Wow, that escalated in a hurry. Brick killed a guy.
As we head to the home stretch of the college football season -- can you believe this is the final weekend of October? -- we have enough evidence to grade the first-year SEC football coaches.
Toto's "Africa" and Europe's "The Final Countdown" fall into the "weird, yet cool" category for me. However, if played too much, they can easily get annoying. But hearing them every once in a while makes me want to time warp back to the 80s for a minute. But only for a minute.
Auburn/Florida Atlantic over 51: OK, here's our number crunching for the week.
We're here. It's Thursday. We can see the weekend. We know the stakes. We left Hump Day — Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike — in the rearview and are turning toward the corner of Friday and Co-Colas.
Gang, we're sprinting through October at a break-neck pace. Our arm, it's broken.
Let's try something different this week. Let's ask and answer how each fan base feels heading into the last Saturday in October. Rankings remain in order of team quality to date.
Man, which is more confusing, the top five teams in the "we love parity" version of today's NFL or the bottom five teams?
Lot to get to today, and we'll even have a late visit from Mr. Stuart Smalley.
What an awesome weekend. Outstanding even.
So we're here. A magnificent Saturday in the fall filled with a collection of college football games crying for some sort of alliterative handle that only ESPN can deliver.
1. Quarterback now vs. quarterback future: Clemson's Tajh Boyd could punch his Heisman presentation invitation with a win and a decent performance.
Roughly five minutes into Friday night's Chattanooga Christian football game Signal Mountain, the only drama left was who would be named the homecoming queen.
Ok, you had games to remember the other day, how about games that made you want to barf, and maybe try to drink enough to forget - I offer Van Tiffin's last second field goal in 1985 against Auburn.
This a monster weekend for college football across the dial. We're stoked. Heck, we may start knocking back Co-Colas right now. HICCUP.
Gang, feel free to weigh in on the SEC festivities this weekend. Or the question below. Hey, hit us with a mailbag question, while you're at it. From the "Talks too much" studios, do you blame Milli or Vanilli?
Gang, remember the Friday mailbag and fire away with your questions.
Way to go, Jacksonville. You stayed within four touchdowns of Denver. All of Ohio -- and Vegas -- loves you.
We're at the midway point of the college football season. (Side questions: How does seven weeks in the summer feel like seven months and seven weeks of college football feel like seven minutes? How is Rhode Island an island? Discuss.)
Giddy-up. From the "Talks too much" studios,
Are we sure this Columbus Day, and not Paul Revere Day? (MCA, get on the mic my man. Brass Monkey, that funky monkey.)
Gang, thanks for all the feedback this week. Good times.
This is a fairly impressive SEC football week as Johnny Vols Fans everywhere get a week to relax while they ponder the thoughts of playing Virginia Tech at a NASCAR venue.
As we speed into the weekend, remember the mail bag.
Gang, we're already to the midpoint of the week. Man, the fall days disappear, don't they?
Do the biggest stars always attract the biggest drama?
The value of getting close and playing above your head and the impressions of hard-fought losses that can help generate enthusiasm and spirit in the college game are lost in translation to the NFL.
There's a ton to discuss.
We arrive at this first Saturday in October looking for reason to believe that the Tennessee-Georgia football game deserves our undivided attention.
Before we get started the overwhelming question — we got about 50 from social media, e-mail, phone calls, what have you — has been about Press Row, our radio endeavor with David Paschall on 105.1 FM. We are currently in a brief hiatus that could be temporary or it could be permanent. We'll update when we know more, which could be as soon as today. Either way, it was a lot of fun doing the show because of the people — Paschall, Wells and the ESPN folks, and especially the callers — and we hope it works out.
TFP Sports Editor Jay Greeson offers a glimpse at the SEC action this weekend:
From the "Talks too much" studios, let's blow out the candles and cut the cake. Or as D-Day bellowed, Rammmmmminggggg Speed.
Get up and get moving. There's work to be done. Giddy-up.
Wow. What a weekend. Here are the five takeaways from a college football weekend in which Johnny Vols Fans went to bed worried about a UT team that struggled to beat South Alabama and woke rejuvenated because the K in Kiffin stands for karma.
University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has embraced the phrase "brick by brick" in his effort to rebuild a once-proud program that has fallen on hard times.
It's been a roller-coaster week for the NCAA, a much-besieged group that is fighting for survival and trying to find a path to relevancy in the future landscape of college athletics.
Mrs. Sportsfan and I stopped in a local chain restaurant (that rhymes with Packer Harrell) for dinner last Friday before the Ooltewah/East Hamilton game. I was shocked to see at least two Christmas trees on display and assorted holiday wares for sale inside the store. Is September 20 (a full 3 months and 5 days before Christmas) too early for merchants to display Christmas items? BTW the game was awesome in its awesomeness. EH had a chance to win at the end, but it wasn't meant to be...
1) LSU or Georgia, who you got?
Guys, it seems crazy, but each week continues to pick up speed. Sweet buckets, Will Wade and the Mocs basketball team start practice on Friday. Wow.
Gang, we apologize on the front end — we got wordy today. So it goes.
Was it injury or indifference that slowed the Crimson Tide in a sluggish 31-6 win over Colorado State? Likely, it was some of each.
You know what, that Peyton Manning, he’s pretty good at this tackle football stuff.
From the "Talks too much" studios, me fail English, unpossible.
We knew going in it was going to be a rough weekend, and we were correct. So it goes.
We head into a college football weekend of blah so staggering that ESPN's "College Football Gameday" is at North Dakota State. On purpose, even. Do you think Lee Corso even knows where North Dakota is? Sure he does: It's just above South Dakota, of course.
Amid the turmoil of a suspended head coach and the accompanying internal strife, the Grundy County High School football program has spent most of this week facing the unknown, wandering like lost sheep.
Gang, another excellent week. You guys rock and we continue to hear from more folks who are reading. Feel free to comment with the regulars — they won't bite. Well Spy might, but he's so old his dentures are slippin' most of the time.
1) Who will take the Vols' first snap?