TEXANS MAKE MARIO WILLIAMS THE #1 PICK: I think it is a mistake. Not picking Williams....but not getting the most out of this. At least try to squeeze a couple bucks out of the Saints for this. And don't make a Wolfpack player the #1 pick!!!
In 1985, Bruce Smith was the #1 pick in the draft. Since then, there have been six defensive players selected #1 overall. Joining Williams on that list is Aundray Bruce, Russell Maryland, Steve Emtman, Dan Wilkinson and Courtney Brown. Only Maryland made anything out of himself. Emtman ripped his knee in his rookie year. Wilkinson and Brown never became stars. Bruce was a major bust.
SO, WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE DRAFT?? Well, I see the rest of the Top 10 this way...
2-Saints: Reggie Bush
3-Titans: Vince Young
4-Jets: D.Brickshaw Ferguson
5-Packers: AJ Hawk
6-Niners: Vernon Davis
7-Raiders: Matt Leinart
8-Bills: Broderick Bunkley
9-Lions: Michael Huff
10-Cardinals: Ernie Sims
By the way, I'm hoping Rocky McIntosh drops to the Redskins first pick....the #53 selection.
BY THE WAY, PART TWO, I'M NOT WATCHING THE DRAFT: Of course, I am working....but I still wouldn't watch the draft. Unlike many sports fans and NFL nuts, I just don't care to really watch the draft. The NFL draft is boring and smug. It takes forever between picks. Everything in the first few hours are retreaded talks. I don't need to look into "war rooms". There will be 20 bogus rumors for every single thing that is true. And the interviews with the drafted players are as vanilla as it gets. They are "happy to be selected". It is "a dream come true". When they get to their new team they will "work real hard" and are "looking forward" to playing with whatever star is there. They will thank God, Mom and Dad. And somewhere near them, their agent will be on the cell phone.
I do admit interest in the draft....no doubt about that. But I am content to check my ESPNMOBILE every hour or so to get the lowdown.
RIP STEVE HOWE: To many people, Steve Howe represents missed opportunity and wasted chances. Howe was the NL rookie of the year for the Dodgers in 1980....but was suspended a total of 7 times due to his drug abuse. Back in the 80s, the "drug problem" in baseball wasn't steroids....it was cocaine. In 1992, he was banned from baseball.....the first player to be banned due to drugs [he was reinstated a year later]. Howe died early Friday when his pickup truck rolled over in Coachella, CA. He was 48.
THE REDS ARE THE BEST: Here, on April 29, the Reds enter the day with the best record in the majors! They are 16-7 and lead the NL Central by a whopping 1/2 game!
KEVIN MENCH HOMERS AGAIN: For the 7th straight game, Kevin Mench went yard. The interesting thing about this is the guy that has him at my work's Home Run Derby nearly dropped him last week....but held on just to see if he'd work out of his "slump". Guess so.
ROIDED OUT FOR 50 GAMES: Pitcher Yusaku Iriki, a player in the Mets' minor leagues, was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's new strict drug policy. Iriki is 33 years old and just signed to play here after a career in Japan.
LAKERS, PACERS LOOKING GOOD: In the 8 first round series, only the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers have series lead despite not having the home court advantage.
PISTONS AND MAVERICKS COULD BE LOOKING REAAAAAAL GOOD: The Pistons and Mavs could be the only teams to go up 3-0 in the playoffs with wins tomorrow. The Heat, Spurs and Clippers failed to do that.
BAD SUSPENSION: Seems the NBA just isn't putting up with a lot of crap. James Posey ran over Kirk Hinrich in the Heat's loss to the Bulls on Thursday......which got him a one-game suspension. I think that's a bit too excessive. He was thrown out of the game and maybe should be fined. But no suspension. This marks the SECOND suspension a Miami Heat player has had in this series [Udonis Haslem was suspended for Game 2 after tossing his mouthpiece at an official].
OH, AND SHAQ STUNK UP THE UNITED CENTER: How is 8 pts [six of which were in garbage time], 4 rbs, 1 ast, 0 blks, 7 turnovers, 5 fouls, and 0-6 FT shooting for ya?? Shaq may be the NBA's version of Barry Bonds. Good for a nice slap outta the stadium one minute...but can't bring it on Day 3. And don't give me the tired factor....the Heat had two off days.