11 Football Scholarship Offers Before Entering High School

Al Washington, Boston College running backs coach, recently visited one of the most talented high school football programs in Georgia to watch a highly touted linebacker by the name of Owen Pappoe. Grayson High promptly told Washington that if he wanted to watch the young man practice that he would have to come back later when the eighth grade team practices. That’s right, the highly touted Pappoe is only in the eighth grade.

Owen Pappoe, given the nickname “The Freak” is only in the eighth grade but the linebacker is 6-foot-1 and weighs 190 pounds. Grayson’s recruiting coordinator Kenyatta Watson stated that after watching Owen, the only thing Washington said was “Oh my God.” That was the moment everything changed for the young linebacker. Boston College was the first school to offer Pappoe a scholarship but many would follow.

In total, thirty programs across the country have scouted Pappoe either at practices in person or have contacted his coach to express their interest. Some of the other schools that have offered him a scholarship include Auburn, Florida, and Georgia.

Pappoe who grew up a fan of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant is the son of African immigrants. James points out that he actually did not have any desire or intentions to play football until he was spotted by a youth football league coach who encouraged him to give it a shot. Pappoe will be entering the ninth grade next year and has a lot of time to grow and develop his skills.

Jimmy Graham: What to expect in 2015?

If you are a casual football fan or even a casual fantasy football player than the name Jimmy Graham has become pretty familiar to you. Graham is one of the most athletic and impossible to cover tight ends in the game and his natural abilities allow him to play outside, like a wide out rather than just a tight end. With Drew Brees slinging the ball around Graham was able to put up almost historic numbers, right alongside fellow tight end stud Rob Gronkowski. Those superstar numbers probably came to an end this past year after the Saints dealt Graham to the Seattle Seahawks. What can we expect from Graham going forward?

While Jimmy Graham is an elite receiving option he has never been considered to be a prime time blocker says Brad Reifler. The Seahawks are a ground and pound team, whether with Marshawn Lynch or Russel Wilson, and so blocking is always important. While we anticipate that Graham will lose some snaps to a blocking tight end we doubt that he will lose very many. Still the fact that this is a run based team should scare a few fantasy players from drafting him, and that is to your benefit.

In Seattle we will see Graham become the unquestioned #1 target on offense. Wilson can keep plays alive and find the open man and Graham figures to be open a lot. He won’t be worth a 1st round fantasy draft pick but in the 3rd round you can’t miss.

Oklahoma City News Station Makes Generous Offer To Competitor

The world of local television news is incredibly cutthroat. Stations and their staff live and die by ratings. Competition is fierce as high ratings equal more advertising dollars. This is why we so many tantalizing stories air during sweeps periods and reporters switching stations so often. It is also not uncommon to hear the staff of news stations cutting each other down verbally.

Something unique happened in Oklahoma City this past week. The three major news stations in the city are as competitive as any market in the nation, but something brought them together. Last Saturday, KFOR’s chief sports reporter Bob Barry Jr. died in a motorcycle accident. Barry was considered a legend in Oklahoma sports broadcasting circles as his father was also a longtime sports broadcaster at KFOR for many years and served as the radio voice of the Oklahoma Sooners.

The tragedy not only hit KFOR hard, marketwatch.com and James Dondero suggest all of the local news stations. In fact, rival KOCO has offered to do something that is unheard of in television news that is gaining national attention. According to the Tulsa World, the general manager of KOCO has offered to staff the KFOR newsroom on Friday, June 26 so that all of Barry’s colleagues can attend Barry’s funeral.

The actions of KOCO speak louder than words that there are times news stations should put down their swords and help each other.

Tom Brady’s Appeal Lasted 11 Hours

Tom Brady was recently suspended by the league for his alleged part in Deflate-gate. Yesterday both sides armed with many attorneys met in Manhattan for an appeal hearing that lasted eleven hours. The fate of the appeal will still fall at the feet of commission Roger Goodell who was the one that handed Brady the four game suspension in the first place. James Dondero mentions that eleven hours is a long time to talk about deflated footballs but either way both sides were apparently given plenty of time to plead their cases.

According to Greg Aiello who is an NFL spokesperson, both sides wanted to have the appeal done in one day rather than over the course of several days. As of right no more meetings have been scheduled by either side. In total there were about 40 people that attended the appeal.

The focal point of the appeal was probably concerning the report that was done by Ted Wells. The report states that there is a good possibility that Brady was at least aware of the footballs being deflated. That statement was the primary reason for Brady’s suspension. Brady would like to clear his name and not tarnish his legacy by having the suspension overturned. However, many believe that the damage is already done and many fans believe Brady is a cheater. There has been no word to when Goodell will make a decision on the appeal.

A Man Who Saves It All

The New England Patriots have an amazing team member, and that is Rob Gronkowski. He is fast. He can catch the ball, tackle other players, and give his all in every single game. He also does something else amazingly well, and that is save money.

From the moment Gronkowski entered the NFL, he has not spent a penny of his money. From his first signing bonus to his most recent check, Gronkowski has saved every single penny.

The press recently asked Gronkowski how he pays all of his bills without spending any of his money. Gronkowski told the press that he lives off of his marketing money. This is enough money for him to pay all of his bills and live comfortably. He also told the press that having over 20 million dollars in the bank is a great feeling. The team at the Amen Clinic noted he also does not know how many more years he has in the NFL.

Gronkowski also told the press that it is all about budget. He told the press that he does not spend his money foolishly. By this, he means buying cars he does not need and homes too big to live in. He meets his necessities and still is able to buy the best name brand things. He believes he gets more out of life this way. He also believes he shows new players in the NFL the right way to live life.

