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What Should The Cleveland Browns Do With Johnny Manziel?

January 29, 2016

​When the Cleveland  Browns drafted Johnny Manziel many people felt the Cleveland Browns had found their franchise quarterback including the owner of the Browns. After two years the Cleveland Browns are still trying to figure out what to do with Johnny Football. Should the Browns keep him or just trade him away and be gone with all the headaches? Let's look at some of the options the Browns have left with Johnny Manziel.


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There are a few teams that probably would trade for Manziel, but your not going to get a lot for him. Indo not even think the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would give much for him. Most teams will just sit and wait until the Browns release him then go talk to him about playing. Trading him I think maybe tougher them most people think.

Another option is to keep him and try to work with him. New Browns coach Hue Jackson is a guy who will not tolerate players who do not follow the rules. Right now Johnny Football has a problem with following the rules and staying sober it seems. I do not think Jackson and Johnny Manziel will get along at all. This could just make it tougher for both guys.

In the end, I think cutting Johnny Football is probably the best option. It does not seem like he is ever going to change. Getting rid of a cancer like that may help the Browns out a lot. It did not work out for the Cleveland Browns, so it is time to just move on.

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Pete Rose Will Never See Hall Of Fame Anytime Soon

December 14, 2015

​Pete Rose thought a different commissioner might yield a different result, but he got the bad news it does not matter to MLB. In a statement from the commissioner he felt Pete Rose has not changed his life enough to be reinstated anytime soon. This means Rose will not be enshrined anytime soon into the Hall of Fame. Many people feel that Rose should be in the Hall of Fame and I am one of those people.

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Yes, he did bet on baseball, but his ban has been long enough. MLB's all-time hit leader should be in Cooperstown. People make mistakes and put it on his plaque that he bet on baseball for the world to see. The Hall of Fame is for what you did on the field of play. Pete bet on baseball and a lifetime ban looks Iike it means lifetime. I know Pete agreed to it but he is in his 70's and should be given enshrinement for what he gave to the game.

Like him or hate him Pete Rose was a player who left it out on the field of play. You knew when you watched him his best effort was always going to be there win or lose. This is a sad ending to a story that should have ended better for Pete Rose, the fans, and Major League Baseball.

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Michigan State Silence Critics With Big Ten Championship

December 06, 2015

Now all season the talk has been about the SEC, but it looks like the Big Ten this season maybe the best conference and Michigan State is the Big Dog on the block. When the season started if you would told me three Big Ten teams could be ranked in the Top 7 in the college football playoffs I would have called you crazy. When the rankings are released that is a very good possibility. Now the one team that I did not think would make the College Football playoffs is Michigan State, but they really improved their chances with win over Iowa.

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Michigan State is the kind of team that is perfect for the College Football Playoffs this season. They have an offense that does just enough to keep you in a game and oh yes they can get you a long winning drive as well. They did it against two ranked opponents on consecutive games. That is an offense that with Connor Cook you can count on making sound decisions when needed. They have a good running game and receivers who just make catches when they are called upon.

On defense the Spartans have a very good front seven. They rush the quarterback very well and when needed can stop the run. Michigan State is a team that can do it all when needed. They will represent the Big Ten well and could surprise some teams in the College Football Playoffs. I like any matchup the Spartans face of the teams that are left. Could we talk about back to back Big Ten teams as National Champions? It’s very possible as college football is sometimes who is playing the best and not about the best team.

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Mike Riley The Man The Myth The Legend

December 04, 2015

I will admit I have probably been harder on him than any other Nebraska football coach in recent years. The main reason for that is I thought there were better choices out there for the Cornhuskers. Today, we are going to take a closer look at Mike Riley the Man the Myth the Legend and what I see from him and the future of the program.

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Mike Riley does remind me a little like Tom Osborne in a few different ways. Many people do not realize that Tom Osborne felt the pressure until he won some championships. There was a time when people thought the game had passed Tom Osborne by and wanted him replaced. Luckily for Cornhusker fans that was never done. Riley is subdued for the most part like Osborne was as well. Riley’s players play hard for him just like they did for Osborne. The kind of man Riley is I think over time will fit in well with the program. The real question is will the fans give him a chance to get done what he needs to at Nebraska.

As a head coach of a college football program many myths follow a coach around. One of the ones I see with Riley is there is a perception he is not really that emotional, but the opposite is probably true. Tom Osborne was also not real emotional on the sidelines, and he produced championships. Yelling and screaming sometimes does more harm than good. Another myth I seen about Mike Riley is he is not a good recruiter. That is just another myth as what I have seen so far I’m impressed with that aspect of it.

