published Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

5-at-10: Rory cashes in, NFC Playoff matchup, and the Lance Armstrong lesson

If Whitney was right, and we're to believe that children are our future and we must teach them well and let them lead the way, what is the lesson about Lance Armstrong: Every one makes mistakes? It's never too late to tell the truth? Confession is good for the soul? Do you go old-school NASCAR and embrace the "if you're not cheating, you're not trying" apporach or even "honesty is the best way to lose" maybe?

There has to be a middle ground right? Cheating catches you in the end? Win at all costs? Man, this is depressing, and what the gang from Joe's Gym say in Dodgeball?

From the "Talks too much" studios, let's take our shot (yep we went there)...

Lance Armstrong

According to reports, Lance Armstrong came clean to Oprah Winfrey about his use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. The interview is set to air Thursday and will be the first public admission from Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner that so adamentmently denied doping that he sued and won a libel case against a London newspaper for writing that he did use.

OK, with the less-than-shocking news on Lance and the left-at-the-altar group of baseball megastars who were denied admission to the Hall of Fame recently, what is the future of PED users and their place in the history of sports.

Do we take option A (as in A-bomb and take the nuclear anti-PED option) and ban them all, strip their records and never the 'tween shall meet?

Do we take option B (as in be kind) and realize the vast majority of the competitors in these sports were using PEDs and these guys were the best of a tainted generation?

Do we take option C (as in combination) and view it on a case-by-case basis?

It's hard to know and it could depend on what Lance has to say.

We know for sure that we used to believe Option A was the plan, and if you got caught cheating you were done. And there's still a strong belief in and merit to that view. If that's how you stand, we got no beef with that.

But we're starting to lean toward Option B. Records in all of sports are made to be broken, whether it's technology, training or treatments that allow Barry Bonds to win four-consecutive MVPs from the ages of 36-39.

And we ask this in a metaphysical sense, but it's still worth asking, especially in Lance's case. If everyone is cheating, is really anyone cheating? If everyone is taking something extra — and by all reports the use was rampant and extremely secretive — is that really something extra?

Thoughts?

Sure we should aspire to be more than that and require our all-time great to do so too, but can we cover everyone with the same guilty blanket because of rumor and whispers. We're inclined to follow the lead of the individual sport's governing body in this instance: If they are going to strip a player/athlete's records, we concur. If they're going to let them stand, can we ignore them?

Difficult debate to be sure.

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NFC Playoff matchup No. 1

We're going to look at a part of the Falcons-49ers game every day this week. We're pretty excited to be quite frank about.

Let's start the breakdown with a simple question: Where are playoff games won? At the most important position in sports — quarterback — of course.

Look at the divisional matchups: Joe Flacco outplayed Peyton Manning and Flacco won; Colin Kaepernick outplayed Aaron Rodgers (and the rest of the free world) and Humpty won; Matt Ryan outplayed Russell Wilson, although this was the closest pairing, and Ryan won the closest game; and Tom Brady outplayed Matt Schaub. Some times it's just that simple.

So who has the edge at quarterback: Matt Ryan or Colin "Humpty" Kaepernick? Let's break it down old-school:

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan works during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Experience

Ryan has started all but three games in his five-year career; Kaepernick has started every game for the last couple of months.

Edge: Ryan

Playoff experience

Ryan got his first postseason win in four tries with the late miracle against Seattle; Kaepernick is 1-0 and owns at least a share of the best postseason winning percentage in the history of (cue Ron Jaworski) THE National Football League.

Edge: Slightly to Ryan because he knows the sting of playoff losses

Skill set (arm)

Ryan earned early MVP talk this year as the Falcons cruised to the NFC's best record and led the league in completion percentage at almost 69 percent; Kaepernick has a big arm and a long delivery that is more accurate than he gets credit for, especially on deep throws and over the middle.

Edge: Ryan, but it's closer than most believe

Skill set (head/composure)

Ryan was tops in the league with five fourth-quarter comebacks this year but has been prone to making one or two really bad decisions a game; Kaepernick has been following the direction of coach Jim Harbaugh to a 'T' and the results have been staggering, and Humpty gets bonus points for staying within himself and the moment in a classic performance against the Packers.

Edge: Ryan, but it's much closer than you may think (If Ryan tosses a couple more of those dish-and-wish jump balls Sunday, the season's over)

Skill set (legs)

Ryan has two legs; Kaepernick uses his two legs exceptionally well.

