published Monday, May 2nd, 2011

5-at-10: NFL draft winners, NBA playoffs and NASCAR passions

What a full weekend of sports-watching goodness. Let's not spend too much time with the intro — there's a lot to cover — let's get to work.

Live from the "7-Up Stinks Studios" here we go...

Draft has come and gone (tear)

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    Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones responds to questions during a news conference after he was selected as the sixth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this. But, it's done — so it goes — and there's only like 360 days until Andrew Luck is picked first in the 2012 draft. We're already excited.

Anyhoo, this year's draft covered three days and left positive feelings/spin coming from almost every official from almost every team (there's no way Seattle is pleased with the happenings of this draft — and someone in a Seahawks golf shirt needs to explain how Alabama tackle James Carpenter went before his Heisman winning teammate, Mark Ingram).

That said, there's no scoreboard or points system, only conjecture. Which team won the 2000 draft? Well, the Patriots did because they landed Tom Brady in the sixth round, but no one knew that in the days after the 2000 draft, and this year's winners are impossible to determine this morning. What you can judge is which teams addressed needs and which teams made the most of its picks in regard to value.

Here are the quick winners:

— Falcons/Browns: The ultimate win-win deal was the trade that highlighted the first round. The Falcons sent five picks to the Browns for the chance to draft Julio Jones; the Browns gave up a potential superstar to rebuild its roster. The Falcons are on the NFC short list of Super Bowl contenders; the Browns are on the road to respectability.

— Detroit: A defensive line that has Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh is awesome in its awesomeness.

— Denver, Indy, Green Bay and Arizona among others did not over-think their picks and addressed the holes in their rosters (Peyton Manning is smiling today considering all the offensive line help the Colts added). Plus, here's saying the Cards, who drafted Patrick Peterson in round one, will address quarterback through a trade — something along the lines of a Dominque Rogers-Cromartie for Kevin Kolb type-of thing.

The two biggest unknowns are easy:

— When will we start talking about the NFL again without using terms like 8th Circuit Court and labor negotiations;

— The biggest draft question mark remains how the rookie quarterbacks play out for the three teams (Tennessee, Jacksonville, Minnesota) that reached for a quarterback in round one. And also consider this for those three teams — each of which could struggle in 2011 — what do you do if you have the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft and Andrew Luck and/or Matt Barkley are sitting there?

More draft winners (and a contest idea)

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    In this file photo, DJ Williams celebrates with Ryan Mallett during an Arkansas Razorbacks victory over LSU in November 2010.
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Here's a quick top-five list in 10 words or less about five players drafted Saturday that will pay dividends and have fans and GMs alike saying, "how did we not get that guy?" And yes, it's a 5-in-10 by the 5-at-10 — enjoy:

Green Bay drafts Arkansas tight end DJ Williams (fifth round) — Packers add arguably best pass-catching TE on day three

Atlanta drafts Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers (fifth round) — Change of pace scatback insurance for Jerious Norwood

New England drafts TCU tackle Marcus Cannon (fifth round) — Cannon had first-round talent, must overcome illness

Arizona drafts UNC linebacker Quan Sturdivant (sixth round) — Another first-day talent; Cards defense improved greatly at draft

Carolina drafts Auburn tackle Lee Ziemba (seventh round) — Auburn's career starts record holder will contribute.

Ziemba's selection also leads us to...

Quake from SportTalk on 102.3 won the PATCO Speedline (as named by Chas9) Draft Challenge, edging Nick Bonsanto form ESPN Radio 105.1 FM. Each got two points — Cam Newton going first overall and Stefen Wisneiwski going 48th to Oakland. Quake picked Ziemba as his Mr. Irrelevant choice and the former Auburn offensive lineman went 244th overall — 10 picks from the end — to the Panthers. The group tied for third (by correctly predicting that the Panthers would draft Newton) was Steeler Fan, EC, BigBearzzz, WarEagle, ThatIDoKnow, OT Watcher, Weena, ElJefe, 5-at-10, Mrs. 5-at-10, Pretend Al Davis, Dr. B (he is a doctor after all), Cowboy Joe (he is a cowboy after all) and Chris Goforth.

Quake won some tickets to a Braves game in the coming days, and Nick gets his choice of a pair of Lookouts tickets or a bobblehead doll.

Hope everyone enjoyed it, and we made a commitment to KBurg to have a Kentucky Derby contest, and since the Derby is Saturday, well, anybody got any suggestions other than who's going to win?

Some options include:

— the "Somebody's gotta win, Somebody's gotta lose — first and last challenge" which as it sounds means you pick the first-place and last-place horses;

— the "Fastest two-minutes in sports guestimation" which calls for you to submit the exact time it takes for some horse to become a legend and some jockey to panic about being interviewed by the woman riding that horse. (The 5-at-10 thinks, halftime interviews and in-game sideline interviews are stupid, but the postrace horseback Q-&-A is simply ridiculous.)

And then there were EIGHT

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    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, tight, smiles during the final minute of the fourth quarter of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma Thunder in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Grizzlies enter Marc Gasol, left, of Spain, looks on. Memphis won 114-101. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OK, when did Grizzlies Fever strike and who had the phrase "Your Western Conference Champion Memphis Grizzlies" copyrighted?

Wow. After dismissing the top-seeded Spurs in round one, the Grizzlies thumped the Thunder on Sunday. And Sweet Wes Unseld's Outlet Pass, when did Zach Randolph become a cross between Karl Malone and Steve Kerr (Z-Bo as Randolph is called was 1-of-1 from 3 and 9-of-9 from the foul line).

Also of major shocking note Sunday was the Heat's 99-90 win over Boston. No, Miami winning was not the big shocker — the Heat were at home and the Heat crowd was actually into it. No, the Heat overpowered Boston with their bench, and with reserve James Jones scoring 25.

Sidenote: Dwayne Wade is fun to watch. That is all.

The rest of the conference semifinals start tonight when the Bulls host the Hawks and the Lakers host the Mavs.

NASCAR throwback race

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    Kyle Busch celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday April 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Clem Britt)

There was bad blood and trash talkin' and a little bit of whiny-ness and this was a weekend without Danica Patrick. Thank you and remember to tip your waiters and waitresses.

The passion at this weekend's NASCAR race was enjoyable. Kyle Busch edged Denny Hamlin at Richmond, which is saying something since beating Hamlin at Richmond is like beating Duke at Cameron Indoor.

Couple of things to note here:

— Busch is putting together a Hall-of-Fame start to his career. Yes, that's tough to hear because he's kind of jackwagon. But dude turns 26 today and he has 21 wins — which is tied for second with Richard Petty for most before your 26th birthday. Jeff Gordon is first, and anytime you're tied with Petty and/or right behind Gordon on any list related to NASCAR and wins, well, that's a good thing.

— Someone needs to tell Jimmie Johnson that just because he didn't say please and thank you, he's not talking trash. (And if anyone is thinking about counting him out, just stop. It's still the 48's title to lose until someone else is holding that awful looking trophy in Homestead.)

— Let's get it on. The squabble between Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman is far from done. This will be interesting to watch.

Hey, it's a good thing that we used the phrases "NASCAR" and "interesting to watch" in the same sentence (and it wasn't, "Hey, remember when NASCAR used to be interesting to watch.")

This and That

— The fans chanting "USA, USA, USA" at the Phillies-Mets game last night after news started circulating that our forces had killed Osama bin Laden was awesome. The patriotic chorus from the Philadelphia crowd — which earned its rep as a tough group; they booed Santa Claus after all — was chill-inducing. "I don't like to give Philadelphia fans too much credit, but they got this one right," Mets third baseman David Wright told the AP. "I guess it's a proud moment to stand out there and you've got 45-50,000 chanting. That was pretty special."

— Roger McDowell was fined and suspended two weeks for his alleged homophobic comments and threats about 10 days ago in San Francisco. Hard to know the actual circumstances, but if the allegations are close to accurate — especially a uniformed MLB team coach threatening a father in front of his kids — then McDowell got off extremely easy.

— Former UT basketball recruit Kevin Ware has decommitted from Central Florida. Ware was tight with Bruce Pearl, then backed out after Pearl was fired. He had some parting shots for new UT coach Cuonzo Martin, who said the Vols would not be recruiting the metro-Atlanta product. Now Ware's shady recruitment has made the pages of the New York Times, the AJC and the Orlando Sentinel. Score this one for coach Martin in the "addition by subtraction" category. (Sidenote: when you type "Decommitted" into the google to check your spelling, the third entry is "decommitted Alabama" — not saying' anything, just sayin.')

— For EC, this weekend there was a huge MMA event. Some really bad dudes beat on some other really bad dudes. There was blood and big bucks and studs and tattoos — it was a lot like an Ohio State football meeting without Jim Tressel's sweater vest. Two items of note: First Randy "The Natural" Couture retired after losing his fight. Dude's 47 — YES 47! — it's time; second, former NHL enforcer Donald Brashear is going to toss his fists into the Octagon.

— To say former Braves pitcher John Smoltz missed the cut in his pro debut at the Nationwide Event is like saying the 5-at-10 missed getting picked in the NFL draft this weekend. Smoltzie can flat-out play but flat-out stunk it up this weekend — shooting 84-87 and missing the cut by a scant 27 shots and was a mere nine shots back of next-to-last. Ouch.

Until tomorrow...

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...

Wowza...I cant believe I read the acronym "MMA" in the 5@10 and I didnt type it... But yes this weekend was huge for MMA...The Natural did get KO'd over the weekend by Lyoto Machida via "Daniel Son" Karate Kid Kick to the face....and he announced his retirement..no suprise here..dude is 47 yrs young..He recieved the "body of a greek god" award from Progressive insurance and has an upcoming return to the Big Screen in a Sly Stallone Sequel...The Expendables 2.... As for NFL Draft winners...well lets just say that if the Lions can stay healthy holy maccaroni batman those wont be your father's Detriot Lions....Jim Joyce wont even be able to ruin that Detriot Sports spectacle/event/occassion...moving on...Memphis Grizzlies can flat out play...Connenly dishing the ball to All Chuck Cunningham #1 Draft Pick and Big Zach Randolph ( like he did to former life long teammate Greg Oden) is straight up nasty and these 3 dudes will be hard to handle for anyone in the NBA...The Thunder never had a chance yesterday...Who would have thought at the begining of the year we could have a Gasol vs Gasol Western Conference Final?? what are the Vegas odds?

May 2, 2011 at 10:31 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I've been out of commission here as of late and only have internet access at work now (what?! something wrong with using work appropriate only interent to post a comment on the Cinco a laz Diaz column?!) So i'm not sure if you have already made refence to the obvious drug issue in Titans camp or has their been a horrible incident and somebody get knocked in the head up there. I mean really....their first pick...are you serious?!?!?! Having said that...I can't wait for the Falcon's season to kick off!!! GO FALCONS!!

May 2, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I think drafting Jake "Foot" Locker was a strong move...i knew they would get him in the first round...just wasnt sure it would be their First pick in the first round...now if they can just Dump Vincent Young and let Kerry Collins tutor the young QB...could be a good situation...not really sure why I care though...they are a division foe to my Indianapolis Colts...who did some smart picking...Offensive Line for King Peyton!!!

by any chance does the 5@10 know what the Best Of Preps ticket are going for? ( and are if there any left?) I'd like two...my little brother in law loves Drew Brees...anywho

May 2, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

If we see Mel Kiper Jr. or Todd McShay in the next two weeks, does that mean we get six more weeks of winter? And you and I discussed that fateful night nearly 10 years ago how our lives and the lives of millions of others would never be the same again. A huge victory for America on Sunday, courtesy of our Navy SEALS.

May 2, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Yes, Bravo, Bravo US Military, Bravo Navy Seals...Jesse The Body Ventura was a Navy Seal....

May 2, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
kburgess1013 said...

You could always have people try to pick the Trifecta for the Derby Challenge.
The entries are posted here http://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses Enjoy reading through the names of the entries this year. There are some doozies.

I'm so excited about the Falcons drafting Julio Jones. Not a fan of him in college, since he played for Bama, but now that he's a Falcon I can't wait to see what he can add to the offensive line. Go Falcons!

May 2, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Julio Jones will be to Matt Ryan what Tory Holt was to Kurt Warner Im not saying Jones will catch a TD in the Super Bowl like Holt...but its likely!!!

May 2, 2011 at 12:16 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Had no idea The Natural was going to be in a Sly Stallone vehicle. Interesting. Serious questions for you: How would a hockey enforcer fare in MMA? And what's the latest on Herschel Walker?

Here's saying that you could have gotten similar odds on the Queen Mum wearing all black last Friday as picking a Gasol-Gasol Western Conference Finals.

Grew up a Falcons fans (and the Cowboys because every kid in the 1970s has to pick the Steelers or the Cowboys because they were the only teams we're certain to see), but man, the 5-at-10 is liking the look of these Detroit Lions. Adding the Illinois RB and the Boise State WR to Nick Fairley was sweet.

BoP tickets are $50, and you can register on the main site. Should be a ball, and we're definitely looking forward to speaking with Brees — what a class act. Nice comparison on the Jones -Ryan and Holt-Warner.

Oso —

Hope all is well in your bear cave, and the 5-at-10 issued our official seal of approval on the Falcons' draft. Did they give up a lot, sure, but winning-at-all-costs sometimes have costs — you get the idea.

As for the Titans, not really sold on the pick, but don;t hate it either. Yes, we're firmly in the middle of shades of grey ambiguity. Locker could be a poor man's Brett Favre, which would be worth the No. 8 pick of round one; Locker could be a rich man's Ryan Leaf, which wouldn't be worth the No. 8 pick of round five. So it goes. (EC, agree that the Colts made a great move to protect the Maestro).

KBurg —

We thought about the trifecta or even an exacta. We're still debating the options, and we hope to have an answer by Wednesday. And here's saying that Julio Jones will edge out Nick Fairley and Patrick Peterson for NFL rookie of the year — provided we actually, you know, have an NFL season this year.

BIspy4 —

McShay and Kiper can now return to the depths of the World Wide Leader in Bristol. In the iron sealed rooms along side the corridor that has the following signs on a row of doors:

LEE CORSO — do not disturb from March to August

JAY BILAS — do not disturb from May to October

CHRIS BERMAN — do not disturb ever (unless you're bringing in a plate of hit wings and chili-cheese fries)

And here's the 5-at-10's official response to the news of last night: USA, USA, USA.

—5-at-10

May 2, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Well an NHL stud may fair well in the lower ranks of MMA, but he shouldnt rest on his lorals if he wants to climb the ladder of success inside the Octagon..Take your Main Event Winner and Undisputed Welterweight Champion GSP for instance...leading to his UFC 129 title defence he trained with BJJ Ace ( 3rd generation Gracie ) Roger Gracie...who is a stud in BJJ by all accounts...Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach, and an Olympic sprinter...along with his traditional Muy Thai, wrestling and condition training ...so he would have to be multi demintional...as for Herschel Walker...hes undefeated but hes not exactly fighting your Top 10 in MMA...but he is doing 1500-2000 pushups and situps a day...so that means something..right???

Couture was in the first installment of the Expendables and was actually pretty good in his role... I will have to wait till I get home to purchase me some BOP tickets.... they have that site blocked here at the ol Workplace....

May 2, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

And as For Lyoto Machida's KO victory over Randy Couture...well Machida trainded with "B List Movie Star" Steven Seagal to prep for the fight....

May 2, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Thanks for the update, and that's some high quality information.

Well, except for calling Steven Seagal a "B list movie star" from Pete's Sake. Dude was the father of the "Three-word-and-must-have-a-preposition" action movie.

— "Marked For Death"

— "Above the Law"

— "Out for Justice"

And let's not forget the Under Siege two-fer, which was robbed of the Oscar.

— 5-at-10

May 2, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

please excuse me...to call him B List...well thats un-American... some more high quality info would...Steven Seagal turned down the offer to appear in the Sly Stallone Sequel...no not Because Randy Couture was in it...but because of the rumored appearance of Jean Claude Van Dam....

Anytime...5 @10...you know where to find me...

May 2, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

SRY....ONCE YOU SAY UNDER SEIGE MY MIND AUTOMATICALLY GOES TO ERIKA ELENIAK'S POPPIN OUT OF THE CAKE BIRTHDAY DANCE......I BELIEVE SHE SHOULD HAVE WON BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS AWARD FOR THAT PERFORMANCE....ROBBED....

May 2, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Who wins in the Octagon in the celebrity showdown division: Seagal vs. Van Dam? Discuss.

Oso —

Erika Eleniak? Wow. that's a big time reach from deep out of left field. Here's another one:

Seagal's niece in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is now rom-com superstar Katherine Heigl.

May 2, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.
chas9 said...

For the Derby contest, first and last horse is good. You could also do winning horse and margin of victory (nose, head, neck, length and fractions of length). You could also wager on how many mint juleps bigbearzzz will consume by noon race day. I bet he'll already have drunk 5-at-10.

