published Monday, June 11th, 2012

5-at-10: Day 1 from a rainy Panhandle

NAVARRE, FLA. - Before we get into out abbreviated 5-at-10 (which actually consists of a top-five list to which you are free to bandy about), we feel obligated to discuss a few of the hustlings and bustlings from a crazy sports weekend. Consider this the five things we likely would have written about if we had been in the 423.

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, prepares to drive against Boston Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus, right, during the first quarter in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

No. 1 - Anybody got any questions for LeBron this morning? Dude answered the bell and said bring it in an impressive Game 7 win over Boston. And in truth, he was a man among men in a game that featured likely six Hall of Famers (James, Wade, Garnett, Allen, Pierce and Rondo). There is no way we could be more excited about the NBA Finals between the Heat and the Thunder.

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    Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after winning the Memorial golf tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, Sunday, June 3, 2012. Woods finished at 9-under par. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

No. 2 - As for excitement, well, there is the US Open this weekend, and if Tiger contends color us super, Super, SUPER excited to see how this plays out. Anyone up for a contest?

No. 3 - We will be getting a Stony Brook Seawolves T-shirt shortly. How about the Seawolves making the College World Series? In fact if we have a U.S. Open contest the prize may be a Stony Brook cap.

No. 4 - What a tragedy at Auburn this weekend. Quick recap: A reported seven AU football players were at a party that turned volent because some one insulted some one's girl and before long gun shots were everywhere. At least three people were killed, including former AU football players Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian, who according to an eye-witness account on the crack AU blog HABOTN, was trying to be a peace maker. Tragic all the way around. The three most troubling social shifts during the 5-at-10's time as a tot/teen to today: 1) Timeout replacing spanking as the primary parental discipline tool; 2) The days of having a good ol' fist fight with you know fists are no more and have been replaced by weaponry and combat; 3) Leagues where everyone gets trophies. (Old-guy rant is now over. However, it is much better now that kids do not have to walk uphill both ways to school, though. Get off our lawn you noisy kids.)

No. 5 - The Belmont was a whisper compared to what it would have been with I'll Have Another running for history. (Side note: we more than made up for the lack of "I'll Have Another" at the Belmont by embracing the "I'll have another" philosophy. Stay thirsty dear friends.)Here is the final results of the Trifecta contest, and yes, Jefe is the Dale Earnhardt of 5-at-10 contests.

Jefe — 13 (Franchetti/Brad Keselowski/I'll Have Another replaced by Dullahan)

Deboman — 14 (Castroneves/Hamlin/Union Rags)

McPell — 20 (Tony Kanaan/Matt Kenseth/Dullahan)

OTWatcher — 16 (Kanaan/Johnson/Painter)

Weena — 21 (Castroneves/Biffle/Dullahan)

Fred — 26 (Castroneves/Edwards/Dullahan)

33wannabe — DQ (Rahal/Biffle/I'll Have Another... did not replace)

Dawg747 — DQ (Castroneves/Harvick/I'll Have Another... did not replace)

StuckinKent —DQ (Helio Castroneves/Jimmie Johnson/I'll Have Another... did not relace)

Todd962 — DQ (Scott Dixon/Tony Stewart/I'll Have Another... did not replace)

OK, our original top five for today was going to be the "Top five songs guys would disown in a group but would crank up if they are driving in the car by themselves."

We kicked around "Total Eclipse of the Heart," by Bonnie Tyler and "Time after Time," Cyndi Lauper and started to get prepared for the heckles and even the possiblity of old-school regular and renowned tough guy EC swinging by.

And then it dawned on us - We are entering the summer movie season and this the 30-year anniversary of one of the greatest summers of movies ever. Consider the follwing did not make the top-five summer movies of 1982... Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Bladerunner, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Tron, World According to Garp.

Top 5 movies of 1982

Night Shift: Among the most underrated comedies, and 1980-comedic Michael Keaton - this one, Mr. Mom, Gung Ho, etc. - was gold

Poltergeist: We're still carrying a ton of scary scars today and could be a big part of the reason why the 5-at-10 hates clowns

ET: If you don't fondly remember this movie then we are worried about your soul.

Rocky III: Here's a great hidden line in movie history... "Does he swim...." "With a name like Rock?" You can make an argument that this is the most enjoyable of the Rocky series.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Wow. Such a ground breaker and look at the cast. Stars galore and one of the more under-quoted movies of the 1980s. Stellar film, and one of those that has aged like a French bordeaux.

