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Updated: 2014-10-03T00:16:21.401-04:00


Eagles Draft Board


I 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[...]

P.Y.: Eagles Draft Board Part 5


This will be the final spotlight feature on a player for this years draft.....the full eagles draft board to come shortly

This will be the final spotlight feature on a player for this years draft, sometimes before the draft begins there will be a full mock first round and my completed eagles board up....onto number five

Number Five- Santonio Holmes- WR- Ohio State

I like Holmes more than the so-called "number-one" receiver in the draft Chad Jackson of Florida, I just don't trust Florida receivers. Holmes is a very solid player, a little on the small side, but solid nonetheless. The real likelihood that the eagles would take a wide receiver this high is low, but if nothing else is on the board they have to think about it. I think this is a year where in the past the Eagles would have been stubborn and passed on players like Holmes and Ernie Sims, citing sticking to their philosophy. But these are circumstances that they have never been in before and they have to look at all possibilities to get back to their successful ways. It is a lot easier to turn a 6-10 team into a 10-6 team in the nfl, it just takes the right decisions, and hopefully the Birds make those in this draft....


Ht. 5'10''
Wt. 188
40 Time 4.4

BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior campaigns. Led the team in receiving last year with 53/977/11, also averaging 12.8 yards on 11 punt returns. Sophomore totals included 55/769/7.

POSITIVES: Consistent wideout with a polished game. Fluid releasing off the line, quickly gets into breaks and separates from opponents. Sneaks downfield and easily adjusts to the errant throw running full speed. Physical, battles to make the tough catch and is effective running after the reception. Effectively uses the sidelines and gets vertical, high-pointing the ball and plucking the pass from the air. Consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame and is a reliable pass-catcher.NEGATIVES: Below-average blocker. More of a one-speed receiver who does not have a sudden burst.
ANALYSIS: Though not explosively fast or very large, Holmes is a solid football player who finds a way to produce. Should flourish as a second receiver in the NFL.PROJECTION: Mid First Round

P.Y.: Eagles Draft Board Parts 3 and 4


I'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.

Onto the Draft Board

Number Three- Brodrick Bunkley - DT- Florida St.

I like Bunkley, just not as much as Ngata, and for different reasons. Bunkley is more of a pass rusher, and will get into the backfield more than Ngata, but Ngata takes up more space and is better at stopping the run. I would be dissapointed if they took Bunkley, but only is Ngata is off the board.

Scouting Report

Ht. 6'2.5''
Wt. 306
40 Time- 5

BIO: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after 66/25/9. Junior totals included 12/3/1 when he played with a high ankle sprain.

POSITIVES: Explosive interior lineman who can be used at defensive tackle or on the nose. Displays tremendous first-step quickness, plays with leverage and has a nasty attitude. Tough to handle and was consistently doubled by opponents. Keeps his feet driving up the field, has a burst of speed and is quick closing on the play. Makes plays down the line of scrimmage and is fluid if asked to twist or stunt.

NEGATIVES: Must use his hands better and develop more moves. Has a history of knee injuries

ANALYSIS: Ever-improving the past two seasons, Bunkley is a terrific one-gap lineman who can be used in different schemes. Elevated his draft stock significantly at the Senior Bowl and is now a first-round pick.

PROJECTION: Mid First Round

Number Two- Ernie Sims- LB- Florida State .The Eagles don't take linebackers in the first round, but if Ngata and Bunkley are both off the board, and Sims is still around, they need to think about it. Playmaker with speed, would really help all facets of the Eagles defense.


