published Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

5-at-10: SEC talk, Open contest, Rivera's moment and the coolest trophies in sports

It's here. It's happening. And thanks to GD for the update on Ratt, who played in the first real concert we attended back in the day.

We'll spend a good chunk of Press Row — our afternoon radio show from 1-3 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 — talking about SEC media days and the All-Star game and the rest. Give us a shout or send us a question on The Twitter at @jgreesontfp.

From the "Talks too much" studios, if 'Enter Sandman' is retired as Mariano Rivera's entrance music, does that make "Lunatic Fringe" the new champion intro anthem? Discuss.

SEC media days Day II

Day 1 is in the books.

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    Steve Spurrier is the head coach of South Carolina

Let's capsulize the info as best we can.

What happened yesterday: It was a strange first day, especially considering Steve Spurrier finished third on the one-liner list. Spurrier's shot at "Notre-Damers" was behind the security guard for Jadeveon Clowney, who said of the 6-foot-6, 270-pound superstar defensive end, "I'm 'security' for him? If he can't handle it, who am I?" And the winner in a semi-huge upset was Will Muschamp, who thanked Urabn Meyer and THE-probation-riddle THE Ohio State for turning in the Gators for a secondary violation by saying, "So we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we're compliant with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about that subject." Also of note, when asked which SEC fans were the harshest, Missouri quarterback James Franklin said his own. OUCH-standing

Zingers aside, Clowney was the overwhelming star. He will be the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick next May barring injury, and unlike Johnny Football, Clowney has co-existed swimmingly with his larger-than-life persona and fame.

Who's up today: Six teams go today, including all four of the new head coaches at Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Auburn. The other two teams are Texas A&M and Mississippi State. And oh yeah, Johnny Manziel will be in the center of the three-ring circus.

What we expect today: Manziel will be the storyline today — not just from Hoover but across the sports landscape. Reports this week have him apologizing to the Aggies staff for his recent public, PR fumble and being advised to be honest with the media this week. Honest or indirect, here's saying today's session will definitely be interesting.



British Open excellence

The British Open is this week, starting Thursday in the wee hours back here in the states. We enjoy this event greatly for a number of reasons. The bounces and the bunkers and the cruel twists of fate that make every player seem vulnerable at any time. The culture of golf across the pond is the appropriate blend of respect and tradition with fun and beer-laced hooliganisms.

Plus, the Claret Jug, is an awesome trophy. (The Maurice Clarett Jug, the totable 32-ounce mug with the handle, lid and bendy straw used by the former Ohio State running back, is less impressive, however.)

In fact, as far as straight-up trophies go — yes jackets are not included in this mix — we think the Clarett Jug makes the Rushmore. Lord Stanley's Cup is a no-brainer as is an Olympic Gold Medal, and if we take the Clarett Jug, from there, there's a grab bag. The Heisman, the Wimbledon plate and the BCS crystal ball are all pretty boss. At one time the world heavyweight championship belt would have certainly been on the list — and it still may be — but boxing is such a non-factor now it can be debated. That said, if we did win a championship belt, we'd wear it like five times a week. To the store, to play golf, to church, you name it. (And if we had a green jacket... shoot, we'd never take that thing off.)

As for the contest, it's not too late. Send us five golfers and the top four count and you could win stuff. Here's the twist — three different countries must represented.

Billy in Brainerd — Lefty, S Cink [USA]; D Clarke [N Ireland]; L Oosthuizen [S Africa]; and...drumroll please...Y(ing?) Yang [Korea]

5-at-10 — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Ernie Els

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Phil, Graeme McDowell, Kuchar, Rory, Jason Day

War Eagle — Dufner, Donald, Scott, Tiger, Westwood

Fred — Tiger, Rickie Fowler, Rose, Johnson, Day

Spy — McDowell, Horschel, Kuchar, Day, Schwartzel

StuckinKent — Erne Els- South Africa, Matt Kuchar- USA, Graeme McDowell- Northern Ireland, Jason Day- Australia, Justin Rose- England

Dawg747 — Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson

MrSpud — Woods, Lefty, Rory, D.Clark, Day

McPell — Westwood (ENG), Fujita (JPN), Kuchar (USA), Oosthuizen (RSA) and Woods (USA)

TFP Golf writer David Uchiyama — Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Luke Donald, Nicolas Colsaerts, Henrik Stenson

TNBuck — Woods, Poulter, SChwartzel, Haas, Graham Delaet

More to come...


All-Star game

Did you watch? If Maximus asked, "Aren't you entertained?" what would say? Side note: Who invited Tim McCarver back into the equation, and if McCarver, Berman, Billy Packer and Joe Morgan — the Holy Grail of bad announcing Rushmores — were in the same room, who's ego would survive? Our money's on Berman. That said, when McCarver started reading the lyrics to "Enter Sandman" here's saying the guys from Metallica started breaking stuff.

