I just put on my Inspector's hat and lit my pipe ... can anyone answer this one ... wasn't Vic Grider a student manager at UT the same time that Jon Gruden was a GA? Don't most big time jobs have a 'high school liason' or something like that?
Bret Bielema to Arkansas - just reported by ESPN. Didn't see that coming ... did ya'll?
Stuckinkent - not being a smart#%$, just real ... I had no idea who Teo was ... and I think I follow college football. I guess my fantasy league needs to add linebackers. If you are going to tell me that you can name 10 fans outside of Texas who had heard of Manziel, then I'm not buying. I had heard of Klein ... and knew he put up good stats as a dual threat QB, but would never have believed him to be a Heisman finalist. Point is: what would the Vegas odds (for entertainment purposes only) have been on these 3 being finalists (as opposed to say Barkley, AJ McCarron, DeAnthony Thomas)?
Would Billie Jean King winning the Tennis match in the Astrodome be considered a moment for Title IX?
What about Magic Johnson after his HIV announcement? Yes, he went crazy in that All-Star game where no one plays defense and everyone was feeding Magic the rock. But, in his attempted comeback, I had forgotten ... but was reminded watching the 30-for-30 show, that a number of players, most notably Karl Malone, protested taking the court with an HIV Positive player.
If not Magic, would Arthur Ashe's situation make the list of history/life-changing sports moments involving sports?
What about Cassius Clay changing his name when converting to Islam ... and Muhammad Ali's protests of the war in Vietnam? Where does Ali rank in terms of influential athletes?
In regards to the SoCon, where the heck would App State and GA Southern go if they leave the "SEC of FCS?" I understand if they move up to FBS, but any move at the FCS (1-AA for the old timers) level ... would be a step backwards.
Heisman question - Every year, someone comes out of nowhere to become a Heisman frontrunner. But,do you remember another Heisman race in which 3 guys who were pre-season 'virtual unknowns' to the 'casual' college football fans (Manti, Johnny Football, Klein - personally, I'm a little more than a casual fan and I had only heard of Klein) replace well-known pre-season frontrunners who flopped once they started playing the games (see Matt Barkley). Side note - why are there only 3 finalists invited to NYC, when in other years there are 4 or even 5? I've never understood why the number of finalists fluctuates from year to year.
1 hit wonders in film? How about starting in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season with "Cousin Eddie" from Christmas Vacation (sure Randy whatever his name is was in other roles, but you're lying if everytime you see that mug, you don't think Cousin Eddie!). Jennifer Grey ("Nobody put's Baby in a corner!") and that kid from 6th Sense ("I see dead people") are honorable mention.
Albums - not sure if you can get it in vinyl, but I like 'Appetite for Destruction' by GNR, U2's 'Live Under a Blood Red Sky', Metallica's self-titled album (the black album?), The Police 'Synchronicity,' Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,'Prince's 'Purple Rain' and a 5 @ 10 fav, Run DMC's 'Raising Hell.'
I guess the Dookies are pretty good, huh? 3-0 vs. Top 5 in NOVEMBER = ridiculous! Plumlee vs. the Hoosier big man would be great! Dickie V would explode.
No coaching search talk? 1 question: did all Tuesday night/Wednesday buzz CAUSE Gruden to cancel the meeting with UT officials? Or was it disinterested all along? Or ... is the cancellation a 'smoke screen'?
Mailbag - what are the most memorable November meltdowns/chokes by a #1 or #2 team in the BCS era? And, has any #1 or #2 team ever lost twice in November/December in the BCS era (could happen to Bama)?
5 @ 10,
Is this a classic 'denial non-denial'?
"I'm just excited about 'Monday Night Football' and getting ready for the Giants and the Redskins," Gruden said. "I don't have time to get into all that stuff. I like what I'm doing, and I'm just trying to hang on to the job I have. Let's leave it at that."
Todd (and any other Petro's loving Vols fans),
Believe it or not - I was among the 60,000 to witness the TN win over KY on Saturday. About 5000 of us were 'so into the game' that we left the stands mid-2nd Quarter to 'beat the halftime rush' to get our Petro's chili and chips. Waited in line with the other 4999 fans for about 20 minutes ... got, 3 spots from the counter ... and they announced, "Sorry folks - we're out of Chili!!!!!!!!!!" It was an exclamation point on a bad experience at Neyland this Fall!
Stretches the realms of believability: (1) It is UNBELIEVEABLE how bad Tennessee Football has been recently. 20 years ago, I said, "I will never, ever live to see TN win the National Championship" (that was 1992 after Johnny Majors returned and promptly lost 3 in October to ruin a great season). Now, after witnessing UT win a Title, I can't believe that 14 years later, the Vols are at an all-time low! (2) It is UNBELIEVEABLE that Tennessee (you know - the school that supposedly has the most resources) has financial problems. Those problems get worse with another bad hire. I can't believe they don't just round up all the big Boosters and write the biggest check ever - (who cares if it is irresponsible and we have a 10% unemployment rate, right?) - and go get Chucky! (3) It is UNBELIEVEABLE that the NFL is the only thing holding up this deal (according to Memphis tv's WREG) is the NFL saying that Gruden can't be part owner of the Browns while still being payed off by the Bucs! Come on man! The ownership component of this supposed deal is far-fetched.
As for me, I want Dream Coach X (ok, Gruden ... even though my brain says, 'forget about it') to come to Tennessee more than I want Saban to go to the NFL ... because in the immortal words of Ric Flair, "to be the man, you have to beat the man. Wooooooooohhhhhhhh!" Any competitor (yes, my heart talking while my head says 'forget about it') wants to get back to the point where you can compete with the best (Saban).
As for IU Hoops, they are very, very good! But ... how good is UNC? Did anyone see the beatdown that Butler put on them a week ago Tuesday in one of those island paradise tournaments?
Interesting take on Fulmer as the "safe" backup plan. We know Allen Jones would go for that; but would Haslam? And, by the way, who is really making this hire? Hart? Cheek? The $ Boosters?
ESPN reporting Ky just got Stoops!
Gotta go - Johnny Football speaks ... Finally!
How about David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider & Baywatch), Lee Majors (Big Valley, 6 Million Dollar Man, & Fall Guy), John Forsythe (Dynasty & Charlie's Angels), Heather Locklear (Melrose Place, TJ Hooker, & Spin City), Michael J. Fox (Family Ties & Spin City), and Ted Danson (Cheers, CSI, & some HBO series).
OK - all 5@10 family, go ahead and laugh, but ... with all the coaching search talk, no mention of Phillip Fulmer? Could he still do it? My gut feeling is that dude would LOVE another shot. Even if not in Knoxville, could he get it done somewhere else?
Since you mentioned Doogie Howser, I recalled that some of former TFP Sports Writers (actually going back to the News Free Press days) referred to one of your current staffers as Doogie Howser. Can you guess who was nicknamed Doogie?