published Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

5-at-10: Happy Thanksgiving, pass the 2012 sports turkeys

We wrestled with what to write today. It's a holiday, which means a quick top-five list of some sort. We got some great input from you guys during the week.

Last year we did great college football rivalries http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/nov/24/5-10-great-college-football-rivalries/. We wrestled with doing the five games we wanted to see. We thought about doing the five famous Thanksgiving football moments. We thought about a lot of stuff, but in the end, we're going with the predictable five turkeys of the year (and please feel free to vote for your favorite or submit a write in candidate):

The first annual Peter Filandia* Awards to the 5-at-10's five biggest turkeys in 2012

(* — Peter Filandia deserves this honor since it's been 10 years since the famous Australian Rules football player was involved in fracas that ended with Filandia getting suspended for 10 days for biting an opponent's testicles. Happy Thanksgiving. MA! Meatloaf!)

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    Randy Travis

— Randy Travis, the former country music legend who has battled police twice in 2012, including his most famous run-in with the law in August. Travis, who has a slew of hit records and No. 1 singles, threatened to kill the officers involved when they found him drunk and naked after wrecking his 1998 black Trans Am. Wait, maybe this research for a new country song, right Randy? And if you're thinking, "What does this have to do with a F-O-I-B sports column, well, not much. But dude was naked and driving a Trans Am — if that's not enough to get your attention, then the terrorists have won.

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    Matt Shaner

— Matt Shaner, the owner of the Pittsburgh Arena Football franchise, fired his entire team at a pregame meal at the Olive Garden.So, Sallozzo gets from Michael at Louis' in the Bronx; the Pittsburgh Power got it at the Olive Garden. (Side note: Looking up how to spell "Sallozzo" on the Google produced this gem: there's a Bruno-Montesi-Tataglia-Salotzo collection agency in Tampa. Seriously, if you needed the services of a collection agency, would you not call on the services of Bruno-Montesi-Tataglia-Salotzo.)

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    Lance Armstrong

— Lance Armstrong. He belonged on this list for years and years, now the stuffing has really come out. Liestrong.

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    Gary Bettman

— Gary Bettman. Yeah there are a lot of folks to blame for the NHL labor debacle that is threatening the entire hockey season. But it would seem that the exact thing that caused the same labor discord less than a decade ago would have been solved then, no? Oh, yeah, that would require leadership and vision. Oh, if only the NHL had a commissioner or someone, wait, what's Gary's job again?

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    Bobby Petrino

— The Bobby patrol — Bobby Petrino, Bobby Valentine, and a slew of others whose name could be Bobby because they deserve to be on the list like Davis "Bobby" Love III, Alex "Bobby" Rodriguez, "Bobby" Gene Chizik, Derek "Bobby" Dooley, Roger "Bobby" Goodell and all of the replacement referees who amazingly were each named "Bobby."

Happy Thanksgiving gang. Enjoy the food, family and football and if you have a mailbag question, send it along.

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...

Since I'm having to work today (please DO NOT feel pity for me and here's why before I continue).

1) No family here this year so I would be bored most of the day. 2) My company is paying me full DOUBLE TIME for the whole eight hour shift along with a floater paid holiday to use at a later date. 3)No Rules, Just Right 4) Did I mention I'm getting Double Time for this?

I like to think I have a personal stake regarding the Randy Travis story for obvious reasons: I mailed you both the actual DMN clippings from the local coverage followed by the "obituary" one of the DMN's columnists. You're welcome.

I did my research and Lord and Behold you forgot a doozy of a story from this year that should have made the Top 5 given the Dallanooga connections it involves: T.O. released from the Allen Wranglers. You talk about "Oh, how the mighty have fallen". in regards to that. In fact, I know the 5 at 10 had a field day with that. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/20...

You're welcome..again.

Gotta Love Allen in general, 10 times the per capita income of the richest in Ooltawah and they're all down with spending for a high school stadium that costs as much as Finley did.

November 22, 2012 at 10:51 a.m.
Blueoval said...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone......Now lets get ready to eat and watch some games.

November 22, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.
fechancellor said...

Ten Ring, your insight in Randy Travis's troubles intrigues me.

Mr. Tavis's "research" to further his moribund career devolved to "running free," while working to record a new version of Ray Steven's "The Streak." As for the 1998 Black Fire Bird Formula, this vehicle was pay in kind for Travis from his latest show in Branson sometime after the millennium.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

November 22, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

How could you omit Dr. Scott Desjarlais, the TN Valley's own "Dr. Feel-You-Good?"

"Bobby" Desjarlais has a nice ring to it and he sure earned his place alongside Petrino on the list. The dude was screaming "family values" and "life matters" to get elected but only to get elected as the court depositions showed. Randy Travis was doing what drunks do. The good doctor was doing what all politicians do and both earned a place on this years Filandia list.

November 22, 2012 at 11:08 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Run JMC —

We're headed into the office about 3:30. So it goes. Holidays were not created with the thought of newspaper people in mind.

So feel free to swing by and we'll keep the Thanksgiving banter up.

And who ever decided on that high school football stadium/waste O money, well, we don't know who it was, but here's saying his first or middle name is Bobby.

Oval —

You betcha'. We are a blessed bunch for sure.

FE to the C —

When Randy makes his comeback tour with a combo of a Ray Stevens/David Allen Coe song, remember you heard it here first.

Johnny P —

You know, now that you mention it, it seems that his full name could very well be Scott Bobby DesJarlais.

And the crazy thing is, Bobby D. won. By a lot. Drumsticks for everyone.

— 5-at-10

November 22, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.
chas9 said...

JMC--Hearty congrats on the double time. (Isn't that what Bobby P got in trouble for?)

But T.O. doesn't qualify for Jay's list. Wide Receivers are EXPECTED to screw up. It's only news when they don't.

And notice that (at least in the current era), wide receivers are never named Bobby. It's almost always an exotic name with the accent on a syllable you don't expect, and usually has an apostrophe stuck in there for fun.

Randy--Don't hang out in San Francisco. They're passing an ordinance against nudity in public places.

Jay--Don't ever lose the great boiled lobster pic of The Hogman.

November 22, 2012 at 11:19 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

jay wrote-

"We're headed into the office about 3:30. So it goes. Holidays were not created with the thought of newspaper people in mind."

Funny, that's exactly what Jackie Floyd ("local" columnist with the DMN) was harping on in one or two sentences of her piece about how Black Friday was going out of control.

Dully noted on the TO reference chase.

I only brought up the HS stadium in Allen simply as "gravy" for the TO story (both happened in same areas). And I just find it funny given the medium income of the population that if they can afford to have their own minor league hockey league, arena, smok'n shopping complex, and a football stadium that costs as much as Finley, and be about the size of modern Ooltawah, they can channel some of that tax base for state-of-the-art music venue or art museum that could give the Kimbell a run for its money.

Also chase, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two out of the six Federal Holidays that if we work, we get double-time. The other four is regular pay but as compensation, we get to use that intended paid holiday as a floater day. This simply means we can use in place of a regular work day. I will not Christmas Day for both personal and sentimental reasons. Thanksgiving though I have no such ties (at least until I have a family of my own to go to).

November 22, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Even Ricky Bobby hasn't had a good year of turning left.

Is it Bobby Romo quarterbacking the Cowbobbys? Or head coach Bobby Garrett? Perhaps Andy Robert Reid of the Philadelphia Bobbys?

November 22, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.
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