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Out Of Retirement

It’s been a while.  Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.

Well, since I’ve last scribbled much has happened.

ND went to the College Football championship and got their ass kicked.  ND MLB T’eo was found to have a fake girlfriend so he got his ass kicked by the oh so righteous and ethical sports media.

The Cubs signed some free agents…zzzzzzzzzzz.  What was I saying?  I shouldn’t be so negative though.  If Nate Schierholtz doesn’t spell championship, I don’t know what does.

Lance Armstrong kind of, sort of admitting to doping and the world was NOT surprised.

And, finally, the Chicago Bears ended the not so offensive reign of one Lovie Smith.

The new coach IS….drum roll….Marc Trestman.  Silence.  Tumbleweed rolling across the floor.  Confused looks on the fans faces.

Actually the hire wasn’t all that bad.  Plenty of offensive experience in college and pro football.  Oh, and hey, he has head coaching experience up in Canada which has about as much credibility as a competitive rec league.  Seriously though, the guy is the QB guru.  And I mean THE QB guru.  I don’t know what it is but he has a knack for getting the most out of his thrower.  He also calls a good game and his offenses are ALWAYS at the top of any league.  This IS what the Bears need.

The remaining questions are…  Will Cutler buy into it?  I think so.  Will the aging, talented defense have one more good season under an offensive minded head coach?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Not sure if the guy from Jacksonville has the chops but we’ll all find out.  Will Emery open up the Bears tightly fastened coin purse and get several (meaning more than 2) offensive linemen on the free agent market?  That would surprise me but that is exactly what is needed to keep Cutler on his feet and throwing TDs.

Oh, and I don’t want fans demanding the Bears waste a 1st Round pick on lineman because we need one.  Stop it.  NFL teams almost always take the best guy on the board no matter what his position is.  Besides, drafting offensive linemen that are immediate contributors on an NFL offensive line is like finding a winning lottery ticket in the garbage.

Well, glad to be back writing.  I’m sure it will be an interesting off-season in the NFL.  There will be lots to talk about in the world of baseball.  The Bulls continue to do well without D. Rose or the Bench Mob.  The NHL is back in action and…well, so what.  I think the fans should boycott for the season.  Make Bettman sweat a little.

I might also start spewing about pro wrestling.  I have been a fan since, well, since I’ve watched TV.  I don’t watch with as much interest or passion as I did 20 years ago, but I still enjoy it.  It’s the male soap opera and plenty of us guys are hooked.  LOL

Oh, and in closing, plenty of fine BPD ladies of sports to come.  😉

 

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2011 NCAA Football Predictions

1 – OKLAHOMA – College football fans should hear Jones to Broyles quite a bit this season.  The Sooners should be one of the nation’s top offenses.  You will also hear Broyles a lot on special teams.  The Lewis boys, Ronnell and Travis will lay the smack down on the other side of the ball.  This unit forced 32 turnovers last season and should do the same this year.

2 – OREGON – The Ducks will also have a powerful offense behind QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James.  They will continue to be aggressive and we’ll see if Thomas can guide this team to a title this year.  The only potential weak spot could be offensive line as they lack top caliber talent and size.  The defense is solid, quick and very deep.  CB Cliff Harris might be the best defensive back in the country.

3 – SOUTH CAROLINA – Extremely talented RB Marcus Lattimore will lead the Cock offense into battle.  WR Alshon Jeffery is also a big play stud.  However, QB Stephen Garcia will be the key to the USC success story.  If he plays and stays out of Spurrier’s doghouse, the sky is the limit for this team.  They could put up a lot of points and if they do that they will certainly be in a BCS game.

4 – BOISE STATE – The top QB just may be Kellen Moore.  He is 38-2 as a starter and now he’ll have to face a tough schedule and the loss of receiving stars Young and Pettis.  The O-Line should help as they bring back stars Porter and Byrd.  Eight starters return to one of the best squads in the country.  There schedule should also help.  After an opener against Georgia, the toughest it gets for the Broncos is TCU and Air Force, both on the blue turf of BSU.

