DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) Leading off my “Jock Itch” for Today: Ryan Mallet’s dad says, “Payback” is a B, Miami!

Well, I may or may not be paraphrasing, but you get it.

Jim Mallett told the Boston Herald that “Ryan said, ‘Payback.’ He remembers it all.” This is in regards to Miami passing his son up and being chosen by New England after sliding down into the THIRD round at the 74th overall pick.

Mind you, the former Arkansas quarterback had dreams of being drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft and even relegated to the notion of being taken by the Dolphins at pick 62.

But not all is lost, right? I mean he’s headed to a team who isn’t above cheating to win, a la Bill Belichick. He’s going to get to run his fingers through Tom Brady’s fabulous locks, something NOT too many people can claim.

And Papa Mallett shouldn’t get his Razorback foam finger all twisted up because it wasn’t JUST Miami who passed on his son. If I’m not mistaken, 32 other teams gave him the snub at least ONCE too.

“Payback.” www.bostonherald.com

And in OTHER “itch” worthy news…

Way to make EVERY other quarterback in the league look bad, Drew Brees!

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Drew has actually reached into his own pockets to make sure his New Orleans Saints team can continue workouts by paying Tulane staff to help out during practices! He’s even flown in his personal trainer to oversee the team’s conditioning program! In addition to all of THAT, Drew has also arranged for the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine to provide insurance for the guys who need it, and providing lodging for some of the younger players on the team!

Uh oh, Tony Romo. It looks like you’ve got some competition… www.times-picayune.com

Speaking of the Saints, there’s a hot rumor circulating around the league that the team could actually move to…wait for it… CANADA!

“How aboot that ther?” (said in Canadian voice)

The Saints are on CRAZY damage control, after reports were saying that they came up on a short list of teams that could be paying for a big fat U-Haul outta the United States.

How did all of this come about?

Well, a guy by the name of Doug Ford, reportedly the brother of Toronto’s mayor and a member of the city council, said to a local website that “(the NFL has) to take care of the problem in Los Angeles first. Two teams are kind of in play here: Jacksonville’s number one; New Orleans is the other. So there’s two teams. Once they take care of Los Angeles, we’re going to fly over to New York, set up a meeting with Goodell and give him our pitch.”

BUT, the Saints are calling crazy Canuck on this one, via VP of communications Greg Bensel, who shot down THAT theory by saying, “Reports about the Saints as a potential team moving to Toronto are completely false. The New Orleans Saints are committed to the city of New Orleans.”

Hmmm… www.times-picayune.com

Things continue to publicly unravel for Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall after he used his Twitter thumbs to comment on the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden and his views of the events of 9/11 earlier last week.

On top of the public backlash he’s already received, USA Today is reporting that the athletic wear company, Champion, is ending their business relationship with Rashard, citing that the company doesn’t think he can appropriately represent them going forward.

He’s been endorsing Champion since 2008 and was scheduled to do so through 2015 after a recent extension with their relationship.


Here’s Champion’s full statement below:

“Champion is a strong supporter of the government’s efforts to fight terrorism and is very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of the U.S. Armed Forces. Earlier this week, Rashard Mendenhall, who endorses Champion products, expressed personal comments and opinions regarding Osama bin Laden and the September 11 terrorist attacks that were inconsistent with the values of the Champion brand and with which we strongly disagreed. In light of these comments, Champion was obliged to conduct a business assessment to determine whether Mr. Mendenhall could continue to effectively communicate on behalf of and represent Champion with consumers. While we respect Mr. Mendenhall’s right to express sincere thoughts regarding potentially controversial topics, we no longer believe that Mr. Mendenhall can appropriately represent Champion and we have notified Mr. Mendenhall that we are ending our business relationship. Champion has appreciated its association with Mr. Mendenhall during his early professional football career and found him to be a dedicated and conscientious young athlete. We sincerely wish him all the best.”  www.usatoday.com

Here we go with ANOTHER athlete with dangerous Twitter thumbs!

Point guard Tony Wroten is the 14th best recruit in the nation, who’s headed to Washington to be a Husky in the fall. Well, he tweeted back in January about the fact that his Spanish class only had three-people in it and that it was actually a sham solely to get him into college!

His tweet was, “Just me and my 2 bros. We got a 3 person Spanish class # Nice”

It turns out, that very same tweet led to an investigation which ultimately resulted in the firing of the high school’s athletic director.

What did the investigation find? Well, it looks like Tony found himself in the tiny remedial class after the athletic director at Garfield High had given Tony and another star athlete passing grades the year before, in a Spanish class that never even existed!

Tony needed the remedial class because otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to earn the required credits needed to get into U-dub.

You better believe Lorenzo Romar will probably have a nice little chat about Twitter and the effects of social media when Tony steps foot on the practice court…Unreal. www.seattletimes.com

And finally…

This is brilliant, but a boozed up Shin-Soo Choo was rather upset that his arresting officer didn’t speak Japanese!

The Indians outfielder was completely wasted when his SUV was pulled over and he rambled on and on to a cop saying, “I’ve never lied” in regards to telling the officer that he was looking for an off ramp.

The only problem? He wasn’t on the highway.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the actual video and you HAVE to see this! Shin even tried to bribe the officer by saying, “whatever you want.” He then got pretty perturbed that the cop didn’t speak Korean and added, “my life is done” at one point in his drunken ramblings. VIDEO

Shin in the FOURTH highest paid player this season with a salary just under $4 million bucks.

I’m sure he won’t have to have a co-signer from a bail bonds place. www.cleveland.com

And THAT’s my “Jock Itch!”