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Bye-bye Billy

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers just finished their worst season in more than 50 years.  It's widely expected newly appointed Athletic Director, Dr. Tom Osborne, will fire Nebraska's coach, Bill Callahan tomorrow morning at a press conference at 10:00 AM.  There has been plenty of speculation on who will take the new reigns, but many on the internet have penciled in Bo Pelini.   Bo is currently the defensive coordinator at LSU, whose defense ranks among the nation's best.  Bo was passed over for the head coaching job before by previous Athletic Director, Steve Pederson, but rumor has it Pelini's family prefers Lincoln over Baton Rouge and Bo would love to take the helm at NU.

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First-Ever All-Women's Snow Team Film, “Labor of Love”

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Roxy, the only brand with an all-women's unified snow team of freeskiers and snowboarders, is pleased to announce the first-ever all-women's ski and snowboard team film, "Labor of Love."  The feature action sports film will be released this November.

"We're so proud to sponsor the first unified snow team, and a movie featuring the girls is such a great way to show our support," said Randy Hild, Executive Vice President at Roxy Global Marketing.  "Our athletes are among the best in the world and their creativity and skill couldn't be showcased in a better way."

Over the past year, Roxy's snow athletes have toured the world together, dropping pillows in Japan, snowmobiling into the midnight sun of Sweden and riding their way through the southern hemisphere, in addition to Switzerland, Norway, Canada and the States.  From language barriers and red-eye flights, to sledding through remote, snow-locked locations, the project has been a true "Labor of Love."

The film's stars include 2007 X Games gold medalist freeskier Sarah Burke, 2007 Women's TTR World Champion and X Games gold medalist snowboarder Torah Bright, 2006 Olympic bronze medalist snowboarder Kjersti Buaas and freeskiers Jess Cumming, Mille Windfeldt, Vanessa Coletta, along with snowboarders Tania Detomas, Erin Comstock, Amber Stackhouse and Alexis Waite.

The film was produced and co-directed by Roxy team-rider Amber Stackhouse of Misschief Films ("As If" and "Ro Sham Bo") along with co-director and cinematographer Per-Hampus Stalhandske.

"After eight months spent following the snow around the world, with the whole team working hard together, we have a movie that I am incredibly excited about and proud of," said Amber Stackhouse.  "Pulling this together with one filmer and one team had me worried at the start, but I knew only Roxy could pull this off and have fun doing it!"

A select number of limited edition copies of "Labor of Love" will be available at Roxy stores, and will include a 24-page book of photos and first-hand stories from the year. "Labor of Love" will also be shown on the big screen with special premieres in North America, Australia and Europe.

The film will be available at Roxy.com and through VAS Entertainment. For more information, go to Roxy.com, and see the teaser for the film at roxy.com/laboroflove.

About Roxy

Roxy is a brand of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK), the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company's apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage, while its wintersports and golf brands symbolize a long standing commitment to technical expertise and competitive success on the mountains and on the links.

The reputation of the Company's brands is based on different outdoor sports. The Company's Quiksilver, Roxy, DC and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, and its beach and water oriented swimwear brands include Raisins, Radio Fiji and Leilani. The Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, Look and Kerma brands are leaders in the alpine ski market, and the Company makes snowboarding equipment under its Rossignol, Dynastar, DC Shoes, Roxy, Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. The Company's golf business includes Cleveland Golf, as well as Never Compromise putters and Fidra apparel. Gotcha is the Company's surf-based European brand addressing street fashion.

The Company's products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops, snowboard shops, proprietary Boardriders Club shops, other specialty stores and select department stores.  Quiksilver's corporate and Americas' headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz and St. Jean de Moirans, France, and its Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.

Rockies Win! Rockies Win! The Rockies Win!

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I've been attending baseball games since I've been 5 years old but last night's game between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres was among the most exciting I've attended.  The Rockies and Padres needed last night's tiebreaker to decide the NL wild card, which goes to the division runner-up with the best record, after finishing the regular season with 89-73 records.  Their game was only the 7th tiebreaker in Major League Baseball history.  Colorado faced likely Cy Young winner, Jake Peavy, but the Rockies came out swinging in the first inning.   Not to be undone,  the Padres Adrian Gonzalez's hit a grand slam off Rockies starting pitcher Josh Fogg, giving the Padres a 4-3 lead in the 3rd inning.

With the Rockies leading 6-5 in the seventh, Atkins appeared to homer over the left-field fence. The ball caromed off an empty wheelchair back onto the field, but was ruled a double. Colorado did not score, and San Diego tied the game at 6-6 on a Giles double in the eighth.

The Padres had plenty of chances to win it in extra innings, putting two men on the 10th and 11th and one in the 12th against reliever Matt Herges without scoring. The Rockies stranded two in the 11th when lefty Joe Thatcher struck out Brad Hawpe, the Rockies' hottest hitter the last two weeks, whom the Padres had already intentionally walked twice.

rockiesAfter San Diego took a two-run lead on Scott Hairston's homer in the top of the 13th, the Rockies rallied for three runs off Trevor Hoffman, the major league career saves leader, for a dramatic 9-8 victory that sent the crowd into a frenzy.  "You can't point to any other factor than my performance,'' said Hoffman, baseball's leader in saves with 524."That's a burden I'm going to have to deal with.''  Hoffman gave up doubles to Kaz Matsui and Troy Tulowitzki, a triple to Matt Holliday, an intentional walk to Todd Helton and then a game-winning sacrifice fly to Colorado's Jamey Carroll. 

The Rockies finished their last 15 games 14-1, only the 1960 New York Yankees finished better at 15-0, only to end up losing the World Series. Matt Holiday had a huge September, batting .367 with 12 homers, 30 RBI and 29 run scored. Equally effective in the late rush was Hawpe, who hit .467 with 20 RBI in the last 11 games, and  Todd Helton .386 hitter in the final 14 games will finally get a taste at the post season.  The Rockies bullpen, which has been their achilles heal in recent memory was much improved this year(2.49 ERA, .212 opponents average), and outstanding defense also keyed the Rockies' run. The Rockies committed a major league-low 68 errors and accrued the best fielding percentage of any team in major league history (.98925, slightly better than the 2006 Red Sox.)

America's pastime is better than ever and I cannot wait for the playoffs!

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MLB Opening Day: There's Nothing Like It

Ryan Howard - photo by P Emma- for the Grateful Web

It was sunny and 78 degrees in Philadelphia for the Phillies home opener against their rival Atlanta Braves. People were out and tailgating for hours. The old rag time bands were playing outside of the stadium and people were wearing their brand new jerseys mostly representing the reining league MVP Ryan Howard and all-star Chase Utley. The U.S. Navy came down in parachutes and fireworks lit the day sky with colors for the annual opening day festivities. Opening day in the major leagues is truly like nothing else in sports. Many people make excuses to take off from work or school and over pay at sold out stadiums all over the country in order to take place in this special American tradition. I went, with my dad, like so many others to Citizen's Bank Park to watch our favorite team kick off their season.  Unfortunately, there was a disappointing result as Edgar Renteria's two home runs on the day ended up winning the game in extra innings. Although it was a decent start from starter Bret Myers, the Phillies bullpen is already showing signs of weakness.

But before this game, there was a rematch of last year's NLCS that took place the night before where the New York Mets took out the World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals thanks in part to the 41 year old opening day veteran Tom Glavine. There were a lot of pre game celebrations at Busch Stadium for the champions. The Budweiser Clydesdales trotted out along with a motorcade of the all of the Cardinals led by hall of famers Stan Musial, Lou Brock, and Bob Gibson. Unfortunately for them, Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Delgado had other plans for the new season. Lo Duca posted 3 RBI's and Delgado put the Mets ahead with an early two run double.

Around the league yesterday another New York team made waves with their 10th straight opening day victory. The Yankees honored the late Cory Lidle, and then they went on the beat Tampa Bay 9-5 thanks mostly to an explosive offensive cast. Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi made their mark early and won over the tough New York crowd. Rodriguez struggled at times last year with the media, but with a leaner and his stirrups pulled up, A-Rod is looking for a new outlook on the season. Rodriguez's home run was credited to the fact that he hits behind Bobby Abreu, a specialist in hitting the ball to the opposite field.

American league rival Boston Red Sox didn't have as much fun yesterday. They were upset badly by the usual whipping post of baseball, the Kansas City Royals. Pitcher Gil Meche showed that he wanted to earn every bit of his club record five-year $55 million contract. On the other side of the spectrum, Curt Schilling displayed slower velocity in his fastball and a heavier appearance on the mound. "Physically, I felt fine. I just didn't execute and didn't adjust," Schilling remarked after being pulled after only 4 innings.

phillyAnother upset happened in Texas as the Pittsburgh Pirates stuck it to the playoff caliber Houston Astros in extra innings when Jason Bay hit the ball deep for a two run shot.

