JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: May 12, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Fennis Dembo. …

  • We know they do things big in Texas. They remind us at every opportunity.

    Try this one on for size. The Dallas suburb of Allen built a new high school football stadium. The price-tag was $60 million.

    It seats 18,000, has a 75 x 45 foot high definition scoreboard, a weight room, media room and private boxes.

    They take their high school football serious in the Lone Star State. Funny thing is, the Allen stadium is the third largest high school stadium in the state.

  • Bills coach Doug Marrone got to look at first round draft pick EJ Manuel, the first quarterback taken in the draft ahead of West Virginia's Geno Smith and Marrone's QB at Syracuse last year, Ryan Nassib.

    Marrone found nothing wrong with Manuel's arm, as he is athletic and strong. According to's Marc Nessler, Marrone did admit that the former Florida State star has “to work on his footwork.''

    I'm not convinced any of the three top drafted QBs become franchise players at that position. The Bills are going to pay a steep price to find out.

  • They say things happen in threes. Former Jets cornerback Cliff Harris would vouch for that.

    Harris was arrested three times in nine days. I would call that the Po-Po trifecta.

    He was first caught sitting in a car with teammate Claude Davis smoking weed and the Jets released him.

    Harris flew home to Oregon where he was hit with a domestic harassment charge when witnesses saw him push his girlfriend at a local Buffalo Wild Wings. I understand a man has to protect his hot wings, but c'mon.

    The Fox channel in Oregon reported that Harris then failed to appear in court in connection with the second arrest. Why was he late? Well, he was pulled over for speeding and passing in a no passing zone on his way to court. The officer found out he had no driver's license, which I think is required in most states.

    Harris had to hitch a ride but arrived late, after the judge issued a bench warrant, thus he was arrested again.

  • I'm thinking of buying Jeff Gordon's NYC Manhattan condo.

    The NASCAR driver is only asking $30 million for the 3-bedroom, 3½ bath high-rise overlooking Central Park. He purchased it in 2007 for $9.67 million, which if he gets the asking price will be quite a payday.

    It is 3,045 square feet and the master suite and bath area is over 740 square feet. It has an ensulite limestone bath with a Boffi soaking tub.

    His neighbor one floor up is sportscaster Bob Costas.

  • As far as I can tell, Tim Tebow is still unemployed and his chances of hooking up with an NFL team are remote. When his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars didn't want Tebow, that told you something.

    NFL teams view Tebow as a backup quarterback and they aren't willing to take on the media attention and circus-like atmosphere that follows Tebow. It becomes a distraction for the rest of the team if he is not the starting quarterback.

    His first two offers were to be the quarterbacks coach in the Legends Football League. That was formerly the Lingerie Football League.

    The other offer was from the Omaha Beef, which would sign him for the standard $75 per game contract. That's in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.

    To date, Tebow and his Memphis based agent Jimmy Sexton, have resisted both offers.

  • Former FSU and Titans defensive back Myron Rolle is taking steps to become a physician, which has long been a goal of his.

    He will enter the FSU College of Medicine and study for the next four years so one day he can practice as a neurosurgeon.

    He wrote on his website: “Thankfully, my athletic, academic and philanthropic resume made me a decent candidate for medical schools around the country.''

    Rolle says returning to FSU is ideal, that it is where he wants to practice in the future, it is where his foundation could intersect with his studies and the area residents have kept up with his life for years.

    He is currently an administrative fellow at AmeriHealth Caritas, a Philadelphia-based managed care organization.

  • Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops recently fired some shots at the SEC football powerhouse, challenging what many see as the premier football conference in the country.

    Alabama Coach Nick Saban usually refrains from acknowledging outside criticism, but Saint Nick couldn't resist after asking reporters to tell him what Stoops said.

    “I've got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything,'' Saban said during a golf outing in Fort Payne, Ala., Thursday.

    “But I like Bob Stoops and I respect him as a coach, but I'm really trying to manage our business.''

  • Jim Foster's coaching career has now taken him to Chattanooga, where he will be UT-Chattanooga's women's basketball coach.

    Foster coached the past 11 years at Ohio State and previous to that was Vanderbilt's head coach from 1991-2002 where he was 256-99 in 11 years.

    Foster's 35-year career shows a 783-307 record as he took several teams to the NCAA
    Tournament. On June 8, he will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville.

  • NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman's first attempt at détente did not succeed, but he says he will try again when he travels to North Korea in hopes of talking his BFF Kim Jong Un into releasing Korean-American prisoner Kenneth Bae from his sentence of 15 years of hard labor.

    Meanwhile Rodman had some stinging criticism of President Obama's reluctance to get Bae released.

    “Obama can't do s..t,'' Rodman told TMZ. “I don't know why he won't do it.''

    Rodman left a message for Kim Jong Un, asking the dictator to “do me a solid.'' His message did not spur a response.

  • What does it say about Nashville area viewers when Swamp People drew a 6.1 rating last week?

    What does it say when two NHL playoff games drew a 0.3 and 0.1?

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