Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Benjie Shuler …
- What should have been a late season action packed college football weekend was anything but.
South Carolina over Coastal Carolina, 70-10. Clemson over Citadel, 52-6. No. 1 Alabama over UT-Chattanooga, 49-0.
Georgia Tech over Alabama A&M, 66-7. No. 2 Florida State over Idaho, 80-14.
I don't know who should be more ashamed, the athletics directors that schedule those games, or the coaches who allowed their players to take these beat-downs.
I know. FCS school Georgia Southern upset Florida, 26-20. Somewhere former Georgia Southern Coach Erk Russell is smiling.
Gators AD Jeremy Foley has a big decision to make on Will Muschamp's future in Gainesville. I know they have been decimated by injuries but the more I see of Muschamp, the more I'm convinced he is an excellent defensive coordinator, a lousy head coach.
- In the Alabama game, former Father Ryan punter-kicker Nick Pollard didn't fare too bad against the Tide. As a kicker he had his only attempt, a 48-yarder, blocked.
As a punter, the Smyrna resident punted 7 times for a 41.4 yard average. He had two inside the 20 yard line, but Alabama's Christion Jones took a 45-yard punt back 75 yards for a Tide touchdown. Pollard was Tennessee's Mr. Football Kicker in 2009.
- A lot of NFL stars enjoy going out and celebrating a big win with a steak dinner and all the trimmings.
Obviously Carolina quarterback Cam Newton isn't one of those.
After his Panthers beat the New England Patriots in the Monday Night Football game, it was arguably the biggest win of his career.
So Newton and his family lived it up – at Waffle House.
"I order scrambled eggs, hash browns and cheese grits in one bowl with a light waffle. … extremely light waffle,'' Newton was quoted on ThePostGame web site. "Ah, man, to die for.''
Newton threw three TD passes and guided the Panthers on a game-winning drive. The game ended about 11:30 p.m. EST, so a trip to Waffle House was in order. Newton said he got to bed at around 4 a.m. after the gastronomic treat.
- Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb put his feet in a furnace when he was asked by Fox Sports Live to name his list of the top three athletes.
McNabb put NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson third.
Quizzed why the record-breaking driver would be third on his list, his answer caused a stir to say the least.
"He's not an athlete. He sits in a car and drives,'' McNabb said, lighting a torch of controversy about the age-old debate on whether race drivers are athletes.
Even though Johnson has a record 24 career NASCAR Chase wins, McNabb says that doesn't qualify him as an athlete.
"That's not an athlete,'' McNabb said. "What athletically is he doing?''
Oh, boy. It's the never-ending debate.
- Belmont freshman Evan Badds has some strong basketball genes working for him. Badds' grandfather was the late Gary Badds, who was back-to-back National Player of the Year for Ohio State.
Gary Badds was a high school star at Greenefield, Ohio, where he once scored 61 points in a game in the gym that is now named for him. His Ohio State teammates included Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Bobby Knight and former Tennessee coach Don Devoe.
As a senior, Gary Badds averaged 30 points and 13.4 rebounds a game. He had a six-game string in which he scored 40 or more points in his junior season.
He was the third pick overall by Baltimore in the 1964 NBA Draft and played a number of years in the NBA and ABA.
Evan Badds averaged 23.4 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Greenefield H.S. He has been one of the first players off the bench for Coach Rick Byrd. He had a career high 19 points and 8 rebounds against Lipscomb last Wednesday.
- The strength of the Titans was projected to be its offensive line. Thus far in the schedule, Pro Football Focus has the Titans O-line graded No. 16 in the league. Smack dab in the middle.
"It's a good, but not great, line which is disappointing given the off-season investment in it,'' PFF says. Free agent guard Andy Levitre is "only recently hit top form,'' according to PFF. Rookie guard and first round pick Chance Warmack has "been something of a liability in pass protection.''
PFF also rates the Titans' special teams play at No. 21 in the league. They get a No. 27 in penalties and a 14 in tackling efficiency.
- Some athletes have an obsession on what number they wear on their jerseys.
Count former Jets CB Darrelle Revis in that list. Revis forked over $50,000 to new Tampa Bay teammate Mark Barron for No. 24. It is believed to be the largest jersey ante ever paid.
Former Giants punter Jeff Feagles sold No. 10 to Eli Manning in exchange for a week-long Florida vacation. Then he traded his new No. 17 to Plaxico Burress for an outdoor kitchen in his Phoenix home.
Retired Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams once received No. 28 from John Kruk for two cases of beer.
- Denver quarterback Peyton Manning owns 21 Papa John's Pizza franchises in the Colorado city.
Thieves took advantage of Manning's other occupation to rob one of the stores during the Monday Night Football game against the Chiefs.
Witnesses said two men in their 20's were armed. Both had traces of marinara sauce on their chins. Not really. They had to eat on the run.
- It was a jovial occasion when Winston-Salem State and Virginia State gathered to break bread during a CIAA title game luncheon. That was until some players from both teams met in the men's room. That's when Virginia State's Lamont Daniel Britt put a bathroom whuppin' on Winston-Salem's QB, Rudy Johnson.
Britt was charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. Both teams came in 9-1. After the altercation, the game was cancelled.
That's not as bad as the time two of Steve Spurrier's Florida teammates fought each other during a Sugar Bowl team dinner on New Years Eve. Linebackers Darren Hamrick and Anthony Riggins got into what turned into a bloody melee? Riggins was hospitalized overnight and needed facial reconstruction surgery. Hamrick was put on a bus back to Gainesville. Both were suspended indefinitely.
- Pictures have surfaced on the Internet of a young Tiger Woods and his high school prom date, Dina Gravell. They dated three years in high school before he broke it off.
"It's kind of an interesting parallel, because people say I look a lot like his (former) wife Elin,'' Gravell told RadarOnline.com. "I'm a twin, just like her. My father-in-law's name is Earl, which was Tiger's father's name and now my last name is Parr, which is a very golf related name.''
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