published Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

5-at-10: Harrison Ford, College football insider - Georgia edition, SEC hoops MVP

You know who is pretty sharp? Harrison Ford. Dude is in the twilight of a Hall of Fame acting career. He has played the widest array of characters — from iconic action heroes (Han Solo, Jack Ryan and Indiana Jones) to comedies to dramas. From thrillers (The Fugitive, Presumed Innocent) to stinkers (Cowboys and Aliens? Ouch-standing).

Even his upcoming '42' — the story of Jackie Robinson, which was filmed in part in Chattanooga's Engel Stadium; and no Ford is not playing the part of Robinson (he's good, but he's not THAT good) — is generating some early Oscar buzz. Now word comes that Indiana Jack Solo has signed on for Anchorman 2. Well-played sir, well-played indeed.

And looking at Ford's supremely deep career, there's an argument to be made that Ford is in as many good movies as any actor of his generation. So in honor of that — and the glorious news that Anchorman 2 will be out this Christmas — let's have a theme show. Deal? Deal.

Third act

Jack Nicklaus said that Tiger Woods "better get going" if Woods is going to catch Nicklaus' all-time mark of 18 career majors.

Nicklaus has been steadfast in his belief that Woods, who has 14 major championships, will break the record. And he's spot on that Tiger better get his Nike ball rolling if he's going to get there.

So how does this connect to Harrison Ford?

Ford was part of two mega-trilogies (and even grew beyond three). In Indiana Jones, the second movie was arguably the worst sequel this side of CaddyShack 2. In Star Wars, there's a real argument that Empire Strikes Back is right there with Godfather II as the best sequel of all time.

It's fair to say that if part one of Tiger's career was his domination of golf — and in a lot of ways the sports scene — and his sequel is everything that happened after the Thanksgiving-week revelation of his personal ordeals, that the second act was way more Temple of Doom.

But what now? What will the third part hold, and when will it be released. If you had to tag a favorite right now for the Masters, there is no wrong answer. It's a wide open sport right now and that's not a terrible thing for golf fans. It's not an ideal situation for the sport, though, because golf, like all individual sports like NASCAR, boxing and tennis, needs a heavy. Those sports need the 'IT' guy that everyone has an opinion about and whether your favorite wins or is out of contention, the 'IT' guy keeps your interest.

Dale Earnhardt was one of those guys. So was Tyson. So was Federer. So was Tiger Woods. Now, we're waiting for the Return of the Jedi.

And Jack's spot-on, if Tiger is going to get five more majors, he better start soon.

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College football Insider: Georgia edition

If you were going to cast an SEC football movie, Harrison Ford could so play Spurrier. Or even coach Mark Richt. Of course Les Miles is playing Les Miles, Cousin Eddie will be Dan Mullen and whoever plays Saban will be contractually obligated to mention the process in every other line. So it goes.

(And yes, that was a cheap hook to the spring football primer that was promised Monday. So it goes.)

We're going to submit three questions to our UGA beat ace David Paschall and post the answers around lunch.

Here's what we want to know about the Bulldogs' spring drills:

Who is the next star on defense?

Who will be the go-to receiver on an offense loaded with options?

Who is the one player that was not involved last year that will be a primary piece this season?

We're going to do this with UTC and John Frierson in Wednesday's 5-at-10 and with Downtown Patrick Brown and the Vols in Thursday's 5-at-10.

Check back for Paschall's answers. Here's our responses:

We'll go with Damian Swann as the next star on a defense looking to replace a lot of contributors.

We'll take Malcolm Mitchell as the go-to pass-catcher.

And we'll take Ray Drew as the emerging star. Not sure how Paschall will answer, but we know he'll share his insight.

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Picking the best

If you were forced to pick the best Harrison Ford movie, whatcha got?

There are tons of them to be sure, and there are really no wrong answers.

That’s how the SEC men’s basketball player of the year race is shaping up.

As our ace Downtown Patrick Brown details here UT’s Jordan McRae has as good a case as anyone.

In fact, if Tennessee wins its last two and stays in bubble discussions, we think McRae deserves it.

Consider that UT: a) lost its best player before the season started; b) had its experienced point guard vanish so completely that his picture was on milk cartons in and around the 865 area code for most of January; c) lost track of its five-star post player... and is still in the hunt for an NCAA tournament bid.

Know why? Jordan McRae.

He’s ‘The Fugitive’ in that the more you watch, the more you like the finished product.

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This and that

— Congrats to Howard for advancing to the boys state basketball tournament with a come-from-behind win over DeKalb County.

