In the Cheap Seats: College recruiters should make spring football exciting

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Dec. 21, 2007 - Hits and misses around the world of sports...

Spring football practice at SSHS will be exciting this year, because the campus will be virtually crawling with college scouts. With Tyrik Rollison gearing up for his senior season at quarterback, college recruiters will be able in the spring to make an evaluation visit and a recruiting visit. With Rollison rated as the No. 2 quarterback in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 13 player overall, he will be getting plenty of attention.

The good thing for all of the other players is that some of that attention will leak over onto them. Some recruiters who come to woo Rollison may end up seeing another Wildcat that interests them.

Seems like every Major League Baseball player who was implicated for using steroids or human growth hormone by the Mitchell Report now has the same song - "I did it one time to help rehab an injury." So, instead of using the best doctors, trainer and medical facilities in the entire world, the players turned to locker room attendants and wash boys for their rehab medicine. Makes perfect sense.

Can you blame Tony Romo for being distracted? Any 20-something, single man who finds finds Jessica Simpson under his Christmas tree and isn't distracted should get in the "Don't ask, don't tell" line. In Romo's defense, though, former girlfriend Carrie Underwood said the reason she and Romo broke up was because he was too focused on football.

Cowboy safety Ken Hamlin was seen at practice on Thursday wearing the No. 31 jersey of suspended teammate Roy Williams. The way Williams has played, his discounted jersey is probably cheaper than normal practice attire.

I'm not one to jump on the side of the Texas Legislature, but the lawmakers did the right thing last week in telling NFL Commissioner Robert Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to cry on someone else's shoulder. The pair of football heavyweights tried to convince the legislators that the big, bad cable companies needed to pay the NFL $300 million for the NFL Network.

What Goodell and Jones aren't willing to admit is that the move to put games on the NFL Network was not made in the best interests of the fans. If only 30 percent of the country can even get the NFL Network, then showing games there doesn't serve the fans.

In fact, Goodell has shown a strong disinterest in the fandom in general since becoming commissioner. First, he puts a regular season game in London, which effectively robs the league's U.S. fans of attending the game in person. Next, he is talking of moving a Super Bowl overseas. Super Bowl tickets are almost impossible now for the average fan to get - move a game overseas, and it will eliminate virtually every American fan. Goodell - Badideas.

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