Anybody who picked any team other than The Seahawks to win the NFL this year better think again.
I like Jay's RB list. And Buschleaguer, fair warning: We do not mention the name of the convict who once wore the 32 jersey in this space. Lifetime ban.
From yesterday's Zone--Two points to Pasquale for the literary Beowulf mention. Subtract two points from the team for not remembering the incomparable Wolfman Jack. No, that's not Jack London.
From yesterday's 5@10--I nominated The Vols for closest blowout game in the SEC and Jay correctly added that it could easily be The Cats. But I overlooked Mizzou. I'm changing my pick to Pinkel's Tigers.
While I won't be surprised if UK is the winner of that slim margin pick-em contest, Kentucky's stats are blissful this early September morn.
After having only seven explosive plays (runs > 10 yards or passes > 15 yards) all last year, The Cats had 14 in their first game of 2014. Their first game's two plays over 70 yards equalled all last year's total. And UK's seven plays over 30 yards was best in all of college football last week.
Fire up the Air Raid sirens. Aroooooooo...
Prepared mind or not, your LSU pick is a loss. Gotta go with the line when you "bet" it. I can't argue with this week's picks, but they are scary games. If you go 4-1 again, you da MAN.
I'll go with The Vols as closest margin among should-be-a-blowout games.
You are correct that Mr. Furley wasn't great chemistry. But the show was slipping by then anyway. And in his best roles Don Knotts was a virtuoso. Not first tier, but better than any current talent. Who cares about Beyonce or Adele?
Love jomo's prediction about future Vols' excuses.
Happy birthday to all-timer Jennie Finch. Do you pronounce Porsche "porch"or "por-shuh"?
Great point about jerky knees following game one. If the Tennessee over-under is six, give me the under. Losing the OL starter will hurt.
But the Vols will win more than the Cats, whose fans are also guilty of overly optimistic extrapolation just now. We'll be much better, but the SEC is a tough row to hoe.
Still, if we can sneak up on Florida...
I'll go (any order) Rupp, Wooden, Coach K, Smith. Wouldn't argue with anybody who wants to swap Pitino or Boeheim for Smith.
Good list of how SEC teams rank, beauty-wise, though I'd leave out The Gators (DNQ). Six out of top seven are from the west, which sounds right, though Flo-rida will crack that bunch in time.
As will The Cocks. Looked to me more of A&M is great than the real USC is lame.
Agree that UT and UK are neck and neck. Would love to have Tennessee's defense and Kentucky's offense.
Stoops and Company do appear to have arrived in year two, but their schedule is murder. Should help The Cats that Muschamp's minions will have played only one game when they meet UK.
Surely the swamp lizards can't weasel out of re-scheduling the Vandals game to their mutual off date just before the Gawga cocktail party.
Jay's five winners are entirely valid. But the Big Blue Nation were winners, too. If Tennessee's was a "runaway win," what was Kentucky's? A "blowout win," maybe?
Loved The Vols' defense, but I'm not sold on the offense. If you get 2.8 yards per carry against Utah State, what do you get vs. SEC teams?
Worley averaged less than 10 yards per completed pass, while UK's Towles averaged 19.2 Saturday. The Wildcats now have big play capabilities they have been lacking since Randall Cobb.
UK's Heard touched the ball twice and ran for two long TD's. He's better than UT's Hurd. And Kentucky's rushing average was 8.4.
Yes, Utah State is tougher than UT-Martin. But Kentucky thumped the Skyhawks the way The Vols did in 2010, their last bowl year.
Get used to the Air Raid sirens.
Who saw that coming? Appears that the top four SEC teams are from the west half. Price of tickets to A&M's dates with Bama and Auburn just doubled. And Sumlin's stock went up, too. If Stevie doesn't find a defense fast, it'll be Gawga or Mizzou winning the east.
Anchor down, Commodore! It's not just the anchor that's down, it's the whole fleet. Terrific Temple hadn't beaten an SEC team in 80 years. (Good line about owls, jomo.)
Now we know Kentucky's climb up the SEC ladder starts with the Vandy rung.
Fantastic doggerel. More, please. And what does "Public Admin" qualify you for?
No, there's no stopping Kenny Football.
Your draft is fun. Last evening's game suggests the Aggies could also well draft a speedier safety.
Congrats on 1,000 columns. Has Al Michaels been around for 1,000 years? Is this his last season, or will he just keep on going?
And congrats for getting soaked with ice water.
Althea Gibson was born 87 years ago. Today's cool Google doodle honors her. Arguably she's a bigger deal than any of the lightweights Jay mentioned. OK, except for Gene Simmons.
What's former Vols' head dude Fulmer up to, talking about six or seven wins? Is that notion helpful to his BO successor?
