published Friday, July 22nd, 2011

5 at 10: Friday mailbag

It's Friday and that means four things: EC is making plans as to where he's going to watch two guys beat the tar out of each other this weekend; Oso is figuring out a way to get Kemba Walker to coach the Georgia Bulldogs; by the end of the evening the city's Bud Light population will be reduced by at least six; and the 5-at-10 mailbag hits the intertubes.

As always, from the "7-UP Stinks Studios" 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)

Hey Mr. "Gotta do the internet thingee,"

Don't forget Friday's your mother's birthday. You have to call her.

Mrs. 5-at-10

P.S. Where did you finish in the British Open contest? Thought so, he-he-he-he.

Mrs. 5-at-10

Thanks for the reminder. Consider it done and done. Quick sports story about the Madre 5-at-10: During the evaluation process of one of the 1,000 leagues or teams the 5-at-10 participated in as a tot, a new kid caught our eye because he had batting gloves and new cleats.

Little 5-at-10: "That kid has to be able to play. He's got batting gloves and shiny cleats."

Madre 5-at-10: "The equipment is the easiest part of any game to obtain."

Little 5-at-10: "OK. I want a cheeseburger."

While our short attention span turned that lesson into a snack, that phrase has stuck with us. And proved to be so true so many times that it's definitely bona fide. So in short, Happy Birthday Mom, and thanks for all you did for us.

(Sidenote: Yes, the Mrs. 5-at-10 has dominated the major golf contests with a win and a second- and a third-place finish. And yes, this is not the first we're hearing about her Jack Nicklaus circa-1968-level dominance.)

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    UT coach Derek Dooley watches his team in the Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

From CelticVol

Hey Coach 5@10,

I’m starting to get a little concerned about the Tennessee Vols 2012 football recruiting class. The last I checked we only had 2 commitments. Is it too early to be worried about this?


Apparently, all we need to do to solve the national budget crisis or the NFL lockout is to get C-Vol to write a letter questioning what is taking those folks so long.

C-Vol expressed his concern about UT's 2012 class last Monday, and C-Vol's concerns were both real and true since the Vols had two commitments and the rest of the SEC was approaching double figures. Since Monday, though, Derek Dooley and Co. are averaging better than a commitment a day.

In the additions this week, the Vols added commitments from a much-needed quarterback (Nathan Peterman), a four-star play-maker (Drae Bowles) and a 220-pound linebacker from Louisiana (Otha Peters).

The 5-at-10 refuses to discuss how the recruiting sites rank these kids before the high school starts; it's an exercise in futility. Rather, a much better gauge for determining whether your school's commitments are potential stars, look at the other schools that have offered him a scholarship. If Johnny Hot Shot picked your school over Alabama, Texas, LSU and/or USC, then consider Johnny Hot Shot a keeper. If Johnny Long Shot picked your school over Troy and UAB, well, we're sure his mother thinks he's great.

Anyhoo, since C-Vol asked about the Vols' recruiting class, let's look at the eight UT commits and the top two other teams that offered them scholarships:

WR Drae Bowls picked UT over Auburn and Notre Dame

RB Imani Cross picked UT over South Carolina and Georgia Tech

LB Khalid Henderson picked UT over Air Force and UConn

RB Alden Hill picked UT over Iowa and Michigan

ATH Justin King picked UT over Arkansas and Syracuse

DE LaTroy Lewis picked UT over Michigan and Ohio State

QB Nathan Peterman picked UT over Southern Miss and Vandy

LB Otha Peters picked UT over Arkansas and Nebraska

So there you go.

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    Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive talks with reporters during Southeastern Conference Football Media Days in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday. (AP)

From Weena

Hey loser, who are your winners and losers from the SEC media days. I'm a winner.


As always it's good to hear from you, and yes sir, you are a winner. As for the SEC days, the overall winners are the fans, plain and simple, because we now have football stuff to discuss.

Sure a lot of the sour story lines through the offseason — the NCAA continuing its investigation at Auburn, Will Lyles and his nuclear tentacles, Tressel, UNC's mess, etc. — will continue and should continue to be issues, but it was good to hear about actual football stuff, too.

As for the losers, well, that's tougher since we haven't played a game yet. We'll go with Houston Nutt, because, well, he's Houston Nutt and there is no hotter seat in the league than his. But, we're sure his mother loves him. (Sidenote: Loved the note TFP SEC ace David Paschall had about the billboards Miss. State has across Mississippi declaring ownership of the state. Tip of the visor to Dan Mullen.)

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    Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, right, holds up a jersey with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

From Worried

Didn't you say the NFL lockout would end last week? Didn't everyone think the lockout would be officially over yesterday? What's up? Are we going to have NFL Sundays?


We're going to have NFL Sundays, there's too much money at stake.

And yes, the 5-at-10 thought we'd already have a deal and be watching the free-agent frenzy that is going to follow immediately after the deal is approved.

That said, there were two troubling developments this week — Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins reportedly wanting big bucks to settle the Brady suit, and the players' claim that the deal that owners approved 31-0 (our man Al Davis abstained, and as we all know abstinence is the best practice) that had a couple of items added at the 11th hour.

The owners' ratifying of this deal is an obvious power play to put the pressure on the players. Will it work? Likely, but if there's not a deal by the time you read the next 5-at-10, then Worried will be the word for all of us who love NFL Sundays.

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    Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) warms prior to their NCAA college football game against San Jose State at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. Alabama has enlarged their stadium, adding the seats at the end zone at rear to give it a capacity of over 101,000 seats. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

From Golf fan

There are not a lot of big-timed, experienced quarterbacks in the SEC this year, but there are some stud running backs. If you had first pick in the SEC football fantasy draft, which running back do you take first.

Thanks, and I enjoy the 5@10.

Golf fan,

Thanks for the kind words and the question. Our man P-Davi asked something similar in the comments section earlier this week, but we thought we'd answer it here.

The first pick is a no-brainer to us — Alabama running back Trent Richardson is a beast, and with the recent injury to his top back-up Richardson will get a monster load of carries (and in turn stats). In fact, after Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, we've got Richardson as the No. 2 favorite for the Heisman.

From there, the question of fantasy-type stats and actual "stud-ness" of the next tier of SEC backs produce different lists.

SEC fantasy stats running back rankings

Trent Richardson, Alabama

Knile Davis, Arkansas

Marcus Lattimore, So. Carolina

Isaiah Crowell, Georgia

Tauren Poole, Tennessee

Actual stud-ness

Trent Richardson, Alabama

Marcus Lattimore, So. Carolina

Michael Dyer, Auburn

Knile Davis, Arkansas

Michael Ford, LSU

about Jay Greeson...

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patrickd said...

My entry for top Running back...

July 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
bigbearzzz said... got called out by your wife!!! A-HA! She owns you!! (in golf picks only doth this apply of course) Unless you are using the super sneaky reverse throw back to the QB play where you let her beat you for sweet rewards later, in which if that be the case...well played sir. You gave me goosebumps with the KW coaching the Dawgs talk. Let's just move on. As far as Backs go in the SEC, nobody will touch Richardson, literally, I mean will he be able to be touched this year?! That dude is Back and a half! I think Garcia will some how mess things up for Lattimore totally ruining his year. And Crowell is still too young. Who was the last true freshman back to come in and lead the SEC in rushing, Captain Stat-Man?

July 22, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
patrickd said...

For Lattimore's sake, I just hope Garcia doesn't get him murdered again like in the Florida State game.[<---- click link]

July 22, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

So How is everyone ? Good I hope. Yes You are correct 5er...I am always looking for a athletic commissioned sanctioned fight...and I tell you on August 6th...when Tito Ortiz takes on Rashad Evans for the #1 Contender ship for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title...well its gonna be a "Slobber Knocker"...Thank you Jim Ross....

Who Else is completely disguested by what is going on in the NFL labor literally makes me want to vomit...

Tiger Fired HIs Caddie I hear...who will replace him?? Thoughts form those of you who follow golf closer than I ???

I got my SI issue yesterday..and who is gracing the cover ?? Thats Right Your Favorite Goalie and Mine..none other... Hope Solo...

So The Braves huh....Winning...awesome!

Congrats to local Friends of NRA...who last night Raised Enough Money to secure High Caliber Club Quality for the 3rd year in a row...Hats Off to Tony Sanders and the gang that comprises the FNRA Committee...

Its Official...Im an Official...and I cant wait to get out there and officially official

July 22, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.
patrickd said...

EC, I was gonna make a sarcastic comment about paying $59.99 to watch two dudes hug it out but the Ortiz/Evans fight is gonna be great. I'm right there with you on this one.

July 22, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

Sorry for the delayed response.

Hard to think that Kemba could get the coaching job without working it up through the ranks. (Sidenote: Here's saying Kemba would have been a bad, Bad, BAD man in the secondary.)

As for the last freshman to lead the SEC in rushing, was it Herschel? We do know that an SEC newcomer led the league in rushing last year — although he was not a freshman.

PDavi —

Dude you are excited as we are about football season. Yes, it's like 2 billion degrees outside, but it's still getting so close you can almost feel it. And Trent Richardson is a bad man. (Sidenote: If the 5-at-10 was that cut-up, we would not even own a shirt, muchless wear one.)

EC —

Welcome back. Who knows who Tiger's next caddie will be. That's a big-time question right there.

As for the NFL Labor talks, we have had our fill, and if they cancel a regular-season week because of all this singing and dancing at the wire, well, our next 20 Sundays just opened wide up.

Official speaking, you have our official seal of official-ness. O-fficially.

— 5-at-10

July 22, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I just hope that if Games are canceled...people like yourself, myself and themselves..stay true to their word...and boycott the season...will it be hard to do...of course..but its what needs to happen! (I sweall..Ill watch Soccer instead of Pro Football if they cancel)

I think Tiger should go Caddie-less...carry his own bag..make all his own decisions...He would, at the very least, command all of my respect for the rest of my life....

If Football doesnt work out for Trent Richardson...which Im sure it will...but IF it doesnt...I think the dude could have a career in the Body Building circuit..or at least a Protein Shake Spokesman....

July 22, 2011 at 2:13 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

No i was seriously asking you to find out for me King of all Stats man. I think it's Mr. Walker (respect) but not sure. Just realized that Kemba shares the same last name as the great might explain the man crush....

You bring up an interesting point, my compadre: If you could take an athlete out of their current sport and place them in another sport that you believe they would excel at, who would it be and what sport?

Like i could seriously see Mark McGuire as a linebacker...thats post roid days FYI..not pre. Or Shaw as the next Two Tall. How about Jeter under center? Could he be the next Tom Brady? Just thinking out loud.

July 22, 2011 at 2:20 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Ohh, it's the deep burn. Oh, it's so deep. Oh, I can barely lift my right arm 'cause I did so many. I don't know if you heard me counting. I did over a thousand.

July 22, 2011 at 2:23 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

Great question. As far as dual sport stars, let's go with the following

Shawn Kemp, former NBA player current professional baby-maker

Allen Iverson, former NBA hoopster would have been a big time football star (in fact he was like Gatorade national player of the year as a senior in high school)

Mike Vick, NFL player, could have been in the Westminster Abby dog show (too soon?)

Barry Bonds, pre-1998, could have been a big-time wide receiver

Barry Bonds, post-1999, could have been a big outside linebacker (He did over a thousand, too, EC.)

Manute Bol, former NBA player, could have been a pole vault — literally

Terrence Cody, NFL player would be a beast as a competitive eater (don't tell us Cody can't throw back like 24 Krystals between the drive-thru window and the driveway)

EC —

Two tickets to the gun show, huh. It's official, that line gets me... 60 percent of the time, it gets me every time.


July 22, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
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