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I thought I’d seen and heard it all … But then I read this, and listened to the interview.  Ladies and Gentlemen, Louisiana State University is now a Micro-Brewery, that’s right, now instead of bringing your own beer to the tailgate, or mixing your own shine; you will now be able to experience Saturday in Death Valley full of LSU’s own home-brewed BEER, Name To Be Determined.

Just remember everyone, this is for educational purposes only, and not for the purpose of obtaining inebriation.For the record, I think that holding Collegiate classes in a Micro-Brewery is an Awesome yet Very Very Bad idea.

How many athletes will be allowed to register for Micro-Brewing 101 at a time? And in season?

UPDATED 7/22/11

Bloomberg Business Week weighs in http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9OJLKN82.htm 

The News Star gives their Nickles worth http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20110721/OPINION01/107210314

 
Posted: Wednesday, 20 July 2011 3:21PM

LSU to brew & sell own brand of beer

Chris Miller Reporting

Given LSU’s reputation as a party school, it’s hard to believe this is a new thing, but the school this fall will begin selling its own line of beer, crafted by students, with the help of a Baton Rouge micro-brewery.

Tin Roof brewing owner William McGehee says the LSU-themed beer is brewed with Tiger tailgaters in mind.

“It’s going to be a light and crisp refreshing blond ale,” said McGehee.  “It’s hot down here at least nine months out of the year.”

Tin Roof Brewing Company owner William McGehee:

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But the purpose of this pilsner, says McGehee, is not inebriation, but education.

“Some of the professors from the food science department are going to hold classes over at the brewery,” McGehee said.  “We just wanted to teach, I guess share, our passion for beer.”

McGehee says they will also offer internships for students wanting to learn more about the business.  There’s no official roll-out date yet, but plans are to get it on store shelves during football season.

Several LSU fans made suggestions for a name for the LSU beer on WWL Radio’s  Facebook page.

LSBrew, The Golden Beer from Tigerland, Tiger Bait, and Tiger Golden, were a few of the suggested brand names for the beer.

In the biggest twist to TresselGate, Terrelle Pryor has shockingly announced through his Attorney that he will NOT return to Ohio State for his Senior Season this fall. Just as his Head Coach did just last week, Pryor has cast aside his honor, pride, and 5 game suspension. If this doesn’t scream GUILTY, then I don’t know what does. Tressel clearly knew about it all, and Pryor clearly did it ALL. Once his coach, his shield was gone, Pryor was left with no choice but to Scramble from the NCAA into Oblivion.

“In the best interests of my teammates, I’ve made the decision to forgo my  senior year of football at The Ohio State University,” Pryor said in a statement  issued by Columbus lawyer Larry James.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/ncaa/06/07/ohio-state-terrelle-pryor.ap/index.html#ixzz1OdDf9OGk

This will also mean that the Ohio State Football Program will make everyone forget about SMU and their pay for play scandal. They’ll also very quickly make everyone say “USC who???”.

As a Michigan fan, I would rather beat OSU at their best, but will gladly enjoy watching them suffer for the next 10-20 years!!! The Governor will not be calling to save them, this Death Penalty will be carried out!!!

LET’S GO BLUE!!!

ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6636768

CNNSI: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/ncaa/06/07/ohio-state-terrelle-pryor.ap/index.html?eref=BrkNews

Once again Jim Tressel has stuck is foot in his mouth, this time making a “Guarantee” that he can’t possibly make good on. Outside his residence in front of 200 or so Tressel supporters, the Former Buckeye Coach guaranteed that Ohio State will beat Michigan on November 26th. Seeing as how Tressel has been Fired, and Pryor will likely be declared ineligible along with several other key Buckeyes; this guarantee is as empty as the parking lot of a car dealer after the Pryor family visits!!!

I would have preferred Brady Hoke get to beat Jim Tressel in his first season coaching the Maize’n’Blue; but a Win against the Buckeyes will Always be a Win against the Buckeyes … LET’S GO BLUE!!!