College basketball doesn't get much ink right about now, so you may have missed the Knoxville celebration when, late last week, Coach Donnie corralled a big guy who got loose from the Memphis zoo.
Dominic Woodson was ninth on the Tigers' roster in both scoring and rebounding, so they'll barely miss him. His move may make both teams better. But he'll probably start for UT, which is a measure of how weak their front court will be this year.
Before nabbing the 6'10" transfer, the Vols had no centers and their roster only listed three forwards, all freshmen, none of which cracked the Rivals Top 150.
Though the first-year UT coach is a former TV evangelist, he is overlooking Woodson's rap sheet in Memphis. He rumbled with a Tiger football player, and choir boy Josh Pastner suspended him once for cursing.
(Yeah, John Calipari swears a bit, too, but he's Catholic and gets a quick absolution.)
Meanwhile, Auburn doesn't care that Bruce Pearl is no choir boy. All he does is win. He just came off double super-secret suspension midnight Saturday, and he's already nabbed two four-star players.
Looks like in the new world order Tennessee will be chasing Auburn in roundball, too.
Query: At which Plainsmen games will Brucie wear his famous orange blazer? Maybe with a navy blue tie?
Of course Stewart shouldn't be arrested. How dumb do you have to be to walk onto a track with fast cars spinning around? (How does the NY track compare with our own Boyd's?)
Yes, Press Row is enjoyable. But in yesterday's version Jay gave a web address containing the word "backslash." Backslashes are never used in web addresses, only forward slashes. (Maybe it was Wells, but I don't think so.) I know, it's unpossible to flunk English at Auburn.
SEC network televises its first game at 1:00 today, UK vs. Dominican Republic. Tune in and prepare to be impressed with the upcoming season's national champs. Bilas has already crowned them.
By far the hottest gap-toothed beauty is Lauren Hutton, who goes commando.
Leave Tiger home.
Yes, it looks like old reliable Worley. Word from UK's QB contest is that Signal Mountain's fair haired boy could be the guy.
In the recent 5@10 high school movies Rushmore, I named Dead Poets' Society, so you already knew I was a fan of RW. There could be so many different Rushmores here, all valid, so I'll include some under-appreciated roles: Dead Poets, Awakenings, Fisher King, Mrs. Doubtfire. Also under-appreciated, the brilliant Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses, the unauthorized Jay Greeson biopic.
Wish I could've seen Williams and Steve Martin in Waiting for Godot.
The new SEC network broadcasts its first game Friday, Kentucky vs. Dominican Republic in the Bahamas. Unless you are watching the first three games on ESPNU, as I am, it'll be your first chance to see college basketball's most talented team ever.
If you're afraid you'd see only a ragged, not-ready team, you'd be wrong. Incredibly, the Cats are already playing better team ball than they did even at the end of last season.
UK was runner-up last year, and even after losing Randle and Young, this year they're bigger, faster, more talented, more cohesive, more experienced, and much deeper.
The Harrison twins are noticeably quicker and more skilled than even in their NCAA tourney run. Yet, freshman point Ulis and two guard Booker are so good either or both could steal their starting jobs sometime this season.
Powerful Poythress is quicker, wiser, and more versatile than last year. He plays like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and will be at least as good as Young was at the wing.
Center Dakari is slimmer, quicker, better-conditioned than last year, but he may not start over big, agile freshman Towns whose maturity and skill set may be the best-ever for a freshman. Marcus Lee is as impressive as last year.
In the two Bahamas games played thus far, Kentucky's depth has allowed two five-man platoons to swap in and out, meaning they will wear down opponents with an aggressive pressing defense. And they're already very good, though Willie Cauley-Stein and super-talented freshman big Trey Lyles on the bench with injuries. They'll be playing shortly, at which point, if you split the team, you'd have two top ten squads.
More impressive than the talent, though, is the mature way the team sees the court and works together. Their passing and timing are already better than any UK team in many years, even with freshmen in the lineup. As the season develops, we'll see the old school college TEAM basketball that we love to watch.
If you miss Friday's game, catch them Saturday and Sunday.
Five SEC head coaches are among the 10 best recruiters in the game, according to Rivals.com's Mike Farrell.
Saban is (get this) #1, followed by #4 A&M's Sumlin, #6 UT's Jones, #7 UK's Stoops, and #9 AU's Malzahn. He lists recent SEC defections Meyer and Franklin at #2 and #3.
Yeah, I know football season hasn't even started, but you college basketball junkies will want to tune in ESPNU Sunday through Tuesday and the new SEC network the 15th through the 17th for Big Blue Bahamas basketball.
Find out if it's possible for a team to have too many skilled big men.
NCAA rules make a matchup between The Cats and The Mocs impossible.
School of Rock was good. And great high school movies might include To Sir, with Love, Dead Poets' Society, and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.