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Headed for Indianapolis

I’m traveling to Indianapolis today to cover the NFL scouting combine Thursday through Sunday.

I’ll be checking in with occasional blog posts as well as daily stories for the print product, covering the Raiders and 49ers (although I’ll keep the 49ers updates off this medium).

Rumor has it my Southwest flight has Internet service . . .

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  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    So, D Coord by Committee???? Does that mean minimum wage, too?

  • YoungAmerican

    I know some of you think the Raiders are in desperate need of a fullback. Not sure I agree, but this is a fun watch regardless:

    Henry Hynoski, Pitt:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a4x6V31BMQ

  • DKnight007

    102.YoungAmerican Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    I know some of you think the Raiders are in desperate need of a fullback. Not sure I agree, but this is a fun watch regardless:

    Henry Hynoski, Pitt:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a4×6V31BMQ

    ^^^^^^^
    Nice find!

    This guy would be a solid Raiders pick in like Round 5 or 6.

    He is multi-talented, he looks like he wants to hit someone and is eager to block at all costs and can open and catch the football.

    This is the type of player that would help the Raiders offense turn into a “bully” like what Coach Hue said.

  • YoungAmerican

    It’s a shame the Raiders can’t pick up another mid-round pick or two this year.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    D coordinator by committee? LOL. Only the Raiders.

  • JLofty

    They still PRINT newspapers?!?

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    LOL. I bought a print newspaper a couple of months ago, and the girl who rung me up said only old people buy those. I told her I’m old school. I just like to have a paper in my hand sometimes.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    I read my local fishwrap every morning with my coffee. (old habits are hard to break)

    Just to keep up on local news, the sports page is pretty much worthless..

    Sadly, the obits are listing someone I know or one of their family members as of late…

  • confucius400

    Ricardo Lockette plans to break Combine 40 record
    Posted by Evan Silva on February 23, 2011, 5:00 PM EST
    Fort Valley State receiver/return specialist Ricardo Lockette is one of the top candidates for the fastest forty time at the Combine, in large part because of his track background.

    The 6-foot-2, 207-pound prospect is a former National Champion in the 100 meters, and ran track throughout his college career. He put on record a 4.35 forty at Fort Valley State, although Lockette’s plan is to run at least a tenth of a second faster in Indianapolis.

    “I’m shooting for the mid-4.2s,” Lockette told PFT Wednesday. “Hopefully, I can get the record.”

    The record Lockette is speaking of is the fastest forty time in NFL Combine history. Since the Combine became a media-friendly event in the late 1990s to early 2000s, Rondel Melendez of Eastern Kentucky and Chris Johnson of East Carolina have run the fastest, tying at 4.24.

    Breaking the record is “definitely one of my goals,” Lockette promised, adding that he’s been timed recently as fast as 4.26 and 4.27. Lockette hopes a record-breaking forty time will vault his draft stock anywhere from the second- to fifth-round range.

    Originally an Auburn commit, Lockette bounced around colleges and finished up in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He averaged 24.0 yards per kickoff return last season, and caught 23 passes for 262 yards with one touchdown.

    Despite the underwhelming production, Lockette is CBS Sports draft analyst Chad Reuter’s favorite to run the best forty this weekend.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    I go right to the comics section.

    I got a copy of an LA Times about a year ago, it was like a newsletter! Just scary. I’ll be honest, I don’t like that. For some reason, I don’t want to see newspapers go. When I lived in LA for a brief time 10 years ago, the tuesday edition of the Times weighed 5 lbs.

  • Carl Weathers

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    I just searched youtube for “Denny’s Fight”, and the first page shows about 20 different Denny’s fights. Anything more specific I can search?
    ***********
    WTF are they serving at Denny’s?? Do they serve booze there? Last time I was at one was… 15 years ago, or more.

  • confucius400

    Carl Weathers Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:12 pm
    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    I just searched youtube for “Denny’s Fight”, and the first page shows about 20 different Denny’s fights. Anything more specific I can search?
    ***********
    WTF are they serving at Denny’s?? Do they serve booze there? Last time I was at one was… 15 years ago, or more.
    ………………yeah i remember 15 years ago you stiffed me for the tip.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    According to Vegas these Dennys fights are happening because the managers aren’t allowed to wield shotguns at the patrons. That’s it. Other than that, the overall behavior of Americans is actually rather civil and considerate.

