The Pitch: Football’s 2011 Recruiter Of The Year

According to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and, Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri is college football’s “2011 Recruiter of the Year.”

Sal Sunseri University of Alabama 2011 College Football Recruiter Of The Year

(SI & 24/7: The best recruiting pitch college football has to offer)

In response to his being bestowed such a prestigious honor on behalf of the University of Alabama, here’s Sunseri first comments as reported by’s JC Shurbutt:

“This recognition should really go to our entire staff and to the University of Alabama. (Saban’s) philosophy is to provide an atmosphere for academic development, athletic development, character development and career development. When we are talking to recruits across the country, we talk about those four areas and show how that works at Alabama.

“We’ve had more Freshman Academic All-SEC honorees than anyone and more Academic All-Americans than anyone in the conference the last two years. Our graduation rate is always up near the top nationally.”

With Sunseri the best college football recruiting has to offer, I thought it might be instructive and fun to see him in action.

Here’s Sunseri giving his pitch to Lousiana high school defensive end prospect Jermauria Rasco: Read more…

Is Peppers Reason For Lopsided Pats-KC Trade?

The rumored Matt Cassel to Kansas City deal is official, and it turns out it was  a package deal, shipping both Cassel and former Pro Bowl linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for draft pick compensation. So the Pats got some good draft picks back, right? Nope. In exchange for a guy who emerged as arguably the best backup quarterback in the league and a Pro Bowl linebacker (and not even the team’s old one), New England received a single, second-round pick in April’s NFL Draft. No. 34, to be more specific. Wait, what?

julius peppers panthers

(Is this man secretly the reason behind the Cassel-Vrabel trade?)

If anyone can come up with a compelling reason why this trade makes sense, we’d love to hear it. As far as we can tell, Scott Pioli left New England to take over a struggling franchise and Bill Belichick was so worried that his legacy for mentoring bright minds was being soiled that he sent two of his best assets to Kansas City as a way to ensure Pioli won’t fail. Why else would New England give up one of the team’s most beloved assets — Vrabel — and another guy who could have commanded two first round draft picks if they’d let another team come and sign him? Salary cap space is sure to be cited time and again, but we think there might be another reason for the deal: Julius Peppers.

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Speed Read: Howie Long’s Playoff Emasculation

Real men have haircuts level with the earth’s horizon. Real men don’t laugh at Terry Bradshaw’s jokes. And real men become spokespeople for Chevrolet-brand pickup trucks and look down on cars with convenient tailgate steps and heated steering wheels and seatbelts, because seatbelts are for queers and real men can crash through a windshield and jog three miles later that day. Howie Long is a real man. And if the FOX analyst-slash-truck-salesman had his way with the NFL playoff teams, he might be able to sniff out a girlie man or two.

Kurt Warner and Howie Long

Are those … “man sleeves?” Did Kurt Warner have to cover up his arms in Charlotte’s chilly willy weather, of all places? Wasn’t it, like, 50 degrees out there? Did his mom wife crotchet him a yarn jockstrap? Did you know Long would play in sub-zero temperatures shirtless, if given the opportunity by the league? Also, frostbite builds character, and hypothermia increases sperm count. And don’t even get Howie started on what NFC Championship Game quarterback Donovan McNabb was wearing between offensive possessions:

McNabb in coat

A fun dilemma brought up by FANHOUSE: Is it ethical for Wake Forest fans to rush the court after a win over UNC? After all, UNC was No. 3, and suffered their second loss in as many Sundays, and Wake Forest was a scrappy 4th in the national polls. Blogger Adam … well, Adam, argues “Court storming is actually an insult to your players. Court storming is an admission that you didn’t think they could win.” Well, sure, but … so what? In Adam’s rules, he mentions it’s OK to storm after any Duke win. Well, isn’t UNC at that same level of animosity? Wake may be No. 4 and even Wilbon called the upset two days ago, but a No. 4 over a No. 3 win means it’s a top-five showdown, and even in the SbB-model-stacked ACC, that’s a couple-times-a-year occurrence, and Wake just won one of those. My alma mater lost to Savannah F’in State this year. Let the Deacons run wild and free, and enjoy this one.

If it wasn’t for HULU.COM, nobody’s watching Saturday Night Live anymore except for drunk people who can’t find anything else on TV. That website might singlehandedly save that show. The cast may not be in its prime, and it could be in a perpetual Kansas City Royals state of infancy, but a few solid clips seem to arise from recent episodes. In this case, it’s Kenan Thompson as Charles Barkley, as portrayed last Saturday. (Cue it up to 1:29 in if you don’t want to listen to Seth Meyers.) All in all, a solid skit, although if there was a way to transplant Frank Caliendo’s voice into Thompson’s larynx, that might be the opposite of turrible.

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