published Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

5 at 10: Martin Prado, Mullets and the bomb that dropped on Miami

Let's get to it. From the "7-Up Stinks Studios," here we go...



The U-Bomb

Wow. Yahoo! Sports dropped a nuclear bomb on the University of Miami football program. The overwhelming report done mainly by Charles Robinson alleges more than 70 players received improper benefits from Nevin Shapiro from 2002-2010.

Here are the highlights:

— Shapiro started talking about his relationship with the Hurricanes football and basketball programs after he plead guilty to running a $900-plus million Ponzi scheme. Shapiro, who tried to contact a lot of former Miami athletes when he needed financial help but was rebuffed, is serving a 20-year prison sentence.

— Shapiro's nickname to at least one Miami player was "Lil Luke," in reference to former renowned rogue booster and rapper Luke Campbell from the 1980s heyday of "The U."

— The list of players is a who's-who of recent Miami players. Seriously. If you can think of a player who played at Miami in the last decade, he's more than likely on the list.

— The allegations — cash payments, gifts, improper benefits, association with sports agents, even arranged prostitution — are serious, and Shapiro says that Miami coaches and representatives knew what he was doing.

— No fewer than nine current Miami players were named in the Yahoo! Sports report.

It's some "Oh my world," stuff. Seriously.

In fact, the claims are so egregious and so overwhelming — even for Miami, the poster-boy program of over-the-topness and flash — that if they hold true, well, anything's possible. And we've said for years, that the money is too great for any program to get an SMU-type of "death" penalty where they shut the program down for a few years, but if Shapiro's claims prove true, this could elicit a "death" penalty.



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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Randall Delgado throws in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Braves stay late, get win

Another last-at-bat win for the Atlanta Braves, who got a two-out RBI single in the 11th inning from Martin Prado to beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1.

Three big things from Tuesday's dramatic win:

— First, the Braves extended their lead in the wildcard race to six games. If the Braves can sweep the final two games of this four-game series with the Giants, it will go a long way to securing October baseball in Atlanta. Atlanta leads the NL with 22 wins in their last at-bat.

— Second, this team's pitching is outrageous. From top-to-bottom, this is the best staff in baseball. Yes, the Phillies have the big three of Halladay-Lee-Hamels, and that has allowed the them to run clear of the rest of the NL. But these Braves are cruising along with their two best starters — Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens — on the DL for the last couple of weeks. Among the replacements was last night's starter Randall Delgado, who allowed one hit in six stellar innings.

— Third this Atlanta bullpen — which pitched five scoreless innings Tuesday — has been outstanding. In fact, the light's out firm of Venters & Kimbrell currently have the two longest scoreless streaks in baseball. Venters has pitched 19 scoreless consecutive innings (he has not allowed a run since June 29, gang); Kimbrell has pitched more than 27 consecutive scoreless innings (he has not allowed a run since June 11).

Wow. Combine the back-end-of-the-bullpen dominance and the Braves' ability to win in their last at-bat means for the last six weeks, the Braves have played nine-inning games and their opponents are playing seven innings.

That's a winning formula.



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    Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Rod Beck pumps his fist after earning a save following the final out with bases loaded against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday July 26, 2001, at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Fashion statements

Our man EC checked in late Tuesday night with his usual MMA update, some Jim Thome logic and an interesting fashion question.

While we normally wait until Friday to answer mail, we're going to offer a rare midweek Q&A.

EC asked: which leads me to my question...which I will leave for the group and check back later tomorrow to see what developed if anything... Brian Wilson's Beard, Pedro Martinez's Chilli Bowl-jheri Curl and Rod Beck's Mullet-Mustache Combo... which Fashion statement are you(you being defined as whoever you wants to be) most likely to adorn???

For the 5-at-10, the answer is easy if for no other reason than possibility. We have to go with the Rod Beck Mullet-Mustache combo. There's no way we could grow the Brian Wilson chin sweater — we shave like once a week as it is and after about 10 days it gets so itchy that we can't tolerate it. As for Pedro's awesome Jheri Curl — and it's the best in baseball history and enters the discussion of some of the great 1980s NBA Jheri Curls — our hair is entirely too thick to pull that off.

So there you go.

What say you gang?



This and that

— While Miami's alleged scandal is the talk of college football this morning, there is trouble brewing in Oregon, where the questions about the traffic stops of two star players have turned into a Cheech-and-Chong routine.

— Plus, apparently Danny Sheridan today is going to reveal the "bag man" that paid Cam Newton to go to Auburn. He's supposed to reveal the name on Paul Finebaum's radio show. Could be interesting; could be irrelevant. We'll see.

— With the latest recruit — four-star defensive back LaDarrell McNeil — the Vols now have 15 commitments from the class of 2012. It doesn't seem all that long ago that the Vols Nation was doing a lot of hand-wringing about the lack of numbers in this class. Derek Dooley and Co. have made some serious strides this summer.

— We had a great time on SportTalk on Tuesday, even though Dr. B (he's a doctor after all) was obviously possessed by demons when he predicted that Penn State would beat Alabama this season. So it goes.



Today’s question

The Mrs. 5-at-10 brought up an interesting point last night at Casa de la 5-at-10.

She thinks it's time to change the name of the "7-UP Stinks Studios" and she has a fair case.

It has been a long while and 7-UP may have paid it's penance for its misdeeds of the early summer.

So, what's next? Who deserves praise or ridicule for the next few weeks with the honor/insult of being the namesake of our studio?

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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bigbearzzz said...

first and foremost, didnt get to yesterdays Cinco a laz Diez till late last night and about fell outta my chair when i saw El Guapo make a guest appearance on the show! That was an awesome look-a-like call on your part! A male plane just flew over the house, i know its male cause it has...oh moving on. I'm going with the Mullet only cause, yes, i already know how to maintain and care for said mullet for maximum silkiness and bounce. What?! like yall didnt sport the mullet!?! If its time to rename the 7-up stinks studio i say you wait to see what happens with the U and use them as your next target..err...i mean studio name.

I need an update on out stud freshman Ray Drew and his shoulder injury. Heard anything new?

August 17, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

The mail plane gag was great. Thanks for the El Guapo praise — seriously underrated movie that "Three Amigos." (The 5-at-10 and his high school buddies quoted "Three Amigos" frequently. Combined with "Fletch" and "Spies Like Us" and "Vacation" and on the heels of "Caddyshack" that was Chevy Chase at the height of comedy.)

Did you actually use the phrase "maximum silkiness and bounce?" Let's just move on.

Drew's going to be fine — dude is a monster and will be the best UGA linebacker in a long, Long, LONG time. He's just got that look and an all-business approach. In our humble opinion, Drew is going to be your next favorite Dog.

— 5-at-10

August 17, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Now THAT is truly a Miami HURRICANE and I am not sure it has even fully hit yet!

August 17, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Livin(Large) —

Agreed. Completely. And you're right, this feels like the first wave, and who knows what else is coming. The first wave at THE Ohio State University was no where near this bad but it continued to get worse.

If this Miami-thing gets worse, wow. Just wow.

And we've said it before and we'll say it again, if the Yahoo! Sports show up on your favorite team's campus, well, it's not for a player profile of the quarterback. Those guys are doing some bang-up investigative stuff.

— 5-at-10

August 17, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
jgreeson said...

We've had two e-mail suggestions about the studio name involving possible Hurricane shifts. Here are the suggestions:

FROM McPELL

"I vote for the Finebaum/Sheridan stink as the new name, but I am a little biased.

That's some serious [stuff] the U. has stepped in. Maybe the NCAA makes them a lower case "u" now.

Have a great day."

FROM C-VOL

"Hey Jay,

How about renaming the studio simply “The U Studio?” And have Kellen Winslow’s ‘this is a war’ (after UT beat them in ‘03) rant as your theme song. That whole deal is just unreal."

August 17, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
patrickd said...

Scariest thing about the Miami case to me:

Name a scandal in history where investigators who began turning over every rock didn't find even more malfeasance than was originally known the day the scandal first came to light.

