Posted 09/25/2008 at 08:52 AM
Good morning, folks. Let's touch on a variety of topics covering multiple sports...
--Steve Spurrier will make an announcement after practice today as to who will be South Carolina's starting quarterback Saturday vs. UAB. I get the sense that Spurrier wants to give redshirt freshman Stephen Garcia a shot before the Gamecocks play back-to-back SEC road games at Ole Miss and Kentucky.
--I took a number of shots at Les "The Mad Hatter" Miles last season, but I'm coming around on Les. For starters, I admire his loyalty to LSU in passing on the job at his alma mater, Michigan. And you have to give him credit for his audacity. The onside kick completely changed the momentum in Saturday's win at Auburn, and the halfback pass for a TD was also brilliant. At some point, we've all got to admit that Miles is a 'big-game' coach.
--I'm told that in the second half of UF's 30-6 win at UT this past Saturday, the home fans in Knoxville were actually rooting for the Gators to score more points to solidify Phillip Fulmer's status on the hot seat. We've seen Fulmer rally the troops before when his critics have been roaring for his head. Can he do it again? We're gonna find out.
--Fulmer has the best winning percentage (76%) of all active coaches in college football.
--As I sit here and try to think of possible candidates at UT if Fulmer gets canned or resigns at the end of the year, I'm totally shooting blanks. There aren't really any in-the-family possibilities, as Fulmer has been the Tennessee coach for 17 years.
--The Detroit Lions have FINALLY fired Matt Millen. The length of his tenure will baffle me until the end of time. Millen is perhaps the worst GM of all time in any professional sport. Did I say perhaps? Check that, he IS the worst ever!
--I'm locked and loaded for Friday's UConn-Louisville game, hoping to improve on a 3-0-1 mark on Fridays.
--Just like Francisco Cabrera is exempt from criticism from Braves fans for life, so is C.C. Sabathia with Milwaukee fans. What a stud taking the ball last night and it says here that he'll be money on Sunday. The Brewers just hope that it'll matter. The Mets and Brewers are tied going into tonight in the wild-card hunt.
--Did anyone else see the quick mention on Sports Center the other night about Roger Clemens being "heartbroken" he wasn't invited to Yankee Stadium for the ceremony before and after the last game? Cry me a river, Rog!
--How can you not love White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen?
--According to Wednesday's column from Terence Moore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hank Aaron has a few issues with Bobby Cox, especially when it concerns who made the biggest push for the Braves to draft Chipper Jones (instead of Todd Van Poppel) out of Jacksonville Bolles High School.
--I'm wondering what FSU fans are more chafed by these days: The fact that Bobby Bowden won't retire or that Jimbo Fisher is going to be his replacement? After his offense produced three points in four quarters at home against Wake Forest this past Saturday, Fisher said, "we had a bunch of boo-boos tonight." Boo-boos? What is this, little league? And here's the thing: The semmies still haven't hit rock bottom. Colorado on the money line (+200ish) looks tasty, doesn't it?
--I'm wondering if Michael Vick is using his time in prison to work out like a mad man, or if he's just burning blunts on the yard.
--Hey, at least Tennessee fans can start looking forward to basketball.
--According to our friends at ASA, Wisconsin has NEVER been favored in the Big House at Michigan. That is, until this week. The Badgers are six-point road 'chalk.'
--Memo to Bears DB Charles Tillman: You suck! You're stupid! And I don't like you. Tillman, the NFL's Goat of the Week, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after Chicago had stopped Tampa Bay on a third-and-long play in overtime. The Bucs were set to punt out of their own end zone until Tillman's knucklehead play. Instead of getting the ball at around midfield, the Bears never got possession again. Tillman's penalty gave the Bucs a first down and they marched down the field for the game-winning field goal. Of course, I had the Bears minus three.