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From NBA Alabama State Chair, Dr. Corey Spurlin


Colleagues,
     I hope you have had a successful Fall Semester. As the Alabama state chair for the National Band Association, I would like to recognize ensembles in our state that perform at any Regional or National events this year. Please let me know if your marching or concert groups have had or will have an opportunity such as this in 2013-14. In our NBA meetings at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, I would like to share the great music making and teaching that is going on across our state.
     I am also writing to encourage your participation and membership in this important professional organization. If you are unfamiliar with the NBA, it was founded in 1960 and promotes the musical and educational significance of bands. It is dedicated to the attainment of the highest levels of excellence for bands and band music. We are living and working in a time where advocacy for bands is extremely important, and the NBA is solely focused on the promotion of this single artistic medium. The organization does not limit membership to a certain style or level of band participation, but is open to all teachers and performers that wish to advance the art form. 
     On a national level, the NBA has numerous projects that help advance band music and education. The organization provides all members with the official NBA magazine, The Instrumentalist. The NBA also publishes the NBA Journal and provides an online directory to help communication and collegiality among band directors. Members also have access to a selective concert band music list to aid with programming. The organization holds national and regional conventions and sponsors the Revelli Composition Contest, the Merrill Jones Young Composers Contest, the International Conducting Symposium, and the Young Composer and Conductor Mentor Projects. These are just a few of the NBA projects that help develop excellence in band performance at all levels and provide an avenue for the enhancement of band literature.
     On the state level, NBA presents awards at the AMEA conference and other state and regional events to recognize outstanding achievement in band performance and education. Should you become a member of NBA, you would be eligible to nominate and present some NBA awards in your county/district as well as within your own band program. This is a great way to honor a deserving colleague or student in your band or in  your area. A listing of these awards, which are all free to members, can be found at: http://www.nationalbandassociation.org/awards.  When needed and requested, the Alabama membership of NBA also sponsors events (honor bands, clinics, guest performers, etc...) that help further the development and recognition of bands in our state. It is my goal to increase the Alabama membership in NBA by 15% so that we may be able to offer more services to our state directors and programs. I would love to hear your suggestions regarding ways that NBA can better serve your needs in the state.
     I know there are many options for professional membership in our field, but NBA is dedicated to your needs as band director. If you would like to become a member, dues are $55 and there are numerous benefits other than supporting your profession:
     * The Instrumentalist - official monthly magazine, sent to all active members. 
     * The NBA Journal - published three times yearly (May, October (NBA insert in The Instrumentalist) & December)
     * Access to all areas of the NEW NBA web site, www.nationalbandassociation.org including selective music lists, professional advice, conducting and composition projects, awards, grants, and much more.
     You can join online or print out a form and mail in the application for membership: http://www.nationalbandassociation.org/join/
     The NBA is a wonderful organization of professional music educators. I do hope you¹ll plan to join this worthwhile organization today, and I look forward to seeing your name added to our statewide roster. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Corey Spurlin
NBA Alabama State Chair
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Director, Auburn University Marching Band
Associate Professor of Music
334-844-3179 (office)
334-844-3170 (fax)

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Corrected HS Bassoon Exercise


One of our band directors emailed me yesterday regarding m.26 of the second high school bassoon exercise.  There was a grace note A-flat that moved to a G-sharp.  Looking ahead to the next measure, my initial thought was that the grace note was probably supposed to be an A-natural.  I emailed Dr. Jacobs to verify, and he confirmed that to be the case and emailed me a corrected version.  I sent it to Garry Taylor and he has already posted the corrected exercise on the website.   If you would, just drop a notification to everyone in your district through email that a small error was found and the corrected version has been posted.
 
I'm actually surprised that someone hadn't brought this to my attention before now, but on the other hand, maybe we don't have a great number of bassoons that are already working on all-state yet:-).  Thanks for your help with this!
 