Edge: Humpty huge.

Expectations

Ryan must play very well for the Falcons to even have a shot against the road-favored 49ers; Kaepernick just needs to manage himself and his emotions and read the outside linebacker.

Edge: Humpty

System

Ryan had a great regular season (422-of-615, 4,719 yards and 32 TDs) by exploiting his advantages of two elite receivers on the perimeter and the best tight end of all time running through the middle of the field. That system is sound and fundamental and plays perfectly into the hands of a San Francisco defense that is physical in the secondary, fast at linebacker and can generate pressure without sending waves of blitzes. In fact, San Fran pressured Aaron Rodgers on 11 of his 43 dropbacks last week and only blitzed twice. This will be a tall order for Ryan and a taller order for Ryan's offensive line. As for Kaepernick, he worked magic in the midline option out of the Pistol formation last week. Dude simply did work, running for 181 yards, the most ever by a quarterback in any NFL game. And most of that was because of Kaepernick's deicison making — of the 181 yards, 178 of them came before contact, which means he was making perfect reads and running through spaces open enough for Spy (hey, we know Spy has wheels). The Falcons struggled against Cam Newton in a similar system in their two meetings this year and have allowed the highest per-run average to opposing quarterbacks of any team in the NFL. Sean Weatherspoon please report to the courtesy phone, Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon to the white courtesy phone please — it's time to deliver.

Edge: Humpty, big

Overall

Ryan has moved into the top 10 of NFL quarterbacks, and that's saying something considering the great divide of QB play in today's NFL. There are a slew of really good ones; and then there are a slew of teams who are going to sign Alex Smith and Mike Vick out of desperation. Kaepernick has delivered one of the best playoff debuts in the history of all sports and he is one of three players to rush for two TDs and throw for two TDs in a playoff game, joining Otto Graham and Jay Cutler. How Kaepernick handles the road atmosphere and a Georgia Dome that will be jumping will determine if his run will be more Graham-esque o Cutler-like.

Edge: Ryan

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Rory cashes in

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    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his drive from the second tee during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Nike handed Rory McIlroy a 10-year endorsement deal worth reportedly $200 million.

Yes, the money seems obscene, but for hoops stars and golfers, the return on a nine-figure investment is frequently in the billions. Think Nike regrets signing Tiger (how many folks at the course are geared out in their Sunday red Tiger shirt and matching hat?) or MJ or LeBron? Not a chance.

Same will go for Rory, too, especially since he is more popular globally than he is here, which is an untapped marketplace for Nike.

That said, is this the best thing for Rory's career? Sure it's the best thing for his checking account, but will he stay motivated like Tiger did or will he languish in the fat-and-happy mode that may have limited Phil Mickelson's career achievements after he signed for big dollars with Calloway?

We are hoping that Rory continues his assault toward becoming the next overlord of golf because the sport needs a heavy. Golf needed Tiger because, like all individual sports, there needs to be a Darth Vader/Dale Earnhardt Sr.-type of persona that gives everyone a rooting interest. Whether your guy was on the leaderboard or in the top five or missed the cut or crashed on Lap 98, everyone had a vested interest rooting for/against Tiger or Dale.

Rory could be that guy, but it's the wins not the winnings that make that possible.

Here's hoping his financial success does not derail his professional succes.

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This and that

— Recruiting round-up of interest: Vonn Bell has not committed to Alabama despite numerous reports Monday that he had. Camp Bell told our prep ace Stephen Hargis that, yes, Alabama coach Nick Saban was in North Georgia visiting the four-star Bell. But no, Bell had not committed and still has Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee as the finalists for his signature. He expects to decide on signing day Feb. 6. It was the lone bit of non-great recruiting news for Alabama, which remains rolling. The Tide landed a commitment from Tim Williams, a 6-foot-4 linebacker/defensive end who is the top-ranked prospect in Louisiana. Also, longtime-Auburn commit Dee Liner, who yes is a highly regarded defensive lineman, decommited from the Tigers and Alabama appears to be the front-runner to land Dee Liner to an all-time class of D-Lineman.

— Hey the Aussie Open started. Great. Let us know when Federer and Murray play and when one of the Williams girls meets a foreign lass with a 'c' or a 'v' at the end of her name. Thanks.

— The Big Ten is looking at renaming its division and changing the much-maligned Leaders and Legends tabs. OK, without getting vulgar, is there anything the Big Ten could pick that would be worse and more goofy than "Leaders" and "Legends," especially considering that the top two teams in the Legends division last year were not eligible for the postseason because of some legendary NCAA issues. (Somehow, we're pretty sure that's not the Legend-type stuff the Big Ten was thinking of to start.)

