The Redskins have themselves a franchise quarterback. According to Jay Glazer, the Skins traded with the Rams to acquire the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. It’s assumed the Colts will take Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, leaving Washington with Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins are swapping first-round picks with the Rams and reportedly will trade two future first-round picks. Washington was set to pick sixth overall, so they’re trading three picks in order to move up four spots in the draft. As long as Griffin performs as well as most people expect, it will be worth it.
Washington has a stout defense but they’ve been missing a good quarterback for several years. They’ve put together filler QBs here and there like Gus Frerotte, Brad Johnson, and Mark Brunell, but they need a franchise quarterback who can lead the team for a decade. It looks like they finally have that.
Swapping first-round picks, trading a first in 2013 and 2014, and a second in this year’s draft will seem like nothing if RGIII is the real deal. The Giants swapped firsts (Philip Rivers) with the Chargers, and added a third, first, and fifth in order to get Eli Manning. Do you think anyone in New York is complaining now?
This trade should work out well for both teams.
Do chess players wear uniforms? They might have those t-shirts with their names embroidered in cursive on the left pocket, but I can’t imagine uniforms would be necessary. Dress codes, however, are a different story. Apparently the European Women’s Championship has been having a bit of a problem with the way the players have been dressing.
Décolletés are partly covered in our regulations, which state that in respect to shirts the second from the top button may also be opened, in addition to the very top button. But, nothing is written in our rules about the length of skirts or dresses. There are several special rules in some companies which put restrictions on the length of skirts and dresses – no shorter than 5-10 cm above the knees for example. I can see that there are many players here who wear very short skirts. It’s nice to see chess players with short skirts – they are very pretty girls. But I believe there should still be some limit.
Come on ladies, clean it up. We had to go through this with bowling first and now chess? The EWC also has a clear-cut dress code which states that “the pieces of the clothing should be crisp, show no excessive wear, no holes and shall be free of body odor.” Button your buttons and wear deodorant. Seems simple enough.
H/T Game On!
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Linsanity has reached the pothead community. Rapper Rick Ross tweeted a picture of this “Linsanity OG” medicinal marijuana strain Friday morning. It looks like it comes from a medicinal marijuana shop in LA, but there are very few other details. We knew Linsanity was huge (though it is kind of dying down), but you’re not officially big-time until you’ve had a drug named after you. LeBron James knows that, because we told you last year there’s a type of heroin named after him.
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Lionel Messi has a lot of fans. When you are one of the world’s best players in the world’s best sport, that goes with the territory. If we have learned anything from the story about his mother chasing his ex with a frying pan, it’s that Messi’s family is protective of him. Little did we know, however, that his brother is his biggest fan.
The gentleman you see in the photo above is Messi’s older brother, Matias Messi. The tattoo he has on his left shoulder is one of Lionel. According to Sport.es, Matias describes Lionel as “from another planet.” Just when we thought the kid who had Lionel’s face shaved into the back of his head was the world’s biggest Messi fan…
H/T Dirty Tackle
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With Peyton Manning on the market and the Jets seemingly an elite quarterback away from a trip to the Super Bowl, there has been speculation that Rex Ryan and company will make a run at the four-time MVP. Ryan has been adamant about the fact that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback as long as he’s in New York, but if there’s anyone who could make him go back on that it’s Manning. LaDainian Tomlinson believes that if that happened Sanchez would want out.
“In my opinion, I don’t know if he would handle it well,” Tomlinson said Wednesday during an NFL Network appearance. “I think he would probably go in and maybe ask to be released because here is Mark Sanchez’s gripe: ‘I took you guys to two straight AFC Championship Games; yeah I didn’t get it done last year, but my first and second year I took you to two AFC Championship Games. How can you turn around and just bring in another quarterback right now?’
“Rightfully so, he would be a little mad. That’s all a part of it. But at the same time, if he could grow up a little bit and try to learn from somebody like Peyton Manning, then maybe in a couple of years — two or three years — if they did decide to go with Peyton Manning, he could learn from that and then also be the quarterback again.”
I don’t know if Sanchez would ask for his release, but he certainly wouldn’t be happy. Regardless of how he has played, he has led the Jets to two AFC Championships and never been anything but a starter in the NFL. Tomlinson is right that he could learn from Manning, but that is far easier to do as a rookie or reserve. It would be extremely tough for Sanchez to ride the bench after he has become so accustomed to starting. Fortunately for him, everyone seems to believe Peyton would never risk stepping on Eli’s toes by playing in the same city.
Can you imagine Joe Maddon with a bald head? Next Thursday, you won’t have to. The Rays manager, who grew out quite the flow during the course of last season, will be chopping off his locks next week for charity. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Maddon is shaving his head for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital.
As Eye on Baseball pointed out, Reds reliever Bill Bray will also be participating. Maddon is also encouraging all of his players, coaches, and team officials to partake. Bench coaches Dave Martinez and Tom Foley have already committed as well as executive VP Andrew Friedman. You do not have to go completely bald for the event if you don’t want to — a buzz cut will do.
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Here’s our promise to you from LBS: If the ridiculous injuries keep coming to close out the week, we’ll just keep posting them. Within the past 36 hours, we have had no choice but to flood our page with the bizarre misfortunes of athletes from various sports. To recap, we’ve had David Price injuring himself while toweling off, David Robertson spraining his foot by falling down the stairs, and a Colorado quarterback breaking his foot by walking. Werder Bremen striker Marko Arnautovic may top them all. According to Yahoo! Sports, Arnautovic tore a ligament in his knee on Thursday while playing with his dog.
“Marko has informed us of this incident,” Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said. “This is frustrating as we are now with one option less (in attack) for the coming weeks.”
Team doctors estimate Arnautovic will miss at least six weeks. According to the story, he was outside playing with his dog when his foot got caught up in the grass and his knee twisted. I’d be lying if I said my dog had never knocked me on my can before while playing in the yard, but I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid serious injury. In other words, I feel Arnautovic’s pain. Except I don’t, if that makes sense.
Talk about one of those weeks.
Thanks to SI Hot Clicks for sharing the story with us
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Did we say weird injuries only happen in baseball? If so, we didn’t mean it. They are certainly more common on or around the diamond, but Colorado quarterback Nick Hirschman reminded us earlier this week that they can happen in all sports. The sophomore was scheduled to challenge Texas transfer Connor Wood for the starting quarterback position next season, but Hirschman will now miss all of spring practices while his broken right foot heals. According to Dr. Saturday, he broke the foot by stepping on it wrong while walking.
It gets worse. The bone Hirschman broke in his right foot was the fifth metatarsal bone. Last August, he broke the same exact bone in his left foot and it required two surgeries to repair. Hirschman told the Boulder Daily Camera last week that he was close to feeling 100 percent for the first time from the injury to his left foot. He will now require surgery to repair the right foot.
I’m no doctor, but Hirschman must have some sort of disorder with this particular bone in his feet, right? I can’t imagine any situation in which a person would break a bone in their foot simply by walking if they were perfectly healthy — let alone the same bone they had already broken in their other foot.
At least the last bizarre college football injury we featured involved a moped and a box of pizza. For Hirschman, that’s just unbelievably bad luck. Here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery and can compete for the starting job again in 2013.
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Rob Gronkowski is a finalist to be on the cover of Madden ’13 this summer. After the season he had, that should surprise no one. Gronk Nation was infectious this past season to say the least. Whether it’s spiking a puck at a minor league hockey game or dancing on a torn up ankle after a Super Bowl loss, Gronk goes hard no matter what he does. He was already the perfect candidate for the cover of one of the best sports games in the world, but this video should put him right over the top. Teammate Wes Welker is a finalist as well, but does he stand a chance with the masterpiece the Gronk brothers put together to campaign for Rob?
“Hard workers at all times. Lets go bro! Doing curls! Busted ankle! Cast on it! It don’t stop me! … Just getting jacked at all times, going crazy. Even check out my brothers!”
How do you compete with that? You don’t. You just don’t. Madden curse? What Madden curse?
Thanks to Barstool Sports for the video
With this year’s wide receiver free agent class being absolutely stacked, the Patriots could already be the front-runner for one of the top options. Brandon Lloyd has played 10 NFL seasons, and one of them stands above all the others. As a member of the 2010 Broncos under Josh McDaniels, Lloyd caught 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns — all career highs. The Rams then traded for Lloyd with McDaniels as their offensive coordinator last season, and Lloyd has been open about his desire to follow his favorite coach wherever he goes. McDaniels is returning to New England as offensive coordinator next season, so it is no mystery that Lloyd would love to land in Foxboro.
“I admire Coach Bill (Belichick), I admire Tom Brady, I admire how they run things over there,” Lloyd told CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran. “For any receiver to be considered to come in and play on the New England Patriots is gonna be excited just because of the history of success.
“Winning is definitely the highest priority. I’ve been in the league for 10 years now and I don’t look at the NFL as a place where I can horde money and get as much as I can because it’s the end of the world (at the end of his career).”
Translation: the Patriots will get a discount if they’re interested. Lloyd also praised McDaniels during the interview, saying that the two trust one another and that Josh treats him “like a true No. 1 receiver.” It should also be noted that Lloyd is a respected player and has never been known to cause problems in the locker room, so he would seemingly fit the “Patriot Way.” If Tom Brady wants a new weapon on the outside next season, it sounds like the team can give him one at a team-friendly price.