Happy Thanksgiving gang, hope the day is everything you deserve. (Well, Spy, we hope it's better than you deserve.)
Wow, if our math is right — and that's a big if — today is the 800th consecutive Monday-thru-Friday posting of the 5-at-10.
Man it doesn't feel a day over 715 to tell you the truth. Wow, 800. Kind of feels like Clark Griswald in the first Vacation when he jumps the Family Truckster into the desert... "50 feet... Ah, 50 feet... That's nothing to be proud of Russ."
We're going to do our traditional holiday 5-at-10 and post a top-five list rather than the close to 10,000 words on five categories. Feel free to sound off and know that the 5-at-10 is grateful for the daily interaction that this family-oriented, interweb-based sports column allows us.
Happy holidays, and feel free to go back for seconds — don't cost nothin' — and remember the Friday mailbag.
From the "Talks too much" studios, remember to put your napkin in your lap and use the proper fork. Manners are important.
Jomo suggested we do turkeys of the year for Thanksgiving, and while there are certainly not a shortage of turkeys out there — Georgia Southern referee, you know who you are; Richie Incognito; that guy in the old Ford truck on the Oligati Bridge on Wednesday that almost caused a 14-car wreck; Lance Armstrong — that's SportTalk's Dr. B's thing and he does it well.
Plus we prefer to remain positive. So we're going to hand out five "Day after Thanksgiving turkey sammiches on white bread with mayo and pepper." And for our money as good as the meal at Thanksgiving is, the "Day after Thanksgiving turkey sammiches on white bread with mayo and pepper" is every bit as good. So congrats, this is truly something of value in our eyes. (Disclaimer — This has no value. "Day after Thanksgiving turkey sammiches on white bread with mayo and pepper" are figurative in nature. Writer nor the TFP nor any staff member at 5-at-10 Inc. is responsible to produce a "Day after Thanksgiving turkey sammiches on white bread with mayo and pepper." Now back to our regularly scheduled holiday 5-at-10.)
Side question: Joe Flacco railed against his team and his coaches about the Wildcat formation this week. Curious timing and topic on which to make a stand. Hey, we're fine with athletes speaking their minds —it makes our job easier — but if T.O. or Dez Bryant had sounded off like that, the talking heads would have exploded. Just an observation.
Side question 2: Who in the world thought this was a good idea? https://twitter.com/HailStateEQ/status/405799728400838656/photo/1 Take a gander at the uniforms Mississippi State is going to wear in tonight's Egg Bowl. Sweet mercy, make it stop. We had planned to watch that game — now, we're not sure.
Here are our five who deserve the coveted "Day after Thanksgiving turkey sammiches on white bread with mayo and pepper." Enjoy.
1) Gus Malzahn. Yes, we're a bit partial, but the magic that Gus and Co. have pulled on the Plains is amazing. You UTC fans know the feeling — football is fun again. Last year for Auburn fans Saturdays were like getting an emergency root canal during an insurance seminar. Gus and the crew have brought the joy back. Regardless of what happens Saturday.
2) LeBron James. Whether he realizes it or not, James has made the NBA fun again to old-school NBA fans. Hate the Decision if you want, but the alignment of stars in Miami has forced teams to get better if they want to win. And if you think aligning stars has limited the chance for teams to win, well, the NBA has always been defined by an upper-crust heirarcy. Other than the Dallas anomaly, there have been a select few number of teams who can win the title every year since Magic and Larry saved the NBA in 1980. Plus, LeBron's sharing style — he actually averaged seven assists last year — used to be something he was bashed for, has completely flipped the superstar script in today's NBA. The days of the isolation of Allen Iverson and the shoot-first approach have been replaced with a
3) The sports staff at the TFP for making the bone-headed sports editor look way better than he deserves.
4) Jake Olson, the kid that was featured in 2009 on ESPN who was a monster USC fan and was embraced by the team after he lost both his eyes to cancer. They revisited the story and Jake is a junior in high school who has taught himself to be the long snapper on the football team because the only thing he said he felt like he missed by not having eyes was the chance to play football. Here's a link to the story http://nextimpulsesports.com/2013/11/18/espn-celebrates-blind-long-snapper-jake-olson/. Man, if that does make the hair on your arm stand up and give you an extra smile and feeling of thanks then the terrorists have won. As his dad says, "Who knew an extra point could mean so much."
5) You guys, the readers of this F-O-I-B rambling and the ones that frequent our website and read our paper. Thanks. And enjoy the honorary "Day after Thanksgiving turkey sammiches on white bread with mayo and pepper."
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 ...