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Friday, 8/11 Quick Hitters: Preseason Football, D-Backs, Uniform Watch, and Josh Rosen’s Comments

You know what I love about this time of year? That most every NFL and college football team’s fanbase has reasons to be optimistic. Even you, Bears fans (despite your new starting QB throwing a Pick-6 on his first possession of the preseason).

-At least the Bears have Mitchell Trubisky though…and you have to wonder how long it will take for this year’s #2 overall pick to gain the starting job over Mike Glennon.

From Thursday’s game:
Glennon: 2/8, 20 yards, 1 INT (returned for a TD)
Trubisky: 18/25, 166 yards, 1 TD

Hmmm…

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-The Jets on the other hand…well…there’s absolutely nothing to be looking forward to this season. Maybe next year’s NFL Draft.

 

-Hey Cardinals fans, please remember, the preseason means nothing…the only thing you should be rooting for this weekend against the Raiders is for no one to get hurt.

-Did I miss something here…or can someone please tell me why the Cardinals didn’t make a play for WR Anquan Boldin before he signed with the Bills? They need a dependable over-the-middle-type receiver and after all, Boldin is 4th all-time in franchise receiving yards. The Cards front office made a mistake here.

-My alma mater, Arizona, is giving away 10,000 Rob Gronkowski bobbleheads at its home opener vs. NAU on September 2nd. Had there not been a promotion like this, it wouldn’t have shocked me if half the seats in the stadium were empty. Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess.

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-Speaking of UofA…holy cow is Sean Miller a recruiting machine! He just enticed another 5* point guard for 2018, Jahvon Quinerly from New Jersey, to choose the Wildcats over Villanova. It’s an embarrassment of riches with the basketball team down in Tucson. But at what point, if Arizona continues to fail to make the Final Four, do we seriously critique Miller’s in-game coaching?

-A definite thumbs up for the Suns new uniforms – maybe a little retro flavor thrown in there with the purple. If only next year’s team could be half as good as those from the 90s and 2000s…

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-I like Torey Lovullo and think he’s done a very nice job as Diamondbacks manager this season. But someone needs to give him a lesson on managing the pitching staff / bullpen! It seems like the fans gripe nightly that he either left a starter in too long (Greinke) or pulled one too early (Banda).

-The Cubs, having lost 6 of their last 8 games, now are without catcher Willson Contreras for the forseeable future with a hamstring injury. The Diamondbacks have a chance to inflict further damage on the wounded NL Central leaders this weekend. Not good for those of us Cubs fans.

-I’m a big, big fan of the Little League-inspired nickname jerseys MLB players will wear in two weeks. Not only are the uniforms themselves different and awesome…but giving the players a chance to express their creative freedoms was long overdue. Bravo MLB…you did this one right. And PS – they’re going to sell like hot cakes to fans.

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-Your must watch sports video of the week…this:

And on the next pitch, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina blasted a grand slam. The legend of #RallyCat begins. I feel bad for the kid who picked it up off the field though.

-Finally, this week’s commentary:

In a Bleacher Report article earlier this week, UCLA QB and top NFL prospect, Josh Rosen said that college classes and football ‘don’t go together.’ He further added: “There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.”

NCAA Football: UCLA at Southern California

Let’s be honest here…is anything Rosen said truly incorrect?

No…not at all.

I can’t imagine taking 15 units a semester, completing the schoolwork required for such a class load, plus training for a major college football team with the utmost preparation and physical training necessary. On top of that, Rosen is right…some schools are easier to get into than others.

But Rosen is missing the major point here. He gets to go to a prestigious university (UCLA) for FREE in exchange for his talents on the football field. He isn’t the first and won’t be the last collegiate athlete to complain about mixing sports and academics.

If he wanted to skirt the system, he shouldn’t have chosen Economics as his major. Good for him for trying to achieve more academically.

Unfortunately everything in life has its tradeoffs…including college sports and football in particular. In the absence of minor league systems in all sports, this is athletes’ only choice.

So Josh…stop whining, get your classwork done, get your degree, and enjoy the many millions of dollars you’ll make in the NFL.

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