published Monday, August 8th, 2011

5 at 10: Tiger Woods, MMA and Jeff Francoeur shows off the arm

OK, let's get to it. From the "7-Up Stinks Studios," here we go...

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    Adam Scott from Australia, right, and his caddie Steve Williams share a laugh on the 17th tee during third round play in the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Tiger still the center of attention in middle of the pack

Tiger Woods finished 18 shots back of Bridgestone winner Adam Scott and caddie Stevie Williams, his former caddie who Woods fired earlier this season. Tiger finished tied-for-37th and collected $58,000; Scott's winning check was for $1.4 million, meaning Williams walked away with roughly $140,000, considering the customary caddie's 10-percent cut. 
Not to be satisfied with winning or making more money or enjoying one of the most high-profile moments in the history of caddies — the gallery at the 18th fairway was chanting "Stevie, Stevie," for crying out loud — Williams met with the media afterward and started swinging all 14 clubs.

Williams, who carried Woods' bag on 13 of his 14 major championships, said Sunday's win was the most satisfying of his career. Ouch. And huh?

Williams, who said he has been a part of 145 wins as a caddie, said this was the "greatest week of my life caddying and I sincerely mean that." Ouch. And huh?

Williams said he was fired over the phone; Woods said Tuesday that he fired Williams face-to-face — a claim that Woods' camp reiterated again Sunday night. Whether you see that as semantics or dramatics, when has a caddie dominated a storyline like this? Has it ever happened?

That said, here's saying that Stevie may want to avoid the limelight for a while. After all, his news conference and the hubbub with Tiger got more coverage and interest than Scott's excellent play. And if you're Adam Scott, that could get old quickly.

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    Atlanta Braves' Dan Uggla hits a two-run single off of New York Mets' Ryota Igarashi in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Braves battle back

Atlanta took two of three from the New York Mets last weekend, but it wasn't easy. Sunday, renowned Mets-killer Chipper Jones delivered the game-winner in the ninth in a 6-5 victory and the Braves (66-49) remained 3.5 games clear of Arizona in the wildcard standings.

Yes, the Phillies are running away and hiding (they've won nine of their last 10 and are 8.5 games up in the NL East). Yes, the starting pitching is starting to leak oil (and Jair Jurrjens' trip to DL does not help matters). Chipper is less than 100 percent and Brian McCann's absence is more noticeable by the day.

But enough with the gloomy 5-at-10. Let's remember that this bullpen is tighter than the nuts on the Veterans' Bridge. Defensively this team is solid and the addition of Michael Bourne gives the Braves an ability to manufacture runs.

Uggla update: Dan Uggla, he of the 28-game-hitting streak, is now hitting .220. It's his highest average since he was at .222 (he was 6-for-27 through seven games) on April 7. He was at .173 on July 4 before the hitting streak began, and while his streak has been impressive, let's give a small tip of the cap to Freddi Gonzalez who took the heat and kept sending Uggla out there everyday. Side note: Do you know who leads the Braves in homers, RBIs and runs scored? Yep, Dan Uggla.

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    Brad Keselowski holds the trophy in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Russ Hamilton Sr.)

NASCAR's wounded warrior

Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR race at Pocono. He did it driving with a broken left ankle.

Now we're not saying this was a Willis Reed-at-the-Garden moment or like Jack Youngblood playing in the NFC title game with a broken leg, but it's still pretty impressive. We're not talking about a sprained wrist or a strained hamstring — a broken ankle is pretty dagnab painful.

And yes, a NASCAR driver does a lot of sitting at work, but those pedals are not going to push themselves.

As for the race, well, it was not bad. And here's saying Pocono is an underrated track. Did anyone see at the end where Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch exchanged words? Although, it's probably a fair question at the end of every NASCAR race to ask, "Did anyone see at the end where (Fill-in-the-blank) and Kyle Busch exchanged words?"

Say what you will, and we think Kyle Busch is a tool bag, but his presence makes NASCAR more interesting.

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    Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz speaks during a mixed-martial arts news conference for UFC 133 Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 in Philadelphia. Oritz takes on Rashad Evans in the main event on Saturday night. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

This and that

— We'll let EC update us further on this, but 5-at-10 sentimental favorite Tito "MMA's Big Papi" Ortiz was TKOed in the second round Saturday night. So it goes.

— The Colorado Rockies have lost 16 straight games that were played on Sunday. We have nothing else to add really, we just thought that was noteworthy.

— Any interest in a 5-at-10 contest for this week's PGA Championship? We've done one for each of the previous three major championships, and the PGA is at least called a major championship.

