published Monday, August 4th, 2014

5-at-10: Who won the weekend, college football galore, worst leg injuries

Happy Monday. Hope you enjoyed the weekend — and the summer, since school starts in Hamilton County this week. Crazy indeed.

From the "Talks too much" studios, after his meeting with the media Sunday, here's saying the kind words offered by Lane Kiffin to Johnny Vols Fans everywhere likely fell flat.

Who won the weekend?

We normally save this for the question part. This Monday there are several options worthy of discussion for who won and who lost this weekend.

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    Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives through the first turn of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Potential winners:

• Rory McIlroy, who continues to hammer drivers so far and so straight that there is no one with an answer for the new No. 1 player in the world.

• Dale Jr., who completed the Pocono sweep on Sunday and is a clear contender in the NASCAR postseason. It was his third win this year.

• Sergio Garcia, who lost a golf tournament but appeared ready to replace a diamond ring his wayward tee shot busted Sunday at Firestone. Dude may be the only one who can give Rory a test this week at the PGA Championship.

• Tom Watson, the Ryder Cup captain who now has a ready-made excuse for leaving Tiger Woods off the Ryder Cup team and saw enough from Phil Mickelson on Sunday to include Lefty.

Potential losers:

• Indiana Pacers fans, who watched in horror — as we all did — at Paul George's leg snapping. The Pacers lost their best player for reportedly all of next season after he broke the two main bones in his lower leg.

• Tiger Woods, who withdrew after eight holes Sunday citing back pain. The serious questions about Tiger's health now make it seem impossible to catch Jack, which six years ago seemed like a foregone conclusion.

• The Braves, who followed an understandable sweep to the Dodgers and its starting rotation of Beckett, Grienke and Kershaw with an inexplicable sweep in San Diego. If the playoffs started today, the Braves, who are 3.5 back in the NL East, would be on the outside looking in.

Thoughts?

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College football

The flood of college football news in the TFP over the weekend was fun to read. And a clear sign that the season is coming.

We have enjoyed all the coverage ranging from Knoxville to Athens to an interesting look at the music choices for the Mocs.

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    Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lane Kiffin speaks to the media before practice Tuscaloosa, Ala., in this file photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Of all the things that struck our fancy this weekend, Lane Kiffin meeting with the media was the most intriguing for a couple of reasons.

First, his quote in TFP SEC ace David Paschall's story today about still be younger than 40 and having had these career experiences is staggering. It seems Kiffin has been around since the beginning of time — he was called out by the late-great Al Davis for crying out loud — and to remember that he's not even 40 is kind of an eye-popping moment.

The other is the smile on our face picturing the uneasiness Nick Saban labored through during that interview.

Good times.

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Puzzling PGA

We could have put this on the winners and losers list, but thought it needed a little more reflection.

Late last week, Dustin Johnson said he was leaving the Tour for personal reasons.

Then on Friday, Golf.com reported that Johnson was suspended for the rest of the year for testing positive for cocaine. The PGA Tour said they will never comment on player-relation matters be them fines or suspensions.

Then, the PGA came out and said Johnson's absence was voluntary, which actually is commenting on player-relation matters. Plus, if Golf.com's report is wrong, Johnson's people screaming bloody murder, especially in a images-related sport like golf where a drug-related suspension would cost Johnson seven or maybe eight figures in endorsements.

So which is it and why does the PGA Tour get such an iron-clad facade of anonymity? Imagine the NFL trying to say, "We do not comment on player-relations," last week when the Ray Rice stuff was breaking?

We know why NASCAR gets a free pass. NASCAR as an entity has an owner, and all things run through the France family. And if you think things are not run like family BID-ness, try getting a rule book.

This lends reason behind the NASCAR adage, "If you're not cheating, you're not trying." But that's family-owned.

The PGA Tour is public group that assuredly gets federal protection and at least tax considerations — OK, maybe the Tour doesn't but the litany of corporate sponsorships.

This one stinks, and not unlike the Ray Rice deal, the handling of the matter makes it worse.

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This and that

— This came out last week, but we missed it. Oh my word — a $3 million RV covered in real gold. It's got a "portable, push-button, pop-up rooftop terrace."

— FYI, the best area college football senior prospects were at the TFP on Sunday. We will start the count of the top 12 players here at the timesfreepress.com on Saturday with No. 12. We will continue that countdown each day at 4 p.m. until we get to No. 1. Good times.

— Shoutout to the recruiting machine that is Butch Jones and Co. Dude landed 2016 quarterback Austin Kendall over the weekend. Well-played indeed.

— Side point: When we see Jon Gruden now we can't help but think, "Man, that guy looks a lot like Frank Caliendo doing Jon Gruden."

— Here's exhibit 14,371 on why the NCAA needs to be overhauled: South Carolina self-reported a slew of secondary violations over the weekend. Among them was an infraction for impermissible iced decorations on some cookie cakes. Yes, you read that right and yes, that instantly begs the question, "What is permissible cookie cake iced decorations?"

