Posts Tagged ‘Football’

By: @Sean_Grimm

Justin Combs and his family as he signs his national letter of intent to play football for UCLA.

The latest buzz in the controversial world of college athletics is whether or not Sean “P-Diddy” Combs’ son, Justin Combs, should accept his athletic scholarship to UCLA to play football for the Bruins.

Combs’ father’s worth is in the hundred millions due to a successful musical and acting career. Many feel as though this means Combs should feel obligated to pass on the scholarship and give the opportunity to someone who “needs” it more.

Attention people who feel that way: shut up.

It’s called an athletic scholarship for a reason. It’s not financial aid; it’s not academic. Combs is getting his ride paid for because of his work on the field and his ability to help UCLA to their goals on the gridiron. His dad’s money has nothing to do with this and shouldn’t.

Plus, this kind of things happens all the time — kids from well-off and privileged families get athletic scholarships every year. You’re just hearing about this case because of Combs’ father’s fame. If anything, the public should be happy for Combs and view his story in a positive light.

As a kid who was probably given anything he wanted growing up from his dad, it probably feels good for him to earn something on his own from his own talent and abilities.

Regardless of who they are, a college athlete worthy of scholarship has put in the dedication and hard work to earn the luxury of having their education paid for. End of story.

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By: Eran Fabian

Since 2001 when the Baltimore Ravens were featured in the first ever season of HBO’s Hard Knocks, NFL fans across the country have been tuning in to watch some of the best personalities in the game light up the screen. The show has allowed us into the locker room and has let us get a better look at who these guys truly are. We don’t have to wade through their politically correct answers to the media, we get to watch them struggle and fight and say things that could make Howard Stern blush.

Antonio Cromartie struggles to remember the names of his 7 kids.

That is what makes this next season so exciting on Hard Knocks. I am not, nor will I ever allow myself to be, a Miami Dolphins fan BUT there are very few teams that would have me this excited to watch. Sure, the Jets’ Antonio Cromartie won’t be there to tell me about his seven children (four of which are all four years old) and the man formerly known as Chad Johnson won’t be running around throwing out catch phrases like ‘Child Please!’ and ‘Kiss Da Baby!’ but the Dolphins do have a lot to keep viewers tied in from start to finish.

Rookie Quarterback and 1st round draft pick, Ryan Tannehill will battle Matt Moore and David Garrard for the starting gig (I don’t care too much about Tannehill but if it will keep his fiancée on screen, I’m all for it). Daniel Thomas will try to hold off Lex Hilliard and the once great Steve Slayton to keep his job at tailback. Brandon Marshall has moved on to greener pastures, which will leave the door open at receiver for guys like Davone Bess, Bryan Hartline, and, rookie wideout, B.J. Cunningham. Not to mention the rumors that Plaxico “Sharpshooter” Burress is seeking a tryout with the team.

The defensive side of the ball lacks the star power of Hard Knocks’ teams from previous seasons but the Dolphins are deceptively good. Ranking 3rd against the run last year (and 15th in total defense), the Miami Dolphins are good enough to force teams to be one-dimensional. Unfortunately, that dimension happens to be their biggest weakness as the finished 25th against the pass last year. If the Dolphins’ secondary can come together, the Dolphins may be able to provide the rookie QB some room for a learning curve.

Let’s also not forget that the conductor of this circus will be rookie head coach Joe Philbin. The former QB coach out of Green Bay(where he worked with 2 future HOFers) will look to groom Tannehill and help him break the mold of the perennial loser that is a Miami Dolphin QB. Sure Joe might not discuss his odd foot fetish, like that of Jets’ coach Rex Ryan, or have an extremely short fuse, like former Ravens’ head coach Brian Billick, but his energy and experience with a high-powered offense, like Green Bay, may be just what the doctor ordered.

New head coach Joe Philbin must get his young team ready for a tough season.

HBO may have struck it rich this year with the underperforming and extremely young locker room in Miami. It has been 40 years since the ’72 Dolphins tore through the NFL en route to the only undefeated season in NFL history (No Patriots fans, second place doesn’t count). Maybe it is time for the Dolphins to give the city of Miami something to cheer about.  Now, ‘Let’s go get a God damn snack!’

Hard Knocks will premiere on HBO Tuesday, August 7th at 10pm.

Morris Claiborne was selected 6th overall by the Dallas Cowboys.

You can never have too much of a good thing and that rule really holds true in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys made some serious moves in the draft and jumped up to take CB Morris Claiborne (51 tackles, 6 INTs as a senior) out of LSU with the 6th overall pick. That selection paired with the signing of former KC Chief CB, Brandon Carr (45 tackles, 4 INTs in 2011) means that the Cowboys will have three corners that could easily be the #1 on any other squad.

Mike Jenkins made it clear that once the Cowboys drafted Claiborne he wanted out. But Jerry Jones has made it clearer that he has no intention of trading him any time soon. In a league that has gone pass happy over the last few years, it is no surprise that Jerry Jones wants to form the greatest secondary possible.  And let’s not forget about the 4th man on the roster, Orlando Scandrick (49 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT in 2011), who just signed an extension through 2017.

Despite having a poor performance last year (24 tackles, 1 INT in 12 games) there is no denying that Jenkins makes them better defensively and, with QB Tony Romo having a tendency for turning the ball over, defense may just be where the Cowboys want to keep their focus. Especially considering they will be forced to face Michael Vick, Eli Manning, and the brand new Robert Griffin, III a total of six times this season.

If Jenkins can return to his 2009 form (49 tackles, 5 INTs), or even show flashes of the way he played back then, the Cowboys will surely shut down the passing game against all of their opponents. Maybe this will finally be the Cowboy’s year (eventually it has to be, right?)

By: Eran Fabian