The Rushmore of SEC football players since 1980: Herschel Walker...Who did you think my first pick would be? Rounding out this Rushmore are Bo Jackson, Reggie White, and Tim Tebow. It wasn't easy leaving off names like Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Danny Wuerffel, and several others that came to mind. And for personal reasons, I really wanted to include Champ Bailey in the Rushmore mix.
The candidates were abundant. The final cuts were tough calls.
As great as Tony Gwynn was on the diamond (the best pure hitter since Ted Williams) it speaks volumes about the man that most of the eulogies for him have focused on the kind of man he was away from the baseball field. That's the kind of legacy we should all strive to leave behind when our time comes to an end.
Jay, I understand your concern about Tray Matthews taking his talents and baggage to the Plains. Tray has the physical skills and potential to be a great safety. Tray also has some attitude issues and seems immature right now. At Auburn, Tray will have to sit out for a season so the AU coaching staff can keep an eye on him and track any progress or regressions. The mandatory year off gives Auburn a chance to take a trial run with Matthews. If things work out, Auburn has picked up a DB with all kinds of upside. If they don't work out, Auburn didn't have much invested in him to begin with. I had high hopes for Tray in the beginning and I hate that he wore out his welcome in Athens. That being said, I hope he can get his act together and not become another case of missed opportunities and pissed-away potential.
Does anybody else get the feeling that Johnny Football is more likely to become a reality show star than ever becoming a high caliber NFL quarterback?
With the passing of Casey Kasem, not only did we lose a legendary disc jockey but also the voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
Kasem is certainly on the Rushmore of DJ's. Wolfman Jack is there as well. "Big Daddy" Tom Donahue was a true DJ that went with free-form radio over corporate playlists and radio cuts so he is certainly Rushmore worthy and greatly missed in the landscape of current radio. Last, but certainly not least, is Alan Freed. The Moondog gave us the term "rock n' roll" and is one of the founding fathers of rock music. Freed was a rebel to the end and while the witch-hunt of trumped up "payola" allegations effectively killed his radio career, his legacy is bulletproof.
Spy mentioned Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. I was once on the same plane with Valentine. Between Atlanta and Chicago that guy really hammered the supply of booze on the plane. He didn't cause any trouble, but the man was an impressive specimen in the world of alcohol indulgence.
Any of you punks make a move, and I'll shoot my other foot! Donald Sterling does not even know who he's suing or why he's suing at this point. While the NBA certainly nudged the process along, the Sterlings were not legally forced to sell. Shelly found a multibillionaire tech guru whose desire to own a basketball team was such that he offered far more than market value for the team. She jumped at the deal and who can blame her. Shelly also indemnified the NBA and Ballmer in the deal. At this point, Donald Sterling does not have a legal leg to stand on. And, let's just deal with the unlikely hypothetical here, if Sterling did win against the NBA in court the Sterling family trust would be on the hook for any damages or loss suffered by the league.
As long as Donald Sterling wants to file baseless and self-defeating lawsuits I'm sure his lawyers will do his bidding. Those billable hours add up fast.
Congratulations to Awesome Bill from Dawsonville. And a tip of the hat to that guy who looks just like Bill Elliot and parlayed that into many free drinks and meals in-and-around Athens, Georgia. Not to mention the fact that the now infamous Awesome Bill doppelganger told many, many ladies that he was indeed the NASCAR legend and a hero of the clutch. I'm sure that didn't hurt his efforts any. There will be no hall of fame induction for that guy, but he had a good run.
Tough times for Peyton Manning. I just read on the front page that Manning was picked up for outstanding warrants in Nashville. This Manning is an eighteen year-old woman and not the Peyton Manning of gridiron fame. However, confusion could still arise; just ask Lindsay Scott. Run Lindsay was arrested in Valdosta, Georgia on an outstanding warrant for passing bad checks. The warrant was for Lindsey Scott, a white female. As luck would have it, Run Lindsay ran into a cop who was not a stickler for details and was apparently the one person in South Georgia that never heard Munson's call from the 1980 Florida game.
Be careful in Music City Peyton, you're a wanted man.
Athletes must be careful with their choice of entrance music. I once saw a journeyman boxer who took a fight on short notice walk to the ring with Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" playing over the P.A. system. He got knocked out cold in the first round.
Don't applaud that GratefulDawg fella...You'll only encourage him and his heathen ways.
Niner, my professorship is in an adjunct and double-secret probationary status currently. I asked the provost about tenure; he replied, do I know you? Thanks for the kind words and congratulations on making sense of one of my longer, more rambling posts.
And if two trains leave Hixson going in opposite directions...Somewhere between Hamill and Boy Scout Roads they will run into each other and shut 153 down for at least three-hours.
Jay, regarding Donald Sterling you hit the nail on the head a couple of times in this column. Your reaction and mine to Sterling's interview must have been much the same. For a guy who keeps high-dollar attorneys on a retainer, where was the guy breaking down the basics for Donald? Rule 1: SHUT THE &^%$ UP! Rule 2: If you have already put yourself in a hole, stop digging. Rule 3: If any questions arise about the rules, refer back to Rule 1.
You also touched on a very important note that has been somewhat overlooked in this whole mess with Sterling. Yes, the Sterlings own the Clippers. If the Clippers operated as a privately held, independent entity the Sterlings could do as they damn well please on most every front. However, Donald Sterling is a franchisee operating under the umbrella of the NBA, the franchisor. When Donald bought the Clippers, he bought a franchise and contractually agreed to all of the restrictive covenants and morals clauses laid out by the NBA. I'm assuming Donald was of sound mind and body when he signed that contract. So for those saying that the players signed a contract and should get on with it and stop whining, that would be good advice for the Sterlings as well.
I've already spent more time talking about Donald Sterling than I ever intended to. That being said, after watching Donald Sterling's interview with Anderson Cooper and getting somewhat up-to-speed on the Marshall Henderson Twitter deal that Niner wrote about yesterday...You have freedom of speech in the country, not freedom from criticism and the occasional backlash. Donald Sterling's, that crazy girl tricked me into saying those things defense. Marshall Henderson's, I was conducting a psychological experiment for an unnamed friend of mine explanation(this is just a hunch, but I figure if you ask Henderson if he is more Jungian or Freudian he would just give you a blank stare and some awkward silence). Fertilizer prices should drop as we have an excess of bullstuff these days. If you want to be racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc., that's your call to make. If on the other hand you want to make statements putting down an entire segment of the population, but then whine like a petulant child when people rebuke your statements...Until such a time that you can develop the courage of your convictions and understand the relationship between freedom and responsibility, it's probably best just to keep those thoughts to yourself.
Mrs. Sterling is not now nor has she ever been a controlling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. To understand this issue you would need to understand the importance of the differentiation between the status of controlling owner and non-controlling owner. The Sterlings are non-controlling owners. Adam Silver is the de facto controlling owner. The Sterlings may have the pink slip, but Silver has the keys.
As for why Silver isn't proceeding with the option I presented...Shocking as it may be, the NBA front office does not consult with the posters here at the 5@10 when making its decisions. I was offering my opinion in a comments section of the online edition of a newspaper, that's it. Leslie Anderson, on the other hand, has the commissioner's ear and we will wait and see what pans out. The media coverage is dying down, but the legal fight has only just begun.