published Monday, April 15th, 2013

5-at-10: Masters recap, Radio Waves

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    Adam Scott, of Australia, celebrates with caddie Steve Williams after making a birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Wow, what a great finish to the Masters, huh? Did anyone else feel like the first 2/3 of Sunday's broadcast was a little slow and we were headed for a three-shot Angel Cabrera win in which every other contender fell back and had the "Rory" look?

Then all of a sudden, as the rain picked up, so did the pressure and so did the focus of Adam Scott and Cabrera. It became that old MJ-Bird McDonald's commercial — "Off the window, off the scoreboard, off the floor... nothing but net" — but with golf shots. Lots and lots of golf shots.

Where does Sunday of Augusta rank on the sports calendar? It's got to be pretty high because this thing always, Always, ALWAYS delivers, right?

Heck, even a couple of years ago when we thought Rory McIlroy was going to win in a runaway, it proved to be great theater.

And, as we wrote in today's TFP, the overwhelming and neverending theme of Greg Norman's redemption and the importance of Adam Scott's win for Australia was a bit much. Hey, we get it. All the way around.

But here's something that needed to be said somewhere along the way: After a career full of major championship disappointments and never quite living up to his enormous potential, Adam Scott finally delivered. He may have won in some not-so-small way for Greg Norman, but he also won in some ways to avoid being Greg Norman 2.0 at Augusta National.

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More Masters takeaway

Here's some other Masters tidbits as we clean out the notebook, suitcase and computer bag:

— How impressive was the 14-year-old kid Tianlang Guan?

— Here are the Thurd annual Mastering the Masterful Masters contest results:

25 — TNBuck -- I'll take J. Day (3), A. Scott (1), Phil (54), Kuchar (8), & Dustin Johnson (13).

38 — Thinker — Tiger (4), Rose (25), Scott (1), Westwood (8)

39 — TFP football ace David Paschall -- Tiger (4), Rory (25), Kuchar (8), Cabrera (2)

42 — Sportsfan — Lee Westwood (8), Adam Scott (1), Bo Van Pelt (20), Justin Rose (25), and Fred Couples (13)

47 — HardCopy -- Tiger Woods (4), Jason Dufner (20), Jason Day (3), Bill Haas (20).

47 — Richie Rich — Phil Mickelson (54), Luke Donald (25), Matt Kuchar (8), Brandt Snedeker (6), Lee Westwood (8)

50 — Weena — Couples (13), Charlie Schwartzel (25), Westwood (8), Tiger (4)

52 — ThatIDoKnow — Day (3), Tiger (4), Dufner (20), Rory (25)

52 — TFP golf ace David Uchiyama — Phil (54), Rory (25), Dufner (20), Sneds (6), Adam Scott (1)

54 — Spy — Dufner (20), Jason Day (3), Snedeker (6), Rory (25) and DA Points (38)

59 — DanRoth22 — Phil Mickelson (54), Justin Rose (25), Fred Couples (13), Adam Scott (1), and Jason Dufner (20)

No one got sabotaged by Phil's stinkitude more than Rusty Vol who had Tiger (4), A. Scott (1), L. Westwood (8), and Phil (48). Just think, an inspired Sergio pick rather than Phil gets RustyVol in the money. (Side note: The 5-at-10 finished somewhere South of Macon in this puppy, so there's that.)

As always thanks to all those who played. Congrats to TNBuck, who won in their first contest entry. Do you want a Masters Tshirt (size men's large) or a Masters hat? Let us know, and if you think we've messed up your score let us know.

— Just because we need to get it out there, even as badly as he putted on Sunday, if Tiger Woods' approach on 15 on Friday is 2 inches left or right, he's likely in the playoff. Or he's likely in the final group and make everyone else sweat on Sunday afternoon.

We're also left with a couple of questions:

— Is Bubba Watson going to be this generation's John Daly, minus about 100 pounds or so?

— Will Phil win another major?

— Will Tiger?

Discuss, and we're going to have a draft contest. We love the draft. You know this. Any thoughts?

(Side draft question: Has there been a more certain No. 1 overall pick in draft history than Brittney Griner? OK, the Cavs drafting LeBron was a lead-pipe cinch too, but still. What's your Rushmore of certain draft No. 1s?)

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Radio beginnings

TFP football ace David Paschall and the sports editor are going to start their two-week special radio stint today at 1 p.m. on ESPN radio 105.1 FM in here in Chattanooga area. We're pretty sure you can get it on the interwebs too.

We're scheduled to have UTC senior Steven Fox, fresh off his Masters debut this weekend, right around that 1 p.m. start time.

Feel free to give us a call if you want at (423) 648-1051 and we'll kick around anything this side of that stuff or on the other side of that other stuff. That made sense when we started typing and then — BOOM! — like Brandt Snedeker's putting stroke, it goes everywhere.

Here's a question, what should our intro music be? We're leaning to Lunatic Fringe or the Chicken Dance song. Thoughts? Paschall prefers some sort of Rush tune — dude has a serious Rush Crush.

Discuss.

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This and that

— We're going to have to spend the morning catching up on the rest of the sports world headlines because we have been neck deep in Masters stuff.

— Wow, the Braves are smoking. A sweep of the mighty Nationals in D.C. puts the Braves at 11-1 overall and winners of eight straight. And this is with Jason Heyward swinging at lightning bugs and Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann on the DL. And McCann better hurry back or he'll be backing up Evan Gattis, who is killing it right now. And of course Paul Maholm has been untouchable. He's 3-0 with a 0.0 ERA (fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son) and has 20 strikesouts and only 16 base runners in 20.1 innings.

— Spring football was in the air Saturday across the country. Here are starting points that we'll get into today on the show and through the week here: Johnny Football is good at tackle football (dude put on a show on Saturday at Texas A&M's spring game); Jadeveon Clowney caught a TD pass is street clothes; The man you know better as Joe the police man from the 'What's Going Down' episode of "That's My Momma" Mr. Sammie Watkins ran wild with two long TD catches at Clemson's spring game; FSU super recruit Jameis Winston looked super sharp in FSU's spring game in the race to replace quarterback EJ Manuel.

— The Dodger-Padres go at it tonight in a game that will be even more tense after the fireworks of last week when Carlos Quentin ignorantly charged Dodgers pitcher Zach Grienke, who ignorantly mouthed off and led with his shoulder. Quentin will not be in the series tonight because he elected to take his three-game suspension starting today. Here's what we know: If you have a $200 million payroll like the Dodgers, you need to become rivals with the Giants, Cards, Braves or Nats. The Padres? They stink, so if you are amped up to beat the stinky teams you are bound for nothingness. Second, can Nolan Ryan and Tom Emanski put out a fundamental video for how pitchers should handle someone charging the mound. Grienke's decison to lead with his shoulder led to a broken collar bone and roughly three months on the shelf. Third, hey, Quentin, you moron, you got hit with a 3-2 pitch leading off the inning in a one-run game. It was an accident, it happens, deal with it you goof.

— If former Steelers linebacker James Harrison signs with the Bengals, then the Pittsburgh-Cincy game just became Sunday night football at least once next season.

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Today's question

There are a lot of them spaced throughout today's interweb ramblings, but here's one last line of thinking:

Is Kobe Bryant done? And if so where does he rank all time?

Bryant, the 34-year-old Lakers superstar, tore his Achilles' tendon and is done for the year. He could be done forever.

He's an old 34 who has been in the league since 1997 and has a ton of miles on his sneakers.

Thoughts? And thanks for holding down the 423 while we were in Richmond County. 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...

TNbuck should consider a name change to TNluck. And Mr. Scott is going to need a nickname stronger than The Shark, but since the shark is at the top of the food chain, it's tough.

Prediction: The Gnats will never again beat The Bravos. What's the record for consecutive wins by one team dominating another?

The commish should institute a one year mandatory suspension penalty for any batter charging the mound. Period.

The Chicken Song is very good. Consider also We Are the Champions, Desperado, The Gambler, Against the Wind, the Joe DiMaggio part of Mrs. Robinson, and Sound of Silence.

April 15, 2013 at 10:23 a.m.
rustyvol said...

Seriously thought about picking Cabrera for the contest because of his history of play at the Master's. Decided to go with Phil instead. I wasn't sabatoged, I was Mickelsoned!

April 15, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.
titanic said...

For the intro song, go with Van Halen's Right Now. That one has the best intro for a rock song in my opinion. Maybe a bit over used and not original enough for you guys.

April 15, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.
Todd962 said...

Tiger got "Munson'ed" by the officials (Although I like the new "Mickelsoned"). Part of me is still perturbed by the fact that a Johnny Armchair can call in and affect the tournament that much. Their input needs to be limited to the authenticity of the indigenous bird noises. I'm a sore Tiger fan.

The other part of me is glad he didnt win, because sweet Oden's raven, could you have imagined the backlash and asterisk talk that would have filled the air if he had won regardless of the penalty. The golf snob purists on the Golf Channel were making me sick with their talk regarding him withdrawing as a gentleman surrounding such controversy. Dude just got caught with his hand in the "nookie jar", you really think he is concerned with maintaining his gentlemanly status over a golf rule? Uhhh...not so much.

What did a 74 win you in the Masterly Masterson Contest? One year free subscription to the 5@10? Really? Youre the best.

