Thursday, November 30, 2006

Really, I have a lot to get done, but instead...

Alright, I'm not much of a college basketball fan. It might be because I was never that good at the sport, so I don't appreciate the more "pure" form of basketball. It could be because my team, the Oregon Ducks, wasn't very good when I was growing up as a sports fan. It may be because the Blazers occupied so much of my basketball fan-ness as a kid that I didn't have room to develop as a college basketball fan. However, my fanatacism has been growing ever since Luke, Luke, and Fred turned my words around sophomore year at Wheaton. At the end of that football season Oregon crushed Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl, making the BCS look foolish for putting Miami and Nebraska in the title game. About the same time, the basketball team lost to Minnesota. One of the guys on my floor left me a note rubbing in the fact that the Ducks lost to the Gophers. I told him that I didn't care, since the Oregon basketball team was never that good and so not worth following. Apparently the big three didn't appreciate my comments, because they proceeded to take Oregon as far as it had been in the NCAA tournament since winning the whole thing in the inaugural tourney back in 1963. I started following them as the season went on, and then I made the trip up to Madison to watch the elite eight game against Kansas. By the way, that game was fantastic--Hinrich, Collison, Gooden anchored the Kansas team, and the trio of Ducks I've already mentioned held their own for Oregon. I say all of this to give context to my next statement: I'm pretty excited for the rest of the college basketball season, and would be even if Oregon hadn't beaten Georgetown last night in their first ever meeting. It was also the first Oregon win against a tp 25 team on the east coast. Ever. That's a big deal. In fact, Oregon didn't even play their best game. Sure, the basketball team might just be setting us up like the football team routinely does, but it's still an exciting prospect, being undefeated early on and beating a big-time east-coast program in their house.


On an unrelated pop-culture topic, I'm a huge fan of Studio 60 on NBC. This morning I found a pretty funny graphic that I thought I should share with anyone who reads this. So here it is, from this site.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Some more random NBA junk (and a quick mention of the Seahawks)

The Sports Guy mentioned NBA beat writers in his column today. I already knew that Jason Quick from the Oregonian was great, but he lists a few others. If you like one of these teams, it would probably be good for you to check out the local reporter who gives the good stuff on 'em. This is in the section about the Hawks, and ends with a great line that I'm including for my friend J-Lew, although I'm sure he already read it. From the Sports Guy:
Random tip: The Hawks have one of my favorite NBA beat writers: Sekou Smith of the Atlanta J-C. He always breaks a sweat, does a good job breaking games down, passes along a steady stream of inside gossip/anecdotes and strikes a nice balance with his newspaper stuff and blogging. While we're here, I also like Brian Windhorst of the Akron Beacon-Journal, Ivan Carter and Michael Lee from the Washington Post, Jason Quick from the Oregonian and Howard Beck of the New York Times. All of those guys do an excellent job. I don't know why I'm telling you this.

Worst-case scenario: Come on, how can you think "worst-case scenario" when the Hawks are eighth on this list right now? This is a victory for the dozens of Hawks fans everywhere!
The Blazers had an ugly loss to the Pacers last night. Well, it wasn't too bad, but they needed to win the game. Getting Przybilla back was a good start, but now the team has to gel again on defense. It would help so much to get R-O-Y back very soon. Jack had a huge night, Randolph dropped 30 and pulled down 11, and Outlaw and Udoka gave their now-typical supporting performances. We just need the energy, charisma, peremeter defense, and game-changing ability that R-O-Y brings. We need it badly.

As impressive as LaDanian Tomlinson is, and I think he is probably the best player in the NFL, I could not be much happier with Shaun Alexander's second game back. It does seem that he's worked his way into a nice groove, and hopefully Holmgren rides this through week 17. If Shaun can get 150+ in each of these last five games, he'll finish with about 1,175 yards, which would be pretty good for starting in a funk and then missing a bunch of games. He also needs to get on TD roll, because we could use the pressure on opposing defenses. Right now they have to be far more concerned with the passing game, even in the red zone, so if Shaun gets rolling we can really start putting points on the board.

Alright, I need to get to school. I still have a ton of stuff to do.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Some Blazers odds and ends

ZACH'S KNACK: As good as Zach Randolph is posting up, he may be even better attacking his defender from the perimeter. His sense of where the angles are is innate, and special. Now he just needs some consistent guard play, like all bigs do. -- Thorpe
From Blazer's Edge:
Individual Observations

--Zach had the most magnificent first quarter I can remember from him in forever. He definitely came out to play. It wasn't just scoring either. You could see it in the way he set picks, directed traffic, went for rebounds, passed, and helped on defense. You could even see it in the bounce in his step as he moved around the court. If he came with that every quarter, or even every night, there would be far fewer questions about him. He lost it by the second quarter under the continuous Phoenix assault and the not-so-favorable officiating. I don't know that he'd have been able to carry us on his back anyway. I really, really want to see that effort brought back and extended farther though.

--Ime Udoka also came to play, albeit much more quietly. I love that guy.
This is a little old (after the loss to San Antonio at home a week ago) but I needed to get it in here, from Hoopsworld:
Now 5-7 after a tough road trip and a loss at home to San Antonio, it’s clear we were wrong. The media was wrong, the fans were wrong, the team management was wrong…heck, even Nate McMillan and his coaching staff were wrong. Wrong about a lot of things. We were wrong in our expectations of the team and of the rookie class. We underestimated them. Most teams if they lost that many starters/key players would barely be able to keep things together, let alone see players step up and make such great contributions.
A few more from Hoopsworld, the grey one is here and the red one is here. The first one is about Travis Outlaw:
This is the kind of play the Portland Trail Blazers thought they would get from Travis Outlaw when they made him the 23rd first round pick back in the 2001 NBA draft.

Five years later, the 6'9 Starkville, Mississippi native is making a significant contribution off the bench and is quietly leading the second unit for Nate McMillan's 6-7 Blazers.

McMillan got the biggest glimpse of this when Outlaw poured in 13 points off the pine in Wednesday nights 100-97 comeback win over the New Jersey Nets, their second win over the Nets in a week.

With this outing, Outlaw is currently averaging 9.5 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, in just over 23 minutes per game. Maybe those numbers aren't "Sixth Man of the Year" award worthy, but nonetheless McMillan, Steve Patterson, and Kevin Pritchard must admit they are pleased with Outlaw's performance this year.
Here's the second one, about Aldridge.
Well, funny how things work out: an injury to starting center Joel Przybilla and a philosophy change by Coach Nate McMillan has thrust Aldridge (albeit likely only temporarily) into the starting center position. In five starts this season before Sunday’s game against Phoenix, Aldridge has averaged 9.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, and shot 20-38 (53%) from the field. For the season (nine total games) he is averaging 8.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and shooting 58% from the field.
It's time to get back to work getting school stuff done. I've had the Oregon QB rating done for a while, but I never put them up here. After Joey's game on Thanksgiving and A. J. Feeley's short stint last night, maybe I should do a quick update before posting it.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Tip of the hat, wag of the finger

Copying Colbert, I offer these:
Tip of the hat to...
The Wheaton men's and women's soccer teams, who both won in the semi-finals of the NCAA soccer tournament today. Both had shutouts, and are now playing for the national championship. I've been following them a bit this year, but thought that the men were really off. Apparently they decided to step up in the playoffs. As for the women? As usual, they have been dominant. Tomorrow they could come away with their second national championship in three years. That's pretty fantastic. And Joe Been could finish his coaching career at Wheaton with another championship.

Wag of the finger to...
The Oregon Duck football team. Geez. I respect Oregon State, and would even if they hadn't beaten USC, but we had a chance to beat them at home and just blew it.

The beauty of DVR

Since I've been in Roseburg I've been taking advantage of my parents' DVR. It was nice to be able to watch all of Joey's game yesterday without being up too early, and it was really nice because I saved the Portland-New Jersey game from Wednesday night. I just finished watching the Blazers 14 point comeback to finish a season sweep of the Nets, and some of the stuff I've been reading came out well. Here are some thoughts:
  1. Martell Webster and Travis Outlaw really did step up in this game. I read that in game summaries, but seeing what they did hit it home. Both guys played with maturity and timing. Outlaw hit three or four huge shots in the fourth quarter, and even though Webster is still not shooting as well as we'd like, he is doing all sorts of other things that are helping us win.

