Author: Tony Softli

2017 NFL Rookies To Keep Close Eye On

By Andrew Franco De Fazio for   A quick look into the 2017 NFL season, below are six rookies in whom I feel are destined to have a breakout season.   Mike Williams Many such as myself were surprised by this selection as some had thought the Chargers would address the safety position. However, they felt the need to give Quarterback Philip Rivers a new toy by selecting Mike Williams out of Clemson. At 6’4 218 lbs. Williams is deemed by scouts to being a physical, jump ball receiver. Going into the 2017 NFL season Mike Williams has...

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By Tony Softli While the NFL Training Camp sites don’t change that much I still like listing them every year. First just in case they do change and secondly because it means some Rookies report less than 20 days from today!  Hell Yes! AFC TEAM SITE LOCATION ROOKIES VETERANS Baltimore Under Armour Performance Center Owings Mills, MD 7/19 7/26 Buffalo St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY 7/26 7/26 Cincinnati Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH 7/25 7/27 Cleveland Cleveland Browns Training Complex Berea, OH 7/23 7/26 Denver UCHealth Training Center Englewood, CO 7/23 7/26 Houston The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs,...

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By Tony Softli The NFL released its roster of game officials for the 2017 season Thursday (June 29th) which included eight first-year NFL officials in the field of 124. Per NFL Communications “Line judge Brain Bolinger (Big Ten), line judge Mike Carr (Big Ten), side judge Ryan Dickson (Pac-12), down judge David Oliver (SEC), field judge Mearle Robinson (Pac-12), field judge Brad Rogers (SEC), line judge Danny Short (ACC), and umpire Steve Woods (Big Ten) will make their NFL officiating debuts this season. All 17 referees from 2016 will return in 2017 and lead seven-person on-field officiating crews, led by the dean of NFL officials, Walt Coleman,...

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Has Goliath Fallen

By Tony Softli Has covering sports really changed within the media industry? Yes!  Did ESPN bite off more than they could chew in the way of contracts with professional sports leagues and lets don’t forget college sports as well?  I know lets blame it on the millenniums for not sitting in front of the television or big screen as their parents and grandparents did.  It’s been reported that ESPN has shifted their focus to the digital era and the mass layoffs were imminent. It is estimated ESPN lost at least 10 million subscribers over the past few years, not...

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Tony Softli I spent Friday and Saturday hanging at the VMAC last weekend watching the Seattle Seahawks draft picks, undrafted free agents, tryout players and second year pros, class was in session and I enjoyed every minute. Head Coach Pete Carroll and staff pushed these young players who received teaching and coaching at the highest level not to mention having fun while competing throughout the practice sessions, which is the Pete Carroll trademark. As the rookies received their inauguration to the grown man’s league better known as the NFL, several young players like QB Jake Heaps and WR Kenny...

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