Very glad that Vince Young is getting this chance with the Browns

The best play I have ever seen. My favorite Sports Illustrated cover ever.

The best play and game I have ever seen. My favorite Sports Illustrated cover ever. Just looking at this cover brings back memories of pure passion and bliss.

When Vince Young suited up for the Green Bay Packers last year in preseason, I had wished the Browns would give him a chance. He is one of my favorite players ever. I was surprised he didn’t make the Packers final roster. His play at the University of Texas was literally magical.

The 2006 Rose Bowl National Championship game will be one I never forget. That touchdown run on 4th and 5 is one I will also never forget. That is one of those moments that I even remember exactly where I was watching it. Unforgettable. I hated USC then. In fact, my favorite team was whoever was playing them.

USC was so good. They always won. When Texas met them in the title game, I never wanted a team to win more. Still to this day I’m not sure if I’ve ever rooted for a team harder.

Vince Young’s performance that night was the best I’ve ever seen. The joy he brought me was so great that it actually has pained me to see him go downhill the last five years or so.

I think he is talented. In preseason last year, he completed more then half of his passes which may not sound that great, but he hadn’t played in a while.

I can’t wait to see what he does with this new chance. I wish him the best of luck. Because of him I love college football as much as I do, which also was the time I started following NFL like a maniac. So who knows, I possibly owe my love of football to him.

I’ll never forget what he did that night in Pasadena and I hope he makes it on a NFL roster for the entirety of the 2014 season. It is an honor to have him on the Browns.

 

Times I have seen the Seattle Seahawks

I’ve seen the Seattle Seahawks play four times since 2011. I know the roster pretty well. Three of the four times I saw them were in the preseason, but I have fond memories of seeing these guys play. Here is what I remember in chronological order. 

In the 2011 preseason opener, the Seahawks came to San Diego to play the Chargers. I was lucky enough to see the first career game of Richard Sherman along with K.J. Wright, Byron Maxwell, Doug Baldwin, James Carpenter and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith. Sherman who is already a two time first team All-Pro returned a punt that game because he was a fifth round draft pick. Nothing to eventful happened in that game, but because those players, some of them great, made there debut, I will never forget it.

I went to the 2012 Rose Bowl and saw Russell Wilson’s final college football game. He played pretty good and his Wisconsin Badgers put up 38 poins in a heart breaking loss to Oregon. At the time I definitely did not think he would win a Super Bowl. 

The next time I saw the Seahawks was for the 2012 Denver Broncos preseason home opener. That was Peyton Manning’s first game in Denver. I’ve never seen happier fans. Wow. I’ll never forget when Manning ran out of the tunnel for the first time as a Bronco. The electricity in the stadium is something I have never experienced. That game was Russell Wilson’s though. He threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns and took the starting job from Matt Flynn. Peyton Manning threw two interceptions including one to K.J. Wright.

In July of 2013, I got to interview athletes at the party for ESPN The Magazines The Body Issue with TheBeastBrief.com. I got to interview Richard Sherman. I didn’t know he would be there. When I saw him I couldn’t believe it. He is a player I idolize. That was one of the top moments of my whole life. I got a picture with him and in the background is Ricardo Lockette who got a catch in the Super Bowl.

My final time seeing the Seahawks was in there preseason opener at San Diego this year. Jermaine Kearse who scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl scored one in this game. Byron Maxwell had an interception while Malcolm Smith recorded a sack in the Seahawks 31-10 win. 

Broncos and Seahawks have many coaches with Super Bowl experience

While only four of the players have Super Bowl experience, many of the coaches have been there. Some as a player, but most made it as coaches. I will be going through each teams coaching staff and letting you know when they have been to the Super Bowl, if they won, and what their job was.

Lets start with the Denver Broncos. Head coach John Fox has participated in two Super Bowls, unfortunately, he lost them both. His first was as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV when they were crushed by the Baltimore Ravens. His second loss came in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVIII as head coach of the Carolina Panthers when they lost to the New England Patriots 32-29.

Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was also a coach in Super Bowl XXXV as a linebackers coach for the Ravens. The defense played legendary that day and he soon became the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin was a defensive coaching assistant for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes played on John Fox’s defense in their loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

Alex Gibbs, the Broncos offensive line consultant has been apart of four Broncos Super Bowl teams including winning Super Bowl’s XXXII and XXXIII.

Now onto the Seattle Seahawks. Some of there coaches have won national championships so I will also mention those.

Head coach Pete Carroll won two national championships at USC in 2003 and 2004. One of them was vacated. This is his first Super Bowl appearance.

Seahawks quarterback coach Carl Smith was with Carroll at USC in 2004 when they won a championship.

Tight ends coach Pat McPherson worked in Denver and was an assistant on their Super Bowl XXXIII team.

