published Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

5-at-10: College football, birthday questions

Remember the Friday mailbag — we have one spot open — and hang on, we have a lot to cover.

From the "Talks too much studios" here we go...

College football lists

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    Wide receiver Tommy Hudson, No. 8, catches the ball while running drills at practice Wednesday. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs football team practiced at Scrappy Moore Field.
    Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

We have offered a slew of lists of players, coaches, teams and even storylines heading into the start of college football season.

Well, we're a week away and we've decided in honor of the seven-day countdown, we're going to list the secret key to each of the seven "local" college football teams. (And yes, we use the word "local" liberally, so just go with it.)

UTC — The Mocs will be better on the field. Does that mean better in the standings? It should, but trying to make strides in the SoCon is like trying to make strides in the SEC -- it's easier said than seen. Key: Quarterback efficiency. The defense is stout. The O-line is better. The Mocs can be a playoff team if Terrell Robinson and/or Jacob Huesman are ready to deliver.

UT — The Vols offensive weapons and schedule make success achievable. Key: The secondary. The Vols have one legit playmaker in the back end of their defense (UT ace Downtown Patrick Brown wrote about Brian Randolph today) and a slew of question marks. If the front seven is healthy it can be pretty good. If the secondary is not much improved, it may not matter.

UGA — Georgia deserves its top-10 preseason ranking. There's a load of talent in Athens. Key: Is every offensive player not named Aaron Murray ready to do more?

Alabama — We believe the Tide are the nation's best. Seriously, despite all the losses on defense, finish the following sentence: "OK, this team is the defending national champs, returns three potential All-American offensive lineman, an experienced, championship quarterback and the nation's top coach, so let's rank them...." First. Key: Can the young defense survive a tough first month that includes games against top-10 foes Michigan and Arkansas and Heisman candidate quarterbacks Denard Robinson and Tyler Wilson, respectively.

Vandy — The Commodores have more buzz than Tennessee right now, and that's the ultimate compliment to second-year coach James Franklin. Seriously, how many SEC programs wouldn't trade coaches with Vandy right now? And that you're starting to count is another huge praise for Franklin. Key: Sustaining success. Vandy will not surprise anyone this fall. Are they ready for the challenge?

Georgia Tech — The ACC will be better this year. FSU is a title contender. Clemson has as good a collection of skilled people as anyone. Virginia Tech's defense may be the best in the country not in the SEC. NC State will surprise at least two opponents this fall. And we still think Georgia Tech will make a run. We believe almost-Pirate Paul Johnson is a seriously underrated coach and does his best work when no one is looking. Key: Filling the pieces in the triple-option attack.

Auburn — The talent is improved across the board. Gene Chizik and Co. have recruited well and keep recruiting well. The schedule is tough — Chizik and Huesman face a very similar challenge. Key: Linebacker dependability. It would be easy — and truthful — to say the Tigers need good quarterback play. Who doesn't? Auburn needs a few of the young linebackers such as Kris Frost or Jake Holland to deliver.

He said what?

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    New York Yankees' Derek Jeter watches as Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios catches his fly ball in foul territory during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Chicago.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

There are a slew of professions where one screaming yahoo can taint everyone. Sportswriter/journalists/what have you is chief among them.

So when babbling buffoon Skip Bayless tossed out the idea that Derek Jeter is on performance enhancers, well, the entire profession takes a body shot.

Tragically, at one time, Skip Bayless was a very good newspaper reporter. He was a crack reporter and columnist in Dallas and made his bones while guys like us were chasing cheerleaders. Now, he's become a cartoon character who instead of dealing with fact and logic deals in volume and hyberbole. And everyone knows that PEDs are not something to be tossed around lightly in today's baseball realm. Not when Hall of Fame credentials hang in the balance.

It's sad, really.

Hey, a 38-year-old guy like Jeter who is still performing at a high level could raise eyebrows. But look deeper. His power has not gone up. His body has not changed. He has never suffered through the nagging muscle and joint and ligament injuries that are common with PED users. Jeter has declined, just not as much.

And whether you love or loathe the Yankees, you have to respect Jeter's response to Bayliss' babble: "What do you want me to say? Maybe Skip should be tested. I don't know him, but ..."

