January 30th, 2014
The time has finally arrived and the cold winter month of February signifies the closing of one chapter, while giving rise to another. As the NFL season comes to a dramatic end, the stage is set for final act to play itself out . A scene fitting of a John Grisham novel as the younger over achieving newcomer Russell Wilson readies himself to take on what has been deemed by some as NFL royalty When he takes the field to wage war against Petyon Manning. On today’s show, we will take a close look at the long arduous process leading up to the biggest event in professional sports from those who lived it. Join us as we welcome Kelly Herdon, former Denver Bronco and Super Bowl record holder for the Seattle Seahawks, as he describes what it’s like to make it to the Holy Grail of football and walk away empty handed. We will also hear from 2-time Super Bowl champion Byron Chamberlain as he explains the pressures associated with winning your first Championship. Also, hear what former Texans wide receiver & special teams ace Andre Davis believes to be the key to winning one of the most anticipated 1-on-1 match-ups of Super Bowl XLVIII: Demaryrius Thomas vs. Richard Sherman. No matter the outcome of Super Bowl Sunday, history will be made as the curtain closes on another groundbreaking NFL season. Listeners, enjoy the best hour on radio as we break down the X’s and O’s of Super Bowl XLVIII on Secondary Perspective.
Twitter pseudo-celebrity and social pariah Krissi Bex joins me once again to break down:
-Just how stupid the Pro Bowl is -Conspiracy theories in the NFL -Weed -Dick Sherman -Super Bowl 48
Look, everyone and their mother (ESPECIALLY my mother) knows all about how weed is now legal in Denver and Seattle, but all joking aside, the Broncos will smoke the Seahawks.
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On January 12th, 2014, the Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. This time around, the Broncos ran the ball with great efficiency and registered twice as many first downs (26) as the Chargers (13). The Broncos were able to overcome a -2 turnover ratio and a furious San Diego comeback to wind up on top: 24-17. The Denver Broncos will host the New England Patriots next week to see who will represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII.
In this episode of Secondary Perspective:
The 2013 NFL campaign started with 32 optimistic teams but the long 16 week grind has now claimed the hopes of 20 teams. Toss out all the records and regular season accolades, for this is Playoffs, where fortune favors the bold and the Football Gods sit on their thrones waiting to see who emerges from the ashes to survive Wildcard Weekend. We will evaluate what victims of BLACK MONDAY could find themselves on a very short hiatus. Tune into this week’s show to find out what are the key elements to ensuring your favorite team remains in the hunt for the most coveted trophy in all of professional sports. Also, hear from some of our surprise guest, as we remember the life of one of the youngest & brightest Denver Broncos players, Darrent ”All Ready” Williams. Trust me you don’t want to miss it.
I’ve never really understood the concept of there being twelve days of Christmas. There is one day of Christmas. December 25th is the only day of the entire year that can be considered Christmas.
At the risk of sounding like a Grinch, “12 Days of Christmas” has got to be the most outrageous Christmas song of all time. Talk about clingy. This guy gets his girl 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, and 10 lords leaping (Apparently creativity began to wear thin at the end of this song). If you do the math, that means there are 33 other dudes in the house. It’s okay to be secure, but 33 other talented men in the house? The numbers are not in his favor.
Then, as if it isn’t crowded enough, this guys brings 9 dancing ladies and 8 maids who are milking God knows what. That’s 17 more people, bringing the grand total to 50! Are you kidding me? Disregard the fact that there are more people in this house than there are people at Jaguars games and focus on the fact that this guy invited over 17 women, 9 of whom are dancing!
After the number 8, there’s nothing but birds: 7 swans, 6 geese, 4 calling birds, 3 hens, 2 doves and a partridge. That’s 23 birds. If those birds are anything like the Atlanta Falcons there’s gotta be bird crap everywhere.
There is only one present that this girl actually likes: the five golden rings! Most women are satisfied with one ring, but this particular true love got five. No wonder she put up with a house full of people and birds, she was getting FIVE GOLDEN RINGS (so that’s why that verse is always sang in exclamation).
I think society deserves a better version of the twelve days of Christmas, and what better way to do that than to make a football version?
In accordance with the holiday season, here is the Denver Broncos version of the twelve days of Christmas.
On the twelfth day of Christmas the Denver Broncos gave to me:
12 New NFL records
11 DT touchdowns
10 Sacks for Shaun Phillips
9 More touchdowns coming this season
8 Pro Bowl players
7 Is a legend
6 Weeks until Super Bowl XLVIII
5 MANNING MVPs!
4 Players with double-digit touchdowns
3 Chris Harris interceptions
2 Previous Super Bowls
AND ANOTHER ONE COMING THIS YEAR!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
The week 15 edition of The Awful Fantasy Team That Beat Your Team yielded arguably the most random assortment of players. Four of them had been perennial practice squad players who had a difficult time finding a place on the field. I’m honestly at a loss for words at how random this assortment of players, so without further adieu, here’s this week’s list:
QB Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings: 28 points, available in 99.1% of leagues
RB Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings: 24 points, available in 100% of leagues
RB Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars: 14 points, available in 98.9% of leagues
FLEX RB Edwin Baker, Cleveland Browns: 13 points, available in 100% of leagues
WR Andre Caldwell, Denver Broncos: 17 points, available in 99.5% of leagues
WR Michael Preston, Tennessee Titans: 14 points, available in 100% of leagues
TE Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers: 12 points, available in 99.2% of legaues
D/ST Indianapolis Colts: 16 points, available in 77.1% of leagues
K Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals: 15 points, available in 95.7% of leagues
Total points: 153
Disclaimer: This team likely did not beat a team that had Jamaal Charles
Matt Cassel has had quite the year: seven games played out of fourteen. For those of you who struggle with math, that would be half of the Vikings’ games. Cassel seems to be the man for the rest of the year seeing as thought Christian Ponder is “hurt” (as if that matters) and Josh Freeman is worthless (Five fantasy points as a member of the Vikings). What’s most impressive about Cassel’s 382 yard, 2 touchdown performance is the complete and utter lack of a run game. I understand the irony of that statement seeing as though the unknown individual who did play running back for Minnesota in week fifteen scored 24 fantasy points. He also averaged less than two yards per carry (30 carries for 51 yards). With the return of Peterson, I see Cassel’s value dropping. That and the fact that he’s going up against a solid Cincinnati secondary next week (on the road) then against a formidable Detroit secondary in week 17. Okay, why am I even telling you this? We’re in the playoffs! If Matt Cassel is your quarterback, you’re not playing for the championship.
Matt Asiata had not carried the ball once in all of 2013 before week fifteen. He got 30 carries in Peterson’s (and Gerhart’s) absence. To put that into perspective, Peterson has only carried the ball more than thirty times in two games this season. Two. It’s not like Philadelphia had a dreadful run defense (ranked 17th against fantasy running backs), Minnesota just felt like the kid who was undrafted in 2011 out of Utah was their best option. . .thirty times. As I mentioned previously, he averaged less than two yards per carry. However, when you scored three times (Something Peterson has not been able to do all season) it boosts your value. With AD slated to return in week sixteen, there’s no way the guy whose name I can’t pronounce will get another shot. Hope he enjoyed his 60 minutes of fame. He can join Psy’s support group “How come no one cares about me anymore?”
You may remember Jordan Todman from back in week three when he scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks, then proceeded to raise his right index finger to his mouth in an attempt to shush the Seattle crowd. That touchdown cut Seattle’s lead to 21. Todman received two carries on the day that translated into five yards. Two things Mr. Todman: 1) Shushing the record-setting loudest crowd ever doesn’t work, especially from a backup running back who was outgained by six players that game. 2) You may only shush a crowd when your touchdown gives your team the lead. Cutting a lead to 21 simply doesn’t work. Moron. Week fifteen was the first time all season Todman broke double-digits from a fantasy standpoint, and it was because MJD was out. To the 2.3% of fantasy owners who now have Todman on their roster, you’re what’s wrong with fantasy football. Quit now, and don’t play next year.