  • Vinous

    Congrats…Jerry…looking forward to your blogs from the Combine. I think you should look at this as accolades because of of your loyal readership.

  • Vinous

    “draft:

    The Raiders have had many steals in rds 3-7…that is the exciting part to me. We expect too much from rd 1 choices.

  • M Lonetree

    JerryMc is as JerryMc does.
    Must be hard for him knowing that if there is no CBA between the Owners and the NFLPA then he’ll be furloughed for as long as there ain’t any whit o’ NFL/Raider news.
    I suppose that going to Indianapolis is some sort of consolation prize no one would want.
    No more blog here (what on Earth will nitwits like KiffinRaider and KK do with their extra 21 hours per day they spend here? – no, I don’ wanna know. Crap is crap wherever it accumulates.)

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    M Lonetree Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    No more blog here (what on Earth will nitwits like KiffinRaider and KK do with their extra 21 hours per day they spend here? – no, I don’ wanna know. Crap is crap wherever it accumulates.)
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    Don’t know about KiffinRaider, whoever that is. But, YOU will be right here. Angry & Ignorant.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell says she’s been invited to be a contestant on TV’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

    But the losing Senate candidate from Delaware isn’t sure she should accept, saying she has two left feet and a book about politics to complete.

    “My initial thought was to decline, as 2-year-old nephew has more rhythm than me,” she wrote on her campaign’s Facebook page.

    A “Dancing” representative declined to comment. A new cast will be announced Monday. Others rumored to be in the running include actress Jodie Sweetin, NFL great Brett F­avre and talk show host Wendy Williams. AP

  • confucius400

    al davis should be on dancing with the stars.

  • confucius400

    Former Cowboys center Ben Fricke dies at 35
    Posted by Michael David Smith on February 23, 2011, 7:33 PM EST
    Ben Fricke, who played center for the Dallas Cowboys from 1999 to 2001, has died of colon cancer. He was 35.

    FOX 26 in Houston confirmed Fricke’s passing with Mark Howard, the football coach at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, where Fricke had been working as an assistant coach.

    “Ben passed away [Monday] from colon cancer,” Howard said. “I’ve known Ben for three years and gave him his first high school coaching job. It’s like we’ve had a death in the family. That’s what I told the team.”

    Coming out of high school Fricke got a scholarship to the University of Houston as a defensive lineman. But he moved to offense and became an All-American center. He was drafted by the Giants and spent a season in NFL Europe before catching on with the Cowboys.

    Fricke is survived by his wife and two children

  • GoodOle00

    Who’ll have a break out year at WR for the Raiders?

    A. Louis Murphy

    B. Chaz Schilens

    C. Jacoby Ford

    D. Darius Heyward Bey

    E. Chad Johnson

    F. None of the above

  • GoodOle00

    118. Desperate to stay somehow relevant.

    Played out formula. End transmission…

  • confucius400

    GoodOle00 Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 pm
    Who’ll have a break out year at WR for the Raiders?

    A. Louis Murphy

    B. Chaz Schilens

    C. Jacoby Ford

    D. Darius Heyward Bey

    E. Chad Johnson

    F. None of the above B&D will not make the team,and who is chad johnson? Terrell Owens will have a outstanding year for the raiders!

  • GoodOle00

    Big question for the D.

    Will / Can Big John Henderson be healthy and effective in 2011?

    Seymour isn’t likely to play more than 10 games and our depth isn’t what it should be at DT.

    Kelly’s season seems like an abberation more than a break thru.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    The Indiana Attorney General’s Office announced today that Deputy AG Jeffrey Cox is “no longer employed” by the office following a colloquy between Cox and Mother Jones journalist Adam Weinstein on Twitter over the weekend.

    It started when Cox, who is known as “JCCentCom” on Twitter, responded to a Mother Jones tweet about the possibility that riot police would be dispatched to clear protesters Wisconsin with the exhortation to “use live ammunition.”

    Weinstein, who at that point did not know the identity of JCCentCom, explains what happened next:

    From my own Twitter account, I confronted the user, JCCentCom. He tweeted back that the demonstrators were “political enemies” and “thugs” who were “physically threatening legally elected officials.” In response to such behavior, he said, “You’re damned right I advocate deadly force.” He later called me a “typical leftist,” adding, “liberals hate police.”

    Mother Jones subsequently discovered that Cox maintained a blog, Pro Cynic, that contained regular Nazi analogies and the like.

