published Thursday, July 25th, 2013

5-at-10: Hudson's serious injury, a relevant Big Ten proposal, Rocky 7 and the Mocs as the team to beat

Was it Sartre or Twain that mused, "We believe children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way" back in the day? No, that's right, it was the man you know better as Joe the Police Man from the 'What's Going Down' episode of "That's My Mama," Mr. Randy Watson.

That boy is good. Good and terrible.

From the "Talks too much" studios, let your soul glow.

Hudson's done — are the Braves?

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    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

It was an expensive win for the Atlanta Braves in New York on Wednesday. The Braves' 8-2 win over the Mets was marred by the fact that veteran starting pitcher Tim Hudson was severely injured.

Hudson broke his right ankle when Eric Young Jr. stepped on Hudson's leg on a play at first base. It was one of those replays you only need to see once. It also cracked the foundation upon which these Braves are built.

Follow along:

We know the Braves are going to struggle at times to score runs. We know they will strike out a bunch. We know they have a lock-down closer at the back end of the bullpen. We know they can be special defensively. These are the facts. This formula has produced the largest divisional lead in baseball because they have five starting pitchers that go out there everyday, and 90 percent of the time give the Braves a chance to win. Until the last week, the rotation of Hudson, Maholm, Medlen, Minor and Teheran have been solid and reliable.

Now, Paul Maholm is on the DL with an arm bruise and Hudson is done for the year. Yes, Brandon Beachy had another solid minor league rehab start Wednesday, but the core strength of the Braves regular-season success has taken another blow.

Plus, by all accounts, Hudson was the team's clubhouse leader.

One of the amazing things about these Braves' run has been their ability to absorb every injury so far and handled them in stride.

Can they do it again?

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Big Ten's pitch

Hey, we've been as critical/comical about the Big Ten as anyone.

Their logo was junk. Their hypocrisy is laughable — hard to call the SEC thugs when THE Ohio State is the college sports version of the Bad News Bears and should be sponsored by Chico's Bail Bonds. The Legends and The Leaders? Well, those jokes wrote themselves.

Still, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany landed some solid strokes in his statements for reform Wednesday.

Delany's four-point plan included:

• Allowing former athletes to return to school to complete their degrees on the school's dime: This absolutely needs to happen.

• Juggle the 20-hour rule during the season: It's downright laughable to present a 20-hour limit for athletes in season when travel and practice and the like are considered.

• Address freshman eligibility and at-risk students: Delany stopped short of turning back the clock and making all freshmen ineligible, but a staggered level of eligibility and admission requirements deserves exploration.

• Miscellaneous expenses for athletes: Delany admitted that it has Title IX hurdles but he was firm that he was focused on all sports, not just football and hoops.

The last one is going to be near impossible for most of college athletic programs — there simply is not enough money there for 90-percent of Division I schools to pay their players.

Still the other items are worthy of discussion.

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Rocky's next generation

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    Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire are shown in a scene from the 1976 film "Rocky."
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

We had a lot of fun talking about underrated sports movies here and on the radio show yesterday. Thanks for playing along — and for those of you who can't listen to Press Row on 105.1 FM or on espnchattanooga.com, feel free to send the sports editor questions on The Twitter at @jgreesontfp.

Not to double up on the movie riff, but word came down Wednesday that the seventh installment in the Rocky series is now in the works, and before you blow a gasket, the premise is pretty intriguing.

The name of the movie is 'Creed' and it follows the path of Apollo Creed's grandson on his way to boxing glory. Of course the young Creed needs a trainer, and we'll give you two guesses who he seeks out? Nope not Bob Hope nor Mitch Kumstein, our old college roomate who was kicked out of school for night-putting, just putting at night with the 15-year-old daughter of the dean.

Yep, young Creed finds Rocky Balboa, who is out of boxing (probably has returned to Wall Street or his dental practice). Balboa returns to help the grandson of his former-nemesis-turned-best-friend.

Admit it, you're interested in that story line.

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This and that

— Your UTC Mocs are picked to win the SoCon by the league's coaches. UTC had five defensive players and one offensive player picked on the preseason All-SoCon first team. Wow. Buckle up Mocs and embrace being the hunted rather than the hunter.

