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Posted 24 August 2017 - 04:07 PM #8281

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There's no way to watch Roberto Aguayo and not feel sympathy.

Because it's painful. It really is.

Two years ago he was being hailed as <a href="http://www.yadeos.co...-c-1_2.html</a> the greatest kicker in college football history - and it wasn't hyperbole either. He won the Lou Groza Award as a freshman in 2013 and then had an even better year in 2014, making a ridiculous number of clutch kicks for the Seminoles on their way to another unbeaten regular season.

He finished his NCAA career as the most accurate kicker ever (267 of 276 total kicks in a Florida State uniform) and never missed from inside 40 yards, which is why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted in him in the second round of the 2016 draft. They thought they were getting Mr. Automatic - a player they could pencil into the kicker spot for the next decade and a half.

Instead they let him go after one season, becoming (I have to imagine) the first second-rounder ever to be cut on an episode of Hard Knocks. And if you saw that scene last week you couldn't help but feel awful for the guy.

And if you watched Aguayo's 49-yard attempt for the Chicago Bears (they claimed him the day after he was released by Tampa Bay) on Saturday night you realized the guy's career could legitimately be over.

Because it looked like it came off the foot of someone who was new to the sport. It started out low and toward the left goal post. By the time it hit the ground it had somehow missed wide right. I'm not sure I've ever seen a kick with that trajectory before. Like an awful slice in golf.

It was ugly. And it once again begged the question: What in the world happened to Roberto?

Here's the answer: He lost every last bit of his confidence. When he was at Florida State, the kid didn't just think he was great. He knew he was. He wasn't just confident, he was cocky. And brash. Maybe more so than any kicker I've ever seen.

He admitted he wanted to be the best kicker of all <a href="http://www.arimtex.c...c-1_26.html</a> time. He talked about never missing again. He talked like Deion. And he more than backed it up.

Clark: The G.O.A.T. has a nice ring to it

He was almost perfect as a freshman in 2013, but it was during his sophomore season at Florida State that I thought he was the best kicker I'd ever seen. It wasn't just that he made virtually every one he attempted, but it was the way he made them. Right down the middle. Every. Time.

You got the feeling the goal posts could be 4 feet apart and he'd still split them.

He wasn't quite as good as a junior, missing five kicks and having a few more barely sneak in, but the Bucs drafted him in the second round anyway.

And that, in my opinion, is where it fell apart for Aguayo.

Trying to be a kicker in the NFL is tough enough. So many jobs are on the line if you miss kicks, including your own, that the pressure can be overwhelming for a rookie in that position. Then throw in the fact that a team traded up in the second round to draft you, which is way, way, way too high for a kicker, and that pressure intensifies even more.

Even with all that backlash though I thought Aguayo would handle it. I just thought he was so confident in his abilities, so consistently good at FSU, that he'd laugh off the pressure and hype and just keep splitting uprights like he'd always done.

But confidence is a funny thing. Once you lose it, it can be almost impossible to get it back. Even when you're the greatest kicker in college football history.

Mark Wohlers will always have a s<a href="http://www.armacan.c...sey-c-1_11.html">Andy Lee Womens Jersey</a>  pecial place in my heart because he recorded the last three outs of the 1995 World Series - which was the only championship we Atlanta sports fans ever got to celebrate until the 2017 Super Bowl (I stopped watching after Lady Gaga's halftime show but obviously I assume my Falcons held on).

Wohlers blew a World Series game the following year to the Yankees. Then two years later, inexplicably, he forgot how to throw a strike. In 20 innings for the Braves in 1998 he walked 33 batters.

A flame-throwing closer that got three straight outs in a 1-0 game in the World Series all the sudden couldn't get the ball to home plate in a regular season game in May. He just lost it. And never truly regained it, finishing his career in the American League as a middling middle reliever.

The lack of confidence crashed his career.

And that's what I worry about with Aguayo. Things have gotten so bad - he was cut on national television and then had a horrific miss for his new team - that there might not be any coming back.

It's not that he can't make it in the league. There have been plenty of guys who have been cut initially - including two former FSU kickers in Graham Gano and Dustin Hopkins - who came back to have solid NFL careers.

But those guys weren't second-round picks. Those guys didn't have the label of "bust" slapped on them one year after being drafted. And <a href="http://www.officialp...sey-c-1_15.html">Starling Marte Youth Jersey</a>  those guys weren't slicing 7-irons like Aguayo did on Saturday night for the Bears.

It was hard to watch. All of this has been actually. Because he was so good at Florida State that it seems impossible that this is the same guy. That it's the same right leg.

But quite honestly, because sports can be cruel and unforgiving, there's a chance we might not see that guy ever again.

What made Aguayo the best college kicker of all time was a mix of incredible talent and supreme confidence.

The talent is still in there. Hopefully the confidence reappears before it's too late. 



Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:42 PM #8282

Carolina Panthers: Rookie
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The focus during this draft was http://www.armacan.c...sey-c-1_19.html clearly on the offensive side of the ball and helping franchise quarterback Cam Newton. In the first round, the Panthers selected running back Christian McCaffrey with the eighth overall pick and followed it up with wide receiver Curtis Samuel and tackle Taylor Moton in the second.

After these picks, Gettleman drafted pass rusher Daeshon Hall before selecting fullback Alex Armah in the sixth round. The final pick was history making as the Panthers drafted a kicker for the first time in franchise history with the selection of Harrison Butker.

This is how the 2017 NFL Draft class has http://www.officialp...sey-c-1_11.html performed this preseason and what to expect going forward.

 

 



Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:46 PM #8283

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No team is headed in more directions than http://www.hssmstore...sey-c-1_40.html the Miami Marlins right now.

Despite the nightly heroics of Giancarlo Stanton and the honor of hosting this year’s All-Star Game, it has been a hazy season in the all-encompassing purgatory that is the majority of the National League East. Because as it has been for nearly a decade, the Marlins remain one of baseballs most consistent underachievers.

Amid the dependable struggles, there is finally reason for legitimate hope in South Beach. I'm not talking the type of "wait for the other shoe to drop" type of hope that Jeffrey Loria (more on him later) is known for, but legitimate, sincere hope. Despite the roller-coaster of despair that has surrounded the team, the biggest story of the year in Miami is not floating along to another seemingly inevitable sub-.500 finish. Nor is it even Stanton’s one-man home run derby down the stretch. Rather, it is the process that begins in earnest to rehab the bruised legacy of the Marlins.

It has been 15 years since the Marlins last http://www.yadeos.co...sey-c-1_12.html made the postseason, when they won the 2003 World Series in the first year of Loria’s oversight. They have not posted a .500 record since 2009, a year before Stanton made his Major League Baseball debut. Only once since moving into Marlins Park has the team finished higher than 27th in attendance, which was a so-so 18th in the first year of the stadiums existence.

Now, the pressure to turn that all around falls on the shoulders of Miami’s newest white knight of optimism, Derek Jeter, in his reinvented media mogul self. Jeters next trick could be his greatest: reviving one of baseballs most thoroughly lost franchises in the image of excellence that has become synonymous with his name.

As the new ownership group prepares to take the reins of the organization, the Marlins find themselves in desperate need of a reset. Jeter is preparing to be more than just the face of his new club, but also a liberator looking to free the team from the clutches of Loria. No owner in baseball has caused more comprehensive damage than Loria did during his 15-year run. Deploying a notoriously fickle, vindictive, overly frugal and misleading decision-making style, Loria found some incredibly egregious ways to make the people of Miami rue his existence. This included firing the National League Manager of Jorge Posada Youth Jersey the Year in Joe Girardi for daring to disagree with him — the first of seven managers Loria axed. (Not to mention the two-pronged error in the case of naming general manager Dan Jennings on-field manager midseason, despite Jennings having no prior in-game execution experience prior to his appointment.)

 

 



Posted 24 August 2017 - 10:59 AM #8284

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A win at a national competition is the http://www.cinemakol...sey-c-1_27.html latest in a string of plaudits for woodworker Joe Morgan.

His "Labyrinth Table" earned praise at the 2017 Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge, the 13th annual competition recognizing excellence in veneer woodwork design. The panel of judges involved experts from the fields of woodworking, education and manufacturing.

Competitors included "well-established, professional guys I admire and look up to," said the self-taught craftsman, designer and artist from Park Rapids. "I was completely surprised to win that category. I'm basically an unknown woodworker from northern Minnesota. To have my piece recognized within that circle is pretty special."

Morgan captured first place in the furniture category and received $1,000.

"I've already started to buy more hand tools to explore more options with woodworking and try new things," he said.

Morgan's specialty is marquetry, the art of creating an image using pieces of veneer, a thin decorative covering of fine wood.

The labyrinth pattern on the outer ring of the table comprises 650 pieces, all cut by hand. A marquetry image of an octahedron is inlaid at the center. The 104 pieces for that image were also cut by hand.

"The precision veneer work and optical http://www.dusenadup...sey-c-1_44.html effects display exceptional craftsmanship," wrote the judge.

Morgan conceived the design a couple years ago. He'd seen the 16-piece, repeating pattern in paintings or using old, stone tiles on Greek tables.

The outer ring of the table was most time-consuming. Morgan labored on it for several months.

"It was wintertime and I really had nothing better to do," he said. "Each piece must be cut the same size. Any little deviation would be noticeable."

The octahedron was inspired by an image on Pinterest.

