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Those who bought a pair of Google Glass Explorer Edition frames last year began receiving them not too long ago, making them the first round of the buying public to get their hands on the wearables. On February 20, we reported that a second round will be receiving Glass, this time with individuals submitting an
It’s a sad case of one of the all-time greats from the Jaguars gone bad.
Former receiver Jimmy Smith has begun serving a six-year prison term in Mississippi for drug possession and weapons charges, online state corrections records show.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections’ website says the 44-year-old Smith entered the prison system in late March and was recently moved to a facility in Yazoo City. He was sentenced by a Madison County court to two years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four years for possession of cocaine, records show.
WJXX-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., first reported Smith’s sentence. His tentative release date is listed as Nov. 8, 2018.
Smith, a standout at Jackson State drafted in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1992, played 13 seasons in the NFL, including 11 for the Jaguars. He played in the team’s inaugural season in 1995 and became its all-time leading receiver before his retirement in 2005.
Smith has had multiple run-ins with police since his playing days, and was sentenced to 18 months of probation for a drug possession charge in 2009 in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell has already put his stamp on the coaching staff, firing Mike Mularkey and hiring Gus Bradley as head coach. Caldwell added a few mid-tier players in free agency and is just a few days removed from his first NFL draft as an NFL general manager.
Caldwell is now making changes to the team’s personnel department, dismissing three members from the Gene Smith, including director of player personnel Terry McDonough, reports Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
Also dismissed this week were pro personnel director Louis Clark and area scout Chris Prescott.
“Being around Dave Caldwell and Gus Bradley, I definitely think this organization is going to win in the future,” McDonough said. “The biggest hardship for me is the fact I see what’s happening and it’s all good around the building and unfortunately, I won’t be a part of it. It wasn’t meant to be.”
McDonough also pointed to the Jaguars’ struggles at the quarterback position as a reason for the team’s recent changes on the sidelines and in the front office.
“This is quarterback-driven league and people who have franchise quarterbacks stay employed and people who don’t typically don’t,” McDonough said.
Though McDonough is certain to find an NFL job soon, the longtime executive is partly to blame for the Jaguars’ inability to find that quarterback.
According to the Associated Press, McDonough staunchly defended the Jaguars’ decision to select punter Bryan Anger with the No. 70 pick in the 2012 NFL draft, “challenging” reporters to find a better pro down the road than the third-round pick. Of course, the Seattle Seahawks selected quarterback Russell Wilson with the No. 75 pick.
While Anger could certainly develop into a solid punter, Wilson is coming off a rookie season where he tied Peyton Manning’s single-season rookie record for touchdown passes with 26, accounted for 30 total touchdowns last season, led his team to within 30 seconds of an NFC championship game appearance and was picked to play in the Pro Bowl.
In the space of two weeks, I’ve gone from not tracking my steps, calories, or activities to using four different devices that do so. I’m all in! Over the coming weeks, I’m going to be sharing more about how each device works in real life.
It’s been a fascinating journey so far, and I’m anxious to get into the write-ups. I’ll detail what it’s like with each unit, then do an overall comparison at the end. But before I start on that, I feel that an introductory piece is in order.
The devices I’m using are:
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NFL teams will generally tell you that players who have strong combine drills just have them going back to the tape. That said, players with great athletic exploits up their stock all the time. You can say all you want about how the “Underwear Olympics” have nothing to do with the actual game of football, but don’t tell Vernon Davis and others like him. The San Francisco 49ers star tight end and Maryland alum hit the 2006 scouting combine like a ton of bricks, running a 4.37 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3 and 254 pounds. That workout shot him into the top of the first round, and there’s no way he would have gone sixth overall without it.
Yes, the league values football acumen, but it’s also about height/weight/speed guys, and the combine is where you’ll find them. In addition, there are those players who see this week as an opportunity to freshen up their reputations on and off the field. This year’s list of combine winners is headlined by just such a young man.
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: If Mathieu had put up a Manti Te’o-level combine performance, there was a distinct chance no NFL team would have drafted him at all. You’re definitely swimming upstream as an NFL prospect when you get booted off the team for multiple violations of your college team’s substance-abuse policy, as Mathieu did before the 2012 season. But Mathieu came to Indianapolis and put up a workout that couldn’t have gone much better. Not only did he run a 4.5 40, but he also looked extremely agile in drills. His backpedal-to-turn was smooth, he ran very well in space, and he even showed off a little bit by high-pointing both balls thrown to him. He’s a little undersized to be a starting cornerback in the NFL, but I could see a team taking a shot on Mathieu as a slot corner in the third round … if all the baggage checks out.
