Friday, February 27, 2015

FRIDAY: HOOPS HOUR, SILVER IN STUDIO

NOON:

  • WARRIORS LOSE, LEBRON IS STILL KING 
-Opposite of the guy sitting on the bench in San Antonio
-Doesn';t have to blend in Cleveland like he did Miami, clearly his team
-MVP race
-Warriors don't have same energy, crispness on eitheir end
-The man who broke the NBA color barrier passes away - I always wonder why more isn't made of those who broke color barrier in sports other than baseball


  • NFL: 
-NFL.com's top 100 FAs
-Peterson ruling was based on NFL applying new rules to old case
-Rumors he could end up in Arizona, Indy or Dallas
-Brandon Marshall to Indy?
 -Miami cuts Hartline, Wallace next

Raiders:
-Tyvonn Branch gone? (Devin McCourty?) 
-Raiders get a D on 2014 Free agency
-You would be happy if the draft went like McShay 3.0


  • NBA - COUSINS AVAILABLE?: 


Now comes this report from Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck that indicates every single player on the Kings roster was available for trade at the deadline, All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins included.
Per Beck:
Karl wants players who move the ball and push the tempo, and that could mean wild upheaval on the Kings roster. Even DeMarcus Cousins, their franchise center, is not untouchable, according to a source with insight into Karl’s thinking. “At the trade deadline, everyone was available,” the person said. Including Cousins? “Every single person (on the Kings roster) was available.
The source went on to tell Beck that while Karl does not have a front office position in Sacramento, “he definitely has control” of player personnel decisions moving forward.
Beck also concluded that Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson was bandied about as a possibility in Sacramento. Though, it’s important to note that there wasn’t any talk between the Kings and Nuggets regarding a Cousins for Lawson swap.

12:15: REVIEW WARRIORS-CAVS -CONCERNED?

12:30 GUEST: SUSAN SLUSSER

12:45 WHAT IF BILLY'S WRONG THIS TIME?:
 -If Billy's wrong will he catch shit or is he still Teflon because A's can't spend money? Other markets would crush him regardless

-Cain spoke on Haber-Kauff today - Sounds like he's good to go.........

-Burrell to be enshrined on #Phillies’ Wall of Fame on July 31 (via @CSNPhilly) bit.ly/1FyycWp #MLB #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/NVsor7Rt2z

- Audio: David Ortiz speaks about pace of play...

-Putting a clock on MLB - I understand the need to increase pace - But the delay is mostly about the time it takes for replay - I'm not for a clock in baseball. Speed up the replay system.

-Fan survey: How many games do you watch at home , how many do you attend? Does baseball need to speed up the pace?


1 PM: BASKETBALL HOUR: 

1-1:25

-CAVS VS. WARRIORS
-WARRIORS PLAY RIGHT NOW? Lost 2 of 3 -29-5 start, 15-6 last 21.
-LEBRON OR STEPH FOR MVP?

LeBron last night: 42 points on 15-of-25 shooting in 36 minutes were his season-high, and James added 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, a blocked shot

-IF WARRIORS SEE LEBRON IN FINALS HOW TO DEFEND - (Tried Iguodala, Green, Barnes and Thompson) 

-CAVS WON 18 OF 20 - FAVORITES NOW?

-KERR SAYS DEFENSE HAS SLIPPED

-KERR SAYS HE WILL LIEKLY REST IGUODALA AND BOGUT AT SOME POINT DURING TRIP

- 4 GAMES IN 5 NIGHTS





1:30: AROUND THE NBA

-Rose Injury -Is Chicago done?
-Spurs struggling - Are they still a threat in the West?
-Earl Lloyd passes away - Why not more talk about him like Jackie Robinson?
 -How good is Westbrook?
-OKC or Spurs?
-Could the Kings move Cousins?

# East Record
1Atlanta45-12
2Toronto37-20
3Cleveland37-22
4Chicago36-22
5Washington33-25
6Milwaukee32-25
7Miami25-31
8Brooklyn23-32

# West Record
1Golden State44-11
2Memphis41-15
3Houston39-18
4Portland37-19
5Dallas39-21
6L.A. Clippers37-21
7San Antonio34-23
8Oklahoma City32-26

1:45 TRUTH OR TRASH: 

1. LAST NIGHT WAS A PREVIEW OF THE NBA FINALS.


2. LEBRON SHOWED LAST NIGHT WHO THE MVP IS - HE'LL TAKE HOME THE HARDWARE.

3. WARRIORS IN THE MDDIE OF 4 GAME IN 5 NIGHT TRIP, THE NBA SHOULD DO AWAY WITH SUCH SCHEDULING - TOO HARD ON THE PLAYERS.

4. 7-8 LURKING: I'D RATHER PLAY OKC THAN SAN ANTONIO IN THE FIRST ROUND.


5. WARRIORS BOUNCE BACK ON THE BACK TO BACK TONIGHT IN TORONTO.



2 PM: TRUTH MACHINE

2:15 MIKE SILVER IN STUDIO:
-Peterson
-Dez
-Free Agency fits
-49ers
-Raiders 


2:30: MIKE SILVER IN STUDIO

2:45 CABOOSE:



Thursday, February 26, 2015

THURSDAY: NBA FINALS PREVIEW?

-Steph and Obama look like twins...


1. NBA FINALS PREVIEW TONIGHT?:
-Grizz lose at Kings LAST GAME OF A 3 IN 4 ....
Randolph had 20 points and five rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 14 points and seven boards as Memphis' climb up the Western Conference standings was slowed. The Grizzlies had won 16 of 19 to get within striking distance of Golden State, which leads the West by four games.
"We didn't respect them and they were the aggressors tonight," Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said. "They played with a lot of passion. Normally, that's us."

The West:
Warriors
Grizzlies
Rockets
Blazers
Mavs
Clippers
Spurs
Thunder

The East:
Hawks
Raptors
Cavs
Bulls
Wiz
Bucks
Heat
Nets


-MVP Race: The popular guy Curry or LeBron, who has changed the East. Heat are a midlding 7 seed.

TWOLVES BRING GARNETT HOME RIGHT LAST NIGHT:

The Minnesota Timberwolves don't do much right. In the 2009 NBA draft for example they drafted three point guards in the first round in Ricky Rubio (5th), and Jonny Flynn (6th), as well as Ty Lawson (18th), who they immediately traded to Denver. Steph Curry went seventh overall to the Warriors. Hell, they could have grabbed Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague or Darren Collison instead of Flynn, it was a cornucopia of point guards and they generally swung and missed on them all, especially Curry. 

