Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Is media perception reality when it comes to Kellen Moore in Detroit? Lions beat writer Anwar Richardson of mlive.com seems to question the team’s reluctance to select a quarterback in the NFL Draft last month. Writes Richardson: “Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew considered drafting his first quarterback since Matthew Stafford in 2009. Lions backup quarterback Shaun Hill is a free agent after this season, while Kellen Moore was heavily criticized for his performance during last year's training camp and preseason games.” Well, I remember questions about the former Boise State great’s arm strength last summer, but I don’t recall the “heavily criticized” part.
“Detroit could have drafted a quarterback in the late rounds to compete against Moore, but Mayhew went in another direction,” wrote Richardson. “Mayhew ultimately signed Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder as an undrafted free agent to compete against Moore as the No. 3 quarterback. ‘Yeah, I mean, you look at the board, you see guys with grades up there that you think highly of,’ Mayhew said. ‘That thought crosses your mind. We thought about that. There were guys up there that we graded very high who we considered drafting, and we didn't.’" We do know that Moore is a rock star in the meeting room in Detroit, and—at the very least—he’s entering the second season of a coaching apprenticeship.
Former Boise State standout Jerrell Gavins has had his tryout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was not signed to a contract. This is one case where height had to be an issue—Gavins is only 5-8. His talent in a bigger body may have gotten him over the hump. Gavins is the guy who made an interception in each of the first three games of his original senior year in 2011 before a season-ending knee injury. And he’s always had the intangibles. As a sophomore junior college transfer, Gavins was inserted into the starting lineup in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl because of his smarts, part of a re-tooling of the Bronco defense that befuddled TCU.
The big “Boise State” logo in the middle of the blue turf at Bronco Stadium is going to be replaced this year. So what to do with the old piece of carpet? Sell it. It was auctioned at the Boise State Foundation Auction Saturday night as a late, unlisted item on the program. And it went for $7,000. The question is, what is the high-bidder going to do the the 38’ by 48’ patch of blue? Either someone has a really big wall, or it’ll go in a backyard, where weeding and mowing would no longer be required.
Maybe Stockton is indeed a team of destiny. The Thunder have a little magic going. Coming into the ECHL Western Conference Finals against the Idaho Steelheads, they had comeback victories in seven of their eight playoff wins, including all four against the top overall seed in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, the Alaska Aces. With the 4-3 win over the Steelheads Sunday evening, Stockton has now won 11 straight overtime games dating back to the regular season. That’s the backdrop for Game 3 tomorrow night, as the Steelies go to the Central Valley in a two games-to-none hole
The Idaho Stampede have lost a valued assistant coach, with Barry Rohrssen leaving after one season to return to the University of Pittsburgh. Rohrssen joins the staff of coach Jamie Dixon at Pitt, where he was an assistant from 1999-2006 and was part of four Big East championships and three NCAA Sweet Sixteen berths. Rohrrsen, seen as a strong recruiter of New York City talent, was head coach at Manhattan College for five seasons after leaving the Panthers. He is already on the job in Pittsburgh.
Boise State’s T.K. Kim is playing a lot of golf this spring. A lot of competitive golf. After finishing fifth at the Mountain West Championships Sunday in Tucson, Kim won U.S. Open Local Qualifying yesterday at Ridgecrest in Nampa with a five-under 66. The Bronco senior advances to Sectional Qualifying at Tumble Creek Golf Club in Cle Elum, WA, on June 3. The other player to make sectionals out of Nampa is Jesse Heinly of Bend, OR, who shot a 68 and will also compete at Cle Elum. Kim was also one of five individuals selected yesterday to compete in the NCAA West Regional at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman next week. He’s the first Bronco to be picked for regionals since Troy Merritt five years ago.
Let’s talk about two Baltimore Orioles today. One is former Treasure Valley Community College pitcher Jason Hammel, who notched his fifth win of the season against one loss in an 8-4 victory over the Angels. We first became fully aware of Hammel when he pitched for the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 World Series (and had one forgetable appearance against the Phillies, allowing four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings). Hammel is 31 years old now and is in his eighth big league season. The other is former Boise Hawk Ryan Flaherty, who has started the 2013 season anemically at the plate for the O’s. Flaherty is batting just .125 but did hit a two-run bloop single that broke open Sunday’s win in the eighth inning. Flaherty was a first round draft pick of the Cubs in 2008 and hit .297 with eight home runs for the Hawks that summer.
This Day In Sports…May 7, 1988, 25 years ago today:
Another Gary Stevens nugget. Stevens, the Caldwell native who got his horse racing start at Les Bois Park while a student at Capital High in 1979, rides Winning Colors to victory in the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby. It was the first of three victories for Stevens in the Run For The Roses, as Winning Colors became only the third filly ever to win the Derby. Stevens gave a shout-out to Boise on ABC cameras immediately following the race.
(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.)