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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #915 on: March 21, 2008, 01:38:27 PM »
I'd be hoping Miami take Ryan with the first pick, leaving Chris Long for the Jets. He looks unreal and the Jets need someone to replace Vilma. Even if Miami take Long with the first pick, hopefully the Jets would get Gholston, who is also touted as a future star. Either way, should be a good draft for the Jets.

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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #916 on: April 03, 2008, 04:54:22 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/sports/playmagazine/02play-klosterman.html?ref=basketball


Good article on how one player if he is good enough can effect the entire ethos of a team for good..

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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #917 on: April 07, 2008, 04:31:33 PM »
PFW's new mock draft

First round

1. Miami Dolphins
OT Jake Long, Michigan

It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is if he doesn’t have time to throw. With Long protecting the blind side, QB Josh McCown may not have to run for his life for the first time in his career. The time-tested, proven way to build a football team is in the trenches, and Bill Parcells knows that as well as anyone.

2. St. Louis Rams
DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU

The Rams’ track record of drafting defensive tackles in the first round has been very suspect. However, the team’s brain trust is wise enough not to let past mistakes cloud its judgment of a legitimate talent with great passion.

3. Atlanta Falcons
QB Matt Ryan, Boston College

If the Falcons are to put the past behind them, nothing could do it better than a new face of the franchise at the most important position. Ryan has all the tools to become great.

4. Oakland Raiders
DE Vernon Gholston*, Ohio State

The Raiders’ ground game was not the problem last year, when they ranked sixth in the league in rushing. With Tyler Brayton (free agency) and Warren Sapp (retirement) gone, Tommy Kelly returning from a serious injury and a disgruntled Derrick Burgess having outplayed his contract, Gholston will provide the most help.

5. Kansas City Chiefs
RB Darren McFadden*, Arkansas

The Chiefs desperately want to trade down, but Carl Peterson has never shied away from the strategy of taking the best player overall. With the looming pressure to win immediately and Larry Johnson coming off injury, he may have to restrain himself from filling bigger needs at tackle and cornerback if forced to stay at the No. 5 slot.

6. New York Jets
RB Jonathan Stewart*, Oregon

Signing Calvin Pace filled a void at the OLB position. The Jets signed Alan Faneca and Damien Woody to establish a power-running game. All the offense lacks is a smashmouth back. After having surgery on his toe, Stewart is expected to be fully ready for training camp and could bring the blend of power and speed that’s missing from the Jets’ offense.

7. New England Patriots (from San Francisco)
OLB-DE Chris Long, Virginia

The Patriots have not drafted a linebacker in the first round since Bill Belichick came to New England, but Long’s versatility will be too attractive to pass up. A strategist like Belichick could utilize him in many ways.

8. Baltimore Ravens
CB-RS Leodis McKelvin, Troy

Age and injuries have wounded the Ravens’ secondary. McKelvin could step in from Day One and start.

9. Cincinnati Bengals
NT Sedrick Ellis, USC

The Bengals tried hard to acquire help inside via free agency but were not able to make a splash. Ellis could provide new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer with scheme versatility, allowing him to move between the 3-4 and 4-3.

10. New Orleans Saints
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State

His speed will be very attractive to a team with a major void at cornerback and a history of drafting speed. Small-school talent has paid big dividends for Sean Payton.

11. Buffalo Bills
WR Devin Thomas*, Michigan State

One-year wonders always pose some risk, but Thomas has playmaking ability that could open up the offense for Trent Edwards and complement Lee Evans very nicely.

12. Denver Broncos
OLT Ryan Clady*, Boise State

Clady’s lack of upper-body strength, low Wonderlic score and questionable passion for the game could push him down the board, but strength is not as important as athletic ability in the Broncos’ zone-blocking scheme.

13. Carolina Panthers
DRE Derrick Harvey*, Florida

With Mike Rucker likely in his final year in Carolina, Harvey could benefit from a year as Rucker’s backup and see considerable action in rotational duty as a rookie.

14. Chicago Bears
ORT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh

Otah’s powerful style suits the Bears’ running game. His lack of foot speed could prevent him from being drafted higher.

15. Detroit Lions
RB Rashard Mendenhall*, Illinois

With a pressing need in the backfield following the release of Kevin Jones, Mendenhall could step into the starting lineup from Day One and be asked to shoulder the workload.

