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Time for my annual game of “play General Manager of an NFL team”. I’m sure nobody cares about my opinions on this topic, I do it more to get it “on the record” so I can either gloat or laugh at myself in the future. It is my hobby so shut up! What follows is a position by position ranking (save Offensive Line which I have no clue how to judge) based on how I would draft them if I were running the Draft room next week. Plus my patented “busts and bargains” at the end. Enjoy?

* = value as returner

 

QB

1. Geno Smith, West Virginia

2. E.J. Manuel, Florida St.

3. Matt Barkley, USC

4. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

5. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma

7. Matt Scott, Arizona

8. Tyler Bray, Tennessee

9. Mike Glennon, North Carolina St.

10. Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

11. Sean Renfree, Duke

12. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah

13. Collin Klein, Kansas St.

14. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt

15. Alex Carder, Western Michigan

Smith and Manuel may be the only starters in this class. Barkley is kind of like Andy Dalton 2 years ago, has the mental chops but the physical seems to be lacking. Nassib I think will be very over-drafted , he is a career backup to me. Matt Scott is the wild card, has the arm and legs to make a big impact once he learns the position more. Klein is a poor man’s Tim Tebow and Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers little brother.

 

RB

1. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

2. Eddie Lacy, Alabama

3. Christine Michael, Texas A&M

4. Andre Ellington, Clemson

5. Montee Ball, Wisconsin

6. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

7. *Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

8. Knile Davis, Arkansas

9. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan St

10. Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada

11. *Kerwynn Williams, Utah St.

12. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma St.

13. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

14. *Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

15. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska

16. *Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

17. *Kenjon Barner, Oregon

18. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers

19. Cierre Wood, Notre Dame

20. Mike Gillislee, Florida

21. Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook

22. Theo Riddick, Notre Dame

23. *Michael Ford, L.S.U.

24. Robbie Rouse, Fresno St.

25. Montel Harris, Temple

26. *Onterio McCalebb, Auburn

27. Latavuis Murray, Central Fla.

28. *Dennis Johnson, Arkansas

Tons of talent but also red flags here. Lattimore’s knee injury obviously, but Lacy is scaring me off big time, getting a LenDale White vibe from him – great stats, dominant power, but fat and lazy. Michael is a stud but has MAJOR attitude problems. Ellington is fantastic but maybe too skinny. Ball has as much mileage as any college RB in the past 30 years. “Dark horse” favorite of mine is Jefferson – the only thing he doesn’t have is great speed; just like Alfred Morris last year. Davis is a Darren McFadden clone. I don’t get the hype on Bernard or Gillislee.

 

WR

1. *Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

3. Justin Hunter, Tennessee

4. Robert Woods, USC

5. Keenan Allen, Cal

6. *Tavon Austin, West Virginia

7. Terrance Williams, Baylor

8. Da’Rick Rogers, Tenn Tech 

9. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

10. Josh Boyce, TCU  

11. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

12. *Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

13. Aaron Dobson, Marshall

14. Marcus Davis, Va Tech

15. Markus Wheaton, Oregon St

16. *Ace Sanders, South Carolina

17. Chris Harper, Kansas St.

18. Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech

19. Aaron Mellette, Elon

20. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

21. *Denard Robinson, Michigan

22. *Marquise Goodwin, Texas

23. Marquess Wilson, Wash St.

24. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

25. Tavarres King, Georgia

26. Conner Vernon, Duke

27. *Jasper Collins, Mount Union

28. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi St.

29. Zach Rogers, Tennessee

30. T.J. Moe, Missouri

Patterson has “it” – the “you can’t tackle me” mentality and moves to match; incredible with the ball in his hands, one of the best I’ve ever seen actually, but only 1 year of playing. Also with tantalizing talent and extreme rawness is his former teammate Hunter. Hopkins is ultra-competitive and has all pro potential. Austin is very overrated as I detail below. Swope and Boyce will shock a lot of people I think. Bailey is clutch. Robinson is a former QB but has to transition to play in the NFL; electric running skills and tough.

 

TE

1. Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

2. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

3. Zach Ertz, Stanford

4. Gavin Escobar, San Diego St.

5. Jordan Reed, Florida

 

DE

1. Ezekiel Ansah, B.Y.U

2. Bjoern Werner, Florida St.

3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

4. Datone Jones, UCLA

T5. Margus Hunt, S.M.U.

T5. Alex Okafor, Texas

 

DT

1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida

2. Star Lotulelei, Utah  (#1 NT)

3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

4. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.

5. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern St.

 

OLB

1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia

2. Dion Jordan (DE), Oregon

3. Barkevious Mingo (DE), LSU

4. Arthur Brown, Kansas St.

5. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

 

ILB

1. Kevin Minter, L.S.U.

2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

3. Alec Ogletree (OLB), Georgia

4. Kiko Alonso (OLB), Oregon

5. Nico Johnson, Alabama

 

CB

1. Dee Milliner, Alabama

2. Desmond Trufant, Washington

3. Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

4. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.

5. Darius Slay, Mississippi St.

 

S

1. Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International

2. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

3. Eric Reid, L.S.U.

4. Matt Elam, Florida

T5. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

T5. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

 

 

Will be drafted too high/busts:

QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina St. (total bust if drafted for anything but 3rd string developmental QB – 4th round at BEST – prediction: out of league in 4 years)

WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia (elite returner but very small, very low ypc, SLOT only – Wes Welker is best case – Percy Harvin comparisons are nonsense; Harvin is 5’11, 195 with Running Back legs, Austin is 5’8, 174. Certainly not worth a top 15 pick)

RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (Brian Westbrook clone physically but not nearly as fast/quick, not flashy at all – can’t believe he may be the 1st or 2nd RB drafted)

WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon St. (very slight frame, deep threat only – IE one trick pony in the mold of Bernard Berrian/Ashley Lielie/Todd Pinkston/etc)

 

Will be drafted too low/bargains:

WR Josh Boyce, TCU (elite strength/speed/routes, will be a better pro than college player)

RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (if healthy, #1RB in draft – prototype in most areas)

TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati (supper aggressive receiver with great speed for the position)

S Jordan Kovacs, Michigan (definition of “blue collar”, walk-on in college led Michigan in tackles; will at least be a special teams demon for years)

 

Time to get real: America has enemies. Christianity has enemies. These enemies are at war with us and we are not at war with them. Therefore, they are winning and we are losing.

For years, militant Islam has been at war with the United States. From the Iranian hostages to Hezbollah’s massacre in Beirut to the first World Trade Center bombing, we were in denial from the 1970’s through the 1990’s. Then there were literal declarations of war issued against us by name in 1996 and 1998. Attack after attack commenced, even including the USS Cole, yet still we were in denial. 9/11/01 awoke many to the Reality of it, but sadly it was fleeting. As usual, the cowardice started in our own government. We could not even muster the courage to declare war on them in return! Yes there was “congressional approval” for a series of military operations guided by the commander in chief under the auspices of the War Powers Act of 1973 but an Act of War as provided for in the Constitution was never even considered. This is important as it demonstrated that we STILL were in denial. America last declared war in 1942 and it likely never do so again, regardless of Reality. We can’t even stop Islam from killing Americans in Afghanistan 12 years after we went to “war” there. Our “rules of engagement” are “risk averse” and show what a sorry state we are in. Now pro-Shariah forces are taking root in America and have said in no uncertain terms “we are above your law”. Victory does NOT look like this, defeat does. Leftists of America and Europe, who should be leading the charge against this anti free speech, anti woman, anti homosexual, pro slavery religion of oppression are aggressively COVERING UP for it. Why in the world would they do such a thing? Common Enemy. That enemy is Jesus Christ. His Church and the fruit of it, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, must be defeated at all costs.

Similarly, 1973 brought another “war powers act”: the Supreme Court of the United States abrogated our 1st “unalienable” right, the right to live. The innocent and defenseless (the “least of these”) were all free to be murdered indiscriminately. The nation allowed the UNalienable to be taken away – as we in the Church looked away in Denial. The rights in the Declaration are GOD’S TO US. They CANNOT be taken away by government. Yet we capitulated and accepted it as “the new normal”. Most did not see it as an attack on the Church, so evil’s forces marched on to conquer more and more ground. The 1970’s through the 1990’s saw the takeover of Academia, the Media and the Courts – the Church’s influence was eroded through attack after attack. Still, we were in denial of the war against us. With the election of Barack Obama, his stated desire to “fundamentally transform” America was validated and our enemy emboldened. Like the USS Cole before it, the freedom of religion in the first amendment was now audaciously targeted. The HHS mandate against the Catholic Church in Jan. 2012 was that attack. All Christians must stand United and realize exactly what is happening.  Yet another Natural Right is being taken away. What exactly does it mean when the Bishops say “we will not comply”? Have you thought it through? Are you prepared for civil disobedience…and more? Will the “delayed implementation” date of Aug. 2013 be the equivalent of 9/11? This sudden “all systems go” push…no, DEMAND…for “gay marriage” is just part of the same coordinated attack against the Church. Victory in that sphere (state by state or federal, no matter) will be used to close Churches throughout this nation and to persecute those who disobey. Are you still in denial? Our enemy knows the rule of war, do we? The rule is singular: “We win, they lose. Nothing less. ”

What are you doing and what are you preparing to do? Escalation is coming quickly…

What makes one a Christian is your acknowledgement that Yeshua is the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) and that He was crucified and was Resurrected and you follow him as Lord. The commemoration of this is played out by Christians the world over each year at “Easter”. More often than not, it is accompanied by endless symbols of eggs and bunnies. I’m here to tell you that is not a coincidence. Man’s word once again rendered the Truth void, Satan once again has corrupted the Church. Whom do you serve? And do you care?

“Easter” is un-Biblical linguistically, and in practice, anti-Biblical. The one and only time it appears in the Bible is Acts 12:4 and it is an obvious mistranslation. The Greek word there is “pascha” which in every other instance in the NT (that’s 28 other times) is Passover. The obvious reason being “pascha” is the Greek form of the Hebrew word “pecach” which we English speakers know as “Passover”. Jesus celebrated Passover with no command (explicit or implicit) for us to stop. The “Last Supper” was the Passover meal. 1Cor. 5:7 says plainly “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us”. Heb. 9:12 clearly lays out, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us”. There are multiple other scriptures in both the OT and NT identifying Jesus as the “Lamb Slain” and the “Lamb of God”. It is clear that the Passover in the OT was foreshadowing Jesus and His sacrifice/resurrection and is equally clear that the first Christians (for 400 years and beyond) celebrated Passover in remembrance of Him. We are to do the same. “And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer…this do in remembrance of me.”

In fact, the name “Easter” is just a form of the pagan fertility goddess Ishtar worshiped by the Assyrians. She was known as Ashtoreth by the Phoenicians (see the books of 1st and 2nd Kings) and Astarte by the Greeks and Romans. The book of Jeremiah simply refers to her as “Queen of Heaven” and God is NOT happy with those who honor her. Don’t think you honor the spring time sexual fertility goddess? Ever hunt for eggs or put “bunnies” in your home at this time of year? Ever stop to think why eggs and bunnies? Couldn’t have less to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, right? Exactly! It is not “innocent fun”, it’s corrupting the Church to the foundations. And Satan LOVES it. Passover, not “Easter”, is the highest holy day for Christianity and it’s about time we treated it like that.

Ok, so when is Passover each year? It is NOT when your wall calendar says it is! Time and time again in the OT, we are told that the Passover is eaten on the 14th day of the 1st month. When does the Biblical year (hence the 1st month) begin? Simple, on the Vernal Equinox. 2 weeks after the first day of Spring each year, it is Passover! Why do we not recon this based on the moon (lunar cycles)? 1Thes. 5:5, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness”. There is also a reason why it lasts for 7 days. The first 3.5 days commemorate the time between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The 2nd 3.5 days look forward to His Return when He will reign on the earth for 1,000 years. Get over the “it’s a Jewish thing” lie and follow Him. For my household, I read a simple few pages of scriptures and we eat some matzos with horseradish and sip some wine along with some feet washing. Takes about 15 minutes.

So are you willing to have our Father angry at you? I certainly am not! ONLY by His stripes are we healed…

God says homosexuality is a sin

Amazingly, many Christians will be shocked to read that. But to think it’s not is to declare abject ignorance of God’s Word – both Old and New Testaments. Here are some basic truths for all who read on:

We are all sinners who need the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to avoid God’s Wrath. We all fall short of His Glory (including the men who penned the Bible).

Homosexuality is not the unforgivable sin.

We are to love those engaged in that sin just like we love anyone engaged in any sin.

To simply repeat what God says about it is not being “intolerant” or “hateful” in any way, shape or form.

So what does the Bible say exactly? Isn’t it just one verse in the Old Testament that doesn’t mean anything anymore?

Gen. 19:4-5  – the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. (this is where we get the word “Sodomy”)

Lev. 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Lev. 20:13 – If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination

Judg. 19:22-24 – Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him…Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.

Ok, but Jesus said that homosexuality was bad in the OT but was good now, right? Wrong!

Matt. 5:17 – Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Matt. 19:4-5 – Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Luke 16:17 – And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

How about some more New Testament proof?

