‘Somebody’s knocking and it’s freaking me out, dude’

According to a story in The Daily Mirror, a Chinese astronaut said he heard distinct knocking on the body of the spaceship and it left him feeling very nervous.

The story reports that astronaut Yang Liwei said the knocking sounded like a hammer hitting an iron bucket. Perhaps someone was banging that radiator to get more heat in that bad-boy ship … it gets cold in space, y’all.

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Claim: Belichick cost Tebow $1 million deal



“This is not the endorsement deal you are looking for.”

In Tim Tebow’s new book “Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms,” (phew! what a title!) the celebrated quarterback claims a conversation with New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick cost him a $1 million endorsement deal.

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SEC football: Most intriguing spring performers, Part III

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Spring football wrapped up in April, and now there’s a less than four months until the start of the 2017 season.

But before anyone starts a countdown to the season, let’s take a final look at what happened this spring, specifically the spring games.

Yes, some might say what happens in spring football is irrelevant. Some of the players at the top of the spring stat sheets might not even be starters. Some might not even play this fall. But there are still some takeaways to mull until the preseason camp begins.

Not all of the following are looks at the best SEC football performances from the best SEC football players, but certainly the ones that might spark your interest.  Just call the most intriguing.

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SEC football: Most intriguing spring performers, Part II

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Spring football wrapped up in April, and now there’s a less than four months until the start of the 2017 season.


Not all of the following are observations on the best SEC football performances from the best SEC football players. Yet some of these might spark your interest.  Just call them the most intriguing.

SEC Offense

Running backs

LSU running back Lanard Fournette: Fournette, intriguing mostly because his All-SEC brother Leonard was a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, rushed for only 28 yards on eight carries and one TD. However, it was a lightning-shortened spring game. Doubtful he’ll replace starter Derrius Guice, but he did enough to impress Coach Ed Orgeron. Said Orgeron: “Lanard Fournette ran the ball well tonight. I thought he showed some flashes.”

South Carolina running back Ty’Son Williams: A North Carolina transfer eligible to play for the first time this fall, Williams was the spring game’s leading rusher with 83 yards on 11 carries. According to The State, when Williams slipped past starting defensive back Steven Montac late in the second quarter, “there were reflexive gasps from Montac’s defensive teammates on the sideline.”

Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams: Williams, one of the top backs from the 2016 season, kept rolling in the Texas A&M spring game. He rushed for 45 yards on only five carries, but Williams’ highlight of the day came when he caught a swing pass out of the backfield and scooted 15 yards up field.


Tennessee tight end Ethan Wolf: Wolf, who has 67 catches in three seasons with the Vols (one off the team record held by Jason Witten), had three receptions for 28 yards, including a 17-yard reception. He will be expected to be the safe target for the new Tennessee quarterback in 2017.

Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown: The sophomore had 133 yards receiving on five receptions. On one pass, Brown shed a would-be tackler and ran 76 yards for the touchdown.  Brown and fellow sophomores Van Jefferson and D.K. Metcalf are expected to help give depth to the Rebel receiving corps.

Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy: The freshman and early enrollee had five receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns (26.8-yard average). Jeudy’s performance earned him the Dixie Howell Memorial Award given to the most valuable player of the Crimson Tide’s spring game. From Saban: “He’s improved well, and he had a good day today.”

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Tailgate recipe: Simply salsa

Hard to believe, but if there were a College Football Playoff committee for condiments, salsa would be No. 3 behind dijon mustard and vinegar (blech!).

But salsa should be proud that it beat out mayonaise, ranch dressing and hoisin sauce, all of which would need an upset from one the Top 4 to make it to the semifinals. Salsa also has a dance named after it (well, sort of). And it is in almost every kitchen in the U.S., and always available for a quick snack for the game. Hooray, salsa! (or whatever).

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Tailgate recipes: Cheese Louise!

It seems harder and harder to go to a Mexican restaurant and not order queso or guacamole with chips. Salsa alone seems a bit passe.

And certainly at home or at the tailgate, there must be queso and/or guacamole available. A definite. No getting around it. I mean, why else would there always be a shortage of Velveeta around the time of the “big game.”

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Tailgate recipes: Fiesta roll-ups

Hey, if there’s a tailgate, there’s a fiesta.

This is sort of a non-fried spin on the taquito, minus the meat.


  • 8 ounces of sour cream
  • 4 ounces of diced green chiles
  • 4 ounces of chopped, black olives (drained)
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup of chopped, green onion
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • Seasoning salt (to taste)
  • 1 package of 10-inch flour tortillas (taco size)


Combine all the ingredients into a spread. Spread the filling over a tortilla and wrap. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut each roll-up into ½-inch strips and serve with salsa and/or guacamole.

Tailgate recipes: Some crabby patties

Well, more like little, crab pizzas.


  • 1 bag of English muffins
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 jar of soft pub cheese
  • 1 can of crabmeat

Split the muffins in half. Mix the other ingredients and spread them over the muffin halves. Place in the freezer until frozen. Remove from freezer, cut into triangles and heat in the oven (350 degrees) until cheese is melted and muffin is toasted.


Tailgate recipes: The easiest kabob

OK, this might be the simplest one on the site. Take a toothpick, place three selections (from below) on said toothpick and place on serving tray. Boom!


  • Cocktail toothpicks
  • Pitted olives
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Cheese cubes
  • Meat cubes (e.g. cooked ham, smoked cooked turkey, cooked corned beef or salami)
  • Shrimp or scallops
  • Fruit pieces

Tailgate recipe: Cheesy beefy

Nothing says tailgating more than meat and cheese. So why not combine them for a tasty cheese ball.

Beef-And-Cheese Ball


  • 1 jar of dried beef
  • 16 ounces (2 eight ounce packages) of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of tenderizer (e.g. Accent)
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 bag of crushed or chopped pecans


Rinse and dry the dried beef, then chop into small pieces. Mix all ingredients and form into a ball. Roll the balls in the pecans and refrigerate until hard.