Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Brock Berlin. …
- No sooner had Randy Moss declared himself the best receiver in NFL history than Hall of Famer Jerry Rice threw in his two cents worth.
You couldn't prove it by the cameo appearance Moss put in while stealing money from the Titans.
Rice, my candidate for best wide receiver in NFL history, responded: “I think Randy Moss was the most talented, but along with being the most talented, you have to work hard every season, every play.
“I was not the most talented, but I was going to outwork you. Randy Moss could have been, probably, the greatest player ever to play the game. Gifted 6-foot 5, could run a 4.3. Could out-jump you. Struck fear in the opponent. But you have to have it here, in your heart.''
- Ohio State President Gordon Gee wasn't using his head when he recently verbally trashed other universities and conferences. One would think he had snuck into ex-wife Constance's stash and taken it with him to Columbus when he left Vanderbilt.
You could bet when Gee derided Louisville, Rick Pitino would not take it sitting down.
“He really doesn't know how to tell jokes, he really doesn't know how to get laughter, because he has to denigrate others to get laughter,'' Pitino pontificated. “It's a pompous attitude. I have a major problem with him, not with Ohio State and he's a pompous ass for making those statements.''
- I know. I know. Former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell dropped 50 pounds and is now at 265, the weight he showed up at the NFL combine when he was taken first in the draft.
Russell is looking for a second chance, but will any NFL team respond? No takers yet. In his three disappointing seasons the Michelin Tire Man's double threw for 4,083 yards with 18 touchdowns and 23 picks.
- Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams was knifed in the stomach last week as he attempted to stop an apparent robbery. He will be out 6-8 weeks when he chased the three men that tried to hijack his truck.
I don't know whom those three gentlemen criminals thought they were dealing with, but Adams goes 6-foot-7, weighs 323 pounds. He was a second round draft pick in 2012, starting six of his 10 games played last season.
- Even though he was the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy last season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is intent on improving his game.
Johnny Football has been working with quarterback tutor George Whitfield in the off-season.
Manziel is trying to stay in the pocket more this season, although with his quickness it is always in the back of his mind to jump around and buy some time, or take off down the field.
Whitfield included a drill where Manziel would pass while blindfolded. He hit 27 of his 29 targets. It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure this season, as he will be the main target for Aggie opponents.
- Mookie Blaylock was a popular college player on some of Oklahoma's best teams in the ‘90s. He played in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and was driving a SUV in nearby Jonesboro, Ga., when he crossed the centerline and ran head-on into a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Monica Murphy.
Murphy died and Blaylock is currently in critical condition after being on life support for a short time after the Friday night collision. Murphy's husband suffered a broken ankle.
- Vanderbilt's baseball team pulled off a slick double play against East Tennessee State Friday night on its way to the next round of the regionals.
The Buccaneers had a runner on first when the next batter hit a grounder to the right of Vandy second baseman Tony Kemp.
The SEC Player of the Year, who was the Commodores' starting left-fielder last season, was able to get the ball and flip it to shortstop Vince Conde. Conde fired a bullet to first baseman Conrad Gregor, who picked it off the ground on a short hop to complete the 4-6-3 twin kill.
- I knew Vanderbilt baseball player Zander Wiel as Alexander Wiel when his father Randy was head basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State.
Zander was a roly-poly young kid who didn't appear to have an athletic future at that age. But he came to Vanderbilt out of Blackman High in Murfreesboro. Wiel is a stout 6-3, 215 pounds and as a redshirt freshman is developing under Tim Corbin, the reason why Wiel said he chose Vanderbilt.
- Vanderbilt is one win away today from hosting a Super Regional. The Commodores scored 19 runs in disposing of East Tennessee State and Illinois.
Coach Tim Corbin has a scrappy team that plays for keeps. While former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling made is bloody sock a Major League moment to remember in the 2004 World Series won by Boston, Vanderbilt outfielder Mike Yastrzemski had his own red badge of courage as a bloody right knee bled through his game pants and he was a thorn all night for Illinois.
You had to believe grandpa, Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, was loving it. The kid is a gamer.
- Tiger Woods is No. 1 in the current Golf World Rankings. Rory McIlroy is No. 2 while Nashville's Brandt Snedeker is No. 5.
Woods shot a fat 44 on the back nine Saturday for an 81 at The Memorial, leaving him tied for 69 going into today's final round. Woods had two double bogeys and a triple on the back nine.
McIlroy didn't do much better. He opened the tournament with a 78 and Saturday shot a 76 to be tied for 64 after three rounds.
Snedeker earned a head start back to Nashville, as he suffered an 80 Friday and missed the cut after an opening round 72. Snedeker used 43 shots on the final nine holes Friday, which included a triple and double bogey. He only had one birdie during the round.
- The Atlantic Sun Conference is coming apart at the seams, it seems.
East Tennessee State and Mercer announced they are leaving the conference, while there are rumors Kennesaw State will soon follow them.
ETSU is going back to the Southern Conference, as the school is going to start its football program again. If Lipscomb is smart, it will bail out of the A-Sun and join the OVC.
- Congratulations to Boots Donnelly, the former MTSU football coach and athletics director who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. It is an honor long overdue.
Boots not only taught college athletes how to play the game, but the life lessons they needed to become successful after they left college.
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