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Often times in the rap industry we hear the likes of Coedine aka “Purple Drank” used in lyrics.  So much so, it has become a custom to see artist in videos holding 2 white foam cups depicting “Purple Drank” as its contents.  Well often times in this era, we hear things and don’t fully understand the substance.  We hear about these fades that are made cool because our favorite rapper talks about it in lyrics or depicts it in a video, but we often times don’t see or don’t fully understand the impact that is associated with such drugs in the grand scheme of things.

Here is a story of former defensive end, Johnny Jolly, who most recently had a career with the Green Bay Packers up until 2009.  He was suspened for the 2010 season, the same year the Packers won the Super Bowl, for Coedine use.  During this time, his life when into a downhill trend as he was separated from organization and players that could have been there for him.  Instead, trouble found him and someone who once had a promising football career will now spend the next 6 years of his life behind bars because of illegal drug use.  This is an unfortunate story and one that should be heard by all to gain understanding of how drugs can in fact take over and rule our lives!

The preview story is below but the FULL STORY is definately worth the watch!

Forget Tebow…How about Von Miller & Broncos D!

Posted: November 18, 2011 by RenzReport in NFL

Lets be frank folks.  I can go on with a long post today talking about victorious Tebow was last night in the Broncos 17-13 win over the Jets, but it was Von Miller and the Broncos defense that kept Tebow and the offense in that game last night.  Up until that final drive by the Broncos late in the 4th, the Broncos offense looked so-so moving the ball yard by yard up the field with a read-option offense typical of what you would see in college but with an ineffective passing game.  Tebow looked good in his short yardage passes, but anything 10 yards or more down the field was thrown a yard or two short of receivers and often times at their ankles.  Yards After Catch (YAC) was minimal for receivers last night as they spent more time on the ground trying to make the catch.

So, let’s get away from the Tebow factor and move our attention to the Broncos defense.  All year-long, I have said that Orton didn’t deserve to be benched because it wasn’t the offensive production that was allowing teams to score at will against the Broncos.  On paper, the Broncos defense look like they should play better defense with the likes of DJ Williams, Elvis Dumerville, Von Miller, Brian Dawkins and the great Champ Bailey.  Well last night was their night to shine.  All these players made an impact in the game but Von Miller was a force and ended the game with 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks as he was all over the field making plays.  If anyone should get recognition for their play during the entire game, it should be Miller and not Tebow who although was clutch during that final drive, ended the game throwing 9-20 for 104 yards and 0 TDs.  Rushing the ball he was a lot affective rushing for 68 yards off 8 carries and 1 TD.  Considering these game stats, check out Tebow production in final drive: 3-5 for 35 yards; 7 rushes for 70 yards and TD.  Tebow was a factor for nearly 5 minutes of game clock.

Unlike what you may hear on SportsCenter or any other radio outlet, it was the Broncos defense that kept the Broncos in this game and allowed for Tebow to drive down the field 95 yards in the closing minutes to win that game.  So all in all, you may hear a lot about Tebow this morning, but cap goes off to the Broncos defense! Rookie standout Von Miller and the Broncos defense was a factor the entire game!

Comparison Analysis: Mike Shanahan vs President Obama

Posted: November 17, 2011 by RenzReport in NFL

This Sunday marked the Redskins 5th consecutive loss this season making them 3-6 after starting the season 3-1.  Following this week’s loss to a 1-7 Miami Dolphins team, fans voiced their opinions and demanded Head Coach Mike Shanahan’s firing.  From FedEx Field to the White House, these pleas from fans sound quite familiar.

3 years ago, President Barack Obama walked into office with a financial situation that has impacted every American in the United States.  In 2010, Mike Shanahan was hired as the Redskins Head Coach following 2 disappointing seasons with Jim Zorn as coach.  Shanahan walked into a Redskins culture that had been known to be offseason champions by signing huge and often times bad contracts, by drafting horrible prospects and trading draft picks for underachieving players.  Like President Obama, Mike Shanahan along with a new General Manager Bruce Allen was expected to bring change to our beloved Nation’s Capital.

Once President Obama wasted no time as Commander in Chief and promised free health care to all Americans.  Shanahan on the other hand, had a defense that had been a top 10 defense the previous 3 years and hired Jim Haslett as Defensive Coordinator who converted to a 3-4 base front from a 4-3. That first season, the Redskins ranked 31 out of 32 teams in defense while President Obama is still dreaming of health care as legislators try to approve the dollars that will be used to finance the bill.

