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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
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Boy, the Titans are not having a good off-season this year. And I'm not just talking about having the dark day a few months ago when we lost a whole lot of veteran players to the salary cap limitations.

No, I'm talking off the field.

Seems Tyrone Calico--our best hope to replace Derrick Mason at wide-receiver--was pulled over last week and charged with public indecency. Allegedly, Calico was unclothed in the backseat of his SUV with an 18-year old woman.

This is the third such incident in as many months off the field for a player in the Titans organization. Seriously--are we trying to rival the Dallas Cowboys from the mid 90s in terms of arrest? Certainly, I'd be all for emulating them in that winning three Super Bowls in four years category, but this is not how we want to emulate them.

You know that Jeff Fisher and company have just got to be tearing their hair out of at Baptist Sports Park (training facility for the Titans). When the news should be about mini-camp and how Steve McNair is doing, making his comeback or speculation of trading for Travis Henry (my thought on this--just make the deal. Chris Brown has yet to show he can go a whole year and Buffalo only wants a third round draft pick for Henry! Pull the trigger, make the deal!). Instead, we get more of this type of behavoir and players making bad choices.

The Titans are popular here in middle Tennesee. Not just because they win but because they are positive members of the community at large . But that reputation as good members of the community is getting a bit bruised right now.

Not only did that article catch my eye this morning, but I also saw Joe Biddle in there with a column about Vandy whining about not getting into the SEC baseball tournament and how it could mean their season is over. And how unfair it is that not all the SEC teams get to go to the tournament that starts tomorrow in Birmingham.

First of all, Vandy should have taken care of their business on the field and won one of three games this weekend. You do that and you can pack your bags to go. Not the league's fault you can't win a game in crunch time and limped down the stretch of the season.

Second of all, while you can have the entire league go to a basketball tournament, baseball is a different beast. For one thing, the baseball tourney is double elmination. Second of all, there is no time limit on a baseball game like a basketball game, so you could have a 17 inning game run for hours on end, thus really screwing up the scheduling. It just makes no sense to open the tournament to the entire league. Also, you get to earn you way into this tournament and I like that it. It gives teams something to play for.

Which apparently Vandy missed the memo that they had something to play for this weekend and figured they could just coast on into the tourney. So now they're on the outside looking in, hoping the NCAA will put them into the qualifying for the college world series.

Typical Vandy....

posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/24/2005 03:12:00 PM | |
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