published Monday, June 10th, 2013

5-at-10: The Heatles, Habla English, offering eight-graders and guard your trees — Updyke is free today

Guys, there’s a bunch to get to after a busy weekend.

From the “Talks too much” studios, let’s make them an offer they can’t refuse.

Tied at 1

The Miami Heatles delivered in a must-win Game 2 Sunday night with an inspired effort and improved balance.

It also helped that LeBron James got ticked off late in the third quarter and took over the game.

After a lackluster showing through the first two-plus quarters, James hit a nadir when he practically air-balled a post move and had a two possession exchange when he got snuffed in the open floor by Danny Green, who the took James to the rack on the offensive end.

Then, after smacking his head, James flipped the switch.

He went on a splurge with an assist to Mike Miller for a 3, a monster block and an assist to Ray Allen for another 3, a steal and dunk and a game-sealing 3 that stretched the lead to 27. It got so bad that we had a Tracy McGrady sighting for the final five minutes.

And, if the Heatles go on to win this series, James’ overpowering block at the rim that jump started the 33-5 run that turned this from an exciting game to a channel surfing exercise will be the image of this series. With a Miami win, that clip could live in the second-flight of the highlight Hall of Finals moments like Dr. J’s up and under, MJ shrugging his shoulders after hitting a billion 3s against Portland and a few others.

(The penthouse of those imagines: Jordan’s push-off on Bryon Russell, Dr. J’s windmill dunk on Michael Cooper’s head, Magic’s baby hook, Havlicek diving for the loose ball against the Suns, Willis Reed hobbling on to the MSG floor for Game 7, is a whole other level.)

Still, the Spurs have the edge, and the onus is on James to deliver — and the only way to deliver success is to win the whole flipping' thing.

(Side note: Did you notice right after the game when they started lining up interviews, LeBron said, "Mario should go first." Nice touch.)

(Side note II: It’s time for Joey Crawford to hang up the whistle. Fear the turtle.)


Habla English

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    Harris English watches his tee shot down at the second tee during the final round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Major congrats to Baylor School grad Harris English, who claimed his first PGA title Sunday.

His life has forever changed, and it is more than the $1 million paycheck. A PGA Tour win means the Masters. It means acceptance. It means the arrival of another future star -- in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of Harris English.

It means that when you go to places of uncertainty and fear on the back nine on Sundays, Harris knows now that he has done it.

English has always had big-time talent. But a win like this means he has arrived; and most importantly, he knows he can win at that level.

Think of it this way — English was battling his nerves and the situation with a one-shot lead over Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson. Then English makes birdie on Nos. 16 and 17 to make the lead two and made par on 18. As they said in Major League II, "Marbles."

Well-played indeed.


College football craziness

Where to start? OK, let’s go here:

  • Tennessee coach Butch Jones speaks in Cleveland
    University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones spoke to a packed crowd of about 700 people at Bradley Central High School on Friday. Throughout the speech Jones stressed that Tennessee was on a path to becoming a "championship" football team and that they would be "relentless" in their pursuit to win a NCAA title.

• Butch Jones played to a nice crowd in Cleveland on Friday, and as TFP aces Mark Wiedmer and Downtown Patrick Brown told us, the stories were nice and newsworthy, since Marlin Lane is now back with the Vols.

Question for Johnny Vols Fans out there: Where does Lane rank on the “need him to deliver” scale? We say he is pretty high up there considering it would be tough to put one of the question-mark QBs there or a freshman wide our like MarQuez North on that list. (Side note: If our first name had two syllables we would so, So, SO look into that second capitalized letter. We’re a fan. Maybe we’ll go by 5-aT-10 for the rest of the week. Thoughts?)

• OK, there art now two eighth-graders with football scholarship offers from major college power programs. First there was Dylan Moses, a 6-1, 213-pound linebacker from University Lab High School in Louisiana who has offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas, Florida and the rest of the upper crust of the college football world. (Side note: If you are a 6-1, 213-pound middle school linebacker who ran a clocked 4.5 40, then you should go to a school named University Lab, because you are a science experiment. Beast mode.)

Now Lane Kiffin and his guardians of dignity have offered Nathan Tilford, a 6-2, 190-pound receiver who also just finished the eighth-grade.

• Harvey Updyke is set to be release from jail today after serving six months assassinating the oaks at Toomer’s Corner. He will remain on five years of supervised probation, which includes a 7 p.m. curfew, not talking to the media, not going on Auburn’s campus, not attending any collegiate sporting event and playing the lead role as Johnny Appleseed in the Opelika community theater. OK, we made that last one up, but so it goes.