“I feel like it has gone good,” Mathieu told the NFL Network after his workout. “Everything I have worked for the past two months. To come out here and put it together, be on a football field, I am extremely blessed.”
He also talked about his “complicated” past.
“I didn’t have everything together back in college. I had everything together as far as football, but when it came to my social life, my personnel life, I didn’t have everything intact. I didn’t have my emotions intact. Spiritually, I wasn’t intact. Once you take football away, you are able to work on the person. These last six months, that is all I had was Tyrann the person. I attacked the person, I attacked my issues. I think that is why I am here at the combine … Back when I was the Honey Badger, I didn’t have everything intact. Going forward, I am going to focus on being Tyrann Mathieu and that is the person I want to control right now.”
I’ve seen a lot of athletes try to put their past behind them with similar testimonials. I think that Mathieu is sincere in his desire to better himself. We’ll see how it plays out, but as comebacks go, this was sufficiently impressive.
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: Floyd already was a rising star among those watching college game tape — at his best, he reminds of a young Richard Seymour with his ability to destroy blocks and hand-fight through double teams. But on the field, Floyd just worked those drills over as if they were some poor second-string tackle. He ran a 4.92 40-yard dash at 6-foot-2 and 297 pounds, and looked good enough in agility drills to solidify his status as a top-5 pick. As much as any player in this draft, the sky’s the limit for Floyd.
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: Trufant started his rise up the charts with a very strong Senior Bowl. There, he showed excellent overall technique in coverage and a nifty knack for jumping routes. The only real question remaining about Trufant was his straight-line speed, and he put that to rest with a workout in which he ran a 4.38 40, the third-best time among defensive backs. Also, he took his technique to the drills in Indy, looking smooth and quick from station to station. If he has an equally strong pro day, Trufant should expect to hear his name in the first round.
Margus Hunt, DE, SMU: At 6-foot-8 and 277 pounds (he looks like he could easily bulk up to 290), the Estonian star knocked it out of the park in Indy. He ran a 4.6 40, and benched 38 times — proving his unique combination of athleticism and pure strength. Where he needs work is in his ability to get leverage at the line of scrimmage, and this was evident at the Senior Bowl. He was frequently knocked and pushed out of the action far too easily. However, I could see a team taking a second-round flyer on Hunt and working with him on weight and leverage. I shudder to think what he’d look like alongside J.J. Watt in Houston in a year or two.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: The combine is tailor-made for players like Hunt and Ansah, raw athletes with quick-twitch fibers who can light up a track. Ansah also struggled in Senior Bowl practices, but went off in the game itself. There are times on tape when he appears nearly unstoppable, and that was the case during his workouts. He ran a 4.63 40, which you’d expect of a former track star from Ghana, and burned the best time in the short shuttle with a 4.26. Don’t be surprised if some NFL team falls head over heels for Ansah’s athleticism, forgets about the raw aspects of his play, and snags him in the top 15.
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU: Speaking of athleticism, Mingo beat out every other lineman, and quite a few people at other positions, with his workout. He ran a 4.58 official 40 at 6-foot-4 and 241 pounds, and racked up very nice numbers in the three-cone and short shuttle. Mingo’s numbers at LSU were affected to a point by the Tigers frequently resorting to a “mush-rush” and reads as opposed to pure pass rush, but there’s no questioning Mingo’s burst. The question for NFL teams is whether he needs to bulk up a the next level.
[Also: Best combine performances ever]
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon: Another guy who needed to bulk up, and he did. Jordan arrived at Travelle Gaines’ West Hollywood gym after Oregon’s season at 228 pounds. He entered Lucas Oil Stadium at 248 pounds, but that extra 20 cost him nothing in speed or athleticism. Jordan ran a 4.6 40 (not bad for a guy standing almost 6-foot-7), and added to what his tape shows regarding his pure speed in space. Jordan was frequently asked to cover slot receivers for the Ducks, and NFL teams will covet his versatility.
