Kudos gang. Great week and we had so many great letters we had to kick a couple to the curb.
And we're only going to lightly cover the Dwight Howard trade, which a) makes the Lakers the team to beat — a starting five of Nash, Kobe, World Peace, P. Gasol and Dwight is slap nasty; b) crippled the Magic worse than FDR in the final years and c) lasted six months too long and was five shades worse than LeBron's "Decision." The Lakers improved from a 7-to-1 pick to win the NBA title to a 3-to-1 pick, right behind the Heatles at 2-to-1. (Side betting note: IF you want to bet on Team USA vs. the Argentina Ginobilis, the U.S. is a 25-point favorite. If you want to bet straight-up on the U.S. winning, you'll have to bet $8,500 to win $100. No thanks.)
And we watched the season finale of Dallas, and we have to say that we had high hopes going into season 1 of Dallas 2.0 and they were met and exceeded. Very good first year and an excellent finale (Spoiler alert: A great montage at the end with John Ross going to the dark side to join J.R. Vader as Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" playing in the background.)
We also will be back to update the PGA Championship.
From the "Talks too much" studios, here's a stuffed mailbag.
Jay, mailbag suggestion. What Olympic events do you think you could hang in (Handball, duh, I'd be awesome) and what Olympic events do you think you would forever be immortalized on YouTube from being so horrible in. (Platform High Dive. "In all my years as a broadcaster, I have never seen such a horrific belly flop from those heights. Lets hope they can sew his rib cage back up.")
We frequently spend too much time on mailbag questions. They haunt us and hang over our heads like a toot in an elevator.
This one has been with us all week. The question is simply that good. Plus, it was clairvoyant since it was asked a full day before this happened. Well played indeed.
We're going to break them down into three categories — the good, bad and ugly — with three events in each. Let's go for the gold. U-S-A! U-S-A! 5-at-10! 5-at-10!
There's no way we could compete with any of the Olympians, but events like archery, handball and ping pong at least lend themselves to the opportunity that practice is the most important ingredient. There's not some overwhelming athletic edge between the curlers and pongers than the rest of us.
These are the embarrassing events that would show the extreme difference in skills. We're thinking the 200 meters would be excruciatingly humbling. Those dudes cover 200 meters in 20 seconds, and the 15 or so extra seconds of dead air time the announcers would have to fill waiting on the 5-at-10 to cross the line would feel like 15 Sundays. We'll also put the any and all swimming events, especially those involving strokes other than freestyle, and believe they would need a lifeguard on duty if we were forced to swim some of those super long events. Finally we'll go with water polo. We're certain we drown in that event.
These are the ones that would live in YouTube infamy. And the choices were wide and varying. We'll go in order: High diving, any and all of the gymnastics stuff — and when we first thought of this question the images of Vaughn and Ferrell in "Old School" were very striking — and the hurdles. Seriously, think about trying to do the hurdles, tripping over the first couple and then just pulling a Costanza and sliding around the last dozen. Or even going under a couple of them.
In fact, we felt obliged to include three from the Winter Olympics, too. Figure skating would be a debacle — and that's just the uniforms for crying out loud — as would the ski jumps and speed ski races.
Great question, and feel free to share your choices.
From Jonathan Cook (in the Texas satellite branch of the 5-at-10)
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) as he carries the ball on his first run in an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in San Diego. Mathews broke his clavicle on the 5-yard run.
I got to say the 5-at-10 Dallas office took a little property damage last night over the sad fact Green Bay was too pig-headed to put B.J. in until the last two minutes of the game. (my opinion mind you). Harrold was CLEARLY not getting it done and B.J. could have easily moved GB within 1 point had he been put in at the start of the fourth. Does Green Bay really hate Chattanooga people that much?
Probably not, but then again we're exactly 23 days away before South Florida and all will hopefully be right with the world and we can get back to what's important so I can feel better (Translation: willing to sit through three hours of completely useless and sometimes unnecessary ESPN commentary for two minutes of a Mocs player in action just to get a small taste of Mocs action until the season actually starts). So what's the 5-and-10's official review last nights performance?
