Jaguars, Illini Legend Kevin Hardy on NFL Draft Past and Present

NFL Draft week is here, and with it, we conversed with a man who knows it well- Kevin Hardy. The man who was rated the #15 best Jacksonville Jaguars player of all time by the club website, discussed the NFL Draft- how it’s grown, what his experience was like, and what the event will be like this week, as the current pandemic has forced it into a very different format.

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Listing 70 of the Worst NFL Draft Cliches, Buzzwords, and Assorted Word Salad


By this week, all the soundbites for every NFL draft prospect now run together into an indecipherable word salad. Actually, it all becomes gobbedly-gook well before this week, due to the over-usage of cliches. All the Draftniks do it:

Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, and Jon Gruden most of all. Gruden speaks with a much higher buzz word/NFL draft catch-phrase per sentence percentage than anyone. If I sat down and watched Gruden’s “QB Camp” show again, this list would be four times as long.

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Gretchen Whitmer Partners with Detroit Sports Teams for COVID19 Call to Action PSA

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The public profile of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has risen so much lately that she’s now in the mix to potentially be the Democratic VP candidate in 2020. One oddsmaker even lists her as the third most favorable candidate to get the nod, behind only Senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar.

Governor Whitmer, or “that woman from Michigan” as the President condescendingly referred to her in one of his painfully awkward and generally awful on every level daily press briefings, is certainly a rising star in the Democratic party right now.

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Tom Brady Move to Bucs a Hot Topic Among Manchester United Fans


Yesterday was yet another day in these surreal and insane times in which we live, and any time we see a top trending term on Twitter that’s not related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a blessing. That is perhaps the most re-assuring thing about seeing Tom Brady as the top trend on the micro-blogging platform on Tuesday, because hey, it wasn’t coronavirus.

We have no sports, anywhere, for the foreseeable future, and thus, NFL free agency is bigger and more interesting than ever. Tom Brady, 42, officially left the New England Patriots and multiple reports indicate he’ll sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for about $30 million.

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How Major US Sports Leagues Have Been Hit by Coronavirus Outbreak 

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep around the globe, almost all of of the top tier sports leagues have gone into almost complete lockdown. The four major leagues in North America have all been affected, and it seems almost certain the impact rise over the coming weeks. 

Here’s the latest state-of-play in the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB with regards to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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NFL Draft: a Sporting Event Built to Survive Lockdown

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The NFL Draft, in a highly altered and very much scaled down form, might be the only sporting event that survives the next couple months. If they can pull it off, and it is very much doable, you could see the MLB, NBA and NHL follow suit. It won’t be actual sports, but hey, it will be something close. And it will give you some sports to bet on too, as NFL betting sites have already been taking action on who the first overall pick would be for quite some time already.

On Monday morning, the National Football League announced that the draft will go on, on the planned date, but all fan events are cancelled. So for now, it’s on, but who knows what could change between now and the end of April. Personally, I think it would be really cool if they went all retro/back to their roots- just a bunch of old dudes in a conference center ball room picking names off of a board.

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Nick Foles to Chicago Bears, Fans React Colorfully on Twitter

Yesterday, when Tom Brady officially left the New England Patriots, en route to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, discussions were triggered all over social media about what athlete looked the strangest in a jersey of “another” team. By “another” think of Michael Jordan as a Washington Wizard, Joe Montana as a Kansas City Chief, Johnny Unitas as a San Diego Charger etc. 

One of the more clever reponses was Mitch Trubisky in a Pro Bowl uniform. It’s funny because it’s true, and it’s clear the Chicago Bears will need a new QB1 if they are to do achieve anything while having this stellar defense that they have in place going for them. So the Bears have made moves, trading a fourth round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Nick Foles.

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Super Bowl-Like Moments For The Legal Sports Betting World

People wager large amounts of money on sports around the world every day. And, the truly astonishing part is, the practice is only becoming more and more popular as the years go on. There is no denying that sports betting has always been a popular activity, but it has never been as popular as it is right now. And, a lot of this has to do with the fact that the practice is becoming more and more widely accepted. Not only are more people recognizing it, but it is becoming legal. Just look at the number of cities, states, and countries that now offer legal sports betting. All that aside, when you look at the books, you will clearly see that there are just a small number of events that stand out from the others and draw in massive crowds every year. These are going to be the moment when you want to get in on the action. 

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Five Quick Ways to Become a Better Football Player

Football is a beloved game because of two reasons- the adrenaline that comes with it is addictive and the excitement that it bestows on its fanatics is unlike anything else in the world. That split second goal that sends chills down your spine cannot be described or recreated by anything else. 

As a player, there is nothing more important than on-field intelligence and good ball control. These two skills are the difference between an amazing football player and one who is mediocre in the field.  But the good news is that just like any other sport, football offers room for improvement.

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Major Sports Leagues Start Establishing their Online Betting Solutions

In 2018, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was invalidated, opening the floodgates and triggering a gambling gold rush in the richest country in the world. For years, sports betting had been frowned upon and limited to casinos in cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But as soon as this act was abolished, new opportunities and new possibilities arose.

PASPA essentially made it impossible for states outside of Nevada to set their own laws regarding sports betting and online/mobile betting. Just 18 months after the act was invalidated, 13 states had legalized these activities and a further 6 had passed bills to push legalization through. As of 2020, it’s looking like at least 30 states will have some form of legal sports betting within the next year or two.

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Vernon Davis (Exclusive), Melo, CP3 on New Venture, Media Landscape

Yesterday marked the announcement of Players TV, Athletes on Demand, the first all athlete owned television network. Set to launch in late March, the aim and niche evokes The Players Tribune. The mission is to tell the athlete stories that don’t get told by the mainstream media, who often pigeon hole athletes into certain boxes and stereotypes.

Vernon Davis the just retired tight end who won a Super Bowl and made two Pro Bowls over the course of his 13 year career is involved, and he was on hand at the launch announcement on Friday. The event, which included two athlete and TV network executives, took place at Tavern Club on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

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Boring, Dull, Homogenized Super Bowl Logo: NFL Made Huge Mistake

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“Corporate culture” is one of the worst business buzzwords you’ll ever hear. It’s right up there with “paradigm shift,” “synergy,” “core competencies” and “best practices” in the corporatespeak pantheon of meaningless gobbledy gook.

That’s because corporate culture values homogeneity and predictability above all else, and the National Football League is more than happy to conform. The NFL is a hyper-protected brand, on levels both great and small that would blow your mind. The NFL also protects their brand, even on levels of minutia, with the ferocity of a mafia hit man. It’s this “brand value” and “deliverable” that explanations the horrifying degeneration of the Super Bowl logo.

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