Cheat sheet for watching draft

first_imgFor the NFL’s 32 franchises, making selections in the draftis, at best, a crapshoot. Attempting to watch all 20 or so televised hours ofit at home isn’t much easier.But, like a fourth-round pick that turns into a Pro Bowler,there are plenty of rewards to be had for those who are fully prepared to watchall two days of televised coverage this weekend.And, just as it’s preparation that makes winners and loserson draft weekend for the franchises handing out multi-million dollar contracts,it is having a plan that separates a wasted spring weekend from a glorious onefor fans.Consider the following information a scouting report on howto succeed come Saturday.?It’s a marathon, not a sprint.As if the 10 (mercifully down from 15) minutes allotted forpicks in the first round wasn’t enough of an indicator, the draft goes at anincredibly slow pace. If you get too excited, or gorge too much during thefirst round, you’re never going to make it through the end of the first day, letalone the seventh round.Pacing yourself helps, and it’s a lot easier if you haveways of entertaining yourself during the slow parts of the draft. Try guessingthe number of products Drew Rosenhaus puts in his hair or spotting the one fanin the pro-Jets crowd gutsy enough to wear a Wes Welker jersey. It’s theselittle time-killers that will get you through the four-and-a-half minutesPittsburgh takes to make its fifth-round selection.?Keep your excitement in check. You will never hear fromhalf of these players again.This certainly is more relevant to anything that happens onthe second day, but really applies to all the selections made during the draft.There are more than 250 players who will have their name called this weekendand the vast majority of them won’t be a factor on the field for a few years,if ever.So, while you might find yourself gushing over the receiverwith the 4.3 speed but suspect hands taken midway through the sixth round, it’simportant to understand that the next time you hear from him might be when he’srunning routes in the AFL. Or taking your order at McDonalds.?No matter what you may think, Mel Kiper Jr. knows morethan you do.It is Kiper’s job to know things like the number of leftypunters from the Big 12 available in the draft, and he spends an inordinateamount of time preparing for it. While you watch Scrubs nine times a day, he’swatching tape, tape and more tape.As such, don’t even pretend to know as much as he does.Sure, he makes mistakes every now and then, but it’s never because of a lack ofpreparation.If you were planning to spend your weekend making outlandishpredictions to your friends (Felix Jones is the best back in the draft!) anddisagreeing with the actual experts (not the guys on whatever fly-by-night blogyou read), it is only going to make you look like an ass. Just sit back andaccept Kiper’s analysis as more accurate than yours.?Keep your cell phone handy.NFL teams spend half of their drafts working the phones.Calling other teams with trade offers, calling in their picks, calling theplayers they drafted… the telephone is what makes the draft run.You too should be ready to make phone calls at a moment’snotice. Minnesota doesn’t get their pick off in time? Text your friend in St.Paul. Chicago doesn’t draft a quarterback? Give a ring to your friend thatthinks Rex Grossman is the devil. Communication during the draft is key. Plus,you never know when someone in your favorite team’s war room is going to wantyour input, or to let you know you’ve been drafted.?Find one player to love unabashedly for the rest of hiscareer.It’s always nice to follow someone’s career from start tofinish, and this weekend will be the start of many new careers. You can’t picka winner every year (where did you go, P.K. Sam?), but every once in a while alate pick that you made “your guy” comes through for you, and it’s apretty rewarding experience. Just avoid picking someone who’s more likely tohave his name pop up in a police report than a highlight reel.?Remote controls exist for a reason. Use them.Even the most diehard fan will struggle to make it throughthe entire draft, especially because it means seeing the same three or fourUnder Armour commercials several dozen times. In order to stay fresh, it is importantto take quick breaks, and not just to go to the bathroom or the fridge.I’d suggest flipping over to the NBA Playoffs duringcommercials. Nobody’s going to judge you for not watching commercials. Justdon’t let yourself get distracted for too long.?Take notes, but only in your head.If you’re going to forget everything you hear and learnduring the draft, you might as well not watch it. By retaining the informationpresented this weekend, though, you can have a leg up on the competition inyour fantasy draft or in spontaneous sports trivia battles. That doesn’t meanyou should write everything down, however.Watching the draft is supposed to be enjoyable; it’s nothomework. Put the pens and paper away and give your memory some exercise.?Lastly, remember the NFL Draft comes just once a year.You might be pressured to go outside or turn off thetelevision. Some people may tell you that watching the whole draft isn’thealthy, or normal. And, while they may be right, this isn’t something you doevery weekend, so go all out.Ignore the naysayers. Use the above cheat sheet. Soak inChris Berman’s excitement and get yourself psyched up for the 2008 season.There will be plenty of sunny weekends to spend outdoors, sogo ahead and devote this one to the football.Like the draft teaches us every year, the bigger the risk,the bigger the reward.?Mike is a sophomore majoring in political science. Ifyou’d like to know his 40-yard dash time he can be reached at mackerstein@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

