published Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

5+5-at-10: Tab's are done so let's double our fun. Giddy up.

And it's done. The preseason football tab process has been completed. The 40-page college preview section will be in Sunday's paper. We feel like we've been paroled.

OK, we're less than 10 days from the Thursday night start to the college football season. Hey, the No. 10 — we like the look of that number.

OK, here's a 5+5 at 10. And thanks for your patience during the last two weeks of blurred lines and groggy eyes. We're trying something new and different today. It could be new and stinky, like New Coke. It could be new and awesome like Xbox. We'll see. Tomorrow, we'll be back to the regular 5-at-10, and if we work the occasional 5+5 at 10 into the rotation, well, there you go. And as always, remember the mailbag for Friday.

From the "Talks too much" studios, she's into malakas Dino.

10 — The number 10 is roundly viewed as the top grade for a woman. Thanks Bo Derek back in the day. Seriously, thanks. One of the 10s from our childhood was in the news this morning. Olivia Newton John reportedly had a dead man's body found at her home.

Spy, do you think they were getting Physical? Thank you. Thank YOU.

9 — Worst headline to wake up to this morning: "MLB to A-Rod: Happy to show all." Uh, no thanks guys, let's all keep our pants on. In fact, let's keep the Full Monty sports references to successful pro golfers who gag in majors. Deal? Deal.

8 — Wow, it only took insulting someone willing to sacrifice their life for our country and offending about 99.9 percent of the free world for the NCAA to act quickly. OK, after they moved at a non-glacier-like pace to grant eligibility to Steven Rhodes, the 24-year-old walk-on freshman at MTSU who spent the last five years in the Marines, the NCAA proved they are not completely tone deaf. Sure they need a tone hearing aid, but at least they can hear some things.

7 — In nine days, Jadeveon Clowney, who wears No. 7, and the South Carolina Gamecocks will face North Carolina. How scary good has Mr. Clowney been? (And as much as we love, Love, LOVE the name Jadeveon, we feel obligated to call him Mr. Clowney for the foreseeable future.) Steve Spurrier and the USC-east coaches had to pull Mr. Clowney from a scrimmage last weekend, because they could not get anything done because he was disrupting almost every play.

6 — There are roughly six weeks left in the regular baseball season. Looking around the National League, there are exactly six teams over .500 chasing five playoff spots. This is not a good argument for playoff expansion by the way. But looking at those clubs chasing the playoff spots, it dawned on us that this may be the first full-blown award season predicated on the new-stat systems in baseball. Look at the NL, where Andrew McCutchen could be a front-runner for MVP despite not being among the league leaders (top five) in average, homers or RBIs but being among the game's best in WAR. Clayton Kershaw is a likely runaway Cy Young leader, and he is 12-7, all of five games over .500. (Side note: StuckinKent and the 5-at-10 have had frequent debates about the worth and the role of the closer in baseball. Good times. We can make an argument that Craig Kimbrel is Kershaw's chief competition in the Cy Young race.)

5 — Let's ask pretend LSU coach Les Miles what he thinks of the 5+5-at-10 (as always this is a real quote from the good folks at The Quotable Les Miles): "I know I vote, and I am excited to vote. I do a great job, but I have to be very honest. I vote based on record and things that are not significant."

Ladies and Gentleman, the one, the only, Les Miles. He shares his excitement. He shares his pride — yes Les you do a great job. And he shares the fact that records are everything and nothing at the same time.

Ladies and gentleman, there's a real argument that Les Miles is the Plato of the 24/7 sports news cycle.

(Side note: Don't you love when someone answers a question and includes the phrase "To tell you the truth" or "I have to be very honest" in the answer? Does that mean unless they include that phrase they are full of seabiscuits?)

4 — Should Johnny Vols Fans be troubled that none of the four QBs have really been eliminated from the race to be the starter. Well, at least publicly that is the case. Does that mean each of these guys could be a contributor or does it mean none of them are really ready? Discuss.

3 — Alabama is going for its third consecutive national title. Maybe you have heard about it. We'll ask a similar question as was posed by Chris Low on ESPN.com, and we'll definitely talk about it on Press Row today from 1-3 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 FM: When is Alabama's dominance bad for the sport of college football?

2 — Let's turn two and have two questions for today: Best tandem in sports history? Discuss. Or best tandem in movie history?

1 — One fearless prediction about football season: We'll stand by our outlandish call that the Mocs are a 10-2 football team and if they get a break or two will head to Tuscaloosa 11-0 in November. If that's the case, we're going. Who's with us?

Tabs are dead. Long live the Tabs.

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...

Jay,

Kudos on finishing the tabs for the football preview. Looking forward to next Thursday to say the least. Believe it or not, I got noth'n for today. That's not to say I'm coasting but there's nothing of interest to post about.

However, since you finished the preview early, you should have a little bit of ample time to throughly enjoy the clippings/sectionals from the DMN currently in-transit. ;)

On a side note, because the Mocs are playing on a Thursday, I get to go to North Texas' home opener the following Saturday against Idaho State. It an't "big time" football like the Mustangs and Toads generate but it's close to where I live and they get about as much love in the Dallas media as a health article on foot fungus.

So I say, why not.

August 20, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Olivia Newton John was a 10 in your book? While attractive, she was not a 10 in my book.

With respect to Kimbrel, read there is a new term in baseball...A Kimbrel is when you strike out three batters in one inning...as in Clayton Kershaw just recorded a Kimbrel in the third innning.

Some tandems: Bird and McHale, Magic and Kareem, Michael and Scottie, Maris and Mantle, Mays and McCovey, Aaron and Mathews, Unitas and Berry, Montana and Rice, and Ruth and Gehrig.

With respect to Alabama and supposed National Championships...when they play a full playoff system there will be a national champion, until then, its all just pretend.

August 20, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.
MocTastic said...

JG, with you on the Mocs...get a few good bounces and lack of injuries, there could be a game in Tuscaloosa with an undefeated team, and it might not be Alabama.

August 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
chas9 said...

5+5--Sure you remember New Coke, but do you remember Tab? Or Tab Clear? Or Tab X-tra? And Olivia's still a 10.

College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish yesterday wrote about college basketball coaches under 45 who will make the Hall of Fame one day. After polling basketball coaches, he came up with this smart list (in order of most support): Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens, Sean Miller, Buzz Williams, John Groce, and Fred Hoiberg.

Not mentioned is Cuonzo "The Conz" Martin. Question for Friday: Is Cuonzo a future hall of famer?

And I have to be honest with you. Having three of four QB's at this stage is worrisome. Unless you're playing mind games so your first game opponent won't know who to prepare for.

In the duos category, I like Newman and Redford. And Thelma and Louise. And Ernie and Bernie. Does Spahn, Sain and pray for rain count as a duo? Rum and Coke? Tequila and (sorry).

August 20, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.
jgreeson said...

JMC —

Looking forward to the new DMN shipment. They do good work.

MT —

We're on the same page on the Mocs.

O-N-J may not have been a 10, but for our age she was close — we were 10 when "Physical" was released. But why quibble on the details.

Ruth and Gehrig, Montana and Rice are money.

We need a Rushmore here, and that's two great places to start.

Giddy-up.

August 20, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
chas9 said...

Five, plus or minus--Seems Dodger Puig had some choice words for the media. How did he get along with the fourth estate in Chattanooga?

August 20, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

Tell 9er that here in the Bluegrass (the state housing the team he loves more than any other), Tab is still sold at the local Krogers. Don't know about anywhere else, but it is certainly here.

August 20, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

If Jerick McKinnon and Dominique Swope are healthy, I don't know that UTC is undefeated going into Alabama.

How about McGwire and Canseco? Great for a brief period and now we know why and we wish we didn't but it's opened up a lot of eyes. I'll also go Spahn and Sain.

August 20, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Great stuff.

9er

Puig was quite temperamental by all accounts, but he also answers through an interpreter so there's an extra filter there.

Newman and Redford is a money addition.

Stuck —

How about a Fresca, hmmm?

Spy —

Southern is the Mocs biggest hurdle to 11-0 in our view — and it's a large one, especially down there.

McGwire and Canseco, baseball's Butch (or a different vowel?) and Sunny Pants.

We'll take Koufax and Drysdale over Spahn and Sain. And think if the Mets had kept Seaver and Ryan together for their formative years?

August 20, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring,

Mark me down with Christie Brinkley, although, about my all time is Claudia Cardinale.

As to the hooha over the new set of Tennessee Unis, if the recent past is a guide, all wardrobe changes should wait until at least of the coach's year two of the contract. I'm not impressed with the Gray. Why not come out in Orange on Orange a bit more? The effect on me was electric. Want to mix up a bit, wear Orange Pants on the road. Now, to roll out this new product to the masses, Butch needs to find a home game he can win. Not sure what that game might be at the moment.

The only gimmick I'd like to see is 100% for 60 minutes.

Do you remember when A-Rod would swoon in the playoffs? I believe he got off the juice near the end of the regular season. Am I just imaging things?

August 20, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Also like the Koufax and Drysdale....

With respect to entertainment duos...how can we be forgetting Lucy and Ricky, or Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, Abbott and Costello...I could go on and on!

August 20, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.
fechancellor said...

Addenda, Best Hollywood duos...Hepburn and Tracy or the Duke and Maureen O'Hara.

August 20, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Hepburn and Tracy in a close race against Duke/O'Hara

August 20, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay - best Hollywood tandem? Redford and Newman. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. Need I say more?

August 20, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Congratulations on finishing those tabs Jay. Lumbergh wants to know how you are coming along with those TPS reports. And he wants you to come in on Sunday, O'K.

Three is the magic number. One is the loneliest number. Pi goes on-and-on like a drunk woman complaining about her co-workers. Oh yeah, tandems is what we're talking about. Ali and Frazier, while not a traditional tandem, you rarely think of one without the other. Belue-to-Scott, RUN LINDSAY! Otis Redding and Carla Thomas. Waylon and Willie. Andy and Barney. Jack and Coke.

Another number: 0. Zero percent is how much I care about this so called "SEC fatigue" I've been hearing about lately. Most college football fans have had Notre Dame fatigue for decades and that hype machine never slowed down. They say those of us here in SEC Country are convinced our conference is God's gift to college football and we are absolutely convinced no other conference can compare to ours. I'll give 'em one thing, they understand our thought process. SEC! SEC! SEC!

August 20, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.
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