published Thursday, June 9th, 2011

5 at 10: Special Thursday mailbag

OK, gang, last Thursday we set a 5-at-10 comments record, and Oso rightly noted that crazy stuff happens on Thursday around these parts.

Today, we’re moving four questions that would have been in our regularly scheduled Friday mailbag forward one day. We did this because we have a one-question, extra-special mailbag scheduled for Friday that will have a five-part answer.

And to stay topical, we’re going to use the “This and That” to make sure we’re updated on the day’s storylines.

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



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    Staff Photo by Dan Henry UT's head coach Phillip Fulmer watches his players during the first half of play Saturday afternoon. The University of Tennessee played Auburn University at Jordan Hare Stadium, September 27, 2008.

This and That

— TFP ace Stephen Hargis had an interesting story about former Vols rallying for Phil Fulmer to be the next men’s athletic director. What say you Johnny Vols Fans? (Let’s just say if the big guy ever throws around the 007 type of intro, “Fulmer, Phillip Fulmer, UT men’s AD” it would shock the socks off the 5-at-10.)

— The Stanley Cup Final (no ‘s’ mind you) is now tied at 2-2. The 5-at-10 is really hoping for Game 7. Game 7s are way, Way, WAY underrated. Here’s hoping for a Game 7 in hockey, hoops and the World Series.

— Terrelle Pryor said he’s getting interest from CFL teams. And maybe UFL teams. We’ve noticed that the letters MBA have not been tossed about. Anyhoo, here’s a question: If Pryor wanted to transfer to another college since the five-game suspension was issued by THE Ohio State University, is that allowable? Don’t think Jacksonville State has not already asked about this.

— Auburn was welcomed by Obama to the White House on Wednesday. No word whether Cecil Newton was asking the Democrat Party for a “donation” before Cam Newton could attend.

— Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said his Sooners, who were whipped by USC in the 2004 BCS title game, do not want the title that was vacated by the Trojans. OK, sure Bob.

— Chuck Barkley is awesome. That’s all there is to it. His rant about not being able to cheer for the Heat was awesome. And, this weekend is the annual celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, which Charles plays in — and plays badly. (He's thinking about switching to left-handed clubs. Seriously.) And celebrity golf ranks up there with professional poker and college softball as sporting events that cause us unknowingly to stop the clicker, which also leaves us without an answer when the Mrs. 5-at-10 asks, “Why are you watching that?”



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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) follows through on a three-run homer in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Atlanta. Washington won 7-6. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

From the 5-at-10

Hey, 5-at-10, love the show. It’s great, really. Anyhoo, enough about us. Can you guess which of the following three things we did not make up:

— Our 3-year-old son was doing differential equations and other basic calculus last night when we got home;

— In her excitement about the Volkswagen opening that coincided with her birthday weekend, our 1-year-old daughter’s first word was Fahrvergnügen;

— Dan Uggla had a clean, well-struck line-drive single last night.

Have at it.

5-at-10,

Great question. We're going to go with Uggla's sharp single to left center in last night's 3-2 win over Florida.

(OK, full disclosure, we're familiar with the kids mentioned and we actually saw the Uggla hit.)

Is this the proverbial "blind squirrel/nut" kind of thing or could this be the start of something bigger?

Hard to know, but it was the best contact he's had in a few weeks. It was a solid, compact swing. It could be the springboard. (It also could be a blip on the radar, because we were truly stunned that we saw an Uggla hit -- which in retrospect is not a compliment.)



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    Cuonzo Martin speaks during a news conference after being introduced as the new University of Tennessee men's basketball coach on Monday. Staff Photo by Patrick Smith/Chattanooga Times Free Press

From CelticVol

Hello 5@10, While all Tennessee fans focus and attention has turned toward Friday and Saturday’s hearing with the NCAA I would like to look back at Cuonzo Martin’s first recruiting class.  Do you think it was impressive or an act of desperation that Martin was able to sign 5 guys in less than 8 weeks on the job?

P.S. What is your favorite pair of Air Jordan’s?

Great question, and this weekend will be less than relaxing for Johnny Vols Fan. (We thought the NCAA trip was going to be hard for Kiffin and Pearl, but with Mike Hamilton's resignation makes us wonder if there is not something else on the horizon. Interesting times, indeed.)

In regard to Cuonzo’s first UT class, our answer is yes. Yes, it was impressive, and yes, it had some scents of desperation.

He landed a couple of guards that he believes can help, which is fine. We don’t know if he believes they could help Missouri State or in the SEC, but help is help.

He properly said thanks but no thanks to Kevin Ware, the four-star guard who at least seems like he will be troublesome before his college basketball career is complete.

And, despite saying he would not reach for post players just to add post players, it seems like he reached for post players just to add post players.

In truth, though, Martin was in a lose-lose deal, especially with UT’s two best players heading to the NBA. Plus, he had to add some size, lest he go into the season with a rapper named SwiperBoy as his starting power forward.

As for the Air Jordans, our favorite Nikes were the Air Revolution. But doing a little research (yes, shocking, we know), we have learned there are Air Jordan Winterized (AKA hiking boots). We also discovered the great black, white and red Air Jordan with the wheel and wings logo (it may have been among the first pairs). The Carolina Blue Air Jordans were pretty sweet, too.



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    Miami Heat's LeBron James celebrates after scoring against the Boston Celtics during the second half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Miami. The Heat won 102-91. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

From JordanRules

Is this LeBron’s defining moment? He’s going down and all you pro-LeBron folks are stupid.

JordanRules,

It looks like you may have the last laugh in your LeBron bashing.

And while this series is a big moment, it’s hard to know if it’s a defining moment.

For example, if LeBron disappears again and the Mavs win this series, but James and the Heat win the next five titles, does this meltdown define him? If LeBron erupts — and here’s saying he will (the 5-at-10 has put our chips in, there’s no folding now) — but that’s the only title the Heatles win, then maybe not.

That said, if James and Co. don’t reach expectation over the next couple of seasons, his Game 4 vanishing act will forever tarnish his rep. And in some circles, it probably will anyway.



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    Alabama head coach Nick Saban holds the championship trophy with Mark Ingram, right, after winning the BCS Championship NCAA college football game against Texas in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Alabama defeated Texas 37-21. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

From SEC follower

Did you see that Alabama lost another transfer? They’ve lost a lot of players. I think they’re overrated. Thoughts?

SEC follower

Alabama did lose another transfer — former four-star running back Corey Grant, a speedster who has likely fielded a lot of calls in the recent days. (Wonder whether UTC has reached out to Grant?)

The Tide have lost five transfers now since the end of the season, and while that may seem like a lot, it also has to do with the fact that Alabama has recruited so well over the last three years. There simply is so much talent in Tuscaloosa — and there are only so many spots for people to play — that some guys see the writing on the wall about never seeing the field.

Which leads us to your next question. No, the Tide are not overrated. In fact, they may be underrated. That’s right, underrated. If they are not preseason No. 1 (and most polls have Oklahoma there) it’s only because the SEC West is the toughest division this side of the NFC South.

Alabama is scary good folks. PDavi, how many days till kickoff?

Until tomorrow, and our one-question mailbag.

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...

Well let me just start by saying that tomorrow will be like Christmas morning...not just any Christmas morning...the one where i woke up and found replica WWF Championship belts under the tree....let me just say that EC's mom had to MAKE me take them off for showers..and school and so on....andy ways that is how excited I am about tomorrow's mailbag!!

My oh my...Lebron takes one game off and the Hator-ade flows from the heavens....but I cant disagree at all.... if The Heat do not win this title....which is unlikely by the way....it will be Because Lebron played like a 46 year Veteran with bad wheels....it was just sad...sad...sad...

For the love of Hardees hash rounds...PLEASE DO NOT HIRE PHIL FULMER!!!!! That dog wont hunt!!! Good Gravy Bill can we throw a new name in the hat??? I'll take the job for a fraction of the cost FUlmer would charge...

Yesterday on Sport Talk Dr.B and Cowboy Joe were talking about the Greatest NBA player to never win a Title

well after being on hold for what seemed like forever i hung up...but here is the Answer...There are 7 players that have won the MVP but no Championship Malone, Barkley, D.Rose, LBJ, Steve Nash, Dirk and Iverson ( we're sitting here talking about practice? Not a game?)

So Karl Malone is the answer( funny bc wasnt AI's nickname the Answer?)...no debating it....Thank you!

I never had a pair of Jordan's....but i did have a pair of Pumps!!!

