August 27, 2014

The SEC East is there for the taking, but South Carolina “a good pick right now,” with three straight 11 win seasons (Google Hangout)

Jon Cooper of SaturdayDownSouth.com agrees with me as do most that the SEC East is going to be four-school race. Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt will all be fighting for their lives just to become bowl eligible.  Depending on which part of the SEC footprint you live in, will most likely dictate which team you think will win the division.

It will come down to Mizzou, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.  Each team has their big question marks coming into the season, but Cooper believes the team that has the best chance of coming out on top is the Gamecocks.

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Maty Mauk ready to get the season started. “I’m gonna be comfortable, but I can’t wait for Saturday.” (VIDEO)

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Mauk made four starts in place of injured starting quarterback James Franklin, and made an instant impact for the Tigers. He played in 13-of-14 games, throwing 1,071 yards with 11 TDs and just two INTs.

He matched the school record for TD passes in a game with his five scores on a 17-for-28, 203-yard performance in the 48-17 win at Kentucky (Nov. 9) and was named  three-time SEC Freshman Player of the Week after his performances against Florida (Oct. 19), Tennessee (Nov. 2), and Kentucky (Nov. 9).

Now, this is Mauk’s team and he’s ready to lead and ready for Saturday’s game against South Dakota State.

Watch Mauk discuss the season opener.

One boat sets a new speed record, while another goes soaring in the air at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout (VIDEO)

A boat racing on Lake of the Ozarks flips over during early runs on Saturday.

A boat racing on Lake of the Ozarks flips over during early runs on Saturday.

Driven by Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor A-Thani, of Qatar, and British racer Steve Curtis as the throttle man, a turbine powered 50′ Mystic catamaran called Al Adaa ‘am 96 Spirit of Qatar, hit the 244 mph mark to claim the Top Gun title at the 26th annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.   That speed topped the record that was set in 2013.

On Saturday, dramatic video taken by Beverly Kalwei, shows a new 46-foot SC Outerlimits boat flipping and soaring through the air while running more than 150 mph.  After launching an estimated 50 feet in the air, the boat,  driven by Joel Begin and throttlman Mike Fiore,  landed on the throttleman’s side of the canopy and came to rest right side up.

Fiore and Begin survived the crash, and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia, Mo.   Begin is reported to be doing better, while Fiore was airlifted to the tauma center and is in serious but stable condition.

**VIDEO WARNING–STRONG LANGUAGE CONTAINED IN THE AUDIO THAT MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME

Injuries aside, one SEC blogger thinks Georgia is the team to beat in the SEC East (Google Hangout)

Shane Bailey joins me on this Google Hangout to discuss the SEC East.  Shane is from SECSportsRoundtable.com and he says not only will Georgia win the East, but they’ll win the SEC Championship.

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(photo/John Kelley, GeorgiaDogs.com)

Stars are coming to Springfield. Both Molina and Wacha will begin rehab assignments on the Double-A level

St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina scampers towards second base after clearing the bases loaded with a hit in the third inning. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina scampers towards second base in a game against Atlanta. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak announced  that Yadier Molina and  Michael Wacha will report to the team’s Springfield, Mo. Double-A club this week with plans to continue their rehabilitation.

Molina will report to Springfield today (August 26) where he will go through a full workout with the Springfield club. Wacha is scheduled to report and throw a “live” batting practice session to the Springfield team on Wednesday.

Wacha, 5-5, 2.79 ERA, has been sidelined since June 18 due to a right shoulder stress reaction. Molina, who is batting .287 with 7 HR’s and 30 RBI, has been sidelined since July 10 after having suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb that required corrective surgery.