Time Out for Sports V: Free Agent Frenzy

Time Out for Sports V: Free Agent Frenzy

There has been a ton of huge NFL moves that have been made recently so I’ve taken it upon myself to give my analysis and breakdown eight of the massive free agent swaps.

1. The Green Bay Packers Shuffle

The first Super Bowl winners have been shuffling their cards after being dealt a terrible hand last season, finishing without all-star QB Aaron Rodgers and a record of 7-9. The Packers made a surprising trade with the Cleveland Browns, swapping their cornerback Damarious Randall for Cleveland’s breakout QB DeShone Kizer. Kizer will present a more competent backup (and potential future franchise starter) to replace the ill-fated Brett Hundley, who started ten games last season. Additionally, the Packers announced today that star wide receiver Jordy Nelson had been cut from the team, before swiftly announcing the acquisition of Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, which should give Rodgers a much needed, large target.

2. The Legion of Boom No More

The Seattle Seahawks have completely fallen apart. Star cornerback Richard Sherman signed with the regenerated San Francisco 49ers. Michael Bennett moved to Philadelphia to become an Eagle. And now, Jimmy Graham has made the transition to Green Bay. What’s next for the Seattle Seahawks now that the dream team has disbanded? Only time will tell, but things do not bode well for the former Super Bowl champions.

3. Remember the Titans

The Tennessee Titans stunned the world by not only clinching a wild card spot last season, but upset the favorited Kansas City Chiefs. While they could not overcome the dynasty Patriots in the divisional round, they did, however, steal one. New England ‘s Super Bowl savior cornerback Malcom Butler signed with the Tennessee Titans a deal worth $61 million. Will this bring Tennessee back to the Super Bowl? Probably not, but a playoff appearance could be on the cards for this team.

4. Jets Making a Comeback?

The New York Jets’ biggest move was signing Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson for $15 million, but they made two big moves at QB this offseason. While the fan backlash over signing Josh McCown is justified, it’s the other QB selection that intrigues me. While McCown may start, the Jets also signed Minnesota Vikings playmaker Teddy Bridgewater. The veteran QB suffered a sizable injury back in 2016 that removed him from the team’s immediate future. Now because of another major move I will talk about in a minute, Teddy is available to have a future again in this league and I think his best shot of that is in New York.

5. Cardinals’ New QB

Speaking of Vikings’ quarterbacks, Sam Bradford made the move to Arizona today, signing a deal worth $20 million. The Cardinals do need a QB and Sam is solid enough to fit the bill, despite him starting two games last season in Minnesota. However, veteran RB Adrian Peterson just left the team, so the Cardinals may not be in the best shape offensively.

6. Cleveland Browns: AFC Champions?

After going 0-16 last season, the Browns have been beefing up their squad so far this offseason. The aforementioned trade for Demarious Thomas and a three year deal with Bengals DE Chris Smith has given the team a much needed shot in the arm on defense. The team also signed Steelers OT Chris Hubbard to a five year, $37.5 million deal, which is an incredible move for a team many considered dead. Other notable acquisitions include Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry, who are undeniably huge picks for an already impressive offense. With the top pick and a slew of solid choices, the Browns are in a good position to turn the ship around and make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

7. Revenge of the Denver Broncos

After failing to find any valid follow-up to the Peyton Manning era Broncos, Denver has finally locked down breakout sensation Case Keenum to a $74 million deal. Case is largest profile QB to play for the Broncos since the short-lived Tim Tebow era. Can Case lead the Broncos back to the playoffs? Potentially, but, once again, only time will tell if Case was a one-seasons wonder or the real deal.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Super Bowl Champions?

The Minnesota Vikings were easily one of the strongest teams in the league last season, finishing 13-3 under the leadership of backup QB Case Keenum and pulled of a Minneapolis Miracle to get to NFC championship game, where the fell to the Philadelphia Eagles. Now with one of the top defenses in the league, spearheaded by a squad including Defensive End Everson Griffen, Linebacker Anthony Barr, Defensive End Brian Robison, Tackle Linval Joseph, and Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, as well as boasting an impressive offensive crew of Wide Receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen, as well as Running Backs Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray, and all-star Tight End Kyle Rudolph. Now, the already impressive team have filled their only hole in signing Quarterback Kirk Cousins in a monumental deal worth $84 million. Do the Vikings have a shot at winning the Super Bowl? It appears so. It’s still very early in the year, but on paper, these trades seem to be massive ones to watch out for.

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Bobby Tarantino II: A Review

Bobby Tarantino II: A Review

Introduction

Logic is one of the top rappers in the industry right now. Exploding onto the scene with 2014’s Under Pressure, he solidified his success with 2015’s The Incredible True Story and his smash success mixtape: 2016’s Bobby Tarantino, as well as 2017’s Everybody. The prolific storytelling rapper now releases his second commercial mixtape Bobby Tarantino II. Does it live up to previous work? We explore this on this week’s edition of #MusicMonday.

