UPDATE: Now with new, working video and a NY Times link on the take.
Or is that like the 34th shot? Anyway, Viva Leitch. And Buzz Bissinger may have anger issues.
Not to have a cock-measuring contest or anything, but I'm guessing the three writers of this site make comparable (or better) money than your typical sports reporter at our real and completely unrelated jobs. Then we come home and do this is a hobby. And best of all, we're all out of mom's basement.
Finally, I hate saying this, but Braylon Edwards seems to be pretty intelligent and on point.
Amen to that. PD's Doug Lesmerises just took the words right out of my mouth.
Jeremie Simmons, the 6'2" juco Matta brought in to compete at the point, appears poised to see significant court time according to his Mott CC coach Steve Schmidt:
They recruited this kid to come in and make an impact. That's what my expectations are and that's what the kid's are. He's very crafty with the ball and he's very unselfish, but he can really shoot the ball," Schmidt said.
It sounds as if handles aren't the main strength of his game but he pumped in 21 and 5 a night on his way to a D2 juco POY award. If nothing else, he provides insurance if Crater can't handle the point duties from day one considering Evan Turner is likely to spend his time on the baseline helping rebound instead of using his versatility to bring the ball up the floor from time to time.
This, of course, assumes Kosta Koufos is definitely out the door. If that's the case, Koufos better hope TSN's Mike DeCourcy isn't in any NBA franchise's war room based on the most scathing observation of Koufos' decision/game I've read to date. Here's a taste but the rest is just as good:
Ohio State center Kosta Koufos is making the biggest mistake. His presence on the list represents either a complete waste of time or a serious miscalculation of his current value.
With Motherâ€™s Day less than two weeks away, now is about the time to start thinking about that perfect gift for your mom and/or wife and/or babby-mama. Thanks to a reader tip, we think we've done that work for you.
Helmet Purse™ is a local business dedicated to what appears to be a quest to create the only purses on the planet classifiable as "badass". A wide selection of purses and wallets are painted, taped and leafed to resemble one of life's great treasures - a Buckeye helmet.
Prices range from $12 on up to around $50 with plenty of options to choose from. The â€œOfficial Helmet Purse Modelâ€ featured on the website scares us a little, but for a one-of-a-kind Buckeye gift for that special child-bearing lady in your life, the purses are a sure way to prove their (your) fanhood.
Thanks to late Sunday calls, Larry Grant and Kirk Barton will be getting a chance to prove they belong at the next level. Both were taken in the seventh round, Grant by San Francisco and Barton by the Bears.
Aside from the thrill of, you know, hearing your name called in the NFL draft, Grant will surely see his streak of consecutive championship game losses ended with the 49ers and Barton missed "Mr. Irrelevance" status by 5 spots. So, happy thoughts all around.
Fullback Dionte Johnson was not selected and will try to make teams via the free agency route. Johnson's dad, the defensive line coach in New England (you may have heard of him), has enough contacts in the league to at least get Dionte some looks.
But back to Gholston -- how will a guy that seems so shy and humble handle the fans and media in New York? Jets fans at the draft seemed to like the pick, chanting "VER-non GHOL-ston" leading up to the selection (while impressively keeping their bearing to break into boos when it was announced that the Pats were on the clock).
Aside from those at the draft, the New York media and fans appear to be more split on the selection, however. Fans wanted McFadden in the worst way and there was supposedly a failed attempt to trade for Chris Long. You can read into the fact that the Jets waited 9:23 into their alloted 10 minutes to make the pick, but I'm not sure if that means anything these days (see: picks one through four).
For the pro-Gholston faction, the Jets got a freak of nature that will stack their linebacker corps and took a guy the Patriots were rumored to be coveting.
"I'm always happy with sacks in bunches," Mangini deadpanned.
Asked if Gholston could be overrated because of his amazing combine workout, where he blew away scouts with a 4.67 time in the 40, Mangini replied almost incredulously, "He broke the sack record at Ohio State."
