published Monday, June 6th, 2011

5 at 10: Dwayne Wade, NASCAR and the Vols head up to NCAA headquarters

Hope your weekend was swell — and we’re sure it was sweltering (Holy Bill Race the weather ace it was South Georgia hot this weekend). Let’s get to it.

From the 7-Up Stinks Studios in scenic downtown Chattanooga.

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    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade goes up for a shot during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday, June 5, 2011, in Dallas. The Heat won 88-86 take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip; Pool)

Wade Heat-ing up

Dwayne Wade was money. Chris Bosh hit the game-winner from a perfect pass from LeBron James, who kept Mavs sharpshooter Jason Terry scoreless in the fourth quarter. Combined, it was enough for Miami’s 88-86 win over Dallas and dazzling Dirk Nowitzki. Barely.

Nowitzki scored a game-high 34 points, including the Mavs’ final 12 points. His 17-footer that would have forced overtime bounced off the back of the rim and Miami now leads the series 2-1. It was an awesome game

Nowitzki’s individual brilliance aside, the Heat now are in control (remember that since the NBA switched to a 2-3-2 schedule, the winner of Game 3 has won 100 percent of the time — and that’s even better than 60 percent of the time it works every time).

And a Heat NBA title would shape the future of the NBA. Three stars are better than one. It’s science.

Dirk scored 34 points — the rest of the Mavs starters scored 27. It’s science.

And while LeBron is getting some big time heat about playing second-fiddle in the fourth quarter (whether it’s deserved or not is another debate, but consider the 5-at-10 more impressed that he leads his team in fourth-quarter assists and has embraced his role as a shutdown defender than troubled by his 3-for-11 shooting in the fourth quarter on these NBA Finals), here’s saying that he’s be happy to watch Wade get the Final MVP if it means LeBron gets a ring.

And that’s an easy Decision.

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    University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl, left, UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and athletic director Mike Hamilton look on during a Sept. 2010 news conference in Knoxville. Pearl expressed remorse for giving misleading information to the NCAA during an investigation into the school's basketball program. AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick

It’s a monster week in Indy

The NCAA’s headquarters are in Indianapolis.

The University of Tennessee will turn a lot of its attention later this week to the actions there. A slew of former Vols coach, including ex-football coach Lane Kiffin and former hoops boss Bruce Pearl, will be in attendance along with UT AD Mike Hamilton and a team of lawyers as UT faces the music of a list of NCAA violations.

TFP ace columnist Mark Wiedmer broke down the scenarios nicely in Sunday’s Sports section (and you can read that hear).

The 5-at-10 feels certain that we’ll be discussing more throughout the week.

But with the recent scandals at THE Ohio State University and the rumblings and ruminations that have become the central theme across college sports, the Vols’ case will be closely watched.

Here’s saying that Pearl will be branded with the Scarlet “Show Cause” penalty, which means any future college that plays NCAA hoops will have to show cause to the NCAA on why Pearl deserves to be employeed.

As for Kiffin, his NCAA violations were more frequent but less serious. The NCAA’s opinion aside (it’s hard to fathom the NCAA hitting him with the SC), how USC AD Pat Haden, who will be in attendance in Indy, views the findings will be the most important thing for young Lane. Plus, remember that Kiffin was hired by former USC AD Mike Garrett, who was excused from his job amid the NCAA scandal for the Trojans football and basketball programs.

Enter Haden, who has vowed to clean up the program.

Let’s just say it’s going to be an interesting week in Indy.

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    Steve Stricker, right, is congratulated by his caddie after winning the Memorial golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio Sunday, June 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Wow, and now we’re here?

The face of American golf belongs to Steve Stricker. Yes, read that again.

After winning the Memorial on Sunday, Stricker is now the world’s No. 4 ranked golfer. He’s one spot ahead of Phil Mickelson. It’s the first time since 1999 that the highest ranked American was not named Mickelson or Tiger Woods.

Woods has fallen to No. 15 in the world and seventh among Americans, behind Stricker, Mickeslon, Matt Kuchar (No. 6), Dustin Johnson (No. 9), Bubba Watson (No. 12) and Nick Watney (No. 14).

