Richard Miller: Today in the World of Sports…
I fully comprehend the numerous issues if Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith and his staff bring in a free agent with character concerns. But, why not try and sign a wide receiver to bolster a unit that is not much deeper than a kiddy pool. [Someone just sighed and said, “Kassim Osgood.”] Florida native Mike Sims-Walker is the obvious No. 1. After him, it is anybody’s guess. That is why I propose the Jaguars begin talks with future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens. Whether or not you approve of the five-time All-Pro receiver’s antics, Owens could guarantee 16 regular-season starts for the Jaguars. It would be fair to expect the 36-year-old to catch at least 50 balls with a handful of touchdowns. The keys, of course, are for him to understand his role with an organization and his salary.
After signing a one-year contract worth $6.5 million in March 2009 with the Buffalo Bills, Owens, who is represented by super-agent Drew Rosenhaus, will probably want a deal in the vicinity of $5 million per season. Note: Rosenhaus also is the agent for Jaguars Greg Jones, Ernest Wilford and Osgood. In my opinion, Owens is not worth anything close to $5 million. He’ll be lucky to land something in the range of two to three. It must be mentioned that Torry Holt, another receiver on his way to Canton, Ohio, and a former Jaguar, signed with the New England Patriots in April for one year and $1.7 million. That is around the market price for a 30-and-over receiver.
And, if it’s any consolation for passing on Tim Tebow at No. 10 in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Owens’ jersey is always on the top-20 best-selling list. From April 1 to August 28, 2009, Owens’ No. 81 Bills jersey was 11th on that list – and he had not even played a regular-season down yet for Buffalo. It’s all food for thought….
Last week, USA Today released a survey that showed 18 of the NFL’s 32 teams raised prices on their tickets. In 2009, eight teams made increases. The Jaguars are one of the 14 that did not raise prices this year. At $30, Jacksonville is tied for ninth with the lowest-priced, single-game ticket. The Jaguars are the one team in the AFC South that did not increase prices from last year. The Houston Texans upped them by nearly $5. The Indianapolis Colts raised them to between $4 and $7. And, the Tennessee Titans increased prices the least – just $2 because of a new Nashville ticket tax. Besides the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville is the only other NFL team to reduce prices for 2010. We should be thankful the Jaguars’ games are some of the most affordable in the league.
After the first quarter of Sunday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers called the NBA a miss-make league. Essentially, he meant the success of a team in the Association can be attributed to shots being made. I have never heard a more simplistic view of basketball. But, I like simplicity on occasion.
When Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic, was on Saturday’s Inside the Game, I asked him which player has been the most pleasant surprise this season for the Magic. After a brief hesitation, Williams, a well-respected motivational speaker and author, stated, “The best story would have to be Jameer [Nelson]. Coming into this season, we weren’t sure what was going to happen after the problems of last year [torn labrum in his right shoulder]. He got injured again this year, you know, and it looked like it’d just be another year of the same. And, as the year has unfolded, Jameer has gotten better and better. He’s playing the best basketball of his life right now.” Nelson, 28, has been the heartbeat of the Magic, and I think Pat Williams knows that.
I struggled to sit through all of singer-turned-actor-turned-director Ice Cube’s “Straight Outta L.A.,” a documentary on the Los Angeles Raiders and the hip-hop industry. I think I could have learned more about the Raiders by watching “Anaconda” or “The Longshots.”
Do you ever get the feeling that if a horse does when the Triple Crown that you’ll just shrug and change the channel?
Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio.
Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville and 103.7 FM at the Jacksonville Beaches at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with The Jacksonville Observer Radio Show. Richard also hosts Inside the Game every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on WBOB.
Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010.
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