This week Matt Leinart was kind enough to bless us with his thoughts on his former USC football program getting bushwhacked with the worst NCAA football violations since the SMU Mustangs had their program terminated.
“It’s tough but no one can take away what we did on the football field there in those years. So whether they take the wins away or whatever it doesn’t affect us.
He is, however, disappointed at the sight of Heritage Hall’s lobby, which no longer displays the 2005 BCS national championship trophy. He said he and his teammates still have their championship rings to remind them of the title.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people I played with on those teams and we all say the same thing. Everyone who knows football knows we won those games and we won the title.”
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On Feb. 4, ESPN PR guy Mac Nwulu Tweeted: “ESPN Stu Scott, fitness buff, arrived Miami for SB XLIV after 1wk MMA training under FOX Sport’s Jay Glazer. No plans to fight pro!!”
Pro or no pro, Stuart Scott and Jay Glazer in the Octagon? Is there a sports fan alive who wouldn’t fork over 49.99 to see that? (Dude, I can dream, can’t I?)
To indulge my curiousity, I called Glazer and Scott today to get the downlow, and it turns out Nwulu’s Tweet was indeed true. Glazer, who trains NFL players with MMA legend Randy Couture during the NFL offseason, told me today that he recently trained Scott for a day in Ft. Lauderdale.
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Being a backup quarterback for a small-market NFL team is somewhat of a thankless job, albeit a thankless job that pays millions of dollars. You practice just as hard as your more talented counterparts, but the only time you get in a game is when the outcome is already decided or someone better than you gets injured. Nobody really cares what brand of hot dogs you prefer, shoes you wear, or who you’re dating. There’s a reason they call it “buried” on the depth chart.
(Mark Sanchez, beware - this could be your future!)
For Arizona Cardinals backup QB Matt Leinart, who signed $5 million worth of endorsement deals back in the days when people thought he might be good at football, that presents a problem. The former Next Big Thing is stuck in Phoenix carrying 75-year-old Kurt Warner’s jock, and it seems he’s finally realized that the way to get back in the spotlight is to toughen up and stop being a “pretty boy”. His new training regimen? Getting his ass kicked by mixed martial arts fighters.
Last season turned out to be a pretty magical one for Matt Cassel. He went from being a career backup to guys like Matt Leinart while at USC and Tom Brady while playing for the Patriots, to the starting quarterback in New England, finishing 11-5 and just missing the playoffs. He was then rewarded for being competent by getting franchised by the Patriots to the tune of $14.65 million to back up Brady again next season.
Then Matt was traded over the weekend to the Kansas City Chiefs, which is pretty ironic when you think about it After all, the only reason Cassel got a chance to play in 2008 was because the Chiefs’ Bernard Pollard took out Tom Brady’s knee in Week One, ending the Golden Boy’s season. So now that Cassel and Pollard are teammates, Matt knows what he has to do.
Steve Clarkson is known as a quarterback king maker. He started the hype machine that led to Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen being called “one of the greatest high school recruits ever”. He helped launch the careers of Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Leinart, J.P. Losman (maybe not such an endorsement) and Gino Toretta. Now he’s in the early stages of launching a primo career for David Sills, a Delaware native who just so happens to be 12 years old.
(Meet the future of the quarterback position, aged 12.)
That’s right folks, a 12 year-old is running through passing drills and prepping himself for college recruitment. He reportedly received a questionnaire from UCLA a year ago, and he’s not alone. According to this piece from CBSSPORTSLINE, Clarkson is tutoring no fewer than four middle school quarterbacks across the country, teaching them advanced formations and schematics as if they were seniors in high school.
The last time we say the Cardinals take on the 49ers on Monday Night Football was Opening Night of last season, and the result was a 20-17 loss that set the tone for a disappointing 2007 season for Arizona. Flash forward one year and change, and the Cardinals were able to take out the 49ers 29-24 on the strength of a last second goal line stand.
