Five Active Quarterbacks That Stepped in and Shined
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Five Active Quarterbacks That Stepped in and Shined

They took the spotlight by storm.

Well, Tony Romo is officially back from injury, only to be the back up quarterback for rookie sensation Dak Prescott. Prescott is another signal caller who gained their first jobs in the league after replacing the injured incumbent QB. Some quarterbacks in the past, such as Steve Young and Brett Favre, find themselves in Canton, Ohio. Today, the league have some of these examples of back-ups becoming starters through injury.

Colin Kaepernick
Before becoming one of the most controversial, average quarterbacks in the league's history, Kap was a second year back-up to Alex Smith. Because Smith had just led the 49ers to a NFC Championship appearance the previous year and had led San Fran to a 6-2-1 season, his job was believed to be secured for the 2012 season.

That was until he suffered a concussion that left him out of a Monday Night game against the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick's impressive performance in the game led Jim Harbaugh to start Kaep from then on. The decision paid off, as Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl that season.

Kirk Cousins
Remember the 2012 Draft when the Redskins mortgaged their entire future on Robert Griffin III? You see how well that turned out? Actually, pretty well because they spent their fourth round pick in that year's draft on Kirk Cousins from Michigan State.

Cousins' first starts were in 2013 after the Redskins, but it was week 2 of 2014, when RGIII went down with a dislocated ankle and was replaced by Cousins, did it become clear that the RGIII era was over. One postseason appearance later, Kirk Cousins has accomplished just as much as RGIII with fewer injuries and more soundbites.

Philip Rivers
Rivers today is seen as the third best QB from the 2004 draft class, behind Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. It took almost two seasons for Rivers to make his first start in the league. In the final game of the 2005 NFL season, Chargers Pro-Bowl QB Drew Brees suffered a torn labrum in his throwing arm.

In the off-season, because of the injury, the Chargers decided to not re-sign Brees and make Rivers their QB for the future. Brees left for New Orleans, and Rivers has spent the past decade re-writing the Chargers record book.

Ben Roethlisberger
Speaking of 2004 Draft, who could forget Big Ben's entrance into the league. Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, Tommy Maddox goes down with a shoulder injury. Ben proceed to lead Pittsburgh to 14 straight victories, in the process ending the New England Patriots 21 game winning streak.

In his career, Ben morphed Pittsburgh from a ground and pound team to one of the league's most high powered offenses. Oh, he also has two Super Bowl rings.

Tom Brady
Yeah you probably expected this. Arguably the greatest quarterback in the 100 year history of the NFL did not start a game until Drew Bledsoe went down with internal bleeding in the second week of the 2001 season.

Fifteen seasons, two MVPs, four Super Bowl championships, and one really stupid investigation later, Tom Brady stands alone on the mountain top of quarterbacks who got their jobs because of injury. Mo Lewis and the New York Jets have been regretting that day ever since.

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Does Colin Kaepernick Deserve Another Shot?

Can the Free Agent QB find a home again in the NFL?

Tempers rise on both sides regarding Colin Kaepernick's NFL Future. His protest of the National Anthem last season hurt his stock more than it helped and many have called for the QB's career to be over.

Was it Kaepernick's right as an American to protest the way he did? Yes. Did I agree with it? No. Does that mean he shouldn't play in the NFL? No.

We live in a sports age where we've forgiven multitudes of transgressions. From Michael Vick (dog fighting) to Ray Lewis (alleged homicide) and Donte' Stallworth (DUI/Vehicular Manslaughter) we've seen the worst of our athletes and have called for them to be on our favorite teams. The only exception (Ray Rice: domestic abuse) proved that even American NFL fans have their limit, but shouldn't any criminal activity mean exclusion from the league? I believe it should, but that's another debate for another time.

Kaepernick's numbers aren't terrible, although San Francisco has been the last few years. His averages of 59.8 percent completion, 88.9 Passer Rating, 72 TD's to 30 INT's certainly cause one to pause. He's been to a Super Bowl and was a Richard Sherman tip from going twice in a row. His best years, however, were under Jim Harbaugh who has been pegged as a terrific quarterback coach but Kaepernick (and the 49ers) have not been the same since his departure.

The thing hurting Kaepernick is the question which needs an answer: how much of a distraction would he be? I imagine the firestorm set by his presence wouldn't be as large as some might expect, certainly not worse than Vick.

