5-at-10: Friday mailbag

5-at-10: Friday mailbag

November 15th, 2013 by Jay Greeson in Sports - Columns

Gang, another money week filled with warm and happy goodness. Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.

We want your feedback to some of the excellent questions we received this week. Enjoy.

From the "Talks too much" studio, c'mon feel the noise, girls rock your boys.

From a bunch of you

UTC tight end Faysal Shafaat (88) dives over Wofford's James Zotto (11) during the Mocs' 20-10 Southern Conference win last Saturday at Finley Stadium. The victory gave UTC a share of the league title and reason to bid for host privileges in the NCAA FCS playoffs.

UTC tight end Faysal Shafaat (88) dives over...

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

How will the Mocs do Saturday?

Gang -

We believe this Mocs bunch now believes, and the difference is tangible.

There's a succession in becoming mentally tough. It starts with hoping to be good, which becomes thinking you are good (dangerous step there, and one that the UT Vols basketball program currently resides), which becomes believing you are good, which becomes knowing you are good. Hi, Nick Saban.

That transition is the second-most important step to developing a winner. Talent is No. 1, and in the great sports conundrum, success and talent are the chicken and the egg.

Saturday against the offensive-minded Samford Bulldogs, however, will be the toughest test for UTC for these three reasons:

1) UTC is dealing with success and the back-slapping for the first time since going viral was treated at the doctors office. That's a difficult handle for 18-to-22 year-olds.

2) The defense has been hammered by injuries. That does not bode well against the league's best offense.

3) Fate. UTC has walked a tight-rope of good fortune since September, and maybe all those good bounces were payback for the last two years of bad breaks, but it still feels like there's something hanging in the air in the 205.

That said, we still believe they can find a way to win because they believe now. And if they believe, why shouldn't we?


From Stud

How much time do you spend on the 5@10? It must take you an hour a day to look up movie quotes alone.

For the mailbag, what is your favorite topic to write about?

Thanks, and when are you getting back on the radio?

Stud -

Welcome to the show.

We start the 5-at-10 every morning right at 6, after we start the coffee and make the Lil' 5-at-10's chocolate milk. It takes 90 minutes most days, and a big chunk of that is because we talk too much. So it goes.

As far as the movie quotes go, well, about 95 percent of those are off the top of the ole melon. We have wasted a high-quality memory on movie quotes, baseball stats, phone numbers and SEC scores. So it goes. Wouldn't say we missed it, there Bob.

Our favorite sport to cover is high school football. Always has been, probably always will be. It's fun. And magical. And special. And as close to pure as we have left.

For the 5-at-10, it's college football in general and SEC football in particular because that generates the most interest. This is fun because of you yahoos, and when it stops being fun is when we'll stop doing it.

We probably know basketball the best - that's the one we were best at playing.

So it goes.

Not sure of the radio thing, but we're still looking around. We'll pass along any news.


From chas9

Have you noticed how when people preface an observation with "I don't want to say " something, they really do want to say it?

I appreciated Pasquali's tribute to Nick Marshall. Question for the bag: How does the Auburn wonderboy stack up against other recent SEC running QB's?

9er -

We have noticed that. It's the current alternative to "I'm just saying" which was preceded by the universal clause intro combo of, "Don't get mad but..." "Don't laugh but..." and "Don't tell anyone but..." Which came on the heels of having to promise to not get mad or to laugh or whatever to hear a story. Gang, if you have to preface your thought with insurance, maybe that thought should not be shared. Closed mouth gathers no foot; and a doughnut with no hole is a danish.

Marshall has two great gifts when stacked against other mobile QBs. One, he is running the Mad Running Scientist's offense, which puts the quarterback in an amazing position to succeed. Two, he is faster than the other running quarterbacks.

Marshall has a rocket-launcher of an arm, too, but his accuracy has been less than good. That's the sneaky plus-quality of Johnny Football, is that rascal can really throw it where he wants on the run.

Cam was the total package. Tebow was a metal bull with an iron will and several other metallic attributes. His Indian name would have been Steel Spirit and he would have been the chief. Or the head of the spiritual teepee.

Marshall's only going to get better, and if he starts to complete 55-to-60-percent of his passes beyond the line of scrimmage - he's completing 58.5 percent now, but a huge portion of those are screens - the Auburn offense will be extremely tough to handle. And remember, other than power back/blocker Jay Prosch, Auburn's offense is without a senior starter.


From sportsfan

The Braves christened Turner Field for the start of the 1997 season.

The Braves christened Turner Field for the start...

Photo by AJC

Jay-I too spent 20 years in the ATL and after close to 10 years I still haven't seen traffic in the Noog. I write this from Killarney Rose near Wall St in NYC. I have now witnessed traffic on HGH, steroids, and all things PED. After several cab rides I find find it comforting to just not watch. Now that the Braves are moving, for the Friday mailbag, what is your Rushmore of sports venues that would be sacrilege to move? Happy Tuesday and I'll have another stout, please.

Sportsfan -

Considering the Celtics left the Garden, the Yankees moved to a new home that Ruth (Steinbrenner) built and the Cowboys now play in Jerry's world, there's really very few that can't be moved or rebuilt or forgotten.

Of course Wrigley and Fenway would cause riots in the fan base, but the internal overhauls (hey look sky boxes) happening at each of those places make the address, the ivy and the monster about all that's the same.

Still, they are the icons. We'll add Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke to the list. What a great venue. And likely then Lambeau Field, which also has been overhauled. Still no athletic facility has a better commercial than Steve Sabol's classic "frozen tundra of Lambeau Field."

Somehow "the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field at Bank of America/Progessive Insurance Stadium" does not have the same ring.


From New Guy

OK, a friend of mine sends me the 5-at-10 because my work computer won't let go to 'non work sites' but I had to ask you something. Don't use my name please.

You have a great format on your blog and almost every today's question is something we talk about over lunch.

But how come you don't answer your questions? Thanks and keep up the good work.

'New Guy' -

First off, good luck with your day job at the Pentagon and hope that matters of national security are not breached around these parts.

Feel free to chime in at any time, you are not the only one that can't log in to our site at work.

More times than not we do not answer the questions we float because we want to generate conversation among the readers. Sometimes if we throw an answer out there that someone else may have, they may think, "Oh well, that's already been said." We know what we think, we want to know what you guys think. But in the spirit of fair play, let's review Thursday's questions:

Who is cooler, Ty Webb or Crash Davis? We'll say Crash. Ty is rich and plays cool, but that was his daddy's money. Remember, his daddy never liked Judge Smails.

Let's say your favorite SEC team was starting from scratch and you got to draft one player from SEC history around which to build for next year, who do you take? And is Johnny Football in that conversation? We take Cam in today's college football. Heck he won a national title with a slew of 8-5 teammates. Twenty years ago when the running back was the BMOC we take Herschel, then Bo.

If you had to pick one snack for life, what's your choice? Tough one. Sweet snack, we're likely going Chips Ahoy. Salty snack, we'll go Cheez-Its, which rank with Timmy Duncan as being underrated as a perennial all-star.


From Jordan Rules

LeBron James

LeBron James

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

It's been a while. Hope you and LeBron are happy.

Did you notice MJ picked his all-time pick-up team and your boy Prince James was not on it? Interesting.

Who would be on your all-tim pickup team. Thanks and I still read -- and you still talk too much.

Jordan Rules -

Good to hear from you my man, hope all is well and that the stalking of MJ is still going swimmingly.

We did see that MJ picked his all-time team, and if this is straight pickup rules, then he left some serious holes.

His team was himself, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Fine team that would have won a slew of titles, but for the love of goodness, it must have been a long time since MJ has played true pick-up basketball.

MJ would be on any team of course, and we think Hakeem is the most underrated center of all-time. Still, Jordan is the only name that is the same on our pick-up team.

First consider the format: No defensive rules. No free throws. Call your own fouls and look for ways to maximize mismatches. Heck, we think we could put two teams together that could run MJ's bunch.

First team: LeBron, Allen Iverson in his prime (who is stopping him off the dribble), Shaq (not as skilled as Hakeem of course, but in a pick-up game, who stops him), Bird and Duncan.

Second team: Kobe, Kareem, George Gervin, Kevin Durant and Isiah.

Surprising that on Adam Morrison, Kwame Brown, Sean May and Brandon Wright and the rest of those excellent draft picks MJ has made as an executive were not mentioned.

Discuss and enjoy the weekend.