published Thursday, May 24th, 2012

5-at-10: Three degrees of celebration

In honor of Babe Ruth's 1920 jersey that drew $4.4 million at auction recently, we're all about the 3s today. Remember Friday's mailbag and if you have a question shoot it to us at or leave it in the comments. From the "Talks too much" studios, here we go...

Three's company

And with one quick decision, the drama surrounding B.J. Coleman's chance to make the Green Bay Packers' roster became a lot less tense.

Coleman, the former McCallie School star and UTC quarterback, was a seventh-round pick by the Packers in last month's NFL draft. It took Coleman less a month to make the Packers realize that last year's third-string quarterback Nick Hill was expendable.

So the Pack cut ties with Hill, meaning there's currently no denying that Coleman is no worse than the third-string since Green Bay has quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Graham Harrell and Coleman on the roster.

The Packers kept three quarterbacks last season, and barring a late addition to the roster or signing a free agent, three looks to be a wonderfully prime number for Coleman.

Go away Donovan McNabb. Keep quiet Jim Sorgi. Chad Pennington look elsewhere.


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    I'll Have Another looks back at fans with Barn Foreman Benjamin Perez before the 137th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 19, 2012, in Baltimore.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Contest trifecta

It's in the books. We've been talked into a Belmont contest since I'll Have Another has Triple Crown aspirations. (As for us, we just want to get to the weekend and have Crown Royal aspirations. So it goes.)

But with a motherload of racing on tap for this weekend and next, we thought, "Dude, we should really come up with something... Man, we'd like an Egg McMuffin right now... Where were we... Yeah the contest... Wonder if the gang think "The Contest " was the best "Seinfeld" ever?... It would get a lot of votes... We miss pretend Al Davis... Yahtzee... And sweet buckets of creepy, if Charlie Sheen and Glenn Campbell had a love-child it would look like John Fogerty...Where were we...

OK, the contest — and yes, sometimes the ramblings in the 5-at-10's cabasa can be scary.

Here's the deal: We need an Indy 500 driver, a Coca-Cola 600 driver and a horse in the Belmont. We'll add together each finish and low total wins (perfect score would be 3 — 1 point for first place in each race). Since we have to have the submissions by Sunday morning, if you submit a horse that pulls out next week, you can replace them.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. And we're thinking about some primo tickets as the prize — made even some NASCAR passes for Atlanta this Labor Day.


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    Cincinnati Reds' Drew Stubbs (6) is congratulated by Bronson Arroyo after the Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-1 in a baseball game, Monday, May 21, 2012 in Cincinnati. Stubbs hit two home runs in the game. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Triple-up, three-play

We have caught a little bit of the 3-bug and looked around and noticed a world of threes.

There are three NBA series left going into tonight: The Heatles and Pacers play Game 6 tonight (We think Miami finishes it tonight, for what that's worth), the Celtics and Sixers will go to Game 7 and the Thunder and Spurs are getting ready for a old Western Conference shootout.

Your Atlanta Braves have lost three straight to Cincinnati, which is using some high-quality starting pitching and a small bandbox park to a great advantage. The Reds have three wins on 10 runs and 19 hits in the three games — seven of those hits have been homers.

And finally, let's give a trio of shoutouts:

To Rusty Wallace for being tabbed for the NASCAR Hall of Fame;

To Eugene Polley, the man that invented the TV remote control (which we can make a serious argument for as one of the 10 greatest inventions ever, especially for people of our age who served as a TV remote control for most of our childhood — raise your hand if your Pops would say, "go see what's on 3" and you'd go up to the TV turn the knob to 3 and wait for..."What's on 5?" and then you'd scan all of four channels);

To THE Ohio State AD Gene Smith and the Buckeyes coaching staff because it's been at least 15 minutes since their last self-reported NCAA violation. Well-done gang.


This and that (times three)

— Speaking of local kids make good, former Baylor star golfer and current Alabama ace Brooke Pancake heads into the third round of the NCAA women's golf tournament with the lead. She is 6 under after 36 holes, two shots clear of the field.

— Spring Fling hits day three of full-speed activities today with individual tennis and girls track being added to the mix. Congrats to all the teams competing.

— Color us tickled that Dr. Shaq O'Neal is among the contenders for the GM job in Orlando. He is a doctor after all.

— Wonder if Roger Goodell gets up every morning, bathes in important French spring water, towels off with $100 bills and then dreads looking at who is suing him or the NFL next. Now the NFLPA is suing the league for collusion, and they may have some semblance of a case considering the NFL found the Redskins and the Cowboys guilty of salary-cap violations during the season in which there was no salary cap. That's the million-dollar inverse to the old if a tree falls in a forrest paradox.

— The Big Orange caravan blew through town Wednesday, and our ace columnist Mark Wiedmer and UT ace Downtown Patrick Brown caught the action. Their stories are, and

— Schedule reminder: We're planning on being on The Show with Chris Goforth today around 2 p.m. on 1370 AM. Swing by, don't cost nothing.