16. Arizona Cardinals
DE Phillip Merling*, Clemson

With no runner or cornerback worthy of the 16th pick, Merling could best help a pass rush that lost Calvin Pace, having shown the toughness to play through a sports hernia injury that he suffered during the second half of his junior season.

17. Minnesota Vikings
WR Mario Manningham*, Michigan

With Troy Williamson sent packing, Tarvaris Jackson needs a legitimate downfield threat to open up the offense. The Vikings have always been willing to overlook a wart or two in the character department in order to secure a great talent.

18. Houston Texans
OT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt

An excellent fit for Alex Gibbs’ zone-blocking scheme, Williams’ lack of strength and explosion could be concealed with all the leaning and cutting the Texans’ line is asked to do.

19. Philadelphia Eagles
OT-OG Branden Albert*, Virginia

With versatility to help inside or outside, Albert could be very attractive to an Eagles brain trust that may be looking to move up to land a tackle.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Limas Sweed, Texas

Jon Gruden’s offense could receive a spark from a big, strong, acrobatic receiver like Sweed.

21. Washington Redskins
DE Calais Campbell*, Miami (Fla.)

New DL coach John Palermo has proven he could get the most out of Campbell and should be able to get him to cut some weight to regain the burst he showed as a sophomore when Palermo coached him in Coral Gables.

22. Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland)
RB Felix Jones*, Arkansas

With Marion Barber in tow, Jones could be a very good complement and make a big contribution in the return game.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College

Cherilus possesses the power and strength that defines the Steelers’ ground game. With Marvel Smith struggling to stay healthy, Cherilus could easily be pressed into duty early.

24. Tennessee Titans
WR Malcolm Kelly*, Oklahoma

Questions about the health of Kelly’s knees and a lack of speed may keep him from getting drafted sooner. Vince Young could take major strides with a sure-handed, big target whom he could trust to attack the many jump balls he tosses.

25. Seattle Seahawks
OLT Sam Baker, USC

The Seahawks need to begin thinking about replacing Walter Jones. Giving his replacement some time to learn from one of the game’s greats could pay big dividends down the line.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars
DE Lawrence Jackson, USC

With Jack Del Rio exerting more influence in the draft room, a former Trojan like himself could help upgrade an aging pass rush in need of help off the edges.

27. San Diego Chargers
NT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina

Balmer could be a few years away from contributing, which is acceptable on a very talented roster. His overall strength makes him ideally suited to play in a 3-4 front.

28. Dallas Cowboys
CB-PR Aqib Talib*, Kansas

A Pacman Jones experiment may or may not work out, and Talib could bring a similar swagger and much more size to the secondary to help match up with the likes of Plaxico Burress.

29. San Francisco (from Indianapolis)
LB Keith Rivers, USC

The lack of need at the LB position could keep Rivers from being drafted sooner and work out very favorably for the Niners. Rivers’ versatility could be a plus in San Francisco.

30. Green Bay Packers
TE Martellus Bennett*, Texas A&M

With the Packers having released Bubba Franks and in need of a blocking tight end who could also pose matchup problems in the passing game, Bennett could help ease the transition of Aaron Rodgers in his first year as the starting quarterback.

31. New England Patriots

Forfeited pick

32. New York Giants
CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida

Despite drafting Aaron Ross in the first round last year, the Giants need more depth in the secondary, and Tom Coughlin has gotten the most out of players who don’t like to practice.

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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #918 on: April 07, 2008, 05:40:59 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/sports/playmagazine/02play-klosterman.html?ref=basketball


Good article on how one player if he is good enough can effect the entire ethos of a team for good..

Could someone post Tom Humphs article on Len Bias' death on the board. That knocked the Celtic nation back years. Tom if your looking in, can you score tickets for the playoff's seeing as I gave you an idea for an article...!

Keep up the good work. No doubt the story of the season will be the Boston Celtics this year!

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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #919 on: April 14, 2008, 10:57:41 AM »


http://www.nba.com/aroundtheassociation/newlookceltics_atareview.html

The big 3 and the changes that they have wrought on the Celtics this year

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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #920 on: April 15, 2008, 03:48:19 PM »
New mock draft

1. Miami Dolphins — OLT Jake Long, Michigan
The safest pick in the draft, the Dolphins will not go wrong with the behemoth from Michigan.

