published Thursday, April 21st, 2011

5 at 10: Al from Dadeville, NFL draft and the Braves new star

Wow, Wednesday was a crazy sports day. Lots of stuff to get to — and as promised we'll mix in some "Dodgeball" references after WC777 made a great call last week. We still have an open spot for Friday's mailbag, which includes a couple of the better questions we've ever had and full details on our next opportunity to win some sort of sports trinket.

Here we go...



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    An undated photo provided by the Auburn Public Safety Department shows Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr., 62, of Dadeville. Updyke Jr. was arrested early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011 and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief in connection with the poisoning of the historic Toomer's Corner oak trees at Auburn University. (AP Photo/Auburn Public Safety Department)

Al from Dadeville

Harvey Updyke had his first court appearance Wednesday. Afterward, he was roughed-up at a gas station, saying multiple people attacked him and was treated for small bruises and scratches, according to authorities.

For those reading the 5-at-10 today from outside the greater SEC country, Updyke is the hardcore Alabama fan suspected of poisoning the oak trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn. How hardcore is Updyke's fandom — his kids are named "Crimson Tyde" and "Bear." Let's just move forward.

First off, this is in no way to justify anyone being attacked, but did Updyke really think it was a good idea to swing into the Gas 'n' Sip for some Combos in the greater Lee County area? Seriously, that's the best plan for a guy that has been granted a special circumstance in his bond agreement to live with family in Louisiana for his safety? So, he swings by a convenience store called Tiger Express to get a few gallons? Sure.

Secondly, there now seems to be some holes in Updyke's story, even the police officer telling the Auburn-Opelika News that "the extent of his injuries does not equate to an assault charge," and that Updyke "has not really been too cooperative at this point."

Thirdly, the gas station does not have surveillance cameras and the attendant, who worked all day with a clear view of the parking lot told reporters that she had no idea what they were talking about and that the day had been pretty normal until all the reporters started showing up.

"Dodgeball" reference: "How would you like to take a break from that fine lead-based paint... and learn about Dodgeball?" Updyke is a nut, and that seems to be the lone unifying opinion between Auburn and Alabama fans alike. That said, there seems to be no shortage of conspiracy theories about distractions and goodwill and innuendo and goodness knows what else. We are now to the point that nothing short of aliens landing in Harvey Updyke's front yard and abducting him to the Planet of Holy Oaks and Lemonade will be surprising.



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    Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado (14) scores on a Nate McLouth double as Florida Marlins catcher John Buck (14) waits for the throw in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Braves new star

When Nate "Dogg" McLouth is leading the way, the Braves offense is officially stagnant.

If you take out McLouth, the Braves got all of two hits and no runs in Wednesday's 6-1 loss. If you take out what proved to be a cosmetic eight-run ninth Tuesday, the Braves have scored all of seven runs in the last 35 innings.

McLouth, however, continued to rake the Dodgers, going 2-for-3 Wednesday and is 6-for-11 in the first three games of this four-game series.

Maybe it's the No. 2 spot that is carrying the bad mojo. Since McLouth dropped from batting second to batting eighth, he's lifted his average to .270. Since moving into the No. 2 hole, Jason Heyward has dropped to .190 — and he fanned three times last night against Jon Garland, a right-hander that was hardly blowing people away.

"Dodgeball" reference: "If you're going to become true dodgeballers, then you've got to learn the five d's of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!" Patches O'Houlihan's ultimate dodgeball philosophy is the only way to be prepare for the Derek Lowe experience. Lowe, the Braves starter Wednesday who allowed five runs and nine hits in three laboring innings, will have the look of a true All-Star starter three starts out of every five. Then out of nowhere comes a big-time stinker, with a line that looks something like Wednesday or worse. The best advise, as Patches always said, is to dodge.



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    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers a question during a news conference in this file photo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Will NFL return

What looked to be posturing and positioning some six weeks ago is now starting to take on a eerie turn in the NFL labor talks.

More players want to be at the table. More owners are looking around and grumbling.