Now as far as a legend he has not reached that kind of status and to be honest he probably never will. If he can turn around the Cornhuskers program he should be well liked in Cornhusker Nation. Not too many coaches reach legend stature, so Mike Riley will have to do something very special to reach that level.

Now if I was giving Mike Riley a grade for this season I would give him a D. I was thinking about a C, but too many close losses. I do like what I see from him after looking at the big picture. I think 2016 will determine if Riley is long term or gone very quickly.

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Five Things The Cornhuskers Must Do In 2016 To Be Successful

December 03, 2015

Going into the 2016 season Nebraska Cornhusker fans should look for five things from Mike Riley and his staff. By looking for these five things Cornhusker fans will be able to tell Riley is making improvements and the program is moving forward. Now we do not need to see all five things right away, but some must be accomplished in 2016 for a successful season. Let’s look at those five things Mike Riley must accomplish in 2016 for the Cornhuskers to improve.

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Tommy Armstrong improvement should be at the top of the list. Armstrong made some horrible mistakes this season, but does have a heart of a lion which I love. His footwork needs improvement and his decision making was atrocious this season. Unless these things are changed Tommy Armstrong will continue to struggle to run the offense consistently.

Another area that fans want to see improvement is the running game. Using the fullback more and getting a consistent running game is crucial to the Husker success. When Nebraska was successful in the past they were able to rack up a lot of running yardage which in turn helped the passing game. Running the ball should also be high on Mike Riley’s must do list.

Defense is something a good college football team must have if they want to compete for championships. In recent years the truth is Nebraska’s defense has been like Swiss cheese. There has been so many holes and it has shown on the field. Running backs on opposing teams it seems for a while were setting records every week. A better all-around effort needs to come if Nebraska wants to get back to championship college football.

Coaching is another thing that also needs to improve a lot. During the season there were a lot of mistakes and Nebraska cannot have that continue. Mike Riley and his staff need to make better decisions when it comes to calls on the field and putting the players in the best position they can to win. In the Iowa game there were some horrible calls that help contribute to the loss. Better decision making must be made.

Lastly, the fans also need to show their support in the right ways. The players are doing the best they can. Many times I see players from Nebraska trashed on Twitter, Facebook and other media outlets. Give them full support win or lose is all I am saying. If Nebraska can get these five things done they will be back on track towards a Big Ten Championship.

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Iowa Is Overrated But Still A Good Football Team

December 02, 2015

Over the last few weeks I have been able to catch some games of the Iowa Hawkeyes and they are a good a very good football team. Do I think they are one of the top four teams in college football I'm not so sure about that one. Let's take a closer look at the Iowa Hawkeyes and what I see from them.As far as a team that does the right things you will be hard pressed to find a better football team. They rarely make mistakes and on the field are very discipline. If you are looking for them to make mistakes it does not happen very often. They are well coached in all phases of the game as well. This is a team that wins games and many times it may not look pretty, but the results in the end is what counts.

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What are the chances they run the table and a perfect season? I just do not see that and I will tell you why. As good as Iowa is the one thing that worries me about them is their ability to adapt to different styles of play. They have good team speed, but teams like Clemson and Alabama have it everywhere. I worry about them being able to play with teams like this in a big time game. The schedule that the Hawkeyes played is not that tough either. I want to see what they do against Michigan State who has a great front seven and can make it tough on you.

No matter what happens you cannot doubt what the Hawkeyes have done. I just do not think they will be able to win a championship with this team. I could be wrong, but only time will tell about that one.

 

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Nebraska Cornhuskers 2016 Schedule Is A Tough One

December 01, 2015

In 2015 the Nebraska Cornhuskers had high hopes, but the season did not go as everyone expected, but it will not get any easier with the 2016 schedule. I thought I would take a peek at it and what I seen in it is very tough. If Nebraska wants a better record than last year they will need to play much better. Let’s take a look at the schedule and you can see why it worries me.

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Nebraska opens up against Fresno State and Wyoming which isn’t too bad at all. The following game though the Huskers welcome the Oregon Ducks to Memorial Stadium. This season Oregon has not played the way they have wanted and this will be a big game for them. Getting a win against this high powered offense definitely will be tough.

Nebraska then travels to Northwestern and home for Illinois. Playing in Northwestern is always tough. From Oct 15 to Nov 5 the Huskers have a tough stretch of games that will define the 2016 campaign. The first game in this set is at Indiana which they are much improved and won’t be easy. Purdue follows this game, but the next two games are killers.

Wisconsin and Ohio State are back to back road games. Winning in both stadiums against these quality teams will be tough. Both should be good in 2016 and getting a win in one of these two games could be next to impossible. The only real tough game left will be the last one against Iowa. In between there are some winnable games for the Cornhuskers.