Ht. 5'11''
Wt. 231
40 Time- 4.56

BIO: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors both seasons. Junior totals included 72/10/2.5 when he intercepted two passes and broke up four more. Sophomore numbers included a career-high 86 tackles.POSITIVES: Explosive linebacker who displays a complete game. Fast, quickly changes direction and flashes on the scene, forcing the action. Explosive collapsing from the outside making plays, fires up the field in run defense and gets depth on drops in coverage. Outstanding lateral movement skills and effective in pursuit. Instinctive and does a good job staying with assignments.NEGATIVES: Takes false steps to the action and is not efficient. Struggles with his back to the play.ANALYSIS: A three-down linebacker who plays bigger than his listed size, Sims has starting potential in a one-gap system. Needs to get accustomed to NFL size but should quickly find a starting spot at the next level.PROJECTION: Mid First Round

Positive Yardage: The 2006 NFL Draft- Eagles Draft Board Part Two


In the second installment of the Eagles Draft Board, the line of scrimmage remains the destination, but this time it's on the defensive side.

Number Two: Haloti Ngata- DefensiveTackle- Oregon

The Eagles will more than likely address this position with their first pick, but would again have to move up to get Ngata. They wouldn't have to move up as far as they would for Ferguson, but they would need to move up, mainly because of Buffalo is interested in Ngata right before them. Although Ferguson is Number One on my list, Ngata is the guy I think the Eagles could use the most right now. Paired with Mike Patterson, next to Javon Kearse, the defensive line goes from a push over to something to be reckoned with. He routinly drew double and triple teams in college and would really be taxing on offensive lines when deciding whether to pay attention to Ngata or Kearse. Would occupy a lot of room for Kearse to get free and get sacks. And for what it's worth, Ngata is Mormon just like Eagles head coach Andy Reid,and he is a quiet, no non sense type of guy who is just about the complete opposite of Terrell Owens. I would love it if the Eagles moved up the get him.

Scouting Report

Ht. 6'4''
Wt. 338
40 Time- 5.19

BIO: All-Conference selection the past two years and named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year last season. Produced 59/9/3 as a junior after 46/8.5/3.5 as a sophomore. Missed the .03 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee.

POSITIVES: Big, powerful space-eater in the middle of the line. Plays with good lean, drives upfield and easily bull-rushes double teams off the line of scrimmage. Displays a good change of direction going laterally to make plays. Gets a lot of momentum going up the field and tough to stop in motion.

NEGATIVES: Must improve his hand technique and do a better job of protecting himself. Tires as the big game proceeds.

ANALYSIS: A terrific athlete who can be a dominant force, Ngata offers outstanding upside for the next level. Seemingly impossible to move off the line, he offers potential in a variety of defensive systems. Should be an early pick, produce as a rookie and has All-Pro potential if he meets expectations in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Early First Round

Out of Bounds: 2006 NBA Playoff Predictions


The NBA Playoffs are here, and although the Sixers didn't make it, there are some intriguing matchups nonetheless. Here are predictions for Round One. An intriguing stat to think about is this. Ever since the NBA went to 7 game series in the first round in 2003, the higher seed has won 79% of the series. Therefore you won't find NCAA tourney type upsets in the NBA first round. Crystal ball time.....


(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.....

Positive Yardage: NFL Draft 2006- Eagles Draft Board Part One


No matter the sport, I am a huge draft nut. Basketball, Football, Baseball and even Hockey. I've made some good calls in recent years regarding the draft. Most notably, putting Andre Iguodala atop my Sixers Draft board, even though he hadn't even worked out for the team or drawn any interest. The NFL Draft is next weekend, and until then I will profile the top players on my Eagles Draft Board before posting the entire board next week. Onto the prospects......

Number One: D'Brickashaw Ferguson- Offensive Tackle- Virginia

Would make sense for the Eagles because of the uncertainty surrounding Tra Thomas and the overall need to improve the O-Line. The Eagles would absolutely have to move up to get him. Might go as high as number two to New Orleans. The most likely scenario for landing Ferguson would involve the Eagles trading up to getting into the number 6 spot currently held by San Fransisco. And that is something they can do due to the fact they have a good amount of first day picks this year. San Fran recently acquired Denver's first round pick in this years draft, and the 6 pick could be available. If Ferguson is available at that spot, the Eagles need to seriously consider making a move to get him.

Scouting Report

Ht., 6'6''
Wt.: 312
40 Time: 5.21

BIO: Four-year starter who missed two games in his college career. All-Conference and All-America choice over the past two years.

