8/25/16 – by James Fedewa
The San Diego Chargers first round draft pick, Joey Bosa, still has not signed his rookie NFL contract. One month of vacant negotiations, valuable missed practices at training camp, and lost football education opens Joey Bosa’s professional football career. Sure, Joey Bosa stands by his representation at Creative Artist Agency (CAA) and it is any ones guess which side is worse at contract negotiations. Fingers are pointing and fans are getting jittery.
One side will cave in and fold, and soon this ordeal will all be forgotten. The San Diego Chargers will not let a third overall pick slip through the 2016 season, reenter the 2017 NFL Draft and Bosa will not lose a years salary based on his contract demands. There will be a deal, but negotiations must improve as both sides are being very ridged.
CAA is being very firm with their bargaining stance, and the media seems to follow CAA side. A prospect like Joey Bosa can change the face of an NFL franchise, and CAA knows it, so Bosa is CAA’s “Great White Hope” and they are not wavering any discounts or deferred payments. NFL analysts and players appear against CAA and Bosa stance, and favor the Chargers, but both media and analysts are only subjective opinions.
With the Chargers significantly increasing deferred contract payments (from 60% of 85% in the first year of the contract) and CAA continual rejecting contract San Diego’s offers, this shows there is “other” contractual verbiage that is causing rejections and counter offers. What stands out is the “DOUBLE DIPPING” contract payments. If Joey Bosa gets cut by the San Diego Chargers (within the first four years of the contract), the Chargers want to eliminate his contract from their books (which is normal for NFL teams) but hard for rookie to absorb. And if Bosa does sign with another team, Bosa wants to get paid by the Chargers (guaranteed rookie contract) and the NEW team that signs him will also pay him (hence, double-dipping). In reality double-dipping is “promoting negativity” as is viewed as a reward for poor performance. The Chargers are trying to protect themselves if Bosa busts.
Unlike the NBA or MLB, the NFL does NOT guarantee player contracts, so this “double-dip” an odd stance by Bosa and CAA, but very savvy. However, Bosa’s rookie contract is guaranteed, double-dipping goes well beyond guarantee money. CAA is targeting guaranteed contacts by the Chargers, which is a good thing for NFL Players, but fiction for NFL owners. The NFL does not guarantee contracts, nor are guaranteed contract set in the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The NFL rookie wage scale is set, albeit guaranteed, but there are some limitations in the terminology guaranteed rookie contract, which is a lot less than what it used to be (ask Sam Bradford and JaMarcus Russell). So the only real negative hit the Chargers would face, if Bosa is ever cut within his first 4 years of his rookie contract, would be against the Chargers salary cap.
Overall, this contact holdout is really an NFL salary cap issue. If Bosa does get cut, will the balance of his contact go against the Chargers salary cap (i.e. Donald Butler/ Jared Gaither), but not against rookie guaranteed money. This CAA/Bosa contract issue is led by Ed McGuire, the Chargers Vice President of Football Administration, Player Finance (and Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco letting accountants and lawyers subtract from his team).
August 9, 2016 by James Fedewa
Alpine Duet IPA, loved it but I was drinking with a random friend at a bar so I couldn’t really review it thoroughly. A+
I recommended it to a couple people at the bar and everyone of them.
Sculpin Gtapefruit IPA, same thing as above but let’s give it a grade of B+. I had it for the first time a couple weeks ago and it tasted better then.
Braufactum Progusta IPA, another very very good beer great floral hoppiness with a big head. A-
7/9/2016 by James Fedewa
Nice clear light bronze color tone with virtually no head at all*. Smells fantastic with a great crisp citrus hoppiness. A little high on the carbonation, which probably mellows out the hoppy bitterness of a true IPA. It has a fantastic malty sweetness to it in the beginning, but the hops do linger in the backend, which make it a good IPA. A very very unique IPA with outstanding smell and layers of flavors the warmer it gets.
** I would have given this beer a full “A” grade if there was more of a head (as I do like a good beer foam mustache)
***guess what beer Label is on the glass…
7/2/16 by James Fedewa
Nice light bronze color tone that is a little cloudy. Not much of a sudsy head but a nice smokey floral hoppy IPA flavor. A mild malty middle distinguishes the heavy hoppy bitterness, and it is finalized with a tangy short & quick aftertaste. It has a very Euro tangy (or yeasty) smell to it as well,which is not too appealing, but it is an overall very nice IPA.
