published Thursday, February 13th, 2014

5-at-10: Snow wins, Jeter, stupid rule adjustments

Gang, stay inside if you can and stay warm. Also, if you have the means, you can join our man Billy in Brainerd with his favorite "Ronrico White Russian" and chill today.

Good times.

From the "Talks too much" studios, bundle up buttercup.

Snow 3, Everyone else 0

OK, Eskimos love snow. They use it to build cool houses. (See what we did there?)

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    The clinging snow creates a winter wonderland scene along Gunbarrel Road in East Brainerd early Thursday morning.
    Photo by Robin Rudd.
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Frosty and his ilk love snow. They need it to chill. (Still there?)

Kids love it because it means a) no school and b) playing in the snow and c) no school. (That said we're about one more cold or one more Snowmageddon away from our 6-year-old repeating Kindergarten.)

For the rest of us, well, this can move along. And how about the predictability of this, huh? They were able to play basketball in Pittsburgh, but the bus that was to drive the Duke players 7 miles to Chapel Hill to play UNC was stuck. Also, the original plan was for Boston College and Georgia Tech to play in Atlanta with only those who could walk to the game in attendance. Sadly, that game was postponed too.

We've had out fill Old Man Winter. Move along. We had a job offer up North a few years back and we said thanks but no. Want to know why? We like living in the South and did not want to worry about Snowmageddon. Here's hoping everyone had enough milk and bread. Side question? Why get the drink that spoils and a secondary food item to prepare for the snow?

If we're making an emergency list, we're getting 'Co-Colas' and then the bread and milk.

We'll be back in a minute. We got to go play in the snow. And make a bread sammich.


Jeter makes it official

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    File photo of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Derek Jeter announced that 2014 will be the final walk in the sun of in his Hall of Fame career.

Where do we rank him among shortstops — we have him No. 2 behind Honus Wagner — and does he make the Yankees Rushmore?

We know that Jeter may have been the best at playing the game beyond the game we have seen in the modern, 24/7 news cycle, Twitter-sphere. Think of it this way — name one scandal Jeter was ever in despite spending his career on the most famous team in all of sports during baseball's most scandalous era since the Black Sox and in the media capital of the free world.

He lived one of our favorite Southern expressions — don't start none, won't be none. And now he's approaching the finish line with a Hall of Fame resume and a clean slate.

We very seldom say this about professional athletes because they are so richly reward nowadays, but despite making roughly $200 million playing the game he loved Derek Jeter gave more than got to baseball and those who love it.

Thanks Captain.


College football rule changes

Amid the Snowmageddon and the college hoops craziness and Jeter and Michael Sam and even Richie Incognito being everything other than incognito on the Twitter, the news that caught our eye Wednesday afternoon was the NCAA announcing a couple of college football rule changes.

First, the powers over college football have rightly reversed field on the details of the controversial targeting rule that plagued the game last year. The targeting rule was designed to increase the efforts of player safety, and that's a good thing. In its first year last fall, targeting was called when a defensive player hit a defenseless offensive player around the head and shoulders. The penalty was 15-yards and the offender was ejected. The call, which is as bang-bang as it gets and is as difficult a split-second decision as there is in football this side of fumble/runner down, was automatically reviewed. If the review showed the play not to be as malicious or in the area of the head as originally viewed, then the player was re-instated to the game, in essence admitting that it should not be a penalty, but the 15-yard infraction still applied.

Yes, that was the long way of stating the rule actually reviewed its validity but only retold a half truth. In today's society it was the half-hearted apology of, "I'm sorry you got offended," without actually admitting fault.

The NCAA rightly admitted that if the officials are going to review a call, then the review should be all or nothing. Now, the if the targeting call is deemed to be faulty, the player is re-instated and the flag is picked up. Sure, this move is about three months too late to help the Georgia Bulldogs and Ramik Wilson, who was called for targeting on fourth-and-4 on what turned out to be Vandy's game-winning drive in the Commodores win last year.

