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Bite In The Dawgs’ Bark: The Cleveland Browns FINALLY Are A REAL Team 0

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Joe Gill

YES, Browns fans!

Trent Richardson Has Helped Put Bite In The Dawgs Bark.

You FINALLY have collection of players and coaches that are a REAL team.

There is HOPE.  SERIOUSLY, I REALLY MEAN IT this season.

The Cleveland Browns are turning what’s left of the sinking ship into port. Their decrepit vessel is getting repaired, the holes are getting PLUGGED. After a MADDENING 0-5 start (STANDARD procedure in Cleveland since ’99) which saw the Browns lose three games by 7 points or less,  fans were playing the COULDA, SHOULDA, WOULDA game in their heads.

Close YET AGAIN but no CIGAR for a very YOUNG team.

The Browns are maturing into a team that is INJECTING the Dawg Pound with HOPE FINALLY. Led by the “BEAST”better known as rookie running back, Trent Richardson, Cleveland’s running game is is a LEGITIMATE WEAPON & THREAT. Even when T-Rich has a sub-par game, he still contributes by finding the end zone.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden has got more and more comfortable in the offense. The “OLD MAN” rookie has cut down on costly turnovers that lost games for Browns earlier in the season. He is becoming the intelligent game manager that fans in Cleveland has CRAVED and has not seen since Bernie Kosar.

Yet ANOTHER offensive rookie, wide receiver  Josh Gordon has also grown leaps and bounds. Gordon has become Weeden’s long distance threat which the opposition has to pay attention to. It’s only up from here for the former Baylor Bear.

The Browns defense and special teams have GELLED and stats show it. Cleveland is currently ninth in the NFL in points allowed with 20.9 points. Due to a GREAT PASS rush, the defense have become a ball hawking unit as of late including EIGHT forced turnovers versus the HATED Steelers.  They currently are FOURTH in the AFC with a +8 takeaway/giveaway ratio.

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Jovan Belcher Tragedy Has NO Team Colors: NFL & Fans Show Their Support For K.C. Chiefs, Family 2

Posted on December 01, 2012 by Joe Gill

Belcher Tragedy Has NO Team Colors

In this age of social media, you receive news good and BAD in a fraction of a second.

Unfortunately today the news was of the extremely  HORRIBLE variety.  It was reported this morning that K.C. Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend then took his own life outside the team facility.

Kansas City Star:

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher this morning shot and killed his girlfriend before going to Arrowhead Stadium and fatally shooting himself as team personnel tried to stop him, police said.

Police Capt. David Lindaman said Belcher, 25, and his girlfriend, 22, got into an argument around 7 a.m. at their home in the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue in Kansas City. Around 7:50 a.m., Lindaman said, Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Lindaman said Belcher’s mother, who was visiting the couple and their 3-month-old daughter, witnessed the shooting and was being interviewed by police.

Belcher left the scene on Crysler and went to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead, police said.

Police were called to the stadium around 8:10 a.m. Lindaman said when Belcher arrived there he encountered General Manager Scott Pioli and other team personnel. They apparently attempted to keep him from committing additional acts of violence. When police arrived, Belcher shot himself in the head.

When receiving such HORRIFIC news in a fraction of second, whether it directly affects you or not, all you can do is REACT.

You don’t REACT, you just FEEL.

I am a fan of the New England Patriots so does this unfathomable act affect my team or people I know?

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Ways To KEEP CALM & SURVIVE The NHL Lockout (INFOGRAPHIC) 9

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Joe Gill

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The NHL Lockout is TWO MONTHS old already and the fans are trying to SURVIVE.

And find things to do until the NHL & NHLPA get their heads out of their……

You can fill in the blank!

Until then here are some ideas how to spend your time outside of wishing BODILY HARM on Gary Bettman.

Went To A NASCAR Race & A WWE Match Broke Out: Gordon Vs. Bowyer (VIDEO) 4

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Joe Gill

Who said all the action of NASCAR was on the track?

After some jousting during the AdvoCare 500, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, and their crews partook in a WWE Battle Royale.

Fists were flying and tires were being pushing over in the donnybrook.

Vince McMahon Would Be Proud

Vince McMahon could not have scripted it any better as Bowyer left his car and raced through the infield to get involved in the fracas.

Maybe Gordon & Bowyer could square off at Wrestlemania?

Top 100 Things NFL Fans Would NEVER Say….In PUBLIC Anyways (VIDEO) 0

Posted on November 07, 2012 by Joe Gill

It’s NO SURPRISE why the NFL is the MOST POPULAR SPORT on the planet Earth…..

The fans of course.

NO ONE is more PASSIONATE about their sport and team than the lovers of the PIGSKIN.

But there are some things that the MOST DIE HARD NFL fans just WON’T SAY.

Ok, ADMIT it how many have you said?

Sports Illustrated’s 10 BEST NFL Franchises (5-1) 1

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Joe Gill

MUST HAVE For Any NFL Fan

Sports Illustrated has just released “Football’s Greatest” which is a MUST HAVE for any NFL fan. This book is choc full of beautiful images, historical tidbits and of course Top 10 lists. This keepsake covers the best players by position, the top 10 plays in NFL history and much, much more.

This week we are going to discuss the “10 BEST NFL Franchises”. Let the debate begin!

 

 

 

 

5. New York Giants

4-NFL Championships

4-Super Bowl Championships

31-Playoff appearances

27-Hall Of Famers

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Chicago Bears

7-NFL Championships

1-Super Bowl Championship

26-Playoff appearances

27-Hall Of Famers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Dallas Cowboys

5-Super Bowl Championships

30-Playoff appearances

12-Hall Of Famers

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