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.
Jay - Mrs. Sportsfan and I have been watching clips of old Tonight Show interviews with Johnny Carson on TCM on Monday evenings. It's a great show hosted by Conan O'Brien. I just saw that David Letterman, Johnny's original heir apparent, is retiring next year. For the mailbag, what's your Rushmore of late night talk show hosts and guests. Still can't get my schedule to match your show on 105.1 but I understand it's great. Maybe I'll call in sick next week and listen in or even call in and ask a silly question. I can't collect any more points in my bracket. I got no one left in the final four. Stupid bracket contest...
Jay - I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st weekend of March Madness. Love to see the underdogs pull the upsets. As you know, I'm older than I look. I'm really bothered by the apparent traveling that's never called. For the mailbag...What's up with 3 steps after picking up the dribble and sliding the pivot foot? I come from a land where both would have been called traveling.
Jay - for Friday...Chatanooga has somewhat of a sports town reputation. Softball tournies at Summitt and Warmer parks, the Head of the Hooch regatta, Ironman competitions, US Cycling championships, high school wrestling, soccer, baseball, basketball, football, minor league baseball, the Mocs, as well as outdoor climbing and whitewater sports. If you were king of Chattanooga and could add new sports venues or events (non-major league) in the Noog what would they be?
Jay - Bill Murray said the following about Ramis, "He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him." We should all strive for that epitaph when our time comes...