Had Detroit faltered against that team, even to the tune of a six game series? You?d have reason to worry. You?d be able to question focus, age, system. Fatigue would be an issue. Rumors of injuries. Goaltending would probably have us fetal right about now.
But we?re not fetal now, eh? Because you see the same signs I do.
The Chiefs also chose defensive end Allen Bailey out of Florida State.
Day two of the draft was a success as the Chiefs were able to add solid depth and players that will compete for starting jobs come training camp.
As Day 3 of the draft comes there are still some very good players available that would be able to contribute to the Chiefs success in 2011.
Keep the following players on your radar as you watch the final day of the draft. Enjoy!!
Bilal Powell RB
According to Pro Football Talk, the Chiefs will have an official visit or private workout with Powell. Assuming Powell impressed, look for the Chiefs to pick him up in sometime during the last few rounds of the draft.
Powell was named first-team All-Big East with 1,405 yards and 11 scores in 2010, his first year of substantial playing time. Powell is 5’11” and 210 pounds, however he plays much bigger.
Powell has the power and toughness to run between the tackles, while also possessing the speed to break a big run on the outside.
Greg McElroy QB
The Chiefs will need to groom a young quarterback just in case Matt Cassel starts to digress during his third season in Kansas City, and I fully expect them to select a QB late in the draft.
Greg McElroy's leadership and experience earned him the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback job in 2009. During McElroy’s two years as a starter he demonstrated good ability to read coverage’s and make the right decisions.
McElroy is a tough quarterback who would fit right in with the Chiefs. Chiefs Quarterback Coach Jim Zorn should be able to improve McElroy’s average mechanics and he could develop his accuracy and become a very solid quarterback.
McElroy’s football IQ and willingness to learn makes him a good candidate to become a great projected quarterback. McElroy's intelligence and game-management skills would be a definite step up from Brodie Croyle as the Chiefs primary backup quarterback.
Ricky Stanzi QB
At 6’4” and 230 pounds Stanzi has ideal size for the position, has above average arm strength, and shows great leadership abilities. Stanzi has also been a three year starter for the Hawkeyes.
Like McElroy, Stanzi will not blow you away with his physical tools, but he is an intelligent quarterback with terrific accuracy and a high football I.Q. Stanzi knows how to manage a game and understands the ins and outs of passing the football.
Stanzi showed improvement each season he played for the Hawkeyes, with a big spike in production his senior season. During Stanzi’s senior season he was able to show the ability to cut down on his INT ratio, largely due to smarter decision making.
Both McElroy and Stanzi are ideal for a Scott Pioli late round developmental quarterback.
Ricardo Lockette WR
A Division II prospect out of Fort Valley State Ricardo Lockette possesses NFL talent that could help add depth the Chiefs wide receiver position. Lockette is an interesting prospect with elite speed and overall athleticism.
At 6’2” and 210 pounds Lockette has the height and size of a prototypical NFL wide receiver, and with a forty yard dash time of 4.27 seconds he cannot be overlooked. In college Lockette was able to show he possesses strong hands and the body control to make grabs away from his frame.
Lockette is a phenomenal athlete that could do some damage at the NFL level with some good coaching pushing him in the right direction. If Lockette is able to prove he is not just a speed guy and improve his receiving and route running ability he could be a great asset to lineup in the slot next to Dwayne Bowe or Jon Baldwin.
Jerrell Powe NT
Powe is out of Ole Miss and stands at 6'2” and 335 pounds. Powe has a huge frame and will be able to clog up the middle to prevent any running backs from getting through the defensive line.
Powe started 12 games at nose tackle for the Rebels in 2010, recording 27 tackles, 8 1/2 for a loss, and 2 1/2 sacks. Powe was projected to go in the third round of the draft, so he would be a great late pick.
Very similar to Terrance Cody last year, Powe can sometimes get lazy toward the fourth quarter and starts playing high. However if Powe can improve his stamina he will me a force to reckon with in the middle.
Orie Lemon ILB
Lemon was named All-Big 12 First Team for the 2010 college football season as selected by the Big 12 coaches. Lemon was the first Cowboy linebacker since Greg Richmond in 2003 to be named first-team all-conference.
Lemon has a thick muscular build and possesses a good closing burst, fills hard, and is powerful at the point of attack. Lemon consistently leads with his shoulder, uses his hands to effectively shed blocks and delivers violent shots when tackling.
