The 49ers ROBBED The Bears On Draft Night!

Four picks. That’s what it took for the Chicago Bears to move up one spot in the 2017 NFL Draft to get Mitchell Trubisky, the UNPROVEN quarterback out of North Carolina.

FOUR PICKS……

I swear, I feel like I was watching Draft Day with Kevin Costner, except Ryan Pace was not as smart as Costner; (go watch the movie to understand that reference).

For those of you who may not know, and who are wondering why I put “unproven” in all caps; Mitch Trubisky only stated 13 games in his College Career, where he finished with an 8-5 record. Granted, he did have a good season, putting up 30 TD’s and 6 picks on 3748 yards passing yards, but one season doesn’t warrant trading four picks to move up to get him.

Hell, one good season shouldn’t warrant being selected Top 5 in the draft, but that’s another story for another time.

If anything, the Bears SHOULD HAVE gone with Deshaun Watson with that pick if they were so hell bent on drafting a quarterback. Picking Turbisky above Watson is just an insult to the legacy that Watson left on College Football.

Look at his resume if you don’t believe me.

In Watson’s sophomore and junior seasons, he completed at least 67% of his passes while eclipsing 4000 passing yards and 35 touchdowns as well. Not to mention he is a two time Heisman finalist, and has been to the National Title game TWICE against Alabama; winning it once.

He didn’t ride the pine for two years and then ALL OF A SUDDEN have a break out year.

Now tell me, how do you pass up on a PROVEN talent such as Watson, for a project like Turbisky?

I’ll tell you how! It’s because Ryan Pace has NO BUSINESS handling the day-to-day operations of a football team. When you give away the farm for a unproven kid that made his way to the draft on hype, you are showing the world that you have no business leading the front office of an organization.

And to add to the idiocy, if the Bears really wanted Turbisky, they probably could have drafted him at #3 without even making that trade.

Not once did I believe that Turbisky was above Solomon Thomas on the 49ers draft board. NOT ONCE! With a GM that came from the defensive side of the ball coming to a team with one of the worst defenses last year, I never once thought they would not go defense.

But Ryan Pace was just too damn eager to wait and see what happens. I’m sorry Bears fans, but this is going to be a long, LONG season. And don’t expect to receive any return on investment from Turbisky any time soon.

Weekly Sports World Podcast EPISODE 1:

I’ve been running this site for a little over two years now; mostly writing various articles about whatever topics I want to talk about.

But then it occurred to me, what if I step this up a notch?

So I’ve done just that, and created the Weekly Sports World Podcast.

This podcast basically consists of me just bantering about whatever sports topics I want to talk about for that week.

I have to say though, recording this was EXTREMELY new for me. I’m not use to all of this video and audio editing, and I’m not use to recording my voice like that for a long stretch of time.

But, I’m still practicing, and these will SURELY get better with time.

So, with that being said, I hope you enjoy the very first episode.

The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown Is Here To Stay: My Thoughts On The Event

Normally, I couldn’t care less about the NFL’s Pro Bowl festivities. It’s high scoring, no one really gives a crap, and they have to put in little gimmicks to try and keep the audience involved.

These gimmicks can run from fantasy drafts by the likes of Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin, to playing Odell Beckham Jr. at safety, to letting Jeff Saturday switch teams to have one more snap with Peyton Manning, and everything in between.

And I feel like the NFL sees this. They needed to make a change to help draw people in, and the return of the Pro Bowl Skills competition helped with that.

The Skills Competitions consisted of five separate competitions:

  1. Best Hands
  2. Power Relay Challenge
  3. Drone Drop
  4. Precision Passing
  5. Dodgeball

Granted, there were some bumpy patches throughout; but anything new will do that.

For instance, the Power Relay was riddled with controversy, when the sled fell off the track during the NFC’s run, making it impossible to move. This resulted in a mulligan, that the NFC took advantage, and ended up winning the event.

Now I know, really strong football players bashing into objects like that could cause them to break. But the fact no one checked that before the start of the NFC’s run is plain irresponsible, and needs to be addressed.

The Drone Drop was also a bit of a swing and a miss. Instead of using a drone, they should have implemented punters into the mix as well.

One idea could be setting up rings on the field worth different amounts of points. Then, place a punt returner on the other side of the rings. Every time a punt goes through a ring, that conference receives points. Then, when the returner catches it, that conference receives a half of a point.

On the final kick, the returner has to run it back to the opposite endzone as quick as possible. The returner with the quickest time gets their conference an extra two points.

But above all, the Dodgeball Game was without a doubt the most highly anticipated competition.

At first, many people believed that this would be just another crazy gimmick to try and sell tickets, and to have people tune in. But to be honest, it was actually done well, and was very entertaining. Especially when TY Hilton was the only one left for the AFC, and almost made a comeback for his squad by himself.

Overall, the Skills Showdown was exactly what Pro Bowl weekend needed. It was WAY more competitive than many of the Pro Bowls from the previous years. As long as the NFL continues to improve and implement new challenges every few years, and tinker with the mechanics of the existing challenges; they’ll have a proven concept that can last for years to come.

What To Do With Tony Romo?

Aaron “Ice In His Veins” Rodgers did it again! He came in clutch in the 4th quarter with a 36 yard pass to Jared Cook to put Green Bay in field goal range for Mason Crosby.

Then, with three seconds left in the game, Crosby hit a 51 yard field goal to send the Packers to the NFC Championship game.

But now, the Cowboys have some questions going into the offseason. And one of the biggest ones is what should they do with Tony Romo?

This question arose after a preseason injury to Romo’s back, where Dak Prescott ended up taking advantage of his playing time he received and never looked back.

But now, with Dak Prescott thriving in the NFL this early in his career, the question is what to do with Tony Romo? Keep him and let him tutor Dak a few years? Trade him and get as many assets as possible?

Oh, why am I asking??? Obviously trade the man, no matter what! In fact, if anything, Jerry Jones should have been fielding calls for him as early as Monday morning!

Romo is a 14 year veteran in the league, and has shown he cannot win the big games when they really matter. He’s only 2-6 in his postseason career with the Cowboys, and he’s on the wrong side of 30 to keep him in the conversation as the starter of the Cowboys.

Granted, Dak is 0-1 in the postseason in his career. But look at the season he had!

Prescott finished the season completing 67% of his passes for 3,667 yards, and a 23:4 touchdown to interception ratio.

He’s proven his worth on the Cowboys, and has posed the question to GM/Owner Jerry Jones; “if we trade Romo, where should he go?”

My top three landing spots; the 49ers, Rams, and Bears.

These three teams have two things in common;

  1. They all have turned into complete dumpster fires as of late.
  2. All teams have drafted/are expected to draft a quarterback with a Top 5 draft pick. (The Rams already did, drafting Jared Goff #1 overall in the 2016 Draft).

Most Likely Of The Three: I see the 49ers bringing in Romo this offseason over everyone else. They’re expected to bring in a quarterback with their second pick in this year’s draft, which means they need a quality veteran to help solidify their offense while their draft pick becomes acclimated with the NFL.

But seriously, he is a quality quarterback. If I was running an organization, I would much rather have a rookie learn from Tony Romo than Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert.

Least Likely Of The Three: The Bears are the least likely of the three to trade for Romo, and why would they?

Chicago already has Jay Cutler, who has squandered away a large sum of money for playing like garbage during his tenure in the “Windy City.” They also have Matt Barkley, who they can try and sign as a free agent this offseason. And, in addition to that, they will have the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, where they are projected to pick up a quarterback anyways.

Out of all the possibilities, I see Ryan Pace and the rest of the Bears brass picking up a quarterback with the third pick, and then letting him learn under Jay for a few years, and see where that goes.

