Players around the nation clutch their phones close on draft day awaiting calls from NFL teams with news they are about to be selected.
Few receive that call twice during the draft, but that’s what happened to former California standout Cameron Jordan.
The Saints selected the defensive end in the first round of the draft last Thursday. He was in New Orleans on Saturday exploring his new team’s facilities when the Cleveland Browns called to say they would use their next pick on him in the fourth round.
Jordan was caught off guard, but he quickly figured out the situation and explained it to the Browns’ representative.
He recounted the conversation to Peter King of sportsillustrated.com.
“Hi,” the voice on the other end said. “Jordan? This is the Cleveland Browns ”
“Uh, yeah, this is Cameron Jordan,” he said. “But the Saints already picked me.”
After an awkward pause, Jordan said: “I think you mean Jordan Cameron, you’re looking for Jordan Cameron. That’s not me.”
Jordan Cameron is a tight end from Southern California and indeed was selected by the Browns, who despite running such a tight ship never have won a Super Bowl.
Leftovers has learned Jordan Cameron also claimed he was someone else in an effort to avoid being relegated to Cleveland.
■ JIMMERMANIA STILL ALIVE — The end of his college career apparently hasn’t dampened the obsession with Jimmer Fredette.
While many campuses around the nation erupted in spontaneous celebration over the death of Osama bin Laden, someone at Brigham Young decided it was just one more opportunity to pay homage to the school’s beloved hero.
A picture posted on Twitter, and pointed out on the Yahoo! college basketball blog, shows the words “Osama got Jimmered” spelled out in large red, white and blue letters on an overpass in Provo, Utah.
Actually, unlike Fredette, the Navy SEALs in Pakistan needed only two shots to get the job done.
■ SLUGGING FAMILY — Valdosta State softball star Samantha Posey accomplished the rare feat of a home run cycle in a doubleheader last month.
The younger sister of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey received a great deal of attention after hitting a solo and a two-run home run in the first game and a three-run home run and a grand slam in the second game of a doubleheader against Albany State.
Norm Macdonald wasn’t overly impressed with the feat.
Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, addressed the accomplishment on his hilarious new show on Comedy Central called “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald.”
“This leads some to say she may be better than her brother,” Macdonald said. “Her brother, who doesn’t get to hit against girls tossing a giant ball underhand.”
■ MORE MACDONALD — ”The steroid era in baseball was a disgrace,” Macdonald proclaimed during a recent segment of one-liners packed into the end of his show, “if you consider actually having fun watching baseball a disgrace.”
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