The posters congratulating Bobby Brownlie "on being a major league draft pick" were folded to conceal the reference to "1st round," just in case he slid beyond the first 30 picks.
"We didn't want to jinx it," said Brownlie's father, Rob.
The "1st round" was proudly unveiled Tuesday and Brownlie's first of many hugs went to his father after Rutgers' junior right-hander was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 21st pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Cubs choose Rutgers pitcher
Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, and Bobby Brownlie?
Don't be surprised if that Wrigley rotation becomes a reality in the near future.
It was made possible yesterday with the Chicago Cubs' selection of Brownlie, the former Rutgers fireballer, with the 21st pick of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.
Cubs take Brownlie with 21st pick
Following the first day of the 2002 Major League baseball first-year draft, four Rutgers University players have been selected. Junior pitcher Bobby Brownlie (Edison, NJ) was chosen in the first round, 21st overall, by the Chicago Cubs, while junior OF Val Majewski (Freehold, NJ) was taken in the third round, 76th overall, by the Baltimore Orioles. In addition, junior pitcher Jason Bergmann (Manalapan, NJ) was chosen in the 11th round, 317th overall, by the Montreal Expos and the same team selected Tim Sweeney (Sparta, NJ) in the 20th round.
Four Rutgers Players Selected on First Day of Major League Draft
In the dead of the offseason, the geniuses have once again come out of their caves to hurl the mailbag at their loyal college football scribe.
The natives are particularly riled at our story on Matt LoVecchio's transfer from Notre Dame. The Tennessee non-investigation stirred up interest. And there the usual personal jabs at the intelligence and appearance of your hard-working correspondents.
Shooting the messenger
Prohibiting computer rankings from considering margin of victory is a mistake that could produce "crazy'' results, claim two men whose calculations are part of the Bowl Championship Series formula.
The BCS is expected to announce a change that would require computer rankings to eliminate margin of victory from the calculations. Those who decline to conform to the new rule would be dropped.
Herman Matthews, whose ratings are syndicated by Scripps Howard News Service, said he replied to a recent request by a BCS representative to calculate ratings for college football teams if victory margin were eliminated from his formula.
Pollsters say victory margin matters in BCS rankings
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