5 – ALABAMA – The Tide would have been one of my top 2 teams if it weren’t for uncertainty at the QB position.  McCarron could be OK but behind him is a redshirt freshman.  RB Ingram is in the NFL as well but RB Richardson should be able to equal his production from a year ago.  The strength is the Tide defense which returns 9 players to last years 3rd ranked squad.

6 – STANFORD – Andrew Luck will be an NFL QB.  He may end up being a very good one as well.  Andy has a very good O-Line but he’ll need a lot of luck as he has an average WR core and a slightly above average running game behind Stepfan Taylor.  The Cardinal defense is good but did sustain losses on the D-Line.  Their linebacker core, led by Shayne Skov, is amongst the best in the country.

7 – OKLAHOMA STATE – If this team were in just about any other conference we might be talking BCS championship game.  OSU has a very tough schedule.  However QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon should be dynamic.  RBs Joseph Randle and Hershel Sims should also be a pleasant surprise for this team.  The defense will be inexperienced but they are faster and more aggressive than last year’s defense.

8 – LSU – QB Jordan Jefferson is a huge key to this talented group.  If he stays out of trouble and sticks to the game plan they’ll play in a BCS game.  If not they’ll be playing in December.  WR Ruben Randle and TE DeAngelo Petersen will be Jordan’s top targets.  RB Spencer Ware should be a pleasant surprise.  The defense did lose the likes of Nevis and P.Petersen to the NFL but this young group is fast and talented.

 

9 – WISCONSIN – The Badgers have a dynamic backfield in Ball and White.  They will score a lot of touchdowns and control the clock.  The defensive front 7 will be slightly inexperienced but their defensive backfield should be one of the best in the country.  LB Chris Borland, if healthy, should be one of the best backers in the conference.

10 – NOTRE DAME – It looks as if this offense belongs to QB Dayne Crist, for now.  Future star Tommy Rees is waiting in the wings.  No matter who throws the target will be future NFLer Michael Floyd.  TE Tyler Eifert should also have a huge year in this aggressive offense.  The running game is fair behind Wood and Gray.  LB Manti T’eo and S Harrison Smith lead the very talented Irish D that held teams to only 9.8 ppg in the last 4 games of last season.

11 – FLORIDA STATE – Losing QB Christian Ponder to the NFL was tough and the Seminoles ACC and BCS hopes rest on the arm of E.J. Manuel.  RB Chris Thompson will lead a talented 3-back group and WRs Reed, Haulstead and Smith are big play receivers all the way.  The FSU defense led by Mark Stoops and LBs Bradham and Smith could be one of the best in the country.

12 – NEBRASKA – The Huskers will have the best defense in their new conference.  The D has All-American hopefuls in Crick, David and Dennard.  The Huskers were 9th in the country last season have promised to air it out under new coordinator Tim Beck.  The only problem is QB Taylor Martinez might not be the guy to get it done.

13 – TCU – As usual the Frogs have a very talented team but might be just outside the Top 10 and BCS consideration.  They have 6 kids returning to a very talented defense, however they lost star QB Andy Dalton on the other side of the ball.  They will rely heavily on RBs Ed Wesley and Matt Tucker.

14 – MICHIGAN STATE – The Spartans should be right behind the Badgers and Huskers.  The offense should be very effective under the vastly underrated QB Kirk Cousins.  RB Edwin Baker and WR EJ Cunningham should be the primary playmakers of this group.

15 – FLORIDA – The Gators could go far with QB Brantley in the Weis offensive system.  However they have a difficult schedule, have to replace 7 players on defense and several players on the offensive line.  They will lose a few but we will certainly see what new head coach Will Muschamp is made of.

16 – VIRGINIA TECH – This is one of the tougher teams to figure out.  Coach Beamer just got a well-deserved extension but one of his better QBs in Tyrod Taylor is no longer there.  They will have to depend on RB David Wilson and WRs Boykin and Coale for production.  The defense is always good at VT and this should be a good group again led by LB Bruce Taylor.

17 – TEXAS A&M – The Aggies should be one of the better teams this season in the state of Texas.  The offense should be very efficient behind signal caller Ryan Tannehill.  RB Cyrus Gray could be one of the more underrated runners in the country.  The defense could ultimately be the reason this experienced team falters as they lost a couple of big play defenders, namely Von Miller.

18 – ARKANSAS – They have the talent to be a Top 10 team but lost an excellent college QB in Ryan Mallett.  QB Tyler Wilson is capable but nowhere near as talented.  In addition they had some significant losses on the offensive line.  RB Knile Davis bullying his way in-between tackles should be what keeps this Razorback offense moving.  The Arky defense is adequate and should keep them in ballgames.

19 – USC – The Trojans are in the BPD Top 20 by the hair of their chins.  QB Matt Barkley should have a very good season and connect with WR Robert Woods often.  The team has talent on the defensive side of the ball but they lack depth and did give up big points at the end of last season.  In addition they aren’t playing for anything for the second year in a row.

20 – ARIZONA – The Cats are going to be a very fun team to watch.  QB Nick Foles might put up Playstation type numbers this season against the weak Pac-12 defenses.  Benefitting from Foles skills will be WRs Criner and Buckner.  On the other side of the ball they’ve had some significant losses in the off-season.  They should do just well enough for this team to get to a decent bowl game.

21 – WEST VIRGINIA – QB Geno Smith is going to be very exciting to watch on this very fast and talented offensive unit.   Tavon Austin and Vernard Roberts are the two guys that will also make this offense go.  The defense is also very solid.  DE Bruce Irvin should be a thorn in the side of most of the Big East QBs.  The only problem with the D is they are a bit undersized.  Power backs should thrive against this unit.

22 – TEXAS – Talent is no the issue on this Longhorn team looking to regain some respect in the state of Texas.  New D-Coordinator Diaz should help make this unit more aggressive.  DE Sam Acho and LB Keenan Robinson could be the best at their position in the country.  The offense looks to be the biggest issue and the position of biggest concern is QB.

23 – IOWA – There are only nine players returning to this squad.  RB Marcus Coker looks to be the stud on this offense.  WR Marvin McNutt should also help stretch the defenses and make big plays.  QB James Vandenberg has very little game experience but has sat behind Stanzi and the hope is that some of Stanzi has rubbed off on him.  The defense is a solid unit whose strongest component is the defensive backfield.  DBs Prater and Hyde are outstanding.

24 – MISSISSIPPI STATE – The Bulldogs make the Top 25 yet again.  QB Chris Relf won’t burn up the record books but he doesn’t make many mistakes.  RB Vick Ballard will move this offense and score, a lot.  A talent defense returns 7 starters but must break in all new linebackers.  A very tough schedule of Auburn and LSU over a 5 days stretch, at Georgia and Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss to finish out the season mean this team has to have a lot of things go right to win more than 7 games.

25 – SOUTH FLORIDA – The Bulls should battle WVU for the Big East crown.  QB B.J. Daniels isn’t very consistent but he makes big plays.  RB Demetris Murray isn’t great but is a workhorse and will get the job done.  But the Bulls won’t win this conference on the offensive side of the ball.  A very quick and talented group will be what makes or breaks this team.  LB Sam Arrington, DeDe Lattimore and DE Ryan Giddins will make life difficult for Big East foes.  This group should force a lot of turnovers.

26-40 (Maryland, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, NC State, BYU, Air Force, Clemson, Tennessee, UNC, Penn State, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Washington)

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BPD Mock Draft – Rounds 1-3

The NFL ‘unofficially’ kicks off its 2011-12 season tonight with Round 1 of the NFL Draft.  This year will certainly have a different taste.  The owners have locked out the players, or have they.  Judges are ruling and not turning over the ruling but owners still won’t let them in.  Meanwhile the free agency period that usually takes place prior to the Draft has not occurred.  This should be a very unpredictable draft because of that and due to the fact there are 5 and possibly 6 QBs that grade inside the Top 50.  This means teams in need of an arm, and there are at least 10 teams in need of a QB, will be jockeying for position to get one.  Some teams with many picks, New England for example, will use that to their favor by acquiring more picks for this season and next.  All in all it should be a very interesting night and weekend.  So, even though almost all the Mock Drafts in the country will be toast by the 10th pick, I present you with the BPD 2011 Mock NFL Draft.

ROUND 1 

Pick       Team                        Player                        Position       School

1               Carolina                Cam Newton            QB             Auburn

2               Denver                  Marcel Dareus        DT            Alabama

3               Buffalo                    Von Miller              LB            Texas

4               Cincinnati            A.J. Green               WR            Georgia

5               Arizona                  Blaine Gabbert       QB            Missouri

6               Cleveland            Nick Fairley            DT            Auburn

7               San Francisco            Patrick Peterson            CB            LSU

8               Tennessee            Robert Quinn            DE            UNC

9               Dallas                  Anthony Castonzo      OT            BC

10           Washington            J.J. Watt              DE            Wisconsin

11           Houston                  Prince Amukamara      CB            Nebraska

12           Minnesota            Jake Locker           QB            Washington

13           Detroit                  Tyron Smith            OT            USC

14           St. Louis                  Julio Jones           WR            Oklahoma

15           Miami                  Mike Pouncey            G            Florida

16           Jacksonville            Ryan Kerrigan       DE            Purdue     

17           New England (oak)      Aldon Smith    DE/LB      Missouri

18           San Diego            Da’Quan Bowers       DE            Clemson

19           NY Giants            Akeem Ayers            LB            UCLA

20           Tampa Bay            Adrian Clayborn    DE            Iowa

21           Kansas City            Nate Solder               OT            Colorado

22           Indianapolis            Gabe Carimi          OT            Wisconsin

23           Philadelphia            Jimmy Smith         CB            Colorado

24           New Orleans            Cameron Jordan     DE            California

25           Seattle                  Derrick Sherrod          OT            Miss. State

26           Baltimore            Muhammed Wilkerson      DT            Temple     

27           Atlanta                  Cam Heyward            DE            Ohio State

28           New England            Mark Ingram       RB            Alabama

29           Chicago                  Corey Liuget              DT            Illinois

30           NY Jets                  Phil Taylor                  DT            Baylor

31           Pittsburgh            Brandon Harris      CB            Miami (FL)

32           Green Bay            Mikel LeShoure        RB            Illinois

 

ROUND 2

 Pick                  Team                         Player                     Position        School

1               New England (Car)      Torrey Smith      WR       Maryland

2               Buffalo                   Ryan Mallett                  QB         Arkansas

3               Cincinnati             Rahim Moore               S            UCLA

4               Denver                    Brooks Reed                 LB            Arizona

5               Cleveland             Aaron Williams            CB        Texas A&M

6               Arizona                   Justin Houston          LB            Georgia

7               Tennesee            Colin Kaepernick           QB            Nevada

8               Dallas                  Curtis Brown                  CB            Texas

9               Washington            Christian Ponder    QB            FSU

10           Houston                  Jabaal Sheard             DE            Pitt

11           Minnesota            Quinton Carter             S           Oklahoma

12           Detroit                  Jerrel Jernigan             WR            Troy

13           San Francisco            Andy Dalton          QB            TCU

14           Denver (mia)            Ryan Williams        RB            V. Tech

15           St. Louis                  Jordan Todman          RB            U Conn

16           Oakland                  Stefan Wiesniewski   G/C         Penn State

17           Jacksonville            Martez Wilson           LB            Illinois

18           San Diego            DeAndre McDaniel        S            Clemson

19           Tampa Bay            Jason Pinkston            OT            Pitt     

20           NY Giants            Davon House                  CB            N.M. St.

21           Indianapolis            Leonard Hankerson   WR         Miami

22           Philadelphia            Christian Ballard      DE            Iowa

23           Kansas City            Kenrick Ellis                DT            Hampton

24           New Orleans            Stephen Paea            DT            Oregon St.

25           Seattle                  James Carpenter            OT            Alabama

26           Baltimore            Johnny Patrick               CB        Louisville     

27           Atlanta                  Kyle Rudolph                TE         Notre Dame

28           New England            Marcus Cannon      OT            TCU

29           San Diego (nyj)            Bruce Carter        LB            UNC

30           Chicago                  Jon Baldwin                  WR            Pitt

31           Pittsburgh            Danny Watkins            G            Baylor

32           Green Bay            Allen Bailey                    DE            Miami

 

ROUND 3

Pick        Team                    Player                         Position          School

1               Carolina                  Ras I Dowling            CB            Virginia

2               Cincinnati             Marvin Austin          DT            UNC

3               Denver                  Luke Stocker            TE            Tennessee

4               Buffalo                  Sam Acho                  DE            Texas

5               Arizona                   Rodney Hudson     G/C            Florida

6               Cleveland             Quan Sturdivant     LB            UNC

7               Dallas                  Jaiquawn Jarrett        S            Temple

8               New Orleans (was)    DeMarco Murray    RB    Oklahoma

9               Houston                  Titus Young             WR          Boise State

10           New England (min)      Drake Nevis      DT            LSU

11           Detroit                  Daniel Thomas            RB            Kansas St.

12           San Francisco         Brandon Burton     CB            Utah

13           Tennessee            Greg Jones                  LB            Michigan St.

14           St. Louis                  Ahmad Black              S            Florida

15           Miami                  Ricky Stanzi                  QB            Iowa

16           Jacksonville            Terrence Tolliver     WR          LSU

17           Oakland                  D.J. Williams            TE            Arkansas

18           San Diego            Tandon Doss            WR            Indiana

19           NY Giants            Joseph Barksdale     OT            LSU

20           Tampa Bay            Clint Boling               G            Georgia

21           Philadelphia            Chimdi Chekwa    CB            Ohio State

22           Kansas City            Greg Little                 WR            UNC

23           Indianapolis            Tyler Sash                S            Iowa

24           New Orleans            Colin McCarthy      LB            Miami

25           San Diego (sea)      Dontay Moch           LB            Nevada

26           Baltimore            DeMarcus Love            OT            Arkansas

27           Atlanta                  Jacquizz Rodgers         RB            Oregon St.

28           New England            Chris Carter             LB            Fresno St.

29           Chicago                  Orlando Franklin      OT/G            Miami

30           NY Jets                  Randall Cobb               WR          Kentucky

31           Pittsburgh            James Brewer            OT           Indiana

32           Green Bay            Cecil Shorts                  WR            Mt. Union

 

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BPD Salute to Spring Break

Where oh where have the BPD college football hotties gone.  The season has been over for sometime and they’ve gone into hiding.  Or have they.  Thanks goes out to the person or people responsible for creating ‘spring break’.

Enjoy!

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Let the Madness Begin

It is that time of year boys and girls.  Got those thinking caps on and those brackets in.

For any sports fans, especially college sports fan, this week is a frickin blast.  It is almost a guarantee one of two seeds in the Top 5 are going to go down in days 1 and 2.  There will be a handful of buzzer beaters guaranteed to freak out thousands of pool players across the nation.

But, despite all the madness that is guaranteed to take place in the first week let’s be clear about something, Kansas is going to win.  No matter how you pick them and what upsets you come up with, KU is taking the prize.  Who do they play in the Final 4?   That remains to be seen but Pitt of Florida will be left standing.

On the other side there are just a few teams there that should emerge.  I don’t see anyone in Ohio State’s side that should knock them off.  They are too good and too deep to lose that bracket.  Syracuse or UNC could surprise, but I doubt it.  Finally, Duke’s bracket could be the toughest.  While I think they too will emerge I think SDSU, UConn, Texas or Arizona could beat them.  I still like Duke with UConn a possibility.

Final 4…KU, Pitt, Duke and OSU.  KU v. Duke and KU winning it all.  I know, all top seeds but they are the best and I don’t see anyone knocking them (except maybe Florida over Pitt) off.

Have fun playing hooky from work and enjoy the games!!!

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College Hotties – Bowl Game Edition

The College Football season is coming to a close which is always a happy/sad time for me.  I love the heart of the season when the best of the conferences square off in October and November.  The sad part is when it comes to an end.  We get more than 30 bowl games (not sure if that is a good thing) to conclude the season but it always leaves us somewhat disappointed.  Do the best teams always play for the title?  Why can’t we have a playoff?  Why can’t we have a playoff and keep our holiday bowl games?  None of these questions will be answered any time soon.  All we can do as college football fans is sit back, watch the games AND say a fond farewell to our college hotties.

INDEPENDENCE BOWL

Georgia Tech has some unbeatable hotties but I think the Air Force Hottie Squad is going to have a lot to cheer about in this game.

MUSIC CITY BOWL

How either of these teams made a bowl game is a miracle.  At least we get to see these southern hotties one more time.  UNC should beat Tennessee but who knows.  Blah Hum Bug!

SUN BOWL

Catholics v. Convicts re-visited!  The midwest “girls next door” v. the South Beach hottie squad.  I give an edge to Miami’s girls but not the guys on the gridiron.  ND should take care of business on the field.

MEINEKE BOWL

One of the dumbest names for a bowl game, right?  Clemson and USF have some of the hottest fans and cheerleaders in college ball.  I wish the action on the field was as hot as what’s in the stands.  Both teams were disappointments for sure.  Clemson wins.

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL

The old Peach Bowl now named after the frickin delicious chicken sandwich should be a good.  FSU Cowgirls v. the girls who like Cocks.  You really can’t go wrong here.  I call this matchup a draw and the action on the field should be close too.  FSU by a field goal.

ROSE BOWL

The hottest girls of the Big 10 face off against the hottest of the Mountain West.  Both are amazing but I have to give a slight edge to the girls down south.  The ‘Sconnies’ are bundled up most of the year and that’s just not nice.  The Wisconsin men should get revenge on the field with a pretty solid victory over TCU.

FIESTA BOWL

These UConn hotties are the best I’ve ever seen.  Oklahoma is FULL of hot hotties and gets my vote in this matchup.  Oh, and the football team should kick the snot out of the Huskies.

SUGAR BOWL

Once again we have a top 10 matchup of hotties.  I love the OSU girls and the fact they party like they major in it.  However I am a sucker for SEC girls and the RazorHotties get my vote.  The game should be one of the best of the major bowl games.  OSU by a point or two.

ORANGE BOWL

Stanford girls certainly win the IQ award and these cheerleaders are certainly cute, but VTs hotties are awesome.  The action on the field should be awesome.  This is going to be an excellent game.  Stanford is probably just a bit better than the Hokies.

BCS BOWL

Auburn v. Oregon.  Auburn’s fans are smoking hot and Oregon’s cheerleaders are the best.  The game should be good and high scoring but I think Auburn should be able to handle the Ducks.

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Playoff Needed

Despite the title of my post I do love college bowl games.  Ok, maybe not the Preperation H Toilet Bowl but a good 12 to 15 bowl games have competitive and/or intriguing match ups.  However, I think to get a true champion in NCAA Football you do need some sort of playoff.  Now, in the past, I have suggested keeping the bowl games within a playoff structure.  I really think this can work.

After Thanksgiving weekend but before the bowl games start you have the best 16 teams as decided by the BCS, coaches poll, writers, fans…whatever.  You break them into NCAA Basketball style brackets.  #1 v. #16, #2 v. #15 etc. with the top seed getting the home game.

You are now down to 8 teams which fits perfectly into the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange.  Those 8 teams play in the bowl games and now we are left with 4.  Now, after bowl season, you can have a FINAL 4 for Football.  You can have it at alternating venues like the Georgia Dome, Ford Field, the Rose Bowl and the Superdome.  You hold one game at 3PM and the other at 8PM.  After that weekend the NFL Playoffs get into full swing.  You would wait an extra weekend until the NFC and AFC Championships and have the NCAA Championship the night before or the Monday night after.

Doing it in this fashion extends the season which would be great for the schools and the NCAA.  It also gives fans and the sport what it truly deserves and that is a TRUE champion.

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