Reads, Listens, Views 9/2

Billy “White Shoes” Johnson. Get acquainted with him if you don’t know who he is. A terrific football player from the `70s and early `80s. One of my favorite receivers/return specialists from any era.

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Preseason Takes

Why am I still a Cedric Peerman fan? Calling for Bernard Scott to get more opportunities for the Bengals is becoming a common battle cry. However, go to to and watch three highlights of Peerman’s from the full game video summary and you’ll understand why I still believe if given an opportunity, he could become a productive starter in the NFL. The UVA runner is quick, shifty, fast, and he runs with balance and breaks tackles.

Sean Merriman continues to look good: The burst is back. As long as Merriman stays healthy, he’s a good bet for Defensive Comeback Player of the Year. He’s catching up to players in pursuit and he’s generating pressure.

Who is Erron Riley? Riley is a tall, speedy receiver from Duke. He was an undrafted free agent from a couple of years ago who has bounced around. He’s one of those raw, athletic players who was best at using his athleticism to get open vertically. If he can develop a more well-rounded game, he has the physical skills and natural hands to earn a job. I haven’t seen any film of Riley since his days in Durham. If he can stick to the Broncos roster then he’s a long-term guy to remember for 2012 camp.

Reads, Listens, Views

It’s this time of the week where I share what I’ve been reading, listening, and viewing each week – football, fantasy football, and non-football.


Play-by-Play Analysis of Blaine Gabbert vs. Bills by Eric Stoner of Draft Breakdown.

Understanding the Practice Squad by National Football Post

Fantasy Football

The Upside of the End Game by Jason Wood. A vital lesson on how to draft in the late rounds so you’re maximizing upside. A must read. 

The Inside Men by Matt Waldman.  Do you feel like pulling off a heist on draft day? This guy has the short and long con to help you pull it off.

The Master Plan by Sigmund Bloom. If you ever listen to Sigmund Bloom on The Audible, one can get the sense that the brain of this super intelligent man of fantasy football generates so many ideas simultaneously that he would talk out of his mouth and both ears if physiologically possible. Read and admire the cogent Plans A,B, and C that Bloom puts to work for you on draft day.


Cowboys of the Sky – This video/pictorial feature in the New York Times Magazine of  the iron workers who erect one of the great skylines in the world  is breathtaking visual story telling at its finest.

Transcript of former ESPN writer Bruce Feldman’s conversation with Dan Patrick  Feldman was one of the original ESPN writers. He was at the center of a controversial suspension by ESPN over a book he wrote with former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.


Trucks & Tedeschi Band – Midnight In Harlem…

3 responses to “Reads, Listens, Views 9/2”

  1. Of course you posted a Derek Trucks video. How many different ways can Waldman prove that he has the same thought processes as me? Love you Waldman, keep it up.

  2. Plan on it, brother. Glad you’re digging it. I remember seeing Trucks as a middle-school aged kid on the river walk of Savannah when I was visiting with an old high school friend/college roommate who eventually became a music producer. He was raving about Trucks back then.

  3. Reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald’s career arc. His entire life, everyone around Fitz knew he would be an All-Pro receiver. Everyone always knew Trucks was a transcendant guitar player. That’s very interesting that you got a chance to see him when he was that age.

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