The representatives from each side are being forced to sit down and talk to each other. And while we may not know what it's like to make million- or even billion-dollar deals, we all know what it's like to be forced to talk to someone. Think back to family reunions, and how your mom would make you go hang out with your weird cousin George or Simon or Heather or whomever. That was never productive and the only thought you had was, "When will this be over."

Well, the "When will this be over" thoughts need to be about the lockout not the negotiations. And when these talks stop this week, the sides are not planning to get back to the negotiating table until the middle of May. Really?

For the first time it seems football season may be in jeopardy.

"Dodgeball" reference: I found that if you have a goal, that you might not reach it. But if you don't have one, then you are never disappointed. And I gotta tell ya... it feels phenomenal. This was Peter LaFlour's all-time slacker line of thinking to explain Average Joe's Gym below-average business practices. It also should be the exact opposite approach for everyone involved in the NFL — which is a $9 billion (Yes, BILLION, with a 'B') operation that is about to try and commit an act that can only be described as seriously senseless self-suffering. (Another Dodgeball reference: "Alliteration aside, I'll take my chances in the tournament.")



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    Dan Marino, quarterback, for the Dolphins talks to reporters in the locker room. Jan. 20, 1985. (AP Photo)

Some NFL draft questions

The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this.

We're now officially a week away and the talk is starting to grow. The gang on SportTalk was discussing the merits of taking a quarterback early — they were against it. The 5-at-10 will be on with friend of the show Chris Goforth on 1310 AM today around 2 p.m., and there will likely be some draft talk there.

It's just an exciting time for the entire 5-at-10 clan.

That said, let's talk about the driving factor that determines most of the early first-round picks. We'll call it the "fire-able pick" and define it as the player that can make a GM's career or kill it. There is the reverse of that too, and we'll call it the "fire-able miss" and define it as the player that becomes a Hall of Famer after a bunch of teams passed on him. Those picks could also be dubbed first-team "All-Dan Marinos" in honor of the former Miami Dolphins quarterback who was the 27th pick of the first round in 1983 and was the sixth and final quarterback drafted in round No. 1.

That's the rub with Cam Newton. He could post the all-world numbers that match his all-world physical skills. Or he could be overmatched by the intricacies of the game and not able to overmatch the rest of the league with his physical skills. The risk-reward swing is amazing, even more so than when the Houston Texans passed on Reggie Bush a few years ago and everyone thought they were nuts.

Turned out it was the right move — Mario Williams is a beast — but that "do we or don't we" moment on Newton for the Panthers, Broncos, Bills, etc. in the first five or 10 picks will be highly dramatic and highly entertaining. We love the draft.

"Dodgeball" reference: It's time to separate the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys, the awkwardly feminine from the possibly Canadian. OK — everyone around these parts knows how we feel about the NFL draft. But it's official that the NFL would be even more awesome if Cotton McKnight (Gary Cole) and Pepper Brooks (Jason Bateman) and the entire production crew from ESN 8 — the Ocho did the NFL draft. Sweet Mother of Chris Berman that would be outstanding. (Another Dodgeball reference: "Pepper needs new shorts.")



This and that

— Josh Chapman, Alabama's nose guard, was ranked as the strongest man in college football, according to ESPN college football ace Bruce Feldman, who wrote Chapman was "now up to 305 pounds, Chapman benches a jaw-dropping 580 pounds and squats 630, according to the Crimson Tide strength staff." The only two other SEC players on Feldman's list were Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU running back Michael Ford.

— For the Love of Judge Wapner's Robe, is there an uglier divorce anywhere than the McCourts. Now the split between the couple than owns the L.A. Dodgers has left the team paralyzed and MLB has stepped in to run the organization. Unbelievable. Side note: If you Google Judge Wapner to make sure you spelled it right, two things happen — first, you remember his first name is Joe and second, he marketed a brand of "Judge Wapner Root Beer." Seriously. If we can't find a Kemba Walker bobblehead, will a six-pack of Judge Wapner Root Beer do?)

— NBA action, it's FAN-tastic. That's the slogan that will always be the one that sticks in the 5-at-10's noggin' rather than the NBA, it's where happens. Although, last night it was where missed shots happened. And it's where turnovers happened (the Lakers-Hornets combined to score 165 points after all.). It's also where the OKC Thunder happen. EC said a week or so ago that Kevin Durant was going to get some rings down the road. Why wait? Who else wants a seat on the Thunder bandwagon? They were fun to watch last night, and with all the crazy, head-scratching, stomach-turning things going on in sports (and that's without a Tiger Woods meltdown in the last couple of months), being fun to watch is more than enough for the 5-at-10.

Until tomorrow.

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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Eustice_Chase said...

If Durrant's supporting cast continues to do what they did last night...the Bearded-Frohawk scored something like 15 points in the first half...well lets just say the OKC Thunder will be hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy somewhere in the middle of a Miranda Lambert and Alan Jackson Riverbend appearance...Durrant Drains 3's effortlessly and Westbrook makes the impossible look flat at silly easy... I know the Angel of Stern may choke on the thought a Bulls- Thunder finals...but c'mon that would be putting the youngest stars on the biggest stage...

The NFL draft is gonna be wicked nasty, and I heard Quake, Dr.B & Cowboy Joe yesterday talking about the draft... the worst QB to win a SuperBowl in the last 10-20 yrs...well Quake that would be Trent Dilfer...there is a Reason Ray Lewis was the first LB to win Super Bowl MVP...anyways i think the Cardinals to need to pull a QB asap ... Wisenhunt needs a QB who can forget Derrick Anderson's meltdown last year? all time top 5 media room post game interview meltdowns...

April 21, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.
kburgess1013 said...

Hmm.. Mr. Updyke is sounding more and more like one of those people you read about in the Least Competent Criminals section of the Creative Loafing blotter reports (which for those who don't know is a free zine published for Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Tampa Bay, and D.C. markets). However, I do think that the 5 at 10 is onto something with the alien abduction comments. I'm sure those will come out soon. Thank you for the dats to wC777. I know when he reads today's column he will be very honored. It has been a tough week in our house, so on behalf of both of us, thank you and we are sorry we have been pretty inactive with the 5 at 10 comments.

April 21, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Color the 5-at-10 excited about the Kevin Durant era, and the phrase, "You don't want to have to try and win a Game 7 in OKC," meaning something. And yes, the Thunder will have to be head-and-shoulders-and-James-Harden's-fantabulous-hairdo better than the Lakers to prevent the SternPowers from crafting a Lakers-Bulls or Lakers-Heat finals. So it goes, but the Thunder is coming, whether it's this year or there after. (Provided of course there is a there after since the NBA is about to take a tragically bad-timed turn on the labor-unrest highway.)

The SportTalk guys are awesome and I heard the same exchange about the draft and quarterbacks and they made good points. Heck, if we had the first pick, here's saying we'd take Patrick Peterson and call it a day because the quarterbacks in this class are unknowns — enigmas wrapped in riddles covered in crypto-quizzes. But, that said, the days of Trent Dilfer winning a Super Bowl are likely done. The game's different now — with the rule changes and the speed of the game making the NFL a pass-first league — and there is so much need and so little supply of quarterbacks that the premium is at an all-time high. The QBs in the playoffs last year: Falcons — Matt Ryan, first-rounder (No. 3 overall) Packers — Aaron Rodgers, first-rounder (No. 25) Bears — Jay Cutler, first-rounder (No. 11) Saints — Drew Brees, first pick of the second round Eagles — Mike Vick, No. 1 overall Seahawks — Matt Hasselback, sixth round Colts — Peyton Manning, No. 1 overall Pats — Tom Brady, sixth round Steelers — Ben Roethlisberger, first round (middle of the round) Chiefs — Matt Cassel, sixth round Ravens — Joe Flacco, first round (later in the first round) Jets — Mark Sanchez, first round (top 5)

Yes, the Cardinals want a QB. Gotta have one, and that's another perfect example of the potential damage a miss QB pick can be. For every Matt Ryan, there's a Matt Leinart. One is the QB of the future in the ATL, the other will be on some reality show sooner rather than later and the Cards now need another QB. So it goes.

P.S. — By the way, Trent Dilfer was a top-10 overall pick for what it's worth. No. 6 overall; three picks after Heath Shuler, and we all know how that turned out. Picking quarterbacks can be like picking horses blind at the Santa Anita.

P.P.S. — Remind Oso that "Top 5 media room meltdowns" needs to go on the summer topics list.

KBurg —

No sweat. Thanks for the kind words, and you folks take care and stop by when tou can. We'll leave a light on for you. (Maybe we can get a Motel * sponsorship, too.)

— 5-at-10

April 21, 2011 at 11:46 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

i must say....the root beer...intrigues me....but dont make me go all rainman on you over the wapner root beer...could you have imagined the fit that he would have went in to over some wapner root beer!! lovin the old school marino pic by the way...as far as the NFL goes....it gonna take a mircale to pull that one off...im talkin like a real miracle...from Miracle Max himself...humperdink wht?!?!? top 5 media room meltdowns....check.

April 21, 2011 at 11:47 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Dilfer was a top 10 pick, gotcha...but with out the Ravens D that year..The Ravens would have been watching that game from the house...Sources tell me that Trent Dilfer makes a phone call to Ray Lewis every morning and sends Ray's momma a dozen long stem roses every Friday afternoon at 1:30

April 21, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Shouldn’t McLouth just tell pitchers to “back up, back up, because it’s on” since he’s out there regulatin’? Also, what do you figure Al from Dadeville’s SAT score was? In the words of Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, could he spell SAT if you spotted him the S and the A? And, no, even after consultatin’ with Rusty the Bailiff, BIspy4 is not, repeat, not jealous of Dan Marino’s tribute to Kelly Tripucka via the hairdo. Not at all. Seriously. Not even a little bit.

April 21, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang,

Great start today. Going to be a good one.

Oso —

Consider the first round of Judge Wapner Root Beer on the 5-at-10. Miracle Max, well-played.

Which leads us to...

BIspy —

Think Marino used Miracle Gro on that mullet. That's awesome. And Tripuka, where did you pull that mullet corollary from? Well-played. And yes, Al from Dadeville is on the low-end of the Wonderlic scores. Let's just say that Forest Gump is giggling at Al's test scores, and Forest is not a smart man. Great feature film.

Which brings us to...

EC —

No doubt that Dilfer was just the guy taking snaps and handing it to Jamal Lewis and letting the D be flat-nasty. And great line about Dilfer calling Lewis's mom — it made the 5-at-10 think about one of our favorites "Goodfellas." "One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was out of respect." Great googily-moogily what a feature flick.

— 5-at-10

April 21, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Let me seeeeeee:

Top 5 media room meltdowns, Dream NFL Team comprised of favorite college team's players of all time, Worse Sports athlete turned Sports Analysts ever, Top College Football Teams (once the season gets closer), Best Baseball Uniforms, Worst sports movies ever (but i think we touched on this one already), Best Sports Songs (songs about sports...not arena chants), Top 5 memorable sports moments for you personally (my number one has to be the BC Doug Flutie Hail Mary over Miami..still remeber watching that like it was yesterday at papaws), People who look like Jay Greeson , most annoying batting stances of all times (like whats his name, couch, use to play for the Marlins...extended those hands straight up over his head), Top 5 Craziest pitching deliveries.....

thats all i got right now....

April 21, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Goodfellas and Casino...top notch movies!!!

The Sport Talk guys are top notch, you hit the nail on the head, loved the piece they had the other day with the two former Ball Players, suggesting that kids go to college unless they have 7 figures waiting on them...That was great advice! Holy Smokes OSO grande...you have quite a list...dont forget "DH Friend or Foe"...

I tried to watch The O's vs Twins game last night...but listening to Nomar Garciaparra analyze a baseball is like listening to someone eat with a stuffy nose...its just plan gross...which leads to most annoying battings stances/ rituals...Nomar was king of the cleat to home plate bat tap with the re-strapping and tugging of each batting glove, digging a 12 inch hole in the batters box waiving the bat a hundred times after each pitch...the guy made me tired just watching him hit....

