I tried to track down some video of Darnell Dockett during his various stints on ESPN on Friday, but alas, I was informed those things only remained on the network’s servers for 24 hours, so unless you TiVoed it, you’re out of luck (and that includes me, actually). I am sure it was epic. It had to be if Darnell remained in the flow of the chat he gave on ESPN.com during his “carwash” (Thanks to KTAR’s Dave Burns for informing me of that term, used to describe bouncing around to multiple shows in one day).
Dockett was at his quip-worthy best, whether talking about his contract extension (“I’m waiting like Rip Van Winkle”) or his workouts (“As intense as the hot dog eating contest July 4″). Then he closed with this mini-monologue: “Please don’t judge me. I love you all. One day Jim Rome will let me on his show. Until then, I’m going to play basketball in Connecticut on ESPN. My crush for Oprah Winfrey still exists. We are now in the process of going through relationship counseling. I look forward to having a successful season trying to win our third straight NFC West title.”
In the meantime, Sporting News, in an edition talking about the best athletes under 25 years old, also put together an NFL under-25 team. Two Cardinals made the list: Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and defensive end Calais Campbell. Both picks are appropriate — I expect both to have big years. One thing struck me as strange, though. While I get that rookie Ndamukong Suh is a defensive tackle (he is universally expected to be an NFL success), I am surprised 49ers rookie guard Mike Iupati made the list. Iupati may be good, but there are no other young guards in the league that have already played that couldn’t beat out someone who hasn’t played a down yet?
Good to see Kerry Rhodes has made it up to Fitz’s camp in Minnesota. The two went back and forth on who would “win” one-on-one drills; Rhodes dropped this tweet today: “So to all the haters me and @Lfitzgerald11 first 1 on 1 match up went in favor of me! I’m 1 and 0! And workouts were great!”
Then again, Dockett — who zinged Rhodes recently about making sure he’s working hard — isn’t letting up on his new teammate: “@kerryrhodes -much luv I just want u to bring it! That’s all and We boys but if u don’t bring it, It will be my honor to whip yo ass!! Ok?” Responded Rhodes, “@ddockett so am I and that’s why I was elected captain b4 I would think and all pro and that’s what I’m getting back to. U?”
Tags: Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, DRC, Kerry Rhodes, Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Iupati, Ndamukong Suh
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