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Jordan Williams: ESPN's Van Pelt 'big factor in helping me make my decision' to go pro

Former University of Maryland standout Jordan Williams might have inadvertently thrown Maryland alum and ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt under the Terrapin school bus on Tuesday, telling The Washington Post following a pre-draft workout for the Wizards that Van Pelt was “a big factor in helping me make my decision” to go pro.

Maryland fans would undoubtedly love to hear more.

“Just giving me feedback, what he thought about it. Just trying to make me make the right decision. He did a great job, and I give him a lot of credit for going out of his way. He’s a really busy guy, so for him to go out of his way to do that is unbelievable.”

Williams, who left the Maryland program after two years, told the paper he met Van Pelt during his freshman year when the SportsCenter anchor and ESPN Radio host spoke to the team at a practice prior to a game versus Duke.

“A great guy; a wonderful person,” Williams said. “Always trying to reach his hand out and help, even when he doesn’t have to. He’s always using his knowledge and using who he knows to help me out.”

It may indeed have been nice for Van Pelt to share some worldly wisdom and perhaps give Williams some feedback, but included in that sagacity should probably have been the words, “Now if anyone asks if we spoke, please don’t throw me under the wheels of a large, speeding vehicle.”

ESPN told the WaPo that they or Van Pelt would have a response later in the day.

 

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UFL draft takes place tonight via Twitter

If you’re a fan of the Hartford Colonials of the UFL and you want to know who coach Jerry Glanville is taking with the first pick of tonight’s UFL Draft, you better become a follower of Glanville on Twitter, because that’s where the Colonials (and every other UFL team) will be making their official announcements of tonight’s picks.

“We believe this will be a social media first as our head coaches announce their selections exclusively to their Twitter followers,” said Michael Huyghue, whose Twitter account is @UFLCommissioner.

“The UFL Draft plays an important role in stocking our teams’ rosters and we hope fans enjoy this innovative means of communicating each pick.”

During the draft, the picks will also be posted to the UFL Web site. Here are the Twitter addresses of the five UFL coaches: Joe Moglia (@UFLJoeMoglia) of the Omaha Nighthawks, No. 2 pick; Dennis Green (@UFLDennisGreen) of the Sacramento Mountain Lions, No. 3 pick; Marty Schottenheimer (@DestroyersMarty) of the Virginia Destroyers, No. 4 pick; and Jim Fassel (@LocosJimFassel) of the Las Vegas Locos, No. 5 pick.

Maybe one of these UFL teams will have the foresight and intelligence to draft Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, whose cancer past scared away every NFL team during seven rounds of drafting this past weekend.

(Source: NESN)

 

Albom play about Ernie Harwell premieres tonight in Detroit

Mitch Albom, best-selling author of Five People You Meet in Heaven and one-time suspension recipient for writing creative fiction in the Detroit Free Press, has penned a play about the late Ernie Harwell, the long-time Detroit Tigers radio announcer who passed away in 2010. The play premieres Thursday at City Theater in Detroit.

Albom, a frequent guest on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters, told the Associated Press the play called “Ernie” was Harwell’s idea.

“When he died, I tried to write a play that would serve as a legacy,” said Albom, who also wrote the best-seller Tuesdays with Morrie. “I started it as a one-person show, then I realized Ernie had no angst, no inner demons, the kind of stuff you need for a one-person show. Ernie wasn’t Hamlet. I made it as a two-person show with a kid who got Ernie to basically broadcast his life with his memories about everything from Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth to the 1968 and 1984 World Series, which people will get to see.”

Harwell called Tigers games from 1960 to 2002. He received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and was honored by the Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1989.

(Source: FoxNew.com)

I'm Sorry WWE Fans: "Snooki" Is Raw Next Week

WWE’s Monday Night Raw has delivered some great moments during the past month, highlighted by the return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

But all of the momentum the WWE was building towards Wrestlemania XXVII is coming to a screeching halt next week when Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV’s Jersey Shore guest stars.

Did the WWE learn nothing from Total Nonstop Wrestling, who brought in Angelina Pivarnick last week on Impact? Read more