Enter the Warzone, up the river without a paddle.
• Derek Carr comes out as one of the NFL Draft’s biggest winners — and he didn’t even get picked.
The Raiders could’ve easily gone defense at No. 4 overall. Instead they chose Amari Cooper, exactly the kind of dynamic receiver Carr needs to fulfill that “franchise quarterback” label.
To top it off, Carr gets reunited with Josh Harper, his old Fresno State target, who came aboard as an undrafted free agent.
All in all, a pretty fantastic weekend for the Valley’s favorite son.
•Tyeler Davison to the Saints, Derron Smith to the Bengals and Cody Wichmann
to the Rams.
Three West Coast Bulldogs headed to the Eastern Time Zone.
• Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says second-round pick Mario Edwards Jr. suffered from “senioritis” during his last year at Florida State.
Plausible, except Edwards was a third-year junior.
• Gotta think the 49ers were on the verge of drafting Hoover High productEric Kendricks
before the Vikings snapped him up one pick earlier.
At least they should’ve been.
• 49ers general manager Trent Baalke sure takes lots of needless chances on players with knee injuries.
• Small. Sleight of build. Ankles made from parchment paper.Stephen Curry’s rise from unheralded three-star prospect to MVP
has to be one of the steepest climbs in NBA history.
• Sure, James Harden and Russell Westbrook posted gaudier numbers. But Curry’s are right there despite sitting out the fourth quarter of so many Warriors blowouts.
Then when you factor in the entertainment factor, the fun element and the wow quotient, the race isn’t close. And it wasn’t.
• The Warriors aren’t going to lose many playoff games in which Draymond Green scores 11 first-quarter points.
Zero would be a good guess.
• Best decision Steve Kerr ever made was the one that led him away from the Knicks.
• No sooner did the Astros move their Triple-A team to Fresno than the major-league club surges into first place.
Coincidence? We think not.
• If the Astros remain in contention into July, you’ve gotta believe a few Grizzlies players will be involved in midseason trades.
That’s generally how it works.
• The Grizzlies began their current eight-game homestand 9-3 at Chukchansi Park and 3-8 on the road. Guess they must really like it here.
• Cavs-Bulls ought to be a fascinating series. The Cavs have the two best players on the floor in LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but the next five or six are on the Bulls.
• Be sure to check out Eddie Hughes’story on Chris Herren
in the latest Fresno State Magazine. Good stuff.
• Been awhile (2002) since the Bulldogs last hosted an NCAA softball regional. With Fresno State leading the Mountain West Conference, a bid has been submitted — but athletic director Jim Bartko isn’t counting on a thumb’s-up.
• After an inauspicious debut at the Big Fresno Fair, Bee handicapper Exacta Kenny made up for it during the Kentucky Derby.
Exacta Kenny not only picked the winner, American Pharoah, but also the exacta, trifecta and super. If there was such as thing as the super duper, he’d have picked that, too.
• For no particular reason: Alton Lister
• Told you Mayweather-Pacquiao wasn’t worth the money.
Well, except to Mayweather, Pacquiao and all the barnacles that cling to them.
• Sure is interesting arriving in Las Vegas (and specifically the MGM) the day after a major fight.
All the men walking around look like linebackers, only more muscle-laden, and you get to see R Kelly at McDonald’s in Primm, Nevada, signing a kid’s hamburger wrapper.
Better than signing her buns.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Cody Wichmann was drafted by the Browns.