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A BRAVE New World

So after watching PIXAR’s latest addition to the family, Brave, last week, I felt it necessary to do a quick review of the movie and then talk about my ranking of the 13 films up to date.

Brave 

PIXAR’s 13th outing, I saw Brave opening day last week and was left kind of disappointed. I thought Merida and her family were really cool characters with what seemed like a good story up until the actual story started taking shape and you came to grips with this reality. Was it bad? No. Their worst? No. It’s definitely in their bottom tier of movies though. My problem(s) with the movie is that PIXAR usually designs their movies to be catered to both the younger and older crowds. Inside jokes that adults can laugh at but not be offensive to children. This movie, however, was just done for the kiddos and I found myself kind of bored throughout. The other “problem” really goes to my idea of what I expect from PIXAR in general. I’ve come to expect a certain level of greatness from this studio and every year when they had a new idea that I wasn’t sure of, MichaelYoungHistory would tell me it’s PIXAR and to not be worried, and he’d be right. With Brave, I actually was overly enthused for this one because I felt it was a cool and new direction for PIXAR. So I guess I should just be sort of apprehensive from now on….. This movie just seemed like it would fit in well with Dreamworks movies not so much PIXAR.

Now that that’s out of the way, I should get on to this list. Here we go! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Movies, Uncategorized

 

2012 Draft Preview: Where Will They Go?

In addition to our Mock Drafts here on the Thread, MarkRod wanted to do a draft profile of his own. He has chronicled 5 players going into the draft who come from different walks of life looking to take the next step in their careers. The floor is your’s, my friend.

You remember them from their days in college. Maybe they were destined for greatness since signing day. Surely they will make big time impact in the NFL. How come I’m not hearing anything about these guys from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay? Wait, Ryan Tannehill is being drafted above this guy? That’s insane! Let’s take a look at five guys who were household names at one point during their college careers that none of the NFL scouts and talking heads are talking about.

Kellen Moore

Moore won a lot of games in college, but will he have an impact in the NFL?

There has been a lot of debate about Moore and his Boise State the entire duration of Moore’s career.  The debate used to be whether or not his Broncos could beat the big boys of college football and whether or not they deserved to play for the national title. Now that he has graduated, the debates have quieted down. There is no debate on where Moore should be drafted. He’s a sixth or seventh rounder that will be fighting to make it out of training camp on the roster. Moore has always been one of my favorite quarterbacks because of how he was always able to put his team in the best position to win, and how he made the game look so easy, even when he was lighting up big time defenses like Virginia Tech and Georgia. In reality though, Moore may be Ken Dorsey 2.0 – a great leader who was surrounded by even better talent. If Moore is going to have any chance at having an NFL career, he needs to be drafted by a team that excels at developing back-up quarterbacks. Teams that come to mind are Green Bay, Philadelphia and San Francisco (New Orleans was on that list, but with Sean Payton out for the year, that doesn’t seem like an ideal spot for him). Green Bay and Philly have done a great job of not only developing QBs, but also helping them reach a point where they later become starters.  Look at what Andy Reid has turned out over his tenure with AJ Feely and Kevin Kolb (you heard it here first: Mike Kafka will be the next QB Reid is trading for a 2nd round pick). If Moore is lucky enough to be drafted by one of those franchises, I like his chances of eventually panning out and evening starting a number of games for a team in the future.

Russell Wilson

Was giving up all that baseball money the right decision for Wilson?

We all remember Russell Wilson as the guy who was the only reason NC State scored any points to the reason Wisconsin was able to win it’s second straight Big 10 title and second straight Rose Bowl loss (all the Wisconsin fans reading this are wincing after that statement). What a lot of people may not know that Wilson is also turning down a baseball career with Colorado Rockies and having to give up half of the $200,000 signing bonus the Rockies gave him when he was drafted in 2010. A high total of strikeouts and ability to carve up secondaries would make me want to try my hand at the NFL too. Wilson has skill set to compare with some of the top QB prospects in the draft; where he comes up short is his height (insert lame laugh track)  Wilson actually measures in shorter than Moore, and apparently that will keep Wilson out of the first round and more likely in the fourth round. To me, Wilson is the third best QB prospect in the draft and I’d rather have him as my QB of the future over the likes of Brock Osweiler, Nick Foles, and even Ryan Tannehill.  Don’t be surprised if Andy Reid gives Wilson the call and brings him into his QB Academy. He actually fits into the system great, and Reid knows how to build an offense around the strengths of whoever is under center for him.  I think we will be seeing a lot of Russell Wilson in the NFL.

