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.
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 ...