— Golf news of note: The Golf Boys — Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Ben Crane — have released another video. It's here and it's entertaining. The 5-at-10 overwhelmingly endorses this. We need more professional athletes — especially stars and budding superstars — willing to laugh at themselves. Good times and well-played indeed.

— J.R. Ewing died in the final scene of the TV show Dallas in Monday's episode and the funeral is next Monday. Of course, this story arc was created by actor Larry Hagman's real-life death and they were forced to call an audible — Re-route Orange Barrels, 0-60 Outlaw. It's hard to know what to expect from next week, but it's curiously griping if that makes sense.

— Louisville and Kansas held serve last night and held on to outside shots at a No. 1 seed. Tonight, as our man StuckinKent shared yesterday, picks up speed in regard to bubble teams in action. Enjoy, and enjoy the madness.

— Joe Flacco's deal is just as stinky and hard to believe today as it was Monday. And yes, the cap restructuring will be an every-other-year event with this contract, but still. Money talks and the money says Joe Flacco is the best quarterback in the NFL. Money talks? Money lies.

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Today's question

It's fair to say our man Harrison Ford was one of the most bankable movie star ever. Whether it was picking roles or good luck, Ford was money and a key player in two of the top-15 grossing movie franchises of all-time.

So with that as a back drop — Ford is money, money is Ford — what's the surest bet in sports right now?

Is it Brittany Griner and the Baylor Bears? Is it Miami Heat and King James? Is the most certain fact in sports the guaranteed uncertainty of the NCAA tournament?

Discuss, and remember Friday's mailbag.

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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ordinaryguy said...

Do I detect a smidgen of a man crush on Ford? Granted he is a "decent" actor, and certainly the most successful in terms of box office, but not even close in ablility to a DeNiro, Pacino, or arguably the greatest actor of the last 50 years, Robert Duval(look up the movies with Duval)...Always remember he was not the first choice to play Indiana Jones, Lucas/Speilberg actually wanted Tom Selleck who had to say no due to his schedule with Magnum PI...He has been incredibly lucky in his career and is not recognized by his peers as an outstanding actor aka John Wayne although John Wayne was admired by his fellow actors...However he could definitely play Saint Steve, no way he could do Richt at this stage of his career (afterall he is 70)...Should a "real" movie be made about Bear Bryant he would be a great choice...However that being said, kudos to the producers for casting him, 42 will erase the bad memories of two horrible movies that were filmed here Water For Elephants and the ever popular Chattanoog Choo Choo staring Barbara Eden and Joe Namath...One final note, can't wait to see Cliff Barnes arrival at the funeral of J.R. on next weeks episode...

March 5, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
chas9 said...

Flacco: It's not about the money. It's about the respect. Greeson: It's not about the money. It's about the chance to be abused on Sport Talk.

OK, so I caught part of your act yesterday with the other two musketeers, especially the part where you praised The Worm for his diplomacy. So how come if The Crossdresser did such good work, North Korea today says they "will completely nullify the Korean armistice.

New Sec. of State Kerry says of Rodman, "As a diplomat, he makes a great basketball player." Next time, send Coach K (for Korea).

Or Metta World Peace. People everywhere just got to be free.

And I read that Manti Te'o has friended Kim Jong Unnnnnn.

March 5, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
chas9 said...

It's Brittany and her Bearettes. And it's easily McRae for POM (Player of the Month). But no dice for POY. The UT magician's best category is scoring, but he trails Henderson, Turner and Kentavious. Of that bunch, I'd give the honor to KC-P, who's #2 in steals. McRae's not in the top 40.

McRae is #22 in blocks, for a total of 21 on the season. Noel has 106 and Willie Cauley-Stein has 58.

McRae's #27 in field goal percentage at 44.5%, WC-S is #1 with 64.3%. And The Vol wingman is only #28 in assists. In short, Jordan is no Jordan.

What's the Rushmore of crisis, live or die, moments in Ford movies? Like hanging on by a fingernail from the open cargo door at the back of Air Force One. Or being caught in the hayloft by a shotgun-wielding Amish father in corpus delicti with a naked Amish daughter.

March 5, 2013 at 10:52 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Harrison Ford-

"Temple of Doom" is NOT worse than "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". And I happen to like ToD. Also, contrary to an interview I remember him either giving Barbera Walters or some other person, he stated he would be reluctent to do Han Solo again. Well, guess who is supposedly coming back for Episode VII? Still trying to figure out how Abbrams is going to do this given the fact the fans will eat him alive if he decides to completely omit stuff from the "book universe" (i.e. Luke's wife and son and his restart of the Jedi Academy, Chewie's Death, and Han and Leia's son going Sith....BIG TIME SITH!)

