The Grand National Championships

June 24, 2010

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Tiny Gallon PF-Oklahoma)

There are two scenarios about how this pick is going to go down. He’s either going to have a chip on his shoulder about falling to pick 47 and he’s gonna come into the league ready to kill some suckers. He’s big and powerful with a deft touch in the paint. They say he can grow up to be a rich man’s Big Baby.

Or? He’s gonna go into camp at about 330. He’s gonna get beaten defensively by Larry Sanders. And he’s going to be released by 2012.

Like I said earlier. This is what the Bucks could afford to do this year. Take a flier on a high-upside guy. No problem with it.

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Jerome Jordan C-Tulsa)

I’ll tell you what? If he plays as well defensively as he did as a sophomore? He’ll become overpaid on his second contract. His offensive game is serviceable. He developed a decent range from 12-15 feet. That being said?

He’s a 24 year old and he’s kind of soft. Also, they passed on Paulo Prestes. You could have grabbed Alabi at 47 if you were so insistent on getting a center for right now.

As a pro? I think he’ll be serviceable. I’m not sure that he’ll be anything more than that. .

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Darrington Hobson-SF New Mexico)

Not thrilled, but not terribly upset. Hobson’s not an athlete. But he’s a versatile sort. He’ll give you a little bit in a lot of areas. His energy will generate a decent amount of rebound, as well as a combined 2 or 3 steals and blocks. His stride allows him to beat defenders off the dribble. And if he works on his shot? He’ll be deadly. Because he’s a fine point forward.

He’s a good off-the-bench addition. I feel like he would have been there at 44 or 47 though.

Like I said. I could be very wrong or very right about him..

June 23, 2010

An interesting day of movement for the Bucks.

The first part of the day is something along the lines of a free roll. Charlie Bell can be a useful role player. He’s high effort and a decent ballhandler. But that’s it. He’s a good 4th guard. And you have him coming with an albatross of suck in Dan Gadzuric. That’s all the Bucks have given up.

Two end of the bench guys? What they got in return. The worst case scenario is that they’re interesting. Corey Maggette is a ball stopper with inconsistent defensive effort. He’s also a slasher who can attack the basket and generate many opportunities of the free throw variety. The upside? He’s the sort of guy who can help a defensive minded team that’s sorely missing offense.

The Bucks fit that bill.

And Maggette will be an upgrade over Salmons. He may not be worth the contract. But he will come close. And sometimes for a player? It’s all about fit.

And the Bucks flipped the second round pick they got from Golden State. They turned that into Chris Douglas-Roberts. His zany twitter stream aside? I get the sense Skiles would like him. The Comedy Death-Ray’s big strength is defense. You know how they say flaky people don’t have defensive discipline? Nuts to that. CDR can defend.

Offensively? His game is somewhat similar to Maggette. Attack the basket and draw fouls. You can’t hit the three and it kills your offensive efficency as a wing man. But CDR can make a smooth pass. He may only be a rotational guy? But he will bring upside and energy off the bench.

And he’ll get more playing time than you think as well. Skiles loves a good defender. And Douglas-Roberts? He’s gonna make a fearsome deer. .

April 25, 2010

The Five Undrafted Free Agents That Really Intrigue Me.

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd — by Andrew @ 11:34 am

Now this is another bit of homerism. The fact that Blair White went to the Colts is interesting and the fact that LaGarrette Blount will probably falcon punch his way past Anthony Dixon are interesting and all. But for the Packers? There are five guys who could really be interesting. Or at least make the roster.

1) Tim Knicky (DE/OLB Stephen F. Austin) Why? Because he was a very productive defensive end in college who showed at the Texas vs. The Nation game that he can play at Outside Linebacker. If he starts fast in camp? He can force his way in.

2) Noah Shepard (QB-South Dakota) Why? Because he has great physical gifts, not to mention the fact that he fits Bill Parcells four rules for drafting a quarterback prospect. 23 wins, 3 year starter, and a senior graduate. There’s a lot to like about him.

3) Chris Campbell (OT-Eastern Illinois) Why? Because he’s a pretty good right tackle mauler type. There may not be so much space at the inn. But Campbell could find his way in as a right tackle.

4) Frank Zombo (OLB-Central Michigan) Why? Because he’s a bit of a Connor Barwin type. Soft hands and pass rush skills mean he could grow up to be another Spencer Havner.

5) Alex Joesph (ILB-Temple) Why? Because he’s a special teamer. And as a PFA? He’s a cheap special teamer.

Note: I would add Sam Shields (CB-Miami) to the list. Rumor has it that he signed with the Packers. And he’s a tremendous athlete. Raw as a corner, but with return skills and three college years at wideout? He could find his way into being somebody.

