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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FOX Releases Trailer for TV Series About the First Woman in Baseball (Video)

It should be pretty inspirational.

This week, FOX released the trailer of a new series about the first woman to make it to the MLB. It stars Kylie Bunbury, who plays the character of Ginny Baker, who makes her way up to the San Diego Padres, but has to overcome major obstacles to do so. (It also stars a guy who looks exactly like Steve Harvey, so look out for that).

It seems like an inspirational series that could lay down a path for young women to follow, if they are so inclined. It seems to be modeled after Mo'Ne Davis, who led the Taney Little League team from Philadelphia to a third place finish in the Little League World Series in the summer of 2014.

It's good of FOX to green light something that may not appeal to a massive audience, but has a good message. It could catch on with the sports audience, as there are reportedly many MLB player cameos throughout the series, but time will tell. Here's to hoping people fall for the feel good story.

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Sports |  Source: adapted from goodstatic.com

San Francisco Will Be The First City Offering Free College Tuition

About damn time.

On Monday, San Fransisco's mayor, Ed Lee, announced to the public that his city will be the first in our great nation to offer free tuition to community colleges for local residents. Over 30,000 people will benefit from this new legislative action.

This new plan will empower the residents of San Fransisco to seek an education, now that it will be available to all. This newly initiated program will be funded by taxing sales on properties sold for over five million dollars.

It's about time our nation recognizes the importance of education, and the reality of the cost of a college education. Going to college can be, and usually is, very expensive, and this new plan allows people with a drive for a higher education who might not be able to afford it, actually attend college.

Props to you San Fransisco, hopefully other states in our nation will follow suit.

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The Best Offense Left In The NFL Playoffs Is...

This was a tough one.

As we approach Championship Sunday in the NFL, I take a look at which reaming team has the best offense. Before I begin, let me first acknowledge that all of these offenses are absolutely elite.

When determining which offense is best, I focused primarily on three main factors: the team's running attack, passing attack, and quarterback play. Of course, other factors such as dynamic play makers, offensive line play, and coaching were also taken into consideration.

I then averaged each team's ranking in the three respective categories to create an overall ranking. In the event of a tie in the overall rankings, I gave the tie-breaker to the team who has better quarterback play and coaching. Keep in mind, these ranking are based on what I have seen this season, specifically over the past one or two games.

Running Attack:
1. Pittsburg Steelers
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. New England Patriots
4. Green Bay Packers

My reasoning: I've got Pittsburg coming in at the top in the running attack rankings for one primary reason: Le'Veon Bell. His patience, change of speed, and vision are second to none in the NFL. Bell also has a stellar offensive line to run behind.

The Falcons are next thanks to duo of Devonta Freeman and Trevin Coleman. Both of whom have tremendous speed and ball-catching ability.

The Pats are third with the reemergence of Dion Lewis. Combining his explosiveness with LaGarrette Blount's power makes for a balanced attack.

Lastly, we have the Packers. I mean, Ty Montgomery is a wide receiver who is playing running back... and he's their starter.

Passing Attack:
1. Atlanta Falcons
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New England Patriots
4. Pittsburg Steelers

My reasoning: All of these teams can undoubtedly move the ball through the air. Atlanta earns my top ranking because they have so many ways to beat you. Whether it be their backs catching it out of the backfield or just throwing a jump ball to Julio Jones, Matt Ryan has a plethora of weapons at his disposal. Combine that with a dynamic play-caller in Kyle Shanahan, and you get the best passing attack.

Green Bay miraculously ranks second in the passing attack despite injuries to Jordy Nelson (ribs), Devonte Adams (ankle), Geronimo Allison (hamstring), and Jeff Janis (quadriceps). And it's all thanks to that bad, bad man Aaron Rodgers.

The Pats are third as they continue to prove they can beat you regardless of who Brady is throwing it to. And, by adding Dion Lewis to the backfield, New England adds another playmaker for Brady to throw to.

