Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Kerri Strug...
The puck is in the Predators' court.
Do they agree to drain the vault and send a message they are eager to play ball with the big boys?
Or do they turn thumbs down on paying free agent defenseman Shea Weber and match the Philadelphia Flyers' eye-opening offer of $110 million stretching 14 years?
The Flyers check to pay the golden goose is heavily front-loaded, putting historic pressure on the Predators ownership to foot the bill.
Can the Predators afford to sign Weber? Yes. Can they afford not to sign their captain? No.
The repercussions of not signing Weber will resonate throughout the NHL and more importantly, the Predators fan base that pays the freight. It is a fan base that was cultivated through the years for the expansion franchise. Enough time has passed that the demands for putting a team on the ice that is a regular playoff participant have increased with progress.
To not sign Weber would be a significant blow to the Predators roster, having lost their two marquee defensemen to free agency.
The clock is ticking.
It was a nice touch for some of the golfers playing in the British Open field that chose to wear black ribbons in honor of the dead and injured in the Aurora, Colo. movie theatre massacre.
Nashville pro and second round leader Brandt Snedeker was wearing one on his golf visor.
Speaking of the British Open, did you catch John Daly's clown suit he wore during his round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Friday?
Daly wore a pair of loud Union Jack pants and a bright red wind vest and a white golf shirt. He would glow in the dark. On the downside of his golf career, Daly now relies on tacky Loud Mouth outfits instead of his game to draw attention to himself.
After making the cut with rounds of 72-71, Daly imploded on the back nine Saturday, carding a 40 that included two birdies. A triple and double bogeys did Big John in, the 77 putting him 10-over.
Oh, Kenny Britt. You did it again. At some point, you might want to grow up and consider what you are throwing away.
What were you thinking trying to go on post at Fort Campbell in the wee hours of the morning? They charged you with driving under the influence and implied consent after you failed a sobriety test.
What's your next stupid trick, pal? Want to try to break into Fort Knox and grab all the gold?
The Titans need to sit down hard on their most talented wide receiver. Send a strong message. This is his eighth incident with law enforcement officials since he was the team's first round pick in 2009. Britt obviously has a problem with alcohol. He refused to take a breathalyzer test at Fort Campbell.
The MPs deposited Britt and his companions outside a gate and impounded his vehicle. Britt should spend some time with the Screaming Eagle soldiers who have pulled multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe then he would appreciate what talents he has.
The SEC Football Media days event has turned into a marathon. One day the media had to digest six coaches and their players.
Fortunately, they had some coaches who put some humor during their time at the podium.
John L. Smith showed a lot of humor, and why not? He has a one-year interim title while filling in for the fired Bobby Petrino at Arkansas.
You can always tell if South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier has a good team. If he does, he takes some playful jabs at other coaches. If he doesn't, he plays it straight during Media Days.
He must like his team this season and why not? Connor Shaw is a quarterback he trusts. Even coming off knee surgery, running back Marcus Lattimore was voted first team All-SEC. Jadevon Clowney is the best defensive end in the league and has other players around him on that side of the ball.
"Winning the SEC is harder than winning the national championship,'' Spurrier chirped. "Just ask Nick Saban.''
Spurrier also noticed Georgia's rather soft SEC schedule against Western Division foes, saying if he were making the schedule Georgia would play LSU and the Gamecocks would play Ole Miss.
Tyler Bray is a physically talented quarterback for Tennessee. But has he matured to where he needs to be, as Coach Derek Dooley professes?
One talk show caller I heard said his son attended the Manning Passing Academy and told him Bray wasn't that impressive.
The caller said his son told him Bray wasn't very smart and all he seemed interested in doing was making plans as to where he was going out that night.
Dooley said this recently: "You have to live as the quarterback at Tennessee. If your lifestyle is not reflecting that, then it's going to be hard to go out and perform.''
Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe had some thoughts on his first trip to Birmingham on moving from the Big 12 to the SEC.
On the SEC: "They also have prettier girls, the air is fresher, the toilet paper is thicker,'' Moe revealed.
Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is a special player for the Crimson Tide. The Memphian who prepped at Evangelical Christian is slated to start at center this season, having started at guard in 2010 and tackle last season, when he won the Outland Trophy.
Tide Coach Nick Saban is impressed and he is not the easiest man to please.
"Probably the only offensive lineman that I've ever been associated with (that could do it) was Bruce Matthews at the Houston Oilers. He could play center, guard, tackle and was a long snapper,'' Saban said.
"That's high class there to be compared to someone like (Matthews).''
In NBA summer league games through Friday, Vanderbilt rookie John Jenkins has averaged 15.6 points in five games. He has scored double figures every game for the Hawks.
Vandy teammates Jeffery Taylor and Festus Ezeli are in the summer league. Taylor is averaging 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds for Charlotte while Ezeli has averaged 3.5 points, 4.5 rebounds for Golden State.
Former Tennessee star Tobias Harris is averaging 21.3 points, 8.3 rebounds for Milwaukee while UT-Martin's Lester Hudson is trying to make the Memphis roster.
The Bobcats official website refers to Taylor as Jeff Taylor, which indicates that is the name he wants to be called.
A wayward shot by Rory McIlroy hit a British Open spectator in the head. McIlroy met the victim, Jason Blue, who had traveled to the Open with a buddy even though they had nowhere to stay. Blue suffered a bloody gash on the side of his head.
McIlroy paid for a hotel room and gave Blue more than 100 pounds for spending money.
"I thought it was the least I could do,'' McIlroy said.
Former Vanderbilt golf star Courtney Wood is engaged and the wedding is planned for next March 23.
The bride to be works for Lincoln Financial Services. Oh, yeah, she just bought her wedding dress this week. The girl is on the move.
The lucky guy is Chris Chandler. Chris is from McKenzie, got his undergrad and MBA from UT-Martin. He works for a healthcare company.
Top NFL draft pick Andrew Luck has signed with the Colts. Second player picked in the draft, Robert Griffin III, has signed with Washington. They are quarterbacks, players who will get the largest contracts in the class of 2012.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Kendall Wright and the Titans are still haggling over his contract. He is one of only a handful of first-round picks still unsigned.
Wright was not a high first-round pick, so I am not sure what the holdup is. With Kenny Britt rehabbing yet another knee procedure and in hot water with the team over his latest scrape with the law, perhaps Wright thinks he has more leverage in the negotiations.