published Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

5-at-10: Ending July in style with Braves, Biogenesis, Mocs & Vols and unbreakable records

Gang, remember Friday's mailbag — we need a couple more — and remember that Press Row will not be on 105.1 FM today because of the Lookouts' day game.

From the "Talks too much" studio, let's run the Picket Fence at them... and boys, don't get caught watching the paint dry.

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    Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates a home run against the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Braves bloom

Atlanta hammered the Rockies on Tuesday, getting two homers from Freddie Freeman and a solid seven innings from Alex Wood in an 11-3 romp.

This Braves team is fun to watch. Here are but three examples:

• Andrelton Simmons is a joy at shortstop. Dude delivered a rocket throw to the plate to cut down Michael Cuddyer on a play that seemed over as soon as the ball was hit. It happened with the Braves comfortably in control with an 8-3 lead, yet still Simmons refused to quit on the play and ripped any life out of a Rockies rallying. Good times.

• It's fun to watch Freddie Freeman hit. You know how Danny Struggla swings and misses at good pitches (and bad pitches and balls and, well you get the idea)? Freeman has an old-school approach at the plate, routinely fouling off good pitches and seldom missing mistakes or pitches in his zone. Dude fouled of several good pitches in the high 90s from Edgmer Escalona before turning on a fastball up in the zone for a three-run homer that closed the scoring. Side note: Freeman is a stud duck with two outs, and all four of his RBIs Tuesday were with two outs.

• Todd Cunningham got his first big-league hit in his first big-league at-bat Tuesday night. If you watched it and didn't smile, well, tough break on losing your soul and all.

On a serious note the Braves now have a 10-game lead — the biggest in baseball. Yes, they are going to whiff too much, but this bunch is clicking right now and have played themselves into a spot where they do not have reach for a starting pitcher before this afternoon's trade deadline.

Good times.

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Biogenesis update

As baseball deals with a slew of great storylines — the Pirates leading the Cnetral, the battle royale in the AL East, the Dodgers surging behind Ramirez and Puig, the trade deadline, et al. — the Biogenesis nightmare continues.

Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the season. There are reports that baseball has shared its punishment plans with the MLB players' union.

Most of the players appear ready to accept these penalties that certainly will be leaked soon.

Of course the exception is Alex Rodriguez, the formal prodigy turned prodigal son who has become the disliked face of this entire mess.

If there was a Rushmore of steroids in baseball and its nastiness, would that Rushmore be A-Rod, Bonds, Clemens and Canseco?

A-Rod, for the first time in recent memory, man up and take the punishment. Heck, we'll even call Cameron Diaz and see if she'll bring the popcorn.

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UT depth chart/UTC starts

The TFP's UTC football ace Johnny Frierson/Ned Ryerson has the five questions facing the Mocs as they open practice in today's TFP. See the link here.

Good stuff, and the Mocs will be good stuff. In fact we have stated here and on Press Row that if the Mocs get a break or two, there's a real chance that two undefeated teams will meet in Tuscaloosa in November. You like apples? How about them apples?

Seriously, built around a defense that could be truly elite, the Mocs are structured for success.

Also in today's TFP as college football kickoff week approaches are UT's pre-practice depth chart and a look at Jadeveon Clowney, the full-grown monster defensive end at South Carolina.

As for the UT depth chart, that means little. The quarterback spot listed Nathan Peterman or Justin Worley at quarterback. The rest was mirror-imagined from the spring.

Yep, we're ready. It's here; it's all happening.

Good times.

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This and that

— Tony Stewart flipped a sprint car on a dirt track five times and walked away. Here's link with video at the bottom. Smoke Stewart has long been one of our favorite NASCAR drivers, and we dig the fact that he's spending this week running on dirt. We think Smoke is in the top five NASCAR drivers of all-time as far as skills. Thoughts?

— There's a report out there that an Idaho State professor will use a drone to find Big Foot. Wow. OK, we'll play along: Do you think Big Foot sees reports like this and complains about Big Brother and his civil liberties? Does he prefer Big Foot or Bigfoot, and is the entire family Big Feet or the Big Foots? You stay classy Idaho.

— Boston landed Jake Peavy, who appears to the be the top piece moving before today's trade deadline.

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Today's question

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    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs from Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, left, during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Minneapolis.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Adrian Peterson told the Star-Tribune that he would break Emmitt Smith's NFL career rushing record in 2017.

To be fair, All-Day Adrian's interview was mostly tongue-in-cheek. And dude has every reason to be confident considering he was a few feet of setting the NFL single-season rushing mark last year.

Still, Smith's 18,355 yards — yes, that's more than 10 miles rushing — is a sneaky unbreakable record. Situations have changed — five starting pitchers in a rotation, injuries and big money to NFL running backs, etc. — and forced some career records in sports to be all-but untouchable.

Considering Peterson is one of the lone NFL every-down backs anymore and he'd have to average more than 1,900 yards a season for the next five years. The odds are unlikely.

If we assume Cy Young's 511 wins is a safe pick on the Rushmore of unbreakable records, what else is there? Smith's rushing total is a contender. So is Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak and Byron Nelson winning 11 consecutive PGA tournaments. (Heck, Nelson's streak is definitely there.)

What is on your Mount Rushmore of unbreakable records?

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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MocTastic said...

The Sandlot was under discussion last week, check out: http://mlbfancave.mlb.com/fancave/video.jsp?content_id=29244273&topic_id=21107164&c_id=mlb#fbid=IxXfJT8yors

For an unbeatable record, how about Johnny Vander Meer's consecutive no hitters. To break it a pitcher would have to throw back to back to back no hitters. I am not holding my breath waiting for that.

July 31, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.
Stewwie said...

The starters on the Mocs' D look great, but the depth (other than on the DL) is a little bit concerning. It kind of reminds me of the 2010 D.

Unbreakable records Rushmore: Young's 511 wins, Chamberlain's 100-point NBA game, Emmitt's career rush yardage, Jerry Rice's career receiving yardage.

Jabbar's career NBA point total was considered for the Rushmore, but I think that LeBron has a chance to surpass it. He has averaged 27.6 ppg through his first 10 years in the league and he's over halfway to Jabbar's career number. If LeBron plays 10 more years, he'll need to average 21 per game. If 9 more years, it would need to be 23 per game. Very reasonable especially if he can continue to avoid a significant injury. When he gets to be in his upper 30s, he'll still be better than half of the guys in the league, so I don't see him fading into the sunset anytime soon.

July 31, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Since the Looks are doing a businessman's special, hopefully that means you'll chime in some more today.

Frierson- Since practice starts at 3:00 PM (2:00 D-town time), I'm already imagining JF playing my all time favorite Tweeter feeds via Facebook. I can't wait to read such wonderful gems as:

-Silk catches 45 yard easy open into the endzone. Huesman drops a barrage of F-bombs at the defense for missing the reads.

-Jacob is sacked for a loss of three. Huesman's reaction develops a Sharknado waterspout over the Tennessee River which causes the offense to run for cover for missing the reads.

-Gunner Miller is 15 minutes late because his make-up artist was stuck in traffic on I-24 earlier today.

-Instead of Rocky IV music, the members of the CSO spend the afternoon playing "One Wing Angel" (I'm not explaining the reference) while the defense runs tackling drills.

And before anyone asks, no I have no desire to write for the Chattanooga Bystander.

July 31, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Stewwie, I can't vouch exactly for the numbers, but I think I remember that on the two deep charts for the Mocs, 38 out of 44 returned this year. This is a very deep team with respect to experience.

July 31, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.
Walden said...

Unbreakable Records? Jack's 18 Majors. Sorry Tiger, ain't gonna happen, and nobody else will ever come close.

July 31, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
chas9 said...

I love that Pasquali used quotation marks around the smiling Jadeveon's curious explanation of where his name came from, and I'm certain David got every syllable of the big boy's explanation right.

Can the monster Gamecock win the Heisman?

Did not see this Braves juggernaut coming. Ten game lead is outstanding, but they are losers on the road. Should that concern us?

