Monday, March 2, 2015

The Sports Narrative for 2/26/15

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Sports Narrative! Now in Technicolor!


Listen to The Sports Narrative Radio Show for 2/18/15! On this episode:
- We discuss the NBA post All-Star break including the trade deadline, the contenders, Kobe and more
- With Spring Training around the corner, Mr Feltman and Mr Copening talk baseball prospects, the Texas Rangers, A-Rod, etc.
- The Mick is released from his cage and meets his adoring public in a segment known as Mick's Pub
- The NFL Combine fires up this week and Mr Bowers is monitoring it very closely. We talk all things NFL
- Is Tiger done? We preview the upcoming gold season and maybe make a few friendly wagers as well.
- Our final hour each week features a lovely segment known as the "Floater" in which one of us each week attempts to entertain the others. Mr Bowers leads off with the titular bit known as "The Narrative"
- Finally we conclude with a variety of sports notes from hockey, NASCAR, College Hoops, Cricket, Soccer, Dog Shows and whatever else we can squeeze in

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Combine Primer Part 2

Here’s the schedule for this year’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis courtesy of www.nflcombine.net

DAY 1 ARRIVALS*:  Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)
Tuesday
February 17, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday
February 18, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Thursday
February 19, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 2 ARRIVALS*:  Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)
Wednesday
February 18, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday
February 19, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 3 ARRIVALS*:  Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday
February 19, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday
February 22, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 4 ARRIVALS:  Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday
February 20, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday
February 22, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday
February 23, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

Each player has a different set of questions to answer. For some from smaller schools, it is proving they belong. For some, it is the medical exams. Others must answer questions off the field and still others what position will they play. Here is a look at some of the aspects of the Combine process and who is most under the microscope.

Interviews:

1.       Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – In order to secure the #1 overall pick, Winston must face the Bucs brass and answer their questions about the various off-field incidents in his 2 years at FSU.
2.       Marcus Peters, CB, Washington – Peters, by the game tape, is the #1 CB in this draft class. But his game tape is limited from this year as he was dismissed from the Huskies program in November after 3 previous suspensions.
3.       Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma – Green-Beckham never actually played for OU after leaving Mizzou after several arrests for drugs and assault allegations.
4.       Frank Clark, DE, Michigan – Clark was dismissed from Michigan after misdemeanor domestic assault charges in November. Previously had a felony theft charge for swiping a laptop.
5.       Paul Dawson, LB, TCU – Shooting up draft boards based on game tape, Dawson must answer to several rumors that he was a constant headache for the Frogs off the field.

Medical Exams:

1.       Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia – Gurley is the best RB in the class by talent, but he can’t work out due to a late season ACL tear and has already torn the other knee’s ACL.
2.       Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska – Gregory’s long, lanky frame struggled with injuries throughout his time at Nebraska. While nothing incredibly serious, he will be under high scrutiny as he is a potential top 5 pick.
3.       DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville – A broken left foot really hindered Parker this season and insuring his health in medical exams and in drills will be very important.
4.       Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami – Flowers went down to knee surgery in October for the Canes. But he seems to have bounced back well and could vault back into the first round with a clean bill of health.
5.       Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA – Odighizuwa missed all of 2013 having his hip resurfaced, an injury similar to the Rangers Colby Lewis. His long term health will be a question mark.

40 times:

1.       Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama – Cooper is easily the most polished and NFL-ready WR in this class. But a slower 40 time could cause some teams to look for sizzle over substance in either Kevin White or Parker.
2.       Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin – With Gurley not able to work out for teams, Gordon could be the first RB off the board, but will need a solid 40 time to keep the other runners at bay.
3.       Shane Ray, OLB, Mizzou – With big questions about his pass rush repertoire past an incredible burst (see Dee Ford of Auburn from last year) Ray will need to wow with that burst to stay on top of a solid group of pass rushers.
4.       Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan – Funchess has the most to gain by running a fast 40, as he presents a matchup nightmare for defenses ala Gronkowski if he can add stretching the field to the skill set.
5.       Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State – Smith proved he was more than just a “speed guy” at the Senior Bowl, but blazing a sub 4.4 could land him in round 1.

