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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CANDY MAKER-UNIVERSITY FUNDING

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- It's a sweet deal. Candy giant Mars, Inc. is pledging at least $40 million for food-related research at the University of California, Davis. The money will go toward establishing a new institute dedicated to making discoveries in sustainable food, agriculture and health. The institute will be in the school's World Food Center. The university plans to kick in another 20 mil.

HONG KONG-ROLLS ROYCE

HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong tycoon is on a roll -- or make that a Rolls. Stephen Hung is placing the biggest order ever for Rolls-Royce cars. He's dropping 20 mil to buy 30 Phantoms. The luxury rides will be used to chauffeur high-rollers at a resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau. Rolls-Royce says two of the cars will be the most expensive Phantoms ever commissioned, complete with "gold-plated accents" inside and out.

DISNEY-FROZEN

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Walt Disney World is planning to get "Frozen." The Florida theme park is adding a new attraction inspired by the ever-popular "Frozen" movie. Guests will go to the fictional land of Arendelle and experience recreated moments and music from the film. The pavilion will include an area where guests can meet the movie's sister characters Anna and Elsa.

HARPER-FAN EJECTED

ATLANTA (AP) -- You're outta here! But the ejection at the Braves-Nationals game wasn't a player. The ump booted a fan Tuesday night. Umpire Tim Welke tells the AP a foul-mouthed fan was heckling Washington outfielder Bryce Harper. Welke says he saw the fan come down to the backstop and start shouting profanity in the sixth inning. Welke had him removed from Turner Field in Atlanta. The longtime crew chief says Harper thanked him the next time he came up. Welke adds, "enough is enough."

 
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