— We have talked multiple times about a need to grab a college basketball team or three and follow them through the finish. Here are some of the candidates: Louisville (for two reasons — one we loved Louisville back in the days of Darrell Griffith to the McCray brothers to Lancaster Gordon; and two this bunch is in it for the long haul); Oregon because we said in December that Nike was about to infuse some coin in the Ducks' hoops program because Nike could not afford its signature program to be blah for long; Michigan (does any school have a better 1-2 uniform combo in football and hoops than Michigan); N.C. State; Creighton; Cincy and maybe UNLV (Vegas baby, Vegas). Thoughts?

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Today's questions

Let's play some quick answer. Deal? Deal.

Is there any way Alabama doesn't end up with the No. 1 recruiting class?

Is there any way Lance's confession will sway your view? Why or why not?

Is the SEC in for arguably the craziest hoops year in recent memory?

If you had the choice between Matty Ice and Colin "Humpty" Kaepernick, who you got and why?

Discuss and don't forget Friday's mailbag.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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chas9 said...

Jay--From the depths of my deep heart, thank you for doing the 5@10 for the children.

As I observed yesterday, teams three through six in the SEC are about even, so it won't surprise me if The Vols beat The Cats tonight. We know they'll have the intangibles edge. And it's Kentucky's third game in six days. UK's current 10-5 record is the program's poorest start since Billy the Kid Gillispie's first season as coach.

Kentucky does have one hot program. Tom Jurich gets Louisville into the ACC. Charlie Strong says no to Tennessee, then his UL football team beats Florida in the Sugar Bowl. And Rick Pitino's Cardinals have risen to No. 1 in the AP poll.

January 15, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay - question for the mailbag or today (whichever you choose). I saw North Dallas 40 (before JMC moved there). I recall seeing athletes in the film being given pain killer injections. Is that a PED? I recall professional golfers admitting to getting cortisone injections for back pain. Is that a PED? I saw Peyton wear a glove on Saturday. Is that performance enhancing? I recognize that there is a line between legal and illegal, but isn't everything an athlete does related to improving performance. Just asking...

January 15, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
Walden said...

Boo Lance Armstrong, boo! You stink. You are a low-life cheater, and a liar to boot. Go away. If I see someone wearing one of those stupid yellow bracelets, I may just walk up to them and give 'em the back of my hand.

January 15, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jay,

I've been assigned phone duty today which means little to no time to play 5 at 10 aside from the occasional assigned breaks.

To answer your stuff first:

Alabama will get the number one class unless a scandal hits Tuscaloosa bigger than Mojo's Tires and Mag Wheels. (Saban gets busted in a ::forum edit:: with a Chun Li, Sailor Moon, and a Power Girl cosplayer at the San Diego ComiCon doing ::forum edit:: that makes anything Mark Price did look like a 15 year old in the closest after a game of spin the bottle).

And all three are underage.

Only possible scenerio I can think of (obviously) that could take down the empire.

Lance Armstrong. Did not care much for him then, part of me not really shocked now.

Okay, lets talk about the big news. Our replacement for Marcus Satterfield (SAAAATTTT!!). I love the name and my first thought of Jeff Durden was is "Walter" going to be on the staff as well? Or "Peanut"? (think about it for a moment).

It sounds like a legit fit (pedigree-wise) although I really want to see his plays in action before I pass judgement.

January 15, 2013 at 10:51 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I expect Lance to whip out his scrotum to show two giant testicles, not just one.

"Hey!" says Lance. "It takes a couple of big ones to pull that no-doping stuff."

January 15, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- do you think for UTK men's basketball, they have to win tonight vs. Kentucky to have any remote chance of being in the NCAA tourney ? Joe Lunardi's bracketology doesnt have the Vols in or EVEN in the last 12 out !

January 15, 2013 at 11:23 a.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

Meant to link to our SEC ace David Paschall's good take on the upstarts in today's TFP.

Going to be a CUH-razy year. Yes, it's only one week in, but UK is looking up at Auburn in the standings for crying out loud.

Sportsfan —

Interesting question.

There is the within the rules debate as you referenced, and that covers the changes in technology (gloves, golf technology, better cleats, what have you) that most definitely are performance enhancers.