Matt Elam, S, Florida: Elam was thought to be the best safety in this draft class, and simply confirmed that with a fine workout in which he also surprised with his speed. At 5-foot-10 and 208 pounds, he ran a 4.54 40, and probably pushed himself into the first round.
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Ford has announced that production for the new Fiesta ST has begun at its assembly line in Cologne, Germany. The Fiesta ST is the fastest production Fiesta ever produced. The vehicle is able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and promises a top speed of 220 kmh.
The vehicle uses a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine producing 182 Ps (197 hp) and 240 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque. The car also has a new chassis, steering, and brakes. Other features of the car include an enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system and a three-mode electronic stability control.
The Fiesta ST gets a unique honeycomb grille reminiscent of the Focus ST, a new rear diffuser, and standard Recaro seats. The vehicle delivers impressive efficiency with 5.9 l/100 km and 138 g/km CO2. While this vehicle is being produced in Europe, the Fiesta ST also be launched in North America and Asia-Pacific.
It’s nice to see these European hot hatchbacks finally making their way to the United States. Official pricing for the car is unknown at this time, but it should be a reasonably priced vehicle even if it’s one of the more expensive Fiesta models offered. The car will launch in the US later this year.
Open-source games console start-up OUYA has begun shipping out its first batch of developer hardware, with eager recipients told to expect their new toys before January 10. The first shipping notifications began to hit inboxes today, according to the official OUYA forums, with sample dev kits consisting of the console itself and two controllers.
OUYA was one of the most high-profile Kickstarter successes of 2012, closing its public funding round with more than $ 8.5m in backing. Consumer units aren’t expected until March or April 2013, but developer kits were promised to begin shipping before 2012 was through, to give coders an opportunity to get their Android apps up to speed ahead of the official launch.
In fact, OUYA is slightly ahead of schedule, having initially said the first batch would go out tomorrow. The SDK is also expected to be released on Friday, allowing even those without a dev console to begin creating games and other software.
Adoption of OUYA hasn’t been slow from existing game studios. The company announced a further ten titles earlier this month, and has previously muttered about ongoing talks with Namco Bandai. Even before the Kickstarter finished, OUYA had announced it would feature Final Fantasy III as well as non-gaming titles.
Developers will begin receiving their consoles anytime from December 31 to January 10.
Twitter has reportedly begun rolling out its “tweet archive download” option, allowing users of the micro-blogging service to save a cache of all of the messages they’ve ever posted. The feature, promised to be on the roadmap before 2012 was done by Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo, is still believed to be progressively rolling out to users – presumably to avoid a server storm of eager archivists – but will seemingly work much as Facebook’s system works.
The new option – “Your Twitter Archive” – appears at the bottom of the settings page on the Twitter site when available. When selected, Twitter’s servers get busy cooking up a ZIP file; an email alerts you that the archive is ready.
The archive itself is presented in HTML form, Twitter user Psanta - who was among the first to spot the newly enabled option – says, and sorted by date from your first, potentially embarrassing message to the latest you’ve been sharing. “Your archive may contain sensitive content,” Facebook’s message warns, “so please keep that in mind before sharing it with anyone.”
Facebook began offering a similar database download system back in April, allowing users of the social site to keep an offline record of everything they’ve shared. It also contains a list of IP addresses, login records, and other details about actual usage, something Twitter doesn’t appear to be offering.
Both browsing the Twitter archive by date, and searching, are apparently supported. We’ve checked Twitter accounts here and are yet to see the archive option; let us know in the comments if you can see any differently.
Ting, a curiously structured MVNO utilizing Sprint’s network, has a pretty interesting pricing structure. For ridiculously light users, it’s bound to save some dough, but heavier users may not fare so well. For those who’ve yet to hop on the myriad other MNVO networks that tap into Sprint’s infrastructure, Ting is now inviting those with Sprint handsets to give their service a try. The “Bring a Sprint device to Ting” initiative launched today, supporting seven handsets in total: HTC’s Evo 3D, 4G and Shift; Samsung’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and Epic 4G; LG’s Optimus S; and Motorola’s Photon 4G. BlackBerry phones, the iPhone, LTE and push-to-talk phones aren’t supported, so you can go ahead and toss those dreams aside. That said, those of you who are still in the mix after that blow can find out more on the transition process by visiting the source link. Godspeed, network jumpers.