We too were underwhelmed with how much time B.J. got. But we believe that was a factor of Graham Harrell being less than impressive than anything else.
As for Coleman's performance, it was solid. He finished 4-of-8 for 36 yards. It was not great but it was not bad either.
In fact, we believe the most telling stat was the 0/0 in the sacks category. He handled himself well in the pocket and in the moment, and more than anything that's what we took from B.J.'s first pro experience.
Here's a question for your mailbag. In honor of Joost Luiten being in the early lead, who are the Mount Rushmore of most unexpected winners of a major?
After this week, only football (and maybe an MLB playoff question) allowed in your mailbag until at least December.
We're really that close to football that your second thought is correct.
As for your question, well-played, especially considering the last two major moments — Joost "Newton" Luiten unexpectedly leading and Ernie Els unexpectedly winning The Open — and we'll break it down to two Rushmores.
The unexpected unknowns — John Daly, Ben Curtis, Larry Mize (kind of part of both lists) and Francis Ouimet.
The unexpected winners in the final day — Els, Y.E. Yang ("It's a parking lot Yang, enough with the pictures" and who didn't think Tiger was going to nuke him), Paul Lawrie Charl Schwartzel.
The Braves are smokin’ hot but the Nats are too. Can you comment on the great move by GM Frank Wren on signing Ben Sheets and acquiring Paul Janish? These two guys were supposed to plug a hole till something better came along and both have exceeded expectations. I believe Janish has earned himself a roster spot for next year while Sheets is pitching at a Cy Young level after not playing for two years. Thanks 5@10 for your hard work.
P.S. How fast do you think you could run the 100 meters?
Our ace columnist Mark Wiedmer wrote about Sheets earlier and he was spot on. Dude has become the best mid-season acquitision of the year and the Braves best since getting Fred McGriff back in the mid-1990s. And he may turn out to be the best middle of the year pitching move since 1984 when the Cubs landed Rick Sutcliffe. And yes, while Sutcliffe can make the occasional ear bleed on ESPN broadcasts, dude shined like new money with the Cubs in '84, going 16-1 in 20 starts after being acquired in mid-June.
As for Janish, his ability to play a solid short and his penchant for picking up timely hits has earned a spot on the Braves bench for the foreseeable future. Heck, the Braves love guys they like (we promise that made sense when we wrote it) and keep them around. Ask Matt Diaz and David Ross about it.
The Sheets move alone puts Wren in the discussion for executive of the year. Whether it was a fluke a stroke of genius, it worked and the Braves landed a guy pitching like an ace and did not have to part with a prospect. If the Maholm deal works out and the Braves make the playoffs, Wren will deserve serious consideration for some awards.
As for the 100 meters, as we discussed earlier this week, personal speed is the "I caught a fish thiiiiissssss big" of the sports universe. Not unlike how every thinks they have a sense of humor, everyone thinks they are faster than they actually are. We don't believe more than 10 percent of the every day people would run better than a 5.0-second time in the 40-yard dash. So for the 100, we think somewhere around 14 seconds would be the baseline, and it would not surprise us for it be a little higher.
Thinking of B.J.'s post-high school football success, what's the Rushmore of QBs who played high school ball in the Scenic City? Not QBs who merely had outstanding high school stats, but rather QBs who had success at the next level in addition to their high school success. I think B.J. is a lock for that Rushmore already, but unless I'm drawing a major blank, I can't think of many other nominees to consider for the Rushmore.
Great question. And we should have done more research, but we're hoping some of the longtime area regulars around these parts like OG and Jomo may chip in as well.
We broaden the search range to our coverage area and we'll go with B.J. Coleman, Andy Kelly, Bobby Scott and Steve Sloan.
If we were forced to Hamilton County proper, we'd go with B.J., Bill Romans, Gene Etter and believe it or not Reese Phillips, who is about to start his senior year at Signal Mountain. Phillips can play and he is the second best QB we've seen in our decade-plus in Chattanooga.
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 ...