published Thursday, April 10th, 2014

5-at-10: Masters, Braves new ace, spring into spring game questions

Gang, hit us with your questions for the mailbag. Giddy-up. We will be doing more Twitter (@jgreesontfp) than normal the next few days.

From the Augusta, Ga. satellite offices of the "Talks too much" studios, fore please, Dale Jr. now driving.

Masters charge

We'll update the ongoings from the hallowed grounds throughout the day. Feel free to throw out some questions and or ideas.

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    Harris English hits out of a bunker on the second green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Augusta, Ga.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

As we wrote in this morning's TFP, we've got Jason Day winning Sunday. Who knows, right?

So what else do we know?

We know the ceremorial tee shot from Arnie, Jack and Gary Player is a cool moment.

We know that turning the corner and seeing Phil or Adam Scott or (fill in the blank) golf star face-to-face is still a little strange outside of the interview room.

We know that the early Thursday roars, while dwarfed by their Sunday big brothers, still make the hair on your neck come alive and make you wonder, "What just happened?"

So we begin another Masters. A tradition unlike any other indeed.

We will post the contest entries soon. We have to round up all the various late entries, and thanks to everyone for a record number of players.

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Black Magic Wonder

Welcome to the party Ervin Santana.

The Braves' one-year free agent pitching Band-Aid who was signed after the elbow tears of Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy was simply dazzling in his Atlanta debut.

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana throws during the third inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Santana was lights out. Let's check the numbers: Santana pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and no walks while fanning six. Let's go deeper: Santana threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 27 hitters he faced. He also threw 20 consecutive strikes to start the game, and ESPN's Buster Olney said Santana is the only player in the last 15 years to accomplish the feat.

That's the good news. The bad news continues to be the hollowed bats the Braves swing. Other than Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons, the Braves view contact at the plate as optional and more times than not have taken a "relax, don't do it" view to hitting.

The ugly news was the near implosion of the bullpen, which was handed a 4-0 lead and had to call on Craig Kimbrel to strike out the final two outs.

Side note: Danny Struggla went 0-for-4 with 2 Ks and is now under the Struggla-meter number of .210. Danny is at .194.

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UT Spring game

Is there any thing bigger than the quarterback questions in Knoxville this weekend?

Well for the Vols fans out there, hit us with your Spring Game questions — the Orange-White game is Saturday — and we'll forward them to Downtown Patrick Brown and run some of them in Friday's mailbag. Deal? Deal.

Not to be outdone, we'll take UGA questions for the G-Day game and get Paschall's input and we'll take UTC questions and get some feedback from Stephen Hargis.

Whatcha got?

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This and that

— Wow, a major key note for motivation. The struggling Pacers sat all their starters and won. Good times.

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    Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run before the start of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— How's this for the worst shutout of the season? The Houston Astros drew a 0.0 in the Nielsen Ratings on Monday. Zero-point-zero. Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through the season son. This is not the first 0.0 for the Astros — they notched the dubious number late September during a 15-game losing streak — but this happens a week into the season. Wow. Houston, you have a problem.

— Hank Aaron has compared those against President Obama and his health care plan to the KKK. He told the USA Today: "The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."

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Today's question

What's your Rushmore of all-time Masters shots? The most memorable — good or bad — shots from the most memory-making venue in golf?

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...

I mentioned that UK basketball will depend next year on the 5'9" Tyler Ulis. Now hear this: The pointy ball team's big little playmaker will be 5'10" slot receiver T.V. Williams who's 148 pounds soaking wet.

Here's the big number: His 40-yard dash time is 4.31.

Santana needs a nickname. "Ace"? "Black Magic"? "Smooth"?

As an insightful political commentator, Hank's a heck of an athlete. Big, fat Rush Limbaugh is neither.

April 10, 2014 at 10:08 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Come on Hank, try and keep it classy . . .

UTK football says they have 4 good quarterbacks, that usually means you DON'T have a QB.

Tiger's birdie putt on 16 that hung on the lip long enough to see clearly the Nike logo... Larry Mize chip-in in playoff with Greg Norman . . . . .Rory lining up his shot from behind the Eisenhower cabin while Bill Clinton was inside the cabin going thru Mamie's underwear draw

April 10, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jay, double checked the 5 at 10 yesterday and for Tuesday and did not see anything on this. Since I don't get to listen to the radio show at work (for obvious reasons), what was Russ' response to my inquiries?

Also, good thing you're in Augusta just like I'm in Dallas. Apparently the Scenic City is about to get ugly. I'll say this much, I'll give mad props to anyone showing up April 26th cosplaying as Jake, Elwood, Captain America, and Indiana Jones (the Rushmore against out of town stupidity).

April 10, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Dang it...I knew I should have picked Blixt...how about a Mulligan?

Billy-In-Brainerd

April 10, 2014 at 11:16 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Contest entries, Part I

5-at-10 — Day, Dufner, McIlroy and K. Bradley

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Mickelson, McIlroy, Bubba, Dufner

scole023 — Rory, Couples, Mickelson, A. Scott

ThatIDoKnow — Stricker, Couples, Walker, Mickelson

BWill8 — Scott, Mickelson, Day, Stenson

tcase08 — Mickelson -Scott -Cabrera -Donald

OTWatcher — McIlroy, Day, Mickelson, Scott

StuckinKent — Adam Scott, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood

McPell — Put me down for Mickelson, Dufner, Harris English & Justin Rose.

Dawg747 — Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Harris English, Angel Cabrera

Spy — My four ... Rory. Dufner. Jason Day (if he's healthy). Big time wild card - Victor Dubuisson.

