published Monday, February 11th, 2013

5 at 10: It's a numbers deal

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Morning gang, we are live from the 5-at-10 studios here at Disney World. The rent is pretty steep, but the grounds are nice and there are famous folks everywhere.

"Hey, is that a star?"

"No, that's Keanu Reeves."

Seriously as we tweeted Sunday, Disney World is (fill in the blank with any word you can think of). There is no wrong choice.

As for the vacation 5-at-10, this marks the 600th consecutive Monday-through-Friday we have met at here at the family-oriented, interweb-based sports column. In tribute, we thought we'd share the five most important numbers in sports. Our reasons vary and fluxuate -- kind of like the 5-at-10. Discuss, and know about the time you read this, we'll be having brunch with the Disney princesses. We'll tell Cinderella you said hello.

5) 300 -- the hallmark for excellence as a batting average; the hall of fame mark for pitching wins; perfection in bowling.

4) 56 -- length of Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak (which is one of sports most unbreakable and improbable records); Lawrence Taylor's number, and few players have shaped the modern-day monolith that is the NFL like LT.

3) 32 -- no jersey number can offer this list of legends in the three major sports, considering if you had all-time NBA, MLB and NFL teams, you could make a hard argument that the 32s of Magic Johnson, Sandy Koufax and Jim Brown would be in the starting lineups.

2) 100 -- number of points Wilt scored in Hershey, Pa.; the recognized standard for single-game success for a running back or a receiver and the season mark for success in RBIs and runs scored.

1) 3 -- no single number has changed more in the sports world than 3; Babe Ruth, the father of the long ball wore 3; Dale Earhardt, the father of today's NASCAR and the man who completed the sport's transformation from bootlegging to national broadcasts on Sunday afternoons; Joe Montana, the standard of modern quarterbacks wore 3 at Notre Dame; can you even fathom a basketball game without a 3-point line.

Discuss, and play nice. We may check in later today, or we may not. Depends if Keanu wants to grab a beer or not.

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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jomo11 said...

Jay- after Vonn Bell handled his signing announcement with class, thanking many people, etc. I thought it was a little less "classy" for his Dad and Coach to basically "blame" Dooley for NOT kissing their behind as much as they wanted ? heck, he offered them a scholarship his junior year. I just thought that was a cheap shot towards a fired coach to save face with Vol fans. And as you know, I am not a big Dooley fan. I think maybe we have had enough Vonn Bell articles for a while. . . .

February 11, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

Today's number - ONE....ONE time too many for the worldwide leader pumping their dang MJ is 50 retrospective...WHO THE HECK CARES...find a real story for pete's sake...jez oh pete

February 11, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.
chas9 said...

Can you get a beer in The Magic Kingdom for $3? Or is it more like $32?

In my final four picks, I meant to say Miami, not Kansas. Can you change that for me?

Since nobody wants to be #1, the pollsters have decided to vacate spots 1-10 this week and start with #11. That should be Indiana or maybe Duke. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

The SEC continues to be a blob in the middle, SC and Miss State holding down the cellar and Florida and UK holding up the roof. If The Cats can pull the upset tomorrow, UK could win the regular season. Lose, and it's sure to be The Gators.

It was a great weekend for free basketball, as Weeds writes today. A Notre Dame guard logged 60 minutes and several Irish and Cardinal players had 50-something. Guess the dressing rooms smelled of Ben-Gay afterward. And sweaty socks.

Be excellent to each other. Party on, dudes.

February 11, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
orangeguy said...

Completely agree, Jomo. Bella's dad isn't just beating a dead horse, he's bludgeoning a rotten corpse, taking a 5 minute break, & bludgeoning some more. The Dooley scapegoat ship has sailed. Ohio St was there at every turn and obviously the kid wanted to be a Buckeye.

I'm partial to No. 16. The Great Peyton at UT. Montana at San Fran. Favorite Brave Brian McCann. And the annual hope that a 16 seed will upset a 1 seed in March. With the muddled mess at the top this season, this year is as good a chance as any.

February 11, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...



I went to Chatt-State with Cinderella herself. ;) Some of what she shared I pretty much knew based on intel from either "Modern Marvels" or friends who worked at the Magic Kingdom. However, she was the first employee hired to play an actual character. My favorite story was her telling us about the autograph class. They MAKE SURE that all "live-action" characters sign exactly the same.

OG- Speaking to the choir. And I don't watch SportsCenter all that much.

Since there is no major topic dejour, I'll just wait until after lunch to see if anything interesting is happening locally in the DMN.

Speaking of which..

"Hey, are you friendly with JohnRoss's secretary?" "Not really, she's a Hornfrog and I'm a Mustang".

Me: LOL! (as I was probably one of only 10% of the viewing audience that got that reference).

February 11, 2013 at 11:02 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

I meant to say first person I knew who played a live-action character.

February 11, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Jim Nantz gave a shout out to Luke List during the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

And I've been on the Brandt Snedeker bandwagon since the 06 Chattanooga Classic. Dude is primed to have a hooge year.

February 11, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

JMC I also noticed the reference...Smart move on the writers...what is the reaction to the "New" Dallas in that area not that the second season is underway???

February 11, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...


Overall the city is loving it on the account the producers are doing much more "in-house" compared to the original series (nutshell backstory: 90% of the original series was shot in California with only scenes from Dallas skyline used as segways from one scene to another). Larry Hagmen, as I learned from living down here, was the show's only "local" and when talk of the Dallas re-boot came into the picture, he literally pushed to have as much produced in-house as possible. The city council actually threw a lot of insentive "coin" to make this a reality as well as keep them here.

Needless to say it's a fun watch though at times grossly inaccurate. Our Sheriff is neither black nor friends with the Ewings. She's actually a hispanic lesbian (google it if you don't believe me). DPD does not wear cowboy hats. Only Texas State Troopers wear those (I'm serious). Barnes Global is actually the Chase Bank Building. While JohnRoss claims Twisted Root in Deep Ellum (The Southside/St. Elmo of Dallas) has the best cheeseburger, I'll stick with JG's over on Upper Greenville Avenue.

February 11, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...


One other thing, the city is not as ga-ga about it as let's say if Mystic Java Coffee (which had a TON of Chattanooga inaccuracies) were to have been picked up as a series and shot in-house. Only one who enjoys talking about it is this guy whose like the society writer for the Dallas Morning News (Thank Perez Hilton meets Berry Courter). Everybody here is more concerned about sports team X here in Dallas.

February 11, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
CardVol said...

3's- Babe Ruth, Harmon Killebrew, Dale Murphy, Joe Medwick, Bill Terry, Ken Griffey Jr., Dennis Johnson, Allen Iverson, Bronco Nagurski, and Jan Stenerud.

32's- Jim Brown, Bill Walton, Magic Johnson, Kevin McHale, Steve Carlton, and Sandy Koufax.

56's- Lawrence Taylor, Chris Doleman

100- RBI, and sum of the cubes of the first four integers.

300- Chrysler, and the Movie.

February 11, 2013 at 5:37 p.m.
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