published Monday, July 30th, 2012

5-at-10: Monday and it's football tab time in Tennessee

Gang, we're back in the 4-2-3 and we appreciate your patience and participation late last week as we ventured North. We're going to be here as normal throughout August but know that Tennessee high school football practice starts today. That means our high school and college football preview sections are on the horizon. Basically, we're dealing with a lot of stuff.

Happily back and from the "Talks too much" studios, here we go...

New York review

NYC was amazing. Seriously, it was awesome front to back. From the tourist stuff (the amazing sights — check the two pictures here that the Mrs. 5-at-10 took — to the food to the Broadway Shows to Times Square) to the cool stuff it was out of sight.

That said, we're happy to be home. We're not NYC steady. We need our car. We need to know where we are and how to get where we're going. We need to know we're not going to need a second job to order dinner.

We needed to be back in Chatta-Vegas.

Here were the five highlights/tips if you go from the 5-at-10's first (and possibly last) trip to the NYC:

1) The Statue of Liberty is cooler than we expected, and we were expecting a lot. Like 10-times cooler. And take a boat tour around the island rather than a bus tour, and you get the full view of the Mrs. Liberty.

2) The Lion King was so great, Great, GREAT. And before you make fun of the 5-at-10 for singing show tunes and such, well, "Can you feel the love tonight?" If not, "Hakuna Matata."

3) Yankee Stadium was awesome. We cheer for the Yankees, but we're not a Yankee fan per se. That said, the history of the franchise and the passion of the fan base — especially considering they were playing Boston on Saturday — was the closest thing baseball will ever get to SEC football.

4) Sweet buckets of safety and speed, NYC cab drivers take no prisoners, be them passengers or pedestrians.

5) Sinatra was right. That's a city that never sleeps. At 2 a.m. Saturday morning, we were among no fewer than 10,000 folks on Times Square. Seriously.

(Bonus tip: If you take the subway, keep your head on a swivel. And we mean it.)

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Swimmers' earful

OK, we get that this is Ryan Lochte's moment in the sun. He spent his life underwater and now he gets to be in the spotlight as the fastest swimmer in the world.

It's a cool reward for a lifetime of hard work, and he deserves it.

But someone needs to shake this kid before he makes an even bigger tuckus out of himself.

Let's review:

Lochte and Michael Phelps get into a feud before these Olympic Games because Lochte is now what Phelps was in 2008 and Phelps wants to be what Phelps was in 2008.

Lochte then smokes Phelps in the 400m medley, almost breaking Phelps' world record. The upset here was the class with which Phelps handled the move. Alas, Lochte, who was told he could not accept the gold medal on the stand with his red-white-and-blue jeweled grill in his mouth, sent shout outs to "LochteNation" on twitter, the same device that got an European triple-jumper sent home and allowed Hope Solo to create another hubbub.

Hey gang, here's an idea: Show some class in the social media world, huh? You've spent your life working to get into the spotlight, and when you do you act the fool.

For all US Olympic athletes, copy-and-paste the following and use this as your baseline tweet: "We're happy to be here and represent our country and you our fans in these Olympics. Working to bring home Gold. U-S-A. U-S-A.

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College football on the cusp

We're close to the start of practice, and since we've been off galavanting in the Big Apple, we've missed a bunch. Here's what we got:

— Jesse Williams, the Alabama nose guard, benched 600 pounds. Read that again. Yes, Alabama's defensive front seven is going to be anchored by a guy that bench presses the supernatural Twinkie that Egon describes in "Ghostbusters." (Hugely underrated movie by the way.)

— Mike Dyer was dismissed from the Arkansas State football team. You have to be some type of bade seed to have 1,000-plus-yard seasons in the SEC as a freshman and a sophomore to get asked to leave two different schools.

— As of this morning Tyler Bray has not committed any random acts of violence and/or vandalism. So smile CelticVol, today is getting better by the minute. (Of course to borrow the classic Curly line from "City Slickers" — "Day ain't over yet.")

— Before anyone starts bellyaching too righteously about Penn State players being poached by other programs, Yahoo Sports has an interesting report that Penn State recruited SMU players in 1987 when the Mustangs got hit with the death penalty.

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This and that

— Huge sweep for the Braves. Simply huge on every level for a team that needed to have some good things happen. We'll be the first to say it: Stick it Ryan Dempster, here's hoping no one trades for you and the best offer you get next year is Kansas City.

— Jimmie Johnson has the look right now. "You know he's got that look." Dude has three wins and he appears more focus and more efficient than he did when he won a record-setting five consecutive points titles. Side note: To be fair, congrats on Dale Jr. leading the points. We have been hard on Junior recently — primarily because we believe he is underachieving and there's nothing more tragic than wasted potential — so now that he is atop the points standings, we feel obligated to mention it.

