Welcome back from the weekend. We hope the mothers among you enjoyed your special day, and we hope the rest of you enjoyed it too. That's one of the great things about special days to celebrate others. Do them right and they're for everyone. The ribeye and shrimp in my belly attest to this.
NFL minicamps have begun, and that means our news feed today is littered with news.
From the AP via the Hutchinson News, Pete Carroll has already gone about as far as one can to naming Tyler Lockett the team's starting return specialist without utterly confirming it. Carroll appears to be absolutely in love with our man Tyler.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says Lockett may be Seattle's best rookie since some guy named Russell Wilson, and in Saturday's camp recap on the official Seahawks site Lockett is responsible for two of the "five things we learned".
As for Lockett himself, the Seattle Times has quotes from Lockett and a video clip from Saturday's post-practice media availability, and on the Seahawks' official site, Lockett talked about his mom on Mother's Day. Such a good boy.
And in case you missed it, over the weekend Elijah Lee tweeted out a congratulations to Dakorey Johnson for also getting a shot with Seattle, something which hasn't been reported elsewhere (that we can find).
Philadelphia's minicamp was closed to the media, which means all Eagles' writers can do is talk about what people are willing to talk about. Nick Fierro of the (Allentown) Morning Call suggests Chip Kelly's making a bit of a statement with his overhaul of the secondary. Martin Frank of the Wilmington News Journal notes that Kelly's value system is on full display with this year's draft and other personnel moves, which -- without saying it directly -- shines a light on the fundamental difference between NFL and college coaches.
No real news on any other K-State hopefuls, but the Steelers did post a profile piece on B.J. Finney by writer Mike Prisuta -- and that's not a common thing for a team to do for an undrafted free agent.
The BatCats got on base yesterday, but had trouble getting those runners off, stranding 10 in a 4-3 loss to the Sooners. That gave the series to Oklahoma, and leaves K-State tied for sixth with this weekend's season-ending series in Lawrence left to decide the Wildcats' Big 12 fate. They desperately need to win that series or risk watching the Big 12 tournament on their iPads.
Another fine outing for a very small group of Wildcats at the Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln saw Marija Stambolic take first in the women's 800m and second-place finishes from Alyssa Kelly in the women's 100m and Blake Goodin in the men's 1500. The vast majority of the squad skipped this trip, having already secured their positions in this weekends Big 12 outdoor championships at Ames.
Madison Talley, the first K-State woman to ever qualify for the NCAA regionals as an individual, put up a great fight and shot an even-par 216 for the event, finishing tied 23rd overall. Unfortunately, that was three strokes shy of qualifying for the national championship tournament, but that shouldn't take the shine off a bright finish for the golf program to close 2015.
Saturday morning, ground was broken on the new soccer facility!.