Biggest sports weekend ever . . . Just Sayin'

As much as we look to Kentucky our eyes on USC's NFL Draft this big, big sports weekend.

Biggest sports weekend ever? Maybe.

Although we're not sure if we're all that happy the way this plays out for My Old Kentucky Home getting upstaged by both the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and the NFL Draft not to mention the the NBA and NHL playoffs.

We're Just Sayin'. Saturday did get started right for everyone with a USC tie after no Trojans were tapped Friday, some of the most deserving names to ever grace the Cardinal and Gold got the call on a four-USC-player day.

*** Josh Shaw got it going as the 120th overall pick and to Cincinnati, where they're always willing to take a shot on someone with talent -- and a USC player, it seems. Good for my old Bengals. And really good for Josh. He deserved a break, despite his self-inflicted senior season wounds, and got one. No long wait for him . . . Just Sayin'.

*** Five picks later, Buck Allen kept it going -- and in the division -- when Baltimore called his number and you have to like it that he'll get to play for one of the more solid, trustworthy and smart NFL coaches in John Harbaugh. Again, Buck deserved this . . . Just Sayin'.

*** Then Cleveland stepped up and Coach Mike Pettine, son of a great Pennsylvania high school coach and that rare guy who went from high school coach directly to the NFL, picked Randall Telfer, who had pretty much thought he'd have to hope for free agency. Foot surgery kept him from working out and will keep him from returning before late summer. But there he'll be, as a rookie, a great influence in the locker room from Day 1. Nice job by the Browns . . . Just Sayin'.

*** Then really keeping it in the AFC Central for all four Trojans, Hayes Pullard joined Randall in Cleveland. That's some young leadership for a Browns team that could surely use it. Another team that seems to be picking character guys. Hayes and Randall as good as it gets . . . Just Sayin'.

*** And just think, as the sanctions end, all four of the USC guys who had to live and play the last three years with fewer scholarships, got drafted ahead of the first -- and only -- Notre Dame player taken in this draft. And that was only after all six Trojans were selected. Maybe the USC guys were toughened up enduring NCAA penalties imparted in part by a Notre Dame official who did not have the last laugh here. The USC guys did . . . Just Sayin'.

*** So this weekend is the perfect time for the team at the all-time top spot for total NFL Draft picks to no longer be Notre Dame, with 485 picks, as it falls behind USC, with 488 now. But who's counting, eh Missy? . . . Just Sayin'.

*** One other NFL Draft note for USC this week. Not only did Leonard Williams and Nelson Agholor increase USC's all-time lead in first-round NFL picks up to 79 compared to Ohio State's 71 and Notre Dame's 62, it upped the Trojans No. 1 lead in modern times since the unified draft went into effect in 1967. ESPN's Kyle Bonagura notes that USC now has 68 first-rounders since 1967 with only Paul Dee's Miami, with 58, and Ohio State, with 56, the two programs within 20 of USC . . . Just Sayin'.

*** We'd have loved to see someone take a flyer on J.R. Tavai but as he was at USC, J.R. seems to be a defender in search of a position. Now as a free agent, he can find a team that needs what he can do and in late news, maybe he did with reports having him signing on with Tennessee . . . Just Sayin'.

*** And we absolutely believe George Farmer will be better off as a free agent and hope he takes his time to find exactly the right team where his skill set and personality will give him a chance to play out his dream. Here's hoping for George that that team is Dallas, as his free agent signing has been announced . . . Just Sayin'.

*** And one last time before we let go of the weekend, we can't encourage you any more strongly to get out to campus Sunday at 2 p.m. to see the first- and fourth-ranked women's and men's Trojan track and field teams take on UCLA at Loker Stadium on Cromwell Field. We know this once great spectator sport in Southern California has gone by the wayside a bit in our TV era (although it will be on Pac-12 Networks) but in person, a big track and field event is like a three-ring circus. You don't know where to look, there's so much going on. But with all the great young USC talent, there will be lots of stars worth watching. Be there. You'll be glad you were . . . Just Sayin'. You can follow me on Twitter at @dweber3440 or email me at weber@uscfootball.com.


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