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1  Football Predictions / SIAC Predictions - 2015 / Re: SIAC Football - Week 1: September 3 - 6, 2015 on: Yesterday at 07:33:23 AM

Albany State University....GO RAMS!!!
Delta State...Hoping I'm wrong but you will be playing them there so.... tiptoe
Central State
West Alabama
North Alabama
2  Discussion / Sports Forum / Alabama QBs haven’t won an NFL game since 1988 on: August 25, 2015, 05:04:56 PM

Alabama QBs haven’t won NFL game since 1988

What seemed like a throwaway stat from a near-meaningless NFL preseason game made the rounds on Twitter.

A quarterback from Alabama hasn’t started and won a regular-season NFL game since 1988.

You read that right.

No Jay Barker. No Greg McElroy. No Brodie Croyle. No AJ McCarron, who is stuck behind Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.

Of course, Alabama quarterbacks have won four national championships during that time (1992, 2009, 2011, 2012), so somebody has been doing something right in that program.

If you don’t remember Rutledge, he started for Alabama’s 1978 national championship team and played 14 seasons in the NFL, for the Rams, Giants and Redskins.

Croyle — who was nicknamed “Brokie” in the NFL because it seemed like he was always hurt — had several chances for victories with the Chiefs, but something disastrous always seemed to happen.

He was 0-10 in his NFL starts.

McElroy made only one start with the New York Jets, a 27-17 loss to San Diego in 2012. He retired after missing the entire 2013 season.

McCarron missed all of last season with shoulder tendinitis and made his NFL debut in Monday’s preseason game, which likely led to the stat being shown.

If Dalton struggles this season like he did Monday night, McCarron might have a chance to break the Bama QB NFL winless streak.
3  Discussion / Sports Forum / Namesake Mercedes-Benz unveils new renderings of Atlanta's future NFL, MLS stadi on: August 24, 2015, 03:01:15 PM
Namesake Mercedes-Benz unveils new renderings of Atlanta's future NFL, MLS stadium | PHOTOS

ATLANTA — AMB Sports & Entertainment announced Monday the expected news that Mercedes-Benz USA will be the naming partner of the new Atlanta stadium, which is now officially called Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Financial terms of the agreement, which continues through 2042, were not disclosed. The naming package includes official naming rights and other partnership benefits. The Mercedes-Benz brand will be prominent inside and outside the building, including on the roof, in plaza areas, on directional, on-field and tunnel signage, in club areas, in VIP parking and entrance areas, on the first-of-its-kind video halo board and and in additional areas.

Mercedes-Benz USA is now headquartered in Atlanta and is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. The company currently occupies office space in Dunwoody, with plans to build a new corporate campus in nearby Sandy Springs by 2018.

Upon its completion in 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United. The multi-purpose stadium will also host other major sports and entertainment events, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2020.

At a press conference announcing the partnership, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United Owner Arthur Blank unveiled the newly-branded stadium model Monday and spoke about the attributes that make Mercedes-Benz the ideal partner for the stadium project.

“Mercedes-Benz fits all of the criteria we set out in finding a naming rights partner,” said Blank. “Their name and reputation fit the iconic image of the building. They are committed to excellence in customer service and experience. Their values mesh with those of the Falcons, Atlanta United and the rest of our businesses. And they are a company that embraces the communities in which they do business.”

Mercedes-Benz USA moved its headquarters from New Jersey to Georgia in July.

“We chose Atlanta as the foundation for the future of our company– a place where our brand, our employees, their families and our culture can thrive and grow,” said Stephen Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA. “This stadium is an opportunity to connect our brand to the promise and opportunity that this remarkable facility represents for Atlanta’s future.”

The press conference was also attended by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

“I’m confident that this partnership will enhance the long-term economic growth and success of both Atlanta and our state as a whole,” said Deal. “I am proud to be a part of this effort to create jobs, allow us to more successfully compete for world-class sports and entertainment events and draw even more visitors to support our thriving tourism industry.”

Currently under construction in Atlanta’s downtown tourist and entertainment district, Mercedes-Benz Stadium represents the latest in design and features for a multi-purpose venue.

Central to the building design is utilization of natural light, with an exterior skin made of ETFE panels and a retractable roof inspired by the oculus in the ancient Roman Pantheon. The stadium will also seek LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification at the highest level from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building’s capacity can expand to 83,000 seats and its 360-degree halo HD video board is nearly six stories tall and 1,100 linear feet in diameter, making it the largest in the NFL.

“Mercedes-Benz represents excellence, superior quality and performance. It is the perfect corporate partner to have naming rights for our new state-of-the-art Atlanta Falcons Stadium in the heart of downtown,” Reed said. “Atlanta continues to attract leading companies and venues that create well-paying jobs and boost tourism spending in our city. This partnership is another example of our growth as a world-class city and of our will to win.”

4  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: RGIII Says He is the Best QB in the NFL?? on: August 24, 2015, 02:13:58 PM
NFL coach: Jay Gruden let RG3 take beating on purpose


By Steve DelVecchio

Robert Griffin III sustained a “minor” concussion last week in a preseason game against the Lions. RG3 took hit after hit from a ferocious Detroit front seven, but Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden kept sending him back onto the field.

At least one NFL head coach has questioned Gruden’s intentions.

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says he spoke with an NFL head coach who expressed shock over the way Gruden has been treating Griffin.

“I have never, ever, on any level, seen a head coach treat his quarterback with such a lack of respect,” the anonymous coach said.

The coach went on to explain how Washington’s offensive line was “in shambles” with starting left tackle Trent Williams sidelined and others playing poorly. Despite that, Gruden apparently felt that RG3 needed the reps.

“That Lions front, even without [Ndamukong] Suh, is pretty ferocious,” he said. “As a coach, you see your guys getting beat, and you see your quarterback especially take that first shot, every coach I know would have taken their quarterback out of the game.

“What is baffling is that I can’t think of a single head coach in the NFL who would take an injury-prone quarterback, put him behind a very shaky offensive line, in a preseason game, watch him take those kinds of hits and leave him in the game. It looks personal to me.”

That’s a pretty serious accusation, as it implies that Gruden was knowingly tossing RG3 into a dangerous situation. However, it is worth noting that even one Redskins player was baffled that his coach kept Griffin in the game.

If you check out our recap of the beating RG3 took, you’ll see that the former Baylor star played horribly and was responsible for a lot of the hits on him. Still, Gruden insists that Griffin is the team’s starting quarterback. What coach would want their starting quarterback to take those kinds of hits in the preseason, even if he felt the player needed the work? That’s a question only Gruden can answer.
5  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: ASU prepares for new school year on: August 13, 2015, 08:42:20 AM
More students getting the Albany State experience this semester

 More than 200 students gathered on the campus of Albany State University for new student orientation.

 4,200 students have enrolled in ASU for the fall 2015 semester according to Dr. Paul Bryant, Associate Provost of Enrollment Management. This beat their internal goal of seeing enrollment cross over 4000 students again.

 "So far we are well above the goal that we set, so we are excited about that go going into the new year. We're looking to sustain that and get more students in. It's just an exciting time to be apart of the Albany State experience" said Bryant.

 Bryant ensures FOX 31 that ASU is the place go for all who wants to succeed. "We've been pushing, pushing, pushing to really offer this opportunity to all students who really want it, who really desire a higher education."

 Being on the job less than a year, hasn't stopped Bryant from hitting the standards of enrollment. "I've been here for five months now, we've instituted what we consider strategic enrollment management." He that they are "specifically going after [their] numbers, we're leaving no stone unturned, we're increasing our processing so we're getting a lot more effective in what we are doing. And, we're making certain that every student that wants an Albany State experience has an opportunity for an Albany State experience."

 FOX 31 asked Bryant exactly what an "Albany State experience" is. He responded that is "coming here, being apart of the academic ethos, wanting to do something. Many of them are first generation college students. We want to offer that to these students who are coming in and being apart of what Albany State has to offer on the campus."

 Bryant encourage students in the Albany-Dougherty area to consider the ASU. "There's a lot of new things happening here. New things are coming into the mix and students here now see that."

 Faculty and staff aren't relaxing now that numbers are up, they're planning ahead for next year.

 Bryant says, "We're looking to diversify the campus, and just going after strengthening students. We're going after students and making certain people are aware of what we offer, how we offer it and how we can connect them to the degree and success they've always wanted."

 ASU has a returning rate of 80 percent of students this fall '15 semester. Bryant says ASU is ranked third in the state, slightly below 40 percent for the graduation rate.


6  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / ASU prepares for new school year on: August 13, 2015, 07:40:43 AM
ALBANY — Enrollment, retention and progression were on the minds of Albany State University faculty and staff members for the 2015 Faculty and Staff Conference, as another academic year is set to begin Monday.

Interim President Arthur Dunning opened the two-day session with a keynote address that focused on the university’s successes and challenges, pinpointing recruitment and retention efforts campus wide.

“Everyone has a hand in recruiting and retaining students,” Dunning said to more than 500 faculty and staff members. “We’ve made some changes, and I think we will have some success in the years to come.”

A few of those efforts include the surge of funding for need-based scholarships and the ASU partnership with the Dougherty County School System, Albany Technical College and Darton State College to improve student success.