Vandy has lost both its starting guards off a basketball team that wasn't very good last year. Looks like VU is turning into a football school.

July 31, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.
Stewwie said...

MT, even Coach Huesman was concerned about the D's depth following spring practice. Biggest depth concern is LB, then the secondary. The line is more than loaded. Maybe the younger guys will step up when their number is called. I certainly hope so. And here's hoping that the transition to the new D-Coordinator is a smooth one. Should be, since (presumably) a lot of the same defensive principles remain the same from last year.

July 31, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Oh for the days of the Braves businessman's specials to hear Skip Caray go, "Looks like a lot of guys brought their nieces to the game."

Wonder what he meant by that?

July 31, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Unbreakable records?

Pete Rose's hit record. Say what you will about Cincinnati's finest, and he is a tool of epic proportions, but he did it without 'roids. You can bet on that. (So can Pete. ... thank you, thank you very much!)

I'll go Joe D's hit streak, especially in the days of situational lefties and one-inning relievers.

Gretzky's 92 goals in one year. Pains me to say that, but ...

Wilt's scoring record of 100. On the court, that is.

The non-steroid mark of 755 homers by Henry Aaron.

July 31, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MT —

Sanlot is so money. And thanks for the Simmons clip — good stuff.

Stewwie —

Coaches who complain about depth in the preseason are coaches who have really good football teams.

All coaches have to belly-ache about something in the preseason (well all coaches other than Erk, God rest his soul). So if depth and/or kicking game issues are the best your coach can offer, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Rice's numbers are staggering, but we think Emmitt's record is safer because the league is so pass-happy now. Agree that LeBron could make a run at the scoring mark.

Although in truth, a lot of those huge career records are made safer by the fact that when LeBron is say 35, he could have made roughly $1 billion all things considered.

Walden —

Agree that if Tiger doesn't get, not sure if anyone will. But Tiger's not completely out of it.

9er —

For Clowney to win the Heisman, the Gamecocks are going to have to get to the SEC title game and play well (winning would really help) and he's going to need at least three highlights like the hit in the bowl game or Woodson's one-handed pick.

JMC —

Miller late getting his make-up done was a nice touch. Well-played indeed. As for being around more, it's not the radio show that is slowing our 5-at-10 time as much as getting ready for football preseason tabs and the TFP switching computer systems and pagination patterns.

We're dealing with a lot of stuff. (Candlesticks make a nice gift. Maybe find out where they're registered and get a placesetting. Let's get two.)

Spy —

While he was often ornery, Skip did deliver some nice one-liners in his day. Including this gem during a Hawks' blowout: "If your promise to patronize our sponsors, you have my permission to change the channel."

Gretzky's a good one too.

July 31, 2013 at 12:22 p.m.
Walden said...

Jay - the biggest problems Tiger faces in meeting or beating Jack's Major record are: staying healthy, staying mentally focused and fit, and the fact that the competition he faces is much better today than it was when he was on his major Major run. Tiger may win one or maybe two more, but that's it.

July 31, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jaymeister-

Thanks for the update regarding the reason for absence. I am familier with the paper updates and the so-called disruptions it's causing over on 11th street.

Regarding football tabs, when's the you-know-what publication suppose to come out? The 16th? the 23rd? While I'm sure the sports department is only now starting to prep for feature on the four big teams in the area, I'm sure a publication date has already been set.

And because I LOVE YOU SO MUCH (in a non-JR & Wally overlooking 153 and Access Road sort of way), I'll start keeping my eyes open for DMN and Texas HS/College publications when available. Just remember, the DMN doesn't do a publication like the TFP does. Instead, they do a page highlight of each college per day, per sports section*

*A&M and Texas get close to two pages or more for obivious reasons.

July 31, 2013 at 1:12 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Walden —

We're on the same page in regard to Eldrick. Don't think he'll get there, and when he doesn't Jack's 18 goes on the Rushmore. Still if Tiger caught his confidence Karma, he could make a charge.

There's no one who will sniff 511 wins. EVER.

JMC —

Thanks and thanks for keeping an eye on the DMN stuff. Tis appreciated.

