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ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates the game winning touchdown with Taylor Lewan #77 to beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 35-31 at Michigan Stadium on September 10, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo b

Ā Michigan is coming off a thrilling win over Notre DameĀ Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines are coming off a thrilling, game-for-the-ages win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Denard RobinsonĀ brought the Wolverines back from a 24-7 deficit to start the fourth quarter and had fans in Michigan Stadium singing “Victors” in between cheers of “Go Blue” at the top of their lungs.

Next week, the Wolverines play another home game at the Big House against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Here are five things the Wolverines must do to avoid a letdown against the Eagles.

No. 1: Don’t Forget to Play Defense

The Michigan defense gave up 513 total yards to Notre Dame. This week, the Wolverines are playing against an FBS and in-state team in the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

The Eagles are averaging 419 offensive yards a game. Granted, it’s been against Alabama State and Howard, but it is still impressive.

Greg Mattison and Brady Hoke have to get their defense ready to play explosively and hold the Eagles to a low score.

The Wolverines key should be shutting down the Eagles running game as they run far more than they pass the ball.

  • The Eagles running game has averaged 331 yards over the last two games. Plus they are averaging 7.4 yards a carry.
  • Meanwhile, their passing game is averaging a meager 88 yards a game.

Start off strong and finish the same way should be the defense’s motto going into next Saturday.

No. 2: Let Denard Do His Thing

The Michigan offense was so much more dynamic when itĀ revolvedĀ around Denard Robinson. Yes, Al Borges needs to get everyone involved, but let Robinson call the shots.
  • Michigan had 90 yards in the first half and 362 in the second half. It scored seven points through three quarters, then four touchdowns in the fourth. Robinson had 290 second-half passing yards, which means he “amassed” 38 passing yards in the first half.
  • Robinson touched the ball on all five touchdowns; one rushing on a fumble and four were passing touchdowns.
  • Michigan’s scoring drives in the fourth quarter encompassed 261 yards compared to its lone 45-yard drive in the first half.
  • The Wolverines finished the game with 452 total offensive yards. Robinson contributed to half of that alone in the fourth quarter. Amazing.
  • Eastern Michigan is giving up 212 offensive yards a game, and that’s not against BCS teams. The Eagles also held their opponent to -13 yards last week.

Robinson and the running game are better than Alabama State, but will have to avoid their defense rush and be faster and more powerful.

Michigan should be able to put up plenty of points in this game.Ā Score early and often should be the Wolverines’ offensive motto for Saturday’s game.

No. 3: Michigan Needs to Keep Winning to Go into Big Ten Schedule Confident

Michigan faces two more teams (Eastern Michigan and San Diego State) before starting its Big Ten schedule.

The Wolverines could be 4-0 heading into October 1st when they host Minnesota to start the Big Ten.

It certainly helps that the Wolverines continue to be at home for their non-conference schedule. Then, it gets tricky. Minnesota is at home, then they travel to Northwestern, and Michigan State. Then, Purdue at home, and travel to Iowa and Illinois. The Wolverines close out the season at home against Nebraska and Ohio State.

While Eastern Michigan and San Diego State (Brady Hoke’s former school) aren’t theĀ perennialĀ names like many of the Big Ten schools are, they shouldn’t be overlooked.

As you know from the previous slides, Eastern Michigan is tough against the run and has a good running game. San Diego State will be looking to beat its former coach. Hoke will be extra motivated as well. The Aztecs also have a very good passing game.

Michigan needs to go strong heading into the Big Ten, and a ranking going into its Big Ten schedule would be nice as well.

No. 4: The Wide Receivers Have to Keep Supporting Denard Robinson

Michigan’s wide receivers have really stepped up, as they did against Notre Dame. They gave Denard Robinson a security blanket, and confidence in his arm. Not to mention they also took some of the pressure off Robinson so he doesn’t have to run and get beat up.

Robinson hit seven different receivers last week, and none were bigger than the catches the receivers made in the fourth quarter.

Eastern Michigan’s strength is its rush defense, so Robinson should practice throwing the pigskin around.

