published Friday, August 22nd, 2014

5-at-10: Friday mailbag in our 1,000th edition

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    In 2011, Trent Richardson racked up a school-record 1,679 yards and 21touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

From McPell

This may be too late, but I noticed in today's NFL transactions that the colts traded a kicker, Parley (War eagle kicker) for a running back. I don't remember a kicker ever being traded. Has it ever happened before? And since they are taking a RB, is Richardson officially a bust?

McPell —

The Colts did deal Cody Parkey to Philly for running back David Fluellen, and yes, it's the first time we can recall a kicker being swapped for a RB. (And to make it more striking, the Colts had plans to release Parkey, then traded him and rescinded the release.)

As for Trent Richardson, no, we do not believe this is an admission the experiment is over. The Colts are going to do whatever it takes to make this work — they did give a first-round pick to the Browns for the former Alabama stud — and if it does work, that's an offense set to put up big, Big, BIG numbers.

From JJ

May I be the first to say congrats on 1,000 consecutive 5-at-10's. That's pretty awesome. I have been around since the beginning and have even subscribed to the web site in order to keep reading -- so yes I do remember the days when it don't cost nuthin'.

Since we all know you can be kinda 'wordy' what's your best guess on the number of words you have used in your daily ramblings and what's your Rushmore of Rushmores?

Thanks and thanks for all you do -- I listen to you and Paschall everyday on the way home and you guys are really good

JJ —

Thanks so much and thanks so much to everyone who has participated in this madness.

Before we get going, we have to say thanks to all the regulars. There are too many to name, but know that this is funnest part of my job. I got into sports writing to write and have been amazingly fortunate to move up the ladder to a great gig like being the [blockheaded] sports editor of the TFP.

So we started this make sure we did some writing everyday because it became too easy to just focus on the meetings and the planning and the rest.

And to all of you who participate on a regular basis — you know who you are — you have my thanks and my appreciation.

As for number of words, well, egad. If we averaged 1,500 words a column, that would not be a surprise. We'll lower it a touch, and say 1,200 words an entry, so that puts us at 1,200,000 5-at-10 words since Oct. 25, 2010. Man, we do talk too much.

As for a Rushmore of Rushmore, we always love sports movies (and the many tangents that includes). We'll include nicknames and sports moments (two that we have asked more than once in the last four years). Finally, while we were tempted by sit-coms and comedians, we'll be a touch more specific and timely and say the Rushmore of SNL characters since that is more timely as SNL approaches its 40th season. (And Grantland has a cool SNL players bracket here that includes Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Dana Carvey and Kristen Wiig as the No. 1 seeds from the various 10-year eras.)


From Buschleaguer

Mailbag:Will we see a 6,000 yd passing season with the new NFL rules this season.

(Prediction) Conner Shaw gets cut by the Browns and they keep Grossman. No way they go with 2 rookies and Hoyer.

B-Leaguer —

We completely believe a 6,000-yard season could be in the works. It just won't be this year.

In future years, when the defense has become accustomed to the new pass-happy rules that hurt defenders who use their hands and are aggressive in pass coverage, there will be an escalated showing in passing stats. And at the current numbers, if it adds just 10 percent to the totals — a low estimation by our measure — that would mean a 6,000-yard season is complete within reach.

This season, however, it actually could lower numbers a touch as more penalties are accepted, meaning there is simply less yardage for offenses to cover.

As for your prediction, that makes sense, and if that happens, then here's hoping Connor Shaw gets another shot somewhere because we believe he has an NFL future.


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    This May 14, 2011 file photo shows former Major League Baseball great Pete Rose speaking at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center's inaugural gala at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in Cincinnati. Rose is taking a swing at his own reality TV show. Cable's TLC network says it has started production on an unscripted series to chronicle the lives of baseball's all-time hitting leader and his fiancee, model Kiana Kim.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

From Tommy D —

I heard you mention on Press Row that the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose being banned is this weekend. Man, it's hard to believe it hs been that long.

Do you think he will ever get reinstated? I hope he does.

Thanks and thanks for the 5@10.

Tommy D —

Thanks for reading along and listening to the 5-at-10.

Pete Rose signed and accepted baseball's lifetime ban 25 years ago Sunday, and it is hard to believe it has been that long.

Rose committed the ultimate sin, betting on baseball when he had a direct hand in the outcome of games. Is gambling the worst act possible or the worst crime imaginable? Of course not, but every profession has it's red-letter sin.

In journalism, it's plagiarism. In politics it's very little. In the law, it's violating attorney-client privilege.

Those acts can be bad in any walk of life but in those chosen professions, they can be career enders.

And the mumbo-jumbo Rose is tossing about now that "he did not read the fine print" of the lifetime ban he signed is junk.

Do we believe Rose had a Hall of Fame career? Of course, and there are lots of pieces of Rose's record-setting time in Cooperstown.

Do we believe Rose deserves to be in the Hall? You bet — in the very next election after his death. Dude signed a lifetime ban and that ban should last his lifetime.

And that is something we'd bet on.


From FE to the C —

10 Ring, what's you take on the SEC Network so far? I happened upon their afternoon drive time call in show. The host is a Square, I mean Cubic.

FE to the C —

We have been very impressed with the SEC Network so far.

The pros — they know their target audience and the programming is very in tune with the calendar. Running lots of classic replays right now is genius and not unlike a moth to a flame, we have been caught staring at a bunch of those games even though we know exactly how they turn out.

The cons — they decided to go with a roster of familiar names rather than established talent. We can see that reasoning in the big picture, and long-term it could pay dividends. Right now, though, there are some growing pains for some of the former SEC superstars turned current commentators.

As for the Square, well, we believe it will be a tough chore taking an Alabama/Auburn talk show feud regional or national. We could be wrong, but we'll see.

Thanks gang for a great ride to 1,000 consecutive Mondays-Fridays of the 5-at-10. It's been awesome in its awesomeness.

Well-played indeed.

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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jomo11 said...

really enjoyed last nights performance by the BIG BLUE. McCallie should have a good team this year. Fun way to start the football season. Kudos to TFP for putting on the game. Wish more people would have come ( surprised by the low attendence ) but good times were had by the McCallie faithful !

August 22, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Regarding your comment on red letter sins in every profession; "In politics it's very little."

See the results of the 4th congressional district race to verify the wisdom of your words.

August 22, 2014 at 11:49 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

Glad you enjoyed the evening. McCallie looked sharp for sure.

JP —

Yes, yes it does.

August 22, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring,

I asked about the SEC Network after remembering an article where a Sports Illistrated writer checked into a hotel and watched the first twenty-four hours of the then brand new ESPN. Can't remember a doggone thing about it now other than theee wasn't much happening.

I saw where #1 came out #1. I thought he would be up there, but not there. We're excited to see Harrison on Friday Night, but I forsee a bittersweet countdown to the end of the season.

August 22, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Congrats on reaching 1,000 5-at-10 entries. Can't believe there's already been that many. Here's hoping for at least 1,000 more. Always a fun read and back-and-forth in the comments. Keep up the good work, Jay.

August 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Jay "Iron Horse" Greeson runs his streak to the 1,000 consecutive mark. That's a milestone worthy of a Rushmore of milestones.

Somebody get that man a cold one and one of those hard plastic war eagle hats that Auburn fans used to wear back in the day.

August 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
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