By Mike Jones on February 24, 2020 at 12:48 pm
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Passing the Funnel

Iowa Senate File 2330 made it over its first legislative hurdle last Friday, making it through the so called “funnel”, as it was a bill that made it out of a full senate committee. The bill, one of the few newsworthy bipartisan efforts from the Iowa Senate, would allow athletes at regent universities, community colleges and private colleges to earn compensation from the use of their name, image or likeness rights. The bill further prohibits the institution from preventing such compensation and authorizes the athletic program of the institution to require that the athlete deposit some or all of the funds received into a trust fund, state taxation deferred, until the athlete is no longer eligible to participate in the athletic program.

All that fancy language out of the way: the bill would allow Iowa student athletes to make money off of their names and prohibit universities from preventing them from doing so, but the money wouldn’t be available to them until they were done playing the sport. On one hand that’s great, as a player can actually make money off of their name. On the other hand, don’t the players kinda need the money…when they’re playing?

Whether or not this actually means anything is to be determined. The NCAA said back in October that they wanted to allow students to benefit from their name, with a goal towards making the changes in January of 2021. Iowa’s bill wouldn’t go into effect until July 1st, 2023 and there has been discussion at the national level about making some sort of federal legislation to ensure that student athletes could benefit from their name. It’s good posturing at the statehouse but it might be moot legislation, assuming it passes.

You Know What They Say About Big Hands

The NFL Combine is in full force so that means ridiculous prognostications about professional athletes because of things like their hand size. First off, let’s talk about Nate Stanley’s measurements:

Apparently, for someone his size, Nate Stanley has good-sized hands. According to doctors on the internet (aka Google) an average man has a hand size of anywhere from 7.5 – 8.5 inches. Per some website on the internet called How They Play, Favre, Brees, Wilson, Manning and McNair all had a hand span on at least 10 inches. It’s not like you need to have big hands to be a great quarterback but it does seem like all of the great ones had bigger hands.

This is good news for Stanley. This is not good news for Joe Burrow, who apparently had his hands measured at 9 inches. Baby Hands Burrow, as he will now be named, “was tied for the smallest among first-round quarterbacks measured at the combine since 2008”, per ESPN. The others with that hand size were Ryan Tannehill and Jared Goff. But hey, hand size isn’t everything. Patrick Mahomes’s hands are only 9 1/4th inches and he’s the GOAT.

Geno Stone is the most underrated player in the NFL Draft, per Pro Football Focus’s Mike Renner:

Per Ralph Vacchiano, of SportsNet New York, the New York Giants love Tristan Wirfs:

In fact, the Giants already "love" Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs, according to an NFL source familiar with the Giants thinking, and they have expressed similar interest in Alabama's Jedrick Wills. Both of them are widely considered among the top four offensive line prospects in this year's class, and they will get a good look from the entire league at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next week.

It is far too early to know whether either of them would interest the Giants enough to draft them with the fourth overall pick. Right now, the NFL consensus seems to have Wirfs and Wills in a four-man group at the top of the offensive line charts, with Georgia's Andrew Thomas and Louisville's Mekhi Becton. Which order they will eventually land in depends, for now, on who is asked.

Quick Hitz:

Penn State settled with the Paterno Family for an undisclosed amount. Joe’s son Jay brought a suit against the university, claiming that the Freeh Report had unfairly tarnished him (among other things). The statue of Joe will not be going back up.

Mark Schlabach of ESPN released his way too early top 25 and Iowa checks in at #20 behind…Iowa State? Oh well, at least they aren’t behind Nebraska.

Catch phrase master Jon Rothstein thinks Connor McCaffery is one of the best glue guys in college basketball. A real high motor guy, Connor is.

247 Sports’s David Eickholt has a nice piece on Tyler Goodson and his killer mentality.

Michael Jackson isn't dead:

Finally, on Saturday, a 42-year old Zamboni driver named David Ayres was called upon as an emergency backup goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes and helped them in a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The NHL rules are strange enough that they allow a team to call upon any available goaltender if their first two goalies are injured. This happened, and Ayers, who was quite literally in the stands at one point, was called to action.  Hockey is weird, man.

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