WRS--Thanks for the kind welcome.
Where've I been? It's my dead zone. I barely care about the NBA, and I care not at all about hockey, golf, NASCAR, or futbol without pointy ends. (Though if we win today, I'll have to get on board that bandwagon.) And the Bravos have yet to show they're above the middle third.
The six college basketball gurus on cbssports.com have today posted their draft of the 24 best coaches in the game. They chose Calipari, Pitino, Self one, two, three, followed by Sean Miller, Coach K, Billy the Kid, and Izzo. UNC's Williams lags at #19; not mentioned are the current head guys at Knoxville and Auburn.
Is it nil-nil yet?
GD--When you lie down with dawgs, you're gonna get bit. Predictable.
In yesterday's 105.1 discussion, did anybody mention The Good, The Bad & The Ugly? Blazing Saddles? Bridge Over the River Kwai (with its great whistled earworm theme song)?
Of the 60 players drafted by NBA teams, probably six (seven if you count transfer Rodney Hood) will be from the SEC, proof that our Southern-fried basketball lags behind our pointy ball. And baseball. Go 'Dores.
Kentucky's Randle will be the fifth or sixth player taken, and the young Young will be in the top 20. The Vols' Stokes will be among the final first rounders and McRae will be among the final second rounders taken.
Florida's big Young and LSU's nifty O'Bryant will also hear their names called.
Jarnell's short for his position, but the 6'8" forward has an impressively disproportionate 7'1" wingspan. UK's James Young (an NBA guard) is only 6'6" and has an impressively disproportionate wingspan of 7'0". With his quickness, he'll tally some big steals.
If I go to the Man Xpo, do I have to expose my manhood? I'll go Jabari/Smart/28/James Young.
Some think Atlanta will take one or two SEC players, but it seems they lately like the furriners. If the Hawks take Thanasis Antetokounmpo (bro of Giannis), will you learn how to pronounce his name or just give him a nickname?
Thanks for a much-deserved story.
So Chattem will make Cialis locally. Any of you guys work there? Can you get me free samples?
Did you see the video of Fitty Cent throwing out the first pitch? Almost as bad as the hero cat's flub from the mound.
UK's softball team beat #3 UCLA twice to make the college world series (one of eight teams). Kentucky's pitching ace (and Soddy-Daisy native) Kelsey Nunley won two games, running her season record to 29-9. Her NCAA tournament ERA is a minuscule 0.87. Bama and Florida are also still in the hunt.
Jay--Dead on description of how Proctologist B and his ilk saw Ferguson through rose-colored glasses. Fact is, when you're UT or UK, you just have to hold your nose and tough it out with mediocre QB's until you can get better talent in. We Wildcats hope the Signal Mountain kid develops into Bret Favre, but don't bet the farm on it.
Ask Dale, Jr., why his holy father didn't rise from the dead after three days the way many said he would.
Indy 500 winner gets $249 million. That's almost 50,000,000 cents per mile, or slightly better than the TFP mileage reimbursement rate on Jay's travel expense allowance. Yes, What's-his-name won the weekend. Of course, his fuel cost is greater than Jay's.
Of 64 baseball teams invited to the NCAA post-season competition, ten are from the dominant SEC: Vandy, Kentucky, LSU, A&M, Bama, Ole Miss, Miss State, South Carolina and Arkansas. No Vols. Whatever you may have heard when The Big Orange Hype Machine blew through town last week, UT sports have fallen off from their glory days, almost across the board.
Bama, LSU and The Gators are the SEC's best hopes to bring home the big trophy, but UK is on a hot streak. Wildcat A. J. Reed is the team's nearly unhittable pitching ace and the league's best hitter. He could be college baseball's POY.
Nice bicycle race. Good for Chattaboogie.
Five of the eight NCAA softball super regional games will feature an SEC team. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama play 2 of 3 game series this week for spots in the "world series" which begins May 29.
Surely horse racing isn't dumb enough to deny CC a shot at the triple play. They've got enough troubles without a self-inflicted additional one. The story line alone is worth millions.
UT may think their birthright is 3rd in the roundball SEC, but isn't a .500 league season more likely than third place with Donnie Knoxville's roster of transfers from Ooh-eee Poo-eee and such like schools?
Prof. G. Dawg topped off yesterday's forum with a magnificent flourish late in the day. If you missed it, a search of the archives is recommended.
His main point, as I see it, is that our right to free speech in no way offers us immunity from criticism of that speech.
Too often Americans squawk about some abridgment of their supposed rights, but have little understanding of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, censorship, gun rights, etcetera. They'd do well to spend more time reading and contemplating our Constitution, and less time flapping their jaws.
What I saw of Magic Johnson's interview was a class act. Sterling, if you'll pardon my language.
The embattled Clippers' owner is reported to have cancer, and if his time is short, he may go into the four corners and run out the clock. If his representatives haven't tried gagging him, they should.
V. Stiviano may have goaded him into saying what he said, but that's a weak defense. Sneaky tactics can be morally justifiable if you're taking down a powerful wrongdoer. Members of our sterling fourth estate have reported The Donald has repeatedly discriminated in housing based on race. It's in the public record.
Didn't you cheer when Paul Newman and Robert Redford employed a sting to bring down Mr. Big? And what about American Hustle?
Casey "Shaggy" Kasem is missing. Dementia is involved.
And Mrs. Sterling says her loose-mouthed husband suffers with dementia. I had begun to suspect that, especially after his latest unfortunate utterances. He can't unring the bell he rang, and the NBA has set its course, but compassion is in order for anyone afflicted with dementia.
No, I don't think Jay can blame his loose lips on dementia. He just talks too much.
But neither JG nor any other 5@10 wag commented on my observation yesterday that Marshall Henderson cost himself plenty with his homophobic tweet. Seems Gary Parrish has the same opinion as me. His basketball insider column is at cbssports.com. Credit to Jay for coming a day late to the topic.
Don't confuse the Ole Miss gunner with any of the Curry family. The Marshall is Europe bound. He'd better go somewhere they don't understand English.
And despite what jomo said yesterday, Jay will touch anything. Absolutely anything.
Soddy-Daisy native Kelsey Nunley, UK's sophomore pitching phenom, won three games in the SEC softball tournament, leading the Wildcats into the championship game, which they lost to #3 Georgia. The 15th-ranked Cats have won 44 games this season, most ever for the program, and now they enter NCAA tourney play.
In the SEC tourney, Kentucky beat #13 Tennessee and # 20 LSU. Nunley is now 6-0 in postseason play.
Texas A&M students won the weekend when Johnny Paycheck bought them $2K of booze to celebrate the draft. But the drinks he chose, Fireball Whisky and Miller Lite, prove once again he's a punk. By 40 he may be a man, but that's in some doubt.
And Marshall Henderson lost the weekend while hurting his eventual NBA paycheck with his ignorant anti-Sams tweets. We knew he was impulsive and hot-headed, but how big a contract will a team risk on a ticking timebomb? (There's still a bit of anti-gay violence, but MT and jomo make a fair point that much media coverage was overboard.)