But, the unpredictable drafting and decision making by the Bears make them my number three selection for Romo. You can expect one move based on rumors and such, and they will completely shift gears and go somewhere else.

So I guess, like all good train-wrecks, we just have to wait and see.

To Wrap-Up: Romo’s done in Dallas, it’s that simple! Jerry Jones would be a complete BUFFOON to not realize that. Dak Prescott is on the rise, and paired with Zeke Elliot in the backfield will create a recipe for disaster for opposing defenses in the coming years.

But, Romo’s time in the NFL is not completely over. He has a chance to be the elder mentor of the organization, instead of the younger star of the team.

Just don’t expect him to win you any Super Bowls.

The Bears Just Continue To Disappoint! (This Is A Rant)

I didn’t expect alot from the Bears this season, I really didn’t. Disappointment was clearly on the horizon.

I knew they were not going to make it to the playoffs. I knew Jay Cutler was going to be his normal, “mediocre” self. It was just inevitable.

But with the NFL Draft just a few short months away and the #2 overall pick inches away from Chicago’s grasp, it seemed like the outcome for this season would surely turn around.

Then, the 49er game happened….

For those of you who may not know, the Bears had a chance to move up to the #2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft with a loss against the 49ers. But, ONCE AGAIN, they continue to disappoint.

The Bears ended up winning that game 26-6 to move to a 3-9 record on the season.

It was that one game, that ONE GAME you want your team to actually lose, and they disappoint you again.

Yes, I know that sounds off, I get it. But with only three wins on the season, I’ll take whatever happiness I can get.

Now, after yet ANOTHER loss on the season to Detroit the following week, the Bears are sitting with the fourth worst record in the NFL, which translates to the fourth overall pick. But if they stay at four, how should they use it?

It’s simple, QUARTERBACK!!! Don’t give me this garbage about how John Fox is a defensive minded coach, because I am sick of it. It’s time to invest in a new QB for the future.

People need to get over the Jay Cutler craze and realize, NOTHING is going to happen with that man in Chicago. If this Chicago fanbase is going to continue to instill their trust in this man, then all they will get in return is a leech sucking a franchise dry of cap room.

And don’t try and convince me that Matt Barkley is the answer. Cause I’ll agree, he’s looked decent in his last four starts. But it’s been four games people. And as a proverbial backup his entire three year career, not to mention him being a free agent this coming offseason, I’m not ready to just hand the keys to the franchise over to him.

If you want Barkley so bad, bring in a Kaiser, or a Watson from the draft and make them EARN THAT SPOT IN CAMP!

But hey, what do I know. I don’t own a team. I’m not a GM.

But I do have common sense, and I know if something has been broken for roughly eight years, you should probably fix it.

I Still Don’t Believe In The “Wentz Hype”

It’s been a little over two months since Carson Wentz was drafted with the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s been a little over two months since Wentz held up his new jersey on stage with Commissioner Goodell in Chicago, IL. It’s been a little over two months, and I still don’t believe ANY of the hype surrounding Carson Wentz.

Everyone likes to try and explain these “intangibles” that he posses, such as great size and athleticism. You can have all of the intangibles in the world, but if you don’t have a resume of facing top-tier talent (FBS), then those intangibles don’t mean a thing in my book.

For those who may not know, Wentz was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the #2 overall pick out of North Dakota State. At NDSU, Wentz racked up 45 TD’s on 5,115 passing yards throughout his four years there.

Those sound like impressive numbers, right? Not until you see who he was playing.

Western Illinois! Northern Iowa! Southern Illinois! Teams where the “big dogs” of D-1 football would have their backups in by halftime if they were to play them.

And even though he had a very impressive record during his college tenure, it’s not like Wentz went up against top D-1 teams like Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan State, etc… To me, a guy from the Missouri Valley Conference would be the biggest gamble EVER if he were taken anywhere near the Top 5 of the draft, ESPECIALLY #2.

And that’s exactly what the Eagles took, a gamble.