Wow, Stricker as the face of American golf is like Jim Thome being the face of American baseball. They’re both fine players and they both had more success later in their career — Stricker has seven of his 10 career wins after the age of 40; Thome has hit 360 homers after turning 30. But the face of the sport for our country?

It’d be like the face of American tennis being... Oh nevermind.

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    Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Junior so close — again

Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR race on Sunday. It was his second career Sprint Cup win.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, coming short for the second consecutive week on a fuel-mileage gamble. It was his 106th consecutive race without winning.

That said, Earnhardt Jr. continues to have the look of a contender, even if his post-race news conferences are held in places other than Victory Lane. For the first time in several years, Junior’s team looks like a championship contender. Even his post-race comments about being fast — and especially about qualifying better — have the sound of someone that has matured and is expecting to be upfront.

Let the 5-at-10 be the first to say it, “Welcome back Junior.” And soon (maybe very soon), the hosts in Victory Lane will be saying the same thing.

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    Race car owner Richard Childress at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)


— Speaking of NASCAR, did you see that Richard Childress put Kyle Busch in a headlock and started punching him in the top of the head? OK, that sentence brings to mind only one thing — Nolan Ryan’s “education” of Robin Ventura when Ventura charged the mound. That is all.

— Kudos to Raffy Nadal for winning the French Open, a place that he will be forever linked to, like Jack and Augusta and Ruth and Yankee Stadium.

— Wow, these Braves are hard to figure, huh? And did anybody see that moonshot Chipper Jones hit at Shea on Saturday. Friend of the show AJ, who is a huge, Huge, HUGE Braves fan, astutely said that even after Jones retires in the near future he should comeback for games against the Mets.

— New feature here at the 5-at-10 — the Dan Uggla update. Or should this be a “downdate?” Either way, Uggla is now at .172 through 60 games. Ouch. Compare that batting average with a .208 strike-out average — Uggla has 38 hits and 46 strike outs in 221 at-bats.

Until tomorrow.

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Eustice_Chase said...

OK, take a peak at Stats A & B and tell me if "Johnny Braves fan" should be upset or not for trading player A for Player B

A-Season: GP 57 · Avg .253 · HR 1 · RBI 17 · Runs 14 · SB 3

B-Season: GP 60 · Avg .172 · HR 7 · RBI 16 · Runs 21 · SB 1

Even the guy working at the Gas Station on Hixson Pike wants to talk to me about the Braves Decision to trade for Uggla...well to the guy at Quickie Mart @ the bottom of the S curves...Im not so sure if we can agree...but lets agree to disagree... asisde from Average..Uggla's stats are a smijj better than Infante...

Ok so last night was the "D-Wade" show and all the Boy Scouts of America are Ticked!, that he didnt host a Decsion and donate all the funds to their Orginization..." Well D-Wade...where are you going??" " I think Im gonna perserve my talents for the NBA Finals...where I WILL get the Finals MVP...uhh and oh yeah...Im stayin in South Beach" Lebron is a cluth Defender...awesome passer...and LBJ knows when to take advantage of a Cola spill and ress his legs! Ive said it once and Ill say it again..If Chris Bosh was a lockdown LBJ...well these Miami Heat would be up 3-0..and the Parade would be getting started Tuesday around midnight....but lets give Chris Bosh some credit...he did hit the Game winner with Jason Kidds fingernail in his for Dirk...pull up a seat and join the rest of the All Dan Marino team...(guys who are greats, but never won "the big one") I think Karl Malone leads a suport group you can attend...

June 6, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
patrickd said...

The 5 at 10:05 was great today.

5 at 10 was good too.

June 6, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Anybody wanna know just how important to Nascar it is that Dale Jr is doing good? ESPN barely mentioned the winner of this weeks race in Kansas...Brad Kaselowski...but they spent 15 minutes on the fact that Jr and Crew Chief Steve Letarte are "this" close to winning and breaking the 106 race streak... I for one would love to see Jr in contention for a Cup title...i think it would be great for Nascar and Wrangler Jean commercials....

Hats off to you Brad won...but the highlight of the weekend for Nascar was a tie between...Dale Jr and Richard Chidlress giving Kyle Busch a spanking.....

June 6, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Uggla's slide is puzzling. And the crazy thing about baseball slumps — the more you focus on it, the more difficult it is to pull out of. Think about the slide Jeff Franceour went into with the Braves and he never was able to pull out it. Now he's raking for Kansas City. So it goes.

We've been super entertained with the NBA Finals, and Dirk appears to be destined to be a starter on the All-Dan Marino team. The Heatles all-star review is only going to make the NBA labor troubles worse this summer. If you're the owner of the Bucks or the T-Wolves or the Pacers or (fill in the blank), the three-star system means you have PowerBall-lottery odds of winning an NBA title for the foreseeable future.

Great point on NASCAR, which needs Junior like Golf needs Tiger.

PDavi —

Thanks. We think.

— 5-at-10

June 6, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Small Sidenote....I think the Man that should have replaced Bobby currently Coaching Jeff Franceour in KC...nothing against Freddy G...but my first call would have went through the " Gateway to the West" ....

June 6, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

So ... Little E could conceivably win the (Your Corporate Sponsor Here) points title without winning one single race this year? You know what would be great? Drop Sprint and make it Wally's Cup points title. Winner gets a big ole trophy, a kiss from some 19 year old hot pants and a meat and three for life as his ree-ward. I think Fredi is afraid to tell Uggla to grab some pine for a while for fear he'd miss the bench while attempting to sit down.

June 6, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Great story on the two area boxers. I have known Emily and her family since Emily was 8. Just an awesome family and a great individual. Keep us posted on their trip to the nationals in Colorado if you dont mind. Rooting for her to make the olympic team this year! How awesome would that be! Oh yeah, and after umpiring 6 games on Saturday...I can confidently say...90 degree weather in June Stinks! (literally, it wasnt pretty in that umpires room)

June 6, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Ned Yost is a cool guy. Would not have had a problem with that option. The jury's still out on Fredi G. Case in point, how quickly does Bobby Cox get tossed this weekend when Jose Reyes was called safe at third on a play in which he was obviously out. Has Fredi been tossed yet? Not saying that getting throw out every other game is a good thing, but occasionally it can be a motivator. And at the very least it lets your players know you're not taking a nap in the dugout.

BIspy —

The Wally's Cup points title would be sweet. Meat-and-three for life? Wow, we'd eat them out of house and home. That seals it, we're headed there for lunch.

Oso —

That was a cool story, and we're definitely going to circle back and follow up on both the local kids.

— 5-at-10

June 6, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

you were going there anyway, weren't you, square root of 25?

June 6, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Bobby Cox doesnt even make it out to the field on that call, The Ump hears the expletives from the Dugout and tells him to take it to the showers! Then...the Braves go on a tear..scoring 8 runs on as many hits...and get the W...Bobby Cox hands everyone a stoaggie...and all is right with the world!

There was a UFC event this weekend...The Ultimate Fighter Finale Season 13... only thing worth mentioning is the fight between Kingsbury and Maldanado ( No relation to former Toronto Blue Jay..Candy..but I bet they are facebook friends) this fight was awesome...these two guys beat on each other with sound technical Kickboxing....and some Nice Combos!!! there was even some grappling invloved...I watched the fight twice it was so good...Kingsbury ended up winning by Decision...but they both won 40K ea (plus their purse) for the Fight of The Night Bonus

June 6, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

hey also have a question for ya Cinco. Now that the NBA finals is about to wrap up (Heat in 6 was my pick), the sports stuff is gonna be kinda thin till closer to CF. How about some coverage of the local ASA Softball tournaments coming up since the 16U National Championship is going to be help here the last week of July? Got a great exposure tournament coming up this month plus another National Qualifier Bid. Had a great qualifier this past weekend where the Mustangs survived against the 95 Fury to take home the first bid. It was a great tournament with a lot of great ball being played. Would love to see some more coverage of it if its possible. Maybe a weekend Softball article or something? Just some thing to think. But not only softball, my bad, but area baseball and other summer sports for kids and teens as well. Ok, that was my thought for the day. Sorry, you only get one per day.

