A Brief History Of Football: Then Until Now

It’s a running joke that we’ll be watching flag football in fifty years instead of what we watch today as each generation seems to soften, but that joke begs the question: How has football evolved over the years? Where did it begin and how did it gain popularity? Has it always been played professionally? We’ll answer a few of the most common questions regarding the history of one of the most popular sports in the country.

The first football-like game was played in the U.S. on November 6, 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The rules were different from those we know today, but were developed by the London Football Association. Football is a hybrid of the popular English sports soccer and rugby. Football isn’t even the right terminology. “Gridiron” football found its name due to the vertical yard lines on the field.

Of course, that all gives the very wrong impression that England is responsible for soccer, if soccer is indeed one of the original ingredients of American football. The Chinese played something similar over the preceding centuries. The English adaptation of games that evolved over time was called football because it wasn’t played on horseback, like other popular games in the 19th century. The rules back then didn’t resemble soccer OR the football we know and love today.

The concept of organization and opposing goalkeeping originated in Scotland in the 20th century, long after the original games were invented. The new style didn’t make its way to Europe until the 1920s, which means, you guessed it: the football-like game first played in New Jersey in 1869 was also very different and lacked rules with which we’re familiar.

This is part of the reason that the European “football” (soccer) and American football grew to become so very different. Our version became popular very quickly. Harvard and Yale played their first collegiate game in 1875. Walter Camp was a student at Yale from 1876 to 1881, and he helped introduce new rules: such as an 11-man team. He was also responsible for giving us a quarterback, signal-calling, scoring, and the line of scrimmage. The rest is history!

The Worst NFL Logos of All Time

While there has been some major controversy over the Washington Red Skins, their name, and logo, there have been some major travesties over the years. Some of the logos that used to exist within the NFL, according to Navarrete and Schwartz are offensive as well as just plain ugly. Here are some of the worst defenders.

New York Saints Cartoon

From the years 1967 to 1984, this was the logo of the New Orlean Saints.  Currently, the logo of the Saints is a fleur-de-lis as pictured on this cartoon character’s shield. He appears to be some sort of knight but he isn’t really playing football or doing anything threatening. Good thing they retired this logo.

Houston Oilers Logo 

This logo was used from 1961 to 1968. The team is now the Tennessee Titans who also have a less than desired logo. But this logo is well, nothing more than an oil rig.  Who wants to wear an oil rig on the side of their head? We are glad that the team decided to move and change names.

The Dolphins Ray of Sunshine 

This current logo of the Miami Dolphins which has been used since 2013 is a travesty. We know that Florida is the sunshine state but why does Miami need to have it in their logo? This looks like a flying dolphin too close to the sun. Now all I can picture is this poor Dolphin dying because he’s not near any water.

What do you think? Do you have any logos that you think of jacked up?

NFL Injuries Taking A Toll on Fantasy Football

Fantasy football is simple in theory. You build a team made up of real players in real leagues and your performance is dictated by how well those players do on a week to week basis during the regular NFL season. Unfortunately a string of recent injuries has put a dampener on the outlook of many who take part in these fantasy football leagues. A lot of people were unhappy on the outcome. Here are a few of the early injuries that plagued this football season by week four.

Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles hadn’t even played a game before his status was put in doubt by an illness.

Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints obtained a knee injury that limited his ability to play during the pregame injury report, but he was eventually removed from the list.

LeSean McCoy of Bills fame incurred an injury to his ribs and Marcus Murphy was also in dire shape. Both were listed as questionable to play in games, putting a lot of pressure on other players after the team smashed the Vikings.

The Texans were in trouble after their receiver DeAndre Hopkins landed a slew of injuries–hamstring, thumb and ankle–that earned him a questionable to play listing. Will Fuller’s status was also limited.

Keenan Allen of the Chargers was also having trouble keeping the pace when the team was poised to face the 49ers.

Case Keenum of the Denver Broncos injured his knee during a pregame injury report.

Leonary Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars fell to a right hamstring strain after a week one game.

Aaron Rodgers of the Packers was listed as questionable to play in week four after a knee injury took him out. Randall Cobb had a hamstring injury, and Jimmy Graham also turned up on the injury report early on.

Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins injured his right shoulder.

Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans injured his right elbow.

Perhaps the Patriots had the most to overcome early on in the season with a wave of players falling to questionable status on the injury report–eleven in all. Josh Gordon and Rob Gronkowski were among those whose ability to play was in doubt. That’s bad timing since Julian Edelman was still suspended at the time.

Of course some of these players would inevitably make it off the injury list and continue to play, but the early injuries took their toll on fantasy football.

NFL: All The Arrests Made in 2018 So Far

The NFL is notorious for their players having lots of legal troubles. However, based on a report by USA Today, the number of arrests in 2018 alone are staggering. Here’s a break down of all the NFL arrests from January to August.

January – 6 arrests 

1/3/18 – T.J. Ward a Safety on TB was arrested on a drug charge. He was accused of marijuana possession based on a warrant from October of 2017. Not resolved.

1/12/18 – Reuben Foster a Linebacker on SF was arrested on a drug charge. He was accused of marijuana possession. Must participate in diversion program including drug testing and education.

1/14/18 – Carlos Henderson a Wide Receiver on DEN was arrested on a drug charge. He was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding and was accused of marijuana possession. Not resolved.

1/14/18 – Jeremy Lane a Corner Back on SEA was arrested for DUI. He was pulled over for suspected drunk driving. Lane claims his blood alcohol level was .03 under the legal limit. Plead guilty to reckless driving, sentence suspended, two days of work crew.

1/19/18 – Robby Anderson a Wide Reciever on NYJ was arrested for eluding police. He was accused of reckless driving, resisting arrest, fleeing police and threatening a police officer’s family. He pled no contest to reckless driving and is serving six months probation.

1/25/18 – Marion Humphrey a Corner Back on BAL was arrested on a robbery charge. He is accused of stealing a $15 phone charger from his uber driver. Not resolved.

February – 2 arrests 

2/11/18 – Reuber Foster (the same as before) was arrested on a domestic violence charge. He was accused of domestic violence, possession of an assault rifle and making criminal threats. He pled no contest to weapons charge and sentenced to 232 hours of community service. The domestic violence charge was dropped.

2/26 – Dylan Donahue a Linebacker on NYJ was arrested on a DUI. He was accused of drunk driving, driving the wrong way on the Lincoln Tunnel and crashing into a bus. Blood alcohol level was 0.15 almost twice the legal limit. He pled guilty and had his license suspended. He is enrolled in an education program.

March – 5 arrests 

3/3/18 – Aidon Smith a Linebacker on OAK has a warrant for his arrest for domestic violence. He was accused of domestic violence and fleeing the scene of the crime. Not resolved. OAK cut him from the team two days later.

3/7/18 – Adam Gotsis a Defense End on DEN was arrested for sexual assault. He was accused of rape dating back to 2013 when Gotsis was a student at Georgia Tech. Not resolved.

3/19/18 – Zay Jones a Wide Reciever on BUF was arrested for vandalism. He was accused of breaking a glass window during a heated argument with his brother. The charges were eventually dropped by prosecutors.

3/23/18 – Duron Harmon a Safety on NE was arrested on a drug charge. He was accused of carrying 58 grams of marijuana inside his iced tea. Not resolved.

3/23/18 – Michael Bennett a Defense End for SEA was arrested and being brought up on charges for injuring an elderly security worker at the Super Bowl in 2017. Not resolved.

April – 2 arrests 

4/15/18 – Daryl Worley a Corner Back on PHI was arrested for DUI. He was accused of resisting arrest, being unconscious in his car on the highway and carrying a gun without a permit. Not resolved. He was released by PHI hours later.

4/15/18 – Trevor Davis a Wide Receiver on GB was arrested because he was an alleged bomb threat. He was accused of talking about explosives when checking into a flight in Los Angeles. The case was dropped by prosecutors.

May – 3 arrests 

5/2/18 – Robby Anderson (same as above) had a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly missing his court appearance regarding the incident above in January. The warrant was dropped due to a clerical error.

5/19/18 – Terrance Williams a Wide Receiver on DAL was arrested for public intoxication. Police found his Lamborghini abandoned, crashed into a pole. He is currently in a diversion program about alcohol awareness and paid restitution.

5/19/18 – Antwione Williams a Line Backer for MIN was arrested for a DUI. He was pulled over for speeding and was suspected of drunk driving. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor and is serving one year of probation.

June – 2 arrests 

6/2/18 – Chris Herndon a Tight End on NYJ was arrested for a DUI. He was suspected of driving intoxicated after he crashed his car. Not resolved.

6/15/18 – Marquez White a Corner Back on DAl was arrested on an assault charge. He was accused on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a road rage accident. Not resolved.

July – 1 arrests 

7/14/18 – Ricky Seals-Jones a Tight End on ARI was arrested on an assault charge. He was accused of assault a hotel staffer in order to use the restroom. Not resolved.

August – 3 arrests 

8/5/18 – Antonio Callaway a Wide Receiver on CLE was arrested on a drug charge. He was pulled over for a traffic violation and accused of possessing marijuana and driving with a suspended license. Not resolved.

8/28/18 – Cayleb Jones a Wide Receiver on MIN was arrested for domestic violence. He is suspected of domestic violence, interfering with a 911 call and theft. Not resolved.

8/31/18 – Rico Gathers a Tight End on DAL was arrested on a drug charge. He was suspected of marijuana possession. Not resolved.

Grand total: 24 arrests. 

Trump Tweets That NFL Players Must Stand During National Anthem

The National Football League’s preseason officially started on August 2nd. However, a majority of teams played their first preseason game yesterday, August 9th. It did not go without controversy as many players either knelt or held their fist in the air while the National Anthem played. And the President has some harsh criticism in a series of two tweets.

The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love………..Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!

Recently, Commissioner Roger Goodell introduced a new policy that requires players to stand during the National Anthem but gives them the choice to wait in the locker room during the pregame ceremony. It also says that the team will be fined if anyone chooses not to stand and that the team will face disciplinary actions.

The NFL however, announced today, that they have agreed with the NFL Players Association to delay implementing the punishments as the league and union continue to work on negotiations regarding proper protocol during the National Anthem.

Back in May, Trump during an interview with Fox & Friends stated that players who do not stand during the National Anthem should not be playing nor should they be in the country. Only time will tell if the NFL follows President Trump’s orders.

Brooks Koepka Defends His U.S. Open Title

At first glance, you would like Brooks Koepka was a professional hockey player who was looking to shoot a few holes on his day off. This former basketball and baseball player, who openly admitted that he teased the golf team in high school, became the first man since Curtis Stone in 1989 to win back to back U.S. Opens.

Koepka, a child of the Tiger Woods era, proved that golfers are more than just prep school nerds and are true athletes. He took up golf after an injury sidelined him from playing baseball at his high school. He became successful in Europe which led him to win his first U.S. Open last year. However, he was sidelined from golf with a wrist injury which prevented him from competing in the Masters. Depressed from being injured, he sat and watch golf at home and wondered why none of his golf colleagues texted him (other than Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson). He worked hard and felt determined to make his big appearance at this years U.S. Open. And boy did he!

Round 4 he was paired with his good friend and former roommate Johnson. Johnson had a disastrous round 3 shooting 77. Koepka never lost his cool. He birdied the par 5 16h hole and managed to only bogey on the last hole preventing a playoff with Fleetwood (who shot an incredible 63 in Round 4).

Koepka is the first in hopefully a long line to show that golf is indeed a real sport and athletes are the future.

The Most World Series Victories: No One Tops The Yankees

There are many teams that build a strong team for a few years, but few teams have had the utter dominance over a sport for any amount of time as the New York Yankees have in baseball. If you’re trying to find out who played in the most World Series, and who has the most World Series Victories, the answer is the Yankees. It isn’t even close.

Although the Yankees wouldn’t appear in any of the first 20 World Series, they bought a pitcher named Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox after the 1919 and the rest was history. Yankees Stadium is often referred to as “The House That Ruth Built.” Behind the bat of one of the greatest power hitters in history, the Yankees made the World Series for the first time in 1921. They would go on to make three World Series in a row. They would be defeated by the Giants in their first two appearances, not winning their first title until 1923.