— Loved ace columnist Mark Wiedmer's story on loca-kid-made-great Tony Brown http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/jul/29/brown-wants-to-leave-nfl-his-way/ in Sunday's paper.

— It happens a couple of times every year; a high-profile football recruit trying his hand at professional football. Well, here's saying that University of Washington incoming safety prospect Shaq Thompson has had his fill of baseball forever. Thompson, who is the top-ranked incoming player in the Huskies class and a Boston Red Sox draft pick, spent a few weeks in the Gulf Coast league. Thompson finished 0-for-39 with 37 streikouts before trading in his batting helmet. Wide choice.

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We're sure we've missed some things since we have been pretty much out of pocket for the last few days.

But here's our question: Is there a more loved athlete in his town than Derek Jeter?

We say no (and we don't think it's that close), and, considering all the superstars that changed addresses lately (Peyton, Ichiro, Pujols, LeBron, etc.) we'll throw this Rushmore of city-and-star athlete love affairs out there:

Jeter-NYC

Brady-Boston

Kobe-LA

Chipper-ATL

Thoughts? (And it's good to be back.)

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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chas9 said...

Who needs Dempster or Greineke? We've got Big Ben and Minor.

Brady's big in Beantown. Brees is big in The Big Easy. Lin is big in New Yawk. No, wait...

How do you know it's not Miss Liberty. If it's Mrs., who's she hitched to?

July 30, 2012 at 10:40 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Current athlete? I say Brady gives El Capitan a run for his massive amounts of dough. There are still, for some unknown reason, Chipper bashers among Braves fans. Dude has had some kind of career, played through a gazillion injuries and is still raking (just ask Doc Halladay).

And I really need to get to Turner Field to see 10 play one more, one last, time.

Phillies are d-u-n, done. A big sweep for the Braves in that it essentially ended Philly's chances whatsoever. But they still didn't gain much ground on the Nats. And the wild card spot(s) are no sure thing - the Giants, Dodgers, Pirates and Reds will have much to say about this. Two of them will win their respective divisions. The other two will be in the wild card musical chairs.

All-time love for a star in a city? (U.S. only) Either Bird or Orr in Boston. Even Brady doesn't have the pull those guys did. Maybe even Lemieux in Pittsburgh.

July 30, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.
Todd962 said...

Chas, she's Laboulaye's lady. Havent you seen National Treasure?

So what about ESPN announcing the Olympic results on events that NBC is going to be running time delayed coverage on? Yeah I guess its fair play, but it certainly takes away from a lot of the intensity when you are watching something that the results have already been announced. They just need to move the Olympics back towards our time zones. I am tired of the Olympics and World Cup airing live at 4 am ET. Do that or start the events at midnight local time for my viewing pleasure.

July 30, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

The NBC Olympic coverage is pathetic at best...Costas and Matt Lauer were horrible on the opening ceremonies...NBC Sports is such an inferior brand, nothing like it was prior to losing the AFC football many years ago...Not to mention that karaoke show host being added to the NBC team...The only highlight thus far is Chastain blasting the women's soccer team, and poor Solo getting her feelings hurt..thanks to ESPN for eliminating the need to watch the games

July 30, 2012 at 11:54 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Let's hope Mike Dyer doesn't pull a Maurice Clarett and end up in jail. They sound as though they are cut from the same cloth. All of that talent and absolutely no brains to go with it. You summed it up correctly about Dyer with your Olympics comment. "You've spent your life working to get into the spotlight, and when you do you act the fool."

Ghostbusters is indeed hugely under underrated especially the "Yes, it's true. The man has no _ _ _ k" line. Reminds me of some of the bosses I have worked for in the past.

July 30, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.
chas9 said...

Ted Williams was big in Boston, too.

National Treasure was fun. Reckon a guy who can press 600 LBS could lift the hem of Lady Liberty's robes? And if he did, would you say he was taking liberties?

Go back to last winter and tell me the odds you'd give that on 7.30.2012 the Reds and the Gnats would have the best records in MLB.

July 30, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Mrs. Liberty was married, very briefly, to Tom Cruise, between his time with Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman. But, once again, they couldn't see eye to eye.

July 30, 2012 at 12:46 p.m.
fechancellor said...

Al Davis!

July 30, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

Taking liberties with Mrs./Miss Liberty? She'd smack him with her torch.

There seems to be some Boston love around here today, so all-time who is Boston's favorite? We'd probably rank them Orr, Bird, Brady, Williams and then Clemens (kidding Spy, kidding — although dude could have been there if he had stayed in Boston).

