First, a quick note: The wife and I are expecting a baby this week. It’ll be our first. The due date was actually last Thursday, the 16th, but the baby (a girl) is choosing to be stubborn… like her grandmother. If she isn’t born by Thursday of this week, they’re going to induce labor. Therefore, at some time this week, be it on Thursday or sooner, I’ll be elbow-deep in placentas and whatnot, so it’ll be kinda hard to type. Just a heads up if I go M.I.A. for a couple days.
Also, no Combine in Indy for me this year, for obvious reasons stated above. I went last year, and it kinda sucked anyway, so no biggie. My daughter and I will be watching at home on NFL Network. It starts on Wednesday, just FYI.
OK, back to our regularly scheduled Linky, after the jump…
To the Editor:
This letter is in response to a recent writer who said “The people of New York had the pride and privilege of one of our home teams bringing home the trophy.”
Hate to ruin your day, but the trophy isn’t currently sitting in your home state of New York.
There is only one New York team, and unfortunately it is known as the Buffalo Bills. All the other wannabes play in East Rutherford, New Jersey! The Giants and Jets used to play in New York. I repeat: used to play in New York!
I’ve been to the Meadowlands several times and last time I looked around I saw New Jersey state troopers, not New York police.
I have a theory about NJ. At some point in almost every American’s life, you’re going to visit New York City. The most convenient airport that allows you to get to Manhattan isn’t JFK or LaGuardia. It’s Newark. Whether you take the train from Newark into the city, or the bus/cab, the sites along that particular route aren’t pretty. But that’s usually all you’ll see of NJ if you’re visiting from… say… Podunk, Arkansas. The toothless, likely homeless, smelly guy asleep next to you on the subway that has clearly pissed his pants is the lasting impression you’ll typically have of NJ. And for those people that have never set foot in NJ, what do they think of? It used to be the Sopranos. Now it’s Snooki and The Situation. I’m not going to sit here and claim that meatheads don’t exist at beach locations like Seaside, and even more-so, Belmar, but I’d estimate the total population of normal people to meatheads along the Jersey Shore as a whole is probably somewhere around 98:2. Frankly, if you’ve ever experienced the 4th of July in Newport Beach, California, it’s like a Meathead Xanadu.
I visited the San Francisco Bay area on business a few years ago. Absolutely gorgeous out there. That’s probably the only area of the country I’d ever think about living in, other than NJ. It’s comical to me that my NJ gets pissed on with so much regularity.
I guess my question here is… Do Giants fans living in NJ get at least slightly annoyed that NY takes full credit for the Giants?
Asante Samuel thinks he’s a goner (and maybe even wants to be):
Among the other interesting nuggets here, Bunting mentioned that he thought Boise St. DE Shea McClellin could be a good fit in Philly.
CN: Your reviews on Shea McClellin have prompted more questions about him. You’re asked to review his position. I think some people may be wondering if he will fall to the 3rd, or if he’s a solid 2nd rounder in your opinion?
WB: I would say he’s a more solid 2nd than a 3rd overall. He does too many things well not to get a look in the 2nd. And he plays in too many schemes and he offers too much versatility not to get a look in the 2nd round.
CN: Are you projecting him to go in the 2nd round?
WB: I think so.
CN: You say he’s flexible. Which schemes does he fit best? Or how does he fit best in each scheme?
WB: If you’re looking at him as a pass rusher, he’s at his best with his hand on the ground. Being one of those Eagles wide-9 defensive ends. At the same time, for a big guy he’s fluid and he can run with backs. So 4-3 teams can look at him as a strong-side backer and then let him put his hand on the ground on 3rd downs.
At the Senior Bowl, the Vikings coaching staff had him working out with the LB’s. Mike Singletary seemed to love the kid in drills, which is particularly impressive considering he was a DE working in with guys that played LB all season.
I think it’d be ugly if it went down that way, but Raf makes some interesting points that it could happen.
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It never fails – a big free agent or washed-up player hits the market and the Redskins are linked as being interested.