Hernandez had just signed a $40 million deal with the Patriots—he was set, probably for life and now what? A big man with a gun—no one was going to disrespect Aaron Hernandez right? Well, guess what? At the very best---that’s all he’s got right now.
The streak is over---
Wimbledon is fast becoming a tournament that you need a roster to tell who the players are. Nadal, Sharapova and now Federer all gone before the second round was complete. In Federer’s case it ends an incredible streak of 36 straight Grand Slam events reaching the quarterfinals. It was a day when eight of the world’s top players were ousted at the All-England club, none bigger than Federer who’s won seven times there.
Ironically, Federer’s ousting came after officials at the club made him change from a multi –colored pair of sneakers to an all-white look; he then went out and lost to the world’s 116th ranked player, who ‘boasts’ an all-time losing record in tournament tennis.
I think Ben McLemore would have been helped by another year at KU under head coach Bill Self, but how much better can you get than being the first pick? McLemore may well be that tonight in New York, although it sounds like everyone at the top of the draft is looking to make deals. McLemore is an amazingly talented player but he’s inconsistent, that’s why I thought he should return to Lawrence. Sure, he’s going to cash a big check and he’ll be a viable pro right from the start, but just a little more seasoning would have allowed him to come into the NBA as a force. We remember a lot about McLemore’s high flying dunks, but this was a guy that often disappeared on the road. I hope I’m proven wrong, but I’ve got a feeling McLemore’s rookie season will very uneven.
As for Jeff Withey---I hope he hears his name called in the first round. Anyone who can block shots with his frequency can be valuable in the NBA and he’s getting better as a scorer, so there’s upside there. I’m hard-pressed to remember a player who improved more in the time they were in a program. Not many who saw Jeff Withey upon his transfer from Arizona as a potential first round draft pick. He certainly sold me; someone is going to get a really nice player.
Alex Rodriguez is saying that the Yankees are doing all they can to delay his return to the game, he tweeted out the other night that he had a green light to resume playing from his doctor. This didn’t jibe with Yanks information and prompted General Manager Brian Cashman to tell A-Rod (through the media); “to shut the (bleep) up”. The third baseman hasn’t played yet this season coming off hip surgery and claims that the club is doing all they can to get him declared medically unfit so they can recoup about $22 million of his $28 million salary through insurance. Of course the Yankees deny it---but it sounds fairly plausible. A-Rod is a player of diminishing skill and who knows how involved he’ll end up being in the Biogenisis scandal that could cost guilty parties a 100 game suspension. Interesting.