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CU at Its Best – No. 13

– CU at Its Best – No. 13         December 25, 1998          Colorado 21, Oregon 17 — Note … This is the eighth in a series of the best CU games of the past 35 seasons. We will be counting down the top 20 games, with a new game each weekend leading up to the season opener against Hawai’i. — Previous submissions: CU at Its Best No. 14 – September...
Via CU at the Game
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pros and cons for the Bills selecting a QB at 50

  SAN ANTONIO, TX – JANUARY 02: Brett Hundley #17 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a touchdown against the Kansas State Wildcats in the first quarter during the Valero Alamo Bowl at Alamodome on January 2, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Bills G.M. hints at drafting a second-day quarterback http://t.co/DX9DFRT4as — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk...
Via Buffalo Wins
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 5 Quarterbacks in Bengals' History

Through a 46-year history of professional football in Cincinnati, there have been some good and bad quarterbacks. This list will count down the Top 5 in Bengals’ History. Sure Akili Smith, David Klingler, Jack Thompson and Gus Frerotte are worth mentioning, but let’s save that for another list. This is all about the successful ones; so without further ado, the top 5.Honorable...
Via Pro Football Spot
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals: Biggest Draft Day Regret In Franchise History

 In the 47-year history of the Cincinnati Bengals, there have been some Drafts the team would like to forget and revert. 25 times the Bengals have had one of the top 10 picks of the Draft (including 3 top overall picks), but only 7 of them (center Bob Johnson, defensive tackle Mike Reid, offensive tackle Anthony Munoz, offensive tackle Willie Anderson, defensive end Justin Smith...
Via Football Nation
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Quarterbacks are no longer worth an early-draft gamble

For anyone (and we’re looking at you, Chip Kelly) considering a bold move to climb the draft board April 30 in order to land this year’s near-consensus top quarterback, Marcus Mariota, please consider that the odds of Mariota becoming a franchise quarterback are probably no better than 50/50. I elaborated on this in a recent article at Bleacher Report, but I want to expand beyond...
Via Bloguin Best
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Quarterbacks are no longer worth an early-draft gamble

For anyone (and we’re looking at you, Chip Kelly) considering a bold move to climb the draft board April 30 in order to land this year’s near-consensus top quarterback, Marcus Mariota, please consider that the odds of Mariota becoming a franchise quarterback are probably no better than 50/50. I elaborated on this in a recent article at Bleacher Report, but I want to expand beyond...
Via This Given Sunday
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 5 Draft Busts in Cincinnati Bengals History

The NFL draft looms in the near future, and every team is hoping to draft a player that won't end up on a list like the one below.Cincinnati has had their fair share of busts in their 46 year history, but this list breaks it down to the top five:Honorable Mention: Archie Griffin-RB-Ohio State-1st Rd-1976The only two-time Heisman winner, Archie Griffin didn’t succeed in the pros...
Via Pro Football Spot
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Upton-Verlander Vacation Is Over, DeJesus Vacation Ending & Gronk’s Bye Week

  Last Bengals playoff win… …was January 6, 1991. Just one time in the 21st century. One simple victory. Just win once and the fans will get off your ass for the next 15 years. We’ve suffered long enough through the **** years when the season was over by October 1. We’ve suffered through years of the Steelers winning Super Bowls. We suffered through Carson Palmer’s knee...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Five draft picks why the 49ers won’t make the playoffs

When you think about how deep the 49ers roster has been and how good they’ve been at stockpiling draft picks, you might assume they have drafting down to an art/science. But the last decade or so has been a lot more hit and miss than you’d expect. Specifically they haven’t always done a great job with their top picks. And when you play in a division as tough as the NFC West...
Via This Given Sunday
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Five draft picks why the 49ers won’t make the playoffs

When you think about how deep the 49ers roster has been and how good they’ve been at stockpiling draft picks, you might assume they have drafting down to an art/science. But the last decade or so has been a lot more hit and miss than you’d expect. Specifically they haven’t always done a great job with their top picks. And when you play in a division as tough as the NFC West...
Via Bloguin Best
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns decline to name starter, everything pointing to Johnny Manziel

More than likely the first NFL start in the career of Johnny Manziel will come this Sunday against the Colts. With a home crowd behind him Manziel will either begin a legendary career or join a list of first round busts that include Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell and Akili Smith. Much of Sunday’s game will be credited to Manziel – win or lose. That of course is if he starts....
Via Tireball.com
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Interrogation: Joe of @BuffaloWins Talks Bills at Jets

Image: NFLRush.com We locked Joe of BuffaloWins.com into a room like the Joker, but he somehow got away. While we had him in custody, we did get his answers to our Buffalo Bills questions. This intel may help the New York Jets come away with their second win of the season, this Sunday – Week 8 – at MetLife. (Joe may have got some answers out of us, too.) What were your thoughts...
Via One Jet At A Time
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Draft Picks Why the Rams Won’t Make the Playoffs

