Raleigh has to be cooked. Has to be — even if the Vols sweep Auburn this weekend 8-22 is awful in its awfulness. And yes, Todd Helton (the Chuck Norris of Tennessee baseball, if you will), can't stand 8-22. Heck, Helton would not have accepted 8-for-22 as a hitter at UT, much less as a record.
One more moment of silence for Macho Man — and remember what kind of pioneer he truly was: He introduced Miss Elizabeth, who may have been among the first ringside significant others, and who opened the turnbuckles for the ladies of all ilk in big-time wrestling.
RIP in Macho Man.
Sweet Captain Lou Albano, a 5-at-10 goes to the Pizza Hut buffet and returns to learn that our favorite former minor league baseball player-turned-pro wrestler has passed.
Wow. And yes, EC, there will never be a better spokesman for beef jerky (although Sasquatch on the Messin' With Sasquatch ads does fine work — he's the best spokesBigfoot out there).
Question: How would you honor a fallen wrestler? Extra black face paint? Black arm bands/sweatbands? Black tear-away T-shirt? We need help to pay our proper tributes.
The TFP sports editor needs to do a little research to see how much the wires move on MMA. We'll investigate this weekend (and may include a surprise in your Sunday TFP if time permits — that's another thing, most of the fights are so late, it makes it tough on deadline).
As for Game 2 in Dallas, welcome to the King Jordan's Round Table, Sir Kevin Durant. That dunk was good-old-fashioned, announcing your presence with authority. How much do you love James Harden's beard — and his Vinnie Johnson, off-the-bench-and-already-shooting-it game? (Great call on the Rick Ross comparison.) And how about the backbone on OKC coach Scotty Brooks, who left stud point guard Russell Westbrook on the bench for the fourth quarter? The Thunder were rollin' and Brooks hit them with "My team is on the floor," (somewhere Norman Dale just smiled and nodded) and stayed with the hot hand — egos be darned. That's coaching.
Nice list of top-shelf unis — and great, Great, GREAT call on the Hickory Huskers unis. That said, if you think the 1970s Pirates or Astros unis are awesome in their awesomeness, well, put down the wine cooler and stop drinking at your desk. It's a workday for cryin' out loud.
Uh, as big a freak show as Lady GaGa is, well, let's just say if you saw her, you'd go, "Whoa. That has to be the Lady Gaga the 5-at-10 mentioned."
And no, you didn't come off like tooooo much like Johnny Celtics Fan (now if you wanted a statue of Kareem and Danny Ainge mixing it up, then, OK). Great line about U2 and Eldrick — although the 5-at-10 saw U2 at the Georgia Dome in the early 1990s and the opening act whipped them up and down the stage. Granted, the opening act was Public Enemy at the height of its powers, but still.
The 5-at-10 thought about the Murph, but it's hard to know. What about Ted Turner, who brought the team to the ATL and kept them there when there were 10s of hundreds of folks showing up to old Fulton County Stadium.
As for the game last night (nice AI shoot out for Oso), it was not for the weak of heart or body. Come to play or don't come at all. And Holy Vanishing Cream, what happened to Carlos Boozer? Dude's got a max contract and he's not on the floor in crunch time? Wow.
We'd peg the excitement factor for tonight's Dallas-OKC game at a solid 8.9 right now. Seriously. And the only thing registers at 9 or above is SEC football, March Madness, select Game 7s, NFL playoff football.
Agree on Munson. Something about college annoucers and their connection to fans, especially those from the days before every game was on TV somewhere. If it's a pitcher that gets the third Braves statue, we'll go with Smoltz since he didn't go to the Mets for three seasons (Glavine) or start his career with the Cubs (Maddux).
Got nothing for you on Bon Jovi, other than they did a Greatest Hits album and a world-wide tour in 2010. The frontrunners for the UT statues would have to be Peyton, Reggie and Neyland. (And mailbag regular CelticVol concurs). Love the idea of Al Wilson, but what about Doug Adkins? The 5-at-10 also asks what do you do with John Ward?
And EC, sarcasm is an accepted form of communication around these parts, so have at it. Especially if any of the Clausen brothers are involved (the Clausen brothers are to college football what the Hansen Brothers are to "Slapshot").
Similar question for you: Does Larry Munson get a statue in Athens? There are a few guys — Peyton, Bear, Herschel, Spurrier at UF, Bo at Auburn, Billy Cannon at LSU, etc. — that are no brainers, but after that it would be personal preference.