The bottom line is the 2016 schedule will not be easy and if Nebraska plays like they did in 2015 I see another 5-7 campaign and Huskers fans do not want that to happen. It will be interesting to see how Mike Riley and the Huskers handle this tough schedule in 2016.

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Does Nebraska Deserve A Bowl Bid This Year?

December 01, 2015

The Nebraska Cornhusker football team most likely will be in a bowl game this year with a 5-7 record. Many college football fans do like see a team with a losing record in a bowl game. The reality is there is not enough teams to fill out the 80 slots that are needed, so teams with losing records will be invited to a bowl game. Some schools though do not accept the bowl bid which they have the right to do. Let’s look at the Cornhusker season and see if it warrants a bowl bid.

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Nebraska will get an invite because they have the best rating of the schools with a 5-7 record, so this means an invitation will be forthcoming. The question is should the school accept the bowl invitation. I am on the fence with this one as I do not like seeing schools reward teams with a losing record a bowl trip.  I do feel though Nebraska is a special case and should accept a bowl invite.

If you watch Nebraska this season they lost a lot of close games. If they win those games we would not be talking about it right now. Winning and losing in college football these days can be just one play anymore. Nebraska has played hard all season even though they did not get the results they wanted. The seniors deserve something for their hard work and a trip to a bowl game does not seem out of line. Nebraska will get an invite now we will have to wait and see if Nebraska accepts it.

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Could Ohio State And Stanford Be The Best Two Teams Who Don't Make The College Playoffs

November 30, 2015

With the College Football Playoffs just around the corner could two of the better teams get left out? Yes, Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, and either Michigan State or Iowa look to be locks for the playoffs, but two teams that probably will get left out could be the best in the country. Let's take a look at these two teams.


Stanford has played a good schedule and beat some good teams, but their losses have really hurt them. They did lose to two decent teams in Northwestern and Oregon, but in the committee's eyes those are losses that are hard to forget. As far as a team that can play with anyone the Cardinals can with their great showing against Notre Dame. They have a game against USC for the Pac 12 championship, but probably will be left looking outside when playoff teams are announced.

Ohio State is defending Champions and could not get a chance to defend their championship. The Buckeyes struggled at home against Michigan State and lost 17-14 on a last second kick. The Buckeyes got less than 150 total yards in that game. Ezekiel Elliott only touched the ball 11 times and it showed as the Buckeyes got beat. The following week Elliott touched in a lot in a rout of Michigan. The Ohio State Buckeyes need a lot of help to get in, and look for them not get a chance to defend their title.

This is what happens in the college football system we have right now. If you happen to lose at the wrong time you could find yourself out of it. This is what happen to Stanford and Ohio State. They lost games they shouldn't have and now must get help to get in. This means two of the better teams will have to watch others have a chance at glory.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Is Not That Far Away From Being Good Again

November 30, 2015

Nebraska college football for the longest time was something you could count on year after year. When you looked up at the standings or rankings you knew the Nebraska Cornhuskers would always be at the top. That is not the case anymore as they have gone through many changes at Nebraska. Probably the biggest change was when Tom Osborne retired as Nebraska's coach. He brought a consistency to the program that is not there right now. This is something that the Cornhuskers need to get back to if they want to get back on track. Let's look at the reality of Cornhusker football right now.

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The first thing is the coach Mike Riley. Some people love him some people hate him. I really am on the fence with him, but right now we are stuck with him. He is a good guy and I think he can get it going if he does a few things. One of the biggest things he must do is block out all the noise. Many people will be in his ear about doing this or that. The media will tear him apart when the Cornhuskers struggle it's just part of the job. Riley needs to have a plan and stick to it and he will be fine.

Secondly, Nebraska must get faster on both sides of the ball. Watching them this year you can see many teams have better team speed then the Cornhuskers. This is something that must be addressed when it comes to recruiting. Tommy Armstrong is a quarterback that has a good skill set, but during the off-season he needs to work on his foot work and his decision making. He makes to many mistakes that hurt the Cornhuskers.

Third, Nebraska needs to be able to run the ball much more efficiently. This season the running game was not very good and that must change. If Nebraska can run the ball it opens up the offense much more. Stanley Morgan Jr seems like he is going to be a good receiver option in the future, but we must be able to run the ball or Nebraska will continue to struggle.

Lastly, Nebraska must get better on the defensive side of the ball a well. There was a time when the Cornhuskers were very good on defense and they need to get back to it. Recently, they were able to get a good safety to commit to the team, so that is a start in the right direction.

The bottom line is Mike Riley has a lot of work ahead of him in the off-season. Cornhusker fans are some of the most passionate group around. Bring them a winner Mike Riley and watch how they stand behind you through the good and bad times.

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