— The Los Angeles Dodgers are smoking hot. The Dodgers have now won 10 consecutive road games after scoring an unearned run in the ninth to tie the game and scoring five in the 10th to complete the sweep of Toronto with an 8-3 win Wednesday night. Good times. The Dodgers were in last place in the NL West on June 21. Now, after winning 23 of their last 28 games, they lead the division by 1.5 games.

— Nice addition for the Memphis Grizzlies, adding Mike Miller as a legit outside shooting threat to help balance the inside strength of Gasol and Z-Bo. Hey, if Downtown Patrick Brown approves of the move, you know it has to be good.

— The NASCAR truck series got in the dirt Wednesday. Good for them. NASCAR needs to reconnect to its roots. This was a fun a start. Somewhere Dale Earnhardt Sr. is smiling behind his sunglasses — and then he wrecked St. Peter's chariot coming off turn 3 at Cloudland Raceway and just smirked and said, "Rubbin's racin' my man."

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Today's question

Gang, please remember the mailbag, and feel to discuss whatever strikes your fancy.

If you need talking points, here are but three:

• What is the worst sports injury you can remember watching live? The Tim Krumrie leg injury in the Super Bowl was the first thing that came to mind watching Hudson's ankle last night.

• We have a former SEC football official on Press Row today. What questions would you want to hear from a former college football referee?

• If Apollo Creed's grandson, Drago's grandson, Clubber Lang's grandson, Chong Li's grandson (Bloodsport), Louden Swain's grandson (Vision Quest) and Daniel LaRusso's grandson (Karate Kid) were dropped in the Octagon for a battle royale, who wins?

Discuss and remember Friday's mailbag and to listen to Press Row today from 1-3 p.m. on ESPN radio 105.1 FM.

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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LaughingBoy said...

With all the steroids and whatever else they were filling him with, could Drago even have offspring?

The Braves should still win the division. After that..

Joe Theisman still has to be at the top of injuries. When a cold blooded assassin like LT stops play to wave over the Redskin staff, you know it was awful even if you never saw the actual break.

I'm very surprised there were no locals making the all state baseball team, in particular Mossburg from Silverdale. Best of preps player of the year, state runner-up. Only two from the surrounding area, one from South Pittsburg and one from one of the Bradley schools.

July 25, 2013 at 10:13 a.m.
chas9 said...

Well said all around about Huddie and the Braves. These ankle breaks can be tough to heal. My sister broke hers when she caught a toe sliding in to home in a softball game and was in a major cast most of a year.

Worst I saw live was UL's Ware vs. Duke in last year's tourney.

July 25, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Nasty sports injuries seen live...McGahee in the Nat'l Championship Game against Ohio St., Lattimore against the Vols last year, and the b-ball dude from Louisville against Duke in this year's March Madness.

July 25, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

As for Huddy's injury I am torn...my gut says the Bravos are DONE...just watch them ride off to the sunset...however, the trade deadline has not passed, could they pick up someone to fill the gap?

Worst sports injury had to be Superbeata prostate boy, UNTIL...harken back to the old WCW days, and Sid Eudy (Justice/Vicious) coming off the top rope and when he lands on the ring, his leg snaps mid calf! On you tube, check it out

July 25, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Morning Ten Ring, Gang

Such "wonderful, mature" comments on the TFP-Facebook links. You'd think we were Dallas (that's not a complement).

Anyway, enjoyed Weed's column regarding tradition. I'm all for a "little" tweeking every now and then but I can STILL recall tuning in to the Georgia-Boise State game right as the broadcast began and going WHAAAAATT THE [blank!] and then stood there in DEAD silence for about 3-5 minutes.

Didn't like Tennessee's Halloween jerseys for one reason: they reminded me too much of those god-awful "artifical peanut-butter" candies that cost like 99 cents a bag that houses gave out because they were too cheap for real candy.

In all fairness, I do love the return of UTC's white helmets with the Power "C" which is kinda a throwback within itself. I saw some old 8mm footage of UT playing then UC when Richard Flowers senior was a Vol and the Mocs had the white helmets with the "Chicago Bear" C in gold paint.

