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Jammed packed show last night and a lot of ground covered – the 1 hour format is getting a bit crowded.
Second – I promised a big announcement and so here it is. In one week I will be launching a new website called Big East Gridiron whose aim will be to give you full coverage and analysis of all eight teams in the Big East ranks.
Big thanks to Jim Day (aka Fantasy Taz) who tweaked my logo/header from very good to awesome. You see the results above.
The site will contain a lot of analysis of all the teams, some video and audio links (including to the Blurb show) and I’m hoping to do a weekly roundup of college football news from around the web.
I’m very excited and look forward to sharing everything with you next Monday. Spread the word to anyone you know who loves College Football and especially the Big East.
After that Earth Shattering Pronouncement, we move on to the the business at hand.
Last week I read an article by Evan Silva at Profootballtalk.com about how QB “Guru” Tom Martinez blames the Raiders for JaMarcus Russell’s struggles. Of course he backpedals to say Russell needs to improve his work ethic as well but all in all on a better team – say the Jets – he might flourish.
You can imagine my issues with this. (Side note – this is Silva reporting on an article from the NYTimes, not Silva’s opinion.)
You can also imagine I go a little long on it. Sure, Martinez makes some good points about it but let’s be honest – Russell’s biggest problem (pun intended) is Russell. Even his teammates say so.
It isn’t brain surgery kids. And oh bye the way – someone tell Martinez that a run first team with a guy picked at #5 in the 2009 draft is not a perfect situation for Russell.
After that I talk about Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Magazine, one of my favorite pieces of reading material every year. We talk about how the Top 25 and how Rutgers isn’t in it, though Pitt is.
We’ll use it a lot more as a touchstone and common point of reference throughout the summer. (PS – I love Phil’s work but the website is a little painful to look at – don’t let it dissuade you. You’ll be missing out if you do.
Finally we touch on the Listener’s Segment, this week’s topic provided by frequent chat denizen GMoney.
G asks :
Was wondering what your thoughts are on why this off this off season it seems so many football players and front office personnel are getting into legal trouble.
Every day it seems someone is in the police blotter. I don’t understand why these guys want to jeopardize their careers. Love to hear what you think tonight on your podcast.
It’s funny but as I talked about it and thought about it, I started thinking maybe there isn’t really THAT much more being reported. I feel as though I was thinking the same thing last year and as soon as the season started, we forgot.
Regardless though, I touch on a few reasons – everything from a lack of follow-up help for incoming rookies (who are still young men and prone to silly decisions) to ever present media out of sensationalist stories.
There’s no single easy answer I think – more like there are many factors which make the news seem bigger, though there are certainly some serious issues.
Also, Goodell better be ready for some repercussions if Lions president Tim Lewand skates easier than players have.
That about does it – as always thanks for reading and listening.
Lots of interesting stuff on the show last night – as always, appreciated the large turnout in the chat as well as all the downloads and live listeners.
First we chatted about the information surfacing that Chris Henry (the Bengals wide receiver who died last year after being flung from the bed of a pickup) had incurred chronic traumatic encephalopathy which may have contributed to his poor decision making.
I go into my opinions thoroughly in the show but a few brief thoughts here. First, we need to cut back on the gasps and ‘oooohhhh’ responses I am seeing. One study of one guy who died being flung out of a truck – likely incurring more head injuries – is not the answer.
How much can we really glean that much from studying a person who died in part due to massive trauma like Chris henry did? Shouldn’t we be studying living individuals over a period of time – from a very young age to retired players – before we draw definitive analysis?
I mean, we know repeated trauma does damage. But how, when and what the threshold for permanant damage is way too unknown to start inferring that Henry’s bad decisions were because of them.
I’m always hesistant to spin that kind of explanation anyway. People – concussed or not – do really dumb crap. All the time. As a race, humans like explanations that are simple. We want to believe that a guy like Henry – by all accounts a very nice guy – wouldn’t do the foolish and dangerous things he did on purpose. That there is some reason for it.
Maybe there is. But there’s always the chance that a guy just does dumb things until he pays for them.
I will say this – it’s ridiculous that it takes an alleged rape (Roethlisberger) and a death (Henry) to get the NFL and the NFLPA to take this seriously. I know a lot of ex-players. I have a young son who wants to play organized football.
I’d like to know that both the above parties are safe and protected. This has to be dealt with and should NOT be lumped into CBA talks. It’s above it and shouldn’t be a chess piece.
I also talk a bit about the affect of better protection and highlight reel hits on the general health of players.
Next up, I talk a bit about fantasy analysis and the difference between forging a new path and ice skating up hill – in other words ranking or being high or down on a player ‘just to go against the group’. I touch on group-think and we talk a bit about how just following the herd sometimes gets you nowhere in fantasy football.
Finally we start a new segment where tackle a topic suggested by the listeners. You can throw me an idea via thunderingblurb at gmail.com or hit me up on Twitter.
Monday afternoons I will put out the call for topics. Follow me and you can toss in your suggestions.
