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“Red Light Sports Ramble” ~ RGIII demoted to second string; Packers colors for the pre-season are black and blue

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Robert Lee Griffin III (RGIII) was the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Washington Redskins traded up, with the St. Louis Rams. The Redskins swapped first round picks and compensated the Rams with two additional first round picks; in 2013 and 2014, and a second round pick, in 2013. His rookie campaign seemed to be a coming out party, and he was as good as advertised. However, his career has been on a downward slide. Griffin is now second string quarterback, but the Redskins insist that his future be with the team.

After a heartbreaking NFC Championship loss, the Green Bay Packers were one of the favorites to play in Super Bowl 50. They resigned Randall Cobb, returned all offensive starters, including reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. On draft day, they added another weapon, Ty Montgomery from Stanford. Before camp, Montgomery was nothing more than a rookie on the depth chart. The wide receiver unit was solid, with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and DeVante Adams rounding out the top three. There were talks of Mike McCarthy possibly keeping six wide receivers, on the roster.

Jared Abbrederis was the first victim of injury, in the wide receiver unit, suffering a concussion. Then Jordy Nelson tore his ACL, and now Randall Cobb injured his shoulder. Nelson is out for the year, and Cobb’s return is unknown. He suffered a minor AC joint sprain. Bigger injuries loom as Bryan Bulaga sprained his ankle and has had a history of injuries. Micah Hyde left the game with a neck injury.

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“Red Light Sports Ramble” ~ Friday night baseball; the American League wildcard race is becoming interesting!

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The American League wildcard race is heating up heading into September. Six teams are within 2.5 games of claiming the final wild card spot. The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees will battle for the American League East title, with the runner-up most likely being the number one wildcard. The Houston Astros have increased their lead to five games, over the Texas Rangers. Kansas City continues to cruise at 78-49, which is the best record in the American League.

The National League playoff picture is beginning to take form. The Pittsburgh PIrates and Chicago Cubs have a strong hold over the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are only 2.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the NL West, and that could be the only way they will make the postseason. The New York Mets have increased their lead in the NL East to 6.5 games, while the St. Louis Cardinals just keep winning and have the best record in baseball.

With September baseball, on the horizon, is there a team that will put together a big winning streak and make a surprise run into the postseason? Listen in and call the show with your thoughts.

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“Red Light Sports Ramble” ~ AFC West ~ NFL Preview; Can three teams make the playoffs from this division?

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When a coach wins four AFC West division championships; in a row, you would not think that a coaching change would take place. John Fox led the Broncos to the Super Bowl, but could not bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy back to Denver. John Elway decided to make a coaching change and hired Gary Kubiak. Peyton Manning battled injuries last season and did not look like an elite quarterback. The expectations are high, and it is apparent that it is Super Bowl or bust.

San Diego and Kansas City have been the bridesmaids, in this division. Is this the year that they can overtake the Broncos? The Chargers had a rotating door at running back last year, so they drafted Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordan. The Chiefs passing attack has been weak in the red zone and getting touchdown production from their wide receivers. In free agency, they signed Jeremy Maclin. The Oakland Raiders signed a lot of veteran free agents, on defense, in 2014. That project failed, but they have many young pieces on offense.

Can this division claim the two wild-card spots, in the AFC? Listen in and call the show with your thoughts.