Morning Cup Of Joe

April 17th, 2024

Welcome to your Morning Cup of Joe, an eye-opener to help Joe’s readers ease into their busy workday with a few football links, wacky news and a pleasant distraction.

Distraction of the Day

So much for Michael Penix: As many as seven teams in the top-15 could take a quarterback next week. [PFT]

So much for the Bucs drafting Shedeur Sanders. [CBS]

Cowboys have a new running back? [Yahoo!]

Peter Schrager tries a mock draft because, hey, why not? [NFL]

Another college chick on TikTok trying to be the next Giada. “Don’t eff it up!” [TikTok]

Stat geek thinks he has the draft all figured out. Problem is, NFL teams won’t take him seriously. Well, Bill Belicheat sort of did. Problem the stat geeks never seem to realize is that sports is a human endeavor, not candlesticks of a corporation’s stock history: As such, the NFL, like all sports, is an emotion-based business played by folks who are, well, human. They have ups and downs like most humans do. The NFL is trying to sell entertainment. Good luck selling your product based on a spreadsheet and not the personalities of coaches and players and exceptional play on the field. With no emotional bond or passion, you have no fanbase. [The Athletic]

Joe isn’t sure how one can lump Anthony Richardson and Jordan Love together. [FOX Sports]

How the hell did J.J. McCarthy go from guiding the 43rd-ranked passing offense to potentially becoming the No. 2 overall pick? [Outkick]

Maybe the smartest man Joe ever dealt with, Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog passed yesterday at 92. Outside of possibly Bobby Bowden, Joe never encountered a better storyteller. Joe, and baseball, will miss him. [MLB]

Real fake news: AI helping spread fake war footage of the Iran-Israel conflict to viral status. This AI is going to be a major problem for society. Always remember: Without some independent oversight, corporations (read: AI) have zero incentive to be accurate, honest or even ethical. There is a reason why the FDA, FAA, SEC, OSHA et al exist. [Wired]

Flying dog. [TikTok]

11 Responses to “Morning Cup Of Joe”

  1. heyjude Says:

    Of course Deion chose those five teams for his son Shedeur. I am guessing right now, the Cowboys will definitely be first. Not surprising on the 6th pick.

    Right on point – Kay Adams!

    AI is a huge problem already. The agencies need to step it up. They are already way behind in controlling this.

    So much for spreadsheets. So many stats that end up being wrong in the NFL. I agree that the real deal is needed: personalities, skill-sets in action, team bond, passion, likeability, et al. It is similar to the person that has the perfect resume and are hired to only learn later it was just a fluff piece and they were inept, not team-oriented, and not right for the position.

  2. Fred McNeil Says:

    As far as seven QBs going in the top 15 I’ve been preaching that to all my friends and anybody who would listen on Quora. Everybody knows the first three picks will be signal callers. Chicago, Washington, and New England. #11-#13, Minnesota, Denver, and Las Vegas will all be trying to trade up with Arizona, The Chargers and the New York teams to get a quarterback. The Titans are hurting under center too. There will be six in the top ten and a seventh likely by #13. Mark my words!

  3. Fred McNeil Says:

    As far as who the Bucs will pick I honestly have no clue whatsoever. That early run on quarterbacks will be like the run on toilet paper during the sickness. Fortunately, that vastly improves our prospects of getting a surprisingly great option at #26 or thereabouts. Latu, Verse, hyphen-Johnson…a killer receiver…Barton…several could still be hangin’ on the tree ready to pluck. I can’t wait.

  4. heyjude Says:

    Love to see us get Verse while others are rushing for a QB. We can wait to get another QB later on.

    Watching the NFL welcome rookie series, they had Latu and Chop on one of them. Both seem like team-oriented and nice guys. Watching their socializing was upstanding, especially Latu. A real good-hearted guy. You can tell by his interactions. Chop too. Talking on the phone with his dad was passionate. My fear for Latu is his neck fusion surgery coming back to haunt him on the field. Hate to see anything happen to him.

  5. Lt. Dan Says:

    Personally I would love to see a run on QB’s early in the draft. If that makes Verse available when our beloved Bucs pick, then pounce. If not, and there are still a few guys high on the Bucs list – move back a few spots and accumulate more picks and still get one of your guys.

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Peter Schrager’s round 1 mock has Latu going at #12 to Denver, Verse going at #21 to Miami and the Bucs selecting Barton at #26. JPJ is not selected in the 1st rd according to Schrager with Zach Frazier going at #29 to Detroit.

  7. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    That Steelers helmet was something I always wondered. The answer was disappointingly boring lol

  8. Pickgrin Says:

    Kay says teams can no longer pay a QB and a star receiver big dollars.

    The Bucs are now paying a QB and TWO star receivers….

    Which only reinforces the idea that if the compensation is adequate enough – the Bucs may well trade Godwin sometime in the next 8 days and attempt to draft his much cheaper replacement from this draft class that is just brimming with talented WRs….

  9. Tampa Bay-ker Says:

    Hey Joe, how about putting something up that isn’t behind a paywall?

  10. unbelievable Says:

    At least the video from today’s college chick was funny…

    (And her meal looked better than those scrambled eggs from yesterday)

  11. Joe Says:

    Hey Joe, how about putting something up that isn’t behind a paywall?

    There are 11 links. Of those 11, 9 are free.

    As for paywalls? Joe doesn’t have ESP. He has no idea what you subscribe to or not. If the story is interesting, there are ways to view it for free without a subscription. Your fingers and Google are your friends.


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