published Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

5-at-10: A fat-headed lawsuit, Braves struggles, Heat moves and a Bacon celebration

Gang, hope this finds you well. Remember the mailbag for this Friday and we are less than a week from SEC media days. Wow.

From the "Talks too much" studios, pass the Dr Pepper... wait a second.

As Austin Powers father once said, "There are only two things I hate in this world — people who are intolerant of other cultures and the Dutch," let's explore the most recent and arguably the most ridiculous law suit filed in a sea of ridiculous law suits.

And the crazy thing is this one could have ridiculously huge aftershocks.

Apparently, according to Yahoo! Sports, Andrew Rector, a 26-year-old Yankee fan who has not missed many meals unless they were serving salad, is suing, ESPN, its announcers, MLB and the Yankees for $10 million because they showed him on camera snoozing in the stands of a Yankees-Red Sox game in April.

Rector's contention is that he has suffered great angst after the "unending verbal crusade" caused by the video on the telecast and on mlb.com the next day.

In truth, Rector's biggest beef — other than his tummy — is against the comments on various websites that make fun of him, so if this stupid lawsuit is not dismissed quickly, we could be looking at a game-changer for the future of interactive website chat places.

C'mon Andrew, be more man than this. And to go ol' school Dr. Suess-like, "If you don't want to feel the zap, don't get caught taking a nap."

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Braves fall

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    New York Mets Ruben Tejada (11) smiles as he looks back at his teammates after hitting an 11th inning, game-winning, walk-off, RBI single in the Mets 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in New York, on Monday, July 7, 2014.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Your Braves lost 4-3 in 11 innings in New York against the Mets. It happens.

The good: Mike Minor looked like a guy that should be in the top three of a rotation. That's a very good thing, and something that has not been the case for the crafty left-hander who the Braves need to be better than he has been.

The bad: The offense had success with 12 hits — a very lofty number for a Braves team that is 21st in the majors in average at .244 — and for walks in 47 plate-appearances. But the Braves continued to be terrible with runners on base — going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and leaving 11 runners stranded. Wasted chances that ultimately led to the loss.

The Uggla: Man, those splinters from the bench have to be bothersome. Today is July 8, and our man Danny Uggla has all of 11 at-bats in the last month dating back to June 8. It's time Braves. It's time. And we know he will not be the starter for this time any time soon, and he's not a defensive upgrade or has the ability to play multiple positions, so he's on the roster for one of two reasons — to be a right-handed pinch-hitter or because the Braves brass do not want to admit this debacle. Side note: The only thing worse than Uggla as an everday player this year (21-for-120 for a .175 average) is Uggla as a pinch-hitter. He's bagel-for-9 as a pinch-hitter. It's time.

Also of note, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got tossed for arguing a replay overturn of the classic "neighborhood play" at second base. The umps went to the replay and called a Mets runner safe at second because it was ruled Andrelton Simmons did not touch second as he tried to turn a double play, the famous "neighborhood play" at second that MLB has ruled is not reviewable. Interesting debate on a lot of fronts, but we were actually glad to see Fredi G get his spirits twisted.

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Is that enough?

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    Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) goes up for a layup against Chicago Bulls forwards Luol Deng (9) and Carlos Boozer (5) during the first quarter in Game 5 of a first-round NBA playoffs basketball series, Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Miami Heat reportedly reached deals and added Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

Is that enough to sway the Big Three back to South Beach?

Hard to know. And while we wait on King James, we know the dominos will fall quickly.

We also know that it's important to remember that the NBA salary cap is a soft-cap and that teams can exceed it and pay luxury taxes.

Will the Heat do that? Almost certainly. But as a repeat offender — that's a bone-headed name alright — the luxury tax could be as much as $2.50 for every dollar over the tax. Ouch-standing.

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This and that

— Nice scoop for all-around TFP ace David Uchiyama in today's sports section about UTC bagging the Dr Pepper Classic. Quick question, especially for you Johnny Mocs Fans among us: Will the Dr Pepper be missed? Discuss.

— One more NBA free agency tidbit: We all know the Big Three have some sort of secret pact in place, otherwise Dwyane Wade would not have opted out, right? Right. But what does Chris Bosh do now that the Rockets have offered max money? How could Bosh take $12-15 million a year from Miami and leave $7-10 million on the table from the Houston offer?

— The NFL and the more than 6,000 plantiffs in the monster class-action lawsuit revolving around concussions have reached a new agreement that the judge has supported. After the court ruled that a close to $700 million cap was too low, the league and the players in the suit have settled on a ceiling around $850 million and a pool of resources slated to be there for at least 65 years. Here's more from the AP, but our biggest question is how will Roger Goodell try to distract NFL fans today? He may make Johnny Football leak some photos of his appearance at a Vegas benefit to raise money for a children's hospital and homeless strippers.

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    Actor Kevin Bacon, left, and executive producer/creator Kevin Williamson of "The Following" attend the Fox Winter TCA Tourin Pasadena, Calif.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— Happy Birthday Kevin Bacon. And yes, we're pretty good at the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, and know that a lot branches from A Few Good Men, JFK, Animal House, Sleepers and Apollo 13. And who doesn't love Bacon.

Today's question

We had some fun with numbers here yesterday and carried that over to a Rushmore of numbers on Press Row on 105.1 FM.

We settled on 42 for Jackie Robinson, 23 for Jordan, 99 for Gretzky and 10 for Pele. Good times. Good list.

We debated 3 a bunch but the divide between the Babe and Dale Sr. was too great for either to be truly iconic.

With that — and the reports that Ghostbusters 3 will continue despite the recent death of Harold "Egon" Ramis — we'll stay with the number.

