Month: August 2018

Top 5 NFL Football Players for the Next Decade

The first decade of the 21 century has passed, and we have seen plenty of young players come and go. Some have made their names and are locks to be in the Hall of Fame. For the next decade that is coming upon let us look at potentially dominant football players who could possibly be in the next round of Hall of Fame inductees.

Adrian Peterson

He has the ability to become one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League. In his young career of three seasons he already set the bar higher than any running back, ever. Currently he has the most rushing yards in game (296 yards), a 3 time Pro Bowler, rookie Pro Bowl MVP, and a rushing title.

As all running backs keeping him health will take a lot of preparation, protection, and luck. If he continues at this pace we will be witnesses to one of the greatest running backs of our generation.

Larry Fitzgerald

He is starting to become the great receiver that people expect that he will become. He has the physical skills, and the humble personality that sets him apart from the pre-Madonna style receivers that litter the NFL today. He has done what is asked of him in Arizona, and almost single handedly won the Superbowl in 2009.

If anyone is going to have a chance of catching up to Jerry Rice's records, Larry Fitzgerald has the ability and is in the right offensive system to do so.

Aaron Rogers

Replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback who has been the face of your franchise is tough. Tougher still is replacing him when the incumbent quarterback still feels like he can still play at a high level. With the soap opera that Brett Favre has created during his waffling decision making for retirement or not, Aaron Rogers has come in and played exceptionally well. Aaron Rogers is the role model quarterback who waits patiently and learns the system, so once he is in charge the team does not miss a beat. Just as there was Steve Young to replace Joe Montana, there is Aaron Rogers more than capable to replace Brett Farve.

Matt Ryan

Being the first quarterback to lead the Atlanta Falcons to its first back to back winning seasons is no small feat in itself. Atlanta is building to have a good run, and Matt Ryan the right quarterback to base your team on. Franchise quarterbacks are a rare commodity, and drafting one that performs from the beginning is a dream come true for any franchise. With Matt Ryan in place you will see the Falcons be a perennial contender in the next decade to come.

Tim Tebow

Whether he is drafted in the first round, or picked up as a free agent he will make an impact somewhere in the NFL. He is the type of player that will be a lightning rod for various issues on and off the field, but he has the right intentions and he follows his heart. The big question is can he be groomed into a NFL caliber quarterback? Give him some time, and with the right coaching and he will be a dominant player in the NFL. The passion and drive has shown in college, and his ability to will a team to win can be one of the greatest marketing ploys the NFL can use in the next decade.

Will these five football players be locks for the NFL Hall of Fame in 2020? Only time will tell, but keep your eye out for these great athletes to become the torch bearers of the League in the coming years.

A Note to Football Widows

I listened to a radio show a couple of years ago. They were talking about "football widows". A woman had called in saying she was miserable – her husband worked all week, went to school three nights a week, spent Saturdays with her and wanted to watch football on Sundays. She declared that if he really loved her, he'd spend Sundays with her instead of watching a stupid football game.

In true "me" fashion, I have to write a little response of my own to women who don't like football.

Dear Football Widow,

I don't agree. It has nothing to do with the fact that I'm an avid sports fan myself. Loving everything from football to Nascar, basketball to baseball, and even golf, I'm used to a TV being on some kind of sporting event. Super Bowl party? My house. Frontyard football games on Thanksgiving and New Year's Day include my kids, their friends, my brother and me.

"If" he loved you. Wow, let's turn that around. The man is working and taking care of his family. He's going to school to get an education to better himself to take even better care of his family. He spends Saturday with you but he must not love you if he watches a football game?

What if he said, "If you love me, you'll let me watch football." Better yet, sit down and watch it with him. Is he going out drinking or cheating on you? No, he's watching a game on TV in the home he shares with you.

Football has always been a big part of my life. My mother is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. She doesn't understand where she went wrong with me-her 49ers fan. Still, Sunday football has always been a mainstay at my mom's house and at mine. My stepdad once told me, "Monica, you'll make a good wife someday."

Well, God has a sense of humor. I married the only man in the US that doesn't like sports. Or so I thought at the time. (I've found out since then that several men I've dated don't like sports…I run in the other direction when I hear that.)

You don't have to love football but cut the guy some slack. It's been proven that children involved in sports gain better self-esteem and confidence that help them later in life. Think about that the next time you want to throw something at your armchair quarterback.

Be honest…do you really want to nag him over something as natural as a love for sports? Oh, he takes care of us, he works hard for us, but let's pick on him anyway.

Pick your battles. Trust me on this one.

A Female Football Fan

A few minutes later…what's the advice on the radio that I had muttered moments earlier when hearing her whine? Pick your battles.

Imagine that.

NCAA Football 10 Preview

EA Sports is back with another installment of their college football game with NCAA Football 10. The game will be available for PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, and PSP on July 14th. With EA coming out with a new NCAA game every year major changes generally come sparingly. All we can really hope for is the next game will have some slightly better gameplay and maybe a new mode.

To me gameplay is the most important factor of any sports game and this version NCAA has only a few minor enhancements. First off you can now lock onto a player on defense. By choosing you defender and pressing down on the left analog stick you become locked onto the defender and the camera flips around to the defensive view. Playing the demo I found this to be very helpful while using the middle linebacker or a safety. Your player will move automatically until you press any button, which then gives you full control. This adds a new dimension to the game and makes playing defense a lot more fun. Its great reading the run as a linebacker and hitting the running lane before the RB gets there.

Another thing you'll notice during gameplay is that you have the option of changing your player's mindset. You can change each position from aggressive, default, and conservative. For example, making your offensive line more aggressive will open bigger running lanes, but at the cost of more holding penalties. There is a risk/reward for each decision you make.

NCAA Football 10 also lets you chain offensive plays together. This feature is quite realistic and similar to what actual coaches put into their game plans. By running different plays out of the same formation you can set up the defense up for a big play. For example, if you do a running play out of the Power-I formation the next play when you go back to that formation you'll see percentages under the different plays. These percentages represent the how fooled the defense will be. So a play action pass after a running play out of the same formation will give you a better chance of a big play by catching the defense looking for another run.

Outside of the actual gameplay there are a few new features. You can now go online to EA Sport's website and create a team. This is a lot more in depth than what we are used to seeing. It's a great new feature for fans that enjoy creating new schools. EA has said over 100,000 teams have already been created online. Online dynasty mode is back from NCAA Football 09 and hopefully we'll see even more improvements this time around.

My biggest gripe with this series has been the poor frame rate. It really ruins the gameplay when everything slows down and becomes chopping while playing. I'll honestly be happy with the game if that was the only thing different from previous years. I noticed some frame rate issues while playing the demo, but hopefully the issue is taken care of before release. It shouldn't be asking too much as none of EA's other sports games have this problem.

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