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By: Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas

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How can the NFC East be one of the most talented divisions, but also be one of the most inconsistent divisions in the NFL? The way these teams play reminds me of some girls I’ve tried to date or sleep with, but always ended up a tragedy.  I know your thinking football and dating don’t mix right?  You’re absolutely right!

Its not like I sit around thinking about girls while watching football.  But let me explain why I compare the two.  BTW No-Homo.  Season after season your never know what team is going to win the division, its always a crap shoot.  They either tease you into thinking they can have a good chance at winning a Superbowl.  In fact a certain team won a Superbowl then the next few years have been completely horrible.  Or they hype you up thinking you’ve found, “THE ONE”, the player that will get you to the promise land, but all you find is a disappointing season.  The NFC East is hard to predict just like a WOMAN!

Fellas, have you ever dated a women that was fine as hell and you think you can get with her?  She throwing that Miley Cyrus at you, but once the opportunity presents its self she ends up being a teaser.  Kinda like the way the EAGLES play.  They excite fans with their speed and fast pace offense, but its a tease.  Because they will find a way to lose, either they are going to turn the ball over, play bad defense, or just not score enough points.


How about a girl you’ve slept with but, in the back of your mind you know she isn’t marriage material.  She has potential, but lacking in other areas.  The GIANTS of course.  They have a proven 2 time Superbowl winning Quarterback and a possible Hall Of Fame coach but this season they start 0-4.

Or a chick that the first few times you see her she was fine ass hell, but the next few times you see her she is suspect. On Seinfield they called this the “Two-Face”.  This is the REDSKINS.  You saw her at the club looking amazing and then you see her later with no make-up, without her wig, or weave and looks like a Dumpster Fire.  Also she forgot to use Dove in certain areas. 

What about that “All-American Girl” (blonde of course).  She is the one you’ve tried to date in High School, but never could get it because you were in the “friend zone”.  These are the COWBOYS. On paper the relationship would be great.  You get along as friends, but can never figure out why you can’t take it to the next level with her, or “Unfriend Zone” yourself.  Then when you get close she starts to have meltdowns and has problems upstairs (yea I’m talking about Jerry Jones).  Just another tease. (Video is Explicit)

Bottom line is its all about expectations. These NFC East teams just like some women are expected to be a winner. These teams have strong potential, but they don’t bring it every Sunday.  The NFC East has a total of 4 wins. Really!?  I guess just like in life you have to go through the bad to hopefully get to the good.

Maurice "Cool Reece" Thomas @CR_UnSportsMen

Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas
@CR_UnSportsMen

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The Read Option is here to Stay!

By:  Jason”Big J” Allen

Follow me and tell me why and how the Read option is a Fluke @UnsportsmenBigJ

A lot has been made of this new NFL, the “Passing/QB” league.  Now the most important person to a franchise is the Quarterback.  Gone are the days of the high paid, highly essential Running Backs, now running backs are as good as the Quarterback throwing the ball.  Look at the recent trade of Trent Richardson, this trade would have never been made in the 90’s or even the early ’00’s.  With these new rule changes and extra attention/protection to the Quarterback and Wide Receiver position, a lot of college “gimmicky” offenses are popping up more and more.  From the Fun ‘n’ Gun, Spread HD, Wildcat, and the Read Option, some of these college concepts have staying power and others don’t, but I’m here to tell or convince you that the Read Option is here to stay!

First thing is my deciding what is considered successful or having staying power.  If a team running the Read Option doesn’t win a Super Bowl doesn’t mean that the Offense is not successful.  If the Read Option never breaks offensive records and numbers doesn’t make it a failure.  My idea of success and staying power is know if you can run this offense in majority of situations, or create a culture of this offense that can win a good number of games.  The Fun ‘n’ Gun is/was successful, it won a lot with Warren Moon at the helm.  The Wildcat didn’t win anything, but Ronnie Brown running over the Patriots.  When I see the read Option I see a staying power for many reasons and here are some:

1.  Biggest reason I see the continued use and success of the Read Option is because of the evolution of the Athletic Quarterback.  This is not going away and with the Read Option it gives the athletic QB the opportunity to utilize another part of their skill set.  Imagine Terrell Pryor without the read option.  You thought about?  Yes you are correct he wouldn’t be in the league (holla at Tebow… who should be in the league with this offense).  The Read Option makes game planning against a QB with an average arm harder because of the ability to create with their legs.  This also eliminates the keep them in the pocket and make them pass, because now your not putting pressure on the QB which allows him to pick you apart on the back end.

