published Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

5 at 10: Braves, Draft contest, College football scandals and this and that

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    Atlanta Braves' Dan Uggla scores in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Jose Molina during the third inning of an interleague baseball game, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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Braves' Groundhog Day

It’s becoming as common as 90-plus degree days: The Braves get strong pitching and win again; Dan Uggla goes hitless again. Wash the uniforms and repeat.

Mike Minor was strong — kid has the look of winner and the stuff to match — and the bullpen has become a real strength.

This team is nine games over .500 with one regular (Brian McCann) hitting better than .270, and that’s after every starter with a name that does not sound like “Stan Puggla” had a hit in Tuesday’s 5-1 win. The offense has to get better. It has to, folks.

OK, today’s Dan Uggla thought: Did anybody see the above-the-plate camera angle that allowed Joe Simpson and Brian Jordan break down Uggla’s swing? Interesting stuff on two levels.

First, the camera technology available today is amazing. And what they show on golf tournaments is incredible.

Second, if Dan Uggla was pulling away from the plate any more, he’d have been on the concourse ordering a hot dog. Seriously, every part of Uggla’s swing — his head, back, shoulders, feet, hands — was moving away from contact. Hello, it took Joe Simpson to spot this? Larry Parrish get on this, stat.

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    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks as former players and NFL draft prospects look on before the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NBA Draft contest

The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this.

You love contests and winning stuff. We know this, too. Let's blend.

This contest is starting to take shape. We'll give the winner the choice between answering a 5-at-10 mailbag question or a few Braves tickets. Here’s the categories for “The Chas9 Feeling the Draft Free-for-All”

Which of the following has the most first-round picks:

SEC, ACC, Pac10, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, All other colleges, All other countries

First tie-breaker: Which first-round pick has the best suit (as determined by the 5-at-10)?

Second tie-breaker: Which first-round pick has the worst suit (as determined by the 5-at-10)?

Here are the entries so far:

McPell

Most drafted — Big 12

Best Suit — Jordan Thompson TX

Worst Suit — Brandon Knight (I really wanted Al Davis for this but wrong sport)

Chas9

Most drafted — OCU (Other Country University)

Best suit — Kyrie Irving

Worst suit — Jimmer Fredette

Oso

Most drafted — Big 12

Best suit — Kemba Walker

Worst suit — UT player(s)

BIspy

Most drafted — Big East

Best suit — Derrick Williams

Worst suit — Enes Kanter

5-at-10

Most drafted — OCU (Other Country University)

Best suit — Jimmer Fredette

Worst suit — Kenneth Faried

College football scandals

UNC received its notice of allegations. Oregon is submitting documents to newspaper reporters about dated recruiting packets that cost them $25,000. (The cash was paid to a guy Willie Lyles, a one-man recruiting service who incidentally had a great relationship with former five-star running back Lache Seastrunk, who incidentally picked Oregon a couple of years ago).

Stories out of Auburn are centered on student hosts and hostesses in the football office being paid sizable sums of money. In fact, the recent “good” news for big-time college football was that apparently the car scandal at THE Ohio State University was not that crooked. According to Ohio state officials, the car dealers “made money” in 24 of the 25 deals examined by officials.

How about that sports fans?

Sidenote: Consider the 5-at-10 genuinely excited for the Jon Gruden-Terrelle Pryor sit down that is set to air next Thursday. And, with the interviews that are being released early, Pryor’s apologies and mea culpas continue to sound heartfelt and genuine.

This and that

— Bye, bye Thrashers, we hardly knew you. The 5-at-10 had the chance to attend Flames games at the Omni and Thrashers games at Philips, and know this: While we’re not a puckhead by any stretch of the imagination, going to hockey games is a blast. Hockey ranks with NASCAR as events that improve the most by going as opposed to watching on TV. Simply put, they are loads of fun. Sounds like Nashville will be the South’s only option now, huh?

— Rumors out of Atlanta have the Hawks looking at ways to bring Dwight Howard back home to the ATL. Step away from the podium guys, and listen clearly — “You need a point guard, not another front court player.”

— That said, the 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this. And the growing interest in Thursday’s NBA draft is not about who drafts whom, but rather who gets traded to whom. Some names that are being tossed out there include Tony Parker, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash

— The new from the NFL negotiations sounds good. We’re not getting our hopes up, though, until the July 4th weekend. That seems to be the date that will cause folks to lose money and practice times and to face schedule adjustments, and until those folks start to face the real possibilities of it affecting their bottom lines, then nothing will be done.

Today’s question

Our PawPaw (great dude all the way around) enjoyed watching “The Young and the Restless” in his latter days. He called it his “story.”

Clicking channels last night, the 5-at-10 bounced between the Braves, “Wipeout” (love this show) and “America’s Got Talent” (first time we’ve ever seen it — and it may be the last). It got us thinking, past or present, what’s your all-time oddest guilty TV pleasure? (And remember we're a family-oriented, Intertubes, web-based sports column.)

Here’s a starting point: We mentioned we loved “Wipeout” — especially the first obstacle course. The 5-at-10 also has seen way, Way, WAY too many “Saved by the Bells,” and that was long before we moved to Chattanooga and realized the cultural icon (and CBC regular) that is Mr. Belding.

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...

I dunno if you heard me counting but I did over a thousand... TV guilty pleasures..has to be a tie between Saved by The Bell and Full House....two of my favorite past times is imitating Jessi Spanno and her " Im so Excited, Im so Excited, Im so..so..Im so scared" ( and she falls in Zach's arms crying) the other is singing " Jesse Cadsapholus' version of "Forever" Mrs. EC "loves" when I sing these songs to her...sidenote...irnoy or coisedence that both instances involve a character named Jesse/ Jessi ??? Mind numbing..it really is.... That Michelle Tanner was just soooo darn cute! If Steve Nash, Tony Parker and Pau Gasol get traded during this NBA draft...will it go down as the most Talented/ Decorate/ Bi-Lingual Trades ever in the NBA???

Someone tell Uggla to put his Jersey in his mouth..helps keep the head down and eyes on the ball...might have to get bump him up one size..that dude fills out a Small better than anyone in the game! "Got to give the little lady 2 tickets to the gun show"

June 22, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Wow!!! Great question!! I have a couple for todays confessional episode of Cinco A Laz Diez TV's Guilty Pleasure's That Could Get Your Man Points Deducted(lil long for a title but hey im rollin with it). Ok so the first one that I have to admit is I'm a huge Ghost Hunters fan...between that and Destination Truth i cant get enough of the Scify channel. Growing up wise, i have to admit, i knew way too many details about Days of Our Lives...yup. My mom's favorite soap. She would make us watch it at 1 every afternoon in the summer just so she could call at 2 and ask for the recap. I'm ashamed...hello..my name is BigBear and Im a TV junkie. As far as Wipeout goes...FUNNNNNNY! love that show. As far as the braves go, COME ON!!! HIT THE BALL!!! (Had to get my ballfield dad moment outta the way) And it's hard to hit a ball when your bat doesnt even cross the plate when you swing...hitting 101 Uggla. Can we get this kid on a tee anytime soon?!?!

June 22, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Step away from the caffeine pills, Jesse, the geometry final is not that hard. (Wow. We're going to stop talking for a while about "Saved by the Bell").

Here's hoping that every body's trading everything come Thursday night. Let it be a swap meet, even invite Fred G. Sanford and Lamont.

Uggla's on pace to get his own 5-at-10 at this rate. Let's put an over/under on it: If Uggla does not get 10 hits between now and next Wednesday — we'll have a Dan Uggla 5-at-10 next Thursday. Deal?

EC, where's your contest entry?

That smells like pure gasoline.

Oso —

"Days" was our 'story' of choice, too. That and 'Dallas' on TNT re-runs in the college days. (Yes, we did not have what you would call a sparkling attendance record during our college career. "Lot of people go to college for seven years Richard." — "Yes, they are called doctors." — "Shut up, Richard.")

