Archive for April, 2011

NFL LOCKOUT: Judge to decide in two weeks

UPDATE , 5:29 p.m.

U.S. district court judge Susan Richard Nelson said she’ll need a couple of weeks to determine if the NFL owners illegally locked out the players, according to several media reports.

Here’s the Associated Press story. Click Here!

She urged the players and the league  to take part in mediated talks.

Nelson was not expected to decide the case today. Her decision will likely be appealed and that could further stall the proceedings. Also, it must be determine if she has jurisdiction over the case or if it belongs in front of the National Labor Relations Board.

After hours of testimony,  Nelson noted that she would take the case under advisement and make a decision “in a couple of weeks.”

Ralph Cindrich, a former player, longtime agent and attorney, basically told everyone on twitter.com to calm down.

He tweeted, “Get real & bank on it: There will be a football season that will be fully played. Lots of hype, folks. It’s part of business w the #NFL.”

Folks seem …

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Chauncey Davis to hold fundraiser for his foundation

Atlanta Falcons' Stephen Nicholas, right, Chauncey Davis, second from right, and Curtis Lofton, left, try to tackle New York Jets' Braylon Edwards during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Atlanta Falcons' Stephen Nicholas, right, Chauncey Davis, second from right, and Curtis Lofton, left, try to tackle New York Jets' Braylon Edwards during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

BIRDLAND – Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis will honor community leaders during a fundraiser for his foundation on Thursday, May 5 at the Twelve Hotel at Atlantic Station.

Two of the honorees include WSB-TV’s Monica Pearson and Enterprise Holding’s Daniel Miller.

Davis is a tireless community worker. He’s speaks to children about alternatives to bullying and about fitness.

“Each year, the Chauncey Davis Foundation works to impact the lives of youth through grassroots programs and interactive projects. After my mother lost her leg due to complications associated with diabetes, I wanted to make a difference that would not only educate young people, but also save and change lives,” said Davis, who started the …

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NFL draft Q & A: Meet Miami CB Brandon Harris

Georgia Tech Stephen Hill attempts to make the catch as UM Brandon Harris defends during 4th quarter  actionagainst UM at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Fla Thursday Sept 17, 2009.Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan)

Georgia Tech Stephen Hill attempts to make the catch as UM Brandon Harris defends during 4th quarter actionagainst UM at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Fla Thursday Sept 17, 2009.Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan)

BIRDLAND –  The Falcons’ scouting and coaching entourage traveled to Miami last Wednesday to check out a few of the Hurricanes.

They put cornerback Brandon Harris, defensive end Allen Bailey and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke through individual workouts and then broke off into lengthy interview sessions.

Harris called The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from his limo while on the way to Los Angeles International Airport

Georgia Tech Marcus Wright runs as UM Brandon Harris defends during 1st quarter action at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Fla Thursday Sept 17, 2009.Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan

Georgia Tech Marcus Wright runs as UM Brandon Harris defends during 1st quarter action at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Fla Thursday Sept 17, 2009.Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan

(LAX) Tuesday evening to give us an update.

Harris, a native of Miami, was highly impressed the Falcons.   Coming out of Miami’s Booker T. Washington High, he was selected to The Atlanta …

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You Tube scouting: Miami CB Brandon Harris

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Fans step up to save Matt Ryan from the Madden Curse

Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during practice on January 26, 2011 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL)

Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during practice on January 26, 2011 in Kapolei, Hawaii before the Pro Bowl All-Star game. (Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL)

BIRDLAND – Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan received a nice wedding present from his fans.

While he and his bride, the former Sarah Marshall, were married over the weekend, the fans helped him dodged the Madden Curse. Get some wedding details here —>  The Buzz by Jennifer Brett.

At least he can go on the honeymoon and not have to worry about the Madden Curse. He is officially out of the running to be on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden 12.

He was “defeated” in the competition by Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, 51 to 49 percent in round two of the voting.

All 32 NFL teams had one player represented. The voting is being conduction over a four week period at ESPN.com/MaddenVote.

ESPN show SportsNation, which airs at 4 p.m. on ESPN2 Monday through Friday, is the TV home for this ongoing event.

In the first week of …

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Mock Draft 4.0: Falcons select DE Cameron Heyward

Cameron Heyward picks up a fumble and returns it for a short gain. The defensive tackle who last week against Miami returned an interception 80 yards, called the short fumble recovery return "unacceptable." (Terry Gilliam, Associated Press)

Cameron Heyward picks up a fumble and returns it for a short gain. The defensive tackle who earlier in the season against Miami returned an interception 80 yards, called the short fumble recovery return "unacceptable." (Terry Gilliam, Associated Press)

BIRDLAND – With the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Falcons will select Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward.

Should the Falcons take Cameron Heyward is he slips to the 27th pick in the draft?

  • Yes, Cam is a stud
  • No, they should pick offense.
  • Maybe, if he’s a scheme fit
  • Trade out of the first round and amass picks

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Heyward, the son of former Falcons running back, the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, graduated from Peachtree Ridge High before playing for the Buckeyes.

Cam Heyward speaking to the media at the NFL scouting combine. (Associated Press)

Cameron Heyward speaking to the media at the NFL scouting combine. (Associated Press)

The set of defensive ends for the upcoming draft is talented and one will slip to the Falcons.  Offensive tackle, …

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Report: Falcons worked out McCarthy, Kerrigan

Clemson's Andre Ellington runs for a long gain as Miami's Colin McCarthy gives chase during the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)

Clemson's Andre Ellington runs for a long gain as Miami's Colin McCarthy gives chase during the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)

BIRDLAND — We pointed out last week that the Falcons are nearly certain to pick a linebacker at some point in the draft.

Most of the guys they are kicking the tires on are considered third and fourth rounders.

They’ve checked out Georgia’s Akeem Dent, California’s Mike Mohamed and others.

We need to add Miami’s Colin McCarthy to the linebacker list, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of the NationalFootballPost.com.

McCarthy was a team captain last season for the Hurricanes. He had 34 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and three interceptions over his career.

I did some youtube scouting and didn’t come away impressed. Check him out for yourself. Click here.

He seemed to be chasing on a lot of plays in that Wake Forest game.

The Falcons are scouting the Hurricanes …

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DVR ALERT: Tony Gonzalez on NFL Network today

110115 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner, left, and tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, walk off the field after a 48-21 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com
110115 Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner, left, and tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, walk off the field after a 48-21 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

– Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was in New York on Thursday to promote “Keep Your Grip Challenge,” an online video game sponsored by Vaseline MEN.
Earlier this offseason, he stated that he did not plan to retire as he’s set to make $5.75 million if next season is played.
However, he told Clifton Brown of The Sporting News that he would likely retire if next season was entirely lost to the NFL labor dispute.
However, he is confident that there will be a season. But if not, he’s ready to walk away.

 

Got this Tweet from Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) today:  

            Hey Guys I’m going to be on the NFL Network tonight from 3:30pm – 5pm (PST), check it out it should be a good time! (So that’s 6:30 to 8 p.m. …

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