published Friday, October 26th, 2012

5-at-10: Anniversary Mailbag

Gang, for the second consecutive week, we had a slew of mailbag questions. Thanks for that. Among them is the Mrs. 5-at-10’s mailbag debut.

There’s a ton to get to, so from the “Talks too much studios,” here we go ...

From the Mrs. 5-at-10:

Did you know that today was the second birthday of the 5-at-10?

A lot of times it kind of feels like a third child. I’m not kidding.

That said, I’m proud of you for making two years.

P.S. Will you get some milk after high school football? Thanks.

K,

It dawned on us earlier this week that it was two years today. It’s been kind of crazy and has become part of the daily routine.

How regular has this become? Well, other than Saturdays and Sundays — and we did write on the weekends from the Masters — we have written a 5-at-10 for 510 consecutive days. No sick days (the Greeson clan is lucky in such matters), we wrote on vacation and we used pre-fabbed and abbreviated versions on holidays.

Know this, gang, it’s been a blast, and for someone who attends a slew of meetings and manages people and budgets and the like, this has reminded us why we got into this gig in the first place. Thanks for playing along.


From CelticVol,

Hey 5@10,

I’m abstaining from talking about Tennessee football this week. It will only cause anger and blood-pressure problems. My wife tells me that I’m going to have to “man up.” Let’s move on to something positive. The beginning of the NBA season is just around the corner. The Boston Celtics have made a ton of moves this offseason. They’ve added size, length and a couple of outside shooters. Do you think they’ve done enough to overtake the Miami Heat?

Also, we know that there’s bad blood that exists between KG and Ray Allen. In the offseason, KG stated that he didn’t have Ray’s phone number anymore. He said he wasn’t trying to communicate with him. Allen responded by saying that it was a shame and that he (Allen) was a great person to talk to on the phone. How do you think the conversation went when Ray (Benedict) told KG he was signing with the Heat (minus KG’s expletives)?

C-Vol,

To answer your first question, no, the Celtics did not do enough to catch the Heat. In fact, unless Ponce de Leon brings the Fountain of Youth to Beantown, there’s no real solution, especially since a full 82-game schedule this year will magnify Boston’s age.

Miami is the team to beat (more on that below), and that was even before adding Ray Allen, who will average 17 points per game because of the river of open jumpers he’ll get this season.

As for the conversation, well, we’ll give it a try:

Pretend Ray Allen: Hey K.G., uhhhhhhh, how you been?

Pretend Kevin Garnett: What?Arghh. &%^*^%&^%#^&.

Pretend Ray Allen: Yeah, I, uh, wanted to give you this ...

Pretend Kevin Garnett: Huh? Another copy of “He Got Game” is hardly a gift. You’ve been passsing these *&%$ing things out for years. ... Wait a second, what’s going on?

Pretend Ray Allen: I’m taking my acting talents to South Beach.

Pretend Kevin Garnett: What?@$$%%^#@ that. Oh, you’re kidding. No way you’d be that kind of “Yea, they’re winning, I’m jumping ship kind of @%^$#$#.”

Pretend Ray Allen: No, really, I’m headed to Miami. I’m a Heat.

Pretend Kevin Garnett: What? You’re a Heat? Bull*&%$. You’re a &%$#@#$ F(&^%$ dead man.

Pretend Ray Allen: So you don’t want the “He Got Game” DVD?

Pretend Kevin Garnett: What?Arghh. &%^*^%&^%#^&.


From KAus

5 @ 10,

I don’t even know where to begin this week. It has been two absolutely horrendous weeks of football for the Tennessee Volunteers. I have been an optimistic fan all year; I even stuck by Dooley’s side going into the Mississippi State game. I still have an autographed picture of Dooley hanging in my office (which of course I get criticized for every day). From section Y9 at Neyland, which consisted of nearly as many Bama fans as it did Vols fans, C-Vol and I watched the Vols get dismantled exactly the way they did last year at Bryant-Denny. This team has the exact same characteristics of the 2010 & 2011 teams. Is it time for the picture of Dooley to officially be taken off my wall and replaced by a more demanding football coach? On a side note, I just wanted to say that C-Vol needs to “man up.”

KAus,

We’ll take your word on whether C-Vol needs to man up. Unless of course you’re Mrs. C-Vol; then you need to cut the fellow some slack.

As for the photo, that’s a question that only you can answer. You have to decide which camp you’re in:

Are you Pro Dooley? If so, leave the pictures and tell everyone who comes into your office to stick it.

Are you Pack Dooley? If so, then cut bait now. The absence of said photo will speak volumes to your co-workers and/or clients.

(Side note: This has nothing to do with the giant man crush every Johnny Vols Fan has on Jon Gruden. Heck, if UT could hire Gruden, even Barbara Dooley would approve of that move.)

Here’s our stance — and being an Auburn grad we’re more than understanding of the dynamic of under-performing and having Lord Saban dominant the lexicon:

Leave the picture and make sure everyone knows you’re pro-UT. You support the Vols and as of this morning, Derek Dooley is the coach of your team.

Regardless what people think of Dooley, they’ll respect your loyalty.

As they said in the Outsiders, “Stay gold, Pony Boy.”


From Stewwie,

Gamecocks over Vols. A bigger question is will Tyler Bray play the full game (or get replaced at some point)?

Stew-bert,

Great question. And one that we can only offer a best guess.

Here’s what we’ve got: Tyler Bray is going to play the game we have all been expecting. Do we have any reason or evidence for this guestimation? Nope.

We just believe that Bray has big-time physical skills, and at some point we’d like to see them. Yes, we have said and re-said since August that we’d never feel comfortable putting the eggs of our program in the hands of someone who has showed the immaturity Bray has. Still, talent has to count for something, and at some point talent matters.

That said, if Bray gets pulled Saturday, then game over for the Bray-Dooley relationship.


From McPell

Help me out here. We know you are getting stoked for basketball since our mutual alma mater is smack dab in the middle of a doo-dah of a football season. Give me, a die-hard football watcher, five reasons to watch the NBA instead of my recordings of Auburn’s 2010 season.

McPell,

Great question. Here’s a quick five reasons:

1) LeBron is going to go from “Boy, I’d like to win a title,” to “I’m a stud and come get some” mode. That’s exciting.

2) The Lakers are legit. And when the Lakers are good, the entire NBA is better.

3) The flopping rule has become a side story in and of itself.

4) The OKC Thunder are an electric bunch that feature the best young scorer since a young MJ. They are super-fun to watch.

5) Chuck Barkley. The TNT bunch is fun, but Chuck is a full-length feature on his own.


From Muddog,

Love the 5-at-10. Longtime reader, first time making a comment. As a lifelong Vols and Braves fan, you understand my need to vent.

Until Saturday’s game against the Tide, I believed Tennessee had the talent to compete with other SEC teams. I thought their shortcomings were just due to poor coaching. Botched assignments, always being out of place (and I mean ALWAYS), poor tackling were just a few things that contributed to the Vols always finding ways to lose games. But still, I thought the talent was there. Boy, was I wrong.

I’ve never seen Vols’ corners get beat like they got beat Saturday. They couldn’t keep up with Bama’s receivers, much less tackle them. And in the few instances where they were in position to make a play, they didn’t/couldn’t. It looked like a SoCon or Sun Belt-level unit. They were utterly helpless.

Definitely looking forward to the Mocs’ game Saturday. It’s great to see the hometown boys play meaningful games again.

I, like you, have been riding the K-State train this year (and last year). I find college ball much easier to pick than the NFL. WHY IS THAT?? In my fewer-by-the-week NFL wagers, I’m going to take the exact opposite of what makes the most sense because that’s how their games seem to end up against the spread.

I have a question for you: If Tennessee played Auburn this year, who would win?

Muddog,

NFL games are even across the board. Everyone has elite talent. The games are crap shoots and rolls of the dice. So it goes.

As for a potential Auburn-UT matchup this year, that’s a great question. Just great.

Since the teams play in Knoxville in 2013, we’ll say this pretend matchup is in Neyland Stadium and UT would be an 8-point favorite (heck, Vanderbilt was a 7-point pick last week, for crying out loud).

OK, so UT has a huge, Huge, HUGE edge on offense since they have NFL receivers and a quarterback who has a pulse. Auburn’s defense would work like heck to keep the Tigers in the game.

Plus, there’s the added bonus that Sal Sunseri’s never-attempted “Bend and Break” defense would allow Auburn some options.

Still, Cordarrelle Patterson would be the difference. UT, 31-24.


From SteelersFan,

Mr. 10,

Answer me this: Why are people so fascinated with mythical NFL power rankings? One thing I like about the League is that it doesn’t award style points. The NFL is about making it to the tournament and peaking in the playoffs. Period. So why do people persist in creating college-style rankings in October? It reminds me of all the BCS crap that college fans endure.

Thoughts?

SteelersFan,

This is part of today’s 24-7 news cycle. We have to know who is best RIGHT NOW. Sure, the NFL is one of the only pure leagues that determines a champion.

Still, we need to know who is the best in October and after Week 14 and so on.

The league is great because there is no debate. You are what your record says. You are a champion for winning the Super Bowl.

Period. And exclamation point.


From TuesdayQB,

Who’s hotter, Erin Andrews or Samantha Steele?

TuesdayQB,

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to come back — don’t cost nothing.

This one is easy — the Mrs. 5-at-10 is easily the hottest.


From UTnut,

Is Gruden coming?

UTnut,

Does it matter what we say here? We have no facts either way, but if we said yes, you’d be stoked. If we said no, you’d call us nuts.

We do believe this: If UT runs Dooley on Sunday or Monday, then Gruden is in play. For UT to blow up the program again in midseason there needs to be a plan in place.

And that plan better rock. Gruden rocks.

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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Blueoval said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks Jay for all the hard work you do with the 5/10. I know most of us make it a part of our day.

Mudd, it's not just Bama's recievers the DBs cannot keep up with, it's been like that all year. TN's secondary is super slow but when they play off the WR then they get short passes completed on them which wouldn't be so bad if they would make the tackle but they can't do that as well. So many people keep talking about Bray and Hunter but it's the defense that's stinking it up.

October 26, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Hey Jay:

I see that, like most of us Southern males of a certain age, you were able to marry "above yourself" as my sainted grandmother used to say. Your answer to TuesdayQB is spot on beyond words.

Congratulations to you for 2 years of a very enjoyable feature. That's why you got into the game in the first place.

October 26, 2012 at 11:32 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Wow....two years huh. I remember when it was just you, me and EC hangin in the room with a few others chit chattin away cause work was no fun. All those 80's quotes, movie quotes, sports quotes, sniff....brings a tear to ones eye....im...40...sniff....im a man...

October 26, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay - Officially, you didn't answer the question asked (TuesdayQB), but since it's election season, I guess you're following what you've witnessed from all the candidates. As for the anniversary - congratulations. Coming from the ATL, the TFP sports section beats the AJC by far, and the 5 at 10 is way Way WAY better than Schultz's Weekend Predictions. In your honor, I'll hoist a pint this evening...

October 26, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.
jgreeson said...

gang,

Thanks for the kind words. It's been a lot of fun.

It's crazy it's been two years.

BlueOval --

Concur 100 percent. Bray -- like all QBs -- gets toomuch credit or blame depending on the final score. The defense has been dreadful.

Any idea what high school Sal Sunseri will be at next year?

JP --

Tis no doubt we married above our pay grade. We are surely a blessed, family-oriented, interweb-based sports columnist.

Oso --

It was a slow go there at the start. Not a lot of folks, not a lot of comments. Now we got regulars.

We coulda been a contenda.

Sportsfan --

For someone who grew up reading Schultz and the AJC, that means a great deal. Thanks.

And yes we did answert the question.

--5-at-10

October 26, 2012 at 1:07 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Jay, it doesn't get said enough, but you do a fantastic job with the 5@10 each day. Lots of fun to read and discuss. Happy 2nd anniversary.

Can't wait for the NBA to get going next week. I read a few weeks ago that the backup singers on the Heatles were complaining that they might miss shots because they'd be "too open" when they shoot. I can see how it might throw off a shooter's rhythm, but believe me, I'd rather be "too open" than not.

And...the NBA is now allowing a max of 90 seconds for players to be ready to start the game following pregame intros. That means that LeBron will need to speed up his chalk toss, D-Wade will have to do fewer chin-ups on the rim, and Tim Duncan can't bear-hug the basketball for as long anymore.

October 26, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5,

You know my stance on meetings (meetings are for people who don't know what's going on). I'm also starting to sense some angst among the Big Orange fandom... Hmmm...

Do us serial 5 at 10 contributors get anything - other than the joy of the 5 - for our faithful attendance and submissions?

Though my answer would have been Ms Andrews, Mrs 5 does indeed rule.

October 26, 2012 at 1:33 p.m.
TennFlyer said...

Congrats on two great years. I'm afraid the USCe / UT game could turn ugly if Bray channels his inner Ryan Leaf and has mental cramping.

October 26, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.
chas9 said...

Is I-24shut down for a wreck or is it jammed up from all the Knoxville rats leaving the sinking ship?

October 26, 2012 at 2:44 p.m.
chas9 said...

Just 22 more seasons to tie The Simpsons for longest running comedy show.

October 26, 2012 at 2:48 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Stew --

Rock Chalk LBJ Talk. And here's saying Ray Allen will have a few 7-for-8 for 19 points in 18 minutes games this year.

Spy --

You longtime guys get the next 30 days for free. Happy Anniversary.

TennFlyer --

Very possible. And if Lattimore gets going, look out. And if Tyler Leaf starts falling, he and the Vols aren't getting up.

9er --

D'Oh.

-- 5-at-10

9er --

October 26, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

5/10 - happy anniversary - Chuck is probably the only reason to watch the NBA. War basketball. Watching TN & AU this year is like watching Barfield implode with Cribbs, Andrews and Brooks in the same backfield. Too much talent being wasted.

October 26, 2012 at 3:33 p.m.
jgreeson said...

McPell --

Just heard from a friend of mine from AU. He ended his e-mail with Bore Eagle. That made us laugh.

--5-at-10

October 26, 2012 at 3:36 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

that's good. I'll have to use that - don't worry I'll give credit.

October 26, 2012 at 4:02 p.m.
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