JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: October 7, 2012 - WKRN News 2

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: October 7, 2012

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Curley Hallman...

  • One of the most popular and productive Major League players bowed out gracefully Friday night when the Atlanta Braves were eliminated in a National League wild card playoff game.

    He might have been Larry Jones to Mets fans, but he was a beloved Chipper Jones to everyone else who watched him play 19 years in a Braves uniform.

    Jones came out of tiny Pierson, Fla., the son of a baseball coach at Pierson-Taylor High School. He was taught to switch-hit by his father and in time will be a Hall of Famer.

    Jones wrote an outstanding farewell piece for Sports Illustrated in its "Point After'' column last month.

    He ended it with: "It's time. I'm saying goodbye without a tear in my eye. I gave it my all.''

    Jones is a rarity in professional sports today. He played his entire career with the team that drafted him out of The Bolles School in Jacksonville.

    "I feel like I'm the face of Southern baseball, and I'm proud of that,'' Jones wrote.

    Of course the 40-year-old man with the perfect baseball name, legged out an infield hit in his final at-bat Friday night. He brought a lot of joy to baseball fans young and old.
  • In a final three-game series between the Cubs and Astros at Wrigley Field, tickets were available on StubHub.com as low as 75 cents. The Clubbies avoided a sweep by winning the third game in the ninth inning.

    While some would call that a bargain, may I remind you these two teams had the worst records in Major League Baseball this season.

    The Astros finished 55-107, only 42 games behind the NL Central champion Reds. The Clubbies finished a robust 61-101, only 36 games out of first and the second most losses in franchise history.

  • Will we see snow? The World Series is set to start Oct. 24 and could go until Nov. 1.

    Silly me. I thought baseball was a warm weather sport.

  • Please indulge another baseball note in the middle of football season.

    If that pop fly to shallow left field was ruled an out by the infield fly rule Friday night in Atlanta, then I guess I never knew what it was. I always thought an infielder had to use "normal'' effort in order to catch the ball. If that was normal effort, as the left fielder and shortstop let it drop between them at least 50 feet behind the infield dirt, then I don't know what normal is.

    Braves fans showed out, showering the field with debris and delaying the playoff game for nearly 20 minutes. The Braves would have had the bases loaded, one out, if not for the infield fly rule, called by umpire Sam Holbrook, who was the left field line ump.

    The Braves didn't deserve to win, handing the Cardinals four unearned runs on three throwing errors as St. Louis won, 6-3.

  • Among the five Missouri freshmen football players suspended for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt, was wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was touted by Rivals.com as the best overall high school player in the country last year.

    Campus police stopped the players for allegedly smoking marijuana near the school's football stadium. No arrests were made.

    Green-Beckham was driving a 2004 Lincoln Navigator SUV, when police stopped them. Green-Beckham was coached by his father in high school. His father, John Beckham, coaches at Hillcrest H.S. in Springfield, Mo. His younger brother, Darrell Green-Beckham, is recovering from leukemia and plays football and basketball.

    Looks like Missouri will fit right in with SEC schools.

  • Congratulations to the new class of inductees into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

    Locals include Belmont basketball coach Rick Byrd, who joins his father, Ben, in the Hall of Fame. Ben was longtime sports columnist of the Knoxville Journal. Are they the first father-son combination to make the Hall of Fame?

    Others to be inducted include former Titans star Frank Wycheck, who currently is color analyst for the Titans Radio Network and co-host of The Wakeup Zone on 104.5 FM; former MTSU and NFL quarterback Kelly Holcomb; longtime TV and radio personality Bob Bell, inducted posthumously.

    In addition, ex-Vanderbilt basketball star and current Nashville community and business leader John Ed Miller, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • We have a new published author in our midst. Vanderbilt's Majid "Magic'' Noori, who developed and for the past 22 years has run Vanderbilt's training table for athletes, has written "Eating to Win with America's #1 Food Coach.''

    Magic's formula to lose/gain weight is simple. It's FREE: Food, Rest, Exercise, Education.

    He has worked with Vanderbilt athletes including Bears QB Jay Cutler, PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price and former Titans stars Eddie George and Jevon Kearse.

    A wrestler and swimmer from Iran, Magic's book review by AP writer Teresa Walker recently appeared in the New York Times food section.

  • Word out of Jacksonville is that the Jaguars are discarding the teal home jerseys in favor of black jerseys.

    Now they will match the black tarps covering thousands of seats in the stadium.

  • Nighttime giggle-man Jay Leno on the presidential debate: "The consensus is that Mitt Romney won the presidential debate last night. The only people who thought Obama won were the replacement refs.''

  • Suffer from insomnia? Dr. Biddle's guaranteed solution is to watch Auburn's offense every week.

    If Tigers Coach Gene Chizik is not on the hot seat, he should be.

    It's almost a certainty that Kentucky and Joker Phillips will part ways at the end of the season.

    He lost a lot of skill position talent last season and the recruiting results have been sub-par. The only thing that could save Phillips is that Cats fans pretty much forget football once basketball practice starts.

    It also looks as if Arkansas will relieve John L. Smith of his interim tag at the end of the season and find someone else to coach the Hogs.

  • What a job Orioles manager Buck Showalter did to take his team this far.

    The Birds will square off against the Yankees, a team they tied 9-9 in games this season.

    The former Sounds player never made the major leagues as a player, but he has successfully managed the Yankees, DiamondBacks, Rangers and now the Orioles.

    Noted for his attention to detail, Showalter has had his differences at times with veteran players who chafe at his discipline. But he has shown a rare ability to take young teams and make them competitive.

  • The initial Harris Interactive Poll will make its debut this week, as it allows participating voters to watch the first five weeks of college football before they cast their first Top 25 teams.

    That only makes sense, as polls that use preseason polls are inaccurate to say the least. They need to give time needed to sort out the pretenders and contenders. The Harris Poll does that.

    A team that is not ranked in preseason polls find it virtually impossible to climb high enough to challenge for a BCS Championship berth. Even going undefeated doesn't guarantee you will get a shot.

    Ask former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville. His Tigers went undefeated in 2003, and had to watch Oklahoma and Southern Cal play for the 2004 title. USC routed the Sooners, 55-19, only to have the title vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
  • Got a sports news tip? Contact Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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