1. 1 year ago 
    2012 NFL Draft in Radio City hall is only hours away! 

    2012 NFL Draft in Radio City hall is only hours away! 

     
  2. 2 years ago 
    Mark (left) after his long journey to the NFL currently playing linebacker for the NY Giants and (right) during his battle with cancer. 
One Step Closer to The Super Bowl
And One Giant Step For Mark
by:Scott McEwen
Super Bowl Sunday is celebrated religiously by football fanatics around the world who have been waiting all year to see who raises the Lombardi trophy when the clock strikes 00:00. Not only is it the football freaks who wait for this special day every year, but it’s also millions around the world that enjoy the festivity’s of this prestigious weekend. Year after year the Super Bowl continues to break records, last year it maxed out at 111 million viewers breaking 2010’s Super Bowl record of 106.5 million viewers. With the 2008 Super Bowl rematch between the Giants and Patriots another record may yet again be broken.
After a Championship Sunday filled with two close knit games only two teams remain in the race for Lombardi. With the Pats defeating the Ravens 23-20 from a missed field goal to send the game into OT they waited to see who they would face off against on February 5th. Giants went head to head against the ‘9ers, in a match filled with crucial game changing mistakes they came out on top with a 20-17 win. As the Giants prepare for Sunday they head to Indy with a true inspiration on board: Mark Herzlich.
Behind the media, lights, and the glory leading up to the Super Bowl lays a story of hope and inspiration encouraging people to believe anything can be done. “2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatSh*tCancer” was tweeted by Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich as he arrived in Indianapolis.
In Mark’s junior season he was playing at the peak of his football career. As an All-American and projected to be a first round pick the script quickly flipped on him. After a visit to the doctors only two years prior to Super Bowl XLVI Mark was now on the receiving end of a punishing hit and not the one dishing it out. With a tumour found around his femur Mark was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called “Ewing’s Sarcoma”. He was told “Mark will not be playing football” by the doctor when father Sandy Herzlich asked “Mark’s a good football player when will he be able to play again”? A rare form of cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma strikes fewer then 400 Americans a year 30% of them do not survive. Not ready to become a statistic Mark told himself “I’m going to beat this thing” fighting for not only his life but his football career as well.
The best bet would have been to remove the cancerous femur and replace it with the bone from the cadaver, which would force him to quit football forever. Without a doubt in his mind he refused that option and decided to take the more football friendly path. It was a strenuous path filled with many treatments of chemo therapy and then radiation in order to remove the tumour. The original plan by the doctors would be radiation and then what was known in the medicinal world as a resurrection surgery which would leave him with a permanent limp in his step. Because of football Mark was in outstanding shape which panned out to be a blessing in disguise. With such phenomenal fitness he would be able to take high dosages of chemo rite from the get go. Having a great immediate response to chemo he wouldn’t need the surgery that would have finished his days playing football. In Early October just before his BC Eagles would take on the Seminoles Mark visited the set of ESPN’s “College Gameday”. Bearing great news he announced that his doctor told him he was “99.9 % sure that the cancer is completely gone” and later on in November they would insert a titanium rod through the centre of the femur.
After defeating the odds he would begin his journey back to football. With help from former Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi who’s team ironically is in the way of Mark’s Super Bowl ring and an off season dedicated to the gym Mark found his way back onto the gridiron. In the first game of the 2010 season leading his team out onto the field was in fact an anxious Mark Herzlich. Starting every game that year Mark was awarded with the Rudy award for showing excellent commitment and courage throughout the season. Although awarded his game was not where it was back in ‘08 and NFL scouts picked up on his decrease in speed and strength. Once again another hurdle popped up in his tracks, he would receive an invitation to the 2011 draft but watched as 254 names were called but not one being his. The NFL was looking at a year with no football as it was facing a lockout. Being undrafted was not what Mark was looking for, unsuccessful in the NFL Draft the UFL drafted him in the 10th round 51st overall. With the UFL not in his sights he had declined the offer hoping an NFL team would pick him up as an undrafted free agent. All summer long Mark trained at an elite sports facility located in Florida, training with other NFL athletes. Finally the lockout was lifted and just days after a few teams had contacted Herzlich, specifically the Eagles, Ravens and Giants. It wasn’t until head coach Tom Coughlin personally called him when Mark decided to sign with the New York Giants.
Training camp wouldn’t be a walk in the park, the NFL is filled with the best players in the world and the game would become a lot more faster and physically demanding then the NCAA. His contract didn’t guarantee anything as 90 players were invited to camp and teams only keep a full roster made up of 53. It took him playing a couple of games before Mark got into the swing of things but by end of the pre-season he found himself amongst the 52 other men who had made the roster.
You test the strength of a mans character not on how he deals with success, but instead how he reacts in times of adversity. With out a doubt Mark has overcome plenty of adversity when he could have simply accepted the hand he was dealt and quit. In a case where many would have given up he not only beat the odds but stunned many with a miraculous comeback. When he puts on his helmet Sunday he won’t only exit out of the tunnel as an athlete but as a symbol that yells out the impossible is possible.
Scott McEwen

    Mark (left) after his long journey to the NFL currently playing linebacker for the NY Giants and (right) during his battle with cancer. 

    One Step Closer to The Super Bowl

    And One Giant Step For Mark

    by:Scott McEwen

    Super Bowl Sunday is celebrated religiously by football fanatics around the world who have been waiting all year to see who raises the Lombardi trophy when the clock strikes 00:00. Not only is it the football freaks who wait for this special day every year, but it’s also millions around the world that enjoy the festivity’s of this prestigious weekend. Year after year the Super Bowl continues to break records, last year it maxed out at 111 million viewers breaking 2010’s Super Bowl record of 106.5 million viewers. With the 2008 Super Bowl rematch between the Giants and Patriots another record may yet again be broken.

