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     Smell that, yes it smells like mock drafts and arguments about who is going when and where.  Typically at this point of the season I’m talking nothing but fantasy football, and giving who I think will be successful or who is overrated.  So to start this off I’m looking at QB’s.  Now this list is only talking about:

1.  Someone outside of the top 10 (according to ESPN rankings) that I think will be top 10ish

2.  Someone I think is very stash able on your bench for trade or play value later.

So here is my list of QB’s I think can crack top 10 status this year

1.  Tom “Fucking Terrific” Brady:  He had a tough year last year, inconsistent run game and WR.  No All-Pro TE to start his season and then an injured All-Pro TE by the end of the season.  Just think all that yelling at his rookie WR from last year, now these guys have a solid year of working with the Golden Boy.  Also Gronk is playing week one, Brady looks o me like a guy you can get a little later (5-7th rd), but will give you top 10 production.

2.  Tony “How Bout Dem Cowboys” Romo:  I was stuck between either Matty Ice Ryan or Tony “Don’t do it, and he did it” Romo at this spot.  Yet I will go with value and say that Romo is a guy that will crack the top 10 QB or be very close.  This is for a number of reasons, (1) All the offensive weapons. (2) that defense is still bad, which means a lot of shoot outs. (3) the divisions Defense is bad so at least 4-6 games he will be playing a sub par defense (Redskins, Eagles, and an improving Giants defense), and (4) You will probably be able to get Romo in the way later rounds 9th-11th what a freaking steal.  FYI Romo finished 10th last year and missed a game.

3.  Phillip “Bo Lo”  Rivers:  Look at what he did last year, now add to that another weapon at TE (Green), another weapon on the ground in Donald Brown.  Also the Chargers were hit with the injury bug and they should be getting Malcolm Floyd back and even if he has lost a step 6’5 is 6’5 no matter how slow.  You can probably get Rivers in the 8th-10th range.

So if these guys are taking a top ten spot who do I see taking a step back?

1.  Russell “Last Name” Wilson-  A run heavy attack and honestly who is he going to throw the ball to?  Harvin will probably be in and out of the line up.  Also in the division he plays in, not the easiest defenses.  He will give you the bonus yards on the ground, but I see more 10-15 ranking for him. 

2.  Cam “SuperMan” Newton-  Now I know this is a stretch, because Cam has never finished outside the top 7 his whole career.  A none existent run game, and all young and new WR.  All Newton has is Olsen, but I don’t think that is enough and as fandom we underrated the Steve Smith impact.  After this year we will not. 

3.Robert “RGThriller” Griffin III and Nick “Chip Kelly made me” Foles-  I ranked them together, but I don’t trust this annointment of Jay Gruden as solving the Skins problems.  The O line was terrible and RGIII was blitzed almost twice as much as any other QB.  My friend Cool Reece said that RGIII had a Mike Vick feel and the heavy blitz strategy is what they used on Vick.  Until RGIII shows more pocket maturity I don;t trust him.  Foles is only ranked here because of the question marks in his game.  Def Coordinators have tape now and will try and adjust.  Also Foles was hit or sacked every once every 11 drop backs.  If that stat stays true, I don’t think he will hold up.  Without Desean Jackson we have to see if Maclin and co can run those speed routes and pop the top of the Defense. 

Guys with worth a late grab that can be stars, or sleepers

1.  Jay “Diebetis” Cutler-  All I have to say is Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jefferies!!!  Enough said, but if you need more.  Imagine now Cutler is in the Trestman scheme for another year, and lets not think for one second he didn’t learn from how McCown ran the offense.  (8th-12th rounds)

2.  Brian “Stop Talking about Manziel” Hoyer-  I know crazy right, everyone is predicting that he will be benched after the bye week for Johnny Football.  I’m here to say I’m a believer in Hoyer.  Before he went down he was playing very well.  Also this guy was tutored by none other than Tom Brady himself (means nothing just look at Matt Cassell), but all jokes aside, Hoyer had one of the better 3rd% efficiency rating before going down.  Add in Ben Tate, some veteran WR (Austin, Burleson) and a prayer for the return of Josh Gordon.  Only problem is when he plays sub par in the first 3 games will the Head Coach have enough Balls to let Hoyer continue to play.  (12th- to waiver wire)

