published Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

5-at-10: Johnny Cash Money, PGA Contest and how young sports movie stars could have turned out

We're moving quickly today because of a slew of work assignments that include but are not limited to our morning gig of writing a family-oriented, interweb-based sports column, our daytime gig of being a sports department employee, our afternoon gig talking sports with College Football Rainman, David Paschall, on Press Row from 1-3 p.m. on 105.1 FM and our all night gig of doing our high school preview magazine.

From the "Talks too much" studios, if we were in your shoes, we'd be... leaving, what a good idea.

Next Johnny Chapter

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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Johnny Football/Hangover/Merchandise/Drama/Cash Money saga has turned so far beyond the scope of expectation that Cam Newton is now the voice of reason.

Where are we?

Reports now have a memorabilia broker showing video to ESPN of Johnny Manziel signing up to 300 pieces of sports collectibles in a hotel room. Said broker said he paid Johnny Headache $7,500. Oh brother.

There are other brokers floating similar rumors, and the video has Johnny Playa saying no thanks to "extra cash" for signing personalized items. Oh twin brothers.

On Tuesday, Newton, the 2010 Heisman winner that led Auburn to the national title amid a ton of allegations and NCAA investigations, said he has talked to Manziel about the trappings of college fame and pressure.

We don't know much, but we do know that when the creator of Cammy Cam juice and the guy that debunked the long-standing truth that where there is smoke there is fire is your Obi Wan Kenobi, well, there seems to be little chance for sanity. (Side note: Cam's wisdom was actually spot-on.)

Where were we?


OK, we're in — PGA Championship contest

We got a late start on this because, well, it's impossible to share how much we have going on these two weeks. In fact, today is our 9th wedding anniversary and we have so much to do, we brought lunch, dinner and fourth meal to work with us. It's going to be a long one. (And yes, the Mrs. 5-at-10 is mighty understanding.)

So we've decided at the 11th hour to have a PGA contest. Here's the deal for the 11th Hour PGA Barely a Major So We'll Only Pick Three:

We're picking three players — all count — and each has to be from a different country. Hey, we're trying to expand your cultures here. Ties will be broken by speed of entry — first in gets the edge and the list will be compiled by order of entry. Who's in?

We're going with Woods, Stenson and Jason Day.

Whatcha' got? Winner will get some stuff.


Other young sports stars

If you are wondering how any other fictional sports stars turned out and whether they can be a road map for the real-life Johnny Football who seems to be living a very mediocre made-for-TV movie, well, let's take a look:

• After getting his GED, former Bad News Bears slugger Kelly Leak was investigated in the minors as one of the early frontrunners for baseball's growing amphetamine problem in the late 1970s. He went on to work with Tony Bosch at Biogenesis, and well, ask A-Rod how that turned out.

• Jimmy Chitwood clashed with his college coach at Indiana and transfered to Wabash College on an academic scholarship. He coaches at Hickory and has yet to pay for his lunch at the diner where Coach Dale met Shooter.

• Danny Noonan used the caddy scholarship to go to college and eventual graduated from St. Copius law school. He helped to have Judge Smails disbarred for his role in a gambling scandal at Bushwood, bought three lumber yards from Ty Webb and worked diligently to have Mitch Cumstein's good name restored after the unfortunate night putting scandal.

• Becky "Ice Box" O'Neal hung up her pads after helping the Little Giants beat the Little Cowboys. She's back in her hometown running her uncle's Chevy dealership.

• Walker and Texas Ranger Bobby each tried NASCAR driving with varying degrees of success. Texas Ranger eventually landed as a racing analyst with FOX while Walker was caught up in a Ponzi scheme and has not been heard from in a while.

• Charlie Conway never developed beyond a good high school hockey player but he used his confidence from his "Mighty Ducks" success to move to Hollywood and become an actor. He changed his name to Joshua Jackson and landed several roles, including a leading part on Dawson's Creek.

Got any others?


This and that

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    Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton hits a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— Anyone got any reasons why the Braves are this good? Seriously. Side note: Hey Bryce Harper, your team stinks, you admire a homer in the previous AB and you crowd the plate — you can expect some fastballs on the inside. Run Dummy. Why don't you stop talking for a while Champ.

— Riley Cooper is back at Eagles practice. That is all.

— Which is crazier: Cammy Cam giving Johnny Football words of wisdom in his trials with the NCAA or Pete Rose telling the Biogenesis guys to tell the truth? Excuse us, we need a shower.

— Interesting that the NCAA has changed its online shopping feature, and you can no longer search for memorabilia from a specific player. Before Tuesday you could search for a specific player — say Johnny Manziel or Jadeveon Clowney — and their jerseys would come up for sale. Now, that feature has been changed after ESPN ace Jay Bilas took to the Twitter and exposed the NCAA hypocrisy in this regard.

— Did you see the Manning Brothers rap song about football on your phone? OK, we'll say it, those guys just seem extremely likeable, no? You know another set of brothers we like — Cliff and Chris Paul from those State Farm commercials. Good times.


Today's question(s)

As always feel free to chime in on any and the above topics and remember Friday's mailbag — we need a couple of entries.

Which of the above youthful sports movie character's path seems most accurate?

If you had to make a wager — and this is only for entertainment purposes only of course — where would you place your hard-earned entertainment dollars in regard to Johnny Miscue? Will he play this year? Will he miss any games?

