2006-04-28T15:32:12.460-04:00I basically gave up my pipe dream of the Eagles somehow managing to move up to get D'Brickashaw Ferguson. On to the Board.....Haloti Ngata- DT- OregonErnie Sims-LB- Florida StateBroderick Bunkley-DT-Florida StateChad Greenway-lb- IowaKamerion Wimbley-DE/LB-Florida StateSantonio Holmes- WR - Ohio StateNick Mangold-C- Ohio StateGabe Watson-DT-MichiganEric Winston-T-MiamiBobby Carpenter-LB-Ohio StateJohn McCargo-DT- NC StateParys Haralson-DE-TennesseeDevin Hester-CB-MiamiJason Avant-WR-MichiganGreg Blue-S-GeorgiaKellen Clemens-QB-OregonLawrence Vickers-FB-ColoradoWali Lundy-RB-VirginiaSkylar Green- WR-LSUJohn Torp- P- ColoradoJeff King- TE- Virginia TechJason Spitz-G-LouisvilleFrostee Rucker-DE-USCHaloti Ngata- DT- OregonMy favorite player in this draft, I am holding onto hope the eagles will move up to get him or by some stroke of luck, he lasts until 14.Ernie Sims-LB- Florida StateGotta love his style of play, a kamikaze who will really improve the lb core. Probably wont last until 14, and the eagles probably wont move up to get him, but a special player and worth a look if still there.Broderick Bunkley-DT-Florida StateNot as big of a fan of Bunkley as other people. I don't trust these players who move up draft boards because they can excel at the high jump or some other contrived combine scenarios, but his pure size and speed are undeniable and if Ngata is gone and he is still available, you have to take him.Chad Greenway-lb- IowaSomething tells me this is the rout the Eagles will take if they aren't able to either move up to get one of the d-tackles, or move down and get some picks. I wouldn't really be against it, but would rather they pursued some other options first.Kamerion Wimbley-DE/LB-Florida StateA gifted slash player who would address two needs, but I don't know if I would take him at 14. A good move down guy.Santonio Holmes- WR - Ohio StateThey need a receiver and Holmes would be a great candidate if they were to move down into the late teens to twenties somewhere.Nick Mangold-C- Ohio StateAnother move down candidate. They showed this offseason in the LaCharles Bentley fiasco that they believe they need a serious upgrade at center and Mangold would provide a great building block for the future, and probably could be inserted into the line this year.Gabe Watson-DT-MichiganGreat option in the second round if the Birds miss out on one of the Big Two at tackle.Eric Winston-T-MiamiMonster. Could turn out to be a star. A bargain second rounder.Bobby Carpenter-LB-Ohio StateAnother bargain second rounder, could be a contributing starter within a year.John McCargo-DT- NC StateRun stuffer Explodes off the line. Another option in the second round.Parys Haralson-DE-TennesseeExplosive on the pass rush, someone to look at in the third round.Devin Hester-CB-MiamiPerfect fit for the Eagles. Would add depth to the defensive back corps and would be a dynamite return man. Would be my first pick in the third round.Jason Avant-WR-MichiganJoins Ngata and Hester as my favorite players in the draft. Would add great depth to the receiver position this year, and should develop into a very solid possession receiver.Greg Blue-S-GeorgiaVery good at the highlight type plays like big hits and swats, but needs to improve the little aspects of his game to become a consistent threat at safety. But the good this is , with Michael Lewis and Brian Dawkins in the fold, the eagles could let him loose on special teams and in select schemes. He would also learn a lot from B-Dawk and Lewis. Forth Round optionKellen Clemens-QB-OregonNot the quarterback of the future, but a solid backup and could develop into someone that other teams will covet, ala AJ Feely. Ideal for the West Coast Offense. Might not be available because he is moving up a lot of peoples boards.Lawrence Vickers-FB-ColoradoThe Eagles need a fullback, and Vickers is probably the best available. Not the perfect fullback in their offense from a blocking sense, but is a perfect West Coast receiving fullback, can catch the ball with the best of them. Will also contribute on special teams.Wal[...]
