Daily Archive for April 17th, 2008

Get Paid Dansby!

Unable to agree to a long-term extension with the Arizona Cardinals, franchised linebacker Karlos Dansby plans to sign his one-year tender offer to protect himself in case he gets injured this offseason.

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The Arizona Republic reported that Dansby might sign the offer as soon as Thursday. Once he signs, Dansby will make just over $8 million in the 2008 season. He will be able to participate in the team’s offseason activities as soon as he signs, although the newspaper reported that it’s doubtful he would take part in any voluntary workouts.

“Our intent is to focus on a long-term deal with him at some point,” General manager Rod Graves said, according to the newspaper. “Obviously, it has got to be a deal that makes sense for both sides. Kirk and I have talked through some concerns but the one thing we agree upon is that he is an excellent football player. He’s a significant part of our team, and we hope to keep him here for years to come.”

The Cardinals can continue to negotiate a long-term deal through July 15.

Dansby led the team in tackles with 117 despite missing two games because of injury. He also had 3½ sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound player moved from outside linebacker to inside under new coach Ken Whisenhunt last season to make better use of his speed and playmaking ability. A second-round draft pick out of Auburn in 2004, Dansby has 382 tackles in 58 NFL games.

The Cardinals were reluctant to sign Dansby to an extension before last season because of his history of injuries, but were not going to allow him to leave after his strong 2007 season. The Cardinals last used their franchise tag in 2002 on safety Kwame Lassiter.

The Happening Trailer

The Auburner’s Summer movie review

The Auburner

Mitch Mustain gets a dirty sanchez from USC

he probably wishes he never left arkansas now that bobby p is there

…mitch mustain…you choose…poorly (boise state voice).

 Under coach Pete Carroll, USC Trojans has never entered the summer without appointing the next starting quarterback.

This year is no different, and there was not much of an element of surprise to it. Mark Sanchez, who started three games for the Trojans last season, was the front-runner going into spring workouts, and on Tuesday, it was made official — he would be the successor to John David Booty.

“The advantage that Mark has had by being around … just gives him a decisive advantage and he was able to come out here and battle and throw the ball well and play with confidence and give himself the spot,” Carroll said in the Los Angeles Times.

Trojans offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian met with each of the contenders, including Mitch Mustain and Aaron Corp, to inform them of the decision.

“At this point, for the good of our football team I like where we’re at with Mark,” Sarkisian said in The Times.

“He said, ‘I just want to give you a little forewarning: You’re it, man. You’re the guy. You’ve proven it and we believe in you,’” Sanchez said, grinning.

In past seasons, Carroll inherited Carson Palmer before the 2001 season; Matt Leinart was named the starter just before the spring scrimmage in 2003.

Sanchez felt relief when the announcement was made, a move that now places the burden of running summer workouts on his shoulders.

“I’m really excited,” Sanchez said in The Times.. “A lot of hard work paid off and it’s just a tremendous honor for me. … I’ve got to remember it’s an ongoing competition and there’s two great competitors behind me and it never ends.”

NCAA BCS Championship Odds

So. I found myself in Vegas this week and decided to pull the odds sheet for the BCS Championship. I’m not going to post them all, just the top and relevant ones but, if there’s a team I left out post a comment and I’ll edit it onto the list.Odds to win the 2009 BCS Championship Game from the Wynn (swank hotel by the way, highly recommended)

  • USC 4/1
  • UGA 7/1
  • UF 5/1
  • OU 8/1
  • OSU 8/1
  • LSU 12/1
  • Mizzou 15/1
  • WV 20/1
  • Texas 20/1
  • VT 25/1
  • Michigan 25/1
  • Penn St 35/1
  • Auburn 40/1
  • Tenn 40/1
  • FSU 60/1
  • Alabama 50/1
  • USC (East) 75/1
  • Arkansas 75/1
  • UNLV 1000/1

And believe it or not, they publish odds on American Idol

  • David Archuleta 3/2
  • David Cook 2/1
  • Jason Castro 7/1
  • Kristy Lee Cook 12/1
  • Syesha Mercado 20/1
  • Brooke White 22/1
  • Carly Smithson 28/1