published Friday, December 21st, 2012

5-at-10: Friday mailbag on Bray's future, winning the offseason, Christmas tunes and a review of 2012

Hope this finds you ready for Christmas and in position to enjoy the weekend rather than fighting the holiday crowds. We had too many questions this week, and that's a good thing. So a couple of good ideas will be top five lists next week when the 5-at-10 is on vacation.

If you took the 5-at-10's entertainment advise on the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl — BYU minus-3 and under the 48 — you have a little extra Christmas entertainment at your disposal. (We're now 4-1 in the bowls against the spread and like Ball State catching the 7.5 tonight. Enjoy)

From the "Talks too much" studios, let's turn this mother out.

From CelticVol —

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    Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter tweeted Monday that, as expected, he will make himself available as a junior for the 2013 NFL draft.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Hey 5@10,

On Monday, we got word that Justin Hunter was turning pro and Ja’Wuan James was returning for his senior season. Getting James back next year is huge for the Vols and for whoever the quarterback will be. I think that it’s a foregone conclusion that Cordarelle Patterson will go pro which will leave us with one more decision to be made by a Vol. Tyler Bray’s decision. This guy has top 1st round talent and a 6th round brain. If Bray does decide to come out, how high does he get drafted and do you think the weakness of this crop of quarterbacks plays into his decision? If he stays, do you take it to mean that he’s finally growing up and wants to mature a little before taking his talents to the NFL?


Getting James back was huge.

Reports Thursday have Bray already declaring. we have not confirmed those reports as of now, but we all believe that to be the decision in the end.

We also believe Cordarrelle Patterson will declare sooner rather than latter, and that will be that on the one year brilliance of Cordarrelle in Knoxville, which left us with the following thoughts:

— Was Dooley's biggest failing — and that's saying something — not finding a way to get CP 15-plus touches a game?

— We believe there's a real chance CP will have as good an NFL career as any UT receiver since Stanley Morgan

— And why in the world did we not think of CP's CP earlier — as we discussed earlier this week, we're a big fan of Cordarrelle Patterson's cornrow prophylactic, or CP's CP.

As for Bray, well, that's the million-dollar question that some GM will either make his career or end his career on.

Bray has an upside comparable to a Jim Kelly or Drew Bledsoe and the down side bust possibilities of the likes of a Kyle Boller or David Carr.

We believe Bray will test exceptionally well. He can make all the throws, including the 20-yard, across-the-field out that scouts love. He's going to show off a pretty good football IQ.

But the problems with maturity set off one warning sign and the mega-hole on his resume that his biggest win as a starter was an OT victory over Vandy will be noticed.

We think the weakness of this year's QB crop will push Bray into no worse than the third round. We think the changeover on the staff and his top four receivers not returning were the biggest reasons Bray bolted. (And that's not a shot at Butch Jones, but if you were Bray would you want to learn your third offense in four years, especially since this one would a be spread-hybrid that plays away from your strengths?)

As for where Bray ultimately gets picked, well, that's impossible to know and beyond impossible until the testing and the order and the scene is set. As you said, he's got first-round skills, whether that means first-round picks is hard to know.

As of right now, and we reserve the right to change our view, we'll say K.C. trades up to get him late in round 2.


From StuckinKent —

Three of the last four years, Josh Johnson has pitched 180+ innings. Taking out 2011, when Johnson was injured for most of the year, Johnson has started 92 games. Justin Verlander in that time has started 101 games. That means that Johnson has missed about nine starts during that stretch. That's six weeks off. Yes, he did have the one injury plagued year. But since his Tommy John surgery, he's been reasonably durable.

I owned Johnson on my fantasy baseball team. I loved him, but I did trade him away middle of last year. I thought I could get more in return for him than he was worth to me (I have a loaded pitching staff anyway). But for the Blue Jays? Johnson and Buerhle are the staff aces. Dickey just has to be a number three. They have a few young pitchers to fill in. Throw in Reyes, and the bats that they have up there. Whoa. The Blue Jays are probably not going to win the East, but they sure made a lot of noise this offseason. Hard to say that they didn't win this offseason.

The Blue Jays and Angels won the offseason in the American League. The Dodgers probably won the offseason in the National League. Who else do you think won this offseason?


You're preaching to the choir about Johnson. We think he's a monster, and not unlike football scouts who are fascinated with speed, we want pitchers that throw heat. Johnson brings it.

When a guy that nibbles corners and changes speeds — think Glavine-type — makes a mistake, it's a souvenir. When hard-throwers make a mistake it's 50-50 whether it even gets put into play.

As for winning the offseason, well, we might as well continue the Canada lovefest that has been this week and say the Blue Jays. When you can add three pitchers that would be Opening Day starters for roughly half of baseball, that's a pretty good start.

And you're right to mention the Angels, who added Josh Hamilton to the mix and have a lineup that will feature a 3-4-5 roster of rock stars of Trout-Pujols-Hamilton, and that's '27 Yankees-type of scary.

Like what the Dodgers have done in adding Zack Grienke, and if L.A. can stay healthy, it's hard to see a more talented team in baseball. Kershaw and Grienke is a dynamite 1-2 atop the rotation. The lineup could feature a top six of Carl Crawford, Mark Ellis, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Either.


Hard to name another team that made that much of a splash, but here are the five moves we think will pay dividends:

1) Like Atlanta signing B.J. Upton. A lot actually. He's right-handed and at worst is going to be a 20-20 guy with an on-base percentage of .350-or better. If he gets a handle on his strikeouts, look out. (We would consider the Braves a big winner if they add one more outfielder — hello Nick Swisher.)

2) Nationals signing Dan Haren. Depth to an already deep rotation — and with the Braves parting ways with Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson — gives the Nats the best starting pitching 1-through-5 in baseball. Adding Denard Spann in the leadoff spot helps, too.

3) Phillies dealing for Michael Young and adding arms John Lannen and Mike Adams.

4) Cincy made a good team better by addressing its main need — adding Shin-Soo Choo to bat leadoff. The Reds are a well-built bunch, plsu adding Jonathan Bronxton as a potential closer and moving Aroldis Chapman to the rotation could be huge.

5) We'll leave this open for the team that makes a late charge with some of the names still on the board. Guys like Swisher, Michael Bourn, Adam LaRoche, et al., that could turn a blah offseason into a Merry Christmas pretty quickly.


From Bucket Head

The 5-at-10 is pretty good and your even pretty fair and balanced for an Aubie. I'm sure your going to get into the Alabama-NDame game after Christmas, right?

What were the best moments in sports around Chattanooga this year?

Thanks and Roll Tide.


Thanks for the kind words. We think.

We will most definitely get into the BCS title game with both feet when we get into the New Year.

As for the 423, it was a great year in sports. Here's the scorecard of the year that was:

The overall sports story of the year — The implosion that was UT football this year turned heads, cost the university millions and made Grudemonia a word. It also led the Vols into the Butch Jones era and turned the heat up on Dave Hart's seat to ludicrous speed.

The high school sports story of the year — Ringgold baseball makes inspired run despite losing their best player — and one of the most decorated high school baseball players in this area ever — in Matthew Crownover. If Ridgeland had won, it would have cleared this one, but still

What storyline surprised you the most — Steven Fox was a great one. It was one of many. But we'll take Vic Grider stepping down as the biggest shocker.

What storyline did you nail — The Mocs basketball implosion. (Side note: Special tip of the hat to SportTalk's Dr. B — he is a doctor after all — for completely calling his shot with his summer-long praise of Cordarrelle Patterson, the UT receiver who transfered from a junior college and became one of the best wide receivers in the country. Kudos good sir.

Local sportsman of the year — Steven Fox wins this one in a walk. Wow, what a great run he had in claiming the U.S. Amateur golf title. And think of all the pub he'll bring to the 423 and UTC when he's playing at the Masters, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.

Local high school sportsman of the year — Mark Mariakis, Ridgeland football coach, who managed an airplane hangar of distractions and guided the Panthers to the state title game in the Dome.


From Hottie

Thanks for the 5-at-10 and thanks for getting on Twitter, although you should use it more.

I loved last week's Christmas movie bracket and playoff, and you are so right that Bill Rafftery would have loved Bruce Willis' onions.

What are your favorite Christmas songs?


Thanks for the kind words and we're trying to get more active on the Twitter, but sometimes it can be tough. And glad you enjoyed the movie rankings last week. Speaking of movies, you guys know that we're 364 days from this morning until the release of Anchorman 2? We're pretty stoked.