2.  The Read Option gives running backs a rejuvenated career, especially average or over the hill running backs.  It helps take mileage off of running backs, because backside hits or being slowed by DEs and OLBs staying home.  Also you can run this offense with unspectacular running backs and make them look good.  Which means you can use committee style backfields and still have a dynamic running game.  The Read Option creates running lanes, look at Shady McCoy in Philly, regardless of Vick’s issues McCoy has had huge holes to make plays.  It helps running backs with a good ability to cut back (Gore, Lynch, and even Mcgahee), because the DE again have to stay home and can’t over pursue which creates a hole on the back cut.

3.  The Read Option is here to stay because you can do EVERYTHING you normally do in a typical offense with it.  If you want to power run attack, just move to the pistol.  If you want to get the ball deep, you can run play action out of the Read Option.  Almost every type of Offensive scheme you run can be accomplished with a Read Option twist.  This is what makes this offense so dynamic, unlike other “gimmick” offenses, it just doesn’t have one way to run it.  Some run it from the Pistol (San Fran), some run it from the Shotgun (Seattle), some have run it under center (Washington, Oakland).  The Read Option is an organic offense that an wear many faces.  Making it hard to know exactly what a team is trying to execute.

A lot of people are comparing this offense to the Wildcat.  It is not the Wildcat that used non-QBs (Ronnie Brown) or QBs with huge flaws in their game (Pat White).  Some say once QBs get injured teams will stop running the offense.  As for that argument; we see QBs getting injured while in the pocket, and most QBs in the Read Option type offense are told to get down, out of bounds, or don’t take on defenders.  Ask defenders how much/often they hit Russell Wilson.  Yet QBs like Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, and Ben Rothlisberger don’t use the Read Option, but are some of the most hit and sacked QBs in the league.  While Wilson, Kaepernick, and RG III (for the record RG III didn’t get injured running the Read Option got injured running out of the pocket on a broken play) are not being sacked as often.  Look at RG III recently with him not running the Read Option, he has been getting pummeled.  Lastly the thought that once defenses catch up they will neutralize it.  Well defenses have caught up to the West Coast offense, but when ran properly with the right personnel, it is still extremely dangerous and effective.  So all the doubters relax, this offense is here to stay as long as QBs are running and athletic.

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

It’s going down tonight, shots are going down, champagne bottles are popping. I got my side chick, my main chick, and my main girl ain’t feeling me no more. It’s like the 1st round of the draft all gold everything.

The draft where franchises can improve there roster or change the direction of there roster. Now onto my Jets, yall know I rep gang green (can’t make that up) and I would love to bash them here. However, with a new GM (John Idzik) he deserves the right to be able to pick his own guy and obviously he thought wrong by thinking there would be any kind of trade value for Tim Tebow.  So, in deciding to get rid of a Saint named Tebow for a ninja named Geno; Idzik decided to eliminate the circus atmosphere and bring in someone to beat out Sanchez not in popularity but on the damn field.

The question is can Geno start from day 1?  I don’t think so, in college he did show the ability to make mediocre talent better, last I saw he had some good receivers at WVU; if you don’t believe me ask the Rams (they drafted T.Austin and S.Bailey respectively).  In Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, and Santonio Holmes there’s good but not elite talent. I know Aaron Rodgers could make these WR’s a lot better but can Geno?  Stay tuned, gut feeling Garrard starts season until Geno is ready, Sanchez will be cut sign somewhere else and become really good, these things always happen to the Jets.
Onto my thoughts:
1. I am going to go ahead and get this out the way, people are praising Jason Collins for being brave and bold and I get that to each is own, but if I’m a seven footer I’m trying to play like Wilt Chamberlain off the court!  Yeah I said it!
2. Yeah my Knicks lost Game 4 that’s cool but Jason Terry with his Celtics wont comeback to Boston.  Like Kenny Smith said and I quote “his name is Jason Eugene Terry he’s a JET by name not by game” (Editors Note: Seems like Big Play is hating)
3. Steph Curry is a beast; I call him Quick Draw Mcgraw, he is like his pops with handles and athleticism
4. James Harden needs a stylist them crazy ass shirts ain’t cool man “Throw The Flag”
5. Nate “The Great” was amazing game 4, still don’t want his ass back on my Knicks though
6. I have never seen a white man rock a kangol like Bruce Arians (Cards coach), he got Sam Jackson swag!
7. I liked what the Chargers did during the draft from a value standpoint getting (Fluker 1st, Te’o 2nd and Allen 3rd) I really liked the Allen pick wanted my Jets to take him in the 3rd
8. Why the hell was R.G.III jumping for them folks at the Skins draft party like one of the Mandingo’s in Django? Black America we see why Rob Parker wondered what he wondered
9. Jeremy Lin couldn’t finish Game 3 or play Game 4 because his chest was only 85%.  Have fun paying him that $15mil in the 3rd yr of his deal, they better hope Dwight Howard goes there
10. Speaking of D12, nothing say bitch-ass-ness like the way he played in Game 4 an elimination game unbelievable
*Bonus* So hold up, all that mess this dude Chael Sonnen was talking about Jim “Bones” Jones. He was like Samuel L Jackson in “Great White Hype”, now I didn’t think he was going to win but at least go past the 1st rd.  How you get your ass whooped so bad by a joker with a broke toe? Damn shame

