published Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

5-at-10: Tragedy, UTC AD and more radio activity

Well, we've done exactly one radio show. We believe it went pretty well, and if you missed the debut, David Paschall and the sports editor are going to give it another go today at 1 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 FM here in town. The call-in number is 648-1051, if you want to chat. Radio activity... we like that.

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    People react as an explosion goes off near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday. Two explosions went off at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
    The Boston Globe, David L Ryan

Boston tragedy

The bomb set off at the finish line at the Boston Marathon is an act of evil. It intersects a wide array of emotions and facts high above the level of importance of sports.

The range of emotions that hit when something nightmarish like this happens is wide-ranging and complete. There's anger and sadness. There's rage and fear. There's grief and wonder.

We mourn the losses and cuss the perpetrators.

We vow venegance and viligence but we bemoan security measures at the airport or entering the ball park or wherever.

In truth, we're surprised a sporting event has not been a target before now, some 11-plus years since 9/11.

It revels a few things that are as certain as the sadness we feel for the three dead and the hundreds injured:

• We are a target. Now and likely forever. It's a real part of today's American way of life. People hate our freedom and what they perceive as the ripples of that freedom. To that we say screw them. And we're going to buy a police officer lunch today. Or someone in the military.

• There's no way to truly know how many of these acts have been stopped or foiled or even detered without us even knowing it.

• There's no way to comprehend or decipher the acts of the insane. Trying to figure out why is a fool's errand. Here's hoping we continue to look for the who's, the how's, the when's and the what's next.

• God Bless You Seal Team 6. Heck, we normally never use excalamtion points, but let's try that again. God Bless Each of You, Seal Team 6!

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UTC AD interviews

Our UTC ace John Frierson has the skinny on David Blackburn, one of the three finalists for the UTC AD job.

Frierson's report on Blackburn is here. Frierson also will ask each of the candidates the same three questions; here is Blackburn's go.

We're going to reserve judgement until we here from all three, and we'll have Johnny Frierson on the radio show Thursday around 1 (if possible) to discuss the situation.

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NBA ends

Sweet buckets of endlessness and unmagical Magic, the NBA regular season ends this week.

Wow, it only lasted like 42 months. But rest easy, the 30-month NBA postseason starts this weekend.

Here's what we know:

• There's only one playoff spot open as the Lakers and the Utah Jazz battle for the final spot in the West and the right to be skunked by OKC. (Side note: Is there a sports team anywhere that needs to change their name more than the Utah Jazz, because we all know when we think the state's rich and vibrant Jazz history. Somewhere, Bessie Smith just spit up.)

• Speaking of the Lakers, here's saying they will be better, at least in the short term, without Kobe. Steve Nash will run Mike D'Antoni's system and the freak formerly known as Dwight Howard will actually get a chance to touch the ball on something other than a defensive rebound. It won't mean much against the Thunder either way, but it will make the offseason interesting as Kobe rehabs his torn Achilles' and the Lakers look at long-term plans with their roster and their aging franchise player. (Side note: If the Lakers do not show Kobe the love, dude will surely pull up stake and find somewhere else to play. Don't know if his ego would let him take a smaller role somewhere else, but if the Lakers tick him off, Kobe taking the league minimum — like he needs the money — and signing with the Clippers and turning L.A. upside down would be a home-run script straight from the pro 'rasling playbook.)

• We'll breakdown the playoff storylines later this week, but we wanted to share this: We're generally excited to see how LeBron and the Heatles approach these playoffs without the all-encompassing "can he win it" pressure circling above. James had one of the best NBA seasons in a generation — he averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists, leading the league's best team in each category. (Side note: Know how many guys led his team in points, rebounds and assists this year? Yep, just the King.) He also was ruthlessly efficient, shooting 56.5 percent from the field — and 40.6 percent from 3 — and making 75 percent of his free throws. If they give the MVP to anyone else, well, they are wrong.

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This and that

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    Amateur Steven Fox chips to the second green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday in Augusta, Ga.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— We spoke with UTC senior Steven Fox on the radio show on Monday after his two rounds at Augusta National. And after speaking with him and watching him handle himself on golf's biggest stage, the experiences and the mental toughness he's gained through all of these amazing opportunities will serve him amazingly well as he approaches his professional career in the coming days. Plus, dude has an AWESOME summer planned. He was at Arnie's tournament and Augusta, he's going to Tiger's tournament and Jack's (unless the Mocs make the NCAA tournament of course) and the U.S. Open and the British Open. Wow. The kid's going to check off a golf bucket list before he turns 25.

— After being the worst major conference in all of college basketball, the SEC is going to rebound nicely. With Jordan McRae coming back — and if the rest of the Vols do — and with the recruiting classes coming to UK and Florida, the SEC may have three teams in the preseason top 15. After last year, the SEC barely had three teams in the top 50.

— TFP UT football ace Downtown Patrick Brown will join Paschall and the sports editor around 1:10 p.m. on 105.1 today. Swing by and give it a listen. Don't cost nothing. We're going to kick around some UT spring football stuff getting ready for Saturday's Orange and White game.

— There are reports that the Oregon Ducks have acknowledged "major" NCAA violations. If these are fashion infractions, then yes, they are assuredly major. We kid. In truth, this is focused on the school's relationship with Will Lyles, the guy who ran a recruiting service and charged schools a ton of cabbage for what appears to be access rather than recruiting information. That of course is against the rules, and Lyle was super-tight with former five-star recruit, Oregon signee and current Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk.

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Today's question

Gang, remember the mailbag and feel free to discuss any of the above topics. If you need a talking point, let's go here:

If you could win hold one championship from an individual sport — Wimbledon, heavyweight title belt, gold medal, etc. — what do you pick? We take the Masters green jacket — and the 1.4 millions — and it's not even close.

Or here:

These Atlanta Braves... riding a hot streak or the class of the National League? We can see arguments on each side, but we want your view.

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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chas9 said...

I concur with your comments on the Boston massacre. It's a shame that one of our people's great, happy celebrations is tarnished going forward. Just a hunch, but we may find that this one is home-grown, by some American(s) who would argue that they are striking a blow for freedom against our overbearing government. They are wrong.

Yesterday Jeff Goodman wrote about Noel that he should be drafted #1. Here's the strange part: He says (correctly I think) that in this year's draft there's no Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, or LeBron. Which name (or names) on that list does not belong?

I won't be able to call in the really big show today, so please ask Downtown Brown how many butts in the seats they're expecting for the Orange and White game.

April 16, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
TennFlyer said...

Your comments about the tragedy in Boston show why you write and we can only read. Well written, well thought out. Thank you for putting so many of our thoughts into words.

April 16, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

You're down for the Downtown question.

Here's another, if he watches the British show that the Mrs. 5-at-10 loves, should we call him Downton Patrick Brown. Thoughts?

And you could be 100 percent right that this in-house terrorism. But that's still terrorism.

— 5-at-10

April 16, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
jomo11 said...

thoughts and prayers to all in Boston affected by this act or terror. .

I like all 3 of the UTC AD candidates. Each bring something different and important to the table. I trust Dr. Angle to make a good , informed choice. I would be happy with any of the 3

April 16, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.
chas9 said...

Do you watch Downton with the Mrs.? It's good stuff. Especially the cricket excitement.

Do you use live celebrities on the radio show? If so, see if you can get the Hooters ball girl who played the foul pop and threw it into the stands and probe her about the rules of the game.

Didja see the diving catch by Ben Revere?

April 16, 2013 at 11 a.m.
chas9 said...

Agree that it's terrorism either way.

Braves are a dynasty.

Hearty congrats to new Bruiser head coach Jennifer "Curly" Williams. Played at Red Bank and KY and is a great all-around person.

Agree that The Vols will be tough this year, though I'd expect a preseason rating of 20ish, not top 15. And the UK front line will be the game's best next year (Dakari, Randle and Cauley-Stein), followed closely by Florida's big boys. Good thing UT gets Maymon back.

April 16, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
HardCopy said...

I am a Braves fan, have been as long as I can remember, but I'm also pretty cynical. This team looks like a group that might win 100 games, win the NL East by double digits, then get swept in the NLDS averaging 13 Ks/game.

I think this squad is made to play well over a full regular season. Lots of high K guys with power. The problem with that is that the playoffs are a complete crap shoot. If they stay hot they can beat anybody. If the bats go cold for just a couple of games at the wrong time (i.e., the playoffs) they get bounced quickly.

The starting rotation is good but I don't know if it's good enough to completely shut good offensive teams down for an extended period if the bats do go cold.

April 16, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

We've been curious about your thoughts on the AD choices. Got a fav?

9er —

No, do not watch Abbey. The Mrs. raves about it though.

Missed the Ben Revere catch — is he related to Paul Revere?

Better starting five — UT's Golden, Hubbs, McRae, Stokes, Maymon vs. UK's Harrison, Harrison, Dakari, Randle and Cauley-Stein?

Discuss.

April 16, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Ten Ring-

Glad to read Steven's invite list getting larger. Though I'm not going to be happy until he starts appearing at the Colonial or the Byron Nelson (It's a Texas thing).

You are wise to reserve judgement. Overall, David's handling of the media was well-rounded and the fact he understood the "rift" between us and Mother Knoxville gives me indication he's willing to help bridge that gap.

Personally, him claiming "Loudon" was kinda local is a stretch. Two of my grandparents are from the Loudon/Lenior City area and to them Knoxville was the "big city"(one is deceased and the other now lives in a retirement community here in Chattanooga).

Regarding your question, I really couldn't tell you.

April 16, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.
HardCopy said...

Also, just a quick thought on sports media and how things are covered/what gets ratings...

What if Evan Gattis played for the Yankees?

April 16, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Well written on the Boston tragedy, Jay. It wouldn't surprise me if other venues have been targeted as well, just never followed through on. If I'm not mistaken, I think bin Laden did consider attacking the larger stadiums in our country at one point. Maybe even other populous venues such as Disney World. Either way though, it's a sick and twisted mentality to want to carry out attacks like this. Thoughts and prayers to the victims from yesterday.

[Which name (or names) on that list does not belong?]

Chas, that would be Mr. Durant. It's interesting that he's lumped in with those others since Durant wasn't even a #1 overall pick. I have this feeling though that the Blazers wouldn't mind a do-over if they could go back in time and make their selection again.

I've heard some good things about Blackburn. If he's selected, maybe he can convince the stubborn Big Orange Bigwigs to set up a home-and-home in men's b-ball from now until forever. There's absolutely no good reason why this isn't already happening.

April 16, 2013 at 1:48 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, if your number is still the same, check your text messages.

I would have said the Braves are on a hot streak ... until they played the Nats. That was a one-sided affair. Still think there are some chinks in the armor. But as long as the bullpen stays solid, they can turn every game into a six-inning affair.

April 16, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.
jgreeson said...

JMC —

If memory serves, Steven Fox is going to be in the Colonial, too.

HardCopy —

If Gattis played for the Yankees, we'd all be so tired of the story, it would make your head hurt.

Stewwie —

Thanks for kind words and you're spot on about the connection to Big Orange — in men's and women's hoops.

Spy —

Got it and that's interesting.

Braves are rolling — we see them keeping this pace and finishing 148-14. That would be a good season — and they still wouldn't have homefield in the World Series because some scrub from the Royals hit a two-run homer off the Marlins' rep in the All-Star game.

— 5-at-10

That, and it would already be green lighted for a made-for-TV movie, with Ed O'Neill playing the role of Fredi Gonzalez.

April 16, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

I,too, am worried about the Boston bombing being a domestic act. I don't think it's foreign. My condolences to all the victims and families.

I think the 3 UTC canidates are ALL very qualified. I don't envy the job of picking one over the others...it's a toss-up IMHO.

Does this mean David P. will never be back on "Sports Talk"? I'm busy at 1:00 every day.

April 16, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

"If memory serves, Steven Fox is going to be in the Colonial, too"

Any dates? (assuming you get to read this).

April 16, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.
jgreeson said...

ER8 —

We're only in a trial run right now. We're not sure if the show has five more days or more?

JMC —

Colonial is May 23-26.

— 5-at-10

April 16, 2013 at 5:35 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Ten-Ring:

If you read this, thanks. I'll research this.

April 16, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
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