Morning Jolt: Gruden: Tebow a first-round pick
Jon Gruden believes Tim Tebow has the talent to make teams regret leaving him on the draft board. "Somebody with a down-the-road philosophy or vision for him will take him, and take him earlier than some people expect," Gruden said. After working out Tebow, Gruden said he's not surprised by Tebow's ability or knowledge of the game. Tebow already knew the terminology for many NFL offenses before they met, Gruden said. "Nothing really surprises me other than there are a lot more doubters than maybe I expected," Gruden said. "Tim's transition to more of a conventional NFL style has drawn a lot of questions from people, whether he can make the modifications in his passing delivery and adapt to playing under center ... What I'm really impressed with is the way he sits on the edge of his chair and his work ethic and relentlessness to become great is really second to nobody." (Orlando Sentinel) Comment
Doc Rivers admitted the pull of his family gets "stronger and stronger" every year. Sources have told the Herald that he is leaning toward leaving the bench after this season, but Rivers insisted yesterday no final decision has been made. There has been similar speculation in the past, but this time the planets seem better aligned for a move. One of Rivers' sons, Jeremiah, will be a senior next season on the Indiana University hoop team and daughter Callie, a volleyball star, will be in her final year at the University of Florida. Another son, Austin, is a top basketball prospect who will be finishing high school. Even in the midst of a brutal NBA schedule, Rivers makes several detours to watch his kids play, and it is no secret he would like to be there for them on a more consistent basis. (Boston Herald) Comment
JoePa sees expansion of the Big Ten, and he wouldn't mind it coming from his own side of the map. "I think expansion is coming," Paterno said today on a Big Ten coaches' teleconference. ... Paterno, 83, said he would like to see a team from the East be part of the Big Ten's expansion plans, although he didn't mention the names of any schools. "When all this happens, I'll probably be out of this thing," he said. "I'd like to see our particular conference move East a little bit. It would give us a little broader television market and a little more exposure and if we had 12 teams we'd have a chance to get into some kind of championship [game]. Whether that means you go 12 [teams] or you go 14. I don't know. I don't know all the consequences." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Comment
The Jorge Posada-Howie Kendrick interpretive dance was not a part of the Yankees' ring ceremony (AP).
Here's hoping the upcoming LEGO Harry Potter game is as impressive as this soccer reenactment.
- SI Vault: More Red Wings
- 1996 -- Detroit Red Wings win an NHL-record 62 games.
- 1991 -- Chicago Blackhawks become first regular-season champ in 20 years to lose in first round of playoffs.
- 1969 -- Montreal, Canada hosts the first MLB game to be played outside of the U.S.
- 1968 -- The Knicks beat the Clippers in the first NBA game at Madison Square Garden.
- 1968 -- Roberto de Vicenzo loses the Masters after signing an incorrect score card.
- 1955 -- Elston Howard becomes the first black player on the New York Yankees.