What would you do for the Braves? Hank Aaron, Bobby Cox and .... Smoltz? Chipper? Glavine? Biff Pocoroba?
Great list. Derrick Thomas was awesome (but we did not know he was that awesome). Some Bama fans we know would have shared their answer with Oso and three statues of Bear (60s Bear, 70s Bear and 80s Bear).
You're right that the Yankees are in a free fall, but there's no way you build that billion-dollar palace and put a stinker on the field. They'll go buy new talent and reload. You know it, EC knows it, PDavi knows, even BIspy4 knows (although he dopes not want to admit it).
Absolutely spot on about the magnitude of 300 wins. Here's another for you (and this puts to rest Cy Young's 511 wins as the most untouchable mark of all time for us): If a pitcher averages 15 wins a year for 15 years, he's 75 short of 300; if the same pitcher wins 15 a year for 30 years, he's still 60-plus short of Cy Young.
There once was a time that 400 homers was a sure-fire ticket to the Hall. That number has gone up to 500 and may go to 600. The new wins total will assuredly go down. Case in point: Is Pedro Martinez a Hall of Famer? He won 219 games. (Side note: The 5-at-10 believes Pedro is a Hall of Famer.)
No harm, NO FOUL. Great question on the ugliest helmets. Let's go Cleveland Browns and New York Giants in the NFL and LSU and Colorado State in college.
Agreed on each count.
Agreed that great performances in the finals are better than greater performances in the conference finals. If Dirk goes for 50 in Game 2, well all bets are off. Dude is feeling it right now.
Great question about the 300-game winner. We think there are really only two active guys that have a chance — CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay. Heck, Sandy Koufax won 165 games (shocking, right?) and there are only three active pitchers with more than that — Halladay (174), Tim Hudson (169) and Livian Hernandez (169). Hudson and Hernandez are a little long in the tooth to get to 300. CC is still in his 20s and if stays with the Yankees has a chance to win 20 per year for the next decade. That said, we may never see another 300-game winner.
Also, looking at the career wins leaders list is amazing. Greg Maddux is 8th all-time with 355. Eighth. Jamie Moyer (267) won more games than Bob Feller (266), Bob Gibson (251), Whitey Ford (236), Catfish Hunter (224) and John Smoltz (213).
Great, great question, EC.
We see the love for Michigan — cool helmet, even if that logo was first used by Princeton in the 1930s and the then-Princeton coach brought it with him when Michigan hired him.
It's a top-10 helmet, and some of the others that were close were Iowa, Michigan State, West Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee.
Like your list with the possible exception of Texas, which does little for the 5-at-10. And great link by the way.
Great point, that if Cuban gets a ring, Jerry Jones will have a meltdown, get enough votes to end the NFL salary cap and then spend all his money putting together an all-star team that will still not win a Super Bowl until they get a legit quarterback.
Where do you rank Dirk's game on the all-time postseason super-duper efforts? Certainly behind Jordan's 63 (in a loss) at the Boston Garden and Magic's triple-double in Game 6 of the finals his rookie year, but it's up there with almost all the others.
The lottery was cool, and nice helmet picks (we see you like the traditional approach) and really good call on the Rams' helmet (although the old-school blue and yellow and even the blue and white, were better than the current color scheme).
WHY ARE YOU YELLING AND HOW MANY CUPS OF COFFEE HAVE YOU HAD?
Seriously, if the Bulldogs don't find some answers (and no, we don't think converted nose guard Justin Anderson is the solution at offensive tackle) on the line, Aaron Murray better get really comfortable throwing from the shotgun and delivering the ball quickly. Not saying its time to panic mind you, but O-Line questions that go unanswered can stop a team in its tracks.
There will be a lot hand-wringing — A LOT — this summer about UGA football, and we've discussed it before that the first eight days of the season could be everything for the Mark Richt era in Athens. Here's saying that finding five O-Linemen on that roster has become job No. 1.
Great comparison to the Braves and the district all-stars — with that emotion, the 5-at-10 likes their chances.
Step away from the CAPSLOCK. Slowly.
We'll be back with more, just wanted to get that out there.
R.I.P Harmon Killebrew.
Like the discussion today — and anything that could improve the fundamentals of any game, the 5-at-10 endorses.
It looks like no league has learned its lesson from the lose-lose situation that labor lockouts/strikes become. NFL going through it now; the NBA is on the horizon. We'll avoid using the phrase that sounds a lot like Spinal Sore, but we are looking forward to tonight's NBA Draft lottery so we can see which team gets the 6th pick and could draft Kemba Walker.