published Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

5-at-10: UTC football, baseball blizzard, the new sports radio show in town and Rodman's Nobel Peace Prize

OK gang, we're speeding into a holiday. There's work to be done.

From the "Talks too much" studio, please remember that just like every night has its dawn and every cowboy sings his sad, old song, every rose has its thorn.

Comfortable college football countdown: UTC, Day 3

OK, we spent the last two days reviewing 2012 and looking at the questions these UTC football Mocs have. Today, let's examine their strengths.

Let's go over the list of things a team would need to end an almost 30-year postseason hiatus. (Side note: Hiatus is a good word. Not as good as gubernatorial or onomatopoeia, but a good word none the less. Jefe, would you say we have a plethora of pinatas? Oh yes, El Guapo. Where were we?)

Oh yes, a check list for success:

Gobs of experience. Check.

A reliable quarterback who is a difference maker. Check.

A defensive game-changer. Check. Check and Discount triple check. With a defensive nucleus that includes Davis Tull, Derrick Lott, Wes Dothard and Kadeem Wise, the Mocs are legit defensively.

A hunger that can only be satisfied with success. Check. Reports from the offseason workouts have been good and seem to be well attended.

We'll make our predictions in answer to a mailbag question on Friday, but we believe this to be the year for Russ Huesman and Co.

Any thing less is a massive disappointment with this many pieces, right?


Baseball swirlings

OK, Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter Tuesday that was noteworthy on several fronts. Check this out:

• First off, it's a no-hitter for crying out loud. That in and of itself makes it noteworthy.

• Bailey hit 97 mph with his 108th and final pitch of the night. Wow.

• Teammate Brandon Phillips called it a "perfect hitter." Uhhhhh, thanks Brandon. (Here's saying Phillips will not be doing TV when his playing days are spent. And no it was not a perfect game.)

• As acquaintance of the show RJ Bell sent us, some cat in Vegas won $16K by betting $400 bucks that there would be a MLB no-hitter on Tuesday. (No clue if he got extra for the "perfect hitter.")

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey, right, hugs catcher Ryan Hanigan, left, after Bailey threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 3-0.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

• As TFP golf ace David Uchiyama sent us, SI's Steve Rushin quickly sent out his top Homer list that Bailey made. We'll counter that with our top Baileys, with Homer Bailey, George Bailey, Thurl Bailey and Bailey's Irish Creme. Stay thirsty my friends.

Also in the baseball realm, former Lookout Yasiel Puig continues to dominate National League pitching. He had three more hits Tuesday, finishing a triple short of the cycle. Dude is hitting .443 in his five weeks in the National League. He's helped the Dodgers back into the NL West race by winning nine of their last 10 — and he's 17-for-40 in that stretch. If he's not on the All-Star roster, we're boycotting the game, and we don't care what some blowhard jack wagon like Todd Papel-bum says.

Also, A-Rod made a rehab start in Class A Charleston on Tuesday. He went 0-for-2 with a strike out. Hey, looks like he's in midseason form already.


An afternoon interlude

Well, it's here.

No not football season. That will be here eight weeks from tomorrow.

No, the radio show experiment that David Paschall and the sports editor tried in April will start on a Monday-Friday rotation next week. We're calling the thing Press Row. Here's the announcement story in today's TFP.

We have high hopes for the ultimate product. We know Paschall knows more about SEC football than any three people we've ever met. And we know a few movie quotes and associate with a few folks that can use "Milk Bag" or "Ewok celebration" properly in a sentence or can explain WAR — in relation to Jayson Stark or Edwin Starr.

Swing by the 1-3 hour if you get the chance. Or listen along on the interweb at Don't cost nothing.


This and that

— Thanks to morning correspondent StuckinKent, we have this monster revelation. Dennis Rodman thinks he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, THAT Dennis Rodman, the wedding dress wearing, head case.

— Dillon Bates, a high-four-star linebacker, is expected to announce his college choice tonight. He is picking between Tennessee, Florida and Alabama. Bates is the son of Bill Bates, the former Vols star and Herschel Walker stepping stone. This would be a huge get for UT for a number of reasons, and it would be a huge miss if he picks the Tide or the Gators for a number of reasons.

— OK, we're starting to get the vibe that Aaron Hernandez was not that nice of a guy after all.

— The odds have been posted for the annual hot dog eating contest on July 4. Joey Chestnut is a 1-to-10 favorite, meaning you have to bet $1,000 to win a $100. Side note: The over/under for total number of hot dogs eaten by the winner is 63.5. Hold the mustard please.

