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  1. I have been lurking again for a few months and enjoyed the trip down memory lane Bert. It was enjoyable to share the Tiger’s revival of 2003-6 with everyone here. I returned from retirement to show how slow and feeble I am. I have embarrassed everyone I have ever known and will return to my basement. PS, I still think Clevlen can make it.
  2. I fault the players at this point because decertification is a sham. They have played this game twice before, won, and immediately formed a union again. I truly hope the court does not allow it to happen a third time. The premise of suing for complete financial information of private companies is excessive since one of the teams is a publicly owned company. I believe investor information must be made available, which can be used to accurately estimate all revenue streams not attached to the local market. FWIW, the Packers only made $9 mil in 2010 as one of the iconic franchises in the league. They may not have a fancy stadium to generate revenue, but they also do not have excessive stadium debt payments either. It took me several years to warm back up to MLB after '94 and I'm quickly approaching that level of distaste for the entire NFL.
  3. The only knock remaining on Tyron Smith is that he hasn't played LOT in college. It will come down to an evaluation at the combine if his pass blocking skills are elite or if he is more of a ROT. I don't think we'll get to see him try to pass block an elite OLB or DE before the draft. I think he's a bit of a gamble but highly talented.
  4. I didn't enjoy any of his top four commercials. I am tired of seeing the Detroit fist referenced. Yes, we have a statue of a fist -- let's move forward. I enjoyed the section containing the Fox Theatre but it would have been better if they filled it with people instead of the emptyness. To me, the entire commercial felt cold and I wanted it to end.
  5. Seven years passed between her student teaching and the sexual encounter. She was probably four-five years older than us and I seem to remember she looked pretty good at the time.
  6. The Cowboys wheeled and dealed in the 1991 draft as referenced in the link below. 1991 Review: Cowboys Strike Gold by Wheeling and Dealing in the 1991 Draft|Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Blog The Falcons selected Matt Schaub in the third round of the 2004 draft after selecting Mike Vick in the 2001 draft. Schaub was traded to Houston in 2007 with seconds in 07/08 to Atlanta and a swap of firsts in 2007. The Chargers selected Charlie Whitehurst in the third round of the 2006 draft after trading for Phillip Rivers in the 2004 draft. Whitehurst was later spun for a third round pick in the 2011 draft and a swap of seconds in 2010. I do not feel it hurts a franchise to draft a BPA QB and it may be a good move for the Lions to make in 2011.
  7. I know. I think nearly every guy in those classes would have gone for her. However, I don't think she was into 17 year olds at the time.
  8. Nicole Long student taught my senior English class. I'm still amazed how close to home some of these situations occur. #6: Nicole Long - The 50 Most Infamous Female Teacher Sex Scandals - Zimbio
  9. I don't believe Shaun Hill is going to take this team to the Super Bowl and I don't have insight into Zac Robinson's practice performance to believe he will either. Stafford has had a hard time getting onto the field and there is a chance 2011 will continue this trend. I would rather spend a 3-4 round pick on a QB to hopefully be behind Stafford and Hill than wait until the 2012 draft to select someone should Stafford again have injury issues. I think/hope the 2012 season is the beginning of a Super Bowl window and I don't want to spend it without a QB. Thanks for such succinct and insightful commentary.
  10. I don't think it is wasting a pick at all. I would rather have a quality young QB on the roster that can step in if Stafford proves to be injury prone. I don't think Hill is a QB that can win a Super Bowl and I don't want to wait until the 2012 draft to have a backup plan in place. I think this is a fairly deep QB draft without the high end talent, and a diamond in the rough could be found. If Stafford proves he's healthy and the developmental QB works out, there is always the trade possibility like the Falcons did with Vick and Schaub. My thought process implies that the QB is the BPA.
  11. I played around with the Drafttek simulator and came up with the following: 1. Von Miller OLB Texas A&M 2. Davon House CB New Mexico 3. Christian Ponder QB Florida State 4. Chris White ILB Mississippi State 5. Orlando Franklin OT Miami My personal philosophy is that a holding call and sack are the most disruptive plays in football and both result from pressuring the quarterback. I think we have the talent to pressure but need more talent to stop the run (and force the pass) at the LB position, hence Von Miller and Chris White to compete with Levy, Carpenter, Palmer, Dizon, etc. CB is obvious and Davon House feels a little early and may be a bit of a reach in the second. I'm a proponent of drafting a developmental QB in this draft and Ponder requires some work but he does have some talent. This is maybe a little earlier than I would have liked but I'll live with it. I wish Orland Franklin had been a developmental center, but I'm not going to complain too much. Would anyone else try to take a developmental QB in this draft?
  12. True and good point. I'm sure there are OSU boosters who would pay much more for a pair of gold pants if it were common practice. It appears they all received fair market value for the items. If they had received 10K then it would be excessive. I understand the rule, but I think it is a little odd. I'm more disgusted these guys would sell their pieces of history.
