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  1. As most of us all know, the XFL returns for its' 2nd version this coming weekend. Yes, I know the league didn't do jack almost 20 years ago, but does anyone actually believe it will do better this time around? Vince McMahon is the Donald Trump of the sports world. He didn't learn his lesson almost 20 years ago when he first had the XFL? If you're in a market that features an XFL franchise, then I'm sorry, the same thing is going to happen now like it did almost 20 years ago, and that includes my hometown of St. Louis, who, of all markets, should know this better than anyone. Of course, as we all know, St. Louis is responsible for taking the NFL for granted not once, but twice, and driving the NFL out of town. I hope that every market that has a current XFL franchise for this season suffers the same fate that happened almost 20 years ago, and that is to go one season and, after that, the league folds its tent, and Vince McMahon learns his lesson not to venture outside the world of professional wrestling! I mean, seriously, does anybody think the XFL is going to be different now than it was almost 20 years ago? NO WAY!!!!
  2. Well, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced 3/4 of its' inductees earlier this week by selecting the 15 members of the Centennial Slate: Coaches-Bill Cowher, Jimmy W. Johnson Contributors-Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, George Young Seniors-Harold Carmichael, Jim Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie, Ed Sprinkle Now, here the remaining 15 Modern-Era Finalists that are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Steve Atwater Tony Boselli Isaac Bruce LeRoy Butler Alan Faneca Torry Holt Steve Hutchinson Edgerrin James John Lynch Sam Mills Troy Polamalu Richard Seymour Zach Thomas Reggie Wayne Bryant Young Out of the 15 Modern-Era Finalists, only 5 will make join the 15 members of the Centennial Slate to make up the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020, so I have a couple of questions. First, does everyone agree with the Centennial Slate of this year's class? And second, which five Modern-Era Finalists will complete the Class of 2020?
  3. I've been doing some thinking, and I think I've got an idea of how this year's playoffs will shape up, and who's going to win. So, without further adieu, here's who's going to win each game and what the final score is going to be for each game of the playoffs: AFC Wild Card Playoff Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans Final Score: Texans 22, Bills 20 AFC Wild Card Playoff Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots Final Score: Patriots 23, Titans 20 NFC Wild Card Playoff Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints Final Score: Saints 30, Vikings 24 (OT) NFC Wild Card Playoff Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles Final Score: Eagles 30, Seahawks 24 (OT) NFC Divisional Playoff Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers Final Score: 49ers 26, Eagles 22 AFC Divisional Playoff Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens Final Score: Ravens 29, Texans 21 AFC Divisional Playoff New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs Final Score: Chiefs 23, Patriots 21 NFC Divisional Playoff New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers Final Score: Packers 24, Saints 22 AFC Championship Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Final Score: Ravens 27, Chiefs 23 NFC Championship Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers Final Score: 49ers 25, Packers 21 Super Bowl LIV San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens Final Score: Ravens 26, 49ers 24
  4. Yesterday, the list of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was announced. Here's the list: Steve Atwater Tony Boselli Isaac Bruce LeRoy Butler Alan Faneca Torry Holt Steve Hutchinson Edgerrin James John Lynch Sam Mills Troy Polamalu Richard Seymour Zach Thomas Reggie Wayne Bryant Young Now, keep in mind about the centennial finalists for this year: Coaches Finalists Don Coryell Bill Cowher Tom Flores Mike Holmgren Jimmy W. Johnson Buddy Parker Dan E. Reeves Dick Vermeil Contributors Finalists Bud Adams Ralph Hay Frank "Bucko" Kilroy Art McNally Art Modell Clint Murchison Steve Sabol Seymour Siwoff Paul Tagliabue George Young Senior Finalists Cliff Branch Harold Carmichael Jim Covert Roger Craig Bobby Dillon LaVern Dilweg Ox Emerson Randy Gradishar Cliff Harris Winston Hill Cecil Isbell Alex Karras Verne Lewellen Tommy Nobis Drew Pearson Donnie Shell Duke Slater Mac Speedie Ed Sprinkle Al Wistert Out of all these finalists, who do you think has the best chance of making it into Canton this year?
  5. I hate to start the new year with bad news, but former Bengals and Buccaneers coach Sam Wyche died earlier today at the age of 74. I'm not sure what the cause of death was as I'm still learning details. As far as I'm concerned, what Sam Wyche will always be remembered for was when he was coaching the Bengals and people were throwing junk out onto the field and Wyche got on the microphone and said, "Will the next person that sees anybody throw something out onto this field, point 'em out and get 'em out of here. You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!" Is that what he's going to be remembered most for or not?
