22 February 2014

Could you pass the NFL’s Wonderlic Test?

Like we said on Friday's Fanatic Radio (2/21), we asked America if they would be willing to take the NFL's Wonderlic test. Basically, the Wonderlic Contemporary Cognitive Ability Test is a standardized test that measures player’s aptitude for learning and problem solving. The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes. 

The score is calculated on the number of correct answers in the time allowed. The test consists of English, reading, math and logic problems that increase in difficultly as the test progresses.

According to Sports Illustrated Paul Zimmerman's book The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football, the average score of a NFL player is around 20 points. Score by position are:

Fanatic Radio 2/21/14

Mike and Flo wrap up Olympics talk, both US hockey teams losing, Bode Miller and what Sochi means to USA morale for what to look at before we lose the medal count.  The Daytona 500 is among us as is the new season of NASCAR; predictions.  We get our NFL on with breakdown from the Combine and the Cleveland Browns fiasco.

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21 February 2014

2014 Daytona 500 Predictions

It is finally here this Sunday, the Great American Race. NASCAR is unique among sports in that its marquee event takes place at the beginning of its season, rather than the end. A Daytona 500 victory can make one's season, seemingly no matter what happens the rest of the season. And if you thought  Now we have the starting lineup set after a relatively unexciting Budweiser Duel (save for the finish of the second race last night when Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel and helped cause a major wreck at the finish), so who will win the 56th Daytona 500?

19 February 2014

2014 MLB Managerial Carousel: Grading the Hires

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Spring training is kicking off. While it is an important time for all teams aiming to hoist the Commissioner's Trophy this fall, it is especially important for the five teams that have hired new managers, including a couple of playoff teams. How did these teams do in filling their managerial vacancies? Here are my grades.

18 February 2014

The NFL Today adds Tony Gonzalez, dumps Dan Marino & Shannon Sharpe

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With ratings sagging behind that of Fox NFL Sunday, changes had been rumored for The NFL Today and it turns out that CBS has indeed pulled the trigger. One of their top targets, former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who retired at the end of the season, will be added to the crew while Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe will be departing. Gonzalez will join James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and insider Jason La Canfora in Studio 43 at the CBS Broadcast Center. Here's my take on the moves.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Edition

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The 2014 NFL Combine is kicking off tomorrow from Indianapolis. We all know the deal with the Combine by now, but this is a major step for these gentlemen that want to get drafted high in this year's draft. It can play a part in making one guy's grade, or breaking said grade. But beyond that, who's counting? Here's my pre-Combine for the folks to enjoy.

17 February 2014

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Predictions

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Now every Sprint Cup Series season is one to watch, but the 2014 campaign will really be something for a pair of reasons. First, NASCAR has instituted significant changes to the Chase format, the greatest changes to the format since it was put into put in 2004, increasing the importance of winning for each race before the Chase, expanding the field, bringing in an elimination format, and resulting in one race for all the marbles at the end of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The second major storyline has to do with a little history, and the driver pictured above with his crew chief. Jimmie Johnson, the defending champion, now has six driver championships. That puts him one shy of the all-time record held by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. If Johnson were to win, not only would he tie the record, he would be the youngest and fastest driver to do it.

Just in case you need even more to be excited about, here are my predictions for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season.

Charles Barkley performing 'Gin & Juice." That's all

As we all know, the NBA All-Star Weekend was this past weekend in New Orleans. Naturally, Charles Barkley went to a kareoke joint on Bourbon Street called The Cat's Meow and attempted to rap Snoop Dogg's iconic 'Gin & Juice." There's not a whole lot more I can say about it, let's go to the videotape.