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JORDAN REED AND JOSH NORMAN MIGHT NOT MAKE IT TO LONDON

redskins-and-bengalsThe Redskins and the Bengals have a game on Sunday. What makes the game especially interesting is the fact that it will be situated in London; and that matters because Redskins players Jordan Reed and Josh Norman are dealing with a few health complications at the moment, complications that could affect the NFL odds for the Sunday game.

Reed and Norman’s situations fall under the auspices of the NFL concussion Protocol. Both players have to see a Neurologist who will determine whether they can play the Wembley stadium game on Sunday before they take their flight on Thursday. Continue reading

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS: THE ONLY UNBEATEN TEAM IN THE NFL

Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings are the only unbeaten team in the NFL, and it is the sort of unexpected surprise that keeps the NFL interesting. No matter how you choose to interpret the NFL odds no one thought it would all come down to the Vikings.

The Vikings had nothing going right for them for the longest time; their 2012 MVP was away for several weeks while the starting quarterback was absent for the whole season.

And taking into account the fact that they had to put Matt Kalil on injured reserve, you cannot help but commend the Vikings for maintaining a certain level of resilience throughout all the turmoil.

Quarterback Sam Bradford said as much. The Vikings have had to overcome a number of obstacles and adversities during the first half of 2016, and still, the players answered the call when it came. 

The NFL season is already at a third of the way through, and the Vikings have essentially taken the lead. Everyone thought the Super Bowl champions would eventually stand unopposed, but the Broncos took their first loss on Sunday. Continue reading

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41 NAIA, D2 AND D3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO THE NFL FOR 2012

 The NAIA’s William Penn University Statesmen (logo at right) were among the teams covered by Balladeer’s Blog who had players move on to the NFL this year in the draft and through free agent signings. Here’s a look at the players who advanced to the next level following their successful college careers at institutions that actually care about academics.

DRAFTEES – ST LOUIS RAMS- Greg Zuerlein from the Missouri Western Griffons *** Janoris Jenkins from the University of North Alabama Lions *** Daryl Richardson from the Abilene Christian University Wildcats

CAROLINA PANTHERS – Amini Silatolu from the Midwestern State Mustangs

DETROIT LIONS – Chris Greenwood from the Albion Britons

SAN FRANCISCO 49’ers – Jason Slowery from the Continue reading

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IF TIM TEBOW WAS A MUSLIM, WOULD PEOPLE STILL CONSIDER IT “OKAY” TO MOCK HIS RELIGION?

Pictured: An act you won't get beheaded over.

 Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know that I consider all religions to be mythology and I often make jokes that demonstrate my lack of reverence for people who appoint themselves to lecture the rest of us about what they personally think their “God” wants us to do. That being said, it may shock a few people to see me mentioning this incident from the Lions vs Broncos game this past Sunday.

Stephen Tulloch, one of the Lions, dropped to this mock prayer pose to taunt the freshly- sacked quarterback Tim Tebow (seen in the orange jersey # 15) because Tebow is Continue reading

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FOUR DIVISION 3 CONFERENCES FORM HISTORIC FOOTBALL ALLIANCE

MILWAUKEE — A partnership of four NCAA Division III athletic conferences including the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), Midwest Conference (MWC), Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announce a historic agreement with Continue reading

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HOT NEW GAME! WHICH ONE’S AL DAVIS?

One of these figures is Al Davis, the owner of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. The other one is Captain Christopher Pike from the famous two- part Star Trek story The Menagerie. Can you tell which one’s which? (Helpful hint: Al Davis is more casually dressed yet somehow less alert- looking than Captain Continue reading

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CACTUS BOWL KICKS OFF AT 7PM

The 2011 Cactus Bowl, the all-star game for NCAA Division 2 football, will be kicking off at 7PM Central Time. The game features 88 D2 senior standouts divided into two 44-man rosters (I advocated dividing them into eleven 8-man rosters but got shouted down) and is a great chance for D2 players who may well end up on NFL rosters to showcase themselves once more in a live game format. To watch the game live click here: http://cactusbowl.org/media_galleries/game_webcast.aspx 

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