June 6, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.
jgreeson said...

BIspy —

That's a safe bet on any day that ends with a "y." How hot is down your way? 125? Is it "even gnats won't fly unless it's in the shade hot" yet? And what does this mean for August? Holy melting pot holes on Highway 27.

EC —

Agree completely on the Cox thing. And truth is, not only would your scenario played out, Cox would have waited for the same up to make a 50-50 call on Sunday, got run again to prove a point and here's saying the Braves sweep the series.

Not being overly familiar with the MMA world, two things you've brought up sound promising. One, we like the idea of a "Fight of the Night" bonus — that's just good practice from the promotion end of things. Two, love the idea of three stalling warnings and you don't get paid. Hey, if you wanna dance, find Hines Ward. If you wanna fight, get to fighting.

Oso —

We'll have coverage on the 16U national tournament, because most of those girls are in high school. High school is where we generally draw the coverage line, because it would be almost impossible for our staff to keep up with all of the youth sports going on in our 18-county coverage area.

And you're right about this time of year being slower, but we still try to stay within that "high school age" guidelines as much as possible so that we have similar policies across all sports.

That said, feel free to let us know about the touraments and the players that catch your eye. It may or may not be a story, but we always like to know what's going on in the greater-Chatta-Vegas area.

— 5-at-10

June 6, 2011 at 2:02 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

This being a family Interweb, I’ll attempt to sanitize if not martinize just how hot is. And there are two kinds of hot, and this has been the second kind. It’s been too hot for the James Brown hot tub. It’s so hot the sidewalk waits for the egg to be cracked on it just it can have something cool for a second. It’s not even the official start of summer yet and we’ve cracked triple digits more often than the old Loyola Marymount teams.

June 6, 2011 at 2:24 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Well if the 5 @ 10 ever wants to become familiar with MMA...just holla...Im not saying I know it all but I am saying that I know alot lol

Will L-Dub go down as the greatest " Met Killer" of them all ?? he could be in a Dan Uggla type slump...the Mets show up on the schedule and all of a sudden he goes 10 for 12 with 8 RBI's in a 3 game set.... its amazing!!

wasnt Lenny Dykstra a Met?? its confirmed.. I hate All Mets and far as Mets that become Phillies or vice versa...well Im working on the word for makes me sick!

So Shaq's Retirement Press Confrence..." Im going to miss the competiiton, Im going to miss the chase of a championship and Im really going to miss the free throws"....ok that was just sheer brilliance! and gut busting many other NBA superstars can poke fun of themselves??? Zero!!!

I sure will miss Shaq..aka "The Big AARP"

June 6, 2011 at 2:26 p.m.
jgreeson said...

BIspy —

Take two (dozen) cool Bud Lights and call us in the morning. Man, those beers vanish when the temperatures get to 95 and better. At least that's what we've been told. So it goes.

EC —

Agree on the New Delphia Millies. Dykstra was one. So was Tug McGraw. And man Larry Bowa should have been. Joe Morgan, too. And Tim McCarver. Man, there have been a lot of jackwagons who have played for the Phillies.

As for Uggla, right now he'd have a tough going 10-for-12 vs. the Sir Gooney's pitching machine. Medium speed. (And if those machines throw a curve, it's over.)

Shaq will be most missed in this era of super-self-important, sunglass-at-night-and-inside-wearing, oversized-ego mega-stars. Shaq was legitimately funny and engaging — "miss free throws" is gold Jerry, gold.

— 5-at-10

June 6, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Dan Uggla's knees just buckled with a curve ball being mentioned!

June 6, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

E_C, That was golden on Mr. Struggla's uggles.

June 6, 2011 at 3:36 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I think we should compile a list of great Uggla jokes til the end of the season, then send them to the Braves organization to let them know what a great pickup we all thought he was. I like that idea Cinco...I mean EC keeps us up on the UFC, i'll keep us up on area Softball, and Bispy can keep us up on....well..ummm....

June 6, 2011 at 4:16 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

If you want NHL, European golf and young ladies working their way through college knowledge, I'm your man.

June 6, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...


June 6, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.
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