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NHL teams and their NFL counterparts

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:21

Since hockey season is over and the football season (at least training camp) is on the horizon, I decided to try to figure out which NFL team most reflects each NHL team based on history, current roster and other miscellaneous factors.

Trigger warning since not all of the comparisons are kind.

Buffalo Bills/St. Louis Blues - Both teams hold the title of most consecutive appearances in the finals...without a win.

Miami Dolphins/Philadelphia Flyers - The 70's were a good time for both franchises with 2 titles each. Each team then proceeded to draft a player that was supposed to lead them to the promised land (Marino and Lindros), but both were unable.

New England Patriots/Pittsburgh Penguins - Crosby and Brady, the two best players of their generations. Multiple titles within the last decade.

New York Jets/Calgary Flames - Both teams live in the shadow of another team who has achieved more success (Giants and Oilers), but can each claim one title which no one can take away from them.

Baltimore Ravens/Los Angeles Kings - Each has two recent titles that were won more-so by the defense than the offense.

Cincinnati Bengals/Florida Panthers - Both teams are in that weird limbo stage where they are good enough to contend for playoffs, but just short of legitimate contenders.

Cleveland Browns/Winnipeg Jets- Both teams lost their original incarnations and both struggled upon getting their teams back. Both teams look good on paper heading into next season.

Pittsburgh Steelers/Detroit Red Wings - Up until the last few seasons, both teams were the model of consistency and both won titles with their homegrown talent.

Houston Texans/Vegas Golden Knights - The newest teams to each league each featuring one of the game's more likable stars (Watt and Fleury)

Indianapolis Colts/Buffalo Sabres - Both teams that have their "franchise savior" in the form of Luck and Eichel but struggle to fill out a competitive roster around them.

Jacksonville Jaguars/Columbus Blue Jackets - Fairly recent expansion teams who struggled through some tough seasons but are both playoff contenders for the next few seasons.

Tennessee Titans/Colorado Avalanche - Young teams who have solid cornerstones (Mariota and McKinnon) to build around. Both teams are on the cusp of being contenders but still need to add a few pieces. Both teams won titles after relocation.

Denver Broncos/Boston Bruins - Both teams had icons who lead the teams to two titles in a short period (Elway and Orr), both teams lost their star offensive players early to injury (Davis and Neely) and both brought in a free agent who brought home another title (Manning and Chara)

Kansas City Chiefs/Carolina Hurricanes - Both teams relocated from their original city prior to winning their first title. Both teams are looking at a youth movement.

Los Angeles Chargers/New York Islanders - Relocation nobody asked for and overshadowed by the other team in the same market.

Oakland Raiders/Chicago Blackhawks - Prior to each winning multiple titles in a short span, each team had previously only won before the "modern eras" of each league (pre-merger for the Raiders and original six for Blackhawks).

Dallas Cowboys/Toronto Maple Leafs - Arguably the most popular team in each league in terms of fanbase. Both have long and storied franchises, have suffered playoff disappointment and both have a superstar (Prescott and Matthews) who look like they may break some lengthy championship droughts.

New York Giants/Anaheim Ducks - Both teams who's stars are in the twilight of their careers (Manning and Getzlaf) and facing uncertain futures after a long period of success.

Philadelphia Eagles/Washington Capitals - After years of just not being good enough, both teams can finally call themselves Champions!

Washington Redskins/Ottawa Senators - Dan Snyder and Eugene Melnyk, most hated owners of each league.

Chicago Bears/New York Rangers - Teams that have been around for a long time and both who should have more titles to their name. Both are closer to the start of a rebuild than they are to competing.

Detroit Lions/Arizona Coyotes - A few marquee players and some good seasons, but overall, not much to brag about from either team.

Green Bay Packers/Montreal Canadiens - Both teams have been around since the beginning and are the winningest franchises in each league (Green Bay's pre-NFL titles included).

Minnesota Vikings/Vancouver Canucks - Some great teams and some great players throughout their histories. Like the Bills and Blues, a handful of finals appearances (non-consecutive) but nothing to show for it. Also each team once featured another teams icon (Favre and Sundin)

Atlanta Falcons/Nashville Predators - Teams loaded for contention right now. Both recently lost in the finals and are still seeking their first title.

Carolina Panthers/Minnesota Wild - The flip side of the JAX/CBJ duo. Both teams have seen a bit more success than their expansion brethren, but neither have won it all.

New Orleans Saints/--- - Sorry Saints fans, no NHL teams are left. If the Eagles hadn't won the Superbowl, I would have matched the Saints and Capitals. Brees is essentially the Ovi of the NFL. A guy who played for a lot of years before finally winning it all, overshadowed by another player (Brady/Manning and Crosby) and very few people were upset to see him win.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers/New Jersey Devils - Teams that historically have been centered around great defenses.

Arizona Cardinals/San Jose Sharks - Joe Thornton and Larry Fitzgerald are the same player. HOF careers who have been painfully close to tasting glory only to come up just short. Outside of their division rivals, not too many fans hate on either team.

Los Angeles Rams/Tampa Bay Lightning - From top to bottom, the best rosters of each league. Both are looking like championship material heading into next season.

San Francisco 49ers/Edmonton Oilers - 4 titles with (in)arguably the greatest player in the history of their sport (Montana and Gretzky) only to be followed up with one more title by 2 other legendary players (Young and Messier). Lean years in between and both franchises have their saviors at the helm (Garoppolo and McDavid).

Seattle Seahawks/Dallas Stars - Russel and Seguin are the engines that drive the offense, but spotty defense are holding both teams back from getting over the hump.

This list is entirely subjective and I easily could have overlooked an obvious comparison, so I'd love to hear other's opinions.

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Over the past 2 seasons, the Tennessee Titans have won 10 games against teams that finished 9-7 or better. They have also lost 10 games against teams that finished 8-8 or worse.

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 13:06

As a Steelers fan, I was bored and decided to look into how the Steelers were doing in these categories. Somewhat surprisingly, I found that the Steelers were not a statistical outlier and fit pretty much where other good teams have been over the past 2 seasons. While doing the research, the Tennessee Titans jumped out to me as the most interesting team; they appear to be a big contradiction.

Games won against teams that finished 9-7 or better over the last 2 seasons Team Count New England Patriots 11 Tennessee Titans 10 Atlanta Falcons 9 Kansas City Chiefs 9 Minnesota Vikings 9 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 Dallas Cowboys 8 Philadelphia Eagles 8 Green Bay Packers 7 New Orleans Saints 7 Los Angeles Rams 7 Carolina Panthers 6 Arizona Cardinals 6 Oakland Raiders 6 San Diego Chargers / Los Angeles Chargers 6 Seattle Seahawks 6 Denver Broncos 5 Jacksonville Jaguars 5 Miami Dolphins 5 New York Giants 5 Chicago Bears 4 Cincinnati Bengals 4 Houston Texans 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 Washington Redskins 4 Buffalo Bills 3 Indianapolis Colts 3 New York Jets 3 Baltimore Ravens 3 San Francisco 49ers 3 Detroit Lions 2

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Games lost against teams that finished 8-8 or worse over the last 2 seasons Team Count Cleveland Browns 14 San Francisco 49ers 11 Tennessee Titans 10 Chicago Bears 8 Jacksonville Jaguars 8 New York Jets 8 Los Angeles Rams 8 Arizona Cardinals 7 New York Giants 7 Denver Broncos 6 San Diego Chargers / Los Angeles Chargers 6 Seattle Seahawks 6 Buffalo Bills 5 Cincinnati Bengals 5 Houston Texans 5 Miami Dolphins 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 Indianapolis Colts 4 Baltimore Ravens 4 Atlanta Falcons 3 Carolina Panthers 3 Dallas Cowboys 3 Kansas City Chiefs 3 Minnesota Vikings 3 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 Washington Redskins 3 Detroit Lions 2 Green Bay Packers 2 New Orleans Saints 2 New England Patriots 2 Philadelphia Eagles 2 Oakland Raiders 2

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2018 r/NFL Top 100 Players (of the 2017 Season) - #50-41

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:09

Welcome everyone to the 2018 r/NFL Top 100 Players (of the 2017 Season) ranked from #50-#41.

Today as we close out the top half of our list if you’ve missed anything you can head over the the Top 100 Hub Post to look back on all of the reasons you disagree with us and let us know!

Quick note, due to some IRL obligations changing I am going to be suspending the Thursday threads for now, and at the end of this year’s list I will be stepping back entirely from the Top 100 list. It will be left in good hands next season with u/MikeTysonChicken taking over, so no worries about that.

I just have not have much, if any time, and it’s been showing the last few weeks so take that and some burn out after 5 seasons of being involved and… yeah. It’s not fair to the rankers who put in a ton of time to give it sub-par presentation.

SO… ANYWAY… with all of that out of the way, it’s time to see who was ranked from #50-#41 in the 2018 r/NFL Top 100 Players (of the 2017 Season)!

#50 - Brandon Graham - 4-3 Defensive End - Philadelphia Eagles

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 N/R N/R N/R N/R #32

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Some heroes wear capes, some heroes wear wings ..

Brandon Graham went from likely draft bust current Super Bowl hero in what has been quite the career for the former first round pick. As detailed last year, the Eagles traded up in the 2010 NFL draft for the former Michigan Wolverine with Earl Thomas on the board when the Eagles were desperate for good safety play. While his career got off to a rocky start, Graham has certainly become one of the game’s best EDGE rushers placing 50 on this year’s list. Perhaps his journey from the rough start to his career to Super Bowl hero best describes the type of player Brandon Graham is and how he wins: constant pressure and relentless effort.

After an okay rookie season Graham tore his ACL in 2011; it was an injury that required Graham to have Microfracture Surgery and really set his career back. Then of course the 2012 Eagles were an abomination as Graham started to get back into it before nearly losing his roster spot with Chip Kelly switching to a 3-4 defense in 2013. We look back at that transition now with angst and for good reason but Graham wasn’t nearly the player he is now despite some small flashes.

With the endless pressure to perform teetering on the brink of being a draft bust, Graham enjoyed an excellent 2016 season finishing with 83 pressures per PFF. Graham followed that up this past season notching 60 pressures, 9.5 regular season sacks, and 9th among 4-3 DEs in Pass Rush Productivity while finishing 8th overall per PFF among all EDGE rushers. Additionally, Graham finished first among 4-3 DEs (min 70 snaps) in Run Stop Percentage and tied for 4th overall in total stops per PFF. Graham is no one trick pony and as good an EDGE rusher you will find in the NFL. Finally, Brandon Graham was the 4th rated 4-3 DE per NFL1000 for the season.

The stats don’t lie when you check the tape. Graham consistently keeps offenses off schedule in the run game. Graham consistently sets the edge and cleans up in the run game. He is very difficult to block in all phases. Brandon Graham was under a lot of pressure early in his career and now brings a lot of pressure to each opponent he faces. It doesn’t really matter if his 1-on-1 match up is a 2nd Team All Pro, Brandon Graham is as relentless as they come.

Pressure and Effort. These two things Graham turned into a hallmark of elite EDGE play the last two seasons. Now that he is entering the final year of his contract, BG looks to put together another successful season while finishing plays more becoming one of the sack leaders for the season. You won’t out work BG and it is very difficult to stop him.

Just ask Shaq Mason.

#49 - Alex Mack - Center - Atlanta Falcons

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 N/R #54 #78 N/R #27

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Alex Mack was the big free agent signing that the Falcons built their dynamic run game on in 2016 as they made their way to the Super Bowl. Mack maintained his excellent level of play in 2017, again being named to the Pro Bowl roster.

There were struggles around Mack in 2017 though, which were not there in 2016. In 2016 the Falcons managed the impressive feat of starting the same 5 OL players in every game. This was not the case in 2017 as many linemen were shuffled around due to injuries. Particularly, Mack had to deal with subpar play at the right guard position, often in the form of second-year player Wes Schweitzer. Perhaps free agent signing Brandon Fusco will be the answer to the RG question mark, perhaps Schweitzer will be given a chance to do better in 2018. Regardless, the Falcons can at least rest assured that they have one of the elite linemen in the league at center.

#48 - Andrew Whitworth - Tackle - Los Angeles Rams

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 N/R #62 #26 #46 #29

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Andrew Whitworth is no spring chicken at 36 years old, but you'd never know it watching him play. He's defied Father Time and if anything has gotten better with age, earning his fourth Pro Bowl berth and second First Team All-Pro selection in 2017. Bleacher Report's #3 LT was a key part in paving the way for Todd Gurley on his way to OPOY and protecting Jared Goff in his stunning bounce back year. With his help, the Rams produced the top offense in the league and made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

The Rams ask a lot out of Whitworth as a lead blocker on the move, with their heavy usage of the screen game and outside zone runs. Even at 36 years old, he's still a top athlete and shines in this area with great angles. Time and time again, he's shown the ability to make blocks in space against LBs and DBs and it opened up many big plays for the Rams in 2017. These are tough assignments for any OT, but Whitworth consistently executes them with ease, and it's why he's such a great player.

Another area Whitworth excels in is pass protection. He had another fine year here, only giving up 24 total pressures in 15 games, while getting very little help from scheme or personnel. The Rams often slid protection away from his side, leaving him on an island. Whitworth had good success against top pass rushers like Chandler Jones, showing the ability to keep up with them on speed rushes to run them out of the play and the patience to take away the inside move. He also shows the awareness and intelligence you'd expect from a grizzled vet, picking up stunts and blitzes effectively seamlessly.

Whitworth is deserving of a top 50 spot on this list, and should continue to appear on these lists as he hasn't shown that he's declining anytime soon.

#47 - Melvin Ingram - 4-3 Defensive End - Los Angeles Chargers

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 N/R N/R N/R N/R #58

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Over the past few years, Melvin Ingram has established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the league. With the addition of Joey Bosa in 2016, they have formed almost unarguably the best pass rushing duo in the NFL. In 2017, Melvin played all 16 games for the third year straight, forcing one fumble, recovering two (including one for a TD), notched 10.5 sacks (matching his career high), and recorded 43 tackles. He and Bosa would have most likely recorded a few more sacks on the year, but as the season went on and it became painfully easy for opposing teams to run on the Chargers, the coaches instructed the two to focus more on setting the edge rather than pinning their ears back and getting after the QB. That should change next year with the additions to the LB group and interior line.

Outside of stats, Ingram is one of the longest tenured Chargers and is clearly a locker room leader for the young and rapidly improving defense. Chargers fans should be very excited for what 2018 has in store for SupaMel.

#46 - Darius Slay - Cornerback - Detroit Lions

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 N/R N/R N/R #61 N/R

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“Oh my god! Darius Slay made an NFL Top 100 list! It’s a goddamn miracle!” – says every Lions fans and I. I’ve done this list for the past 3 seasons and Slay has made my list all three of those times. There simply aren’t enough superlatives to describe how impactful Big Play Slay has been for the Lions. He’s a consistent one man covering crew and he is a huge reason for the Lions defensive improvements over the past couple of seasons.

2017 wasn’t Slay’s best year as a shutdown man cover corner surrendering 700 yds and 3 TDs to his targets. However, Big Play Slay wasn’t playing his coverages quite the same as he has done in seasons past. In 2017 Slay was considerably more aggressive covering receivers and played with more anticipation than what we normally see from him. He was constantly looking for ways to beat receivers and play the ball rather than cover them. Seeing as how he nabbed a league leading 8 interceptions and defended another 18 passes he certainly did a great job in his ever-expanding role. This type of play was also very handsomely rewarded to the tune of Slay's first ever Pro Bowl appearance and All-Pro.

Even as I say Slay wasn’t at his best as a man cover guy, he was still phenomenal. He never let receivers get behind him and allowed only a single pass over 35 yards. The passer rating of QBs targeting him is also a staggeringly low 55.6 which easily places him into that top echelon of cornerbacks. 2018 will be an important year for Slay as a rising star at the cornerback position, but from what I've seen I have no doubt he continues to terrorize the NFCN for a while longer.

#45 - Joe Staley - Tackle - San Francisco 49ers

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 #34 #68 #77 #84 N/R

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Staley took his usual great years, and turned it up to elite this past season. For starters, Staley ranked as PFF's 2nd tackle across the season, behind only David Bakhtiari. Now Staley's biggest strength as a tackle was the run game, as PFF rated Staley as the best run blocking tackle in the entire league. If you take a look at another source, FO's adjusted line yards, and specifically look at runs directed towards the left tackle/end for the 49ers, we rank 5th and 6th in the league there, even though we were average/below average on runs to any other direction. That's all because of big man Staley. No team had a better average rank when running towards the left tackle/end.

Now obviously if Staley's strength comes as a run blocker, his weakness must be his pass protection. But even there, he was great. Ranked as PFF's 9th best pass protector, he also had the 6th best pass blocking efficiency (PBE) among all tackles. But that was all with 10 games with bottom tier QB play. What happened in the 5 weeks where he was blocking for Jimmy G, his first taste of competent QB play in years? He had the highest PBE in the league, as well as graded out as the best pass protecting AND run blocking tackle. Not only that though, but according to PFF,only 3 players had a higher grade than Staley in the last 5 weeks of the regular season: Aaron Donald, Von Miller, and DeMarcus Lawrence. That's domination.

If you're more of a watch and judge type of guy, this entire Niners-Jags highlight video is filled with Staley taking on some of the best edge rushers in the game (Campbell/Ngakoue) and winning. Check out this game-winning run against the Jags by Matt Breida, and peep #74 on the left, and how well he moves in space and then completely demolishes Myles Jack trying to make a game saving tackle.

TL;DR - Staley was an absolute monster this year, a top 3 tackle no question, and he looked even better when with Jimmy GQ. I'm glad he was recognized for the ridiculous year he had.

#44 - Kevin Byard - Safety - Tennessee Titans

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Kevin Byard went into his sophomore year with high expectations and a high drive for performance. After earning the starting gig towards the latter half of his rookie year, he strived to become the level of an All Pro and Pro Bowler long before the season had started. He was giving the coaching staff a lot to look forward as seemingly everyone was expecting him to have a standout performance. And sure enough in 2017, he had become the fan the catalyst on defense the team needed. Now being paired up with a brand new Titans secondary, Byard took the reins as leader on the defense, calling out positions and pre-snap movement even in training camp. As the season wore on, more and more was asked of Byard and he obliged. Even agreeing to cover the monstrous Gronk in a 14-35 losing effort to the Pats in the playoffs. A game where he still recorded 10 tackles. Byard finished with 87 tackles, sixth among free safeties and 12th among all safeties, and 24 passes defended. The most out of any safety in the league and only behind Darius Slay and Casey Hayward amongst all secondary players. He really transformed into a full on playmaking safety in his second year.

Of course the biggest story about Byard this year was his breakout INT performance. He ended tied with Darius Slay for 8 INTs on the season. His performance was absolutely necessary for an otherwise turnover starved Titans D. Those 8 INTs along with 1 fumble forced accounted for 9/21 of the Titans takeaways in 2017. The NFL Top 100 video on him shows off a few of his biggest this year, including the game-securing INT in Week 17 in Jacksonville (his 2nd that day). That pick ensured the Titans would get into the playoffs. He also had a great outing vs the Browns and Deshone Kizer where he had 3 picks in one game. Following it up with a 2 pick performance against the Ravens in the next game after the bye week. Finishing first team AP and even getting the starting nod in the Pro Bowl, Byard's future looks very bright as he now enters his 3rd season. Hopefully he'll keep being the great ballhawk he showed us and can lead the Titans teams to a lot more victories.

#43 - Kawann Short - 4-3 Defensive Tackle - Carolina Panthers

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 --- N/R N/R #40 #57

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Kawann Short earns his third top 100 spot in 2018 and that also happens to be his third in a row. Since blowing up in the Panthers 2015 run, KK Short has maintained that spectacular success putting up 7.5 sacks in his 2017 campaign at his interior defensive line position. The second highest total in his career. Short, one of the best interior pass rushers in the league, pressured the quarterback 51 times in 2018, only behind Geno Atkins and DeForest Buckner at his position.

Where Short separates himself from many DTs happens to be his versatility. At a hefty 315 pounds, Kawann Short has still somehow shown the agility to clear hands and gain the edge on opposing offensive linemen to make a play. And if that doesn't work, he can take all 315 pounds of him and just straight up overpower you and disrupt the pocket. Speaking of that same versatility, Short, on top of those 51 pressures, also happens to be top five in both PFF's and Bleacher Report's NFL1000 run defense grading where he racked up 30 run stops. That dynamic playmaking ability is what earned him his top 50 spot on this list and his second highest landing spot next to 2015.

#42 - David Bakhtiari - Tackle - Green Bay Packers

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 --- N/R N/R N/R #66

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David Bakhtiari's 2017 campaign proved that his 2016 breakout year was no fluke, he is here to stay as one of the elite offensive tackles in the NFL. For the second consecutive year he was the best pass blocking offensive tackle in the NFL. His remarkable lateral movement was complemented by an increasingly stout anchor, and he is by all accounts one of the premier technicians at the line. The early career struggles with power rushers looks to be firmly in the rear view mirror. The torch has been passed on from Joe Thomas, there is a new standard for pass protection in the NFL.

Pro Football Focus credited Bakhtiari with the league's best pass blocking efficiency among qualifying OTs position at a stunning 98. He allowed 12 pressures on 455 snaps (12 games), the Packers allowed 181 total pressures on the season. 5 of those 12 pressures were protecting Hundley in a meeting with Everson Griffen, a match-up which Bakhtriari has historically dominated. Despite allowing 5 pressures he was graded an 80 in pass protection. His comprehensive skill set to defend the top pass rushers was demonstrated by his consistency. His lowest graded game came against the Pittsburgh Steelers, with a pass blocking grade of 77.2 and an overall grade of 72.4. Separating from the pack of very good to elite is more about the floor of play during a season than a ceiling. While it's exceptionally hard to pass block effectively on average, there is a different level required to simply never lose.

Over the course of Rodgers career, Bakhtiari has allowed an exceptionally low number of hits and sacks. Among pass blockers with 2500+ snaps in the PFF era, Bakhtiari has the 4th lowest percentage of contact allowed to his QB. It's difficult to tell how much Rodgers helps or hurts his OT in this sense. He extends plays which require his OL to hold up for a longer average time, but he is also seemingly tapped into the matrix and leveraging his position in the pocket an entirely unique level. The case for Bakhtiari was settled in 2017 as Brett Hundley had the 4th lowest average time to throw at 3 seconds, in front of only escape artists Tyrod, Wilson, and Watson. Like Joe Thomas, Bakhtiari was tasked with one of the most difficult assignments in the league this season and performed at the highest level of his career.

As a run blocker, Bakhtiari has the best season of his career. Still, if you had to pick a flaw in his game, this is it. He has developed into a quality blocker in the packers zone favored run scheme. He is very effective reach blocker, he is most dangerous on outside zone runs to the left. But wouldn't be any teams first choice to pull, or an RBs favorite people-mover in a gap scheme. In 2018's NFL, it is by far less important to be a quality run blocker than a pass protector, despite how much we all enjoy watching Tyron Smith pancake players. Bakhtiari's skill set is increasingly relevant with the rising share of outsize zone and RPOs. It's possible in the future we look back at his skill set as more prototypical, and wonder how he well he would have been regarded in a game less focused on inside running. But for now, you could make a fair case that he doesn't separate himself from someone like Trent Williams due to run blocking.

In a very weak year for OT in the NFL, Bakhtiari was my top ranked player at the position. The strongest case for lowering him is that he only played 12 games, and frankly is there was anyone out there who was close enough to Bakhtiari's level I would have given them the nod. Joe Thomas was certainly on pace, but he played even fewer games. Demar Dotson was close, but he was injured late into the year as well. Daryl Williams had a remarkable breakout season, but the value of elite run blocking versus pass protection can't be ignored. For the second consecutive year, he was simply the best.

#41 - Patrick Peterson - Cornerback - Arizona Cardinals

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 #42 #38 N/R #13 #79

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When we discuss the topic of the top cornerbacks we can sometimes get distracted by the league tracked statistical measurements. How many interceptions did he have? How many passes did he defense? How many players did he tackle? For Peterson, this isn’t a reliable way of measuring how large an impact he provides. From a cursory look he doesn’t even seem like a guy who would be considered a top 5 corner year after year. However, for Peterson, the less his name is called on game day the better he’s doing his job.

In 2017 Peterson was masterful in coverage. He shadowed the top wide receiver in 11 games last season allowing a measly .64 yards per route run, the lowest number of yards allowed by any cornerback. The only top wide receivers to give Peterson a bad shake were DeAndre Hopkins (65 yards) and Marquise Goodwin (55 yards). The other 9 receivers only netted a combined 30 yards while Peterson covered them.

Peterson was also one of the least targeted players in the entire league only having a pass thrown his way 60 times on 1,011 coverage snaps. Even when teams threw at him it was practically a coin flip for the receiver to come down with the ball as Peterson only allowed a 46.7% completion rate. This success is made even more impressive when taking into context that the Cardinals played Peterson on an island to bring more pressure and cover up for the less talented defensive backs around him.

No NFL Top 100 list is complete without one of the all time best man cover cornerbacks still soaring.

And there you have this weeks list, let us know what you think in the comments and come back next week as we release #40-31, a list that will include two of the three rookies left on this list. Do you think you know who they are?

Cheers!

MJP

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Any medical device sales reps here?

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 05:59

Hello, I’ve been in medical device sales for twelve years. My family is looking to relocate to Florida, Jacksonville area, from the Northeast. I’ve had trouble with recruiters since I don’t currently live in the territory, they’re hesitant to promote me as a candidate. I’m wondering if any of you are medical sales reps, or medical professionals locally and know of any openings. A lot of these jobs are word of mouth helps. My experience is primarily in Orthopedic sales: total joints, capital equipment, sports medicine, and some trauma. Thanks!

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Bama in the NFL

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:57

Somebody had said something about wishing there was a collection of how our pros were doing, so here it goes.

This collection will be incomplete, so please throw in other articles if you've got them.

Jonathan Allen

Ryan Anderson

Landon Collins

Amari Cooper

Marcell Dareus

Kenyan Drake

Minkah Fitzpatrick

Reuben Foster

Robert Foster

Da'Shawn Hand

Ronnie Harrison

Dont'a Hightower

Marlon Humphrey

Dre Kirkpatrick

AJ McCarron

Jarran Reed

Calvin Ridley

A'Shawn Robinson

Cam Robinson

Cam Sims

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Needs Help On Reaching 400m and 800m Goals!All Help Wanted!

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 22:24

Hey you guys,

I am a junior coming off of my second year running track and field!

I'm 6'1, 150 lbs. with super long legs (if that matters)

I ran the 800m,400m and 1600m last season in times (in order) of 2:00 (capable of at least 1:58 but a bad race cut my season short and bad coaching), :50, and 4:39

I personally want to be running a 1:53/:48/4:25 next season for my senior year.

I feel like I have a ton of room for improvement considering I have pretty inefficient running form (I sort of run like im sitting), I'm super inflexible and thus immobile, have never touched weights in my life, the longest I've ever run was 2 miles once (so no base training).

All of my times were achieved solely off of track workouts during the school season which consisted of a bunch of repetitions such as 600s (1:33 usually),400s (70 seconds),300s (:40). This summer I am running with a club and after a month and a half hiatus from running so far they had me do 800m repeats (2 sets of 2 with 4 minute break in-between each rep and a 10 minute break between sets at around 2:28 pace im out of shape remember lol), 200m repeats at around :27, and 800m break downs meaning I do a 200m at :24 then jog 200m then get right into a 400m at 1:15 and then another 200m which was generally somewhere around :28 and I did this twice.

I am dedicated to track and field and am willing to devote my life to the sport because I want to be the best 800m runner in the history of my city (Jacksonville, FL) and I want to run collegiate track at a few schools on my short list. I am willing to put in the work, sacrifice for greatness and have a burning desire to become the best version of myself that I can be!

That being said are my goal times for my senior year attainable and what must be done in order to reach those goals?

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The Everyman's Review of a Tesla Model 3 Part II: Electric Boogaloo

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:33

Link here, with pictures:

https://digitaldomino.blogspot.com/2018/06/tesla-review-part-ii-electric-boogaloo.html

TL;DR: Car drive good, and do other things good too, including rain, mountains, city, town, cool weather, hot weather, and all things in between!

TESLA REVIEW PART II: THE ELECTRIC BOOGALOO PART I: THE BASICS

Now we're on to the ACTUAL REVIEW! What's it like to drive a Tesla, for the average joe? I'm not a man who drives a BMW 3 series, or a Mercedes, or an Audi. Or a Lexus. Or an Acura. I don't have the latest Mazda 6 series. I have a FIFTEEN YEAR OLD Honda Accord. I imagine a large number of Tesla drivers will be coming from a similar experience - so I want to share what it's like moving from a car to an electric-powered rocket with wheels, airbags, and the most advanced cupholders I've ever seen.

First, you gotta get INTO the thing. You walk up to it with cellphone in pocket, push in on a block bit which pops the handle out, pull the handle, and climb in. So far, I've noticed that this works 95% of the time. 5% of the time, it wants a key card. So you have to pull that out, and tap it on a spot just underneath a camera on the side of the car, then it [probably] lets you in.

Getting out is a bit MORE odd. In the intuitive space where you would typically grab the door handle to release the door, a door handle to release the door has been placed. DO NOT USE THIS DOOR HANDLE. Your car will become ANGRY and use it's magic to warn you that you have used the door handle, and it will RUIN YOUR CAR WINDOWS AND DOOR. This is an emergency release lever. The actually door release is a small glowing button that, from the looks of it, appears to do who knows the fuck what.

So every time you are leaving the car you have to stop the person and yell at them 'DONT PULL THE HANDLE. PUSH THIS PUTTON - THE BUTTON RIGHT HERE THAT OPENS THE DOOR. THE DOOR BUTTON. THEN PUSH THE DOOR OPEN."

They still don't push the button, ever.
Now, I'd put together one HELL of a playlist for my first drive, all kinds of cool audio to listen to. I was so ready to try it all - I couldn't WAIT to pull out of the dealership and head out. However, I'd sort of needed a lift down (seeing as how my old Honda Accord died) and I ended up listening to some odd selections from big 80's hair bands, which was not what I had in mind for starship, really.

BUT - the sound quality was AMAZING! The audio was crystal clear, and the radio selection is unbelievable. You just say the name of a song - ANY song - and it will play it. It's unbelievable. It comes with FREE LIFETIME LTE, so you'll always have access to your music and Google Maps.

The unfortunate side effect of this is the following:
Every time you tell someone about this amazing feature, and ask them to choose ANY song, they choose 'Rock Lobster.' I don't know why. I don't WANT to know why. Maybe it's because the strange, foreign world of the Tesla feels as alien as the sea-Klingon otherwise known as a lobster. I don't know. If someone tells you about this feature, pick a song that isn't 'Rock Lobster.' Yes. It has it.

Last is charging at home. When I brought the car home, I had NO 14-50 charger. That's the big honker. I only had the standard, wall outlet plug available in my garage. What the folks at Tesla refer to as a 'Trickle Charger.' It was sufficient enough to get me up and running the following day, but I wouldn't write home about it.

Thankfully, a good friend with a lot of electrical experience helped me install a 14-50 outlet near the back end of my car. This IMMEDIATELY jumped my car up to about 30 miles per hour. This amazed me. I want to reiterate this isn't the Tesla Wall Charger. This is just a cable that comes with the car.

This. Is. Amazing. Firstly, the unit itself is AWESOME! It lights up with a GREEN glowing Tesla logo when you plug it in! To charger, you simply take the handle/charge end, point it at the charge port door, and push a button. The charge port pops open... and in goes your charger!!!! A little Tesla 'T' lights up, from blue to green, and the TESLA logo on the cable pulses.

This feels less like putting gas in your car and more like putting 1.21 gigawatts into your Delorean Time Machine. It's neat and FUN!

So - a few things:
1.) The port we installed is upside down, so the cable does a weird loop. Maybe look into that.
2.) At one point it told me my car wasn't charging, and it wouldn't go anywhere. This was worrisome. I rebooted the car (you hold down both scroll buttons on the steering wheel) and it went away. Still - creepy!
3.) If you want to feel like you're parking a shuttle in the bay of the Enterprise, buy a Tesla.

PART II: THE DRIVE

Anyhow, the first drive is a little odd. It takes a few minutes to get the hang of driving with only ONE PEDAL. When you take your foot off the gas, the regenerative brakes kick in, and the car slows significantly. This is, of course, easy to change with the software, but I'd suggest leaving it on. It's odd at first, but it's actually a better driving experience as you move on - and it keeps your brakes from wearing out! It feels, again, a little like a skate board, where you push the car along, and then it slows down when you aren't actively pushing it.
Next is the speed - and the quiet. I'm used to knowing how fast I'm going by how exasperated my engine sounds. It sounded like a slightly overweight kid trying to run up a hill while pushing a slightly MORE overweight kid up the hill. This car has little, if any, sound. All you hear is music. The engine doesn't run. The wheel doesn't vibrate when you stop. The car is perfectly still. And quiet.
My daily commute is a perfect test. I drive about 7 miles in town, 7 miles on a freeway, and a further 7 miles in the country and on dirt roads and into an animal sanctuary.
Let me find some adequate words here: In the city, the car is like reclaiming your life. You can listen to music and sit in perfect harmony; in peace! It turns the entire drive into a peaceful, pleasant drive.
UNLESS.
You press down on the gas go pedal. Consider the folowing:

The traffic lights through town are timed - such that you press on the pedal, race up to 55 miles per hour (the speed limit is 45) and, upon reaching top speed, see a yellow light JUST out of reach. You can gun it, at which point you will most certainly run a red light, or you can slam on the breaks, such that your packed lunch, tic-tacs, and make up pouch/fanny pack of sunblock/cupcakes for work fly into the windshield in an infuriating fashion.

It is impossible to make one light if you catch the preceding light. You are stuck.

Unless you have 100% torque, all the time. Then you can rocket through the first light and get to the second one before it turns yellow. For the first time EVER, I shaved 3 minutes off my commute. I pushed down on the pedal and the car smoothly, effortlessly glided up to 55, and through the right just AS it was turning yellow, not before.

No joke, it brought a tear to my eye. Zipping past both the 32 year old soccer mom in a RAV 5 adjusting her hair bun and yoga pants whilst answering text messages from her friend Tara, who's boyfriend Todd went out last night and didn't call her until almost 11:00 while going 40 AND the 75 year old geriatric grandma who's going to the store to pick up her medication and those little square cheese crackers her husband used to love so much whilst driving a 450 horsepower lexus from 2008 and driving 12 miles per. fucking. hour. is an amazing feeling.