Before the NFL Draft even began, the Philadelphia Eagles were looking to make a splash in the draft, and they decided to “gamble” their future to do it. To get the #2 pick, the Eagles agreed to hand over three picks in 2016 (first, third, and fourth round), one pick in 2017 (first round), and one pick in 2018 (second round) to the Cleveland Browns.

In my opinion, if you are going to give up that much for one guy, then he better be the second coming of Joe Montana in the end! (Just saying!)

Comparisons To Past FCS Draft Picks

“But what about Joe Flacco? He was drafted in the first round out of the (FCS),” some may say.

First off, Joe Flacco wasn’t picked #2 overall. Flacco was picked 18th in that draft by the Baltimore Ravens. So how you can compare the two is BEYOND me!

But besides that, Joe Flacco hasn’t been anything special as of late. Yes, he has one Super Bowl win. But he also had a top 3 defense that season lead by the likes of Ray Lewis and co.

Statistically, Flacco has been Top 10 in the league in TD’s ONCE in his career, (tied for 10th in 2010). Besides that, Flacco has not been Top 10 in the league in any other major passing statistic the rest of his career.

So if you are going to pursue a guy like Wentz the way the Eagles have, he better not be a “Joe Flacco.” He better become a franchise player and a Top 5 passer in the league. Not a middle of the pack guy.

Play To Impress

Even though the media and all of these insiders have been hyping up Wentz for some time now, I still don’t believe it. Until Wentz steps out on an NFL field and lives up to the hype, I will not be a believer.

(And if you have something to say about it, tweet me @KShermanSports.)

5 Things To Get You Ready For Football Season!

It’s almost here folks, the 2016-2017 NFL season is just a short two and a half months away. But the question is, what should you do in order to prepare for such a momentous annual occasion? Well, here at Weekly Sports World, I’m here to help answer that question!

1. Prepare Your Fantasy Teams: Now you might be saying to yourself; “Hey Kellen, it’s too early to think about my fantasy team?” Absolutely not! There are countless resources at your disposal that can help you achieve Fantasy Football Greatness when it is all said and done.

Dollar store fantasy guides, TV shows, insider info online, apps; these are all waiting for you in order to make you the king of your league. So don’t let Claudia, who won your office league last year after consulting her seven cats all season long about football decisions, beat you again this year. Be prepared, watch film, do your research, and take this ‘ship home.

2. Binge Watch “The League” on Netflix: Since we are on the topic of Fantasy Football, another thing that can prepare you for the upcoming football season would be “binge watching” all seven seasons of “The League” on Netflix.

For those who may not know, “The League” was a television series that lasted seven seasons. The show follows a group of six dysfunctional friends on their journey to Fantasy Football gold in their own league. In addition, the show also follows through the group’s personal lives as well, with many hilarious shenanigans playing out in the process.

“The League” helps to fill the void of football with it’s unique mixture of raunchy comedy, the familiar faces of top NFL talent making cameos, and above all else, FOOTBALL!

3. Backyard Football Tournaments: Who wouldn’t want to be Jerry Rice catching a deep bomb in the endzone? Or LT racing down the sideline after a big run? Well, you can do that too! (But how about we go by our regular names instead, since a majority of the people who read that are well over the age of 10? We’re grown adults, let’s act like it!)

Nothing breaks those off-season blues like getting onto the field and playing the game you love. Just get a couple of your buddies together, find a field, and you’re good.

4. Madden Tournaments: Not only can you control the game in the real world, but you can also do so in the virtual world. (And with this, you won’t need to worry about feeling like a child actually calling out players names.)

5. Simulating Madden Games: Lord have mercy, please do not sink this low! For those who may not understand, when I say “simulated,” I mean picking two teams and having the gaming system control both instead of a player controlling one or the other.

Simulating football games on a video game system is a serious concern when dealing with Football Withdrawal, and could lead to some complications that will stay with you for years. If you experience this symptom yourself, we recommend watching the “Greatest Follies” compilation, and Super Bowl XIII. (Because who doesn’t love watching the Cowboys lose?)

 

What Being A Fan Really Means!

Recently, I was having an argument with one of my friends about our favorite football team. During the argument, I was being really critical about our team, saying that the quarterback is a bum, and that I do not expect them to get more than 6 wins this year. My friend proceeds to tell me that I am not a true fan of the team; that I am what some would call a “bandwagon” fan. Now for one, he obviously doesn’t know the meaning of the term “bandwagon” fan; and two, a true fan of a team is without a doubt allowed to be critical about their team.

Just to get this out of the way, a “Bandwagon Fan” is someone who hops on board for the ride when a team is doing well, even though they didn’t even care beforehand. An example of what a “Bandwagon” fan would be; a majority of the Miami Heat fanbase was filled with “Bandwagon” fans when Lebron and Chris Bosh decided to form that super team with Wade. An example of what is NOT a “Bandwagon” fan would be; someone who has been a fan of the team since the beginning, has not changed his/her favorite team ever, and still watches their games even though they may not be doing so well. And in addition to that, as a fan, I have the right and the obligation to be critical about my favorite teams and the decisions that they might be making.

Let’s compare this to having dinner at a restaurant, shall we? Let’s say you go to your favorite burger place, and ask for the double supreme with bacon, and all of the fixings; but you would like it medium. Then, when you receive your burger, it was cooked past well-done, completely burnt, and it tastes like chalk. Now, do you just sit there and tell the chef that it’s not very good, but there’s always next time? Hell No! You go up to the chef, tell him/her that this tastes like a shoe, and that you would like a new burger. The same thing goes with being a fan of a sports team. Fans put money into their team’s, buying all kinds of merchandise, tickets, TV packages, and so much more. They are customers, and they have the right to say that what you are putting on the field/court/ice is garbage and that you need to do something about it.

Being a fan of a team means you have a right to say that something isn’t right, or if something needs to be changed. One of the major reasons that these organizations actually exist is because they want fans to come in and be entertained. It’s not like they just open the gates and whoever wants to come in can come in, but if there’s nobody then that’s fine too. A majority of the teams actually care about the product that they are putting out there, and they want to put a team out there that the fans and the city will be proud of. So, simply put, you don’t have to always be positive and say things like; “Aw shucks, well there’s always next time.” If the team sucks, SPEAK UP!

Women Coaching Male Sports

Before I begin this article, I would like to start by congratulating Becky Hammon, Jen Welter, and Nancy Lieberman on being hired as coaches for their respective teams. Hammon, Welter and Lieberman have become the first three women to secure coaching positions with major men’s sports organizations. Now, the reason that I bring this up is because I’ve had some conversations recently about the topic of women coaching men’s sports, and I would like to give my opinion on the topic; in a more extensive form.

Now, my definition of what it takes to be a coach in any sport is experience; do you have experience in that particular sport? Have you played/coached in that particular sport professionally for a significant amount of time? When it comes to these three individuals, they all have just that, experience. They have each played professionally in their respective sports for numerous years, and have become students of the game during their tenures. I don’t understand how some people can say that there is a difference in the sports, and to be quite honest I only see two; the differences in their abilities (such as how alot more men can dunk than women), and the fact that one has men playing and the other has women playing. I mean if you can see another difference, please feel free to tweet me or leave it in the comments; but to me, plays are still plays, schemes are still schemes, no matter if it’s men running them or women running them.

Just think, the only two major differences between a female coach and a male coach is their gender (obviously), and the different plays/schemes that they run (which always comes with a new coach coming to an organization). I mean look at the great Pat Summitt for example; she is a woman, and she is considered one of the greatest college basketball coaches ever. She obviously knew what she was doing when she lead the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team to 8 titles, as well as a .841 winning percentage during her tenure as head coach. So, simply put, when it comes to coaching, it’s all about your knowledge of the game and not what your gender is.