The Legion of Boom was once known as the most feared defense in all of football. Holding teams to record numbers that for the purposes of this post you can look up. However, the Legion of Boom, and the Seattle Seahawks as a whole, have officially imploded. If last year you made a list of players from the back to back NFC champion Seahawks’ legendary defense, you’d look at said list and see that each player is still one of the best at their respected position. Skill is not the problem in this case, instead it’s the fact that they all left or are on their way out.
In the 2017-18 NFL season Kam Chancellor, one of the hardest hitting safeties I’ve ever seen, had a serious neck injury in the middle of the season. So severe that he will be missing time this coming season and even contemplated retirement. That was not a huge problem for the Seahawks, most believed they could over come it. What they couldn’t overcome however happened on March 7th 2018 when the idiotic franchise released their most notable player that isn’t a QB and leader Richard Sherman into the world for no reason that I know of. About an hour later they began shopping the best free safety in the league and actually traded their bet defensive lineman Michael Bennett for basically a barrel of cow manure and a wide receiver that i didn’t even tho existed, which is saying something since i’m one of the biggest Eagles fans out there.
While as an Eagles I’m very excited about what transpired, we got another top tier lineman to add to our front 4 and a perennial power in the NFC got significantly weaker. However, if I was from Seattle i would be furious and probably be marching on Century-link Field calling for the heads of those responsible. The front office of the Seahawks stripped away the identity of one of the most feared defenses of my lifetime. Whenever I saw the Seahawks admittedly I was always worried. but those days are over, the big bad legion of boom is no more. Rejoice the rest of the NFL, Richard Sherman is off to play basketball in Denver and the rest of the Seahawks are imploding before our very eyes.
Never in my life have I believed that a one handed man could dominate college football, or the NFL for that matter. However, that belief was shattered about this years ago when the great Shaquem Griffin was named first all conference for the second time in two years at UCF, and won the AAC defensive player of the year. All this to go with an undefeated season and the unofficial title of 2018 college football national champs his senior year. The man kinda makes me feel like shit, being that he’s definitely accomplished more in his life so far than I ever will despite having half the amount of hands than I do.
To add to his crazy story, the 22 year old linebacker prospect has completely destroyed his competition at the NFL draft combine. He began by benching 225 20 times, with essentially one hand and one numb, and went on to run a 4.38 40 yard dash. Not only has he already destroyed me in life, but he is faster than any NFL linebacker was at his age since 2003. This man has star potential written all over him, plus has maybe the greatest story entering the draft in NFL history. Official consider myself not only apart of team Shaquem Griffin but driving the fucking bus, so when he becomes a top 6 linebacker in the NFL I can say I told you so. In the unlikely chance you read this Shaquem, keep eatin and CourtsideVP will always have your back.
It seems that every year I make it a tradition to pick and root against LeBron in the eastern conference finals. While I generally never really believe he’ll get upset, aside from Paul George’s Pacers, this year it feels different. I Believe Kyrie Irving is better than people give him credit for, honestly he’s about 85% of the reason LeBron hasn’t lost 6 of the 8 finals he’s been in. Sorry LeBron lovers if I’ve offended you but its true.
Aside from having the constantly improving Kyrie Irving, the Celtics are better in every aspect of basketball. They have a better coach, bench, starting five, defense, and their front office has already fleeced the Cavs before the season even started. The NBA should basically market this game as LeBron vs the Celtics because the rest of the Cavs are essentially worthless garbage you’d find at a garage sale. Despite this I’m still very excited to see this playoff match-up solely for the feuds that will take place, you’ve got Kyrie vs Lebron, Isaiah Thomas against his former team, and you know players like Jaylen Brown and JR Smith will be talking major shit before hand. Plus you’ve got number 1 and 2 in flops per game going head to head in Marcus Smart and LeBron, so that should be entertaining for a little before it inevitably makes me infuriated.
All in all I’m excited to see the Celtics dethrone the soft wanna be GOAT otherwise known as Lebron. Also sorry to the rest of the eastern conference if you were offended i didn’t mention you but you haven’t been worth mentioning in almost a decade. Don’t get mad cause I honestly wish I was wrong, being a Sixers fan myself, but I’m not. To end this post I’m gonna say sorry to all the LeBron fans out there cause the King’s reign is over.
Just when I thought the Raiders franchise couldn’t get any crazier after choosing to move to bachelor party capital, the Sin City, or to you common folk Las Vegas, they’ve went ahead added Jon Gruden for the next 10 years for 100 million dollars, yes you read that right. Never in my right mind did I think Jon Gruden was gonna get offered a head coaching position in the NFL let alone take the job, I mean the man had it set as an analyst. Just thinking of Monday night football without him scares me to little. The only thing allowing me to sleep is imagining Tony Romo taking his place and continuing to magically predict the future as if he was god damn Nostradamus.
Though I will be saddened next year by the loss of Jon Gruden in the booth, I feel like he’ll make it up by winning a game off spider 2 Y banana than an hour later getting sighted cleaning up at a black jack table in Caesars Place. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Raiders dominate the AFC west next year, just look at the roster he is inheriting; Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper, Marshawn Lynch, need i say more. Imagine what the QB whisper with be able to do with this team. Another bonus to Jon Gruden on the Raiders are the future interactions between Gruden, Carr, and Lynch. Only thing that could make it better was if you added Odell Beckham into the mix.
On that note and to end this stupid post I’m gonna go ahead and pick the Raiders to win the AFC and make the Superbowl next year, forcing a physically defeated Tom Brady and mentally defeated Belichick into retirement together following the loss. You heard it here first, in 2019 Jon Gruden will beat Belichick and Brady in the game of football.