Lemon is a powerful linebacker that takes on blocks, sheds quickly, and has the speed to hunt down ball carriers in the backfield. Lemon could easily come in and immediately be a two-down run specialist, with potential to develop into more.
Ryan Jones CB
The local product from Liberty, Missouri, would be a great late round pick for the Chiefs. Both Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr only have one year left on their respective contracts and this pick makes sense.
Jones had 14 interceptions over his career at Northwest Missouri State. During Jones’ senior season he was named a D-II All-American. The Chiefs have proven they are not against taking small school players with upside, and Jones has a lot of upside.
Bleacher Report's Jordy McElroy:
All 24 fighters participating in Saturday night's UFC 129 card took to the scales on Friday at the official weigh-in at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The record-breaking event will be headlined by welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields.
Riding a 15-fight win streak over quality opposition, Shields hasn't lost in over six years, and he is easily one of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world today. Still, many fans are unfamiliar with the Cesar Gracie student, and he'll enter the octagon on Saturday night as a significant underdog.
"It's going to be an amazing fight. I've been looking forward to it for years," Shields said in front of a pro-GSP crowd. "[Georges St-Pierre] is an amazing fighter. People can boo all they want, but I'm bringing the belt home with me. It's going to be an all out war, one you will never forget."
The Minnesota Vikings only had one pick on the second day of the 2011 NFL Draft. And they used it wisely, selecting Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph with the 11th pick (43rd overall) in the second round.
With Rudolph, the Vikings are getting an athletic tight end regarded by many as the best at his position in this draft. I have to agree.
Of course, with what Rudolph may lack as a run blocker, he will more than make up for with his route running and pass catching ability. In fact, when teamed with tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, the Vikings will have the opportunity to create some very favorable mismatches against opposing defenses.
Toss receivers Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Greg Camarillo (and maybe even former CFL standout Emmanuel Arceneaux) into that discussion and suddenly the Minnesota Vikings are looking like a team with some diverse offensive firepower. Or at least the ability to move the ball consistently and score points.
Rudolph missed most of last season after hamstring surgery. But when he's healthy, this is a young talent that has the size, strength and speed to excel in this system.
New offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has to be pleased with the attention to offense in this year's draft thus far.
With the selection of quarterback Christian Ponder yesterday and Rudolph today, the Vikings are collecting the weaponry necessary to support running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart and vastly improve the league's 23rd rated offense.
If everyone can get on the same page sooner than later, this 2011 Minnesota Vikings offense could be a good one.
Last night was the first round of the NFL draft, and what we learned is that if you are a defensive end from the Southeastern Conference, there is a good chance you were drafted last night.
The SEC dominated the first round with ten of the first 32 picks, and five of the first six. In all, 31 of the 32 picks came from the six BCS conferences (SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, ACC, Big East). The only player that was not a product of one of the big six conferences was Muhammad Wilkerson, from Temple (MAC conference) at number 30.
As for positions, defensive linemen, offensive tackles, and quarterbacks were the flavors of the day. Only one running back was taken in the first round (Mark Ingram, no. 28), which is the fewest during the Super Bowl era. Also, there was just one true linebacker selected (Von Miller, no. 2), but certainly one or two of the defensive ends may switch from the three-point stance to an upright position come Sundays this fall.
Here is the breakdown of day one...
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2011 NFL Mock Draft Full 2nd-Round Picks include Chiefs Taking Mason Foster
The Kansas City Chiefs traded back in the first round to reach for a Pittsburgh wide receiver in Jon Baldwin.
Now that the Chiefs feel like they got their man on offense, it?s time to look to the defensive side of the ball.
Kansas City will be trying to get a pass rushing outside linebacker that can take away some of the pressure on Pro Bowler Tamba Hali.
A perfect fit if he is still available, would be Washington linebacker Mason Foster. Foster is a physical specimen and he will devastate at the next level.