OG-

You left out "Thick as Thieves" from the short-lived "Chattanooga Film Festival". I didn't see it, but I heard the acting was soo bad it made "Road House" look like "Princess Mononoke".

Dallas-

Recorded it because I tend to do open mic every other Monday at the Tavern in Richardson. Will watch later this week.

UTC-

Looking forward to Frierson's 411

March 5, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

JMC...TOD is a decent film I certainly enjoyed it, but then again much like my music snobbery I also tend to be a movie snob spending a lot of time watching the great films on TCM...I could not believe the sequel comparison to Godfather 2 the only sequel of a best picture winner to capture the same award...ESB is decent entertainment for sure, although I prefer ROTJ, but not even in the same ballpark...could not help but tune in Mayhem In The AM today and the outrage is starting in Falconville over the potential of Matt Ryan receiving Joe Flacco type money...do that want that LOSER Vick back?

March 5, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

OG-

This doesn't count but Iron Man 3 is supposedly showing a 'Nooga background. Even though they used Kennsington, NC for "us". Nothing new. I was on the phone with a customer from Lexington, Kentucky. Very nice lady, and at the end of business I asked her about the show "Justified". While it has put Lexington and Harlen County in the spotlight, she said most of the show is actually filmed in the PA and West Virginia. She finds that a little funny on the account they show a lot of "flat lands" and that part of Kentucky is actually more rugged Appalachia-like. Just felt like sharing.

March 5, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.
chas9 said...

OG is inarguably correct about the greatness of the two Bobby D's. Who do you like between the similar Ford and Costner?

Another slim local flick is The Night the Lights Went Out in Gawga, featuring the estimable Mark Hamill and the cute Kristy McNichol.

March 5, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

based on talent to direct and acting ability Cosnter hands down...this is not a bash HF day, but despite Waterworld he has acting and directing chops

March 5, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

Let us bow our head and remember that classic Love Potion #9 which used the Read House

March 5, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.
jgreeson said...

OG —

Love Potion No. 9 — with the pre-Oscar Sandra Bullock — was filmed here? Who knew?

And are you going to really say that you are a film snob but liked Return of the Jedi better than Empire Strikes Back? Plus, no one said Mr. Ford was on the Rushmore of best actors as much as praising his run.

That said, what movie has Al Pacine or Bobby DeNiro made in the last decade that was memorable? Unless we're forgetting something, Any Given Sunday and The Insider were in 1999.

More to come....

March 5, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

he has had a tremendous run and raiders might not have worked with selleck...snobbery aside ford should have gotten an oscar nod for the fugitive...a given that al and bobby are having a huge slump in theatre films even giving bobby d a slight nod for the fockers films...pacino's portrayal of dr. deaath kevorkian on HBO however, was a masterpiece...and is going to protray phil spector in another HBO film...but lets all face one fact though no actor mentioned is a steve buscemi and i am curious to your opinion on the minor although loud outrage in falconville over ryan's potential new contract

March 5, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.
jgreeson said...

JMC —

Got any questions for Johnny Frierson and the Mocs?

And Temple of Doom was bad. You know this. Ford knows this. Everyone knows this.

9er —

Manti friended Mr. Kim because he's one of the few people around who had a worse 40 time.

And if we were in Manti's shoes, well, let's just say we wouldn't be spending a lot of time online for the foreseeable future.

OG —

Missed the Kevorkian turn but heard good things.

And dude, Costner over Ford? Hey, Costner had a Hall of Fame start, but it's been pretty slim pickings since Dances With Wolves on the big screen. (Know some folks who swear by his effort in the Hatfields and McCoys show on TV, though.)

Buscemi is excellent, on that we can agree. In fact there is a growing circle of folks in the acting world who are not blessed with movie star good looks and have to be even better at their craft.

Buscemi, Paul Giammati, Phillip S. Hoffman. Et al.

— 5-at-10

March 5, 2013 at 1:07 p.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show TFP UGA/SEC ace David Paschall —

Fortunately this is not the Family Feud speed round in which duplicate answers result in that quick double buzzer and no points.

Who is the next star of defense?

Mr. 5-at-10 went with junior cornerback Damian Swann, who Willie Martinez — make that Taylor Martinez — would argue has already attained stardom. Swann picked off two of Martinez’s passes during the Bulldogs’ 45-31 defeat of Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day. Swann and senior end Garrison Smith were cited Saturday by coach Mark Richt as the defensive leaders, but the next star will either be Swann or sophomore outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Overshadowed a year ago by Jarvis Jones, Jenkins still racked up 31 tackles, eight tackles for loss and five sacks. After learning from the two-time All-American, Jenkins is ready to step in and continue the pass-rushing havoc.

