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My Saddest Day

The love of my life, rest my little baby, rest. Laurie Pennycook, born August 18th, 1958, left us all too soon on September 7th, 2016

FROM DAVE-TE THOMAS AND THE NFL DRAFT REPORT STAFF

My apologies for not writing about football at this time, but I ask all those who enjoyed my reports to just allow me to express some thoughts this day

MY SADDEST DAY

I want to thank my readers for kind words as I took a back seat for a few weeks. My girl, Laurie, a true battler to the end, was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in 2011. Given a year to live, she volunteered to undergo-first ever surgeries and also participated in several experimental trial periods. It was not for her, she would say, but to try and save someone else before it was too late.

She leaves behind a slew of friends, four great kids that have grown up to be fine adults and ten grand children to carry on all that she instilled in them – a never ending will to fight on – against all odds. I was blessed to find someone who for the first time in my storied life, actually loved me unconditionally, one that made it worth getting up in the morning, one that brought me great pleasure by just a simple smile.

My rock she was, one that can always be counted to sacrifice her personal wants for the needs of others. Babe, I am so sorry if I ever did anything that was not what you wanted, but you knew that above all others, you were the only thing that truly mattered to me. I ask that you look at your significant other, give that person a hug and tell what you really feel.

I told Laurie every day how much I loved her, yet, I still feel that I could have done more. I feel lost, I feel hurt, I feel oh-so sad, the saddest I have ever felt. I ask my late brother and grandmother to guide her through what will be a fantastic journey for her. She truly was my angel. Shortly after she passed this morning, a deer appeared in our backyard – prancing and moving free. The deer had to be Laurie, giving me the sign that “I’m okay, please see me be free.” As soon as it appeared, it was gone, off to some adventure that I will never know of.

Early this morning, my beautiful Laurie left this world. Her six-year battle with sarcoma is over. The love of my life, my light at the end of the tunnel, my dark days begin without her. I always wrote her poems, but for the last six months, the words could not appear. Yesterday, as she lay quite, I wrote my final poem to her. She always called me Maxx, as she says I operate in Maximum Overdrive. Today, I stop my engines;

LET ME

Let me sit here, alone in my sadness

Let me wonder how I'll live without you

Let me again feel so lost and empty inside

Let me silently remember a love that was so true

Let me again hold you in my arms

Let me never tear you from my heart

Let me read the contours of your face

Let me remember the first day of our start

Let me immerse in the pages of the book I am reading

Let me hear your voice in a rustling wind, like a song

Let me hold you in my arms while conceding

During our time together, to you - I belonged

Let me be glad, yet knowing I am sad

Let me always keep you within my empty heart

Let me listen for the voices in that wind

One is mine, whispering my love to you, even when apart

Let me tell the world from the highest mountain tops

Let me show them - you are now and will be always my love

Let me remember yesterday, today and forever

Let your love for me shine down from above

But until that time comes to say goodbye one last time

Let me add a smile to your face – give meaning to your day

Let me add warmth to take away your pain with this little rhyme

Let me help you along the way

Let me give you a meaning for today

Let me give you a chance to show one little smile

Let me give you strength to go on one more day

Let me walk for you that one extra mile

Let me give you one more day to laugh

Let me have one more day to feel the love from you

Let me have one more day to hear and one more to see

One more day to hold your hand – to feel the love that’s true

Let me have time to see you laugh

Let me have one more day to hold you near

Let me not think about what lies ahead tomorrow

Let me give you one more day of cheer

Let me hold you up when your legs fail to go on

Let me have you fall into my arms, I say

Let me rest your head on my chest one last time

Let me be your Prince Charming, just one more day

Let me hope that that there truly are miracles

Let me hope that there is one left for you

Let me see if there truly is a heaven

Let me be there one day, just to be with you.

Love, Maxx

It was very hard watching my beautiful girl go through her battle, especially in the last three months. She was embarrassed that she could not maintain weight or even handle daily functions like walking. Her eating habits were reduced to liquids and she slowly became more quiet each day. Still, this is the woman who was my inspiration. I could only see that she filled my heart, touched all my senses and through the countless poems I wrote her over the years, she gave me "words." To that end, I see my Laurie through this verse;

Through Artist's Eyes

Where all dreams truly belong

drifting towards the edge of time

Seeing her through an artist's eyes

no finer masterpiece that man can find

Through perfect strokes on a canvas

this artist can surely see

Snow-white wings lifting her high

into an angel's flight of ecstasy

She chases nightingales nestled in the trees

racing over the horizon that divides the sky

Soaring past the sun and moon, on her way to heaven

where this angel belongs, through this artist's eyes

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The NFL Draft Report's "New Kids on the Block" Series - The Complete Directory to the Reports on the American Football Conference Teams

THE NFL DRAFT REPORT PRESENTS THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK DIRECTORY

Throughout the summer, The NFL Draft Report has identified several rookies on each American Football Conference team that we feel will impact the organizational rosters in 2016. While those teams might have higher draft selections not mentioned, the athletes selected are those who appear to be in “the right place, at the right time” to contribute greatly this campaign. That could be due to depleted talent at the player’s position, filling a loss created by free agency, or an unfortunate injury to a veteran player than now makes the team hopeful that their youngsters can grow up in a hurry. Below is a link that will take you to a directory that will refer you to each story on an AFC team;

AFC EAST

Below are the links to the rookies on each team in the AFC East that The NFL Draft Report has identified as players to watch in training camp. They include Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland, Adolphus Washington-Buffalo Bills; Laremy Tunsil, Xavien Howard, Brandon Doughty-Miami Dolphins; Cyrus Jones; Joe Thuney, Devin Lucien-New England Patriots; Darron Lee, Brandon Shell; Jalin Marshall-New York Jets. The link to this directory for team information can be found here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/22046508/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---directory-to-the-reports-on-the-american-football-conference-east-teams.html

AFC NORTH

Below are the links to the rookies on each team in the AFC West that The NFL Draft Report has identified as players to watch in training camp. They include 2015 injured first rounder Breshad Perriman, Ronnie Stanley, Christopher Moore-Baltimore Ravens; injured first rounder William Jackson III, Andrew Billings, Nick Vigil-Cincinnati Bengals; Corey Coleman, Carl Nassib, Shon Coleman-Cleveland Browns; Artie Burns, Sean Davis, Jerald Hawkins-Pittsburgh Steelers. The link to this directory for team information can be found here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/23465670/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---directory-to-the-reports-on-the-american-football-conference-north-teams.html?_ga=1.1018354.2142855655.1470942998

AFC SOUTH

Below are the links to the rookies on each team in the AFC West that The NFL Draft Report has identified as players to watch in training camp. They include Will Fuller, Braxton Miller, Nick Martin, Tyler Ervin, K.J. Dillon-Houston Texans; Ryan Kelly, T.J. Green, Josh Ferguson-Indianapolis Colts; Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, Yannick Ngaboue, Tyrone Holmes, Sheldon Day-Jacksonville Jaguars; Jack Conklin, Sebastian Tretola, Austin Johnson, Derrick Henry, Kevin Byard, Tajae Sharpe-Tennessee Titans. The link to this directory for team information can be found here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/21990655/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---directory-to-the-reports-on-the-american-football-conference-south-teams.html

AFC WEST

Below are the links to the rookies on each team in the AFC West that The NFL Draft Report has identified as players to watch in training camp. They include Devonte Booker, Connor McGovern and from 2015, Trevor Siemian-Denver Broncos; Chris Jones, Parker Ehringer, Dadi Nicolas-Kansas City Chiefs; Karl Joseph, Shilique Calhoun, Darius Latham-Oakland Raiders; holdout Joey Bosa, Huner Henry, Jatavis Brown-San Diego Chargers. The link to this directory for team information can be found here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/22109548/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---directory-to-the-reports-on-the-american-football-conference-west-teams.html

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The NFL Draft Report's "New Kids on the Block" Series - Directory to the Reports on the American Football Conference North Teams

THE NFL DRAFT REPORT’S “NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK” SERIES PRESENTS – THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE NORTH ROOKIES WHO COULD IMPACT THEIR TEAM ROSTERS

Below are the links to the rookies on each team in the AFC North that The NFL Draft Report has identified as players to watch in training camp. It is not whether or not they earn a starting job coming out of the gate, but how they impress the staff and continue to develop enough during the course of the upcoming season to convince the front office that they are ready for bigger and better roles in 2017. It also takes into account how these rookies will impact the veterans on the current roster, as there are only 53 jobs available by the time the season opens. The directory to the AFC North story-lines can be located here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/23465670/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---directory-to-the-reports-on-the-american-football-conference-north-teams.html?_ga=1.1018354.2142855655.1470942998

BALTIMORE RAVENS

The Ravens hope they can finally see their 2015 first round pick in an NFL contest, but yet another injury could keep wide receiver Breshad Perriman in drydock for another season. With Steve Smith coming off a career-threatening Achilles injury, Perriman a question and Mike Wallace slowly becoming nothing more than journeyman material, could Cincinnati’s Christopher Moore give Ravens fans a glimpse from their past with a perfect Anquan Boldin imitation? With Eugene Monroe no longer an option at left tackle, it might appear that first round choice Ronnie Stanley will have to grow into the left tackle position in a hurry. If not, returning injured quarterback Joe Flacco might want to purchase a flak jacket. The link to this feature can be found here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/23417086/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---a-look-at-the-baltimore-ravens-rookies-hoping-to-impact-the-team-roster-in-2016.html

CINCINNATI BENGALS

In 2012, the Bengals selected Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, but had to wait for his NFL debut while he dealt with injury issues. In 2014, they selected Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard, but like Kirkpatrick, injuries have stalled his NFL progression. Now, the team’s 2016 top pick, William Jackson III is out for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle. Bengals fans don’t need to fret, as the front office found a perfect compliment to play opposite A.J. Green at wide receiver in Pitt’s Tyler Boyd. They unearthed a tackling machine in Nick Vigil, who can play any of the linebacker positions. In 2010, they discovered a fourth round find in nose guard Geno Atkins. This year, history could repeat itself as fourth rounder Andrew Billings is a clone of what the team has received from Atkins’ services to date. The link to this feature can be found here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/23425223/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---a-look-at-the-cincinnati-bengals-rookies-hoping-to-impact-the-team-roster-in-2016.html

CLEVELAND BROWNS

The Browns hope that Baylor alums, quarterback Robert Griffin III and receiver Corey Coleman can get in sync quickly. They will be relied upon to improve an aerial attack that finished 21st in the NFL last season (236.4 ypg) and tied for 26th worst with just twenty touchdown catches. The team is also hoping that third round pass rusher Carl Nassib is ready for extensive action, as he needs to fill the void created by Desmond Bryant’s injury that will keep the left defensive end sidelined for the entire 2016 schedule. At right tackle, whether it is by the season opener, or later in the year, that position could see an infusion of youth, if cancer survivor Shon Coleman can wrest the job away from temporary fill-in, Austin Pasztor. The link to this feature can be found here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/23461536/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---a-look-at-the-cleveland-browns-rookies-hoping-to-impact-the-team-roster-in-2016.html

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

The Steelers might regret taking Artie Burns in the first round, as several scouts feel he is an athlete whose only affection is for the interception, evident by his 93 tackles through 37 college games, but in Sean Davis, many feel the team has finally found a leader for the young secondary, a void they needed to fill since Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu retired. Competition at left tackle is a three-horse race, but with his athleticism, once his field knowledge catches up, Jerald Hawkins could be the answer for what has become the team’s biggest weakness up front. The link to this feature can be found here;

http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/23465058/the-nfl-draft-report-s--new-kids-on-the-block--series---a-look-at-the-pittsburgh-steelers-rookies-hoping-to-impact-the-team-roster-in-2016.html

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