Everyone knows my love for Todd McShay. Seriously, he makes everything at ESPN more enjoyable for me in some sort of twisted way. Therefore, whenever the suits let him do an ESPNinsider post, I’m all over it.
Archive for April, 2009
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From Joe Schad at ESPN.com:
“Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus was impressed after two days of meetings with Syracuse football coaches and staffers, but he has decided to visit with Nebraska’s football program on Thursday, a person familiar with the process said Tuesday.
Paulus, a former two-sport All-American, is still very strongly considering resuming his football career with one season at Syracuse, but he doesn’t want to regret not exploring all his options, another person familiar with Paulus said.
Last week, a person familiar with the situation said that Paulus was 95 percent sure that he would be on a football roster next season. He has already met with members of the Michigan football program.
Paulus was a prolific quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy, near Syracuse, where he threw for 11,763 yards and 152 touchdowns in high school. He was courted by Notre Dame and Miami, among others, to play football. He is the older brother of Mike Paulus, a North Carolina quarterback.”
There was an editorial in Sporting News recently that talked about how embarrassing it was to the Michigan football program that they were recruiting Greg Paulus. I couldn’t disagree more. By no means am I going to try to convince anyone that Paulus is our best option at QB next season in Lincoln. He’s not. However, when the Nebraska coaches court Paulus, it only brings about positives. What it does is show any and every high school kid out there that watches ESPN that Nebraska is important on a national level again. Important enough to have the former Gatorade Player of the Year interested in playing football for our new coaching staff. Free publicity. And do me a favor. If I ever become like a Michigan blogger and complain about things like recruiting former college basketball stars that played for Mike Krzyzewski, then shoot me. I can name around 100 coaches off the top of my head that would have won more than 3 games last season in Ann Arbor.
If you want to see how Double Extra Point finally made the big time at Playboy U, click here. Two things here. First off, although we appreciate the exposure, would it be that tough to link us? Secondly, if this doesn’t get the contributors here an invitation to the Playboy Mansion sometime this summer, then I’m pretty sure everything I’ve done up to this point is all for nothing.
After recovering from a 15-0 blowout loss at the hands of MVC powerhouse Creighton earlier this year, the Huskers rebounded with a 3-1 win in extras last night. As a side note, Spark-less Anderson’s team struck out a total of 15 times in those 12 innings. Spark-less also decided to work senior Eric Bird like a Tijuana street walker, pitching him 9 1/3 and 127 throws.
I guess it beats the solid performance from the past weekend at Texas A&M where the Huskers posted a performance that would make a little league team proud losing all 3, while being outscored 28-4. I can’t confirm this, but I’m guessing Bill Byrne was happy with his coaching selection from UNL.
No one on this year’s group puts the “under” in underachiever like one Jake Mort. The senior third baseman, who has been playing regularly since his freshman year is batting a whopping .237 after an 0-5, 2K performance last night. The Mort-O-Meter is quietly on its way to another sub-.250 year. How does Spark-less Anderson do it? How does he consistently take Division II talent and turn it into NAIA Division II talent? I would bring up DJ Belfonte, but his .243 average could be a career best.
Please Tom, I would never, ever ask you to use a quote from your predecessor, but remember when Stevey said he wouldn’t let the program gravitate towards mediocrity? This team passed that point about 20 games ago, with pathetic around the corner this weekend. Time to make a change.
Nebraska’s Zac Lee will no doubt be one of the focal points of the Husker media frenzy this fall as the projected #1 QB heading into the 2009 season. And hopefully, we can all get to know his sister, Jenna Lee, a little better as well.
Jenna Lee is an anchor on Fox Business News and works out of San Francisco, London, and New York City. In addition, Jenna also is a contributor on the television show, Inside Edition. In college, Jenna was a softball player at UC-Santa Barbara before moving on to get her masters in journalism from Columbia University. To read more, visit her Wikipedia page.
Leave it to Big Head from the Mizzourah! blog to come up with something like this. And although most of the readers here at DXP – including me – will strongly disagree with pretty much 99.9% of his carefully constructed dialogue, it’s still worth a good laugh. Apparently, Mizzourah! bloggers and readers are already starting to take exception to the lovefest the national media has been giving Pelini and the Huskers.
In this scene, Bo Pelini enters Gary Pinkel’s office sometime post spring game. Roll it…
There you have it. The gauntlet has been laid. And since I will be spending the next 6 days scouting the girls of the Big 10 in Bloomington, IN for next season’s Poon-per Bowl, I challenge anyone to go to the Xtranormal site and see if you can come up with something better. Create anything that has to do with the Big XII, send it to my email with your name, and I’ll get your movie posted up here. Be creative, funny, and kind of clean.
When we weren’t blowing up the bars in downtown Lincoln last weekend, some of the contributors here at DXP actually found some time to take in a little football at the spring game. For the full statistics, click here.
5 things we took from the game:
#1 Latravis Washington is a more than serviceable back-up. Accurate, poised, strong, and agile are all words that can be used to describe his play. And although I am a little baffled as to how he picked up the offense this fast, Washington seemed to be confident and comfortable in the huddle and in the pocket. Most of his passes were dumps to the backs and tight ends, but that is no different from anything Joe Ganz ever did. The only thing I learned about Cody Green is that he still isn’t ready to lead this offense yet. And regardless of who starts at QB, the long ball will be back in Lincoln.
#2 Antonio Bell (2 rec for 38 yards) and Chris Brooks (5 rec for 48 yards, 1 TD) both looked really good on Saturday. I have no doubt that when Niles Paul gets through his legal troubles, then he will more than likely have to work his way back into the starting line-up – something that will be not come easy especially as soon as Brandon Kinnie and Khiry Cooper join the team. I said it last week and I’ll say it again – Chris Brooks will be big this season. And also, Marcus Mendoza’s (3 rec for 58 yards, 1 TD) position change proved to be a wise decision from the coaches.
#3 Although we like keeping the teams fairly even and thus creating a more competitive game, I want to see the #1 and #2 units play together. I would have liked to see them all get a chance to play on the field at the same time so we could get a more accurate assessment of where they stand on the depth chart and how they perform with the rest of the unit. Compton and Steinkuhler both appear ready to step in and start immediately this season. Both players will one day be all-conference. Book that.
#4 I was right about Helu and wrong about Castille. Helu’s 20 pound weight gain did result in injury. Let me just say that he’s lucky it was just a hamstring and not a knee or ankle. His body cannot handle the extra stresses he is creating on it – he’s got all summer to drop it and he should. I thought Castille needed to keep his weight up to be more effective as a power rusher. Castille’s loss in weight has given him more speed and elusiveness. I am more than comfortable with Castille as a #1 back if that is where he finds himself next fall.
#5 This is one of the deepest groups of tight ends I have seen at Nebraska. Ben Cotton (4 rec for 48 yards, 1 TD), Mike McNeill (3 rec for 23 yards), Kyler Reed (1 rec for 71 yards, 1 TD), and Dreu Young (3 rec for 29 yards) all played well Saturday and all appear to be ready to see the field often next season.
And here’s the reason why Sammy Vegas and A. Rose only learned 5 things from the game. It’s tough to balance football and smokeshows.
This week on The DXP Road Show: Live from Bloomington, IN (#26 thing to do for a sports fan before he/she dies!)
The internet has had a little buzz lately about Erin Andrews’ personal life. To catch up, EA is now supposedly dating this guy after he dumped this girl, who is the same home wrecker that caused that guy to divorce this wife a little over a year ago. And if that doesn’t blow your mind, a certain website claims to have word straight from the locker room that EA is a…. well, if you’re curious (and as a male, you should be) then read here. Let me stress it’s a rumor. I don’t start them – I just help spread them.
Anyways, Erin Andrews will be featured as a sideline reporter in EA SPORTS NCAA Football 10 for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3. Christmas will come this summer on Tuesday, July 14th and the game will have 4 different cover athletes that have yet to be determined.