published Thursday, April 14th, 2011

5 at 10: Vols defensive backs, Bonds verdict and Kobe's costly comment

The 5-at-10 had a rocking H-R meeting this a.m., so we're moving quickly today. Plus, as the Mrs. 5-at-10 often reminds us, the comments on here are hilarious (so get to comment-ating-ly-zation-ized).

Here we go...

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    Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press Sep4, 2010 UT's Marsalis Teague, left, and Janzen Jackson break up a pass intended for UT Martin's Chris Thompson at Neyland Stadium Saturday evening.

UT spring fling -- defensive backs

The SEC's spring football offensive MVP in absence is South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was suspended indefinitely for the something like the 43rd time earlier this month.

The SEC's spring football defensive MVP in absence is UT safety Janzen Jackson, who is not enrolled in school this semester to handle personal issues.

There is no real way to overstate Jackson's affect on the Vols secondary. With Jackson, a big-time player who has NFL speed and is an All-Pro caliber hitter, the secondary is a strength. Without him, the shuffling and reshuffling that will result turns the secondary into another question mark on a team filled with them.

So it goes.

But -- like UT's linebackers -- help is most definitely on the way.

The Vols have one of the nation's top recruiting hauls of DB's, a great thing considering how defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox likes to deploy multiple defensive backs.

Plus, there are some true studs coming -- and the 5-at-10 is on record saying that incoming freshman safety Brian Randolph is going to be a big-time big-timer. Write it down.

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    Fans hold signs with asterisks as San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds takes his position in left field against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major Leauge Baseball game in Milwaukee, Friday, July 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Bonds guilty (duh) -- officially

Barry Bonds was found guilty of obstruction late Wednesday afternoon. Here's hoping he gets whatever the judge decides and this is the last we hear about this for a long while.

Wait, we do have one more question -- how much did the government spend to get that (steroid) hardened criminal off the mean streets of his gated community in some seven-figure neighborhood.

Here's knowing that the American people can sleep a little easier tonight now that Barry has been brought to justice.

One more thing -- Greg Anderson is some kind of steroid wing-man. Anderson, Bonds' longtime trainer kept his silence (again) and faces jail time (again) for refusing to cooperate with the prosecution (again).

One more thing (last one, promise) -- This Bonds case was SO much fun that we can't wait until the Clemens trial. (That's sarcasm, scole023.)

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    Members of the Auburn football team including running backs Michael Dyer (5) and Davis Hooper (45) work out during the first day of spring NCAA college football practice for the national champion Auburn Tigers in Auburn, Ala., Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Breaking News: NCAA to discuss possible Auburn infractions

Former Auburn football player Chaz Ramsey is reportedly meeting with NCAA officials in the coming days. No word whether he is heading to Indy or whether the NCAA is coming to him. Heck, the NCAA probably should open a satellite office in Birmingham halfway between Auburn and Tuscaloosa.

Ramsey told the Birmingham News that he "may" know the coaches and boosters that he told HBO Sports gave him thousands of dollars when he was playing football for the Tigers.

If Ramsey names names, this could get messy. If he doesn't, well, this will either be part of the conspiracy or part of the eventual burning of The Plains -- the view depending greatly on how you feel about the Tigers.

The 5-at-10 would be remiss if we did not mention Ramsey's failed lawsuit against Auburn for his career-ending back injury. No commentary here, just stating the fact.

Let's just move along.

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    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant celebrates after making a three-point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Kobe gets slapped for slurs

Quick question: Have you ever -- in a moment of anger or frustration -- ever cussed or said something you regretted? Yeah, the 5-at-10 has too.

Well, it cost Kobe Bryant $100 grand. His choice of words was poor, but it was in the middle of a heated exchange in the middle of a heated game.

Was the slur need? Of course not, but that's some serious coin for something said in the heat of the moment. So it goes.

We can't use either of the words Kobe used that were caught by TNT courtside microphones -- let's just say he was less than kind to a specific group. But what is more troubling, Kobe's poor choice of words in a heated moment or the fact that he has 15 technicals — yes, 15 — this year? In his public apology, Bryant said he regretted the slur because of the bad example it might set for the people that look up to him. If he's worried about setting a poor example, quit showing your tail and getting T-ed up once every fifth game.

We're not sayin' anything, we're just sayin' — you know?

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    This photo taken April 5, 2011 shows Rebel the Black Bear, the new University of Mississippi mascot, making its much-awaited debut Tuesday, at the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus in Jackson. Ole Miss has been without a mascot since Col. Rebel was retired in 2003. Last fall, students voted to create a on-field mascot and Rebel the Black Bear won out. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Greg Jenson)

This and that

— The NBA playoffs seeds are set. We already have a question in the mailbag about the playoffs, and we didn’t want to double dip. Yes, this is what we called a teaser in the family-oriented-Intertube-web-based-sports-column business. Bulls, Spurs are the No. 1 seeds and neither will make the NBA finals — how about them apples?

— Quick NFL draft question: What do the Titans do? More and more the thought of Julio Jones makes more and more sense. That said, there likely will be a big-time prospect that was previously mentioned as a possible No. 1 overall pick (a DeQuan Bowers, a Nick Fairley, a Patrick Peterson) on the board when the Titans pick at No. 8. That would be hard to turn down — especially Peterson, who in a few years will be among the best DBs in the NFL.

— Quick props to Chipper Jones, who homered in the ninth inning of last night’s 5-1 loss to the Marlins. That was RBI 1,500 for Jones, who has crafted a Hall of Fame career. It was the lone highlight for the Braves, who had little answer for Marlins righty Josh Johnson, who has Hall of Fame talent.

— Wow, there is more unrest in Oxford. Rising junior quarterback Nathan Stanley, who had the most experience of the players competing for the QB job, reportedly has left the program. This after linebacker D.T. Shackleford — only the Rebels’ biggest stud — was lost for the season with a knee injury. You know who’s to blame — that’s right the Rebel Black Bear.

Until tomorrow and the mailbag.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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patrickd said...

That is one furious looking Rebel Black Bear.

April 14, 2011 at 10:07 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I have to admit that i am totally offended at the use of bear for the mascot. I am also offended at double dipping...that is just gross. I am also offended by the very mention of the name of Barry Bonds (not so much as the mention of a specific UCONN player that would have won...oh nevermind) Lastly i am offended by the over use of sayin things that dont need to be sayin just to be know what im sayin? OH...PETA is offering to snip a dude for free if he gets his dog neutered as well...i know ....not sports related..but funny as all get out when you think Im sure PETA will eventually get involved with the over use of animals as school mascots...which leads me back to my first point...See what i did there?! And I'm sure Mr. Money Bags himself Bryant isnt hurting from that 100,000 dollar slap on the hand. How much does he get a year?!?!

April 14, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

I thought double dipping was an extra big pinch of Copenhagen. Silly me. And who looks up to Kobe ... well, besides me, since I'm 5-11 3/4 (just so I can continue to play in the 6-foot and under league, in case I decide to do so). I mean, he's been a great role model because of ... because of ... I'll get to something positive in a minute ... oh, yeah, he speaks Italian. Now, if he started talking trash on the court in Italian, that would be awesome.

April 14, 2011 at 10:41 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

So Mr.5@10, any update on MMA in the TFP? I will most likely bother you about this until you tell me to never show my face aroudn these parts again, but I will try to be subtle.

As for Bryant, what he said is no worse than what is said on Cable TV before the 8'oclock hour..David Stern is just a communist...that doesnt mean I agree with Kobe and what he said...but c'mon...The guy is a passionate player and he doesnt take any slack off the refs for what he sees as bogus calls...anywho...Kobe will have his 6th ring come June...anybody wanna bet against him?

April 14, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

I have a Jeopardy! audition later this month. Will all those nights of Doc's and Manuel's trivia now pay off?

April 14, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Quick, The tiny village of Bree can be located in this fictitious novel made famous by a hit movie.

April 14, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Pdavi —

I by furious, you mean cuddly, then yes, that's one furious Black Bear.

