We're picking up stakes and taking the big red sled and TFP golf ace David Uchiyama to Augusta shortly, so we're going to be brief. We'll reconvene later this after when we get in our seat in the press building.
OK gang, inspired by the NCAA tournament bracket win — and the alleged extra entertainment in our pocket — we're offering prizes for first and second of this year's Mastering the Masterful Masters Master List challenge. (Side note: If we could get a title sponsor for this contest, we'd pick MasterLock for obvious reasons. Plus, we love those old commercials where they shoot the lock. Not sure what the lock said or did, but we're sure he got what he deserved. Side note about the side note: When a lock gets shot, do the lock cops on the radio call in and say, "Lock Down. Lock Down.")
The rules are simple: Pick five golfers and we'll take your best four finishers. You get points for where they place (first = 1 point; 11th = 11 points) and the two lowest scores win.
Here are the entries so far, with a partial list from the host (more to come):
5-at-10 — Tiger, Mickelson
Mrs. 5-at-10 — Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott
Dawg747 — Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar
McPell — Mickelson (last time I swear), Dufner, Choi, Snedeker & Kuchar.
(side note: Love the Choi pick. If he wins, your new Delta Tau Chi name will be Pure Choi... Why not?)
Sportsfan — Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Justin Rose, and Fred Couples
Todd962 — Schwartzel, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, and Tiger
Fred — Couples, Tiger, Phil, Bubba
WarEagle — Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Tiger, Dustin Johnson
BlueOval — Tiger, Mickelson, Snedeker and B Watson
DanRoth22 — Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Fred Couples, Adam Scott, and Jason Dufner
Deboman — P. Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, and Padraig Harrington
OrdinaryGuy — Tiger, Vijay, Rory, and Phil
Spy — Dufner, Jason Day, Snedeker, Rory and DA Points
StuckinKent — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar
RustyVol — Tiger, A. Scott, L. Westwood, and Phil
OrangeGuy — Bubba, Rory, Stricker, Phil, & Mahan
Richie Rich — Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood
Jefe — Laird, Kaymer, Schwartzel, Oosthuizen, Donald.... War Foreigners
Weena — Couples,
TFP golf ace David Uchiyama — Phil, Rory, Dufner, Sneds, Adam Scott
We are also expecting picks from the SportTalk guys, Coach Mack McCarthy, TFP college football ace David Paschall and a few others.
Can't Live Without My Radio
What's the best song with the word radio in the title? The LL Cool J classic "Can't Live Without My Radio" is in the discussion. So is "Video Killed the Radio Star." What's your pick?
And yes, Spy this has a point.
This coming up Monday, David Paschall and the blockhead TFP sports editor are going to take a two-week swing guest hosting the 1-3 p.m. time slot on ESPN Radio 105.1 FM here in town. It was an interesting opportunity and with Paschall's never-ending knowledge of college football and with our the water-towered-size melon filled with rivers of useless knowledge, we thought it would be a kick to give it a shot for a couple of weeks.
We've got a few guests in the work, but this may sound crazy, we're having a tough time picking a name for the show. We may only do this for a couple of weeks — or maybe it could grow into something more, who knows — but we're going to need a show name better than "Paschall and the blockhead TFP sports editor." Who's got any ideas?
Feel free to swing by and give us a listen starting Monday at 1 p.m. It don't cost nothing. Plus, feel free to call in at 648-1051. We're pretty sure there will be a steady stream of stuff to discuss the next couple of weeks. The Masters. Spring Football. Heck, we're two weeks from tomorrow from the NFL Draft. We love the draft — in print and on the radio — and you know this.
UConn women rolls
Louisville's dream 2013 — Sugar Bowl win over Florida, keeping coach Charlie Strong, the men's basketball title — finally hit a speed bump. It was more like a pot hole the size of Sale Creek.
The UConn Huskies thumped Louisville in the women's NCAA title game, ending the Cards' memorable and magical run with a 93-60 rout.
It's the eighth title in the last 18 seasons for UConn and head coach Geno Auriemma, and there appears to be more on the horizon, considering the best player in the Final Four this year was Huskies freshman Breanna Stewart and the bulk of this year's team returns.
Auriemma now has as many titles as University of Tennessee legend Pat Summitt. For her part, always the leader and legend with class in every situation, Summitt released the following statement: "Congratulations to Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies on a remarkable season and an eighth national title," Summitt said in a statement released by her son, Tyler. "Geno is a proven champion and a leader in our game. My best to him, his family, his team and staff."
OK, this is tough to ask, but we must: Is Geno a better coach than Pat Summitt? Discuss.
This and that
— Your Atlanta Braves are 7-1. And as impressive as that sounds, it's either magic or hollow. Consider the following: The Braves are rolling to their best start since 2007 despite Brian McCann in street clothes, Jason Heyward hitting 83 points better than that weird guy in your office who you know, Know, KNOW ate boogers as a little kid, BJ Upton hitting just 20 points better than Heyward, Freddie Freeman on the DL, and Danny str-Uggla being Danny str-Uggla. FE to the C knows the drill — it's time for these Braves to embrace their old-school Oakland Raiders. Just win baby. And keep hitting Justin Upton (.400 average/1.100 slugging percentage) and Evan "El Oso Blanco" Gattis (.368) in the middle of the lineup and handing the ball to Craig Kimbrel with a ninth-inning lead.
— In the mornings, we bounce around the interweb for extra details and such to produce as entertaining 5-at-10 as we can. We came across this story about former G-n-R front man Axl Rose. Sweet buckets of Sweet Child o' Mine, who's dressing him and what's that haircut? That photo makes Axl — who was a rock bad boy at one time — look like the lost love child of Liberace and Dianne Wiest. Next thing you know, you're going to try to tell me that Uncle Luke Skywalker (aka Luther Campbell) from rap bad boys 2 Live Crew is coaching youth sports. Wait, what?!?!?!
— There's a chain of sports bars known as Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill in Texas and the owner of that company has copyrighted the phrase "Breastaurant." Add this to the list of things like the hard plastic caps on shoelaces and the clip you put on a baby's pacifier and the baby's shirt so it doesn't fall on the ground that are million-dollar ideas that we could have thought of first.
— We're big Charles Barkley fans. In fact, he's the complete opposite of TURRRR-ible. This photo however is just plain wrong. C'mon Chuck. That said, it did bring back the memorable scene of Chris Farley in "Tommy Boy"... fat guy in a little coat. Side note: Tommy Boy is extremely underrated.
We've littered a few questions throughout today's entry and we're interested in your responses to them:
A show name for the two-week radio run for Paschall and the blockhead TFP sports editor on ESPN 105.1 FM?
Geno or Pat, who you got?
The Masters contest, are you in?
We're dealing with a lot of stuff.... "OK, well, uh... candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she's registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. OK, let's get two."
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 ...