    After a Championship Sunday filled with two close knit games only two teams remain in the race for Lombardi. With the Pats defeating the Ravens 23-20 from a missed field goal to send the game into OT they waited to see who they would face off against on February 5th. Giants went head to head against the ‘9ers, in a match filled with crucial game changing mistakes they came out on top with a 20-17 win. As the Giants prepare for Sunday they head to Indy with a true inspiration on board: Mark Herzlich.

    Behind the media, lights, and the glory leading up to the Super Bowl lays a story of hope and inspiration encouraging people to believe anything can be done. “2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatSh*tCancer” was tweeted by Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich as he arrived in Indianapolis.

    In Mark’s junior season he was playing at the peak of his football career. As an All-American and projected to be a first round pick the script quickly flipped on him. After a visit to the doctors only two years prior to Super Bowl XLVI Mark was now on the receiving end of a punishing hit and not the one dishing it out. With a tumour found around his femur Mark was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called “Ewing’s Sarcoma”. He was told “Mark will not be playing football” by the doctor when father Sandy Herzlich asked “Mark’s a good football player when will he be able to play again”? A rare form of cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma strikes fewer then 400 Americans a year 30% of them do not survive. Not ready to become a statistic Mark told himself “I’m going to beat this thing” fighting for not only his life but his football career as well.

    The best bet would have been to remove the cancerous femur and replace it with the bone from the cadaver, which would force him to quit football forever. Without a doubt in his mind he refused that option and decided to take the more football friendly path. It was a strenuous path filled with many treatments of chemo therapy and then radiation in order to remove the tumour. The original plan by the doctors would be radiation and then what was known in the medicinal world as a resurrection surgery which would leave him with a permanent limp in his step. Because of football Mark was in outstanding shape which panned out to be a blessing in disguise. With such phenomenal fitness he would be able to take high dosages of chemo rite from the get go. Having a great immediate response to chemo he wouldn’t need the surgery that would have finished his days playing football. In Early October just before his BC Eagles would take on the Seminoles Mark visited the set of ESPN’s “College Gameday”. Bearing great news he announced that his doctor told him he was “99.9 % sure that the cancer is completely gone” and later on in November they would insert a titanium rod through the centre of the femur.

    After defeating the odds he would begin his journey back to football. With help from former Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi who’s team ironically is in the way of Mark’s Super Bowl ring and an off season dedicated to the gym Mark found his way back onto the gridiron. In the first game of the 2010 season leading his team out onto the field was in fact an anxious Mark Herzlich. Starting every game that year Mark was awarded with the Rudy award for showing excellent commitment and courage throughout the season. Although awarded his game was not where it was back in ‘08 and NFL scouts picked up on his decrease in speed and strength. Once again another hurdle popped up in his tracks, he would receive an invitation to the 2011 draft but watched as 254 names were called but not one being his. The NFL was looking at a year with no football as it was facing a lockout. Being undrafted was not what Mark was looking for, unsuccessful in the NFL Draft the UFL drafted him in the 10th round 51st overall. With the UFL not in his sights he had declined the offer hoping an NFL team would pick him up as an undrafted free agent. All summer long Mark trained at an elite sports facility located in Florida, training with other NFL athletes. Finally the lockout was lifted and just days after a few teams had contacted Herzlich, specifically the Eagles, Ravens and Giants. It wasn’t until head coach Tom Coughlin personally called him when Mark decided to sign with the New York Giants.

    Training camp wouldn’t be a walk in the park, the NFL is filled with the best players in the world and the game would become a lot more faster and physically demanding then the NCAA. His contract didn’t guarantee anything as 90 players were invited to camp and teams only keep a full roster made up of 53. It took him playing a couple of games before Mark got into the swing of things but by end of the pre-season he found himself amongst the 52 other men who had made the roster.

    You test the strength of a mans character not on how he deals with success, but instead how he reacts in times of adversity. With out a doubt Mark has overcome plenty of adversity when he could have simply accepted the hand he was dealt and quit. In a case where many would have given up he not only beat the odds but stunned many with a miraculous comeback. When he puts on his helmet Sunday he won’t only exit out of the tunnel as an athlete but as a symbol that yells out the impossible is possible.

    Scott McEwen

     
  3. Notes: 35 / 2 years ago  from fantasyfootballers

    Cam Newton, A.J Green, DeMarco Murray, and Julio Jones just a few of the young talented players who made a name for themselves this year.

    Rookie Impact

    By: Scott McEwen

    32 teams, 3 Days, 7 rounds, and hundreds of unclaimed prospects make up the NFL draft that takes place in New York’s Radio City hall each year. Players out of the NCAA who are looking to make their childhood dream a reality. Month’s of preparation is put into the draft by teams and the players themselves through constant film study, interviews, the combine and individual workouts to see who best suites teams needs. War rooms are prepared months ahead of time going through many different scenarios to best prepare themselves for any situation that is brought forward. Every year there is rookies who make a name for themselves, but this year the rookie impact was outstanding.

