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Taking the day off for a medical issue

April 29, 2008 Leave a comment

No blogs yesterday. One of my sons is hospitalized; he underwent an appendectomy. Hopefully he’ll be recovering soon.

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Who’s really Mr. Irrelevant?

April 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Conventional thinking would say Idaho outside linebacker David Vobora, taken by the St. Louis Rams in the very last pick of the 2008 NFL draft.

I beg to differ. To me, the real Mr. Irrelevant are the college athletes who didn’t get drafted. Some notable undraftees:

Sete Aulai, Center, BYU. Aulai weighs 300 pounds, but at just under 6’1” he’s very short. By today’s physical standards, too short.
Michael Butterworth, Offensive Tackle, Slippery Rock. At 6’7” and 334 pounds, Butterworth was one of the biggest people in the draft. I’m sure his 40 time of 5.719 was unimpressive; makes me wonder if a calendar was used to time him instead of a stopwatch. On the flip side, Butterworth was a multi-sport athlete in high school (including track and field) and in college earned academic awards.
Brady Leaf, Quarterback, Oregon. He stands just under 6’5” and runs a 4.889 40. But he’s also the younger brother of one of the biggest busts in NFL history. Yep—you guessed it—Ryan “Cryin’” Leaf.
Brad Roach, Quarterback, 6’6”, 249, Catawba. Slightly shorter than the draft’s tallest quarterback (Joe Flacco, whom the Baltimore Ravens drafted in the first round as a not-so-subtle lack of confidence gesture in Kyle Boller), Roach’s 40 time of 5.2 versus Flacco’s 4.86 screams lack of mobility. Having a surname like Roach would ensure that opposing fans will likely wear Orkin uniforms and scream “RAID!” whenever he walks onto the field. Roach’s biggest liability might be that question: where in the world is Catawba?
Weston Dressler, Wide Receiver, North Dakota. At just under 5’7”, Dressler was the shortest receiver in the class. His 4.5 40 doesn’t sound impressive when you consider he weighs only 160. He makes diminutive 5’10” cornerbacks seem very tall, which is probably why nobody drafted him.
Evan Moore, Wide Receiver, Stanford. Yes, his 6’6”, 233 pound frame makes him the biggest receiver in the draft, and his 4.74 time, considering his size, isn’t bad. However, he had injuries at college—including a dislocated hip that caused him to miss most of a season.

These and other undrafted players will now have to hope for a training camp invite to make an NFL squad. No worries: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was undrafted.

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Regarding tomorrow’s Smack-Off on The Jim Rome Show

April 24, 2008 Leave a comment

Friday, April 25, is the Annual Smack-Off on The Jim Rome Show. I wanted to give a quick shoutout to my favorite clone who, sadly enough, has never won this contest despite his brilliant takes:

GO TERRENCE FROM SIERRA MADRE!

Even if he doesn’t win again, Terrence could easily win another contest: An M. Emmet Walsh Sound-a-Like Contest.

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Today’s gas prices

April 22, 2008 Leave a comment

$3.58 for regular unleaded in Arbela Township, Tuscola County, Michigan.

It makes me cringe to think of the hundreds of millions–if not billions–of barrels that are uncollected in Alaska, Utah, off-shore in American waters, etc.

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BREAKING NEWS: Miami Dolphins sign Michigan OT Jake Long

April 22, 2008 Leave a comment

University of Michigan product Jake Long has signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins and will be the first overall pick in Saturday’s NFL Draft.

Long attended Lapeer East High School (about 25 miles east of Flint).

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Pray for Huang Chuncai

April 20, 2008 Leave a comment

On another blog of mine, I mentioned this story. Huang Chuncai is a Chinese man undergoing multiple surgeries to remove facial tumors and reconstruct his face. Read more about it here.

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Gifts for German relatives

April 20, 2008 Leave a comment

The Zowie side of my family originated from Germany, where the surname is Zahnweh (pronounced “TSAHN-veh”). I am planning, perhaps Christmas 2008, to send gifts to my German cousins. Does anyone have ideas for what would make a great gift? Something thoughtful and tasteful that would represent the American culture?

For instance, Austrians would send crystal. Russians and Indians might send a chess board. A Chinese person might send a piece of artwork showing a panda…

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