Every year we hear about how the Rams are finally turning a corner and THIS is the year they’ll finally surprise people. But after Sam Bradford went down with yet another season ending injury and the team is starring down the barrel of a 1-3 start, can any of us really say we’re surprised? The Rams have oscillated between mediocre and woeful for over a decade now and they haven’t...
Via Bloguin Best
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Draft Picks Why the Rams Won’t Make the Playoffs

Every year we hear about how the Rams are finally turning a corner and THIS is the year they’ll finally surprise people. But after Sam Bradford went down with yet another season ending injury and the team is starring down the barrel of a 1-3 start, can any of us really say we’re surprised? The Rams have oscillated between mediocre and woeful for over a decade now and they haven’t...
Via This Given Sunday
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Juice This: New Technology

Are you still standing in line for an iPhone? You're an idiot. *** Is Jameis Winston still on the Florida State roster? Why? He's an arrogant bastard. He is everything that is wrong with college football, especially at Florida State, where winning comes before discipline, appropriateness, ethics and, perhaps most importantly, education. *** The New York Giants won twice,...
Via The Sports Post
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon Ducks Football Week Two: College Football Playoff Preview?

It was probably halftime of the South Dakota game when most of the Oregon Duck football team started seriously thinking about the Michigan State game, easily the best matchup of the weekend. In other years, people would be yelling that it's a Rose Bowl preview, now it could be a College Football Playoff preview... which would still technically be at the Rose Bowl. (Saturday, 3:35pm...
Via Sporadic Sentinel
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Another Year as a Cleveland Browns Season Ticket Holder

This season marks year number 16 for me as a Browns season ticket holder. It all started back in 1999 with the Browns’ return. Just a bright-eyed kid reaping the benefits of being his father’s only son and therefore earning a seat next to pops at each and every Browns home game. Admittedly, I was not there for the first game back as the Steelers drubbed the Browns 43-0. My dad...
Via Waiting For Next Year
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Jaguars really sit Blake Bortles for an entire season?

When asked to think of a quarterback bust, it doesn’t take long. Like the Google algorithm that returns thousands of results instantaneously, the mind blurts out “JaMarcus Russell!” “Akili Smith!” “Tim Couch!” and on we go. But there’s also “Blaine Gabbert!” which is why the Jacksonville Jaguars are understandably being both cautious with Blake Bortles, their...
Via This Given Sunday
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Jaguars really sit Blake Bortles for an entire season?

When asked to think of a quarterback bust, it doesn’t take long. Like the Google algorithm that returns thousands of results instantaneously, the mind blurts out “JaMarcus Russell!” “Akili Smith!” “Tim Couch!” and on we go. But there’s also “Blaine Gabbert!” which is why the Jacksonville Jaguars are understandably being both cautious with Blake Bortles, their...
Via Bloguin Best
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals try for depth at cornerback, D-line

CINCINNATI (AP) -- During their 15-year run without a playoff appearance, the Bengals drafted players in hopes they would start soon and turn things around right away. It never worked. David Klingler. Akili Smith. Ki-Jana Carter. Peter Warrick. The Bengals were always looking for someone to save them between 1990-2005. They're beyond that now. With three consecutive postseason appearances...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

National Rewind: Offseason Power Rankings, scrap heap FAs for the Cincinnati Bengals, more

In case you missed it, columns from the cover32 universe to browse through while watching The Masters on Sunday or bored at your office on Monday. National Columns - The top-10 inside linebackers in the NFL Draft. (READ) - POWER RANKINGS: Grading teams at the offseason midpoint. (READ) - The best remaining NFL free agents at each position. (READ) - Ten NFL players who aren’t worth...
Via cover32 - Bengals
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex Cincinnati QB Akili Smith One of the drafts biggest busts

In 1999 the Cincinnati Bengals were awarded the third pick in the NFL draft. Coming off a season where the team finished 3-13. The franchise desperately needed a player that could come in and get them out of the dark. That year the NFL Draft was loaded with potentially great quarterback prospects, and as we all know, a quarterback is the one player that has the ability to furnish...
Via cover32 - Bengals
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 biggest draft busts in NFL history

Every year teams pour hundreds of hours into college prospects, to find the next potential franchise player. Countless days are spent watching film, visiting with their former coaches, visiting their pro days and hosting personal workouts. The goal is for the team to know exactly everything about the young man so that they can make the decision on whether or not he is a good fit...
Via cover32
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Unforgivable Draft Day Regrets

Raise your hands if you have owned (or still own) an Akili Smith football card. Lower your hands if you regret not selling them at its peak price, $12.50. That's enough exercise for today.Thanks--Football Card gods--you really had me there; I'd open up these "lucky packs" with glee, and became even more ecstatic when I revealed holographic pictures of these, ahem, "future greats...
Via Football Nation
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Bellotti, Hall of Famer

GoDucks.com announced today that former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is on the ballot this year for the College Football Hall Fame. 116-55 at Oregon with two conference titles, four 10-win seasons, three Top Ten rankings and a BCS bowl win, Bellotti deserves the Hall of Fame nod. He elevated Oregon football from a school that had gone to one Rose Bowl in 50 years to a national...
Via The Duck Stops Here
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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