published Thursday, April 12th, 2012

5 at 10: Petrino, Baylor basketball and Jason Heyward

We're sorry we had the comments turned off in the a.m. Wednesday. That's our bad. But it didn't slow you folks down. Strong day of comments and it was great to see wc777 swing by these parts again in the afternoon, and he shared some knowledge. Don't forget about Friday's mailbag, we still have a couple of spots open.

News was dominated yesterday by the arrest in the Trayvon Martin case and while we're not going to get into that, we will say that thank goodness that's the only kid that has been killed in the U.S. of A. in the last month. It's tragedy, no doubt, but sadly it's far from the only incident. That said, also Wednesday Dos Equis recalled some of its beer because they found small pieces of glass from defective bottle had fallen into the beer. First, we're completely safe as anyone who knows us knows that unless Dos Equis is Spanish for Bud Light, we're OK. Second, we've decided to do today's show as "The Most Interesting 5-at-10 in the World," in honor of Dos Equis awesome pitch man and commercial spokesman.

From the "Talks Too Much Studios" here we go.

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    Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino walks to the sideline as the Razorbacks took on Mississippi State during an NCAA college football game in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas fired coach Petrino on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, publicly dressing him down for unfairly hiring his mistress and intentionally misleading his boss about everything from their relationship to her presence at the motorcycle accident that ultimately cost him his job. (AP Photo/El Dorado News-Times, Michael Orrell)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

"He doesn't always tell lies, but when he does he makes Nixon look like a boy scout"

The residue form the Bobby Petrino implosion continues. Records show that Petrino and his floozie exchanged more than 4,300 text messages and 300 calls in the last seven months. Sweet buckets of "Honeys," "Sweet Cakes," and "Smoochies," how did Petrino have time for anything else, never mind getting Arkansas to the top 3 in the polls in November. That's more than 600 texts a month, which is more than 20 a day. Does he have a teenager on staff in charge of text quota? What a loser. Anyhoo.

We thought our ace columnist Mark Wiedmer nailed the increased focus on behavior here http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/apr/12/will-coach-behavior-get-better/.

In some ways we're still shocked. Look at it this way, behind Saban, who is at the top of every college football coach Mad Lib (i.e., the Coach with the most _, the coach with the best_, you get the idea), Petrino was right there on almost every list.

And before this, who was behind Saban as the coach with the most job security? We'd put Petrino at least tied with Spurrier and ahead of Les Miles and Gene Chizik.

(Side question: Did he ever get cited for failing to wear a helmet? Yes, in the grand scheme of things that's certainly low on the list, but we're just curious.)

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    Baylor forward/center Destiny Williams (10) looks for a way around Notre Dame forward Markisha Wright (34) during the first half in the NCAA women's Final Four college basketball championship game, in Denver, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

"If timing is everything, their everything was perfect."

Baylor's men' and women's basketball programs admitted to something like 1,200 total texts and phone calls that were against NCAA rules. (Side question: Was Petrino involved in this? We're still stunned dude was sending 20-plus texts a day to his mistress. And he was getting away with this? Somewhere Tiger Woods read that stat and said, "Rookie mistake.")

In the grand scheme of things, texts and phones calls are not that big of a deal. But when they are in this overwhelming volume, it has to be considered a serious recruiting edge.

That said, the NCAA accepted Baylor's suggested penalties and added some light probation. And that's probably fine.

But if this had been pre-scandal days of college athletics, before the times when we knew about Tattoo-Gate and the seedy side of Miami and the fact that Joe Paterno put his program's reputation before protecting children, the NCAA would have been all fire and brimstone.

Now, Baylor suggests its punish and has to pay the NCAA equivalent of court costs. So it goes.

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    Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward swings at a pitch against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game in Kissimmee, Fla., Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Heyward struck out in the at-bat, but hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

"He didn't necessarily pick baseball as much as baseball picked him."

We're going to whisper this because we don't want to jinx it, but "Jason Heyward looks really comfortable in the batter's box again." Shhhhh. Just between us, OK?

If Heyward gets comfortable and confident, the Braves are money. Seriously, dude is an MVP candidate hiding in his No. 7-hitter shell because of his struggles and mental angst.

That said, dude looked awesome last night — he went 3-for-4 with a homer — and is hitting .316 through six games and has two steals. We know this is a long season and you have to trust it — and you good folks know the 5-at-10's an optimist at heart — but getting jazzed about Heyward's .316 is like getting bent out of shape about an 0-4 start. It's a super-small cross thread for a long year.

But, you have to admit, Heyward looks different. He appears more comfortable and that has to count for something whether he's hitting .316 or a buck-16.

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This and that

— "He doesn't always put messages in his hair, but when he does it's something meaningful." Kentucky landed Nerlens Noel, the stud 6-foot-10 shot-blocker who rather than going through the cap dance ritual of signing-day excess just showed the interlocking "UK" shaved into the back of his high-top fade. Three quick things: First, this is brilliant. Shaving something into your 'do makes a statement of caring and creativity without going permanent. (Ask UT running back Marlin Lane, who committed to Clemson, got a Clemson tattoo, de-committed and picked UT and had to have the tat removed about the benefits of not going permanent out of the gate.) Second, Kentucky did not pull off the sweep Wednesday with Shabazz Muhammad going to UCLA, but the Wildcats did land another top-three signing class and have the freshman firepower to be among the elite again next season. Third, Noel is such a defensive ace and has such a boss high-top fade, do you think his hero is Dwight Howard or that dude from Kid-n-Play that had the best fade ever? Think of it this way, Dwight Howard is the best big man in the NBA, but Kid or Play (we get them confused) had the Michael Jordan of fades. Just saying.

— "Tight ends... position and description." We heard from the start of the Doolander era in Knoxville that he loved using the tight ends. Well, a dearth of able bodies and/or the ability of the five offensive linemen to pass protect without help forced last year's Vols to downplay the big pass catchers. As our UT ace Downtown Patrick Brown tells us here, http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/apr/12/vols-tight-ends-are-on-the-move/, the tight ends are again going to get a chance to make plays. First, we think Cam Clear can be an NFL player. Second, with the Vols' weapons on the perimeter, there will be huge gaps in the middle of the for capable tight ends.

— "He's a beast among beasts and a man among men." Sweet Memories of Bill Russell's box scores, Andrew Bynum had 30 rebounds in the Lakers win over the Spurs. Thirty rebounds? Wow, that's a week for most guys.

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Today's question

"He has so much perspective, that he realizes the great thing about perspective is that it's never too late to get some."

The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this. And while the NFL draft is the bees' knees, we also appreciate the NBA draft, too.

ESPN NBA draft guru Chad Ford has five Kentucky players going in the first round of this year's NBA draft. Five first-rounders out of 30 picks.

So as Kentucky reloads with a top-five recruiting class and looks to make another one-and-done run, let's try to get some perspective of this UK bunch.

Is this the most talented team in college basketball ever? Is it the best since the Christian Laettner-led Duke Blue Devils went back-to-back in the early 1990s?

(Side question for you: Can you ever see a situation where you would send 4,300 text messages to someone in seven months?)

Discuss, and remember about the 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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fechancellor said...

10 Spot, with his neck brace supporting his swollen, puffy, pasty face, Patrino resembles the unmasked Darth Vader.

As a result Patrin's shenanigans, I know of at least one area ball player who has cancelled summer camp in Fayetteville.

April 12, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
chas9 said...

Word is the new 007 flick will feature Bond. Jams Bond. swilling beer, neither shaken nor stirred. We can assume it won't be Bud Lite. And maybe they'll borrow the Dos Equis spokesgent's line, "I don't usually drink beer, but when I do..."

Question for Friday: Since The Bobster and The Volleyballer used state property cell phones, will all those 40 million texts be open to FOI rules? And if released, will you read them all?

And Ms. Dorrell isn't the only V-baller in the news. The golden Kerri Walsh and Misty May have struck a blow for the freedom to wear bikinis, so as to prevent the oppressive chaffing that the modesty unis would have caused. Another question for Friday: Will we stand for our V-ballers to be subjected to chaffing by the sadistic Olympic fascists? (Insert close-up photo of the front row signal caller's hands in the usual signal calling position here.)

April 12, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
dawg747 said...

Hello! Hello! Is the comments section on? 5@10: Petrino looks like he cleaned the pavement with his face. I have not sent 4000 text messages in the last 7 years much less the last 7 months. Heyward looks better than he did his rookie year. I guess having Chipper ahead of you in the line up helps. Speaking of Chipper I guess the Braves needed their leader in the lineup to start winning.

April 12, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
patrickd said...

Petrino has taken his lumps somewhat like a man since all this has started coming out. In my mind I see him somberly hanging his head, looking down at the ground in silence as details like the $20,000 come out. But when they announced the number of text messages he sent you know he stood up and yelled "&$?@!, IS NOTHING PRIVATE???"

April 12, 2012 at 11:20 a.m.
Stewwie said...

[Is this the most talented team in college basketball ever? Is it the best since the Christian Laettner-led Duke Blue Devils went back-to-back in the early 1990s?]

They've got a case for sure. However, the 1990 Runnin' Rebels really stand out. Great team and they won the championship game by 30 points...now that's sayin' something.

Call it arrogant or just plain funny, but The Shark has said there were many times during that season and the next where he'd turn to assistants during a game to say, "Are we really this good?"

[(Side question for you: Can you ever see a situation where you would send 4,300 text messages to someone in seven months?)]

Absolutely not, but get this...Chuck Norris can send 4,300 texts in 7 seconds!

April 12, 2012 at 11:22 a.m.
jgreeson said...

FE to the C —

Great call on Anakin Skywalker Petrino. Well-played indeed.

And that's good. Pass catching tight ends need to go to Auburn. Phillip Lutzenkirchen is going to have to leave at some point. (Lutzenkirchen is the current SEC leader of, "How is that guy still eligible? Wasn't he a 4-star prospect in like 2004?)

Plus, Fayetteville is way too far. Mrs. FE to the C couldn't stand for that.

9er —

Excellent questions good sir. And we will file them away from Friday.

That said, now that we have had a little time to let the title breath, where do your rank this UK bunch?

Dawg747 —

Hey, never doubt the healing power of Chipper. Or the healing power of confidence, especially for some one with the mad skills that Heyward has.

And 4,300 text messages is nuts. NUTS. We get a ton of email — it's not uncommon during football season to get more than 500 a day — and we dedicate 90 minutes every day to our email first thing after we finish the 5-at-10. And to imagine all that goes into a day and 20-plus text messages to one person. Wow. Just wow.

— 5-at-10

April 12, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.
jgreeson said...

PDavi —

Petrino handles nothing like a man. Not even his motorcycle.

And here's saying he's cussing the wreck or the media or Jeff Long or whatever else, but he's not cussing his mistakes no matter what his mea culpa says.

Handling the fallout like a man does not include preparing a statement and releasing it through your agent.

You're MY BOY, Stew —

Quick "Old School" shout out for you. "We're streaking to the Quad."

UNLV is a great call. On both counts of best team and super-talented. (Four players — Johnson, Augmon, Anthony and Anderson Hunt — taken in the first round and George Ackles was pretty strong.)

And the Chuck Norris line made us laugh out loud.

That said, If Chuck Norris can send 4,300 text message in seven seconds, the Most Interesting Man in the World doesn't always send a text, but when he does he prefers to send a photo.

Stay thirsty my friends and keep the glass out of your beer.

— 5-at-10

April 12, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, AU? Yep, but please keep it on the down load. By the by, there's no Mrs. Chancellor.

April 12, 2012 at 11:54 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Here's hoping Mr. Lutzenkirchen never marries one of Mike Krzyzewski's daughter. Try getting all of that on one invitation, much less a headline in the newspaper.

Cheatrino's face also has the look of one of those tanning bed gone wrong visages now popping up all over the Interweb.

4300 text messages in seven months? I don't think I've sent 4,300 text messages period. I mean, she'd have to be smoking hot for me to send that many texts and ... wait a minute ... there is someone in my contact list who is that smoking hot (a nursing grad from Auburn, by the way. War Eagle. Oh, babyyyy.....) Where was I? Oh, yeah. I hate Bobby Valentine already.

April 12, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.
jgreeson said...

FE to the C —

AU was among the best six years of the 5-at-10's life. And before you say it, lots of folks go to college for six years — most are called lawyers, but hey, so it goes.

If the Lutzenkirchen-Krzyzewski union somehow found a way to happen, forget the invitations, what would you name the children.

Of course our first choice would be Shabazz Krzyzewski Lutzenkirchen. That'd give the birth certificate person a heart attack.

— 5-at-10

April 12, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.
chas9 said...

For all the fun UK has had with one and doners, TEAMS were better before that was an option, and before Kevin Garnett jumped from high school to the NBA.

You have to say the UCLA 1966-68 bunch which lost one game in three years was the best team ever. Mr. Stew's right about 90-91 UNLV being right up there. I'd add UCLA 73 (Walton, Wilkes) and Indiana 76. And yes, the accursed Puke 92 is there, too.

I'm not even sure this is the best UK team ever, because of the experience and teamwork factors. Mercer, McCarty, Delk, Anderson, Walker might beat this year's team. Terrence Jones is probably more talented than McCarty, but McCarty never took a play off.

But if we're just basing it on TALENT, I'd place this UK team right behind UCLA 66-68. Close behind.

And as for next year's team, The Cats aren't through signing. Says here they'll have the #1 class again, once the dust has settled and the last text message has been sent.

As for Mr. Noel, reckon he'll wear his hair a bit more conservatively cropped next year? Calipari's players don't wear headbands or extreme do's.

April 12, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.
wcole777 said...

Scratch talking about dude's face. I want to know if they were able to get any reliable fingerprints.

April 12, 2012 at 1:11 p.m.
Etsubuc13 said...

In terms of pure talent how could you not say this years Kentucky squad was the best ever. Remember that a lot of previous teams, UNLV and Duke for example, were flush with juniors and seniors. Imagine if all five starters at Kentucky this year stayed till their junior year and try to convince yourself they wouldn't win two more championships. I mean Davis won player of the year as a freshman for goodness sake, he'd completely overwhelm any competition if he stayed around two more years.

April 12, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

Great breakdown. We agree the UCLA dynasty teams were awesome.

We think Duke in 1992 was special, too. And we agree with Stew's earlier post that UNLV in 1990 was something else.

That Kentucky team in 1996 was super deep, but we think this UK team would take them. A-Davis and T-Jones were a load inside.

As for the 'do, let's hope not. How great would it be if come Game 1 of next the announcer goes "Fletch" on us and says, starting at center, a 6-foot-10 freshman — but he's 7-5 with the fade — Nerlens Noel.

WC —

Exactly where are the fingerprints for which you are searching?

Buc —

If this Kentucky team had stayed together — and with the class they have coming — forget titles, unbeaten would be the goal. Period.

This team was pretty special, there's no doubt, and A-Davis may be the one big guy in the last 20-plus years that would have given Laettner fits.

— 5-at-10

April 12, 2012 at 2:57 p.m.
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