Last night however in bringing home Kevin Garnett, nearly the only bright spot in the history of their putrid franchise, they got something right. When you have the worst record in the West now and nearly every year, you have to pull out these tear jerking moves to distract the fans from the hot garbage that has been Minnesota basketball since Garnett left to win a title in Boston.

Are the Spurs still a threat?:


NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA)
Defending champs 0-4 since break. Spurs lose to Blazers, 111-95. SA's 1st losing record on annual Rodeo Road Trip. pic.twitter.com/DZQauuTJ6a
 
- Last 3 games Tony Parker is 3 for 21. And 11 of 38 since the all-star break.
 
 
2. ADRIAN PETERSON REINSTATED: THE NFL IS BAD AT DISIPLINING PLAYERS 
-PFT suggests Hardy will face no punishment

Peterson for a Bay Area team?
Hardy for Raiders or 49ers?

Harbaugh back at Levi's?:

Anna Kagarakis (@AnnaKagarakis)
The 49ers will reportedly bid to host the @CFBPlayoff title game at Levi's. How great would it be if Michigan plays? #HarbaughComeback
 
MC SHAY'S 3.0 IS PERFECT SCENARIO FOR RAIDERS - 
 -Should 49ers look at Dorial Green-Beckham?

Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer)
And @ProFootballTalk said, the Doty ruling will likely become a part of Greg Hardy's argument for immediate reinstatement.
 
DEZ AND A WALMART PARKING LOT - NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE BUT THE REPORT INDICATED HE MAY HAVE DRAGGED A WOMAN FROM ONE CAR TO ANOTHER....
 
 
 
Rap Sheet:

In November during an appearance on NFL GameDay Morning, I reported on six separate incidents since 2011 of police being called to Bryant's home in DeSoto, Texas. None of the incidents I described, based on reporting using police records, resulted in any arrests, but they are emblematic of why the Cowboys are concerned about Bryant's behavior and some of the people he has associated with.
I have learned via another open-records request that in mid-2011 there was an additional incident involving Bryant. A report filed by the Lancaster (Texas) Police Department described the response by an officer to "an unknown disturbance" in a Walmart parking lot during the early morning of July 11. Vehicles registered to Bryant were at the scene in the parking lot, and Bryant later arrived in another car, when he was spoken to by a Lancaster PD officer. Upon further investigation, "it was determined that there was no offense" and "all parties were advised they were free to go."
 
3. SPRING TRAINING: LIVE BATTERS VS. HITTERS

Chris Haft/SF Giants (@sfgiantsbeat)
A scare in SF camp as Santiago Casilla hit on L foot by Casey McGehee liner in live BP. Casilla walked off under own power; said he was OK
 
HAMILTON RELAPSES: 

The Angels confirmed that he met with MLB officials in New York on Wednesday about a disciplinary issue but offered no specifics as to the nature of any offense.
"We're all waiting for some information to come out of New York," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. "He obviously went up there for a meeting, and we'll see how everything unfolds. But right now, we're just in a holding pattern like everyone else."
The Los Angeles Times earlier reported the meeting between Hamilton and the league.

4 NFL: MORE WHO COULD BE FREE AGENTS: 


The recent releases of big names such as Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams and LaRon Landry are a reminder that the NFL is entering business season. More veterans will be dumped before the March 10 kickoff to the league year.
Here's our look at AFC players in danger of getting released this offseason:

 

Conspiracy theorists' delight

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback: Gregg Rosenthal outlined the latent Manning imbroglio in his NFL Scouting Combine recap. While the odds are heavily in favor of Manning's return to Denver, the contract subplot looms as a potential hangup. How serious are the Broncos about a paycut? Serious enough to send Manning back into the arms of John Fox and Adam Gase in Chicago?

Strong candidates for release


1. Percy Harvin, New York Jets wide receiver: The Jets appear to be split into two camps. There are those who believe $10.5 million and the loss of a fourth-round draft pick is too steep a price to pay for a wide receiver without consistent game film since October of 2012. The other view is that a talent-starved team with plenty of cap space has no business cutting receivers of Harvin's playmaking ability.
2. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver: The Chiefs have already cut Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins. Due a nonguaranteed $10.75 million after failing to find the end zone in 2014, Bowe should be next on the chopping block. Is that decision on hold until Andy Reid makes a run at a reunion with free agent Jeremy Maclin?

3, 4 and 5. Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, Miami Dolphins wide receiver: Wallace's Miami future is up in the air after his self-benching in the season finale. He's not going to accept a paycut from the $9.85 million he's currently owed. One of the least effective per-play receivers in the NFL last season, Gibson simply isn't worth the $3.225 million he's due. Hartline won't collect his $5.9 million salary, but he could be back on a restructured deal.
6. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts running back: The Colts set up Richardson's release with a two-game suspension in January, thereby removing the guarantees from the slothful tailback's $3.184 million salary.
7, 8 and 9. Matt Schaub, Maurice Jones-Drew and LaMarr Woodley, Oakland Raiders: Three of the worst signings of 2014. Broken beyond repair by too many hits over the past decade, Schaub was doomed from the start in Oakland. Jones-Drew somehow managed to make Trent Richardson look fast last season, averaging a creeping 2.2 yards on 43 carries. Woodley totaled more missed games than tackles last year.

 Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle: Much like Terrell Suggs last year, Ngata's cap number ($16 million) is untenable. The Ravens fully expect their run-stuffer back on a reworked deal, but that's easier said than done.

 . Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher: The Chiefs can save $9 million by cutting Hali, but the aging edge rusher had made it clear he's open to a paycut. Can the sides find common ground on a new contract with 2014 first-round pick Dee Ford waiting in the wings?

 8, 9 and 10. Marques Colston, Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs, New Orleans Saints: The Saints have the worst salary-cap situation in the league, which will lead to tough decisions on the declining veterans that contributed to a disappointing 2014 season. Evans made the Pro Bowl last season purely on reputation. His $11 million cap number will have to be lowered significantly, as will the $9.7 million and $9.6 million figures of Colston and Grubbs, respectively.

 11 and 12. Ahmad Brooks and Steve Johnson, San Francisco 49ers: With Aaron Lynch coming like a freight train last October, the 49ers reportedly dangled Brooks in trade talks. With a $1.2 million roster bonus due, he's a goner. Johnson's $5.5 million salary is out of line for a receiver who couldn't get regular snaps last season.

SURPRISE CUTS?:

 4 and 5. Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers: This would qualify as a stunner. General manager Trent Baalke has stated the salaries for his two All-Pro linebackers are "not as daunting as you might think." Willis is nearing the decline phase, though, while Bowman's knee remains a question mark after missing the entire 2014 season. How will the 49ers create playing time for Chris Borland, who turned enough heads in the second half of the season to compete for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors?

 Brandon Mebane, Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle: Mebane is due $5.5 million coming off hamstring surgery. Although he stuffed the run well in 2013, the Seahawks played their best defense of the 2014 season with Mebane on injured reserve.


5. LEW WOLFS TALKS STADIUM PARKING-  HOORAY - 


In another potential blow for transforming the sprawling Oakland Coliseum complex into a bustling sports and entertainment district, A's co-owner Lew Wolff said that if his team were to build a new ballpark at the site he would want it surrounded by acres of surface parking spaces -- just like O. Co Coliseum is now.
Less than a week after the Oakland Raiders announced they were pursuing a stadium proposal in Los Angeles, Wolff said there is not enough land readily available at the Coliseum complex to build a stadium and satisfy the city's desire for additional development, such as homes, shops, offices and a hotel.
The only way it could work, Wolff said, would be to build multilevel parking garages, but that would leave fans waiting in long lines to exit the garages and begin their drives home.
"Parking is a key issue for us," Wolff said. "We want surface parking surrounding the ballpark wherever we build it unless we're in the heart of a downtown."
Wolff's stance doesn't mean a baseball or football stadium couldn't be financed at the Coliseum site. But it does further call into question the feasibility of the city's proposed stadium district known as Coliseum City, which is being billed as the only way to keep the Oakland Raiders in town.



12:15 NBA FINALS PREVIEW: WHY OR WHY NOT?:

Why:
- Cleveland has won 17 of 20 since LeBron's return, Derrick Rose goes down, Atlanta is only team who could stop Cleveland in East.

-Warriors #1 in West. Spurs aren't playing like the Spurs.

Why not:

-West is loaded top to bottom. Warriors have never won anything.
 

12:30 GUEST: HUBIE BROWN ESPN

12:45: HUBIE REACTION.........and MVP: STEPH OR LEBRON?

1 PM: CLASSIC CONVERSATION  -  ORLANDO CEPEDA

1:15 PM: MLB STORYLINES EARLY IN SPRING - 

Audio: David Ortiz speaks about pace of play...

-Putting a clock on MLB - I understand the need to increase pace - But the delay is mostly about the time it takes for replay - I'm not for a clock in baseball. Speed up the replay system.

-Fan survey: How many games do you watch at home , how many do you attend? Does baseball need to speed up the pace?

MLB: 
-Josh Hamilton's relapse

Giants: 

-Buster is Face of MLB" But not of his own team...

Captain obvious quote of the day:

Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs)
Hunter Pence appears to be no match for Bumgarner's slider today.
 
-Pat the Bat should be on another wall of fame...
 
Comcast SportsNet (@CSNAuthentic)
Burrell to be enshrined on #Phillies’ Wall of Fame on July 31 (via @CSNPhilly) bit.ly/1FyycWp #MLB #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/NVsor7Rt2z
A's:
 -If Billy's wrong will he catch shit or is he still teflon because A's can't spend money? Other markets would crush him regardless


1:30 ADRIAN PETERSON AND WHY THE NFL ISN'T GOOD AT DISCIPLINE AND THEY MAY HAVE TO BE WITH DEZ........

ADRIAN PETERSON REINSTATED: THE NFL IS BAD AT DISIPLINING PLAYERS 
-PFT suggests Hardy will face no punishment

Peterson for a Bay Area team?
Hardy for Raiders or 49ers?

Harbaugh back at Levi's?:

Anna Kagarakis (@AnnaKagarakis)
The 49ers will reportedly bid to host the @CFBPlayoff title game at Levi's. How great would it be if Michigan plays? #HarbaughComeback
 
MC SHAY'S 3.0 IS PERFECT SCENARIO FOR RAIDERS - 
 -Should 49ers look at Dorial Green-Beckham?

Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer)
And @ProFootballTalk said, the Doty ruling will likely become a part of Greg Hardy's argument for immediate reinstatement.
 
DEZ AND A WALMART PARKING LOT - NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE BUT THE REPORT INDICATED HE MAY HAVE DRAGGED A WOMAN FROM ONE CAR TO ANOTHER....
 
 
 
Rap Sheet:

In November during an appearance on NFL GameDay Morning, I reported on six separate incidents since 2011 of police being called to Bryant's home in DeSoto, Texas. None of the incidents I described, based on reporting using police records, resulted in any arrests, but they are emblematic of why the Cowboys are concerned about Bryant's behavior and some of the people he has associated with.
I have learned via another open-records request that in mid-2011 there was an additional incident involving Bryant. A report filed by the Lancaster (Texas) Police Department described the response by an officer to "an unknown disturbance" in a Walmart parking lot during the early morning of July 11. Vehicles registered to Bryant were at the scene in the parking lot, and Bryant later arrived in another car, when he was spoken to by a Lancaster PD officer. Upon further investigation, "it was determined that there was no offense" and "all parties were advised they were free to go."

NFL coach says Marriotta is Kap:


"I just love how Winston feels stuff," one of the coaches said. "[Mariota] is very similar to Colin Kaepernick but probably has a little better arm because Kaep is so low with his release all the time. [Mariota] has more arm angles but always throws it flat. Winston will throw it perfectly with enough arc and zip to get it up and down before the safety arrives. He has a real natural feel. He is the guy who can pick up any ball and play any sport and beat you."
Whether Winston can do that as a rookie behind a shaky offensive line while staying out of trouble will go a long way toward determining the Buccaneers' trajectory in 2015. But some pieces are in place for a Tampa Bay turnaround.

1:45: NBA FINALS PREVIEW AND WHO IS THE MVP?

2 PM GUEST: KHALIF BARNES 

2:15: TBA


Maybe-

If not LA for Raiders Where? Mike Sando ESPN:

Staking out Los Angeles: The St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers are the teams I think have the greatest shot at winding up in Los Angeles. The Chargers can make a geographic argument for having a stake in Southern California. The Rams have an owner in Stan Kroenke who comes off as the poker player everyone fears the moment he sits down at the table. As one executive put it, the Raiders are clearly the team most likely to mess up the opportunity.

2:30 GUEST: BRODIE ON THE SHARKS

2:45 CABOOSE:
  • Do we really need another Rocky movie? -
The synopsis for the new Rocky movie has leaked and the film doesn't look that bad. In a nutshell, he reluctantly trains Apollo Creed's son while battling some type of sickness (or as they call it, "an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring."). It also features Phylicia Rashad ​(a.k.a. - Clair Huxtable). One thing we can guarantee: It won't be the worst sports movie of the year.

THE REAL CHRIS KYLE ON CONAN A COUPLE YEARS BACK


This was the clip we were talking about on the show Wednesday when the real American Sniper Chris Kyle was talking about the bounty on his head in Iraq. Conan steps in and tells him he doesn't have to call him sir because he's just a lowly talk show host, don't I know the feeling. Kyle with a great quip about how he thought his wife would turn him in for the dough. The back and forth on this starts at the 3:28 mark.


TWOLVES BRING KEVIN GARNETT HOME RIGHT LAST NIGHT


The Minnesota Timberwolves don't do much right. In the 2009 NBA draft for example they drafted three point guards in the first round in Ricky Rubio (5th), and Jonny Flynn (6th), as well as Ty Lawson (18th), who they immediately traded to Denver. Steph Curry went seventh overall to the Warriors. Hell, they could have grabbed Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague or Darren Collison instead of Flynn, it was a cornucopia of point guards and they generally swung and missed on them all, especially Curry.

Last night however in bringing home Kevin Garnett, nearly the only bright spot in the history of their putrid franchise, they got something right. When you have the worst record in the West now and nearly every year, you have to pull out these tear jerking moves to distract the fans from the hot garbage that has been Minnesota basketball since Garnett left to win a title in Boston.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY: CURRY AND OBAMA, MORE MOCKS AND LA

-Dinner pic on Twitter with TK...

1 WARRIORS

-Curry returns to form
-Audio: Steph on meeting Obama (6 MIN WINDOW)
-Stieny's's 10 ways to beat the Warriors
-How good is Westbrook?
-The Durant foot seems serious
-Rose can't stay healthy
-Rondo, Carlisle and a reporter 



SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA)
"We don't know how long it will be but he will definitely be back" Scott Brooks on Kevin Durant's status

2. KRONKE GREEN LIGHTED IN LA: 

-If you are the NFL, do you want the Raiders or the Chargers as team #2?

NFL football is one step closer to returning to the Los Angeles area, after the Inglewood City Council approved plans Tuesday to build a football stadium that includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a partner.
The council approved the $2 billion plan with a 5-0 vote after a meeting with several hours of public comment and many vocal Rams fans wearing jerseys in attendance.
Construction on the project should begin “rapidly,” Inglewood Mayor James Butts Jr. told ABC News in an interview following the vote. The developer has agreed to pay for the entire project, including public improvements such as roads and fire hydrants near the stadium, Butts said.
“One hundred percent of the risk of the project is borne by the developer, 100 percent,” Butts said. “There is no scenario where the city can be out one dime.”
The vote adopts a new redevelopment plan without calling a public vote, effectively jump-starting construction and sidestepping lengthy environmental reviews of issues such as noise, traffic and air pollution.
It adds the 80,000 seat, 60-acre stadium to an existing 2009 plan to redevelop the former Hollywood Park racetrack site with homes, offices, stores, parks and open space and a hotel.
Kroenke is part of the Hollywood Park Land Co. development group that is promoting the project. But a plan is also in the works in St. Louis in hopes of keeping the team with a 64,000-seat stadium on the city's north riverfront.
While the deal does not include upfront tax money, the development group expects to recoup up to $100 million in local tax dollars in the first five years of operation, which would help defray some of the costs of improvements.


-CHARGERS,. RAIDERS PROPOSAL MOVING ALONG 


The drafting of a ballot initiative to approve the plan by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders to build a stadium in Carson is complete and will be made public shortly, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

A second person, Fred MacFarlane of Carson2gether, the community group formed to support the stadium, said that attorneys are reviewing the initiative’s language.
“I expect the review to be concluded in the near term,” he said.

The initiative is the next step in the proposed $1.7-billion project on the site of a former landfill announced last week.
In the coming weeks, Carson2gether will try to gather the 8,041 signatures of registered voters in the city needed to qualify the initiative for the ballot.
When sufficient signatures are in hand, the stadium initiative can be approved by a vote of the Carson City Council or put to a public election. The involved parties hope to complete the process by June.

-SD city council trying to keep Chargers 

3. NFL COMBINE: IF YOU COULD HAVE THEM FOR YOUR TEAM IN ORDER:

-New post combine mocks all have White to Raiders
*SI
*Norm from the MMQB
*Move the Sticks - NFL.com mock 

Raiders:

LaCanfora (Who was on Phoenix over priced patio with us) , says Raiders. Jags in on Suh:

Count me among those who believe Jacksonville makes a very strong play for Ndamukong Suh, who is prized to make more money than anyone else in this free agent class. The Jags will be looking for a high-end pass catcher as well. If they ended up with either Randall Cobb or Julius Thomas I would not be surprised in the least.
Ditto for Oakland. Expect the Raiders to be in the Suh derby as well, and they, too will be looking for assets to pair around young quarterback Derek Carr. These two teams will end up bidding on several of the same players

Rodney Hudson:  Chiefs center Rodney Hudson will outpace some projections. He came this close to signing a four-year extension during the season that would have been worth $6M a season -- very good money. I bet he ends up with at least $7M a year in free agency, however, and I continue to hear the Raiders are looking hard at him.

49ers:
Jacoby Jones released

-Adam Caplan's possible cap cuts:
*Matt Schaub (5.5M)
*Reggie Bush
*Mike Wallace
*Dwayne Bowe
*Marques Colston
*Mecedes Lewis
*Jahri Evans
*Haloti Ngata
*Tamba Hali
*Jon Beason

*Lamarr Woodley (5.19M)
Woodley, at this point in his career, figures to be a part-time player who is only used in a rotation. That's why some execs believe he'll be targeted for a pay reduction should the team decide to pick up his $1 million roster bonus, which is due on March 14.




4. DOES BASEBALL NEED TO SPEED UP THE GAME? 
-Hank Aaron is rooting for ARod, so am I


A's:
Moss piece, Donaldson piece on same day

4 TOBACCO OUT? 


12:15 THE RACE TO LA HEATS UP - KREONKE CLOSE TO SHOVELS IN THE GROUND - 

-LA dormant to the NFL for years - Now there is a race to build a stadium - Looks like Kronke will get it done first........
-If it came down to Raiders vs. Chargers who goes to LA and why?:

KRONKE GREEN LIGHTED IN LA: 

-If you are the NFL, do you want the Raiders or the Chargers as team #2?

NFL football is one step closer to returning to the Los Angeles area, after the Inglewood City Council approved plans Tuesday to build a football stadium that includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a partner.
The council approved the $2 billion plan with a 5-0 vote after a meeting with several hours of public comment and many vocal Rams fans wearing jerseys in attendance.
Construction on the project should begin “rapidly,” Inglewood Mayor James Butts Jr. told ABC News in an interview following the vote. The developer has agreed to pay for the entire project, including public improvements such as roads and fire hydrants near the stadium, Butts said.
“One hundred percent of the risk of the project is borne by the developer, 100 percent,” Butts said. “There is no scenario where the city can be out one dime.”
The vote adopts a new redevelopment plan without calling a public vote, effectively jump-starting construction and sidestepping lengthy environmental reviews of issues such as noise, traffic and air pollution.
It adds the 80,000 seat, 60-acre stadium to an existing 2009 plan to redevelop the former Hollywood Park racetrack site with homes, offices, stores, parks and open space and a hotel.
Kroenke is part of the Hollywood Park Land Co. development group that is promoting the project. But a plan is also in the works in St. Louis in hopes of keeping the team with a 64,000-seat stadium on the city's north riverfront.
While the deal does not include upfront tax money, the development group expects to recoup up to $100 million in local tax dollars in the first five years of operation, which would help defray some of the costs of improvements.


-CHARGERS,. RAIDERS PROPOSAL MOVING ALONG 


The drafting of a ballot initiative to approve the plan by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders to build a stadium in Carson is complete and will be made public shortly, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

A second person, Fred MacFarlane of Carson2gether, the community group formed to support the stadium, said that attorneys are reviewing the initiative’s language.
“I expect the review to be concluded in the near term,” he said.

The initiative is the next step in the proposed $1.7-billion project on the site of a former landfill announced last week.
In the coming weeks, Carson2gether will try to gather the 8,041 signatures of registered voters in the city needed to qualify the initiative for the ballot.
When sufficient signatures are in hand, the stadium initiative can be approved by a vote of the Carson City Council or put to a public election. The involved parties hope to complete the process by June.

12:30 GUEST: KEN BONE -ASSOCIATE HC MONTANA - FORMER WASHINGTON STATE HC

12:45: NBA STORY LINES FROM LAST NIGHT - STEPH RETURNS, MEETS THE PREZ, ROSE HURT AGAIN, WESTBROOK GOES OFF AND RONDO AND CARLISLE DON'T SEE EYE TO EYE......

-Curry returns to form
-How good is Westbrook?
-The Durant foot seems serious
-Rose can't stay healthy
-Rondo, Carlisle and a reporter 

1 PM: GUEST: MATT MAIOCCO

1:10 49ERS OFF-SEASON - THE MOST INTERESTING OF ANY TEAM IN THE NFL? 

49ers: 

Own FAs: Iupati, Crab, Cullver, Cox, Gore.

Fits:   Tramond Williams,  Jeremy Maclin, Matt Moore, Charles Tillman, James Carpenter, Jordan Cameron, Charles Clay,  Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Reggie Wayne, Denarius Moore, Torey Smith, Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Flowers

Areas of need: RB if Gore leaves, CB (Cullver ands Cox FAs), WR (Deep threat per usual plus Crab, LLoyd FAs), Guard iof Iupati leaves , though Brandon Thomas is seen as replacement, back up QB. 


1:30: BOB MYERS:

1:45 MYERS REACTION:

2 PM: HUMP DAY HOT LIST - 

WHAT'S DONE FROM THE EARLY PART OF THE WEEK: 
 -Pablo fat talk in Boston
-Steph's foot - No worries
-The Combine - Overrated anyway....
-Oscar snubs

WHAT'S HEATING UP:
-The NFL race to LA - How does this turn out?
@Cavs, @Raptors - Is Cavs NBA Finals preview now?
-4 games in 5 nights add one off day and another back to back in Boston and NJ... 


2:15 GUEST:  ALEX PAVLOVIC - GIANTS BEAT CSN BAY AREA

2:30: GIANTS - DEVELOPING THAT SPRUS, PATRIOTS, GIANTS ATTITUDE.......

2:45 CABOOSE:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TUESDAY: LACOB SPEAKS, FAS AND CURRY'S ANKLE

1 WARRIORS IN WASHINGTON:
-Will Steph play?
-Do we have to be worried about his foot?

Lacob speaks:


On re-signing Draymond Green:
“I have to be careful, because the NBA has a rule now, can’t make claims like, ‘Don’t go after Draymond.’ All I will say is if you know us, we’re really trying to build around our draft. We really have been very good at a few drafts. And our core of young players is what we need to build around. We’re very fortunate. We have what everybody wants now. Steph, 26, Klay, 24, Draymond, 25, Harrison, 22. Four key great young talents that are really at the core of what we’re doing, obviously supplemented by the Boguts and Lees and the guys who are a little older.
"It would take a lot to not sign our core players. Does that answer your question?”

