Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Stanley Roberts. …
- It may well take a miracle for the Predators to make the playoffs. Even if they manage to get there, don't look for them to go deep, although unlike in recent seasons there are no real expectations.
You have to like the trade with Washington that dumped unhappy camper Martin Erat and Michael Latta for what many consider the top young prospect in the league in Filip Forsberg.
The trade had Washington fans calling for GM George McPhee's scalp, or at least his job.
Puck Drunk Love blog writer David Rogers said the trade vaulted the Predators into his Winners column, one of six teams he picked in his Winners and Losers of the free agency changes.
Rogers called it a “strong move by a struggling team.'' It's hard to argue that point.
I have wondered all (strike-shortened) season if the Predators were a playoff team that was underachieving, or if they were whom they looked like they were.
- Late night comic David Letterman's Top Ten shtick with injured Louisville basketball star Kevin Ware was laugh out loud funny.
Some of the top 10 thoughts Ware had when he suffered a compound fracture in his right leg?
10. What was that loud cracking sound?
8. Hey, look. … my tibia.
5. Oh, boy. Hospital food.
2. Heat then ice, or ice then heat?
1. At least my bracket's not busted.
- Winner of the 2013 Bobby Petrino Award, and I am confident it will hold up until the end of this year, is … Drumroll. Northern Kentucky University's fired AD Scott Eaton.
Eaton was fired March 18 by university president Geoffrey Mearns who declared that his AD was guilty of “inappropriate, intimate relationships.''
That is more than one inappropriate relationship. Actually there were five that Eaton ‘fessed up to. There was one of his former students, no longer at the university, along with four former employees.
Upon hearing the news, Dylan Hamilton looked on the bright side by tweeting: “Well at least we are not going to have any titles stripped.''
- A week prior to the Masters, Sports Illustrated chose to put Tiger Woods on its cover.
The theme is whether Tiger is back. Oh, it sure seems he is.
The last tournament I saw him play in, he was dropping f-bombs and GD's into nearby TV microphones. Perhaps Eldrick needs to get a new set of Buddhist wrist bracelets that he claimed make him calmer and in control of his emotions. The ones he is currently wearing apparently have lost their power.
- Hate to see a man lose his job, but I have the perfect job for ousted Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice.
He could start a professional dodge ball league and name himself the commissioner. Rice could conduct clinics on the intricacies of the game, including how to pepper you opponents with homophobic and profanity-laced slurs.
Or Rice could coach one of the teams and hire former Rutgers athletics director Tim Pernetti as commissioner. We hear Pernetti is available.
- I knew I should have kept my Honus Wagner baseball card instead of putting it in my bicycle spokes to make it sound like a motorcycle. Kids can pretend, can't they?
A Wagner card from the 1909-11 T206 collection brought $2.1 million in an online auction. There were less than 200 of those cards produced.
The same card went for $1.6 million in 2008. Wish my 401-K had performed like that.
- Greer Stadium was built just in time for the 1978 season opener. Yes, it is showing its age and has for years.
I don't expect current ownership to make a lot of improvements, but they could follow the Triple A Lehigh Valley Ironpigs.
They play in Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. Visitors to the park's men's restrooms can be entertained by the Urinal Gaming System. It is a game that tests ahem, your aim, gaining points, which requires ability and knowledge.
- Poor old Auburn. Every time they stick their head up, some mean old investigative reporter is digging up dirt on the Tigers.
Former New York Times writer Selena Roberts, an Auburn grad by the way, uncovered more violations in a piece she wrote. While that was still percolating, Shaun Assael wrote a story in ESPN: The Magazine where he reported that 12 Auburn football players tested positive for Spice, the street name for synthetic marijuana.
You may be surprised but Auburn kept the results confidential, until – you guessed it – after the Tigers won the national championship in January, 2011. Never mind that one player failed seven tests in as many weeks. I hope he did better in the classroom.
Current head coach, then offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, was not available to speak to Assael. And AD Jay Jacobs? He claimed his hands were tied. I guess someone broke into Jacobs' office and set him free after that national championship trophy was placed in the trophy case.
I claim innocence as to knowing what Spice is. I always thought it was something you put in your gumbo.
- Boxer Roberto Guerrero was caught and arrested when he tried to board a flight at Kennedy Airport with a handgun in his luggage.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown offered this message: “I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks.''
- I always thought Semifinal Saturday at the Final Four was the single greatest day in sports.
None of the four teams would leave anything on the court, because they were trying to become one of the last two standing.
Besides when you can get two games for one in a championship atmosphere, it doesn't get any better. Selfishly, during some of the years I was covering for the Nashville Banner, we did not have a Saturday newspaper and it was a day off and I could sit on press row and enjoy the games.
- Most predict Florida defensive lineman Shariff Floyd will be gone when the Titans pick No. 10 in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft.
Should he be there, however, he looks like a perfect fit. Floyd played every line position as a sophomore for the Gators. He is 6-3, a sculpted 297 pounds and has an impressive initial burst that reminds some of former Titans star Jevon Kearse.
Other predicted possibilities include offensive guard Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina, Georgia's outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, Bama's offensive guard Chance Warmack or perhaps defensive end Ezekial Ansan of BYU.
Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.