America!!

As many of you have noticed, I have not written on this site for a while as I have begun writing for a website 4thquarter17.wordpress.com The posts there will be sports related while I will still be talking about cooking and everything else on here, I will include some sports talk too.

I want to open with, I love this country and everything that it stands for, especially the Constitution.  When you look at what the Constitution enables us to do and the mobility and opportunity it allows each and every citizen compared to other countries in the world it is amazing.  That is why it infuriates me beyond belief when people that should be encouraging young people to exercise their rights, looking at you Laura Ingraham from Fox News, are putting these young people down and trying to discourage them from being Americans.

David Hogg is a survivor of the shooting at Majory Stonemen High School and he is a lead activist for gun reform in the United States.  He is leading peaceful protests for change not Democratic or Republican change but American change.   I am not concerned with whether or not you think gun reform will stop the school shootings or not, this is not a blog discussing the two sides of the argument.   This is a blog that is discussing why some people think it is ok for them to have rights and others should just “shut up and dribble.”  I applaud both sides of this issue and the people that are exercising their rights by peacefully demonstrating and asking for a change to protect our children in these dangerous times.  That is why it appalls me that a person in Ms. Ingraham’s position would attack a student that is trying to elicit change by leading peaceful protests.  Instead of celebrating him and the other students for being better Americans than 90% of the citizens, she attacked him personally because she doesn’t agree with his point of view.

I love and hate reading social media at times like these, I read posts and shares by people that I really respect and the attacks on these kids are unbelievable.  As an American and a veteran of the United States military, I love it when people express their rights to peacefully protest and express their opinions which are well within their rights as an American to do.  People asked me during the football season what my opinion of was of the players that were kneeling during the national anthem, I responded consistently that it did not bother me at all.  I was in the military and went to Iraq to defend their right to peacefully protest.  These students should be celebrated in the same way and not personally attacked by anyone especially a member of the national media.  Fox News and Laura Ingraham especially have become the old man yelling, “get off my lawn!”  They are lead organization that wants the status quo and will attack anyone that is fighting for change.  They basically want everyone to sit down shut up and do what they are told instead of expressing themselves and fighting for what they believe in.  They preach being American and then personally attack anyone that does not agree with them.

The essence of America was summed up in one sentence in a movie called The American President. “You want free speech?  Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, and who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” Free speech has to go both ways and if it is to be productive can not divulge into name calling, which happens in Washington 90% of the time.  For free speech to work, there needs to be an honest and open discussion with the same end goals in mind.

I applaud people like David Hogg, LeBron James, and Colin Kaepernick keep exercising your right to peacefully protest.  You do not have to agree with their protest but you as an American should at the very least respect their position and cause.  I will lead the charge to never support any company that sponsors the @Ingrahamangle on Fox News.  Keep fighting the good fight ladies and gentlemen fight for change and keep exercising your rights, especially the right to vote this spring and next November.

The Peters’s household is going clean and stop using products with chemicals in them.  There will be many updates on this going forward.

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Defense of Mock 1.0

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I have been taking a lot of flack for my prediction of the Browns picks at number 1 and 4.  I feel that I need to explain myself a little clearer.  A lot of people are killing me because they believe that the Browns need to take a QB number one no questions asked.  I am totally against that thinking for a number of reasons.

