Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Steadman Shealy. …
- Colts owner Jim Irsay just added some spice to Peyton Manning's homecoming, where the Denver quarterback will make his first appearance today against his former team at Lukas Oil Stadium.
Irsay was quoted as saying he was disappointed they didn't win but one Super Bowl when Manning was the quarterback, that other quarterbacks didn't have the regular season statistics Manning had but won more Super Bowls.
Peyton is too classy to engage Irsay in a public joust, but former Tennessee teammate and current Colorado Rockies veteran Todd Helton had Peyton's back.
"Yeah, I have a problem with that,'' Helton told the Denver Post when asked about Irsay's comments. "I thought (Irsay) should shut his mouth personally. To me it's just classless. I hope Peyton goes back and steps on their throat. I hope he steps on their necks and doesn't let up.''
Irsay moon-walked on the subject, but how stupid do you have to be to even approach the subject on the week of the game?
- This has nothing to do with sports, but I have to give major props to Tom Morales, owner of TomKats Catering and several restaurants in Nashville and Williamson County.
Operation Stand Down's annual event that helps veterans, many of them homeless, was this weekend. They have 300 area veterans spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the former Tennessee Preparatory School football field on Foster Ave. Area physicians and medical personnel give them free physicals, eye exams, etc. It concluded this morning with a hot breakfast.
The National Guard has always supplied a mobile kitchen and cooks for the affair, but with the federal government shutdown, they notified OSD Executive Director Bill Burleigh they were unable to participate.
Burleigh got in scramble mode, but had no luck finding a company that had a mobile kitchen. He finally got in touch with Morales, who not only agreed to let them borrow one of his mobile kitchens, he supplied some of his chefs to cook five hot meals over the 2½ days at no charge. Now that's what I call giving back to the community.
- If the music stopped prior to Saturday's college football games, and if I were on the selection committee that will oversee the inaugural playoff system next season, here is the way I would stack the top four teams.
Alabama would be No. 1, followed in order by Oregon, Ohio State and Florida State. Alabama would play FSU and Oregon would play Ohio State, with the two winners playing for all the marbles.
Sorry, Clemson. You, too, Louisville. Both picked up their first losses last week.
- I think Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock's group put together a solid 13-member panel of voters for next year. Those who questioned former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's inclusion, get a life. She will be thorough, dedicated and totally qualified for the job.
I do suggest two things. They should have those whose conferences have teams up for discussion, recuse their selves. I also like the fact they will have term limits, most likely on a three-year basis where members would be on one, two or three year limits. If only we could use that same formula for those who serve in Washington.
- With their frequent, space-age uniform changes, I have forgotten what Oregon's team colors are. The Ducks were undeniably in the PINK Saturday when they took the field against Washington State wearing bright pink gloves, cleats, socks and gloves. And, or the first time, pink helmets. The rest of the new uniform is black with silver trim.
It was to commemorate October as Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The school is also going to auction off 25 pink helmets, autographed by former Oregon football stars. Those include Dan Fouts, Joey Harrington, Ahmad Rashad and Nike CEO/Founder Phil Knight.
Proceeds will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in honor of the former N.C. State women's basketball coach who died of breast cancer in 2011.
By the way, count me in as one of those who liked Tennessee's Smoky Gray uniforms and gray is not one of my favorite colors, but they made the orange numbers stick out.
- If you are a veteran you and your family can see a Lipscomb University basketball game against Oakland on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
Active duty and veterans' families will be admitted free, recognized for their service and are eligible for some free prizes during the game.
- Can Andrew Wiggins handle the fame? We shall see in the coming years as the Kansas freshman has been labeled the next LeBron James. He is also 6-8 with athleticism to burn.
According to a Bleacher Report story, Wiggins is in line to receive a shoe deal that will rival the one James has. Nike signed James to a seven-year $93 million deal when he entered the NBA.
Bleacher Report writer Jared Zwerling wrote that at least one of the top shoe companies is willing to offer Wiggins between $140 and $180 million for a 10-year contract.
Some say Adidas is leading the pack, but don't count Nike out. Never count the Swoosh out.
- Some local high school football stars will receive invitations to play in the U.S. All-American Bowl, set for Jan. 4, 2014.
Officials will be at Station Camp High School in Gallatin Tuesday to present wide receiver Josh Malone his invitation at 1:30 p.m. Titans fullback and U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Collin Mooney, a West Point graduate, will be present when Malone gets his invitation. Malone has not committed to a school.
Official invitations will be presented to Beech High running back and Tennessee verbal commitment Jalen Hurd on Wednesday at the high school at 9 a.m.
The game will be played at San Antonio's Alamodome.
Malone and Hurd are two of 90 high school players around the country to be invited. Hurd plans to be a December enrollee at Tennessee. He is coming off shoulder surgery and his availability for the All-Star game is not known.
- After Saturday's college football games, I would have Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota as leader among the Heisman Trophy candidates.
On Mariota's heels and stock rising is Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who led the Seminoles to a convincing road win over Clemson. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel saw his chances slip as his team lost to Auburn, its second loss of the season. Johnny Football had to leave the game with an injury, but did return later. He is don't miss TV when the Aggies are playing, but he will lose some votes for his off-season shenanigans.
Clemson senior Tajh Boyd took a back seat to Winston in their head-to-head game and has ground to make up. To think when Lane Kiffin was Tennessee's coach, Boyd had verbally committed to sign, but was told by Kiffin he didn't fit the offense Kiffin was going to run.
Tennessee's loss, Clemson's gain.
- Titans tight end Delanie Walker is hosting a fund raiser for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. It is tomorrow night at Tavern Restaurant at 1904 Broadway.
Walker will have an autograph session, followed by dinner. The autograph session is from 6 to 7:30. Dinner follows.
Walker lost his aunt and uncle to a drunk driver in February, following the Super Bowl in New Orleans. It was a game Walker played in as a member of the 49ers. He has been an outspoken advocate against drunk driving, having spoken at the NFL Rookie Symposium as well as lobbying for Tennessee's interlock ignition law. Tickets can be obtained by clicking here.
Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.