JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: August 3, 2014

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: August 3, 2014 (Image 1)

 Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Charlie Ward. …

  • I hope Ravens running back Ray Rice has learned a hard lesson after physically abusing his fiancée, now his wife.

    It’s all up to Rice as to where he goes from here. Certainly NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did nothing to deter Rice from refraining from future abusive incidents. Goodell handed down a wrist-tap two game suspension.

    You get caught smoking pot or popping Adderall and you sit out four games. That’s upside down logic.

    Rice seemed confused and rambling when he first tried to apologize for his actions. After he had time to construct more damage control, Rice was contrite, saying all the right things. Raised by a single mother, Rice was spot on when he said he had let his mother down, that she didn’t raise him that way.

    Goodell should have made Rice undergo counseling, which would have done much more good than just sitting out two games.

    Rice is said to be a good person, a good teammate, a good son. He needs to learn how to be a good husband. And good husbands don’t drag their wives out of an elevator that had remained closed for some time. Only Rice and his wife know what happened during that time.

  • Nice touch at Auburn where they painted No. 43 on their practice field. It is in memory of their late All-SEC tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen, who died in a car accident June 29. He was 23 years old.

    Shortly after he died, Auburn fans honored him by rolling Toomer’s Corner.

  • Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser is mounting his Heisman campaign. This is not another Aggie joke.

    The 6-3, 210-pound junior hails from Strongsville, Ohio and he has one of the strongest legs in college football. As a sophomore he averaged a school record 47.4 yards a punt with 17 punts traveling 50-plus yards. He also had 17 coffin corner punts and his longest punt sailed 76 yards.

    The first-team All-American punter showed up for fall practice wearing at T-shirt that had “Punters Are People Too,’’ printed on the front.

    On the back it read, “#KASER4HEISMAN.’’

    You can buy one of the shirts for $24. If he doesn’t make it in football, he can always land a marketing job.

  • The Memphis Grizzlies had some shakeups in their front office. GM Chris Wallace retained his job, but there were some layoffs above Wallace.

    I found an amusing hire in them adding Trevor Moawad as their mental endurance coach. OK. I give up. How does one become a mental endurance coach?

    Moawad worked with Alabama and Florida State football programs in the past and you can’t argue with their recent success.

  • Ravenwood wide receiver Van Jefferson seems close to making a decision on where he will play college football. Rumors were swirling that he would make an announcement this weekend, but his mother told one recruiting service there would be no announcement then.

    It could be a two-way race between Tennessee and Ohio State, but don’t discount a surprise pick when the time comes.

    His father Shawn Jefferson is the Titans wide receivers coach who played 13 seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver. He was a ninth round pick of the Houston Oilers in 1991 after playing college football at Central Florida.

  • The Utah Jazz picked up their option on former Belmont guard Ian Clark. He now has a guaranteed contract for 2014-15, which will pay him just over $816,000.

    With new coach Quinn Snyder keeping Clark, the Jazz now has 13 players with guaranteed contracts.

    The Jazz is working to make Clark a combo guard. They know he can shoot, but want him to become proficient at the point.

    “Coaches, they trust me to initiate the offense and still be in attack mode,’’ Clark said. “It’s something I’ve been trying to work on.’’

    In the Las Vegas summer league, Clark averaged 8.4 points, shooting 40 percent from the field. He was 7 of 14 from 3-point land.

  • Former Brentwood Academy, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech football player Mike MacIntyre enters his second season as Colorado’s head football coach.

    In the off-season, MacIntyre lost 55 pounds.

    He told Pac-12 media that if he didn’t take care of himself, he couldn’t take care of everybody else.

    Colorado was 4-8 last season, winning only one conference game. The Pac 12 media predicted Colorado to finish sixth in the South division.

    The school has committed to upgrading what have been substandard facilities. They now have a $143 million football facility and stadium upgrades are in the works.

  • The Detroit Tigers are ready for bear after they added the third Cy Young award winning pitcher to their starting rotation. Former Vanderbilt All-American David Price joined the Tigers as he was traded right before the trading deadline.

    He joins Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, a hard to beat combination.

    Price’s last dozen starts have seen him go 7-4 with a 2.03 ERA. Opponents are batting .207 during that streak.

    In Price’s last seven starts he is 6-1 with a 1.64 ERA. The last two months he has better statistics than the other two Cy Young winners.

  • Price will also bring leadership on and off the field. He’s the total package, even playing Cupid between ESPN sportscaster Sara Walsh and Price’s former Vanderbilt teammate, Matt Buschmann.

    At one point, all three were in Nashville, Walsh as a sportscaster at WKRN, who often interviewed both Vandy players. When she was working at ESPN, she set up an interview for Price. He texted Buschmann to tell him about it and Buschmann told Price to tell her hello.

    One conversation led to others and Walsh flew to Nashville to go out with Buschmann. The chemistry was there and after two years, they are now married. Naturally, Price was one of the groomsmen. Former WKRN sports director John Dwyer officiated the Florida wedding.

  • If you followed the Nashville Sounds when they played in the Southern League, you’ll enjoy Mark McCarter’s book on the 50-year history of the Southern League.

    McCarter is currently a columnist for the Huntsville (Ala.) Times and the group.

    ‘’Never A Bad Game” brings back names like Cal Ripken Jr., Michael Jordan, Jose Canseco and Bo Jackson, just to name a few.

    Former Sounds like Don Mattingly, Buck Showalter, Steve “Bye-Bye Balboni, Willie McGee and Otis Nixon were here. And who can forget Southern League stars Skeeter Barnes, Chipper Jones and the unforgettable Razor Shines.

    McCarter does a great job bringing the past to the present.

    Contact Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at

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