published Thursday, July 7th, 2011

5 at 10: Vols football, Roger Clemens and the Braves win again

From the "7-Up Stinks Studios," here we go...

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    Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Braves win — again

The Atlanta Braves handed the ball to Jair Jurrjens on Wednesday and promptly scored three first-inning runs.

Hello, giving Jurrjens a 3-0 lead is like giving the ‘86 Bears a three-touchdown edge or fighting a school-yard bully with an AK-47. Jurrjens is the NL ERA leader and collected his NL-best 12th win when the Braves put the finishing touches on a 9-1 win. Jurrjens, who has been so good that his ERA remained unchanged despite allowing a lone run in five strong innings, was probably thinking, “Hey, guys, let’s save a few of these for the next time around, huh?”

That said, the comfortable margin did allow the Braves bullpen to avoid using the lay-down-the-law firm of O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel.

As if the news could possibly seem to be getting any better for these Braves, don’t look now but Game 2 of Dan Uggla’s 2011, Part Deux was stellar. Again.

If you recall, in an effort to be a kinder and gentler 5-at-10, we decided to restart the season for Uggla on Tuesday. So forget that sub-.200 average, that was more or less an extended spring training, Uggla’s hitting .800 (4-for-5) with two homers and three RBIs and two walks so far in 2011, Part Deux. Seems like there may be another Braves all-star snub in the making.

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    Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl yells to his team during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

A Pearl of an interview

Bruce Pearl spoke with an Atlanta sports talk radio show Wednesday.

He sounded remorseful and contrite. He sound almost sympathetic.

He also sounded hopeful about the prospects of coaching again.

"I do think that I'm going to have the opportunity to coach again," Pearl told AM 790 The Zone in Atlanta. "I've got to wait and see what the Committee on Infractions, what they say, probably coming up sometime in the middle of August and how quickly will they allow me to come back into coaching. That's going to go a long way towards whether or not I do coach again."

It’s hard to see the NCAA Committee of Infractions taking anything other than stern approach to Pearl, who lied to NCAA investigators and we all know how that generally turns out. A two-year Show Cause penalty (an NCAA tag that means any future potential employer has to show cause to the NCAA why Pearl deserves another shot) is likely for Pearl.

Beyond that, it will take a special place and situation for Pearl to be a good fit. Think about it, which programs would want to invite the NCAA microscope on to campus by hiring Pearl? Not many.

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    Tennessee free safety Janzen Jackson (15) is congratulated by teammate Jacques Smith, left, after stopping tailback David Oku during the Orange and White spring college football game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on April 17. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel,Adam Brimer)

Waves in the SEC

There was significant news in the SEC football world Wednesday.

Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson was enrolled for summer classes with hopes of gaining his eligibility for the fall. Jackson, easily the Vols top defensive talent, withdrew from school in Frebruary to attend to personal issues.

Alabama incoming freshman running back Dee Hart reportedly has been lost for the 2011 season with a torn ACL. Hart, a five-star recruit who was viewed by most as the nation’s top high school running back last season, figured to be in the mix as the primary back-up to Tide star and Heisman candidate Trent Richardson.

The return of Jackson helps Tennessee more than the injury to Hart hurts Alabama — but that’s as much a statement about the talent levels of the two programs as the impact of the players. Each player is a true stud, and the UT defense can use all the help it can get.

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    Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens and his wife Debbie, right, exit the federal court in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, where he is on trial on charges of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs during his 23-year career. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

This and that

— Reports have placed the deadline at July 22 for an NFL labor deal without losing any preseason games other than the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7. Tick, tick, tick. Hey, senator, love the suit.

— Dallas receiver Roy Williams is suing Brooke Daniels, the 2009 Miss Texas USA, in an effort o regain possession of a $76,000 engagement ring he sent -- by mail -- to Daniels. Apparently Williams also sent Daniels $5,000 for and a taped marriage proposal in February. A taped wedding proposal? The ring in the mail? Are we even sure Ms. Daniel received said ring? You stay classy Roy.

— Roger Clemens perjury trial started. In other news, the grass outside the 5-at-10 compoun needs cutting. Here’s saying we’re cutting the grass — twice — before spending any time watching the Clemens debacle.

— Don’t look now, but on a radio show Willie Lyles (he’s also known as Will Lyles in the Oregon football offices) said he knows LSU coach Les Miles, and that Miles knows Lyles. Here’s saying that the NCAA will want to know more about how well Miles knows Lyles and how well the styles of Miles and Lyles made each smile for a while.