2. St. Louis Rams — DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU
With rookie DTs Clifton Ryan and Adam Carriker performing well last season, the Rams have a bigger need at defensive end. Vernon Gholston could prove to be the best fit and the biggest difference maker, but he may not be as ready from Day One as Chris Long. The Rams are still doing their homework, with the Dolphins breaking their hearts by pursuing Jake Long. All that appears certain is that St. Louis will draft a defensive lineman. However, until the Rams’ doctors get a closer look at Dorsey in his upcoming two-day visit at the facility, a decision will not be made. Dorsey currently carries the most interest from the Rams’ brass, but with Carriker having finished the season at the three-technique position, Rams coaches need to figure out a plan before proceeding. Adding Dorsey could create a glut inside and leave the edges devoid of speed. Vernon Gholston could make a late run.

3. Atlanta Falcons — QB Matt Ryan, Boston College
With Long and Dorsey off the board, the decision becomes easy for new Falcons bossman Thomas Dimitroff. He may just have to package a pick or two to get back into the first round to make sure he can land more protection for his future franchise quarterback.

4. Oakland Raiders — RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas*
Al Davis cannot help himself, and he could be faced with a bit of a dilemma if Vernon Gholston remains on the board. However, with character not being a factor in his decision, the Raiders’ owner will side with the big-play weapon who will put fans in the seats, best help the enormous investment he made in JaMarcus Russell and make the most immediate impact.

5. Kansas City Chiefs — DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State*
This pick may not make a lot of sense on the surface, but with the Chiefs involved in trade talks, do not be surprised if they add the draft’s most physically impressive specimen to their defensive line. Despite a more pressing need at cornerback, Herm Edwards is a defensive-minded coach who knows championships are won with a fierce pass rush.

6. New York Jets — OLB Chris Long, Virginia
Drafting a projection in the top 10 is a risky proposition, regardless of how safe of a pick Chris Long would appear to be. After the Jets blocked the Dolphins from signing ex-Cardinals free-agent OLB Calvin Pace, Long could finally give the Jets the pieces they have lacked in the 3-4 front to bring pressure on defense. Al Groh’s recommendation should carry a lot of weight in New York, and Long’s versatility is a big plus. Nonetheless, it could be very difficult to pass on a power back like Jonathan Stewart, especially with McFadden already off the board.

7. New England Patriots (from San Francisco) — DE Derrick Harvey, Florida*
Harvey is a power pass rusher with enough of a frame to beef up and bolster the Patriots’ defensive line. He looked much more impressive at his pro day than he did at the Combine in LB drills. The big question facing the Patriots is whether Harvey is smart enough to handle learning a new game plan every week.

8. Baltimore Ravens — CB Leodis McKelvin, Troy
The Ravens are a prime candidate to trade down, but if forced to stay put, the draft’s top cornerback will be too difficult to pass up.

9. Cincinnati Bengals — DT Sedrick Ellis, USC
Being able to acquire Jets DT Dewayne Robertson could still change the Bengals’ outlook, but it appears unlikely at this point, and Ellis provides the youth needed in the middle.

10. New Orleans Saints — RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon*
GM Mickey Loomis graduated from Oregon and is well aware of Stewart’s rare talent. The Saints did not get the production out of the backfield that Loomis had hoped from Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush, and McAllister could easily be sent packing. Loomis has shown in the past, when he was part of the regime that drafted McAllister in the first round while Ricky Williams was on the roster, how much the Saints value the RB position. Sean Payton believes in drafting value, and that could make it difficult to pass Stewart at this spot.

11. Buffalo Bills — WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State*
Thomas’ one year of production makes teams nervous about drafting him too high. However, the Bills need to find a complement for Lee Evans and another target to support the growth of Trent Edwards. Thomas, at this point, could look better than any of the cornerbacks.

12. Denver Broncos — OLT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt
With Jay Cutler having played with Chris Williams for two years at Vanderbilt and Mike Shanahan wanting to protect his investment in Cutler, Williams could climb ahead of Ryan Clady in the draft order.

