My Top Ten Pictures of the First Five Years of the Junkie

A couple of days ago I posted about this site being five years old. I am sort of proud of the fact that I made it this long. I don’t consider myself a sportswriter, and I am far away from being a sports photographer. For some reason (a fact that boggles me) people come to this site to read what I have to say and to look at my pictures. If you take enough pictures over a five year span you are bound to accidentally take a few good ones. Here are the ten pictures that came to mind when I thought of the ten best in that span. I may have left a few out so if you have a favorite that I missed let me know.

Drey Mingo leaves the court with the WNIT trophy just before her illness

10. This may not be the best picture that I have ever taken, but it is one of my favorites nonetheless. The Purdue Women’s Basketball team was on a high note last season when they beat Depaul at home to win the WNIT preseason tournament. The team was on cloud nine thinking about how good things could be, and also the great trip ahead of them over the holiday weekend. That all came crashing down when Drey Mingo was diagnosed with meningitis. I had a seat right by the tunnel in Mackey so I got to see the players as they left the court. Drey was hugging the trophy as she left, and I thought it would be a great picture. When her condition was unknown a couple of days later I kept looking at this picture pondering how quickly things can change. For that reason it makes it onto this list. Continue reading

Brett’s Streak Is Finally Over

 

Brett last season in Green Bay

After playing in 299 straight games and starting 297 straight Brett Favre will sit this one out. The last time that Brett did not start a game for his team George Bush was President. George H.W. Bush that is. Since then Bill Clinton has served eight years, and George’s oldest boy George W. Bush served eight years. The world has changed since that day in 1992 when the Majik Man went down for the Packers to give Favre his chance. Every streak needs a Wally Pipp, and Don Majkowski was the man who gave way to Favre. Since that day in 1992 237 quarterbacks have started games for other teams, and 117 head coaches have come and gone in the NFL. The streak is a terrific accomplishment, and should be applauded. Hell it should be celebrated. To play through some of the injuries he has played through is amazing. To do it at a high level is even more amazing. Continue reading

Note To Brett Favre

 

Brett dropping back to pass last year at Lambeau

Brett,

Hello, I was once one of your biggest fans when you played for the Packers. For years I looked to you as the guy that what was good about pro football. You took the bad things in your life, and turned them into positives.

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2008 NFL Draft Recap

As promised here is my recap of the 2008 NFL draft from my point of view. I follow three teams that were affected by the draft the Green Bay Packers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Purdue Boilermakers. The picture above is of pick #86 Tom Zbikowski taking the ball away from pick #30 Dustin Keller. The following is how each of the teams did in the draft.

Green Bay Packers:
The Packers traded their first round pick (#30) to Arizona for picks #36 and #113 in the draft. They also received pick #56 from the Browns from the Corey Williams trade. This meant that they had three second round picks. Nelson was a great receiver at Kansas State. He left the school as the second leading receiver in Wildcat history. With the offense that the Packers rrun they can never have too many receivers. It would be nice to see him make a difference this year. With their second pick the Packers took former Cardinal quarterback Brian Brohm. Brohm never really lived up to the hype at Louisville. He was good, but never the savior that they thought he would be. He will now try and battle Aaron Rodgers to fill the void left by the retirement of Brett Favre. They are also without a pick in the sixth round because that was given to the Giants last year for Ryan Grant. I would say that Grant was well worth a sixth round pick. With the two schools below I have watched the players, and know what to expect. With these Green Bay picks I am in the dark right now. All I can say is that they grabbed a couple of QB’s to fill some roster spots, and three receivers for them to throw to. They also bulked up on the O-line as well. Time will tell who will contribute from this group. Brohm is the name quarterback, but maybe we can catch lightening in a bottle with Flynn.
#36 Jordy Nelson – WR – Kansas State Wildcats
#56 Brian Brohm – QB – Louisville Cardinals
#60 Patrick Lee – CB – Auburn Tigers
#91 Jermichael Finley – TE – Texas Longhorns
#102 Jeremy Thompson – DE – Wake Forest Demon Deacons
#135 Josh Sitton – OT – Central Florida Knights
#150 Breno Giacomini – OT – Louisville Cardinals
#209 Matt Flynn – QB – LSU Tigers
#217 Brett Swain – WR – San Diego State Aztecs

Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
Gone are the days of the multiple first round picks. Notre Dame players are now just hoping to be drafted. According to the ESPN rankings they had the #54 and #55 best players in the draft. Far from first round talent. For some reason though they were picked far ahead of the rankings at #38 and #47. Trevor Laws is pictured to the left(#98) tackling Korey Sheets at the Purdue – Notre Dame game. Out of the Irish players chosen I think that Laws has the most potential. He is non stop on the line never letting up, and he also seems to get his hand on a large amount of kicks. Carlson is a good tight end that could prosper in the right system. He made the big plays when called upon to do so in college. Zbikowski has some work ahead of him. He really needs to make his mark on special team I think to stick with a team. He is a tough player that should have no problem running down the field on coverage teams. He may be too slow to return kicks in the pros, but he does understand the concept of running to the hole with no dancing. Sullivan is a good center is another fifth year senior that was drafted. He never missed a game in college until his last two. He has an uphill battle ahead of him to make his mark in the pros. He was part of the O-line that did not help the Irish quarterbacks the last few years. That will not fly in the pros. Here are the Irish players who were drafted in the last two days:
#38 John Carlson – TE – Seattle Seahawks
#47 Trevor Laws – DT – Philadelphia Eagles
#86 Tom Zbikowski – S – Baltimore Ravens
#187 John Sullivan – C – Minnesota Vikings

Purdue Boilermakers:
For the second straight season Purdue had a player drafted in the first round. Yesterday I posted on here how Dustin Keller was picked by the New York Jets with the #30 pick overall. Dustin quickly became a favorite of mine with his tough play, and determination. He was hard to bring down. Hopefully the Jets will use him to his abilities. Pictured to the left is former Purdue defensive end Cliff Avril who was taken late in the second round by the Lions. Avril was a running back when he came to Purdue, switched to linebacker, then in the middle of his junior year switched to defensive end. He learned the position quickly, and helped keep the ‘Den of Defensive Ends’ going. Keglar started every game last year for the Boilers, and was a very adequate linebacker. Sometimes he seemed to get lost on the field though. He will have the most work of the Boilers chosen in order to stay in the pros. I hope he proves me wrong. Here are the Boilermakers who have been drafted over the past two days:
#30 Dustin Keller – TE – New York Jets
#92 Cliff Avril – DE – Detroit Lions
#134 Stanford Keglar – LB – Tennessee Titans

2009 Madden Cover Athlete Announced!

What better way to end the Madden curse and also honor Brett Favre then to make him the cover boy for the new game coming out in August. I am fairly excited about this game. I don’t know why I get excited for the new Madden every year, but I do. This year I played it for a couple of weeks, got all the achievements, and never picked it up again. I watch the NFL, but love college football so much more. I play the college game more then any human should. One reason that I started watching pro football more was Brett Favre. He played the game like it was just that, a game. It is also the 20th anniversary of the Madden franchise so it is only fitting that they pick a quarterback who just finished up a 17 year career in which he did not miss a game. Hopefully EA will add a cyber Favre to the game so that I can just play a game each Sunday and pretend that Favre did not retire. Of course the curse will probably hit, and he will be cyber hurt leaving me with cyber Aaron Rodgers anyway.

End of an Era

I just went upstairs to get something to eat and turned on the TV. What I saw almost made me want to skip lunch. The breaking news of today is that Brett Favre is retiring from football. I looked a couple of times, and changed channels to see if the news was any different over there. Same thing. I kept hoping that it was speculation, but it appears to be the truth. I will post more about this unfortunate event later on. I have had few people that I love to watch play thier respective games. Fisk in baseball and Jordan in football were two that stick out. Favre was so much fun to watch that I just kept hoping for one more year. It looks as if last year was that year.

Tough Game

I feel sorry for the fans that braved the weather yesterday to watch the Packers play the way that they did. They let the Giants run all over them. I did not want to believe what I was watching, but Favre actually looked like the weather was bothering him to the point where he was not effective. I even heard “put Rodgers in” from a die hard Favre supporter. That game was very hard to take. Maybe it is because we are near the end of the Favre era, and every chance to get to a Super Bowl is a big one. There is always next year, but today it hurts too bad to even think about next year. I raced home from Purdue to be able to watch the game, and I wish that I had missed it.