Upside: Athletic, pass-blocking tackle with tremendous upside potential. Displays outstanding footwork, blocking range and ability protecting the edge. Fluid pulling across the line of scrimmage and effective blocking on the move. Quick with his hands, stays square and jolts opponents at the point of attack. Patient and plays with intelligence.

Downside: Must improve his playing balance, strength and run-blocking abilities. Not a true finisher. Mild-mannered and not a high-intensity prospect.

ANALYSIS: An exciting prospect with All-Pro possibilities at the next level, Ferguson offers immediate starting potential and will only get better as he physically matures. Well-spoken and respected, his future is bright in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Early First Round

Out Of Bounds: The Ten Best


Sports Illustrated recently ran a feature on the 10 Best Players in the NBA. I agreed with some and disagreed with others. Here is my version of " The Ten Best", and no....Sebastian Telfair didn't make my list.

Honorable Mention:

20- Jermaine O'Neal
19- Baron Davis
18- Yao Ming
17- Manu Ginobili
16- Chris Bosh
15- Carmelo Anthony
14- Tracy McGrady
13- Vince Carter
12- Jason Kidd
11- Steve Nash

Bosh might be in the top ten next year, Nash and Kidd are amazing point guards, but they fell just short.....


10. LeBron James- g/f- Cleveland Cavaliers

Some people would call in blasphemy to put LeBron this low, but I believe the following players are better than him. Ever since he came into the league, everything he does is the greatest thing in the world. He still has room to improve, in my opinion. He is a great athlete. but yet to become a great basketball player. I wonder if he will ever win in Cleveland.

9. Elton Brand- pf- Los Angeles Clippers
The best post up player in the league over the past 10 years.

8. Paul Pierce- g/f- Boston Celtics
Great touch from all over the floor, can post up, can do it all. Lacks a bit on the defensive end though.

7. Dwight Howard- f- Orlando Magic
A freak of nature, can rebound, score, play defense. LeBron gets all the pub, but it's Howard who is the best high school player to enter the league since Kobe.

6. Dwyane Wade- g- Miami Heat
LeBron, Darko, and Melo all headlined the 03 Draft, but it's Wade who turned out the be the best.

5. Shaquille O'Neal-c- Miami Heat
May have lost a step, but no doubt still a dominant force. The second best center ever behind Wilt, one of the top ten players of all time, nonetheless.

4. Kevin Garnett- f- Minnesota Timberwolves
Can score, play defense, handle the ball, rebound. He is what Dwight Howard could be. If he could only get on to a winning team.

3. Tim Duncan- f- San Antonio Spurs
The most fundementaly sound player in the game. An all-time great already.

2. Dirk Nowitzki-f- Dallas Mavericks
A big man shouldn't be able to shoot at all, nonetheless as well as Dirk can. He is the best foreign born player ever. A modern day Larry Bird. Probably won't win as many titles as Bird with the league expanded the way it is. But he is the barameter onto which every other player in the world outside the US is judged. That's saying alot.

1. Kobe Bryant-g- Los Angeles Lakers
The best player in the world. A true basketball player. Can do what he wants, at will. Three more titles and he is up there with Jordan, if he already isn't. An all timer.

You're a good man, Charlie Manuel


It'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.[...]

Around the Horn : The 2006 Florida Marlins....The Best Ever


The 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 [...]

OUT OF BOUNDS: He came Through the Fire, and got burned.


ESPN 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[...]

Time for Rowand to look at his feet


I wasn't 100% thrilled with the offseason deal that brought Aaron Rowand to the Phillies from the Chicago White Sox. I was a big fan of Jim Thome, and as inevitable as his departure was, it was hard to see him go. I would have rather the Phillies gotten young Brian Anderson from the Sox, even if it meant the exclusion of one of the pitching prospects they received in the deal. But what is done is done, and I have grown to like Aaron Rowand as a ballplayer. Still, a couple of things about Aaron Rowand have grown to bother me. First, Rowand is a solid center fielder. Bobby Abreu has more Gold Gloves than he does though. And the Gold Glove isn't outfield position specific, three centerfielders could win it. Yet he has failed to win one in an American League that it is very winnable for him. That's why I only consider him above average, not great. With the way some people are talking about him, he is the second coming of Willie Mays. Sure, he dives and falls and hits the ground. That leads to the question, if he got the great jump on the ball , that great centerfielders do, would he have to be flopping around like that? I think Jim Edmonds is one of the best actors in the game. Jumping and diving at balls that he really didn't have to. I think Rowand has a little bit of that in him. If hitting the ground was a sign of a great outfielder, than Eric Byrnes is unmatched, and he has been on 4 teams in the past 8 months. Andruw Jones, that's a great center fielder. Effortless in the field, great arm. Andruw is the standard onto which everyone in the game today should be judged. Secondly, I understand how emotional it must have been for him to have been traded, the day before thanksgiving no less, from a World Champion to a new team in a new league, new everything for him. The 2005 White Sox were a tight bunch and Rowand had to leave friends behind with whom he was just taking a shower in champagne with a little over a month earlier. That all in understandable. That was last year. Aaron Rowand is a Phillie now. All the questions from the media regarding the trade were warranted, but now its over. Tomorrow, on the Phillies off day, Rowand will be in Chicago to recieve his World Series ring. That's great. Now its over. From day one, the first thing Aaron Rowand said was how much he loved Chicago , he thanked the Chicago fans, and so on. Thats where it should have ended. Ever since that day, the media has asked Rowand questions, and Rowand has been more than happy to entertain them, about the White Sox and his love affair with Chicago. Comparing the White Sox from last year and this years Phillies is ridiculous. The White Sox relied on a stellar pitching staff and small ball to win a title. The Phillies have a questionable staff and can bash the ball with the best of them. Ozzie Guillen and Charlie Manuel couldn't be any more different when it comes to personality. A fiery Venezuelan and a laid back country boy from West Virginia, they aren't even one bit alike. Bottom line is, Aaron Rowand, you are a Philadelphia Phillie now. When you put on that ring tomorrow, hopefully it won't make you wish for the past, but make you want to get another in the future. This town isn't as bad as it seems, your style of play lends itself to being a fan favorite here. Run with that and your stay here will be great. Philadelphia is more fun when you sleep over.

Dellucci a Phillie


It was announced tonight that the Phillies have acquired Outfielder David Dellucci from the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitcher Robinson Tejeda and outfielder Jake Blalock. I like Dellucci and think he will make a fine forth outfielder, but I wish we didn't have to give up Tejeda to get him. I wish we could have given then Eude Brito instead. Or instead of taking Ricardo Rodriguez, we should have tried to get Dellucci when we traded Vicente Padilla to Texas. I was a big Tejeda fan and thought that he was a great guy to have around as an insurance plan for the rotation. I always liked his stuff and how he was wild yet effective. Tejeda was one of those few guys that the Phillies scouted and signed out of the Dominican and to let him go for a 4th outfielder doesn't make great sense to me. I am trusting Pat Gillick's moves this year, so I'll see how this deal works out before I fully judge it. I don't have much thought on Jake Blalock, except now he is in the same organization as his brother, Hank, in Texas and that must be cool for the family. This sends a ripple effect throughout the Phillies roster because Dellucci will now be the 4th outfielder, moving Shane Victorino into the 5th position on the depth chart, and it also stacks the odds against spring sensation Chris Coste. I really wanted Coste to make the team, and maybe he could get called up in mid season, but with David Bell as healthy as David Bell can be, and Dellucci on the team, I don't see him making it out of the gate. One thing about the Dellucci move that I love is that is brings the Italian count on the Phillies to two players, Dellucci and Sal Fasano. Always a good thing. Lastly, the Rangers rotation to start the season features the stud pitchers Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla along with Tejeda....maybe next year the rangers will go after randy wolf....and Ricky Bottalico is available.....

The 2006 Major League Baseball Season


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