Arizona Coyotes Renounce Mitchel Miller

Arizona Coyotes Renounce Mitchel Miller

Today the Arizona Coyotes have officially renounced the rights to their fourth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft, Mitchell Miller.

With the National Hockey League trying to take strides in combating racism and social injustices in the sport, the fact that Miller was ever drafted in the first place is an exclamation point on the inept management of the Arizona Coyotes, as well as the leadership group in the NHL.

Back in 2014, Miller, in eighth grade at the time, was convicted in an Ohio courtroom for the bullying of a developmentally disabled African American student. On multiple occasions, Miller called the student the N-word and “brownie” while physically abusing him.

The worst incident came when Miller tricked Meyer-Crothers into licking a candy push-pop that he and a friend wiped in a bathroom urinal, resulting in the need for Hepatitis, HIV, and STD testing, thankfully coming back negative.

In a phone interview for the Arizona Republic, the victim, Meyer-Crothers, had this to say:

He pretended to be my friend and made me do things I didn’t want to do.” “In junior high, I got beat up by him. … Everyone thinks he’s so cool that he gets to go to the NHL, but I don’t see how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone your entire life.”

As someone who was bullied growing up, there is a zero-tolerance policy in my life for bullying. I feel horrible for this kid and what he had to endure and the fact that Miller was able to get this far in his hockey career, with what happened, will never sit well with me, despite the news that broke today.

To make matters even worse, a month prior to the NHL Draft, the CEO and President of the Arizona Coyotes, Xavier Gutierrez, was named to the NHL’s Executive Inclusion Council, a group focused on fighting racism and creating widespread diversity in the sport.

While the team and the rest of the league knew about Miller’s past, the Coyotes believed that they could be a program that could help Miller become a better person, but as more news was released and this player and his past caught the public eye, the team released this statement earlier today via CBS Sports:

“What we learned does not align with the core values and vision for our organization and leads to our decision to renounce our draft rights.”

Miller, 18, will now head back to the University of North Dakota, as his future in hockey is unknown at this time.

The question now that is circling the heads of hockey executives, players in the league, and fans is does everyone deserve a second chance? Players make mistakes. We see in other sports, particularly in baseball more recently, where players are being exposed for things they said on the web years ago, leading to mandatory classes as well as fines and suspensions. That does not mean their actions are forgotten.

The actions by Miller, at least in my eye, makes him undeserving of a second chance. Actions have consequences. While Miller can be extremely upset that his dream of playing in the NHL may never happen, and quite frankly should not happen, I could not care less.

He knew what he was doing was so morally wrong, but decided to do it anyway. Like I mentioned above, bullying has been a major issue in my life when I was a younger kid. Even with Miller being cut, that does not fix the physical and mental abuse that Meyer-Crothers had to deal with for years while the bullying occurred, not to mention the lingering effects that has on a person’s life.

On my radio show, The BS Sports Show, I let my opinions be known:

The Coyotes made the right move by renouncing their rights of Miller, but this organization is still not out of the woods and will need to do many things to fix their image, if fixable at this point.

SEC Team & Player Midseason Awards

SEC Team & Player Midseason Awards

Only five more regular-season games remain in the SEC’s COVID-19 Conference-Games only schedule.

Here is my midseason awards for both teams and players.

BEST TEAM – Alabama 

Undefeated Tide keeps rolling, defeating opponents by 22 PPG, and outgaining them by 140 yards per game. 

Saban’s boys continue to dominate the SEC


Hogs ended their 20-game conference losing streak and would be 3-1 if not for a botched call at Auburn. 

Arkansas 20-game conference losing streak is history thanks to leading the SEC with 13 turnovers forced.


Losing at home to Mississippi State gets worse every week. Pass defense is awful and couldn’t score on four tries from the one-yard line at Missouri.


What does it say about a team when the SEC concedes mistakes which would have reversed wins against Arkansas and Ole Miss? Instead, War Eagle is 3-2, which includes their first loss against South Carolina since 1933.

Auburn’s fortunate outcomes concerning questionable officiating which resulted in admissions of fault by the conference, has them sitting at 3-2 instead of 1-4.


Since taking an eight-game win streak and leading 21-17 heading into the half at Georgia…POOF!!!!!!

Opponents have outscored the Vols 99-25 since, and whatever hopes existed to join the East’s elite have disappeared.


Jimbo Fisher’s boys caught a lousy break facing Saban’s wrecking crew in Week 2. Kellen Mond and the defense increase in confidence every week. Victory over Florida could vault Aggies to finish 9-1 and a spot in the CFB Playoff.


What else do you expect from a Lane Kiffin coached team? Between their offensive firepower and Kiffin fined for sending out a negative Twitter post about the officiating, it’s the most fun a 1-4 team can create. 

Kiffin’s presence in the SEC is always entertaining


MVP: RB Najee Harris, Alabama 

Harris leads the SEC in rushing yards (595), TD (14), and yards from scrimmage (742). He’s scored a TD in each of his last 12 games, totaling 1,368 rushing yards and 26 TD over that span.

Najee Harris production leads the conference in rushing yards, TD and yards from scrimmage.

BEST PLAYER: WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama

Smith’s production and ability to consistently make plays – great plays – makes him the best playmaker in College Football today.

BEST FRESHMAN: RB Tank Bigsby, Auburn

Despite rushing for 46 yards in the Tigers’ first two games, Bigsby’s impact over the last three games is phenomenal. The Freshman from Lagrange, Georgia, totaled 386 yards rushing and two TD’s while averaging just under six YPC (5.8) over that span.

Rushing Yards/Production
2020 Season
First 2 GamesLast 3 Games
Tank Bigsby

Tank Bigsby leads Freshman in rushing yards and a big reason Auburn’s running game is once again lethal after a poor start.


Perhaps it’s a bit of a stretch to call Moore’s production this season a surprise after posting solid numbers his first two seasons at Ole Miss. However, Moore’s improvement this season is noticeable. His 47 receptions and 591 receiving yards both lead the SEC.

MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER: RB Kevin Harris, South Carolina

The Gamecocks Sophomore RB ranks second in the conference in rushing yards (535), TD (9), and yards from scrimmage (634).

Kevin Harris ranks second in the SEC in rushing yards, TD and yards from scrimmage

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: LB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

Ojulari’s speed and presence single-handedly defeated Tennesee and has stood out among his peers. His three sacks, two fumble recoveries rank among the best in the conference.

Final Look: NFL Week 7 – Five Interesting Stats

Final Look: NFL Week 7 – Five Interesting Stats

As we near the mid-point of the 2020 COVID-19 Special NFL season, strange circumstances surround the league. With the NFL trade deadline set for November 3 at 4 PM EST, Week 8 is the last weekend teams can showcase the players they wish to offer.

Here is the Week 7 version of Five Interesting Stats.

Eagles Lead NFC East with Losing Record and Negative Point Differential

Despite registering just two wins in their first seven games, the Philadelphia Eagles lead the NFC East. The Eagles 22-21 victory over the Giants on Thursday Night Football (Philadelphia erased a 21-10 lead with under six minutes remaining) gave them a 2-4-1 record, which currently sits percentage points higher than the 2-5 Cowboys and Redskins in the NFC East. All four teams feature negative point differential, with Washington currently besting the Eagles by 1 (Eagles -33, Redskins -32).

Highest Negative Point Differential
Division Winners, NFL Regular Season History
W-LPoint Diff.
2010 Seahawks7-9-97
2011 Broncos8-8-81
2016 Texans10-6-49
2014 Panthers*7-8-1-35
>>All Won Wild Card Playoff Game

Carson Wentz rallied the Eagles for a 22-21 win over the Giants in Week 7.

Falcons Lose in Final Seconds…AGAIN. 

Matthew Stafford’s GW 11-yd TD pass to T.J. Hockenson saw the Falcons fall to 1-6 on the season. Atlanta’s 23-22 loss marked the third time the Falcons surrendered a lead with two minutes or fewer remaining in their first seven games.