Braves' good news; Nats’ good decision

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    Atlanta Braves' Reed Johnson, left, celebrates with Kris Medlen (54) as Medlen scores next to Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Washington. The Braves won 5-1.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Kris Medlen delivered the goods last night when the Braves needed it big time. Medlen went seven shutout innings and the Braves scored three in the ninth for a 5-1 win.

It was part of a double win for Atlanta, which also received the good news that the Nationals, who own a six-game lead in the East, will sit Stephen Strasburg for two-to-three starts to rest his nine-figure right arm.

We can discuss the merits of the Nationals’ decision more in coming days, but here’s something that is getting lost in the national discourse: The Nationals said they were going to do this from the start of the season, so they must — HAVE TO — do this now. Sure, more times than not, public pledges can be swayed and frayed and replayed to the point of blurriness that they become worthless.

But this was a public promise on something that resonates through all levels of youth baseball. Little Leaguers have pitch counts, so do high schoolers and college kids probably should have some form of them. And now a major league team pledged to protect the young arm of a young stud, and if they had recanted, think of the negative ripples that would have sent to every level of organized baseball.

This and that (off-the-wall version)

• Lindsay Lohan has had a tough run. She experienced a lot of success early -- and "Mean Girls" is pretty hilarious -- and didn't handle it well. This was one of her most recent responses to the negative publicity she receives for her antics: "All of this negative press is BS.... Whenever I'm doing great, people fabricate lies. It's such a shame. I'm just sayin'." This was a tweet (of course it was, how else does young Hollywood communicate?). Side note: Isn't "people fabricate lies" on par with "people bake baked goods" on the redundancy scale? We're just sayin'.

• We wrote earlier this week about sports and connections. That also applies to those Little Leaguers from Goodlettsville with "Tennessee" on their chests. (Side note: Here's saying in about four-five years, you can pencil Goodlettsville High into the finals of Spring Fling baseball tournament.)

• If you're Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan, this has to make you say, "Ouch." Dee Snider, the goofy lead singer from Twisted Sister, has informed Ryan's camp to stop using the group's hit "We're Not Going to Take It" during Ryan's campaigning. Yes, that Dee Snider, who has not had a hit since the 1984 "WNGTI" came out and likely could use the residuals. Side note: What's the worst six words Dee Snider (or any of the musicians who made their name on songs from days gone by) can say at a show: "Now, something from the new album."

• Bartolo Colon was suspended 50 games for using PEDs. What gave it away? The size 8-and-a-half melon that Colon sports? Dude's jug is so big when he naps in the clubhouse they paint "Billy Bob loves Charlene" in John Deere green. Colon's hat is so big, they cover the mound with it during rain delays. They had a Colon bobblehead doll night, and the springs broke. When he enters a room, the entire team says, "Hey, Kool-Aid." (Seriously, being a dude with a large melon, we have a bunch of them.)

• OK, Prince Harry took his royal tips from the artist formerly known as Prince more than his big brother Prince Whatshiscrown. Hey, dude is young, affluent and with a fair amount of free time. And his country's most famous delegates, the Beatles, told us, "All You Need is Love."

Today's (birthday) questions

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    USA Basketball Men's National Team guard Kobe Bryant (10) works against guard Russell Westbrook (7) during practice Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Washington.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A host of celebrities and other famous names celebrate birthdays, including Kobe Bryant, who turns 34 today.

We have questions about them. Giddy-up.

Happy Kobe Bryant. Will he catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time scoring champ? Kobe is roughly 9,000 points back, and if he averaged 2,000 points (roughly 25 points per game over 82 games) per season he'd need five more very good years to get there. (Side question: He needs less than 3,000 to pass MJ, and if Kobe passes MJ and wins a sixth title in the next couple of years to match MJ, do we need to start saying Kobe is better than MJ? Discuss.)

Happy Birthday Shelley Long, who turns 63 today. Think a day goes by in which she does not say, "What was I thinking leaving 'Cheers' back then?"

Happy Birthday Rick Springfield, who also turns 63 today. Is there a singer who is more linked to a single song than Springfield and "Jessie's Girl" that you can think of? (Side note: Rick is opening for REO Speedwagon on Sunday in Valley City, Calif. That has to be at an old-folks home right? And if either Rick or the Speedwagon gang offer out those six dreaded words -- "Now something from our new album" -- there will be a riot.)

Happy Birthday Jeremy Lin, who turns 23 today. Will Lin sink or swim in Houston?

