NAVARRE, FLA. - Before we get into out abbreviated 5-at-10 (which actually consists of a top-five list to which you are free to bandy about), we feel obligated to discuss a few of the hustlings and bustlings from a crazy sports weekend. Consider this the five things we likely would have written about if we had been in the 423.
No. 1 - Anybody got any questions for LeBron this morning? Dude answered the bell and said bring it in an impressive Game 7 win over Boston. And in truth, he was a man among men in a game that featured likely six Hall of Famers (James, Wade, Garnett, Allen, Pierce and Rondo). There is no way we could be more excited about the NBA Finals between the Heat and the Thunder.
No. 2 - As for excitement, well, there is the US Open this weekend, and if Tiger contends color us super, Super, SUPER excited to see how this plays out. Anyone up for a contest?
No. 3 - We will be getting a Stony Brook Seawolves T-shirt shortly. How about the Seawolves making the College World Series? In fact if we have a U.S. Open contest the prize may be a Stony Brook cap.
No. 4 - What a tragedy at Auburn this weekend. Quick recap: A reported seven AU football players were at a party that turned volent because some one insulted some one's girl and before long gun shots were everywhere. At least three people were killed, including former AU football players Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian, who according to an eye-witness account on the crack AU blog HABOTN, was trying to be a peace maker. Tragic all the way around. The three most troubling social shifts during the 5-at-10's time as a tot/teen to today: 1) Timeout replacing spanking as the primary parental discipline tool; 2) The days of having a good ol' fist fight with you know fists are no more and have been replaced by weaponry and combat; 3) Leagues where everyone gets trophies. (Old-guy rant is now over. However, it is much better now that kids do not have to walk uphill both ways to school, though. Get off our lawn you noisy kids.)
No. 5 - The Belmont was a whisper compared to what it would have been with I'll Have Another running for history. (Side note: we more than made up for the lack of "I'll Have Another" at the Belmont by embracing the "I'll have another" philosophy. Stay thirsty dear friends.)Here is the final results of the Trifecta contest, and yes, Jefe is the Dale Earnhardt of 5-at-10 contests.
Jefe - 13 (Franchetti/Brad Keselowski/I'll Have Another replaced by Dullahan)
Deboman - 14 (Castroneves/Hamlin/Union Rags)
McPell - 20 (Tony Kanaan/Matt Kenseth/Dullahan)
OTWatcher - 16 (Kanaan/Johnson/Painter)
Weena - 21 (Castroneves/Biffle/Dullahan)
Fred - 26 (Castroneves/Edwards/Dullahan)
33wannabe - DQ (Rahal/Biffle/I'll Have Another... did not replace)
Dawg747 - DQ (Castroneves/Harvick/I'll Have Another... did not replace)
StuckinKent -DQ (Helio Castroneves/Jimmie Johnson/I'll Have Another... did not relace)
Todd962 - DQ (Scott Dixon/Tony Stewart/I'll Have Another... did not replace)
OK, our original top five for today was going to be the "Top five songs guys would disown in a group but would crank up if they are driving in the car by themselves."
We kicked around "Total Eclipse of the Heart," by Bonnie Tyler and "Time after Time," Cyndi Lauper and started to get prepared for the heckles and even the possiblity of old-school regular and renowned tough guy EC swinging by.
And then it dawned on us - We are entering the summer movie season and this the 30-year anniversary of one of the greatest summers of movies ever. Consider the follwing did not make the top-five summer movies of 1982... Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Bladerunner, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Tron, World According to Garp.
Top 5 movies of 1982
Night Shift: Among the most underrated comedies, and 1980-comedic Michael Keaton - this one, Mr. Mom, Gung Ho, etc. - was gold
Poltergeist: We're still carrying a ton of scary scars today and could be a big part of the reason why the 5-at-10 hates clowns
ET: If you don't fondly remember this movie then we are worried about your soul.
Rocky III: Here's a great hidden line in movie history... "Does he swim...." "With a name like Rock?" You can make an argument that this is the most enjoyable of the Rocky series.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Wow. Such a ground breaker and look at the cast. Stars galore and one of the more under-quoted movies of the 1980s. Stellar film, and one of those that has aged like a French bordeaux.