Memorial Tournament (Wednesday)

Today was a great day for the Peters Family.  Erin was able to secure us tickets to the Memorial Golf Tournament today.  I know it is Wednesday and the Tournament doesn’t officially start until Thursday, but it was the final practice round and the Pro-Am.  Being that it was a practice round we got to see all the Superstars up close and personal.  Tiger Woods was 100 feet from me and I was like a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.  I have written about my adoration of Tiger as a golfer, not a man, a couple weeks before the Masters.  Tiger for guys my age represents the greatest stretch of domination of an athlete ever.  Tiger even after a few down years and stretches where he did not even play is still the one golfer that moves the needle for the sport.  As we were walking in the gate I overheard a kid, who was no more than 7 or 8, say to his Dad, “I want to see Tiger Woods!”  Tiger transcends generations, the way legends are passed down like the story of Paul Bunyan.  I can picture this kid’s Dad sitting his boy down and telling him about the feats of Tiger and showing him videoes of Tiger’s conquests (Golf you sickos!).  The point is we need another Tiger in golf to help bring the young fans to the sport.  I am a football coach and I played football in High School and College and my wife often asks me if we have a son will I push him to football.  My response is no I will let him or her play whatever they want and if I had my choice they would play golf, especially if our child is a girl.  I believe golf has come a long way since I was young and a lot of that has to do with Tiger Woods. On a side note, Tiger’s playing partners included Peyton Manning!  What a day!

We sat at the 16th hole and saw all of the big shots, minus Rory and Dustin Johnson.  We saw Tiger first followed by Justin Thomas, Master’s Champion Patrick Reed (Erin Hates Him), Rickie Fowler (Erin Loves Him!), Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, and finally Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth.  What a day of golf and the best part was sharing my love of the game with Erin.  We have a hard time going to sporting events, we enjoy going to Indians games but she is usually out for football games after September because of weather and does not enjoy the Cavs games because we do not like leaving the house in the winter.  We both enjoyed the golf today she loves the personal stories of the golfers and she forms her opinions based on those stories, hence her hate for Reed and her love for Rickie.  I think the younger stars have a chance to win over a lot of younger fans because of their social media presence as compared to older golfers.  Erin got into a conversation with three guys in front of us today based on how fun it would be to go on spring break with Rickie Fowler because of his SnapChat and Instagram posts.  The crowd at Muirfield as I looked around was considerably older but there were more younger people than I expected to see.  I believe the younger golfers such as Jordan, Rickie, Justin Thomas can connect with fans in a different way with younger golfers.  They are wearing more relevant brands Jordan is wearing Under Armour, Rickie is Puma, and Justin, Rory, and Tiger are wearing Nike.  This is giving fans an opportunity to wear what the pros are wearing as they do in other sports.  Golf will never be able to crack the big three sports, football, basketball, and baseball, but they could hang in there at 4 or 5 with the ability to put their stars out front of the sport and their stories to connect with the fans.  Golf has a bright future and in this bloggers opinion, the groundwork for the future was laid by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

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Happy Memorial Day!!

I have read tweets and Facebook posts from groups and people about what Memorial Day means.  I have read about how Memorial Day is not about a long weekend, parties, and the beginning of summer.  I will argue that is exactly what Memorial Day is!  Memorial Day is not about sitting around mourning the loss of fallen soldiers, it is about celebrating the men and women who were willing to die for your right to have long weekends, parties, and summer fun.  I am a veteran and my wife will attest to this that it makes me feel uncomfortable when people tell me “Thank you for your service!”  I never know how to answer it, I usually just say “Thank you”, but what I really want to say is “Don’t verbally thank me, if you want to thank me exercise the rights that you have that so many have given their lives for.” I believe this is the attitude of most veterans, it upsets me to no end when you have these people celebrate veterans three times a year, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day but yet under half the country will vote.  I gave a speech at the Veteran’s Day assembly at Canfield Middle School about four years ago and the crux of the speech was do not thank a veteran, show them how much you appreciate them by exercising the rights that they have given you.  Therefore I do believe that Memorial Day is about celebrating with parties, golf, and having a great time because we can.  We do not live in China or in Russia and we should be proud of the fact that so many have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, they should be celebrated not mourned for they did not die in vain but they died in the most honorable way possible.  There is nothing more honorable than laying down one’s life so that others, complete strangers, can enjoy the freedoms that this country offers.

This next point seems to many like it might be the exact opposite of what I wrote above but bear with me it will make sense.  The NFL came out with a ruling about the National Anthem “controversy” that they have had the last two years.  The NFL has mandated that if a player wants to not stand during the anthem they should remain in the locker room or be subject to fines.  If they are out of the locker room they are expected to stand for the anthem.  This seems to go against every fiber of the Constitution that many of us have sworn to defend and some have died defending.  The constitution is for everyone not just who we choose can have rights.  This rule is insane, in fact, it is an injustice that they are attempting to take away a player’s right to peacefully protest.  Also, do not tell me that they should keep politics out of sports, the National Anthem and flyovers are political statements that start most sporting events.  I have also heard the argument that “I can’t protest at my job!” to this I answer that these guys are the top 1% of all people that can play in professional football, that is why people always urge them to use their platform to elicit change.  Secondly, if your job is stifling your rights as an American maybe it is time to find another job.  In my opinion, the players and anyone else for that matter should be allowed to exercise their rights however they see fit whether that be kneeling, staying in the locker room.  I am still waiting for someone to explain to me the difference between NFL players kneeling and some random guy walking up the stairs with a beer and nachos to his seat with his hat on during the National Anthem.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, honor fallen veterans by exercising your rights that they have died defending for you.

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Is J.J. Watt the greatest human being on Earth?

We already know that J.J. Watt is a great football player, when healthy he is arguably the best defensive football player playing today.  In his short seven year career, Watt has been a pro bowler 4 times, 4x All-Pro, and 2012, 14, 15 A.P. Defensive POY. The Texans, the only team Watt has played for in his career, have made the playoffs 3 times mainly due to the defense which he is the best player.  He was awarded handsomely with a 6 year $100 million contract with a $30.9 million dollar guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus in 2014. Watt’s greatness is not limited to just between the sidelines, his charity work is also off the charts.

In 2017 Watt won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his philanthropy.  The J.J. Watt Foundation’s mission is to provide after-school sports for middle school-aged children.  The foundation believes that through sports the children can learn the traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance. The popular podcast “Pardon My Take” wanted to have J.J. Watt as one of its guests last summer, and since he has been the butt of more than a few of their jokes he made them raise $50K for his foundation before he would do it.  Well, the award-winning listeners came through and they raised $50K for his charity for the boys and girls sports programs. The foundation’s other mission is also to assist the city of Houston and the surrounding areas recovering from the Hurricane. While other high profile Houstonians like Joel Osteen were locking the people of Houston out as they tried to escape the flood waters Watt was busy raising money, and raise the money he did to the tune of $37 million!  The guy is incredible! He is always willing to help especially if it involves the city of Houston or children.

This brings me to this past week, after the horrible violence in the school in Sante Fe, Texas.  Ten people were killed, eight students and two teachers, and Mr. Watt stepped up and offered to pay for the ten funerals for the victims.  This is another in a long line of great deeds from a great man. The funny thing is he doesn’t only help out when it is a publicized tragedy such as Hurricane Harvey and Santa Fe, but he is always visiting sick people in the hospital and children with cancer that is not as covered by the media.  JJ Watt is not just great at football but he is also great at life and being a good human being. The NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for J.J. Watt is like the NBA MVP for LeBron James, they should get it every year except for the fact that the media wants to spread the wealth around to different players.  

Cheers to you J.J. Watt keep doing what you are doing! Whether you get another sack again or not you have impacted people in ways that you will never realize.  

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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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