Updated: June 4, 2011, 8:49 PM ET

Jim Tressel talks to fans at home

Associated Press

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio — Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel told people at a rally on his front doorstep that he would always be a Buckeye and that the team will beat Michigan again this November.

After a crowd of some 200 people had sung a song disparaging the archrival Wolverines early Saturday evening, Tressel said, “Don’t forget: Nov. 26th we’re going to kick their ass!”

That brought the loudest cheer of the day from the group, which had walked a half mile in 90-degree heat from a rallying point at a nearby park to Tressel’s expansive French Provincial home in this Columbus suburb near campus.

Tressel was forced to resign Monday for his role in covering up his knowledge of his players taking improper benefits from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.

Those in the rally cheered, sang the alma mater and held up signs that said, “You’re in Our Prayers,” “We Support You, Jim!” and “We Love You, Coach Tressel.”

Tressel and his wife, Ellen, posed for dozens of pictures, shook hands and thanked those in attendance.

He had memorably guaranteed that the Buckeyes would beat archrival Michigan at an Ohio State basketball game shortly after he had taken the job in January 2001.

Saturday’s rally was reminiscent of those held for two past Ohio State coaches. After Woody Hayes was fired for punching a Clemson player late in the 1978 Gator Bowl, hundreds of fans came to his residence to thank him.

The same thing happened after Hayes’ successor, Earle Bruce, was fired late in the 1987 season. Again, a large group of fans and members of the university’s band came to Bruce’s house to serenade him with songs.

Five Ohio State players — including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor — have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for accepting improper benefits from a tattoo-shop owner. The NCAA continues to investigate Ohio State, which goes before the NCAA’s committee on infractions on Aug. 12.

But the fans who walked from Thompson Park didn’t dwell on the negatives.

One fan wore a red, white and blue T-shirt that said, “Jim Tressel For President.”

“We’re going to be Buckeyes for life,” Tressel said, his arm around his wife. “What’s that old saying? Buckeye born and bred, a Buckeye ’til I’m dead.”

The crowd cheered when he finished.

He showed no emotion, thanking the fans as they departed after 20 minutes or so.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

Are we really to believe that Jim Tressel and Ohio State as a whole didn’t know their Star Quarterback was driving his “test cars” on a Suspended License?!?

Are we then also to believe that the Dealership that gave him these cars, including the one with Temporary Plates he drove to Monday night’s team meeting; that they never asked to see his license. Had they done this as they would with any regular driver, they to would have seen he did not possess a valid license to drive their cars. But of course since they swear they’ve done nothing preferential for Pryor, I’m headed to Columbus with my Suspended License ASAP to take advantage of this $0 purchase opportunity without a valid license!!!

Pryor’s Driver’s License Suspended, Records Show

Terrelle Pryor Black Nissan Car OSU

NBC4 has learned that OSU star QB Terrelle Pryor has been driving with a suspended license – and without driving privileges.

Published: June 01, 2011
Updated: June 01, 2011 – 1:23 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio —NBC4 has learned that OSU star QB Terrelle Pryor has been driving with a suspended license – and without driving privileges.

NBC4 first reported Tuesday that Pryor’s driver’s license was suspended two weeks ago. But NBC4video showed him driving as he left the Ohio State University’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center Monday. He was driving the black Nissan 350Z which has now become part of the focus of an NCAA investigation.

It was unclear Tuesday if Pryor had been granted driving privileges, but the Franklin County Clerk of Courts told NBC4 Wednesday that Pryor was not given driving privileges.

For example, a person who loses their license can request and be granted driving privileges to and from work.

Documents from the BMV indicated Pryor’s license was suspended for no proof of insurance and is in effect through August 18.

He was stopped earlier this year for running a stop sign, last year for traveling 94 mph in a 65 mph zone and two years ago, for traveling 99 mph in a 65 mph zone.