As for the uppers baseball players took in the 60s and 70s or the pain killers of today that are so advanced we think the Flesh Wound Knight from Monty Python could suit up, that's an interesting point. Let us think on that one.

One thing that's for sure — "North Dallas 40" may be the most underrated sports movie this side of "Dead Solid Perfect" out there.

JMC —

We want to know if new OC Jeff Durden will embrace some of Tyler Durden's philosophies like the first rule of running the spread is that we don't talk about running the spread.

And careful with some of that scandal talk. We have no idea what you're talking about — is that the Mark Price that was an NBA point guard or the Mark Price that was Skippy from "Family Ties" — so we don't know how deep off the F-O-I-B sports column reservation you may be going.

DD —

Dude, if Lance doubles up his Almonds Joy, then sweet buckets of Peanut Brittle, that's going to (we almost wrote "curl some hairs" but we'll go with...) stop traffic.

Welcome to the show DD, feel free to swing by anytime.

Jomo —

It's a definitely a big one but we're not to the point of saying must-win for their tourney case. A must-win for confidence and cohesion maybe, but there's still 16 conference games to go with tests against Florida, Missouri and UK again for some highlights.

— 5-at-10

January 15, 2013 at 11:44 a.m.
Todd962 said...

Lively bunch today. I am going to go out on a limb and say that the chances that Lance went on Oprah to reveal his lies, not about his doping, but the quantity of his huevos is very unlikely. However, that would be hilarious and go on to live in the world of internet legends. I can see the memes and videos with that shocked squirrel now.

And JMC, the most likely situation would be Jeff Durden having to deal with some Bubba J's on that team over Walters or Peanuts. Maybe a Pepe Jalapeno.

I think the true tragedy in this whole thing has nothing to do with the sport or Lance's legacy but with Livestrong. His affiliations with that organization are going to tank a great cancer research funder and for unjust reasons. The mental association with the yellow bracelets and his new tarnished image will forever be linked and will undoubtedly result in their popularity shrinking drastically. His adverse effect to help find a cure for the dreaded disease will be the thing he kicks himself hardest over.

January 15, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jay-

Well I thought I edited it real well. I was referring to Mark Price that was the former UA coach who was caught with that stripper/prostitute in Florida who never coached one game before being shown the Dalton (Roadhouse reference) buyout door. I was actually in Huntsville the weekend it was all over every newspaper in Alabama post SI/ESPN coverage.

Hope this helps.

Whose Tyler Durden? Also, the Jeff Durden name reference was the fact it sounds like Jeff Durham (the vantiloquist?) Walter? Peanut? Akbid the Dead Terrorist?

January 15, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Jay,

My only argument for ostracizing all known cheaters, is to reward those who did it the "right" way through hard work and training without the PED's and refused to put something in their bodies that could cause possible damaging side affects later. How do you tell a 18 or 19 year old kid, that has worked hard his whole life, the only way he can compete at the next level is to give himself artificial talent. That his natural talent and hard work are not enough to succeed. I read sportsfan's question. My response to that would be, cortisone for the golfer may mask pain and allow continued performance, but it doesn't make him hit the ball further. My problem with letting option B, be the remedy, is that all rules become "up for debate". If we are going to publicly condone the players that use PED"s, then the pitcher should be allowed to used a foreign substance to "enhance" his ability to pitch. OR the batter should be allowed to tar the whole bat. After that...could we please get the restricter plates out of Nascar. Maybe I am too much of a purist.....but what happened to the undefiled pitcher trying to strike out the undefiled batter. As far as Lance is concerned. You can say what you want, but scandal is the only reason that grown men whole love sports, would be discussing on this forum BICYCLING in France. Beware the dominating soccer player, lest we slide further into the abyss.

January 15, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.
orangeguy said...

On Lance, I just hope the interview ends with Oprah shouting, "And YOU eat a syrenge! And YOU get a syrenge! And YOU get a syrenge!" to audience members.

Big Tweleven should rename divisions to "White Linebackers" & "Humongous O-Linemen".

Nothing and no one will stop Alabama until Urban Meyer gets Ohio State big enough, fast enough, and bad enough to wrestle the Sears trophy from Saban & the SEC. Hopefully, that happens sooner rather than later.

Don't care about Lance. PEDS killed an entire generation of baseball & I'm just done with it. Past is the past.

What's this SEC hoops of which you speak? I though this was still Bama coronation season.

January 15, 2013 at 12:27 p.m.
chas9 said...

