Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Nilo Silvan…
- The Sounds played the Colorado Springs team Thursday night. The Colorado Springs first baseman-outfielder was former Clemson quarterback and baseball star Kyle Parker.
Parker is the son of former Vanderbilt wide receiver Carl Parker and exceled in both sports at Clemson.
He is hitting .301 through 89 games. In 342 at-bats he has 103 hits with 10 home runs and 50 RBI. He has hit .328 at home, only .265 on the road.
Before the 2013 season MLB.com ranked Kyle Parker the No. 5 prospect among the Rockies minor leaguers. He was the first college athlete in NCAA history to throw 20 touchdown passes and hit 20 home runs.
He also made the Topps Class Double-A All-Star team.
In a 4-2 loss to the Sounds Thursday, Parker had two doubles and a single, going 3-for-4. He had a five game streak with at least one RBI before the Sounds held him without a RBI.
- PGA Tour veteran Jim Furyk is amazing. Through three rounds of the RBC Canadian Open in Montreal, the 44-year-old Furyk led the field with 15-under par.
Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker stood at 5-under and has a chance to have four rounds of under-par scores. If he is successful, it would be only the second time this season he has accomplished that.
Snedeker, who has changed putters and three weeks ago, coaches (Todd Anderson to Butch Harmon), had a streak of 15 tournaments in which he had at least one round over par.
He went minus-12 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Jan. 3-6. He had rounds of -3, -4,-4 and -1.
Snedeker did have three rounds under par and a par fourth round finish in the Humana Tournament at PGA West. The minus-13 is his best rounds this year.
After finishing a disappointing tied for 58th, Snedeker plans call for him to play nine weeks in a row. He was confident coming into the Canadian Open, a tournament he won in 2013.
“I feel I’m on the right path and I know I have good golf in me coming up,’’ Snedeker told USA Today golf writer Steve DiMeglio.
After he played in Montreal last year, Snedeker was ranked seventh in the world. He came to Montreal ranked No. 35, and is 86th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Always upbeat and confident, the next nine tournaments give Sneds a chance to salvage a season that has had more downs than ups.
- The original San Diego Chicken made his final appearance at Greer Stadium last Thursday night. Ted Giannoulas is now 60 years old and has been on the road for 35 of those years after working his first five years as mascot of the Padres.
“Maybe one day I will pack up my suit and disappear,’’ Giannoulas said. “Fans are suggesting the Chicken should continue to be a legacy to baseball. The Muppets lost Jim Henson but the Muppets went on. When Walt Disney died, Mickey Mouse and the Disney characters continued.
“The show must go on. I don’t know. I have always done things by the seat of my tail.’’
Former San Diego Union sports columnist Jack Murphy once wrote: “The Chicken has the soul of a poet. He is an embryonic Charles Chaplin in chicken feathers.’’
I would hate to be the Chicken’s successor. That bird will have big feet to fill.
- The Titans took their first step to what they hope will be a winning season, perhaps even a playoff season. That hasn’t happened since 2008 and most national predictions cast a season as low as 5-11. One prognosticator had the Titans lumped in with seven other NFL teams that he deemed “clueless.’’
The men in two-tone blue would like to have those pessimists eat their words, but they have to do it on the field.
“Everybody is here. I am pleased with their conditioning,’’ first year coach Ken Whisenhunt said on the eve of training camp. “There is no need to say we’re this or we’re that. We haven’t been in pads, but the players are pretty confident.’’
When he was with the Steelers, Whisenhunt said Pittsburgh’s former head coach Bill Cowher ran a strenuous training camp.
“No question it’s got to be tough,’’ Whisenhunt said. “Cowher knew when to push and when to back off. There are times you have to back off.’’
He opened camp with approximately 90 players and has to slice the roster down to 53 for the first game.
“I hope it’s going to be hard (to get to 53). That means you’re going to be pretty good,’’ Whisenhunt said.
Asked what he type of team he hopes to mold, Whisenhunt didn’t hesitate.
“I want a tough, smart football team that can win football games,’’ he said.
If only it were that easy.
- New Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason was one of the training camp visitors. Whisenhunt was an assistant coach on former Vanderbilt Coach Rod Dowhower’s staff. Back then there was no NFL team in town to gain some ideas from.
As soon as practice ended, Mason was headed to another destination. He briefly stopped to sign a few autographs for Commodore fans.
- Sports Illustrated recently did a story on the 1976 hapless NFL expansion team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs went 0-fer for the season. The quarterback was Steve Spurrier. Their coach was the late John McKay.
Teammate Danny Reese said the team may have gone 0-14, but they had some tough hombres on the roster.
“Mark Cotney was so tough, he had both of his knee replacements done at the same time,’’ Reese said.
Having undergone one knee replacement, I assure you getting two at once is not for sissies.
- Cleveland Cavs Coach Dave Blatt was among those hearing swirling rumors predicting the team was going to trade first round draft pick Andrew Wiggins.
“Rumors are rumors,’’ Blatt explained. “That’s why they call them rumors.’’
I always wondered why they called them rumors.
- Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops fired some shots at the SEC, citing their arrogance and benefitting from being a top-heavy conference.
Stoops learned under the best, former Florida Coach Steve Spurrier, who hired Stoops as his defensive coordinator by making a cold call. Stoops thought it was some of his buddies making a crank call pretending to be Spurrier.
After he was convinced it was Spurrier, Stoops signed on with the Gators. He should know if a conference is top-heavy, those teams at the top are top 5 or top10 teams in college football.
So naturally they are beating up on the bottom half of the conference.