JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: May 29, 2016

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Cale Yarborough . . .

MEMORIAL DAY: To me, Memorial Day means honoring the ones who didn’t make it home. Veterans Day honors all veterans who served.

The prerace ceremony at the Indianapolis 500 Sunday was most impressive. I tuned in when a soldier was playing what I think is the saddest song in history, Taps.

It was followed by God Bless America, sung by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. They hit a home run with it.

Nashville country artist Darius Rucker, formerly Hootie of Hootie and the Blowfish sang the National Anthem as a four-Navy jet formation roared as it passed over the massive crowd standing in the storied Brickyard stands.


YOGI SAYS: A little levity with words uttered by longtime NY Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, who died at 90 years old.

“I never said most of the things I said.’’

“We made too many wrong mistakes.’’

“You can observe a lot by watching.’’

“The future ain’t what it used to be.’’

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.’’

I need an interpreter for that one.

And finally, the Yogster noted: “Even Napoleon had his Watergate.’’


LUDICROUS INDEED:  What was Georgia Athletics Director Greg McGarity thinking? He hired the rapper Ludacris to perform at the Bulldogs football spring game.

The ludicrous one performed all of 15 minutes and for his hard work, received $65,000 or $4,333.33 a minute. Nice work if you can get it.

The contract included items the rapper had to have before he went on.

McGarity provided two bottles of wine, one red, one white. He purchased one Crest rechargeable toothbrush and Crest toothpaste. I do like someone who practices good hygiene.

The head-scratcher? Ludacris demanded a box of Trojan Magnum condoms. Really?

Georgia President Jere Morehead said the terms of the contract should have been reviewed in greater detail, because there were some (demands) that should have been removed.

You think? That’s why college presidents get the big bucks.


VANDY BOMBED: You could say Texas A&M’s baseball team had Vanderbilt’s number in this week’s SEC Tournament.

The Aggies handed Coach Tim Corbin and the Commodores their first run-rule loss in 87 SEC Tournament games.

The Commodores trailed 13-3 after seven innings, forcing the elimination game’s outcome on the 10-run rule.

“We just couldn’t stop them at any point,’’ Corbin admitted. “It was one of those days where they jumped in and jumped in good.’’

The Commodores left town on the first thing smoking north on I-65. They will lick their wounds and get ready to host a regional tournament this week.

“You’ve got to take a deep breath when you get the hell out of this conference,’’ Corbin said in his post-game presser. “It’s something that can make you feel small about who you are, but in actuality you’ve got a pretty good team.’’

The Commodores two top starters, Kyle Wright and Shelbyville’s redshirt sophomore Jordan Sheffield got roughed up in their final two games.

Corbin was correct when he said that SEC baseball teams could intimidate any team in the country with their pitching and hitting.

They will find out the pairings for the Nashville regional Monday at 11 a.m. It will be carried on ESPNU.


COTTAGES ANYONE?: Hermitage Golf Course owner Mike Eller is unveiling a number of cottages built on their property. They are designed to accommodate out of town visitors who want to stay and play their two 18-hole courses.

Eller thinks it will bring a number of golfers to the area. They will have a grand opening June 7.


WARRIORS ALIVE: A lot of experts had buried the Golden State Warriors in their best-of-seven games NBA semifinals with Oklahoma City. After all they were down 3-1 in their first four games and NBA MVP Stephen Curry was not playing to that level.

Saturday night was a stern test, as the Warriors trailed most of the game and only caught Oklahoma City late in the fourth quarter to win 108-101.

This time it was Golden State’s Klay Thompson’s turn to shine. Curry told him to take over and have fun. Thompson led a 33-18 fourth quarter score to ensure the Warriors have a chance Monday night to join nine teams that have overcome a 3-1 deficit in the playoffs.

Thompson scored 41 points, hitting 11 3-pointers. That broke the previous record of nine treys in a NBA playoff single game. He scored 17 points in the final quarter. Curry added 31 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.


Joe Biddle is a sports columnist. He is also a member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Hall of Fame and will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on June 18. He can be reached at

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