Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: New Jets QB Geno Smith fires agents after draft slide
|05.01.13 at 7:43 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Knicks, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Pacers, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Rockets at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Canucks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Nationals at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ New Jets quarterback Geno Smith was disappointed that he lasted until the eighth pick of the second round of last week’s NFL draft. So disappointed, in fact, that he fired his agents.
The former West Virginia star apparently felt he deserved to go No. 1 overall. Instead, he waited in the green room at Radio City Music Hall the entire first day without hearing his name called. He announced plans to go home after Round 1, but he changed his mind and returned Friday.
On Monday, he confirmed a report that he had decided to part ways with his representatives at Select Sports Group.
“I don’t want to shed too much light on it,” he said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “The thing that I can tell you is that it’s not because of the whole draft experience. It’s not because of one particular incident. There are a number of things, and that story, you know, that battle will be fought on a different day. As of right now, I don’t feel too comfortable talking about all the details of it.”
Responded the agency in a statement: “We worked tirelessly for Geno Smith and all of our draft prospects. The NFL draft is unpredictable, and we prepared Geno and all of our draft prospects, as we do every year, about what can happen during the draft. Not only did we tell him that what transpired on the first day of the draft was possible, the question of whether Geno would be a first- or second-round pick was arguably the most talked about subject in the three months leading up to the draft. We wish Geno the best.”
Meanwhile, Jets general manager John Idzik said that the team will have an “open competition” at quarterback, with Smith vying for the starting position along with incumbent Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, David Garrard and Matt Simms.
♦ Speaking of Jets quarterback, the recently released Tim Tebow received a job offer from the Omaha Beef of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. The team called Tebow’s agent’s office with the offer of $75 per game.
The Beef are 5-1 behind quarterback James McNear, who is competing 70 percent of his passes, with 21 touchdowns vs. two interceptions.
Said McNear: “I think Tim can learn a lot from me.”
♦ Jason Collins‘ former fiancee said she did not suspect that he was gay during their eight-year relationship that ended when Collins called off their engagement in 2009. Carolyn Moos, who attended Stanford with Collins and went on to play in the WNBA, said Collins contacted her over the weekend, days before Collins’ first-person account in Sports Illustrated hit the web, and revealed that his homosexuality was the reason for their breakup.
“It’s very emotional for me as a woman to have invested eight years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him. So this is all hard to understand,” Moos told TMZ, adding. “I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 1, 1977, Gerry Cheevers and the Bruins blanked the Flyers, 3-0, to sweep the Stanley Cup semifinals in four games. Which Bruin scored two third-period goals (one an empty-netter)?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m just feeding off the fact that I don’t want to go home right now. I feel like we have a lot of basketball left with this particular group.” — Celtics guard Jason Terry, on his mindset heading into Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Knicks
STAT OF THE DAY: 14 – Players who have homered into the upper deck in left field at Toronto’s Rogers Center, with Edwin Encarnacion becoming the latest with his first of two home runs during the Blue Jays’ 9-7 victory Tuesday night over the Red Sox
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night, the Kings lost to the Blues in overtime when LA goalie Jonathan Quick made a bad turnover and Alex Steen capitalized by scoring a short-handed goal.
The NHL on TSN crew, featuring Darren Dreger, James Duthie and former Bruin Aaron Ward, does a takeoff off “The Hangover” with some help from the Kings.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has some trouble saying the line “Hockey at it’s best” for a commercial, despite assistance from teammate John Carlson.
During Tuesday’s NBA playoff game between the Clippers and Grizzlies, Memphis’ Tony Allen puts up a shot lands on the back iron — and stays there.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Don Marcotte
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ray Parker Jr. was born on this day in 1954.
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