published Friday, February 8th, 2013

5-at-10: Friday mailbag

Gang, we've had an awesome week. Thanks. We're still looking for top-five lists for next week when the 5-at-10 clan is at Disney hanging with Mickey and his gang. We're planning on having mini-5-at-10s (top-five lists most likely) next week and may have some guest commentators like SEC ace David Paschall, UT ace Downtown Patrick Brown or even preps ace Stephen Hargis check in during the week. But we know we'll have some sort of 5-at-10 presence — we're closing in on a historic number ofconsecutive Monday-Fridays, regardless of weather, illness, vacation or supreme workload offered by ReCruitmas or football preview sections. We started on Oct. 26 in 2010, a Tuesday, and by our math this is our 599th consecutive morning with a 5-at-10. Thanks to you guys for helping it grow and participating and being a part of the Show. Everyone take a bow.

On to the mailbag, which is going to have more questions and shorter answers (and feel free to chime in with your thoughts). From the shuddered Recruiting Command Center deep within the "Talks too much" studios, let's put a bow on this thing...

From Jomo

Did you find it amazing that Alabama had players from 13 different states in their signing class? . . .the power of national TV, etc.?

Jomo —

National TV helps. Success helps. Getting players into the league helps. Each is part of the machine that is Alabama.

Alabama is slap killing it right now. On Saturdays in the fall. On recruiting visits. During the summer. It’s Gary and Wyatt in Weird Science, “It’s moving. It’s working. It’s working by itself.”

The Tide’s draw and Nick Saban’s Jedi mind tricks is magnified by the simple fact that five stars are coming in and waiting their turn. And as this happens, and as those guys still get to the league with only one or two seasons on the field, it’s self-fulfilling cycle of success that has no stopping point in sight.

That said, Bama’s roll and the SEC’s power and prestige have helped every program in the league. There are kids that are picking middle- to lower-tier SEC programs over traditional powers to get on the field in college football’s best conference.

This also will continue to self-perpetuate, considering there likely will be 15 or so SEC players drafted in the first round this April.


From Sportsfan

Jay - It's 7:20 on Thursday evening. You're about to take a hiatus. Can you answer a last minute question for the Friday mailbag? If the president announced today that sporting events were going to be rationed and each citizen was allowed to view only 4 each calendar year, which 4 would you choose? I got the Daytona 500, March Madness (counts as one), the Masters, and the SEC championship game. Love the 5 at 10. Enjoy the time off. Do Mission Space at Epcot. Guaranteed not for the faint of heart.

Sportsfan —

Such a great question, and thanks for the tip.

We need a clarification: If March Madness counts as one, do entire postseasons in each sport count as one? If so, our answer is Masters, March Madness, Bowl season and the NFL playoffs.

That feels too vague for this, so we’re going to boil it down to a weekend/couple of day time frame for one event. We’ll take the Masters, the opening weekend of March Madness, New Year’s Day bowl games and the weekend of the Divisional round of NFL playoffs.

This still feels too vague, so let’s pose the question you only get tickets to four sporting events in the coming year, what do you take? We’ll go Masters (which obviously is near and dear), Daytona, the Kentucky Derby and the Iron Bowl.

Please share yours.


From AReader

We're all sports nuts, right? That's why we're here. 

I getting tired of the self-embracing ESPN soap opera. Just show the highlights and let us enjoy sportscenter. It's tough to watch, you know.

That said, here's my question -- Let's say you are having lunch at the ESPN compound in Bristol, who is at your table?

AReader —

Wow, another home run question.

OK, if it’s just the two of us, we’re likely going with Mel Kiper Jr., and we’re going to talk a lot of draft. We love the draft, you know this, and we feel certain Mel would be well aware of this before lunch was done.

If there’s a group, we’ll go Jay Bilas, Scott Van Pelt, Kiper and McShay, Herbstreit. There feels like a couple we’re forgetting, but that’s our starting point.

And if that’s cool kids table, we’re definitely picking on Granny Clampett and Mark May and some of the other goofs at the other end of the lunch room. There’s a real good chance there would be a food fight and an even better chance that Mr. Sensitive Tom Rinaldi would start crying about it.


From chas9

Question for Friday: If you're the landscape architect who gets the job, what do you build on the corners? (BTW, AU has a great architecture program.)

Yes, we’re well aware AU has an excellent architecture program. In fact that was the first of our many majors on The Plains. (When we saw how little time our fraternity brothers in architecture majors spent hanging out at the house and how much time they spent at Dudley Hall, well, hello Public Administration.)

Tough question. It needs to be something that pays homage to the past and the tradition while embracing the red-neck truth that our AU family celebrates victory by throwing toilet paper into trees. (Hey, we believe in Auburn and love it, but rolling Toomers is a pretty crazy tradition, there’s no doubt. Side note: In our 42-plus years, we’ve rolled Toomers twice — after Auburn’s 30-20 win over Alabama in 1989 in the Tide’s first visit to Auburn ever and after the celebration at Jordan-Hare following the 2010 national title.) The new structure needs style.

