In a Nutshell: Random Sports Thoughts Vol. 2

Greg SquiresCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 30:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos looks on against the New York Jets on November 30, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

So much for the thrill of an athlete getting his mug put on the cover of a Wheaties box.  Not even the excitement of being put on the latest Madden cover will do anymore, apparently.  The latest trend, being pioneered by the Denver Broncos one and only Jay Cutler, is to be the spokesperson for Kleenex brand tissues.

And as for Josh McDaniels, I just picture him trying to make the fake static noises on his cell phone, when Cutler tried to call him about the trade rumors... "Can you hear me now?"

Alex Rodriguez, could you please give me some more material besides steroids?  Oh wait, what's this?  Hookers?  Seriously?  And here I thought the Madonna thing was old news. 

Matt Jones gets busted for having a beer on a golf course?  I understand he was on probation and trying to keep his nose out of trouble (oops), but it's not like he was out on the links with O.J.

And besides, if you're not drinking a beer, then what else are you supposed to do as you wander aimlessly into the wilderness searching for your ball?

When told that Chicago Cubs' manager Lou Piniella was 65-years-old, 45-year-old Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen replied,  “I’m not going to manage that [expletive] long,” he said. “I love my wife. I don’t know if Lou loves his wife.”  

I don't know about anyones' wives but I do love me some Ozzie Guillen quotes.

Everyone catch Morgan State's Ameer Ali's judo hip toss on University of Oklahoma star Blake Griffin in the first round of NCAA tourney action?  Is it possible that Dennis Rodman has opened up a basketball camp?  Keep an eye out for any strange hair-dos on Ali next season.  Or are those hair-dont's?  I digress.

I'd like to get NBA legend Bill Russell and Portland Trail Blazer center Greg Oden side by side so I can see which one looks older.

Speaking of Bill Russell, in 1965, when Wilt Chamberlain became the first player to receive a $100,000 salary, Russell promptly went to Red Auerbach and demanded to be paid $100,001.  His wish was granted.  And yes, I'm speaking of the Wilt Chamberlain of Conan the Destroyer fame.

Marshawn Lynch of the Buffalo Bills held a news conference last week and stated that he believes he will be facing a suspension from the NFL after his latest run-in with the law.  Two arrests in nine months will pretty much make that happen.  However, he DID hold a press conference and apologize to the organization, teammates, and fans.  And he was obviously serious too.  He didn't even have his gold grill in.