"I saw it and thought, 'That's kind of cool. I think I could do that in marquetry,'" he recalled.

All told, some 250 to 300 hours went into the table's creation, using only four types of hand precision tools.

"I nicknamed that table 'Patience Test," he said.

"Labyrinth Table" is currently displayed at The Art of Fine Furniture in Rochester. It received the Judge's Award of Excellence and Excellence in Daeshon Hall Authentic Jersey Veneering at the 2017 Northern Woods Exhibition, an annual competition hosted by the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild.

Morgan is using a Region 2 Arts Council grant for his marquetry endeavors and regional art shows. This summer, he exhibited at six art fairs.

 



Posted 24 August 2017 - 10:06 AM #8285

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In the midst of arguably his best career http://www.newjersey...sey-c-1_16.html season, Reds first baseman Joey Votto received the highest of praises from reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant.

Hes the best player ever,Bryant said Wednesday, per CSN Chicago. Hes my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain."

Votto has a 1.049 OPS this season with 32 homers and 86 RBI, on track to break his career-highs in all three categories.

Hes not just doing it this year hes doing it his whole career,Bryant said. Hes a future Hall of Famer, thats for sure.

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Noted for his plate discipline, 33-year-old Votto won the MVP award in 2010 and has finished in the top-10 on four other occasions. Votto leads the majors with 99 walks through Thursday.

I feel like hes aggressive, but hes not going to swing at a pitch until he wants it," Bryant said. "He mentioned that to me, too, when I got to first (on Monday night). He said: Your approach looks a lot better this year.’”

Votto has spent his entire 11-year career with http://www.texanspro...sey-c-1_17.html the Reds, batting .313 since his debut in debut in 2007.

 



Posted 24 August 2017 - 09:12 AM #8286

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Nuance is a funny thing. According to Pirates http://www.ochomesnl...sey-c-1_17.html Prospects (sub. req’d), Pirateshead trainer Todd Tomczyk characterizes the possibility of Gregory Polanco returning this year from his latest left hamstring strain as questionable.The Post-Gazette says the Pirates are optimistichell return.

I suspect this is two ways of saying the same thing: Polanco might return but it’s not guaranteed.

What pretty much is guaranteed is a lost season for a guy who was supposed to be a major part of the Pirates’ core. Polanco has played in just 91 games and posted an indifferent slash line of 255/311/407. Even if he does come back for a couple weeks, those numbers are unlikely to improve, because his history is that he struggles badly for a while after returning from one of his countless minor injuries. Itd probably be better if he just scrapped the rest of the season and tried to get healthy for next year. The Pirates could let Jordan Luplow play the position the rest of the way, if Clint Hurdle could be restrained from putting soon-to-be ex-Pirate John Jaso in the lineup every other day.

As for other players, Francisco Cervelli also isn’t close http://www.firestorm...rsey-c-1_7.html in any immediate sense, but the main question seems to be whether he should do a minor league rehab. With George Kontos, the Pirates are hoping for a return once hes eligible on August 30.

 



Posted 23 August 2017 - 03:59 PM #8287

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Halfway through the exhibition schedule, the http://www.officialr...sey-c-1_32.html Panthers still have a lot of questions about the makeup of their roster.

Their secondary depth remains an issue, particularly at safety. Two of their drafted rookies are still dealing with injuries, and the first-team offense was a mess at Tennessee.

On the positive side, they have several players whose versatility provides a great deal of roster flexibility – not the least of whom is do-it-all, first-round pick Christian McCaffrey.

Projecting the Panthers’ 53-man roster.

QUARTERBACKS (3): Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe Webb.

The skinny: Anderson had a rough start against the Titans, although you can’t blame him for Devin Funchessfirst-play fumble. The biggest question, of course, involves the health of Newton, whose workload will increase this week.

RUNNING BACKS (5): Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey, Fozzy Whittaker, Cameron Artis-Payne, Alex Armah

WIDE RECEIVERS (6): Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Russell Shepard, Curtis Samuel, Brenton Bersin, Damiere Byrd.

TIGHT ENDS (3): Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson, Chris Manhertz.

The skinny: Dickson’s value as a blocker http://www.officialr...sey-c-1_23.html could impact what the Panthers do with their fullbacks.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9): Ryan Kalil, Matt Kalil, Daryl Williams, Trai Turner, Andrew Norwell, Taylor Moton, Tyler Larsen, Amini Silatolu, Gino Gradkowski.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9): Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Julius Peppers, Charles Johnson, Mario Addison, Wes Horton, Daeshon Hall, Kyle Love, Vernon Butler.

The skinny: No changes to the defensive front, despite the fact Butler (knee) and Love (ankle) remain sidelined.

LINEBACKERS (6): Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Shaq Thompson, David Mayo, Jared Norris, Jeremy Cash.

