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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Got some really cool stuff on there.. I just pulled from the two spots to paste some examples.

    I always get perturbed by the people who write in to Sports Illustrated to tell them they should stop treating women like pieces of meat in the annual Swimsuit Issue. The weigh-in at the beginning of Senior Bowl week gets no such backlash, but it really is remarkable how similar it is to a cattle auction at the state fair. The players, all 96 of them, are lined up in nothing but shorts and socks and, one by one, walked to a stage where they are weighed and measured. Both numbers are announced to the crowd of several hundred NFL scouts and coaches, who immediately cross out whatever manufactured figures they had from their college days and mark down the “real” stats. Then, on the way out, the player has to walk down the center of the ballroom, between the rows of chairs where the scouts sit. None of the NFL types are obvious about it, but nearly all of them turn to observe the physique of the player as he walks by, kinda like a farmer checking out a prize heifer or a celebrity checking out the new fall line on the runway at a fashion show. A strange scene to be sure, but there’s a lot of people’s futures involved in these players, so they’ll go the extra mile.​
    Just a funny... Darren Sproles, an extremely productive but tiny running back out of Kansas State, didn’t measure up. Literally. He was shorter than the poster, forcing a few giggles from the crowd and a pause in the parade of prospects, as one of the Senior Bowl workers apparently had to make marks on the wall below to judge how far Sproles stood from planet Earth. His official height by the way: 5-5¾.
    There truly is no wasted motion with LSU DL Marcus Spears' game. He seems to take blockers where he wants to go and gets there in a hurry. Offensive linemen have continually had a very difficult time controlling him. Scouts have dubbed him a "manchild."​
    And there is no wasted motion with LSU DT Marcus Spears. He is the best defensive player in Mobile this week. He simply takes offensive linemen where he wants to go.​
    Missouri DT Attiyah Ellison did a good job of getting off the ball and shooting the gaps and getting in the backfield in 11-on-11 team drills.​
    I noticed many head coaches tend to prefer to observe practices alone, or at least in small groups. Dom Capers and Tom Coughlin stood solo along the fence. Bill Parcells sat with one or two cohorts in the endzone bleachers. Mike Tice, same thing, only in a different set of bleachers. Coughlin, rather than taking notes the conventional way, chose to whisper his thoughts into a mini-tape recorder. Dick Vermeil was observed catching up with old friends from the Rams’ personnel department.

    Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells walking and discussing prospects in hushed tones after the weigh-in, almost as if there was no one else in a very crowded room;

    Observations from watching the North squad’s wideouts working against man coverage: Vincent Jackson from Northern Colorado has all the tools to be a sleeper. The guy is built like Tony Gonzalez and runs like Terrell Owens. No kidding. And Oklahoma’s Mark Clayton, despite being about 5-9, has a serious future in the league. He’s by far the smoothest of the bunch and so quick into his breaks.
  2. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    thx for this.
  3. lkelly

    lkelly Well-Known Member

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    Dick Vermeil was seen exchanging tearful hugs with anyone who came within arm's reach.

    For those artistically inclined, I propose the "Vermeil" smilie.
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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  5. diehard2294

    diehard2294 America's Team

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    wow if that isn't a caption this pic
  6. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    I think it has been one already...but it's still a worthy candidate.
  7. Nightshade

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    Thanks for the peek inside.

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