(Side note: Back in the day we did sequels that we wanted to see and two of the movies on our list were Red Dawn and Anchorman, and now those dreams are realities. Know what we'd like to see now: Sequels from Coming to America and Dodgeball, but each with a twist. The main characters in Coming to America II: The Midas Touch would be the guys in the barbershop and the storyline for Dodgeball II: Pepper Needs New Shorts would be on the announcing team of Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks on ESPN 8: The Ocho.)

Anywho, on to the Christmas songs. Here are the seeds:

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1) White Christmas (Bing Crosby)

2) Little Drummer Boy

3) The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)

4) I'll Be Home for Christmas

5) Oh Holy Night

6) Blue Christmas (Elvis — or occasionally Porky Pig)

7) Santa Clause is Coming to Town (Springsteen)

8) Adeste Fideles

9) Christmas Bells

10) Ave Maria

11) All I want for Christmas (Mariah Carey)

12) Christmas in Hollis (Run DMC)

13) Christmas in Dixie (Alabama)

14) Little Saint Nick (Beach Boys)

15) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

16) Please Come Home for Christmas (Charlie Brown song)

We'll play the bracket out after lunch — but feel free to make a case.


From My Oh Mayans

Since the world ends Friday, it won't matter whether you use my email or not.

First, I love the 5-at-10. Great way to kill 30 minutes. Second, well, I forgot, but if I remember I will email it to you. Does that happen to you?

OK, my real question since, if the Mayans are right and the world ends sometime Friday, what is sports are you going to miss most?

Thanks, and you do talk too much.


First off great nickname. Second, heck yeah that happens to us. All the time. Take today for example: We knew it was a mailbag, but we meant to include the awesome news that Rodney Garner is going to Auburn to get a prime seat on the Gus Bus.

Take Thursday's late theatrics after the news broke that former Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton was leading a secret life as a high-priced escort. Spy and Todd 962 — two of the regulars around these parts — started throwing out zingers, well, all we could think about was the cast that would fill out the Lifetime made-for-TV movie "Secret Favor" in about 18 months.

Favor Hamilton — Either Courtney Thorne Smith or Jennie Garth

Her husband — Scott Bakula

The john she falls for — John Stamos

Her daughter — One of the Olsen twins (yes, they're like 15 years too old, but so what, we've got a lifetime movie, we need an Olsen twin for crying out loud)

Her good-hearted, strung-out hooker friend — Duh, Lindsay Lohen

This could flippin' work.

What was your question? Oh yeah, what would a miss about sports? Wow, that's some kind of home run question for a newcomer. Well-played indeed.

OK, since we're already exceeding the band width for most small cities, let's make this a quick top-five:

1) Friday nights in the fall

2) Saturday mornings in the fall — the excitement of gameday, whether you're on your way to the tailgate, to cover a game or prepping for a big day on the couch.

3) The April weekend in Augusta — truly a tradition unlike any other.

4) Opening Day in every sport, where the season starts anew, especially the first weekend of the NCAA tournament when everyone crowds around the computer/TV to watch their sheets take off or crash and burn.

5) And last and certainly not least — the draft. We love the draft. You know this.

about Jay Greeson...

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JonathanMCook said...

Okay, as of this morning, we can finally put this to rest. Was listening to 'GOW streaming and JR confirmed it. SALLLLLLLL is going to TALLLLLLLL-llahassee (Which has nothing to do with the following: Zombies, Twinkees, or Double Tap).

Also, if Jammer's Dumbass of the Quarter awards still existed, my vote goes to the woman who had her Coach bag (ahem..her $500 Coach bag) stolen while Christmas the Wal-Mart...on "Brainard" Road.

While I'm glad Chattanooga has started getting more "affluent" merchandise (Coach, White House/Black Market, etc.). There are places to showcase that stuff. Christmas shopping at a "Wal-Mart" in a well-known "socio-economically-unstable" part of the city is not one of them. Good Grief.


Saw the Ms. Distance Runner call-girl. One, not for $600. Two, maybe for $100 but AFTER I've downed a third bottle of Chattanooga Whiskey 1861 Cask to blurr out her crows feet, Three, bare legged, heels stay on (that's how I roll).

December 21, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
Astropig said...