  6. I'm watching ESPN right now, and they just flashed the news that former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away earlier today at age 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month. He was in charge of the league from 1984 to 2014, and the NBA flourished under his leadership. In my opinion, he was the greatest commissioner in NBA history. What will be your favorite memory of David Stern?
  7. I don't know if anyone's been paying attention, but for the past six weeks, NFL Network has been revealing the NFL 100 All-Time Team. Well, they just completed the list last night. And now, without further adieu, here's the NFL 100 All-Time Team, along with the honorable mentions for each position. Running Backs Jim Brown Emmitt Smith Eric Dckerson Barry Sanders O.J. Simpson Gale Sayers Earl "Dutch" Clark Steve Van Buren Lenny Moore Walter Payton Marion Motley Earl Campbell Honorable Mentions Marcus Allen Jerome Bettis Tony Dorsett Marshall Faulk Harold "Red" Grange Franco Harris Hugh McElhenny Bronko Nagurski Adrian Peterson Jim Taylor Thurman Thomas LaDainian Tomlinson Linebackers Ray Lewis Derrick Brooks Junior Seau Dick Butkus Bobby Bell Willie Lanier Lawrence Taylor Joe Schmidt Chuck Bednarik Ted Hendricks Jack Ham Jack Lambert Honorable Mentions Harry Carson Bill George Kevin Greene Clarke Hinkle Sam Huff Luke Kuechly Von Miller Ray Nitschke Dave Robinson Mike Singletary Derrick Thomas Brian Urlacher Dave Wilcox Defensive Ends Doug Atkins Bruce Smith Reggie White Bill Hewitt Gino Marchetti Deacon Jones Lee Roy Selmon Honorable Mentions Willie Davis Carl Eller Len Ford Howie Long Julius Peppers Andy Robustelli Michael Strahan DeMarcus Ware J.J. Watt Jack Youngblood Defensive Tackles Junious "Buck" Buchanan John Randle Joe Greene Merlin Olsen Bob Lilly Randy White Alan Page Honorable Mentions Curley Culp Art Donovan Cortez Kennedy Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb Leo Nomellini Warren Sapp Tom Sestak Ernie Stautner Bill Willis Cornerbacks Deion Sanders Dick "Night Train" Lane Mike Haynes Willie Brown Mel Blount Rod Woodson Darrell Green Honorable Mentions Herb Adderley Champ Bailey Lem Barney Jimmy E. Johnson Patrick Peterson Mel Renfro Darrelle Revis Aeneas Williams Charles Woodson Safeties Emlen Tunnell Larry Wilson Ken Houston Ed Reed Jack Christiansen Ronnie Lott Honorable Mentions Brian Dawkins Kenny Easley Paul Krause Yale Lary Troy Polamalu Johnny Robinson Donnie Shell Willie Wood Kickers Adam Vinatieri Jan Stenerud Honorable Mentions Morten Andersen Lou Groza Punters Ray Guy Shane Lechler Honorable Mentions Yale Lary Jerrel Wilson Return Specialists Billy "White Shoes" Johnson Devin Hester Honorable Mentions Mel Gray Brian Mitchell Offensive Tackles Walter Jones Jonathan Ogden Roosevelt Brown Cal Hubbard Anthony Munoz Art Shell Forrest Gregg Honorable Mentions Bob "The Boomer" Brown Lou Creekmur Dan Dierdorf Ron Mix Orlando Pace Willie Roaf Bob St. Clair Joe Thomas Ron Yary Offensive Guards Larry Allen Randall McDaniel Bruce Matthews Gene Upshaw John Hannah Dan Fortmann Jim Parker Honorable Mentions Joe DeLamielleure Jerry Kramer Larry Little Tom Mack Mike Michalske Mike Munchak Will Shields Dick Stanfel Tight Ends Tony Gonzalez Kellen Winslow John Mackey Mike Ditka Rob Gronkowski Honorable Mentions Dave Casper Antonio Gates Ron Kramer Ozzie Newsome Charlie Sanders Shannon Sharpe Jason Witten Centers Mel Hein Dwight Stephenson Mike Webster Jim Otto Honorable Mentions Dermontti Dawson Jim Langer Jim Ringo Mick Tingelhoff Clyde "Bulldog" Turner Wide Receivers Jerry Rice Randy Moss Lance Alworth Paul Warfield Elroy Hirsch Don Hutson Raymond Berry Larry Fitzgerald Steve Largent Marvin Harrison Honorable Mentions Fred Biletnikoff Cris Carter Tom Fears Bob Hayes Michael Irvin Calvin Johnson Charlie Joiner Dante Lavelli James Lofton Don Maynard Terrell Owens Pete Pihos John Stallworth Charley Taylor Quarterbacks Tom Brady Brett Favre Peyton Manning Joe Montana Sammy Baugh Otto Graham Johnny Unitas Roger Staubach John Elway Dan Marino Honorable Mentions Troy Aikman Terry Bradshaw Drew Brees Dan Fouts Bobby Layne Sid Luckman Joe Namath Aaron Rodgers Bart Starr Fran Tarkenton Norm Van Brocklin Steve Young Coaches Paul Brown Bill Belichick Chuck Noll Joe Gibbs George Halas Tom Landry Curly Lambeau Vince Lombardi Don Shula Bill Walsh Honorable Mentions Guy Chamberlin Tony Dungy Weeb Ewbank Sid Gillman Bud Grant Marv Levy John Madden Steve Owen Bill Parcells Fritz Pollard
