Saw this news on Twitter the other day. Apparently Sam McGuffie has been training with Tiger Rugby in Ohio in an attempt to convert to rugby (potentially for the Olympics, though he's likely much too late to make the squad for this year). He is currently listed as a reserve for the PRO Rugby Ohio team that is playing the San Francisco team right now (started at 6pm Eastern, will likely go until about 7:30 or so). The San Francisco team features Mils Muliaina, who played in 100 international matches for the legendary New Zealand All Blacks, so it should be an interesting match to watch.
PRO Rugby is the first professional rugby competition here in North America and is in the middle of their inaugural season. There are only 5 teams in this first season, with hopes to expand to ~10 for next year. Currently there are teams in San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Denver, and Ohio. Roughly half of the players are contracted full time while the others join the teams on a match by match basis.
It seems as though Sam will be joining the Ohio team (based in Obetz, just outside of Columbus) for tonight's match in hopes of getting some high quality match experience. The match is streaming live at the link below if you'd like to watch! Hopefully Sam will get some playing time towards the end of the match.
UPDATE: McGuffie only played the final 4 minutes (Ohio lost a relatively close match). He didn't get involved much in his limited time - only one opportunity for a tackle and didn't get an opportunity to carry the ball. You could tell he is very new to the game - looked like he wasn't sure where to be when the ball was away from him. He has mostly been training/playing 7s rugby - the Olympic version of the sport, which is a bit easier to learn/transition to - whereas this was 15s rugby. Hoping he'll get a few more opportunities to show what he's got moving forward.
Maybe this is old news, but ...
I was channel surfing last night and found a live broadcast of an international competition of 2-man bobsled. I watched for a while and when the U.S. team took their run, I noticed a familiar name: Sam McGuffie. He is the brakeman for team USA 2-man bobsled (Steven Holcomb is the pilot).
They had a poor run (due to equipment issues with the sled) and finished 12th in the competition.
In any event, I found it interesting that Sam was now competing at a top level in international bobsled and thought I'd share.
Here is a video of Sam McGuffie doing a 58" vertical leap.
Sam is working out in hopes of getting another chance in the NFL.
A new Youtube video is a well-done 6-minute long video of the greatest moments in the history of sports.
It's a bit heavy on Jordan, Ali and Vince Carter dunks, but there are some Michigan clips that are included:
- Desmond striking the pose
- Webber's timeout
- Sam McGuffie hurdling his HS opponent
- Brady during the Patriots' SB celebration
Here's an update on HS Internet sensation RB Sam McGuffie. He is working out at WR to become an all-purpose offensive player.
Purdue is playing at Rice tomorrow, so I wandered over to Rice's athletics website. Before you enter the site, there's a splash screen ad for their home games and it includes a huge picture of Sam running the ball.
I took a look at last week's box score against Texas and McGuffie only had one carry for four yards. Meanwhile, they had 5 other running backs with more carries than him. I figured he'd be a central part of their running game this year, but I guess not. Do any MGoBloggers in the Houston area follow Rice and know how he's doing?