Wassell: Why I passed over Vita Vea for Seahawks in ESPN Radio mock draft

I was asked to go on ESPN Radio’s Freddie and Fitzsimmons last week as part of the show’s mock draft (listen here). Each guest had to make a first-round pick on behalf of their local team, so it was up to me to act for the Seahawks at No. 18. The only problem was that I wasn’t allowed to do the responsible thing and make a trade.

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Surprisingly, by the time it was my turn to pick, Washington Huskies defensive tackle Vita Vea was still on the board. And I didn’t take him.

We’ve discussed this a million times: Do you draft for need or do you go with the best player available?

One GM after another, including Bill Belichick, has stated that drafting for need is a bad idea because if you are only focused on filling holes, you end up passing on great players. But in reading mock drafts that are considered to be even remotely credible, the one thing you keep finding over and over is that most of their reasoning is based around… need.

We even heard Seahawks general manager John Schneider address this very issue at Monday’s press conference when asked about whether or not he had ever pursued need over best player in the past. His response: “Yeah, I think that’s fair – in a couple instances, sure… You can’t just go out there and create the perfect player, otherwise, we’d be outside picking them off trees or something.”

So knowing that Schneider has directly addressed need before and all the smart guys out there with mock drafts use this concept as the foundation of their work, I felt better about taking a chance.

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Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports

With knowledge and rhythm, Jenny Cavnar’s T.V. play-by-play debut in Rockies vs. Padres was a historic success

Jenny Cavnar.

Courtesy Root SportsJenny Cavnar.

“Fire up the fountains. She’s gone!”

With that line to describe a first-inning homer by Nolan Arenado, Jenny Cavnar — who during Monday’s Rockies-Padres game became the first woman since Gayle Gardner in 1993 to call play-by-play for an MLB game — didn’t just punch a few holes in sports broadcasting’s glass ceiling.

She smashed through it.

The 12-year major league reporting veteran best known for hosting pre- and post-game shows on AT&T SportsNet in addition to past work as a Rockies radio commentator demonstrated knowledge and rhythm in the booth in her debut, even in a game that turned into a broadcaster’s nightmare when the Padres broke open a 13-5 blowout with a never-inning seventh inning.

Cavnar had no previous play-by-play experience, and the opportunity for her to fill in came about because the Rockies’ usual play-by-play commentator, Drew Goodman, is missing a handful of games this year to be an assistant coach for his son’s team at Arapahoe High School.

With her T.V. broadcasting debut, Cavnar joins Gardner –who was the first female to call major league play-by-play when she announced a Rockies versus Reds game in 1993 — as well as Suzyn Waldman (Yankees) and Jessica Mendoza (color for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball) as female baseball broadcasting pioneers.

Fire up the fountains! @jennycavnar’s first home run call during a regular season Rockies game on TV. Nolan cuts it to 4-2 Padres. pic.twitter.com/dP1ZYrYwKl

— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) April 24, 2018

Five takeaways from Monday’s game:

No. 1 — Through the first four games of a six-game home stand, the Rockies have allowed 20 runs with two outs, including seven the Padres plated in nine-run seventh that lasted nearly 45 minutes.

No. 2 — The Rockies surrendered a season-high nine runs in the seventh, while also setting a season high …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

Jazz and Thunder get very chippy with harsh words and seven technical fouls in Utah victory

SALT LAKE CITY — With all that was on the line Saturday night, it wasn’t too surprising that the Monday’s Game 4 would get a little chippy. Or should we say a lot chippy?

Both teams talked beforehand about the game getting more physical, which it did from the start with more than the usual pushing and shoving going on. By the end of the night, seven technical fouls had been whistled and a few more probably could have been called with all the harsh words between the two teams. In addition, 44 personal fouls were called in the game.

Four technical fouls were whistled in the first half alone — two on each side — as the officials tried to keep a lid on things before they got out of hand.

Oklahoma City’s Paul George got the first T less than four minutes into the game after a dust-up with the annoying Joe Ingles, who has a habit of getting on opposing players’ nerves.

Then it was OKC’s Steven Adams’ turn early in the second quarter when, after thinking he was fouled by Utah’s Rudy Gobert, slapped at Gobert’s arm before he headed up court.

Utah coach Quin Snyder, whose total number of technical fouls in his four years as Jazz coach can be counted on one hand, picked up a T after Gobert was mugged underneath the basket, attempting a shot.

Snyder, his blue suit coat flying, charged out onto the court about 20 feet in front of the Jazz bench, making it an easy call for the officials.

The fourth technical came late in the first half, when Ingles appeared to get a little too mouthy after sinking his third straight 3-pointer.

Russell Westbrook, who made a guarantee to shut down Ricky Rubio after the Jazz guard went off for 26 points Saturday night, has …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

San Mateo: Three arrested in alleged carjacking, armed robbery

A man was robbed of his Lexus and cellphone on the 2100 block of Stratford Way in San Mateo on Saturday night, according to police.

SAN MATEO — Two men and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the carjacking and armed robbery of a San Mateo resident over the weekend, police said.

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The victim called police about 10 p.m. Saturday to report his Lexus and cellphone had been taken at gunpoint half an hour earlier as he sat parked on the 2100 block of Stratford Way, near Junipero Serra High School.

Police found the stolen vehicle in San Francisco a short time later and arrested the 16-year-old driver and an 18-year-old passenger, identified as Quinn Dodd of San Carlos.

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A third suspect — Barry Vers, 18, of South San Francisco — was identified and arrested at his home.

Dodd and Vers were booked into San Mateo County jail on carjacking, robbery and grand theft charges. The juvenile, whose name was not released because he is a minor, was booked into Hillcrest Juvenile Hall on the same charges.

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Police said the victim appeared to have been targeted.

The case remains under investigation, and police are asking anyone with information to contact San Mateo police Detective Nick Morsilli at 650-522-7670 or nmorsilli@cityofsanmateo.org.

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Source:: The Mercury News