published Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

5-at-10: Braves lose again, Hard Knocks, Coaching changes, unbreakable records

Happy Wednesday. It's not as good as Thursday, but better than Tuesday.

From the "Talks too much" studios, don't, don't, don't let it start... this is the worst part.

Braves stink

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    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Seattle.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Atlanta Braves have dropped seven in a row after a 4-2 loss to Felix Hernandez and Seattle.

The good: The Braves allowed only one earned run, which is nice. And King Felix was awesome — needing 97 pitches in eight innings, allowing just one earned run and four hits.

The bad: When things turn sour, they really turn. Atlanta seems to be inventing ways to lose now, the latest coming after Tommy La Stella's fourth-inning error that led to three unearned runs. For an offense that has been as consistently inconsistent as these Braves, three unearned runs is a tall hurdle. Against King Felix, it's an impossibility.

The Upton: Since Dan Uggla is a normal Joe, well, we need a new foil. Hello Stinky Upton. B.J. did not play Tuesday, but sits at .211 for the season. In the current losing streak, Stinky is 3-for-26, and that's with skipping Tuesday's nightmare against Hernandez.

Hard Knocks

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    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 in Tampa, Fla.. Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) recovered the fumble.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The HBO Sports special of Hard Knocks, the football show that follows an NFL team through training camp, debuted Tuesday night from the Falcons camp.

There were several interesting parts. From Matt Ryan looking focused to Jake Mathews looking the part of franchise left tackle to Roddy White talking and talking and talking, the offense has promise.

The defense has questions, though, and how those are answered will be a telling factor in whether the 2012 Falcons (a game from the Super Bowl) or the 2013 Falcons (4-12) will be around this fall.

Also of note, whether he makes the team or not is anyone's guess, but former Ooltewah star and UT linebacker Jacques Smith is taking no bull. Dude was a major part of the first episode in large part because he was fighting with half the offense during drills.

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Wojcik out

After a month-long investigation, the College of Charleston fired coach Doug Wojcik for harassing players, staff and athletic department personnel.

Wojcik, of course, will file legal opposition.

That said, and we're certainly not advocating the language or tactics Wojcik used, but it makes you wonder if some of the "Hall of Fame" Rushmore coaches of days gone by would be able to succeed in today's PC World.

Again, if half the allegations are true, it sounds like Wojcik was a terrible human being. But we know we played for some guys who could be pretty insulting.

And we're pretty sure guys like Lombardi and Bryant were far from cookies and compliments for everyone types of coaches.

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This and that

— The Spurs hired Becky Hammon, who will be the first female assistant in the NBA. If the Spurs and Pop hired someone, they could be the first teenage mutant ninja turtle on an NBA bench and we're going to trust they know hoops.

— Monster day in college football in today's TFP. Around the site, Weeds looks at UTC's start of two-a-days, Paschall checks in on Georgia and Alabama and Downtown Patrick Brown has two UT stories. Good times.

— Renowned steroid dealer Tony Bosch was busted by the authorities. Dude's a scum bag so whatever. That said, we'd bet there at least a dozen MLBers who had a tough time dozing off last night knowing their names are in Tony's files somewhere. Buckle up for another steroids run of stories.

Today's question

There's a slew of stuff out there you can discuss, and as is policy here, we believe in kudzu and feel free to cover any terrain.

If you need a question, well, try this one. On this date in 1890, Denton True "Cy" Young won his first big league game. He finished with 511 career wins, a number that will never be touched. Never.

So what's our Rushmore of unbreakable sports records — we talked a little about this on Press Row on Tuesday as Rick called in and asked about Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing records (18,355 yards) in today's split-carry NFL.

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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MocTastic said...

With respect to Tony Bosch and Biogenesis, I will not be shocked if the name Dan Uggla with his popeye arms shows up on the new list forthcoming.

If baseball can keep steroids out of baseball, and it will be an ongoing battle as new ones are developed, Barry Bonds HR total is unbreakable.

There is a general argument to be made that any of the older records will probably not be broken for a couple reasons. First, if they are old records, they must be hard to break having been on the books for a long time. Secondly, with the huge influx of money into salaries players are not always playing as long as they did and sometimes quit while still playing at a high level, such as Barry Sanders. If you have all the money you can never spend, why not enjoy it and retire? The reason Cy Young's record will not go down is obvious, with the specialization of pitching and the move to five man rotations the chance to get "wins" in major league baseball is just not there now as it was in his day.

With respect to football, you could see some records fall as they increase the number of games to 18, which they will do in the future. This will result obviously in more records tied to individual season performance to fall, howver, it may shorten careers as players, especially running backs are burned out at an earlier age.

August 6, 2014 at 10:08 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

As we are preparing for the transition from baseball to my busiest time of year, football season the following is submitted for you approval (rod serling reference) as unbreakable records...Richard Petty's victory total in NASCAR will never be touched...Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak will also continue to stand the test of time...Of course you must include the SEVEN count em SEVEN consecutive NCAA hoops titles won by UCLA (put that in your pipe and smoke it Kentucky fans)...and the NCAA scoring record of held by Pistol Pete

August 6, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.
ChattanoogaVol said...

In baseball: Cal Ripken's consecutive game streak will never ever be broken. Neither will Nolan Ryan's career strikeout record. Others would inlcude Sam Crawford's all time triples record of 309. It will never be broken. Ricky Henderson's career record for stolen bases is another one.

August 6, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.
jgreeson said...

OG —

Great call on Petty and Pistol. The team records of dynasties of old are untouchable too.

That said, 56 is fluky. Rose got more than 3/4 of the way there in '78. Heck, Uggla got 60 percent there three years ago.

No one will get close to 75 percent of the way to Young's 511.

MT —

Could certainly see Struggla in the books. Would be eye-popping some of the names that 'could' be in that log.

August 6, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
sportsfan said...

After reading Junction Boys several years ago, I'm pretty sure Bear Bryant would be arrested today for treating his players the same way. I'm not excusing bad behavior by a coach. I'm just saying that it's a different world today. My guess is fans and players will put up with poor behavior if the coach is winning. Just sayin not judging. Headed to Louisville this weekend. I gotta hunch about Sergio...

August 6, 2014 at 8:19 p.m.
DCrotty22 said...

Nothing on Glory's Last Shot starting tomorrow? I'll take Keegan Bradley to win.

August 6, 2014 at 10:33 p.m.
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