Tendown May 3 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tendown 172 is here. This is Tendown 173.

1. What happened to Black Grantland?

2. Why don't Republicans pay a price for extremism?

3. Of course we should have automatic voter registration.

4. The baseball game with no fans.


6. Conan about Dave.

Not one single writer/performer in the last 35 years has had Dave’s seismic impact on comedy.

Yup.  That's the right answer.  Absolutely beyond debate. If you think it's debatable you don't know what you're talking about.

7. Americans Riot.

8. Great Moments in Peaceful Protest History

9. Huge amounts of lead poisoning found in the black community in Baltimore.  A couple of years ago, I mentioned this research.

10. I had Floyd 8 rounds to 3 with one even.

 And one more...

You can vote for Hillary in the general.  In the primary, it's Bernie.

That's all for this time.  I'll be back next time.  If there is a next time...

Your pal.


(Not Really A) 2015 NFL Mock Draft (second round). Why, Why, Why Did We Select Arik Armstead?

Friday, May 1, 2015

 This is not my second round prediction, instead, it's how I would make each pick were I selecting it.  

Unrelated, Floyd in the fight and were I to take a shot in the race, it would be International Star at 20-1.

1. Tennessee Landon Collins S Alabama
-Top safety on the overall board meets the Titans top need.

2. Tampa Randy Gregory OLB Nebraska
-Not sure what the deal is with Gregory, his failed pot test shouldn't have caused him to drop out of round one, he's highest value pick on the board.

3. Oakland Jalen Collins CB LSU
-My second rated overall corner is still available, it's Raiders top need.

4. Jacksonville Dorial Green Beckham WR Missouri
-There are some receivers with first round grades still on the board.  

5. NY Jets Devin Smith WR Ohio St
-See Jags comment.

6. Washington Henry Anderson DE Stanford
-One draft crush down (Shelton) two to go. Both Anderson and Kendricks should go today.

7. Chicago Eddie Goldman DT Florida St
-They passed on Shelton to get the wide receiver, here, they get the interior defensive lineman.

8. NYG Eric Rowe S Utah
-Safeties and pass rushers are common needs at the top of the round, I'd expect Collins and Rowe gone as we hit the 40th pick.

9. St Louis La'el Collins T LSU
-Value here is super high, Collins apparently isn't a suspect in the criminal issue that cost him his first round selection.

10. Atlanta Jake Fisher T Oregon
-If Collins gets here and the Falcons don't take him, he might not go today either.

11. Cleveland Maxx Williams TE Minn
-top TE on the board, Browns are killing this draft.

12. New Orleans Jalen Strong WR Ariz St.
-So many receivers in this draft.

13. Minnesota Tyler Lockett WR Kansas St.
-So many receivers in this draft.

14. San Francisco Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
-And here's my guy, just waiting for us.  Good pick, Trent!

15. Miami TJ Clemmings T Pitt 
-I bet they were hoping Tomlinson would still be here.  

16. San Diego Owamagbe Odigihizuwa DE UCLA
-Really good fit for the Chargers.  

17. Kansas City Devin Funchess WR Mich
-For me, there's a step down in quality after Lockett. If I wanted a WR, I feel lots better getting one who has gone by now.  

18. Buffalo Brett Hundley QB UCLA
-I actually have four draft crushes; if the Bills draft Hundley he's their starter in 2016.  

19. Houston Paul Dawson ILB TCU
-Love this for the Texans and it should be there for them.  

20. Philadelphia Sammie Coates WR Auburn
-I know they picked a receiver already.  Let's give them two.  

21. Cincinnati Eli Harold OLB Virginia
-If Hundley's still available, I'd go that way, let him sit for two years and then make the move.  

22. Detroit Grady Jarrett DT Clemson
-If this wasn't the plan when they went with the offensive lineman it should have been, cause it's a helluva plan and this would be an excellent Lions draft.

23. Arizona Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
-If he doesn't go the pick before.  

24. Pittsburgh Quinten Rollins CB Miami (Oh)
-Serious need for the Steelers.

25. Carolina Rob Havenstein T Wisc
-Given their OL need and the relative positional weakness in the draft, Thompson was a weird first round pick.

