We'll be back to the regularly scheduled 5-at-10 next week, meaning we'll get to the back log of mail next Friday. We appreciate your patience.
As we knock the sand off our visor and make a final trip to the Gulf, here are five sports things we are thinking about this morning at 10 — a 5-at-10 if you will.
From the satellite office of the "Talks too much" studios, among the age old questions of the modern world are "Why is the sky blue?" and "What's the meaning of life?" Here's another one: Why do the Co-Colas at the beach taste so much better? Discuss.
• And with that the Spurs have exterminated the Heat. Wow — back-to-back tail-kickings in Miami no less. While the Spurs' depth has been overly impressive, the biggest mismatch on the floor is off the floor. Gregg Popovich has pants Erik Spoelstra to the point that he's actually been rougher to the Heat coach than he is to the mid-game interviewers by comparison. The Spurs' execution and plan have been simply perfect. In Thursday's 107-86 domination, the Spurs had 25 assists on 40 field goals and shot 57 percent again against a Heat team who list defense — and defensive rotation in particular — among their strengths.
• Does this change the perception of LeBron James? He's going to be an all-time, top-10 guy, but does losing in three finals hurt his legacy? Granted, James was the only Miami player with a pulse Thursday, but still. Side note: While his day job did not turn out like James wanted despite his game-high 28 points, the rest of Thursday was pretty out of sight for LeBron. James cashed a $30 million check from his stake in the Beats by Dre company, which was sold to Apple for $3 billion. That $30 million check was roughly $12 million more than he made playing basketball this year. It also means James could take any amount of money if he opts out and decides to join another franchise — or even if he opts out and resigns with the Heat at a discount to allow the Heat room under the salary cap to pursue other players.
• OK, is anyone surprised that Donald Sterling has dropped the gloves in his lawsuit against the sale of the Clippers? (Granted, Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion for a forced sale of his team that will actually net him more than $1.4 billion than estimated market value of his team, so there's that, which seems like getting in a car wreck and getting a $50,000 offer up front but suing for $30,000. Somewhere, Matlock, the patron saint of attorneys is smiling) According to the Associated Press, Sterling has commissioned four different private investigation firms and handed them six-figure budgets to go find dirt on the other league owners and current commissioner Adam Silver. Boy, here's saying the next owners' meeting will be a barrel of fun.
• We are trying — we promise we are trying — to get into the World Cup fevered pitch. (See what we did there Spy?) But after Jurgan Jurgans told us the U.S. can't win, the two big story lines of the first day of the big enchilada were civil unrest, riots and protests in Brazil off the pitch and the host team flopping for a decisive goal in Brazil's opening win. Yay, and pass a Co-Cola.
• After an opening round of the U.S. Open that was more fun and much easier than we expected, there were some familiar names atop the leader board at Pinehurst No. 2, led by Martin Kaymer's flawless 5-under 65. That said, NBC better be hoping for a little luck, because a Sunday final pairing of Kevin Na and Fran Quinn will not move the meter. That said, the beef about the heavy dudes being paired together is over the top. Seriously, a couple of guys are offended because they were grouped in a threesome of big bodies? Get over it. Want to be offended, try not playing golf for a living and being grouped with three large dudes in a moving van or an assembly line. Sweet buckets of sensitivity training, someone get Shane Lowery a Hallmark card for crying out loud.
And for the Rushmore options:
Today is Friday the 13th, what's our Rushmore of slasher horror movies?
Today is June 13, the birthday of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen — who's on our Rushmore of twins?
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 ...