  8. The other day, the special centennial finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. There are 8 coaches, 10 contributors, and 20 Senior that were selected. Here's the list Coaches Don Coryell Bill Cowher Tom Flores Mike Holmgren Jimmy W. Johnson Buddy Parker Dan E. Reeves Dick Vermeil Contributors Bud Adams Ralph Hay Frank "Bucko" Kilroy Art McNally Art Modell Clint Murchison Steve Sabol Seymour Siwoff Paul Tagliabue George Young Seniors Cliff Branch Harold Carmichael Jim Covert Roger Craig Bobby Dillon LaVern Dilweg Ox Emerson Randy Gradishar Cliff Harris Winston Hill Cecil Isbell Alex Karras Verne Lewellen Tommy Nobis Drew Pearson Donnie Shell Duke Slater Mac Speedie Ed Sprinkle Al Wistert
  9. Another guy that could be a Senior Nominee who should be inducted in 2020 is Ron Kramer. In case you don't know about Ron Kramer, he was a tight end that played with the Packers and the Lions in the late '50s and early '60s. He made the Pro Bowl two times, and was named to the NFL's 50th Anniversary Team in 1969.
  10. I'm watching the Chiefs-Patriots game, and I seen a promo for tonight's episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, and apparently, Shane McMahon is making guest appearance on tonight's episode. Too bad I'll be watching the Seahawks-Rams game while that's going on!
  11. What's actually going to happen this year is there'll be 5 modern-era nominees, along with 15 senior nominees, coaches and contributors for 2020. Some of the Senior Nominees I'd like to see in are: Tom Sestak, Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, Donnie Shell, Jerrel Wilson, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson. However, I'm not sure if White Shoes would count due to the fact that he was listed as a return specialist, and there isn't a special wing for those guys. I do know that Sestak and Lipscomb were defensive tackles, Donnie Shell was a safety, and Jerrel Wilson was a punter. Why none of those guys are in yet is beyond me.
  12. I meant to post this earlier in the week, but the list of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was released earlier this week. Here's the list: Steve Atwater Carl Banks Ronde Barber Tony Boselli Isaac Bruce LeRoy Butler Alan Faneca Torry Holt Steve Hutchinson Edgerrin James John Lynch Clay Matthews Jr. Sam Mills Troy Polamalu Simeon Rice Richard Seymour Steve Tasker Fred Taylor Zach Thomas Hines Ward Ricky Watters Reggie Wayne Patrick Willis Darren Woodson Bryant Young Keep in mind, these are the Modern-Era Semifinalists that are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. There will be 15 Senior Nominees, but those names have yet to be revealed. Of the 25 names listed above, who do you think has the best chance of getting into Canton in 2020?
  13. I've said this before, and I'll say it again: the Chargers would be better of in Albuquerque than they would anywhere else, and that includes London!
  14. I hate to do this, but I have some sad news for longtime Raiders fans: Super Bowl XI hero Willie Brown passed away today at age 78. He is considered one of the greatest defensive backs of all-time, and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984. But, like I said, he's more known for his 75-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Vikings in Super Bowl XI. Other than that moment, what will you remember most about Willie Brown?
  15. Last season, as we all know, Giannis won MVP. But, as far as MVP for this year, I'm going with the Joker himself, Nikola Jokic. I mean, I look at the lineup for the Denver Nuggets, and I feel there's no reason why they couldn't be in their first-ever NBA Finals next spring to face the Milwaukee Bucks. That's right, I'm going on record, to say that Nuggets will beat the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals, and it's all because of Nikola Jokic. He may not lead the Nuggets to their first-ever NBA championship, but I think 57 wins is more than enough for the Nuggets. Who else besides me is on board with "The Joker" as MVP instead of Giannis and Kawhi?