published Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

5-at-10: Scoreless Braves, Rushmore of sports movie actors, Happy birthday Wrigley

Remember Friday's mailbag.

From the "Talks too much" studios, hey whatever happened to Gallagher. That boy was good — and terrible.

The Braves

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    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) works in the sixth inning of a baseball game against Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Atlanta lost to Miami 1-0. It was the text book example of a pitcher's duel. The Braves are back at it this afternoon at 12:10 with Aaron Harang (3-1, 0.70 ERA) going against Nate Eovaldi (1-1, 3.55).

The good: Alex Wood is legit. Dude was scary good in getting his second consecutive 1-0 loss. Tough break, but he's got nasty stuff. He was simply out done by Jose Fernandez, who simply stellar. Together the sophomore pitchers went 16 innings, allowed seven hits, one run and struck out 25 while walking no one. Someone put out there on Twitter it was like watching the 6-foot tall 12 year-olds with mustaches mowing down the little leaguers, and that's pretty fair. Beyond that, the pace of this game was simply sublime. In and out in 2:08. Good times. Fast times. No shirt, no shoes, no dice.

The bad: Interesting stat from friend of the show Scott Simmons: The Braves have scored 1 run or less seven times this year (or in 35 percent of their games this season). And they are 13-7 overall despite that anemic offense. Crazy. Another hidden number that was somewhat surprising: 18,275. It was the announced attendance at the game. Yes, it's a school night, but that's roughly two-thirds of the Ted empty for the game.

The Uggla: Hi Danny. Welcome back. Although it's tough to heckle anyone for not putting good wood on Fernandez, who was throwing in the high 90s with a slider that needed a blinker. Uggla went 0-for-3 with 3 Ks and is hitting .222 this season.

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Donnie T time

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    Donnie Tyndall, right, is introduced as Tennessee men's basketball coach by athletic director Dave Hart during a news conference Tuesday in Knoxville. The former Southern Mississippi coach succeeds Cuonzo Martin, who resigned last week to take the coaching job at California.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Hi, Donnie Tyndall, Tennessee's new basketball coach. His name sounds as country as grits and NASCAR. His reputation and style have earned praise from basketball folks we respect.

The Donn has been hired. Long live The Donn.

So we know that there are several questions about The Donn's past run-in with the NCAA. Those questions are fair.

They also apply to most every coach in college basketball, which makes college football look like operating room in the cleanness category.

We also believe that the stage is set — in some ways similarly to what Butch Jones has — for success for The Donn to be the guy that followed the guy.

Follow along.

Bruce Pearl supercharged Tennessee basketball, giving it a pulse and a hope that pumped blood and excitement across the fan base at levels never before seen. He also tripped over some questionable decisions and a run-in with the truth.

So Cuonzo Martin follows Pearl with honesty and integrity and a very solid brand of basketball that overachieves early and bores late before a magical March last month. Martin was doomed to fail because he was not Pearl — in both bad and good ways — so the Vols were left looking for the next Pearl, and they appear to have found what looks to be a close replica.

In both good and bad ways.

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Happy birthday Wrigley

Wrigley Field turned 100. One hundred.

And let's get this out first — Wrigley has never seen a World Series championship for the home team. Crazy right?

But 100 years in the same stadium is awesome and something that in today's sports landscape seems down right dinosaur-like considering that the city of Atlanta is about to build a new football stadium and a new baseball park to replace the Dome and the Ted — two buildings that were launched in the 1990s.

So Wrigley is 100, and the magic of the place is the history of course. It's a destination.

Which begs two questions: One, going to Wrigley is the trip, not watching the Cubs, right? And second, what is your bucket list of American sports venues you'd like to see/visit. Wrigley is pretty high on ours considering we've been to Notre Dame, been to Yankee Stadium, played Augusta National, and been to Churchill Downs.

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This and that

— Looking for extra work? Apparently the sherpas have decided to leave Everest during the climbing season which has been marred by an avalanche that killed 16. Being a sherpa is a tough way to climb the success ladder. (Thank you. Thank you.)

— Julius Randle declared for the NBA draft. We're not particularly surprised by the UK one-and-doner's decision. We believe Mr. Randle can score on the NBA level with his mix of offensive skills. Now, the rest of the NBA graduation/preparation for the talented baby Cats commences. Kind of a pompous circumstance, no? (Thank you. Thank you.)

— How about that story that David Paschall had in today's TFP that the SEC women's tournament could return to Chattanooga? If that's the case, then we may be in line for the SEC football title game at Finley. Or maybe not.

— Albert Pujols hit homer No. 500 last night, a magical number that deserves mention. Dude is 34, and has averaged roughly 40 homers a year. How high could he go, considering he looks like the old Albert this year with eight homers in 20 games? Could he join the 700 club? Say hi to Tammy Faye and Jim.

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Today's question

Happy 25th anniversary to Field of Dreams, the Kevin Costner classic about fathers and sons and baseball and magic and believing. Good times.

With that, and we've covered a ton of sports movies in this space, let's give Costner his proper praise as a sports movie actor Hall of Famer. From Bull Durham to Field of Dreams to Tin Cup to For Love of the Game, Costner has a solid-to-excellent collection of four sports movies that stand up against anyone.

In fact, who would be on our Rushmore of sports movie actors? Costner seems likely. Wesley Snipes has a bunch — Major League, White Men Can't Jump, Wildcats, The Fan — which is especially amazing because we read somewhere that you never see him throw a baseball because his form was that bad. Crazy.

Who you got?

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jomo11 said...

Will be interesting to see how Donnie Tyndall ( aka Chaz Bono look-a-like ) will do in recruiting. The majority of his top recruits at Morehead and Southern Miss were JUCOS. Hard to win in the SEC with JUCOS. . . .Donnie "Chaz Bono" Tyndall could be very good like Pearl or not good like Darrin Horn, who had a similar resume. You really never know when hiring a bball coach from mid-major. You just hope he doesnt land UTK on probation, based on his past. . . .really no way to predict

April 23, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Question, did the UTK Vols actually hire Chaz Bono? You tell me.

http://media.timesfreepress.com/img/photos/2014/04/22/0423_WEB_d_Vols_Tyndall_t618.JPG?ba5b5b122dd3d37cc13d83e92a6a0ec0d5bfa32a

http://static.oprah.com/images/tows/201105/20110505-tows-chaz-bono-transition-220x312.jpg

Enquiring minds, especially JoMo11's, want to know.

Kevin Costner also was in the sports movie American Flyers.

How about Dennis Quaid with The Rookie, Everybody's All American, Any Given Sunday, and Breaking Away.

Don't forget Costner is in the currently out movie on the NFL, Draft Day.

April 23, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.
BWill8 said...

Jomo--

Awesome Chaz Bono reference. I kept thinking "I know this guy resembles someone...". It's Chaz Bono! [post hormone therapy and partial gender reassignment surgery] I'm pretty sure no one here is using this reference as a compliment. No? No.

April 23, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Dont forget Randy Quaid in Dan Jenkins' "Dead Solid Perfect"

April 23, 2014 at 10:31 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Does anybody have a copy of Dead SOlid Perfect that I can borrow? I have read the book, but the movie is very hard to find, only available last time I looked on VCR.

April 23, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.
jgreeson said...

MT —

Have not seen that movie in years. Arguably the most under-appreciated sports movie out there. And yes, the book is fabulous and Jenkins is a national treasure (dude wrote the phrase "Masters doesn't start until the back nine on Sunday.")

And great adds on Costner — we do not have high hopes for Draft Day (And we love the draft — you know this.)

Jomo was the first out of the gate with the Chaz Bono comparisons. And no, we do not believe that it's flattery.

April 23, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Bucket List: Wrigley Field, AT&T Park (SF Giants) just because of the location, Lambeau Field (highly unlikely). That is all. Sorry, not much going on.

April 23, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Run JMC: Not much going on? Your Strangers have won 2 against the division-leading Swingin' As in Oakland. A win today gives Texas the AL West lead. Come on man...

Tough 1 stroke loss for the XY Golf Mocs in the SoCon Championship...

Billy-In-Brainerd

April 23, 2014 at 11:24 a.m.
fechancellor said...

MocTastic, I'd like to see Dead Solid Perfect too. I'm a Kathryn Harrold fan. After a quick look, there's no DVD to be had. Maybe a financial dispute for much the same reasons original Batman series is still not available on DVD.

10 Ring, a shameless display of self adulation i.e "Thank you, Thank you." Contemplating more of the same? Checkout Art Carney as "The Archer" on Batman. "Archer's" applause machine was attuned for maximum jocularity.

April 23, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Dead Solid Perfect was a HBO movie, as was the great baseball movie Long Gone which also is nearly impossible to find. If you ever get a chance to watch Long Gone, watch it. Possibly one of the best baseball, if not the best, baseball movies out there.

Just checked amazon for Long Gone, they have two copies, a new one for $150 and a used one for $59 and I would bet both are bootlegs.

April 23, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, what will be higher by season's end - Braves starers collective ERA or the batting averages for Upton, BJ and little Danny Struggla?

William L. Petersen in "Long Gone." Nice.

April 23, 2014 at 1:59 p.m.
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