A hard-working Matt Leinart?
Here at the Daily Jolt, we prefer our coffee on the stove top and not from the electric drip machine. We're just old-school that way. Here's what's happening this Tuesday morning...
...Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart apparently is doing everything he can to win the team’s starting job vacated by Kurt Warner — and that’s music to head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s ears. According to new Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, Leinart has been working out in Southern California with a group of players that includes Tom Brady since the week after the Super Bowl. Leinart, the 10th pick in the 2006 draft, will begin working with passing game coordinator Mike Miller at the team's training facility next week. I honestly believe Leinart could have turned a corner in terms of his maturity — but I still do question his overall talent level. Despite Leinart's offseason preparation, the Cardinals reportedly are still in the running, along with the Seattle Seahawks, for San Diego Chargers restricted free-agent quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson also was under consideration to provide competition for Leinart.
...New Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn doesn’t intend to just take up a roster spot in Denver. The former Cleveland Browns signal caller plans on doing everything he can to win the starting job from incumbent Kyle Orton. In a conference call Monday, Quinn said that he's thankful for a fresh start in Denver and the opportunity to get back on the field. “I'll put it this way, I think every quarterback on our roster wants to play,” Quinn said. “Believe me, whether it's Tom (Brandstater), Kyle, or myself, we're all quarterbacks. We're going to be team players first, but we all want to be out there playing.” Head coach Josh McDaniels has not spoken publicly yet about the trade — he’s Junior Belichick, so of course he isn’t talking. But it’s obvious that McDaniels isn’t sold on Orton. Could Quinn have a Matt Cassel-like breakout season in the Mile High city?
...Andre Agassi apologized for his testy exchange with Pete Sampras last week during a charity match, calling the barbs “out of line” and that his attempt at being humorous “fell flat.” The longtime rivals were mic’d up for the match at Indian Wells in California before a capacity crowd of 16,100 — a fund-raising event for the Haiti relief efforts. I personally don’t blame Sampras for the exchange at all, seeing as Agassi was the one who took shots at Sampras in his book. At the end of the day, the event helped raise $1 million to aid relief efforts in the earthquake-ravaged nation — and that’s all that matters. I don’t see any reason for Sampras to have to make a public apology.
On we go to the music portion of the post…
...CBS’ decision to replace Luther Vandross with Jennifer Hudson as the voice of “One Shining Moment” is a travesty (I had to choose the 2004 edition because my Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets represented big time that year). In case you missed the announcement at the end of the Selection Show on Sunday, Vandross will no longer be the voice of the song that officially closes out the Big Dance. No offense to Hudson — because she’s a talented singer — but did CBS really think that catering to a younger audience in this case was necessary?
...Finally, my girl Rihanna reportedly will team up and record a song with JLS, the group who finished as runners-up on the 2008 edition of the UK talent show “The X Factor.” The track will be masterminded by hip-hop king Jay-Z. The 22-year-old Barbados beauty also believes that Kanye West and Beyonce will follow her lead and eventually work with the group, whom Rihanna said eventually “could be the most famous band in the world.”
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