published Monday, April 11th, 2011

5 at 10: The Masters, Vols spring football and the Atlanta Braves

We’re going to move very quickly today, we’ve got an 11:20 tee time at Augusta National. Hey, if we write about the experience, maybe they’ll let us count it as a work day. We’ll see.

It was a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by on the our first Saturday-Sunday 5-at-10s.

Here we go, and you guys and gals play nice...

Charl’s in charge — eventually

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    Former champion Phil Mickelson, back, helps Charl Schwartzel of South Africa with his green Masters jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday. AP Photo by Charlie Riedel

Great Masters, simply great.

It’s funny how everyone — the 5-at-10 is big-time guilty of this, too — wanted drama Sunday, but then felt bad for Rory McIlroy.

His meltdown on Nos. 10-12 was quick and non-compromising.

Amazing how golf more than any other game can get away from you so quickly.

How he responds to this will be what shapes his career.

Does he go Vandevelde or does he turn this into a teaching tool, like knowing where to play your tee shot on No. 16? We’ll see

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    Former champion Phil Mickelson, left, shakes hands with Charl Schwartzel of South Africa after Schwartzel won the Masters championship golf tournament Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Let’s not forget the winner (s)

As much as most folks will say McIlroy lost this Masters, Charl Schwartzel did make birdies on each of the last four holes.

Dude was money coming in and made a strong impression as a future star.

And let’s not forget Cowboy Joe, who won the 5-at-10 Masters challenge by adding Luke Donald to Tiger Woods.

well played sir.

Spring football

Did not see much of any the spring games at South Carolina, LSU or Florida.

Don’t put a lot of stock in them anyway.

Let’s face it — if your talking about how good your offense looked in the spring game, then the next sentence better be about how bad the defense looked.

The only thing that can be telling is how quarterbacks look — John Brantley, please report to the white “It’s now or never” courtesy phone, Mr. Brantley to the courtesy phone please. And even then, it’s hard to know — Cam Newton was less than stellar in Auburn’s spring game last year, and we all know how that turned out.

The 5-at-10 does expect, however, that the quarterback issues that those three schools will play into the summer — and if they play into the fall, that could be troublesome for three of the league’s more talented team.

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    Staff Photo by Patrick Smith Tennessee coach Derek Dooley talks with players on the sideline during Saturday's game against Georgia. Georgia won 41-14.

Weakness to strength

The UT Vols are speeding into their final week of spring football practice, and the 5-at-10 was accurately called out last week about failing to update the Vols’ progress.

We’re embarrassed. How did we ever win eight? It’s a miracle. Alas.

Anyhoo, the Vols entered last year with more line questions than a first-time fisherman hangin’ with Bill Dance. Now, at least on the offensive side, those unknowns are becoming knowns — and they’ll be stars in the not too distant future.

The UT offensive line is talented, and they’re still really young. In a lot of ways the core group that will be sophomores this year is somewhat similar to the four seniors that just left Auburn.

That group of Tigers started for most of their careers, endured a strange mix of success and struggle and then gelled as seniors into a strong group for a national champion.

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    Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is introduced before the Braves took on the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game Monday, April 4, 2011, in Milwaukee. The Braves won 2-1. (AP Photo/West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke)

This and that

— The judge is telling the NFL and the players to talk. This is childish. Hope no one uses the “Dog ate our proposal” excuse when the side get back together.

— The Braves lost two of three to the Phillies. Not a huge concern for two reasons — first they roughed up Cliff lee, which is a good sign, and second when the “er” months get here, Brandon Beachy is not going to be in the mix. If he is, well, then all bets are off.

— Hey the Red Sox won another. Great news, now the greater Boston area can breath again.

Until tomorrow, when we’ll share our Augusta National score (over/unders are welcomed):

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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patrickd said...

Wow, you said it. I openly wanted Rory to "fall apart a bit" so I'd be more entertained and then immediately shifted to feeling bad for the guy when it in fact happened.

April 11, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

hey gang, sorry i didnt get to offer any feedback this weekend as i was out doing family friendly events such as fishing, hiking, gardening, mowing, etc. I actually didnt get to watch but maybe 20 minutes of the Masters as i am subject to the Wife and Teenage daughter and two pre teen sons when it comes to TV privileges. We have a trade off i get the TV through out late summer to winter and they get it during winter to spring. It's a fair trade off at times. Hope you enjoy your round today Cinco a las diaz....once again...slightly jealous...ever so slightly...

April 11, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Well I did get to watch the Masters, I have no kids so that helps when it comes to TV time...I have to say I wasnt expecting Tiger to show up like he did Sunday, too bad he couldnt put a back 9 together to go with the 31 he shot on the front...oh well...Chicago Bulls..60 wins?!?! who would have thought at the beginging of the year the bulls would have 60 wins and the Heat would be crying after games ? Not this guy! Raise your hand if your saick of hearing about the Red Sox slow start? Slow Starts in baseball dont mean anything unless your a Pittsburg Pirate , than its the norm...The BOSOX will be in the thick of it come August, no worries...with a guy with the name Theo Epstein at the helm you have to have faith...

April 11, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

yeah a slow start in baseball is the equivalent to the College Football Pre-Season Rankings.....both mean absolutely nothing to me. I wish they would completely do away the pre season rankings actually....they hold no water what so ever.

April 11, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Couldnt agree more, who cares who #1 is...when everyone is 0-0 ? not me..NBA playoffs start this weekend..I cant wait!

April 11, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

So does this mean that we can talk about how abnormally large Jay's head is in comparison to the rest of his body since he in on the green right now and not paying attention to us at all?! You know like a school room of students after the teacher just walked out...start throwing paper wads....wedgies.....

April 11, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

i think so! and we can specualte about how bad his score will be...im thinkin he shoots 75...on the front 9 lol...

April 11, 2011 at 12:44 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

OW....75 ON THE FRONT NINE!! YOU KNOW HE'S USING THE LADIES TEE'S....TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO TO BUY MULLIGANS FROM....

April 11, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
patrickd said...

I say Jay makes the turn with 38 and brings it home for a respectable 76.

April 11, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

hopefully he gets outa there with out spending a C Note on mulligans...and lets hope a VW Bug doesnt end up on the green at 18..Shooter McGavin would make you play it where it lies...

April 11, 2011 at 1:13 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I can live with the VW bug....just dont let it land on Jaw's shoe...he's probably in his happy place right now anyways....the non-shooter mcgavin version.....

April 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

...I wonder if Carl Weathers watches golf?

April 11, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.
ThatIdoknow said...

Really enjoyed the Masters coverage. It is always a pleasure to visit the 5@10. Hope you have a great round today.

April 11, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I HAVE THIS MENTAL IMAGE OF JAY ON THE GREEN AFTER EVERY PUTT GOIN "NANANANANANANANANANANA"....WHICH BOTHERS ME THAT I NOW HAVE MENTAL IMAGES OF CINCO/DIAZ....

April 11, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
wcole777 said...

One of the more exciting Masters I've seen in quite some time. I have to agree with one of the comments up top: as much as I was wanting to see Rory level the field with some bogeys out there, it rapidly turned to wanting to give the guy a hug and tell him to keep his chin up. What a meltdown. Jealousy is flowing through my blood at the moment. I can't imagine a better way to wrap up the coverage of an exciting weekend than to go and test the course out for yourself. Nice job on the coverage this weekend, Jay, and good luck on the round!

April 11, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Think he'll ever trust alone again?!?!

April 11, 2011 at 4:42 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Maya Moore selected #1 in the WNBA draft...anybody suprised? More Importantly anybody care?

April 11, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.
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