Monday, August 4, 2008

R.I.P. Skip Caray

Anyone who grew up in the Eighties as a sports fan has to be a little sad today with the death of Skip Caray. When the Braves were awful but still the only thing on worth watching, Caray was always there to keep you company. I actually enjoyed his work most when the Braves were bad and he could just tell stories or make use of some dry humor. When a guy's broadcasting games with Rick Mahler as the team's ace and Joe Boever (with his amazing palmball) as the closer, he has to come up with something to make it interesting. Caray always did. I'm not a Braves fan, but he will be missed.

What the heck is going on in Athens? Check the numbers: two players suspended, one arrested, a former player arrested, and two hospitalized. You think that's not so bad for a summer? You're right - it was just this weekend. Mark Richt is actually pretty good about disciplining his guys, but they never seem to have a quiet offseason. This has been worse than usual - some guys may have spent a little too much time hearing how great they are this year.

Tyler Graunke, presumed starting quarterback for Hawaii, may not be allowed to practice for a while due to a personal issue, whatever that means. Apparently it will sideline him for weeks, not days. Some folks out there really think they have a shot at pulling a surprise in Gainesville. Good luck with that.

If you're Reggie Bush and the NCAA is closing in, why didn't you settle these lawsuits with your former wannabe agents long ago? His attorneys keep filing idiotic motions that try and keep all hearings and arbitration completely secret and getting turned down. By now, there's already enough stuff out there to likely cost Bush the Heisman. Now the question is how much impact it might have on Southern Cal, with the odds of it being meaningful going up every day that Bush lets this drag on. Reggie's rich and he's got Kim Kardashian to keep him company, so maybe he just doesn't care what happens with the Trojans.

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