  13. I'm an OSU alum and I'm furious OSU players would sell their Big Ten Championship rings and Pryor his "Gold Pants". These are accomplishments people should cherish for the rest of their lives. However, I didn't realize there were such harsh penalties for selling your personal property. I think it is very weird that someone cannot sell their possession, if they so choose. The tattoo situation is completely on the players. I'm extremely confident they should have known better on this account.
  14. I think the problem with Ryan Perry is his landing position with his left leg. I'm definitely not a pitching coach, but I think it is too close to the rubber. This limits his extension and gives hitters a little bit longer to react than a typical 95+ mph pitcher. However, if it were that simple I'm sure someone would have corrected it.
  15. We already have our first round pick for next year -- Victor Martinez.
  16. I somewhat expected Jeff Ferrell to be on the GCL list. I seemed to remember the scouting report was 90-91 with the fastball and at a good age relative to league (19 YO). He posted 8.95 SO/9, 1.88 BB/9, and a whip of 1.12. Seems like pretty strong ratios and a respectable scouting report.
  17. A column from Ask BA regarding Miller and Turner: BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Ask BA The top five prospects who haven't made it past high Class A: 1. Mike Trout, of, Angels Exceeded all expectations, hit .341/.428/.490 with 56 steals in first full season. 2. Matt Moore, lhp, Rays Recovered from 0-7 start to lead minors with 208 K in 145 IP. 3. Wil Myers, c, Royals Bat will play anywhere, and he may stick behind the plate. 4. Jacob Turner, rhp, Tigers Has more polish and more consistent curveball than . . . 5. Shelby Miller, rhp, Cardinals Threw 95 mph in seventh inning of playoff start with 13 whiffs.
  18. I'm glad this generated some good discussion. I personally am very intrigued with the comparison of Turner, Miller, and Matzek -- even though Matzek is a lefty. Turner has the best WHIP, Miller the best K-rate, and Matzek the best BAA. It really depends upon which component you personally value the most, which WHIP for me is the most important. I'm a firm believer that control within the zone, limiting baserunners, and possessing some swing-and-miss potential is key. I think Turner firmly fits the profile for my ideal starting pitcher at this stage of his career. I just jinxed him, but the discussion is fun. Which ratio do you find the most important in addition to a scouting report?
  19. I just thought I would share this with anyone that does not check John Sickels' site. It is a good read if you can spare the time. Prospect Smackdown: Shelby Miller vs. Jacob Turner - Minor League Ball I personally would be thrilled to have either prospect and I think it is very close between them. IMO, we are very fortunate to have Turner and my hometown bias makes me prefer him.
  20. Maybe Stafford can take the rest of the season off before he suffers a career-ending injury. If you draft a francise quarterback you have to have a solid o-line.
  21. How many people's fantasy football teams just took a big hit? I almost drafted Stafford but went another route.
  22. We have six games against Peppers, Allen, and Clay Matthews for our divisional matchups in addtion to Trent Cole, Osi Umenyiora, Brian Orakpo, NYJ, and Demarcus Ware. This problem does not go away when we leave Chicago.
  23. "Jeff Backus had a pro bowl caliber season" -Jim Schwartz Whiffing on Peppers on a consistent basis must warrant pro bowl consideration.
  24. I have been thinking about this very comparison lately in conjunction with some thoughts from posters at John Sickel's webpage. Lets look at Fields' 19 year old season in Lakeland and Maybin's 20 year old season in Lakeland. Fields Minor League Baseball Splits: Daniel Fields Maybin http://www.minorleaguesplits.com/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?pl=457727 Comparing some ratios (Fields/Maybin): BB/AB (15.3%/15.3%) Neutral SO/AB (30.6%/28.2%) Slight advantage Maybin AVG (.243/.310) Strong advantage Maybin ISOp (.129/.193) Strong advantage Maybin BABIP (.333/.403) Strong advantage Maybin GB% (39.1%/56.0%) Strong advantage Fields GB AVG (.267/.395) Strong advantage Maybin LD% (15.9%/10.1%) Strong advantage Fields LD AVG (.811/.773) Neutral FB% (44.6%/33.9) Strong advantage Fields FB AVG (.255/.382) Strong advantage Maybin My take away from the data is that Maybin had an incredibly high BABIP, especially on ground balls. An interesting sidepoint is that he has maintained a high BABIP on ground balls throughout his career. Maybin also had a high fly ball average with a large increase in ISOp. The item that gives me hope for Fields is the much higher LD%. The BABIP on line drives is at least double the BABIP of ground balls and fly balls. I believe the ability to high the ball in the air is a strong predictor of success at higher levels (especially for power oriented players), but I haven't done all of the research necessary to validate this claim. I'm interested to hear what anyone else thinks.
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