    Cam Newton was taken as the number 1 pick by the Carolina Panthers as everyone anticipated. Many questioned whether he would be able to carry his collegiate success on to Sundays, but after his first season those questions have started to diminish. Although the Carolina Panthers finished under 500 with a 6-10 record the thought of not having a franchise QB is a thing of the past for them. Newton surpassed future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning’s record for most passing yards as a rookie QB with: 4,051 passing yards. Newton continued to print his name in the record books as he also set the record for first rookie with 10 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns in a season, along with the first player to score 5 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in their first 5 games. He may be seen as a scrambling QB but Cam can do it all, he was the first rookie quarterback to get back-to-back 400 yard passing games. In just a year the Panthers moved from a horrid 32nd (last) in offensive yards per game to 7th entering the top 10 offences in the league.

    “Who Dey”? “dey” would be A.J green and Andy Dalton, together this play making duo would become the top rookie-to-rookie tandem the league has ever seen. Green and Dalton were both drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, picks 1 and 2 for the Cincinnati Bengals. Green was their 4th pick in the first round and Dalton their 35th pick in the second round. Both players would have to step into big roles from the get go. The Bengals lost both Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer in the off season, and a successful season was not what fans were anticipating. Green and Dalton became a tag team threat in the NFL leading their unexpected Bengals into the playoffs. Green who was selected to the 2012 pro bowl finished with 1,057 yards and 7 TD’s, and Andy closed the season off with 20 TD passes, 13 INT’s and 3,398 passing yards. They flipped the 4-12 Bengals into a 9-7 playoff team creating a bright future for a team with a dark past.

    In a turn around season for the 49ers it was the big time play by Aldon Smith drafted in the 1st round at pick number 7. A former D end in college at Missouri turned into a stand up rushing outside backer Aldon was a big part of this smothering defence’s success. Smith who was often thrown in on 3rd downs was a Qb killing machine in his inaugural NFL season, finishing the year with a total of 14 sacks half a sack away from tying Jevon Kearse’s record. Aldon helped the 49ers become one of the top defences in the NFL and has made a name for himself as a future premier pass rusher.

    Quintorris Lopez better known as Julio Jones had a tremendous year for having missed 3 weeks due to injury problems. Julio managed to rack up 959 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, second most for rookie receivers behind A.J Green. With his sure hands and outstanding get away speed Julio created another threat beside counter part Roddy White. Julio was drafted 6th overall after the Falcons traded 5 of their picks to move up and grab him. After his excellent showing in the 2011 combine on a broken foot Julio’s draft stock shot up. His knack for making tremendous plays landed him offensive rookie of the month. Being such a deep threat he caused the big plays down field, creating space for Roddy, a more physical receiver to catch the balls over the middle and created defensive miss matches all over the place.

    Some honourable mentions for excellent play also go out to DeMarco Murray of the Dallas cowboys. Who had a break out game against the Rams breaking the great Emitt Smith’s single game rushing record with 253 rushing yards. Murray suffered a high ankle sprain ending his season early but if he stays healthy he can be a key player to the success of the Cowboys as a versatile back. Torrey Smith another receiver became a big time play maker for the Ravens playing in the slot. The Ravens have always lacked the speed in the receiver position and Torrey was a great piece to the puzzle. With the physical sure handed Anquan Boldin they needed an asset that could blow the top off of defences. With his tremendous 4.3 40 that’s exactly what he did all year long. Torrey finished the season with 7 touchdowns and 841 receiving yards helping the ravens pass offence increase from a 20th to 12th best passing team in the league.

    Offence had a bunch of impact players this year but defence wasn’t short on young studs. Marcell Dareus was picked 3rd overall to the Buffalo Bills and was placed as a D end in their 3-4 defence. Dareus who is a physical beast caused pressure all year racking up 5.5 sacks in his rookie season the most for a Buffalo Bills rookie since Aaron Schobel. With 32 tackles Dareus is a good piece to begin improving a lacklustre dline the bills possess. Behind all the Tim Tebow craze was a defence who played lights out in order to keep the broncos unconventional offence in the game. On that defence were 3 young guns who had shown a bright future for the Brpncos. Von Miller (LB), Rahim Moore (FS) and Quinton Carter (FS) picks 2, 45 and 108 helped the broncos to their first playoff win since the 1998/1999 season. With a combined 151 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 1 interception this group of 3 were a great fit in this under rated defence.

    A few other mentionable standouts are Brian Rolle of the Eagles, T.J Yates of the Houston Texans, Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, J.J Watts of the Houston Texans, Sam Acho of the Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Miller of the San Francisco 49ers, Randall Cobb of the Green bay Packers and Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys.

    The young stars will shine bright for years to come in the NFL, with only one year under their belt the future is promising for these young talented athletes.

    Scott McEwen 

  4. Notes: 208 / 2 years ago  from sportspage
    RIP JOE PA
 It has been a tough few months for former head coach of Penn State JoePa. After dealing with the Penn State sex scandal and being released from his job that he started 46 years ago it seemed everything had started to go downhill. Including his health it had been declared he had lung cancer back in mid November 2011. His battle came to an end yesterday night as he passed in State College, Pa. It seems as if with the loss of his love (the Nittany Lions football team) came the loss of his life. A coach with the most wins ever in the NCAA whose reputation should not be tarnished by this scandal but remembered for the impact he made not just on the field but off the field as well. Former players of Paterno’s have nothing but praise for him as they remember the coach they loved. An NCAA legend has passed but will live on forever.
Scott McEwen 

    RIP JOE PA

    It has been a tough few months for former head coach of Penn State JoePa. After dealing with the Penn State sex scandal and being released from his job that he started 46 years ago it seemed everything had started to go downhill. Including his health it had been declared he had lung cancer back in mid November 2011. His battle came to an end yesterday night as he passed in State College, Pa. It seems as if with the loss of his love (the Nittany Lions football team) came the loss of his life. A coach with the most wins ever in the NCAA whose reputation should not be tarnished by this scandal but remembered for the impact he made not just on the field but off the field as well. Former players of Paterno’s have nothing but praise for him as they remember the coach they loved. An NCAA legend has passed but will live on forever.

