published Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

5-at-10: Best of Preps, Game 6, late-night Braves and Tiger and Phil's place

We're going to go fast today — to paraphrase our man Eazy E, let's go all quick, our style as a juvenile, ran with a gang, slang in the meanwhile.

As always, from the "Talks too much" studios, went to the park to get the scoop, knuckleheads out there cold shooting some hoop.

  • Huge crowd attends Best of Preps banquet with Chipper Jones
    A sold out crowd of more than 1,500 athletes, parents and coaches attended the annual Best of Preps banquet presented by the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Monday. Former Atlanta Braves all-star Chipper Jones was the featured speaker at the event, which highlights the best athletes and coaches from all 14 high school sports.

Best of Preps

Last night's Best of Preps banquet went famously with a new record crowd. It may have been the best one yet, and that's saying something considering a lot of folks around the country are trying to duplicate our success with that event. Yay TFP.

Congrats to all the award winners and thanks to everyone who helped make it such a good gig. Chipper Jones was very engaging, and went above and beyond his end of the deal. Thanks to Chipper for that.

The on-stage highlight beyond celebrating the excellence and achievements of the best of Best of Preps in our area was when we asked Chipper about how hard it is to watch baseball as a fan. He said he finds himself yelling at the TV, trying to tell his former teammates what's coming or what to look for, and then the wise-cracking sports editor added, "tell Dan Uggla here comes a curveball, and do not to swing at it."

Ah, Struggla — he even found a way to swing and miss at Best of Preps. Good times.


Game 6

We do not have the time to check the stats, but we feel pretty certain that teams down 3-2 in a seven-game series that lose Game 6 end up losing the series. Yep, we feel pretty sure about that one.

So, as Tim McCarver and Joe Morgan would have said, "This is a pretty big game for Miami, Joe."

"You bet Tim. It really feels like a must-win situation."

We see LeBron playing well. We see the Heat playing well. We see Game 7 on our horizon.

We also know this — when either team brings their A game, they are a load to handle. We have not seen matching A games in any one game this series, although Game 1 was close. We think if both bring their A game, the Heat will win, and it will be a magical and memorable Game 6.

It has been a back-and-forth series, that Spy called less than compelling on the floor other than Game 1. We agree with that assessment to a point. The fourth quarters have been fairly one-sided, but the action leading up to the final quarter has been close and competitive.

That hopefully changes tonight. We are expecting something special. And how LeBron handles this moment — because let's face it, there is championship pressure on all the bigwigs in this series, but there is intergalactic championship pressure on James, who has reached the place where winning is as much about relief as it is enjoyment — will leave an indelible mark on his image.


Braves late world

If you made it through the Braves' 2-1 win over the Mets last night/this morning, well good for you. And hey, since you likely slept in, why are you so late to the 5-at-10?

After a rain delay that lasted almost four hours, the Braves waited until the bottom of the ninth to score when Freddie Freeman's two-run walk-off dinger carried into the night. (Side note: We need to improve the vernacular of that description. Walk-off is describing the losing team, so why has it caught on? The players on the winning team are running on to field and jumping around and waiting to throw stuff at each other. The losers are walking off, and losers don't get to write history. A game-winning, game-ending homer could certainly be a trot-off home run. As for the rest, well got any suggestions?)

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    Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman connects on a winning two run homer against the New York Mets during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 17, 2013, in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Freeman launched Dillion Gee's only mistake into the seats for the game-winner.

It was a microcosm win for the Braves, who managed but five hits (.166 last night as a team) but delivered and scored just enough.

It also precedes today's day-night doubleheader, which is part of a five-game series against the Mets. First, there are going to be some tired eyes and legs for today's 1 p.m. start after last night's game ended after 1 a.m. Second, the day-night doubleheader is a hose job. (Side note: Strange Brew is an underrated feature film. Side note II: How did the traditional doubleheader go the way of VHS and the dodo bird? In the age of travel ball and tournaments every weekend, we have 12-year-olds playing 10 doubleheaders per month, but the big leaguers can't? Phooey. And get off our lawn and turn down that rock music.)


This and that

— Tip of the helmet to Spy's Boston Bruins, who are half way to the Stanley Cup. Side question: Are they trying to get an NHL game on July 4 so it will feel more like America's game?

— So the NFL has Pacman Jones talking to rookies about smart decisions, huh? Is this not unlike Pamela Anderson talking to the freshmen girls at sorority rush about wise social choices? What was Ochocinco in jail? (Actually, yes he was detained until recently.) Who came up with this idea, Nevin Shapiro?

— And after more than one subtle hint from a certain regular whose handle sounds a lot like Taz(fine), let's offer a bit of praise to UK's football recruiting class. Yay, UK's football recruiting class. That said, and on a little more of a serious note, are we ready for an SEC in which Kentucky and Vandy are legit? Think of it this way, if all eight of your conference games are dog fights (well, unless you are Alabama, then you're the big dog in the altercation), the best league in college football will be even better. And tougher. And downright scary.

— We're in a busy spot in our day-to-day lives right now — the Mrs. 5-at-10 is out of town — and we're looking for any Rushmore or Top 5 requests this week as we shorten the 5-at-10 for the next week or so. Discuss.


Today's question

We were pushed for time yesterday, so we were unable to fully breakdown the US Open, which offered a fun Sunday background amid the Father's Day activities.

The golf was less than great, but the USGA had a lot to do with that. Merion, the shortish old course that had everyone worried about a birdie-fest, held her ground, and the tangled rough had a lot to do with that.

To paraphrase Mike Tyson's famous line, Tiger Woods faded into Bolivia on the weekend, and the conditions had a lot to do with that. And story line sweetheart Phil Mickelson came in second for a US Open-record sixth time, and Phil Mickelson had a lot to do with that.

So here's our question(s):

One, will Tiger ever win another major? Two, will Phil? Three, how will these guys be remembered if neither hoists the heavyweight hardware again?


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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chas9 said...

Jayzee-G--We've already banned Rosie O from the show. Can we nix Joe Morgan and Tim McCarver, too? Shudderworthy.

Pacman's a bad arse. I hope arse-patting Ocho Five-o is getting the message about the world not revolving around him.

Three ATL radio jocks are relieved of their duties for mocking a former Saints player with ALS. Stupider than Ocho.

Also stoopid is adding a Legends bowl in Montgomery and a Losers bowl in Little Rock.

UK's 2014 football class has fallen in Rivals rankings to #2. Being #1 was great while it lasted. Appreciate your speculation on the scary good SEC that's coming, but The Cats won't be real scary for a couple more years, and that's at best. Good enough to beat UT? That's this year.

June 18, 2013 at 10:25 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Big leaguers CAN play doubleheaders. MLB teams don't schedule them because you lose all the tickets and parking income for having only one game vs two games. Take say 30,000 tickets and multiple by maybe an average of $30 a ticket and there is your answer why there so few doubleheaders today.

June 18, 2013 at 10:31 a.m.
chas9 said...

MT--Makes sense. Follow the money.

But at almost three hours per game, who can sit through two games these days?

June 18, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...


The answer is: Nobody. Even though baseball is still popular, it's not like in the old days. People liked double-headers 50-60 years ago because guess what? There was NOTHING else back then. TV was considered a luxury item (at best 1-4 households had a set). Radio programming was done live (even the national shows) aka you couldn't "Hulu" the Texaco Star theater. No Playstation, No X-Box, and a tablet was something Moses had the 10 Commandments written on.

Also no air conditioning to come home to. ^^()

The double-headers were basically something to do all day. Keep in mind I'm imagining this based on baseball documentaries I would occasionally watch on ESPN and Fox Sports SW talking about the Golden Age and why it was so special.

I'll be frank, I couldn't stomach a double-header even at Rangers Ballpark mainly due to financial strains. It's not like AT&T Field where tickets are $8.00 and parking at Umin or whatever its called parking lot is for $3.00 AND the concessions are at best $12.00 or "less". In the events that I do go see the Rangers play (haven't this year), I usually have a Grant + two Jacksons on hand (my ticket purchases are done online via StubHub).

