Monthly Archives: April 2011

So it took until Day 3 of the NFL Draft, but Jordan Todman finally has a home…… Well kind of. If you assume there is going to be NFL football played this year, Todman will be doing it in sunny San Diego. Then again, he’s a 6th round pick. Thats a far cry from the late 2nd, 3rd or 4th round pick that many had projected the third leading rusher in the nation to be. Here is the release from UCONN:

The San Diego Chargers selected UConn tailback Jordan Todman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) with the 18th pick of the sixth round (183rd pick overall) of the 2011 National Football League Draft on Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall.
Todman is the third Husky to be selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, joining Anthony Sherman who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals and Lawrence Wilson who was selected by the Carolina Panthers. Todman  is the 28th UConn football player to be selected in the draft since 1946 and the first to be selected by the San Diego Chargers.
Todman was an All-American selection following the 2010 season and was the unanimous BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He became the first UConn player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in two different seasons and has two of the top-seven single-season rushing marks in school history. Todman finished the 2010 season ranked second in the country and first in the BIG EAST in rushing and was 15th nationally and first in the league in all-purpose running. He is third in career rushing at UConn with 3,179 yards and tied for third in rushing touchdowns with 31.

Todman joins FB Anthony Sherman and LB Lawrence Wilson who both got scooped up in the 5th and 6th rounds respectively. On a conference call, Todman said he had no regrets on his decision to come out early. “You never know how it’s going to unfold.” Todman added that he was definitely shocked to go this late in the draft. “I thought I did well at the (NFL) Combine.


 

I have always likened the Lakers and the media coverage they receive to that of the New York Yankees. Two cities in a couple of the largest media markets on the planet. Both much-maligned by the sports-media giants in this country. I will never understand why.

In the case of the Yankees, we see it time and time again. When the team is riding high and on top of the sport, the games are on TV. Of course they are. They are a huge ratings grabber. But the headlines on the late-night sports-shows are lacking when the Bronx-Bombers are riding high.  Conversely, when the Yankees lose 5 out of 6 or 9 of 10?? Look out, a storm is brewing, the team is underacheiving, “The Boss” is angry, Jeter is old, what’s wrong with A-Rod and on and on and on.

The same could be said about the Lakers. If the regular season teaches us anything, in all the major sports these days, it’s this……. It means little too nothing. The Celtics stumbled through the 2009-10 regular season. They were four quarters from winning an NBA Championship. The San Francisco Giants needed the 162nd game of the season to make the postseason last year. They won a World Series. The Green Bay Packers were a DeSean Jackson kickoff return away (nice job Giants) from not making the playoffs. They won the Super Bowl. Can we stop with the endless over-reaction to the regular season? Report on it, analyze it, but don’t over-play your hand just because you know millions are watching your nightly sports-recap. Give the fans more credit than that.

I am often times the first person to criticize fanatics. They exist in all sports and root for all sorts of teams. But a lot of fans really do know there stuff. In fact, many fans know WAY MORE than the dullards who deliver the facts on a nightly basis. They even know more than many of the talk-show hosts that spend three or four hours per day clogging up the airwaves. But let me fill you in on a little secret of the sports-radio world as someone who has spent the past 8 years of my career in it. It’s not about what you know. It’s about presenting what it is you do know.

Which brings me back to the Lakers…… Much like my days on the radio, I sometimes forget where I was going (four brain injuries can do that to you.) Two years ago, I had analyst after analyst come on my show and tell me how the Suns would dispose of the Lakers. Then those same people yakked my ear off and tried to make an argument for Orlando to beat Kobe and company. At the end of the day, it didn’t happen. It didn’t happen last year either. And as far as this commentator is concerned, it’s not going to happen this year either. Until a team shows me they can beat the two-time champs 4 times in 7 games, I am not buying it.

Discuss the changing of the guard in San Antonio. But when it comes to the Lakers, instead of painting the picture of what you hope will happen (an Oklahoma City victory), talk about what another Lakers title would do for Kobe Bryant. Talk about Phil Jackson and the class he stands in by his lonesome. But then again, that probably wouldn’t be as ENTERTAINING. And that’s what sports coverage is all about these days.