    Scott McEwen 

     
  5. Notes: 26 / 2 years ago 
    Eagles players: Mike Vick, Vince Young, Jason Babin, Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who were supposed to be the key assets to the Dream.
Dream Team to Nightmare 
By: Scott McEwen
  “Dream team” is what new back up QB Vince Young dubbed them back in late July. In Young’s inaugural press conference as an Eagle he stated “Dream team”, “From Nnamdi to Cromartie, to Jason to myself. I know they are going to do some more things” (referring to the eagles making more moves in free agency). “It’s just beautiful to see where we’re trying to go.” Young told NFL reporters, later connecting them to the Miami Heat in the NBA. The Eagles front office made it clear it was make or break for their 2011 – 2012 season.
 After a lengthy 130 day wait the NFL lock out finally came to an agreement. The Eagles jumped on every opportunity to pick up key players to help their team as soon as the free agency wire opened up. Acquiring DRC from the Arizona Cardinals in a trade with Kevin Kolb was the first of their many roster adjustments. In only a weeks span they added 6 new players and 5 of whom were pro bowl selections: DRC(PB), Babin(PB), Nnamdi(PB), Brown(PB), Jenkins and Young(PB). As well as adding former Giants WR Steve Smith another Pro Bowl selection later on in the year. With the little off season they had and so much changes including Juan Castillo former Offensive line coach turned defensive coordinator many questioned if it was too much.
 The season quickly turned from “Dream Team” to nightmare. Starting off 3-6 through the first 10 weeks was not what the eagles imagined, and their season was fading away fast. The injury bug had bitten them putting 6 players on IR as well as Michael Vick’s injuries putting him on the bench a numerous amount of times. Vick’s successful season did not continue on from last years standout statistics. Never being able to have a stable roster would not allow the team to mesh and with little hope left at a playoff spot they would need a miracle.
 By week 13 their playoff hopes went down the drain as they lost 2/3 games pushing them out of a playoff spot. The Eagles free agent frenzy didn’t pan out as they hoped. Steve Smith ended up on the IR a main reason for his plane ride out of NY, and DRC suffered a high ankle sprain putting him out for a number of weeks. Nnamdi their biggest off season acquisition looked uncomfortable all year and went from no QB looking his way to being beat numerous times. Back in Oakland he was strictly used on one side of the field, not moved around like he was on Juan Castillo’s defence. As it showed with his mediocre play on the field.
 Andy Reid and Juan Castillo were on the hot seat from many fans in the city of brotherly love. Fans couldn’t understand why Reid allowed the odd switch in roles for Castillo from offence to defence. With Castillo’s defence looking very sloppy at the get go it did not do any justice for the two. Andy who has been head coach of the Eagles since 1999 made no adjustment as he had confidence in his decision. There was no erge in change coming from the front office as they had plenty faith in their head coach who has served them well. The way it should be as Reid has been great for the franchise, leading them into the playoffs 9 of his 12 years picking up an NFC Championship title in ‘04. As well as picking up many personal accolades along the way. Although still questions arise as he has not been able to lead them to a super bowl win.
 With all the signings the Eagles did in the off season and the salary cap it was bound to catch up to them. With big names like: Desean Jackson, Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith, Vince Young and Owen Schmitt along with the other 12 free agents they won’t be able to keep everyone. First and foremost they will take care of their big play maker Desean Jackson and go from there.
 Positives can be found from the Eagles disappointing season this year. Finding 2 defensive anchors in rookie linebacker Brian Rolle and Jamar Chaney 2nd year linebacker. Chaney a 7th round pick in 2010 finished with a team high 67 tackles along with his 3 interceptions. Drafted in the 6th round Rolle had an outstanding preseason which led to him starting in 13 games, finishing with 41 tackles creating a bright future for the eagles young line backing core. As well free agent pick up Jason Babin will be flying to Hawaii for the pro bowl due to his outstanding play this season.
 In the tail end of the season the Eagles had seem to finally come into their own. Finishing 4-0 with great offensive and defensive performances. Could it be a preview of the 2012 -2013 season to come? With a full off season and time to recover they could be as dangerous as they were sought out to be.
Scott McEwen 

    Eagles players: Mike Vick, Vince Young, Jason Babin, Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who were supposed to be the key assets to the Dream.

    Dream Team to Nightmare 

    By: Scott McEwen

      “Dream team” is what new back up QB Vince Young dubbed them back in late July. In Young’s inaugural press conference as an Eagle he stated “Dream team”, “From Nnamdi to Cromartie, to Jason to myself. I know they are going to do some more things” (referring to the eagles making more moves in free agency). “It’s just beautiful to see where we’re trying to go.” Young told NFL reporters, later connecting them to the Miami Heat in the NBA. The Eagles front office made it clear it was make or break for their 2011 – 2012 season.

    After a lengthy 130 day wait the NFL lock out finally came to an agreement. The Eagles jumped on every opportunity to pick up key players to help their team as soon as the free agency wire opened up. Acquiring DRC from the Arizona Cardinals in a trade with Kevin Kolb was the first of their many roster adjustments. In only a weeks span they added 6 new players and 5 of whom were pro bowl selections: DRC(PB), Babin(PB), Nnamdi(PB), Brown(PB), Jenkins and Young(PB). As well as adding former Giants WR Steve Smith another Pro Bowl selection later on in the year. With the little off season they had and so much changes including Juan Castillo former Offensive line coach turned defensive coordinator many questioned if it was too much.

    The season quickly turned from “Dream Team” to nightmare. Starting off 3-6 through the first 10 weeks was not what the eagles imagined, and their season was fading away fast. The injury bug had bitten them putting 6 players on IR as well as Michael Vick’s injuries putting him on the bench a numerous amount of times. Vick’s successful season did not continue on from last years standout statistics. Never being able to have a stable roster would not allow the team to mesh and with little hope left at a playoff spot they would need a miracle.

    By week 13 their playoff hopes went down the drain as they lost 2/3 games pushing them out of a playoff spot. The Eagles free agent frenzy didn’t pan out as they hoped. Steve Smith ended up on the IR a main reason for his plane ride out of NY, and DRC suffered a high ankle sprain putting him out for a number of weeks. Nnamdi their biggest off season acquisition looked uncomfortable all year and went from no QB looking his way to being beat numerous times. Back in Oakland he was strictly used on one side of the field, not moved around like he was on Juan Castillo’s defence. As it showed with his mediocre play on the field.

    Andy Reid and Juan Castillo were on the hot seat from many fans in the city of brotherly love. Fans couldn’t understand why Reid allowed the odd switch in roles for Castillo from offence to defence. With Castillo’s defence looking very sloppy at the get go it did not do any justice for the two. Andy who has been head coach of the Eagles since 1999 made no adjustment as he had confidence in his decision. There was no erge in change coming from the front office as they had plenty faith in their head coach who has served them well. The way it should be as Reid has been great for the franchise, leading them into the playoffs 9 of his 12 years picking up an NFC Championship title in ‘04. As well as picking up many personal accolades along the way. Although still questions arise as he has not been able to lead them to a super bowl win.

    With all the signings the Eagles did in the off season and the salary cap it was bound to catch up to them. With big names like: Desean Jackson, Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith, Vince Young and Owen Schmitt along with the other 12 free agents they won’t be able to keep everyone. First and foremost they will take care of their big play maker Desean Jackson and go from there.

    Positives can be found from the Eagles disappointing season this year. Finding 2 defensive anchors in rookie linebacker Brian Rolle and Jamar Chaney 2nd year linebacker. Chaney a 7th round pick in 2010 finished with a team high 67 tackles along with his 3 interceptions. Drafted in the 6th round Rolle had an outstanding preseason which led to him starting in 13 games, finishing with 41 tackles creating a bright future for the eagles young line backing core. As well free agent pick up Jason Babin will be flying to Hawaii for the pro bowl due to his outstanding play this season.

    In the tail end of the season the Eagles had seem to finally come into their own. Finishing 4-0 with great offensive and defensive performances. Could it be a preview of the 2012 -2013 season to come? With a full off season and time to recover they could be as dangerous as they were sought out to be.

    Scott McEwen 

     
  6. Notes: 16 / 2 years ago 
     Alabama’s junior RB Trent Richardson showing the world who is #1 in the NCAA rankings at the end of the game during the BCS Bowl celebrations.
Defense Wins Championships
By: Scott McEwen
  At the end of every season teams start to improve their depth chart in order to get to the biggest Stage in NCAA Football. The coaches begin to recruit top prospects around the country as the players shed blood, sweat and tears in the gym working to become the best. Training camps start in the summer and the road to number 1 on the polls begins.
 The BCS Bowl hosts the top 2 teams in the country as they fight for bragging rights to call themselves the best. With LSU(1) and Alabama(2) it would be round two of November 5th’s defensive stand still. LSU entered the game with a 13-0 record while Alabama came in 11-1 last loosing to the Tigers.
 The game would pick up rite where they left off, on the kickers cleat. Alabama striked first with a Jeremy Shelly 23 yard field goal, Shelly’s foot would be the only source of points finishing 9-0 Alabama at half. LSU had continued to show no signs of life in their offence, only passing the 50 yard line once the entire game. It would continue to get harder throughout the game, facing the best defence in the last decade and #1 defence in the NCAA. The Crimson Tide shut down any offensive play call LSU threw at them, as they finished with only 92 yards of total offence. The Defence was destructive  causing 2 turnovers, on an interception and a forced fumble. Jordan Jefferson was swarmed by the burgundy red defence getting pressured every time he touched the ball. Jefferson could not find his groove all game and looked fluttered and confused each down. He finished with only 53 yards passing. The fans were quick to jump on his back as they began to “boo” him and started a “Lee”  chant in hopes of seeing back up QB Jarrett Lee. It was the opposite of what was seen throughout the bowl season this year as defence was at the for front of this bowl game.
 Defence was in the spotlight all night but Alabamas’s offence was not something to ignore. “We knew coming into the game somebody else had to step up, and coach just gave me an opportunity,” McCarron told NCAA reporter Jerry Trickie, and steeping up is certainly what A.J had done. A.J McCarron turned into a new confident quarterback that wasn’t there in the first match up between the two. He took control of the offence and continued to progress as the game went on, finishing the day on 234 yards passing with 23 completions on 34 attempts and picking up offensive MVP. His leadership at the line showed a calm demeanor driving his offence down field leading them to 21 first downs and excellent field position to convert their 5 field goals.
 Tight end Brad Smelley was firing on all cylinders as he recorded a career high 7 receptions, becoming McCarron’s safety blanket all night long.
 With 4:36 seconds left in the fourth quarter LSU’s slim chance was put to rest, as they watched Heisman candidate Trent Richardson take it 34 yards down the sideline into the end zone. Finally after 8 quarters between the two teams the no touchdown seal had been broken. With Richardson’s game demolishing touchdown run the Gatorade shower had begun to poor, and the fact of being the best in the country started to sink into the Crimson Tide’s sideline.
 This game was extra special to Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban as he won against his former team LSU to become number 1. Saban left Baton Rouge in 2005 to become the Head coach of the Miami Dolphins, but after 2 years found himself back in the NCAA. Taking a job with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2007. For his 3rd BCS Bowl appearance as a head coach he came out on top yet again   adding another accomplishment to a great coaching career.
 After a year of terrible mishaps for a strong football community the crystal ball returns to Tuscaloosa for the 2nd time in 3 years.       
 
Scott McEwen      

     Alabama’s junior RB Trent Richardson showing the world who is #1 in the NCAA rankings at the end of the game during the BCS Bowl celebrations.

    Defense Wins Championships

    By: Scott McEwen

      At the end of every season teams start to improve their depth chart in order to get to the biggest Stage in NCAA Football. The coaches begin to recruit top prospects around the country as the players shed blood, sweat and tears in the gym working to become the best. Training camps start in the summer and the road to number 1 on the polls begins.

    The BCS Bowl hosts the top 2 teams in the country as they fight for bragging rights to call themselves the best. With LSU(1) and Alabama(2) it would be round two of November 5th’s defensive stand still. LSU entered the game with a 13-0 record while Alabama came in 11-1 last loosing to the Tigers.

    The game would pick up rite where they left off, on the kickers cleat. Alabama striked first with a Jeremy Shelly 23 yard field goal, Shelly’s foot would be the only source of points finishing 9-0 Alabama at half. LSU had continued to show no signs of life in their offence, only passing the 50 yard line once the entire game. It would continue to get harder throughout the game, facing the best defence in the last decade and #1 defence in the NCAA. The Crimson Tide shut down any offensive play call LSU threw at them, as they finished with only 92 yards of total offence. The Defence was destructive causing 2 turnovers, on an interception and a forced fumble. Jordan Jefferson was swarmed by the burgundy red defence getting pressured every time he touched the ball. Jefferson could not find his groove all game and looked fluttered and confused each down. He finished with only 53 yards passing. The fans were quick to jump on his back as they began to “boo” him and started a “Lee” chant in hopes of seeing back up QB Jarrett Lee. It was the opposite of what was seen throughout the bowl season this year as defence was at the for front of this bowl game.

    Defence was in the spotlight all night but Alabamas’s offence was not something to ignore. “We knew coming into the game somebody else had to step up, and coach just gave me an opportunity,” McCarron told NCAA reporter Jerry Trickie, and steeping up is certainly what A.J had done. A.J McCarron turned into a new confident quarterback that wasn’t there in the first match up between the two. He took control of the offence and continued to progress as the game went on, finishing the day on 234 yards passing with 23 completions on 34 attempts and picking up offensive MVP. His leadership at the line showed a calm demeanor driving his offence down field leading them to 21 first downs and excellent field position to convert their 5 field goals.

    Tight end Brad Smelley was firing on all cylinders as he recorded a career high 7 receptions, becoming McCarron’s safety blanket all night long.

    With 4:36 seconds left in the fourth quarter LSU’s slim chance was put to rest, as they watched Heisman candidate Trent Richardson take it 34 yards down the sideline into the end zone. Finally after 8 quarters between the two teams the no touchdown seal had been broken. With Richardson’s game demolishing touchdown run the Gatorade shower had begun to poor, and the fact of being the best in the country started to sink into the Crimson Tide’s sideline.

    This game was extra special to Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban as he won against his former team LSU to become number 1. Saban left Baton Rouge in 2005 to become the Head coach of the Miami Dolphins, but after 2 years found himself back in the NCAA. Taking a job with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2007. For his 3rd BCS Bowl appearance as a head coach he came out on top yet again adding another accomplishment to a great coaching career.

    After a year of terrible mishaps for a strong football community the crystal ball returns to Tuscaloosa for the 2nd time in 3 years.       

    Scott McEwen      

     
  7. Notes: 23 / 2 years ago  from mlbofficial
    Demaryius Thomas after his 80 yard catch and run in the first play of overtime against the Steelers on Wild Card Weekend.

    Demaryius Thomas after his 80 yard catch and run in the first play of overtime against the Steelers on Wild Card Weekend.

     
  8. 2 years ago 
    The Arizona Cardinals Pre game before their upset win 21 - 19 over NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers. 

    The Arizona Cardinals Pre game before their upset win 21 - 19 over NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers. 

     
  9. Notes: 4 / 2 years ago  from mlbofficial
    The junior out of Baltimore, Maryland Tavon Austin reaches for the goal line on his first of 4 touchdowns.
 Tavon Austin is coming off of a sensational Orange bowl game, finishing with 4 touchdowns, 46 rush yards on 4 attempts, 117 receiving yards on 11 receptions and 117 kick return yards on 5 returns. Austin’s 4 touchdown game ties an all time record for the most touchdowns in any bowl game. He has really set a name for himself showing out on one of the brightest stages in NCAA football. Leading the way to a West Virgina Mountaineers thrashing win 70-33 over the Clemson Tigers.
 It was a great all around effort by the Mountaineers both on offense and defense. At the beginning of the game it was looking like it may be another Alamo bowl repeat until Darwin Cook turned the momentum around in a heartbeat. With the Tigers knocking on the door of the Mountaineers end zone Clemson’s RB Andre Ellington lost the ball and watched Cook take it 99 yards to “paydirt”. From then on in it was a point of no return for Clemson as they could just simply not keep up.  
 Breaking records seemed to be the theme of the night as West Virgina’s 70 points surpassed the record for most points in any bowl game. As well as their 49 points at half setting yet another all time bowl record. Geno Smith decided to join in with his phenomenal play at qb. Finishing the day with 26 rushing yards and 1 TD along with 401 passing yards and 6 TD’s tying the most passing touchdowns in a bowl game. Later picking up the MVP of the game.
 It was another exciting one as it leads closer to Monday nights BCS bowl between the Alabama Crimson tide and the LSU Tigers.   
Scott McEwen 

    The junior out of Baltimore, Maryland Tavon Austin reaches for the goal line on his first of 4 touchdowns.