We’re think a statue with a place to recognize all-time achievements that can be photographed and some sort of top that can catch toilet paper.

We’ll call it a stat-amural-thing-a-doowickee. (See why we left architecture?)


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    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) celebrates his touchdown catch Sunday with quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts in Baltimore.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

From @gregsmtn on the Twitter 

Where does this put Flacco? He got it done.

Joe Flacco got it done there’s no doubt. Dude had a magical five weeks.

And we love the story out there about Flacco getting caught on tape telling his teammates that if 49ers kick returner Ted Ginn had broken free on the kickoff return on the final play of the Super Bowl, that someone had to tackle him. Is it cheating? You bet. Is it amazing foresight and planning and the type of lookahead problem-solving you want from a QB? Absolutely.

In fact, this story actually elevates Flacco in our ranking if that makes sense. Following along:

There is the No. 1 Rushmore of Peyton, Rodgers, Brady and Brees. These are the go-to guys in the league right.

There is the next teir of Roethlisberger, Flacco, Eli and Matt Ryan. We actually rank Flacco above Ben and Eli because he was planning and playing to the final whistle. That’s leadership. Does it merit $20 million a year? No way, but Flacco has delivered in the clutch and deserves his reward. We’d rank him tied with Eli at No. 5 in the league.

There’s also the next generation Rushmore of Luck, RGIII, Russell Wilson and Colin “Humpty” Kaepernick, and if you think any of those teams would trade their guy for Flacco straight-up you’re nuts.


From Longtime

Did you see Forbes' list of the 10 most disliked sports personalities? Who would make your list? 

Thanks for the 5@10... it's a daily stop for me. Have fun at Disney.

Longtime —

Thanks and we’re pretty stoked. We may be every bit as excited as our 5-year-old who woke everyone up this morning at 5:30 with the simple sentence, “Today’s the day.”

Let’s keep the flow going and do a current top five of disliked athletes:

1) Lance Armstrong

2) A-Rod

3) Mike Vick

4) Kurt Busch

5) Bobby Knight


From Silent Santa Commit

I am a recruiting nut. I need help.

Can you give me five under-the-radar prospects that will be stars?


Merry ReCruitmas to you too.

OK, if we’re talking underrated, these guys have to be three-star prospects or lower.

We think Connor Mitch at South Carolina will be very good under Steve Spurrier.

We like Marcus Davis, the athlete that signed with Auburn.

Mississippi State signee Cord Sandberg could be special (although he may be a first-round baseball draft pick too).

Florida running back Adam Lane would have been a more-decorated prospect if he had not been injured in high school.

We like UT’s late addition of Malik Brown too,

One more to grow on: We think former Signal Mountain QB and current UK student Reese Phillips has the tools to succeed in the SEC.


From Genuine Siskel

You quote a lot of movies. A lot. I get most of the references but miss a few too.

What movie do you think you quote the most? Thanks and thanks for the 5-at-10.


Like most folks who have memorized way, Way, WAY too many movies, it swings and flows. Sometimes a movie like “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” gets a lot of play. Sometimes it depends on who you are hanging out with because they may have personal movie favorites.

If we had to pick them out, we’d say the ones we quote the most are, in no particular order, with the quote we use most:

— “Animal House” — Too many to name, but we’ll stick with the variation of “Grab a brew, don’t cost nothing.

— “Hoosiers” — “Fletch” — Wow, this is hard. OK, either, “Using the whole fist there, Doc?” or

— “Dumb and Dumber” — “So you’re saying there’s a chance.”

— “Caddyshack” — “The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one -- big hitter, the Lama -- long, into a ten-thousand foot crevice, right at the base of this glacier. And do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga...gunga -- gunga galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consiousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.”

Have a great day and weekend.


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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sportsfan said...

If we're basing it on ticketed events and Mrs. Sportsfan gives me the time off or wants to come with me, then I'll take Daytona, Masters, the Final Four, and the SEC Championship. She probably wouldn't attend Daytona with me. She thinks NASCAR is stupid (forgive me if I overstepped FOIB guidelines...).

February 8, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.
chas9 said...

Yes, indeed, today IS the day. Strong Friday showing. Should just about carry us through to… Oh, wait. You're off next week. Well, we'll muddle on somehow.

In all the pointy ball talk this week we didn't give The Plainsmen the love they deserve for knocking off a solid Bama team. In the Tide's losing effort (generously defined), they scored 37 points. It was the sixth time this season an SEC school has finished under 40 for a game. Vandy and Da Vols have managed the feat twice. In three of the six disgraces nobody on the team hit double figures scoring. Stinkorama.

Florida's losing Yeguete makes UK's move to overtake The Gators at the top easier.

In three days the nation's #1, #2 and #5 teams have lost, and the motley top bunch was already a dubious lot. There are no giants this year, so March Madness will be a free-for-all. Vegas will have it easy, just set the odds for the field as a whole. One proposition. One love. One universe. One day. Today.

