USC Trojans Football: Marqise Lee Moving to Defense?
My latest for Rant Sports.
There’s been casual chatter about this since last season, but think about it. He started out in high school as a defender. Lane Kiffin said he could be a first-round pick playing defensive back.
What if he’s EVEN BETTER on defense than at WR? Whoa.
I’d be sad about David Beckham retiring except A) I rarely watch soccer (or football, if you’re outside the U.S.) except during the World Cup and B) I’m 100% sure we’ll still get to see him in ads and photo shoots like this one. And let’s face it, in my world, that’s what matters.
Division III, where that whole student-athlete bit is for real.
Washington College’s athletes are doing awesome things on and off the field this year. Go WAC! (My alma mater)
And congratulations to Tim Marcin for winning the largest undergraduate literary prize in the country. Details here
Washington State Cougars: Can QB Connor Halliday Keep His Job?
My latest for Rant Sports. I was completely impressed by Halliday as a redshirt freshman emergency sub back in 2011. (A Pac-12 freshman record 4 TDs and 494 yards has that effect, I suppose.)
Now a redshirt junior, he still hasn’t reached his considerable potential. If he does, WSU football might jump right over “bearable” to actually fun to watch.
Patrice Bergeron in the Player of the Game jacket, after his series-clinching goal in OT #nhlbruins
I was working and missed the B’s big win :(
I am a total stan for McQuaid and his mullet BUT this is too pretty not to post. Have I mentioned recently that I love playoff beards? Because I do. Somewhat related: From this angle, he looks like an ex-boyfriend of mine.
Very interesting chart.
I already thought coaches made too much money, but my goodness, football and basketball coaches really make too much money.
I was almost really annoyed because this chart suggests that Maryland football coach Randy Edsall makes more $$ than Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon, and that ain’t right, but I looked it up and Maryland should actually be stripey.
According to The Baltimore Sun’s Maryland public employee salary database, Edsall and Turgeon make the same base salary ($400,000) per year. (Whew.)
(The Washington Post broke down the salaries, incentives, and other potential payments of all the ACC football and basketball coaches back in 2011 when Turgeon was hired. Slightly outdated now but still interesting for context.)
(via Infographic: Is Your State’s Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably))
DREAMS DO COME TRUE -
Big time shout out to Baltimore Ravens 3rd-round pick, Defensive Tackle Brandon Williams for making his dream come true.
Williams took a job while still in college at Missouri Southern cleaning portable toilets to help earn money for his single-mother so that she could make ends meet.
“Sometimes, you got a little poop on you,” Williams told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun during the Ravens’ recent rookie minicamp. “Every time I was doing that, I said to myself, ‘I gotta work harder, I’m not doing this the rest of my life.’ It motivated me to get better.”
Williams also says that he pretended the outhouses were actually opposing Offensive Lineman when he would lift them up onto the truck to get hauled off.
“I acted like I was playing football. I just made it fun.”
Proof that you can go from the very bottom, all the way to the top if you’re willing to work hard and get dirty. (Photo via Yahoo!)
I have nothing to add to this, except good for him.
NBA Fines: Ballers Behaving Badly - Crunchology -
“I smile, $25,000 lighter, but I’m smiling.”
So said Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson after the NBA levied a $25,000 fine for “attempting to influence the officiating.”
Must be real nice to still be smiling after a fine that size, right?
It sounds like a lot of cash to normal folk who don’t have a multimillion dollar job contract, but it’s trivial compared to some of the other fines around the league.
Seatcrunch put together some pretty cool graphics about fines in the NBA that chart the most fined players, coaches, teams, and owners since 2000. (Mark Cuban gets his own category. Again, must be nice.)
The blog also shows the breakdown of fined offenses and how much money they brought in. When it comes to ref-related fines, Jackson has plenty of company. “Criticizing the refs” and “Interaction with refs” are two of the top three most-fined offenses, accounting for nearly 25% of the total income from fines in the last decade.
This reaffirms my knowledge that I could never be a coach at any sort of high level, in any sport, because I have plenty of opinions about officiating and I’m really fond of freedom of speech. And that’s too much money just for speaking my mind!
There are more cool charts with lots of stats and facts on NBA fines and trends over at Seatcrunch. Super interesting post, even though I don’t follow the NBA very much at all. (Full disclosure: I’m a big nerd when it comes to stats and analyzing data trends.)
We’d be like, ‘OK.’ —
University of Washington athletic director Scott Woodward, on the university’s hypothetical reaction to one of its athletes announcing he or she is gay. As it should be.
Pac-12 voices support for gay athletes - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Don’t Stay in School: NFL Prospects Should Follow the Money
I am a school nerd. I always loved school. I’m excited about some upcoming certifications I’m working on because I get textbooks and I get to take notes. I miss college. But after this year’s NFL draft, I think any juniors who are potential first or high-second round picks should absolutely forego their senior year and jump to the pros ASAP. College is overrated. The chance of potential greatness in one more year of college isn’t good enough to pass on millions in the NFL. Don’t wait. Don’t risk injury and crappy coaching ruining your draft stock. Follow the money.