The skinny: It was a mixed bag for the backup linebackers at Tennessee. Mayo, who started in place of Luke Kuechly, led all defenders with 10 tackles. And Cash was active with four tackles, a sack and another quarterback hit.

DEFENSIVE BACKS (9): James Bradberry, Daryl Worley, Mike Adams, Kurt Coleman, Captain Munnerlyn, Colin Jones, Teddy Williams, Cole Luke, L.J. McCray.

SPECIALISTS (3): Graham Gano, Michael Palardy, J.J. Jansen.

The skinny: The punting competition is the real battle among the specialists, and right now Palardy looks to have the edge. Andy Lee, coming off a Bernie Williams Youth Jersey hamstring injury that ended his 2016 season in October, did not punt against the Titans. Palardy averaged 49.5 yards on two punts, with a net of 49.0.



Posted 23 August 2017 - 03:06 PM #8288

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are about to http://www.yadeos.co...sey-c-1_41.html bench their starting quarterback in favor of a journeyman quarterback who has just one season where he’s thrown for more touchdowns than interceptions.

The Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Browns, however, all took big gambles in the 2017 NFL Draft to upgrade at that position.

Despite this quarterback class being rather underwhelming (on paper) compared to groups in years past, all four teams threw their cards on the table and hoped against hope that Lady Luck would reinvigorate their franchise.

Whether or not their shiny new quartet of signal callers — Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, Pat Mahomes, and DeShone Kizer will work out in the long run is obviously still up in the air, but there is no doubt that the early returns http://www.arimtex.c...sey-c-1_16.html have been fantastic. On this weeks episode of The Film Room, well take a deep dive into each and every one of those four debut performances and what they mean for this quarterback class as a whole.

 



Posted 23 August 2017 - 02:06 PM #8289

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Meaningful or meaningless? Starts, per http://www.texanspro...sey-c-1_25.html usual, played only sparingly in the opening act of the Preseason, but several newcomers made statements, others underwhelmed in brief action. Below, Yahoo fanalysts Brad Evans, Andy Behrens and Liz Loza discuss guys moving up and down their cheat sheets.

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The biggest fantasy winner Preseason Week 2 was ________.

Brad – CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY. Reggie Bush. Marshall Faulk. NOT Danny Woodhead. McCaffrey resembled a number of RBs in a scintillating effort against the Titans. Carving out his own path of totality with the first-team offense, he cut, glided and dashed his way to 72 total yards and a TD on only five touches.

Yes, it’s the Preseason and all schemes are generic, but McCaffrey is a uniquely skilled player who could be deployed in a larger capacity than most originally anticipated. Its very unlikely he surpasses 200 carries, but 13-14 touches per game is in the cards. Still, with Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart operating as goal-line gremlins, his TDs will be of the home run variety, probably topping out in the 5-7 range. Selectable in the latter portion of Round 2 in PPR, hes also a worthy investment a few picks later in standard. For now, Im confident hell finish around RB15 when the dust settles in December.

Andy – MARLON MACK wont step into a featured role, like several other backs in this years rookie class. (See above and below.) But he was awesome against Dallas on Saturday. He was playing mostly against JV defenders and special teamers, but, well look at this. He gained 59 yards on seven touches and generally looked like the angriest man on the field. Frank Gore will probably never retire, of course hell finish as RB14 when hes like 49 but Mack sure looks like a playmaker.

Liz – DALVIN COOK. Steadily rising in my ranks since the Spring, Cook has been one of the most impressive rookies of the preseason. Lighting up defenders like one of Daenerysdragons, Cook managed 40 yards on seven attempts in his second preseason effort. Continuing to receive looks in the passing game, and demonstrating applause-worthy elusiveness, the rookie started the game and played through the first-half with the ones. The more time Latavius Murray misses, the more time Cook has to impress and to strengthen his hold on the RB1 duties. While the Vikingsoffensive line remains an issue, Cooks volume http://www.cinemakol...sey-c-1_21.html and talent make him a top-fifteen fantasy prospect.

Conversely, the biggest fantasy loser Preseason Week 2 was ______.

Andy – Im gonna go ahead and say its the guy who lost a significant position battle: PAXTON LYNCH. The second-year QB passed for only 39 yards on 13 attempts against the Niners, which aint easy. Trevor Siemian, who isnt particularly good, has been named Denvers starting quarterback. Its ridiculous that an otherwise ready-to-win team finds itself in this situation. Lynch has to be viewed, at this stage, as a horrendous disappointment. The upside for every Broncos skill player is diminished by this abysmal quarterback mess.

Liz – LEGARRETTE BLOUNT. After logging over 300 total touches and crossing the goal line 18 times last season, Blount appears to be zapped of all power. Totaling just 17 yards on nine carries over the first two weeks of the preseason, whispers are swirling that the former Patriot is in jeopardy of being cut from Phillys backfield.