 Just my Thoughts,

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

@bprunsportsmenm

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

 

The Woeful Wizards

By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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In the words of Popeye the Sailorman, ‘That’s all I can stands, cuz I can’t stands n’more!” I admit when it comes to the Washington Wizards I’m embarrassed, most people think I’m a Lakers Fan but I’m not.  I’m an old school Washington Bullets, Wes Unseld, and Abe Pollin loving fool.  Yet these last few years have been making me turn Gold and Purple more and more.

Remember in D.C. the hope we felt when “His Airness” himself took over as the President?  Then you went and drafted Kwame Brown (who some how still has a job), but to make it right MJ come down from the heavens or rather the box suites and played for us.  I still have my Wizards Jordan jersey hanging in the closet.  We soon realized that Jordan had some left in the tank but “His Airness” was more ground bound and could only show flashes of his former self.  We still all ate it up and loved him more for his attempt, but when the hatchet came down to fire Michael Jordan we were not that hurt or upset.  Again he drafted Kwame Brown (who has a job with Philadephia 76ers???  HOW!!!).

Ernie Grunfeld came down as a shining light he put together a Knicks team that went to the Championship, he also made the Bucks a playoff team.  So when he became our head of operations we were ecstatic.  He made two separate “Big Three” before the Celtics had a Championship “Big Three”.  He got us Gilbert Arenas (Agent Zero, The Hibachi), Larry Hughes, and Antwan Jamison, and then turned around and replaced Hughes with Caron Butler.  For the first time we were not giving away our stars (Chris Webber, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, and Juwan Howard) we were making them.  D.C. was just happy to have a playoff team because our expectations were so low.  We even made shirts about making it out of the first round when we beat the Bulls in 2005.  See we don’t ask for much just to be competitive that’s all.

2009 was the turning POINT (Guard) in my eyes. This is where we went wrong.  We traded our 5th pick to the Timberwolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller and the Wolves selected Ricky Rubio.  So in an evolving league of Point Guards we don’t draft one in the deepest PG draft in years.  These are the PG that went after the 5th pick, Jonny Flynn (6th), Stephen Curry(7th), Brandon Jennings(10th), Jrue Holiday(17th), Ty Lawson(18th), Jeff Teague(19th), Eric Maynor(20th), Darren Collison(21st), and Taj Gibson(26th).   What were we thinking?

So the following year we Draft our “Next Generation” Captain Picard aka John “Teach Me How to Douggie” Wall (Thank you for the 1st pick Abe R.I.P) .  Nothing against Wall, but a PG without a jump shot is not going to be overall successful (exception is Rod Strickland, because he was a baller).  2011 they draft Jan Vesely in the first round, and we know Euro players take about 3-4 years to develop and people compare him to Dirk Nowitzki we will see though.  Then we draft Beal this year, I like the pick because we need a shooter from three point range and he is young so he has time to develop.  In between all of this Grunfeld has done a good job of getting rid of bad attitudes and worse work ethic (Blatche, Young, McGee), but as a Wizard fan that doesn’t demand much we at least want to see progress.

People are paying money to see 0-7.  While everybody is making a big fuss about D’Antoni in LA, I think D’Antoni would have been perfect for John Wall and a young Wizards team that can run.  I know NeNe and Wall are out right now, but your playing in the same building as Alexander Ovechkin, you have Bryce Harper down the street, and The Savior (RGIII) right down the Beltway in Redskin Park; we need to see some life in the Verizon Center.  “I’m tough to the finich cause I eat green spinach, I’m Popeye the sailor man *toots pipe*” That’s the answer give the Wizards some Spinach.

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

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