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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sportsfan said...

Jay - Sorry about the rain, but a bad day at the beach beats a good day at the office almost every time. You can add Diner (the Colts quiz was righteous) and Fitzcarraldo (moving a river boat over a mountain - without benefit of water - is somewhat of an athletic feat in itself) to your list of 1982 movies.

June 11, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.
Todd962 said...

There are the "by-yourself-blair-it" songs and then there are the rare Tommy Boy moments that you blair songs with a friend after a simple nod and an agreement that the following series of events are never to be discussed outside of the car.

"Talk about lame."

"Totally."

"Dont you remember, you told me you loved me baby!!"

June 11, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.
Todd962 said...

KHHHAAANNN!!! An under used expression of angst in today's society for sure. I like your list there and understand the significance of a 30th anniversary, however listen to just the top five from 1980.

  1. Empire Strikes Back.

  2. The Shining.

  3. Airplane!

  4. Caddyshack.

  5. Blues Brothers.

Those are five movies that even a young squirt has seen multiple times. Probably the most quoteable summer block of movies ever at least.

June 11, 2012 at 11:08 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

First off....two words....Phoebe Cates. Not saying anything else. Secondly, actually had a funny moment up at Athens Park this past weekend during an ASA National Qualifier. We were discussing a graveyard they discovered in Ooltewah across from the new Publix where they are building a lifecare center. One of the guys stated they found this old graveyard and had to move the graves in order to build the Lifecare Center...to which i of course could not resist the temptation to yell out "THEY ONLY MOVED THE HEADSTONES!! THEY ONLY MOVED THE HEADSTONES!! WHYYYYYYY!?!" Song choice to blare out in the car but not in a group of men..."Nothing Compares to You" by Sinead O'Connor. Go ahead...i'm prepared for the ridicule.

June 11, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
deboman said...

A couple others from 1982 that may also merit consideration: An Officer and a Gentleman and The World According to Garp. A little early (March) for a summer movie from that year, but I’m sure Porky’s left quite an impression on the youth of the day.

Also, after a quick review of the contest tabulations and I may need to cry Pacquiou. Just not sure how my point total would jump two after picking the Belmont winner. Wouldnt the totals be 13s for the Jefe and myself? Just sayin’.

June 11, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Not exactly beach weather on the Panhandle, is it, 5? Are y'all just watching it rain, or does the wonderful Mrs. 5 have some activities planned to keep everyone from going stir crazy?

June 11, 2012 at 11:43 a.m.
Stewwie said...

[Anybody got any questions for LeBron this morning?]

I've got one...Can you bring that same determination all series long? I am not a LeBron-hater...I enjoy watching him play. However, it is disappointing to see him (the best player on the planet) check out of games mentally year after year in the playoffs. Here's hoping that he brings it all Finals long.

Jay, great call on the ECF going the full seven games.

My blare-it-by-myself-only song: "Eternal Flame"--The Bangles

June 11, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

1982 was a great year for movies, period.

The Verdict, with Paul Newman.

Firefox, with Clint Eastwood.

Swamp Thing, with Adrienne Barbeau

Tootsie

My Favorite Year, with Peter O'Toole and Mark Linn-Baker (you know, the guy who played Balki's cousin in that TV show about foreign dude Balki. Yeah, that guy)

June 11, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.
jgreeson said...

You guys are on top of everything.

1982 was movie-tastic and An Officer and a Gentle was excellent even if we did have to see David Keith's (or is it Keith David's) junk.

Got to say that Mr. 962's list of 1980 quotable movies is the 1927 Yankees and the Tommy Boy car-signing scene is gold in two directions: First they sing the ballad and the Spanish parts, too, and they do a spot on version of "The End of the World as We Know it" from REM because no one this side of Mike Stipe knows all the words to that song. Period.

Stew -

Completely fair question for LBJ. And if he uses Game 6 as a springboard to compete for the next decade, look out. It was like he said, "you know what, 'I'm LeBron James and I'm not taking this any more.'"

Gang, there have been so many good song choices we may have to revisit this. Well-played indeed.

Deboman, we'll go to the video tape on the contest.

Back in a few.

June 11, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.
chas9 said...

I like Spy's additions. Anything with Adrienne Barbeau is gonna be worth watching.

Michael Keaton is underrated, too.

