Month: October 2013

Ryan’s Week 8 Fantasy Football Observations.

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By: James Johnson

I’ve been slipping on this as of lately, but as I said here at IES we’d try and cater to our fantasy football audience. That being said, below is a link to Ryan’s week 8 fantasy observations courtesy of the good people of Fantasysportsdojo.com . Are Andre Ellington and Eddie Lacy for real? Who is a low-key QB that’s been on fire? What’s his thoughts on a sleeper player from his 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs? Find all that out and more in Ryan’s latest observations.

For more fantasy football help and NFL insight fell free to follow Ryan on Twitter: @ffguy301.

Also fee free to follow the good people over at Fantasysportsdojo.com under FS_Dojo on Twitter as well.

Teddy Bridgewater Scouting Report.

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By: James Johnson

After pretty good reception of my last scouting report, I decided to take a swing at another and pick up at the position I last talked about: the QB position. And so I figured, why not talk about someone who is said to not only potentially be the number one QB in the 2014 draft class, but who could also be the number one overall pick of 2014, Teddy Bridgewater? His name is one you might have grown familiar with in the world of college football, but if you’ve been living under a rock for the past year I’m here to help you learn a thing or two about him and his skill set. Just as I did with Tajh Boyd, I chose two games of Bridgewater’s to evaluate below, although I’ve seen a good portion of his games and took them into consideration as well. Hopefully by the end of this report you’ll see exactly what it is about this kid that excites scouts and better understand the hype around him. Enjoy!

Prospect: Teddy Bridgewater

College: Louisville

Class: Junior

Measurables: 6-3, 218 lbs.

Tapes of Choice to evaluate: Again, I’ve seen about 90% of Bridgewater’s games and took his overall film into consideration with this scouting report. However, to study him and see some of the things I see in him I want you all to look at his cuts against Rugters (2012), and Ohio University (2013).

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Gridiron Season Episode 11: Jags Talks With Odom and 49ers Talk With Ryan.

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By: James Johnson (@IES_Don)

After having the week off, Gridiron Season returned and was back in full effect. This week I recapped the Jaguars and Chargers games with our very own Jonathan Odom who was in attendance at Sunday’s game. We talked on multiple subjects in the process like Chad Henne’s performance so far, the promise the Jags WR core has shown, the futures of both MJD and Marcedes Lewis, along with more. It’s a must listen for those of you who have been interested in hearing the voices behind the IES team besides myself, Eric, and Phil.

Next, I went into talks with Ryan Sakamoto of Ninerfans.com on his team in the San Francisco  49ers. We talked on their offensive stars in Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, and Vernon Davis, as well as their stars on defense in Navorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. Ryan also gave us his take on the competitive NFC West, his predictions on who the 49ers could face in the Super Bowl and more! Check it out as he joined me at the 31:42 mark, up until the 60:00 mark in the podcast!

Special thanks to both Jonathan and Ryan for joining me this week, and look for us to work with them in the future on IES Radio!

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Clemson vs. FSU Reaction

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By: Vaughan Sheffey (@vizzle311)

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WOW!

Even the most optimistic of FSU backers would most likely not have predicted the result of Saturday’s tilt in Death Valley. The undefeated Seminoles had not won at Clemson since the Chris Rix led squad of 2001 made a visit and came away with a 41-27 victory. The subsequent “Bowden Bowls” showcasing Bobby vs. son Tommy were not kind to those Florida State squads and that thought was in the back of many FSU fans’ minds going into this game (including mine). The raucous 80,000+ fans in Death Valley were primed and ready from College Gameday all the way through kickoff and it was obvious that their confidence was high.
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Biggest Story Lines Around the NBA

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With training camps officially starting all around the league, I wanted to give my insight on the biggest story lines of the offseason!
Starting with:

Houston, we have a Howard!:

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Photo by rockets.clutchfans.net

When Chris Paul immediately opted to stick with the Clippers, all eyes fell on “Superman” Dwight Howard. While Atlanta, Golden State & Dallas were in “consideration,” the only real suitors were Houston or LA. & from everything that I can tell, Dwight’s decision came down to basketball & winning. I’ll be honest, Dwight has handled this situation with relative class, which is nice given the entire Orlando fiasco we went through in 2010. He’s saying the right things & is off to a good start. His brand can only increase in Houston, given the huge following they have in China due to their Yao Ming & Jeremy Lin connections. But ultimately what it comes down to is can this team compete for a championship. The answer is yes, they can certainly compete, but can they actually bring home the trophy? With the roster the way it is, it doesn’t appear so. James Harden is, without a doubt, one of the leagues best scorers & has the clutch gene, but after that the roster really underwhelms me. Jeremy Lin is far from Linsanity that we saw in New York, while Francisco Garcia, Terrance Jones & the rest of the cast just screams mediocre. Maybe they’ll rally around the thought of having arguably one of the leagues most popular players (at least he used to be), but championships come down to talent & chemistry. This team may take a while to gel, but ultimately will be a lot of fun to watch. That being said, I still have the Clippers, Grizzlies, Spurs & Thunder ranked ahead of them in terms of the West.

The Brooklyn Nets go win now or never:

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Photo by: dukaspr.com

If this trade were made 4 or 5 years ago, it’d be a bigger deal than it is. Unfortunately, it was made while Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett & even Jason Terry, appear to be on their last legs, literally & figuratively. On paper, this team SHOULD scare the other contenders in the East, but for some reason it just doesn’t do it for me. I mean, look at that starting lineup; Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett & Brook Lopez with Andrei Kirilenko coming off the bench. But are they better than Miami, Indiana or Chicago? Everyone’s goal in the league is to “Beat the Heat.” That begins with Lebron James, does this team have the pieces to at least bother Lebron James defensively. Doesn’t appear so. Paul George & Lance Stephenson proved to be capable of at least getting in the way & the Bulls have always had success against the Heat. In a seven games series, Miami can overpower & just ware down this Brooklyn team. It’ll be interesting to see how all this talent meshes. Who takes the last shot? The most intriguing part of this project is new head coach, Jason Kidd. Can he manage all these personalities?

Los Angeles clips Doc Rivers:

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Phot By: espn.go.com

In what I believe is the biggest acquisition of the summer, Doc Rivers is now head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. This team was already loaded with talent, but appeared to be missing something, & that something has arrived. Vinny Del Negro did a wonderful job with this team, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. In a market where the Lakers are king (and deservedly so) the Clippers are making a serious run for Kings of LA. General Manager Gary Sacks knows that now is the time to strike. The Lakers are in disarray & the West is up for grabs. Additions like J.J. Reddick & Darren Collison add depth & scoring. Blake Griffin MUST take a bigger leadership role. Chris Paul is without a doubt going to bring what he always brings to the table, but Blake has to take a chunk of that away. If he’s a superstar, now’s the time to show it. Griffin, in my opinion, is probably the leagues most overrated player. He is absolutely one of the most fun players to watch in the league, but jumping over Hyundai’s doesn’t win championships. He has to form a better all around game. Overall, I think this team is poised & ready for a championship run.

With the first pick, of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select… Who?!:

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Phot By: probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

Now, I’ll be completely honest, while I consider myself to be a huge NBA nut, I very rarely follow the NBA Draft unless there is a draft class that you can just not ignore. This year was no exception. No one really stood out as a clear cut number one (next year is a different story, Andrew Wiggins what whaaaaaat!). The NBA universe stood in collective awe when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected not, Nerlens Noel, Alex Len or Ben McLemore. They select Anthony Bennett, power forward, from UNLV. I like the move. Low risk, high reward possibilities. No one really “deserved” to be the number one pick, so Cleveland opted the route of, let’s take the guy we like most. A front line with Anthony Bennett & a (hopefully) healthy Andrew Bynum should be a good tandem. Cleveland is a team on the rise, look out for them in the next two or three years.

Those are just a few subjects I wanted to touch on. The regular season is right around the corner & I can’t wait. I’ll definitely continue to post updates as the season gets closer & closer. There’s nonstop drama & intrigue in the NBA, & I can’t wait to cover it!
Phil Smith
@philthefilipino

Gridiron Season Episode 10: UGA & Rams Talk.

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By: James Johnson

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Another great show has now been sent to the archives of IES as I was joined by both my good friends and co-hosts Phil and Eric. We talked on a variety of topics, but started the show with college talks on the Georgia Bulldogs as we were joined by Greg Poole of Bulldogillustrated.com . Greg gave us great insight touching on the UGA and LSU game this past weekend as well as tackling questions on players such as Aaron Murray, Chris Conley, Jon Theus, Michael Bennett and more!

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We then switched into NFL topics as we talked on the Jags upcoming opponent in the St. Louis Rams with Norm Hightower of Ramstalk.net . He too gave us great insight as we asked him questions about their HC in Jeff Fisher, the struggles of Sam Bradford, the impact of young guys like Janoris Jenkins, and Tavon Austin along with more.  Eric, Phil and I then finished up the podcast with our thoughts on the Monroe trade, and the path that we think the Jags are heading down. So check it out via the link below, and give us your thoughts.

Last but certainly not least I want to thank Greg,  and the crew over at Bulldog Illustrated, as well as Norm and Derek of Rams Talk for working with us. Look for us to do more projects with them in the future. Their Twitter handles are below for those of you who want to follow them.

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Aaron Murray and UGA Defeats LSU in a SEC Classic to Remember.

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By: James Johnson

Murray celebrates with some UGA at EverBank Field after a 2012 victory over Florida (Image by Daniel Shirley of US Presswire)

If you weren’t on your couch Saturday at 3:30 PM EST watching the battle between the hedges of Georgia and LSU, my heart bleeds for you–you missed what could be one of the best games of the year as the Bulldogs edged passed the LSU Tigers in a 44 – 41 victory. Lucky for you, however, I’ve written the article below to give you my thoughts and analysis on the game.

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