May 20, 2019
The hype is officially on…that is regarding the Cleveland Browns. Who out there has jumped on the Browns as one of the best teams for 2019 in the National Football League?
It’s getting to the point of laughable. If the Browns do indeed go out this season and win the AFC North or qualify as a wild card and get to the post-season where they don’t bow out in the first round, then of course they will have the last laugh. But for Christ’s sake, we even haven’t had training camp yet!
The hype is out of control. All these sports writers are becoming believers based solely on who is on the Cleveland roster. Sure, I’ll grant them improvement in talent. But how are we to believe that a team that has not been in a playoff game in 17 years and in the last 10 years has won only 41 games in the last 10 seasons averaging just four wins a season is all the sudden a Super Bowl contender?
In comparison, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won 103 games in the last 10 seasons or a little over 10 wins a season and has been to the post season 11 times in those same 17 years that the Browns missed the party. That includes three Super Bowl appearances and two Lombardi Trophies. So now all the sudden in one season they are so much better than Pittsburgh?
The link and article I’m about to give you is the icing on the cake for the bandwagon Brownie fans. Pittsburgh is nowhere to be found in the nine teams in this article but just look where Cleveland is. Adam Schein, a supposed NFL expert writer has obviously gone gaga over the Browns.
Los Angeles Chargers, Rams head NFL's most complete teams
By Adam Schein, NFL.com
My sensational editors at NFL.com asked me to rank the most complete teams in the NFL. Notice that adjective, complete. This is NOT a power ranking. It's NOT a playoff prediction.
I think the Packers are going to win double-digit games, yet they are not on this list. Neither are the Seahawks, even though I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Co. do damage in 2019. I wanted to add San Francisco, but had a few too many questions about that roster. If Carson Wentz weren't rehabbing from his second straight season-ending injury and/or my last name rhymed with ten, the Eagles would be listed below. And I just couldn't get myself to buy the Vikings.
I'm sure everyone will agree with all of my choices and there will be no debate whatsoever. So, without further ado, here are the most complete teams in the NFL as of May 2019, Schein Nine style:
1) Los Angeles Chargers
2) Los Angeles Rams
3) Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are loaded. Still feels weird to say, but it's unquestionably true. Baker Mayfield is a budding star. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are the most talented 1-2 punch at receiver in the league today. Nick Chubb is quite good. Kareem Hunt, when he's eligible to play, is even better. And don't sleep on David Njoku's skills at tight end.
The Myles Garrett-led defense doesn't lack for talent, either. Not with a front that also features Sheldon Richardson, Olivier Vernon and Larry Ogunjobi. And snagging Greedy Williams to stick opposite Denzel Ward was a steal in Round 2. Freddie Kitchens faces a whole lot of pressure in his debut season as a head coach. He also has a whole lot of talent at his disposal. Cleveland has to field a winner in 2019.
Bias aside, the Pittsburgh Steelers roster is LOADED. Yes, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are no longer on the team, but in 2018, Bell did not play anyway and Brown was a distraction and not the reason we missed the playoffs. We failed to make the post season because of four losses to the AFC West teams, three of which were an abhorration and should not have gone down the way they did. Only the Kansas City Chiefs loss was legit and if Pittsburgh wins any of those other three games, they would have extended their season for at least one more game.
Now, a new crops of rookies are on the team, several veterans have joined forces with the Black and Gold, and in my opinion, they are going to be a MUCH better team than from last year. With that said, Devin Bush is set to begin a new chapter in Steelers linebacker lore and he has believers out there in his talents.
Top 25 NFL rookies in best position for Year 1 success
By Dan Parr, NFL.com
Now that rookies have had their first taste of life in the NFL at the minicamps held over the past two weekends, I've had a chance to think about a question that's probably been on the mind of some fans since the 2019 NFL Draft wrapped up: Which of the newbies is in the best position to kick some butt this season? I can't think of a better way to answer that question than to do that thing we all love -- more rankings, please! So, I'll take a stab at it with my top 25, ordered based on how well they are set up for success in Year 1.
Top contenders for ROY honors
1) Ed Oliver, DT, Buffalo Bills:
2) Devin Bush, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: I like everything about the Steelers' bold move to trade up for Bush, who offers an intoxicating blend of speed and coverage ability. The 10th overall pick is an ideal fit and leader for this unit. He will post gaudy numbers as an inside 'backer for Mike Tomlin.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are streaking again but how long can they keep up the consistency? With another series sweep this past weekend, the Bucs have won three in a row and seven of the last 10. They are 24-20 and just 3 games behind Chicago, 1 ½ behind the Brew Crew. One of the better additions to this year’s squad is Melky Cabrera and today he’s getting props.
The hardest player to strike out on every MLB team
By Will Leitch, mlb.com
The world of baseball has embraced the strikeout in a way that is sometimes obsessive: For the second consecutive year, we’re on pace for more strikeouts than hits. Even the best hitters in baseball don’t sweat the strikeouts anymore. It’s all part of the game. This ends up making those hitters who specialize in contact all the more rare and all the more valuable. In this day and age, there is extra value in putting the ball in play.
So, today, we look at the player on each team who is the most difficult to strike out. Some of them are power hitters, some of them are defensive specialists, but all of them, no matter what, are players who, when batting, fielders need to be on their toes for.
Pirates -- Melky Cabrera, OF: How’s Melky still hanging around deep into his 30s? His ability to make contact provides a big clue. He's got the third-lowest strikeout rate in the NL, just under 11 percent.
The UFC was in action this past weekend with bouts that were not worth writing home about. Rafael Dos Anjos choked out Kevin Lee and maybe just maybe shut his big mouth once and for all. But in the world of MMA there was one vicious knockout and in the world of pro boxing another explosive KO that was one of the best you will see in recent memory.
In the word of MMA, Sage Northcutt was once regarded as the next “big” thing in the world of MMA. Having been a karate and mixed martial arts student from a very young age, Northcutt has been on multiple magazine covers but over the last few years began to lose fights in the UFC. So he moved to ONE Championship and the other night, he was iced in a big way in a bout with Cosmo Alexandre. Cosmo hit Northcutt so hard on the jaw he probably sent him into the cosmos.
The damage Cosmo actually did was break Sage’s face in pieces to the extent that he suffered eight fractures of the face. It took nine hours to put his head back together. OUCH.
Finally for today, you want to talk about domination? The New England Patriots have won enough that they are making non-New England fans sick of their winning ways. But in the National Basketball Association, the Golden State Warriors OWN the league. After making it to the Western Conference semi-finals in the 2006-2007 season where they lost, the Warriors would miss the post season for the next five season.
Then in 2012-2013 and the following season, they were back in the playoffs only to lose in the semis and first round respectively. Since then, the NBA is theirs. In five straight seasons including this current season still running, Golden State has won three NBA titles and been to four straight finals which will be five mostly likely after they knock off the Portland Trailblazers tonight. Portland has yet to win a game in this current best of seven series.