The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 26, 2013

Schremmer: Brandon Williams, fishing and the Oscars

By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer

— A quick rant through the week in sports:

• Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams has been making some noise at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Those around the NFL are quickly learning what Missouri Southern fans have known for a while. He’s big, strong and surprisingly athletic.

• At 6-foot-1 and 335 pounds, Williams tied for the most reps on the bench press with 38 and ran a 5.37 second 40-yard dash. His performances prompted fans and reporters to rave about the Division II All-American via Twitter on Sunday and Monday.

• The second round in this April’s NFL draft seems within reach.

• The Kansas City Chiefs, meanwhile, are focused on the first round and their No. 1 overall pick.

• Kansas City sports radio personalities have pushed all offseason for the Chiefs to use that top pick on a quarterback. However, a two-win football team needs the best football player.

• Instead of reaching, Kansas City is better off seeing which quarterbacks are available with the first pick of the second round.

• Talks Monday were that the Chiefs may try to trade for San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith.

• Yes, the Chiefs’ infatuation with 49ers backup quarterbacks continues. Will Alex Smith be added to the list of Steve DeBerg, Joe Montana, Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac?

• Smith may be a good stopgap until a young quarterback is ready. But the Chiefs aren’t going to win a Super Bowl with other teams’ spare parts.

• But Chiefs fans can still dream.

• This past weekend’s Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake has me dreaming.

• Who knew you could make a living fishing? And a good one at that. Kansan Brent Chapman has more than $1.5 million in career earnings.

• Where do I sign up?

• The NBA trading deadline passed this week with a wimper. Big names like Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Atlanta’s Josh Smith remained put.

• KU star forward Thomas Robinson was among those traded, however. So the No. 5 overall pick this past June, Sacramento shipped him to Houston after half a season.

• There’s still opportunity for Robinson to have a good career, but the trade does have to make you wonder about the lack of success of recent KU players in the NBA.

• Sixteen KU basketball players have been drafted since 2003. Not one of them has been an all-star.

• Watching the Oscars on Sunday night, I thought there should be a new category for best sports movie of the year.

• “Moneyball” definitely would have been the winner in 2011. The quality wasn’t near as high in 2012.

• But the award goes to … “Trouble With the Curve.”