I think Bray leaving is a short term (really short term) negative and long term positive for Butch Jones and UTK. It's addition by subtraction. The Vols are most likely not going bowling next year anyway.The only sure wins look like Austin Peay,Kentucky and South Alabama. What looked like layups against Western Kentucky and Missouri not that long ago are a lot more iffy now. So Bray wasn't going to put the Vols in the BCS next year.This clears up some roster space for Jones to sign his kind of guy(s) to chunk the rock and gives him a built in 2-3 season washable,reusable excuse for the slow progress on the field.Bray might have been the difference in a game or two (Auburn,maybe Vandy), but its possible that the Big Orange is looking at a 4 win campaign in '13 and a youth movement might give the fans some hope down the stretch as the new pieces gel and mature.

Part of the problem here is scheduling (and coincidence). Getting Oregon and Florida early on the road hurts.And does anybody think that Western Kentucky won't improve some with former stunt cyclist Bobby Pinocch, um Petrino on the sideline?

Vols fans are just going to have to accept that it will take t-i-m-e to fix their favorite team.The transition year (and the year after) won't be pretty.

December 21, 2012 at 10:35 a.m.
Todd962 said...

The only upside of the offensive exodus of the Volunteers is that Butch Jones may get his fair shake at rebuilding and starting over. If one or two of the Bray, Hunter, Patterson's had stayed and he would have had to plug them into a system they may not have been best suited for, the expectations would have been higher than they will now. I am not saying people wont want him fired after his first loss, but most reasonable people might give him a little longer leash.

And after extensive and thorough interweb research, I think I may pass on Suzy Favor Hamilton's services, pro bono or not. Something about women runners doesnt exactly appeal to me. She kinda looks like a jacked up skeleton. They dont write many romance novels about woman like that. "He slowly ran his finger between her concave bosom and then played a dainty jingle on her washboard abs...."

December 21, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.
jgreeson said...


Easy big fella, remember the F-O-I-B pledge. Wow. This may be a wild Friday.

Astropig —

Complete agree that it's long term gain. If Bray had stayed, Jones would have had to tweak/overhaul his spread to use Bray's gifts.

Then how is the next guy getting ready/preparing? Are you going to run two practices — one for Bray, one for the spread?

There's a real chance Jones and the Vols may be better in 2013 and have the same record.

962 —

Good point about the Vols getting lower expectations and the chance to build from the ground up. Plus with some defensive pieces returning (bemoan the Vols' D all you want, but AJ Johnson, Curt Maggit and Brian Randolph are legit NFL guys and going back to a 4-3 will help) we believe this team may be way more likable than its predecessor.

And exactly how many romance novels are you getting through a week nowadays?

— 5-at-10

December 21, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

Biggest win for Bray was over Cincy last year. It was a blowout win. Cincinnati beat Vanderbilt in a bowl game last year. Not that that win was spectacular or anything.

That was the peak of Bray-nia. The first series against Florida the following week, Hunter goes down with a season-ending injury, and Bray, Dooley, and the Vols never got back on track.

December 21, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
chas9 said...

Oops. Can you say prophylactic in a FOIB setting?

Thanks to Pasquali for reminding me that Garner is a cousin to Sir Charles Blabbersalot. The pic you so kindly ran with the story confirms the familial resemblance.

Don't it seem like The Bravos always need one more (decent) outfielder?

Agree that The Vols will likely have no better record in 2013. That's why I advised yesterday that beating KY (who WILL be better) is no gimme.

Sad day in Orangetown as Bray's gone and Maymon's MIA. (Tip o' the hat to Pat for the story.) Which means this won't be The Vols' season to soar in roundball. Watch for more 35-point efforts.

December 21, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

Also- the Braves didn't give Tommy Hanson away. They traded him for Jordan Walden, who was one of the top relievers in the game in 2011. He was a little lost in 2012, though he was allright. Venters, O'Flaherty, and Walden as the set up guys to The Braves bullpen is lights out and the starting pitching depth was already solid enough.

If the Braves can score any runs at all, look out. I'm not as sold on BJ Upton as you are (another guy who has found his way onto my current fantasy roster in a keeper league....not sure if I keep him or not). His AVG and OBP are not the best. But he can fly, and he has power. Hope it works out. Is he a downgrade from Michael Bourn? I think he was, which is why I'm a little down on this move.

The Braves need to find some offense. I don't know where they find it.

Wow. I can't believe I'm sitting here talking baseball before Christmas.

Go Mocs!

