2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 4 (Racing Games)


This week, the guys try to determine the top five racing video games of all time. Of course, this is a tougher task than originally believed because of the thousands of racing games created. Sadly, the Yaris racing game didn’t make the list.

Top Five Racing Games:

  1. Mario Kart 8
  2. Rock and Roll Racing
  3. Dirt 3
  4. Gran Turismo 5
  5. Blur
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Games, Sports, and More The Podcast: Episode 6 (Christopher Lee)


This week, we kick back and discuss the sad news of Christopher Lee’s death. After a touching tribute, we also decide to discuss some college football, being old, and watching random television/movies.

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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 3 (Superheroes)

HellboyThis week, John and Isaac were joined by a guest named Chris to discuss The Avengers: Age of Ultron and some good old fashioned Marvel cinema. So, in honor of Age of Ultron, we decided to rank the top five superhero movies in movie history. These movies didn’t have to be Marvel or DC, but they did need to include some variety of hero. The list is as follows:

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. The Avengers
  3. Hellboy
  4. Captain America: The First Avenger
  5. Iron Man
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Games, Sports, and More The Podcast: Episode 5 (Tremors)


This week, Richard and John discuss some important movie news before disagreeing about how awesome Melissa McCarthy is. What do you think about her?

Important Notes:


Melissa McCarthy


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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 2 (Star Wars)


This week, we are celebrating all things Star Wars in honor of Star Wars Celebration.

Ok, I’ll be honest, we did record this episode like a month ago, but don’t worry about that. We cover the top 5 Star Wars video games ever before deciding on the very best. Without further ado, here is the list:

1) Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

2) Knights of the Old Republic

3) Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

4) Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

5) Star Wars: Battlefront II


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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 1 (The Rock)

Dwayne Johnson plays Hercules in HERCULES, from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. H-00293R

This week, we started a new podcast that covers the best of different topics. To start off, Isaac, John, and Andrew sat down to discuss the Rock and his best movies around. We chose the best five movies starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson before deciding on his best movie ever.

  1. The Rundown
  2. Furious 7
  3. Walking Tall
  4. The Other Guys
  5. Be Cool

Important Topics:

The Rock


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Games, Sports, and More the Podcast: Episode 4 (or 5)


This week, John and Richard spend some time discussing the important trailers that were released out of nowhere. They cover Star Wars and Batman vs. Superman before moving on to a discussion about some good old video games.

Important Notes:

Mass Effect

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer


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Games, Sports, and More: The Podcast #3 (Polamalu)


This week, Richard and John discuss some very important topics. In fact, some of these topics are so important that they involve motorboats, funny noises, and terrorism. We also spend a lot of the episode discussing Troy Polamalu’s legacy vs. Ed Reed’s.

Important Notes:

Troy Polamalu

Squad Five-O

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Games, Sports, and More: The Podcast


This Week, John and Richard sit back and discuss some important topics, such as the A-Team. Additionally, they also discuss Lethal Weapon, some video games, and some sports topics.

Important Topics:

The A-Team

Al Leong




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Untitled Podcast: Episode 1 (Double Lattes)



Welcome to the Beta test of a podcast. This podcast is slightly related to 2 Newbs and a Berger, but it’s different in that we also discuss sports. On this first beta episode, Richard and John sat down to discuss NFL trades, beating children, and some old school PC Gaming.

Important Topics:


NFL Trades and Free Agency


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My Predictions for 15.2 and Possibly 15.2A


15.1 is in the books, and boy, was that workout a surprise. A 9-minute AMRAP of 15 Toes to Bar, 10 Deadlifts, and 5 Snatches was unexpected, yet it provided a great deal of fun and a lot more controversy. While Dave Castro may change up the workout a little to make the rules clearer, I do see him adding more repetitions during a longer time. Here is my (probably incorrect) prediction for 15.2.

15 Minute AMRAP

100 Wall Balls

60 Cal Row

30 Box Jumps

Dave Castro has a history of pairing wall ball shots with various other exercises, such as 13.3, where he combined 150 wall ball shots with 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups. This workout also followed the pattern of increasing time limits as the weeks progress. I could easily see Castro creating another workout with a large number of wall ball shots while pairing them with other leg destroying movements. I predict that there will be another row, because this is easier to track than running. Plus, multiple Open and Regional workouts have included calorie rows as essential components of harder workouts.