Positions Questions:

1.       Shaq Thompson, LB/SS, Washington – Thompson faces some of the same question Panthers LB Thomas Davis faced coming out of college at Georgia. As a tweener, his best position may be in the eye of the beholder.
2.       Brandon Schreff, G/T, Iowa – Schreff could fall into the “Zac Martin” class of an outstanding guard who could also play tackle. However, in the draft tackles always get drafted before guards so failure in tackle drills could have him slide.
3.       Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky – Dupree played all over the Wildcat defense, but his lack of size and lack of pass coverage experience could have him as a tweener guy.
4.       Cameron Erving, C/G/T, Florida St – Erving played up and down the OL at FSU, but finished his time there at center. Position flex is a plus, but proving you have it is difficult in drills.
5.       Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia – Harold is very undersized for not only a DE but even for a OLB in a 3-4. Harold will either need to show he can add weight and still play or if he could play a stand-up LB in a 3-4.

Drills:

1.       Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon – Mariota’s biggest question is his accuracy, so it will be interesting to see if he elects to throw at the Combine.
2.       La’el Collins, OT, LSU – Collins is a mountain of a man who can run block with the best of them. But if he plays G or T in the pros will depend on his performance in pass protection drills.
3.       Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State – Strong can make spectacular plays, but has also struggled with drops in the past. Watching him run the gauntlet drill will be fun.
4.       Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska – Abdullah really shined at the Senior Bowl, but will need to perform well in pass catching drills as his best position in the pros is likely as a change-of-pace 3rd down back.

5.       Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma – Phillips has all the measurables a team could want, but only 16 games of college tape. He must prove that his combination of size and speed can also play football.

NFL Scouting Combine Primer


This week the biggest job interview in the lives of hundreds of college football players takes place in Indianapolis at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Players will be measured, tested, examined, interviewed and run through a variety of drills while scouts, coaches and GMs from every NFL team look on and evaluate. For most (like myself) the game film has been watched and the postseason games evaluated so that the Combine serves to confirm or deny an evaluation on a player. However, occasionally a guy will surprise in Indy, sending scouts scurrying for another look at the tape. In addition, much of the “action” happens out of view of the cameras, as interviews, drug test and medical exams can drastically influence a prospects stock without the public’s knowledge. So here is your program for all the action including a list of the invitees. The next post will focus on the schedule and biggest question marks. Let the Underwear Olympics begin!

The Invitees:
Bennett, Bryan
QB
Southeastern Louisiana
Boone, Anthony
QB
Duke
Bridge, Brandon
QB
South Alabama
Carden, Shane
QB
East Carolina
Fajardo, Cody
QB
Nevada
Grayson, Garrett
QB
Colorado St.
Halliday, Connor
QB
Washington St.
Hundley, Brett
QB
UCLA
Lovelocke, Jerry
QB
Prairie View A&M
Mannion, Sean
QB
Oregon St.
Mariota, Marcus
QB
Oregon
Marshall, Nick
QB
Auburn
Petty, Bryce
QB
Baylor
Sims, Blake
QB
Alabama
Winston, Jameis
QB
Florida St.

Abdullah, Ameer
RB
Nebraska
Ajayi, Jay
RB
Boise St.
Allen, Javorius
RB
USC
Artis-Payne, Cameron
RB
Auburn
Brown, Dominique
RB
Louisville
Brown, Malcolm
RB
Texas
Burton, Michael
FB
Rutgers
Catalon, B.J.
RB
TCU
Cobb, David
RB
Minnesota
Coleman, Tevin
RB
Indiana
Crockett, John
RB
North Dakota St.
Davis, Mike
RB
South Carolina
Dyer, Michael
RB
Louisville
Edwards, Jahwan
RB
Ball St.
Fowler, Jalston
FB
Alabama
Gordon, Melvin
RB
Wisconsin
Gurley, Todd
RB
Georgia
Hart, Dee
RB
Colorado St.
Heard, Braylon
RB
Kentucky
Hilliard, Kenny
RB
LSU
Iosefa, Joey
RB
Hawaii
Johnson, David
RB
Northern Iowa
Johnson, Duke
RB
Miami
Johnson, Gus
RB
Stephen F. Austin
Jones, Matt
RB
Florida
Langford, Jeremy
RB
Michigan St.
Magee, Terrence
RB
LSU
Murphy, Marcus
RB
Missouri
Rawls, Thomas
RB
Central Michigan
Robinson, Josh
RB
Mississippi St.
Scheuerman, Ross
RB
Lafayette
Varga, Tyler
FB
Yale
Williams, Karlos
RB
Florida St.
Williams, Trey
RB
Texas A&M
Yeldon, T.J.
RB
Alabama

