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Sprints Spends Too Little Time on Marketing // 03.02.10

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Who says Tim Tebow isn't ready for the NFL? He's got one part of it figured out already: Playing well is actually a small part of being the face of a franchise.

It seems Tebow’s workouts have been interrupted daily for marketing meetings and appearances. One source told us Tebow has had to schedule his workouts around the plans of his marketing people. One such case just more than a week ago when the former Heisman Trophy winner was scheduled to appear at the Daytona 500 for an appearance on behalf of a sponsor. In order to get his necessary work in, Tebow started his workout just after 5AM the day he was scheduled to leave.

Which means he was only able to get in three predawn throws because of his delivery. (It's a joke.) (HT: Volin)

Play Ball!
College baseball rankings day: No. 2 LSU and No. 5 Florida remain in the same place in Baseball America, with South Carolina moving to No. 15 (one spot below No. 14 East Carolina, who won the series 2-1 over the weekend, so that seems fair), No. 17 Arkansas staying there, Ole Miss being promoted three spots to No. 21, Kentucky entering the poll at No. 23 and Georgia re-emerging at No. 25. Collegiate Baseball: No. 1 LSU, No. 7 Florida, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 19 Arkansas, No. 22 South Carolina, No. 25 Kentucky and No. 30 Vanderbilt. USA Today / ESPN: No. 1 LSU, No. 6 Florida, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 23 South Carolina.

Meanwhile, we have a nearly full slate of league games today:

Kentucky vs Morehead State, 2 p.m. ET
Arkansas vs Kansas, 4:05 p.m. ET
Mississippi State vs South Alabama, 5 p.m. ET
Vanderbilt vs Tennessee Tech, 5 p.m. ET
South Carolina vs Presbyterian, 7 p.m. ET
Auburn vs Davidson, 7:30 p.m. ET
Ole Miss vs Memphis, 7:30 p.m. ET
Florida vs FSU (Tampa), 7:30 p.m. ET

Alabama's game against Samford was postponed.

Berry: I'm No. 1 -- or at least I should be
Eric Berry could have set normal goals for his combine, but he probably wouldn't be Eric Berry in that case.

"I really just want to come here and leave no doubt," Berry said. "That is pretty much my whole goal, for anybody who has that little percentage in their mind that I am not good enough to be No. 1 or be up there with the other guys, I am trying to clear that up right now. … I feel like I am the best player in the draft."

He will not be drafted at No. 1 because he is a safety. Don't ask why being a safety disqualifies you from being a No. 1 draft selection -- it does. This is the NFL, and it's  wisdom is unassailable.

Even though he doesn't drink bourbon ...
Kentucky basketball head coach and noted humanitarian John Calipari is getting his own Maker's Mark "Most Beloved" series. Sometimes you might get a bottle with too low a proof, but if you take it back to the store it will magically become stronger. (Too much of a stretch?)

But who will admit to leaving Mike Hartline off their ballot?
SEC Media Days are July 21-23 this year, though some media members probably won't bother to show up given that there will be no Tim Tebow snub to investigate.

Wednesday brings Alabama, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Florida; Thursday is Georgia, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and South Carolina and Friday features Auburn, Tennessee, LSU and Ole Miss. Thursday is a bit slow, but there isn't a clunker of a day like Wednesday in 2009 (Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Kentucky -- two 2008 bowl teams and only one that had been to the postseason in consecutive seasons).