Marrone will handle players’ arrests internally; says Spruill currently eligible for Pinstripe Bowl

first_imgNEW YORK — Marquis Spruill is currently eligible to play in the Pinstripe Bowl, Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday.Spruill was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he and teammate Steve Rene were arrested Sunday. Rene, who is out for the season after undergoing surgery for an upper-body injury, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.Speaking after a news conference at Yankee Stadium, Marrone said he was disappointed in his players’ behavior but will handle it internally.Spruill and Rene will appear in court on Dec. 19, 10 days before the Pinstripe Bowl.“Obviously we’re disappointed in the behavior of both of our players,” Marrone said. “I’ll handle it internally. That’s really it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSpruill, an outside linebacker, is crucial to the SU defense and ranks fourth on the team in tackles.“Just like for all our players, you have to earn that right and keep going in the right direction, and we’ll handle things internally,” Marrone said. “Up until the point, we expect our players to act in a proper fashion and with the expectations of our school because we represent Syracuse University. We’re disappointed in what has occurred.” Comments Published on December 6, 2012 at 5:42 am Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Interactive breakdown: Men’s and women’s point breakdown, Final Four efficiency

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm Contact Siyu: The BreakdownCheck out the breakdown of how Syracuse has scored its points in each game this season.Men_stack EfficiencyCheck out how efficient Syracuse is on offense and defense compared to past Final Four teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textscatter - 2016 Breakdown Part 2Check out how the women’s basketball team scored its points against all of its opponents.Women_stack Commentslast_img

St. Saviours Win Zenith Bank Swimming Championship

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Adekoya revealed that the target was to see an Olympian from some of the kids competing at the club in the nearest future.The General Manager, Power and Infrastructure Group; E-Business and Card Services, Zenith Bank, Wunmi Ogunbiyi, was available to give prizes to the winners with the overall winner going home with a giant trophy and other mouth-watering prizes. St. Saviours School, Ikoyi, on Saturday won the 2nd Ikoyi Club 1938 swimming section inter-school gala primary school competition.The competition sponsored by Zenith Bank was attended by nine teams (schools) with several pupils and their parents in attendance.The winner scored 241 points while Children’s International School, Lekki, finished second with 156 points. Despite winning more gold medals (10) than others, Corona School finished third, polling 131 points.The president of the Nigeria Swimming Federation, Babatunde Fatai-Williams, applauded Zenith Bank for investing in the children.He said: “Primary school is the foundation for swimming because swimmers usually start early,” he said.“If they start learning from age six and above, it will be very good for them because at that stage they tend to learn very well and the basics learned will stick to their brain.“The problem facing swimming and other sports in the country has been lack of funds and for Zenith Bank to put money in this competition shows their love for sports and development of youths.”The Chairman, swimming section of Ikoyi Club 1938, Segun Adekoya, said the first edition was solely sponsored by an individual but was happy that Zenith Bank agreed to bankroll this year’s edition which made it more colourful with prizes for the kids.last_img read more

