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  1. Well, the list of preliminary nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 came out earlier today. Here's the list: Quarterbacks Randall Cunningham Jake Delhomme Boomer Esiason Jeff Garcia Dave Krieg Donovan McNabb Steve McNair Running Backs Shaun Alexander Mike Alstott Tiki Barber Earnest Byner Larry Centers Corey Dillon Eddie George Priest Holmes Steven Jackson Jamal Lewis Eric Metcalf Lorenzo Neal Fred Taylor Herschel Walker Ricky Watters Brian Westbrook Wide Receivers Anquan Boldin Troy Brown Donald Driver Henry Ellard Devin Hester Torry Holt Joe Horn Andre Johnson Chad Johnson Derrick Mason Muhsin Muhammad Andre Rison Jimmy Smith Rod Smith Steve Smith Hines Ward Reggie Wayne Wes Welker Tight Ends Dallas Clark Ben Coates Brent Jones Heath Miller Wesley Walls Offensive Linemen Willie Anderson Matt Birk Tony Boselli Lomas Brown Ruben Brown D'Brickashaw Ferguson Kevin Glover Jordan Gross Olin Kreutz Jake Long Nick Mangold Logan Mankins Jesse Sapolu Jeff Saturday Chris Snee Brian Waters Richmond Webb Erik Williams Steve Wisniewski Defensive Linemen John Abraham Jared Allen La'Roi Glover Casey Hampton Robert Mathis Leslie O'Neal Michael Dean Perry Simeon Rice Richard Seymour Justin Smith Neil Smith Greg Townsend Justin Tuck Vince Wilfork Kevin Williams Bryant Young Linebackers Cornelius Bennett Lance Briggs Tedy Bruschi London Fletcher Seth Joyner Willie McGinest Sam Mills Hardy Nickerson Sr. Takeo Spikes Pat Swilling Zach Thomas DeMarcus Ware Patrick Willis Defensive Backs Eric Allen Ronde Barber Dre Bly LeRoy Butler Nick Collins Antonio Cromartie Merton Hanks Rodney Harrison Albert Lewis Tim McDonald Allen Rossum Asante Samuel Bob Sanders Charles Tillman Troy Vincent Adrian Wilson Darren Woodson Punters/Kickers Gary Anderson Jeff Feagles John Kasay Sean Landeta Ryan Longwell Reggie Roby Matt Turk Special Teams Josh Cribbs Mel Gray Brian Mitchell Steve Tasker If you ask me, DeMarcus Ware should technically be listed as a defensive lineman, since he was a finalist for the NFL 100 Anniversary All-Time as a defensive end. He's definitely a shoo-in for Canton. Another guy that should be a lock is Devin Hester. I'll throw in a couple of other names which I'll be surprised of they don't make it at least to the semifinal round: Mel Gray and Brian Mitchell. Those three names are three of the greatest return specialists of All-time. Keep in mind that Cliff Branch is the Senior Finalist, Dick Vermeil is the Coach Finalist & Art McNally is the Contributor Finalist for the Hall of Fame. Looking at the list, who do you think has a legitimate shot at making the Hall of Fame in 2022?
  2. i have some very sad news to report to Vikings fans: Longtime Hall of Fame Center Mick Tingelhoff passes away over the weekend at the age of 81. He played in 240 career games. He was an All-NFL selection 7 times. He was voted to 6 Pro Bowls. He made the All-Pro team twice. He went in the Hall of Fame as a Senior Nominee in 2015. As far as I'm concerned, Mick Tingelhoff is one of the greatest centers of All-Time. But i want to hear from Vikings fans: What are your favorite memories of Mick Tingelhoff?