With Ryan Mathews released, there was a massive opportunity for Blount, especially on early downs and near the end zone. However, after underwhelming in camp and in an offense that likes to feature pass-catching backs, Blount’s appeal has expired faster than a set of counterfeit eclipse glasses. While some are expecting Wendell Smallwood to earn the lead back job, Id bank on Darren Sproles seeing the most fantasy friendly touches.

Brad – MIKE GILLISLEE. The New England backfield is a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Its complicated and hard to decipher for myriad reasons. However, one thing is coming into focus, Gillislee is overvalued (64.1 ADP, RB25).

Rex Burkhead, operating with the ones, performed Star Lotulelei Jersey brilliantly against the Texans. His versatility and interior power were on display en route to 70 total yards and a TD on 10 touches. A top-15 RB in juke rate a season ago and a phenomenal receiver (No. 3 in catch% in ’16), Burkhead is equipped to handle a multi-down role, including operating as the goal-line option. Its entirely possible the late-round sleeper opens the season as the primary big back.

 



Posted 23 August 2017 - 11:51 AM #8290

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The Carolina Panthers had a problem at the wide receiver position in 2016.

Kelvin Benjamin was close to 1,000 http://www.firestorm...sey-c-1_21.html yards for the second time in his career, but behind him there was not much production to go around. Ted Ginn Jr. came in second with 752 yards, followed by Devin Funchess with 371. No other Panthers wide receiver had more than 276 yards for the year.

Carolina attempted to fix this conundrum by signing Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout Russell Shepard and drafting Curtis Samuel. The slot receiver position may be filled now, but the true problems were never there to begin with.

Here are three depressing facts about starters Benjamin and Funchess from last season.

Kelvin Benjamin ranked last in the league in separation

Benjamin is a big wide receiver. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, he’s by no means the teams the quickest player. Thats no excuse for his consistent lack of separation, though. Benjamin only managed 1.8 yards of separation on average, which ranked dead last among NFL players with 20 or more receptions in 2016.

Benjamin’s problem lies mostly in his poor route running. His routes are rudimentary and offer almost no baitfor the cornerback to take. You can tell which direction he is going to go by reading his hips almost immediately, as you can see here.

As you cans see, Benjamin’s route took http://www.newjersey...sey-c-1_44.html him straight to the corner of the end zone. No fakes, stutters steps or head turns. James Bradberry was easily able to read the play and defend the pass as a result.

In this second example, you will see Benjamin employ a different strategy, but once again refusing to show any route-running prowess. Benjamin relies solely on his size to try to box out his defender.

Although it works on this play, it makes Benjamin’s playing style extremely one dimensional. Notice the lack of separation he gets here as well:

 

 



Posted 23 August 2017 - 11:01 AM #8291

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A look at the area’s teams as the season gets underway.

Team Previews

Boiling Springs Bulldogs

Coach: Caleb Weathers

Last year’s region finish: Region III-5A champions

Last year’s state finish: 4th

Preseason ranking: No. 9 in 5A

Starters back: 4

Top individual runners: Kade Gosnell, jr., http://www.rd-corp.c...sey-c-1_34.html Region III-5A champion, all-state; Drew Thomas, sr., all-region, all-county; Tyler McCraw, sr.; Alex Forrest, jr.

Outlook: The Bulldogs claimed the school’s first region title last year and have some powerful runners at the top of the pack. Theyll need newcomers Stephen Forrest, Nathan Fish and Josh Steadman to step up in order to make a repeat happen. Gosnell will again be the favorite to win the regions individual championship and will be a leader for the young Bulldogs.

Byrnes Rebels

Coaches: Kevin Wyatt, head; Tim Thigpen, Griffin Eubanks, assistants

Last year’s region finish: 5th in Region III-5A

Preseason ranking: No. 10 in 5A

Starters back: 7

Top individual runners: TJ Thipgen, so.; Aidan Hearne, sr.; Preston Slate, jr.; Daniel Kitts, so.; Clayton Stratton, sr.; Camden Stratton, eighth grade; Christian Burnette, fr.

Outlook: In order for the Rebels to compete against other top teams in their region they’ll need to shorten the distance between the Nos. 1 and 7 runners. Byrnes will have good leadership and has more experience and depth than in recent years.

Dorman Cavaliers

Coaches: Jeff Buys, head; Jacob Anderson, assistant

Last year’s region finish: 2nd in Region III-5A

Last year’s state finish: 6th

Preseason ranking: No. 4 in 5A

Starters back: 5

Top individual runners: Wynn Johnson, sr.; Noah McLain, sr., all-county, Alex Umberg, sr.; Jackson Reid, so.; Theo Morand, sr.; John Lee, jr.; Carter Sexton, so.