Oso —

The 5-at-10 issues the following statement about you being offended: "While we are in now way making a judgement about the merits for or against the time he did or did not spend reading the 5-at-10, the powers that be at the 5-at-10 corporate headquarters located in Smyrna, Ga., Chattanooga, Tenn., and parts unknown offer our sincere and formal feelings of concern and worry about the mental state of any of our readers that may or may not have issue with any of the things we may or may not write in the days that may or may not be ahead." That's what the lawyers thought would be the best approach (we originally pitched, "Cry me a river, Nancy Boy," but that was vetoed by the bigwigs. Alas.).

As for Kobe, no he's not hurting for the coin, but doesn't make it any less tiresome from all sides.

BIspy4 — Don't know if you knew, but we quit the snuff. Been almost a year. Crazy, huh. Anyhoo, Kobe is hardly a frontrunner for some of the humanitarian awards, but EC is spot on, dude can flat ball. And you are definitely on the short list of folks we know that could make a run on the Jeopardy! show. "I'll take Anal Bum Cover for $200, Alex. That's "An Album Cover" you fool."

EC —

Still in discussions about the MMA (the TFP sports editor is hard-headed as all get out — just ask anybody). And David Stern is not a communist — he's a public relations master. Diffuse and move on, that's the way of the corporate world.

— 5-at-10

April 14, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I suppose you are correct about D-Stern but I loath him. Moving on

Way to go L-Dub...raking up some serious points for The Charliesheenanators...along with Lance Berkman and Doc Holiday..(Roy Halladay)

BSpy..will you be going against Ken Jennings? Or that Computer? no? ok Probably wouldnt watch anyways...but good luck!!!

There is alot to say about the hard headed TFP Sports Editor, none of which that would cost a person $100,000 for saying.

Kevin Durrant got his 2nd NBA Scoring title...keep an eye on this guys hands...there will be rings coming soon....

April 14, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...


April 14, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I think I may put on a mask and go as Mr. Jeopardy! No. 2. In other news, Copenhagen stock continues to plummet.

April 14, 2011 at 1:16 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

L-Dub is going to be a big-time Big-Timer as a free agent pick up for the Sheenators (Winning). And Durant is the 5-at-10's favorite NBA player hands down. Love his game. A modern day superstar that can really shoot it — like old-school NBA guys who hit 50 percent from the field and 80-plus percent from the line. In fact, here's hoping the Thunder make a run (ain't going to happen, Stern and the powers that be won't stand for that).

Oso —

CJ was one of the few consistently, laugh-out loud funny skits in what has been a rocky decade for SNL. Add this to you summer list — "SNL first ballot HoF (limit 5)" — with the boxing one from yesterday.

BIspy —

Dude, that mask image made me laugh out loud at my desk. Awesome. On your bio you need to think outside the lines so Alex has to say something like, "BIspy4, says here you have 'beaten the man,' and you're ready to walk the walk. Care to elaborate?" Yeah Alex, you can't be first but you can be next, WOOOOOOO!

Copenhagen called begging for the 5-at-10 to take them back, but we explained it wasn't them it was us.

— 5-at-10

April 14, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

A little moment of silence ... the founder of that paragon of journalism, Tiger Beat magazine, has gone on to his great reward. No, not Time. Well, yes, in a sense. But who will put Win a Dream Date with Ox on the cover now?

April 14, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.
jgreeson said...

What was the cause of death? Heart attack? Did he swallow a lot of aggression — along with a lot of pizzas?

Lighten up Francis. And here's to new bestest buddy and big toe Sgt. Hulka.

— 5-at-10

April 14, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

YES!!! Finally accepts paypal...Ok...putting HoF SNL Skits on the list right behind Top 5 Saturday Morning Cartoon Characters from the 80's....Wh' what? Justice League and Looney Tunes was the JUNK back in the day!

April 14, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

This just in...Pete Rose approached Josh Hamilton to teach him the proper way to slide (belly flop) head first into Homeplate....Ron Washington has not stopped chewing sunflower seeds long enough to comment

April 14, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
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