Agholor, Nelson
WR
USC
Alford, Mario
WR
West Virginia
Anderson, Dres
WR
Utah
Bell, Kenny
WR
Nebraska
Brown, Da'Ron
WR
Northern Illinois
Clay, Kaelin
WR
Utah
Coates, Sammie
WR
Auburn
Conley, Chris
WR
Georgia
Cooper, Amari
WR
Alabama
Crowder, Jamison
WR
Duke
Daniels, Davaris
WR
Notre Dame
Davis, Devante
WR
UNLV
Davis, Geremy
WR
Connecticut
Davis, Titus
WR
Central Michigan
Diggs, Stefon
WR
Maryland
Dorsett, Phillip
WR
Miami
Goodley, Antwan
WR
Baylor
Green-Beckham, Dorial
WR
Missouri
Greene, Rashad
WR
Florida St.
Hall, Rannell
WR
Central Florida
Hardy, Justin
WR
East Carolina
Harper, Josh
WR
Fresno St.
Jones, Christion
WR
Alabama
Lewis, Dezmin
WR
Central Arkansas
Lippett, Tony
WR
Michigan St.
Lockett, Tyler
WR
Kansas St.
Long, Deon
WR
Maryland
Luckett, Donatella
WR
Harding
Mayle, Vince
WR
Washington St.
McBride, Tre
WR
William & Mary
Montgomery, Ty
WR
Stanford
Mumphery, Keith
WR
Michigan St.
Nelson, J.J.
WR
UAB
Parker, DeVante
WR
Louisville
Perriman, Breshad
WR
Central Florida
Ruffin, Ezell
WR
San Diego St.
Smelter, DeAndre
WR
Georgia Tech
Smith, Devin
WR
Ohio St.
Strong, Jaelen
WR
Arizona State
Waller, Darren
WR
Georgia Tech
White, DeAndrew
WR
Alabama
White, Kevin
WR
West Virginia
Worthy, Cam
WR
East Carolina

Anderson, Rory
TE
South Carolina
Bell, Blake
TE
Oklahoma
Bibbs, E.J.
TE
Iowa St.
Boyle, Nick
TE
Delaware
Christian, Gerald
TE
Louisville
Clear, Cameron
TE
Texas A&M
Derby, A.J.
TE
Arkansas
Funchess, Devin
TE
Michigan
Heuerman, Jeff
TE
Ohio St.
James, Jesse
TE
Penn St.
Koyack, Ben
TE
Notre Dame
Kroft, Tyler
TE
Rutgers
O'Leary, Nick
TE
Florida St.
Pruitt, MyCole
TE
Southern Illinois
Saxton, Wes
TE
South Alabama
Sifrin, Jean
TE
Massachusetts
Telfer, Randall
TE
USC
Tomlinson, Eric
TE
Texas-El Paso
Walford, Clive
TE
Miami
Williams, Maxx
TE
Minnesota

