Pec’s Prospects Picks

Pecs prospects picks v2

Back in August last year, an email showed up in the ALTTAB Radio general media contacts account:

Gentlemen-I am sorry that this email is unsolicited. I am a National Football League retired player and I am interested in opportunities you may have for Tv,radio,internet, satellite work in the sports area, specifically football. Contact back with information about dates and locations.

-Pec Thompson Jr.

Pec Thompson Jr? We had no idea who that was. And Google wasn’t being especially forthcoming either. Finally after more than half an hour of deep internets, Dano, the hardest working fake sportswriter in the business, cracked the case.

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If You Have Ornithophobia, Maybe Don’t Pursue Your NFL Dreams

bird attack

On the podcast, we discussed a very important analysis of NFL, NBA, and MLB team names I did as a weird tangent of our ranking of the worst phobias for athletes to have. Turns out, with the Cardinals, Ravens, Seahawks, Falcons, and Eagles comprising 16 percent of the league, ornithophobes (people who are terrified of birds) would do much better attempting to ply their trades in the MLB (where avian teams account for 10 percent of the league) or even better, in the NBA (where it’s only seven percent– just the Hawks and Pelicans).

Obviously there is a spreadsheet attached to this, so here it is, in case you want to play around.

Click this link: Sports team nicknames

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Dallas Sportscaster Calls For Support Of Gay Athletes

As we discussed in Podcast #2, Missouri’s Michael Sam– 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and projected high round NFL prospect– came out last week. A lot of the media coverage was positive, though there were packets of prejudice, including Sam’s own father. Yet despite the generally welcoming reaction to Sam’s affirmation, we in the ALTTAB Dome were still surprised by an editorial by Dale Hansen, a Dallas sportscaster for ABC affiliate WFAA, from February 10.

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A Guide To American Football

Here in Washington, DC, it is currently 16 degrees. The Midwest and the Atlantic coast have been dealing with really spectacularly cold weather over the past month or so, after the polar vortex was followed by the bombogenesis followed by whatever the silly name is for how painfully cold it is today. I mention all of this weather nonsense not because I’m workshopping my old timey farmer one man show at the improv theater later this week, but because the Super Bowl is going to be played NORTH of Washington, in the open-to-the-elements New Meadowlands (or as Nate Jackson would correctly note: [insert corporate logo]) Stadium, in East Rutherford, NJ. It is 18 degrees up in New Jersey right now.

I’m sure the weather will continue to be an interesting storyline leading up to the Super Bowl, but rather than going further down the rabbit hole of hyperventilating sports minutia I wanted to instead direct attention to this fantastic video by British animator Fraser Davidson. Its a three minute overview of “American football” and I guarantee it’ll make you more excited for the Super Bowl than any 10,000 word Bill Barnwell statstanza (statistics + bonanza = statstanza) could. Stay warm!

If your interest was piqued by the mention that one team in the NFL is named for an “antiquated racial slur,” check out our deep dive article into the Redskins’ name controversy.

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