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Captain’s Pick 3- September 2010

1 Sep

by Captain Oblivious

Welcome to a new post that I will be doing every month. I will pick three random things from the world of movies, games, sports and pop culture that should have your attention. Let us know what is on your radar this month also by commenting below and let the people know what will be occupying your time as fall rolls in.

3. Playstation Move

While Microsoft may have a few more months before unleashing their controller-less fat guy hating Kinect on the world Sony is ready to toss their hat into the motion sensing controller ring this month. Time will only tell if this will be a leap or a midget step beyond what the Wii offers now to the arm flailing video game crowd. Early reviews have been mostly favorable and while I do have a Move reserved I am thinking of holding off until more of the premier titles make their way onto Sony’s powerhouse like Socom or Killzone 3. But being the nerd that I am I will probably be playing Sports Champions by the end of the month.

2. Machete

Robert Rodriguez continues to be one of the few directors that listens to the fans. After Grindhouse came out over three years ago people kept talking about how awesome it would be to have a movie based on one of the faux movie trailers that were inserted between the features. And while I would have loved to see a Werewolf Women of the SS movie Rodriguez decided that he should craft a movie around Danny Trejo’s Machete character. The thing that surprised everyone was the cast that Rodriguez assembled including Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Segal and Robert DeNiro. Get ready to swing down the intestine line (if that makes no sense, after seeing the movie, it will) on Labor Day weekend.

1. Football

You know I can always find some way to insert a picture of Tim Tebow somewhere. It has been seven long months but us sports fans have made it to that time of year where things seem a little brighter because football is back. Fantasy leagues, lazy Sunday afternoons and Saturday kickoffs are here people. Get excited!


2010 NFL Draft Quick Grades

23 Apr

by: Captain Oblivious

Well round one of the 2010 NFL draft is in the books. And it was filled with some good moments (Oakland finally using their high draft pick smartly) and some sloppy moments (basically the entire ESPN broadcast). Maybe it was just me but it seemed like ESPN was not prepared for this year’s draft like they have been in the past. I understand it is live and there are a lot of variables that come into play but as an avid viewer of the draft ever year this was one of the worst broadcasts I’ve seen. Add to that Mel Kiper continually shoving that fu**stick Jimmy Clausen down our throats and it was almost intolerable. Here now is the rundown of the first round and what we think of the pick by a simple grading system. There will be time for discussion later. Gotta get ready for round two tonight. Maybe we will get three more hours of hearing Kiper bash teams for not taking an overrated quarterback.

Hey Mel!! Your wrong every once and a while!! How’s that Mike Williams going to the Hall of Fame working out so far?

1. St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford- Oklahoma- QB

-Sorry couldn’t resist the picture.

Grade: B

2. Detroit Lions

Ndamukong Suh- Nebraka- DT

-The kid’s a freak. Simple as that. Add him to the signing of Vanden Bosch and the Lions defense may not be a joke anymore.

Grade: A

3. Tampa Bay

Gerald McCoy- Oklahoma- DT

-Guess the Bucs found their next Warren Sapp…let’s hope

Grade: B

4. Washington Redskins

Trent Williams- Oklahoma- OT

– The Skins gotta protect their new investment.

Grade: B+

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Berry- Tennessee- S

– Easy pick. This is the next Ed Reed.

Grade: A

6. Seattle Seahawks

Russell Okung- Oklahoma State- OT

– Makes me think that Pete Carrol may believe as I do that Matt Hasselback is a better quarterback when he in not being knocked down and injured.

Grade: B

7. Cleveland Browns

Joe Haden- Florida- CB

– Thank God Cleveland made the smart pick instead of taking Clausen.

Grade: B

8. Oakland Raiders

Rolando McClain- Alabama- LB

– I’m thinking Al Davis did not make this pick. Because it was a good one.

Grade: B+

9. Buffalo Bills

CJ Spiller- Clemson- RB

– I don’t hate this pick as much as some folks do. There are plenty of QB’s that Buffalo can get through free agency. At least in Spiller you have a RB that is also proficient at kick returns.

Grade: B

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

Tyson Alualu- Cal- DT

– Another Jag pass rusher….meh

Grade: C

11. San Francisco 49ers

Anthony Davis- Rutgers- OT

Grade: B

12. San Diego Chargers

Ryan Matthews- Fresno St. – RB

– Chargers brass know that Darren Sproles is not an every down back.

Grade: B

13. Philadelphia Eagles

Brandon Graham- Michigan- DE

– The only bright spot on Michigan’s horrible team should shine bright on the Eagles defense.

Grade: B+

14. Seattle Seahawks

Earl Thomas- Texas- S

Grade: B

15. New York Giants

Jason Pierre-Paul- South Florida- DE

– The Giants got burned by the Raiders then they burned themselves by taking Paul over Morgan from Georgia Tech.

Grade: C-

16. Tennessee Titans

Derrick Morgan- Georgia Tech- DE

– Jeff Fisher should be calling the Giants front office and thanking them for the early Christmas present.