Rusty Courson, Ed.S. (ABD)
Director of Bands
Smiths Station High School
P.O. Box 253
4228 Lee Road 430
Smiths Station, AL  36877-0253
School:  (334) 664-4435
Home:  (334) 298-7128
Cell:  (706) 289-4721
Fax:  (334) 298-1304
website:  www.sshsband.org
President:  Alabama Bandmasters Association

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From ABA president elect, Mike Holmes


Directors,

If you plan to request to play a piece of music for MPA that is not on the ABA Cumulative List then you must follow the steps listed below by "the third Friday in January" (Received byJanuary 17, 2014, not postmarked)

1. Go to the ABA web site
2. Open the ABA Forms tab
3. Open the "Request to Play Compositions Not on Cumulative List" tab
4. Print that form and follow the instructions on the form
5. Please note that you must include aPhotocopy (not an original-the photo copy will go into the recycle bin once I have finished with it) of the score and a recording (CD that you do not want returned to you) of the piece you wish to play.
6. Every part of the application must be completed in order for me to consider your request.

Please be aware that we have an extensive list of approved music from which you can choose.  I highly recommend that you exhaust that list prior to submitting a request to play a piece not on the list.

Sincerely,

Micheal S. Holmes-Vice-President/President Elect
Alabama Bandmasters Association
Mountain Brook Jr. High School

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Dogwood Days


Springtime in the Deep South brings with it two guarantees - dogwood blossoms and pollen. Those beautiful, white blossoms appear every year and serve as a sign that the damp, deadness of winter is finally over. The bright, yellow pollen appears too, covering cars in a film of sunshine colored dust. It’s everywhere.

Children growing up in the south spend most of their time outdoors in the sticky air, sweetened by springtime blossoms.  When they are young, they climb the dogwoods, dangling from the branches, and they trace words in the yellow film of pollen with little fingers. The beauty of the bright colors is all that they see.

Children see as much beauty in the dogwood blossoms as they do in the fallen pollen.  

At night, when children lay their heads on the pillow, they dream of dinosaurs, unicorns and fairy tales. All is right with the world.

Little children grow and the doors slowly close. Dogwood dangling and pollen painting become faint memories. The pollen becomes a burden, hosed off of the car on the weekends.

Those grown children no longer spend their time outside in the sticky air. They stay inside, with the lights dim and the air cool. They hire someone to plant a beautiful dogwood, right outside of the double glass doors, so that they may look at it and show it off to neighbors. The dogwood sits there, majestic and beautiful, viewed through the lens of a glass.

And try as they may, they can never keep the pollen out. Every time they open their doors, the wind blows it right into the foyer.

They cannot shut it out completely, for somewhere, deep down, they know that even the beautiful dogwood is often just a decoy, distracting and detracting from the years of pain and hatred that have darkened the Deep South.

Many think racism is a thing of the past, but it is still here. There are still doors that remain shut, and people who’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a child. For it’s not that children don’t see color, it’s just that they appreciate all color equally, from the light hues of the dogwood blossom, to the browns and grays of its branches, to the bright yellows of the pollen it produces. Children are not pinned down by ignorant morals and false values. 

We should try to remember what it’s like to be a child.

Mr. King had a dream. He hoped that “one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls would be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Most likely, the children would have joined hands from the beginning, except that adults told them not to. When children see pollen, they see a sunshine canvas for painting. When children see other children, they see a friend to play with and a hand to hold.

Mr. King’s dream is coming true, more so every day, but we must keep marching.

If we want to get anywhere, we first have to open our doors.



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Down Here



In memory of Blake Starr, Justin Sollohub, and everyone we’ve lost down here.

Growing up in a slow moving, small, southern town gives a person a different outlook on life. Outsiders might think southerners are at a disadvantage without skyscrapers and a Starbucks on every corner, but small town folks have something that some will never have-a place where everybody knows your name.

Down here, people still buy tomatoes and boiled peanuts at roadside stands and chat about the weather with the stand owner whom they’ve known for 20 years. Walking into Wal-Mart is like walking into a high school reunion, and Saturdays are spent sipping lemonade (or beer) by Terrapin creek with old friends.

Down here in this little corner of Northeastern Alabama, people grow up together. The town grows up together. In Jacksonville, Alabama, most kids attend Kitty Stone Elementary, and friends made in kindergarten often remain friends for life.

Growing up in a small town, a person’s identity is based on more than who he or she was at one point in time. Whereas others might see a man, small town friends see a toothless six year old from first grade, the best kickball player in fourth grade, a slightly awkward adolescent at the 8thgrade dance, and a fellow graduate from Jacksonville High School.

Down here, high school sweethearts get married and elementary school friends attend the wedding. Some friends even go on to become college buddies.

Down here, people get to read the whole book from cover to cover, not just a chapter.  

A family is the foundation a person, and in a small town, folks know a person’s family. Friends in in 4th grade have siblings in 6th grade and older brothers play basketball together. Families are referred to by their last names - the Tippets, the Joneses, the Sollohubs, the Starrs.

People don’t just grow up together down here. Families grow up together.

Those school years don’t last forever. Some friends stick around and raise their own little families while others move off. Either way, people have a tendency to lose touch. They spread out, especially these days. But for those fortunate enough to grow up in a small town, there’s always that place to come back to. There’s always that group of people that can never be replaced in time, heart or memory.

A hometown and the family and friendships that it holds is like a safety net. It’s always there, sometimes just a car ride away, sometimes an airplane ride away. When life gets tough, a person can always come back home.

Occasionally, however, that solid piece of earth that folks have known all of their lives gets shaken, or worse. Sometimes it gets ripped apart like the aftermath of an Alabama tornado.  The recent loss of two wonderful, young men, Blake Starr and Justin Sollohub, reminded the little town of Jacksonville, Alabama just how fragile life can be.

The passing of someone in a small town affects the entire community.  Friends and cousins and schoolmates come from all over with tears in their eyes, packing into one of the local churches to pay their respects.

One phrase can be heard over and over: “It’s been so long. Too bad it takes something like this to bring everyone back together.”

It is too bad, but it shows just how many people care. It shows just how many lives can be touched by one person in one little town.

I started first grade in Kitty Stone Elementary with Blake’s little sister, and my sister started 3rd grade with Blake. Justin was one grade above me, and his little sister was one grade below me. I played softball with Blake’s sister and PARD soccer with Justin.

We all grew up together. Our families grew up together, down here.

Last month, Blake’s funeral was held at West Side Baptist Church. That’s the same church I attended when I first moved to Alabama. The Reverend Truman Norred officiated the service.

Over 20 years ago I sat in that church as a fidgety child, listening to that same pastor speak his words of love. The Starr family sat a few pews ahead or behind, listening to the same words.

I’ve spent the past 10 years trying to escape the mistakes I made as a teenager in this little town. I’ve traveled around to big conferences in fancy clothes, and kept my small town roots and my past mistakes hidden.  

Blake and Justin helped me remember that this little town made me who I am. They helped me remember that every chapter of life is important. A person is an entire book, not just a chapter.

To me, Blake will always be a grinning teenager who grew up to be a loving husband, brother and son.

To me, Justin will always be an energetic 12 year old playing soccer who grew up to be a heroic police officer.

In the Miranda Lambert song, “The House that Built Me,” she sings, “You move on you leave home and you do the best you can. I got lost in this big world and forgot who I am.” In the song, she goes back and visits the house she grew up in.

I thought about going back to the house in Jacksonville that I grew up in, the house that built me, but I didn’t need to. I realized that I’d already come back to the place that built me, and it wasn’t a house. It was this little town, down here.

I am so thankful that Blake and Justin were a part of this town, and they always will be. 

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Cyber–Bullying: What Can We Do as Parents?


