Crushing: On Matt Barkley

 

With the draft, comes a new batch of NFL players. From coeds to pros literally overnight, these rookies are thrust into the national spotlight without so much as a pair of sunglasses. Some are blinded by the light. While others seem born to bask in the glow…

Hellooooo, Matt Barkley.

Eagles QB Matt Barkley (Photo: NFL)

Eagles QB Matt Barkley
(Photo: NFL)

Barkley is a true California boy. Raised in Irvine and Newport Beach, (with golden hair and skin to match) Barkley shocked the football world when he announced his decision in 2011 to return to the University of Southern California for his senior year. Diploma in hand, he graduated this spring and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft, the 98th pick overall.

As far back as high school, Barkley was considered a future number one draft pick. Speculation is that a less than stellar senior year and late season shoulder injury caused his stock to fall.

He did show progress in one area though. The golden boy…is now a man. And he’s going to need every bit of his manhood to compete for the starting position in training camp. Barkley currently shares roster space with Eagles quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles.

(Photo: Philly.com)

(Photo: Philly.com)

A decorated high school and college player, Barkley won every award imaginable, among them…Gatorade Player of the Year, the Joe Montana Award, and the Wuerffel Trophy. And he didn’t achieve that without a competitive edge.

So, don’t let the golden boy image fool you. You may get lost in those sparkly eyes, but when the lights come on…Matt Barkley will be ready to shine!

The future is bright.

And so is his smile.

XO

Crushing…on Joe Flacco

Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco (Photo: Sanchez/AP)

Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco
(Photo: Sanchez/AP)

Joe Flacco. Baltimore Raven. Super Bowl XLVII MVP. And the latest NFL Quarterback to benefit from the “Lombardi Effect.” That happens when an average looking quarterback hoists the Lombardi Trophy and goes from Joe Schmoe to Holy Hotness overnight.

I mean, if you look at the picture, you can almost see it happening. At the beginning of the season, I would have said the prettiest thing about Joe Flacco was his spiral. But not anymore. Suddenly…he looks stronger, smarter, handsomer.

And he’s about to be richer. By $100 million dollars. Yes, with everything else he has going for him, Joe Flacco also has timing. He won a world championship for the Ravens. In a contract year. He hit the jackpot…and it’s about to pay out. Flacco is expected to be on the receiving end of a Tom Brady/Peyton Manning payday.

If that doesn’t make him elite…I don’t know what does.

(Photo: TMO.com)

(Photo: TMO.com)

Little Joey Flacco is all grown up.

“Joe Cool” just became “Joe Hot.”

XO

Crushing: On Reggie Bush

Miami Dolphins Running Back Reggie Bush

Reggie Bush may be one of the most crushed on players in the NFL.  Both literally and figuratively.  And much as we love him shirtless…

He looks equally fine dressed up.  With those eyes and that smile (and that tush), you could put Reggie Bush in a burlap sack and he’d be hot.  Smoking hot.  A true trophy of a man…Heisman or no Heisman.

Reggie, baby…we can’t believe Kim Kardashian wouldn’t give up fame for you.  Silly woman.  It’s all good, though.  She’s moved on with Kanye now and you’ve moved on with…some woman who looks just like her.  And you have a baby on the way?  There will soon be a little more Reggie in the world (or a little Reggie).  All the better!

Your Indianapolis fans look forward to Sunday, Reggie…when you come to play the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.  We’ll be chanting…Reg-gie…Reg-gie…Reg-gie…for Reggie Wayne.

We may be cheering for him…but we’ll be thinking about you.

XO

Crushing…On Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson

This week’s Crushing comes by request…and I am happy to take requests!

Adrian Peterson…those eyes, those abs, those yards!  And why is everyone complaining about those white pants?  They look pretty good on AP.

How do we fantasize about Adrian Peterson?  Let us count the ways…we fantasize about him on our fantasy team with those points he racks up every week.  We fantasize about him on our real team…with those rushing yards, those touchdowns, those missed tackles.  And of course, we just plain fantasize.  I’ll leave that to you…

The Minnesota Vikings running back returned this season after tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee on December 24, 2011.  He underwent surgery and was questionable for the start of the 2012 season, but in true AP style, he was rocked and ready on opening day.  The first game of the season, Peterson had 84 yards and two touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  He also passed Robert Smith to become the Vikings’ all time leading rusher.

Yes, all that and a quick healer too.  Adrian Peterson with his strength, speed, and stamina, coupled with his quick recovery time leads some to question whether he’s superhuman.  He’s super hot, super sexy, and super good.  That makes him a superhero in our book.

And although we know him as “AP,” Adrian Peterson has another nickname.  It’s “AD,” for All Day.

I’ll leave that to you too…

XO

(You’re welcome, Jill.)

It’s Official…We’re Crushing: On Ed Hochuli

I have to admit, I never thought we would be crushing on an NFL referee.  But then again, I never thought we would be so happy to see one!

Yes, it’s official…the official NFL officials are back!  And not a moment too soon.

And by all accounts, Ed Hochuli is the most famous of the NFL officials.  But that’s not all he’s known for.  When he’s not on the field, he represents clients as a trial attorney at Jones, Skelton, and Hochuli in Phoenix, Arizona.  Hochuli has also served as the head of the NFL Referees Association.

The thing Ed Hochuli is most famous for is his biceps.  In fact, his guns earned him the nickname “Hochules.”  God knows, Ed had some extra time on his hands with the extended offseason.  And it’s safe to assume he probably spent at least some of it in the gym.  So, “Hochules” will probably emerge from the lockout with bigger biceps and a bigger wallet!  Get your tickets…the gun show is back this week!

Yes…over the last three weeks, we missed seeing Ed Hochuli with his guns in the air.  But we also missed his eyes, ears, and lips on that whistle…as well as his extensive knowledge of the game.  Hochuli played college football for the University of Texas El Paso and has over twenty years of experience as an NFL referee.

But as they say, the most important aspect in any relationship is trust.  And we trust Ed Hochuli as the keeper of the game we love.

Hochules is our hero.

It’s official!

XO