Jay-thanks for the response. In boxing, if a bout ends by decision, then the guy that took the whipping ought to be declared the winner for taking all the other guy had without falling out. Just saying...
Jay - I was out and about this afternoon and had a chance to listen in on Press Row. Good stuff Got a little tired of the I hate/I love soccer but you, David, and Wells handled it well. As for me, I'll watch any sport where they keep score or win a head to head race. I don't consider events with judges a sport worth my time (diving, ice skating, gymnastics, etc.). For the mailbag, and feel free to ask Wells and David to provide answers as well...what got you interested in sports (as opposed to something else)? While I played organized sports as a kid, for me, I think it was my dad taking me to sporting events as a very young lad.
Jay- welcome back. As you know, I'm older than I look, but Casey Kasem wasn't in my wheelhouse growing up. However, put me down for Barnes, Leslie, and Jimmy during morning drive time on 99X in the ATL. In the mid 90's I spent a lot of time stuck in am trafiic in Atlanta and they made me laugh out loud in my car which made the commute almost tolerable.
Jay - a rare moment during the day, but about to head to another meeting. For the record, you're a gem, but that's not why I'm posting. For the mailbag, what's your best and worst takeaways from your time hosting/managing/prepping for/and attending the BOP's over the years?
Jay - excellent topic today. General Robert Neyland. Served during WWI and WWII rising to Brigadier General and winning the Distinguished Service Award and Legion of Merit. Oh and he coached a little football in between his tours serving his country.
Jay-Sports speeches? No one comes close to Jimmy V's speech at the ESPN awards. Distant 2nd thru 4th. Belushi's "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?", the head coach's speech after the team's first loss in the movie Undefeated (see link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckku5q...), and Chevy's "be the ball, Danny.".
Jay-just saw the Green Eyeshade Award announcement. Congrats to Hargis. I spent 20 yrs in the ATL and the TFP sports page beats the AJC hands down in every category in my book. Keep up the good work.
Jay - for the mailbag. I'm getting a little nostalgic. Please bare with me on the query. Sportsfan Jr is off at the University and Little Miss Sportsfan is graduating high school in a few weeks and headed to the University. Both are much better athletes than Sportsfan and Mrs. Sportsfan. In the case of elite athletes (Tiger, MJ, Peyton, many others) is it natural talent, hovering parents, coaching, fear of losing, or something else that gives the athlete that "step on their necks drive" to be the best? We never pushed our kids to excel in athletics. We wanted them to enjoy themselves, but still they worked hard, did well, and experienced success along with disappointment. Neither will continue their athletic career at the University, and we're ok with that. I don't see the next Tiger on tour, yet. The guys I thought might be the next Tiger don't seem to have the same drive to win, or ability to maintain their game at the highest level. Is it in an athlete's genes, coaching, parents, fear, big money for winning, or something else that drives a kid to excel at the highest level in athletics? Enjoy the 5 at 10.
MT - Terry Forster is also the answer to the following trivia question "Who made burritos on Late Night with David Letterman while he was still on NBC?" I know, because I saw it while drinking co colas in a dorm room one evening in the mid 80's. I'm older than I look.
Jay - give me Scott, Cabrera, Westwood, and Kuchar, please. Sentimental favorite is Sergio but didn't include him. He's let me down too many times but I think he has a major in him before his career is done.