1. Grandpa’s Space Ship

This skit features cartoon stars Rick and Morty discussing whether Logic’s albums or mixtapes are better. It’s a really funny, culturally relevant way to open up what promises to be a really fun mixtape. The Logic canon is officially changed up to include his mixtapes as apart of the same universe as his other stuff. It confirms how smart and meta Logic is when it comes to his storytelling.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A

2. Overnight

Logic’s second single from the mixtape features a nice blend of vocals and rap performance. While his lyricism is decent, the song shine vocally and on the production side. While his theme comes across clear, showing that fame and success doesn’t happen overnight, the song itself isn’t his strongest work.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

3. Contra

Logic’s lyricism is stronger this time around. The production and hook is strong. Logic gets rather personal, telling about how he fought to get here and how hard life was before this. It’s a solid jam. It’s not some huge mind-blowing song. It’s just fun.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

4. BoomTrap Protocol

The production on this one is amazing. Logic hits hard with his lyricism and flows very naturally on the track. His vocals are very smooth. The hook is great. While it’s played as a love song, it feels really groovy and smooth. It’s my favorite so far. Track Rating: 8/10Grade: A-

5. Yuck

The opening is very comedic; the lawyer is a nice touch to launch. Logic is allowed to have one song about flexing and money and this is his. It’s really fun and hype. The production is always really solid on Logic albums, and this song confirms that. His lines hit hard and his lyricism is surprisingly really strong for a money song. Actually ending the song with an Elton John voicemail was perfect.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

6. Indica Badu (ft. Wiz Khalifa)

The production on this song is fantastic. The groovy and smooth song is so chill and fun to groove to. Logic’s performance on this one is absolutely top-notch. Yes, the song is about being high. It’s really fun and the vocals are great. It actually tells a cool short story about smoking with friends. Wiz Khalifa is actually a great addition to the track and he kills his featured performance. This is a great song. Logic is self-aware with his ending and it is again another solid button for his song.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

7. Midnight

The last song flows right into this one seamlessly. Logic’s vocals are great out the gate. It’s another really chill and groovy song. His lyricism is solid, but it’s his performance that stands out. It’s another great song. It captures Logic at a club at midnight, but the production is what truly paints the picture of it being midnight. The beat even switches speeds a bit and still flawlessly works, symbolizing a transition into morning as Logic really comes alive. It’s another great one.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

8. Warm It Up (ft. Young Sinatra)

Bringing in his original persona, Logic steps up to knock another groovy beat out of the park. It’s more upbeat this time around and Logic flows easily. His performance is great again. Logic proves why he’s one of the top ones in the game here when he decides to play both Logic and Young Sinatra on one piece about evolving in the music industry. Trap vs Rap is showcased here and he proves how he is a master of both.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

9. Wizard of Oz

Logic switches things up for this one. Here comes the “Flexecution” of this album. Using the metaphor of the Wizard running Oz, he delivers a lyrical powerhouse. His vocals are fantastic on this one too. This is the best song so far. Logic owns this track hardcore.Track Rating: 9/10Grade: A+

10. State of Emergency (ft. 2 Chainz)

The production is intense this one around. 2 Chainz goes first and he actually changes up his flow to fit this and is pretty good. Logic dribbles across the choppy production. His lyricism is strong this one too. He misuses the premise however, rather than address serious issues with this beat and theme, but he still creates a fun song that packs some punches.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

11. Wassup (ft. Big Sean)

Big Sean, another one of the top modern rappers, gets to play on this bop too. The production leaves a little to be desired, but Big Sean delivers an incredible performance and fits this beat like a glove. Big Sean is the best feature of the album. Logic himself delivers a great performance to match the magic Big Sean performed. This The Flash meeting Green Lantern captured in one awesome track. It’s a fun song with two amazing performances.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

12. Everyday (ft. Marshmello)

The third single from the project is a powerhouse track. This is an all-time great one for Logic, who delivers a great performance, both vocally and lyrically. The hook is pure Logic and is killer. He rides the beat like a bike and takes it to the Tour de France. This is the best of the album.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

13. 44 More

The finale of the mixtape is also the first single. A direct sequel to 44 Bars from the last mixtape, Logic proceeds to update on life in a more upbeat manner than last time as he rides 44 More. While it’s still a chill beat, Logic manages to be honest while delivering a bop. Logic delivers a powerhouse performance, however it’s not a finale song and thus leaves things on an underwhelming note.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

Conclusion:

Logic is one of the best and he proves that whether he’s delivering a story-filled album or a fun mixtape, he delivers. He’s one of the best of all time and this mixtape ranks as one his best albums. Filled with great production and performances, this may be in the top three for him.

Album Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+