The BTSC Community Mock Draft is rolling along, many thanks to PsychoSalameh, for his write-up on the St. Louis Rams and the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. I'm sure it will generate plenty of discussion and controversy. The Kansas City Chiefs and gimpsta7 are on the clock for the 3rd overall pick. When you complete your draft pick please send the pick to email@example.com when it's your turn to select. Thanks! -DYM-
The St. Louis Rams are in the process of re-building after a dismal tenure under former head coach Scott Linehan. The 2009 season will bring a new era in St. Louis with former Giants Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, being brought in to turn the team around and to infuse the Rams with some of the magic that the 2007 Giants defense had under Spagnuolo and company. This off season the Rams have let go some of the last remnants of the 1999 Super Bowl winning franchise by releasing Orlando Pace and Torry Holt.
With the turnaround that Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins were able to manufacture last season, the hopes are high in St. Louis that the new regime will be able to turn the Rams back into Champions.
Updated 8/19/2008 - We hope this area will help you make use of the new platform! These documents will grow as we incorporate user-feedback and implement additional CSS/XHTML changes. It's all a work in progress, so thanks for your patience ;)
Welcome to the SB Nation FanPost compose screen! This guide should help get you started. For more detailed info, check out the full FanPost Help Guide.
1. The Creative Basics
The compose screen includes fields for your the Title and body of your entry. Since SB Nation 2.0 blogs use a narrower column on the front page, consider using the Intro Paragraph as a teaser, and extend longer posts into the Entry Body area. Many blogs and news sites have found that this makes your front page more scannable and pulls readers into the community.
You can switch between WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) and HTML editors, explained in further detail below. The auto-save function will save your progress as you compose or edit. Use the bottom row of blue buttons to manuallyyour entry, to the final look of the entry, and to to the live site. When editing an existing entry, use Publish to push updates to the world.
2. All Sorts of Inserts
Use these toolbar buttons to insert images, videos, and files into your entry. You can upload these assets from your local machine, or pull them in from elsewhere on the web.
To insert images, click the picture button on the toolbar. In the blue modal window, type or paste in a URL to an image in the field labeled 'URL', and click the 'Import' button. You may see a progress bar as your image is imported and resized. Once the window closes you'll see your image displayed at the current cursor location.
To add a link, highlight the words that you'd like linked, and click the link button. Type or paste a URL into the small popup window to create the link. Easy as cake!
Widgets are packaged objects that contain statistics, text, or special markup. Press the shuttlecock icon to add a sports data widget to your entry. To insert custom widgets, try the gear icon.
We encourage you to click around and this toolbar to try out different inserts, and check out the results. There's a lot of cool functionality for you to discover and put to use.
3. Good Formatting
Use the toolbar buttons to apply and remove formatting to text you've highlighted with your cursor—you can even apply multiple styles at once. As you move your cursor around, buttons will light up to show what styles are applied. Use toolbar buttons to create lists, to indent a paragraph, or to make text bold or italicized.
When you quote from another source, press the " quotation button to use blockquote formatting. You can highlight text before hitting this button to wrap a whole passage in a blockquote.
4. Get Your Posts Connected
Use the Tags and Links fields to the right of the editor to connect your post to other entries & info within your blog, to articles elsewhere SB Nation, or to pages anywhere on the web. Attach an existing poll to your entry, or create a new one—you can even choose to share it, so other users can attach it to their own posts.
When appropriate, attach related Teams, Players, and Events to your post. You'll find that doing this promotes your FanPost on the sidebar of other posts, as well as on special event and player pages. This gives you free promotion, and makes it easy for you and your readers to connect to SB Nation's regularly updated stats.
Once an entry has been published, changes to these related fields will be reflected on the live site as soon as the post is saved (through auto-save or a click of thebutton).
5. Easy Editing
In WYSIWYG mode, the editor allows you to edit your entry as it will generally look when published. To see exactly how it will look, use the bluebutton below.
By default, this editor will add two line breaks (a new paragraph) when you hit the Return key. Should you only want a single line break, use Shift+Return.
Markup created through either HTML or WYSIWYG view will be formatted and checked for errors once saved into the system. In some rare cases you may encounter strange behavior when switching views. Using valid markup as described in the XHTML tab will help prevent this.
For more detailed help, check out the full FanPost Help Guide.
Raising Standards in HTML View
If you view the source of an SB Nation 2.0 blog, you'll see that we're now using the "XHTML 1.0 Strict" document type. XHTML is a markup standard very similar to HTML, incorporating some qualities of XML and a few changes to tags and usage. We've summarized the three most important differences below, but you can learn more from W3 Schools.
This all makes our new platform more flexible and efficient. For you, it may mean learning new practices. In time, posting will be easier than ever, and life will be crazy delicious.
1. Call 'Em Like You See 'Em
Whenever possible, wrap content in tags that describe the content. Writing a paragraph? Wrap it with <p> </p> tags. Quoting a source? Wrap the quote in <blockquote> </blockquote> tags. For a subtitle, use heading tag like <h3> or <h4>. Use <ul> and <li> tags for unordered lists. Use a <table> for tabular data, not for layout tricks.
The toolbar buttons give you easy access to these descriptive tags. Through use of valid and semantic markup, your content will be better understood by Google, by sight-impaired people using screen readers, and by folks browsing with cell phones. Everyone wins!
2. Finish What You Start
To ensure your entries look across browsers, keep your tags properly nested and be sure to close every tag you open—even <br /> and <img /> tags. The editor will do this for you in WYSIWYG mode. We also want to make sure to use lowercase tags, and to wrap attributes in quotes.
The old way:
<P>Morbi tempus ultricies quam.
<P>Rhoncus viverra, enim lorem tempor nunc.
<IMG src=/images/filename.jpg alt=image>
<p>Viverra, enim lorem tempor nunc.<BR>
The new way:
<p>Morbi tempus ultricies quam.</p>
<p>Rhoncus viverra, enim lorem tempor nunc.</p>
<img src="images/filename.jpg" alt="image" />
<li>a third item</li>
<p>Viverra, enim lorem tempor nunc.<br />
The old lazy ways may work, but results will vary. Rules make the game better.
3. Letting Go of Old Tags
You'll no longer be needing <center>, <small>, <big>, <font>, <b>, <u>, and <s> tags. Many of these simply won't work anymore in some browsers. Instead, we'll use CSS (cascading style sheets) to control presentation.
We've set up a number of class attributes that you can apply to paragraphs, images, tables and divs to make this easy. Check out the Style Guide tab to learn what styles we currently have available and how to implement them.
Updated 8/19/2008. This guide and class list is a work in progress, so check back for new styles and improved examples.
The Elements of Style
We're developing a versatile set of CSS classes that you can add to images, tables, paragraphs and divs in HTML view. We want you to be able to control the coloring, sizing, and layout of your content with little hassle. With testing and feedback, we'll build out some great options. To learn more from the W3 Schools CSS tutorial.
Here's a list of the classes currently available to you. Adding them to your markup is easy—we've included examples below this table.
|photo||snapshot treatment: thick white & thin grey borders applied to all inserted images. remove the class for border-free images.||img|
|left||float element left so text can wrap around to the right. includes margins.||img, table|
|right||float element right so text can wrap around to the left. includes margins.||img, table|
|center||center element in the content area||img, table|
|clearme||prevent floated objects above from overlapping or wrapping around this element||div, p, blockquote, table, img|
|zebra||alternate background colors for table rows. great for stats.||table|
|rowhover||highlight data rows on mouse hover||table|
|content-c||center text inside this element||p, div, table, td|
|content-r||right-align text inside this element||p, div, table, td|
|text9||give text size of 9px||p, span, div, td|
|text10||give text size of 10px||p, span, div, td|
|text11||give text size of 11px||p, span, div, td|
|text13||give text size of 13px. These larger sizes shouldn't be used as substitute for heading tags.||p, span, div, td|
|text14||give text size of 14px||p, span, div, td|
|text15||give text size of 15px||p, span, div, td|
|m5||add a margin of 5px on all sides||any|
|m10||add a margin of 10px on all sides||any|
|m20||add a margin of 15px on all sides||any|
|m40||add a margin of 20px on all sides||any|
|m15top||add a margin of 10px above element||any|
|m15bot||add a margin of 10px below element||any|
|p5||add padding of 5px inside||p, div, td, ul, ol|
|p10||add padding of 5px inside||p, div, td, ul, ol|
|p20||add padding of 5px inside||p, div, td, ul, ol|
Adding classes to elements is easy. You can use one class, or string several together with a space between each:
This has a 10px margin on each side.
</p> <p class="center-c text9">
This contains centered, 9px text.
More classes, examples and markup snippets to come as we expand this guide! Thanks for reading.
With the second pick overall, I think the Rams would like to get an offensive lineman. I think Jason Smith out of Baylor would be the right thing to do here, but steelerark picked him for the Lions at #1. I'm think the Rams are going to go out limb here and pick
Jerry Rice Michael Crabtree.
I'm not saying he is as good as Jerry Rice, but that he had a great college career and he is an absolute monster in the open field. He has amazing hands, great route running ability, and is definitely not afraid to go after the ball.
One variable that has scouts, GM's, and coaches curious about is his left foot; Crabtree revealed before the NFL Combine that he has a stress fracture, and had surgery on his foot on March 4th. According to doctors the surgery went well and a full and complete recovery is expected.
The Rams' receiving corp is almost non existent, last season Issac Bruce signed as a Free Agent with the 49ers and Torry Holt was released last week. Michael Crabtree could really become the face of the franchise for years to come and help bring Marc Bulger back to pro-bowl form. Crabtree's has great instincts and he is pretty fast. Not as fast as Darious Heyward-Bey, but his speed gets an A. I honestly think Crabtree could become a franchise wide-receiver in the NFL one day.
Again, the St. Louis Rams will take Michael Crabtree with the second overall pick in the first round.