Who saw that coming? Appears that the top four SEC teams are from the west half. Price of tickets to A&M's dates with Bama and Auburn just doubled. And Sumlin's stock went up, too. If Stevie doesn't find a defense fast, it'll be Gawga or Mizzou winning the east.
Anchor down, Commodore! It's not just the anchor that's down, it's the whole fleet. Terrific Temple hadn't beaten an SEC team in 80 years. (Good line about owls, jomo.)
Now we know Kentucky's climb up the SEC ladder starts with the Vandy rung.
Fantastic doggerel. More, please. And what does "Public Admin" qualify you for?
No, there's no stopping Kenny Football.
Your draft is fun. Last evening's game suggests the Aggies could also well draft a speedier safety.
Congrats on 1,000 columns. Has Al Michaels been around for 1,000 years? Is this his last season, or will he just keep on going?
And congrats for getting soaked with ice water.
Althea Gibson was born 87 years ago. Today's cool Google doodle honors her. Arguably she's a bigger deal than any of the lightweights Jay mentioned. OK, except for Gene Simmons.
What's former Vols' head dude Fulmer up to, talking about six or seven wins? Is that notion helpful to his BO successor?
College basketball doesn't get much ink right about now, so you may have missed the Knoxville celebration when, late last week, Coach Donnie corralled a big guy who got loose from the Memphis zoo.
Dominic Woodson was ninth on the Tigers' roster in both scoring and rebounding, so they'll barely miss him. His move may make both teams better. But he'll probably start for UT, which is a measure of how weak their front court will be this year.
Before nabbing the 6'10" transfer, the Vols had no centers and their roster only listed three forwards, all freshmen, none of which cracked the Rivals Top 150.
Though the first-year UT coach is a former TV evangelist, he is overlooking Woodson's rap sheet in Memphis. He rumbled with a Tiger football player, and choir boy Josh Pastner suspended him once for cursing.
(Yeah, John Calipari swears a bit, too, but he's Catholic and gets a quick absolution.)
Meanwhile, Auburn doesn't care that Bruce Pearl is no choir boy. All he does is win. He just came off double super-secret suspension midnight Saturday, and he's already nabbed two four-star players.
Looks like in the new world order Tennessee will be chasing Auburn in roundball, too.
Query: At which Plainsmen games will Brucie wear his famous orange blazer? Maybe with a navy blue tie?
Of course Stewart shouldn't be arrested. How dumb do you have to be to walk onto a track with fast cars spinning around? (How does the NY track compare with our own Boyd's?)
Yes, Press Row is enjoyable. But in yesterday's version Jay gave a web address containing the word "backslash." Backslashes are never used in web addresses, only forward slashes. (Maybe it was Wells, but I don't think so.) I know, it's unpossible to flunk English at Auburn.
SEC network televises its first game at 1:00 today, UK vs. Dominican Republic. Tune in and prepare to be impressed with the upcoming season's national champs. Bilas has already crowned them.
By far the hottest gap-toothed beauty is Lauren Hutton, who goes commando.
Leave Tiger home.
Yes, it looks like old reliable Worley. Word from UK's QB contest is that Signal Mountain's fair haired boy could be the guy.
In the recent 5@10 high school movies Rushmore, I named Dead Poets' Society, so you already knew I was a fan of RW. There could be so many different Rushmores here, all valid, so I'll include some under-appreciated roles: Dead Poets, Awakenings, Fisher King, Mrs. Doubtfire. Also under-appreciated, the brilliant Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses, the unauthorized Jay Greeson biopic.
Wish I could've seen Williams and Steve Martin in Waiting for Godot.
The new SEC network broadcasts its first game Friday, Kentucky vs. Dominican Republic in the Bahamas. Unless you are watching the first three games on ESPNU, as I am, it'll be your first chance to see college basketball's most talented team ever.
If you're afraid you'd see only a ragged, not-ready team, you'd be wrong. Incredibly, the Cats are already playing better team ball than they did even at the end of last season.
UK was runner-up last year, and even after losing Randle and Young, this year they're bigger, faster, more talented, more cohesive, more experienced, and much deeper.
The Harrison twins are noticeably quicker and more skilled than even in their NCAA tourney run. Yet, freshman point Ulis and two guard Booker are so good either or both could steal their starting jobs sometime this season.
Powerful Poythress is quicker, wiser, and more versatile than last year. He plays like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and will be at least as good as Young was at the wing.
Center Dakari is slimmer, quicker, better-conditioned than last year, but he may not start over big, agile freshman Towns whose maturity and skill set may be the best-ever for a freshman. Marcus Lee is as impressive as last year.
In the two Bahamas games played thus far, Kentucky's depth has allowed two five-man platoons to swap in and out, meaning they will wear down opponents with an aggressive pressing defense. And they're already very good, though Willie Cauley-Stein and super-talented freshman big Trey Lyles on the bench with injuries. They'll be playing shortly, at which point, if you split the team, you'd have two top ten squads.
More impressive than the talent, though, is the mature way the team sees the court and works together. Their passing and timing are already better than any UK team in many years, even with freshmen in the lineup. As the season develops, we'll see the old school college TEAM basketball that we love to watch.
If you miss Friday's game, catch them Saturday and Sunday.
Five SEC head coaches are among the 10 best recruiters in the game, according to Rivals.com's Mike Farrell.