December 21, 2012 at 11:43 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent (Part III) —

Friday, December 21, 2012 11:14 AM And two more final comments:

1) I'll be at work next week, even though everyone else in my office (well, not everyone, but 70%) are taking off. Ouch. 2) The Vols need to find some offensive skill players. If they do, they have talented (but inexperienced) wide receivers, a top notch offensive line, and experienced defensive players that are going back to the 4-3 defense which they are more comfortable in. Before 2011 and 2012, people said, "The Vols will be back in 2013. Watch out for them then." I'm not ready to just throw in the towel on next year yet. I do think a 7-5 record is very possible, and that Butch Jones can build this team up. It will take time, but I'm not sure next year isn't a better year than people are expecting. But Western Kentucky is a good team that is on their way up, and Oregon obviously is a great team. So the schedule does the Vols no favors.

December 21, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

jay wrote-

"This guy has top 1st round talent and a 6th round brain. If Bray does decide to come out, how high does he get drafted and do you think the weakness of this crop of quarterbacks plays into his decision?"

Here's the REAL $64,000 question, regardless of who drafts Bray, how long (and we're counting days here) before he goes Ryan Leaf and ends up becoming the "new" Ryan Leaf. I will be doing a "special" Phil Collins "Mother" laugh on the day BJ finally gets traded to a team with a starting QB job and this bozo is failure to launch. I'm just saying.

December 21, 2012 at 11:54 a.m.
fechancellor said...

JMC, I thought SAAALLLL! would take a couple of paid years for individual study the Grits Blitz. Tallahassee's gain is UT's $ benefit.

10 Ring: a second Coming to America? Who is coming, King Eddie's daughter to the same neighborhood looking for love? How about Murphy and family chased off the throne by the Expendables hired to further the oil interests of the resurgent Duke bothers (JR would have worked here too)? Forced into exile King Eddie must build his own mercenary army, if he is to return home, hires Matt Damon, who immediately contacts then hires the A-Team. Mr. T is Chief of Palace Security instead of a wimpy Arsenio.

I'd like to see a remake of Harlem Nights where whomever wasn't killed off in the first movie, or unfortunately real life, move the operation to Kansas City. Count Basie and Diana Krall could front a big band on alternate nights. Work in Mr. T. as Chief of Security.

December 21, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Dr. B. is already on the record for predicting a 9-3 season for the Vols next year. He also said the rest of the SEC was about to get "Butch-slapped." Quake predicted a more reasonable 6-6.

Jay, just curious, but when did you nail the Mocs' b-ball implosion from last season? After the Kennesaw St. game? After Chris Early's tweets revelation? I would put the Mocs' implosion as my "Surprised Storyline" of the year. High expectations coming into the season (and rightly so), but the underachieving continued all year. The one-point loss against Davidson proved we could compete, but the loss to the Citadel at the end of the year was the icing on the cake of disappointment.

December 21, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.
Todd962 said...

Not too many romance novels in my day. Closest I got to that was the forum in Playboy. But the books may not be a bad last minute gift idea for Lady Todd. If the reciprocation resembles anything remotely close to 50 Shades, I'm in.

December 21, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...


I knew I was pushing it so for future reference I'll say "Dumas" as in the root beer commercial. :P


Go Mocs!

You are in good company. ::same here:: (Glass half-full observation: Not all Christmases, especially when you are an adult, are going to involve extended time-off with friends/family. Last year, I got to do both back the 'Noog. So if anything, the "working" Christmases make you at least appreciate the "traditional" ones when they do present themselves. ;) )

December 21, 2012 at 12:20 p.m.
chas9 said...

Stucky--I'm worried about his AVG, too. Upton looks like an even swap for Bourne at best.

Stewie--Anybody who quotes Dr. B on a Vol prediction has no credibility. Unless it's tongue-in-cheek.

962--What's "reciprocation"? Like in and out repetitively?

December 21, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.
Todd962 said...


"Harness in the good energy, block out the bad. Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. It's like a carousel. You put the quarter in, you get on the horse, it goes up and down, and around. Circular, circle. Feel it. Go with the flow." -via Happy Gilmore

December 21, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Sorry for the delayed response here gang, went to the Roundhouse to watch the Mocs for lunch. Mocs were up 25 or so in a business-person special that featured a $10 ticket for a lower bowl seat, a hot dog, a Coke and a popcorn.

962 —

That was either Confucius or confusing. Or those similar or congruent? Alas.

Stuck —

Upton is a push defensively with more power and brings a right-handed presence the Braves sorely lack. Would we prefer it if he hit .310, of course. But if he hit .310 he'd be signing five years for $110 million rather than five years for $75 million.

