published Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

5 at 10: All about Uggla, Stevie and preseason greatness

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    Atlanta Braves' Dan Uggla hits a two-run single off of New York Mets' Ryota Igarashi in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Uggla keeps rolling

Dan Uggla keeps it going. His infield single in Monday's 8-5 win over Florida pushed his hitting streak to 29 games. He has a hit in every game since July 5, when the 5-at-10 decided to restart his season.

In truth, Uggla's torrid month could not have come at a better time considering Brian McCann's and Chipper Jones' injuries and the struggles of Jason Heyward. Uggla finished 1-for-3 Monday, and stayed at .220 for the season — two points below his high-water mark of the season.

That said, the Braves (67-49) remained 8.5 back of the red-hot Phillies. But catching the Phillies is not the ultimate goal — making the playoffs is. And as any longtime Braves fan can tell you, as good as the Phillies' starting rotation and lineup look during an impressive regular season, a sketchy bullpen can spell disaster in the playoffs.

Sidenote: To be fair, Derek Lowe was solid Monday, going six innings and allowing two runs. It was Lowe's first quality start since June, and we felt it was only fair to mention it after his last outing — when the 5-at-10 suggested that Lowe head to the bullpen. That said, we still believe if the Braves get into the playoffs and all of their starters are healthy the following two things should happen: Lowe should be in the bullpen, and Scott Proctor is not allowed to throw a baseball once batting practice is concluded. Done and done.


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    Adam Scott from Australia, right, and his caddie Steve Williams share a laugh on the 17th tee during third round play in the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

More on Stevie

Is it too much to ask to have Adam Scott and Tiger Woods play together this weekend?

Please let this happen so we can see two things: 1) How mentally strong Tiger Woods' game is, because as we discussed yesterday, it was not that long ago that is kind of negativity would mean Tiger would have shot 62 on Thursday and 65 on Friday; 2) This thing put to bed.

Did anyone hear Curtis Strange's three simple steps to being a good caddie? Show up, keep up and shut up. Any guesses which one Stevie violated?


Preseason greatness

There are some great perks about being a sports writer. Among them is watching football coaches — high school, college and even professional — lose their minds during preseason practice. 

As a player, it was less than thrilling. As an adult it can be quite humorous.

Here's the kicker: More times than not these outbursts are calculated and predetermined.

And even the ones that aren't, you have to remember that during preseason practice, there is always going to be good and bad on every play. And in the preseason, the good and the bad are on the same team and it's been our experience that football coaches on all levels focus on the bad.

Our favorite coach's rant included a spittle-flying tirade with the phrase, "75... You play like that and either it's going to kill me... Or I'm going to kill you."


This and that

— Speaking of football coaches and preseason traditions, Oregon coach Chip Kelly was quoted by Rob Moseley of the Eugene Register-Guard as saying ""A quarterback is like a teabag — you don't know what you've got until you put it in hot water." There was no confirmation whether that clever saying was part of the $25,000 package supplied by Willie Lyles. Oh, sorry coach, Will Lyles.

— There will be actual football this weekend. Granted, it's preseason games in the NFL and jamborees on the high school level. One NFL name to watch this weekend is Andy Dalton, who will get the start for the Cincinnati Bengals. After he was so, So, SO impressive in his QB sessions with Jon Gruden, it will be interesting to see if being sharp in front of a chalkboard translates to being sharp in front of a blitz package. Seems like a wise man once said, "A quarterback is like a teabag — you don't know what you've got until you put it in hot water," but we could have been imagining it.

— Did you see Real Madrid soccer team sign a 7-year-old kid? Wow. OK, two points: 1) Imagine the hand-wringing if that had happened in the U.S.A Heck, then-UT coach Lane Kiffin created a huge stir when he made "offers" to Eric Berry's little brothers when they were in middle school. This tyke is in second grade and will start training in September. 2) Dude is going to be so money in the lunch room. Imagine the questions, "What did you do this summer?" Thomas: "I finger-painted with my mom." Joe: "I learned to ride a bike." Leo: "I signed a professional soccer contract." Money.

— We get it, everyone thinks Tim Tebow's throwing motion is broken, and because Merrill Hoge thinks Tebow's inaccurate, well we may as well cut his hand off. Here's a couple of things about the over-dissected debate about the "psuedo-quarterback" controversy for the Denver Broncos, who rank with the Titans, Seahawks and Panthers as the worst teams in the NFL: 1) Tebow's competing against Kyle Orton for crying out-loud. Yes, Orton had a good season last year, but he's KYLE ORTON. He was 3-10 as a starter. It's not like we're debating Tebow-vs.-Tom Brady here; 2) Say what you want, but when the lights come on Tebow is a gamer. He won state titles in high school. He won national titles at Florida. And a wise man once said, "A quarterback is like a teabag — you don't know what you've got until you put it in hot water," and Tebow has delivered the Lipton in hot water. And Willie Lyles approves this message.


Today's question

In honor of EC's statement about the MMA dude that wore the Banana Hammock — never an acceptable play — we are making an appeal for the worst uniforms in sports.

What are the worst uniforms in sports today? (We're looking at you Cleveland — brown is a UPS trademark or a business suit, not a uni color.) What are the worst of all-time? (May have to start with the White Sox and the year they wore shorts. Seriously.) What are your favorite awful uniforms? (Maybe the old 1970s Braves' unis with the lower case 'a')

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...

The best be-hind chewing I ever recieved was around the 7th or 8th grade when I was wrestling...I was the biggest kid on the team at 6ft 160..except for our 3x All County Heavyweight he was 6ft I was stuck wrestling him every day in practice and after he powerbombed on the mat one afternoon...gave me a concussion..our coach...with his Copenhagen breathe..decided to jump in my face and ask me how many times I was going to lose to our 3x All County Heavyweight (who outwieghed me by at least 60 lbs)....yeah...thats an image Ill never forget!