Billy in Brainerd — Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Francesco Molinari, Matteo Manassero + Thongchai Jaidee

Sportsfan — Scott, Cabrera, Westwood, and Kuchar

FE to the C — Jason Dufner, Rory, Phil, Rose

David Paschall — Dufner, Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar

David Uchiyama — Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker

Scott Simmons — Masters picks: Scott, Mickelson, Rory, Bubba.

Jeffe — Mickelson, Scott, Dufner, Choi

Weena — Couples, Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Kuchar

Titanic — Phil, Westwood, Adam Scott, and Charl Schwartzel

DCrotty 22 Master's Contest: Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker

April 10, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Contest entries part II Shan T — Day, Scott, Mickelson, Snedeker

Jeremy B — Dufner, Fowler, Mickelson, Watson

Michael A — Spieth, Scott, Couples, Watson

Chris B — Mickelson, Day, Watson, McIlroy

Trey W — Watson, Snedeker, Mickelson, McCoy

Chance S — Scott, Snedeker, Watson, Reed

Herbie Y — Scott, Mickelson, Cabrera, Couples

Scott K — Scott, Day, McIlroy, Reed

Barry F — Cabrera, Scott, Day, Furyk

Tyke — Watson, Dufner, Scott, Garcia

Clint M — Watson, McIlroy, Fowler, Furyk

James B — Scott, Kuchar, Day, Bradley

Dave L — Kuchar, Reed, Mahan, Dufner

Donnie O — Scott, Dufner, Westwood, Mickelson

Rick W — Singh, Mickelson, Cabrera, Scott

Joel S — Westwood, Dufner, McIlroy, Watson

Chris J — Snedeker, Scott, Walker, Dufner

Jim J — McIlroy, McDowell, Poulter, Garcia

Christopher B — Watson, Spieth, Dufner, Scott

Bob H — Dufner, Scott, Watson, Mickelson

David R — Mickelson, Donald, Day, Cabrera

Chad H — Mickelson, Stenson, Garcia, McIlroy

Ernie H — Fowler, Snedeker, Garcia, Kuchar

Ted H — Z. Johnson, Cabrera, Mickelson, Scott

C.J. R — Scott, Kuchar, Westwood, Mickelson

Scott (Nooga Dawg) — English, Henley, Watson, Fowler

Joy G — Mahan, Scott, Furyk, McIlroy

Tom G — Z. Johnson, Mickelson, Scott, McIlroy

Roland C — McIlroy, Garcia, Kuchar, Mickelson

Jordan D — Scott, Day, Snedeker, Spieth

Pat G — Mickelson, Watson, Scott, Day

Doug C — McIlroy, Garcia, Bradley, Kuchar

Wells G — Scott, Mickelson, McIlroy, Cabrera

April 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
Stewwie said...

And I thought we were finished with referring to those opposed to Obama as racists. Seriously, Hank? Don't you realize that such ignorant comments do more harm than help to race relations?

Hank still has the death threat letters that he got 40 years ago and still reads them from time to time. But why? No doubt that he experienced some bad stuff back then, but at some point he needs to move on from it and stop dwelling in the bad memories of the past.

April 10, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
jgreeson said...

The 2014 Masters has picked up where the 2013 Masters left off.

Adam Scott, who recorded a historic win here last year, sits at 4 under early in his back nine after making a birdie on No. 10. He currently has a two shot lead over Bill Haas, who is still on the course.

Kevin Stadler and Jonas Blixt are in with 2-under 70s.

The final group of the first round, which includes Baylor School grad Harris English is about to tee off at 1:59 p.m.

April 10, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

JMC brings up a good point concerning Jake and Elwood and the Nazis that are coming to town; are these Nazis based out of Illinois? "I hate Illinois Nazis." Some would say that we shouldn't be glib about a visit from Nazis and I understand that sentiment, but seriously, have you ever seen one of these rallies in person. Pitiful does not even begin to describe the patrons that attend these things.

Jay, I'd like to offer up a riveting G-Day game question for the Friday mailbag, however most of the news from Athens this Spring has been about shuffling guys around in the defensive backfield and along the offensive line. In summation...I got nothing.

I know that the golf tournament is the first order of business in Augusta, but take time to visit the birthplace of Hulk Hogan while in Augusta. I'm just assuming that it must be on the National Registry of Historic Sites.

April 10, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

GD-

They're based out of Detroit, Michigan (I know because every news article from here, Nooga.com, WRCB, etc. says so).

...and several posters on Facebook already beat me to the Jake/Elwood punch. ^^()

April 10, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.
fechancellor said...

2010 Phil on 13 off the pine straw between two loblollies to three feet.

Jack drops it on Sunday from a mile down hill at 16 in 1975 to win by one.

Tiger at 16 in 2005 "The Chip II."

1987 Larry Mize "The Chip I" during the playoff a mile off the 11th green to win.

If there's fifth spot, Seve deserves it.

April 10, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Great list FE to the C.

We'll go Tiger in 2005 with the Nike commercial chip. Jack's "Yes Sir!" putt on 17 in '86. Mize's chip on 11. Phil's putt and jump (at least attempted jump) on the 72 hole in 2004.

And for the modern, saw them in person, we'll go Bubba from the woods and Louis Oosthuizen from Ooltewah's double eagle on 2 two years ago, Mickelson almost making three eagles in a row. Rory playing from the cabins.

Good times.

April 10, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.
MocTastic said...

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April 11, 2014 at 7:09 a.m.
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