Outlook: The Cavaliers will be led by Johnson, who won the 1600- and 3200-meter state championships in track in the spring. They’ll miss two all-region performers but still have the runners to make a push for the conference http://www.ky-oo32.c...sey-c-1_19.html championship. They must work on their depth as the season goes on.

Spartanburg Vikings

Coaches: Jack Todd, head; Mike Baird, Rebecca Jones, Casey Sumner

Last year’s region finish: 4th in Region III-5A

Starters back: 5

Top individual runners: Bryan Huff, jr.; Trevor Oyugi, jr.; Nathan Jones, jr.; Marvin Brooks, jr.; Will Kendrick, jr.; John Bolinger, eighth grade; Jack Graham, so.

Outlook: The Vikings didn’t qualify for the state meet last year but hope to change that this season as they return a quality core of juniors, even as theyll miss Hudson McKinney. The Vikings have had a strong summer of training Graham Gano Jersey and have shown enthusiasm as they prepare for the new season.

 

 



Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:15 AM #8292

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The Browns' preseason begins tonight http://www.yadeos.co...sey-c-1_37.html against the Saints of New Orleans. Brock Osweiler, the latest name to bounce around the front office spin cycle, will take the helm at QB. You can almost write the rest of the season from there.

But before all of that begins, we'd like to take you on a trip into the past. Before we abandon all rationality and dive into a season of numbing pain, we, as Browns fans, must take a moment to remember from whence we came

Here, after 18 seasons, are the 18 stories that best encapsulate the modern Browns era.

18. Trading Our Opening Day Starting QB After One Game - Charlie Frye or Derek Anderson? Derek Anderson or Charlie Frye? Or maybe Brady Quinn? That was the question throughout training camp, leading up to the 2007 season. Charlie Frye won the job in camp. The hometown kid was tapped to start the opener. The whole town rallied behind him against the Steelers, the old rivals from across the border. Frye played less than one half of that season. He was benched before halftime, the team lost 41-7 and, the next day, the Browns traded him to Seattle. (This one was embarrassing at the time, but this move actually helped, as the Browns went 10-6 this year behind a career season from Derek Anderson.)

17. Draft Day - A movie being made about your hometown team should be exciting. But this fictional film wasn't about playing football, it was about the NFL Draft. And because of how awful they've been as a franchise, the Browns are now so synonymous with the NFL Draft that of course they were the subject of this film, an extremely unrealistic portrayal of what it's like in an NFL war room on the day of the draft. (Cleveland notoriously got the nod after Ohio's film tax credits beat the bottom line on what the studio would have to spend on the original subject, the Buffalo Bills.)

16. Two Bad Endings in 2015 - 2015 was another bad year for the Browns. Go figure. In the grand scheme of things, losses are actually helpful to the organization, always improving their draft position. But these two losses were just so bad that they had to be included.

The first loss was in October to the San Diego Chargers. The Browns moved the ball all the way down the field in a last-minute drive, scored a touchdown and converted for two points to tie the game up. San Diego then drove the ball back http://www.arimtex.c...sey-c-1_35.html down to set up a last-second 39-yard field goal. Kicker Josh Lambo kicked the ball wide right, and it seemed like the Browns would get a chance to win the game in overtime. However, seconds after the miss, it was revealed that cornerback Tramon Williams was offsides. Lambo got another chance, made the field goal, and the Chargers won the game. However, replays clearly showed that Williams actually wasn't offsides; he said that the NFL told the Browns that they made the wrong call, the NFL denied they said anything.

The other loss was to the Ravens on Monday Night Football toward the end of the season. With the clock running down, quarterback Austin Davis scrambled to set up a potentially game-winning 51-yard field goal. Browns rookie kicker Travis Coons had connected on all 18 of his field goals up to that point. With time expiring, Coons attempted kick was blocked, the Ravens Will Hill picked it up, and ran 64 yards for the winning touchdown.

15. The Motorcycle Accident - The Browns had high hopes for tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., drafted with the sixth overall pick in 2004. Winslow broke his leg after two games of his rookie season. Then, after rehabbing his leg injury, he decided to get on a motorcycle a few months before the 2005 season. He got in an accident, tore his ACL, and missed the entire 2005 season. Winslow did have a couple of good Michael Lorenzen Youth Jersey years for the Browns, including an excellent 2007, but his career never reached the level that many had hoped.

 



Posted 23 August 2017 - 09:33 AM #8293

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WARNING: You’re probably not going to like this article.

Yesterday Graver wrote a great piece http://www.hl-sappor...sey-c-1_32.html about Tajae Sharpe and why he thinks he is a lock to make the Titans roster. Today, I’m going to present the argument for why I think there is a real shot that Sharpe is not a Titan when cut day comes on September 2nd. Before we get in to it, I want to say that I dont hate Sharpe as a player. He was a revelation last year in camp and he absolutely outperformed his draft slot. He is, by all accounts, a hard working guy who wants to get better and make his team better. I like the guy. I just dont think hes a guarantee to make this roster and here are some reasons why.