It’s not overly unique, but it is a little different with the smokiness to it (which is good).
*My folks went to Sturgis and brought this beer to me as a birthday gift, which is outstanding. What is the best beer? Free Beer!
We have some great craft beer bottle shops here in the Seattle area. No matter where you are around the Sound, you’re never really too far from a craft beer bottle shop that offers a wide se…
6/17/2016 by James Fedewa
Nice dark bronze tone with a small hop smell. Thick hoppy floral front end, with a good lingering bitterness. A nice malty undertone with a crisp quick aftertaste.
Rich foamy head. A big beer, but nothing too distinguishing, yet not just standard.
** My 5 year old son picked this beer out for me. I told him to find the coolest looking label, and I will try it. The label didn’t stick out to him, but when I said Dead Frog Brewery, my son stuck with it. I told that to my wife, she got pissed. I say artwork, she says adult beverages.
6/16/16 by James Fedewa
Very rich and quick, hopy front end, with a long sharp aftertaste. One swill of this IPA you’re blasted with a strong bitter hop flavor (with some lighter roasted malt flavors buried in the layers). It has a crisp and carbonated middle, that makes this a sharp floral hopy flavor linger. The color is a light cloudy bronze and the head is very flat that dissipates quickly. The smell is probably the weakest part of this IPA, as it’s not bad, but just a little sour and tangy, which could be caused by classic English yeast. This is more of a classic double English IPA than a PNW IPA (as claimed).
This is a very good beer and what makes it different is front end nearly pungent floral hop flavor. I’d probably only buy singles of this beer. A six pack may be too many of this IPA to drink in a row. Think of it as an after-dinner smoke.
Avatar Jasmine IPA, by Elysian Brewing (Seattle)
5/11/2016 Review by James Fedewa
One of my all-time favorite IPA’s. It’s really two different beers; Serve very cold (nearly freezing), it’s a crisp, refreshing and a light IPA, that can be gulped. But serve just barely cold, around 60 degrees, it’s a unique tangy and sharp IPA with a light light floral (jasmine) undertone. Both cold and not very cold are so good and noticeably different. It better to have one large beer and take your time drinking it (all the way to the tasty last drop), or pour two beers and drink the first one slowly. This IPA has a fruity smell, golden tone, with a very small head of foam. A traditional Euro IPA yeast is probably used (that offers a very unique and tangy aftertaste). Avatar Jasmine IPA falls into a very good traditional IPA (x2).
Grade: A- (this beer has been around for a while, and probably had an A+ grade 6 years ago. Anything from Elysian Brewing worth buying and I’m glad they are still brewing this one)
**UPDATE: 6 Correct … National Fanatic (James Fedewa) placed 74th (out of 106 participants) in The Huddle Report’s Mock Draft Contest (where draft experts in the industry participate in a contest to determine each years best mock drafts).
4/27/2015 by James Fedewa
The NFL draft creeps closer and closer and rumors are swirling up everywhere. Tomorrows mock drafts will change, in fact, in 6 hours the mock will (might) change.
They say an artist’s work is never complete, so neither is a mock draft. Do you FanDuel ?
