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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

@RamsHerd and I completing the @alsassociation ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Robert Forehand (a.k.a. @seattlerams) of Cover 32 Rams, nominated @RamsHerd and me to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Will was “all in” not wanting to decline such a challenge. I on the other hand… my head said just donate money but my heart said do the challenge as well.

My heart won out and we ended up doing both.

What is ALS?

ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” per ALS Association.

While ALS hasn’t personally touched our lives those affected by it are someone’s friend, family member, or loved one. After all, aren’t we all one big family?

(For those who criticize these types of fund raising efforts calling it “slactivism,” I invite you to read this article by Forbes.com contributor, Tom Watson.)

Will returns the favor to the Cover32 Rams guys by nominating writers Ted Bryant (@Ted_Bryant) and Spencer Engel (@Cover32Engel).

I here by nominate Ramblin’ Fan’s Nathan Kearns (@nkearns) and The Daily Norseman’s Eric Thompson (@eric_j_thompson) to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The whole ice bucket challenge is a fun (?) thing to do to raise awareness and to get discussions started. Beyond that please make sure you take the time to go to ALSA.org to read more about ALS and to make a donation.

Thanks to my family for helping out with the filming and thanks, as always, for reading.

 The one where I sound off on what’s been going on so far with the St. Louis Rams.

Michigan OT Taylor Lewan at the 2014 Combine (St. Louis Rams photo)

Michigan OT Taylor Lewan at the 2014 Combine (Courtesy STLouisRams.com). The Rams website this him labeled as “Jake Lewan.” I know they’re both Michigan OTs but c’mon. lol.

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fans Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”

It’s been a while since I’ve gone on a rant so here we are inspired by many tweets on my timeline. Don’t say I didn’t warn you ahead of time.

1) I think Rams fans need to accept the fact that Sam Bradford is the man in St. Louis.

Bradford is one of the two major reasons Jeff Fisher accepted the head coaching job in St. Louis. The other reason was to work for Stan Kroenke. Of course, the $7 million paycheck doesn’t hurt either.

You can hear Fisher repeat himself (again) directly from the 2/28/14 The Rich Eisen Podcast or on Stitcher for Android. (My listening device of choice is my Motorola Droid MAXX.) Once you get through all the competition committee questions Fisher addresses the QB non%controversy.

All you Bradford meh-ers and haters might want to buckle up for at least one more year (if not more if the Rams do indeed offer him that contract extension they’ve been talking about).

Like it or not Bradford is the St. Louis Rams QB until he gets hurts again for the foreseeable future.

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An esteemed group of NFL writers joined The MMQB’s Peter King for his annual NFL Combine Tweetup in Indianapolis. Fans asked questions and the panel answered.

Peter King NFL Combine Tweetup (L to R): Adam Schefter,     Doug Farrar,

Peter King NFL Combine Tweetup Panel One (L to R): Adam Schefter (ESPN), Orlando Alzugaray (640Sports.com), Doug Farrar (Sports Illustrated), Matt Miller (Bleacher Report), Pat McAfee (Indianapolis Colts), and Peter King (TheMMQB.com). (Personal Photo taken with Motorola Droid MAXX)

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fans Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”

(My voice recorder died a few minutes into the tweet up. So many thanks to @Daniel_Doelling for taking some great notes during the tweetup and allowing me to share them here.  Also kudos to Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) for another great hosting job.

There’s also a video at the bottom of the post via the @1070thefan to their Google+ hangout online if you want to watch the tweet up in its entirety.)

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  • Re: Browns/Harbaugh – “Sounds like the 49ers never ever thought there was anything to this” via @SI_PeterKing
  • “Teams won’t sign Chris Johnson to be a #1 back” – @SI_DougFarrar
  • Andre Williams tells you everything you need to know about the RB position. The RB position is severely devalued – @SI_PeterKing
  • Breakout players, per the Tweetup panel: Jerrel Jernigan Marcus Wheaton.
  • FWIW, @AdamSchefter just admitted his mistake in calling out Pead to be his breakout player of 2013. #Rams

(This got a nice chuckle from parts of the audience, mostly Rams fans. Honestly, I was quite impressed that Adam Schefter actually remembered his AFC and NFC picks. For what it’s worth, his AFC breakout player was Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders.)

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