Rocky Seto is currently the Seahawks defensive passing game coordinator. He used to be a safeties and linebackers coach at USC under Carroll when they won the 2003 and 2004 national championships.

Defensive line coach Travis Jones has won as a college and pro assistant. In 2003 he was the defensive line coach for LSU’s national championship squad and in Super Bowl XLIV he was the New Orleans Saints assistant defensive line coach.

Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. was a pretty good player. As a linebacker he was a member of the Dallas Cowboys for their Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII wins and he also won Super Bowl XXIX as a player for the San Francisco 49ers. Along with a few of the other assistants, he was also on coach Carroll’s staff at USC for the 2004 championship.

The final coach with Super Bowl experience is Nick Sorensen who is the Seahawks assistant special teams coach. Back in Super Bowl XXXVI, Sorensen was a safety on the St. Louis Rams in there loss to the Patriots.

Sports that I want to see the most

San Diego has a lot of sporting events, but there are some other places I would like to go.

I want to go to a SEC football game. Seeing a game in an atmosphere like that would be awesome. I love SDSU football, but there isn’t much fan involvement. I would also like to see a high school football game in either Texas or Oklahoma. I’ve read Friday Night Lights and its looks pretty legit.

I would also like to go to basketball games at Kansas, Kentucky and Duke. Those places had some of the best players and they have so much history. I want to see what the fan support and particularly the student section is like and how it compares to SDSU’s student section, The Show. The traditions are what appeal to me the most.

The next event I want to go to is a major horse race like the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont. Those tracks have so much history.

I went to the 2009 NBA Draft but I want to go to another draft. It was one of the best events that I have ever been to. The suspense that comes with each pick is hard to beat.

I’d like to go to every NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL stadium but there are a few I would like to go to more then others.

Fenway Park is a place that I will not miss for anything. If they announce theirs only two years left or something, I would make sure that I get there in time.

Wrigley Field is another MLB stadium I would like to go to. It wouldn’t be that bad if I never make there though. I would rather go to most of the other places on this list. Lambeau Field is sort of the same way.

I’d like to see all of these places but for now I have the Padres, Chargers and Aztecs to enjoy.

Top rivals.com quarterbacks by year

When I want to see what a high school player is ranked, I look at rivals.com because they have been right right many times in the past. Today I went and looked back at the top quarterbacks they have rated each year. Its pretty interesting and most of these guys made the NFL. I will give my thoughts on each one.

Vince Young was a good pick. He won a national title and was drafted third overall.

Kyle Wright didn’t have a great aceer at Miami. When he got there, they were a top ten ranked team, and when he left they were on a downward spiral.

I thought Rhett Bomar was a great player at Oklahoma. Then he got in trouble with a car dealership. He was a late round draft pick and he never could make it in the NFL.

Mark Sanchez had a good college career and was the fifth overall pick. Rivals got this one correct.

Matt Stafford became a number one overall pick. Rivals got this pick 100% correct.

Jimmy Clausen rolled into Notre Dame in a limo and was expected to win multiple Heismans. That wasn’t the case and he left Notre Dame as a second round pick.

Terrelle Pryor was a very good college quarterback who led Ohio St. to a BCS game every year he was there. If he hadn’t been in trouble he probably would have been a very high draft choice. Even though he was drafted in the supplemental draft, he was able to become a starter.

Matt Barkley was a sure fire top draft choice before returning to USC for his senior season. That was a mistake. USC did terrible his senior year and he fell deep in the draft.

Jake Heaps, Jeff Driskel, Jameis Winston and Max Browne are past number ones that are still in college.

 

My three favorite stadiums

Whenever I go to a new city the first thing I look up is what games are going on. I love to see new stadiums, new teams and new players. Most of the stadiums I have been to are on the west coast and while they are all good, a few of them stick out.

My favorite stadium is University of Phoenix Stadium. My first visit there was for the 2011 Fiesta Bowl between UCONN and Oklahoma. You can see the stadium from far away, it sticks out and my first thought was, “Holy shit thats big.” I have never had such a great first impression. Inside is top of the line to. Watching football indoors is great. I love indoor stadiums because you don’t have to worry about the weather.

My second favorite stadium is Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The stadium itself is nothing special, but the atmosphere is crazy. You can feel the excitement and energy in the whole city on game days. I was there for Peyton Manning’s first and second home preseason games. I can’t even imagine how exciting a regular season game would be.

My third favorite stadium is the Rose Bowl. I went to the 2012 game between Oregon and Wisconsin. The crowd was insane. The reason I loved it though was because of all the great players who have played there. All the fans who have come and sat in the same seats as me in the last 100 years. The Rose Bowl is a place where most of the legendary coaches, players and teams have played.

Honorable mentions: Coors Field, Tropicana Field, Candlestick and Dodger Stadium.