  2. Sergio Rodriguez and Jarrett Jack are a great PG tandem. Jack struggled early, so Spanish Chocolate came in and got things going offensively. Then Jack came back in, directed things well, and made some big jumpers of his own in the fourth quarter. Rodriguez had one particularly gorgeous pass, throwing it over his head to hit Outlaw for a pretty long two.

  3. Jamaal Magloire is finally contributing, which is important, since we're still missing Przybilla and LaFrentz.*

  4. LaMarcus Aldridge had already made me a believer based on his numbers, but after seeing him there is no way I could disbelieve in his ability. He is good.

  5. It hurt to see R-O-Y and Przybilla sitting on the bench in their suits, and even hurt to see LaFrentz** on the bench. I cannot wait until we get the first two of those guys back. Oh man, that'll be a good time.

  6. Mike Rice, one of the Portland announcers, comared Ime Udoka to a different former Blazer and Spur than I did. I said Kersey, he compared him to Mario Elie. Either way, watching Udoka play this game showed me all the little things I had imagined from what I'd been reading. He is good. He does great things for our team. Just like either of those two guys did for us, Udoka brings energy and smart play to the floor.

  7. Zach Randolph is a star. He played pretty poorly at the start of this game. He wasn't getting post position like he has been, and wasn't playing defense. So McMillan pulled him. But when he came back later, he scored in numerous ways, and hustled a lot more on both ends. He was beating people off the dribble, using various moves as he got to the hoop, and getting to the line. I could see why he leads the league in free throw attempts and free throws made. He ended up with 25 points, but more importantly he hit a bunch of free throws at the end to clinch it. I am so excited about how Randolph is playing.

  8. I'm still excited about the possiblity of Greg Oden, but not like I was. Now I have to remind myself how good Oden will be and what he could bring to this growing team. Then again, after watching this game, I'm beginning to believe even more that this team could end up sneaking into the playoffs, especially if R-O-Y, Przybilla, and LaFrentz come back soon and are worked into the lineup well.
*I would have never expected to be pining for LaFrentz. But it'll be nice to get the extra body and those things that he brings to the court.
**Honestly, I can't believe that I wish LaFrentz would come back. Well, maybe I can believe it. I mean, if we're going to pay him that much, it would be good to say how he can help this team.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Not what's supposed to happen

Going into this best-sports time of year, I was counting on a few things.

  1. The Seahawks would continue to slightly disappoint me, based on how the season started

  2. The Blazers would be disappointing most of the time

  3. and

  4. The Oregon football team would be my one relief.

The last week has flipped that upside down.

  1. The Seahawks came out of a frightening stretch of season with several gutsy wins. Did they look good? Not really. But they won. And now, after being without Alexander, Hasselbeck, Engram, Tobeck, Locklear, and Hutchinson on offense, we'll be getting all of them back soon. Except for Hutch of course, but he hasn't been as much of an addition for Minnesota yet as he has been a loss for Seattle. It is huge to be at 6-3 right now, 3-0 in division, and looking at the team starting to gel as we head toward the postseason. My Seahawks have given me anything but disappointment in these last few weeks.

  2. The Blazers are also doing everything but disappointing. Sure, they lost four of the five games on this long road-swing. But they won the last one, and it was against New Jersey. This story from the Oregonian says a lot of what you need to know about the team this year. I'll give you the opening, but the whole thing is worth the read.
    Like his teammates, who had just absorbed a 28-point beating from Boston, Jack was distraught over the state of the Blazers and his own play. The team had lost four in a row, and Jack was coming off a game in which he had five turnovers.

    "I was going crazy," Jack said.

    So, when the team arrived at their Short Hills hotel around 1 a.m., Jack called McMillan's room. No answer.

    He dialed the coach's cell phone, and McMillan -- who already was dissecting video of the Blazers' loss -- picked up.

    "Me and him had the same thing on our minds," Jack said. "So he was like, 'Come up to my room.' "

    The point guard and the coach sat next to each other and watched the first three quarters of the Boston game until after 3 a.m.

    "It actually seemed longer than that because we rewinded dang near every play," Jack said. "I didn't know I was going to be there that long, but the tape session really helped. I think I really understand the game plan now; I really understand his system."

