Turf Toe Tuesday News!

>> Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Since I forgot to make a post last week regarding Turf Toe Tuesday, Kris made sure to remind me today. In a continued effort to recognize athletes and products that raise awareness of turf toe injuries, this weeks props go to none other than Kelly Davis, inventor of a product titled DR. BIG TOE. DR. BIG TOE is a product designed to help athletes deal with pain caused by turf toe. If you asked me, the product looks more like a coozy with a side pocket for an airplane bottle.

This product alleviates turf toe pain while maintaing agility. Just ask Anquan Boldin. Maybe Al Davis, no relationship to Kelly Davis, should recommend this product to Darren McFadden ...


Can You Hear Me Now ???

As expected, the NCAA denyed former IU coach Kelvin Sampson's appeal on Tuesday morning and upheld the penalties against him. The posterboy for Verizon Wireless was penalized for making impermissible phone calls to recruits while coaching IU. The NCAA found Sampson ignored compliance agreements, ignored recruiting restrictions he was subject to while coaching Oklahoma and lied to infractions committee members. The ruling bascially barred him from coaching until 2013.

Sampson's appeal argued the infractions were to harsh, the NCAA wrongly interpreted evidence and of course, he had to throw in the NCAA was biased against him. Each claim was rejected by the NCAA, saying "it found no basis on which to conclude that the findings of violations were contrary to the evidence."

Naturally, Sampson stated he never withheld any information, but that is kind of hard to claim when you deliberately lie. Sampson is currently an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. If coaching in the NBA doesn't work out for Sampson, at least he will always have a job in telemarketing. I'm sure the time will come when he is calling your house at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday asking if you are the male of the household.


Bearcats of Cincinnati...

Brian Kelly has turned the Cincinnati program into a respectable bowl representative and a power player in the Big East in three short seasons. Kelly helped catapult the Bearcats to eleven wins and an Orange Bowl appearance last season, a feat that Bearcat fans could not have fathomed a few years ago. However, that was a senior laden team and there will be regression this fall, because the Bearcats only return eight starters (1 on defense).

Kelly does have a veteran quarterback at his disposal, Tony Pike, and he should help keep the offensive unit respectable. Pike has a big time talent outside to throw the ball too in Mardy Gilyard. Gilyard is a 6'1, 180 pound wide receiver that will help keep the chains moving on offensive unit that lacks any true game breaking talent at the running back position. Senior Jacob Ramsey will attempt to handle the bulk of the carries, while Isiah Pead waits in the wings. While talent is lacking at the running back position, the offensive line is capable of providing them holes to run through. Tackle Jeff Linkenbach and senior center Chris Jurek will provide bulk and experience up front for the Bearcats. The Bearcats offense was far from spectacular last season with the same talent, and Kelly needs to see a major improvement, because his defense was ravaged by graduation.

Cincinnati only returns one starter on the defensive side of the ball and must replace three All-Big East performers, while attempting to stay competitive. Safety Aaron Webster is the lone returning starter and he will be joined by Justin Moore, Dominique Battle and Brad Jones in a weak defensive backfield. While a whole new team will be on the field at the linebacking and defensive line positions, Kelly hopes they can grasp his 3-4 defensive scheme in a rapid fashion. Senior Andre Revels and junior Robby Armstrong will be joined by J.K. Scahffer and Curtis Young at the linebacker position. Alex Daniels, Ricardo Matthews and John Hughes will attempt to replace a talented defensive line that graced the confines of Nipper Stadium last season. The Bearcats season will hinge on the defenses ability to reach respectability and, if that occurs, Kelly and Company may see another bowl game.

Kelly's recruiting class was far from spectacular on paper. The Bearcats landed the 60th ranked class in the country according to rivals.com and is lacking on talent outside of JUCO wide receiver Jamar Howard. Howard is a 6'4", 210 pound wide receiver who adds depth to an already deep receiving core. Howard will be joined in Cincinnati by four star corner back Chris Williams. Williams turned down the likes of West Virginia and Michigan State to join the Kelly's team.

September 7th-@Rutgers-Loss
September 12th-Southeast Missouri State-Win
September 19th-@Oregon State-Loss
September 26th-Fresno State-Win
October 3rd-@Miami (Oh)-Win
October 15th-@South Florida-Loss
October 24th-Louisville-Win
October 31st-@Syracuse-Win
November 7th-UCONN-Win
November 13-West Virginia-Loss
November 27th-Illinois-Win
December 5th-@Pittsburgh-Loss

Season Projection: 7-5 (3-4 Big East)


Why not a Kennel?

Well Mike Vick's construction job lasted all but a month or so. He will now be working at several clubhouses for the Boys and Girl's Club in VA. Did anyone really think that he would finish out his sentence working a 10 dollar an hour construction job? I was shocked he made it as long as he did, check that..I really didn't care either way.

I am just waiting to see what happens in the end of July and if Goodell will let Vick back on the field to perfect some team's wildcat offense. In reality, he may not ever see the field again with how Goodell has been rolling since he took over the league a few years ago.

According to Yahoo News, there are sources saying that Goodell is going to keep Vick out all season. He will join the likes of Cheddar Bob Burress and Donte' Stallworth. I feel like Vick deserves a shot to play this year, the guy has served his time unlike the other two mentioned above. Hopefully, Vick can convince the commissoner he is a changed man and deserves one more shot at making it in the league before he is in his early 30's.


Henry Family to Sit Down Tonight..

*Update on the Henry Situation*

Carl Henry tells KC radio station that the Henry family will sit down and discuss their options tonight. Xavier apparently wanted to attend the University of Kentucky, but his mother talked him out of that decision at the last minute. The relationship between Xavier's family and Bill Self is souring by the minute and Xavier is most likely looking to leave Kansas. According to Carl Henry, Kentucky is a possibility, and Europe will not be considered.

We'll keep you updated on this situation as it progresses!


The Xavier Henry Drama Continues!

Will the Xavier Henry drama ever end? Is he doing to Kansas? Carl Henry, Xavier's dad, says his son may not be attending Kansas, after all.

Who the hell knows with this over-dramatic family.

*Thanks to Dustin Rumbaugh's Twitter for the link*