— Thought this was cool: As he's making his rounds through baseball in his final season, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is getting some going away presents. The Twins gave Rivera a rocking chair made of broken bats, since his cutting fastball has broken more than a few in his 20-year, Hall of Fame career. Also of note: He'll be the last person to ever wear No. 42 in the big leagues. How cool is Rivera? He's the one Yankees player that Boston-loving, Red-Sox-in-his-blood Spy can't hate.


Today's question

Feel free to discuss any of the above.

If you need a talking point, and since we're going to be away for most of Thursday and Friday (yes, we'll still post something, but you guys will be running the comments, so play nice and keep the Milk Bags to a minimum), well, try these:

Prediction for the Mocs?

Does Puig deserve to be an All-Star?

How many hot dogs could you eat in 8 minutes?

Got any ideas for Thursday's holiday top 5 list?

How about a great SAT prep question: Dennis Rodman is to the Nobel Peace Prize as (blank). We'll start with Dennis Rodman is to the Nobel Peace Prize as Kim Kardashian is to an Academy Award.

Don't forget the mailbag — we've got a spot of two — and whatcha' got?

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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MocTastic said...

The Mocs could go realistically go 11-1, but will stumble here or there and go 9-3. They are more likely to go 10-2 than 8-4 however. The Glory Will Have Been Restored.

July 3, 2013 at 10:18 a.m.
jgreeson said...

M-Tastic —

You and the 5-at-10 have almost the exact same expectations.

July 3, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.
mrspud said...

Hot dogs consumed in 8 minutes? Probably 2...I just don't get the fascination over competitive eating contests and don't get me started on the fact that ESPN will be airing the contest. Now as far as competitive drinking is concerned...many adult beverages consumed in under 8 minutes back in my college days.

UTC should be dissapointed in anything other than a 9-3 season and a trip to the playoffs.

Holiday top 5 submission: "Holiday Road" song in Vacation...classic.

Puig hasn't been up there long enough for All Star status but man, he has really put up some fantastic numbers in the short time he's been there.

July 3, 2013 at 10:40 a.m.
BIspy4 said...


True dat on the 4 and the 2. The chair of broken bats is like way cool.

And A-Rod's not in mid-season form. He's in post-season form.

No Pearl Bailey? Or Garnet "Ace" Bailey, who scored the 1972 Stanley Cup-deciding goal for the Boston Bruins (and later perished on Flight 175 on 9/11)? No Bailey Quarters from WKRP in Cincinnati (sublimely played by the sneaky hot Jan Smithers)?

July 3, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.
Todd962 said...

With a decade of Mocs football records in mind, I think they are as likely to go 11-1 as they are 12-0. Having said that, I dont think Sabans got it this year. They seem weak. We've got 'em right where we want 'em. Mocs in the upset. Did you know they start serving beer in airports at 7?

I hope the Reds are taking full advantage of the fact that they have someone named Homer on their team. When Bailey strikes out someone they need to play the Homer D'oh sound clip immediately followed by the Nelson Haha sound clip. It would bring me great joy to find out that this is already in place.

I am beginning to get the vibe that A-A-Ron might have been a serial killer. What were his whereabouts when Hoffa went missing? Have we questioned him regarding the disappearance?

Anyone that has the capacity to put that many hot dogs in their mouth would make a good wife.

July 3, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

Bailey Quarters is an inspired call. Bye Thurl. Hello Bailey. We debated Ace Bailey, an NHL HoFer by the way, but said no.

Postseason form... well-played sir, well-played indeed.

Spud —

Completely concur on the competitive eating. In fact there are all kinds of eating contests — hot dogs, pizza, wings, even mayonnaise for crying out loud.

That Vacation song is a good one... and it is now in our head for the rest of the day.

We put Puig in teh game for the entertainment value alone. Plus, who's more deserving of getting an All-Star nod — Puig or the lone rep from Miami or San Diego?

July 3, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Todd —

Can you image the Homicide meetings at the Boston PD?

"Hey Sarge, remember that hit and run killing in '92?"


"We think Aaron Hernandez may have done it?"

"He was like 6 then..."


"Book him."

And, The Nelson "Ha-HA." should be used way more than it is. Heck, Jeopardy! needs to incorporate that for really bad answers. Wheel of Fortune should use it for those chowderheads who guess a letter that's already been guessed or double-buy a vowel.


July 3, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.
Stewwie said...

It's playoffs or bust for the football Mocs this year. I see an 8-4 record with at least a share of the league title. The losses will be at Bama, Appy, GSU, and against one other random foe that will beat us due to an off-day from our offense and a bad showing by our kicker(s).

July 3, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent (who drank his Cammy-Cam funny juice today)

Saw someone say the LAPD is investigating Hernandez for the Nicole Brown Simpson murder now.....

OJ's search for the real killer may have finally come to an end....

AND in regard to the Rodman-Nobel Prize metaphors

Great example.

Barry Bonds is to drug free?

Dan Uggla or BJ Upton is to All-Star (in 2013)?

Derek Dooley is to Hall of Famer?

Groundhogs Day II is to Best Picture?

(I meant Caddyshack II, but typed Groundhog's Day II....I thought that was funnier somehow.)

As Aaron Hernandez is to Citizen of the Year.

BTW, how does a car hit 6 feet up on a country club? Godfather, anyone?

And, Mr. Hernandez, I swear I KNOW NOTHING about what happened. I have no knowledge of the crime. I swear it....

July 3, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, there are two Ace Baileys. One played for the Leafs and went into the Hall. The other is the aforementioned former Bruins player and LA Kings scout Ace Bailey.

July 3, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...


Nice 5 at 10 to go out with on my last day before heading back to the 'Noog. Patricia over at Hyena's kept her word and locked me in the number 2 spot for tonight's open mic. Not everyone is going out to see fireworks tonight so we're "predicting" close to a full house for the first couple of hours. I'll be able to do my set and finish with the packing/cleaning and still get to bed early enough before I leave hopefully before 5 AM...hopefully.

Nice nod to yours truly regarding "Ewok Celebration" and the new show. If you're allowed non-sports guests, I'll be here all next week...literally. :P

Already stated my prediction for the Mocs.

Rodmen? Please. I grant you there have been a lot of "celebraties" who have gone on to do great things (both behind and in front of the limelight that would produce a doubletake).

Shirley Temple: Member of the UN General Assembly and US Ambassador to Ghana and the Czech Republic.

Jimmy Stewart: Retired a one-star general in the Air Force (went into the reserves after active duty in WWII).

Don Adams: looked and acted 98 lbs soaking wet as Maxwell Smart yet fought in some of the Marine Corps bloodest campaigns during WWII.

Robert Van Winkle: Successful Do It Yourself Home Repair Guy

David Lee Roth: Trained Parametic.

Hillary Clinton: First "first lady" to ever be Secretary of State.

While some of these are lot bigger achievements then others the POINT is I won't take Dennis Rodman (Nelson Mandella-like) seriously until he actually learns how to be a real diplomat and for pete's sake not brag to the media that he is deserving of the Noble Prize.

July 3, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, the release on the radio show is behind the pay wall. So much for widest possible dissemination.

Remember, get your station IDs in at the top of the hour, take an angry caller when you're up against a hard out, as they say, like some national talk show hosts do, and remember to say Times Free Press sports at least three times a segment.

July 3, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

I just read about a new radio show hitting the airwaves in Chattanooga. It will be hosted by David Paschall and some other guy whose name escapes me at the time. Paschall knows his stuff and the other guy, well...He will give it the old college try. Seriously though, congratulations on the show Jay.

For a holiday top-five list it looks like July 4th alternative celebrations might be an idea to kick around. Rain has shut down every fireworks display in the Tennessee Valley, so what else you got? There are many mud related options. Ladies in wet T-shirts are always a hit. And Mr. Spud mentioned drinking contests. If you're gonna get blind drunk for the holidays anyways, you might as well get some kind of medal for it.

As for me, I plan on being submerged in the Ocoee River for the better part of the weekend. Rain or shine, we're getting drenched. If it keeps on raining we'll probably end up doing a bit of creeking as well. Good times ahead. Stupid times likely.

Fire up the grill. Enjoy a beverage or twelve; Celebrate the fourth with a fifth. Don't lose any fingers in a fireworks mishap. Enjoy.

July 3, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Celebrate the Fourth with a fifth? How is this not the national motto for this holiday already? How have I never heard or thought of this before? You, sir, inspire people. Good show. To the liquor store!

July 3, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Brad Stevens to the Cs? Wow. Completely under the radar. And completely love it.

No wonder Boston dealt Pierce and KG to the Nets. Can't have players that much older than the coach.

July 3, 2013 at 7:23 p.m.
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