13. Carolina Panthers — OLT-OG Branden Albert, Virginia*
Albert is smart, explosive and versatile and could step into the starting lineup immediately at left tackle, upgrade the offensive line and swap spots with Travelle Wharton if he struggles initially.

14. Chicago Bears — OLT Ryan Clady, Boise State*
The Bears have a glaring need on the offensive line and will have to consider their options between Jeff Otah and Ryan Clady if Clady slides. Otah better fits the Bears’ power running game.

15. Detroit Lions — LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee*
To make the Tampa-2 defense go, a linebacker with great range is critical, and Mayo could add the Derrick Brooks element to the Lions’ "D."

16. Arizona Cardinals — RB Rashad Mendenhall, Illinois*
After questionably passing on Adrian Peterson a year ago, the Cardinals need to find a young back to replace the aging Edgerrin James, and Mendenhall looks more attractive at this point than the best cornerback.

17. Minnesota Vikings — OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
With Bryant McKinnie facing legal trouble and the ORT position having been an area of weakness, Otah could step in immediately and add an element of power to pave more holes for the NFL’s most exciting runner.

18. Houston Texans — CB Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
With a run having taken place on offensive tackles, the Texans will be forced to look at their need at cornerback, where they struggled to stay healthy a year ago.

19. Philadelphia Eagles — WR Limas Sweed, Texas
A prime candidate to trade up and secure a left tackle of the future, the Eagles also need to find more playmakers for Donovan McNabb, and Sweed’s combination of size, work habits and big-play ability could be very attractive at this spot, especially with Jon Gruden drafting next and facing a very similar predicament with a very similar West Coast offense.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida
The Buccaneers are looking to be more creative on defense and need a cornerback who can man-cover. Gruden and Bruce Allen have shown they will sacrifice character for elite talent.

21. Washington Redskins — DE Phillip Merling, Clemson*
Merling has the size and motor desired in the Redskins’ defense and could be more attractive than the slow-footed Calais Campbell at this point.

22. Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland) — RB Felix Jones, Arkansas*
Jerry Jones’ mission is to support the growth of his quarterback, and Felix Jones should definitely take some pressure off Romo. Despite not having been featured as a pass catcher, Jones catches the ball very well.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers — OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College
The Steelers have always been and will continue to be a smashmouth blocking team, and Cherilus fits very well with what they want to establish.

24. Tennessee Titans — DT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina
Any general manager who gives Albert Haynesworth a multiyear megadeal is asking to be fired, and the Titans have to be prepared to replace the mercurial defensive tackle. DL coach Jim Washburn has shown he can get the most out of underachievers.

25. Seattle Seahawks — TE Dustin Keller, Purdue
Keller could become a playmaking weapon in Mike Holmgren’s spread offense, capable of lining up in the slot and making plays all over the field.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars — DE Calais Campbell, Miami (Fla.)*
Jack Del Rio has been successful with big men who do not always test the greatest. Campbell’s upside will keep teams interested late in the first round.

27. San Diego Chargers — LB Keith Rivers, USC
The Chargers are not likely to remain in this position and could deal the pick to a team looking to move up to land a quarterback or offensive tackle. Not having picks in the next three rounds, they could be best-served moving down. However, if they stay put, they will recognize Rivers’ value and not hesitate to pull the trigger.

28. Dallas Cowboys — CB Aqib Talib, Kansas*
Jerry Jones has shown he is willing to give second and third chances to troubled players, and Talib’s size, swagger and athletic ability will be attractive to the owner, as could his ability to dabble on offense.

29. San Francisco (from Indianapolis) — ILB Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma*
Pairing Lofton with Patrick Willis could secure the middle of the Niners' defense and give them one of the best LB groups in the NFL at a position that could not be more important in a 3-4 front.

30. Green Bay Packers — OG-OT Sam Baker, USC
Baker could step in at guard from Day One a la the Patriots’ Logan Mankins, fill a pressing need and be groomed to take over on the edge, although his lack of arm length could make him best-suited inside.

— New England Patriots — Pick forfeited.

31. New York Giants — CB Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech*
Most teams were disappointed at the Combine when Flowers ran poorly. The Giants, holding the last pick in the first round, will be more pleased that a good football player is falling to them.



