Sunday, May 1, 2011

It's Back On Between Michigan and Ohio State

The Michigan football Wolverines or their fans haven't had much to talk about lately, especially when it comes to the rivalry with Ohio State.

Now with Rich Rodriguez being blown out of town and Brady Hoke providing a breath of fresh air it looks like the rivalry won't be as one-sided as in years past. That remains to be seen, but the Ohio State University has been reeling from an NCAA investigation.

Now there is a billboard in Michigan on I-94 poking fun at Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel.  

It looks like it's on now between these two bitter rivals. For Michigan's sake lets hope they put together a better effort on the field than they did in the Rodriguez error, I mean era.

Former NFL Player, R.W. McQuarters Shot

Former NFL player and vetran of many teams, R.W. McQuarters was shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma early Saturday morning.

McQuarters was visiting a friend and as he was leaving saw a man in a ski mask. McQuarters got into his car and heard several gunshots. He realized he was hit and drove himself to Hillcrest Medical Center. McQuarters had been shot in the back. The reports say the injuries are not life threatning.

McQuarters played for the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, and New York Giants.

Here's to a quick, speedy recovery for McQuarters.

Tyrod Taylor: ‘I’m the most dynamic quarterback in the draft’

You know what they say, if you don't believe in yourself, no one will. Well, Tyrod Taylor has plenty of belief in himself. More than what you would hear from a sixth round draft pick. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. It's just that he has a long way to go to help the Baltimore Ravens.

Taylor was the ACC offensive player of the year and doesn't lack confidence coming into the NFL.

“I believe I can do it all,” Taylor said after being drafted in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens. “I believe I’m the most dynamic quarterback in the draft. I have the ability to move the pocket and keep the play alive, and I also have the ability to stay in the pocket and make every throw that they ask for. My style is kind of a mixture of all.

"I want to do whatever it takes to help the team and in the best situation. Most teams have talked to me as a quarterback. I’m evaluated as a quarterback. After talking to the Ravens’ coaching staff, they look at me as a quarterback and want to mentor me and mature me as a quarterback.”

You know what that means don't you? Wildcat package.

If Taylor is developed properly and is eager to learn, he could be a productive backup. He does have some skills as he passed for 24 touchdowns against 5 interceptions last season at Virginia Tech.

“I’m going to reach out to Flacco,” Taylor said. “We’re teammates now, so hopefully we can get some study sessions on and just help my progression. The lockout is difficult for a quarterback because you’re not able to get the playbook as soon as you can, but everyone is in the lockout. I’m going to try to reach out to Flacco, get in the playbook and learn it as quickly as possible."

Right now he's saying all the right things. Personally I would like to see him some success at the NFl level since there are a lot of doubters out there about him.



Millwood Opts Out Of Yankees Deal

I guess Kevin Millwood didn't have the patience to stay with the New York Yankees. He officially opted out of his deal that kept him in the minors. Millwood's minor league deal called for an opt out if he wasn't called up from the minors by May 1. That day has came and he's gone.

Millwood is now a free agent and I know of a couple of teams that could use his services,even though he lasted only two innings in his last start.

Millwood went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Millwood isn't the greatest thing going, but he should be signed by someone before long.

Quote Of The Week: Kristin Cavallari

After hearing that the Chicago Bears drafted offensive tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round of the NFL Draft, Jay Cutler's fiancee' Kristin Cavallari couldn't mask her excitement.

Cavallari tweeted "Yay we got an offensive lineman!!! Go Bears".

I guess she didn't get the memo about the Detroit Lions drafting Nick Fairley, pairing him up with Ndamukong Suh for at least the next five years. I wouldn't be too excited about that. Maybe Carimi can help keep Cutler upright instead of being accused of prematurely exiting games.

Jim Schwartz Clowns On Nick Fairley

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz did a little clowning around on Nick Fairley after the Detroit Lions drafted Fairley with the 13th pick in the NFL Draft.  It was more of a welcome to the team kind of moment than anything, but it was still kind of funny.

"First, if we had seen what he was wearing yesterday with those glasses, we might have passed on him at 13," Jim Schwartz said. "I got more texts yesterday after we picked him that said, 'Why did you pick that big guy that looks like Urkel?'

"Well, none of those people are here, and I think if they were here, none of them would say the same thing, and I know no quarterbacks said that last year."

See, no harm, no foul there. Just a little fun at Fairley's expense. If Fairley performs anywhere like he did at Auburn there will be some sore quarterbacks in the NFC North.

A Knock On The Lakers

If the series with the Dallas mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers needed a little spice, here it is.


You gotta love the animated Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki, looking like they belong in "Toy Story".