published Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

5-at-10: Five more sports folks who want a do-over

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.

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    In this fie photo, Tim Tebow holds his first news conference with the New York Jets on March 26, 2012, in Florham Park, N.J.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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?"

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    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?

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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JonathanMCook said...

Jay-

Hope you enjoyed Christmas. Texas actually got a White Christmas (actually, it was more like a frosting with 1-2"). Still, very uncommon especially since I have a friend currently in Iceland and we got more snow then they did which is zero. You guys of course are getting the rain.

Moving forward, I hope you enjoyed my email regarding the "what if" scenerios for the Mocs should they either a) go to the Sun Belt with App and GSU to form a super conference or b) go to Conference USA along with the pros/cons of each.

Also, mailed out those Sport Sections on Christmas Eve. I'll ask later this week if they have arrived or not.

December 26, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.
chas9 said...

If Sandusky is "outside the realm of college football," what's his sport? (I just set 'em up. You knock 'em over.)

Also in the sports identity realm, this morning I heard a news report that in 2012 the most viewed TV event again this year was The Sooper Bowl (no surprise). Then the reporer said the runners up were also sports programming: Monday Night Football and "reality" programs. So, Mr. Sports Guru, explain to me how the so-called reality shows are sports.

December 26, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.
fechancellor said...

Ten Ring, Love was simply out coached by José María Olazabal, a long time favorite of the chancellor. Love should have sat Tiger at some point during Wood's spiral to (0-3-1).

Every one loves Love, however, he does not inspire like a Nicklaus or a Palmer who only had to stare at a player stiffen their backs. "The Hawk" Ben Hogan was also a commanding presence.

Tom Watson is Captain for 2014. Watson has the necessary gravitas to inspire or deflate individuals for the greater good.

December 26, 2012 at 11:43 a.m.
jgreeson said...

JMC —

Email received and in full ponder mode.

9er —

Fair point about Sandusky's realm and one that StuckinKent brought up. His rank on all bad lists knows no boundary and can't be contained by genre.

And we've said from the beginning that sports were the first reality TV, not the other way around.

FE to the C —

Watson will be the tonic that cures the U.S. And if Woods is tanking in '14, Watson will hit him with the "Grab some wood there bub," even if it means he has to use the Coach Dale, "My team is on the floor" and only send 11 guys out there for singles.

— 5-at-10

December 26, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, my list of 2012 do-overs:

  1. Bobby Valentine. Hopefully the last time I type those two words together.

  2. Gary Bettman.

  3. A.J. Allmendinger. Well, it's just that fun to type Allmendinger.

  4. Gene Chizik.

  5. Louisiana Tech football. How's that bowl game working out for ya?

Nice call on DL3, 5er. We coulda gone all Dooley and Lane Kiffin and Lance but those are tried and true.

December 26, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Ten Ring-

Cool Beans

chase-

Without getting to technical, the question should be "define" reality TV. I'll be honest I do not fear the fall of Western Civilization as some of the ones in the top tier are for shows such as "Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers" which despite their "planted" BS in-between the actual content of locating and appraising cool stuff, is more creditable than "Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo" or "Breaking Amish". Lifetime and VH1 are the worse and if I had both a brain and double X chromosomes, I would be embarassed as heck.

December 26, 2012 at 12:08 p.m.
BackupQB said...

You never, ever bet against JUNE JONES on the big island! While I liked Fresno (remember ex-coach Pat Hill's mantra of "anyone, anytime, anywhere") too, how I go against June's Ponies? You, Weeds, and Bipsy have created the super list of do-overs - none to add. JMC, how exactly would the Mocs afford to jump to big boy ball? Finances plaque our local school.

December 26, 2012 at 1:16 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

BackUp-

This was pure speculation for entertainment purposes only. I had to work yesterday and was only assisting customers online every five or ten minutes with few, if not any customer service emails coming through on the side. So to kill time, I decided to have a little "fun" by imagining what would happen if the Mocs moved up to FBS. I won't go into specific details, but in scenerio 1, the Mocs join Appy, GSU, and Wofford (to make it 14 teams even) in the Sun Belt to form a super conference I simply called the South Central Conference. It would be divided into two divisions with seven teams each. I then addressed the pros and cons. The second scenerio is the Mocs doing a single move to Conference USA. Again, addressing the pros/cons.

I am aware the finances along with several other factors based on past 5 at 10 discussions consisting of myself, Ten Ring, and our resident GSU superfans Astro and Spy. But is this case, I was just having fun with speculation and passed my scenerios to Ten Ring to use (or not use) at his discrection.

Hope this helps.

December 26, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.
BackupQB said...

JMC, I see. For pure speculation, UTC moving up would be fun. Personally, I'd love to see an FCS playoff run ... And another bid to the hoops big dance with at least one upset W. Guess I'm a couple days late to make a request to Santa. June Jones

December 26, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.
jbrodgers said...

Jay, what's the pick tonight?

December 26, 2012 at 4:54 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang,

Only Snikes. Thanks to JBRodgers for calling the 5-at-10 out.

We're on Western Kentucky minus 6 over Central Michigan. Yes, the fact that the WKU coaching staff is headed to South Florida is troubling, but we base this pick on two factors:

1) Central Michigan is bad, arguably the worst team to make a bowl game.

2) Of all the teams that are replacing coaching staffs this bowl season, we expect WKU and Texas Tech to have the biggest bounce from the new hires.

Remember, this is for entertainment only, and that the only thing sweeter than entertainment earned is entertainment won.

Stay thirsty friends.

— 5-at-10

December 26, 2012 at 6:12 p.m.
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