Cyber-bullying is increasing at an alarming rate, thus, it is vital that steps are taken to decrease and prevent further incidents. Most schools now have a zero tolerance policy and require both students and parents to sign anti-bullying contracts at the beginning of the school year. Laws against cyber-bullying are popping up from state to state.    

In the media, critics place blame on school officials and claim that charges should have been pressed in many cases. But what about the parents? Parents are the strongest advocates and disciplinarians for their children, so what can we do as parents of a bullied or bullying teen?

Parents should also have a zero tolerance policy for bullying.

Parental support is considered a strong, protective factor against bullying, and is associated with decreased incidents of bullying, including both face-to-face encounters as well as cyber-bullying. Talk to your kids. Be there for them. Show them love, compassion and empathy.

If you suspect your teen is being cyber-bullied, do not take it lightly, especially if you notice that it’s causing your teen distress. Contact the bully’s parents immediately. Find out how often your child encounters the bully at school or other places. Look over all instances of written harassment (Facebook posts, emails, texts), and if it is truly concerning, file a harassment charge.

Do not give your kids free access to the computer and Internet. Whether they’re 9 or 17, they are still your kids. Before long, they will be grown and you won’t have a say in their computer use, so use this time while you can.

Telling a teenager she cannot use Facebook at all will probably cause more distress than necessary. However, limiting the time spent on social networking sites is both healthy and necessary. Requiring your teenager to give you access to his or her account is a perfectly reasonable and even necessary request, especially if you suspect bullying.

A good strategy is to have your child’s passwords on hand, but always ask first to view his or her profile. Do this in a gentle and friendly manner. Let your kids know that you are doing this to support and protect, not to snoop and control. 

If they refuse to show you their profiles, look for yourself. If they refuse to give you passwords, take away the computer. An angry teenager yelling at her mother is better than a depressed teenager dealing with social bullying alone.

Do not hesitate to seek psychological help, especially if you notice any signs of depression. In a recent study, cyber-bullying was shown to be the only form of bullying that significantly increases depression in teen victims (Wang, 2010).   

If you discover that your child is engaging in cyber-bullying, take the computer away immediately, no questions asked. (Note: it is not necessary to shoot the computer with a shotgun, as the father did in the popular You Tube video).

Engage in frequent discussions imploring the reasons behind the bullying behavior. The teen should take responsibility for his or her actions and realize the damage that it may be causing another person. Require your teen to personally apologize to the victims. Teach your kids love, compassion and empathy.  You may need to seek psychological help for your teen. He or she may be acting out for reasons unknown to you.

The increasing problem and public awareness of cyber-bullying has resulted in tough policy enforcement in schools and the enactment of new laws against this form of harassment. However, as parents, we have the greatest power of all to stand up to this problem. Take it seriously. You’ll be doing your children a huge favor, even if they don’t see it like that at the time.   


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100925115115.htm
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Bullying – From Grandpa’s Schoolyard to the Cyber World


Bullying is a dangerous and disturbing epidemic of today's youth, markedly different from the outdated view of bullying as typical, childhood antics in the schoolyard. The increasing use of the Internet and social networking sites has created a separate and deeply complex epidemic, now called “cyber-bullying."  

Although bullying was never condoned, it hasn’t always been a detrimental problem of our youth. Not too long ago, grandfathers told tales of schoolyard bullying with reminiscent humor.  Gathered around the fire, children listened to Grandpa recount stories, as he rocked back in forth in his chair, describing how he learned to defend himself against the “playground pusher” or how he outsmarted the “lunch money thief.”

Sadly, bullying tales today are drastically different.  

We no longer sit by the fire with Grandpa laughing about the lunch money thief. Today’s tales are more likely to be discussed around the kitchen table with a distressed mother, a pissed off father, and a crying teenager.   

In fact, the term “bullying” may not be appropriate anymore, since it still has connotations suggestive of somewhat innocent, childhood antics. Bullying was the term that Grandpa used to recount schoolyard tales, but let’s be realistic; what is happening today is more like harassment, defamation, and even assault.

