published Monday, August 18th, 2014

5-at-10: Who won the weekend, college football poll, Rushmore of tandems and win tickets

Morning. Hope you stayed dried and said hello to Noah — he's doing the Lord's work after all.

From the "Talks too much" studios, it's game week for high school football players. We're ready. Game on.

Who won the weekend?

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) checks the scoreboard in a game against the Brooklyn Nets in this May 10, 2014, file photo in New York.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

We are open to any and all suggestions.

Could it be Peyton and the Broncos, who looked top-shelf in a 34-0 win over San Francisco? Maybe.

Could it be LeBron James, who is adding another quality piece with Shawn Marion agreeing to join Cleveland and got the billionaire endorsement from Warren Buffett? We could see that reasoning.

We'll go with your Atlanta Braves, who were staring at falling into an inescapable hole in the NL East. Consider the following heading into the weekend:

• The Braves had lost three of four at The Ted to the Dodgers with the Oakland A's bring the best record in baseball to town;

• The Nationals had stretched their lead to six and were about to host the struggling Pirates;

• The confidence meter on a scale of 1-to-10 was set at about 0.8.

And of course, what happens? The Braves sweep the A's to keep pace with the red-hot Nationals. Yes, they are six games out and mired in a battle royal in the NL Wildcard race, but this weekend sweep of Oakland was huge in the standings and in the locker room.

Well done.

The good: Just about everything considering the Braves are now 3-0 against the A's and 9-4 against the Nationals, arguably the two best teams in baseball. Of special note were Mike Minor, who delivered Sunday with a second consecutive stout start, and Justin Upton, who gets more homecoming than Coach K's Duke Blue Devils. Upton is .320 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs in 219 ABs at the Ted and .246 with seven and 28 RBIs in 211 ABs everywhere else.

The bad: The fact that the Nationals are wicked hot. Winners of six straight, the Nats are not going anywhere.

The Uggla: Still nothing. Nothing but fat checks, that is.

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Who lost the weekend

On the flip side, who lost the weekend?

You may want to say the NFL, and you'd have a point, considering the tidal wave of yellow flags that have made otherwise unwatchable preseason games an experience worse than insurance seminars while having a root canal.

You may suggest the Atlanta Falcons in particular, since the team that already had questions about its offensive line lost left tackle Sam Baker for the season with a knee injury.

You may think about Josh Hamilton, who is sitting out games for the Angels to rest his mind. Wow. If he goes on the DL, what's the transaction going to say? "Angels move Josh Hamilton to the 15-day DL (mind)."

Good choices all, but we'll go with Notre Dame, which lost two starters and two back-ups this weekend to an academic investigation that seems like only the start of what could be a painful probe. (Side question: Is there any kind of non-painful probe?)

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College football

The AP poll hit the streets on Sunday.

As expected, the Florida State Seminoles and everyone's all-around good guy and crab-legs connoisseur Jameis Winston are No. 1.

Still, there is plenty of SEC flavor in the top 25, with No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 LSU, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 24 Missouri.

The eight teams in the preseason poll matches the previous record for most by a conference, also set by the SEC.

The combination of talent and schedule makes FSU the heavy favorite as the top contender for the College Football Playoff. One service has the odds of FSU running the table at 40 percent. CUH-razy.

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This and that

— There are a lot of ways to honor players retiring. This may be the most original — a corn maze saying thanks to Derek Jeter.

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    Jeff Gordon (24) races Kevin Harvick during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— OK, we all are aware the 5-at-10 is not the biggest soccer follower. And we downright detest nut bar fans who run on the field during sporting events. Well, occasionally, you can blend two things together and be stunned by the results. Enjoy.

— Jeff Gordon continues to sizzle through the summer. He outraced Kevin Harvick and the rest of the NASCAR heavy-foots for a win at Michigan. Gordon passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the points lead.

— Of note, the University of Georgia had a monster week in recruiting, getting two stud DT ducks in the in Trenton Thompson and Jonathan Ledbetter and added star receiver Jayson Stanley. The Bulldogs have the makings of a top-three national class.

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Today's question(s)

We of course want to know who you think won or lost the weekend. We'll surely discuss this on Press Row today from 3-6 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 FM — with a link here at timesfreepress.com.

As we are prone to do, we check birthdays, and it's strange when there are certain days with a large number of talented folks celebrating. Today, among some of the uber-talented names that include Robert Redford, Edward Norton and Roberto Clemente, we have Meriwether Lewis, who would have been 240 years young today.

Lewis and his exploring comrade William Clark explored most of the Louisiana and mapped out the Northwestern parts of the U.S. of A. (No word if he was into grunge, Starbucks or the Seahawks, but we'll assume that to be true.)

What's our Rushmore of tandems? Guys or gals who are forever linked to the point that they seem out of place without the other.

We will give two tickets to the Madaris Best of Preps Kickoff Classic to see the McCalle-Cleveland game to the best answer.

Go.

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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WilliamRscott said...

Weekend winner: I nominate Mo'ne Davis and the Little League team from Philly.

Rushmore of tandems: speaking of Redford, I nominate 'Butch Cassidy + The Sundance Kid'. From baseball: Maris + Mantle, Spahn + Sain, Brooks + Frank.

Future Rushmore: double-play tandems. I will hang up + listen.

Billy-In-Brainerd

August 18, 2014 at 10:21 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- just curious, but your response to the Mocs ranking in the polls was " you dont pay much attention to polls when there is a playoff" ? why is it different with FBS polls , since they now have a playoff ?

August 18, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Federer won the weekend with a title in Cincy. And now Nadal has announced that he will miss the U.S. Open due to his lingering wrist injury. No Nadal plus Djokovic and Murray handing in less than impressive performances lately make Fed seem like the early favorite to win in NY.

The weekend loser is anyone who has bothered watching NFL preseason games (other than for work reasons of course).

August 18, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Jomo11, well played. McEnroe Connors for a tandem, Evert and Navratilova, Jesse and Frank James, Mays and McCovey, and Ruth and Gehrig.

August 18, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Just a friendly reminder we are 10 days away from the return of Moc Mania. Also, you can catch the game on the Trey. That is all.

August 18, 2014 at 10:57 a.m.
Buschleague said...

5- Montana/Rice. Winner:ALS awareness from ice bucket challenges. Loser: ALS-still sux. Would it shock anyone if the braves go 2-8 or 1-9 for the next ten? No. Streaking at ball games..man I just don't get it.

August 18, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.
fechancellor said...

Weekend Winner: Depending on what you call a weekend, Thursday and Friday Signal Mountain's Jake Teeter, a year older and a year better, brings back the vertical game back to Space Mountain High.

Tadems:

Jim and Gaylord Perry, Phil and Joe Niekro, Dizzy and Daffy Dean. Lloyd "Little Poison" Warner and Paul "Big Poison" Warner.

August 18, 2014 at 12:34 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Judging by another story from the fine folks at the Times Free Press, the winner of the weekend was Ashley Dill.

Hi, I'm Spy, I'm a Sagittarius. I love traveling and art museums ...

Didn't Shawn Marion play with Bob Pettit? (He's been in the league a loooong time, it seems).

From the "tandems ... not" category - Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman.

August 18, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.
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