published Monday, June 17th, 2013


We are going to move quickly all week. Lots of moving pieces right now.

So it goes. Before we get started, how good is the Kia commercial with the David Bowie background music. Serious moonlight.

From the "talks too much" studios, like LL Cool J says, don't call it a comeback, we've been here for years.

Rose by any other name

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    Justin Rose, of England, poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Congrats to Justin Rose, who became England's first major champ sine 1996. He earned it, playing well Sunday when the pressure and conditions were extreme.

Rose deserved to win and he handled the pressure better than the rest Sunday.

We hate that we expected Phil Mickelson to fold like a lawn chair but he did and we were right.

Side question: If you could win one major, what would it be? Serious moonlight.

We're going back to Miami, Miami

Well, there you go. We said from the get that there is no knowing in these NBA Finals.

Then you look up and we actually are on serve going back to Miami.

As for a recap from Game 5, well, the Big 3 from San Antonio (especially Manu Ginobili) showed out. LeBron James however was hassled throughout.

The Spurs played about as we'll as they could.

Side question: Kudos to the Spurs for finding gems like Danny Green, the former D-leaguer who is on his way to being MVP of these finals.

Side note II: Erik Estrada Spoelstra is getting pantsed in this series.


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    Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) swings during the fifth inning of their baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field, Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Your Braves are solid. We approve.

We do have a question, though. Leading off the second, Brian McCann faced a shift so severe, that the Lil 5@10 could have laid down a bunt down the third base line for it.

At what point do you give these guys the bunt sign in that situation?

— Alabama got a football commitment from the top-rated high school quarterback in the country. This may seem common place, but it's also worth noting that five-star passer David Cornwell picked the Tide over Oklahoma. Side note: Cornwell gre up in Norman, Okla., loving the Sooners and he still picked Alabama.

— Johnny Manziel took to The Twitter and said he can't wait to leave College Station. Can we have NFL bust for $200 Alex? "The answer is this former college hot shot and renowned party boy was the first freshman to win the Heisman and the latest bad first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders." Bzzzzzz. "Who is Johnny Football?"

— Spy, are you going to get a pair of Bill Horschel's octopus pants? The phrase octopus pants is a) something we never thought we would type and b) trending on social media.

Today's question

Feel free to sound off about any or all of the above.

If you need a talking point, try this one:

Who would you book at next year's Riverbend?

How boss would Bon Jovi be? Or Bowie?

Serious moonlight.

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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jgreeson said...

Sorry for the comments being turned off//.

We're better now thanks.

Have a great day and we'll tell Chipper you said hello.

June 17, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show Spy

Big fella,

Since comments aren't on for the 5 at 10 (who needs to flip that switch), I'll say this much.

Sure, this NBA Finals series is tight at 3-2. But the games ... just not that compelling. Aside from Game 1, nothing has been must-watch in the fourth quarter. It's a dud of a series.

Having seen Bowie live in concert, I'd say the Thin White Duke for Riverbend. Dude put on a tremendous show lo these many years ago in Jacksonville and it also led to one of my favorite concert stories. Couple of guys were shoving and about to start trading punches when another guy comes up and says, "Hey, man, this is Bowie, not Skynyrd." I said, "Um, you may want to remember what city we're in and be careful saying anything about Skynyrd."

And I was remiss in not wishing you and 5 Pop Happy Father's Day. So ... Happy Father's Day.

June 17, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent

David Ortiz bunted once against the shift. I guess that the opposing managers figure that if a guy is going to bunt that can hit for power- well, that's better than them hitting a homerun. I guess. I don't know. It seems odd to me. Particularly to the leadoff hitter of the inning, why would that guy not want to just get on base anyway he could. With two outs, maybe the strategy changes, but with no outs, I agree with you. This is one of the more puzzling things about modern baseball to me.

June 17, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
chas9 said...

Bama may have gotten the OK QB, but they and the rest of the college football teams are still light years behind Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee and Texas A&M, in that order, in the 2014 recruiting wars, according to Rivals.