9er —

Fair point on the orange glasses the good Dr. B wears. We asked him at the beginning of this past season if he'd take 10-2 for the Vols and he said no thanks — 12-0 was on his mind.


Good trade on Dumas — didn't he write the Count of Monte Cristo?

And yes, working through the holidays is tough. That's one of the downers about the newspaper BID-ness — we're never closed.

FE to the C —

You're taking a great comedy idea and making action gold right there. Only question: Can we afford the cast?

And we thought Uncle Sal was going to take some time off too. (Although we thought it was going to be everyone else's decision. If we were an FSU fan right now, we would be less than thrilled about that hire.)

Stewwie —

Not sure the moment, but it was before conference started in earnest.

Watching a shoot-first point guard and a team that was so, So, SO live-and-die from 3 was a recipe for disaster. Plus, the distain between two of the leading piece on last year's team was pretty clear.

Then Early's tweets sent it through the roof.

— 5-at-10

December 21, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
chas9 said...

Toaddy-- Great Gilmore guru flowiness.

Jay--The AU Garner hire got me thinking. OK, wondering. Once all the staffs are complete, or by year's end, whichever comes first, can you give out your letter grades for the new SEC staffs (and remind us whether each grade is up or down from the head coach grade)? If that's not too nerdy.

December 21, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Regarding Sal-gate (and this is available for look-up in Internet-land), he will be working under someone (name slips me) who was also at Alabama the same time he was. Hince would explain to everyone the quick hire.

December 21, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.
BIspy4 said...


That is a GREAT job of casting the "Love On the Run" Lifetime movie event, the story of Suzy "Favors" Hamilton. Great picks all around.

When it comes to sequels, far too often they turn out more akin to Caddyshack 2 and than to Godfather II. And Hollywood just doesn't do remakes well anymore.

December 21, 2012 at 3:23 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Shoot, wasn't finished with train of thought.

5, I concur the Upton signing will be big for Atlanta. Sure he strikes out a lot but he has power and speed and I think having Simmons and Prado at the top of the lineup sets a lot of things in motion.

The Blue Jays must know something about the exchange rate to pull off what they've done this offseason. It's easy to forget how good they were from the mid-80s through the mid-90s.

And yes I still like what Boston has done this offseason. I love the Victorino deal and if Napoli's health checks out, I think they've helped themselves with that signing, too. Wouldn't mind seeing a pitching upgrade, but there's still time. There's just not a whole lot out there.

If you don't get a chance to put up a Christmas Eve 5@10, let me wish 5, the wonderful Mrs. 5, the little 5s, Pop 5 and the lovely and talented Ron Bush a Merry Christmas, along with Poole, Weeds, Uch, Paschall, et al.

December 21, 2012 at 3:28 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

"When it comes to sequels, far too often they turn out more akin to Caddyshack 2 and than to Godfather II. And Hollywood just doesn't do remakes well anymore"

Agreed. Although there are a few diamonds as of late. So far JJ Abrams has impressed me with his reboot of the Star Trek Franchise. Christopher Nolen has lifted the bar of Superhero franchises with the Dark Knight trilogy (and I am SOOOO ready for Man of Steel to come out after seeing trailer no. 2 on YouTube)

Given my current 10 digit coordinates in the 214, I will not comment on he-who-shall-not-be-named traded to Boston. This is not open for discussion.

December 21, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.
Astropig said...

"Dr. B. is already on the record for predicting a 9-3 season for the Vols next year. He also said the rest of the SEC was about to get "Butch-slapped." Quake predicted a more reasonable 6-6."

9-3 would take at least one, maybe two upsets of top 10 teams.Dr. B needs to lay off the corn liquor before airtime.

I remember driving through KnoxVegas (to and from Cincinnati) every Friday this spring and summer. I would flip on the local sports talk shows and listen as the die hards predicted 8-9-10 wins this season. It was sad,touching and funny all at once.(Back then,"Sal Sunseri" was still not a pejorative).I wondered then and wonder now if the mass of Vol fans realize just how far this proud program has slipped.When I hear that somebody who should know better is projecting 9 wins next year (with a totally retooled skill player squad and yet another defensive philosophy change),I have to wonder if the world has gone mad.

Merry Christmas Jay!

December 21, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Merry Christmas.

We are all blessed.

— 5-at-10

December 22, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.
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