JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Sept. 30, 2012 - WKRN News 2

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Sept. 30, 2012

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Larry Csonka...

  • It was a standing room only crowd at Shackle Island Stadium Friday night for the Hendersonville-Beech football game. Fans were stacked five and six deep around the fence and it was a great atmosphere.

    Beech moved to 7-0 with a hard-earned 28-21 victory. Once again they were led by junior running back Jalen Hurd, who is the real deal.

    Hurd not only scored four touchdowns – one on a 53 yard run, another on a 70-yard pass reception – but he intercepted a pass on the final play of the game.

    It was obvious Hendersonville's defense was keying on stopping Hurd and was effective in the first half. But Hurd ran for 167 yards in the second half and finished with 274 all-purpose yards.

    Talking to a former teacher of Hurd's, he gave the young man a glowing endorsement off the football field. The teacher credited Hurd's mother with putting Hurd on the right path.

    It sets up a battle of unbeatens Friday night at Wilson Central when Beech visits.
  • Methinks it was NFL official Ed Hochuli who brought the lockout to a close.

    Little bird tells me Hochuli marched into Commissioner Roger Goodell's office and told him: "You've got to pay to see the gun show.''

    Little bird also whispered that Hochuli's new Nike officials' shirt is a tailored X-Small.

  • Even the return of the regular NFL refs couldn't save Cleveland.

    The sad-sack Browns couldn't break into the win column, dropping to 0-5 last Thursday night.

  • Great effort and results by MTSU's football team that put a three-touchdown whipping on Georgia Tech in the Yellow Jackets' nest Saturday.

    Coach Rick Stockstill's defense held Tech to only seven points in the second half. It seems he has transformed last year's disaster into a 180-degree turnaround.

    It had to be a bitter pill to swallow for Tech assistant Andy McCollum, who preceded Stockstill as MTSU's head coach.

  • The NHL keeps shooting itself in the skates. They have now cancelled the preseason games.

    If only the NFL would follow suit.

  • I spotted Brandt Snedeker's father, Larry, in the gallery during Saturday's Ryder Cup morning matches.

    Larry was a longtime city attorney for Nashville. He is now retired and living in Orange Beach, Fla., with wife, Candy. An avid golfer in his own right, Larry spent countless hours on Metro golf courses playing with Brandt and older brother Haymes.

  • Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel failed to impress Orlando columnist/talk show host Mike Bianchi during a radio interview last week before Mizzou visited UCF.

    "It was more unlistenable than Who Let the Dogs Out,'' Bianchi wrote.

  • Speaking of Bianchi, he gave UCF fans "zero-percent chance'' of filling the 45,000 seat Bright House Networks Stadium Saturday as the Golden Knights hosted Missouri, the first SEC team in history to play them at home.

    Bianchi promised if they filled the stadium, he would dress in a pink tutu, wear a multi-colored wig and eat his column on the 50-yard line.

    Bianchi knew his history. The announced attendance was 35,835, and Bianchi is safe. Actually the people who would have had to witness him in the tutu and wig are the safe ones.

  • If he doesn't catch another pass, Nashville's Golden Tate will have left his mark on the NFL.

    You have to credit Tate with settling the NFL officials' lockout.

  • Funny how quickly NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell moved to recall the regular officials after that colossal gaffe that cost Green Bay the game at Seattle.

  • I wish I had some of what Ryder Cup rookie Keegan Bradley was drinking Saturday.

    If I didn't know better, I would suspect Bradley of swiping some of Jim Furyk's 5 Hour Energy Drink.

    The boys in blue better bring their A-games today in singles. That 10-6 lead is not safe unless they do.

  • Ryan Flaherty had the best game of his short major league career Friday night. The Baltimore Orioles' utility player played shortstop for Vanderbilt.

    Flaherty hit Boston with a first inning grand slam that traveled 392 feet. He came back in the fifth with an RBI double as the O's dropped the Sox, 9-1.

    Flaherty recently subbed for ESPN.com baseball analyst and Vanderbilt alum Buster Olney by writing his account of what it has been like to make a major league team and being a rookie utility player.

  • Not surprising that South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier has re-kindled his snit with The State columnist Ron Morris.

    Morris had the audacity to second-guess the Head Ball Coach for playing quarterback Connor Shaw against UAB. Shaw had been injured earlier this season and the Gamecocks played at Mizzou Saturday.

    The two men haven't spoken in some time now. Spurrier believes Morris is planting questions with some of his buddies in the media. So now he is not taking questions from anyone in the media.

    It seems to me Spurrier would have better things to worry about than what Morris is doing, or not doing, as the case may be.

  • If the season ended today, Titans running back Chris Johnson would be most remembered as a Fantasy team killer, not as a player who ran for more than 2,000 yards many NFL years ago.

    Let's face it. CJ's not getting the job done. Too much dancing and hesitation. Just a modest burst through whatever sliver of light there is. He can't get around the corner and turn the jets on any more.

    Titans are wise in turning their offense into a pass-oriented game that, if Kenny Britt ever stays healthy, will be able to stretch the field.
  • All these years we thought former Lipscomb coaching legend Don Meyer was the big sports name in the family.

    It was true until Carmen Meyer, Don's wife of 45 years, had a hole-in-one last month at Moccasin Creek in Aberdeen.

    Ironically it came on the anniversary of the horrific wreck that came close to costing Don Meyer his life.

Got a sports news tip? Contact Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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