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  1. Gilmer 41 Tatum 14 :whistle::ermm::coolio:
  2. There is no doubt in my mind that the 2005 Class 2A Celina team would have beaten Tatum last season. I saw both of them play!!!
  3. The 2003 Garrison state championship team could have beaten a lot of 4A and 5A teams that year, as well as the 2005 3A Tatum team . . . in my opinion. No disrespect to Tatum, but their championship team from last season was nowhere near the caliber of the Atlanta 2003 or Gilmer 2004 championship teams that I watched. :whistle: That said, the 2006 Tatum team may be one of the best ever 2A teams.
  4. Preseason rankings By Christopher Lawlor, USA TODAY 1. Hoover, Ala. (14-1) Returning starters: 17. Opens: Saturday vs. UMS-Wright (Mobile) in Montgomery. 2. Byrnes, Duncan, S.C. (15-0) Returning starters: 12. Outlook: Offense that averaged 51.8 points guided by QB Willy Korn (4,164 yards, state-record 53 TDs), who throws to Randall Hawkins and Antonio Snoddy. LB Stanley Hunter is top defender. Beat Hartsville 55-20 in opener Aug. 18 for 26th win in row. Next: Saturday vs. No. 5 Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) (ESPN, noon ET). 3. Lakeland, Fla. (15-0) Returning starters: 11. Outlook: RBs Chris Rainey (1,571 rushing yards, 20 TDs) and Jamar Taylor (1,217 yards, 27 TDs) in powerful backfield for Super 25's final No. 1 in 2005. The 6-5, 300-pound Pouncey twins, G Markice and T Michael, are left side of OL. Pounceys and four others say they'll sign with Florida. Opens: Friday at Venice. 4. Lufkin, Texas (14-1) Returning starters: 15. Outlook: Returns nine offensive starters, including QB Jeremy Clayborn (2,448 passing yards, 24 TDs) and WR Dez Bryant (16 TDs). Jaime Fernandez 16-for-21 on FGs in '05. LB A.J. Penson (98 tackles, five sacks) tops defense. Opens: Sept. 1 at Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.). 5. Glades Central, Belle Glade, Fla. (12-1) Returning starters: 17. Oulook: No-huddle offense set in motion by QB Bryan Mann (28 TDs) and quartet of receivers, Taurus McKinley, Deonte Thompson, Travis Benjamin and junior Eddie Poole. Offensive line, which averages 320 pounds, includes Maurice Bynes (6-4, 335) and Ernest McCoy (6-5, 330). Johnnie Lee Dixon and Damien Berry anchor secondary. Opens: Saturday at No. 2 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.). 6. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (11-2) Returning starters: 12. Outlook: RB Tim Maupin (725 yards, 10 TDs) one of three to have rushed for more than 600 yards. Junior QB Mike MacGillvray passed for 1,366 yards and 10 TDs. Defense led by ILBs Albert Rosette and junior Brady Amak. Opens: Sept. 9 at Serra (San Mateo). 7. Southlake (Texas) Carroll (16-0) Returning starters: 6. Outlook: Junior QB Riley Dodge takes reins of offense that averaged nearly 50 points and relied on junior RB Tré Newton (1,373 yards, 14 TDs). WRs Blake Cantu, a junior, and Anthony Ford move into starring roles. Coach Todd Dodge's teams have won last two Class 5A, Division II titles. Opens: Sept. 8 at Lake Highlands (Dallas). 8. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (12-1) Returning starters: 11. Outlook: DB Nate Oliver and LB Diauntae Morrow solidify defense with seven starters back. RB Frank Edmonds (2,420 yards, 27 TDs) is top playmaker. Opens: Saturday vs. Benedictine (Cleveland). 9. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (10-2) Returning starters: 15. Outlook: T Stefen Wisniewski (6-3, 275), three-year regular, paves way for offense that ran for 2,899 yards. RB-CB Lamont Smith (21 TDs) accounted for 2,062 yards. Opens: Sept. 2 at Gateway (Monroeville). 10. Warren Central, Indianapolis (14-1) Returning starters: 15. Outlook: RB Darren Evans (6-2, 212) rushed for 2,169 yards and had 39 TDs to lead three-time Class 5A champ. Paving his way are OL Bryce Stone (6-2, 265) and Sherman Brooks (6-3, 300). Beat Franklin Central (Indianapolis) 61-7 on Aug. 18 in opener. Next: Saturday vs. Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.). 11. Lincoln-Way East, Frankfort, Ill. (14-0) Returning starters: 11. Outlook: Double-wing offense takes flight with WBs Andy Gerritsen (1,251 total yards, 11 TDs) and junior Dan Ciebula (690 yards, four TDs) for 8A champion. T Adam Gettis (6-3, 245) anchors both lines. Opens: Friday at Providence Catholic (New Lenox) 12. Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, Calif. (13-0) Returning starters: 19. Outlook: QB Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) and RB Marc Tyler (Southern California) lead team that has won 32 in row and averaged nearly 54 points in '05. Marshall Jones has 15 career INTs. Opens: Sept. 1 at Lompoc. 13. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (15-0) Returning starters: 10. Outlook: RB Darius Ashley (1,633 yards) and OL Wes Schroder (6-4, 295) and Howard Patton (6-3, 275) pace run game. S Fred Craig and LB Nick Schneider lead defense. Opens: Saturday vs. Huber Heights (Wayne). 14. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (13-1) Returning starters: 11. Outlook: LB Colin Parker shores up defense for Class 5A, Division II finalist. Offense has options with junior RB Covaughn Deboskie and WR Kerry Taylor. Opens: Friday vs. Red Mountain (Mesa) in Tempe. 15. John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (10-1) Returning starters: 12. Outlook: RB-WR Joe McKnight (5-11, 185) rushed for 529 yards, had 19 catches for 682 yards and totaled 16 TDs. Nine experienced defenders are headed by T Jonathan English. Opens: Sept. 1 at Mandeville. 16. Garland, Texas (10-3) Returning starters: 12. Outlook: Johnny Wooten (547 yards, five TDs) will get bulk of carries and Malcolm Williams (17 yards a catch) is primary receiver. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Allen. 17. Canyon, Canyon Country, Calif. (13-1) Returning starters: 14. Outlook: After first Southern Section title (Division II) in 20 years, returning OL that averages 270 pounds blocks for RB J.J. DiLuigi (1,950 yards, 43 TDs). Opens: Aug. 31 vs. Moorpark. 18. Independence, Charlotte (15-0) Returning starters: 11. Outlook: QB Darryl McFadden (3,603 passing yards, 31 TDs) directs one-back offense. RBs DeQuan Leak and Jerlando Kasey alternate reps. Beat West Charlotte 17-6 on Aug. 18 for 93rd win in row (second all-time nationally). Next: Friday vs. West Mecklenburg (Charlotte). 19. St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif. (14-0) Returning starters: 14. Outlook: Team that averaged 40 points-plus bolstered by H-back Blaine Irby (10 TDs) and RB Michael Lee (2,073 all-purpose yards). Michael Williams had three special-team TDs. Opens: Sept. 1 vs. Hart (Newhall). 20. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City (12-0) Returning starters: 17. Outlook: Defending Non-Public Group 4 champ paced by LB Will Thompson (13 sacks) and DE-TE Ravi Pradanhang (11 sacks). QB-WR-S Will Hill one of nation's top juniors. Opens: Sept. 9 vs. Delbarton (Morristown) at Giants Stadium. 21. Summerville, S.C. (12-3) Returning starters: 13. Outlook: Offensive line averages 6-4, 290. Nation's top junior, WR A.J. Green (1,501 yards and 12 TDs), is main threat. Opens: Friday vs. Berkeley. 22. Camden County, Kingsland, Ga. (12-1) Returning starters: 10. Outlook: Offensive line intact, and that's good news for RB Mario Roberts (942 yards, 10 TDs). Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Brookwood (Snellville). 23. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (15-0) Returning starters: 8. Outlook: Three-time 5A champ led by LB Chris Strong, RB Jeramie Griffin and CB-QB Leroy Diggs. All say they'll go to Ole Miss. Opens: Friday at Clarksdale. 24. Jenks, Okla. (9-2) Returning starters: 14. Outlook: QB Mark Ginther (19 TDs passes) and NG Tony Gillespie look for program's first 6A state crown since 2003. Opens: Sept. 1 at Bixby. 25. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (11-1) Returning starters: 11. Outlook: Defense that allowed 10 points a game returns eight starters. Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Germantown (Philadelphia).
  5. Evangel over Lufkin would be a shocker. I don't think it will happen . . . but anything can happen when you cross the state line to play football !!!! The officiating on the other side of the Texas line has been pretty one sided the past few years!