It took Edwin Baker four teams before he found a home. After being drafted in 2012, Baker has played for more teams than years he’s been in the league. Hard to believe a back out of Michigan State wasn’t taken until the 250th overall pick. Baker went from the Chargers to the Broncos to the Texans to the Browns, where he finally saw some action. . .in week fifteen. It’s hard to believe Baker will produce these kinds of numbers again, especially since Browns running backs (not including Trent Richardson) have combined to score a total of 131 fantasy points. Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch, Knowshon Moreno, Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, DeMarco Murray, Chris Johnson, Reggie Bush, Frank Gore, Ryan Matthews, Fred Jackson, Alfred Morris, Giovani Bernard and Zac Stacy have all scored more than that as individuals. Avoid Baker and any Brown that isn’t named Josh Gordon.
Andre Caldwell scored 8 fantasy points in week one thanks to a 28-yard touchdown reception. It was his only reception of the game. In weeks 2-14, he never caught more than one pass in a game. In week fifteen, Caldwell more than double his season total of receptions and tripled his touchdown total. Welker’s absence was obviously the reason for Caldwell’s big game, not to mention the Broncos don’t have a legit backup wide receiver (I do NOT count Trindon Holliday). Considering we’re in the midst of fantasy playoffs, I’m sure DT and Decker owners were thoroughly furious as the two stud receivers combined for just 8 fantasy points. That’s probably why the Broncos lost the game and had their worst offensive production of the season. Way to go, Bubba.
Michael Preston (born June 1, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Heidelberg in Tiffin, Ohio.
Above, you will see Michael Preston’s Wikipedia page in its entirety. That’s all I’ve got for you.
Andrew Quarless has had terrifying numbers the past two weeks: 6 recpetions for 66 yards. 666. I was going to say Quarless is a respectable fantasy tight end, especially with Rodgers’ return looming, but apparently he’s the spawn of Satan, so I’d steer clear.
The Indianapolis Colts had the great pleasure of playing against the meager Houston Texans offense. The Colts defense recovered nicely after dropping a -6 in week fourteen. The Colts defense has scored 19 total fantasy points in their last seven games, so they’re clearly not too reliable. However, it should be noted that they’ll play Jacksonville in week seventeen, a team their defense scored a season high 22 fantasy points against in week four. Cecil Shorts is done for the year, so starting Indy’s defense in the last week of the season could be a sneaky good play.
Jay Feely wears receivers gloves. He’s a kicker. Not okay.
As a bonus, here is the perfect fantasy team from week 15:
QB Nick Foles: 33 points
RB Jamaal Charles: 51 points
RB Matt Asiata: 24 points
FLEX Eddie Lacy: 23 points
WR DeSean Jackson: 25 points
WR Greg Jennings: 22 points
TE Timothy Wright: 14 points
D/ST Seattle Seahawks: 22 points
K Dan Bailey: 24 points
Total points: 238
In this week’s episode of Secondary Perspective:
With only weeks remaining in the 2013 NFL season, the frigid cold temperatures of old man winter are only half of the concerns for most teams. Injuries to key players threaten the playoff hopes of some Super Bowl contenders, while recurring injuries could jeopardize the longterm health of others. You’re going to get an inside perspective from someone with over 42 years of experience in treating some of the best talent that the NFL has to offer. With celebrity clients ranging from Burt Reynolds, Nelly, Brian Bosworth and William Fichtner ( Elysium, Black Hawk Down, Armageddon) Dr. Nelson Vetanze will help shed some light on the most talked about topic facing the NFL, the ongoing concussion epidemic. We will also discuss the increase in knee injuries this season and how important preventive medicine is.