    That was evident Saturday, when Jack played his best game of the season, scoring 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting and handing out eight assists without a turnover. Jack kept the Blazers' offense flowing and disciplined throughout the game.
    That's just great stuff. LaMarcus had a great line, Jack was amazing, Randolph did what he's been doing, even while getting fewer touches than he has been. (Which made him a little testy, so hopefully he realizes that it will help the team win when the ball gets moved around better, or at least he realizes that he'll have more chances if opponents know they can't just put everyone on him.) Most importantly, we basically shut down Kidd and Carter, which is amazing, especially since Portland is certainly not known for its defense at this point. We didn't even have R-O-Y, who had already established himself as our best front-court defender.

    Also this week were some flashes of brilliance from Sergio Rodriguez, whom I've been excited about since the draft. He needs to start hitting his shot, because it only took NBA players two games to figure out how to frustrate him, but his passes are so good.

  3. The Ducks are doing the best job of disappointing me out of any of my teams playing right now. The loss at USC hurt, but losing at home to Arizona was brutal. I don't even know what to say. The defense is porous, and the "best" offense in the Pac-10 can't move the ball. Dixon, for as much as I like him and prefer him to Leaf, is playing terribly. The only good thing yesterday was the sophomore running back tandem of Stewart and Johnson. So that means if one of them doesn't transfer this offseason, then we'll be losing them to the NFL soon enough.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Quick note on June Jones

Thanks to Lew for reminding me that I already mentioned Jones as a former Oregon QB who played in the NFL. Jones was born in Portland and started his college career as a Duck, but he transferred to Hawaii after two years, and then to Portland State after two years on the island. There are several former NFL quarterbacks who were Ducks for some time, but shouldn't be included in my statistical analysis because they spent more time at other schools. There are also a few former Duck QBs with really interesting stories. In the space I'll mention a few of those.

The other quarterback worth noting is Tuffy Leemans. Leemans is considered the greatest athlete to ever attend George Washington, but he started his college career at Oregon. Here's a little about him from the GW Hatchett, the George Washington newspaper:
In a time when numbers were much less inflated than they are today, and being a back was about as specific as you could get about positions, Leemans ran for a GW-record 2,382 yards on a record 490 carries during his three-year career. As he wowed the packed houses at Griffith Stadium in the heyday of GW football, he led GW to some of its greatest gridiron success (the team went 17-9-2 in his career with wins over Auburn and Oklahoma). Along the way, he also set school records for carries (207) and yards (1,054) in a season.

He was All-District and All-Eastern his last two years and honorable mention All-American his senior year. In addition, he was a proficient passer and punter, and he also starred for the basketball team.

As a 195-pound, 6-foot back, he was actually rather stocky for the time. It was everyone�s lament at GW that if the shifty, savvy Leemans only had some blocking, he could really do something.

Tuffy found that blocking with the New York Giants. After a stunning most valuable player performance in the College All-Star game at Chicago�s Soldier Field, he joined the Giants for the 1936 season and promptly led the league in rushing.

During eight seasons and 80 games, he would rush for 3,142 yards, pass for 2,324 and receive for 442. He had 16 touchdown passes and averaged 14 yards per punt return. He was All-NFL in 1936 and 1939.

December 7, 1941, was �Tuffy� Leemans Day at the Polo Grounds. The 55,051 fans only learned after the game that Pearl Harbor had been bombed.

In 1978, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A year later, he died at the age of 66.
And here's some more about him from the Professional Football Researchers Association:
For the next three years, Tuffy was virtually a one-man show, a true running- passing-kicking yriple threat, as the Colonials played competitively against such powerhouses as LSU, Alabama, Rice, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Oklahoma. As a senior, Leemans was the team captain.

Still it is doubtful that the pros would have been knocking at his door had it not been for a young high school boy on vacation in Washington who caught a terrific Leemans perfomance against Alabama in 1935. That young man was Wellington Mara, whose father Tim owned the Giants. Young Wellington, who is now the Giants' president, reported back to his father that Tuffy was a prospect the Giants must sign once he was eligible.

"If I am remembered for nothing else, I'd like to be remembered for discovering Tuffy Leemans," Mara once said. "It's a good thing the Redskine didn't move to Washington until 1937 or we could never have gotten Tuffy."

The NFL employed its first college draft in 1936 and Tuffy was the Giants' second-round choice.
At that same site I discovered the reason that Leemans left Oregon. The coach who recruited him to Oregon from his high school in Wisconsin took the job at George Washington, so Leemans followed him there.

