Stephen Kelley of WQOW ABC 18 co-hosts a weekly fantasy football radio show in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After the jump you can listen to “Fantasy Football Weekly” on Sports Radio 1400.
It took a lot longer than many experts expected, but Illinois’ Martez Wilson is taking his talents south.
Not to South Beach, granted, but to one heckuva fun city.
Early in the third round the New Orleans Saints drafted Martez Wilson and ended what was becoming something of a precipitous slide for the former Fighting Illini linebacker.
“You know, the past couple of days were ok,” Wilson said via teleconference. “Today was more of an anticipation day. I was relaxed, but I anticipating, waiting to see where I would go.”
Maybe the reason for Martez’s slide had to do with one of the questions asked in the teleconference: He was sort of a tweener at LB, with some teams listing him as an inside linebacker, some on the outside.
New Orleans is looking at him on the outside.
“They told me that they want me to learn the SAM linebacker slot, and line me up over some tight ends,” Wilson said. “They want me to learn that spot, learn more about all the positions, and then see where things go from there.”
Listen in to the whole teleconference, without the fun echoes of the Leshoure teleconference, after the jump. [Read more...]
Never mind that the previous few starting running backs of the Lions have had…ummm…injury problems.
Mikel Leshoure is happy to be there.
With the 57th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Mikel Leshoure became the latest Illini runner to make the leap to the NFL, this after slipping from a late-first round possibility to a late second round pick.
“It wasn’t really nerve racking waiting to be picked, for the most part, until the first day of the draft,” Leshoure said. “Then you get a little anxious waiting to hear your name called. As for the other RBs that went before me, that’s something I can’t control. I wish them all luck!”
It seemed like Leshoure was genuinely excited to be a Lion, especially since they moved up to make that pick.
“You know, they traded up in the second round to get me and they told me on the phone they were really excited to work with me,” Leshoure said. “I definitely feel more wanted to be there.
“I had really good vibes on my visit there (to Detroit),” Leshoure continued. “I got a good vibe not just from the coaches but the whole staff too, from the trainers to the kitchen.”
To hear the whole conference call, and hear the special reaction from Leshoure when his teammate and friend Martez Wilson was drafted by the Saints (worth the listen all on its own), tune in after the jump. [Read more...]
Elliott Harris has been a columnist for the Chicago Sun Times for 31 years. He has covered the Bulls, Cubs, and White Sox, and has been writing his Quick hits columns for 12 years which can be found here:
Elliott was nice enough to stop by The Backdoor Cut and in the first part of this interview he talks about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Cubs from the Bartman incident to the present day version.
The Sports Bank and The Backdoor Cut were proud to host Fred Mitchell, columnist of 36 years for the Chicago Tribune, who was nice enough to join me to talk Cubs, White Sox, and the season to come for the Chicago Bears, in that order.