This rule tweak makes complete sense and should have been part of the original idea. Still, admitting a mistake and adjusting it can be difficult, so good for the NCAA. That said, this will be the first time a penalty call — a judgement call mind you — is now completely reversible. So how long before other penalties will be subject to review? Are we taking another step to a computerized officiating crew? It's certainly possible since the more technology you introduce the more you can expect to hear calls for more. That's the modern circle of life and improvement.

The other rule seems somewhat peculiar and will be fought tooth-and-nail every step of the way.

The NCAA is proposing that defenses be allowed expanded chances to substitute players in the first 10 seconds of the play clock and that if an offense snaps the ball with more than 29 seconds showing on the 40-second play clock, the offense would be charged with a delay of game penalty.

Say what? A delay of game penalty for moving quickly? Say that again? Did they figure because they fixed one fool-hearted and flawed rule by correcting targeting that they needed another silly and nonsensical option out there so they could correct something a year from now?

The old-school, plodding — some would say puzzled — defensive-minded coaches who loathe the fast-paced, hurry-up attacks that confound and frustrate traditional defenses made the silly claim that fast-paced football was not safe for the defensive players. Duh. It's football. It's not safe for anyone really. And if we're going to make rules completely and in total goals for safety, well, then blitz is pretty dangerous. So is blocking. And tackling.

There has been zero published materials or study suggesting that more offensive plays mean more injuries.

This is ridiculous and wrong. This was sprung on coaches out of left field — several coaches asked about it when the rule became public said this was never mentioned at the coaches or conferences winter meetings. To make matters worse, the two coaches on the rules committee ranked in the bottom third of plays run last season meaning they have a vested-interest in slowing down opposing offenses.

In fact, this would be the first rule we could remember that would be directly attacking a style of offense, meaning that if the game — or the members of the committee — decide that one style is tough to stop or is better or different or what have you, then they can tinker with the rules to make it fit into their model. What's next banning the forward pass because Troy Calhoun and Air Force want to run it 60 times a game?


This and that

— Syracuse hit a money 3 to beat Pitt. Great game.

— King James hit a money 3 to beat Golden State. Great game.


Today's question

This was the Rushmore on Press Row Wednesday but we'll recycle it today.

Best snow scenes in movie history? Discuss. (And Harry and Lauren Holley in the snow in Dumb and Dumber is money.)

about Jay Greeson...

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jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent

I think there should be a separate set of penalties.

I think there are plays that are malicious. Those should be punished and the player should be thrown out and the flag enforced. I think there are plays that are vicious but not malicious. Such as a play where they accidentally hit him in the head. To me, that means that there SHOULD be a 15 yard penalty, but the player should not be ejected. It surprised me how easy it was to see when the player was targeting the head and when it was an accident. Then there is a third where it looks bad, but when you review it, it just isn't that bad. The 15 yard penalty should be taken back and the player reinstated.

That seems like the solution to me. There were several times last year that I wished they could assign a 15 yard penalty but keep the player in the game. Never happened.

The other rule is going to get overturned. I've heard multiple sources say there is no way that is getting passed officially.

For Snowmageddon, there was a time last week that I heard someone say that there was a county in Kentucky (not exactly "The North") that had been in school four days since mid-December because of weather and the Christmas vacation. Wow. That's something else. There was a headline that said, "My kid is begging to go back to school." It is something else. There is still about 4-6 inches on the ground. I'd say for the last month, we have had snow on the ground. That is phenomenally unusual for this state.

But it's warming up today. Probably some snow will go away. Tomorrow, we're supposed to get something else....

February 13, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Tom Berenger and Sidney Poitier in Shoot to Kill.

Michael Caine and Sean Connery in The Man Who Would Be King.

Any snow scene from the original Red Dawn.

Die Hard 2.

Think about how much more time Jeets will have on his hands to run through the women of the free world. Chipper's record will be in trouble.

February 13, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.
chas9 said...

You'd expect a Gawga team playing in Boston to have winter weather worries, but this is upside down. Stupid climate change. The polar bears in the Arctic are sweating their survival (see what I did there?) and the Sunny South is investing in longjohns and generators.

Seems like ice storms have followed UK to wherever they're playing.

