published Thursday, December 26th, 2013

5-at-10: Good times and top Christmas returns

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    Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field goal attempt 100-plus yards to score the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against No. 1 Alabama in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 34-28.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

As we told you on Christmas, because we do what we do, we're here for the die-hard regulars, even on post-Christmas-Day 1 morning and on vacation (but don't tell the Mrs. 5-at-10, she frowns on such endeavors like working on vacation).

The 5-at-10 clan was mucho blessed and El Santa was muy bueno. Good times, and pass the nachos.

That said, let's do work — scratch that — let's do vacation activities. And remember the mailbag.

From the "Talks too much" studios, there are only 364 shopping days until Christmas.'

Christmas returns

As is our holiday/vacation tradition, we will substitute our regular five things with a single top-five list. Enjoy, and feel free to add yours.

We are adding to the excellent idea our ace TFP sports columnist Mark Wiedmer trotted out in this morning's sports section.

Weeds unloaded the top three ideas people would like to return in 2013. It's hard to argue with his list. We're going to skew in a different direction.

Let's do top five returns, in whatever shape:

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning smiles after throwing his fourth touchdown of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter in Houston. It was Manning's 51st touchdown pass of the season and set a new NFL record.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

• 1. Chris Davis' 109-yard return against Alabama. You know the story and the setting. Wow. And we believe this will be the Stanford-Cal, trombone-game of this generation. It will be part of every lead-in montage before every big game for the next decade.

• 2. Peyton Manning. Yes he returned to the field last year. He returned to a level of excellence that very few know this year.

• 3. The ill-fated return to the court of Kobe Bryant. Bryant returned from a torn Achilles in less than eight months only to injure his knee. Bryant has said he will return, and expects it to be this year. It's doubtful with as many miles as Bryant has on his wearing wheels, he returns to the height of his prowess. Where does Kobe rank all-time? That's an interesting discussion, and one we may visit in the near future.

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    YouTube screenshot of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera making his final appearance ever at Yankee Stadium.

• 4. The return of No. 42 to history of MLB, and the way the Yankees walked Mariano Rivera into the lore of the game was priceless, with Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte coming to the mound to pull Rivera, who broke down and started crying. It was one of the moments that makes us all remember why we love sports in the first place. Here's the youtube video.

• 5. It was a running play and not a return, but we are sure Nebraska coach Bo Pelini would like to return to the warm and fuzzy moments of the Cornhuskers spring game when 7-year-old, cancer patient Jack Hoffman scored on a 69-yard run. Here's the video and Merry Christmas.

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...

Only two days until Christmas 2 ('Cuse-'Nova and UK-Louisville).

Don't even tell me you'll be watching Rutgers or Cincinnati play pointy ball. The roundball will be over by the time the worthy bowl games kick off.

Neither Louisville nor Kentucky has lost to a team ranked 100 or worse. Both are 3-0 against teams ranked 51-100. In games against top 50 foes, each has a single win and each lost to UNC. The Cats also lost to #13 Baylor and #14 Michigan State. Hard to say how U of L would fare against those two and The Cards have played no other top tier teams.

So it looks even. UK has the steaming locomotive Julius Randle while U of L has Russdiculous. The quick, aggressive Cards have plenty of experience back from their championship team and The Cats have trouble with quick, experienced teams. But the game will be in Rupp, good for The Cats.

Both teams aspire to be better than they are now, and a quality W would seriously help the resume. Both have weak schedules the rest of the way.

So there is no peace on earth, he said. It's war.

December 26, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, I'll take the Red Sox returning to the field after the Marathon bombing with Big Papi's pointed and salty exclamation.

December 26, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, how's about a 5a? Hixson's Austin Clark runs for 69 yards on the final play with some help from Graceful coaches and players during the Football Jamboree.

I'm thinking this was only an oversight caused in part by your fulsome embrace of the season.

December 26, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.
mcpell3 said...

FEC - good call. Very nice gesture by both teams.

December 26, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.
chas9 said...

Your five returns are hard to beat. You might add Auburn's return to its rightful spot atop the football world. I guess Kiffin's return to the rock he crawled out from under is a karmic return, in the eyes of Vols fans.

Thus far Willie Cauley-Stein has returned 50 basketballs to the faces of the shooters who launched them. And I hear Engel Stadium is returning to its glory days.

Adding onto Spy's notion, I'll celebrate the return to health of those injured in the bombing, and the return of the Marathon itself.

If the Tallahassee DA had returned a bill of indictment, that would've made the top five. I'll start off the list of non-returns with that one.

Friday questions of the week: What's an AdvoCare V100? Should I care? And are you a Russell Athletic supporter?

December 26, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
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