Monday, May 01, 2006

What a weekend in sports!

We have a wind sprint one hour show today, a lot to get in, and so little time, but I will attempt to fill in the blanks here instead:

NFL Draft
How do we really know right now today that there were winners and losers? I spent the better portion of the two hours driving back from Eugene Saturday listening to Robert Smith and the other host sing the praises of the Arizona Cardinals who were THE WINNERS in Saturday's first three rounds. They had all but crowned the Cardinals the NFC West Champs, something we have heard for the last two years since former ESPN employee Dennis Green went there. How do we know that the Cardinals had such an incredible draft?
Check these numbers out, courtesy of my pal John Lund (WXYT in Detroit)
*17 mock drafts
*The only consensus pick was Reggie Bush #1 to Texans...all missed.
*On average the "expert" was 4 for 32 in right team / right player picks.
*On average the "expert" picked 26 of the 32 players picked in the first round regardless of team.
*Every mock had Winston Justice in first round. He went 39th to Philly in 2nd round. Jarrett Bell of USA Today and Don Banks of had him 8th to Buffalo.
*Every mock had Chad Jackson, WR Florida in the first round. He went to the Patriots in the 2nd round, pick 36th overall. Most had him going to Denver at # 15.
*Only 3 of the 17 "experts" did not have LenDale White going in the first round: Pat Kirwan, Chris Colston USA Today and Matt Pitzer USA Today. Jim Corbett from USA Today had White going # 13 to the Ravens. White went #45 overall, 13th pick in round 2, to the Titans.
*The ESPN combo mock of John Clayton and Len Pasquarelli picked the most team and player picks correctly with 9. Rob Rang of NFL picked 8 correctly, Don Banks of and Nate Davis of USA Today picked 7 correctly.
*Frank Croyle of (Ha!) and Chris Colston of USA Today picked 1 player/team combos correctly. Croyle picked Nick Mangold to the Jets at #29. He was the only expert to go 0 for the first 10 picks. He went 0 for the first 28 picks. Colston picked Vernon Davis to the 49ers at #6 and missed 26 straight. Ourlads (D.Ferguson and K. Wimbley) and Jarrett Bell of USA Today (V. Young and V. Davis) guessed two picks correctly. Two other "experts" went 3 for 32.
*The draft God, Mel Kiper picked 5 correctly and had 26 of the 32 players in the first round in his mock.

Our Mock draft had 25 of the 32 picks from the first round, but only 2-3 correct (depending on how you judge the Ngata pick/trade.

NBA Playoffs
*Kobe Bryant averages 27 shots a game in the regular season. His shots are way down in the postseason, and yesterday he had just 14 field goal attempts, two fewer than Lamar Odom. But they won, and are up 3-1 in the series with the rest of the team more involved. Amazing. Is it Jackson's coaching or Kobe finally trusting his teamates. No matter, they are playing great. And one other thing that hasn't been discussed too much-Odom's abilty to switch and defend Steve Nash, which has taken the Suns out of their preferred offensive sets.
*Bonzi, Bonzi, Bonzi. He stepped up, has stepped up, and as a result his team is tied 2-2 with Spurs. But the question with Bonzi has always been "can he do it consistently?" I will believe it when I see it, but it can't be argued, he has been great. I just don't know if I would want Wells taking key shots with a series on the line in a Game 7 situation. Remember Blazers vs. Dallas Game 7 and his first half disappearing act? And if you are looking for the "real" Bonzi to show up, look at the free throw numbers: 60% which is just 2% better than he is shooting from the field. He will implode. It has to happen. It MUST HAPPEN!

Oregon Spring Game
There has been a lot of talk about the play of the two QBs in Saturday's Spring Game, but there are some things to remember.
1) The spring game is just one element of the spring drills. Different coaches put different amounts of emphasis on the game itself, and judging by Brady Leaf kicking and swearing at the turf after the late game safety, his frustration level indicated that he felt the heat of the game, was was very disappointed. It also showed when he left the field immediately after the game, while Dennis Dixon was on the field for about 45 minutes signing autographs. One guy was the unquestioned number 1, the other was just questioning himself.
2) Two new names to remember who could be making plays this fall: Matthew Harper and Jairus Byrd. Both are DBs who will probably see time in the nickel and dime, with Byrd expected to play behind Patrick Chung at the rover position. During the course of the scrimmage, I made multiple notes about Byrd's physical play-he stood out.
3) Bellotti was nothing short of pissed about the play of his receivers. Multiple dropped balls, guys not finishing routes, he stated that it was the most disappointing thing about the spring drills.


At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drafts mean very little. You have to wait until guys PERFORM for your NFL team until you can comment. The whole hype machine surrounding the NFL draft is a joke (ESPN, Mel Kiper, etc.). People who host or attend NFL draft parties are LOSERS with nothing better to do.

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous said...

Ian the Dallas Cowboys used their 7th round pick on a player that does not exist. Here is the 2005 Weber State football roster their is no PAT MC QUISTAN ON THE ROSTER. In the 3rd round the Raiders took Paul McQuistan. How come ESPN did not catch thiks and how did Dallas screw up?

Thanks Ron

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1 Sione Havili RB 6-2 250 Sr Salt Lake City, UT/East HS/El Camino JC/Texas Tech
2 David Brooks CB 5-9 155 So Burbank, CA/Burroughs HS
3 Curlee Dorn CB 5-11 200 Sr Long Beach, CA/Wilson HS/Long Beach CC
4 Scotty Goodloe FS 6-1 190 Fr San Diego, CA/Marian Catholic
5 Jason Norman WR 5-11 175 Sr Glendale, AZ/Deer Valley HS
6 Vincent Weathers WR 5-11 175 Fr San Diego, CA/Serra HS
7 T.J. Canales QB 6-1 185 Fr Layton, UT/Northridge HS
8 Casey Gardener K 5-11 195 Sr El Sugundo, CA/El Sugundo HS/El Camino JC
9 Terrell Cloud CB 5-10 170 Fr San Diego, CA/Mission Bay HS
10 Dustin Long QB 6-3 220 So San Jose, CA/Silver Creek HS/Monterey Peninsula JC
11 Ian Pizarro QB 6-3 205 Jr San Diego, CA/Montgomery HS
12 Brad Leggatt QB 6-5 205 Fr Salt Lake City, UT/Hillcrest HS
13 Jon Graves WR 6-2 205 Jr Huntsville, UT/Weber HS/Dixie State
14 Shawn Woods QB 6-1 180 Jr Arvada, CO/Pomona HS/Dixie State
15 Malcolm Thompson CB 6-1 190 Jr Long Beach, CA/Jordan HS/San Jose State
16 Joe Johnson K 5-8 185 Sr West Valley City, UT/Granger HS
17 Ty Sparrow FS 6-4 215 Jr North Ogden, UT/Weber HS/Snow JC
18 DeMario Harris WR 6-4 215 So Las Vegas, NV/Western HS
19 John Collins CB 5-11 175 So Denver, CO/Manual HS
20 Bryant Eteuati WR 5-7 170 Fr Layton, UT/Northridge HS
21 Nick Greene SS 6-0 205 Jr Brigham City, UT/Box Elder HS/Dixie State
22 John McBride FS 6-4 220 Sr Oxnard, CA/Rio Mesa HS/Moorpark JC
23 Zach Hall RB 6-0 205 Jr Aurora, CO/Rangeview HS
24 Corey Thompson RB 6-1 205 Fr San Diego, CA/Monte Vista HS
25 Carter Vaughn CB 5-11 195 Jr Clinton, UT/Clearfield HS/Eastern Arizona JC
26 Dewey Crayton CB 5-8 175 Sr Aurora, CO/Gateway HS
27 Alonzo Harvey CB 6-0 165 Fr San Diego, CA/Mission Bay HS
28 Geno Gwin SS 6-4 210 Fr Long Beach, CA/Jordan HS
29 Jeff McNeal CB/FS 5-9 175 Jr San Diego, CA/Montgomery HS
30 Tyler DeBry ROV 5-10 230 Jr South Jordan, Utah/Bingham HS/Dixie State
31 Drew Dukeshire TE 6-4 255 Jr Portland, OR/Benson HS
32 Armon De'Launey RB 5-9 205 Fr Los Angeles, CA/Culver City HS
33 Adrian Conway RB 5-11 215 So Phoenix, AZ/Westview HS
34 Max Moala ROV 6-0 230 Fr Salt Lake City, UT/Murray HS
35 Conrad Rodgers RB 5-11 230 Fr Elk Grove, CA/Elk Grove HS
36 Moa Peaua FB 6-2 292 Sr Reno, NV/McQueen HS/Brigham Young
37 Brad Stewart WLB 6-2 235 So Loveland, CO/Loveland HS
38 Trevyn Smith RB 5-9 200 Fr Springville, UT/Springville HS
39 Marcus Mailei RB 6-1 240 Fr Salt Lake City, UT/Highland HS
40 Brett Burtenshaw FS 6-0 185 So Blanding, UT/San Juan HS
41 Sam North WR 6-1 180 Fr The Dalles, OR/The Dalles HS
42 Zach Hekker TE 6-5 220 Fr Bothell, WA/Bothell HS
43 Wyatt Kennah P 6-1 170 Sr Layton, UT/Northridge HS
44 Patrick O'Keefe DE 6-3 230 Jr Salt Lake City, UT/Brighton HS/Univ. of Utah
45 Craig North CB 5-11 185 So The Dalles, OR/The Dalles HS
46 Isaac Smith SLB 6-1 210 Fr Mesquite, NV/Virgin Valley HS
47 Dallas Drecksel SS 6-1 230 Sr Salt Lake City, UT/West HS
48 Trevor Peterson WLB 6-2 210 Fr Centerville, UT/Viewmont HS
49 Tim Odland WLB 6-1 210 Jr Park City, UT/Park City HS
