The Flyers limp into the offseason with only their second losing season this century. I think Anthony Grant is the right coach for the job, but he needs a more mature group of players. Changing gears: Wouldn’t it be cool to see Josh Cunningham match up against Loudon Love?
The Reds made a great move by bringing in outfielder Ben Revere. He’s a .284 career hitter who has speed and great glove. If Billy Hamilton doesn’t work out, Revere is a solid Plan B. Plus he’s got a great family. I ran into Revere’s mom and sister in a parking garage in Cleveland six or seven years ago when Revere was with the Twins. (My kids got me tickets for Fathers Day.) She talked with me and my son for about 10 minutes, discussing Ben’s baseball upbringing. Very cool.
Trending up: Shaquem Griffin, Phil Mickelson, Troy Apke. The one-handed linebacker from UCF dropped jaws at the NFL combine by running a 4.38-second 40-yard dash. Griffin is a linebacker. A small one, but that's his position. This guy represents all that is good about football. He's a hard-working underdog who made it this far on his own. No handouts. Here's hoping he has a great NFL career.
Trending down: Oklahoma, Kevin Stallings, Middle Tennessee. The Sooners are 3-9 in their last 12 games. Saying they're running on fumes would be a complement. This is a bad team, but they have Trae Young. And we can't get enough of the skinny, ball-hog point/shooting guard, right? OU probably will make the tournament because it had a handful of quality wins … several weeks ago.
Knucklehead of the Week
We’ve seen the last of Aldon Smith in the NFL. Smith turned himself in to police last week and was booked on domestic violence-related charges. The alleged victim was Smith’s fiancée, to whom he proposed in February. The woman reportedly had bite marks on her wrists. Smith reportedly drank two bottles of tequila before leaving the scene of the incident. Smith had a whopping 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons with the 49ers before falling victim to the bottle. He’s been a regular on the police blotter and has been in and out of rehab. A sad tale of wasted talent.