At McCabe's Pub
Heard on the radio: Gerry House used to have a blast with Woody Widenhofer's name, calling him Wooly Wickenhofer, Willy Wackenhiffie and anything else remotely derisive. Now he's taken to calling Woody's replacement, former Furman coach Bobby Johnson Tragic Johnson. This week, one of House's characters noted that Johnson had hired two more coaches to join the team's beleaguered program: a grief counselor and a priest. May we also suggest an exorcist? ♦ In what has to rank as one of the greatest examples of sports exaggeration in recent memory, the Titans announced attendance at Sunday's game against Cincinnati was over 68,000. Anyone at the game would have said there were no more than 25,000. When they posted the number on the Jumbotron, fans laughed out loud. ♦ Former MBA football star Ingle Martin, a red-shirt freshman this past year at Florida, was blindsided by coach Steve Spurrier's sudden resignation. “It was a shock to everyone,” Martin told the Scene's sports desk. “It's one more thing I'll have to deal with.” Martin has one goal for 2002 and one goal only. “Win the number two QB spot behind Rex Grossman.” Does the kid sound like a pro already or what? ♦ Speaking of goals, Sergio Garcia won the 2002 season-opening, $720,000 Mercedes Championship this past weekend, taking the first step in backing up his preseason promise to lead both the U.S. and European tours in ranking and earnings. Between Garcia, 21, Ty Tryon, 17, and Charles Howell III, 22, Tiger Woods may soon be considered golf's winningest elder statesman. ♦ When Steve “Superior” bolted Florida in order to pursue an NFL coaching job, various jock scribes opined that the NCAA had become more stressful than the security desk at Logan Airport. Spurrier left the college ranks, the thinking went, because he had grown tired of the around-the-clock recruiting, those pesky alumni and the unrelenting pressure to win a national title. Now that Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is eyeing Superior's old gig, these same “analysts” are writing how it's the NFL that's the pressure cooker compared to the relatively peaceful, easy life of a college coach. Can't these sports writers ever get it straight?