For the mere cost of $20 dollars, Jeff Fisher will teach any aspiring coaches how to: achieve consistent mediocrity, cling irrationally to a bygone era of offense, whip the local media until they ogle you like concubines and properly groom the best 'stache in professional sports. Just kidding about that: it's actually $30.
No links from me tomorrow because I've got way too much on my plate already, so here's your early jam: it's the song that was almost my processional, but I opted against it solely for the reason that I didn't want everyone under 30 at our wedding getting the mental image of Saddam Hussein sanitizing bowling shoes stuck in their head: The Man in Me by Robert Zimmerman,
John Glennon looks at the major trend in this year's Titans rookie draft: a college degree. Six players who are fresh out of school are coming into Titans camp with their degree in hand, which is a bit of a departure for a team who hasn't put as much value on that in the past. I have to say I like it, provided they can still play.
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SoCal titans points us towards this great piece on Titans draft pick Rennie Curran, who's big splurge is a reasonably priced Dodge Challenger (which is a boss-ass car, just so you know). There's lots of good info on Rennie's childhood and inspiring life story, so I'd suggest you read this one... hell I'd suggest you read any article about the kid you come across.
FO breaks-out the legalese to explain the American Needle case against the NFL, and how much it could change the CBA process if the NFL can't convince the legal system that they are one business, not a cartel of 32 clubs acting in a state of monopoly and collusion. A big part of the reason the Supreme Court didn't see the NFL as a single entity is because they're not complete idiots... I mean disagree with what you want (like MLB's absurd anti-trust exemption), but the justices aren't stupid by any means.
SI columnist, and NPR contributor, Frank DeFord writes about how fans have been burned so many times when they believe what a player says about not doping that we have no other choice than to assume guilt until proven innocent when there's even a spec of evidence.
Big Ben's ex, LPGA 'star' Natalie Gulbis, made a point to tell the media that she thinks Roethlisberger is a great guy who she continues to cheer for... probably because he never raped her in a bar bathroom.
Remember back when everyone was pointing to current Browns QB Colt McCoy's absurd college win total as a predictor for NFL success? In related news, former Browns QB Ken Dorsey is going to play in the CFL next year.
You won't have August West to kick around for a few weeks, so you beautiful people have fun and behave yourselves every now and then!