13) According to Wikipedia, the Wonderlic Personnel Test is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. NFL teams give the test to prospects at the NFL Combine each year. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.
Can you process information quickly? That is what is being measured here.
20 is considered an average score; there are wide-ranging opinions as to whether test results are an indicator of future on-field success. Tom Brady got a 33; very good. Dan Marino got a 16; not so good. Ryan Fitzpatrick got a 48; excellent, but he’s heading to his 8th team this fall.
Of all the QB prospects in this year’s draft, Kyler Murray got the lowest score (20), which makes perfect sense only because Murray is a such a polarizing figure as a prospect. The Wonderlic test doesn’t measure how fast you run or how well you throw the ball.
12) Was reading some stuff about these tests and football coaches, and I laughed when I read that some coaches are leery of prospects who score really high on tests, because they think kids who are really smart won’t respect a coach’s opinions/coaching as much as they should.
11) Mets 5, Phillies 1— Bryce Harper got tossed in the fourth inning while he was in the dugout for carping about balls/strikes. It was Harper’s 12th career ejection, by 12 different umpires.
It was the first time since June 2015 that a Phillies player was ejected.
10) Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson got a 4-year, $140M contract extension last week; since then, he gave each of the Seahawks offensive lineman $12,000 in Amazon stock as a gift, to show his appreciation for them protecting him on Sunday afternoons.
9) Pretty cool that the Portland Trailblazers are a really good team, and their two best players went to college at Weber State and Lehigh, not exactly basketball factories.
8) From Elias Sports: Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon is first player to hit a walk-off home run and then hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the team’s next game since Jerome Walton did it for Cincinnati Reds on May 6-7, 1995. Blackmon did this Friday/Saturday.
7) Baseball injuries:
— Cardinals put P Michael Wacha (knee) on IL
— Red Sox P Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) is out 4-6 weeks.
— Pirates P Nick Burdi (elbow/bicep) appeared to suffer a serious injury.
6) Georgia CB Deandre Baker was supposed to be a first round draft pick in the NFL Draft Thursday, but in the months since the season ended, his stock has dropped, dating back to Baker’s decision to sit out Georgia’s season-ending Sugar Bowl loss to Texas.
In other words, if you skip your team’s bowl game, you might annoy the coaches, who talk to the scouts, and they’re not going to be as positive in their assessment of you.
This is something to track with other players going forward, as more kids skip bowl games to make sure they don’t get hurt.
5) Milwaukee 127, Detroit 104— This was Bucks’ first 7-game series sweep since 1983. Next up for Milwaukee is an interesting series with the Celtics. Detroit sets a dubious NBA record with its 14th consecutive playoff loss.
4) Joey Gallo hit his first career sac fly Sunday, in his 1,337th career plate appearance; only Greg Maddux (1,405) and Steve Sax (1,388) went longer in their careers before hitting their first sac fly.
3) I’ll sound like the older guy that I am saying this, but why do high school athletes go on TV to announce their college choice? Its like they’re attention junkies, craving the maximum amount of attention they can get. Just send out a message on Twitter or Instagram and be done with it.
2) Phoenix Suns fired coach Igor Kokoskov less than a year after hiring him; whatever poor soul coaches the Suns next year will be Phoenix’s 7th head coach in eight years.
1) Sounds like sports betting could become legal in Iowa as soon as June or July; always nice to know that Iowa, Mississippi and West Virginia are more advanced than New York in making sports betting legal. All New York is advanced in is raising taxes.