published Thursday, December 27th, 2012

5-at-10: Bowl picks and our ESPN favorites

We're still in vacation mode here at the 5-at-10, so that means another top-five list, which is cool by us. Question: Are we the only ones addicted to list shows, even to the possible risk of the Mrs. 5-at-10's sanity? Normal TV is blah, but if you put a countdown on it or say the "Best of (blank)" we're so in. So it goes.

Two things before we get to today's top five — first, we'll have the bowl contest standings in Monday's 5-at-10; second, don't forget Friday's mailbag.

Top 5 ESPN personalities

We're not as down on the Worldwide Leader as some of our colleagues, but we have our favorites. And not surprisingly, two of ours are draft experts. (We love the draft; you know this.)

1) Mel Kiper Jr.

2) Jay Bilas

3) Todd McShay

4) Buster Olney

5) Brad Edwards

Our list is based more on expertise and information than entertainment value, as you can see. That said, even though John Clayton did not make the top five, his most-recent commercial is gold.




We're at 8-5 against the spread. Not bad, not great. Since we're committed to pick every bowl game and there are three more today, well, here are today's picks. (And yes, we added our missed pick of Western Kentucky late yesterday thanks to the reminder of JB (Buck) Rodgers.)

San Jose State minus-7 over Bowling Green (buy the half) and over the 45

Duke plus 9.5 over Cincinnati and over the 59

UCLA minus-2.5 over Baylor and who knows on the over/under — it's 82 for crying out loud and if that's not bad enough, you know what Baylor averages? Yep, Baylor averages scoring 42 a game and allowing 38 a game.

about Jay Greeson...

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chas9 said...

Questions for today or Friday:

How bad is the decline of Andruw?

Where would Olbermann rank on the list, if he were active today?

Haven't seen an official line, but one scribe says it's UL 14 over The Cats. Who would you take, if that's right?

December 27, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.
orangeguy said...

Solid Top 5. I like Michael Wilbon & Scott Van Pelt in addition to your Nos. 1, 2, & 4. Can't believe I left Herbstreit off. Must be his association with Musberger & Corso. Both should have retired years ago.

December 27, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

I'd put Kurkjian up there and take off a draft expert. And Melrose. Gotta have Melrose up there.

chas, Olbermann is now such a caricature of himself and all those snipings of him being a prima donna and an egomaniac have only been proven true through his MSNBC and whatever it was Al Gore was broadcasting stints.

5, concur on the Clayton spot. That is genius. And Van Peazy is one of the few palatable SportsCenter anchors left.

December 27, 2012 at 11:06 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Well, it looks like Lane Kiffin has done and gone made PJ all mad. Something about showing up 90 minutes late to a team dinner. Way to go, Kid Blunder.

December 27, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
chas9 said...

Did Kiper steal Billy Graham's hair?

Spy--At his best, KO was very good on MSNBC. At his worst, he was horrid. But his downward spiral can't touch Andruw's. (The outfielder with the golden arm does have a cuter smile.)

December 27, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

chas, Kiper is on the Wolfman Jack starter set.

And Andruw kinda ate his way out of effectiveness. You also realize it's been 16 years since Andruw made his big splash with two homers in the World Series, and I think all that diving for fly balls and line drives took a toll.

December 27, 2012 at 11:43 a.m.
BackupQB said...

No Doctor Lou or Dickie V? Where's Steven A and Skip? Just kidding, but I do like Tony Reali. Thoughts?

Bipsy, what did Kiffin do? I missed that.

June Jones

December 27, 2012 at 1:26 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

The decline of Andruw has been meteroric. CUH-razy.

We never were as high on Olbermann as most. Sure the Big Show was money and helped make ESPN what it is — in truth, other than landing live sporting events, we'll contend that the Sunday night SportCenter with Keith and Dan was appointment TV in the early-mid 1990s.

But we kind of always viewed as the Garfunkel to Patrick's Simon in truth.

Orange —

We felt the exact same way about Kirk Herbstriet. Like his work a lot but then you look up and he barely cracks the top 10. And yes we think it has a lot to do with goobs he deals with; Fowler is good, but Corso, Heisman, May and Granny Clampett are goofs.

Spy —

Melrose has the best mullet oin TV and there is no close second.

Backup June Jones —

We got no beef with Tony Reali. Does he do soccer, if so, then that may be why we got no beef with him.

Those other yahoos youy mentioned make us quickly change the channel. We respect Dickie V's passion, but we loath his volumne.


December 27, 2012 at 3:27 p.m.
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