Largest Negative Point Differential
Second Half, 2020 Season
W-L2nd Half Pt Diff.
Atlanta Falcons1-6-40
New York Jets0-7-37
Buffalo Bills5-2-33
Philadelphia Eagles*2-4-1-25
Minnesota Vikings1-5-25

Todd Gurley’s go-ahead score left 1:12 remaining, left too much time on the clock for the Lions and Matthew Stafford.

Jets Fall to 0-7 behind Offensive Offense

After totaling 30 plays for 193 yards and culminating their third drive with a five-yard TD run by rookie RB La’Mical Perine with 8:28 remaining in the second quarter gave the Jets a 10-0 lead, the Jets offense disappeared. 

Gang Green recorded 25 total yards on 22 plays covering their final six possessions. If the Jets lose at Kansas City Sunday, they will match the 1996 team for the worst start in franchise history.

New York Jets Offensive Drives
Week 7 vs. Buffalo
1st 3 DrivesLast 6 Drives
Total Yards19325
Points Scored100
1st Downs113
Sacks Allowed24

Sam Darnold and the Jets totaled just 25 yards on their final six drives.

Stafford Registers Another Fourth-Quarter Rally

In the Lions 23-22 victory over the Falcons, Matthew Stafford posted his 28th fourth-quarter comeback and 34th game-winning drive since 2011, the most in the NFL. The former Georgia alum threw for a season-high 340 yards, with 75 coming on their game-winning drive. 

Despite his success, Stafford’s 42,605 career passing yards are the most for a QB never to win a postseason game.

Most Regular Season Passing Yards
No Postseason Victories, NFL History
Pass YdsPlayoff W-L
Matthew Stafford42,6050-3
Jim Hart34,6650-2
Ryan Fitzpatrick34,4210-0
John Hadl33,5030-2

Matthew Stafford led the Lions on his 34th GW drive since 2011, the most in the NFL.

Steelers Stay Undefeated

In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Steelers bested the Tennessee Titans, 27-24, as Stephen Gostkowski missed a 45-yard FG as time expired. Trailing 27-7, the Titans rallied but lost for the first time in 2020. The Steelers never lost a game in which they led by 20 or more points (212-0-1). The Raiders and Jaguars are the only other NFL franchises never to lose when leading by 20 or more points.

Franchises Never To Lose
When Leading by 20 pts or more
First Season (Year)Largest Blown Lead
Steelers193318 pts (2x)
Raiders196018 pts (3x)
Jaguars199517 pts (4x)
A Bigger Collapse Than Comeback