  1. I believe there is not a generational talent in the draft class, which is what I believe should warrant a top-five pick, let alone the top pick in the draft.  Now I am not saying that I am an NFL scout or anything, but ask my wife I tend to watch an inordinate amount of college football, especially if there is one of the top QBs playing.  If pressed for an answer I believe that Baker Mayfield is the best of the bunch.  Darnold, I have seen play 4 complete games and outside of tearing up a porous at best 2016 ND defense and lighting it up against Penn State in the Rose Bowl, he was awful last year.  I’m not sure if it was poor play or he felt extra pressure from being the top QB coming back, either way not what I would want in a QB that I need to help change the direction of the franchise.  Rosen was 18-20 in his three years at UCLA with two bowl losses.  Bill Parcells looks for four things in a QB, must be a senior, must be a graduate, must be a three-year starter, and lastly, he must have at least 23 wins.  Rosen is 1-3 according to a Hall of Fame Coach and that is good enough for me to pass on him.  Allen is big with a big arm and comes from the same system as Carson Wentz, but I am not sold on a guy that made his collegiate living playing against bad teams when he was at Wyoming.  If I am drafting a QB with the number one pick overall I want a guy that was the man at a power 5 school that played in some big-time games in some big-time atmospheres. Mayfield, who I believe is the best of the bunch and gun to my head had to take a QB number 1 he would be the guy.  He has won a lot of games at Oklahoma, played in College Football Playoff three times, although never advancing to Championship game.  He definitely put up some numbers at OU, but honestly who wouldn’t in the Big 12? He had an impressive win this year at Ohio State but threw a game-changing  INT against Georgia in the Rose Bowl.  I am just not sold on any of the QBs at number one.
  2. I do not know how you sell to the fans the fact that you have the ability to take the best player in the draft and you take, according to Mel Kiper’s big board the fifth.  That is where the top QB resides.  The Browns 1-31 in the last two years, and have the opportunity to make a splash in Free Agency and the draft with two top five picks.  How can they take a player number one and plan on not playing him, in my opinion, you have to take instant impact guys at 1 and 4.
  3. You can not win with a rookie QB.  I would love to draft a sure-fire elite QB, ala Peyton Manning, but that guy is not there.  If you look at the NFL, unless you have an elite QB like Brady, Rothlisberger, or Rodgers, you build the team to protect the QB with a great defense, so they do not have to play from behind and throw the ball 1000xs, and a running game to take pressure off the QB.  For current day NFL examples, look at Dallas, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, and Minnesota.  All have average to above average QB play but are able to win because they run the ball effectively and their defense can keep them in games.
  4. The last reason I would not take a QB number one is that Hue Jackson, in my opinion, will not last the season and we all know that a new coach will want to bring in his guy to play QB.  The worst move the Browns made was not getting rid of Jackson in the offseason.  The way the season will probably go is that Jackson will get fired after a 1-7 start and they will hand the reigns over to Haley.  They have so many assets this year now was the time to start new with a new front office and head coach.

Those are my reasons that I believe John Dorsey should pass on a QB in the first round.  I do believe that he should aggressively pursue a QB in FA.  A.J. McCarron or Teddy Bridgewater could be viable options to lead the rest of the quarterback room.  If you can sign a veteran the age of McCarron or Bridgewater they could be your QB for the foreseeable future and you could build around them.  They should also pursue Earl Thomas the great safety the Seahawks are looking to move.  He is only signed for the next year, so ideally the Browns would need to work out a long-term deal with him before they make the trade.  I was also pleased to hear that they are interested in trading for Jarvis Landry.  Landry would give them a bonafide number one receiver next to Josh Gordon, I would think any QB would want to play in that offense.  Then if they take Barkley at number one the offense just became pretty potent overnight.  Their defense is o.k. right now and if they add Thomas their backend just got pretty damn good.  Now you can play Peppers at nickel like Arizona does with the Honey Badger, one of my favorite college players of all time by the way.  Draft Fitzpatrick and the defense just got instantly better, with those moves and then adding pieces with the three, second rounders and the rest of the late round picks the Browns are looking competitive, especially in a weak AFC North.  These are just my ideas to fix the Browns and as I stated above Jackson needed to go, but if he is staying and it is looking that way, we need to give him weapons to win now, so we are not starting over a year from now.

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Next week we are about to embark on the most overrated sporting event of the year, March Madness.  The first weekend of the tournament, although I do enjoy it for the wall to wall basketball, it is highly overrated.  People say it is great because everyone has a chance, no they do not! No number 16 has ever upset a number 1 and a 15 seed has only upset 2 seed eight times since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.  The NCAA tournament is usually won by a blue blood of college basketball, 3 times since 1985 has a seed lower than 4 won the National Championship.   Some games are exciting and you will have that when you play that much basketball in three weeks, but overall you can get 75% of the Final Four at the beginning of the tournament.  I also am not a big fan of the automatic bid going to the conference tournament champion.  The regular season champion is obviously the better team but maybe the other team got hot and upset the best team.  Why wouldn’t they give the regular season and the conference tournament champion both an automatic bid?Then both champions would be rewarded if there were two different teams, I bet it is not many conferences that have two different champions anyway.