3.  Eli “Remember I have more rings” Manning-  Now here I was stuck between Manning or Sam “I’m injured again” Bradford.  I chose Eli because of the terrible NFC EAST defenses he will face.  (Skins, Cowboys, and Eagles twice).  Also this year they are switching to a west coast offense which I hope will get the ball out of Eli’s hands quick and getting Jennings to run the ball along side Wilson, Hillis, and etc should give him a stable ground game.  I think Cruz, Beckham, and Randle are going to look good in the West coast system, especially Cruz. 

What do you think?  Let me know at @UnsportsmenbigJ

Written By:  Big J

 

By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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Remember in all creative genres it goes through stages.  From creation, the silver age, the golden age, mass produced saturation, and return to creativity.  As a 29 year old I grew up in the “golden age” of hip hop and Quarterbacking.  Looking at the NFL landscape and where it has been, I didn’t realize how privileged I was to witness the “Golden Age” of NFL Quarterbacking in the 1990’s.  Also let’s not forget the 1990’s birthed some of the best hip hop and MC’s ever.  So lets go over this “golden age” and now this new era.

The ’90’s had some of the greatest QB play ever.  No! you say, well look at the list here.  Joe Montana (I know he was near the end of his career, but he was still in the ’90’s and we didn’t buck when he came back against the Broncos in the playoffs),  John Elway, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Phil Simms, Brett Farve, Randle Cunningham, Boomer Esiason, Peyton Manning (ok I cheated on this one but he was drafted in ’98), Jim Kelly, and Drew Bledsoe (before you say WHAT!! look up those Patriot numbers and he did lead them to a Super Bowl).  I’m not even going to include Vinny Testaverde, or the wildly talented but dysfunctional Jeff George.  The point I’m making is in the ’90’s a league where it was still run, by the running backs (pun intended) we had 9 Hall of Famers, and at least 13 good/great QB’s in the league at once.  Like I said the “Golden Age”.

In hip hop it was still fighting for position in the music world, but by the time the ’90’s hit, Hip Hop had arrived.  Just think back to some of the ’90’s artist the ran the radio waves.  Biggie, 2Pac, Nas, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube (before the kids movies), Snoop Dog (before he became a Lion), Big L, Redman, Common, Eminem (taking my Peyton Manning liberty with this one and don’t forget Slim Shady LP was feb. 1999), DMX, Big Pun, and the list could go on and that is not even including groups that were awesome.  I mean Wu-Tang loved the kids, the Fugees, the immortal OutKast, and on, and on, and on.  But with all things, once it gets popular the levee breaks and we got saturated copycats.

In the 2000’s we fell into the trick of ranks and saturation, or should I say the word everyone wants to utter “Elite”.  Who’s ELITE!  I never heard this uttered in the 90’s, probably because it would have started a conversation that we all would still be arguing.  So after those great players retired, we were left with Manning, and Farve.  We had some new comers to the party, hell instead of me going over this list I’m going to let Bleacher Report do it for me….  I will give you a second to go over it.

