Enter the Warzone, eighth-round pick out of Wossamotta U.
• Overhyped. Overbearing. Overkill.
The NFL Draft is the dumbest event in sports. (Well, besides the NFL Combine.) Not so much the three days of picks, but the months and months of breathless buildup, supposition and rumor mongering that amount to heaping piles of purposelessness.
• And you know what’s worse? The insinuation by certain TV networks that people who refuse to fill their heads with this nonsense aren’t true football fans.
• Guess we’ll be watching NFL Network’s coverage of Thursday night’s first round. Why? Because Chris Berman is anchoring for ESPN.
• The Raiders’ dream scenario has USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams falling to them at No. 4. Otherwise, probably best to trade down, get extra picks and choose from a deep pool of receivers.
• For Derek Carr’s sake let’s hope the Raiders don’t think Michael Crabtree is the answer to their receiving woes. He’s not.
• Unless it’s possible to draft a credible coaching staff, not sure it really matters whom the 49ers pick.
• Five years ago, we would’ve been frothing with anticipation over Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout.
Now? Two aging fighters well past their sell-buy dates cashing in a gargantuan payday.
Ho hum. Boxing fans are a bunch of suckers.
• In last year’s NBA playoffs, five of the eight first-round series went seven games. This year it looks like only Spurs-Clippers and Hawks-Nets may get there.
Hopefully, the second round proves to be a little more competitive.
• The Nets are tied 2-2 with the Hawks thanks largely to the performance of center Brook Lopez, who is averaging 21.3 points and 11 rebounds in the series.
Just as significantly, the Memorial High product is playing the best defense of his career.
• No matter how much everyone detests the Hack-a-Jordan tactics employed by the Spurs, there is a simple yet elegant solution: Hit a frickin’ free throw.
• The Japan Times did anice catch-up piece on Melvin Ely
, still plugging away overseas at 36.
Tired of being “an insurance policy” on NBA teams, Fresno State’s all-time leading scorer is averaging 10.8 points and seven boards for the Gunma Crane Thunders of the Japan B-J League.
• So the NCAA wants to do away with graduate transfers. Because punishing student-athletes who already have earned their degrees makes so much sense.
• The departure of lead assistant Michael Schwartz is a troubling sign for the Bulldogs basketball program and coach Rodney Terry.
Assistant coaches in all sports want two things: the chance to become a head coach and long-term security.
Right now, the Fresno State job provides neither.
• Best of luck to Braeden Anderson, but let’s be real: He’ll have a lot more impact on Seton Hall’s law school than he will on the basketball court.
• So the Angels are paying Josh Hamilton some $68 million over the next three years to play for a divisional opponent?
Great business model.
• Grizzlies outfielder Preston Tucker, who already began the week leading the Pacific Coast League in home runs and RBIs, homered again Monday and drove in two — raising his season totals to eight and 26.
Pretty good for a guy not considered one of the Astros’ top 10 prospects.
• For no particular reason: Vernon Fox
• Clovis East High grad Bryson DeChambeau set a tournament record by firing a 9-under 64 during Monday’s final round of the American Athletic Conference Championships in Lecanto, Fla.
In case you’re wondering, DeChambeau still favors those Ben Hogan-style hats.
• Clovis Rodeo saddle bronc winner Jacobs Crawley, a Texas A&M grad,estimates 15% of the cowboys
on tour have college degrees.
There goes the notion that anyone who climbs aboard a snarling, bucking animal must have road apples for brains.