The TFP prep preview will hit the streets Aug. 16. It's scheduled to be 80 pages. The college tab publishes Aug. 25. It's set to be 40 pages.

July 31, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.
Buschleague said...

5-- 4more wins and Tiger has most ever, that should happen by this time next year. He will be the only man ever with 100 tour wins when done and that wont be broken. He was better than Jack as a Jr, better as an amateur, and better as a young pro. No reason to think as he ages he went keep winning, he's not old by golf standards. I think he gets to 18 and beyond.

July 31, 2013 at 1:28 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Good point about the pass-happy league that is now the NFL.

[So if depth and/or kicking game issues are the best your coach can offer, buckle up and enjoy the ride.]

I have to disagree simply for the fact that depth on D was a concern in 2010 and it clearly cost us some games. The loss to Appy that year is the most disappointing Moc loss in the Huesman era. That said, maybe depth isn't as much of a concern in 2013 as it was in 2010. If so, Huesman may just been looking for a "concern" to motivate his guys. Or maybe not.

And our kicking game must improve. Pollard has done well with his rugby-style punting. But FGs need to be more consistent from the "chip shot" distances. We may beat some teams so bad this year that it won't matter in some games. But if we make the playoffs, good special teams play will be a definite must to be able to advance.

July 31, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, this is now making the rounds of the Internet. I don't think Oregon cares anymore about people giving them crap for their outlandish unis when they have this...

http://www.goducks.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?PALBID=970348&DB_OEM_ID=500

July 31, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

If it's unbreakable records you're looking for, Don Shula's 328 career wins as a head coach in the NFL seems safe. It's not "unbreakable", but I wouldn't bet against it. Bill Belichick is the only current coach that could reasonably challenge Shula. With 187 wins Belichick is 141 wins shy of Shula. In thirteen seasons with the Pats, Belichick has a winning percentage of 72.6%. Assuming Belichick continues at that clip and the NFL sticks with a sixteen game season, Belichick would need to win twelve games a season thru the end of the 2024 season.

I'm not certain why the NFL only counts regular season games in this record, so I looked at playoff wins for both Shula and Belichick. Don had nineteen in his career. Belichick has eighteen playoff wins to date.

July 31, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Spy-

Impressive...Most impressive. I didn't realize OU had so many alumni whose income ranks up there the late Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

Or has my prediction of $3,000 PSLs already come through over there?

::Being a smarty-pants in a silly way:: Because I can imagine Spy's possible response but...How's that new state-of-the-art football facility that's scheduled to rival Oragons on teacher salary alumni donations down in Statesboro coming along? Have they broke new ground yet? :P

July 31, 2013 at 3:03 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

JMC, as long as Phil Knight is an enthusiastic booster of the University of Oregon Athletic Department, there will be no money trouble in Duck Country.

July 31, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

They've broken ground. There's a webcam so you can follow the progress. But in breaking ground, they also took down the scoreboard. I don't know if anyone has thought about what to do for a scoreboard during, you know, the football games themselves this season.

As we say in the hot flatlands ... Georgia Southern never misses an opportunity - to miss an opportunity.

July 31, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

As much as the Braves swing and miss, and as much as the Braves have been a mediocre team for much of the last three months, they are still only 2.5 games behind the race for the best record in baseball. That sounds preposterous when you consider how people seem to feel about the Braves, but it's true. The Dodgers, Pirates, Cardinals, and Braves are all legitimate contenders to win the NL, and the Reds aren't exactly chopped liver. The AL is a little more suspect. I have a tougher time with the AL. I have a hard time believing the A's, Orioles, or Red Sox are really as good as their record says. The Rays and Tigers are two that I think are more built to win in the playoffs. We'll see.....

July 31, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

G-Dawg-

And thus my ignorance shows again.

I knew of the name "Phil Knight" but forgot he was behind the Nike logo brand.

So in other words, instead of Oragon thanking him they can thank all those wonderful people in China for donating their wages on the new facility. ::BURN!!::

July 31, 2013 at 4:09 p.m.
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