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     I bet after the list up top I presented you, this best of the 2000’s doesn’t look or feel that great.  I know right, I mean Mike Vick, who admitted he didn’t take his craft serious is ranked.  Even Chad Pennington made the list with the water pistol arm (no disrespect Ray “Big Play” Miller but it is what it is), I love Jeff Garcia, but he couldn’t make the league in the 90’s and had top play in Canada.  I know some of you will point to Warren Moon doing the same, but that was more of a race issue rather than an ability issue.  This also why we started to see the emerging Diva Wide Receiver, and other positions self promoting.  With no strong or overly talented QB’s; the NFL looked to any talented player to market the league.  Enter the T.O., Moss, Ocho, and every wannabe Cornerback that thought they are/were Deion “Primetime” Sanders (Fred Smoot, and DeAngelo Hall to name a few).  Look at the strong QB’s of the 2000’s Peyton, Brady, Farve, Brees, and Warner, how many of them had the “Diva” player on their team? NONE, because they were the team, point blank.  When we look at hip hip a lot of the earlier names, were getting older, richer, dying, or just stopped making music.  This led to the terrible Hip Hop of the 2000’s, it was still good Hip Hop, but now you had to find it and look hard for it.  This started the trend of the illegal download.  People didn’t feel comfortable buying a Hip Hop cd when its a huge chance it would be terrible,  It even prompted a lot of older artist to say “Hip Hop is dead”.

Now going into this new era everyone should enjoy this youth movement.  The league has made it easier for a QB to come straight out of college and be successful.  We have these young guns (Newton, Dalton, Wilson, Kaepernick, Luck, RGIII, and Stafford) who are breathing life back into the position.  Now we are seeing how to creatively use these new athletic QB’s to the best of their abilities.  In Hip Hop we are starting to see a new creative movement of cross genre music.  Lil’ Wayne with a rock album, Kanye West singing?  This is not my “Golden Age” of hip hop this is something new…  Something creative.  Even our pure Hip Hop artist are making some of the best music in 10 years.  Listen to a  Kendrick Lamar, Tech9, Lupe Fiasco, and again the list can go on.  They have figured out to be lyrically great, mixed with catchy beats, and know how to massage the mainstream, while staying connected to the underground.  If this generation pans out we will be debating what was the best generation of QB’ing and MC’ing for years to come.  Hip Hop and NFL fans, to steal a line from Jim Harbaugh “Who has it better than us? NOO-BODY!!!”,  “Since this is a New Era and I got a fresh new hat!”

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

I’m writing this in the thought that Rob Parker shouldn’t be suspended because of his comments.  Mainly because I feel he was comparing his disapproval of Tiger Woods distancing himself from his “Blackness” to the possibility of RGIII doing the same.  I know majority of people out there are going to say, who is he to judge what’s Black or why does it matter, because obviously you can tell by his skin color he is black.  My response to that is as a culture especially in inner city black communities, staying “black” is a huge thing and we have had a lot of black people feel ashamed or bad about their skin color and want to rip it off of themselves.  I for one don’t think RGIII is distancing himself from being black rather he is distancing himself from the media lumping all black quarterbacks in the same field of measurement.

Now let me kill the haters early to get it out of the way.  If you saw my resume of life from a distance you would contend that I’m not “black” enough.  Why do you ask?  I have never been “Good Times” poor, if you met me in a professional atmosphere I’m very articulate, I went to a great college (shout out to Penn State), have been skiing, hunting, fishing, and most of all engaged to a WHITE WOMAN, oh yea and we have a little “OBAMA BABY”.  So if I gave this resume to your locale urban barber shop I would be considered a possible “sell out” or uppity.

Where the Rob Parker thing comes into issue is Rob was asking if RGIII is a “cornball brother” and by my resume I’m on too.  When he says “Cornball brother” he means the brother that is like Carlton from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and there was even a episode that addressed Carlton’s blackness.  Yea he likes Khakis, his family is rich (dad a judge, light skinned and dark skinned mom a College Professor), dances in classic white moves, and loves Tom Jones “its not unusual”.  See typical “Cornball brother”, and that was what Rob Parker wanted to know.  If he wasn’t RGIII Washington Redskins QB, and was Robert Griffin III working at your post office, a lot of brothers would have been, “why this dude talk so good, and stuff.”,  “What he don’t like sistas he got to go get him a white woman?”, “You talking Republican? You know they hate black people just ask Kanye.”   These are the bad perceptions in the Black community.

