published Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

5-at-10: It's here; it's happening

Before we get to our work-daily rambles. Let's throw a shoutout back to Wednesday and the post from Volscot, who made arguably the most balanced and fair assessment of Phil Fulmer's recent years. Check out the big brain on Volscot.

Secondly, with the Lil' 5-at-10 getting ready for kindergarten in the background and CMT on the TV, can we all just agree that male country music guys need to wear a hat. Ball cap, cowboy hat, Zac Brown's skullcap/tobaggon-thing, heck mix in a top hat for all we care, but these reverse mullets + Bama bangs = hair-floppin' debacles make our head hurt. And while we're talking 'bout mullets (PLAYOFFS?), have you noticed the, umm, lady of the evening Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter has become. Egads. She used be Hannah Montana for crying out loud; now she makes young Madonna seem pedestrian. Clean it up Miley.

Where were we? Ah yes, the space modulator.

From the "Talks too much" studios, Waylong Jennings would have put a foot on the neck of 80 percent of the pansies singing country music today.

OUCH!

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    Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, right, is tagged out by Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, left, as he attempts to steal second base in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Atlanta.
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Danny Uggla going on the DL because he could see — which has proven to be a hurdle for major league hitters after all — was a good thing.

Jason Heyward looking at missing most of the rest of the regular season is not good. At all.

The Braves were 17-5 in the last 23 games with Heyward hitting in the leadoff spot. He was hitting .341 and had an on-base percentage of .410 atop the order. Things were clicking.

Wednesday, Heyward was hit in the face with a pitch and the broken jaw will cause him to miss 4-to-6 weeks. When he returns, there will be some adjustments getting back on that horse.

Jordan Schafer will be the short term solution. Joey Terdoslavich will help too. (Side note: Is Terdoslavich the worst name in the history of Eastern Euorpeans ever? We think yes.)

But neither can match what Heyward's been doing lately offensively. And defensively, Heyward has become one of the NL's best outfielders.

Will it cost the Braves the division? Of course not. They lead the East by like 12 billion games. But for a team that has overcome one injury after another, this appears to be the biggest so far.

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Prep football kickoff

We have spent a ton of time getting ready for this year's high school football season.

  • Prep football rewind, fast forward: Week 2
    Watch as Times Free Press sports editors Jay Greeson and Stephen Hargis breakdown last week's best prep football games and talk about this week's upcoming matchups.

We even have shot a couple of prep football preview videos. Basically we're dealing with a lot of stuff.

It starts for real tonight with McCallie visiting Cleveland. As much as we love high school football — and as Spy can attest, there are many sports editors of papers the size of the TFP that still go cover high school football every Friday night — here are the three things that need to be changed today:

• Kickoff to the season still needs to be a week later.

• Every game needs at least one certified trainer — who has been instructed on spotting concussions — on the field. For the schools that can't afford it, the super-extreme costs sent to the TSSAA can start going for something useful.

• Someone at Finley should make a hard-target push to have a spotlight game every Thursday. A true game of the week that could draw the fans of those schools and all the other high school fans who will be following their teams on Friday nights. And before you say the schools can't afford to give up home pay checks, who says anything about giving them up. Case in point: Tomorrow night, the 5-at-10 and prep sports ace Stephen Hargis will be among the nearly 10,000 folks trying to cram into the Eagles Nest for Signal-East Hamilton. It will be a nice payday for the Eagles this year. But if those two teams agree to play that game at Finley to start the year on a Thursday, and Finley agrees to pay each $20K each year — Finley spends $40 grand for teams and maybe another 10K on everything else and gets to charge 5-7 bucks a head and 3 bucks a car and the concessions — then the crowd could be 15,000. Win-win-win.

That said, tonight should be a hum-dinger.

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Double standards?

Sylvester Stallone is discussions to try to turn John Jay Rambo into a TV series. Sweet buckets.

At first we had this as an item in the 'This and That' and had a Rambo joke — Rambon't was one; or would the pilot be Rambo defending the other old-folks home patrons against a tyrannical kitchen steward played by Ben Stiller who is short-changing everyone's pudding? — or two to kick around and move on.

This we started thinking — yes, dangerous we know. Anyone doubt Sly Stallone or the river of shirtless action stars didn't use some chemistry to get that ripped? And if the biggest concern about steroids is the affects on the next generations and kids being forced to use PEDs to compete with the cheaters, is Hollywood not the same role-model-infused scenario with multi-million-dollar stakes?

And Stuck and 9er and a few of the others around here have mentioned that baseball is at least trying to fight the the PEDs problem. Football and basketball — and Hollywood? — ignore it.

Do we really care all that much that these people are using PEDs or are we more hand-wringing to hand wring and bemoaning because we felt duped?

Who cares about cycling? Did you bat an eye about Floyd Landis? Nope. But Lance? We believed in Lance and Lance lied to us so Lance is the boogeyman. Do we hate Brady Anderson? No way. But A-Rod is among the statistical greats of all-time, so he cheated with better success and we hate him for it.

Do we all acknowledge that Stallone and the rest are on the juice and since we know we don't care? Has there been a "problem" with as much outrage and indifference at the same time?

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This and that

— Kudos to Ichiro for getting his 4,000 career hit as a professional baseball player. Is Ichiro a Hall of Famer? We think yes. A bunch of his hits came in Japan of course, but since he came to the States in 2001, he has 375 more hits than any other player in the last 12 seasons. He has an MVP and is a 10-time All-Star and a 10-time Gold Glove winner. Was surprised that he only has two batting titles, though.

— Speaking of Ichiro, and yes it's a cultural thing for him, but what is the current Rushmore of one-name athletes: Tiger and LeBron for sure. Kobe is too. Ichiro may be on that list. Is Peyton? Discuss.

— Tiger Woods missed half of the Pro-Am this week because of a stiff neck and back that he attributed to a bad bed at his hotel. Sweet buckets of Titleist range balls, just shut your pie hole and play. E-gads. Plus, anyone thinking Tiger's staying at Day's Inn near the Airport. C'mon.

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Today's question

Did you forget the mailbag? Did you? There's still time.

As always, feel free to discuss any of the above topics. If you need a talking point, here are three:

What movie action hero would make the worst TV series?

What athlete would a steroids scandal break the internet?

Where will Bruce Pearl land? (Gary Parrish caught up with the Orange-Chested one in an interesting story on cbssports.com here)

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...

Miley's behavior is nothing new. Given the "strict" guidelines that govern just about all Disney Channel TV stars, once the contract is over and their expiration date has passed, then it's "Rumspringa" to the third power for those who know Amish culture. I won't go any further then that.

Since it's Thursday, I imagine the DMN's arrived on time. Hoping to read your take on Johnny Ewing's bloodline, the one and done game of your lesser-known Texas Rangers, Baylors new home, and other stuff.

I can't believe that by this time next Thursday (pending no major escalations) I'll be at home getting ready for Mocs vs. Skyhawks via gomocs.com streaming video. I plan on flying my Mocs car flag up and down McArthur Blvd and Belt Line (streets in my neighborhood) as I'm gathering all my food and drink items.

Stallone will probably not be shirtless due to the fact over the years he got pretty tatted up and some of the inkwork would probably not match with the character's persona. In reality, the concept is sound assuming the show would return to what basically made the first movie great. The "stereotype" Rambo was basically the result of Hollywood interference + Reagan philosophy during that era.

Vin Deasel's character in Fast and Furious would make a horrible TV series. So would Insert-Jason Staton-character-here.

August 22, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.
mrspud said...

What movie action hero would make the worst TV series? Rambo

What athlete would a steroids scandal break the internet? Tiger

Where will Bruce Pearl land? Who cares

I caught the Marvin the Martian reference (the best Looney Toons villain ever)....one small correction.. it is the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator. You make me very, very angry.

August 22, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.
TNBuck said...

Worth noting about Ichiro - As far as I know, he is the only man in MLB (all pro sports unconfirmed, but possible) with his first name on the back of his jersey. He may stand alone as far as one namers go.

August 22, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Bruce Pearl will NOT end up at Vanderbilt when they fire Stallings. . . . although that would be fun

August 22, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.
jomo11 said...

and with all due respect, no way there will be 10,000 for Signal Mtn-East Hamilton . .MAYBE 5,000

August 22, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.
Stewwie said...

[She used be Hannah Montana for crying out loud; now she makes young Madonna seem pedestrian. Clean it up Miley.]

I can't decide if she looks more like Billy Idol or the chick from Roxette. Thoughts?

Good ideas for changes to high school football. And I wonder why Finley has not done something already to attract more marquee games at its venue. Unless the home teams simply don't want to do it (here's looking at you, Baylor).

On the other hand, Finley's got some issues. It's a 20k seat stadium, but there's decent parking for only about 8-10k. It sits in a sketchy area (especially at night) and after 16 years of operation, the surrounding area still looks and feels like a dump. We hear rumors all the time about new things that are going to pop up around the stadium, but talk is cheap. I like going to Mocs games simply to see the team play, but I cringe at having to venture down to that part of town to do it. I wonder if high schools have some of the same thoughts when deciding whether or not to play a big game there.

August 22, 2013 at 11:13 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

THIS injury (not the Hudson injury) is the one that hurts. Heyward being out completely changes the offense, and takes one of the most dangerous bats out of the lineup. If he's back to normal by the playoffs, forget about the rest. If he's out for the first round of playoffs, this could be trouble. Plus, as I've been saying, the Braves are the best home team in baseball- they need home field advantage. They lead the Dodgers and Pirates by three games, the Cardinals by four, and the Reds by 5.5 right now for that. They need to hold on somehow to those leads. It's going to be tough without Heyward. Without homefield in any round, there could be big trouble for the Braves. This hurts a lot.

August 22, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Only 80%? Methinks you are guessing too low, Bro. Raise the estimate at least 10 points.

August 22, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.
chas9 said...

Only good mullet is a fish. But we can't require all country music singers to wear hats. Would you tell the man in black he couldn't go on stage without a topper? And how would Porter Waggoner have fit one on top of his helmet hair?

I care where Pearl lands. He's a strong coach and some school will be lucky to have him. He broke the rules, but once he's done his time he deserves another chapter. No, it won't be Vandy. And he should keep his shirt on.

August 22, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

Along with jomo...with all due respect...you CAN'T get 10,000 into the facilites at Signal it is impossible...most schools will not sacrifice a good home gate to move a game to Finley...if you check the largest high school crowd on record at FSDF is for Soddy Daisy/Red Bank many many years ago..they took the game back to home and home...although the concept is a great, the schools will not pass up a good gate at home...

August 22, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
chas9 said...

Bruce the Pearl said: "I wanted Tennessee to matter to Kentucky fans. I wanted Tennessee to be a game Kentucky fans circled. We did that. And that's the kind of thing I would like to try to do again."

He did that, and that's why, as we said earlier in the week, it's a shame the Cats and Vols will only tussle once a year under the new schedule.

August 22, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.
jomo11 said...

according to current Finley stadium management only the Baylor-McCallie game had a crowd around 10,000 to 11,000 besides that game the largest high school game attendence was in the 4,000 to 5,000 range. thats just the facts

August 22, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

jomo...back when sd/rb were playing there yearly there is one that had over 17,000...i assure you that is accurate...

August 22, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.
jomo11 said...

ordinaryguy that is just impossible no way they had anywhere near that

August 22, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

i assure you...that figure is accurate...but no need to quibble...there was a time in the 90's when that was a bigger game than baylor mccallie...

August 22, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
TNBuck said...

Re: Thursday night games. Weren't we talking a few weeks ago about how the Mocs needed more Thursday night games? I guess there's room for HS too, but I'd be inclined to ask for Mocs games on Thursday as a priority.

Stewwie - Trampoline bounce place, Chattanooga Brewing and Chattanooga Whiskey will all have built out places within a few blocks from Finley in the next 18 months. Things are looking up for the surrounding area, Parkway Towers needs a face lift, the Chicken Plant smell will be hard to get rid of.

August 22, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Yes, Soddy-Daisy has gone down a lot and so has Red Bank.

CMT has county music?

Offtopic, the LB household is digging the upcoming Sara Bareilles concert at Track 29.

August 22, 2013 at 1:25 p.m.
Stewwie said...

TNBuck,

My understanding is that Huesman would be willing to play all home games on Thursday nights if he could. The problem is that most opponents don't want to have to travel during the middle of the week to do it.

The Southside part of town has improved overall over the past 20 years, but the area right next to Finley is lagging behind badly. There is supposedly going to be condos and restaurants going up nearby, but we haven't heard anything about that in a while. Parkway Towers has been rumored to get remodeled for years but has nothing to show for it to date.

OG,

Agreed that Red Bank vs. Soddy used to be huge, but those days are long gone. I don't remember the 17k turnout, but I could be mistaken (anybody have Tom Weathers on speed-dial?). The alumni game this past spring had about as good of a turnout as a regular game between the two schools. And the alumni teams would whip up on whoever's putting on the jerseys for those two schools now.

August 22, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Alabama has the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Looks like Chatty now has the Henry Luken Golf Trail.

Billy-In-Brainerd

August 22, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

All the hats in the world are not going to turn those store bought country boys that Nashville is turning out into the genuine article. The same way that shoe-horning in a little slide guitar into a pop song does not make it country, a big ol' hat is not going to transform a pretty boy into a backwoods hell raiser. If you are looking for a current artist performing traditional country music, I strongly suggest giving Jamey Johnson a listen. Jamey doesn't wear a hat, but he is bona-fide.

As for bad action hero turned television series...Coming this fall, Hulk Hogan is Suburban Commando.

If someone is interested in taking in the big game on Signal Mountain should they turn onto Anderson Pike? Or go up the road and turn on Anderson Pike? Or take the next left onto Anderson Pike?

August 22, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang —

You guys rock.

As for the attendance numbers for tomorrow night's tussle between the newbies, well, 10K is surely high.

But if it was tonight at Finley — when all the other high school fans could attend and see two programs of heavy interest — we'd set the over/under at 10K for sure.

And we're all for Jamey Johnson. Hat or no. We believe Eric Church would be able to sit down with Waylon and have a shot too.

August 22, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
chas9 said...

SEC coaches think their Heisman winner is only the second best QB in the league, according to the just-announced pre-season team. Worse, they think A. J. McCarron is only the third best in the league. Come on, now.

August 22, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

If at Finley you are correct JG...but having gone to the mtn several times..the facilities are not that good which is another huge difference between georgia and hamilton county, when ga builds a new school the athletic facilities are part of the construction,not so in hamilton county...playing surface is good...but the bells and whistles are missing...but could be worse could be the two hour traffic jam in and out of east hamilton...

August 22, 2013 at 3:21 p.m.
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