published Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

5 at 10: UGA running back, Rashard Mendenhall and overtime in the NBA

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



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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)

NBA playoffs continue to dazzle

If you're not into the NBA, the 5-at-10 understands. But last night was more than just basketball.

Last night was about all the gripping things about sports. In the two games last night, there were four overtimes, more big buckets than we could count, more than a dozen highlight plays and questions that were asked and answered.

The Heat grabbed a 3-1 series lead with a 98-90 overtime win over Boston. It's hard to see any team winning three straight so we're staring at the Celtics and Lakers being on the golf course/beach before the start of the conference finals. Raise your hand if you thought that was possible.

Even more impressive was how the Heat siezed control of this series Monday night.

It was on the road, and the Boston crowd was rocking. It happened in the TD Garden, a house of horrors for Dwayne Wade (who had lost 11 straight games there) and LeBron James (who ha lost 13 of his last 15 games there). It also came less than 48 hours after Chris Bosh admitted to being nervous in a woeful Game 3.

And the Big 3 was bigger than even they could have imagined. James (35 points, 14 rebounds), Wade (28 points, nine rebounds) and Bosh (20 points, 12 rebounds) combined for 83 of Miami's 98 points and scored all 12 in the decisive OT. They also had 35 of Miami's 45 rebounds.

All jokes aside about the Hawks or the Grizzlies and it's still anybody's playoffs (well, anybody other than the Lakers, of course), it appears we're on the path for a Mavericks-Heat finals. If that develops, it wil be a big-time case study on building an NBA team — the Heat's star-dominated roster or the Mavs' 10-deep rotation anchored by one big-time Big-Timer (Dirk Nowitzki).



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    Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph, center, celebrates their win with teammates Marc Gasol, left, of Spain, and Darrell Arthur after an NBA playoff basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, April 17, 2011, in San Antonio. Memphis won 101-98. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

What will they do for an encore

Sweet Sore Shooting Elbows, what in the world will the Thunder and Grizzlies do to top Monday's amazing triple-overtime shootout that the Thunder won 133-123.

There were a series of highlights and the numbers were staggering.

The Thunder got 75 combined points from its dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook (40) and Kevin Durant (35). Memphis, which led by as many as 18 at one point Monday, had five players score at least 14 points, and the inside tandem of Marc Gasol (26 points, 21 rebounds) and Z-Bo (Zach Randolp had 34 points and 16 boards) was outstanding.

Now the series is tied at — just like the Atlanta-Chicago series — and it's safe to assume that Game 5 is a little more than important.

These NBA Playoffs have been simply great; at least they are creating a lot of wonderful memories before the summer of labor unrest. So it goes.



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    This Feb. 1, 2011, file photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall wearing a sweatshirt as he answers questions during media day for Super Bowl XLV, in Arlington, Texas. Mendenhall has created a stir with comments made on his official Twitter page regarding Osama bin Laden's death. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

OK, fellows, don't forget the LOL or the smiley face

Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall used social media to question why everyone was so happy about the death of Osama bin Laden. It was a misguided — and very public — river of thought that Mendenhall later apologized for and it understandably cost him at least one sponsorship deal.

On Monday, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush tweeted he was enjoying the lockout. He naturally received some negative feedback to the NFL's labor issues and then tweeted "Relax people (deleted) it's called sense of humor! Cry me a river why don't you..."

"Reggie Bush to the common-sense courtesy phone; Mr. Bush to the red common-sense courtesy phone."

Social media has offered connectivity between friends, between family and even for fans like we've never before known. But there is no way to hear inflection or note sarcasm in 140 charcters and to expect otherwise is foolish.

The guys at SportTalk were discussing this the other day, and Quake was spot on when he said it was impossible for the NFL and even the teams to control the use of Twitter and/or Facebook, but that these players were only hurting themselves (and in the case of Mendenhall) costing themselves money.

