Yeah, don’t ask. I was AWOL last week. Wrote up my blog as usual in GoogleDocs (gotta be able to write anywhere anytime) and then somehow thought I had posted it Thursday night. Went to bed. Went to work. Went out Friday night to the Providence Bruins (minor league hockey). Had the usual crazy busy weekend. Went to the Gab Monday am to check the blogs and realized ***holy shit*** what did I forget!?!?!?
Much apologies, so enough with the mea culpa’s and on to the NFL this week:
Adrian Peterson continues to dominate NFL news as now he is potentially in violation of his criminal bond in violation of his criminal bond. This could--depending on the levels of a drug test--put him in violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy or--if he was already an offender it bumps him up a level. As far as character it is a strike if he is going to be incarcerated with his bond rescinded. For Peterson, it is another strike in the eyes of the public opinion.
In New York, the Jets head coach Rex Ryan is in a fight for his job as the 1-4 Jets play the two teams from the AFC Championship last season in the next seven days. Sunday Peyton Manning could have a chance to break Brett Favre’s touchdown record with the Jets horrid secondary. On Thursday night Sexy Rexy faces his nemesis (and complete opposite in dealing with the media) Bill Belichick. If the Jets cannot figure out a win, they could be 1-6 and how exactly do you keep a coach who has been consistently bad the last three years?
The Jets have second year quarterback Geno Smith missing meetings off the field while at a movie and offering a lame excuse about the time zones. Rather than bench his quarterback, Ryan sent the wrong message and started him against San Diego. Does anyone think Manning or Brady miss practices while sitting at a movie stuffing popcorn down their throat? The only movies those two watch is in the film room breaking down the opposing defense.
Michael Vick played in the second half but there was no controversy since he stunk just as bad as Smith. Now Ryan is sticking his neck out as he did last season when the Jets celebrated finishing .500 and saving their buddy, the head coach, his job by winning the last two games. They celebrated like winning the Super Bowl after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs. That is the sign of a team that is never going to win anything important anytime soon.
The idiot move of the week was the Lions fan who shone a laser pointer at the Buffalo Bills players. Instead of a punishment, he was awarded by being banned from Ford Field and not having to watch head coach Jim Caldwell stand passively as a talented team stands to potentially lose its two best players: Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson. Suh is a free agent and someone will overpay for the talented but petulant star. Johnson, despite signing a 7-year deal in 2012, is carrying a cap charge over $20 million next year. With his ankle injury limiting him, the Lions front office must be thinking what they can do with the money allocated to him and Donkey Kong since Megatron’s health issues could lead to some thinking about rebuilding the team in multiple positions with the surprising play of Golden Tate and the development of 2014 draft pick tight end Eric Ebron.
The 2015 NFL Draft is already getting interesting as projected top running back Todd Gurley had just two jobs this year a Georgia: stay healthy and keep your nose clean. Health is not an issue, but now he is suspended indefinitely due to an investigation into whether he violated a rule (of which there is no real explanation yet as to what the rule actually is). Now this is no guarantee of him dropping out of the draft or anything, but it is a dumb move by a kid who is already costing himself money in the next year. At 230 pounds and faster than anyone that size should be, he is still going to be a high draft pick. Talent trumps all else in the NFL, after all.
Denver Broncos lost the disappointing running back Montee Ball for a few weeks to injury after Denver oddly failed to re-sign Knowshon Moreno. Ball’s groin injury opens the door for Ronnie Hillman to start. A third-round pick in 2012, the short, fast, back has yet to make an impact in the NFL. Fumbling issues derailed any playing time for Hillman, so he has some work to do Sunday to keep hold of the job. First job, hold onto the ball. Peyton Manning is not going to deal with any back fumbling away a chance to win.
Yours truly is back to Pawtucket to check out the Boston Red Sox prospects tonight. Hope to have some pics up next week. Gonna be hard to top seeing Joey Votto in a rehab stint, though.
So I was reading about free agent outside linebacker/defensive end Larry English finally catching on with a new team as he signed on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The article mentioned him as part of the 2009 NFL Draft and how it was a mixed bag of a draft. It got me thinking about the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and how now that it has been five years it is a great time to check back and see just how it really turned out.
2009 NFL DRAFT - ROUND ONE REVIEW
Stafford is tough to figure out here. He puts up some great numbers, but is he a top quarterback? He seems like he is knocking on the door each season and puts up some great numbers with Megatron for fantasy football, but the wins and playoff appearances do not follow. Whether fair or not, quarterbacks get measured by wins--especially in the postseason--and are not considered elite when they post guady numbers and double-digit losses.
From cornerstone left tackle with $33 million guaranteed in St. Louis to all but out of the league. As big a bust as any in the draft, Smith is right up there. Aaron Curry, Aaron Maybin, or Larry English may have been busts, but Smith was the most highly paid!
Jackson was allowed to leave Kansas City without much resistance. #3 overall picks usually are not shown the door. Jackson is borderline bust, but he has slowly improved.
Out of the league. 5.5 career sacks. Super bust. Historic bust. He could not even catch on in Oakland!
Butt-Fumble. 'Nuff said. Some solid moments early in his career riding a strong defense, but Sanchez was never the Sanchise he was supposed to be.
Smith was intended to be a cornerstone. Instead he is a solid right tackle. Not the best, not the worst. Drafted a bit high, but he has been solid.
Oog. This pick is often used to sum up what was wrong with Oakland at the end of the Al Davis era: Just suck, Baby!
Monroe is a solid left tackle in the NFL. Jacksonville traded him to Baltimore for draft picks where he was a shot in the arm for Baltimore filling the role Michael "the Blind Side" Oher was meant to fill after he was picked in the 2009 draft. Maybe it is bias for hms being stuck on a bad team so long, but Monroe is borderline star at the position.
Raji looked like a star but he has fell off in a hurry. From penetrating nose tackle to big waste of space. He is teetering on bust.
Crabtree is a tough player to figure. He started slow in San Francisco but by the second-half of 2011 and into 2012 was the number one receiver on a Super Bowl team. Last year he had an Achilles tendon tear that slowed him most of the season. He is ont he borderline of a star/solid player. Since he gets under Richard Sherman's skin, he gets the benefit of the doubt.
Maybin was a major flop in Buffalo. He landed in New York and had six sacks in 2011 and seemed on the comeback road. Nope. A down year led to a release, a year in the CFL, and now retirement.
Moreno rescued himself from bust status last year as he bounced back from two years of almost no production and topped 1,000 yards for the first time. Of course, Denver let him walk and the Georgia back is now in Miami. He is still a bit of a question mark, but he can change that positively or negatively in the next few years.
Orakpo is a sacking machine. Other than an injury taking out almost all of 2012 he would be in the conversation for the best first-round pick in the 2009 draft. A three-time Pro Bowl player, Orakpo is a solid pick at #14 overall.
Jenkins is a solid starting free safety. He is far from a star. He is above bust, but not by much. He left New Orleans for Philadelphia this offseason, so maybe a change of scenery is what he needs .
Cushing is a borderline star, but he played only 12 of 32 games for Houston the past two years. When on the field, he is a playmaking tackling machine. A bounce-back couple of seasons and Cushing is back in the star category.
English is the inspiration for this article. He was supposed to be what Clay Matthews has been. Instead, he flamed out in San Diego after multiple chances.
Josh Freeman is still unsigned and not in a training camp. That means he ranks outside the top 3000 players in football right now. That is insane. A huge 2010 season led to optimism but he self-destructed and played his way out of Tampa Bay last year. Now he is on the outside looking in.
Ayers is borderline solid/bust. He is a run-stuffer, but a top twenty first round pick? He can look like a solid pass rusher than disappear for a month. He is inconsistent and really seems to be teetering on slipping to bust in a hurry.
