published Monday, July 18th, 2011

5 at 10: The British Open, the World Cup and Jim Donnan's financial future

Now that was a full Sunday of sports, folks. Braves, British Open, Women's World Cup, NASCAR — you needed an extra set of batteries for the clicker to keep up.

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

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    Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke holds the Claret Jug troffy beside the 18th green after he won the Open Golf Championship on Sunday, at Royal St George's Sandwich, England, Monday, July, 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

An amazing British Open

The British Open on Sunday was like five different tournaments in one morning. There was the Forrest Gump "Stinging Rain." There was the never-yielding wind that at the players' back allowed Dustin Johnson to drive through the green on a 419-yard hole (read that again) and when in the players' face caused world-class long hitters to go driver 6-iron into a 419-yard hole. There was the Phil Mickelson charge — his 30 on the front nine moved him into a share of the lead with nine holes to play. There was the Johnson meltdown — his second shot went out of bounds on the only par-5 on the back nine — leaving him with a sour Sunday of a major for the third time in the last 13 months.

And there was the Darren Clarke show. The unthinkable and unpredictable winner of the 140th British Open, Clarke was text-book major championship good. He was stone-solid from 8-feet with his putter — seriously, dude must have made a dozen knee-knocking par putts from 5-feet or more Sunday. He never flinched. He was always in control of his emotions — and his clothes (he changed into and out of his rain gear multiple times).

It was a great story for Clarke, the longtime Northern Irish pro who has had grand moments in the game but never that brilliant highlight that many expected. This was his moment — and his highlight — and he made the most of it.

Sidenote No. 1: We had record numbers in "THE Open Championship contest that is so snobby we use all caps on THE THE just like THE Ohio State University." While no one had Clarke, Mickelson and Johnson were picked. A lot (including the 5-at-10's) of entries had Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, and the English duo failed to make the cut. Here are the results, and if you're scoring at home that means in the three 5-at-10 golf challenges, the Mrs. 5-at-10 has finished tied for third at the Masters, won the U.S. Open and finished second at THE Open. Well-played indeed (and don't think she hasn't mentioned this a time or three). Here are the results, and congrats Prowler:

Prowler — Snedeker (100), Mickelson (2), Stricker (12), Moore (28), Fowler (5) — 47

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Rory (25), Ryan Moore (28), Rickie Fowler (5), Luke Donald (100), Phil Mickelson (2) — 60

JordanRules — Jimenez (25), Sergio (9), Rory (25), Mickelson (2), Westwood (100) — 61

EC — McIlroy (25), Westwood (100), Schwartzel (16), Kaymer (12) and Oosthuizen (37) — 90

CelticVol — Steve Stricker (12), Justin Rose (44), Miguel Jimenez (25), Lee Westwood (100), Paul Casey (54) — 135

Sidenote No. 2: When/if the 5-at-10 wins the lottery, we're going to hire Ivor Robson to follow us around and announce our entrance into buildings and events. Robson is the wonderful chap with a wonderful accent who announced the players on the first tee at the Open. Look for him on the youtube, but know it was awesome. For example, when Phil Mickelson approached the first tee, his introduction sounded like this, "From USA, Feeeel migelSAAAn." Having Ivor saying "Ladies and gents, from USA, the fyvvvve-at-teeen."

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    United States' Carli Lloyd fails to score during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, July 17, 2011. The Japanese women's soccer team won their first World Cup Sunday after defeating USA in a penalty shoot-out. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Women World Cup heartbreak

Wow, that was not how the U.S. Women's World Cup was supposed to end. Or was it?

The Japan team scored in the final minutes of regulation and the final minutes of overtime to force penalty kicks. The USA failed to convert its first three PK chances and that was it — Japan won the World Cup. It was shocking to watch — even more shocking than the Mrs. 5-at-10 turning the corner on Sunday afternoon and asking, "Are you watching soccer? Women's soccer? Really?"

But rest easy Johnny Soccer Fan, this was not the end of the soccer boom in the USA. In fact, here's saying that this swell of support was more nationalism than national soccer movement. This was about patriotism more than passion for soccer.

It's like that in sports that the USA doesn't dominate on the world stage. When an Olympics or a World Cup or now the Ryder Cup, the pride of cheering for our country sweeps over us. It generates the "Is this the jumping off point for (fill in the blank sport?)" talk and then it fades away.

So it goes. That said, Sunday's loss was painful. In fact, we're not saying it was a Bill Buckner-level meltdown but it certainly was a collapse so big that it definitely feels like USA lost the match more than Japan won it.

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    In this July 18, 2009, file photo, Jim Donnan, former coach at Marshall and Georgia 1990-2000, waves to the crowd after receiving his blazer during the College Hall of Fame pep rally in South Bend, Ind. Donnan has been accused in court documents of making millions of dollars from a Ponzi scheme, but his attorney did not return calls to comment, on Saturday, July 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

Jim Donnan? Really, THAT Jim Donnan

Sweet mixture of Bernie Kosar and Bernie Madoff, did you see that former University of Georgia coach Jim Donnan has been accused of running a ponzi scheme.

Wow, how did this happen?

Donnan, who filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and his wife Mary have been accused of luring several high-profile names from the sports world to invest in GLC Enterprises. Among the coaches Donnan got to invested in GLC are Barry Switzer, Frank Beamer and Tommy Tuberville.

From the ESPN story on Donnan:

"According to the court documents, Donnan and his wife, Mary, "solicited investments from more than 50 individuals and entities to GLC" and made commissions ranging from 15 percent to 20 percent for any new investments solicited.

"James Donnan is substantially, if not principally, responsible for the initiation and operation of a far-reaching ponzi scheme that defrauded GLC and its investors of approximately $27,752,159," the court documents state."

Let's just move on.

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    Atlanta Braves' Nate McLouth celebrates with his teammates after a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Atlanta on Sunday, July 17, 2011. Atlanta won 9-8. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

This and That

— Your Atlanta Braves took two of three from Washington, which may not sound like much but is pretty important. The Braves in recent years have always been top-notch against top-flight competition and somewhat suspect against the Floridas and Washingtons of the NL. Not this weekend, when — hold on to your batting gloves — the offense produced 22 runs in three games.

— Ryan Newman beat his boss, Tony Stewart, at Loudon on Sunday. Somewhat noteworthy from an otherwise forgettable race was that Newman was NASCAR's 13th different winner in 19 races this season. There were 13 different winners in the 36 races of all of last season.

— It appears that the final "lower-case j's" are getting dotted in the NFL dealings. Friday is the deadline that everyone has mentioned as the date that if no deal is done the football schedule could be affected. We'll see.

— Georgia got four big-time commitments, including five-star OT John Theus, for the class of 2012 last weekend. That is all.

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson throws to a Washington Nationals batter in the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta on Saturday, July 16, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Today's question

The SEC media days are this week in Hoover, Ala. Is it possible to rate your excitement?

Questions for the rest of this week will be about the SEC media days, but today we're going to go back to the Braves.

Now that 48-year-old Jamie Moyer is doing broadcasting, which pitcher in the major leagues do you think you could get a hit off. Here's a hint on the 5-at-10's: He pitched in Atlanta this weekend (and no, it's not Scott Proctor).


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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patrickd said...

A pitcher that the 5at10 could hit, that was in Atlanta this weekend. You'd struggle but I'm gonna have to go with THIS GUY.

July 18, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

120 Minutes plus PKs...well that was a long long long time to sit and watch Soccer...But it sure was exciting...and disapointing...the USWNT took some 15 shots at the goal...and Im not talking close your eyers and throw the dart at the wall shots...Im talking Phil "The Power" Taylor Triple 20 shots...but Megan Rapinoe, Dick Cheyney's Daughter..Lauren...and Abby "Wombat" Wambach hit everything on the goal but the inside net....and had it not been for Lauren Cheyney's injury...when would they have put in Alex "I wanna Score" Morgan??? Who accounted for or assisted with both goals...dropping in a 60 F-Ter with the assist from Rapinoe and then the Assist the the famous head of the "Wombat"...anyways...this was exciting and I suppose Ill have to wait 4 years before I get to see Hope Solo on TV again...1 day down..only 1459 days to go....

The NFL i hear they may get to brring 90 players to training camp ??? will this hurt or help the process ?? bringing more players to training camp after the lockout seems like speed dating blind folded with 45 women in 45 minutes....hard to tell if you will get Gina or Gyna...moving on

British was good Golf TV... simple as that...

Nascar...all i know about the Race was it was the "Lennox Industrial Tools 301"....301 ? Really Could we not just call it the 300 ???

Hmm I suppose If Im taking a few hacks at any pitcher...I suppose my best chance is against... Cliff "The Big Red Dog" Lee...for no other reason that if a Phillie tries to go inside on me...Im taking his face off....

July 18, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

I'm thinking it's Sean Burnett bringing the meat to chew on from the mound.

As great a story as Rory's rebound from the Masters to win the U.S. Open in a walk, I think Darren Clarke's triumph trumps that. How can you not like this guy? He lists his hobbies as fishing, fine wine, cigars and fast cars. He is now engaged to the former Miss Northern Ireland.

