Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Ted Skuchas…
- Sports Illustrated's Web site is reporting longtime ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews is cutting ties with the Mother Ship.
SI.com has Andrews taking a job with Fox Sports.
- Nashville's R.A. Dickey continues to live the dream of pitching in the Major Leagues after years of bouncing around the minor leagues.
He took the advice of then-Rangers pitching coach Orel Hershiser and manager Buck Showalter and developed a knuckleball as his primary pitch. The former MBA and Tennessee star realized he could not stick in the big leagues with the pitches he threw and got busy learning the art of the butterfly pitch that drives catchers insane.
Dickey rebounded from a no-decision nationally televised game against the Yankees last week to take out the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night and boost his record to 12-1 on the season.
He threw eight shutout innings against the Dodgers, giving up only three hits and a walk in the 9-0 win. He leads the Mets in wins, ERA (2.15) and innings pitched (113) A rarity for a knuckleballer devotee, Dickey has 116 strikeouts and only 25 walks. Dickey has to be a leading choice to start the All-Star break. It will be National League manager Tony LaRussa's call, a decision that will not be announced until the day before the game.
- Freelance writer Ray Glier was researching the SEC archives at its Birmingham office when he came across records that indicated the SEC offered the late Nashville Banner sports editor Fred Russell the job of SEC Commissioner.
Glier notes that the SEC offered Russell “the princely sum of $15,000.''
It happened in 1945.
- Billy Hurley III is a PGA Tour rookie, the first one to ever graduate from the Naval Academy.
The married father of two was in contention in this week's PGA Tour stop at Congressional.
He won his PGA Tour card after finishing 25th on the Web.com Tour. It was the final spot to earn a card.
Hurley was a 2004 Naval Academy graduate and pulled his five-year commitment driving destroyers and other Navy ships all over the world. He turned pro in 2009.
- Timing is everything department. NBA teammates Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will both likely miss the Summer Olympics basketball competition.
Bosh claims he is still recovering from a serious abdominal pull that kept him out of much of the playoffs.
Doctors recommended he get additional rest to allow complete healing, thus Bosh pulled his name out of consideration for Team USA.
Wade dropped out due to impending knee surgery. He has played on one Olympics team, but felt he needed the surgery and rest to prepare for next season.
- In a bizarre event, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker suffered a serious eye injury after being caught in a bottle-throwing crossfire in a New York City nightclub.
Imagine if you will the snit started between a rapper, Drake, and R&B bad boy Chris Brown. Dig deeper and don't faint when you learn it was reportedly over a woman, singer Rihanna. If I'm not mistaken, that lady has caused a lot of mess in her young life.
Witnesses said Parker and a date were innocent bystanders, sitting at the bar minding their own business. Parker nearly suffered permanent damage after a shard of broken glass penetrated his eye and injured his cornea. Instructed to not go anywhere and expose the eye to the public, Wade locked himself in a hotel room and didn't leave for a week.
- Memphis golfer Casey Wittenberg had an opportunity to play in last week's PGA Tour stop Travelers.
But Wittenberg chose to return to the Web.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour) where he won at Wichita and all but locked up a PGA Tour card for 2013.
It was Wittenberg's second Web.com Tour victory this year and he stands No. 2 on the money list. “This is where my main focus is this year,'' Wittenberg said. “I need to get the job done out here.''
Wittenberg was one of the country's top juniors and the 2003 U.S. Amateur runner-up. He tied for 13th at the next year's Masters and turned pro after one year at Oklahoma State. His career fell apart and he spent four years bouncing around the mini-tours before earning a Nationwide Tour card.
- Georgia booted its prize running back, Isaiah Crowell, after he was arrested and charged with three weapon charges, two of them felonies.
Crowell, considered the top running back in the country as a high school senior, was Georgia's leading rusher as a freshman last season with four 100-yard games. He was SEC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American.
He was suspended twice for on and off field scrapes and attitude problems.
Stopped by police at a checkpoint, Crowell was found with the weapons in a school zone and one of the weapons had its serial number filed off.
According to Georgia's media guide, Crowell was majoring in recreation and leisure studies. Leisure studies? If they had offered that major when I was in college I would have been Phi Beta Kappa.
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