June 18, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Phil might win another PGA, maybe another Masters. His British Open record is mediocre, a T3 and a 2 (runner-up to Darren Clarke and that was an emotional Open Championship for the gregarious Mr. Clarke) and that's it. Phil might win at Pinehurst next year but if he doesn't take that U.S. Open, he might not get another chance. The Open returns to Shinnecock and Pebble Beach in 2018-19 and Winged Foot in 2020 and he's played well at all three. But he'll be 48, 49 and 50 by then.

Woods has won twice at St. Andrew's, twice at Medinah and two U.S. Opens in California. The British Open is at Royal Liverpool next year (where Woods won) and St. Andrews the following year. He might win at Valhalla in next year's PGA. But the way he played at Memorial and this past weekend, he's nowhere near winning another major.

June 18, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, I hate to tell you this, but I think Hargis got you last night in the battle of the suits. He wins on points. Not a knockout.

June 18, 2013 at 2:39 p.m.
BIspy4 said...
  1. The Braves have struck out 12 times through six innings of game one today. That's 12 more strikeouts than hits right now.

  2. I've lost two friends to ALS in the last year and a half. The Mayhem in the AM crew can go ... you know what.

June 18, 2013 at 3:03 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

I like Steak, Nick and Dimino. That said, they got what they deserved, deserved what they got.

Stupid and callous and insensitive. And this is hardly coming from a PC police type of guy.

Still there's witty and classy and dim-witted and classless.

This was the latter. In spades.

As for the suit, Hargis' Col. Sanders linen number is a peach hun. (Mrs. Haverkamp... Mrs. Haverkamp... Oh golly we're hot today.)

Phil has one more in him tops.

Tiger has either five-plus or zero. We believe the longer he goes the longer the odds. That said, if can crack the seal between now and next April, he could go on a run.

All —

As for the doubleheader, we think the tail is wagging the dog. Think of all the complaints about baseball — prices, too long, late games etc. — and a DH addresses each in some way.

Plus, about the extra tickets, well most of the tickets used are season tickets and they could still be sold to cost.

We don't think they are coming back either MT, and your reason is the ultimate cause, but it's another killed tradition, you know?

9er —

As Uncle Buck would say, your UK predicition is in the books.

June 18, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Jay, concerning the "Mayhem in the AM" group, I don't think this falls under the umbrella of political correctness. This was not even an off-the-cuff remark; This was a planned sketch. They had ample time to realize how abjectly offensive and unfunny the bit was and went ahead with it anyway.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." --Albert Einstein

June 18, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

I had no plans on addressing the radio bit but given G-Dawgs analysis, I figured I might as well chime in.

This is just my personal take on this as a media-insider but in this day and age, broadcasting on traditional radio with advertisers, station history, and so on is literally the equivalent of liquid gold. The fact you work in a major market like Atlanta is almost like winning the PowerBall.

A station owner at any given time can decide (ratings or not) whether to replace you. Usually by some syndicated nonsense a-la John Boy and Billy for an 1/8th of what they were paying you.

The one and only time I was ever interviewed for a professional radio position was in Huntsville (our Huntsville, not the one in Texas). It was for an overnight/weekend slot for an AC formatted station out in the middle of nowhere. One thing I remember in the interview was the program director pointed out to me an egg crate full of nothing but soundchecks to people wanting the same job as me. One, he said, was wanting to fly out from New Mexico just to interview for a gig that literally paid almost $10.00 or $11.00 at the time. He told him to save the flight plans.

Obviously I didn't get the gig but here's my point. A lot of people would love to have the kind of gig they had regardless of pay, moving expenses, etc. Just because Howard Stern beat the odds doesn't mean the rest of us are immune. I know people need to lighten-up but the Morning Zoo stuff is kinda gett'n old.

Even though the Wall was not considered a "typical" radio station, I'm proud of my time with them and being part of one of Uncle Don's Misguided Children. Sadly, these boneheads in Atlanta may never have that kind of sweet gig again.

June 18, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.
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