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Daily Archive for February 17th, 2008

HD-DVD Death Made Official

Toshiba put HD-DVD out of its misery today. Reuters confirmed this afternoon that it will cease manufacturing HD-DVD equipment, following earlier reports from Japan’s NHK public broadcasting network.

This leaves Blu-Ray as the presumptive victor in the irrelevant optical disk format war. It now must face up to the real competition: the continuing success of DVD and the growing popularity of downloads, both on the internet and on-demand cable TV.

The end comes only a day after Wal-Mart announced it would no longer carry HD-DVD stuff. This will go a long way to confirming the view, long-held by cynics, that the mega-retailer always held the executioner’s axe to begin with, and was merely waiting until it was clear which format’s camp had the most densely-stuffed brown envelopes to throw at Hollywood.

2008 Slam Dunk Competition (final round)

SEC Recruiting: What is all means

Fox sports runs down the SEC teams recruiting classes

5. Auburn

The class is heavy on … Skill players. The best prospects are on the defensive line, led by JUCO transfer Raven Gray and end Andre Wadley, but with the offense switching up to more of a spread under offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, the team needed players who fit the system. JUCO transfer QB Chris Todd will battle for time early on, while DeRon Furr and Barrett Trotter will provide depth over the next few years. Keeping RB Onterio McCalebb was key, while the real coup was getting speedy receiver Harry Adams to lead a fast group of targets. New WR Philip Pierre-Louis might be the team’s fastest player.

The player who’ll someday be a really big deal … LB Deshaun Barnes

The player you might care about this year … DE Raven Gray

What it all means to the real world of college football … Much has been made about the Auburn class and the players it lost, but the late defections don’t take away from a strong haul. With new coordinators coming in late in the game, it was hard to come up with an elite of the elite class. Now there has to be a nervous twitch around the program after Alabama came up with one of the nation’s best classes. There aren’t a lot of sure-thing stars from the Tiger class, but there are more than enough good players to develop.

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