  6. The AP always throws in a few "weak sisters" from weaker regions that aren't really deserving of top 10 rankings. Unfortunately, many of them won't be exposed until they play out of their region. :whistle:
  7. Finally . . . a liberal that admits he doesn't have a clue! :whistle:
  8. That's what I thought, you can't back up your "comments" . . . talk about not bringing anything other than insults to the table . . . just all hot air! :whome::whistle::whome:
  9. I hope so . . . my smoaky.com tee shirt is wearing out!
  10. I believe that's what the research is for, cheif. Unlike most things the scientific community spends years testing and re-testing before making conclusive statements. Big difference, hossfly, between research to see if something "might" work and bold conclusive statements like yours claiming Bush's veto IS keeping people from walking and seeing! :whistle: Link ME to YOUR scientific proof that his veto is preventing people from walking and seeing. :tongue:
  11. Your bold comment about stem cells "making people walk and see" is not only irrelevent but can be likened to aLGore boldly stating humans are causing golbal warming! Last time I heard there was absolutly zero scientific evidence that prove stem cells would be a miracle cure that made lame people walk and blind people see again! :whome: :w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t::w00t:
  12. You would be right, it's the Nacogdoches paper. I thought everyone would get a kick out of how much they think the Dragons have improved. :w00t:
  13. Vetoing stem cell research hardly ranks with trying to panic the world by declaring we are all doomed if we dont spend billions to fight the earth's climate! :wacko:
  14. That IS on topic . . . aLGore is the nut beind the whole global warming fiasco! He's not even a scientist!!! Could you imagine the damage he would be doing if here were president of the United States? :w00t::whistle::w00t:
  15. The scarriest thing is aLGore was almost elected president! :w00t:
  16. All run and no pass-sounds like Jefferson's m.o. All they need to go with that is a 9-1-1 defense, in 2A, to shut the other team down. That may work in 18AA . . . it wouldn't in 19AA or 23AA ! :whistle:
  17. By Brandon Ogden The Daily Sentinel Sunday, August 20, 2006 District 17-4A was one of the toughest districts in the state the last two years. A minor change of the numbers by the UIL — changing the district from 17-4A to 12-4A — didn't do anything to weaken this power district. The race appears to be as wide open as it has ever been. Nacogdoches, Marshall, Kilgore and Hallsville appear to be the top four teams, while the bottom four consists of Henderson, Whitehouse, Jacksonville and Pine Tree. But don't be surprised if some top teams drop and some bottom teams rise, before it's all said and done. Here is a breakdown of the district, with my order of finish. 1. Marshall: The Mavericks lost a lot from last year's 13-2, Class 4A Division I state finalist team, including big bruiser running back Jackie Robinson (Trinity Valley) and athletes Justin Jones (Utah) and Junior Osborne (Texas Southern). Marshall still has a lot of talent returning, and head coach Rodney Southern has built a program that is used to winning after two straight state final appearances. The team returns defensive end Demetrius Wilder, who was voted by the media as the preseason defensive player of the year. He had 60 tackles, including nine for losses, last season. Kicker Rigo Casas is also a big returner. He nailed 5-of-10 field goals and was 33-of-38 on extra points. There is a lot of competition, but Marshall should repeat as district champs. 2. Nacogdoches: Can the Dragons finally end their playoff drought and reach the postseason for the first time since 1992? Yes. Here's why: The team returns a lot of players from last season's team that went 6-4 and 4-3 in district, its first winning season since 1992 in head coach Bill Harper's first season. Now, the team has a full season under its belt under Harper and hopes to use that experience to reach the playoffs. Junior quarterback Justin McAninch and senior wide receiver Mervin Dudley will lead an offense that is experienced at the skilled positions. 3. Hallsville: The district schedule doesn't look pretty, since the Bobcats have to go to Nacogdoches, Marshall and Kilgore. But Hallsville still looks like a playoff team. The Bobcats have their three main skilled players returning: quarterback Shane Fry, running back Kendrick Survia and wide receiver Darius Valentine, who went by Darius Reece last season. Hallsville should steal one or two on the road and sneak in the third playoff spot. 4. Kilgore: The Bulldogs just don't look the same. The Bulldogs will be without defensive powerhouses like Eddie Jones, who is now at the University of Texas, and Wayne Daniels. Also missing will be tight end Britt Mitchell (Texas) and the quarterback from the state title team, Chase Fisher. Running back Jerek Sheffield, who rushed for 1,850 yards last season for 14 touchdowns, returns. He will run behind Michael Huey, a 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman who has given his oral committment to Texas. The Bulldogs could fall anywhere in the top four spots, but will likely miss out of the playoffs. 5. Whitehouse: Luke Shivers should be able to lead the Wildcats to a few wins. Yes, the outstanding running back from Whitehouse is finally a senior. He rushed for 1,530 yards and touched the end zone 12 times last season. His running mate will be Jimmy Kennedy, giving Whitehouse a dynamic rushing attack. 6. Jacksonville: While this isn't the same Indians' team that has been one of the top district teams in the past few seasons, it has some bright spots. Running back Carmon Boyd-Anderson and offensive tackle Joe Villavisencio lead the running game. The Indians have the ability to make a run at the playoffs because of their athleticism. But it doesn't look likely. 7. Henderson: The Lions lost star quarterback Kylon Henson. But his main target, Jake Deville, returns. He caught 33 passes for 531 yards last season. Who will get him the ball? Henderson also has a solid offensive line in place. The Lions are one of those teams that could sneak up a few spots. 8. Pine Tree: The Pirates look to be the cellar dwellers, again. Matt Hughes returns at quarterback to lead a decent passing attack, but the other areas are just too weak for the Pirates to have any kind of impact on the district.
  18. I agree Jefferson probably deserves to be considered the favorite in 18AA, however I think their lofty ranking by some isn't necessarily justified. Just because they dropped down to class AA doesn't mean they should or will be a top 10 team in AA. Didn't class AA Paul Pewitt beat them something like 44-0 last season? A few class AA teams last year played Pewitt bettercloser games than Jefferson. My guess: Jefferson New Diana Big Sandy Harleton Ore City Harmony Union Grove Winona
  19. The American Thinker August 17th, 2006 The American Association for the Advancement of Science claims for its journal Science “the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million.” Be that as it may, Science is the Dan Rather of science journalism. “Fake Data, but Could the Idea Still Be Right?” in the July 14 issue actually makes the following statement (emphases mine): European investigators last week confirmed that a pioneering oral cancer researcher in Norway had fabricated much of his work. The news left experts in his field with a pressing question: What should they believe now? Suppose his findings, which precisely identified people at high risk of the deadly disease, were accurate even though data were faked? AAAS’s fake-but-accurate standard of scientific rigor applies not merely to the science of such obscure and unimportant subjects as death, disease, and cancer, but extends even to the science of impending doom. The Hockey Stick Graph The so-called “hockey stick” graph appears in the 2001 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations organization that dominates climate change discussion. The graph purported to show that world temperatures had remained stable for almost a thousand years, but took a sudden turn upward in the last century (the blade of the hockey stick). It was the product of research into “proxy” temperature records, such as tree rings, ice cores, and coral reefs, by Michael Mann, the Joe Wilson of climate change. It can be seen here. Charles Martin took a critical look at it last March for The American Thinker. The problem is that the world was almost certainly warmer than it is today during the “Medieval Warm Period” or “Medieval Climate Optimum” of the 9th through 14th Centuries, which was followed by the “Little Ice Age” of the 15th through 19th Centuries, whose end is the occasion for today’s global warming hysteria. But Science magazine stuck to its argument. “Politicians Attack, But Evidence for Global Warming Doesn’t Wilt” in the July 28 issue of Science not only employs the typical deceitful rhetoric of the scientific establishment, here presenting an argument among scientists as an argument between scientists and politicians, but also uses the fake-but-accurate excuse for the corrupt activities of its favorite scientists. Mann’s statistical methodology was soon exposed as flawed, if not downright fraudulent, by Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, and he responded by refusing to make public the details of his analysis. This in turn angered Joe Barton and other members of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who objected to this arrogant refusal to allow oversight of federally financed research—either by the responsible congressional committees or by the scientific community. Hence the recent hearings and the dishonest report of them in Science. Since Mann’s work—and the IPCC’s inclusion of it in its report—are indefensible, Science resorted to the fake-but-accurate defense. Gerald North of Texas A&M, testifying on behalf of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, “concluded that the hockey stick was flawed but the sort of data on which it was based are still evidence of unprecedented warming.” The graph shows unprecedented warming; the graph is flawed in such a way as to produce a false appearance of unprecedented warming; nevertheless, there is unprecedented warming. “Finding flaws ‘doesn’t mean Mann et al.’s claims are wrong,’ he told Barton.” I must admit that it is possible for science to be fake but accurate, just as it is possible for Israel to have committed war crimes despite the fact that the evidence for them is faked. It is indeed possible that, as the New York Times famously proclaimed, “Memos on Bush Are Fake But Accurate, Typist Says.” The question, however, is not whether it is possible that Israel committed war crimes or that George W. Bush did not complete his National Guard service, but whether we have any reason to believe the reporting of Reuters or CBS News. It is possible that the hockey stick is accurate, but why should we take the word of Michael Mann, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or the United Nations for it? Michael Mann faked his statistics, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published his fakery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science suggested that the fakery is beside the point, and the United Nations, well, readers of The American Thinker are quite acquainted with the United Nations. The article in Science would do Dan Rather proud. It says the North investigation found that the “only supportable conclusion from climate proxies” was that “the last few decades were likely the warmest of the millennium.” However, here is what North actually testified. “It can be said with a high level of confidence that global mean surface temperature was higher during the last few decades of the 20th century than during any comparable period during the preceding four centuries.” Four centuries, not the millennium! North testified that recent decades were warmer than the Little Ice Age, not that they were warmer than the Global Warm Period! North also testified that he “finds it plausible that the Northern Hemisphere was warmer during the last few decades of the 20th century than during any comparable period over the preceding millennium.” North first said that in recent decades the world was likely warmer than in any other time in the last four hundred years. Then he said that in recent decades the Northern Hemisphere was likely warmer than in any other time in the last millennium. Science has converted these statements into the claim that in recent decades the world was likely warmer than in any time in the last millennium. So much for the Scientific Method. But even the statement that the Northern Hemisphere was likely warmer than in any other time in the last millennium is subject to uncertainty according to North: However, the substantial uncertainties currently present in the quantitative assessment of large-scale surface temperature changes prior to about A.D. 1600 lower our confidence in this conclusion compared to the high level of confidence we place in the Little Ice Age cooling and 20th century warming. Even less confidence can be placed in the original conclusions by Mann et al. (1999) that “the 1990s are likely the warmest decade, and 1998 the warmest year, in at least a millennium” because the uncertainties inherent in temperature reconstructions for individual years and decades are larger than those for longer time periods, and because not all of the available proxies record temperature information on such short timescales. As to Mann’s scandalous statistical manipulations, North says gently, “We also question some of the statistical choices made in the original papers by Dr. Mann and his colleagues.” Ah, the “choices” euphemism. A perfectly reasonable letter to Michael Mann from Representative Barton, who is derisively characterized by Science as a politician, makes clear that in the morally inverted universe of the liberal scientific establishment, it is the scientists who play politics, forcing the politicians to uphold the ideals of science. As you know, sharing data and research results is a basic tenet of open scientific inquiry, providing a means to judge the reliability of scientific claims. The ability to replicate a study, as the National Research Council has noted, is typically the gold standard by which the reliability of claims is judged. Given the questions reported about data access surrounding these studies, we also seek to learn whether obligations concerning the sharing of information developed or disseminated with federal support have been appropriately met….According to The Wall Street Journal, you have declined to release the exact computer code you used to generate your results. (a) Is this correct? (b) What policy on sharing research and methods do you follow? © What is the source of that policy? (d) Provide this exact computer code used to generate your results. The subcommittee commissioned a study of the hockey stick headed by Edward Wegman of George Mason University, Chairman of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics of the National Academy of Sciences, referred to dismissively as “Barton’s choice” by the article in Science. The study reached the following conclusions: In general, we found MBH98 and MBH99 [papers by Mann] to be somewhat obscure and incomplete and the criticisms of MM03/05a/05b [papers by McIntyre and McKitrick] to be valid and compelling. In our further exploration of the social network of authorships in temperature reconstruction, we found that at least 43 authors have direct ties to Dr. Mann by virtue of coauthored papers with him. Our findings from this analysis suggest that authors in the area of paleoclimate studies are closely connected and thus ‘independent studies’ may not be as independent as they might appear on the surface. It is important to note the isolation of the paleoclimate community; even though they rely heavily on statistical methods they do not seem to be interacting with the statistical community. Additionally, we judge that the sharing of research materials, data and results was haphazardly and grudgingly done. In this case we judge that there was too much reliance on peer review, which was not necessarily independent. Overall, our committee believes that Mann’s assessments that the decade of the 1990s was the hottest decade of the millennium and that 1998 was the hottest year of the millennium cannot be supported by his analysis. The response of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science and its prestigious journal? It refers to the hockey stick as a “now-superceded curve.” “An ill-advised step in Mann’s statistical analysis may have created the hockey stick, Wegman said.” Statistical choices, ill-advised steps, fake but accurate, what difference would it make, flawed doesn’t mean wrong. The betrayal-of-science establishment has adopted the standards of Dan Rather and Reuters and should be equally trusted. Jonathan David Carson, Ph.D.
  20. The news media is blowing it out of proportion by calling it racial profiling . . . let's call it what it really is . . . terrorist profiling! :thumbsup:
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