5-at-10: Masters primer, SEC Network winning and Les Miles kisses a pig

5-at-10: Masters primer, SEC Network winning and Les Miles kisses a pig

April 9th, 2014 by Jay Greeson in Sports - Columns

We are taking our show on the road this morning so there's that.

We'll relocate to our satellite office in Richmond County, Ga., just off Washington Rd. Good times.

From the "Talks too much" studios, remember the Friday mailbag and 'Fore please, the 5-at-10 is now driving.' (And let's hope we avoid the speeding ticket we got last year.)

UConn rules the world

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie celebrates while cutting down the net after beating Kentucky 60-54, at the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie celebrates while cutting...

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

The basketball programs at UConn are the men's and women's champions. That's pretty impressive.

The UConn women completed the second UConn-ection with a thumping of Notre Dame on Tuesday night. We are at a place that there is no bigger dynasty in all of sports, and with nine titles since 1995, it's time to ask whether the UConn women are on the Rushmore of all-time dynasties with immortals such as Wooden's UCLA teams, Red's Celtics, the Yankees of the 50s-60s.

It's overpowering, and it's also fair to finalize the question that we pondered here yesterday: With his nine titles and a run of dominance capped by a 40-0 mark this season, is Geno Auriemma the best women's basketball coach of all time?



The Masters

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

We are still taking entries for the Masterfully Mastering the Masters contest. Pick four golfers, your top three count and the lowest combined score of those three will win stuff. Deal? Deal.

So who you got?

We will give line on location updates from Augusta National on the 10s on Press Row today through Friday - 5-at-10 on the 10s? - and we'll be providing live details throughout the tournament here on timesfreepress.com.

Among the fun stories from the course Tuesday was the tale that Phil Mickelson was playing in a group with Dustin Johnson, Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler. It was Mickelson and Fowler against Johnson and Dufner, and Mickelson says Fowler shot a 30 on the front and added an eagle on 13 and birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to win the match (and safe to say a sizable wager).

Mickelson did lose a $1 bet with a patron about getting up and down after missing the green on No. 6. It's good to be the Phil right about now, no?

Side note: Interesting look here from TFP golf ace David Uchiyama about those in the Masters field that have put a peg in the ground in Chattanooga.


Vols juggle schedule

So UT will kick off on a Sunday to start the season. OK, fine.

Well here are the two things we think about that:

1) UT better be ready because Utah State will have a huge edge at QB with Chuckie Keeton back. And remember, regardless of the profiles of the program, only one of these schools has been a regular bowl team the last few years.

2) The area cable companies better finalize their plans to add the SEC Network, which will show that UT-Utah State opener, in addition to Texas A&M-South Carolina and Arkansas-Auburn on the opening weekend.

Huge props to the SEC Network for having its ducks in a row for the launch. Unlike the Longhorn Network and the Big Ten Network, which did not make the launch of their channels a must-see event, the SEC Network has embraced the value of football broadcasts.

The other networks hoped that the brand and fan loyalty would move cable subscribers and companies to action, but showing coaches' shows and volleyball games did not move the needle or the interest level of those invovled.

The SEC Network has drawn a line in the sand with a Thursday night blockbuster with the Aggies vs. the Spurriers and an opening weekend of big-time action.

Well-played indeed.


This and that

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cory Gearrin prepares to throw during the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla.

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cory Gearrin prepares to...

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

- New from the Braves' world, former Rhea County star and all-around good guy Cory Gearrin will have Tommy John surgery. Tough break.

- Are we prepared for a world in which Dork Nowitzki's is a top-10 scorer in NBA history? The names on the list in front of him are pretty familiar: Kareem, Karl Malone, Jordan, Kobe, Wilt, Shaq (did not expect Shaq to be this high), Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and now Dirk. Is Dirk the second best white NBA player ever behind Bird?

- The Ultimate Warrior, a bona fide wrestling Hall of Famer, died three days after being inducted into the hall. Sad story. There was no cause of death mentioned in the report.


Today's question

OK, everyone's favorite cartoon character/coach Les Miles kissed a pig for charity. Here's the clip.

So that of course leads us to what every other SEC coach would kiss for charity.

What would Nick Saban kiss for charity? How about Spurrier? What about Mark Richt?


Also, there will be a Masters related Rushmore on Press Row today, so listen in with Paschall and the TFP blockheaded sports editor calling in at the 10s.