Friday, June 22, 2012.
The question for Kellen Moore now is not only if Detroit will keep three quarterbacks. If the Lions do go with three, will Moore be the third? Detroit has signed R.J. Archer of the Arena Football League’s Georgia Force, purportedly to compete with Kellen in training camp. Archer signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent out of William & Mary in 2010 and spent a little time on the Vikings’ active roster. He’s been in the arena league since, but was good enough in the Lions’ rookie minicamp this spring to get a shot. Coach Jim Schwartz has said that he’s fine with Moore, but this may indicate some discomfort. It’s not unusual for NFL teams to bring four QBs into camp, though. That’s what Jacksonville is doing. The Jaguars have signed former Idaho quarterback Nate Enderle, who was waived by the Chicago Bears last week.
Boise State is back down to seven members in its 2013 recruiting class with word that Chris Seisay of American Canyon, CA, has reneged. That commitment lasted all of six days. Seisay, a 6-2, 175-pound wide receiver, told the Statesman’s Chadd Cripe he was “caught up in the moment” when he gave his verbal. The Oregon fans boards are abuzz with rumblings that the Ducks are offering Seisay a scholarship.
Movement on the Jerry Kramer front. Boise State president Bob Kustra’s office issued a release yesterday urging Bronco Nation to bolster the effort to get Kramer into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kustra wrote a letter June 15 to the Hall’s Senior Selection Committee in support of the former Idaho Vandal and Green Bay Packer great. He asks Bronco fans to do the same. Vandal fans will have something to commemorate the widespread effort this fall, as Idaho will issue a Jerry Kramer bobblehead. It’s a limited edition—only 1,000 will be made, and they’ll be available only to Vandal season ticket holders.
The Navy football program has reiterated its Big East intentions by identifying four scheduled games for the 2015 season, leaving the Midshipmen plenty of room for a conference slate. The opponents are Air Force, Notre Dame, Hawaii and Army. The game against the Warriors in Honolulu gives Navy options depending on the Big East setup by the time it joins the league. The Midshipmen can use the “Hawaii exemption” to play an extra game that season and fit in nine conference dates, if that’s the route the Big East goes.
Rock Shoulders put the game on his shoulders and rocked the house at Memorial Stadium last night. I’ve gotta use that line once this season (only once)—and the Boise Hawks first baseman earned it with a warning track single to bring in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Eugene, 5-4. The Hawks’ overall hitting star was Jeimer Candelario, who went 3-for-4 with his second home run in as many nights. Candelario also drove in the tying run in the ninth before Shoulders ended it. The drama also got Hayden Simpson off the hook. The Cubs’ first round draft pick in 2011 pitched a masterful four innings of relief but allowed the lead run by the Emeralds in the top of the ninth. Then Simpson ended up getting the win.
Former Boise Hawk Joel Peralta is at the center of a little baseball brouhaha. Peralta, a key middle reliever for Tampa Bay, was ejected in the eighth inning against Washington Tuesday night for having pine tar on his glove and was suspended for eight games yesterday by Major League Baseball. But that's only part of the story. Rays manager Joe Maddon and Nationals skipper Davey Johnson have been feuding ever since. Maddon was incensed that Johnson called for umpires to check Peralta, calling the move "cowardly," "bush" and "bogus." Johnson’s response: “Read the rulebook.” He also called Maddon “a weird wuss.” Peralta, who pitched for the Hawks back in 2000 in their final year of affiliation with the Angels, will appeal and can continue to play until that process is complete (he picked up the loss against Washington last night).
Various sources out there say the new Idaho Steelheads coach set to be introduced at tomorrow night’s Hawks game will be Brad Ralph of the Augusta RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The RiverHawks announced on their website yesterday that Ralph is stepping down, saying only that “an exceptional opportunity for Ralph has arisen which he has chosen to accept.” In two seasons in Augusta, Ralph compiled an impressive record of 71-34-7 and earned the SPHL Coach of the Year award this season.
We can only hope Bishop Kelly grad Nick Symmonds has his mind on the race tonight. Symmonds starts his journey through the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene in the prelims of the 800-meter run. Symmonds’ ramp-up to the trials included a date with Paris Hilton three weeks ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where they had drinks and talked about travel, family, and Symmonds’ pet rabbit, Mortimer. He says he and Hilton have been texting since and hope to stay in touch. Tonight Symmonds has to stay in touch with the pack if he hopes to return to the Summer Olympics. He won the trials in the 800 in 2008 but was eliminated in Beijing in the second heat. Another former BK star, Cal Poly decathlete Corbin Duer, was a late add to the decathlon at the Olympic Trials and begins competition today.
Was Graham DeLaet rusty after a four-week layoff on the PGA Tour? Not exactly. The former Boise State star shot a two-under 68 yesterday and is four shots off the lead at the Travelers Championship. DeLaet would be contending after the first round had he not double-bogeyed the 16th hole at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. DeLaet hasn’t played on the tour since Memorial Day weekend due to a tweaked back.
This Day In Sports…June 22, 1947:
The birthday of a magnetic basketball star who left us way too soon. Pete Maravich is still the NCAA Division I career scoring leader, amassing 3,667 points and averaging 44.2 points per game in three seasons at LSU from 1967-70. And that was before the advent of the three-point line. “Pistol Pete” played for three NBA teams before injuries forced him to retire in 1980. He died suddenly of a congenital heart defect in 1988 during a pick-up game. Pete Maravich would have been 65 years old today.
(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.)