April 24, 2010

The Green Bay Packers Select… C.J. Wilson (DE-ECU)

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd — by Andrew @ 2:23 pm

It’s a rule of thumb that you can never have too many pass rushers. And with C.J. Wilson, the Packers seem to have found themselves another bit of 5-technique pass rush skills. He’s not going to beat someone off the corner. But his hand placement, leg drive, and general strength is plus skills. He’s not going to miss a tackle that he gets to either.

Good value pick. I’m not guaranteeing greatness. But you may see him get more run this year than Mike Lane. He’s the DE version of Matt Flynn, I guess.

The Green Bay Packers Select…James Starks (RB-Buffalo)

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd,Sleeperz — by Andrew @ 12:48 pm

There’s a distinct possiblity that we have found the heir apparent if Starks can stay healthy. What we have here is a tough inside runner who was good enough to get 34+ receptions in the three years he was healthy. 52 grabs in his junior year. He can be a third down back straight away who can stun you on a draw. He was hyperproductive when healthy and hat two years of 250+ carries.

He’s not a make you miss sort of a runner in the open field. But he’s a try hard blocker in pass pro. But like I said before. The Packers have found the heir apparent if Starks can stay healthy.

The Green Bay Packers Select…Marshall Newhouse (OG-TCU)

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd — by Andrew @ 11:44 am

There’s a theme that develops in all of Ted’s drafts. Some are inexplicable. Some are straitlaced and common sense. This year? It’s a draft that could run the table of awesome or be as bad as 2004. It’s another pick of a guy with spectacular athletic gifts who needs work on his technique.

Again, while he’s ignoring an obvious need, Marshall Newhouse’s physical gifts are undeniable. He has good strength, and as a 326 pound man, he got clocked at 4.99 with his 40 yard dash. But, you remember last year when the Packers drafted Jamon Meredith? Newhouse is quite a bit more raw.

He’s a guy who vibes practice squad for me. Just being honest. Won’t hate it. If lightning strikes and all. But my gut says he’s not going to be on the 53 Man roster come September.

The Green Bay Packers Select…Andrew Quarless (TE-Penn State)

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd — by Andrew @ 11:11 am

Now watching the run on corners made me wary. And you know about my twitter feed. I have a name that I wanted. I didn’t get it. Never mind the aging corners, here comes TRAMMON!

That being said? For a position that we have absolutely no need for? Quarless has a real chance to be somebody. He has the same sort of melange of skill as Jermichael Finley. Decent wheels, good frame, and solid hands. He’s also strong in the receiving game.

Blocking wise? He’s improving. But he’s an immature kid. He’ll take a play off, and he had issues at Penn State. But he’ll work on special teams. And that’ll help right away.

And it’s not as if the Packers need Quarless right away, right? Right. Give him some seasoning? And ooh wee. This could be fun.

February 8, 2010

The Big 10 Race, in a nutshell.

It’s basically decided. Anyone doing worse than Illinois has no shot. As I said previously? We still have seven tournament contenders. And yet…we only have five teams that are looking at the conference title.

Michigan State is bloodied, and there are four contenders breathing down their neck. Can they hold on? Yes. Suffice it to say they can.

Why? Sure, Purdue poses a problem without Kalin Lucas, even at Breslin. But after that we have Sparty facing Penn State twice, Indiana, and Michigan. That’s four wins. Ohio State comes to Breslin, and Purdue has a return match. Sparty could very well go 6-1. But 5-2 gets them to 14-4.

Homeristic tendencies aside? The Badgers have a shot to make run the table. With Al Nolen ineligible, traveling to the barn becomes easier. Northwestern struggles on the boards, and that’s at home. Not to say that Illinois doesn’t have the length to cause fits for Wisky, but suffice it to say that that the Badgers are looking at a 7-1 finish. Split versus Illinois, sweep Indiana, beat Iowa, Northwestern and Minnesota. So that is also a 14-4 finish.

Ohio State has two tough games as well to end the year. Purdue comes to Value City, and they travel to the Breslin. They also have two against Illinois. Indiana, Penn State, and Michigan vibe as gimmes. I see this as a 6-2 finish. But that means 13-5. It’s a little tougher of a road.

A lot tougher of a road belongs to Illinois. 4 games against Wisconsin and Ohio State. Add to that a game against Purdue, and there’s a distinct possibility they will lose all five of these games. They travel to Ann Arbor and get Minnesota at home. I’ll say they get three. Enough to get in the tournament, but 11-7 is strictly second echelon.

Purdue looks like they’ll have a say in the conference championship. Two versus Sparty, and I think they’ll get them both. But they have to travel to the Barn and Value City. Admittedly?That’s a strange scenario and they won’t go unscathed. But they’ll make the conference championship a triple triad.

It will also make the tournament fun.

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