Sideline chatter

April 21, 2013 

BLOCKERS’ DELIGHT

Jon Gruden has the morning line on this year’s NFL draft: It’s Alabama’s.

“Who really jumps at me is the offensive line, period,” said ESPN’s Jon Gruden. “(Barrett) Jones, the center. The left guard, (Chance) Warmack is a heck of a player. (D.J.) Fluker at right tackle.

“I’m starting to think that Mel Kiper could have run for 750 yards at Alabama.”

Voice from

the past

•  In the Palm Springs (Calif.) Desert Sun, after Lindsey Vonn’s former husband sarcastically tweeted about Tiger Woods’ improper drop: “Ex narcs the spot.”

Sign and go

Kevin McGuff, the Washington women’s basketball coach, bolted the Huskies for Ohio State — barely one month after agreeing to a contract extension through 2020.

Which automatically puts him on the watch list for the Steve Alford Award.

No-hit wonder

The Class A Florida State League fined and suspended Jorge Soler for five games after he rushed the opposing dugout brandishing a bat.

“The punishment could have been worse,” reasoned Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, “but since he was a member of the Cubs’ organization, baseball officials figured he actually wouldn’t hit anything.”

Quote marks

•  Marlins president David Samson, to HBO’s “Real Sports,” to Miami fans feeling cheated after the team gutted the roster upon getting a publicly funded stadium built: “Just because we got divorced doesn’t mean we were lying on our wedding day.”

•  Hall of Famer Julius Erving, saying the 76ers need to open their wallet for free agency: “Washington and Lincoln can’t play the corners for you, but they can get somebody that can.”

•  Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, on Flower Seed Packet Night at Yankee Stadium: “Special guests for the evening … Ted Lilly, Pete Rose and Buster Posey.”

Class is

in session

“The movie ‘42’ is out,” noted comedy writer Alex Kaseberg. “It is a movie about Jackie Robinson, so it is about class, courage, grace and dignity. Or as it is also known: ‘The Not Alex Rodriguez Story.’ ”

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