I'd have preferred Oher, but for all his off-field issuesPercy Harvinwas a worthwhile gamble for the Vikings at No. 22 overall. With that said, NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayockgot off a great line (and made a good point) immediately after praising the pick: "We all think it's a great pick, but if he winds up on the Love Boat smoking a bone, it'll be a different story." That was just one of several billion reasons why Mayock and NFL Network beat Mel Kiper Jr. and ESPN for draft coverage last weekend.
Inside the NBA on TNT has been so great during the playoffs that I've tuned into the postgame show several times after not even watching the actual game. Wednesday night featured Ron Artest doing an insane pretaped interview with Craig Sager followed by Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Chris Webber, and Ernie Johnson goofing on him for the remainder of the show. This three-minute clip doesn't even begin to do it justice, but it's better than nothing.
The whole thing went on for a good 15 minutes and eventually segued into Barkley having bad breath, and at Smith's request the producers started playing "The Bridge is Over" as soundtrack to the goofing.
Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com is quickly becoming one of my favorite baseball writers and her lengthy profile of Matt Harrington is definitely worth reading, if only as a reminder that "yes" is nearly always the right answer when someone offers you $5 million.
NBC is adding another poker show to a non-primetime lineup that already includes Poker After Dark and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, both of which dominate my DVR.
As an Adam Carolla fanboy I'm thrilled that not only did his new sitcom get picked up by CBS for the upcoming fall schedule, Pamela Adlonhas signed on to play his wife. Adlon is the voice of Bobby Hill on King of the Hill, played Louie C.K.'s wife on the highly underrated Lucky Louie, and was a fantastic guest on Loveline way back in 2002. I'm already looking forward to her first appearance on his podcast.
Earlier this week longtime sports columnists David Steele and Rick Maese were informed by phone of their firing from the Baltimore Sunwhile in the pressbox covering an Orioles game, and the incident was blogged in real-time by a reporter from another newspaper. Yuck.
Friend of AG.com Doogie Wolfsonhas a new gig as the sideline reporter for St. Paul Saints games.
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