Darrell Scott 

From this.....

To this.

Here is someone who is very familiar to Texas fans, as he spurned the Longhorns on National Signing Day and joined the Colorado Buffalo instead… and then promptly washed out, transferred to South Florida and was really never heard from again. Now he is draft eligible, is has been given a very, very late round grade and will actually be lucky if he is drafted in the seventh round. I mainly wrote about him to show that just because you are the top recruit in your class doesn’t mean that guarantees you are destined for an NFL career. If you happen to be watching the late round coverage on Saturday, you may see Scott’s name roll across the ticker in the seventh round. Just know that it is THAT Darrell Scott.

Travis Lewis

You expect us to take you seriously with this hair cut?

After spending the past four years as the leader of the Oklahoma defense (and making it his personal M.O. to be public enemy #1 for all Texas fans), Lewis is looking to take his game to the NFL.  Lewis has a lot of positives going for him, including be the leader one of the more complicated defensive schemes college football as well has being one of those “high motor” guys who will always play hard.  Look for Lewis to go somewhere between the fourth and sixth round and make an immediate impact in the special teams game.  Lewis has the ability to have a very productive career in the NFL.

Blake Gideon 

Our last memory of Blake Gideon

We round out our look at these stars of college football by talking about the whipping boy of Texas fans for the past four years. Whether it was dropping that crucial interception against Texas Tech in 2008, the constant unnecessary roughness penalties, or the regression in his cover skills as a safety, we all have found new ways to hate Blake Gideon over the years (I may have been his last fan, constantly sticking up for him until finally I saw the light).  Don’t expect to hear his name on draft day. Don’t even expect to hear his name within the following weeks as an undrafted free agent signing. From what I saw, he performed pretty well at UT’s Pro Day, but yet is nowhere on any draft prospect list I have researched, and looks to be happy about ending his football career and ready to move on to the next stage of his life. Honestly, I’m a little surprised that he isn’t a serious prospect to be drafted.  Remember, he started every game he played in as a Longhorn.  Normally, when you see a guy who starts for three or four years, this is someone who at least is drafted and makes it through first contract. I guess we all will have as our last memory of Blake Gideon as a football player will be him getting torched by RGIII and the Baylor receivers.

Check out our entire Mock First Round HERE!

-Mark Rodriguez

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Football, Sports

 

2012 Thread Mock Draft Part 2

Welcome back folks. As Dexter Morgan infamously says, tonight’s the night. And by tonight, I mean, of course, Thursday night! THE NFL DRAFT BEGINS!!! We’re here for the final 16 picks of our mock draft first round. CHECK OUT PART 1 HERE. Enjoy!!!

Mark: With the 17th pick in the 2012 Thread Mock Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama.

It was very tempting to give the Bengals Janoris Jenkins with this pick (who may actually be the most talented corner available). It fits their philosophy to draft or sign extremely talented players who’s stock has taken a hit due to character red flags.  Also, just the idea of the dream team of Jenkins and Pac Man Jones as your starting corners is unreal. Opposing receivers would fail drug test just from the second hand smoke coming from Jenkins and Pac Man.  Children of strippers would have college funds started because of the money “raining” down from Jenkins and Pac Man. I’d want a season long edition of a Hard Knocks like show to follow them around all season if they ended up on the same team.

Anyway, the Bengals are trying to clean up their image, so they go with Kirkpatrick because of his great man-to-man coverage skill, which is something Cincy likes to do a lot, and the fact that he is a good character guy.  It also helps that the Bengals are picking again in four picks (this is originally the Raiders pick, thanks a lot Hue Jackson), so the Bengals have some flexibility to go after another need here if there is a more highly rated player available and still get some help for their secondary at pick 21.