For the new look Cubs and their $300 million off season, the tradition of losing stayed the same. Lou Pinella or Alfonso Soriano couldn't bring good fortune to the only team plagued by a goat in the majors. The Chicago Cubs lost 5-1 to the Cincinnati Reds. Adam Dunn made Carlos Zambrano pay after he walked Ryan Freel on four straight pitches to start the game.

The Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle and GM Dan O'Dowd were handed good news about their contract extensions just moments before they lost their first game of the year to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies are trying to have their first winning season since 2000. I'm routing for them because I know that the fans in Colorado need to see a good baseball product badly.

"Win Twins" has always been a motto that I would rout for. And win was what last year's Cy Young winner Johan Santana did. But, most of the credit belongs to Justin Morneau, who went 3-4 with a home run and 2 RBIs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-4.

Big Ben Sheets was tougher than ever in his healthy midseason form 2 hitter debut. "Opening day," Sheets said. "I've got a sumo wrestler wrestling in my belly. I was nervous." That didn't seem to affect his performance at all as he rolled past the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1.

Dontrelle Willis' lights out 6 innings accompanied by Miguel Cabrera's 4 RBIs and Hanley Ramirez's 4 hits and 4 runs set the table when the Florida Marlins destroyed the Washington Nationals. Fredi Gonzalez enjoyed his first victory ever as a coach while on the other side newcomer Manny Acta not only lost the game, but lost a quarter of his starting lineup before the fifth inning.

felixOn the other side of the country, the 20 year old phenom pitcher, Felix Hernandez struck out 12 of the AL West champion Oakland A's batters and posted a clean shutout in his first appearance of the year. "That's as good as I've ever seen him - but in my mind, that's what he's supposed to do. He's got that good of stuff," said Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez. This could lead to good things in Seattle.

The AL Champion Detroit Tigers pitcher, Jeremy Bonderman was not that fortunate. After getting roughed up in the first, his teammate Fernando Rodney allowed Troy Glaus and Alex Rios to make him pay for the runners he put on base in the 10th. Roy Halladay allowed just 2 earned runs on 6 hits in 6 innings for his first decent start of the year.

After many scares, John Lackey came through to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a late 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers, which spoiled another managerial debut. New coach Ron Washington will have to try again next game as he faces Kelvim Escobar tonight.

The blow out of the day was in Chicago where the White Sox got embarrassed by Grady Sizemore and his Cleveland Indians. Sizemore homered off of Jose Contreras on the game's second pitch. "You're definitely excited," Sizemore said. "I was a little jacked up there. The crowd was getting into it." The Indians haven't scored that many runs on opening day since 1925.

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1. Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival 2006 (6/19/2006 1:47:07 PM - http://www.gratefulweb.net/photos/photoInterface/photos.aspx?direct=Band...)
One of everyone's wives' and girlfriends' favorite bands came next. Michael Franti's energetic and charismatic stage presence allows people to fall in love with him and hang on his every word.
2. Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival 2006 Part II (6/23/2006 5:23:27 PM - http://www.gratefulweb.net/photos/photoInterface/photos.aspx?direct=Band...)
I would like to end with a quote from musician J.J. Graves from Mofro. He said, "I'm not too good with genres. We are all individuals, and I don't give a shit about grouping. It's about relating." Wakarusa was about their musicians and their audiences relating.
3. JGB @ the Fox in Boulder (7/18/2006 8:59:44 AM - )
The Jerry Garcia Band has been an inspiration and the "keepers of the flame" for serious dead heads for years now after the passing of the band's namesake. It is lead by the great Melvin Seals who Jerry nicknamed the Master of the Universe because of his many talents.
4. N'awlins Funk Visits the City of Brotherly Love (2/6/2007 4:34:53 AM - )
"Y'all wish Ben (Ellman) a happy birthday," Papa Mali preached to the crowd as he strolled off the stage after a fun set of music. It was the first night of February at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philly on its famous South Street. Galactic was playing only the second show in their long spring tour, and it was on, N'awlins style.
5. Moest Underrated? (2/18/2007 8:32:38 AM - )
I have always felt that moe had never truly gotten the respect that they gratefully deserve. It is slowly dawning on fans of the jamband and other scenes that moe is for real. Coming off the release of an amazing new album The Conch, that even Rolling Stone gave 4 out of 5 stars to, moe came to Philly to rock.
6. Charlie Hunter Resident Magician (2/19/2007 4:12:09 PM - )
Guitar player, bass player, virtuoso, jazz and blues legend, and magician are all titles that describe the sorcery that Charlie Hunter creates so effortlessly on stage. Taught originally by guitarist Joe Satriani with a $7 guitar in Berkeley, and since then collaborated with dozens of incredible musicians, Hunter has certainly made his mark at a young age as a guitar great.
7. Skatalites: Inventors of a Genre (3/3/2007 5:12:16 AM - )
The Skatalites took the stage with a countdown and went right into a familiar Skatilites opener "Freedom Sounds." The crowd of mostly white ska swingers went crazy. It was so interesting to see ska dancers. These guys know how to move. It looked like a combination of swing dancing and moshing.
8. The Bad Plus the Real O'Riley Factor (3/4/2007 5:49:44 PM - )
Searching for a completely new live jazz sound can be difficult these days. That's not to say that it can't be found. The Bad Plus is a trio out of Minnesota that to me created its own genre sound called: classical jazz. I call it that because of the mastery of the movement of sound that the band creates. This band can bring a familiar tune to your ears through a whole different avenue.
9. Forever Evolving: The Slip (3/17/2007 5:46:33 PM - http://www.theslip.com)
Most of the night was graced with many of their songs from the highly touted new album called Eisenhower. This album got a lot of press this winter with its release, being that the band's sound evolved again drastically, this time to the extreme pleasure of many of its listeners new and old. The contemporary avant-rock trio has a long history touring, but for some reason this album captured the hearts of independent radio stations, other musicians, and people of all different musical tastes.
10. The Raw Power of Rose Hill Drive (3/22/2007 12:21:13 PM - )
Tinnitus: the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present. Someone with tinnitus often describes it as "ringing in the ears," but people report hearing all kinds of sounds: crickets, whooshing, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, even music.

