From Grady

Has anyone discussed the layers of (players protesting and kneeling during the anthem) with it coming on the eve of 9/11?


Before we get to the mailbag and try to have some fun, let's say a silent prayer for the memories and those lost and affected by 9/11 on this day 19 years ago.

True heartache and sadness and pure evil and hatred.

Amid the division of today, part of the memories of those awful, cowardice acts is the unity it created among all Americans.

And amazingly, sports was one of the central parts of that pride and togetherness. Today, sports is still in the spotlight of social conscientiousness, but it's not that same unifying force.

Whatever side you support, and whatever you believe about, that fact is not debatable, because during the unity moment before the kickoff of the 101st NFL season, the booing from the Kansas City fans was audible to all watching.

Sure, America uniting to fight outside forces and using sports as a springboard for patriotism was a great deal easier by comparison to the internal fights we see all around us.


From TM (and several others on this topic)

The NFL ratings will be (bleep) in a month. Is there a Jewish anthem? Is there a Latino anthem? Is there an Asian anthem? Horse (Bleep)!

TM and the rest—

The pregame stuff before the kickoff last night was interesting. Some of you will love it and some clearly hate it.

There was the moment of unity.

The Texans stayed in the locker room for the pregame stuff. Almost all of the Chiefs stood for the anthems — yes, anthems, the national anthem and "Lift Every Voice" a hymn that is widely viewed as the Black national anthem. (Side note: If it became widely known that we were playing a religious song before football games, I wonder how the "Keep religion out of my face" folks that have kittens when there's a prayer before a high school football game would react?)

I have said before and contend that if you want to change the anthem, I am here for that conversation.

But if you have multiple anthems, then you have no anthem.

And it's pretty clear we are United only in the name before the states in USA friends.

The NFL ratings will be exceedingly interesting to follow. I know people who will not watch because of this, but how many?

We'll see.


From Drew


I am a long time listener of press row (couple time caller) and have been reading the 5 at 10 for a while now. 
I want to get in the pool. I got the Steelers this week. Is this against the spread or straight up?

Lastly, I listened to the show yesterday when you were talking about Labor Day. I understand the whole union=corrupt stereotype.. and stereotypes are there for a reason. However, there are a lot of unions still thriving and providing a respectable wage, health insurance, pension, etc... even in the south.

Have a good one.

Drew —

Fair point, and there are a slew of things that fall into a long-held stereotype and is plugging along with success despite it.

There are unions that do it right and do it for the right reasons, which should always be the improved conditions of their workers.

But like a lot of things — from politics to movements to charities to the Catholic church to all points in between — the flaws often come with the real conclusion that we are a flawed race.

I understand what generated the union concept, especially back in the day. But the layers and bloated concepts and the flaws are every bit as clear as the need.

Before I got into journalism, I spent the summer of 1996 managing a job site  for the company my father worked for as they redid the GM plant north of Atlanta. Made good money — I wonder how much more money I would have stayed there rather than chasing sports writing — and since it was GM, they required Pop's electrical contractors to use IBEW workers.

And of course there was a site manager who was making B-A-N-K — like $25-plus an hour 25 years ago — doing nothing but being on site and reading the AJC. Either way, Happy Labor Day to all.

The Intimidator Pool is straight up, and for those who want to enter, you have until the end of business today.

Four folks had the Chiefs last night, so Mike R, Larry L, Peter W and Mike L can all rest easy knowing you have a ticket to Week2.

I am hoping to have a list of all the entries by 5 p.m. today, so check back. And Drew, you are in. And you code name will be Union Delegate.

Deal? Deal.

From Jules

True or False,  "Ain't That Lonely Yet" is the best Dwight Yoakam song. It's so good. Side Note, what would the Rushmore be for Country Music singers in a film? Dwight was pretty good and Tim McGraw has a couple as well. And what about Kenny Rogers? I think he had a couple.


That's a great DY song for sure. Not sure I can name a favorite, because Streets of Bakersfield is high on my list.

So is his cover of Suspicious Minds, and I Sang Dixie my be my all-time favorite.

That said, Dwight in "Sling Blade" is 100 percent on the Rushmore of performances from a country star. I'll go with Dolly in "9 to 5" too. (Danny Coleman is wicked underrated all things considered.)

Tim McGraw was great in "Friday Night Lights" and he was fine in "Blind Side."

As for the last spot, wow. A few of you nominated Kris Kristofferson, and he's my pick too. But in some ways he was such a renaissance man that putting him into any one of the excellent categories in which he excelled is not overly fair.

Kenny Rogers was in a lot of movies, with his best being Brewster Baker in "Six Pack."

George Strait was dreadful in "Pure Country" and George Strait is my favorite artist of all time. He or WIllie, and Willie was the best actor either. Reba was in Titanic, but it was a small role and in truth, I hate Titanic.

This week's Rushmores.

Rushmore of Sci-Fi TV shows — This one is impossible the more I think about it, because what constitutes Sci-Fi? Walking Dead. Twilight Zone. The original Star Trek. X-Files. (Underrated: Quantum Leap.)

Rushmore of people with a military rank in their name — Colonel Mustard, Captain Obvious, Admiral Schofield and former Dick Sargent, who was one of the Darrens on Bewitched. (Yes, I know this Rushmore is terrible and you could argue that the football world of Major Harris, Major Ogilive, Major Applewhite and )

Rushmore of statues — Statue of Liberty, The Thinker, the Heisman, Venus de Milo

Rushmore of Lee — Robert E. Lee, Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Vivian Leigh, Bruce Lee.


From J-Mac

Did you notice the sports active on a Thursday.....and at least through Sunday?


Glad some are starting to use announcers at the actual events. What do you think of the announcers not being at the event? I do not like NASCAR calling the race from Charlotte. It is weird to listen to someone not there telling you what is going on.

Good job this week on the 5@10...and of course the radio show. Do you ever go back and look at some of the old 5@10s? I remember some of the earlier ones had less words than your first paragraph now. I have enjoyed it very much over the years as it has evolved. Thank you!


I haven't really noticed announcers not being on site other than when they show them on camera. And while I have not watched enough NASCAR to have a firm opinion on that one specifically, the Braves broadcasts I have watched with Chip and the Gang in Atlanta regardless of where the Braves maybe have been rather seamless in my view.

And yes, the sports spigot is on high and we are getting drenched with sports everywhere.

Here's one of the first 5-at-10s I can recall, and Holy Buckets of brevity, wow.

Thanks for being around from the start, J-Mac. It's been a wild ride, and it's crazy to think that next month will be 10 years of this craziness.


From TC


I think you would have loved my Granny Leonard's cooking as well. I was born and raised in upper East Tennessee (Johnson City) not long after WW2. Mom's side of the family was land rich, but cash poor. Grandad Leonard had inherited about 200 acres of land with about half in timber and the rest in farmable land.

They were fairly typical of depression-era people in that part of the country. They both had no more than an 8th grade education. Both were blessed with a strong work ethic and strong common sense.

From the earliest days I can recall, until about the 8th grade, they had no electricity nor running water. Yes, there was an outhouse involved.

Granny Leonard cooked everything in a cast iron skillet on a big wood fired stove. She made "cat head " size biscuits 7 days a week. They raised (or killed)everything they subsisted on. There was always a pot of pinto beans and turnip greens (with fatback of course) on the stove. One of her favorite things (mine as well) was a bowl of pinto's with garden fresh spring onions and crumbled up fresh made corn bread. By the way, they ground up their own corn meal.

To this day, nobody I have come in contact with (maybe save one near Jefferson City , Missouri) made better cobbler pies. They had both  small peach and apple orchards. Strawberries, Rhubarbs and pumpkins all came fresh out of garden at different times of year. Growing up in Smyrna, surely you had Rhubarb pie? BTW, the woman had fried pies to die for.

Typical breakfast was: fresh biscuits, fried, scrambled or over easy eggs, fresh from their own "layers". Bacon, sausage or country ham. Grandad had a smokehouse, cured his own hams and the occasional turkey. There was lots of canning and a substantial potato cellar.

He farmed that land with a team of mules( "Bud and Bess"). Bess, as it so happens, was Granny's name. Probably about the time I was in the first grade he used to plop me up on that old iron seat on the furrow plow and I would bump along while he would walk next to the rig, holding the reins.

His only cash crop was tobacco. By the time I was a freshman in high school, the tobacco "patch" had grown to about 20 acres. I can't tell you how much tobacco or hay I put up in my young life. Or green beans I snapped or garden's hoed.

Despite the limitation of formal education, he was a master carpenter and often took small jobs for neighbors or out of the local union hall. There were some big out of town projects such as work on the Naval Yards in Newport News,  Virginia.

He loved to read. Loved reading the Bible and Westerns. He gave me my love for the western genre, Louie L'Amour and Zane Gray. One of mom's brother's subscribed to Field & Stream and provided my love for the great Nash Buckingham and Charlie Dickey and later Shelby Foote.

I loved spending time on that farm. Did so every summer until little league baseball came around when I was 10. But was out there every chance I got all the way through high school. Along with my uncles, he gave me my love for hunting, fishing, hunting dogs. He loved his pack of Beagles and the few old quality bird dogs . Some of the happiest days of my life were on that farm afield with him behind the pack of rabbit dogs or a pair of pointers.

That experience, sense of family and self reliance, along with their help, probably saved my life, when at not quite 13 years of age, I lost my mom who was only 34 years of age.

That's another story for another day. But, I think you would have loved granny Leonard's cooking.

Re: 5@10 reference to Megyn Kelley's comments on K. Harris. Sounds like Megyn's angling for a return Faux "News"? Who gives a damn what Megyn thinks?

Enjoyed hearing the fantasy football draft last Saturday on Weston's show. For some reason, I have never warmed up to the Fantasy Sports thing. I learn a little more about it when I listen to you guys, which I find more enjoyable than the ESPN guys. Who knows? Maybe I can get into it since I am retired?

Fingers crossed that we actually have a college football season , etc.

Stay safe!


Great story, and it sent my mind wandering in a slew of directions.

First, one thing I am truly thankful for is getting to know so many folks through this online connection. It's a great benefit, and I loved TC's stroll through memory lane and the East Tennessee country side.

Second, the story so made me think of my grandparents, Nanny and PawPaw, my dad's parents.

First, Nanny was an all-time cook. Seriously. And she too fried pies. How good? Well, the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary wanted to have as many types of cooking from all over the world available. They partnered with the Southern Baptists to have a competition for the best Southern Cooking. Everyone had to cook the same thing — fried chicken green beans, mashed potatoes and a desert.

Nanny Greeson won the whole thing. (Side note: She did not get to go because other Southern religious groups complained about not being invited. So it goes. Side religious note about the side note: After I moved to Chattanooga, Nanny asked if we had found a church. We said yes, and we were going to a church downtown, and it was a Methodist church. I'll never forget her Southern Baptist answer: "Well, that's good. If you actually call that church." Good times.)

In fact, and TC, I'm willing to bet you either smoked all your life or completely hate the smell and site of tobacco because of all those days around it. My father — Nanny and PawPaw had land but little money too — did not like chicken because he had to kill and pluck so many of them growing up.

Big picture, not sure where the disconnect between generations was, but my generation does not have the work ethic of my father's and I'm fearful that my kids' generation does not have the same as mine.

As for Megyn Kelly, I was pointing out what she had to say, because I find that very interesting, in the case of Jacob Blake and George Floyd.

I will offer the universal and needed caveat before I go any further — previous acts 100 percent did not warrant how Floyd was killed or Blake was shot seven times in the back.

But Kelly's statement is something I have wondered in this space before. I would love to hear how the female victims of Blake's and Floyd's crimes view those two guys as martyrs and being held up as symbols of equality.  

I think you would love fantasy football. In fact, I wish I could find an SEC fantasy league. Baseball and basketball are too much work, but fantasy football is like gambling without the groans of losing.

Hope you stay safe too, TC.  

From a bunch of you guys

Kudos to Press Row for getting the GOAT, Jack Nicklaus. Wouldn't you know it, I was at a political thing yesterday (and ran into an old friend from my previous stop) and missed the Nicklaus interview.

Man, that's one helluva get. You'd be hard pressed to top that one.


The interview was great. Probably the best interview ever aired on Chattanooga Sports Radio airwaves.


Wow, how'd you guys get Nicklaus? Great job and great interview.

From Jon

Enjoying watching @NFL and @Braves but can do without the Biden commercials. Dudes dumb as a bag of hammers. When is @realDonaldTrump going to flood the airwaves with ads?


I'm not sure, but it will be very interesting to see if Trump has ads with the NFL.

That also begs the question about ads and fairness of ads, especially for leagues and organizations that are getting the level of anti-trust exemptions and tax breaks the NFL gets.

But one thing is certain, this will be the nastiest political season in my memory, and I feel pretty sure it will be among the most bitter ever.

Good times. Or not.

That said, stay safe friends.

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