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Motives Of NFL Agents & NCAA Committees In Question
By Kevin O’Neill
Shouldn’t Drew Rosenhaus be getting a lot more heat for the Terrell Owens histrionics? He is Owens’ new agent but he doesn’t get paid on the new contract. Rosenhaus doesn’t get anything until he gets Owens out of this contract and into a new one. You rarely heard the status of the agent mentioned in NFL holdouts. If the agent is not currently getting paid on a player’s contract it seems as though that would be a pretty major part of the story. One thing Owens is doing, he’s making Randy Moss look like a relative boy scout in comparison.
It is time to wallow in football, but I had a little foray of horseplaying last weekend with the requisite bad beat story. Hit the late pick 4 on Sunday that included a race in which a John Velasquez even money shot cut off a Ramon Dominguez 18-1 closer at the rail. We had both in the pick 4, and were rooting hard for the right decision to be made, but when it is Velasquez vs. Dominguez on the phone with the stewards you know which way the decision is going to go and the inquiry went for the favorite. The pick 4 paid $292. With the 18-1 winner instead of the even money shot you have to figure the pick 4 would have paid a few thousand bucks, which would have made it a very nice winning weekend.
There is always quality racing at Saratoga, of course, but not exciting racing. Our seats were at the 16th pole and other than the above-mentioned race, there was never even a shadow of a doubt as to the winner of a race as they passed us over the two-day span. Lots of chalk, too, with 11 of 19 winners over the two-day span being 9-5 or less. There was a painfully dull $7.50 pick 3 on Sunday with a sequence of $3.40, $3.20, and $2.60 winners. Still nice to be at The Spa for the first time in a couple of years. If you’re even remotely interested in horse racing it should be a “must see” spot on your sports itinerary.
Don’t look for Florida State to be kowtowing to the NCAA by changing their name to the “Bureaucrats” anytime soon. Though FSU’s mascot was deemed “hostile and offensive” by the NCAA, everyone knows that the Seminole Tribe of Florida is in full accord with Florida State and is involved in all image related decisions. Meanwhile, Tony Barnhardt of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the General Council of the Seminole Tribe in Oklahoma, the only other Seminole Tribe, voted 18-2 to support Florida State’s use of the name and imagery. So where is the hostility and offense?
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Let’s make a future play in the Big 12 North. Who to pick in this lame division? Nobody ever said playing for Bill Snyder was fun, Kansas State’s formerly deep coaching staff is doing great work elsewhere and there appears to be a serious talent drop in Manhattan. Overrated Missouri’s chemistry was horrible last season. Mark Mangino is doing grand work at Kansas but still faces a talent gap. Iowa State made a nice run before remembering they were Iowa State and taking the collar in their finale. Colorado has a lot of talent but the bad news just keeps on pouring out of Boulder.
With Nebraska the co-third choice to win this division at certain sports books, why not the Huskers? Junior college transfer Zac Taylor is reportedly a perfect fit with Bill Callahan’s offense and last season’s disastrous experiment with Joe Dailey has been officially dubbed a failure. The defense was an insult to the Nebraska defenses of recent years but can only improve. While there was some internal bickering from native Cornhuskers that their coaches were a bad fit for the program, we’ll grant this coaching staff with the NFL backgrounds an opportunity to return the Huskers to respectability in this weak division.
If we can draw a line through last year and Nebraska bounces back from their rough year there aren't exactly a lot of juggernauts in their way. Though they'll likely be up against it in the Big 12 title game if they win this division, consider playing Nebraska to win the Big 12 North.
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Have a great weekend. Good luck and be careful.