Weaving in and out of traffic no longer feels like a NASCAR race where you're struggling to get around other cars. It feels like an effortless jaunt. It's peaceful. If you want to get around someone, you can. It feels like snow skiing. You learn a bit to the left, the car goes left, around, and back.

There is also a great setting called, "Chill Mode." Let's discuss.

You will be tempted to floor it. Then, you will probably floor it. When you do this, the people in the car with you will want to puke. The car will suck you into the chair and your eyes will roll into the back of your skull, and then it will end because you shouldn't go 150 through a small town, or really ever. The experience is like shoving a rocket into the ass of a guy going down the luge in the Olympics, ridiculous speed, peanut-buttery smoothness.

Enter 'Chill Mode.' This decreases acceleration. To my little ear-bone balancing bits, it feels like it also evens acceleration out to a more linear curve. It turns the car a bit more into a Honda Accord. I imagine it saves on fuel by limiting the power used and by discouraging you from lighting a firework under your ass every time you start the car from a streetlight up until you hit 55 miles per hour.

If standard driving is Pod Racing, then Chill Mode is a remote piloted shuttle docking with the Enterprise. You are a leaf on the wind. Watch as your soar.

So in town, it's a huge bonus. Sitting at lights is quite and pleasant. You can listen to any radio station, streaming station, or song you can imagine. You can check the traffic. You can just chill.
Second is the freeway. Leaping onto the freeway is amazing. It's a quick slide. The acceleration puts you at 70 before you're half way onto the ramp. The side effect of this quiet speed is that you'll probably need to use cruise control more, because you'll exceed the speed limit so effortlessly. The good news about THAT is you simply flick a scroll wheel and you're INSTANTLY going 1-5 miles faster. No problem.

Now, I don't have autopilot (though I hope to add it at some point in the future) but even without it, freeway drive is a quiet pleasure. I have no problem zipping along, silently weaving in and around every 70 year old, heavily medicated Florida resident. Trucks in my way are a thing of the past. The car never feels like it's bending, rolling, or like the suspension is trying to keep up with the bumps and turns. It just... is.

A lot of that road-feel is adjustable. You can turn the steering from COMFORT to STANDARD to SPORT. This adjusts the tightness of the wheel. When in sport, the car goes exactly where you point it. You point a little left, the car points a little left. It feels more an airplane than a car in this way - instant response. STANDARD is a bit slower. The turns are a bit 'looser.' By this, I mean that the 'dead zone' where turning does nothing actually exists (where it did not in SPORT) and there's about a .5 second delay as you turn. It feels a bit more on par. Make a change, as you feel the change, respond as necessary. COMFORT feels like you're driving a Chrysler 300. It mostly works, and takes the car off in in a lilting, lackadaisical fashion. It does feel oddly comforting! It feels like you can 'do no wrong.' Sport feels like you could accidentally make the car fly off a bridge with a ill-chosen tilt of the wheel, and comfort feels like you could spin the damn thing like the wheel of a cruise ship and it would slowly veer off to the right. I suspect for most folks coming from a non-fancy luxury type car, the standard mode will be ideal.

The last leg of the journey is through some rough country roads, and then a series of dirt roads. This is the weak spot of the Model 3, I feel. Where the road is quiet on nice streets, the sound of bumps seems amplified. The peacefulness erodes, if only slightly. The car handles the bumps, but it handles them like a sports car. More than the Honda Accord, you can FEEL the bumps. This, I suspect, is by design. You feel connected to the road, as if you're brushing your fingers across its surface while you drive. Because the car is so quiet, the sound of those bumps seems amplified. Rough road seems coarse.

On the dirt roads, the car isn't particularly awesome. It's a bit to firm for regular pot holes. I will say, however, that the weight of the car, and the fact that the batteries and balance of the car are all beneath you, makes the car feel well planted. I haven't tried to race the car, rally-style around the dirt roads, but I imagine it would handle extremely well. It might be a bit uncomfortable, but I bet it would be very pleasant, if not as exciting as driving a car that has almost, but not quite, slid into the alligator filled canal sixteen inches to the right of your car.

It makes me pine for a 'Top Gear' or 'Grand Tour' special in which they each take a different electric car on a multi-part road race.

So on that note, if you drive a large tractor more often than a car or truck, perhaps this isn't the car for you. If you live in a town that has twice as many dirt roads and NO Starbucks, and in which the tallest structure is a poll for a Barbecue Restaurant and/or a water tower, maybe consider a Ford F-150.

Lastly, the car handles great in the rain. I haven't tried it in heavy puddles, but the weight and traction on very, very wet roads is excellent. There appeared to be no serious hydroplaning - and there are two added bonuses - firstly, you can actually see all the rain through the glass windows. Secondly, the polarized, tinted glasses reflects into the water beading up on the car in the most beautiful way imaginable.

Now, all of that said, this really only addresses 95% of driving. What if you want to take a road trip?

Let's talk about the road trip.

PART III: ROAD TRIP

I decided I really wanted to put this car through its paces - I have a sister deep in the mountains of North Carolina - far from superchargers and the flat, straight roads of Florida's coast. I decided I had to make the Trek! This would be my Kessel Run, my Briar Patch, my Antares Maelstrom. I wanted to see how difficult it would be.

I started my trip late on a Thursday night, with the intention of heading to Jacksonville. OF COURSE I ended up heading out late! This meant it was going to be dark. That's important. We'll get to that later And, since I'd needed to do about 50 miles of driving, I was probably going to need a supercharge.

I decided to take my first ever supercharger stop in Daytona/Port Orange at around 9:00 PM. It was raining. The car hand done fantastically - I felt less fatigue than in my usual car, and the ability to listen to radio stations, podcasts, music, or even to select the soothing sounds of bird calls all appealed to me. I was sort of excited to try the magic juice box!

I hopped out of the car into the rain. This is the moment I discovered the first two big flaws in the general Tesla design: The chargers aren't covered. In Los Angeles or Nevada, this is no big deal. In Florida, this sucks.

The second was more unexpected. The glowing lights of the supercharger made me feel better about the rain. They were beautiful, electrified beacons of clean energy, progress, and FREEDOM. But the also attracted spiders. Big ones. Every supercharger had it's own spider.

I mean that. Of the many superchargers, ONE didn't have a big ass spider living on it. Further inspection revealed it was guarding an egg sac, which is soon to be a giant ass-load of other giant spiders.

I decided I wanted to be away from all the giant spiders. I needed to leave this place, immediately. At 9:00 PM in Florida, most things were closed, and it was very wet and nasty. There was one thing very close, and opened though: Chuck E. Cheese.

Now, I love video games and pizza as much as the next man. Hell, I'd say they're two of my very favorite things - however, I was presented by a dilemma: I am a man, in my mid 30s, wearing a soaked t-shirt, traveling alone.

I was about to walk into a children's eatery, alone. The interaction would, undoubtedly, go as follows:

ME (sopping wet guy in oversized, comfy t-shirt): Hello!
HOSTESS: Hello sir! Are you meeting someone here or...
ME: Oh! No, no. Just, uh... killing time. I thought I'd come hang out.
HOSTESS: OH! Do you have any children with you?
ME: Oh, no! I'm traveling along you see - I'm on a trip up north... I just thought I'd come in here, since it's open.
HOSTESS: OOoaaoo OooKAaaaaaAAy...?
ME: No really, it's fine. Is there a soda and somewhere I can sit and just...
HOSTESS: We're about to close... soooo.

This is awkward. TESLA: Please put chargers close to things that won't make grown men seem like pedophiles.

I climbed back in the car and just waited it out.

So - in the rain, I was arriving at Jacksonville. I was just about to head into the city when I saw a car on the right side of the road, flashers blinking. I immediately changed lanes to give the car more space. Out of nowhere, a man starts darting across the FREEWAY towards the car. I SLAMMED on the breaks. I had a new update installed that supposedly changed the breaking distance, but it wasn't enough. I swerved into a different lane.

It was close. It was very, very close. I can't stress that enough. The man DOVE out of the way of my car. If he had not done so, I would have hit him going about 35 miles per hour. I was within inches of this guy. I swerved into the right side lane. The person behind me was INCHES... literal inches... from my bumper. This forced me onto the ramp for a different road. I attempted to stop and turn around, but I couldn't find a place to pull over and the other cars were all trying to get around me, because I must have appeared to be a crazy driver (despite the guy diving onto the road). I don't know what became of him, and surely I hope he's OK. I hope no one else hit him. I hope he turned out alright. I don't know how he could have misjudged my travel speeds so completely. I ended up taking a different route, but I'm a little disappointed the car didn't have some sort of warning system or auto breaking or some such. I missed that guy by a half second and maybe 18 inches, total.

I arrived at my destination around 10:30-ish and immediately fell asleep.

The next day, I headed on to the next supercharger: Kingsland, Florida. I woke up early and ended up there around 8:00 AM.

This was a beautiful spot. Behind the chargers is a small pond with a fountain, and a number of yellow dandelions. The only food that was really in walking distance was a Cracker Barrel. Since I had about 200 miles worth of charging to do, I went over and had a little breakfast. This was actually a very pleasant experience - the food was good, but their hot tea is crap.

I was seated a a small table with only one chair - it was a damn, damn lonely spot. I sat their, reading the news and drinking tea, hair shooting straight up. I must have looked like a crazy hobo. I'm surprised they never showed any concern as to wether I could pay.

After a filling breakfast of oatmeal, sausage, fruit, and toast, I left for my next supercharger stop.

The weather was much, much better - and the further away from Florida's oppressive humidity you get, the better. I felt refreshed, and the sunlight pouring through the tinted roof was just right - not to bright, not to dark. It made the car feel alive, despite the black interior. I've always been more a fan of beige, but the sunlight really seemed to 'wake up' the interior some what.

My next stop was in Savannah - at an airport. Of the superchargers I visited, this one is probably my favorite. Firstly, it's in a parking garage, which is covered, so the car stayed cooler and I couldn't have been rained on. Secondly, you have a whole CONCOURSE about 5 minutes away! The parking is pretty far from their, but the walk is worth it. The airport is lovely. There's a Starbucks inside, a small place to grab a snack, and free WiFi. I was able to hang out and relax.

It is about 5 minutes from the freeway, but it's totally worth it. It's a great charging location. BONUS: There didn't appear to be any spiders!

My next stop was in Columbia, South Carolina. The drive there was fantastic - the weather was great, and, despite the crappy two lane highways of South Carolina, it was a pleasant drive among the trees.

The downside was I needed to charge! Again. I have a friend with a Model S - the same guy I talked into a Tesla, who in turn, talked me into one. I was very much excited to get his opinion on the car, as he's an engineer and an avid fan.

So thus began my first Tesla meetup. We drove the car. We drove to a neighbor's house, who also drove the car. Here are his thoughts:

  • The steering is better, and tighter.
  • The audio system is clearer than that of the Model S's standard audio.
  • The car is smaller and easier to park.
  • The U.I. was good - not great, but good. The hardware is MUCH snappier and more responsive.
  • The car had more than adequate power.

In short, he found the car to be better than his Model S. He currently has another Tesla on order, but, a day after driving the car, he added a Model 3. To replace his Ferarri, which seems plagued with constant, expensive repairs. The Tesla, as he's stated in the past, 'just works.'

I should also add that the other car he has on order is a Roadster 2.0 (a car I'm very much anxious to borrow!) This endorsement, to me, is the most valuable I've had so far, and the most important indicator I've had this this is more than just a new car - it's a the start of some form of planetary change.

Anyhow, I plugged into the wall charger at his place, and discovered that I could pull down about 42 miles per hour - that's a LOT! A few hours of charging (while he went to Charlotte and back) was enough for me to drive around town the remainder of the day!

That said, the next morning, I still needed a bit of extra energy, and in a hurry! I hopped back into the car and ran to the Columbia, SC Supercharger. It's a bit inconvenient, as there are 3 freeways that all meet nearby, and I had to sort of head in the wrong direction to get to it.

That said, the charger was quite nice - it's part of a Hilton - and they had a great breakfast for something like $6.50, give or take! It was a nice way to start the morning.

Then it was off to our next stop, way up at a Sheetz gas station in North Carolina. The drive from Columbia through Charlotte is pretty boring. This is another decent location - located in Hickory, NC.

While we're speaking of cars, by a strange twist of fate, I discovered my favorite car of all time there (or a very close approximation of it, anyway!) The ECTO-1! No matter how cool my car seemed, this is probably the coolest car of all time. If I recall, the car itself, and ambulance/hearse, is haunted. Parking tickets placed on the windshield spontaneously burst into flames. If anyone out there wants to sell a 59 Miller Meteor Futura Cadillac, please let me know!!!! Also, if you'd like to visit a really cool animal sanctuary and raise money one Halloween, also let me know!!!
The next part of the drive was phenomenal - I was in the mountains. Not hills, but real, honest to god MOUNTAINS.
The best cars weave through traffic and hills, sputtering along with beautiful sound as they dance across the pavement, paying homage to themselves as they race through loud, open tunnels in the mountains.

The Model 3 doesn't bother with any of that. It eats corners - taking a hairpin 180 degree turn still feels like a 180 degree turn, but somehow, you can stick to your lane, and you feel confident as you whirl through the mountains.
The downside, though, is that there are no superchargers - and only two wall chargers in the area. This meant I had to give up my car for about 5 hours.

During my time, I did have the opportunity to take a An Acura TSX into the Blue Ridge Parkway. It held it's own as I downshifted and tossed the car through the mountains - though you do tend to feel awful sick after an hour or so of sloshing about.

Once I retrieved the Tesla, however - it was like a slalom - skating around the turns was effortless and fun. The sharp edges and terrifying drop offs, which before had been a real concern, were now fun, tight rounds - the regenerative breaking made downhill great, and after a solid hour of downhill driving, I'd only used about 5 miles of battery, as the regenerative brakes had returned quite a lot of energy to the car!

It was, perhaps, one of the most enjoyable experiences of my ENTIRE LIFE, marred by the lack of charging ports and the worry that the uphill trek might overly deplete my battery.

Another small side effect, according to my sisters, was the oddity of the car itself in this small town. A number of folks stopped to gawk at the tiny white spaceship - not for any reason other than it's uniqueness. The mountains seemed to contain a huge number of Porsches - lots of beautiful Audi's and a number of nice Corvettes - but few, if any Tesla's. Many a college student stopped to see the strange white marble parked in the small town. I certainly didn't mind, but didn't think it was that unusual of a car - it does, after all, look like a car. It is possible that the car was more familiar to this crew, given the college (and town) focus heavily on sustainability and green technology.

The only issue was going downhill - I wish there was a 'mountain mode' that would further utilize the regenerative breaking when on a decline over X percent. There were a lot of twisty, downhill bits that could have used a bit of help!

So, I headed home. I did stop at a new supercharger in St. Augustine, Florida. For some reason, the meter told me that all the spaces were occupied - I arrived to find that NONE of them were occupied. A few minutes later, my charging was 'interrupted.' I peaked around the corner, and nothing seemed amiss. I unplugged the cable and plugged it back in - and everything seemed fine.

I will add that the car was about 55 degrees when it arrived. When I stepped out, the 70 degree mountains and the 55 degree car met all my senses with 95 degree heat and extreme humidity. My whole body was covered with condensation. It felt like sweat, but it wasn't. It was terrible.

That charge cost about $1.00 - the most I spent on a charge was about $7.50. In total, I spent no more than $30 for the whole trip.

On the last leg of the journey, I did hit some MAJOR thunderstorms. Again, the car handled them ably. The headlights came on automatically. The wipers adjusted automatically to the rain speed. The car did great through puddles, pouring rain, and Florida drivers once gain.

I arrived home thrilled. It was a trip to remember in a car that still doesn't feel like mine. It feels like a rental, or a friend's car I'm borrowing. I'm still a bit cautious with it - but it's fabulous.

So what can I say about the car, in closing? Tesla has made a fantastic car - one superior to any driving experience I've ever had. It's fun. it's fast. It's comfortable beyond measure. It's so customizable it can be anything you want to be - a little star fighter or a great, lilting luxury car. It will satisfy you to no end.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to test the autopilot - if anyone would like a review of that, you can either pay to have it added (I'd be HAPPY to take it! Really. I do not fear the robot overlords) and I'll take a trip and tell you ALL about it, OR I can borrow someone's car, at some point, who does have it, and I'll tell you about that!

Thanks for reading!

Below is my list of improvements and recommendations I'd love to see for the Model 3 moving forward!

  1. The button to open the door - make it more obvious some way. ANY way.
  2. We have free LTE - I would love a weather map/weather updates/weather overlay for the drive!
  3. Perhaps better warnings for people darting in front of your car? Please. Add this to the whole fleet. It could save lives.
  4. Superchargers need covers!
  5. Anti-Spider super chargers. Maybe a different kind of glowing light that doesn't attract bugs?
  6. The button to switch audio sources is in an odd spot. Bring it closer!
  7. A few more awesome easter eggs would be great! I tried saying 'Prepare to make the jump to hyperspace.' and "Warp 9. Engage!" The car did nothing. I am dissapoint.
  8. A 'mountain mode' that more aggressively breaks on a decline would be much appreciated!
  9. Why can't I adjust the fan speed without a sub menu?
  10. Why can't I change from 'Standard' to 'Chill' or from 'Comfort' to 'Sport' with the touch of a button, or by saying 'Go, Go Gadget Space Car?' I found myself changing depending on the system!
  11. A bit more customization! What if I could use Standard drive and Sport on the Freeway, but the car automatically pulled me back into 'Chill mode' through town? I'd love a sub menu to customize my day-to-day!
  12. Apparently, my charge port is lifted up a bit. Apparently, it's not supposed to be - even though the folks at Tesla told me it's supposed to look like that. I'm not sure who to believe Is the charge port supposed to be completely flush?

That's all I've got. The car is awesome. You save money on gas. Your drive is a pleasure! You get to reclaim your travel time as fun and/or relaxing. Your life will change a little bit!

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(RTX) Mid 20s Law Student from NYC looking for friend/group for RTX.

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:27

Hey everyone, I'm Hayden:

I didn't see anything in my "once-over" of the rules about posting this question, so I'll give it a shot.

Like the title says, I'm heading to RTX. I've been a fan since around 2007 and this was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I'm currently looking for some people who want to be travel partners.

What am I talking about?

  • I'd like to split an AirBnB, I have found a decent one from Thursday night to Monday morning for a total of about $400.

  • Buddy system for going out

  • Pals to check out some popular/important destinations

What I'm Bringing To The Table

  • As I said, I have found a pretty good AirBnB near the convention center. So, less money on lodging.

  • I'm renting a car for my time down there. So, I'd be willing to bus us around to different places in Austin. I won't ask you to pay for use of the car. Just keep me in mind if we need gas or anything.

  • A normal, laid back personality. I'm not exactly a hardcore fan, but I've been a fan for a long time. I'm not going to be screaming quotes from Let's Plays at you.

  • After RTX, I plan on driving to Baton Rouge, LA then to Jacksonville, Florida to go home. If you are reasonably along the way, I can drop you off and save you a plane ticket home, and my sanity for a few hours of the drive.

My preferences:

Note: If this doesn't describe you, I don't mean anything personal. I just think it's important that we are fairly similar

  • Someone over 21: I like to drink, and I don't want to have to worry about a minor and the lame legal responsibilities that come with that.

  • A somewhat casual fan. I know Roosterteeth has helped all of us get through rough times and have given us amazing videos. However, I'm not as much a super-fan as I am a long-time fan. I don't mean you aren't passionate, I just won't be extremely well versed in all their content.

  • Someone who doesn't smoke: I don't smoke (anything) and I have no problem if someone does around me. However, I would ask that it not be done in the rental car or the AirBnB.

Some Stuff About Me

I know it's important that we get along. So here are some things about me

  • Favorite RT Content: RT Shorts, RvB, Let's Play (Mostly from about 2009-2014), THE PODCAST (Every episode, from 1-200 several times), Lazer Team, RT Life, (recently) a huge Funhaus fan

  • Video Games: I mostly play older games when I have time for it. I still play Halo a ton. XCOM, Civilization, NCAA Football, Some MMOs.

  • Other YouTube Channels: A big fan of RedLetterMedia, VSauce, Phil Defranco, and Dunkey.

  • TV Shows: Breaking Bad, The Office, Better Call Saul, How I Met Your Mother, DareDevil, Parks & Rec

  • Movies: Too many to name, but I can appreciate almost everything.

  • Sports: I played football at LSU a few years back, so I'm partial to them. I do follow and enjoy most sports.

  • RT Personalities: I'm not sure how pertinent this is, but I'm a huge fan of the original guys. I have an original Season 1 DVD I'd love to get signed. So, in a very particular and specific order: Burnie, Gus, Geoff, Joel, Matt, Gavin, and some love for Chris and Brandon. There are others of course, but that's my Myspace Top 8.

I'm going to probably be editing this post a lot to add information that seems important to people. I figure we will probably message back and forth to see if we are cool with each other. I was looking for anywhere between 1-3 people.

For something fun, message me with a place in Austin you definitely want to visit. It can be a food place, a historic RT site, or just a touristy place.

Look forward to hearing from all of you!

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(RTX) Mid 20s Law Student from NYC looking for friend/group for RTX.

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:34

Hey everyone, I'm Hayden:

I didn't see anything in my "once-over" of the rules about posting this question, so I'll give it a shot.

Like the title says, I'm heading to RTX. I've been a fan since around 2007 and this was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I'm currently looking for some people who want to be travel partners.

What am I talking about?

  • I'd like to split an AirBnB, I have found a decent one from Thursday night to Monday morning for a total of about $400.

  • Buddy system for going out

  • Pals to check out some popular/important destinations

What I'm Bringing To The Table

  • As I said, I have found a pretty good AirBnB near the convention center. So, less money on lodging.

  • I'm renting a car for my time down there. So, I'd be willing to bus us around to different places in Austin. I won't ask you to pay for use of the car. Just keep me in mind if we need gas or anything.

  • A normal, laid back personality. I'm not exactly a hardcore fan, but I've been a fan for a long time. I'm not going to be screaming quotes from Let's Plays at you.

  • After RTX, I plan on driving to Baton Rouge, LA then to Jacksonville, Florida to go home. If you are reasonably along the way, I can drop you off and save you a plane ticket home, and my sanity for a few hours of the drive.

My preferences:

Note: If this doesn't describe you, I don't mean anything personal. I just think it's important that we are fairly similar

  • Someone over 21: I like to drink, and I don't want to have to worry about a minor and the lame legal responsibilities that come with that.

  • A somewhat casual fan. I know Roosterteeth has helped all of us get through rough times and have given us amazing videos. However, I'm not as much a super-fan as I am a long-time fan. I don't mean you aren't passionate, I just won't be extremely well versed in all their content.

  • Someone who doesn't smoke: I don't smoke (anything) and I have no problem if someone does around me. However, I would ask that it not be done in the rental car or the AirBnB.

Some Stuff About Me

I know it's important that we get along. So here are some things about me

  • Favorite RT Content: RT Shorts, RvB, Let's Play (Mostly from about 2009-2014), THE PODCAST (Every episode, from 1-200 several times), Lazer Team, RT Life, (recently) a huge Funhaus fan

  • Video Games: I mostly play older games when I have time for it. I still play Halo a ton. XCOM, Civilization, NCAA Football, Some MMOs.

