Each Wednesday, the Weekly Block will cover everything that matters in the world of sports. To me. And maybe you, too.
1. Scott Stallings (Won Greenbrier Classic)(26th in FedExCup Points)
Maybe now PGATour.com, CBS, the Golf Channel, ESPN, and Yahoo! Sports will figure out that Stallings is for real. Congrats and see you on the leaderboard, Scott!
2. Chicago Cubs (45-65)(5th in NL Central)
The trade of Kosuke Fukudome and the lack of free agency moves raise red flags. Maybe ownership and the front office are contemplating a change.
3. Memphis Grizzlies (What Could Have Been…)
Apparently, there was a trade lined up in February that would have sent O.J. Mayo away for… well, something better. Isn’t it sad that NBA news comes from February?
4. Tennessee Titans (The Holdout: Part 2)
The only thing worse than the horrific cinematic sequels being forced on the general public this summer, is an equally draining contract drama with Chris Johnson, again.
5. Final Block (Top Titan Moves)
Like most NFL teams, the Tennessee Titans made a flurry of moves last week after the NFL lockout wall came down. Here are their moves (so far) graded and profiled.
(A-) Matt Hasselbeck (Signed in Free Agency – Seattle Seahawks)
The addition of this veteran passer from Seattle has been the haul of the preseason. He will be a great mentor for the new #10 and solve the QB problem this year.
(B+) Barrett Ruud (Signed in Free Agency – Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Six months ago this guy was a top linebacker prospect by this expert. Ruud brings leadership, experience, and size to a linebacking corps that was lacking.
( B ) Akeem Ayers (Drafted 2nd Round – 39th overall)
Already the rave of training camp, Ayers will have plenty of opportunities to become a force in Jerry Gray’s new defense. Defensive Rookie of the Year?
(B-) Jake Locker (Drafted 1st Round – 8th overall) (The new #10)
The Titans have received an unjustifiable amount of flack for their 8th overall pick. But, what Locker lacks in polish he makes up for in work ethic and desire.
(C+) Daniel Graham (Signed in Free Agency – Denver Broncos)
Jared Cook and Craig Stevens are making leaps and bounds in camp, but it never hurts to bring in a veteran tight end with playoff experience that weighs 257 pounds.
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