On when he decided to pull back publicly:
“The last year or so, I guess. I’m still not a shrinking violet. I think it’s important with our fan base for ownership to be transparent and to be visible. If we do well, we should be visible and if we don’t’ do well, we should be visible. I’m willing to take the heat, I understand that’s part of the process. And sometimes I do need to take the heat, as opposed to Bob or Steve. I certainly don’t need to be what I was four years ago or three or two years, as far as how exposed.”
On the value of an owner like Mark Cuban being out there:
“Look, Mark Cuban is a brand. You have to understand what Mark is doing. He’s a personal brand. Has his TV show. Has his own reason for what he’s doing. I respect him for that, that’s what he wants to do and be. But, on the other hand, I think he gets away with stuff no one else can get away with.”
On dealing with the media:
“The hardest thing I’ve had to do in five years here and learn is the media. It ain’t what it was even 10 years ago. Everybody has a voice, everybody is the media. The first year I made some big mistakes. [In regards to local columnist] Tim Kawakami early on, and now I’ve managed to get that all on the right side. But at least once a year I know I’m going to say something and it will be used against me.”


On the night he was booed at the Chris Mullin jersey retirement:
“That was the hardest moment I’ve ever gone through in my life. I thought we were doing a great job, getting out there, trying to retire a guy’s number, paid for all of it but….I shouldn’t have been the last guy. In retrospect, having said that, that was a very difficult moment. On TV, in front of all those people. It felt like 20,000 people booing and I don’t feel like we did anything wrong and whether it’s circumstance or whatever, it happened.
"I was up all night. I went on KNBR next day. I didn’t honestly totally believe what I was saying, but I said, ‘Hey I would have booed too.’ Because, honestly, there was no winning.”

2. NFL COMBINE: IF YOU COULD HAVE THEM FOR YOUR TEAM IN ORDER:

Raiders:
-Trade down to 6-8 range, pick up a 2nd round pick - Still get Cooper, White or Fowler 
-Leonard Williams
-Kevin White
-Dante Fowler
-Amari Cooper


FAS: MARCH 10TH:

Raiders:

Names who could fit: Greg Hardy, Jerry Hughes, Suh, Knighton, Tramond Williams, David Harris, Frank Gore, Jeremy Maclin, Matt Moore, Devin McCourty, Jeremy Maclin, Mike Iupati, BJ Raji, Rey Maualuga (Norton),  Brandon Graham, Brandon Spikes, Nick Fairley, Charles Tillman, Jared Odrick, James Carpenter, Jordan Cameron, Charles Clay, Randall Cobb, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Perrish Cox, Chris Culliver,

WRs: Randall Cobb mentioned
Seattle connection: Malcom Smith, Byron Maxwell, O'Brien Scholfield
Denver connection: Terrance Knighton, Rahim Moore, Nate Irving, Julius Thomas

Other areas of need: Veteran RB (McFadden FA), OG (Austin Howard moved to RT), Pass rusher (Jerry Hughes, Greg Hardy)

Keeping their own: Pat Sims, Wiz, McFadden, Moore, CJ Wilson.

Cut: Schaub, Woodley, Drew.



49ers: 

Own FAs: Iupati, Crab, Cullver, Cox, Gore.

Fits:   Tramond Williams,  Jeremy Maclin, Matt Moore, Charles Tillman, James Carpenter, Jordan Cameron, Charles Clay,  Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Reggie Wayne, Denarius Moore, Torey Smith, Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Flowers

Areas of need: RB if Gore leaves, CB (Cullver ands Cox FAs), WR (Deep threat per usual plus Crab, LLoyd FAs), Guard iof Iupati leaves , though Brandon Thomas is seen as replacement, back up QB. 




3.SPRING TRAINING: 

Giants:
-More worrisome: Cain's injuries or how he was pitching before he got hurt?
-Baseball should have one draft for all players (Moncada signs in Boston) 

Sabean: It's hard to get players to SF: 


In one of Sabean's more interesting comments, he offered a bit more insight into why he does not pursue more of the high-ticket free agents.
"To entice a free agent to come to San Francisco, we're almost in an overpay situation, so why get involved in all those battles where you're not going to be able to go up the totem pole money-wise?" Sabean said.
When asked to elaborte on why the Giants have to overpay, Sabean said, "You've got the state of California taxes. (San Francisco) is a long way from where some of these guys live in the offseason. It's not a hitters' ballpark, so you can scratch that side of the fence. It takes the right pitcher to consider wanting to come there for a number of different reasons, some of them I just mentioned, even if it's a pitchers' ballpark in a pitchers' division."
Asked if the high California income tax has been a problem for a while, Sabean said, "To a certain extent. Things now are getting more and more about the signing bonus, more and more about your take-home. Exponentially, when you get involved in some of those numbers, it makes a sizeable difference to some."

A's:
-Lot of tal of Lawrie's energy level off the charts...
-Byrnes said this morning he doesn't see much drop off in A's infield


12:15: TOM PENN 

@1tompenn

President & Owner; ESPN NBA Analyst; former VP of Basketball Operations of Portland Trailblazers; St. Jude Board Member

12:30: IF THE DUBS DROP TO #2........SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

-Still 4 ahead in loss - 29 to go

Schedule: 

vs. playoff teams: (17) @Wiz, @Cavs, @Raps (back to back), @Nets, Bucks, Mavs, Clippers, Hawks , Wiz, @Blazers, @Grizz, @Clippers, @Bucks, @Mavs, @Spurs back to back, Blazers, Grizz

Notable: 15 H 14 away, 17 vs. playoff, 12 non

back to backs:
@Cavs-@Raps 
@Boston-@Brroklyn
@Clippers-Suns
@Denver -NYK
New Orleans-Utah
Washington-@Blazers
@Memphis-@Bucks

Memphis: 2x - @Memphis Feb 27 after two day break, Memphis home one day break 2nd to last game of season.
Clippers: home March 8th, Road March 31
Portland: H/H
Washington 2x
This road trip


12:45: LACOB TALKS: 


Lacob speaks:


On re-signing Draymond Green:
“I have to be careful, because the NBA has a rule now, can’t make claims like, ‘Don’t go after Draymond.’ All I will say is if you know us, we’re really trying to build around our draft. We really have been very good at a few drafts. And our core of young players is what we need to build around. We’re very fortunate. We have what everybody wants now. Steph, 26, Klay, 24, Draymond, 25, Harrison, 22. Four key great young talents that are really at the core of what we’re doing, obviously supplemented by the Boguts and Lees and the guys who are a little older.
"It would take a lot to not sign our core players. Does that answer your question?”

On when he decided to pull back publicly:
“The last year or so, I guess. I’m still not a shrinking violet. I think it’s important with our fan base for ownership to be transparent and to be visible. If we do well, we should be visible and if we don’t’ do well, we should be visible. I’m willing to take the heat, I understand that’s part of the process. And sometimes I do need to take the heat, as opposed to Bob or Steve. I certainly don’t need to be what I was four years ago or three or two years, as far as how exposed.”
On the value of an owner like Mark Cuban being out there:
“Look, Mark Cuban is a brand. You have to understand what Mark is doing. He’s a personal brand. Has his TV show. Has his own reason for what he’s doing. I respect him for that, that’s what he wants to do and be. But, on the other hand, I think he gets away with stuff no one else can get away with.”
On dealing with the media:
“The hardest thing I’ve had to do in five years here and learn is the media. It ain’t what it was even 10 years ago. Everybody has a voice, everybody is the media. The first year I made some big mistakes. [In regards to local columnist] Tim Kawakami early on, and now I’ve managed to get that all on the right side. But at least once a year I know I’m going to say something and it will be used against me.”


On the night he was booed at the Chris Mullin jersey retirement:
“That was the hardest moment I’ve ever gone through in my life. I thought we were doing a great job, getting out there, trying to retire a guy’s number, paid for all of it but….I shouldn’t have been the last guy. In retrospect, having said that, that was a very difficult moment. On TV, in front of all those people. It felt like 20,000 people booing and I don’t feel like we did anything wrong and whether it’s circumstance or whatever, it happened.
"I was up all night. I went on KNBR next day. I didn’t honestly totally believe what I was saying, but I said, ‘Hey I would have booed too.’ Because, honestly, there was no winning.”


1 PM: A'S / GIANTS LACK POWER--

-Power lacking
-Every off season down on teams
-Did Billy fuck up?
-Sabean says it's hard to get players to come here

1:10: DAN SHAUGNESSY - IF PABLO STARTS SLOWLY

@Dan_Shaughnessy

Sports columnist for the Boston Globe. Author of Francona.'' Robo-tweeting no more. They're real and they're spectacular.

1:30 RAIDERS COUNT DOWN TO MARCH 10TH: 

MARCH 10TH:

Raiders:

Names who could fit: Greg Hardy, Jerry Hughes, Suh, Knighton, Tramond Williams, David Harris, Frank Gore, Jeremy Maclin, Matt Moore, Devin McCourty, Jeremy Maclin, Mike Iupati, BJ Raji, Rey Maualuga (Norton),  Brandon Graham, Brandon Spikes, Nick Fairley, Charles Tillman, Jared Odrick, James Carpenter, Jordan Cameron, Charles Clay, Randall Cobb, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Perrish Cox, Chris Culliver,

WRs: Randall Cobb mentioned
Seattle connection: Malcom Smith, Byron Maxwell, O'Brien Scholfield
Denver connection: Terrance Knighton, Rahim Moore, Nate Irving, Julius Thomas

Other areas of need: Veteran RB (McFadden FA), OG (Austin Howard moved to RT), Pass rusher (Jerry Hughes, Greg Hardy)

Keeping their own: Pat Sims, Wiz, McFadden, Moore, CJ Wilson.

Cut: Schaub, Woodley, Drew.

1:45: 49ERS COUNTDOWN TO MARCH 10TH: 

Own FAs: Iupati, Crab, Cullver, Cox, Gore.

Fits:   Tramond Williams,  Jeremy Maclin, Matt Moore, Charles Tillman, James Carpenter, Jordan Cameron, Charles Clay,  Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Reggie Wayne, Denarius Moore, Torey Smith, Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Flowers

Areas of need: RB if Gore leaves, CB (Cullver ands Cox FAs), WR (Deep threat per usual plus Crab, LLoyd FAs), Guard iof Iupati leaves , though Brandon Thomas is seen as replacement, back up QB. 

2 PM: VOICEMAILS FOR PAPA

2: 15 TBA

2:30: GUEST: MATT BOWEN @MATTBOWEN41
NFL writer at Bleacher Report; Contributor at Chicago Tribune, 670 The Score. 7-Year NFL veteran. Glenbard West, Iowa & DePaul alum.


2:45 CABOOSE:


Monday, February 23, 2015

MONDAY: STEPH'S ANKLE, THE COMBINE AND MORE ON RAIDERS MOVE


1. WARRIORS WEEKEND: SPLT
-Beat Spurs at home - Are the Spurs still the Spurs?
-Lose to Indy -No Steph -Ankle worries or just strategic rest?
-Curry the MVP not playing...
- On Monday, Curry returned to practice and is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday night's game against the Wizards in Washington D.C.

  1m1 minute ago
Stephen Curry said his injury isn't related to his ankle. "We're two years removed from that."

“Steph is good,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “He was sore in warm-ups, and we didn’t want to take any chances. He just has a sore foot, and we’ll take it day by day.”
While soaking his right foot in an ice bucket after the game, Curry said: “I’ll be fine.”
Up next:
Sunday’s game marked the start of a season-longest, six-game road trip for the Warriors (43-10), whose next three games are against playoff-bound teams with All-Star point guards: Washington with John Wall, Cleveland with Kyrie Irving and Toronto with Kyle Lowry.
-Steiny Twitter fight with Draymond?  - Steiny said Diaw did well, Draymond responds with Clown and hater comments (Need cuts on Draymond at 8:35 defending himslef on Draymond comments)



-Durant out

 A screw was replaced from his October operation for a broken bone in the right foot. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said the star forward will be evaluated again within a week.
Presti said the head of the original screw was rubbing against the cuboid bone in the foot, causing discomfort. The new screw does not have a head. Presti said the new hardware won't affect the already positive long-term prognosis.


2. NFL COMBINE: 

Mike Silver: 

With the quarterback-needy Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the clock, it's a virtual certainty that Winston will be the No. 1 overall draft pick come April 30. Unless they unearth some truly disturbing information between now and then, the Bucs are likely to embrace the former Florida State quarterback as the face of their franchise, largely because of his exceptionally high football IQ.
"The kid is great on the (grease) board, and he can sling the hell out the ball," said one general manager who has drafted a quarterback first overall. "I don't see how they can not take him."

 n other words, the smart money is on Winston shaking Commissioner Roger Goodell's hand before fellow Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota -- or anyone else -- and in this case, that term works on more than one level.
As one veteran scout said of Winston while sitting in the Lucas Oil Stadium stands Sunday afternoon, "Everyone here is saying he's really, really smart -- and if you've been down (to Tallahassee), you're not surprised. They love the kid. They talk about how sharp he is. He loves to compete. And he's ready to attack this thing."
If this assessment of Winston -- one similar to that of more than a dozen coaches and general managers with whom I spoke in Indy -- seems at odds with the pre-combine buzz about the talented thrower, it's a prime example of the disconnect between outside noise (i.e., the Twitter morality police) and internal league chatter, and it tells us several things about the modern state of professional football.

