Good morning, football fans, and welcome to the July 27th edition of the Wednesday News and Views. Today, we toast to the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings, Donovan McNabb. Minnesota has agreed to trade a 2012 sixth-round pick to Washington for McNabb, as long as the 11-year veteran accepts a significant pay cut to play with the Vikings. A possible sixth-round pick in 2013 will be thrown into the mix depending on McNabb’s performance this upcoming season. It’s almost sad to see McNabb reach this point of being traded for a sixth-round pick and this is probably his last shot at leading a team to a Super Bowl. If he is going to make one last run at it, not only will he have to show that he’s still got it, but he’ll have to do it while competing with Minnesota’s 2011 first round draft pick, Christian Ponder, for the job. Donovan has always been a very likable NFL figure and a good ambassador to Campbell’s Chunky soup, and he’s very deserving of a ring. I wouldn’t mind seeing him win one with Minnesota before his career is over.
News? Views? Leggoo…
– The big news of the day was the announcement of ticket information for the Kentucky Pros vs. Dominican National Team. Tickets will go on sale Friday morning at 10:00 AM at TicketMaster.com. Or, if you can’t wait that long, you can hack your way into the presale period Thursday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Tickets prices range from $15 (upper level) to $1,200 (in Joe B. Hall’s lap). In other news, this game is going to be awesome. I can’t think of anything this fun for UK fans in a long time. It’s like the Barnstorming Tour meets the NBA All-Star game. You won’t want to miss it.
– Tuesday was the first day of the rest of your NFL loving lives. When the NFL lockout ended, it only meant the beginning for a handful of Kentucky football players who didn’t hear their names called in the NFL Draft. These guys were dealt a bad hand coming out of college, as they were forced into the waiting game during the lockout. Normally, undrafted free agents are signed immediately after the draft and then they have the entire summer to workout and compete at the next level in offseason camps and workouts. But, this wasn’t a normal year for aspiring football players. Guys like Derrick Locke and Chris Matthews were left behind back in Lexington to work out on their own, not knowing if that day would ever come. Well, Tuesday, that day came for almost all of Kentucky’s undrafted NFL prospects. Only Moncell Allen was left without an NFL opportunity, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving up hope on Turtle. Hang in there.
– The first Wildcat off the unsigned free agent board was wide receiver Chris Matthews. Matthews agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, a franchise that still leaves a bad taste in UK football fans’ mouths after what they did to the NFL career of our beloved Tim Couch. While it’s easy to give up all hope on Matthews in Cleveland, it is a very good opportunity for the guy who was a top 50 receiver on Mel Kiper’s board. The Browns are extremely thin at receiver and the competition is wide open for Colt McCoy’s pass catchers.
– The Minnesota Vikings picked up UK’s most promising undrafted free agent. Derrick Locke signed a free agent contract with Minnesota early on the first day of post-lockout football. Locke will be in camp at Minnesota State University on Sunday when all players report. The Vikings already have a pretty good player in the backfield, but Locke’s ability to return punts and kicks will be hard to pass up. He’ll have to compete for a spot, but I think he’ll be fine.
– Mike Hartline fell into a dream opportunity. Hartline is on his way to Indianapolis to compete for the sweetest job in all of sports – Peyton Manning’s backup quarterback. Hartline will go up against Curtis Painter and Nate Davis in the Colts’ camp to be the second string quarterback behind #18. Hartline already has an edge on his competition with Jacob Tamme out there catching the passes.
– DeQuin Evans will be competing at strongside linebacker for the Bengals when camp rolls into Georgetown. Evans played defensive end at Kentucky so he’ll have to make a quick adjustment to impress the staff if he wants to make the final roster. The move won’t be easy, but his real concern should be staying out of jail. The Bengals tend to do that.
– Defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin signed a free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Best advice we can give Ricky? Become friends with Darnell Dockett and tell us stories from your adventures together. That man is absolutely crazy. And hilarious.
– Tired of football talk? Bear with me, it’s almost over. Joker Phillips toured the ESPN campus in Bristol Tuesday with fellow SEC coaches. The tour was called the “SEC Car Wash”, which is a pretty terrible name because we all know SEC football will never be clean. It was a jam packed day for our head ball coach as he made stops on College Football Live, ESPNEWS Sportscenter, the Scott Van Pelt Show, an ESPNU podcast with Ivan Maisel, a live chat on ESPN.com and a Twitter chat. We’ll have more on Joker’s visit later today. For now, just enjoy this:
– In basketball recruiting news, 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski is down to four schools and he is hoping to make his decision soon. The No. 2 center from Massachusetts is down to Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, and North Carolina. Tarczewski was believed to be a Kansas lean at one point, but Coach Cal has been making a hard push for his services. On a side note: Tarczewski’s AAU team is the New England Playaz.
– In case you missed it, Kentucky recuit Alex Poythress played a great game for the Georgia Stars on ESPN U Tuesday night. I won’t spoil the results for you so you can enjoy the replay today at 4:30 PM. After the game, Poythress listed Kentucky, Florida, and Vanderbilt (in that order) as his college choices. He told Gator Hoops that he likes the way Florida used Corey Brewer and Chandler Parsons. I wonder if he likes that as much as the way Kentucky maximizes player potential, wins games, and sends guys to the league. Sold.
– 2012 recruit T.J. Warren narrowed his list and Kentucky and Louisville both made the cut. The 6-foot-7 forward from John Wall’s stomping grounds is the No. 8 player at his position. Warren holds an offer from Kentucky and he told Jody Demling that he may attend Big Blue Madness. There ya go.
– Former UK baseballer Collin Cowgill made his Major League Baseball debut Tuesday night for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Collin flied out to left field in his first at bat but the little dot on my MLB Gametracker made it look like it had a chance to leave the park. He finished the game 0 for 3.
– On a personal note, I am moving to Louisville (traitor!!!!) and I could use a little help in the process. If any of you have any apartment suggestions, recommendations, advice, or hook-ups, please e-mail me: email@example.com, or contact me on that tweeter device. It’s going to be hard to leave Lexington, but if I’m going to pursue a career in hating Louisville, it’ll be best if I say it to their faces.
That Matt Jones guy will be on the Talk Radio 1080 at 10:00 AM. Call in and tell him how much you love pepperoni pizza flavored Combos. He’ll appreciate your call.
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