Dan Uggla tweeted last night saying that he tried something new last night...he opened his eyes when he swung the bat....

June 9, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Class Act that Bob Stoops is....if that game is a 3pt nail bitter with USC winning as the time expired...Stoops would gladly except it...but seeing how his Sooners didnt even show up to that game, I understand how he can say he doesnt want it...did anybody call Tubberville??? I bet he would take it...as long as he could arm wrestle Pete Carroll for bragging rights...

June 9, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

While enjoying a Buffalo chicken sandwich (mild), fries, baked beans with key lime pie and a sweet tea at my favorite local establishment (starts with a h, ends with a ooters), I watched Dan Uggla get a base hit. I awaited pestilence, famine and plague to join their brethren in riding toward the apocalypse as I did my best Fred G. Sanford on his way to meet Elizabeth. I'm surprised there's no Arena League interest in young Mr. Pryor. Is anybody else shocked that Terry Bowden and North Alabama haven't inquired about him transferring there?

June 9, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Love that story about the WWF title belts. Our big-time Christmas gift along those lines was a real-life Dodgers jacket (Starter-brand and shiny blue) that Santa brought a 12-year-old 5-at-10. Good times.

Hard to argue the Mailman. Personally prefer Barkley (but we're biased when it comes to Chuck).

We had some Air Jordans, but we had a lot of Converse Weapons, too.

War Uggla. Hey opened eyes, that sounds like a plan.

Forget arm wrestling — let's get a full-blown winner-take-all cage match. Or even an Indian leg wrestle contest.

BIspy4 —

Terry Bowden is looking for Pryor's number as we speak. And we love the visual of you doing the Fred G. Can we have one more hint about your lunch locale?

— 5-at-10

June 9, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

possibly a uniform description would help me with that lunch locale. My Christmas gift was a Redskins jacket back in the Hawg days, ol Riggins runnin behind that line after taking a hand-off from Theisman...classic football. Of course my brother had to be a Raiders fan so you could only imagine the pandomonium that broke out in the Bear Den when the two met in the SB..yeah i know...my team took a beatin...Shoe of choice was of course Converse, blue and Reebok. Did Uggle's hit make the number one spot on ESPN's top ten of the day? I didnt see it and im a sceptic, so im gonna have to demand some proof before believing...lil gun shy after that whole Sasquatch in GA prank...

June 9, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

There was the year i got the #21 Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders Jersey....that still hangs in my closet..even though Mrs. EC wants it gone...never!!! Until last nights hit for Uggla...Freddi G was ready to get Pryor in the line-up....

What does the 5@10 think of L-Dub's comments to Heyward...about playing with pain...something tells me the "old man" thinks these "kids" are soft...your thoughts?

June 9, 2011 at 1:05 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

Nice line about Uggla's single being atop the ESPN Top 10. And do tell about Sasquatch in the Peach State. Did he have any Beef Links jerky?

EC —

The 5-at-10 loved, Loved, LOVED Prime Time. One of the top five athletes of all-time in our opinion. Stand strong in regard to the jersey. Power of the Y chromosome.

As for L-Dub, his comments were not as bad as the headline on ESPN. Sometimes the 5-at-10 shakes our head at our business. L-Dub told a reporter that he told J-Hey that he may needs to consider returning ASAP, and that "80 percent of Jason Heyward is better than 100 percent of most players." That's hardly calling him out, but those yahoos in the media (like the TFP Sports Editor) can overblow something like that pretty quickly.

That said, here's saying L-Dub has a whole bunch of stories about walking to the Double-AA batting cage in 5 miles of snow. Uphill both ways. Stupid kids and their loud music. Get off our lawn. "I'm a man. I'M 40."

"I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly." — No. 1 Ron Burgandy

June 9, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

You are exactly right and i felt like the same thing had happened, I am sure Chipper told young Hey...that the braves need him and he is a beast....but im sure to the reporters and to ESPN it sounded more like.." I have stones the size of grapefruits and could play this game with a spear in my foot...Jason should be able to do the same..."

June 9, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

for the love of Winning Ben Stein's money, noone has mentioned that the Great movie Ferris Buellar's day off turned 25 today...Good Gravy bill...Im 25...1986 was a great year!!!

June 9, 2011 at 1:52 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Rock me Amadeus (Falco) you did not say FB's day off is 25?! Surely not!! And I.m not sure what you guys are referencing with ESPN carrying stories too far...I think they could have done a lot more with that whole Barry Bonds Steroid Scandal story (i never can find that stupid sarcasm font) And yes Cinco....We were on the golf course....we thought we would have a little fun with my buddy's watch shining the sun's reflection in Sasquatch's eyes...and then take off in the golf cart...didnt work out as planned though. Oh, and no on Fulmer. I think that's a reach by all the TN/Fulrmer Faithfuls that want him back. I have to admit, I was never a fan of Fulmer or his style of coaching. As a matter of fact he is the reason today that I am a proud Bulldog's fan. Think about it, take away the Peyton years and what did he achieve? (yes i know they won the championship in 98 the year after Manning left, but look at the talent Manning left them)I know I'm gonna have people disagree with me on this point, but i just dont see it....sry.

June 9, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

L-Dub could play with a spear in his foot — it would not affect his speed either. Sweet son of Sid Bream's slow feet, if L-Dub batted behind Brian McCann, here's saying they could ground into an 8-6-3 double play.

And some time this summer we'll take a look at the classic year that was 1986 — EC and Ferric debuted, the 5-at-10 got our driver's license (speaking of driver's license, did you see that rapper Flo Rida, the maestro of the classic "Ridin' Dirty" was busted for driving with out a license — and that begs the question can you record a song that makes fun of cops trying to cath you "Ridin' Dirty" and not expect to get caught "Ridin' Dirty").

1986 gave us the best baseball postseason, the NBA approaching its apex, the first class of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame (The first artists to be honoured are Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley), hair-band metal was soaring (Tommy Lee married a scorching Heather Locklear), Dollywood opened, the A-team was still on TV, Phil Hartman joined SNL, and we could go on.

Bad note: Sammy Hagar joined Van Halen — alas

BREAKING NEWS — UT's interim AD — Joan Cronan, the women's athletics director

— 5-at-10

June 9, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Can we just say that Tommy Lee is my all time fav musician and a member of my all time Fav band...they are coming to Atl on Juoy 10th... if the Mrs. approves..Ill be there to see them perform for the 6th time....Motley Crue is flat out unbelieveable....Golden...Solid Golden!!

June 9, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Mine was a lil heavier than that....i was a huge Metalica fan. But of course i loved all the other hair bands as well (Well, except Poison). Quick!!! Music trivia of the day!! (In honor of Ferris's 25th bday!) Name the group and the song that was playing at the beginning of FB's day off. More exact, when he was in the shower. It was one of the first songs played and it wasnt "Oh Yeah". And yes, I know that group and song and actually had their album!

June 9, 2011 at 2:54 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

Concur on Fulmer. And no, ESPN would never overblow a story.

As for the trivia, well, we'll say, "Thank you," in German, like Wayne Newton would have. And Sweet Thornton Melon's Triple Lindy, "Back to School" was released the same weekend as "Ferris Bueller" — and those two hitting the screens put "Twist and Shout" back on the charts more than 16 years after the Beatles broke up.

EC —

We loved, Loved, LOVED the Crue. And the Crue are the Four Horseman-level dominators of the 5-at-10's "Volume busters" (i.e. the top 20 songs that you absolutely, positively have to turn all the way up. And "Home Sweet Home" is the Muhammed Ali of the metal power ballads (With G-n-R's "Patience" a closer-than-expected second).

— 5-at-10

June 9, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Totally concur with the two power ballads, Cinco. Nuttin makes a dad prouder than ridin down the road and "I loved her but I had to kill her" by GnR comes on the radio and my kids are all singing along with it word for word...that and pour some sugar on me. Which everytime that one comes on my 16 year old daughter rolls the window down and shouts out in a loud voice "Def Leopard Sucks!" in her best southern accent...brings a tear to my eye...I feel a top 5 list coming on...80's ballads

Home Sweet Home, Patience, When the Children Cry, Unforgiven (What?! it was slow for Metalica!), Every Rose has its Thorn (and that one hurt to type, but when it comes to popularity, this ones up there)

And i have to throw out an honorable mention to Ozzy and Lita for their duet, which the title slips my mind right now...I was gonna say "Close your eyes" but i dont think thats right....

June 9, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
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