|By Jay Greeson, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
From the "Talk Too Much studios," let's go.
There are two qualities that everyone believes they have. Everyone believes they have a sense of humor and everyone thinks they hate to lose worse than anyone. (Side note: Until you can cite full-blown tantrums or not-speaking to your future-wife for almost an hour after losing a game of darts, don't mention the 'hate to lose' level to the 5-at-10. Hey, we're not proud about it, we're just sharing some background.)
OK, where were we. Ah yes, everyone thinks they're funny and super-competitive. And we're right there with everybody -- we think we're funny and we hate to lose.
Now, after watching million-dollared cars parked on pit row at Daytona for hours on Sunday, we remember a feeling as passionate as the hatred of losing. Think back to your little league days. You're dressed in your 'Chico Bail Bonds'
And then it starts raining. And there under the cover of the concession stand it starts to become apparent that the day is done. Stupid rain outs. (That's when we started telling jokes, but that's a snother story for another time.)
If there's a silver lining to these storm clouds, it's that you have until the start of the race to get in the Ricky Bobby (If you ain't first, you're last) Challenge. Send us who you think will finish first and 43rd in the Daytona 500 -- whenever they run they dang thing.
Stupid rain outs.
The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this.
So, by association, you should know that the 5-at-10 is overly fond of the
And other than the unfortunate news of
Everyone is talking about the physical merits of RG III, and
Griffin's impressive display -- he was also measured at a smidge under 6-foot-3, putting to rest questions about his height -- made the Heisman winner a slam dunk at No. 2, and that greatly pleases the
But, there's no way RGIII hops
A few other combine views:
-- Highly regarded receivers
-- Despite being slowed by injuries, former
Before we move on to our weekly view at the eight teams that can win the whole thing, we'd be remiss if we didn't praise TFP ace columnist
Anyhoo, we have been pleased with this college basketball season in large part because there appeared to be several teams that could make legit runs, and almost all of those teams were the usual suspects from power programs.
Now, after 25-plus games, some of the power programs are showing flaws, and heading into the final week of the regular season for most teams and the conference tournament for others, there seems to be fewer favorites and more questions.
This and that
-- Lofty level of all-star game defense, there was a flagrant-looking foul that resulted in
-- On the All-Star game: The dunk contest is broken. We had a great question in Friday's mailbag about it, and we we can fondly remember looking forward to the dunk contest. This morning, we're not even sure who won the thing. And we're absolutely sure that there were more impressive dunks in the actual All-Star game than the dunk contest. Until the big names get in the dunk contest again -- hey, MJ was a regular contestant, and no one is bigger than MJ -- the dunk contest will be a waste of time.
-- In fact, if
-- One of the ESPN baseball gurus tweeted over the weekend that this past Saturday was the last baseball-free Saturday until November. Wow.
-- Hey, hey, hey... spring football is starting. UTC gets going today, and our Mocs football ace
We've spent a little time making fun of announcers. And in truth, in most cases they deserve it.
Either they are pandering or pompous, simple or silly, basically bad or badly basic. So it goes, and in truth we have more sympathy for them than most, since sports announcing is one of those jobs that when it's done right, everyone thinks they can do it and it does not appear like more than "watching games and talking about it." We can empathize with that notion.
So let's look for the positive.
Who's your favorite sports announcer/analyst/play-by-play guy working today?
Here's our Rushmore of sports announcers out there:
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