Rom. 1:26-27 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

1 Cor. 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (IE “male prostitutes and homosexual offenders”)

Gal. 5:19 – Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (fornication = sexual acts condemned in the OT)

Eph. 5:3 – But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you

Col. 3:5 – Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry

1 Tim. 1:10 – For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine

Jude 1:7 – Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire

So why is it so “controversial” to just repeat what God says on the topic? Anyone who has a problem with the scriptures clear teachings on this have a problem with GOD and nobody else. There is a blog/website I frequent called ProFootballTalk.com. Today, owner Mike Florio once again waded into this topic (he has been doing so regularly over the past few weeks) even though people go there only to, you know, Talk Pro Football. He continuously injects the Bible as a reason NOT to reject homosexuality. Huh? The more he does it, the dumber he looks. He can deflect and project onto others the very real problem he has with his Father on this topic, but those of us who are Biblically literate see the truth. All sin is a choice. An “abomination” is something that really pisses God off. Why? Because just look at your “parts”! It’s an insult to the Creator of the male and female body. Nobody is “born gay”. Like all sin, engaging in homosexual sex is a conscious choice of the individual which they will have to make an accounting for.  You want to say there is no God and the Bible is a myth, then at least your logic is sound. But to accept God and especially the covering blood sacrifice of Jesus (as Mike Florio and countless others do) and insist that homosexuality is not a sin proves how much you don’t care about Him or yourself.

If he ever did have any hope of being nominated, much less winning the Presidency, the actions of the past week have put that to rest. At BEST he has proved himself to be a “Northeast Republican”. IE fiscally responsible (in word, not always deed), a leftist on social issues, and interested in GOP Establishment money and “compromise” with Democrats. Now that he has accepted Obamacare and has been dis-invited from CPAC, the gig is up.

He has a 70% approval rating in New Jersey and the Dems don’t even want to run a candidate against him this November – another term as Governor is already assured. But if he truly has dreams of the Presidency, he should know that he will never survive the primary process in 2016. I’m a Jersey boy, I love his moxie, but he’s just more of the same. I implore my fellow Conservatives not to give one penny or minute of your time to Chris Christie over the next 3.5 years.

Calabi-Yau-Mannigfaltigkeit

Where is God/Jesus? Our dead loved ones? Angels and demons? How could the Prophets see the future? Call it “Heaven” or “String Theory“, it is the truth of the unseen all around us. We see the world in 3 dimensions (length, width and height). We “perceive” the 4th (time). But what if there were 6 or even 7 more beyond the 4th that we can’t see? That’s exactly what the “string theory” of quantum relativity tells us. Physics is the language of the universe, are we listening to what it is saying? I don’t want to go into the specifics of Kerr singularities, Calabi-Yau manifolds, brane cosmology, Kaluza–Klein theory, etc. but they are well worth your while if you are interested in learning more. What does the Bible say about the unseen dimensions?

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant… And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD… And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.

– Genesis 18-19

Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles.

– 2 Chronicles 32

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more

– 2 Kings 2

Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

– 2 Kings 6

And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man…As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning…The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

– Ezekiel 1,3,10,11

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

– Daniel 10

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him… behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

– Matthew 17/Mark 9

between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence

– Luke 16

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, [and looked] into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain… Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father…Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst

– John 20

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

– Acts 1

And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more

– Acts 8

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead

– Romans 1

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

– 2 Corinthians 4

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

– Hebrews 11

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels…

– Revelation 12

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Pre-Combine Rankings

The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.

***GEEK OUT ALERT***

My hobby is being a football fan, college and pro. Each year I really enjoy the period where the stars of college audition for and are then drafted onto NFL teams. More and more with concussions etc, it is a “young man’s game”, so knowing the best up and coming players gives you the greatest advantage (read: enjoyment) as an educated fan and fantasy player. The “Scouting Combine” is the annual gathering of the top college players where there are tested by their prospective employers to see if their past success will translate into future glories. Each year, players make and lose millions of dollars at the Combine by helping or hurting their draft stock. I think it’s super cool to have a group to watch and adjust your rankings accordingly, like a real live scout would. Like I said, geek out alert. 🙂

Inspired by Mike “The Man” Mayock’s first list (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/0ap1000000139744/article/precombine-position-rankings-for-2013-nfl-draft), here are my initial rankings for the 2013 NFL draft. As usual I don’t know enough about Offensive Linemen to rank them, I will leave that to others. Also, FB, K and P don’t count…

 

QB

top 5

Geno Smith, West Virginia

Matt Barkley, USC

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

E.J. Manuel, Florida St.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma

6-10

Tyler Bray, Tennessee

Mike Glennon, North Carolina St.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

Matt Scott, Arizona

 

RB

top 5

Eddie Lacy, Alabama

Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Andre Ellington, Clemson

Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina  INJ

Le’Veon Bell, Michigan St.