HeĀ definitelyĀ could be in for a good day if he does.

No. 5: Brady Hoke and Al Borges Must Keep Trusting Denard Robinson

Last week, Brady Hoke and Al Borges got renewed trust that Denard Robinson can lead the Wolverines late in games when they need scores.

Robinson showed that he can air it out and not always just tuck it and run with it. Robinson also showed great mobility in the pocket and a willingness to hand the ball off to running backs Vincent Smith, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Michael Shaw.

It will be key to maintain Robinson’s confidence as I say this again: The heart of the Big Ten schedule is approaching, and it is tough.

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ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  The Georgia Bulldogs enter the field to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ā A win over Boise St. in Week 1 would be huge for Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs.Ā Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It’s hard to believe summer is already over, but college football is back!

The college football madness begins Saturday night with Oregon and LSU squaring off in Dallas and then on Saturday night at Atlanta when Boise State plays Georgia.

Week 1 of college football starts this Saturday, and here are seven potential upsets that could happen.

N0. 1: #19 Georgia vs. #5 Boise State

Mark Richt may be on the biggest hot seat of any college football coach. Richt has gone 6-7, 8-5 and 10-3 the last three seasons after going 11-2 and winning the SEC East and Sugar Bowl.

Richt has a quarterback that has a year of starting under his belt now. Aaron Murray threw for 3,049 yards and threw 24 touchdowns to eightĀ interceptions. However, Murray lost top receiver A.J. Green to the NFL.

Wide receiver Tavarres King will be Murray’s go to guy, after catching passes 27 times for 504 yards last year. Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten will be receivers to keep an eye on as well.

Georgia’s offensive line will have to protect Murray from the Boise State defensive line.

One thing that Georgia does well is in the kick return game. Cornerback Brandon Boykin returns andĀ returned four kickoffs last year. Boise State will want to key on him and kick it to the end zone, kick it short or to the other side to avoid Boykin returning a touchdown.

On defense for Georgia, they lose linebacker Akeem Dent, and Christian Robinson will replace him. Robinson had 46 tackles and six for a loss a season ago.

For Boise State, they want to redeem themselves after losing to Georgia 48-13 on national television.

Offensively speaking, Kellen Moore returns after a big 2010 season. Moore passed for 3,845 yards and threw 35 touchdowns to six interceptions. Moore was sacked six times last year.

Moore will have experience at left guard as Nate Potter is back.

Losing receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis are huge for Moore, but there is good crop of receivers coming in. Sophomore Geraldo Hiwat will be playmaker for the Broncos.

The Broncos secondary is full of studs and will look to make Murray’s night miserable passing.

If Murray can stay upright, it could be a long night for the Broncos.

No. 2: #14 TCU vs Baylor

TCU has a big hole to fill left by quarterback Andy Dalton. Their first game isn’t all that easy either. The game is at Baylor.

Casey Pachall will get that task to fill in for Dalton at quarterback.

The TCU defense will carry the team this season. Linebacker Tank Carder will be the anchor rushing the opponent’s passer.

Linebacker Tanner Brock will help Carder rattle Griffin and the running game. Defensive lineman Stansly Maponga and Braylon Broughton will be forces as well.

Last year, Baylor wasĀ embarrassedĀ 45-10 by TCU, and that might provide motivation itself for the Bears.

Robert Griffin III returns at quarterback for the Bears is fun to watch as he can make plays with legs and arms. Kendall Wright will be Griffin’s top receiver.

The biggest question for Baylor will be replacing left tackle Danny Watkins and rusher Jay Finley. Cyril Richardson is to start Watkins. Jared Sulubi and Terrance Ganaway figure to both get carries.

Baylor could pull the upset if Griffin can pull a few fast ones on this TCU defense.

No. 3: #16 Notre Dame vs. South Florida

In head coach Brian Kelly’s second season, Notre Dame has high expectations. Dayne Crist leads the team at quarterback, and wide receiver Michael Floyd returns to catch passes.

However, it is the Fighting Irish defense that all eyes will be on, where they return nine starters.