UK hit only 30.8% but still won, proving they have many weapons, especially rebounding. They held Auburn to two assists. Randle (12/12) had his twelfth double double. But he's not developed as fast as expected. He and his cohorts will have to have their best games to win Saturday.

Jeter is certainly the best Yankee at his position, but he can't crack their tough Rushmore. Mantle, Ruth, Gehrig, A-Rod, Berra before him, and that doesn't count pitchers.

The Rushmore of snow scenes all come from Dr. Zhivago. Honorable mention to It's a Wonderful Life, Edward Scissorhands, The Empire Strikes Back, Elf. On second thought, we have to have two categories. One for Christmas movies, one for non-Kringle flicks. The final image of Dangerous Liaisons with the overhead shot of the corpse in the snow is iconic. Cold Mountain imitated it.

Tyler Innis is a winner and his game winning shot last evening (ruining my upset prediction) may be the play of the year to date. Winning at Pitt proves the Orangemen are championship caliber, but the game as a whole shows they are beatable. This will be the widest open NCAA's in a while. Good year to pick against the chalk.

Barbie on the SI swimsuit cover? No thanks.

Sid Caesar's prime was a bit before my time, but he is on some Rushmores. After he was down and out and starting a comeback, he acted live in a Chattaboogie Dinner Theater show that I saw. Genius.

February 13, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, do you anticipate any impact of slowing up the hurry up offense on Butch Jones' scheme? Will this be the first chip to fly in corralling College Football's "live ball" era?

Mount Rushmore of best Snow scenes: A) Patton, B) Band of Brothers, C) It's a Wonderful Life, D) Where Eagles Dare.

February 13, 2014 at 11:32 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

fec, nice call on Where Eagles Dare. Still a great action flick.

And the genius of Sid Caesar is readily apparent in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Caesar, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Dick Shawn, Milton Berle, Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman .... yes, the Spy loves him some "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."

February 13, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.
chas9 said...

Matt Norlander posts today that it's looking more like the SEC will only get three bids. Currently Joe Lunardi's brackets show three, with UT the third, barely in. But look at the standings. Where'd Georgia come from? Could Mark Fox's crew be #3 or #4?

Tyler Innis' assist to turnover ratio is 5.6 to 1.

Good news about Cabela's.

Yes, Mad, Mad World was something. Best-ever cast of thousands (of stars)?

February 13, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, we need a ruling. April 26 is Springsteen at Lakewood. It's also Merle Haggard in Villa Rica, of all places. There may not be many more chances to see either man at the top of his game. The Boss is past 60 and I don't know how much longer he can put on those high-energy three-hour long shows. The Hag is The Hag. How much longer does he have? (I still think both much more left in the tank than does Struggla, but I digress).

February 13, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From Stuck —

Case in point on Tennessee-

Lunardi has the Vols as one of the last four byes (so no First Four) as of this morning and Missouri is listed as one of the Last Four In. A Tennessee loss to Missouri on the road might knock the Vols out, but it could also leave them switching spots with Missouri- still in the tournament. The name of the game is avoiding bad losses from here on out and beating Missouri at home. Do those things, avoid a first round loss in the SEC Tournament, and the Vols are in. That's my bet anyway....

February 13, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.
chas9 said...

Stuck--ANY loss this side of the SEC tourney is a bad loss, with the exception of @Mizzou, and even that's not good.

February 13, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.
jomo11 said...

to me here are the GREATEST accomplishments of Derek Jeter's carrer: Minka Kelley, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson,Venessa Minnillo, Vida Guerra and Gabriella Union . . . .that is a lot of high quality Trim to go through in a baseball career, no wonder he is tired

February 13, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Snow? I know its not Christmas, but first thing that came to mind:

This scene from The Eiger Sanction where the ice pick comes out and multiple people start falling down Eiger. Never go wrong with a good Clint Eastwood movie.

Also, the movie Touching The Void, the whole movie.

With respect to the rule, there should be three options upon review: 1) pick up the flag, no penalty 2) 15 yard penalty or 10 yard if you prefer and 3) 15 yards and ejection of player.

February 13, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.
chas9 said...

No! Scarlett told me I was the only one.

February 13, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.
chas9 said...

Eiger was good. Also, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

February 13, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.
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