published Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

5-at-10: Vols questions, Sterling verdict, Jeter's glory and questions

UT questions

As we prepare for the start of football practice, we have questions. Lots of questions. Do you have questions? Fire away — or call us on Press Row from 3-6 and we'll cover it there — and let's see if we can find some answers.

Today the topic is the University of Tennessee. Our TFP Vols beat ace Downtown Patrick Brown will have his five questions as UT enters the preseason in Thursday's TFP.

We're going to start with three today:

1) Is there a legitimate starting quarterback on the roster? That's the big one, right? If Josh Dobbs or Justin Worley grabs the job with the confidence needed, either will have a slew of skilled-position guys with NFL-level upside. And in truth, isn't about confidence as much if not more so than anything else considering each was a highly valued recruit?

2) A year after having a ton of experience up front, can the Vols piece together new offensive and defensive lines? We think the offensive line will be better than people expect; the defensive line could be bad, though. It's a tough proposition, but there is no patience or pity in the SEC, and finding the wide bodies up front has to be job No. 1 of the preseason.

3) The magic number is 6, and which is more likely: UT goes over the 6 in wins or over the 6 in players on the All-SEC freshman team? WE think the former is a tall order and the latter — consider the cosmic combination of opportunity and talent in this freshman class — is a dunk.

Discuss, and what is your biggest question of the Vols (be nice Jomo and OG)?

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    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife, Rochelle, during a Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles in this 2010 file photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Sterling verdict, part I

Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas ruled that Shelly Sterling negotiated a good deal for the Clippers and has the right to sell the franchise.

The decision means that Donald Sterling's protest of the sale — forced by the NBA after he was taped with racial slurs and insults — will not stop the $2 billion (yes, billion with a 'B') transaction.

Here's the point where we ask: Anyone think The Don will appeal? But, under the judge's order, any appeal can not delay the sale, which officials estimated would be completed no later than Aug. 15.

So what does this mean? It means Adam Silver continues to live under a shade cloud with a cool breeze in his face in the early parts of his tenure as commissioner. In addition to a great postseason and the touching tribute to Isaiah Austin at the draft. Silver now slides through another round unscathed.

If Sterling had won this injunction it would have forced the commissioner's hand and the other owners would have had to voted him out, and while the league seemed unified in its anger and angst against The Don, the owners did not want to vote one of their own out. (Especially considering the circumstances and the precedent.)

The Don was not in the court room for the verdict, but his attorney talked to him shortly after and passed along The Don's comments: "He said, 'Keep fighting,'" Bobby Samini said.

So ended the latest chapter in one of the most bizarre chain of events in American sports.

But of all the things we think we know about this mess, we believe this most of all — this latest chapter will not be the last.

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Jeter moving on up

Derek Jeter got three hits last night and moved to No. 7 all-time in hits.

Barring injury, he should catch Honus Wagner — he needs 10 more to tie him — but Tris Speaker's total is out of reach.

Here's the top 10 in hits all-time (which name surprised you the most? Paul Molitor, right? Dude that's a ton of hits for a guy that was seldom mentioned among the best of his era, you know?)

1) Pete Rose, 4256

2) Ty Cobb, 4191

3) Hank Aaron, 3771

4) Stan Musial, 3630

5) Tris Speaker, 3515

6) Honus Wagner, 3430

7) Derek Jeter, 3420

8) Carl Yastrzemski, 3419

9) Paul Molitor, 3319

10) Eddie Collins, 3314

We stand by our claim that in five years when he is eligible, Jeter should be the first unanimous Hall of Fame inductee. Will it happen? Nope, but it should.

Well-played Captain. Well-played indeed.

Side list: Here are the top 10 in regard to percentage to be elected into the baseball Hall of Fame:

1) Tom Seaver — 98.84 percent

2) Nolan Ryan — 98.79 percent

3) Cal Ripken Jr. — 98.53 percent

4) Ty Cobb — 98.23 percent

5) George Brett — 98.19 percent

6) Hank Aaron — 97.83 percent

7) Tony Gwynn — 97.61 percent

8) Greg Maddux — 97.19

9) Mike Schmidt — 96.52 percent

10) Johnny Bench — 96.42 percent

Side note: Babe Ruth is tied for 12th with 95.13 percent, and how five percent of anyone alive at any point would not vote for Babe Ruth to be a Hall of Famer is asinine.

This and that

— Tip of the 5-at-10 visor to all-around TFP ace Stephen Q. Hargis for another quality prep tour to kick off the high school season. Well-played indeed.

— Danny Struggla: West Coast Story. After going 0-for-8 with three errors in three games over the weekend for the San Francisco Giants, Dan Uggla did not play in Monday's 5-0 loss to Pittsburgh. Since calling up Uggla — who shares the lead for most errors (12) by a second baseman with New York's Daniel Murphy, who has played in 64 more games than Uggla — the Giants are 0-4. Side note: Since starting the season 22-9 at home the Giants are 6-20 in their own yard. Not good.

— Our TFP ace Mark Wiedmer delivered another peach by catching up with Phil Fulmer on Monday. Here's a question for you: What would Tennessee's record have been if Fulmer had been given a shot at turning this around?

— Happy birthday to Geddy Lee, lead singer of David Paschall's favorite all-time band Rush. Who's on the Rushmore of lead singers in a rock band? Paging OG….

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Today's question

We're going a little off the wall here.

What is your freedom worth? Here's a nightmare story of Kenneth Ireland, a Connecticut man who spent 21 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit.

Ireland is suing for compensation and is looking for a judgement between $5.4 and $8 million.

What say you? What does Kenneth deserve?