Who will be the go-to receiver on an offense loaded with options?

Mitchell is the most logical choice. He will spend all spring at receiver instead of trying to be a two-way talent, and he will have a head start on Michael Bennett, the other prominent candidate who will not have any contact work this spring while he recovers from ACL surgery.

Who is the one player that was not involved last year that will be a primary piece this season?

This could come at the expense of former Ridgeland High standout Devin Bowman, but my pick here is sophomore cornerback Sheldon Dawson. He played in 13 games last season, and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham sounded pretty excited last week when discussing Dawson’s winter workout showing and his potential for a stellar spring. Ray Drew was playing a decent amount by the end of last season and had eight tackles against Georgia Tech, so I opted for someone slightly more obscure.

Who agrees with their boss on everything anyway?

March 5, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Mocs football questions:

Is it planned to definitely redshirt the two new QBs, or will they try to let one of them see some action on the field this year to get experience?

Who is the frontrunner right now to become the other starting LB alongside Dothard and Miller?

March 5, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

For tomorrow's Mocs-

With the influx of new position coaches for this season, what are the players doing to learn the new plays so each spring practice can be effecient?

Follow-up: Has Coach Huesman met with his staff regarding the new style of play and what the new position coaches can offer using their own style of coaching?

Idea: Illistrate the concept of effecient playmaking by doing a ceremonious burning of the Book of Sal.

Silly Question: Any news on BJ moving up in the ranks or possible trade to a team where he can get some game time? (Wanna take wild guess who he SHOULD replace)?

March 5, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Stewwie —

Thanks for the input. We'll pass those along and see which ones Johnny Mocs Frierson uses.

JMC —

Ditto.

And burning the Book of Sal actually is allowed even under the First Amendment. There is Freedom of Speech and then there is Freedom to defend yourself against awful defense. SAAALLLLL!!!

— 5-at-10

March 5, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.
chas9 said...

Worm, can you arrange this: Obama vs. Kim, one on one, or HORSE, for all the nukes? And because of the height differential, Kim can wear those shoes with the springs in 'em.

March 5, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

I love sports sections in the South. It's the fifth of March, that can only mean one thing...Time to talk college football.

Jay, you and Paschall were spot-on with your pre-season UGA analysis. Not bad for a couple of WarTigerEaglePlainsmen. The three questions...Who is the next star on defense? Damien Swann and Jordan Jenkins are, at this point in time, the obvious front-runners for the next star on D. Amarlo Herrera will probably not be a "star", but he is a solid ILB who led the team in tackles in multiple games last season.

As for the go-to receiver, as stated before Mitchell is the obvious number one and the return of Bennett will be welcomed between the hedges. Another name for consideration is Chris Conley. Conley finished the season strong and had a big game against Nebraska.

One player not involved last season that could become a primary piece this season...I will go with Tray Matthews at safety. Matthews will most likely be the FS and Josh Harvey-Clemons will hold down the strong side. Clemons is another candidate for the primary piece question.

March 5, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I still think Ford's best work was in American Graffitti. So too for Costner in Fandango.

DeNiro is in Silver Linings Playbook, but I have not seen it yet.

Hey, if it's Obama vs. Lil Kim, I hope it's not golf, because the North Korean Press Agency said Lil Kim had like eleventeen holes in one the first time he ever played golf. Then again, I think the North Korean Press Agency also is largely responsible as the source for most of the items in the Weekly World News.

March 5, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

What about we have Mr. Kim vs. Mr. Obama in a made-for-TV SuperStars type event with 10 sports/activities. We're so breaking this down in Wednesday's 5-at-10.

GratefulDawg —

Hey, we're less than two weeks from Selection Sunday, so.... let's breakdown college football depth charts. We know our audience.

And we tip our cap to you on the Tray Matthews pick. Dude is a big-time Big-Timer and that he enrolled early — and the fact that UGA lost three safeties to the NFL — could mean big things for the former Newnan High Cougar who starred at Max Bass Field. (Yes, spent some time at the Newnan Times-Herald back in the day... Holla).

Herrera is another nice call. Man, say what you want about Richt not having won the big one, but dude has stock-piled some talent.

Spy —

Ford was in Graffitti and Apocalypse Now as a role player, advanced the needle in Force 10 from Navarone and then hit the big-time.

Costner's break was in The Big Chill, but all the scenes were cut out because the films was like three hours long with his scenes as Alex, the dude who killed himself. So they killed them.

Eleventeen, huh? Oh yes, you will see that again. Oh yes.

March 5, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.
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