10 Ring, my goodness the Vols are on fire. The last three games have shown super motivated players, who now have look like bracket busters. Thanks Coach Pearl.
Tis the season for retirees to eschew their walkers and return to the sports that made them greats. "King Richard Petty" (said fast and breathlessly by the NASCAR faithful), recently got petty with Danica. Now, Dominique, "The Human Highlight Film" was a horse of a force in his day. He now says he could have torched the lame Charlotte Bobcats defense for 40 at the advanced age of 56. If Dominique had a roster spot in Miami or OKC, maybe so. Does anyone miss Spud Webb?
The only common thread I can see in these outbursts of sports legends is a pitch for some sort of reality TV show.
10 Ring, have you contacted your State Representative or Senator urging the passage of a resolution declaring the Third Day in March Lebron James Day in Tennessee? If not yet, the following is free use, "This honor is in recognition of his many important contributions to the condition to man and mankind, specifically for scoring a personal record 61 points in an NBA game."
All time college greats, David "Sky Walker" Thompson, Wilt Chamberlain , Pistol Pete, Jerry West.
10 Ring, Tiger needs to ditch the Sunday Self-flagellation at the Majors, a nasty by product of his chastened life. It's time for Tiger's restoration by rebuilding the harem, which did so much to hone his focus and build off the charts self esteem.
If the NFL, is considering two new teams in small market outposts like Jacksonville, buyer beware. This restructuring need also include the Raiders' return to the LA promised land as the AFC team in any new two team stadium in built LA.
10 Ring, the headline sez "Expectations Soaring at UT." My expectations are grounded at six victories.
I used to particularly enjoy watching "Chucky" talk over "Jaws" for minutes at a time. What a hoot!
Best Actor Living? Not Al Pacino, he's mostly typecast himself for near 30 years now. My pick is Tom Hanks. Mr. Hanks has acted in space, on the high seas and on the ground.
Team #1 were very impressed with Michigan's Coach Hoke and his wife's hospitality, the training facilities, the activities including a hockey game Saturday and a Sunday grudge match between Michigan/Michigan State, of course, the "Big House," and much more tangible and intangible. Downside, nine hour drive.
No to Pearl and to Conz. The AD needs to get his book of coaching mug shots and fashion a list of exceptional coaches who can lead Tennessee towards the promised land. I don't care if this means standing under the preverbal street light propositioning anyone of quality on the theory someone will eventually say yes.
10 Ring, Clowny will land in the top ten, however at that exalted region, he's a "project" in serious need of increased strength, and the proper motivation, if possible. His 225 bench effort was a joke, displaying his lack of self motivation and commitment.
Clowny will most likely be drafted to one of many losing franchises. Do you burn a number one on some one who could start whining after fruitless seven games broadcasting his poison on his own radio show like Randy Moss did in Oakland?
Reggie McKenzie best say no to this trap even if the need is great. Al Davis (pbuh) would never take a pass on Clowny's of raw talent and rawer still maturity level. While outstanding measurables cannot be coached, neither could the head cases which seeming haunt many of these "athletes."
MocTastic, I read in this here newspaper Saturday that King Richard, when asked if he would race Danica one on one, responded he would need some time in a car. Well, maybe in a Hendricks prepared machine, King Richard. This has a Bobby Riggs v. Billy Jean King feel.
10 Ring, I wonder if you've ever done one of your Rushmores on the so titled kings of sports? This is only an example, King Jerry Lawler.
A final word or two, I done said Conz is gonz after the Mizzo debacle.
10 Ring, I'm of the opinion across the board sports nicknames these days are few and have no where near the impact such monikers had in the past.
On the PGA Tour, there were "The Hawk," Ben Hogan; "Slammin' Sammy Snead" "The Golden Bear;" "The Black Knight," Gary Player; "The Merry Mex," Lee Travino to name a few. "Tiger" is the strongest brand running today. Are there any other present day worth noting?
What stronger moniker was there ever than "The Intimidator?"
Bruce Pearl and Dawn
I'm comin' home, I've done my time/ Now I've got to know what is and isn't mine/ If you received my letter tellin' you I'd soon be free/ Then you'll know just what to do if you still want me/ If you still want me
Tie a ORANGE RIBBOM 'round the old oak tree/ It's been three long years/ Do you still want me?/ If I don't see an ORANGE RIBBON roun the old oak tree/ I'll stay on the bus/ Forget about us/ Put the blame on me/If I don't see an ORANGE RIBBON 'round the old oak tree.
10 Ring, on Martin, it's not personal, it's only the fact that the Vols have not performed at a high enough level, let alone exceeded expectations. When Martin came to the Vols, it was a shotgun marriage as the Tennessee Rifleman went hunting late in the process "with no light, and no gun."
Vol fans indeed pine for Pearl's charisma, his command of the XOs, and his recruiting prowess, his ability motivate players and the puke buckets at practice to name only five. Pearl has indeed done his time, but is this enough to make his case to the AD and UT president?
As a Vol friend suggested to me, if we can't have Pearl, I want someone better than Pearl. Tall order.
It will take an NCAA bid and 1st round victory for Martin to hang on. This will mean playing well in the SEC tournament where Tennessee has in the past stumbled early even in the Pearl era.
This time the AD will have more time and more choices for a coach to excite Vol fans on the streets and put butts in the seats. That coach will not be Bruce Pearl.
10 Ring, glad to see the press, the fans and the boo birds finally convinced Coach Martin to pound it into Stokes. Heck, to Martin's credit, it only took two games to make the adjustment.
So, Durant wants to be called the "Servant." That's a moniker uncomfortably close to savant. Durant needs a strong name that's heckle proof. I'm willing to part with fechancellor, as in "Iron Chancellor," if it does him any good against the likes of Lebron and his slobbering savants.
Welcome readers to the TFP Lebron Blog. 10 Ring have you secured a lock of Lebron's hair off of Beezid.com yet? If so, I'm betting it rests inside a pendant around your neck.
As for exhorting the board to bring our "A" game. Almost to a person the gang here does that daily. Can't say I'm one them, but you do get the best I can deliver sandwiched between other pressing constraints here at the enterprises.