— The Atlanta Hawks were sold this weekend. The world's longest yard sale was this weekend. Considering the level of junk that the Hawks and the yard sale have produced in the last few years, we don't think this was a coincidence.

— College football update: The teams are still practicing. The coaches are still worrying and the fans are still salivating. Starting this, the 5-at-10 will start a regular countdown of things we're watching for this college football season. More details to come.

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    Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur during a baseball game Friday, July 15, 2011 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Today's question

Did anyone see the throw Jeff Francoeur made Sunday? (Click here and select the video titled "Must C: Cannon")

Francoeur still ranks as the best high school player/athlete we have ever seen. Who is the best high school athlete you've ever seen? Discuss.

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...

Elderick's Caddie won the tournament.

August 8, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

First and Foremost..I want to say thank you for the UFC 133 Story that was published in Saturday's TFP...brought a tear to my eye...not because it was sad or anything...the smell of fresh newspaper in the morning really stings the eyes...

UFC 133 was awesome...considering the card had been shuffled about a half dozen times..but the UFC bosses really pulled it together.. The Hunnington Beach Bad Boy Tito Ortiz was TKO'd by Sugar Rashad Evans who, after nearly being submitted by Ortiz ended the fight with a textbook knee to the abdomin..and the groan Tito let it out..all but told was over...Dan Mergliotta gave Ortiz plenty of chances to intelligently defend himself...but enough was enough and Rashad was victorious...lets just say that the barrage of 4 letter words that were screamed across my living room would have made the most Gangsta Ganstas it goes...The Biggest story of UFC 133 aside from Evans winning and getting showered by Boo Birds??? Well it was the Banana Hammock that was worn by Dennis Hallman...check it out if you dare...but take my word for it.. Greg Louganis wouldnt have dove in something this small and revealing... so what did Dana White do to assure this type of fighting attire would never be seen inside the Octogon again? He awarded the vacant Submission of Night Bonus of $70k to Brian Ebersole...who defeated Dennis Hallman in impressive and quick fashion...Dana White was quoted saying something along lines of...Im giving Ebersole the $70K bonus for getting that garbage off TV as fast as possible...and went on to say that it would not be tolerated in the least going forward....

with that said...Great Night of Fights all around...

August 8, 2011 at 10:19 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Enough about Stevie Williams and Adam Scott...can someone tell me who laid out Adam Scott's cloths on Sunday? All Black with White shoes??? Come on! Im no Fashionista..but something tells me this is illegal in all 50 States...Canada and the majority of Eastern Europe.... Thoughts???

August 8, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
jgreeson said...

P-Davi —

Well played sir. "Hot water burn baby." "246, 246 toothpicks."

EC —

Yet another reason for the 5-at-10 to check out MMA — dudes who show up in banana hammocks get pounded.

All-black and white shoes is better than a banana hammock — but not by a lot. As for Adam Scott's attire, what ever he wears this weekend will need earplugs. And a muzzle for Stevie.

This will be an interesting weekend for Tiger. In years past, he would have DE-stroyed anyone who cared to speak out against him. Remember the Stephen Ames incident (Where Ames said something like "Tiger can be beat," then faced Woods in match play and lost 9 & 8, which is a Biblical whipping in golf circles).

Let's see how Woods — and in some ways Scott — responds to this.

— 5-at-10

August 8, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From McPell

Interesting facts about Uggla - what would his average be now if he had started the "first half" at .250 and then went on his streak?
Best HS athlete??? Been a while, and he not have been the greatest HS athlete ever, but most talented I ever shot hoops with was Jimmy Braddock. Another favorite was "Freight Train" who played LB at City, and went to UCLA on scholarship. He played football and ran track, and as we were talking before a 100 yd dash, I found out he was fluent in Spanish! He was built like a short Charles Barlkey at the time, but attended class more than Sir Charles. (Yes, youngsters, races used to be in yards, not meters, kilos, decaliters, etc in the dark ages)

August 8, 2011 at 11:07 a.m.
eljefe said...

They compared "Frenchy" Francouer to Roberto Clemente over the weekend based upon that throw. It was nasty (Ms. Jackson Nasty). Not sure I agree with the comparsion to Clemente but that is probably nostalgia.

Can I get some love for the Bo Sox!?! 3 strong days against the Evil Empire! Even fake Al Davis agrees their performance last night was ree-Dikta-luss.

On a personal note, we are all well and hope Team 5 @ 10 is too. Thank you for the added dose of questions from WEENA the past 2 mailbags. I do so miss his keen observations.