Bond, Al
OG
Memphis
Boyko, Brett
OT
UNLV
Brown, Jamon
OT
Louisville
Brown, Trenton
OG
Florida
Cann, A.J.
OG
South Carolina
Clemmings, T.J.
OT
Pittsburgh
Cofield, Takoby
OT
Duke
Collins, La'el
OT
LSU
Crisp, Rob
OT
N.C. State
Dismukes, Reese
C
Auburn
Donnal, Andrew
OT
Iowa
Douglas, Jamil
OG
Arizona State
Erving, Cameron
C
Florida St.
Fabuluje, Tayo
OG
TCU
Feliciano, Jon
OG
Miami
Finney, B.J.
C
Kansas St.
Fisher, Jake
OT
Oregon
Flowers, Ereck
OT
Miami
Gallik, Andy
C
Boston College
Garcia, Max
C
Florida
Gibson, Laurence
OT
Virginia Tech
Glowinski, Mark
OG
West Virginia
Grasu, Hroniss
C
Oregon
Green, Chaz
OT
Florida
Hamilton, Chad
C
Coastal Carolina
Harrison, Jarvis
OG
Texas A&M
Hart, Bobby
OG
Florida St.
Havenstein, Rob
OT
Wisconsin
Hickey, Sean
OT
Syracuse
Humphries, D.J.
OT
Florida
Jackson, Tre'
OG
Florida St.
Kouandjio, Arie
OG
Alabama
Mancz, Greg
C
Toledo
Marpet, Ali
C
Hobart & William Smith
Matias, Josue
OG
Florida St.
Miller, Darrian
OG
Kentucky
Miller, John
OG
Louisville
Morse, Mitch
OT
Missouri
Myers, Robert
OG
Tennessee St.
Ogbuehi, Cedric
OT
Texas A&M
Peat, Andrus
OT
Stanford
Poole, Terry
OG
San Diego St.
Poutasi, Jeremiah
OG
Utah
Robinson, Corey
OT
South Carolina
Sambrailo, Ty
OT
Colorado St.
Scherff, Brandon
OG
Iowa
Shead, Adam
OG
Oklahoma
Shepherd, Austin
OT
Alabama
Smith, Donovan
OG
Penn St.
Thompson, Tyrus
OT
Oklahoma
Tomlinson, Laken
OG
Duke
Williams, Daryl
OT
Oklahoma


Anderson, Henry
DE
Stanford
Armstead, Arik
DT
Oregon
Barnes, Tavaris
DE
Clemson
Bennett, Michael
DT
Ohio St.
Blackson, Angelo
DT
Auburn
Brown, Malcom
DT
Texas
Chickillo, Anthony
DE
Miami
Clark, Frank
DE
Michigan
Cooper, Xavier
DT
Washington St.
Covington, Christian
DT
Rice
Crawford, Corey
DE
Clemson
Davis, Carl
DT
Iowa
Davison, Tyeler
DT
Fresno St.
Delaire, Ryan
DE
Towson
Edwards, Jr., Mario
DT
Florida St.
Flowers, Trey
DE
Arkansas
Golden, Markus
DE
Missouri
Goldman, Eddie
DT
Florida St.
Grissom, Geneo
DE
Oklahoma
Gwacham, Obum
DE
Oregon St.
Hardison, Marcus
DE
Arizona State
Hunter, Danielle
DE
LSU
Ifedi, Martin
DE
Memphis
Jarrett, Grady
NT
Clemson
Lott, Derrick
DT
Tennessee-Chattanooga
Mbu, Joey
DT
Houston
McCarthy, Ellis
DT
UCLA
Nunez-Roches, Rakeem
DT
Southern Miss
Odighizuwa, Owamagbe
DE
UCLA
Orchard, Nate
DE
Utah
Orr, Leon
DT
Florida
Parry, David
NT
Stanford
Phillips, Jordan
NT
Oklahoma
Philon, Darius
DT
Arkansas
Ray, Shane
DE
Missouri
Reed, Cedric
DE
Texas
Richardson, Bobby
DT
Indiana
Russell, Ryan
DE
Purdue
Shelton, Danny
NT
Washington
Simon, Deon
NT
Northwestern St. (LA)
Smith, Preston
DE
Mississippi St.
Smith, Za'Darius
DE
Kentucky
Surratt, J.T.
DT
South Carolina
Trail, Lynden
DE
Norfolk St.
Trinca-Pasat, Louis
DT
Iowa
Wagenmann, Zack
DE
Montana
Walton, Leterrius
DT
Central Michigan
Williams, Leonard
DE
USC
Wright, Gabe
DT
Auburn

