I published the column below a couple of weeks ago, but due to several shifts in some of the conference standings, I think it might be best to update it by adding and subtracting a few teams. Only teams in first or second place of their respective conferences or have an especially good chance of winning their conference tourney will be included in this column.
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Hunter talked to the Chicago Tribune about lots of things Bears related. Here’s what he had to say:
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Bears organization. I do not leave this franchise bitter or feeling slighted by anyone in the building. In truth, I’ve known this day was coming since I landed on IR back in September. In that conversation with Lovie (Smith), he acknowledged that having been made aware of my history, and the number of concussions I had sustained on his watch, that he could not be a part of forcing me back out on the field.
“While at the time I was frustrated with such an abrupt end to my season, I have sought out and continue to seek the medical opinions of the best doctors in country as it relates to brain health and concussions. I am yet to find one that thinks it is a good idea to continue playing football. In hindsight, that makes me grateful that Lovie cared enough about me specifically, but really any player, to take that decision away as it pertains to a medical issue.”
“That’s just a part of our business,” Smith said Monday during a break at the NFL scouting combine. “Of course, Tommie is my first recruit. But at the same time, we’re both moving in different directions.
“Tommie still has a future. He’s just going to have it with someone else.”
all quotes from Chicagotribune.com
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As one begins to think about the future of the cornerback position, there are a number of question marks worth considering if the New York Giants are going to continue to sport a strong secondary.
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The History of the MacNaughton Cup
The MacNaughton Cup is a trophy awarded annually to the regular season champion of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The trophy is named after James MacNaughton of Calumet, Michigan, who was an avid supporter of amateur ice hockey. The Cup is hand crafted of pure silver and stands almost three feet high and weighs nearly 40 pounds.
In 1913, MacNaughton purchased a cup trophy for approximately $2,000 and donated it to the President of the American Hockey Association, which was to be awarded to the league’s champion at the end of the season. The MacNaughton Cup remained with the American Hockey Association until 1932. From 1933 to 1950, the Cup was given to semi-pro and intermediate hockey teams in Michigan’s Copper Country.
USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll
[February 28, 2011]
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 North Dakota (42) 24- 8-3 989 1
2 Boston College ( 6) 24- 7-1 948 2
3 Yale ( 1) 23- 5-1 887 3
4 Union ( 1) 25- 7-4 837 5
5 Denver 20- 9-5 726 6
5 Michigan 23- 9-4 726 10
7 New Hampshire 19- 7-6 659 9
8 Miami 19- 9-6 628 11
9 Merrimack 21- 7-4 620 4
10 Notre Dame 21-10-5 608 8
11 Minnesota-Duluth 19- 8-6 569 7
12 Nebraska-Omaha 20-12-2 457 12
13 Boston University 17- 9-8 365 15
14 Maine 16-10-6 342 16
15 Western Michigan 16-10-10 248 17
16 Rensselaer 19-10-5 227 14
17 Colorado College 18-15-3 182 19
18 Wisconsin 19-13-4 177 13
19 Minnesota 15-12-5 148 20
20 Dartmouth 16-10-3 114 18
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 18, Ferris State 8, Rochester Institute of Technology 6, St. Cloud State 5, Cornell 3, Robert Morris 2, Air Force 1
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BYU Edition: Another exciting week of college basketball is in the books and the two biggest winners were BYU and Virginia Tech. Justin and I discuss how far BYU could advance in the tournament and whether Virginia Tech is now a virtual lock. Also, get our weekly upset picks. I have a 2 game lead with 10 picks left each. Finally, get our latest bracket updates and find out who we have as our #1 seeds.
Conference Tournaments Picks Edition: Justin and I are excited to finally make our conference tournament picks. This is our 5th year doing this pool and we are each 2-2. A quick summary of the pool procedures is that we draft a conference, pick our predicted champion, and then the other person has to pick a different team to win from that conference. We go through this procedure until all 30 conferences are covered. So tune in and find out who we like to win their conferences and get automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.
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The Chicago Bears have been making some moves lately. They signed Lovie Smith to a contract extension to keep him with the team till 2013 last week. They put out a tender offer for Danieal Manning yesterday and today they terminated the contract of three veteran players.
DT Tommie Harris, LB Hunter Hillenmeyer and T Kevin Shaffer were all released today. Harris has spent his seven NFL seasons with the Bears. Harris was owed $2.5 million on June 1, but the Bears obviously didn’t think he was worth it.
Henry Melton, Matt Toeaina, Anthony Adams (RFA), and Marcus Harrison are all defensive tackles the Bears will have next season.
Harris should find work somewhere else, but he is clearly not the same player since all of his knee surgeries.
Cam Newton at the Combine, via usatoday.com
With the NFL combine going on this week, it’s time for us to begin turning our attention to the NFL draft here at FootballRelativity.com. And in this year’s draft, no player will draw more attention or be under more scrutiny than Cam Newton. So we want to begin analyzing the stock of the Heisman Trophy winner and national champion to see if Newton really is worth the investment as the No. 1 overall pick.
Newton is the harbinger of this year’s draft. Like Tim Tebow last year, he’ll elicit more conversation, more questions, and more analysis than any other player. The difference is that, while Tebow was a developmental project whom the Broncos picked at the end of the first round, Newton is a more developed prospect with elite physical gifts who could go No. 1 overall.