6-13

Joseph Randle, Oklahoma St.

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

Kenjon Barner, Oregon

Christine Michael, Texas A&M

Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

Knile Davis, Arkansas  INJ

 

WR

top 5

Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

Keenan Allen, California

Robert Woods, USC

DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

Terrance Williams, Baylor

6-10

Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Tavon Austin, West Virginia

Aaron Dobson, Marshall

Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

 

TE

top 5

Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

Zach Ertz, Stanford

Gavin Escobar, San Diego St.

Jordan Reed, Florida

 

DE

top 5

Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Bjoern Werner, Florida St.

Barkevious Mingo, LSU

Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

Alex Okafor, Texas

 

DT

top 5

Star Lotulelei, Utah

Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.

Sharrif Floyd, Florida

Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern St.

 

OLB

top 5

Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Arthur Brown, Kansas St.

Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

Zaviar Gooden, Missouri

Gerald Hodges, Penn St.

 

ILB

top 5

Kevin Minter, LSU

Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Alec Ogletree, Georgia – Suspended 4 games in 2012, DUI 2/10

Kiko Alonso, Oregon

Nico Johnson  Alabama

 

CB

top 5

Dee Milliner, Alabama

Desmond Trufant, Washington

Jordan Poyer, Oregon St.

Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.

 

S

top 5

Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International

Eric Reid, LSU

Matt Elam, Florida

T.J. McDonald, USC

Seal of Oklahoma.

Seal of Oklahoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just some observations:

Headquarters of Voice of the Martyrs.

Headquarters of Abolish Human Abortion.

Banned Sharia Law in 2010.

Banned Affirmative Action in 2012.

Barack Obama lost every single one of Oklahoma’s 77 counties in 2008 and 2012.

John Kerry didn’t win any in 2004 either.

Home to two of our best Senators, James Inhofe and Tom Coburn. Neither are perfect I know, but what state can beat that?

:applause:

But still in tornado alley and too hot in the summer so count me out…

 

In a year which I have largely ignored new music (BEEN BUSY!), I have scrambled the past few weeks to catch up and have created yet another kick-ass Top 10 list. For those that don’t know, I have been compiling this list annually since 1995 (and retroactively back to 1980). As always I strive to be inclusive of differing styles, but all are Metal to be sure. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Mantei’s best metal albums of 2012:

 

1. Wintersun: Time I

2. Eluvietie: Helvetios

3. Dragonforce: The Power Within

4. The Agonist: Prisoners

The Agonist

The Agonist (Photo credit: Bruno Bergamini)

5. Overkill: The Electric Age

6. Daylight Dies: A Frail Becoming

7. Shadows Fall: Fire From the Sky

8. Ensiferum: Unsung Heroes

9. Gojira: L’Enfant Sauvage

10. Lamb of God: Resolution

 

 

Those  in bold represent the “album of the year nominees”. The Wintersun is only 6 tracks long, only 4 of them are legit songs, and only 3 have lyrics; at least they are long! It has that intangible “album of the year vibe” that immerses you and takes you to a faraway land (Scandinavia). Eluvietie can do no wrong at this point with their groovy folk-thrash. The change of singers for Dragonforce was a huge win; the entire band seems re-energized and improved. The Agonist’s “math metal” gets a nice songwriting shot in the arm for a great overall effort; plus having one of the most eclectic (and hypnotically beautiful) vocalists makes everything easier. STRONG comebacks from 2 bands who should have been written off long ago, Overkill and Shadows Fall. The efforts by Ensiferum and Lamb of God could have been much better, but were still excellent metallic performances. Albums this year from Fear Factory, Testament, Therion, Cradle of Filth, Meshuggah, Moonspell, etc were subpar and did not make the cut. The 2nd Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore, RIP) album I haven’t listened to sufficiently but as it is 90% instrumental I didn’t worry too much about leaving it out. 😉

I will now post song samples from each album on my Facebook page. Enjoy!

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PS

I hope and PRAY that 2013 will finally be the year of the new Into Eternity (greatest band on earth), and maybe even the final Saviour Machine for good measure…

“The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility.” ~Giosue Borsi

I have been trying for a week now to put my feelings about the profound evil at Sandy Hook Elementary into words, it has NOT been easy. It hit me especially hard as I have a son in Kindergarten and the “security” at his school is remarkably similar to the one where the atrocity occurred. Which by the way, should never be open again. After weeping for those children and teachers and their families and then for my own, I immediately knew what was coming next. The abrogation of responsibility for the demented a-hole who bears it all. ALL. As one of the true geniuses of today, Dennis Prager, put it: “We are lead to believe after almost every massacre that the murderer “snapped” or had mental problems. Why? Because it implies that the murderer was not morally responsible for what he did…the primary reason for gun violence in America is not gun ownership, but the lack of a functioning moral conscience.”

Did you know the deadliest attack against school children in US history was done with dynamite 90 years ago?? Did you know 22 children were stabbed by another demented adult at their elementary school in China last Friday?? The weapons used by these evil men are IRRELEVANT. What is relevant is their willingness to do it. It doesn’t matter if they “snapped” that day or planned it for years, or what their upbringing was like or what grievances they claim, evil is as evil does. It matters not whether they “knew it was wrong”, it’s still wrong! Innocents are murdered when evil is excused.

So what can be done? What is crystal clear is the Police can NEVER help in time. There is story after story about mass attacks being thwarted by…wait for it…good people who are armed and are willing to act with deadly force. Specifically in these cases of gun attacks, the fact is that the only way to stop bad men with guns is good men with guns; preferably deadlier ones. ARM OUR SCHOOLS. I don’t care if that takes the form of ex-military/law enforcement volunteers,  private security firms, arming the administrators at the schools or the teachers themselves. If defending our children is really that important to you, then TAKE ACTION TO KILL THE ATTACKERS BEFORE THEY KILL THE CHILDREN. I know teachers – they are in my immediate family and among my closest friends – if they are not willing to do what is necessary they are not fit for the job and should resign immediately. If you as a teacher (or principal, etc) are not willing to kill an attacker in your school/classroom, GET OUT. We are literally trusting you with our little ones lives – either step up to that reality or find someone who will.

By the way, 3000 more innocent children were murdered yesterday in America (and it will happen again today and tomorrow and every day until abortion is abolished). How are you defending them? Is a child worth protecting solely based on how old they are?? What is our government or our President doing to defend them? Didn’t he cry for the little ones murdered? Didn’t he say it “must end” and we “must change”? Well, the “culture of death” is winning it seems. From mass shootings to abortion to Islamic jihad, they love death more then we love life. Are you willing to change yourself and those around you to leave the culture of death once and for all and fight against it?

One thing that does get to me even among those who agree is the assertion that “the odds of being shot in school are so tiny” etc. But I have the same problem with that statement as I did with the morons who said the same things about terrorism in the wake of 9/11. Yes you are more likely to be struck by lightening or whatever, but the critical variable – MALICIOUS HUMAN INTENT – is missing from accidents, natural disasters, and so on. Bad men with evil intent can literally strike any time and any place. You are not safe in your home, your kids are not safe at school; churches, sporting events, the mall, ALL are intentional targets. So spare me the “odds are” stuff ok?

Which brings up the last point, our Bill of Rights. Some in America would repeal the Constitution entirely – the Progressive dream come true. But they will take what they can get. They have been very successful at eroding the freedom of speech and free exercise of religion (Christianity) clauses in the 1st Amendment, and now will “take aim” at the 2nd Amendment. As is ALWAYS the case, they will frame the debate – nobody else is “allowed” to do that – as something so benign sounding and even philanthropic that NOBODY should even consider opposing it. The simple truth is, the 2nd Amendment is there to guarantee the 1st. Individual rights that come from God, not any government. ALL men are created with the inherent right to believe what they want, practice those beliefs, say what they want, write what they want, and assemble with whomever they want peacefully. Also to come before their government to air their grievances. In other words, this is a nation of individuals and all that entails. Unfortunately, the impulse of mankind recorded throughout history is to become tyrannical and take those God-given (“natural”) rights away from our brethren. Sometimes all at once, but more often one at time, piece by piece. Those who “know better than you” are constantly trying to curtail these things. The right to bear arms is required to keep the United States unique in this dark, oppressive world. The “shining city on a hill” is not just a Reagan quote, it is the Word of God: Matthew 5:14. But it is constantly up to us as individuals to light our own Candle. If we don’t, the light goes out.

FWIW, Does it mean anything in Connecticut that October’s “Super storm” shares the name of the school where the massacre occurred? I don’t know but where is our hate and anger directed more? God help us all if our answer is the weather…

 

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