George Shaw was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1955. That was the same year that Johnny Unitas was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unitas ended up with the Colts the next year, and by 1958 had shown himself to be an amazing quarterback. Shaw had a decent first year, but didn't stand a chance to remain the Colts QB once Unitas had proven himself. Shaw was the backup quarterback for the Colts in the NFL championship game against the Giants, and then was on the Giants squad that lost to the Colts again the next year.

Those are a few of the stories that I found interesting as I was researching how Oregon quarterbacks have fared in the NFL. Before I post the W-L record, which is proving really difficult to find, I'm going to post the combined QB rating of the Oregon quarterbacks in the NFL.

Progress update

I've spent all morning doing research for my Oregon QB post, and it's not going well. I'm having a hard time finding W-L records online. A very hard time, actually. I've been guessing on some, so I don't know how I'm going to fix that. But I have found some other interesting stuff, so I may update my list of Oregon players who have been in the NFL to include undrafted players, and I may post about the overall QB rating for the Oregon super-QB. I wish I could do this more quickly, but I should have been doing paperwork this morning instead of this. Oh well.

Quick Blazer note: tough loss last night in Minnesota. I've read about it, since I didn't watch it, and I'm convinced that we need R-O-Y to help our perimeter defense. Randolph is still playing well, but if we can't keep guards from doing whatever they want we're going to have a tough time winning. We play the Cavs tonight. Hopefully we can abuse their guards, since that's our best shot to be close. Onward and upward.

Here's a picture of former Oregon and NFL quarterback June Jones, the head coach at the University of Hawaii. Just one of the names that will be included in the QB post. It's coming, just wait.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Things are looking up

It's been a pretty good few days. Even though I didn't get any work done over the weekend, being at the coast and seeing family turned out to be a great use of time. Then last night I got fairly caught up on my school stuff. Yesterday was the first time in a while I've been genuinely excited about the prospect of teaching next year, which is fantastic. I realized recently that the things I need done for this term are actually going pretty well. And with the exception of Oregon getting demolished at USC, the last few days have been pretty good for my teams. I've said enough about the Blazers, but I want to include a snippet from Hoopsworld.

Can we say enough about the turnaround of Zach Randolph? Yes, he has been an absolute beast on the block and on the glass, but that's not new - everyone knew and expected that Randolph would return. What really has people turning heads - fans, teammates, and opposing scouts alike - is Randolph making the extra pass and playing defense. His preferred place to get the ball is about 12-15 feet from the hoop, roughly a 45 degree angle from the basket. Often he will get the ball in post-up position, but then turn and face up his defender. When that happens teams are starting to send an extra defender his way.

In the past Randolph would take that as a challenge and try to score over two or sometimes three players. Now Randolph calmly holds the ball away from the defenders - much like Shaq does when double-teamed - and waits for a cutter to go to the hoop. Many times this season that cutter has found themselves with some extremely easy points since Randolph is looking to make that pass.

The defense is another improvement, too. Never much known as a guy who gets in the air and blocks shots, Randolph is changing people's minds. He is averaging 0.6 blocks a game so far this season. That may not sound like much, but consider that's triple his career average. His steals are also up to 1.1 a game, over 50% better than his 0.7 career average.

And no, it doesn't hurt that he's scoring 27.3, grabbing 10.3 rebounds, and hitting 91% of his foul shots either.

How about the OTHER rookie? LaMarcus Aldridge had a fabulous NBA debut on Sunday, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds. This had been discussed in the days leading up to the draft and also during his play in Las Vegas this summer, but Aldridge really does remind a lot of people of Rasheed Wallace with his wiry build, his high jump shot on the block with nice touch, and his ability to run the floor. Think Coach Nate McMillan is excited to have him back? Look for Aldridge to get even more playing time, at least until Joel Przybilla and Raef LaFrentz come back from injuries. Actually, if he continues to play as well as he did Sunday, those players coming back may not matter.

