By the time y'all read this I'll be on the road with 3HL to broadcast our Friday show from the Clippers-Grizzlies playoff game in Memphis.
So I'm drafting the mailbag after a long day spent in Atlanta at the official announcement for the SEC Network.
Next week I'll give y'all a good rundown of the SEC Network and all the major details surrounding that network's launch. In the meantime, the biggest news from the announcement is that 45 football games will air on the network. OKTC told you a year ago that between 40 and 50 games were likely to air on the network.
And that ESPN owns 100% of the network, which means the SEC has to be receiving a guaranteed payment that is mind-boggling.
An ESPN guarantee of $500 million a year wouldn't surprise me, potentially more.
In the meantime, my beaver pelt trader of the week award goes to the writers for "The Americans." The season finale was absolutely spectacular. Seriously, beyond extraordinary. You need to be watching this show. It's only 13 episodes long after its first season and it has now become my favorite show on television.
I'm hoping they don't have a "Homeland"-esque trip up with season two.
Also, as Jason Whitlock Tweeted me Thursday night, we may have a looming Dana-daughter situation on "The Americans."
I can barely handle one spy/terrorist's daughter ruining a great show, if we end up with two?
On to the mailbag.
A month ago Clay and I were discussing how best to entertain you all until football season starts again. I suggested he send me to the Masters, but Clay was doubtful they'd give OKTC a press pass. (Golf- so stuffy.) Instead he decides on The Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party at Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar on the Florida-Alabama line. Mullets and a beach party? IN. I invite my friends Ruthie and April, who will come in handy as photographers and body guards.
It's Friday, you're pretending to work while reading OKTC, and it's mailbag time.
Let's dive in now.
First, our beaver pelt trader of the week comes via nominee from Brian H.
"Tavon "Bulldog" White... inmate in Maryland prison. Got four female guards pregnant (one twice). Two of them had his name tattooed. P.I.M.P. read the Gawker story if you haven't already..."
"Tavon White fathered five children by four different guards between 2011 and 2012. Two of the women later had “Tavon” tattooed on their bodies (one her neck, the other on her wrist). One was given a diamond ring, and both were allowed to drive Mercedes Benzes belonging to White. A third woman was provided an Acura. No word on what the fourth woman got."
There has been an awful lot of bad news lately, now Outkick the Coverage can bring you some good news. A cancer patient at Memphis's St. Jude hospital will be announcing a first round NFL draft pick Thursday in New York City.
This news will be announced shortly via a press release which will begin:
"NFL Play 60, the National Football League's youth health and fitness campaign, is the new "Official Champion of Play" at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the global leader in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other deadly diseases.
To commemorate this new milestone in the ongoing partnership between the NFL and St.Jude, a St. Jude patient will join NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on stage to announce a pick during the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The NFL Network and ESPN will televise live coverage of the NFL Draft beginning at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, Apr. 25."
Earlier this week future NFL draft picks Matt Barkley of USC and Barrett Jones of Alabama toured St. Jude and had a chance to meet with children like Markell, a cancer patient at St. Jude pictured above who lost one of his legs fighting cancer. Markell will have the opportunity to announce a pick at this year's NFL draft, a moment that will be pretty special for lots of us who have had family or friends impacted by cancer.
If you aren't familiar with St. Jude's hospital in Memphis, you should be, check out their site here, they truly do amazing work.