First, even in the wake of a tumultuous season in which scandals involving ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice (domestic violence) and Vikings star runner Adrian Peterson (child endangerment) amplified scrutiny about dreaded character concerns to unprecedented levels, talent remains an eminently enticing aphrodisiac to NFL evaluators.
Secondly, with all things being equal, NFL decision-makers will choose a flawed individual who convinces them he is being honest and authentic over anyone they suspect is conning them and feeding them pre-packaged baloney, every single time.
And thirdly -- refreshingly -- those troubling stereotypes about African-American quarterbacks to which so many of us were subjected for so many years are being resoundingly obliterated, in a manner that someone like Johnny "Wreck This League" Manziel could appreciate.

THE DOWNSIDE: 
 
He was accused of, but not charged with, sexual assault -- obviously, the Bucs (or any other team that might draft him) will have to be convinced that Winston did not engage in such a serious and despicable act.
Winston also got popped for stealing crab legs from a supermarket and suspended for yelling a profanity while standing atop a cafeteria table. In the end, I'm convinced, neither of these incidents will affect his draft stock. And there might be other things that the public doesn't know about, but which NFL teams will discover.
Certainly, it is fair for teams to question Winston's maturity, but I believe those concerns will be more than offset by his ability to assimilate high-level football concepts.

"There's a difference between intelligence and making good decisions," one front-office executive for an NFC team told me Sunday. "Winston has made some bad decisions. But you can become more mature. Intelligence is more of an absolute."


Raiders: 
-What would it take for Eagles to move to #4? 
-Chargers speak on stadium 
-Combine clarity for Raiders 


49ers:
-49ers combine thoughts 
-Vernon Davis joins Aldon Smith in selling San Jose house 


3. SPRING TRAINING: 

Something I won't miss:
Giants:
-Matt Cain: 95-95 3.39 ERAS career
-Giants made late run at Shields 

  26m26 minutes ago
Bochy unsure when or if Barry Bonds will be in camp to lend a hand. Discussions are ongoing on what works best within his schedule.

A's:

-Zito revamps motion 


4. PACQUIO VS. MAYWEATHER TOO LATE?:


5. ALL THE WINNERS FROM THE OSCARS
-Snubs and surprises


12:15 GUEST: RICH GANNON


12:30: GANNON REACTION: 
-Winston
-Marriotta
-Carr
-Kap



12:45 WARRIORS: STEPH IS THE MVP AND STIENY AND DRAYMOND FIGHT...
-Draymond as #3 on the big 3 
-Steiny vs. Draymond

1 PM: GUEST: SAM FARMER
-How real is this?
-This vs. Kroenke
-Moving to NFC?


1:10: WOULD THIS CHARGERS / RAIDERS THING REALLY WORK?

1:30 DID THE NFL LEARN NOTHING FROM JOHNNY?

Mike Silver: 

With the quarterback-needy Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the clock, it's a virtual certainty that Winston will be the No. 1 overall draft pick come April 30. Unless they unearth some truly disturbing information between now and then, the Bucs are likely to embrace the former Florida State quarterback as the face of their franchise, largely because of his exceptionally high football IQ.
"The kid is great on the (grease) board, and he can sling the hell out the ball," said one general manager who has drafted a quarterback first overall. "I don't see how they can not take him."

 n other words, the smart money is on Winston shaking Commissioner Roger Goodell's hand before fellow Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota -- or anyone else -- and in this case, that term works on more than one level.
As one veteran scout said of Winston while sitting in the Lucas Oil Stadium stands Sunday afternoon, "Everyone here is saying he's really, really smart -- and if you've been down (to Tallahassee), you're not surprised. They love the kid. They talk about how sharp he is. He loves to compete. And he's ready to attack this thing."
If this assessment of Winston -- one similar to that of more than a dozen coaches and general managers with whom I spoke in Indy -- seems at odds with the pre-combine buzz about the talented thrower, it's a prime example of the disconnect between outside noise (i.e., the Twitter morality police) and internal league chatter, and it tells us several things about the modern state of professional football.

First, even in the wake of a tumultuous season in which scandals involving ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice (domestic violence) and Vikings star runner Adrian Peterson (child endangerment) amplified scrutiny about dreaded character concerns to unprecedented levels, talent remains an eminently enticing aphrodisiac to NFL evaluators.
Secondly, with all things being equal, NFL decision-makers will choose a flawed individual who convinces them he is being honest and authentic over anyone they suspect is conning them and feeding them pre-packaged baloney, every single time.
And thirdly -- refreshingly -- those troubling stereotypes about African-American quarterbacks to which so many of us were subjected for so many years are being resoundingly obliterated, in a manner that someone like Johnny "Wreck This League" Manziel could appreciate.

THE DOWNSIDE: 
 
He was accused of, but not charged with, sexual assault -- obviously, the Bucs (or any other team that might draft him) will have to be convinced that Winston did not engage in such a serious and despicable act.
Winston also got popped for stealing crab legs from a supermarket and suspended for yelling a profanity while standing atop a cafeteria table. In the end, I'm convinced, neither of these incidents will affect his draft stock. And there might be other things that the public doesn't know about, but which NFL teams will discover.
Certainly, it is fair for teams to question Winston's maturity, but I believe those concerns will be more than offset by his ability to assimilate high-level football concepts.

"There's a difference between intelligence and making good decisions," one front-office executive for an NFC team told me Sunday. "Winston has made some bad decisions. But you can become more mature. Intelligence is more of an absolute."


1:45: TBA

2 PM: WEEKEND REVIEW:
  • Warriors split 
  • NFL combine: QBs
  • The Outdoor Series - Sharks lose 2-1 

2:15 GUEST: TOM VERDUCCI
at Padres camp today .........

2:30 VERDUCCI REACTION:

2:45 CABOOSE: