published Thursday, June 16th, 2011

5 at 10: Sideline interviews, U.S. Open and Boston cements title-town claim

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

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    Phil Mickelson signs autographs after a practice round for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Bethesda, Md., Tuesday, June 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Contesting in the Contest

We're collecting the entries — the access to the InterTubes here has been, shall we say, spotty — but we'd be remiss if we did not pass this along: Click here.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, that is the future of American golf. Here's hoping the Europeans enjoy the next decade of dominance.

(Quick recap of the rules of our Wide Open US Open Challenge: Submit five golfers, and we'll give points for each place finish. If you send in Steve Stricker and he wins that's 1 point. Whomever finishes 15th will be worth 15 points, etc. If one of your guys misses the cut, it's 100 points. The winner will have the lowest score. Questions? Interested? Winner gets four Braves tickets. We'll update later today the list of entries and you have until tomorrow morning to enter.)

Here is the 5-at-10's entry:

Phil Mickelson

Luke Donald

Lee Westwood

Dustin Johnson

Adam Scott

(Although, everyone should be pulling for Andres Gonzales. Trust us. Rick Reilly had a very good column on Gonzales, who looks like Clue Heywood, the Yankees' slugger in "Major League" who leads the league in most offensive categories — including nose hairs. According to Reilly, among Gonzales' favorite things to do is to tweet with Tiger Woods — including Gonales introducing himself to Woods with "I'm a tour rookie. I like elephants." Here's saying he loves lamp, too.)

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    Boston Bruins captian Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, hoists the cup following his teams 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in game 7 of NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

Stop the Chowder

OK, it's official, Boston teams have won enough. All of the professional franchises in the greater-Boston area have won a world championship since 2005 — and the longest drought belongs to the Patriots. Enough is enough, and if you consider UConn's men's NCAA hoops title as part of the area, well, it's time this stops.

Enjoy the ride BIspy.

As for the reaction of the Canuck fans, well, you stay classy Vancouver. (This just in, Ron Burgandy is reporting that "Vancouver" is German for "Really nice city with a bunch of yahoos that riot in the streets and burn stuff when the hockey team melts down." No? Well, we'll just agree to disagree)

Sidenote: Hockey is tough to watch on TV, and the teams move around too much, but want to know what hockey dominates? Trophy names. Lord Stanley's Cup. The Conn-Smythe Trophy. The Lady Bing Trophy. You keep your Larry O'Brien Trophy or the Lee McPhail Trophy, thank you.

The list

Here's today's top five list, brought to you in part by PDavi's suggestion that "if Broadway Joe Namath was not one of the all-time nicknames, do a list of the top 'I wanna kiss you moments' and he'll be on top of that one." Here's the best we came up with — Top-five moments in sideline interviews:

1) Joe Namath wanting to kiss Suzy Kolber. This is is the '27 Yankees or '86 Bears of sideline interviews. It was that good.

2) Joe Kines screaming, "WE GOTTA STOP THE INSIDE TRAP!". We were watching this one live in the TFP sports department when Kines, who was then the interim coach at Alabama in the bowl game, came running off the field and delivered this jewel. Thank you, youtube, thank you.

3) Any and all interviews with Steve Spurrier — you know the ones where he looks at whomever is holding the microphone like they have 12 heads. Spurrier's distracted ambivalence gets the nod over Saban's annoyed distraction reaction.

4) The array of Duke basketball assistants that Coach K sends to talk with the reporter. Something tells us that's the primary job for Chris Collins.

5) Loran Smith's uneasy relationship with former Georgia coach Jim Donnan many moons ago. If memory serves, Donnan lit into Loran about the questions — something along the lines of “We’re down here trying to figure out how to win a football game and you’re asking me about cramps?” — and there are more than a few UGA fans who believe Donnan’s rude treatment of Smith was part of his downfall.

Until tomorrow and our mailbag — which still has an open spot or two.

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...

Joe Kines is a good man. His daughter, 43, was killed this past year. That video is so classic.

June 16, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Last night was the view from Doc’s porch onto the lights of downtown or from Lookout Mountain in terms of the ride. Been a long time getting to that point. One of the great old traditions of hockey is the post-series handshake (best line ever, after Dale Hunter had creamed Kris Draper of the Red Wings into the boards earlier in the game, nearly ripping his face in two, “I can’t believe I shook that (hey now) guy’s hand)” to the newer tradition of everybody getting to spend a day with the Cup in their possession. Vancouver, by the way, is a gorgeous, wonderful city. Much fun to be had in Vancouver. Some of it is even legal on this side of the border. Some of it … is not. Well, not in every state. Remember fondly Loran asking Donnan “Coach, you seemed to have some problems with cramps today” after the Dogs rolled some hapless foe by 30 to start the season. I had an acquaintance who called Donnan later that week and left him a message. “Hey, Jim, heard you had some problems cramps Saturday.” He said, “You know, he ain’t called me back yet.”

June 16, 2011 at 11:46 a.m.
patrickd said...

It wasn't a sideline interview, but this is my all-time favorite press conference clip. We have to get this guy coaching again.

Video: Mike Leach addressing the things that cause his players to lose their focus. Enjoy!

June 16, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.
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