Happy birthday Scott Caan, who turns 36 today. What's your Rushmore of father-son acting teams? Do Scott and pop James Caan make the cut?


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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JonathanMCook said...

Definitely looking forward to my copy of the TFP College Blitz.

Unfortunately, I have nothing substance-wise to offer regarding the 5 at 10 discussion/trivia of the day. However, for the first time, I do have a golf question. Please note that up until this past Sunday, I have never followed golf a day in my life (excluding sports hightlight footage) so please excuse my ignorance regarding the following conundrum.

We know Steven Fox will receive an official invitation for both the Masters and the US Open. But would he also recieve one for both the Colonial and the Bryan Nelson or does he have to officially be declared a pro before being invited to play at either one? One fun fact is the golf course that hosts the Bryan Nelson is actually seven miles from where I currently live residentually and yes, that tournament is a VERY big deal down here in terms of local sports media coverage.

Also, Moreland hit his first grand slam in his career (third overall for the Rangers) last night against Baltimore. The bats were literally smoking hot overall. Sadly, Yu won't be pitching tonight due to some pulled muscles.

August 23, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.
chas9 said...

Jay--Would you have known what to do with a cheerleader if you'd have ever caught one? You can tell us. Mrs. Fiver never reads the column.

I'm unclear from your verbiage. Is the entire Gnats team sitting out two or three starts?

I'm just saying. Saying.

OK, you started it. I'd hate, HATE for this to become a forum for politics, but you opened the door. Anyway, this is less politics than madcap spectacle, kind of like Mayhem aloose nekkid in a church, which is always fair game. Seems a Lubbock judge is asking to raise county taxes to finance extra training for the local constabulary so they'll be up to the heroic challenge of fending off the invading UN troops that are bound to attack Lubbock if/when President Obama is re-elected. No, I'm not making that up. JMC, just tell me. Is anybody in Texas besides you sane?

August 23, 2012 at 10:38 a.m.
patrickd said...

Can I assume that The 5 at 10 isn't a big fan of SEC Breaking News that breaks around 10:05?

How long do you expect Da'Rick's suspension to be and does Dooley get credit for having the melons to do this while being on the hot seat?

August 23, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Kirk and Michael Douglas. That's my leader in the clubhouse.

I don't get all the love for Franklin at Vandy. Not just yet at least. Let them do something first. They went 2-6 in the conference and lost to a bad UT team in OT. They went to a bowl game. Twenty years ago, that meant more than it does now. I think they are trending upward. But don't get carried away. They still have to knock off a big dog in the East first. And I just don't see that happening.

And why does anybody let Skip Bayless have a platform anymore? Is there nothing more dreadful on TV than First Take or whatever it is? I mean, in a world where we already have Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of fillintheblank and a constant stream of other crap on the air, that show just might be the worst of them all. Congratulations!

August 23, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.
chas9 said...

Told ya DaRick was done. Now he can go party with Ms. Lohan. Lohan.

August 23, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- is it now apparent how The Vols were able to get DaRick ? everyone thought his signing was such a "coup" to steal him from Georgia and other programs with better records, etc. ? . . . also doesnt this pretty much signal Dooley's doom ? without Darick the best they can do is 7 wins.....major publications are predicting Hart fires Dooley around the South Carolina game.....what are your thoughts on his successor ? . . .Hart has always wanted Kirby Smart, and maybe the reason Sunseri agreed to come, knowing that Smart will keep him as D cordinator ?

August 23, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Run JMC —

The notable invites are for the Masters, US Open and British Open. Those tournaments could choose to extend Steven a sponsor's exemption, which would be likely if he's interested and continues to charm the golf world at this pace.

9er —

Thanks for catching our Strasburg drop. And while we do not know enough Texans to comment, we'd definitely like to stay away from politics as much as possible. Our shout out today was more about Dee Snider than the GOP VP choice.

PDavi —

See how this works is, we normally try to get the 5-at-10 to our talented web folks around 9:15 or so in an effort to allow them to use their many talents and their many skills to make it look as good as possible.

So in a way, the 10:05 SEC breaking news bombs massacre my boy.

Side note — yes we watched the Godfather last night. Again.

As for Dooley, here's what the suspension tells us:

1) DaRick did something pretty bad, and

2) Cordarrelle Patterson is better than we thought (well, better than everyone other Dr. B thought because no one is as good as Dr. B believe Cordarrelle Patterson to be).