We need more old guy rants. Another disturbing social trend or two: Thinking facebook friends are as good as flesh and blood friends and having your cellphone surgically attached to your ear.

<p>ESPN.com declared last week Coaches Week, and listed the best college basketball coaches' jobs, by conference. They did the entire SEC, but in keeping with Jay's topp 5 theme, I'll just pass along the top quint.

1) Kentucky. Duh!

2) Florida

3) Missouri

4) Tennessee

5) Arkansas

I was surprised at first to see UT listed that high, but upon reflection agree that that's correct, and it's good to see The University at Knoxville getting a little love after some rough times.

But Arkansas at #5 bothers me. Trouble is, I can't figure out what school deserves that spot more. Maybe there aren't that many good SEC basketball jobs. We know Jay's alma mater is #13 or 14 on the list.

Any thoughts?

June 11, 2012 at 12:49 p.m.

Two words......Desperado - Eagles. OH and any song by Elton John.

June 11, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Old man rant: "Back in my day we kept score in our games, no matter how old you were. The only condolences you got for a loss were a scolding from your dad all the way home and an orange slice if you were lucky enough that the bench warmers didnt eat them all after halftime. And we didnt like it that way, we loved it. Cause it prepared us for the life of disappointments that awaited us on the outside of our parent's nest. Trophies for everyone...pff. Go run a lap!"

June 11, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.
chas9 said...

Definitely Desperado. Some Bob Seegar, too. Lots of Janis. Piece of My Heart, Mercedes Benz, Me and Bobby McGee. American Pie and MacArthur Park.

June 11, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.
Todd962 said...

And how clutch were Shane Battier and Chris Bosh from beyond the arc Saturday night? You take away their contributions from 3-point land and the Celtics may be holding off their hip replacement surgeries to face the Thunder. Crazy stat of the night from Bosh was his previous 3-pointers in the playoffs amounted to a 4-40 and that night he was 3-4. Crazy. Nearly as crazy as the three Lebron hit from about 6 feet behind the line. Thats "He's on fire!" distance.

June 11, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Elton John is pretty spot on. I got busted the other day whistling "Candle in the Wind" by our secretary.

"What are you whistling?"

"Nothing! Nothing to hear here. Move along now."

A song about Marilyn Monroe that was performed by a gentleman of a different persuasion. Not that theres anything wrong with that.

June 11, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.

Forget top 5 songs. How about top five artists. James Taylor Neil Diamond Barry Manilow Elton John Bee Gees

June 11, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Deboman --

Upon further review, our call has ben reversed. (2 many Bud Lights + math = bad math; the lesson for you kids out of course is don't drink and add. Stay thirsty dear friends.) And to make matters even better, Jefe has backed out saying others deserved to share in the 5-at-10 bounty. So the choice is yours D... Braves tickets of NASCAR in the ATL on Labor Day weekend?

Spy --

Today has turned out pretty stellar. Overcast but no rain. The 2-year-old 5-at-10 princess needed a nap or we'd be back at the beach.

9er --

Arkansas could be a great job -- heck, Nolan proved that -- but you're right that Arkansas being No. 5 right now is more an indictment of the league than a testament to the Hogs. In fact that list could be:

1) UK

4) Florida

5) Missouri, and 2 and 3 left void because of the distance between the others. Because Florida's not a great job as much as Billy d is a great coach.

And 9er, we will never, Never, NEVER disown our love for "Me and Bobby McGee," whether it's from KK or JJ. Never.

ATC --

GREAT call. We have some serious closet cheesy bad music fans here... What's that? Yeah it was my idea dear. So? Turn it up, that sounds like "Blame it on the Rain," by Milli Vanilli.

Top five deniable/lovable artists, huh? We can see Elton and Cyndi Lauper. George Micheals maybe... zip it Spy. Great question.

962 --

No doubt. Introspect the best thing about sports was not the trophies but the dealing with winning and losing. We got a ton of trophies and none of them made the trip from Smyrna to Chattanooga 10 years ago, but the ability to deal with winning and losing in every phase did. And when everyone wins/gets a trophy no one wins or loses and that's when the terrorists have won.

As for whistling faux pas, well, we have a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, so we just as likely to whistle the Mickey Clubhouse theme song as "Amarillo by Morning" or "Enter Sandman." Not that there's anything wrong with that.

