TWO BITS: James signed, Noah disappointed

By Adam Silverstein
March 27, 2011

1 » Former Florida Gators kick returer/wide receiver Brandon James, signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 but cut during the season, was picked up by the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL on Friday. Edmonton had traded their kick-return specialist and wanted to sign a dynamic player to fill his shoes. “With his speed and elusiveness, we believe Brandon has a chance to be an explosive talent,” Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman said in a news release picked up by the Edmonton Journal. “He was dominant in an elite conference as his record-breaking career reflects and on our bigger field, where returning punts, kickoffs and missed field goals are all a major part of winning in the Canadian Football League. We’re hoping Brandon will generate an abundance of excitement and big plays.”

2 » Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who won a pair of national titles with Florida, was more concerned about the Gators game on Saturday than he was about his upcoming matchup with the Boston Celtics. According to ESPN Chicago, Noah was “huddled around a television while the rest of his teammates got dressed in the locker room” and was pacing back and forth watching the team in overtime. “You got the sense that if Noah could pull the fuzzy orange hat which sat atop his head all the way over his face, he might have done it,” the site’s Nick Friedell reported.

Noah also spoke to him on Friday about how close his team came to not winning back-to-back championships. “People have this feeling that we dominated for two years,” Noah said. “I’ll always remember playing in the Sweet 16 [in 2006] and Corey Brewer hitting a shot he’s never hit before with 10 seconds left to get us up one against Georgetown. If he doesn’t hit that shot, we probably don’t make it and win back-to-back titles. It just shows how funny this game is. You’ve got to stay on edge and stay focused and understand that you can’t take anything for granted.”


  1. SaraGator says:

    Once a Gator, always a Gator.

    Love that the Oh Fours are showin’ the love.

  2. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Got to go with Noah here over Taurean who said they knew nobody could beat them….sure you have to feel that way but in reality there are several teams in every dance that think that but all of them lose but one….I still think Ohio State had the best team but Buford a Junior guard who shot over 46% for the year went 2-16…how are you supposed to predict that?

  3. Oriole says:

    Hey Adam, do you know if Donovan is allowed to and will practice with Parsons, Tyus, and Macklin to prepare for scouts and the draft? Just hoping that they get a chance to pursue some form of pro basketball after how the Butler game turned out.

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