Sunday Notes: July 29, 2012

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Mary T. Meagher…

  • Titans coach Mike Munchak isn't one to display many emotions. But you could tell that he is pumped about the first 10 days of training camp.

    Why the first 10 days? I wondered myself.

    “Really, it's the first 10 days for me because there are no games to be played,'' Munchak said Friday during his pre-training camp press conference.

    “You can concentrate on football. These next 10 days, it's about technique and getting used to your pads again and getting used to the plays, getting after it a little bit, getting physical and getting camaraderie with your teammates.''

    Munchak, who estimated this is probably his 30th NFL camp as a player, assistant coach and head coach, enjoys the process.

    “These 10 days when you come into camp with the excitement and all that stuff and the energy is because you're not concentrating on the preseason games. For the next 20 weeks, there's a game.''

    Munchak thinks the players agree that the first 10 days are easy on the brain.

    “You give them an itinerary and they see that 24/7 it's all about football. … The only decision they make is when they want to go to the bathroom.''

    I never thought about it that way.

  • I counted 88 players on the Titans training camp roster, including two on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

    There were 16 players who played in the SEC, including one each from new conference members, Texas A&M (Kevin Matthews) and Missouri (rookie Beau Brinkley).

    I would have guessed there would be more than that, given the SEC's status as the best college football conference in the country.

    The player you could say has the longest odds to make the 53-man roster is wide receiver Michael Preston, who was on and off the Titans practice squad a year ago. He played collegiately at Heidelberg. This Heidelberg is not the city in Germany, but a Division III college in Ohio that hasn't exactly been a pipeline to the NFL.

    The last Heidelberg player to play in the NFL was David Nelson. Nelson played one game with the Vikings in 1984, gained one yard as a running back and returned a kickoff for no yards.


  • Irish pro golfer Rory McIlroy was taking in some of the Olympics action in London.

    He was spotted in the stands where gal-pal Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was competing in tennis.


  • Vanderbilt was listed as one of the five final teams considered by Vernon Hargreaves III. Hargreaves is a 5-10, 170-pound cornerback at Tampa (Fla.) Wharton.

    He verbally committed to Florida last week. The other teams on his list were Clemson, Miami and Notre Dame. He has an older sister at Florida.

    The 24/ site has him ranked as the top cornerback in the country, the No. 6 overall player. has him ranked No. 2 cornerback and No. 9 overall.


  • Kudos to Florida football coach Will Muschamp. He is holding his players' feet to the fire. Last year he booted his best player on the team, defensive back Janoris Jenkins, after his second marijuana possession charge.

    Now Muschamp had bid farewell to starting tight end A.C. Leonard, who will transfer after incurring domestic violence charges in February.

    It is obvious Muschamp will not allow the Gators to run amok, such as former coach Urban Meyer did.


  • Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck sings the praises of Kenny Britt, the Titans multi-talented wide receiver.

    Hasselbeck also admits that Kenny Britt, the knucklehead who can't seem to keep his nose clean, is flirting with his career.

    “Eventually you run out of opportunities and you run out of choices,'' Hasselbeck said. “It has been my experience from the guys I have played with, some guys figure it out and some guys figure it out when it's too late.

    Munchak is taking time to sort fact from fiction. One Tweety Bird from 104.5 The Zone tweeted that defensive back Tommie Campbell was in the car with Britt when Britt was stopped at a gate as he tried to enter Fort Campbell at 3:30 a.m. Britt was charged with driving under the influence and had his car impounded. Tommie Campbell was not in the car with Britt, but the tainted tweet did its damage.

    “There (were) a lot of things out there that wasn't true information. Before you act on anybody, even though (media) want justice immediately,'' Munchek said.

    “For us to do a kneejerk reaction. … (It) would be wrong by us, by me, to make a decision on something before I know everything that I should know.

    “At some point the right thing will be done by us and the league, if it needs to be done. You can count on that.'' 


  • By virtue of his tie for third at the British Open, Brandt Snedeker has moved up to No. 15 on the PGA Tour money list.

    The Nashvillian and former Vanderbilt All-American has earned $2.2 million in 15 tournaments. Only five of the top 15 players on the money list have played less tournaments than Snedeker.

    Snedeker is now No. 24 on the World rankings and No. 11 on the Ryder Cup standings. The top eight players on the points list make the Ryder Cup team and Captain Davis Love III selects four more players to round out the team. I don't know if it means anything, but Love and Snedeker have the same management team at Sea Island, Ga.

    Tiger Woods is the only 3-time winner this year and leads the money list with $4.6 million. He also has a runner-up finish and a third over 13 tournaments.


  • Tell me it hasn't been 28 years since Nashville's Tracy Caulkins won three gold medals in the Los Angeles Olympics. Oh, it has.

    The former Nashville Aquatic Club and University of Florida swimmer could possibly have won five more gold medals in the 1980 Olympics, but the U.S. boycotted the Games that year when Caulkins was in her prime.

    We boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games in Russia because of the Russians' invasion of Afghanistan. They reciprocated by staying home for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. The protests accomplished nothing, serving only to rob hundreds of athletes of the Olympic experience.


  • What useless chatter has been volleyed between the members of the Dream Team and this year's Team USA basketball team.

    Kobe Bryant served the first shot, saying this year's team would have beaten the 1992 Dream Team.

    Lebron James has echoed the same sentiments, keeping the argument going.

    Former NBA star and coach Doug Collins shrugged it off.

    “Greatness never concedes anything,'' Collins said on NBC-TV.

    Michael Jordan was still in his prime and arguably the best player the game has known. Scottie Pippen was a shut down defensive player who could guard a forward or guard. Charles Barkley led a power-laden front line that would dominate this team's front line that lacks a franchise center.


  •   It didn't take long for controversy to strike the London Olympics.

    Park Tae-hwan, the first South Korean Olympian to win a gold medal in the previous Olympics, was disqualified in a 400-meter freestyle preliminary.

    The FINA technical swimming committee upheld the decision to disqualify the South Korean for a false start. He appealed it to a jury of appeal, which overturned the previous judgments and he was allowed to continue in that event.

    TV replays showed no evidence of a false start.


  • According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 4-star defensive end from Chamlee (Ga.) High School has narrowed his choices down to Vanderbilt and Florida State.

    David Bellamy is a 6-5, 225-pound rush end. He told the newspaper he would decide either Aug. 1 or Aug. 11. Bellamy accompanied his mother on her first visits. They visited FSU last Thursday and Vanderbilt on Friday.

    He says he will take the rest of his five top choices – Michigan State, North Carolina and Arkansas.

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