  3. I started this on another thread, but I'm going to go ahead & give out my Top 20 for this year. Remember, championship and bowl games not included in regular-season record. 1. Alabama (12-0) 2. Ohio State (12-0) 3. Georgia (12-0) 4. Clemson (11-1; only loss is to Georgia) 5. Oklahoma (12-0) 6. Cincinnati (12-0) 7. Iowa State (11-1; only loss is to Oklahoma) 8. Wisconsin (12-0) 9. USC (12-0) 10. Texas A&M (11-1; only loss is to Alabama) 11. Notre Dame (10-2; losses to Wisconsin & Cincinnati) 12. Washington (12-0) 13. North Carolina (11-1; only loss is to Notre Dame) 14. Indiana (10-2; losses to Cincinnati & Ohio State) 15. Miami (FL) (10-2; losses to Alabama & North Carolina) 16. Iowa (9-3; losses to Indiana, Iowa State & Wisconsin) 17. Oregon (10-2; losses to Ohio State & Washington) 18. Florida (10-2; losses to Alabama & Georgia) 19. Penn State (8-4; losses to Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa & Ohio State) 20. Coastal Carolina (12-0)
  4. Let me go into more detail. Here is my preseason Top 20, and the regular season records that each team will have before conference championship and bowl games: 1. Alabama (12-0) 2. Ohio State (12-0) 3. Georgia (12-0) 4. Clemson (11-1; only loss is to Georgia) 5. Oklahoma (12-0) 6. Cincinnati (12-0) 7. Iowa State (11-1; only loss is to Oklahoma) 8. Wisconsin (12-0) 9. USC (12-0) 10. Texas A&M (11-1; only loss is to Alabama) 11. Notre Dame (9-3; losses to Wisconsin, Cincinnati & USC) 12. Washington (12-0) 13. North Carolina (11-1; only loss is to Notre Dame) 14. Indiana (10-2; losses to Cincinnati & Ohio State) 15. Miami (FL) (10-2; losses to Alabama & North Carolina) 16. Iowa (9-3; losses to Indiana, Iowa State & Wisconsin) 17. Oregon (10-2; losses to Ohio State & Washington) 18. Florida (10-2; losses to Alabama & Georgia) 19. Penn State (8-4; losses to Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa & Ohio State) 20. Coastal Carolina (12-0)
  5. I don't count conference championship & bowl games. I'm just predicting the record during the regular season.
  6. A lot of people are underestimating their defense. James Bradberry has a chance to lead the league in interceptions while Leonard Williams has a chance to be one of the league leaders in sacks.
  7. I'll go ahead and reveal my picks for this season: NFC Division Winners: Rams (13 wins), Packers (13 wins), Buccaneers (11 wins), Cowboys (11 wins) NFC Wild Cards: 49ers (11 wins), Giants (10 wins), Saints (10 wins) AFC Division Winners: Chiefs (12 wins), Browns (12 wins), Bills (11 wins), Titans (11 wins) AFC Wild Cards: Patriots (11 wins), Broncos (11 wins), Ravens (11 wins) Wild Card Playoffs NFC: Cowboys over 49ers, Buccaneers over Giants, Packers over Saints AFC: Titans over Patriots, Bills over Broncos, Browns over Ravens Divisional Playoffs NFC: Packers over Buccaneers, Rams over Cowboys AFC: Browns over Bills, Chiefs over Titans Conference Championships NFC: Rams over Packers AFC: Chiefs over Browns Super Bowl LVI Rams over Chiefs
  8. I know the college football season started last Saturday, but the real action begins this weekend. I might as well give out my Top 20 for the year: 1. Alabama (12-0) 2. Ohio State (12-0) 3. Georgia (12-0) 4. Clemson (11-1) 5. Oklahoma (12-0) 6. Cincinnati (12-0) 7. Iowa State (11-1) 8. Wisconsin (12-0) 9. USC (12-0) 10. Texas A&M (11-1) 11. Notre Dame (9-3) 12. Washington (12-0) 13. North Carolina (11-1) 14. Indiana (10-2) 15. Miami (FL) (10-2) 16. Iowa (9-3) 17. Oregon (10-2) 18. Florida (10-2) 19. Penn State (8-4) 20. Coastal Carolina (12-0)
  9. Art McNally, considered "The Father of Modern Officiating" in the NFL, was selected Tuesday as the Contributor Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2022. If elected when the Hall of Fame Selection Committee meets in early 2022, McNally would become the first on-field official with a Bronzed Bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. McNally, 96, is a graduate of Temple University. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. "Officiating is critical every day for those who work in the game, and the most important part of officiating is integrity," said Bill Polian, a member of the Hall of Fame's Selection Committee and its Contributor Committee. "Art McNally first and foremost is a man of utmost integrity. ... He set up a system of scouting, training, and evaluating officials that is the gold standard for every officiating group in every other sport." McNally served as an NFL official for nine years (Field Judge, 1959; Referee, 1960-67) before he was hired as the NFL's Supervisor of Officials in 1968. Upon his appointment, he installed the first formal program for training and evaluation of football officials in professional sports. He eventually headed a department of five individuals who coordinated and directed a staff of 112 game officials. He was responsible for the scouting, screening, hiring, and grading of the crews that worked each NFL game. McNally is credited with bringing technology to NFL officiating and introduced the highest level of training for the officials by using video and techniques that NFL teams used with players. He introduced an instant replay system to the NFL in 1986, and through his leadership, instant replay has become an accepted and integral part of the game that has spread to all major sports in America. He retired from the NFL in 1991, then accepted a position as Supervisor of Officials for the World League of American Football in 1992. At the same time, he continued to serve as an NFL consultant through 1994. In 1995, McNally returned to the NFL office to work as an Assistant Supervisor of Officials during each football season and continued in that capacity until 2007. He remained an observer of League games through 2015, working with officials on a weekly basis. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue created the Art McNally Award in 2002 to annually honor an NFL game official who exhibits "exemplary professionalism, leadership and commitment to sportsmanship" on and off the field. McNally received the Pro Football Hall of Fame's "Ralph Hay Pioneer Award" in 2012. Does everyone think Art McNally will be the first official to be inducted in Canton in 2022?
  10. I'm listening to ESPN Radio, and they made a good suggestion of where Cam Newton should go: the Texans. I mean, think about it: if and when they decide to trade Deshaun Watson, Cam Newton would make perfect sense to be the starter in Houston. Am I wrong?
  11. Here's the complete list: 100. James Robinson (Jaguars RB) 99. Brandon Graham (Eagles DE) 98. Brandon Scherff (Washington OG) 97. Kyle Juszczyk (49ers FB) 96. Cole Beasley (Bills WR) 95. Tre'Davious White (Bills CB) 94. Jarvis Landry (Browns WR) 93. T.J. Hockenson (Lions TE) 92. Jason Kelce (Eagles C) 91. Corey Davis (Jets WR) 90. Jessie Bates (Bengals S) 89. Tristan Wirfs (Buccaneers OT) 88. Shaquil Barrett (Buccaneers LB) 87. Allen Robinson (Bears WR) 86. Marshon Lattimore (Saints CB) 85. Zack Martin (Cowboys OG) 84. Leonard Williams (Giants DE) 83. Ryan Tannehill (Titans QB) 82. Garett Bolles (Broncos OT) 81. Chris Godwin (Buccaneers WR) 80. Adam Thielen (Vikings WR) 79. Terron Armstead (Saints OT) 78. Jeffery Simmons (Titans DT) 77. Quandre Diggs (Seahawks S) 76. Tyler Lockett (Seahawks WR) 75. Laremy Tunsil (Texans OT) 74. James Bradberry (Giants CB) 73. Trey Hendrickson (Bengals DE) 72. Michael Thomas (Saints WR) 71. Baker Mayfield (Browns QB) 70. Eric Kendricks (Vikings LB) 69. Ryan Kelly (Colts C) 68. Josh Jacobs (Raiders RB) 67. K.J. Wright (Free Agent LB) 66. J.J. Watt (Cardinals DE) 65. Calvin Ridley (Falcons WR) 64. Demario Davis (Saints LB) 63. Fletcher Cox (Eagles DT) 62. A.J. Brown (Titans WR) 61. Chase Young (Washington DE) 60. Corey Linsley (Chargers C) 59. Jason Pierre-Paul (Buccaneers LB) 58. Tyrann Mathieu (Chiefs S) 57. Cameron Heyward (Steelers DT) 56. Justin Herbert (Chargers QB) 55. Keenan Allen (Chargers WR) 54. Grady Jarrett (Falcons DT) 53. Justin Jefferson (Vikings WR) 52. Minkah Fitzpatrick (Steelers S) 51. Za'Darius Smith (Packers LB) 50. George Kittle (49ers TE) 49. J.C. Jackson (Patriots CB) 48. Mike Evans (Buccaneers WR) 47. Stephon Gilmore (Patriots CB) 46. Cameron Jordan (Saints DE) 45. Justin Simmons (Broncos S) 44. Christian McCaffrey (Panthers RB) 43. Lavonte David (Buccaneers LB) 42. Trent Williams (49ers OT) 41. Jaire Alexander (Packers CB) 40. Bradley Chubb (Broncos LB) 39. Kyler Murray (Cardinals QB) 38. Marlon Humphrey (Ravens CB) 37. Darius Leonard (Colts DT) 36. David Bakhtiari (Packers OT) 35. Darren Waller (Raiders TE) 34. Chris Jones (Chiefs DT) 33. Quenton Nelson (Colts OG) 32. Joey Bosa (Chargers DE) 31. Jamal Adams (Seahawks S) 30. Aaron Jones (Packers RB) 29. Julio Jones (Titans WR) 28. Devin White (Buccaneers RB) 27. DeForest Buckner (Colts DT) 26. Nick Chubb (Browns RB) 25. Bobby Wagner (Seahawks LB) 24. Lamar Jackson (Ravens QB) 23. Khalil Mack (Bears LB) 22. DK Metcalf (Seahawks WR) 21. Fred Warner (49ers LB) 20. Dalvin Cook (Vikings RB) 19. Budda Baker (Cardinals S) 18. Deshaun Watson (Texans QB) 17. Xavien Howard (Dolphins CB) 16. Myles Garrett (Browns DE) 15. Tyreek Hill (Chiefs WR) 14. Alvin Kamara (Saints RB) 13. Jalen Ramsey (Rams CB) 12. Russell Wilson (Seahawks QB) 11. Stefon Diggs (Bills WR) 10. Josh Allen (Bills QB) 9. T.J. Watt (Steelers LB) 8. DeAndre Hopkins (Cardinals WR) 7. Tom Brady (Buccaneers QB) 6. Davante Adams (Packers WR) 5. Travis Kelce (Chiefs TE) 4. Derrick Henry (Titans RB) 3. Aaron Rodgers (Packers QB) 2. Aaron Donald (Rams DT) 1. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs QB) Does everyone think the players got this list right?
