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May 2, 2011

Rashard Mendenhall’s Tweets

Filed under: NFL football — eadeutsch @ 9:50 pm
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Like many public figures who wish to communicate with their fans, Rashard Mendenhall, the running back for the Steelers, has himself a twitter.  With it, he has a soap box that allows him to speak his mind freely.

Let’s see what insight this role model has for us today!

[insert Ben Roethlisberger joke here]

After that gem, news broke about Bin Laden’s death, and today Mendenhall has been commenting with his take on the historic event.

“We’ve only heard one side.”  I know these athletes take a lot of shots to the head…but…come on, Rashard.

At least he ended the issue there.

Hold on, he didn’t? Really?

Rashard Mendenhall’s sage wisdom can be found @R_Mendenhall

April 29, 2011

NFL Draft

Filed under: NFL football,UM sports — Dana Hatic @ 6:34 pm

Everyone ready for round two?

No surprise, Cam Newton was snatched up in the first round, along with other standout players and a total of four quarterbacks in the first 12 drafts.

Now about halfway through round 2, the Hurricanes have their first drafted player, with offensive guard Orlando Franklin going to the Denver Broncos.

Who will go next? Miami has 12 players left, including kicker Matt Bosher, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, and inside linebacker Colin McCarthy, who recorded 106 tackles in the 2010 season.

April 26, 2011

R.I.P. Jim Mandich

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Jim Mandich, 1948-2011

Jim Mandich, tight end for the Miami Dolphins from 1970-1977, passed away today.  Mandich had been battling bile-duct cancer over the past year, and had been a sports commentator for WQAM, a job he acquired in 1997.  His role as a radio personality–where he was known as “Mad Dog”–helped cement his place in South Florida sports lore.

Mandich will forever be remembered as a member of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team that won Superbowl VII over the Washington Redskins.

Mandich had a career that spanned 9 years, from 1970-1978.  He was drafted in the second round out of the University of Michigan.  Mandich averaged better than 13 yards per reception during his final two years as a Wolverine.  In the NFL, Mandich played every season for the Dolphins except for his last, which he spent as a role player on the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

April 25, 2011

Judge Rules in Favor of NFL Players

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Chris Mortensen of ESPN just reported that a judge ruled in favor of the players which will lift the lockout.  But this does not necessarily end the struggle between the two sides.

Writes Mortensen:

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson has granted NFL players their motion for a preliminary injunction, therefore lifting the lockout that was imposed by owners on March 11.

Neither side had an official reaction, pending the official posting by Judge Nelson but the NFL is expected to immediately request a stay of the ruling until it can make its arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, which is headquartered in St. Louis but also has an office in St. Paul.

If the stay of ruling is granted, then the case will move to the US Court of Appeals where the dispute will remain unresolved.  Neither side, clearly, is willing to concede anything–at least so far.  Could a ruling change this?

April 23, 2011

Star Dolphins WR stabbed

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Brandon Marshall was stabbed late last nigth by his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall.

He was rushed to Broward General Hospital by car and remains in intensive care.

His wife was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

April 20, 2011

NFL 2011 Schedule Released

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[which doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be played…]

…but here are the big games to mark on your calendars for the upcoming season–if we get one, of course.

The last two Super Bowl Champions–the Green bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints–will open up the season on the night of Thursday, September 8th.

Here are some interesting games from the first half of the upcoming season.

Week 1 also features matchups between divisional rivals in the Steelers-Ravens and Colts-Texans. Whoever wins these first games may set themselves up for an advantage the rest of the season in their respective divisions.

Week 2: September 18th: Philadelphia @ Atlanta–Michael Vick returns to Atlanta. What more needs to be said.

Week 3: Pittsburgh @ Indianapolis — Two of the best quarterbacks on two of the most well-rounded teams battle in Indy. Does Peyton Manning still have what it takes to beat Troy Polamalu and the Steelers’ secondary?

Week 4: Jets @ Baltimore is the only game that jumps off of the schedule. We’ll have a much better idea of what to expect out of the Jets after watching this game.

Week 5: Jets @ Patriots (always entertaining); Green Bay @ Atlanta–Rogers vs Ryan–a potential preview of the NFC Championship game.

Week 6: Dallas @ New England–we’ll see how a retooled Dallas team can manage against the most proven organization of the last decade. Minnesota @ Chicago – remember, Chicago won the North last year (not Green Bay), and Minnesota may get a game-changing quarterback in next week’s draft. This game may be an indication of what to expect for the final ten weeks.

Week 7: Green Bay @ Minnesota–these teams hate each other, simple; Kansas City @ Oakland–the two AFC West upstarts could win the division with the right pieces and the right luck. This game may give one team an edge over the other. Indianapolis @ New Orleans: a quarterback shootout to be savored.

Week 8: Miami @ NY Giants. Two teams that love to run the ball and love to disappoint their fans face off in the Meadowlands. Indianapolis @ Tennessee–how do last year’s underachieving teams match up this year?; New England @ Pittsburgh–classic matchup; Dallas @ Philadelphia to see where the power will rest this season in the NFC East.

If the season actually begins with the schedule fully intact, there should be plenty of phenomenal games. For the mean time, get excited for the NFL Draft eight days from today on April 28th.

