Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Jun 10, 2018 When the call finally came, Matt Cassel wasn’t ready for it. Nowhere near ready. “Hey, this is coach Belichick,” said the voice on the other end of Cassel’s cell phone. “I said, ‘Yeah, right. You’re messing with me,’ ” Cassel said. “He goes, ‘No, this is coach Belichick. We’re going to take you next.’ ” It was the second and final day of the 2005 NFL draft. And Bill Belichick, who had just led the New England Patriots to a 14-2 season and a Super Bowl championship, was calling. Cassel was at his agent’s office, just hoping to get an offer as an undrafted free agent. Despite being a top high school recruit, he spent five years at USC, threw 33 passes and never started a game. He barely had any film. More Lions: Opinion: Lions' Matt Patricia is in danger of losing his players Where Detroit ranks among longest … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions QB Matt Cassel undeterred by earthquakes, fire
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It has filled me with huge pleasure to see the name Giorgio Pantano once again aligned with top level racing, announced as he was last night as the replacement for the unfortunately injured Justin Wilson for the next two IndyCar races. It is easy to forget just what a mega talent Giorgio Pantano truly is… and so here, whether you’ve never heard of him or whether you’re questioning why he’s the right man to step into Wilson’s seat, is an article I wrote for F1 Racing Magazine, which was printed in January 2011. …………………………………………….. “When I arrived in go karts at the top level, racing in World and European championships, he was winning all of them. I thought that guy was very special, a very good talent.” Fernando Alonso is not a man who hands out plaudits to rivals on a whim. A double Formula 1 world champion and one of the hardest racers of his … [Read more...] about Giorgio Pantano… and why he deserves his shot.