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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rapid Fire Week-in-Review: Pay DeSean, Summit, Weaver, Ochocinco, more

It’s been a couple weeks since I did a Rapid Fire Week-in-Review, and tonight’s Eagles game will be tomorrow’s topic if there is one. So here it goes:

• In the frenzy of the Eagles free agency signings, I missed the fact that Vince Young is being paid $3 million for this season. At least that’s what was reported on the broadcast of the preseason game last week. Yet, talks to sign DeSean Jackson to an extension have stalled. It will take more than $3 million to sign Jackson, but if Jeff Lurie is strapped for cash I have an idea where he could free up a few million.

• Vance Worley is 9-1 with a lower ERA than Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt. Who would have thought “The Four Aces” would end up including a rookie?

• On the flip side, Kyle Kendrick somehow continues to pitch at the major league level. I know yesterday technically wasn’t his fault, but when the bats started to get them back in the game after the 4-run first inning debacle he couldn’t hold the stinkin’ Mets.

• Women’s sports don’t exactly grab my attention, well, ever, but I was saddened by the news that Pat Summit is suffering from early onset dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. I’m concerned about her desire to continue coaching at Tennessee. Having seen this disease up close in my own life, it is a difficult thing to watch someone go through. Maybe I’m too skeptical, but I don’t trust today’s media – not necessarily the press, but the YouTube generation – to leave her with her dignity.

• With the Miami Hurricanes football team facing the “death penalty” and former Temple head coach Al Golden having taken over the program recently, the issue of paying college players is back in the local and national news. I have a potentially radical thought: Why not leave things alone? Keep “policing” boosters so things don’t get completely out of hand, but otherwise leave it alone. No one really wants to have players banned, and most of the penalties punish the guys who are left behind.

• Chad Johnson (aka Chad Ochocinco) is insisting that he will pay the fine of Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster for a hit he delivered on the receiver in preseason. Maybe the players will be the ones to keep hitting in the NFL despite the commissioner.

• Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jared Weaver went against the advice of his agent Scott Boras and signed a new contract with the team without waiting for free agency. Then he offered the common sense quote of the millennium from an athlete, saying, “If $85 (million) is not enough to take care of my family and other generations of families then I’m pretty stupid, but how much money do you really need in life?”

• It’s that time of year when fantasy football experts are all over the radio. Besides dying to know how to get one of those jobs because the position has to be one of the easiest in the world, I’d like to know why people want advice from guys on drafting in the first round. Unless they know the league’s scoring system, the only way they can offer advice is by position. For example, they can compare different quarterbacks against each other. They can’t possibly know if a guy should draft Mike Vick over Adrian Peterson without knowing his league’s system.

• The Tweet of the Week comes from Bob Ford: “Scary. Thought last moment on Earth might be talking Eagles linebackers with Jamar Chaney. What a way to go.”

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