Of course, 15.2 may not consist of only these movements. Dave Castro threw in a wild card last week when he included 15.1A (max Clean and Jerk). Will Castro include another bonus portion of the Open? If so, I predict the following:

1 Rep Max Overhead Squat

Call it a prediction or wishful thinking. Either way, I think that max overhead squats could make an appearance during the second week of the Open.

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My Prediction for the Crossfit Open 15.1 Announcement


Thursday, the Crossfit Games season officially starts when Games Director Dave Castro reveals the first workout of the Crossfit Open. Much like 2014, this announcement will be held at a Crossfit affiliate with an ensuing demonstration by popular athletes.

The first Open workout (15.1) will be announced at Reebok Crossfit ONE in Canton, Massachusetts, and this announcement will be followed by a live workout done by Rich Froning and Mat Fraser. Froning has won the last four Crossfit Games and has since retired from individual competition. Fraser, on the other hand, is more of a newcomer, but he put his name on the map by finishing second overall during the 2014 Games.

With the excitement building for the Open announcement, I decided to make a random guess about what the workout would be. Obviously, I have no inside information, so my guess will be purely speculative. Let’s see if I am even close.

My Official Prediction (Pure Speculation): 9-minute amrap of ascending rep overhead squats and muscle ups. 3, 6, 9…

Last year, the Open involved a workout with chest to bar pullups and overhead squats. While this prediction will be similar to last year’s workout, I feel okay about the guess because I have noticed a pattern where Castro will either repeat an old workout or use it as a basis for something new. Overhead squats are a nice way to kick off the Open in that they require core strength, balance, and dedication. Plus, overhead squats look badass when you pile on the weight. Muscle ups are an evolution of the pullups that will increase the difficulty of the workout and provide some variety. Finally, the rep scheme and time will take the workout from simple to brutal very quickly, which could throw off the competitors.

Overhead squats are the best.

Overhead squats are the best.

Honestly, I’m probably way off with my prediction, but that’s ok. I would love to see Froning and Fraser go head-to-head in a workout involving Olympic style lifts and gymnastics just to see how their differing strengths affect the event.

At least I only have to wait until 5:00 p.m. PST to find out.

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Untitled Podcast Episode 1 (Spinal Tap)



You may have noticed that 2 Newbs and a Berger has been replaced in name. This is because our original member David has departed for other projects, thus removing the Berger from the title. Now, we are restarting the podcast, but we haven’t decided on a name yet. Don’t worry, we still covered some important topics.

Important Topics

Far Cry 4



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2015 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

The NFL Draft is an exciting time for football fans, simply because their favorite teams have a chance to get better with younger star players. Of course, the draft is also extremely stressful because you have specific players that you covet, but every other team wants to draft those same players. Now that we have the specific order of draft choices, I have decided to create version 1.0 of my first round mock draft.

I didn’t include any potential trades that may happen during the first round

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)

The Buccaneers desperately need a franchise quarterback, and Jameis Winston provides too many personality problems. Marcus Mariota is a more reliable player with no off-the-field issues. Mariota doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he will definitely take advantage of the offensive pieces in Tampa Bay.


  1. Tennessee Titans – Brandon Scherff (Offensive Tackle, Iowa)

The Tennessee Titans allowed 50 sacks and 94 quarterback hits during the 2014 season, which was 27th in the NFL. Even worse, the Titans recently waived Michael Oher, leading to even more offensive line needs. Brandon Scherff is a powerful offensive lineman who can play both guard and tackle (although his pass protection is better at guard).

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Randy Gregory (Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker, Nebraska)

If there is a team that needed some toughness during last season, it was Jacksonville. Many times throughout the season, the Jaguars either led or were close in big games, but they were unable to stop other teams from mounting a comeback. Randy Gregory from Nebraska is a solid choice to help improve the Jaguars defense. Gregory is dynamite against the run, but he needs some work as a pass rusher because of his raw talent. Gregory may not be a proven commodity, but he has the ability to explode as a rookie defender with the proper coaching. Luckily, Gus Bradley has been known to get the most out of defenders during his time with Seattle and Jacksonville.

  1. Oakland Raiders – Amari Cooper (Wide Receiver, Alabama)

The Oakland Raiders have a promising quarterback in Derek Carr, but he needs weapons. James Jones gives Carr a red zone threat, but he needs a deep threat with strong hands. Amari Cooper has been a consistent player at different positions, and he has the speed to excel as a deep threat. Cooper could immediately improve Oakland’s offense.

  1. Washington Redskins – La’el Collins (Offensive Tackle, LSU)

The Redskins were 31st against the pass rush in 2014, allowing 58 sacks and 113 quarterback hits. If the Redskins hope to improve their offense in 2015, they will need immediate offensive line help. La’el Collins is already familiar with the pro style offense, and he will work very well at right tackle. Plus, Collins brings an attitude that will give the Redskins an edge.

  1. New York Jets – Andrus Peat (Offensive Tackle, Stanford)

The Jets desperately need a quarterback, but Mariota is off the board. They could draft Jameis Winston, but he brings a ton of off-the-field issues that will be the centerpiece of the New York magazines. Instead, the Jets will draft Andrus Peat to help their offensive line. Michael Vick and Geno Smith both dealt with constant pressure from defenders, giving them no time to survey the field. Peat will help strengthen the offensive line and help against the pass rush.

  1. Chicago Bears – Shaq Thompson (Linebacker, Washington)

The Chicago Bears have a desperate need on defense after being shredded by running backs during the last two seasons. Now, the Bears have a defensive minded head coach in John Fox and a stud defensive coordinator in Vic Fangio. With needs on defense, the Bears will draft Shaq Thompson out of Washington who can play all linebacker positions as well as safety. Thompson is a strong, athletic defender with a penchant for big plays—Thompson scored four defensive touchdowns and caused three fumbles in 2013. Fangio should be able to fully utilize Thompson’s talent while fixing his tackling form.

  1. Atlanta Falcons – Arik Armstead (Defensive End, Oregon)

The Falcons have been unable to generate any pass rush in the two seasons since they let John Abraham go to Arizona. During this time, the Falcons have relied on Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann, both of whom have underperformed. Now that Dan Quinn (formerly of Seattle) has been hired as the head coach, the Falcons will need to find a player to get after the quarterback. Arik Armstead is a mountain of a man at 6’8”, and he has the powerful arms to push blockers back into the quarterback’s face. Armstead is raw, but he can be coached up to become an effective pass rusher.

  1. New York Giants – Trae Waynes (Cornerback, Michigan State)

The Giants play in a division with Dez Bryant, Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Jeremy Maclin, so they need to find a cornerback to lock horns with those premier receivers. Trae Waynes from Michigan State is a taller cornerback at 6’1” who compares to Antonio Cromartie. Waynes excelled as the deep cover corner at Michigan State, and he consistently used his body to pin receivers against the sideline. The Giants need a bigger corner who can help keep Desean Jackson and Dez Bryant from making splash plays downfield.


  1. Louis Rams – Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State)

The Rams have issues at quarterback, especially with the return of Sam Bradford from injury and the inconsistency of his backups. Jameis Winston would give Jeff Fisher a quarterback reminiscent of Ben Roethlisberger with which to run his offense. The Rams veterans should be able to keep Winston locked down and focused on improvement.

  1. Minnesota Vikings – T.J. Clemmings (Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh)

The Vikings dealt with many injuries and subpar play from Matt Kalil, resulting in quarterback injuries and way too many sacks. Teddy Bridgewater was under constant pressure, especially against the Lions and Dolphins. The Vikings need another offensive lineman who can help in pass protection and run blocking. T.J. Clemmings is a strong offensive tackle, who has been compared to Houston’s Pro Bowl player Duane Brown. Clemmings is raw, but he can be coached up to become a better player.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Kevin White (Wide Receiver, West Virginia)

The Browns failed to draft any wide receivers during last year’s stacked draft, and this decision came back to haunt them when Josh Gordon missed most of the year, and Miles Austin missed some games with injury. Once again, Gordon will be missing time after being suspended with off-the-field issues. The Browns have to find some receiver help before the 2015 season, and Kevin White could be the answer. White has been compared to DeAndre Hopkins, and he has the talent to play in the NFL. White high points the ball and catches everything in sight.

  1. New Orleans Saints – Leonard Williams (Defensive End, USC)

New Orleans had a surprising defensive resurgence under coordinator Rob Ryan in 2013 when they were fifth in overall defense. Unfortunately, this same unit dropped all the way to 31st during the 2014 season, thanks to a subpar 34 sacks and 11 forced fumbles. The Saints had no pass rush. Leonard Williams from USC is possibly the most powerful defensive lineman in the 2015 draft. The Saints could stick Williams anywhere on the defensive line based on his versatility and allow him to work with Cameron Jordan to generate a pass rush.

  1. Miami Dolphins – DeVante Parker (Wide Receiver, Louisville)

The Dolphins need to find some more receivers for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Jarvis Landry provided some sparks during his rookie season, but Brian Hartline could be gone because of his salary. Mike Wallace is a mystery in that he has time left on his contract, but he basically gave up and pulled himself from the season finale. Wallace should be back, but the Dolphins shouldn’t count on his contributions just yet. DeVante Parker from Louisville isn’t the fastest wide receiver in the draft, but he has exceptional catching ability. Parker has a huge catching radius and has only been credited with three drops since 2012, which would help negate Tannehill’s downfield inaccuracy.


  1. San Francisco 49ers – A.J. Cann (Offensive Guard, South Carolina)

Offensive guard Mike Iupati will most likely be gone in free agency, and the 49ers will need to find his replacement. A.J. Cann was a four-year starter at South Carolina who displayed powerful blocking skills during his career. Cann could immediately start in Iupati’s place. The 49ers could also go with Cameron Erving from Florida State to provide depth at Center.

  1. Houston Texans – Rob Havenstein (Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin)

The Houston Texans have a solid offensive line, but Chris Myers and Tyson Clabo are both aging. In fact, Clabo may not even be in Houston next year based on his age, salary, and poor play. Rob Havenstein will help the Texans rebuild their offensive line and continue paving the way for Arian Foster. Havenstein is a huge player with better run-blocking ability than pass protection skills, and he spent three years as a starter on Wisconsin’s offensive line. Havenstein can either back up the other tackles or contribute immediately, depending on the needs.

  1. San Diego Chargers – Josh Shaw (Cornerback, USC)

The San Diego Chargers have been dealing with Peyton Manning and a powerful offense for the last two seasons. During this time, the Chargers have lost multiple pieces of their secondary, but gained an impressive rookie in Jason Verrett. Now, the Chargers need another corner who will be able to against the receivers in Oakland and Denver. Josh Shaw seems like an odd choice at first, but he has the size and talent to compete with the bigger receivers like Demaryius Thomas and James Jones. Shaw can also play multiple positions in the defensive backfield, which will give John Pagano a versatile player.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – Rashad Greene (Wide Receiver, Florida State)

During 2014, the Chiefs received essentially no production from their wide receivers. In fact, the Chiefs were the only team in the NFL to have no touchdowns scored by a wide receiver. Dwayne Bowe hasn’t played up to his contract, and the Chiefs need some solid starters on offense to help out Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles. Rashad Greene was a multipurpose receiver at Florida State, playing outside and in the slot. Greene is a smaller receiver, but he could give Alex Smith a quick, reliable target up the field.

  1. Cleveland Browns (Obtained from Buffalo) – Landon Collins (Safety, Alabama)

The Browns obtained this pick from Buffalo in the Sammie Watkins trade last year. Cleveland will have already drafted a receiver at this point, but they will need a safety to replace Jim Leonhard. Landon Collins from Alabama is a tough, run-stuffing player with decent coverage abilities. Collins’ attitude and hard-hitting could help energize the Browns defense and increase the toughness of the secondary.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Dante Fowler, Jr. (Outside Linebacker, Florida)

Philadelphia has a need for linebackers given Casey Matthews’ inconsistent play and Demeco Ryans’ age and injury history. Specifically, Philadelphia needs a linebacker who can help stop the explosive running backs of the NFC East. Dante Fowler, Jr. is more of a raw pass rusher, but he has strength and quickness that will translate to the NFL. Fowler routinely chased down running backs on the edge to prevent extra yardage.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Jalen Collins (Cornerback, LSU)

The Bengals have a tendency to draft cornerbacks, but this practice is sensible given the receivers in their division. Leon Hall is getting older, and Terence Newman is a free agent. Jalen Collins from LSU is a talented corner who has been compared to Terence Newman, so the Bengals could target him in the draft. Collins is a big, fast corner who can cover receivers and track down running backs. While Collins only has 10 career starts, he will benefit from the teaching of Leon Hall and the veteran defenders.

Football, LSU vs. Iowa, Outback Bowl, 1/1/14

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Marcus Peters (Cornerback, Washington)

The Steelers suffered through injuries and poor defensive back play to start 2014 before ultimately improving to end the season. However, both Ike Taylor and Brice McCain are free agents, giving the Steelers very few cornerbacks on the roster. Marcus Peters is a talented corner who compares favorably to Aquib Talib because of his competiveness and press coverage abilities. Peters does have some emotional issues and conflicts with coaching, but the Steelers coaching staff can take care of those problems. Head coach Mike Tomlin will get the most out of Peters while helping fix those behavioral problems.

  1. Detroit Lions – Danny Shelton (Defensive Tackle, Washington)

Detroit has four defensive tackles headed to free agency, including Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, so finding another defensive tackle is a priority. Danny Shelton from Washington spent his collegiate career at nose tackle, but he did assist in chasing down running backs on stretch plays. Shelton’s size and strength would help stop Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, and Adrian Peterson.

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Vic Beasley (Linebacker, Clemson)

The Cardinals already have a fearsome defense, but they could benefit from more pass rushers. John Abraham is old, and Daryl Washington missed the entire 2014 season with substance abuse issues. Vic Beasley is a pure pass rusher who has been compared to Bruce Irvin. The Cardinals could use his quickness and spin move in an effort to contain Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. Beasley has the quickness to track down those more athletic quarterbacks.

  1. Carolina Panthers – Sammie Coates (Wide Receiver, Auburn)

The Panthers were able to adjust to Steve Smith’s absence in 2014 by drafting Kelvin Benjamin, but they still require some more offensive weapons. Cam Newton is routinely asked to win games by himself because he has barely any options. Benjamin and Greg Olsen are both impressive players, but the Panthers need another wide receiver. Sammie Coates is an inconsistent wide receiver, but he has all of the physical tools to take over big games. Coates also has the speed and size to take more defenders, leaving Benjamin open on other routes.

  1. Baltimore Ravens – Melvin Gordon (Running Back, Wisconsin)

Apart from the Ray Rice factor, the Ravens have other issues at running back. Justin Forsett is a free agent and Bernard Pierce isn’t a legitimate starter. Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin will be a smart choice to either start or back up Justin Forsett is he is signed to a long-term contract. Gordon is a big, fast running back with the ability to hit big runs. While Gordon will need to work on his pass protection and catching ability, he will still provide big plays to open up the passing game for Joe Flacco.

  1. Dallas Cowboys – Malcom Brown (Defensive Tackle, Texas)

Like the Lions, the Cowboys will also be in the hunt for another defensive tackle after declining Henry Melton’s contract options. Malcom Brown from Texas has been rising up draft boards after an impressive 2014 season. Brown is quicker than expected for a man his size (6’2”, 320 lbs.) and he possesses quick, powerful hands. Brown can play in both a 3-4 and a 4-3, so he will have a smaller learning curve than most players. The Cowboys would benefit from a player like Brown that is intelligent and always looking for the ball.

  1. Denver Broncos – Devin Funchess (Wide Receiver, Michigan)

The Denver Broncos have a tough offseason on their hands with the likely departure of receiver Wes Welker and possible departure of quarterback Peyton Manning. Even worse, the Broncos have both of their main pass catchers in Demaryius and Julius Thomas set to hit free agency. While the Broncos will likely use the franchise tag on Demaryius, they will still have to reach a deal with Julius Thomas. If this deal can’t be made, the Broncos will need to find some more receivers/tight ends to insert in the offense. Devin Funchess from Michigan is a receiver who also spent time at tight end during his collegiate career. Funchess is a big receiver at 6’5” and 230 pounds, and he used this size to his advantage. The Broncos could use Funchess all over the field, filling the potential hole left by Julius Thomas.

