John Clay: Debt paid, put Rose in Hall

Wildcat formation with Cobb impresses

jclay@herald-leader.com,JohnClaySeptember 16, 2010 

Rose Reds Baseball

Former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose held an award presented to him Saturday by Reds chief executive officer Bob Castellini, left, during ceremonies celebrating the 25th anniversary of his hit record.

AL BEHRMAN — AP

Random notes:

■ OK, the guy has suffered enough, put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame.

Have to say I haven't always held that view. Rose bet on baseball. He lied about betting on baseball. He has not exactly carried himself well in his retirement. All that is true.

But after reading about Rose breaking down and sobbing in front of his former teammates during the ceremonies surrounding the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Charlie Hustle breaking the all-time hits record, your heart had to soften just a bit.

Pete's 69 years old.

He's paid his debt.

And I remember something I heard Gary Player say about Tiger Woods. The former golf great said we shouldn't just forgive, "we are required to forgive."

■ Call it the Wildcat or the WildCobb formation, Kentucky has had Randall Cobb take the direct snap from center seven times and scored two touchdowns.

That's a pretty good percentage.

The Cats have also thrown out of the WildCobb twice, with Cobb completing both passes, one for a touchdown.

Doubt that there is another team in the nation that can boast that out of its Wildcat. But then those teams don't have the WildCobb.

■ Another good stat: Kentucky has taken possession of the football four times in enemy territory in the first two games. The Cats have scored three touchdowns in those possessions, and missed a chip-shot, 25-yard field goal on the other possession.

■ Ex-heavyweight boxing champ Buster Douglas, who completed one of the greatest upsets in all of sports, knocking out Mike Tyson 20 years ago, will be at Applebee's Park on Thursday night as part of a Mixed Martial Arts "Fall Brawl."

Douglas won't be competing, mind you, but he will be signing autographs.

■ For Bruce Pearl to fib to NCAA investigators about phone calls is one thing. For Pearl to mislead NCAA investigators about an illegal visit in his home, which the NCAA had a picture of as proof, is something else.

I'll ask again, how does Pearl still have his job?

Oh yeah, he's 126-46 at Tennessee.

■ The Bengals better pull a strong bounce-back Sunday at home against bruising Baltimore, or face an 0-2 start in a brutal division. Required will be a much, much better effort than the egg laid last week at New England. Had to nod my head in agreement when CBS analyst Phil Simms remarked, "Someone needs to tell the Bengals the season has started."

■ The Ravens don't play defense. They knock heads.

■ Speaking of the Bengals, the Q Scores Company, which conducts popularity polls, says that both Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are among the top five most-disliked athletes in all of sports.

Who Dey think gonna be more unpopular than them Bengals?

■ Let's see, Alabama is 2-0, including a win over Penn State, and now the Tide gets its best offensive (Mark Ingram) and defensive (Marcell Dareus) players back.

■ Georgia Coach Mark Richt on South Carolina freshman running back Marcus Lattimore: "I think history will prove he's one of the best in our league for years to come." (Lattimore comes to Commonwealth Stadium on Oct. 16.)

■ Lane Kiffin can't stop breaking the rules. His Southern Cal team committed 11 penalties at Hawaii, then 13 more last Saturday against Virginia.

■ Speaking of Kiffin, Clay Travis of AOL FanHouse reported that Oregon fans were spotted wearing "We Hate Lane Kiffin, Too" T-shirts out and about in Knoxville last weekend.

■ The 48 points Tennessee allowed the Ducks were the most the Vols have given up at home since 1988.

■ The Reds are winning but not drawing. Just 12,061 attended Monday night's win over Arizona. That's the smallest crowd of a great season.

■ Like Ines Sainz, I too have been harassed in locker rooms. Sadly, it had nothing to do with the way I dressed.

Reach John Clay at (859) 231-3226 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3226, or jclay@herald-leader.com. Read his blog at Kentucky.com.

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