Leaf hit tri­fecta when it came to pre-draft sna­fus

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE - DWIGHT PERRY

Three-and-out? No kid­ding. Ari­zona Car­di­nals coach Bruce Ari­ans, in his new book “The Quar­ter­back Whis­perer,” re­vealed that Wash­ing­ton State QB Ryan Leaf made it easy for the Colts to choose Pey­ton Man­ning with the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft af­ter Leaf: a) showed up at the NFL com­bine over­weight; b) blew off a pri­vate meet­ing with Colts coaches; and c) got scathing re­views from Pull­man, Wash., res­i­dents when Ari­ans came to town and started ask­ing about him.

HEAD­LINES

At Sport­sPickle.com: “Six ways to con­front a friend or fam­ily mem­ber you sus­pect may be watch­ing NBA Sum­mer League.”

In the Los An­ge­les Times: “NFL Films tack­les chal­lenge of mak­ing the 2016 Rams watch­able.”

WATCH YOUR EL­BOWS

The Class-A Po­tomac Na­tion­als gave away 1,250 Tommy John surgery bob­ble­heads — a head­less half-torso with a cut­away el­bow. Re­place­ment rub­ber bands not in­cluded.

ERR JORDANS?

Bal­ly­hooed Lak­ers rookie Lonzo Ball shot just 13 per cent — 2 for 15 — in his sum­mer league de­but. “It’s gotta be the shoes,” chuck­led Mars Black­mon.

MONEY PLAYER

Vir­ginia cor­ner­back Chuck Davis won $100,000 play­ing the state’s “Cash 5” lot­tery. “Light­weight,” sniffed an SEC booster.

CHEQUEBOOKS IN MO­TION

The 29 NFL teams that didn’t move will each col­lect $55.2 mil­lion over the next 11 years from the trans­planted Rams, Charg­ers and Raiders, ESPN.com re­ported. And you thought your mov­ing ex­penses were ex­ces­sive?

TALK­ING THE TALK

Wash­ing­ton State foot­ball coach Mike Leach, to ESPN.com, on the ath­leti­cism of 6-foot-8, 370-pound guard Cody O’Con­nell: “He’s weirdly flex­i­ble.”

Jan­ice Hough of LeftCoastS­port­sBabe.com, on all that’s left to com­plete the Ball fam­ily cir­cus: “Date a Kar­dashian.”

PIS­TOL OF­FENCE DEPT.

Bills de­fen­sive line­man Adol­phus Wash­ing­ton was ar­rested Sun­day for im­prop­erly car­ry­ing a con­cealed firearm out­side the Splash Park water park in Sharonville, Ohio. Un­for­tu­nately for Wash­ing­ton, it wasn’t a squirt gun.

LAW­SUIT OF THE WEEK

A woman in­jured while rid­ing a me­chan­i­cal bull is su­ing a New York bar be­cause she was al­lowed to ride while vis­i­bly in­tox­i­cated.

GOLD-MEDAL AL­IBI

U.S. 400-me­tre run­ner Gil Roberts, who flunked a drug test, got it over­turned af­ter he suc­cess­fully ar­gued that the mask­ing agent probenecid got in his sys­tem as a re­sult of kiss­ing his girl­friend and in­gest­ing some of her si­nus-in­fec­tion medicine. “Now why didn’t I think of that?” groaned Josh Gor­don, slap­ping his fore­head.

HERE COME DA JUDGE

Aaron Judge hit a Yan­kee rookie-record 30 home runs this sea­son — in 301 at-bats. Com­pare that to the 18 ca­reer homers he hit in three sea­sons at Fresno State — in 594 at-bats. Judge won the 2017 All-Star Home Run Derby with 47 — that trav­elled a com­bined 3.9 miles. He won the 2012 Col­lege Home Run Derby — with 16.

SPORTS FOR $1,000, ALEX

An­swer: Cana­dian snow­boarder Mark McMor­ris crashed dur­ing a jump in March, leav­ing him with a bro­ken jaw, bro­ken left arm, rup­tured spleen, sta­ble pelvic frac­ture, rib frac­tures, col­lapsed left lung and more than a dozen bro­ken bones in all. Ques­tion: What do you get when you cross snow­board­ing with the 12 Days of Christ­mas?

QUOTE MARKS

Pey­ton Man­ning, em­cee­ing the ESPYs, vow­ing that At­lanta will re­bound from blow­ing a 28-3 lead in the Su­per Bowl: “I want the Fal­cons to hear that from me now, at the be­gin­ning of the show, be­cause I know they will stop pay­ing at­ten­tion three-quar­ters of the way in.”

Pack­ers LB Clay Matthews, to the NFL Net­work, on col­lect­ing 8½ of his 72½ ca­reer sacks against ex-Bear Jay Cut­ler: “Hope­fully, the next in line in Chicago will be as equally will­ing to help me pad my stats.”

Mark Townsend of Big League Stew, on Roy­als pitcher Danny Duffy get­ting “ran­domly” drug-tested 12 times this sea­son — one for each start he’s made: “If MLB’s drugtest­ing truly is ran­dom, then per­haps Duffy should con­sider play­ing the lot­tery.”

Co­me­dian Ar­gus Hamil­ton, on po­lice re­sort­ing to water can­nons to re­peal pro­test­ers at the G-20 sum­mit in Ham­burg, Ger­many: “The ri­ot­ing, loot­ing and rock­throw­ing got so bad that ca­sual passers-by as­sumed that Ham­burg just de­feated Dus­sel­dorf.”

Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., af­ter 44-year-old pitcher Bar­tolo Colon signed with his 10th MLB or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Twins: “Not to say he has been around awhile, but some of his other teams in­clude the Cincin­nati Red Stock­ings, Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors and Phil­a­del­phia Ath­let­ics.”

Eric Kolenich of the Rich­mond (Va.) TimesDis­patch, af­ter for­ward Otto Porter — the Wizards’ third-best player — landed a 4year, $106-mil­lion con­tract: “Upon hear­ing the news, Kirk Cousins spent the rest of the day prac­tis­ing his fade­away jumper.”

Brad Dick­son of the Omaha (Neb.) WorldHer­ald, on re­ports that LeBron James sleeps 12 hours per night: “So that’s why he wanted to go to Cleve­land.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

It was easy to take Pey­ton, right, over Ryan in the 1998 NFL draft af­ter coach Ari­ans went to Wash­ing­ton State and turned over a Leaf or two.

MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL FILE PHOTO

Clay Matthews hopes the new Chicago Bears quar­ter­back will be just as ac­com­mo­dat­ing.

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