With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, the Green Bay Packers haven’t ruled out signing free agent quarterback Michael Vick. Vick, who is fresh off a 23 month prison sentence, has a list of teams that have expressed interest in the 29 year old run and gun quarterback. Not playing since 2006, Vick looks to be hungry to get back on the field as he threw balls to high schoolers in Virginia Beach yesterday. Continue reading
Seven years removed from Jim Boeheim’s run to a national championship, the Syracuse Orangemen have signed another player named “Melo,” this one from Brazil. Fab Melo is a seven foot center from Brazil who moved to Florida several years ago. Rated by Rivals as the #2 center in the class of 2010, Melo should add to an already stacked class where the Orange have signed four star small forward C.J. Fair and shooting guard Dion Waiters. Continue reading
Running a 4.3 40 yard dash at 6’3″ 235 lbs is amazing, knocking out the incoming receiver and your own cornerback is amazing, for Pete Carroll his strong safety Taylor Mays is amazing. Forgoing the NFL Draft, Mays decided to come back to Los Angeles and try to win a national championship, something that USC is always expected to do each season. Continue reading
For the past ten years, quarterbacks taken first overall have struggled mightily in their first season. Tim Couch, Eli Manning, David Carr, Jamarcus Russell and Alex Smith just to name a few. For Detroit Lions and former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, that is not the case. Stafford scored amazingly well on the Wonderlick test at 32, started all three years at Georgia, and showed he could make every throw that it would take to become an NFL quarterback. Continue reading
In the Pittsburgh Pirates record 17th consecutive losing season, to the average fan it looks like there is nothing that can salvage their season. With GM Neil Huntington trading away six of the nine opening day starters, most fans are unfamiliar with the players on the field now but the one thing all Pirates fans can enjoy is up and coming center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Only 22 years of age, McCutchen has been the Pirates best player since he was called up on June 3, replacing the 2008 All-Star Nate McClouth, who was dealt to Atlanta. Batting .296 with 7 HR’s and 32 RBI’s, the five tool outfielder looks to be a lock for Rookie of the Year. When the Pirates management called up the 5’11” 175 lb McCutchen, they expected him to be good but not great this early on in his career.
For the native of Fort Myers, Florida, Andrew McCutchen realizes what he has done for the city of Pittsburgh just in his two months on the team. Upset by the trades Huntington has made and the performance on the field, the fans needed something good to talk about. When #22 hit the field, there was already a buzz going around PNC Park that had been missed with the departure of Barry Bonds in 1992. In his first game, McCutchen went 3-4, with a double and two singles, remarkable for a debut.
Only in 54 games, McCutchen has five triples, good enough for first in the league along with former Pirate Nyjer Morgan who was traded earlier this season also to the Washington Nationals. It’s a game against the Nationals that will live on for McCutchen’s career. On August 1st, the last place Pirates squared off against the last place Nationals. For the fans at the game, all they expected was bad baseball with two teams that deserved to be playing AAA ball. The rookie stepped up and had the stadium rocking. On that night, Andrew belted three home runs and drove in six RBI’s in an 11-6 win for the Bucos. McCutchen became the 10th Pirate to hit three bombs in one game and the first to do so in their rookie year. Even when the Pirates are down a few runs and have positioned themselves far behind the Cubs for first place, when McCutchen steps in, the fans around the stadium give off a playoff like buzz because when Huntington talks of a “youth movement,” it starts with Andrew and for most Pirate fans, that’s a great start for a team that seems to not know how to finish.