-- 5-at-10

June 11, 2012 at 2:01 p.m.
Todd962 said...

I strongly suggest that the weak minded stop reading this comment here unless you want the rest of your day ruined. That being said...

What about a top five of songs that get stuck in your head and you want to jam a q-tip in your ear to punish your brain?

Karma Chameleon

Material Girl

Barbie Girl

Peannut Butter Jelly Time

Whip it

June 11, 2012 at 2:27 p.m.
chas9 said...

Addicted--The other four just show you're a sensitive, new age guy. But Marry Banilow? I don't think I'd of admitted that.

And now, the top five rain songs for Jay:

Kentucky Rain--Elvis

Purple Rain--The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

Rainy Night in Georgia--Ray Charles/Brook Benton

I Wish It Would Rain--Temptations

Louisiana, Louisiana (They're gonna wash you away)--Randy Newman

Then there's "Do you like pina coladas..."

June 11, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
deboman said...

Wow Todd...you have just piled on to the insanity-mix that the DJ in my head has been slowly poisoning me with after reading the songs/artists listed today. I've always been a victim of Michael Jackson songs in that way. Brutal. That and Steely Dan songs. Can't seem to shake those either.

5er- (and Jefe) thanks for the recount. And luckily I will be in the ATL that weekend. Could be a supreme sporting weekend. Just this past Saturday the little lady dropped this fine bit o knowledge...'Well, if we're gonna be in Atl Labor Day weekend, we might as well go to both football games!' Can't argue with that kind of logic. A new tearful sports moment added to my list.

June 11, 2012 at 3:16 p.m.

Chas....You are right. But Weekend in New England and I write the songs had me singing in the shower at 7 years old, until I got introduced to Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. One more rain song....I love a rainy night - Eddie Rabbit.

June 11, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Right on regarding the troubling social shifts today with the kiddos. Nice old man rant from Todd. Mrs. Stewwie and I agree that timeouts are for sports, not for discipline. Also, learning how to stay motivated through both failure and success is much more important that how many trophies are accumulated throughout childhood, especially if some of those trophies are handed to you for just showing up.

Elton John needs his own top 5 for deniable/lovable. It's usually second nature for me to be singing loudly when these are on the radio:

  1. "Tiny Dancer"
  2. "Rocket Man"
  3. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  4. "Bennie and the Jets"
  5. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

Also, I think everyone's guilty of "That's What Friends are for."

June 11, 2012 at 3:23 p.m.
chas9 said...

I love a rainy night's good. And Dylan's A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, too.

June 11, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, if you start busting out the Air Supply, we may have to drive to the Redneck Riviera and confiscate your Man Card.

So boxing and horse racing did not get want it wanted/needed.

The NBA is getting exactly what it and ABC dreamed of - Durant vs. James in the finals. You can hear David Stern laughing all the way to the bank now.

"Gray Seal" and "Your Sister Can't Dance But She Can Rock n Roll," along with "Love Lies Bleeding" ... now those are great Elton tunes.

Early Bee Gees and I mean early Bee Gees - well before "Saturday Night Fever" - was really good, laid back, mellow almost folksy stuff.

June 11, 2012 at 3:50 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Ugh. Michael Jackson songs... My foot just did a faint kick with an internal "Chum on! HEE! HEE!" The rest of my day will now consist of walking around the office like I am heading to a dance fight with rhythmic snapping following me wherever I go. Thanks Debo. Now if you'll excuse me, I will be slipping my shoes off so I can moonwalk to the water fountain in my socks. Billy Jean is not my lover...

June 11, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Been known to bust into the Man you know better as Joe the Policeman from the What's going down episode of "That's My Mama" version of "The Greatest Love of All" which was also sung by some gal named Whitney something or other.

Great conversation today gang.

Side note No. 1 -- The Tiny Dancer scene from Almost Famous is so money.

Side note No. 2 -- As we were reading Spy's post about Air Supply and our man card, our 2-year old daughter was putting lip gloss on our face. Some things change when you have a little girl, and the details of the man card are chief among them.

See you tomorrow gang, and know the following:

Deboman - you can pick anytime Braves tickets

962 -- not only is Billie Jean not your significant other, it is just a Thriller. I'm Bad and if you ever doubt ask the man in the mirror.

June 11, 2012 at 5:40 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, with all the MJ (the original, not number 23) references, you are living off the wall.

June 11, 2012 at 6:14 p.m.
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