I got an e-mail yesterday from a mysterious source
encouraging me to watch News 2
at 4 and 5 p.m.
At first, I figured it was for the latest dirt on the Mindy McCready saga, but turns out it that Adam Jones was interviewed yesterday by News 2's John Dwyer about the hold-out and the off-the-field saga that has consumed much of the sports talk conversation the past few weeks.
If you missed the interview, WKRN
has two segments up on-line for you to view. The first one
and the second one
pointed out in the comments to my entry yesterday about Pacman, at least we saw Jones working out and not sitting on the Jacksonville beach, enjoying the sun and the sand. And I think it's good that he's working out because this might buck the trend of long hold-out leading to a rookie coming into camp out of shape, getting injured and losing half to all of the season. But I still go back to my same basic point that I've been hammering on all week--being in shape is one thing, learning the system so you can go up against Marvin Harrison and
company is another.
I admit part of me was a bit encouraged that Jones stated that this whole hold-out might be over by tomorrow. But I agree with Dwyer in that Jones seems to be missing the point when he assumes the hostility toward him is generated simply by his holdout.
In related news, the first courtdate for Jones is today, in relation to the incident with Robert "Big Daddy" Gaddy. According to Jones' agent, there will be a press-conference after the hearing and he also pointed out that we've not really heard Jones' side of the story and that perhaps Gaddy's version of events is not exactly the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. (As Babylon Five
once said, the truth is a three-edged sword). There may even be a counter suit coming from Jones and his legal team this morning.
Thankfully, the Titans take the field against the Bucs tomorrow night for the first pre-season game. Hopefully that will give all of us something else to obsess and speculate about in the next week or so. At this point, I'd love to tune into the sports call-in shows and get some debate on who should start at running back--Chris Brown or Travis Henry.
Oh yeah, and did I mention that I will be at said game?! ? (I just had to throw that in there...)
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/11/2005 08:32:00 AM