Saban is (get this) #1, followed by #4 A&M's Sumlin, #6 UT's Jones, #7 UK's Stoops, and #9 AU's Malzahn. He lists recent SEC defections Meyer and Franklin at #2 and #3.
Yeah, I know football season hasn't even started, but you college basketball junkies will want to tune in ESPNU Sunday through Tuesday and the new SEC network the 15th through the 17th for Big Blue Bahamas basketball.
Find out if it's possible for a team to have too many skilled big men.
NCAA rules make a matchup between The Cats and The Mocs impossible.
School of Rock was good. And great high school movies might include To Sir, with Love, Dead Poets' Society, and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Nancy Kerrigan's leg wasn't injured so gruesomely, but it was memorable. And a lot of wretched sportswriters spilled a lot of ink over it.
Would a shark removing a surfer's leg count?
And equine sports leg injuries is a whole other category. They shoot horses, don't they?
Yes, Butch sure can recruit, but I saw in yesterday's paper that Weeds agrees with my assessment that if six wins is The Vols' magic number, take the under.
OK, the NCAA can be overbearing, but do you really want to see cocks all over your cookie cakes?
Red Barber, Harry Caray, Dizzy Dean, Gus Chamberlain. And squeeze in Munson, too.
Tonight's the night Sharknado 2 debuts. Must-see TV.
Wah Wah Jones (R.I.P.) was a two-time All-SEC football player (who went both ways) and thrice a basketball All-American. He was the reigning authority on how Bear Bryant and Adolph Rupp compared.
UK retired his uniform in both sports, and he played baseball, too. With the rest of the original Fab Five, he won an Olympics gold medal.
With Tennessee recruiting him as a high school phenom, a UT supporter kidnapped him and took him to Knoxville. He couldn't get out of Tennessee fast enough.
From yesterday: Yes, it's asinine that 5% didn't vote for The Babe. Can only assume that they were moralists who disapproved of his drinking and carousing.
MT has a good point that the Fulmer decision was about more than number of W's. But I'd bet they'd have more wins under The Great Pumpkin, as Jay opined yesterday.
And if six is The Vols' over-under, I'll take the under.
MT & The BiB Slouch--I'd guess Auburn is a serious contender for your Fulmer arrests cup.
Can we get up a pool to guess how many games Struggla will last on the left coast?
Is T. J. Yates any good? And what other quarterbacks join Y. A. Title on the all-initials Rushmore?
Since this forum last convened, the Directors' Cup 2014 results for best all-around sports has been announced. Again, Stanford won. Among SEC schools, Florida (again) was #2, Texas A&M was #10, and Kentucky was #11.
Gawga and Bama were #16 and #17. Auburn was #34 and Tennessee scratched at #40. Worst in the conference (again) were the Mississippi schools.
Think football should count more in the standings than rifle? Me, too. But seven years ago, when UT finished seventh, The Vols thought the overall sports picture mattered. Since then, UT has fallen apart and UK has zoomed upward.
And as of today, Mark Stoops has already gotten more four-star recruits than his three predecessors combined got in 11 years.
Best answer to the backseat questions is: If you don't shut up, I'm gonna pull this car over…
Best game of the year's first half? NCAA semifinal UK 74, Wisconsin 73. Cats' nailbiter wins over Wichita State, Michigan, and Louisville also deserve mention.
Dale Murphy is an almost-all-timer. Perhaps Bartkowski, too.
WRS--Thanks for the kind welcome.
Where've I been? It's my dead zone. I barely care about the NBA, and I care not at all about hockey, golf, NASCAR, or futbol without pointy ends. (Though if we win today, I'll have to get on board that bandwagon.) And the Bravos have yet to show they're above the middle third.
The six college basketball gurus on cbssports.com have today posted their draft of the 24 best coaches in the game. They chose Calipari, Pitino, Self one, two, three, followed by Sean Miller, Coach K, Billy the Kid, and Izzo. UNC's Williams lags at #19; not mentioned are the current head guys at Knoxville and Auburn.
Is it nil-nil yet?
GD--When you lie down with dawgs, you're gonna get bit. Predictable.
In yesterday's 105.1 discussion, did anybody mention The Good, The Bad & The Ugly? Blazing Saddles? Bridge Over the River Kwai (with its great whistled earworm theme song)?
Of the 60 players drafted by NBA teams, probably six (seven if you count transfer Rodney Hood) will be from the SEC, proof that our Southern-fried basketball lags behind our pointy ball. And baseball. Go 'Dores.
Kentucky's Randle will be the fifth or sixth player taken, and the young Young will be in the top 20. The Vols' Stokes will be among the final first rounders and McRae will be among the final second rounders taken.
Florida's big Young and LSU's nifty O'Bryant will also hear their names called.
Jarnell's short for his position, but the 6'8" forward has an impressively disproportionate 7'1" wingspan. UK's James Young (an NBA guard) is only 6'6" and has an impressively disproportionate wingspan of 7'0". With his quickness, he'll tally some big steals.
If I go to the Man Xpo, do I have to expose my manhood? I'll go Jabari/Smart/28/James Young.
Some think Atlanta will take one or two SEC players, but it seems they lately like the furriners. If the Hawks take Thanasis Antetokounmpo (bro of Giannis), will you learn how to pronounce his name or just give him a nickname?