Grade: B+

17. San Francisco 49ers

Mike Iupati- Idaho- G

Grade: B-

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

Maurkice Pouncey- Florida- B-

– Justin Hartwig isn’t going to be around forever. Even if Big Ben’s Bathroom Stall is up and running in P’burg or not you gotta have a quality center.

19. Atlanta Falcons

Sean Witherspoon- Missouri- LB

Grade: B

20. Houston Texans

Kareem Jackson- Alabama- CB

-This may be my Bama bias  coming out but the Texans made a great pick

Grade: B+

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Jermaine Gresham- Oklahoma- TE

– Kind of surprising. I guess Dez Bryant was too much of a risk for the Bengals? Cause they have never had players with problems before right? With two TE’s already there this confused me a little.

Grade: C-

22. Denver Broncos

Demaryius Thomas- Georgia Tech- WR

– A lot of people are scratching their heads that the Broncos did not take Dez Bryant here but instead took Thomas. I can’t fault Josh McDaniel for sticking to his good character guns here but maybe he should have took a chance on Bryant.

Grade: C

23. Green Bay Packers

Bryan Bulaga- Iowa- OT

– Rodgers spent more time than he should have on the turf last season. This should work.

Grade: B

24. Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant- Oklahoma St.- WR

-With the ghost of Randy Moss still haunting Jerry Jones he traded with the Pats and snatched up Bryant. Roy Williams might wanna pick up the pace a bit in Big D.

Grade: B+

25. Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow- Florida- QB

– They have Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. Why take Tebow? Umm because Kyle Orton could be injured at any time and Brady Quinn hasn’t proved a thing. Why not take him? And even if Tebow is the number 3 he will be served well by sitting and slowly learning the ins and outs of the pro game until his time comes.

Grade: B

26. Arizona Cardinals

Dan Williams- Tennessee- DT

– Karlos Dansby is gone. Simple pick.

Grade: B-

27. New England Patriots

Devon McCourty- Rutgers- CB

– Bill Belichick is gonna have to realize that his dynasty is no more. Safe picks may not be an option in the future.

Grade: C

28. Miami Dolphins

Jared Odrick- Penn State- DT

– Bill Parcells shows why he is a football guru. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at 28? Thank you very much.

Grade: A

29. New York Jets

Kyle Wilson- Boise State- CB

– Wilson paired with Revis should assure the Jets a return playoff trip.

Grade: A-

30. Detroit Lions

Jahvid Best- Cal- RB

– Gotta start getting Matthew Stafford some help somewhere.

Grade: B-

31. Indianapolis Colts

Jerry Hughes- TCU- DE

– The Dwight Freeney injury hurt the Colts. No one can argue that. This shore’s up the depth at the position. A solid move.

Grade: B

32. New Orleans Saints

Patrick Robinson- Florida State- CB

– The Saints really weren’t aching for a lot. So take the best position guy available.

Grade: B

*Should be lots to talk about tonight in Round 2. Who finally pulls the trigger on McCoy and Clausen? Where will Terrance Cody land? Will Jon Gruden say dumbass on the air again? Will Steve Young ever stfu and let Tom Jackson talk?

Top 5 Reasons/Moments Mark Ingram Won the Heisman.

13 Dec

By: ParstUnknown

So it is offical….Mark Ingram is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner!  So I thought it would be good to give the Top 5 reasons or moments that Mark Ingram won the Heisman, so lets get right too it…

5.   Game Vs. Virginia Tech

Lets be honest, it all start in this game.  Yes people were talking about how good McElroy looked, more on that later, but Ingram shined on prime time, with him being the main back to carry the load for the Crimson Tide.  In this game he rush for 150 yards, 38 receiving yards, and 2 total touchdowns (1 rushing and 1 receiving).  Viriginia Tech was the favorite to win the ACC and was ranked 7th in the AP Poll, and never really recover from it (much like Clemson last year).  This game didn’t get him in the race, but it was huge statement to that helped get him there.

4.  Game Vs. South Carolina

You may be surprised that I put this on the list and didn’t put the Ole Miss game on here, but lets be honest, this was a bigger game at the time.  South Carolina had just upset Ole Miss (who was in the top 5 at the time) just two weeks prior, and were rolling.  Garcia was starting to play alot better and even played better than McElroy did in this game.  The difference maker was Mark Ingram.  This game was his second best performance of the season.  He rushed for 246 yards, one of which was 54 yards, and had a touchdown.  The drive that stood out was when he carried the ball on every play, and Alabama marched down field and scored a big touchdown.  That drive, really got the Suh lovers (ESPN) really start mentioning him in the race.

3.  Ingram steps up, when passing game steps down.

After McElroy started off great, he went cold for about 5 games and who stepped up, Mark Ingram.  He carried the offense on his back during those games.  In the 5 game span he rushed for 801 yards and had 4 touchdowns.  That is a pretty good 5 game span, if you ask me.  When Alabama’s perfect season and title dreams where on the line, he cared the team and showed true leadership by leading by example.

2.  Game Vs. Tebow, I mean Florida

In probably the biggest game of his career, Ingram shined brighter than anyone else on the field.  Not only did he lead Alabama to its first SEC title in ten years, their first ever Heisman Trophy winner, and a chance to win their first BCS title, 13th National Title, and first one since 1992.  The play that sealed the deal for him was the screen pass.  Although he didn’t score on the play, it took all the momentum that Tebow, dang Florida, just ganged on the last drive.  The score was 12-10 at this point, and on the next play after the screen pass Ingram ran in for the touchdown to put Alabama up, and what turned out to be the true deciding touchdown, 19-10 as Alabama rolled on to a 32-13 victory.  He rushed for 113, had 76 receiving yards (screen pass went for 69 yards), and 3 touchdowns.  You may be asking yourself, “if this is the biggest game of his career, why isn’t it number 1?”  Here is why…

1.  Glen Coffee Leaves early, making Mark Ingram the man for Crimson Tide.

People may forget that Glen Coffee was only a junior after last season and even though many thought it was a mistake (including myself)  it turned out to be probably the best things for both parties.  Coffee has done well in the NFL, but it really got Ingram to bust of his shell and he become the running back that Alabama needed this season.  If Coffee had not left early, Coffee would probably be the starter and Ingram would be the number 2 and never even have a chance for the Heisman…well atleast this year.  Mark Ingram last year showed he was going to be the future for Alabama, and this year he got to show the nation.  The biggest benefit to Ingram this season was that Glen Coffee left, and had the chance to show the nation how good of a back he is. 

There you have, the Top 5 reasons/moments that Mark Ingram won the Heisman.  Now on to Pasadena to put a perfect end to what could be the best season in Alabama football history……Oh and of course ROLL TIDE!!!

2009 Heisman…A Case for Mark Ingram

11 Dec

First off let me say that I am an Alabama fan, and that I in no way hate Texas or Colt McCoy. As a matter of fact I like Texas and think Colt McCoy is a great QB. However I am stating that case of why I believe Mark Ingram should win the Heisman this Saturday. First off, people have being saying that Colt McCoy had a great year, while he did, based on his stats, this is one of his worst years. Last year, when he deserved the Heisman, was his best year with 3859 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions. 2006 he had 2570 yards, 29 touchdowns, and only 7 interceptions. Was he even mentioned for Heisman in 2006, No. Who won it, Troy Smith from Ohio State, who had less yards and about the same amount of touchdowns and interceptions. 2007 was McCoy’s worst year where he had 3303 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. This year his stats are better than 2007, but not by a whole lot. He has thrown for 3512 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Not that great on paper considering Chris Todd of Auburn had 2377 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Jimmy Clausen for a 6-6 Notre Dame team has better numbers than McCoy did this season (3722 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions). McCoy is getting votes this year cause voters realized they screwed him last year, therefore will be getting more votes this year, which is funny cause it screws Mark Ingram.

Mark Ingram has played better overall in big games this year than Colt McCoy. Lets break it down to four big games a piece. Colt McCoy in his 4 big games, (Oklahoma, Ok. State, Texas Tech, and Nebraska) had 751 passing yards, 7 total touchdowns (6 passing, 1 rushing) and 7 interceptions. This was against the #7 (Oklahoma), #9 (Nebraska), #33 (Ok. State) and #47 (Texas Tech) defenses. Mark Ingram in his 4 big games (Va. Tech, LSU, Auburn, and Florida) had 437 rushing yards, 5 total touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) and 0 turnovers. He did this against the #4 (Florida), #14 (Va. Tech), #28(LSU), and #51(Auburn) defenses. Against the best 2 best defenses (stat wise) Ingram faced all year (Florida and Va. Tech) he had 5 touchdowns and 0 turnovers, while McCoy against his 2 best (Oklahoma and Nebraska) had 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions.

Now I have heard people say, “Well Ingram played so bad against Auburn,” or “he went three games without a touchdown.” Why this maybe true, Colt McCoy had 2 games where he threw more INTs than TDs (Nebraska and Texas Tech where he threw 1 TD and 4 INTs) and two other games where he threw just as many TDs as INTs. However no one said he shouldn’t win because of those games, so why shouldn’t Ingram win because of his. The stats don’t lie, although both teams are undefeated, Ingram played his best for the most part in the big games, while McCoy played average or even poor in some cases.

Truth be told, the voters will probably vote for Colt McCoy, who is deserving, for the Heisman because the voters realized that he should have last year plus Ingram can win it next year so chances are most of the voters could have taken that into account. It should be a close vote and it can really go either way and whoever does win will have a chip on their shoulder going into Pasadena, and will have a lot to prove. So here is to the next few weeks, it should be a fun ride, and as always…..ROLL TIDE!!!!