A Bigger Collapse Than Comeback

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This past Sunday, the Braves became the latest Atlanta sports team to blow a big lead.  The Braves blowing a 3-1 series lead in the NLCS to the Dodgers was bad, but it is still not as inconceivable as the Falcons meltdown back on February 5, 2017.  As we all know by now, the Falcons blew a 28-3 third quarter lead in Super Bowl LI to the New England Patriots.  Give New England tremendous credit for scoring the game’s last 31 points, but Super Bowl LI was a game the Patriots never should have had a chance to come back in.
Instead of recapping the entire game, let’s just fast forward to the Falcons’ chances to seal the Super Bowl.  After New England scored a touchdown late in the third quarter to make it 28-9, Atlanta recovered the onside kick.  Starting on the Patriots’ 41-yard line, the Falcons not only failed to pick up a first down, but also knocked themselves out of field goal range thanks to a Jake Matthews holding penalty.  But Atlanta was still in good shape.  The Falcons punted the ball back to the Patriots to start the fourth quarter leading by 19.  
New England proceeded to move the ball down the hash marks field to get a field goal.  The Patriots made it a two-score game at 28-12, but they took 5:03 off the clock in the process.  New England was a dink and dunk offense who had trouble with Atlanta’s pass rush, thus they needed long drives to score.  The Patriots’ previous 75-yard touchdown drive took 6:19 off the clock.   
So, with 9:44 left, the Falcons got the ball back up 16.  Likely at this point in the game, Atlanta only loses if they turn the ball over.  Lo and behold, that is exactly what the Falcons did.  Give credit where credit is due, Atlanta was smart to run the ball on first and second down, but the third down play-call was and still is beyond unacceptable.  
On 3rd & 1 from his own 36-yard line, Matt Ryan for some reason dropped back to pass.  Even if Ryan throws an incompletion, Atlanta could have punted and pinned the Patriots deep down 16 with a little over eight minutes remaining.  An incompletion or completion never came as Ryan was stripped by Dont’a Hightower.
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Why did Atlanta pass in the first place and not run it?  They had both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who the last time I checked, are both very capable at converting a 3rd & 1.  A first down in that spot probably ices the game assuming Atlanta chews more clock. Even if New England stuffs the run on 3rd & 1, the clock continues to wind as Atlanta punts.   Instead, New England now had a short field and the Falcons’ defense began to tire.
Against a tiring pass rush, Tom Brady took his team into the endzone with 5:50 left.  For the first time all night, Brady had hit his rhythm.  Thankfully for Atlanta, they were still up 28-20 and getting the ball back.
What happened on this drive will haunt the city of Atlanta for years upon years.  On 2nd & 8 from the Patriots’ 49-yard line, Ryan found Julio Jones for a remarkable 27-yard tiptoe catch on the sideline.  With an eight-point lead, Atlanta had a 1st & 10 from the Patriots’ 22-yard line with 4:40 remaining. Jones’ sensational catch should have iced the game. 
If you are Dan Quinn, you need to understand the importance of melting the clock and most imperatively coming away with at least a field goal.  Brady has gotten hot, my defense is tired, and I need to make this a two-score game.  This all should have gone through Quinn’s mind but probably did not. Let’s not forget about offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense, who was moving quickly and not killing clock.
Instead, the Falcons only ran it once.  On second down after a -1-yard run, Ryan again inexplicably dropped back to pass.  The good news, he did not get stripped.  The bad news, he took a -12-yard sack.  Atlanta was still in field goal range on the New England 35-yard line, but a 40-yard field goal was now 53 yards.  Not great, but not the end of the world.  On third down, everything seemed to go as planned.  Ryan completed a 9-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu to shorten the field goal attempt.  Once again, Jake Matthews took a killer holding penalty to negate the gain.  After an incompletion on 3rd & 33, Atlanta was forced to punt it back to Brady with only an eight-point lead.    
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The play calling by the Falcons in these five plays borders insanity and are rightfully called the five downs to forget.  I can forgive them for the fumble, but when you have a chance to seal a Super Bowl against Tom Brady, you need to get it done.  The Falcons, by losing 23 yards in four plays, gave the Patriots yet another chance to come back they never should have had.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to come away with a field goal here.  Brady was in rhythm to the point where he was not going to be stopped.  Quinn needed to understand that his defense, who had been on the field for 76 plays at that point, was gassed and had nothing left in the tank.  They were not going to stop Brady again. Conversely, Shanahan’s offense had only run 42 plays at this juncture.    
All Atlanta had to do was run the ball straight ahead three straight times.  What are the benefits of this?  You kill the clock, force New England to call timeouts, and oh yeah, you go up two scores assuming Matt Bryant makes the field goal.  Even if the Patriots call all three timeouts, the Falcons still would have been up 31-20 with about 4:20 left.
The ensuing touchdown the Patriots scored to tie the game would not have mattered had Atlanta been competent and ran the ball to stay in field goal range.  Unless New England recovered the onside kick, the Atlanta Falcons would have won Super Bowl LI 31-28.
Instead, the game went into overtime and you knew if the Patriots got the ball first Brady was going to put it in the endzone. Sure enough, New England won the coin toss and got the ball to start the first overtime in Super Bowl history. Against the gassed Atlanta defense, Brady took his team right down the field for the win 34-28 as James White scored the winning touchdown on a two-yard run.
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It is never going to go away.  The stigma of 28-3 will never escape the Falcons and the city of Atlanta unless the franchise wins a Super Bowl.  Matt Ryan, Dan Quinn, and Kyle Shanahan will forever have this stain on their careers.  A stain that could have been easily avoided by Atlanta running the ball to kill the clock, therefore also killing New England’s chances of completing an impossible comeback.