Athletes having opinions or expressing them is not the problem here — no this is yet another cautionary tale about how to deliver those opinions. Maybe Bush was making a bad joke — and if making a bad joke is a crime, well, the 5-at-10 is headed to the state pen — but to deliver an opinion/joke in 140 characters and then to be shocked/insulted that some people may not like that view or get the joke is foolish and bordering on delusional.

Here's saying that the next person added to some of the big-time stars' entourages will be the social media expert. You know this is coming.

Everyone agrees with the 5-at-10, right? C'mon people, it's called a sense of humor! Cry me a river why don't you...



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    Georgia running back Washaun Ealey. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

An Ealey good bye in Athens

Be it the looming arrival of five-star running back recruit Isaiah Crowell or his questionable decisions off-the-field, it's hard to remember a player who lost his luster faster than former Georgia running back Washaun Ealey.

Ealey led the Bulldogs with 811 yards and 11 TDs as a sophomore in 2010, but he was suspended twice for disciplinary reasons. Coach Mark Richt gave Ealey his unconditional release the school announced Monday.

"Washaun and I have had several conversations in recent weeks," Richt said in a statement. "We both have come to the conclusion that a transfer to another institution would be in his best interest."

Ealey was a higly regarded prospect when he arrived in Athens, but his career will end somewhere else. It's hard to know what this means for the Bulldogs, but Crowell just moved to the top of the list of impact freshmen.



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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay delivers to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the fifth inning of Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This and that

— For the first time since they have tabulated world tennis rankings, there are exactly zero Americans in the top 10 in the men's and women's rankings. That's right, nada.

— Holy Pitcher's Duel, Roy Halladay will go against Josh Johnson tonight when the Phillies play the Marlins. That game may take 90 minutes and the next team that scores wins.

— Maryland hired Mark Turgeon as its basketball coach. Turgeon, the former Texas A&M coach, has some serious skills. Nice hire.

— Remember about the Friday mailbag, and we're still looking for some questions.

— Want to know what's underrated? Cheez-Its are underrated. Cheez-Its is the official snack of the All-Tim Duncan first team. Just thought we'd share.

— The 5-at-10 is going out of town this weekend to celebrate one of our best friends Big 4-0. We're headed to Vegas, and curious about the clan's thoughts on some of the possible future bets we can place. Right now, we're going to check the sports books and see what the odds are on Alabama or Oklahoma winning the football title and UNC winning the college hoops title. Thoughts?

Until tomorrow.

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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bigbearzzz said...

I SAY YOU TAKE ITALY IN THE "WILL JERSEY SHORE BE PERMITTED TO FILM HERE AND STAY SOBER WHILE DOING IT"...AND I ALSO THINK YOU SHOULD TAKE THE OVER 30 DAYS LINDSEY LOHAN WILL SERVE AFTER TRIAL FOR BORROWI..ERR...STEALI....UMMM...SHE REALLY DOESNT HAVE A CLUE DUE TO ALL THE ALCOHOL IN HER SYSTEM. YOU MIGHT TO ALSO LOOK FOR ANY ODDS THAT STATE GA WILL START OFF 0-2 NEXT YEAR...IF THEY DO...MARK IT DOWN..ITS GOING TO BE A GOOD YEAR! NEVER BEFORE HAVE I EVER SEEN THE FIRST TWO GAMES OF THE YEAR MAKE SUCH AN IMPACT ON THE REMAINING SEASON AS GA'S OPENING TWO. AS FAR AS EALY GOES...GOOD RIDDANCE...NOT LOSING ANY SLEEP OVER THAT ONE. AS FAR AS THE SNACK OF CHOICE...I PREFER THE SLATY FLAVOR OF THE PRETZEL...ROLD GOLD PREFERABLY...HOWEVER I DO LOVE ENDULGING ON THE EVER CHEESY-AWESOMETISITY OF THE CHEEZIT OCCASIONALLY...

