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Peters Family is Expanding!

Peters Family is Expanding!

This summer Erin and I embarked on the journey of a lifetime.  Neither of us knew what to expect but we were positive what outcome we wanted to happen.  After getting pregnant in the fall of 2015 and unfortunately having a miscarriage we were ready to give it a go again, for crying outloud, I’m 40 years old I want to still be able to hang during Dad’s weekend when the kids get to college.  In early June just after I had finished school for the year our summer of trips to the Avon Cleveland Clinic commenced.  We were starting IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and we had no idea what to expect but we were willing to take this journey together and see where it ended.  We signed up with a wonderful Dr. at the clinic and her nurses and the fun began.  First off if you ever decide to do this process you and your spouse’s relationship will never be the same, you will be closer than you ever thought and this process will not work unless you really love that other person because your privacy is practically over.  Erin gave herself the shots and took all of the medicine that she had to and we came out with three viable embryos, one great, one good, and one that barely made the cut.  First time around we implanted one, with plans to implant the others at a later date.  Unfortunately, the embryo did not take and it was on to round two.  This time we discussed it and decided to implant both embryos that were left, this gave us a greater chance of getting one baby but also increased our chances of getting multiples, meaning twins.  In August we implanted the two embryos and had to wait two weeks to get an ultrasound to see if they took and would become babies.  All this time I had to give Erin shots in the rear end every morning before I left for school, which I was usually waking her up between 6:30 and 7:00. Not sure if any of you guys have seen my wife in the morning before coffee but I have felt safer doing missions in Iraq than waking her up!

September 4th is a day that I will never forget as we went in to get our ultrasound to find out if the embryos implanted successfully into a pregnancy.  As we sat in the ultrasound room Erin was laying down and her feet in the stirrups, I was sitting beside her and I could see the ultrasound on the screen on the wall, now this is where things took a turn.  As the nurse was scanning her uterus she says”there is one baby”, well on the other side of the screen I could see the exact same image and then she says “…and there’s baby number 2!”  Erin starts crying tears of joy as we were so happy that we were having a baby it was overwhelming us.  I’m not sure if I really remember much of what was said afterward, but when we left the Clinic we went to First Watch for breakfast.  At breakfast, we sat right next to this young couple and Erin told them all about our wonderful news.  Then the Dr. called Erin and her face dropped as she was talking to her.  The Dr. was not in the ultrasound and saw the scan afterward and then called Erin.  She told us that the one embryo split into two babies creating identical twins, but they weren’t sure about the other embryo that they had implanted.  We had to schedule another ultrasound with a high-risk pregnancy Dr. in two weeks, September 18th.  This was the longest two weeks in the history of time.  Every day we would look at each other at least a half a dozen times and say, “what if it is three?”  We would lie in bed and try to figure out a way for one of us to trade-in our vehicle for a mini-van.  Erin was relieved when she found a triplet car seat for the Volvo.  We knew that whatever the lord intended for us to have we would be able to handle because we have a wonderful support network of family and friends.  I’m still giving Erin shots in the butt at this point and her ass looks like a war zone of needle punctures!

September 18th is finally here and we have two appointments, Erin was able to get us into her OBGYN in the morning while we are seeing the high-risk Dr. in the afternoon.  In the moring, the Dr. does an ultrasound and confirms that the babies are in the same placenta, but isn’t sure if they are in the same sac (which would be the worse case) or in their own sac (which is the best case).  We go to the high-risk Dr. in the afternoon and he confirms that the babies are same placenta and separate sacs which is medium risk and best we could have hoped for knowing that they already shared the same placenta.  As we stand now the Peters family is growing by two as we are expecting twins in the spring of 2019.  As of right now, Erin does not want to find out the gender as well as I do not either it will be the greatest surprise of our lives!

Stay tuned and follow foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog as I will be updating how Erin is feeling and how we are preparing for the arrival of the twins in March 2019. Please keep our growing family in our prayers.

Crazy Last Couple of Days

Hand up I am not a supporter of President Trump, I am a democrat and I am pretty liberal, but that being said I do believe that I do possess common sense, intelligence, and most importantly empathy for others.  That being said I am a pretty positive person and I love America and what it means to be an American.  To me, the idea of being an American is lost on a lot of the citizens.  If you were born in America congratulations, you won life’s lottery and are afforded rights and freedoms for nothing more than being born in the right place at the right time.  Therefore instead of flaunting these freedoms and being offended by every little thing that happens, I’m talking to both sides here, how about we be thankful for the blessings that we have and as Jesus said help and look out for the least of our brothers.  Americans need to exercise their rights and demand that our elected officials do better and represent us in a better light for all of the world.

America needs to step up its game in all facets if we are to be seen as a superpower again in the world.  The actions of our government show that they have zero empathy for any of the refugees that are showing up at our borders fleeing violence in their home countries.  The fact that our leaders hide behind the fact that some of these people maybe MS-13 or other gangs is ludicrous! We are a country of immigrants so we as a people owe it to our ancestors to help immigrants and refugees to get to safety and be able to eat, sleep, and live under our blanket of freedom.  The pilgrims were the original refugees fleeing religious persecution and that was when they landed on Plymouth rock.  We as citizens of the United States of America need to stand up and demand that our country take care of the 95% that are here to make a better life for their families and not make them pay because a small percentage of the people may be here for the wrong reasons.

This is not a slam on Donald Trump’s administration, but I am sure that I will get blowback of “That’s the same thing Obama did!”  Which is another problem with our country that both sides of the aisle are content with two wrongs instead of listening and compromising for the betterment of the United States citizens.  I digress this is not the same as when Obama was in the Presidency, in fact, it was not the same as any administration since the law was enacted in 1997.  The law was put in effect to capture and deport dangerous people, the biggest difference is that President Trump broadened the interpretation of the law to include “criminal offenses” which is applicable to anyone trying to enter the country since they would be doing so illegally.  The broader language is not prioritizing criminal offenses, a first-time offense of illegal immigration is a misdemeanor, so everyone is subject to deportation.  When the Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled out his zero-tolerance policy in April the numbers of separations of families at the border skyrocketed because they no longer prioritized crimes, misdemeanors were treated the same as felonies.

What Corey Lewandowski did on the state-run news that is referred to as Fox News is unbelievably disgusting.  Fox was having a debate between Lewandowski, President Trump’s campaign manager, and Former DNC Adviser Zak Petkanas as Petkanas was recounting a story where a 10-year old girl with down syndrome was ripped from the arms of her mother at the border an attempt to try and highlight the atrocities that are occurring at the border.  In the middle of the story, Lewandowski mocks the little girl, her family, and Petkanas by saying “womp, womp”.  At best he has zero feeling for the little girl and her family that are trying to come into the United States for a better life.  At worst he is mocking the child because of her disability, which is of course he thinks is ok since his boss did the same on the campaign trail.  As a guy that has dedicated himself to helping children with disabilities the actions of Lewandowski make me want to puke.  This is the picture of cruelty and bullying of someone that had no power over the way they were born.  Lewandowski tried to come out today and not apologize to the child or the family for his disgraceful actions but rather rationalize them that he was mocking Petkansas.  If this is true, which I doubt, it shows how low mainstream media has fallen that they would allow this type of action on a show that is meant to inform people of the travesty that is happening at the border of our country.  The President should come out and admonish the actions of Lewandowski since he was his campaign manager.  In case you did not see the video I linked it below.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/06/20/corey-lewandowski-womp-womp-response-ath.cnn/video/playlists/family-separations/

After weeks of digging in on his policy that separated families at the border, President Trump today finally after feeling the pressure signed an executive order that will keep more families together.  All though it took a while to find his conscience I do applaud him for signing this order to keep families united.  There are two things that the order does that are good, families are detained together and families cases are moved to the front of the court caseload.  There are also two things that the order does not do reunite families already separated and they do not know how the DHS is going to house them but at least it is a start to reverse this terrible policy.  One of the biggest problems with the previous policy was that children were only allowed to be detained for twenty days so then they were separated from their families and place into the system and therefore very hard to be reunited.  You can imagine the difficulty of reuniting children with their families when the children do not even know their parent’s full names, it takes weeks even months.  President Trump has ordered AG Jeff Sessions to go to the court and get Flores vs Reno overturned so that children can stay with their families for the duration of their detention.  This will go a long way toward solving the problem of family separation.

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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NCAA Basketball

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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! 🍀