The baseball was largely forgettable in the 3-0 AL win that secured home-field advantage for the Tigers or the Rangers, which makes this the most meaningful exhibition in the free world.

That said, the eighth inning, when Mariano Rivera entered the game to his traditional "Enter Sandman" theme song — excellent entrance music, by the way... top-shelf — the rest of the AL players remained in the dugout and allowed Rivera to warm-up alone as the full house gave him a two-minute standing ovation.

It was really cool and a fitting end to Rivera's hall-of-fame worthy career as the game's best closer of all time.

In fact, that moment was so cool it almost made us forget how surreal the "Weekend at Bernie's" version of Neil Diamond that trotted out there and sang 'Sweet Carolina.' Almost. (Pssssttt, Neil, stop dancing.)


This and that

— Forbes has been dropping it's most valuable/highest paid lists recently. Did you see the actors who made the most coin in the last year? Robert Downey Jr. made $75 million from June '12 to June '13. Channing Tatum was second at $60 million, followed by Hugh Jackman ($55 million), Mark Wahlberg ($50 million) and Dwayne "Rock" Johnson ($40 million). Think Hulk Hogan sees that last name and curses taking the "Mr. Nanny" project as his first leading role. E-Gads.

— The Vols landed another four-star commitment when Cortez McDowell, a highly regarded safety from Locust Grove, Ga., pledged to join Butch Jones' growing list of recruits. We said this on Press Row yesterday, no one knows how Butch will handle coaching in the SEC, but dude is doing work on the recruiting trail right now.

— Good luck to Steven Fox, who will be in the Open this week. His glory summer of playing the elite golf tournaments around the globe after winning the US Am last year likely ends this week unless he can pull some magic from his bag.

— An arrest warrant was issued for Richard Morgan Fliehr, aka Ric Flair, the 16-time heavyweight wrestling champ, for not paying one of his ex-wives more than $32,00 in spousal support. The Nature Boy has fallen on some hard times.


Today's questions

Remember the contest and the Friday mailbag.

Where does the Clarett Jug rank on the trophy scale and what's your trophy Rushmore?

Honestly, what do we expect from Tiger this week? Will he contend? Could he win? Could he miss the cut? The range is really from first to last, right?

What's your intro-music, and how cool would it be to have intro music at our jobs?

Discuss and remember to practice random acts of kindness.

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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jgreeson said...

Comments are now enabled. Thanks to Billy in Brainerd for the head's up.

— 5-at-10

July 17, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Ten Ring:

Sorry for being out of the loop but when I'm at home, nothing else matters.

Just so everyone knows, I had a nice visit in the 423 and got to try out some new eateries as well as some of my old favorites. Community Pie was pretty good but reminded me too much of Carne Russo in Deep Ellum (The St. Elmo/Southside of Dallas). But CP's decor was MUCH cooler. Tried the "Texas Tacos" at Suger's. Not bad (their potato salad FOR THE WIN!). Also, I have a new favorite sandwhich, the Chatty Cheese Steak over at Blacksmith Bestro. Sadly, no love for the Sofa King. Burger tastes too much like "Jakes" in Dallas and too expensive.

On Thursday, I went to the Video Games Live show at Memorial. I waited eight years to hear the CSO play Zelda and One Wing Angel and it was well worth the drive. Speaking of driving, I love how Shreveport prides themselves on being a gambling/tourist destination yet their share of I-20 make my shocks scream in agony. Seriously, you'd think with all that gambling money some could be sent to LDOT or whoever needs to do the repaving.

Read this morning "The Legend" was returning to the 423 to help Wade whip everyone into shape. Will be interesting to see how this will all play out.

Also, while I was at home (was reading the print edition), I saw where the schedules themselves were actually released. So Jay, how goes that certain "conflict of interest" with Foster's Femme Fatales?

The men's schedule isn't half bad either. Needless to say, my audio/video subscription to will probably extend into February.

My main intro music would be the Zelda theme performed by the "now cool" CSO or "Give A Reason" by Magumi Hashibara which was the opening theme to the second season of Slayers (a D&D/Lord of the Rings comical anime for those of scratching your heads). I usually play Give A Reason as the intro song when I'm just passing the Moccasun Bend Koo-Koo House and fixing to take the Downtown Chattanooga exit.

Watched a little bit of the All-Star game while having ribs over at Kelly's Eastside in old-town Plano (an A&M institution here in Dallas that serves really good food). Nothing to really crow about per say. ::yawn::

July 17, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.
Buschleague said...

