When fans try to pinpoint the reasons behind a team’s success or failure, they most often look to players or coaches. The New England Patriots have been dominant for nearly two decades because of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs have soared to the top of the league because of Sean McVay’s play-calling brilliance and Patrick Mahomes’ phenomenal play. Conversely, a team like the Raiders has struggled for so long because they’ve lacked star power both on the field and on the sideline (yes, even Jon Gruden).
After months of preparation since college football officially concluded, the NFL draft finally took place this past weekend, and over 300 hopeful prospects were drafted and signed to professional football teams across the country. During this process, four Stanford Cardinal football players were selected by teams with late round draft picks, while two others were signed after the draft concluded as undrafted free agents (UDFA’s).
I have not always been a faithful football fan. For a few years, I did not support the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, for the majority of high school, there were many times I rooted against the only football team I had ever loved. I rooted against the very team I cried over when it fell in an upset to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the 2007 season. I turned my back on the team belonging to the only city I ever lived in before college.
It was around this time last year that the Dallas Cowboys stood as the hottest team in the NFL. Winners of 11 straight and well on their way to an NFC East crown and first round bye, the decision seemed very simple. Don’t change anything. That meant leaving in fourth round rookie Dak Prescott at quarterback instead of seasoned veteran Tony Romo, even after the long-time Cowboys gunslinger had recovered from his preseason back injury.
This week, the former Cardinal in the NFL saw inconsistent highs across the gridiron. One peak was the resurgence of Andrew Luck ’12, as the quarterback led the Indianapolis Colts to a fourth-quarter 27-24 victory over the previously undefeated Denver Broncos. His resurgence, however, seems to be short-lived, as it was announced Tuesday afternoon that…
Stop me if you’ve heard this refrain before: During the NFL offseason, Team X goes out and spends a ton of money on a bunch of highly-valued players during free agency. They receive high grades for each of these moves from the so-called pundits who govern our collective thoughts on sports. Despite the fact that…
Last Thursday, having gorged myself on a hearty (turkey-free, since I’m a vegetarian) meal, I collapsed onto my motorized reclining couch at home and started sinking into a gastronomic coma. With drooping eyelids while trying desperately to stay open to watch the snooze-fest that was the Raiders playing the Cowboys at JerryWorld, my time awake was going to be quite short.