PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — We're on vacation so here's the structure — we're going to have one or two comments and then a top three or four list and call it a day. It's Friday, and that means mailbag whether we're in PCB or Chatta-Vegas. Sidenote: The e-mail access here has been shall we say spotty — this is the panhandle not Silicon Valley, although that term could apply, oh nevermind.
From our satellite studios here along the Gulf, here we go.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a drive on the 15th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 9, 2011, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
It's about time you had another contest. Did you get my entry?
Here are the players in the Wide Open US Open Challenge, and the key will be having as many golfers as possible make the cut.
EC: Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Fowler, Steve Stricker
PDavi: Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Nick Watney
BIspy4: Lee Westwood, Steve Stricker, Rory McIlroy, Nick Watney, KJ Choi
OT Watcher: Bubba Watson, Mickelson, Nick Watney, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter
ThatIDoKnow: Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, YE Yang, Aaron Baddely, Zach Johnson
McPell: Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Anthony Kim, Paul Casey, Ernie Els
CelticVol: Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen, Adam Scott, K.J. Choi, Jason Day
Weena: Sergio Garcia, Stewart Cink, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson,
33wannabe: Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Heath Slocum
wc777: Rory McIlroy, YE Yang, Paddy Harrington, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker
scole023: Angel Cabrera, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar
TigerFan: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, KJ Choi, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood
5-at-10: Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott
Mrs. 5-at-10: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Davis Love III, Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker
SportTalk's Dr. B: Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar
SportTalk's Cowboy Joe: Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Anthony Kim
SportTalk's Quake: Graeme McDowell, Rory McIllroy, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson
The Show's Chris Goforth: Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Anthony Kim, Paul Casey, Ernie Els
TFP golf writer David Uchiyama: Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Rory McIlroy, Hunter Mahan
Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) breaks his bat as he bats in the eighth inning of baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Atlanta. The Braves won 4-3. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Sorry to hear you did not have the Braves in Florida. It's been a strange week. Do you think they can make the playoffs?
Have not been in full Braves-following mode, but here are two predictions that we feel super strongly about:
1) These Braves absolutely can make the playoffs;
2) Dan Uggla will not win the batting title.
From there, last night was one of the first walk-off balks (or is called a balk-off?) we can ever recall. And Holy Hammerin' One Team, does Chipper Jones own the Mets like nobody's business? And was that a Jason Heyward appearance last night? OK, wait the 5-at-10 is supposed to have answers, not questions. Right?
Oh well. Here's the big thing about the Braves' playoff push — they have to keep one eye on the Phillies and one on the pack of teams in the NL Central for the wildcard chase. To do that, these Braves have to play better against the also-rans. The Nationals, the struggling Marlins, the Dodgers, et al — those are the teams that the Braves must handle.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, left, and head football coach Dana Holgorsen, right, answer questions during a news conference in Morgantown, W.Va. on Friday, June 10, 2011. Holgorsen was appointed head football coach and Bill Stewart resigned. (AP Photo/David Smith)
Hello 5@10 Beach Bum,
I have to say that I admire your dedication to the 5@10 readers that you continue to work while on vacation. I wonder if Mrs. 5@10 has given you any evil looks for working. Speaking of evil looks, that reminds me of ex-West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart’s many evil looks toward new West Virginia head coach, Dana “Black Jack” Holgorsen. What a crazy week in Morgantown! Athletic Director, Oliver “Bad” Luck, deserves a plaque in the hall of shame for allowing a class act like Bill Stewart to be put in this position. Luck fumbled this head coach in waiting thing from the very beginning. Has this silly concept, “head coach in waiting”, ever worked, and will it be abandoned for good after the disaster at West Virginia?
P.S. I enjoyed last Friday’s Nickname Mailbag. Gotta give props to EC. Got any favorite Chris Berman nicknames?
It's hard to recall a "Coach-in-waiting" scenario that has been a smooth transition, and the Stewart-Holgorsen plan may have been the worst. Even firing the popular Stewart and hiring Holgorsen would have been a better plan that this, and that's how it turned out anyway. It didn't go smoothly in Tallahassee, and the only way it played out for Texas was that Will Muschamp got the Florida job. It's definitely a roll of the dice — and the only way it can work is if the current head coach is on-board and has a solid timeline in mind.
As for the Mrs. 5-at-10, she's aces.
The nickname column was a lot of fun. Seriously. As for Berman's nicknames, well, everyone likes Bert "Be home" Blyleven, but here are a couple of others:
Scott "Supercalifragilisticexpiala" Brosius
Carlos "One if by Land, Two if" Baerga
Jeff Dedmon "Don't wear plaid"
Stan Javier "Self A Merry Little Christmas"
Eric "Sleeping with" Bienemy
Atlanta Falcons’ Deion Sanders (21) bursts past Washington Redskins Brian Mitchell (30) en route to scoring on a 99-yard kickoff return in the second quarter of their game at RFK Stadium in Washington on Sunday, Sept. 13, 1992. Despite Sanders’ efforts, the Redskins prevailed, 24-17. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
OK, this whole no kickoff talk in football is driving me crazy! I mean how could they possibly be looking at doing away with one of the games top momentum turning, game changing moments!? First , I would like your opinion on the matter. Secondly, you know how the bear’s brain works. Top five list of greatest kickoff returns. Like Band on the field, Music City Miracle, etc. Hope you enjoyed your time in PCB, I’ll be there in 16 days! I’ll hang up now and listen to your answer. Thanks
You pulled off the rare, 5-at-10 Mailbag Double Dip — One E-mail counting as two questions. Well played, indeed.
The 5-at-10 wants safety in all sports. We all do. But there's a difference between changing the rules for safety and changing the game.They have to have kickoffs. Oso is 100 percent right about the possible game-changing momentum that kickoffs provide. Here's another part: what happens if Team A is down 10 with 90 seconds left if there are no kickoffs? The game's over. With no kickoffs, there's no onside kicks, either. Yes, it's a long-shot for Team A to score, get an onside kick and score again to force OT, but as the wise sage of a generation Lloyd of "Dumb and Dumber" said, "So you're saying there's a chance?"
Dallas Cowboys' Deion Sanders (21) celebrates after returning a punt 69 yards for a touchdown during second quarter action against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 2, 1998. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Secondly, a top-five kickoff return list? Wow, not easy, and here's hoping our crack web team will find some video links:
1) The Music City Miracle: Oso called it . The stakes and the drama make this No. 1
2) The Band's on the field: The Stanford return that featured seven laterals and one trampled Cal band member
3) Deion Sanders' kickoff return against Washington: It was Prime Time's first NFL kickoff return and, as the legend goes, he told the blockers on the return team that if he ran one back, he'd buy them all watches. Sanders goes the distance and when the guys come back to the locker room after the game, the watches are hanging there with something like "It's ALWAYS Prime Time" on the back.
4) Any of Devin Hester's like 800 kickoff returns for touchdowns
5) Desmond Howard's 99-yarder in the Super Bowl: He, Hester and Fulton Walker returned kickoffs for TDs in a Super Bowl, but Howard was the only special teamer to earn MVP honors. He's one of four players — along with Roger Staubach, Marcus Allen and Jim Plunkett — to win a Heisman and the Super Bowl MVP. And it's all because of kickoffs.
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 ...