South Florida is in head coach Skip Holtz’s second season, and junior quarterback B.J. Daniels has high expectations. Daniels has sixth-year receiver A.J. Love back, who didn’t play last season but had a solid 2009 season with 26 catches for 489 yards and four touchdowns.

The South Florida defense is there best, where they return six starters and all of their secondary. The Bulls’ defense was 17th in the country last year.

The Bulls’ could pull the upset if their defense gets Crist to makes mistakes.

No. 4: #3 Oregon vs. #4 LSU

This is the game of the week, and it gets tougher since LSU is going to be without quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

So who has the edge? For now, it has to be Oregon. Chip Kelly’s high powered offense returns Darron Thomas and LaMichael James.

LSU will go with quarterback Jarrett Lee, who will have receiver Reuben Randle to air it out to.

It will be the LSU defense that will carry the team anyway. Their defensive line is big and strong and can knock around about anybody. It will be interesting to see what they do the Oregon offensive line and how it affects Oregon’s Thomas throws and his ability to spread the field.

Jarrett Lee is the difference maker. Les Miles will have this LSU Tigers team ready to go, and if the defensive line can make Thomas feel out of his zone, the Tigers might be in luck to pull the upset.

No.5: East Carolina vs #12 South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks have a feared offense in 2011 with Stephen Garcia at quarterback who has dynamic receiver Alshon Jeffery to throw. Then at running back is home run threat Marcus Lattimore.

For East Carolina, they play ranked opponents tough. Just look at last year when they knocked off Virginia Tech and West Virginia and ruined their BCS hopes. The Pirates could do the same to the Gamecocks.

Last year, the Pirates averaged 37 points a game and 318 passing yards. They must score a lot to have any chance of knocking off the Gamecocks.

The Pirates switch to the 3-4 defensive scheme also will be at test against the Gamecocks.

If the Pirates defense can pressure Garcia into making mistakes, this team could pull off another Virginia Tech type upset, like back in 2008 to start the season.

No. 6: #13 Virginia Tech vs. Appalachian State

Virginia Tech doesn’t want to fall victim toĀ AppalachianĀ State to start the season, like when the Mountaineers defeated Michigan a few years ago. The Hokies also don’t want to start the season 0-2 like last year when they lost to Boise State and James Madison.

The big task for the Hokies will be to stop the Mountaineers offense and quarterback DeAndre Presley. The Mountaineers were 10th overall in the FCS in total offense (430 yards a game), and seventh in scoring offense (34 points a game).

The Mountaineers defense was torrid last year allowing 347 yards a game and 23 points per game.

The Hokies should have no trouble scoring points.

This could be a high scoring affair if the Hokies forget to play defense. Otherwise, it could be a blow out.

If the Mountaineers can spread the ball with their offense, they could take the Hokies down to the wire.

No. 7: #21 Missouri vs. Miami (OH.)

Missouri lost quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and James Franklin will fill that void in 2011.

The inexperience of Franklin and an inexperienced secondary are the holes for the Tigers. Safety Kenji Jackson is the only returning member of the secondary.

For Miami (OH), they went from losing 10 games to winning 10 games last year.

To beat Missouri, the RedHawks will have to score points and take advantage of a weak Missouri secondary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Michigan Wolverines start the Brady Hoke Era on Saturday at the Big House against Western Michigan. Here seven players who are keys for the Wolverines to be successful in 2011:

No. 1: Denard Robinson, QB

Denard Robinson is the key to Michigan’s offense in 2011.

The two biggest questions for the 2011 season for the Michigan Wolverines are can Robinson adapt to Brady HokeĀ and Al Borges’ new system, and if Robinson can stay healthy a full season?

First, Robinson had a great season in 2010. Robinson passed for 2,570 yards, completed 62.5% of his passes, and threw 18 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. On the ground, Robinson ran for 1,702 yards, scored 14 touchdowns, and averaged 6.6 rushing yards per attempt.

