Friday, August 2, 2013

The Hippodrome: Kevin Stallings And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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This Week In The 'Drome We're Still On The Team


Opening Face-off

Kevin Stallings vs. Lady Luck: Vanderbilt was not very good at basketball last season, but the 'Dores' nice little run in the SEC tournament was a little bit of feel-good at the end of a largely heartburn season.

Maybe it wasn't an exclamation point, exactly, or even an enticing ellipsis. It was more like an appositive colon without the apposition. "Wait, there could be more to this," it said.

Well, the "more" is now "less," because Kevin Stallings is going to need to hold open tryouts to fill out his roster.

Early Monday, Kevin Bright — the team's leading rebounder — signed a pro contract in Germany, ostensibly to be closer to his ailing mother. That move left Vandy without a single player from its 2012 signing class, with Sheldon Jeter and A.J. Astroth transferring.

Then, later the same day, leading scorer and assist man Kedron Johnson was suspended from the school and from the team for what can be best described as "conduct unbecoming," because Vandy — as is their wont — refuses to give any details.

Kevin Stallings, to his credit, remained positive — or as positive as the famously dour Stallings can be — saying he sees plenty to work with. He'll have to do more with less for a year longer than he thought.

The Week Behind

Remember what happened the last time the Titans had a really skinny offensive lineman
  • Remember what happened the last time the Titans had a really skinny offensive lineman

I Hope He Didn't Put On A Bunch of Weight: The Titans became the last team to get their first-round draft pick under contract, finally inking offensive lineman Chance Warmack.

Holdouts can be detrimental to rookies — lost workouts could result in a guy being out of shape, and lost time with the playbook can mean the new player isn't up to speed.

Here's hoping Warmack didn't lose a bunch of weight or forget his primary job of "get in the way of this other large man and don't hold him in such a manner that is obvious to the referee."

He says he'll be fine.

Yo, Canada: If there was ever a place to win a golf tournament on a technicality, it is Canada — where bronze is as good as gold and winning with an asterisk is the national sport.

It's appropriate then that Brandt Snedeker took the Canadian Open after a window of opportunity opened when leader Hunter Mahan withdrew Saturday because his wife was in labor.

They all count, of course, and this one marks the second win of the season for the former Vandy man, playing great golf heading into the final major of the year.

Garbage Time: MTSU dismissed the three players arrested in the domestic abuse case. ... Sounds manager Mike Guerrero passed out in the dugout Sunday. He's fine. Also, the Sounds manager is no longer Don Money?

Halftime Entertainment

This could be the alternate logo
  • This could be the alternate logo

Outlaw Country: Someone out there thinks the Titans should change their name to Outlaws and here's a uniform design. In other sartorial news, the Rams will wear their 1999 uniforms against the Titans this year, because Jeff Fisher trolls like a boss.

Unfortunately The Pitch Was Overthrown: Jake Locker: furniture pitch man.

Just In Case You Were Wondering: Friend of the show Dave Lozo looks at what would happen to your fantasy football league if the events of The Dark Knight Rises were real.

The Week Ahead

It Seems Like The Meaningless Games Get Earlier And Earlier Every Year: The Titans open the preseason at LP Field Thursday, taking on the professional football team from Washington.

What to expect? Jake Locker will probably take the bulk of the snaps, because the coaching staff is either trying to decide or convince themselves that he is a legitimate long-term answer. Outside of that, this preseason game, like all others, is a crass exercise by NFL teams to charge regular-season money for a boring, overlong practice. If the Washington football team plays Robert Griffin III for more than a quarter, it'll be a miracle.

It's Time To Pay Attention To Little League Again:
The Goodlettsville Little Leaguers are rebuilding, but that doesn't mean we don't have a rooting interest. The South Nashville Little League opens play tonight in Warner Robins, Georgia, against the champions of Virginia after winning the state title in Winchester last week.

Emails to jrlind[at]nashvillescene[dot]com. On the radio Tuesdays at 6P on 102.5 The Game.

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