LeGarrette Blount doesn't give a crap about your fantasy team

LeGarrette Blount doesn't give a crap about your fantasy team

No one cares about your fantasy team. Especially not LeGarrette Blount.

Roughly two hours after Blount had one catch and zero yards, he took to his Twitter account to let you know that, in the same way that you don’t care about your friends fantasy football teams, he doesn’t want to hear it. So stop tagging him.

Let’s face it, if you were relying on LeGarrette Blount, who had an average draft position of 107, your team probably isn’t very good anyway. In fact, with his comments after the game, Blount is just as confused about his lack of touches as you are<>. So, taking to social media to express your frustration towards someone who isn’t even getting a chance is a waste of time.

On a similar note, consensus first-round fantasy pick Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t care either.

Neither does Martellus Bennett.

However, if you do want an NFL player to care about your fantasy team, Kareem Hunt could be your guy.

Allen Iverson raves about Ben Simmons playing beyond his years


Allen Iverson raves about Ben Simmons playing beyond his years

The voice of the Sixers, Marc Zumoff, hooked up with perhaps the most famous Sixer of all-time, Allen Iverson, to talk about Brett Brown's team that is poised to take Philly to the playoffs for the first time in years.

Iverson was a guest on Zoo's Views podcast this week and spoke about "his little dudes," his loving name for the current Sixers squad.

Ben Simmons is a guy who sticks out for not looking like a rookie.

"I see someone who is a great player far beyond his age," Iverson said. "You don't usually see a player with that mindset. The athletic ability, you see it all the time, but his mindset, he plays the game the right way."

"At times out there he looks like he's been in this league for years and he's a rookie. That's very unique for a guy to come in and be so unselfish, caring about the team, and having every aspect of his game getting better. You can tell he gets better all the time. You can see when people tries to take things from him, he still gets it done."

As for The Answers advice for today's Sixers, it's all about sticking together.

"I think the sky is the limit for this team. We should want it now but if not my message to them would be to not get frustrated in the process. Understand that there will be some learning experiences. There will be some ups and downs. Stick together, believe in each other night in and night out. Win together, lose together, laugh together, and cry together. I'm looking forward to these coming playoffs. Win four games and we on to the next."

You can listen to the full conversation between Zoo and A.I. below or download and subscribe to Zoo's Views right here.

2:00 — Iverson’s thoughts on this year’s team?
3:00 — Big fan of Brett Brown ... Reminds him of Popovich ... And Larry Brown
5:00 — Ben Simmons plays like a veteran
8:00 — Embiid is great for Sixers and the NBA as a whole
9:30 — Would he have been big on social media if it existed during his career?
10:30 — How would a 30-year-old Allen Iverson fit in with this Sixers team?
12:00 — He would’ve been a better player with this roster
12:20 — Advice for this team

Why new NFL 'catch rule' proposal won't end controversy

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Why new NFL 'catch rule' proposal won't end controversy

NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron unveiled a proposal Wednesday that could potentially simplify the controversial "catch rule."

But unless the league also addresses the way instant replay is used to enforce any catch rule — new or existing — problems will persist.

Riveron solicited input from current and former players, coaches and executives on a stripped-down version of the rule after dissatisfaction with the current legislation reached an all-time high in 2017. If approved by the NFL Competition Committee, unpopular language such as "survive the ground" would be rendered archaic, and 654 words defining a catch would be reduced to fewer than 40.

The committee meets next week, when the following recommendations to determine a completed forward pass will face formal scrutiny.

1. Control

2. Two feet down or another body part

3. A football move such as:

  1. a third step
  2. reaching/extending for the line-to-gain
  3. or their ability to perform such an act

As long as you can ignore the fact that two of the rule's foundations — control and a football move — are abstract ideas and subject to interpretation, it's a fine enough rubric. Erring on the side of incisiveness probably isn't a bad idea when you're talking about a routine human action, such as catching an item.

Riveron's proposal would seemingly eliminate replay reversals such as Jesse James' non-catch, when a Steelers touchdown was overturned because the football shifted when the tight end lunged to the ground. James' and similar plays where the ball shifted subtly were considered the tipping point for those demanding a rule change.

So, surviving the ground is allegedly addressed, though even that is up for debate. Just wait until officials must rule on whether a receiver "trapped" the ball in the process of making the catch.

There are still millions of tiny movements that can occur in the moments between when a ball makes contact with a person's hands and when possession is established, many indecipherable by the naked eye.

Replay, on the other hand, ensures we will see every minute detail just fine.

The real issue has never been the catch rule. It was imperfect, just as any rule that replaces it will be because two different people can watch slow-motion footage and arrive at two different conclusions as to when control is established. The ball shifts and moves and rolls and bobbles all the time while completing a catch, perhaps intentionally, perhaps unintentionally, which even video doesn't always render clear.

The real issue is the use of these replays to scan for every possible imperfection during the process of the catch, then change what once might've been mundane calls on the field. Until this is addressed, the NFL will only subject itself to more controversy.

Fortunately, the solution is simple. Unless the call is blatantly wrong, replay shouldn't result in a reversal, exactly as the system always intended.

The league could've applied this policy to plays such as James' apparent non-catch, declaring the video evidence as "inconclusive" — which it was, based on the existence of any debate — and upholding the call on the field. Instead, the decision was made to over-litigate the game through the use of replay.

Until the NFL follows its existing rules, a new catch rule isn't going to solve anything.