Gang, we are running super late this morning as the Lil' 5-at-10 had an event at his school.
Thanks for your patience and for a great run of questions. Good times.
From the "Talks too much" studios, let's start this three-hour tour.
From sportsfan —
Jay - just heard the professor from Gilligan's Island passed away. Reminded me of all those old sitcoms from the 60's and 70's. I'm older than I look. Gilligan, Partridge Family, Beverly Hillbillies, Hogan's Heroes, etc. What's your Rushmore of early sitcom characters?
Dude (or dudette), you know how to speak to our heart. Well-played indeed.
And for those of you have not heard, The Professor from Gilligan's Island and Rueben from The Patridge Family went to the big rerun in the sky on Thursday. Let's observe a moment of silence. That'll do.
OK, sitcom characters from the early days of TV. Wow, we love this question. In fact, if we could work the draft into this, it would be a Hall of Famer. OK, since the question asked for a Rushmore of 60s and 70s, we're going to break it down in two categories, but not by decade. We're going to go with black-and-white and color as long as a majority of the run happened before 1980. Deal? Deal.
Black and White division
1) Barney Fife. No brainer for us. Dude was a magician and made everyone on that show better. He was the star of the show by being the butt of the jokes. Genius.
2) Lucy. Sure, she was playing herself, but she was so funny that it didn't really matter. If Elvis is the King, Lucy is the Queen of Comedy.
3) Ralph Kramden. Jackie Gleason was so good and so money as the star of "The Honeymooners." That show holds up surprisingly well if you get the chance to catch it, and not unlike everyone in this category, Gleason was hilarious without saying a word.
4) Rob Petry. Want underrated, try Dick Van Dyke, who could do it all. This one may not make all your lists, but as the lead character in his self-titled show, he was able to balance slapstick and straight humor better than almost anyone. He also introduced us to a young Mary Tyler Moore, so there are bonus points for that.
Color (To be fair, we withheld the sketch shows like Laugh-In, Carol Burnett and SNL because those were more about collaboration and skits ad being live than the characters in the moment.
1) Archie Bunker. This is a no-brainer.
2) Louie DePalma. Danny DeVito was awesome as the antagonist in Taxi .
3) Frank Burns. While a slew of the early M*ASH characters could be included here, when Burns left, Alan Alda turned one of the great comedies of all-time into a social platform for statements and moral lessons that arguably is the single worst trend in the modern sitcom world. Is there anything worse than a 30-minute comedy trying to tackle a real-world issue or take a stand. We all have Hawkeye Pierce to blame for that, and it all happened after Burns left.
4) Ted Baxter. The Mary Tyler Moore show may be one of the most underrated shows of our modern era because it was not a big syndicated hit like a slew of the ones above. It didn't need to be since it was the foundation of Murphy Brown in a lot of ways. (The MTM show was thef irst creation of legendary Hollywood mind James L. Brooks.) And since the question was about great characters, there are few better than the Ted Knight-played Ted Baxter, who was one of the all-time great scene-stealers in a cast full of them.
And this is leaving off a slew of stud ducks, including Jed Clampett, who deserves some residuals from the Duck Dynasty craze, The Fonz, Laverne and Shirley, Fred Sanford, JJ Evans and several more.
Man, did I hear you on the radio saying Brady is better than Peyton? Just when I thought you were not a typical crazy whack job newspaper liberal.
How can you pick some yankee pretty boy over Manning. Peyton is the best quarterback to ever play the game -- college or pro. He is awesome and you know and you are just a hater.
I will never listen to your stupid radio show ever again and this is the last email you will see from me. You suck.
We did not use your name or your email, but thanks for formerly listening and formerly reading.
We do pick Brady over Manning. Dude has done more on the grand scale.
It's a team game of course, and the fact that each QB has allowed us front-row seat to one of the all-time individual duals in sports has been a treat — for us and for them. Whether they know it or not the need each other and feed off each other.
This is bigger than Bird-Magic because it is (Cue Jaws) THE NATIONAL Football League. The NBA in the 1980s was fine and Bird-Magic gets bonus points for saving the league.
But Brady-Manning in a lot of ways lifted the NFL from the most popular sport in America to the juggernaut monolith that it has become. Did you know that regularly three of the top 10 shows on a weekly basis this fall were NFL wrap up shows?
Manning and Brady have been the lightning poles for that growth.
And we'll side with Brady — in the historic perspective and this weekend — because of the way he has delivered in the biggest of moments.
Think of it this way, Manning does his best work before the play starts; Brady does his best work when the stuff hits the fan.
Manning is one of the best of all-time, but you can't be the best of all-time if you are not the best of your generation, and Brady has edge in Super Bowl wins, Super Bowl trips and head-to-head.
It was either renowned philosopher Nietzsche or Ric Flair who said, "If you wanna be the man you gotta beat the man."
And the Brady is the man who has delivered the most beatings.
From UTC Fan
You said from the very beginning that you liked Will Wade. After his 4-0 start (Note: Mocs are now 5-0, this e-mail was sent Tuesday), I think we all like him now.
What impresses you the most about the Mocs new coach and the great start in the SoCon?
Thanks and thanks for the 5-at-10 -- I started reading after you spoke at the QB Club and have really enjoyed it.
UTC Fan —
We were impressed by two things from the very start from Mr. Wade.
The first was his passion. Dude is going to work at this. And that was such a coveted commodity after the way the run under John Shulman ended.
Second was Wade's commitment and devotion to his system and his skills. Wade knows the game. And to spin forward from this, we are even more impressed that he has flexed his system and morphed it to fit the Mocs current talent.
His energy is infectious and his knowledge is power. Dude is a big-timer, and that would not change if he was 5-0 or 0-5 in the league right now. Sure it buys him way more street cred and generates more confidence and enthusiasm with that success but it does not change Mr. Wade's skills, good or bad.
With all the talk, studies, increased awareness about concussions in football and the damage concussions and head injuries can do to a person, how do you and the Mrs. feel about the lil' 5-at-10 wanting to play one day? I love the game just as much as the next guy and believe that grown men know the risk they are taking when playing. I'm not sure how I will feel if my little guy decides he wants to play one day and just wanted the opinion of a fellow father and sports fan. Keep up the good work.
We have already started this conversation.
The Lil' 5-at-10 just turned 6 and did not play last fall.
Personally, we know we got so much from sports that we want our tots to be involved them. Above all, athletics teach you to deal with success and failure and hammer home the fundamental truth that you if you work at something you can get better and the more you work the better you will be.
As for football, we have a full believe that you can't live your life worrying about the bad things that 'could' happen. But this is not about us... it's about our kids and that choice is infinitely more taxing.
In short, we are leaning toward letting him playing next fall — he loves to play football in the yard — and if we asked the Mrs. 5-at-10, she's likely leaning the other way.
In short, we have no answer. What was the question again.
From Dick Grayson
Holy Snikees Bat 5@10, are you really saying the NCAA is not going to fix the problem and try and make it all go away by giving penauts to the players? Say it ain't so Joe.
OK, all-mighty, all-knowing 5@10, you get a handful of NCAA changes, what do you do and where do you start?
Thanks and as much as I love the 5@10 -- it's the reason I subscribe to the website -- you and Paschall are great on the radio. Seriously.
Young Robin —
Great name by the way. And Holy buckets of pomp and circumcision, let's do this Batman.
1) Penalties for NCAA violations would be levied against those that commit them. Coaches that cheat — or turn a blind eye to cheating would get the brunt of the punishment. Players that cheat are out. Booster that cheat are out, and the schools and programs are responsible for the boosters. Schools have hundreds of millions for facility expansions, they can afford hundreds of thousands for added compliance.
2) Completely overhaul the investigation and enforcement arms of the NCAA. This should be an active group that is accountable to the membership and the public. There also should be a statue of limitations on all activities. Once the investigation starts, the clock is ticking. If you find nothing in a year, then so be it. No more 28-month inquiry with unknown conclusions. The classifications of penalties need to be expanded too. Secondary and Major infractions as the only two options is dumb. Have at least four, and make it so the most egregious means the NCAA hires a third-party firm to investigate and suggest punishment according to previous standard. (The most recent NCAA basketball tournament TV deal was in the billions of dollars. The NCAA can afford it.)
3) Structure Division I college football looking toward the future and planning for an eight-team playoff. Want radical, try this line of thinking?
• The playoff field would be champions from the top six conferences. The strength of the conferences would be determined by an agreed-on computer generated ranking. Add in two at-large teams and viola.
• There are eight conferences eligible to play for the College Football Playoff championship each year, of which the above teams are picked. At the end of each year, the bottom two conferences according to above computer-generated rankings is dropped into the lower division of conferences and the top two computer-ranked conferences are promoted to be eligible for the Playoff. This system is similar to what they do in the pro soccer league across the pond.
• The big-boy money is staggered among the eight conferences eligible for the CFP. The lower division could still play for a spot in the title game at Frisco, as long as they get that turf fixed.
How about that Joker?
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 ...