Bringing out the big pictures today.
The NFL Combine is underway (having begun 2/22 with a variety of arrivals). Measurements are being taken, examinations (medical and psychological) are in process, and interviews with NFL teams and the anxious media are taking place. A full 327 draft prospects will be involved in the NFL’s annual team testing over the next week. This is a chance for unranked prospects to make a statement. This is a chance for poised-to-go-early-in-the-draft favorites to prove their worth. And nearly every scout, head coach, GM, and player agent will be on site to take it all in. The first day of workouts is this Saturday (2/25) – check out a complete schedule of events and players to watch.
George Huguely, former University of Virginia lacrosse player, was convicted yesterday (2/22) of second-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love (who was also a lacrosse player at UVA). Huguely was sentenced to 26 years in prison, after a jury decided that his crime was not premeditated. It is reported that Huguely, in a supposed drunken rage, kicked through Love’s locked bedroom door on May 2, 2010, and shook her violently (angered over their relationship and Love’s connection with another male student). Love was found dead by her roommate hours after the incident. The Yeardley Love death and subsequent George Huguely trial and conviction have placed a dark cloud over not just the University of Virginia, but over the sport of lacrosse itself.
On Sunday (2/19), ESPN fired an employee for the use of the racist headline “Chink in the Armor” connected to a story about the Knicks, and specifically Knicks guard and phenom-of-late Jeremy Lin, losing to the New Orleans Hornets Friday night (2/17). Lin is the first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. The headline was only up for a little over a half hour before it was taken down, but clearly (see above) a few people noticed. ESPN is not alone in their racially-driven folly when it comes to Lin – Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock tweeted this last weekend: