Johnny Manziel Goes to Least Exciting of Places in NFL Draft

The most talked about college football player in the NFL draft, Johnny Football (aka Manziel), ends up in Cleveland, of all places!

After slipping to #22 in the draft, he ends up in the most boring of all places in the league. It’s cold. The uniforms are brown. Who’s on the team?

If you believe in opposites attract and are good for each other, then perhaps nobody needs Johnny Football more than Cleveland. But if you believe in similar synergy, then Johnny is the worst fit for Cleveland. Personally, Cleveland was where I least wanted to see Johnny because I don’t think much is there for him to succeed with, from the weather to the team. Johnny will get his highlight reel plays in, sure. However, far fewer than if elsewhere, in my opinion. I think he’ll only shine with a second chance somewhere else, and hopes he does well enough to earn that second chance.

But like everyone else picked in the draft, we’ll only see with time.

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Why Has NFL Football Remain America’s #1 Sport?

On this biggest sports day of the year, the Super Bowl, I pondered why NFL football remains America’s #1 sport.

NFL football became America’s #1 sport through a variety of complex, interwoven and additive reasons as analyzed here in the Bleacher Report. The reasons why it has remained so, and only widened the gap, are a little different, in my opinion. The latest survey from Harris for ESPN shows some interesting demographic divides among the popular sports, though, but it’s not these demographics I’m looking at, rather the overall results. Finally, I have to be clear that #1 is for watching and interest, not participation. That belongs to soccer, probably for its ease to be able to play without huge costs for gear and facilities to play in.

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Options Instead of the Extra Point for the NFL and CFL

In North American football, the extra point is a single point short kick after a 6 point touchdown to give the full 7 point value a touchdown can give a team. The full 7 points also makes the touchdown more valuable than two field goals, at 3 points each, in not only concept but also score. Otherwise, the extra point is also a second chance to cheer loudly for the touchdown just scored if it were your team to have done so.

Once upon a time, the extra point used to require an actual effort so it was not a sure thing by any means. However, these days, it has a success rate of over 99% according to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. It has become too easy for the players playing to execute it that it not only becomes boring, it’s also a waste of time. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King feels the same way about it, calling it “the biggest waste of time in sports”. Nothing in sports should be that automatic, basically. What kind of competition is there if the outcome was the same more than 99% of the time?

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