5 Better Running Backs the Ravens could sign| UMD Natl. Signing Day recap

Gerald and Ross, go over 5 better Running backs hitting free agency that the Ravens could pursue over Leveon Bell, Also go over some of the top University of Maryland pick ups from National Signing Day, as well look at Local College Lacrosse around the area. We also talk about MLB free Agency and the Orioles, and pay respects to Orioles Legend Frank Robinson

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The Rich Get Richer in the College Football Playoff system

by Tony Knight

Pre-1997 the polls alone many times couldn’t pick an undisputed national champion, and even the BCS system, which came to life to solve that problem, was seen as flawed. So we now have the College Football Playoff to resolve once and for all who is the undisputed national champion! All of our problems are solved, right?

Seems like the P5 big boys who eat cash like hogs at the trough are happy, but what about the rest of the players in college football? Is the system that was created by the power elite before the 2014 system fair and equitable? No, why should it be? It was never created for this purpose. The present committee selecting teams for the College Playoff Invitational Tournament select teams presumably on their merits. The 13 member committee is made up of an Athletic Director from one each of the P5 conferences, 1 from Robert Morris (which will never sniff the playoff), a former reporter and a former athlete (both with P5 ties), and 5 former head coaches (3 from P5 schools). So from the committee there are 10 of the 13 having P5 ties. There is a voting procedure, which begins at about the midway point of the season, which weights the selection of their top 25.

Where this system starts to show its bias is in scheduling, and how P5s define strength of schedule. Of course the P5 lauds their own teams in making up a “hard schedule,” based presumably the strength of those teams. Some members in the College Football Playoff are recused from voting in relation to teams they are currently affiliated with, but past affiliations are not considered. There is little to no transparency in the process, and this gives rise to rumors of corruption and distrust, frankly. With the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in the mix, the guys at the top are not going to want their apple cart upset. Take UCF for example. Many, including myself, laughed at the upstart team in 2017, and even more so when they declared themselves national champions after last season! But after having completed another undefeated run in 2018, they were once again not chosen for the playoff. Why? It is enough to make G5s and independents throw up their hands and wonder “where is the equity?” Where is the path for a G5 to get playoff consideration? Will a THIRD undefeated season in 2019 sway the committee? It seems like there is always an excuse, a justification, to keep the G5 down.

What is the solution? There is none based on the nature of the beast as it exists now. The NCAA is afraid to act because the P5s can just take their ball and go play somewhere else. The NCAA is a figurehead in the whole process. This is a party thrown by the power elites and there is a very small and exclusive guest list. No UCF, I’m pretty certain you are not on the guest list. I’m afraid you’ll have to leave. That goes for the rest of the dregs of college football, all of you G5s and indies are perfectly welcome to have your OWN playoff. A G5 here and there will get the food at the kiddie table, maybe will get that golden ticket and play in an NY6. But as for the Grand Ball? No way.

But Alabama is good, you might say. They deserve it for their performance. Within the current structure, yes. It starts by bankrolling all of the money they’ve garnered via the rigged BCS and playoff system, and you parlay that into recruiting. With facilities, prestige, and money recruits will come rolling in. And to top that off, the star rating system among college athletes is also rigged! Did you know the start system is largely based on the teams recruiting a player? So for instance if a kid gets interest from Rice, Air Force, and Vanderbilt he will gain a certain star rating based on the teams who are considering that player for a scholarship. But when Alabama gets in the mix and offers the player, his star rating vaults. So inevitably Alabama (and others) get the cream of the crop of recruits every year through this bias. More insidious in the process is when big schools like Alabama and others offer scholarships to more players than they have, leaving some recruits out in the cold.

What is a “P5 team” anyway? It’s a system of grandfathered teams who share in the benefits of the system without a real basis in merit. We all know these suspects – Kansas, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Oregon State, etc. A few seem to rise to respectability every now and then. Your Maryland, your Iowa State, Wake Forest, and others. But for the most part these members of the VIP club don’t have the tradition, history, success, or money to build success. The cream of the crop in the P5s conferences have rigged the system to keep that from happening. You count as a “P5 opponent” for the purpose of vaulting the Alabamas and the Clemsons, but on your own you are disposable. They play the system. The SEC doesn’t even require 9 regular season conference games, a fact that frustrates the other P5s that do, but complaining is not going to help. Alabama regularly has 8 home games a year! Though they could schedule P5 out of conference foes they won’t. They have settled into a formula of success – 8 home games, and no serious competitors out of conference. Win the SEC title game and its onto the playoff (and sometimes even when you don’t win it!).

I hope someone more clever than myself can find a way to break the elitist system in place and force the P5s to the table. Somehow the G5s are going to need to assemble a good team of lawyers, or lobby Congress, on their behalf to break the bloated monopoly the P5 conferences have created for themselves. It’s time, now, before the P5 vs. G5 disparity grows.

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We created Charm City Beat with the intentions of being able to focus solely on local sports. Primarily the first few episodes have focused on the pro sports in the area, but that’s all about to change!

We will be also focusing on local Colleges as well now! Six to start: University of Maryland, Stevenson University, Towson UniversityUMBC,d0b680cd-f311-4acc-bc11-16c19ff30760Morgan State, and Bowie State University! Our goal is to start by highlighting the second half of winter sports and the spring sports, and then the fall sports from there! What will start with 6 will hopefully expand to a couple of other area schools in the future!

Updates on the schools will be featured on the regular show “Charm City Beat”, a more webcam based skinny version of the show for breaking news called “Charm City Beat Lite”, and of course here on our website!  Over the spring semester we will be visiting campuses and putting up fliers, and spreading the word, so be on the lookout!

 

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson Will Be Biggest Bust of 2017 NFL Draft

By: Justin Holden justin

 

 

 

As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, I want to be on record with my “biggest bust” for this year. With no doubt in my mind, the most obvious bust candidate of the 2017 NFL Draft class idrafts Deshaun Watson, quarterback from Clemson. I’m going to explain why soon enough. But first, let’s set the stage with a backstory.

Deshaun Watson finished the 2016 NCAA football season with a 67% completion percentage, 4,593 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. He also rushed for 629 yards and 9 touchdowns. Watson passed the eye test for many analysts that reviewed his film, most of whom touted his ability to produce well against top defenses like Alabama. In fact, Watson posted a college QBR that ranks 90th percentile when compared historically to all other college quarterbacks. I have seen mock drafts having Deshaun Watson go anywhere from #12 overall to #30 overall in the first round of the draft. Watson seems to be the consensus second best quarterback of this year’s draft class, behind North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky.

Walterfootball.com is the website that has Deshaun Watson going #30 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers in their mock draft. The reasoning behind this is that the Steelers would be able to groom a young quarterback behind an aging Ben Roethlisberger, reminiscent of what the Green Bay Packers did with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. However, Walterfootball.com<http://Walterfootball.com&gt; also notes that no team they have spoken with placed a first round grade on DeShaun Watson, making it conceivable that he actually ends up being a second or third round selection on draft day given the apparent disconnect between analysts, the media, and NFL franchises.

Now, since the draft has not even happened yet as of the writing of this article, I do not ultimately know where Deshaun Watson gets drafted. I have no crystal ball at my disposal. But, I will confidently tell you that Deshaun Watson is automatically the biggest bust of the 2017 draft if selected anywhere from early first round to mid second round. If he gets drafted later than that, he is still a bust, but perhaps not the biggest. Because as we all know, the earlier a bad player is drafted, the bigger a mistake it is.

watsonSo having said all this, I am now ready to tell you why Deshaun Watson is the player I am projecting to be biggest bust of the 2017 NFL Draft. Despite his solid college production and mobile ability, Watson simply lacks the requisite arm strength to play at the NFL level. The speed of the game at the NFL level is significantly quicker than the college level. This fact holds true even when we limit the comparison to top college conferences only, such as the SEC. So when you throw the ball downfield, NFL linebackers and defensive backs react much quicker to make plays on the ball.

While you do not need to be a strong armed quarterback to have success in the NFL (Dak Prescott, Drew Brees, Tyrod Tayor, etc.), you still need to put enough velocity on your throws to complete passes downfield before the defense can react. All the weak armed quarterbacks I just mentioned in parentheses throw the ball at a velocity of 50mph or higher. Deshaun Watson throws the ball at a velocity of 45mph, as obtained from his pro day workout metrics. This is a putrid 1st percentile when compared to all other NFL quarterback prospects on record.

Some of you may call me silly for pointing to one single metric as an indication that Watson iswatson2 a bust, but I assure you the throw velocity metric in this case represents a major red flag. It is one thing to be a quarterback with a relatively weak arm. It is another to have one of the weakest arms ever on record. By having a throw velocity that is 1st percentile, that means at least 99% of NFL quarterbacks throw the ball faster than Watson does. Now, as someone that doesn’t hold the “eye test” in the highest regard to evaluate prospects, I can tell you that when watching film on Watson, it is clear he appears to throw the ball slow even on bullet passes. Seeing Watson throw the ball on film clearly matches up with the throw velocity metric he posted on his pro day. While throwing the ball 45mph is good enough to make plays against NCAA defenders, it simply is not good enough to make plays against NFL defenders unless it is a quick pass route, such as a slant or flat.

All this to say, what often separates high-end starting caliber quarterbacks from replacement level quarterbacks at the NFL level is the ability to throw the ball deep downfield with accuracy. Deshaun Watson lacks the arm strength to throw deep passes. Heck, I’d even go as far to say he lacks the arm strength to throw intermediate passes! Some of you will mock me for this article and my analysis, but I will have the last laugh. Because Deshaun Watson won’t be able to consistently complete comeback routes, streak routes, post routes, corner routes, or any other intermediate to long routes at the NFL level. He will be picked off constantly if he tries to go deep. Mark my words. So, in conclusion, Watson is- in my mind- a mobile gadget player, not worthy of being drafted. Yet, he is likely to be drafted early and viewed as a franchise quarterback. Go ahead, try to explain his upcoming poor rookie season by blaming the team that drafted him, or the coaches, or the excuse that all rookies struggle. I’ll just be sitting here, ready to throw this article back in your face when Watson is out of the league before reaching age 30. Never being able to clear himself of the big word “BUST” permanently labeled next to his name.

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In the beginning it was Max Literature Group, or M.L.G….

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MLG was created by Gerald Royster and his now fiancé, Colleen, as a way to self publish, promote, and expose the world to Gerald’s ability as an independent writer. Gerald’s interest expanded to YouTube as a way to broaden his art in a different medium.

Gerald knew he wanted to expand to YouTube but hadn’t come up with any plans on how 2DA35D97-BD49-413E-8672-A7567954B81Cto begin. Until one night when he was having wings with his very close friends, Justin Holden and Alex Hull. ESPN was on the TV and it started a discussion between Gerald and Justin that doing a sports show would be cool; they could talk about the sports they wanted to talk about. Alex is a local Filmmaker with Maryland film company Chill Out Productions, and the three of them realized that this was a golden idea. The heart of Lit Sports Online was born!
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CouchSide was created between Gerald and his best friend, Mario Meza. They were hanging out, sitting on the couch, talking about how horrible modern rap music has become. The 20+ minute discussion on the topic gave them the idea of doing something like that on camera. It was that moment where they came up with the show, CouchSide.

The idea for two completely different shows were created! Gerald, Mario, Alex, and Justin, all friends, decided to bring together their varying arts, knowledge, and ideas. LitTube was IMG_1025now officially created under the MLG organization. The first just the guysbroadcast for LitTube was in September of 2016. The broadcast was an episode of Lit Sports Online. It was an NFL Season Preview show starring Justin and Gerald. A week later, the first episode of CouchSide premiered featuring Mario and Gerald. All of LitTube is filmed and edited by Alex hull of Chill Out Productions.

One of the goals of LitTube is to break the barriers of editorial journalism. We created this blog/site to bring you stuff we may not be able to touch or film on our channel. It was created to bring you information in a timely and convenient way. Most people nowadays Reel Talk Logoget their information via the internet, and we want to help you get that information faster and from a reliable source. Ofchill out productions logo course this means, open invitation to criticize and comment. We’re not perfect and we have a lot of room for growth, and together with your help we can only get better! We understand the nature of our topics can bring on high emotions. Our goal is to always be mindful and respectful to our viewers and in return, we hope any criticism comes in a constructive and respectful manner as well.

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