Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Eric Crouch…
- Nashvillian and NY Mets 15-game winner R.A. Dickey impressed Mike Sweeney in his latest outing.
On MLB Network, the studio analyst and longtime major league catcher and first baseman had this to say: “(Dickey's) like Bugs Bunny out there pitching; you don't know what you're gonna get.''
- Couple of charity golf tournament to consider. First one is the Patriot Invitational on Aug. 27 at Governor's Club. It supports Folds of Honor, Fisher House Foundation and Nashville's Operation Stand Down, all worthy veteran's charities.
Call 776-4311 or go to governorsclub.com website for info.
- The other one is the 15th annual Old Timers Baseball Association's tournament set for Sept. 20 at Ted Rhodes GC. It is a 4-man scramble with lunch, dinner, door prizes, a cart and green fees for $100 a player.
Call Billy Griggs (865-0399) or Rip Ryman (859-0409) or go to otbaseball.com for information.
Proceeds go to provide scholarships for area high school baseball players.
- Have we heard the last of the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State case?
It has been reported that U.S. Postal Inspectors have been looking into whether Sandusky shared child porn with others.
The FBI and postal inspectors are investigating whether Sandusky was involved in a pedophile ring involving a man described as a prominent Penn State booster.
Sickening, if true.
- Bob Wolcott was an All-American golfer at Georgia. The Dickson native went on to play professionally, making it to the PGA Tour.
His oldest son, Ben, hopes to follow in his father's footsteps, but it won't be a Georgia.
Ben has verbally committed to attend Ole Miss on a golf scholarship, where Madison's Joe David just completed his Ole Miss career by missing the NCAA Tournament by a stroke in regional play.
- It's one obstacle where the LSU Honey Badger couldn't take what he wanted.
Last year's Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu ran out of chances and the SEC school cut its ties in line with school policies.
Reports are the Honey Badger was one toke over the line, flunking one too many drug tests. A once bright future that promised top NFL dollars has now been dimmed.
Mathieu will likely transfer to a 1-AA program where he will be eligible this season. McNeese State has been speculated as to the school where the Honey Badger is most likely to land.
Eight months. That's all the Badger had to stay clean before declaring for the NFL Draft and line his pockets with gold. But whatever the choice of his addiction is, it was powerful enough to make him continue to break the rules when he knew one more mistake would send him out the door.
LSU was top-ranked in the USA Today Coaches poll and the Sporting News polls, as well as others. Without Mathieu, maybe voters should be allowed to re-cast the ballots. He carried that much impact on the field.
In 26 games over two years, Mathieu had 133 tackles, 16 for losses. He had four interceptions, forced 11 fumbles, recovered eight fumbles and was the team's leading punt returner.
- Reading Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley's body language, it seemed he had some indigestion as he was quizzed about how it felt for the Vols to practice on Steve Spurrier Field at Science Hill High School, where the former Heisman Trophy winner went to high school in Johnson City.
Dooley squirmed, trying to be politically correct. He said Spurrier was a great high school and college player, played in the NFL and is a great coach who has made a lot of money.
“When you make a lot of money, they put your name on the football field,'' Dooley said.
The Vols are holding a first-ever camp at Milligan College, a small school between Johnson City and Elizabethton. Dooley was wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed: Milligan Football Undefeated Since 1950.
They have not fielded a football team in decades, but their basketball program produced former East Tennessee State, Auburn and Virginia Commonwealth coach Sonny Smith and longtime NBA head coach and assistant Del Harris. They were Milligan teammates in the '60s.
- The late Mason Rudolph, a widely respected professional golfer has two grandsons making some noise in junior golf.
Playing in Pro Mason's hometown, Clarksville, little Mason finished third in the 13-15 age group, as he was playing in the 12th annual Craig Goodman Rudolph Memorial Junior Tournament at Clarksville CC. Mason had rounds of 74-79.
Brother Goodman Rudolph finished fourth with 80-74 rounds.
- Terrell Owens was not expected to play Saturday night against the Titans. Seattle signed the veteran wide receiver last week and the team is apparently sending a message to Nashville's Golden Tate, entering his third year out of Notre Dame.
Tate caught 35 passes for 382 yards (10.9 yard average per reception) and three TDs.
Veteran Sydney Rice is on the roster. The Seahawks picked up veteran Braylon Edwards and now T.O, with 16 seasons under his belt.
Incidentally Owens has always worn No. 81 and that jersey currently belongs to Tate. Tate was wearing No. 81 Saturday night and Owens wears No. 10 in training camp, so apparently the two may be in financial discussions as to what it will take for Tate to give up his jersey number.
“I'm excited about it,'' Tate said of acquiring Owens. “Anything that will help this team win the NFC West, I'm all down for it.”
“I guess he's 38, but he is running around and just as fast and coming out of his breaks like a 25-year-old. I'm very impressed with his skill set.''
- So Dwight Howard finally landed in L.A. with the Lakers.
The rest of the world can exhale now.
First, Shaq ran out on the Magic, also to the Lakers. Then, Penny Hardaway bailed on them. Now, it is Howard, who instantly makes them a title threat.
It's a classic case of the big market team taking advantage of a small market team.
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