published Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

5 at 10: Braves, NFL draft and recruiting from Jurick to God's Gift to Kevin Ware

Before we get going, remember we're still looking for some Friday mailbag questions.

Here we go...

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    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson reacts after striking out in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 18, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Braves' bats busted

When you go to Dodger Stadium, runs are always at a premium. That's a baseball axiom up there with, "Don't try going first-to-third on Ichiro," and "Never throw Jeff Francoeur a fastball," as fundamental truths of the game.

Dodger Stadium is a tough place to hit — especially for teams that rely on home runs — and the L.A. pitching staff is generally among the league's best.

So when James Loney lined a two-out, two-run single through the box in the bottom of the first last night to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, the 5-at-10 turned the game off knowing that the Braves and starter Tim Hudson were cooked. The 4-2 loss that ensued was far from shocking, but a couple of these might surprise you:

— Nate McLouth had two doubles and raised his average .232. That mark is fifth among Braves' regulars, ahead of Jason Heyward (.222), Freddie Freeman (.224) and Dan Uggla (.197). "Can we have tortoise-ly slow starts for $400, Alex?" (That's "Therapists" you moron.)

— Only one Braves starter (Brian McCann) is hitting over .300

That is how you get to 7-10. The 5-at-10 is still riding shotgun on the Braves' bandwagon, but the lineup needs to figure some things out pretty quickly.

Draft steals to be had

Great story in today's TFP by our college football ace David Paschall, talking to former Calhoun High and UGA receiver Kris Durham about the draft and how the labor unrest means undrafted guys will have to sit and wait. Read more here http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/apr/19/durham-dilemma-undrafted-nfl-hopefuls-will-be-limb/.

Anyhoo, that got the 5-at-10 thinking about this draft. We talked Monday about some of the guys that would be steals after the first round. Let's go deeper.

The rosters of great NFL teams are dotted with stars and contributors that were often either undrafted or swiped late in the process. Sure, everybody this side of Gisele knows Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick. So was Matt Hasselback. The Steelers got future NFL defensive player of the year James Harrison off the scrap heap after he went undrafted.

So here are a few names that will not be heard until next weekend (first round is Thursday, rounds two and three are Friday, rounds four through seven are Saturday), but from what the 5-at-10 believes, they will be around for many weekends to come:

— Lee Ziemba, tackle, Auburn

— Anthony Allen, running back, Georgia Tech

— Derrick Locke, running back, Kentucky

— Kelvin Sheppard, linebacker, LSU

— Taiwan Jones, running back, Eastern Washington

(Unless of course our guy Al Davis decides to take one of these cats in the second round. So it goes.)

NBA playoffs have old-school feel

The next line will feel as familiar as, "I don't think the heavy stuff is gonna to come down for quiet a while."

But the Chicago Bulls are winning big games by leaning on a big-time Big-Timer, who is delivering big plays. It's big, right?

Now don't go crazy EC, this is not saying Derrick Rose is as good as Michael Jordan (the 5-at-10 is not cracked — completely — and as competitive as Jordan is, he'd probably comment on here trying to convince us otherwise). But the young Rose is doing work right now for the Bulls, who have had to fight to take a 2-0 lead over the No. 8-seeded Pacers.

Chicago is a legit sidekick (and no Carlos Boozer does not count) away from being the best team in the league, but right now Rose is an entertaining blend of a young Jordan, a young Isaiah and a young Alvin Robertson (Rose may not be the shut down defender Robertson was, but Rose is vastly underrated defensively).

In today's pantheon, LeBron may be the game's most physically imposing presence and Kobe is the game's best player. Rose is somewhere between the two.

Brighter days ahead for college hoops

Maybe 2011-12 will be the year of the college basketball renaissance, too.

Harrison Barnes is coming back to UNC, giving the Tar Heels one of the nation's most talented clubs (and most experienced, which sounds funny at its core since they could very well start two sophomores and a freshman).

In addition to another big-time recruiting haul, Kentucky's freshman duo of Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight may return. Plus, Ohio State expects the bulk of its team to return.

The absence of great teams that created unpredictable tournaments in recent years looks like it will be filled with several star-studded teams from the upper-echelon programs.

Side note: Former East Ridge High and Chattanooga State standout Philip Jurick signed with Oklahoma State on Monday. The 6-foot-11 center averaged almost a triple-double last season (for the love of Bill Russell's Chuck Taylors, dude averaged more than NINE blocks a night).

Side note, part deux: In looking for recruiting news on Jurick this morning, the 5-at-10 learned of the battle raging between Washington and Cincinnati to land juco forward God's Gift Achiuwa. Wow. God's Gift? Really. The 5-at-10 has never been short on confidence, but God's Gift? That's what we're going with?

Yep, the golden days of college hoops may be close to returning.