Still, the "winner" has to go to my all-time favorite WTF uniform: The Pittsburg "Bumblebees". No joke, our customer service director (aka my bosses boss) grew up in Washington, PA which is just outside of Pittsburg. Life-long Steeler fan. Even she admitted to getting nauseous seeing those throwbacks.

Mocs was actually picked third. Still, time to convert the non-believers.

Must be a really slow sports day if we're discussing fictitious grandsons going UFC. I'm as straight as anyone, but that's one part of the "male-psyche" I have never grasped.

Bravo talk is greek to me. However, Ranger-nation is excited over the recent trade of Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for five players (three actually were from the minor league camps). Now the sports writers over at the DMN are chomp'n at the bit for some solid hitters to where we don't have to put all our eggs in one basket regarding Ian, Elvis, and Nathan.

July 25, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Clubber Lang's grandson would talk the most smack (underrated moment ... Clubber Lang hitting on Adrienne during Rocky's presser).

Braves starting pitching still should be good enough to win the East, unless the Phils get Dodger hot, and they're only, what, 7 back. But there is no real No. 1 guy.

SoCon coaches picked UTC to win the conference. But who did they pick to finish first? (Southern can't win it. Can only finish first but can't take belt with them to Sun Belt. And do not get me started on that).

July 25, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

2006, UT vs Air Force, Inky Johnson's hit on the AF receiver.

I watched that play unfold right in front of us and saw Inky go down like a sack of rocks. I thought his neck had snapped and he was dead. He laid on that field for a LONG time without moving and that 100,000 plus crowd was almost totally silent till the cart took him away and we at least knew that he was alive.

That has to be the worst injury I have witnessed live and that one is enough for a lifetime.

July 25, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.
compspeed said...

Watching the trucks racing at Eldora last night was the most fun I've seen in Nascar since the old days @ Bristol. Not sure what they can do to capitalize on this but taking the trucks to more than one dirt event a year would be a start. Put the Nationwide series on dirt for a race or two as well.

July 25, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Why were ASU and GSU even in the coaches and media polls? They are ineligible and have more scholarships available than the rest of the conference. They shouldn't even be voted on for any of the team awards in football this season in the SoCon.

July 25, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.
Stewwie said...

John_Proctor,

I was at that game as well but I had a bad angle on the play so I didn't really see the injury happen. But I do remember him lying on the field for what seemed like an eternity before finally being carted off.

I just remembered another bad injury I saw live...Michael Vick breaking his leg against the Ravens in a preseason game at the Dome in 2003. The whole crowd groaned when we saw him go down awkwardly and then stay down. Then they showed the replay and everyone immediately feared the worst. Vick ended up missing several games to start the season and the Falcons went 5-11 for the year.

July 25, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.
Walden said...

Worst? Earnhardt hitting the wall at Daytona. He died afterall.

July 25, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
MocTastic said...

JG, don't get mad at me, but one of your competitors hit the nail on the head: http://blog.postandcourier.com/bulldog-bites/2013/07/25/socon-botches-media-day/

July 25, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Walden —

Played the Rook on the first hand, huh?

Stewwie and JP —

Inky's injury was mentioned on the radio today.

MT —

Fair question about the ineligible tandem.

Compspeed —

Could not agree more. Don't want to send NASCAR to the gas chamber, but it feels like we owe it to them.

Spy —

Clubber killed Mickey.

How the Braves respond in the next two weeks will be telling.

JMC —

We too are stoked about the white helmets. And if you are talking about circus peanuts, well, know that is the after-dinner treat served in Hades.

LB —

You know they were breeding Drago as a superhuman. And what if Adrian sneaked behind Rocky's back and had a big White Russian?

Interesting.

Ware's injury was pretty gross.

July 25, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.
dabigorange said...

Worst baseball injury...Jason Kendall breaking his ankle back in 1999 was pretty bad. As for the worst injury I've ever seen, that would have to go to Clint Malarchuk, who played goal for the Buffalo Sabres. In 1989, he had his neck sliced open by another player's skate. Here's the link ---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR-wA4...

July 25, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.
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