IRVINE, Calif.—December 3, 2012— The impressive performances of San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith have not only wowed the crowds at Candlestick Park, but have landed them in the top five of Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT) ‘Rising Sports Stars’ List for December. Calculated monthly, the ‘Rising Sports Stars’ List measures the U.S. athletes with the most significant leap in popularity during the previous 30 days, which could generate huge fan and advertising followings.
With the talents of Kaepernick and Smith, San Francisco is in scoring distance of another championship prize, this time in football. Along with the 49ers’ players, Jacksonville Jaguars’ Cecil Shorts and Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant also made it onto BAT’s top five, as they are both on pace to reach their first 1000-yard receiving seasons, respectively. Rounding out the Top Five is Greg Monroe, of the Detroit Pistons, who has everybody talking with his outstanding early season play on both sides of the floor.
Any controversy surrounding the Rooney Rule in recent years has been less than fiery – criticisms boil to the surface here and there, but it is one of the NFL’s less divisive issues. The only people who bring it up in a negative light are those concerned about “affirmative action” issues (which the Rule isn’t) or those who believe that we, as a culture, ought to do away with such rules and regulations in an attempt to move past the issue of race and gender equity in the workplace.
This analysis of the Rooney Rule is not meant to be broad, sweeping social commentary – I am a sportswriter, after all, and I ought to stick to the lighter side of things, lest I get into trouble. Below are the facts of the decade before the Rooney Rule and the near decade since – statistics about hires, a few anecdotes, and hopefully some perspective on why I believe the Rooney Rule is great for the NFL and should not be done away with any time soon.
I'll put the over/under at 130 tackles for Kuechly in his first year.
The 2012 NFL Draft had an abundance of potentially impactful players on both sides of the ball. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are sure to make an impact (whether positive or negative) simply because they will touch the ball on nearly every play while their teams possess the ball. However, we feel that there is potential for some of the defensive picks to have an even greater presence on the field due to their abilities and the needs their teams obviously possessed last year.
More than half of the first-round selections were on the defensive side of the ball with five secondary players and 12 front seven guys all being selected in hopes of playing on day one. The following list represents the order in which each of these players will be making an impact on their team according to importance, improving, and solidifying their teams overall ranking and execution on the defensive side of the ball.
Luck will be the cornerstone of the Colts for years to come!
The NFL Draft had some serious depth at various positions (to the naked eye anyway) and to prove this point we have to look no further than the sixth round. Collegiate stars like B.J. Cunningham (WR/MSU), Ryan Lindley (QB/SDSU), Cyrus Gray (RB/A&M), Marvin McNutt (WR/Iowa), Terrance Ganaway (RB/BU) and Tommy Streeter (WR/UM) all went in the sixth round ALONE.
Wide receiver seemed to have the most depth with the guys listed above going late and first-round projected receivers like Alshon Jeffrey, Stephen Hill, Rueben Randle and Ryan Broyles all going in the second round of the draft. And when you include the four first-round receivers drafted you can see where we are putting together our assessment. While this is all great for the already offensively-minded National Football League we’re here to discuss this years winners and losers of the NFL Draft, so here we go:
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The Clippers are the team to beat in L.A.!
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IRVINE, Calif.—December 3, 2012— The impressive performances of San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith have not only wowed the crowds at Candlestick Park, but have landed them in the top five of Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT) ‘Rising Sports Stars’ List for December. Calculated monthly, the ‘Rising Sports Stars’ ...