The season is fast approaching the halfway mark; and with Week 7 just around the corner, some changes have emerged in the Super Bowl lines and odds. Specific teams are slowly cementing their positions as true contenders while a few favorites have begun to struggle.
The Dallas Cowboys smacked the Green Bay packers around in Lambeau Field, which isn’t something most teams can do. Dak Prescott is the quarterback that everyone is talking about.
Coming in as Tony Romo’s replacement, Prescott has proven his naysayers wrong, helping the team achieve their 5-1 start. Of course, that introduces a whole new problem for the Cowboys who must decide whether or not to go back to Romo when he recovers and makes his return.
The NFL recent released the hometowns of all of the players on active opening day rosters and the results are in. We are sure that the map will spark many debates as state residents bicker over which state has the best football, produces the most NFL talent and has the best athletes.
In terms of pure numbers, the state of Florida takes the crown for 2016 as 239 NFL players come from the Sunshine State. Coming in second was California with 220 and Texas is third at 214. Florida, California and Texas benefit from size and excellent year round weather to help bolster their numbers. In terms of smaller states that pack a punch, states like Louisiana (62), North Carolina (60), South Carolina (57) and Ohio (94) have some impressive numbers as well.
It is a testament to Sarah Thomas’ mettle that she didn’t dwell upon the pressures of her position as the first full-time game official in the NFL, at least until her first season on the job came to an end. People who were expecting Thomas’ presence to drastically affect the NFL spread were probably disappointed by the uneventful nature of her first season.
It was after the season ended that Thomas began to ponder on what her achievements have meant for the game. Thomas admitted that, while she didn’t feel the pressure during the actual season, upon reflecting on the season as a whole, she had to admit there was indeed some pressure to contend against.
This week, I rank the Power Five schools having the easiest rosters in major college football. To clarify, no team has an easy schedule irrespective of the conference it plays in and college football predictions indicate that challenges can arise even when playing against the “weakest” teams. Some diverse factors played a significant role in the conclusions I made, such as the 2015 records of the playing teams, the nonconference schedules, and the venues of the upcoming games. For teams playing division-based conferences, they must face all the teams within their respective divisions. The challenges come up with the teams they will have to play against from the other side, the strength of opponents at their home stadium, and the frequency of playing against them.
Things have moved at a brisk pace for GridironStuds since the launch of the GridironStuds Recruiting App on February 10th of this year. Since it’s release, some 800 high school football players from across the country have downloaded and created profiles using the app which is available on the iOS platform for iPhones.
Despite the large number of downloads, GridironStuds CEO Chad Wilson knows there is a ways to go. “The plan is to get this app into the hands of every high school football player in the country. When you think of it like that, 800 is a small number. However, we are greatly encouraged by the early participation,” Wilson said. To aid in the efforts to market the app, GridironStuds has launched a business crowd funding campaign on popular site IndieGoGo.com.
Miramar, FL – May 20, 2016 – GridironStuds.com, a diviision of CEW Communications announced Friday that they will be launching a crowd funding campaign on Monday May 23, 2016 through well respected business funding site IndieGoGo.com. IndieGoGo was founded in 2008 and through their online community has raised over $900 million dollars in funds for start-up businesses worldwide.
GridironStuds is attempting to raise $50,000 to assist in programming, marketing and hiring of personnel to push the GridironStuds App into the college football recruiting market. The company plans on rolling out a number of exciting features in the app in the coming months. They are also plannning on launching an android version of the app prior to close of 2016. “We are excited about joining IndieGoGo to launch this crowd funding campaign. They are recognized as one of the leaders in the business of crowd funding and have great tools for both the funders and fundees,” CEW Communications CEO Chad Wilson said. “This is a great way for any parent of an athlete, fan of college football and corporation interested in reaching this demographic to help us develop this wonderful app for young student athletes,” Wilson added.