A little of this, a little of that

Posted by Darren Urban on July 12, 2010 – 11:22 am

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 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?”

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11 Responses to “A little of this, a little of that”

  1. By Javier Montoya on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    Actually Darnell was pretty reserved. I was surprised. Compared to his tweets you didn’t miss any action but he did do a great job of describing how the Cardinals still have a true chance of being three time NFC West Champs and getting back to the tournament. They did talk a little about the Kerry Rhodes call out with the tweeting but that is as wild as it got.

  2. By Tom on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    Is the Dockett/Rhodes thing more than just a bit of banter?

    Some posts make you think it is but others don’t…we all know Nine-O isn’t one to hold back when it comes to speaking his mind…or is there something more to this exchange?

  3. By bobF on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    I caought the last minute of one of the videos. What’s the deal? Is ESPN short on server space? Isn’t this 2010?

  4. By Andrew on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    So glad to hear Kerry made it up to Minnesota and is excelling. I’ve been supporting him this whole time despite all of the people down talking his effort. He will be ready and will be an integral part of this defense.

  5. By Beau Frusetta on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    I love the inner-team competitions…pushes them harder, and I think it brings them together even more. From what I’ve seen in the 20 years I’ve been a fan, we’ve never really had the “team” that we’ve had since Whiz showed up.

    Get it Kerry…show Fitz what’s up! haha

  6. By moe on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    i like how they are building team chemistry pushing each other in all aspects of the game and its the off season looking forward to the season kerry will be better then rolle he brings a mental toughness that rolle did not and is good at being in the right spot and the right time and i think that just tells his work ethic on knowing small details in every situation thats something we didnt have with rolle he got beat alot like that touch down that beat us in the titans game as time expired the super bowl out of positions many times he will do great and dockett keep on em and matt will do good has a great supporting cast GO CARDS

  7. By OLdude on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    I sure am liking the chemistry the “ambience” of this team….not cocky but sure of the direction they’re heading and confident they’ll get there. NINER fans DO sound cocky and overconfident…can’t wait for the season to begin especially with the way the D-Backs are’s gonna be a long hot summer for the boys of summer I am already tired of the LeBron James. “love-fest” . Nobody I’ve seen gives the birds much love for the coming season yet I can’t shake this feeling that Matt, Larry, Adrian and Darnell are going to lead the “yung gunz ” and surprise the “experts”……(and 49’ers!)

  8. By AndyStandsUp on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    Another reason why rankings are a joke, unless it favors the Cards, of course.
    Mark Sanchez over Matthew Stafford? Stafford played fewer games but across the board had better stats with a team that couldn’t run.
    I’ll give Ray Rice the nod over Tim Hightower, but not by much, and Timmy’s got him beat by far in TDs.
    DeSean Jackson? If you’re going by potential, which they did with some, about Micheal Crabtree, Austin Collie, Sidney Rice or even Jackson’s teammate Jeremy Maclin?
    Jerad Mayo and Brian Okrapo over the USC twins Brian Cushing and Rey Maulaluga? Don’t think so.
    And Jermicheal Finley over Brent Celek and ASU’s own Zach Miller? Not even close, bud; Miller has double the stats Finley does. It alls goes to show when you break it down scientifically, the stats are always right.

  9. By AndyStandsUp on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    Another excuse for ignoring subjective articles, unless the Cards are in the top ten, obviously.
    Jason Cole of Yahoo rated the Cards 3-4 LBs 31 of 32, mostly because of age(Porter, Lenon, Hayes and Haggans; yet the Steelers foursome(Harrison, Farrior, Woodley and the other guy) number 1 because of experience.
    The Cards corp had around 50 more games(that’s one extra season) than the Squealers.
    Sure hope John Lott has extra walkers and wheelchairs for our linebackers.

  10. By OLdude on Jul 13, 2010 | Reply

    NICE JOB!!! ” A….S…..U….” You accurately and specifically detailed the very type of illogical and often biased statements that I come across so often in various mags and rags devoted to sport…especially football . Are these so called experts just so used to dumping on the Cards that it’s become a habit after all those years of bad football?…..oh yeah for our “geriatric” LB’s I can donate a whole case of DEPENDS to go along with the wheelchairs and walkers. Anybody else donating??

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