JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Jan. 20, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Lennay Kekua…

  • I've seen something like three wars, two uprisings and four calf-ropings, but I have never seen anything like this Manti Te'o tale.

    Forget Lance Armstrong. Te'o knocked him off his bicycle and on the back page of the sports section.

    Armstrong is just a serial liar, danged good one at that. Te'o must be living in a dream world if he swallowed all that phony-baloney he was being fed, or making it up on his own. Who knows?

    One thing I'll promise. I will never believe another word Armstrong or Te'o utters. Why would anyone? They can go on Oprah, Springer, Povich, or Honey Boo Boo and spill their guts. To me, they are persona non-gratis.

    As for Armstrong and his Live Strong rubber bracelets, he needs to remove the “v'' and it will be more accurate.

  • Someone sent me a mock cover of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

    Featured is Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb, in a bikini. Sharing the cover with her is Te'o's imaginary gal pal, Lennay Kekua. It is an empty bikini.


  • One more and I'll leave it alone. In an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap, Te'o claimed his game against Alabama was affected by the lie he was living.

    No, Manti, your play was stymied by Alabama running backs Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and that NFL-sized offensive line that kept exposing you and the seven national awards you won this season.

    There were some Heisman Trophy voters who voted Te'o No. 1 on their ballot and admitted his story about his grandmother and girlfriend dying during the season played a part in them giving him their vote.

  • CBS college football writer Dennis Dodd released his preseason Top 25 poll.

    Dodd has Texas A&M No. 1, as the Aggies get Alabama at home early in the season and don't have to play Florida, which beat them last season.

    He has Bama No. 2 and notes they don't play Georgia, South Carolina or Florida.

    Other SEC teams making Dodd's Top 25 included Georgia at No. 6, South Carolina No. 7, LSU No. 17 and Ole Miss No. 24.

  • Having Justin Bieber and the Predators on back-to-back nights at Bridgestone Arena kept the weekend's downtown businesses alive and hopping.

    No count on how many teeny-boppers fainted during the Beebster's heart-throbbing concert.

    And, double shame on the NHL for keeping the sport on ice as long as it did.

  • I see where former Chargers head coach Norv Turner was hired as offensive coordinator by the Cleveland Browns.

    I don't know whether Titans Coach Mike Munchak did, or didn't, try to contact Turner to see if he had any interest in the Titans. It would be hard to believe he didn't at least try. Turner is one of the best offensive minds in the NFL. No slight against Dowell Loggains, but there is no doubting that Turner would be a significant upgrade over Loggains.

    And if money were equal, who would choose Cleveland over Nashville?

    As for the rest of Munchak's staff overhaul, the proof will be played out on the field this season. These guys were hand picked by Munch and he will sink or swim with them.

  • I had no idea there were college scholarships for inline hockey players.

    For the second year in a row, Youth Incorporated will be sending one of its inline hockey participants to Bethel University on scholarship.

    McGavock's Noah Sinz is a goalie that played youth hockey as well as inline hockey and will take his inline skills to Bethel in the fall.

    The Bethel Rollercats play in the Southeastern Collegiate Roller Hockey League, considered one of the top college leagues in the country.

    Youth Incorporated runs leagues for boys and girls from 4 years old to 17.

  • Sorry to see my buddy Steve Gill leave his popular morning drive political talk show on WLAC.

    The former Tennessee basketball player will hang it up on the Gill Report at the end of this month. That also means I will no longer join Gill on the show from 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. for some Monday morning quarterbacking with Cup of Joe.

    Gill and I were at WTN-FM during its prime years, him doing the political gig and I was with Sports Night in afternoon prime time.

    I can agree with Gill when he told The Tennessean that it's difficult working for big corporations and doing local radio. Most media corporations are strictly bottom line and the personalities are based on how much money they can bring to the table.

    WLAC once had a strong sports talk presence with the late Bob Bell and Bill King, but they lost the Tennessee broadcast rights and recently picked up Vanderbilt. With the 50,000 watt clear channel signal, they would have a strong presence in sports talk at night, but don't seem interested in going that route.

  • If Vanderbilt's basketball team continues to give up second half leads and lose games, Coach Kevin Stallings could lose what little hair he has left.

    What really must drive Stallings insane is his team's anemic free throw shooting. Strong free throw shooting has always been a staple of Commodores basketball teams and this season it has been its Achilles heel.

    The Commodores lost a second half lead against South Carolina Saturday, but regained its poise and hit its free throws down the stretch to secure its first SEC victory of the season.

  • NFL draft expert Mike Detillier does a solid job when it comes to evaluating college players.

    Looking at some underclassmen who have chosen to enter the draft, Detillier finds a mixed bag of local players.

    On Tennessee Tech WR Da'Rick Rogers, who played one season for Watson Brown after starting is career at Tennessee: Detillier recognizes Rogers athletic ability, calling him the “most gifted WR in the draft.'' He also said his personal issues could push him from an early second round pick further down some draft charts.

    On Tennessee QB Tyler Bray: Very streaky, throws off back foot, not focused on and off the field. Above average arm strength. Reminds Detillier of former Vols QB Jimmy Clausen and projects him as a mid-to-late 3rd round pick.

    On TSU RB Trabis Ward: Could be a sleeper, as Ward put up 1,422 yards and 15 TDs for the Tigers. Is working out with former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu, training in Boca Raton with Patrick Peterson Sr., the father of former LSU star and current NFL cornerback Patrick Peterson.

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