April 16, 2011

Canes hold 2011 Spring Game

By DAVID FURONES 

The University of Miami football players received their final opportunity to compete and impress in the 2011 Spring Game on a cloudy, yet humid, Saturday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium. 

The Green team defeated the Orange team 30-17 in the intra-squad scrimmage, but the final score was not what the Miami faithful took away from the game. 

For fans, it was a chance to grasp a lasting impression they will carry into the fall after an offseason that completely remodeled the coaching staff following the forgettable 2010 season. 

Several position battles, highlighted by the duel for the starting quarterback position between senior Jacory Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris, were proven to be highly contested Saturday. 

“I’m just going to keep working,” Harris says, “It’s like anything else in life. You have to compete for everything.” 

“It makes you go hard, makes you work hard in the weight room,” says Morris, “competition only brings good.” 

Offensively, Miami was most effective in the running game, particularly Lamar Miller. Miller utilized his 10 carries to total 166 yards and three touchdowns. In the passing game, Jedd Fisch drew up plenty of check down passes to get his quarterbacks comfortable and mixed in the occasional deep ball.

 The two quarterbacks, who were down wide receivers LaRon Byrd, Aldarius Johnson and Travis Benjamin, compiled decent completion percentages, but reminiscent of last season, did turn the ball over. 

Harris went 18 of 30 for 149 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions while Morris completed 14 of his 22 passes, threw a touchdown pass to Kendal Thompkins and also tossed two picks. 

“I thought the quarterbacks struggled,” says first year graduate student and Hurricane fan Brad Kenin. “They didn’t display good pocket presence.” 

Head coach Al Golden attributed the turnovers of the quarterbacks, who defenders were not allowed to make contact with, to the solid play of the defense. He did not name a starter for the fall.

 “That’s too far in advance. I just want to see them compete,” says Golden. “We’ll let them compete for the next 140 days and see who’s going to start.” 

“I think the coaching staff’s going to make a decision best for the team,” says former Cane quarterback Ken Dorsey, “and you can’t really lose with any of these guys.” 

The team’s defensive ends were strong while Sean Spence and Ray Ray Armstrong highlighted the day’s action behind them. Spence had an interception return for a touchdown that resulted in a bench clearing celebration at the field goal post that he deemed similar to that in the Florida-Georgia game in 2007. 

Reggie Wayne chats it up with fans after Saturdays Spring Game while Tapout gets free product placement.

 

Questions still remain on what the Canes will do at cornerback after losing seniors Demarcus Van Dyke and Ryan Hill and junior Brandon Harris, who decided to forego his senior year to enter the NFL draft. 

“You can’t replace those guys,” says Spence, “but I think guys are doing a great job of stepping up, taking ownership and playing their role.” 

Over a hundred football alumni filed onto the sidelines to watch their alma mater’s scrimmage. 

“It’s a special group,” says Golden, “that’s a family.” 

Thirty-three members of the 2001 Hurricanes, who brought Miami its fifth national championship in football, were honored at halftime. 

“It kind of makes me feel old,” says former Cane great and all-pro Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie. 

The next game Cane fans can look forward to will kick-off the regular season in a Labor Day showdown in Maryland that will be aired on ESPN.

“We just have to beat up on each other during the offseason and make each other better,” says Lamar Miller.

April 15, 2011

Sighting of the Day

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Jimmy Johnson was at the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon, watching “The U” documentary along with a handful of former players, Hall of Fame staff, and athletic staff alumni.

Johnson and others are in Coral Gables this weekend for the Spring Game that will take place on Saturday at Lockhart Stadium.

It was very strange to watch real life Jimmy Johnson watching on-screen Jimmy Johnson–who in turn, on screen, was talking about re-watching old clips of…Jimmy Johnson.

It was like being pulled into the matrix.  Except the blue pill was Jimmy Johnson’s eerily perfect hair.

March 8, 2011

Giant Comeback?

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Turns out longtime NY Giants Running Back Tiki Barber’s days in the NFL are not over. Barber, who spent 10 years with the Giants, filed papers to come out of retirement.

I’m intrigued by this move and have so many questions.

Can Barber contribute to a team and if so, how? Who will take him? Is he doing this because he really wants to play or just because his TV contract with NBC ended? Is it a good idea?

Only time will tell and Barber can’t make any definitive moves during the NFL/NFLPA labor talks…But I think he’ll get picked up by a .500 team and act a compliment to the No. 1 back. What do you guys think?

March 1, 2011

Clinton Portis Cut

Filed under: NFL football — michaelperchick @ 6:10 pm

Another day, and another former Cane out of a job.  About a week after the New Orleans Saints released former U standout Jeremy Shockey, the Washington Redskins parted ways with running back Clinton Portis.  The outspoken running back struggled to stay on the field, and battled a variety of injuries throughout his tenure in Washington.

Portis never seemed to mesh well with new coach Mike Shanahan, surprising since Portis enjoyed his best seasons early in his career while playing in Denver with Shanahan.

Portis turns 30 right before the season starts- not a great age to be hitting the open market.  On top of that, Portis has only played thirteen games the last two seasons.  Still, expect Portis to draw some interest from teams looking for an experienced back with big-play potential.

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