A Dynasty Unlike Any Others

From 1920-1964, a period of 45 seasons, the Yankees defined a level of dominance that will probably never be matched in baseball again. They played in 29 of 45 World Series and won a remarkable 20 of them. This was an amazing run that hit its fiercest apex between 1947 and 1964. During this period, the Yankees made it into 15 of 18 World Series and won 10 of those 15. During their most dominant period, The Yankees won the Series five years in a row. Then the Yankees won four years in a row during that time. Only two other times has a team won 3 in a row, with one of those being the 1998 to 2000 Yankees.

The Pure Numbers

The New York Yankees have played in 40 World Series, by far and away the most (twice as much as the 2nd place Giants at 20). They have also won the most by far with 27 wins, well over double that of the Cardinals who come in second at 11 wins. Even if the number two teams in both categories hit an unparalleled level of success, it would take decades for them to catch up.

In Conclusion

Dynasties come and go, but it’s hard to argue with the sheer dominance that the Yankees showed for many decades, replacing a roster full of future Hall of Famers with more players who would then themselves have Hall of Fame careers. The Yankees have a dynasty like no other in baseball. With the reloading o their current roster with home run hitters like Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, and Judge, it looks like the Yankees are poised for many more victory parades through New York City.

What Determines The Top WRs In Football History?

When it comes to ranking wide receivers, there is a lot of criteria to consider. Some might be more inclined to rank the flashy wide receivers with the spectacular catchers and some might appreciate the excellence in route running and good hands. Below, we will be going over some of the things that determine the top WRs in football history.

What Determines The Top WRs In Football History?

1. Stats

The main thing that people look at when it comes to ranking wide receivers would have to be stats. This is where receivers like Jerry Rice have excelled. However, unlike some of the other receivers that are arguably the greatest, Jerry Rice was able to win Super Bowls and even Super Bowl MVP awards. Jerry Rice is the clear favorite when it comes to ranking top WRs because he was arguably the greatest NFL player of all time. Once you get past Jerry Rice and his historic numbers, you have a less clear view of the next best WR. However, Randy Moss’ sheer athleticism and stats stand out which would have to put him at number 2. The remaining WR rankings would depend if you were to look at per season stats or longevity as a primary factor. During his career, Calvin Johnson put up some of the biggest seasons ever by a WR and a guy like Larry Fitzgerald has had the longevity and consistency that most WRs dream of.

2. Longevity

As noted above, longevity has to be a factor when it comes to ranking WRs. After all, there have been a lot of dominant WRs to enter the NFL only to lose their effectiveness once their athleticism diminishes slightly. Those that can continue to dominate the game in different ways either with their route running, line domination, or football IQ – are the real special receivers. Having longevity is key when it comes to ranking the top WRs of all time since the position itself inherently relies a lot on speed and athleticism which doesn’t last an entire career. The rate of birth injury NYC for NFL WRs is high, this also plays a factor in their longevity.

3. Football IQ

Football IQ and things like route running are other factors that have to be considered when you are ranking the top WRs in the game. Some WRs outsmart defensive backs instead of relying solely on athleticism.

Overall, ranking the top WRs can be tough because of the different criteria that can be used for the ranking. However, one ranking is indisputable which is Jerry Rice being the greatest WR to ever play football.

This March Madness Could Be Historic!

Now that March Madness has been officially reduced to its iconic Final Four, let’s let the smoke clear and see exactly what happened over the course of the past two weeks. Out of each of the four regions in which the original 64 teams to make ‘the dance’ are organized, number 1 seeds Villanova University Wildcats and University of Kansas Jayhawks prevailed in the East and Midwest respectively, while the number 3 seed University of Michigan Wolverines survived the West region’s bracket. And that’s about where the normal and unexpected comes to an end.

For those of you that don’t follow March Madness or tournament format sports in general, bracket prediction is the general basis under which people gamble for the NCAA tournament, essentially predicting the winners of each of the games based on a number of variables, not the least of which includes seeding – ranking within the bracket itself. To have a general balance of competition throughout the upper echelons of the tournament, lower seeded teams face off against higher seeded teams in the early rounds – and thus are usually removed from contention almost immediately due to the higher caliber teams that earned the higher seeds. Sometimes the way it plays out is higher seeded teams coast through the early rounds to get to the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8, ultimately working toward the Final Four and the national championship itself. Take Villanova for example. They started the tournament as the number 1 seed in their region against the number 16 seeded Radford University Highlanders (in case you’ve never heard of them, they’re in Virginia), beating them handily. Three games later, the competition got a little more stiff as they went through the number 9 seed Alabama Crimson Tide, the number 5 seed West Virginia Mountaineers, and the number 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders. Kansas followed a similar path, as did Michigan.