Personally, I think Kaepernick wants to get top money when he hasn't been a top quarterback for the past few seasons. He has the tools, minus his awkward throwing motion, but is he the answer for a team needing a QB (cough: the Browns)? No.

He is no savior, the way a Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck were looked at. He is a system quarterback who can play with the right coach, right team and it's proven in his numbers (looking at you, Denver).

Does he deserve a chance to play? No, it is a privilege. Football teams are private entities that have the right to choose their personnel. Should he get a chance before, say, Johnny Manziel?

Absolutely!

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MLB All Star Weekend (Extended) is Here

The game itself, and everything before it.

The 87th MLB All-Star Game takes place this coming Tuesday, July 12, from Petco Park in San Diego, home of the Padres. The winning league, per usual since 2003, will earn home-field advantage in this fall's World Series. Fans have voted on the starters, the reserves have been announced and the Final Vote to determine each league's last roster player ended today.

But there's more to the MLB All-Star Break than just the game. Yes, there is the Home Run Derby, too, but there are several activities involved this weekend.

Sunday, July 10:
MLB Futures Game (7 p.m. ET on MLB Network)
While the MLB teams finish up their last games before the mid-season break, some of baseball's best minor league stars get the opportunity to kick off the events with the MLB Futures Game. First held in 1999, this game features top prospects hailing from the United States taking on top prospects who come from the rest of the world. The games are the normal nine innings in length, but only two extra innings may be played if necessary, and pitchers are limited to just one inning pitched.

Former Futures Game Larry Doby Award winners (MVPs) include Alfonso Soriano, Jose Reyes, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Hill, Billy Butler and Kyle Schwarber (who won the award last year).

Monday, July 11:
Home Run Derby (8 p.m. ET on ESPN)
Time to swing for the fences with the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. This event has been held annually since 1985 (except for 1988, when it was rained out). Last year's event featured an overhaul of the old format -- which was based on "outs," or when players failed to homer. Under this newest format, batters compete in head-to-head matchups with each player having five minutes to make Chris Berman yell "Back-back-back-back" and gone with as many home runs as possible.

An extra minute is granted if a player hits two dingers 420 feet or more, and an extra 30 seconds if he hits one at least 475 feet. A 90-second swing-off, a three-round swing-off and sudden death swing-off, in order, act as tiebreakers.

Inclement weather almost ruined last year's derby in Cincinnati, but it did force MLB to lower the time limit per player from five minutes to four. The new format must have worked, as the derby saw its highest ratings since 2009. This year's participants will be Mark Trumbo (Baltimore Orioles), Corey Seager (Los Angeles Dodgers), Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins), Adam Duvall (Cincinnati Reds), Wil Myers (San Diego Padres), Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies) and defending champion Todd Frazier (Chicago White Sox).

All-Star Legends and Celebrities Softball Game (After the end of the Home Run Derby, ESPN)
This one isn't so much a competitive event with MLB players, as it is a friendly exhibition, but I love it regardless. First held in 2001, this softball game brings together some of the game's greats, and other celebrities, including actors, athletes from outside baseball, musicians and two Wounded Warrior players.

Former players coming for this year's event include Andre Dawson, Rickey Henderson, Tim Raines and Trevor Hoffman. Celebrity participants include SNL cast member Kyle Mooney, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan.

And yes, I know I didn't give a specific time for the game's start. ESPN list it as 10 p.m., but the derby will go on longer than two hours. Trust me.

Tuesday, July 12:
MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show (4 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Following this all of MLB Network's usual 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET programming will be "All-Star" editions)
This show features a lot of interviews and pre-game talk. If you like the glitz and glamour of award ceremony Red Carpet shows or want to see players talk, you might not mind this. If you just want to see the action, this is a show you can skip. The other MLB Network programming should just be the same programs you know, just with a lot of All-Star talk.

MLB All-Star Game (8 p.m. ET on FOX [pregame at 7:30 p.m. ET])
This is THE event. Baseball's brightest and best will shine from the player introductions to the game's final pitch. Everyone wants to see their favorite athletes, but at the same time, they'd like their league to have home-field advantage in the World Series. It could make quite the difference come October.