    Tavon Austin is coming off of a sensational Orange bowl game, finishing with 4 touchdowns, 46 rush yards on 4 attempts, 117 receiving yards on 11 receptions and 117 kick return yards on 5 returns. Austin’s 4 touchdown game ties an all time record for the most touchdowns in any bowl game. He has really set a name for himself showing out on one of the brightest stages in NCAA football. Leading the way to a West Virgina Mountaineers thrashing win 70-33 over the Clemson Tigers.

    It was a great all around effort by the Mountaineers both on offense and defense. At the beginning of the game it was looking like it may be another Alamo bowl repeat until Darwin Cook turned the momentum around in a heartbeat. With the Tigers knocking on the door of the Mountaineers end zone Clemson’s RB Andre Ellington lost the ball and watched Cook take it 99 yards to “paydirt”. From then on in it was a point of no return for Clemson as they could just simply not keep up.  

    Breaking records seemed to be the theme of the night as West Virgina’s 70 points surpassed the record for most points in any bowl game. As well as their 49 points at half setting yet another all time bowl record. Geno Smith decided to join in with his phenomenal play at qb. Finishing the day with 26 rushing yards and 1 TD along with 401 passing yards and 6 TD’s tying the most passing touchdowns in a bowl game. Later picking up the MVP of the game.

    It was another exciting one as it leads closer to Monday nights BCS bowl between the Alabama Crimson tide and the LSU Tigers.   

    Scott McEwen 

     
  10. 2 years ago 
    Impossible Is Nothing:
The Kevin Everett Story
By: Scott Mcewen
He lay there motionless for over 15 minuets as the crowd became silenced. Kevin Everett, a 24 year old, drafted in 2005 in the 3rd round of the NFL draft, had all the potential in the world, but it came crashing down on September 23, 2007 in the 2nd half of the Bills season opener. 71 000 fans were brought to their knees in order to pray for Kevin. He went to make a tackle on Denver Broncos returner Dominick Hixon when the crown of his helmet went straight into Hixon’s helmet. That collision sent Kevin crashing down to the turf of Ralph Wilson stadium. “I remember making the hit, hitting the ground and having these thoughts in my head, wow, am I paralyzed or is it a stinger?” Kevin said to abclocal.go.com. While on the field he was given a treatment called “moderate hypothermia.” Www.orthosupersite.com explains, It is used to minimize all swelling so that the doctors can get to work as quick as possible without the factor of swelling getting in the way. What this procedure does is lower the body’s core temperature, keeping it between 33.5 Celsius and 34.5 Celsius. This lowers the metabolic demands and edema, which is the swelling from mass amounts of water fluids in ones cells, tissues, or serious cavities. What the 71 thousand fans weren’t aware of is that they were witnessing the beginning of a miracle. After moving Kevin off of the field, the doctors took him to Millard Fillmore Gates hospital in Buffalo, NY for hours of surgery. Espn.com’s Jenna Janovy wrote in her article that the doctors at Millard Fillmore Gates gave Kevin a bone graft and inserted a plate, held in by four screws, also inserting two small rods, held in by four screws. With all of this there was still more on Kevin Everett’s plate: this was not just “catastrophic” but also life threatening due to breathing failure, infection, and blood clots. Days after Dr. Cappucino, the man who made the decision to use “moderate hypothermia” and helped out with  Kevin Everett’s surgery told NFL.com there was a 5% chance Kevin would ever take another step again. This did not get Kevin down as he  would continue to fight.
The Road Ahead
Kevin had a long journey in front of him dealing with a lot of hard work and mental barriers. Everett is a very religious man, so one person who could really get him through these tough times would be God. The road ahead of him didn’t scare Kevin. When asked “did you ever think of quitting,” Kevin told ESPN.com, “that’s not me, I don’t give up. I don’t settle for less.” The Canadian Press wrote on September 11th, 2007 Kevin was hooked up to a respiratory system, but noted he could breathe by himself, and had very minimal movement in his arms and legs. On October 1st 2007, Kevin was moved back to his hometown Houston, Texas to  Memorial Herman hospital to be closer with his family. Here he started to begin his rehabilitation process with long days full of physiotherapy trying to get his motor skills back. With hard work beginning to pay off the doctors announced there was a chance of a full recovery. On October 16th, 2007 after grueling amounts of training, Kevin was able to walk to an extent. By December 7th, 2007 Kevin Everett proved to the world that nothing is impossible. He was walking on his own power and it was announced he would walk out of Houston’s Memorial Hermann hospital. On December 23rd 2007 Kevin made a public entrance onto Ralph Wilson Field in front of thousands of fans , and in 2008 Kevin was awarded with the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the ESPY awards.
Cold Therapy
He often thanks the miracle man Dr. Andrew Cappuccino. Why you may say? Because he was the man who took the risk by choosing to put Kevin on moderate hypothermia. Www.scientificamerican.com wrote that Kevin thanks Dr. Cappuccino every day for what he did for him. “ I will hang a good portion of my belief in this recovery on cold therapy,” said Cappuccino. Many think Cappuccino was crazy for trying an experiment on a human; Kevin was the first patient of a spinal injury that tried moderate hypothermia on. Others say that it was God’s power that saved Kevin. As for Dr. Cappuccino, he thinks it was the cold therapy. No one truly knows if it actually was but many are just thankful that Kevin can walk again.
Forever Grateful
Today Kevin keeps striving to get back to full potential, but he knows life won’t be the same as it was before. Although he will never play the sport he loves, he is thankful for his family and God and most of all the fact of being alive. “ You thank God even more when you wake up in the morning and for every little thing you have,” said Kevin to sportsillustrated.com’s Tim Layden. His book “Standing Tall” was released February 1st 2008 describing the feelings and struggles that Kevin and his family faced. Kevin’s career in football may be finished but he now goes around as a inspirational speaker for others who are going through such difficult times like he once had to. 
Scott McEwen