2006-04-28T00:13:38.823-04:00This will be the final spotlight feature on a player for this years draft.....the full eagles draft board to come shortly
2006-04-26T14:53:14.566-04:00I've noticed that I call this a Phillies blog, yet the Phillies don't seem to appear here much. I'm positive that will change in a week or so. The NFL Draft is this week, and the NBA playoffs just got under way, so once the draft is over, and we get deeper into the playoffs, the phillies will dominate. But here is my Phillies thought for today : they need pitching...desperatly.
2006-04-27T22:57:46.243-04:00In the second installment of the Eagles Draft Board, the line of scrimmage remains the destination, but this time it's on the defensive side.
(1) Detroit Pistons vs (8) Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are a good young team with Bogut, Ford, and Redd. But this Pistons team is a historic one. Pistons, easily.
(2) Miami Heat vs (7) Chicago Bulls
Chicago could take one game, but that's about all. Heat in 5.
(3) New Jersey Nets vs (6) Indiana Pacers
The Nets are dangerous right now, and the Pacers are a playoff tested team. Should be a good series, but the Nets come out on top.
(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (5) Washington Wizards
Upset time!!! Not really. LeBron and the Cavs had a great regular season, but they just don't have enough firepower to go against Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler , and Antawn Jamison over seven games. Wizards in 7.
(1) San Antonio Spurs vs (8) Sacramento Kings
The Spurs are a bit down from recent years, despite their record. But the Kings shouldn't pose any sort of a problem. Spurs early.
(2) Phoniex Suns vs (7) LA Lakers
Kobe could pull an upset here, but I don't see it. Kobe will win some games on his own though. Suns in 7
(3) Denver Nuggets vs (6) LA Clippers
In a weird twist, the 6 seed has homecourt in this one. The Clippers had a great season considering they are the Clippers. The Nuggets are also a nice up and coming team. Should be a great series. A real toss up for me.....Nuggets in 7
(4) Dallas Mavericks vs (5) Memphis Grizzlies
Dirk vs Pau is going to be a great matchup. The Grizzlies just the type of team that can give the Mavs some trouble. Considering Dirk is my favorite player in the NBA, and the Mavs are my favorite team besides the Sixers, I am a little bias. But I logically believe the Mavs will win here too. Mavs in 5
The NBA playoffs seem to drag on forever, so I'll be back with Round two predictions in three years.....
2006-06-20T13:34:25.816-04:00It's gone on long enough. It might have been funny at first, but now it's just out of hand. Usually, it's the fans who drive a player or manager up a wall, this time it's the media. Listen to any radio show, or read the papers, or watch tv, and you find it everywhere. Media members bashing Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Sure, he has made a few questionable decisions on the field. Every manager has. But this ridicule goes beyond that. It's personal. The way Manuel speaks, his intelligence level, and basic integrity is challenged everyday by people who wouldn't dare say half of what they do to Manuel's face. Yea, Manuel's timbre of this voice, and the way he talks, is an easy target, but no one has ever gone to the stinging personal depths regarded speech with Felipe Alou, or Ozzie Guillen. No one would dare make a negative African-American reference when talking about Dusty Baker or Frank Robinson. It's easy to do it to Manuel, because he is so much like them. It's perfectly alright to personally attack a rich guy from West Virginia who , if it wasn't for his public exposure, could easily be mistaken for a lowly coal miner. If the jabs and blows that Manuel takes on a daily basis were thrown at any other minority manager, someone would be fined, suspended or fired. But it's fine because Charlie is a white guy from America. But it isn't. Charlie Manuel might not be the greatest game day manger in the game. But then again, is Andy Reid the best game day coach in the NFL? Not even close, yet he is revered by almost everyone in town. Reid leaves more points on the field than Manuel leaves runs on the bases, by far. Manuel was the skipper of the best Phillie team since 93 last year. Brett Myers looked to get back on track with Manuel's easy going style. Jimmy Rollins began his trek to superstardom, not under his "mentor", Larry Bowa, but Charlie Manuel. Ryan Howard credits Manuel with helping him become the hitter he is. The entire Phillies team was different last year, all due to Manuel. Ask any Japanese player in the Majors, most notably Hedeki Matsui, who their favorite player was growing up, the answer will often be " Aka Oni" , "The Red Devil " Charlie Manuel. Manuel was the Willis Reed of Japan when he returned to the field a short 6 weeks after shattering his entire jaw after getting beaned in a game. He came back and wore a football helmet in the batters box, and returned to form. Manuel knows baseball. But moreso, he knows hitting. Some of the best hitters of 90's studied under Manuel. Roberto Alomar, Jim Thome, Richie Sexson, Manny Ramirez, Kenny Lofton, David Justice and Juan Gonzalez all