Last night’s topic was delivered by Joe Everrette of The Fantasy Exchange - one of the fellows I did Smashmouth Wednesdays with for the past year before the change.
Joe suggested I talk about how the injury to Willie Colon will affect the already shaky Steelers offensive line as well as the fantasy (and non-fantasy) prospects of the offense as a whole.
So I spend some time on that and following the chatroom lead (as I am wont to do) also touch on the San Francisco 49ers Oline status as well.
Good show – as always, thanks for listening and reading.
Hey folks – short on time again today as I have a ‘moving up ceremony’ to go to in a bit. My son is moving from pre-k to k.
It’s sort of crazy having a ceremony for that but he’s excited and I wouldn’t miss it for anything.
Yup, we went long last night but I’ll get to why it happened in a few minutes.
We caught up on a lot of NFL talk last night, starting with the somewhat ridiculous injury to Steve Smith’s arm while – depending on who you believe – he was playing with kids or playing in an adult flag football league.;
Either way, Panthers (and fantasy owners) are likely disgruntled this morning.
I talk a little more news and then get special surprise guest Matt Waldman, fellow staff writer at Footballguys.com. If you’ve followed the show for any length of time you’ll also know his work from the Rookie Scouting Portfolio and his Weekly Gut Check column at FBGs as well.
We bat around a bunch of fantasy players, generally talking about some guys coming back from injury like Cadillac Williams, Marion Barber, Clinton Portis and Matt Forte.
Some good back and forth so check it out. i also pick Matt’s brain about some sleeper players, some deep fantasy guys and Jeremiah Masoli leaving Oregon.
After we wrap that, the show is butting up against 60 minutes but I stayed around another segment to recap the general chaos and aftermath of College Football Realignment Shuffle.
Anyway, as always, thanks for coming by, thanks for listening and thanks for spreading the word. Monday has been a huge success so far and I appreciate the patience as I find the balance between the college and NFL stuff.
You can always email me comments, requests and general chitchat at thunderingblurb AT gmail.com or catch me on twitter here.
A big hello to new folks following, reading or stalking the show. We saw a bit of an uptick in listeners and I hope you all stick around for the duration – we’re going to have a lot to talk about before both the NFL and CFB seasons begin and we’re just a little while away from a big Blurb announcement.
So STAY TUNED! *cue ominous music*
As for this week, I welcomed InTheBleachers.Net’s own Michael Felder to catch up on some of the huge NCAA CFB news raining down upon us.
I had expected to do a lot of speculation over where Texas might end up, but they hosed me (along with the Pac Whatever and probably the other teams in the Big 12) by about facing again and deciding they would remain in the Big 12.
It’s a last second miracle and the rest of the teams who had been ready to bail on the Big 12 are staying too. Before we call Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe a genius though, let’s see what he sold out the rest of the teams for to keep Texas. We know Texas gets it’s freedom to start it’s own network as well as gain revenue from any Big 12 deal. The Big 12 gets money and a little more prestige.
As Michael and I mention, Texas also has a clear shot at a Bowl Bid and perhaps National Title contention with a week Big 12 field just about any year.
Texas is now Notre Dame, but in a conference with some solid revenue.
What does Oklahoma do? What does Nebraska mean to the Big Ten? Might there be more changes coming?
Michael and I also jump into the Pac-10 (11? 12), talk about Colorado and potentially Utah joining up and what that might mean. At the top of the show we also talk some USC Sanctions and what that will mean for the school.
We also talk about the SEC and Big Ten a bit and segue into some ACC/Big East talk. Can either conference breathe a sigh of relief? Neither of us think so.
I want to thank Michael for coming by and urge you to check out InTheBleachers.net (and it’s awesome IPhone app) for some great college football podcasts and articles.
And of course, thank you for coming by and listening in.
Lots of stuff to cover last night not the least of which is the new show time.
First off, the new time and day for the Blurb show will be Mondays at 9pm EST! As I’ve said before (and said on the show) it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Joe, Momo, Jared, Ray, Tony and Jim in making the Wednesday night thing work and I’m going to miss it. It’s hard to regret leaving given I love working with Footballguys, but all the same it is a great group and it was a great night to be on.
Now I can harass them in the chats when I can break free on a night though and that might be even better!
During the show we hit some NFL News and notes throughout the evening as well as touch on the Jets approaching my work to see if we wanted PSLs, the ridiculousness of the ‘USC is going to get sanctioned’ weekly refrain, CFB Tv talk (should Notre Dame join a conference? Haven’t we done this before?) and touching on the news that Wes Welker is already practicing.
Looking forward to the move – make sure you tune in next Monday – the Itunes feed will, of course, remain the same.
Thanks to everyone who has made Wednesday night a success by listening and participating. I hope you stick around for the guys when I am gone, and followme to Monday nights – College football reviews, NFL recaps and Monday Night Football – we’ll be going hard every Monday night this year!
Brief write up today since I’m pressed for time.
Jumping right in - here is the link.
Great to be back in the saddle again last night and thanks for everyone who came out and everyone else who downloads regularly.