  12. Myles Garrett and Jalen Ramsey have already been revealed.
  13. Earlier today, NFL Network's Adam Rank gave out his prediction for the Top 10 names on the list. Here it is: 10. Josh Allen 9. DeAndre Hopkins 8. T.J. Watt 7. Davante Adams 6. Aaron Rodgers 5. Derrick Henry 4. Travis Kelce 3. Patrick Mahomes 2. Aaron Donald 1. Tom Brady Is that how the list will come out? We'll find out tomorrow afternoon. But, I want to hear from everyone else: How would you rank those 10 names?
  14. Former Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch and 15-year NFL head coach Dick Vermeil were selected Tuesday as the Senior Finalist and Coach Finalist, respectively, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2022. Branch, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound speedster, is credited with stretching opposing defenses over 14 seasons in the 1970s and 1980s, helping teammates Fred Biletnikoff and Dave Casper to put together their own Hall of Fame resumes. In 183 regular-season games, Branch caught 501 passes for 8,685 yards (17.3 yards per catch) and 67 touchdowns. Vermeil won 120 games in the regular season, leading the Philadelphia Eagles (1980) and St. Louis Rams (1999) to Super Bowl appearances. His "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV 23-16 over the Tennessee Titans. "Cliff Branch changed the game," Mark Davis, principal owner of the Raiders, said upon receiving a congratulatory phone call from David Baker, President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Safeties had to be aware of him." Branch was especially dangerous in the playoffs. In 22 career postseason games, he caught 73 passes for 1,289 yards (17.7 average) and scored five touchdowns. A three-time Super Bowl champion, Branch led the NFL in touchdowns twice and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards twice. He led the league with 1,092 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns in an All-Pro 1974 season. Overall, Branch was named All-Pro three times and selected to play in four Pro Bowls. Vermeil had been a longtime college and pro assistant when he became head coach at UCLA (1974-75). He used a 15-5-3 record as a springboard to the head coaching job in Philadelphia. His ability to reconstruct the culture of the long-struggling franchise produced a winning record and playoff appearance by his third year. His success in St. Louis followed a similar three-year timeline. Vermeil also coached for five seasons in Kansas City. Overall, his teams won 10 or more games six times. Does everyone think that both Cliff Branch and Dick Vermeil will be in the Hall of Fame in 2022?
  15. Here's the updated list: 100. James Robinson (Jaguars RB) 99. Brandon Graham (Eagles DE) 98. Brandon Scherff (Washington OG) 97. Kyle Juszczyk (49ers FB) 96. Cole Beasley (Bills WR) 95. Tre'Davious White (Bills CB) 94. Jarvis Landry (Browns WR) 93. T.J. Hockenson (Lions TE) 92. Jason Kelce (Eagles C) 91. Corey Davis (Jets WR) 90. Jessie Bates (Bengals S) 89. Tristan Wirfs (Buccaneers OT) 88. Shaquil Barrett (Buccaneers LB) 87. Allen Robinson (Bears WR) 86. Marshon Lattimore (Saints CB) 85. Zack Martin (Cowboys OG) 84. Leonard Williams (Giants DE) 83. Ryan Tannehill (Titans QB) 82. Garett Bolles (Broncos OT) 81. Chris Godwin (Buccaneers WR) 80. Adam Thielen (Vikings WR) 79. Terron Armstead (Saints OT) 78. Jeffery Simmons (Titans DT) 77. Quandre Diggs (Seahawks S) 76. Tyler Lockett (Seahawks WR) 75. Laremy Tunsil (Texans OT) 74. James Bradberry (Giants CB) 73. Trey Hendrickson (Bengals DE) 72. Michael Thomas (Saints WR) 71. Baker Mayfield (Browns QB) 70. Eric Kendricks (Vikings LB) 69. Ryan Kelly (Colts C) 68. Josh Jacobs (Raiders RB) 67. K.J. Wright (Free Agent LB) 66. J.J. Watt (Cardinals DE) 65. Calvin Ridley (Falcons WR) 64. Demario Davis (Saints LB) 63. Fletcher Cox (Eagles DT) 62. A.J. Brown (Titans WR) 61. Chase Young (Washington DE) 60. Corey LInsley (Chargers C) 59. Jason Pierre-Paul (Buccaneers LB) 58. Tyrann Mathieu (Chiefs S) 57. Cameron Heyward (Steelers DT) 56. Justin Herbert (Chargers QB) 55. Keenan Allen (Chargers WR) 54. Grady Jarrett (Falcons DT) 53. Justin Jefferson (Vikings WR) 52. Minkah Fitzpatrick (Steelers S) 51. Za'Darius Smith (Packers LB) 50. George Kittle (49ers TE) 49. J.C. Jackson (Patriots CB) 48. Mike Evans (Buccaneers WR) 47. Stephon Gilmore (Patriots CB) 46. Cameron Jordan (Saints DE) 45. Justin Simmons (Broncos S) 44. Christian McCaffrey (Panthers RB) 43. Lavonte David (Buccaneers LB) 42. Trent Williams (49ers OT) 41. Jaire Alexander (Packers CB) 40. Bradley Chubb (Broncos LB) 39. Kyler Murray (Cardinals QB) 38. Marlon Humphrey (Ravens CB) 37. Darius Leonard (Colts LB) 36. David Bakhtiari (Packers OT) 35. Darren Waller (Raiders TE) 34. Chris Jones (Chiefs DT) 33. Quenton Nelson (Colts OG) 32. Joey Bosa (Chargers DE) 31. Jamal Adams (Seahawks S) 30. Aaron Jones (Packers RB) 29. Julio Jones (Titans WR) 28. Devin White (Buccaneers LB) 27. DeForest Buckner (Colts DT) 26. Nick Chubb (Browns RB) 25. Bobby Wagner (Seahawks LB) 24. Lamar Jackson (Ravens QB) 23. Khalil Mack (Bears LB) 22. DK Metcalf (Seahawks WR) 21. Fred Warner (49ers LB) 20. Dalvin Cook (Vikings RB) 19. Budda Baker (Cardinals S) 18. Deshaun Watson (Texans QB) 17. Xavien Howard (Dolphins CB) 16. Myles Garrett (Browns DE) 15. Tyreek Hill (Chiefs WR) 14. Alvin Kamara (Saints RB) 13. Jalen Ramsey (Rams CB) 12. Russell Wilson (Seahawks QB) 11. Stefon Diggs (Bills WR) By process of elimination, here are the remaining 10 names: Aaron Rodgers Josh Allen Patrick Mahomes Tom Brady Derrick Henry DeAndre Hopkins Davante Adams Travis Kelce T.J. Watt Aaron Donald How do you expect those 10 names to be listed next Saturday?
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