This and That

— Former UT signee Kevin Ware has decided to play college basketball at UCF, picking the Knights over Georgia and late interest from Louisville. Ware, a top-100 player from Rockdale County outside of Atlanta, asked for and was granted his release from UT after the Vols replaced Bruce Pearl with Counzo Martin. l

— The 5-at-10 is remiss that we did not mention this Monday, but former Baylor School star and Vandy standout golfer Luke List tied for second on the Nationwide Tour last weekend. The 5-at-10 has always thought highly of List and his game, and if he can ever get rolling, the kid has big-time PGA skills.

— Which of these did NOT happen at Sunday's NASCAR race:

a) Auburn football coach Gene Chizik, who was the grand marshal of Sunday's NASCAR after leading the Tigers to the national title last fall, was booed at the track in Talladega, Ala.

b) The guy that gave the invocation before the start of the race ended his prayer with "Roll Tide."

c) An Earnhardt appeared glad to help someone else win the race.

d) Aliens shot out from sky, used their neutron ray guns to make Kurt Busch tolerable and Trevor Bayne irritating.

— From the files of, "Say What?" the BYU dance team was crowned national hip-hop champions. Read that again. From the Deseret (Utah) News story: The Brigham Young University Cougarettes have won their ninth national dance championship, but in a way that nobody saw coming: They took home the title of National Hip Hop Champions (at the annual NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championships). The Cougarettes traditionally perform in the Dance Division 1A category but this is the first time the team competed in the Hip Hop category, which was added in 2010. "I just don't think anyone expected the Mormon girls from Utah to bring it like they did," said Cougarettes Dance Captain Brynlee Fielding. "They just see us as technical dancers, but we knew we could do more."

No word whether anyone committed any honor-code violations.

Until tomorrow.

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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Eustice_Chase said...

Even if you did say D-Rose was like Jordan...it wouldnt be the first time I heard it today... I dont believe The Bulls are that far off to Win this year. I think they can do it because of the D they are playing...Boozer and Noah arent exactly the dyanmic duo that will propel them into NBA Championship glory...but they are a far cry from D-Leaguers...So i believe the Bulls have what it takes...as for the Braves...i plan to ride this wagon until it goes down in a blaze of glory or reaches the top of Bunker HIll battered and bruised Champions

April 19, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I STILL BELIEVE EC IN THE BULLS...PICKED THEM OVER A WEEK AGO AND STILL BELIEVE...AS FAR AS THE BRAVES GO...I BELIEVE THEY ARE GOING TO BE LIVING ON A PRAYER BY THE END OF THE YEAR IF THEY DONT CHANGE THINGS AROUND. AND I LIKE DURHAM, HES ONE OF THOSE RELIABLE UNKNOWN RECEIVERS THAT PRO QB'S CHECK DOWN TO WHEN THEY NEED A PLAY...SOME WILL SNAG HIM UP....

April 19, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Oh did ya hear? they are releasing the NFL schedule soon....how exciting ...we get to learn about Games that arent gonna happen!!!

April 19, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

THE NFL....HUMPH...ILL BE THERE FOR YOU....I THINK NOT....DONT GET ME STARTED ON THE SEASON THAT COULD HAVE BEEN...ITS GONNA BE LIKE THE ABBREVIATED BASEBALL SEASON...

April 19, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I hear ya, I suppose I will just be forced to enjoy exciting NBA playoffs and the long summer of MLB...looking forward to every inning! I am probably more excited about Highschool football getting started...looking at First Year as a Ref...hopefully!

April 19, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

With TSSAA?!?!

April 19, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Yes sir!

April 19, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I am not going to bother the 5@10 about MMA today, but I will say that This summer is looking like a great summer for MMA...I wish we could get aa legit event in Chattanooga...

But I will put a feather in my cap for snagging 2b Ben Zobrist off of waivers...hes been a huge help for the Sheenanators!

April 19, 2011 at 1:48 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

The Bulls can definitely win it all (just think this will be the playoffs that motivate D-Rose to the next level of greatness). The NFL is skating on thin ice. Everyone knows how we feel about the draft, but to make a big deal about the schedule that may have to be rescheduled is borderline insulting. So it goes.

If the lockout cuts into the season, here's hoping some of the SEC games get moved to Sunday (some would say they are already getting paid, why not play on Sundays with the rest of the pros). That's cool that you're going to be a ref. Here's a warm-up for you: "Hey stripes, you need glasses!"

What are some of the websites for legit MMA stuff? Point us in a direction — we need to do some research for that taskmasters of a sports editor that's down here.

Oso —

Agree on Durham. Good size; good hands. Heck Brian Finneran's still in the league, right? As for your Atlanta Braves, if somebody in that lineup does not get hot, the 5-at-10 may be forced to punch Joe Simpson in the arm. Don't make us do it, either. And no sweat about the hijack, that's what this joint is for — and nobody loves high school sports more than the TFP.

