Archive for July, 2007

Young Love For Rangers Catcher

Was the Rangers new catcher hooking up with his high school teacher?

That’s what they are writing in Sports Illustrated.com about Jarrod Saltalamacchia:

This last consideration may not bother many, but Salty has an unusual family situation. Now 21, he married a teacher at his high school in West Palm Beach, Fla., who is now 37, according to records. His wife Ashley, who recently gave birth to their second child, insisted to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that their personal relationship didn’t begin until the fall of 2004, when Salty was 18.

The Rangers apparently are aware of Salty’s unusual family situation and are said to believe he’s maturing. Besides, switch-hitting catchers are hard to come by.

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

Newy Scruggs
http://www.newdawg.com

Happy Trails Tex

The Rangers were NOT going to sign Mark Teixeiria to a contract extention. He was tired of Tom Hicks’ lack of spending and constantly changing direction.

After differences with former managers, Buck Showalter and Ron Washington, Tex should be fine with future Hall of Fame manager, Bobby Cox in Atlanta.

Tex played his college ball at Georgia Tech. He should be a happy guy. Atlanta is a great city and the Braves are a class organization.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is now Rangers property. He is a switch-hitting catcher.

SI.com hailed the trade as a winner for Texas:

Rangers will also receive blue-chip shortstop prospect Elvis Andrus and reportedly top young pitching prospect Neftali Feliz as well as one more prospect, the last two being added to the deal to take the place of pitcher Matt Harrison, who had arm issues that concerned the Rangers.

I’m happy for Tex. Tom Hicks didn’t improve the club enough for him to even want to stay.

Newy Scruggs
http://www.newdawg.com

Prime Time On Vick… Waaay Out There

Former Cowboy Deion Sanders writes for his hometown newspaper, The Fort Myers News-Press. His July 22nd column was on Falcons quarterback, Michael Vick, and his federal indictment on dog fighting.

Prime Time may want to spend less time trying to defend Vick. His take is waaay out there. In fact, he was lit up by outraged readers. He wanted to write a follow up by his employer, NFL Network, would not allow his work to be published.

Here is some of his original column for the News-Press:

Why are we indicting him? Was he the ringleader? Is he the big fish? Or is there someone else? The fights allegedly occurred at a property that he purchased for a family member. They apparently found carcasses on the property, but I must ask you again, is he the ringleader?

This situation reminds me of a scene in the movie “New Jack City,” when drug dealer Nino Brown is on the witness stand and eloquently says, “This thing is bigger than me.”

Are we using Vick to get to the ringleader? Are we using him to bring an end to dogfighting in the United States?

The only thing I can gather from this situation is that we’re using Vick.

Was he wrong? Absolutely. Was he stupid? Can’t argue with that. Was he immature? No doubt. But is he the ringleader? I just can’t see it.

I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It’s like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn’t tap out when he knows he can’t win.

It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day because I always wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status.

Shall we start to call him Nino Vick? Was the ringleader Kareem Akbar… the educated brother at the bank? That was an inside line from the movie.

Oh by the way, Nino Brown was shot and killed in the movie after an outraged citizen yelled outside a courtroom, “Your soul is required in hell!”

Glad I’m not Vick.

Newy Scruggs
http://www.newdawg.com

Wade Phililps Stands Behind Michael Vick

You read the headline right. The new coach of the Dallas Cowboys is standing behind embattled Falcons quarterback Mike Vick.

Before you become outraged, read on.

I sat down with Wade Phillips this afternoon for a one on one interview. You can catch that interview on Sports Extra tonight at 10:30 PM on NBC 5.

I asked him about his former quarterback, Michael Vick, who is dealing with an indictment for running a dogfighting ring.

Phillips was the defensive coordinator for the Falcons in 2003 and replaced Dan Reeves who would resign during the season.

He told me was surprised at all the negative events going on Vick’s life. Here is some of his thoughts:

“I took over as the interim coach the last three games. We won two of ‘em. Michael played outstanding in those games. He was great on the field.”

“I don’t know all the answers. I don’t know what’s happenend…I don’t know…maybe the people that were around him…those kind of things. I still gonna be on his side until something happens.”

These days sticking up for Vick is tough business. Just ask Emmitt Smith, Clinton Portis, and Deion Sanders.

Phillips thinks Vick is a good guy and admits he doesn’t have all the facts in the case. He has not read the ugly 18 page indictment of his alleged actions. He doesn’t have time, he’s got a job to do.

Newy Scruggs

Romo… Regular Guy

Tony Romo has a chance to be a leader on this club because he is a regular guy.

Tony has gotten the chance to star in commercials, run around with Carrie Underwood, etc… but he still remains a down to earth guy around his teammates.

Joe Montana was loved by his 49ers and KC teammates because he was such a regular guy. He could go out with them… horse around, etc.

Terence Newman and Jason Witten are close to Romo. Keep in mind, these guys were stars and starters while Tony was riding the bench to start his Cowboy career.

They know Romo has paid his dues. From undrafted free agent to fans wearing his jersey and screaming his name out loud.

Romo and T.O. are good buddies.

This may not sound like much, but chemistry is a big part of winning Super Bowl teams. You have to have a quarterback guys respect and like.

Just watch America’s Game on NFL Network to get a better understanding. It is an excellent series about teams that won Super Bowls.

Newy Scruggs

Prime Time Sighting

Cowboys legend, Deion Sanders, came down to the Alamodome.

He is the only member of the media who gets to stand on the sideline and have personal conversation with owner Jerry Jones and T.O.

He may want to help out rookies Alan Ball and Courtney Brown. T.O. burned them on double coverage for a score in the early Saturday practice.

Anthony Henry was toasted by T.O. as well a few times in camp.

Look for his interview on our website.

I also saw Michael Smith of ESPN.com at the Alamodome watching practice.

Newy Scruggs

Ray Sherman Likes T.O.

The Cowboys let Todd Haley leave for Arizona and that may be a good thing.

Enter Ray Sherman. The new wide receivers coach.

Last year Haley and Terrell Owens did not get along. The relationship… well there wasn’t much of one after awhile.

Sherman has coached the best in the business. Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Randy Moss, and Cris Carter.

He says some of his friends told him after he agreed to join the Cowboys staff, “We’re gonna be watching you, but I tell ’em… the guys that know me… this is my 20th year in the league. One thing that I do, I know how to relate to players.”

“I’ve had high profile guys before. I don’t concern myself with that.”

T.O. has made some big long catches for TD’s early in camp. Today he burned two rookies for a score. Sherman raved, “He’s focused on what we need to do. I’ve been very pleased with his work ethic and attitude.”

Newy Scruggs
http://www.newdawg.com/