ORLANDO, Fla. -- Morning gang, we are live from the 5-at-10 studios here at Disney World. The rent is pretty steep, but the grounds are nice and there are famous folks everywhere.
"Hey, is that a star?"
"No, that's Keanu Reeves."
Seriously as we tweeted Sunday, Disney World is (fill in the blank with any word you can think of). There is no wrong choice.
As for the vacation 5-at-10, this marks the 600th consecutive Monday-through-Friday we have met at here at the family-oriented, interweb-based sports column. In tribute, we thought we'd share the five most important numbers in sports. Our reasons vary and fluxuate -- kind of like the 5-at-10. Discuss, and know about the time you read this, we'll be having brunch with the Disney princesses. We'll tell Cinderella you said hello.
5) 300 -- the hallmark for excellence as a batting average; the hall of fame mark for pitching wins; perfection in bowling.
4) 56 -- length of Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak (which is one of sports most unbreakable and improbable records); Lawrence Taylor's number, and few players have shaped the modern-day monolith that is the NFL like LT.
3) 32 -- no jersey number can offer this list of legends in the three major sports, considering if you had all-time NBA, MLB and NFL teams, you could make a hard argument that the 32s of Magic Johnson, Sandy Koufax and Jim Brown would be in the starting lineups.
2) 100 -- number of points Wilt scored in Hershey, Pa.; the recognized standard for single-game success for a running back or a receiver and the season mark for success in RBIs and runs scored.
1) 3 -- no single number has changed more in the sports world than 3; Babe Ruth, the father of the long ball wore 3; Dale Earhardt, the father of today's NASCAR and the man who completed the sport's transformation from bootlegging to national broadcasts on Sunday afternoons; Joe Montana, the standard of modern quarterbacks wore 3 at Notre Dame; can you even fathom a basketball game without a 3-point line.
Discuss, and play nice. We may check in later today, or we may not. Depends if Keanu wants to grab a beer or not.
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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