Today's question

We're still stunned about the news that any garmet was worth $4.4 million, even the prized 1920 version (that did not have his famed No. 3 on the back, by the way). So in honor of the No. 3 and jerseys everywhere, we offer the following questions:

What's your Mount Rushmore for the No. 3 across all sports? We'll go Ruth, Dale Sr., Allen Iverson and Dwyane Wade. (And we almost went with Kelly Leak from the Chico Bail Bonds Bears.)

Secondly, what famous articles of clothes would you overpay for at auction? Here's a top three: Jim Craig's U.S.A. hockey sweater, Jimmy Chitwood's No. 15 jersey from the barely big enough for three syllables Hickory Huskers, Kirk Gibson's Dodgers No. 23 from Game 1 of the 1998 World Series.


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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Blueoval said...

Good contest Jay,

I'll take Will Power in the 500, Matt Kenseth in the 600 and I'll Have Another in the Belmont.

May 24, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.
dawg747 said...

Ten Cup: Cannot think of a better person than B. J. to have things going his way. Met him a few years ago when my son was at one of McCallies footbal camps and is very nice young man. As for your Mount Rushmore of three's I like 3 of the 4 and would replace Allen Iverson with Dale Murphy. Chattanooga is turning into a hot bed of golf with Harris English, Luke List, Brooke Pancake and the UTC Mocs. Who would have ever thought that.

May 24, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.
Todd962 said...

As I've heard my own mind described, "it's a nice place to visit, but I wouldnt want to live there." Thats probably how your inner monologue is described as well.

"Human TV Remote"...nice. I will see you that and raise you "Human TV Antenna." Did you ever get up there to change the channel, had to adjust the antenna(which already had aluminium foil on the ends cause it helped with reception and was classy. ha.), and then if it fuzzed up as you were walking back, so he would make you stand there for the reception to maintain maximum clarity. Kids these days are missing out on the finer qualites of hanging out with their pops. You are also not a son until you are yelled at for failing as the "Human Flashlight Holder."

"Light!! What are you doing back there!" "Im 9 dad. My arms are often mistaken for strings hanging off my shirt. And calisthenics arent going to be popular for another decade. Sorry."

I replace your Iverson or Wade with Dale Murphy.

May 24, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

My Rushmore of 3 is Dale (Earnhardt Sr.), Dale (Murphy), Joe Montana (Notre Dame days) and Jan Stenerud.

Top three to overpay for? A Ted Williams jersey, a Larry Bird jersey and a Bobby Orr sweater, preferably the No. 27 gold one he wore during rookie camp before being given the No. 4 sweater. If there was a Jack Nicklaus jersey to overpay for, I would do it in a heartbeat.

May 24, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

My Rushmore of 3 is Dale (Earnhardt Sr.), Dale (Murphy), Joe Montana (Notre Dame days) and Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), with Jan Stenerud not far behind.

Top three to overpay for? A Ted Williams jersey, a Larry Bird jersey and a Bobby Orr sweater, preferably the No. 27 gold one he wore during rookie camp before being given the No. 4 sweater. If there was a Jack Nicklaus jersey to overpay for, I would do it in a heartbeat.

May 24, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Oval —

You're in.

Dawg747 —

Concur about BJ and great call on the golf hotbed — especially considering that UTC's best player went to Baylor, too.

Mr. 962 —

We were guffawing at "Human Flashlight Holder." The 5-at-10's Pop could fix anything — seriously anything. Other than a dynamite Bloody Mary and a messed up sports story, we have a tough time fixing a flat.

So you are so spot-on with the, "Uh, we're 9... and our hand is number... and we got to pee..." Which was countered with the "Hold it this way... You beat all I've ever seen..."

As for the monologue, we have to fight the urge on almost a daily basis not to go on some interweb-sports-column version of old-school free style rappin'. Seriously.

Spy—two times (get the papers, get the papers)

Even with your hatred for all things NYC (save Letterman) how can you keep the Bambino off the Rushmore of 3s? We almost went with Montana at NDame, but didn't Pawlus or Meier wear it too?

Jan Stenerud is excluded for being named after the middle Brady daughter and for the whiff blooper that we've all seen 100 times.

We'll be back in a few, back in a few.

— 5-at-10

May 24, 2012 at 11:51 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent

OK- you caught me. I don't like racing of the automobiles. It bores me, honestly. But I'm entering anyway, because I want to win stuff. I actually went out and did a little research to try to figure out who I should pick. (Not much, obviously. I just finished your article 5 minutes ago.)

Indy 500- Helio Castroneves Coca Cola 600- Jimmie Johnson Belmont- I'll Have Another

This is a carefully calculated attempt to figure out who is likely to finish near the top. For example, I don't think I'll Have Another will win the Belmont. But I do think that he'll finish second, and I'm less convinced that a Bodemeister (track too long) will be able to win. Who wins? I don't know. So, I'm confident I'll Have Another will finish second, and that's better that picking a random one and having that horse finish sixth.

We'll see how this turns out.

May 24, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.
BIspy4 said...


