The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

The Mannings are Right

Mercifully, the NFL draft begins today. For baseball fans in Miami this means the sports talk in town can move on from who the Dolphins are going to draft to how far the Dolphins will go in the playoffs, which nickel backs to watch when you take your kids out of school to watch mini-camp, and who the 3rd string middle linebacker will be next year. Occassionally, if there is some free time or extra space in the paper, some coverage might be thrown at the Marlins and major league baseball.

Sadly, in yesterday's Miami Herald it was reported that four UM players who are likely to be drafted in the first round today with the worst scores of all players at their position on this year's Wonderlic test. For those of you who don't know, the Wonderlic is the NFL's version of an IQ test and it is used to measure a prospect's aptitude for learning plays, schemes, responsibilities, etc in their career in the league. Carlos Joseph, Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow Jr and Vernon Carey were amongst the low scorers. Carlos Joseph led the players in futility by answering only 14% of the questions correctly (note to Carlos - next time your odds are better if you pick one letter on the Scantron and choose it every time. If the choices are always A - E, you'll probably come back with a 20% on the test, nearly a 50% improvement on what you scored. I'd explain it in more detail for you, but I don't want to inflict math upon you unnecessarily). At least the low scores explain some of Winslow's immature outbursts and rollercoaster like ride up-and-down performances last season. I'm embarrassed to be a Hurricane today. I'm beyond expecting college football players, and even college athletes in general, to be equals to their peers academically (although Canes LB Jonathan Vilma and former OL Joaquin Gonzalez are notable exceptions), I am ashamed that the University of Miami's football players shake out at the low end of the scale against their football playing peers.

On an unrelated note, I must admit that I wholeheartedly agree with the Eli Manning and his family's decision to refuse to play for the San Diego Chargers should he be selected by them today. I too would refuse a multi-million dollar contract and signing bonus from a professional sports team in San Diego. To think that Manning would even consider it is preposterous. Ok, I can't even type that with a straight face.


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