The problem is greatly exacerbated by the widespread access and use of the Internet.   

Sonia Livingstone, social psychologist and leading expert on children and the Internet, describes today’s youth as the “digital generation.” Although there are many positive aspects of Internet use and even social networks, there are many negative aspects as well. Bullying can now take place from miles away with complete anonymity.

Cyber-bullying is increasing at an alarming rate, and the long-term consequences can be detrimental. One report claims that “about 20-40% of youths have experienced cyber-bullying” (Tokunaga, 2010), and it is associated with emotional distress (Wang, et. Al., 2009) and most likely increased levels of depression (Campbell, 2005). Unfortunately, since it is a relatively new problem, little research has been conducted on the issue. Such research is more vital than ever.
  
The consequences of cyber-bullying could be fatal. The problem has drawn national attention with recent tragedies such as those of Megan Meier, Amanda Cummings, Tyler Clementi, and many other beautiful, young people who died by suicide shortly after incidents of cyber-bullying.

Although suicide is a serious problem indicative of deeper mental and emotional distress, there can certainly be catalysts that push people over the edge, and cyber-bullying is almost without a doubt one of those catalysts.

Many of these incidents are not cases of cyber-bullying, they are straight up “cyber-assault,” and this has to stop.  

I hope that the new documentary “Bully” will bring more attention to this detrimental problem.


Recently, my teenage cousin posted a Facebook status complaining about people who antagonize others to commit suicide. This naturally caused me great concern, and I messaged my cousin. She informed me that a friend was receiving anonymous posts on her Tumblr account with statements such as “Why don’t you just hang yourself.”

This is so sickening I don’t even need to describe in words how sickening it is. The words are right there. The problem is right here, happening to a friend of my little cousin and happening to countless other silent, cyber victims.

“Why don’t you just hang yourself?”

Whoever you are, why don’t you just find a little compassion in your heart and think about what it means to be human.

For every bully out there, there is no excuse for your hateful words. Take just one minute and think about how your words could possibly destroy someone’s life. Do you really want to destroy a life? I’d like to believe that the answer to that question is no. 

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The Most Important Man in Our Life

It was mid October, 2009.  My daughter and I had spent the day plane hopping through three airports, literally sprinting through one as I tried to drag 2 suitcases and a backpack while holding tightly to the hand of my 6 year old. On our final evening flight to Birmingham, Juniper fell asleep in the middle seat and stretched her little, sneakered feet out on an older Indian woman beside us. I reached over to move her, but the woman held up her hand, gave me serene smile, and whispered, "I have children too. Don't worry." She sat back and rested with Juniper's feet resting on her. That meant a lot from a stranger on that night. I stared out the window into the night sky, wondering what it would be like when our plane touched down. 


My brother was waiting there when we landed. He grabbed all of the luggage and drove us to the hotel where me met my mother, sister, and niece - all six of us crowded into a little hotel room. I felt a sense of familiarity, a comfort found only when surrounded by the family that built me - my sister, brother, mother, and my father. Three of them were with me that night in the hotel room. We talked and laughed as the two cousins jumped back and forth between the beds like wild banshees. 


After an hour or so of laughing and chatting amidst the two wild banshees, my mother asked if I was ready. I nodded. My sister looked at me, her eyes speaking more than words ever could, her gaze giving me comfort and strength. "I'll stay in the room with the girls," she said to me. I nodded.  


We left the hotel room, mother, brother and me, and walked through the hotel skywalk into the UAB hospital, my big brother's hand on my shoulder. The elevator ride to the intensive care unit seemed to go on forever. My mom and brother chatted and laughed casually. I know they did that for me. I stayed silent, my hands shaking and my heart pounding more and more as we neared the floor of the intensive care unit. Big brother's hand never left my shoulder, his touch speaking more than words ever could. My brother Josh, nine years older than me, is the second most influential man in my life. On that night, he never let go of his little sister as we went to see the most influential man in my life.   