Today's Rushmore is about the worst third movies in a series. You have to have at least had some success to consider making more than two, so which three-quels were the worst? And yes, Major League III: Back in the Minors looks like the Jordan of this category.

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...

JG you wrote: if this stupid lawsuit is not dismissed quickly, we could be looking at a game-changer for the future of interactive website chat places.

So, knowing how litigious JoMo11 is, guess we, or I, should lay off him or we will be seeing him across the courtroom.

Major League III was terrible. I am going to offer one that might raise eyebrows, The Godfather Part III. While not being on it's own that bad of a movie, when you compare it to the classics that were The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, it really pales in comparison.

July 8, 2014 at 10:11 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

NO, AND I MEAN NO Rushmore of bad films can omit The Next Karate Kid...Number 2 would have to be Oceans 13, hell the 1st Clooneyfied remake of the Rat Pack classic was bad enough, but to add Pacino and references to the Godfather made it ridiculous and no body in my position can be made to look ridiculous...Number 3 Jaws III enough said...Number 4 (drumroll please)Smokey and the Bandit III it is even worse than ML3...so let it be written so let it be true

July 8, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

I will not miss the DP Classic. Seems like this move will give Coach Wade more flexibility regarding scheduling, which should be a good thing for program [including us fans].

Considering he lost 4 of 9 DP Classics [including 1 to Birmingham Southern], Shulman should have done this years ago. Another mess for Coach Wade to clean up.

Billy-In-Brainerd

July 8, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.
jgreeson said...

OG —

Very well played with Smokey and the Bandit III. Egad — the Snowman dressing up as the Bandit... that may be why Brick killed a guy. And Jaws III in 3-D was pretty bad too.

The Next Karate Kid was the one with the girl, right? That was No. 4 if memory serves.

MT —

We can see GF III for some of the reasons you mentioned, and we were leaning that way until OG dropped some knowledge. There is no way it's in the bottom four, no matter much of a drop off it has from the first two. (Although the three-quels that fail compared to the first two would GF III and Return of the Jedi in the mix for sure.)

And we can all agree that Jomo is aces (and hit print... and send to our attorney).

Done and done.

July 8, 2014 at 10:56 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Spiderman 3, X Men 3 and Halloween 3 (trading Michael Myers for killer Halloween masks) were rough viewing. Back to the Future 3 was a big drop off after the first two but still pretty good.

The Next Karate Kid grew up to become Million Dollar Baby. Maybe she can star next as a 40-year-old former MMA star making a comeback.

Fab Five Fredi G. gets ripped a lot but look at his line up and the pitching injuries, plus a terrific batting catcher now out for the time being. He's doing fine for what he has.

July 8, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.
jomo11 said...

I for one, WILL miss the Dr. Pepper Classic. Its always a good time , right after Christmas. Helps releive the boredom of the ever increasing, boring, meaningless Bowl games.

July 8, 2014 at 1:19 p.m.
Stewwie said...

[How could Bosh take $12-15 million a year from Miami and leave $7-10 million on the table from the Houston offer?]

It depends on how bad he wants to win. Miami clearly would give him a better chance at a title (assuming LeBron does come back). However, if he went to Houston, Bosh could help the Rockets get into the 2nd round in the competitive West, but that's about it. So he has to decide if competing for championships is worth $7-$10 million. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.

Four years ago tonight, 10 million people tuned in to hear LeBron announce that he was taking his talents to South Beach. Wonder how much longer it will take before he decides whether or not to stay in Miami.

I will miss the Dr. Pepper Classic because I've always seen it as the unofficial start to the Mocs' season. After pounding teams like Covenant and then getting pounded by teams like Kentucky, the Mocs are ready to settle in and play comparable foes by the end of December. I understand how/why it wasn't going to work out for this year, but I wish Wade would reconsider and try to make this happen next year. Go after some teams we've got some history against. Marshall. Now Davidson (since they're leaving the SoCon). College of Charleston. MTSU was a decent find last year too. I'd like to think that this tourney could still succeed if they really wanted it to.

July 8, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Stewwie, what if Bosh commits to Miami for five or so years taking a huge discount from what Houston is offering, then LBJ only signs a one and one with Miami, one year guareenteed and one year LBJ option? LBJ could be gone after next season and Bosh could be sitting there losing $10 million a year on a mediocre team.

July 8, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Jay, you insensitive jerk, on behalf of homeless strippers everywhere, I want to sue you. Those ladies bumped and grinded for our amusement for years. All they asked in return was for tips, private dances, and the occasional severely overpriced mixed drink. Now, when their money makers are all shook out, they are left with nothing but six-inch stilettos and the thong on their nether regions. And you, you mouth-breathing cretin, sit in judgment and jest of these fallen vixens.

Mom! Jay is causing me angst again.

July 8, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.
MocTastic said...

with respect to the Bacon factor..if you have met former Moc Dennis Haskins you have a Bacon Factor of 3, you have met and know Dennis, who was in a movie with Neil Patrick Harris who was in a movie with Kevin Bacon.

Yes, will miss the Dr Pepper Classic...now with nothing to do JoMo11 will just sit around scratching himself now....

July 8, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.
Stewwie said...

MT, all the more reason for Bosh to wait and see (along with everyone else) what LeBron will do. If Bosh wants 4 or 5 years, but LeBron only signs for 1 or 2 years (or can simply opt out after that time period), then yes, Bosh should probably go somewhere else to get the max for the reason you stated. But if Bosh and LeBron are able to sign similar-length contracts (with similar opt-out provisions), I think staying in Miami would be worth it to him. But again, that's only if he places a higher value on the chance to win than taking more money.

July 8, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.
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