ASU also welcomed a number of new faces this year for key leadership roles, including a new financial aid director and associate provost for enrollment management.

“The conference was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together and share in the successes and challenges of the university,” said Paul Bryant, associate provost for Enrollment Management. “We are all dedicated to strengthening collaborations and continuing to move forward in a more effective way.”

During the conference, many faculty and staff members contributed to the university’s “Rams in the Roses and Beyond” fundraising campaign, which has now reached more than $100,000 in funds garnered for the ASU Marching Band to travel to the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade. The ASU band is the only Georgia band invited to participate in the New Year’s Day parade, where more than 80 million viewers are expected to watch in more than 200 countries. The Rose Bowl parade is a precursor to the nation’s oldest bowl football game, the Rose Bowl.

7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Scott faces up to 25 years on drug charges on: August 12, 2015, 05:43:42 PM
Mike Scott faces up to 25 years in prison on two felony drug charges stemming from his arrest last month.

An initial court date in the case could take several months to be placed on the calendar as the drugs have been set to an independent lab for processing, according to the Banks County Assistant District Attorney. That would mean an initial court appearance would come during the upcoming NBA season.

Scott was arrested, along with his younger brother, on July 30 after a traffic stop along Interstate 85 in the town of Homer. In the vehicle, police found 35.2 grams of marijuana and 10.9 grams of Schedule I drug MDMA, known as Molly. The charge on the MDMA carries a sentence of up to 15 years. The charge on the marijuana carries a sentence of up to 10 years, according to Georgia statutes.

Banks County waits for lab tests on drugs to be returned before setting a court date, Assistant District Attorney Sam Skelton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The process can take up to several months.

Scott told police following his arrest that all the drugs in the vehicle belonged to him and the Hawks forward took responsibility for them. He was released on a bond of $8,100 following his arrest and videotaped interview conducted after his Miranda Warning.

The Hawks issued a statement following the arrest stating the team was aware of Scott’s arrest and that they would have no further comment out of respect for the legal process. Scott could face disciplinary action from the Hawks and the NBA. The league does not have to wait until the legal process is concluded, pending its own investigation, to hand down disciplinary measures.
8  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State football holds first football practice of season | PHOTOS on: August 11, 2015, 05:42:56 AM
I was wondering that same question. I looked at some film on all three QB's we have. They all look good on film. Just hope out of the three someone steps up to the plate. Seem it's been a long time since we've had a consistently good QB.
9  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State football holds first football practice of season | PHOTOS on: August 10, 2015, 05:10:11 PM
ALBANY — Football season is officially underway for the Albany State Rams as they were up early Monday morning to participate in their first practice of the new season.

The day started with position drills and was followed by a few conditioning drills and a scrimmage. When asked how his team looked on day one, head coach Dan Land laughed and said they didn’t achieve perfection as he would’ve liked, but they are around where they need to be.

“First day of practice wasn’t too bad. It went as expected,” he said. “I knew the guys were gonna be a little bit sluggish, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be because they came over the summer, they worked out and they got some good class work out over the summer. So they were a little bit sharper than what I thought they were gonna be.”

The returning members of the team include nine preseason first and second team SIAC All-Conference players as well as the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year. Land said the accolades certainly help motivate his team to go all out at practice.

“I knew they were gonna respond to it,” he said. “They looked at our schedule when the schedule came out and they knew exactly what to do and who we have to play in order to get to where we need to get to in order to win a national championship.”

According to preseason offensive player of the year Jarvis Small, the main thing they need to do to reach that goal is remain disciplined.

“We just gotta be disciplined and not make any mistakes,” he said. “That’s basically it because football is 95 percent mental and five percent physical…so we’ve just got to be disciplined and not make mistakes.”

He said while their confidence is high thanks to the preseason predictions, his team has to put in the work in order to live up to the hype.

“It definitely lifts your confidence up, but like I was telling the other people, you can’t look too much into that because it ain’t nothing but the preseason,” he said. “But we’re just gonna come out here and work hard every day.”

Land is hoping the work ethic and mindset trickles down to his younger players who are still trying to adjust to the pace of college football.

“What I’m concerned about is the younger guys knowing what to do and being able to apply it at a fast pace,” he said. “Right now, they’re doing a lot of thinking and they’re hesitant and hesitance gets you beat.”

There’s no word on who will start under center for the Rams. Land said he still has three capable candidates for the quarterback position and he’ll continue to assess how they perform in practice and make a decision later this month before their season opener against Valdosta State.

Land said the Sept. 5th matchup with serve as a test as to how far they have to go to be a national championship contender.