A month earlier on September 12, 2009, my father was driving home from his late shift at the Honda Plant in Lincoln, Alabama, when a young man ran a stop sign at 50 miles per hour crashing into my dad. They called it a "T-Bone" crash. The young man was not hurt. My father was seriously injured. An ambulance came and took him to the nearest hospital, then airlifted him to UAB Medical Center.   


I was 2000 miles away in Arizona.


Over the phone from 2000 miles away, I learned that my dad was involved in a serious car wreck and was in critical condition with traumatic brain injury. Over the phone from 2000 miles away, I continuously called to question and sometimes yell at medical staff for updates and information. Over the phone from 2000 miles away, I was told that my dad had a heart attack while in a coma in intensive care, and then a second heart attack.  Over the phone, 2000 miles away from my family, I learned that the strongest, most important man in my life was severely injured and unconscious.


I was a world away, scared, sad, confused and detached from the situation, but I thought the phone calls and continuous updates had prepared me. I thought I was strong and ready when I flew home to see him.


When we finally stepped into that hospital room and I saw my dad lying there with  tubes and machines hooked to him, my dam broke. The tears poured down my face. My brother grabbed me and held me tight while I sobbed.


My dad has been the most influential man in my life. He has worked and supported our family his entire life. My dad didn't finish high school, but he's one of the smartest men I've ever known. I attribute much of my academic success to him. My father taught my brother, sister and me how to play every sport that we took an interest in. Some years, he would coach mine or my sister's softball team. We always came in first place those years, no exaggeration. My father was a tae kwon doe instructor and has a black belt with all the stripes. My father taught me how to shoot a gun, bait a hook, and hunt. My father is quiet, patient, gentle and strong. He is one of the nicest men you'll ever meet, but he is also a man to fear if anything or anyone threatens his family.


My dad has always been my hero and the most important man in my life, but over the past 10 years, he has done something that means even more to me than what he did for me as a father. He has been the prominent male, role-model to my daughter.


As I've raised a little blonde-headed girl on my own, he has always been there to teach her the same things that he taught his little blonde-headed girl. My father is also the most important man in my daughter's life.


Today, almost 4 years after the car accident, my dad is nearing a full recovery. As I was writing this, he walked outside and asked if I needed anything from the store. I said no, but before he got to the car I called out, "be careful Dad." He looked back at me, smiled and nodded.


On this father's day, nothing I could give my dad could ever compare to what he's given me through the years. On this Father's Day, I am the one with the greatest gift - the gift of my father. My Daddy is still here. Juniper's Grandpa is still here.



Thank you Dad. Thank you Grandpa. Happy Father's Day.

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My First Alabama Game - the Iron Bowl 2012


The roar of Bryant-Denny stadium could be heard a mile away. I walked towards it thinking how my footsteps were falling in the same spots where Bear Bryant's had once fallen.

Kids in Alabama grow up watching the game and greeting strangers with a nod and "Roll Tide." For two decades I watched Alabama football from my living room every Saturday in the fall but had never made it to a game. On a visit home for Thanksgiving this year, I decided to finally check out a real game and wound up in Tuscaloosa for the 2012 Iron Bowl with no ticket, just a chance to hang with the tailgating scene and mill around the outside of the stadium.

I watched the first half of the game from a T.V. outside the stadium. Alabama was up 42-0 at halftime. By the 3rd quarter fans were pouring out for an early celebration.


I started circling the stadium looking for a way in. Security guards were still checking tickets at the entrances. 

About halfway around I noticed a group of people going in and jumped in line. A guard at the front asked for a red ticket. I turned around and kept walking. 

It was the beginning of the 4th quarter. I had nearly circled the stadium. Just as I was thinking that I might have to wait until it was empty to see the inside of this legacy, I noticed an entrance with no guards in sight. I was in.

