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Browns GM on Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day

Props to Ray Farmer of the Cleveland Browns for bringing a little sanity to the discussion regarding Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, who for my money looked like the most pro-ready QB in the country last season but has been the subject of much debate in what has been the silliest draft season I can remember.

Part of the narrative has included Bridgewater’s draft day, which was described as only average (with the understanding that such things are set up to be outstanding almost by default because of ideal circumstances) by the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, whose opinions I respect more than just about anybody in the business.

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What Ohio high school has produced the most NFL players?

If you’ve recently run out of ways to brag about old alma mater, Pro Football Reference has just the tool for you: a database of high schools for the 22,000+ NFL players in the site’s database.

It’s not perfect as there are some duplicate schools and typos that need to be cleaned up, but it’s still awesome if you’re a nerd who wants to know where the best players come from (And if there was any doubt, I’ve proved I fall into that category with previous pieces on the recruiting of Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel and John Cooper at Ohio State for Buckeye Sports Bulletin).

And speaking of bragging rights, the Ohio schools at the top have one of if not the premier rivalry in the state: Canton McKinley and Massillon Washington

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Mark Cuban apparently not that informed about NFL TV or the hog market

So Mark Cuban made headlines by saying Thursday night NFL games that have been around for a decade, and Saturday games that legally can’t be televised until after the college football season is over, could lead to over saturation that hurts the league, and that was covered by everybody under the sun?

His ability as a newsmaker is unmatched.

(Full story: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says ‘greedy’ NFL ‘ is 10 years away from an implosion’ – ESPN Dallas.)

I must say I am endlessly fascinated by these situations that come up from time to time in which a person suggests something that seems plausible and could perhaps even be true but fails almost completely to actually say anything to prove their point.

Before the NFL expanded its push into Thursday night (as ESPN consistently failed to deliver worthwhile college matchups over the past few seasons), I would have agreed it seemed like a risky proposition. Though my Twitter feed seems to be clogged with people complaining about the quality of the games, ratings were up last season

"Mark Cuban just doesn't get me."
“Mark Cuban just doesn’t get me.”

Also amusing, at least to me, is that Cuban pretty much missed the mark with his fat pig analogy, too, as lean hogs have dominated that market for decades, perhaps even to the detriment to the industry.

Otherwise, he really nailed this.

Welcomed to the jungle

The ’88 freakin Bengals. Man… 25 years ago they were the first team I learned to love and the first to break my heart.

I wouldn’t learn until later the brilliance of the zone blitz, the beauty of a play fake or the genius of Guns n’ Roses, but that was a season that marked me forever as a sports fan.

I’d been going to football games since literally before I can remember, but that’s the year ideas began to congeal. I didn’t know everything that was happening on the field, but I knew Ickey Woods and James Brooks were a killer running back tandem and Boomer Esiason was the MVP of the league. No idea what a zone blitz was, but I remember David Fulcher was a bad man. Continue reading Welcomed to the jungle

NFL: Following playoff loss, Boomer blasts Bengals coaches

The last man to quarterback the Bengals to a playoff victory acknowledged the current Cincinnati signal caller played a role in the Bengals’ 27-10 loss to the Chargers on Sunday, but Boomer Esiason had larger issues with the lack of response he saw from Marvin Lewis and his staff in the second half.

Meanwhile, the southpaw praised the San Diego staff for turning up the heat on defense and pushing the pace on offense.

Boomer blasts Bengals coaches | FOX Sports on MSN.

Browns assembling Wolverine killing crew?

The Cleveland Browns may not catch the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North race, but maybe the signings of former Ohio State offensive lineman Reid Fragel and former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards yesterday indicate a new goal: assuring they can Michigan.

While unique, this is an approach that figures to play well to a large portion of the Browns’ fan base that warms up for Sunday afternoon by spending Saturdays hoping for Ohio State wins and Wolverine losses.

Browns sign Edwards, Fragel.