Jay - from personal experience...granted I'm not a professional athlete, and I'm a shade over 35, but here's the recovery timeline for a complete achilles tendon tear. After surgery, 9 weeks in a cast with no weight on the leg at all followed by 9 more weeks in a boot gradually increasing pressure on the leg. 10 weeks of rehab that started about 5 weeks after the cast while in the boot. That's 23 weeks before I was able to walk (with a limp) without a boot. Running was not an option until much later. The surgeon told me it would take a year to heal, and it just about did. Even with an unlimited rehab budget, a 7 month recovery is pretty incredible. BTW, I snapped it playing basketball in the driveway with Sportsfan Jr and Little Miss Sportsfan. I guess I'm older than I look.
Jay-I too spent 20 years in the ATL and after close to 10 years I still haven't seen traffic in the Noog. I write this from Killarney Rose near Wall St in NYC. I have now witnessed traffic on HGH, steroids, and all things PED. After several cab rides I find find it comforting to just not watch. Now that the Braves are moving, for the Friday mailbag, what is your Rushmore of sports venues that would be sacrilege to move? Happy Tuesday and I'll have another stout, please.
Jay - one more for the mailbag. What's your prediction for the last local team standing in the high school football playoffs? You could almost make a contest out of that...
Jay - for the mailbag...if the 5 at 10 got pulled over for bumping up against the century mark on the speedometer on the backside of midnight, would the outcome in court be the same as an unnamed former Lookout? If Saban wins another championship, why wouldn't he go to Texas for the massive payday?
Jay - congrats on 3 years. Looking forward to many more.
Jay - put me down for 1. Cornelius Bennett for admitting to targeting Tony Robinson's knee in 1985. 2. Spurrier for those crazy eyes and always having UT's number while in Gainesville. 3. Charlie Leibrandt for serving up a cream puff to Kirby Puckett in 1991. 4. Mike Hamilton for singlehandedly torching UT athletics.
Jay - heard about the Oreo addict issue last night from Mrs. Sportsfan and Little Ms Sportsfan (who by the way got a mention in the TFP this am...thank you very much). For the mailbag, what's your Rushmore of cookies? Put me down for homemade chocolate chip, homemade peanut butter, homemade teacakes (JMC may know what these are), and Trefoils dipped in hot fudge...I don't really see the magic of Oreo's.
Jay - been pretty busy over the last few weeks. Spent the day on the river prepping for the Chattanooga Head race tomorrow. At a late dinner this evening, Mrs Sportsfan tells me that Dodge sales are reportedly up 500% since Ron Burgundy started doing Dodge ads. Got me thinking about what other businesses could use Ron's charisma on tv ads. For next Friday's mailbag,what's your Rushmore of businesses that could use Ron's help?
Jay - humorous poor sportsmen have to be the Hanson bros in Slapshot. "puttin on the foil". Judge Smalls and Santini were great too. Best sportsman would be Mr Miagi.
Jay-saw the movie Undefeated recently. It's a documentary about Manassas HS football program in inner city Memphis. The volunteer coach for Manassas said something that I thought was absolutely right. Paraphrasing...high school sports don't build character, high school sports reveal character. I complement you for instilling good sportsmanship in the Little Fiver (you can't win em all), so that when he gets to high school, he can lead by example. If you haven't seen the film, it's worth a watch.