How about The Legend Ken Colquette coming out of retirement to take the Sequatchie job after turning down The Vols?

Some say defense wins championships, but of the four teams left New England was 25th, Atlanta was 24th, Baltimore was 17th and San Francisco was 3rd. All are among the top 12 in scoring defense but give up a ton of yards.

January 15, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
fechancellor said...

Matty "Ice Ice Baby" seems a bit lame for hour modern times.

"I drink up all the Hennessey ya got on ya shelf(Courvoisier and Coke for fec) So just let me introduce myself

My name is Humpty, pronounced with a Umpty..."

"Humpty" Kaepernick has the sound track edge on Matty "Ice," yet it be the San Francisco defence the final say.


So Rory got his payday? He's earned it. Even if only due to the ditching of the gawd awful Jumeirah Group logo. The only trouble I foresee is McIllroy's loses his great form as his flexibility wanes with age. This will necessitate a frustrating swing overhaul one day. Not this year though; Rory is my #1 at every major.

January 15, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.
Salsa said...

What Lance Armstrong did went beyond the use of PEDS. He was vindictive and actively tried to ruin anyone who told the truth. His attack's upon a former teammate's wife, Betsy Andreu are well documented but fortunately, she had been proven right in the end.

His campaign against Greg Lemond ruined Greg's business relationship with Trek bicycles and resulted in a lawsuit which Trek was forced to settle out of court.

Better to just forget about him entirely.

Oh, and by the way....Livestrong does NOT fund cancer research. That's a common error that many people make when commenting about Lance and Livestrong. You don't have to take my word for it either. Just go to their website and you'll see that they admit it right there.

January 15, 2013 at 12:51 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Todd-

"And JMC, the most likely situation would be Jeff Durden having to deal with some Bubba J's on that team over Walters or Peanuts. Maybe a Pepe Jalapeno"

Thanks for getting the reference from the get-go. Forgot about Bubba J. Though I would love to Walter critique a practice just for the fun of it.

January 15, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- have to disagree, If UTK basketball losses to Kentucky, it would give them 7 losses ALL against teams outside the top 25 and only 1 win against teams ranked in top 25 ( that being No. 23 Withita St. ) even if they went 10-5 in remaining games, and that being a team that is only one game over .500 being able to do, an 18-11 record with all those "bad" losses would have zero chance to get in to the NCAA tourney. AND last year UTK won 18 games with wins over a #7 ranked and a #11 ranked and still did not get in to NCAA tourney

January 15, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Todd —

As big a doofus as Lance is reported to be, here's saying the biggest thing HE kicks himself over is getting caught. (Love the folks in today's society who are not sorry or upset at committing the errors/crimes but are sorry and upset they got caught doing it.)

JMC —

That was Mike Price but that makes more sense now.

And Tyler Durden is the dude played by Brad Pitt in Fight Club.

And we're sure you cleaned it up pretty well, but when it comes to the animated world, you're going to have to make sure you're clean because we have little knowledge in that realm.

Orange —

The only knock on "White Linebackers" and "Huge O-Lineman" (and even "Slow Tailbacks") is that describes everyone in the league so it would actually be even more confusing than the mumbo jumbo they have now.

9er —

Colquette has a big time resume that's for sure. And we said the same thing about defense this weekend when it took 30 or more to get through the Divisional weekend.

FE to the C —

We are most impressed with your rap retention. Well-played indeed.

And yes Rory will strart almost every major as the No. 1 pick on the board. And Tiger likely will be No. 2.

Salsa —

Yes, the biggest misconception in our view about Lance was not that he was a clean competitor. It was that he was good dude. He was not either.

— 5-at-10

January 15, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

I think JMC means MIKE Price, most recently of UTEP. He went 3-9 [& out] in 2012. I guess the Miners do not get much love in the DMN. Among Price's last words as bammer coach: "It's rollin', baby, it's rollin'!" - Billy in Brainerd

January 15, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

Yes, it's a big game and a game they need badly, but again we're not ready to say must win.

If they have seven losses after tonight and went 14-1 the rest of the way, they're in.

And a win tonight would still leave them with one win against a ranked foe since UK is unranked.

— 5-at-10

January 15, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.
jomo11 said...

tell you what if they go 14-1 I will take you to dinner with Cam Newton and Bo Jackson

January 15, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

Heck, 10-5 would be a stretch for these guys the way they are finding ways to lose.

As for the 14-1 promise, don't tease us. Can we bring Paschall too?

Did you see where Cam is going back to Auburn to finish his degree? That wouldn't be a distraction or anything, Cam walking into your Psych 101 class.

January 15, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Still an Option A guy.

  1. Alabama winds up with the No. 1 class only if Brian Kelly really didn't go on vacation (to quote James Garner from "Barbarians at the Gate": He was skiing all right! He was skiing down Mount (heynow)!) and Lane Kiffin doesn't write more love letters to 5-star recruits.
  2. Lance's confession won't sway me in the least. I thought he was cheating years ago. And does that London paper get its money back after Armstrong has been exposed as a liar, cheater and fraud?
  3. No answer. Not really following SEC hoops. Not even following ACC hoops that much right now. Not feeling the love, not when my focus has been on football, both college and NFL. Since I have the vested interest of a fan in both conference championship games, you could have Duke-Kentucky at Timberlane Arena (the name for our neighborhood court where many epic hoops games were waged ... just ask the girls who came to watch), and I wouldn't notice.
January 15, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

WRS-

I've been corrected but thanks for heads up. (And I had no plan on bring THAT part up as I was already pushing it with the Comicon scenerio).

UTEP does get some ink every now and then in the DMN but only in snippets (think those bullet-points in a separate box that are four or five sentences in length).

Although the DMN is top heavy with the Cowboys on down, they are getting a little better at covering other programs within the region. Most recently Texas State (yes, that school does exist).

But thanks for the knowledge nugget none the less.

January 15, 2013 at 2:47 p.m.
deboman said...

Was wondering where Durden would land. UTC sounds like it has the kind of offensive talent that he can work with and be successful. As a JMU season ticket holder, the play calling has been both frustrating and predictable over the past few years. Someone had to go and it was Durden, basically time for a change, and he became the victim of a head coach that wanted to play a certain way and to heck (F-O-I-B for Pete’s sake) with what was called from the coaches’ box. Needless to say, we Dukes are yearning for the return of the Forward Pass to the gameplan this coming fall.

Tough few months for Livestrong. Hopefully the backlash from Lance’s admission doesn’t hurt what has been accomplished by those hardworking folks. Writing was on the wall when he separated himself from the organization.

Good point 5er about the only ones upset are the ones getting caught. Everything is alright as long as they are cashing checks and their highlights are on SportsCenter. You never hear any of them deciding they can’t live with the guilt anymore and coming clean. Seems like they deny until the bitter end, then, only then, are they sorry and teary eyed at a press conference. Pathetic. All around the world …same song!

January 15, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.
Livn4life said...

5 AT...there is no denying what L. Armstrong has overcome and the awareness/money raised for cancer. But in the words of Sgt. Stadinko from one of Cheech and Chong's recordings. "Remember, Only Dopes take Dope!" With no Seven Dwarfs' inference, Lance was Dopey pure and simple. So he loses some standing in any respectable person's opinion. Lying about it, well that puts him up there with a Rose is a Rose is a cheat, I supPOSE! NFL Playoffs...If Kaepernick pulls off this win, he is absolutely proven...howevuh, as Stephen A. Smith says at times, the young qb is due a meltdown. That could come in the NFC title game or in the Super Bowl. Both he and Ryan have done extremely well. It would seem the home team, after what nearly happened last week will be more focused, in tune etc. But who knows this is the NFL? QUESTIONS: -No way, Alabama misses on No. 1 recruiting class -No change in my view. Bicycling is not a significant sport for me I thought DuPont was the plant across the river in Hixson. -No concern at SEC basketball, it just fills time til the spring football game. Eh I do like March Madness, sort of. -Matty Ice is my choice simply because of his experience and Dome-field advantage. I need Humpty to show me something on the really big stage and that is possible.

January 15, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.
chas9 said...

Another reason to follow the Cardinals: Russdiculous. Besides the great nickname, he's one of the best players in the country, plays with heart, a contender for the Wooden award. Oh, only Missouri among SEC teams has anybody on the mid-season Wooden watch list.

January 15, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

"Seems like they deny until the bitter end, then, only then, are they sorry and teary eyed at a press conference. Pathetic. All around the world …same song!"

::Blubbering sounds:: I am a sinner...I have sinned against you. -Phil Hartman doing Jimmy Swaggert on SNL

Weeelll, what a newsflash -Dana Carvey doing you-know-who on SNL.

(Too easy)

January 15, 2013 at 3:45 p.m.
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