May 10, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Reggie Bush, what a bonehead...not only did he tweet some seriously bad jokes and got all sideways when ppl didnt find the humor in it all...but he also lost some serious cool points for not putting a ring on the finger of Kim-K...not sure what the thoughts are at the "7-Up Stinks Studio" but at the EC-Foxhole...Kim K is tops....and Bottoms...hey hey EC this a family oriented program...Agreed...Please Excuse me...As for the NBA playoffs...those Miami Heat are headed to the finals...sorry Boston...a gutsy performance by PG Rajon Rondo isnt gonna put points on the scoreboard and the Big Diesel isnt even getting on the floor...its time for some fresh blood in Bean-town - Sidenote doesnt look like Carrie Underwood will be hoisting the Stanley Cup in Nashville...sad because that would have given me reason to watch some NHL action... some stats i seen on the Ocho this morning...there have been 4 NBA playoff games that went into triple OT and the winner of that Triple OT game lost the series three times...the fourth is still undecided....with that said looks like the Griz are headed to Dallas....and if they do...How will Mark Gasol defend Dirk? Will he call Pau for pointers? thoughts?

May 10, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

If we can find anything with Lindsey Lohan/over-under/jail time in the same bet, we're definitely betting on her returning to the clink sooner rather than later. Great call on Ealey and on UGA and the magnitude of the first two games — we'll go one further. How bad does the "Richt has to go" talk get if they start 0-2? It would be loud and hard to ignore. It's tough for a guy that has had as much success as Mark Richt, but his career in Athens may come down to the first eight days of the season. Pretzels rock, there's no doubt, but we went through like a whole box of Cheez-Its last night not even trying to.

EC —

It has been all downhill for Reggie since he split with Kim. And for a Kardashian to appear to be the emotional foundation of your life, well, let's just Reg may have some issues. Agree on the C's, it's tough to see them overcoming that one last night and the Heat may have landed their "over-the-hump" win Monday. We'll see.

All jokes aside, the Grizz are tough, and Marc Gasol is playing circles around Pau right now, which makes about as much since as Jim Hanks getting an Academy Award over Tom in some independent film that few people heard of until it was sweeping all the awards. Here's hoping the Thunder keep playing if for no other reason than the joy of watching Kevin Durant play. Guy's tough.

— 5-at-10

May 10, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

When it comes to Salty Snacks...Cheez-its are boss and their is NO debating it...a handful can very easily turn into consuming an entire 14oz box of the infamous Sunshine Cracker....love me some cheez-its....I sure hope the MLB network shows the Phillie vs Marlins Showdown tonight...Attention Mike Stanton...bring a lawn chair sir... nothing and I mean nothing is gonna be happening in right Field tonight....Kevin Durrant is straight up tough and an absolute joy to watch...but OKC is baby steps away from being an elite NBA team...maturity will take care of this...Jason Heyward's commercial on ESPN about how the Baseball Bat is made...he'll-Larry-us...

May 10, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Sure is quiet in here today...(cherp...cherp)

May 10, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.
Livn4life said...

I gotta go with Bugles on the salty snack scene and UGA better hope Crowell is the second coming of Herschel or they may be footing the bill with a struggling running game. Who knows?

May 10, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

The Mark Richt subject is almost as painful to discuss as the K Walker subject....almost....but in all reality..you are right. I know Luke Perry did that movie 8 seconds..well this is Mark Richt's 8 days...and i think this bull is going to get him this time. I dont know yet if it's going to hurt yet with him being let go...time will tell as our orange bleeding relatives up north can attest too. If they do cut him this year..they better find the Next Dooley...oh wait..CRAP...he went to TN. And i am starting to see that we are going to have to agree to disagree on the snackable treat of preference for the day. And yes EC...i hope they broadcast that game tonight...they should...should be a short one. thinking 1-0....

May 10, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

The V@X. In Vegas. The BIspy4 shudders at the possibilities. This could make that night at Lake Oconee look like Candyland. Stupendous call on Cheez-It. One of the few snacks that you start eating and when you get done, you have the “holy moly, I ate all the stinkin box and didn’t notice” face. I also nominate Lemon Coolers, a personal favorite. They're no Cheez-It. But what is (are?)?

May 10, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
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