Tired of Soccer, Anyone?


OK, now I promise I'm not trying to be funny, but I seriously don't understand why soccer, or futbol, if you will, is on my television so much nowadays.

Although it probably sounds like I'm trying to be an ass, I'm genuinely trying to find out what's going on around here.

It seems like we went from not having any soccer on our sports news programs, to having 5-to-10 minutes of Sportscenter spent on it.

Has the United States started to care about soccer overnight, or is ESPN trying to force-feed us on soccer for some "$trange" reason?

What gives?

I mean, seriously?

Somebody please" leave a comment below, or hit me up on Twitter, to put me up on what's going on.


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Why NFL Team Physicals Can KILL Your Dreams


I was checking out this article from Cincyjungle.com about o-lineman Chris Riley out of Illinois State, who was put on waivers by the Bengals after failing his physical, and thought it was a good opportunity to remind guys that you can get cut for not passing your physical when an NFL team signs you.

So if you're blessed to get an undrafted free agent offer or something in the future, don't celebrate too much, because you still have to pass that physical.

That's all I wanted to say.  Have a good one.

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How Alcohol Affects Your Athletic Abilities


With it being Cinco De Mayo, I know a lot of you guys are going to be sippin' a "lil' somethin'-somethin'" today, so I just wanted to remind you of the ways alcohol can affect your athletic performance.

That's all. 

Enjoy, fellas, and don't drink and drive.

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Apologies on Comments I Made About Junior Seau’s Death


Even though there's evidence that Junior Seau's death had something to do with injuries sustained from playing football, I just wanted to apologize for some statements I made in response to his death a few days ago on Twitter.

In a nutshell, I said that I felt that he shot himself in the chest to preserve his brain for research, similar to Dave Duerson.  

Even though Mr. Seau's family has agreed to allow his brain to be examined, I wanted to apologize, because the fact is that his brain hasn't been examined yet, and it's just way too soon to jump to conclusions about what happened.

I'm a big proponent for people speaking only when they know what they're talking about, and this time I went against my own standards.

And for that, I apologize.

Mr. Seau, rest in peace.

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Why I Think the SEC Will Continue to Dominate


This morning, while reading about the SEC dominating the 2012 NFL draft with 42 players drafted (Big Ten was second with 41) in the 2012 draft, I couldn't help but wonder if this domination will ever stop.

In my opinion, the answer is no.

The national champion of college football has came from the SEC, in each of the last six years.

Yeah, you read that right.

Below, you'll find my personal explanation as to why the SEC's dominance will continue.  I'm not saying they're going to win all of the upcoming national championships, but I don't think that the SEC will never ever completely "fall off."

The southeast is a hotbed for football talent.  Football is serious down south.  States like Texas, Georgia, and Florida produce boat loads of talent.  

Combine that with the fact that guys from the region get to bptj play for big time programs, and stay relatively close to home, where more of their family and friends can make it to their games, and it's a no brainer for most of these guys to go to SEC schools.

Plus, if you go to school close to home, it's wayyyy easier (and cheaper) to get home during the few breaks you get as a student-athlete.
On top of that, people "love" to be a part of something special, it's just human nature.  Because of the SEC's dominance on the field as well as well as in the draft, they're going to continue to attract the top players, which is the biggest reason why I don't think the SEC's success on the field and in the draft won't stop anytime soon.

What do you agree?  Let me know.  Leave a comment below, or catch me on Twitter @alvingrier 

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My Excuse for Being Terrible in Madden


I know it's only Tuesday, but this has been a loooong week for me, so I thought I'd be a little light hearted on this one.

I was reading this article about Cam Newton being the perfect choice to break the Madden curse, and it dawned on me just how long it's been since I stopped playing Madden on a regular basis.

Every now and then (like twice a year), I'll begrudgingly agree to a game or two of Madden at one of my friend's cribs, and to be honest, I usually do ok.

The big deal with me is I'm intimidated by all the doggone buttons on the joysticks nowadays!  

Add to that, all the special moves and adjustments and crap you can make, and it's downright intimidating to play somebody that plays all the time.

What was my point?  I don't know.  Just needed something to bitch about, I guess.  

Am I wrong though?  What do you think?  Are you a "beast" on Madden?  Am I making it sound harder than it is?  Leave a comment, or hit me on Twitter!  @alvingrier 

Back to work I go.  I'm out.

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HUGE Lesson Future Pro Athletes Can Learn from Ray Allen.


While learning a few minutes ago that Ray Allen is a fellow avid book reader, (which I'm not surprised to hear, from what I've heard about Ray over the years), it kinda reminded me of the reason why I put together Get2TheLeague.com.

In the article about Ray Allen, they quote Ray Allen talking about how important it is that pro athletes make a habit out of empowering themselves and learning about the world around them.

That was my motivation to start Get2TheLeague.com.  

For some reason, it seems like most guys don't take the initiative to learn the business side of pro football.  

It's cool to rely on your agent for a lot of stuff, but when it's all said and done, it's your career on the line.

To me, if getting to the NFL means as much to you as you say it does, why aren't you trying to learn everything you can about it, from learning what scouts look for, to learning how to be smart with the money coming your way if you're lucky enough to get to the league?

There's a lot of guys that won't be drafted, that still want to know how they can take a shot at their dream, and for those guys I made "Move the Chains: Keys to Unlocking a Pro Football Career for the Undrafted Player."

You can learn more about that project here.

I don't know.  Maybe it's just me being a nerd, and expecting others to love to learn like I do.

What do you think?

Wait.  Don't answer that.  😛

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