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Rock 'n' roll icon and musical master Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis, Missouri, authorities confirmed. He was 90.

The guitarist and musician defined the art form's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven" in a career that spanned 7 decades and earned him countless accolades.

Just another part of my childhood has passed away.
So many memories of things we did to his music.

You will be missed but your music will live forever.

RIP Chuck berry
Seems all the big name RB's who are on the FA market, are still on the FA market. Maybe they are pricing themselves out of a job, but maybe, as we ahve seen for years, the NFL has become a pass happy league and the value of RB's just ain't what they used to be.

Being a free agent running back is no fun at all these days.
Consider this list of unsigned free agents: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Latavius Murray, LeGarrette Blount, Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden. All of these guys have been successful starters in the NFL, and one is coming off a career year.
Now consider that the running back who has hauled in the best contract this year is 32-year-old change-of-pace back Danny Woodhead, who landed $4.25 million guaranteed with the Baltimore Ravens. The next-best contract landed by a running back is the $3 million guaranteed the Seahawks foolishly paid Eddie Lacy.
The Woodhead angle is interesting, because it continues to reinforce the idea that teams are going further and further away from paying big money to traditional power backs. Instead, they are opting to reward players who can make an impact on the passing game as well.
This bodes very well for the likes of Christian McCaffrey, who should be a first-round pick in April during the 2017 NFL Draft.
Speaking of the draft, the influx of talent at the running back position means that veteran backs just aren’t going to get much play financially. Charles and Peterson, both coming off injuries, won’t land big-money deals, even though they might have huge seasons in 2017 for the teams they ultimately will end up signing with. Neither will any other running back in free agency this year
Big Blue Huddle / NFT-- The Blizzard of 2017
« on: March 14, 2017, 03:54:42 PM »
So how are we all faring on this almost spring day.   /sarcasm/ /sarcasm/ /sarcasm/

We, on Long Island are saying, what's all the fuss about. If we got 3 inches of snow it is a lot. been raining most of the day, but I'll bet others are getting hammered.

We are still hunkered down for the day, as what is around will freeze tonite, so if you are out or plan to go out, stay safe.
NFL Draft, NY Giants style / Trading draft picks
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:11:07 PM »
I understand draft picks are like gold, teams seem to want as many as they can get. Even foirgoing salary cap to gain more.

But my question is, would you trade a #1 for a sure starter?
Would you trade a #2 for a starter?

MY thought process was after I read that article about Belichick and the Pats trading away their #1 for a great WR, and then their #2 for another starter.

So is it better to get a sure starter instead of wondering if your draft pick will amount to anything?

Myself, I would take the sure NFL ready player, basically knowing what you have and being able to plan for next year instead of worrying if your pick will sort of 'fit in' or be NFL ready.

I understand people say you build thru the draft, but in certain cases, when you can get a sure fire starter and a decent one at that, why not trade that draft pick away for it. It sure seems to work for Belichick and the Pats.
Big Blue Huddle / Belichick and the Pats--How do they do it
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:05:45 PM »
A great article by Bob Glauber of Newsday about how the Pats and Belichick just don't sit around counting trophies. In a series of bold moves, the Pats are now a better team than they were last year.

How do they manage to make all these moves and never seem to have trouble staying under the cap?
The Front Porch / Louies Candy Story
« on: March 12, 2017, 06:20:56 PM »

Just got this thru email and it really hit home to me. I'm sure it won't appeal to some, but to others, well, really brings us back to a different time.

Give it a look

Washington held its pro day for 2017 NFL Draft hopefuls, and all eyes were expected to be on wide receiver John Ross, who broke the 40-yard dash record previously held by Chris Johnson last Saturday at the NFL Combine.
Unfortunately, it seems that most of the eyes may have been on teammate Sidney Jones. The Huskies defensive back suffered a lower leg injury that could possibly be significant. He was taken off of the field on a cart.

Aw shucks.

If released, Romo would have the ability to choose what team he wants to sign with. However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly gave him a list of teams he could not join.
Big Blue Huddle / Flowers and the OL
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:33:34 PM »
A question -----

With the addition of Ellison as a straight TE blocker, who, if lined up on the left side, does this mean Flowers will/might remain at LT? I'm sure we all wondered, as I did, last year, why Flowers never got any help from a TE? Maybe we had no one who could help him as our TE selection was meager. I still remember Donnell whiffing on a block. It still puzzles me why Macadoo never gave him one iota of help, but now things are different.

So with this acquisition, is it thinkable that Flowers stays at LT--with help?
Big Blue Huddle / Bennet to the Packers
« on: March 10, 2017, 08:36:52 PM »

Who says the Packers are unwilling to strike in free agency?
Green Bay is set set to sign veteran tight end Martellus Bennett, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Bennett made the most of his opportunity in landing with the New England Patriots in a trade last offseason, and he hit the open market in line for a lucrative long-term deal as a result.
While the Packers have long been reluctant to add veteran players, and particularly so for any sort of big money, the 30-year-old fills a major need on the offensive side.
The high-powered Green Bay passing attack, which struggled in the absence of top tight end Jared Cook last season, now has a dynamic pass-catcher who can line up and make plays all over the field.
The Front Porch / Anyone watch Ray Donovan"
« on: March 10, 2017, 05:31:25 PM »
I think this show is great. The first year it struggled a bit, but since it has been dynamite. I just finished binge watching the last season. There were spots that could have been a bit better,, with Bunch's story-line a bit of a drag,  but overall, just a great show. John Voight is just terrific as the father, who always has a plan.

anyone else watch it?
Big Blue Huddle / So, how does our draft order look now?
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:51:36 PM »
The way I see it, TWO pressing needs have already been taken care of. We have a great new WR and a new blocking TE. Those were issues that we needed to address and now they have been. So where does that leave us for the draft. Maybe Reese is putting together a package of draft picks to get into the top 10 and grab whomever can play LT?
I don't know, but some of the needs that were thought to be addressed by the draft are signed sealed and delivered already, so how does that affect our draft?

I know this may not mean a lot to some here, but Robert Osbourne was truly the heart and soul of TCM. He made my movie watching so much more enjoyable. I knew he was sick, but I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

May he RIP.
The Front Porch / 2-year-old declared dead comes back to life
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:47:47 PM »
Do you believe in miracles? Some times a story comes along that makes you just believe

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