Next week will be the last Wednesday night show. I should know where the show is moving to and announcing that next Wednesday.
Among other things last night we covered:
-NY/NJ Super Bowl
-Ted Ginn Jr
-Why Steroids are more a disaster in MLB than in the NFL
And a little general chatroom chat plus some other discussion.
Sorry for the brief recap – just a little behind the eight ball this morning.
But as always – thanks for making me a part of your football season, on and offseason.
If there’s supposed to be a ‘dead time’ for NFL news, somebody forgot to tell the NFL about it.
First things first, I’ll be taking next week off – I’m not sure if there will be a guest host or a filler show yet but I’ll keep you posted. The week off will allow me to figure out where the Blurb show will reside (the whole non-fantasy show on a fantasy site thing) as well as jump-start a project I am very excited about.
Also a little heads up – one of the things i am doing for Footballguys is the Wednesday edition of the Daily Fantasy Buzz on Lexy.com – Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom handle the other four days. You can catch all our episodes here all off season. Great stuff, every day on top of the Audible and everything else we do.
On the show-
We start out with a discussion of the Brian Cushing nonsense, touching on some of the details but mostly centering on the ridiculousness of the re-vote. Here’s a question I bring up: if Cushing has been stripped of the award and suspended, why the hell can he win the award again? It makes the whole process a lot of chest-beating but no real substance.
After that, we touch on the fact that with Cushing and a New York Super Bowl bid taking up airwave time, a ‘rumor’ that ‘leaked’ involved Brett Favre and his ankle.
Is it me or does it seem that every time a week goes by without his name coming up, there’s a sudden reason for his name to come up?
We then delve into the NY Super Bowl bid and the pluses and minuses for a cold-weather, open stadium Super Bowl. (You can still give me your thoughts at thunderingblurb (A) gmail.com.) I also throw out some other interesting ideas about moving Super Bowls (and the NFL Draft) and awarding bids.
After the break, we come back to talk a little Tom Brady. Is it fair of him to call players out when he’s stopped coming to off-season workouts? How much rope does his Super Bowl rings buy him?
I then launch into a discussion of SuperConferences, something I touched on this week on Blurb TV.
I go a little deeper here, and also call out Notre Dame. This is a school which has been surviving on rep more than production. At what point does it become hard for them to ask for the type of money they get from TV? Isn’t it smarter to join a conference now when they are still in a relative position of strength?
I’m totally with the Big East football coaches who are calling for them to either join all the way (including football) or get out. Does anyone care about Notre Dame basketball? Baseball? Why does the Big East let them do this?
In or out kids, make up your mind.
I wrap it up with some news and notes from the NFL, touching on Brian Westbrook’s recent journeys to Washington and Denver, Caddy Williams signing his tender, Mark Sanchez’s rehab from knee surgery and whether or not we buy that Michael Turner will see less than 300 carries.
Don’t forget to check out the Lexycasts and BlurbTV.
As always thanks for listening and reading – keep it up. It’s going to be a big year.
So much to talk about we went over. Like, way over.
Before I get into the overall show, I wanted to reiterate an announcement I make near the beginning.
As of today, I am joining the Footballguys.com staff and all my fantasy content will now be over there. I’m very excited about the move and having worked with some of the guys over there before, know the transition will be an easy one.
What does this mean for ThunderingBlurb.com? Well, a few things.
First, the site is not going away. The fantasy content will, but this site has always been about more than that. In fact last year, the fantasy content got so big, college football season slipped by largely unremarked upon.
So this really allows the site to get back to the basic mandate: takes on all things football. Which means more college this coming season (which will dovetail nicely into another announcement down the pike a bit).
The audio show will still continue – I may need to take a week or so off as I shift things around and my assumption is it will come off the Fantasy Sports Channel, though remain on Blogtalkradio in general.
But it won’t be a fantasy show, strictly speaking, and since that’s the case it might not fit there anymore.
Both the audio show and Blurb TV will still exist and be a way for me to get my opinion out there to you.
It’ll be a bit of a transition but at the end, it’s going to open things up around here.
So I’m excited and hope you will be too. You can, of course, always pelt me with questions via twitter by following @thunderingblurb, whether they be fantasy related or not.
There will be a few more announcements coming in the next few months so stay tuned – we aren’t going anywhere.
Again, I can’t express how excited I am to make the move. Footballguys has a great staff and puts out a ton of great content. I’m looking forward to adding to it.
Back to the show – Greg Kellog and Walkie call in and we spend the rest of the show (which runs a solid hour and a half) talking rookie running backs and their potential impact. Spiller, Dwyer, Matthews, Gerhart all get covered as do Hardesty, Best, McKnight and Starks.
Some good insight from my guests so definitely stick around for the whole thing.
That’ll do it for the recap – make sure to subscribe via ITunes so you get the eps as soon as their done. And I’ll keep you up to date with any change in timing for the Blurb Football show as I know it either through Twitter, Facebook or right here on ThunderingBlurb.com.