Now going back to me why does my “blackness” not get questioned?  Because I ooze proud, powerful, and respectable “BLACKNESS” (oh yea that ooze is cocoa butter).  I understand and get the plight of Blacks in America and I do all I can to represent us, not “Meet the Browns” represent, I mean Cosby Show represent.  Within minutes of meeting me you know that I’m a proud black man and everything I accomplish in my life is for my self and family name, but also for “the cause” of black America.  I’m so Black I don’t watch BET!  And the great thing is my “blackness” I got it from my momma (thank you Juvenile).  That ooze I mentioned a few sentences ago is something that honestly you don’t feel from RGIII.  I admit I heard him speak before I ever saw his face and my first thought was he was white, and when I saw him I was like “Hell yeah we got a brotha tearing the college world up.”

A great book to read is “How To Be Black”, by Baratunde Thurston, and its not what you think.  He speaks about the evolving image of blacks and how it is not just one thing anymore, but he does it in a funny, satirical, and light way.  This new image of blacks is becoming equality, and I mean that in the sense that brothas are riding skateboards with skinny jeans and some vans.  When I came up if you weren’t rocking Nike’s you was a lame.  This new “blackness” is black kids listen to rock, and punk.  My cousin growing up (and he is mixed but we totally identified him as black) listened to rock, and absolutely loved Aerosmith and we all clowned him for that.  No Rap your Whack!  This new “blackness” is yup you said it, is very… non black, rather just people being people.  That statement confuses some of the older black community because in their world if your non black, you’re WHITE!  (Sorry other races you didn’t spray us with hoses and enslave us to build a country for you so we don’t count you).

A story for you is that when I turned 18 and registered for the draft and voter registration I listed my political association as Republican.  When my mother saw that we had to have a discussion of why I chose that and how the party does not help “people” in our situation.  Now she would love me all the same but let’s be real being black and republican is not “black” and that’s what she was trying to persuade me from.  The older black community was around when they couldn’t sit in certain seats, they heard Malcolm (not Jamal Warner) and Martin (not Lawrence) on their radios or TV if they were lucky.  They marched and fought, my mother was part of a sit in growing up.  They knocked down the racial doors with Black Fist Hair Picks, and never want any of the new generation to forget it.  They also want the next generation to pick up that knocked over door and shred it and make steps out of it to take blacks to the next level.

Rob Parker wants RGIII to accept that and make a new step for blacks in America, the same way our First Black President, who is actually mixed, and can lay claim to being white accepts his “blackness” by not rejecting it ala Tiger Woods to an extent.  He just wants the same from RGIII accept the hand, play the cards, and win.  When you do that there are no black comparisons there is just being a winner.  Here is an answer Rob Parker would have loved to hear RGIII make, “I don’t want to be compared to QB who doesn’t have a ring, if you want to compare me compare me to a Doug Williams, or an Aaron Rodgers.” or “I want to be looked at as a great QB, and hopefully show the world that you can win a championship with an athletic QB that has a great ability to run as well as pass effectively.”  See total cocoa butter, pink moisturizer, oozing of “blackness” while getting your point across.

Lastly with all this being said I love RGIII.  I get excited to see an articulate, educated, talented, and great young man…  I mean young BLACK man be seen on TV, give all of us a great image.  Its better than the 6 o’clock news version of black America (#saggingpants, #ignorantspeaking #MartaBusGirl), no offense to Tyler Perry make that money man, but sometimes I feel he represents a coonery image of Blacks (if you ever get time watch Hollywood Shuffle, by Robert Townsend, and Bamboozled by Spike Lee and you will see why I feel the way about some Tyler Perry projects).

So again you don’t have to like or agree with Rob Parker’s statements, but I hope I could give a better insight on why he said what he said, and I still feel he should not have been suspended for it.  Yet Stephen A. Smith made a great point during that segment he made a comment basically saying that you can say all this in the barber shop, but the barber shop is not national TV…  Sorry I have to go, I have Fried Chicken to eat, while listening to rap, and trying to figure out how to get our 13% to over throw WHITEY!

 

Jason

 

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