Amid the net-ripping fun of the current NCAA tournament, allow me to pick nits.
From the "Talks too much" studios, it's go time.
Before we get going today, we must tip the Tam O'Shanter to Grateful Dog, who at the horn whipped in two one liners Wednesday. The first one was about someone's finger roll and tippy-toed the edge of the in-bounds line, but the second — "If I was a fan of mixed signals and mood swings, I'd still be married" — was well-played indeed. Nice job sir.
Are you needing help with your bracket?
And with one eye-popping line across the ticker, Auburn basketball was reborn.
Hey look, college basketball has started. Great. As expected we'll go wall-to-wall college hoops today. It's that big.
For a lot of us, college basketball started Sunday. That's a good thing and a bad thing. The entire sport has become defined by its postseason, and in some ways determining the champion should define a sport. But that pursuit has made every other step to the top of the ladder as meaningless as a practice game.
Overrated: Colorado. An eight-seed seems lofty for a team that went 5-5 in its last 10 games and is 9-9 since Jan. 12. That screams double-digit seed.
There's a ton of college hoops happening. In fact, our Pop, who is a bona fide college hoops junkie, will spend double-digit hours glued to the TV the next few days. In fact, the 5-at-10's parental units will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday, and Pop was late to the ceremony back in 1969 because Davidson and UNC went to overtime in an NCAA tournament game. Good times.
From the "Talks too much" studios, if rapper Kurtis Blow had a son and named him Joseph, he'd be Joe Blow.
As teams start to make moves in the open waters of NFL free agency, there are two trends we need to explore.
JAY GREESON: Barry, I'm not sure where we should begin. This could be a Kentucky basketball moment or Coach K. We could be one-and-done with this puppy, or it may be something that takes off. Either way, because it involves their kids, there's no fan base more passionate. Well, other than Alabama football, of course.
Where do we begin on this March 10, the 74th birthday of Chuck Norris?
Great questions gang. Truly superb.
Kind souls and 5-at-10 regulars, remember the mailbag and what could be a fun Friday.
The 10-second rule has come and gone for now.
The 10-second rule will come up again this week.
Who knew we'd have a movie-related possible theme show on the day after the day after the Oscars? So it goes.
Here's hoping you enjoyed the fine weekend weather. Who knows what will be next?
The question in my email was simple and direct. It was 17 words that occupied my thoughts for most of the day:
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball team is in a three-way tie for second place of the Southern Conference and one game ahead of fifth place after its 83-81 overtime win at Western Carolina on Thursday.
Jay- for the mailbag, How can UTK work out a re-hire of Pearl, if NCAA says no since show-cause doesnt expire til August?
Gang, we're still looking for a mailbag question or three. Thanks for the great back and forth Wedneday — good times and way to stay above the family-oriented, interweb-based column threshold. (Or avoiding what JMC calls Clay's playground.)
Athletes are people, like you and me. They go to the store and pick up their kids and do normal stuff.
Athletes are people, like you and me. They just have an extreme skill, whether it's hitting a golf ball or shooting a basketball or being 266 pounds and running a 4.53 40.
The combine has concluded, and yes, we're a little sad about that.
The combine concludes today. Yes, we're a little sad about that.
The ultimate winners and losers from this year's NFL draft combine won't truly be known until the first week in May.
It makes perfect sense that 10 days ago there was 8 inches of snow on the ground and the weekend was that nice. Perfect sense. In Haiti.
Change is coming to the courts and fields of college sports, and that change will be ushered through the courts and filings of our legal system.
Thursday got crazy. So it goes in the march to March Madness that is filled with stuff and stuffed with filling.
Gang, hope all is well and warm in your world.
As the weather turned this week, it was impossible not to think of warmer days.
The Tennessee men's basketball team delivered for coach Cuonzo Martin and in support of their NCAA tournament hopes with an impressively physical and physically impressive 67-48 win over Georgia on Tuesday night.
Gang, remember the Friday mailbag. Bring it, and the snow will not be an excuse this week.
OK, it snows Friday night and it's 60 degrees and sunny on Sunday. Yep, welcome to Chattanooga, home of the Choo-Choo, the Moon Pie and weather swings so complex that the Brothers Karamazov seems like light reading by comparison.
The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a six-year contract with 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran. The finacial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Gang, great week and here's hoping there's not a Snowmageddon 3.0.
Amid the Snowmageddon and the college hoops craziness and Derek Jeter and Michael Sam and even Richie Incognito being everything other than incognito on Twitter, the news Wednesday evening that the NCAA announced a couple of proposed college football rule changes almost escaped the sports spotlight.
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.
Tennessee fought. It battled and scrapped.
Gang, hope this finds you warm and cozy. If you don't have to get out, don't. We have to go to work.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has become the sports executive with the world's biggest rabbit's foot.
Gang, stay warm and safe. From the "Talks too much" studios, rain, rain go away and take that danged snow with you.
Michael Sam told the world Sunday that he is gay.
Hope you enjoyed the weekend and are braced for the next round of snow. Snow officially stinks.
Thursday was the first day of activity in Sochi for the Winter Olympics.