LEFTOVERS: Combine ends when God says so

Adam Muema attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. But the former San Diego State running back didn’t stick around or participate in any drills.

Why? Because he claimed God told him not to. That way, he could become a member of the Seattle Seahawks, his favorite team.

“Can’t go wrong with God,” Muema told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A projected late-round pick, Muema rushed for 1,244 yards and scored 15 touchdowns for the Aztecs last season. But he didn’t do anything to improve his draft status when he refused to take part in drills. He said God told him to have done so would have jeopardized his chances of playing for the Seahawks.

The combine ended Monday, and Muema, who left Indianapolis on Sunday, doesn’t regret his decision. He posted the following message on his Twitter account: “Yes, you guys are right I am crazy, crazy in love with Jesus it is the sweetest name I know.”

We’ll see how strong Muema’s faith is if the Cleveland Browns draft him. Or worse, he doesn’t get drafted.

■ CRISP IDEA — Who doesn’t love bacon?

That’s exactly what the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs were thinking. The Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies has introduced a bacon logo on its hats and T-shirts. The hats will be worn on Saturdays, and the shirts will have a scratch-and-sniff logo that will smell like real bacon and supposedly will be good for 10 to 15 washes.

Bravo to the Ironpigs for expanding the role of bacon from another topping on a hamburger to a fashion statement.

■ SILVER NOT SWEET — It’s not unusual to see an Olympic medal for sale. But it usually takes a few years before some athletes part ways with their coveted awards.

Not Erik Karlsson. The Ottawa Senators defenseman apparently isn’t happy with having won a silver medal playing for Sweden in Sunday’s men’s ice hockey final in Sochi, Russia. When asked what winning the silver meant to him, he told the Olympic News Service, “You will see when I put it out on eBay.”

Sweden lost 3-0 to Canada in the gold-medal game. Maybe once Karsson gets a chance to step back, he’ll realize that silver is better than no medal.

■ BREWERS’ NEW MASCOT — Remember a couple of years back when the Cleveland Indians adopted a chicken as their mascot? This year, the Milwaukee Brewers have come up with a four-legged mascot — a stray dog who wandered into the team’s spring training complex in Maryvale, Ariz.

The dog, nicknamed “Hank” after Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, showed up last week looking a bit haggard. The players had a veterinarian check out Hank, and the dog indeed had been through some hard times with an injured tail and some gray markings on his right hind leg. But with the love being showered on Hank by the team, he’s one of the boys.

The team has put the word out on Hank, trying to reunite him with his rightful owner. But if no one claims him, look for him to make the trip with the team to Milwaukee.

Fortunately for Hank, he was in Arizona and not Sochi, where his fellow strays were not treated as kindly prior to the Winter Olympics.


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