From the "Talks too much" studios, bang a gong...
Game week Wednesday
College football is here. We're a day away from the start of the season. We'll make our Fab 4-plus-1 picks on Thursday. It's here; it's all happening. (Side note: Looking back here, you can see the stats from the record-setting run we had picking games last year. Yep, add the Texas A&M and Alabama wins in the last two bowls we picked and we went 85-36-2 last year against the number. That's after finishing 52-27-2 the previous year. That's stockpiling a ton of entertainment.)
Tomorrow could be the second biggest Thursday night of the season, too, considering that a monster SEC matchup between Vandy and Ole Miss could set one team on the path for New Year's in Florida and the other on the path for fighting for postseason possibilities. (Liking the Hotty Toddys, for what it's worth.)
So with this on the horizon, let's go ahead and make the season-long calls:
BCS title game: Alabama over Ohio State. BIG.
Heisman winner: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Bold prediction: USC wins the Pac-12
Even bolder prediction: Two undefeated teams meet in Tuscaloosa in November when UTC goes to Alabama.
The boldest (most homer) prediction of the year: Auburn wins eight regular-season games, and spends New Year's in Florida. We are completely on the Gus Bus and we're counting on Finding Nick Marshall Mize — REEEEEE-gardless — means an offense that is tough to handle. (Side note: The word 'boldest' in the title of this pick also means 'craziest' for those interested.)
Biggest belly-ache-fest looming: In its final year, here's saying the BCS will bid a fond and true farewell giving college football fans everywhere a nice big double-bird salute. Alabama and Ohio State will run the tables and meet for the title game. But at least one unbeaten team — Louisville — and potentially more — FSU, or even a Clemson, or Oregon maybe — will be on the outside looking in a year before a four-team playoff takes shape.
We're dealing with a lot of stuff and candlesticks make a nice gift.
The NFL has sneaked into the rear view and we need to make sure you folks are aware of a few items of interest. Let's do an NFL top five in 10 words or less; yep, the soon-to-be-patented 5-in-10 by the 5-at-10 — giddy-up:
1) Aaron Hernandez had drug issues: You don't say? Is Rosco P. Coltrane working this case?
2) Tim Tebow has a guardian angel in Pats owner Robert Kraft: When the owner likes you, well... Is this witch-Kraft?
3) Jets QB mess continues: Signing Graham Harrell? Dumpster fires look at the Jets disapprovingly.
4) We're worried about the Falcons: Big time.
5) Jake Locker just missed another open receiver: We're just assuming that, but we like our chances.
World's biggest menu
There was a glorious place in Smyrna where we grew up called Fat Boys. It was not a dietary or health conscious joint — excellent chili dogs, mmmmmmm. But Fat Boys did boast having the largest menu in the Southeast. You could get everything from a gouda burger to a gyro there. Good times.
The ever-expanding menu topic made us thing of McDonald's, which is getting wings. Seriously. Sept. 9, the Mighty Wing is coming to the Golden Arches — not the Golden Arcs, like McDowell's, mind you — and there are a slew of questions. Why, is a good place to start? Or, how about who has ever gone to McDonald's with their kids and said, "Man, sure wish they had some wings here?" And how does the McRib feel about the extra competition?
Here's a somewhat serious one for you: Will the chicken market be able to handle this? If McDonald's floods the zone with wings, and let's face it if McDonald's does something nationwide that would be millions and millions of wings, there certainly could be a wing shortage and that could raise the price of wings at places that actually make good wings. Stupid Ronald McDonald. The lesson as always — you can't trust a clown. Or cole slaw.
This and that
— Thanks in part to Miley Cyrus, "twerking" is now officially part of the lexicon. The strip-club dance sensation that Miley turned into a national buzz at the VMAs last Sunday is among the new terms to make the Oxford dictionary. In case she's curious, hooker was already in there.
—Today is the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech. Not much more to add here other than the historical footnote of the date. And, to say that as a fan of orators and quality speech-makers, Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech may be the best ever, especially considering a big chunk of the quick hit "I have a dream" parts were ad libed.
— The nation's top college football offensive lineman prospect, Cam Robinson, will pick between Alabama and LSU on Friday. Robinson, who is from Louisiana, is in an interesting spot: Nick Saban does not lose many recruits he wants; LSU does not lose many in-state recruits it wants. Which way will he go?
— Arnold Palmer gave Kate Upton a golf lesson. Think he asked if she wanted to make $14 the hard way like Al Czervik. The lesson of course is there is a Caddyshack quote for almost all avenues of life.
— Jason Heyward did not offer a timetable on his return. Not good. Dan Uggla likely returns to the line-up tonight for the Braves after having Lasik surgery. Here's hoping that's good.
Gang, we're going to be out of the office this afternoon but we'll check back in periodically.
If you need a talking point beyond the slew offered above, try this one:
What movie can you quote best? And before you say, give the 5-at-10 and others a chance by tossing out one of your sneaky favorite quotes. Deal? Deal.
And gang — SPY — no googling the quotes.
Remember the Friday mailbag, we have a spot or two, and here's wondering if before she goes out, does Miley Cyrus say, "Let's get to Twerk."
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...