published Thursday, August 11th, 2011

5-at-10: NCAA shenanigans, Uggla the Destroyer and the Final Major contest

From the "7-Up Stinks Studios," here we go...

Tons of NCAA "official" news

The NCAA is looking at major reforms. Quick recap: Prez Mark Emmert in an effort to turn the conversation from all the NCAA shenanigans (great word, by the way) has embarked on a reform/overhaul process that is more about the NCAA's image than the NCAA's policies. "Cost of attendance" is the current buzz phrase that sounds clever and great but has much too many holes. Now Emmert wants to tie APR performance to postseason participation. What's next? Well, maybe Emmert will try to see if the NCAA can find the Loch Ness monster. Or maybe Emmert and his board if control will try a real-life version of "Messin' with Sasquatch." Maybe they'll find a unicorn. Sky's the limit, boys.

Next, while they are flinging jazz hands and spirit fingers at every major problem, the NCAA sent another letter of inquiry to THE Ohio State University, which will appear before the NCAA on Friday. It's hard not to think of Emmert's pursuit as more than a little Don Quixote-esque.

While this is happening, the governor of Texas says he's hearing that Texas A&M is in talks with the SEC about joining the world's most powerful football conference.

It's hard not to think of Emmert's shenanigans (great word, by the way) as a silly combination of a rope-a-dope, an attempt to make college presidents smile, a kind-hearted but empty attempt to pretend to be about the players and a last ditch effort to keep the power conferences so happy they won't look at the option of forming their own group.

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    Atlanta Braves player Martin Prado hugs Dan Uggla (26) after the second inning of a baseball game against the Florida Marlins in Miami, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. Uggla hit a single in the first and second innings to continue his hitting streak to 31 games. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Uggla's at 31

The Braves swept the Marlins as Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 31 games.

This has to be the most unpredictable 30-plus game hitting streak of all time, right? Where will it end? How far can it go?

Well, if he can get into the 50s Uggla can get into the MVP talks. Seriously. Don't forget that in 1941 when Joe DiMaggio hit in 56 straight, he won the MVP. Yes, he had a good season, leading the league in RBIs, but his hitting streak was the big one considering that was the year Teddy Williams hit .406 and led the AL in homers.

And Our Sweet Mother of season bests, Uggla's 3-for-5 showing last night lifted his average to .224. That's the highest it's been all season. After going a combined 33-for-195 in the months of May and June, Uggla's charge to a bad batting average has been amazing.

And now ladies, gentleman and BIspy, Dan Uggla does not have the lowest batting average among Braves' regulars. That's right, one Jason Heyward has dropped to .218 after going bagel-for-5 with three Ks last night.

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The PGA Championship is barely a major. We know this.

This PGA Championship has an overflow of major storylines, though. And anyone not named Adam Scott or Stevie Williams who says they don't want Scott and Tiger Woods paired this weekend is fibbing. Plus, which youngster will make his charge as generation next continues to grab golf by the grip.

That said, remember the PGA contest. We'll call it the "Major contest for the least major major." You know the drill: Five golfers, final finish equals the number of points (Finish first = 1 point; finish 13th = 13 points; miss the cut = 100 points), throw out the highest score and the lowest score wins. Who's in? We'll give away tickets to some sort of sporting event in or around the area in the coming days. Here's the entries so far (we need to check the e-mail at work, but more than likely this is it):

BIspy4 — Ricky Barnes, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy Adam Scott, Steve Stricker

EC — Ricky Fowler, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Dill Pickelson and Tigger Woods

BlueOval — Scott, Mickelson, D Johnson, Stricker and Donald

Oso — Arnold Palmer, Woods, McGavin, and Pretend Al Davis

SportTalk's Dr. B (he's a doctor after all): Rory, Adam Scott, Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Watney

SportTalk's Quake: Adam Scott, Rory, Stricker,

Dustin Johnson, Westwood

SportTalk's Cowboy Joe (he's a cowboy after all): Tiger, Watney, Dustin Johnson, Luke Donald, Rory