That's the sort of thing that gets me excited, which is good, because I was not on the Aldridge bandwagon coming into the season. The other good sports news for me was Seattle pulling off the win over St. Louis. It looks like Alexander and Hasselbeck could finally be back this weekend, and perhaps Bobby Engram, Sean Locklear, and Robbie Tobeck could be following them. Yeah, those are five offensive starters. Pretty impressive stuff, this winning without them. Here at the University of Oregon we had some fun on Sunday night, as a Tajuan Porter set a freshman record with 38 points against Portland State. Oh yeah, and he made ten three-pointers. Also I should point out that the women's basketball team from my brother's alma mater, Vanguard University, beat the Oregon women in an exhibition last night here at McArthur Court.

I'm having a harder time finding an exhaustive list of Oregon players who went on to the NBA, but it's coming. And the QB post is coming too.

I decided to put up a little photo comparison of Aldridge and Wallace. If LaMarcus does turn out like Rasheed, I'll be really happy, since I love 'Sheed's game. Especially in tandem with someone like Zach.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

This team has me pretty excited

The one coffee shop I could find in Depoe Bay, Oregon—whale watching capitol of the world—doesn’t have wireless internet. Instead, customers can buy time on the one crappy computer. Needless to say, I spent two dollars to check a few things online for ten minutes, but I’m not willing to pay more so that I can blog. Thus, this is being written on Saturday afternoon, but won’t be published until sometime Sunday.

The Blazers game last night would have been the perfect one to watch, because there wasn’t much else going on. Alas, it wasn’t on TV anywhere in the country. Which means that I missed seeing another example of the team’s new calling card: toughness. Last year the consensus about Portland was that the players didn’t care. They gave up. They didn’t work hard. Teammates quit on each other. I don’t believe anyone is saying any of those things this year, as they improved to 4-2 on this young season, won their second straight game, and remained undefeated at home.

(Props again to the Hawks, who are also 4-2, and to Joe Johnson who is still playing really well. Also, it was nice for my fantasy teams that Josh Smith decided to show up finally.)

Even though I didn’t watch the game, I saw some of the highlights and a bit of the stat line, which makes me think I can comment on a few things, or more precisely, on a few players.

Zach Randolph is unreal. I know I’ve been saying it, and I know I’ve been quoting others who are saying it, but give me a break. One of my friends with insider needs to tell me what Hollinger said the other day, because I think Randolph is trying to have the best offensive season by an undersized power forward in history. I saw some clips of the game last night, and there were several offensive rebounds that he took out of the hands of multiple Hornets, one of which was after a free throw. This man is possessed. The big men are still hurt, Roy only played 12 minutes (with nothing to show for it stat-wise), and we’re never sure who else is going to show up. And Zach has carried this team to 4 wins. I know that it’s early, and the season is long, but a comment by my friend Ek reminded me of how special this team is already.
The Bulls are still a relatively young team, and have multiple new guys in the rotation, so I'm not surprised they're taking a little time to gel...
I agree, and don't fault them for taking a while to get it together. But in thinking about the Bulls, I can't help but compare the Blazers. We are still one of the youngest teams in the league, and there are a lot of injuries right now. And yet the team is playing really well together. Maybe McMillan is better than I thought. Oh wait; he missed Friday night’s game because of a death in the family. THEY DIDN’T EVEN HAVE THEIR COACH. So, to recap: the Blazers won Friday night after being down by 25 at the end of the first quarter. They’re only the second team in the shot clock era to do that. They did it with three of their five legitimate post players hurt, they’re star rookie still battling a foot injury, their head coach absent, and only one of two captains suited up. Who was the only person out there with a leadership title? Captain Zach Randolph, also one of the two legit posts, and the only player that the Hornets knew was going to get the ball every time down the floor. He responded by scoring his fewest points in three games, a measly 31, and grabbing 14 rebounds. MVP is a three-man battle right now (thanks to LeBron’s walk-off…) between Randolph, Johnson, and Dwyane Wade. Yes I am delusional. Moving on.

If Travis Outlaw keeps up his one-in-three performance, I’ll take it. In the third game of the season he scored 19 and had 18 rebounds, all while playing out of position. (He has said that he feels like a two who can play three, which is where Portland usually plays him. With the numerous frontcourt injuries, he’s been playing the four alongside Zach at five.) Oh yeah, and that performance was against Minnesota, who has a decent PF. In the sixth game of the season he did it again, scoring 18 and getting six rebounds and SIX BLOCKS. I didn’t see the game, so I’m not sure how those all played out, but in a game that sees your team down by 25 after one quarter, six blocked shots is going to help a lot at getting the fans back in and disrupting the other team’s offense. People who have seen the in-between games have said that he “looks lost” or “looks like he’s asleep.” I don’t want him to be lost or asleep for two thirds of the season, and I would much rather see him perform consistently, but if he plays a third of the season like that? I’ll look forward to what happens as he matures even more. The kid is only 22.

That last post about Ducks in the NFL was pretty lame, but I am still interested in posting all the Ducks in the NBA. And I think the upcoming post about Duck QBs and NFL winning percentages should be a bit more interesting. Speaking of which, when this gets published tomorrow I’ll know what happened, but I hope Oregon can pull off the upset in L.A. Dennis Dixon needs to have a good day running the offense.

Oh, and on Friday I bought a Randolph jersey for $22.50.

This team has me pretty excited.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A quick post for J-Lew and Ek released the new power-rankings today, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Portland jump 21 spots. Who else jumped that many? Atlanta. The two teams are ranked 8 and 9, respectively. Plus, Joe Johnson and Zack Randolph are both playing like MVP candidates right now. Don't believe me? I've got the picture to prove it. Look a few spots down and you'll see some names that could surprise you. Also, I love the category of teams we're included in. That's right, The Contenders. This must continue.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

All the Ducks ever drafted into the NFL

I just saw that the Blazers beat the Lakers. Without R-O-Y. And Zach is unbelievable. He is phenomonal. I love this team.

I found this chart online and decided to just use it instead of making my own, because it is really thorough.

200611212Haloti NgataRavensDT

21749Kellen ClemensJetsQB

414111Demetrius WilliamsRavensWR

727235Justin PhiniseeBuccaneersDB
200533094Adam Snyder49ers G

79223Marcus Maxwell49ersWR
20042335Igor OlshanskyChargersDT

2436Junior SiaviiChiefsDT

49105Samie ParkerChiefsWR

633198Keith Lewis49ersDB
200347104George WrighsterJaguarsTE

48105Onterrio SmithVikingsRB

77221Keenan HowryVikingsWR
2002133Joey HarringtonLionsQB

22254Maurice MorrisSeahawksRB

31479Rashad BaumanRedskinsDB

45103Justin PeelleChargersTE

616188Wesley MallardGiantsDB

736247Steve SmithJaguarsDB
2001524155A.J. FeeleyEaglesQB
200031981Reuben DroughnsLionsRB

434128Peter SirmonTitansLB
1999133Akili SmithBengalsQB

438133Josh BidwellPackers P

72208Jed WeaverEaglesTE
199821242Patrick JohnsonRavensWR

523146Blake SpenceJetsTE
199732282Paul WigginsSteelers T

33494Kenny WheatonCowboysDB

73204Tony GrazianiFalconsQB
199611111Alex MoldenSaintsDB

48103Ricky WhittleSaintsRB

76215Jeremy AsherRedskinsLB
1995624195Dino PhilyawPatriotsRB

71209Chad CotaPanthersDB

712220Herman O'BerryRamsDB
199431075Romeo BandisonBrownsDT

335100Ernest JonesRamsLB
1993621161Eric CastleChargersDB
1992925249Muhammad OliverBroncosDB

1219327Matt LaBounty49ersDE
1991423106Bill MuscraveCowboysQB
199032578Latin BerryRamsRB

424105Chris OldhamLionsDB

824217Curt DykesEagles T

1110286Daryl ReedSeahawksDB
1989s800Brett YoungBillsDB
198922250Scott KozakOilersLB

3258Matt BrockPackersDE

69148Thom KaumeyerRamsDB
19882835Anthony NewmanRamsDB

4688Rollin PutzierPackersDT

823216J.J. BirdenBrownsWR
198711313Chris MillerFalconsQB

31874Clifford HicksRamsDB
1986528138Lew BarnesBearsWR

919240Tony Cherry49ersRB

1121298Drew SmetanaChargers T
1984u133Gary ZimmermanGiants G
198431975Steve BaackLionsDE

623163Dan RalphFalconsDT
198322250Mike WalterCowboysLB

32783Steve BrownOilersDB
198241295Reggie BrownFalconsRB

612151Vince Williams49ersRB

1121300Stuart YatskoBroncos G
1981618156Bryan HinkleSteelersLB

1221325Kevin McGillBrowns T
198041497Terry DionSeahawksDE

84197Don ColemanBroncosWR
19791018266Bruce BeekleyFalconsLB
197879175Fred Quillan49ers C