Despite having perhaps the league's best receiver in Antonio Brown, the Steelers are my worst ranked passing attack. I mean, they could not even score a single touchdown against Kansas City in the Divisional Round.

Quarterback Play:
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. New England Patriots
4. Pittsburg Steelers

My reasoning: WOW. Is this the best group of Championship Sunday quarterbacks in the history of the NFL? All of these guys are straight up STUDS. Nevertheless, I am forced to rank them based on what I have seen to date, and more specifically over the past one or two games.

Taking home my number one ranking is Aaron Rodgers. And this one wasn't very hard. We may be witnessing the best eight-game stretch by an NFL quarterback ever. It doesn't seem to matter who he's throwing to; he will find a way to light up your defense. In my opinion, Rodgers is the league's MVP, but that is an argument for a different day.

Matt Ryan earns the second spot. And he deserves this ranking. Does he have the pedigree of Brady or Roethlisberger? Absolutely not. But he is having an outstanding year, has a ton of weapons to throw to, and just lit up the Seahawks for 36 points (and it could have been more).

Mr. Brady is third after struggling against the Texans last week in Foxborough. Despite last week's performance, I fully expect Brady to play very well against the Steelers on Sunday.

Lastly I have Big Ben. He just hasn't been the same big-time, playoff stallion that we've seen in the past. But he can change that narrative by beating the Pats this weekend.

Overall Rankings:
1. Atlanta Falcons (Average=1.67)
2. Green Bay Packers (Average=2.33)
3. New England Patriots (Average=3)
4. Pittsburg Steelers (Average=3)

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Pre-Combine NFL Mock Draft

How can the Browns fuck up this year?

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Even though the Browns are still looking for their franchise quarterback, passing on a sure talent like Myles Garrett would be a costly move. Since there is no lock for top QB in this class, the Browns will look to address that need later and focus on improving their defense.

2. San Francisco 49ers: DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
This pick could go so many different directions. The 49ers have a new management and coach running this team. Now they need themselves a QB. If they sign one in free agency, they could look to focus on the defensive side of the ball. As of right now, their best option would be Watson because he has proved he can win. The 49ers will realize that when they hand him the keys to the franchise.

3. Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC
The Bears are another team that are in need of QB, but could also go in other directions. They have money to spend this offseason and little room for error. With Jonathan Allen and Solomon Thomas still on the board, the Bears choose their signal caller of the future. The Jay Cutler days are over.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
The Jags get to choose the best prospect that falls to them. Tom Coughlin has won Super Bowls with great defenses and a solid offensive line. The Jags had what seemed to be a great offseason last year, but it did not translate to this season. Jonathan Allen slides nicely right into the defensive line next to Dante Fowler and Malik Jackson.

5. Tennessee Titans (from Rams): Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
The Titans have two first round picks to add to an almost playoff team. With their first pick, they could look to reach on a WR, but could get the better value later in the first. With this pick they'll look to get that do-it-all safety that's hard to come by. The former Buckeye will be a ballhawk in AFC South for years to come.

6. New York Jets: Marshon Lattimore, DB, Ohio State
The Jets need to seriously upgrade their secondary this offseason. With Darrelle Revis slowing down (not to mention his off field issues), the Jets will look to fill that void. Marshon Lattimore is the second straight Buckeye DB off the board. Lattimore will be able to come in and start from day one.

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Mike Williams solidified himself as the top WR with his performance in the national championship game. The Chargers look to give Philip Rivers a true top wideout to line up across from Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams.

8. Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Jonathan Stewart isn't getting any younger and Mike Tolbert is more of a goal line back then a solid backup running back. Leonard is the most physically gifted RB to come out since Adrian Peterson. Imagine lining up in a formation with Cam Newton under center and both Leonard Fournette and Jonathan Stewart in the backfield. That is scary.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
A down year for the Bengals gives them an opportunity to improve their defense. The Bengals will give their defense another mean and tough linebacker. Foster next to Burfict is a crazy good linebacker duo for the future.