I hate to say it but I just watched Duke take apart Notre Dame in the ACC tournament and they look good.  That team could definitely make a run in the tourney.

This weekend is up in the air as far as what I am going to be cooking this weekend and that is mainly due to the weather, it is crazy here in Northeast Ohio!  I’m thinking Sunday if it is decent out maybe the morning to make some breakfast on the Green Egg.  I will let you know in Sunday’s edition.

Well that is all for today, here is to hope no matter what the Browns do this spring it works out for the fans of Cleveland, they have suffered enough.  Love you guys!!

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Mock Draft 1.0

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Here it is the inaugural mock draft from foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog

There are a few caveats that I have to make clear one I truly believe, or maybe I am just hoping against hope that the Browns do not take a QB first overall and either trade the pick while still staying in the top ten with two or taking the best player in the draft.  I am also assuming they sign a veteran QB in free agency.  Full disclosure I feel that there will be other trades in the first round but I am not going to predict them here.  I will also assume Cousins to Minnesota, Keenum to Denver and McCarron to the Browns.  So without further ado, here we go the inaugural mock draft.

  1. Cleveland Browns– Saquon Barkley RB Penn State, the Best all-around player in the draft
  2. New York Giants– Sam Darnold QB USC, the heir apparent to Eli.
  3. Indianapolis Colts-Bradley Chubb Edge Rusher NC State, This dude is a stud
  4. Cleveland Browns-Minkah Fitzpatrick Safety Alabama, Instantly makes the back end of your defense better
  5. Denver Broncos-Tremaine Edmunds Ilb Virginia Tech makes an already great defense younger
  6. New York Jets– Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma, the most polarizing player in the draft, you either love him or hate him, I think he can be great for a franchise that needs a face.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Marcus Davenport DE UTSA puts up Clowney like numbers at the combine and fills a definite need for Bucs.
  8. Chicago Bears-Quinten Nelson OL Notre Dame, Best Offensive Lineman in the draft and the Bears just hired his college Oline Coach.
  9. San Francisco 49ers-Denzel Ward CB Ohio State, best CB in the draft from the new DBU.  Bucks have put some studs in the NFL last few years.
  10. Oakland Raiders– Roquan Smith Ilb Georgia, Gruden goes defense in his first draft back and takes my favorite player in the draft Smith.  A sideline to sideline playmaker that will be great in the league for years to come.
  11. Miami Dolphins-Josh Rosen QB UCLA, I think the Dolphins are pumped that Rosen fell to 11 and I think Rosen is pumped he is going to play in warm weather Miami and not have to start right away.
  12. Cincinnati Bengals– Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame, Unanimous choice as an All-American at ND he is the second best O-lineman in the draft.
  13. Washington Redskins-Christian Wilkins DLine Clemson, Wilkins was a stud at Clemson that played in three college football playoffs he will be an awesome addition to the D in D.C.
  14. Green Bay Packers– Joshua Jackson CB Iowa, The Packers opt for JT Barrett’s favorite receiver, he had three picks in a blowout win vs. theBuckeyes. It also just seems right that an Iowa player ends up in Green Bay.
  15. Arizona Cardinals-Josh Allen QB Wyoming, missing out on the QB race in free agency the Cardinals get the big-armed Allen to throw to the ageless wonder, Fitzgerald.
  16. Baltimore Ravens-Calvin Ridley WR Alabama, Ravens opt for the speedster out of Tuscaloosa to shore up the receiving corp and give Flacco a number one receiver.
  17. Los Angles Chargers– Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama, if you need a linebacker The University of Alabama is a great place to start looking and the Chargers find another great one in Evans that has the ability to come in and start right away.
  18. Seattle Seahawks– Connor Williams OT Texas, the Seahawks break tradition and actually draft an offensive lineman instead of trying to make one out of a failed D-lineman or tight end.
  19. Dallas Cowboys-Courtland Sutton WR SMU, the Cowboys look right to their backyard and pluck a great wide receiver from SMU in Sutton.
  20. Detroit Lions-Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson, Another dominating DE from Clemson, the reason why they have elevated themselves to the top echelon of college football.
  21. Buffalo Bills-Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama, the third defensive player taken from the Tide and another that will be a solid player in the league for years to come.
  22. Buffalo Bills-Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma, Really good feet on Brown will be able to contribute right away.
  23. Los Angles Rams- Arden Key OLB LSU, Another SEC linebacker that can play right away.  Key is a good combination of size and speed.
  24. Carolina Panthers-Braden Smith OG Auburn, great interior lineman to help protect Cam Newton.
  25. Tennesse Titans-Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia, big time O-lineman to help propel the running game in Tennesee.
  26. Atlanta Falcons-Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M, speedy slot receiver form A&M to go alongside Julio Jones for QB Matt Ryan.
  27. New Orleans Saints-Mike Gesicki TE Penn State, Combine freak at TE moved him up the draft and position board.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers-Josey Jewell ILB Iowa, great fit for Pittsburgh getting a run stuffing linebacker out of Iowa.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars-Anthony Miller WR Memphis, a big WR threat for Bortles if Jax can become a little more explosive on the outside a Super Bowl win is not far off for this franchise.
  30. Minnesota Vikings-Billy Price OC Ohio State tore a pec muscle at the combine but he will still be a great addition to the Vikings Oline.
  31. New England Patriots-M.J. Stewart CB North Carolina, will help not only on defense but take some pressure off of Edlemen in return game.  Belichick loves guys that are versatile.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles-Ronald Jones II RB USC, versatile back out of USC will add to the diverse offense in Philly.

There you have it the first round according to me.  The only thing I do see happening is the Browns trading out of 1, the Bills trading up for a QB, and New England trading their pick.  That will be for the next mock 2.0. I used to make fun of the guys who did this but this is really hard to do.

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This weekend at the WGC in Mexico Lefty went back to the winner’s circle for the first time in 4.5 years.  He was awesome off of the tee and his short game was magical as always.  Phil Mickelson is gaining momentum heading into the last few tournaments before the Masters.  This year’s Masters is shaping up to be anyone’s tournament, it could come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes and who gets hot late.  There could be as many as 10-15 golfers in contention come Sunday.  I for one cannot wait!

I made ribs this weekend and the recipe is in Friday’s edition so I will just post a couple of before and after pictures:

Before:

After:

By the way, the ribs received ☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️ according to Erin a true rib connoisseur!

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Moving Fast

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Living in the content world it never shuts off, it is a 24 hour a day business.  That is why I am writing this blog today usually, it is twice a week but I think I am going to move to more of 3-4 times a week depending on what is happening in the world of sports. Two things drive the content of this blog sports and food and then what happens in our world.  I feel like twice a week is not enough editions to not be behind.   I feel like I needed to address things that happened earlier in the week, the scandal at Arizona.  As you recall ESPN college basketball reporter Marc Schlabach reported that Arizona Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Miller was on an FBI phone tap talking to a representative for Deandre Ayton offering him $100K to sign with the school.  That Saturday Miller decided not to coach the Wildcats in their game at Oregon, and on Thursday prior to coaching his team at Stanford, he addressed the media.  Miller vehemently denied ever making a phone call to Ayton’s representative, Christian Dawkins, he even went as far as saying that he never met Dawkins until after Ayton verbally committed to Arizona.  This brings up a few interesting questions, one if the ESPN report is false will Miller and Arizona seek damages?, two where did Schlabach get the FBI report? three who else sees a problem with FBI leaks?  In my opinion, Schlabach had to be 100% sure the report was accurate since he reported this damaging report last Saturday.  If he or ESPN were not 100% sure that this report was true, they are taking a heck of a chance, this could be the straw that breaks the ESPN back.  ESPN is losing 100s of  1000s of subscribers every month and really outside of the live games that they have the rest of the content is awful!  I will say that there is something happening when they interviewed LeBron James about it he said, “I grew up poor and let me tell you, whether it was the NBA or college, we were not going to be poor anymore!”

Piggybacking off of the ESPN take, earlier this week when the story broke about Miller allegedly offering $100K to play at Arizona, the yearly pay the athletes debate took off.  Jay Williams and Jalen Rose both had the position that the top players in the NCAA should skip the NCAA Final Four to send a message to the NCAA.  The NCAA needs to change and I think that we can all agree with that. These two individuals asking players to do what they would not is ridiculous.  Neither of these guys would have ever done what they are suggesting, neither of them stayed the full four years in college and took full advantage of everything that the college experience had to offer.  Jalen Rose was part of one of the greatest basketball teams of all time the “Fab Five” I am sure he is still using connections that he got from being on that team and still uses that team to his advantage.  So spare me the tears that you were taken advantage of while in college.  The same with Jay Williams, I am sure he does not take advantage of all of the opportunities that his Duke degree and association with college basketball has given him.  Both of these athletes had the opportunity to go straight to the pros instead of going to college, so they successfully used the collegiate system to educate themselves and make their lives better after basketball.  I wish these former college players would help to educate these young men that college is about the next 40 years and not the four years they will be in school.  At the same time, I do think that these guys should be able to make money off of their likeness, jerseys, and autographs, etc.

Hope you like the new format and you can expect 3-4 blogs a week.  The new ones may be a little shorter, but the original Sunday and Thursday ones will still be the same length.  Well, see you guys Sunday with the mock draft.  Also, I am thinking about including a new Thursday conversation with an athlete, coach, or chef, so if you know anyone that might be interested DM me or have them DM me on Twitter @WCPeters_1

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NFL Combine

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The NFL Combine where guys are running around in tights jumping, catching, and lifting.  100s of old guys in the stands watching and judging every move, answer, and measurement.  Day after day and month after month of studying and the teams still get it wrong!  The NFL Combine is an excuse for all executives of the NFL to gather in Indianapolis at the end of February.  The NFL Combine is the most overrated event in the NFL calendar.  Since the Combine is here I might as well give my plan for the Browns, I believe that I have laid this out before but here goes.  First, let’s recap the assets that the Browns are armed with this offseason:

  •  $117 million under the cap
  •  12 picks in this year’s draft including 5 in the first two rounds

They need to go out in free agency and sign a veteran QB that can lead a team that is on the cusp of being good.  I read all of the time how we need this type of QB or this type of QB to win championships.  We need to slow down a bit here and focus on building a team that can compete before we start talking about championships.  There is one thing that I am positive of, no matter what level of football you are playing winning championships is done by running the ball and playing great defense.  The QB is important, but look at the playoffs this year, 7 out of the 12 were drafted in the first round, but the two that played in the Super Bowl was not drafted in first round.  Three out of the four teams in the conference championships played outstanding defense and that is what got them there.  So I do not put as much stock in drafting a QB as some do, and my plan to win will reflect that and will be the sticking point for most of you.

6 Step Plan to Make The Browns Competitive:

Step 1:  Go out and sign either Cousins or McCarron, McCarron will be cheaper but money is no object this offseason.

Step 2: Sign a lockdown CB the secondary needs a facelift and getting a guy that can play man to man on a number one receiver is paramount.

Step 3: Work a deal to trade the number one pick, but stay in the top ten.  Try and pick up a first in 2019 and another second rounder this year.

Step 4: Draft Minkah Fitzpatrick and Roquan Smith in with the two top ten picks.  The defense just got infinitely better.  Fitzpatrick solidifies the backend of the defense and Smith adds a great Ray Lewislike LB to an already good core.  If you watched the college football playoff Smith was the most impressive player on the field during both games.

Step 5:  If one of the top 6 receivers falls to the end of the first round trade back up, into the first round with your multitude of second rounders and get a playmaker for your new QB.

Step 6: With the rest of our picks take the best player available at that spot, we need playmakers and help at all positions.

If we can not make any trades with number one or to trade back into the first round, I am still of the opinion that we take Fitzpatrick number one and Smith number four.  If we can not make a trade we still have three-second rounders 33, 35, and 64, get playmakers during the second day.

Would love seeing these two making plays in Brown and Orange next year!!

