The Daily Lard 4-20-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's nearly eight months away, but who's not looking forward to the return of Pouty Pants on December 11? Don BanksJason Cole and Joe Fortenbaugh all included that Week 14 tilt among their most notable meetings of the year. Granted, we're talking here about a matchup between a team that went 4-12 last year and another that lost to the eventual SB winners by a single score in the NFC title game - so it may not actually be much in the way of competition. But when considering the prospects of a 4-12 team for whom we don't even know who the QB will be, these are the things we have to look forward to, right? Man, if that doesn't call for an official Orange Sunday, then I don't know what does...

Broncos


Gray Caldwell shares details of the Broncos' 2011 schedule, while Sacco focuses on the opener versus Oakland.

Andrew Mason offers some thoughts on the schedule, and then shares some facts and figures for each of Denver's sixteen matchups which you can find on his site's main page.

Ah, yes - here it is. Klis provides the very first Denver must start off well of the year. How many times you think we'll be reading that? Aside from that, I agree with Klis that it's a brutal schedule.

Well, that didn't take long - here's Williamson with the second of those.

Auburn QB Cam Newton, Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates and Baylor RB Jay Finley visited Dove Valley yesterday, while Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, K-State RB Daniel Thomas and Villanova OT Ben Ijalana are due in today, the final day of prospect visits.

Legwold continues to show his passion for the draft with a brief evaluation of Newton and comparison to Tim Tebow. Plus, a longer story on Newton from the passionate Legwold.

Klis spoke with Chucky for a comparison between Newton and Tebow.

Legwold on the old chicken/egg question regarding winning SBs and QBs making the HOF. Not that he looks at it that way, of course. For him the question is whether a team can win without a HOF QB; there's no mention that perhaps a QB becomes much more likely to make the HOF once he's won SBs.

Enemies


Teicher sees a tougher 2011 schedule for KC as compared to the cupcake ledger they faced last season.

With three home games among their first four, Acee wonders if the Chargers will finally get off to a decent start.

Acee says the draft is A.J. Smith's time to shine. Plus, he writes that SD is likely to select a WR early in the draft.

Corkran's thoughts on Oakland's schedule, the announcement of which didn't excite Jerry McDonald. Plus, Cam Inman's reactions.

Here's Williamson's analysis of the schedules for the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders.

Mockery


Pat Kirwan and Bucky Brooks examine the draft's top LB prospects. Brooks writes that A&M's Von Miller may be the best player in the draft, while Kirwan doesn't see much in the way of depth.

Here are Chucky's thoughts on the top quarterback and defensive line prospects. Plus, more of his QB-specific thoughts.

Chris Brown's take on Newton/Gruden and the latter's fondness for verbiage.

Wes Bunting thinks the concerns surrounding Nick Fairley are overblown, although perhaps he'd fit best on a team with veteran leadership like the Pats.

Plus, he picks out the best destinations for each of the top QB prospects.

Meanwhile, CHFF only sees four first-round worthy QBs, and none of them are named Gabbert.

Here's New Era's report on Illinois LB Martez Wilson.

Greg Gabriel analyzes FSU QB Christian Ponder, while Farrar breaks down Miami OT Orlando Franklin and Matt Waldman looks at VA Tech RB Ryan Williams.

Matt Bowen thinks the Bears will face a dilemma at #29.

KSK helps us get to know Georgia WR A.J. Green better.

Trimmings


The NFL and NFLPA's representatives talked for seven hours yesterday.

Here are the games from each week of the season that stand out to Farrar.

PK focuses on TCU QB Andy Dalton and responds to emails.

Jack Bechta has some ideas for how to compensate college athletes.

KSK is none too pleased with the NFL schedulemakers.

Scrapple


Researchers at the University of Maine have developed a biodegradable golf ball complected of recycled lobster shells for use on cruise ships.

Your food costs may be rising, but that's nothing compared to the 60-80% of the cost of living that people in developing countries face.

Well, so much for the days of The Worldwide Leader broadcasting poker tournaments...

According to the stadium scoreboard in Cincy, Aroldis Chapman hit 106 on the gun the other night (Pitch F/X had it at 102, but still).

NBC and Versus got a new 10-year deal with the NHL. (via SOB)

Brian Wilson, Cody Ross and the Giants' mascot joined in on Keenan Cahill's latest lip-syncing vid.

More shenanigans from Joe Arpaio.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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