Dallas usually gets an easy Thanksgiving matchup that ends up in a blow out and have not lost since 2005 to the Denver Broncos. Detroit on the other hand gets handed with a difficult matchup every year and is usually blown out at home.Recently, the NFL has added another Thanksgiving game to be shown after Detroit and Dallas. The team is different every year, but it brings a though to mind, why can't every Thanksgiving game be new teams Those in Detroit and Dallas will argue that they must keep their Thanksgiving day tradition, but why If the rest of America is going to sit and see the Lions get blown out, and see the Cowboys blow someone else out, how are they going to be entertainedThe concept of playing new teams every year would ensure some sort of equality for teams in the national spotlight and give each team a decent amount of exposure. With the little time needed for the NFL to agree on penalties, who knows, maybe Thanksgiving day games could change faster than we expect.. In a season that has experienced many lows and few highs, the 2009 USC Trojan recruiting class has begun to follow suit.DJ Morgan, the speedy tailback out of Woodland Hills, CA (Taft High) and rated the No.
36 top prep prospect by ESPN, tore his ACL in his last game.This injury will end the season for Morgan and will require surgery.DJ Morgan was the top running back prospect for the Trojans, a player whose speed and shifty moves are reminiscent of current Trojan tailback, Joe McKnight.It should also be noted that recently there has been speculation that Morgan might forgo his verbal commitment to USC and join his brother at Arizona.How this injury affects those plans is unclear.What is clear is that this year's Trojan recruiting class, while deep in quality in certain areas, such as tight end, remains in a state of flux as many USC targets are withholding commitments until the Feb. 2 signing date draws near.Meanwhile, other verbal commitments, such as Illinois wide receiver, Kyle Prater, are only considered "soft verbals," which in recruiting speak means prepare for signing day surprises.Trojan faithful need only go back to last year to recall two of these signing day shocks, Morrel Pressley to UCLA and Vontaze Burfict to Arizona State.The loss of Burfict, in particular, is one that still sticks in the craw of USC fans as Burfict would have looked awfully good in Cardinal and Gold right now.Of course, in Burfict's case, there were eligibility issues involved in his decision to enroll at ASU so perhaps it just wasn't meant to be.Nonetheless, there appears to be a disturbing trend where either opposing programs are badmouthing USC, costing them recruits or, and this might be even more disturbing, the luster has worn off the USC Trojan shine.Either way, this is a critical year for USC to replenish its talent reserves, and this year's class will play a crucial role as the Trojans try to move on from a disappointing season.The injury to Morgan, the soft status of Kyle Prater, and the transient state of verbal commitments to USC make this one of the more difficult recruiting seasons to project.By Feb. 2, the signing day for high school recruits, this will all become crystal clear and the Trojans can move forward knowing what needs have been filled and which remain in question.Expect the USC coaching staff to hit the recruiting trail long and hard between now and signing day.After this year's team's disappointment on the field, a successful season recruiting will take some of the sour taste out of both the program and their fans mouth's and will provide an optimistic path to spring practice.Lord knows the Trojans and their fans could use a smile right about now.. New CLIO Awards category, chaired by Richard Edelman of Edelman, will honor themost outstanding communications and public relations initiatives of the yearNEW YORK(Business Wire)The CLIO Awards, one of the worlds most prestigious international advertisingand design competitions honoring creative excellence and innovation in theindustry, today announced a new Strategic Communications/Public Relations awardscategory to recognize excellence and creativity in the industry. This new CLIO Awards category will celebrate innovative and creative use of anyform of unpaid publicity and messaging that drives credibility, awareness,reputation, and relationships between a company or organization and itsconsumers or constituents.
Entries will be submitted into three core categories; consumer, corporate andcrisis management. Campaigns or efforts to be considered include those in thearea of arts and entertainment, cause-related/non-profit, corporate branding,multicultural, international and new media. CLIO has appointed Richard Edelman, President & Chief Executive Officer ofEdelman, as the 2009 Executive Jury Chair for the StrategicCommunications/Public Relations Awards. "In keeping with CLIOs 50-year tradition of recognizing the highest levels ofcreative communication, we are pleased to announce the new category that willacknowledge those in the industry who understand the power of public relationsand communications in this highly competitive arena," said Wayne Youkhana,director of the CLIO Awards. "We are also honored that Richard Edelman,long-time pioneer in the public relations industry, will be chairing the newCLIO Awards category, as his insight is integral in selecting campaigns thatadhere to CLIOs highest standard of creativity." This years three-day CLIO festival will be held May 12 - 14 in Las Vegas, andwill feature five distinct award shows, receptions and after-parties, acomprehensive and forward-thinking educational conference featuring the worldsgreatest creative minds, a CLIO 50th Anniversary viewing gallery, as well asnetworking opportunities for CLIO delegates. Additional information regarding criteria, eligible categories, entry rules, isavailable at The online entry system for this category willopen on January 16, 2009. The entry submission deadline is February 13, 2009 forany campaign appearing between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008.
For additional information, please visit About The CLIO AwardsThe CLIO Awards is one of the worlds most recognized awards competition foradvertising, design and interactive. The CLIO Awards are producedby Nielsen Business Media, a part of The Nielsen Company, a global informationand media company. The privately held company is active in more than 100 countries, withheadquarters in New York, USA For more information, please visit, CLIO AwardsMediaCoburn CommunicationLauren Bobrowich, Copyright Business Wire 2009.