Seventeen years ago today, the unthinkable happened on American soil. The United States became the victim of a horrific crime on humanity when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.
Almost every American can remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember it well. I received a phone call from a friend early that morning asking me to turn on the news. I was shocked to see that a jet airliner had hit one of the Twin Towers in New York City. We discussed several possibilities as to what lead to the crash. Did the pilot have a heart attack? Or did the plane malfunction?
It wasn’t until I was looking at the screen did I see the second plane come around the bend straight for the second building. My reaction was simple, “Whoa, this is bad. Amiee, America has been attacked!”
He gets it. Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Carl Nassibshares his thoughts on investment with teammates on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
“We got a lot of money right now, right? This is the easiest equation to make you rich. You have a million dollars and after seven years getting 10% of the money every single year, you are making money off of it, you’re going to double it after seven years. You’re gonna double it every seven years for 42 (expletive) years, you get 64 times your original (expletive) money. So if you got a million dollars you’re gonna end up with 64 million dollars by the time you retire.”
Drafted by the Browns in 2016, Nassib signed a 4-year contract worth $3.2 million, with a signing bonus of $890,000 dollars. Now, let’s assume he lives off of just the signing bonus, which is $222K, and invests the rest, he can have a very nice financial cushion upon retirement.
By now, you’re all aware of the news that broke Football Twitter yesterday morning around 11 am. Just in case you’re not, here’s a brief recap. Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was accused by his ex-girlfriend’s best friend of beating his ex-girlfriend, beating a dog so badly that it put the dog into kidney failure, and beating his son for wetting the bed. She also accused him of using drugs and PEDs.
McCoy then released a statement saying that the claims are false and that he hasn’t had any contact with the people who were involved for months.
Obviously, things are looking terrible for McCoy right now. While yes, the circumstances are a little suspect around the entire thing and we don’t know the entire story, domestic violence in the NFL has been brought back to the forefront.
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.
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.
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?
The NFL Competition Committee will host it’s annual meetings March 25-28 in Orlando, FL. There are two really “hot” topics on this year’s agenda: Pass Interference Penalties and Catch/No-Catch.
Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, and Rich McKay, Competition Committee Chairman and President/CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, hosted a conference call today with some insights into what they saw happen during the 2017-18 season and to preview some of the items up for discussion at this year’s meeting.
To recap 2017, parity seems to be alive and well in the NFL. Eight of the twelve playoff teams this year were not in the playoffs in 2016. Two of this year’s playoff teams were last in their division last year and moved to first, one actually won the Super Bowl. In fact, eight of the past fifteen seasons have seen at least one team move from “worst to first.”
The long-anticipated trades and free agency frenzy has finally arrived. It began with a surge of trades throughout the league ignited by the Seattle Seahawks. A shock to the Seattle fans, defensive end Michael Bennett is traded to the Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles and a seventh round pick in exchange for a fifth round pick. But what seemed like a simple trade was the beginning of players released which included cornerback Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane, tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Paul Richardson. Seahawks did re-sign DB Bradley McDougald.
But the Bennett trade also ignited a trading bonanza by the Cleveland Browns as they gave up a 2018 4th rounder and a 2019 seventh-rounder for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, This was followed up by a trade of their top third-round pick for Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. But before anyone could take a breath, the Browns swapped fourth and fifth round picks for Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall in exchange for QB DeShone Kizer.
Today is Women’s Day and here at Our Turf Football – a site run and staffed by women – I thought it was appropriate to celebrate some of the women that I think are making contributions in the NFL and paving the way for the next generation of women. Some of the names you should already know, but I’m willing to bet a few will surprise you.
Martha Firestone Ford – Detroit Lions After her husband’s death in 2014, Ford became sole owner of the Detroit Lions. Currently, she is the majority owner with small shares being held by her four children. She’s 93 years old, but don’t let the age fool you. She is very involved in the operation of the team as well as the hiring of coaches and player retention. She even worked directly with players during the protests last season and was able to work with them by financially supporting efforts in their communities for social change.