JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: March 16, 2014

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to C.J. Black…

  • Former Tennessee basketball star Lang Wiseman showed up on my Facebook page claiming he was feeling old.

It has been 25 years since the Memphis native played in the TSSAA state basketball tournament. Not only did that fact remind him that Father Time takes no timeouts, but he now has a son playing in last week's state tournament.

Freshman Luke Wiseman is on the Arlington High Tigers roster. He is a 6-foot guard at the school located just east of Memphis. Arlington defeated Siegel, 86-80, in the quarter finals.

They lost a57-56 thriller to Oak Ridge Friday. They got behind early, but rallied to lead 48-44 through the third quarter. Oak Ridge outscored Arlington 13-8 in the final quarter to advance to the championship game.

“Still had a great shot to win it,'' Lang Wiseman said Friday on FB. “Awesome season for Arlington High. Very proud of these kids.''

  • It's obvious that the Titans are going after players who can fit in positions of need, rather than aim for the top dollar free agents.

Michael Oher's production in Baltimore dropped off, but he is a natural right tackle and never fit in as a starting left tackle with the Ravens. Look for him tore place David Stewart.

Former Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster is a player that some innovative coach like the Titans Ken Whisenhunt can have a good time using in a number of ways. McCluster can return punts and kickoffs. He can line up as a running back, a receiver coming out of the backfield or lining up in the slot or be a wide out on occasion.

And backup QB Charlie Whitehurst is an insurance policy upgrade if only because he knows Whisenhunt's system. One, he was with Whisenhunt at San Diego last season, backing up Phillip Rivers. His value is that he learned the offense Whisenhunt will install here and can help Jake Locker when Locker returns from his injury.

  • With success comes time to pay up,that is if you are a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder.

The Super Bowl champs will increase their season ticket prices by an average of 12 percent. Hmmm. Did they steal that increase from the 12th man? The also have 12,000 fans on a waiting list to purchase season tickets. There's that number again.

At least they will enjoy a solid home game schedule with the 49ers, Rams, Cardinals,Dallas, NY Giants, Broncos, Raiders and Packers.

  • Poor John Daly. The veteran golf pro shot a smooth running 90 Friday in the Valspar Championship. Daly has had at last one round in the 80s for 17 straight years on Tour. He has had 62 rounds with scores 80 or more.

During his Friday round, Daly took a 12 on the par-4 16th hole. He used 70 putts during the first two rounds, including a four-putt on the second hole.

“You're going to have big scores on holes,'' Daly said. “That's just the way golf is. But when you get the yips, that's no fun. It was a good 12. I got up and down for the 12.''

  • Nashville's PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker has been struggling on Tour thus far.

Normally one of the hottest putters on Tour, Snedeker isn't sinking putts as he has in recent years.

He has had 15 three-putts this season and is 89. 19 percent on putts 3-5 feet. That puts him 53rd on Tour. From 5-15 feet, the former Vanderbilt All-American is 42.7 percent and that's his wheelhouse distance when he's playing well.

At this week's Valspar tournament at Palm Harbor, Snedeker made the cut by a stroke. He enters the final round today tied for 58th.

  • ESPN's Joe Lunardi's latest NCAA Tournament bracket has 7-seed Kentucky playing 10-seed SMU, coached by the original traveling man, Larry Brown.

The winner gets Duke in Raleigh. I wonder how many other teams will get to sleep in their own beds.

He has Tennessee as an 11-seed, meeting 6-seed St. Louis in B-r-r-rufalo.

  • Louisville Coach Rick Pitino told talk show host Dan Patrick he wanted to recruit LeBron James in high school.

“I tried to get in there,'' Pitino admitted.” and then I watched him play and realized college was not in his realm.''

  • The best college basketball player you probably never heard of is Creighton's Doug McDermott, who is on the cover of the current Sports Illustrated issue.

McDermott's father, Greg, is Creighton's coach. Doug has scored 3,011 points in 140 games. He is ranked No. 7 on college basketball's all-time career scorers list, recently passing Danny Manning, Oscar Robertson and Hersey Hawkins.

McDermott, who uses hypnosis to clear his mind before games, could end up as high as No. 2 on the scoring list, but he will never catch the all-time No. 1.

That would be the Pistol, former LSU star Pistol Pete Maravich. Maravich scored 3,667 points in just 83 games. Freshmen were not allowed to play during Maravich's career and the 3-point shot was years away from reality.

McDermott's season average of 26.5 points a game currently leads the nation. He is a 6-8 forward who can score from anywhere on the floor.

Doug's Creighton team was upset and eliminated in the Big East Tournament Saturday night, 65-58, to Providence. He scored 26 points and had seven rebounds. He was10 of 19 from the floor, five of 12 from 3-point range.

  • Former Franklin High basketball player Mackenzie Puckett, currently a sophomore at Maryville College, tore herACL with only four games remaining in the regular season.

It didn't keep the 5-9 guard from being named the USA South Atlantic Conference's Player of the Year. Her team made the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third year in a row.

She averaged 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds this season.

  • I mentioned Anfernee “Penny'' Hardaway last week and wondered if Lil' Penny would introduce him when Hardaway is inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame later this year.

His sidekick Lil' Penny was in some hilarious Nike commercials when Hardaway was playing in the NBA.

My favorite Lil' Penny trash-talking lines were: “You can't cover me. The Secret Service can't cover me.''

“Hey, Tyra(Banks) you left your toothbrush at my place.''

Lil' Penny's voice was comedian Chris Rock.

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