Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Hunter Bledsoe….
- I ran into former Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth last week at Miles Auto Spa car wash in Cool Springs.
He is excited about his new business recently opened in Knoxville. It is BurgerFi, a hot new franchise restaurant that offers all natural burgers. Check out the impressive menu on BurgerFi’s website.
“It’s located on the Strip,’’ Haynesworth said. The actual address is 1708 Cumberland Ave.
He also plans to put a BurgerFi in Franklin and is looking at other Nashville area locations.
- I wonder if former LSU baseball star Warren Morris had a flashback when Vanderbilt’s John Norwood blasted what would hold up to be the game-winning home run in the third and deciding game of last week’s College World Series?
Anyone who followed college baseball remembers Morris’ dramatic two-out, first-pitch line drive over the right field fence in the 1996 CWS.
LSU was trailing 7-3, before tying it up. Miami went up 8-7 in the top of ninth and LSU got a runner to third when the left-handed swinging Morris came up. He wasted no time against Miami’s All-American closer Robbie Morrison and his two-shot dinger became the first walk-off home run in CWS history. The CWS game was in Rosenblatt Stadium.
He played in the major leagues as a second baseman and the last I heard he was a banker in his hometown of Alexandria.
- What else can you say about Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin? He is a lock-down cinch choice for national Coach of the Year honors. He already has one.
Corbs deflects much of the credit to his players and assistants, a rarity among high profile coaches today. Believe me, he has his hands on the pulse of every player, every assistant. He knows which buttons to push and when to push them.
Teams often take on the personality of their coach and what better mentor to follow than Corbin?
Despite limitations on scholarships and facilities needed to recruit when he arrived, Corbin learned how to get what he had to have at Vanderbilt to be successful. If you know anything about Vanderbilt, that is not easy, especially in a minor sport.
The team works like crazy, but there is also time for fun. That breeds camaraderie and it’s why they could lose their starting third baseman for a NCAA violation just before the CWS and plug in seldom-used sophomore Tyler Campbell. Campbell produced like he had been playing all season. He was solid at the plate and in the field.
I’m not sure who to be most happy for, Corbin or his wife Maggie, who can now exhale.
- A big tip of the golf visor to Johan Kok, or as he is known around the WKRN-Channel 2 newsroom, Mr. Dawn Davenport.
Kok is married to the early morning co-anchor and she took some time off to follow Johan in Myrtle Beach, where the PGA Professional National Championship was played at the Dunes.
Kok finished in a 3-way tie for eighth place, which is amazing when you consider he is General Manager at Temple Hills CC and doesn’t have much time to devote to tournament golf.
He shot rounds of 67-78-72-73 – 290, four shots behind winner Michael Block. In the fourth round, Kok made the turn at 2-under, but had three bogeys on the back nine, including holes 15 and 18.
In finishing as one of the top 20 players, Kok will now get to play in the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla CC later this summer in Louisville, Ky. I’m betting Dawn, a former sportscaster at the station, will be there in full force.
- Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain head pro and general manager Kelvin Burgin did not fare as well as Kok at the same tournament.
Burgin had earlier in the month competed at the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, where he failed to make the cut against a field of PGA Tour pros.
He managed to make the cut in Myrtle Beach with three rounds of 73. Burgin’s back nine is one he would just as soon forget.
After a par-36 on the front nine, he imploded for a 47 on the back. On the final nine, Burgin had six bogeys, a double and triple bogey and a lone par and an 83. Ouch. He must have really angered the golf gods.
- Hopefully the death of former baseball star Tony Gwynn, caused by salivary gland cancer, will stop baseball players and others to stop using smokeless and chewing tobacco.
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who played for Gwinn at San Diego State, has already said he is throwing his tobacco away. I hope he means it, because it is an addiction and hard to kick.
Another major leaguer who played for Gwynn is Arizona closer Addison Reed, who is also trying to quit with the dip.
- Shortly after Uruguay forward Louis “Cannibal’’ Suarez took a bite out of Italy’s Giorgia Chiellini’s shoulder in their countries’ World Cup game, who else would you think would be the first to tweet?
None other than Evander Holyfield, who had one of his ears chomped on by boxer Mike Tyson.
Holyfield jumped on Twitter to say: “I guess any part of the body is up for eating.’’
- The Franklin-based Tennessee Soccer Club in the 16-under age group has earned a shot at the national tournament in Germantown, Maryland next month.
Williamson Herald Sports Editor Joe Williams reported they advanced after Maddison Falter scored in the 72nd minute and Danielle Marcano added an insurance goal in the 80th to defeat Solar Chelsea Elite 98 from San Antonio, Texas, 2-0.
It was the 8th goal for Falter for the week, leading all scorers.
It came in the finals of the youth soccer Region III (South) championships in Baton Rouge and was the third straight year for the Tennessee Soccer Club to win its age group.
“It’s a tremendous honor, a true credit to all the work the girls have put in throughout the year,’’ said Coach Ronnie Woodard.
- Titans QB Jake Locker will host his third annual youth football camp on July 23 at Battle Ground Academy. It runs from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The camp is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8. Cost of the camp is $99. Each camper will receive an autograph from Locker as well as a team photo with him.
For information, go to JakeLockerCamp.com.
- Better keep an eye on Sam Burns, a rising high school senior from Shreveport, La. Burns blistered the field last week at the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Burns felt right at home at Richland CC, as he fired a record-setting 21-under par 267. The previous record was 12-under held by current PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson.
Burns graduates next year and will play golf at LSU.
California’s Andrea Lee finally broke through to take the girls title, after finishing second six times. Lee shot 11-under, 277. Her nearest competitor was eight shots back. Ensworth graduate Alexandra Farnsworth tied for 19th at 294. She is headed to Vanderbilt this fall.
Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.