carter in the third round is one of my favorite versatile players in this draft. Carter can be a free safety and corner with great tackling and solid production throughout his tape. Laken Tomlinson the guard out of Duke in the first will be a staple in the offensive line and Nebraska running back  Ameer Abdullah should replace recently departed Reggie Bush and his role in the Lion offense next season.

Green Bay Packers: Grade A-, Packers GM  Ted Thompson has a consistent draft plan and always manages to have a great draft. Fills the need at safety in the first round with Arizona State Safety Damarious Randall then gets corner back Quintin Rollins from Miami (Ohio) who has all the ability to be a shut down corner in the NFL. The real steal is the third best QB in this draft UCLA’s Brett Hundley in the fifth round to back up Aaron Rodgers and if they continue to follow the mold and let Hundley who has some mechanical things to work on when Rodgers retire they could remain set at QB.

Houston Texans: Grade B+, Mississippi State Benardrick McKinney lining up next to Brian Cushing on the inside is big trouble this year for any teams attempting to run the ball on the Texans. Wide Receiver Arizona State Jaelen Strong in the third round to replace the leaving Andre Johnson was a great value pick and Strong’s ability to go up and get the ball will make whoever starts at QB for Houston very happy.

Indianapolis Colts: Grade D, Not that I hate the players they selected they just don’t fit the Colts very well. The perfect example of this is the first round pick Wide Receiver Phillip Dorsett from Miami someone who gets downfield using speed. Which would be fine if they didn’t already have two guys in TY Hilton and Donte Moncrief who do the exact same thing. This team was one game from the Super Bowl and failed to address the major needs of the team.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Grade A+, Wide Receiver Rashad Greene in the fifth and Ohio State’s defensive tackle Michael Bennett in the sixth are two guys who can come in and completely change the attitude and bring impact from day one. Throw in a giant upgrade at running back with Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon and the best edge rusher from this draft in Dante Fowler from Florida and it’s easy to see why this is the best draft in the NFL.

Kansas City Chiefs: A-, Washington’s corner back Marcus Peters couldn’t have gone to a better spot with the Chief defensive system playing to his physical nature and a locker room loaded with leadership to help out Peters who was constantly in trouble in college. Mitch Moorse the offensive lineman from Missouri should be a day one starter at center. The pick to watch out for is inside linebacker D.J. Alexander from Oregon State who possess great speed and can learn from the guy he could line up next to in Derrick Johnson.

Agree/Disagree on the grades? Comment Below. Check back tomorrow for Part Two

Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao in the “fight of the century”. But it seems Floyd’s biggest battle last night was figuring out what the word “magnitude” means. All jokes aside love or hate Floyd “Money” Mayweather he is the best fighter of our time and the most controversial figure in sports today.  

The first month of the MLB season is in the books and now it’s time to do the first installment of the power rankings. These five teams have come out of the gates and are front running early by playing some great baseball:

1. Houston Astros: Who saw this coming?? The team that has been in the cellar the last couple of seasons are on a ten game winning streak and sport a 18-7 record. Jose Altuve is leading this offense as he has been mashing the ball for a .361 average. The staff has been dealing as the ace Dallas Keuchel, a guy I think will be a serious AL Cy Young and has been down right un-hittable, currently has an ERA below one at 0.73.

2. Detroit Tigers: The Tigers are the complete opposite of the Astros, coming into the season as they have been a pre-season pick by many to win the World Series. The balanced offense is featuring the continue RBI producing of Miguel Cabrera as well as production from some unknowns like JD Martinez, who has six HR’s and Jose Iglesais whose hitting .351. The staff, even without Justin Verlander, has been strong top to bottom with David Price being that ace and keeping his ERA below three.

3. St. Louis Cardinals: Pitching, pitching, and more pitching. This team currently has allowed 57 runs all season, the fewest by an astounding 18 runs. Although the loss of Adam Wainwright will undoubtedly effect this team throughout the season, starter Michael Wacha has picked up some of the slack with a 1.92 ERA and a 4-0 record.

4. New York Yankees: The best bullpen in baseball. The Yankees have had a great start to the season thanks to how good the bullpen has been. Especially set-up man Dellin Betances and closer Andrew Miller, who are both yet to allow a run. Note to other teams: if you’re losing after the 7th inning to the Yankees, you might as well pack it up and go home.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers: The best from this team is still yet to come. The Dodgers are 15-8, but the scary part for the rest of the league is that the Dodgers haven’t even played their best baseball yet. While Adrian Gonzalez, who has 8 HR’s and a .361 AVG and Zack Grienke, who’s 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA, have been dominating. Other key players have struggled like ace Clayton Kershaw who normally ends up with a ERA below two but is currently up around four at 3.73.

Agree/disagree with my top five? Comment below to discuss.

NFL Draft 2015: First Round Reaction

Posted: May 1, 2015 by BSRadmin in Football
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The first round of the NFL draft has just finished up and it’s time to review the draft thus far…

Famous Jameis and Marcus Mariota go first and second. Two guys I put in the top five prospects and will be franchise QBs for the Bucs and Titans. It’s all about these franchises now; addressing the needs inside those offenses to give these young QBs a chance.

For the Bucs: Build an offensive line to give Jameis time in the pocket.
For the Titans: Get Mariota better targets on the outside as his most trustworthy target, based off last year, is Delanie Walker at tight end.

New York Giants get Ereck Flowers. Admittedly, it wasn’t the guy I would have liked, but he went top five (Brandon Scherff to Washington). But GM Jerry Reese did finally address an offensive line spot and now creates a situation where they have three very young offensive linemen to build around going forward as well as giving Eli Manning some time in the pocket with this new offense. An offense that was really clicking by the end of the season.

Surprises:

  • Leonard Williams falls out of the top five and ends up a Jet. Anybody pre-draft who told you they thought Williams would fall out of the top five and then get drafted by the Jets is lying. Williams is the top prospect in the draft, who I know will come onto the Jets and make an immediate impact on the field. The Jets, on the flip side, seemingly had no need for a defensive tackle long running the 3-4 defense with three the solid DT in Harrison pulled a BPA pick and now look to run the 4-3 in a defensive line that reminds me of the “Fearsome Foursome” and the “Purple People Eaters”.
  • Todd Gurley goes in the top ten to the Rams. The running back in the first round was deemed done for with the position being greatly diminished. Not only did Gurley get in the first round, but went top ten. This seems like the running backs got a big win tonight – but instead the stunning part is that the Rams with two running backs, who have proven they can carry the load, (Zac Stacy and Tre Mason) reached up for Gurley rather than grab an offensive lineman which was in desperate need to protect new franchise QB Nick Foles. Side note: Gurley won’t be ready until mid-season.
  • Bud Dupree falls to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dupree, who was seen by many including myself as a top ten talent, nosedived down to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers had Dupree much like the rest of us did at the top of their draft board for quite a while and it’s one of those picks we may look back at as one of the real steals in the first round.

Any surprises or picks that you thought were noteworthy for discussion that weren’t mentioned? Comment below.