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Bump N’ Run w/ KT: Beckham Is Disrespected And Notre Dame-Michigan Renews Rivalry

Week Two of the second season of Bump N’ Run is here and yes, there isn’t much to discuss in terms of actual major football news. However, there are things to discuss including some college football tidbits for this week’s column. Let’s begin with a local wide receiver not getting his just respect from his peers.

OBJ Ranked 10th Best Player In NFL, Feels Disrespected

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was revealed as the 10th best player on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2016. Needless to say Beckham was not happy with the ranking from his peers and felt a tad disrespected by the number. On his twitter Beckham responded to the ranking very subtly.


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Is Beckham the 10th best player in the NFL? Let’s look at the numbers. In his first two seasons, Beckham caught 187 passes and amassed 2,755 receiving yards and 25 TD’s in 27 games. According to Pro Football Focus, Beckham is second only to Todd Gurley in best game breaking players in the NFL.

Looking at those numbers Beckham is definitely up there in the conversation as one of the best players in the NFL. The major difference between him and the Top 3 players on the list (Cam Newton, Tom Brady and J.J. Watt) are that they are proven winners (Brady) or that they have been winning recently (Newton, Watt). Beckham is 12-20 in his pro career with th New York Football Giants and while he is dynamic, no one really cares about you until you start winning some important games.

Beckham’s biggest claim to fame is losing his mind against Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers last season.

Your time is coming Odell. Just be patient and continue to play you butt off.

Moving The Chains

For fans of Notre Dame and Michigan your rivalry is returning. Just two years after ending their annual game, both teams announced late last week that the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines would be restarting the games in 2018. The first matchup will take place in South Bend and the 2019 game will take place in at The Big House in Ann Arbor. The original reason for the games being cancelled was due to the ever annoying conference realignment and Notre Dame being bound to the ACC.

Thank god some semblance of order is being restored in the return of this rivalry.

The mass exodus of Baylor football players continues as backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced that he would be transferring from the school effective immediately. Interim coach Jim Grobe said that Stidham wasn’t getting enough snaps and wasn’t in the mix to start for the Bears in the upcoming season. While that was the public excuse given, that was not the only reason. Grobe said in an interview that Baylor has 70 players on the roster at this point, which is 15 players short of the limit for the team. The program is going down in flames and everyone, including Stidham, knows it.

It was announced that that the San Diego stadium initiative would be on the ballot for voters in November. The Chargers are pledging $650 million of the $1.8 billion needed for a new stadium and convention center in downtown San Diego near Petco Park. That means the city needs to come up with the other $1.1 billion. So Los Angeles…here comes the Chargers for the 2017 NFL season!

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Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil is the College Sports Editor for as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow writer Jason Cordner.
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