Foster ended the regular season leading the Pac-10 in tackles and was second in the nation. The Chiefs improved pass rush would alleviate pressure on their secondary as well.
|33. New England Patriots: LB Brooks Reed |
34. Buffalo Bills: DE Da'Quan Bowers
35. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Andy Dalton
36. Denver Broncos: DT Marvin Austin
|49. Washington Redskins: WR Leonard Hankerson|
50. San Diego Chargers: WR Titus Young
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OLB Martez Wilson
52. New York Giants: OLB Bruce Carter
|37. Cleveland Browns: CB Brandon Harris |
38. Arizona Cardinals: OLB Akeem Ayers
39. Tennessee Titans: DT Stephen Paea
40. Dallas Cowboys: CB Aaron Williams
|53. Indianapolis Colts: S Rahim Moore|
54. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Marcus Gilchrist
55. Kansas City Chiefs: LB Mason Foster
56. New England Patriots: RB Ryan Williams
|41. Washington Redskins: RB Mikel Leshoure |
42. Houston Texans: OLB Jaabal Sheard
43. Minnesota Vikings: DT Christian Ballard
44. Detroit Lions: CB Ras-I Dowling
|57. Seattle Seahawks: OG Rodney Hudson|
58. Baltimore Ravens: OLB Justin Houston
59. Cleveland Browns: TE Kyle Rudolph
60. New England Patriots: DE Allen Bailey
|45. San Francisco 49ers: QB Colin Kaepernick |
46. Denver Broncos: OT Benjamin Ijalana
47. St. Louis Rams: WR Greg Little
48. Oakland Raiders: C Stefen Wisniewski
|61. San Diego Chargers: OT Marcus Gilbert|
62. Chicago Bears: WR Torrey Smith
63. Pittsburgh Steelers: TE Luke Stocker
64. Green Bay Packers: WR Randall Cobb
Celebrity Lawyer Gloria Allred Uses Baseball Bat, Father Of 2 To Simulate Sex During Press Conference
On Wednesday, Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell apologized for making anti-gay slurs and gestures at fans including two nine-year-old girls during a game on Saturday, April 23.
"I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday," he said in a statement. "I apologize to everyone for my actions."
All and all, a pretty typical "Athlete does something stupid and says he is sorry" narrative (although he should still be fired).
Except for one aspect: Gloria Allred.
McDowell's apology came after the celebrity lawyer held a press conference on Wednesday during which she held up a baseball bat and had Justin Quinn, the father of the girls, use his pointer finger and thumb to demonstrate the exact motions McDowell made.
It is a completely surreal moment.
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Green Bay Packers Get Derek Sherrod, Division Rivals All Add Major Pieces in First Round of 2011 NFL Draft
We waited forever to get to the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and now it's come and went.
How did it all shake out from a Packers' perspective?
The Minnesota Vikings got their quarterback, although it wasn't the one we thought.
The Detroit Lions added another talented defender to stalk quarterbacks.
The Chicago Bears finally gave their quarterback some help up front.
And the Green Bay Packers? They invested in protecting their future.
Here's my take on the four picks in the NFC North and how they impact the Packers moving forward.
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Mark Cuban Went Off On A Columnist, Did He Cross A Line?
If you're going to ask Mark Cuban a question, you better make sure it doesn't make him angry.
Why? Because if you do, he's going to let you know about it and rip you to shreds in front of your peers.
That happened to Kenny Eggers of the Portland Tribune, who tried to talk to Cuban about the object that struck him during a recent game between the Mavericks and Blazers.
When he pressed the owner further on the matter, things got a little uncomfortable.
Suddenly, Cuban?s mood darkened to the color of the Dallas sky (tornado warnings) that afternoon.
?What the (expletive) does it matter?? he asked. ?Does it make a damn bit of difference at this point??
?Well, I ?? I began.
?Does it make a damn bit of difference at this point?? Cuban repeated.
?You sound irritated by it,? I said.
?Yeah, because it?s a dumb-ass question,? he said. ?What?s the point of bringing it up? Are you going to go find somebody? Are you going to hunt the person down? ? Ask me a real question.?
Someone needs to take a chill pill.
The man asked an innocent question and there is no reason to berate him in front of everyone about something that isn't that big of a deal. Cuban has a thin skin and needs to act like an adult. To his credit, he apologized afterward, but there's no reason it should have happened in the first place.
It was a valid question, because if you're reporting on this, you want to get as much detail as possible, and knowing what hit him is a pretty important piece of information.
Even if you don't like the question, you don't have to insult the man. Treat him with a little respect, he deserves that at the very least.
I give credit to Eggers for taking something most reporters hope never happens to them and turning it into a great column.
Hopefully next time a reporter asks Cuban a question, he handles it with a little more grace and understanding than he showed towards Eggers.
Lack of diversity has plagued college sports for decades, and last year was no different.
Minorities are well-represented on the field, but the top leadership tiers of the NCAA and its schools remained outrageously skewed toward white males.
The Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sport under Dr. Richard Lapchick at the University of Central Florida releases studies annually about the nation's major sports leagues, including college sports.
The TIDES study excludes Division-I's SWAC and MEAC, which are conferences made of up official "Historically Black Colleges and Universities" founded before 1964, but "predominantly black" institutions are included.
We've looked through their most recent studies about the status of college sports in 2010 for surprising findings. Here are 13 of the most striking findings from the studies:
All numbers as of 2009-2010 academic year. All data compiled from TIDES studies. Excludes "Historically Black" designated conferences. (SWAC, MEAC, CIAA, SIAC)
100% of the 11 FBS conference commissioners are white men.
Football Bowl Subdivision Conference Commissioners Breakdown:
TOTAL: 11 conferences
0 Native American
100% of the 30 Division-I conference commissioners are white. 16.7% are women.
Division-I Conference Commissioners Breakdown:
TOTAL: 30 conferences
0 Native American
5 women (5 white, 0 minority)
92.5% of the 120 FBS presidents are white. Three are minority women.
FBS Schools Presidents Breakdown:
TOTAL: 120 schools
0 Native American
22 women (19 white, 3 minority)
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2011 NFL Mock Draft has J.J. Watt Going to St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams are in desperate need of a wide receiver. That is why I have a feeling they won't stick around this spot for long.
I can see them taking a shot at trading up to nab Julio Jones before the Redskins or another team grabs him. If they don't they will stick around and take one of the fine defensive ends that abound in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Steve Spagnuolo is a defensive mind that loves to put pressure on the opposition. J.J. Watt is one of the most sound ends in the draft. He has all the mechanics to make him a NFL mainstay for years.
The only knock on him is quickness and lower body strength. Watt has the arms to move mountains, but he needs to prove that he can get to the quarterback consistently.
The Rams are the perfect team for Watt. Their depth at the position allows them to groom Watt for a season or so before they let him loose for all four quarters.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton QB |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller OLB
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green WR
|17. New England Patriots: Muhammad Wilkerson DE|
18. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Kerrigan DE
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Corey Liuget DT
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Julio Jones WR
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Robert Quinn DE
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Castonzo OT|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Akeem Ayers OLB
24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan DE
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara CB |
10. Washington Redskins: Nick Fairley DE
11. Houston Texans: Da'Quan Bowers DE
12. Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith OT
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker QB|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Cameron Heyward DE
27. Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn DE
28. New England Patriots: Jimmy Smith CB
|13. Detroit Lions: Nate Solder OT |
14. St. Louis Rams: J.J. Watt DE
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aldon Smith DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod OT|
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Justin Houston OLB/DE
2011 NFL Draft: Philly gets a physical presence on the offensive line:
Each offensive tackle prospect expected to go in the first round offers something different. Tyron Smith offers tremendous potential and athleticism. Nate Solder offers a big frame and physicality that needs to be coached up. Anthony Castonzo provides a polished player with limited room for growth.
Gabe Carimi offers pure physicality. Carimi helped Wisconsin have three 1,000-yard rushers last season. Meanwhile, quarterback Scott Tolzien barely got touched.
Carimi was the anchor for one of the nation's best offensive line, most members of which will go onto successful NFL careers. Philadelphia could use his mean presence on the edge, whether that be left or right tackle.
Winston Justice and Jason Peters are both excellent tackles, so Carimi's future could be moving to guard. The area of his game that needs the most work is his pass blocking anyway. He'd be much less exposed on the inside.
Having depth along the offensive line is important or a team that has banked its immediate future on Michael Vick.
The time-honored tradition of the handshake line following the Chicago Blackhawks's Western Conference quarterfinal series with Vancouver afforded us a chance to reflect on what had transpired in this opening-round series.
The talk of the shortcomings of the regular season and summer roster changes can soon commence. In the moments after the Blackhawks' 2-1 loss in the series finale, I focused on what the team was able to deliver to the city of Chicago over the last 10 days.
Last weekend, we were facing the prospect of an ugly sweep at the hands of the Canucks. Tuesday evening in Vancouver, the 'Hawks were a converted power play away from completing one of the sports greatest comebacks.
