published Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

5 at 10: Baseball records, NBA playoffs and Boise State in the NCAA crosshairs

Hope all is well in your world, and the 5-at-10 has to say, we’re stoked about the 2012 NFL draft (kidding, kidding — sort of).

From the “7-UP Stinks Studios,” here we go...

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    Center fielder Joe DiMaggio has the moral support of his brother, Dominic DiMaggio (center) and his father, Joe DiMaggio, Sr., (right) for the World Series battle with the New York Giants opening October 6, 1937. (AP Photo/Tom Sande)

Halfway to the unthinkable

The 5-at-10 grew up a Dodgers fan. Loved the uniforms, the way the stadium looked on TV, the whole deal.

Well, the Dodgers have supplied few highlights for the last couple of decades, especially recently with all this divorce stuff between the owners and Judge Judy/Judge Wapner needing offices in Dodger Stadium.

Anyhoo, the 5-at-10 wanted to share that L.A. outfielder Andre Ethier has now hit in 28 consecutive games. As awesome as that is at the big-league level, Ethier is just halfway to the all-time record of 56 set by Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

Well, that brings us to a quick top five in 10 words or less about sports’ most-difficult-to-break-records (yes, one of our semi-famous 5-in-10s by the 5-at-10, copyright pending):

— All-time marjo league pitching wins (511) set by Cy Young: That’s 25 wins for 20 seasons — and you’re still short.

— Rocky Marciano goes 49-0: This won’t happen since boxing folded. What? There’s still boxing?

— Richard Petty’s 200 career NASCAR wins: Simply too many and too much competition today.

— Ty Cobb’s .366 career average: Ichiro is the best hitter alive, and he’s at .331.

— UCLA winning seven consecutive men’s basketball championships: Uh, not happening. EVER.

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    Boise State drives down the blue artificial turf in a Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, victory over Oregon State in a football game. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller)

Boise State really in the spotlight now

Boise State has been the Cinderella darling of college football for the last decade or so. The BCS-busting Broncos now are really among the elite in college athletics: The NCAA is investigating Boise State.

From the Idaho Statesman: “Boise State responded Monday night to the NCAA regarding rule violations in football, men’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and a major violation in women’s tennis. The combination of several secondary violations and the major one has led the NCAA to allege a lack of institutional control within Boise State athletics. An NCAA inquiry contained 22 allegations from 2005-2010 and asked for additional information from the university pertaining to each, according to a Boise State press release. The university formally responded April 25, and the NCAA Committee on Infractions will review the response June 10. A final NCAA report is expected to take several more months.”

OK, nowhere in that passage does it mention the blue turf, but that should at least be a secondary violation, right? It seems this will be more of a slap-on-the-wrist deal, though, and you want to know why? Because BSU appears to have told the truth to the NCAA. Novel approach, huh? Let’s move along.

Seriously, Boise State self-investigated and self-reported a lot of this in May 2010. Then the women’s tennis team committed a major infraction that forced the coaches to be removed in October 2010, so the NCAA began investigating.

OK, how big of a gasket would Nick Saban blow if the Alabama athletic department had the NCAA coming to town because of some women’s tennis violations? Holy Little Debbie Fallout Shelter it would get bad.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, left, looks for a shot against Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague during the third quarter in Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, May 2, 2011, in Chicago. Atlanta won 103-95. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Wow, who saw that coming?

Dallas wins in L.A. by a bucket; the Hawks win with surprising ease at Chicago.

If you’re scoring at home that means the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Thunder are each down 1-0 in their conference semifinals series. Yes, NBA commissioner David Stern is less than thrilled about this.

Last night the Hawks were control from the start and cruised to a 103-95 win. Chicago has got to find someone who can knock down shots. Derrick Rose, who is obviously affected by that bum ankle he re-tweaked late Monday night, will create open looks, but open looks followed by bricks are still bricks. (Sidenote: A Hawks official left two tickets for Monday’s game at the gate for Magic guard Jameer Nelson, who was caught on camera late in the regular season telling Rose, "See you in the second round." Nice.)

The 5-at-10 is as guilty as anyone for underestimating Dirk Nowitzki’s game, and the big German paced the Mavs as they stole game one Monday 96-94 in L.A. (Sidenote: The big reason the Mavs won was they kept Kobe Bryant from the rim. Kobe was awesome — he hit 14-of-29 shots, including 4 of 9 from 3 — but all of one of his fielg-goal attempts came inside 11 feet. If Bryant is going to work that hard for his 36 points, the Mavs have done their job.)

For what it’s worth, if the Hawks and Grizzlies meet in the NBA Finals, well, the NBA may start the lockout early.

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    John Velazquez rides Uncle Mo to victory during the Juvenile race at the Breeder's Cup horse races at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Derby drama

Uncle Mo is the favorite in this year’s Kentucky Derby — and hold on to your hat for a horse racing factoid — and Mo finished third at the Wood Memorial, just like Secretriat did before rolling in the Derby. Not sayin’ anything, just sayin.’

Anyhoo, the first annual 5-at-10 Derby Drama First-In, Last-In Challenge is as it sounds — pick the horse that finishes first and the horse that finishes last. Uncle Mo may be the favorite Saturday at Chruchill Downs, but the favorite here among the 5-at-10 clan is no doubt KBurg, who jumpstarted this contest back before the Masters.

There you have. Have at it.

We’ll update the picks later today.

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens (49) works against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta on Monday, May 2, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

This and That

— The Braves got another strong start from Jair Jurrjens and some big hits from David Ross (dude can hit the long ball) and Alex Gonzalez in a 6-2 win over Milwaukee. Let’s not get overhyped about this, but if Atlanta goes on a little run here, let’s circle Sunday’s rally and walk-off hit by Brooks Conrad.

— UT caravan rolls into Cleveland this week and into Chatta-Vegas next week. HERE are the details.

— Had to include THIS because it reminds us of the positive power of sports. What a great story from Lindsey Young on how some rival schools are trying to raise money for Ringgold, which had a lot of its athletic facilities hammered in the recent storms.

Until tomorrow and remember about the first annual 5-at-10 Derby Drama First-In, Last-In Challenge.

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...

Ethier, way to go...but i think we should hold off until he gets somewhere in the 35-40 game range...

Hawks beating the Bulls...who seen that coming? not I...but i guess there is a reason The Hawks paid Joe Johnson the big $$ in the off-season...and the reason is...he can flat out drain three's and it seems like he has ice water in his vains...the dude does nto fear the spotlight...maybe because their hasnt been any Spotlight in the Phillips Arena since the last May J Blidge concert.... If the Hawks play the Grizz in the finals...that would be insane..and how cool would it be to have the NBA Finals that close to Chattanooga??

Great article about BJ Coleman and his NFL dreams...lets hope he throws for 4,000 yards...60% or better completeion and throws for 25 TDS...he could be an easy 3rd rounder... What about Cal Ripken's record??? thats pretty spectacular/ untouchable its got to be on the short list of all time greatest accomplishments....

May 3, 2011 at 10:41 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Cal's record and Cy Young's records will never be broken....NEVER. Alot of players have come close to Joe's record but nobody has broken it yet...yet. I think that one will come down eventualy. And WOW on putting into perspective Ty Cobb's record...what a beast. On a side note....i am of course rooting for the Grizzlies mostly out of kinship and necessity...i am a bigbear after all..and hoping that they make it to the finals. I dont know aboout you guys but i am getting tired of seeing the same ol group in there year after year...Time for some new blood. And i hate to say it...barring a catastrophic meltdown...nobody is going to touch the Phillies this year...sry...i dont think the Braves have got what it takes to hang with them just yet...But we'll see...i have been wrong before....in like the three previous contests...

May 3, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

The Hit streak will not come down anytime soon, noone has even graced the 40 mark since Rose did it late 70's...sorry but I have to disagree with you bear... still #1 in my heart though!

May 3, 2011 at 11:18 a.m.
kburgess1013 said...

Aww. Thanks 5 at 10! For the Derby challenge I am going to have to go with Uncle Mo and in what may seem a blasphemous move am picking Shackleford for last (his jockey's name is Jesus.) If I had a trifecta to pick, I'd go with Uncle Mo, Pants On Fire, and either Archarcharch or Dialed In. Archarcharch and Dialed In have had some pretty dazzling performances in races this year. One would also be wise to throw Twice the Appeal in their bets as he is ridden by Calvin Borel who won last year on Supersaver and seems to own the Churchill Downs track. I wouldn't be sad to see Mucho Macho Man win either, as he has connections to Atlanta, making him a kinda-sorta-not-really hometown hero. Of course there are the longshot entries that no one has heard of until the actual field was announced not too long ago. Those include Decisive Moment, Brilliant Speed (kind of ironic since nothing brilliant has been noted about his speed as a two year old or in any other stakes races), Shackleford, and Twinspired (do you think his owners were trying to suck up to Churchill Downs officials from the time this horse was born?). Sorry for the long ramble about some big fast prancy ponies. I love the Triple Crown like the 5 at 10 loves the draft.

