published Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

5@10: The top five underperformers

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. -- The 5-at-10 has taken the show on the road.

We are going to move quicky as the sand, tots and mini-golf are on the agenda. Again. Side note: We believe Navarre Beach is five years from living Yogi Berra's adage that, "it's so crowded no one goes there any more."

From the sun-splashed veranda of the "Talks too much" studios, it's easy to grin when your ship comes in...

Top five underperformers

For the regular readers, you know the drill. The 5-at-10 is normally five things on our mind at 10 a.m. Five at 10, pretty genius, huh?

Well, since we are sneaking up on 700 consecutive 5-at-10s on Mondays-Fridays, we can hardly stop now.

That said, when we're on vacation, we have to adapt and overcome -- i.e. shorten the process. The Mrs. 5-at-10 has us on the clock. Hey, on the clock is a draft term and we love the draft. You know this.

So we do top 5 lists (and if you have any suggestions/requests, fire away).

Let's take a look at Sportfans' idea from Monday: Jay, If you're looking for a topic this week.. Sergio (stupid Sergio) got me thinking about the Top Five (or is it bottom five?) golfers who failed to live up to their true potential. I was thinking Sergio, Daly, Norman, and Michelle Wie, but I couldn't come up with a fifth name. Any suggestions?

We like this concept -- and Sergio and Wie are first-ballot choices here; Norman is debatable; but we think coming from where he did and winning more majors than Couples makes Big John Daly more of an overachiever than a Sergio. (On the golf list, Lee Westwood is in the conversation, too; as is Davis Love III.)

We want to expand the parameters. Who has had a fair amount of success but given their talent and potential, their career feels like a disappointment? Side note: Injuries are a get off this list free card. Yes, Mark Pryor fell miles short of his expected level of success, but injuries can do that. They are cold and ruthless; the great equalizer among all athletes.

Also, any and all kid stars in Hollywood are excluded because, well, that is a whole different list. Lohan, to Culkin, to any number of others.

1) Sergio -- Fifteen years ago, when he appeared to be Tiger's No. 1 adversary, what were the odds that he would still be without a major title in 2013? 1000-to-1? Higher maybe?

2) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- Sure the name works against him in the expectation category, but the fact that he is more of a popularity side show than title contender certainly has his old man spinning.

3) Eddie Murphy -- This may seem harsh considering the guy owned the late 1980s, but other than landing the role of a Donkey next to a cartoon ogre, he has had a forgettable two decades.

4) The Wallflowers -- Edging The Black Crows in the musical honors on this list, we thought Jakob Dylan's band would have been way, Way, WAY more than one-hit wonders.

5) Andy Roddick -- We defer to Paschall's tennis knowledge -- and we reserve the right to change out this last spot because a lot of Roddick's misfortune was simply bad timing -- but man it feels like Roddick's career sum was far less than the parts or the promise.


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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ordinaryguy said...

JG I can't believe two days in a row I have to somewhat agree with you...the UNDERPERFORMERS list is really good...although I would have to put Dale Jr at the top of the heap over Chokio...Junior has never lived up to the hype...of course part of that is applicable to the often do the offspring truly match what the parent accomplished...Dylan and Dale? The only one that comes to mind is Hank Jr has far exceeded what his father did and Hank Sr even with such a short career is still regarded by most as the KING of country music...Eddie Murphy is quite frankly a joke! He career died when he did "The Nutty Professor", you do not and I REPEAT do not remake the classic Jerry Lewis movie...I do know how the second fiddles feel, I run second banana in my field in many instances, however I still have the passion to do the best I can, maybe thats why my phone rings?

May 15, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.
Stewwie said...

I understand the Roddick pick, but I would vote to leave him off the list simply because he had to play in the same era as the GOAT in the sport. Despite his tendency to choke at times during the crucial points, it's still safe to say that Roddick would have won multiple slams if not for the participation of Mr. Federer.

I would replace Roddick with either Vick or McNabb. Vick was hurt a little bit and spent some time in the slammer, but he never seemed to have it all together at QB when he was actually on the field. To win in the NFL, you need to succeed in throwing from the pocket, and Vick never has seemed to master that. McNabb had high expectations for a long time and played on teams with a great O-line and great D, but he still couldn't lead his team to the top.

May 15, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

If you're gonna go on music pedigree and not following through, I go Julian Lennon. Never thought The Wallflowers were all that.

Pat Rafter and Pat Cash were better than Andy Roddick. I'd have put Andy Murray up there too, until last year.

I'd go Westwood or even Justin Rose, who made a big splash finishing fourth at The Open Championship as a teenager. Of course, Davis Love Thurston Howell the third isn't alone among Americans coming up short - Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, et al, but they have time to rectify this.

And what about Jeff Francoeur as an underachiever? Kid was the most talked about prospect in the state, maybe ever (what would have Twitter and Facebook been like had they existed when in young Mr. Walker's final high school year in Wrightsville?).

May 15, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.
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