published Monday, June 27th, 2011

5 at 10: Braves defeat, Terrell Owens injured and yet another lineman leaves Georgia

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

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    Atlanta Braves' Dan Uggla connects for a three-run home run in the ninth inning of the Braves' 10-1 victory over the San Diego Padres in a baseball game on Saturday, June 25, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Braves pull defeat from jaws of victory

The Atlanta Braves lost 4-1 in San Diego on Sunday. It was a loss that the Braves have not witnessed this year — somebody roughing up relief ace Jonny Venters.

Venters surrendered four runs in the eighth. It matched the total number of runs he had allowed this season before Sunday. It more than doubled his ERA. It was as uncharacteristic as Fox News praising Presidential policies and the 5-at-10 writing about soccer. So it goes.

Three quick thoughts from the Braves this weekend (and let's try the three things in 10 words or less — the 3-in-10 by the 5-at-10, patent pending, of course):

— Offense still scuffling: Atlanta got two hits Sunday; that's pressure on your pitchers

— Take care of business: Braves have to improve vs. sub-.500 teams like San Diego

— Digging on the Padres outfits: Maybe we're strange (or a redneck) but camo uniforms rock

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    Kurt Busch celebrates in the winner's circle after his victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

NASCAR's off week — at least in our eyes

We're going to be honest with you — we did not watch a lap of Sunday's NASCAR race. It was on a road course and if we wanted to watch folks drive in upper 80s-90s and handle hair-pin curves, we take a lawn chair, a cooler full of Bud Light and a police scanner to the 'S' curves on Hixson Pike and call it a day.

That's what the road courses are for us. It's not NASCAR; it's traffic — with really cool paint schemes. No thanks.

That said, it made us smile that first-class jackwagon Kurt Busch won. It was fitting — Busch winning in front of the wine-cheese Sonoma crowd.

As for the tempers and the emotions from the drivers Sunday, well they continue to be running at 9,000 RPMs. Hey, we're all for embracing the sport's energetic roots and allowing the drivers to police themselves with the "Boys be boys" policy. But that only works when all things are equal. And with drivers having different skill sets (Tony Stewart can calculate an exact measure of revenge at 180 mph; A.J. Almindinger is going to be a little less precise, meaning a 12-car pile-up rather than a spin out) and different stakes for each team, that's hardly justice. That's revenge, and while that's better than post-race penalties and behind-the-scenes scoldings in trailers, it's still short.

And it's dangerous — just like the 'S' curves.

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    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens runs back to the line of scrimmage in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

No LOL matter — TO suffers ACL, return not PDQ

Terrell Owens reportedly had surgery on a torn ACL. At 37, this could be a serious hurdle for the former UTC and current NFL star receiver. It could be career-ending, but Owens is in great shape and reports say it was a clean tear, which makes for an easy rehab process.

If this is the end of Owens' career — especially if the NFL lock out lasts into the season — what are your memories of the erratic and eccentric star?

Yes, T.O. has a way of dabbling in way too much. He has a way of coming across as a goofball. He has a way of saying close to the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time. He has a way of being football's Allen Iverson, the one guy that is too blunt, too honest and too self-important for his own good. Example — if there was one player in the entire NFL that you could picture being in a feud with his team's other star, talking trade demands and then give interviews shirtless as he's doing crunches in his driveway, it'd be T.O.

That said, Owens also has a way of getting open, catching the football and scoring touchdowns. Did you know that Owens is second behind Jerry Rice in receiving yards and is third behind Rice and Randy Moss in receiving touchdowns? That's in NFL history folks. He's a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer looking at the stats, but there's more to the game than stats.

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    Georgia head coach Mark Richt looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. LSU won 20-13. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

This and That

— Somebody wake us when we get to the finals of Wimbledon. Not for nothing, but Holy Can't Tell the Players Without a Program, the world of tennis is identifiable by three dominating guys, two Williams sisters and a world-wide potpourri of names that are as forgettable as they are difficult to pronounce. And this not the Family Circle Cup — this is Wimbledon, the best tennis tournament on the planet. So it goes.

— As our UGA football ace David Paschall informed our readers this morning, the Bulldogs lost another offensive lineman when Brent Benedict decided to leave the team for personal reasons. Not good. We've said it before and we'll say it again, there's no truer cliche than "No news is good news" for college football programs in May and June. In other UGA news, according to the Times Daily of Florence, Ala., former Bulldogs linebacker Marcus Dowtin has transfered to... wait for it... you know it's coming... North Alabama.

— The best-of-three College World Series starts tonight when Florida and South Carolina go at it. Wow, the SEC dominates baseball, too. Cool.

— Kentucky reportedly extended basketball coach John Calipari's contract for two years. Dude has put together a star-studded Wildcats team and he wins lots of games no doubt. Who knows, this may be the place that those wins actually remain after he leaves town.

— The NHL is realigning. Is this not the perfect sports philosophical parallel to a tree falling in the forrest and no one being there to hear it? Interesting.

