If I’m the Baltimore Ravens this morning, I would be sooooo mad with the NFL for lack of support. In today’s world of contracts, this NFL draft should be a cover story on verbal agreements and Judge Judy should be called in to investigate and make a ruling.
The Ravens were trying to get a fourth-round pick that was part of an
uncompleted trade with the Chicago Bears that caused the clock to run out on the Ravens with the 26th overall pick. The Ravens still were able to get their targeted player in Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith at No. 27, but they were supposed to get an additional pick from the Bears if a trade had been finalized.
“There has been some dialogue between the Ravens, the other organization and the league,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said before ESPN’s report came out Friday night. “I’ll just have to leave it at that. Where it’s going to go, we don’t know. But there has been some dialogue.”
Jenn Sterger has filed a lawsuit to get photos of Brett Favre’s penis back. NY POST reports the out of work TV personality filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court against her former agent, Phillip Reese, complaining that “all text messages, e-mails and other digital communications she received” from the quarterback and she wants them back.
Sterger is trying to stop Reese from cashing in on a book based on the Favre junk photo scandal.
I know, this story is pretty amazing when you think about it.
The insanity of the on-again off-again lockout continues. Players like Tony Romo and others showed up for work today amid a judge’s injunction to end the holdout was overturned.
From NBC Sports:
Although NFL players were being welcomed back to team facilities this morning because of Judge Susan Nelson’s injunction to end the lockout, that is changing this afternoon.
ESPN is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has granted a temporary stay of the injunction and reinstated the lockout, meaning players will now be told to hit the road, and doors to team facilities are being locked this afternoon.
Then, as soon as Monday, the Eighth Circuit will hear the players’ argument against a stay. At that point, the lockout could remain on, or the players could be let back in, depending on the Eighth Circuit’s ruling. And either way, it would just be temporary until the appeals court makes a decision on the owners’ appeal of Judge Nelson’s ruling.
So just hours after players were let back into team facilities this morning, they’ll now be told that they’re no longer welcome this afternoon. And we’ll all wait until Monday to see what the appeals court does next.
Two weeks ago we all wondered where the Garrett’s could be going.
To Maplewood, it seems. The Garretts apparently have a contract on a glorious circa 1999 Euro-villa with smooth-as-a-baby’s-butt limestone exteriors, large living and entertaining areas, wide wood planked floors, 11 foot ceilings down, gourmet kitchen with two of just about everything, breakfast room, den, loggia, pool, study, four bedrooms, four and a half baths, 6900 plus square feet, study, sitting room, two bedroom, two bath apartment over the 3 car rear garage, and yes, four fireplaces. Not really pricey, either: listed for $3,795,000.
What is it about millionaires, football, and fireplaces?
Hang on to your hats folks, we are about to see some great baseball in Grand Prairie. The season is about to start for 2011, and there are new owners, and a new coach. Things are going to get pretty interesting around here.
“I’m thrilled about getting the chance to manage the AirHogs,’’ said VanAsselberg. “I know the folks in Grand Prairie are excited about the 2011 season. It’s a great area for baseball. I think the fans will really enjoy watching this team play.”
VanAsselberg led the Captains to the 2010 American Association title by sweeping Sioux Falls in the finals. The Captains finished the regular season with a 58-37 record. In 2009, VanAsselberg led the team to a 48-48 record – a 22-game improvement from the previous season.
And what kind of fire and brimstone will VanAsselberg bring? Have a look.
Rangers prospect Engel Beltre of AA Frisco has been suspended for an indefinite period by the Texas League. Beltre’s suspension was part of the fallout from an incident involving a few San Antonio fans and some Frisco players in a 6-5 Frisco road loss Tuesday afternoon.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said water bottles were thrown on the field by fans and a plastic garbage can was thrown into the stands from the Frisco dugout. Daniels confirmed it was thrown by Beltre, the only player suspended by the league. “It is definitely not something we condone,’’ Daniels said. “It is a black eye for all involved.’’
The Rangers are considering sending the suspended 21-year-old center fielder to Surprise, Ariz., for extended spring training work, Daniels said.
A ball hit by Frisco’s Mike Bianucci first ruled a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning was changed by umpires to a double. Both Frisco manager Steve Buechele and pitching coach Jeff Andrews were
thrown out of the game in an ensuing argument. A strikeout of the next
Frisco batter ended the game and touched off the incident.
Engel Beltre has been in the Rangers’ system since 2007, and he shot immediately toward the top of the prospect list. He still hangs near the top four years later as their top outfield prospect, and this year he is at major-league spring training for the first time.
Beltre was 17 when the Rangers acquired him from Boston in the Eric Gagné deal at the 2007 trade deadline. He had his best season last year at age 20, with a fast start at Class A Bakersfield that earned him a promotion to Double A Frisco.
Yes folks, tomorrow there will indeed be an NFL draft, even though who knows if there will be a season that football due to labor talks.
USC tackle Tyron Smith, left, has plenty of upside — some mock pickers have him going in the Top 10, perhaps as the Dallas Cowboys’ next insurance policy for Tony Romo. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has some nagging downside — does his inexperience make him a one-hit college wonder, or will the Carolina Panthers go ahead and make him the No. 1 overall pick because they have no faith in Jimmy Clausen? And then there’s Marcell Dareus, the 6-foot-3, 319-pound defensive tackle out of Alabama who can knock just anyone sideways. Will he be available for the Denver Broncos at No. 2? The NFL might be buried in labor talks, but there are plenty of ESPN and NFL Network analysts laboring over their big boards, minute by minute, changing things around as they try to second- and third-guess the real GMs who will make the official selections in prime time. Again, the proceedings are spread over three days, with 3 1/2 hours allotted for the first round. The second and third rounds are Friday (ESPN2, NFL Network at 5 p.m.) with rounds 4-7 on Saturday (ESPN and NFL Network, 9 a.m.)