The reason that I am not high on taking a QB in the first round is that I do not believe that any of them are transcendent talents, ala Eli, Big Ben, or Peyton.  The other reason that I advocate getting a Veteran FA QB instead of drafting another one in the first round is that we have wasted too many picks on QBs and passed up on playmakers.  Another reason is that our offensive coordinator Todd Haley has never developed players in a system, he has always been handed all-pros the two stops he was successful, Pittsburgh and Arizona.

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There is a little pizza place in Avon called In Forno, and it is fantastic.  Erin and I went there and had a wonderful time, it is family owned which we absolutely love and they make you feel apart of the family as soon as you walk in there.  They specialize in wood-fired pizzas and salads, they do have some beers but alcohol selection is limited.  We both had arugula salads which were fantastic.  Erin had the pepperoni pizza and I had the Di Parma, both were excellent with fresh ingredients.  The pepperoni on the pizza was big and you could tell it wasn’t like the pepperoni from the chain pizza places.  The Di Parma has tomato sauce, prosciutto, grated mozzarella, garlic, olive oil, and arugula, all ingredients were fresh and very tasty.  In Forno is a little pricey but I believe it is well worth it once and a while.  I would not go there every time I wanted pizza but when I want a good specialty pizza we are definitely going to In Forno.  On the Shamrock scale, I give In Forno ☘️☘️☘️ for alcohol selection lacking and being a little expensive.

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This weekend Erin is going away on Saturday, so every time she goes away I make her a treat so that she will come back to me and Hank. This weekend I am making ribs on the Big Green Egg, they are her favorite, plus it gives me a chance to practice for Easter and the neighborhood rib burn off this summer.  We bought three slabs of baby back ribs at Costco this week.  The rub I am going to use on the ribs is Three Little Pigs All-Purpose and Three Little Pigs Sweet.  I will prepare the ribs by squirting yellow mustard all over them and rubbing it on them and then adding the two rubs.  After I get the Big Green Egg to 300* I will place the ribs in a V rack and place the V rack in a drip pan, I will then cook them for 2.5-3hrs or until the meat registers an internal temperature of 190*.  Then I will raise the Egg temperature to 500* place the ribs directly on the grid and baste with the BBQ sauce every few minutes for 5-7 minutes.  Then I will transfer to a platter and serve to Erin immediately.  The final product will be pictured here on Sunday.

As of this writing, there are 27 days until opening day.

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Until Sunday which will include foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog initial mock draft and a preview of conference tournaments and the conclusion of Big Ten tournament and of course the ribs and how they turned out.

Until Sunday Love you guys!

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Big changes coming to the NCAA in all sports and in my opinion basketball is just the tip of the iceberg.  With Sean Miller getting caught by FBI wiretap offering a $100K payoff to a top recruit, coupled with the Yahoo! report, a lot of top NCAA coaches have to be shaking in their boots.  I along with probably a lot of the nation just assumed that most major schools were cheating for these top recruits.  I believe that cheating has gone on long before, but the advent of the one and done rule has really exasperated the situation.  There are a number of reasons that the cheating occurs, one is that the Head Coaches are making millions of dollars and the assistant coaches are making hundreds of thousands of dollars to coach basketball and will bend and break rules to keep that job.  Once they get caught, however, they are still paid and allowed to go coach somewhere else, which is flat out wrong and needs to be changed.  If a coach whether Head or Assistant gets caught knowingly committing a major rules violation, they should never be allowed to coach at an NCAA institution no matter what division ever again.  I can not fully take credit for this take as I heard Dan Dakich this morning on “Pardon My Take” say the exact same thing.  This would give the coaches pause before knowingly breaking a rule because then the only places they could go coach would be the NBA, High School, or overseas.  Secondly, AAU coaches are scumbags, the majority of them, some are good but most of them are scum.  They will fly players all over the country in the name of winning.  The coaches get money from the shoe companies and the team’s sponsors.  The coaches then, in turn, push these players to schools that wear the shoes of the company paying them.  It is a huge scam and the only one that gets hurt are the players and the schools.  Thirdly, the agents are terrible human beings trying to get to these kids early because they know they are getting drafted.  The agents use these “runners” to bring the athlete cash and clothes, etc. they are terrible chasing down these collegiate athletes and knowingly breaking the rules to try and make a buck off of them once they turn pro.  Fourth, the NCAA needs to gain some common sense.  If the agent wants to buy the young man and his family dinner the athlete should not be punished.  They should establish an amount that makes sense and the agent should be allowed to take them out to dinner, this goes for boosters too.   Fifth, and probably the most important get rid of the one and done rule.  This is the dumbest rule in sports!  Let these guys go directly to the NBA if they want too.  The problem is that everyone blames this rule on the NCAA, but it is really the NBA that mandates the draft age.  This rule has done nothing but kill college basketball teams, they can not build a champion. The Champion usually has a couple of the one and dones that are stars.  The NCAA needs to work with the NBA and establish the same model as baseball uses.  You can go right away to the pros, but if you take that scholarship you are committing to college for at least three years.  Make this universal also in all sports that you receive money for, aka football.  I know a lot of people say that high school cannot go straight into the pros because of the difference in bodies and maturity, who cares if a guy thinks he can do it let him try they know what they are giving up if it doesn’t work.  I can think of at least three guys that could have done it, Clarrett, Clowney, and Marcus Lattimore just off of the top of my head.  What makes me sad are the guys that are missing out on scholarships because a guy is taking one up for a year.  I am interested to see what will happen to the media darling Coach K if and when this investigation turns up that he has sold his soul to the devil to win with the one and dones.

