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Video: John Clayton trains for first pitch - Blog -
John Clayton didn't want to suffer the same embarrassment as John Wall or Mariah Carey, so he's been hard at work preparing to throw out the first pitch at tonight's Mariners-Rangers game at Safeco Field. Here's video evidence:

Who Will Have A Better Year: Percy Harvin Or Randall Cobb? - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
May 20, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) participates in organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Projecting Russell Wilson's Sophomore Season Part III: The Incomparable
Examining the past is often helpful in predicting the future. Russell Wilson challenges that notion more than most. Every NFL fan knows by now how rare it is to have a player of his height find success at the quarterback position. Wilson made sure that his height was not the only unique aspect of his game during a stellar rookie season that can only truly be appreciated once seen through the prism of NFL history.

Michael Crabtree's replacement on 49ers not set -
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is excited about his young receivers, including Quinton Patton and A.J. Jenkins. But a former undrafted free agent might end up replacing injured star Michael Crabtree.

Top 10 teams benefiting from return of injured players -
DeMarco Murray missed six games in 2012, and the Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs. Around The League examines the impact of other stars returning to their respective teams after injuries.

New England Patriots-Rutgers connection leads NFL -
Bill Belichick's New England Patriots have been a little obsessed with adding Rutgers players over the last few years. Does any NFL team have more players from one college?

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
How the Dolphins won the offseason, greatest middle linebackers ever and a spin around the NFL.

Mike Wallace loves the Dolphins’ “college mentality” | ProFootballTalk
New Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace says arriving in Miami has been like going back to school. Wallace said the Dolphins have a lot of young guys in the locker room who are enthusiastic and spirited, and that reminds him more of his college days at Ole Miss than his four seasons with the Steelers.

Memorial Day
Today is a day that we as Americans honor and remember those who lost their lives protecting our country. As my friend Joe Bryant says, it’s easy for the true meaning of this day to get lost in the excitement of summer and barbecues and picnics. But that quote helps me remember that the things I enjoy today are only possible because those before me made incredibly selfless sacrifices. And since this is a football blog, I thought I’d take the time to remember the many football players who have lost their lives defending our country.

Fantasy Football: Which QB Stats are Most Repeatable? (FBG)
Over at, I identified which quarterback statistics are repeatable and which ones are most likely to regress to the mean. I also ran a regression using touchdown length as my input and future touchdowns as my output.

Casey Hayward: The Numbers, The Tape, The Verdict | Pre Snap Reads
Although it wasn’t completely unexpected, when the Green Bay Packers released Charles Woodson this off-season there was some surprise amongst the national NFL fanbase. Woodson is 36 and missed a large chunk of last season because of injury. Couple that with his high salary and the Packers knew they needed to go in another direction.

Where do playoff teams come from? - Over the Cap
This is probably the most uneventful time of the offseason as teams are generally not making moves so fans turn to speculation about the results of the next season. I’d imagine if you took a poll of most fans and insiders they already have the 49’ers and Seahawks penciled in as the NFC Conference Championship game while the Broncos and Patriots will likely be battling it out for the AFC crown. WE almost always base our predictions on results from the year before and expectations on a handful of changes teams make in the offseason.

St. Louis Rams – Blog | Rams Finish Third OTA
The Rams were back on the practice field again Friday afternoon, going through the third OTA on the schedule. They’re nearly a third of the way through the OTA schedule already and now head off for a little bit of an extended break coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend.

Rams updates: Austin takes handoffs : Sports
Some quick observations after watching Friday's Organized Team Activities workout at Rams Park in Earth City: