If you are feeling any withdrawal symptoms from the conclusion of national signing day, suddenly high school kids putting a hat on doesn't seem that exciting and the fax machine is just a boring and somewhat antiquated piece of office equipment, you could follow the recruitment of Dacorius Law. Law is a three-star running back prospect out of Haines City, Florida. Dacorius signed a letter of intent to play at Ole Miss. And Utah. And East Mississippi Community College. Three LOIs with three schools that each announced Dacorius Law as a member of their incoming class.
Pig in the ground, check. Beer on ice, check. Are you ready for some contract law?
Spy, did you really mention Charles Grant in relation to the biggest recruiting bust ever? Grant still ranks in the top ten for career sacks at UGA. He ranks just below Greg "Muddy" Waters and just above Mo Lewis. Grant was voted to the All-SEC team during his final year at Georgia and was picked up by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Grant may not have lived up to the ridiculous levels of hype surrounding him, but his career would not even begin to border on total bust.
Quick question, did any of you that ever subscribed to Sports Illustrated actually receive your swimsuit edition in the mail? I subscribed to SI for several years and 51 weeks out of the year the latest edition would appear in my mailbox like clockwork. The swimsuit edition on the other hand...Most years it simply did not make it to my house and one year it showed up three weeks late dog-eared with a coffee stain on the front cover. At least I hope that was a coffee stain. C'mon postal workers, buy your own copy.
And for any young people reading this...A magazine is something we once received to inform us of what was going on in the world. It was like a tangible blog that told us the news from last week.
Well, all is right in the Tennessee Valley. The roads are ice free and folks have grown tired of bashing the weathermen and have returned to scolding the sports editor. If you think Jay goes on a bit about Will Wade, well...I heard he has an ornate altar type structure that he built at his house in honor of Gus Malzhan. Jay performs ritualistic dances and occasionally shouts War Eagle around the sacred bus. When reached for comment, neighbors said it got weird over there after the Iron Bowl.
9er, I thought one step ahead on my password. GoDawgs would be easy to figure, but my real password is HunkerDownYouSilverBritches...Aw hell, I guess I need to change it again now.
If the unionization of college football players does happen, it will be several years down the road. It is an issue that involves big money, court cases, and a cavalcade of lawyers. I suspect it will linger like that patch of ice in the curve near my house that gets very little sunlight. And like that ice patch, it will eventually melt away. The NCAA could facilitate the process by addressing some of the reasonable concerns of the players seeking to unionize. The safety issues are not going away. From the NFL down to pee-wee leagues and everything in-between, player safety has become paramount. Issues of "full ride" scholarships that do not cover the basic necessity costs and scholarships that can be rescinded due to player injury or over-signing are issues that the NCAA should have already addressed. If history is our best means of predicting future behavior, the NCAA will offer up a few half-assed measures in regards to these issues and do the bare minimum to stay relevant for another couple of years.
On other stuff...Sir William of Brainerd wasn't sure if R.E.M would qualify as a 1980s band. The guys met in Athens in the late 1970s, played a few gigs in 1980 as Twisted Kites, and then recorded "Radio Free Europe" as R.E.M in 1981. So yeah, they qualify.
9er mentioned the future of the Allman Brothers without Derek and Warren. The Allmans survived fatal motorcycle accidents that took Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. They have broken up multiple times. Line-up changes have been a constant. There was so much drama in the band after that drug bust most of us thought there was no way they could ever get back together. Yet, through it all, some incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band rises from the ashes.
9er...Jodhpurs for all? Is this some craft beer thing where one has to travel to India wearing riding pants in order to enjoy a cold brew? Hey man, whatever makes your bull run.
9er mentioned earlier a discussion of the beer enjoyed by fans in Colorado and Washington. Here's a little piece of advice from yours truly: If you are a beer drinker planning a trip to Seattle any time soon, you may want to buy a couple of cases of your beer of choice and either ship it or pack it. Ordering a beer in Seattle can get complicated. You belly up to the bar and end up with some skinny guy with a ponytail telling you about a choice beer that has a beautiful dark amber coloring, an almond bouquet, and a raspberry kick. Having totally missed the boat on the microbrew movement, all I wanted was something yellow that tastes like a cold beer.
If you're like me and started out with Milwaukee's Best and other bottom-shelf cheap beers, most all beer seems like an upgrade. The Beast abides.
Jay, thanks for fielding my question about the potential that exists for Chattanooga as a sports city in the years to come. It was a poorly phrased question on my part. In hindsight, I put it forth as an either/or scenario. We don't have to choose one or the other. The point I was clumsily stumbling towards was that Chattanooga, as compared to other comparable sized cities, has a thriving sports scene. The outdoor oriented events hosted in and around Chattanooga are drawing attention our way from far and wide. There are multiple ways this can open the door for more traditional sports events in the city. A rising tide lifts all boats.
The loss of the I-AA National Championship Game felt like a gut-punch at the time but feels more like a distant memory now. Interest in UTC athletics is seeing a real uptick right now. A Lookouts game is a top-shelf minor league baseball experience. And you made a great point about the youth level sports events hosted in Chattanooga. I don't have any idea how many youth cheerleaders were actually in Chattanooga the last time that "extra-ganza" came to town. I was eating at Taco Mac one night when the cheerleaders were in town. Judging by the sound and energy in that establishment, I'm thinking there were at least 10,000 pre-pubescent girls with scrunchies in their hair just at that one restaurant alone.
I would also like to tip my cap to the TFP and the local television sports teams for their coverage of the amateur boxing scene in Chattanooga. Given the sorry state of professional boxing, amateur boxing has all-too-often been relegated to the hinterlands of the sports world as collateral damage in pro boxing's ongoing suicide mission. The local amateur boxing scene is thriving and the fact that local media provides coverage is breathing even more life into the scene.
Jay, I didn't get around to reading yesterday's 5@10 until late yesterday. I've been busier than, uh, the Pope in the woods or a bear reading Mad Magazine or...something like that. Anyway, on the topic of Chattanooga as a sports city...I would be interested to get the take of the Scenic City's Sports Editor concerning Chattanooga's future as a sports town. Can the city become one that embraces and promotes traditional sports (football, baseball, basketball) beyond the high school level locally? Or is the best course of action for Chattanooga to go all in on outdoor sports (kayaking, climbing, running, biking) and the events that pop-up around those sports like The Head of the Hooch, RiverRocks, Iron Man, Triple Crown Bouldering, Stump Jump, etc., etc. Chattanooga is a city that can differentiate itself as a destination spot for outdoor sports and activities.
In summary, and for mailbag consideration: Can Chattanooga become a city that supports local traditional team sports or should the lion's share of attention be spent promoting individual outdoors sports?
Sal Sunseri has had a good run as a positions coach. Comparing Pruitt possibly hiring Sunseri to coach the linebackers to Derek Dooley hiring Sunseri as defensive coordinator is like comparing apples to big oranges. Spy referenced UGA not inheriting a secondary coach. Jeremy Pruitt will serve as defensive coordinator and coach the secondary at UGA just as he did at FSU last season. Spy also put forth that UGA will "be able to pay young Mr. Pruitt after all, simply by not having any other assistants to pay." Even if UGA simply pays Pruitt the same amount we paid Grantham last season, it would result in a $350,000 pay raise for Pruitt from his salary in Tallahassee and leave more than enough money on the table to hire assistants to fill all the temporary voids.