5-at-10: Friday mailbag on Memorial Day weekend with NBA, Brooks Koepka over/under, mini-hate mail and PC

5-at-10: Friday mailbag on Memorial Day weekend with NBA, Brooks Koepka over/under, mini-hate mail and PC

May 24th, 2019 by Jay Greeson in Breaking News

Gang, great week.

As we are prone to do on holiday weekends, today and Monday's version of the show will be abbreviated.

Thanks for all the support, feedback and civility. You regulars have made this a fun landing spot for a lot of folks.

You newcomers, well, pull up a chair and stay a while.

From the satellite offices off the shores of Lake Martin, Alabama, let's do this.


From Chas:

Republican Tennessee House of Representatives Speaker Glen Casada is out. Would my conservative friends in this forum say he was a victim of PC?

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I see what you did there. The PC wave — which a lot of times can run rampant and amok — is real.

Good and bad, and it has changed us.

But Casada is not a victim of PC by any means.

He's a victim of his own stupidity. He's a victim of being a self-important horse's bleep and believing he's infallible.

He's also a victim of not owning his mistakes.

This is something, especially people in the spotlight, seldom remember.

We are all human, and if you own your shortcomings, Americans are a forgiving bunch.


From Taylor:

I am new to your morning blog. I like it. Not sure if this is allowed, but I have a complaint: Why are you ripping the NBA so much? Is your love for LeBron that strong? You probably won't answer this but I was just curious.

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As some of the regulars will tell you, all manners of criticism — and even hatred — are allowed.

And your "complaint" is not even going to register on the scale of my anti-fan club members.

As for your question, do the two questions have to be mutually exclusive in this case?

Because, as for the second part, yes, apparently my personal appreciation of LeBron is that strong because I have not watched more than 10 minutes of any NBA game this postseason.

As for ragging on the NBA, well, the playoffs with identifiable stars are rather boring. Not just this year, but almost every year, in terms of upsets.

Yes, Kawhi Leonard is playing out of his mind right now, and is turning heads across the game's landscape.

But he is not a needle mover to the casual fan. At least not yet.

And without a high-profile star or even the whisper that someone will beat the Warriors, it's kind of hard to get jazzed.


From Larry:

If the over/under for Brooks Koepka is 10 career majors, where do you go? Thanks and love the 5-at-10 and Press Row.

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Big time.

Yes, Koepka is in a "Me against the Field" hot streak right now and will be the favorite at the next two or three majors.

And he could win a couple more in the next 18-months to two years.

But his streak started a little late — he's almost 30 — and some perspective is needed here.

First, he does not really like golf all that much, so the training and the dedication that Tiger was willing to offer back in the day to be an all-timer may or may not be there over the long haul.

Second, the game is fickle. Period.

Third, the simple math is troubling. Koepka has four majors. Yes, he has four in the last eight majors played and that math is impressive as all Hades.

But to get over 10, Koepka would need to add Arnold Palmer's career to his current hot streak.

Think about that.

And conversations like this make Tiger's 15 and Jack's 18 all the more impressive.


From Will:

Please tell me you got some hate mail this week? That starts my weekend in a perfect way.

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Sorry, Will. Have not had anything really controversial on the A2 side.

May need to work on that.

Did get this one, so this will have to tide you over:

"When I saw you were not on A2 Saturday I got my hopes up that you had been finally fired. But there you were (Tuesday). Damn it."

Contact Jay Greeson at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com.


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