have gone to Manuel for hitting help. Thome, Ramirez and most recently Ryan Howard, all learned their current stances/swings from Manuel. He is far from a fool.Bottom line is Charlie Manuel deserves the criticism he receives. He doesn't deserve the hateful, prejudice, vicious, personal attacks. He is the best manager this team has had perhaps since the years of Pat Corrales, Dallas Green and Danny Ozark. I put Manuel ahead of Jim Fergosi, because those who think Fergosi ran that 93 team are mistaken. That team belonged to Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra and John Kruk.Pat Gillick is also a baseball man, he knows what Manuel brings to the table. The media can look for Manuel's firing in the next couple of weeks, but I don't see it. Charlie isn't the one who is giving up the home runs. He isn't pitching. He does his job of keeping the team loose and having fun. The players need to hold up their end of the deal and make pitches, drive in runs, and win. Charlie Manuel's crooked double switches aren't even in the top ten reasons the Phillies struggle. Charlie is a good man, both in baseball and out.[...]
2006-04-05T00:32:58.100-04:00The Florida Marlins have managed in a little over a decade of existence to win more World Series titles than the Angels, Brewers, Astros, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Rockies, Devil Rays, Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Royals. They have as many World Series titles as the Chicago Cubs , New York Mets and Cleveland Indians. In both of the seasons that the Marlins won the World Series. The Marlins that won the 1997 World Series were a team of veterans and young players. The Marlins went out the previous offseason and signed the likes of Bobby Bonilla, Moises Alou, Livan Hernandez, Kevin Brown, and Al Leiter. The Marlins went on to win 88 games, a 9 game improvement from the year before, and capture the World Series Championship in 7 games vs. the Cleveland Indians. After their title, Marlin ownership apparently needed to cut payroll so they held a firesale of the players that helped them to their first championship. The players they would receive in these deals would shape the team that would again win a world series 6 years later. In 1998 the Marlins had a 30 game swing in the loss column, losing over 100 games.The deals that would shape the next 6 years were :Kevin Brown to the Padres for Derek LeeAl Leiter to the Mets for AJ BurnettBobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield and Charles Johnson to the Dodgers for Mike PiazzaMike Piazza to the Mets for Preston WilsonEdgar Renteria to the Cardinals for Bradan LooperMark Johnson and Ed Yarnell to the Yankees for Mike LowellDrafted Josh Beckett 2nd overall in the 1999 draftSigned Miguel Cabrera as an amateur league free agentMatt Mantei to the Diamondbacks for Brad PennyLivan Hernandez to the Giants for Jason Grilli and Nate BumpDrafted Johan Santana from the Astros in the Rule 5 DraftMISTAKE- Traded Johan Santana to the Twins for Jared CampMark Kotsay to the Padres for Matt ClementAntonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement to the Cubs for Dontrelle Willis and Julian TavarezCliff Floyd to the Expos for Carl PavanoRyan Dempster to the Reds for Juan EncarnacionCharles Johnson and Preston Wilson to the Rockies for Mike Hampton and Juan PierreMike Hampton to the Braves for Tim SpooneybargerSigned Ivan RodriguezAdrian Gonzalez to the Rangers for Ugueth UrbinaDenny Bautista to the Orioles for Jeff ConineThose were the Marlins most notable transactions between the conclusion of the 1997 World Series Season and the trading deadline of the 2003 World Series season. Something very noticeable in a lot of those moves, is the big name players, both leaving the Marlins with large contracts and coming to Florida on the cheap. Dontrelle Willis, Johan Santana, AJ Burnett, Josh Beckett, Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano, Mike Hampton, Al Leiter, just look at the names that came through the Marlins organization in that time span. The Marlins also made moves after their 2003 season. Here are those notables:Uggie Urbina and Pudge Rodriguez granted free agencyDerek Lee to the Cubs for Hee Seop ChoiBradan Looper granted free agencyHee Seop Choi and Brad Penny to the Dodgers for Paul Lo Duca,Guillermo Moto and Juan Encarnacion.Carl Pavano granted free agencySigned Carlos DelgadoPrior to the 2005 season, the Marlins were confident that they would be able to get a deal for a new stadium together with the city of Miami. It became clear during the season that no such deal would come to fruition. The Marlins were again forced to sell off their players as they did in 1997. Here are those deals.Juan Pierre to the Cubs for Sirgio Mitre Ricky Nolasco and Renyel PintoPaul Lo Duca to the Mets for Gabriel Hernandez and Dante BrinkleyCarlos Delgado to the Mets for Mike Jacobs, Yusmeiro Petit and Grant PsomasJosh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and Guillermo Mota to the Red Sox for Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez , Harvey Garcia and Jesus DelgadoGranted AJ Burnett free agencyLuis Castillo to the Twins for Travis Bowyer and Scott TylerWhat [...]
2006-04-21T00:20:04.333-04:00ESPN has been airing it's special documentary, " Through The Fire" documenting the Senior Year of High School of high school basketball star Sebastian Telfair. Telfair is perhaps the greatest high school player in the history of New York City, a very notable feat. Telfair averaged 33 points and 9 assists his Senior year at Lincoln High ( the alma mater of NBA All-Star and cousin of Telfair , Stephon Marbury). Telfair originally had committed to Louisville, but then decided to forego school and enter the NBA Draft. Telfair's biggest asset as a player has been and always will be his court vision. His ability to see the floor and make plays. ( He holds the McDonalds All-American Game record for assists in a game) Court vision isn't a skill that can be judged at any pre-draft camp. Telfair's height also didn't help him. He is listed at 5'10-165 , but I would say he was about 5'9-150. Telfair's individual workouts exposed the fact that he just couldn't match up with players with an NBA body. He is easily muscled off the ball and can be pushed around as much as he tries to stand his ground. Telfair, this IMMORTAL New York star, slipped to the last pick in the lottery, and went number 13 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland is a mess unto itself, but passing on talents such as other high school stars Josh Smith( Atlanta) and J.R. Smith ( New Orleans) , National Player of the Year Jameer Nelson ( Orlando) pure bred Chris Duhon ( Chicago) and freak of nature athlete Trevor Ariza ( New York) , didn't help matters in the Pacific Northwest. Telfair also signed a 10 million dollar show deal with Adidas, which was highlighted in the show. This led to my question, why? Why would Adidas want to sign the 13th pick in the draft, a vastly undersized , underdeveloped, basically bad NBA player to a shoe deal? I'm sure their are people at Adidas still asking themselves that question. Watching this show made one realize why the NBA had to implement age restrictions. Everyone is looking for the 'next big thing' , what is apparent and in front of them, they don't want, they always want more. Dirk Nowitzki doesn't have a shoe deal. Dwight Howard doesn't. Howard went number 1 in the draft that Telfair went number 13. If Telfair had not played in a metropolis like New York City, he would have never received the hype that he had gotten. He would have made a better choice and went to Louisville. Been a member of the best backcourt in the country with Taquan Dean. Perhaps won a National Title. Played against other top players like J.J. Reddick, Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Chris Paul, Rashad McCants, and Nate Robinson. That would have prepared him better for the NBA. You see Sebastian Telfair was a bust of a basketball player the day he declared for the NBA Draft. Only players like LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant made the real transition into the NBA that was expected. And even they struggled a bit. Jermaine O'Neal had to change teams before he progressed. To date , Telfair is averaging a little over 8 points and 3 assists....YES THREE assists a game, and has a career average of 7 points and 3 assists. Granted, it has only been two seasons, but he was supposed to be better than this. Why doesn't ESPN run a special on that. But Telfair got what he wanted, the cash. After all, having one NBA player in the family is never enough. If Telfair cared about his game or even about the game overall, he would have went to school. And quite frankly, I don't know if Telfair will ever be the player he was marketed as. He is currently stuck behind Juan Dixon and Steve Blake , two guys who alone don't intimidate anyone , but together, working as a unit , won a National Title at Maryland and get the nod over Telfair and his expensive shoes. In the Western Conference their is little room for error. Telfair would h[...]