April 21, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

gotcha EC....added to the list "DH: Friend or Foe"...but I am going to have to request that all other request from this point on please be accompanied by the proper TPS Report Cover Sheet. You all did get the memo on the TPS Cover Sheet, right? I mean we all need to be following the same procedures here...Also let me add....NO CHEATING! no working on the list till Cinco/Diaz releases said list in upcoming Five @ Ten Articles...not that i havent already compiled my lists or anything...

April 21, 2011 at 1:03 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Sweet Bees knees. Breaking news from the TFP Web desk — Al from Dadeville has announced he will be on the Finebaum Show today at 3 p.m. Holy buckets. Nothing else to add there.

Oso —

Outstanding list and consider it cut-and-pasted into the file — that will naturally be accompanied by our TPS report cover sheet (Side note: Love the recent State Farm commercial Lumberg appearance for Gary Cole AKA Cotton McKnight.. Loved the 5 moments (and Flutie's Hail Mary would be on our list, too), and good luck finding five guys that look like that Greeson clown. Oy.

EC —

Garciaparra was a human rain delay. Mind numbing. His pre-at-bat antics were the hitting version of Gaylord Perry's pitching hijinks — and at least Perry was actually doctoring the ball ("You put snot on the ball?").

You're spot on — those two local baseball players that SportTalk had the other day were very good and had interesting views on the draft. Great question from Quake and very informative answers.

As for Goodfellas and Casino, well, the 5-at-10 owns DVDs of each. And whenever either is on the cable, consider us locked in — which of course drives the Mrs. 5-at-10 crazy because she wants to know why we'd watch a movie we already own when it comes on TV but not at other times when we complain about nothing being on. For this, we have no answer other than, "But, it's Goodfellas?" to which she shrugs and turns attention to the next pressing item. The Mrs. 5-at-10 rocks.

April 21, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

The 5@10 is a lucky a 5@10, I consider myself lucky becuase 25% of the time Mrs.EC is looking to Watch Godfather, Goodfellas or Days Of thunder... well ok maybe its just me that wants to watch Days Of Thunder over and over..

OSO- can we discuss the many batting stances of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. the guy never came to the plate and stood the same way twice....i guess thats what happenes when you play 2.632 straight games...gotta be creative keeping it fresh....

April 21, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

the main ones that comes to my mind is Greg Counsel (sp) and Gary Sheffield and that stupid bat swing of his......OH and whats his name from the Astros.....Bagwell?? the one that spread the legs way out and did the Sumo Squat...On the opposite end of the spectrum...i have to say the most relaxed looking stance....Ken Griffey Jr....he always looked like he was just standing there...till he crushed it of course...

April 21, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
jgreeson said...

OK, big-time admission here. Growing up when we played whiffle ball in the yard, we would pick our favorite teams, and bat according to their lineup. My team was always the Dodgers and the Lopes, Russell (hunched over), Garvey (most stoic, statue-esque stance), Cey, Reggie Smith, Kenny Landreaux, Sciocia and Rick Monday lineup. Good times.

Crazy stances that come to mind:

Rose's hunched over

Joe Morgan and that flapping chicken wing

Rod Carew's wide-open loose hands

Jack Clark, George Hendrick and Joe Rudi and their super, Super, SUPER closed stance

Jose Cruz and his way opened stance

Rickey Henderson's crouch

And that's just the big-timers. Wait a second, what are we doing? This is one of the Oso's great summer topics. It's still springtime. Sorry.

P.S. Oso, Junior's stance was pure, like his game. It was not relaxing for the 5-at-10, however. Not after he hit a fastball from a 15-year-old 5-at-10 about 3,500 feet over the right-field wall in Lexington, Kent., at a traveling baseball tournament. Not relaxing at all.

— 5-at-10

April 21, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

LOL...THAT HAD TO BE DEVASTATING TO A YOUNG ASPIRING 15 YEAR OLD FIVE @ TEN WHO HAD HOPES OF BEING A BIG LEAGUE PITCHER ONE DAY...CRUSHED THEM DREAMS LIKE HE CRUSHED THAT BIG FAT GRAPEFRUIT YOU THREW UP THERE FOR HIM TO TEE OFF ON! (THATS ACTUALLY A PRETTY COOL STORY FOR THE GRAND KIDS...) AND HEY!!!! NO MAKING LISTS YET!!!! CHEATERS!

