Sad to hear of the passing of country music legend George Jones. About the only song that gets to me more than “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is “Drive” by Alan Jackson. “Drive” has nothing to do with John Elway, Browns fans, but it is a great tune to play before teaching your teenager how to negotiate a desolate country road for the first time.
I’m a Big Ten guy, which means I cringed like someone stuck a spoonful of cinnamon in my mouth as the first round of the NFL draft unfolded Thursday night. The Midwest’s favorite league had one guy selected: Travis Frederick. Heard of him? Me either. Frederick is a center from Wisconsin and is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys, and his selection was as surprising as his new team’s cheerleaders showing up for work in sweats.
So, Big Ten. Still bad. Southeastern Conference? The SEC had 12 guys taken in the top 32, which is just sick. I don’t know how the Big Ten will ever get back to the top of the college football mountain. Getting rid of those stupid Legends and Leaders names is a good start, though.
The Browns took LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo in the first round. I just love saying that name. Barkevious Mingo. Gotta be the best name ever, and even the Dawg Pound will be able to produce clever signs about its new hero.
Kentucky has secured five of the top 11 basketball prospects on the Rivals.com list of top hoops recruits, which explains why Vegas has installed UK as the favorite to win next season’s national title. Three of those hot shots are from Texas. Hello, Rick Barnes?
UD has two players listed in the Rivals150: Scoochie Smith (106) and Kyle Davis (114). Both are guard and weigh a combined 335 pounds, so I hope they’re fast as London Warren, but shoot better.
The Heat’s odds of successfully defending their NBA championship got better when Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook injured his knee last week. OKC had to be considered the team with the best chance to spare us another LeBron parade. It sure won’t be the Knicks (Carmelo Anthony jacking up 40 shots) or the aging Spurs.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino carried through on his promise to get a tattoo. It’s on his back, near his left shoulder. Pitino was asked about the pain of getting the ink and said, “Unless you’re in the media business, you can handle it.” Yep, that’s why I don’t have a tattoo.
Knucklehead of the Week
Browns linebacker Quentin Groves is making quite a first impression. Groves, who signed a two-year, $2.8 million free-agent deal last month, was caught up in a prostitution sting last week in the tiny Cleveland suburb of Orange. Groves’ first relevant statistic is a solicting charge. He issued the obligatory apology saying he was sorry (for getting caught). And just like Mark McGwire, he wants to move forward.