In front of me was a field opening that led right to the Alabama sideline. I kept walking, out into a sea of crimson and watched the last five minutes of the game behind a row of Alabama jerseys.

As the clock seconds ticked down, an Alabama player ran up to high-five fans. He didn't know that I was a lifelong Alabama fan. He didn't know that this was my first game, or that I'd snuck in halfway through the fourth quarter and wound up on the sideline. He didn't even know that he was my favorite college football player of 2012. Eddie Lacy probably had other things on his mind that night, but as he grinned and slapped my hand at the 2012 Iron Bowl, he made my first Alabama game more memorable than ever.

Roll Tide.

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Final 2013 Rankings and Mock Complete!

Better late than never right? I haven’t really had as much time this year as I have in the past few years but all the rankings pages and things have been updated, enjoy! Here’s the first round: 1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M 2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Eric Fisher, OT, Central […]
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First Round Grades

2012 NFL Draft First Round Analysis and Grades: 1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – The Colts cut ties with long-time star Peyton Manning this off-season because they were poised to get the best QB prospect in decades. No surprises here, everyone loves this pick. Grade: A+ 2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) – Robert […]
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Final Rankings Updated!

All the positional tabs have been updated with my final 2012 rankings. In addition, the final 2 round mock and top 100 have been updated.   Round 1 1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, […]
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Nick Perry Scouting Report

Nick Perry, DE, USC Height: 6’3? Weight: 271 Strengths: Solid height and overall size Solid array of pass rushing moves Great hand use, able to disengage from blockers Great natural strength Able to dip his shoulder and get the corner Good natural athleticism Plays with good leverage Weaknesses: Stiff athlete Not very good in space, […]
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Stephon Gilmore Scouting Report

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina Height: 6’0″ Weight: 190 Strengths: Great athlete and great speed Very physical Good tackler with a knack to lay the wood Good ball skills Great size and length Good blitzer Scheme versatile, played in off-man/zone but has skillset to make transition to man Big-time upside Experience as a return man Weaknesses: […]
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Chaz Powell Scouting Report

Chaz Powell, CB, Penn State Height: 6’0″ Weight: 203 Strengths: Great athlete and great speed Great kick returner Very good size Lots of untapped potential Lots of special teams experience playing gunner on punts and covering kicks High football IQ, good instincts Great hands and leaping ability with a nose for the ball Great closing speed […]
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AFC West Team Needs

AFC West Oakland Raiders Cornerback – The Raiders lost Nnamdi Asomugha last year and cut Stanford Routt already this offseason. Lito Sheppard is also a free agent. There are hopes that Chimdi Chekwa and Demarcus Van Dyke from last year’s draft can step up and be starters but that’s two mid-round picks  that will be […]
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AFC South Team Needs

AFC South Indianapolis Colts Quarterback – Peyton Manning may never be able to play football again and after missing the entire season, its clear that the guys they had backing him up don’t belong as NFL starters. With the first overall pick in tow and the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning coming out of […]
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AFC North Team Needs

AFC North Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line – Ben Roethlisberger’s skillset makes the Steelers offensive line look better, and worse, than they actually are at times but there is a severe lack of talent at both tackle and guard. A number of players are due to be free agents and a few more are likely cap […]
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AMMJC ANNOUNCEMENT!

  The North Alabama Marijuana Conference and Fundraiser. A first of its kind event for the State of Alabama. Come and hang out for a while and meet. Alabama Native and the Author of “The little black book of marijuana” Steve Elliott. Listen to live music and help Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition step up it’s […]
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Encouraging news from the Alabama Statehouse

By Chris Butts It isn’t every day you read a headline like the one above regarding medical marijuana in our state. The medical marijuana conversation has however become noticeably more prevalent in recent legislative sessions. So many of you reading this have been instrumental in driving the shift we are seeing. Your emails, letters, phone […]
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