Just a few things that have caught my attention this week..... and first on the list is Titus Young and his failure to latch on with the St. Louis Rams. There was talk about Young failing a physical because of knee issues, but that was not confirmed. Then on Friday, Head Coach Jeff Fisher came out with a statement claiming that the Rams had no interest in Young, and that instantly got me thinking about who would-- unfortunately, I didn't see an avenue for Young and it's starting to look like no other team does either. Young's story may be a sad one with his Bi-polar condition, but he does have a chance to turn it around-- I think it's going to take a real effort on his part, but he's got to stay current with his medication and he's also got to fall in line with teammates and coaches. Do that and we will be hearing from Titus Young again soon-- right now, his only option is to stay ready mentally, rehab that knee and hope to latch on as an injury replacement for a team in need- He's rumored to be training in Florida.
Another item that crossed my desk was the bizarre story of LPGA golfer Daniela Holmqvist. Apparently, she was bitten by a spider during pre-qualifier for the Australian Open but get this--- it was a Black Widow!! Holmqvist was bitten on the 4th hole and finished out the round AFTER using a tee to open the wound and squeeze out the poisonous venom!! She did so after being informed that a bite from that type of arachnid could be fatal in 30 minutes! Talk about "do it yourself"- wow!! She was monitored by tournament officials over the rest of the round, but shot a 74 and missed the cut-- what a trooper!!!
I was also happy at my Miami Hurricanes basketball team climbing to #3 in the nation. The Canes have won 11 straight games and have not lost since Christmas and it's great to see Head Coach Jim Larranega leading another squad to success like he did with George Mason. My only request is that Miami moves to #1-- they would definitely hold that position longer than any of the recent candidates have. GO CANES!!
Finally, with spring training starting, it's time for the 2013 edition of Topps baseball cards to come out, and they look great! Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder was honored with a GIANT card that was unveiled on a high school outfield in Lakeland, and the regular sized set is filled with plenty of Tigers players and Tigers postseason moments. The best part of the set was seeing a card for Miami Marlins player Adam Greenberg-- you'll remember that Greenberg was hit in the head on the very first pitch he saw in his major league career back in 2005 and never played again until he got the chance to step into the batter's box for the Marlins last season. Greenberg struck out in that at-bat, but it was touching that Topps would produce a card for a guy with just 1 plate appearance. Try to get one, it might be a collector's item!!