Thursday, April 28, 2011

Goody's 2011 NFL Mock Draft

1. Panthers- Cam Newton QB Auburn
2. Broncos- Marcell Darius DT Alabama
3. Bills- Von Miller LB Texas A&M
4. Bengals- AJ Green WR Georgia
5. Cardinals- Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
6. Browns- Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
7. 49ers- Patrick Peterson DB LSU
8. Titans- Nick Fairly DT Auburn
9. Cowboys- Tyron Smith OT USC
10. Redskins- Julio Jones WR Alabama
11. Texans- Cameron Jordon DE California
12. Vikings- Jake Locker QB Washington
13. Lions- Prince Amukamara DB Nebraska
14. Rams- Corey Liuget DT Illinois
15. Dolphins- Mike Pouncey OC Flordia
16. Jaguars- Aldon Smith DE Missouri
17. Patriots- Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
18. Chargers- Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
19. Giants- Nate Solder OT Colorado
20. Buccaneers- Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson
21. Chiefs- Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
22. Colts- Derek Sherrod OL Mississippi St.
23. Eagles- Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
24. Saints- Phil Taylor DT Baylor
25. Seahawks- Marvin Austin DT North Carolina
26. Ravens- Aaron Williams DB Texas
27. Falcons- Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame
28. Patriots- Mark Ingram RB Alabama
29. Bears- Stephen Paea DT Oregon
30. Jets- Akeem Ayers LB UCLA
31. Steelers- Cam Heyward DL Ohio State
32. Packers- JJ Watt DE Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rudy's 10 things to fix NASCAR

Over the past couple of months since the start of the NASCAR season Goody and myself have been going back and forth on the state of NASCAR. Goody is much more optimistic than me so I figured starting this week I would list 10 things I would do to fix NASCAR. This week I'll list 6-10 and we'll talk about it on the show and next week I will list 1-5.

10. On the white flag lap instead of freezing the field if there is a caution and figuring out who was in what place when the drivers should race back to the line for the win. I understand the whole freezing the field and "lucky dog" rules due to safety but comeon were talking about going for a win here. This very instance happened in the NASCAR Nationwide series back in Talladega, cars were wrecking behind the leaders and NASCAR called the caution and the race ended just like that. Also NASCAR hasn't been very consistent in following this rule as there have been a few races where there is a wreck on the white flag lap and NASCAR doesn't throw the caution. For now on just race back to the checkered.
9. Drop 2 races from the schedule. One being Pocono and the other being Fontana or one of the 1.5 mile "cookie cutter tracks" that have 2 dates. Then start the season one week later and add an extra week off during the middle of the season. I believe 36 races is way to many and because of this it makes the season a little long and fans lose interest. If you add a week off during the middle of the season it not only gives the drivers some time to relax but it also gives the fans a break as well. My other reasoning for this is with the extra week off in the summer maybe some of the drivers will go back to their "roots" so to speak and maybe go back to their local short tracks and help them out. Also starting the season a week later would get rid of any worries of the NASCAR season having to go up against the Super Bowl.
8. Shorten some of the races. Make some of the 500 mile races 400 miles. I'd even take 100 laps off of Bristol or even Martinsville. This way fans don't have to worry about spending 4-5 hours watching a race especially when the weather is nice. Shortening the races makes every lap and every pit stop much more important and should add to the drama of a race. Besides half the time the races become so boring the added 100 miles is not needed.
7. In the Nationwide series have the Cup regulars start at the back of the field. I was on the fence about this one but after Saturday's debacle at Nashville I am a full believer of this rule. If anyone is a fan of the local short tracks then you know that they usually do an invert of the field so the faster cars have to start farther back in traffic. This adds so much as cars handle much differently in traffic and it adds the can they get back to the front question. I would have all the Nationwide guys qualify and they would qualify amonst themselves. Then the Cup guys would qualify and they would do the same amongst themselves, meaning they would start behind the Nationwide regulars but they are still qualifying to see who starts in the front of the Cup regulars. For a good portion of these races it probably wont make much of a difference as within 30-35 laps the Cup guys would be back to the front but at least for that time we would see someone different at the front which means more sponsorship time which means more sponsorship dollars. Also at the short tracks it would make things very exciting and it would also add strategy back into play which is something that seems to be lacking in alot of races these days.
6. This one I'll probably catch alot of slack for but I'm going with it anyways. Give bonus points for the Bud Shootout and All Star races. I would give 5 points to 1st, 3 to 2nd, and 1 for 3rd. I really don't like the idea of having these races and basically getting nothing to run in them. I understand the purses are large and practice time is always good but let me ask does anyone care about the All Star race anymore? The shootout may have more popularity due to it being the first race of the year but the All Star race has lost any interest at least for me. If you give just a small amount of bonus points it might increase interest not only in the fans but in the drivers as well. And since you won't lose anything for not winning or making bold moves we could see alot more excitement as well to try and win. The other arguement to be made is that the Shootout is like a preseason and thats dumb but in every sport all the teams are able to complete in preseason not just the select few.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Goody's Top 10: Packers 1st Round Busts

10. George Paskvan HB- Taken as the 7th overall pick in 1941 Paskvan only played in 7 games and rushed 38 times for 116 yards

9. Rich Moore DT- Taken as the 12th overall pick in 1969 and only played in 20 games in his only two seasons with the Packers.