This and that

— The Atlanta Braves salvaged a split against the Los Angeles Puigs with an 8-2 win Sunday. These Braves can slap pitch. in fact, Mike Minor is 8-2 and looks the part of a potential All-Star game starter. Nevermind the fact the Braves starting pitchers have not allowed more than two earned runs in any of the last nine games. It’s the longest stretch since a 10-game string of excellence in 2001 when guys named Maddux and Glavine were stalwarts in the rotation.

— Who is doing it better than Louisville right now? Won the Sugar Bowl and will be preseason top 10 in 2013 in football, won the NCAA hoops tourney, and now headed to the College World Series in baseball.

— More Heat: The Heatles are now 11-0 after their last 11 losses. They are 5-0 after a loss in these playoffs, and each of those wins have been by double digits.

— Congrats to Jimmie Johnson for winning at Pocono. He was dominant. He did not get bonus points for leading with a unibrow, though.


Today's question

We talked about Jason Kidd's place in the pantheon of NBA point guards last week after he announced his retirement.

Now comes word that Kidd is trying to get back into the game as the New Jersey Nets' coach. You have to be very careful hiring former Hall of Fame players to be coaches, and other than Larry Bird, it's hard to remember a true elite player having much success at all as a head coach.

The reasoning of that is pretty simple: Guys with elite talent produced elite results and have elite expectations, whether they had elite knowledge of the game or not. Sure they understand the game and can execute at extreme levels, but it seems they struggle to share those traits and with the results that are less than excellent.

So we ask you this: What great/Hall of Fame player in sports today would be a very good coach? We'll start with Peyton Manning, because like Bird, his level of excellence is based more in preparation and perfectionism than physical dominance.

We think Derek Jeter could be excellent, too.

Who else is out there?


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...

I suspect we may see Chipper Jones as a hitting coach someday, he has expressed a desire to do so. The fact that he sees himself as a hitting coach rather than as a manager makes me feel good he might be successful.

June 10, 2013 at 10:23 a.m.
chas9 said...

5 aT 10 is good, but definitely the second syllable of Greeson should get the French treatment. Say gree-SOHN, pinching your nose.

Wonder how long a string the Koufax-Drysdale Dodgers ran up without giving up two runs? Most of a season?

Seven and a half game lead. Deal with it, Gnats.

You saying Doc Rivers wasn't elite?

Pat Kirwan says The Falcs will be one of the last four standing this season. What say you?

June 10, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.
Todd962 said...

I understand the MJ push off being on the big stage and it being his final noteworthy shot(he never played for the Wizards), but I say his more iconic image is the Cleveland shot where he drains it over the dude, opponent collapses, and he jumps in the air about 8 feet doing crazy fist pumps. Something about his most iconic shot being the one where he is cheating doesnt sit too well with me.

Did you hear tequila has struck again, Jay? Poor CeeLo was having a good time Saturday night and that vile liquid made him say all those bad words and now he's not allowed to come back to Riverbend ever again. Nasty stuff. You could have warned him.

June 10, 2013 at 11:23 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

As good as Minor is, the Dodgers lineup beyond young Mr. Puig reeks. That's a bad baseball team right now. Struggla also has reached his quota for RBIs for the month. Still working on building his K total, tho.

June 10, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
jgreeson said...

MT —

Concur about Chipper having the traits to be a strong hitting coach. Did you know he's coming to Best of Preps? (Sorry, it's in our contract.)

9er —

Gree-Sohn — not unlike Garcon — may be a touch dicey.

Koufax-Drysdale-Fill in the blank could have gone three-to-four weeks. Those guys were good. Ahhhhh, the good ole days when the Dodgers were relevant.

Falcons need to secure a good playoff seed. They are not going to Seattle or San Fran and winning. Domefield is paramount for Matty Ice and Co.

And no, Doc was not elite.

Todd —

We're having a hard time seeing what the big deal is here. If we were not allowed back to a place we got over served and used some foul language, well, most of 20s and early 30s would have been some one-stop shopping.

Heck, we would have been forced to kick back some Co-Colas in Guam by now.

Spy —

Forget about the water and boat, the Dodgers could hit their backside with either hand.

— 5-at-10

June 10, 2013 at noon
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

Why can't you go "JuhAy" and get the second syllable? What about just JaY? I like it.

Braves are killing it right now. Got to win the division and get out of the lucky Wild Card game. It is critical to win the NL East. Another two months like the first two could have the Braves on cruise control by August....and they haven't even been hitting yet, as you keep on pointing out. BJ Upton will get going eventually, you would think. This team is good....

College football way too early, the computer may change with more info computer rankings (last preseason, it had Notre Dame in the Top Ten, so there's something there, I guess) have 1) Alabama, 2) Oregon, 3) Georgia. That means Tennessee plays each of the Top Three teams heading into next year. Ouch-standing.

I'm keeping my eye on the trees today.

US Open Contest?

June 10, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.
Buschleague said...

5 Loved Chipper as a hitter but nothing about him says coach leader teacher..nothing. BOP is taking a step back this year for sure. Who's next John Daly? Jeter will be on south beach with 3 baby dolls never to be heard from again day after hanging it up too. Smoltz could manage today and if he wasn't GM already Elway could probably come up with a good game plan.

June 10, 2013 at 1:07 p.m.
TNBuck said...

Food for thought. Uggla should bat leadoff.

He only hits solo shots, so we can put him a position to succeed at least once a game.

His OBP is 60 points higher than BJ and 30 points higher than Simmons who seem to be the other options.

P.S. Uggla just stuck out again.

June 10, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, no breakdown of the Tony Awards last night?

June 10, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.
Stewwie said...

[We're having a hard time seeing what the big deal is here. If we were not allowed back to a place we got over served and used some foul language, well, most of 20s and early 30s would have been some one-stop shopping.]

The issue is that Ceelo agreed in his contract to keep the language tame and he didn't. I'm all for Ceelo's right to artistic expression on his albums and at concerts in the appropriate venues, but the expectation at Riverbend is that you won't hear artists dropping f-bombs and other expletives left and right. Otherwise, me and the Mrs. (and the many others who left early) would have gone elsewhere for a night out. And if I'm Chip Baker, I don't call to just complain to Ceelo's management, I call to get my money back for a breach of contract.

June 10, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
chas9 said...

Spy--I learned this from the Tonys: Next time Tyson's in the slammer, he'll want Neil Patrick Harris for his cellmate. They have chemistry. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Speaking of the pokey, can you believe they let tat lowlife Updyke out so soon?

June 10, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

Chemistry, not unlike location, can be everything.

Stewwie —

We were kidding about the tequila part of that whole deal.

Of course it matters for the thousands of folks who were expecting a decent evening. And hey, no one was paying us six figures to show up and act the fool back in the day. (Although we would have been worth every penny. We could act the fool, by golly.)

Spy —

Tony Awards?

OK, five best Tonys —

Tony Dorsett, Tony Soprano, Tony Montana, Andrew Toney and Tony the Tiger.


TNBuck —

We love that thought. Also, when he strikes out, there won't be stranding any runners.

Buscher —

Doubt if Daly will be on the docket. Although we'd love to see what kind of britches he would wear.

June 10, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

No Tony Siragusa? Or Tony, Tone, Toni? Toni Braxton? Tony Manero? Toni Basil, who sang "Mickey"?

You would mention Andrew Toney. You just would. I won't sleep now for the rest of the week. Uggla just struck out again, and Toney just drained another 21-footer at the Garden.

June 10, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
Stewwie said...

[And hey, no one was paying us six figures to show up and act the fool back in the day.]

Performers are paid well at Riverbend to not act a fool because there is already plenty of "actin' a fool" in the crowd. There's baby boomers dressing like they're still in their 20s and jivin' like they still have some moves. And you'll hear plenty of R-rated language while walking in the street en route to get some kettle corn and ice cream in a helmet. Bonus points to the staggering dude who tripped and sloshed some Bud Light on me the other night. Just what I was hoping for.

For Tonys, how about Tony Banks--former average QB in the NFL? Or a 90s shoutout to the Tony Rich Project? And what's a Tony list without Tony Orlando?

June 10, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

Bigger athletic nightmare:

Trying to guard a 52-year-old Andrew Toney in a church game and watching helplessly as he goes for 52; or...

Insulting the wrong Hispanic fellow at the bar and later learn that he was the 112-pound Golden Glove champ of his country and that explains how he hit you in the ribs 21 times before you put down your Lablatt's.

Discuss. (This may be the question for tomorrow's 5-at-10.)

June 10, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

I'll say Tony Parker as one that's been missed, but No Romo.

June 10, 2013 at 4:41 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, I'll take Andrew Toney as the lesser of the two evils. Having once tried to guard a guy in a YMCA league who played college and semi-pro ball and who hit us up for 38 without even trying, or the 6-foot-5, 340-pound cop who played JUCO ball stomping through us for 30 plus in the same league, yeah, been there, done that.

June 10, 2013 at 5:32 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Two things I did not know. One, Mookie's first name is really Daron. Two, Gronkowski's injuries must be worst than anyone realized because the Patriots signed Tebow to heal him.

June 10, 2013 at 6:51 p.m.
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