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Values Assets At $230M
Recent Report Says Harvin Tested
Positive For Marijuana At Combine
BUYER BEWARE: In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan wrote under the header, "Harvin Just Latest In List Of Gambles By Vikings." Harvin "is a risk," and fans can "worry about his history with drugs, injuries and temper tantrums." But "virtually every draft pick is a risk," and the Vikings "were right to gamble" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/26). ESPN’s Smith said, “Since Brad Childress got their in ’06, his main job -- more than winning football games -- has been cleaning up the image of that organization. … You have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they did their homework on this guy” (ESPN, 4/26). ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Childress in his meeting with Harvin asked him about "all the issues that they have heard about this guy and then (came) away with some type of peace that they can take him." Mortensen: "They obviously did their homework, still buyer beware here" (ESPN, 4/25). Childress admitted that he "might not have been willing to take on a player with Harvin's baggage during the early part of his tenure in Minnesota" (ESPN.com, 4/26). NFL Net's Mayock said of the selection, "That is a bold, bold move" (NFL Network, 4/25). In St. Paul, Tom Powers wrote of Harvin, "With your future on the line, who chances toking up like that before the combine? That's not real smart." But a college student smoking pot is "no big deal" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/26).
Tate Says Testing Positive For Marijuana
At Combine "A Mistake"
BENGALS NOT WORRIED: The Bengals Saturday drafted OT Andre Smith and LB Rey Maualuga, both who have dealt with off-field issues, and YAHOO SPORTS' Matthew Darnell wrote with the "character problems that have plagued" the Bengals, they "might occasionally want to think about that during the NFL Draft" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/26). But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of selecting Smith, "We didn’t have any hesitation. We discussed this very thoroughly" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/26).
WHAT A CHARACTER: In California, Loren Nelson examines Chargers first-round pick LB Larry English under the header, "Character Quality Key Component of Chargers' Top Pick." It is "not often that a top draft pick and instant multimillionaire travels halfway across the country for a one-day meet-and-greet with his new employers and brings his parents, younger sister, grandfather, aunt and uncle along for the ride." But English's visit was a "touching scene" and "came off as genuine." Chargers coach Norv Turner said English is "as good a person as you are going to want to have on your football team" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 4/27). Meanwhile, in K.C., Kent Babb examined Chiefs first-round pick DE Tyson Jackson under the header, "Chiefs Go For Solid Citizen In Jackson With Top Pick" (K.C. STAR, 4/26).
Levine Describes Garber's Discussion
Of Yankees' Attendance As A Joke
TOUGH TIMES ALL AROUND: In New York, Peter Abraham wrote the economy is “having an impact on every franchise in some fashion as corporate sponsors have fled, television ratings are down and seats are going empty.” Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira, who signed an eight-year, $181M deal in December, said, “It’s a tough time. The players are out their working their tails off and hopefully the fans will continue to support us. Unfortunately, if there’s no disposable income, they’re not going to come. Let’s just hope that changes soon” (Westchester JOURNAL NEWS, 4/26). Baseball HOFer Cal Ripken Jr. said, “I ... applaud what many major league teams are doing by running promotional night[s] that make going to a ball game cost about the same as going to a movie” (Washington EXAMINER, 4/26).
PIRATES' TREASURE: In Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel wrote despite “small crowds for three rain-soaked games earlier this week, the Pirates’ home attendance this season is running ahead of last year’s pace.” Through the first nine games at the 38,362-seat PNC Park, the team is averaging 17,059 fans -- a “jump of almost 19[%] (2,721 fans per game) compared to the same point last year” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 4/25).
Holt Says SS&E Would Eventually Like To
Develop And Expand Into Central Texas
49ers' Moran Norris (l), Former Player
Rathman Help Unveil New Uniforms