Random Ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Carl Pickens. …
- Who woulda thunk the NBA would turn into our country's diplomatic service?
First we had Dennis Rodman becoming pals with South Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as he attempted to mend diplomatic fences with the fragile peace between South and North Korea.
Now we have Metta World Peace, the former NBA player known as Ron Artest, trying to decide whether to continue his basketball career or become a coach or player in the Arena Football League.
The sporting world holds on with bated breath to learn of World Peace's decision.
- Saturday marked the date in 1997 when the Nevada State
Boxing Commission revoked boxer Mike Tyson's license for biting off part of boxer Evander Holyfield's ear off during a June 28 bout.
Tyson is a classic example of a pro athlete that makes millions of dollars during their career, only to wind up with less than nothing shortly after their pro careers are over.
Another one is Alan Iverson, who was imprisoned for his role in a dog-fighting ring in his hometown in Virginia. Iverson is one of many pro athletes who grew up dirt poor, struck it rich, yet could not break the ties with their fellas from the ‘hood.
- I could not believe as to why some of baseball's websites do not have a days, hours, minutes countdown to that midsummer classic, the Home Run Derby?
It has turned into an endurance contest that doesn't attract the game's best power hitters. In turn it has become a “don't waste your time'' watching event.
- Daniel Summerhays is third round leader at the John Deere Classic after firing a 62 and going 19-under. If his name is familiar, it should be.
His uncle is Bruce Summerhays, a Champion Tour player who frequently played in what was then the Senior Tour when it was played at what is now Gaylord Springs Links Course at Opryland.
Daniel Summerhays attended BYU for three years, then did a two-year Mormon mission in Chile. He became fluent in Spanish before embarking on a golf career.
David Hearn is two shots off the lead but defending champion Zack Johnson is my choice for the one to beat. Johnson is three strokes back, but has 19 straight rounds in the 60s in this tournament. He grew up an hour away and will have a Midwestern home course advantage today.
- Like father, like son? Former NY Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor's 31-year-old son has been charged with rape of two underage girls.
Taylor Jr.'s 51-year-old father, former NY Giants linebacker, was sentenced to six years probation last year after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with an underage prostitute.
- More than a dozen Major League players have been identified as among those who have used illegal PEDs. It's a subject that has been linked with the sport for years.
One is former Sounds player and current Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun. He was the 2011 National League MVP.
He claims the investigation has not hampered his performance on the field.
“I've dealt with this for two years now,'' Braun said. “I'm pretty good at avoiding distractions.''
Other well-known suspects of dealing with Biogenesis of America's drug company are Yankee Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon, Toronto's Melky Cabrera.
A first offense calls for a 50-game suspension. A second time puts players down for 100 games while the third strike is a lifetime ban.
- As an old saying goes: I would like to buy Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson for what he's worth and sell him for what he thinks he's worth.
I don't know if trouble follows Henderson, or Henderson follows trouble. Either way, he can't seem to keep his nose clean.
On April 27 he was cited for playing loud music in his car and not wearing a seat belt. It could happen to anyone in his age group. But after receiving a citation, he turned his music up as loud as it would go as he drove away.
On April 4, police were called to his apartment, again after getting complaints for loud music.
On May 4, according to the Wall Street Journal, the SEC Tournament's MVP was stopped. Officers smelled marijuana and Henderson handed over a small bag allegedly containing weed. A drug-smelling dog then discovered another small bag, this time containing a small amount of cocaine.
If Henderson keeps acting like a clown, he might not only take himself down, but Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy with him.
- After serving Kentucky's basketball team for 37 years, Rupp Arena will undergo a major facelift.
The basketball facility will be separated from the rest of the facility that includes a Hyatt Regency hotel and a convention and shopping center.
The conversion is expected to last two years and they will have a groundbreaking event this fall.
- As I write this Saturday night, still no word on the Metro Sex Crimes unit and the TBI's joint investigation into an alleged sex crime that involved four suspended football players and a 21-year-old female student who worked on campus.
No charges have been filed. No arrests have been made. Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin has been as invisible as a ghost since the allegations were released to the public.
SEC Media Days are this week and Franklin won't be able to hide from what is expected to be a one-day attendance record as Franklin and Alabama Coach Nick Saban are scheduled in the Friday session.
I don't look for Franklin to budge from his refusal to talk about the situation, but that won't stop the questions from being repeatedly asked.
- Condolences to two men with Vanderbilt connections who recently passed away. Jerry Reasonover was an All-SEC baseball player in 1971 as a utility position and on the All-Eastern Division team as a third baseman under Coach Larry Schmittou. The former Glencliff High star died from cancer.
Frank Crowell, who was Vanderbilt's football and basketball public address announcer for years, also passed. Frank wore his Commodores allegiance on his sleeves. He was famous for his ever-present “Show Your Gold,'' mantra.
- Reader David Shepard tracked down a recent whatever happened to subject.
Former Alabama and NBA star Robert Horry currently gives analysis on Lakers pre- and post-game shows.
The Lakers are one of several NBA teams Big Shot Bob's NBA career and he got his nickname for the number of clutch 3-point shots he made. A lot of them came under great pressure in the playoffs.
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