JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: June 30, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Oddibe McDowell. …

  • Does the NFL have a gun problem with its players? It would seem so, given this week's news on former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez implicated and jailed without bail in the shooting death of a friend, Odin Lloyd.

    It made all the national news rounds and now officials are seeing if Hernandez could have been involved in a double murder last year.

    Then you have 25-year-old Colts safety Joe Lefeged, who was arrested on gun related charges. He was in a car, whose driver fled from police. Lefeged was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition.

    Another former NFL rookie, Ausar Walcott, was released by the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, after he was arrested for attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey.

    Walcott was accused of punching Derek Jones in the head, putting him in critical condition and doctors have put him in a medically induced coma in hopes of saving his life.The incident occurred outside The Palace's Gentlemen's Club in Passaic.

    That should be enough fires for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to work on before NFL teams open training camp next month.

  • Former Tennessee and NY Jets quarterback Erik Ainge did some talking out of school. His comments were aimed at starting QB Mark Sanchez.

    After Sanchez smashed a female's cell phone to stop her from taking pictures of him streaking at a party a number of years ago, Ainge painted this picture of Sanchez.

    “He's dumb about it,'' Ainge said. “He's stupid while being stupid. You have to be smart while being stupid and he's dumb while being dumb. Look at the video.

    “He needs someone he trusts there when Mark wants to go streaking through his own condo.''

    Ainge was with the Jets in 2008-2010.

  • Unless the Predators make a last minute move to jump up from their No. 4 slot in today's NHL draft, they will still get a quality pick.

    Sports Illustrated projects the top pick by Colorado will be Seth Jones, an American born defenseman. Jones is the son of Popeye Jones, a former NBA player who played his college basketball at Murray State before embarking on a solid NBA career. Popeye Jones was a freakish athlete who played shortstop in high school with an NFL's tight end's body.

    Seth grew up in Dallas, where his father played for the Mavericks, and has had an impressive amateur career. No question the Avalanche could use some defense.

    They have the Predators taking Finnish center Aleksander Barkov, who is 6-2 and carries 205 pounds. Barkov is full of hockey instincts and had 21 goals and 27 assists for Tappara in Finland.

    Nathan MacKinnon is expected to be the Florida Panthers pick at No. 2. He is also a fluid two-way center who dishes and scores with ease. Think a younger Sidney Crosby.

  • Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis had to cough up $50,000 to get his jersey number with the Bucs. That was the price tag Bucs safety Mark Barron put on jersey No. 24 and Revis met his demand.
  • Congrats to Courtney Chandler, whose maiden name is Courtney Woods. She was one of Vanderbilt's best golfers several years ago and was runner-up in the Women's State Amateur Championship at Vanderbilt's Legends Club last week. Now 31 years old, she had not played competitive golf in some time, concentrating on her job with a Brentwood financial group and marriage.

    She lost to former Donelson Christian Academy and current University of Kentucky golfer Sarah Harris, who won the finals match play, 3-and-2 over Chandler.

    Chandler graduated from Vanderbilt in 2004, bounced around the professional ranks before pursuing a business career. She showed last year, she still has what it takes.

  • One of the most popular pro wrestlers of his era, Jackie Fargo, died recently near his home in North Carolina. He died of congestive heart disease and was reported to be two days short of turning 83.

    Fargo was widely recognized for his rendition of the Fargo Strut. Local wrestler-promoter Jeff Jarrett was mentored by Fargo. After hearing of Fargo's death, Jarrett tweeted: ” RIP Jackie Fargo … Huge influence on my career … Often imitated, never duplicated.''

    Fargo was popular throughout the Southeast, working the Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Atlanta circuit in the 1960s and 70s, when the sport first started televising events. He was in on grassroots wrestling, and along with brothers Don and Sonny, they were the “Fabulous Fargos,'' ripping and roaring in the rings surrounded by screaming, passionate fans.

  • It was one of the most boring NBA Drafts I can recall. It ran low on star power, thus it made it very difficult to rate how teams fared.
  • Sports Illustrated's NBA writer Chris Mannix took a stab at it.

    He gave Memphis an A- and the Griz didn't even have a first round pick. That means San Diego State G/F Jamaal Franklin and Latvia F Janis Timma better be the real deal. Who knows?

    Mannix gave Minnesota an A with first round picks Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA) and Louisville's Grgui Dieng joining second rounders Lorenzo Brown of N.C. State and Bojan Dubljevic a forward from Montenegro.

    I agree with Mannix that the Kings earned an A with first round pick Ben McLemore, a Kansas guard and second rounder Ray McCallum, a guard from Detroit-Mercy.

    And in conclusion on NBA news, raise you hand if you give a hoot where free agent Dwight Howard lands.

    I said raise your hand. Oh. I get it.

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