  • Other YouTube Channels: A big fan of RedLetterMedia, VSauce, Phil Defranco, and Dunkey.

  • TV Shows: Breaking Bad, The Office, Better Call Saul, How I Met Your Mother, DareDevil, Parks & Rec

  • Movies: Too many to name, but I can appreciate almost everything.

  • Sports: I played football at LSU a few years back, so I'm partial to them. I do follow and enjoy most sports.

  • RT Personalities: I'm not sure how pertinent this is, but I'm a huge fan of the original guys. I have an original Season 1 DVD I'd love to get signed. So, in a very particular and specific order: Burnie, Gus, Geoff, Joel, Matt, Gavin, and some love for Chris and Brandon. There are others of course, but that's my Myspace Top 8.

I'm going to probably be editing this post a lot to add information that seems important to people. I figure we will probably message back and forth to see if we are cool with each other. I was looking for anywhere between 1-3 people.

For something fun, message me with a place in Austin you definitely want to visit. It can be a food place, a historic RT site, or just a touristy place.

Look forward to hearing from all of you!

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[OC] One Hit Wonders: The Story of Olandis Gary (HB, Denver, 1999)

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 12:10

The one-hit wonder is fascinating. How an artist seemingly comes out of nowhere, makes it big, and then never does anything relevant again is odd to think about. One month, they’re a nobody. The next month, they’re one of the most famous people in the country. And a few months after that, they’re back to either being a nobody again, or creating albums that don’t generate any hits but are so critically acclaimed that they literally lead to the creation of one of the most popular music subreddits on Reddit (and that’s not an exaggeration).

The same thing is true in the NFL. How does a player have one good season and then do nothing else? Was it purely a fluke? Was it a result of unlucky circumstances, such as an injury or a scheme change? Was it something that happened off the field? That’s what this series is all about. I did a bit of it last year, but I really want to focus on it again this offseason, because the offseason is painfully boring. So, the One-Hit Wonders series is back, focusing on players that only had one season of relevance, then faded into oblivion.

And after winning Super Bowl XXXIII in the 1998 season, the Denver Broncos were at a crossroads. John Elway retired, going out on one of the greatest notes in the history of the NFL. To go out of the league with a Pro Bowl appearance, a Super Bowl title, a Super Bowl MVP, and the best record in the AFC is a pretty good way to retire. But after Elway’s retirement, Terrell Davis’ injury, and an 0-4 start to the 1999 season, all hope looked lost for the Broncos. It looked like the offense would be unable to get anything going… until one man appeared out of nowhere and flipped the script, emerging as one of the best halfbacks in the NFL.

In 1999, he was third in rushing yards per game, had 1,159 total yards, and 7 touchdowns. For the rest of his career, he would have just 23 yards per game, 839 rushing yards, and 4 touchdowns. This is the rise and fall of Olandis Gary.

Part I: From Marshall to Georgia

Gary entered the NFL as a 24-year old rookie, and spent more than 4 years in the NCAA system, seeing as he graduated high school in 1993. He went to Upper Marlboro Riverdale Baptist in the DC area and was listed as a returning halfback in the 1992 preview (meaning that he had to have played in 1991), and the 1993 high school football preview. In the 1994 high school football preview, it said that he was one of 16 players who graduated, and that the running game would now be in the hands of junior halfback Tee Butler (who eventually became a LB at Virginia Tech). He was a star in high school, setting the Maryland private school rushing record with 5,375 yards over his career. So it made sense that he would continue his football career in college, and he did this at Marshall.

Things weren’t turning out well, though. He didn’t start for the Thundering Herd, and backed up future Jaguars halfback Chris Parker (he played a grand total of one game with the Jaguars in 1997, and didn’t play any other game with any other team). Then, he wanted to go play for Georgia in the SEC, even though coach Bob Pruet supposedly told Gary that he’d be making a mistake, and that there were “a million and one reasons why [he] couldn’t play in the SEC.” So after doing nothing of significance at Marshall in 1994 and 1995, and sitting out the 1996 season due to transfer rules, he was finally able to play in 1997 with the Bulldogs.

In 1997, Gary appeared on Georgia’s roster as the backup to Robert Edwards. That 1997 squad for Georgia was full of one-hit wonders in the NFL for halfbacks, including both Gary and Edwards, alongside Patrick Pass. For those curious, Edwards was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Patriots, and had 1,115 yards and 9 touchdowns in his rookie season. He was actually fifth in the NFL in rushing touchdowns in his rookie year. Things took a tragic turn, though, when during a flag football game at the Pro Bowl, he completely blew out his knee. The fact that his leg didn’t get amputated is surprising. The fact that he was able to walk again is even more surprising. The fact that he was able to play football again in 2002 absolutely blows my mind. One of the more tragic one hit wonders, to say the least. As for Patrick Pass, he’s a minor one-hit wonder; he had 3 touchdowns for the Patriots as a fullback in 2005 and had 0 touchdowns in any other year of his career. He had more Super Bowl wins (4) than touchdowns (3), as he won 3 titles with the Patriots and then won Super Bowl XLII as a member of the New York Giants.

Getting back to Gary, though, he had 7 touchdowns in his first season with the Bulldogs, averaging 5.8 yards per carry as the change-of-pace halfback. By the end of the season, Edwards was carrying the bulk of the duties running the ball, so everyone’s playing time diminished. This box score from a late November game against Auburn shows that. Edwards had 18 carries in that game. Hines Ward (yes, the receiver) had 5, and quarterback Mike Bobo had 5. Nobody else had more than 1, and Gary didn’t have a single rushing attempt. At that point, unless it was Bobo taking off and running/getting sacked, or a reverse to Ward, Robert Edwards was getting the carries. Gary’s season was overshadowed by what Edwards was doing, which makes sense, seeing as Edwards was good enough to go in the first round of the ensuing draft. To highlight this overshadowing, even though Gary scored in the 1998 Outback Bowl, Robert Edwards stole the show with 3 touchdowns. Gary was a victim of a really talented backfield.

But in 1998, Gary would get his moment as the feature halfback. Nobody else came remotely close to Gary in terms of rushing contributions; the next closest halfback on the team (Ronnie Bradley) had 47 carries for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gary had 4.9 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns, picking up 698 yards on 143 carries. It didn’t come easy; it wasn’t until the second half of the season that his reps and production began to increase. Once he got his opportunities, though, he made the most of them, with back-to-back games of over 100 yards against Auburn (130) and Ole Miss (132). Here’s an article on his college career winding down in 1998, with a somewhat amazing bit of foreshadowing in the final paragraph where author Ray Glier states, “it’s far too early to say that Gary might be like Terrell Davis.”

In the 1998 Peach Bowl, the Bulldogs of Georgia defeated the Cavaliers of Virginia 35-33. In Gary’s final collegiate game, he saved some of his best for last, scoring 2 touchdowns and winning the offensive MVP of the game. After getting overshadowed for most of his career, he rose from the ashes in 1998. All of the sudden, his chances of making it in the NFL were rising and were legitimate. And those chances would be fulfilled in the 1999 NFL Draft.

Part II: Getting Drafted

After the 1998 season, Terrell Davis was the best halfback in all of football. If you want to know how you get into the Hall of Fame despite only really playing four years, look no further than Davis’ production in his first four seasons with the Broncos. And the 1998 season is up there with one of the greatest seasons for any halfback of all-time. He led the NFL in yards per carry with 5.1. He scored 23 touchdowns, which is tied for 8th in NFL history, and at the time, was third in NFL history, only behind Emmitt Smith’s 25 touchdowns in 1995 and John Riggins’ 24 touchdowns in 1983. He had 21 rushing touchdowns, which is tied for 6th in NFL history, and at the time, was tied for third in NFL history. And, he had 2,008 rushing yards, which is 5th in NFL history, and at the time, was third in NFL history, only behind Eric Dickerson’s total of 2,105 yards in 1984 and Barry Sanders’ total of 2,053 yards in 1997. Oh… and he won his second straight Super Bowl, made it to the Pro Bowl, was named a First Team All-Pro, won Offensive Player of the Year, and won the MVP award. Not too shabby.

So it was clear that entering the 1999 season for the Broncos, that Terrell Davis was going to be the lead back. But who did the Broncos have behind him? Well… not much. They didn’t have a whole lot. Even after one of the greatest seasons in the history of the NFL by a halfback, the position was still a pretty big need. The backup in 1998 was Derek Loville, who I did a post about a year ago as my first installment of this series. Loville’s one season in the spotlight came in 1995, when he scored 13 touchdowns for the San Francisco 49ers and finished eighth in the league in rushing touchdowns with 10. But in 1998, he did absolutely nothing, averaging just 3 yards per carry and picking up only 161 yards. He was the #2 halfback. Excluding quarterbacks, the guy with the most rushing attempts after that was Vaughn Hebron with 9. He was primarily a kick returner (though he was a halfback in the mid-90s with the Eagles and didn’t do a whole lot), and wouldn’t even appear on the 1999 roster. Especially since the Broncos didn’t add any halfback in free agency, they desperately needed some help for depth purposes. They needed to draft a halfback in 1999.

The 1999 NFL Draft was definitely a mixed bag for halfbacks. At the top in the first round, Edgerrin James and Ricky Williams were both really good. James has a good chance to get into Canton some day, and Ricky Williams, while definitely not worth an entire draft class worth of picks, had a pretty good NFL career (anytime a halfback finishes his career with over 10,000 rushing yards, it’s hard to call that a failure). Kevin Faulk, drafted in the second round by the Patriots, finished his career in the Patriots Hall of Fame, and played 161 games for the Pats from 1999-2011.

Then, you had a bunch of halfbacks that didn’t work out. Miami choosing JJ Johnson is a forgotten bust; drafting a 25-year old rookie in the second round that only puts up 5 rushing touchdowns on 3.4 yards per carry and starts a grand total of 5 games is not good. Joe Montgomery is another forgotten bust; he got drafted by the Giants in the second round, and finished his career with the Giants with just 4 touchdowns, running the ball just once for the team after 1999. Kansas City second round pick Mike Cloud only had 4 touchdowns in his four seasons with the team, and had a terrible 3.1 yards per carry on 6.8 yards per game. Jermaine Fazande was drafted by the Chargers in the second round, and played just two seasons in the NFL. And in the third round, the talent did not improve; Shawn Bryson got drafted by the Bills and scored just 2 touchdowns, while Amos Zereoue backed up Jerome Bettis for a few years, then took the starting job and proceeded to do nothing with it.

This was not one of those drafts where every halfback was a good pick, and where you could find talent all across the board. Outside of the consensus top two, you really had to dig to find good halfback talent. But it seemed like the Broncos did just that when they took Gary in the fourth round with pick #127. He was the first halfback taken after Sean Bennett got taken by the Giants (who finished his career with 126 yards), the final halfback taken in the fourth round, and the 12th halfback taken in the draft. There was a chip on his shoulder. He had something to prove at Georgia. Now, it was time to prove something in the NFL.

Part III: A Really, Really Bad Start

That chip on your shoulder thing was something that Gary may have taken a bit too literally at first. In 1998, the Broncos had a free safety out of Tennessee named Tori Noel who was on the practice squad. But in 1999, he was supposed to make an impact. The New York Times called him part of the future in a throwaway line in one March 1999 article, and got a Super Bowl ring for being on the roster during Super Bowl XXXIII; Noel later sold his ring and eventually had it land on Pawn Stars, which only further drives home the point that after 21 years, you never know what is gonna come through that door.

Noel was supposed to have a spot on the team in 1999 and make at least somewhat of a contribution. That all ended during a practice incident at the goal line involving Olandis Gary.

During a Wednesday practice, Gary ran over Noel, making a second effort to get into the end zone. Gary said that “he pulled up on the play thinking it was over and left himself defenseless.” With something to prove, Gary made that second effort, but unintentionally ended Noel’s career in the process. Noel was diagnosed with a herniated disk and had to have surgery after getting taken away in an ambulance. It was a pretty hectic preseason for Gary, from that injury to playing a preseason game in Australia, which was the first and only NFL game ever played in Australia.

But when the 1999 season started, the Broncos stumbled. It was already going to be a longshot trying to defend their title after the retirement of John Elway. Those odds only got worse when they started the season 0-4.

Let’s be clear- teams have gotten off to bad starts before after winning the Super Bowl the year before. After winning Super Bowl XV in the 1980 season, becoming the first team in NFL history to ever win the Super Bowl as a wild card, the Oakland Raiders went 2-4 in their first 6 games (their final season before moving to Los Angeles). After winning Super Bowl XXV in 1990, the New York Giants went 2-3 in their first 5 games in 1991. And after winning Super Bowl II in the 1967 season, following the loss of Vince Lombardi, the Green Bay Packers only won two of their first 6 games in 1968.

But at the time, only one team in NFL history had gone 0-4 in their first four games the year after winning the Super Bowl. The New York Giants won their first Super Bowl in 1986, defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. Then, the Giants went 0-5 to start off the 1987 season. However, you can put an asterisk next to that if you wish, since the 1987 season had the replacement players playing, and the Giants lost three of those five games with a replacement roster (the Giants are a .500 team if you take away the replacement games, which, while not great, is obviously not the same as starting 0-5).

The Denver Broncos were in pretty bad company to start off that 1999 season. The first game was on Monday Night Football against the Dolphins. Miami won easily, defeating Denver 38-21. It was a 38-14 game late in the fourth quarter before a garbage time touchdown by Ed McCaffrey on a pass from Brian Griese, so the score wasn’t even that close. They followed that up with a 26-10 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead. A 13-10 loss to Tampa Bay where the Broncos only had 8 first downs followed in week 3, and in week 4, the Jets got revenge from that AFC Championship, as the Jets went into Mile High and defeated the Broncos by a score of 21-13.

Part IV: The Sudden Decline of Terrell Davis

In this slump, teams stacked the box. It’s tough to stack the box on John Elway because he’s a top 10 QB all-time and he’ll make you pay for your mistakes. But stacking the box on an inexperienced Brian Griese? That’s doable. And because of that, Terrell Davis was kept in check during the 1999 season. In the first four weeks, he only averaged 3.15 yards per game. When you compare that to his 1998 season, where he was averaging over 5 yards per game, it’s like night and day. He didn’t have any game with over 80 yards rushing, and had just 2 touchdowns in the first 4 weeks of the season. Those numbers are pretty pedestrian, and for a guy coming off of a 2,000-yard season, are downright terrible.

Then, disaster struck. It was the moment that led to the tailspin of Terrell Davis’ career.

When the Broncos played the Jets, they threw five interceptions. Brian Griese threw 3, and Bubby Brister threw 2. Both quarterbacks were abysmal that day, with Griese posting a 31.3 passer rating and Brister posting a 30.8 passer rating. For perspective, spiking the ball into the ground on every play is a 39.6. You could do nothing but chuck the ball into the ground, and you’d have a higher passer rating than either Griese or Brister on that day.

On 3rd and 9 midway through the third quarter, Griese threw a pass intended for Shannon Sharpe. It got intercepted by Victor Green (one of the forgotten players of the late 90s and early 2000s, as he started 108 games in nine seasons for the Jets). As Terrell Davis went for the tackle, he tore two ligaments in his right knee, and had to have surgery to repair the ACL and MCL. That ended his season and forced Derek Loville into action right away.

In January, they had John Elway and Terrell Davis, and a Super Bowl title. In October, they had neither one, and an 0-4 start. All hope looked lost.

Then, Olandis Gary showed up.

Part V: Flying Out of the Gate

To replace Terrell Davis is a tall order. And Derek Loville was the man for the job, according to Mike Shanahan. Shanahan flat out said that Loville would be the starter heading into week 5 against the Oakland Raiders. And it made sense, seeing as Loville was the backup beforehand, while Gary didn’t even receive a carry in the first four weeks of the season.

But something changed. Because Shanahan quickly took that back, and in week five, Loville didn’t even play. Olandis Gary got the start, and had to do the bulk of the rushing. The only other player to get a legitimate rushing attempt (so I’m excluding Brian Griese’s seven carries, since they were quarterback runs) was Anthony Lynn (yes, that Anthony Lynn), who had one carry for one yard. The rest of the job was done by Olandis Gary.

And, sure enough, the Broncos won their first game of the season, taking it over their division rival by a final score of 16-13. Gary’s numbers don’t look amazing; he had 20 carries for 64 yards, and had a few rough drives, including a first quarter drive where he had 1 yard on 3 carries. But, the Broncos got the job done and got the victory. Gary got the chance to start his second game the following week against Green Bay, and to say that he delivered would be an understatement.

In a rematch of Super Bowl XXXII, to the surprise of many, the Broncos dominated in the second half, breaking out of a 3-3 tie to outscore the Packers 28-7 in the second half. Here’s one of Gary’s runs from that 31-10 victory, where he had 37 rushing attempts (a franchise record for most rushing attempts by a rookie) and 124 yards, including his first NFL touchdown on a 1-yard run at the goal line. Denver called his number early and often; on their first offensive drive of the game, Gary ran the ball 10 times. By the end of the first half, Gary either touched the ball or was the intended receiver on the play 21 times.

At the midway point in the season, following a 90-yard game against New England and a 79-yard game against Minnesota, he had 357 yards on 3.76 yards per carry, and had ran the ball 95 times (approximately 24 times per game if you do the math). He was getting all of the touches, and was making the most of them. Four weeks after Davis’ injury, and Gary went from not seeing the field to one of the best rookie running backs in the league.

Then, his true breakout game happened.

Part VI: The Breakout Game

What you have to understand going into the week 9 matchup between the Broncos and the Chargers was that the Chargers were an almost impossible team to run on. Joe Pascale is one of the forgotten defensive coordinators in league history, but his teams were always good at stopping the run. In terms of yards per attempt, the Chargers had the best rushing defense in the league in 1998, 1999, and 2001, and had the second best rushing defense in 2000 in this category. And in 1998, the Chargers led the league in fewest yards allowed on the ground.

During the 1998 season, teams averaged just 2.7 yards per carry on the Chargers. Among the highlights from that 1998 season in run defense included a performance against Arizona where even though the Chargers lost on a game-winning field goal by Chris Jacke at the last second to get the Cardinals into the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and for the first time since relocating to Arizona (a memorable game that ended in dramatic fashion and even a storming the field moment), they allowed just 25 rushing yards. There was also the game against the Raiders where Napoleon Kaufman started at halfback and had 12 carries for 17 yards, with Oakland having just 18 rushing yards for the entire game on 18 carries (it’s a game in serious consideration for one of the worst close games ever played; the Raiders won 7-6, and there were 15 first downs combined in the game, with 5 turnovers). And, there was a game against Baltimore where the Chargers won 14-13, and the halfbacks on the Ravens had just 18 rushing yards (Jim Harbaugh had 22 yards rushing, while Priest Holmes and Errict Rhett combined for 18). Bottom line- the Chargers’ run defense was really, really good. You don’t run on the Chargers.

And in 1999, that trend continued. In their first game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chargers forced seven fumbles, and recovered four of them. Corey Dillon, who made the Pro Bowl and averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 1999, was stuffed, with 12 carries for 37 yards, as the Bengals were held to just 47 yards on the ground on 17 carries (less than 3 yards per carry). In a 20-10 victory over the Detroit Lions, the Lions had 37 rushing yards on 24 carries. If that’s not impressive enough, 20 of those yards came from quarterback Charlie Batch. Take Batch out of the equation, and on designed runs, the Lions had 19 carries for 17 yards. And, the week before against Kansas City, even though the Chargers lost 34-0, their run defense was not to blame; Kansas City ran the ball 39 times, but only picked up 97 yards, with no player on the Chiefs averaging more than 3 yards per carry.

Entering that game in 1999, the Chargers had gone 26 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. The scene is now set. Running on the Chargers back in the late 90s was virtually impossible, and in comes a rookie halfback taking over the place of Terrell Davis. He then proceeds to do this.

For the first time in nearly two years, the Chargers had allowed a 100-yard rusher. Oddly enough, the last time the Chargers allowed a 100-yard rusher prior to Gary’s performance was in 1997 against Terrell Davis. But in this game, Gary had 108 yards and 2 touchdowns, both of which came in the second half.

What might make this performance more impressive is that he was relatively stuffed in the first half. On the opening drive of the game, Gary had just 12 yards on 5 carries. At the end of the first half, Gary only had 32 rushing yards on 12 carries. The Chargers defense was doing its job for the first half; Gary was ineffective, and had less than 3 yards per carry. But in the second half, he just went off.

After a few really solid performances in a row, averaging about 93 yards per game in his first 5 games, it was clear that Gary was up for the challenge. Following an 0-4 start, the Broncos had won 3 of their next 5 games, and a lot of it was because of Olandis Gary. And after not playing in any of the first four games, Gary already had two games with over 100 yards rushing, both of which were victories.

For him, the momentum wouldn’t stop for the rest of the season.

Part VII: Continued Form

Gary didn’t do a whole lot in his next game against the Seahawks (65 yards on 26 carries), but fast forward to a Monday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders the next week. This was right before Denver’s bye week. It was a dramatic game, with the Raiders taking a 21-18 lead on a Michael Husted 44-yard field goal with just 1:21 left. But Brian Griese marched his offense down the field, and Jason Elam (one of the most underrated kickers in league history) drilled a 53-yard field goal to tie it up at 21-21. That sent the game into overtime.

And in overtime, after the Broncos forced a Rich Gannon fumble and turnover, Olandis Gary does this on the first play of the drive. Gary was never much of a big play halfback (he was consistent, but didn’t have a whole lot of long runs), but this was definitely the biggest play of his career. He followed up that performance with a rushing touchdown against the Chiefs on 4.36 yards per carry, and a rushing touchdown against the Jaguars the week after that.

By the end of the Jacksonville game (a 27-24 loss), the Broncos were eliminated from postseason contention, with a 4-9 record. It was definitely a disappointing season coming off of back-to-back Super Bowl titles. After losing just 9 regular season games in the previous 3 seasons combined (13-3 in 1996, 12-4 in 1997, 14-2 in 1998), the Broncos were already sitting at 9 losses through the first 13 games.

But in a rough season, Olandis Gary was a bright spot. And that was highlighted in week 15 and week 16. Against the Seahawks, Gary had 183 yards rushing on 22 carries, including this 71-yard run that was just short of a touchdown, and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. The following week against the Lions, Gary had 185 yards rushing on 29 carries. He had played 11 games at this point, and was averaging over 100 yards per game. And while the season ended on a sour note, with just 38 yards on 18 carries against the Chargers (again, the Chargers were really tough to run on back then), he had established himself when all was said and done.

The final line for him on the season: 1,159 yards, 4.20 yards per carry, and 7 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 96.6 yards per rushing on the season, which was third in the NFL, only behind Stephen Davis of Washington and Edgerrin James of Indianapolis. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry, which was ninth in the NFL. And, he made it onto the All-Rookie Team alongside Edgerrin James.

Things were going great for Gary, and there was now a bright spot for the Broncos. They had the potential in 2000 to boast one of the greatest 1-2 combinations of all-time on the ground. Get Terrell Davis back healthy, and he’s your #1 option for obvious reasons. But Gary as the #2 halfback, seeing what he did in his rookie season, is a pretty good option to have.

And heading into the new millennium, the front office felt the same way.