93225Reggie GrantJetsDB
197611818Mario ClarkBillsDB

823232Ron HuntBengals T

123322Ron LeeChargersDB

1717476Chuck WillsRedskinsDB

1727486Stan WoodfillCowboys K
197511616Russ FrancisPatriotsTE

112262George MartinGiantsDE
1974518122Tim GuyBills T

1610400Jack Conners49ersDB
197322652Chuck BradleyDolphins C

3860Tim StokesRams T

31264Dan FoutsChargersQB
1972144Ahmad Rashad (Bobby Moore)CardinalsWR

12222Tom DrougasColts T

424102Tom GrahamBroncosLB

88190Leland GlassPackersWR

1223309Mike WilliamsChiefsDT

1720436John McKeanRams C
1971716172Bob NewlandSaintsWR

1015249Jack StambaughBengals G

1218304Tom BlanchardGiants K

1420358Lionel ColemanRamsDB
197031264Andy MaurerFalcons G

41290Jim EvensonSteelersRB

1113273Alan PitcaithleyGiantsRB
1969922230Claxton WelchCowboysRB
196811212Jim (Yazoo) SmithRedskinsDB
19671515382 Steve BunkerRamsTE

169402Bill SmithSteelers C
19661512227Jim KollmanBears G

173248Mike BrundageSteelersQB
1965104130Dave TobeySteelers C
19642317Mel RenroCowboysDB

3129Dave Wilcox49ersDE

112142Bob BerryEaglesQB

194256H.D. MurphyCowboys B
19632620Steve BarnettBears T

3735Ron SnidowRedskins T
1961810108Neill Plumley49ers T

113143Riley MattsonRedskins T
19604137Willie WestCardinalsHB

127139Dave GroszEaglesQB

157175John WilcoxEagles T
19598488Jim LendenLions T

304352Ron StoverLions E
1958123136Jack CrabtreeEagles B

212243Jerry KershnerPackers T
195671184Jack MorrisRams B

8994Dick JamesRedskins B
1955111George ShawColtsQB

4744Jack PateraColts G

7578Hal ReeveSteelers T

188213Ron Pheister49ers C

306355Bill TooleGiants B
1954182207Emery BarnesPackers E
1953241278Monte BrethauerColts E

289334Tom Novikoff49ers B
1952309358Dick Patrick49ers C
19511810217Dick DaughertyRams G

219252Earl StelleRams B

272317Ray Lung49ers G
195031340Bob SandersEagles B

810102Sam NevillsBears T

811103Woodley LewisRams B

1512195Ted MelandBrowns G

1913248Darrell RobinsonEagles E

252315Steve DoturBulldogs G
19494637Norm Van BrocklinRamsQB
1948151126Dan GarzaGiants E

169144Don StantonEagles T

251226Dick WilkinsGiants E
19477954Chris (Duke) IversenGiants B

206181Brad (Whitey) EcklundPackers C

228203Chuck ElliottRams T
194610989Jake LeichtRedskins B

272252John KauffmanYanks G
19453117Cecil GrayDodgers C

5638Georege BujanRedskins C

9783Bill MaytherBears C

215213Leroy EricksonRams B

295301Bill DavisRams B
194410693Bob KochPackers B

281286Bob DavisCardinals G
19433116Dick AshcomLions T

5636Val CulwellGiants G

11595Tom RobinRams B

154134Floyd RheaDodgers G

235215Ed MoshofskyRams T

255235Jim ShephardRams E
19423722Curt MechanDodgers B

192172Bill RegnerRams E
19415434Chet HaliskaRams B

51040Jim StuartRedskins T

11191Marshall StenstromEagles B

195175Len IsbergLions B
19405232Frank EmmonsEagles B

6141Vic ReginatoCardinals E

1410130Bob SmithGiants B

164144Dennis DonovanDodgers B

188168Jay GraybealRedskins B

1910180Cecil WaldenGiants G
1939179159John YerbyPackers E
19376858Del BjorkBears T
19365541Stan RiordanCardinals E

8669Ross CarterCardinals G

Of those, here are the ones still in the NFL, along with their current teams.

Next up, the NBA Ducks.