I shall join the chorus calling for the return of THE Open to Ulster. Royal Portrush would make an excellent home.

July 18, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.
jgreeson said...

PDavi —

Thanks for the link ... and ruining my day. No good at all.

EC —

We were late to the soccer party, but Sunday was good drama. And a quick apology on the front end to soccer purists who hate the PKs, but that was super exciting. In fact, here's saying that they should have PKs at the end of the first half of every game — that way we're assured of having a score. (Sidenote: The fact that the final score of 0-0 so and so wins on PKs is an actual result — in a championship game mind you — is not good).

EC, what happened for this never-ending Phillie rage? Was it booing Santa? Did you hate Mike Schmidt? Was it Tim McCarver (that would be a good reason, though)?

BIspy —

It was a great story Sunday. Think about North Ireland — population of 1.8 million (roughly the population of West Virginia) and the size of Connecticut — producing three different major golf champions in 13 months. Stunning.

It was as EC said great golf TV.

As for the question, give us a bat and Livan Hernandez on the hill and we'll take our chances. Dude was topping out at 84 on Friday night, and other than working the outside corner, he's running on fumes.

July 18, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said... has everything to do with Tug in the name of any and all "Indian Outlaws" can you not form a relationship with your son...TIm..until later in life....kidding kidding...sort of...Actually it has everything to do with growing up an Atlanta Braves fan( by the way the Pirates making a run in the Central takes me back..way back) i have just grown to loath the Phillies and Mets...I would like to say that I equally hate the Marlins...but dont their fans tell them that enough ???

July 18, 2011 at 1:05 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Really? Going with off the shoulder for the gown? Tsk tsk. Mr. Blackwell would not be thrilled. Must have taken the tennis shoes from The Runaway Bride too.

July 18, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Well it's official...I've officially been banned from Turner Field as the only game I go to this weekend they lose. I'll take the blame for that one guys. Other than that it was a flat out overwhelming experience to say the least. Thanks again Cinco. As far as the USA Soccer game, yes, even my wife stopped and asked the same question Sunday, but then sat down and joined me and my daughter as we watched the ladies give it up to japan...yeah...they gave it to them. Japan never should have scored the first goal to begin with. But thats life in the big leagues i guess. Highlight of the game was when my wife exclaimed "Wow....that goal keeper for the US team is pretty!!" I just sat back and smiled and enjoyed the rest of the game!

FYI: Hanson looked like he was throwin grapefruits up there this weekend...and right over the meat of the plate too. He didnt have nuttin. I'd hit off of him.

July 18, 2011 at 1:19 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

That's good enough for us. (And as far as the Pirates, we'll cover them more on Tuesday.)

BIspy —

Forget Blackwell, if BIspy is not impressed, then that's all that matters. A fashion plate such as yourself (18-year-old ball caps and freebie golf shirts never go out of style) is fully equipped to make such analysis.

Oso —

Thanks for the nice e-mail and we're so glad you and the Oso Wolfpack had a blast. Good times all around — although, if the Braves are in a must-win situation, you may not be allowed back. Kidding — sort of.

— 5-at-10

July 18, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

My compliments from the always nattily attired 5 at 10.

My fashion plate is full but there is no sartorial equivalent of cole slaw on it. Now or ever.

July 18, 2011 at 2:19 p.m.
jgreeson said...

BIspy —

Quit using all those big words — you're going to confuse Weena.

Friend of the show McPell had a pretty strong analysis of the Women's World Cup final, and we thought we would share:

A brief comment on the World Cup Goalies yesterday - I didn't get to watch it all, but like an NBA game caught the important part, the extra time periods and the PK. Two factors that lead to the Japanese team win 1- the injury to Hope Solo and 2 - the insane play of the Japanese goalie in the PK section. The injury to Solo was a twofold issue 1- she wasn't at 100% with the knee injury and it definitely cost her the confidence and the athletic ability she needed in the PK, plus the injury time she had took the Big Mo away from the US. That goalie from Japan played on another level in the PK. The first save with her leg was either Jedi skills and/or it gave her that level of confidence that "no matter what I do I can stop the ball and whip Darth Vader at the sametime with a wet noodle".
— mcpell

(Sidenote: At the risk of rattling JordanRules' cage, we're going to ask this anyway: What would be the level of hand-wringing/claims of choke, etc. had say, LeBron and the U.S. basketball team folded up the tents the way the U.S. Women did? It would be DefCon 1 levels of meltdown. And no JordanRules, nobody said anything about Jordan, so just keep it to yourself. As for everyone else, what are your thoughts.)

July 18, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.
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