And yes, for a dude in a seat as hot as Dooley's, to dismiss your most decorated and accomplished player eight days before the season takes marbles.

Spy —

The Douglas boys is a great call.

And great call on Bayliss. Dude is a MO-ron. And this is how bad it is: Lifelong Red Sox fan and Yankee-HATER Spy is in a way defending Jeter. Yep, we've reached the bottom of the bottomless pit.

— 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Great point about Lohan's redundant redundancy. We'll let it slide only because I'm impressed that the word "fabricate" was in her vocabulary. Bonus points for even spelling it correctly in her tweet.

Kobe won't pass Jabbar in points, but he will pass MJ. Even if he's able to get title #6, MJ will still be considered better. The number of times that the player who won the scoring title also won the championship in the same season is only 11 or 12 ever. MJ did it six of those times. Pretty impressive given how infrequent it happens. Durant nearly accomplished this feat this past season.

Rushmore for one-hit-wonder solo artists based on the success of the song and the likelihood that the general public easily links the song and artist:

Vanilla Ice--"Ice Ice Baby" Sir Mix-a-lot--"Baby Got Back" Billy Ray Cyrus--"Achy Breaky Heart" Rick Springfield--"Jessie's Girl"

August 23, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
mcpell3 said...

5/10 - I lived in the DFW area back when Skip Bayless was a real journalist with the DMN. Its sad to see him slip so far. I am guessing he has had too many MAD's (mood altering drugs). Is the Vols over/under on wins now set at 5?

JMC the Byron Nelson is a great tourney to go & watch if you haven't had the chance.

August 23, 2012 at 11:18 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

Want that in a mailbag so we give it some depth or do you want the rapid-fire edition?

As for stealing Da'Rick, regardless how it turns out, landing Rogers was a recruiting coup regardless. He is the highest-ranked player ever from here in the era.

Wow, UT is having NO luck with five-star recruits, huh? Bryce Brown, Da"Rick, Janzen Jackson.

— 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 11:20 a.m.
Todd962 said...

Man, people are busting your chops today. Tough Crowd. Okay, I'm in....

I was just going to assume that Harry Potter's invisibility cloak was over the "K" key when you typed out today's 5@10 because everyone knows there is no such thing as Cool-Aid outside of maybe an Aldi grocery store and the preferred beverage of choice for all humans under the drinking age limit is Kool-Aid. Mmmm....delicious Cherry Kool-Aid. Oh YEAH Kool-Aid Man! But I now see you have changed it, and will have to get back to you with another flaw for today.

Kobe will never topple Jordan from his perch at the top for two reasons. One, Kobe's flaws came out in his prime when people were still forming their opinions on his greatness. The Colorado situation definitely did not help him. When it came out publicly that Jordan was running around on his old lady he was already considered the GOAT. People are going to be hesitant to let Kobe pass MJ cause we already know he's a sleezebag. Two, MJ's birthday preceeds my fathers by one day. He has served as reminder to buy a card and a Home Depot gift card for many years, which I have greatly appreciated. Kobe hasnt done anything for me in that regard. That is why MJ will always be the greatest.

I watched a bit of Apocolypse Now last night. Those crazy Sheen's have put out some good stuff despite their lack of sanity. They are up there with the Caan's and Douglas'.

August 23, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- Your thoughts on Dooley's future ? . . .How many does he have to win ? 6, 7, 8 ? . . . or does it matter ?.....and dont you think Hart wants "his own man" ?

August 23, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Stew believes in Magic —

We agree that Kobe will never pass MJ in terms of public perception, but does he deserve more cred?

And no he will not catch Jabbar. Wow, the Sky Hooker scored a lot. Wait that did not come out right. Nevermind.

And great Rushmore of one-hitters. We'd put the Macarena guys on there too, but nobody remembers their names.

McPell —

Bayless is a bum. Hey, dude makes a ton of coin yelling into a camera, and great for him. Just wonder what the price of integrity is these days.

— 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5-star recruit. 10-cent head.

Ah, Stewwie, you forget Rick Springfield's "Affair of the Heart." And "I've Done Everything For You," written by Sammy Hagar, I believe.

August 23, 2012 at 11:28 a.m.
jgreeson said...

962 —

Take another sip of the Kool-Aid, will ya?

The Sheens is a strong call, especially since Charlie and Emilio add to the mix.

Who you got Sheens vs. Bridges?

