Jay-Z gives some love to WorldWide Wes in a new song; Teddy Bridgewater tops two 2014 NFL mock drafts.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It's rare that I have news for William Wesley, the man known as World Wide Wes as well as The Most Powerful Man in Sports.
That made Wednesday a rare day. I had news for World Wide Wes.
I called him with the news that Jay-Z, in a new collaboration with Drake, had delivered a booming shout out to Wesley in a track titled, "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." It ranks No. 10, and rising, on the iTunes store Hip-Hop top songs list.
"I hadn't heard that," Wesley said.
Well, he's heard it now, after I read Darren Heitner's story at SportsAgentBlog.Wesley prefers to dial down his profile in the media and, as always, did not want to talk on the record, even after I shared this is what Jay-Z said about him:
"Shoutout to WorldWide Wes; Everywhere we go we leave a worldwide mess. Yes."
You can fill in the blanks. Jay-Z is making a powerful move into the sports agent arena, representing Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, NBA star Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and WNBA rookie Skylar Diggins. Wesley works for Creative Artists Agency, in a division that represents basketball coaches.
Wes was a fixture around the Louisville basketball program in the mid-1980s because of his friendship with Billy Thompson and Milt Wagner. The last time I saw him, Wesley had a front-row seat in the Kentucky fan block at the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.
Now, for $1.29, you can hear the biggest name in music express his admiration for the biggest name in basketball.
Turn up the music.
*Who's Number One?
Well, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is Number One – if you believe two updated 2014 NFL mock drafts issued this week.
Both USA Today and Sports Illustrated have Bridgewater sitting atop their draft boards as the first selection of the Jacksonville Jaguars, a franchise that could certainly benefit from adding a quarterback (as well as an offensive tackle, a receiver, a defensive end, several linebackers and cornerbacks).
No surprise that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the second pick. Sports Illustrated's draft is a little quarterback crazy, listing Brett Hundley of UCLA, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Tajh Boyd of Clemson and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel as Top 10 selections.
*Be patient, Louisville fans. Remember the Cards will take Maryland's place in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season. Check where the Terps play on Oct. 5 – at Florida State. ABC will televise. More interesting days are ahead.
*If Kentucky upsets Florida Saturday in Commonwealth Stadium, Will Muschamp can move directly to the front of the line for Coaches on the Hot Seat. Not only would Muschamp become the first Gators' coach to lose to Kentucky since Galen Hall (1986), he would also be 2-3 in his last five games with losses to Louisville, UK and state rival Miami.
*The storyline for the Kentucky-Florida game starts with how much offense the Gators can generate with backup quarterback Tyler Murphy. When Jeff Driskel went down with a season-ending leg injury last week, Murphy directed the Gators to a 31-17 win over Tennessee.
Murphy passed for 134 yards and ran for another 84 in his first significant action in four seasons with Florida.
And, as you might have heard, Murphy was a 2-star recruit from Connecticut whose other college offers were from Temple, Syracuse and Fordham. Not exactly Tim Tebow Lite.
How unusual will it be for a 2-star recruit to quarterback a Southeastern Conference football team?
According to Rivals, Murphy is one of two 2-stars currently starting at quarterback in the SEC. Here is the list: