I don't follow golf and obviously I'm missing something concerning the reaction to Bubba's win at Augusta National. Everyone seems irate that Bubba was "holding on", cruising to victory along the final stretch of competition. Isn't that what you do if you find yourself in a position to win simply by maintaining your current status? Football teams with a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter milk the clock and run the ball. Basketball teams with a lead late in the game run the shot clock down on every possession. If you've done enough early for the win and there is no need for high risk heroics late, just cruise to victory and savor the flavor of that sweet nectar. Of course, in lieu of sweet nectar, a snazzy green jacket and a seven-figure check will suffice quite nicely.
JMC brings up a good point concerning Jake and Elwood and the Nazis that are coming to town; are these Nazis based out of Illinois? "I hate Illinois Nazis." Some would say that we shouldn't be glib about a visit from Nazis and I understand that sentiment, but seriously, have you ever seen one of these rallies in person. Pitiful does not even begin to describe the patrons that attend these things.
Jay, I'd like to offer up a riveting G-Day game question for the Friday mailbag, however most of the news from Athens this Spring has been about shuffling guys around in the defensive backfield and along the offensive line. In summation...I got nothing.
I know that the golf tournament is the first order of business in Augusta, but take time to visit the birthplace of Hulk Hogan while in Augusta. I'm just assuming that it must be on the National Registry of Historic Sites.
Man, that first game in the Costner regional is a tough draw. Bull Durham v. Raging Bull. My two favorite sports movies pitted head-to-head in a first round single elimination game...I take issue with the selection committee.
9er, as sports collectibles go, you have the opportunity to purchase what I must admit is one of the coolest pieces of college football memorabilia ever. Maker's Mark is issuing a Mark Stoops bottle. The bottle is black with Kentucky blue and has Coach Stoops' picture on the front label. Not to be outdone by their in-state rival, Louisville has reached a deal with Red Lobster to issue lobster bibs with Bobby Petrino's mug on the front. And don't forget to try Todd Grantham's Swiss cheese sampler from the appetizer menu.
I didn't get around to reading Monday's edition of the 5@10 column until late last night. Jay asked: who won the weekend? Well, he hasn't won anything yet, but that Kentucky fan who got a tattoo reading UK 2014 National Champions must be feeling better about his odds today. The 'Cats pick up two more wins, and that guy goes from being some overly optimistic die-hard with some unfortunate ink to being a bluegrass true believer and part-time sage. Hey 9er, it's none of my business, but do you spend much time hanging out in tattoo parlors?
Having Bruce Pearl as a guest on your radio show seems like a risky proposition to me. Any chance you will be able to coax him out of his shell and get him to talk a little?
For the Rushmore of physical comedians I will go with: Curly Howard, Tim Conway, Rowan Atkinson, and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer.
The NLRB decision to label scholarship athletes as employees is certainly a big deal, potentially huge. However, the antitrust claim filed against the NCAA by Jeffrey Kessler might be such a game changer that the Northwestern case could be all but forgotten in the near future.
Kessler is arguing that the NCAA is guilty of price fixing by capping compensation to student-athletes, or employees if you please, by limiting said compensation to scholarships, room and board, etc., etc. Kessler's antitrust claim, if successful, will introduce the concepts of an unfettered free market into college athletics. Not only will those providing the "essential services" of big time college athletics no longer be asked to "work for free", they will have the opportunity to shop around for the best deal and bargain for a desired cut of the action far above and beyond the cost-of-attendance.
Amateurism in the NCAA isn't dead, but it has seen better days.
It feels like Richie Incognito's fifteen minutes of fame is at the 14:59 mark. Incognito is a free agent and the closest thing to interest in signing him has been a "we'll think about it" from Mark Davis and the Raiders. There's probably an emoticon for that, but it ain't a smiley face.
Man, this really is a slow time of the year for sports news. Loran, whaddayagot?
Ooooh that smell, can't you smell that smell...College football season is still five months away, but now most SEC schools have their own signature fragrance available. You're welcome olfactory senses. I'm assuming most will be some combination of scents including pigskin, freshly mowed grass, grill smoke, and just a hint of bourbon and coke. I'm hoping Georgia's signature scent is some combination of Hai Karate and Sex Panther. If it is, I had better get back into playing shape.
And Jay, dousing yourself with a liberal amount of Auburn cologne is no substitute for a shower.
The NFL's proposed rules changes...If the NFL wants to eliminate kickoff returns they should just do it. After a score place the ball at the 25 yard line and wind the clock. Having pro kickers boot one thru the back of the endzone to start every drive seems to me to be a superfluous exercise.
Unless you're looking to survive the cut on an NFL roster, there is no reason to ever really care about the outcome of a preseason game. The game ends in a tie...Who cares?
Leave the extra point scenario as is. The next time you hear someone opine that extra point attempts in the NFL are a given, listen closely and you will hear Tony Romo exclaim "It's harder than it looks!"
I don't have a clue what rules changes could be implemented to keep players from having their legs rolled up on. I would venture a guess that half of these incidents are friendly fire situations where the player that has his leg rolled on has it done so by a teammate. It's unfortunate, but no amount bureaucratic voodoo in the front office will be able to put an end to the leg roll ups in the game of football.
I hate the proposed rule change concerning pass interference, but I have hated every pro-offense, anti-defense rule passed over the last two decades. The NFL figured out that the average casual fan would rather see a 55-51 shootout as opposed to a 17-13 defensive contest. It is all about the television ratings and those of us that enjoy good fundamental football are outnumbered by those that want every game to resemble the Pro Bowl.
As for Dale Murphy...I might ask what his thoughts are on a paradigm of virtue wing in the Hall of Fame. With so many asterisks flying around baseball these days...This guy had a HOF career, but he bet on games. This guy hit a bunch of homeruns, but he was so juiced up he once hit a sock full of rice pudding 400 feet. This guy was good, but he shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. The Murph, on the other hand, had a career worthy of consideration for the Hall and without so much as a hint of scandal. Murphy is so squeaky clean he makes Tim Tebow look like Keith Richards.
The TFP's little smart pill machine is sending mixed signals today. I was ready to set up an account as I was informed that my freeloading days are over. Now, everything is just as it was before. What in the name of Herschel Walker and all things holy is going on around here? Is there a secret handshake? Do I need a decoder ring? Will the paper carrier that runs the route where I live leave a password in a Mason jar under Funkenwagnel's porch?
If I was a fan of mixed signals and mood swings, I'd still be married.
Buschleague, this stripper you speak of...Is she the one that paints herself orange and tells Ku Klux Klan jokes? I believe her name was Bambi Pearls. I heard she has one of the best finger rolls in the game...