If the Mocs don't win the SoCon this year ... well, there are a ton of questions to be asked.
MT, the line about the Sun Belt being the witness protection program off college football is mine. No offense to Jomo, but you heard it from here first. That being said, good luck to the Mocs, and I do hope they win the conference. They got absolutely tooled in Statesboro last year by the refs and that cost them.
Rushmore of one-role actors? Ted Danson, anybody? I'll also go Roger Moore. Yeah, he did The Saint, but he is really more associated with being a faint facsimile of James Bond after Connery. Connery has done so much other great stuff - Highlander, The Untouchables, A Bridge Too Far, Jeopardy and his constant harassment of Alex Trebek - that he's more than just Bond.
Judging by another story from the fine folks at the Times Free Press, the winner of the weekend was Ashley Dill.
Hi, I'm Spy, I'm a Sagittarius. I love traveling and art museums ...
Didn't Shawn Marion play with Bob Pettit? (He's been in the league a loooong time, it seems).
From the "tandems ... not" category - Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman.
Golf without Tiger Woods comma won the weekend. Absolutely great drama (all the expectoration over how the final hole played out withstanding). Two young guns. An old lion baring his teeth again. Eagles. Birdies. Dogs and cats living together. All for an early prime time finish, and a golfer continuing his ascension and nowhere near the prime of his career.
A bad weekend for NASCAR. The dirt track tragedy aside, the road course races are largely ignored, it seems, and for once, the racing at the end of it was terrific. Ambrose and Allmendinger went nose to nose in a battle of who is the better driver, not a contest between who has the better car or whose crew chief has the ride "dialed in" better. And yet, that is overshadowed and understandably so by the events surrounding Tony Stewart.
So Johnny Payoff had a good (I guess - I didn't watch it) first exhibition game? Wake me when it's over. Could. Not. Care. Less. I pay as much attention to exhibition football as I will to the SEC Network (it ain't all football, yo. Get ready for a lot of kickball. And volleyball. And tumbling around with glitter and leotards. And swimming and diving).
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?
Double initial guys?
How bout A.A. Milne, who wrote Winnie the Pooh? But please, no e e cummings. I guess we can rule out B.J. Upton too while we're at it.
There's always F.P. Santangelo and J.P. Arencibia (two bombs, seven ribs and the Rangers still lost the other night). Or JD Drew, whose name is actually David Jonathan Drew, IIRC.
We could go J.R. Revere, J.R. Reid, J.R. Ewing but you doesn't have to call me Johnson. Maybe even H.L. Mencken. Why not B A Baracus or U L Washington? Fool pitying and toothpick chewing while at the plate are always good times.
What would I ask Commissioner Slive? I'd ask if it hurt when Darth Vader threw him down the shaft to stop from tasing Luke to death on the Death Star II.
Did ESPN have anything on LeBron's decision? Musta missed it.
Hey, Brian Windhorst, I couldn't care less if you can finally get some sleep. You hitched your wagon to the LeBron train. You signed up for it. Deal with it. (In fairness, the fool ESPN anchor asked him if he was ready to get some sleep.)
There's fun to be had in Chicago. Sounds as if Danny Struggla had none of it.
Ortiz plays first when the Sox visit a NL team (re: the Braves series) and does so in the World Series. He's actually not a bad first baseman. Just ask Jeff Suppan.
His postseason performance alone merits consideration for the Hall, and yes, that is through Red Sox-tinted glasses. Adam Dunn also has 450 homers (452) but Ortiz's batting average and RBI totals, coupled with his penchant for big hits at big times, makes him a little more worthy of a Cooperstown candidate.
Hooge sweep for the Braves. Then again, the NL East is an amalgam of various degrees of mediocrity. So too, alas, is the AL East.
Trout is worth the price of admission. Also does not appear to be a tool of the scale Bryce Harper is.
On the careers question - I go Eric Davis of the Reds and Dodgers, and you can throw Darryl Strawberry in there, too, though Straw's setbacks were more self-inflicted. When it comes to hoops, still thinking about what Reggie Lewis could have been had he lived saddens me. Injuries also impacted William Andrews' career with the Falcons.
And if his knees had ever been anywhere close to healthy, there is no telling the numbers Bobby Orr would have been able to put up for a career. Dude was an instant Hall of Famer the moment he retired because of what he had already accomplished - at the age of 30.
I get soccer. I just don't care about it. Wonder what the US ratings for copa mondial will be once the US is turned into Glass Joe.
Letterman had a good line - the Italian guy who got bit on the shoulder? He went down with a leg injury.
I don't know how long Lindy's or Athlon's has been giving FCS some preseason love (and I concur, 5, on Phil Steele and Sports Network) - I just want to know when the Obscure Sports Quarterly preview on FCS is coming out
NBA draft? Yawn. Except for the blinding suits, I'll pass.
World Cup match? NASCAR race yawn. Until my attorney texted me a few minutes ago, I forgot there was a game. There's so many if/thens with the possible results, I feel like I'm back in computer science class, writing BASIC programs (yes, I'm that old.)
Vanderbilt won? Yay smart guys. Moving on.
Tiger already plus-5? Tony the Tiger feels grrr-eeeattt!. Tiger the golfer does not.
Best non steroid user in the steroid era? Might be Larry Jones Jr.