As for the flaws away from the court, when the real Jordan biography comes out — WOW. Be it the 40-in-40 series ESPN will do in 10 years or even the 50-in-50 or whenever, it will be eye-popping. Like Marty Feldman eye-popping.

Jomo —

Dooley's a smart guy. And with a new AD in place in a crucial year, suspending your best player is certainly a bold move.

We think Dooley must win 7 and needs to win 8 to be secure. We think Hart wants to win — whether that's with Dooley or Smart or Bret "The Hitman" Hart.

Spy —

It's official, you are expert on Boston sports, physics, all things Georgia Southern and Rick Springfield tracks.

Well played indeed. — 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...


Most Texans (both local and transplant [like myself]) are sane and just keep to themselves. Unfortunately, Texas, like Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, has a long, long standing history of back-hollar sterotypical behavior both loved and lothed (depending on the situation presented). Unfortunately, when those sterotypes come into play, the national media is usually the first to pounce on it because a) we live in a 24 hour news world and b) tragady and stupidity get people's attention whether we like it or not (Example: The Huffington Post). To set your mind at-ease, not all citizens from the Lone Star state act like said judge. However, having lived here now for five years, the location was the dead givaway.

Lubbock, while a fine college town, is located in a part of the state not known for common sense.

jgreeson- Thanks for the clarity. Looking forward to watching how his career unfolds.

August 23, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.
Blueoval said...

What about Donald and Kiefer Sutherland?

It would have been nice to have Hunter, Patterson and Rogers all on the field at the same time. Who was it that said you can't fix stupid? Will he be back by the Florida game?

August 23, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.
chas9 said...

JMC-Excellent analysis. I guess Lubbock's too hot to keep brain tissue intact.

Paternal/filial Rushmore:

Kirk & Michael Douglas

Martin & Charlie Sheen + several Estevez siblings

Lloyd Bridges & Jeff & Beau

Will & Jaden Smith

Some mght prefer the Begleys, Fondas, Carradines or Brolins to the Smiths, but I'm going with the Smiths for future potential. Or is that redundant?

August 23, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Run JMC —

Great call, and great call about how tragedy and stupidity are gold in the 24-hour news cycle.

Oval —

The Sutherlands get a place at the table — Heck Donald has been a slew of great stuff from M-A-S-H to Ordinary people to Animal House to even reshaping his career as "That" guy in JFK and Outbreak.

And no, there is no fix for stupid. And yes, we believe Rogers will not be back in time for the Gators and may not return ever.

— 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Let's not forget Donald Sutherland's great turn as The Clumsy Waiter in Kentucky Fried Movie.

August 23, 2012 at 12:16 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

Strong list.

Spy —

Was Springfield in the Kentucky Fried Movie? Did he write the soundtrack? You know you know.

— 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 12:23 p.m.
fechancellor said...

Ten Ring, is it within the universe possibilities Da'rick's thought process was, "Hey I can smoke Mary Jane and if I get caught it's only a snap of the BVB's, since Dooley needs me so badly?"

Surprised to see Dee Snyder still owns his own music. Probably because nobody thought it worth the price.

Hollywood fathers and sons for Ten...

Yes Spy, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas rank high along with Todd's call of The Sheens. Then there's Henry Fonda and Peter Fonda. For depth, spots available for Robert Alda and Alan Alda plus Alan Hale, Alan Hale, Jr.

August 23, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Oddly, the soundtrack was written by Giorgio Moroder. Who knew?

(I made that up. Just like I made all that stuff up about LiLo. Call me, maybe, LiLo!)

August 23, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- also did Dooley "really" make a bold move and suspend Rogers, or if it was a 2nd drug test, the SCHOOL suspending him, regardless what Dooley did or didnt do. And then we will have to read in the press "what a bold move by Dooley" or " Dooley puts discipline first " . . blah,blah when really if Dooley had his way he would not do anything with his best player, because HE IS his best player . .

August 23, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.
jgreeson said...

FE to the C —

No doubt that Da'Rick had at least a sense that he had a wide margin of error in regard to whatever sin he committed because of his talent and the Vols need for said talent.

Same thing happened to Isiah Crowell at Georgia, too. Here's the thing in both those cases, though, Dooley and Richt each went and recruited potential replacements, and now it appears DaRick is DaDone and we know Crowell is at Alabama State.

So it goes.

