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'The NFL Beat': Fantasy Sleeper Cells

Welcome back to fantasy season. The geek in the cube next to yours is pumped. He tells you all about his strategies while eating his microwaved fish leftover lunch. The entire office smells like his plan for the draft. Fishy at best, ridiculous at worst. Read More | Comment »

4:47PM Mon. Aug. 27, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Ryan Mallett Learning From the Best

In 2007, Texarkana (Texas high school) QB Ryan Mallett was the top HS player in the state according to various recruiting services. Read More | Comment »

2:22PM Wed. Aug. 15, 2012, Mike Loyko

'The NFL Beat': Saints and Patriots Camps

Let's kick this Beat off in Foxboro, Mass., before spinning the globe south to the Big Easy. Read More | Comment »

12:11PM Sat. Aug. 4, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Maslow's Hierarchy

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a well-known theory of human motivation represented via a pyramid of our five overriding "needs." Maslow's representation has been the fundamental basis for many important studies and theories of human achievement, including Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness. Read More | Comment »

12:34PM Fri. Jul. 20, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Offseason Evolution

Here in Austin, the snakes are out. We had the toughest summer in recent history last year. A rainy spring in 2012 has brought them out in droves. Most are the good kind, unless you're a chicken farmer. They kill rats and keep to themselves. Some are the the scary kind. The ones with rattles, or the special colors we learns as kids: red on yellow, kill a fellow. Read More | Comment »

4:35PM Wed. Jun. 27, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Punt in an Elevator

Picture yourself stuck in an elevator. Not just any old elevator. An elevator teetering between the ninth and 10th floors of a maximum security prison for the criminally insane. Read More | Comment »

9:00PM Thu. Jun. 21, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Awards Shower

Today I heard a trucker get paged over the truck-stop intercom, notifying him that shower stall No. 2 was cleaned and ready for him. I've never showered at a truck stop, which is a little surprising considering that I have spent over one-third of the last year on the road. Read More | Comment »

1:21PM Sat. Jun. 16, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Hypnosis, Murder, Tight Ends

I have started to partake in the creative visualization process via hypnosis. I wear weird goggles that look like Jose Canseco-era Oakleys with implanted, blinking lights. They are programmed to flash at calculated times, at precise intensity levels to supplement the hypnotic neurolinguistic programming (NLP) I am receiving via headphones. Read More | Comment »

1:36PM Mon. May. 28, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': The End of the Super Agent

I have actually been around Drew Rosenhaus more than the average American, and I can tell you one thing is true. The whole phone thing, the thing about him always being on the phone: This is true. In fact, I am under the impression that the bluetooth conspicuously implanted in his ear is actually dedicated to a separate line than his handheld blackberry. Read More | Comment »

6:26PM Wed. May. 23, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': USFL Making NFL Inroads

Jim Steeg oversaw the creation of an annual holiday that accounts for the consumption of 1.25 billion chicken wings and 30.4 million bags of chips. As a student in the lifelong class of Pro Football Hype 101, I know one thing is certain: Steeg is not just a professor; He built the school and wrote the books. Read More | Comment »

2:50PM Wed. May. 16, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Jenkins Island

Janoris Jenkins will one day have an “island” of his own. Like Darelle Revis, or former University of Florida teammate Joe Haden, Jenkins possesses the ability to be a true NFL shutdown corner. A cover corner who leaves the opposing receiver feeling stranded, frustrated, and helpless like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Mon. Apr. 23, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Mock Draft

This is "The NFL Beat" and today I brought some friends. We set up the studio, got our wicked-smaaat scouting reporter friend from Boston on the horn, and then proceeded to ignore friends and loved ones while pretending to be NFL GMs. You know, like all the grown-ups do. Here is how things shook out … Read More | Comment »

3:45PM Tue. Apr. 17, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Wonderlickin' Bad

Wonderlic, Inc. administered its first exam in 1937. Since then approximately 120 million prospective employees have taken this test across virtually every industry in existence. The test is used by employers as a general measure for gauging intelligence and problem-solving aptitude present in potential members of their given workforce. Read More | Comment »

5:36PM Thu. Apr. 5, 2012, Alex Dunlap

Big Tuna, Big Easy, Big Decisions

Bill Parcells has recently said he would be a hypocrite to not consider holding the wheel for Saints head coach (and revered sapling of his coaching tree) Sean Payton in New Orleans as he serves his unprecedented one-year suspension. The ramifications of BountyGate are far reaching, and these considerations are sure to be numerous.  Read More | Comment »

2:51PM Thu. Apr. 5, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Brees, Tannehill, and More

Many of you, my loyal readers, may know that I played alongside Drew Brees in high school at Austin-Westlake. We were state champions and I was an all-district defensive end; solely because I went to every one of Drew's film sessions and whiteboard meetings, even the ones that didn't involve my position group. Read More | Comment »

5:32PM Sat. Mar. 31, 2012, Alex Dunlap

Aaron Taylor’s Wake-Up Call

Aaron Taylor is easily recognizable, even in the most packed of rooms. We see his smiling face and tailored plus-sized designer suits every week of the fall during CBS college football broadcasts, a position through which his 6-foot-4-inch 300-pound frame accumulates more than 100,000 airline miles each year. Read More | Comment »

2:22PM Thu. Mar. 29, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': A Day in the Beat

On Wednesday I took in the largest media event Waco has seen since the Branch Davidians’ standoff with the ATF in 1993. One hundred thirty credentialed media members and more than 80 representatives from between 28 and 32 NFL teams were on hand to see Heisman Trophy-winning Baylor QB Robert Griffin III toss the football with his friends. Read More | Comment »

8:47PM Sat. Mar. 24, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Combine Commentary

This is “The NFL Beat” and for the first time in my life I have writer's block. I keep thinking, "Where do I even start?" Yet, you my loyal reader, know by now I have never been one to back down to a challenge. Take a deep breath, and start from the beginning with me. By the end, I predict I will be ranting as usual. Read More | Comment »

3:40PM Thu. Mar. 1, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Scouting Combine Preview

Wherever you are. Whatever spot you have found yourself in. Somehow, you are in a place where you find yourself here. It is imperative that you understand two critical elements of our newfound relationship before consenting to treatment: This is "The NFL Beat" and I am sick about the NFL Scouting Combine. Read More | Comment »

9:56PM Fri. Feb. 24, 2012, Alex Dunlap

'The NFL Beat': Browns Face Tough Decision at QB

I was in Cleveland the day LeBron announced he would be taking his talents to South Beach. I’ve performed music in Cleveland more times than I can count. One of the things I enjoy about touring is getting to meet sports fans of all different teams, and walks of life. In that one day I gained more respect for Cleveland as a fan base than I have for any other in my life. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Sat. Feb. 18, 2012, Alex Dunlap

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