Quick Shots: Poked and Prodded And Loving It
- Last week, I was part of WNSP's team covering the Senior Bowl which is held here in Mobile. It is basically a career fair for football players. Everything the players do down here is analyzed by their potential NFL employers. And I'm not just talking about how they practice and how they play. I mean their interactions with people, what they eat and how much they put on their plate and how easily they make friends are all part of the process. It really is very interesting what criteria the NFL uses to grade players. More importantly, the difference between being the 20th pick in the first round versus the tenth is worth several million dollars.
- I don't know exactly what the Bears are looking for, but it's doubtful left tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan will be around at pick #20. He had a great week of practice and a solid game. He, as they say, made money last week. Some other players they may want to look at that were here include Texas DL Alex Okafor, Rice Tight End Vance McDonald and Cal center Brian Schwenke. If any of them are available. There is also probably a boat load of juniors they could look at and we'll know more after the combine.
- The NCAA has proposed some rule changes that will change college recruiting. They include the elimination of dead periods and unlimited calls and texts. They also will allow teams to hand out media guides and other printed materials. Great if you are an SEC school but not so great for the Sunbelt or C-USA. While it takes the onus off the NCAA to count permissible calls and texts, it creates a lot more work for assistant coaches.
- When the above rule changes go into effect, does that mean Kelvin Sampson gets to come back?
- Speaking of recruiting, National Signing Day is February 6th and in the South, it is akin to a holiday. My objection is these 17 year old kids get to announce what schools they are going to on TV and get way too much media attention. These kids have already learned to manipulate the schools and manipulate the system in such a way where things are already way out of whack. These are just kids. Can't we let them be kids?
- The Blackhawks are off to their best start ever at 6-0 and seem to be hitting on all cylinders. The power play has been especially good. I've already decided that despite the fact this is a shortened season, I'll accept another cup championship.
- Ah, the euphoria of Sox Fest where fans come from far and wide to drink silver and black kool-aid. Honestly, the Sox may be the fourth best team in their division this year, but the good news is there is a boatload of farmhands coming for 2014 and maybe sooner if they flounder. The pitching is okay, the hitting is a little below average, the defense is average and the bullpen is okay. But certainly, the Tigers have all the cool toys while the Sox tend to shop at Goodwill.
- MLB is changing the balk rule. Now if you fake to third and throw to first, it's a balk. It's an effort to increase the speed of the game. But if MLB really wanted to do something, they would institute a twenty second clock between pitches. You take twenty-one seconds, it's a ball, you step out of the box, it's a strike. That'll learn 'em.
- Coming up Tuesday, the most useless sports event of the year, Super Bowl Media Day. This is when ass clowns from all media outlets come to ask players questions. The NFL will allow people from just about every TV show (Daily Show, Colbert Report, etc.) wacky publication and silly reality show to work along side your regular working media who have earned the right to be there and to do their jobs. While some joker from MTV may be getting his fifteen minutes of fame, a real reporter is trying to do the job they are paid to do. I wish the league would be more selective in who they let in, but in the NFL, there is no such thing as bad publicity, especially during Super Bowl week.