NFL Draft Eve - 05/07/14

We're now only a little more than 24 hours away from kickoff.  I'm not talking about games, although I guess maybe I am.  Lets' face it.  A lot of "games" are played during the NFL Draft.  Teams posturing is a staple of this annual tradition.

The Tennessee Titans held their pre-draft news conference on Tuesday.  If you're looking for headlines, you'll need to look elsewhere.  This isn't general manager Ruston Webster's first rodeo.  He knows better than to reveal too much to the media.  The NFL's top brass has always been nervous of giving too much information, for fear that it will end up in the enemy's (other teams) hands and be used against the Titans.  Those of us in the media laugh.  If a GM raves about a prospective draft pick during the pre-draft gathering, it means the GM isn't going to draft that player.

Really the only time we can take a GM at his word is during the post-draft news conference when the selection has been made and the newest Titan is officially announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

 

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PRIVATE ISLAND-PRICE SLASHED

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- If you're looking for a good deal on your own island -- you're in luck. The asking price on a private island in San Francisco Bay has been slashed, to a mere five million bucks. The 6-acre Red Rock island went on the market in 2012 for 12 mil. The price was cut to $9 million when there were no takers. Now, the asking price has been cut again. For five million, you get a hunk of rock, sand and scrub. There's no house or any other structures on the island. But the price includes potentially valuable mineral rights. Realtor Steven Higbee notes the new owner would also get bragging rights.

POPE VISIT-PIZZA BOXES

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A southern New Jersey pizzeria owner is saying no thanks to pope pizza boxes. Anthony Marino says his Marino's Pizza won't be using boxes that have a picture of Pope Francis. Marino notes he's Roman Catholic and says putting the pope on a pizza box doesn't seem right. He tells NJ.com he's sent the boxes back to the distributor. The pope will be visiting Philadelphia later this month.

FUTURE SLOTS-VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It soon may take skill and luck to win at the slots in Vegas. Arcade-style slot machines could be in Nevada casinos as early as next year. That's according to Gamblit Gaming. Company officials say the Nevada Gaming Control board is recommending the approval of slot machines that could require skill to win or a combination of talent and luck. The state Gaming Commission is to take up the issue in two weeks. Industry leaders say younger gamblers want skill-based games.

FOSSIL DISCOVERY

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Stephanie Leco hit the jackpot this summer -- when it comes to fossil hunting. The Phoenix woman was on an authorized dig at Petrified Forest National Park and discovered the jaw bone from an ancient fish. The fossil is about the size of a pinky fingernail. Park paleontologist Bill Parker says the long-snouted fish lived about 220 million years ago, during the Late Triassic period. Leco says her discovery in August has deepened her interest in science.

 
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