May 2, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Seagal is a 7th degree Rank in Aikido and Van Dam is champion Kickboxer...( background on Aikido...series of joint locks, throws and takedowns)

So..Entering the Octagon we have Steven Seagal vs Jean Claude Van Dam...The Action begins with VD opening up with body kicks to Seagal and left leg kicks to Seagal's thigh...he brushes them off like leafs on the driveway... Seagal closes the distance and clinches with VD, sending a series of Knees to VD's rock hard abdomen...then Seagal positions himself for a throw and lands VD on his back in the middle of the Octagon...Now that Seagal has the Kickboxer off his lethal feet...Seagal can work his way into a submission attempt...but VD is very flexible...(he was once a Dancer in a movie)...Seagal...would outweigh VD by a good 45 lbs due a a steady diet of Cold Beer and Teryiaki Chicken...would lay on top VD keeping him on his back until Seagal could sink in an armbar from the mount position...Van Dam being forced to tap at 3:46 mark of Round #1

Joe Rogan would interview Seagal at the end of the fight and would go something like this

Rogan- OK That was awesome my two favorite Action superstars and two very well respected martial artists going at it in the Octagon!

Seagal-( pretending to not understand english enlists the services of Manager/translater Ed Soares) I want to thank the American People and JCVD for this fight...I trained hard.

Rogan- ok, walk us through this takedown and your transition into an arm bar.

Seagal -(pretending to not understand english enlists the services of Manager/translater Ed Soares) I trained very hard on this submission because i knew my ground game and recent straight to DVD release was suoperior to his. But His conditioning is superior so I knew i needed to end the match in the First Round...

Rogan- Whats next for Steven Seagal?

Seagal- realizes this his oppurtunity to plug his new movie, energy drink, clothing line, and Aikido Dojo and remembers English)

Rogan- Your Winner Steave Seagal!!!!!

May 2, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Chas9 —

Outstanding input, you sir are a man that packs a lot of gusto into few words (not our strong point, by the way). And, we've been to the Derby once, in 1992, for the race won by Lil E. Tee (not to be confused with Lil' Wayne or Lil' Bow Wow or even Lil' Tomlin), and Mint Juleps are not for the faint of heart.

In fact there may be no bigger misnomer than a Mint Julep. Sounds are sweet and relaxed and polite, and it tastes like bath water (plus some sugar) and will know you on your tuckus.

EC —

Thanks for the in-sight. We may have to make this a semi-regular feature — Celebrity Octagon breakdown with EC and Pretend Joe Rogan. Well played.

— 5-at-10

May 2, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

mm Mint Julep..does that come in a long neck? No? ok then Ill pass

Im sure Pretend Joe Rogan would love to stop by the 5@10 on a semi Regular basis....

May 2, 2011 at 2:40 p.m.
kburgess1013 said...

@ Chas 9, wow betting on margins? Are you trying to make the 5 at 10 Derby contest even more difficult than walking away from Churchill Downs on Derby Day with more than lint left in your pockets?

May 2, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

predictions for tonights NBA Playoffs... Will the Mavs choke and be blown out by the Lakers? Or Will the Hawks have their way with D-Rose and the Bulls...which is more likely to happen??

and also..what will Monday Night Raw be like without John Cena...he got drafted to Smackdown last week.... Tonight is the Rock's Birthday on RAW...they also happen to be In Southbeach...i got $10 that says the Heat will not be crying or the Rock may have to take a basketball and shine it up real nice...and turn that...well you get the idea

May 2, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Joe Rogan was awesome on "Newsradio" — loved that show and then Phil Hartman got killed. Sadness. Good to see he may be able to work us in.

As for tonight: Give me the Lakers and lay the points (minus-6); think the Bulls will win, but 8 1/2 is a scary line. Too close to call, but if pressed, give the Hawks and the points. So it goes,

Kburg —

Yeah, that leaving with Churchill Downs with coin is tougher than leaving Churchill Downs without a BAC of 0.12. NOT HAPPENING.

Final contest thoughts, everyone?

— 5-at-10

May 2, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Newsradio was full of stars...Phil Hartman... best performance.. Houseguest with Sinbad 2nd best performance- Jingle All the Way with Arnold....

May 2, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Hartman's best showing (other than SNL) was as a role guy on "The Simpsons." Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure, et al., with "Newsradio" a close second. His movie career is a different category.

— 5-at-10

May 2, 2011 at 4:52 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

True Story...his movie career does not compare to his Iconic Status on SNL and other weekly sitcoms...

May 2, 2011 at 4:54 p.m.
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