NFL Draft Eve - 05/07/14

We're now only a little more than 24 hours away from kickoff.  I'm not talking about games, although I guess maybe I am.  Lets' face it.  A lot of "games" are played during the NFL Draft.  Teams posturing is a staple of this annual tradition.

The Tennessee Titans held their pre-draft news conference on Tuesday.  If you're looking for headlines, you'll need to look elsewhere.  This isn't general manager Ruston Webster's first rodeo.  He knows better than to reveal too much to the media.  The NFL's top brass has always been nervous of giving too much information, for fear that it will end up in the enemy's (other teams) hands and be used against the Titans.  Those of us in the media laugh.  If a GM raves about a prospective draft pick during the pre-draft gathering, it means the GM isn't going to draft that player.

Really the only time we can take a GM at his word is during the post-draft news conference when the selection has been made and the newest Titan is officially announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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