STATS

I’m not saying that any of these stats below are the be-all-end-all measure of a good receiver, but each of them provides a little point of data that can help paint an overall picture of a player.

Wide Receiver Rating: 77.9 (73rd out of 96 in NFL with at least 25% targets)

This stat is simple. It is the QB rating for the team on throws to this player. This stat measures both the QB and the WR so you do end up with some good players towards the bottom of this list who are being dragged there by their QBs — guys like DeAndre Hopkins (91st), Allen Robinson (87th), and Terrelle Pryor (79th) all ranked very low but I dont think any of us think that was the case with Sharpe. Even if we did, it would be pretty easily refuted by pointing out that Rishard Matthews finished with a Wide Receiver Rating of 104.8, good for 27th in the NFL.

Yards Per Route Run: 1.08 (79th out of 96 qualified WRs)

This is one of my personal favorite stats http://www.hssmstore...sey-c-1_13.html for receivers because it cuts to the core of what a good receiver does: get open, make the catch, and generate yardage. There can be some noise in this stat as well though. For example, if a receiver is regularly designed to be the 2nd or 3rd option on most passing plays that can artificially suppress his YPRR, but you simply don’t find good receivers at the bottom of the list with this stat.

 

 



Posted 23 August 2017 - 02:52 AM #8294

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It was crazy putting on the full uniform for the first time. It was a crazy feeling just because I’m used to wearing crimson on game day. But going out there with that blue jersey, it was amazing. I enjoyed it, just going out there with my new teammates and it was just a great moment to take in. When I walked out of the tunnel, I had to just take a minute and take everything in because MetLife Stadium is amazing. Theres nothing like an NFL game and everything that goes into it.

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I feel like, from that game, I learned it’s all about the small details. I pretty much got used to the speed of the game for the most part, but the different schemes that different teams run, I just need to make sure I pick up the schemes a little bit better. That way, I can be more prepared on game day.

Now we’re back grinding out the last days of camp. Training camps training camp. Theres not much to explain. Its been good. Its more chill physically than college, as you know Coach Saban can put it to you down there. Its more mental here. I also like it a lot more up here because you actually get a breeze, rather than just the heat Ryan Griffin Youth Jersey waves you get day after day in Alabama. So I’m enjoying training camp. Its all a process.

Don’t forget to follow the second-round pick on Twitter @DalvinTomlinson.

 

 



Posted 22 August 2017 - 03:10 PM #8296

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We know that fans adore him. Check http://www.arimtex.c...sey-c-1_35.html out the crowds asking for autographs.

And we know he’s really good.

But if you want to see the true “Altuve Effect,check out the MVP candidate during pregame warmups.

It’s worth it.

When the Houston Astros are on the road for a 7:10 p.m. start, their warmup window begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 6. We recently shadowed Altuve before a game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. Here’s what you need to know:

José Altuve is a magnet.

Born in Puerto Cabello, a major port on the north coast of Venezuela west of Caracas, his popularity knows no limits. Everyone wants to be around him. Latino players. White players. Black players. Pitchers. Infielders. Outfielders. Rival players.

Players lean on him. They steal his hat. They ask him questions. They tell him jokes. And according to the Astros’ media relations people, this happens before every game, regardless of what city theyre in.

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Five All-Star appearances

Three Silver Slugger Awards

Two AL batting titles

Two AL stolen base titles

2015 Gold Glove Award

Oh, and the kids love him. A pack of young White Sox fans started randomly calling his name. “Altuve! Altuve! Over here!No reaction.

An older man told the kids, “Everyone yell Joséat the same time. 1, 2, 3 JOSÉ!

Altuve immediately turned around, smiled brightly and waved at the kids, who of course, cheered wildly. He’s the shortest player in Major League Baseball, but everyone wants his attention.

So, how does he do it? How does he bring so much energy to the game and still perform, leading the majors with 163 hits and a .361 average as of Aug. 14? Why do players flock to him? Why is he the team leader of the best team in the American League?

It may be his basic approach to the game.

I have a job that I like. I always dreamt of being Matt Holliday Kids Jersey a ballplayer. Ive loved [this game] since I was a young kid,Altuve said in Spanish. Im working at something I really like. Thats why I play.

 



Posted 22 August 2017 - 01:49 PM #8297

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The scoreboard may have shown Titans 34, Panthers 27, but the tape shows some brilliant play from Carolina rookie sensation Christian McCaffery.

McCaffery may have only played nine snaps http://www.hl-sappor...sey-c-1_39.html against the Titans on Saturday, but he easily filled the highlight reel and box score.

McCaffery rushed three times for 33 yards, including a 17-yard scamper for a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 39 yards, one of those for 38 yards on a screen.

Let’s dive into those two plays in particular to see what went right to allow McCaffrey to go off.

The Panthers line up in 12 personnel with Kelvin Benjamin in close to the formation at X and Devin Funchess split out at Z. Greg Olsen is the in-line Y tight end and Ed Dickson lines up at fullback, with McCaffery at tailback.

Andrew Norwell is the pulling guard and collides with the edge defender down the line of scrimmage. This looks like your typical trap play with Dickson leading up the middle. That’s really all McCaffery needed, as he let his speed to the rest. Norwells block sealing the edge and Dicksons block up the middle springs the hole open, McCaffery finds it, races to the edge past the second level and into the end zone for http://www.hssmstore...sey-c-1_23.html his first career touchdown.

Credit also goes to Benjamin for selling the post route and taking the cornerback with him, opening up the right side of the field.

The Panthers again are in 12 personnel, as Dickson is again lined up in the backfield, lining up directly behind the tackle and tight end. Benjamin and Funchess line up in twins to the left, tight end right. The receivers all clear out, leaving space in the short field for McCaffery to operate.

The Titans send a cornerback on the blitz, but the Panthers let him go, which is what you want on a quick screen: let defenders come up and attack and take themselves out of the play. Excellent job by Trai Turner. A quick punch, selling pass protection, then getting out and making the block for McCaffery in the open field. Tyler Larsen, the backup center, also does a nice job staying with his block, as McCaffery races past them, also picking up extra yards thanks to an extra block downfield by Dickson, resulting in a gain of 38.

Next week is the regular season tune-up against Graham Gano Jersey the Jacksonville Jaguars, so expect to see quite a bit more of No. 22, and potentially more highlights.

 

 



Posted 22 August 2017 - 01:49 PM #8298

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McCaffery may have only played nine snaps http://www.hl-sappor...sey-c-1_39.html against the Titans on Saturday, but he easily filled the highlight reel and box score.

McCaffery rushed three times for 33 yards, including a 17-yard scamper for a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 39 yards, one of those for 38 yards on a screen.

Let’s dive into those two plays in particular to see what went right to allow McCaffrey to go off.

The Panthers line up in 12 personnel with Kelvin Benjamin in close to the formation at X and Devin Funchess split out at Z. Greg Olsen is the in-line Y tight end and Ed Dickson lines up at fullback, with McCaffery at tailback.

Andrew Norwell is the pulling guard and collides with the edge defender down the line of scrimmage. This looks like your typical trap play with Dickson leading up the middle. That’s really all McCaffery needed, as he let his speed to the rest. Norwells block sealing the edge and Dicksons block up the middle springs the hole open, McCaffery finds it, races to the edge past the second level and into the end zone for http://www.hssmstore...sey-c-1_23.html his first career touchdown.

Credit also goes to Benjamin for selling the post route and taking the cornerback with him, opening up the right side of the field.

The Panthers again are in 12 personnel, as Dickson is again lined up in the backfield, lining up directly behind the tackle and tight end. Benjamin and Funchess line up in twins to the left, tight end right. The receivers all clear out, leaving space in the short field for McCaffery to operate.

The Titans send a cornerback on the blitz, but the Panthers let him go, which is what you want on a quick screen: let defenders come up and attack and take themselves out of the play. Excellent job by Trai Turner. A quick punch, selling pass protection, then getting out and making the block for McCaffery in the open field. Tyler Larsen, the backup center, also does a nice job staying with his block, as McCaffery races past them, also picking up extra yards thanks to an extra block downfield by Dickson, resulting in a gain of 38.

Next week is the regular season tune-up against Graham Gano Jersey the Jacksonville Jaguars, so expect to see quite a bit more of No. 22, and potentially more highlights.

 

 



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Ellsbury will start in center field and lead http://www.cinemakol...sey-c-1_41.html off Wednesday against the Mets.

A night after hitting seventh, Ellsbury will jump six spots in the order to set the table for the Yankees with Brett Gardner receiving the evening off to rest. Manager Joe Girardi has been rotating in a number of different players at designated hitter of late with Matt Holliday (back) on the disabled list, but it appears that Ellsbury could be the main beneficiary of the shuffling of the lineup more often than not. Ellsbury will be http://www.dusenadup...sey-c-1_17.html making his sixth start in eight games Wednesday.

 

 



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Cueto has hinted that the injury is something he could probably pitch through in a playoff setting, but considering the Giants are just playing out the string, everyone is taking a cautious approach with his recovery. His next step is to be http://www.texanspro...sey-c-1_13.html determined, but a return to the big-league rotation in late August is still a possibility.