QB (3): I know it's not preferable to keep 3 QBs, but I can't see TT wanting to expose Hundley to waivers unless he's Brohm-like. Depending on how camp shake I could see him being #2 and Tolzien gets axed.
RB (3): I was a big fan of John Crockett before the draft and wanted GB to spend a pick on him. With time, he'll make an ideal counterpart to Lacy the way Johnathan Franklin was supposed to.
FB (2): I hadn't planned on keeping 2 FBs, but there was an open spot.
WR (5): Abbradumdum vs. Janis will be a tough competition, it's possible Ted could go 6 WRs but I highly doubt he will. I expect Davante will take a major step forward this season.
TE (4): Backman is a camp surprise, while Rodgers makes his case for being the unquestioned #1 TE in the team. Perillo sticks as a scrappy special teams/goalline formation ace.
OL (8): Tretter has experience at LT hence why I stuck him there. If Linsley gets hurt, they'll need to find another backup quickly as Barclay is purely a RT. Rotherham is one of two UDFAs to make the roster.
DL (7): Again, didn't plan on Ringo being there but there was space. I think Thornton will make strides this year but he's not an ideal RDE.
OLB (5): Nothing mysterious here. Hubbard lives up to the promise he showed last year and is groomed as a possible Neal/Perry replacement.
ILB (4): Bradford rebounds and rotates nicely with Barrington/Ryan in lieu of a true Ray Lewis-type ILB. Matthews sees additional time here as well.
CB (5): Very inexperienced group. It'll be tough going the first few weeks but they should catch on. Goodson takes Bush's spot as gunner.
FS (2): Micah Hyde sticks around as NB despite the completely untrue rumors of him being a virulent racist.
SS (2): Richardson sees additional action as an S/LB hybrid.
Welcome to another edition of Fedya's "Movies to Tivo" thread, for the week of May 25-31, 2015. It's the last week of May, so we've got one more night of Star of the Month Sterling Hayden and one more night of the Orson Welles spotlight. There is interesting stuff on some of the other channels, too. As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.
With Monday being Memorial day, TCM is concluding its war movie marathon. Those of you who like your war movies with a lot of action will enjoy one of the best action movies out there: The Dirty Dozen, at 2:45 PM Monday. Lee Marvin plays a US Army major stationed in the UK during World War II who has done something to royally piss off his superiors, because they give him a crappy duty. He is to take a dozen enlisted men who are currently in the brig awaiting execution for various crimes, and train them for a dangerous mission that's only very likely to kill them all, as opposed to the certitude of execution. So our Major gets a ragtag crew of misfits including Jim Brown; hoodlum John Cassavetes; deserter-shooter Charles Bronson; religious freak Telly Savalas; and others. He trains them to become a pretty darn good special operations squadron, and then gives them the assignment, which is to parachute into Normandy, find a sanatorium used by Nazi officers, and blow the place up, killing a fair portion of the Nazi command. It's a rousing adventure that doesn't feel long even though it runs two and a half hours.
FXM Retro is getting into the Memorial Day thing too. If you watch the prime time programming on FXM, they've got some more recent war movies, except that they're cut up with commercials. FXM Retro still shows older movies without commercials (at least last time I watched one) and will have several service-themed movies on Monday: King of the Khyber Rifles at 3:00 AM is military, but really not a Memorial Day film, since it stars Tyrone Power as a mixed-race officer in British India. That's followed at 4:45 AM by 13 Fighting Men, a Civil War story about Union soldiers trying to get home the day after the war ends, but having to defend gold from Confederates who could use it to start over; All Hands on Deck at 6:00 AM is a service comedy with Pat Boone and Buddy Hackett in the Navy; Circle of Deception, at 7:45 AM, stars Bradford Dillman as a man who is sent on a mission in Nazi-occupied France with the intention that he be captured and spill the beans -- he's not good enough to withstand torture -- because his superiors have given him information that he doesn't realize is false. In Love and War at 9:30 AM has Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter serving as Marines in the Pacific campaign of World War II; and Tyrone Power retunrs at 11:30 AM to play A Yank in the RAF.
Older readers may remember Dinah Shore for the daytime TV show she had in the 1970s, as well as sponsoring an LPGA tournmaent that became a big thing among lesbians. Long before that, though, she was a singer and sometimes actress who appeared in movies such as Belle of the Yukon, which is airing at 3:30 PM Tuesday on TCM. Belle is actually played by Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous burlesque actress. Belle is the woman running a troupe of showgirls, who show up at the casino run by "Honest" John Calhoun (Randolph Scott). Honest John is a man who went north to the Yukon as part of the gold rush of the 1890s, and is now claiming to be "reformed". Belle knows better, but she likes John, and so she's going to try her darndest to keep John reformed. The plot, thin as it is, really serves as an interlude between the musical numbers. Shore plays the daughter of one of John's colleagues, and gets to sing a couple of songs.
FXM Retro is showing a really interesting and little-known movie this week: Together Brothers, at 3:00 AM and 11:00 AM Wednesday. Starring a cast of mostly unknowns and filmed on location in Galveston, TX, Together Brothers tells the story of a gang of petty shoplifting black teens in the early 70s. There's a local cop they call "Mr. Kool" who, although he's a cop, has always been good to them. But then, in a grisly crime, he gets murdered with his pants pulled down. One little kid of about five witnessed the murder, and unsurprisingly the murderer is going to be after him, but the kid won't talk because he's so traumatised. So the gang of "together brothers" try to find themselves who killed Mr. Kool. The first half of the film develops rather slowly, but our gang teams up with the leader of the local Chicano gang to raid the police station and get Mr. Kool's personal file, after which the investigation goes into the world of kinky prostitution and other crime, and gets very interesting. The movie is a bit rough around the edges at times, but if you can stick with it it's really worth the watch.
Wednesday night brings one final night of movies with Star o fthe Month Sterling Hayden to TCM. The night begins at 8:00 PM with the fun, if flawed The Star. Hayden isn't the titular star; that honor goes to Bette Davis. She plays Margaret Elliot, an actress who won an Oscar in the past, but being in her 40s now, she finds that the plum roles aren't quite coming her way. The creditors are coming after her, while she's having trouble with her ex-husband's wife, since the new wife is trying to do everything she can to keep Margaret from seeing her own daughter Gretchen (Natalie Wood). So Margaret responds by going on the bender to end all benders, taking her Oscar for a joyride (one can only imagine what the Academy thought about that). Sure enough, she gets pulled over by the cops and spends the night in jail, only to be bailed out by one Jim Johannsen (Sterling Hayden). He's a boat builder now, but many years ago he was plucked from obscurity and given the chance to be a male lead opposite Margaret -- never mind that he couldn't act. But Jim still holds a torch for Margaret, and he's going to try to reform her. But does she want to be reformed? Heavens no, Margaret still wants to play the roles that are really more appropriate for younger actresses. Davis goes way over the top and gives another of her fun middle-aged performances.
People my age may remember the 1980s Wang Chung song "Dance Hall Days". The movie Dance Hall, airing at 6:00 AM Thursday on TCM, has nothing to do with that song. In fact, the movie is a creaky but interesting talkie, having been made in 1929. Arthur Lake (later Dagwood in the Blondie movies of the 1940s) plays Tommy, a man who likes to go to the dance hall because he's a good dancer. There, he mets Gracie (Olive Borden) for the dances and together they win trophies. However, he's to shy to tell her his real feeling for her, and when Ted, a big-shot aviator (Ralph Emerson) comes into town, he has no compunctions about trying to put the moves on Gracie, even though he'll have no qualms about dumping her when he goes to the next town. Things get melodramatic from there. This one is interesting for its look at life in a smaller town back in 1929, just before the Depression really hit, as well as for the technical challenges of early sound movies. Pilots are big stuff? People just want to go to the dance hall?
Going back on the memory kick, some of you may be old enough to remember the Saturday matinées at the movies, when you could see a B movie in a series as well as a feature for a modest sum. (Well, you'd have to be pushing 80.) Encore Westerns is airing a western from the end of that era: The Hawk of Wild River, at 7:30 AM and 11:45 PM Thursday. The hero here is the Durango Kid, played by Charles Starrett who had been making B westerns for over 20 years by this point. The plot involves a bad guy called the Hawk (Clayton Moore of Lone Ranger fame) who is leading a gang trying to rob a mining town of its gold. After meeting with the sheriff (Jack Mahoney), the Durango Kid infiltrates Hawk's gang so that he can find out who is in it and bring it down from the inside before they can pull off the big job. There's not much going on here, but then again, there really wasn't that much going on in a lot of these B westerns. It's more interesting to see the Lone Ranger playing a bad guy.
I mentioned the 80s song "Dance Hall Days" above, so it's time to mention another: Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time". (I really should be providing Youtube links to these. It's a public service for you philistines.) Anyhow, with the disaster movie festival being over, TCM is spending the final Thursday night in May looking at time travel, including the movie Time After Time, which of course has nothing to do with the Cyndi Lauper song, at 9:45 PM Thursday. HG Wells (Malcolm McDowell) is famous for his novel "The Time Machine" (and in fact, the 1960 movie version of The Time Machine will be airing at 2:15 AM Friday), but this movie has him actually having invented a time machine! Wells' friend Stevenson (David Warner) turns out to be not that much of a friend, as he's really Jack the Ripper, and in order to escape the police and get out of London, Stevenson uses the time machine to escape to modern-day (well, 1979, since that's when the movie was made) San Francisco. So Wells follows Stevenson to the 1970s and San Francisco. Of course, Jack the Ripper was a murderer, so Wells wants to find him before he can commit too many more murders....
If you watched Citizen Kane at the beginning of the month, you'll know that it's supposed to be based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. In the film, Kane takes a woman who can't sing and turns her into an opera act. This woman is presumed to be based on actress Marion Davies, who was Hearst's mistress and had retired from the movies a few years before Citizen Kane was made. That's a shame, because Davies was far more talented than her counterpart in Citizen Kane. If you want to see a good example of her talents, watch Page Miss Glory, at 8:45 AM Friday on TCM. Davies winds up playing Miss Glory, but not at first. At the beginning, "Miss Glory" is a fiction made up of a composite of various physical features of actresses of the day, put together by two dishonest guys (Pat O'Brien and Frank McHugh) and entered in a beauty/talent search. Unfortunately, people want to meet Miss Glory, and there's nobody to produce. That's until hotel chambermaid Loretta (that's Marion Davies) comes to clean up their hotel room, and they realize that without her glasses, Loretta looks exactly like Miss Glory. So they turn her into a star, even though Miss Glory didn't think she had any of the talents these two guys claimed they did. Lyle Talbot plays plays a newspaper reporter who smells something fishy, and Dick Powell plays a pilot (even in 1935 they were still big stuff) who is turned into a love interest for Miss Glory.
Our last feature for the week is a more recent film, at least by the standards of what I recommend here: The Carey Treatment, at 4:15 PM Sunday on TCM. James Coburn plays Dr. Peter Carey, who has just taken on a new job as a pathologist at a Boston hospital. Almost immediately he gets a difficult case. A 15-year-old girl has died from a botched abortion. This at a time when abortion was still illegal. Suspicion falls on one of Dr. Carey's colleagues, Dr. Tao (James Hong), and further complicating matters is the fact that the dead girl is the daughter of the hospital's big boss Mr. Randall (Dan O'Herlihy). Dr. Carey investigates, Quincy-style, and begins to find that there are people who don't want him to discover the truth, and are willing to kill him to keep him from getting to that truth. It's entertaining and atmospheric, as there was a lot of location shooting done in Boston.
And now for the shorts. Those of you who like the Traveltalks shorts may enjoy Sacred City of the Mayan Indians at 7:52 PM Tuesday, which has James FitzPatrick going down to Guatemala. Elsewhere, horse lovers like Quiet One may enjoy Equestrian Acrobats at 10:35 AM Tuesday, which looks at a family that does circus horse tricks. White Peril, at 11:31 PM Wednesday, is a documentary short about going into the snow of the Cascade Mountains to measure the snowpack for Seattle's Department of Water. Finally, Lambchops, at 8:44 AM Thursday, doesn't have Shari Lewis, but a young George Burns (yes, he was young once) doing a routine with Gracie Allen.
After getting buried - fifth on the quarterback depth chart - Austin Kafentzis will transfer to another school.
The young man had some promise but I could never understand the hype he was getting locally here in Madison. The guy didn't have a line of big schools offering him and Rivals had him ranked #27 on their list of dual-threat quarterbacks. But man was Madison all in love with this guy when he signed.
Apparently is was obvious right from the get-go in spring ball that Alex Hornibrook was way better. Kafentzis was dead set on playing quarterback. I wonder if Chyrst suggested to Austin that he might be better at safety/receiver and that's what caused the decision.
Oh well, with Hornibrook looking good and Lyles already committed in the 2016 class the Badgers look to be OK at the position without Kafentzis. I realize some of the stuff I typed above looks like I may be ripping on the young man. That's not the intent, I wish him the best and hopefully he goes on and has a solid college football career.
Western Kentucky tight end Henry (80) carries the ball for extra yards during a 2013 game against Navy.(Photo: File/AP)
Every football player dreams, but the first time Henry's eyes were opened to the NFL being a realistic possibility came during his freshman year at Western Kentucky.
Even then, he wasn't as certain as his coaches were.
"Coaches always told me that. Starting freshman year, they told me, 'You could play in the NFL,'" Henry recalled. "I really didn't listen to it a lot because that's a long way off. I don't want to think about that. I knew as a player I still had a long way to go."
Henry played as a true freshman for the Hilltoppers, spelling current Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle for two seasons. Technically, Henry played tight end in high school, but he never lined up in a three-point stance. It was under Doyle's wing that he learned the finer points of the position.
The starting job fell to Henry when Doyle graduated. He responded with 57 catches for 794 yards and six touchdowns in his final 24 collegiate games. Henry had a breakout performance against Middle Tennessee State in September, catching seven passes for a career-high 128 yards.
One of the NFL’s staid elements is getting a shake-up.
Extra points will be attempted from the 15-yard-line beginning in 2015, the NFL announced Tuesday at its spring meeting in San Francisco. Owners approved the rules change, which makes the extra point a 32- or 33-yard attempt.
Two-point conversions will continue to be snapped from the two-yard-line. However, defenses can now return fumbled or intercepted two-point tries for two points of their own. Blocked extra points can also be returned for two points.
According to the NFL’s Competition Committee, the extra point change is just for 2015, which could open the rule to be revisited in the future.
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