Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
With NFL training camps now just three weeks away, let’s check in on a few Boise State alums. Denver’s Ryan Clady is one of only two franchise-tagged NFL players who haven’t signed their one-year tenders (the other is Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd). But Clady is expecting to hear from the Broncos next week on a long-term deal. Denver has until July 15 to get it done—or it can’t negotiate with the All-Pro left tackle until after the regular season ends. Seems Denver executive vice president John Elway has been waiting to see how Clady recovers from offseason shoulder surgery, although Elway says he understands everything is okay. Without the long-term contract, Clady could elect to stay away during training camp and still get the full $9.66 million on his franchise tag tender. But holding out doesn’t seem to be in Clady’s DNA. We’ll see.
Tyrone Crawford is feeling at home in Dallas, and that could open the door for him this season with the Cowboys. The 2012 third-round draft pick has been moved to defensive end from tackle during Dallas’ OTAs and mini-camp. Crawford played D-end at Boise State, and that’s where he’s most comfortable. “Yeah, I loved playing on the outside in college,” Crawford told Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after a mini-camp practice. Crawford noted the Cowboys set a target weight for him at 285 pounds, a reduction from his rookie season, and that’s where he is now. He’s also changed his uniform number from 70 to 98. Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com writes, “The bar is actually set a lot higher for Crawford, who could (still) get some playing time inside. Some at Valley Ranch believe Crawford has star potential.”
The Arizona Cardinals seem to be either searching for the best place for Nate Potter, or preparing the former Boise State standout to rotate through the offensive line. They moved Potter around during OTAs and liked him virtually anywhere and everywhere. A blog at ArizonaCardinals.com pencils Bobby Massie in at tight tackle—with an asterisk. “Massie was playing backup left tackle the last week of minicamp, and Nate Potter was running as the No. 1 right tackle,” writes Darren Urban. “But (coach Bruce) Arians insisted he will continue to move around guys to have them learn many positions, and that was one example. I still think Massie is the starter come Week 1. He played too well down the stretch last year. Plus, Potter—who also might get work at guard—could be getting groomed for the ultimate jack-of-all-trades offensive line spot as a reserve.”
Another no-show in court yesterday by Titus Young, and another excused absence from the judge. The former Boise State and Detroit Lions wide receiver didn’t show up for a June 24 court appearance for “personal reasons” and was given a pass by Superior Court Judge Andre Manssourian. Young was absent again yesterday for a hearing on the 11-count criminal case against him but is still undergoing psychiatric treatment. Manssourian said the reason attorney Altus W. Hudson II gave for Young’s absence will be considered “confidential and put in a confidential file.” Manssourian continues to hold a $100,000 bench warrant on Young that could subject him to arrest if he doesn’t attend his next pre-trial hearing on August 6.
After sitting out the first three games of the Stankovic Continental Cup in China for “precautionary reasons,” Boise State junior-to-be Igor Hadziomerovic was a key contributor in Australia’s 76-61 win over Nigeria yesterday. Hadziomerovic scored nine points and hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the half in the tournament finale as the Boomers won the gold medal with a 5-0 record. He now heads for Kazan, Russia, as the Aussies open play Sunday in the World University Games. Elsewhere, incoming Bronco freshman Nick Duncan and the Australia Emus have dropped their first two games in the round of 12 at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, falling to China and the U.S. The Aussies face an elimination game today against Russia.
It was a year ago at the Greenbreier Classic that Graham DeLaet clinched retention of his PGA Tour card for the rest of the season after playing the first half of the year on a medical exemption. There have been no such pins and needles this year for the former Boise State star. He holds a rather secure spot on the money list, assuring him of his card next year. DeLaet is 23rd in FedEx Cup standings going into the 2013 edition of the Greenbreier tomorrow in White Sulpher Springs, WV. “This is the first time since I’ve been here (on the tour) that I’ve been in this position—usually it’s not until after the Canadian Open or Greensboro (in August) that I kinda feel comfortable,” DeLaet told PGATour.com last week. “Definitely nice. It takes a lot of pressure off, and I’m just havin’ fun.”
The Boise Hawks racked up four runs in the top of the first inning last night and rode that outburst to a 10-5 win at Salem-Keizer. The Hawks got a two-run single from Lance Rymel and a two-run double from Daniel Lockhart in the first frame—and a three-run homer from Jacob Rogers in the ninth on their way to a season-high in runs and a sixth straight victory, their longest winning streak in five years. The home run was Rogers’ first since Opening Night at Eugene. With the win, Boise pulls to within two games of the Volcanoes in the Northwest League South Division. The Hawks wrap up the series at Salem-Keizer tonight.
Trade season in the majors essentially got underway yesterday as former Boise Hawk Steve Clevenger was part of a four-player deal yesterday that sent fellow Chicago Cub Bruce Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. “Clevenger is a left-handed bat with good receiving ability. He could also make a contribution to this year’s team,” said Orioles general manager Dan Duquette non-committally before assigning Clevenger to Triple-A. The 27-year-old catcher went just 1-for-8 with the Cubs in a brief stint in April after getting over 200 plate appearances with Chicago last season, hitting .201 with one home run. Clevenger made two stops in Boise, batting a combined .310 in 2006 and 2007.
The no-hitter by Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey last night got me to thinking. It’s a good thing for us Giants fans it didn’t happen Monday night, when we would have had to watch the humiliation on ESPN. But wait—we didn’t get to watch Monday Night Baseball on CableOne. For the second consecutive week, Monday Night Baseball was blacked out in the Boise market on CableOne because San Francisco was playing (last week it was a game against the Dodgers, no less). What?
The same thing happened with a Giants-Dodgers game during the opening week of the season, and I was cranky, so I asked CableOne about it. They replied, “Blackouts are controlled by the MLB and the networks that buy the rights to broadcast the games. The games are blacked out on ESPN because ESPN has purchased the rights (from teams) to broadcast the games. Therefore the games will not air within the team’s regional territory. We are considered part of the Giants territory due to our cable feeding Ontario, because Oregon is considered part of the team’s regional territory.” At the very least, shouldn’t Oregon be part of the Mariners’ territory? I know it’s not CableOne’s fault. But, wow.
Parting thought as we head into the Independence Day holiday: stay cool, baby. Think about the past two weeks. The Hawks game on Wednesday, June 19, was played with a game-time temperature of 57 degrees, the coldest at Memorial Stadium in over a decade. The game on Tuesday, June 25, was Boise’s first rainout in almost nine years on a day the high reached only 71. That’s just eight days ago. The Hawks return to a considerably hotter home for the 4th tomorrow night versus the Tri-City Dust Devils. And the shaded grandstand will be immensely popular tomorrow at Les Bois Park for the card that features the Stars and Stripes Handicap.
This Day In Sports…Fast-forward a day to the 4th of July, 1919:
In a heavily-promoted fight on Independence Day in Toledo, Ohio, 6-foot-6 Jess Willard—flabby from inactivity—defends his heavyweight title against challenger Jack Dempsey. Despite a record 26 first-round knockouts, Dempsey didn’t kayo Willard in the first—but he did knock him down seven times in the opening three minutes. After the third round, Willard threw in the towel, and Dempsey began his glorious seven-year reign as heavyweight champion of the world.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)