Talking Points: Pro Bowl means nothing to governor, too

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The governor of Hawaii is ticked that the state gives the NFL $4 million for the right to host the Pro Bowl.

The lockout is irking him, too.

“You’ve got this spectacle of multimillionaires and billionaires out there arguing about how they’re going to divide it up, and then the come and ask us to bribe them with $4 million to have a scrimmage out here in paradise,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said.

Of course, tourism officials have a different point of view. January’s game generated more than $28 million in visitor spending and created more than $3 million in state taxes from people who traveled to attend the game.

That looks like a good return on an investment.

Guess the governor really is a politician. Politicians aren’t happy unless they are wasting money.

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Jake Locker is making friends in Tennessee with the Titans.

The former University of Washington quarterback participated in a mini mini-camp that his eventual teammates put together while the NFL players are locked out.

Titans left guard Leroy Harris said he expects Locker to be the overall leader of the offense when the lockout ends and real practice begins.

“He has the tools to be our franchise quarterback,” Harris said.

Hey Jake! Remember to take Leroy out to dinner once you sign your contract.