Today’s question

The flashmob commercial — you know the one where the guy breaks into his dance step at the because he doesn’t get the text message on time — that is played like 1,245 times during Braves games must be stopped. Like now. Yes, we realize that’s not a question, but we had to share that with some one.

OK, the question: Did you see that former UGA football coach Jim Donnan filed for bankruptcy last week? Tragic story, no doubt. Which sports name we know do you think will be the next to file bankruptcy? Discuss, and we’ll see you around 2 p.m. with our answer.

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Eustice_Chase said...

If Im given the choice...cut the grass with nail clippers or watch the Clemens headed to Ace, to get some knee pads...there is no way Im watching or listening to anything that even rhymes with Roger Clemenes Steriod moving right along

These Atlanta Braves are everything we could have hoped throw in a little more offense and these Bravos are the #1 Team in question...but hey if they can keep this up...ill settle for a Wild Card Birth and the probable Braves Phillies NLCS...L-Dub went yard last night...what is that 434 ish for a career?? Im hoping Chipper can reach the 450 mark, hes third all time for HR by a Switch Hitter and he aint catchin Mantle or Murray...which is good company if you ask me.... is there any doubt L-Dub goes to Cooperstown? I think not...Once he exits stage right...all roads lead to the Hall of Fame....

As for the question of Who is the next guy to go about Your Dallas Cowboy Wide Reciever Dez Bryant?? Homeboy racked up oodles and oodles of debt....before he ever got a check from the NFL...something tells me hes not as good at balancing a check book as he is catching the pig skin...

July 7, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

By the way, good Strong Showing by Hargis on yesterday's Sport Talk Radio broadcast....he deserves an E-High5 for that!

July 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
patrickd said...

Hargis brought the heat.

July 7, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

and not the Miami Heat, because there was no crying done on Sport Talk...

July 7, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.
patrickd said...

So the Vols weren't mentioned? --I kid, Stephen, I kid.--

July 7, 2011 at 11:13 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Chipper is a no-doubt, first-ballot HoFer. He'll finish with 450-or-so homers, a batting title, an MVP, part of one of the greatest regular-season runs in the sport. Plus, he's never been linked to steroids, which will only magnify his numbers in this day and age.

Dez Bryant is a quality choice — and here's saying that if the lockout lasts longer than expected there could be a lot of active football players (we're looking directly at you Reggie Bush) who may or may not have money problems. Sidenote: With his jewelry history, we were completely expecting Dez Bryant to be the Cowboys WR with the $76,000 ring issues. So it goes — we'll call it a team-building thing for Roy Williams and Dez.

Let's make a pact, from this point forward we're giving Roger Clemens the "Beetlejuice" treatment — meaning that we can't mention his name more than three times in any 5-at-10. Who's in?

Hargis was aces with the Sports Talk guys. Good stuff all the way around. Look for a real talker story in tomorrow's TFP from Hargis.

PDavi —

Sorry to hear about your boy Dee Hart. Seriously.

— 5-at-10

July 7, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.
patrickd said...

It's getting thin over there in T-town at a position most felt comfortable with only a month or two ago.

July 7, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

consider me in !

Dez has made it very clear he is not in Dallas to carry shoulder pads...but perhaps he will check Roy's mail for him going forward.

Does L-Dub have any Gold Gloves ? Let us not forget his 7x All Star Appearances and he SHOULD have been Rookie of the Year!!! Or the fact that he named is son Larry Wayne III...but calls him that not humor or what....

July 7, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
chas9 said...

Eustice, did you ever watch your odometer roll over to the big round numbers? Me neither. But the Atlanta Braves now have an all-of-existence record of 9,997-9,990. How cool would it be if, on July 22, they went into their game against the Reds with a mark of 9,999-9,999? Since they've been winning 80% of their games lately, that's not likely to happen. Better yet, if Venters and Kimbrel haven't blown up, maybe they'll have the best record in all of MLB by then. Holy Gene Garber! Your Atlanta Braves are already the hottest team in baseball.

July 7, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.
OTWatcher said...

I'm in, on R C. Would go along with a list of others. I ajm all for discussing and appreciating those who contribute to the better ment of their respective sport and expelling those who abuse the tradition.

