published Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

5 at 10: LeBron James, Kentucky Derby and the No-Hitter with no respect

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    Miami Heat's LeBron James celebrates after scoring against the Boston Celtics during the second half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Miami. The Heat won 102-91. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

NBA playoffs

Sometimes, for great athletes, it appears simple, and that often causes the rest of us to say, "Why doesn't he play like that everyday."

That's the question for LeBron James this morning. Dude dominated the second half of the Heat's Game 2 win over Boston on Tuesday. He was a monster -- hitting 3s, blocking shots, getting to the rim -- and, yes, it's a long series, but Boston is cooked if it can't slow down Miami's Big 3 (James, D-Wade and Chris "Longneck" Bosh combined for 80 points and 26 boards in the 102-91 win). Sorry, C-Vol and BIspy, but things look bleak this morning.

In last night's other series, the Thunder responded to the pressure and evened their series with Memphis with a 111-102 win. Oklahoma City's "Young 3" of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and super sub James Harden combined for 81 points.

Each of these two series could go the distance, which means they may be finished sometime in mid-June. Seriously, the next games between the Celtics-Heat and the Grizzlies-Thunder are Saturday. Yes, Saturday. Hey, the 5-at-10 knows these teams are traveling, but are they walking to Boston and/or Memphis? Saturday? Four days off between games 2 and 3? Are they taking finals?

The NBA, where momentum stopping in its tracks happens.

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano delivers his last pitch to Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the White Sox, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Chicago. Liriano did not allow a hit in the Twins won 1-0. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

No-no not for nobody

Wow, sports fans are a tough crowd nowadays. Francicso Linaro threw a no-hitter Tuesday, keeping the White Sox hitless in a 1-0 win.

But the question on this morning asks whether Linaro's 9-plus ERA entering Tuesday and his six walks in the game lessened the achievement.

Uhhh, want to know what they call a a six-walk, zero-hit complete game from a pitcher with any ERA? That's right, it's a no-hitter, you moron.

In other baseball news and current lingo that offends the 5-at-10, the Braves-Brewers game was rained out and was rescheduled as a "traditional" doubleheader for today. A traditional doubleheader means you can watch both games on one ticket. Uhhh, folks, that's just a doubleheader. That new-fangled, day-night doubleheader stuff is a fancy way of selling two sets of tickets. It's not a doubleheader, it's two games in one day. The modern day-night "doubleheader" is no more doubleheader than calling a Saturday night-Sunday-day combo a night-day "doubleheader."

After all great Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks said "Let's play two," about doubleheaders, not "Let's sell two sets of tickets."

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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 update

Starting posts should be announced today for the field for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Here were the entries from 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

wc777 — Pants On Fire and Watch Me Go

5-at-10 — Uncle Mo and Derby Kitten

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

Come on in, the Mint Juleps are warm, and remember the 5-at-10 is still looking for a robust top 10 list of "worst fictional racehorse names." Here are the early frontrunners:



Ratchet Strap

Speedo (Well played EC, and frankly, Speedo is a pretty universal answer for any question that features "worst" anything)

Pure Ina One Kates Cold Feet


Sloppy Joe's

And several of the possible tots that come from Seabiscuit's famous bloodline: Dogbiscuit and his brother Sausage-n-Biscuit and their sister SeaBrisket

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    Rocky Marciano holds up one of his fists used to score the technical knockout over Joe Louis in 8th round of their non-title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Oct. 26, 1951. (AP Photo)

Replay those records

Yesterday the 5-at-10 listed five untouchable sports records -- Cy Young's 511 wins, Rocky Marciano going 49-0, UCLA's seven consecutive NCAA men's hoops titles, Ty Cobb's .366 lifetime average and Richard Petty's 200 NASCAR wins. The 5-at-10 believes each of those will stand from now until the day Jim Tressel regains his integrity.

But the 5-at-10 family rightly called us out for omitting Cal Ripken's consecutive game streak.

Great point.

So here are five more all-but-unbreakable records in 10 words or less (yes, a 5-in-10 by 5-at-10, Part II):

-- Everyday Cal: Staying healthy (and motivated) that long makes 2,632 seem monsterous

-- Pistol Pete's NCAA scoring marks: Total (3,667) and average (44.2) are forever safe

-- Forget homers, Barry Bonds' on-base stats in 2004: Walks (232), intentional walks (120!), OBP (.609) are mind-boggling

-- Nolan Ryan's 7 no-hitters: If it is broken, we're punching Robin Ventura

-- Terrelle Pryor's 14 month, consecutive trinket-trade-for-tattoo run: This is unofficial of course.

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    Boise State's Ian Johnson (41) walking off the field after running for a touchdown against Fresno State during the second half of an NCAA college football game. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley, File)

This and that

-- Boise State has already self-imposed some violations on the football program. BSU will have three fewer preseason practices before the season opener against Georgia on Sept. 3 and three fewer preseason practices before next year's opener against Michigan State. BSU also will cut three scholarships over the next two years, according to documents obtained by the Idaho Statesman. The NCAA will review those self-imposed penalties and could add to them, but unless the Broncos consulted with the NCAA compliance firm of Tressel, Pearl and Sampson, here's saying that this will be it.

__ Our UTC ace John Frierson had some breaking news ths morning that UTC running back Keon Williams was arrested on drug charges. Read about it HERE.

-- Derrick Rose is your NBA MVP and it appears Blake Griffin will be named the rookie of the year. Griffin deserves to be honored, but something feels strange

about a guy that was drafted two years ago being the rookie of the year, you know?

-- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is at 29 consecutive games with a hit. Over/under 40, whatcha got?

Don't forget your Derby Drama Challenge picks. 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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kburgess1013 said...

Can you imagine what it sounded like in the board room that decided to differentiate between the "traditional" double header and the "modern" double header? Guess they gotta keep the 8 million plus lights on at Turner Field somehow. Heaven knows that GA Power is cutting them any slack with the bills.

Oh and I meant for Pure Ina One and Kates Cold Feet two be separate names. Some how my laptop started acting funny and I guess the comma got deleted. One was offensive on the dog food front and the other a jab at the Royal Wedding.

May 4, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

If the box score of a MLB game looks like this.. 0-0-0...well that my friends is a No Hitter and credit should go where credit is due... as for LBJ..why doesnt he play like that every game? Good question and here are a few answers to that question 1. Because his momma was out all night partying 2. He stayed up the night before crying 3. Jay-Z didnt accept his friend request on Facebook The guy has the skill set, and its a long season...when he was in Cleveland he did put up those stats every night... in the 305 he doesnt have to.... but when he does...get back...thats a grown man with NFL WR speed driving the lane...(as ludacris said) MOVE....get out the way....

Rocky Marciano..what a fighter...hes lucky he never had to fight Spider Ricco...nuff said

May 4, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

no means no...and that means no hits = no hitter....this is hard to figure out...ill take the over 40 but under 50.....

May 4, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I say Etheir gets 32...and on game 33 he goes 0 for 4 with 3 KO's (2 swinging 1 looking) and a fly out in foul territory behind 3B....

Did anyone hear D-Rose's acceptance about goose pimples...I bet there wasnt a dry eye in the room!

May 4, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

This just in...if you got to and donate $100 to Tornado victims...Charlie Sheen will send you an autographed baseball....WINNING DUH!

May 4, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Kburg —

Don't get us started on the need for more day baseball games. And we'll definitely fix your double horse names. (In fact, we'll change it to Kates Cold Hooves if you want us to.)

EC —

If the Heat win it all, well, there ain't gonning to be no party like a LBJ Momma's house party. If LBJ does not win a title, he'll replace Dan Marino as the poster boy of the best without a championship by about 60 miles. Dude is a physical monster in the lines of Wilt back in the day and a Young Shaq — he's just a beast.

Starting to dig on Derrick Rose — and his shout out to his momma was awesome in its awesomeness. God Bless all Moms this week and every week. Excuse us for a minute, our allergies are acting up... (tear).... OK, we're back. And we're going immediately to check on that website and Charlie Sheen (WINNING) — heck that could be an extra three wins for the Sheeninators.

And let's be honest here, we're off to a great start — anytime you can get references to the Royal Wedding, LBJ, Luda, Spider Ricco and an over/under, well, we're cooking with Crisco folks.

Oso —

We're with you on both counts. Like the way Ethier is carrying himself in this streak, and with Matt Kemp hitting behind him, he's going to see pitches.

— 5-at-10

May 4, 2011 at 11:46 a.m.
chas9 said...

Breed Pants on Fire with Eat My Dust, and you get Eat My Pants. And Sloppy Joe sired Sloppy Seconds by way of Box Score.

May 4, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

How can the Derby favorite not be Stay Thirsty? He’s the most interesting horse in the world! He does not always eat oats, but when he does, he prefers Quaker. Just keep Kramer and his Beefarino away from the stables, m’kay? Also big on the Master of Hounds (is Monty Burns in the irons?) and Comma to the Top. Larry Bird is not walking through that door. Kevin McHale is not walking through that door. And apparently, neither is the fountain of the youth. Ugh. But at least the Sox have beaten, in order, King Felix, Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. Not bad. And on Liriano: The year before he blew out the arm, he was 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA and 144 Ks in 121 innings. He struck out 201 in 191 2/3 (that’s 191 2/3, not 191.2. That just chaps me) last year. Wow.

May 4, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I always wondered why MLB tracked Innings instead of pitches thorwn....saying a guy threw 200 innings can be a little misleading..perhaps i put to much thought into it....I believe if the Celtics wore throw back NBA Larry Bird style shorts...they would win the NBA Championship...

May 4, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
Beano said...

Contrar oh wise scribe. What about the record for most RBI's in one season? Cubs great Hack Wilson drove in 191 in a 154 game schedule. Even in the PED era Ramirez netted 165 in 162 games. The recent high was a tie in 2009 Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder iwth 141.

May 4, 2011 at 3:36 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said... are exactly right...the RBI record is praticly untouchable....way to go...

May 4, 2011 at 4:16 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Been away from the computer for a while, and Holy Coffee Talk did you guys/gals carry the day.

OK, Hack Wilson's ommission is a flat-out crime. The 5-at-10 will say 10 Hail Mary Tyler Moores for sure.

Yes, pitch counts are a more accurate stat (way more) but baseball has its traditions (like the traditional doubleheader, huh?).

And Bird- or Stockon-style shorts are simply not an option.

Stay Thirsty is a great name -- we may not have picked him, but we're rooting for him, no doubt (those commercials rule). Well done. Best off-brand beer commercials, since the "BRILLIANT" guys for Guinness.

And finally, if Kramer is training any of the Derby horses with Beefarino, Holy Cousin Eddie in the Street what a disaster. "Rusty. RUSTY."

Chas9, you simply deliver punchlines. Well played, sir, very well played.

May 4, 2011 at 7:25 p.m.
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