Still, Gholston will need a thick hide. If he's up to the challenge and can perform in this city, they'll love him like he can't imagine. If he is slow to adjust... As a fan, I'm at least comforted a little knowing that Nugent and Mangold will be there to help him settle in.
OTHER DRAFT NOTES:
The Pac-10 lead all conferences with 34 total selections. The ACC finished second with 33, the SEC was third with 32 and the Big 12 and Big Ten round out the top five with 28 and 27 selections respectively.
What a terrible receiver class. Justin Keller, a tight end, was the first receiver taken at #30 (and he was roundly booed by disapproving Jets fans). The first wide receiver wasn't taken until the 2nd round and it was little known Donnie Avery out of Houston. Do you think the draft crossed Robo's mind this weekend?
Need further proof that Jets fans are a little out there. Check out this weeks-old post on a Jets blog. I think it was written by Ali G. To his credit, he was high on Gholston.
The New York Jets have selected Vernon Gholston with the 6th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Gholston will be going to a team that runs a 3-4, so he figures to get some looks at linebacker in New York. If he can make the adjustment and play up to the potential of his pipe size, the Jets will have one of the better young linebacker groups in the NFL. Former Wolverine David Harris had a monster rookie year, including a 20 tackle game.
Meanwhile, I remain baffled how the first two picks took 11 minutes. Seeing how each of those selections basically had contracts in hand before the draft.
Dan will be released from the IU hospital and heading back to Columbus tomorrow, April 23!! His tumor markers are down significantly and his white cell count is climbing steadily.
We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, and a prayer of thanks, as it appears that as of today, the procedure is working.
Dan will return to IU in about 7 days for Cycle 2. While he is at home, he needs to concentrate on rebuilding his strength, both physically and mentally. His parents, Nannette and Ed, also need to regroup, as this has been particularly difficult on them as well.
Great news, indeed, but still a long road ahead. There are three fundraisers this weekend if you'd like to get out and show your support:
Grant to New England? Could be five straight title games.
For me, one of the benefits of being a Buckeye fan is the NFL draft. As Jason pointed out earlier this week, the tenure of Jim Tressel had provided 7.8 draft picks per season, including a record number a few years ago.
I always enjoy the anticipation of seeing where each Buckeye legend will land and hope that a few of them will end up on my beloved Bears.
Obviously this is a rare season for former Buckeyes entering the draft. The Gun Show has been a popular top 7 pick for some time now and Todd McShay's latest mock draft has Kirk Barton going in the 5th round to Tampa Bay and Larry Grant going to New England in the 7th. Dionte Johnson has an outside chance of getting drafted, but fullbacks rarely do.
The Bears suck at drafting and rarely pick a Buckeye, so my dreams are usually crushed each year. While there is a greater probability that no Buckeye will end up in Chicago next season, I turned my thoughts to the rest of the conference. Where there any players from the Big Ten that I would like to see on da' Bears?
While I would love to see the Bears take Barton or Grant in the later rounds, I would have no problems settling for J. Lehman or James Hardy. I have made my man crush on J. Lehman apparent before and his tackle statistics speak for themselves. I think he would fit perfectly with Urlacher and Briggs. Hardy would provide that tall red zone threat for whatever crummy quarterback Lovie chooses to play.
With the lack of Ohio State players in the draft this year, are there any other Big Ten players you would like to see on your favorite NFL team? We all know the Big Ten is full of slow players, so any pick would be a flyer, but are there players you think could help your team? Also, do you dislike Michigan players on your NFL team?
In what Jack Park says is an unprecedented decision, former Michigan o-liner Justin Boren is transferring to play for Jim Tressel's Buckeyes.
I'm sure the Michigan faithful will downplay the move but it has to sting a bit to see a legacy transfer to the Evil Empire. Justin sounds excited to have a chance to win:
"It's exciting to be coming back home to central Ohio," Boren, who just finished the spring semester at Michigan, said in a statement through Tressel. "I am looking forward to the chance to help the Buckeyes continue their excellence in any way I can."
Even with the Brew Crew in the house, there's always room for proven linemen.
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