St. Louis Rams 2009 season schedule

Finally, the St. Louis Rams announces their schedule for the 2009 season. Surely, it will be thrilling for both the Rams and the Rams fanatics out there.

Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo said that the Rams are definitely excited about their 2009 schedule on the league’s calendar, and it will be as much as exciting for the Rams fans for sure.

The Rams will open its season on Sept 13, against its fellow NFC Wester Seattle Seahawks.

After that, the Rams will head its way to east to face the Washington Redskins on Sept 22. Sept 27 is the day against the Green Bay Packers which will travel from the North to face the Rams. On week 4, the Rams will move west to San Francisco and face the 49ers on the game scheduled on Oct 4. The game against the Minnesota Vikings will shortly follow on Oct 11.

Oct 18th is scheduled against their first AFC opponent Jacksonville Jaguars, followed with a home game on Oct 25 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Before the bye week comes, a game against the Lions will be held on Nov 1, as the Rams travels to Detroit before reaching the mid-point of the season.

The game resumes on Nov 15, as the Rams is scheduled to go back in action against the New Orleans Saints, and a week after that, Nov 22nd is the day against the Arizona Cardinals. And again, a week later, the Seahawks will come in town to face the Rams on Nov 29.

The St. Louis Rams will again head north to play against the Chicago Bears dated Dec 6, following a game against the Tennessee Titans a after a week. The Rams returns home as they will play against the Texans on Dec 20, then back to Arizona and play with the Cardinals the following week. The Rams ends the season with the San Francisco 49ers on Jan 3.

For the preseason, the Rams will travel to New York and face the Jets on Aug 14.

However, all the regular season games starting week 11 are subject to flexible scheduling.

Arizona Cardinals welcomes a new tight end

After the Arizona Cardinals weekend mini camp, it was reported on May 5, that they have welcomed a new piece in the team, in the name of Dominique Byrd.

Yes! Dominique Byrd signed a one year contract with the Arizona Cardinals this May 5, making him the newest tight end for the Cardinals.

Byrd, who formerly played college football at the University of Southern California, was selected by the St. Louis Rams as the 93rd pick overall on the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played two seasons with the Rams from 2006 to 2007, though he came out of the picture for the whole 2008 season. With the Rams, Byrd got to play in five games during the 2006 season, with 2 catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. He also showed in 14 NFL games where he caught 6 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

During his high school, Byrd got to be a part of the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. And during his college days at Southern Carolina, he was awarded a 2004 All-Pac-10 honorable mention. Byrd also made an impression for catching 2 one-handed touchdown passes; one of those is a game against the University of Oklahoma during the Orange Bowl.

The newcomer tight end Dominique will now be joining the line of veteran tight ends of the Cardinals namely Stephen Spach, Leonard Pope, Ben Patrick, as well as Anthony Becht, which just signed with the Cardinals recently and a former Rams like Byrd.

San Francisco 49ers’ pushup for a cause

On April 24, 2009, the San Francisco 49ers conducted a pushup contest, together with the Stanford University School of Medicine, which aimed to raise funds for the research studies and to find a cure for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is a heart condition which is often asymmetrical, meaning one part of the heart is thicker compared to the others. Although it may not show any symptoms to some, some may experience very abnormal heart rhythms, which eventually causes sudden collapse or even death. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is one cause of death that happens to youthful athletes who seem to be in perfect shape but suddenly die during a heavy workout. This heart condition is usually inherited and passed through genes, and is believed to be the effect of some defects on the genes that control heart muscle growth. Dr. Euan Ashley, MD, the director of Stanford Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, told that the said genetic disorder doesn’t have a cure yet, though surgery and medicines can provide some relieve once the symptoms are recognized.

Emceed by the 49ers former linebacker and now their Vice President of Football Affairs Keena Turner, the pushup contest was participated by the cardiologists of the center, showing their strengths against the 49ers Coach Mark Uyeyuma. Michael Lewis, 49ers safety and linebacker Parys Haralson served as the official counters for the pushups. Despite of Uyeyuma’s impressive performance with a total of 84 pushups in a row, he was overpowered by one of the Stanford Cardiologists who totaled 113 pushups.

As the fun continued, the group eventually talked about the purpose of the event – that is, to fight hypertrophic cadiomyopathy.
Michael Lewis enlighten his thoughts about the event- the fundraising and the heart disorder they are fighting to. He shared that he, as well, was diagnosed of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, and he hopes that through this event, people will be more aware and educated about those heart conditions, and will always strive to live a healthy life, and live their lives normally.

After the event, the 49ers representatives together with the group, headed to the Stanford Medical Center to the Cardiac Care section, and visited the children suffering with heart problems. They also conducted room by room visits to other patients, taking pictures and signing autographs, aspiring to put a smile on their faces, to hopefully uplift their spirits, to help the children fight their own battle against the illness.

As the event ended, the group was able to raised over $10,000, surely a good amount to help the fight against hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Lucas reunited with the Seattle Seahawks; Griffith reunited with Seahawks’ Head Coach.

Both cornerback Ken Lucas and fullback Justin Griffith signed with the Seattle Seahawks last April 27, 2009.

Ken Lucas, who plays as a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL, was selected by the team in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft. His three seasons with the Seahawks (from 2002 till 2004) was remarkable enough, as he earned the NFL’s NFC Defensive Player of the Week during the 2002 season, ending it with a career high of 82 tackles. He also received the same recognition during the 2004 season, ending the season with six interceptions, two of which against quarterback Marc Burgler of St. Louis Rams.
At the end of the 2004 season, Lucas was released by the Seahawks, until he signed with the Carolina Panthers as an unrestricted free agent, prior to the 2005 NFL season. Just the start of his first season with the Panthers, Lucas did an impressive play, finishing the season with six interceptions. Although Lucas may have done enough for the team, it ended up losing the game against his old team, the Seahawks, which happen to be the 2005 NFC Champions.
Just this March, Ken was released by the Panthers. Until finally, reunited with the Seahawks last April 29.

On the other hand, Justin Montrel Griffith was originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons as 121st pick in the 4th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played under the Falcons for four seasons, then became a free agent in 2006, where Griffith, subsequently, became a part of the Oakland Raiders, and stayed with the team for two years.
He was released by the Raiders just this February. Until this April 29, Griffith signed a one year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, where he was reunited with the Seahawks head coach Jim Mora, which happens to be the previous head coach of the Falcons.