Maybe I'm just more fascinated by the backstory than most, but watching the New England two-step remains interesting to me.
Every time there's a report connecting Julius Peppers and the Patriots, there's a subsequent backlash of Jason Taylor-to-the-Pats stories. Even Patriots owner Robert Kraft was in on it last week, saying at the owners meeting when asked about Taylor: "Great player. I'm sure that can happen if he wants it."
Taylor was careful to say he wasn't ruling anything out, but admitted the Pats talk was odd.
"There's been a lot of talk about New England. I don't know where it's all coming from," Taylor told reporters at his charity event this weekend. "I don't know who's starting it. I don't know what level of talk is between me and my agent.
"But it's tough to play for one team (Miami) for 11 years, and then go play for your bitter rival. That's tough to do."
While sending Taylor to New England makes a level of sense, it's possible that he exists as a leverage piece for the Patriots. If Peppers' financial demands are out of line, all they have to do is point to the handsome, bald dancing fellow and say "We'll just go with him."
The dance continues, ...
-- The Panthers are hosting a draft party at Carowinds on April 25, with players and Top Cats scheduled to appear. There will be a question and answer session with radio announcer Mick Mixon, and music from his band Mick and the Ultras.
The only complication? There might not be a Panthers pick until after the party’s over and the park closes for the day at 8 p.m. The draft’s been moved back to a 4 p.m. start this year, and last year’s first round took three hours and 30 minutes. Since their first pick (for now) is 59th overall, it probably won’t be exercised until 9:30 p.m. or so.
-- Somebody asked me the other day who I had in my Final Four. Told them I couldn't imagine why they'd possibly care.
For the record, I can sit back an enjoy the rest of the tournament, as perhaps the only man in America without a single team remaining. That's right, I had Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma and Pitt in the final four, with Pitt winning it all. Loved the way Pitt played, so physical, so tough (Blair could play in the NFL) only to go so passive in their final five seconds.
My mock draft will be better. I promise.