Maclin is the definition of solid. A number two receiver. 55 to 70 catches for 700-900 yards. Maclin missed all of last year so that is an issue, but he should bounce back. Definitely a solid pick.
How the heck do you rank Pettigrew? He is not in the Gronk-Graham group of tight ends but has topped 70 receptions and 700 yards twice. Is he elite? No. Solid? Sure, he was. But his star is showing tarnish the last two years.
Mack probably challenges Clay Matthews as the best player in the draft. Centers do not always go in the first round but Mack has been superb since coming into the league and earned a big money contract this offseason. A great all-around blocker and great pick.
Injuries, sure. But when he plays? WOW! He is a playmaker. The injuries and inconsistencies are all that keep the star label off him.
Sure, he had a movie made about him, but his play has dropped off big time the past few years. He was up-and-down but looked like a future cornerstone left tackle by the end of 2010, but since then he has been steadily getting worse.
Without Googling him, does anyone remember Peria Jerry? That's what I thought and why he's a bust.
Vontae Davis was a washout in Miami but seemingly turned his career around in Indianapolis. He may not be elite, but he has embraced the top role in the secondary in Indy and 4-years $39 million shows he has the respect of his team and could turn the corner to even better things.
Arguably the best draft pick in 2009, the Packers got a steal trading up to snag New England's top pick for a bunch of picks that turned into…nothing spectacular. Matthews is a legitimate star and a steal at #26 overall.
A first-round running back has significant expectations. Brown would be a value pick if he had been taken in the fourth or fifth round, but he has never been a regular starter and topped out at 645 yards in a season.
Wood was a solid guard for two seasons for Buffalo and then switched to center in 2011. Injuries have slowed him a bit, but he is solid in pass protection and a nasty run blocker.
Nicks left New York this offseason without much of a battle. Four seasons over 750 yardsr eceiving including two over 1,000 yards makes Nicks a solid pick. At the end of the first round the Giants got good value on his rookie contract. Definitely a solid pick.
On field talent was never an issue for Britt. It was the off field problems. Just a waste of talent.
2011. That was when Beanie topped 1,000 yards. He has not played in a year and a half now and his career is in jeopardy. That is a bust.
The Ziggy man is not the dominant defensive tackle many thought he could be in Pittsburgh. Hood was solid as a rookie but quickly dipped to mediocre and has stayed at that level. Picks like Hood are why the Steel Curtain defense that was a title contender most of this decade has fallen off.
Hello Gabbers, by the time you have read this blog the first round of the 2014 version of the NFL Draft will have taken place. I was wondering to myself who will be the next so-called star drafted in the first round.
Sometimes I wonder to myself why the Lions are my dad's favorite team, they haven't really had any success in over 50 years, but yet just like me and a bunch of others, he still roots for the Lions. I remember last year they were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lions-Packers game that he was at, when he was talking about this game, he was talking about it like it was the Super Bowl the Lions have never been a part of. The one thing that stands out from our conversation, is that it was his favorite memory of the Lions, and he will be 73 this August, so he has a few. But like all Lions fans, he dreams of his Lions reaching the pinnacle of their profession, the Super Bowl. My one wish for him, is that he lives long enough to see his Lions reach the Super Bowl and win.
This was an article that I found on the final mock draft, and there were some really interesting picks made by Mel Kiper and others. I would like to see Ha-Ha Dix in a Lions uniform if nothing more than to spice it up a bit more. However, all reports are leaning towards someone else. I posted this article to see who was right. IHM, AFD, we all know that the Lions will draft the best player available (maybe), or they will do something that will have the 4 of us, including my dad left shaking our heads.....
The weather is warming as we head towards the middle of May, and next weekend will be a chance for the Tigers to enact a little revenge on the World Champion Red Sox. This is a different team this year friends, kind of built in your image in some ways, so look out. I thought I would bring this up before Sully did, but I am actually looking forward to next weekend, to see if the Tigers measure up to the Sox. The true test of your team is not the Orioles or the Indians, but the World Champs. I still have my World Series collectable, and I wore it with pride, even though I took a lot of ribbing from my friends for doing so.
Unfortunately, everyone on a Detroit local news wants Justin Gilbert. Probably will be Denard, but here we are heading off to the top 10... Why do I have to listen to Rich Eisen? We all know the first round of the draft is the most over-hyped, over-rated portion of the draft. Does anyone other than the Beeze hope "Johnny Football" doesn't wind up on their team? By the way who needs 10-minutes to make a pick? WTF, if you don't know who you are going to take by now, give your pick to the Lions, we need all the help we can get defensively. No wonder the first round takes 4 hours to complete, freaking dumbasses...
1. Houston - Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina. No real surprise here, heard this name a lot lately for a team that needs a quarterback...
2. St. Louis - Greg Robinson, T, Auburn. Well I guess they finally want to keep Sam healthy. They are comparing him to Orlando Pace and Jackie Slater, not a bad duo to be compared with. The last pick from the RGIII trade....
3. Jacksonville - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF. Wow, I don't think anyone was expecting this. Everyone was talking defense for this team, but this should be an upgrade for the Jaguars.
4. Cleveland - The Beeze's Brownies, always an interesting pick. Traded their pick to Buffalo,there ya go Beeze. Traded down to 9 and a first in 2015 draft, wonder why they traded down? Maybe Taylor Lewan is in their future?
4. Buffalo via Cleveland - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. Should help E.J. Manuel, considered the premier WR in the draft. Nice Pick
5. Oakland - Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo. Interesting pick coming from the MAC, don't see too many of these guys go high, so he must be a good linebacker.
6. Atlanta - Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M. Maybe Matt Ryan will get the protection he needs to throw the ball. Good bloodlines, should be a good fit...
7. Tampa Bay - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. This ought to be an interesting team of receivers should good. But who's going to throw to them?
8. Cleveland via Minnesota - Justin Gilbert, CB, Okla St. Well now, everyone thought it was going to be Johnny Football. Nice Pick, might be fun on the defensive side in Cleveland? So much for him being a Lion...
9. Minnesota - Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA. Should help one of the worst defenses in the NFL improve.
10. Detroit - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. And like usual the Lions astound me with a draft pick, thought they would take Denard, but this should be a serious upgrade from Pettigrew dropping balls all of the time.
Well guys, this pick by the Lions ought to get a good rant from IHM on Saturday and AFD next week. But before I forget, Happy Mother's Day to all of your wives and daughters who are mothers. Don't forget to spoil them and also to stop by and give Hal a shout!
It’s been a long strange trip to finally get to the NFL draft.
The draft should be in April and it should be 2 days at most.
The Emperor decided May was better for him
(I’m guessing the Goodell’s have a family function in April, perhaps a banquet of sorts...and we need to be willing to work around that.
Spreading it out over 4 days means simply that Roger went to Joseph A. Banks two suits for the price of one…twice... and he has to wear them all so he can get the 2/1 discount at the dry cleaners.
Spring has finally made it to the Boston area, although if you live or work along the Atlantic you are still getting cool East breezes off the 45 degree water. The Harry’s B&B is located is about 35 miles South of Boston and about 10 miles North of Providence RI so we usually stay warmer with our Ocean breezes being generally from the South.
We host Mothers Day every year and this is when I unveil my gardens and plants for the ladies in my life. My beautiful bride, my Mom, my wife’s Mom and My sister’s in law(4) along with their hubby’s and kids will overrun the yard and we will be cooking and grilling and imbibing just a bit. This day usually ends with a fire in the fire pit until late in the evening. Mothers Day is my contribution to the five families until Thanksgiving.
In total my in laws have 3 lake homes, two in Maine and one in Rhode Island. Also two ocean homes in Rhode Island and a nice place in Florida. So when water front isn’t essential… I host.
And then we have to do Memorial weekend with the annual Harry men camping and fishing excursion.
Fathers Day in Rhode Island, Independence Day and Labor Day in Maine and Christmas locally. When I write it all down I can see that I married into far more than I deserved…married up just a bit.
OK back to the draft.
I’ve been watching with curiosity the way that the sports experts have figured the draft and which team needs who to do what.
I did say a few weeks back that I thought the QB’swould go early letting some of the top WR’s and defenders drop into the arms of the haves.
What I can say with certainty is that 32 teams will pick most of the top 64 players in the first two rounds. Also with certainty, at least two teams with pick a head scratcher way to early. I’m going with Oakland and Buffalo to be those two teams of distinction.
A little later tonight you will see that Oldharry has as much a clue as the national pundants.
Here is my first round:
1. Houston- J. Clowney, DE South Carolina- He is the best player in the draft so why leave him out there.
2. St Louis- Greg Robinson, OT Auburn Run blocker and blind side tackle can't pass this instant impact player
3. Jacksonville- Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M- This is the guy they targeted and are happy to have some excitement coming to Northern Florida, Manzeil may have a rocky start but will make this team much better.
4. Cleveland- Blake BortlesQBUCF - The Browns just may have the QB franchise player they wanted to build on. A better fit than Manzeil who would quickly tire of Cleveland
5. Oakland- Sammy WadkinsWR Clemson – explosive speed at the WR position is good but a QB would have been more of a need.
6. Atlanta- Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo- aggressive and dynamic and a good pick for Atlanta
7. Tampa Bay- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M, NFL ready WR will fit right in.
8. Minnesota- Derek Carr QB Fresno State- This is who they hoped would still be here at 8
9. Buffalo- Eric Ebron TE N Carolina- I still think the Bills need to upgrade at QB.
10. Detroit- Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh, a steal at 10
11. Tennessee- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
12. NY Giants- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M – good find at 12, should be a top ten pick.
13. St. Louis- Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
14. Chicago- Hasean Clinton Dix FS Alabama
15. Pittsburgh- Odell Beckham WR LSU
16. Dallas- Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
17. Baltimore- Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
18. NY Jets- CJ Mosley LB Alabama
19. Miami- Zack Martin OG Notre Dame
20. Arizona- Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
21. Green Bay- Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
22. Philadelphia- Cody Latimer WR Indiana
23. Kansas City- Marqise Lee WR USC
24. Cincinnati- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville... what? you say Dalton?
25. San Diego-KonyEaly DE Missouri
26. Cleveland- Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
27. New Orleans- Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
28. Carolina- JaWuan James OT Tennessee
29. New England Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech If they stay here…they may very well trade out of here for an additional pick or two
30. San Francisco- Jason Verrett CB TCU
31. Denver- Jimmy Ward SS Northern Illionis
32. Seattle- Brandon Cooks WR Oregon State
33. Houston AJMcCarronQB Alabama- was expecting Bridgewater to be here but McCarron has NFL skills and will fit right in to Billy O’Brian’s Brady like Offense
and then there is Spring in Afghanistan
That’s how I see it. I do have early stage glaucoma so my sight isn’t always perfect and there is the potential of a cottage industry in my future but when you look at my mock draft you probably won’t say, “what’s Harry smoking”
Because I’m just as qualified as the rest of the experts telling you who is gonna do what and when.
Have a great day and if the draft is too much for you…close the window.
With all of the chaos of the past two weeks in my personal life and here, this post has been on the fire, off the fire smoldering , on the fire, on the back burner and off again…and now on again.
My Mom suffered a mild heart attack and is off for surgery and my patella bursitis has flared up so I'm in a knee immobilizer for a couple of weeks.
With Shorty back in town for the NFL draft, this gimpy legged tandem sat at the end of the bar thru the entire 3 days man… 3 days.
The last time I did anything for 3 days was back in ’69 at Yazgers farm. Everywhere there was song and celebration.
And speaking of Woodstock
Rest peacefully Richie Havens,72 who passed away last Monday. Richie released 25 albums over his career and is best known for being the opening act at Woodstock Music and Arts festival in 1969. Richie played for 3 hours while the other performers were getting ready after arriving late.
Best known for his renditions of Freedom, Hands of Time and Here Comes The Sun.
Hands of Time
Keep looking through the window pane
Just trying to see through the pouring rain
It's hearing your name, hearing your name
I never really felt quite the same, since I've lost what I had to gain
No one to blame, no one to blame
Seems to me, can't turn back the hands of time
Oh it seems to me, can't back the hands of time
Seems to me, can't turn back the hands of time
Oh it seems to me, can't turn back the hands of time
Seems to me, history was left behind
The NFL draft brought a little excitement over at Mo’s Tavern, some of the Gab guys weren’t exactly pleased with their teams picks. Rumor has it that one of our regulars is changing his identity. Our friend IHM will probably be going by I Hate M&M soon.
He was stomping around the un mowed side yard of the Tavern next to the bocce courts mumbling to himself “a funter, a pucking funter…I can’t believe they ficked a pucking funter”
The Beeze was there wearing two hats, his ND lid facing Northeast and A Rangers cap facing Southwest. He was saying how fate had delt him a bad hand with this Cleveland thing and that he shoulda moved to New England years ago for the wifey.
Mo was a little befuddled about the mower and his Hartford Whalers cap had gas and grass stains on the bill. Scott was trying to sell him on the idea of a lawn service. Mo wasn’t sipping a Fred like usual, he had a brown bag under the bar with something good in it…he wasn’t sharing.
Rad wasn’t dazzled at all by this draft, it wasn’t overwhelming at the beginning or end
And probably the best value was the middle rounds
BOB was ecstatic with the Forty Niners 200 picks and
Frag was at the first booth doing his lineup changes and giving fantasy baseball draft and trade tips to Qwazier, Lanz, Bandit and anyone else that would listen.
Sully was there laughing at the Gabbers who were wondering why their team took this guy and not that guy, didn’t move up to get X or down to get Y
…what diff does it make now, most of these guys will need a passport to get to the great cold North and try to catch on in the CFL.
Remember Bill Belichick moving up to take Chad Jackson and leaving Greg Jennings on the board…it’s a crap shoot so lets not get to high or low over it. It could be worse you Brownie fans, you could have been born Cowboys or Jets fans.
This is the first week of May and not wanting to further discuss the NBA or NHL
I’ve decided to bring you this special segment featuring a voice over by:
Read below in the voice of Morgan Freeman
Spring is here
… and so begins the annual migratory of the human kind as they embark on the tedious journey that ends with the female of the species pushing the male drone out of the nest to perform the rigorous tribal ritual know as the: honey do list
We find the limping alpha male oldharry looking over his domain, pondering his list
The windows need to be cleaned
The ceiling fans need a dusting
I have the house needs a new roof
I have the screen house on the piazza project
I have the clean out the shed project
I have the fix the fence before it fall the rest of the way and the neighbors pets get in
I still haven’t replaced the leaky faucet in the bathroom project
I have the buy a new lawn mower project so I can give back the mower I borrowed from Rick
I have the power wash the deck and patio, and paint the house project so I can
Put up the screen house project
I still have the put the new dishwasher in project
I have the dig out the stump project
I have the vegetable garden project so we can have those fresh vegetables all summer and fall. The work never ends with growing food. I have to tend the berries, blue, strawberry and raspberry. I have to watch the grape vine and be sure the weeds don’t win control over the herbs
I have the, we host mothers day brunch so get the flowers in the pots and make the yard
I have the fix the picnic table that got crushed by the tree that blew down and took out the table and the Toyota
I have the take the kayaks and canoe out and clean them so I can skip a few of these other projects and go fishing project
I have the lawn swing project for my mother in law
and so the oldharry drone limps and staggers about his tasks, he can be heard mumbling
Projects projects projects…never done never done…when one gets crossed off two get added on… and on and on
Don’t forget to check out some real sports with Lanz, over there------------à