Sorry. My computer was running slooowwwllly, and it didn't appear as if the "post comment" button had taken. So I hit it again. And then I thought, I've left out my favorite No. 3 of all time.

True, Ron Powlus (and his two Heismans ... wait, what? You mean, Beano Cook was wrong?) and Rick Mirer did wear No. 3. But not like Montana. Because he was, you know, good.

On a more sobering front the New Orleans Times-Picayune is cutting its publication from seven days a week ... to three. Massive layoffs also expected to take place soon.

May 24, 2012 at noon
CardVol said...

Jay, We had it so bad when I was growing up that we had to walk barefoot across the carpet just to change the channel on the tv.

May 24, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

When did numbers first apprear on major league jersies? The Yankees first used numbers in 1929? But I get the #3 thing. However, Dale Murphy is the greatest #3. No question.

Great news for BJ Coleman. Make the team BJ and the candy will come later.

May 24, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.
CardVol said...

3's Who could forget Harold Baines,White Sox, Harmon Killebrew, Twins, Earl Averill, Indians, Bronco Nagurski, Bears, and Dennis Johnson, Celtics. Aint the internet grand?

May 24, 2012 at 12:19 p.m.
CardVol said...

Sorry about the large print.

May 24, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.
deboman said...

5er- Like the Rushmore 3s, but not sure that I could include AI in that group. Maybe throw in a Scott Stevens (#3 in Capitals days) instead.

Like the idea of the Craig jersey, and would also go for an Eruzione one as well. Would like to have the Tony Dorsett jersey from the MNF game where he posted the 99 yd TD run. Something about an unbreakable record. Any Gretzky playoff jersey but an Indianapolis Racers jersey would be money, Canada Cup would be right there as well. Other knick-knacks that would be nice- Michael Phelps cap and goggles from the ‘08 Olympics, or Michael Johnsons golden shoes from Atlanta in ‘96

Being a 3 kind of day, I happened to be reading the recap from the Nats v Phillies game from last night and in the Also Receiving Notes section they referenced how Jimmy Rollins was missing his 3rd straight game while on the 3-day Paternity List after the birth of his new child. Yes, I read that again. Wasn’t even aware that such a list existed. Talk about PC run amok. Wow.

Ahh the days as the human remote. We were lucky enough to have an antenna planted on our roof and were also employed as the Aerial Directional Engineer. Nothing like working the dial on the TV and going outside on a rainy and windy day in the fall to make sure things were pointing ‘Tward the tower’. Needless to say, it wasn’t a perfect science. Good Times.

May 24, 2012 at 12:41 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

As a former human remote, antenna booster and flashlight, and sometimes all 3 at once - talk about needing concentration...

Put me in the contest for Indy - Tony Kanaan, Coke 600 - Matt Kenseth and Bodemeister for the Belmont.

debo's TDoesett's jersey reminded me of Bo Jackson knocking 3 years off Brian Bosworth's life on MNF. That would be an awesome jersey.

May 24, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang, great comments today. Well-played all-around.

Spy Two Times —

No sweat, no sweat. And we can respect your love for the other AP. And the news of the Times-Pic is magnified by the news of the same thing happening to the Newhouse folks in Alabama. Yep, Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville going to three days a week.

Not good times.

CardVol —

We bet it was uphill both ways too. And great call on Hal Baines. Great hitter. And DJ. Very underrated. (But you don't have to yell.)


We can respect the Murphy call. We understand that many love the Murph — and, hey he's Mormon so that's OK, too.

And it is good news for B.J.

Deboman —

Not only was it an inexact science, at times it was dangerous. Because let's be honest, the only time the antenna was not working was when the elements made it very unsafe to get on the roof. Of course, where do we head... to the ROOF.

Think how dumb we were as a society when we were kids.

No helmets. No seatbelts. (Forget no seatbelts, we can remember riding in the very back of the FTD station wagon in those flip up seats — in like 120 degree heat — and staring at cars coming from behind. If some one had rear-ended us back then, ball game.

Gretzky's sweater would be sweat... and like the Dorsett call (Loved those Cowboys teams and the jerseys).

McPell —

Winner, winner about the Bo jersey. The 5-at-10's son (age 4) gets one every year for his birthday.

Good times.

May 24, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.
Todd962 said...

In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day, I would probably pay for the flag that Rick Monday snatched out of center field so many years ago. Its been mentioned on here several times as one of the great moments in sports, and it would look prettty awesome behind my desk in a frame with a picture of the action moment.

Aint gonna be here Friday, and where we're going, we dont need roads. Just buoys and beers. Enjoy the holiday folks.

May 24, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Mr. 962 —

Send us your Trifecta entry before you get gone.

And in a strange merger, let's say the World's Most Interesting is in the beginning of Hill Street Blues — "Stay thirsty my friend, and let's be careful out there."

— 5-at-10

May 24, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Indy - Scott Dixon Cola - Tony Stewart Belmont - I'll Have Another

I'm sticking with my Derby Darlin. You boys better watch it. Gonna see history.

May 24, 2012 at 4:11 p.m.
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