Yep, UK is #1. In football.

Some preachers in Nashville proclaim that God doesn't care if you smoke pot. Now if God can convince SEC football coaches that doobies are cool, the league could hold onto certain highly skilled players. You know who.

Speaking of talented players, Eye on College Football's Chris Hutton says the SEC has only two of the ten fastest college football players (at SC and LSU), same number as FSU has. On the list is Rutgers' Shular. Didn't Heath spell his name Schuler? Must not be his son.

Saturday was the anniversary of the date in 1928 when Ty Cobb stole home for the 54th time. Nobody else is close. Rickey Henderson did it four times. Casey Stengel claims the racist Georgia Peach was the greatest player ever.

June 17, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I don't know that my octopus pants would go well with my killer whale shirt. Kind of a clash there.

June 17, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Part One


Rain in the Big D. Started coming down as I was shaving and making my bed (not at the same time mind you) Was surprised to come into my cublicle and see the 5 at 10 already live at 8:35 AM. We need it given the slivers of "Vietnam heat" that was blanketing North Texas.

I'll start with sports and work my way down.

Although this was the typical father's day warm/fuzzy article, it was interesting seeing Russ Huesman and Butch Jones names in the same paragraph. Especially considering THAT game won't be played for another whole year.

As much as I enjoy modern social media (more Facebook then Twitter), why is it that people can't understand what foot and mouth means. Especially if you're some sort of celebrity. I don't do Twitter so I don't know if there are privacy settings but I know how to work the ones on Facebook so I don't have egg on my face over public vs. private comments. Well-played with the Oakland Raiders rip.

Saw Man of Steel and liked it a lot better when compared to the original Donner film. Though found myself smiling at all the four year olds wearing either a Superman cape or T-shirt (I was that age when my parents took me to the theatre to see said original film). I won't go into major details on my likes/dislikes since some people on this forum may not have seen it yet. I will say the building-smashing towards the last 20 minutes goes into massive overkill as though you were playing "Injustice" on the PS3 then watching a well-orchestrated fight between good vs. evil. D: Aside from that, I'm giving it my approval.

June 17, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Part 2 (at this time, the sun is back out..dang)


I hate to feel apathy but I sometimes wonder why do we even have the festival when it literally feels like three quarters of the city hate it's guts and wants it to die. And I've heard it all: make it five days, get bigger acts, etc.

Here's the problem. The music business is a massive jauggernaut where only the biggest and best will do. Plus, you have to deal with contract clauses that all but choke Riverbend like a weed drenched in Round Up (no one can perform within 600 miles of Bonnaroo for six months). Also, most so-called big name acts perform in sold-out venues the size of Neyland so what good would performing on the rickety Coke stage do?

Another thing is who are the big name acts. I thought Milford and Sons was the group that sang the song used in all those "Wreck-It-Ralph" promos and for Southwest Airlines (aka that weird neo-African song). Tune in to Kiss FM on a random day and NO ONE tells you who sung what. Hince why I decided (via my stand-up act on this very subject) to start a campaign to have people call radio stations and tell them to "SHUT UP AND STEVEN BATES IT!"

Anyway, here's my wishlist (some of my selections may surprise some of you)

Bon Jovi would be nice BUT this group can still sell-out Giants Stadium. So chances are, not gonna happen.

Still open to the hope we can get Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Even though he hasn't had a mainstream hit since I was in high school, his catalog speaks for itself (and yes, "The Last DJ" and "My Name is Joe" NEEDS to be included is the set should he ever perform).

Katy Perry. Yeah, she's the queen of bubble-gum pop but 1) great voice, 2) songs are fun to sing too (unless you're over 25). The problem though is like Cee-Lo, I can name two songs on her hit list that would insite buku controversy (I Kissed a Girl and Alien).

My personal wishlist: Weird Al Yankovic with the Great Luke Ski as his opening act. Included in the set a duet by both of them to Luke Ski's "Fanboy".

