by John Walters
Flynn de Siecle
General Mike Flynn plea hearing at 10:30 a.m. Ooooooooh! Flynn is expected to plead guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, and we can go out on a short limb and assume he traded information in order to save both himself and his namesake son more jail time. Be on the lookout, Trump son and son-in-law.
2. Tiger’s Making A Comeback
In his latest return to golf, Tiger Woods, 41, shoots a 69 in Round 1 of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. It’s his first tournament in 10 months and his first round in the 60s in more than two years.
3. To Leach His Own
Is Mike Leach coming to your ci-taaaaaaay, Knoxville? I don’t know if that will work, but it sure will be fun. A note: Leach has shone in precincts such as Lubbock and Pullman that are remote and where anything above .500 makes you a coaching god. The scrutiny and the expectations will be much, much higher with the Vols.
If you’re keeping track of the coaches Tennessee has reportedly targeted and whiffed on: Jeff Brohm, Dave Doeren, Kim Jong-Un and of course, the Schiano Man.
Update: Tennessee has fired AD John Currie and at this point I gotta be honest: I just don’t care what’s going on at Tennessee.
4. RIP, Gomer Pyle
Talented singer and gifted comic bumpkin actor Jim Nabors passes away. You may know him as the guy who informally began the Indy 500 each year by singing “Back Home Again In Indiana,” but we older folk remember him as the smiling, ineffably happy, golly gee mechanic on The Andy Griffith Show whose idiosyncratic charm landed his character its own sitcom, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Nabors was 87 so his death is not a surprahs, suprahs, surprahs.
Note: Gomer was more of a goober than Goober (George Lindsey), who passed away in 2012 and was actually a former college football player at Northern Alabama.
5. The Aggies & The Ecstasy?
Tomorrow New Mexico State hosts South Alabama in Las Cruces with an opportunity to end the longest bowl drought—57 years—in college football. The most newsworthy bowling event in this southern New Mexico desert town since 1960 involved a mass shooting at a bowling alley in 1990 that left four dead. A documentary, titled Nightmare in Las Cruces, was made about it. The two killers have never been found or identified.
Incense and Peppermints
Meet the Strawberry Alarm Clock, a peak psychedelia band from 1967. This tune from the L.A.-based band went to No. 1 for one week in 1967, which is no small accomplishment considering the bands they were up against at the time: Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Association, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees.
Pac-12 Championship Game
Stanford vs. USC
8 p.m. ESPN
Can Bryce Love still win the Heisman? No. Can USC still get to the college football playoff? Highly unlikely. Is this going to be an entertaining rematch? Uh-huh. The Trojans won in the second week of the season.