Tom Brady Hangs with UCLA Softball Team

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent some with his family Saturday evening taking in a UCLA softball game. Brady was there with his nieces and sister (who used to pitch at Fresno State) and watched the 7th-ranked Bruins mercy rule Oregon State 9-1 to improve to 25-5 on the season.

Tom was generous to all the fans in attendance, posing for pictures with everyone who asked for one. After the game ended, he took his niece into the Bruins’ clubhouse and hung out with the team for a bit. Here’s a video of Tom Brady with the UCLA softball team after the game:

At one point before taking the picture with the team, Brady had to remind everyone he went to Michigan saying “I’m a Wolverine.” It’s OK Tom, now that you’re living in Brentwood only a few minutes from the UCLA campus, you can be considered an honorary Bruin.

And for the people curious about Tom’s foot, he was wearing sneakers and no boot and he was moving around perfectly fine. If you didn’t know he had a foot injury, you would have had no idea he was recovering from surgery.

Here are a few more pics of Brady from the game:

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Will the Patriots Consider Randy Moss in 2011? Will He Retire?

If there is football in 2011, Randy Moss wants to play. At age 34, the wide receiver is certainly not in the prime years of his career. After forcing his way out of New England last season, Moss enjoyed a short re-marriage with the team that gave him his start in the NFL.  He was then claimed by the Titans where he was a complete non-factor for the remainder of the 2010 season.  Now he’s a free agent and it’s no secret Moss would love to return to the New England Patriots.

Randy knew the best situation for him was in New England.  That’s why he wanted a contract extension, and that’s why he became such a distraction.  He thought that by acting like a wise ass in front of the media, the Patriots might sign him to an extension so he would shut up and play.  Along the way, Moss clearly forgot he was in Foxboro — where Bill Belichick is the mayor.

After No. 81 left, Tom Brady turned in arguably the best season of his career — including the famous explosion of 2007.  Although they would lose to the Jets in their first game of the playoffs, the Patriots went 14-2 in the regular season and made it clear they did not need Moss to win.  That’s bad news for the future Hall of Famer, who is looking for a home in 2011.

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Jake Locker Helps Draft Stock with Strong Washington Pro Day

Jake Locker joins Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, and Ryan Mallett as one of the top quarterback prospects for this year’s NFL draft. The thing is with this group, unlike some other ones in past years where there was a consensus top quarterback or “sure thing,” every one of the the highly-rated quarterbacks have questions.

For Washington quarterback Jake Locker, accuracy has been his issue.

Locker never had more than a 58% completion rate at Washington and only completed 55% of his passes last season. He had an utter stinker against Nebraska where he went 4-20 and gave scouts concern. Even in a skills competition amongst the top quarterbacks, Locker struggled to hit his targets. But that was a gimmick, and what Locker needs to show is that he can play well in games.

He did just that at his Pro Day.

Throwing in Seattle at Washington’s Pro Day, Locker completed his first 35 passes and went 38-40. Though there is no defense or pass rush for the throws, that’s the type of performance he needed to prove to teams that he can make the throws consistently. He even said as much after the session according to Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta who tweeted that “Locker says very happy how he threw. Best of the draft season he says.”

Even though Locker helped himself with the reportedly strong performance, I still would be hesitant to draft him. I know he had inferior talent surrounding him most of the time at Washington and that playing hurt made his stats look worse, but I still don’t have the confidence in him that he can make routine throws accurately on a regular basis. It’s awfully hard to sustain drives that way, even with a guy who can move like Jake.

Tony Romo Joins Gold’s Gym

Finally! With all this pissing and moaning everyone has been doing about the messed up NFL labor situation, we have found a positive. If you like people-watching — and particularly professional-athlete watching — the NFL lockout could provide you with a great opportunity.  The NFLPA has decertified and the owners have locked players out of team facilities.  While many professional athletes have gyms at home, many others do not.  When you’re used to having access to some of the best workout facilities in the world 365 days a year, why would you?

It sounds like Tony Romo is one of the athletes who chose not to put a gym in his house.  According to the Dallas Morning News, Romo recently joined a local Gold’s Gym so he can stay in shape.  See where I’m going with this?

If Romo is doing it, other players must be.  That means there’s a slight chance that if you live in the same general area as a professional football player, he could be going to the same gym.  So if you’re a complete creep, find out where some players live. Then if you’re even more of a creep, find out what gym they’re going to since they can’t get into team facilities.  And if you’re a full-blown stalker, grab a membership at that gym, find out what time the players normally go, and knock yourself out.

Just don’t tell them LBS sent you.

How Did Jets Draft Self-Admitted Drug Addict Erik Ainge?

There’s an extremely interesting piece on ESPN New York written in the first person by Erik Ainge, the former Tennessee Vols quarterback. Ainge played four years at Tennessee and was drafted in 2008 by the Jets. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s drug policy in 2008 and missed all of last season because he was in rehab.

Ainge opened up about his personal problems in the article and revealed he’s been using drugs consistently for most of his adult life. Here’s a sample of what he says about himself:

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Channing Crowder: Mel Kiper Mock Draft Made Me Blow My Money

The idea that college football players spend money before they have it assuming they will soon be rich is extremely well known.  Said athletes actually admitting that they blow money before even getting it is a bit more rare.  Thankfully, we have idiots like Channing Crowder who flap their gums and tell us all about their complete lack of judgment displayed before reaching the NFL.

Pro Football Talk passed along a tremendous little blurb from Sports Radio Interviews on Tuesday, in which Crowder blasts Mel Kiper Jr. for misfiring with his prediction of where the linebacker would be drafted.

“Yeah I watch (the hype leading up to the draft) and all,” Crowder explained. “Mel Kiper and all, he messed me over, he lied to me said I was top-20 had me go out and spend X amount of dollars and then owe the bank stuff. So I don’t know the guys; they’re guessing just like we guess; I can guess who the Dolphins are going to take too. But I look at it a little bit and hear the experts I guess they call them to hear what they got to say.”

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Cam Newton’s Character Destroyed in Pro Football Weekly Draft Preview

Cam Newton’s character has come into question on numerous occasions over the past six months. The reason the Auburn star has been so scrutinized is because he played well last season and drew attention from the media, fans, and scouts. Newton became a national champion and Heisman Trophy winner, and emerged as a potential #1 overall draft pick. Along the way, he became the center of the biggest scandal in college football.

During the middle of the season, allegations of academic cheating while Newton was at Florida were revealed. He then went third-person in an interview prompting us to say he needed to show humility. He topped it off by calling himself an entertainer and icon. Needless to say, Cam Newton has become quite the controversial character.

As mentioned above, we’ve criticized Cam Newton a good amount, but nothing states the concerns as bluntly as Nolan Nawrocki did in his draft profile of Newton in Pro Football Weekly’s Draft Preview. Here’s what Tom Curran wrote about it for Comcast New England:

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