Chicago had the man advantage seconds into the extra session. As the end of the penalty wound down, there it was. Jonathan Toews coming up with the puck to the right of the goal, with Patrick Sharp moving into position on the other side.
We all know how it usually goes. Toews finds Sharpie camping out by the crease for the one-timer. Cue the music and book a flight to San Jose.
On this night, it wasn't meant to be. Roberto Luongo, like he had dozens of times throughout the night, kept the puck out of his net. The Canucks' Vezina-nominee proved why he is a finalist for the trophy in Game 7.
Also proving his playoff mettle was Corey Crawford, who matched Luongo save for save for the bulk of the night. The 'Hawks rookie played like anything but a young man going through his first postseason test in this series.
Alex Burrows book-ended the scoring, giving Vancouver an early lead, then finishing off Chicago by pulling down Chris Campoli's clearing attempt and firing home the series winner.
In between was classic playoff warfare.
The 'Hawks, led by Crawford, survived several furious runs by the Canucks throughout the contest. On this night, Vancouver forechecked relentlessly and proved to be the dominant team.
Crawford was the equalizer for much of the night, stopping 36 shots. He turned away a 15-shot barrage in the second period, then denied Burrows on a penalty shot in the opening minute of the third.
Through the first 58 minutes, Luongo and the Canucks defense stonewalled the 'Hawks. Nevertheless, Chicago found a way to extend Vancouver one more time.
Thanks an incredible shorthanded effort by Toews with the sands running low in regulation, two familiar playoff foes found themselves face to face in overtime for the second consecutive game.
The Blackhawks weren't shortchanged on opportunities to write the fabulous final scene we'd hoped for. Vancouver just closed the book before the 'Hawks could find the right words.
Yes, this was a team that quite frequently maneuvered below the lofty expectations of a defending Stanley Cup champion. The slings and arrows will be flying shortly. We'll all weigh in, in due time.
Hopefully, we all took a moment to contemplate the stones displayed by the Blackhawks in making this series, well, a series. The 'Hawks lost their final battle with the Canucks Tuesday night, but they were able to win back a measure of pride that could prove instrumental in the future of the organization.
It also appears that Chicago baptized a goalie.
PGA Tour golfer Ben Crane is known (if you know him at all) for his slow, sometimes boring play. But he wants you to know that he has a sense of humor too. A bizarre, possibly unhinged, sense of humor.
Check out his latest, where Crane shows us his dance moves:
In this one, Crane makes fun of himself for his slow play:
We're not really sure what's going on here, but ... it's pretty funny. (Thanks to Forbes' Monte Burke for digging these up.)
You can watch even more of Crane's videos at his website here >
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The City of Detroit?s $500 fine comes with a disorderly conduct charge on the side. In other words, it?s a misdemeanor, and if you throw an octopus at Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Police won?t look the other way just because you?re a Red Wings fan, nor will they look the other way if you, as the Detroit News?s Gregg Krupa suggested, show good taste in the timing of your octopus throw.
You will be charged with a misdemeanor, you?re going to be tried in court, and you will face possibly paying court costs, community service, and possibly even jail time if you tick off the judge who sentences you for a charge that?s hard to disprove. Just as importantly, you?re all but certain to be not only removed from the game you?re attending, but also booked (and possibly even have a mugshot taken) at the main police department branch on Beaubien Street.
Bleacher Report's Jeffrey McKinney:
Jake Shields is a man who should not have anything to prove.
Yet you don?t hear talks of Shields being in the top five pound-for-pound fighters.
He?s also ranked behind Jon Fitch in top-10 rankings for the welterweight division despite being the No. 1 contender.
If St-Pierre wins this fight, it will be nothing more than another notch on his belt.
But if Shields can somehow pull off the upset, especially in convincing fashion, we could be looking at one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA today.
Shields is not a guy who?s going to give you flashy moves, hard KO?s, or new moves we haven?t seen.
After working out multiple running back prospects prior to the draft, all indications point towards the Eagles drafting a running back this year.
We don't know exactly how high the team values that spot because they definitely have more important needs. However, it seems like they'll look for a potential backup for LeSean McCoy.
Right now, it's hard to gauge what type of running back they're most interested in. They've looked at backs with a variety of different styles. Some have been guys built on speed, while others are built on power.
