JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: April 21, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Pony basketball shoes. …

  • Corey Chavous is a former NFL player who played at Vanderbilt. Peter King is a senior NFL writer for Sports Illustrated.

    Even though they come from opposite professions, they both produce NFL mock drafts. Chavous has They both agree on which player the Titans will pick with their No. 10 selection.

    Chavous and King have the Titans taking North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. They also agree that Alabama's Chance Warmack will be off the board in the first nine picks. King and Chavious have Warmack going No. 8 to the Bills.

    King says: “No question that guard-turned-coach Mike Munchak runs the show in Tennessee after the signing of (free agent) Andy Levitre and this pick.''

    Chavous rates Cooper a 6.500 on an 8 scale. He has Warmack a 6.504.

    Of Cooper, Chavous says: “A big reason why North Carolina had its first 1,000-yard rusher in almost 25 years. Cooper possesses the athleticism, balance and football savvy to become the first North Carolina selected in the first round since 1987.''

    We'll know Thursday if they are right.

  •  While Baylor center Britnney Griner was the first player chosen in the recent WNBA draft, she is being hailed as the best player to ever play women's basketball. Former Kentucky and NBA star Rex Chapman isn't joining the choir.

    “Brittney Griner is not the most dominant player to play in women's basketball,'' Chapman said on the Dan Patrick Show. “Anyone that thinks that hasn't seen Cheryl Miller.''

  • If you are wondering whom the best women's basketball player ever to play in Middle Tennessee and likely, the state, my vote goes to Nera White. I moved here in time to see her play some softball near the end of her career. Twice as old as most players, she was far and away the best player on the field. Ask some old-timers around here who saw her in her prime.

    The Macon County born White has the county high school named in her honor. Playing for Nashville Business College, she was an AAU All-American for 15 straight years, from 1955 to 1969.

    She is now 77 years old and lives on her farm near Lafayette. She is a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

  • It was quite a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park Saturday for the Red Sox game.

    After what the Boston area experienced in the days after the Boston Marathon Monday, Saturday's game served as a day the healing process began.

    They didn't have anyone sing the National Anthem. Instead, the fans sang it. They trotted out numerous city, state and federal law enforcement officials involved in the apprehension of the two terrorists brothers who brought the mayhem and murder to the Boston Marathon. One was killed in a shootout with police and the 19-year-old younger brother was captured and arrested after he was found bleeding and wounded, hiding in a boat parked in the back yard of a Watertown resident Friday night.

  • Despite a report that Nashville's Brandt Snedeker missed the cut at the RBC Heritage, he made it by a stroke after rounds of 73-71.

    Playing Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head, S.C., Snedeker was trying to recover from his disappointing fourth round 75 at the Masters after he had shared the lead with Angel Cabrera going into Sunday's final round.

    In eight tournaments, Snedeker has made the cut in six, won one tournament, finished runner-up twice and has a third. He has finished in the top 25 in six tournaments.

    But the former Vanderbilt star has yet to return to pre-injury form after being sidelined five weeks with a rib cage injury. In Snedeker's two tournaments before the Masters, he missed cuts in both, with rounds of 76-76 and 74-71.

    Snedeker is still second in FedEx Cup points.

  • In five of eight home games this season, the Titans play five teams that had losing records last year. In three of their eight road games, they play teams that had losing records and one that finished 8-8.

    The NFL has them ranked with the 23rd most difficult schedule while Athlon Sports has them at No. 20.

    According to Carolina has the easiest schedule, Detroit has second easiest while Jeff Fisher's St. Louis team is ranked fourth easiest. has Denver's schedule ranked the most difficult.

  • When Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters hit a 10th inning walk-off grand slam off of Tampa Bay reliever Brandon Gomes, it started what turned out to be one crazy night for Gomes.

    Back at the team hotel, Gomes first spilled beer on his shirt. With his next beer, Gomes spilled some of it on former Vandy star David Price's shirt. He then yelled at the bartender and punched a hotel security guard. That earned him a trip to Baltimore's gray-bar motel.

    Gomes made a goofy mug shot, told the guard that processed him that Baltimore was a dump of a city. They put Gomes in a communal cell while still handcuffed and some angry inmates took his comments about their city to heart. He threatened them, saying he had a black belt in karate. Gomes finally found a resting place at University of Maryland Medical Center where he had no insurance card, was diagnosed with a concussion and severe internal bleeding.

    Nice going, Mr. Gomes. 

  • Whenever someone makes a list, they better brace themselves for some serious second-guessing.

    The Bleacher Report recently ranked the top football stadiums in college football.

    While first year Tennessee coach Butch Jones touts Neyland Stadium as the best atmosphere anywhere, Bleacher Report ranked the Vols' home field No. 22. Those are fighting words around Knoxville.

    There were eight other SEC teams ranked ahead of Neyland Stadium, including Ole Miss at 19, Texas A&M's Kyle Field at 16. I thought LSU's Tiger Stadium got shafted with a No. 14 ranking while Auburn's No. 9 ranking was overrated.

    Alabama's Bryant-Hemingway Stadium topped the list. Florida Field was No. 4 with Arkansas' Reynolds Field at No. 6.

    Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Dawgs, was No. 7. Woof, woof.

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