I guess Marquette really is out of the running for the Cuonz. Not good times in Knoxvegas. So the Vols weren't great in the regular season (they weren't particularly bad, say, like Auburn was this year) but they reached the Sweet 16. Kentucky, an eyelash from winning it all, was in double digits for losses and had some particularly galling defeats. UConn, which did win it all, got taken out behind the woodshed and left there in its conference championship game by nearly 40 points. Maybe Vols hoops fans need to grab a dose of sanity and reality.
And of Pearl's six seasons in orange, the Vols were bounced in the first or second round three times. They made the Sweet 16 the other three times and got to the Elite Eight once before he set fire to those things called rules, the still hot ashes of which Martin inherited.
As for Hammerin' Hank, he got a ton of hate mail and death threats from the time he hit 713 late in 1973 season through bashing No. 714 off Jack Billingham at Riverfront Stadium and 715 off Al Downing at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. Plus, he had to put up with Craig Sager's wardrobe as soon as he touched home plate. I'll give him a pass.
And don't knock the cinnamon dolce latte. It goes great with not watching another bland, inconsequential bowl to which the Sun Belt has a tie. Seriously - now that FBS is about to get a playoff system, who's gonna watch the second-, third- and fourth-tier bowls, other than fans of those teams and hardcore gamblers?
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Hope the pimiento sammiches were good to you, 5.
Don't know about Bubba being a hall of famer. Two green jackets is sturdy. But he doesn't have a lot of other wins to go around it.
Love Kuchar, but ... boy can't close. Let two tournaments slip away already and then twice, albeit briefly, led the Masters this weekend.
And where's the love for what Bernhard Langer did Sunday? He shot 69 and finished tied for eighth. He'll be 57 in August and he was never known as a big hitter even when he wasn't on the Champions Tour. And he shot 69 to tie for eighth at this year's Masters. Maybe that shows that it was a fairly dramaless Masters this year. I can't tell if those birds are real or if CBS is piping those sounds into my head telepathically.
Watson Rushmore? Tom Watson. Good call on Watson of Watson and Crick. Sherlock Holmes' Watson. And of course ...
Raaanndddyyy Waaatttson. I mean, he's both good and terrible.
5, are we going to have a Woods and Mickelson-less Masters weekend? When was the last time that happened?
I was there for Tiger's chip. Was pulling for DiMarco.
For me, the Masters Rushmore begins with Jack's back 9 in 86 and ends with being front row on 18 for Sandy Lyle's winning putt. And there's being in my big boss' cabin on the grounds to use the head. And lunch in the private dining room one day, which I think myself and another person who shall remain nameless
Second-best white player? Jerry West, John Havlicek and Bob Cousy would like a word with you, 5.
At least UT doesn't have two Thursday games on ESPNU, opposite college football games on ESPN, ESPN2, an NFL game, perhaps a World Series or NBA game and The Big Bang Theory.
And I still think Geno Auriemma is trash.
What struck me from last night was how fast UConn's guards were. And if you don't have good backcourt play, you're not going to win.
But our new national champ got smoked by 30-something points in its conference championship game. Oy.
5, I thought you fell asleep during the Niekro no-no. Anywho, speaking of 715, I ran home from school and watched Hank hit 714 off Jack Billingham at Riverfront Stadium, back when the Braves did about 20 telecasts a year in syndication, and called my dad, by the way.
Does Weeds need to be talked down from the ledge today?
Rushmore of Atlanta Braves - Hank. Murph. Claudell Washington. Maddux. (leaving out Chipper because I hear from a few people that he's really a jerk).
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For all the dumb things and errant ways of the NCAA, boy, it sure knows how to put together its bread and butter of a basketball tourney.
Should Vols fans have an inferiority complex or identity crisis when Marquette comes after its coach and not the other way around?
What struck me about most about the Martinsville race was the plenty of good seats still available. Maybe everybody went to the concession stand in the highlights I saw.
It's opening day. And it's glorious. Back to back duck boat parades for my Sox.
That's Aaron Harang in that standalone photo? Looks more like somebody who is a middle infielder fielding a grounder at deep short. I have my doubts on the veracity of that AP photo ID.
This from the Spy's man with the Reds. You know, like Putin, only way cooler. And far less malevolent.
Harang had ERAs of 3.64, 3.61 and 3.52 in 23 innings with the Mets, though his Seattle numbers were awful (but he's big in Belgium( over the last three seasons.
But he's not been the same pitcher since he had a 100-plus-pitch outing in 2008, on a Friday, then threw 80 pitches on Sunday and started the following Wednesday. He had a 2.98 ERA through seven starts that year. His ERA wound up at 4.78 for the season.
You could have Phil to replace Tiger as the PGA's brightest star but he's actually what, six or seven years older than Tiger? Does Patrick Reed or Jordan Speith really get the crowds going? Rory could. Will he is the question.
Any chance you can get Warren Buffet on Press Row?