The focus of the NCAA investigation, however, is on the vehicles that Pryor has driven while at Ohio State and whether he received extra benefits because he’s a football player.

Driving with a suspended license is a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Sources tell NBC4 Sports that nine current Ohio State football players are being interviewed Wednesday by the NCAA as part of the ongoing investigation. These are the current players who were named in the recent article by Sports Illustrated.

For additional information, stay with NBC4 and refreshnbc4i.com.

Jim Tressel has been Fired in part due to the incompetence of Rich Rodriguez, and for that we say THANK YOU RICH-ROD!!! That’s right Michigan Fans, and Buckeye haters at large have Rich Rodriguez to Thank for the Sweater Vest being Unraveled. Tressel’s misplaced loyalty to a talented athlete who has only himself as an interest, ultimately led to his downfall today as Tressel resigned from his job as Head Football Coach at Ohio State University. The fallout we’ll witness from this loyalty will be unrivaled in the history of the NCAA, when the sanctions do come down in the coming days/weeks/months, they will be so severe that Woody Hayes will feel them. Jim Tressel will likely never coach above Pop Warner again in his life, and YES we have Rich Rodriguez to thank for all of this.

Had Rodriguez succeeded in recruiting Pryor to Michigan as everyone expected him to do, not only would Michigan have now Fired him for sucking as a coach and ruining 3 years of history at the Legendary school, but also for his own practice hours scandal; and what surely would have been an international incident had Pryor attended Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI a mere 45 min drive from the United States and Canadian Border. Pryor would undoubtedly have found Tattoo and Pawn shops in both countries to sell School Property, Apparel, and Memorabilia to.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=3300355

So, Yes; THANK YOU RICH RODRIGUEZ for not simply being half a failure in your time at Michigan, but for being a COMPLETE failure. Your inability to do your job, has now led to your own firing, the firing of our most hated rival, and the soiling of the Ohio State Football Program at a time in which Brady Hoke has Michigan ready to play Big Ten Football again … LET’S GO BLUE!!!

And now late word comes in that the NCAA has launched an Independent Investigation into Terrelle Pryor himself for receiving cars and other extra benefits … Stay Tuned … This is about to get even better!!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6608432

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPECIAL REPORT: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/magazine/05/30/jim.tressel/index.html# 

 

 WBNS-TV Columbus:  http://dai.ly/iHEa41 Terrelle Pryor has lost his Coach, but in fact shows he’s learned nothing as this video shows him arrive to a team meeting the night of 5/30/11 in yet another Late Model vehicle with temporary plates …

The only thing worse than a corrupt Coach, is a corrupt Coach who runs before they can be brought  to Justice!!!

The Sweater Vest has taken the cowards way out of the situation he cultivated at Ohio State, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting this morning that Jim Tressel has tendered his resignation.

This comes as a bittersweet moment … On the one-hand, The Sweater Vest has fallen, The Buckeyes are in a complete state of disarray, and Brady Hoke is set to Restore Glory to the Maize and Blue of Michigan … On the other hand however, Jim Tressel has committed the ultimate act of selfishness, he has resigned leaving the players, coaches, school, and fans who trusted and adored him to hold the bag, and pay the price for his transgressions.

Did Jim Tressel deserve to lose his job? Absolutely, and without question he deserved to be fired for his part in a scandal that has involved illegal sales of team apparel by players, illegal sales of automobiles to players, tattoos for autographs and memorabilia, and cover-ups by the coach himself who had knowledge of it all from day one!!!

The manner in which his exit has occurred should not have been of his choosing, first he was given a mere 2 game suspension while players received 5 games for selling apparel. He told the University he’d like to sit for the same 5 games as his players, some called this loyalty, others more wisely called it an admission of guilt and acknowledgement of his involvement. It then came out that players received free cars in exchange for signed memorabilia, yet there was no further punishment for the coach. This of course was because he’d already admitted after giving himself 5 games, that he had knowledge of the events, but pleaded ignorance in his not having reported the information to ANYONE. Now, rather than face the NCAA, Tressel has resigned, likely to never set foot on a College Athletic Field again, for fear the NCAA will catch-up with him forcing him to actually serve a penalty for ruining the lives of the players with whose education and futures he was entrusted.