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Today's question

There are a slew of them. Yes, we want your view on who won/lost the weekend — and we believe that will be a topic on today's Press Row from 3-6 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 FM. (Side note: The online stream has been spotty lately because of website construction. Not sure when it will be back and rolling but we'll keep you updated.)

Will Tiger ever win another major?

We also wanted to discuss the Rushmore of leg injuries after Paul George's gruesome broken leg over the weekend. Who you got?

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MocTastic said...

Leg injuries?

Joe Theismann

Kwento Ikuezuma

Tyrone Prothro

Kevin Ware

Moises Alou

August 4, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Haven't there been some baseball players that have blown-out ankles hitting 1st base...Tim Hudson, Jason Kendall, others? Buster Posey's ankle at a home plate collison (?)

Billy-In-Brainerd

August 4, 2014 at 10:52 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Nothing against Hargis (maybe he covers the Mocs differently then Frierson did), but either he's omitting this information or it sounds like the Mocs are having productive practices right out of the gate. Part of me thinks Coach H should have a button available for when nothing at practice is substandard, he pushes it and you hear the Mortal Kombat "Flawless Victory" in the speakers. it's starting to make me excited about Central Michigan (which will air on the Trey).

August 4, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.
chas9 said...

Nancy Kerrigan's leg wasn't injured so gruesomely, but it was memorable. And a lot of wretched sportswriters spilled a lot of ink over it.

Would a shark removing a surfer's leg count?

And equine sports leg injuries is a whole other category. They shoot horses, don't they?

Yes, Butch sure can recruit, but I saw in yesterday's paper that Weeds agrees with my assessment that if six wins is The Vols' magic number, take the under.

OK, the NCAA can be overbearing, but do you really want to see cocks all over your cookie cakes?

August 4, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Easy 9er. Remember the F-O-I-B standards.

Yes, horse injuries are a different standard.

And we think Kevin Ware has moved into consideration, if for no other reason than the reaction his teammates presented.

JMC —

We believe the Mocs will beat Central Michigan.

BiB —

Yes some baseball ones have been nasty and Buster Posey was blocking the plate. Some of the others were bases and such. Kendall's was awful.

MT —

Excellent call on Prothro. Had forgotten that one.

August 4, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Bad leg injuries? I'll take Tim Krumrie in the Super Bowl for $200, Alex. Or Jermaine Dye breaking his leg on a foul ball. Also bad.

No question Junior and Rory won the weekend. I didn't even know there was a race on, flipped around, saw Junior in 10th with Ms. Gordon leading (it's Gor-dawn) and said, eh, I'll watch the Braves gak again.

Rory should be called Doctor because he's just putting on clinics. And how bout Rory and Sergio just chatting it up walking down the 18th with the tournament still in the balance? They did that on a couple of holes.

And with so many things to worry about in this world, still, I'm just a little unnerved when a kid who is barely halfway through high school is already committing to a college football program. Or that a college is trying to get a kid before he's halfway through high school. How soon before somebody (Lane Kiffin at his next job is a good candidate) starts getting verbals from Myron Football after he finishes the rec season and is in English class at Bacon Primary School?

August 4, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Kwento Ikuezuma was a UTC wideout..same injury as Prothro.

August 4, 2014 at 12:12 p.m.
ChattanoogaVol said...

Worst leg injury was the one Napoleon Kaufman suffered when he was with the Raiders. Google it on an empty stomach.

August 4, 2014 at 1:04 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Don't forget Lattimore and McGahee on the knee injuries. Ouch.

I noticed live that Paul George had landed awkwardly on that play but at first I assumed (and hoped) that it was "only" a bad ankle sprain or a small ankle break. But after he stayed down and they showed the replay, I couldn't bear to watch it all the way through. Absolutely gruesome. And I'm not going to watch it again.

Other than that, the scrimmage was fun to watch. Good to see Rose back and looking like his former self again. I was disappointed that they called the game after the injury despite there being nearly a full quarter left to play. Guys are still trying to make this team and the fans deserved to see a whole game. I don't think continuing to play would have meant any disrespect to George. Guys need to be able to refocus themselves after an injury like that which could occur during any game.

Mocs over the Chippewas? Love the optimism, but I would give Obama better odds of getting impeached than I would the Mocs leaving Central Michigan with a W.

August 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Does Tennessee still have that Davy Crockett looking fellow roaming the sidelines? The only reason I ask is, if they do, Lane Kiffin might not make it past forty. Can a reasonably good shot take down an offensive coordinator from about fifty-yards out with a .48 caliber flintlock rifle?

And now the fightin' chickens of South Carolina must deal with cookie-cake-gate. Kind of like a few years ago when UGA had to jump through hoops because some kid got a $12.00 "Jim Donnan Football Camp" T-shirt during his junior year of high school. There's some old chestnut in the Bible about "straining at a gnat" while "swallowing a camel"...or perhaps that is found in the NCAA's voluminous book o' laws and by-laws and afterthoughts and stuff we just threw at the wall to see if it would stick.

August 4, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.
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