|1||Los Angeles(7-9)||Jared Goff, QB, California||California kid takes over for the Rams. Day one starter|
|2||Philadelphia (7-9)||Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State||Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz? Why not! This is a QB driven league and you can’t have too many good things|
|3||San Diego (4-12)||Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Mis||San Diego had the worst pass-blocking grade in the league last season. Rivers is a little safer for the remainder of his career.|
|4||Dallas (4-12)||Joey Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State||Ramsey looks good & is tempting, but Bosa is the pick (and my personal favorite in the whole draft)|
|5||Jacksonville (5-11)||Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State||Tweener by position and experience (FS/CB) Elite track athlete. Will the Jags use him correctly?|
|6||Baltimore (5-11)||DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon||The Ravens need the dominate D again DeForest brings the D back to the Ravens|
|7||San Francisco (5-11)||Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis||Chip gets a new toy to play with and Kaepernick wants out.|
|8||Cleveland (3-13)||Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss||Top WR prospect and a new weapon for RGIII. Great pick, but they were expecting Paxton Lynch to be available.|
|9||Tampa Bay (6-10)||Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida||Best cover corner in the draft|
|10||New York Giants (6-10)||Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame||Protecting Eli is probably the smartest choice|
|11||Chicago (6-10)||Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State||The Bears do not have a left tackle on the roster, but a 5-tech DE would look great here too.|
|12||New Orleans (7-9)||Shaq Lawson, DE. Clemson||Saints need a defensive rebuild. Shaq is a great piece to put pressure on opposing QB’s.|
|13||Miami (5-11)||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State||Blocking, receiving and rushing… he does it all (really really good)|
|14||Oakland (7-9)||Myles Jack, LB, UCLA||Knee injury and durabiltiy issues cause a slight slide & the Raiders couldn’t be happier. Will Reggie gamble? Del Rio will…|
|15||Tennessee (3-13)||Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia||Pass rush and versatility. Floyd can play ILB and OLB, so he could actually lead the team in sacks and tackles|
|16||Detroit (7-9)||Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State||Decker can play both tackle positions and he excels in the run game (something DET needs a lot of help with)|
|17||Atlanta (8-8)||Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida||Very strong D-Lineman. Can play inside and outside, the next Michael Bennett (one of my favorite players)|
|18||Indianapolis (8-8)||Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky||One of the most talented pass rushers in the draft, but comes with some character issues.|
|19||Buffalo (8-8)||Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville||Sheldon slides a little bit, but he’s a perfect fit in Buffalo. The Ryan Brothers are both happy.|
|20||New York Jets (10-6)||Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State||Cook is better than you think and NYJ moves on from Fitz.|
|21||Washington (9-7)||Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama||Savvy and talented interior NT with good movement and eager to improve. Reed could also play 5-tech (so he’s versatile)|
|22||Houston (9-7)||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor||Investing on Brock Lobster? Must supply with weapons|
|23||Minnesota (11-5)||Josh Doctson WR, TCU||Can catch anything and is an overachiever|
|24||Cincinnati (12-4)||Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT, Ole Miss||Tons of talent, but a slight risk factor. He has Bengal written all over him.|
|25||Pittsburgh (10-6)||William Jackson III, CB Houston||NT is tempting but can be found later. WJIII can be a great CB and a good system fit|
|26||Seattle (10-6)||Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M||Filling in the holes that free agency left the Seahawks (o-line help needed). Feels like James Carpenter 2.0. DT could also be a target now that Mebane is gone.|
|27||Green Bay (10-6)||Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor||There’s a new bull in town. Billings is massive and takes over for BJ Raji.|
|28||Kansas City (11-5)||Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson||A bit of a slide for Alexander (eco maniac), but KC is happy with it. Sean Smith replacement.|
|—||New England* (12-4)||— Pick Forfeited for Deflategate|
|29||Arizona (13-3)||Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama||Instant leader and big tackler, on an already powerful defense|
|30||Carolina (15-1)||Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State||Norman leaves, and finding a quick replacement means 1st round CB|
|31||Denver (12-4)||Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State||ZBS – Denver lost 4 O-lineman in free agency and Whitehair can start the rebuild process|
| Special thank you to:
DC Pro Sports Report: www.dcprosportsreport.com
Eat, Drink & Slep Football: www.eatdrinkandsleepfootball.com
|32||Cleveland (3-13)||Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson||A new pass rushing OLB in Cleveland. Dodd has prototypical size for the position, but he’s a 1 year wonder.|
|33||Tennessee (3-13)||Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech||NT aren’t supposed to be this quick.|
|34||Dallas (4-12)||Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State||His speed attracts Jerry Jones|
|35||San Diego (4-12)||A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama||Big intimidator and run stuffer at DE. Needs to develop pass rushing moves|
