Farewell to Darrell P. The perm was a mistake, but he had a good career. Don't know anybody in these parts could match him. Ron Burgundy wishes he was as good.
Spy--The Button mention was with tongue firmly in cheek. Just like to stir things up sometimes. Not a fan of men in tights.
From yesterday: What announcers are we forgetting? Jim McKay, Harry Carey, Dick Button, Harry Thornton.
UK's roundballers may be the best freshman class ever, and may become the nation's best team by March, so how come attendance is down at Rupp thus far? It's declined every year since 2009. Then it averaged 23,868 for the first seven games, now only 21,799. Of course, most schools can only wish for 21,799.
For the bag: Today is Virgin of Guadalupe Day in Mexico, where you can ask for anything you want from The Virgin. What should the football fans in Mexico Norte wish for?
For those who came in late, Mack Brown was born in Cookeville, where his brother Watson currently coaches. Mack won at UNC, so they figured he could win BIG in Tejas. Since they love Tarheels coaches, maybe they'll go for Butch Davis, who'd work cheap.
Say it ain't so, Joe, was my first thought about banning plate collisions. They are a time-honored tradition. But my second thought is that catchers have it tough enough, and it's a shame when talented players' careers are cut short. In ten years (or 20) we won't miss it.
My own worst moment on the diamond was while taking a throw at first (in proper position) having a mean-spirited batter/runner at full steam lay a strong forearm shiver into my chin, only to claim he was entitled to try to knock the ball loose. What he did was a rules violation. The rules were (and are) different for a play at home, but I think it's time to change them.
Ask Ty Cobb what he thinks of the proposed change. He stole home 54 times. (No record of how many catchers he bowled over and/or slashed with his sharpened cleats in the process.) For perspective, Rickey Henderson only did it four times.
I'm not a fan of Willie Cauley-Stein's new blond do. Blond worked better on Rodman, but the wilder colors looked better, even on The Worm. If you're not gonna go natural, you gotta go BIG.
Given how well Clawson, Cucliffe and Chavis have done since leaving K-town, I'd say Johnnyvolsfan is a poor judge of coaches.
Don't know if Auburn's big year qualifies as a sequel, but the last team to go from a winless SEC season to SEC champs next year was Fran Curci's impressive 1977 squad. I'll bet Art Still wore a big ring, too.
War Dam Eagle! Has there ever been a team that better fits the "team of destiny" idea?
I have to agree with Weeds' take on all the bowl games. Though odds are the SEC won't actually sweep ALL the matchups (except for the FSU challenge). I wish Bama could have a stronger foe. The Tide will Roll!
The Bear-Cat fight in the mostly-empty Dallas igloo was a classic. Quadruple overtime, most points ever (133-130) in a women's game. Second win over a top ten foe in five days for the Lady Kats, and Baylor is still very good without Griner. Jennifer O'Neill tallied 43.
In a game that started way too late, the Kentucky men were revealed to be what they are: a team that will be terrific, but has yet to learn nonstop defense and intensity. Baylor's frontline giants seriously out-rebounded UK, and the Cats couldn't hit their free throws, an area that must be improved. On the bright side, the Harrison twins each had six assists.
Edjukashun is indeed a good thing. Stay curious.
I know MF wasn't in Stand by Me, It's just that the titles are similar and I love to remind folks of a very good movie.
I'm usually bothered by biopics in which the actor doesn't look enough like the familiar face of the real person, but Freeman's so good, he can do anything. Even play a convincing God. He may get the nod when they do The Saban Story.
I vote for keeping the 5@10 a politics-free zone.
And if anybody's looking to get me a Christmas present, I'd love one of those chia pets that grows into a Duck Dynasty uncle beard.
Yesterday we noted that Michigan State is # 1 (for now) in basketball and #9 in pointy ball. Also praiseworthy is that UK is #3 in men's basketball and #5 on the distaff side. Tonight's Lady Kats vs. #9 Baylor (minus Griner) will be a big 'un. And on ESPN the men face The Men of Baylor in AT&T Stadium, where they'll be again for the Final Four. Last year The Bears ended UK's 55-game home winning streak.
Amazing that former also-rans and doormats The Chiefs, The Panthers, This Bungles, and even The Lions are now respectable.
Don't look now, but Our Atlanta Hawks are #3 in the Eastern Conference. Bad news is that at 10-10, they'd be #10 and out of the (generous) playoffs if they were in the Western half of the Neverending Basketball Association. In fact, only three Eastern teams are below .500.
I love Morgan Feeman, but Stand by Me is better than Lean on Me. Lean on Me or To Sir, with Love?
Stuckey--I've been known to use stats the way you did, but I'm like Jay in that my gut says TOSU. But I hope I'm wrong.
Any stories in the Bluegrass on how WC-S got so lean and mean looking this year?
MT--Good work. Are you a logician?
I understand a College of Cardinals, but how can there be a College of Sequoias?
Old business: During a Tennessee TV cast a common tater quoted Butch saying that "Dobbs has more street cred than any player he's coached." Help. What does that mean?
I've been dogging UT point guard Antonio Barton, who only totaled 11 points, 4 boards and 0 (zip, nada) assists for two games added together (Texas-El Paso and Xavier). I've thought Darius Thompson would supplant him in The Vols' lineup.
But Thompson's stat line is underwhelming, too. The Cuonz may have a better idea.
In The Vowels' big win over Wake, big Stokes had a 21/10 double double. Barton had a good game (7/5/3) playing only 21 minutes.
I'm not sure how their minutes mixed in, but five guards (Thompson, Richardson, McRae, Davis & Hubbs) had more minutes than Barton, and another guard (Moore) got 7 minutes. I know some of those are wing players, but it looks like Martin is trying a variety of chemistry experiments to see what alternatives the team has. And that's what he should be doing.
Caution: Wake isn't the elite team of a decade ago.
I've also dogged UNC, which put a big hurt on #1 Michigan State in Lansing. (This after losing to UAB and tiny Belmont.) The Baby Blues Brothers have lately taken a while to gel, so they could be good by Dance time.
Have you noticed how lean and mean Willie Cauley-Stein looks this season? He's lost his baby fat and you might not even recognize him now. He's quicker, too.
You heard that The Unibrow has broken his hand. Now MKG has imitated him. And Cousins has sprained his ankle. But John Wall is doing the Dougie and has his Wizards up to .500.