I've always been a fan of the Eagles having a big running back who can slam the ball up the middle when necessary.
Jerome Harrison seemed to fit that kind of mold last season, but the Eagles rarely used him. Keeping that in mind, I don't want to see the Eagles draft a bigger back if they don't intend on using his skill set.
One of the biggest assets the Eagles probably evaluate when looking at young prospects is their ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Running backs in the Eagles system have to be able to catch just as well as they can run, if not better.
I do believe the Eagles will draft a running back this year, and here are five mid-round players they could be considering.
Cleveland Browns Give Colt McCoy New Top Target In 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Colt McCoy has a chance to be Cleveland?s first long-term answer at QB since the old Browns had Bernie Kosar, but he needs weapons around him. Mohamed Massaquoi caught just 36 balls to lead Browns wideouts last season.
A.J. Green is a big (6?4?, 211 lbs), physical wideout in the Calvin Johnson mold. He?s got every chance to be a star in the NFL, and should be just what Cleveland needs to anchor its receiving corps.
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1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, OLB
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Blaine Gabbert, QB
5. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Fairley, DT
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Da?Quan Bowers, DE
9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn, DE
13. Detroit Lions: Anthony Castonzo, OT
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aldon Smith, DE
17. New England Patriots: Nate Solder, OT
18. San Diego Chargers: Akeem Ayers, OLB
19. New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: J.J. Watt, DE
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, NT
22. Indianapolis Colts: Mike Pouncey, OG/C
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Adrian Clayborn, DE
25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB
26. Baltimore Ravens: Derek Sherrod, OT
27. Atlanta Falcons: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston, OLB
29. Chicago Bears: Marvin Austin, DT
30. New York Jets: Cameron Jordan, DE
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
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In 2004, just six years after purchasing the Dodgers, Fox Broadcasting sold the team to Frank and Jamie McCourt, for $430 million. Now, seven years later, the McCourts still own the team, but Major League Baseball has stepped in and taken over the day-to-day control.
The $430 million price tag was a modest 38.3 percent increase over the $311 million price that Fox originally paid for the historic franchise in 1998. But that pales in comparison to the growth in franchise value over the last seven years.
In the latest team valuations released by Forbes.com, the Dodgers are the third most valuable franchise in baseball at $800 million. That is an 86.0 percent increase over what the McCourts paid. And that is a 100.5 percent increase over what Forbes.com valued the Dodgers at in 2004 ($399M).
Looking at these numbers, it is easy to see why Frank McCourt is anxious to hold on to the team. (And why Jamie wants a full 50% cut in the divorce.)
Data via Forbes.com
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Anderson Silva Wants Georges St-Pierre in a Super-fight after UFC 129
It is clear that Anderson Silva views Georges St-Pierre as one of the best in the sport and he has made no effort to hide his desire to fight him.
While St-Pierre is concentrating on his current matchup against Jake Shields at UFC 129, Silva is letting the fighting world know what he wants.
Anderson Silva told the Chicago Examiner:
Georges St-Pierre is one of the best, He's shown that he's a great athlete, and I really train hard everyday to fight the best. I do believe it's a super fight, and it's a fight that must happen someday. It really is a great super fight. I'm just happy that I know people are looking forward to watching this. I think this fight will make the fans happy. It's something they've been waiting for, and Georges St-Pierre is one of the best. I'll be very happy to give this pleasure to all my fans.
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Silva's comments are causing quite a stir in the fighting community and some big names have weighed in.
Boxing guru Freddie Roach told MMA Junkie:
It's Pacquiao-Mayweather in MMA. It?s one guy going up in weight to fight the bigger and better, supposedly better, guy. That's one fight I don't think you have to worry about Anderson not getting up for. He will get up for [St-Pierre]. Because he doesn't always get up for fights like talented people do at times. Sometimes it comes so easily and natural to them that they get a bit lazy. But for that fight, I expect both guys to be at their best. Georges is stronger physically and can rough him up on the inside. Anderson's more of a technician and knows distance. Distance is the key to that fight.
While the idea of the super fight is intriguing, the odds are not great.
St-Pierre shouldn?t feel obligated to fight Silva and he should just concentrate on dominating his weight class.
With his career in its prime, St-Pierre doesn?t have to risk anything by moving up a weight class to fight Silva.