Circle your calendar and file it under memorabilia.
The seven-day period that ended Friday night might have been the best week of sports the month of April has seen in Manatee County.
Brion Carnes started it by taking a page from Walter Mitty and giving folks the real-life version of the world’s most famous fictional character.
After the quarterback’s performance in the Nebraska spring game, his life is certainly not a secret and will never be the same.
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Nebraska football fans are passionate and fickle, but if they embrace you the world is yours. Right now, Brion can do no wrong, and many Cornhuskers fans believe they are about to witness the reincarnation of Tommie Frazier.
Brion’s baby brother, Brandon, put the family attention back on himself five days later when he won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the Class 3A-District 11 meet, setting the school record of 10.7 seconds in the 100, track’s most glamorous event.
A receiver, Brandon had one of the best times in the state, and with Nebraska moving to the Big Ten, that Florida speed is enticing (Carnes to Carnes), but that’s jumping ahead of ourselves.
Just when you thought you had seen it all, a relative unknown sophomore named Bridget Lanier from Braden River does something even Mitty might think is too far-fetched to fantasize about -- winning four events at the 3A-11 meet.
Fast forward to Friday night.
If you are a softball talent or sports celebrity, attendance at the Braden River-Lakewood Ranch softball game seemed mandatory.
The only person missing was Dick Vitale. (Is he still trying to mend fences with Shaka Smart?)
But Willie McNeal was in attendance, wounds and all.
The former Braden River receiver, who was a first-team Freshmen All-American at Western Kentucky last season, flew home to watch the game as he mends from recent surgery to repair multiple ligament tears in his knee.
Like father, like daughter is becoming a common theme in sports these days.
Take Braden River freshman shortstop Kenya Yancy. Her dad is Carlos Yancy, a Sarasota native who played at Georgia and was a former seventh-round draft pick of the New England Patriots.
The heartbreak kids from the Palmetto girls’ 400 meter relay will sit out the state meet for the second straight year because of a dropped baton.
You see the sad look on the faces of those girls and want to sneak them a can of stick ’em.
Raymond stock rising
The NFL Draft begins Thursday, and there’s hope that a couple of Palmetto grads will have their name called before it ends Saturday with rounds 4 through 7.
Receiver Joe Hills is the most likely. Mistral Raymond was considered a long shot, but he is looked at differently now because a prolonged lockout creates a need for a defensive back who can step in at corner and safety.
There are reports the Chicago Bears could take Raymond because of his versatility. They need depth at corner behind Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings and could use help at safety alongside Chris Harris.
Raymond is viewed as a hybrid because he can play corner or safety, and teams that need help at both are starting to look at the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder more seriously.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers like to play a lot of nickel and dime defenses, and with Ronde Barber not getting younger and Aquib Talib not getting it, you would think they might take a chance on a hometown guy like Raymond.
Tennessee likes Hills and could see him as a fifth receiver with Randy Moss reportedly unhappy and Kenny Britt arrested earlier this month.
On normal years without the lockout, those two along with defensive tackle Terron Sanders from Florida/Southeast and perhaps defensive back Chris Smith (Northern Illinois/Palmetto) would be strong bets to at least get invited to camp.
For now it’s wait and hope or follow Walter Mitty and dream a little.
Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 745-2112.