There's a slew of stuff to discuss. In fact, we could have a 12-at-10 with little trouble — other than the time it would take for us to write it and for you to read it. (Seriously, five is already long enough.)
From the "Talks to much" studios, here's to the day dream believer and the Homecoming queen.
College football rewind
A slew of highlight moments of the field for the three college football teams in action that we spill the most ink covering.
The 5-at-10 expected big wins from each — including trying to tell some of you folks that the Vegas number on the UT-Western Kentucky game gave us pause — and each delivered. Let's recap each and offer our Week 2 winners and losers. Deal? Deal.
UT: Western Kentucky gift-wrapped the first four TDs with a river of turnovers in the Vols' 52-20 rout. Butch Jones earned major props for quoting General Neyland in the postgame presser. The Mighty Ducks next week will not be as sharing.
Georgia: Great game and an even bigger win. Several gutsy calls by Mark Richt in the first half. Todd Gurley is a beast, and Aaron Murray needed that win as badly as anyone anywhere.
UTC: Great performance on the field. Rolling to a 42-0 lead before activating the Upward Basketball rule and letting everyone play in a 42-14 rout. The juicier story circling the Mocs at the moment was the revelation that several of the "injured" players that missed the season-opening debacle were actually suspended. There had been whispers and rumors, but when UTC coach Russ Huesman told the media they were injured — on multiple occasions mind you 12 days ago — the statement Saturday that they were actually suspended for the first six quarters of the season stirred some talk this weekend. We overwhelmingly concur with TFP ace columnist Mark Wiedmer's view in today's sports section.
Yes, we'll venture a guess roughly 70 percent of the college football teams in the country had players miss time because of suspensions. That's not what this is. This about the decision to say they were injured when they weren't.
Say it's a violation of team rules. Say it's none of your business. There's a reason the non-denial denial is an art form, because it's used frequently and effectively.
Fab 4 plus 1 recap — More winners than losers
Gang, we hope you have stored up the entertainment savings and good times from a torrid start to the picking season for the Fab 4-plus-1 picks of the week.
After a 5-0 week 1 showing, we posted a very respectable 4-1 number against the spread. We're 9-1 on the year (like that Auburn math, Spy... we're bona fide).
• Duke covered the 5 with relative ease in a 28-14 win over Memphis. We may ride Memphis opponents this year. That 28-14 score included a 75-yard interception return for a score for the Tigers in a game that was not as close as the final score.
• Oregon covered the 21 with relative ease in an impressive 59-10 win over Virginia. So much for laying three TDs and going across the country, huh? We'll discuss this at length this week, but the Ducks are giving Tennessee 25 right now. That line will go higher. (Other lines that will go higher this week: Louisville is giving Kentucky 11 right now, and it will rise; Alabama is giving Texas A&M 8 and that will rise, too.)
• UNC covered the 17 in a 40-20 win over MTSU. Arizona cruised 58-13 to cover the 10.5 over UNLV. Our loss — Cincy got waxed by Illinois. It happens.
As for the winners and losers from around college football, let's get cracking:
WINNER — The ACC
The South's other conference now has a Clemson win over UGA and a Miami win over Florida. Take that big-talking SEC. (And yes, no one in the ACC wants any of Bama. Heck, few in the AFC want any of Bama.)
LOSER — Mack Brown
Cue the announcer: "Coming up next on the Longhorn Network, let's get some highlights of the volleyball win at Texas Tech. As for the football team, well, they may have had a game this weekend."
WINNER — The Oregon Ducks
Sweet speedy speed skates Batman, the Ducks can fly. Oregon beat Virginia 59-10 in a game that was not that close.
WINNER — Mike Leach
The Pirate went to USC and beat Lane Kiffin and USC without scoring an offensive TD. The Washington State upset makes Auburn's 2-0 start look that much better, and puts Kiffin firmly on the hot seat.
WINNER — Coaching agents
If Kiffin and Brown are dismissed this season — and that looks like a good bet this morning — can you remember a time when two of the nation's top-five perennial programs would be searching for a coach at the same time? That puts everyone in play, and the trickle up ramifications are scary.
What/who are your winners and losers from Week 2?
We will get more into this on our Tuesday NFL review, but wow, what an opening effort. Here are five things you need to know about the first Sunday of the NFL season:
1) The Steelers stink. The Titans went to Pittsburgh and won 16-9, and the Steelers' only TD was in the final minutes. E-Gads. And as bad as the Steelers were, the Jacksonville Jaguars were worse. Hey Jadeveon, start apartment hunting in North Florida.
2) The Falcons-Saints play great, entertaining tackle football games. Atlanta lost 23-17 and had the ball fourth-and-goal in the final seconds before turning it over. We picked the Saints to win the NFC South. We believe it to be true even more so after watching a New Orleans defense make a slew of big plays.
3) If you had San Fran-Denver as your Super Bowl match-up (hi Paschall), you look locked and loaded this morning. The 49ers stood toe-to-toe and won with offense in a 34-28 win over Green Bay; Denver, well, we all know what Denver did last Thursday.
4) If you are into close finishes, well, Sunday was Christmas. There were a slew of tight games and at least four decided in the final seconds. Good times, indeed.
5) How about the first-year starting QBs acquitting themselves famously. Geno Smith rallied the Jets. (Thanks for the memories Mark Sanchez.) EJ Manuel looked good for the Bills. And Terrelle Pryor was so good for the Raiders, they should give free tattoos to every ticket holder in the Bay Area.
This and that
— Did he or didn't he? Clint Bowyer and some of his teammates are being looked at by the NASCAR NSA for apparently throwing their race Saturday night to help one of their teammates get in the Chase. To that allegation we say, "DUH." This type of stuff will happen when you have multiple car teams. To pretend it doesn't happen beyond "drafting help" is silly.
— Congrats to Serena Williams for winning her fifth US Open. We'll ask Paschall this on Press Row from 1-3 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 FM, but she's the best ever, right? And if she got in a fight with Spy, how quickly would she make him tap out?
— Basketball Hall of Fame announcements were made Sunday. Some of the names were amazingly familiar. Rick Pitino got in as did former college coaching greats Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis. So did Gary Payton and Bernard King. We still say that if not for the injuries Bernard King would have been one of the all-time All-Timers. Dude was so smooth.
— Since returning to the lineup after eye surgery, Lil' Danny Struggla is 4-of-30 with no homers or RBIs. At what point do the Braves make a change? If Atlanta is keeping Struggla in the line-up for defensive purposes, well if the Braves do make the World Series, when they are playing at the AL team, the Braves could start pitchers Kris Medlen (.191 batting average) and Julio Teheran (.216) and use the DH for Uggla (.182).
There are a slew of things to discuss today.
College football winners and losers? Who will get sacked first Mack Brown or Lane Kiffin?
NFL takeaways? What was your impression from week 1, other than the Steelers stinking?
Want to weigh in on the UTC 'situation,' knock yourself silly.
If you still need a talking piont, and with Pitino getting inducted into the college basketball Hall of Fame, what's your Rushmore of men's college basketball coaches?
Wooden's there, no doubt. Rupp too. From there, let the debate begin, and we're leaning heavily toward having Ricky P. there.
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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