July 7, 2011 at 1:14 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Chas9- that is "Will Smith Doesnt have to curse in his raps to sell records" crazy! Kimbrel and Venters are like straight cash homie, there is nothing better right now...lets hope the sticks get hotter and Freddi Freeman continues to launch bombs !

July 7, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Not only did L-Dub call his first son Trey, he named his second son Shea — after the old ballpark in NYC — because he owns the Mets. That's awesome in its awesomeness. Sidenote: Great Fresh Prince shoutout. Question: Is there a better triple-threat entertainer in our lifetime? Big-time recording star; big-time TV star; big-time movie star. He's a big-time Big-Timer.

Chas9 —

It's testament to the level of world class stinkitude that the Braves needed almost 20 years of excellence (since 1991, there have been what two losing seasons?) to get to the point that they are just 7 games over .500 all-time. Sweet Chuck Tanner's lineup card that's unbelievable.

If the Braves' bats get hot — and the pitching stays even somewhat close to what it's been — look out. Seriously. If this group can enter the playoffs rested (and that's a big if considering it's only July 6) anything can happen. Look what a couple of hot bats (Cody Ross) and light's out pitching did for the Giants last fall.

We're not sayin' anything, we're just sayin' — you know?

OT —

Agree 100-percent, although expulsion would never pass through the players or the owners. (Seriously, do think the Yankees would let A-Rod get booted for 100 games or so after saying he and his "cousin" experimented with some pills? Not likely). That said, the only thing that is having any affect on some of the better players is the threat of being skipped by the Hall of Fame. Hogwash. Hit them in the wallet. First failed test is a million bucks or a year's pay, whichever is less.

— 5-at-10

July 7, 2011 at 1:55 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Here are the 5-at-10's top five former big-money sports folks likely to be looking for work before enjoying the golden years:

— Mike Tyson (And who's to say that without the "Hangover" roles he might have already been there)

— JaMarcus Russell

— Pacman Jones

— Jose Canseco

— Frank McCourt (oh wait, he already did). OK, let's go with Pete Rose.

Side note: The Braves just erupted for a five-run third inning, highlighted by six straight hits that included a three-run homer by Freddie Freeman, a double by Dan Uggla and an RBI single by Jason Heyward. It's not official, but there may have been some EMT folks needed in the Braves dugout to revive hitting coach Larry Parrish considering Uggla and Heyward had back-to-back base hits. That's like the Braves' offensive version of the Loch Ness monster — we've heard that it might be real but we weren't so sure.

Sidenote No. 2: Kerry Collins has retired from the NFL, according to the Tennessean. Which leaves two thoughts: Vince Young is smiling somewhere and Dr. B's prediction that the Titans will go 2-14 looks better by the minutes. He's a doctor after all.

— 5-at-10

July 7, 2011 at 2:28 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Love the list, Pacman Jones enjoys making it rain in the its just a matter of time before the only thing he is throwing in the air..are his hands...which will later be outfitted with stainless steel bracelets.

Jose Canseco would probably send his brother Ozzie to court to file Bankruptcy...afterall Jose is in HUGE demand these days...

JaMarcus Russell...i think is unlikely to file bankruptcy...If he copyrights and sells his "juice/Drink" mixture...Bethanny Frankel sold her own mixture of a popular drink for multi JaMarcus...there is hope for you after all

Will Smith is in a league of his own...alot like 3 sport athletes in highschool...this ability to excell in 3 areas is fading fast...and now he is taking over his Childrens career...Jayden Smith who played in the Karate Kid Volume 2 and Willow...who whips her hair back and forth...Will Smith is a modern day legend...that is not debateable...

someone quick...pinch me..i feel like im dreaming!!! Heyward and Uggla...back to back hits???

July 7, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.
chas9 said...

The chicken man's too easy, 'cause all former heavyweight champeens are odds-on favorites to bankrupt and/or do time. You stay classy, Evander. Likely to be some NBA studs-in their-own-minds floating on top of the pool, since their paychecks will be short this year. Does Bruce the Pearl count as a "sports figure"? Stay classy, Bruce. Talkin 'bout orange suspenders.

July 7, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Just got finished taking care of something at work and in the middle of my instructions to staff, I thought to myself, "Holy moly, I sound like the 5 at 10." But you know in my mind, the words were not holy moly. At least not moly.

July 7, 2011 at 5:18 p.m.
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