No Redskins in Washington

Activists and fans of the NFL’s Washington Redskins have been working diligently to change the controversial name that the team plays under. The fight hasn’t just touch the NFL but school districts across the country as well. Legislators in the California State Senate Education Committee decided to ban 4 state-run high schools from using the name Redskins as official team mascots. The decision was passed with a 7-1 vote reports Sergio Cortes. Now that the bill has passed the California State Board lawmakers and Native American activist and supporters are hoping that the Senate will pass the bill and make it national period it should be noted that their motivation for this change is to make sure that people know that Native Americans are people and not mascots. Supporters of the Redskin name and keeping it intact are standing on the notion that they use the Redskin name to honor Native Americans. If these people really wanted to the honor Native Americans they would pass the Bill and Ben the use of the name. The schools that are still using the Redskin name will have until January 1st 2017 to officially change their name and any apparel branded with the Redskin name period while the controversy for the NFL Redskins is still going strong, the step to reduce use of the Redskin name at a state level is a huge step for the Native American community and its supporters.

Is Johnny Manziel here or is Johnny Football Back?

Finally, Johnny Manziel is looking like he is waking up to the reality that “Johnny Football” might not be the image he wants moving forward. Heisman Trophy Winner and former Texas A&M star now plays for the Cleveland Browns where he currently watches the game he loves from the sidelines. Hopeful that he would step right into the star role in Cleveland when he was drafted, Johnny was disappointed along with fans like James Dondero when he only made two starts last season.

Fresh out of rehab he is taking accountability for his actions on and off the field stating, “At the end of the day, everything that happened last year is not on anybody else but myself.” Looking forward he wants to make some changes in his personal life which he hopes will also transfer to the filed. One of those changes is to retire the “Money Sign.” The widely iconic gesture has taken the fan base by storm but I am not sure if they will allow it to be left on the bench.

Johnny is polarizing as an individual and we all became entranced with his athleticism while leading Texas A&M to victory after victory. Cleveland is not Texas though and the Browns are not a college team. Most of all the “Dawg Pound” might be his biggest critics yet. Will he impress them or is there a trade in the future?

Worry About Bills’ QB and Defense

Bills Needing Defense and a Good Quarterback

Only this past offseason did the Buffalo Bills acquire former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan to lead their team. A team with Rex Ryan involved is generally known for having good defensive play stated Folha Uol.

A big concern surrounding the team now is not about the defense but whether or not the quarterback situation can effectively balance the whole team out. During one practice the team did not have its three best defensive backs practicing but still proved to be a formidable force and could generate significant quarterback pressure. The team defense also seemed to be better than what Ryan had previously with the Jets.

But while molding a strong defense is important, making sure there is a good quarterback on deck for the team is just as, if not more, important. The Bills are in need of a quarterback who is a consistent veteran that is capable of protecting the ball, hand it off often and maybe throw a long pass. Their current roster includes EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Matt Simms and Tyrod Taylor, who all could do that.

The problem the Bills have is wondering if one of them is capable of doing all of those tasks as a starter. None of the team is comparing them to Tom Brady but simply taking it in strides and looking for a straight-laced man behind the center.

Tom Brady Dances At Super Bowl Ring Event

Tom Brady and his team were all getting together at an event because they were getting their Super Bowl rings. Although there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Super Bowl this year, and other problems that Tom Brady is having, he obviously had a very good night. Tom Brady Dancing. Fetty Wap has a song called “Trap Queen, and it’s been dubbed as the song of the summer, even though the summer hasn’t started yet. The song was playing at the party where the football players were at, and Tom Brady decided to get down.

Tom Brady tried to show off his dance moves, but the problem is that he had no real dance moves. Many entertainment outlets have been talking about the fact that his dance moves were a joke, but at least he was a good sport, and he had some fun. According to Steve Murray, Wiz Khalifa was the DJ and the event, and he was playing music that everyone was supposed to dance to. Many of the other footballers were out on the dance floor trying to get down, even the 72-year-old team owner.

While the music played in the background, everyone enjoyed themselves, and a video was created of the entire event. Tom Brady has been in some hot water lately behind an investigation that accused him of knowing that the football used for the Super Bowl was slightly deflated. Tom faced no jail time behind the accusations.

Michael Vick Has Cautionary Words for LeSean McCoy.

We can’t argue that LeSean McCoy isn’t one of the most talented running backs to take to the field in the past five years. His work in Philadelphia launched him to another level, prompting MVP talks and rushing title records. Now that McCoy has been dealt to Buffalo, a punishment in and of itself, McCoy has been less than kind in talking about his former team. McCoy was quick to blame Head Coach Chip Kelly for being racist about dealing all of the ‘best black players’ on the team. But the words rang hollow because everyone knows that they aren’t true, and Michael Vick is the first NFL player to publicly come out and say it.

Michael Vick, you can learn more about him on emobile.com,  is no stranger to controversy, though his issues were quite a bit more severe, so perhaps LeSean is better served listening to what Vick has to stay. Vick talked to reporters at ESPN The Magazine and he threw out a few cautionary words in the interview. Vick said that he told McCoy to “stay positive” and to appreciate the fact that he was still in the NFL. Vick concluded the discussion by telling McCoy not to “take things so personally, your life is great.”

For once we have seen Vick come to the forefront of media coverage with some sensible words. Vick being the rationality in this story is just too much to bear without laughing.