1. Uncle Toney
If there were an award in the NFL for being the best uncle, former Colorado Buffalo and current Jacksonville Jaguar Toney Clemons would be the winner.
Ready to start his second stint in the pros, the 24-year-old wide receiver is dedicating this season to his niece Maiyanna Clemons-McCarthy. The Valley News Dispatch reports the 3-year-old Maiyanna was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare and inoperable type of brain tumor, in May.
"She is such a happy little girl. I wake up every day thinking about watching her fight. She has reunited our family and the community," Clemons told the newspaper. He also said the 3-year-old's tumor has shrunk following recent radiation treatment. "We're not going to mourn her while she is still with us," Clemons said.
You can read up on Maiy's story and help the fight against DIPG. According to the website, she's a little girl who "took her first steps and said her first phrase in Boulder, Colorado- "oh wow!" The Valley News Dispatch also reports the University of Colorado football program has made a monetary donation.
Uncle Toney is ready for his second go-around in the NFL after a wild rookie campaign. Clemons was drafted in the seventh round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, released after the preseason, placed on the team's practice squad and later signed in November by the Jaguars. He went on to play in four games for Jacksonville, hauling in three passes for 41 yards. Clemons is joined by fellow Buff Ray Polk at the Jags' camp in Jacksonville, which opened on Thursday. This might explain the increase in teal, gold and silver being worn around Boulder.
2. UT vs. Johnny Football
What did you do over the weekend? Did you brazenly get the boot at a fraternity party at a rival school, wear a Tim Tebow Jets jersey and troll your followers all while tweeting your own praises? That's Johnny Manziel's weekend in a nutshell.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner partied at the Fiji fraternity on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, too bad he plays for the team in College Station. Manziel was not-so-politely asked to leave the party, as shown in this video that has surpassed 2,000,000 views -- warning the audio isn't exactly safe for work, depending on where you work.
You have to imagine Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin wishes it was legal to lock his star QB in a room until the Aggies are scheduled to arrive on Sunday. Live it up, only one more Friday-Saturday combo to go for Johnny Football before training camp.
Louisville star QB Teddy Bridgewater has aspirations of playing on Sundays, as made evident by the insurance policy he recently took out on himself. Bridgewater is insured for a whopping $10M entering his junior season. The Cardinals went 11-2 last year under the 6-foot-3, 196-pound quarterback who finished the season with 3,718 yards passing and 27 touchdowns. Bridgewater should be in the mix for this season's Heisman.
4. FCS games
Missouri Valley Football Conference commissioner Patty Viverito doesn't think FBS universities taking FCS opponents off their schedules will be a "death knell." The MVFC's commish spoke on the subject today, saying she hopes the FBS continue to schedule FCS schools. The Big Ten wholeheartedly disagrees, as it has moved to eliminate paycheck games for the lower-tier programs. The conference is set to pay out close to $5M this season to FCS schools. Colorado has FCS opponent Central Arkansas on its schedule this fall, hopefully a win will be well worth the cost of bringing the Bears to Folsom Field.
5. Billups back in Detroit
Last week was a rough one for bankrupt Detroit, but at least Mr. Big Shot is back. Yahoo Sports' Kelly Dwyer writes today about Colorado basketball legend Chauncey Billups and his return to the Motor City. Billups recently signed a two-year deal to close out his playing career as a Piston before he likely ends up in the team's front office. Get that No. 1 Pistons jersey back out of the close.