Sunday Notes: Aug. 19, 2012 - WKRN News 2

Sunday Notes: Aug. 19, 2012

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Sal Bando...

  • Jake Locker's performance in his first start for the Titans was fairly predictable. It was the first time the second-year pro had been given the keys to the car and the game was on the road against Tampa Bay.

    There were some peaks and valleys during his time on the field. And if the former first-round draft pick is named the starter for the regular season, fans can expect more of the same.

    Locker brings a lot to the table. When things break down around him, the former Washington quarterback is more than an adequate runner, as he has shown in his brief NFL career.

    But old man Matt Hasselbeck looked pretty nimble as he broke out of the pocket for a nice run of his own against Tampa Bay.

    Here's the deal. Hasselbeck has 14 years under his belt in the NFL. Locker played sparingly in his rookie season. He wasn't ready then and he may still need some seasoning behind Hasselbeck.

    The Titans are lucky they have two highly capable quarterbacks. Most team use two quarterbacks during the 16-game regular season because of injury or poor performance.

    Locker only lacks experience and repetitions. The only way to get that is to get on the field. His time will come, but if Coach Mike Munchak believes he has a playoff team this season, he should go with Hasselbeck. If the future isn't this year, he should go with Locker. They are making it hard on the Hall of Fame offensive lineman. And that's a good thing.
  • Steven Fox is a relative unknown on the national golf scene.

    But the Hendersonville native and UT-Chattanooga senior will play the most important match of his young life today as he plays 36 holes of match play in the USGA's National Amateur final.

    Fox was last year's Tennessee Golf Association's Match Play champion. He also was this year's Amateur Public Links qualifier and made it to the round of 16 before getting eliminated earlier this summer.

    The three-time All Southern Conference golfer has now qualified for next year's Masters and U.S. Open by virtue of making the U.S. Am finals.

    He entered the field as the No. 63 seed in the 64-man bracket. Fox is only the second golfer in the history of the tournament to make the finals from that spot.

    He plays Cal golfer Michael Freeman today.

    Fox has heard from numerous friends last week.

    "There are so many people back home backing me. My phone's going off like crazy,'' Fox said in a press conference after winning his semi-final match.

    "I mean, it's just awesome. … It's an unbelievable feeling. It just puts a smile on my face.''

    There are some athletic genes in Fox's family. His mother played college basketball at Long Island University while his father played professionally in Israel.

  • I'm not sure you need a law degree to become a NCAA Conference Commissioner, but it helps.

    Former OVC and current Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has a law degree, as does current SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

    Slive actually used his and practiced for years before taking over for Roy Kramer at the SEC.

    Now the Big East Conference, a conference many think is at a crossroads, has hired former network TV executive Mike Aresco as its new commissioner.

    Aresco also holds a law degree and has brokered several TV contracts involving football and major conferences.

    The Big East will not have a TV contract after 2013 and no BCS bowl deal.

    It was formed to become the strongest basketball conference in the country, but while trying to hold a strong hand in hoops, the Big East commissioner realizes football is the sport that counts when it comes to national strength.

  • Fans and friends of Goodlettsville's Little League team have pitched in to help defray cost of the team playing in the Little League World Series.

    It's an expensive trip. Motel rooms are $200 a day and Little Leaguers eat like Major Leaguers.

    In today's opponent Petaluma, CA., the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's and Comcast combined to contribute $15,000 for the team.

    I'm not aware of any of this city's professional teams donating to the Goodlettsville team.

    You would think the Sounds, Titans and Predators could collect the change in their couches and recliners and fund the trip to Williamsport.

    It's a once in a lifetime experience for these 11-12 year old kids.

  • Mark Richt often takes his Georgia Bulldogs to the on-campus pool during fall camp. The head coach arrives early and greets the team by doing a back flip off a 10-meter platform. You mess up from that high up and your body will fill the pain.

    Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips recently took his team to a pool and demonstrated a back flip off a one-meter springboard. You can see it on video. Not bad.

    The star for the Cats was 6-0, 330-pound Steven Duff.

    He showed off a variety of dives from the one-meter distance, but the best was a booming cannonball.

    Tsunami alerts are still in effect in the Bluegrass.

  • Louisville Trinity laid 52 points on Brentwood Academy Friday night in Louisville. The perennial national power is once again favored to win the state championship, as some half-dozen players have already committed to national programs.

    MBA is next for the Shamrocks, getting to play them this week at Tommy Owen Stadium. If I had to guess, Trinity may run up the score on the Big Red, who opened up with a 51-0 win over Memphis Kingsbury.

    It's good for these teams to play out of state opponents. Many of the highly touted teams have no other choice because they can't find enough local teams willing to play them.

    Ensworth travels to Lexington (Ky.) Catholic this week, trying to remain undefeated after beating Memphis University School in the opener at home.

  • Orlando Jones DE Devin Washington was recruited and gave a verbal commitment to South Carolina.

    Coach Steve Spurrier met Washington once and talked to him on the phone one time.

    "When I met him, it wasn't a celebrity-shock kind of thing,'' Washington told Steven Ruiz, who covers high schools for the Orlando Sentinel.

    "He's pretty cool, chilled and laid-back. But he's all business.''

  • Vince Young has won the backup job for the Buffalo Bills, beating out Tyler Thigpen for the No. 2 job.

    Coach Chan Gailey said the competition was close, which doesn't say much for the former Titans and Eagles quarterback. Last season Young started three games, had four TD passes and nine interceptions. He was sacked eight times

    Another former Titan, Adam "Pacman'' Jones is in danger of getting cut in Cincinnati. The Bengals currently have 10 defensive backs on the roster.

    Jones has been kept out of practice for a week with an undisclosed injury and did not play in the team's second preseason game at Atlanta.

    The team's website lists Jones as third on the depth chart at right cornerback and third as a punt and kick returner.
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