May 3, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
kburgess1013 said...

OH and I am dying laughing at the idea of the conniption Nick Saban would have if the NCAA investigated 'Bama over women's tennis.

May 3, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang, remember our Derby Drama Challenge. No word yet on the prizes (the 5-at-10's finance department is looking at our budget as we speak).

EC —

Joe Johnson is making a believer out of the 5-at-10, no doubt. And let's see how the Bulls respond and how the ATL hoops crowd responds, since they have not had a meaningful hoops game in Hot-lanta since, oh, Nique was hoisting up jumpers. (Sidenote: Nobody was better at follow-up, rebound dunks than Nique. NO-body — and this will not be debated.)

Concur 100% on TFP ace John Frierson's article on Coleman. Good kid, good family, good player — he could be an NFL quarterback, and the 5-at-10 has believed that since he was flinging passes over on Dodds Ave. at McCallie.

Oso —

You and EC make a great point about Cal Ripken — the streak should be on the list. And great call on your kindred relationship with the the Memphis Grizzlies (AKA Zool Oso Pardos).

Sadly, the 5-at-10 is starting to think we undervalued the Phillies, too, Oso. Man, their starting pitching never stops. The Braves are by no means out of it, but wow, the Phillies are going to be there for the long haul (and if Ryan Howard keeps at this pace, well, all bets are off — they could win 106 games).

Kburg —

You'rethe first one in. Sidenote: If Pants On Fire has a sibling can we call him Pants On The Ground?

— 5-at-10

May 3, 2011 at 11:35 a.m.
chas9 said...

With Ross emerging, the question is, has any MLB team's farm system produced more impressive catchers over the last 15 years than the Braves have?

May 3, 2011 at 11:38 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I have $10 saying that Nick Saban doesn't even know if Bama has a women's Tennis program...

May 3, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
kburgess1013 said...

I'm sure Pants on Fire will have many siblings and half siblings, doubt any of them will have a name like his, but here's to hoping that his firstborn is named Pants on the Ground.

May 3, 2011 at 11:47 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

My pick is - Shackelford as First In and Dialed In as Last in

May 3, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Chas9 —

Is there a better bargain than David Ross, who has a two-year deal for $3.25 million total. And yes, that's more than $3 million for a back-up catcher, but in today's MLB, that's a steal.

EC —

The 5-at-10'll take that bet and say yes, Saban does know Alabama has a women's tennis program. You can win your money back, though, with "Double or nothing he can't name the coach."

And you're in the Derby Drama Challenge.

Question for the group, what would be the worst name for a race horse. Here's our top two:

Dogbiscuit (Could have been Seabiscuit's first born)

GlueStick

Whatcha' got?

— 5-at-10

May 3, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

All this race horse talk is making me feel...uncomfortable to say the least... but i would say Dogbiscuit..worse horse name (of the two)

Whats the Over/under on McCann's transition to a position other than Catcher, The Twins have been talking about Joe Mauer...but McCann is just as important to the Braves in the future as Mauer...not as expensive mind you..but equally important as far as stats go....

May 3, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.
kburgess1013 said...

Are you looking for real names or which can we create? Real names: I tried to limit to 10, but just read the article. http://therail.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/worst-named-horses/

Fake: Pure Ina One Kates Cold Feet

May 3, 2011 at 1:23 p.m.
Atruefan said...

First In: Twice the Appeal; Last In: Brilliant Speed; Worst name: Don't Wait for Me. Great 5@10 as usual and always.

May 3, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Had to polish off a half a No. 29 from Baldino’s, 5 at 10. Sorry for the delay. For a bad horse name, I’ll take Boxer or Clover. Yes, I just went all “Animal Farm” on you. Woke up, saw Mel Kiper Jr. on SportsCenter … and the temperature in Nashville is 48 degrees. See? Six more weeks of winter. Just like I said. So the Hawks beat the Bulls last night? Told ya they couldn’t guard Cliff Levingston. Wait … this is 2011? Huh?

May 3, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

YEAH MAYBE ONE DAY THAT JORDAN DUDE FROM CHICAGO CAN HANG WITH DOMINIQUE.....

May 3, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Two years ago, we would have said McCann's future was at 1B. Now, with Freddie Freeman (have we determined at what age any Joey and/or Freddie need to simply switch to Joe and/or Fred?), it's hard to say where McCann's future is. He doesn't run well enough to play in the outfield. As far as Mauer, though, dude needs to go to left field and get it over with — bat is too valuable to be missing eight-to-10 games a month for dings/dents/rest.

KBurg —

We just made up the names Dogbiscuit and GlueStick (although we're not betting on LeadFoot either). That blog list is good, though.

Atruefan —

Thanks for the kind words as always, and you're in the books with Twice the Appeal/Brilliant Speed (although, it does not appear you buy the the Brilliant Speed moniker, huh?).

BIspy4 —

Definitely miss Baldino's here in the greater Chattavegas area. Don't go getting all edge-youma-cated and using literary references and such. You know better than that. Cliff Levingston — wow, that's a blast from the past. The former Wichita State Shocker/Hawks forward lived up the street from my parents in Smyrna. At one time on Ridge Road, there was Julia Roberts' mom, Levingston and Ma and Pop 5-at-10. So it goes.

Oso —

Dude, you just hit on a sore spot. Dominique was robbed in that dunk contest vs. Jordan. Was Jordan a better player? No doubt. And yes, the dunk contest has about the same ultimate value as the home run derby or a punt, pass and kick competition.

But as Billie Jean said, "Fair is fair," and Wilkins was robbed — that two-handed windmill was hard to do on an 8-foot goal for crying out loud. One of the three biggest sports rip-offs that did not involve a shady NBA referee or a Yankees trade.

— 5-at-10

May 3, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

All I really want to know is how you decide between an "ie" or a "y" personally I like the "y" it ads character and manlyness... Hopefully McCann can make it work behind the plate....maybe the fact that he trimmed down will help out the wheels...not with speed, just his everyday mobility.... for petes sake, The Nationals have already moved Bryce Harper to the outfield....Twins need to do the same with Mauer...otherwise they will be fufilling that $100million+ contract with Mauer riding the pine poney

May 3, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC —

Hard to say about the "ie" or the "y" but look at this way, every fifth day, these Braves sound a lot like a 9-and-10-year-old all-star team with Chipper, Freddie, Tommie Hanson, Lil Nate McLouth, Brian Mac and Danny Uggla. (Of course that would be the 1980s 9-and-10-year-old all-stars; nowadays it would be Hunter, Peyton, Jordan, et al.) And yes, nine figures on a catcher with all the injuries that come with working behind the plate is tough.

Sidenote: Starting to get some great "Bad fictional horse names" and it will be part of the Friday mailbag. The 5-at-10 would also like to add "Sloppy Joe" to "GlueStick" and "Dogbiscuit" to our list.

We'll say it again, whatcha' got?

— 5-at-10

May 3, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

hmm..if i had a race horse i would name it " Ratchet Strap" or "Speedo"

May 3, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

"WIN OR DIE"....."PETAHATA"..JUST TO NAME A VIEW THAT COME TO MIND...I WISH I STILL HAD MY DOMINIQUE POSTER....AND YES..HE WAS ROBBED...BUT TO VOTE ON YOUR THREE....FREAKIN GLUESTICK IS AWESOME! (DIDNT MEAN TO REOPEN A DEEP 80'S WOUND BY MENTIONING THE GREATEST HAWKS PLAYER EVER)

May 3, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Here's Day 1 entries for the first annual 5-at-10 Derby Drama First-In, Last-In Challenge:

KBurg — Uncle Mo and Shackleford

ATruefan — Twice the Appeal and Brilliant Speed

EC — Shackelford and Dialed In

Mcpell — Nehro and Decisive Moment

5-at-10 — Uncle Mo and Derby Kitten

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Midnight Interlude and Archarcharch

Come on in, the Mint Juleps are warm...

May 3, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.
kburgess1013 said...

Good job on the Derby Kitten pick. Not even available as of this AM. Impressive.

May 3, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.
kburgess1013 said...

One more note: WC triple 7s is currently not able to post so he requested I post his picks for him. He choses Pants On Fire to win and Watch Me Go to be the last across the finish line.

May 3, 2011 at 10:33 p.m.
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