Saturday, May 10, 2014

Random Thoughts 5/10/14

  • The Chiefs surprised just about everybody and drafted the one position they really didn't need, defensive end/outside linebacker.  Auburn's Dee Ford will probably be a great player and it'll be nice to have depth at something as important as pass rusher, but all the experts (and most fans) were shocked the Chiefs didn't try to address any of their many areas of need.  That said, I agree with the assessment that they drafted Tamba Hali's replacement.
  • The Chiefs didn't have a second round pick and took a cornerback in the third round.  They have four more picks on Saturday, hopefully to use on offensive linemen and wide receivers.
  • Five players from the Big12 were drafted in the first three rounds, including two from West Virginia.  That's compared to twenty-three players from the SEC.  Missouri's Michael Sam was still undrafted going into day 3.
  • Comic book nerds rejoice!  ABC has renewed "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" for a second season and has greenlit to series the Captain America spinoff "Marvel's Agent Carter" (which will be run by the people who wrote Joss Whedon's show "Dollhouse").  All of this is due to the success of Whedon's Avengers movie.  In the next year we'll be flooded with various comic book-based television shows, which may or may not be a great thing.
  • Other television show renewal or cancellation news…  Cancelled: "The Neighbors," "Community," "Enlisted," "Growing up Fisher," and a ton of other (mostly new) shows which centered around being a young hedonist in New York City.  Renewed: "Castle," "Arrow," "The Goldbergs," "Elementary," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Grimm," "The Blacklist," and lots of other shows, many which centered around being a young hedonist in New York City.
  • For those of you scoring at home, the Kansas Jayhawks have lost two basketball players who will transfer from the school: Senior point guard Naadir Tharpe and Junior shooting guard Andrew White III.  This opens up two additional scholarships if Bill Self wants to pick up any transfers or late commitments.  With Tharpe's absence, the Jayhawks will have no seniors on the roster… which begs the question of what they'll do for senior night.
  • NBC has locked down the official broadcast rights to the Olympics through 2032.  Bob Costas, the Dick Clark of NBC sports, is under contract through about 2075.

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