What we watched: Tennessee at College of Charleston. Bruce Pearl is selling groceries these days, and the Vols under Cuonzo Martin have only just begun the process of bottoming out. Last night, the College of Charleston Cougars clogged the paint and baited Tennessee to live from deep and generally looked as if they were Big State bullying around a mid-major. Charleston got the win, and Tennessee got its sixth loss of what will be a very long year.
What we're watching (all times EST, unless noted): 2nd round of the Dubai Ladies Masters in women's golf at 3 (same-day tape, Golf Channel). UCLA vs. Florida State in the NCAA Division I women's volleyball semifinals at 7 (ESPN2). Jacksonville at Atlanta in NFL football at 8 (NFL Network). 2nd round of the JBWere Masters at 8:30 (Golf Channel). Illinois vs. Southern California in the NCAA Division I women's volleyball semifinals at 9 (ESPN2).
Virginia's "segregation academy" tries to catch up with the 20th century: "Football coaches had arranged the meeting. Williams happened to be a quarterback with a powerful throwing arm who could burst through tacklers. He was faster and stronger than boys years older. The two met in Murphy's office and considered each other. 'All I'd heard was that this was the ‘white school,'' Williams recalled. 'I was from the ‘black school.' I didn't really know what to do or how to act.' Murphy, a sparrow of a woman, also felt a bit unsure. 'Here was this big strong guy. He was only 14, but he looked like a 25-year-old drug dealer,' she recalled in an interview. When asked later what she meant by that description, Murphy acknowledged that it was a poor choice of words but said that she meant to convey his 'maturity and intensity.'" [Washington Post]
Dec. 15, 2006: God, The Full Monty, And You
Weird new MLB CBA rules: "Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement, which is expected to be ratified on Thursday, covers many familiar topics: revenue sharing, drug testing, video replays and so on. But tucked into its many pages is a curious addition that obligates any player who changes his uniform number during the season to buy any the unsold jerseys and other licensed goods that have his name and old number on them." [NYT]
Al-Farouq Aminu has powerful lineage: "The former Wake Forest standout averaged 15.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and accumulated 44 blocks in 31 games while shooting 44.7 percent from the field during his sophomore season for the Demon Deacons before declaring early for the NBA Draft. Aminu descends from a line of Nigerian kings." [Times Picayune]
Your Awesome Water Polo Goals and Saves Interlude:
An uncomfortable way to find out you've been traded: "Gordon was on a bus with Clips season-ticket holders, going to fan stops, when he got the news. ‘Awkward,' one says. Another: ‘Looked sad.'" [@SHowardCooper, via SB Nation]
Shoddy Hall of Fame logic: "‘I have wanted to wait a few years to see if anything surfaced [about Jeff Bagwell]. To watch ESPN, Yahoo!, New York Daily News, the Texas media - someone with the resources and vigor - put Bagwell in its headlights and see if he emerges clean. I have no intentions of making him wait forever. I will wait another year or two. If the worst thing I do is to make him enter the Hall of Fame with his teammate Craig Biggio, well, that's damning Bagwell with a great blessing." [Hartford Courant]
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