published Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

5-at-10: College talking heads, Braves fall,

Got a fast start to the mailbag already, so if you have something you want to ask, do it now.

From the "Talks too much" studios, know you can is confidence; knowing you will is commitment. Good times.

Media daze

The 5-at-10 and the cast of characters that make up Press Row spent most of last week at SEC media days.

The rest of the power college athletic conferences are next deep in their media events this week. Here are four items of interest across the college sports landscape. (Feel free to use that old-school Walter Cronkite type-writer/breaking news music in the background.)

— Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby (here's betting he can teased as a tot) said plainly that cheating pays in college sports. With the state of flux for the NCAA and their limited capacity to investigate and enforce — especially at a time when the power leagues like Ol' Bob's there are practically threatening to leave every other week — he makes a fair statement. But Bob, you and the rest of the big-boy schools want to have more autonomy and want in some ways to police yourselves, right? You are the Big 12, which once was the Big Eight, which once was the Southwestern Conference, which has a history so dirty and crooked Louisiana politicians were considered lightweights. And, if the power conferences are allowed the autonomy to police themselves, do we really think that will cut back on the cheating? Sure we don't.

In truth, Bob made some salient points on Mike & Mike on ESPN radio this morning, but we believe two things. First, we can't stand those who are intolerant of other cultures (and the Dutch), and we know that the talking points of the conference commissioners are with a decided aim at getting exactly what they want — autonomy to run the games themselves.


— FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says he did not suspend Jameis Winston for Crab-Gate because he let the baseball team handle that, and that being suspended from the Seminoles baseball team was like "cutting his heart out" for Winston. Here's our theory on that whole crab leg fiasco: We believe that several, maybe dozens of FSU football players were getting the hook up on seafood and whatnot at the neighborhood Publix. It was a wink-wink, nod-nod deal and some new manager (who may have been reassigned to the Publix in Anchorage) recognized the Heisman winning QB and said, "Hey, did he just steal that?" Instead of making an NCAA deal out of this — free food is a violation after all, especially before Shabazz Napier got everyone free snacks — would actually have been worse than the minor legal citation. Go figure, and take that Bob.

— Dabo Swinney is trying to be the next generation's Steve Spurrier. That is all.

— Somehow, someway, Fisher must have got some back crab meat in his salad. Dude said, "No league has ever had as dominant of a league as the ACC last year." Huh? Jimmy, Duke won 10 games, which is a great testament to what David Cutcliffe and Co. are doing, but hardly a sentiment about ACC dominance.


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    Miami Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones (46) drives in the game-winning run with a two-run single in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta on Monday, July 21, 2014. Miami won 3-1.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


Your Atlanta Braves fell to Miami 3-1 in 10 innings. Shae Simmons, the hard-throwing youngster, took the loss

The good: Julio Teheran bounced back after a couple of less-than-stellar starts before the All-Star break. Teheran was dominant, going seven innings and fanning 11. He left in a 1-1 game because of a mistake to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who homered in the fifth and whiffed in his other four at-bats.

The bad: All of the little things offensively, including Jordan Schafer's complete inability to bunt. Atlanta was bagel-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The normally rock-solid bullpen was quite shaky. Closer Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases before wiggling out of the jam in a scoreless ninth and Simmons was rocked, giving up two runs and letting four of the five batters he faced reach base. Simmons and Kimbrel walked four in 1.2 innings.

The Uggla: Moment of silence for our departed Danny Struggla... That will do. Struggla signed a AAA contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, a deal that gives the Giants a real chance to potentially make the wild-card playoff round and face the Braves with Tim Hudson on the mound and Danny Struggla invovled. That would be boss.


Sam and Manziel; Manziel and Sam

The NFL's two most talk-worthy rookies again find their names in the news.

First, each is in the top six in NFL jersey sales for the last three months, according to Manziel is No. 1, with apparently all of Eastern Ohio getting a Browns No. 2. (And how many bathroom jokes can be made about the Browns No. 2... nevermind. Forget we asked. Wipe that off the books. Flush those puns.) Sam is No. 6 on the list.

Second, Cleveland coach Mike Pettine says Johnny Football's behavior will be a "non-story" which seems like a stretch unless his behavior very soon will be non-Johnny Football-like.

Finally, former Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Sam because he would not want the distractions, saying "I wouldn't want to deal with all of it. It's not going to be totally smooth... things will happen."

Here's hoping that Dungy does not become the focus of the internet morality mob for speaking his mind and sharing an opinion from a guy who has been in a position to make those type of decisions.


This and that

— Titans back-up QB Zach Mettenberger was sucker-punched at a Nashville sports bar named with the word 'losers' in the name This begs the obvious question — "Who names their sports bar anything associated with losers?"

— NFL guru and renown "NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE" proponent Ron Jaworski put out his list of the top NFL quarterbacks. Jaws for the most part is finger nails on a chalkboard for our personal tastes, but dude studies the tape and has an informed opinion on quarterback play in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. We also concur that Andrew Luck has moved on the cusp on the modern day Rushmore of Rodgers, Peyton, Brady and Brees, Esquire.

Interesting story about Texas A&M paying the $50,000 insurance premium for future first-round NFL pick Cedric Ogbuehi to stay in school. Only in the NCAA will you find too many texts is a violation but a $50,000 check is as square as Ned Flanders. You go Bob.


Today's question

Happy birthday to the 5-at-10's mom. We owe her more than we could ever repay.

In her honor, we'll have a Rushmore of the best TV moms of all time? 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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BWill8 said...

Mettenberger story: you left out the main part of this story. He was sucker-punched by the buddy of the dude who yelled "Roll Tide!" in Mettenbeger's face.

July 22, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.
jgreeson said...

BWill8 —

You are correct. Will correct that. Got running fast this morning.

Which brings up the question there is a level of hate between LSU and Alabama that is running high: You look back to the teabag, then the frat boy crying and now some random barfly at "Losers" punching an NFL player because he did not properly respect the RT.

Just another Saturday night in the SEC we guess.

July 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

RUSHMORE OF TV MOMS...there is no argument or consideration of the immortal words of Yul Brenner "so let it be written"...1) June Clever 2) Laura Petry 3) Carol Brady 4) Donna Stone...finally will all the clorox orange bunch get over your kiffin hate, you are still acting like the bama fan that sucker punched zach...GO MOCS

July 22, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, Glad to hear your Mom is hale and hearty. May this always be the case.

Other Moms: Donna Reed, Barbara Billingsley, Marion Ross, Michael Learned.

One week until High School fall practice? Seems like they practice all the time.

July 22, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.
sportsfan said...

In no particular order, Marge Simpson, Edith Bunker, Peggy Bundy, and Carmela Soprano.

July 22, 2014 at 12:17 p.m.
MocTastic said...

YOu also gotta have Margaret Anderson on the list from Father Knows Best.

If Uggla comes out of AAA to make the Giants lineup I see that as a sign that the Giants are out of the hunt for a playoff spot, how could having Uggla, unless he rediscovers himself, seen as a positive right now?

July 22, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.
Buschleague said...

5- Enjoyed the British this weekend. Early broadcasts are a beautiful thing. Any comparison of Rory to Tiger/Jack is grossly premature however. Right now he's a lot closer to Phil; big wins big losses. If he gets the Masters in the next year or two though he is on a whole new level. 5 yesterday I heard you say the Opens were a tie with the Masters way out in front. Taking emotion out of it how can the Masters with all the amateurs and past champs (no chance) be in front? Mailbag: Should Tom Watson reinstate the player/captain role and name Phil, Tiger and himself to the Ryder Cup team?

July 22, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MT —

Having Uggla on a Triple-A deal is low risk, potential high reward.

If a change of locale was the biggest adjustment needed, you get a power bat for less than the league minimum. Granted that's a HUGE if but you get the idea.

Fan —

Dig your list, and Marge Simpson is a great, Great, GREAT call.

FE to the C —

Donna Reed was money and was aces in "It's a Wonderful Life."

July 22, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.
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