    Impossible Is Nothing:

    The Kevin Everett Story

    By: Scott Mcewen

    He lay there motionless for over 15 minuets as the crowd became silenced. Kevin Everett, a 24 year old, drafted in 2005 in the 3rd round of the NFL draft, had all the potential in the world, but it came crashing down on September 23, 2007 in the 2nd half of the Bills season opener. 71 000 fans were brought to their knees in order to pray for Kevin. He went to make a tackle on Denver Broncos returner Dominick Hixon when the crown of his helmet went straight into Hixon’s helmet. That collision sent Kevin crashing down to the turf of Ralph Wilson stadium. “I remember making the hit, hitting the ground and having these thoughts in my head, wow, am I paralyzed or is it a stinger?” Kevin said to abclocal.go.com. While on the field he was given a treatment called “moderate hypothermia.” Www.orthosupersite.com explains, It is used to minimize all swelling so that the doctors can get to work as quick as possible without the factor of swelling getting in the way. What this procedure does is lower the body’s core temperature, keeping it between 33.5 Celsius and 34.5 Celsius. This lowers the metabolic demands and edema, which is the swelling from mass amounts of water fluids in ones cells, tissues, or serious cavities. What the 71 thousand fans weren’t aware of is that they were witnessing the beginning of a miracle. After moving Kevin off of the field, the doctors took him to Millard Fillmore Gates hospital in Buffalo, NY for hours of surgery. Espn.com’s Jenna Janovy wrote in her article that the doctors at Millard Fillmore Gates gave Kevin a bone graft and inserted a plate, held in by four screws, also inserting two small rods, held in by four screws. With all of this there was still more on Kevin Everett’s plate: this was not just “catastrophic” but also life threatening due to breathing failure, infection, and blood clots. Days after Dr. Cappucino, the man who made the decision to use “moderate hypothermia” and helped out with Kevin Everett’s surgery told NFL.com there was a 5% chance Kevin would ever take another step again. This did not get Kevin down as he would continue to fight.

    The Road Ahead

    Kevin had a long journey in front of him dealing with a lot of hard work and mental barriers. Everett is a very religious man, so one person who could really get him through these tough times would be God. The road ahead of him didn’t scare Kevin. When asked “did you ever think of quitting,” Kevin told ESPN.com, “that’s not me, I don’t give up. I don’t settle for less.” The Canadian Press wrote on September 11th, 2007 Kevin was hooked up to a respiratory system, but noted he could breathe by himself, and had very minimal movement in his arms and legs. On October 1st 2007, Kevin was moved back to his hometown Houston, Texas to Memorial Herman hospital to be closer with his family. Here he started to begin his rehabilitation process with long days full of physiotherapy trying to get his motor skills back. With hard work beginning to pay off the doctors announced there was a chance of a full recovery. On October 16th, 2007 after grueling amounts of training, Kevin was able to walk to an extent. By December 7th, 2007 Kevin Everett proved to the world that nothing is impossible. He was walking on his own power and it was announced he would walk out of Houston’s Memorial Hermann hospital. On December 23rd 2007 Kevin made a public entrance onto Ralph Wilson Field in front of thousands of fans , and in 2008 Kevin was awarded with the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the ESPY awards.

    Cold Therapy

    He often thanks the miracle man Dr. Andrew Cappuccino. Why you may say? Because he was the man who took the risk by choosing to put Kevin on moderate hypothermia. Www.scientificamerican.com wrote that Kevin thanks Dr. Cappuccino every day for what he did for him. “ I will hang a good portion of my belief in this recovery on cold therapy,” said Cappuccino. Many think Cappuccino was crazy for trying an experiment on a human; Kevin was the first patient of a spinal injury that tried moderate hypothermia on. Others say that it was God’s power that saved Kevin. As for Dr. Cappuccino, he thinks it was the cold therapy. No one truly knows if it actually was but many are just thankful that Kevin can walk again.

    Forever Grateful

    Today Kevin keeps striving to get back to full potential, but he knows life won’t be the same as it was before. Although he will never play the sport he loves, he is thankful for his family and God and most of all the fact of being alive. “ You thank God even more when you wake up in the morning and for every little thing you have,” said Kevin to sportsillustrated.com’s Tim Layden. His book “Standing Tall” was released February 1st 2008 describing the feelings and struggles that Kevin and his family faced. Kevin’s career in football may be finished but he now goes around as a inspirational speaker for others who are going through such difficult times like he once had to. 

    Scott McEwen

     
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