Finally, You asked to me to say hey to LeBron. I did. I asked him if he was better than Jordan. He is an so is Durant, D-Wade, Kobe and a host of others. Why? Because every generation is better, faster, stronger. The game and the players evolve. If you happen to be well ahead of your time (Bill Russel, Wilt Chamberlain, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente) (See what I did there? See how that all wrapped up?) then you are both talented and blessed.

Now someone call 911 for Jordan Rules ...

August 8, 2011 at 11:14 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

After watching Frenchy's one-man vivisection of Lassiter High in the state championship nine years ago, I put him at the top of the list of high school athletes I've seen.

Second on the list is Champ Bailey. Playing quarterback for Charlton County High. I put Derrick Stegall from Newnan in that category.

Now to go off the board a bit - I submit Delisha Milton-Jones, now a three-time U.S. Olympic gold medal winner. Best female athlete I've ever seen play.

August 8, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I remember the first time i ever heard of Francouer...I was sitting next to an old Friend at AT&T...who was sitting next to Jeff Blauser...who had already said...this stop at AA wasnt going to be a long one...then Francouer sent a frozen rope from the right field foul pole to third base... he was never to be seen in AA again...well at least by me....

Not to be out done by Dennis Hallman and his now infamous Banana Hammock...Brian Ebersole had his chest hair man-scaped into an Arrow pointing was pure Gold....Burt Reynolds was proud!!!

August 8, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Eljefe —

Good to hear you and the Jefe Klan are doing well. Fair point about each generation getting better, but for the love of all things holy, did you really have to go and pull JordanRules' string? Really? As Maggie says in Caddyshack, "TANKS for nuttin'" there Jefe.

As for the BoSox, dear Lord, what a lineup. Who's that team's MVP? Pedroia, who has been the best hitter in the bigs since June 1? Ellsbury, who is the best lead-off hitter in the bigs (he's at .319 with 19 HRs and 70-plus RBIs and 31 steals)? Or A-Gonz who leads the majors in average and RBIs?

BIspy —

If memory serves, Francoeur went 5-for-6 with five HRs in that state title series sweep against Lassiter, which trotted one starting pitcher that went to the majors and another that went to UGA. Plus, his sophomore season at Parkview, he touchdown the football like 30 times (20 receptions and 10 picks) and scored 15 touchdowns.

Champ Bailey sounds like a good one, too.

EC —

We were at the same game, and saw Francoeur make that throw at AT&T. You could hear it whistling from the outfield.

— 5-at-10

August 8, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

With the Little League World Series starting up...I have a question for the group...I could look it up but Im just way to lazy to do so...Has there ever been a youngster appear in the Little League World Series and The College World Series or MLB World Series???

August 8, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Little League World Series alums include:

Gary Sheffield, Derek Bell, Jason Bay Boog Powell and Jason Marquis.

I know that Jason Varitek played in the LLWS, and the CWS (for Ga. Tech) and the WS (Red Sox).

— 5-at-10

August 8, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Francouer in the state finals against the fighting McMurtrys - 4 dingers, six ribbies, a win and a save and a couple of doubles to boot. Yeah, not a bad day.

August 8, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Nice....way to deliver!

Speaking of Deliver...Did Shannon Sharpe not deliver with his HOF Speech Saturday? wow!

August 8, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Sharpe's speech was sharp. And the image of his brother sitting there with tears running down his cheeks was awesome in its awesomeness. Well, we're going to have to gauge awesomeness against the dude with an arrow cut into his chest hair, but it's still pretty awesome.

That said we take umbridge to Shannon's statement about being the only player of the 267 in the NFL HoF that can say he's not the best football player in his family. Uh, the Matthews family has some bones to pick with that statement.

— 5-at-10

August 8, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Oso's back in the house! WHAT A WEEK! The ASA softball week was an absolute blast! So much quality ball and so much talent all in one place. Not to mention that i got to toss a California's always a good week when you get to toss a coach from Cali. That's some southern hospitality there for ya! Overall it was a great experience and got to meet a ton of new umpire friends. Great experience. Now that I'm back to the real world what's been goin on? Any sports news?! I havent had the opportunity to catch anything you wrote about Cinco so i really have no comment on anything you wrote about. Just thought i would brag on the local ASA chapter for a great week.

FYI the TFP did manage to catch visual proof of the Oso in action....check out ASA 08/03/2011 pic number 5 and check out the really thats all there is...just my head.

August 8, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
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