Sunday, April 20, 2014

Foul Territory: “Free” Agents

By Jeffrey Boswell

* Full Mettle Jacket — Bubba Watson won the Masters with an 8-under 280, earning his second green jacket. Watson earned $1,620,000 for the win, then celebrated with a meal at the Waffle House. Watson later became the first golfer to simultaneously appear on the covers of both Golf Digest and Golf Digestion.

* Unintentional Grounding, or This Kind of Behavior Won't Fly — San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after he indicated he was in possession of a bomb. Smith later clarified that he was bombed, and didn't have a bomb.

* Oh (cho) Canada! — Chad Johnson joined the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on Thursday, signing a two-year contract after a successful three-day minicamp. Johnson worked out, but, in the end, we'll be sure to find it didn't work out.

* Open Up and Say "NCA-Ahhh," or Okay the Buffet, or Happy Meals — The NCAA's legislative council approved a proposal to expand the meal allowance for all athletes to provide unlimited meals. The proposal would allow athletes, such as Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, to stuff everything into their mouths, particularly socks.

* CJNY — Former Tennessee Titan Chris Johnson signed a two-year deal to join the New York Jets. It's the first time in years that Johnson, who once ran a 4.24-second 40-yard dash, has "turned on" the jets.

* I.O. Drew, or He'll Have to Go Deep, Into His Pockets, or Owe, Snap! — An arbitrator on Tuesday ruled that DeSean Jackson owes former agent Drew Rosenhaus over $500,000. Jackson learned the hard way that there's no such thing as a "free" agent.

* He Already Puts the "Buff" in "Buffoon" — Donald Trump says he would consider buying the Buffalo Bills, and would keep the team in Buffalo. Bills fans said they would prefer that he get the "D," "T," and "F" out of Buffalo.

* Is There a Draft in Here? — The Connecticut Sun drafted Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike with the No. 1 pick in Monday's WNBA draft. The draft was the first since 2008 in which fans were allowed to attend, meaning the league succeeded in making its product more "watchable."

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