    Following the publication of the magazine’s article, the AG’s office reviewed Cox’s statements and found them too much to handle.

  • confucius400

    destroying the unions will get us republicans back in the white house in 2012.

  • GoodOle00

    123. Schilens absolutely will make the team(unless he suffers a career ending injury putting on a sock) Bey absolutely will make the team. Davis isn’t conceeding ANOTHER massive high 1st round pick as a bust just yet and besides, Cliff Branch took a while to get up to “speed”.

    Chad Johnson is the artist formerly know as Ocho Cinco and an acknowledge person of interest according to Raiders.com

  • GoodOle00

    126. “GET THE MARE!!!”

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

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    # DKnight007 Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    102.YoungAmerican Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    I know some of you think the Raiders are in desperate need of a fullback. Not sure I agree, but this is a fun watch regardless:

    Henry Hynoski, Pitt:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a4×6V31BMQ

    ^^^^^^^
    Nice find!

    This guy would be a solid Raiders pick in like Round 5 or 6.

    He is multi-talented, he looks like he wants to hit someone and is eager to block at all costs and can open and catch the football.

    This is the type of player that would help the Raiders offense turn into a “bully” like what Coach Hue said.
    _______________________________________________________

    1st.. Not much of a find, when PFT shoves the subject right in our heads..

    2nd.. He’ll be gone in the late 4th, maybe before…

    3rd.. I’ve been talking for years about a kid like this, an mentioned him once or twice during the season, when all here was high on Reece..

    4th.. I think he is worth a 4th round pick, he will make our run game better, which is our bread AND butter, he will able to protect the QB in pass-situations, which we evidently need!

  • confucius400

    102.YoungAmerican Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    I know some of you think the Raiders are in desperate need of a fullback. Not sure I agree, but this is a fun watch regardless………….i dont agree you can get a fullback anywhere ,they are easier too find than a f@ag in copenhagen.

  • GoodOle00

    125. Most Republicans aren’t as forth coming with their ugliness and propensity for violence.

    Too many of them isolated in a bubble of wealth think all others “deserve” to suffer because they’re not smart enough to be born wealthy and priviledged.

    Too many Repubs are still laboring under the delusion their current Representatives represent anything other than their Corporate masters.

    People are learning though…

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) – On a prank call that quickly spread across the Internet, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was duped into discussing his strategy to cripple public employee unions, promising never to give in and joking that he would use a baseball bat in his office to go after political opponents.

    Walker believed the caller was a conservative billionaire named David Koch, but it was actually the editor of a liberal online newspaper. The two talked for at least 20 minutes _ a conversation in which the governor described several potential ways to pressure Democrats to return to the Statehouse and revealed that his supporters had considered secretly planting people in pro-union protest crowds to stir up trouble.

    The call, which surfaced Wednesday, also showed Walker’s cozy relationship with two billionaire brothers who have poured millions of dollars into conservative political causes, including Walker’s campaign last year.

  • confucius400

    GoodOle00 Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:00 pm
    125. Most Republicans aren’t as forth coming with their ugliness and propensity for violence.

    Too many of them isolated in a bubble of wealth think all others “deserve” to suffer because they’re not smart enough to be born wealthy and priviledged.

    Too many Repubs are still laboring under the delusion their current Representatives represent anything other than their Corporate masters.

    People are learning though
    …………………….this is what you dems independents and liberal think!now if you go by facts the fact is we come from better sperm than you do!a simple fact.

  • GoodOle00

    Raiders struggled to find a fullback since losing Zack Crockett and even he was over rated.

    Oakland wanted a recieving threat at the position but injury to Justin Griffith and promising Oren O’Neal set them and McFadden back.

    Big Cel is a huge find and developement but he still needs work on blocking both pass and run, but behind him is no one.

    No way we see Lamarr Houston at FB in goal line situations after his successful debut on D.

    Definitely need depth at that crucial spot.

    FB is a need for day 2 of the draft.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today criticized remarks made by Glenn Beck on his radio program, in which he compared Reform Judaism to radicalized Islam, as “highly offensive and outrageous.”

    During his February 22 radio show, Beck described Reform rabbis as “generally political in nature.

    “It’s almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way … radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics … When you look at the Reform Judaism, it is more about politics.”

    Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

    Glenn Beck’s comparison of Reform Judaism to radical Islam demonstrates his bigoted ignorance. Despite his feeble attempt to suggest that he was not equating Reform Judaism with Islamic extremist terrorism, the simple fact that he would mention them in the same breath is highly offensive and outrageous.

