Fan Q&A: Cowboys chances, how much longer for Brady and the Rock in 2020

Here are your questions answered by yours truly.  You may not always agree with my response, but I promise I will always respect your inquiry of my knowledge by giving you honest reasons and thorough explanation as to why I feel the way I do.  You can participate in the weekly Fan Q&A by emailing your questions to beastman757@gmail.com

Do you think Dallas will make it as far if not further this year?

I don’t think the Cowboys will win 13 games like they did last year.  They appear to have a tougher schedule and you can make the case the other teams in their division got better.  That doesn’t mean Big D won’t contend for a championship because they definitely have the offense to do it.  If the season were to start today I would pick Dallas to win 11 games and make it as far as the NFC Championship game.  Dak will make more big plays downfield and with a healthy Darren McFadden it will give them the options to limit Zeke’s carries and preserve him for a bigger load late in the season.  There are huge questions marks on the defensive side of the football.  Dallas drafted some talented players, but will they be able to make a contribution so early in their careers or will inexperience get the best of them?  Vegas has the Cowboys winning 9.5 games (over/under) and around 9-1 odds to win the Super Bowl behind the Patriots.

How much longer will Tom Brady play?

My answer may surprise you.  I think there is a good chance this is Brady’s last season.  Here are my reasons why:

  1. Gisele– Gisele Bundchen is the breadwinner in the Brady household.  The supermodel expressed that she wanted her husband to retire after this past Super Bowl and she has leaked to the media that Brady allegedly played with concussions.  Tom has made it clear he wants to play as long has he can, however his wife is a bigger influence on his decision to continue playing despite him dismissing her desire for No. 12 to hang it up publicly.  Remember Brady skipping out on the White House visit at the last minute?  That was because of Gisele.  Don’t under estimate the power of persuasion this woman’s beauty possesses on top of being the mother of Tom’s kids.
  2. Jimmy Garoppolo– The fact that the Patriots held onto Jimmy Garoppolo says a lot about the future of Tom Brady. If New England wanted to trade Garoppolo there were plenty of suitors who had the ammunition in draft picks to pull the trigger and make the deal.  The Pats opted not to meaning Jimmy G is going to get paid.  Garoppolo does not want to sit on the bench forever (he will be entering his fourth season) and while he is under contract he has expressed a strong interest in wanting to be a starter, yet he remains a good citizen (for now) in Foxboro which may allude to the fact he knows his time is coming.
  3. Bill Belichick– When we speak of the Patriots dynasty it will always be linked to Brady and Belichick. You can’t have one without the other….or can you?  Detractors of the New England franchise won’t label each as the G.O.A.T. because they will only give the edge to the quarterback play or the coaching, not both.  So this is where ego comes into play.  Belichick can launch himself into a new stratosphere if he could win a championship with another QB.  Belichick is more likely to achieve that scenario as opposed to Brady going the route of Peyton Manning and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy while riding off into the sunset in an unfamiliar uniform.  In my mind Brady was better than Manning, but Tom is not the plug and play quarterback that Peyton was.  I think it would drain Brady mentally and take the fun out of the game for him to go somewhere else, learn an entire new system and team culture after having the luxury of familiarity for two decades.

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Will Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run for President in 2020?

This is not as outlandish as it sounds.  No matter how you feel about our current Commander in Chief you have to admit his election has forever changed the political landscape.  There have been quite a few celebrities that have been voted into office, but up until this year none went straight to the White House without having prior experience as a government official.  I think the Rock’s campaign would do well with voters.  It has been established that he is second to none when it comes to speaking into a microphone live in arenas at max capacity.  He could appeal to America’s youth because of his career in the WWE and action flicks.  Given his Samoan/African Canadian heritage he would have the opportunity to build a multi-cultural coalition.  Yes he is Hollywood, but also has some conservative views which might attract some people on the right.  Now will it actually happen?  I don’t think so….at least not next election cycle.  The Rock has won a national championship in college football, he’s been pro wrestling’s biggest superstar and is currently a leading man in Tinsel Town.  So why not add President to his resume?  The Rock announced his candidacy for the Oval Office on Saturday Night Live with Tom Hanks as his running mate.  Given the venue I doubt it has any real validity.  Rock is only 45; he is in the prime of his acting career.  Unless he truly has a patriotic itch it makes no sense for him to throw his hat into the ring for Decision 2020.  I view this as a publicity stunt (similar to what Hulk Hogan did in WCW after Jesse Ventura was elected Governor of Minnesota) in order to suggest that he should be cast for a POTUS role like Martin Sheen or Kevin Spacey.  Click here to see Rock’s big announcement. Odds Shark currently has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at 100-1 odds to win the presidency in 2020.  Click here to see where he ranks among the other contenders.

T.O. be or not T.O. be

The legacy of Terrell Owens will forever be stained because of his ability like no other to divide a locker room.  He also had  the ability like no other when it came to producing game breaking plays.

Many writers on the Hall of Fame selection committee have made an adamant case against the “player” simply known as T.O.  They will tell you three teams let him go in the prime of his career and that he dropped too many passes.  According to the T.O. detractors his childlike behavior and a drop here or there negate the fact that he is statistically a top 3 receiver in NFL history.  It probably doesn’t help that Owens himself has gone out of his way to say publicly that Hall of Fame voting was a “flawed process”.

I was on the fence about Owens until I asked myself what about Randy Moss?  You have to have Randy Moss (who is eligible next year) in Canton and therefore Mr. Owens should join him as well.  Moss had off the field issues that Owens didn’t, he took plays off, knocked balls down to avoid hits, was accused of quitting on his team and bounced around from franchise to franchise due to his behavior.  While Owens tantrums may have caused him to lose focus on the field occasionally, there was never any doubt that the original 81 gave it his all on every play.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has a decision to make.  Do they want to make it about play on the field or do they want to factor in things didn’t happen between the lines?  The Baseball Hall of Fame has received criticism for keeping guys out like Pete Rose, the sport’s all-time hits leader because he bet on baseball as a player and manager.  And what about the great steroid era debate?  Talk about a real flawed process.

Pro Football Hall of Fame it is time to take a long look in the mirror to decide who you want to be.  Look at baseball and their “get off my lawn” boomer fan base.  Their commissioner looked the other way while guys were juicing and cranking them deep helping the Major Leagues recover from their strike in the mid nineties only to have a bunch of old white-haired bureaucrats on Capitol Hill do an investigation all so they could “protect” their precious records from their childhood with an asterisk.  And yet Rose, whose record you can’t attach an asterisk to, still can’t make his way into Cooperstown over three decades removed from his last at bat.  Pro Football Hall of Fame this could be your future if you are going to lower yourself to Owens’ level by not giving him his bust out of spite.

The NFL’s Hall had set the gold standard in a lot of people’s eyes when it came to how a Hall of Fame selection should operate.  Now it’s flirting with idea of changing the rules in the middle of the game.  You know who does that?  The WWE Hall of Fame.  Yes Pro Wrestling’s shrine to squared circle greatness that erased Hulk Hogan, basically the most iconic figure ever to lace up his boots and throw on a pair of those speedo-like trunks, from their Hall of Fame webpage because there was allegedly some audio out there of him making racist comments.  And this is where you Pro Football Hall of Fame need to remind yourself that you did not remove O.J. Simpson, even though he was convicted in civil court for butchering two human beings, because it had nothing to do with his playing career in the 1970s which got him his gold jacket in the first place.

So Pro Football Hall of Fame save face while you can and give that crybaby T.O. his bronze bust and gold jacket he deserves. Don’t be Cooperstown and please, please don’t be the WWE.  Vote Owens in sooner rather than later.  There will be more controversy not inducting him or voting him in posthumously than it would be to knock on his hotel door next year.  And if you want an example of an after death induction as a result of animosity look no further than pro wrestling legend Macho Man Randy Savage, one of the more beloved personalities in the industry, yet denied the right to receive his final accolades until after his existence had concluded.

Canton please do the right thing  so that you can continue to be a real Hall of Fame.  The fact that you drew comparison to fake one should be wake up call.