Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 8:40 a.m.
UPDATED 2:55 p.m.
By Benjamin StandigCSNwashington.com
This NFL.com article on specific teams searching for a quarterback gives a reasoned explanation as to why the Redskins' opening the 2011 season with Rex Grossman under center - and an understudy on the sidelines is not the worst of ideas. Here is a breakdown of one potential clipboard holderearly-round pick, Colin Kaepernick from the University of Nevada, who has a Josh Freeman comparison to flaunt.
If the Burgundy and Golds brain trust decides that drafting a running back is a high priority, it likely wont need to worry about having to take one in the first round.
Two very, very premature 2011-12 mens college basketball polls this one and that one - have George Mason slotted (just) inside the Top 25. That lofty status comes despite losing a high-end backcourt duo to graduation, leading scorer Cam Long and sixth man Isaiah Tate. The return of guard Sherrod Wright from a season-ending shoulder injury will help bolster that unit, but GMUhoops.com wonders what additional firepower Jim Larranagas crew would have been able to muster had the 6-foot-4 sophomore scorer remained healthy.
The Hagerstown Suns exhibition game set for Tuesday was canceled due to poor field conditions. Yes, not exactly riveting stuff. But watching Nationals farmhand Bryce Harper take batting practice is.
When there was no Washington baseball team, some inside-the-Beltway types grew up rooting for Cal and Eddie, Moose and the Dipper. Its been a loooong time since the Orioles were even remotely interesting, let alone viable, but their 4-0 start and scorching hot outfielder Nick Markakis - is worth taking notice. There are reasons to believe (young pitching already delivering) and be skeptical (hello, Red Sox and Yankees), but Buck Showalters squad appears entertaining regardless.
On Thursday around 1:04 p.m., Fairfaxs own Steve Marino will tee off in the first round of The Masters with fellow American Anthony Kim and Swedens Henrik Stenson. If the darkhorse pick can roll in some putts on those John Wall-fast greens, the University of Virginia grad has a punchers chance to be fitted for a green jacket on Sunday night.
I dont think he has that much influence. I dont want to give that little tiny little petty human being that much credit.
Nicole Kidman recounting her marriage to Tom Cruise?
No, that quote was part of the undercard to Tuesdays smackdown between Debbie Yow and Gary Williams. CBSsports.com columnist Gregg Doyel delivered a steaming plate of venom directed at the Maryland basketball coach (as recounted in the D.C. Sports Bog).
Doyel ripped Williams for his supposed negative involvement during North Carolina States search for a new coach, which ended yesterday with the hiring of former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried.
Well, he has influence, and not because people think Gary Williams is so brilliant and trustworthy that if he tells me something, daggummit, it must be true, Doyel said on the NC SportsTalk Network. I dont think he has that much influence. ...
"Here I am on your radio show, and in an email to his PR guy three times, begging him to talk to me about what hes been saying behind Debbie Yows back and hurting the N.C. State head coaching search. And if he doesnt call me back, then all that means to me is hes a little, bitty, tiny coward of a man.
In conclusion, Doyel did indeed quote Kidman, or at least paraphrased her character Shannon in the film "Far and Away," which co-starred Cruise: Gary Williams, you call me back, or youre a spineless little fraction of a man, Doyel demanded.
Another take on the Williams-Yow brouhaha. Apparently, the Terrapins coach isnt the only one who hasnt seen eye to eye with his former boss.
The Washington Examiners Craig Stouffer provides a winning Wizards recap and a taste of communication among jocks in the 21st century. Pistons rookie and former Hoyas star Greg Monroe tells John Wall, Youre Welcome over Twitter after missing two late free throws, while Jordan Crawford and Indiana rookie Paul George engage in some semi-smack talk before the Wizards-Pacers clash tonight.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis dubs John Wall, Andray Blatche and Jordan Crawford a new big three. I wonder how potential free agent Nick Young feels about this?
The Sports Junkies (106.7 The Fan): When you have noted golf author and commentator John Feinstein calling in from Augusta, clearly the conversation will center on the Masters. Well, unless you have the Yow-Williams controversy.
Among the more amusing points the Junkies recapped for Feinstein, who is in Augusta, included how Doyel stated the former Maryland and current N.C. State athletic director doesnt have a big ego.
Debbie Yows ego wouldnt fit inside the Comcast Center, Feinstein said. "Gregg obviously doesnt know Debbie Yow very well or spent much quality time with her.
As for that Augusta shindig, Feinstein ticked off a few players who could break through for a first major title this week (including Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney) before adding: One guy I think you have to look out for is Luke Donald. Feinstein noted the Englishmens top-notch putting, which is obviously crucial on a course with lightning-fast greens. Almost always guys who win or contend in the Masters are great putters, said Feinstein. Putting is normally 50 percent of the game. At Augusta, its two-thirds.