Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Vince Coleman…
- It was the toughest of breaks for Titans receiver and return specialist Marc Mariani, who was lost for the season when he sustained a broken leg during a kickoff return against the Cardinals at LP Field Thursday night.
Mariana is one of the more popular players on the roster. He came in known primarily as a former roommate of former Titans coach Jeff Fisher's son, Brandon, at Montana, a 1-AA program not known as an NFL pipeline.
But through grit and determination, Mariani claimed a spot on the roster as a rookie and has been a fearless punt and kickoff returner as well as a capable backup at wide receiver.
His injury opens a spot that makes it easier on Coach Mike Munchak, as a former undrafted free agent Darius Reynaud was pushing Mariani as the team's top returner. He was also pushing running backs Jevon Ringer and Jamie Harper as the top backup for Chris Johnson.
If Reynaud can overcome a brief history of fumbling, he could prove to be the biggest surprise of training camp and the Titans preseason.
A year ago, he was out of football after being cut by two NFL teams. He took the year off to rehab a hamstring injury and work with his father on a garbage route in New Orleans.
- With the recent influx of Asian golfers on the LPGA Tour, will the former child prodigy Michelle Wie ever live up to the enormous expectations she inherited as a 14-year-old who wanted to compete on the PGA Tour?
Wie seems to have an abundance of talent, but has never matched her talent with the drive. More than once, Wie's putter has betrayed her.
Wie is still a marketing attraction, but sooner or later, she will have to win tournaments to fulfill those expectations.
- Talk about a sport that is under the microscope, how about the international cycling tour, which just yanked seven Tour de France titles from cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Officials who govern the sport evidently had seen and gathered enough evidence that the cancer survivor had been guilty of doping during those wins.
Frankly, I think anyone who wants to play King on the Mountain on a bicycle at breakneck speed should be allowed to dope. Statistics tell us the sport is rife with those who use performance enhancement methods to gain an edge.
It's kind of like a golf tournament I played in one time where there were no rules. The organizers said so many golfers would break the rules, so that if everyone was allowed to break them, no one had an advantage.
- If Vanderbilt alum and Tampa Bay Rays star David Price keeps chalking up wins, he will be the American League's Cy Young winner.
The former Murfreesboro Blackman star is tied for the American League lead with 16 wins and leads the league with a 2.28 ERA. The 6-2, 225-pound left-hander is an impressive 9-2 on the road, 7-2 at home.
His competition for the Cy Young award would likely come from Detroit's Justin Verlander, who is among league leaders in a number of categories, but has a 12-7 record for the Tigers.
In the National League, Nashville's R.A. Dickey may see his role expanded and start pitching every four days instead of the usual five.
His Mets are falling back in the standings and Dickey gives them their best chance to catch up. By using a knuckleball almost every pitch, the wear and tear on his arm is less. Besides, Dickey was born without an ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm.
- Underdog Montgomery Bell Academy gave nationally ranked Louisville Trinity all it wanted at MBA Friday night, before bowing, 27-23.
Trinity featured a half-dozen top-level D-1 prospects, including a defensive end who has committed to Southern Cal and a cornerback headed to Vanderbilt.
The Shamrocks kept pressure on MBA senior QB Dylan Hall all night, but he still managed to pass for 297 yards and keep MBA in the game.
MBA's defense held its own on a Trinity team that rang up 52 points the previous week on Brentwood Academy.
- He was considered Tennessee's top recruit in former Vols coach Johnny Majors' 1977 class. It was Majors' first class after he left Pittsburgh to come back to his alma mater.
Reggie Harper was as good as advertised and still holds two school records for a tight end.
Harper passed away last week at age 53. He died at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
The Hartsville native was buried Saturday. He was named to the All-American freshman team in 1977 and All-SEC in 1979.
- Have you bought your LeBron's? Nike has its new LeBron James basketball shoe out and the price-tag makes Air Jordans look like the old Converse high tops.
You are going to have to fork over $315 for a pair of LeBron's. That's not a misprint. I'm not sure my first car cost that much.
When does this type madness end? You think kids got murdered for their Air Jordans, what kind of crimes will this shoe lead to?
I would think a lot more of Bron-Bron if he had made Nike put out a signature shoe that was affordable for all kids.
Got a sports tip? Contact Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at email@example.com.