Enter the Warzone, slippery when wet.
• Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick in the draft? Or is it all a smokescreen for Marcus Mariota?
Brace yourself for about 77,000 versions of this story between now and May.
• Saw where some NFL people are comparing Winston’s football IQ to Peyton Manning’s.
Too bad his maturity level compares to a 9-year-old’s.
• Tyeler Davison, one of three ex-Fresno State players at the NFL combine, did 32 reps on the bench press.
Which is no more impressive than all those times Davison carried the Bulldogs’ D-line all by himself.
• Truth be told, we didn’t watch one minute of the combine — or the Oscars.
Making us an outcast in all sorts of social circles.
• Next year, just for kicks, let’s blend the two. Have Lady Gaga sing a medley from a popular 1960s musical while being timed in the 20-yard shuttle.
• Before “McFarland, USA” and before McFarland High cross country there was Reedley’sPete Romero
, featured in a 1967 issue of Sports Illustrated in a full-page photo running through a grape vineyard.
Romero’s 2-mile Central Section record (8 minutes, 53 seconds) only stood 46 years …
• Now Romero and his wife are selling their Tower District home, where they’ve lived the past two decades, and moving to Vancouver, Wash.
“Because I can breathe up there,” Romero says. “The pollution here has gotten so bad it attacks my bronchial area.”
A Valley running legend forced to move because of our bad air? There’s an unfortunate irony.
• The Houston Astros, new parent club of the Fresno Grizzlies, are the most analytically minded team in MLB, according to a recentpoll
Hmm. Wonder if this means instead of bobbleheads the Grizzlies will be giving away calculators.
• The Giants’ World Seriestrophy tour
visits Chukchansi Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Better get in line way before that.
• Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Santiago Casilla will pitch the ninth inning.
Thus terminating Madison Bumgarner’s brief but memorable reign as closer.
• Bochy missed two days of spring training after having two stents inserted in his heart. Instead of sutures, surgeons rubbed a little dirt on the incision and told him to walk it off.
• Alex Rodriguez hit six batting-practice home runs during his first spring training workout.
One for each public apology.
• Commissioners of the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC have all made public comments indicating they wouldn’t mind seeing all football and men’s basketball players made ineligible as freshmen.
The SEC commissioner has said no such thing.
• Don’t look now, but there’s still time for Fresno State to squander a top six seed in the Mountain West men’s basketball tournament.
Wouldn’t that be the rotten lettuce on this sawdust sandwich of a season?
• The Bulldogs softball team is 11-4 thanks to a .336 team batting average, 2.91 team ERA and MW-leading .956 fielding percentage.
Not much for third-year coach Trisha Ford to complain about. And anyway she’s not the complaining type.
• For no particular reason: Bob Knepper
• After two years with the Philadelphia 76ers, Vance Walberg joined the Sacramento Kings as an assistant to George Karl.
Good to see Walberg back in the NBA.
• Awoke to a strange pitter-pattering sound on the roof. Looked outside, and the backyard was drenched in a foreign watery substance that evidently fell from the sky.
In some climate zones, it’s apparently known as “rain.”