Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Willie McGee. …
- It’s always been about the Benjamins for former Titans’ bad boy, Pacman Jones, who is currently with the Cincinnati Bengals and has changed his name to Adam.
Pacman has had 20 starts at cornerback during his three seasons there. Because of injuries he is starting there this preseason. He has also returned punts for the Bengals and is listed as their backup punt returner.
“I’m not giving up my spot to go return punts,” Pacman said on the Bengals website. “Period. I don’t care who asks me to do it. (A team player, huh?) I like being back there (as a punt returner) but I like playing corner, too.
“Corner is where the money is at. Punt return is not.”
- Phil Mickelson has always been one of the more hospitable PGA Tour fans when it comes to mixing with fans on the course.
He took it to the next level Friday and Saturday during the Barclays at Ridgewood CC in New Jersey. Friday he hit his tee shot on the fifth hole so far left that it landed on a floor at a hospitality pavilion. He had the crowd clear a path and hit the shot off what looked like driving range mats. Friday he flew it into a greenside bunker and took a bogey.
Saturday he sailed his tee shot wide left and muttered, “Oh no. Not again.”
Again. This time he has to hit his second shot over the hospitality tent on the par-4 291-yard fifth hole and came close to making a birdie.
The greens crew had some fun with Mickelson. They spray-painted an X where his Friday tee shot landed and put: “Phil Was Here.” Saturday they returned, painted an O where his tee shot landed and put: “And here, too.”
- Brandt Snedeker missed the Barclays cut by one stroke (70-74) and it didn’t help his cause as he tries to grab one of three captain’s choices for the Ryder Cup team.
Captain Tom Watson will announce his three choices on Sept. 2.
Other captain’s choices also missed the cut, including Webb Simpson, Ryan Moore and Harris English. Former Georgia golfer Brendon Todd is also in the chase and was one shot off the lead after 36 holes. Keegan Bradley is considered to have already earned one of the three spots.
Snedeker has had a long relationship with Watson, but doesn’t think it will play any role when Watson makes his picks.
“I don’t think politics or the media will have an impact on Tom’s decision,” Snedeker told ESPN.com writer Ferrell Evans. “He’s not one of those kinds of guys.
“One thing I know about Tom is that he’s going to do what he thinks is best for the team regardless of what’s popular or what people are thinking on the outside.”
- Let’s see. Johnny “Middle Finger” Manziel got fined $12,000 for giving a one-gun salute to the Redskins’ sideline during a preseason game.
And Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee is going to be known for getting the NFL first abusive language penalty in Jacksonville’s game against the Lions. The first offense will cost him $11,025. Sticks and stones won’t break his bones, but words will make his wallet lighter.
- Rapper Snoop Dog posted an Instagram video on-line. He uttered a ultimatum laced with profanity, demanding that the Steelers fire offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Hey, Snoop, it’s preseason, bro. Chill. Teams have lost all their preseason games and gone on to play in the Super Bowl. I’m sure Steelers coach Mike Tomlin appreciates your football knowledge. Stick to music.
- Carolina QB Cam Newton spent an hour visiting Jaylend Ratliffe in the hospital. Ratliffe is a Georgia Tech quarterback commitment who suffered a serious brain injury from an ATV accident July 30.
Ratliffe fractured his skull and doctors had to remove part of it when they operated. It has been a slow recovery. Georgia Tech officials announced the school is honoring his scholarship, even if he never plays another game.
- During the first two NFL preseason games, the experimental rule regarding point after touchdown kicks looks like it will stick.
The proposed rule has kickers making a 32-yard kick from the 15-yard line, as opposed to the current PAT from the two-yard line.
Eight of 141 kicks have been missed from the 15. That is 94.3% accuracy as opposed to the 99.6% of kicks from the two.
If passed, as expected, I want to see how many 32-yard kicks are made when it’s freezing outside, snowing and the wind blowing 40 miles per hour. I bet teams will opt for the ball spotted from the two and running or passing the ball for the PAT.
- The Albuquerque Isotopes’ Pacific Coast League team is putting player Joc Pederson‘s 1994 Buick Century for raffle this Friday. Pederson is closing in on becoming the first PCL player in modern history to make the 30-30 club with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He already has 32 homers and 29 stolen bases with seven games left.
The jewel of a car has 166,000 miles on it. Pederson named it Little Chucky. It has at least one operable window, no air conditioning and Kelly Book lists its worth at $1,000, if it has a full tank of gas.
- Remember you only have four more games to watch a Sounds game from Greer Stadium.
There are a lot of memories and stories that have been born at the minor league park that opened in 1978.
Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.