And Oso, if watching too much TV is wrong, then we don;t wanna be right.

— 5-at-10

June 22, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Most Drafted- PWW ( Prestige World Wide) aka OCU Best Suit - Brandon Knight Worse Suit - The Morris Brothers ( Zack & Mercury )

Perhaps the Braves can get in on the NBA Draft ?? anybody willing to negotiate a deal for a 2nd Baseman who couldnt hit basketball with a TPX ?????

June 22, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

lol....nice one EC...I think MJ i sitting there right now goin "Dang! even i hit better that that!!! Why did i ever give up baseball!?!?!"

June 22, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
jgreeson said...

UPDATED ENTRIES

EC

Most Drafted-Prestige World Wide (OCU)

Best Suit-Brandon Knight

Worst Suit-The Morris Brothers

CelticVol

Most Drafted-Big East

Best Suit-Kemba Walker

Worst Suit-Enes Kanter

McPell

Most drafted — Big 12

Best Suit — Jordan Thompson TX

Worst Suit — Brandon Knight (I really wanted Al Davis for this but wrong sport)

Chas9

Most drafted — OCU (Other Country University)

Best suit — Kyrie Irving

Worst suit — Jimmer Fredette

Oso

Most drafted — Big 12

Best suit — Kemba Walker

Worst suit — UT player(s)

BIspy

Most drafted — Big East

Best suit — Derrick Williams

Worst suit — Enes Kanter

5-at-10

Most drafted — OCU (Other Country University)

Best suit — Jimmer Fredette

Worst suit — Kenneth Faried

Weena

Most drafted — SEC

Best suit — Jimmer Fredette

Worst suit — 5-at-10

OTwatcher

Most drafted — ACC

Best suit — Kyle Singler

Worst suit — Enes Kanter

ThatIDoKnow

Most drafted — Big 12

Best suit — Derrick Williams

Worst suit —I. Shumpert

scole023

Most drafted — OCU

Best suit — Brandon Knight (or anyone who shops with ghjbbmm — they have perfect quality, small orders accpeted and 100 % safe door to door delivery)

Worst suit —VAN GUNDY

June 22, 2011 at 11:51 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Did I miss something ?? Who is the official judge for the Best/Worst Suit Category ???

and if someone says Joan Rivers i think I'm gonna choke

June 22, 2011 at 12:12 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

ok so question: If players get bonuses for producing above the norm, what happens when a player does not perform? Is there a clause in the contract the penalizes players for sub-par performances. I think owners should start looking into that if not. Hit them where it hurts. If you dont deliver...sry...you dont get that 1.7 for the year. I mean im judged daily on my work production, why arent athletes? Fair is Fair!

June 22, 2011 at 12:36 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

No way on the Joan Rivers. We'd rather take a meat thermometer to the ear drum than listen to that wind bag for 10 seconds.

The original plan was for the 5-at-10 to judge the suits. We may ask the Mrs. 5-at-10 to participate, and we may even dip into the celebrity endorsement budget and see if we can reach out to the Men's Wearhouse guy — "You'll like the way you look I guarantee it."

Sidenote: That Men's Wearhouse guy looks like the goofy brother of the Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World guy. So shouldn't he say something like, "I don't always wear suits, but when I do, I usually prefer Men's Wearhouse."

Oso —

We love that idea, and could see it really helping pro sports. That said, even if the owners could find a way to put that in place (no way), they would shoot themselves in the contract by negotiating around it to get free agents. It's really easy to forget that the owners dig this hole for themselves by bidding against each other and offering huge contracts to players. Then after a decade, they say, we have to change the structure.

Uh, OK. Here's saying whenever they work out a deal, we'll do this again in 10 or so years.

— 5-at-10

June 22, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

You know I dont always type with my hands but when I do, i prefer to use them both...and with that said...I always thought the "Men's Warehouse" guy looked alot like Bob Villa only minus the Al Boarland Flanel and dressed up all fantsy.... and for the prices Men's Warehouse charges...You better like the way you look...

June 22, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
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