published Friday, July 8th, 2011

5 at 10: Friday mailbag

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    UT coach Derek Dooley talks to the press after the game against UT Martin at Neyland Stadium Saturday evening.
    Staff Photo by Angela Lewis

From CelticVol

Hello 5@10,

Dennis Dodd from CBSSports.com recently wrote an article about college football coaches who are on the hot seat for 2011. One of the names he listed was Derek Dooley. How in the world can Dooley be on a hot seat with the cards he has been dealt? Many times he has referred to his first year as Year 0 and the upcoming year as Year 1. With a roster full of freshmen and sophomores I think eight wins would be a great season. What are your thoughts?

C-Vol,

The 5-at-10 hopes you’re enjoying your summer, and here’s saying that there is no reason to be worked up by a writer who’s trying to work up the UT fan base. Derek Dooley’s seat is not hot. Is there pressure? Sure there is, but there is pressure on every head coach at every major college football program.

If Dooley can find a way to eight wins, he’ll be on the short list of SEC coach of the year candidates. As long as UT is bowl-eligible, Dooley will be back — and truth be told, it’s hard to see any way that Dooley is dismissed in the next 12 months unless there is: (a) another major scandal in Knoxville or (b) the Vols win two games this season.

There are hot seats in the SEC — we’re looking at you, Houston Nutt — but Dooley is not sitting on one of them.



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    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel closes out the Braves' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies of a baseball game in Atlanta Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

From AJ

5er,

The back end of the Braves bullpen needs a nickname. What do you think we should call the Venters-Kimbrel combo?

AJ,

Interesting question.

On principle, the 5-at-10 believes that nicknames like good vegetables should be naturally grown and acquired. That said, the back burners of the Braves bullpen (notice the alliteration there?) could use a nickname.

There are a few tandem nicknames that are overused. Thunder and Lightning. Fire and Ice. Chocolate and Vanilla. Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Here are three that are possible:

Shake and Bake — playing off the bending pitches of Jonny Venters and the heat of Craig Kimbrel. While this has some promise — Venters does have great breaking stuff and Kimbrel does throw a lot of gas — “Shake and Bake” will always be the Ricky Bobby-Cal Naughton Jr. tandem. But on a similar note we could go with ...

Hook and Cook: Playing off the flow of the names and Venters’ breaking stuff and Kimbrel’s hard-throwing gas.

Good Night and Good Luck: This is our personal favorite. It seems every time Venters pitches it’s a good night for the Braves, and the best wishes we can offer opponents against Kimbrel’s 99 mph fastball and his frisbee slider is “Good Luck.”



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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (10) makes his way to the next photographer during picture day before a spring training baseball workout in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

From PDavi

5-at-10, I really think there’s been too much MMA in the 5-at-10 this past year. Maybe keep an eye on that.

Let’s talk Hall of Fame baseball careers. As I watch the curtain close on two first-ballot Hall of Famers, I’m interested to see how you’d size these two up against one another.

Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter:

— Who was more important to his team?

— Who was more important to his city?

— What would their teams have been like without them?

PDavi,

You know you’re digging your own hole with friend of the show EC about the MMA, but that’s y’all’s bid-ness.

We’ve thought a bunch about your question — it’s bona fide — and here are our thoughts.

Both players have been primary figures on teams that were dynasties. Chipper had more power; Jeter had more intangibles and better help because of a never-ending payroll.

That said, the answers to your specific questions are:

— Who was more important to his team? Jeter, because he played the most important position on the field.

— Who was more important to his city? Jeter, because he was the stabilizing force on baseball’s most high-profile team in the world’s most high-pressure media mecca.

— What would their teams have been like without them? If Chipper had been a Texas Ranger the last 17 years, here’s saying that the Braves would have won the same number of world titles (1) as they did with Chipper in the lineup. Without Jeter, the Yankees certainly would have fewer than the five World Series titles they have won during his time in the Bronx.



From LW

A friend of mine is terrified of public speaking. It seems like you are always speaking in public in some ways. What are you afraid of?

LW, thanks for stopping by and feel free to come again.

Clowns. Plain and simple.

Public speaking has never really bothered us, and in a lot of ways writing columns is sharing your view in front of a large group without actually speaking. And there are more than a few folks who believe we talk a little too much, but so it goes.

Clowns, however, freak us out. In fact, here’s our version of Dante’s seventh circle of Hades:

Our day job is moving the same furniture back and forth between the same places;

The only food is cole slaw, and it’s served by barefooted clowns;

The only TV station is Lifetime, and the remote is broken.

Let’s just move along.



From Weena  

The Georgia Bulldogs are counting on Aaron Murray to be all that and the pickle. He could, but what happens to the Bulldogs if Murray gets hurt? Are they one Nick Fairley hit away from being done? And, yes, the flashmob commercial has me ready to shoot a small dog. Thanks and remember, “San Dimas High School football rules!”