11. Page McConnell's 1st Show: Coming Full Circle (3/31/2007 4:37:21 PM - )
The only conversation topic welcomed by Page in this era of moving forward was the acknowledgement of being a Philly boy and his birth at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Page carefully deflected every question about Phish and his college thesis writing days at Goddard. He seemed dignified and determined to move forward, and although I miss those days as much as anyone, this project is a good time. The crowd has progressed as well. Let's face it we're older now too. The "Fluffhead" chants continued and the "woo hoos" brought back memories, but as Bob Dylan once noticed, "the times they are a changin'."
12. Dean & Britta: New, Old, and Wistful (4/3/2007 1:23:01 PM - http://www.deanandbritta.com)
These two superstars along with their new band are touring in support of their new album called Back Numbers. They admitted being a little nervous since this was their first live show in two years, but their sound never dulls. They opened with the first song off the album called "Singer Sing." Britta's gorgeous and tantalizing voice crooned the lyrics, "while you were sleeping, I caught you dreaming/ singer sing that song/ driver drive along."

Orange Bowl 2007

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Greetings from South Florida! Here's a few photos from the Orange Bowl between Wake Forest and Louisville.

Happy New Year!

 

 

The Nebraska Cornhusker's 2006 Season Kicks Off This Weekend!

To help build some excitement, here is a not so professional Tunnel Walk video clip from the October 29, 2006 Oklahoma game.  Go Big Red!

 
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NFL Draft 2006: Post Free Agency Mock Draft

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Here we go...Free Agency has changed the draft dramatically since the beginning of the year.  We have a much clearer picture of who wants whom.  Here are the first two rounds complete with a couple trades.  Hope you all feel this is fair to your team.  This won't necessarily be a popular mock, and many of you will think some of these picks are ridiculous, so take it with a grain of salt.  Please comment if you think I am an idiot or a genius...Thanks.

 

Round One

 

01.  Houston—Reggie Bush, RB USC - What can you say? Reggie will add a dimension to this team that every team in the league wants. Houston can pick up OL help in FA and the draft is deep in OL talent that is their biggest need IMO.  They could be best served by trading down, but no one will trade that much to move up to #1...though they are playing up the Vince Young is God thing in hopes that they can convince some team that they will take Young and force a trade...but in the end they take Bush

02.  New Orleans—Mario Williams, DE UNC - They could still take a QB, but I doubt it till the 3rd or 4th round...they are the team most likely to trade down, I think...they most likely will take Mario Williams or Ferguson...Controversey alert**

03.  Tennessee—Jay Cutler, QB Vanderbilt - They are a wild card to me...I can see them taking any of the QB's...They have the Chow/Leinart connection, but I think they are not sold on him...they have worked out Cutler and see him regularly because Vandy is so close...I think they like him a lot and say so...of course we never know what is smoke screen...but from the beginning we had the McNair as tutor to Young connection that seemed very likely when everyone was convinced that the Saints would take Leinart...they could also take Ferguson...or Hawk...or Huff...I think they take Cutler.  Controversy Alert number two** 

04.  NY Jets—AJ Hawk, LB Ohio State - If it goes this way through the first 3, then it is very likely that Mangini and Tannenbaum take Leinart, but if they are really smart, they take AJ Hawk!  He goes so far to establishing the Defense Mangini wants...plus, I think he is the best player in the draft, apologies to Reggie...Controversy Alert number three**

05.  Green Bay—D'Bricksahw Ferguson, OT Virginia - I think they want Hawk or Williams or Ferguson pretty equally...but they will get tremendous help for their Oline if they get Ferguson...they still need to replace their interior line, but whoever is their QB, he will be psyched...they probably would love to get Huff as well...

06.  San Francisco-Michael Huff, CB Texas - They would take Huff here in a second I think...they could take Davis, too...

07.  Oakland—Vince Young, QB Texas - They take Vince Young despite having Brooks and Walter...there is so much upside here that Davis will be drooling, and Moss and company will too... 

08.  Buffalo—Haloti Ngata, DT Oregon - Seems like a no-brainer...they could be tempted to trade down, take a QB, or corner, but Ngata just makes perfect sense.  If SF passes on Huff, he would be a Bill... 

09.  Minnesota-Matt Leinart, QB USC - trade #17 and 48 to Detroit - Speaking of no-brainers, Minnesota won't be the only team vying for this pick, Detroit might want it themselves, the Vikes might need to throw in their extra 3rd rounder to make this deal...I think Leinart is gonna be a bust, though...too bad for me, because I am a Vikings fan

10.  Arizona—Vernon Davis, TE Maryland - Denny will have a formidable offense as Davis is a one of a kind...he can do it all...he will help the running game as much as the passing game...

11.  St. Louis—Jimmy Williams, CB VA Tech - Perfect pick for St. Louis after picking up Witherspoon and Chavous and Glover, they will get arguably the best corner in the draft...

12.  Cleveland—Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa - I think Greenway is Urlacher II...he will be a difference maker...

13.  Baltimore—Winston Justice, OT, USC - This is a great pick for the  Ravens...Justice is a versatile and athletic tackle...they might like to pick up a more exciting skill guy, but this moves seems almost essential for them

14.  Philadelphia—LenDale White, RB USC - They might want an LB or WR, but LenDale is perfect...he came from a system that used two RB's...White as the Power guy and a Westbrook-like versatile receiver type in Bush...plus he is a great blocker...White will be a difference maker in Philly...

15.  Denver-Santonio Holmes, WR Ohio State - trade with Atlanta - they are smoke screening that they want a QB...they want Holmes!

16.  Miami—Tye Hill, CB Clemson - They picked up old man Allen, but they need their shut down corner, and Hill is showing that he has the speed and hips to be that guy...his "stock" has risen a lot since the Senior Bowl and the Combine

17.  Detroit—Ashton Youboty, CB Ohio State - Youboty is going to be a stud...big for a CB, he could have benefitted from his senior year (and so could OSU)...Detroit scores here, plus the extra 2nd rounder (and possibly more?)

18.  Dallas—Ko Simpson, FS South Carolina - Dallas gets their Free Safety to balance their defensive backfield...Simpon is another guy who could have used another year of school, but I'd come out too if I were projected to go in the mid first round!

19.  San Diego—Chad Jackson, WR Florida - San Diego certainly will pick a WR in the draft, and if Jackson is available, they will certainly take him (or Holmes) 

20.  Kansas City—Gabe Watson, DT Michigan - I think KC will solidify the Dline first and go for a big WR second...

21.  New England—Deangelo Williams, RB Memphis - NE could take an LB, but they also need an RB and Williams is easily the BPA here... 

22.  Denver-Broderick Bunkley, DT FSU - Steal! Bunkley is a perfect fit on the Denver D-line...it is a need and maybe BPA...

23.  Tampa Bay—Marcus McNeil, OT Auburn - maybe we're looking at another steal here...Dallas needs Oline help, so he could be gone...but he will be a major help for Simms and Cadilac if they get him...

24.  Cincinnati—Tamba Hali, DE Penn State - Hali is not their biggest need, but he may be BPA here and will be an excellent addition to their Dline...

25.  NY Giants—Ernie Sims, LB FSU - Sims is going to be a great LB...think Derrick Brooks II

26.  Chicago—Leonard Pope, TE Georgia - Seems like a no brainer...Pope will be better than adding another WR...he will be a huge addition to Da Bears Offense...