Isnt this ordeal between Stevie Williams and Tiger starting to get a little catty? hehe

Worst Uniforms in the History of Uniforms?? How about the head to toe Phillies Pin-stripes...or the 1970's powder blue with that god awful P..."i wouldnt throw a bucket of water on those if they were drowning"...

August 9, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

You know what I liked about Uggla's hit last night.... he had to put some husstle behind that muscle... he legged out an infield single..and thats just awesome...i would like to see a rule be put into play in MLB that if a batter does not run hard to the bases...except during a HR...that they be charged with two outs...I hate seeing guys stop half way down the base-line...and I blame Albert Belle...who supposedly had it in his contract that he did not have to run out ground ball outs....ridiculous!

August 9, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

worse by far the Bucs in the 70's....followed by any basketball team that was required to wear the short shorts and long sox....that was torture in itself. Never got a butt chewin for sports....but there was this one band camp......

August 9, 2011 at 11 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

We love, Love, LOVE the "gotta-run-hard" clause. In fact, hold that thought. We'll address it in Wednesday's 5-at-10 question.

Phillies' unis were bad, but no where near as bad as some of the ones of that era — think Astros or Padres or White Sox or Indians. But you get a pass because your overwhelming hate for all things Phillies is well-known and regarded.

Oso —

If the Bucs' unis are not at the top of the list, they are at least in the team picture. And you're spot on with the short-shorts, high-sock combo. Even if you hated the "Fab 5" we all owe them a debt of gratitude for the baggy shorts revolution.

— 5-at-10

August 9, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

by a show of hands who will be attending the Times Free Press Jamboree at some point this weekend??? Yeah me too!

Cant wait!

August 9, 2011 at 11:41 a.m.
eljefe said...

Big article in the Palm Beach Post today about why the Marlins should not miss Uggla. The point was he was "demanding too much" to stay in Florida. It did not specify money but that is the implication. Although, Danny boy may have wanted his own too- tight-shirt clothing line as an incentive so ... who knows what "too much" equals.

Between that article and this Stevie Williams thing I fear the hallowed ground of sports where whining is prohibited is once again in grave danger. By the way, can we get a case for whatever Uggla is drinking and ship it to Carl Crawford?

I like the idea of a sanction for not running out ground balls. 2 outs though is steep! Joey Belle was an overrated punk.

Worst uni's: TB Buc's, Oilers Old School Pirates, Padres, Phils. All old school basketball uni's but especially the Celtics because that team was so ugly nothing could have helped.

I am also very intrigued about the story regarding Real Madrid. Lionel Messi was the last player to receive such a contract although I think he was 10. Worked out pretty welll. There is a seedy underbelly to those contracts involving people who make Willie "Will" Lyles look like the patron saint of young athletes.

August 9, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Worst unis of all time: The old Cleveland Cavaliers unis, pre-Craig Ehlo. Yuh-uck.

Nearly anything the Oregon football team wears (except the all green. They do kinda pull that one off).

The Denver Broncos throwbacks. The Swiss Guards called. They think someone stole their dry cleaning.

The Pittsburgh Pirates of the late 70s and the all yellow get up. Pops Stargell and Cobra Parker looked like, well ... it wasn't very becoming.

The San Diego Padres had some rather detestable unis too.

The 1982 Vancouver Canucks. Bad on so many levels. Same thing with the Islanders several years ago and the evil fisherman logo. Wow.

Frankly, I liked the old Braves unis, especially the ones from the Hank Aaron/Buzz Capra days. Those all blue things from the early 80s ... hmmm ... maybe not so much in retrospect.

Clemson football's all purple get up. This being a family interwebtube, I shall refrain from making any further analogies.

August 9, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

5er, when I seen the line-up for the Jamboree i threw the paper away because i thought for sure it was a misprint! Those are some stacked Football games...and I cant wait!!

August 9, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Is there a schedule online somewhere? I'd like to see it but dont have access to a paper up here in my cell...i mean cube.

August 9, 2011 at 1:14 p.m.
jgreeson said...

TFP Best o Preps Jamboree schedule (action starts at 7 p.m. at Finley Stadium)

Thursday — Ooltewah vs. Ringgold

Friday — Cohulla Creek vs. Grace; Central vs. Baylor; Boyd-Buc vs. Cleveland; McCallie vs. Red Bank; Signal vs. Bradley Central; Soddy-Daisy vs. Franklin

Saturday — CCS vs. Brainerd; East Ridge vs. Silverdale; East Hamilton vs. Rhea County; Howard vs. McMinn County; Hixson vs. McMinn County; Tyner vs. Walker Valley

Should be a good time.

— 5-at-10

August 9, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

No disrespect towards anyone playing Thursday or Saturday...but Friday is going to be Wicked!!!

Hey 5er

What happened to "THE" PGA Championship Contest ?

August 9, 2011 at 1:52 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Was there ever a more manly name than "Lincoln Hawk" that name oozes gallons of Manlyness

August 9, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

We're still up for a "Major contest for the least major major." You know the drill: Five golfers, final finish equals the number of points (Finish first = 1 point; finish 13th = 13 points; miss the cut = 100 points), throw out the highest score and the lowest score wins.

Who's in? We'll give away tickets to some sort of sporting event in or around the area in the coming days.

As for the manly names:

Lincoln Hawk is good. Clubber Lang is good. Snake Plissken is better. Ron Burgandy is also top-notch.

On the not so much list: Judge Elhue Smails, White Goodman, Daniel LaRusso.

— 5-at-10

August 9, 2011 at 2:56 p.m.
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