Should The Eagles Pursue Richard Sherman?

For the past few years Richard Sherman has been one of the most recognizable names in professional football. Whether it’s him being a part of one of the best Superbowl winning defenses in recent memory or his fiery, charged up controversial interviews, Sherman has been as prevalent a face as there’s been in the NFL. For perhaps a few reasons, the Seahawks seem relatively open to trading the cornerback who this past season was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl. I’m not here to discuss those reasons. There’s one thing and one thing only that matters in my eyes. How does this affect the Eagles. I feel that despite the Seahawks open willingness to discuss a deal for him, nobody seems to be taking it too seriously. At least as of now. But I bring this to light for a few reasons, the most fundamental being that Eagles could actually really benefit from a player like Sherman. For the heck of it, let’s break this down the simple way…

 

Pros

The Eagles desperately need a cornerback. Last year their secondary woes were too dire to ignore. As bad as their cornerback situation was, where we stand now, it’s worse. The Eagles have cut Leodis Mckelvin. Nolan Carroll is gone too and while those will ultimately probably be good moves for the birds, they still have to find someone to fill the void. The Eagles play in a division where they have to face Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall twice. It’s imperative to find at least one player that has either elite production or potential. The Eagles are probably considering a corner in the first (as well as other positions) so it might make sense to get one that’s established.

He never gets hurt. Seriously, by some freakish chance, one of the most aggressive players in the league has not missed a game yet. He’s started in every one since he became the starter his rookie year. Having a player that doesn’t get hurt often is such a valuable asset to a team, especially one that is trying to win and figures to be in the mix for a playoff berth down the stretch. Not only would the Eagles be able to fill a void, they would be able to do it with someone they can rely on week in and week out.

His intensity is a match for Philly. Richard Sherman is one of those guys you love to hate…unless he’s on your team. Say what you want about his personality but there is absolutely no denying the mans passion for the game. Philly fans would eat that up like cheesesteaks and crab fries. A few big plays on D combined with some wins and Sherman could have the city in the palm of his hands.

His price is going down. The reason I started to ponder this was because I read that the Seahawks could be dropping his asking price. First they wanted a player and a high pick. Now they apparently want a first round pick and a conditional mid round pick later (which could be OK if that means he’s on the team for at least a couple of years). Profootballtalk suggested it could eventually drop to just a first. Instead of using a pick to draft someone who might be good the Eagles could get one who’s already proven he’s elite.

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Cons

He makes too much money. One of the reasons Seattle is likely open to trading him is because of his expensive price. The Eagles as they stand now wouldn’t have enough to take on his salary without cutting or trading additional players. Still, for a team that was supposed to be cash strapped the Eagles seemed to manage pretty well in free agency. Howie Roseman and his guys have a remarkable ability to work around the parameters of the league’s salary cap. So while as of now it would seem pretty unlikely they could afford him, if there’s anyone who could make it work it’s Howie Roseman.

He’s 29. As I mentioned before Sherman has made the Pro Bowl the past four years. But everyone knows the day comes eventually where a player loses that elite step. You don’t want to mortgage a part of your future if you think that day is sooner rather than later. Does Sherman probably have at least a few good years left in him? That’s very reasonable to believe. But let’s be honest this team is built around Carson Wentz and his future. It may be foolish to acquire too many veterans for stopgap roles instead of grooming young players who could be a core part of this team for years to come.

The Eagles could lose valuable players. If the Seahawks end up being firm and demand additional players with a first round pick then would it be worth it? What if that meant not having Jason Peters protecting Wentz’s blindside? There are certainly expendable players on the Eagles roster but there are also a lot of players I wouldn’t be excited about parting with either, especially if it means adding the 14th overall pick too.

His personality could pose some problems. Sherman is known to be a fierce competitor and quite outspoken on a number of issues. He’s played in Seattle his whole career where he’s quite familiar with his teammates and coaches. It’s fair to question how he would handle a situation he didn’t approve of in Philadelphia. What if he doesn’t agree with a scheme or assignment or decision? Could that potentially cause distractions? Issues in the locker room? That could be a risky proposition to gamble on for a 29 year old corner.

Verdict: Surprisingly, I think the Eagles should at least be interested in trading for Sherman. They need a corner, badly. Sherman plays the position at an elite level and while his production might drop they could probably still get a few good years out of him. His veteran leadership would be of great value too, considering this is a young squad still learning how to compete and play in the NFL. He’s a SuperBowl champion and he brings that championship mentality week in and week out. While his demeanor could spark some drama I ultimately think that at the end of the day Sherman just wants to win. I would want that attitude on my team. It would be risky sending away a high pick but at least you’re getting someone reliable in return. I wouldn’t want to send additional players in the deal unless the team strongly feels they would be able to win without them on the team. He’s expensive but if Howie Roseman can figure out a way to afford him then why not? The Eagles could be targeting offense at 14 but let us not forget gems at the running back position can often be found in the second and third rounds and even beyond. I would like to get another young corner to pair with Jalen Mills but drafting one later to learn from Sherman sounds like it could be a wise move too. Overall if the Eagles couldn’t swing a deal to land Sherman it wouldn’t be the end of the world. It would be exciting to keep our first round pick and draft a promising prospect that could be on the Eagles for years to come. But if the price comes down to maybe just a first round pick or even less and the Eagles could figure out a way to afford him, then I’d do it.   It would unquestionably immediately make the defense better. It would help them as they try to make the playoffs in Doug Pederson’s second year as head coach. He’s 29 but won’t turn 30 until after next season ends. Combine that with his healthy past and veteran presence and I think the Eagles would be foolish to at least not try to make a deal work.

 

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I Fully Support Any Team That Runs Up The Score In The NBA

It’s no secret the NBA has undergone a drastic transformation from a league of true bruisers to a bunch of AAU babies. Gone are the days of Ron Artest running into the stands to beat the hell out of a heckling fan. Gone are the days of Kevin Garnett making fun of Charlie Villanueva because he had a hair loss condition completely out of his control. Gone are the days of Latrell Sprewell putting his NBA sized mitts around the neck of his head coach in practice and effectively choking the shit out of him. We’re in an age now where elite players leave their old teams to join the one that beat them the previous year. An age where the highest level of trash talk happens not on the hardwood, but on Twitter from teams social media coordinators. There’s a new trend starting to happen around the league now that has caught my attention. Players now get mad when an opposing team or player “disrespects” them by running up the score or taking a late three pointer or the like. There have been two instances just this past week alone.

First, with the Warriors up by about a bajillion points over the Wizards with mere seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Warriors backup center JaVale McGee shot a three pointer with 4.8 seconds left because the shot clock was expiring only to be shoved to the ground by Wizards guard (another backup) Brandon Jennings. Jennings received a flagrant 1 for the play. Via ESPN:

“Yep, totally agree,” Wizards guard John Wall said when asked whether the Warriors treated the game disrespectfully in the closing minutes. “Whenever a team is up like that, supposedly, you just hold the ball and take a shot-clock violation. So, what Brandon did, I don’t think it was dirty. I think it was the right play. You don’t let nobody try to embarrass you and I think that’s what they were trying to do.”

You don’t let nobody try to embarrass you? You lost 139-115. Might be a bit late for that. You know what’s disrespectful? Raising ticket prices for the playoffs so your fanbase can watch a team that gave up 139 points in 48 minutes. I mean do I love the fact that JaVale McGee shot a three as the shot clock expired? No. I strongly dislike the Warriors and everyone knows you let the shot clock expire in that situation. But to get so hurt for something that has zero impact on the outcome of a game is kind of ridiculous to me. Take your loss and let them be immature and focus on how you’re not going to give up 139 points again in the future. This is the NBA. You don’t like it? Play better. Simple as that.

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Then just days after that the Raptors and Pacers squared off in what turned out to be Lance Stephenson’s first home game since rejoining his former team. Shit hit the fan after he added another layup with 3.3 seconds left in the game with his team already winning by 16 points. A melee ensued as the game came to a close and three players received technical fouls. Now maybe adding an emphatic basket in the games closing seconds is a bad look. But it was Stephenson’s first game back in Indiana. Emotions were running high. They’re fighting for their playoff lives. But here’s the kicker…they were losing by 19 points in the first half. NINETEEN. Your team is losing 45-26 in a crucial game. You end up with a double digit lead with the crowd going absolutely crazy in the fourth. It’s not disrespect as much a celebration. When NBA teams win the championship should they still have confetti pour down? Wouldn’t that hurt the losers feelings? Athletes getting paid millions and millions of dollars and they’re complaining because they feel disrespected because they squandered their opportunity to win.

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But doesn’t this go against my initial point that players were tougher a few years ago? Shouldn’t I want to see reactions after a player feels disrespected? No. I just can’t see Kevin Garnett shoving someone because someone poured on a layup in a blowout. Mostly because I can’t envision a team with Garnett having that kind of lackluster effort that would put them in such a position in the first place. I also can’t see a team that would be stupid enough to test them like that knowing that future payback would be unpleasant to say the least.

The thing with these incidents is that there are other ways to show your pride and not get disrespected. How about play defense? You’re still allowed to block the three pointer or guard that final layup. Just because the game is decided doesn’t mean it’s technically over until the clock hits :00 right? Or you can play better earlier? Not blow a huge lead? Not give up a bajillion gazillion points? Something?

Football Player Donezo After Girlfriend Pours Boiling Water On Him

Florida International Tight End Jonnu Smith will miss the remainder of his senior year football season. No, it’s not because he tore his ACL or separated his shoulder. Nope, not suspended for pot or poor academics. IT’S BECAUSE HIS CRAZY GIRLFRIEND DOUSED HIM WITH BOILING WATER, obviously.

“According to the arrest affidavit, Smith, an NFL draft prospect, suffered severe burns on his head, neck, back, a shoulder and an arm.

Mary Gaspar has been charged with felony aggravated battery. She is five months pregnant with their child.

According to the arrest affidavit, Gaspar gave this account at Florida International University police headquarters:

  • Gaspar and Smith argued through the day on Oct. 31 about how much attention Smith was paying her and their relationship. While in Smith’s dorm room and “feeling extremely emotional and stressed,” Gaspar told police, she boiled a pot of water. Then she walked over to Smith and poured it on him.
  • When Smith didn’t react strongly enough for her, she started hitting him with her open hands, she told police.”ASN-Jonnu-Smith-POW-988x556.jpg

 

I know, I know, the initial reaction would be to talk about just how fucking loony this chick is for dumping scalding hot water on her boyfriend. But the real story here, what’s truly remarkable is just how indestructible Jonnu Smith is as a man and as a human being (he may actually be a cyborg I’m not sure yet). College athletes have hectic lives. Classes, practices, study hours, games. Add in a batshit girlfriend, an impending baby, AND a potential NFL career and then it’s just another day in the life of good ol’ Jonnu boy. I have a nervous breakdown when my phones at 57%. There are men, and then there’s Jonnu Smith. I guess you kinda have to be a cool customer with a name like Jonnu, just part of the gig. The fact that this guy hasn’t changed his name and disappeared from the face of the earth is going to be my daily reminder that I can endure anything life throws or dumps on me.

On a side note, ladies, please don’t pour blistering hot water on your boyfriend. I know sometimes you might feel like you’re not getting enough attention but 99/100 times inflicting severe burns upon them isn’t the answer. Why someone wouldn’t want to be with a person bananas enough to pour searing water on them in the first place is beyond me but I just don’t think that’s the answer.

 

You can check out the full article right here:

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/18014878/florida-international-golden-panthers-te-jonnu-smith-season-suffering-burns-attack

Cavs Almost Fuck Themselves Before Series Even Starts

We all know the real reason the Houston Rockets lost to Golden State in the Western Conference Finals. It wasn’t because of their inability to stop the Splash Bros, or because they got outplayed, it was because rapper/ cultural icon ‘Lil B’ put a spellbinding hex on Houston’s star James Harden. In case you live under a rock, Lil B put a curse on Harden for stealing his ‘cooking’ dance motion before the series started. In game 2, Harden had the ball in his hands during the final seconds as his team trailed by just one point, but was smothered and unable to even get a shot off.

This time around, the Cavs, fresh after their series clinching win, were goonin’ hard and celebrating their trip to the finals which Lil B saw and immediately warned the Eastern Conference representatives of his wrath, then Iman Shumpert saved the day.

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Wow. Close fucking call. Everyone in Cleveland is sucking Lebron’s nuts meanwhile Shumpert is the real hero on this team. This series was almost over before it even started. Really impressed by Shumpert too, if Lil B fucks with you, you must be a special person. It would have been so boring to watch if Lil B put a curse on them, so NBA fans should be rejoicing that the series can now go either way. Should be a great series, Sixers in 5.