McPell — Immelman, Goosen, Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Sorenson

TFP Golf writer David Uchiyama — Lee Westwood, Jason Day, Ryo Ishikawa, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore

5-at-10 — Westwood, Rory, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Mickelson

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Westwood, Day, Rory

OTWatcher — Luke Donald, Dustin Johnson, Phil, Davis Love III, Rory

ThatIDoKnow — Rory, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Westwood, Watney

Striker — Stricker, Fowler, Kaymer, Dustin Johnson,

33wannabe — Mickelson, Watson, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Bo Van Pelt

Weena (chicks dig the long ball) —Bubba Watson, Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland, Tiger Woods

AUbacker —Dufner, Westwood, Tiger, YE Yang, Ryo

Prowler — Donald, Fowler, Sergio,

JordanRules — Tiger, Glover, Cink, Casey, Anthony Kim

Tiger — Tiger, Zach Johnson, Angel Cabrera, Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel

Believer — Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Jason Day, Rory

Right in the Birdie Maker (great name by the way) — Donald, Westwood, Fowler, Rory, Day

CelticVol — Mickelson, Watson, Rory, Choi, Stricker

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This and that

— That bright glow from the North part of the county this morning was the smile on Oso's face when he saw that UGA freshman Isaiah Crowell was lights out in Georgia's scrimmage Wednesday. That said, preseason scrimmages are good for judging the kicking game and a QB's accuracy. Everything after that is at best a glass half-empty kind of thing. If the offense goes nuts, then the defense was bad. If the defense dominated, then the offense struggled. But Crowell sounds like the real deal.

— Some of the guys in the office were enthralled with the U.S-Mexico soccer match. Yawn. It's soccer. And it was a practice game (or as they call it "A friendly"). Let us know when the next World Cup — and the next accompanying U.S. disappointment — is and we'll pay attention for a couple of weeks.

— Gang, there appears to be no way to catch the Phillies. The Phils trailed the Dodgers 6-0 after three innings Wednesday and won 9-8. So even when they trot out Vance Worley, who has been good, but he's not a partner in the shutdown law firm of Halladay, Lee and Hamels, and get in an early hole they are finding ways to win. Sorry, EC, this does not look good.

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Today's question

We asked this at the end of yesterday, but wanted to give everyone a chance to respond.

Here were a couple of our proposed rule changes:

— Treat baseball brawls like hockey fights. If a pitcher wants to throw at someone, the two guys can go at it as long as the teams don't jump in. Let's quit this dancing stuff and go. Baseball fights (with the exception of Nolan Ryan of course) are big "Hold me back, Hold me back... I'll knock you out," affairs that are more synchronized swimming than anything else.

— Let's get back to the strike zone that's in the rule book. Like today.

— Steroids. One and done. Caught and you're out. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 million (A-Fraud). That would end it pretty quick, huh?

That caused us to ask, "Top 5 pitchers that you better think twice before charging?"

Here's our lists — Retired category: Nolan Ryan, John Rocker (especially if you're a minority), Goose Gossage, Lee Smith and Pedro Martinez (if you're Don Zimmer); Current category: Verlander, Brian Wilson (dude is nuts), Heath Bell, Carlos Zambrano, and the Pirates' closer, who looks a little "out there."

Who you got?

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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andyjohns said...

Randy Johnson has to be up there. Dude always looked like he could kill a man. And please, let's not even talk about Uggla getting "in the 50s."

August 11, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I was pleased at the report out of Athens yesterday Cinco but I'm always weary about freshmen. You never know what ur gonna get till they hit the field on game day. Having said that, he did look good though! And as far as that other team that we are not allowed to discuss in front of EC unless we spit, there is no catching them. We are playing for a wild card spot right now, period. And getting to the World Series is outta the question for this year. But Good Googlie Uggla Goo....where did he come from?!?! Dude graduated from a YXL to and Adult Small and he takes off on a tear?! Do you think the youth size shirts he was squeezing into pre-july were cutting the circulation off to his arms and hands and causing him not to be able swing correctly?

And once again i want to throw my hat in there for full contact baseball. Imagine watching the game runner one first ball hit to second getting ready to turn the double play. He flips it to Short and OOOHHHHHHH....a head first gut spear from the R1 sends the ball flying out of shortstops hands!! Both runners are now safe!!

See how that changes the game around? Instead of two away no ducks on the pond, now ya got R1 and R2 with a Infield Fly Rule in effect and a possible dinger to tie the game....much more exciting.

August 11, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Remember, a couple of writers left Teddy Ballgame completely off their MVP ballots because, well, they just didn't get along, and Williams only needed, what, a couple of 10th place votes to overtake Mr. Coffee/Mr. Monroe to be AL MVP.

And do you know how hard it is to go to sleep when you flip around the channels one more time before you shut the eyelids and you get ... "For Granny ... for Nate ... for Caretaker....

"Let's do it."

August 11, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I would like to discuss what exactly has happened to Heyward? Is he being expolited? Have pitchers found out where to pitch him ? Its down right upsetting because this guy has all the tools and could be batting aroung the .300 mark...

I cant wait to win the "least Major Major Contest"... Im due for a W and not of the Busch persuasion....

How about these Eagles...signing each and every Free Agent available...WOW...this has to be the definition of "putting all your eggs in one basket" (birds laying eggs? anybody? no..well I tried)

The Phillies... well they can eat my shorts...i wouldnt mind if they didnt lose another game all season..just as long as they get swept in the NLDS... Texas A&M in the SEC...i think its an awful Idea...

We have a Live UFC event on Versus( free, check your local listings) this weekend.. Dan "The Outlaw Hardy" vs Chris "Lights Out" Lytle... make sure to get your popcorn ready before the bell...heck...leave the pop corn alone...this wont last long...these guys swing for the fences...and they usually recieve Fight of The Night Honors...its gonna be a good one! Also on the Card is Jim Miller vs Ben Henderon..this bout has title contenders written all over it... these guys will put on a show..and I assure you there will be ZERO banana Hammock sightings...

August 11, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Im gonna go a different Direction with Daily Question... I wouldnt Charge any of those guys if they threw at me...with the Addition to Johnathon Papelbon...but you know who I would go after... Im looking at you Jamie Moyer...I know he has retired...but I swear the first ball that came my way that was just a tad inside... Im coming after him! A couple other guys that I would charge...Zach Grienke, Hideo Nomo, Andy Petite and Curt Schilling (The Pre D-Backs & RedSox Era Schilling...yeah you know the Phillie Version)

August 11, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Oh Greg Maddux makes that list too EC. Him and Glavine both. And i have to put scrawny lil Pedro on that as well..Not sure about Schilling and his bloody sock though.

August 11, 2011 at 12:39 p.m.
jgreeson said...

SIdenote: We have one more spot open for what has been a great submission of mailbag questions. Seriously outstanding.

AJ —

At 6-at-10 The Unit has some serious reach edge. The tale of the tape would be scary.

Spy —

Ballgame not getting MVP in '41 was a crime. Dude hit .406. Read that again.

Great call about great/great and awful movies that run about daily that are impossible to turn off. "Longest Yard" is on that list. "Road House" is on that list. "Red Dawn" is on that list.

EC —

Heyward needs his own segment. In fact, if he struggles through the weekend, we may have to give him the Official 5-at-10 "The Season Starts Today" routine. Look what it did for Uggla.

Texas A&M needs to stay put, unless they bring Texas and Oklahoma with them. Texas A&M is the ugly girl that the SEC is talking to in an effort to see if her hot friend is interested. (Side note: Do NOT knock this approach — it helped us land the Mrs. 5-at-10.)

Did you really tell the Phillies to "Eat your Shorts?" Well played indeed.

Is it a rule that to be an MMA dude you have to have a little bit of a screw loose and have a rockin' nickname? Which is more important?

As for Moyer, would so drop him — although if he hit you, it wouldn't hurt. We would have smacked Phil Neikro around too just because we could. Heck, if Knucksie threw a strike we may just charge for throwing those awful knucklers.

Oso —

UGA is going to be pretty good, but so much rides on those first 8 days.

And if we go full-contact baseball, Frank Thomas becomes an all-timer.

— 5-at-10

August 11, 2011 at 1:36 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Yeah, sportswriters. Guys are so full of themselves. Buncha knowitalls.

Mr. Woods ... you are 14 shots off the lead. Cue Larry Merchant from the end of the Tyson-Douglas fight. (To quote: "It's ... ooohhh-vvvuuurrr!!!!)

August 11, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

So the SEC, the guy in the black hat in the NCAA, the one everybody thinks is cheating but doesn't have the caught red handed proof, is talking to that paragon of integrity Texas A&M? The same school that Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum ran into Hurricane NCAA?

Brilliant. Maybe they do deserve each other.

And after Crewe stuck the game ball in Warden Hazen's gut, the next movie on was "Bull Durham." Sorry, Ernie Banks, I just couldn't play two today at 3:30 in the morning.

August 11, 2011 at 2:02 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

In MMA... It is more important to have a few screws loose...because when you do, they award you with a rocking Nickname...and it doesnt work the other way around... The Main Event Sunday night will be awesome.. One Guy is an INdianapolis Fire Fighter and the Other guy has a Red Mo-Hawk....you figure it out!

August 11, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.
patrickd said...

Eldrick will not win this tournament.

August 11, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

PDavi...who do you have in tonight's 1st NFL Preseason Game... The Seatle "BeastMode" Seahawks or The San Diego " Soon To be Los Angeles" Chargers ???

August 11, 2011 at 2:53 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Hey, Tiger's only 14 — YES FOURTEEN — shots back of the leader. At this pace, he's not going to be the favorite at next year's Signal Mountain Invitational. Heck, at this pace, he's not going to get an Invite to the Signal Mountain Invitational.

EC — Take the Chargers and lay the points. And yes, we'll be watching some NFL exhibition football — Bud Light in hand — at Casa de la Cinco tonight.

BIspy —

Was it Bull Durham on TV or on the cable with the cussin' and such?

Texas A&M, where the men are men and the cattle are scared.

— 5-at-10

August 11, 2011 at 2:57 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Has there ever been such a fall from greatness as the late great el tigre? Eldrick's fall has to rank up there with some of the greatest falls from the top ever! I have to stil rank OJ ahead of him of course...but he's a close second.

August 11, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Oso —

And to think, both the falls from grace started with SUV meltdowns.

What kind of odds could you have gotten after Torrey Pines three years ago that Tiger Woods would be 12 — YES TWELVE — shot behind Jerry Kelly (WHO?) after 18 holes of any golf tournament.

For the Love of Sir Goony himself, how does anyone expect us to know how to act in a world where Jerry Kelly is 12 shots better than Tiger Woods.

We're taking a nap. Or getting a drink. Gentleman Jack, neat for everyone.

— 5-at-10

August 11, 2011 at 3:08 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

On the rocks please...i mean as long as your setting up a round....stay thirsty my friends.

August 11, 2011 at 3:38 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Big fella, it was AMC. Which means instead of showing another Roddy Piper movie like "Hell Comes to Frogtown" (which they have done), they were showing actual American movie classics.

August 11, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
jgreeson said...

BIspy —

"Hell Comes to Frogtown" won the Oscar in '87 or '88? We always get those mixed up. One was "Amadeus" the other was "Hell Comes to Frogtown" but we're always getting them confused. So it goes.

Oso —

On the rocks it is.

— 5-at-10

August 11, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
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