Author: Jorge Martin

April 22, 2021

HOTLANTA DEBATE: WHAT TO DO AT #4?

It’s one of the great debates that’s happening in the roll-up to the NFL Draft starting on April 29. What will Atlanta do at #4?

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April 8, 2021

FERNANDOMANIA: THE BEST OF TIMES

I don’t think of Fernando Valenzuela being born so much as he was touched by the heavens and his left arm was turned into an artistic masterpiece as beautiful and creative as any work of art or a classic piano concerto. 

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March 27, 2021

EMBRACE THE MADNESS! NFL FREE AGENCY 2021

Way back in February, in the cleanup stages from the Super Bowl, Adam Schefter tweeted that there could be as many as 18 teams making changes at the QB position. That’s more than half the teams that could be breaking in a new player at the most vital position in sports. Really?

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February 24, 2021

SUPER SOPH: RUNNING BACKS

We heard about why rookie RBs would not be able to thrive in 2020. The lack of OTAs and preseason games would slow acclimation to the NFL game. Players might not have state-of-the-art training facilities to get their work in while dealing with closures caused by the pandemic. 

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February 16, 2021

TIME TO RETHINK THE LATE-ROUND QB?

In our Familia league, we chuckle at the photo of our first draft. It’s a big board, filled with stickers with players’ names in different colors making a big spreadsheet come to life. All our teams were on there for our first draft, which was in 2010.

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February 5, 2021

ADENTRO Y AFUERA SUPER BOWL LV… WE MADE IT!

When I think back to late July, when NFL camps were opening up with an equal mix of limited fanfare and trepidation, I had an internal tug of war going on in my brain about the upcoming NFL season.

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January 27, 2021

WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST YEAR AS A FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYST

When my primos Ricky, Hector and I debuted the Familia FFB podcast back on Cinco de Mayo 2020, we all thought we knew fantasy football really well. We’d studied, received and made trade offers, made playoffs, won and lost championships, and really obsessed over the game pretty much from mid-July to the New Year on a yearly basis.

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January 23, 2021

ADENTRO Y AFUERA, CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: YOU WANT A REMATCH?

When I think of rematches, I think of Muhammad Ali and the Rocky series before I think of football. Ali had some of the boxing world’s most epic rematches, and with regard to Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, trilogies. 

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January 15, 2021

ADENTRO Y AFUERA, PLAYOFFS DIVISIONAL ROUND: WHAT’S IN THE NAME?

The Divisional Round of the playoffs is one of the most poorly named weekends of NFL Football and sports in general. Kyle Brandt of NFL Network pointed out on the Rich Eisen Show that March Madness has the market cornered on great names: Final Four, Sweet 16. Even the first round of the NFL playoffs was Super Wild Card Weekend.

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January 13, 2021

TOMMY LASORDA: A LIFE IN BLUE

When I got the news on the morning of Jan. 8 that the legendary Tommy Lasorda passed away at age 93, it was a major punch in the gut. More like a baseball bat to the forehead. This was another connection to my youth that was leaving our world, and even though I’d been bracing for it during his recent hospital stay, I still wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this man. You see, I grew up a Dodger fan, and I fell in love with the team and the game in 1977. That happened to be Lasorda’s first year managing the Dodgers. From the start, this was something special.

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