5-British Open is far and away best major(best logo in sports too), than US Open followed by Masters and PGA. McDowell, Westwood, Poulter, Garcia, Lefty. Hardware Rushmore-Ryder Cup Trophy,Stanley Cup,Claret Jug, Heisman. Can't wait for football-PRO football! Silly prediction sure to go wrong:Ohio State goes undefeated runs streak to 24 in row and Urban Meyer beats GDawgs in the Rose Bowl.

July 17, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Seems Mr. Flair walked down the aisle one - or multiple - times too many.

July 17, 2013 at 1:12 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Don't make the same mistake I did. I had my Maurice Clarett Jug filled with 32 ounces of JaMarcus Russell purple drank. I felt hazy and when I went to throw my shirt in the dirty-clothes hamper, a corner intercepted it and ran it back sixty-five yards.

For my intro music I will follow the lead of that fat guy on the beach from that Southern Comfort commercial and go with Odetta's "Hit or Miss." If one could be accompanied by a tight rhythm section like that laying down some stellar drum work and an ice-cold bass line everywhere you go, you just couldn't help but feel like the coolest mother-trucker around.

July 17, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.
jgreeson said...

We just wrapped up another PressRow and had the pleasure of speaking with Johnny Taylor, former Mocs legend, current UTC student assistant coach. We've said it before, and we'll say it again — home run move for Will Wade. JT was super-impressive and seems comfortable in the prospects of this endeavor.

Win-win-win for UTC. Let's be quick.


Glad the travels treated you well.

Here's saying your Rangers will be fun to watch this year.

Buschwhacker —

We got Masters 1, Open 2 then US Open. The PGA is a major in name only. Heck the Players is more major than the PGA.

Great call on the logo, too.

Man, we have grown tired of SEC teams rooting for rival SEC teams to win the title, but if THE Ubran Meyer and THE Ohio State make the title game against an SEC foe, we're all for the SEC foe.

Spy —

You know what he says — you can't be first but you can be next.

GD —

Did that fellow who intercepted your shirt at least wash it?

Great music call.

July 17, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

So much for all the limo-ridin',Lear jet-flyin', kiss-stealin' and wheel-n-dealin'.


ESPN is going to let Keith Olbermann host his own show on ESPN Jr.? What was it that was said about what insanity really is? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

July 17, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.
Buschleague said...

5- The Masters field..turrible, just can't get past it. Spot on about the Players and PGA though. Interesting/sad that Muirfield also clings to male only membership policy's.

July 17, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.
Todd962 said...

This post got entirely too soccer heavy for most of yall's comfort level but...

The FIFA World Cup Trophy is pretty cool because its really shiny but also because only previous winners of the award and heads of state are allowed to touch it. This would at least help cut down on incidents like the parent of the college football player who dropped and broke the crystal football. Soccer players are not immune to such dumbassery though as Sergio Ramos was holding the Copa Del Rey Trophy, which is the Spanish league trophy, and not only dropped it off the front of a double decker bus but then the entire parade crowd watched in horror as the bus ran it over. "POR QUE!?!?!"

I wish life had a sound track so I could be more easily aware of when bad things were about to happen to me due to the suspenseful music. That would be handy to have.

When I was still playing sports we came out to Trick Daddy's "Take it to da house" because nothing strikes fear into the opponent's heart like a group of lilly white soccer players coming out to a song off the "Thugs Are Us" album. We were as street as the suburbs of West Knoxville could physically allow, which was more street cred than a house plant but a little less than a sidewalk dandelion.

GDawg, you can see some crazy stuff when you go robo-trippin on the 'tussin or purple drank. Faces melt, minds are expanded, I once watched Brick kill a guy with a trident.

July 17, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

Over/under on Olbermann's tenure — 18 months. He has nudie shots of someone at the Worldwide Leader, right?

Buscher —

Fair complaint, but the fact that they come to the same track every year — and we all feel like we have played it and are so familiar with it make it so special. Plus, they are the last major event that really cares about the fans. Still can get a pimento cheese sammich, chips and a 16-ounce beer for $5 and parking is free.

Todd —

In the USA soccer does equal street cred; in Colombia, it's hard-corps.

Sounds like you were straight outta Farragut, which is hardly straight lo' cash and nowhere near straight outta Compton.

This escalated in a hurry, huh?

— 5-at-10

July 17, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Not that far west. I guess the lilly white was a little misleading. But if you mistake me for an Admiral again I will take your mother out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again.

July 17, 2013 at 5:27 p.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay - as How Soon is Now by the Smiths plays in the background give me Phil, Adam Scott, Rory, Sergio, and Justin Rose. Thank you and good night.

July 17, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.
DCrotty22 said...

British Open entry: Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Louis Oosthuizen

July 17, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.
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