New Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton told me that being booed by Texas fans late last season didn't factor into his decision to leave. But he was surprised: "You wouldn't think of the Rangers fans booing players. Yankees, [Red Sox], Cubs [fans] ... it's a different story." ... Hall of Famer Michael Irvin explained why physical talent isn't the most important attribute in a quarterback. "Tony Romo relies on what got him there: He spins out this way and that way," Irvin said. "Tom [Brady] relies on reading and processing coverage. This is why our worst athletes—Tom, Peyton Manning—are our best quarterbacks." ... South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney isn't eligible for the NFL draft, but his coach, Steve Spurrier, is certain he's ready for the next level. "He's just one of those rare guys who has tremendous strength and quickness and explosiveness," Spurrier told me.... Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is considering retiring after the season, but he told me it won't be easy. "I'll probably play tricks in my mind," Gonzalez said. "I'm gonna miss this game. I've been doing it since sixth grade."