Congratulations Jim Tressel, as you sneak off into hiding, you’ve left a legacy that Ohio State University will not soon forget. What will be forgotten is that you ever lifted the Crystal Ball, the legacy you’ve left is one which will cause people to burn Sweater Vests, and ban your name from use by their kids … Hey Coach, I hear there’s a vacant Mansion in Pakistan, maybe they’ll let you live there … Promise, nobody will look for you!!!

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2011/05/30/ohio-state-news.html?sid=101

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6606999

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news;_ylt=Ar.ymeW7Z_vhdw4nxOCIAAI5nYcB?slug=ap-ohiost-tresselresigns

http://www.ohiostate.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1226572

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6598929

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6592185

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6562597

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andy_staples/05/30/Jim.Tressel.OSU/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a2

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/ncaa/05/30/tressel.resigns/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a3

http://www.freep.com/article/20110530/SPORTS08/110530011/Ohio-State-coach-Jim-Tressel-resigns?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|FRONTPAGE

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/30/jim-tressel-resigns-as-ohio-state-football-coach/

http://www.foxsportsohio.com/05/30/11/The-downfall-of-a-Buckeye-legend/landing_ohiostate.html?blockID=529482

Next up on the Chopping Block is Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith who has steadfast in his support of Tressel throughout this whole ordeal and cover-up. At the end of the day, Tressel is gone, Smith will be as well, and the Football Program will be a forgotten program for the next decade at least. Once the NCAA has had their say, the local Bowl-o-rama is the only Bowl the Buckeyes will be allowed to play in for a very long time. Scholarships will be forfeited, Trophies will be returned, Banners and Flags will come down, and Players will pay restitution as they are stricken from the record books. Jim Tressel and his Football Buckeyes have single-handedly made Michigan and the FAB FIVE look angelic, at least all they did was take some money …

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPECIAL REPORT: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/magazine/05/30/jim.tressel/index.html# 

 

 WBNS-TV Columbus:  http://dai.ly/iHEa41 Terrelle Pryor has lost his Coach, but in fact shows he’s learned nothing as this video shows him arrive to a team meeting the night of 5/30/11 in yet another Late Model vehicle with temporary plates …

He may not have been the #1 Pick in the Draft … But Madden knows Best … Peterson is the #1 Rookie on this years game!!! So it’s time to leave the College Drama behind. The Pay for Play talk is no longer a concern, and once the Lockout ends … Patrick Peterson will be the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year!!!

Patrick Peterson is ‘Madden’s’ top rookie

May, 19, 2011

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By Jon Robinson
Patrick PetersonChris Trotman/Getty ImagesLook for Patrick Peterson to make an immediate impact on the Cardinals … and “Madden NFL 12.”

I’ve been obsessed with cornerbacks ever since I first saw Lester Hayes dip his hands in a bucket of Stickum.

And growing up in the Bay Area, I’ve seen some greats run by me backwards, from a young Ronnie Lott to Mike Haynes to even a season of Deion Sanders.

Next in line to go “primetime” is the Cardinals first-round pick, Patrick Peterson. With P-Squared, we’re talking ball hawking, blanket coverage, and the type of return skills that make you think back to the days of Deion dripping in jewelry.

But I’m not the only one high on Peterson, as “Madden NFL 12” ratings guru Donny Moore has informed me that Arizona’s electrifying corner will be the highest-rated rookie in the game with an 82 overall, including 97 speed, 96 agility, 93 acceleration, 93 jumping, 77 catching (highest for any rookie CB), and 91 return. In terms of his defensive skill set, Peterson clocks in with 89 man coverage, 82 zone coverage, and 90 press.

Not bad for a kid who grew up gaming, dreaming of the day when he’d finally see his face in the “Madden” franchise.