And sometimes you have what many begrudgingly refer to as a “bracket buster.” That one team that, despite all odds against them, ruins most of the fun for gamblers by throwing a huge wrench in the works and beats the teams that it’s expected to lose against in the early rounds.

Queue the Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers out of Chicago, Illinois. While they began the tournament nearer the middle of the pack than some, they were still a number 11 seed in their region facing off against the number 5 seed Miami University Hurricane…whom they beat, 64-62. And while this may not have turned as many heads as the number 16 University of Maryland Baltimore County upset over number 1 Virginia in the first round, the historic run of UMBC was cut down only a game later while Loyola persevered against number 3 Tennessee, then against number 7 Nevada and finally against number 9 Kansas State – winning its first three games by a combined total of 4 points before comfortably clearing the Elite 8 by a score of 78-62.

Now Loyola is primed to face number 3 Michigan in the Final Four round to see who gets to punch a ticket to the national championship.

So what does this all mean? What is the point I’m trying to make by praising this Cinderella story that may or may not turn back into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight? Historically speaking, no team that was seeded lower than 8 has ever won the NCAA men’s basketball national championship. The lowest seeded team to accomplish that feat was the Southeast’s number 8 seeded 1985 Villanova Wildcats who defeated the East region’s number 1 seeded Georgetown Hoyas. Strangely enough, that same Villanova team struggled through its first three games, winning them only by a combined 9 points, before defeating the number 2 North Carolina Tar Heels by 12 in the Elite 8.

Coincidence? Probably. But Loyola has gotten this far, haven’t they? Time to see if the glass slipper fits.

Shaun White Makes History That Could Be Erased

For some reason this year I’ve been heavily invested in the Winter Olympics. In 2016, I didn’t even watch a single event in the Summer Olympics, yet here I am two years later ignoring my regularly scheduled television to watch Alpine Skiing. But because I have been so obsessed, I was able to see Shaun White earn his history third gold medal in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe.

It was an absolute nail-biter. During White’s first run he performed several tricks earning him a pretty solid score of 94 points. However, Japanese snowboarder Ayumu Hirano during the second run of the course beat White’s score with a 95. During White’s second he fell, meaning that going into the third run of the event, Shaun White had to have a flawless run. He was in charge of his own destiny. I held my breath and he did his third one. It looked perfect to me but what do I know? When the scores came in – he got a 97 and earned his third gold medal.

However, rather than celebrating this milestone in White’s career, the sexual misconduct allegation filed against him in 2016 is now being brought to light putting his Olympic medical in jeopardy. White is being accused by the drummer of his former rock band Bad Things, Lena Zawaideh. She has claimed the Olympian had “repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years.” The sexual harassment, that Zawaideh claims to have occurred constituted sending sexually explicit images, forcing the watching of sexually disturbed video (including scat porn), and making verbal remarks.

And during today’s political climate you have two lines of thought regarding these sexual misconduct accusations. In light of the #MeToo movement, many are wondering why these allegations were not looked into the Olympic committee and how he could have possibly been able to play on the Olympic team in Pyeongchang. However, you also have those who accuse Zawaideh of seeking her 15 minutes of fame against the sports celebrity.

My only response to this is goddamnit Shaun White. Everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty however the way our media works in our country, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. This lawsuit that was filed in 2016 settled out of court. We will never know what Shaun agreed to or not in the settlement. However, when he was asked about the allegations after his gold-winning Olympic run, Shaun responded to an ABC News reporter “Honestly, I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff.”

Now, A.J. Perez, the lawyer for Zawaideh is saying that Shaun breached the contract and has minized the problem of sexual harassment that is happening within our country. He is also calling for the United States to do their due diligence and do a proper investigation.

Shaun White plans on competing in the skateboarding program at the 2020 Summer Olympics and defending his snowboarding gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics. If he cannot get this behind him, and in the past, then he might lose his hero status with the country.