The big news of the day today came from Baton Rouge as LSU coach Les Miles announced that reserve offensive lineman Jarvis Jones was dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Jones was not expected to figure deeply into the team’s plans for this season, but he was slated to slide into the starting lineup in a season or two once he finished filling out his slender frame.

All-in-all, this is a tough loss on the depth chart, but not so much in the grand scheme of things, because Jones was developing a solid rap sheet and a kid can only be given so many “final chances” before it’s time to make him bite the bullet and I applaud Miles’ decision in this case.

With all that LSU has to offer a player in terms of academics and in terms of NFL prospects, if a kid can not realize how good of a situation he is in, then he does not deserve to be in that situation.
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After a horrible showing at the US Open in which most of my picks bowed out and were never in contention, I have come back with a vengeance in the Open Championship with nearly all of my picks at or near the top of the board.

US Open hero Rocco Mediate, Graeme McDowell and my pick Robert Allenby are all tied at -1 following day one with Australians Greg Norman and Adam Scott one shot back at level-par.

But possibly the most intriguing story of the tournament so far is on the bottom of the score sheet where you find prominent players like Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh who all struggled to break 80 Thursday and possibly shot themselves out of the tournament.

I was not excited about this tournament coming into the week, but I am now. With the wind chopping at 30 miles per hour and the rain falling, it is making for good theater and I can not see the winning score being anything better than a couple shots over par.

What the weather is also doing that I like is opening up the field to veteran players. With the advent of bigger and stronger players and more and more advanced clubs, the more modern players tend to hit the ball miles into the air and rely more on spin and distance. But with this week’s wind, the player with better ball control is favored, giving more guys like Greg Norman (E) a chance to compete.

It will be a fun championship all week and I look forward to seeing it all play out.

Contenders:
1. Ernie Els: +10 T136
2. Sergio Garcia: +2 T15
3. Justin Rose: +4 T38
4. Lee Westwood: +5 T52
5. Miguel Angel Jimenez: +2 T 15
6. Vijay Singh: +10 T136
7. Anthony Kim: +2 T15
8. Adam Scott: E T4
9. Stewart Cink: +5 T54
10. Stuart Appleby: +2 T15

Sleepers:
1. Colin Montgomerie: +3 T27
2. Hunter Mahan: +10 T136
3. KJ Choi: +2 T15
4. Mike Weir: +1 T7
5. Paul Casey: +8 T110
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I am pressed for time, so we will take a day off from our stadium search for now. I will give you the rest of our list over the weekend. I have had a long day and need to get some rest for another long day tomorrow.
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Headlines:

A’s trade RHP Blanton to Phils – Good move for the Phils. They get a run of the mill arm to help them down the stretch, which is what they desperately need as they have a shortage of starters.

Spurrier says he will stay with Gamecocks– This is good for both South Carolina and the SEC. The Gamecocks are on the way up and the Visor can get them to the ranks of Florida and Tennessee if he remains patient with his program.

Yankees reach deal with Sexson – What does a team with tons of overpaid veterans need more than anything? How about another overpaid veteran. The Yankees are a sinking ship about to hit bottom.

YouTube Video of the Day:

Our YouTube video today has nothing to do with sports and comes from a television show from the 1990s. Just with so many people complaining about how weird and how sacrilegious it is for Brett Favre to be considering playing for someone other than the Packers, I show you this to remind you that even the best, most closest kin have their disputes from time-to-time.

Have a great Friday, folks.

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