Random Quiet time thoughts on #NFL‏

We are in the period before the start of training camps as teams evaluate the results of mini camp. Did we learn much lately?

I have heard a lot out of Browns coach Mike Pettine and wonder what he is all about. He is making a lot of strong statements in support of his players and in attacks upon other teams. If he is simply trying to keep Cleveland in the league talking points then he can be called successful. The question is…is simply being noted as a guy who says stupid things all the time and won’t shut up good for your rep? His assailing of the Pats in regards to the Jets made Rex Ryan sound lucid, balanced and fair. His rant in regards to the Pats use of a Jets playbook had Rex Ryan defending Brady and Belichick – that shows how off base this guy is.

One other point. As a long suffering BEARS Fan I had to put up with Jerry Angelo’s horrendous time as GM of my BEARS. When he was finally, FINALLY, fired – a new day started in Chicago. What gets me is the constant checking of his opinion that comes from the Chicago media…Why would any fan of the BEARS Care what an incompetent former GM of the team thinks about the teams’ moves now?

I want training camps to open!

What do you think?



Is Tom Brady Still a Top 5 Quarterback?


Hey all, mandatory mini camps opening and lots of talk going on…someone said this past weekend that ‘Tom Brady is still a top 5 QB’. That made me pause and think and I think that is something worth discussing. I am about to take a fun approach to creating my list of the top 32 QBs and I not only expect comments, I would love to have everyone give me their view on which QBs are the best right now. I am basing my analysis on the theory of ‘who do you want to QB for you if you have 1 game to win’

1st Round:

AFC East Tourny:

NYJ Geno Smith vs NE Tom Brady – has to be Brady, Geno is too young still, inconsistent and may have a persistent Vick issue at least until Vick is carried off the field in a body bag. = NE Brady to round 2 AFC East

MIA Tannehill vs Buff Manuel – going Tannehill in a close one, Manuel may yet be the better QB but he needs a full season. Tannehill isn’t great but he would do better in one game here. = MIA Tannehill to round 2 AFC East

AFC North Tourny:

CIN Dalton vs Clev Hoyer – gotta go Dalton, he isn’t great but he gets his team to the playoffs every year and lots of teams would like that. = CIN Dalton to round 2 AFC North

PITT Roethlisberger vs BALT Flacco – Flacco gets the edge, Big Ben is watching his ship sale on him and Flacco has the arm to win it if he gets it going = BALT Flacco to round 2 AFC North

AFC South Tourny:

Indy Luck vs Jacksonville Bortles – Luck. Enough said. = INDY Luck to round 2 AFC South

Hou Fitzpatrick vs Tenn Locker – I would give Locker the tiniest edge here as Fitz is the 2 TD, 3 INT guy and oft does just enough to lose = Tenn Locker to round 2 AFC South

AFC West Tourney:

Den Manning vs KC Smith – lol, Manning = Den Manning to round 2 AFC West

SD Rivers vs Oak Schaub – I will take vet Rivers over Pick sixer any day = SD Rivers to round 2 AFC West

====> Round 2 AFC

NE Brady vs MIA Tannehill = NE Brady
CIN Dalton vs BALT Flacco = BALT Flacco

Indy Luck vs Tenn Locker = IND Luck
Den Manning vs SD Rivers = Den Manning => without a doubt Brady is top 4 in the AFC at least

NE Brady vs BALT Flacco – I would take NE Brady
Indy Luck vs DEN Manning – Today I take Indy Luck, I know I know. 🙂 = now Brady top 2 in AFC

NE Brady vs Indy Luck – I would take Andy Luck of Indy.