— 5-at-10

April 19, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I UMPIRE FOR TSSAA!! GIRLS SOFTBALL. HAD OOLTEWAH / GPS YESTERDAY....DOUBLE HEADER TODAY. LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEKENDS TOURNAMENT UP AT SODDY. SHOULD BE INTERESTING WITH OOLTEWAH PLAYING AS WELL AS THEY ARE RIGHT NOW....SRY...DIDNT MEAN TO GET ONTO FASTPITCH SOFTBALL.....THEY KEEP ASKING ME TO GET ON BOARD WITH FOOTBALL...JUST HAVENT MADE THE MOVE YET. (SRY JAY, WE JUST HIJACKED UR 5@10 COMMENT SECTION TO DISCUSS TSSAA ATHLETICS)

April 19, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I heard about the potental move of some college games to sunday...have to say that I like it... There are so many games on saturday in college football it only makes sense to expand if the opening is there...as for the NFL on sunday...they only show a limited number of games on cable...but ESPN proudly presents the PBA every sunday afternoon...why is that? Seems that The NFL could share the love...is it due to lack of attendance at certain games??

Oso- I love me some fastpitch softball, but Baseball and Football have my heart so I wanted to get in the mix of Reffing...I just hope I get the chance!!

April 19, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

LETS GO WITH THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON SUNDAYS!!! IM ALL FOR IT! EC, I LOVE BASEBALL....BUT WHEN IT COMES TO UMPING...I CAN GET LIKE TWO FAST PITCH SOFTBALL GAMES IN BEFORE MOST GUYS GET ONE BASEBALL GAME IN. MAYBE ILL SEE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD ONE DAY. AND I KNOW CINCO / DIAZ LOVES HIM SOME HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS..MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS THE DRAFT..ESPECIALLY WITH AS MUCH AS WE HAVE GOIN ON RIGHT NOW. GREAT TIME OF YEAR!!!

April 19, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Thanks for the insight, I will have to keep that in mind! I know where I go for all the latest news in MMA...thats MMAJunkie.com and MMAPlayground.com/mmanews the great thing about MMA playground is lots of links to high class MMA News sites... and I am sure that if the 5@10 wanted to Flex some 5@10 muscle he could get some great scoops on things so that I can read about them with my morning coffee...

April 19, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

The BIG stories in MMA right now...are UFC buying Strikeforce and the possibility of MMA Superfights to Unify Titles...Anderson Silva vs GSP Superfight if they both win their next title fights...GSP 170 lb Champ...Anderson Silva 185lb champ...3rd would be the rise of Jon Jones...who has two older brothers that played D-Line for Syracuse U...and one of them plays NFL...Jon Jones..23yrs old..youngest UFC champ ever...honarable mention would go to Brock Lesnar coaching this season on TUF vs Junior Dos Santos...which will end at PPV when Lesnar faces Dos Santos for the #1 contender spot for a shot at UFC Heavyweight Champ Cain Velasquez

this may sound like a foriegn language to some...but its great competition and action!! Boxing would kill for this kind of excitement and action again...

April 19, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I could see Al Davis taking Lee Ziemba in the 2nd round to help Al Davis with his beard technique

April 19, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Thanks for the MMA knowledge. And your 100-percent spot-on that boxing would love to have the interest/action that MMA has. Boxing used to be awesome — there was some panache about being champ of the world. Then it became about being pound-for-pound the best, which morphed into being the baddest guy around. (Side note: Before the Mrs. 5-at-10 settled us down, we'd howl at the moon and get in the occasional tussle. Our biggest fear was running across a 145-pound former Golden Glove champ that would land 12-14 punches before we put the Bud Light down. Good times.) That and the corruption of boxing (and having 12 belts for every weight class) have made boxing borderline unwatchable. Alas.

As for Al Davis, he'd definitely take Big Lee Ziemba for beard tips and he'd draft God's Gift Achiuwa just because his name is so, So, SO boss.

Morning paper and a cup o' coffee are one of life's simple joys.

— 5-at-10

April 19, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

The points that you made about boxing are exactly what Dana White and the UFC brass are trying to keep from happening...there is no need to have a 137.5 lb champ along with a 139 lb champ... although the UFC expanded to add the lower weight classes, they now have 135,145,155,170,185,205 and Heavyweight(which cuts off at 265) MMA will surpass boxing one day...( and yes I understand Mrs.EC settled me down a little, I used to enjoy going to the local BWW stand on the balcony or tables and give the Stone Cold Steve Austin Salute to those who didnt agree with me) those days have passed.... lets just say that when you're young dumb and full of "the silver bullet"... things dont roll off your back like you would want

April 19, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.
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