Monday, April 16, 2012

Kentucky's Eloy Vargas takes a fan to her prom

Seldom used Kentucky center Eloy Vargas made one fan queen for a night. During an autograph signing session Saturday Vargas was approached by Natascha Richardson, a 17-year-old student at Gatton Academy. She then asked Vargas to accompany her to her prom.

“It was my turn to get an autograph and I was just like, what are you doing tonight, and he was like ‘what are you doing tonight’ and I was like, you should go to prom with me and it just kind of happened and I was like ahh, cool.” 

Vargas accepted and hurried to get ready for his date. He was happy to be doing something tho make someone else happy.

"She didn’t have a date so I thought, I should do something for her,” Vargas said.

"It's a lot of blessings to be a part of this thing right now and be over here, part of this girl's life and making her dream come true," says Vargas.

Vargas did a nice thing for someone on their special night.

No word on who was voted prom queen.

Von Miller predicts that Tebow will start in New York

Von Miller of the Denver Broncos is now in the prediction business. And he's speaking up for former teammate and current New York Jet, Tim Tebow.

Miller was one of Tebow's biggest supporters last season and thinks that he'll eventually take the starting quarterback job from the incumbent starter, Mark Sanchez.

Miller said: ''I think everybody's mistaken if you think he's just going to go over there and be a wildcat quarterback or a situational quarterback. The Tebow that I know is going ... to be able to compete for that starting job.''   

If Sanchez gets off to a slow start, he should definitely be looking over his shoulder because the fans will be calling for Tebow should he falter.

The Jazz name will stay in Utah

King David has laid down the law once again. NBA commissioner David Stern says that the Jazz nickname will remain in Utah. The team nickname was inherited when the New Orleans Jazz moved to Salt Lake City back in 1979.

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is set to take over ownership of the New Orleans Hornets, a nickname that came with the team when it moved from Charlotte and said that he would like to pursue getting the Jazz name back in New Orleans.

“We need to find a name like (Jazz),” Benson said, referring to New Orleans first NBA team that relocated to Salt Lake City in 1979. “Whether we can get that or let us use that, you’ve got to know we’re working on it. We’d like to change it tomorrow. We have not gotten that approved, but we’re not letting up on it, either. Because we’ve got a good relationship with the commissioner and his people and we’re going to be on them daily to do something.”

"I'm going to ask all of you to help me with this, too," Benson said. "We want to change the name from Hornets . . . . to something that means New Orleans and Louisiana. The 'Hornets' doesn't mean anything.' "

Stern squashed the whole idea today at a press conference for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

“It belongs to Utah,” Stern said. “I wouldn’t make it such an important point. There are many things that are indigenous to the area. I’m sure there will be some wonderful nicknames (suggestions).”

The ideal thing would be for the two teams to swap nicknames, since Utah is the Beehive State and New Orleans is closely associated with jazz music. It sounds logical but it won't happen so be prepared to hear about the nickname contest after Benson gets approved as owner.

Siena to give Derek Jeter an honorary degree

It will be a special moment at Siena University on May 13. That is their day of commencement and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will receive an honorary doctorate.  

Siena says it chose to give the degree to Jeter "in recognition of his leadership, accomplishments on the baseball field and dedication to improving the lives of young people through his Turn 2 Foundation."

In a statement, Jeter says he's humbled by Siena's move, adding he "will cherish this degree as highly as any honor I have received or will receive."

Jeter won't be able to make the ceremony since the Yankees will be playing the Seattle Mariners, but he will have a video message played. His sister, Sharlee, will be there to accept the degree for him.

Does that mean we'll have to call him Dr. Jeter?