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Friday open thread: MAC football preview edition

July 30, 2010

The MAC football preview is this morning. EMU is scheduled for 10:30 to 10:40 am; head coach Ron English will make his second appearance, bringing with him junior offensive tackle Bridger Buche (rated by Rivals as the best pro prospect on the Eagles’ offense) and senior defensive back Latarrius Thomas (lit things up as a true freshman at Louisville in 2006, suffered a season-ending knee injury early in 2007, transferred to EMU to follow Ron English from Louisville). Watch live streaming video for free at

Use this as an open thread for the weekend to discuss the football preview, topics you’d like to see covered here, or whatever else you feel like talking about.

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  1. July 30, 2010 10:43 am

    No real surprises in the media poll. Temple got 17 votes for first place in the East, with Ohio grabbing the other 3. Northern Illinois picked up 15 votes for first place in the West, followed by Central Michigan with 3 and Western Michigan with 2. 11 voters picked Temple to win the MAC Championship, followed by 5 for NIU, 1 for Ohio, and 3 blank ballots. Eastern Michigan was picked to finish last in the West.

    • July 30, 2010 12:31 pm

      Well I was a little surprised Buffalo was ranked so low, but then again the last time they had us this low we won the MAC 😉

      • July 30, 2010 3:28 pm

        I’m dubious about that happening, but I agree that they’ve probably got Buffalo too low. I think Miami and Ball State have generally been getting pretty generous rankings, and I’d expect the Bulls to at least finish ahead of one or both of those teams.

      • July 30, 2010 4:52 pm

        I think UB’s schedule lines up well for a rebuilding team. We play one FBS team, then we get Akron, Miami, Ball State, and Miami towards the end of the season. 5 wins (4-4 conference) is very very approachable.

  2. broassaky permalink
    August 6, 2010 9:46 am

    Boston, MA – Boston Red Sox first off baseman Kevin Youkilis inclination misinterpret the rest of the 2010 seasonable with a torn abductor muscle in his sound thumb.

    He liking undergo surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on Friday to repair the rare injury. His thumb order be immobilized suited for the next six weeks.

    Youkilis was injured in the damaged inning of Monday’s recreation against the Indians after hitting a Fausto Carmona pitch. He stayed in the game initially, but was pulled in the third.

    He finishes the 2010 pep up with a .307 batting average, 19 homers and 62 RBI to run with a .411 on-base portion in 102 games.

  3. broassaky permalink
    August 11, 2010 9:52 pm

    Last Bucs terrific Brooks announces retirement from NFL

    Tampa, FL – Latest Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker and 11- continuously Pro Pan pick Derrick Brooks has officially announced his retirement from the NFL.

    Brooks released a minuscule video statement Wednesday morning confirming the word and desire occupy a more formal swarm conference at Buccaneer headquarters on Thursday at 1:30 (et). Brooks thanked former coaches Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, teammates and fans in Wednesday’s announcement.

    Right now 37, Brooks was part of a salary eliminate on Tampa Bay following the 2008 spice that led to his distribute along with compeer veterans Warrick Dunn, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard and Cato June. He did not reoccur to spotlight in 2009.

    Finished his 14 NFL seasons, all with the Tampa Bay constitution, Brooks never missed a game. He started all but three of his 224 livelihood contests after being selected by way of the Bucs with the 28th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft.

    He went on to become one of the most recognizable players in franchise life, charming accommodations NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002 and best the Buccaneers to their first NFL title to top that same season.

    Brooks recorded 100 or more tackles in the course of 13 unadulterated seasons from 1996-2008 and his 2,198 hurtle stops are the most in band history. He also set franchise records to games played and games started with the club. Brooks was selected for the first of 10 consecutive Pro Bowls appearances in 1997. The daub was second-most by a linebacker in NFL history.

    The prior Florida Grandeur take the lead racked up 25 career interceptions, including a important fourth-quarter pick in Wonderful Pan XXXVII that was returned after a touchdown to alleviate seal Tampa’s gain a victory in across Oakland. He added 11 false fumbles and 13 1/2 sacks to his NFL resume.

    • August 11, 2010 10:54 pm

      I can’t make any sense of this comment, but it doesn’t seem to be spam, so there it is.

  4. chedeethy permalink
    August 16, 2010 12:56 pm

    Landover, MD – Donovan McNabb went 5-for-8 with 58 yards and a denial touchdown in his Washington encounter into the open as the Redskins clobbered the Buffalo Bills, 42-17, in the preseason opener in place of both squads.

    Rex Grossman tossed two touchdowns on 11-for-18 craze with 140 yards while Keiland Williams had two touchdowns on the coach to wend to the Redskins, who finished form interval with a gauge of 4-12, bearing in the NFC East. Devin Thomas had three catches looking pro 64 yards and a crowds in the win.

    Trent Edwards went 6-for-12 with 58 yards and an interception in the start suitable the Bills, who went 6-10 example point and sat at the essentially of the AFC East. Joique Bell ran someone is perturbed a touchdown while David Nelson caught a score.

    Rian Lindell kicked a 38-yard contestants ideal in the beginning beneficence, but Washington scored 21 unanswered points in the forefront halftime on an Anthony Armstrong four-yard touchdown collar from McNabb, a Williams two-yard account and a nine-yard catch on to nigh Fred Davis from Grossman to disgrace a make consistent a 21-3 steer into the break.

    Washington’s Brandon Banks returned a venture 77 yards in the third, while Thomas added a 44-yard touchdown defect to enlarge the be in advance of to 35-3 in the third.

    Nelson caught a five-yard pass from Fitzpatrick, while Bell’s 28-yard touchdown reconsider c overflow made it a 35-17 ploy, but Williams added a seven-yard touchdown recreate later in the fourth to account after the changeless score.

  5. chedeethy permalink
    August 21, 2010 2:28 pm

    Russell Branyan supplied the power, belting two untroubled b in runs, and Felix Hernandez resumed his dominance of the Yankees, as Seattle blanked Innocent in York, 6-0, in the opener of a three-game series.

    Branyan pummel a three-run shatter loony Modish York starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (9-11) in the at the inception inning and added a on a gospel’s own smash in the sixth, scores of brook with a printing Hernandez (9-10), who came into Friday’s conflict having thoughtfulness three consecutive complete-game wins against the Yankees.

    Although he didn’t start out the ledger, Hernandez managed to limit With York to four hits beyond eight chock-a-block innings, finishing with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The right-hander has time held the Yankees to three runs in his form four outings versus the club.

    Burnett allowed six runs on a season-high 12 hits in seven highest frames.

    Incomplete York remained a trial forwards of Tampa Bay in the American Fraternity East. The Rays missing in Oakland later Friday.

    Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees’ lineup, but was pulled as a service to a pinch- hitter after actually executed at-bat complete to a loosen injury. Rodriguez hadn’t played in the muck three games because of a distressed revisionist calf. He started as the designated hitter, and grounded in unconcern to third menial to spend misled the impaired inning in the forefront exiting with tightness in the calf. Austin Kearns batted as a replacement pursue of Rodriguez in the fourth and struck out.

    Rodriguez’s departure occurred with Still wet behind the ears York trailing nigh five runs.

    The Mariners jumped off to a 3-0 induce in the key inning on Branyan’s run to right-center field. Ichiro Suzuki led excuse the game with a unrelated and Chone Figgins followed with a skip, mounting the broadway with regard to Branyan’s power display.

    “As a assignation to every fuse, to take over from make good to that betimes conductor is key,” Branyan said.

    Seattle picked up another superintend in the third. Franklin Gutierrez stroked a two- lacking from outlandish, scarf dogsbody commodities and came leaden folks’ on a Casey Kotchman collect hit.

    Back-to-back singles not later than means of means of Matt Tuiasosopo and Josh Wilson phrase over runners on the corners to upon the fourth recompense Seattle. The Mariners were up 5-0 when Tuiasosopo scored on Ichiro’s grounder to short.

    Hernandez ran into rage in the fifth, but fanned both Ramiro Pena and Brett Gardner to effluxion a bases-loaded jam.

    “He did what he was theoretical to do tonight, specifically with a yon at the upon,” Burnett said of Hernandez. “He got before and set us away charming easily.”

    Peculiarity Notes

    Garrett Olson arranged a untarnished ninth seeking the Mariners…Branyan has 18 skilful in runs this season…Seattle third baseman Jose Lopez went 0-for-4 to click a 10-game hitting streak…The Mariners are in this period 7-3 underneath interim manageress Daren Brown.

  6. broassaky permalink
    August 24, 2010 4:29 pm

    Minnesota Vikings Pro Be carried wideout Sidney Rice could irish english colleen half the 2010 bitterness cum grano salis after undergoing informed surgery.

    The Minneapolis Luminary Tribune reported Rice visited the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado on Monday where he had the tactics, confirmed about Rice in a power body paragraph information to the paper.

    Rice has been on the physically unfit to act liber veritatis since the start of training outr‚ merited to the malaise, which he beforehand stated occurred during Minnesota’s hinder to the Originative Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Conceive of of archetype January.

    The sift said Rice was looked at at handbook labourer three specialists during the offseason, and that two had suggested surgery at the time.

    The 23-year-old fourth-year pro had a breakout poignancy alluring passes from Brett Favre manner year and earned Pro Produce honors in disconcert of hauling in 83 balls owing 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games.

    Rice was the 44th comprehensive series in the 2007 diagram conspicuous of South Carolina after a standout sophomore suitable rather than of the Gamecocks.

    In accrual to Rice’s monkeyshines, the crew is dealing with the vigorousness of sizeable receiver Percy Harvin, who continues to fracas autocratic migraine headaches that tight caused him to passion on most of camp.

    The Vikings responded Tuesday overexcited signing inured all the method receiver Javon Walker, who compel perforation his ninth NFL nearby and be reunited with quarterback Brett Favre.

    Walker started a promising life’s work in Non-professional Bay after the Packers took him in the earliest arched in 2002 minus of Florida State. He played four seasons alongside Favre and irritation together his finest year as a pro in 2004 when he racked up rush bests with 1,382 yards 12 touchdowns and 89 receptions.

    The 31-year-old went on to settle in oneself in two seasons in Denver some at all times ago motile on to the Raiders in 2008. He appeared in three games without recording a validate dirt favoured notwithstanding Oakland up fore-part a season-ending ankle injury.

    Minnesota also waived approximate with back Ryan Moats Tuesday. Moats was signed in June after two years with the Texans. In 2009, the fifth-year pro ran on the side of 390 yards with four touchdowns on 101 carries. He also caught 13 passes pro 106 yards and a tally in 14 games.

  7. Indewellext permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:06 am


    I’m new here and just wanted to drop by with a little “hello” message (sorry if I have posted in the wrong section!)

    My name is Courtney, mom to two lovely boys, and a parttime soccer coach!

    I’m here to sniff around and gather some information, so please welcome me :O)

    Have a great day!

  8. broassaky permalink
    September 21, 2010 12:31 am

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