April 15, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jay,

This past weekend was literally spent doing "Phase 1" of cleaning the 5 at 10 offices here in Dallas. I don't even know how the Rangers are doing at this moment. The good news is I have reclaimed my couch/futon from junk piled there since January and forgot how confortable it was to watch TV on it. I was hoping to see Steven this weekend but alas, not in the cards.

Reading Frierson's reports on Mocs spring training and apparently everyone is doing gassers galore. I'm not expecting them to play like the New England Patroits but at least get the reads correct. Also, any inside updates to the "Camp SoCon Accords" (Jimmy Carter shout-out) will be interesting. Such as is KSU still even in the picture?

April 15, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

We need to explore this. We're at a point that charging the mound has run its course.

We'll discuss this more, and don't give us "tradition, blah, blah, blah." Its used to be an all-white league, too, and that tradition was rightly put to bed.

Side note: Sound of Silence may not be the best way to encourage folks to listen. But what do we know.

RustyVol —

Great entry. You got overPhil-ed

Titanic —

Can't hear the Right Now song and not think about Pepsi Clear which led to the great SNL spoof about Gravy Clear.

RIght Now.

Todd —

No doubt.

The hand-wringing about Tiger WD-ing was too much. You bring up a fair point, that in retrospect is 100 percent true. Let's say Tiger wins and everyone spills 55 ka-billion gallons of ink saying he should have withdrawn.

That's gross today. But what happens if he goes on and wins 18 majors and ties Jack and everyone goes blah, blah, tainted, Jack, blah.

74 in the contest huh?

"What's wrong with lumber yards, we own two lumber yards. Notice you don't spend much time there. Not sure where they are."

Where did the 74 go?

"Right in the lumber yard."

JMC —

We'll get a dispatch from the UTC folks about the SoCon future. Did you see the CBS report that Davidson is batting eyes and breathing heavy with the A-10?

April 15, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

I held off on the Braves while they were playing their JV schedule. Yes, they beat Halladay, but the good doctor appears to have lost his touch. They smacked Hamels around but Cliff Lee dominated them.

But this sweep of the Nationals was quite impressive. Still have concerns about the Braves - just how good are Medlen and Minor, can Maholm keep this up and can Teheran at least tread water as the No. 5 guy and there are still a ton of Ks up and down that lineup - but there is power, speed (not just on the bases, either) and still outstanding bullpen pitching.

I say Lefty wins another major (the PGA. Neither one of the Opens will fall into his hands.)

How about a little Spirit of Radio or Limelight as your Rush intro music? I prefer Subdivisions or Body Electric, maybe even Red Sector A.

April 15, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.
chas9 said...

42 is selling lots of tickets. No word yet on whether any local sports scribes are nominated for any golden globes.

Previous record for a UK spring game was 20K; last year they drew 4500. Saturday's Blue and White affair attracted 50,831, which is more than Knoxville drew for Dooley's first year and almost matched the 51K in Kiffin's first. They've brought back the Air Raid siren, and Lexington is on fire. Watch out!

Knoxville's best year was 1986 with over 73K. Reckon what they'll draw Saturday?

April 15, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.
mrspud said...

Draft contest? You love the draft...we know this....I hate the draft...know you know this. Free prizes? Don't cost nothing? I may learn to tolerate the draft.

Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio" would be great intro music. Would that politically incorrect in this day and age?

Kobe will be back, he can't stand going out like this.

Charging the mound should be banned when pitchers can't toss 96 mph chin music at hitters after they have success at the plate.

Time to check on my barbequed iguana

April 15, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

"We'll get a dispatch from the UTC folks about the SoCon future. Did you see the CBS report that Davidson is batting eyes and breathing heavy with the A-10?"

Just checked-in after a series of customer online assist and follow-ups to previous issues (work-related). Apparently something was whispering in my ear to bring that up. Missed the CBS report regarding Davision but not surprised.

April 15, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.
TNBuck said...

The tshirt sounds nice, thanks Jay.

Nothing lucky about TNBuck(eye)'s picks. Maybe 9er should go for a name change to hater?

I agree w/Spud. No way Kobe goes out like that.

April 15, 2013 at 1:11 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Just finished reading the SoConversation. Lots of great, valid points brought up. Frierson NAILED it regarding the TV take on this whole issue! When I was cleaning house as it were, I had my TV tuned to MSNBC for "noise". They happen to run this one interview with a Nelson expert who pointed out the number 1 new "cable" station is "Netflicks". Mainly for obivious reasons. The only exception for why anyone would want to watch on-air television is to see "Game of Thrones" on Sunday Nights. John was correct in the fact you already have an established audience with the ESPN3 crowd. However, I seriously do not believe in random channel surfing for a person that might come across a SoCon football game. Casual fans want to see Oregon vs. UCLA. Not UTC vs. ETSU. The fact we already have a foothold with the Trey is better than nothing. Especially with the technology the way its going. Personally, I'd rather there be an expansion to where all UTC football games are on the Trey. I'd even sign-up for a package if they offered such an option.

