Three Things to consider on this sports Thursday:
Thing 1: Wrote today's column in the Sun Sentinel on Kevin Ferguson II, the Coral Springs High School running back/linebacker who also happens to be the son of fighter Kimbo Slice.
Kevin II is an impressive young man, a senior who wants to play football at the college level, which had been his father's dream 20 years ago.
Best football advice his father gave him?
"On the field, he’ll tell me to keep my head on a swivel, make sure I stay low and accelerate," Kevin II says. "On the sidelines, he says make sure I keep my teammates energized, make sure I let the coach know I’m ready to go and make sure I get my teammates into the game."
Coral Springs football coach Ray Gould had high praise for Ferguson, whom he coached as a freshman before he bounced around to Miramar and Booker T. Washington the past two years.
"He’s a normal kid," Gould says. "The kids treat him like a normal kid. They don’t give him any leeway, like, 'Oh, you’re Kimbo Slice’s kid.' He gets treated like everybody else. Nobody is starstruck about him, and I'm sure he likes it that way. He's not treated differently just because his dad is famous."
Thing 2: Of course, the Yankees and Marlins have to deny any sort of Alex Rodriguez trade talks.
The Yankees are still alive (for now) in the American League Championship Series, and A-Rod is still (for now) on their roster.
This will require a ton of negotiation and finesse, but the Yankees have an A-Rod problem and cash to burn to make it go away. The Marlins, meanwhile, have a hole at third base and an empty new stadium.
As I wrote on Oct. 11 and suggested on Twitter the night before, there is a deal here to be made.
You can debate the wisdom of it once we get the details, but there's definitely something for both sides to discuss.
Thing 3: One last thing on Kevin Ferguson II. He laughed when I asked if he'd ever tried the family's primary business: fighting.
"Growing up, when my dad first started, he used to always bring me to the gym," he said. "I hated it. Him and my older brother [Kevin Jr.] used to go so hard, but I hated it. I had no choice growing up. I had to play football, go to school and he’d take me into the gym to train with him and learn how to fight."
Didn't like getting hit?
"Nah, it’s the conditioning," he said. "It’s way worse than football. Way worse. People wouldn’t expect that. And grappling, having someone on top of you with all their body weight, guys twice your size, you've got to try to control that and get the type of moves to get them off you."
Unlike his famous dad, it sounds like he'll stick to football.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun