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Below is a listing of the latest web mentions of both boys.

Kelce Anxious for return to the field


Kelce Medically cleared

Alex Smith and Travis Kelce building chemistry

Chiefs first practice

Chiefs News and rumors

Eagles open camp

Eagles wake up call

Chiefs Training camp roster

Jason Kelce’s Return Critical for Philadelphia Eagles Offense

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce


Here's another blog post on BleacherReport.  In my humble opinion, this guy's evaluation of Travis is the most accurate one I've read to date.


There's a wonderful video of Jason and Swoop promoting reading at a Philly school; all part of the Read Across America program and also celebrating Dr. Suess' birthday.  You can find the video on the Eagles home page and on the Eagles Youth Partnership page.

There is a very good, as well as interesting, video posted on a Comcast station in Philly featuring both boys.


Things are heating up in the online forums and draft blogs, to the extent that there are a few posts each day mentioning Travis. One of the statements that seems to be on a lot of posts is this, "One NFL evaluator told Pro Football Weekly that Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce is a "trainwreck character-wise" ". He's never been arrested; no DUI or DWI charges; never hit a woman; never been accused of mistreating a woman or any sexual misconduct; never accused of bullying or mistreating anyone. How many guys drafted in the first 2 rounds will be able to say the same? Trainwreck? Really? Travis was criticized weekly by game officials in emails to his coach. It seems Travis was too aggressive, blocking his man up to, and occasionally through, the whistle. Watching the games, you could see officials coming up and talking to Travis throughout the game' but they never threw a flag. Opposing players and some coaches were visibly upset with him. Is that the character flaw? Show me an NFL coach or GM that doesn't smile when he sees a TE pancake a linebacker just as the whistle blows, and I'll show you a guy soon to be out of work.
Jason has a different take on all this "character" talk. He believes these comments are coming from a team, or teams, that want to devalue Travis stock so he will be around in the middle rounds. That makes sense.
A couple of posts stood out this weekend; both from Philly sources:

Kelce Looks To Follow Brother's Lead

Like Jason, Younger Kelce Rehabbing From Injury


How's this for COOL! I coached Will Schneider in youth baseball the last 2 seasons and now he is representing the US in the Winter International Children's Games in Russia. Check out the PD story here and the Winter International Children's Games here.

There's a lot of stuff posted regarding Travis and the upcoming NFL Draft.  I've included links to the most recent.  One of the recurring themes, particularly in the discussion boards, is that Trav is a one hit wonder.  SB Nation's Down The Drive, an admittedly biased Cincinnati Bearcats blog, makes the case against the aforementioned thoughts here.

Now for a little nostalgia with a look at the Wikipedia article for Disco Demolition Night.

The latest stories/articles about Travis:

Travis' NFL Prospect Profile on

Bills' Top Two Tight Ends to Watch in the Draft

Round 2: TE Travis Kelce on

 Who's NFL Draft Stock is Soaring

His Mother Would Love This

Brothers On The Same Team????

Okay, it's been a while since I did the blog thing.  I've dumped most of the previous postings, save a few about Jason's start in the NFL.  More to come.

With all the football talk, I thought I'd check to see what teams, other than my beloved Browns, have never made it to the Super Bowl.  Tommy Tomlinson at Sports on Earth has a nice article on the "Non Fantastic Four".  His take on the Browns:

"Cleveland Browns, 0 for 44 seasons (no team from 1996-98)
Closest to Super Bowl: Lost AFC championship game to Denver (1989, 37-21; 1987, 38-33; 1986, 23-20).

My friend J.* is a huge Browns fan, and he hated it when Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore… but he's claiming the Ravens for the Super Bowl anyway. He even calls them the Bravens. He knows it violates every rule of Sports Fidelity. He can't help it. He just wants to see some team he cares about in the Super Bowl.
*I'll leave his full name out of it in case any Browns purists are already lighting torches.

The Browns claim eight football titles: Four from the old All-American Football Conference, and four pre-Super Bowl NFL titles. But the last one of those was in 1964. Since then, the Browns have nothing but a bottomless well of playoff agony. The Drive. The Fumble. Red Right 88. Minnesota and Buffalo are both 0-4 in Super Bowls, and that is its own kind of pain. But those teams were conference champions. They got to stand on the big stage, even if the lights were too bright. The Browns get one step from the top, then fall all the way back down the stairs.

The last five seasons for the Browns: 4-12, 5-11, 5-11, 4-12, 5-11. At least they're consistent. In a season where rookie QBs lit up the league, the Browns' rookie QB, Brandon Weeden, did not. Plus, he turns 30 next year.

There are a few positives. Trent Richardson looks like a top-shelf running back. OT Joe Thomas is one of the best in the league. A couple of potential studs are out there on defense. They're better than Jacksonville. And historically, they're still better than Detroit. But sometimes the pain of losing is worse than the pain of never getting there.