Quite a difference one season can make, right? Instead of Matt Leinart looking confused under center, you had Kurt Warner, looking for all the world like an MVP. And at the end of the day, Arizona is 6-3, and a full four games ahead of their nearest NFC West rivals.
But really, if you are a Cardinals fan, do you feel any better about the team after last night’s game than you did before? To quote an ex-coach, the 49ers were who we thought they were: a mediocre team with nothing to lose. Great teams put teams like that away early. Good teams let them hang around until the 4th quarter before pulling away. The Cardinals rely on a stop as time expires at the goal line after a questionable “down by contact” ruling.
Perhaps this says less about the Cardinals than it does about the overall awful nature of the NFC West?
In other sports news that happened while you were looking to unload your extra Inauguration tickets:
- The CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER passes along the helpful tip that you should try not to get pulled over with the following items: a marijuana pipe on the front seat and prescription drugs, marijuana, cocaine and a loaded Smith & Wesson 40 Caliber pistol. Just ask former Ohio State lineman T.J. Downing.
- The Rays’ Evan Longoria is your unanimous AL Rookie of the Year, while Geovany Soto of the Cubs takes the NL honors with 21 or 32 first-place votes. I’m still not sure why Joey Votto’s mom was able to get a vote.
- That Matt Holliday to the A’s story? The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE says it’s looking more and more like a done deal.
- It was a good night to be a Phoenix sports fan: the EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE reports that the Suns topped the Grizzles 107-102 despite a career-high 33 points from OJ Mayo.
- Flashing a bunch of cheerleaders from a Catholic high school? In the world of Cinemax movies it might lead to steamy misadventures, but THE EAGLE-TRIBUNE says that it could add up to jail time for a Massachusetts driver.
- The YORK DAILY RECORD says that an Australian cycling coach has been freed after spending four months in jail for rape after his 15-year-old accuser recanted her story.
- The SEATLLE TIMES has the list of the seven finalists for the Seattle Mariners’ manager position, none of whom have experience as a field boss. The surprise name? Niles Crane.
- As the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS notes, the Jets are set to add Ty Law to their secondary ahead of their clash with his former team the New England Patriots. Which I’m sure is all a huge coincidence. Wink wink.
- Wait, the red line on TV might not actually be the line of scrimmage? Thanks, NEW YORK TIMES, why not just tell my kid that Santa Claus isn’t real?
- The RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE reports that UCLA head basketball coach Ben Howland is taking a tough line in disciplining forward Nikola Dragovic after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend: he may or may not play in the Bruins’ opener. Just what John Wooden would advocate, I’m sure.
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Three quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2006 draft: Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler. Of the three, Leinart has taken the brunt of the criticism during their two-plus years in the league (and that happens when you can’t beat out an old man for a job), but Young’s not far behind.
The former Texas star is still basically a glorified runner who occasionally throws the ball — not with much accuracy, I might add — and who also battles the occasional temper tantrum. And yesterday’s game against the Jaguars perfectly encapsulated all those lovable qualities. Young took himself out of the game, apparently refused to go back in, and when he did, he was promptly injured. God works in mysterious ways, indeed:
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In news that came as a surprise to, well, Matt Leinart and that’s about it, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has named wily veteran Kurt Warner the starting quarterback.
This is the latest disappointment for Leinart, the team’s 2006 first-round pick, and apparently, he’s very, very sad about it all.
Remember those “My Fast” commercials that Nike debuted a couple of months back? In Usain Bolt’s case, his fast is not only faster than your fast, or anyone else’s fast in the world, it’s in fact faster than mathematical models predicting the progress of humans in terms of speed. WIRED reports that the mathematical formula used to predict the progression of the 100-meter world record has been extremely accurate - until Bolt came along.
Bolt’s dramatic lowering of the world record time has led scientists and mathematicians to recalculate just what they think the human body is capable of doing.