|FOGDad n (fôg, dæd) : Fine Old Gentleman (or F____ng Old Guy) Father: An old guy with kids, he can be a little cynical, i.e. he has heard it all before. He's rarely politically correct, sometimes sarcastic and occasionally gruff. He can be liberal or conservative, but is usually neither, although he is almost never "undecided". He respects those who disagree and demands the same; ** HE TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR, AND PRIDE IN, RAISING WONDERFUL YOUNG PEOPLE !!||
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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 draftbrowns.com
Bills' Top Two Tight Ends to Watch in the Draft
Round 2: TE Travis Kelce on Bigblueinteractive.com
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 blogtalk.com 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.
Toughing it out
For another take on Jason's condition, check out
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
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.
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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