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Football, NFL Mock Draft, Sports

 

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2012 Thread NFL Mock Draft Part 1

Welcome everyone to the 2012 Thread NFL Mock Draft. The NFL Draft officially starts on April 26th this year and will prove to be as fascinating as ever. The 3 of us that brought you the Thread Mock Draft of last year, are all back for another go. If you’ve forgotten who we are, the trio consists of myself, MYH, and friend of the Thread, Mark Rodriguez. The picks will be alternating after the first two picks (Which I’m writing up) like this: 1st: Mark 2: MichaelYoungHistory 3rd: Myself. *Note that we’ve done some moving of picks to allow all of us to make the announcement for our favorite team or teams. And with the ground rules in place, the Indianapolis Colts are on the clock.

With the 1st overall pick in the 2012 Thread Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select, Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford.

The consensus number one pick for the last 2 years, Andrew Luck, is just as advertised. The best QB prospect since Peyton or John Elway. We’ve heard it all before. And as of this morning, the Colts have finally made it official that he will be the #1 pick. He has all the skills to make a difference in this league from jump. But this guy has a very empty cupboard to go to in Indianapolis. Plus there’s the whole replacing that #18 guy. Oh, and Jim Irsay might be crazy. So good Luck…Andrew (see what I did there?)? The good thing for Andrew is he’s in a weak division (aside from the defenses) right now. He’s going to get beaten up pretty badly by the defenses at least, especially Houston, but he could win a possible game from both Jacksonville and Tennessee. Plus, Reggie Wayne was crazy enough to want to stay in Indianapolis. So it isn’t a total loss. If Andrew Luck has half the career Peyton Manning has had for the Colts, the Colts fan base can’t be too disappointed in letting Peyton go.

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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Sports

 

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How the Name on the Front Used to Mean Something

OK....Maybe not this jersey... *shudders*

Morning everyone. So I thought about this while at the gym this morning…. Remember growing up and seeing players you loved actually stay with the team that drafted them throughout their career? Me neither. And it’s kind of tragic really. There are dozens of factors for why it happens these days. Most of them financially driven. Others are stars that just want help and aren’t getting it where they are and go elsewhere. And I’m not even talking about the athletes that stick around for a season or two too long in another team’s jersey. I’m talking about the people in the prime of their careers doing it. We’re seeing a rash of those these days. Baseball and basketball see this the most. Our parents and we grew up seeing Willis Reed and Patrick Ewing the Knicks, Larry Bird Kevin McHale the Celtics, MJ the Bull, Magic and Worthy the Lakers, Hakeem and Calvin Murphy the Rockets, Ozzie Smith the Cardinal, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams and Nomar the Red Sox, Johnny Unitas the Colt, Joe Namath the Jet, John Elway the Bronco, and so on and so forth. Now we get a pocket of those athletes on a few teams in all the sports. And I’ll never judge a person for their want at a payday or their pursuit for a championship…. It’s just a shame that sports can’t be about the essential rule that we’ve all heard a billion times over the course of playing or watching sports… The name on the front of the jersey is more important than the one on the back. I want to take a moment and talk about a few of those current day players that still fit under the premise of this blog.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Sports

 

Why Fandom is the Best and Worst Thing Ever

So…I promised you guys a blog that would discuss the Texans and Niners seasons ended, but after the Niners loss… I didn’t have any initiative whatsoever to write anything. Sorry, grieving fan. So now I have the wherewithal to actually write/finish it. So without further adieu….. Here’s the rundown….

*Then it’s gotten so late after the fact, I thought of just trashing this thing… Then I saw Bill Simmons article about him questioning “Why does this (sports) matter so much?” So I have to finish this thing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Football, Love, Sports

 

When Sequels Attack

Hey readers, a few days ago I thought what are the movie sequels that actually manage to surpass the original films so I decided to make a post here of some of my favorites. Along with some help from outside forces. So here we go.

Bad Boys 2

I am a huge fan of this movie but not really of the 1st one. Don’t know why. This one just clicked with me so much easier and had me laughing the entire way through. “What’s plan B?”

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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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