NFC tourny round 1:

NFC East – Dallas Romo vs Washington RGIII – I will say RGIII as Romo is who can just lose games. = Washington RGIII to Round 2 NFC East

PHILLY Foles vs NYG Eli – Foles gets the nod over the should be retired granpa Eli = PHIL Foles to round 2 NFC East

NFC North – GB Rodgers vs Det Stafford – not as big as a blowout as one might think but GB Rodgers all the way = GB Rodgers to NFC North round 2

CHIC Cutler vs Minnesota Cassel or such – Cutler, he has the weapons = CHIC Cutler to NFC North Round 2

NFC South – TB McCown vs NO Brees – Brees. = NO Brees to NFC South round 2
ATL Ryan vs Caro Newton – tough one, both could win one but I will say Ryan as he wins the clutch more consistently so far = ATL Ryan to NFC South round 2

NFC West – ARIZ Palmer vs SEA Wilson – Wilson. not even close = SEA Wilson to NFC West round 2
SF Kaepernick vs STL Bradford – Kaepernick is a force = SF Kaepernick to NFC West round 2


WASH RGIII vs Phil Foles = Phil Foles
GB Rodgers vs CHIC Cutler = GB Rodgers

NO Brees vs ATL Ryan = NO Brees
SEA Wilson vs SF Kaepernick = SEA Wilson

GB Rodgers vs Phil Foles = GB Rodgers
NO Brees vs SEA Wilson = SEA Wilson

GB Rodgers vs Sea Wilson = GB Rodgers. Versus INDY Luck = I vote GB Rodgers

My top QBs are:

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Andrew Luck
3. Russell Wilson
4. Peyton Manning
5. Drew Brees
6. Colin Kaepernick
7. Jay Cutler
8. Tom Brady
9. Joe Flacco
10. Matt Ryan

Please let me hear your thoughts…there are many ways to consider this and I am sure there are QB fans who think I have dissed their guy! Let me have it!


Random Football Thoughts‏

Good afternoon all!

Has been interesting keeping an eye on the NFL lately. The talk is focusing on various team’s QB plans, the last remaining free agents getting snapped up and draft picks getting signed.


Cleveland is going to be interesting as the Manziel era begins.


What I found enlightening is how Gus Bradley of Jacksonville has changed his tune. No longer is the mantra ‘Bortles won’t start’. Blake Bortles has been blowing the Jags away with his maturity and huddle leadership and the team is gravitating to him. Now the official line from Jacksonville is that the ‘best man will earn the job’. I am thinking Chad Henne sees the writing on the wall. It has been since the early days of Mark Brunell since the Jags had a franchise QB and that is a LONG time ago



*OFF TOPIC* Best Bruce Springsteen Songs‏

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 85

Hey everyone, color me inspired by idiocy.   A blogger wrote a book on the 100 best Springsteen songs and his list galled me.   So here without any asking, is my top 64 Springsteen.   Simply song titles, in order. Couldn’t do 100 lol he doesn’t have 100 good songs lol

#  Title
1 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
2 Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
3 The River
4 Glory Days
5 Dancing In The Dark
6 Born In The U.S.A.
7 Cadillac Ranch
8 Jungleland
9 Born To Run
10 Darkness on the Edge of Town
11 Hungry Heart
12 Crush on You
13 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
14 My Hometown
15 The Rising
16 Growin’ Up
17 It’s Hard to be a Saint in the city
18 Thunder Road
19 Backstreets
20 Badlands
21 Racing In The Street
22 Independence Day
23 I’m a Rocker
24 Ramrod
25 Johnny 99
26 Darlington County
27 Bobby Jean
28 Brilliant Disguise
29 You’re Missing
30 Blinded by The Light
31 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
32 Night
33 She’s The One
34 Adam Raised a Cain
35 The Promised Land
36 The Ties That Bind
37 Sherry Darling
38 Out in the Street
39 I Wanna Marry You
40 Drive All Night
41 Open All Night
42 Cover Me
43 Working On The Highway
44 Pink Cadillac
45 My City of Ruins
46 57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)
47 I’m Going Down
48 I’m On Fire
49 Reason To Believe
50 Spirit in the Night
51 Candy’s Room
52 Prove it all Night
53 Two Hearts
54 The Price You Pay
55 Atlantic City
56 Downbound Train
57 No Surrender
58 Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
59 Empty Sky
60 Better Days
61 Wreck on The Highway
62 Countin’ on a Miracle
63 Worlds Apart
64 Lonesome Day

Next time it will be football 🙂

MR N 🙂