Also, fun fact: This will be the first MLB All-Star Game to have the designated home team be the opposite league of the stadium's home team. While Petco Park is home to the National League's San Diego Padres, the American League will be the home team, as this is the second straight year an NL park hosts the game, with two consecutive more on the way.

Wednesday, July 13:
The 2016 ESPYs (8 p.m. ET on ABC)
While not directly related to the All-Star Game itself, the day after the game is the only day where none of the North American sports leagues have any games scheduled, meaning many athletes can attend this award ceremony. The ESPYs celebrate the best moments and best athletes in sports within the last year. The 2016 ESPYs will be hosted by WWE superstar John Cena.

That's your guide to the MLB All-Star break. After this, get ready for the Trade Deadline and the second half of the 2016 season.

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Joey Bosa May Never Sign With the Chargers

San Diego messed up big time.

If you're a fan of the NFL or football in general, you've probably heard of the ongoing saga about former Ohio State player, Joey Bosa. In the 2016 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers drafted Bosa with the third overall pick.

Bosa was a phenomenal edge rusher at Ohio State and was guaranteed to be a top five pick. While he was projected to go either four or five, San Diego took a chance to draft Bosa and cement him as their pass rusher of the future.

Those plans are currently on hold. During the spring, while all the other rookies signed their deals, Bosa was still negotiating with San Diego. Since that was a common thing, nobody thought much about it. But, once Bosa didn't sign once training camp started then everyone started to take notice. Bosa and his team started holding out against the Chargers until they could come up with an offer that he liked and thought was fair.

As many of you know, Bosa is still holding out and has not come to terms with the team that has drafted him. Bosa and his team has often said that they are not looking to settle and will continue to hold out until San Diego can match all of the terms that Bosa is looking for.

Even though it sounds unfair to San Diego, usually most people will back up the player in these situations. Too many times we've seen rookies and young players get screwed in contract negotiations because of their inexperience and their immaturity. Ricky Williams can attest to that.

It is easy to feel bad with San Diego and take their side, as Bosa is just a rookie. In all sports, rookies usually just take what they can get and aren't too keen on the contract details.

Some people may call Bosa greedy and stubborn for this act, but in reality maybe San Diego just isn't giving a fair offer? Just like the Saints did to Williams, maybe they're lowballing him. Bosa has also complained about not getting enough guaranteed money in his rookie deal.

As a first round pick, most of the time the contracts do offer a lot of guaranteed money and we all know that in the NFL, guaranteedmoney is all that the players care about. The Chargers have been known for lowballing rookies and screwing them over, hence why Eli didn't want to sign with them in 2004.

But, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Joey's dad, John was a pro football player and even held out once during his career. Joey's mom isn't helping the situation either. She stated that she wishes he was never drafted by the Chargers and wishthat he "pulled an Eli Manning." Her comments will not aid the contract talks at all, and it doesn't look like Bosa will play for San Diego this year at all.

General Mangers across the NFL are laughing at the Chargers and are criticizing this whole process. Even if Bosa were to sign soon, it would probably be impossible for him to play any games because he knows nothing about the defensive plays or schemes. He hasn't worked out with the team once since being drafted and it seems like his "rookie" seasonmight be over before it even started.

If Bosa can't sign a deal with San Diego then he can go back into the draft next year and hope to be drafted by a team that won't lowball him on a contract offer. The Chargers will still own his rights until draft day next year, but by the looks of things, it doesn't look like he will ever play a down for the Chargers.

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Colin Kaepernick Should (Metaphorically) Take A Seat

And physically stand up.


Hey Colin Kaepernick's in the news again! Remember him? He was really, really good in 2013? He holds the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game? Remember?

Okay, well here's a picture of him to jog your memory.

Whoops, that's not Kaepernick. Sorry, the nose threw me off. Here's Kaepernick.

Ughhh, that hair. Now I'm sorry that I offended Squidward. But in all seriousness, Mr. Kaepernick was actually in the news this week, and not just because he's currently losing a quarterback battle to former Jaguars' mega-bust scrub Blaine Gabbert.

As you might know by now, Colin Kaepernick caught everyone's attention last Thursday when he refused to stand up for the National Anthem before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. And when asked for his reasoning behind such a shocking act, he had this to say (per NFL.com):

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Hmmmm. Getting paid leave and getting away with murder? You know what that reminds me of? Getting paid $12 million dollars a year and getting away with just planting your ass on the bench.

Honestly, Kaepernick needs to shut up and stand up. Anybody that he was hoping to reach with his message has already been reached.

Because let me tell you a little something about sports fans: if they weren't behind the black lives matter movement after Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Lebron James made their stand at the 2016 ESPYs, they sure as hell weren't going to change their minds for a one-hit wonder with a bad perm and a worse attitude.

And moreover, when you disrespect the flag, you're not just disrespecting our government and standing up against corruption, you're flipping the bird to the troops overseas.

You know, the guys and girls risking their lives so that Colin Kaepernick can slack off, be a brat, and ride the bench, yet still make more money in one year than a US soldier will see in 20 lifetimes.

So I'll say it again Colin: stand up.

We all know what this is about. If you actually gave a shit about the bodies in the street, then you wouldn't have waited three years to speak out about it. Where were you after Trayvon Martin? After Freddie Gray?

You don't want to make a point... you just want out of San Francisco. And I don't blame you for that. It must be really tough and unfair to have your NFL starter job be in jeopardy and have nobody to blame for it but yourself.

So take a deep breathe, flip through the playbook a few times, get your ass off of that bench, and put your right hand on your heart. You don't have to be disrespectful to make a point.

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Best Plays From Monday Night Football

A twerking Steeler and much more.

Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season has officially come to a close with two Monday night football games. Monday was full of surprises, great plays, and crazy celebrations, mostly by Antonio Brown. These two games conclude a crazy week one, but here we'll take a look at the best moments from Monday night.

Eli Rogers First NFL Touchdown
Before Monday, I'm guessing most of America did not know who Eli Rogers was. Before Martavis Bryant was suspended, Rogers wasn't even supposed to see many snaps on the field. But, once Bryant and Wheaton were out, it was the next man up and Rogers took advantage of that on Monday.

After Ben Roethlisberger threw a bullet pass to Sammie Coates in the end zone, it bounced off of his chest and right into the facemask of Rogers. Somehow, Rogers put his hands out and caught the ball in the end zone after it smacked off of his face. This will truly be a touchdown to remember for Eli Rogers.

Antonio Brown Twerks in the end zone
Antonio Brown is an athletic freak. After Monday, Brown shut up his haters and showed the world why he's awesome. After his second touchdown of the game he pulled out quite the celebration.

In a non-PG act, Brown twerked in the end zone. Yes, he actually twerked. I think it's safe to say that this is the first time ever an NFL player has twerked in the end zone. After his infamous celebration, social media blew up. There were memes, tweets, and even gifs of Brown in the end zone.

Mike Tomlin Pulls a Jack Del Rio
After seeing what Del Rio did on Sunday, Tomlin tried to upstage him and that he did. On a 4th and 1 situation, Tomlin decided to go for it and boy was he rewarded. Roethlisberger threw a perfect dime to Antonio Brown in the end zone. Brown beat the corner once again to reel in a 29 yard touchdown to put the Steelers up by 1. Del Rio's call may have been more risky and ballsy, but Tomlin's call was a lot more flashy thanks to the work of his talented offense.

Aaron Donald Gets Ejected
In what was a rough night for Rams fans, Defensive Lineman Aaron Donald did his team no favors. Donald has cemented himself as one of the best defensive lineman in the league with his ability and toughness. But, his temper got the best of him on Monday night.

After a rough play and a little skirmish in the middle of the field, Donald went face to face with Quinton Patton. Donald proceeded to grab his neck and thrust his helmet off of his head and flags were thrown. Ultimately, Donald was ejected from the game, getting a nice sendoff from the 49ers fans across Levi Stadium.

Drunk Fan Runs Onto The Field
In probably the most exciting play of the night for the fans in Santa Clara, during the 4th quarter of a boring and lopsided game, a fan ran onto the field. While this is not an uncommon feat, a fan running onto a football field hasn't been done in a long time. Unfortunately for us at home, the cameras didn't show the fan running around, but we got great commentary from Sports radio announcer Kevin Harlan about the incident. While the fan was running around the field, Harlan narrates the whole occurrence to the joy of all of the people watching at home.

Two games, two very different endings. With Week 1 one in the book, teams will look to improve this week and get everyone healthy for Week 2. Week 1 is always a spectacle to, but the question is, what will Week 2 of the NFL season have in store for us?