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The Morning Miller On Sports For March 2, 2012

Jaguars Bite of the Day – On Tuesday, former Jags quarterback David Garrard called into SiriusXM to discuss his overall health and Blaine Gabbert. 

 Garrard, a free agent, said his back is now 100 percent healthy.  He also believes Gabbert can be the future at quarterback for Jacksonville.  On Gabbert’s pocket presence, Garrard commented, “You can’t learn to be brave in the pocket, but if he just trains his mind to think, ‘You’re going to get hit.’  Most of the time they really don’t hurt, it just catches you off guard.  But you’re going to get hit.”  Gabbert’s improvement in 2012 will be a constant storyline.

You Should Know – The Philadelphia Eagles placed the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson Thursday afternoon.  Philadelphia is the first team to use that designation on a player this off-season.  If he signs the tender, Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, will make $9.4 million in 2012.  In all four of his seasons, he’s gone over 912 yards receiving.  The Eagles have said they’d like to keep Jackson long-term.  ESPN reported that they’ll listen to trade offers for the 25-year-old. 

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/429812/tania-ganguli/2012-02-28/david-garrard-blaine-gabbert-needs-develop-pocket

College Football Nugget – President Obama joined Bill Simmons, of Grantland.com, for his B.S. Report podcast.  They touched on multiple sports topics.  President Obama said he’d rather see an eight-team college football playoff, but is okay with four teams.  The President shared his thoughts: “Nothing is more frustrating than at the end of the season, nobody knows who won.  And what, there is some poll?  Coaches make a decision?  Nobody knows what that means?”

Broadcasting Note – Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia showed off his impression of ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian. 

http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/03/01/heres-j-p-arencibias-divine-tim-kurkjian-impression-with-tim-kurkjian-looking-on/

Strange Thought(s) of the Day – Rory McIlroy, who shot a first-round 66 in the Honda Classic on Thursday, is currently the second-ranked golfer in the world.  From what I’ve seen, the 22-year-old is four to six rounds away from becoming the best in the world.  I can see him winning two or three majors this year.

Tweet of the last 24 hours – @LBSports (Larry Brown, former national sports radio host) “Ben Howland had two of the NBA’s best players (Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook) and couldn’t win a title.  He’s needed to be called out for awhile.”

Stat(s) of the Day – After 15 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, catcher and team captain Jason Vartiek officially retired Thursday.  The three-time All-Star caught four no-hitters and won two championship rings.

Link of the Day – For the fantasy baseball junkies out there, I’m thinking of you.  From Sports Illustrated, here’s a guide to MLB rookies who can contribute to you potentially winning a fantasy title.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/eric_mack/03/01/fantasy-baseball-rookies/index.html

Video of the Day – Newly-acquired Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett, in the act of bunting, took a ball off his face.  Ouch.

http://deadspin.com/5889593/now-aj-burnett-is-officially-a-pirate-he-hurt-himself-bunting-a-ball-off-his-face

Question of the Day – The NFL Network reported yesterday that Oakland safety Tyvon Branch will be receiving his team’s franchise tag.  How many NFL fans, outside of the California area, have heard of Branch?

Jacksonville Giants Basketball – The Jacksonville Giants will host the Southeastern Regional Playoffs of the American Basketball Association (ABA) the weekend of March 17th.  The final game will be played March 18th at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. For more information visit http://www.jacksonvillegiants.com or call 904-355-6531.

 

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