Weena,

Great “San Dimas High School football rules!” reference — “Heathers” was an under-appreciated movie in our books.

You make a fair point about Murray, who is poised for a big year and has no experienced backup waiting in the wings.

In fact, you inspire an interesting point about SEC players who are the most valuable. Here’s the 5-at-10’s view of most indispensable players in the SEC:

(1) Trent Richardson, Alabama: Richardson is the offensive engine on what figures to be the nation’s top-ranked team heading into the season. Plus, his backup (freshman Dee Hart) tore his ACL earlier this month. If Richardson stays healthy, the Tide are poised for a BCS run. If not, they’re poised for a Chick-fil-A run.

(2) Aaron Murray, Georgia: The SEC’s top returning quarterback holds the keys to the Bulldogs’ immediate future — and coach Mark Richt’s foreseeable future — in 2011.

(3) Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina: The Gamecocks are the trendy pick in a wide-open SEC East, and it’s because of Lattimore, who was a bell cow as a freshman last fall. Sometimes it’s just this simple: With Lattimore, South Carolina can win the East; without Lattimore maybe it can win six games.

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...

P-Davi, Are we going to have to put on the perverbial 4 oz gloves and type this out like men?

Good questions all around...good answers all around

If Derek Dooley is on any type of heated seat, its possibly 120V AC and its because he pulled a glute cleaning his gutters... what is it with these media guys, just digging for a story i suppose? Well I hear that Will Muschamps job is on the line if the Gators dont come out and go Undeafeted, Win a National Title, Produce a Hiesman Trophy Winner etc etc etc...sheesh Want to know where there are some stories? Some noteworthy stories? MMA yeah I said it PDavi...its year around...and there are all types of STories...come back at 2pm for a big story (example) by me yours truly 5@10-F.O.P...EC

Horible Story coming out of Texas Ranger land...just Horrible...how will Baseball handle this? No more Balls tossed in the stands ? Lets hope not...this was just an unfortunate turn of events...lets also hope that this doesnt Cause Josh Hamilton any type of grief that would lead him to fall back into his old habits...thoughts and prayers will go out for that Family, and the Entire Texas Ranger Org...

So I take it the 5@10 is no fan of The insanse Clown Posse?? good to hear..me either...Id like to add my suggestion for a nickname

Venters & Kimbrel..."The Clearance Section"...why? because with these guys there is nothing but Close-Outs

July 8, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
chas9 said...

5-10-15-20, Sounds like you never had any good cole slaw. I believe the 7th circle was reserved to punish the purveyors of bad slaw, and yeah, there's a lot of the bad soggy, mayonnaise-smothered stuff out there. Next time you're in Jackson, Gawga, try some of the Fresh Air BBQ slaw. And don't miss the pork sandwich, either. Best anywhere.

How about "Zoom" and "Doom"? And while we're at it, we need a nickname for Jair. Neither of his names is pronounceable.

July 8, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.
eljefe said...

"San Dimas Highschool Football Rules" is a Bill and Ted reference. It still rules, just saying... Heathers was a very underrated movie. There is no such thing as good cole slaw unless you ran out of spackle. Clowns are horribly disturbing human beings.

July 8, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.
patrickd said...

Clowns are fine, cole slaw is awesome, bare feet are a 60-million dollar a year industry.

July 8, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Chipper...KNEE SURGERY...Say it aint so!!!

July 8, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Cole slaw was concocted by the devil. As was a certain liquid known to contain a worm in the bottle. And I recall some big dude with an oversized melon instructing me I was going to partake in said liquid one night when both he and I said we would never do so again. Seriously, how Dooley has been able to restore any semblance of order to that football program in such short order ought to keep his seat ice cold. Which sentence will Yankees fans get tired of hearing first: "Ground ball up the middle ... Jeter can't get to it!" or... "Grounder to third ... throw to first ... and Jeter is retired. Here's Granderson to the plate...." And God love Josh Hamilton, but this is something that guy just doesn't need right now. He's fought very hard to put his demons behind him and fulfill the potential he showed when he was a first round pick out of Athens High Drive in Raleigh.

July 8, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Bispy4- to quote the elderly man who sat behind me in church growing up...AMEN...(and thats all he ever said)

July 8, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Nickname for venters and kimbrel? How bout Death and Taxes? Because you can't avoid them.

July 8, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I suppose the 5 and Dime has taken the remainder of the day to himself...

July 8, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Glad to be back — and we'll be back more a little later — it's been a full day already.

Great stuff — and great nicknames.

ElJefe, you're so right about "San Dimas High School football rules." That's a major foul on our part.

— 5-at-10

Back in a few.

July 8, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
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