Cardinals coach Bruce Arians detailed in his new book how the Washington State QB made it easy for the Colts to take Peyton Manning with the top pick of the 1998 NFL draft.
Three-and-out? No kidding.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, in his new book “The Quarterback Whisperer,” revealed that Washington State QB Ryan Leaf made it easy for the Colts to choose Peyton Manning with the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft after Leaf:
a) showed up at the NFL combine overweight;
b) blew off a private meeting with Colts coaches; and
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c) got scathing reviews from Pullman residents when Arians came to town and started asking about him.
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“Lightweight,” sniffed an SEC booster.
Checkbooks in motion
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Talking the talk
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Pistol Offense Dept.
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“Now why didn’t I think of that?” groaned Josh Gordon, slapping his forehead.
Here come da Judge
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Judge won the 2017 All-Star Home Run Derby with 47 — that traveled a combined 3.9 miles. He won the 2012 College Home Run Derby — with 16.
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Five players from this year’s NHL draft that writers hope never score the winning goal on deadline because their names are guaranteed to require a spelling correction the next day, from Scott Radley of the Hamilton (Ont.) Spectator:
• Andrei Altybarmakyan (Chicago)
• Eetu Makiniemi (Carolina)
• D’Artagnan Joly (Calgary)
• Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Buffalo)
• Jake Leschtshyn (Vegas)
Sports for $1,000, Alex
Answer: Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris crashed during a jump in March, leaving him with a broken jaw, a broken left arm, a ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures, a collapsed left lung and more than a dozen broken bones in all.
Question: What do you get when you cross snowboarding with the 12 Days of Christmas?
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• Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, on reports the Cavaliers “lowballed” GM candidate Chauncey Billups: “If you ask me, $2 million a year to pick up LeBron’s dry-cleaning and make his coffee is more than a fair salary.”
• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on reports that LeBron James sleeps 12 hours per night: “So that’s why he wanted to go to Cleveland.”