“Valdosta is always a good team. In the last eight years, they’ve won a national championship twice, so they’re always gonna be a good team,” he said. “All we want to do is be able to play with them, stay on the field with them and do what we need to do.”
10  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Don't screw around in these cities. Most Sexually deseased. on: July 30, 2015, 01:17:45 PM
Georgia home to 'most sexually diseased cities': Report

While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) pose a significant health challenge across the U.S. with nearly 20 million new infections annually, the challenge is greater in some cities, according to a recent report.

RentApplication.com mapped the top 100 most sexually diseased cities across the country, measuring the number of reported cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia (herpes excluded) per 100,000 people.
11  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: New Albany State coach Dan Land embracing the challenge on: July 21, 2015, 04:40:06 AM
SIAC MEDIA DAY: Albany State picked to win SIAC East Division again

Jarvis Small, Tavarius Washington picked as preseason players of the year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Though it’s just on paper, the Albany State Rams head into the 2015 football season on top. Monday afternoon, the Rams were tabbed as the team to beat at the 2015 SIAC Media Day at the Holiday Inn hotel.

It was there the Rams were named the favorite to finish atop the East Division. Reigning SIAC champion Tuskegee was picked to finish first in the West this season as well. The two teams met in the SIAC Championship Game last year with Tuskegee pulling out a last-minute victory and earning a berth into the NCAA Division II playoffs.

While first-year head coach Dan Land was honored that the coaches picked his squad to finish first, he said it ultimately means nothing if they can’t put in the work on the field this season.

“I’m old school, seeing stuff on paper doesn’t mean a whole lot to me,” he said. “Once we get out there and prove stuff on the field, then we will worry about the rankings. I appreciate the coaches voting us first place, but we want to prove it on the field.”

Preseason All-Conference teams were also named and the Rams had a total of nine players named to either the first or second team for offense, defense and special teams. They also have the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year in running back Jarvis Small and linebacker Tavarius Washington.

In 10 games last season, Small finished with 1,169 yards on 222 carries and scored 13 touchdowns. Washington finished the season with 70 solo tackles and 22 assisted tackles. Land feels they are more than deserving of the award.

“I don’t know two other guys who deserve something like that other than those two,” he said. “Just great players. Two leaders on the field, offensive and defensive, they’re out there on the field doing what they need to do, also off the field doing what they need to do. I’m excited about that. It was shocking, but at the same time, those guys deserved 100 percent of what they get with that.”

Small was named to the first team offense along with offensive lineman Javoris Wilburn. Tight end Leonard Walker and offensive lineman Kenneth Averhart were named to the second team.

On defense, lineman Jack Ndem, Washington, and defensive back Nick Scott all earned first team honors, while lineman Grover Stewart earned a second team nod.

Kicker Zachery Gayden-Holley was the lone special team representative and earned a place on the second team.

The Rams continue gearing up for their upcoming season in hopes of building upon last year’s 7-3 record and Land said there are no major injuries to report. They start the season on Sept. 5 at the Albany State Coliseum against perennial Division II power Valdosta State at 7 p.m.

12  Discussion / Sports Forum / New Albany State coach Dan Land embracing the challenge on: July 21, 2015, 04:37:25 AM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In his first year as the Albany State head football coach, Dan Land has some big shoes to fill.

He inherits a team that finished 7-3 and came up just short of winning the SIAC championship. As though that weren’t a high enough bar, the Rams were picked by coaches as East Division favorites at the 2015 SIAC Media Day on Monday at the Holiday Inn hotel.

With all that said, Land said he feels everything that happened last year as well as Monday should serve as nothing more than motivation. He said that’s the main sentiment he’s trying to get through to his team.

“Work hard to get it, they believe in you,” he said. “They’re telling you they believe in you because they selected you number one, now go out and do it. So we’re just trying to use that as motivation for the guys.”

While the expectations are lofty, Land said he’s enjoying the process, which includes his first media day.

“It was great just seeing a lot of the coaches that I always see, especially coach [Mike] White and getting to talk to him,” he said.
13  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Oakland Raiders Punter Marquette King Earns Top-10 Ranking on: July 10, 2015, 09:12:03 PM
Good Job!  clap clap clap When you put them in the Pros it makes it much easier to recruit "Great Punters. I see you! Keep it up FOTE BALLEY!!!..... tiptoe
14  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Retired airline pilots want an aviation program at Fort Valley State University on: July 09, 2015, 07:46:59 PM
"We were told the Georgia Board of Regents turned down the FVSU aviation proposal because Middle Georgia State University already has a program".

Since when has it mattered to the BOR if a school already has a program or not ....... shrug tiptoe
15  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: USA College Football D2 Preseason All Americans on: July 07, 2015, 04:13:34 PM
Where in the world does FOTE BALLEY STATE keep getting those Great Punters from.... GOT HAMMIT...... tiptoe
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