8. Barry Smith WR- Taken as the 21st overall pick in 1973 Smith only lasted 3 seasons with the Packers and one with the Buccaneers. His best season was 1974 with the Packers, he had 20 REC for 294 YDS and 1 TD.

7. John Michels OT- Taken as the 27th overall pick in 1996 Michels never caught on. He started just 14 games in his two season with the Packers before they decided to move on.

6. Jerry Tagge QB- Taken as the 11th overall pick in 1972 Tagge only lasted 3 seasons with the Packers before Head Coach Bart Starr released him. Tagge threw 3 TDS and 17 INTS and had a starting record of 6-6 with the Packers.

5. Ahmad Carroll CB- Taken as the 25th overall pick in 2004 Carroll was picked on due to his tendoncey to draw flags. With that problem made him only last 2 1/2 seasons with the Packers and he only accumulated 3 INTS

4. Jamal Reynolds DE- Taken as the 10th overall pick in 2001 Reynolds has injuries and the emergance of Kabeer Gbaja Biamila were the cause of him being a Packer bust. In 3 season with the Packers he only played in 18 games starting none and only had 12 tackles and 3 sacks.

3. Stan Heath QB- Taken as the 5th overall pick in 1949 Although Heath was the first NCAA quarterback to throw for over 2,000 yards in a season Heath only lasted one season for the Packers passing for only 1 TD and throwing 14 INTS.

2. Rich Campbell QB- Taken as the 6th overall pick in 1981 Campbell completed only 31 out of 68 attempts and ended his stinky 4 year career with the Packers with 9 INTS and only 3 TDS

1. Tony Mandarich OT- Taken as the 2nd overall pick in 1989. Mandarich was the only player taken in the top 5 of the 89 draft not to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After not living up to his hype by any means the Packers had to cut him during the 1992 season due to a non football injury.

There it is my top 10 Packers bust in history to date so far. I know some of you might think not putting Justin Harrell on this list is a mistake and I just have to note that since he is still on the team there is still a chance he can wipe out the label of the bust, and yes I know that chances of that are slim to none therefore look for him on my future lists of the Packers Top 10 first round draft bust. Now comment below and let the debating begin!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Goody's Top 3 Most Hated Sports Towns

Since Rudy is pretty cavalier about talking about his most hated sports towns (Philadelphia and Boston) I thought it would be fitting for me to make a list of the sports towns that bug the piss out of me!

#3. New York- Wear that Yankee hat because it looks good not because you actually root for the team! Bitch about your coach after two games then praise him when he leads your team to the Super Bowl. Rex Ryan....(I think that's all that needs to be said in this sentence)

#2. Minneapolis- One year removed from an NFC Championship game the Vikings couldn't give some tickets away early in the season, can you say HUGE fair weather fans I think so. And Joe Mauer being "Baby Jesus" is just something first (like a playoff series) then start nut riding him.

#1. Los Angeles- Laker fans rioting in the streets when they won their 50 billionth NBA Finals, really? Act like you been there before. Wanting an NFL team so bad when just 15 years ago you had TWO teams and you couldn't keep enough fan interest before they bolted out of that horrible town. Dodger fans go to the game to play on their phones and Angel fans need to be told when to cheer because they have no clue whats going on.

Sports Talk 920 NASCAR Weekly Pick 'Em Challenge Standings After Talladega

1. Dan- 308pts 1 wins, 4 top fives, 6 top tens
2. Goody Sr.- 275pts 1 win, 2 top fives, 4 top tens (-33)
3. Rudy- 274pts 0 wins, 4 top fives, 5 top tens (-34)
4. Goody- 273pts 1 win, 3 top five, 4 top tens (-35)
5. Fan Pick- 250pts 0 wins, 3 top fives, 3 top tens (-58)
6. Jason- 231pts 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top tens (-77)
7. Jimmie- 211pts 0 wins, 3 top fives, 3 top tens (-97)
8. Allan- 202pts 1 win, 2 top fives, 3 top tens (-106)
9. Lucas- 179pts 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top tens (-129)
10. Smith- 81pts 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top ten (-227)

Sports Talk 920 NASCAR Pick 'Em Weekly Picks: Talladega

Dan- #48 Jimmie Johnson
Goody Sr- #14 Tony Stewart
Rudy- #29 Kevin Harvick
Goody- #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Fan Pick- #11 Denny Hamlin
Jason- #5 Mark Martin
Jimmie- #33 Clint Bowyer
Lucas- #42 Juan Pablo Montoya
Allan- #99 Carl Edwards
Smith- #24 Jeff Gordon

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New Feature Pointless

When I first heard of the new feature that the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were going to have at Time Warner Field in Appleton, WI, I was pumped....thrilled. The Rattlers were introducing a new feature on that allows anybody in the stands at Timer Warner Field to order food from an internet capable device right from your seat! The problem? Thats all you can do, you still have to go to the stand and pick up your order. What is the point in that? Sure you might avoid a long line in the regualar concession line but really the lines at a minor league baseball game aren't very long so to me it only really seems to save a person like 30 seconds and who's to say that the line in this pre order line will be just as long when a person's order is ready for pick up? When I first heard of the new feature I assumed that they would have someone bring your order out to you for a small fee which although lazy would make it worthwhile. Maybe that is what they have in the works, if so I am sorry to judge so quick, but if not just because you can Timber Rattlers doesn't mean it makes sense.

Sports Talk 920 NASCAR Weekly Pick 'Em Challenge Standings After Texas

1. Dan- 261pts 0 wins, 3 top fives, 5 top tens
2. Goody Sr.- 248pts 1 win, 2 top fives, 4 top tens
3. Rudy- 234pts 0 wins, 3 top fives, 4 top tens
4. Goody- 232pts 1 win, 2 top five, 3 top tens
5. Fan Pick- 229pts 0 wins, 3 top fives, 3 top tens
6. Jason- 194pts 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top ten
7. Jimmie- 167pts 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top tens
8. Lucas- 165pts 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top tens
9. Allan- 163pts 1 win, 2 top fives, 2 top tens
10. Smith- 39pts 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top tens

Sports Talk 920 NASCAR Pick 'Em Weekly Picks: Texas

Dan- #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Goody Sr- #48 Jimmie Johnson
Goody- #11 Denny Hamlin
Rudy- #99 Carl Edwards
Fan Pick- #33 Clint Bowyer
Jason- #24 Jeff Gordon
Jimmie- #29 Kevin Harvick
Allan- #18 Kyle Busch
Lucas- #14 Tony Stewart
Smith- #71 Andy Lally*

*-picks not made in time, default to last two starters in the field

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Somebody Different!

It hadn't happened all year in the two lower tiers of NASCAR, a Nationwide or Camping World truck series regular pulling into victory lane in their respected series. All year in those series drivers like Kyle Busch dominating victory lane against drivers with less talant and equipment as if they were taking candy from a baby. This time the baby bit back! Johnny Sauter passed Kyle Busch on the final lap of the Kroger 250 at Martinsville this past Saturday to get the victory, and for a fan who watched the Trucks and Nationwide series rise to what it is today, I was tickled to death to FINALLY see someone other than Kyle Busch in victory lane. Lets be honest Johnny Sauter needed that win more for his racing well being than Kyle Busch will ever need another truck win. So this makes me raise a question, why in the hell does Kyle choose to race against guys who he should be able to beat blind folded? Like Rudy said in a previous episode of Sports Talk 920, it doesn't raise his status as a more elite driver beating 20 year olds or guys who just couldn't hack it in the Sprint Cup. However I can't lie I am glad that Kyle was in the field because to see Johnny pass him was great. I don't know if I would of been as thrilled if Johnny would of made a last lap pass against other truck regulars like Todd Bodine (who I hate) or Ricky Carmichel, so in a battle of David vs. Galiath it was very refreshing to see somebody different, the David, win the race!

ST920 NASCAR Pick 'Em Standings after Goody's Fast Pain Relief at Martinsville

1. Dan- 225pts 0 wins, 3 top fives, 4 top tens
2. Goody Sr.- 212pts 1 win, 2 top fives, 3 top tens
3. Goody- 203pts 1 win, 2 top five, 3 top tens
4. Rudy- 192pts 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top tens
5. Fan Pick- 186pts 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top tens
6. Jason- 171pts 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top ten
7. Jimmie- 143pts 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top tens
8. Allan- 135pts 1 win, 2 top fives, 2 top tens
9. Lucas- 132pts 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top tens
10. Smith- 27pts 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top tens

ST920 Nascar Pick 'Em Picks for Martinsville

Dan- #18 Kyle Busch
Goody- #20 Joey Logano
Goody Sr- #29 Kevin Harvick
Fan Pick- #11 Denny Hamlin
Rudy- #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jason- #39 Ryan Newman
Jimmie- #14 Tony Stewart
Lucas- #48 Jimmie Johnson
Allan- #24 Jeff Gordon
Smith- #99 Carl Edwards