27.  Carolina—Lawrence Maroney, RB Minnesota - mild steal here...only question is this nagging Hamstring issue, but he has shown he can catch the ball in his workout, and we know about his ability to run and block...Carolina could be back in the Super Bowl...

28.  Jacksonville—DeMeco Ryans, LB Alabama - This could change if the Jags get Arrington...but Ryans is gonna be great...

29.  NY Jets-Antonio Cromartie, CB FSU - from Denver via Atlanta - If Cromartie played last year, he would be the top corner, IMO...he has checked out medically and will be a difference maker for the Jets D...they need to replace Law

30.  Indianapolis—Brian Calhoun, RB Wisconsin - Edgerin who?

31.  Seattle-Mathias Kiwanuka, DE BC - Abraham what?

32.  Pittsburgh—Sinorice Moss, WR Miami - Randle El which?

 

Round Two

 

  1. Houston Texans—Eric Winston, OT Miami
  2. New Orleans Saints—Nick Mangold, C Ohio State
  3. New York Jets—Joseph Addai, RB LSU
  4. Green Bay Packers—Bobby Carpenter, LB OSU
  5. San Francisco 49ers—Marcedes Lewis, TE UCLA
  6. Oakland Raiders—Thomas Howard, LB UTEP
  7. Tennessee Titans—D'Qwell Jackson, ILB Maryland
  8. Detroit Lions—Jon Scott, OT Texas
  9. Arizona Cardinals—Taitusi Latui, OG USC
  10. Buffalo Bills—Darnell Bing, SS USC
  11. Cleveland Browns—Jeremy Trueblood, OT BC 
  12. Baltimore Ravens—Rodrique Wright, DT Texas
  13. Philadelphia Eagles—Rocky McIntosh, LB Miami
  14. St. Louis Rams—Manny Lawson, DE NCST
  15. Atlanta Falcons—Max Jean-Giles, OG Georgia 
  16. Detroit Lions - Davin Joseph, OG Oklahoma
  17. Dallas Cowboys—Daryn Colledge, OT Boise State
  18. San Diego Chargers—Donte Whitner, S OSU
  19. Minnesota Vikings - Abdul Hodge, MLB Iowa 
  20. New England Patriots—Kamerion Wimbley, OLB FSU
  21. Washington Redskins—Charles Spencer, OG, Pitt
  22. Kansas City Chiefs—Daryl Tapp, DE VA Tech
  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Jonathan Lewis, DT VA Tech
  24. Cincinnati Bengals— Daniel Bullocks SS Nebraska
  25. New York Giants—Anwar Phillips, CB Penn State
  26. Chicago Bears—Ryan O'Callaghan, OT Cal
  27. Carolina Panthers—Joe Klopfenstein, TE Colorado
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars—Anthony Fasano, TE Notre Dame
  29. Denver Broncos—Greg Eslinger, C Minnesota
  30. Indianapolis Colts—Jon Alston, LB, Stanford
  31. Seattle Seahawks—Pat Watkins, S FSU
  32. Pittsburgh Steelers—Elvis Dumervil, DE Louisville

Nationalism on Parade

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Watching the Winter Olympics has brought the issue of nationalism to the forefront of my mind.  (It's also brought to mind just how amazing the physical prowess of all of these athletes really is!  It would have taken me a good portion of the day to do what those cross-country skiers did in 1 hour!  I digress…)

The stories of the athletes representing the red, the white, and the blue are heavily profiled in NBC's coverage, while their wins are trumpeted from the mountains, and the heartbreak of their losses resounds across the plains.

This is not to say that America is alone in her pride, in her possessiveness, in her pursuit of gold.  Each population is focused on the athletes from their borders.  It makes sense, right?

What does it mean though?  Does it make a country better than others if their athletes earn more medals?  Does it earn a nation a free pass and trip to Heaven, far away from the nearly depleted planet we call home?  Does it make it harder to go to war against countries that we race alongside and against?

I'd like to see a change in consciousness, a mental shift that creates a unified planet.  Where borders are disregarded, and race, nationality, color of skin and language are of no importance.  Where we think of one another as neighbors, friends, and co-inhabitants of our place in space.  Where no person can be "illegal" because they're from somewhere else, where resources are equitably divided, everyone has enough to eat, and we start working together to solve the environmental crisis we now find ourselves in.   Where the spirit of the Olympics is not saved for two weeks every two years, but every day.

