published Monday, June 13th, 2011

5 at 10: Dan Uggla, Mr. 3000 and the Mavs win in six

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- We're on vacation so here's the structure -- we're going to have one or two comments and then a top three or four list and call it a day. From our satellite studios here along the Gulf, here we go.



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    Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry hold up their trophies after Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game against the Miami Heat Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Miami. The Mavericks won 105-95 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mavs win in 6

The 5-at-10 did not see that coming at all. Not before this series (we had Heat in six) and surely not before the playoffs (we had Dallas losing in round 1 -- ouch).

Dallas won its first NBA title with a 105-95 victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat. It was a good -- not great -- final game that crowned a champ in a very good -- almost great -- Final Series.

Where to begin:

-- Mark Cuban was way more mature than expected in his post-title interviews. Well-played, indeed. (He may have had a drink or three by the time he got to the ESPN booth.)

-- Dirk earned this title. So did Kidd and Terry and an underrated supporting cast. (How about that J.J. Barea?)

-- This will be either a springboard or the historical footnote for the Heatles. Bosh looked like his was crying afterward. Let's just move on.

-- Wow, Dan Gilbert sent out a Twitter message that said, "Old Message for all: There are no shortcuts." You stay classy Dan.

-- As for the overflowing amount of LeBron angst, well, it has taken on a new level. And he has done little to help his cause with postgame interviews talking about how his critics can return to their bitter lives now and Twittering that the Man upstairs knows when his time will be. (Sidenote: Of course the Big Guy upstairs knows, but be better than that LeBron. Tossing out the "It wasn't our time..." or Destiny references is weak at best and religious insulting to some. The Lord has bigger fish to fry than worrying about the NBA Finals, in our opinion.)

-- As for LeBron the player, well, where does he go from here. Athletically he's unmatched, but there were times you had to look really hard to see if was on the floor. And his fourth-quarter performance will be fairly questioned until he wins a title. Period. Here's hoping he spend this summer working on a "go-to" offensive move (for the love of unstoppable objects, somebody needs to get that guy working on his post-up game).

Stunning.



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    Atlanta Braves' Dan Uggla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Say what

Friend of the show McPell sent this along Sunday: "Do my eyes deceive me? Jeff Gordon winning a race and Dan Uggla hitting a homer? Is the rapture finally upon us? Next thing you'll tell is that my beloved War Eagles gave Coach Chizik a raise so he'd stay."

Our response: "Uggla homered? When did he get sent to Double-A?"



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    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hits an RBI single off of Cleveland Indians' Chad Durbin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 12, 2011, in New York. Jeter hit two RBI singles during the Yankees' 9-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

In honor of Jeter

As our man EC reminded us, Derek Jeter is closing in on 3,000 hits. He'll likely be there before the all-star break and truth be told, it may be a long, Long, LONG time before we see another player get to 3,000. Here are the top three hitters (thinking contact) of the last 30 years:

1) Albert Pujols -- Great power hides how truly great Albert is as a pure hitter. He needs a nickname.

2) Paul Molitor -- Amazing hands and balance.

3) Tony Gwynn -- Called his bat the "Pea Shooter." Here's the tie-breaker: He owned Greg Maddux, who was the best pitcher of his generation.

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...

Taking issue with your "This is the top 3 hitters of the last 30 years" list. I can't help but to think you've left out a certain Japanese Mariner. What he's done in the amount of years he's done it is unmatched.

Paul Molitor 3319 hits in 21 seasons

Tony Gwynn 3141 hits in 20 seasons

Derek Jeter 2993 hits in 17 seasons

Ichiro Suzuki 2314 hits in 11 seasons

Albert Pujols 1971 hits in 11 seasons

June 13, 2011 at 9:39 a.m.
patrickd said...