Second, this offseason Robinson has had to adapt to Hoke and Borges’ new system. That system is a West Coast offense where Robinson will have to take more snaps under center now. It will also want Robinson to hand the ball off more to help lighten the load off Robinson.

Robinson will have to learn not to always tuck and run with the ball, but to be patient. Plays will develop if given time. There will times to tuck and run with it.

Michigan will want Robinson to start and finish this season.

Third, the biggest and most important factor for Michigan to be successful is keep Robinson healthy.

Robinson did not even finish at least 10 games last year. Imagine what he could do if didn’t get injured last year and finished games.

No. 2: Ryan Van Bergen, DT

Ryan Van Bergen is a senior leader for the Wolverines on the defensive line this season and listed number one on the depth chart heading into Saturday.

The senior had 30 tackles last year, and four sacks.

Van Bergen has been steady on the defensive line making 26 career starts on the line, and playing in 37 games. Van Bergen has 90 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one fumble recovery and six pass breakups during his career as a Wolverine.

Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison areĀ definitely ready to make this team a defensive team again.

Michigan drops its 3-3-5 scheme, and Mattison brings in the 4-3 scheme. Van Bergen will play tackle this season in the scheme.

Van Bergen also got up to 288 pounds this offseason to help beef up the line.

Mattison doesn’t want the Wolverines to give up any more big plays, and Van Bergen will help anchor a defensive line that has to attack quarterback and shut down opponent’s running games, which the Big Ten has a lot of good running backs.

No. 3: Mike Martin, DT

Mike Martin is number one on the depth chart in the 3-4 scheme in the middle for the Wolverines, and also a team captain in 2011. Martin will be called upon to be a defensive leader for Hoke and Mattison.

In the offseason, Martin beefed up to 304 pounds to get stronger and better.

While at Michigan, Martin has racked up 108 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in his career. Last year, Martin had 36 sacks and 1.5 sacks.

No. 4: Craig Roh, DE

In his career at Michigan, Roh has racked upĀ 80 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups during his career. Roh had 42 total tackles, a half of a sack, and two forced fumbles last year.

This offseason Roh added 18 pounds and is up to 269 now. Roh will be the defensive end in Mattison’s 3-4 scheme.

In the new 3-4 scheme, Roh will be looked upon to be a physical presence and helping stop the big plays from ever happening.

No. 5: Troy Woolfolk, CB

Troy Woolfolk was going to the one of the steady, solid upperclassman last year, but then got injured. Now, Woolfolk is back and ready to hit again.

In 2009, Woolfolk had 46 tackles. Now, Woolfolk is back and starting on the left side come Saturday when the season kicks off.

Woolfolk got disappointed with being injured last season, but worked harder to get healthy again, and now is the starter. Woolfolk will be relied upon heavily by Mattison to help anchor the secondary that gave up way too many big plays.

No. 6: Roy Roundtree, WR

Roy Roundtree was the Wolverines leading receiver last season after hauling in 72 catches for 936 yards and seven touchdowns.

With Darryl Stonum out now, Roundtree will be counted on even more. Offensive coordinator Al Borges needs that go to receiver to step up and run good routes and block down field as well.

Roundtree willĀ definitelyĀ be called upon to do that.

Roundtree will be the starter opposite Junior Hemingway. Both are fast, and can open down field.

Like the defensive lineman, Gordon put on weight and muscle as well. Gordon is up to 222 pounds. Gordon will look to be an athletic linebacker who can play off the edge with a fire.

Last year, Gordon accumulated 77 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, three interceptions, four PBUs, two fumble recoveries, one blocked kick and a defensive touchdown.

Gordon played safety and linebacker last year, but will start the year as a linebacker come Saturday.

This was a huge improvement as Gordon, as he switched from wide receiver to defense in the spring of 2010.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to throw the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Ā The Sooners are the favorite in the Big 12, then the competiton drops off. Ā Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Big XII lost a key member this season, Nebraska. They had been to the Big XII championship game the last two seasons. The conference also lost Colorado to the Pac-12 as well.

Now, the Big XII is left with ten teams. Three are in the top ten in the preseason rankings, and five total in the top 25. Oklahoma is number one, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are 8 and 9 respectively, Missouri is no. 21 and Ā Texas is no. 24. However, outside of Oklahoma, all have questions. Oklahoma is the most experienced team in the Big XII by far.

Let’s take a look at the Big XII competition this season and why outside of Oklahoma, everyone is overrated.

Oklahoma State is ranked no. 8 to start the season and return quarterback Brandon Weeden, and wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Last season, Weeden put up 4,277 yards, 34 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, and had a 66.9 competition percentage. Blackmon 111 receptions for 1,782 yards, and 20 touchdowns. The Cowboys are a threat to the Sooners in the Big 12, but lost some key offensive playmakers. Running Kendall Hunter moved on to the NFL, and offensive coordinator Dana Holgerson moved onto West Virginia.

The Cowboys were sixth overall in total offense, with 520 yards a game, and 355 passing yards to 174 rushing yards. Their running game countered their passing game last season. Teams had to prepare both for their passing and running games. Sophomores Joseph Randle, and Jeremy SmithĀ will be the men receiving handoffs from Weeden. Randle saw some playing time last year, as he had 452 rushing yards, and 437 receiving Ā yards.

In 2011, with a new offensive coordinator, how will Weeden and Blackmon’s chemistry be, and how will running game compliment the passing game? Teams will focus more on shutting down and doubling Blackmon, and the Cowboys will have to figure out how to work around that to be a realĀ competitionĀ to the Sooners.

Next up, the Texas A&M Aggies come into 2011 highly ranked and with high expectations. The Aggies didn’t finish out the 2010 season, like they had hoped losing 41-24 to LSU in the Cotton Bowl.

This season, the Aggies have had to deal with negotiations that might send them to the SEC, might this make the Aggies lose some focus on there Big 12 opponents in 2011?

The Aggies also have a lot of questions on offense, and lost big time linebacker Von Miller to the NFL as well. Ryan Tannehill had a huge second half in 2010, having 1,638 passing yards, and 13 touchdowns to six interceptions. The Aggies return running back Cyrus Gray, and wide receiver Jeff Fuller, but their biggest question is their offensive line. The offensive line gave up 35 sacks last year, that number will have to go down for the Aggies to have a successful season in 2010?

So why might this team be overrated? The Aggies have big expectations to live up to, could fall to the pressure. There defense won’t be the same without Miller, and the offensive line will be telling point to protect Tannehill in pocket for the Aggies to be successful.

The Missouri Tigers are no. 21 and lost big time quarterback Blaine Gabbert. You might ask, why might the Tigers be ranked?

The reason the Tigers are overrated? New quarterback James Franklin, their secondary has questions, and their schedule is hard. Franklin has a good receiving core to throw to, but doesn’t have any game experience. Yes, the Tigers secondary was a key in upsetting Oklahoma last year, but are relatively young with exception of a few juniors and seniors. The schedule doesn’t get easy either. The Aggies travel to Oklahoma, to Arizona State, and to Texas A&M

Lastly, Texas is the last ranked Big XII team. They are no. 24, but have some serious questions, and begins with the quarterback. Garrett Gilbert is likely starter, but struggled last season, throwing 17 interceptions to 10 touchdowns. Gilbert is competing with Connor Wood and Case McCoy for starting job. Defense will also be a huge for the Longhorns. They lost to Iowa State last year, and got drubbed by UCLA, 34-12.

For the rest of the conference, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor, and Texas Tech, work still needs to be done to be top notch competitors for the conference title.

So, Oklahoma are the favorites in the Big XII, then anything can happen. As for Oklahoma, they are theĀ favorite because of quarterback Landry Jones, a star studded receiving core, and a defense that is older and improved. The Sooners also return 18 starters. There biggest question may be replacing running back DeMarco Murray.

In the Big XII, there’s no longer a championship game so whoever wins the season standings will represent the conference in the BCS. It’s all or nothing for Oklahoma.

The Michigan Wolverines have a new head coach that has already done wonders on the recruiting trail for 2012. Brady Hoke has gotten 22 recruits to commit to the Maize and Blue. None bigger was Kyle Kalis, whom Hoke stole from Ohio State, who is a OG and OT.

The Wolverines list includes: Kalis, Terry Richardson, CB, Royce Jenkins-Stone, MLB, Joe Bolden, LB, Chris Wormley, DE, Devin Funchess, TE, James Ross, MLB, Jarrod Wilson, S, Mario Ojemudia, DE, Erik Magnuson, OT, Blake Bars, OT, Ben Braden, OT, Pharoah Brown, DE, Matt Godin, DT, Tom Strobel, DE, Caleb Stacey, OG, Kaleb Ringer, MLB, A.J. Williams, TE, Anthony Standifer, CB, Allen Grant, S/WR, Sione Houma, FB and Jeremy Clark, S.

Here are five prospects that haven’t committed yet and could be leaning Blue for 2012:

Prospect No.1: S Yuri WrightĀ 

Yuri Wright, a safety, is 6’2″ and 180 pounds from Don Bosco Prep School in New Jersey, and is the No. 3 cornerback in the class of 2012, according to Yahoo Sports. Wright is high on the Wolverines list. As a junior, Wright had 45 tackles and six interceptions, two he returned for touchdowns. Wright has had 19 offers from Division I universities. He is a great runner in the field and a four star athlete.

In June, Wright said his top five were Michigan, Notre Dame, Colorado, Rutgers and Georgia.

Wright has good height, hips andĀ length at the cornerback position. He also shows good bursts.

Prospect No.2: DT Aziz ShittuĀ 

Aziz Shittu, DT, is a four star player at his position out of Buhach County High School in California. Shittu is 6’3″ and 275 pounds. He may need to add weight in college, but can be dominant in the trenches on the defensive side of the ball. Shittu is athletic, explosive and has good size, but his techniques and moves may need some work. He is ranked ninth positionally.

GoBlueWolverine magazine said that Shittu has serious interest in Michigan as the class of 2012 is almost full.

Prospect No.3: OG Joshua GarnettĀ 

Joshua Garnett, offensive guard, is 6’5″ and 275 out of Puyallup High School. Garnett is ranked eighth positionally and is a five star athlete, according to Scout.com. Garnett is a big lineman who is strong, and uses that as a great run blocker. He plays guard, but could easily play the tackle position with his size and strength. He may need to add body mass to play guard in college.

Garnett has medium interest in Michigan, and has been offered a scholarship by Michigan.

Prospect No.4: S Elijah Shumate

Elijah Shumate, safety, from Don Bosco H.S. in New Jersey, has shown high interest in Michigan as well. Shumate was offered aĀ scholarship by the Wolverines, and is a four star athlete and ranked fifth positionally. Shumate’s closing speed, size and tackling ability are his strengths, and he needs to work on his coverage awareness. At Don Bosco, he lines up as an outside linebacker, but can line up in the slot. Shumate is physical and takes good blocks at the line of scrimmage. He would be a good outside linebacker or safety.

Ā Prospect No.5: WR Jordan PaytonĀ 
The Wolverines are looking at two wide receivers, Payton and Amara Darboh. Payton is a four star receiver from Westlake Village, CA who is 6’2″, and 205 pounds, and has medium interest in the Wolverines.

Payton had 61 catches for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns while missing two games in 2010.

Wow. What a week it has been, and it’s only Wednesday. Craziness in sports in America has hit a high moment with the NFL ending its lockout, free agency opening, training camps opening, the MLB trade deadline as division races heat up, college football is almost here, and a video you will want to check out! So keep reading.

First off, the NFL officially ended its lockout Monday and since then, teams are going crazy signing their own free agents, teams trying to woo other teams free agents to their teams, trades going down, rookies signing contracts, teams signing undrafted free agents, and then training camp opening up for teams starting today and through Sunday. What happens in the five month offseason is happening a two week time period. Uh, and I am loving it. I’ve found myself constantly watching ESPN, going to ESPN.com, SI.com, and finding what’s going on through Twitter. (Follow me @samtastad on Twitter.)

Quick recap of what has gone down so far in the NFL: Donovan McNabb was traded to the Minnesota Vikings; quarterback controversy in Minnesota with 1st round draft pick Christian Ponder? Matt Hasselbeck was traded to Tennessee; he will help groom Jake Locker. Tarvaris Jackson went to Seattle, Alex Smith re-signed with San Francisco, and Kyle Orton could be headed to Miami. Santonio Holmes re-signs with the Jets; could Nnamdi Asomugha be next? Plaxico Burress recently out of jail,is going to meet with the Giants, and Steelers. Carolina re-signed defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Smith. So what’s next? Hmm. Stay tuned tomorrow, and I’ll update you again.

For the Packers, they landed the following undrafted free agents:

  • South Carolina WRĀ Tori Gurley
  • Delaware S Anthony Bratton
  • Utah WRĀ Shaky Smithson
  • Ohio State RB Brandon Saine
  • Arizona State WR Kerry Taylor
  • Middle Tennessee OLB Jamari Lattimore
  • South Florida C Sampson Genus
  • Arkansas G Ray Dominguez
  • Youngstown St. CB Brandian Ross
  • Temple LBĀ Eli Joseph
  • Temple NT Peanut Joseph
  • Arkansas State CB M.D. Jennings
  • Minnesota FBĀ Jon Hoese
On to baseball now, my Minnesota Twins were handed a 20-6 drubbiing by the Texas Rangers on Monday, then came back after Carl Pavano gave up eight runs, and won 9-8 on a game-winning double by Joe Mauer last night.
There haven’t been much trade deals done yet. The biggest happened a little while ago with Carlos Beltran being sent to San Francisco from the Mets. Colby Rasmus was traded to the Blue Jays from the Cardinals for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, and others.
Finally, today, Ervin Santana pitched a no-hitter today against the Indians and it was bittersweet. His first game as a big leaguer was against the Indians and lost to them. Also, today, the Mariners snapped a 17 game losing streak. Lastly, the Pirates and Braves played nineteen innings just after the Red Sox and Rays played eighteen a week ago, and the ending was bad. The umpire clearly got it wrong, check out the link:
College football is heating up. Today, Terrelle Pryor cannot speak to Ohio State for five years, and Butch Davis was fired by North Carolina.
Video of the day is Teach me how to Wambach. I thought it was funny, and brilliant, here it is:
Thanks for reading, and come back tomorrow!

Hey guys and girls, it has been a while since I’ve blogged, and I thought I share my thoughts about what’s been going on in the sports world the last few days.

Well, first, the NBA Finals are tonight in Game 5 and the series is tied 2-2 after Dallas came back to win Game 4 against the Heat. In the last game, the Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki battled a 101 degree fever and still led the team to the win. However, it was the bench and Tyson Chandler that really stepped up. Chandler was huge on the offensive glass, and scored key baskets down the stretch. Deshawn Stephenson had three three pointers, and 11 points off the bench. What did he do yesterday? He called out Lebron. C’mon man. Just play the game. Jason Terry also stepped huge and will have to do again tonight.

More on Lebron. He didn’t show up last game with only eight points. As far as I am concerned, maybe he is tired. We’ll see if shows up tonight and gets the Heat the win.

The game is at eight Central time, and nine Eastern time on ABC. Be sure to watch.

Second, I am not much of an hockey fan, but the Boston Bruins have outscored Vancouver 12-1 the last two games and evened the series. Wow. That’s all.

Third, Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State program continues to go down a bad road. Who’s gonna be the quarterback now that Pryor hopes to be drafted in the supplemental draft? Braxton Miller? He’s young, but has a lot of potential. I’m starting to believe my Wolverines actually can beat their most hated rivals next November. That would be fun and awesome.

Fourth, keep reading my blog, follow me on Twitter @samtastad, and I’ll leave you with some cute kid videos that SI Hot Clicks featured that are just awesome.

I’ll blog tomorrow. Be sure to come back! And be sure to watch the Mavs-Heat tonight! I promise it won’t let you down.