Steve Cook joins the Man Cave to talk about his recently published Sports Media Hot 100 list. We’ll rundown the entire list and I’ll tell him what he got right and what he got wrong while he explains his thought process for the picks.
Hi, hello & welcome to the Sports Media Hot 100! I’m Steve Cook, and if you’re a regular Man Cave visitor you may have listened to Jeremy Lambert & myself talk about any number of topics, mostly sports related. At some point during one of these podcasts I agreed to rank the lovely ladies of sports media. It took awhile, so long that I’ve promised myself never to make one of these lists again, but here we are.
There weren’t many rules here, but one rule I kept in mind was that the people involved had to work in the United States of America. I got no beef with the lovely ladies of Canada, or Mexico, or Guam or wherever, but I don’t live there. So it’s not my area of expertise. I also noticed a tendency of other people that do these types of lists to rank people in the top 5 that I’d never heard of before reading the article and that they’d never actually seen perform on television. “So & So works for Channel 4 in Finland!” Yeah, whatever man. For all you know she hasn’t been there in ten years. I know I have some Canadian friends that will take offense to their favorites not being included, but I invite them to make their own list because they know more about the subject matter.
I know I’ll get complaints about the pictures. I’ve tried to make things fair by using photos of these women on the job. Not all of them have posed in Maxim & not all of them have swimsuit pictures available. I highly recommend Googling all of these women and finding out more if you’re unfamiliar with their work.
There’s also a lot of weather commentary in the blurbs because it was snowing and/or really cold when I put this together. Not that any of you will actually read the blurbs, I’m just explaining things in case somebody actually does.
And now, the list!
Welcome to the annual “Dustin James’ NFL Mock Draft (that is sure to be wrong)!” Of course, the NFL season ended over a month ago and it’s time for teams to look to improve their rosters and compete for a title next season. It’s been proven time and time again that the quickest way to turn your team into an NFL title contender is through the NFL draft. As a matter of fact, the Seattle Seahawks reminded everyone just how important the NFL draft is (and the Oakland Raiders keep reminding people that they don’t take the draft seriously, which is why they’ve sucked for 10+ years now). They pretty much built their entire team through the NFL draft and just added a few pieces in free agency (Free agency is the most overrated way to improve your team. Players are free agents because their previous team didn’t want to pay them what they feel they are worth, so the team lets them walk and they go and grab a younger, cheaper player in the draft). As a matter of fact, most of the playoffs teams from last year or all teams who have rosters loaded with guys they drafted (Carolina, Kansas City, Cincinnati, etc.), so I can’t articulate enough how important it is to have a good draft every year.
Now, it is only March and the draft is still two months away so a lot can still happen between now and then. It’s almost impossible to predict what NFL teams are thinking heading into the draft, but that’s why mock drafts are so fun to do. For the record, I don’t consider myself an NFL Draft expert, I consider myself a little bit of an obsessive fan. I read pretty much any mock draft I can get my hands on (if your dog writes a mock draft, send it my way), I watch tons of scouting videos over at DraftBreakdown.com, and I try and pay attention to what NFL writers are saying about how certain teams are feeling heading into the draft. This is the first time I’ve done a mock draft before free agency starts (free agency starts on March 8), so I’ll be back with my final version once free agency ends and the draft is in sight. I know, you are DYING to see that one to, but you gotta have patience young man, patience!
Anyway, let’s get to the goods!
Dustin James’ 2014 NFL Mock Draft (that is sure to be wrong…)
The 2013-14 NFL season is officially in the books and man, was it a good one or what? We saw all sorts of unexpected things this year. We saw the lovely town of Seattle win their first professional football title. We saw the Kansas City Chiefs go from a two-win team to one of the best team’s in the NFL. We saw the Carolina Panthers go from having a a joke of a head coach to turning that same guy into the NFL Coach of the Year. We also didn’t see Tim Tebow start an NFL game this season, which is a good thing because finally the entire NFL world has come to the understanding that the guy just can’t throw a football. If Bill Belichick can’t find a way for you to contribute on the field, it might be time to embrace your inner acting and journalistic bone, which it appears as though Tebow is finally doing.
Anyway, with the 13-14 season behind us, it’s time to look ahead. Before we get to next season’s plate of games though, we have a wonderful thing called the NFL off-season and this little beauty is a guide that I wrote up to help NFL fans of all shapes and sizes see exactly what kind of shape their favorite NFL team is in headed into the off-season. In this guide, you will find all sorts of delicious information that I’m sure will overwhelm you, but that’s what the NFL off-season does to people. It can be exhausting. If you don’t believe me, just go interview your local favorite NFL general manager and ask him how much sleep he’s been getting. Chances are he’ll start repeating NFL combine 40 times and totally confuse the crap out of you.
So, without any further adieu. I present to you…..
Dustin James’ 2014-15 NFL Off-Season Guide!
Steve Cook joins the Man Cave to look back at Super Bowl 48. We’ll talk about how terrible the game was, when the turning point occurred, and the future of each team. Plus we’ll talk about the commercials and Bruno Mars halftime performance. Finally, I declare my love for Katie Nolan.
Steve Cook joins the Man Cave to preview the NFL Super Bowl. We’ll talk about the Seattle Seahawks defense against the Denver Broncos offense, the level Peyton Manning is playing at, and whether or not the Seahawks offense can put up enough points on the Broncos defense. Plus we’ll make our final predictions.
Steve Cook joins the Man Cave to look back at NFL Conference Championships weekend. We’ll talk about the Denver Broncos making it look easy against the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks holding on against the San Francisco 49ers. Plus, it’s our first annual Pro Bowl fantasy draft!
Steve Cook joins the Man Cave to preview the NFL Conference Championship games and look back at the NFL Divisional Round games. We’ll talk about this past weekends games, which were decent but not great, before discussing Brady vs. Manning 4 and Seahawks vs. 49ers 3 and make our picks.