In comparison, here's your "Top Hitters of the last 30 years" at the 11 year mark, where Ichiro is now:

Ichiro Suzuki 2314 hits in first 11 years

Albert Pujols 1971 hits in first 11 years

Derek Jeter 1936 hits in first 11 years

Tony Gwynn 1864 hits in first 11 years

Paul Molitor 1557 hits in first 11 years

June 13, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

PD- Good point on Ichiro...good point indeed

These NBA playoffs were great! lets hope the labor issues do not rob us of a sequel next summmer!

Lebron and D Wade...where to begin...if a basketball team could play with two balls on the court but only shoot one at a time...these guys would be unbeatable...what am I getting at? Well Lebron and D-Wade CANNOT play without the ball.... Lebron stands around like Ricky Bobby telling ppl " I dunno what to do with my hands"... its sad it really is sad....he wear concrete blocks on his feet unless he is chasing someone down to block their shot and sadly we did not see that at all in these Finals.. D-Wade on the other hand...when he doesnt have the ball he is complaining to the official about how he got fouled when he did have the ball...can someone get these guys some post game interview help? listening to them speak to the press is almost as bad as the pre game "hype speeches" Someone get Ray Lewis on the phone and show these BOZO's how to get thier team fired up...and explain to the press how to put on a Football helmet..(yap yap yap..you gotta buckle your chin strap)

As for Dirk, Jet, Marion, J-Kidd and the entire Dallas/ Fort Worth Area....way to go...Jerry Jones fell out of his chair last night while watching this...way to go !!! Congrats goes out to these vets who played awesome TEAM basketball...lets just hope that next year everything goes back to normal and they lose in the first round.....

Jeter getting 3000 hits...with one team..and that team being the New York Yankees..Impressive to say the least and I felt we needed to discuss it here at the 5@10...well consider it discussed.. moving on

In Fighting News- Junior Dos Santos beat Shane Carwin with ease...how does a guy go from preparing to face Brock Lesnar...to beating the holy sock lint out of another guy in less than 6 weeks...impressive.. Uhh Mark Munoz won and so did Kenny Florian...good stuff...Sam Stout got 40k for KO of the night...Yves Edwards..the guy Stout KO'd...needed help off the mat..it was Jaw Dropping...no pun intended

Mike Tyson and Sly Stallone got inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame...and no Alan you cannot show these picutres to anyone....will Sly Stallone also get inducted into the National War museum for his work in Rambo...Im just saying???

5@10- I hope the Draft Bud Light flows from the heavens and you wear pleanty of SPF....keep those kiddies away from the Jelly Fish..and PIneapple Willies...

June 13, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
patrickd said...

Watching Shawn Marion shoot free-throws proves the gap between your Wednesday night pick-up game and the NBA finals is not as big as you might think. I'm just sayin'. It was unbearable watching him shoot. Here's a goody from back when.

June 13, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I'll keep this one brief today: First Cinco, enjoy yourself. Pineapple Willy's is ok if you dont have to wait four hours for a table. I actually love Sharkies...always have. Also, Angelo's is a must! If you are staying near Pier Park (We always stay in the Calypso right there beside Pier Park) make sure you stop by Kilwins for ice-cream. No really, do that. You have to do that! Some of the restaraunts in PP are nice, but I think they are over-rated. You can get just as good of food at Red Lobster at half the price. As far as sports go, love the hitting list guys and agree Ichiro deserves his props. Having said that, can we officially kill all the LJ is the next MJ talk?!?! I mean i dont even agree with the "Athletically he's unmatched" comment. He looked pretty matched in the fourth quarter of every game in these finals. MJ was unmatched. There wasnt anybody...and i mean anybody...that could gaurd him when there was 8.7 seconds on the clock...you knew who was going to take the last shot...and there wasnt anything you could do to stop it from happening. That's unmatched, IMO. Is he big and cut? sure! But unfortuanetly, that isnt everything in the NBA, it takes skill (which he showed us, his isnt ready for the finals yet) and that killer instinct. Both of which LJ is still missing. Time will only tell.