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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #921 on: April 16, 2008, 01:11:02 PM »
IAFL Update

2008 SCHEDULE

Week     Date            Away Team                       @            Home Team                K.O.
 
0           March 16th   Univ. of Limerick Vikings       @            D.C.U. Saints               1pm
 
1           March 30th   Belfast Bulls                        @            Cork Admirals               2pm
                               Dublin Rebels                      @            Belfast Trojans             2pm
                               Carrickfergus Knights            @            D.C.U. Saints               2pm

2           April 6th       Belfast Trojans                    @            Univ.Limerick Vikings     2pm
                               Dublin Rhinos                       @           Carrickfergus Knights     2pm
                               Tallaght Outlaws                  @           Cork Admirals                2pm
 
3           April 13th      Univ.Limerick Vikings            @           Belfast Bulls                  2pm
                                Dublin Rebels                      @           Dublin Rhinos                2pm
                                D.C.U. Saints                      @           Tallaght Outlaws           2pm
 
4           April 20th      Cork Admirals                      @           Dublin Rebels                2pm
                                Belfast Bulls                        @           Belfast Trojans              2pm
 
5           April 27th      Dublin Rhinos                      @           D.C.U. Saints                2pm
                                Belfast Trojans                    @           Carrickfergus Knights      2pm
                                Tallaght Outlaws                 @           Univ.Limerick Vikings      2pm
 
6           May 4th         D.C.U. Saints                     @           Dublin Rebels                 2pm
                                 Cork Admirals                     @          Univ. Limerick Vikings       2pm
                                 Carrickfergus Knights           @          Belfast Bulls                   2pm
 
7           May 11th       Tallaght Outlaws                 @           Dublin Rhinos                2pm
                                 Belfast Trojans                   @           Belfast Bulls                  2pm
 
8           May 18th        Cork Admirals                     @         Tallaght Outlaws             2pm
                                  Dublin Rhinos                    @           Dublin Rebels                2pm
                                  Carrickfergus Knights          @          Belfast Trojans               2pm
 
9           May 25th        Univ. Limerick Vikings          @          Cork Admirals                  2pm
                                 Dublin Rebels                      @          D.C.U. Saints                 2pm
                                  Belfast Bulls                       @          Carrickfergus Knights       2pm
 
10         June 1st          Univ. Limerick Vikings          @          Tallaght Outlaws            2pm
                                  Endicott College (NY)         @           IAFL North                    2pm
 
11         June 8th          D.C.U. Saints                     @          Dublin Rhinos                 2pm
 
12         June 15th        Cork Admirals                    @           Carrickfergus Knights       2pm
                                   Belfast Bulls                      @           Dublin Rebels                 2pm
                                   Belfast Trojans                  @           Dublin Rhinos                 2pm
 
13         June 22nd        Tallaght Outlaws               @            Belfast Trojans              2pm
                                   Dublin Rebels                    @            Univ. Limerick Vikings     2pm
 
14          June 29th        Dublin Rhinos                   @            Cork Admirals                 2pm
                                   Carrickfergus Knights         @            Tallaght Outlaws             2pm
                                   D.C.U. Saints                    @            Belfast Bulls                   2pm

              July 6th                                           Bye week
  
  
              July 13th                                         Bye week
  
 WC         July 20th          Wildcard #2                    v             Wildcard #1                  2pm
 
SEMI        July 27th         Division Winner #3            @           Division Winner #2           2pm
                                     Wildcard Winner              @            Division Winner #1          2pm
 
              August 3rd                                     Bye Week
 
FINAL      August 10th                         SHAMROCK BOWL XXII             Venue TBA        2pm
 

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The Irish American Football League (IAFL) has now published its league fixtures for 2008. Nine teams from various parts of the country will compete for the Shamrock Bowl. The regular season will start on 16th March 2008 when defending Champions, Univ. of Limerick Vikings visit the Dublin City Univ. Saints. This game will also serve as the 2008 College Championship game. The regular season will finish in late June with the top 5 teams advancing to the play-offs which will take place during July. Shamrock Bowl XXII, the National Championship game, will take place on Sunday 10th August 2008.

