Blanchard River Buzz

A blog for rabid sports fans in the Findlay Area. Maintained by Findlay Courier sports writer Jamie Baker. The opinions expressed are my own crazed ramblings and not those of my employer the Findlay Publishing Company and its subsidiaries.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Draft day aproaches

Well, for the second straight day Thursday Mother Nature wiped the area prep sports slate completely clean.
At the moment with the ground saturated and dark clouds hanging low this morning, getting games set for this afternoon in doesn’t look too promising either. I just got an email from Riverdale AD Craig Taylor telling us that tonight’s make up baseball game between the Falcons and Colonel Crawford is already been postponed…again.
With sectional baseball and softball beginning next week let’s hope the weather breaks so the tournament schedule is disrupted as little as possible.
I know one event that won’t be postponed by weather this weekend and that’s the NFL Draft Saturday and Sunday in New York City.
As a Cleveland Browns fan I always have high expectations on draft day. But my high expectations turn to bitter anguish when I realize how many of the ballclub’s high draft choices have been utter failures in the NFL.
Here’s a great look at some of the Browns greatest draft bungles since they returned to the NFL in 1999.
I popped my 2007 season ticket package out of my bag. I want to share with you all why we should all remain on the Browns bandwagon and not partake in a purple Kool-Aid drink-a-thon before minicamp even starts.

A comprehensive plan is in place to make the Browns better for 2007, and we have begun to put that plan into action. Our staff is committed to building a core of impact players that will make the Browns a winner and our loyal fans proud. --- Browns GM Phil Savage.

Sorry if I am a little skeptical Phil but I have heard this before. In 2006, ‘05, ‘04, etc., etc.
I went on a rant in the newsroom shortly after the end of last season and told my good buddy Mark Heiman that if the Browns didn’t take a lineman in the first round of the draft that I was DONE. A successful offense isn’t built upon a foundation of skill players. The rock solid foundation of an offense lies in the five big eaters up front that block for the skill players.
So OK even if the Browns don’t take a lineman like Wisconsin’s Joe Thomas in the first round, I’ll still be a fan. I’ll just be an unhappy fan.

L-B INVITE: If you see me there, make sure you step up and say Hello!

UF SIGNEE: Spring practice is over but the University of Findlay has added another former area prep football player to its roster.
Seth Morris, a 2006 Upper Sandusky graduate, has signed to play at UF beginning next fall. Morris attended the Ohio State University at Marion last year while lifting and staying in shape.

WAPAK HIRES COACH: Greenville High School head football coach Doug Zimmer was been named the new football coach at Wapakoneta. Zimmer, 41, replaces, Kevin Fell, who posted a 16-16 record and guided the Redskins to a playoff appearance in his three seasons as head coach. Greenville was 1-9 last year under Zimmer.

MEALER SIGNS WITH MICHIGAN: Wauseon junior Elliott Mealer has made a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Michigan beginning with the 2008 season.
Mealer chose Michigan over several Big Ten schools including Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue and Northwestern, along with a pair of Mid-American Conference schools, Toledo and Bowling Green, plus several other Division I schools.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound lineman was a Division IV All-Ohio selection last season.

HARRINGTON HEADED TO OSU: Sandusky St. Mary’s Patrick Harrington has signed a letter of intent to attend Ohio State University beginning next fall. Harrington is a four-year letterman in wrestling at St. Mary’s and was part of three Division III state championships. He also won back-to-back individual state crowns, taking the 103 title in 2006 and the 119 championship last month and finishing with a 176-14 career record.

Clear Fork 7, Mansfield Madison 1
Lexington 2, Ashland 1
Mansfield Christian 7, Mansfield St. Peter's 5

Ashland 3, Lexington 3, suspended 7th inning
Mansfield St. Peter’s 3, Mansfield Christian 2


  • At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Unfortunately, the Browns indeed left the building with Modell. It appears as though a minimum of three years of solid drafts and success with free agents will be needed along with a soft schedule for the Browns to show any signs of life. This is coming from a guy from Sandusky who lived the Browns for his entire existance. An uncle took me to a Browns game when I was barely old enough to grasp that Jim Brown was carrying the mail.

    They have a storied past, but the new team is the Cleveland Browns in name only.

  • At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Browns will take Brady Quin. He has to be better then the Qbs they have now....

  • At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Who's Seth Morris?

  • At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Joe Thomas! I love that pick and I'm not even a huge Browns fan. Hopefully they don't trade him away.


  • At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We're on pick 11...How odd has this draft been? No trades = unexpected in my opinion, especially because of how weak this draft seems to be after the first few. Also, Quinn could drop a long he not as highly rated as the media has made it seem? Maybe the Browns can still get him in round 2???

  • At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Quinn going in a closed room was smart. I respect the NFL for allowing that to happen.


  • At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, you have to feel good about your draft now. Joe Thomas and Brady Quinn, best draft I've seen from the Browns in some time. My guess is that you'll be keeping those tickets.


  • At 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    On paper the Browns picks look good, but most teams would saythe same about their own picks. I hae though the same a few times the last few years. We cannot really judge these picks for a couple of years.


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