|36||Baltimore (5-11)||Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford||Best guard prospect in the draft and helps improve the run game.|
|37||San Francisco||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State||Chip gets a big target and a true #1 WR|
|38||Jacksonville (5-11)||Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State||Jax needs many pass rushers as they can get|
|39||Tampa Bay (6-10)||Shilique Calhoun, OLB/DE, Michigan State||Good leader, nice game and should develop into a very good pass rusher.|
|40||New York Giants (6-10)||Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame||Fast Fuller will make Eli’s stats look amazing. He’ll only need 2 or 3 balls per game, and he’ll get 7 or 8 TD’s year one.|
|41||Chicago (6-10)||Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi St||Chicago is looking for key pieces in converting completely to a 34. Great 5 tech DE prospect|
|42||Miami (5-11)||Artie Burns, CB, Miami||Doesn’t travel far from campus.|
|43||Tennessee (3-13)||Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas||With all the new picks for the TItans, weapons for Marriota is a very good thing|
|44||Oakland (7-9)||Karl Joseph, SS, West Virginia||Henry looks like an Al Davis pick|
|45||Tennessee (3-13)||Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech||The new right tackle|
|46||Detroit (7-9)||Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama||3-tech DT in the mold of Aaron Donald|
|47||New Orleans (7-9)||Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech||Saints draft heavy on D|
|48||Indianapolis (8-8)||Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana||Great left tackle prospect, should go earlier.|
|49||Buffalo (8-8)||Kamalei Correa, OLB/DE, Boise State||Continue to find the correct pieces converting to a 34D (The Ryan’s prefer the 34)|
|50||Atlanta (8-8)||Deion Jones, OLB, LSU||Linebackers are ATL’s biggest need (Pass rushers too)|
|51||New York Jets (10-6)||Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA||Snacks is gone, here’s a nice replacement|
|52||Houston (9-7)||TJ Green, FS, Clemson||Tall Fast safety can cover like a CB|
|53||Washington (9-7)||Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama||Best Center prospect, unless Whitehair turns Center|
|54||Minnesota (11-5)||Vonn Bell, SS, Ohio State||Very impressive cover safety|
|55||Cincinnati (12-4)||Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma||Paired up with AJ Green, great combo|
|56||Seattle (10-6)||Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State||Mebane’s replacement (and possibly an upgrade)|
|57||Green Bay (10-6)||Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri||BJ Raji’s replacement|
|58||Pittsburgh (10-6)||Austin Johnson, DT, Penn St.||Stout Nosetackle|
|59||Kansas City (11-5)||Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State||Big enough to play 5-Tech DE, with some pass rushing ability.|
|60||New England (12-4)||Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech||very talented RB. Can do it all|
|61||New England (12-4)||Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt||can play the slot, but might be taller than all the WR in New England|
|62||Carolina (15-1)||Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn||New Right tackle|
|63||Denver (12-4)||Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State||5 Tech DE is the target here, but Denver gets their future signal caller here.|
|64||Tennessee (3-13)||Nick Martin, OG/C, Notre Dame|
|65||Cleveland (3-13)||Su’a Cravens, S/LB, USC|
|66||San Diego (4-12)||Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia|
|67||Dallas (4-12)||Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State|
|68||San Francisco (5-11)||Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor|
|69||Jacksonville (5-11)||Keanu Neal, FS, Florida|
|70||Baltimore (5-11)||Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan|
|71||New York Giants (6-10)||Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame|
|72||Chicago (6-10)||Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State|
|73||Miami (5-11)||Vadal Alexander, G, LSU|
|74||Tampa Bay (6-10)||Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College|
|75||Oakland (7-9)||Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA|
|76||Tennessee (3-13)||Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State|
|77||Cleveland (3-13)||John Theus, OT, Georgia|
|78||New Orleans (7-9)||Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska|
|79||Cleveland (3-13)||Sean Davis, CB/FS, Maryland|
|80||Buffalo (8-8)||Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina|
|81||Atlanta (8-8)||Jeremy Cash, SS, Duke|
|82||Indianapolis (8-8)||Devontae Booker, RB, Utah|
|83||New York Jets (10-6)||Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU|
|84||Washington* (9-7)||Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU|
|85||Houston* (9-7)||Jihad Ward, DT, llinois|
|86||Minnesota* (11-5)||Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State|
|87||Cincinnati* (12-4)||Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State|
|88||Green Bay* (10-6)||Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia|
|89||Pittsburgh* (10-6)||Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford|
|90||Seattle* (10-6)||Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas|
|—||Kansas City* (11-5)||— Pick Forfeited for Tampering|
|91||New England* (12-4)||Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State|
|92||Arizona* (13-3)||Isaac Seumalo,C, Oregon State|
|93||Carolina* (15-1)||Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma|
|94||Denver* (12-4)||Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State|
|95||C – Detroit||Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina|
|96||C – New England||David Perkins, OLB/DE, Illinois State|
|97||C – Seattle||Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State|
|98||C – Denver||Dominique Alexander, ILB, Oklahoma|