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By Steve Virgen | June 14, 2013
When Matt Barkley agreed to a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, much of the talk shifted to the money the quarterback lost for staying another year at USC. Whatever the amount (terms of the contract weren't disclosed), he gained something that could be more valuable than the dollars he could've earned. Because Barkley, a Newport Beach native, wasn't selected until the fourth round, he acquired a much-needed chip on his shoulder. He's out to prove to everyone he can achieve success in the NFL and be a productive pro quarterback.
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May 1, 2013
Former record-setting tailback inks free-agent deal with Baltimore after stint at Louisiana Tech. Former Orange Coast College tailback Ray Holley has signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, Pirates football coach Mike Taylor said in an announcement made by the school. Holley who playd at OCC in 2008 and 2009, completed his college career at Louisiana Tech. As a sophomore at OCC, Holley rushed for 1,457 yards, which was then a school single-season record, on 311 carries.
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By Leigh Steinberg | April 20, 2013
The most anxiety-fueled, suspenseful, nerve-wracking, emotional and ultimately explosively joyful day of the year is coming this week for anyone who represents prospects for this year's National Football League Draft. The long "second season" of All-Star games, the scouting combine, pro scouting days on campus, and individualized interactions which constitute postseason scouting are done. NFL teams have compiled a draft board which lists their assessment of every potentially draftable player by an overall rating number and then by position.
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By Leigh Steinberg | March 22, 2013
Traditional agentry has too often been lampoonish, cartoonish, greedy and destructive to clients and sports itself. Some of the basic concepts, which are slavishly adhered to, are just wrong. The battle in sports ought not be labor versus management. The critical challenge for the NFL is Major League Baseball, the NBA, HBO TV, Walt Disney World and every other form of discretionary entertainment spending. Sports are not like the need for food on the table or transportation to work.
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March 5, 2013
Darren Fells, a former UC Irvine men's basketball standout who has not played football since high school, was signed to a three-year contract as a tight end by the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL.com. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Fells, the story said, worked out for the team on Tuesday. Fells played professional basketball the last year for Libertad Sunchales in Argentina. His pro basketball career also included stops in Mexico,, France, Finland and Belgium. A four-year starter at UCI, he earned second-team All-Big West honors as a senior in 2006-07, when he averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in the regular season and led the Big West in field-goal percentage (.566)
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By Leigh Steinberg | February 23, 2013
The Super Bowl of NFL Draft scouting — the NFL Draft combine that takes place this week — can dramatically alter the draft status of aspiring players. Several hundred college seniors and juniors who have declared for the draft are invited to Indianapolis for days of testing. Every NFL scout, director of player personnel, assistant and head coach, team executives, and many owners have assembled from across the nation to assess the potential for a potential draftee to help their team.
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By Leigh Steinberg | December 22, 2012
The National Football League is America's passion. Dominating the top 10 of Nielsen television ratings, estimates are that 180 million people watched part of a game last week. There are packed stadiums, fantasy football fanatics and bettors. The NFL is our collective obsession. This was the marriage made in heaven for contemporary appetites for quick bursts of action in tightly contained segments, made for television and every platform of content supply. But the pace and immediacy are being severely impacted by endless instant replays and late calls.
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November 16, 2012
Former NFL stars Andre Reed, Chris McCalister and Anthony Miller are among a handful of celebrity guests who are helping to lead the inaugural Dave & Buster's Charity Golf Classic to benefit Talk About Curing Autism. The event also features a charity dinner Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Dave & Buster's in Irvine. The dinner is $50 and includes a $15 game card along with five raffle tickets and unlimited video play that night. The Golf Classic is on Monday, with registration at 9 a.m. and tee time at 11 a.m. at Aliso Viejo Country Club.
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By Leigh Steinberg | September 29, 2012
Southern California caught NHL fever earlier this year. It was the first time that I've seen car flags, viewing parties, television news focus and large-scale excitement for hockey. Had the Stanley Cup drive been a movie, it would have faded to black and been followed by a flowering of interest in hockey. Instead, the players are locked out and the amount of publicity and interest around the NHL has been allowed to wane. The National Hockey League has a unique penchant for self-destructiveness in the way it conducts negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.
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By Steve Virgen | September 27, 2012
When one of the most controversial calls in NFL history took place, Laird Hayes wasn't watching it during the Monday Night Football telecast. Hayes, a Newport Beach resident and an NFL side judge entering his 18th season, said he was watching the movie, "Midnight in Paris. " "I absolutely refused to watch those scabs work," said Hayes, who made the big call on Mario Manningham's catch along the sideline during the Giants' game-winning drive against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in February.
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