26. Baltimore Ameer Abdullah RB Neb
-Combining him with Forsett is a terrific score for the Ravens.  

27. Denver Hroniss Grasu C Hobart
-OL was the Broncos chief need coming into the draft and then they dealt one away yesterday.  This has to be best OL in their board.

28. Dallas Trey Flowers DE Arkansas
-Terrific value at this point in the draft.

29. Indianapolis Hau'oli Kikaha OLB Washington
-Colts get the best remaining pass rusher.  

30. Green Bay Packers Carl Davis DT Iowa
-Pack in a good position to gamble on Davis.

31. Seattle AJ Cann G South Carolina
-Can't be happy about Grasu being gone.  

32. New England Troy Hill CB Oregon
-Patriots make a good decision.  Let's see if he has a better career than fellow Duck Armstead.

(Not Really A) 2015 NFL Mock Draft (first round). Please, Please, Please Don't Select Arik Armstead

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In an exercise that's becoming increasingly popular, this is not my first round prediction, instead, it's how I would make each pick were I selecting it.  I'll look to do this again after round one as the board resets.

1. Tampa Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
-Not a difficult decision over Winston, based on performance without even getting to The Hunting Ground of it all.  Tampa should play Glennon the first two years; were I in a decision making capacity, I don't think there's any rookie quarterback I'd play even a snap.

2. Tennessee Leonard Williams DE USC
-This is a move down draft beginning at this spot, I don't really like anyone as having top 5 value.  I'm a USC guy; more than that, a Pac 12 guy, so I've seen a lot of those west coast games.  Williams isn't quite that kind of dominant pass rusher who gets picked second, but he's the best all around player on my board.

3. Jacksonville Todd Gurley RB Georgia
-Yes, Gurley has a medical concern and running backs no longer get picked this high (and that's reasonable) but I'm a little irrationally high on Gurley, I don't feel super confident about my ordering of the pass rushers, and the Jags have a desperate need.  Like the Titans, they should deal down.  I'll stop saying that now, just assume it's true for everyone.

4. Oakland Amari Cooper WR Alabama
-If the old man were still alive, it would be White, but I've got Cooper as my solid top receiver.

5. Washington Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
-My top pass rusher, and who I'd take at #3 if the Jags are married to getting one there.

6. New York Jets Randy Gregory OLB Nebraska
-A bigger need than White; I have him just ahead of Fowler.

7. Chicago Danny Shelton DT Washington
-Excellent spot for an underrated guy.  Really like him at this spot.  I'm a Niners fan, if he's still available by like pick 12, I'll be agitating to get up and get him.

8. Atlanta Dexter Fowler DE Florida
-He's almost certainly gone, Gregory's drug test will knock him down for people who aren't me, but this is really as high as I like Fowler who is a little more of a project than is being discussed.

9. New York Giants La'el Collins T LSU
-I've got him ahead of Scherff, and the Giants are in a really good spot to get the top offensive lineman. Collins, like Gregory, might be looking at a real off the field related slide.

10. St Louis Brandon Scherff T Iowa
-My second lineman; depth at receiver maybe aids my decision to pass on White/Parker here.

11. Minnesota Kevin White WR West Virginia
-Here, the value at receiver is so strong that, despite the OL need, you have to get that deep threat.  Passing on Parker with his quarterback behind center is tough.

12. Cleveland Jameis Winston QB Florida St.
-This is about where I think Winston's value is; the Browns need a quarterback, and it's a small enough market (and really provincial) that Winston gets some protection from scrutiny.

13. New Orleans Shane Ray OLB Missouri
-Last of the touted pass rushers, I think there's a real chance that Shelton's still on the board here and that he's the Saints pick - meaning, as a Niner fan, I might want that 12th spot.

14. Miami DeVante Parker WR Louisville
Good spot for him; he's likely to be gone as high as the Rams, and that's not unreasonably high.