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I have been squarely on the side of the players in college do not need to be paid.  I feel that them getting a free education is good enough and the fact that about 1% of the athletes could make money off of their likeness had me convinced that they did not need to be paid.  Can you imagine getting a free education and entering the workforce debt free as a 23-year-old?  That to me is a payment, and proponents of athletes will say they earned that scholarship, which I do not disagree.  Let’s not forget that they also get exclusive rights to use the $50+ million athletic facility that houses everything that they need for free also while they are at school.  They also get to wear team-issued gear, which they get to keep, which is top of the line stuff from Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour.  Alas, I have come to a new conclusion, and a few of my neighbors and I had a spirited debate on this subject Saturday.  I feel that the athletes should be able to make money off of their likeness if the bookstore is going to sell a jersey with their number on it the athlete should get a cut.  I feel they should also be able to sell their autographs at a legitimate signing session, not charging for random signings just do not sign outside of your signings. One of my buddies suggested that lesser-known players would not benefit from this, I disagree I think that if Ohio State’s center from Austintown held a signing in Youngstown people would come out and pay him for his autograph.  They may not benefit as much but I believe that they would still be able to benefit some.  There you have it I believe that I solved all that is wrong with the NCAA and paying athletes, yeah right!

On Friday, expect a resolution that will impact the college football playoff.  I have a radical idea that will make every game important.  I think you will like it.  Then on Sunday, I will have the first mock draft.   Oh and 30 days till opening day, let’s go!  See you then, love you guys! Cheers! 🍀

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Pork Butts!!

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Well, Monday and Tuesday were nice mid 60’s creeping into 70, and then Wednesday hit.  I left the house around 6am and the temperature in the car read 51, so of course, I do not have a coat on.  When I leave school the temperature says 38, wish I had a coat.  Anyway, spring is getting closer as the Cleveland Indians are playing their first spring training game today against the Reds.  Baseball is back, and summer is around the corner, thank goodness!  The best thing the Indians have done in recent years is the get-away games in the middle of the week at noon.  These games are right up my alley, they are usually over in 2-2:30, perfect home by 5-5:30 in time for dinner or a round of golf.  I plan on attending at least 3-4 of these games this summer.

Speaking of golf, I cannot wait to get out and play this summer.  I plan on taking a few lessons this year before the season, so if you have anybody that you like to recommend feel free to let me know, thanks in advance.  I am so excited that Tiger Woods is playing this week at the Honda Classic.  He played last week at the Genisis Open, so playing two weeks in a row means that he is healthy, doesn’t mean he will win like he did in the early 2000s but he is healthy.  As I said in an earlier edition of foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog it is impossible for Tiger to be that dominant again, because of the number of great players that there is today.  The other day Rory McIlroy, one of my favorites, said he had never seen a crowd like the one that followed him and Tiger last Thursday and Friday.  The great players today do not have any recollection of the greatness that was Tiger Woods, his mystique was all part of his intimidation before they teed off.  I ordered a t-shirt from Barstool Sports that has the Tiger fist pump silhouette in green and yellow and says “Make Sundays Great Again!”  I can not wait for the scene at Augusta this year especially if Tiger is playing well and contending for tournaments.  Tiger Woods love him or hate him makes golf better, here is hoping for a great Masters Tournament. On a side note does anyone else have a better job than Jim Nance?  Back to back weekends, he calls the Final Four and the Masters, I would trade with him tomorrow!