“When I was a kid, my grandmother bought me and my brother every game that came out for PlayStation,” he told me at a recent EA Sports event showcasing “NCAA Football 12.” “We had like 72 games in our room, and we’d just play everything. My favorite was ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ but then my grandmother banned us from playing that game once she found out what was going on. So we’d play games like ‘Madden’ at home, but then sneak over to a friend’s house to play ‘GTA.’

“I have the PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, and the PlayStation 3, and when Sony comes out with another system, I’ll get that one too. I guess I’m just a PlayStation kind of guy.”

Jon Robinson: When the player ratings come out, how serious do you take it?

Patrick Peterson: Once the game comes out, that’s what everybody looks at, whether you’re a fan or a player. You immediately go to the depth charts and try and see what the numbers are. There are all kinds of guys in the locker room like, “Ah, they didn’t get this right!” But it’s all fun and games.

Jon Robinson: Any advice for EA Sports in making your “Madden 12” character?

Patrick Peterson: Just make me really, really fast. As someone who plays the game, I know, you need cornerbacks with speed. Make me one of those guys everyone wants on their team. Make me a shutdown guy.

Patrick PetersonDerick E. Hingle/US PresswireAnother day, another interception for “Madden’s” top-rated rookie.

Jon Robinson: What was the whole draft process like for you? It’s not everyday you have 32 doctors pulling on you from different angles.

Patrick Peterson: That was definitely something new. [laughs] The doctors were pulling on me each and every second. The process was fun, though, and you just have to go in and enjoy the moment.

Jon Robinson: What were some of the crazy questions teams asked you as part of their evaluations?

Patrick Peterson: I got the usual, like would you rather be a dog or a cat. But then I got this one as well: What’s the difference between a pen and a pencil? Do you know?

Jon Robinson: Ink?

Patrick Peterson: Exactly. [laughs]

Jon Robinson: What does this have to do with being a shutdown corner?

Patrick Peterson: I have no idea. They asked me what’s 7×3, how many days are in a year … all kinds of things like that. Luckily, I passed that test.

Jon Robinson: Cornerback might just be the toughest defensive position to play in the NFL. What does it take mentally to be a shutdown corner out on the field?

Patrick Peterson: You have to not only be a competitor, but someone who wants to get better at their craft every time you go out and step onto the field. You need to have that confidence, that swagger to know that you’re trying to be the best, and it doesn’t matter who you’re lining up against, you know you want to get the best of him.

Jon Robinson: Is there a corner in the NFL you look up to?

Patrick Peterson: Actually, I look up to a few guys. Charles Woodson is one. I think he’s a phenomenal athlete. I love watching Darrelle Revis, of course, and Asante Samuel is another guy. I just love watching defenses play, not just corners.

Jon Robinson: Any advice for fans who are going to play as your character in “Madden” this year? How should we best utilize your skills?

Patrick Peterson: The biggest thing is to just be aggressive. I’d like to see the guys who create the game give the corners a little more awareness out there, though. Sometimes you’ll be playing and the corner will get beat so bad or look like he doesn’t know what’s going on. I just hope that doesn’t happen to my character. [laughs]

It turns out that Reggie Bush was in fact not talking about leaving the Saints with his Draft Day Tweets, but rather about the Hornets/Lakers Series after-all.

I now fully expect based on the following that Bush and the Saints will announce a re-structuring of his Contract once the Lockout ends.  Bush had this to say at his Football Camp at Tulane today …

Bush says he still prefers to be a Saint

9 hours, 6 minutes ago

  • NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Reggie Bush(notes) is back in the Big Easy, where he’s backing away from recent Twitter posts that indicated he may not see the New Orleans Saints in his future.

“I would love to retire here if possible,” Bush said Saturday. “I would love to play for the Saints for however long my career, God-willing, allows me to play. First and foremost, I want to be a Saint.”

Bush spoke during his annual youth football camp at Tulane, on the same fields where he’s been absent while teammates have been taking part in workouts organized by Saints quarterback Drew Brees(notes) during the NFL lockout.

Soon after Ingram was drafted, Bush wrote: “It’s been fun New Orleans.” He has since wrote that he was making the best of the lockout by relaxing and taking vacation. The timing of the latter tweet, after about 40 Saints players had started working out together at Tulane, drew criticism from a number of fans in New Orleans.

“Obviously sometimes you write things and you say things and it may come off the wrong way,” Bush said. “It may be taken the wrong way. You may not even mean it that way or you may regret it. At the end of the day, I probably shouldn’t have tweeted that and I probably shouldn’t have said that and I’m sure a lot of people took it the wrong way and I apologize to the city of New Orleans if they have.”

Bush added that he thinks Ingram is “a great player and I think he’s going to have a huge role here.”

“He can help us, you know? We need all the help we can get and that’s part of what happens in the NFL draft,” Bush continued. “You get help and you get great players.”

Bush said he is healthy and that he has been working out hard on his own in Los Angeles at a gym owned by former Saints teammate Billy Miller(notes).

“Look at these guns,” he said, chuckling, as he flexed his right bicep.

He added that he has been “messing around” with some ultimate fighting training with FOX Sports personality Jay Glazer.

Bush is due about $11.8 million for the 2011 season, but the Saints expect him to take a pay cut. Bush said he remains willing to negotiate, as he initially stated after the season. However, he stopped short of saying he was confident a deal would be reached.

“That’s something that me, my agent and the Saints have to collectively come together and talk about and just come to a meeting point, a happy medium,” Bush said. “Obviously, we know that there’s going to have to be some type of pay cut and there’s going to have to be some type of re-negotiation.”

Bush and his agent, Joel Segal, cannot negotiate with the club right now because of the lockout, which could drag on for months.

In 2010, Bush missed eight games because a broken bone in his lower right leg, and during the other eight games was used as a role player—with 36 carries for 150 yards and 34 receptions for 208 yards and his only touchdown of the season.

When a federal court ruling compelled the NFL to briefly lift the lockout the day after Ingram was drafted, Payton called Bush to ensure the five-year pro that there was still a place for him in New Orleans.

Brees said he also sent Bush text messages of support. The quarterback said Bush should see Ingram’s addition as an opportunity to reduce the pounding he takes on carries into the line and focus more on an array of runs and pass routes that let him use his speed an agility in the open field.

“Drew’s the leader of our team, he’s our quarterback, so of course it resonates definitely, a lot,” Bush said. “I hear it and I know they want me here and I know that the coaches want me here and the team wants me here. So it’s just a matter of handling the business side of it. It sucks, but every player is going to have to deal with it at some point in time in their career.”

The Detroit media needs to let this go already, yes the 3 Players we Drafted with the picks offered to Arizona are all high ceiling guys, but none of them are the Shutdown Cornerback that Patrick Peterson is. The fact is, the Lions couldn’t get Arizona to bite on the deal, otherwise they would have made it. Had they made it, they would have Won the Draft for Trading up to get Peterson, rather than Winning the Draft for the picks they made as the did by all accounts. The fact is the Detroit media is giving the Next Best Shutdown Corner his first piece of Bulletin Board Material which is just plain Stupid!!!

Last Updated: May 07. 2011 7:57PM

Tim Twentyman

Three high-potential Lions picks trumps one Patrick Peterson

Allen Park — The best thing that happened to the Lions during last week’s draft is what didn’t happen.

The Lions reportedly tried to move up from the 13th pick to the Cardinals’ fifth pick in order to draft LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Peterson was by far the best corner available in the draft and getting him would have instantly fulfilled a need for the Lions.

But at what cost?

The Lions offered their first, second and fourth-round picks to move up the eight spots.

The Cardinals, obviously, scoffed at the offering and a deal was not made. They selected Peterson themselves.

