NFL gives no R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Bears RB Jordan Howard

Official Chicago Bears Fan Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63  

Every year the NFL lists the top 100 players who were voted by players as a means of respect for what they do on the field. Some of those players don’t even have to play the whole season to get on this list. Adrian Peterson was on the 2017 list and missed the entire season. Since this article will be solely based on running backs currently mentioned on the 2018 list, it is a crying shame that Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard is missing.

So far on this list are RB Carlos Hyde, rookie Leonard Fournette, Mark Ingram, Ezekiel Elliott (suspension and all), and Devonta Freeman. The fact of the matter is that in 2017, nine running backs were on that list, including Peterson; LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, Freeman, DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, and Elliott.

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100 days until football: How do we pass the time?

Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Today it is officially 100 days until the NFL kicks off its 2018 season. 100 days until our favorite sport returns to fill our Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays with gridiron goodness. What will the average sports fan do to pass the time? I have a few ideas for you.

If you are into repetitive sporting events, the NBA Finals are right up your alley! You may have heard, but the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are going to the NBA finals. Again. For the fourth year in a row.

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2019 NFL Draft to be held in Nashville Tennessee

Karen Christensen, Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen//@ksc47

Today at the NFL Spring League meeting in Atlanta, the NFL team owners approved the Tennessee Titans bid to host the 2019 NFL Draft.  The draft will be April 25 through April 27th, 2019 and will be held at several Nashville downtown landmarks.

All of the venues will be within walking distance of each other and include Nissan Stadium, Lower Broadway, Ascend Amphitheater, the Music City Center, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Music City Walk of Fame Park.

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The questions surrounding Earl Thomas

Senior Sports Editor Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

 

Let me just say straight from the start, any questions that surround Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas have nothing to do with him as a player. He is, without question, a once in a generation safety. The only questions around Thomas have to do with his contract and his team.

With that out of the way…

I am a firm believer that once you have a player that absolutely dominates in his position within the NFL, you hold on to him. When a player has the term “Future Hall of Famer” attached to him, you keep him. You pay him. Of course, every player starts to decline at some point, but until that point (or even just slightly past), you keep him on your roster. In this reporter’s opinion, this is the case with Earl Thomas.

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New Sports Betting Laws and the NFL

Kate Arhar
OTFB Browns Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

On Monday, a Supreme Court ruling opened the door for states to legalize sports betting. Up until now, Nevada was the only state where you could legally place a wager on sports events. While the ruling itself does not make sports gambling legal, it does move the regulating of these wagers back to being a state-level issue.

The basic thought behind the ruling goes back to the U. S. Constitution: anything not specifically designated as being under federal jurisdiction belongs to the states. Meaning – the federal government can regulate gambling but since it has so far chosen not to, states can now enact legislation to legalize sports gambling or repeal previous laws making it illegal.

This situation begs a ton of questions. Socially, financially and game integrity issues must be considered.

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Chicago Bears 53-Man Prediction and Then Some

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

With rookie mini-camp complete and OTAs underway, the Chicago Bears are slowly putting together a well-balanced team.  Ryan Pace and company have done their due diligence in signing key players that will have an immediate impact on the team.

But it’s those additional spots, the supplemental players that will have to be ready to step in on a moment’s notice.  Who will make a statement in training camp that they belong on this team? Who will shine when it matters and when it counts? 

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Bringing Up Matt Patricia’s Past

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN 

Late Wednesday night, an article was released on the Detroit News website regarding a sexual assault that indicated involvement by Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia.

The alleged assault took place in the spring of 1996, when Patricia and his friend, Greg Dietrich, “violently sexually assaulted” a victim on a spring break trip in Texas.  Both men were arrested, charged and indicted, but never got to go to trial.  According to the article, “the victim felt that she couldn’t face the pressures and stress of a trial” and the trial was dismissed.

Most Lions fans have chalked this up to clickbait, and a bunch of nothing.  Which surprised me a little, but that’s fine.  However, I think something to keep in mind is that if there was a “good” time for this to surface, the offseason is just that.  It’s the offseason.  This shouldn’t be a distraction later on down the road when the Lions are making a playoff push (I’m wishfully thinking here!).

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Should the NFL institute a Draft Lottery?

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Tonight is the NBA’s Draft Lottery. As a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, there were many years when this date would have been marked on my calendar in January. We would even joke as the seasons neared the finish line that each loss was “another ball in the hopper.”

How does this system work? And better yet, is it time to consider some type of Draft Lottery for the NFL?

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The Mayfield Controversy, Cleveland style

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Quarterback controversy is never in short supply for Cleveland Browns fans. But this year, the selection of Baker Mayfield at #1 seems to be even more of an issue than ever.

I’m sure I’ll get a lot of heat for saying this, but as fans, it’s our own fault. Too many folks simply believe whatever is told to them by the local media, don’t think or research for themselves, and just regurgitate the “Hot Take of the Day” that they heard on the radio or read on twitter.

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Analyzing the LA Rams 2018 NFL Draft

Official Reporter, LA Rams

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

The most excitement recently surrounding the LA Rams began even before the 2018 NFL Draft began! To begin with, the Rams already had a pretty solid roster. They then added wide receiver Brandin Cooks, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Aqib Talib, and CB Marcus Peters.

I’ll admit, I’ve been a Suh fan for going on more than 10 years now, having worked with him and his agent closely at a previous job, although I recognize how polarizing he is. I was ecstatic when the Rams picked him up.

The draft may have started slowly for LA Rams fans, with no picks on the first day, but it quickly picked up momentum. On the second and third days of the draft, general manager Les Snead brought in 11 players.

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