Another fanboy favorite: The Seat Belts. Even if you're not an anime fan, pull-up samples from the official Cowboy Bebop soundtrack and 90% of their songs is their handy work. "Tank" (the main theme song) would obviously be the big encore song.

There's a group here in Dallas called "The Kildares" that would be PERFECT on a Bud Light stage or one of the smaller ones. Their sound is a little more "Milford and Sons" as suppose to "Dropkick Murphies" or "Flogging Mollies" if that makes any sense to whoever is reading this.

Three Doors Down

Little Texas (if they decide to have a reunion)

Nickleback (aka uses for the tomatoes in your garden that didn't quite produce well).

June 17, 2013 at 2:20 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Game 5 was a must-win for the Spurs (IMO) and they got it done. When Miami cut the lead to 1 in the 3rd, the Spurs kept the pedal to the metal to push the lead back up. And Danny Green continues to amaze with his shooting. How about that shot 5 feet behind the line last night? Hard to blame the Heat's D when the guy is shooting it from that far back. Now on to Game 6 that I think the Heat will win similar to how they won in Game 2.

JMC, nice picks on the Riverbend wish list, but I would say that Petty, Perry, and Bon Jovi are out of the price range. I think Weird Al has come before. Three Doors Down and Nickleback are good possibilities though.

June 17, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Stewwie, in all honesty, I don't think I've ever recalled Weird Al ever playing the 'Noog at all. If he did, it may have been a very, very long time ago. Either way, he's LONG overdue for a performance.

What's scary is how mega-huge Perry did get. Like with Jeff Durham many, many times at the Comedy Catch, I missed seeing someone before he/she became super-huge. Katty did a show my second or third year in Dallas over at the House of Blues for $20-$25. I Kissed A Girl had JUST hit started to pick-up steam on the radio but passed over seeing her. On the flip side, I've caught at least three acts on the up and up before they hitted big: Ralphie May (Comedy Catch-twice), Toby Keith (McKenzie Arena-opening act for Hanna Montana's daddy :P), Adam Dunn (four or five games as a Lookout).

June 17, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

What part of the College Station experience is troubling Johnny Football the most? The big man on campus status. The 24/7 VIP treatment. Perhaps it's the legions of adoring co-eds. Walk it off Johnny, you're not getting any sympathy.

Octopus pants? Release the Kraken...Where am I going with this?

I would like a Riverbend mulligan. I was out of town during the 2006 festival and missed performances by The Allman Brothers Band and Derek Trucks Band. Multiple people have told me the Allmans did a great set that night and Trucks lit it up as usual. The Allman camp had a falling out with Bonaroo organizers, so the geographic proximity clause would not be a problem. And yes they have already been here, but in the South you can never have too much Allman Brothers.

June 17, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.
Stewwie said...

JMC, you're right that Weird Al hasn't come to Riverbend. Not sure what I was thinking of unless he actually did come to Chatty at some point but at a different venue (i.e. Tivoli). He would be pretty entertaining to hear live. His biggest hit is probably "Amish Paradise." I really liked "It's All About the Pentiums" as well. Lots of good material from that guy.

June 17, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, you know Johnny Football is going to be great leading the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup title.

June 17, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Spy- Good One!

Stewwie- I imagine when or if Weird Al did come to Chat-town, it had to have been in the 80s when he was still wearing the short jerry curl, glasses, and pencil mustache. Today, he plays in venues like the Verizon Center here in Dallas which makes Memorial look like the bleacher seats at Middle Valley ballpark. So as much as I love my idea, I also know some serious coin would be involved in booking him for Riverbend or Memorial/Tivoil.

Amish Paradise for the win! Still a fan of Eat It but as far as his "current stuff", Gotta go with Jerry Springer and White and Nerdy.

June 17, 2013 at 4:15 p.m.
chas9 said...

Weird Al's doing Hotlanta July 28. Can't beat it.

June 17, 2013 at 5:29 p.m.
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