June 13, 2011 at 10:49 a.m.
patrickd said...

Way to bring the heat, bigbearz. Also, EC, your Sly Stalone 'Rambo' comment cracked me up. I feel the exact same way about the issue.

June 13, 2011 at 10:57 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Glad to hear it PD...Everyone here knows Im a HUGE Rocky fan...but cmon...the Boxing Hall of Fame ???

Dan Uggla got a hit...glad to hear they are using a tee again...way to go Uggla...

Oso is channeling his inner Ricky Vaughn and lighting up the radar gun....LBJ is no MJ...case closed and I wont bring it up again...scouts honor...besides..he would have to surpass Kobe before we could even put him anywhere close to MJ...

Nice video of Marion...Im not even sure what happened but shooo-wee it was funny

June 13, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.
patrickd said...

By the way, props to Mark Cuban last night. From everything I watched he did exactly the opposite of what Mark Cuban critics were hoping. He showed a lot of class, from having them hand the trophy to the original owner, to even saying "That doesn't matter" when asked an initial question and getting his coach into the limelight.

June 13, 2011 at 11:18 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Agreed! Cuban showed some serious Class...it was good to see...and Dirk running off the court like he did...i wasnt sure if he had to go #2 or what...but he came back to collect his hardware...it was a good showing...I assumed the Miami Heat faithful left early to get seats good seats for the next Marlins game...that place emptied quick!!!!

June 13, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

I’ve always considered Ichiro the most underrated player in the majors anyway. The new age stat wonks work him over for his lack of walks and other created acronyms and numbers. But when you’re piling up 240 hits a year, the number of walks you get is inconsequential. Besides, he is a tremendous baserunner — very good speed and great instincts — and a terrific defensive outfielder. Great range, great arm. And he could hit 15 to 20 homers a year if he wanted to, with his line drive swing. But boy is he having an un-Ichiro-like year this year. And the Mariners are actually competitive, and he’s stinking up the joint. And that A-Rod guy, who’s 35? He’s got 2,737 hits.

June 13, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Ichiro ( starter on the All- Tim Duncan Team...for guys in small markets who do not get the just due) is def having an off year...Tim Kurkchyn was blabbing something about bat speed and swinging at bad pitches....hmm...well yeah i guess... but Id say Ichiro breaks out of that and takes care of bid-ness...

June 13, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Good friend and sports writer of mine named Joel Barker (gotta give props) wrote that LJ is the Peyton Manning and Arod of Basketball. ...awesome throughout the year....but sir-chokes-alot when its needed and it counts...in the playoffs....

June 13, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang,

Weather is perfect. Scenes are glorious -- and the joy of tots at the beach is pure and good for the soul. It's good times here... Even if we're not at a little place where the wine flows like water... A little place we like to call Aspen.

Ichiro was an oversight. A-Rod was a steriod casuality (so was Bonds, who put up ungodly numbers in the early 2000s.)

Happy for Cuban and Dirk. Hope LeBron answers the challenge. Hope the weather stays this nice.

See you tomorrow.

June 13, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Oso- ouch...dont Peyton and Arod have rings??? I believe it is safe to say that Basketball Baseball and Football are team games, but one player has much more control of the game in Basketball than in the other two.... just saying....

June 13, 2011 at 12:50 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Yeah but look at the number of times Arod and Manning have chocked...more times then they have won rings...and a pitcher can absolutley rule a game. A QB can only do so much on his own. But the comparison was just in the amount of chokes that each one has...sound like a good top five list....Greatest Chokers in Sports Hisory. Would we want to sub-divide that up into individual sports? Dont get me wrong though...Arod and Manning are tops in their game...and yes feared among many...once again the comparison was just in chockes....which i believe Manning is king.

June 13, 2011 at 1:23 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

True a pitcher can rule a game...but that pitcher cant pitch all 7 games in a series....and if he did...well he would be a stud

June 13, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.
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