Tim Worley was the Steelers first-round pick in 1989, at 7th overall, and a fine example of why you shouldn't use that high of a pick on a RB. Worley showed promise his rookie year, starting 14 games and rushing for 770 yards on 195 carries. Unfortunately, that would be his best season as a professional, as his production declined in his sophomore season, he struggled through injuries in his third season, and then missed the entire '93 season because he failed two mandatory drug tests. The next season, Worley was traded to the Bears in mid-season for a fifth-round pick.
Before Worley was a Steeler, he was one of the most heralded players in Georgia football history, and was actually the highest ever drafted Georgia player before Garrison Hearst was picked in '93. In between trying to run his own global motivational speaking enterprise, Worley has had a few troubles with the law including an arrest in '08 in which the officers were forced to use a Taser to subdue the man. Don't Tase me, bro!
The Steelers are apparently close to putting the franchise tag on Casey Hampton, which I'm sure will seem like a slap in the face to the Big Snack. It seems that's the excuse all the franchise players are using, "It's a slap in the face." Yes, since being paid the average salary of the top five defensive linemen in the league is such a bummer. You got a problem, take it up with the union. Otherwise, this is a great move by the Steelers, it gives them time to find a replacement and it gets one more year out of Hampton, who really should not be signed to a long extension; guys like him do not age well.
BTSC has a look at what the mock drafts have us doing in the upcoming April draft. You can even vote on who you would most want us to pick. I'm kind of a fan of Rutgers OG Anthony Davis. Say what you want about the Steelers tackles, Max Starks and Willie Colon are not going anywhere. Although if one were to get injured...
The Pensblog has a look at what was Sunday Hockey in Vancouver, including that hit from Ovie on Jagr. As much as I can't stand AO, that's what separates him from almost any hockey superstar, ever. I hate him, but he's fun to watch.
Puck Daddy has a good look at what tonight's game will mean for Roberto Luongo. His playoff stats are pretty amazing considering his pedestrian record (another reason that record doesn't mean shit for Goalies and Baseball Pitchers). Although on ESPN.com, Scott Burnside makes a fairly compelling case for the Flower. Germany/Canada at 7:30 on some NBC affiliate (I could make a joke about how much NBC sucks, or Ice Dancing, but that's already been done).
The PPG has another not so interesting feature on one of the Pirates prospects, Jose Tabata. Meanwhile, Pat at WHYGAVS does the topic some service by addressing the reports about Tabata's age. I feel a little more secure, now.
BUCCOFans has a good rundown of how the draft prospects fared this past weekend. I just love the name, Deck McGuire. Meanwhile, the MLB Draft Blog at ESPN is up and running again (Insider only, sorry). It's a good outside source to follow leading up to the draft, and I found Keith Law's initial top 50 prospect ranking to be very interesting, including his not-so impressive ranking of Christian Colon at 28.
Matt Bandi over at PLCo, looks at Garrett Jones and asks the question everyone is wondering, is he for real? It's a bit of a somber conclusion, but you really can't argue with it. I say, enjoy it while it lasts, because "Hot Stick" Jones isn't getting any younger.
Titletahn has a podcast up discussing the apparent log-jam at the corner positions for the Pirates and title it as it is, one of them good problems. I do like the Mike Lowell/Andy LaRoche comparison.
Who likes Goals? Just do your self a favor and check out Ronaldo's free kick all the way down. Wow. And check out this beauty from American Fran Torres at the 7:45 mark of the clip. I especially like the announcer using his nickname at will; El Gringo. Torres is a guy who should be in South Africa with the US team and I'll be keeping a close eye on him in the warm up games before June.
Just another reason why German's rock.