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Some are in New York when their NFL draft call comes. Others sit at home.

But not Tyler Wilson, the Raiders' fourth-round pick. As the ex-Razorbacks quarterback told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: "Sure enough, the phone rings and you're high-fiving a bunch of strangers in Walmart."

Paging Bill Murray

"Groundhog Day" plot, NFL version:

-- QB Matt Flynn joins a new team.

-- New team then drafts a rookie QB named Wilson.

What could possibly go wrong?a

Have a seat, kid

Player endorsement of the year?

That's courtesy of Giants GM Jerry Reese, who drafted Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib to back up ironman Eli Manning, then told reporters: "If he doesn't ever play, that would be great."

Draft headlines

-- At TheOnion.com: "Breaking: Andy Reid trades first overall pick for bite of bacon double cheeseburger."

-- At ESPN.com: "Giant humans a big winner in NFL draft."

Sultan of cloth

April 11 marked the 101st anniversary of the Yankees' trademark pinstripes.

Or 93 years since Babe Ruth first asked, "Does this uniform make my hips look too big?"

Frozen ropes dept.

"The Marlins were snowed out in Minnesota then played a doubleheader the next day with temperatures in the 30s," noted Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, "refuting the notion that this team's bats couldn't possibly get any colder."

Titles, ink

Louisville coach Rick Pitino made good on his vow and got his first tattoo after the Cardinals won the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Good thing this wasn't in vogue 40 years ago, or John Wooden would've looked like Chris (Birdman) Andersen.

Quote marks

-- Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on golfer John Daly turning 47: "Scary thing is, he'll soon be at an age where he's wearing his orange, purple and magenta-striped pants at chest level."

-- Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, after Redskins coach Mike Shanahan vowed not to play QB Robert Griffin III again unless he's 100 per cent healthy. "Had Shanahan used that strategy last year, how many games would Griffin have played? Maybe four?"

-- Bob Molinaro of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, on Kentucky's latest basketball recruiting class being hyped as the greatest of all time: "May I disagree? The greatest recruiting class consisted of Lew Alcindor all by himself."

-- New England coach Jay Heaps, to MLSsoccer.com, on the Revolution's first-half misfires before securing a 2-0 win over Philadelphia: "We were about to sacrifice a live chicken pretty soon if one of those didn't go in."

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 5, 2013 A1

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