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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ordinaryguy said...

Did you page JG??? Rushmore of lead singers...Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, and drumroll please, David Lee Roth...yes although I will give Michael McDonald an honorable mention for taking the Doobies to heights they had never been prior to his joining the band...great job by Doogie yesterday...I miss covering high school football but the demands of my side occupation dictate...looking forward to the season with Mocs and Ridgeland...Good point on the HOF voting...but there will NEVER be a unanimous choice...hell even Clemente and Munson were not 100%

July 29, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Dude deserves every penny of the 8 mill. As he stated he has seen prison violence and been a part of prison violence, losing part of a finger in one incident. And the dude was innocent while all of that was happening to him. How can he not deserve the higher judgment?

To put it another way, would you swap places with him for the last 21 years knowing that at the end you would get 8 million dollars? I know that I wouldn't. How has your life been for the last 21 years compared to his?

July 29, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

My source in K-town tells me Worley will be the starter. He has been the unquestioned leader in summer workouts.

My source also tells me the O-linemen + the D-linemen love their coaches [Mahoney + Stripling]. They will play hard for them, but the question remains...is the talent there?

Give me Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe + Sammy Hagar over DL Roth.

Billy-In-Brainerd

July 29, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, thanks for the hookup to Hargis. I was heartened to know Harrison made it practice.

Bob Weir, Grateful Dead; Bono, U2; Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones; Fred Schneider, B-52s.

Freed man certainly deserves more than forty acres and a mule.

Finally, Fulmer. The program would not need to be "turned around in the first place if he simply done his job. Instead he was more concerned with trapping Alabama into some recruiting mess. If you go after anyone Phil, you go after Florida.

July 29, 2014 at 1 p.m.
MocTastic said...

With respect to Fulmer, UTK fans must remember it wasn't just about the wins. Phil had taken the program down a road where it was so bad that he now has an award named after him, The Phil Fulmer Cup, given to the school with most points awarded for the players being arrested for various offensives. Regardless of wins and losses, it was time for Phil to move on from Knoxville. The old jokes about UTK wore orange so they could wear the same clothes in the workhouse/jail were way too true.

Lead singers? Way too personal of a choice. I would probably have a completely different list than yall, and we would all be right. Music is not quantifiable, it is by nature totally subjective. You can count Jeter's hit total, but you can't measure a singer except by the question, do you like him/her or not?

The bar was set with the induction of Babe Ruth into the HOF. He didn't get 100%, so, with that as "the bar" nobody deserves a 100% vote. Should it be that way? Probably not, but it is, live with it.

July 29, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MT —

Understand the bar argument. But the life expectancy back in the day was like 42 years because we used leeches to treat blood diseases.

Why should we live with it when we know it to be wrong.

We think if Fulmer had been allowed to stay, the Vols would be decidedly better. Dude could always recruit, and the talent would be much better and would have stayed longer. The attrition has been every bit as damaging as Dooley.

OG —

Solid list, and MT's right in that everyone's list can be right.

Munson? Munson? Larry Munson, right?

BiB —

Thanks for the scoop. That would make sense, but if the building project is going to take hold, it would seem prudent for Dobbs to get a shot, you know?

FE to the C —

We're glad they are popping pads and sounds like the Eagles have some serious size. Should be a fun run.

JP —

Agreed. 100 million percent in fact. Dude should a zero to that lawsuit. At least.

Plus, not only was it 19 years — it was some kick tail 19 years. From 18-to-37... man, good times.

July 29, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

MT: I am guessing uga under Richt has had more arrests than UT under Spanky. Is that a mailbag question? Probably not...too many to count on both sides. Thank goodness our Mocs have been good boys this year...so far...

Billy-In-Brainerd

July 29, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.
Stewwie said...

So it looks like the Clippers will be sold after all. Lucky for the NBA that the sale-under-duress won't result in a fire-sale price. Especially with the new TV deal coming that should benefit all the owners.

The end of the ESPN article about the Sterling case said this:

[Though Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league, Shelly Sterling said she's confident that it will one day be lifted and he will be able to attend games with her.

"Oh, absolutely, he'll be able to," Sterling said. "I think the ban will be lifted. There's a new owner and a new sheriff in town and it's going to be good. It's going to be good for the city, for the fans, for the league, for everybody and that's all we want."]

Jay, once the sale goes through, if Donald agrees to drop all lawsuits (present and future) against the league, do you think Adam Silver should lift the lifetime ban? (Mailbag this one if you want.)

It's very unfortunate that Mr. Ireland served a lot of time for a crime he didn't commit. That said though, the taxpayers should not be on the hook to pay this man anything. If he wants to sue someone, he needs to sue his lawyer who apparently did a terrible job in defending him. Last time I checked, you are innocent until proven guilty. It would be interesting to see the details of this case and see what "proof" was there to convict this man.

And he wants 5-8 million dollars for this?? How greedy. I'll be happy if there's 1 million in the bank by the time I retire. And this guy is a good 20 years away from retirement. He has plenty of time to go to school and make a decent living before calling it a career.

July 29, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
MocTastic said...

BiB, maybe those guys down on MLK Blvd with the supercomputer can count up the UGA and UTK arrests and compare the totals. I ran out of fingers and toes long ago counting that.

Hearing that Jomo11 is or has been in the Big Apple. Think he has been auditioning for the NY Ballet using those soccer moves of his in between NY Yankee games and the HOF induction.

July 29, 2014 at 2:07 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

MT: Reckon Jomo will hang around in NJ til Saturday to watch CFC play for the NPSL championship?

Billy-In-Brainerd

July 29, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.
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