Grossman lands in Washington
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…New Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman hopes to be “in the mix” for the starting job in Washington for 2010. And you know what, why not? Sure, throw him in the same starting lineup as Larry Johnson in an offensive scheme that doesn’t remotely fit L.J.’s diminishing skills. It’s really becoming a mind-boggling situation in D.C. for new head coach Mike Shanahan. If this is the new hands-off approach that everyone wants from owner Daniel Snyder, I’d be leery. Very leery. Getting back to Grossman, maybe new ‘Skins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan still believes in his abilities after the two spent the 2009 season with Houston. Grossman’s only taste of success in the league came in 2006 when he helped lead Chicago to the Super Bowl. I think Rex could be a nice one or two-game stop-gap option for a team in need, but his days of starting are over. The big question remains whether the ‘Skins will go offensive line or quarterback in the draft.
…The University of Michigan announced that it will play its first night game ever at the Big House on September 10, 2011. The opponent? Notre Dame. Normally I’m not one for change in sports — especially college football — but this is going to be a great event. Perhaps Notre Dame returns the favor and hosts the Wolverines in a night game at Notre Dame Stadium? The major question, however, is whether Rich Rodriguez will still be UM’s head coach.
…Former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan called owning the Charlotte Bobcats a ‘dream come true.’ If you are a Bobcats fan — or a Hornets fan forced to root for the current hometown franchise — I call it a nightmare. With his $275 million purchase of the team from Bob Johnson being approved by the league's owners on Wednesday, Jordan now says he is ready to “dive in with my sleeves rolled up.” Really, M-Jeff? You’re ready to actually commit to something other than the golf course? You’re ready to be more involved than you were in the past four years as a minority investor? Even when you had the final say on all basketball decisions (which was amazing that he was able to get such authority), you were rarely seen at games, you drafted Adam Morrison No. 3 overall in 2006 and hired Sam Vincent as the head coach. You’re really ready to “dive in?” This should be fun. I just feel sorry for the residents of Charlotte.
…The Big East conference is feeling the blues after a dismal performance on Day One of the NCAA tournament. Georgetown’s loss to Ohio was the most shocking, as the Bobcats finished 7-9 in the MAC conference and needed to win four games in the conference tourney just to qualify for the Big Dance. It was great to see Indiana transfer Armon Bassett go off against the Hoyas, though. I loved his game at IU because he plays bigger than his size, and he showed his toughness once again last night. Another Big East surprise (though not in my bracket) was Old Dominion’s upset victory over Notre Dame. Did you ever think Luke Harangody would be such a non-factor in a tournament game? Marquette fell to Washington later in the evening, while Villanova was the league’s lone victor yesterday. But Scottie Reynolds and Co. did everything they could to lose to Robert Morris and set up a goose egg of a day for the conference. Syracuse, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Louisville are in action today, looking to carry the Big East mantle. One last note on the Hoyas: Center Greg Monroe said after the game that this was not his last college game. That’s the response everyone expected, but we'll see if that reality holds up. Here’s hoping he stays another season.
Final Thought: I should have known that Jesse James was cheating on Sandra Bullock when he was shown teary-eyed during her Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech for her role in The Blind Side. Tears of guilt, however, look suspiciously like tears of joy.
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