Normally, the 5-at-10 is five things we're kicking around at 10 a.m. — 5 at 10. Clever, huh.
Well during the holidays/vacation (and yes, this week is some of both at the 5-at-10 compound) we have a top-5 list and invite comments. So it's more of a list of a 5 at 10.
Before we get to the top five list, we have to keep picking the bowl games. Despite the lump of coal that was our Christmas eve pick — and we felt pretty solid about Fresno State before the Bulldogs laid an egg in the Hawaii Bowl; considering they were laying 11 points and lost 43-10, we only missed that one by 44 points — we're now 8-4 in the bowl games. Lesson as always, there will always be the occasional entertainment lost, no matter how hot the picks.
Two more things before today's top five — one, don't forget Friday's mailbag; two, if you'd like to comment on Tuesday's Christmas Day topic of the best high school football players http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/dec/25/5-10-merry-christmas-and-best-high-school-football/ we've seen in person, feel free.
Five more returnees
Our ace columnist Mark Wiedmer has five college football figures that would like to be first in the exchange line this post-Christmas morn here, http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/dec/26/five-sports-figures-might-like-to-take-things-back/. It's hard to argue with any of Weeds' picks — and he got to use the Booby Petrino Rock Lobster picture that has become an interweb sensation.
But here are the five from the other sports that would cherish one post-Christmas exchange:
1) Jerry Sandusky
Where do you start? Forget it, let's just move on knowing that on every bad list in the history of sports, Jerry is the 1927 Yankees.
2) Lance Armstrong
If Lance had come clean, how much different would his situation be? We as a nation understand flawed human beings and love comeback stories. We also do not like being lied to or people that do not admit when they made mistakes. So while Lance's cheating was the initial misdeed, his shoulder-shrugging indifference is what has him in the time out of public perception.
3) Roger Goodell
OK, the NFL is the Corleone family of professional sports. And up until this year, we thought Goodell was like Michael. Turns out one awful decision in the replacement referees make him look like Tom Hagen and another hot-headed move in the Saints' Bountygate fiasco made him more like Sonny. One more misjudgment will make him Fredo, and nobody wants to be Fredo.
4) New York Jets front office
OK, let's see. In the offseason, the Jets looked at their team and said, "OK we're a suspect offense with a fragile quarterback in the biggest pressure cooker in the world. We have a defense that can contend. OK, let's bring in the single-biggest side show to stand over our fragile QB's shoulder and split an already anemic offense. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Heck no. Who's with us?"
USA captain Davis Love III, right, walks into the clubhouse with European captain Jose Maria Olazabal for a news conference at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
5) Davis Love III
The captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team imploded under the pressure in this year's event, allowing the European to rally from a 4-down hole in the singles matches. What could he have done differently? Well, turning down the invite could have been a start.
Who's on your list — and we definitely would have included Petrino, but this was outside the realm of college football?
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 ...