Deshaun Watson to play in preseason opener despite common sense

Deshaun Watson, preseason starterImage: getty (Getty Images) The Cleveland Browns have relentlessly embarrassed their fanbase for going on nearly a quarter century. Most of the reason the Dawg Pound has been shrouded in masks made of paper bags and jerseys listing dozens of failed starting QBs as if they were KIA is the putrid on-field … Read more

Baltimore Ravens start 2022 with mainly inexperienced receivers

If you correctly ID’d Ravens’ wide receivers Rashod Bateman (r.), and James Proche II (l.), you’re probably from Baltimore. photo: AP The Baltimore Ravens released their first official depth chart for 2022 five days ago. It lists 12 wide receivers. Together, those twelve receivers have combined for 1,227 career receiving yards. Congratulations! That total would … Read more

Welcome to Blah-gust, the worst time of the sporting calendar

OH MY GOD WHO CARESphoto: AP Mark it down: 9:35 am Wednesday, Aug. 10. We’ve reached the peak (nadir?) of sports’ slow season. You know it’s the doggiest of dog days when ESPN is killing time with Little League World Series coverage. No disrespect to the youth, but I’m not going to subject myself to … Read more

NFL wants refs to focus on illegal contact penalties

photo: AP It is bad enough how bold the league is about its financial goals. The NFL wants to bring in $25 billion in revenue by 2027. It has been two years since the start of the pandemic, and the league generated $11 billion per sporty. That number includes local revenue dollars. In the rod … Read more

Bears’ star LB Roquan Smith wants out of Chicago

Things seem to be going great in Chicago for Roquan Smith et al.Image: AP It’s easy, as a Bears fan, to use any piece of news to regret your lot in life. The slightest misfortune or misstep, and we can’t wait to find the nearest fiery pit to throw into, as long as there’s ourselves … Read more

Aaron Rodgers can win third straight NFL MVP award

Aaron Rodgersphoto: AP Aaron Rodgers can win his third straight NFL MVP this coming season. Many will scoff at this lofty notion, but there is a clear path most just don’t see. They could point to all the young gun quarterbacks in the NFL, including Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and Josh Allen. Others could use … Read more

Kareem Hunt wants out of Cleveland, Jimmy G needs out of San Francisco

Image: Getty Images The offseason drama and turmoil in Cleveland will apparently carry over into the regular season. DeShaun Watson’s punishment was handed out last week to the tune of a very underwhelming six-game suspensionwhich has been appealed by the NFL. Now one of Cleveland’s primary offensive weapons, Kareem Hunt, is not only sitting out … Read more

Analyzing Jimmy Garoppolo’s next-team odds

Jimmy Garoppolo is still in San Francisco.photo: AP Most people thought Jimmy Garoppolo would be traded long ago. Yet, with barely more than a month until the start of the NFL regular season, Garoppolo is still a 49er. At this point, it’d be easy to assume that Garoppolo will remain on the team for at … Read more

Former Patriots lineman crashed car to avoid Belichick’s wrath

Rich Ohrnbergerphoto: AP In the barren wasteland that is sports in August, there are only baseball and speculative NFL stories to write about. And since we just wrote about Aaron Judge and he didn’t hit a dinger Friday night, we’ve got football chatter for you. Today’s anecdote comes from former New England Patriot offensive lineman … Read more

Steelers Diontae Johnson worth more than a $36.71 extension

Diontae Johnson’s new contract extension doesn’t do his production justice.photo: AP The last of the star wideouts holding out (or in) during contract negotiations, Diontae Johnson finally came to an agreeable contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. For Johnson to hold out longer than the likes of Deebo Samuel and DK Metcalf, it must have been … Read more