The IAFL has retained its divisional structure. Each team will play 8 regular season games - 4 games within their division and 4 games against teams in other divisions. For the first time ever, the IAFL has introduced a scheduling formula which, like the NFL, grades the strength of schedule for each team according to their league positions in the previous season. The Divisional line-up for 2008 is as follows:

IAFL North:
Belfast Bulls, Belfast Trojans, Carrickfergus Knights.

IAFL Central:
Dublin Rebels, DCU Saints, Dublin Rhinos.

IAFL South:
Univ. of Limerick Vikings, Cork Admirals, Tallaght Outlaws.



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NEW DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE.

The IAFL has started up a new development league for 2008. This league, called the DV-8s league will be used to assist new formed teams in getting kitted football experience before entering the main IAFL league and also to allow existing teams to field “B” teams of mainly rookie players to help get them experience. Whereas American football is usually played with 11 players on the field at any time, the DV-8s league will have only 8 players on the field at any time – not unlike Arena football in the USA. This means that new teams with smaller squads who are not strong enough to compete in the main league can play in the DV-8s league as a squad size of c.20 players would be sufficient to be competitive. There are also some other rule changes to facilitate the development of new players including a rule which states that each team must have a minimum of 5 players with less than 2 years experience on the field at any time. Like the main IAFL league, the DV-8s league will be full kitted, full contact adult American football. The schedule for the DV-8s league will be released early in 2008. The participants include 3 teams new to the IAFL, 1 team which has dropped down from full IAFL level and 2 “B” teams. All of the new teams are expected to step up to full IAFL level within 2 years.

DV-8s Line-up:

Craigavon Cowboys
Edenderry Soldiers
Trinity College Thunderbolts
Dublin Dragons
Cork Admirals “B” team.
Dublin Rebels “B” team.


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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #922 on: April 18, 2008, 09:53:48 PM »
Great coverage on Espn.com of the draft, past and present. Below is a link to the top 50 Busts, there is also a section on the top 50 Steals. Ryan Leaf & Tom Brady top the respective lists unsurprisingly.........

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/news/story?id=3325687
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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #923 on: April 19, 2008, 05:21:22 AM »
Is there any hope for the knicks next year? at least there's a new coach coming to town
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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #924 on: April 19, 2008, 03:52:14 PM »
Is there any hope for the knicks next year? at least there's a new coach coming to town

At least Thomas is out now, thats a start in the right direction. If they can get Derrick Rose in the draft and try and learn to defend they may have some chance of making the playoffs as the east isnt the strongest right now.

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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #925 on: April 23, 2008, 05:31:17 AM »
Jake Long signs with Miami as the #1 pick,  58 million deal- not bad just out of college.
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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #926 on: April 23, 2008, 05:40:59 AM »
Jake Long signs with Miami as the #1 pick,  58 million deal- not bad just out of college.

I thought the draft wasn't until Saturday?

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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #927 on: April 24, 2008, 03:05:59 PM »
The Phins just declared that they would pick Jake Long, I dont know why they would so early but its up to them. I think they should have traded down. $58m is a lot for some one who has yet to snap a ball in the NFL. Apparently he is already the highest paid O-Lineman in the NFL by getting picked #1 overall. I think the #1 pick is a bit of a poison chalice, JaMarcus Russell is on the same money as LaDanian Tomlinson, how is that right?
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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #928 on: April 24, 2008, 03:10:22 PM »
The Phins just declared that they would pick Jake Long, I dont know why they would so early but its up to them. I think they should have traded down. $58m is a lot for some one who has yet to snap a ball in the NFL. Apparently he is already the highest paid O-Lineman in the NFL by getting picked #1 overall. I think the #1 pick is a bit of a poison chalice, JaMarcus Russell is on the same money as LaDanian Tomlinson, how is that right?

They didnt trade down because nobody wanted to trade up for two reasons, the money involved for a #1 pick and there is no "cant miss" player in this draft. It is viewed as quite a thin draft.
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Re: American Sports Thread
« Reply #929 on: April 24, 2008, 03:24:02 PM »
Is there any hope for the knicks next year? at least there's a new coach coming to town

The word is the new GM from Indiana will lookat Tom Thibideau who is with Boston this year. I know they got Garnett who has just been named defensive POY but the difference in defence since last year has been astounding.

Its looking more and more like a Celtics v Lakers final...


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