published Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

5-at-10: Johnny Paycheck, Prep football beliefs, and celebrating the biggest day of a generation

We're still loaded with tasks and challenges. Hey, it's a busy time.

But... But... BARNICKE? He owes us money.

The Prep Tab has been shipped to film. Repeat. The 72-page beast has been slain. The Eagle has landed. John has a long mustache. The chair is against the wall.

Yep, down goes the 72-page Frazier. Joe, not Kiehl. Well, Kiehl, too.

And we realize that the 5-at-10 has suffered in our distracted, tab-crazed days. Thanks for sticking with us. Or as Maggie says, "TANKS for nuttin' Danny."

And yes, we feel back in the groove a little bit — or we're sleep-deprieved to the point of giddiness — since we have quoted Stripes, Red Dawn, Cosell and Caddyshack before the first legit item of today's 5-at-10.

From the "Talks too much" studios, to quote William Blake, who died on this day in 1827, the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

We have questions

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    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

How is Cole Hamels only 5-13? Dude has legit ace stuff and he's 5-and-13? How'd he ever win five? It's a miracle. Lollygaggers.

When did we move to Chatta-Portland? Seriously. Enough with the rain.

Wow, did you see that Danny Struggla's back down to .186 and is 2-for-37 in August? How'd he ever get two? It's a miracle.

What none of us have questions about now though is whether Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football/Hangover/Merchandise and now Johnny Paycheck, took money for signing what has been reported to be more than 4,400 autographs for memorabilia brokers.

The NCAA hypocrisy is rich of course, and more on that in a minute.

But how are we so sure of Johnny Paycheck taking the money and signing? Well, in the weeks since this story has broken, there has been absolutely zero denial from Camp Paycheck. Yes, the vaunted A-Rod defense of, "Let's not talk about the past," or the "Let's focus on what they can prove" angles.

Hey, when your moral compass points to A-Rod, well, that's not good. Don't sell yourself short Judge, you're a tremendous slouch.

So there we have it. And we know the answer. Whether the NCAA has the proof remains to be seen. Whether the NCAA wants to find the proof and destroy the most-hyped regular-season college football game in 25 years remains to be seen.

What we all know to be true deep down in places we don't talk about at parties is whether it happened.


Money for everyone but the players

With the latest news that seems to prove even more evidence that Johnny Paycheck appears to have risked his teammates and his team's season on some cash-for-signature acts, the timing was almost poetic that the NCAA merchandising leaders were announced.

Texas made the most off of sold memorabilia, leading the nation's royalty rankings for the eighth straight year. The numbers were released by the Collegiate Licensing Company, which represents all of the major colleges and universities other than THE Ohio State, Michigna State, USC and Oregon. Granted, at least three of those would likely crack the top 10, but no one messes with Texas when it comes to sales.

The rest of the top 10 of the schools that made the most of the more than $4.6 billion in merchandise and gear sold from July 1 of last year to June 30, 2013:

2) Alabama

3) Notre Dame

4) Michigan

5) Kentucky

6) LSU

7) Florida

8) Georgia

9) UNC

10) Arkansas

Texas A&M moved from No. 19 to No. 12 after it's record-setting football season. Hmmmmm, wonder how much of that move was because of No. 2 jerseys? Autographs for everyone.


Prep football everywhere

We are pretty well versed in the talent and the happenings of the high school football scene.

In fact we shot our first Prep Rewind/Fast Forward high school football video with preps ace Stephen Hargis. Check it here as we discuss this week's jamborees.

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    Baylor School quarterback Nick Tiano, No. 14, looks for an open player against Soddy-Daisy.
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Here are three things we believe:

• The Baylor-McCallie game is going to be awesome. Baylor's QB-RB tandem of Nick Tiano and George Porter against the increased speed and play-making abilities of a Blue Tornado team that has improved talent is going to be fun.

• Despite the loss of leading rusher Logan Jackson, the East Hamilton Hurricanes are the area's best team. And with a schedule that features Signal Mountain and Ooltewah relatively early, we'll know whether that belief is fact pretty quickly.

• The two best bets for a deep playoff run are in expected locals of South Pittsburg, which again is likely the fastest 1A team in Tennessee, and Calhoun, Ga., where the Yellow Jackets simply reload with players who have been baptised in Gatorade of state championship expectations.


This and that

— Feel free to riff on any and all college football stuff. Here's the story that Paschall had in today's TFP that caught our eye: Auburn has dropped its four-man QB race to a three-man QB race by moving Kiehl Frazier to safety. Yes, Frazier, the former USA Today national offensive high school player of the year, is starting over with a new number and a new position. This assuredly will be a topic of discussion on the Press Row radio show today from 1-3 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 FM.

— Also, as Downtown Patrick Brown wrote about him today, we have formed the view that any wide receiver named Pig is a friend of ours.

— Austin Dillion, the Nationwide driver with a big-time name and a big-time family (Richard Childress' grandson) which allowed him to race a big-time number (he drove the 3 made famous by longtime Childress driver and friend Dale Earnhardt), will fill in for the injured Tony Stewart. Pay attention to this kid gang, he's carrying a lot of NASCAR's future in his passenger seat.

— War Mike Trout. Baseball's next super-duper-star says PED users should be banned for life. Hey, baseball, if you want to end steroids, there's the answer. Of course, if you are disingenuous and only showing faux outrage because you know the power numbers get people's attention, well, keep tippy-toeing the current path. Yahoos.


Today's question

Is Aug. 12 the day our world changed? Consider that the IBM personal computer was released on this day 22 years ago? (Side question: The number 22 is arguably the coolest looking number around. Thoughts?)

Seriously, in 22 years — from the days of Joshua in "War Games" — to the fact that the 5-year-old Lil' 5-at-10 is quite comfortable operating an iPad, the world is a completely different place and on a completely new, computer-generated pace.

Think of the pace of progress before the computer age. In 22 years, TV went from black-and-white to color to a very crude remote control.

How much has TV changed since 1981? All the gadgets, the add-ons, the options. Dallas was an awesome show then... and it is now, too... wait a second.

OK, scratch the last one. So take a moment and celebrate the progress brought forth on this day 22 years ago.

And curse those same technological advances when your boss or whomever you're trying to duck to get nine holes in this afternoon can reach out to you with 12 forms of communication.

Progress, ain't she grand?

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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MocTastic said...

Hey JG, the IBM PC was released on Aug 12, 1981. That would be 32 years, not 22. The personal calculator, which could be used to find that 2013-1981 = 32 was first released to the public in 1970, which would be 43 years!

August 13, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...


"When did we move to Chatta-Portland? Seriously. Enough with the rain."

I've already razzed my 'Nooga friends on Facebook regarding this. I love Texas except in August. July is pretty brutal but this year it very mild to say the least. But August this year has become almost imbearable.

Please ship that rain here!

Dalton plays center for the Mocs? According to the article Frierson wrote...yes.

Funny you talk about advances in technology. Especially television

Here are some of my favorite then and nows:

Then: Cable Television. Now: Hulu

Then: Satellite dishes were NASA-size Mofos. Now: So small you can hang one off your balcony.

Then: Watching "Dr. Who" on PBS only during late night hours and it was the crude-looking episodes from the 1970s Now: New episodes are on BBC America the same day they air in the UK.

Then: You had to go to an anime convention in a big city or order from an Internet vendor new anime shows from Japan that were at best 8-10 months old by the time they were aquired and subtitled. Now: Hulu (assuming Funimation bought the rights to your favorite show).

One more..

Then: All the crackpots, morons, and gloryhogs that were limited to local and regional programming. Now: VH1, HLN, truTV, TLC, and OTHER phony-balony "reality" channels that put Jerry Springer out of business.

August 13, 2013 at 10:40 a.m.
MocTastic said...

J MCook, so you are into anime? Okay...that explains some things.

Still waiting for you to make an appearance on mocfans.

Dalton plays center for the Mocs ...huh? Looked back at Frierson's mention of any Dalton.

August 13, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
chas9 said...

Wonder what percentage of UK's #5 CLC merchandise is basketball generated?

From yesterday: Randall Cobb had a great NFL debut, catching a 32-yard TD pass and returning a kickoff 108 yards for an NFL best ever mark. That game made him the first player born in the 1990's to get into an NFL game. But he was too small to play at UT.

August 13, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...


My pedigree if you will: Host of the 91 Rock Sushi Bar from 2001-2003; 2005-2007. Original host of the now concluded "Anime at the Library" events. Staffed in Events and Guest Relations for Anime Weekend Atlanta from 1999-2003.

Don't have time for MocsFans..sorry to disappoint.

Quote from Frierson:

Sutton was interning in UTC's sports information office in January when new offensive coordinator Jeff Durden was hired. As first impressions go, it may not have been the best ever.

"I was sitting at my desk and I stood up and shook his hand," Sutton recalled after Monday morning's practice at Scrappy Moore Field. "I said 'Patrick Sutton,' and he was like, 'OK.' I was like, 'I started at center last year.' He was like, 'Oh, I thought you'd be a lot bigger than that.'

"I get that a lot; I'm used to it now."

August 13, 2013 at 12:27 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MT —

Yes, 32 years. That's what we meant.


"I thought you'd be bigger." The common refrain for Dalton in Road House, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the early 1990s, which by the 5-at-10's math is 96 years ago. Or 7.

9er —

UK and UNC each collected a slew of hoops sales.

Give us a listen here in a few on 105.1. We start at 1 p.m. which is like 22 minutes from now. Seriously.

August 13, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Ten Ring-

Thanks for getting everyone else up to speed. :P MT's comment reminded me of a practical joke I once did on my production directer when I was with WDEF for a time. We had fill out time sheets by hand and drop them off in Berry's office box by Friday (or else as he put it). One week, it seemed everything on the morning show was going wrong. The mics would go dead in the middle of an interview, the commerical spots were not timing out, etc. etc. Basically, an average of 3-4 on-air snafus per show instead of per week. At the end of the week, I decided since "Murphy" (as in Murphy's Law) was putting in some work on our behalf, I decided to fill out a time sheet for him. Adrana (Berry's secretary from the Ukraine) sees the time sheet and said "Berry, who's this Murphy guy? Did you hire someone new?" Berry told me later he stared at it for 15 minutes before it dawned on him whose handwriting it was.

Still my best at-work practical joke to date.

August 13, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Know what you can't find anymore? A pay phone. I don't know why there are even pagers and fax machines anymore. So the old Dick Tracy two-way communication wrist watch and the Maxwell Smart shoe phone probably aren't far off.

One night, about 28, 29 years ago (that would be the mid 60s by 5's math. I'm kidding. 5, even by your own admission, you have a little touch of dyslexia, no> I think a Bud Light helps that out, so there's my prescription) I told a drinking buddy I saw a day coming where you could have a satellite dish so small you could fit it on your window sill. It just made sense - you start with something big and clunky, like the BCS, and make it smaller and faster and voila, we get ourselves a family. I'm OK, you're OK, that there's what it is.

As cool looking as 22 is (can't believe you worked that in ... well, yeah I can), 32 is a more historic sports number, especially when it comes to jerseys.

So at what point do the Braves announcers, when Uggla's up at bat, just start talking about who's on deck and what's on after the game instead of describing another empty Struggla visit to the dish? B.J. Upton is outhitting him. He's barely outhitting Kris Medlen.

Listened to Al Martino sing "Spanish Eyes" on the ipod on the way to work (there's another technological marvel that is killing radio, which in itself was a technological marvel). Who, you might ask, is Al Martino. Well, let's just say they were swooning over him during the wedding reception scene in "The Godfather."

August 13, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

An editor at the Times-Free Press including a Johnny Paycheck reference in the title of an article...You're tip-toeing through the minefield Jay. Johnny Football may enjoy "Bars, Booze & Blondes." He might enjoy "Fifteen Beers" or head to "Georgia In A Jug" while "Drinkin' and Drivin'." Johnny "Mr. Lovemaker" Manziel may indeed be able to claim "I'm The Only Hell(Mama Ever Raised)"...but, he most assuredly never told anyone to take a job and shove it.

August 13, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.
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