August 17, 2011 at 11:54 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Fellas, stay away from the name Nevin. Too much like Navin. As in Navin Johnson. And all he needs is this chair. And the dog. And this paddle game.

When the NCAA stepped on SMU's throat, they weren't really crushing one of the top dogs. Yes, SMU had some history and was briefly at the pinnacle during the Pony Express. But they weren't a USC West or Golden Domers or Tejas or a Big Red.

Now the NCAA has on its hands one of those marquee programs. They made an example of SMU and everybody behaved (mostly) for a little while. If they really mean what they say, what will they do to the u or THE Ohio State University. (Did anyone know that THE Ohio State University has an annual budget of $6 billion? That's 6. With an illion. With a b in front. Georgia's budget for the entire is barely $17 illion with a b in front. Now that's the budget for the entire institution of higher learning. Not the ink money for the football players.)

August 17, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.
patrickd said...

Anyone amazed at how much better Yahoo Sports is than the NCAA at doing their job?

August 17, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
jgreeson said...

PDavi —

There will be aftershocks. There are always aftershocks.And PDavi, being an Alabama fan, what does your program and Saban do with the two current Alabama assistants that were involved in this?

BIspy —

Apparently the Yahoo! guys hate these cans. Stay away from the cans.

You're correct about SMU being on the fringe of big-time when the NCAA nuked them. Is Miami above or below the safe line? If the NCAA (Dean Wormer) is ever going to drop the big, it's got to be here on Miami (Delta House).

Now was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Heck no. And it ain't over now.

Sorry, "Animal House" sidetrack.

Spy, you bring up a great point. How many fist pumps did THE fan base of THE Ohio State University just unload?

— 5-at-10

August 17, 2011 at 12:38 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I just read Ernie Johnson Jr.'s eulogy to the late, great Ernie Johnson Sr. Getting dusty in here again. Real dusty. Makes you respect and admire both men even more. That doesn't happen a lot anymore.

August 17, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.
patrickd said...

Well 5 at 10, Alabama would be wise to follow the advice of the great disciplinarian Norman Dale. You see, Norman found himself in a similar situation when first arriving in the small town of Hickory. Like Alabama, Coach Dale was faced with two individuals who's actions were potentially hazardous to his team. It took him less than 10 seconds to make a decision on the matter and I see no reason it should take Alabama any longer. "Both of you, out. Now."

August 17, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

The Misses is right...lets give 7-Up and their ridiculous 1-year supply of Carbonated Beverage a break...Perhaps the "Lebron Trumps Jordan Fieldhouse" ??? any takers???...Keep quiet Jordan Rules!

August 17, 2011 at 7:20 p.m.
jomo11 said...

all that bragging about Dooley's recruiting....it still doesn't dismiss the FACT that in 4 years as a college HEAD coach, Dooley has ZERO wins against teams that finnished the season with a winning record

August 17, 2011 at 7:35 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Are These Atlanta Braves not fun to watch? Uggla is finally becoming the player he was in South Beach, and their pitching is flat out nasty...how many other teams in MLB can boast about having a Pitcher throwing 6 Hit less Innings only to be demoted to AAA after the game because they have so many studs in the stable already??

Someone Get Ken Dorsey on the phone... the U needs help and he was the last player to lead them to the promise land....

Pedro's Jheri Curl was good for three things...1. A Laugh 2.a Nasty Cutter..thanks to that mysterious "juice" and finally 3. Don Zimmer Repellent.

UFC 134 one week from Saturday..August 27 UFC Rio...UFC Returns to Brazil with an awesome card..Anderson Silva puts his Middleweight Title on the line against Yushin Okhami...the last fighter to defeat Silva..albeit DQ..but hey a win is a win...also on the card.. Mauricio Shogan Rua vs Forrest Griffin..in a replay of a previous bout where Forrest Griffin found himself victorious against a battered and Surgery needing Rua...Look for Rua to dismantle Griffin after the humiliating defeat he suffered from the hands of Johnny Bones Jones....

5er-glad to hear you share the inability to quickly harvest facial hair...

August 17, 2011 at 8:37 p.m.
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