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    In this photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace reacts after drawing a foul against the Sacramento Kings. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Today's question

Last week, Los Angeles Lakers player Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace. We did not make this up.

Yes, Artest was a key figure in the mega-brawl in Detroit a handful of years ago that became the worst players-fans fight on sports history. Today, he's known as Mr. World Peace. Literally.

If you could change the name of one of today's sports star, who would it be and what would you change it to? How about an all-time sports star? Discuss.

Until tomorrow.

about Jay Greeson...

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patrickd said...

Today's Question:

If you could change the name of one of today's sports star, who would it be and what would you change it to?

I just received a call from my bookie. He said Vegas, who was giving 3 to 1 odds that JordanRules was going to select LeBron James to fashion today's 5-at-10 question around, has just taken it off the board.

Glad I got in early on that one. The early bird gathers no moss.

June 27, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

TO Crying after the Cowboys got booted from the Playoffs proclaiming.."thats my quarterback.." priceless TO moment..better than the crunches...better than any Popcorn reference..better than any VH1 Reality Show...just BETTER

Im changing Justin Verlander's name to "UKANT HITMI KERVBALL"

hes like a shutdown Corner right now... its just re-dic-a-luss to watch...

June 27, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

The chair is against the wall. The chair is against the wall. Yeah, 5 at 10, easy to figure how I spent my Sunday morning yesterday. It was kind of a Macon weekend of sports - you know, there was no there there. Sorry, didn't mean to get all Gertrude Stein on ya.

June 27, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
jgreeson said...

PDavi —

We're somewhat anxious about opening our e-mail, knowing that JordanRules will submit something accusing us of electing LeBron a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic church or giving him the Key to Chattanooga. Let it go man.

EC —

Here's hoping the TO saga is not over. And the "That's my quarterback" diatribe was priceless. And the Sharpie, can't forget the Sharpie. A lot of the other stuff that has followed has been trash, but TO's Sharpie — and the pom-pom routine to some extent — was ahead of the game in post-TD celebration.

In fact, in the world of post-TD celebration, TO is Bill Gates. So there.

And is "UKANT HITMI KERVBALL" of German heritage. It sounds German.

As for us, we'll count down our top 5 sports stars name changes:

  1. A move that would resemble former NBA all-star Lloyd B. Free changing his name to World B. Free, let's have Davis Love III change his name to D. Love Child.

BIspy —

John has a long mustache. And if you think we missed the Sunday morning "Red Dawn" showing, well sir you would be wrong. That coupled with the full airing of "Lonesome Dove" on AMC on Sunday occupied a bunch of our TV time.

Well, that and our 3-year-old son's unquenchable thirst for Disney Channel shows.

So it goes.

— 5-at-10

June 27, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

German, its possible..very Possible...Everything in my life right now is on the Dirk train...hes the greatest..Dirk is the next does that make you feel "JordanRules" ??

Only Kidding kind sir..please have mercy...

Anybody see the Blind Squirrel that is Dan Uggle find a nut Saturday night??? Yeah...he put one into Orbit...a deep fly to deep center that landed deep into the 4th or 5th row...deeply.. When he swung the bat, I would have sworn I heard his Jersey scream, " I dont fit you"... but it was actually the Atlanta Braves hitting Coach Praising the Lord above for perserving his job for another month.

June 27, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Sorry...i have nothing to add today as i am too disgusted with my Bulldogs losing yet another OL...why don't we just quit now and make it easier on all of us. And is it too early to start the fire Richt talk? (Kidding!! love the man...great man...good coach...see how i worded that) What is it going to take to turn this program around?! Look at me! being all negative before the season even begins!! i sound like a Volunteer!!! (Hey Cinco, pick those up before we leave this weekend or when we get back? either way is fine with me. Maybe easier to pick them up after we get back)

June 27, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Uggla's struggles are so deep it's hard to see him correcting them in foreseeable future. He'd have to hit .320 the rest of the way to get to .250. Ouch.

More name changes — Uggla could go all royalty on us and change his name to Sir Whiff Always. And Braves hitting coach Larry Parrish can be Coach Hitch N. Miss.

Oso —

Couldn't help but think of you (and the Mrs. 5-at-10, a UGA grad) when the latest offensive line subtraction. Coach Mark Richt and Co. are about three more offensive line defections away from participating in a 5-at-10 contest where the winner gets to play left guard for the home team in Athens, Ga. come Saturdays in the fall.

Name change No. 4 — Isaiah Crowell, soon to be freshman stud Georgia RB, could go with "Ineeda Blocking."

We will give you huge props for a preemptive UT dig — a clean right cross that landed, and was especially strong considering this is June 27. Love college football in the South.

How many days until college football starts, PDavi?

— 5-at-10

June 27, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Artest reminds me of an athlete from one of Cheech and Chong's recordings. His name was IMGONNAKICKBOOTY!

June 28, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.
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