Ricky Williams’ smoky Super Bowl party high-lights week in sports


A little bit about a lot …

So, what’s former Hei-sman Trophy winner Ricky Williams of San Diego up to these days? Well, he’s hosting a weed watch party for the Super Bowl.

How very California, 2018.

Williams offered 50 tickets at $250 each to check out the game — likely through a considerable haze — at a private residence in the Hollywood Hills. Those tickets sold out, according to the website, which is now offering something called “final allocation” tickets for $300.
The event promises an open bar, gourmet food, a photo with Ricky and a seat for the game in a “cannabis-friendly environment.” One instruction for attendees: “BYOW,” or Bring Your Own Weed in smoky-acronym speak.

Remembering the actual game is up to you. …

A couple more thoughts on the Padres flirtation with Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Lots of competitive teams feature key guys in their early 30s, of course. That’s where Hosmer would be, in theory, when the franchise’s youth push finds big-league wings. The Padres internally offer up a comparison to the early-30s rise of a guy like Mark Grace, a left-handed bat who hit .316 from age 30-35 — a stretch that included two of his three All-Star seasons.

They woudl argue, too, that Hosmer’s iffy defensive Wins Above Replacement numbers are skewed because the Royals hug the lines.

Yes, he’s a clubhouse guy. Yes, he owns a World Series ring. But is he worth $17.5 million to $18.5 million per season for a team that’s never spent anywhere close to that much on a long-term contract? Is the offensive spike worth a deep dive into the checkbook for a franchise still at least another season (or two) away?

Tempting. Still, no. …

The Central Florida national championship drum-banging reached executive office levels when Gov. Rick Scott signed a proclamation claiming the Knights are the best in the land. We’ll never know if that’s true, of course.

What we do know: It shows we need eight teams in the College Football Playoff. With four, a Central Florida can happen. You can’t even guarantee all of the Power 5 champs make it.

With eight, there’s no real argument.

Debate swirls about how eight teams would work, given bowls and the amount of games already played. Virtually every other sport offers clearer, more comprehensive setups to determine champs. Get a bunch of smart people in a room and figure it out. …

Decision-makers at PodcastOne Sports have decided to release a tribute episode of Dick Enberg’s “Sound of Success” show on Jan. 19. Unreleased interviews from Enberg, who died Dec. 21, will trickle out after that. The remaining seven include Johnny Bench, Jay Bilas and Jim Nantz.

Those should be treasured listening. …

Big-game, big-name former NFL quarterback Brett Favre told radio’s “The Rich Eisen Show” he would prefer that his grandsons play golf, as opposed to the sport that made him millions.

“I would much rather be a caddie for them in golf than watch them play football,” Favre said. “And that’s crazy. People say, ‘I can’t believe he would say that.’ But you know, head injuries are going to continue. The quality of player is only going to go up, and that means concussions are not going to go down. So it’s a scary issue.”

When the game’s biggest names steer players away from the sport, that’s definitely scary … for Roger Goodell. …

Leave it to the Cleveland Browns to find a way register an “L” off the field, too. The team’s social media account hinted it might use its No. 1 pick to select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

The problem: The tweet included a picture of another player in a 26 jersey, reserve defensive back Jonathan Sutherland. The Twitter footwork from the long-suffering franchise: “We’re only selecting photos with his helmet off from now on.” …

The Gulls still haven’t lost in 2018 (now 4-0 since the calendar flipped) and face Pacific Division leader Tucson on Saturday at the Valley View Casino Center. If San Diegans still are hunting for a winner to follow, start there. …

Speaking of the Gulls, the team will hand out a unique bobblehead before the Jan. 19 home game against San Jose. The image of Kalle Kossila with a raised stick and elevated puck memorializes his lacrosse-style goal a year ago against the Barracuda.

That’s pretty cool — unless you’re Troy Grosenick. He gave up the goal. …

The Better Business Bureau gave LaVar Ball’s Big Baller Brand an “F” rating this week. The reasons include dozens of complaints, mixed-up orders, the inability to process refunds and general unresponsiveness. The company also is being sued, the Los Angeles Times reports, because its merchandise partner claims it hasn’t been paid.

Apparently, the “F” stands for something other than fantastic. Or functional. Something comes to mind, though. …

The youth movement in golf is real, and it’s coming to Torrey Pines. There currently are reigning PGA Tour winners aged 25 and under in 18 events. Farmers Insurance Open Tournament Director Peter Ripa said six of those players have committed to the tournament that begins Jan. 25.

The list: Hideki Matsuyama, Si Woo Kim, Grayson Murray, Bryson DeChambeau, defending champion Jon Rahm and San Diego State alum Xander Schauffele.

Tee it up. It should be fun.

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