“Disclosing this (Wonderlic Test scores) confidential information about draft-eligible players to the public can be extremely damaging to players, clubs, and the league. Bear in mind that the publicly-disclosed information is frequently inaccurate, incomplete or misleading, and often results from an effort of an individual to advance a self-interested goal. … You should be reminded that disclosure of inappropriate private or confidential information concerning draft-eligible players is conduct detrimental to the league and will be met with significant discipline when a violation can be established.”
NFL Private Memo to all 32 teams
GH: With the NFL Combine in action this weekend, expect to hear lots of numbers about the new kids on the draft block. One of the more intriguing is their leaked test scores from the Wonderlic Test. My favorite part of this story in USA Today is the following excerpt from the article…
“USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Corbett obtained a copy of the memo, which reads, in part…”
Robert Klemko, writer, USAToday.com
GH: So Klemko “obtained” a copy of an NFL memo warning teams to not leak test score to the media. Something tells me I don’t think we will have any problem finding out the Wonderlic scores of our favorite and least favorite players.
“I just took (Wonderlic Test) sitting on the toilet and only made it 16 questions before time ran out. I’m embarrassed. I was 15 of 16 though. But damn.”
Jason Whitlock, @WhitlockJason, Twitter
GH: The average guy walking the street will score a 21 on the Wonderlic. We use it at my office to screen new employees and have found it to be very helpful as an additional evaluation tool. Whitlock’s 16 would be one of the lower scores I’ve ever seen from an American-born candidate. But I’m not sure he had all of his blood flowing in the proper direction during his sitting.
“I understand many people disagree with that, and think that position is ‘old white guy.’ So be it. CBB history matters to me.”
Andy Glockner, @AndyGlockner, one of the many who complained about the UNC students storming the Dean Dome floor after their win over Duke Thursday night, Twitter
GH: This debate was reenergized when a blueblood school like the Heels flooded the court. This just doesn’t happen at UNC, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas. But why not? Arrogance. Plain and simple. These schools perceive themselves as too good to lower themselves to the common rabble that are court stormers. This is the college basketball “history” of which Glockner thinks so highly. Well, it appears UNC’s student body showed us that history dates back only as far as your seniors sitting in the stands. When you stop winning all the time, the big wins become special again.
“Wish UNC hadn’t stormd court. Iconic top program..shld EXPECT wins..but..it’s Duke..we celebrate..& THIS looks fun.”
Stuart Scott, @StuartScott, Twitter
“Rushing court = outdated/bad tradition. Some1′s gonna get hurt -plyr, student, coach. Or, plyr’s gonna punch a student & then we’ll ban it.”
Rex Chapman, @rexchapman, Twitter
GH: Someone’s going to get their eye poked out too with that dangerous t-shirt gun firing inside the arena. Nothing like a bunch of couch denters raining on one of college’s more fun and harmless traditions.
“I am hearing the Royals are considering hiring a new person to be their video person (to evaluate replays).”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: May I nominate @TheFakeNed for this position? I believe this is the eighth or ninth position I have nominated @TheFakeNed for but this one really sounds like it’s in his wheelhouse. The skill set must include watching every Royals game two feet from a television and then delivering a declarative opinion on all close plays. Throw in a case of Blvd. Wheat and he will also do the hot dog race.
“Mike Mayock rates (Mizzou’s) Kony Ealy as the draft’s No. 2 defensive end heading into the combine nfl.com/combine/story/…”
Dave Matter, writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: Before Kony heads out to purchase a new Maybach on Mayock’s ranking, he might want to review the NFL guru’s 2011 list of QB draft prospects…
“Mike Mayock ‘Top 5′ QBs before **2011** draft:
Jason McIntyre, @jasonrmcintyre, Twitter
GH: Mayock had Stanzi tied with Dalton and Kaepernick in 2011. Oh my.
“Of top QBs- Manziel’s tape has highest peaks + lowest valleys. Eliminate some valleys and better protect body, he’ll be special in NFL.”
Todd McShay, @McShay13
GH: I think Manziel is one of the most interesting and controversial quarterbacks to enter the draft since maybe Terry Bradshaw. The Steelers were crucified by some experts for taking this dumb blonde out of Louisiana Tech. Bradshaw proved to be very worthy – and not blonde for long.
“I just wish the off-season was a little longer so we could enjoy it more.”
Robb Heineman, 810 AM
GH: Didn’t Sporting just win the MLS Cup and this city with their penalty shootout win over Real Salt Lake? I watched the RSL’s Lovel Palmer doink one off the crossbar while attending an office holiday party on a frigid night in December. And so they are already back at it for a March 8th season opener? Why does the MLS season start in March and end in December? May through October sounds a lot more sensible to me.
“We’re basically sold out for the season again which blows me away.”
Robb Heineman, 40-year-old CEO of Sporting Kansas City, in an interview with Kevin Kietzman Tuesday, 810 AM
GH: I attended the Wiz’s first home game at a cold, cavernous and sparsely populated Arrowhead in 1996. I didn’t think soccer had any more of a chance of catching on in Kansas City than the McRib. What has happened here with Sporting Kansas City is not a streaking Comets fad but the birth of a third professional sports franchise. I understand why Heineman is blown away. He should be. Incredible.
“Some super participants (in this year’s Hospital Hill Race) will take up the new challenge of participating in the UMKC School of Medicine 5K on Friday night and either the 10K or half marathon on Saturday morning. These people will affectionately be called the Hospital Hill Re-Runners!”
, Hospital Hill race coordinator
GH: Was Re-Runners the best Beth and her HH organization could come up with for a nickname for double-dip racers? Sounds like a recurring diarrhea problem or watching Seinfeld on a loop. How about Hospital Hill Hellion? Or Hospital Silly Hilly? “Are you gonna do the Silly Hilly this year at HH?” There has got to be something catchier than Re-Runner, Beth! This is Kansas City. We might not have a lot but what we lack we can usually make up for in creativity. Get silly, filly.
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