“I will have my Eagles jersey in my bag, and me and George Uhrich found out that it’s Southwest Airlines,” Kern said Thursday. “So they should have the game up [via WiFi]. I have the NFL Network on my phone, so that I’ll be ready to load it up and watch it as soon as we get on the plane.

The effete, feckless, and corrupt NCAA is fighting for its weak sauce existence in court, and the University of North Carolina, a reputable and respected public institution of higher learning, has recently been accused publicly by former players and instructors of serious and eyebrow raising accusations of academic fraudlike the kind that gets your charter revokedall big things happening in the sleepy and slow heated air of summer. But here in the south it is precisely that heated and humid air that informs the corpus that one of the most anticipated and awaited periods of the calendar rapidly approachesthat, of course, is football season. High schools crank up the Friday Night Lights around mid August, and by then end of August, sports fans dive in head first into the waiting five months of non stop college and NFL football.

The Seattle Seahawks traded out of the first round, making a deal with the San Francisco 49ers who selected one of the best linebacker prospects in the draft in Reuben Foster out of Alabama at No. 31. A great value pick that could be a home run for the 49ers, but injury concerns scared away several teams which is why he slid so far in the draft..

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Myrick impressed with a 40 yard dash of 4.28 seconds, the fastest time for a defensive back since 2011.Myrick, who played in the East West Shrine Game, also was the only Gopher drafted a year ago, going to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round. That kept alive Minnesota’s streak of a defensive back selected in four consecutive drafts.Without representatives in the top flight college all star games and in the combine this year, Minnesota likely won’t have a player drafted for the first time since its drought in 2011 13. Outgoing senior defensive tackle Steven Richardson, linebacker Jon Celestin and safety Duke McGhee seem to have the best chances to impress NFL scouts at the Gophers’ pro day this spring.

During the luncheon, there will be an auction of sports memorabilia including game tickets, NFL jerseys and photographs. The luncheon by itself is a $100 donation. A number of current and former NFL players are expected to attend. Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota stretches during NFL football practice Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) “I am very excited to be involved with the Polynesian Bowl Game. Being a part of something that honors my heritage is very important to me,” Mariota said.