Then again, if you want to talk about never getting there: The Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings have all won titles in the past 30 years. That lonely Browns championship from 1964 is the last one for any Cleveland team in a major sport.

Which is another way of saying, when it comes to sports suffering, the winner is always Cleveland.

Chances of a Super Bowl soon: Let's just not talk about it, OK?"

- Tommy Tomlinson


He got no respect out of high school and not much coming out of college.  He was considered too small and not strong enough.  But now, what you did before, how much you can lift or who you played for and against doesn't mean squat.  At this level, the highest level, the only thing that matters is whether a player can contribute to the team's success on the field.
I believe Jason has answered that question.


This has been an eventful month for Jason.  He began the month apparently battling the stomach flu that had plagued him since before the combine and he finally decided to seek medical help.  Lo and behold, he wasn’t suffering from any virus, but from appendicitis.  He had a CAT scan and Ultrasound on Tuesday (March 8), after his interview with PatriotRadio.  He was admitted to the hospital and surgery was preformed on Wednesday.  He went back to the house with his team mates on Thursday to recuperate.  His orders are not to exercise for at least 2 weeks, which kinda wrecks his Pro Day on March 28.  The net effect of all this will probably be to reduce his pre-draft value, which will cost him money and some well-deserved recognition of his efforts.  He’ll probably have to earn his way via hard work into the League; just like college. 
Recognition can come in 4 years when he is negotiating a 2nd contract and the majority of guys drafted before him are out of the game.
The following was taken from an NFL News page by Vic Carucci:

Toughing it out
Jason Kelce didn't know it at the time, but the severe stomach pain and nausea he experienced at the recent NFL Scouting Combine were symptoms of appendicitis. That didn't stop the University of Cincinnati guard from taking part in all aspects of the combine, including workouts. And it didn't prevent him from recording combine bests for his position in the 40-yard dash (4.89 seconds), the 20-yard shuttle (4.14 seconds) and 3-cone drill (7.22 seconds).
"The stomach was bothering me all week; I was going from interviews (with teams) literally right to the toilet throwing up," Kelce told me during an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio. "I tried to look as good as I could in the interviews and handle them as well as I possibly could, and I thought I ended up doing a pretty good job."
Kelce's best work, though, came on the field, despite the fact he wasn't able to get much sleep. Late one night, he contacted a physician the combine made available to participants, but there was still no diagnosis of appendicitis. Kelce, whose weight dropped to 280 pounds from his normal 295, also began feeling better by the time he was scheduled to work out and decided to give it a shot.
"For a couple of days, I started feeling better, and I thought it had run its (course)," he said. "And then, all of a sudden, it just hit me again, and this time the stomach pains were a lot worse."
About a week after the combine, Kelce checked into an emergency room and wound up undergoing an emergency appendectomy. He is still recovering and won't be able to take part in drills at Cincinnati's pro day on March 28. But one would have to think that NFL scouts are going to be impressed with the remarkable grit he demonstrated at the combine.

For another take on Jason's condition, check out this note.


I just got this email and had to post it.  It's not original and I have no idea if it is true; but it sure is funny.

These are actual comments made by Police Officers.  The comments were taken off actual police car
videos around the country:
"You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went  through."  
"Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you  wear them a while."
"If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a  worthless document."
"If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."
"Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you." 
"You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?" 
"Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help.  Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?"

  "Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."
"The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not.  Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"
"Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop."
"Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."
"In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC."    ( National Crime Information Center )
"Just how big were those 'two beers' you say you had?"
"No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can."
"I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail."

"You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't.. now sign here."


It would be hard to imagine a rockier start to a new career than what Jason went through at the NFL Combine this past week.  He came down with the stomach flu Sunday night and weighed in at 280lbs.. As funny as it may sound, that is considered too small for NFL linemen.  As you can imagine his strength was depleted, which means that he didn’t do the bench press and that is not be a good thing for him.  The good news is that he interviews well and he can still weigh in heavier and demonstrate a good bench press number at his Pro Day in Cincinnati.  In spite of being weak from the flu, he ran the fastest 40 yard sprint among O-Linemen (4.89), broad jumped farther (9’2”) and set a combine record in the 20 yard shuttle (4.12) for big men.  Bottom line: he made enough of an impact that he should get a good turnout at his Pro Day.

Coach Jones Blog has a great video about Jason.  Be sure to check out "From Walk On, To The NFL Combine".

Check out Jason's Facebook Fan Page here

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College Visits
The college visit is a rite of passage and an event to be treasured; a road trip typically taken by one parent and the child, it is invariably a warm and exciting experience. Your baby is growing up and will be leaving home. The ride gives you the chance to discuss career options and plans, relate experiences from your own youth and just enjoy the changes that are happening to your kid. My boys played football and their school choices revolved around playing in college. In both instances the trips began in earnest in the spring.  more