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Pressure's on Jake... - 04/30/14

At least that certainly how it appears, especially now that the Titans won't exercise the option on Jake Locker's contract.  The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reporting that today. 

According to Wyatt, the decision "comes as no surprise."  While that may be the case, it certainly serves as a warning to Locker that this season is make or break for the Titans starting quarterback.  Not that he didn't have a pretty good idea that's the case already.  After all, number-10 has had a history of injuries.  And the option is pricey.  14.6 million dollars pricey.  That's the average of the top-10 players at his position for players picked in the top-10.  Locker will make a little over 2-million this season, a relative bargain.

I don't believe the Titans want to get rid of Jake.  He's well-liked by teammates, coaches and the front-office from what I can tell.  He works hard and he's a leader.  That being said, Locker's only started 18 of a possible 32 games.  His record as a starter is 8-10.  Number-10's thrown 15-touchdowns.  22 interceptions.  That's not good enough, especially for a team that appears to have plenty of young weapons on the offensive side of the ball.  And aspirations of playing in the post-season.

Jake will have ample opportunity to prove that he's "The Man" for the men in two-toned blue moving forward.  But the pressure's on.

 

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) -- At 31, Nikko is the old man -- of North American monkeys. The Minnesota Zoo will be celebrating the snow monkey's birthday today. Zoo officials say Nikko will be getting birthday presents, which they call "enrichment items." Zoo spokesman Tom Ness says Nikko has always been "laid back." Ness speculates Nikko's mellow personality has helped him to live almost twice as long as a typical male.

STATE FAIR-FOOD

DALLAS (AP) -- If it can be fried -- it's been tried at the State Fair of Texas. Fair officials in Dallas have announced the winners for the Best Tasting and Most Creative new foods at the expo. The Best Tasting Award goes to a fried Gulf shrimp boil. That's baby Gulf shrimp, diced red potatoes, onion, lemon, and seasoning formed around a cocktail shrimp, dusted, fried and served with a remoulade sauce. The award for Most Creative goes to Funnel Cake Ale. It's a beer with hints of the midway treat, funnel cake. This year's fair runs from September 26 to October 19.

FIRE TRUCK REFRIGERATORS

BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky fire department has a cool idea -- an onboard fridge. One of the trucks at the Palma-Briensburg Fire Department has a refrigerator. It used to chill water to keep the firefighters hydrated. Assistant Chief Todd Devine tells WPSD-TV summer heat combined with 35 to 40 pounds of gear takes a toll. He says access to the cold water could help save a life. He adds coolers will be added to more fire trucks.

GINSENG SEASON

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- There's gold in the forests of West Virginia -- in the form of ginseng. West Virginia's ginseng season began yesterday and runs through November. Ginseng dealer Dave Cook tells The Charleston Gazette he expects a good harvest this year. Officials also expect good prices. Robin Black of the West Virginia Division of Forestry says last year ginseng was selling for a near record of $780 a pound.

 
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