April 15, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.
chas9 said...

Star Buck--No offense meant. Your golf knowledge is obviously light years ahead of mine. But with all the moving parts in a golf tournament, even the best and brightest need a bit of luck to win it all.

April 15, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.
Stewwie said...

I haven't watched SportsCenter in a long time because of their excessive hyping and over-analysis/beating-a-dead-horse-ness. But I flipped on the TV Saturday morning and they were talking about the Tiger 15th hole fiasco from Friday. Unlucky bounce for sure, and I saw and understood everything about it in about 2 minutes. I stayed tuned in though because the next topic was the Kobe injury. 15 minutes later, the ESPN yahoos are still analyzing the Tiger stuff. Then the top of the hour comes and the Kobe injury is the first topic listed for the "next" SportsCenter. But what's the first thing discussed? You guessed it...the Tiger stuff...again.

All of that to say that I gave up on ESPN and went to Youtube and nba.com to catch the highlights and coverage that I was looking for on Kobe. Hate to see him go down like that, but I think he'll be back at some point...optimistically maybe the start of next season. He has clearly headed downhill the past couple of years, but I think he'll still be All-Star caliber. However, I think next season will be his last because I can't see him taking a pay cut to continue to play and decline and take on a lesser role. If anything, he'll take his talents overseas and dominate somewhere over there instead.

[What's your Rushmore of certain draft No. 1s?]

Here's a combined NBA/NFL Rushmore for draft picks since 1990: Shaq, LeBron, Orlando Pace, Andrew Luck. Thoughts?

I also noticed that in 23 drafts, only 12 of the 23 NFL #1 picks have made the Pro Bowl. Stafford and Bradford have a chance to get there eventually though. Of the past 23 NBA drafts, 15 #1 picks have made the All-Star Game. Give Chas' boys Mr. Unibrow and Mr. Wall (maybe?) some time though and they might get to the big game as well.

April 15, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.
TNBuck said...

Agreed 9er (expect for the golf knowledge part).

I like the way these nicknames are morphing. I may make the move to Star Luck.

April 15, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
HardCopy said...

I know this isn't hockey country, but Sidney Crosby was one of the most certain #1 overall picks in any sport, ever. Maybe even more certain than LeBron was, because there were some very good college players right behind him in that draft. (Melo, Bosh, Wade). The dropoff between Crosby and everyone else in the '05 NHL Draft was enormous.

April 15, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
chas9 said...

Brunswick Stew's comments on #1 cinches are perceptive. My strongest agreement is over Shaq, whom Dr. B would've taken after Satan Laettner. But he's just a proctologist, so what does he know? And Luck was so good that pro teams adopted a "Suck for Luck" strategy.

In baseball, maybe A-Rod, and for sentimental reasons I like the #1 pick of Larry Wayne Jones.

Griner will be #1, but my thinking is that Della Donne isn't as far behind her as is being suggested. Let's look at their comparative performances three years from now.

It's a lead pipe certainty that UK's great Mathies will be the first SEC player chosen.

And Nerlens shocked us all by announcing today that he's leaving. Good chance he'll be the #1, but it's a close call.

April 15, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Great stuff gang.

TNBuck, email us at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com about collecting the Masters T-Shirt. Which means Thinker, e-mail us about the hat.

Spy —

Limelight was the intro-song. Paschall was slap giddy. Show went well, and hopefully a good time was had by all.

HardCopy —

Crosby is an EX-cellent call. And you have a point about the great college players behind Bron-Bron, but Cleveland would have crucified Drew Carey at the steps of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame before taking anyone over LeBron that year.

Gang, keep up the top-shelf back and forth.

April 15, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Georgia Southern's Blue-White game drew less than 4,000, and that was with a casting call for folks to be the backdrop for some scenes of the Erk movie they are filming. Yes, they are making a movie about Erk, and they wanted the scene Saturday to be from 1984, before the Eagles won their first championship. No word on whether Screven County High School was going to give back the old scoreboard and paint it blue after Southern went with the videoboard and donated the scoreboard to said high school.

April 15, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Spy-

To the best of your knowledge, is this suppose to be a small budget full-length film (i.e. straight to DVD/Blue Ray) or is this going to be another "Remember the Titans/We Are Marshall" type films for a full theatrical release? Even though I loath Statesboro, it's a good story of literally building something out of absolutely nothing into the program that it is today.

April 15, 2013 at 3:56 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, I'll have to tune in tomorrow, if I can find it on the Interwebs. All I can find now is Lindsay Vonn's ex's Tweet about the Masters.

April 15, 2013 at 4:12 p.m.
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