Though globalism (not to be confused with globalization) may sound like a lofty ideal, it would be foolish to treat it like a great idea that's not attainable.  It must be attainable.  We must start caring about every life, not just every American life.   Other countries must do the same, and it has to happen soon.

In the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "We can live together as brothers, or we can die together as fools".

Now Is Time For The Draft

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Alright, the Super Bowl is complete…and next we turn our attention to the NFL Draft. As a fan of both college and pro football, the draft is one of my favorite times of year, tying both worlds together.

Here is my first stab at the draft. You can never really know what will happen until Free Agency at least, and after the Combine things become even clearer, but there will always be fun surprises for everyone on draft day.

In the meanwhile, we have 3 more months of speculation. Since it is still mostly a crapshoot right now, this Mock Draft is based on my perception of team needs and quality of players available, but only a few situations are based on assumed free agency movement. My assessment of the draft changes almost daily, based on seeing more video and engaging in further discussion about teams and players.

Please feel free to post your comments or even post your own picture of how you feel the draft will turn out. I love to hear what others have to say…Thanks for whatever you may have to contribute!

ROUND ONE

1. Houston Texans—Reggie Bush, RB USC: What can you say? Reggie will add a dimension to this team that every team in the league wants. Houston can pick up OL help in FA and the draft is deep in OL talent that is their biggest need IMO.

2. New Orleans Saints—Matt Leinart, QB USC: I like Vince Young better, but I think The Saints will want a "pro style" QB in the NFC South, because teams there already have prepared for a "running QB"...that said, I think Leinart will struggle and I am not convinced of his toughness...but he is still a worthwhile pick this year. They should try to trade down IMO, though.

3. Tennessee Titans—Vince Young, QB Texas: Tennessee will have to jump at this opportunity, though Ferguson would be a worthy pick here, too. I think The Titans score here, as I think Young understands how to wait in the pocket and throw first, but can run as well as anyone in the league...I am not worried about his "throwing motion", Young is a true leader and will be a great pro.

4. NY Jets—D'Brickshaw Ferguson, OT Virginia: I like Ferguson for The Jets. There biggest problem last year, despite the quarterback problems, was their horrible OL play...they will be fine with Chad...he will be in good shape next year with a little protection...they certainly could use Mario Williams though, because I am sure they will have to let Abraham go due to cap hell.

5. Green Bay Packers—AJ Hawk, OLB Ohio State: I think Green Bay's LB play is worse than their pass rush, but again, Mario Williams will be just as good a choice as Hawk. They could go either way.

6. Oakland Raiders—Mario Williams, DE NC State: I think the Raiders would be satisfied with either Williams or Hawk...depending on Green Bay's choice, and of course the coin flip with San Fran.

7. San Francisco 49ers—Jimmy Williams, CB Va Tech: This is the best Corner in the draft, and he will start immediately. It is possible that they might like Michael Huff here, who will also be great, but I think the value is with the Corner rather than a Safety...though both are versatile enough to play both positions, but if they win the coin flip, they might pick Mario Williams.

8. Buffalo Bills—Haloti Ngata, DT Oregon: Seems like there is no other option here. Ngata can fill the large hole left by Pat Williams departure last year. They could go for Oline.

9. Detroit Lions—Jay Cutler, QB Vanderbilt: I am not convinced yet that Detroit will take Cutler, but most likely they will. Detroit could go for Huff, Greenway or OL, but unless Harrington dazzles Marinelli in the pre-draft mini camp due to teams with new coaches, they will take Cutler as he IS truly a worthwhile pick here.

10. Arizona Cardinals—LenDale White, RB USC: If Cutler is still here, I would guess Arizona would take him, but White is a perfect feature back in the Denny's Offense, and JJ Arington will be relegated to "change of pace back"...I just don't see the RB's sliding like some do.

11. St. Louis Rams—Vernon Davis, TE Maryland: Davis is simply a difference maker and will be able to consistently burn LB's with his speed and athleticism...not to mention he simply has GREAT hands, maybe the best in the draft.

12. Cleveland Browns—Chad Greenway, OLB Iowa: The Browns D will continue to develop as the right pieces keep falling into place. Greenway is going to be a star in the League and a cornerstone for the Browns D.

13. Baltimore Ravens—DeAngelo Williams, RB Memphis: Not many have been talking about Baltimore picking an RB, but IMO, Deangelo Williams is as well-rounded a back as there is. Almost exactly the same size as Barry Sanders, he has the thickness to anchor in his blocking against the blitz, has excellent hands and tremendous running ability, vision, and experience.

14. Philadelphia Eagles—DeMeco Ryans, OLB Alabama: I think the Eagles will go for an LB here, though they could look to help on the OLine, or at WR...but IMO Ryans is their best value.

15. Atlanta Falcons—Michael Huff, S/CB Texas: Atlanta scores here. I think ESPN is right in saying Huff could be the next Ronnie Lott!

16. Miami Dolphins—Ko Simpson, S South Carolina: Simpson would go higher, probably if he waited another year (or 2), because he is raw but worth the pick and it helps give this D a shot of youth...they could look for more help at OL, too.

17. Minnesota Vikings—Bobby Carpenter, OLB Ohio State: If the RB's are gone, the Vikes need to take the next best LB and that is Carpenter...he has the size, speed and smarts that the great LB's have, he suffers from being overshadowed by AJ Hawk, but he will be shore up the Vikes weakest link on Defense. If LenDale White falls to here, they gotta grab him to have a playmaker and some power in the offensive backfield.

18. Dallas Cowboys—Winston Justice, OT USC: I think Dallas will take OLine for the first pick and could go with the athletic Winston or perhaps McNiell or Justice...if Huff or Simpson fall to here they potentially would consider them at the very least.

19. San Diego Chargers—Darnell Bing, S USC: A little (or a lot) of help to the defensive backfield is important to this Defense.

20. Kansas City Chiefs—Rodrique Wright, DT Texas: DLine and WR are biggest needs, IMO. Wright would be perfect to anchor this line and allow last year's first rounder, Derrick Johnson to be the playmaker he is.

21. New England Patriots—Lawrence Maroney, RB Minnesota: New England solves RB issues for years to come. I hope that doesn't piss off Dillon. They could possibly take Ernie Simms, or if one of the other LB's falls, they could use LB help for the old-timers on that D.

22. Denver Broncos (from Washington)—Santonio Holmes, WR Ohio State: If Denver wins the TO sweepstakes they will obviously look elsewhere, but Holmes is probably the best WR in the draft. They could also go with a DT, but they do have another 1st round pick...

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Hali Tamba, DE Penn State: Hali is a stud. He will be the next in line to replace the aging Simeon Rice. They could go OL here, too.

24. Cincinnati Bengals—Gabe Watson, DT Michigan: Their defense needs the plug in the middle of the line to make Thurman and Pollack effective. Watson's been falling because of a mediocre year, but his upside is too high.

25. New York Giants—Ernie Sims, OLB Florida State: Sure they had injuries, but those LBs were pathetic last year. Sims is the tenacious and speedy playmaker they need to compliment their pass rush. They could go with DT, OL or DB here too. They overachieved with a lot of holes last year.

26. Chicago Bears—Mercedes Lewis, TE UCLA: The Bears need passing targets, though I think they have some solid young WR's in Bradley and Berrian, but Lewis is an incredible talent that will balance this offense, and give them another outlet for Grossman.

27. Carolina Panthers—Leonard Pope, TE Georgia: The NFC Championship game revealed how much The Panthers need to have another target besides Smith. Pope will be awesome in the redzone, pretty much the opposite style of player than Smith, they get even more balanced next year.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars—Ashton Youboty, CB Ohio State: New England lit up the Jags Db's. This is their biggest need and Youboty is probably the best Corner on board. Maybe Hill or Cromartie would fit here.

29. Denver Broncos—Brodrick Bunkley, DT Florida State: Denver gets a stud here in a quick and penetrating DT to pair with Warren. They have tremendous depth on the DL, but here comes a higher quality player.

30. Indianapolis Colts—Taitusi Latui, OG USC: The Colts win big with a monster on the OL...Huge help for the run as well as those "protection problems" Peyton spoke of.

31. Seattle Seahawks—Sinorice Moss, WR Miami: Seattle gets one of the most dynamic playmakers in the draft with Moss. He will be able to be a returner and he will take over for Engram as he is getting OLD, and Warrick is a non-factor...

32. Pittsburgh Steelers—Antonio Cromartie, CB Florida State: Pittsburgh gets a true starting corner opposite of McFadden, as Ike Taylor is really a better nickel back. This will become an even scarier Defense.

ROUND 2 - coming soon

Huskers 'Cream Puffs' in Boulder

NU vs. CU in Boulder, Colorado 2005- for the Grateful Web

For the first time in decades,  the Nebraska football teams comes into a Boulder a two touchdown underdog... but the Huskers came to play handing the Buffs a 30-3 shellacking.

 

Check out some pictures from Friday's game.

 

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