10. Buffalo Bills: Jamal Adams, DB, LSU
The Bills have a tough decision on what to do with CB Stephon Gilmore. After up and down years, the Bills maybe willing to part ways with their former first round pick. Jamal Adams is too good of a talent to pass up here.

11. Saints: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
The Saints secondary was so easily picked apart last year. They will have to prioritize the defensive side of the ball this offseason and hope to find their franchise cornerback in Sidney Jones.

12. Browns (from Eagles): Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
The Browns passed on their franchise QB with the top pick, but they won't at 12. This pick could be traded for Jimmy G or used for something else. It's obvious that the Browns have to take a QB at some point in this draft.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
The Secondary might not seem like a glaring need to the Cardinals, but they need to find a player to line up across from Patrick Peterson. Teez can step in from day one and help take the load of PP21.

14. Indianapolis Colts * (coin flip): Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Andrew Luck needs weapons, badly. Dalvin had a historic career as a Seminole and could be the perfect running back to pair with Luck for the future. Cook's ability to catch out of the backfield makes him a versatile option for the Colts.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Vikings) * (coin flip): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Carson Wentz was a nice surprise for the Birds, but as the season progressed, Wentz started to run out of options. Corey Davis is a true No. 1 wideout. He has the measurements, size and speed to be a solid wide receiver in the league.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
Baltimore needs their next great edge rusher and Tim Williams can easily live up to that role. Williams has all the talent to succeed at the next level, but attitude and character concerns can cause him to fall. The Ravens will take the character risks because of his potential.

17. Washington Redskins: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Solomon Thomas is a huge question mark. He has been mocked all over the place. As a defensive end, Thomas relies on his athleticism and speed to dominate an opposing offense. Thomas will be a great fit across from Ryan Kerrigan in the Skins defense.

18. Tennessee Titans: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
The Titans would love to grab either Mike Williams or Corey Davis here, but since both are taken, they don't want to reach on a WR who may not be able to live up to an NFL WR1. OJ Howard has the skills of a wideout, but causes matchup nightmares as a TE. Marcus Mariota will love having two TE's with Howard and Walker. The Titans offense after this pick is a WR away from being one of the league's best.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: John Ross, WR, Washington
Tampa badly needs a WR to pair with Mike Evans, and John Ross is the perfect compliment. Evans is a big WR who uses his size, whereas Ross uses his speed and route running to beat defenders.

20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OL, Wisconsin
The fact that the first offensive lineman that comes off the board is at number 20 is crazy. A year after their Super Bowl victory, the Broncos need to retool their offensive line and find a starting tackle for the future. Ramczyk took an alternative route here, but that doesn't diminish his skills. Ramczyk will start from day one and replace the absence of Russell Okung.

21. Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Lions need help all over their defensive line. They choose to keep an instate talent home. Charlton could become the next JPP. He was an explosive force on the Wolverines defensive line and will be a nice compliment to Ezekiel Ansah.

22. Miami Dolphins: Hassan Reddick, OLB, Temple
Following a tremendous Senior Bowl, Reddick has been one of the biggest risers. An OLB who can play as an edge rusher in the NFL will be a nice replacement to Oliver Vernon that Mario Williams was not.

23. New York Giants: David Njoku, TE, Miami
The Giants lack of TE really hurt them this season. Njoku is an athletic freak and is similar to former Hurricane Greg Olsen. Njoku will open up the field for OBJ.

24. Oakland Raiders: Marlon Humphrey, DB, Alabama
The Raiders secondary is a piece or two away from making that defense elite. Marlon Humphrey is a no brainer at this position. Humphrey will start opposite of Sean Smith and will be a staple in the secondary for years to come.

25. Houston Texans: Garett Boles, OL, Utah
Houston needs to figure out its QB situation, which could be fixed by Tony Romo. If that is the case, they will need to protect him and keep him healthy. Boles will bring in much needed youth and competition to an injured OL.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama
The Seahawks need to find a solid left and right tackle to protect Russell Wilson. Robinson is a freak athlete and could be a franchise left tackle. Though some off field issues could lead Robinson too fall down the board, the combine will make teams realize he is the real deal.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt
The Chiefs have one of the best defenses in football but they aren't getting any younger, especially at linebacker. Derrick Johnson has been a Chief his entire career, but his time is almost here. They should look to replace him with Cunningham.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
They have gambled with defensive ends with character issues in the past that haven't panned out. Barnett is an explosive edge rusher who haunted SEC offenses and will look to be the future of Dallas D-Line.

29. Green Bay Packers: Quincy Tabor, CB, Florida
The Packers struggled in coverage last year, especially in the second half of the season. Other parts of the defense could be addressed, but Tabor's fall will end here. He will look to battle for a starting spot from the get-go.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan
This is an interesting pick. Jabrill Peppers has all the skills in the world to dominate on a football field, but the major question is what position he will play at the next level. The football freak will most likely play in the "Deone Bucannon" role in the next level for the Steelers.

31. Atlanta Falcons: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
The Falcons defense fell apart in the second half of the Super Bowl, and it showed they need to solidify their defensive line. After the first half of pressuring Brady, Their D-Line was almost non existent in the second half. McDowell will be a run stopper and middle pass rusher that would be a nice fit next to Vic Beasley.

32. New England Patriots: Takkarist McKinleym OLB/Edge, UCLA
The Super Bowl champs will take a risk on this all-pro potential edge rusher. This kid is a freak and could be a nice replacement to Chandler Jones. McKinley has the potential of being an all-pro and could be the main focal point of the Patriots defense of the future.

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Kirk Cousins Is Making Way Too Much Money In 2017

WE DON'T LIKE THAT!

Today, Kirk Cousins made $24 million. Think about that.

That is so much money.

Washington hit Cousins with the exclusive franchise tag today, meaning he will return to the nation's capital next season. As free agency, which begins next week, crept ever closer, Washington and Cousins were nearing an impasse. Washington used the franchise tag on Cousins last year, which meant he would return for 2016, and make a lot of money, and then be a free agent again this spring.

Cousins had a solid year in 2016, throwing for nearly 5,000 yards, completing 67 percent of his passes, and throwing 25 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions. It was a good season, but not really an improvement over his 2015, when he completed a higher percentage of his passes, threw more touchdowns, and threw fewer interceptions.

Of equal importance, Cousins only led Washington to eight wins this past season, one fewer than the previous season.

So Washington, while publicly happy with the 28-year-old quarterback's play, was faced with a dilemma: sign him to a long-term contract and lock up a quarterback who plays decently well, but has a 19-21-1 career record as a starter? Let him walk and head into the offseason ready to rebuild? Or hit him with the franchise tag for the second year in a row, and pay Cousins like a top-three quarterback in the league?

Washington went with the last option. They're now paying $24 million in 2017 to a quarterback who, at 28 years old, has probably reached his prime and has a sub-.500 career winning percentage.

The only quarterbacks making more money than Cousins next season? Andrew Luck ($24.6 million) and gosh darn Drew Brees ($24.3 million).

I think Washington made the wrong decision here. Sure, Cousins had most of the leverage in this decision: Washington didn't want to go into free agency without a solid answer at quarterback, and apparently the team's leadership thinks it's worth paying Cousins all that money to not be a true contender again in 2017.

But it's a poor allocation of money when Washington could've entered a reasonably quick rebuild. Draft a quarterback to groom, re-sign DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, and take advantage of a very good offensive line with no starters in their 30s.

Give it two years, and Washington probably could've had a quarterback nearly as good as Cousins for a fraction of the price, while freeing up cap space to sign impactful players around him.

Instead, they're paying Kirk Cousins like he's Drew Brees when it's very evident that he is nowhere near a $24 million quarterback.

Safe to say most fans don't like that.