That Reds team is no joke right now, and Chapman may be the lefthanded Kimbrel.

Spy —

You know how Cruise has a thing for taller women. But when he started talking about his Rattle-Science handling, Liberty's eyes started to gaze over.

Super Mario is a great call. And while we know you're right, it's hard to think there are still Larry Wayne haters in the A-T-L.

Mr. 962 —

While we are in complete agreement that the entire world should do whatever it can to better the lives of us, the American viewing public (tell us again why the world doesn't like us), we're trying to avoid the big results if possible. But since we work in the sports media world that's not all that easy. Alas.

OG —

NBC has left a little to be desired at this point. Yes. And General Sherman broke the occasional rule of warfare in his march to the Savannah.

J-Proctor —

Great line in the mayor's office. That movie still holds up pretty well comedy-wise.

We hope Dyer can turn it around, too, but we're beginning to doubt it. Dude was a stud at Auburn and would have killed it for Malzahn at ASU next fall.

And you really have to be doing something for the fan base to say, "Well, at least we have that rock of a solid youngster, David Oku to rely on."

— 5-at-10

P.S. It's good to be back.

July 30, 2012 at 1:38 p.m.
jgreeson said...

FE to the C —

Is that some strange form of famous person Tourette's?

George Hamilton!

Oh, you think the city of Oakland loved Al Davis as much as NYC loves Jeter. Well, maybe in Davis' heyday he would make a run. But the end was not pretty for Al.

James Vanderbeek!

Plus, here's how popular Jeter is in the Bronx: Not only are dude's wearing his jersey, said dudes are letting their wives/girlfriends where Jeter's jersey. It's insane.

Miley Cyrus!

— 5-at-10

July 30, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Perhaps FE was reading your FOIB column while getting his chest waxed, like in 40.Y.O.V., and the urge to scream out took form in an Al Davis comment. Ahhh Kelly Clarkson!

Its not like I'm demanding them to move Wimbeldon to Cleveland TN or the Australian Open to Ringgold and I dont even care thats it in the USA. I just want it to line up with me longitudily. (That is a very cool made up word and brings me thoughts of Wayne's World....tudily tudily tudily) They can be in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica. I mean who isnt going to tune in for the Easter Island Olympics in 2016? The Easter Head is going to be way cooler than whatever symbol the abstract polygons are supposed to be representing in London.

July 30, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Mr. 962 —

We can see that. And we're all for it.

Bea Arthur!

In fact, let's hold them at Camp Jordan in aught-16 and we can do the opening ceremonies at Lake Winnipesaukee. Who's with me?

Arsenio Hall!

— 5-at-10

July 30, 2012 at 3:17 p.m.
chas9 said...

Bea Arthur as Maude is another strong answer to the query about actors who became their roles who became the actors. A category that could use further discussion.

And Bray is still clean for the day.

July 30, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Good googily moogily, so after my comments regarding the Olympic's Abstract Polygon emblem, I did a little research. While I figured it was supposed to be a rough outline of the United Kingdom (I know, geography wasnt my strong suit, I just figured it wasnt theirs either), ends up its just 2012 in those funny block shapes. After being told that its pretty easy to see. However, I can not unsee what else was posted about it. Apparently there is a following of people that believes the blocks to the right represent a female in a slightly crouched position with the small block in the middle being her hand and the left blocks represent a male with his head thrown back. What they are doing I will leave to you, but once you see it, there is no chance it appears as 2012 again.

July 30, 2012 at 4:28 p.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, just go out to Oak Town and take a look-see what's under them hoodies. Take Todd with you, so he can practice up on his chest waxing.

Love Mr. Davis or hate what he became, he's gone from being a living legend to an icon whose very presence once permeated every level of the game.

We will not see his like again.

July 30, 2012 at 4:42 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Mr. 962 —

Uh, wow. let's go back to the ge-ographic misconceptions please.

FE to the C —

We're not downplaying Al's place in history. In fact, there may never have been or ever will be a bigger self-made sports icon. Dude started as a scout became a coach was the AFL commissioner before owning the Raiders. Never mind dude had one boss catch-phrase "Just win, baby."

You're right, we won't see his like again.

— 5-at-10

July 30, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

"Yankee Stadium was awesome. We cheer for the Yankees, but we're not a Yankee fan per se. That said, the history of the franchise and the passion of the fan base — especially considering they were playing Boston on Saturday — was the closest thing baseball will ever get to SEC football"

I take offense to this (in jest mind you) on the account we have to play those S.O. you-know-whats twice a year. But I also understand the history of the franchase and that's something we cannot begin to fathom down here.

July 30, 2012 at 5:32 p.m.
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