And remember the PGA Contest and to give us a shout on Press Row from 1-3 p.m. on ESPN Radio 105.1 in Chattanooga. You can hit us with a question on Twitter too at @jgreeesontfp.

about Jay Greeson...

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chas9 said...

Fourteen and a half games is crazy.

Weeds' story Sunday about CLC's licensing of college sports gear is fascinating.

No big surprise that Texas is #1 and Bama #2. You can't go in a Walmart anywayere in the world without seeing at least one Walmartian wearing a crimson shirt.

I was a bit surprised that UK is #5 on the list. The SEC dominates, of course.

LSU is #6, Florida #7, Gawga #8, Arkansas #10, A&M # 12 and UT #15.

I'd expect Tennessee to be higher on the list and I'd bet that five years ago they were. Maybe Johnnyvol stopped patronizing CLC when founder Bill Battle went to work for Saban, Inc.

Come on, orangeclad. Buy some merchandise. Your 1998 championship shirt's getting pretty threadbare. And after all that chlorox, it's faded, too.

August 7, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.
mrspud said...

Woods, Adam Scott, Luke Donald

Johnny Football is done.

So is our fearless 5@10 just THINK she's understanding. You will pay my will pay.

August 7, 2013 at 11 a.m.
rdc919 said...

It's funny chas9 considering the Walmart orange walking around. You know, the UT fans wearing 3 different shades of orange gear.

August 7, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.
Harrythornton said...

PGA Picks:

Phil Mickelson, Matteo Manassero, Graeme McDowell

August 7, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

We got no problem with folks wearing their throwback national title gear.

That said, if you have the 1998 national title tag plate, it may be time to turn the page.

Spud —

It's a debt we're willing to settle, good sir.

You're in the contest.


Where's your picks?

HT —

Welcome to the show and you're in.

August 7, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...


Tired of Manziel. This is not open for discussion (at least regarding people asking me for my take; everyone else, carry on).

Saw a side story on about the Mannings rap video. I'm sorry, but unless Flavor-Flav is now planning on trying out as a WR for the Broncos, the professionals need to do what their skill set requires them to do.

On a side note, THE best rap parody I ever saw was done by this really, really, stupid juvenille show called "Incredible Crew". (Think "You Can't Do That On Television" if the skits were written by Ned Flanders [aka no implict adult or ethnic humor]) They did a rap video called "Running Errands with My Mom" that is hilarious. I'm sure it's on YouTube somewhere.

EXTREMELY Well-Played on the nod to "Ice-Box". While "Little Giants" is no "Mighty Ducks", "SandLot", OR "Stand By Me", it is definiately a top-tier kids flick in the underrated department. Though I refuse to watch it on television since they always cut out the best lines (that being the opening dialogue with her and the other boys).

August 7, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.
dawg747 said...

PGA Picks:

Phil Mickelson Ian Poulter Adam Scott

August 7, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

I don't see how you go with anyone but Woods from the USA. I don't cheer for him, but if you are counting everyone, Woods is most likely to be the one in the Top Ten.

So my three- Woods, Adam Scott, and Justin Rose.

Manziel will miss some games. There's no way around it with that video (even if there is no smoking gun). It's almost like Manziel WANTS to be suspended.

The Braves? Sixth in the NL in batting average, first in home runs, second in runs scored. Second in team ERA, and third in batting average against. Sixth in the league in errors. Sounds like a pretty solid team to me. The pitching is very good, the fielding is good, and the batting was the question mark. But looking at those numbers (especially the batting average and home runs) it's easy to see why this team scores. While they strike out a ton, the batting average is not that bad. That's why the Braves are good. Will they keep on winning forever? Nope. Have they wrapped up the division? Just about. They have seven games left against the Nats and seven other games against teams with winning records. Of those fourteen games, all except for three against the Nats are before Labor Day. If the lead is not down to at single digits before Labor Day, it's over. If they go 12-7 between now and the Labor Day weekend series with the Marlins, I would think that would be enough to wrap up the division. The Braves have a decent lead on the Dodgers for home field if those two play. They are virtually tied with the Pirates for best record in the NL and have a small lead on the Cardinals. The Braves need home field, because they are the best home team in baseball. If they can get home field advantage in the NL playoffs, then they have a very real shot to win the National League pennant.

It's only 22 days until the start of college football. That is all.

August 7, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

I agree with Stuck, the Braves should have the double digit lead by 9/2, and the division wrapped up. After that they are playing for home field, which should be ok until the WS.

If Manziel keeps this up he's gonna need a bigger boat. NCAA & TAMU fans will eat him alive.

PGA choices: Woods, Choi & Jason Day.

Answer to yesterday's question about a rising star on favorite team - Auburn's defense (if they have learned to tackle)

August 7, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Hit King never took PEDs. But he did violate the number one rule on every clubhouse door. Strangely, I don't see the MLBPA supplanting that rule with the "no juicin' up,bro" anytime soon.

I'll take Stricker, Schwartzel and McDowell

August 7, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...


I will take Lefty, Y(ing?) E Yang, and Jaco Van Zyl (S Africa). Thanks.


August 7, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.
sbbs said...

Put me down for Woods Westwood Day

August 7, 2013 at 3:14 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

BJ Upton's average has now eclipsed that of Dan Struggla. Good times!

August 7, 2013 at 8:21 p.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay- put me down for Phil, Adam Scott, and Miguel Jimenez. Thanks and good nite.

August 7, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.
DCrotty22 said...

Jason Dufner, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy

August 7, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
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