15. San Francisco Marcus Peters CB Washington
If we're here, and we might be, the 3 top receivers and the 4 top pass rushers all gone, Shelton, the guy I want here, gone - I'll be looking really hard for a trade down.  Who I won't be looking for (and this is the reference in the subject of the post) is Arik Armstead, who most mocks have going to the Niners and who I don't like in the first round.  I have Peters, narrowly, as my top corner, it's a little early for a corner in this draft, so my hope is a deal down.

16. Houston Dorial Green Beckham WR Missouri
I'm taking the shot.  Someone's gotta be fourth, I'm willing to go on the potential at this point in the round.

17. San Diego Bud Dupree OLB Kentucky
I've got him a cut below the other four, enough that I don't want him at #15 but would want the other guys, this is a real trade down possibility.

18. Kansas City Devin Smith WR Ohio St.
Here's how much I like Smith; I've got him ranked ahead of my guy from USC, and if the Niners were to take him at #15, even though I want to go defense, I don't scream in protest.

19. Cleveland Nelson Agholor WR USC
And there's my USC guy.  Similar to Williams, I've seen him enough that the flaws are more evident, he lacks Smith's explosion, and DGB's upside, but he's got a high floor and I'm good with him here.

20. Philadelphia Landon Collins S Alabama
Fits the need and this is good slotting.  Note how the Niners could deal down and still get that corner.

21. Cincinnati Andrus Peat T Stanford
I've got three draft crushes, Shelton's the first, the second is Peat's teammate, Anderson, and the Bengals would be the first spot I'd consider getting him (he won't go in the first round).  If Dupree's available at #15, that's another possible deal partner.

22. Pittsburgh Trae Waynes CB Michigan St.
Here's where I think it's time to take corners, when we get to the last ten picks of the round; I've got Waynes a tick ahead of Collins.

23. Detroit Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
Good spot for Gordon, like him right here; I don't think he gets by Arizona.

24. Arizona Cameron Erving C Florida St.
Add to the Iupati signing and they've done a nice job with this interior line.

25. Carolina Ereck Flowers T Miami
Dire need for a tackle, Flowers is the best available.

26. Baltimore Breshad Perriman WR UCF
7th first round receiver.

27. Dallas Jalen Collins CB LSU
Here's the next spot where I'm tempted to go for Anderson, but Collins is as good as either corner taken and they need one.

28. Denver Cedric Ogbuehi T Texas A&M
Best OL on the board.

29. Indianapolis Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
Here's my third draft crush, my ideal Niners draft is we get all 3 without having to move, or if we miss on Shelton, deal back so we can get both Kendricks and Anderson and then the best available corner/wide receiver/offensive lineman.

30. Green Bay Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest
Packers really want to deal down here, they'd like a Kendricks, but if he's gone, an Anthony or a Dawson also works, but not here.

31. New Orleans  Arik Armstead DE Oregon
 Armstead's fine here. Just not with me at 15.

32. New England Henry Anderson DE Stanford
Goddamn, Belichick.  

April, 2015 Athlete of the Month

Monday, April 27, 2015

March is here.

Steph Curry.  Runners-up:  Tyus Jones, Jordan Spieth, LeBron James

January - Marshawn Lynch
February - Malcolm Butler
March - Breanna Stewart
April - Steph Curry

4 months down.  8 to go.  Who will be the 2015 Athlete of the Year?

Tendown April 26 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tendown 171 is here. This is Tendown 172.

1. How much do the 1% of the 1% contribute to political campaigns?


2. And how much do companies shift the burden of paying their workers to taxpayers?

150 billion a year.

3.  Bruce Jenner.  Ain't that a helluva thing.


Anytime a member of the picked upon "affluent" would like to trade financial statuses with me, as representative of "the rest of Americans" I'm down.  


Judge Stephen Reinhardt:“this case involves nothing more than an irrelevant, rambling statement made by a witness during the course of a grand jury investigation.”

Told you so.  

8. True or False.  There's a Keith Sweat Festival this summer in Jamaica.

9. 54% of Republicans believe....

And one more...

That's all for this time.  I'll be back next time.  If there is a next time...

Your pal,


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