JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: August 4, 2013

 Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Jared Lorenzen…

  • Which quarterback would you pick for your SEC team, if you could choose between Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, or Alabama's AJ McCarron?

    Manziel became the first red shirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy last season with the Aggies. His numbers both in passing and running were off the charts.

    McCarron, who was Manziel's roomie at the Manning Passing Academy earlier this summer, could be the first quarterback to win three consecutive national championships.

    In high school, McCarron was more like the wing it down the field style Manziel prefers.

    “When I came in, I was a gunslinger like (former Packers QB) Brett Favre. That's how I played in high school,'' McCarron told Brett St. Germain of the Thibodaux (La.) Daily Comet in an interview at the Manning camp.

    “I was not afraid to throw the ball in tight spaces. I had to scale things back for the good of the team. If you want to label me a game manager, that's fine. As long as we keep winning, you can call me anything you want.''

    I don't know about you, but McCarron is the one I want under center for my team. I love watching Manziel play the position like few before him can match, but if its national championships you seek, McCarron is the man. And, he comes with far less baggage.

  • Saints QB Drew Brees has been catching flak on social media after the gossip site, The Dirty, revealed Brees had left a $3 tip on a $74 take-out order.

    I would have to consult Dear Abby on that one, as some restaurants automatically add a take-out charge on the bill. The ones that don't, who gets the tip? Where does it go? I don't know how Brees came up with $3. I would rather leave nothing than $3.

    He found the online uproar amusing, saying it was a restaurant he frequents and tips at least 20 percent when dining in and often tips other workers in the restaurant as well as taking pictures with other diners.

    Any feedback?

  • Another web site, blogger David Cross come up with the top 13 cities for SEC fans. It is a real estate site and included three sports – football, basketball and baseball.

    They used tailgating, conference titles, national titles, games won over rivals, sports bars per capita and average fan attendance vs. arena capacity.

    The top five in order were Tuscaloosa, Starkville, Baton Rouge, Oxford and College Station. I find it strange that Starkville would make the top five, even stranger that all five of the cities/schools are in the SEC West.

    The SEC East was the uncle who came to dinner and never left. Knoxville is No. 9, Lexington is No. 13 and Nashville is dead last at No. 14.

    Huh? Nashville landed in last place of those 14 cities? The DEA should investigate Mr. David Cross. Ask other SEC fans and they would have Nashville No. 1.

  • When Phil Mickelson won the Scottish and British Opens on successive weeks, one would think he would have to get an ocean liner to take all the money he won.

    Ah, it is the English that set the Scots' tax rates. So Mickelson's earning were taxed at 44.02 percent. He had to leave $945,000 behind.

    He will also be taxed 45 percent on any bonuses he gets for winning and a portion of his ranking bonus he will receive at the end of the year.

    I'd say there are hundreds of golfers who would swap places with him.

  • I couldn't care less if the Yankees Alex Rodriguez ever steps into a major league batter's box again. I don't care if he mainlines Skittles.

    Professional athletes who take performance enhancing drugs cheat the ones who remain clean, thus just about, if not all, sports are dirty.

    You hear the use of HGH runs rampant among NFL players. There is no testing at this time, but it is coming.

    The shame about drug testing athletes is that the manufacturers of PED's seem to always be one or two steps ahead of those who regulate the different sports.

  • Sports Illustrated senior NFL writer Peter King has expanded his popular MMQB, or Monday Morning QB for those in the dark.

    The new on-line format takes some getting used to.

    King tells of a very private golf match that took place near Pebble Beach, which could only mean Cypress Point GC.

    It pitted Peyton Manning and Tom Brady against two guys named Ed and Sam, two businessmen with we would surmise, deep and deeper pockets.

    The bizmen were 1-up after 16 holes. Manning tied the match with a birdie on 17. Brady followed on the next hole with a birdie. Thanks for playing, bizmen. We don't accept credit cards.

  • Sad story on retired major league pitcher Frank Castillo, who apparently drowned in Lake Bartlett, which is northeast of Phoenix.

    Castillo pitched for the Cubs, Tigers, Blue Jays and Boston. He was only 44. Castillo reportedly was not a strong swimmer. After jumping off of a pontoon boat to take a swim, he never resurfaced.

    Castillo was 82-104 in 13 major league seasons and retired in Scottsdale.

  • I saw this on a Florida State message board and on Facebook.

    A preacher, a murderer and a racist walk into a bar and the bartender gives them a big, Go Gators.

  • NFL receiver Riley Cooper yells the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert and gets fined by the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Paula Dean admitted to using the word when she was growing up in the South and she loses all her sponsors and TV shows, her career in reality ruined.

    If the word is so offensive to blacks, then why do they allow others of their race to frequently use it in conversation, in rap videos and in public? I believe it is an offensive, racist word to many and to allow African Americans that want to be taken serious when it comes to race relations to use the word in any form is disingenuous.

    I once asked a black friend of mine why they should be allowed to say the word in everyday conversation and he told me that it was a different word – that “nigga'' was a term of endearment among blacks. Endearment? That's a cop-out.

    Cooper deserved what he got. There's no place for the word in any society. That applies to both sides of the fence. The late Martin Luther King would never use that word. Oprah Winfrey never uses it. If it's offensive to one, it's offensive to all.

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