Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Holiday!

Hi there again sports fans! Hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the world of sports. You are probably wondering why the title of this entry is "Happy Holiday". Duh! It is a holiday to all true NFL fans...today is the first day of the college entry draft. Later this afternoon, the festivities will kick off in New York City and the awful looking Detroit Loins will be on the clock for the first pick. Reports out of Detroit are saying the Lions are going to pick Matthew Stafford, the quarterback out of the University of Georgia. It will be interesting to see who the Steelers select in the first round, but since they have the 32nd pick, they won't pick until later on tonight. I hope they either go with a big target wide receiver or address needs on the offensive line. No matter who they chose, that young man will be stepping into a team steaped with history of great drafts over the years.

In recent years, the Steelers have drafted Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, and Troy Polamalu in the first round, and have been successful in other rounds as well. We are still waiting to see what becomes of the top two picks from a year ago. Rashard Mendenhall was hurt most of the season, but I still believe he will be a decent running back in the future, and Limas Sweed did not impress me much in his rookie season. The luck of the Steelers goes all the way back to the 1970's when they drafted Terry Bradshaw number one in 1970 and then had the Hall of Fame class of 1974 when they picked Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster in that year's draft. They know how to find players at schools that others may bypass, and those players know how to play the game.

In other sports news, the Indians lost to the Twins last night 5 to 1. It was not a good night for the Tribe. Enough said! But the Cavs moved to within one game of shutting down the Detroit Pistons in their first round playoff matchup. And sadly, the Red Wings took care of the Blue Jackets in four straight games to close out Columbus's first trip to the postseason, but the Jackets will be back. Til the next time!

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