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On Wednesday night Erin and I were out and were hungry, or as she would say, “I’m getting Hangry!” We were trying to decide where to go and it was between Five Guys, always a good choice and quick to I might add, then she brought up Parker’s in Avon Lake, so that is where we ended up.  Parker’s has a great atmosphere and Wednesday night they had live music, nothing big but a guy with a guitar that could sing, it was nice.  Sometimes you go to those places with live music and it sucks, the music is too loud and you end up screaming at each other or not talking at all, but Wednesday was perfect.  We both got salads, I got the grilled chicken cobb salad and Erin got the steak salad.  My salad was great a generous portion of the usual bacon, eggs, feta cheese, tomatoes, and avocado, which I have grown fond of, and I got blue cheese dressing instead of ranch.  The lettuce was crisp, which makes a salad in my opinion soggy lettuce is the worst.  All of the ingredients were fresh and tasted fantastic.  I got water to drink was thinking maybe a beer but I changed my mind. Our waitress was amazing and was seemingly very good at her job.  She came over to the table to see if we needed anything just enough times not to get annoying, it was a lovely meal, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  On the Shamrock scale, I give Parker’s in Avon Lake. ☘️☘️☘️☘️ We will definitely be back!

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On Wednesday, I get a text from Erin that reads, “Do not kill me, but I signed us up for something!”  I had to make 20lbs of pulled pork for a party on Saturday night.  This is one of my favorite things to do, no idea why she thought I’d be mad.  Thursday on the way home from school I swung by T.L. Keller’s Meats in Litchfield, Oh to pick up the pork butts.  If you are anywhere near Litchfield I highly recommend getting meat from Keller’s, it is a family-owned business where all the animals are grass fed, they cut out the middleman so the prices are a ton better than the grocery store, on the Shamrock scale, I give Keller’s.☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️ I digress, I got the pork butts ready Thursday night and put into the refrigerator overnight.  I injected each butt four times with a mixture of Three Little Pigs Championship rub and water, each injection went into a fat seam which will allow the injection to spread throughout the inside of the butt.  Then I rubbed each butt down with yellow mustard, bought from Aldi’s for $.69, and then sprinkled Three Little Pigs all over the butt as a base and then topped it with Three Little Pigs Sweet for it to form the great crust that is the signature of pulled pork. Here is a picture of the butts before I put them in the refrigerator:

 Friday night I put them on the smoker at 225*, after they had been in the refrigerator for about 24 hours.  I feel that the colder the meat is the better smoke flavor that the meat is able to absorb while smoking.  The butts only cooked for about 12 hours which was faster than I thought, but they turned out delicious.  The picture is only one since I forgot to take a pic of the second too, sorry.

I use a Green Mountain Daniel Boone Pellet Smoker, I love it and get the same amount of smoke flavor through the preparation of the meat as I would if I used a charcoal and wood smoker.  The preparation of the meat is key to achieving the quality product that you want.  Also, a great resource on social media is my man, @ChrisMarksBBQ, I have only physically meat him once, last year at a class he held at The Heat Exchange in North Ridgeville. Anytime I hit him up on Facebook or Twitter with a question he is quick to reply with a great answer it doesn’t matter whether it is a holiday or not.  I would also like to thank my other inspiration @HankBrock7, watching him cook and the pure joy and pride he took in it was one of the reasons that after I got married and moved into a neighborhood I really wanted to start smoking and BBQing.  Thank you guys for all of your help and inspiration.

Next Friday is the NFL Combine so expect the first annual foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog mock draft next Sunday, complete with trades and all sorts of goodies.

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Until Sunday Love you guys!

Cheers! 🍀