President Barack Obama has also spent the past 3 years trying to fix our economy, but it’s hard to erase the previous 8 years brought forth from the Bush administration and it’s even harder when you don’t have other lawmakers and politicians supporting you.  Shanahan has spent 1.5 years in an organization that has a decade worth of bad business practices, so fans cannot expect change to happen within 2 seasons.  The least we can do as fans is support our team.  Unless you agreed with Rex Grossman that this team would win the NFC East, I feel like we are what we thought we were or at least should have been to start the season.

Whatever your business logic preference is; top-down or bottom-up organization structure, the Redskins organization has already started.  They began by firing the entire coaching staff and GM Vinny Cerrato following the 2009 season.  A whole new regime of experienced coaches arrived and by the start of the 2010 and 2011 season, the Redskins make up looked entirely different.  We saw in the preseason and the 1st 4 games of the season the identity the coaches wants this Redskins team to have, but with key players going down with injuries, younger players not living up to their potential (Trent Williams) and poor QB play you get the product on the field that we have seen for much of the past 5 weeks.

So in conclusion, many think that President Obama deserves another term as President of the US. He has had just as many failures as he has had successes during his presidency, but still many want him back.  I am here to say as a Redskins fan, I want Coach Shanahan back!  One more year! One more year! One more year!

If former President George W. Bush can get a 2nd term following his 1st, then Shanny deserves on more season!

How Good Could the Colts Be WITH Manning?

Posted: October 24, 2011 by RenzReport in NFL

Heading into Week 8 of the NFL season, the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts are now 0-7.

A solid debate took place last night in the ManCave on how good the Colts could be based on their 2011 Schedule with a healthy Manning. What are your thoughts?

2011 Colts Schedule

Week    Date           Game
1             11-Sep      IND 7 @ HOU 34
2             18-Sep     CLE 27 @ IND 19
3             25-Sep    PIT 23 @ IND 20
4             3-Oct       IND 17 @ TB 24
5             9-Oct       KC 28 @ IND 24
6             16-Oct     IND 17 @ CIN 27
7            23-Oct     IND 7 @ NO 62
8            30-Oct     IND @ TEN
9            6-Nov      ATL @ IND
10         13-Nov    JAC @ IND
11          Bye
12          27-Nov   CAR @ IND
13          4-Dec       IND @ NE
14          11-Dec     IND @ BAL
15          18-Dec    TEN @ IND
16          22-Dec    HOU @ IND
17         1-Jan        IND @ JAC

Results Take Hard Work

Posted: October 21, 2011 by RenzReport in NFL

No matter what we want to achieve in life it takes hard work!  Never forget that!  This applies to all areas of our life!  So no matter what, work hard at what you want to do and only fate will stop you, not man!

50-50 Split Not Enough for NBA Players

Posted: October 21, 2011 by RenzReport in NBA

Late Thursday night, news broke that the NBA players and owners could not agree to terms for a new CBA after 3 consecutive days and 30 hours worth of negotiations.  Thursday may have marked the last straw for both sides to agree to a deal.  Owners put out on the table 50-50 Basketball Related Income (BRI) to be shared between owners and players.  When the owners proposed the 50-50 split, they informed the players to take it or leave it.

In the previous CBA, the players received 57% share of BRI.  The initial proposal from the owners was for the players to go down to 47%, but the players want 53% of league revenue.  The owners met them at 50% but that isn’t enough for the players.

With the season originally planned to begin on November 1, all games through November 14 (100 total games) have been cancelled, costing players nearly $170 million in salaries.  Now the players are at risk of more games being cancelled and a loss of more game checks.

Check out the graphs below that represent individual player salary ranges and the amount of money they are at risk of losing based on negotiated BRI% in a new CBA:

Source: NBA Lockout Analysis: Simple Basketball Economics

ESPN E:60 – Razor Ramon

Posted: October 20, 2011 by RenzReport in Just Turrible

I am not even half way done looking at this video, but this piece has compelled me enough within the last 5 minutes that I have to share!

Many of our generation grew up on WWF and WWC wrestling.  Well this piece done by ESPN E:60 on Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon is a must see!  Today, Hall is the story mimicking that of  Mickey Rourke‘s character from The Wrestler.

I’m sure you will be left in as much awe as I have been after only 5 minutes of watching this!