It’s that time of year again where I’m sure your twitter feed is getting filled with RTs from people who are trying to get their team’s nominee to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The Walter Payton Man of The Year Award goes to the player who is involved in their community off the field.
Each team nominates a player who they feel is most deserving. The winner will get a total of $500,000, with half going to the winner’s charity of choice, and the other half going to Character Playbook. Character Playbook is a digital learning initiative that helps children learn how to build character, and develop good interpersonal skills. This is an initiative between the NFL and United Way.
With an exciting Week 7 in the books, let’s look at this week’s Starts and Sits. There are six teams on a bye deserving some much-needed rest: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans.
Kate’s Quarterback Starts:
Defenses giving up the most passing yards are the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so start the following:
Philip Rivers – Even though he has been inconsistent so far this season, a match up with the Patriots defense that has allowed 300-plus points in passing yards is worth the gamble. No team has allowed more touchdowns or fantasy points to this position.
At the Fall Meeting in New York City today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Dallas, Texas, home of the Cowboys, as the host city for the 2018 NFL Draft. Goodell stated, via the press release:
“This is the first time we will be hosting the Draft at a stadium complex. We are excited by that. I want to take moment to thank both Chicago and Philadelphia for really doing an extraordinary job to raise the bar. They have set a new standard for the Draft, created a new experience for our fans that was extraordinary, and we are confident that Dallas will raise that bar even further.”
My love of the NFL game started when I was a teenager, playing a board game called Strat-O-Matic Football with one of my brothers. Basically, it is the old school version of a Madden NFL video game. We spent many fun hours coaching our teams. The game came down to strategy, both offense and defense, and a simple roll of the dice.
I have had a soft spot for the Miami Dolphins since the ‘80s. It was during their dominant years with quarterback Dan Marino that I really became hooked. I attended my first live NFL game November 18, 2010 at SunLife Stadium in Miami. What a milestone.
Every week the NFL releases an information filled capsule of the week to come and they never disappoint. This includes notes on the matchups plus some historical data as well. Finally, it provides information on the officiating crews and broadcast information on where the game can be found.
It has been a very emotional week for the NFL to say the least. Last year a young man privately took a knee during the National Anthem in what he believed to be a personal statement of the oppression of his fellow human beings. One year later a response from the President of the United States has forced every single NFL team to respond with a sign of solidarity.
Early this morning in London, England, the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars answered the POTUS by several players taking a knee and others standing, but all locking arms in unity. Jaguars Owner Shad Khan stood pregame, locking arms with his players as he was the first owner to show his support. Following the game he made this statement:
“It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the U.S. national anthem at Wembley Stadium. I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem. Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms-race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments from the President makes it harder. That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation.”
Every team participated in support in one way or another. For example, all the players for the Pittsburgh Steelers did not leave the locker room during the national anthem, with the exception of left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan. He stood at the edge of the tunnel standing with his hand over his heart. As for the Chicago Bears, they stood, arms locked as a team with the full support of their coaches and owners.
Fantasy football predictions are not as easy as we think, are they?
Highlights from each league
Originals League:SUH and a Half Men topped the league with 156.07 fantasy points. She had a tough battle with FitzOn (that’s me)who came in 2nd with 143.53 points. SUH’s top point scorers were QB Philip Rivers (Chargers) with 31.07 and RB C.J. Anderson (Broncos) with 30.40.
>> NEW LEADER:Bongs over Brussels Sprouts
Female Free #1: With another league win, Gpodawund scored 121.98 points in week 2 of fantasy football. Her top performer was RB Ty Montgomery (Packers) scoring 26.00 points. Most of us could have had a win with what was left on her bench. Coming in second place this week is Andria’s Legit Team, 115.32. RB Todd Gurley II (Rams) and WR Mike Evans (Buccaneers) scored 25.10 and 18.80 points, respectively to help her grab a win.
>> LEADER: Gpodawund
Female Free #2: A commanding win was had by BrownLee in this league, scoring 137.40 fantasy points. Kareem Hunt was her top point scorer with TE Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) racking up 20.60 points until sidelined due to injury. Football n Heels finished second place this week, with 112.98 points. Tom Brady topped her team. Sitting on the bench was WR Martavis Bryant (Steelers) with 17.30 points. Might see him moving up the ranks for week 3.
That was how he picked his players and expected them to play. Two years after Halas died in 1983, the Bears won their first Super Bowl with Mike Ditka as their head coach. Ditka coached with the same no-nonsense attitude, and built a team with passion.
In 2006 the Chicago Bears made another Super Bowl appearance, this time against the Indianapolis Colts lead by the young Peyton Manning. The quarterback for the Bears was none other than the dual playing action of one Rex Grossman. However, it wasn’t Grossman who took them there.
It was the defense that shined that season. It was Halas who said, “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” That was evident with the defense under head coach Lovie Smith. With a defense powered by the likes of Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Mike Brown, Chris Harris, Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher just to name a few.
These were the men who brought back the Monsters of the Midway. Now it is up to the Bears defensive coach Vic Fangio to put together a defense that can awaken the prolific monsters they once were. If the Bears defense can stay healthy they can do quite a bit of damage.
But let’s face it, it’s getting a little tiresome to hear the phrase, “Well, we lost against the Denver Broncos because it was against the second-and-third teamers”. Uh, those second-and-third teamers may be your backups and must produce better than that! To be a real Chicago Bear there needs to be passion, grit and hard-nosed pillaging.