Category Archives: ALL-STAR GAME REPORTS


We had an almost normal day of action here in Mobile. I say almost because practices didn’t begin until Noon. The plan to avoid the rain worked out pretty well but the skies never cleared. The high temperature never quite made 50 and 10-15 mph winds blew in from the Northwest. In other words a pretty normal January… Read More »


by GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette Under the new Senior Bowl setup today was really the first day of events open to the media and the public. Sorry for my late report, but the day began at 8 AM and I just got back to my hotel about 8:45 PM. Not complaining folks, just telling you the… Read More »

pigskin shrine game review

by Pigskin Paul Guillemette That faint echo you hear is the wailing and gnashing of teeth around the NFL in Personnel Departments as they pore over game tape from yesterday’s SHRINE GAME action and realize there is no way to deny the poor quality of QB play Saturday, other than the lone exception of VERNON ADAMS/Oregon. And with… Read More »

Grumpy’s Shrine Game Report

by Grumpy Lindsay, GBN Editor and Publisher The small SHALL inherit the earth … That was the theme of the football sermon during Saturday’s East-West Shrine all-star game in St. Petersburg where Oregon QB Vernon Adams was the unquestioned star of the game. Indeed, while the other QBs all struggled to one degree or another, Adams who looked… Read More »


Hopefully you have been following my practice reports all week and have some ideas of what to watch for this afternoon. But at the risk of shooting myself in the foot let me start the gameday coverage with some projections and other last minute observations. The good news for most fans is that I still expect both Head… Read More »

SRHINE GAME Practice Wrap

Thursday was the final day of real practices, and was spent mostly on Special Teams work. Both practice sessions looked like ghost towns compared to earlier in the week. NFL Personnel people pretty much all left town Wednesday night or Thursday morning. NO doubt most are headed home to see their families before jumping back into things next… Read More »

SHRINE WEEK Wednesday Report

Wednesday is always the highlight day of Shrine Week. The players have had three days to meet with their coaches and absorb football information. Hopefully they have assimilated that information and can execute on the grass based upon it. So today is the day that the coaches ramp up the intensity and pace of practice. And of course… Read More »

Shrine Game Tuesday

It was a crisp and windy morning in St. Pete Tuesday with temps in the low 40’s as the East practice began. Being almost on the bay meant the wind was coming in crisply across the cold Winter water of Tampa Bay. I ran into PACKERS GM TED THOMPSON entering the field area. When I asked him how… Read More »

Shrine Game Monday

SHRINE WEEK has begun, with perhaps the best overall quality rosters in over a decade. Being a former teacher one of my first tasks at each practice is to take roster attendance. Everyone present and accounted for at the East practice session. However, one big absence later on at the West practice. Perhaps the No. 1 Draft prospect… Read More »


This weekend former college football players (that’s official now for seniors) will be arriving in Tampa, St. Pete and a few other West Central Florida airports to begin taking part in the Shrine Game week activities. The first practices will be Monday afternoon, after a closed weigh-in session (archaic) in the morning. The week will be filled with… Read More »

Medal of Honor standouts

I must apologize for the delay in getting this game report out to you, but with the rapid fire 3 straight weeks of All-Star games in January, I plain and simply got swamped with travel and learning new rosters. I have now watched the replay of the Medal of Honor Game 3 times. And here is my All-Star… Read More »

SHRINE GAME Player Rankings

Time to flash back less than two full weeks and revisit the SHRINE All-Star venue for a bit. I am venturing back to rank all of the participating players as I did for the Senior Bowl earlier this week. The delay is primarily because we had the Shrine Game two Saturdays ago, then I spent Sunday watching NFL… Read More »

SENIOR BOWL Player Rankings

Now that the dust has settled on the game week, but before we completely put the 2015 Senior Bowl in the rear view window I will be ranking every player from the final game roster based on what I saw of them at the weigh-in, during practices and in game action. This is not to imply that this… Read More »


The 2015 SENIOR BOWL is in the books. I’ve departed Mobile and am in route to Central Florida. Despite a relatively lopsided score the game was competitive for almost a full 3 quarters. For the 17 years I have attended this game today was the most run heavy game I have ever seen for any All-Star game. A… Read More »

Senior Bowl Practice Stars

Senior Bowl Practice Stars: Had a chance to reflect on everything we’ve seen at Senior Bowl practice sessions this week in Mobile and here’s my list of the top performers that I saw on each team. Will be interesting to see if these guys can maintain the pace in the actual game tomorrow. NORTH: #86 NICK BOYLE/TE #3… Read More »

Senior Bowl Day 3

And then it was over. I still have a hard time seeing 3 days of practice as enough to mold a team or to get a great read on prospects, but it is still better than nothing and another tool to use in evaluating a player. The weather was more like normal Mobile today with lower temperatures, and… Read More »

Senior Bowl Day 2

From a practice standpoint today marks the second of only 3 days of practice this year. Still trying to get my head around that. But the skies were blue, the wind was light and I can think of no better way to spend a day than at Ladd-Peebles watching two practices. AM PRACTICE NORTH The Yankees hit the… Read More »

Senior Bowl Day 1

Phil Savage’s new condensed Senior Bowl week starts out with a back breaker and has to get easier from here on out. We started with the weigh-in at 8:30 this morning and followed up with two team practices and Media Night. Enough of my whining how about some football talk. Colin has already posted this mornings weigh-in results… Read More »

SHRINE GAME The Good & The Bad

The dust has settled and after a full Sunday of NFL Play-Off action it’s time to reflect back on some good things from last week’s Shrine action and some bad, specifically in the game itself. I will go on record one more time as saying I do believe that these All-Star Games have value in evaluating prospects. Too… Read More »


Practice week for the SHRINE Game is over and it’s time for a little post-practice, pre-game contemplation. I for one, am grateful for the day off with no driving thru Tampa traffic and over the bridge twice today. A quick couple of Thursday practice observations and then my All-Practice Squad selections. It looked like the light went back… Read More »


EAST-WEST SHRINE CLASSIC REPORTS by Pigskin Paul Guillemette; GBN Associate Editor and Chief Scout Wednesday AM/EAST PRACTICE Sorry for the delay, but our Wednesday night podcast ate up all my ambition. So here we go playing catch-up. Perhaps the nicest surprise package of the week is turning out to be TRE’ McBRIDE/WR/WM & MARY #3. This young man… Read More »