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Morning Miller On Sports GIANTS WIN! - April 16, 2012
Morning Miller On Sports GIANTS WIN! - April 16, 2012

You Should Know – The Jacksonville Giants are making their way home today as the ABA’s national champions.  In a best-of-three Finals, the Giants took down the top-ranked South Carolina Warriors, 2-0.  Jacksonville, which completed its second season in the American Basketball Association, wrapped it up Sunday with a 100-91 victory.  Prior to the Finals, the Warriors held a 3-0 series lead on the Giants.  Jermaine Bell was named Tournament MVP, and Sherod “Hot Rod” Harris and Lamar Sanders were selected to the All-Tournament team.   This is the first time in the history of Jacksonville that a Jacksonville-based professional team has won a National Championship.

  

Jaguars Bite of the Day – It’s no surprise that the Jaguars would love to make a deal with the No. 7 selection in the NFL Draft.  It seems like the only way Jacksonville would stay there is if an elite talent falls to them.  From the Florida Times-Union, a couple weeks ago, Jags general manager Gene Smith would be letting teams know Jacksonville was open for business with the seventh overall pick.

http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-04-14/story/jaguars-would-love-make-deal-no-7-pick-nfl-draft

College Nugget – Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Sunday that his son Richard will become the next head coach at Florida International.  FIU fired Isiah Thomas, a Basketball Hall of Famer, on April 6 after three seasons.  According to his father, Richard Pitino will leave the Cardinals coaching staff this week.  The younger Pitino was a candidate for the job at Florida Gulf Coast last year, but ultimately decided to return to Louisville.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rick-pitino-says-son-coach-204916246--ncaab.html

Broadcasting Note – While calling the game between the Nets and Celtics, the broadcast duo of Ian Eagle and Mike Fratello have a verbal spat.  You want to talk about awkward?

http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2012-articles/april/ian-eagle-calls-out-broadcast-partner-mike-fratello-on-the-air-makes-everyone-else-extremely-uncomfortable.html

Strange Thought of the Day – Can Ray Rice, Matt Forte and Drew Brees receive long-term contracts prior to training camp?

Tweet of the last 24 hours – @Aaron_Nagler (National lead NFL blogger at @TheGoRoute) “Crazy to me how “noted” the start of offseason programs have become.  Just a few short years ago, many didn’t even pay attention.”

Stat(s) of the Day – By finishing out of the top eight at Harbour Town Golf Links, Luke Donald lost golf’s world No. 1 ranking.  Rory McIlroy, who held the top spot for two weeks last month, becomes the world No. 1.  Before McIlroy took over in March, Donald was ranked No. 1 for 40 weeks.

Link of the Day – The Crimson Tide opened their title defense with the A-Day Scrimmage. 

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/lars_anderson/04/14/alabama.spring.game/index.html?sct=hp_wr_a1&eref=sihp

Video of the Day – Marlins second baseman Omar Infante hit the first Miami homerun at the new Marlins Park.  When the home teams hits a homer, a brightly-colored sculpture in left field lights up and puts on a show.

http://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/marlins-park-sculpture-comes-alive/129787

Question of the Day – Can Dale Earnhardt, Jr. win a Sprint Cup race this season?

THIS INFORMATION WAS COMPILED BY RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST AND JACKSONVILLE GIANTS TELEVISION PLAY BY PLAY ANNOUNCER RICHARD MILLER.  AT 26, RICHARD MILLER IS THE YOUNGEST RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST IN THE NATION.  HIS SHOW, MILLER ON SPORTS, AIRS WEEKDAYS FROM 4:00 TO 6:00 P.M. ON AM 1600 WZNZ.  LISTEN TO MILLER ON SPORTS.   “EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST TALK.”  All photographs and images are the property of Miller On Sports.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

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