Alexander, Kwon
OLB
LSU
Anthony, Stephone
ILB
Clemson
Ball, Neiron
OLB
Florida
Beasley, Vic
OLB
Clemson
Cudjoe-Virgil, Yannik
OLB
Maryland
Davis, Aaron
OLB
Colorado St.
Dawson, Paul
ILB
TCU
DePriest, Trey
ILB
Alabama
Dickson, Xzavier
OLB
Alabama
Dubose, B.J.
OLB
Louisville
Dupree, Alvin "Bud"
OLB
Kentucky
Emanuel, Kyle
OLB
North Dakota St.
Fowler, Jr., Dante
OLB
Florida
Fua, Alani
OLB
BYU
Gregory, Randy
OLB
Nebraska
Hager, Bryce
ILB
Baylor
Harold, Eli
OLB
Virginia
Heeney, Ben
ILB
Kansas
Herrera, Amarlo
ILB
Georgia
Hicks, Jordan
OLB
Texas
Hodges, Zack
OLB
Harvard
Hull, Mike
OLB
Penn St.
Jones, Taiwan
ILB
Michigan St.
Kendricks, Eric
ILB
UCLA
Kikaha, Hau'oli
OLB
Washington
Mauldin, Lorenzo
OLB
Louisville
McKinney, Benardrick
ILB
Mississippi St.
Nzeocha, Mark
OLB
Wyoming
Perryman, Denzel
ILB
Miami
Pullard, Hayes
ILB
USC
Robinson, Edmond
OLB
Newberry
Ryan, Jake
OLB
Michigan
Spaight, Martrell
OLB
Arkansas
Tavai, J.R.
OLB
USC
Thompson, Shaq
OLB
Washington
Tull, Davis
OLB
Tennessee-Chattanooga
Valles, Max
OLB
Virginia
Washington, Tony
OLB
Oregon
Wilson, Damien
ILB
Minnesota
Wilson, Ramik
ILB
Georgia
Carter, Alex
CB
Stanford
Celiscar, Donald
CB
Western Michigan
Coleman, Justin
CB
Tennessee
Collins, Jalen
CB
LSU
Darby, Ronald
CB
Florida St.
Diggs, Quandre
CB
Texas
Doss, Lorenzo
CB
Tulane
Ekpre-Olomu, Ifo
CB
Oregon
Gaines, Charles
CB
Louisville
Glenn, Jacoby
CB
Central Florida
Golson, Senquez
CB
Mississippi
Grant, Doran
CB
Ohio St.
Gunter, Ladarius
CB
Miami
Hill, Troy
CB
Oregon
Jefferson, Anthony
CB
UCLA
Johnson, Kevin
CB
Wake Forest
Jones, Byron
CB
Connecticut
Mager, Craig
CB
Texas St.
McCain, Bobby
CB
Memphis
Nelson, Steven
CB
Oregon St.
Peters, Garry
CB
Clemson
Peters, Marcus
CB
Washington
Rollins, Quinten
CB
Miami (OH)
Shaw, Josh
CB
USC
Shepherd, JaCorey
CB
Kansas
Smith, D'Joun
CB
Florida Atlantic
Smith, Tye
CB
Towson
Swann, Damian
CB
Georgia
Waynes, Trae
CB
Michigan St.
White, Kevin
CB
TCU
Williams, P.J.
CB
Florida St.
Wilson, Julian
CB
Oklahoma
Amos, Adrian
FS
Penn St.
Bonner, Detrick
FS
Virginia Tech
Campbell, Ibraheim
SS
Northwestern
Collins, Landon
SS
Alabama
Cox, Justin
FS
Mississippi St.
Drummond, Kurtis
FS
Michigan St.
Eskridge, Durell
FS
Syracuse
Geathers, Clayton
SS
Central Florida
Hackett, Chris
FS
TCU
Harris, Anthony
SS
Virginia
Holliman, Gerod
FS
Louisville
Jarrett, Kyshoen
SS
Virginia Tech
Marlowe, Dean
FS
James Madison
McDonald, Tevin
FS
Eastern Washington
Prewitt, Cody
FS
Mississippi
Randall, Damarious
FS
Arizona State
Richards, Jordan
SS
Stanford
Rowe, Eric
FS
Utah
Sample, James
SS
Louisville
Smith, Derron
FS
Fresno St.
Tartt, Jaquiski
SS
Samford
Whitehead, Jermaine
FS
Auburn
Baumann, Wil
P
N.C. State
Brindza, Kyle
K
Notre Dame
Cardona, Joe
LS
Navy
Christy, Kyle
P
Florida
Ficken, Sam
K
Penn St.
Johnson, Will
P
Texas St.
Lambo, Josh
K
Texas A&M
Loomis, Kyle
P
Portland St.
Manton, Justin
K
Louisiana-Monroe
Pardula, Trevor
P
Kansas
Pinion, Bradley
P
Clemson
Roberts, Jared
K
Colorado St.
Roth, Spencer
P
Baylor