February 8, 2013 at 11 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Rushmore of Sporting Events:

FCS Championship which I can see live. Mocs vs. North Dakota State. It WILL happen.

NCAA Women's Basketball opening games (as long as Wes Moore is coaching)

Opening of the Masters (Steven Fox footage only; this is not open for debate)

Rangers vs. Yankees

Being a smarty-pants here:

How long does the kid stay on "stand-by" because you won't be able to pull out of the driveway until 1:30 PM because Mrs. 5 at 10 has 15 bags to pack and your smoking in the garage when she starts channeling the Ancient Spirits of Betty Crocker and turn into Mom-Ra because you are smoking in the garage because you have no idea what you are suppose to do and Mrs. 5 at 10 thanks you can read her mind and you cannot? (ahhhh..good times..good, good times)*

*Hoping you'll get the humor based on my own memories of the Cook family vacation. :P

February 8, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Sportsfan —

Good list... and great question.

And while we can see the Mrs. view, NASCAR and hockey are the two sports that improve the most by attending in person.

9er —

Peace, love, dopes... as in the dopey offense that SEC hoops clubs are trying to pass. Other than Florida and Ole Miss and maybe Missouri and whomever is playing with passion because UK is visiting, the SEC is tough to watch. Although the AU win over Bama was noteworthy because Cam Newton was in the front row of the student section leading cheers. That's cool.

There's no way to pick this field. Could be a chalk Final Four. Could be a head-scratcher. But it surely will be fun.


Humor received loud and clear, but that won't happen on this trip for two reasons.

1) We packed last night;

2) The 5-at-10 actually can read people's minds (Right now you're thinking, Bull-#@%$. Told ya.)

— 5-at-10

February 8, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.
Todd962 said...

Four event dream pack for sporting events? Visa needs to get on this if it hasnt already happened. I'll go Super Bowl, Masters, Olympic Track Finals (If these guys were running in a school zone they would be pulled over), and the World Cup Finals (Yeah, I said a soccer event, its a global phenomenon, get on board.)

I always questioned my father's reasoning in leaving at midnight to drive on long trips. We would be rubbing our eyes as we stumbled to the car half asleep. He would be standing there, chugging Jolt Cola, (this was pre energy drink days) demanding we all go "wee-wee" again because we werent stopping no matter how dire the emergency (He made me throw up in my hat one time and chuck it out the window. Dont think the car dipped under 75 the entire time.). In hindsight the man was a genius (and a slight lunatic). No sibling fights in the back seat, no restless legs pounding the back of his seat, no repetitive questioning of how much further, he just hammered down and we awoke at the destination. Good luck to you Mr. Greeson, make sure they all go "wee-wee" twice, and god speed.

February 8, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

I do remember "Jolt" from back in the day but I don't think any of the mainstream convinenence stores carried it (for obvious reasons). I recall only one, small independent country store on Ashland Terrace that carried it. Still, funny story Todd.

February 8, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

My Rushmore of events...Sunday at Augusta, NCAA Basketball Championsip, with all due respect to NASCAR would have to take the Indy 500, and finally a game seven World Series

February 8, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

My dream team -Iron Bowl in Auburn (went to 2 in B'ham), BCS championship, Master's Sunday, NCAA Basketball Championship.

If you can, go to Universal Studios - several good coasters and other attractions. It beats Hollywood Studios, unless the little 5@10 is a huge Star Wars fan

February 8, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.
chas9 said...

Best of Disney, IMO, Animal Kingdom's Everest Expedition roller coaster with the yeti and the African expedition.

February 8, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.
sportsfan said...

Rushmore of Disney rides: Mission Space (Epcot), Rock n Roll Rollercoaster (Hollywood Studios), Expedition Everest Coaster (Animal Kingdom), and any of the 4-D theater experiences. Don't waste your time with Character events. There's plenty of opportunities for the kids to meet characters in the parks throughout the day. Been twice with the Sportsfan clan, and both were awesome in their awesomeness.

February 8, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Rushmore of sports events:

Super Bowl, FBS Nat'l Championship Game, Wimbledon Final, NBA Finals Game 7.

Rushmore of Disney World rides:

Space Mountain, Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, Everest, and Toy Story Midway Mania (this is a kid's ride and it's a video game, but it's so awesome in its awesomeness. Way better than the Buzz Lightyear ride too. Get to this ride first thing at Hollywood Studios...either to ride it before the line gets too long or to get Fastpasses before they run out.) Hope ya'll have a great time on your trip.

February 8, 2013 at 4:09 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Masters, Stanley Cup Finals, New Year's Day bowls, NFL divisional round of playoffs.

Enjoy the land of the mouse, 5. When Georgia Tech played and cut a hunk off that Nebraska beehind in the Citrus Bowl, we hit Epcot Center for a beers of the world tour. The American pavilion, alas, had no beer. That was just ... un-American.

I hope Little 5 doesn't hit you up for a similar venture around Epcot.

February 8, 2013 at 5 p.m.
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