Eagles Ambush Squirrels at the Nest in Uyo

first_imgLast term, Nigeria had smooth ride, qualifying for AFCON 2019 with a game to spare.Now, with a team brimming with youngsters hungry to express themselves after distinguishing at club level, Eagles will have no choice but start this journey at home on a good note.One of the star players to look out for today is Victor Osimhen who emerged from Nigeria’s post-AFCON 2019 success.The Lille forward has scored nine goals in 17 appearances for the French club across all competitions this season.Also expected to be a thorn in the Squirrels’ defence will be Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal in the Spanish Laliga.The exciting lad has continued to confound watchers of the Laliga with his incredible display of talents.No doubt, Nigeria will be overriding favourites to progress as Group L winners, as Eagles set their sights on qualifying for Cameroon a few months after finishing third at the 2019 AFCON showpiece hosted in Egypt.In Rohr’s squad at the Uyo camp are others like returnee Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina, Samuel Kalu and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.On the other hand, the visitors from neighbouring Benin should not be underrated. The Squirrel will be no pushovers, though, having proved their potential in reaching the quarterfinal stage at AFCON 2019.The Squirrels have been able to keep the core of that team with the experienced Stephan Sessegnon spearheading their charge.Irrespective of the ranking of Eagles as third on the African continent in the latest FIFA rankings (35th in the world) while Benin are placed 18th in Africa (82nd in the world), this evening will be full of fireworks at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.The 66-year-old Franco-German, though, has expressed hisRohr’s concern regarding the quick turnaround time between this month’s double headed qualifier with Nigeria to face Lesotho in Maseru four days after this clash in Uyo should be no excuse for Eagles to bungle this opening round home game.“Our players from Europe will only get to us a day or two before the first game, so there is no time to adapt to the African conditions,” Rohr had complained when the fixtures were released.“After this game on Wednesday we travel to Lesotho away on Friday to play on an artificial surface on Sunday. This is not ideal for any team.“We’ve spoken to CAF about this but nothing has been done,” he concluded.Apart from claiming bronze in Egypt, Nigeria showcased her powers with encouraging displays in recently friendly internationals against Ukraine and Brazil respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERDuro IkhazuagbeAs Super Eagles file out this evening against Squirrels of Benin Republic in the opening game of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying series at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Gernot Rohr and his wards will be aiming for a perfect start to their campaign.last_img read more

Charles City bicyclist killed after being struck by vehicle

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A Charles City woman is dead after she was struck by a vehicle Sunday while riding a bicycle. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at 7:40 PM Sunday on Shadow Avenue north of 240th Street in Floyd County. A vehicle traveling southbound driven by 43-year-old Colby Elliott of Clarksville failed to observe the bicycle rider, 28-year-old Ellen Bengston, who was also traveling southbound. Bengston was life-flighted to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. The State Patrol lists the accident as still under investigation.last_img

Howard Webb desperate for Ronaldo to MISS penalty after his ‘biggest mistake’

first_imgHOWARD WEBB has revealed that he wanted to see Cristiano Ronaldo miss a penalty for Manchester United – after realising he’d made his biggest-ever mistake.In April 2009, a match between the Red Devils and Tottenham at Old Trafford turned in the home side’s favour after a controversial penalty call.3 Webb faced mass protests from Spurs players after Gomes’ challengeCredit: Getty – Contributor3 The Yorkshire-born official looked on nervously as Ronaldo scored from the spotCredit: AFP – GettyWith United 2-0 down, Michael Carrick hit the deck after a challenge from Heurelho Gomes and the referee pointed to the spot, only for replays to show the goalkeeper clearly getting the ball.And Webb has admitted wanting to see Ronaldo fluff his lines before the forward drilled the ball home to start a dramatic 5-2 comeback win for United.He told The Athletic: “The one that stands out is one where in the game I knew I got it wrong.”It was a Premier League game at Old Trafford — Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.”I could see Carrick got there first and then the goalkeeper clattered into him. It was really an easy penalty award.”I was expecting the usual cursory appeal that you get from the players, not the huge look of absolute astonishment and amazement and incredulousness on the look of Gomes.I was just hoping that Ronaldo would miss the penalty. But he didn’t.”Howard Webb”It was obvious within seconds I’d got the decision wrong. There was something more to this.”I was left with the decision I had taken with no independent evidence that I’d got it wrong other than a gut feeling, and I was just hoping that Ronaldo would miss the penalty. But he didn’t.”Now the boss of referees in North America, Webb battled accusations of favouring Sir Alex Ferguson’s United during his esteemed career in the English game.And the 48-year-old has previously talked of over confidence in the Spurs match having been “on a high” off the back of his call-up to that year’s FA Cup final.Webb would later officiate the 2010 World Cup final where a combative Dutch team lost to Spain, Nigel de Jong memorably avoiding a red card for an outrageous kick on Andres Iniesta.But it is the penalty error at Old Trafford that sticks in the referee’s mind more than any other.3 United made it 2-1 with the penalty before notching another four goalsCredit: Getty – ContributorHe revealed his reaction to be: “Just ‘Oh s***’, really.”You just know. You can tell as a ref. You can see the momentum shift. You can see the way the game is going.”At 2-1, you never know. At 2-2, you can see the way this game is going.”When [the camera] misses all those players and runs up to you [at full-time], as a ref, it’s not a good feeling.”You just know you have a world of pain coming your way.”MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newslatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossAfter the game,  Ferguson confessed his side’s first goal was “a bit fortunate” while Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was damning in his criticism.He declared: “It was a gift which wasn’t deserved. It was a terrible decision.”Howard is supposed to be our best ref, but if he’s the best I’d hate to see the worst.” Aspiring Liberian referee surprised by hero Howard Webb and Mary’s Mealslast_img read more

