Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Webster Slaughter…
- As expected, Johnny Football took home the Heisman hardware. How could you not look at the numbers, the fact that this was his first season as a college football player and the fact that he was a big part of a Texas A&M team that had not won 10 games in 1998. Included was an upset over top-ranked and undefeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
There was speculation that a number of Heisman voters would not allow themselves to vote for a redshirt freshman. The only stated criteria for the Heisman award is simple: it goes to the best college football player that season. Not a career, not the best upperclassman.
There were three worthy candidates. In any other season Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o would have won. I can't wait to see him at the next level. He should be one of the first players picked in the NFL draft.
But Manziel's numbers were better than Tim Tebow and Cam Newton posted in their Heisman winning seasons. And he did it in less games than either Tebow or Newton.
- How tough is it to watch Vanderbilt and Tennessee's basketball teams on the offensive ends?
There are middle school teams that score more points the the Vols and Vandy are putting up in recent games.
This young Commodores team will test veteran Coach Kevin Stallings' patience this year. His team was gutted by graduation, three of his players now playing in the NBA, two of them taken in the first round.
I thought Stallings and his team underachieved last season. They had three NBA draft picks and won one game in the NCAA Tournament. That was against Harvard, an Ivy League school.
The season is still young with a lot of room to develop. This could be one of the worst seasons for SEC basketball, if teams such as Vandy and Tennessee, can't score the basketball.
- The passing of basketball coach Rick Majerus left a void in the profession that will not soon be filled.
Majerus loved two things the best – coaching basketball and great meals.
Majerus visited Louisville once and called a friend to make reservations at an out of the way restaurant with a reputation for good food.
The part of approximately six people watched while Majerus ordered every appetizer on the menu, which numbered double digits. He shared those with the group, then ordered the best steak for everyone with all the trimmings, and capped the night off with desserts of their choice. He abused his body and his heart and it finally caught up to him. But Rick Majerus loved life to the fullest. RIP, big man.
- Navy added another loss to Army's streak in the annual Army-Navy game.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who played hid high school at Goodpasture, scored the winning touchdown on an 8-yard run to make it 17-13, Midshipmen.
Reynolds had completed a 49-yard pass to Brandon Turner to set up his game-winning run.
Reynolds was 10 for 17 for 130 yards through the air and added another 43 yards on 15 carries.
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