Thursday, March 19, 1987, is a day I’ll hardly ever forget. Yes, it was the 21st wedding anniversary of my parents — Abigail and Juan Martin — but being a normal 19-year-old college student, I had something else to do.Continue Reading
This is the region where there are depth plays that could turn into weekly starters. It’s also where players are coming off injuries or mas o menos seasons. They could blow up and jump into the top 10, or they could be relegated to your backup and maybe even cut for that inevitable RB injury. But you need to know these QBs, because they could win you a week. Picking up at a well-known No. 11.Continue Reading
It was May 5, 2006, and I’d been working for the Dodgers as the team’s publications director for about 4 months. Living the dream, working for the team I fell in love with in 1977. It was largely because of the Dodgers that I wanted to one day become a sportswriter.Continue Reading
Even with all the Burrow and Tua talk that dominated the lead-up to the draft, the fact that there was un chingon of wide receivers available this year did not disappoint from the start. Count ’em, 6 wide receivers taken in the first round! And a total of 17 taken in the first 3 rounds. Ay mijo! That’s almost as many Familia members that we fit around a couple picnic tables for Easter.
We’re different from the way NFL GMs think. Yes, we know the importance of a great offensive line to a quarterback’s performance. We know that having great DBs or a ferocious pass rush helps get your offense back on the field.
But when it comes to drafting NFL teams, those aforementioned GMs see things through a different lens than us fantasy owners. We want offense, todo el dia, cada dia! We want to see the running backs picked high with the quarterbacks and receivers, just like we do in August and September. They make us wait to see most of our hopeful caballos carrying the ball to have to be picked in the second day. At least the ones who could find their ways to our teams in a few months.
We all love the QB. They are the ones remembered and cherished when they are the true great ones. Johnny Unitas. Joe Montana. John Elway. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Drew Brees. The names can continue on and on.
What do those players have in common other than being in or en route to the Hall of Fame? They all struggled or sat early in their careers. Unitas was even cut from the team that drafted him (way to go, 1955 Steelers). Montana played 1 game as a rookie. Manning led the league in interceptions his rookie year. What does this say? Yes, even the best of the best get humbled by the game at the beginning.