Hansle Parchment – Athletics

first_imgFor his achievement in earning the silver medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Parchment clocked a season-best time of 13.03 seconds and in the process became the first Jamaican to earn a silver medal in global competition in the 110m hurdles.last_img

“Alcohol and gasoline do not mix” – Traffic Chief

first_img…says speeding, drunk driving responsible for 75% of fatal accidentsOver 75 per cent of the fatal accidents that occurred during the first quarter of this year are as a result of the combination of speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.Traffic Chief Linden IslesThis is according to Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, who told this newspaper on Monday that these tragedies could have been prevented if the parties involved had adhered to the traffic laws of Guyana.“From our end, we continue to do educational talks, programmes, enforcement exercises and we will continue. Sadly, the issue of speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol is something that is within a culture of persons who naturally want to consume alcohol and then drive. And we all know it is a very dangerous practice because alcohol and gasoline do not mix,” he stated.According to the Traffic Chief, no one person can stop or prevent all accidents from occurring but if the public along with traffic ranks work together then there can be minimised amounts of deaths on Guyana’s roadways yearly.“We continue to urge members of the public, drivers, if they have to attend functions or social events, if they have to drive, don’t consume alcohol, don’t imbibe. If they have to imbibe, get a designated driver so that we can have control of the situation,” the Traffic Chief said.Guyana Times was also told that there has been a drastic decrease in statistics with regard to children being involved in fatal accidents when compared to the previous year for the same period.“We continue to do our educational talks to schools throughout the country. If you notice that most times you find with our figures that children, I don’t know if it [is] because of our road talks and these things, but we had a reduction, a vast reduction in children being involved in road accidents. We continue to do our road safety talks in schools.”CCTV camerasMeanwhile, in relation to the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras that have been installed around key intersections, it was explained that these cameras are still serving their purpose despite being installed about eight years ago.“Well, I would say the CCTV cameras in some areas are working, we still use them. We have been having successful prosecutions in various matters with the footage from these cameras. The Guyana Police Force monitors it 24/7 and the CCTV system is being monitored by our ranks,” the Traffic Chief added.CCTV camera usage has also boosted crime-fighting efforts by enabling law enforcement ranks to track and intercept criminals.Installed years ago and constantly upgraded, the closed-circuit camera system was initiated under the previous Administration.At least 130 cameras were installed initially. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Local residents invited to attend information session on Canada Games contingency plan

first_imgThe information session will be held on August 21 in the lobby of the Pomeroy Sport Centre. There are two sessions to attend with the first taking place from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., and the second from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.A number of topics will be covered including a need for volunteers should the speed skating be moved to Fort St. John according to Communications Manager Alyson Gourley-Cramer.“We’ll need a small team of people in Fort St. John to carry the event on if the contingency plan takes place. We’ll need volunteers to carry out the event and we are looking for some specific volunteers. At the planning session we’ll describe what those jobs are and who we need,” she explained.- Advertisement -A decision on whether or not Fort St. John will be needed to host long track speed skating would be made three days prior to the start of the games on February 10.last_img read more