    The truth is that every religious body has religious points of view, whether one agrees with them or not. To compare Reform Judaism, which supports democratic institutions, to Islamic extremism, which supports anti-democratic movements and the repression of basic rights – including, for example, the denial of women’s rights – is beyond the pale.

    Glenn Beck has no right to discount the faith of any people, and he should think twice before commenting on something he doesn’t know much about. He owes the Reform movement an apology.

  • GoodOle00

    confucius400 Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    now if you go by facts the fact is we come from better sperm than you do!a simple fact.

    ==============

    Sounds ultra Na-zi there mein heir!

    Assumptions about anyone with an opinion differnt than yours is a Republican trait.

    So is baseless arrogance and self confidence and a complete disregard for compassion, reason and logic.

    Rock on Confused

  • confucius400

    GoodOle00 Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm
    confucius400 Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    now if you go by facts the fact is we come from better sperm than you do!a simple fact.

    ==============

    Sounds ultra Na-zi there mein heir!

    Assumptions about anyone with an opinion differnt than yours is a Republican trait.

    So is baseless arrogance and self confidence and a complete disregard for compassion, reason and logic.

    Rock on Confused
    …………………son you need too learn the (Wink)when you are a republican you say we are against abortion,then we wink,we say we are for the middle class,then we wink,we say we are not greedy,then we wink,you will find your better off being rich if you learn the WINK.

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    Henry Hynoski looks good YA. That Sidney Glover hit was poor awarness though.

  • confucius400

    Joe Flacco led the league in holding on to the ball
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on February 23, 2011, 7:18 PM EST
    You hear announcers say it all the time: “That sack was on the quarterback.”

    So which quarterbacks hold on to the ball the most? According to a report by J.J. Cooper of Fanhouse, Joe Flacco was the biggest culprit in terms of self-inflicted sacks in 2010, with Ben Roethlisberger an unsurprising second.

    Cooper watched every sack from the 2010 season, and counted how many times the quarterback held the ball longer than three seconds. Granted, this isn’t scientific. But quarterbacks know they have to release the ball in three seconds or they will be toast.

    (SI’s Peter King wrote a great column on this topic before the season. The average quarterback releases the ball in 2.4 seconds.)

    Flacco led the league with 25 sacks in which he held the ball over three seconds. Flacco needs to get rid of the ball quicker, although we’d argue Baltimore’s slow receivers are a major cause of the problem. The rest of the top five doesn’t contain many surprises: Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, and Jason Campbell.

    Getting rid of the ball is definitely a skill. Consider that Roethlisberger only took 12 sacks where he held the ball three seconds or less. That’s fewer than Eli Manning and Peyton Manning took.

    While Flacco and Roethlisberger took 45 combined sacks where they held the ball for more than three seconds, the Manning brothers only had one apiece.

    That’s on the quarterback.

  • YoungAmerican

    Didn’t see the Glover hit, just caught that link on PFT and liked the write-up on the kid.

    I don’t think FB is a huge need, but there could be much worse picks than this kid.

  • confucius400

    Facing a budget crisis, the Providence, R.I., school district has issued dismissal notices to all 1,926 of its teachers, leading Providence Teachers Union President Steven Smith to compare the educational bombshell to Pearl Harbor.

    “This is beyond insane,” Smith said, according to The Providence Journal. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7 , 1941.”

  • Twocents

    What is insane is having the government involved in education in any fashion. The government f’s up everything that it lays it’s hands on!

  • confucius400

    as a republican i can tell you we are not trying too break the teachers union there.(wink)

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Twocents Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    What is insane is having the government involved in education in any fashion. The government f’s up everything that it lays it’s hands on!
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    So that the United States can compete with the Higher Educated countries in the world.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    But, I don’t get some of you simple-minded Republicans.

    Don’t like Educmucation OR Labor Unions.

    That kind’s of put’s you out of the game, Bubba.

  • Twocents

    Why do government workers need a union? They are not working for evil corporations. They are paid by the taxpayers.

  • confucius400

    we are not for the corporations we are for the labor unions in the republican party!(wink)

  • Twocents

    Yes KoolKell, I am out of the game. I believe in free men and free markets.

  • confucius400

    we should always have unregulated free markets cause we would not take advantage of the consumer!(wink)

  • Twocents

    In a free market, the consumer is sovereign.