Google+

A Rookie Dream

 

A Rookie Dream

by Amy Lignor

 

Is this a rookie’s dream, or is Marcus Mariota actually a ‘rookie dream’ for his coach and his team? He began his NFL career looking a shoe-in for future induction into the football Hall of Fame. He made a great big splash last week while playing the Tampa Bay Bucs (not
Marcus Mariota, Cleveland, NFL, Heisman Trophy winners, Jameis Winston, Tom Brady, Tennessee, Titansexactly a team high up on the ladder when speaking of skill.) But this week, Mariota the Rookie Dream met up with the Cleveland
Browns defense – a defense that is rated much higher than the Bucs they faced last week.

 

This is the very first time history has ever seen a Heisman Trophy winner go up against two other winners of the Heisman in back-to-back games. First Mariota went and stunned not only fans of football, but also Jameis Winston – the QB of the Bucs – who is supposedly going to be a star eventually. Now Mariota had to face the embattled Johnny Manziel in Cleveland. You have to give it to Manziel; he is a QB who has been through a whole heck of a lot in his early time with the NFL; and yes, no one in his own home crowd of Cleveland seems to even want Manziel to stand behind center. But after watching the shows that occurred on the gridiron this weekend, the line: That’s Why They Play the Game, makes even more sense.

 

Nothing turned out (again) the way the experts predicted when it came to these Heisman trophy winners. None should be bashed, but when it came to the score posted on the board at the very end of the games: Jameis Winston, QB of the Bucs, beat the New Orleans Saints after losing to Mariota the first week out. Marcus Mariota, on the other hand, posted his first NFL loss. And as for Manziel, Johnny Football did Browns fans proud because he beat the “Rookie Dream” and showed that he does have the skill to do this job if he just has some time and support behind him to do it.

 

So who will be the Heisman breakout? Will there be more than one when this season is over, or will they all remain at the halfway point in the NFL while their fans continue to hope and pray their teams will one day play in the Super Bowl? Hard to guess right now. There were many stars this week, but the funniest was good, old Tom Brady. Super Bowl defender who posted 466 yards.

 

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has been put through the rumor mill and his ridiculous days in court. But leading up to this week’s game, the very loud coach of the Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan, was flying high from his first win and stated that the Patriots were the most hated team in football. He also joked about not even knowing what a “Gronk” was. Even though they didn’t have a blowout, the Patriots did win and embarrassed Rex on his home turf. Brady once again proved that the AFC is his to win or lose.

 

One day, however, a Mariota, a Winston, or a Manziel may just rise up to the top and show the world that they won that Heisman for a very good reason. It will be interesting to see if one of the three end up to be the next Tom Brady.

Entertainment

For movies opening December 9, 2016

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening December 9, 2016 BIG BUDGET FILMS The Bounce Back (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and brief drug use) Romantic comedy about a charismatic relationship guru (Shemar Moore) who falls in love with a skeptical fellow therapist (Nadine Velazquez) he meets while on a book tour promoting his new best seller. Supporting cast includes Bill Bellamy, Kali … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This

  Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This Book Review by Amy Lignor What began in an unforgettable Volume 1—living Jerry Hall’s story and dealing with the heart-wrenching issues of the Viet Nam* War—continues here. The action of battle, fraught with the unending horrors that the “unwanted veterans” dealt with, grows even more painful. And as war comes closer to an end, what should have been peaceful thoughts of returning home alive … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of. I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for us. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Castles in America

  Castles in America by Amy Lignor   Robin Leach and his “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” taught us all long ago that we absolutely love to sit and view ridiculous luxury (usually owned by people who inherited all of it and didn’t work a day in their lives). See that? We had to complain about something as we were beguiled by the amount of money people would send to own or create the “best of the best.” Even though some things were referred to as the “gaudiest of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Paging Norman Rockwell

  Paging Norman Rockwell by Amy Lignor   For those who may not have had the pleasure before – and all you true Christmas “classic” lovers who have always wanted to see it – Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is the most brilliant and beautiful place during the holiday season. Made famous by the original Norman Rockwell, whose museum is part of the line of historic buildings making up that classic Main Street, Stockbridge is dressed up as if it were the 1800’s, when … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Winterization Tips from Yamaha Outboards

  Winterization Tips from Yamaha Outboards By Craig Lamb Every hardcore angler wants to go fishing at the first sign of warm weather in spring. The last thing any fisherman wants is cutting a trip short because of mechanical problems with an outboard engine.   The best way to avoid problems, and enjoy trouble-free time on the water, is by preparing ahead of time. That begins now. Preparing for extended storage efficiently and effectively means you’ll have a worry- and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

  The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season by Amy Lignor     Okay…we’re almost dead center, folks, so it’s time to sum up the best and silliest actions and reactions that the 2016 NFL season has provided fans thus far.   Analysts are always yapping, and most likely nothing they say will actually come true. However, right now almost everyone is agreeing to the fact that Tom Brady has a score to settle. Yes, he’s smiling for the cameras … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

We Are Still…All in This Together!

  We Are Still…All in This Together! by Amy Lignor   December 7, 1941. Sunday morning was lovely on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A typical Sunday, in fact, where people were moving calmly and in a relaxed “weekend-mode” stance at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet Headquarters. Just before the clocks struck 8:00 a.m., however, the country of Japan launched planes from six aircraft carriers in what would be considered the “first wave” of Operation Hawaii. An operation … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

  Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe by Amy Lignor   Thanksgiving has been had. Games have been watched and the golden turkey has caused a great many belts to be loosened. So…here it comes!   From hanging the stockings on the chimney with care to the red-nosed reindeer who had to be there; from Santa heading down that chimney just right to lovely sleigh bells ringing softly in the night, the holiday season is a truly wonderful thing for all ages. And, no, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Google+