  1. Indianapolis Colts – Ereck Flowers (Offensive Tackle, Miami)

The Colts had one of the best offenses in the NFL during 2014, but they struggled greatly in one area: pass protection. Pass rushers consistently beat up Andrew Luck, and the offense suffered because of it. Ereck Flowers from Miami is an accomplished run blocker heading into the draft, but he needs work as a pass protector. Flowers did improve during the 2014 season, using better technique in his protection. With some coaching and better balance, Flowers could be an asset on the offensive line.

  1. Green Bay Packers – Erik Kendricks (Inside Linebacker, UCLA)

The Packers have multiple free agent concerns in the secondary, but their draft position takes away any opportunities at the top cornerbacks. Additionally, A.J. Hawk is getting older, and Nick Perry was more underwhelming during limited time. The Packers should draft a linebacker to strengthen their position group. Erik Kendricks from UCLA is a smaller linebacker at 6’0” and 230 pounds, but he has the desire and natural ability to make him a legitimate starter. Kendricks was one of the most productive tacklers during the last three seasons, so he will always be involved in the plays. The Packers coaching staff won’t have to worry about Kendricks getting into trouble.

  1. Seattle Seahawks – Jaelen Strong (Wide Receiver, Arizona State)

If you listen to anyone beyond Doug Baldwin, they will say that the Seahawks need to find another wide receiver. The Seahawks lost Percy Harvin in a trade and relied on the duo of Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin for the entire 2014 season. This duo is serviceable, but the Seahawks don’t have a game changer at the position for big games. Jaelen Strong from Arizona State is a possession receiver with similarities to Dwayne Bowe. While Strong may not have the top end speed of other receivers, he does have the consistent ability to make contested catches. Strong could come in handy in short yardage and goal line situations.

  1. New England Patriots – Todd Gurley (Running Back, Georgia)

New England could potentially lose two of its top four running backs (Steven Ridley and Shane Vereen) to free agency, leaving only Jonas Gray and LeGarrette Blount as the remaining running backs. Of course, Shane Vereen’s pass-catching abilities will make him a necessary part of New England’s future plans. The Patriots won’t necessarily need to draft a running back, but picking Todd Gurley is a Bill Belichick move. Gurley is considered to be the best running back in the draft, despite his continuing return from an ACL tear. The Patriots could draft Gurley and let him sit for a year behind Vereen and Blount in order to get truly healthy. If Gurley is gone, the Patriots could draft Dorial Green-Beckham out of Missouri. Green-Beckham has a ton of character issues, but the Patriots have a tendency to get the most talent out of troubled players while keeping them focused on improvement.


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The Nine Most Interesting Cars at the PDX Auto Show

Every February, dozens of manufacturers descend upon Portland, Oregon with their newest cars and motorcycles for a four-day event. This event is used to give potential buyers access to some cars that they can realistically afford and many more that they can’t.

The most recent iteration of the Portland Auto Show was February 5-8, and hundreds of cars were available to experience. With so many cars at the show, it is difficult to find which are the most interesting and unique. You’re in luck because I’ve created a list of the nine most interesting cars at the Portland Auto Show.

  • 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD

Chrysler has been focusing on the luxury market with their new models of the 200, and they are on a mission to defeat the German competitors. This American auto manufacturer hasn’t been known for absolute luxury in the past, but that fact isn’t stopping Chrysler from targeting BMW and Mercedes with their advertisements and design choices.


The 200S was onsite at the Portland Auto Show for the potential buyers to examine and compare with the various BMW models. This 200S was the All Wheel Drive version that comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 producing 295 horsepower. This model 200S included heated sport seats, an interior that felt more luxurious than expected, and standard features like keyless entry and multiple phone inputs, all for roughly $30,000. This sedan had more options and power than any of the 3-series BMW’s at a lower price point. Placing these same options on a 320i would take the price from $32,950 to $42,750.

Chrysler wants to take some business from German manufacturers, and the 200S is the main example of this goal. The appearance, interior, and improved powertrain definitely acted as a draw for customers, as the 200S drew a crowd all day long.

  • 1955 Mercedes 300SL

While the Portland International Auto Show was mainly focused on brand new cars, trucks, and motorcycles, there were a few unique vehicles on hand. The most iconic and historic of these vehicles was a 1955 Mercedes 300SL, which was obviously locked up and tucked behind a velvet rope. This sixty-year-old car was the first model with the unique gullwing doors and an aluminum tube chassis. This lightweight frame paired with the first fuel-injected engine to create the fastest vehicle around—at least at the time.


Even though the 300SL wasn’t available to sit in, this icon still managed to stand out in the room full of Maserati’s, Mercedes, and Porsches. This 300SL had the unique shape and futuristic look that still looks really cool in 2015. Plus, the 300SL was one of the rarer cars at the show, being one of only 1,400 models produced between 1954-1957. How often do you get the chance to drool over a classic car that could sell for well over $2 million at auction?

  • 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

Lately, Ford has been trying to find a way to mix up the standard of modern muscle cars. The most common thought would obviously be more power and speed via a bigger engine, but Ford had a different idea when they introduced the EcoBoost. This 2.3-liter inline 4 that comes standard in the 2015 EcoBoost produces 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, more than the 3.7-liter V6 from the base model.


During the Portland Auto Show, Ford had multiple Mustangs on display, including the base convertible, the GT, and the EcoBoost. All three Mustangs were similar in appearance and interior styling, but the EcoBoost was the most interesting by far. The engine in the EcoBoost just looks so small compared to the 5.0-liter V8 in the GT, so the minor difference in horsepower (310 to 435) is actually quite astounding. Enthusiasts on a budget could realistically get the EcoBoost for about $25,000 and have relatively similar performance to the GT, especially if they did some tuning.

Next to the Chrysler 200S and the Chevrolet Camaro Z28, the EcoBoost had one of the larger crowds during the show.

  • Ken Block’s Rally Car

Ken Block is probably one of the best-known drivers around simply because of his Gymkhana videos. Of course, Block is more than a drifter who makes entertaining videos that almost break YouTube. Block is an accomplished snowboarder, skateboarder, and rally driver who also co-founded DC Shoes. Even better, Block also happens to have the honor of owning the coolest Ford Fiesta on the planet.


Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta is one unique racer that can be configured on the fly for three different types of rally competition: rally cross, stage rallies, and Gymkhana. This monster can produce over 600 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque while adapting to the different environments. Block has used this Fiesta to compete all over the world and win Rally America five consecutive times. If you think about it, thousands of viewers got interested in rally cross simply because of Block’s driving and his Fiesta.

Ken Block’s Fiesta was one of a few rally cars in attendance, but it was by far the best. Plus, Block’s car was smack dab in the middle of the DUB booth, complete with bumping music, half pipes, and flirtatious booth girls. The situation was ridiculous, but Block’s Fiesta was a calm spot in the eye of the storm.

  • Gibbs Quadski

Fans of Top Gear may already know what the Gibbs Quadski is, but this fan base only covers a small portion of the auto show audience. Generally speaking, most of the casual auto enthusiasts have no previous knowledge of the Quadski, so the site of this gigantic ATV surrounded by expensive Ducati’s was confusing. Most attendees simply walked around the Quadski with strange expressions on their faces as they tried to figure out what made the vehicle special.


The Gibbs Quadski is so cool because of pure versatility. The Quadski may look like a supersized ATV, but a jet ski hides within the confines of the machine. All you have to do is hit one button and wait five seconds.

The Quadski is a dual-purpose machine that can be used for cruising through the woods before spontaneously diving into a lake or river. The 140 horsepower engine can take the Quadski to speeds of 45 mph on both land and water, and the wider body helps keep the vehicle balanced at all times. The Gibbs Quadski was the definition of unique, and its appearance made the Portland Auto Show even better.

  • 2015 Camaro Z28

The Camaro Z28 was quite possibly the coolest car at the entire auto show, and it drew bigger crowds than the luxury vehicles from Maserati, Mercedes, and Porsche. Chevy brought a Z28 with a 7.0-liter LS7 Chevy engine that cranks out more than 500 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. This Z28 sounded badass, and it looked even better. Even the C7 Corvette sitting next to the Camaro drew less of a crowd.


It’s not often that you get the chance to poke around the interior of a $70,000 car built purely for performance. This interior seems to be designed around track days, with the inclusion of a short throw shifter and bolster seats. The outside of the car included massive Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, high-performance Pirelli tires, and custom body styling to aid in aerodynamics. The whole Z28 package appeals to almost everyone, and the 19 miles per gallon is just an added bonus.

Hell, the Z28 is more than just a performance car for track days; you could realistically use this monster as an everyday driver, provided the ground isn’t covered in snow or speed bumps.

  • 2015 BMW i8

Hybrid cars have been all the rage with the terrible gas prices, but many of these alternative vehicles have been less-than-stellar. BMW is looking to change that with both the BMW i3 and i8. While BMW did have the i3 at the Portland Auto Show, it was more of an afterthought among similar cars like the redesigned Chevrolet Volt. The i8, on the other hand, definitely garnered enough attention to justify its presence.


This hybrid that totally belongs in I, Robot is a physical specimen with some sexy curves. Everything about the i8 just screams “FUTURE” in a pretty cool way. However, the size of the i8 is actually shocking at first. I expected a smaller vehicle like other hybrids, but the i8 was closer in size to a Lamborghini Aventador at 15 feet 4.9 inches. Granted, the size isn’t particularly a bad thing, especially with the two motors and the curb weight of 3,455 pounds. Going 0-60 in 4.4 seconds with a hybrid of that size would be pretty entertaining.

Sadly, the optional Louis Vuitton luggage package wasn’t on hand to examine and poke fun at, but at least the i8 was entertaining on its own merit.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Trucks are essential to everyday life in Oregon, given the mass assortment of contractors, snowboarders, and hunters. Sure, most of the trucks in this area are jacked up Ram 2500’s and Ford F-350’s, but not everyone needs a big truck. The new Chevrolet Colorado graduates from a small, fairly useless truck to a mid-size that could actually come in handy during daily life. While I can’t wait to try out the Colorado’s capabilities as a fishing/work truck, I’m actually more excited about the various engines available. Technically, the Colorado only lists the 2.5-liter inline 4 and the 3.6-liter V6 as the available engines, but Chevrolet brought something exciting to the Portland Auto Show in the form of a Cummins 2.8-liter diesel.


The Cummins diesel engine for mid-size trucks had only been a pipe dream until recently, but Chevrolet surprisingly brought this engine to the show. Obviously, the estimated 28-mpg and hauling capabilities were appealing to rednecks and contractors alike, so the Colorado drew quite a crowd. If made available, the Colorado diesel has the opportunity to be the only mid-size truck with a diesel engine and a decent interior—until the other manufacturers can produce their own versions.

  • 2015 Lamborghini Huracán

Anytime a new Lamborghini appears, auto enthusiasts understandably get very excited. This iconic company has been creating some of the most beautiful and exciting cars for decades, and a new creation always brings mysterious excitement to the automotive world. The Huracán, also known as the Huracán LP 610-4, made its appearance at the Portland Auto Show, and it did not disappoint.


While the Huracán may look like the Aventador from the front, that is where the similarity ends. The Huracán has a new bodystyle that is sleeker and more fitting for the new era of supercars and a lighter curb weight at 3,135 pounds. When you place the two cars next each other, you also notice that the Huracán is six inches shorter than the Aventador. However, the small size doesn’t result in less power. The Huracán has a top speed of 202 mph and a blazing 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds.

The show’s organizers took advantage of the Huracán’s uniqueness and made sure to place the supercar by the main entrance. It was almost impossible to enter or exit the auto show without stopping to examine Lamborghini’s new creation. Honestly, anyone who didn’t stop and look at the Huracán should be ashamed.


I definitely recommend making the trip to Portland, Oregon next year and spending a day or two at the Portland Auto Show. This show is a great place to see the upcoming cars, especially if you can’t get access to the auto shows in Detroit, Los Angeles, or Geneva. Plus, $12 dollars will get you almost unlimited access to any car available, meaning you are free to sit inside, play with the pedals, and drool on the dashboard. Just be sure to clean up your messes.



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