We got a good idea of what it would have taken to get the pick when the Falcons made a trade to move into the Browns’ No. 6 spot — the pick just after the Cardinals’.

The Falcons wanted Alabama receiver Julio Jones and paid exceedingly for him. They gave up five picks: this year’s first, second and fourth-round selections, and next year’s first and fourth-rounder.

That’s a lot picks to hand over for one player, even though they’ll likely be late-round picks.

Let’s just pretend for a moment that the Cardinals had accepted the Lions offer of three picks in this year’s draft. The Lions would have gotten Peterson, but wouldn’t have had another pick until the third round (75th overall).

That means no Nick Fairley, and likely no Titus Young or Mikel Leshoure.

No thanks.

I’m not saying Fairley is going to be a better player than Peterson, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Did anyone see the national championship game?

What the Lions would have had to give up to get Peterson just wasn’t worth it, especially after evaluating the Lions haul afterwards. Most experts gave the Lions rave reviews for this year’s class.

I think Fairley is going to be a terrific player and I think the Lions have solidified their defensive front for the next five or six years, at least.

Mix in the explosive third receiver (Titus) and power rusher (Leshoure) that the Lions snagged in the second round, and I’m just fine with how things worked out.

The Lions know that cornerback is the deepest position in this year’s free-agent class.

Filling three needs with terrific talent in the first two rounds makes more sense to me than getting one great player at one position of need.

It’s simple math.

tim.twentyman@detnews.com

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110507/OPINION03/105070396/Three-high-potential-Lions-picks-trumps-one-Patrick-Peterson#ixzz1Lie2l5dh

Tressel MUST be Fired …

Wins MUST be Forfeited …

Players MUST be Declared Ineligible …

Ohio State Must be Charged and Found Guilty of Having a Lack of Institutional Control …

50 Cars MUST be Returned or Paid for …

Yes, that’s right 50 cars, and we’re not talking about 25-year-old used cars, we’re talking about Brand New Chrysler 300M’s and better. Wherever the story of Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes ends, it is clear to all that corruption has taken a strangle hold over the University’s Athletic Department and it all stems from the Football Program. One or two cars, and you say “Well it was just those guys”, FIFTY cars, and now you must say “It’s the whole program”.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6499662

Updated: May 7, 2011, 10:15 AM ET

Report: Ohio State faces more scrutiny

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s director of compliance is reviewing at least 50 car sales to Buckeyes athletes and relatives to see if they met NCAA rules, The Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday.

The newspaper reported that a salesman who received game passes from Ohio State athletes handled many of the deals at two different dealerships. Ohio State has since taken the salesman, Aaron Kniffin, off the pass list.

Athletes are prevented from receiving special deals not available to other students. They are not permitted to trade autographs for discounts. Both dealerships display signed Ohio State memorabilia in their showrooms.

 One car, a 2-year-old Chrysler 300 with fewer than 20,000 miles, was titled to then-sophomore defensive player Thaddeus Gibson in 2009. Documents show the purchase price as $0. Gibson said he did not know why the title showed a zero for the purchase price and said he was still paying for the car.

State law requires dealers to report accurate information about all car sales for tax purposes.

School officials have seen no evidence of players getting special treatment in vehicle sales, Douglas Archie, associate athletic director for compliance, said in a statement Saturday.

“Consistent with our standard procedures, we are nevertheless reviewing these sales to assure ourselves that our policies were adhered to,” he said.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor‘s mother and brother also purchased cars from the dealerships. Kniffin loaned his own car to Pryor for a three-day test drive to Pryor’s home in Jeannette, Pa.

Kniffin and the owner of one of the dealerships he worked for, Jason Goss, have attended seven football games as guests of players, including the 2007 national championship game and the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

Ohio State already has five players — including Pryor — serving five-game suspensions for accepting improper benefits from a tattoo parlor. The NCAA is investigating coach Jim Tressel, also suspended for five games, for knowing about the benefits but not telling superiors.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press