51 Andy McFadden MLB 6-0 215 Jr Kanab, UT/Kanab HS
52 John Stewart SLB 6-3 200 Fr Carson City, NV/Carson City HS
53 Owen Koeppen MLB 6-1 235 Fr Park City, UT/Park City HS
54 Eric Jones MLB 6-2 230 Sr Roy, UT/Roy HS
55 Derek Johnson DT 6-2 280 So Clearfield, UT/Clearfield HS
56 Gary Boden SLB 6-1 225 Sr Ogden, UT/Ben Lomond HS
57 Terence Stanton MLB 6-1 225 Fr Clinton, UT/Clearfield HS
58 Mark Boyle DE 6-2 220 Fr Park City, UT/Park City HS
59 Shane Barkdull DE 6-3 275 Sr Kaysville, UT/Davis HS
60 Zach Goff WLB 6-1 195 Fr Ogden, UT/Bonneville HS
61 Jose Cardoza C 6-3 320 Jr Santa Ana, CA/Los Amigos HS/Golden West JC
62 David Hale OL 6-6 295 So Plain City, UT/Fremont HS
63 John Gaylor DT 6-3 290 So Spring Creek, NV/Spring Creek HS
64 Jake Francks OG 6-4 275 Jr Clearfield, UT/Clearfield HS
65 Cameron Molifua OG 6-1 295 Fr Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS
66 Paul Carpenter OT 6-6 280 Fr Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain HS
67 Brady Fosmark DE 6-3 260 Sr Clearfield, UT/Clearfield HS
68 Dimitri Tsoumpas OG 6-4 285 So Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)/Strathcona Composite
69 Mike Eddy OT 6-6 315 Sr Layton, UT/Northridge HS/Texas-El Paso
70 Vincent Henry C 6-5 275 Jr Anaheim, CA/Canyon HS
71 Travis Henry OT 6-4 280 Fr Tremonton, UT/Bear River HS
74 Pat McQuistan OT 6-6 315 Sr Lebanon, OR/Lebanon HS
75 Chad Glover C 6-6 290 Jr Harbor City, CA/Bishop HS
76 Paul McQuistan OT 6-6 315 Sr Lebanon, OR/Lebanon HS
77 Zac Carlson OT 6-4 300 Fr San Jacinto, CA/San Jacinto HS
80 Justin Schwartzbauer WR 6-1 175 Fr Palmer, AK/Colony HS
81 Mike Mathis WR 5-11 180 Jr Layton, UT/Northridge HS
82 Austin Toupin WR 5-11 175 So Ogden, UT/Ogden HS
82 Derryl Hill WR 6-0 165 So Las Vegas, NV/Mojave HS/Moorpark
83 Alex Romashko WR 6-0 180 So Madison, WI/Madison Memorial HS/Valparaiso
84 Wiley King WR 6-1 180 Sr Porltand, OR/Benson Tech HS
85 Matt Loewen TE 6-4 220 Fr Phoenix, AZ/Goldwater HS
86 B.A. Harrell TE 6-5 260 So Quartz Hill, CA/Quartz Hill HS
87 Tommy Hunter TE 6-4 245 Sr Crawfordville, FL/Wakulla HS/South Forida
88 Terry Larsen WR 6-2 190 Jr Brigham City, UT/Box Elder HS/Pima JC
89 Lynzell Jackson WR 6-2 195 Sr Tempe, AZ/Tempe HS/Univ. of Utah
90 Ed Brown DE 6-4 270 So Canby, OR/Camby HS
91 Bo Montgomery DE 6-3 265 Fr Kona, HI/Kealakehe HS
92 Leon Lataulo DE 6-2 260 Jr Aiea, HI/Aiea HS/El Camino JC
93 Oto Lavaki DE 6-3 215 So Crestview, FL/Crestview HS
94 Beau Hadley WR 6-0 180 Fr Odgen, UT/Fremont HS
95 Ata Kahuhu NG 6-3 310 Jr Honolulu, HI/Kamehameha HS
96 Patrick Tumanuvao DE 6-6 250 So San Diego, CA/Mission Bay HS
97 Andy Yocum SLB 6-3 200 Fr Syracuse, UT/Clearfield HS
98 Kevin Linehan DE 6-3 240 Fr Los Alamitos, CA/Los Alamitos HS
99 Rio Stotler DT 6-1 295 Fr West Jordan, UT/West Jordan HS

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At 9:50 AM, Anonymous said... said...
Ian the Dallas Cowboys used their 7th round pick on a player that does not exist. Here is the 2005 Weber State football roster their is no PAT MC QUISTAN ON THE ROSTER. In the 3rd round the Raiders took Paul McQuistan. How come ESPN did not catch this and how did Dallas screw up?


At 10:30 AM, Blogger Michael Namba said...


Look at #74 on your roster posted. #76 is Paul, #74 is Pat. I am going to assume they are twins.


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