Part VIII: The First Draft of the New Millennium

How good was Olandis Gary in 1999? He was so good that after the season, the Cleveland Browns wanted to trade for him. According to that article, the Browns inquired about trading for the fourth round pick out of Georgia, but Shanahan was only willing to give him up for a first round pick. Seeing as the Browns only had one first round pick, and that pick was the first overall pick in the draft, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense for Cleveland to pull the trigger. Because of this, Cleveland declined to inquire any further.

Keep in mind that Terrell Davis’ recovery time was 4-6 months after the game against the Jets, so there was no question that he’d be ready to go by this point. So for Shanahan to pretty much refuse to trade Gary, despite the fact that he’d be relegated to a backup status at this point, is somewhat surprising, and shows how much confidence the Broncos had in Gary. And it wasn’t unwarranted at the time; entering the 2000 season, Gary was literally mentioned in the same sentence as John Randle and Terrell Davis as guys who are late picks that become amazing. Two of those guys in that sentence are in the Hall of Fame.

But, the Broncos did need a halfback in 2000, since Derek Loville was traded to the Rams for a sixth round pick. Denver only had two halfbacks on the roster. Granted, they were both really good halfbacks in Terrell Davis and Olandis Gary, but that’s all they had. They needed a third halfback, so in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, they drafted Mike Anderson out of Utah. Anderson scored 22 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Utes, and averaged 5 yards per carry in his final season with Utah in 1999 (the team’s first season in the Mountain West Conference). Still, the expectations were pretty clear. Davis would be the starter, with Gary as the best #2 halfback in the league, and Mike Anderson being the #3 option.

Seems like a really good plan on paper. But even the best laid plans go awry.

Part IX: Everyone Dies

On October 26, 2000, the episode of SpongeBob Squarepants titled “Something Smells” premiered. In this episode, SpongeBob is feeling down on his luck after he eats a sundae that gives him bad breath. Nobody wants to be around him because of it. His best friend, Patrick Star, tries to cheer him up by telling him a story about the ugly barnacle. In this story, which you can watch here and enjoy in all its humor, there’s a barnacle that’s so ugly that everyone dies.

I think that story was partially inspired by the halfback situation for the Denver Broncos at the start of the 2000 season. Everyone who played halfback died.

It was a Monday Night Football game against the defending champion St. Louis Rams. The champion from 1997 and 1998 was facing off against the champion from 1999. And it was a great game, with the Rams winning 41-36 after blowing a 35-20 lead late in the third quarter. But in this game, everyone at halfback died. Overnight, Denver’s situation went from maybe the best in the league to one of the worst.

Terrell Davis started the game, with 9 carries and 34 yards. Then, after a 32-yard field goal by Jason Elam, he never saw the field again. Turns out, he was injured with a sprained left ankle and foot, missing the next seven games. He then got injured later in the season with a stress reaction in his lower left leg. In two years, Davis went from the most productive halfback in the NFL to a guy who couldn’t stay on the field.

But Davis getting injured means that, once again, Olandis Gary gets his opportunity. He stepped in for Davis and performed really well, with 80 yards on 13 rushing attempts. Once again, he did his part filling in for the injured Davis. It’s no surprise that Gary did well, seeing as he did well in 1999, and had a pretty solid preseason, including a game against Green Bay where he had 94 rushing yards and a game against San Francisco where he scored.

Things would be just like last season. Terrell Davis can’t play, so Olandis Gary gets the start. This time, though, Anderson is the backup instead of Loville. If only it worked out that way.

Because Gary was running on a torn ACL.

I don’t know how he had 80 yards rushing on a torn ACL, but that’s what happened. Gary even said himself that he thought he could play on it. Following that game, Gary missed the rest of the 2000 season. Mike Anderson took over, and much like Gary, came out of nowhere to steal the show, posting 1,487 yards (4th in the NFL) and 15 touchdowns (5th in the NFL). On top of all of that, Anderson won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. If you placed a bet on the #3 halfback on the depth chart entering the season winning that award, then you probably left Las Vegas with a lot of extra cash when all was said and done.

Mike Anderson looked good. But coming off of a torn ACL is tough, and Terrell Davis coming off of back-to-back injury plagued seasons is tough. Denver’s once promising halfback situation looked a lot bleaker heading into 2001 coming off of a loss in the wild card round.

Part X: Bouncing Back?

Despite injuries to Davis and Gary in 2000, the Broncos kept things the same for the 2001 season. Denver didn’t spend a draft pick on a halfback. The only free agent halfback that the team signed in 2001 was Tony Carter, and he wasn’t much of anybody. In the previous season with New England, he had 37 carries and 90 yards, picking up 2 touchdowns. This was, hands down, the most productive season of his career. Denver was fine going into the season with a 3-headed monster of Davis, Gary, and Anderson, even though Davis couldn’t stay healthy, and Gary was coming off of a torn ACL.

But, once again, Davis couldn’t stay healthy. He had a great game on Monday Night Football against the Giants (I don’t know why the Broncos seemed to play on MNF in the first week of the season all the time back then), with 101 yards rushing. However, he got hurt, and wouldn’t play again until November 5 against the Oakland Raiders. Davis then got injured again in November against the Chargers, and would end up only playing 8 games in 2001.

So, we’re back to square one. This time, Gary entered the season behind Mike Anderson on the depth chart, so he didn’t see any playing time against the Giants since he was the third string halfback. But two weeks later (remember that nobody played the week after because every game got cancelled due to the attacks on September 11), Gary had one of the best games of his professional career, picking up 90 yards and a touchdown in a 38-17 victory over the Cardinals. This was his first appearance since the torn ACL that kept him out for practically all of the 2000 season, and he did not disappoint.

Gary was back, right? Not quite.

Turns out, that game would be a fluke. For the rest of the season, it was clear that he was not the same halfback. Granted, Denver’s rushing game was not the same in 2001 that it was in previous years; the team only averaged 3.9 yards per carry on the ground, and had just seven rushing touchdowns for the entire season. But to say that Gary struggled would be an understatement. He had just 43 carries for the rest of the season, picking up 138 yards (3.21 yards per carry). At this point, it was clear that he had fallen out of favor with Shanahan for Mike Anderson.

At the trade deadline, the Broncos tried to trade Gary to the Ravens, offering Gary and a fourth round pick to Baltimore for defensive tackle Lional Dalton and a second round pick. Eventually, the Broncos would get Dalton, as he would play for Denver during 2002, but that’s besides the point. Shanahan had no problem moving on from Gary and giving the entire workload to Mike Anderson and an eventually-healthy Terrell Davis (which never came to fruition).

Gary’s disappointing 2001 campaign ended in a Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys, where he broke a bone in his left leg. That game ended his season. After an incredibly promising rookie campaign, Gary had now had consecutive seasons ending in a season-ending injury. Combined with the injuries to Terrell Davis over the past three seasons, and the Broncos had to do something in 2002 to fix this problem.

Note: I had to break this up in the comments because the final word count was over 8,000 words.

Parts XI-XIII

Parts XIV-XVI

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Anybody in Raleigh NC

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:16

Look I’ve used the Raleigh reddit and nobody I messaged seems to respond so it’s just empty responses of good faith but no follow through so I’m posting because I’ve moved to Raleigh from Jacksonville and am extremely bored and I know no one and for some reason even though the VA is packed with cars I can’t seem to find any vets to hangout with. I’m 30 married no kids like to drink, maybe too much lol but I do like to just hangout in a sports bar or pub and shoot the shit. I’m a Marine vet served in OIF I was a supply guy I know sooo exciting... well now I’m a broke dick and am still fighting with the va to find some fix or relief to all my issues. I like gaming and movies since my physical hobbies are only fishing at this point and even some days that’s too much. I’m pretty down to earth guy I’m accepting of everyone I’m very honest can’t stand fake Bs. Message me and let me know PMs are fine just go easy on the dick pics. Oh ya and I like guns so I’m down to go shooting have some pistols and rifles.

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[Game Thread] #7 Georgia vs. #2 Florida (Women's College World Series) 7PM - ESPN2

JacksonVille Sport News Reddit - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 15:59
Game Preview (via GatorSports.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The second-seeded Florida softball team will take on No. 7-seed and Southeastern Conference foe Georgia at 7 tonight in its first game of the Women’s College World Series. ESPN2 will provide game coverage.

“They’re a good team, so we have to do what we do, and as a pitcher, I have to hit my spots and make the ball move,” UF pitcher Kelly Barnhill said. “After that, it’s just play ball.”

The Gators (55-9) advanced the WCWS after winning three-straight during the NCAA Gainesville Regional with decisions over Bethune-Cookman and Ohio State twice. UF advanced the its ninth overall WCWS after taking a thrilling three-game series against No. 15-seed Texas A&M.

Jordan Matthews crushed a walk-off three-run home run in the seventh inning to win the deciding game three 5-3 over the Aggies.

Every game that the Gators play at the WCWS will be broadcast on 92.1-FM/1230-AM and 100.1-FM/900-AM.

Breaking down the Gators’ WCWS Bracket (via 247sports.com)

The No. 2 seeded Florida Gators (55-9) are headed to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series for the ninth time and will have some familiar foes joining them, especially in their half of the bracket.

The Gators went a combined 2-3 against No. 7 seeded Georgia and No. 6 seeded Florida State in the regular season and both are in the second seeded Gators’ half of the bracket. Florida will face Georgia (48-11) in their first game, while Florida State (52-11) will match up with No. 3 seeded UCLA (56-5).

Leading off with Georgia when they arrive in Oklahoma City, the Gators traveled to Athens for their second conference series and the Bulldogs were the only SEC team to take a series from Florida all season.

Florida-Georgia Series Breakdown:

UGA Best Batting Avg.: Cortni Emanuel (.437), Alyssa DiCarlo (.392)

UGA Most Home Runs: Alyssa DiCarlo (20), Justice Milz (14)

UGA Best Slugging Percentage: Alyssa DiCarlo (.835), Justice Milz (.679)

UGA Top Pitchers: Mary Wilson Avant (12-3, 110 innings, 1.65 ERA, 26 ER, 88 SO, 41 BB), Kylie Bass (15-3, 99 innings, 1.84 ERA, 26 ER, 87 SO, 20 BB)

**Note: Pitcher Brittany Gray (16-1, 102.0 innings, 0.48 ERA, 7 ER, 134 SO, 23 BB) was injured on April 8 and is out for the remainder of the season with a torn bicep.

In-Season Recap vs Georgia:

Game 1… Georgia 5, Florida 4: Game one saw the Gators fall to Georgia 5-4 on a walk-off home run by Alyssa DiCarlo. Kelly Barnhill started for Florida and gave up three home runs in a row in the first giving the Bulldogs an early 3-1 lead. Aleshia Ocasio would even things up with a two-run home run of her own in the second. Ocasio would replace Barnhill on the mound after the second inning and the game went scoreless until the top of the sixth when Ocasio singled hard to the pitcher for another RBI giving the Gators a 4-3 lead. Finally Ocasio was the victim on the mound for DiCarlo’s walk-off to give the Bulldogs the 5-3 win.

Game 2… Georgia 11, Florida 1 (5 innings): Barnhill again lasted just two innings and gave up three runs (1 earned), but the Bulldogs went off on freshman pitcher Natalie Lugo for seven runs in the third inning as the Bulldogs cruised to the 11-1 win.

Game 3… Florida 6, Georgia 1: Ocasio scattered four hits and struck out nine to help pace the Gators from being swept by the Bulldogs. A 2-1 lead stretched to the final 5-1 with a three-run, seventh inning which included a two-RBI home run from SEC Player of the Year Amanda Lorenz.

Live stats

Live broadcast: 92.1-FM/1230-AM and 100.1-FM/900-AM.

Full bracket

Gators Softball Twitter

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