Turf Show Times: Ramdude's RAMblins 2/24/13

Now that's a purdy one.
Hey, ramdude here.

How ya doin? Taxes done yet? Me neither. Gotta grab my sack of receipts 'n' W-whatever Forms an head on down to the Wal-Mart one of these days so I can lay them before their "Tax Expert at the Lil' Card Table."

But for now, it's COMBINE TIME! I like the NFL Combine like the Japanese like their French Fries. (That's a lotta likes.) But there's one thing everybody talks about but nobody explains - it's that dang Wonderlic Test. What the ham gravy is a Wonderlic Test? Does it require one of those "College Blue Books"? Do you have to use a No. #2 pencil? Do you need a calculator? Does it involve borrowed pee?

Well, I have questions; I have answers to other questions.

From the Wonderlic, Inc. web site:

"Wonderlic, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois, and a founding member of the Association of Test Publishers. We provide businesses and schools with a comprehensive library of highly regarded assessments and surveys for each phase of the hiring and student selection process. In our 75 year history, we have delivered over 200 million assessments and surveys for more than 75,000 organizations, government agencies and accrediting bodies."
That sounds boring as hell! I'd bet this thing takes all day after your mother drops you off at some strange school. I would be wrong for the NFL version. Football players at the Combine ain't got that kinda time. Also from the Wonderlic web site:

"The NFL Scouting Combine uses the Wonderlic Contemporary Cognitive Ability Test, which measures a person’s ability to think, learn, solve problems and follow instructions – all critical traits a football player needs to have, particularly one coming into the NFL, where gameplay is much faster and decisions must be made in the blink of an eye. The Wonderlic test does not measure whether or not a potential player can read, spell, or do math; it doesn’t look at their motivation and their personality on or off field. There are other tests for those things."

I wish we would have had these kinds of tests when I was in school. I wasn't particularly motivated to take readin, spelling or math tests.

The one the NFL uses has 50 questions. It's a timed test that lasts for 12 minutes (sweet). And it comes in an attractive box. You get one point for each correct answer, and the average score is 21.

Example Questions:

1) Assume the first 2 statements are true. Is the final one:
1 true, 2 false, 3 not certain?

The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats.
The boy wears a hat.

2) Which number in the following group of numbers
represents the smallest amount?

7 .8 31 .33 2

3) In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in
smaller type?

The first 2 - cake. The last one - too many words! Look for one about the difference between left and right.

Answers: True, .33, 17

Supposedly, most of the leaked player scores are not accurate because they are kept secret between Wonderlic and the NFL. But according to, these scores are true:

"Vince Young made headlines when it was rumored that he scored a 6 (though he earned a 16 on his second attempt). On the other end of the spectrum, Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 50. Some sample scores of other players include: Drew Bledsoe - 37; Steve Young - 33; John Elway - 30; Dan Marino - 16; Donovan McNabb - 14; Hakeem Nicks - 11; Sebastian Janikowski - 9."

Here's some more scores from ESPN

My cognitator is startin to hurt. Gotta go. Have a great Sunday and enjoy the rest of the NFL Combine as reported here on TST by some of the most cognitive folks I know. (Pssst, I don't really know that many.)

Now for something less cognitive:

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