April 21, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

yes, I too picked my favorite team in whiffle ball, protrayed all the players on the St. Louis Cardinals, Ray Lankford was the hardest, being a natural right hander myself... sure was tough batting left...but we could hit em clear over the house...now when i picked up the TPX and told my mom I was gonna bat lefty, well lets just say it never happened...Momma knows best...me and my best friends neighbor were enemies at heart in terms of baseball ...me a die hard cardinal fan and him a cub fan... good times good times

April 21, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

Was not a thrill then — he seriously hit the living stuffing out it — but it's pretty cool now. So it goes.

EC —

Our whiffle ball histories are similar — my foe was always Jeff Powers and his love for the Reds and the latter days of the Big Red.

Great story about Momma and the TPX.

One of the 5-at-10's cherished youth baseball stories was about trying to be a switch-hitter. After hitting a lefty homer in whiffle ball one day, the 12-year-old 5-at-10 and 5-at-10 Sr. had the following exchange:

12-year-old 5-at-10: "Do you think the 5-at-10 should start switch-hitting?"

5-at-10 Sr.: "Are you hitting 1.000 right-handed yet?"

12-year-old 5-at-10: "No."

5-at-10 Sr.: "There you go."

5-at-10 Sr. is a wise soul.

— 5-at-10

April 21, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I appreciate the logic!

My fondest youth baseball memory or maybe the opposite was when I crushed a ball over the fence at a Snow Hill Invitational... the umpire declared that 8 year olds werent allowed to hit the ball over the fence resulting in a ground rule double...I believe that rule has changed since but that definately happened to me....

April 21, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

new list topic.......Favorite Baseball/football/basketball stars you personally portayed growing up...and how many times did you beat the buzzer count down in bball...ya know ya did it...I was always the Braves....

April 21, 2011 at 3:24 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

OSO- what a topic..for starters..I was always Shaquille O'Neal throwing a down buzzer beating game deciding monstar jam when i was younger...

April 21, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang —

It's going to be a long June and July if we use all the good material. Heck, the draft is still a week away. We love the draft — but you know this.

OK, we'll bite. Was always the Dodgers, and our favorite baseball player was always the best Dodger — from Steve "Father of our Country" Garvey to Fernando to Pedro Guerrero to Piazza. As for buzzer beaters, sadly, we were always the 5-at-10, taking passes from the big-name players (loved Lenny Bias during his final season at Maryland and Chris Mullin during his time at St. John's among others) and hitting the game-winners. That probably explains a lot, huh?

Side note: The 5-at-10 was at a team basketball camp in downtown Atlanta the day Bias died, and we received the news from the speaker at the camp sessions — none other than then-UGA coach Hugh Durham. It quieted an entire gym filled with hundreds of teenage boys. It was spooky quiet.

Now is the point where BIspy4 — AKA the biggest Celtic fan around — tears up. So it goes.

— 5-at-10

April 21, 2011 at 3:57 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Great batting stances — can't leave out Carl Yas ... Carl Yastrz ... dadgumit, let's just go with Yaz. Or Willie Stargell. And when BIspy4 heard the fateful words "and with the second pick in the draft, the Boston Celtics select ... Len Bias of Maryland" the BIspy4 ran right out of the living room, out the front door and into the front yard screaming in delight, so sure the Celtics would never, ever lose again. Not a championship. A game. They would be 82-0 and perfect in the playoffs as long as Bird and Bias were together. To call what happened to Bias heartbreaking for the game of basketball, Celtics fans and Maryland fans may not do it justice.

April 21, 2011 at 8:09 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

The BIspy4 was convinced of Bias’ coming greatness after watching him bury a 3 then run underneath the basket, tip the inbounds pass, catch it and dunk it against North Carolina. One. Bad. Man. Besides, got the Dolce and Gabbana I need there, lilidf.

April 21, 2011 at 8:23 p.m.
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