Draft day aproaches
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