With nothing big but a bunch of little stories going on, it’s a perfect day for Grab Bag Day.
~ Staying or going. Yesterday was the deadline for college juniors to apply for early entry into the NFL draft. Surprisingly, a lot of Ohio State guys, most notably James Laurinaitis, will return for their senior season (if Robiskie or Hartline went they would have been stupid). Ohio State will return almost the same team that was overrated in 2007. Can’t wait to see how much more overrated one team can be going into the 2008 season. As for Michigan, Manningham and Arrington left for the NFL as have seniors Jake Long, Mike Hart and Chad Henne, making Michigan’s offense with no returnees at skilled positions. While this could hurt other teams, Michigan will be okay since they are putting in completely new offense. Of course, it would be nice to have Manningham and Arrington but Michigan will find other fast and talented receivers. It doesn’t matter who leaves Ann Arbor. What matters is who comes in (as in Terrelle Pryor).
~Really? Him? Speaking of leaving early for the NFL draft, Florida State quarterback Xavier Lee will skip his senior season to try, and I stress try, and enter the NFL. This is the same Xavier Lee who started just six game, going 2-4 mind you, and had a bunch of off the field problems. But when you think about it, why would anyone want to stay at FSU so I guess it makes sense. He sounds like a perfect fit for the Falcons. Oh, he was also suspended from the team for academic reasons. And that was before the rest of the team was trying to cheat on an online test.
~ Can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Who would have seen this coming? Mmmm, everyone. Pacman Jones is accused of punch a women at, where else, a strip club. The women, Wanda Jackson, who is also an attorney, says in her filing that she was in the club’s office when an angry Jones accused managers of stealing his money and bracelet.
“I was sitting in the office and he lunged at me numerous times in an effort to do grave bodily harm,” Jackson wrote in the warrant application filed Jan. 7. “Veronica Jones, an owner, went into the hall to deal with a member of his entourage. I followed to gawk. He was in the hall, surprisingly reached over or around a security guard and sucker punched me in my left eye.”
Classic Pacman. I think we should put Pacman on that plane with Al Sharpton, Brittany, Paris, Steven A. Smith and Graig.
Oh, and the strip club was called the Body Tap. What a great name for a strip club.
~ Congressional hearings started yesterday so Congress could find out about steroids in baseball and ….. God I really don’t care anymore. Does anyone? George Mitchell can board the plane too.
~ No legs = advantage. I’m a little behind on it but did you see how the International Association of Athletics Federations banned Oscar Pistorius of South Africa from the Olympics because he has a competitive advantage over the rest of the athletes? Oscar is a sprinter who specializes in the 400-meter. His advantage? Having no legs. That’s right. He’s a double amputee and he has a competitive advantage over others because he uses carbon-fiber extensions for legs. That sucks for Oscar. Has anyone gone to greater lengths than cutting off his legs to get a competitive edge?
~ Team River City is back in action tonight against or most hated rivals and the second place team. A win, coupled with a loss by the fifth place team, guarantees a playoff spot. It’s a huge game at 7:45 tonight and I’ll let all you anxious fans know how it turned out tomorrow. Seal, I’ll you know too.