Like the Fondas more than the Aldas. Hank Fonda could play the game — dude was an excellent curmudgeon in "On Golden Pond."

Spy —

Appreciate the honesty. We all would have accepted it as truth, anyhow.

Jomo —

Not sure if it was Dooley's choice or the school's choice, so we can't answer that.

But, just like you can't have it both ways if you're wearing Orange glasses, you can't be a Vols hater and have it both ways either.

You can't say the Vols have a bunch of thugs and then second guess them for dismissing their best player, regardless of who does the dismissing.

And judging from Dooley's quotes this seems more serious than a failed drug test, especially since it sounds as if Da'Rick will not return.

Unless Rogers was on double-secret probation by Dean Dooley, our understanding of the drug failure policies at UT are first failing is a warning and treatment, second is miss 10 percent of the games and treatment, third offense is dismissal. So if Rogers is not going to return — as it sounds from Dooley's comments — then they skipped some steps if this is a failed drug test.

— 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.
jomo11 said...

unless after thw spring suspension, Dooley and Rogers had a zero-zolerance agreement

August 23, 2012 at 1:26 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

That could be. But if Dooley and Rogers had a zero tolerance policy, then Dooley — not the school — indefinitely suspended him.

The schools rules are clear on failed drug tests.

First — warning and treatment

Second — miss 10 percent

Third — Bye.

And you're right, Da'Rick is their best player. Or he used to be.

— 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 1:33 p.m.
Stewwie said...

I think Kobe's cred is at about where it should be. Up until last year or so, most folks were saying he was still the best in the NBA, or at worst, #2 behind LeBron. Now he's lost a step, but he's still the third-best player behind LeBron and Durant. I think it's reasonable to say he'll go down as the second-best shooting guard in NBA history. If not, who else gets the nod?

Los Del Rio (who?) did "Macarena." Easily the biggest one-hit-wonder of all time.

Spy, I'll have to Youtube those Springfield songs later to see if I recognize any of them. Looks like he will not qualify for any one-hit-wonder lists. And Billy Ray had several country hits, but no other pop hits. So Miley's dad is staying on my list.

As for Springfield's replacement on my Rushmore, I'm going to go with Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny."

August 23, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.
Todd962 said...

These are also all songs that make you want to embed a pencil deep into your ear canal. Hellooo Stewman. You have single-handedly altered the course of my day with the meer mention of 8675309. Did we already have a top five of songs that get stuck in your head and can only be defeated with a worse and catchier tune?

August 23, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Todd, my bad, man. I did it to myself as well. I thought it'd be outta my head after I wrote it, but alas, it was only the beginning.

Maybe this will help both of us..."Billie Jean is not my lover..."

August 23, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Todd962 wrote:

"These are also all songs that make you want to embed a pencil deep into your ear canal. Hellooo Stewman. You have single-handedly altered the course of my day with the meer mention of 8675309. Did we already have a top five of songs that get stuck in your head and can only be defeated with a worse and catchier tune?"

Would Africa by Toto count?

August 23, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.
jgreeson said...

For those with a song stuck in your head, you can either thank us or curse us, but here goes (and please remember to sing in your best "Mr. Randy Watson" voice)

"I believe that children are the future, Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside Give them a sense of pride to make it easier...

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows If I fail, if I succeed At least I'll live as I believe No matter what they take from me They can't take away my dignity Because the greatest love of all Is happening to me"

You're welcome (or sorry).

— 5-at-10

August 23, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Ah, the sweet hymns of Toto. I went from side kicking and moonwalking to raised rhythmic hand swaying. After this I will have to go home and dig up my Presidents of the United States of America cd. The only thing that can reset this cycle is tunes of peaches in cans, lump sitting in the buggy marsh, and spiders driving little blue dune buggies. If you dont know what I'm talking about, youre missing out.

August 23, 2012 at 3:51 p.m.
jomo11 said...

GOOD NEWS Honey Badger will now have someone ( DaRick ) to cover at Rehab flag football games

August 23, 2012 at 4:11 p.m.
chas9 said...

Jay--Great. You are the wind beneath my wings.

August 23, 2012 at 4:14 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

Thanks chas9 - Lola will be at the Copa

August 23, 2012 at 4:28 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

Now that's funny.


"Ain't nothing gonna break my stride, Ain't nothing gonna slow me down


Got to keep on movin'"


August 23, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
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