Reads Listens Views 2/21/2014


"+4 Wand of Instant Inferno" or as I call it, "Bruce Ellington Abstract" Photo by Dvanzuijlekom.

“+4 Wand of Instant Inferno” or as I call it, “Bruce Ellington Abstract” Photo by Dvanzuijlekom.

This Week’s RLV: 2-hr couch session on rookie QBs, Lil’ Darlin’, David Fales Developmental Gem?, 2 Muggs and my ugly mug.

Listens – Speaking of Infernos . . .

Michael Brecker may look more like a Philadelphia-area accountant than a musician, but if you ever heard the Saturday Night Live Band from the 70s or listened to Cameo’s “Candy” then you know different. He’s a musician’s musician and one of the greatest saxophonists in history.

Welcome

A 261-page online publication that provides 1029 pages of play-by-play notes from my evaluation database and 10 percent of your purchase is donated to fight sexual abuse.  Pre-order 2014 now.

A 261-page online publication that provides 1029 pages of play-by-play notes from my evaluation database and 10 percent of your purchase is donated to fight sexual abuse. Pre-order 2014 now.

If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome. Every Friday, I post links to things I’m checking out when I’m online. You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something. It’s also my chance to thank you for reading my work and encourage you to follow the RSP blog and buy the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication.

For those of you new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio, the publication is available every April 1 for download. You can learn more about the RSP here. If you want to see samples of the play-by-play notes I take to write the analysis, you can find them here. And to download past versions of the publication (2006-2012) or to pre-order the 2014 RSP, go here.

If you don’t have time to look into details, then I’ll say this about the RSP: Once you look through the RSP, there will be no question in your mind that I do the work, that I have a plan about the work that I do, and that you get more than your money’s worth.

In addition to the RSP and  the post-draft publication that comes with it a week after the NFL Draft, 10 percent of each sale is donated to Darkness to Light. This organization is a non-profit devoted to preventing and addressing sexual abuse through community training in schools, religious groups, and a variety of civic groups across the U.S.

Here is what the RSP donated to D2L this year. According to D2L, the RSP’s 2013 donation amount was enough to train 250 adults in communities across the country.

Listens

Where Bloom and I meet in the cosmos. Photo by David Stillman.

Where Bloom and I meet in the cosmos. Photo by David Stillman.

Last Night’s On The Couch: Two-hour quarterback therapy covering these topics and more:

  • Deconstructing the myths of Johnny Manziel.
  • Teddy Bridgewater and why the sum of quarterbacking is greater than its parts.
  • Which team takes the chance or passes on Derek Carr?
  • What does the choice of quarterback tell us about the personality of the head coach?
  • Sorting out the upsides of Carr, Aaron Murray, and David Fales in the context of current pros.
  • Break-downs and expectations for Brett Smith and Logan Thomas.
  • Which quarterback in this class is acting like Justin Beiber?

Good times. Hopefully you find it informative. If you want more, I was also recently on with the 2Muggs crew – not to give them second-billing, it’s just a few days older. In that podcast we have a good time talking about these topics:

  • The how and why behind the RSP Publication.
  • What makes Sammy Watkins special and is he more than speed?
  • Where does Mike Evans fit within this class and is he a special prospect?
  • Is Isaiah Crowell in a similar situation at this point of the draft process as Christine Michael last year?

In Case You Missed It and What’s Ahead at The RSP Blog

This play illustrates where QB David Fales has the potential of an NFL starter and one of the paths he must take to reach it.

I might even have a little something about the Wonderlic Test. By the way, here’s Rotoworld’s Josh Norris getting ready for the Wonderlic.

Relax Norris, you’re ruining a great opportunity to enjoy a massage . . .

Reads (Football)

Reads (Non-Football)

For the poor farmers, building a yadong costs next to nothing – all one needs is a shovel and a few friends to dig the soil.

This dwelling dug underground is called a “yaodong” and it’s one of many homes created in unexpected places around the world. See below.

Listens – “Lil’ Darlin'”

This is a technically difficult gem because it’s hard to swing with this kind of patience.

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