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Wright On

Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Crew acknowledges mistake on Garrard run

Mike Pereira, the head of officiating for the NFL, admits his crew made a mistake on David Garrard's miraculous fourth-down run in the Jags-Steelers playoff game that allowed the Jaguars to kick the game winning field goal.


Pereira admitted his crew should have flagged the Jaguars for holding. What do you guys think?

Jaguars draft party

Here's a press release from the Jaguars. This should help with your party planning for the NFL Draft:


Join the Jacksonville Jaguars as they host their 14th Annual Bud Light Draft Day Party at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at The Jacksonville Landing. Admission is free for a day of fun and football.

Jaguars fans attending the Draft Party will have the opportunity to watch the NFL Draft live on the Landing’s large video board in the main pavilion. In addition, many of the Landing tenants will also be showing the NFL Draft and offering food and drink specials.

Fans will be able to meet Jaguars players and get autographs throughout the day, as well as enjoy a performance by The 2008 ROAR of the Jaguars Cheerleaders, the introduction of the 2008 D-Line, an appearance by team mascot, Jaxson de Ville and will have the opportunity to win many prizes. For more information, please call (904) 633-6000 or visit www.jaguars.com.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Dolphins' Taylor to retire?

So much for the Jason-Taylor-to-Jacksonville rumors. It appears Taylor might be retiring soon according to this item http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/ .

We're not sure if a Taylor retirement announcment is imminent. Profootballtalk has been wrong before (not to mention it's 4-1 - April fools). The readers of this blog seem to be pretty creative. So send in some funny April fools NFL headlines.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Back from vacation; Matt Jones' tattoo

It's been a long, relaxing vacation, but now it's time to get back on the grind.

While on vacation, I was trolling the message boards (yes, we do that from time to time) of one of the fan sites and came across a thread that discusses the tattoo on the left arm (or is it the right?) of Jaguars receiver Matt Jones. People on the message boards seem to think Jones' tattoo reads: "420" (I won't discuss the meaning of "420" on this blog).

Not true.

The tattoo actually says, "Leo." Why "Leo"? After all, his birthday is April 22, which technically makes him a Taurus. Well, last season, we spoke with Jones about this (at the behest of my former editor Pat Yack).

The "Leo" tattoo dates back to Jones' days at Arkansas, where he and some former teammates likened themselves to the cartoon characters from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (this is a true story). Well, the main characters of the cartoon - the turtles - are named Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello. Jones and his teammates all got tattoos with their various turtle nicknames, and Jones just happens to be the "Leonardo" - hence "Leo" - of the crew.

Weird story? For sure.

As for the return from vacation, it lasts for just a week, then it's back on vacation for another week before returning for NFL draft coverage. In the meantime, if you've got any Jaguars or NFL-related questions or comments, shoot them my way. The origins of Matt Jones' "Leo" tattoo can't be the only intriguing subject of what's turning into an interesting offseason.