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Mock Draft 1.0

Posted on February 20, 2014 by scott boyles | 0 Comments

We're lucky to have a couple walking sports encyclopedias on staff here at Gameday Cloth. One of those is Jeff. He runs a site called The Draft Narrative. He's Norm's go-to draft guy and is currently headed to the NFL Combine. As we do without him in the store, he's graciously contributed to our blog in absentia. 
 
Now that the season is finally concluded with the Seattle Seahawks crowned as the champs, the final draft order is set. Well, almost. The Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens finished with identical records and will flip a coin on Feb 20th at the Scouting Combine to determine who has pick 16 and 17. Though it may be trivial, the Cowboys may wish to lose that toss as pick #17 has proven fairly "lucky" in their past, producing Emmitt Smith, Mel Renfro, Kevin Smith and Kevin Brooks the four times they have picked 17th. And we all know Dallas needs all the help they can get on Draft Day. With that in mind, here is my first mock draft of the season. So much will change between now and May 8th, including free agency, trades, cuts and more, but this is a good way to look at the team needs and the prospects as they stand going into the Combine in an entertaining way. For more check out my website www.thedraftnarrative.com

1. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

It is often said, new regime means new QBs. After Bortles blazes in the 40 at the Combine, his stock should solidify at the top spot.

2. St Louis Rams (from Washington): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Though I think Matthews is the better prospect, Robinson's run-blocking is a good fit for what HC Fisher wants for his Rams

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

The Jags would be thrilled to land Clowney with the #3 pick despite their desperate need for a QB

4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

And why wouldn't the most wheels-off franchise take the biggest boom-bust candidate in the draft? Synergy!

5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, wrWR, Clemson

The ghost of Al Davis is going to appear at the 2014 NFL Draft and force the Raiders to take the fastest player.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Falcons learned the hard way last year what happens when you go cheap on the offensive line.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo

The Bucs must upgrade their pass-rush and Mack could slide all over Lovie's defense.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The Vikings should be thrilled to get Bridgewater at #8. The most NFL-ready QB paired with Peterson is a god.

9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, UNC

The Bills telegraph their pick every year, but no one pays attention enough to Buffalo media to pick up on it usually.

10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

The Lions really want to find a compliment to Megatron, but this draft is full of WR depth but not starting CBs. Gilbert's 40 time should be impressive.

11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

The Titans are switching to the 3-4 and need someone to rush the passer from the OLB spot. Barr, though raw, should show well at the Combine.

12. New York giants: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

The Giants love versatile offensive lineman. Martin, though he has guard size, has the feet of a LT and will get a shot to start for Big Blue.

13. St Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

The Rams fill two big holes with these two 1st round picks, OT and S. Clinton-Dix is a playmaker desperately needed in the Rams secondary.

14. Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

The Bears defense got RUN OVER last year and needs big bodies up front. If Jernigan answers the condition questions, he'll be the first DT off the board.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Rumors persist the Steelers are looking for size at the WR spot to compliment Brown. At 6'5" Evans would be ideal in Black and Gold.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

With both starting tackles slated for free agency, the Ravens will likely sign one and look to draft the other. Alabama OL is a good place to go for that.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

The Cowboys, like the Bears, will be looking for help on the D-line and Donald's a great fit at the 3 technique.

18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

The Jets are looking for offensive pieces to add around young Geno Smith. Lee, with great speed and route-running, is a great fit.

19. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

I believe in kharma so given the Incognito mess, it is only fitting the Fish land the sliding OT from Michigan with tons of red flags around him.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Mizzou

Ealy is a great pick for Arizona because he can fill two needs: a strong-side OLB and a pass rushing DE in the 3-4.

21. Green Bay Packers: Rashede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

The Pack are rumored to be parting ways with BJ Raji and will need a replacement up front. Hageman's game is similar to Raji's w/o the pricetag.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

The Eagles will be looking to upgrade the secondary, but will likely spend money on safeties and look to draft CBs.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

I'm not high on Benjamin with worries about his hands and route-running, but that size/speed combo will be hard to resist for most GMs.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

Like the Eagles, the Bengals will be looking to upgrade the secondary. Pryor is a rising prospect who might not be here come May.

25. San Diego Chargers: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

The Dwight Freeney signing really didn't work out and the Chargers could really bolster their pass rush with Ford's burst off the edge.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indy): David Yankey, OG, Stanford

I really like UCLA's Su'a-Filo more as a pure prospect, but the Stanford pedigree will likely have Yankey go before him.

27. New Orleans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

Positions like guards and inside linebackers tend to slip on draft day and Mosley could be a real value in the 20's of this draft.

28. Carolina Panthers: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

The Panthers finally replace 35 y.o. Steve Smith with a big play WR in Beckham Jr.

29. New England Patriots: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

Until he recovers from the knee injury, I think Nix could slide in this draft and be the perfect successor to Wilfork for the Pats.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

To replace Carlos Rodgers, I think the Niners opt for Roberson over Verrett based on size.

31. Denver Broncos: Stephen Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

The Broncos are looking for a compliment to Von Miller and Tuitt has the perfect versatility to do just that.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Many people have Amaro landing in NE, but I think he becomes a great versatile weapon for Russell Wilson at both TE and WR.

Pony Up

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Jana Mathena | 0 Comments

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I don't normally write too sports specific on this blog. I leave that to the boys, who usually know a bit more than me instinctually. But on this occasion, I can't help it. I am bursting with Pony Pride! Cheesy? Yes. But, true.

I've had football season tickets for six consecutive years, along with a few before I moved away to NYC (kind of hard to commute from Manhattan). And now I'm in my second year of basketball season tickets. I cannot explain what it feels like to watch a sports program at SMU light it on FIRE the way Larry Brown has with our basketball program. It is awe-inspiring.

Check out this video and tell me it doesn't inspire you. They play it to open every home game. I've watched 100x now. Chills. Every. Time.

I shot the finally seconds of the game last Saturday the 8th against #7 Cincinnati. I've never seen anything like it since beginning my SMU career in the Fall of 1998. I'm so proud that the students are as supportive and excited as they are of our extraordinary team. You can watch my little iPhone video on our YouTube page. Next time I'll shoot wide. I was just too excited to think!

Posted in Basketball, SMU, Sports, The Games

Thank You, Larry Brown

Posted on February 05, 2014 by Dustin Griffin | 1 Comment

It's been almost 20 years since I started college at SMU.  That seems like a really, really long time.  It's been even longer since SMU has been to the NCAA tournament.  I wasn't even paying attention to SMU when they won the Southwest Conference Regular season title in 1993.  I remember the Sports Illustrated when former Mustang Jon Koncak was (briefly) the highest paid player in the NBA. I was in school when SMU played the #1 Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994.  I witnessed the 'revival" under coach Mike Dement when we made an NIT appearance in 2000.  That team had two future NBA players on it, which was a big deal to us.  Quinton Ross played several years in the NBA and still plays professionally overseas.  Jeryl Sasser was a first round draft pick.  We made the final four in the CollegeInsider.com Post Season Tournament in 2011 (yes, that's a real thing).  These aren't even enough to be footnotes in your history if you are a North Carolina or Duke alum.  For Mustang fans these are fond memories.  Larry Brown has changed all of that.

When we were in school, I went to probably 90-95% of the home games.  There were plenty of good seats available.  The only time it seemed to be close to a sell out were those times when a ranked opponent (i.e. Fresno St or New Mexico) showed up or if it was a nationally televised game (I seem to remember a couple of 11pm games versus TCU).  Those games notwithstanding, attendance was so sparse that every chant or cheer could be heard throughout the arena.  Larry Brown has changed all of that.

The big time SMU recruits I remember were players who had accolades (Mr. Basketball Colorado, Texas 5A player of the year, etc) but weren't heavily recruited by the NCAA basketball blue bloods.  Basketball is one of the few sports that one impact recruit can impact your program.  Jeryl Sasser, for example, led us to the NIT without much help (Ross was a freshman that year).  We weren't getting those guys.  Larry Brown has changed all of that.

I can't remember SMU basketball being this exciting.  Since I've relocated to Austin, I haven't been able to get to any games.  But Coach Brown has made us relevant enough that we're on tv at least once a week.  Every Monday I check the new polls to see how many votes we get.  I don't think I've ever been able to do that before.  ESPN's Bracketology is another can't miss for me.  I don't know if we've ever even appeared on that page prior to this year.  And I'm excited for our future...Coach Brown has signed the highest ranked recruit ever for SMU and he enrolls in August.  Two of this years top freshman had narrowed their collegiate choices to Kentucky (8 national championships), Kansas (invented basketball) and SMU.  So, thank you, Coach Brown.  Thank you for bringing pride to SMU.  Thank you for bringing wins and expectations to SMU.  And thank you for doing it the right way and with class.

 

Posted in Basketball, Opinionated, SMU, Sports

Want want want

Posted on January 30, 2014 by janamathena | 0 Comments

After a hiatus the last couple years, the much-requested Ruana is back at Gameday Cloth. Versatile and so much cuter than a cardigan.

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Bonbon by Micah Yancey …

Shop this resident jewelry collection by Dallas local Micah Yancey

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Want to know the easiest way to add style to your jeans and tee? A sequin scarf! Get the Calvin Klein look with our $36 version.

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Limbo jewelry design … We've brought this local Austin line back to 2ND Street as our resident jewelry collection. It's simple, modern and the ultimate in fabulous.

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If you don't know already, then it's time that you learned … Hanky Panky is the best.

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Posted in Gameday Fashion, Products

Reflecting

Posted on December 31, 2013 by janamathena | 0 Comments

Reflecting

I can't help but get a bit nostalgic around the holidays. We've had our first doors open now 1,263 days. (Yes, I just used days as my measure of time). Sometimes it feels like no time at all, but most of the time it feels like the longest 3 1/2 years of my life.

I focused a lot over the Christmas season about getting my heart in the right place and making sure I saw what was important. It's easy to allow stress and pressure to succeed to bring you down and overwhelm you. I will admit, there were a few times this year I thought Gameday Cloth was going to open up like a Blue Whale and swallow me whole.

But sitting on the precipice of 2014, reflecting back, as one does, on 2013, I'm grateful. I've met some of the most amazing people I couldn't imagine my life without all because of the store - customers, employees, vendors; all now friends. I've been able to see a dream realized. I had a vision in my head and it is now an actuality. How many people are lucky enough to say that in their life? And what fashion female wouldn't be excited about a massive store that also acts as your personal closet and shopping spree? Let's be real.

I'm not one for resolutions. I'd rather try and make a positive change I can keep. Some may say that's a resolution, but for some reason, once that's what it's labeled, I break it. Two years ago I vowed to make more time for myself, last year to focus more on work and this year I will focus more on those around me. Of course, I also vow to get out of debt and pray every day, but neither of those have yet to come to fruition after years of attempts. But sitting here today in the quiet, I'm so proud of what the store looks like and has become and am so grateful for all of the people that have gotten us to where we are. It seems only fitting that I spend my next year investing in those people that have so tirelessly invested in me, us and our dream that is Gameday Cloth.

Happy 2014!

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We Love ... Colosseum

Posted on November 06, 2013 by janamathena | 0 Comments

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Colosseum believes clothing should move seamlessly between the activities of every day life - without requiring a wardrobe change. Colosseum is activewear that performs as beautifully as it looks.

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Like the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, American women are strikingly versatile: they perform, compete, strength train and meditate.

Designer for motion, the collection offers three categories: Running, Training and Active Lifestyle, addressing the needs of serious athletes without sacrificing beauty, comfort or style. We at Gameday Cloth believe in the beauty of their Active Lifestyle collection and are beyond excited to now feature it in our Shops at Legacy location.

Let Colosseum inspire the fitness-fashionista in you.

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Posted in Gameday Fashion, Opinionated

Good Morning Texas - the GDC Way

Posted on October 15, 2013 by janamathena | 0 Comments

SO MUCH FUN! We got a call a couple weeks ago asking to put together looks for a Red River fashion segment on Good Morning Texas for Friday, Oct 10th. I've only been on a TV set a handful of times and, let me tell you, nothing gets you going more than LIVE TV! (no pressure).

I grabbed a couple friends and GDC girls and LOVED putting my styling hat back on. Now that we have the GDC Denim Bar I can truly style head to ... well, ankle. It was a little chilly to rock our Havaianas or Hari Mari's.

Look at how cute these girls were!

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The stylist doing the segment for GMT was Jeannette Chivvis and she's posted the video and some more pics on her blog. I couldn't help but snag a few of my own pics as well.

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From L to R: (everything can be found at GDC).

Cheryl is wearing OCJ jeans in OU, G Wear top in Oklahoma, Randolph Engineering Aviators

Kristi is wearing James Jeans Twiggy in Ginger, Original Retro Brand cropped burnout UT top, LeeLee Rox Texas hat

Daryn is wearing thvm jeans in Salt, Original Retro Brand OU dolman, necklace from Gameday Cloth

I am wearing James Jeans Twiggy in Moroccan Leaf, Original Retro Brand Hi/Lo Dolman in UT, necklace from Gameday Cloth

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